The Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission hosted a special press conference on Thursday, March 28th at 1:30 to observe the installation of the last wood duck box- mile markers at the boat launch and park in Dixie Inn.
James Gibson, CEO of Carter Federal Credit Union was the Master of Ceremonies. There were commendations, presentations and recognition given to people who played major roles in the project, specifically Harvey Kennedy and Dick Maxwell with the Bayou Chapter of the Ozark Society, who personally installed 55 boxes by anchoring a john boat to a cypress tree and climbing a 14 foot extension ladder!
Billy Dorsey, Chairman of the 911 Commission presented their map utilizing the GPS coordinates provided by the State Land Office for the installation of the wood duck mile markers and mapped the location of the wood duck box mile markers for dispatching emergency service to anyone needing assistance along 54 miles of Bayou Dorcheat.
The public was invited. There were approximately 50 people in attendance to honour these two amazing men.
On April 17 and 18th, our office hosted the state quarterly meeting of the Louisiana Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. We had the opportunity to showcase Minden to Kyle Edmiston, Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Doug Bourgeois, Scenic Byways Coordinator with the Louisiana Office of Tourism, and more than 30 directors of Convention and Visitors Bureaus throughout the state.
They stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and had dinner at Abacus Mexican Restaurant when they arrived on the 17th. On the 18th, their meeting was held in the meeting room of the Dorcheat Museum, had lunch at the Timeless Cafe and Tearoom, and explored downtown shops before they left.
Lynn Dorsey is the executive director of the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission. Her column runs monthly in the Minden Press-Herald.