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CO MP LI ME NTARY

JUNE 2016, VOL. 14 ISSUE 5

You are invited to participate in the 3rd Annual 'Cooking for a Cause' Jambalaya Cook-Off

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

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JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL

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LAYNE’S JEWELRY

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FRED’S SENIOR DAY

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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SMITH CHIROPRACTIC

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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Jambalaya Festival 2016 Congratulations Jambalaya Association, you have done it again. This year’s 49th Annual
Jambalaya Festival 2016 Congratulations Jambalaya Association, you have done it again. This year’s 49th Annual

Jambalaya Festival 2016

Congratulations Jambalaya Association, you have done it again. This year’s 49th Annual Festival was a huge success. I have been attending the Jambalaya Festival for 40 plus years and this year’s festival

seemed to have it all. The food, the events, and the entertain- ment makes this event one of the most diversified festivals around. It’s been a long time coming for the festival to build up to the

Big Success

excitement that once was held in the streets of downtown Gonzales. This year, I believe, proved to me that the festival is back and is bigger and better than ever. A wide variety of entertain-

year, I believe, proved to me that the festival is back and is bigger and better
year, I believe, proved to me that the festival is back and is bigger and better

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year, I believe, proved to me that the festival is back and is bigger and better
ment from bands like Eddie Smith, Mike Broussard & Nitetrain and Chee Weez rocked the
ment from bands like Eddie Smith, Mike Broussard & Nitetrain and Chee Weez rocked the
ment from bands like Eddie Smith, Mike Broussard & Nitetrain and Chee Weez rocked the

ment from bands like Eddie Smith, Mike Broussard & Nitetrain and Chee Weez rocked the stage while hometown favorite bands such as Kenny Cornett, Kenny Fife and Na Na Sha kept our dancing shoes moving. One of the highlight moments of the festival was the appearance of Snapper and the Fishsticks. The addition of bringing in the Nashville Country Star Sammy Kershaw brought record crowds. Matter-of-fact the crowds all weekend were huge. It was exciting this year when former Champion Hoss Reine and his son Hossfly won for a second time in three years the World Champion Jambalaya Title. This year Scott Duplechein and his wife Kellie worked their majic and won the Champ of Champs Cooking Contest for the first time. Throughout my time at the festival I ran into to old school

won the Champ of Champs Cooking Contest for the first time. Throughout my time at the
won the Champ of Champs Cooking Contest for the first time. Throughout my time at the
won the Champ of Champs Cooking Contest for the first time. Throughout my time at the

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Gonzales friends that always make a reference to the Festival that was once downtown Gonzales.

Gonzales friends that always make a reference to the Festival that was once downtown Gonzales. Everybody likes to talk about the days of old. The success was judged by the garbage left in the street. As exciting as those days were the current Jambalaya Festival represents Gonzales 2016 and our community. It’s clean, organized, and full of musical entetainment. Along with the good time the festival represents a commitment to the claim Jambalaya Capital of the World. The Mini-Pot Jambalaya Cooking Contest at the 49th Annual Jambalaya Festival was held along the Bayou and was sponsored by Gonzales Memorial Post 3693. Youngsters and adults competed in one of the festivals most popular event. Cooking in mini pots started in the 1970s, and is an event

Cooking in mini pots started in the 1970s, and is an event 30 Years of Top
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everyone enjoys and families can participate in it together. While at the the festival I

everyone enjoys and families can participate in it together. While at the the festival I saw many friends. There was Scott and Jaci, Terri and Mike. I saw Charlene dancing a jig. Eric and Stump were there too. There was Miss Jambalaya Queen, Holly Stelly and Teen Queen Destinee Mitchell and Hot Rod Machines. Mike and Steve Broussard played together as the jitter bugging kept us from thinking of the heat. David St. Romain performed the best National Anthem I’ve heard and Randy Carpenter performed with his band Laroux. If you are new to the area and have never attended the festival you are missing a good time. Along with the cooking and dancing there are car shows, art shows, and carnival

festival you are missing a good time. Along with the cooking and dancing there are car
festival you are missing a good time. Along with the cooking and dancing there are car
festival you are missing a good time. Along with the cooking and dancing there are car
festival you are missing a good time. Along with the cooking and dancing there are car

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rides. Next year give the festival a try. You will experience a good time and
rides. Next year give the festival a try. You will experience a good time and

rides. Next year give the festival a try. You will experience a good time and truly understand why Gonzales is

‘The Jambalaya Capital of the World’.

