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CO MP LI ME NTARY

MARCH 2016, VOL. 14 ISSUE 2

Publisher / Editor Mike Strong Sales Manager Dottie Godberry Staff Photographer Jimmy Dunkley

Contributing Writers Bill Delaune Linda Melancon Calvin Bessonett

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Magazine 18386 Little Prairie Rd. Prairieville, LA 70769 Table of Contents EATEL BOOK GRANTS 4 LAYNE’S

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EATEL BOOK GRANTS

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LAYNE’S JEWELRY

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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PROFESSIONAL ARCHIVE

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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BILL DELAUNE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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EATEL’s Ninth Annual Book Grants Transform Local Students into Published Authors

Book Grants Transform Local Students into Published Authors Janice Morgan’s students at Sorrento Primary show their

Janice Morgan’s students at Sorrento Primary show their excitement about becoming published authors. Standing, left to right: Ms. Janice Morgan, Brielle LeBlanc, Aaron Ross, Peyton Dunn, Terrance Washington, Igor Lopez, Kylaila Brown, and Braydn Marcotte. Kneeling, (left to right): Amari Winston, Alayah Antoine, Bryce Gremillion, Jazmin Nelson, Paige Russelburg, Eduardo Enriquez, and Ubaldo Cano. Sitting, (left to right): Kelsie Bourgeois, Baleigh Caballero, Peyton Breaux, Payton Guedry, and Matt Mathews.

EATEL recently delivered books to eleven Ascension Parish primary classes who were recipients of the ninth annual EATEL Imagination Press Book Grants. Encouraging creativity and student expression, local teachers and their classes spent several months developing

narratives and illustrations for their winning story ideas. EATEL and Internet-based photo book publisher Picaboo transformed the students’ work into hardbound books. Each student received a copy of the book to share with family and friends, and a copy of each

book to share with family and friends, and a copy of each Student Cylan Brooks of

Student Cylan Brooks of Sandi Bourque’s 3rd grade class at Lowery Elementary was thrilled to be interviewed by Jenny Heroman for the EATEL Community Connection TV Show.

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class’s finished book has been added to the school’s library. “This is an incredible oppor- tunity for our students to not only think creatively, but also to see that creative work profes- sionally published,” said Patrice Pujol, Ascension Parish School Board Superintendent. “We are grateful to Eatel for partnering with our teachers in a program that very well may inspire the next great literary authors.” Fourth grade teacher at Lakeside Primary, Susan Chmurka, says “It is just a thrill to see the children ‘light up’ when all of their hard work and research come to life whenever they open that first page.” In addition to becoming published authors and seeing their books for the first time, the students were also surprised when EATEL’s Jenny Heroman Koenig brought along her video camera and interviewed the teachers and several students about their books. Visit www.eatel.com/ecc to watch episode #342, which features these new authors.

This year’s grant winners are (in alphabetical order):

· Sherrie Anderson, 4th grade

teacher at Spanish Lake Elementary, whose class authored a book titled, “College Bound Kids.” The students thought about their futures and where they hoped to go to college, and Mrs. Anderson wanted her students to think beyond that as well and asked them to describe their

goals and what career field they hope to go into one day.

· Sarah Blank, 2nd grade

teacher at Dutchtown Primary, who had two winning classes whose books are titled “Escape from Candyland.” Mrs. Blank’s students used their creative

writing skills to explain how they would escape if they were trapped in the famous board game, “Candyland.”

· Sandi Bourque, 3rd grade

teacher at Donaldsonville Primary, whose two classes wrote books titled: If I Could Travel Anywhere, I Would Travel To… This led to fantastic, worldly thinking and research about places around

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Janice Morgan’s students at Sorrento Primary show their excitement about becoming published authors. Standing, left

Janice Morgan’s students at Sorrento Primary show their excitement about becoming published authors. Standing, left to right: Ms. Janice Morgan, Brielle LeBlanc, Aaron Ross, Peyton Dunn, Terrance Washington, Igor Lopez, Kylaila Brown, and Braydn Marcotte. Kneeling, (left to right): Amari Winston, Alayah Antoine, Bryce Gremillion, Jazmin Nelson, Paige Russelburg, Eduardo Enriquez, and Ubaldo Cano. Sitting, (left to right): Kelsie Bourgeois, Baleigh Caballero, Peyton Breaux, Payton Guedry, and Matt Mathews.

the globe and different cultures throughout our world. · Susan Chmurka, 3rd grade teacher at Lakeside Primary, who had two winning story ideas for two separate classes. Her class books are titled:

Letters to the Principal and Love That Poetry. In the first book, as Mrs. Chmurka’s students were learning about how the Declaration of

Independence came to be, they used the idea behind the colonists’ letters to King George as inspiration for writing their own letters to their school prin- cipal, Thomas Laurent, about something they wanted to change at their school. The stu- dents were very excited to learn that their principal had taken the time to write each of them back with a thoughtful

response. In her second class’s book, Mrs. Chmurka’s students took their study of poetry to a new level when they chose a fa- mous poet to study and imitate with their very own poems. · Amber Landry, 2nd grade teacher at G.W. Carver Primary, whose class book is titled “We Are Problem Solvers.” This book became part of strenghening the “powerful

power standard” in which teachers try to tackle learning areas in which the students have the most trouble. Ms. Landry says that word problems are usually difficult for the students so engaging them in authoring their very own word problem helped them see that math in “real life” can be fun.

· Amanda Martinez, Lake

Elementary, whose two classes each got to author a book titled

“Math in Our Everyday World.” These students had to think about how math comes into

play in their regular activities. One student wrote about playing football for the school team, explaining that math helps him to figure out how many yards his team needs at certain points of their games.

· Janice Morgan, 2nd grade

teacher at Sorrento Primary, whose class book was designed to get the students’ thinking caps on. The students were assigned a classic children’s story like that of “Tom Thumb,” for instance, but students had to choose a different ending for the story.

story like that of “Tom Thumb,” for instance, but students had to choose a different ending

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FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON If you are going to be freezin’, would- n’t you rather

FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON

If you are going to be freezin’, would- n’t you rather be Freezin’ for a Rea- son? Special Olympics Louisiana hosted the 9th Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 27th.

The event took place on Saturday, February 27, 2016, 10:00 am at Cabela’s, 2200 W. Cabela’s Parkway | Gonzales, LA 70737.

Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, LSU Police Department, Louisiana State Police, and all of our supporters, partici- pants, and athletes for raising over $86,000. For up to date informa- tion please log onto www.laso.org. There you will find links to the flyer, pictures, and more information.

Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) is a state-wide organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. SOLA offers year-round programs for over 14,600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 64 parishes with the help of over 15,000 volunteers. We have health, education, leadership, family, training and

We have health, education, leadership, family, training and Participants paid a minimum of $50.00 to take

Participants paid a minimum of $50.00 to take the plunge. Family fun included music, food, drinks, and much more. Overall, there were over 200 plungers and hundreds of supporters who came out to this event. We want to say a big thank you to Major Ward Webb, with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office who was the event’s top fundraiser. We would also like to give a spe- cial thanks to Sheriff Wiley and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Chief Carl Dabadie and the Baton Rouge Police

Office, Chief Carl Dabadie and the Baton Rouge Police sports programs for people beginning at age

sports programs for people beginning at age 2 and there is no upper age limit. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics. For more information about Special Olympics Louisiana, please visit our

website at www.laso.org, like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/spe- cialolympicslouisiana or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/SOLouisiana.

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EATEL Receives “Button of Bravery” with Contribution to Child Advocacy Services

Brave children, who have been abused or neglected, share their stories. Courageous adults volunteer to help these children through their trauma and assist them in having a safe and healthy childhood. A “Button of Bravery” represents the journey of One Child for One Year under the care of Child Advocacy Services. After a year-long fundraising effort, EATEL made a contribution in the amount of $1637 which will provide more than the $1541 necessary to support an entire year of services for one child through Child Advocacy Services’ Child Sponsorship Plan. According to Child Advocacy Services, the charitable organiza- tion relies on tax-deductible support from individuals and businesses to sustain operations and enhance services to children and families in our local communi- ties. Services include volunteer ad- vocacy, forensic interviewing, individual and family counseling, prevention and community

individual and family counseling, prevention and community Proud supporters from EATEL present their check to Child

Proud supporters from EATEL present their check to Child Advocacy Services. Pictured left to right are EATEL employees Arthur Scanlan, Shunta Whalum, Jenny Heroman Koenig, Duane Wylie, Clint King, Kristy Alleman, Dean’a Coffey, Ronnie Gilkey, Shelley Gomez, Lauren Raffray, Tara Credeur, Melissa Lanoux Braud, Brett Varnell, Trudy Thibodeaux, Lina Courville, Brandi Akin, and Iris Schexnaydre. Next to Iris, on the right, are Krisy McAdams Rice of Child Advocacy Services, Ashleigh Fuller of Child Advocacy Services, and Cheryl Rice, EATEL Community Coordinator.

education, and awareness of child abuse and neglect needs. “EATEL’s contribution will help us provide the services for children to live free from abuse and neglect,” said Krisy McAdams Rice, CASA Recruiter. “An annual Child Sponsorship totaling $1,541 enables Child Advocacy Services to provide a full year of services to abused and neglected children.” Several EATEL co-workers got together and decided that they wanted to help local children in need. They spearheaded their own fundraiser by asking EATEL

employees to wear blue jeans on Thursdays for a $2 donation placed in a jar in the company break room. “EATEL has been so generous and supportive of charities and our community my entire career and beyond. I believe generosity is contagious, the more we see it, the more we are around it, the more we want to be a part of it,” said Clint King, EATEL Outside Plant Engineering Manager. “Children facing hardship touches a special place in our hearts. One hundred percent of CASA’s energy and

efforts are in support of children who are victims of abuse and neglect - such a deserving and worthwhile cause. Folks here are happy they could help!” You can also help children in our community who are victims of abuse or neglect by supporting Child Advocacy Services’ Child Sponsorship Program. To make a tax deductible donation or for more information, please call them at 225-647-2005 or visit www.childadv.net.

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Dramatic Rings And Earrings Topping Runways with Layne Gautreau This season’s red-carpet fa- vorites include

Dramatic Rings And Earrings Topping Runways

with Layne Gautreau

This season’s red-carpet fa- vorites include the brightest and biggest eye-catching statement styles in colorful stacking rings, knuckle-dust- ing cocktail rings, and glitter- ing right-hand rings, aswell as the classic look of dazzling neck-skimming drop earrings and oversize hoop earrings, which are among today’s top earring trends.

Stylish Oversize Rings in both karat gold and sterling silver continue the recent head- turning trend of featuring elongated settings with

head- turning trend of featuring elongated settings with sparkling diamonds combined with big, bold colored gems

sparkling diamonds combined with big, bold colored gems in a rainbow of pink, orange, blue, green, yellow, purple, and red colors. Halo and doubl halo set- tings are designed to give these high-fashion rings a bigger and more sparkling look.

Trendy Drop Earrings give you a wide choice of exciting styles including chandeliers, pendants, and openwork de-

styles including chandeliers, pendants, and openwork de- signs in gold, platinum, or ster- ling silver in

signs in gold, platinum, or ster- ling silver in many elegant tex- tures and finishes set with diamonds, pearls, or colored gems. Swing- ing hoop earrings include two and three inch sizes aswell as large inside-outside diamond hoops which sparkle with every movement you make.

Birthstones

March -

Aquamarine and Bloodstone Those born in March are fortunate to have two birthstones to cho
Aquamarine and Bloodstone
Those born in
March are
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have two
birthstones to
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Aquamarine and Bloodstone. Although these two gems are strikingly different, both promise courage to those of March birth.

Aquamarine is a transparent sea blue beryl once prized by ancient Greek sailors on long voyages. Opaque bloodstone isn’t red at all; it is actually a dark green chalcedony with vivid red flecks and it has been a favorite of men since medieval times.

and it has been a favorite of men since medieval times. Did you know! Opals require

Did you know!

Opals require special care? This beautiful, translucent gem displays a continuous array of vivid rainbow colors seemingly suspended in a luminous white or black base. The name opal is a shortened version of the Roman word “opalus” which means color play. While on the Mohs scale, opals have a hardness of 5.5, they are composed of 3% - 23% water, so they should never be allowed to

of 3% - 23% water, so they should never be allowed to freeze or dry out.

freeze or dry out. Avoid ex- treme or rapid changes in tem- perature while wearing and storing your opal jewelry. Also avoid cleaning products, ultrasonic and steam jewelry cleaners. Whether you are considering a beautiful opal piece for yourself or a loved one, or your current opal jewelry has lost its luster and needs a prof.

a beautiful opal piece for yourself or a loved one, or your current opal jewelry has

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Night Time Menu tables to book your crawfish boil, picnic or Bar-B-Que. Parties can supportguests
Night Time Menu
Night Time Menu

tables to book your crawfish boil, picnic or Bar-B-Que. Parties can supportguests up to 200. The pavilion is an option to make your event outdoor or youcan book parties, receptions and meetings. All in door. To book Cypress Hall and Outdoor Pavilion contact Catering Coordinator Jena Guidry @

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Frank’s Restaurant

Music & Mud Bugs

Frank’s Restaurant on Airline Hwy in

the restaurant is a big hit with a big

Prairieville is making some changes to

better serve and entertain the community. They call it, ‘Music and Mud Bugs. Stop by, enjoy some crawfish, dance the night away.

