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Simmesport, RISE hold groundbreaking for Ehrhardt Park

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Marsha Strong (at podium), president of the Reinvesting In Simmesport’s Expansion organization, speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for improvements to Leo Ehrhardt Central Park. Mayor Leslie Draper (back) made welcoming remarks at the event on Sept. 17. The park was renamed last year to honor Ehrhardt, who served 10 four-year terms as mayor from 1940 until his retirement from public service in 1992 at the age of 84. Ehrhardt passed away in 1997. RISE has been raising funds for park improvements. {Town of Simmesport photo}

On a beautiful autumn day, citizens and officials of Simmesport paid tribute to a past leader while outlining the plans for a better town for the children who will be its future leaders.

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