PUBLISHER NOTE:

I did miss Danny Robert cooking this year and that guy that always cooks with him. I think his name is Kurt. Hope you get healed up Danny.

cooking this year and that guy that always cooks with him. I think his name is
cooking this year and that guy that always cooks with him. I think his name is
cooking this year and that guy that always cooks with him. I think his name is
cooking this year and that guy that always cooks with him. I think his name is
cooking this year and that guy that always cooks with him. I think his name is

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cooking this year and that guy that always cooks with him. I think his name is
Colored Diamonds with Layne Gautreau Clear white diamonds are world fa- mous for their brilliant

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• Focus on the results. When I don’t feel like pushing hard in my workouts

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When I don’t feel like pushing hard in my workouts or in my nutrition efforts, I focus on why I’m committed to a lifestyle of health. For me I consider how great I feel when I’m fit and the confidence that brings.

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When I find an inspiring image or article, I save it, and go back to it to be inspired when I’m low on energy. My latest inspiration is this photo.

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“I'm not a smoker, but I have "smoker lines" above my top lip. What is the best course of action to correct these lines? I've heard fillers, but I do not want my lips to look fuller, just the lines filled in.”

Non-smokers get “smoker lines” around the mouth usually from the way they move their mouth when talking but culprits like drinking out of a straw, sun exposure and poor skin care play a major role in these lines”. Certainly, you can use fillers like Juvederm and Restylane to improve these lines. Fillers do not necessarily make your lips looks larger; it is all how it is injected. Another option is very small amounts of Botox. Botox can relax muscles around the mouth to soften your fine lines. This treatment is repeated every 2-3 months. Other options include appropriate skin care, chemical peels, microneedling devices and laser resurfacing.

“My pores are so big! What can I do to shrink them?”

Pores are a reflection of several environmental, physiologic, and genetic factors. Contrary to the beauty industry, there is no single product or treatment that will universally improve pores. The best way to treat large, clogged pores is by using a retinol or prescription-strength tretinoin cream (Retin-A). Not only does retinol/tretinoin creams help with large pores but they also help with fine lines, acne scarring and uneven pigmentation. I have found that Skin Pen microneedling

treatments combined with light chemical peels work well to reduce pore size. These treatments have minimal to no downtime and are great for all skin types. Proper homecare will also help in diminishing pores if used daily as part of a good healthy regime.

“Why is my face so splotchy?”

Uneven skin tone, or hyperpigmentation, is the result of an over production of melanin. Melanin is what gives skin and hair its color, helps protect skin against damaging UV light and absorbs heat from the sun. However, an overproduction of melanin stimulated by excessive sun exposure, hormones, or scarring, leads to an uneven complexion.

1) Sun exposure: When skin is repeatedly exposed to UV light, sun damage occurs. Brown spots appear as a result of too much melanin being produced to help protect skin from UV light.

2) Hormones: Melasma is hormone-related hyperpigmentation caused by increased hormone stimulation. It is most commonly experienced by women who are pregnant (which is why it’s also known as the “mask of pregnancy”) or taking contraceptives, but can also be a reaction to cosmetics or medications.

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Six scholars from our local high schools were honored on April 27, 2016 at EATEL’s annual Technology Awards Ceremony, now in its 30th year. Focusing on the importance of both technology and academic success, EATEL presented one outstanding graduating senior from each high school in its serving area, Donaldsonville,

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“We’re very proud of all of our students and our seniors especially,” stated John Watson, Superintendent of Livingston Parish Schools. “We’ve got some excellent students and it’s amazing to see the things that they are able to do while still maintaining such excellent grade point averages.”

The following students are the 2016 EATEL Technology Award recipients:

Madelynn Olivia Varnado, French Settlement High School

Madelynn has academic honors in AP English III, Dual Enrollment College Algebra, Biology, and U.S. History! While excelling academically, she’s also

found ways to get involved in extracurricular activities. She has served as president of the Future Business Leaders of America organization, she’s been a leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she was co-founder and president of the powerful group Students Against Destructive Decisions, and she’s been a science club leader and senior Beta Club member. While keeping up with all of that, Madelynn has also found time to give back. She’s been a junior volunteer at North Oaks Medical Center, she’s been a volunteer at the Creole Festival, and she won the Baton Rouge Foundation Scholarship for Junior Volunteer! Madelynn is passionate about pursuing a career in medicine. She will attend Louisiana State University in the Fall where she will major in Biology with hopes of one day becoming a surgeon.

Mason Vicknair, Maurepas High School

Mason has excelled academically. In fact, he has the #1 GPA ranking in his senior class and will graduate Summa Cum Laude. He’s also had the honor of being named a Student of the Year nominee. Mason has participated in several Beta service projects including canned food drives and collecting prescription glasses for those in need. He’s a regular volunteer at the French Café where all money raised goes to purchase gifts for families in need at Christmas time. He’s advocated for children with cancer by participating in

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a Bike-a-Thon for “Colors for a Cause” and he’s regularly volunteered to read to children in elementary school. Mason is also gifted when it comes to computers. In fact, a lot of teachers and even his school’s technology coordi- nator have gone to him for computer advice and troubleshooting! Mason will attend LSU’s Honor College where he will major in Accounting. His plan is to use his college credits earned in high school to help him complete his undergraduate study a year early so he can jump right into MBA school and subsequently become a CPA.

