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APRIL 2014, VOL. 12 ISSUE 2

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Contributing Writers Bill Delaune Marilyn Bowman Linda Melancon Calvin Bessonett

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ST. ELIZABETH GOLF

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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COVER STORY

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BILL DELAUNE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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USELESS RANDOM FACTS

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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St. Elizabeth Holds 13th Annual Golf Tournament On Monday, March 31, 2014, St. Elizabeth hosted
St. Elizabeth Holds 13th Annual Golf Tournament On Monday, March 31, 2014, St. Elizabeth hosted

St. Elizabeth Holds 13th Annual Golf Tournament

On Monday, March 31, 2014, St. Elizabeth hosted its 13th Annual Golf Classic at the Links at Pelican Point. This annual golf scramble, benefitting the St. Elizabeth Endowment Fund, depends heavily on the help of countless

Endowment Fund, depends heavily on the help of countless Jeff Sirk, Majestic Medical Solutions won Closest

Jeff Sirk, Majestic Medical Solutions won Closest to the Pin

Jeff Sirk, Majestic Medical Solutions won Closest to the Pin team members and volunteers. It also

team members and volunteers. It also relies on the consistent support of sponsors to ensure success year after year.

116 golfers competed,

representing 29 teams. Majestic Medical Solutions served as the event’s Cart sponsor for the second straight year, and the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System again

contributed as the Gold Sponsor. EATEL, the Pathology Group of Louisiana and Whitney Bank sponsored at the Corporate level.

The Action Therapy and Wellness team, represented by Clint Guillot, Jay Bryant, Jimmy Joubert and Dwight Poirrier, took first place. Himmel’s Architectural Door and Hardware, represented by Jay Himmel, David Barbato, Tony Freeman and Chad Himmel, placed second, and Ascension Emergency Physicians, represented by Dr. Chris Trevino, Dr. Jamie Broussard, Dr. Brian Sanders and Kreg Richard, placed third.

Broussard, Dr. Brian Sanders and Kreg Richard, placed third. Kathryn Graves Longest Drive contest Winner The

Kathryn Graves Longest Drive contest Winner

The Closest to the Pin contest was won by Jeff Sirk, Majestic Medical Solutions, and the Longest Drive contest was won by Kathryn Graves, Regions Bank.

Action Therapy and Wellness golf team won the tournament
Action Therapy and Wellness golf team won the tournament
Longest Drive contest was won by Kathryn Graves, Regions Bank. Action Therapy and Wellness golf team
Longest Drive contest was won by Kathryn Graves, Regions Bank. Action Therapy and Wellness golf team

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Longest Drive contest was won by Kathryn Graves, Regions Bank. Action Therapy and Wellness golf team
Sincere thanks go out to the numerous volunteers who assisted with the months long planning
Sincere thanks go out to the numerous volunteers who assisted with the months long planning

Sincere thanks go out to the numerous volunteers who assisted with the months long planning and execution. In addition to a multitude of hospital team members, the Women’s Advisory Council of St. Elizabeth Hospital, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Materials Management team members, St. Elizabeth Physicians team members all gave of their time and effort to ensure the tournament’s success.

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St. Elizabeth Women’s Advisory Council Announces 2014 Members The St. Elizabeth Hospital Women's Advisory Council

St. Elizabeth Women’s Advisory Council Announces 2014 Members

The St. Elizabeth Hospital Women's Advisory Council is proud to announce the 2014 Member Roster.

2014 St. Elizabeth Hospital Women’s Advisory listed in alpha order: Claudette Aubert, Brenda Bertraud, Audrey Boudreaux, Pam Cagnolatti, Denise Chifici, Amy Colby, Martha Collins, Pam Dawson, Mona Day, Sherry Denig, Sherrie Despino, Nikki Dupuy, Charla Johnson, Sue Knight, Dee LeJeune, Rae Milano, Miranda Mumphrey, Mary Myers, Suzanne Patterson, Judy Petite,

Patrice Pujol, Ranee Rogers, Brendalen T. Scott, Glenda Shaheen, Kerry Songy, Cynthia Stafford, Ann Stone, Donna Villar, Judy Waguespack, Harriet Walters, Lillie Murphy, Kathy Schexnayder, Dawn Sharp, Marian Walsworth.

