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CO MP LI ME NTARY

MAY 2016, VOL. 14 ISSUE 4

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Eric Reid Golf Invitational Raises Over $60,000 for Sickle Cell Former LSU Tiger and San
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Eric Reid Golf Invitational Raises Over $60,000 for Sickle Cell

Former LSU Tiger and San Francisco 49er Eric Reid hosted the 2016 Eric Reid Golf Invita- tional, presented by Brock bene- fitting the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, raising over $60,000 for sickle cell.

Other sponsors include ISC, AmeriHealth Caritas, Global Supply, Winroc-SPI, Mobile Mini, Inc., Crescent Crown, and Baton Rouge Coca Cola. The event was two days, with an auction and VIP pre-party held

event was two days, with an auction and VIP pre-party held on May 5, 2016, and

on May 5, 2016, and a golf tournament held on May 6,

2016.

The VIP pre-party and auc- tion was at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge. An awe- some group came to increase

sickle cell awareness and cele- brate Cinco de Mayo. Garrett Wolvard served as emcee for the evening, and former NFL star and ESPN correspondent Ryan Clark gave a personal testimony about his sickle cell trait chal-

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lenges on the field. There were acknowledgements of sponsors by Executive Direc- tor Lorri Burgess
lenges on the field. There were acknowledgements of sponsors by Executive Direc- tor Lorri Burgess
lenges on the field. There were acknowledgements of sponsors by Executive Direc- tor Lorri Burgess
lenges on the field. There were acknowledgements of sponsors by Executive Direc- tor Lorri Burgess
lenges on the field. There were acknowledgements of sponsors by Executive Direc- tor Lorri Burgess

lenges on the field. There were acknowledgements of sponsors by Executive Direc- tor Lorri Burgess and Eric Reid. Pelican Point Golf Course in Gonzales, LA set the scene for 42 golf teams to enjoy 18 holes of golf! The golf tourna- ment was a great success, with the participation of teams

for 42 golf teams to enjoy 18 holes of golf! The golf tourna- ment was a
for 42 golf teams to enjoy 18 holes of golf! The golf tourna- ment was a
for 42 golf teams to enjoy 18 holes of golf! The golf tourna- ment was a

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for 42 golf teams to enjoy 18 holes of golf! The golf tourna- ment was a
from several corporations be- tween Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. BRSCAF would like to ex- tend

from several corporations be- tween Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. BRSCAF would like to ex- tend warm thanks to everyone who could attend both events and those that helped make this event the tremendous suc- cess that it was!

to everyone who could attend both events and those that helped make this event the tremendous
to everyone who could attend both events and those that helped make this event the tremendous
to everyone who could attend both events and those that helped make this event the tremendous
to everyone who could attend both events and those that helped make this event the tremendous
to everyone who could attend both events and those that helped make this event the tremendous

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JFA Crowns 2016 Royalty to Reign Over 49th Festival Newly Crowned Royalty Teen Miss Gonzales

JFA Crowns 2016 Royalty to Reign Over 49th Festival

Newly Crowned Royalty Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Destinee Mitchell & Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2016 Holly
Newly Crowned Royalty Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya
Destinee Mitchell & Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2016 Holly Stelly

This past weekend, April 30th & May 1st the Gonzales Civic Center was the site of the 2016 Jambalaya Festival Association’s Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Pageant. The competition welcomed 7 contestants vying for the titles of Teen & Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Queen. Teen contest- ants included Sara Duplessis, Destinee Mitchell and Lacey Alle- man while Miss Contestants included Tara Babin, Holly Stelly, Alyssa Latuso and Alexis Ponvelle. The competition began with individual interviews Saturday morning by a distinguished panel

of judges from various state festivals across Louisiana. Questions covered everything from

why they would like to be queen to

Jambalaya Festival history.

competition continued again Saturday evening at the official Jambalaya Pageant where the girls competed in evening gown and onstage question. Following the competition the audience was introduced to the many visiting queens from around the state who attend to bid farewell to the outgoing queen and welcome the newly crowned royalty. Also introduced were past Jambalaya Royalty in attendance

The

Junior Royalty - Toddler Miss Demi Labbe' Junior King Xavier Perrilloux; Junior Miss Paige Oncale,
Junior Royalty - Toddler Miss Demi Labbe' Junior King Xavier Perrilloux; Junior Miss Paige Oncale,
Mini Miss Gabriella Ruzzuto, Miss Gonzales Holly Stelly, Baby King Beau Robert; Petite Miss Ambrie
Duplessis, Teen Miss Destinee Mitchell;Deb Miss Chloe Bumgardner; Tiny Miss Camille Sinanan;
not pictured Baby Miss Jolie Gomez.

including Mrs Jace Babin – Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 1996 , Mrs. Carrie Person Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 1998, Miss Tabitha Babin- Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2010, Miss Meredith Conger – Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2012, Miss Stevi Girouard – Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2013 , Miss Lauren Blouin – Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2014. Before crowing of the new royalty the reigning Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2015, Miss Grace Graugnard , daughter of Rebecca and James Graugnard, was escorted to the stage by her father, where she took her final walk as queen. Miss Graugnard addressed the crowd speaking of the deeply rooted bond between the festival and the community. She thanked the Jambalaya Festival Association and her family for all of the love and support shown during her reign and the many memories she has collected over the past year.

