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Magazine 18386 Little Prairie Rd. Prairieville, LA 70769 Table of Contents PARISH PRESIDENT 4 LAYNE’S

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PARISH PRESIDENT

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LAYNE’S JEWELRY

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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HEALTH FEST

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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BILL DELAUNE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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FEED THE NEEDY

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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 -

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

“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

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 philos- ophy, this is the only pathway to true success. And I feel Ascension Parish Government can elevate its effectiveness using this approach to leader- ship. 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

all departments, effective cost-cutting practices and a productive approach to problem solving, to name some of
all departments, effective cost-cutting practices and a productive approach to problem solving, to name some of
all departments, effective cost-cutting practices and a productive approach to problem solving, to name some of

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more important challenges. Economically, Ascension is blessed with a brisk climate and a bright future.

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
These are trying and demanding times demanding change. Please understand there will be some chaos

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 com- mitted 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

the same service attitude I mentioned to you because I was success. Ascension Parish citizens have

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 cam- paign trail. But there were never complaints, just unwavering sup- port 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

On December 21, 2015 the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department received a $20,000.00 donation from PCS Nitrogen to assist in funding for Emergency Response Training Props for Volunteer Firefighters.

“Again we are overwhelmed by the generosity of this Local Chemical Facility and all the residents of the St. Amant Community should join our department by thanking PCS

for a donation which will make our Volunteer Firefighters a safer place to train,” stated Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc.

According to Chief LeBlanc, this money will start the begin- ning of several training props that will be used at the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Station to train our Volunteers on Confined Space Rescue, High Angle Rope Rescue, Search and Rescue Techniques and some live firefighting.

As a team of highly trained and dedicated volunteers, it is our mission to provide the highest standard of service to all those who may seek our help. We are a service provider and we stand ready to provide fire suppres- sion, fire prevention and educa- tion, rescue services and emer- gency medical care. We will faithfully provide these vital services, promptly and safely, to any person who resides in, works in, or visits the St. Amant Community, stated LeBlanc.

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Several years ago, PCS Nitrogen also gave a sizable donation to the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a fire boat which is currently housed on the Diversion Canal, stated LeBlanc. Since purchasing the fire boat, we have responded to five working structure fires along the Diversion Canal, LeBlanc said.

As the world’s largest crop nutrient company, PotashCorp plays an integral role in global

food production. The company produces the three essential nutrients required to help farmers grow healthier, more abundant crops. With global population rising and diets improving in developing countries, crop nutrients such as potash, phosphates and nitrogen offer a responsible and practical solution to help produce the food we need, from the land we have.

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“As a family of volunteers committed to serving others, we will always provide for the welfare of our personnel through a healthy and rewarding training environment. We are dedicated to respect, integrity, compassion, and leadership amongst ourselves so that we may proudly serve others,” Stated LeBlanc.

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Parish President Proclaims Gwen LeBlanc Day in Ascension Parish Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez proclaimed

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 procla- mation 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 want- ed 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 organiza- tions including as an Ascension Parish Sales & Use Tax Authority

as an Ascension Parish Sales & Use Tax Authority 10 board member, a Parochial Retirement System

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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 sur- passed 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 man- ner,” 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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Many fashion-forward designers are offering new two-tone jewelry styles combining pink and white gold, or pink gold and platinum in elegant rings, pendants, pins, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.

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in rose gold or two-tone rose gold and platinum or titanium. Birthstones January - Garnet. Known

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January - Garnet. Known thousands of years for their pomegranate color, a gift of garnet is

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Your Best Hair Day, Everyday. You know that I’ve done just about everything to my

Your Best Hair Day, Everyday.

You know that I’ve done just about everything to my hair from coloring it red, blonde and brown. I’ve also tried every type of strategy to add length to my hair like adding hair tracks, weaves, clip in and bonded extensions.

My biggest challenge with extensions is that they were too heavy for my fine, color treated hair and ended up causing more breakage and harm to my hair. I recently started hearing more about tape in extensions, so I decided to do some research and then called one of my friends Amber Leigh at Vintage salon at 1203 E. Cornerview in Gonzales. She convinced me to give them a try, and a month into having these tape ins, I

absolutely love them!

My tapes in extensions were a brand called Babe that my stylist recommended. They are about an inch and a half wide and I got them in the 18” length. Other lengths available are 14” and 22”.

