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Table of Contents

Sales Manager

PARISH PRESIDENT..................4

Dottie Godberry

LAYNE’S JEWELRY ..................11

Staff Photographer

SWEET EYES W/ TANYA.... ....12

Jimmy Dunkley

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Contributing Writers
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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE........ 29
BILL DELAUNE........................ 30

Linda Melancon
Calvin Bessonett

Bully
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Orhan McMillan
Kellie Seymour
Tanya Stilley
Roland Doucet
Jimmy Dunkley

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY.....34
FEED THE NEEDY....................38

PHOTOS BY CANDY BRIGNAC

President Matassa Takes Oath,
Pledges Service, Transparency
and Unified Government Operations
With his wife, Selma, by his
side, on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
newly seated Ascension Parish
President Kenny Matassa took
the oath of office in a packed
Donaldsonville Parish
Courthouse, assuring everyone
his administration would be one
committed to serving the
residents of Ascension while
also focusing on transparency,
and operating as a unified
government.
President Matassa was sworn
in by state District Judge Tess
Percy Stromberg following the
swearing in of the 11-member
Parish Council.
First-term members
Councilman Bill Dawson,
Councilman Aaron Lawler and
Councilman John Cagnolatti
joined with Councilman Oliver

Joseph, Councilman Travis
Turner, Councilman Daniel
“Doc” Satterlee, Councilman
Dempsey Lambert, Councilman
Randy Clouatre, Councilwoman
Teri Casso, Councilman Todd
Lambert and Councilman
Benny Johnson in taking the
oath from Ascension Parish
Court Judge Marilyn Lambert.
The following is taken from
President Matassa’s
Inauguration Speech “On July 4, 1939, thousands
of Yankee fans honored one of
their heroes, Lou Gehrig. In his
brief message, to his fans and
the baseball world, Gehrig said,
“Today I consider myself the
luckiest man on earth alive.”
And it’s with much humility
that I say to you today, that I

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am the luckiest man alive.
What an honor to stand next to

you as your next Ascension
Parish President. It’s been a
long road from my childhood
in Donaldsonville to reach such
an important leadership role.
But rest assured, I’m ready for
the challenge and anxious to
get started.
The theme of my next four
years will focus on servant
leadership. Scripture tells us
that Jesus professed “it is much
more blessed to give than to
receive.”
I found following this philosophy, this is the only pathway
to true success. And I feel
Ascension Parish Government
can elevate its effectiveness
using this approach to leadership. We will lead in the way we
serve others, serve excellence
and serve citizens.
We seek to be difference
makers. There are many
challenges ahead. We need
infrastructure improvements, a
parish wide sewer system,
technology upgrades across all
departments, effective
cost-cutting practices and a
productive approach to problem
solving, to name some of the

more important challenges.
Economically, Ascension is
blessed with a brisk climate and
a bright future. I will continue
to pursue new investments to
open jobs for our citizens and
adding tax dollars to parish
finances.
My expectations of all
employees is that they serve the
taxpayers and each other in a
productive manner.
Team work, improved
cooperation and communication
between parish governmental
bodies, and moving all actions
from the dark to the light of

day are essential components
required to propel our parish
forward.
We are one parish. We need
one vision. The Mississippi
River divides us physically, but
we must become one. Focus is
to create a governmental body
serving every citizen of this
parish.
We will not point fingers to
the past. That is over and done
with. It is our task to begin
where we currently are and
become as great as we are
capable of becoming. It is not
about blame, but boldness.

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These are trying and
demanding times demanding
change. Please understand there
will be some chaos because there
is no change free of strife. Your
parish leadership team is committed to serving citizens, not
filling our political hat for the
next election.
We will always do what is
right, not what is self-serving.
In the coming weeks, I will
communicate my vision and the
posture of a number of issues.
You will always know where
we are, and where we are in
the process.
Secrets are now effectively
outlawed.
Our government blanketed
with the sincere serving
approach is the new normal.
I’m already looking towards the
future, not with daydreams,
but with a sound strategy for

happened to me in the past
months would not have been
possible without the support of
so many.
First, the voters who believed
in my candidacy, thank you for
your vote of confidence. I am
deeply indebted to your belief in
me. I will never let you down.
Secondly, the many supporters
who volunteered their time to
make the campaign a success, I
could not have won without
you. I appreciate you very much.
Members of the community,
my transition team, employees
and citizens have offered insights
that are invaluable. Thank you
for your wisdom.
For those individuals that
supported other candidates,
please know you are citizens of
the parish and I plan to extend
the same service attitude I
mentioned to you because I was

success.
Ascension Parish citizens
have the right to receive the
leadership that will overcome
obstacles now hindering the
process.
It is a daunting task, but one
our employees are ready to
tackle. It is with a confident
mind and a serving heart that
I ask for your support and
wisdom. Become a part of
the process when you feel
so inclined.
Keep us informed of issues we
may be missing. Join us not
only in serving you, but serving
each other as well. All that has
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elected to serve everyone and to
forget about political paybacks.
I also want to thank
everyone for being here to make
this a memorable day. I am
appreciative of the elected
officials present and their
support. I pledge to work with
each of you in a cooperative
manner as we all strive to make
Ascension Parish one of the best
places in which to live and bring
up our families.
I’ve saved the best for last.
I am eternally grateful and
thankful for the encouragement
to move forward extended to
me by my family, especially my

wife Selma. She has been the
rock on which I leaned on
throughout the campaign. I lost
precious time with her and the
children by being on the campaign trail. But there were never
complaints, just unwavering support to do what it took to win.
God has a plan for all of us.
I’m grateful for the blessing he
extended to me and the ability
to lean on when I needed him
when things became tough. He
gave our family the courage to
cope with the accident of our
son Nick. I am pleased to tell
you, while he still has a long way
to go, we are encouraged by his
progress as you can see him here

today. I thank you for your
prayers. I ask that you continue
praying for his rapid recovery.
Let me leave you in closing
with these thoughts. I shall pass
through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can
do, or any kindness that I can
show to my fellow human being,
let me do it now. Let me not
defer or neglect it, for I shall not
pass this way again. I love my
God. I love my family and I love
Ascension Parish.
I look forward for an exciting
four years serving each of you.
Thank You. May God bless the
citizens of our parish and our
entire country.”