Following Miss Graugnard’s address the Teen contestants returned to the stage for crowning. Awards were given for Fashion, Photogenic and Queen. Second Runner Up was Miss Lacey Alleman, First Runner Up was Miss Sara Duplessis and the Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya crown went to Miss Destinee Mitchell. Destinee is the 16 year old daughter of Brian and Jennifer Mitchell. She attends Dutchtown High School where she is the PR Chair for the FCCLA and a 2 year Gallant Griffin Academic Award recipient. She has aspirations in the Culinary Arts and hopes, one day, to have her own restaurant. Crowning of Miss Gonzales Jambalaya followed with awards for Fashion and Photogenic. Finalists were Third Runner-up Miss Alexis Ponvelle, Second Runner-up Miss Alyssa Latuso, First Runner-up Miss Tara Babin and finally Miss Gonzales Jamba- laya Queen 2016 Miss Holly Stelly.

Miss Alyssa Latuso, First Runner-up Miss Tara Babin and finally Miss Gonzales Jamba- laya Queen 2016

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Miss Contestants prepare for interview L-R Alexis Ponvelle, Alyssa Latuso, Holly Stelly, Tara Babin
Miss Contestants prepare for interview
L-R Alexis Ponvelle, Alyssa Latuso, Holly Stelly, Tara Babin
L-R Teen Contestants Prepare for interview Sara Duplessis, Destinee Mitchell, Lacey Alleman
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Teen Contestants Prepare for interview
Sara Duplessis, Destinee Mitchell, Lacey Alleman

Holly Alyse Stelly is the 21 year

old daughter of Gerard and

Tonya

Stelly. She is in her third year at Nicholls State University where she

is on the Dean’s list. She is majoring in Business. She

is on the Dean’s list. She is majoring in Business. She 8 volunteers in various community

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volunteers in various community activities including Relay for Life and for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Stelly will reign of the 49th Annual Jambalaya Festival to be held this Memorial Day Weekend May 27 – 29. As the JFA Queen she will serve as an ambassador for the Association and for the City of Gonzales by travelling throughout the state of Louisiana visiting festivals and pageants. She will also attend the Mystick Krewe of Louisianans Mardi Gras Ball in Washington DC in 2017 and the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queen’s Pageant in February. Emcee’s for Saturday evening and Sunday’s event Twere the lovely Mrs Carol Ann Fredric, Mrs. Sherrie Despino, Miss Meredith Conger and Miss Grace Graugnard. On Sunday, May 1st the JFA hosted their Baby and Junior Royalty competition with over 60 contestants. Crowns were handed out as follows:

Baby King- Beau Robert, son of Amanda & Matt Robert

Junior King- Xavier Perrilloux, son of Abilene & Dwight Perilloux

Baby Miss- Jolie Gomez, daughter of Brad & Rachel Gomez

Toddler Miss- Demi Labbe’, daughter of Ben & Courtney Labbe’

Tiny Miss- Camille Sinanan, daughter of Scott & Callie Sinanan

Petite Miss- Ambrie Duplessis, daughter of John & Sherri Duplessis

Mini Miss- Gabriella Rizzuto, daughter of Paul & Jessica Rizzuto

Deb Miss- Chloe Bumgardner, daughter of Rachel LaBorde

Junior Miss- Paige Oncale, daughter of Tina & Richard Oncale

Great Gift Ideas For Those Special Spring Occasions with Layne Gautreau Selecting and giving a

Great Gift Ideas For Those Special Spring Occasions

with Layne Gautreau

Selecting and giving a gift is an impor- tant part of any celebration. If you find it hard to decide what to give on these upcoming special occasions, here are a few ideas.

Dads & Grads. For both men and women the gift of time is always welcome. Today’s modern timepieces are available in an array of styles to cover the element of simplicity, elegance and sportiness. Also for gents, favorite items include rings made of modern metals, cufflinks and

items include rings made of modern metals, cufflinks and money clips. For the young women, any

money clips. For the young women, any gift of fine jewelry is always a winner!

Weddings. It is customary to present small gifts of appreciation to members of the wedding party. For bridesmaids:

pearl earrings, initial pendants and charms to signify a special memory or moment are popular. For the groomsmen: key holders, en- graved “man” bracelets and tie tacks are always a good choice.

“man” bracelets and tie tacks are always a good choice. Birthstones May - Emerald It is

Birthstones

May - Emerald

It is emerald’s appearance and color that makes this gemstone instantly recognized. A variety of the beryl species, this famous green gem has long been associated with eternal spring, new life, and healing. In an- cient times, it was said to promise love, denote honesty, and bring success to those born in May.

denote honesty, and bring success to those born in May. Red Carpet, Run- way, and Real

Red Carpet, Run- way, and Real Life

Color: the essence for all top trends predominant on runways and at award shows. The 2014 Color of the Year was declared to be Pantone color No. 18- 3224, aka Radiant Orchid, a fuchsia or purplish-pink which will be seen in both clothing and in jewelry.

Orange: will be the go-to color, perfect for color-blocking with this spring's abundant blue hues, as well as Radiant Orchid. Be sure to shop for jewelry designs created in sapphire, zircon and tourmaline. All three of these gem- stones have color variations of both orange and blue!

Yellow Gold. This precious metal has been admired and adorned for centuries and is back in full force in

high fashion profiles. Yellow gold is the perfect year-round solution for a dramatic or subtle appearance.