Bugs. Stop by, enjoy some crawfish, dance the night away. Don’t worry the best bisquits in

Don’t worry the best bisquits in the parish will still be served on a daily basis along with breakfast, lunch and dinner but you have many new options to enjoy.

variety of music to entertain and provide customers with a comfortable night out.

and provide customers with a comfortable night out. In addition Frank’s is a serving delicious hot

In addition Frank’s is a serving delicious hot boiled crawfish Tuesday thru Saturday night starting at 4pm. If boiling crawfish yourself is your cup of tea They provide live crawfish by the sack. Give them a call to order your crawfish for pick-up. They can cater on and off site crawfish boils.

Take a Beer Tour
Take a Beer Tour
Live Crawfish
Live Crawfish

First they remodeled their restaurant to have a full service bar for customers to enjoy adult beverages.

Frank’s “All New” Dancing and Dining (Thursdays and Fridays) in

The big exciting new venue is the NEW outdoor pavilion. The pavillion is set up and designed to create the ambiance of dining in New Orleans. Complete with a dining area supported by a New Orleans style mural fully stocked bar and outdoor

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Outdoor Pavilion
Outdoor Pavilion
Outdoor Pavilion 11 “All New” Dancing and Dining (Thursday and Friday) in the restaurant T hu

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“All New” Dancing and Dining (Thursday and Friday) in the restaurant T hu rsday March
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March 24
March 31
April 7
April 14
April 21
April 28
Rachael Hallack (w/Eric Cantrelle)
Allison Collins (w/Mike Varnado)
Kenny Cornett (w/Justin)
Debbie Landry
Matt Kayda
Bubba & Doug
Ryan Jenkins
Friday
March 18
March 25
April 1
April 8
April 15
April 22
April 29
Jenna Cornett & the Patio Band
Ty Taylor
Clay Boudreaux
The Todd Boys
Double Shot Duo
Josh Martin
Argyle Band
pass: in the summer a tree is in full bloom, completely green and full of
pass: in the summer a tree is in full bloom, completely green and full of

pass: in the summer a tree is in full bloom, completely green and full of foliage, but then the fall brings cooler weather and the tree begins to change colors, then ultimately and inevitably in the blustery coldness of winter, the tree loses its foliage and lays bare. But then…then…spring brings forth grateful sunshine and warm breezes, and the first few leaves and blooms begin to emerge. But just because the tree seemed like it was not producing during the cold, dormant months, it was still alive.

Similarly, when

others.

we go through difficult seasons in life and it seems like all is lost, sunlight emerges, and we come out stronger and full of life. And if we choose so, the good Lord uses those times to bless

In

Bloom

March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Ever heard that expression? Basically the expression conveys that March usually begins with cold, rainy weather and ends with the newness of spring.

So, rejoice in the spring…the Good Lord is about to use you to be a symbolic light to those around you!

How Did I Miss This

Around this time of year, I always look for a longer lasting foundation, because as the heat rises so do the oil slicks on my face! Therefore, a good, long lasting foundation is so important to find. Last year, I tried MAC’s Pro Longwear

I was having a conversation with a friend recently, and we discussed how this is symbolic of the seasons within our own lives.

So imagine - a tree physically and visibly changes as seasons

imagine - a tree physically and visibly changes as seasons 12 foundation, but I found that

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foundation, but I found that it clogged my pores that led to breakouts.

So this year, I’m trying Allure Magazines award winning best beauty winner for 2008 and 2103, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation. This layerable foundation goes on medium to full coverage, but goes on remarkably light and has a velvety finish. It lasts a good 12 hours without smudging off on clothing or anything else for that matter. Just make sure you’re completely exfoliated, and then apply a primer, (I’ve mentioned it before, but my current primer

a primer, (I’ve mentioned it before, but my current primer is Makeup for Life – HD

is Makeup for Life – HD foundation.) and finally your foundation. You can apply this foundation with a foundation brush, your fingers or a sponge. I always like to tap, or dab, the foundation after application to pick up any excess makeup. Then if needed, apply a second layer of foundation and finish with your powder of choice. I’ve stayed smooth and slick free all day in the heat and rain with this foundation. It’s a great investment in my book!

So, happy Spring Ascension Parish! Enjoy life, and appreciate the sunshine. We’ve all emerged from a wet, cold winter! Muah!

Look Your Best This Summer Lip Inhancement procedure that controlled injury underneath the skin’s surface,
Look Your Best This Summer Lip Inhancement procedure that controlled injury underneath the skin’s surface,

Look Your Best This Summer

Lip Inhancement

procedure that

controlled injury underneath the skin’s surface, inducing the body to respond by producing more

collagen in the treated area. The skin plumps and thickens in response to the stimulus, reducing the appearance of scars,

creates a

Lip enhancement is a cosmetic procedure that can give you fuller, plumper lips. Injectable dermal fillers are the most commonly used method of lip enhancement. There are many types of dermal fillers that can be in- jected into your lips and

around your

mouth. The most common fillers today are products that contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body. It helps increase volume in the lips!

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pore size and fine lines. SkinPen allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self-repair process by creating thousands of precise micro-injuries in the dermis, automatically triggering new collagen synthesis without scar tissue formation.

IPL/Brown Spot Reduction

IPL, photo rejuvenation: IPL is short for intense pulsed light, a popular spa treatment that treats broken capillaries and hyper-pig- mentation (age spots) caused by age and sun damage. IPL also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which plumps up the skin and gives you a fresher look

Microneedling/Skin Pen

Microneedling/Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT): Is a non-surgical skin-tightening

Botox

Botox is the most popular cosmetic non surgery treatment, with more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year. Botox is most commonly used to treat forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet by relaxing the underlying muscles. Williamson Cosmetic Center was named Top 50 practices in the United States by Allergan producer of Botox and Juvederm.