Lawrence Brown III, Donaldsonville High School

Lawrence is quite active in his school career! He serves as Band Captain and section leader for the marching band and he’s a member of just about every club you can imagine! For example: he served as Vice President on the Student Council, he’s on the Bowling Team, he’s a member of the Writer’s Club, he’s an officer in the BETA Club, he’s a mentor for special education high school students, and he’s a tutor. He’s involved in his community wholeheartedly, serving on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council as Social Media Director, serving as a member of the Louisiana Leadership Institute, and regularly volunteering for city-wide events. Academically, Lawrence excels having certifications in OSHA, CPR, NCCER, and Microsoft software. He’s also achieved success as he was invited to participate in the TAP Student

Leadership Symposium, the Southern University Engineering Summer Institute, and the LSU Robotics Academy. Lawrence also completed BASF’s Science Academy and received commendation for his participation in the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus through that Academy. Lawrence plans to attend either the University of Louisiana at Lafayette or Howard University where he will study Mechanical Engineering, a field in which he hopes to excel after graduation. His dream is to intern at Google or Apple, and later, find success as a mechanical engineer and be able to start his own charity and offer his own scholarships to students.

Jack Michael Spriggs, Dutchtown High School

Jack has received academic honors in scholastic art and writing. He’s a 5- time Gallant Griffin and he was named a Dutchtown Super Senior. Jack served as Commanding Officer of the Naval Junior R.O.T. C. program where he’s also served as a Physical Fitness Team Commander, Operations Officer, and Admin. Officer. He’s also been a National Honor Society member for two years, has served as camera man for the yearbook and other school publications, and he’s lettered in cross country and track and field for all 4 years of high school. Jack gives back as president of his youth group at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, he’s also been a member of the St. Andrew’s Men’s Group for 4 years, and

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he has given over 120 hours of community service. Jack will attend LSU where he will major in Business Management but his love for the military won’t be far. He plans to join the Airforce as a commissioned officer after college graduation. He would love to apply for entrance into the JAG Corp. in the Airforce so that he could return to school to pursue a law degree and become admitted to the BAR. His strong family legacy in the military is a passion of his and he plans to tie together this legacy with his future career.

Ivy Marie Walding, East Ascension High School

Throughout high school, Ivy has also been a shining star. She’s earned A’s in just about every class she’s ever taken. She’s served as president of 4 organiza- tions: Louisiana Association of Student Councils, Cooperative Marketing Educa- tion, Distributive Educational Clubs of American, and Future Business Leaders of America. She served as a senior mentor for the Freshman Academy, she was the chairperson for the 2014 stu- dent body fundraiser, and she was junior class president. Ivy will attend South- eastern University where she will major in Business Management and receive her minor in marketing. After college, she plans to get her real estate license and own/operate her own business. She plans to establish her business in As- cension Parish because she wants the opportunity to give back to the commu- nity which has given so much to her.

Christopher Michael Bourgeois, St. Amant High School

Christopher was a National Merit Scholar, National Merit Finalist, 12th grade Parish Student of the Year, and at school, he was named Mr. St. Amant and his classmates named him Most Likely to Succeed, Most Inspirational, Most Creative, and Most Likely to be Famous. He’s an A.P. Scholar Award winner. He’s an award-winning swimmer, a member of National Honor Society, an 8-time Gator of the Month, 2-time Super Gator, multi-subject award winner, award-winning choir member, Legislative Youth Advisory Council member, member of the Manship Theatre Youth Advisory Board, Class Treasurer for 11th and 12th grades, and a mentor for the “Gator to Gator” mentor program. He’s also been an actor in the St. Amant Theatre Department and the Nottoway Plantation Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, a member of the International Thespian Society, an Eagle Scout, Musical Theatre instructor for Center Stage Performing Arts Academy, a member of Center Stage’s STARS Company and Center Stage Singers, a member of the gifted and talented program, Louisiana Boys State, Louisiana Youth Seminar and more! Christopher will attend college where he will major in mathematics. One of his major passions in life is Disney so he says no matter what, one day he will work for Disney – and plans to attend the Walt Disney College Program!

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Using Trust for Medicaid Planning: (Part 2)

After interrupting this two-part se- ries on trusts to highlight Prince’s death and his lack of estate planning, this month we are going to pick up where we left off in March with further information about using trusts for Medicaid and VA planning.

