Livening Up Evening Plans in Monroe
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Monroe Residents Enjoy Fun, Games, and Motorcycles
Flying Tiger Brewery on North 2nd Street in Monroe is partnering with Warhawk Harley-Davidson for Bike Night. This event, which takes place on January 21, strives to liven up the evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Flying Tiger Brewery is well-known for its dedication to serving high-quality, unique craft brews and honoring active-duty military and veterans alike.
Entry is free and open to the public. Attractions expected at Bike Night include:
- Food trucks
- Prize giveaways
- A live DJ
Warhawk Harley-Davidson, much like The Flying Tiger, is another local business invested in providing the community with quality products and services for their motorcycles and accessories. This dealership, formerly known as Bleu Bayou Harley-Davidson until March 2019, has a store located on Frontage Road, just off of I-20.
SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe is only a phone call away from rendering water cleanup services for Monroe homeowners at (318) 345-5121.
Supporting Youth Baseball in West Monroe
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West Monroe Locals are Invited to the Deep South Baseball Tournament
Perfect Game is hosting its tenth annual MLK Championship Deep South Baseball Tournament at the Sterlington Sports Complex from January 15 through January 18, 2021. Monroe parents, teachers, and students alike are encouraged to support their local teams during this annual youth baseball event.
Tournament rules for teams include:
- Entrants must be part of the graduating class of 2022 or younger or born after May 3, 2003
- Teams must book housing only through a provided link on the Perfect Game website
- Registration fees are $1,250.00
- No coolers are allowed
- Players can only use wood bats
A $25.00 tournament pass allows individuals entry to every game in the tournament. $10.00 daily passes are also available. Seniors and military members can obtain day passes for $5.00 each. Children 14 and younger receive free entry.
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Protecting the Monroe Community After Disaster Strikes
Our SERVPRO team can demolition flood-damaged homes in Monroe and then build them back, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe Ensures That Homes and Businesses Return to a Clean and Safe Condition
Monroe, Louisiana, is a city of over 47,000 residents as of 2019, with a history that extends back to the American Civil War. The entirety of the Monroe Metropolitan area contains several parishes, including Union and Ouachita. It is estimated to have more than 170,000 residents.
Monroe’s beginnings are tied closely to New Orleans’s fall during the American Civil War, which prompted Confederate soldiers to establish Monroe and Opelousas training camps. However, locals reportedly held strong pro-Union sentiments. Monroe was also a haven for refugees fleeing from the war, especially during the months leading up to Ulysses S. Grant’s siege on Vicksburg, Mississippi.
The city’s name originated from a steam-powered ship, the James Monroe, named in honor of the fifth United States President. Today, locals and visitors can find depictions of this steam ship at the Monroe Library. Monroe is also considered one of the “twin cities” located in northeastern Louisiana, the other being nearby West Monroe. The official motto is, “One City, One Future.”
Some of Monroe’s most prominent employers outside of municipal government, primary and secondary education, and local healthcare services include:
- JPMorgan Chase
- The University of Louisiana at Monroe
- Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
- Walmart Stores, Inc.
Journalism in Monroe: The News-Star
The News-Star is nearing 130 years of offering journalistic services to the community. Its beginnings can be traced back to the evening newspaper publication The Monroe Evening News before merging with The Daily Star to publish The Monroe News-Star as an afternoon newspaper in 1909.
Robert Wilson Ewing, I purchased several Louisiana newspapers while publishing the New Orleans Daily States, including The Shreveport Times, the now-defunct Monroe Morning World and The News-Star, the latter of which had become a morning newspaper. Media giant Gannett would eventually acquire both Monroe publications from the Ewing estate in 1977. In 1980, The News-Star and the Morning World were consolidated to form The News-Star-World, later renamed The News-Star.
Two sons of Robert Ewing I, John D. Ewing and Robert Ewing, III, did their part to maintain The News-Star, including serving in executive positions.