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Book Reading and Signing was Held at Dutchtown Primary

On Friday February 12, 2016 at Dutchtown Primary School, Mrs. Dawn Goatley and her class invited guests to attend a book reading and signing party. Her class published a book through Student Treasures Publishing Company. In October, the students explored animals and their habitats. In November, the student’s focus was finding their way using simple maps and symbols to help them locate specific places. After reading several books written by other teachers and their students, Mrs. Goatley

written by other teachers and their students, Mrs. Goatley We’ll See You at ‘The Box’ Geaux
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decided it was time for her class to give it a try! Her students love to read and paint so they used the information they learned in the classroom to

develop the concept of “Walking Through the Zoo.” Mrs. Goatley created the theme and her assistants Stacie Sanford, Rose Riney, and Lucia

and her assistants Stacie Sanford, Rose Riney, and Lucia Cockfield helped to develop the words. The

Cockfield helped to develop the words. The students used their hand prints and foot prints to design the beautiful pages. Parents and invited guests were amazed at the quality work the students produced.

Mrs. Goatley was presented with a complimentary book for the class and the school purchased one for their library. The students created animal mask to wear to the book reading.

the class and the school purchased one for their library. The students created animal mask to
the class and the school purchased one for their library. The students created animal mask to

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PCS Nitrogen Invests in Students at RPCC

PCS Nitrogen Fertilizer, LP, a division of PotashCorp, has donated $40,000 to the River Parishes Community College Foundation to fund scholarships for area students.

“This is another step in an ongoing partnership,” said Garry Hiebert, Human Resources Manager for PCS. “Students in the process technology program and other skills programs at RPCC are our future employees and leaders, and we’re dedicated to investing in them.”

During a campus visit, Hiebert saw first-hand the progress RPCC is making on construction of its new Technology Training Center, to which PCS has already contributed. He presented a check to Chancellor Dr. Dale Doty and Vice Chancellor of Instruction, Dr. Crystal Lee.

“This is a great example of the partnerships we need to build this area’s workforce for today and tomorrow and to build a strong

workforce for today and tomorrow and to build a strong Garry Hiebert of PCS Nitrogen Fertilizer,

Garry Hiebert of PCS Nitrogen Fertilizer, LC, right, presents a donation to Dr. Dale Doty, Chancellor of River Parishes Community College, and Dr. Crystal Lee, Vice Chancellor of Instruction.

economy and a vibrant community,” Doty said. “We are proud that PCS is once again investing in that shared vision, and are ex- tremely grateful for their investment in our students.”

River Parishes Community College in Gonzales. La, is an open-admission, two-year, postsecondary public institution dedicated to developing and assisting students in achieving personal, professional and academic success.

“We are looking forward to a healthy future with RPCC,” Heibert said.

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Who is the Best
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The gumbo will be sold to the
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Creativity and Productivity: Equally Producing Both by Orhan Mc Millan dezinsINTERACTIVE
Creativity and
Productivity:
Equally Producing Both
by Orhan Mc Millan
dezinsINTERACTIVE

Balancing the creative process with productivity can often be a challenge no matter the size of your team or the type of work you provide. Your company more than likely has multiple clients at a time. Having a list of clients to serve efficiently and creatively all in a timely manner can overwhelm your staff and lead to rushed projects, lack of authenticity, and a host of other issues. Unfortunately there’s no way we cannot put deadlines on projects, at least not if we want to keep clients and stay in business.We as business owners must ensure that we have a system set up that leads to both creativity and productivity.

writer or a graphic designer, but is it fair to put time restraints on the creative process and are we not allowing the idea to fully develop? Even with deadlines, it’s important to have a process for creative production that allows for full development without feeling any restraints.

Doing this is not as complicated as it may seem. Taking a holistic approach is a way to eliminate wasted time and boost productivity, and most importantly produce a great product. Start with the end first.Ask yourself, when this project is complete, what do you want

to have accomplished, what results do you want to have, how do you want to feel about this project and even more importantly how do you want your customer to feel?

Make sure your staff is clear on this vision, that they each connect with it. Make sure that they are clear on the goals and that each member understands his or her role in bringing the vision to reality.All ideas should be shared at the start of the project in an open and safe environment so that employees connect and expand with other's ideas. Then simply let your team

do their thing.Allowing your team to come up with ideas and suggestions to improve the overall process will be very beneficial.

Bob Lukasik, Creative Director forWunderman NewYork, who has worked on brands like Coca-Cola, Xbox and Nokia, believes that,“Ownership, not accountability, engenders feelings of pride enthusiasm, dedication, focus and passion.”

It is a fact that making sure employees are apart of creative decisions, allowed to be a part of evolving work processes with breathing room from their boss or supervisors will allow them to be relaxed and more confident.This is guaranteed to lead to a steady flow of creative ideas and great productivity and very happy clients.

Rushing creative efforts can lead to lack of actual creativity and waiting on that creative break could most definitely slow down production. In some fields like writers and artists, it sometimes takes them month’s even years to complete a project. Itmay be considerably different to compare that to a content

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Sedation

Dentistry

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD Ascension Premier Dental

Dr. Bessonet is one of only a few dentists in the country trained and certified to provide IV sedation in the dental office.

Does the thought of having your teeth fixed make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist's office? You're not alone. A lot of people are so pho- bic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment. For people who avoid dentists like the plague, sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxi- ety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive proce- dures to a simple teeth cleaning. How it's used depends on the severity of the fear.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry.” The levels of sedation used include:

• Minimal sedation -- you are awake but relaxed.

• Moderate sedation (formerly

called "conscious sedation") -- You may slur your words when

speaking and not remember much of the procedure.

• Deep sedation -- you are on

the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.

• General anesthesia -- you are completely unconscious.

What Types of Sedation Are Used in Dentistry?

The following types of sedation are used in dentistry:

Inhaled minimal sedation. You breathe nitrous oxide -- otherwise known as "laughing gas" -- combined with oxygen through a mask that's placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.

Oral sedation. Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill. Typically, the pill is Halcion, which is a member of the same drug family as Valium, and it's usually taken about an

hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, al- though you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral seda- tion to actually fall asleep during the procedure but this is rare.

IV moderate sedation. You receive the sedative drug through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to “titrate” the drugs, which means he can continually adjust the level of sedation until it is ideal for the individual patient. You cannot do this with oral sedation. Iv sedation also makes it possible to give multiple combination of drugs to suit the patient, as all people have different tolerances to different types of drugs. Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you'll also typically need a local anesthetic -- numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth -- to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.