As we discussed in March, irrevocable trusts are often created for Medicaid planning to remove assets from a person’s estate since assets held in that manner are not considered available to the Medicaid

By Linda Melancon

applicant if he needs Medicaid to pay for nursing home care. However, as we also discussed, transferring assets into a trust will create a penalty period where the Medicaid applicant will not be eligible for Medicaid for a period of time. This penalty period will be imposed for any transfers made to a trust within five years of applying for Medicaid. This penalty period is often a trap for the unwary. There are also many other aspects of trust planning that require specialized knowledge and that can cause problems if not handled correctly.

Trust taxation is one of those areas. Trusts can be taxed in several ways and understanding trust taxation before engaging in trust planning is essential. Typically, a trust is a separate taxpaying entity and it gets its own tax identification number and must file its own income tax return. However, depending on the type of trust, income taxes may be paid at the trust level or they may be paid by the beneficiaries of the trust. Trusts reach the highest tax rate at a much lower income level than do individuals so choosing the right type of trust to minimize income taxes is very important.

There is even a type of trust, called

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a “grantor” trust, where the income taxes are paid by the indi- viduals who created the trust even though they no longer have any access to the assets held in the trust. A “grantor” trust is often used in Medicaid planning.

A special needs trust is also not

considered a resource for

Medicaid purposes so it is also used for Medicaid planning in certain circumstances. A special needs trust

is often used for a disabled benefi-

ciary under the age of 65. Although the principal of this type

of trust may be used for the

Medicaid recipient it is not a countable resource because of special laws applicable to those considered disabled according to SSA guidelines.

Trusts may also be used for those applying for VA Aid and

Attendance benefits.

Medicaid, Aid and Attendance is

only available to those who have limited assets and trusts are often used to meet the asset require- ments for this program. Unlike Medicaid, VA does not currently have a look back period for transferring assts to a trust. However, a 3-year look back period is likely to be imposed

as early as this year.

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Although VA does not currently have a look back period, a “grantor” trust that is acceptable when used for Medicaid planning,

may cause ineligibility for VA benefits. Since the income from the assets held in the “grantor” trust will show up on the income tax return of the person who created the trust, the VA may consider this trust an available asset even though that person has no ability to access any of the trust’s assets. The VA has also considered assets held in a special needs trust as available as- sets for the beneficiary even though Medicaid law is clear that the assets held in that type of trust are not available for Medicaid purposes.

Trusts are not “one size fits all” and a trust that may work for Medicaid planning may not work for VA planning. Additionally, complicated tax rules apply to trusts so they must be carefully drafted and administered if they are to work as intended. Although trusts are important planning tools for protecting assets from the high costs of long-term care, I cannot overemphasize how important it is to consult with professionals well-versed in trust law and t axation before engaging in any type of trust planning to protect your family and your assets.

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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This is something Google rolled out gradually, so it wouldn’t be a major drop off on non-mobile friendly websites when they actually push the algorithm out.

The mobile - friendly algorithm was designed as a page - by - page signal, therefore it could take time for Google to get to each page.This also explains why it took time for the update to roll out fully.

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Wisdom Teeth

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth. This gener- ally occurs between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the "Age of Wisdom." Anthropologists note that the rough diet of early humans re- sulted in the excessive wear of their teeth. Normal drifting of the teeth to compensate for this wear en- sured that space was available for most wisdom teeth to erupt by adolescence. The modern diet, which is much softer, and the pop- ularity of orthodontic tooth straightening procedures produce a fuller dental arch, which quite commonly doesn't leave room for the wisdom teeth to erupt, thereby setting the stage for problems when the final four molars enter the mouth.

What is an Impacted Tooth?

Complications such as infection, damage to adjacent teeth and the formation of cysts may arise from impacted teeth. A tooth becomes impacted when there is a lack of space in the dental arch and its growth and eruption are prevented by overlying gum, bone or another tooth.

How Serious is an Impacted Tooth?

Impacted teeth can be painful and lead to infection.They may also crowd or damage adjacent teeth or roots. More serious problems may occur if the sac surrounding the impacted tooth becomes filled with fluid and enlarges to form a cyst. As the cyst grows it may hollow out the jaw and permanently damage adjacent teeth, the surrounding bone and nerves. Rarely, if a cyst is not treated, a tumor may develop from its walls and a more serious surgical procedure may be required to remove it. Despite the considerable concern regarding impacted third molars, a recent study finds that third molars which have broken through the tissue and erupted into the mouth in a normal, up- right position may be as prone to disease as those third molars that remain impacted.

Must the Tooth Come Out if it Hasn't Caused Any Prob- lems Yet?

Not all problems related to third molars are painful or visible. Damage can occur without your being aware of it. As wisdom teeth grow, their roots become longer, the teeth be- come more difficult to remove and complications become more likely.

