August 05, 2009 Edition

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Grandparents' Corner

Dawson Corey Engles, four months, is the son of Corey and Ashley (Luther) Engles of Newark.

Grandparents are John and Denise (Penn) Cannon of Strawberry, Todd and Becky Engles of Newark and Bobby and Lisa Luther of Buffalo, Mo.

He is the great-grandson of Jim and Carolyn Penn of Lynn, June Crabtree of Oil Trough, Kate Hickerson of Newark, Bob and Suzie Luther of Huntsville, Ala., and Laveta Whitmire of Springfield, Mo.

New Orleans
is rebounding

New Orleans has a lot to offer. Renee and I had each been there many years ago, but not together, and it was fun taking our daughter, Anna. Renee purchased guidebooks, which we would highly recommend doing. With all the lodging, restaurant and entertainment options, it sure helps to have a reference book to get the most out of your visit, and "Frommer's" was our favorite.

While price ranges varied, the rates seemed reasonable for many of the hotels in or near the New Orleans French Quarter. Maybe the lower rates are part of the effort to encourage and rebuild tourism after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 or maybe the hot, muggy weather of late July and early August is not the peak season for tourists. However, people we spoke with in the tourism industry said they felt that tourism was finally back and going full steam this summer, four years after the storm.

For us, New Orleans was an eight-hour drive. I ran into some friends from college who had come by train. As one of them said, "You never know who you're going to run into in New Orleans." We stayed in a hotel near the French Quarter, and once we arrived, we never needed or wanted our vehicle until we headed home.

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