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St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Receives
$20,000 Donation from PCS Nitrogen

L to R: Potash Safety Specialist Chase Stogner, Firefighter Jack Belleu, Potash HSE Manager Gary Devall, Lt. Gary Germany, Sgt. Greg Swanson,
Chief James E. LeBlanc, Asst. Chief Josh Wingerter, Firefighter ‘Mytrail Whitehead, Asst. Chief Shane Stunts and Safety Officer Mike Breaux

On December 21, 2015 the St.

for a donation which will make

As a team of highly trained and

Several years ago, PCS Nitrogen

Amant Volunteer Fire

our Volunteer Firefighters a

dedicated volunteers, it is our

also gave a sizable donation to

Department received a

safer place to train,” stated

mission to provide the highest

the St. Amant Volunteer Fire

$20,000.00 donation from

Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc.

standard of service to all those

Department to purchase a fire

who may seek our help. We are

boat which is currently housed

PCS Nitrogen to assist in
funding for Emergency

According to Chief LeBlanc,

a service provider and we stand

on the Diversion Canal, stated

Response Training Props for

this money will start the begin-

ready to provide fire suppres-

LeBlanc. Since purchasing the

Volunteer Firefighters.

ning of several training props

sion, fire prevention and educa-

fire boat, we have responded to

that will be used at the St.

tion, rescue services and emer-

five working structure fires

“Again we are overwhelmed by

Amant Volunteer Fire Station to

gency medical care. We will

along the Diversion Canal,

the generosity of this Local

train our Volunteers on

faithfully provide these vital

LeBlanc said.

Chemical Facility and all the

Confined Space Rescue, High

services, promptly and safely, to

residents of the St. Amant

Angle Rope Rescue, Search and

any person who resides in,

As the world’s largest crop

Community should join our

Rescue Techniques and some

works in, or visits the St. Amant

nutrient company, PotashCorp

department by thanking PCS

live firefighting.

Community, stated LeBlanc.

plays an integral role in global

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food production. The company

tion since 1964 and we are a

produces the three essential

proud member of the Geismar

nutrients required to help

region contributing locally

farmers grow healthier, more

through employment,

abundant crops. With global

purchasing and community

population rising and diets

investments.

improving in developing
countries, crop nutrients such

“As a family of volunteers

as potash, phosphates and

committed to serving others,

nitrogen offer a responsible

we will always provide for the

and practical solution to help

welfare of our personnel

produce the food we need,

through a healthy and rewarding

from the land we have.

training environment. We are
dedicated to respect, integrity,

According to PCS Human

compassion, and leadership

Resources Specialist Misty

amongst ourselves so that we

Bonfanti, PCS Nitrogen

may proudly serve others,”

Fertilizer, LP. (PotashCorp

Stated LeBlanc.

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Parish President
Proclaims Gwen
LeBlanc Day in
Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish President Tommy
Martinez proclaimed Monday, Dec.
7, 2015 as Gwen LeBlanc Day in
Ascension Parish in honor of parish
Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer
Gwen LeBlanc’s 42-year career.
President Martinez read the proclamation aloud during the parish
finance meeting on Dec. 7 before
presenting it to Ms. LeBlanc. “Gwen,
you’ve always done a wonderful job

and we appreciate it and I just wanted to show this small token of
appreciation,” President Martinez
said. A lifelong resident of Ascension
Parish, Ms. LeBlanc began her
career in public service with the
parish in 1973. In 1984, Ms. LeBlanc
accepted the position of Ascension
Parish Secretary-Treasurer and in
1994, she was promoted to Chief
Administrative Officer until 2000. Ms.
LeBlanc became Chief Financial
Officer/Treasurer in 2000 and
remains in that position today. While
maintaining a distinguished career in
Ascension Parish, Ms. LeBlanc has
also served with numerous organizations including as an Ascension
Parish Sales & Use Tax Authority

board member, a Parochial
Retirement System of Louisiana
board member elected statewide,
Government Finance Officers
Association (state and national)
member, National Association of
Counties County Administrator’s
Organization, Louisiana Association
of Parish Administrators, Leadership
Ascension’s first class graduate and
past member of their Alumni Board.
She is also a member of the East
Ascension Rotary Club. “With 42
years of dedicated service to the
residents of Ascension Parish, Gwen
LeBlanc has lived up to and surpassed the parameters defined in
the Ascension Parish Home Rule
Charter because she has performed

her duties as Treasure of Ascension
Parish with integrity and honesty,
and all done in a professional manner,” President Martinez said. Shown
from left to right are: Parish
Councilman Daniel “Doc” Satterlee,
Parish Councilman Oliver Joseph,
Parish Councilman Travis Turner,
Parish Councilwoman Teri Casso,
Parish Councilman Kent
Schexnaydre, Chief Financial
Officer/Treasurer Gwen LeBlanc,
Parish Councilman Chris Loar,
Parish Council Chairman Randy
Clouatre, Parish President Tommy
Martinez, Parish Councilman Benny
Johnson, Parish Councilman
Dempsey Lambert and Parish
Councilman Todd Lambert.