Geometric Shapes. Pyramids, circles, chevrons and domes available in unisex fashion stud earrings and jeweled stickpins for lapels, hats and hair will create clean silhouettes to compliment spring’s graphic and an- gular wardrobe designs.

spring’s graphic and an- gular wardrobe designs. Bangles, Bracelets & Cuffs. Whether dressed in a black

Bangles, Bracelets & Cuffs. Whether dressed in a black evening gown or t-shirt and jeans, no wrist should go without decoration. This spring’s go-to accessories include a single slim diamond tennis bracelet; gem encrusted stackable bangles, and wide, bold, gold cuffs.

accessories include a single slim diamond tennis bracelet; gem encrusted stackable bangles, and wide, bold, gold

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2016 PPLGA Spring Handicap Tournament Tournament Final Results Overall Net Winner: Maria Fairchild Closest to
2016 PPLGA Spring Handicap Tournament Tournament Final Results Overall Net Winner: Maria Fairchild Closest to
2016 PPLGA Spring Handicap Tournament Tournament Final Results Overall Net Winner: Maria Fairchild Closest to

2016 PPLGA Spring Handicap Tournament

Tournament Final Results

Overall Net Winner: Maria Fairchild Closest to the Pin #4 (Tuesday): Maria Fairchild Closest to the Pin #8 (Tuesday): Darlene Lee Closest to the Pin #14 (Tuesday): Maria Fairchild Closest to the Pin #17 (Tuesday): Madelyn King Fewest Putts: Darlene Lee / Alice Pierson Most Fairways Hit: Jackie Dennis / Diane Pearson

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1st Aaron Bourque 2nd Darlene Lee 3rd Alice Pierson

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Aaron Bourque 2nd Darlene Lee 3rd Alice Pierson First Flight 1st Jackie Dennis 2nd Jana O’banion
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JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES THE GROUND BREAKING OF THEIR NEW BUILDING Jambalaya Festival Associa- tion

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Parish President Recognizes May 8-14 as National Women’s Health Week in Ascension Parish

8-14 as National Women’s Health Week in Ascension Parish Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed May

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed May 8-14, 2016 as National Women’s Health Week in Ascension Parish. President Matassa pre- sented the proclamation to members of St. Elizabeth Hospital Women’s Advi- sory Council attending the May 5 parish council meeting in Donaldsonville. Kerry Songy, chairperson with the Women’s Advisory Council, said National Women’s Health Week was initiated by a coalition of public and private organi- zations, dedicated to raising awareness of women’s health issues and to em- power women of Ascension Parish to make their health a priority. “We thank the parish council for their acknowledgement of National Women’s Health Week,” Songy said. Shown left to right: Parish President Kenny Matassa, Pam Dawson, Councilwoman Teri Casso, Chairperson Kerry Songy, Audrey Boudreaux, Charla Johnson and Martha Collins.

April Recognized as Fair Housing Month in Ascension Parish

April Recognized as Fair Housing Month in Ascension Parish Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed the

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed the month of April 2016 as “Fair Housing Month” in Ascension Parish. President Matassa pre- sented the proclamation to Martha Collins, parish grants officer, during the April 21 parish council meeting in Gonzales. This month is the 48th anniver- sary of the National Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The National Fair Housing Law guarantees all citizens the right to freely choose a home of their choice and prohibits discrimination concerning the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, national ori- gin and sex. Shown with the proclamation from left to right are: Parish Coun- cilman Oliver Joseph, Parish Councilman Daniel “Doc” Satterlee, Parish Councilman Dempsey Lambert, Parish Grants Officer Martha Collins (front), Parish Councilman Bill Dawson (back), Parish Councilman Todd Lambert, Parish President Kenny Matassa (with proclamation), Parish Councilman Travis Turner (back), Parish Council Chairman Randy Clouatre, Parish Coun- cilman John Cagnolatti, Parish Councilman Benny Johnson, Parish Council- woman Teri Casso and Parish Councilman Aaron Lawler.

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The Prince Principle: Why Everyone Needs an Estate Plan Due to current events, I have postponed publishing Part 2 of Using Trusts for Medicaid until next month. While I would never wish for Prince Rogers Nelson’s death or the complex legal proceedings that his family may now have to face, such a public depiction of what the lack of estate planning will do communi-

By Linda Melancon

cates far more than any amount of general legal advice ever could. On April 21, 2016, the 57-year- old pop star was found deceased at his home in Minnesota. Prince left behind an estate estimated at $300 million, with no wife, no children, and apparently, no will. After spending 37 years developing his music and image, and famously fighting to control how and where they were used, it is unfortunate that his lack of planning now leaves the control of his legacy in the hands of the state. Judge Kevin Eide recently appointed Bremer Trust as special administrator of the Prince Nelson estate at the request of Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson. Bremer Trust will be in charge of proving the absence of a will, managing the appraisal of Prince’s name, image, likeness and property, paying off debts, deciding what to do with intellectual property (like the trove of unpublished music that Prince was rumored to have), inventorying his assets, and filing an estate tax return for the estimate of his net worth. Aside from considering that Prince may have never wanted Bremer Trust acting on his behalf, this process

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could last for years. After this process is complete, the IRS then has up to three years to challenge the administrator’s estimation of Prince’s worth. Because Prince died young, fans within his own generation may still purchase his music for decades, giving his estate more value. Still, while there are guidelines for appraising property and possessions, hardly any regulatory guidance exists for calculating the worth of one’s image. This issue may prompt a lengthy court debate on its own – as is now the case with Michael Jackson’s estate. To add insult to injury, because the value of Prince’s estate exceeds $5.45 million, the federal government’s tax rate of 40% and Minnesota’s tax rate of 16% will immediately lay claim to more than half of his assets. With proper planning, it is possible that these tax consequences may have been avoided, or at least minimized. And while Prince is said to have been generous to a number of charities – none of that helps his legacy now without written direction to leave charitable donations. Next, according to Minnesota intestate law, Prince’s one full sister and five half-siblings would each receive an equal share of his remaining estate. But Prince’s estate being valued at $300 million doesn’t mean that he had that many cash assets. This means that the siblings may have to sell

assets to pay the estate taxes before they receive any benefit from the estate. Even if they are all in agreement, lawsuits from outside the family regarding claims to portions of the estate may have to be investigated and take years to settle. Further, if a will is found, there may be additional litigation over its validity. Years of court hearings will also mean hefty attorney fees charged to the estate. In the end, Prince is not alone. Approximately 56% of American adults do not have a will. While not every estate may be as publicly analyzed as Prince’s, families are torn apart every day by litigation, lose the majority of their inheritance to taxes, are left without means of support that their deceased loved one may have never intended, and face numerous other hardships that could have been avoided with the proper planning. No matter your age or the size of your estate, learn from Prince’s unprotected legacy and see a qualified estate planning attorney to find out how you can protect yours.