Who Can Have Sedation at the Dentist's?

Sedation is most appropriate for people with a real fear or anxiety that is preventing them from going to the dentist.

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• need a large amount of dental work completed

Sometimes, children are given sedation if they are terrified of going to the dentist or refuse to cooperate during the visit. Nitrous oxide tends to be safe in children, and just about any dentist can administer it.

Can Any Dentist Perform Sedation?

All states require dentists to provide proof of advanced training and a certain number of sedation cases completed under supervision in order to obtain a license for IV sedation. It's important to make sure that your dentist is trained and qualified to administer the type and level of sedation you will be receiving. The dentist should monitor your vital signs during the procedure following the American Dental Association's guidelines. The dentist should also have oxygen - - artificial ventilation -- and drugs that reverse the effects of sedation on hand in case you need them.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS

YOUR ESTATE MATTERS Funding Special Needs Care Since President Ronald Reagan declared March as “National Developmental

Funding Special Needs Care

Since President Ronald Reagan declared March as “National Developmental Disabilities Month” in 1987, local and national support for those with special needs has grown by leaps and bounds. Yet families continue to struggle - both with the weight of caring for their disabled loved ones and also with the challenge of funding that care throughout their loved ones’ life time. It can be especially challenging to know how to fund that care without jeopardizing eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid. The good news is that there are a number of solutions available.

By Linda Melancon

The best place to start is with a special needs trust (SNT), which allows you to save and protect assets for future care needs without disqualification in receiving government benefits. Exact guidelines for when and how SNT funds can be used vary from state to state. But overall, a SNT with a trustee you can count on provides the peace of mind in knowing that your special needs child will be cared for after you are gone. Signing the papers to create a SNT, however, is just the first step toward your ultimate goal.

Outlining the necessary costs for your loved one’s care is also important. The assets in their SNT may appear to be sufficient until you consider the extent of the care that will be required throughout their expected lifetime. Take the time to list out each element of care that your special needs loved one will require – including housing, medical care, care assistance, transportation, special equipment, education, replacements or upkeep for assets ranging from mattresses to vehicles, and personal needs such as hobbies or entertainment – then assign a

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There are a number of ways to fund a SNT once you have identified your goal for funding. Some families have sufficient assets to fund the SNT for a lifetime of special needs care. Families that can’t afford to fund the trust outright may choose to use retirement accounts such as IRAs, 401(k)s or 403(b)s. Yet others may look to life insurance policies, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), inheritances or gifts as funding sources. All of these options have something in common: the potential to be ineffective in protecting and funding a trust if not handled correctly. Finding legal and financial advisors with proven experience in working with special needs families is crucial to the success of any SNT.

Life insurance policies are often an excellent way to fund an SNT, but different types of policies have their own pros and cons. Term life insurance usually offers lower premiums for a fixed period of time (such as 10, 15, or 20 years), but then requires renewal

fees that may be unaffordable as you get older. Because developmental disabilities mostly require permanent sources of income, a survivorship policy may be a better choice. Survivorship policies cover two lives (usually for the parents) and the premiums are generally cheaper than two separate policies, but it only pays off after both persons are deceased. Regardless of the type of life insurance policy chosen, it will only be effective in funding a SNT if both the SNT and the policy are properly worded and structured. Families with large estates may additionally require an irrevocable life insurance trust to protect the insurance payoff from estate taxes.

As you can see, families of modest means may have more options to fund their loved one’s long-term care than they realize and families with sizeable estates may need to put even more planning into the protection of those assets. We’ve come a long way since 1987, but there is still a long way to go toward the public’s awareness of care and funding options for the developmentally disabled. This article can only scratch the surface, illustrating the importance of meeting with a qualified special needs planning attorney and financial advisor to ensure the success of your funding plan.

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Off the Grid

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The second annual Ascension Music Jam will heat up on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center! Featuring Ascension Parish Musicians, the Ascension Music Jam is 7 hours of some of the best music Ascension Parish has to offer! The Ascension Music Jam will be held inside the newly renovated and air-conditioned 4-H Building at Lamar-Dixon. There will be plenty of room for dancing, and for socializing with your friends! It’s also a great way to make new friends! Tables and chairs will be provided, and food and drinks, including adult beverages will be available for sale. This is a day to get out, relax, and have fun! Five Bands for Five Dollars! The music begins at 2 pm, and a new band starts playing every hour and a half! If you need to leave for a little while, no problem! We’ll stamp your hand and let you back in for free! Come when you want, leave when you want! Starting at 2:00 pm, we’ll enjoy Off the Grid – playing classic rock, we’ll start the day off with some energy to get you moving!

Then at 3:30 pm, Trent Bourgeois – Ascension Parish native writes and performs his own country music, and plays country classics. At 5:00 pm, Arthur Broussard and the Back Yard Band with Ascension Parish favorites for dancing. Then at 6:30 pm, Mike Broussard and Night Train ring the sounds of horns and swamp pop gold. Finally, at 8:00 pm, Kenny Cornett and Killin’ Time brings us home with jitter bug delights and the best of our local music. Originally designed to be an outdoor concert and family picnic, the first Ascension Music Jam was chased indoors by inclement weather. But now that the renovations to the 4-H Building are complete, the event has been moved inside permanently and is no longer dependent on the weather! So come on out! Pay Five Dollars to hear Five Bands! And dance the day away at the Ascension Music Jam!