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only one weft to a section of my
hair and on the other side she
used tape only. This was really
important to not apply too much
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can really tell they are super light
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sulfate free shampoo and
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I purchased two packs of extensions. Each pack costs $80, but
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BEFORE

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quickly, because I want to make
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They hold a curl for days on end,
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GONZALES, LA 70737

OPENING FEBRUARY 2ND
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Coming to St. Amant
beginning February 2nd
BIRDS & BERRIES HOME
DÉCOR

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on Hwy 431 in St. Amant,
near the intersection of
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The Church at St. Amant.

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SPECIALIZING in
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Antiques, Collectibles,
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Nineteenth Century
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Twelve booths will be
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• homemade soaps

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• designer room sprays • crystal
• china • wooden boxes
• wicker • pictures
• metal décor • rustic garden
décor • vintage jewelry
just to name a few!!!
Vendors already on board
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Louque, Ruth Hanson,
Pam Delaune, Amy & Clayton
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The entire team at Birds & Berries Home
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browse for that perfect item hiding in and
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inventory.

SHOULD BE A LITTLE
SOMETHING FOR
EVERYONE!!!
{For more information concerning
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are interested in renting a booth
(space is limited), please contact
Barbara Villemarette at 225.715.5554}
See you soon at

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PHOTOS BY JESSICA RAMBIN

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EATEL and C.A.R.A.
Team Up to Raise
Funds for Local
Animal Shelter
Pets Invited to
Join the ‘Krewe of
Fideaux” and
Parade in Their
Best Costumes
Calling all pets! EATEL and
Companion Animal Rescue of
Ascension (known as C.A.R.A.)
are teaming up to raise funds
for “C.A.R.A.’s House”,
formerly known as the
Ascension Parish Animal
Shelter.
C.A.R.A.’s House and EATEL
will host the Krewe of Fideaux
Pet Parade and Costume
Contest on Saturday, January
23, 2016 in the parking lot of
EATEL’s Operations Building
which is located at 406 E.
Worthey Road in Gonzales,
next to East Ascension High
School. Registration will start
at 11:30 a.m. and the parade
will take place at 1:30 p.m.
It’s FREE to attend! To
participate in the parade or costume contest, it’s a $20 donation per animal, but if a family
has more than one pet to enter,
it’s just an extra $5 donation
per additional family pet.
Prizes will be given out in the
categories of “Most Original”,
“Most Unusual,” “Best Small
Dog” and “Best Large Dog.”
“We are a critical resource in
Ascension Parish, providing a
safe place for stray and/or
abandoned animals to stay until
they are adopted,” says Starr
Breaux, Director and Board
President for C.A.R.A.’s
House. “Without financially
supportive sponsors like
EATEL and donations from the
community, we wouldn’t be
able to continue to give these
animals the food, water, shelter
and veterinary medical
attention they need while
they are with us.”
The first annual Krewe of
Fideaux Pet Parade and
Costume Contest will feature a
canine “kissing booth”, vendors
with great items to browse and
buy, delicious food, and
adoptable animals who are
looking for a “fur-ever” home.

first Mardi-Gras-themed event
for local families and their pets
in Ascension,” says Matt
Wallace, EATEL Executive Vice
President of Marketing. “It is
our hope that through this
event, we will help C.A.R.A.’s
House fulfill their mission
which is to find loving,
permanent homes for the
animals they rescue.”

This pet parade and costume
contest event is one that’s
crucial to the future of this
organization.
Please note:
· Aggressive behavior of
animals will NOT be tolerated
at this event.
· Pets must be older than 12
weeks old and have rabies c
ertificate.
· No pets in heat are allowed at
the event.
· All pets must be on a leash at
all times.
· Owners are responsible for
their pet’s “waste”.
· Non-motorized “floats” are
allowed.

About
C.A.R.A.’s House

“We are so happy to support
C.A.R.A.’s House and host this
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C.A.R.A.’s House staff and
volunteers rescue animals that
have been abandoned to fend
for themselves or who are
surrendered by owners who can
no longer care for them. They
obtain and pay for veterinarian
services for all foster animals,

including vaccinations,
screening for common illnesses,
and treatment of preexisting
conditions. They place
adoptable pets in safe and
caring foster homes until their
forever homes can be found.
They spay/neuter and
microchip all pets prior to
adoption. They hold adoption
events on a regular basis. They
maintain and care for adoptable
cats and kittens in the Gonzales
PetSmart “Luv-A-Pet Adoption
Center” and so much more.
The mission of C.A.R.A.’s
House is to find loving,
permanent homes for the
animals they rescue.
To learn more about
C.A.R.A.’s House, please visit
www.carala.org or call
(225) 255 – 1275.

Deviating

Developing
Your Strategy:
Monitoring and
Evaluating

Now, you’re probably wondering
if deviating from your plan is
alright. Honestly, it is perfectly
fine and your strategic plan is a
guideline and not written in
stone.

by Orhan Mc Millan
dezinsINTERACTIVE

Last month, we continued our
article series on developing your
business strategy through
implementation. We explained
that the process of
implementation turns your
strategies into a reality. Simply
put, strategy is nothing without
executing it.
In the final installment of
“Developing Your Strategy,” we
will focus on the ideas of
monitoring and evaluating your
strategic plan. Although we
mentioned these concepts, we
will discuss them more
specifically.