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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Keeping up with the latest technology and trends is the key to effective digital advertising. According toThe Interactive Advertising Bureau, digital advertising revenue in the U.S. alone reached $15 billion in 2015. Programmatic buying, native ads, mobile and video advertising, are trends that all marketers should be aware of.

Programmatic

Buying

Programmatic or automated buying has become the new norm in the advertising world.With this form of digital advertising, software is used to purchase digital advertising.This eliminates the traditional process of things such as request for proposals and negotiations.AdRoll conducted research that found 87 percent of marketers are seeing greater return on programmatic buying than traditional media buying. With a percentage that high there’s no question as to why traditional media buying has taken the back seat to programmatic buying.Advertisers have started making these purchases without actually speaking to a live person. This process has made transactions both more efficient and effective.This type of ad spending has proven to be so effective that many brands have said they plan to move their entire display ad spending through programmatic channels.

Can You Spot the Native Ad?

By now I’m sure we’re all tired of the constant ad pop ups; they’re intrusive and annoying. But of course we can’t do away with

that type of advertisement all

together. So what do we do?We create native ads. Native advertising is a form of advertising that matches the platform the consumer views it on. Research by IPG media lab proved that unlike banner ads, native ads are being viewed for the same length of time as editorial content.This is probably due to the fact that native ads are integrated with page content and design; viewers don’t even realize the marketing that is going on. According to forbes.com native advertising can increase brand lift by 82 percent, purchase intent by

53

percent, and conversation by

60

percent. Native advertising is

projected to reach $4.6 billion in revenue by 2017.

Mobile Advertising

Research done by British psychologist found that young adults are on their smartphones an average of 5 hours a day.That

is one third of their total waking hours. Statistics as such, is why more focus is being placed on all things mobile including advertisement. Facebook ended its quarter at $5.8 billion, with $5.6 billion being from ad revenue; of that $5.6 billion $4.5 billion was generated by mobile advertising.There’s no denying that mobile is now a very vital part of digital advertising.

Video Advertising

Consumers are spending more time on computers, smartphones, and tablets, and they’re probably not spending that time reading. Let’s be honest, most people don’t like to read.That is why visuals perform better on social media. One form of visuals that has done exceptionally well is videos. Consumers are much more engaged in videos than plain text or even photos, as a result marketers have been putting more stake in video advertising.

Advertisers are able to connect with their audience anywhere and anytime.Advertisers often utilize some form of call to action in their videos; most commonly used is the clickable URL. According to an article on exact drive.com, viewers using their desktop spend about 2 minutes viewing videos, while viewers on their cellphones may spend up to five minutes. Huffington post reported, that in September 2015 over 8 billion videos were being played back each day on Facebook alone. Cisco predicts that 80 percent of all internet traffic will be streaming video content by 2019.

Social Influences

It’s important that anyone in- volved in marketing or advertising understand that the digital world is very crowded and ever changing; and the only way to make sure we stand out is to stay abreast to the latest trends and technology.Taking a deeper look into social influences is a great way to stay on top of what’s going on. Studying consumers, their affiliations with brands, products, and where and how they’re spending time, is the key to knowing how to market to them.

So what do you do now? Spend a little time researching each of these latest trends and see which will fit into your business model. There are numerous online resources and educational articles to learn more about how to effectively leverage these effective tools. See what works for you.

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Oral Cancer

The Importance of Early Detection

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD Ascension Premier Dental

Your dentist has recent good news about progress against cancer. It is now easier than ever to detect oral cancer early, when the opportunity for a cure is great. Only half of all patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years. Your dentist has the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of cancer and pre- cancerous conditions are identified. You and your dentist can fight and win the battle against oral cancer. Know the early signs and see your dentist regularly.

You Should Know

• Oral Cancer often starts as a tiny,

unnoticed white or red spot or sore

anywhere in the mouth.

• It can affect any area of the oral

cavity including the lips, gum tissue, check lining, tongue and the hard or soft palate.

• Other signs include:

- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal

- A color change of the oral tissues

- A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area

- Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips

- Difficulty chewing, swallowing,

speaking or moving the jaw or tongue. - A change in the way the teeth fit together

• Oral Cancer most often occurs in those who use tobacco in any form.

• Alcohol use combined with smoking greatly increases risk.

• Prolonged exposure to the sun increases the risk of lip cancer.

• Oral cancers can occur in people who do not smoke and have no other known risk factors.

• Oral Cancer is more likely to strike after age 40.

• Studies suggest that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may prevent the hdevelopment of potentially cancerous lesions.

Regular Dental Check-ups Important

Oral cancer screening is a routine part of a dental examination. Regu- lar check-ups, including an examina- tion of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous condi- tions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it.

Your dentist will carefully examine the inside of your mouth and tongue and in some patients may notice a flat, painless, white or red spot or a small sore. Although most of these are harmless, some are not. Harmful oral spots or sores often look identi- cal to those that are harmless, but testing can tell them apart. If you have a sore with a

likely cause, your dentist may treat it and ask you to return for re-examination.