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Before you can successfully com- plete something you first have to get started. This part of the task can often be the hardest step. The prom- ise had been made that I would take my granddaughter on her first turkey hunt when the youth weekend came about for the 2015 season. The week leading up to opening day had been busy for me as usual. After finding out I didn't have to work the weekend, I began going through the ritual of acquiring the child, finding out where and when to bring her when the outing was over and avoid- ing conflicts with soccer games and things of that nature. Opening morning came and we got off to somewhat of a late start. As we examined the camps' sign in list, it became evident that others were hunting where I wanted to go. I made a decision to go where I had not scouted, but figured, what the heck at least its a start. It was already daylight when we reached our desti- nation and during our walk along the old road several turkey tracks were revealed. One of those sets of tracks was just what we were looking for. We chose a spot to set up and I was just about to sit down when I heard that ole familiar sound. The gobble was about two hundred yards behind us. I called to him and he did not answer. A half hour later and he let go again. I called back. No an- swer. Another half hour passed and he gobbled to a crow. I called, no answer. Another half hour passed, he sang out again, this time he had moved to the west a little and he would still not answer my call. I told the young girl that it did not bother me at all that he would not answer me, but I knew if we could hang in there long enough we would get a shot at our prize. Around nine thirty she began to ask me how long we were going to stay there before tak- ing lunch and moving to another lo- cation. Twelve noon was the first decision, but before long the ques- tion reappeared. The time was then backed up to eleven o'clock. When dealing with a youngster, you do not want to put them through the mis- ery that you would put yourself through because you want them to enjoy themselves and continue to come back. I was sure hoping in the final minutes that he would show up because I knew, well I just knew, that sometime that day he would appear right there in front of us. At eleven

o'clock I stepped out from our set- up into the old road to take a look. Nothing. We began to pack up and approximately two minutes later we walked out into the road and there he was at about sixty yards coming straight to us. He saw me when I saw him. He turned and waddled off into the woods. I threw my hat down on the ground and felt about as let down as I've ever been. The girl said "Call to him Pawpaw". I replied "That ain't the way it works baby" and disgustingly added "You've got to have patience ". Well she had been up since four a.m. and had sat there for four hours without seeing anything. I guess for a ten year old girl that ain't bad at all. After lying on the ground for several minutes, I collected my thoughts and began the walk out of there. As we walked I couldn't help but pon- der how close we were and what it might take to get that close again. Later that evening someone of- fered us a spot on one of his food plots where he had seen several birds. Four young hound pups that someone had dropped off would not leave us alone, so that hunt was a bust. We headed for another spot but someone had set up a ground blind there. I didn't know if they were coming back so that was an- other let down. Our last attempt in- volved a long walk and the area had plenty of turkey signs. We stayed there a few minutes but by this time she was about wore out and not feel- ing well, and the weather was threat- ening rain so we headed in. All in all, it was another wonder- ful day that I have fortunately been able to enjoy on this earth. Success can be measured in different ways. Although we did not kill a turkey that day, we did complete the start of another beginning to hopefully a higher degree of success in the fu- ture

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March Madness Picks That Are for the Birds

by Bill Delaune

Ever since Leonardo (the bird-watcher, not the bear hugger) became obsessed with flight, men have been fascinated by the actions of birds. As for me, my Pisces imagination was always perked by our feathered friends’ migratory patterns. I mean, sure the robins fly south for the winter-who wouldn’t want to get out of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota. But the fact that the swallows go back to Capistrano every year exactly on March 19 (Do they allow for Leap Year?) and the buzzards return to Hinckley, Ohio, annually on March 15 does intrigue me some. Oh, don’t worry. I’m not going Alfred Hitchcock on you and try to tiptoe through a schoolyard with a minefield of rabid seagulls. These were just some birdbrained thoughts going on in my brain cell-depleted mind as I made my own annual spring pilgrimage down Alligator Bayou Road and watched an eagle soar over what little wilderness remains in Prairieville. Little did I realize at the time the sighting was an omen sent by the object of my journey-the great, all-seeing, all-knowing Sports Ninja. But much to my surprise-and disappointment-when I arrived at his usual hangout-the old Alligator Hilton Bar-there was

no sign of him. Oh, there were plenty of other people there-the parking lot was full. And there were fishermen

I assume you and your buddy Strong are still killing trees- depriving all the spotted owls in the Northwest

trees- depriving all the spotted owls in the Northwest lined up on both sides of the

lined up on both sides of the bayou as well as some tourist types who were just roaming aimlessly around. But no Ninja. I walked up the rickety porch and received another jolt. Next to the sign and slot that read “Parking $5-Pay or Be Towed”, I noticed an envelope with my name on it. I looked suspi- ciously over both shoulders but no one was paying the least bit of attention to me. I took the letter to the back of the Hilton where Jim and Frank used to keep the alligators and tore into the contents like Republican candidates tearing into each other in those comical debates. The beginning was definitely Ninja’s style… “Dear Fishwrap,

of a nesting place- to put out that rag of yours. Two words for you- Inter-net! Don’t bother to try and find me. I had to move from this abode because after that TV show ‘The Killing Fields’ went on the air, this place was crawling with wanna-be detec- tives, cameramen and sightseers looking for clues like some bad board game come to life. Then they started fooling with those damn locks again and every sac- a-lait fisherman from here to Braud Bayou showed up. No wonder I had to fly like an eagle out of this place. By the time you read this, I’ll be so far in the McElroy-here’s a hint, ‘No Fishing, No Hunt- ing, No Nothing, Go Home’- that not even your P.I. buddy Sam Stone could find me. Let’s just say Jimmy Boyce had the right idea when he put up

that sign. But I know why you’ve come to find me. Every March it’s the same old song-you’re depressed over another birthday, all your heroes are dying and you can’t pick your nose in the March Madness pools. This year is particularly bad because after David Bowie blasted off for Alpha Centauri in January, Glen Frey-one of

your songwriting, guitar-playing idols followed suit a week later. I also know that Frey got the call at the age of 67, the exact number of years you will have been on this earth on March

19. The fact that you were

both Eagles-he, in a famous rock band, and you, in the last class at the old Dutchtown High- doesn’t make things any easier.” His perception was as sharp as a Louisiana education budget cut so I read on… “What you need to do is go out in that 100 acre pasture your family has so admirably held on to during the Ascension development glut and get your mind off rock stars leaving and you own mortality and get down to some serious March Madness picks. Of course, I am here to help and I’ll try to limit any references to any unfortunate events. Some are inevitable. But in order to obtain a ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’, think about

Glen Frey’s birth-not his death-

in Detroit, Michigan. This

coincides with my long-held

theory that Tom Izzo’s teams

always move up a step further in

the brackets than you think

because they are so well-

coached. So if you think

Michigan State will be in the

Elite Eight, advance the

Spartans to the Final Four.

As for picking colors, go with

a group that steals the top

recruits from those phony prep

schools-let’s call them the

‘Smuggler Blues’ because they

all have some shade of the same

color. That gives us Kentucky,

Kansas, Duke and North

Carolina-the latter’s fans

arrogantly claim their colors are

not ‘Sky Blue’, that the sky

is ‘Carolina Blue’.

Of course the Eastern bias has

always ignored teams who reside

in ‘Hotel California’ or on a

corner in Winslow, Arizona, but

don’t count the Berkeley Bears

or the Tucson Wildcats out of

the mix either.

