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MAY 2016, VOL. 14 ISSUE 4

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BRSCAF would like to extend warm thanks to everyone
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JFA Crowns 2016 Royalty
to Reign Over 49th Festival

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 contestants included Sara Duplessis,
Destinee Mitchell and Lacey Alleman 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. The
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

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.

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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 Jambalaya Queen 2016 Miss Holly Stelly.

Teen Contestants Prepare for interview
L-R Sara Duplessis, Destinee Mitchell, Lacey Alleman

Miss Contestants prepare for interview
L-R Alexis Ponvelle, Alyssa Latuso, Holly Stelly, Tara Babin

Holly Alyse Stelly is the 21 year
old daughter of Gerard and Tonya

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

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

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

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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 ancient times, it was said to promise
love, denote honesty, and bring
success to those born in May.

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

Great Gift Ideas
For Those
Special Spring
Occasions

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, engraved “man” bracelets and tie tacks
are always a good choice.

with Layne Gautreau

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

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.

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

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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 angular wardrobe designs.

Red Carpet, Runway, and
Real Life

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 gemstones have color variations of both
orange and blue!

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

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

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.

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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
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Most Fairways Hit: Jackie Dennis / Diane Pearson

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Happy May 2016 Ascension
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carb diet to prepare
for the summer.
Meals sure do get
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P28 is made of 100%
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I don’t plan on eating this
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JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES
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the JFA continues to serve the
local community year round
and hosts the World Famous
Gonzales Jambalaya Festival
each year in the heart
of Gonzales.
Attending the ribbon cutting
for Jambalaya Festival
Association were JFA
President Wally Taillon and
JFA Vice President Tammy
Guillory. Also in attendance
were Ascension Parish
President Kenny Matassa;
City of Gonzales Mayor
Barney Arceneaux; Gonzales
Councilmen Neal Bourque and
David Guitreau; Gonzales
Chief of Police Sherman
Jackson; Ascension Parish
Assessor Mert Smiley;
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May 8-14 as National Women’s
Health Week in Ascension Parish

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National Women’s Health Week in Ascension Parish. President Matassa presented the proclamation to members of St. Elizabeth Hospital Women’s Advisory Council attending the May 5 parish council meeting in Donaldsonville.
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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.

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April 21 parish council meeting in Gonzales. This month is the 48th anniversary 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 origin and sex. Shown with the proclamation from left to right are: Parish Councilman 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
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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS
By Linda Melancon

The Prince
Principle:
Why Everyone
Needs an
Estate Plan
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-

cates far more than any amount
of general legal advice ever could.
On April 21, 2016, the 57-yearold 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

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.

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

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
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According to an article on exact
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their cellphones may spend up to
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content by 2019.

Digital Advertising:
Trends and Technology
by Orhan Mc Millan
dezinsINTERACTIVE

Keeping up with the latest
technology and trends is the key
to effective digital advertising.
According to The 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.

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.

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It’s important that anyone involved 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.

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.

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 important to know that all atypical and
positive results from a brush test
must be confirmed by incisional
biopsy and histology.

Regular Dental Check-ups
Important

Facts About Oral Cancer

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

Incidence and Mortality

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 identical to those that are harmless, but
testing can tell them apart. If you
have a sore with a

• Oral cancer strikes an estimated 34,360 Americans 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 incidence in oral cancer patients
under age 40, many with no known risk factors.
• The incidence of oral cancer in women has increased 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 examination 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, meaning 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 effective 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 incidence 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 incidence and mortality of cancer.

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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.

“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... the
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 accomplishments. 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.