Once tasks and roles are delegated to individual employees, then
someone has to assigned to both
watch and assess the progress of
the plan. Think of it as a periodic
checking to see how things are
going. For many businesses, these
steps are as vital as complete the
initial strategic plan.

Monitoring and
Evaluating

In the end, monitoring is the
correlation between your written
strategic plan and the day-to-day
operation of your company or
organization. This will prevent
employees from neglecting your
goals and getting caught up in
daily tasks. Your employees’
performance will be stimulated
and improved as well.
What’s more is that evaluating
your efforts will serve as an early
warning mechanism. If something
is not working, you have the
opportunity to make changes as
needed.
Truthfully, the frequency of
monitoring and evaluating
depends on the type of
organization and its environment.
Whether it is meeting on a
weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or
quarterly basis, you have to find
the regularity that is right for
your company.

There are tools available to
track strategic priorities, like
Bridgespan, for example. These
types of dashboards show
timelines and results, reinforce
strategies and highlight progress.

Here’s a checklist:

• Ensure that activities are
kept within the parameters of
strategic goals and objectives.

• Guarantee that activities
correlate with the company’s
mission, values and overall vision.
• Keep note of any external and
internal adjustments that may
need to be made the match
organization’s strategy.
• If you get off track, determine
why as soon as possible and
make changes.

When you are writing your
strategic plan, you must decide
what systems and structures will
be used to evaluate your
progress. In other words, are you
accomplishing what you
intended? It works as
measurement.
Watching the process closely also
allows for corrective action.
Therefore, you can make vital
adjustments along the way. It’s a
means of fine tuning your
strategies and goals.

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As the years pass by, your
company will probably change
directions several times as
business changes and grows.
These often result from external
needs and wants of clients. In
this case, you have a complete
understanding of why you are
changing from the original plan
and what needs to be done.
Continually revising your plan
is one of the best things you
can do.

Celebrating

Oftentimes, businesses do not
recognize the accomplishments
they have achieved. Strategic
organizers are too focused on
more and more progress.

Remember to celebrate your
small successes. This will only
motivate you and your team to
continue with the plan and
achieve more triumphs.

Ultimately, we hope these ideas
will help you not only monitor
the implementation of your
strategic plan, but also evaluate
its successes and failures.

What is
Periodontal
Disease
By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD

Gum disease, or periodontal
disease is a chronic inflammation
and infection of the gums and
surrounding tissue. It is the major
cause of about 70 percent of adult
tooth loss, affecting three out of
four persons at some point in their
life. Periodontal diseases include
gingivitis and periodontitis.

What causes
gum disease?
Bacterial plaque – a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on
the teeth – is recognized as the
primary cause of gum disease. If
plaque isn't removed each day by
brushing and flossing, it hardens
into a rough, porous substance
called calculus (also known as
tartar).Toxins produced and
released by bacteria in plaque
irritate the gums. These toxins
cause the breakdown of the fibers
that hold the gums tightly to the
teeth, creating periodontal pockets
that fill with even more toxins and
bacteria. As the disease progresses,
pockets extend deeper, and the
bacteria moves down until the

bone that holds the tooth in place
is destroyed. The tooth eventually
will fall out or require extraction.

Are there
other factors?
Yes. Genetics is also a factor, as are
lifestyle choices. A diet low in
nutrients can diminish the body's
ability to fight infection. Smokers
and spit tobacco users have more
irritation to gum tissues than
non-tobacco users, while stress can
also affect the ability to ward off
disease. Diseases that interfere
with the body's immune system,
such as leukemia and AIDS, may
worsen the condition of the gums.
In patients with uncontrolled diabetes, where the body is more
prone to infection, gum disease is
more severe or harder to control.
Pregnant women experience elevated levels of hormones that
cause the gums to react differently
to the bacteria found in plaque,
and in many cases can cause a
condition known as "pregnancy
gingivitis."

What are the
warning signs of
gum disease?
Signs include red, swollen or
tender gums, bleeding while
brushing or flossing, gums that
pull away from teeth, loose or
separating teeth, pus between the

gum and tooth, persistent bad
breath, a change in the way teeth
fit together when the patient bites
and a change in the fit of dentures.
While patients are advised to check
for the warning signs, there might
not be any discomfort until the
disease has spread to a point where
the tooth is unsalvageable. That's
why patients are advised to get
frequent dental exams.

How do you prevent
gum disease?

What does
periodontal
treatment involve?

How can I maintain
treatment at home?

In the early stages of gum disease,
most treatment involves a special
cleaning called scaling and root
planning, which removes plaque
and tartar around the tooth and
smoothing the root surfaces.
Antibiotics or antimicrobials may
be used to supplement the effects
of scaling and root planing. In
most cases of early gum disease,
called gingivitis, scaling and root
planing and proper daily cleaning
achieve a satisfactory result. More
advanced cases may require
surgical treatment, which involves
cutting the gums – sometimes
with the assistance of a laser – and
removing the hardened plaque
build-up and recontouring the
damaged bone. The procedure is
also designed to smooth root
surfaces and reposition the gum
tissue so it will be easier to keep
clean.

Removing plaque through daily
brushing, flossing and professional
cleaning is the best way to
minimize your risk. Your dentist
can design a personalized
program of home oral care to
meet your needs.