Related news publications for the Monroe area include:
- The Ouachita Citizen, which reports weekly for the Ouachita Parish region, which includes Sterlington and Richwood as well as Monroe and West Monroe
- African-American-owned weekly news publications The Monroe Dispatch and The Monroe Free Press, both of which were founded between 1969 and 1975
Monroe’s Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
Monroe’s zoo is an 80-acre zoological and horticultural sanctuary that is home to over 500 animals. The zoo got its start as Bernstein Park Zoo, named initially for Mayor Arnold Bernstein, who served the community from 1919 to 1937. Most of the zoo’s development can be credited to Mayor Jack Howard. His campaigns focused heavily on its development and the construction of municipal buildings like the Civic Center and the new Monroe City Hall.
In 2013, the zoo remodeled its food preparation area for the animals and added new primate pens at the behest of the United States Department of Agriculture and has remained in compliance with regulations since. After making these additions, new acquisitions included a male lion and a revamped lion exhibit.
Notable exhibits include:
- Boat rides for observing local fauna and animals on nearby islands
- The “Down-under” exhibit, which focuses on Australian species
- Primate exhibits with baboons, gibbons, and many other species
- An interactive feeding area for sheep, goats, miniature cows, and horses
- Indoor exhibitions like a reptile house and a greenhouse
The Monroe Zoo’s annual events vary from Boo at the Zoo to the Easter Eggstravaganza, all of which focus on safe and educational family-oriented fun. Overall, visitors can find over 200 species of animals as well as a 27-acre garden.
In 2020, the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo made efforts to take exhibitions online while adhering to local public safety regulations.
The Zoo is well-known for its volunteer opportunities, outreach programs, and a membership service that allows free entry to several other zoos around the United States.
What Does SERVPRO’s Flood Extraction Process Entail?
SERVPRO technicians flood damage in Monroe with necessary swiftness to minimize property loss for homeowners while optimizing savings on repair and replacement costs where possible. When ground floods have affected electrical power in residential properties, these professionals can provide power sources, such as generators, to render necessary services.
While properties rarely have standing water after a flood, it is crucial to address excess moisture and debris first to prevent mold growth and further structural damage. Several tools are available to SERVPRO professionals for removing floodwaters, including portable extractors, gas-powered submersible pumps, and truck-mounted units that can lift hundreds of gallons of water in one sitting.
While these tools can vary in scope and application, they generally have three systems in common:
- This system is the primary form of extraction for most water damage situations, including flooding.
- The heater system aids in sanitation by heating to between 180 degrees Fahrenheit and 212 to 220 degrees, depending on the device. This capability is essential for curbing microbial contamination
- When standing water is present, the pump system is crucial for its removal to a treated sewer or other authorized disposal areas
When SERVPRO technicians clean restorable items like furniture and carpeting in a typical water damage scenario, all three of these systems are used. However, many of the items used in all three are considered losses after a flood due to blackwater contaminants.
SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe can ensure that your home looks and feels, “Like it never even happened.” Homeowners can contact their local restoration team 24/7, including all holidays, at (318) 345-5121.
A Day at the Zoo Full of Christmas Celebrations for Monroe Residents
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Monroe Residents Enjoy Christmas Entertainment and Gifts While Exploring the Zoo
In the days leading up to Christmas, there are various things you can do to keep yourselves entertained as you wait for the big day. For Monroe residents, spending a day at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo can be a great way to have a good time with family and friends. You can attend the "Jungle Bells" as it is popularly known, on December 19, 2020, from 9 AM to 3 PM. The event was held first in 2017 and is organized annually by the Guerriero and Guerriero law firm as part of their community outreach programs.
The main attractions at the event include:
- Free zoo admission for all those who show up for the experience
- Various forms of Christmas entertainment including snow machines and a Santa Claus so that families can take photos
- Giveaways such as bicycles and activity stations such as stock-making station and screen printing
SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe helps business managers with stormwater removal from their Monroe premises, minimizing downtime. Call us at (318) 345-5121 whenever there is a problem at your facility.