I purchased two packs of exten- sions. Each pack costs $80, but keep in mind you can reuse this hair over and over as long as you take care of them like you would your own hair. (Installation starts

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at $135) I ordered a lighter blonde color other in a auburn brown color. I must say the color options for these extensions are very true to life.

Each weft of hair is connected to a piece of tape. A section of your real hair is sandwiched in between the two wefts, then heat is applied for just a few seconds using a flat iron. That is the extent of the application. But due to the fragile nature of my hair, Amber didn’t install these extensions in the traditional manner. Instead Amber placed

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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 pressure or pull to my hair, and I can really tell they are super light on my hair.

When using any extension, you do need to make sure you use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. Also, with these extensions it’s important to make sure you don’t use oils on your hair, at least not towards the scalp, because it will cause the tape ins to slip. After getting sweaty, I also try to dry my hair

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quickly, because I want to make sure the tape stays put. Another note: You also have to brush them at least twice a day with an extension brush, and you should also put it in a braid or bun when going to sleep to keep tangles at bay.

These extensions are so easy! They hold a curl for days on end, and I have so many styling options. When I wake up in the morning, I brush my hair and that’s it. I use some dry shampoo at my roots when I want to avoid another day of washing my hair, but that’s it!

These extensions will grow out with your hair, so you may want to get them taken out and reap- plied in eight to twelve weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows. Amber even mentioned that she has one client that had them in for 18 weeks!

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Our team will be bringing many years of experience to the business as well as a very unique inventory that will be ever changing since our

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16 one-of-a-kind products tend to sell very quickly…so plan to visit regularly. Also, be sure
16 one-of-a-kind products tend to sell very quickly…so plan to visit regularly. Also, be sure
16 one-of-a-kind products tend to sell very quickly…so plan to visit regularly. Also, be sure

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16 one-of-a-kind products tend to sell very quickly…so plan to visit regularly. Also, be sure to

one-of-a-kind products tend to sell very quickly…so plan to visit regularly. Also, be sure to sign our registry so that your loved ones can know what to buy for birthdays, anniversaries, or just those sweet ‘I love you’ gifts.

The entire team at Birds & Berries Home Décor welcomes everyone to visit our new shoppe for your home décor needs, for friendly decorating advice, or to just simply browse for that perfect item hiding in and amongst the shoppe’s large selection of inventory.

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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 cos- tume contest, it’s a $20 dona- tion 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.

adoptable animals who are looking for a “fur-ever” home. This pet parade and costume contest event

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.

“We are so happy to support C.A.R.A.’s House and host this

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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.”

About C.A.R.A.’s House

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

To learn more about C.A.R.A.’s House, please visit www.carala.org or call

(225) 255 – 1275.

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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 “DevelopingYour 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 delegat- ed 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.

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.

Deviating

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.

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.

Monitoring and Evaluating

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.

Therefore, you can make vital adjustments along the way. It’s a means of fine tuning your

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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, color- less 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 dia- betes, where the body is more prone to infection, gum disease is more severe or harder to control. Pregnant women experience ele- vated 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.

What does periodontal treatment involve?

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.

How do you prevent gum disease?

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.

How can I maintain treatment at home?

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

YOUR ESTATE MATTERS Another New Year’s Resolution: Organizing Your Important Documents While I love the holidays

Another New Year’s Resolution:

Organizing Your Important 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

By Linda Melancon

planning needs.

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.

First, know where your original estate planning documents are. While I encourage clients to provide copies of their docu- ments 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

square feet of Adventures in Health® with five distinct “islands” of fun dedicated to Lifestyle and

“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

Each family will receive a special gift while supplies last just for attending, and if you

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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Activities

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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

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Stage Sponsor:

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Scrapbook My 7-year old grandson is fascinated with sharks. He reads about them. He plays

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 hammer- head, although I've been involved in battles with other species of sharks that weighed well over 500lbs. As the con- versation 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 bud- dies and I had caught in the past. In 1973 I began putting pic- tures of every hunting or fish- ing trip I made into scrap- books. I now have accumulated five completely full books of outdoor memories. The con- tents 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 cre- ated 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 pro- jected 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 posses- sion 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 rem- inisce 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 pic- ture 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 begin- ning of my sixth scrapbook. It'll be a moment that I'll be able to enjoy forever