Dentists often will notice a spot or sore that looks harmless and does not have a clear cause. To ensure that a spot or sore is not dangerous, your dentist may choose to perform a simple test, such as a brush test. A brush test collects cells from a suspicious lesion in the mouth. The cells are sent to a laboratory for analysis. If precancerous cells are found, the lesion can be surgically removed if necessary during a separate procedure. It’s im- portant to know that all atypical and positive results from a brush test must be confirmed by incisional biopsy and histology.

Facts About Oral Cancer

Incidence and Mortality

• Oral cancer strikes an estimated 34,360 Ameri-

cans each year. An estimated 7,550 people (5,180 men and 2,370 women) will die of these cancers in

2007.

• More than 25% of the 30,000 Americans who get

oral cancer will die of the disease.

• On average, only half of those diagnosed with

the disease will survive more than five years.

• African-Americans are especially vulnerable; the

incidence rate is 1/3 higher than whites and the mortality rate is almost twice as high.

Risk Factors

• Although the use of tobacco and alcohol are risk factors in developing oral cancer, approximately 25% of oral cancer patients have no known risk

factors.

• There has been a nearly five-fold increase in inci- dence in oral cancer patients under age 40, many with no known risk factors.

• The incidence of oral cancer in women has in- creased significantly, largely due to an increase in women smoking. In 1950 the male to female ratio was 6:1; by 2002, it was 2:1.

Prevention and Detection

• The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid tobacco and alcohol use.

• Regular dental check-ups, including an examina- tion of the entire mouth, are

essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.

• Many types of abnormal cells can develop in the

oral cavity in the form of red or white spots. Some are harmless and benign, some are cancerous and others are pre-cancerous, mean- ing they can develop into cancer if not detected early and removed. (American Cancer Society)

• Finding and removing epithelial dysplasias before

they become cancer can be one of the most effec- tive methods for reducing the incidence of cancer.

• Knowing the risk factors and seeing your dentist

for oral cancer screenings can help prevent this deadly disease. Routine use of the Pap smear since 1955, for example, dramatically reduced the inci-

dence and mortality rates for cervical cancer in the United States.

• Oral cancer is often preceded by the presence of

clinically identifiable premalignant changes. These lesions may present as either white or red patches or spots. Identifying white and red spots that show dysplasia and removing them before they become cancer is an effective method for reducing the inci- dence and mortality of cancer.

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St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department holds Awards Banquet This past Saturday Night, the St. Amant
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St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department holds Awards Banquet

This past Saturday Night, the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department held their annual awards and installation of officers banquet. The setting this year was the Granda Venue, and a packed house of volunteer firefighters, fire chiefs, assistant chiefs, elected officials, family and friends were on hand to see who would be the big winners on the night.

The night began with St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Chief James LeBlanc reminding all of the service our local volunteers provide to the many men, women and children throughout the St. Amant community.

men, women and children throughout the St. Amant community. “Many of you know, this is a

“Many of you know, this is a total Volunteer Department that responds to well over 700 calls per year. We operate four fire stations in the St. Amant

Community with 13 trucks. We also operate a boat rescue team on the river. Tonight our members are awarded for their accomplishments that took place in 2015. These Volunteers

live for responding to

needs of our residents. It's so hard to believe that I have been blessed to be a Volunteer Fire Chief in this Parish for the past 30 years. Yes, things are not always perfect, yes we make mistakes but remember these are the people that leave their families daily to respond to yours. The best reward in the world as a Fire Chief, is to see the smiles on all these Volunteer Firefighters faces when they are appreciated for their accom- plishments. God Bless each and every one of you, and never forget, the people of our community will always be our #1 priority”, stated Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc.

the

#1 priority”, stated Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc. the Before the awards, dinner was served. Event

Before the awards, dinner was served. Event goers were thrilled with the selections created by Jimmy Babin with Creative Cajun Cooking. As guests took their seats to enjoy their meals, it was on with the main event……the awards. They included the following:

Outgoing Board Member Award: Aline Pruitt, served as Treasurer Junior Firefighter of the Year:

Blake Broussard Officer of the Year:

Sean Gilbert EMS Responder of the Year:

Kim Poche & Christine Wilson

EMS Rookie of the Year:

Josh Delery EMS Chief Award:

Jake Blanchard Night Time Rider Awards:

Broc Poche & Jack Belleu Firefighter Rookie of the Year: Myron Guidry President’s Award:

Gary Germany Firefighter of the Year:

Shane Rojas Community Awards: Creative Cajun Cooking Jimmy Babin, T-Wayne Abshire, Steve and Mike Broussard Member of the Year: Sherri Jenkins and Kane Hanna Key Person of the Year: Mike Breaux, Kelli Broussard and

Stacey Denham Training Award: ‘Mytrail Whitehead and Robbie Villenurve Five Years of Service: Kelli Broussard,

Stacey Denham Training Award: ‘Mytrail Whitehead and Robbie Villenurve Five Years of Service:

Kelli Broussard, Jai Denham and Nichole Jacks Fifteen Years of Service:

Mike Breaux Twenty Years of Service:

Todd Bourgeois Twenty Five Years of Service:

Greg Swanson

Todd Bourgeois Twenty Five Years of Service: Greg Swanson Once the awards portion of the evening

Once the awards portion of the evening concluded, Ascension Parish Assessor Mert Smiley presented the Installation of the 2016 Officers. They included:

President: Shane Pourciau Vice President: Gary Germany

President: Shane Pourciau Vice President : Gary Germany Second Vice President: Mike Breaux Secretary: Justin