In addition, impacted wisdom teeth are more likely to cause problems as patients age. No one can predict when third molar complications will occur, but when they do, the circumstances can be much more painful and the teeth more difficult to treat.

When Should I Have My Wis- dom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are easier to re- move when the patient is younger, since their roots are not completely formed, the surrounding bone is softer, and there is less chance of damaging nearby nerves or other structures. Removal of wisdom teeth at a later age becomes more complicated as the roots have fully developed (may involve the nerve), and the jawbone is denser.

It isn't wise to wait until your wisdom teeth start to bother you. In general, earlier removal of wisdom teeth results in a less complicated healing process. The AAOMS study strongly recommends that wisdom teeth be removed by the time the patient is a young adult in order to prevent future problems and to ensure op- timal healing.The researchers found that older patients may be at greater risk for disease, including periodontitis, in the tissues surrounding the third mo-

lars and adjacent teeth. Periodontal infections, such as those observed in this study, may affect your gen- eral health.

What Happens During Sur- gery?

Before surgery, your dentist will discuss with you what to ex- pect. This is a good time to ask questions or express your concerns. It is especially important to let the doctor know about any illness you have and medications you are taking. The relative ease with which a wisdom tooth may be removed de- pends on several conditions, in- cluding the position of the tooth and root development. Most wisdom tooth extractions are performed in the office under local anesthesia, oral or intravenous se- dation. Your dentist will discuss the anesthetic option t hat is right for you.

What Happens after Surgery?

Following surgery, you may experience some swelling and mild discomfort, which are part of the normal healing process. Cold compresses may help decrease the swelling, and medication prescribed by your dentist can help manage the discomfort. You may be instructed to modify your diet following surgery and later progress to more normal foods.

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Chiropractic is a natural form of health care, that does not rely on medication or surgery, rather uses gentle spinal adjustments to correct minor misalignments of the spine. These misalignments can cause loss of normal brain to body communication resulting in abnormal function and poor health. Chiropractic care removes this interference and allows the body to heal itself, stay healthy and function properly. Smith Chiropractic

Clinic also focuses on proper nutrition, postural balance, weight loss and addressing the negative effects of stress on the brain and body.

Dr. Phillip Smith has been caring for patients in the Gonzales area for over 36 years. And, our staff is committed to providing excellent care and exceptional customer service!

providing excellent care and exceptional customer service! What to expect at our facility All patients at
providing excellent care and exceptional customer service! What to expect at our facility All patients at

What to expect at our facility

All patients at Smith Chiropractic start by sitting down with Dr. Smith for a one on one consultation. This allows him to get to know patients and help them establish their own personal health goals. Next patients receive an examination including posture analysis, neurologic and orthopedic testing. Patient are then xrayed as needed to identify

structural issues.

When patients return for their second appointment Dr. Smith sits down with them, once again, and shows them their xrays, helps patients to understand their diagnosis, and creates a plan to get them on the road to meeting their health goals.

Our purpose is to help patients identify and understand what is wrong, what needs to be done to

correct it and then the Doctor and patient work closely together to maintain health and wellness.

work closely together to maintain health and wellness. Brain Based Wellness and Stress Most of us

Brain Based Wellness and Stress

Most of us are under stress on a daily basis. Stress comes in many forms including physical, mental and emotional stress. The food we eat is highly processed adding chemicals to our bodies. The environment in which we live, work and play is not as healthy as it should be and many of us encounter emotional stress at home and at work. Our bodies endure the effects of physical stress in the form of injury, excess weight and poor posture on a regular basis, for many of us this is a daily struggle. We offer adjustments of the spine, nutritional support, modalities, massage as well as Brain Training Technology to help neutralize and normalize the effects of stress on the mind and body.

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Spinal Adjustments or Spinal Manipulations are usually gentle, safe, painless and effective. The purpose of a spinal adjustment is to restore proper alignment and motion within the spinal joints to improve nerve flow to the body. Dr. Smith has cared for patients ranging from a few days old to well into their nineties, with gentle chiropractic care.

to well into their nineties, with gentle chiropractic care. Modalities We offer several modalities to reduce

Modalities

We offer several modalities to reduce pain and inflammation and to stimulate circulation and healing. We offer services that focus on balance, alignment, motion and help restore spinal function.

Smith Chiropractic has a licensed massage therapist on staff.

Chiropractic has a licensed massage therapist on staff. Resources for Health and Wellness We offer products

Resources for Health and Wellness

We offer products designed to promote better nutrition, aid in detox, to promote weight loss

better nutrition, aid in detox, to promote weight loss and skin care products. Dr. Smith carefully

and skin care products. Dr. Smith carefully selects superior, all natural products to help you lose weight, get fit and improve your overall health.

you lose weight, get fit and improve your overall health. Who should get adjusted? Everyone can

Who should get adjusted?