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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

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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

official and is replaced by his legendary Tiger mentor any other climate questions to Al Gore

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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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

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 Times- Picayune 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

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revenge-minded band of Tigers baffle Bama with their wide- open 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 spend- ing 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 vanquished competitors. “Hillary can run the Blue

States and Trump can run the Red States and Bernie can be in charge of Washington D.C. 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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Hi Maintenance Band Rocks Park Place Hi-Maintenance is a party band from Gonzales, LA. Band
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
beautiful Elizabeth on lead vocals has a
voice like a songbird belting out every
ones favorite sing-alongs. Also, with
Brandon on vocals and rhythm guitar,
the genres and styles of music we cover
is suitable for everyone. Featuring

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Derek on lead guitar melting faces with those famous solos and recognizable guitar licks, and

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

Logan, and Trent, it's sure to be good times with good music every time they play.

good music every time they play. Hi-Maintenance was born from a few different musical projects that eventually landed them all together. But the basis of the band is 5 friends that

all together. But the basis of the band is 5 friends that love to play music
all together. But the basis of the band is 5 friends that love to play music

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

in Maurepas, March 4th, at Park Place in Gonzales, and March 25th, at the Hangout in

25th, at the Hangout in Maurepas. For booking, please feel free to email or call anytime. Hi.maintenance.band@gmail. com or call (225) 938-7801. Hi.maintenance.band@gmail.com or call (225) 938-7801.

anytime. Hi.maintenance.band@gmail. com or call (225) 938-7801. Hi.maintenance.band@gmail.com or call (225) 938-7801. 33

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ThoughtsfromBully “IT WAS MY TIME TO GO DAD!” A tribute to the best dog ever.
ThoughtsfromBully
“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.
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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Useless Random Facts with Kellie • Daniel Boone hated coonskin caps. • J.Edgar Hoover like

Useless Random Facts

with Kellie

Daniel Boone hated coonskin caps.

J.Edgar Hoover like to fire FBI agents whose palms were sweaty when shaking hands.

Bill Gates house was designed using a Macintosh computer.

In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans every year.

There are 365 steps on the front of the U.S Capitol Building-one for every day of the year.

The onion is named after the Latin word 'unio' meaning large pearl.

There is more real lemon juice in Lemon Pledge furniture polish than in Country Time Lemonade.

Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.

Nokia was once famous as a manufacturer of toilet paper.

Our right lung takes more air than our left lung.

There are 10 towns named Hollywood in the United States.

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Wall Mural 25’ W X 8’ H When You Buy Art Buy Big Art Wall
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When You Buy Art
Buy Big Art
Wall Mural 35’ W X 10’ H
Gymnasium Entrance
25’ W X 25’ H
Art is a Great way to inhance your business or home.
It becomes a landmark that draws attention your way.
No space to large indoor or outdoor.
Quik turn around. Typically a week. Great for Restaurants,
Stores, Businesses, Man Caves, Kids rooms
and much more
Free Consultaions on projects.
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Feed the Needy Annual Fundraiser Raises & Donates Over $30,000 to Families

In December 2006, Uncle Perry and Aunt Susan Aldridge casually mentioned to BAMA that there were three needy families in the Gonzales area who were in danger of going without the necessities for Christmas. That was all it took for the idea of “Feed the Needy” to be born in the big heart of the CEO, Thomas “BAMA” Aldridge. It was a humble beginning that year as BAMA asked Sheriff Wiley if he would sponsor a pot of food to use as a fund

Wiley if he would sponsor a pot of food to use as a fund raiser in

raiser in order to try to help these families. The Sheriff obliged and BAMA and his Sous Chef, “Bones” Sheets cooked a hen and andouille sauce piquante which was sold for the regular Saturday lunch at Gonzales Country Club. The process raised $800.00 and in turn, those three families had an unexpectedly great Christmas. Since those early days the Feed the Needy has raised money to help our local citizens in need for the Holidays. This year the organization raised in Cash and Checks the amount of $29,210.00. There were 25 cases of frozen food was delivered to the Battered Woman’s Shelter. None of this would be possible without the sacrifices and contributions of our many generous donors. We had our usual great team of volunteers who want no

We had our usual great team of volunteers who want no recognition. These folks come back

recognition. These folks come back each year because it becomes more evident that there are many people right here in our community that are “down on their luck” and really need our assistance and