Sticking to a regular oral hygiene
regimen is crucial for patients who
want to sustain the results of
periodontal therapy. Patients
should visit the dentist every three
to four months (or more,
depending on the patient) for spot
scaling and root planing and an
overall exam. In between visits,
they should brush at least twice a
day, floss daily and brush their
tongue. Manual soft nylon bristle
brushes are the most dependable
and least expensive. Electric
brushes are also a good option,
but don't reach any further into
the pocket than manual brushes.
Proxy brushes (small, narrow
brushes) and other interdental
cleaners are the best way to clean
between the recesses in the teeth
and should be used once a day.
Wooden toothpicks and rubber
tips should only be used if
recommended by your dentist.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS
By Linda Melancon
planning needs.

Another New
Year’s Resolution:
Organizing Your
Important Documents

I’ve written before on how
crucial it is to meet with an estate
planning attorney to plan your
estate before it’s too late. But
even those who make this a
priority often wind up in
emergency mode in a lawyer’s
office years later. Clients invest
the time and resources to obtain
these documents to protect their
estate, their family, and their
loved ones, only to lose them or
not be able to provide them
quickly in their time of need.
So here are a few tips on how to
organize and take care of your
estate planning documents.

While I love the holidays and the
time with family that that they
bring, it felt good to walk into
the office on the first Monday in
January with my list of 2016
goals in hand, sit down at a
re-organized desk and work
without interruptions. There’s
something freeing and motivating
about cleaning out the old and
welcoming in the new, and in
honor of January being national
“Get Organized Month,” I want
to discuss how important that
organization can be to your
and your family’s estate

First, know where your original
estate planning documents are.
While I encourage clients to
provide copies of their documents to their agents, executors
and trustees listed in their estate
planning documents, those copies
may not be able to accomplish
the desired result in an hour of
need. In fact, in Louisiana, if the
original will cannot be found at
the time of one’s death, it is
presumed that the testator
purposely destroyed it as a means
to revoke it. Make it a new year’s
habit to verify where your
original documents are located,

that they are accessible in case of
an emergency, and that
responsible friends or family
members also know where they
are and how to access them. If
you cannot locate your original
documents, don’t put it off until
later. Call and discuss with your
attorney what options you have
for replacing them.
Another thing to consider in
organizing your estate planning
documents is how you will
protect them so that they are
both accessible and safe in the
event of a natural disaster or
family dispute. I generally
recommend that my clients keep
their documents with other
important papers in a fire-proof
box at home. While a safety
deposit box at your bank may be
a natural conclusion, it often
creates difficulties for family
members after one is deceased.
Without the living owner of the
box, a court representative may
have to be appointed to access
the box and retrieve the contents.
A final reminder regarding the
organization of your estate
planning documents is to keep
them updated. When you check
each year to verify your original
documents’ location and
accessibility, also check that each
document still protects you or
your family’s best interests. Has it
been 3 years or more since you
last updated your will or trust? If

so, you may want to review them
with your attorney. Tax
regulations may have changed, or
perhaps there was a marriage in
the family, a divorce, or the
purchase of a significant piece of
property that needs to be
addressed. Additionally, you
may have had minor children
who have since become adults
and need to designate their
own health and financial
representatives.
Your trips to the gym may wane
by March and the freezer now
stocked with healthy foods may
slowly refill with 5-minute boxed
options. But, a simple visit to the
place where your estate planning
documents are located and a
couple of phone calls with your
appointed agents or attorney is
one New Year’s resolution that
can provide for your peace of
mind throughout the entire year.
Of course, if you have never
created estate planning
documents to care for your
family and loved ones, make it
your resolution to make an
appointment with an estate
planning attorney today.
Mrs. Melancon has engaged in the practice of
law in Louisiana for the past 17 years. The
primary focus of her practice is estate planning,
special needs planning, elder law and probate.
She is also accredited by the VA to give advice
regarding veterans’ benefits. For more
information, please contact her at
225-744-0027. You may also visit her website
at www.LegacyCenterLa.com

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EATEL Presents
St. Elizabeth
Hospital and
Physicians
2016 Family Fest

More than 1,500 people
from Ascension Parish and
surrounding areas attended
St. Elizabeth’s Family Fest last
year, and this year’s Family
Fest promises to be bigger
and better than ever!
Whether it’s having your face
painted or conquering the
1,850 square foot “Adrenaline
Rush Extreme Obstacle
Course,” shopping for the right
piece of reasonably priced
jewelry or the perfect gift,
learning how to feel better
and prevent or treat chronic
illnesses, or just having a bite
to eat, Family Fest has
something for everyone.
The Trademart Building at the
Lamar Dixon Expo Center in
Gonzales will house 24,000
square feet of Adventures in
Health® with five distinct

“islands” of fun dedicated to
Lifestyle and Entertainment,
Shopping, Eating, Playing, and
Screenings, exhibits, and
demonstrations. There’s no
entrance fee or registration to
get in, and area restaurants
will be providing delicious food
samples while supplies last.
Each family will receive a
special gift while supplies last

just for attending, and if you
are lucky, you may win one of
the dozens of door prizes.

It would be difficult to find an
event that offers so much in
one place, for so many, for so
little. So bring your family to
the Family Fest between 9
a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday,
January 30, 2016, and
have a great time.

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Booths and Activities
Shopping

Lady Jane’s
Simply Susan Jewelry

Games

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana
Ascension Children’s Dental
Mathnasium
Premier Lanes

Activities

BREC on the Geaux
Recreational Trailer
• Basketball goals
• Disc Golf
• Slack Lines
• Jump Ropes
• Hula Hoops
• Mini Trampolines
• And more!