Open Wagon Rides through the Lights in West Monroe
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Enjoy a Fun-Filled Evening in the Streets of West Monroe Exploring Light Displays
One of the enjoyable ways to spend your evenings during the festive season is watching light displays in various properties. However, you may not know where to find the best displays in West Monroe or have people to accompany you as you enjoy such displays. One way to overcome these setbacks is to join the Open Wagon Rides Through the Lights, organized by Landry Vineyards. People hitch a ride in the back of an open, truck-drawn, wooden wagon.
Some of the notable aspects of the event include:
- A 30-minute ride beginning at 5 PM
- The rides are done Fridays and Saturdays each week. You can book a place for the next event on 11th or 12th December 2020
- The ride begins at Alley Park
Landry Vineyards is renowned for producing quality Louisiana Wines, which are available in over 450 stores all over the state.
SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe helps with water cleanup and drying of West Monroe properties affected by any type of water intrusion. You can reach our support staff at (318) 345-5121 at any time.
Professional Cleanup and Restoration of Fire Damaged Properties in Monroe
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SERVPRO Avails Enough Resources to Help Restore Monroe Residences Damaged by Fire
Monroe, which is tucked away at the northern edge of Louisiana, is readily accessible through the I-20 highway or the Union Pacific railroad. The Monroe Regional Airport is about 15 minutes from the downtown area, completing the transport infrastructure for people visiting or leaving the area. The situation was different when French pioneers established a trading post in 1791 since boat travel through the river was the most convenient means of transport. The area was generally known as the Prairie of Canoes. Monroe was chosen after a steamboat, The James Monroe, reached the area in 1819, underpinning the importance of river travel at the time.
Over the years, Monroe has gained popularity for various reasons, including the abundance of natural gas in the early 1900s. A discovery well was drilled in 1916, although at the time, there was little use for the resource apart from lighting flambeaux to illuminate the paths of night travelers. The shadow-casting lighting method led to the wastage of the precious commodity that would have served the state for over sixty years. A gas pool was developed stretching over 500 square miles. It was estimated to contain approximately 6.5 trillion cubic feet of gas, earning the city the title of the World's natural gas capital. However, in Texas, the Panhandle Pool discovered in 1918 dwarfed the Monroe pool since it covered over 1.35 million acres.
The city also played an essential role in the development of other popular things such as:
- The bottling and franchised distribution of soda. Although Coca-Cola was created in Atlanta by Dr. John S. Permberton in 1886, it was only available as a fountain drink. Joseph Biedenharn, who was already bottling soda water, thought of doing the same with Coca-Cola, obtained a franchise, and later bought a bottling plant in Monroe to ramp up production.
- The Biedenharn family is also associated with the development of largescale crop-dusting. In 1925 they bought an existing business and added 18 planes to the fleet, making it the largest in the private sector. That business evolved to Delta Air Lines.
Places of Interest in Monroe
For a city with a couple of historic contributions to various aspects of development, one can expect to find an infrastructural footprint. Some of the exciting locations that fit this bill and welcome visitors include:
- The Masur Museum of Art, a Tudor style family house designed by Clarence Edward Slagle. It was completed in 1914, and The Masur's acquired the house during The Great Depression and donated it to the city in 1963 under the agreement that it becomes a museum of fine art.
- The Chennault Aviation & Military Museum honors all veterans and soldiers from WWI to Iraqi freedom and tells the story of how a crop-dusting business evolved to become an established commercial airline. The museum is set up in the only remaining class of the Selman Field Navigation School, which was the most prominent navigation school in the United States during World War Two. There are over 11,000 artifacts at the facility, including restored aircraft.
- The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens keeps the story of Joe Biedenharn, the Coca-Cola bottler, alive. It is located next to the Ouachita River and features Coca-Cola memorabilia in the museum section. There is also a bible museum section that features biblical literature and a collection of bibles. The ELsong botanical garden has various settings, including the Musical Grotto, Four Seasons Garden, and Oriental Garden.