Everyone can benefit from Chiropractic care and education. Often patients come to us after an accident or an injury or simply because they want to achieve and maintain wellness. We strive to make Chiropractic care affordable and we are in network with many major insurance companies. New Patients can usually be seen the same day they call to schedule and our flexible appointments will work around your schedule.

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I'm basically a loner when it comes to being out-of-doors. I really don't want a big crowd of people with me while I'm hunt- ing or fishing. As I grow older I tend to have a little more com- pany nearby for safety reasons. I really believe fishing by yourself is the most relaxing sport of all. I enjoy the comaraderie of going in the woods with a cou- ple others but I'm going to split from them as soon as we reach the point of entry. Squirrel, turkey, deer and even ducks are game that I'd rather pursue alone. Now don't get me wrong, I have and will in the fu- ture, continue to bring my chil- dren, grandchildren and spouse along with me at certain times. For many years of my life I was surrounded by camera people for the filming of our outdoor T.V. show, Ascension Outdoors. This made me somewhat un- comfortable at times but some outings just have too many peo- ple. Duck guides today try to put as many clients as they can in the blind at one time. This is probably done to accommodate everyone and make more money. In a lot of cases your eardrums take a pounding and when a duck does fall you don't really know who hit it. To me that's not a prime time outing. In the past couple of years I know of at least two people who have been shot while rabbit hunting. These wounds, thank God, we're not life threatening. But an inch here or there and they could have been. The main problem was too many people on the hunt. Rabbit dog men are held out of the woods by deer hunters for the biggest part of the season, but when deer season closes we all want these people to take us on a bunny hunt. These guys try to accom-

modate and by doing so end up with too many people on the hunt. Guided fishing trips can also become infested with too many folks. Not all guides, but quite a few would rather fish than guide. This situation creates an- other fisherman, while you are left scrambling around in the boat, competing with the other fishermen. Not to mention competing with rods in holders and looking for a place to cast from. There's nothing more disap- pointing than to enter the woods for a nice quite fall out- ing and be surrounded by a large congregation of people who were hoping for a peaceful quite day also. Many manage- ment areas have instituted lot- tery hunts to help with overcrowding. Most hunting clubs have more members than they should have to pay the cost of the lease. Our world has be- come populated outside of the woods and water. As mentors of our wonderful sport it is very important that we bring new people into our outdoor world. But to this day after several hunts or fishing trips with family and friends I truly enjoy being by myself

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Please Mr. Postman - Deliver the Letter, the Sooner the Better… by Bill Delaune

PHOTO BY JIMMY DUNKLEY
PHOTO BY JIMMY DUNKLEY

While sitting out still another endless weather delay during

LSU baseball’s post season play,

I decided to catch up on the

plethora of mail-okay, a couple of e-mails and a postcard-we receive here at Ascension Magazine. First, from one of my old pugilist pals… Hey, Wild Bill, I know you were around during the Ali-Frazier-Foreman glory years when the heavy- weight championship still meant something. What is it you will remember most about “The Greatest”? Tee Kayo. Dear Tee, Hope your glass eye, cauliflower ear and broken jaw aren’t causing you much grief these days. I think the biggest impression Ali made on me as a

teen in the 60’s was that he was predicting the round he would knock out opponents-and doing

it with rhyme.

Granted, the first one I remember was against an aging Archie Moore (to paraphrase Eddie Murphy in the classic barbershop scene in “Coming to America”-“Yeah, but he was 150 years old”.) when Ali could

have almost named the round. But he had told reporters, “When you come to the fight, don’t block the door, Cause you’ll all be home after round number four.” Of course, he knocked Moore out in the fourth round. Ali’s prediction of a fifth- round KO of British champion Henry Cooper (“If he don’t stop all that English jive, I’ll knock him out in round number five.”) seemed in jeopardy when Cooper floored the champ with a vicious left hook at the end of the fourth round. Somehow, Ali managed to get up at the bell and went on to stop Cooper on a TKO in the fifth-“…the worst cut I’ve seen in all me years of boxing…” as the British announcer so eloquently put it. Even after the exact round predictions ended, the poetry continued. Before his first championship fight against the menacing Sonny Liston, Ali-a 7-1 underdog in Vegas-correctly prophesized, “The crowd did not dream when they put up the money, That they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny.”