Even a ‘New Kid in Town’

like the St. Mary Gaels with its

four Aussies who all pass like

Ben Simmons could cause some

problems in the early rounds.

Speaking of Simmons and

your beloved LSU Tigers-they

are ‘Already Gone’ so don’t let

their group of talented

individuals who don’t even

vaguely resemble a real team

deceive your ‘Lying Eyes’.

And ‘One of These Nights’,

a team whose name begins with

a letter from the end of the

alphabet like Villanova, Virginia

and-it you ‘Take It to the

Limit’-Xavier is going to upset

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all of those A-T guys.

Well, that should give you

some food for thought. Choose

one from each group but don’t

leave out Michigan State. I

know you really dig that St.

Patrick’s Day parade and it

might be a good year to keep

that green outfit on throughout

the tournament.

As for your age, forget that

Peyton Manning ‘Take It Easy’

bullsquash and try a little ‘Life

in the Fast Lane’.

Instead of riding off into the

sunset like Sheriff Peyton in an

old Western, you need to be the

‘Desperado’ who grabs a

‘Witchy Woman’ and parties

until ‘Tequila Sunrise’.

well, glad I could take your

mind off that Eagles’ star for a

while. You can thank me later

for that and the picks when you

Oh

come around for the Derby.

Maybe they’ll solve the crime

and close the locks and I can

move back to the Hilton.

Until then…

Lots of luck and the ‘Best of

My Love’,Sports Ninja.”

As I left the old bar where

sorority girls had once danced

with cowboys while bikers had

shot pool with hippies on

Sunday night, I fought a sudden

urge to put on an old Eagles’

CD. But I thought it might be

too nostalgic, so I opted for

The Byrds and the Black

Crowes. Then I took the

Ninja’s top pick and put the

Spartans in my top two

with-who else-the

Oregon Ducks.

Gotta fly now…

Then I took the Ninja’s top pick and put the Spartans in my top two with-who

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at Park Place

As a product of the greatest music generation, the early 70’s, I have a great love for Southern Rock and a hard hitting bass line. This month while visiting Park Place the Joel Cooper Rock Show was setting up. I was looking forward to a change of pace from dance music and swamp pop and boy did I get it. These guys came to jam and jam they did. Congratualtions guys for taking me back to my youth and love for a louder sound.

Joel Cooper Rock Show was formed in late 2002 in Port Allen,La. Now residing in Gonzales, La, JC RS is a hard working rock-roll band that plays a variety of classic and new rock and some country all served up rock show style!! Included are some hard hitting original songs that should be released later this year. Band members;

Joel Cooper

(Amos Moses, Spank the Monkey) -lead vocals and guitar

Luke Thomas

(Liquid Picnic)-guitar and vocals

Scott Jordan

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Josh Lee

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Heath Ransonnet

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Because I’m Your Mom!

I was rummaging through

some papers the other day and came across this classic family photo. It was Easter Morning 1958. My sister Janet and I were dressed to the ‘T’. It was a perfect Sunday morn- ing. The Bunny had shown up

with the baskets and they were filled with colored eggs, candy, hog head cheese and that hol- low Chocolate Bunny in a box.

I swear my sister Donna could

eat the back out of her Bunny

so slow. It would be June before she made the first nibble that scarred the chocolate on the front of the Bunny. Don’t even think about touching those

yellow candy eyes

start eating the front, she’d start

Once she’d

eyes start eating the front, she’d start Once she’d at the bottom and work her way

at the bottom and work her way

up so eventually she’d just be holding the head in her hand.

The ears were last. She’d carry them around and it looked like a brown hotdog. Anyway, back to the photo. Mom had the day going great and she took this photo. Look

at my happy little face.

A real cutie.

Well I climbed in the backseat of the car and crawled up in the back window to look out as we drove to church. This behavior could have a parent in- carsirated today. I then took off

that hat. She said, “Put it on.”

I said, “No”. She said, “You

better or else. I threw the hat out of the window of the moving car. The next part is a little cloudy.

I remember the squealling of

tires. The slamming of a car door. The opening of the door next to where I was sitting. Then like a ride at the State Fair, I was jerked out of that car and was soon on my way to pick up and put on that hat. At first I pitched a fit.

Flopping and whalering in the ditch. I said a few more No’s. It then came time for that ‘or else’, part of her

previous

statement. I then proceeded to get my butt whipped on Easter morn- ing and I had to wear that stupid hat anyway. Easter is upon us again and I hope all of you remember your families on this day and

celebrate the greatness of life. On that Easter Sunday in 1958 I received the greatest love of all. Discipline! Parents have hard decisions to make constantly but not on this day. Her reaction to my spoiled attitude was automatic. She said, “You are wearing

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“Why???”, I screamed. “Because I am your, MOM!”

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Useless Random Facts with Kellie • 2,000 pounds of space dust and other space debris

Useless Random Facts

with Kellie

2,000 pounds of space dust and other space debris fall on the Earth every day.

Approximately 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

A normal raindrop falls at about 7 miles per hour.

During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, “Red Vineyard at Arles”.

The average person laughs 10 times a day!

What is called a “French kiss” in the English speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.

The Earth experiences 50,000 Earthquakes per year and is hit by Lightning 100 times a second.

The average talker sprays about 300 microscopic saliva droplets per minute, about 2.5 droplets per word.

All porcupines float in water.

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PELICANPOINTHOST2016MGAROUNDROBIN This past month I had the opportunity to play in my first Men’s Golf

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This past month I had the opportunity to play in my first Men’s Golf Association tournament.

When I first heard of the tournament I didn’t have a partner and fortunately David Amedees’ wife reminded him he had two grand kids having birthdays the day of the tournament. Therefore she suggested he not play that day

which freed up my partner to be, Frankie Schmitt.

I have played with him several times but had heard he was a player on the course during tournaments. He had a favorable handicap and the ability to get hot at times.

We started the tournament and

Frankie went to work. Using his pops (handicap strokes) he single handedly took care of Doyle and Jim.

We then played Ken and Gordon. These guys were a hoot. Ken 3 or 4 times said he must have hit the cart path to be so long on his drive and Gordan must have been tired at the end of the day as he got

plenty of strokes to play with.