“down on their luck” and really need our assistance and 38 appreciate the help we are

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on their luck” and really need our assistance and 38 appreciate the help we are able

appreciate the help we are able to provide. One of the most satisfying elements to this year’s benefit was the fact that we sold every serving of Jambalaya cooked. The community really stepped up to the plate. It is heart warming to know we live in a community that cares about its citizens. The funds raised were distributed to:

• LOCAL CHURCH FOOD BANKS - $9500

• SPECIAL CHARITIES - $1500

• NEEDY CHILDREN / LOCAL SCHOOLS - $7200

• BATTERED WOMAN’S SHELTER - $2000

• LOCAL NEEDY FAMILIES - $7200

Special thanks to our major sponsors who once again supplied the jambalaya ingredients:

1. Sheriff Jeff Wiley

2. Blaine, Garrett and Cade Sheets – River Parish Foods

3. Brandon Trosclair – Ralph’s

4. Jimmy Cruze – Personal

5. Lamendola’s Supermarket

6. Kyle Labat and family

#1 FACT about Feed The Needy – We have zero expenses and all of the

#1 FACT about Feed The Needy –

We have zero expenses and all of the money we collect stays right here at home to help needy people.

A touching story –

After sending a donation to a local school the recepient wrote us:

Thanks for blessing our families of the children with clothes. Both parents are incarcerated. The aunt who was caring for them has been

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picked up for warrants and she expected to get out of jail in February. It’s a very sad situation. After meeting with the children they asked if someone could get them something to wear besides school uniforms. This is a total of six children. The story is sad but because of people like you and your organization you have given’

them, “A Ray of Hope!” Thank You so much!!!!

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The Best Youth Photos of 2015

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The Best Youth Photos of 2015

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The only thing better than Skid Marks Tire Pros and their Five locations is a
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These Kids Rock!
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The Best Youth Photos of 2015

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and their Five locations is a solid community.
These Kids Rock!
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Cooking Gourmet at Home

with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

A great dish to start the New Year
A great dish to start the New Year

HealthyGarlic&HerbShrimp

Executive Chef Ben Jarreau
Executive Chef
Ben Jarreau

Yield:

2 servings

Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cook Time:

10 minutes

I n g r e d i en ts :

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.

Method:

In a large sauté pan heat your olive oil over medium high heat. When the olive oil is hot add the shrimp one at a time. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes then turn the shrimp over. After turning the shrimp add your fresh garlic. Do not allow your garlic to brown. Let garlic cook for 1 minute then add your water, and fresh herbs. Allow to reduce for another minute then finish with the fresh lemon slices. Salt and pepper the shrimp to taste and serve immediately.

Goes great with steamed vegetables Have a happy, healthy and delicious New Year!!!!

to taste and serve immediately. Goes great with steamed vegetables Have a happy, healthy and delicious

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The Inn at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens "The Great River Roads" newest and most
The Inn at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens "The Great River Roads" newest and most
The Inn at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens "The Great River Roads" newest and most
The Inn at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens "The Great River Roads" newest and most
The Inn at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens "The Great River Roads" newest and most
The Inn at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens "The Great River Roads" newest and most

The Inn at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

"The Great River Roads" newest and most elegant bed and breakfast. Our cottages are nestled along an alley of ancient oak trees, where you will have full access to our world famous gardens to watch the sunset or relax in a cozy spot and enjoy the gentle breeze from the Mississippi River. The cottages depict historic structures that once graced Uncle Sam Plantation, which was located downriver from Houmas House. Each room is complete with a single king or queen size bed or double queen beds, marble bathrooms, and a porch to enjoy the view.

Luxurious and romantic, each room is decorated with old world furnishings allowing you to experience the lavish lifestyle of the wealthy Sugar Barons of the early 1800's. With all the amenities world class travelers expect today. Breakfast and a tour of the mansion are included. Check In: 4pm Check Out: 11am.

Book Now Online www.houmashouse.com or call (225) 473-9380.

Book Now Online www.houmashouse.com or call (225) 473-9380. 40136 Hwy 942, River Road, Darrow, LA 70725

40136 Hwy 942, River Road, Darrow, LA 70725 225.473.9380 • kk@houmashouse.com

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