Visitors might also enjoy spending time at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, an 80-acre zoological park with over 500 animals. Some of the top activity areas at the park include boat rides down the river, a petting zoo, and a splash pad for kids.
The Great Fire of 1871
Even with its steady development, Monroe has also had some significant setbacks. On December 31st, 1871, a major fire incident happened and was not extinguished until New Year's Day 1872. The fire affected the town's wealthiest section, burning over 60 buildings resulting in over $650,000 worth of property damage. The fire, which was discovered at 11 PM, started in the upper story at the S.W. Sanders Saloon and spread quickly to other buildings in the area because of strong winds that were blowing that night. Incidentally, the more infamous Chicago fire also happened in 1871, affecting many areas, including a street named Monroe.
Another fire that started in a backroom store at the corner of Hart and Desiard streets ravaged the city in March 1882. During those days, the fire engine was horse-drawn, and an unruly horse delayed arrival at the loss site by several minutes even though the alarm had been raised in time. However, the fire was contained in time, resulting in damages estimated at $32,000. The fires prompted the establishment of a robust fire department, starting with a volunteer group of neighbors, which later developed into the modern firefighting department.
How Does SERVPRO Help with Fire Damage Restoration in Monroe Properties?
As firefighting methods have improved over the years, the same has happened with fire restoration techniques. SERVPRO is one of the premier restoration companies that keeps up with the changing trends to guarantee Monroe property owners the best chances of restoring properties to their preloss state.
Restoration of fire-damaged properties mostly involves cleaning affected materials since it is the most cost-effective solution, unlike replacement or resurfacing. SERVPRO technicians undergo regular training and IICRC certification to ensure they are acquainted with the correct cleaning approaches for maximum effectiveness and safety of the occupants. Our technicians pay attention to various aspects like:
- Tracing the spread patterns of soot and other residues to ensure the cleaning effort reaches all affected areas
- The use of readily biodegradable cleaning products, ensuring the home is safe for the occupants after the cleaning process is over.
- Correct moisture management during cleaning to avoid over saturation of materials or retention of moisture with the building
SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe helps with fire damage restoration for all types of losses in Monroe. Call us at (318) 345-5121 when the need arises.
Come Meet Santa at His Christmas Village Near West Monroe.
SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing Santa at His Christmas Village Near West Monroe.
Santa’s Christmas Village Returns to the West Monroe Area on November 21st.
Once again, Christmas is in the air, and parents are in search of fun seasonal activities for their children. Most times, this requires scheduling and taking your kids around town to different venues. Fortunately, there’s a better, more convenient way to entertain your children. Santa’s Christmas Village, a place where kids can participate in all the traditional seasonal activities in one place, returns to the West Monroe area on November 21st. Some of the holiday fun they can engage in there includes:
Watching a holiday movie
Making their own Christmas ornaments
Decorating Christmas cookies
Playing in a model train village
Sliding down Mount Sneaux
The village is at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum and operates daily from November 21st to December 23rd.
As parents of local children, the technicians of SERVPRO of Monroe/West Monroe understand how important holiday activities are for kids. In being flood water removal experts, they are also always ready to help when water-related disasters strike. Contact us at (318) 345-5121 if you ever need assistance.
Enjoy a Festive Drive-Through Christmas Light Display Near Monroe.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Come join in on the fun.
Get into the Holiday Spirit in Monroe with the Candy Cane Lane Drive-Through.