Things got exciting when we played Aaron and Vijay. We had won our first 2 flights and right off the bat Vijay hits a 3 wood 15 ft from the hole on 18 and drains the putt for a birdie. We pushed hole after hole and was behind by 1 until we finally won a hole tieing us up. We won another hole

a birdie. We pushed hole after hole and was behind by 1 until we finally won

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and a missed birdie putt by Vijay on 16 propelled us to sure victory. The

and a missed birdie putt by Vijay on 16 propelled us to sure victory.

The next morning we would tee off first against the second place team in our flight Ronnie and Glenn. We were ahead by a half point. These guys

Ronnie and Glenn. We were ahead by a half point. These guys were 15 handicaps and

were 15 handicaps and could hit the ball a mile. Frankie and I brother-in- lawed them all day and we ended up on top with one flight to go.

Then it was the Colonel(Sam) and

top with one flight to go. Then it was the Colonel(Sam) and Chester of Action Mechanical.

Chester of Action Mechanical. Let me tell you they were not intimidated by our 4 wins thus far and jumped all over us. I wondered how we were going to make it through this round. With some good fortune, ball bounces and just pure luck we lost by only 1 which kept us in 1st place for our flight with over all score.

Now it’s bonus golf time. Each team that won their flight put up $50 in a winner take all sudden death playoff.

The movie Caddy Shack came to mind as 10 guys teed off together which

started the gamesmanship talk. I believe every player that stepped up his handicap was put into question. Lots of jabber. Lots of laughing. Lots of fun. After 3 holes we had lost 3 teams. Jeff and Keith (Thing) were gone as was Steve and Ricky, Jay and Richard. Holy crap Frankie and I are in the final 2 groups for the championship.

It was the par 5, 13th hole and after our tee shots both teams were in position to win. An outstanding fairway wood shot by Guy or was it Scott put his shot on the fringe to putt for eagle. With my trusty 5 wood in hand I pushed my shot in the bunker in front of the green. A 30 yard sand shot and a missed putt by me made Guy and Scott Champions.

Congratulations to Guy and Scott and thank you Frankie for having me on

to Guy and Scott and thank you Frankie for having me on your team. Also thank
to Guy and Scott and thank you Frankie for having me on your team. Also thank

your team. Also thank you Debra and David’s grand kids for being born.

I’d like to point out the after party at the club house was a barrage of stories with quite a few bad words and jokes being passed around. Congratulations to the guys when Ken’s wife Amy came up their language changed immediately out of respect for her and then she started giving Ken a play-by-play of the golf tournament that had been on television with description of exact shots and conditions. Before I knew it she was right in with the boys talking golf and telling stories. Amazing a women that likes to watch golf on television and joke around about it.

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Results of the 5 Flights FIRST FLIGHT 1st – Jay Leblanc / Richard Young 2nd

Results of the 5 Flights

FIRST FLIGHT

1st – Jay Leblanc / Richard Young 2nd – DJ Johnson / Sam Lavigne 3rd Mike Waguespack / Wayne Silva

DJ Johnson / Sam Lavigne 3rd Mike Waguespack / Wayne Silva SECOND FLIGHT 1st – Jeff

SECOND FLIGHT

1st – Jeff Powell / Keith Albert 2nd – Cameron Thoroughman – Wes Merrifield 3rd - Pat Matherne / Steve Ryan

– Wes Merrifield 3rd - Pat Matherne / Steve Ryan THIRD FLIGHT 1st – Scott Waguespack
– Wes Merrifield 3rd - Pat Matherne / Steve Ryan THIRD FLIGHT 1st – Scott Waguespack

THIRD FLIGHT

1st – Scott Waguespack Guy Schexnaydre 2nd – David Burch / Keith Falgoust 3rd Russell Williams / Hubby Lavigne

FOURTH FLIGHT

1st – Steve Martin / Ricky Carter 2nd –John Capone / Kirk Pastorick 3rd - Keith Harrison / Brian Harrison

FIFTH FLIGHT

1st – Mike Strong / Frankie Schmitt 2nd – Ronnie Walker / Glenn Schexnayder 3rd - Ken Cook / Gordon Stephen

Walker / Glenn Schexnayder 3rd - Ken Cook / Gordon Stephen As Joe approaches the Par

As Joe approaches the Par 3, 14th hole he sees a ceremony of Ethan presenting keys to Joe’s Jeep as a closest to the hole prize to Frankie.

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2016PPLGAStPatrick’sDayScramble Pelican Point Ladies Golf Association had a meet and greet in the form of
2016PPLGAStPatrick’sDayScramble
Pelican Point Ladies Golf
Association had a meet and greet in the
form of a dress like it is St. Patricks Day
and let’s play golf.
The purpose of the event
was for new members to
meet existing members and
for women of all skills level
to team up and play
together in a scramble
format.
I didn’t ask why the
St. Patrick Day theme.
Knowing women they
probably wanted to just
dress up. I can tell you they
were 50 shades of green
and all were color coordi-
nated and looking fly.
It was a great turn out
and new friends were made.
2016 PPLGA St Patrick’s
Day Scramble Results
1st Place:
Aaron Bourque - Diane Pearson
2nd Place:
Robbie Cliburn – Jana O’Banion
3rd Place:
Maria Fairchild – Saundra Robert
4th Place:
Karen Snell – Gloria Kyler
5th Place:
Maria Fairchild – Sandy Riley
Longest Drive
Sandy Riley
Most accurate Drive
Diane Pearson
Closet to the Pin
4 - Alice Pierson
8 - Karen Snell
14 - Aaron Bourque
17 - Madelyn King

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Cooking Gourmet at Home

with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

Cooking Gourmet at Home with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS Jambalaya Grits Executive Chef Ben Jarreau Prep

Jambalaya Grits

Executive Chef Ben Jarreau
Executive Chef
Ben Jarreau

Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cook Time:

20 minutes

Ingredients:

1

cup grits

4

cups water (unless you are using quick grits- then

follow instructions on package)

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup diced smoked sausage

1 cup diced white onion

½ cup green onions (sliced) Salt, Red Pepper, Black Pepper to Taste

Method:

In a cast iron pot, thoroughly brown your smoked sausage then remove from pan. Next, cook your onions in the same pan until they are beautifully caramelized. Return your sausage to the pan and you water and butter. Bring the water to a boil then slowly stir in the grits. Bring mixture back to a boil, then cover and cook over medium heat for approximately 40 minutes or until a smooth texture is reached. Add salt and pepper to taste.

-----You can serve these grits with almost anything. Pork, seafood, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner Remember if using quick or 5 minute grits, follow the measurements on the package

breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner Remember if using quick or 5 minute grits, follow the measurements on

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