• Car seat safety inspections
• Inflatables for all ages
• BRPT Lake Physical
Therapy Obstacle Course
•  Bricks 4 Kidz Brick Building
• Face painting
• St Elizabeth Physicians
Pediatrics Stuffed
Animal Clinic

Food and Drink
Samples
Community Coffee
Zaxby’s Chicken
Rotolo’s Pizza

Screenings

Blood pressure
Cholesterol
Blood glucose
Spinal screen
Carotid Artery Screening
Hearing

Live Entertainment

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St. Elizabeth Family
Fest 2016 Sponsors
Stage Sponsor:

• EATEL

Expedition Sponsors:

• AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana
Atlas Dermatology
• MedCare Medical Equipment
and Supplies

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Outpost Sponsors:

Baton Rouge Physical
Therapy Lake

Community Coffee
Lake Urgent Care

Rotolo’s Pizzeria
Smith Chiropractic
Zaxby’s

Hey Dr. Rob?
Is there a age
limit for hunting
dogs?

Scrapbook
My 7-year old grandson is
fascinated with sharks. He reads
about them. He plays with
shark toys and watches shark
programs on T.V. One of his
dreams in life is to catch a
shark. On one particular
Saturday morning he asked me
about how many sharks have I
caught in my life. I told him
that I had probably caught over
a thousand. The biggest that I
landed was a 125lb hammerhead, although I've been
involved in battles with other
species of sharks that weighed
well over 500lbs. As the conversation continued I promised
Nik that I would take him
shark fishing before long. I
then showed him some pictures
of the sharks that my old buddies and I had caught in the
past.
In 1973 I began putting pictures of every hunting or fishing trip I made into scrapbooks. I now have accumulated
five completely full books of
outdoor memories. The contents of these books have just
about everything that you can
imagine in them that can be
done in the southern outdoors.
Some of the snapshots show
limits of fish, shellfish and game
and some show outings that
were not so productive, but
each and every one of them
brings back precious memories
of the past. A moment captured
forever.
I thumbed through the
pages of the first book I'd created looking for pictures of
sharks here and there while the
young boy oohed and aahed.
When he'd seen enough he
finally walked away turning his
attention to something else like
most kids do. I continued
examining each picture on each
page reminiscing each person

and event as if it had happened
yesterday. It's amazing how
young we were and how full of
energy we were back in those
days with our entire life ahead
of us. Those pictures were all
about smiles but they also projected the faces of many that
are no longer here. In those
first two albums, believe me,
there were quiet a few faces in
that category. I'm blessed to
have their images in my possession forever.
Hardly a day goes by that
someone doesn't come up to
me with one of those camera
phones and show me a picture
of fish or game. That's fine for
now, but forty years down the
road from now what good will
that do when you want to reminisce your son's first squirrel
kill or your grand baby's' first
fish or your daddy's last buck.
Technology is fine, but there's
some things of old that you just
can't replace. A regular old picture photograph is one of those
things in my opinion that keeps
a memory fresh forever.
Hopefully in the near future
I'll have the pleasure to apply a
picture of my grandson, Nik,
with his first shark to the beginning of my sixth scrapbook.
It'll be a moment that I'll be
able to enjoy forever...

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Resolutions, Revelations and Revolutions
by Bill Delaune

Happy New Year, everyone,
and say hello to 2016-the
Chinese Year of the Falling
Stock.
I know it’s difficult saying
good-bye to that wonderful
year 2015 in which peace and
love reigned worldwide or as
my idol Dave Barry so
eloquently put it…
“After so many years of
sneering judgementalism and
derisive, overheated rhetoric,
we were able to have rational
conversations about issues such
as gun ownership, gay marriage,
race relations and abortion, so
that, as a nation, we finally
began to come together and…
Whoa! Sorry! Evidently, I am
high on narcotics…”
As Shelton would say on
“The Big Bang Theory”, “Wait,
that’s sarcasm, isn’t it?” Yes, it
was, Shelton. In fact the only
two years that even rival 2015
were 1347 when the Plague
wiped out most of humanity
and 33 A.D. when a
riddle-speaking prophet said,
“Hey, maybe we ought to treat
the sick and feed the hungry
and maybe be a little nicer to
each other…” and they nailed
him to a tree.
What a disaster last year
was-war, terrorism and worst
of all, Tom Brady deflating
footballs for a better grip. And
2016 didn’t start much better
as I had a whopping total of
zero numbers on my billion
dollar lottery tickets. But the
year is still young and if you can
get a grip on yourselves, I’m
about to give you a peak into
what’s in store for the
upcoming year…

January
My first resolution to whip
this 60-something year old shell
with 80-something year old
insides back into shape will be
shattered in the first two weeks.
My perfectly good excuse is
that the new Gold’s Gym
located in downtown
Prairieville (Isn’t everything
these days?) is right next door
to the Agave Blue Mexican
joint. So after a spirited
10-minute workout, I jog
over to Agave for some tacos,
burritos, tamales and enchiladas
and chase that down with some
top-shelf margarita specials.
For those who are really
looking for a really quick

weight-loss program, I
suggest a digital scale with a
failing battery.

February
The New England Patriots
win the Super Bowl by inflating
Carolina quarterback Cam
Newton’s Superman outfit with
helium and blowing the
Panthers away 42-0 while
Newton blows away across the
Pacific Ocean.
Pat coach Bill Belichick
denies any allegations of wrong
doing and blames “a wind shear
caused by El Nino”and refers

thing most of the members of
the audience have wanted to do
for years.
The award for Best
Choreography goes to Dabo
Swinney for his interpretation
of the wildly popular dance“The Dab”.