As the holidays rapidly approach, we are all looking for new ways to enjoy them. Everyone wants to find the best seasonal activities to experience with their family and friends. One favorite Christmastime tradition of Monroe residents has always been walking or driving around and looking at holiday light displays. A newer take on this tradition is the Candy Cane Lane Drive-Through, which allows you to conveniently see many professional light displays all in one place, from the warmth of your car. The impressive mile-long drive-through boasts over a million colorful lights. With all that said, here are some important things to remember before coming:
Candy Cane Lane is open every night from November 13th through January 2nd
The lane is located at 170 Highway 151 North in Calhoun
Trailers are not permitted
Cars and trucks over thirty feet long must be approved before entering
The professionals at SERVPRO of Monroe/West Monroe enjoy the holiday season as much as our neighbors do. Also, as a local mold remediation company serving area businesses, we are always here to help when problems arise. If you ever need remediation work done, call us at (318) 345-5121.
Water Damage Restoration in Monroe
SERVPRO is ready at a moments notice, Call us right away at (318) 345-5121, when you experience water damage in your Monroe home.
Monroe Residents Often Need Water Damage Restoration Services.
Monroe, the largest city in northern Louisiana and the eighth-largest in the state, has a relatively long history dating back to well before the establishment of the American Republic. Officially, though, it only received its current name in 1819. In that year, the small town was renamed in honor of the then-current U.S. president James Monroe. As a result of its long and storied history, Louisiana’s eighth-largest city is home to more than a few old mansions and numerous other time-weathered residences. Tourists from all around flock to see the more famous of these.
The Famous Stately Mansions of Monroe
Some of the more notable fine homes in and around town date back to the 1800s. These antique residences feature a wide variety of architectural styles and embody the culturally and stylistically diverse nature of our community. A few of the prominent homes in our area included on the National Register of Historic Places are:
Logtown Plantation, designed in the Federal Stick style, was built in the first decades of the 1800s and is situated on the Ouachita River to the south of Monroe. It was the home of Don Juan Filhiol, the builder of what later became our city.
Bosco Plantation House, a Greek Revival mansion constructed during the early 1800s and located south of town at 279 Pipes Lane.
Mulberry Grove, constructed in the first part of the 1800s and now integrated into the brick mansion Layton Castle. It can be found at 1133 S. Grand St. in Monroe.
Lower Pargoud, a Greek Revival residence built in town around the 1850s at 2111 S. Grand St.
Roland M. Filhiol House, a fine example of Queen Anne architecture and Eastlake style erected in the late 1800s at 111 Stone Ave.
Harvey House, a late 19th century home in the Italianate architectural style located at 608 Grammont St.
All of these historic marvels remind us of our city’s pioneering roots west of the Mississippi, as well as its growing reputation throughout the 1800s as an important regional industrial and commercial hub.
A City of Old Homes – A Potential Minefield of Hidden Issues for Homeowners
It is important to remember that Monroe is not only home to several famous antique residences but is also filled with numerous older common homes. As a settlement that has prospered for more than a hundred years, it, of course, contains many houses that are older than fifty years old. Such houses, as you can imagine, typically suffer from certain age-related problems. These issues range in severity from nuisance to being potentially catastrophic and include:
Old damaged or poorly maintained roofs that leak
Drainage systems that are clogged or otherwise no longer function
Leaky damaged pipes throughout the home
Sewage system problems
Faulty aged electrical networks that may cause fires
Dry rot, termite-related damage, or other structural deterioration
While older houses are often more visually appealing than their newer counterparts, exhibiting a bounty of distinguished sophistication, they are usually a minefield of hidden issues like those noted above.
The Trouble an Old Leaky Roof or Pipe Can Cause
Although seemingly minor concerns, roofs, and pipes with small, slow leaks can mean big trouble over time. These problems pose a serious and more probable threat to purchasers of older homes. With that said, there are some telltale signs indicative of leak-related water damage that can help you address them early. Some of these signs are:
Discoloration of surfaces and mold or mildew growths
Deteriorated plaster or drywall
Dry rotted materials
Warped walls or ceilings
Floor buckling and other abnormalities
Always keep an eye out for all of these indicators so that you can either address water-related issues as soon as possible or simply avoid buying a residence with them.