Second Vice President:

Mike Breaux Secretary: Justin Pauler Treasurer: Sherri Jenkins Fire Chief: James E. LeBlanc Asst. Fire Chief:

Josh Wingerter Custodian: Shane Rojas Board Members: Troy Richardson, Shane Stuntz and Jake Blanchard

2016 Appointed Fire Line Officers included:

Chaplain: Ken Spivey Administration to the Chief:

Joel Louque Chief Executive Officer:

Shane Pourciau Deputy Asst. Fire Chief:

Shane Stuntz

Shane Pourciau Deputy Asst. Fire Chief: Shane Stuntz Training Chief: Shane Stuntz Safety Officer: Mike Breaux

Training Chief: Shane Stuntz Safety Officer: Mike Breaux EMS Director: Trish Gulino Asst. EMS Director:

Jake Blanchard Captains: Justin Pauler, Shane Rojas, Chris Deroche and Troy Richardson

Pauler, Shane Rojas, Chris Deroche and Troy Richardson Lieutenants: Gary Germany, Jake Blanchard, Dexter LeBlanc

Lieutenants: Gary Germany, Jake Blanchard, Dexter LeBlanc and Dane LeBlanc Sergeants: Sean Gilbert, Nichole Jacks, Greg Swanson and Robbie Villenurve Junior Firefighter Advisors:

Gary Germany and Christine Wilson

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Step Up, Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? Not long ago I was nominated to be-

Step Up, Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?

Not long ago I was nominated to be- come a board member of the East As- cension Sportsmans League. I declined, but they would not take no for an an- swer and suggested I help out when I could. I really look forward to getting more involved in the organization

when I retire, but at this time in my life I have a demanding job with long working hours. I still play music and plan on being part of Ascension Out- doors, the t.v. show I co-hosted with my brother-in-law, in the near future. Add to that monthly articles, my age and the fact that I've had a couple of health issues recently and you'll find a tired individual with not much time. With all that being said, I'm on the board and will try my best to help the organization be successful.

I have served on the board of direc-

tors for the EASL for more years than I can remember. I was president for two years and chaired the kids fishing rodeo, adult fishing rodeos, acorns for wildlife projects, National Hunting and Fishing Day events, several youth events and numerous other projects through the years. During the same span of years I served as a D.U. Ban- quet chairman and was on the banquet committee for sixteen years. During this time I also worked on the Blind River Boss Gobbler chapter committee.

I am by no means bragging about

my involvement in these different con- servation organizations. I feel I should have done even more. I feel that the men and women that I was involved with during this time were successful in their mission with the exception of one thing. We evidentially did not teach our offspring to fill our void when we be- came burnt out or too old to continue to serve. Our youngsters came up dur- ing a span of time that presented much more opportunities in the outdoors than we had a mere forty or fifty years ago. Wild turkeys are now common on much of our landscapes. Whitetail deer are just about everywhere. It's not un- common at all for youths to be able to shoot trophy bucks. For years now there's been youth only hunting sea- sons. Redfish and specs are more avail- able than ever. All of these things are fantastic and were part of our mission, but they only came about because dif- ferent groups of people worked their butts off to accomplish these things. I truly feel that my generations' young- sters believe that the fish and game populations were always as they are today and they don't have to do any- thing for the scenario to continue for their children. At a past board meeting I began to take notice of the age of the people in attendance. About half were retired. Only one person in the group would I consider young. That person is a fine

young man and is much appreciated by the group. To acquire about ten more like him would be precious. In recent past years there have been a few young men that have made an attempt to be- come leaders of our organization. My nephew was president of the EASL for three years and he did a very good job. Because of his youthfulness he was able to bring in a couple of his younger friends aboard. At one time our Blind River Boss Gobblers chapter had a top standing in the National Wild Turkey Federation. Now we don't even have a chapter. That's a shame. An attempt to revive the group was made by a young man several years ago. He made an ex- cellent attempt and was successful to some degree for a banquet or two. But that has gone by the wayside, probably because of the lack of help. It's hard to believe that Ascension Parish could be without a D.U. Chap- ter on the east bank, but it did happen for several years, after what had been one of the finest D.U. Chapters in the state. The Gonzales D.U. Chapter has now been reunited and is presently going into its third year. This years' banquet will be held Thursday Septem- ber 8th at Lamar Dixon. It's interesting to see that this committee is composed of some of our younger conservation- ists. The banquet committee is co- chaired by Paul Matherne and Alden Gautreau. Alden is 42 yrs young and has served on the committee for three years now. He also happens to be one of the youngsters that would often make trips to our hunting lease in Venice, LA. years ago. His wife Char- lene is serving as secretary for the group. I've also been told that this committee has several officers that are between thirty and forty years of age. This group has put together some fine banquets and it's good to see them heading in the right direction. Gotta go now. Headed for a Donald- sonville D.U. committee meeting. This group has learned very well about the value of using their youth for their an- nual event. It's one reason they've been so successful in the past

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by Bill Delaune Jr.