And he infuriated rival Joe Frazier with “It will be a thrilla and a killa when I get the Gorilla in Manilla” before their historic third meeting. When Ernie Terrell refused to recognize Ali’s Muslim name (Back to the barbershop, “His mama call him Clay, I call him Clay”.), the champion warned, “Terrell will catch hell from the sound of the bell…”

And not even Christmas carols were sacred when Ali took on Zora Folley. “While you deck the halls

with balls of holly, I’ll deck the ring with Zora Folley,” he chanted. He even had spinoffs of his famous “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, How can you hit what you can’t even see…” lines including, “When George Foreman meets me, he’ll pay his debt, I can run through a hurricane and don’t get wet”. Ali is even credited with creating the shortest poem ever written when he improvised a couplet for a Harvard audience who requested a rhyme in

1975. The Greatest paused for

a moment a delivered flawlessly, “Me? Whee!”

Only Ali. Our second correspondence comes from one of my track rat buddies who still owes me money from the 1999 Breeders Cup… Where y’at Black Cat Bill, I had your money last month but I spent it on Tennessee whiskey, fast women and slow horses. How did your

PHOTO BY JIMMY DUNKLEY
PHOTO BY JIMMY DUNKLEY
PHOTO BY JIMMY DUNKLEY
PHOTO BY JIMMY DUNKLEY

investment group make out on the Triple Crown? Andy Capper. Dear Andy, As long as you just didn’t piss that money away, that’s okay by me. Our 7-man cartel each picked a horse in the Kentucky Derby and we boxed them in the trifecta and superfecta hoping for some longshots at a price of $1,050. The good news? We hit both the tri (first three) and the super (first four). The bad news is that the four favorite public betting interests came in 1-2-3-4 for the first time in recent history and we ended up losing $4OO. Not to be outdone, we wagered the remaining 650 on the Preakness wheeling the favorite Nyquist over several longshots. When Nyquist ran like he was on Nyquil, we were left-as Al Kling used to say-with nothing but a wet mule in the

rain. At last Saturday’s Belmont, I went “Delaune Wolf” route and threw out the favorite Exaggerator completely. He proved my “tired horse” theory as the 11 horse in the 11th race finished 11th. I have also seen trainer Steve Asmussen’s tricks for too many years and when he inserted a “rabbit” in the race-a horse with no chance of winning but entered to take the lead and insure a fast pace-I immediately bet his other horse-a big-time closer named Creator. It must have been “Grey Pride” day in

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on most occasions, the windows clean you. Our third letter came via “snail mail” so you know it wasn’t from any youngster… What’s up, Sweet William, How did that 50th Dutchtown class reunion go for

course, for Eugene. The man was glad to see that he had one progressive in the class and he asked Blue what his family did with their trash. The river rat looked the bureaucrat straight in the eye and replied ever so eloquently, “Just chunk it back da levee…” Next question? And the last one-a rain- soaked-or maybe tear-soaked- letter from Alex Box Stadium… Damn, Bill, What happened to our Tigers? There goes our trip to Omaha. Ellis Hugh. Dear Ellis, You already know what a poor loser I am. But let’s try to accentuate some positives. First, thanks to Ascension Magazine’s press passes, I had great seats-and parking-and Mike Strong’s cousin Jimmy took these fabulous photos which accompany this story- even though it was supposed to be a happy ending. Secondly, this team probably overachieved with only one returning everyday player from last year’s team. And third, think how many beers you’ll be able to win in bar trivia when a couple of years from now you ask, “Who were the last two teams-and mascots- to beat LSU in a Super Regional?” Not many people can say they got ousted by Seawolves (Stony Brook) and Chanticleers (Coastal Carolina). Now, how long did your say it was until football season?

Publisher’s Note: Thank You Jimmy Dunkley for weathering the rain and coming up with some great photos.

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New York because the three grey horses finished 1-2-3 with Creator winning by a very short nose at 16-1. I picked up a pretty good chunk of change with a win-place-show ticket and an exacta bet on him and Destin, the second-place finisher. Naturally, I would have liked to have hit the tri which paid over $2,700 and the super which was over $20,000 but be thankful for small favors. And be especially thankful for a rare victory at the track where

you? Did y’all make it past 8 p.m.? Odie B. Goodie. Dear Odie, Strong words from a man who was a waiter at the Last Supper. A good time was had by all with good friends, good food and bad memories. I even heard some of the stories in my deaf ear. Here are a couple of my favorites… One of my classmates who did not attend was Eugene Marchand who was born and raised on the Mississippi River and lives there to this day. One day, a representative from the Board of Health came to speak to our class about trash disposal. Now in those days, there was no garbage pickup so everyone just burned their trash-usually in a bin behind the house. This guy was anti-burning so when he asked how many of us used this fiery method to get rid of garbage, almost everyone raised his or her hand. Except, of

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Voyage at Park Place down the funky, rhythmic grooves on bass. Stoney Trahan on drums
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They aim to take you on a musical journey…
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these friends talked about, perhaps, playing together…
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Saturday, August 6, 2016 The Gangs All Here. Gonzales Civic Center The East Ascension High
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ThoughtsfromBully
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I Let Everybody Use My Hoe!