April
The Madness of March gets
even more foolish in April when
LSU basketball coach Johnny
Jones is suspended for using a
Donald Trump-like insult on a
female official and is replaced
by his legendary Tiger mentor

New England Tight End Rob
Gronkowski emerge as the
winner in an unruly stampede.
Coach Bill Belichick denies any
“monkey business” saying that,
“Gronk has been training on
a steady diet of Kentucky
Blue Grass.”
In other racing news, Dabo
Swinney makes a big hit with
the military crowd by
winning the Indy 500 in an
Armored Hummer H-2 that
blocks most of the track and
endears himself to the
NASCAR fans by gunning
down Kyle and Kurt Busch
and Juan Pablo Montoya when
they try to pass.

June
Coach Paul Mainieri guides
the LSU team back to Omaha
only to be hit in the head by a
“Bo Pelini for President”
banner from a local rally.
Unable to be cleared by the
concussion committee, Mainieri
is replaced by the legendary
Skip Bertman who reinstates
“Gorilla Ball” and advances to
the finals against Texas.
With the 14-13 games taking
a toll on the pitching staff,
Bertman invokes the “Dale
Brown” rule and tabs ESPN
announcer and former Tiger
great Ben McDonald as his
starter. Big Ben easily outduels
the steroid-less Roger Clemens
of the Longhorns for the title.

July
any other climate questions to
Al Gore or Pat Shingleton.
In political news, Dabo
Swinney-that lovable losing
Clemson coach who almost
slew the Alabama dragon-wins
both New Hampshire
Primaries.

March
The always sensitive Academy
of Motion Pictures presents the
Oscar for Best Actor to
Chewbacca, the Wookie
co-pilot from “Star Wars”
saying that beasts of the
world (and out of the world)
have been discriminated against
too long.
Best Supporting Actor goes
to the Grizzly in “The
Revenant” for his “bear rape”
of Leonardo DiCaprio-some-

Dale Brown. Citing an obscure
rule by his old friends at the
NCAA, Brown brings back
Shaq O’Neal for his final year
of eligibility and the two best
buddies lead the Tigers past
Kansas and Brown’s old
nemesis Lester Earl in the
Finals.
The Saints offer to draft
beleaguered Ole Miss lineman
Robert Nkemdiche-but only if
he will buy a vowel so that
WWL commentator Bobby
Hebert-a graduate of the
Buddy Diliberto School of
Broadcasting-can pronounce
his name.

May
In a controversial ruling, the
PETA people outlaw whips in
the Kentucky Derby allowing
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Revolution is in the air as
Independence Day fireworks
explode across the nation.
First, at the Republican
convention in Cleveland,
Donald Trump blockades Lake
Erie and builds a wall on the
Canadian border to try and
keep out the delegates of
Canadian-born Ted Cruz.
The strategy is somewhat
successful as Trump secures the
bid but Cruz is nominated as
Vice-President thanks to a
blockade-running “Toronto
Cruz” which sneaked delegates
in from the North.
However, a disgruntled
moderate wing of the party
borrows a maneuver from the
coaching profession and
declares Dabo Swinney as a
possible President-in-Waiting.
All is not well in the City of
Brotherly Love at the

Democratic Convention either
when Bernie Sanders’s
supporters show up with
posters depicting their
candidate as Colonel Sanders
frying “Hillary Chicken”.
Ruffled feathers are soon
smoothed as Hillary gets the
nomination with Sanders as her
Vice-President. A Southern
contention called “Demos for
Dabo” does manage the same
President-in-Waiting deal for
Swinney.

August
Beloved Saints quarterback is
injured when a statue of Robert
E. Lee falls on him during a
demolition process in Lee
Circle. The injury appears to
be career-ending until engineers
at the NASA facility in New
Orleans announce that, “We
can rebuild him. We can make
him better than he was. Better,
stronger, faster…If he will only
take a pay cut so we can get
under the salary cup.”
Which leads to a TimesPicayune story in…

September
Headlines blare the news…
”Brees Throwing and Running

Better Than Ever!” Rumors
swirl about a grant from the
Lee Majors School of Bionics
but with the Saints winning and
Brees taking a 14 million hit for
the team, no one is challenging
the newly nicknamed
“Six-Million-Dollar Man”.
On the campaign trail,
Donald Trump points out that
Dabo Swinney’s name can be
rearranged to read, “Yon bad
swine”.

October
Oh that tricky Mad Hatter.
Frustrated by his team’s
inability to beat Nick Saban and
Alabama over the past five
years, Les Miles and Presidential
poll leader Dabo Swinney
devise a plan to benefit both
LSU and Clemson. Since both
teams share the same mascot
(Tigers), the same fight song
(“Hold that Tiger”), the same
stadium nickname (“Death
Valley”) and almost the same
colors, it would be easy for a
visiting team to confuse which
venue they were playing in.
So with a little help from
some Auburn-educated air
traffic controllers, the Tide’s
trip to Baton Rouge is
diverted to Clemson where a

revenge-minded band of Tigers
baffle Bama with their wideopen offense and put a win in
the Bayou Bengals’ column.
“I’ve never seen a Les Miles
offense that imaginative,” says a
very-confused Saban after the
contest.