Getting Your Kicks in Year ’66 by Bill Delaune Jr. Climb into the Wayback Machine, my

Climb into the Wayback Machine, my talented young friends, and I’ll take you back to another time-a time of turmoil, tension and 8-track tapes; a time of civil rights, civil disobedience and good vibrations; a time of peace, love, rock-and-roll and 32 cents a gallon gasoline. I’m talking, of course, about 1966-a time 50 years ago when nothing, including sports, music and politics, could escape controversy. The choice of that particular year in an explosive decade will be made clear to you momentarily, but first, let me try to recall the feel of the period for you since I lived to tell about it. Without a doubt the most dividing issue of the era was the

Vietnam War with 500,000 American troops overseas and the protests growing daily across the country. The dissenting mood seemed to spark controversy in other areas including the world of sports where heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali had already divided Americans with his Muslim views. Then on March 19, 1966, an all-black starting five of Texas Western (now UTEP) stunned the bluebloods of basketball, the Kentucky Wildcats, to win the NCAA and change the face of college athletics forever. Another traditional power, Notre Dame, caused a storm in NCAA football when the Irish ran out the clock instead of going for the win in the “Game

out the clock instead of going for the win in the “Game of the Century” in
out the clock instead of going for the win in the “Game of the Century” in

of the Century” in a 10-10 tie with Michigan State (No overtimes back then.) and was still voted number one over Bear Bryant’s undefeated Alabama squad. That sent redneck Tide fans into the streets to protest much like the hippies they despised. Even the Indianapolis 500 where the fastest car across the finish line usually wins had a dispute. Taking a cue from the topsy, turvy times, 11 cars went out in a first lap crash and confusion reigned after that. Rookie Graham Hill was declared the winner at the checkered flag as only seven cars completed the race. Runner-up Jim Clark immediately filed a protest saying that Hill was a

lap behind him and “never passed a car all day”. The race was not declared official until the following Monday morning when Hill-who was surprised himself at the outcome- was proclaimed the official winner. And deep in the heart of Texas, the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, the Houston Astrodome, opened with its magical new surface-Astroturf. Reviews were mixed and Phillies slugger Dick (Don’t call me “Richie”.) Allen-no stranger to controversy himself-made headlines with his statement, “If a horse won’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it.” Meanwhile, recording artists were faced with the dilemma of inserting protests into their music and risk possible bans from conservatively-owned radio stations or sticking with the status quo of “Happy Days” songs that offended no one. Many began to heed the advice of folk legends Peter, Paul and Mary who in their classic “I Dig Rock and Roll Music” sang, “… But if I really say it, the radio won’t play it, unless I lay it-between the lines…” Never being one to shy away from a fight, Beatles’ leader

John Lennon announced in the fall of ’66 that “We’re more popular than Jesus now…”

John Lennon announced in the fall of ’66 that “We’re more popular than Jesus now…” setting off a firestorm in the U.S. with radio stations across the land hosting “Beatle Boycotts” and record burnings. And not to be outdone, Bob Dylan was booed off the stage (again) and called “Judas” by British fans who considered him a traitor to acoustical folk because he toured with a band (as opposed to his earlier solo shows) and played an electric guitar. Dylan responded to the jeers with profanity and in- structed the band to “Turn it up louder!”

dancing across the finish line to win the Kentucky Derby. The significance-television viewers could see the vivid blue and white colored silks of the Ford Stables since this was the first race ever shown in color. And Baton Rouge native Percy Sledge didn’t have to hide secret meanings when his monster hit “When a Man Loves a Woman” reached number one later that month. Raquel Welch’s prehistoric posters dominated teen males’ bedroom walls and the same group didn’t miss Barbara Eden’s then-risqué bare midriff on “I Dream of Jeanie”. While NBC and CBS stuck to old reliables in the ratings like “Bonanza” and “The Andy Griffith Show”, upstart ABC took a shot with the comic book series “Batman”-even adding “Wham” and “Pow” to the screen when the Caped Crusader took out another villain. Catch phrases like “Beam me up, Scotty” and “Have it your way” were used in everyday conversation and when Lee Marvin won Best Actor for his role as a drunken gunslinger in the movie “Cat Ballou”, he didn’t protest a thing. Unless you count the part of his acceptance speech when he said his horse should have gotten an award also. And as Perry Mason won his last case, “The Monkees” debuted in prime time after four young actors

Monkees” debuted in prime time after four young actors Dylan wasn’t the only one changing things

Dylan wasn’t the only one changing things around in

1966. The former president of

the liberal Actors’ Guild Ronald Reagan decided that “right” was the right way to go and ran as an ultra-conservative Republican in the California’s gubernatorial race. The former actor (and Democrat) was elected in a landslide and the rest, as they say, is history. But there were some lighter- and brighter-moments in 1966. On May 7, a Native Dancer colt named Kauai (rhymes with “Hawaii”) King came hula

were chosen for the roles from 450 tryouts including a guitar player named Charles Manson. Okay, sez you-that could have been any year in the tumultuous decade so what’s so special about ’66? Except for Mustangs, Camaros, Chargers and GTO’s, what else made this 12 month stretch any different? Well, here it is boys and girls-once upon a time there were three high schools on the east bank of Ascension Parish-Dutchtown, Gonzales and St. Amant-and the school board decided to combine them into one “new” school called East Ascension. EA would open in the fall of 1966 making the May graduates of the respective schools the last class to graduate from each institution. So with apologies to my Bulldog and Wildcat cohorts, I feel obliged to mention my class-the last flight of the Dutchtown Eagles-and maybe if you bigger schools hadn’t beaten us so bad in football, you would have gotten more ink.

us so bad in football, you would have gotten more ink. In reality, our 1966 football

In reality, our 1966 football team wasn’t protesting anything-except maybe winning-but we did manage to be Doyle in our homecoming game. And in the final game, I scored the last point-a kicked point after-following Randall LeBlanc’s touchdown. That record stood for 35 years-hell, they shut the school down-until the “new” Dutchtown High opened. The boys’ basketball team led by Keith Dixon, Chuck Mayon and Barry Boudreaux fared much better chalking up a rare win over Gonzales-the first by an Eagle team in any sport in many years. The girls’ team featured