Recently, I have noticed country music creating lots of songs using a play on words and sending mixed messages with the lyrics in their songs. George Strait sang, “She let herself go” and Tim McGraw sang lyrics, “back when a Hoe was a hoe.” I’ll tell you a story about my hoe. Last year I stopped being cheap, for one day, and spent the extra money to get the best hoe in town. I dropped $25 on this hoe and haven’t regretted it one minute, however it has been the subject of some pretty entertaining conversation. My cell phone rang just after I

entertaining conversation. My cell phone rang just after I had purchased the hoe and my buddy

had purchased the hoe and my buddy on the phone asked. “What are you doing?” Proud of my purchase, I simply told him I had gone to town and picked up a $25 hoe. He said, “A Ho, Where?” I responded, “At a local western store.” I then told him, “They have the best hoes in town and once I had my hands on this hoe I wasn’t letting it go so don’t try to borrow my hoe and go get your own hoe.” In his confusion his response was, “Hold on Bully. I never, ever, considered sharing a Ho

with you, you pervert”. Realizing he was confused I thought I’d play it up a bit. I told him I was bringing my hoe to the hunting camp and passing the hoe around and letting all my buddies use it as much they wanted. Hell, throw my hoe in the back of your truck and carry it in the woods

if you want.

“What a friend! Where’s your camp?” I couldn’t hold on any longer

I had to tell him the truth. It

wasn’t a Ho, Ho. It was a hoe, hoe. Not to be confused with a Yoo Hoo. However, I did go to the camp with my hoe and the play on words continued to flow right off the tongue. When I arrived at the camp Bubba said, “Damn look at that hoe. I’m takin’ that hoe home with me.” Questions and statements were made. “Are you leaving that hoe at the camp?” “We can all use a good hoe like that.” “Your hoe is going to help me burn some black iron pots.” “I’m taking your hoe to my deer stand.” “Somebody get the

hoe to do this.” “Damn it. I left your hoe in the woods.” “OW!!

I tripped over your hoe.”

I have never been so proud of

a hoe and yes, I left it at the

camp through the winter. Well it’s spring and I was missing my hoe. So I went to

the camp and picked up the hoe. I laid it down and tied it to the flooring of my trailer and gave it a ride. Once home, I gave my hoe a good cleaning, scrubbed it down, and introduced it to my girl friend. I now have my girl friend using my hoe and she knows how to work a hoe. Her father taught her to use a hoe a long time ago. She said she has used some rickecty hoes in her day but this was the best hoe she has had her hands on in a long time.

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Ascension Students Excel at Youth Legislature

Boys & Girls Club’s Youth Legislature hosted more than 1,600 middle school students from around the state and five Ascension schools partici- pated. Students participated in a two-day mock legislative ses- sion at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol where they elected a Governor, House and Senate officers and participated in committee meetings to rank bills they had drafted. Students acted as legislators, press del- egates and photojournalist.

When these students stepped into the Capitol professionally dressed, sat in the chamber where Louisiana political his- tory was made and voted on the machines their parents vote on it all became real to them. They were transformed from spectators to citizens who understand how democracy works and how they as individ- uals have the power to make a difference. They now have the skills and knowledge to make a difference in their schools and

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St. Theresa of Avila

Governor: Connor Adams Superintendent of Education:

Emma Durnin Bills signed into Law:

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Adopt by Hope Bourgeois and Haley Jumonville and House Bill 03 Save the Animals by Brooke LeBoeuf and Brynne Mire Senate Bill 06 Bring Back R22 Freon by Hunt Canon and Blake Peterson Students inducted into the Hall of Fame:

Payton Granier Photojournalist Lexi Milano Press Delegate Legislators: Noelle DeFee, Kate O’Konski, Emma Schexnaydre, Nicholas Tyson,

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Prairieville Middle Hall od Fame Students Thomas Hertel, Canon Hunt, Blake Peterson, Zoe Soulier and

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St. Amant Middle

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Fame: Brett Allen, Logan Anderson, Noah Blocker, Logan Fall, Galvez Middle Hall od Fame Students Amani

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Gonzales Middle

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Ingredients:

6 Fresh Medium Tomatoes

2 lbs Chicken Breast ½ Cup Mayo

¼ Cup Creole Mustard

1 Tbsp Fresh Garlic (minced)

1 Tbsp Salt ¾ Tbsp Black Pepper

¼ Cup Celery (chopped)

¼ Cup Red Onion (minced)

¼ Cup Green Onion (thinly sliced)

1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley

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For extra spice add 1 Tbsp of your favorite Creole seasoning or a tsp of red pepper.

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