Archive for September, 2009


Hammond Hosts the Dutch Battle Memorial Ride and Cook Off

September 17, 2009

Cate Street in downtown Hammond will be the place to be on September 26, 2009 from 8:30 am to 3 pm for the 3rd annual Dutch Battle Memorial Ride and Cook Off.  Raffle tickets and gumbo will be sold at the event.  All funds raised at this family day event will be donated to motorcycle safety awareness.
The Dutch Battle Memorial Chapter of the Motorcycle Awareness Campaign will sponsor the event that includes a gumbo cook off.  The cook off includes vendor booths, great food, dance team performances, live music, face painting and a vintage bike display.  A photographer will also be on hand to take pictures of children with some of the motorcycles that will be displayed at the event.  The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Department will perform motorcycle safety demonstrations.
The Louisiana State Police will escort over 200 riders along an 82-mile route for the memorial ride which will leave Hammond at 9:30 am.  The goal of the event is to make drivers of automobiles more conscious of motorcycle riders and to make riders more safety conscious so that everyone can get back to their homes and families safely.  Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each.
There is still room for riders and competition riders.  The cost is $20.  Each rider will be given a raffle ticket and a bowl of gumbo for their meal.  Those interested in learning more can call 985-386-6191 or 225-567-1475.
Raffle Prizes:
Grand Prize: Honda Metropolitan motor scooter
Gift Certificates from various businesses
Necklace donated by Guzzardo’s
Note: winners will be notified.  You do not have to be present in order to win a prize.

The memorial ride will be held in memory of Dutch Battle, a former Ponchatoula resident.  Dutch was riding his motorcycle when he was hit by an automobile and killed.  Dutch was returning to his Summit, Mississippi home when the accident occurred.  Dutch Battle served aboard the USS Ponchatoula during the Vietnam conflict.  Dutch is remembered by many in the Ponchatoula area as an insurance agent and others remember him for his involvement in our local theater.  I hope to see you at this event.

Yvonne Martin – Your Hammond Real Estate Professional


Tangipahoa Relay for Life Teams Forming

September 4, 2009

Tangipahoa Parish is now forming Relay for Life teams to help find a cure for cancer.The 14th Annual South Tangipahoa Relay for Life will be held at North Oak Park in Hammond on November 7, 2009.  Relay For Life ia a 24 hour camp-out and track relay event organized by local volunteers to celebrate, remember and to fight back.  The event will celebrate those who have survived cancer and remember those who have lost the battle.  Teams fight back by raising funds through pledges for research to fight the dreaded disease.

Everyone young or old can volunteer to be a relayer, a team captain, a sponsor or volunteer their time and/or donate to the cause.  A relayer walks or runs a track in a relay style with a personal goal of raising $100 for cancer research.  The financial goal is a goal and not a requirement; everyone is welcome to celebrate and remember by participating in the relay.  There is a registration fee and every team is asked to have at least one member on the track at all times during the event.

Teams are now forming in Tangipahoa Parish to participate in the Relay For Life event. Over 16 teams have already formed.  To register as a relayer, team captain, sponsor or to donate, contact Juanita Lee at 974-3266 or Arnold at 974-5744.

Linda Koles Hoover of Ponchatoula has donated a beautiful quilt “On The Mend” to be raffled at the event. Linda donated the quilt in memory of Corliss Ivanyisky, a friend who lost her battle to cancer in September of 2006.  The quilt is predominately pink, the color associated with breast cancer, and depicts ladies wearing scarves and ladies who have no hair.  Raffle tickets can be purchased for $3 each or four for $10.  Also to be raffled is a Fleur for the Cure tapestry and a sparkling crystal necklace.  The items will be on display at various businesses.  Any business owner that would like to help sell raffle tickets and to display the raffle items can contact Susie Ivanyisky at (985) 419-0256.

There is no limit to what a community can do when it joins together with a common purpose and goal.

Yvonne Martin, the Martin Team for Hammond real estate – Let My Family Bring Your Family Home