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seniors Sheily Duplessis, Darlene Hebert and Kathy Babin and also made it to the state playoffs. I think we were aware that the world was changing outside of our little rural community but we were too busy concerning ourselves with being a part of the final Dutchtown ceremonies-the “last” home- coming, the “last” prom, and-of course-the “last” graduation-to protest anything. Unless you count Dixon’s (who turned out to be a true child of the ‘60’s) unsuccessful rebellion to replace the class song-the inspirational “I Believe”-with the rocking “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” by the Animals. The one thing I would protest today is that an unusually high number of our classmates-15 to be exact-have gotten their tickets to see the Angels play and won’t be with us on June 11 for our 50th reunion at Jimmy Babin’s compound on Diversion Canal. And as further proof of my then civil obedience, I have included my draft card-un- burned- along with the faded photographs, tickets torn in half and other mementos shown in the accompanying pictures. As for the “Toupee” patch, why that was the name of the

As for the “Toupee” patch, why that was the name of the school newspaper sponsored by

school newspaper sponsored by my still-Facebook friend Ms. Carolyn Ourso. The title re- flected our not-so-New York Times motto-“We ‘cover’ the news!” Pretty bad, huh. Well, we found it mildly amusing 50 years ago-when we got our kicks in 1966.

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I’ll Never Profile Again Now that I have been Profiled.

I live on a peaceful, dead end road that is a mixture of standard brick homes, trailers, campers and double wides. Some yards are perfect, some yards have 8 foot fences surrounding them and look like fortified compounds. Some are wide open and up off the ground like mine is since I live in a flood zone. Over the past couple of years a local developer purchased some land up and down our sweet road and started putting ratty looking trailers and building and renting to anyone who could pay. Now our quiet road is infested with strangers walking the street at all hours of the day and night. Their cars and trucks seem to ignore the fact that this is a peaceful neighborhood with speed limits and respect for our

peaceful neighborhood with speed limits and respect for our neighbors. This year it has been particularly

neighbors. This year it has been particularly bad. We’ve had a shooting within the last couple of months. There have been burglaries and break-ins. I’ve heard through the grapevine that we need to try to slow traffic down and watch for suspicious happenings. After communicating with the Sheriff’s Department our final solution seems to be our best venue for a more secure community. A Neighbor Hood Watch. Last weekend I had a neighbor from up the street stop by with her husband. She wanted to inform me about the ‘Neighbor Hood Watch’ program we are putting in place. That sounded great to me. She then pointed out the main meeting

was already held and I wasn’t invited. It seems the head of the organization thought with my junkie car- port I wouldn’t probably be in- terested in par- ticipating. After a moment of

thought I had to laugh. “I’VE BEEN PROFILED. “OH NO!!!!”

Junkie Carport Lives Matter
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Lives Matter

walk in my yard with my 12 gauge and just shoot something or several things. Now they know if there was something worth stealing here maybe they should think twice about it. The best part of this deal is our neighborhood is moving in the right direction and I have met a few new friends. As far as cleaning up downstairs it’s a work in progress like it has been for the last 6 years. I did hang some black sheets on one side of my carport. Now I only look half as junkie. Let me finish with. In this new hope for America Barack agenda to be all inclusive of all thing good and bad. Everyone who drives down my road I have but one thing to say, “Owner’s of Junkie Carports Lives Matter!” Executive Order Dat!

I have to give it to her, she is

correct. I have a junkie carport. I can’t help it. I’m afflicted with the disease of being artistic. To me most things can be used, eventually. It also kills me to throw away any paint cans, gallons or quarters. I might need them someday.

I didn’t take offense and I

probably wouldn’t have gone anyway but I am 100% committed

to the watch. I’ll invest. I’ll watch. But I can’t deny mY artistic affliction. I was once told a messy desk is the sign of genius.

I used to joke that I kept my

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SummerFuninaCreativeWay LA ARTS strives for creativity. Whether you like to act, sing, paint or draw,

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LA Arts will provide opportuni- ties for children and adults to be creative and expressive — to reach beyond what they know and produce art that is their very own. LA ARTS wants budding artists in all areas to feel comfortable; the teachers and owners perceive themselves as mentors as well as teachers. LA ARTS has made a goal to provide an atmosphere that is non-judging, open-minded and non-competitive.

From Dustin and Lorna, co-owners of Drama Kids and LA ARTS:

We started our franchise, Drama Kids, in 2013, and by working with schools and Ascension Community Theatre, we have reached many children with a craving to study or have fun in theatre. We were running Drama Kids from my house, and I longed for a space of our own. Also,

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In fact, this summer is a great time to explore topics that aren't available—or that you don't have time for—during the school year, alongside other students who share your interests.

We are offering a full schedule of classes for June and July. Drama Kids will have classes off site as well, but we are excited to be in our space in Prairieville.

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Stuffed Roma Tomatoes

Executive Chef Ben Jarreau
Executive Chef
Ben Jarreau

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Servings:

8 minutes

Ingredients:

8

Fresh Roma Tomatoes

2

tsp Kosher Salt

1

Tbsp Cracked Black Pepper (fresh if available)

½ cup olive oil

2 boxes Boursin garlic & herb cheese

3 oz fresh bleu cheese crumbles

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.

Ver y carefully shave the bottom of the tomato

to create a flat sur face.

tomato and using a melon baller, carefully

hollow out the inside of the tomato.

tomatoes in olive oil and sprinkle them with

salt and pepper.

combine the Boursin and bleu cheese then

stuf f the tomatoes.

the tomatoes for apox 10 minutes, or until

Cut the top of the

Coat the

In a separate container

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