November
After months of name-calling,
swapping positions and spending billions of dollars that could
have gone to much better use,
the long awaited Presidential
election between Trump and
Clinton ends in a tie.
The House of
Representatives moves quickly
to declare Dabo Swinney as
President of the United States.
The gregarious coach with the
homespun humor becomes
wildly popular with the general
public when he announces his
first order of business will be to
abolish the IRS because those
letters spell “Theirs”.

December
President-elect Dabo gains
even more support when he
dishes out duties for his
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Ted Cruz will be appointed
Prime Minister of Canada,”
Swinney states.
Pressed on the issue of gun
control, Swinney has a simple
solution. “Everyone gets to
keep their shotguns, deer rifles
and Red Ryder B.B. guns.
However, if someone wants an
assault weapon, they must do a
10-year waiting period with the
weapon in a Middle Eastern
country of their choice. Then,
they will be able to return to
this country-if they are still
with us.”
Everybody is happy-with the
possible exception of Nick
Saban who is never happy- and
nobody decides to return to the
Mother Ship like Dr. Spock did
in 2015 and Ziggy Stardust did
earlier this month.
Oh, and if I happen to hit
the right six numbers before
this column comes out,
I’ll be harder to find than
Spock or Ziggy.

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Doug & Sally

Hi Maintenance Band
Rocks Park Place
Hi-Maintenance is a party band from
Gonzales, LA. Band members include
Elizabeth Rich – lead Vocals, Derek
Ryan - Lead Guitar, Brandon Bourque
- Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Logan Hymel
– Bass, Trent Richey – Drums. The
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Derek on lead guitar melting
faces with those famous solos
and
recognizable guitar licks, and
the solid rhythm section of
Brandon, Logan, and Trent, it's
sure to be good times with

love to play music together.
Upcoming shows for
Hi-Maintenance are February
5th, at the Hangout in
Maurepas, March 4th, at Park
Place in Gonzales, and March
good music every time they
play. Hi-Maintenance was born
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of the band is 5 friends that

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Thoughts from Bully

“IT WAS MY
TIME TO
GO DAD!”
A tribute to the
best dog ever.
This is our family dog Chipper.
He’s been in the family 13 years.
When my son was in high school
he always said he wanted a black
lab. One day a friend called me to
let me know a breeder was getting
rid of the last of 8 puppies for
free. These puppies were $600
dogs but this dog was the runt
and no one wanted him so he was
ours for free if we wanted.
That afternoon I picked my son
up from school and stopped by
the kennel and Michael saw this
lonely puppy by himself behind
the fence. I said, “Go get him
he’s yours.” He put him in the car
and the first thing he did was pee
all over the back seat.
After a few month’s and some
discipline our new dog ‘Chipper’
showed signs of real growth and
real smarts. He took to all the
regular retrieving of sticks and
catching balls . As he got bigger
he soon would perform High 5’s
and shaking of hands. The higher
you held your hand up the higher
he would jump and slap his paw
in the middle of your hand.
He was primarily a house dog
with no hunting training but one
day I decided to take him to the
creek to hunt Wood Ducks. He
retrieved 3 on his first time out
and brought all back to me and
placed in my hand. Now, in 13
years of hunting he’s never missed
a duck. He once retrieved for 4
hunters 100 yards apart and
would run to the sound of gun
fire and retrieved all the game
from all 4 hunters.

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That dog lives for going to the
camp but now after 13 years his
retrieving days are over. He old
and gray, limping and has knee
and hip issues. He still has the
heart but not the legs.
Recently he has been going
down hill, struggling with
breathing and asthma. I have to
pick him up to put in my vehicle.
Last week he knew I was going
to the camp and laid in the yard
watching me pack. I couldn’t
leave him behind. I made sure he
did all his business before we took
the 4 hour ride so he wouldn’t
have bathroom issues.
As we travel he gets excited at
every turn and the closer we got
to the camp the more excited he
would get. This started breathing
seizers. Once we arrived at out
gate he was laid out laboring to
breath. I felt so sorry for him I
pulled over to pet and calm him
down. I talked to him. It wasn’t
working. He couldn’t stand and I
started to tear up and told him it
was OK to go on to the happy
hunting grounds. He struggled to
stand and lost control of his
water. Barely breathing I got back
in the vehicle to get down the dirt
road to the camp site. Once there
I opened the door to pick up his
broken limp body and placed him
on the ground. I was a mess.
Immediately and ran 5 steps only
to squat and relieve himself and
took a good poop. After that he
walked over wagging his tail and
found a pile of leaves to roll in.
He rolled around scratched his
back on the ground and smiled at
me.
I’ve been so worried about the
day when it’s his time to pass on I
forgot that he was just being a
good dog and not breaking the
rules by messing up my car.
I laugh about it now. I can only
imagine what he was thinking as I
was boohooing over him.
Probably something like, “Would
you quit that and get me out of
this car. I GOT TO GO DAD.
Get in the car and get me to the
camp you big DUMMIE.”
On the way home from that
trip I picked him up and let him
out on the side of the road
several times.
Chipper is still with us today
and I’ll do better remembering
he’s just like me, OLD.
Next trip I think I’ll give
him a few more potty
breaks. Probably will do
me some good also.

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Since those early days the Feed the
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citizens in need for the Holidays. This year
the organization raised in Cash and Checks
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Special thanks to our major sponsors
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Cooking
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with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

Ingredients:
12 jumbo shrimp- peeled & deveined
(10/15 or 16/20)
4 slices of lemon
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tsp finely sliced green onions
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 tsp fresh basil
1 tsp fresh rosemary
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup water
Salt and black pepper to taste.

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In a large sauté pan heat your olive oil over medium
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