A special celebration for Pro Life supporters will be held this Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. on Gause Boulevard in Slidell.
It will be the 25th anniversary of the St. Tammany Right to Life as they host their annual Life Chain, a silent, prayerful stance up and down the main road through Slidell.
The Life Chain is headed by Michelle and Chuck Gorney, who founded the organization locally all those years ago and continue to keep it going in many different ways today.
While many churches show their support for the Pro Life action, it is kind of surprising to me that more pastors don’t take a public stance on the issue and encourage their church members to attend this very simple way to show your support for unborn babies.
The reason I am certain about that is because there are close to 150 churches in the region and less than 20 encourage their congregations to show up for the Life Chain—something that would happen in most cases if the pastor took the lead.
I have been a Pro-Lifer ever since I truly understood that a live human being is there from the time of conception. While I’m no longer going to get into some big argument with someone about it all, I do strongly believe that abortion is wrong.
If you would have interviewed the number of women I have, who couldn’t have a baby and would give anything to be able to adopt, you would understand that adoption is truly the right option—even if I can understand there is nothing easy about giving up your baby to another family.
I hope there is a record turnout on Gause Boulevard this Sunday, from both sides of the parish, to show Michelle and Chuck that 25 years of work to fight for the lives of babies has been worth it.
You don’t have to come with a particular church or group. Just show up, take a spot and they will bring a sign to you to hold and pray. It couldn’t be easier to show your support for the beautiful life of a baby.
Calling all former members of the Slidell Sentry-News.
There will be a reunion of former employees of the Slidell newspaper when we all get together on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. at Phil’s Marina Café in Slidell (off the Oak Harbor exit.)
I had given this news a brief mention a month or so ago to start getting the word out and I recently realized the reunion party was sneaking up on me so I want to send out one more call to anyone who has ever worked at the paper.
As I previously stated, the person who gets the credit for starting all of this is Missy Spinosa, a well-known local celebrity for any of you who like to attend area social events, non-profit fundraisers or any of the festivals in the Southeast Louisiana or Mississippi Gulf Coast region.
Missy is a popular girl because and she her husband, Joey, are two of the key members in the band “Witness” that is unquestionably one of the most requested bands for area functions.
Missy used to work at the Sentry-News many years ago—I don’t want to say how many since I’m not even positive. But suffice it to say it has been over 20 years since she was there, working in the advertising department as an ad rep.
I was the Managing Editor all those years ago and I remember us talking here or there about the band she and Joey were a part of. For that matter, I actually remember the romance that began between the couple when Joey was the owner/manager of a local transmission shop and Missy was trying to sell him some ads—I think she must have sold him a bunch of ads since he ended up marrying her!
Anyway, the couple has built a great reputation with Witness over the years and every time I saw Missy at a public event in the last two years she started telling me we should have a newspaper reunion. I always thought it was a good idea, then a few months ago we decided to get serious and make some plans.
So if you ever worked for the Slidell Sentry-News and remember the former newspaper building on Pontchartrain Drive with the “beautiful” statue out front, I hope you will show up on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. at Phil’s Marina Café. There is no charge—you can purchase any drinks or food that you want when you come, but it’s mainly for us all to get together and have a nice visit again.
And something tells me we might be able to get some good press on the gathering.
We’ve already heard from a lot of people so I know we are going to have a nice crowd. And for sure, you are more than welcome to bring a guest. If you plan to come please e-mail me since Missy and I are trying to keep a head count so we don’t over-run the place.
Hope to see you there.
Kevin Chiri can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.