Living in a quaint historical city can be an everyday treat for the senses, but this luxury does not come without its negatives. Year-round, residents and tourists alike can enjoy the diverse architectural styles to be found in our small city. They can see residences dating to every period in the 19th and 20th centuries and observe the differing designs of each. However, while tourists can simply enjoy the sights and leave, many residents have to stay and deal with the difficulties of maintaining older homes. Residents are continually faced with the seemingly impossible task of locating and properly addressing the age-related issues of their houses. This can be both an expensive and time-consuming prospect.
Luckily, there are local, high-quality water damage restoration companies like SERVPRO of Monroe/West Monroe that can help area homeowners properly maintain their properties. Our highly trained, experienced, and well-equipped technicians are skilled in locating and remediating all kinds of water-related damage. They can likely resolve whatever situation you may have.
How Does SERVPRO Restore Water-Damaged Homes?
Armed with all the latest training and tools of the remediation trade, SERVPRO professionals can successfully restore most water-damaged residences. They take various innovative measures and employ an arsenal of cutting edge gear to do this. Some of the things our technicians do to clean up and restore your property are:
Removing any standing water from your residence with powerful wet vacs and extractors, if necessary
Drying out interior air, structural elements, and contents with air movers, high-velocity fans, and dehumidifiers
Employing Injectidry systems and floor pads to dry out subflooring, areas behind walls and ceilings, and other obstructed spaces
Using state-of-the-art foggers to treat affected materials and air with disinfectants and deodorants approved by the EPA.
Sanding down warped or buckling flooring
Reconstructing destroyed structural elements and rooms
Most times, these expert methods prevent further water-related problems and rapidly return your home to its pre-damage state.
As fellow neighbors of this small historical community, the professionals at SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe want to help you overcome whatever water damage you may have. So, if you ever want to have your residence inspected or need remediation work done, do not hesitate to call us at (318) 345-5121.
How Can Property Owners Restore a West Monroe Property Affected By Fire Damage?
Restoring your home after fire damage requires a well trained team. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.
Homeowners Can Hire an Experienced and Certified Firm Like SERVPRO to Perform Fire Restoration in their West Monroe Homes.
After a devastating fire, most property owners are left confused about where to begin. However, one has to take action fast since the secondary damages of fire begin immediately. After the unfortunate incident happens, contact SERVPRO technicians in West Monroe to help you get your property back to its preloss state safely and speedily.
What credentials should homeowners look for when hiring a restorer?
When hiring a restoration firm, ask it to provide you with credentials to determine if it can handle the fire damage in your West Monroe residence. A reliable restorer should have certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which indicates that the restorer has the expertise to conduct fire restoration.
Our team of restorers is licensed and accredited. We have gone through thorough training in restoration, and we have decades of experience. We use approved and advanced techniques during restoration to achieve the best outcome.
Do you work with the property owner’s insurance company?
At SERVPRO, we aim to make the restoration process hassle-free for our customers. We offer a content claim inventory service (CCIS) that provides a precise and detailed list of the items in a home. Our technicians can take an inventory of the contents in your home and this includes taking photos and barcoding in some cases. With such a list, making insurance claims is easier.
What do you look for as you inspect for damage?
The success of the restoration process depends on the intensity of the damage and the techniques we use. During the inspection, we look out for several things, including:
- Pre Existing damage
- Heat damage
- Water damage
- Smoke residues
How do you handle ruined artwork?
Artwork ranges from extremely valuable fine art to inexpensive framed pictures. Valuable art requires a trained conservator. We can subcontract a reliable conservator to restore your fine art.
Do you have to remove glue down the carpet?
That depends on the intensity of the damage on the carpet. If the firefighters used lots of water to combat the flames, we can clean and dry your carpet using portable extractors with a vacuum, heater, and a pump. Since water mixes with smoke residues causing discoloration, our restorers can use natural fabric brightener mixed with shampoo super concentrate when cleaning the carpet.
Fire damage can affect your property and lifestyle significantly. SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 for help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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