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

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

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Training Award: ‘Mytrail
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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

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Training Chief: Shane Stuntz
Safety Officer: Mike Breaux
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Step Up, Who’s Gonna
Fill Their Shoes?
Not long ago I was nominated to become a board member of the East Ascension Sportsmans League. I declined,
but they would not take no for an answer 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 Outdoors, 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 directors 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. Banquet 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 conservation 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 became burnt out or too old to continue
to serve. Our youngsters came up during 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 uncommon at all for youths to be able to
shoot trophy bucks. For years now
there's been youth only hunting seasons. Redfish and specs are more available than ever. All of these things are
fantastic and were part of our mission,
but they only came about because different groups of people worked their
butts off to accomplish these things. I
truly feel that my generations' youngsters believe that the fish and game
populations were always as they are
today and they don't have to do anything 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 become 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 excellent 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. Chapter 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 September 8th at Lamar Dixon. It's interesting
to see that this committee is composed
of some of our younger conservationists. The banquet committee is cochaired 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 Charlene 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 Donaldsonville D.U. committee meeting. This
group has learned very well about the
value of using their youth for their annual event. It's one reason they've been
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Getting Your Kicks in Year ’66

by Bill Delaune Jr.

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

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…”
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 instructed the band to “Turn it
up louder!”

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 lighterand brighter-moments in 1966.
On May 7, a Native Dancer colt
named Kauai (rhymes with
“Hawaii”) King came hula

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

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.

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” homecoming, 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-unburned- 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

school newspaper sponsored by
my still-Facebook friend Ms.
Carolyn Ourso. The title reflected 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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songs that are designed for you to have a lot of
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Walker, with his strong R&B background, to the
lead electric guitar player, Preston Wallace, with
an alternative/metal flare. You can hear it in the
funk the bass player, Shane Melancon, likes to
give, to the keyboard player, Corban Barnes,
that adds the final touches with his Southern
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with his acoustic guitar play, and vocals, is none
other then Eric Stelly. His voice can take you on
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FESTIVAL"
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Wood Division

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2nd. Tyler Bourque. $100
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Thoughts from Bully
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

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 carport I wouldn’t
probably be interested in parJunkie Carport
ticipating. After
Lives Matter
a moment of
thought I had
to laugh.
“I’VE BEEN
PROFILED.
“OH NO!!!!”
walk in my yard with my 12 gauge
I have to give it to her, she is
and just shoot something or several
correct. I have a junkie carport. I
things. Now they know if there
can’t help it. I’m afflicted with the
was something worth stealing here
disease of being artistic. To me
maybe they should think twice
most things can be used,
about it.
eventually. It also kills me to
The best part of this deal is our
throw away any paint cans, gallons
is moving in the
neighborhood
or quarters. I might need
right
direction
and I have met a
them someday.
few
new
friends.
I didn’t take offense and I
As far as cleaning up downstairs
probably wouldn’t have gone
it’s
a work in progress like it has
anyway but I am 100% committed
been
for the last 6 years. I did hang
to the watch. I’ll invest. I’ll watch.
some
black sheets on one side of
But I can’t deny mY artistic
my
carport.
Now I only look half
affliction. I was once told a messy
as
junkie.
desk is the sign of genius.
Let me finish with. In this new
I used to joke that I kept my
hope
for America Barack agenda to
down stairs junkie so people
be
all
inclusive of all thing good
walking down the street wouldn’t
and
bad.
Everyone who drives
think there wasn’t anything worth
down
my
road I have but one
stealing at that junkie ole’ place. I
thing
to
say,
“Owner’s of Junkie
had other deterrents for when I
Carports
Lives
Matter!” Executive
saw spooky looking people walking
Order
Dat!
in front of my house. I’d put my
Mr. Greenjeans over-alls on and

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In fact, this summer is a great
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Lorna

everyone kept asking for art
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From Dustin and Lorna,
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We started our franchise,
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for a space of our own. Also,

Erin

We are offering a full schedule
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Laura

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Ages 5-8 meets from
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$110 a month, $10 for Art Kit
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Cooking
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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
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Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
Ve r y c a r e f u l l y s h a v e t h e b o t t o m o f t h e t o m a t o
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tomatoes in olive oil and sprinkle them with
s a l t a n d p e p p e r. I n a s e p a r a t e c o n t a i n e r
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the cheese starts to bubble. Promptly remove
the tomatoes from the oven and allow to cool
before enjoying them.

Stuffed Roma
Tomatoes
Prep Time:

Ser ve as a side dish for hearty meals or use
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Servings:
8 minutes

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