The St. Elizabeth Women's Advisory Council was formed to enhance the communication between the hospital and the

greater Ascension Parish commu- nity, fostering a greater under- standing of the services provided by St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Women's Advisory Council pro- vides four nursing scholarships each year. To apply for a scholar- ship you must be a student and currently enrolled in an RN pro- gram, please request an application form from Mary.Myers@steh.com

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Mother’s Day is on the Way. By Mike Strong It is the time of the

Mother’s Day is on the Way.

By Mike Strong

It is the time of the year when things are new and fresh with Springtime and Easter on the way. Life and family come together. With Mother’s Day, in May, I thought I would share a story that families live every day.

There is something special between a Grandson and his Grandmother.

While in high school my Grandmother, Mamaw, lived down the street and she had trouble walking so it was my job to go pick her up for supper in my Volkswagen Beetle. The best part of my trip was telling her to hold on and then driving through the drainage ditch to park next to

and then driving through the drainage ditch to park next to the house. She would fuss

the house. She would fuss and raise hell every time but privately. I knew she loved it.

Last week we had a family dinner after the East Ascension Senior Ring Night Ceremony at Sno’s Seafood and Steak House.

As we sat around the table, Tristan talked his Grammy into cutting his steak for him. With thumbs up he was happy and plotting to have more fun with her later.

The desserts were served and in a blink, Tristan had dabbled whip cream on her nose like he has done so many times before at home. She moaned and groaned and loved every minute of it.

Cherish the moments you have with your loved ones and never forget their importance.

To All the Mother’s and Grandmother’s. You are the most blessed family members we have.

forget their importance. To All the Mother’s and Grandmother’s. You are the most blessed family members

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It’s Time to Pinch Dem’ Tails! In a previous Sweet Eyes article, I discussed the

It’s Time to Pinch Dem’ Tails!

In a previous Sweet Eyes article, I discussed the bloat and swelling that can occur after a day of eating crawfish and how to reduce the effects of that.

Reason #1

It’s a social event! Only in south Louisiana can you make an all day even out of boiling crawfish. The guys hang around the pot solving the world’s issues while the ladies chat and prepare a refreshing dessert for after eating all those spicy crawfish.

It’s a day for kids to hang by the pool or the river or some

a day for kids to hang by the pool or the river or some Today, I

Today, I want to give you several reasons to eat some bugs this crawfish season.

form of water. The reason for that is they can just jump in after eating to clean themselves off!

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Another plus is that because there is such little meat in each little bug, you can continue to eat for hours after your initial

bug, you can continue to eat for hours after your initial sitting. But overall, a day

sitting. But overall, a day of boiling and eating those yummy red bugs is all about friends and family.

So, eat some bugs Ascension. It is so worth it!

Reason #2

They are actually good for you! Despite the bad rumors about all the cholesterol and fat in crawfish, they ARE actually good for you.

First of all, Crawfish are an excellent source of protein. And

remember, the more protein you get in your diet, the fuller you feel, keeps your insulin low, which ultimately results in weight loss!

The fat content in a serving, which is about 3 oz., of washed crawfish tail meat is only about 1% of your daily allowance of

fat and half your daily allowance of cholesterol. Also some studies have shown that consuming a diet high in seafood has been shown to reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s, angina, stroke, asthma, heart disease and cancer. Crawfish muscle fibers are shorter than the muscle fibers in red meats and are more easily digested. They are also low in calories, fat and saturated fat, and a good source of vitamins. (crawfish.org) Nutrients in crawfish:

• Biotin

• Calcium

• Iron

• Niacin

• Phosphorus

• Protein

• Selenium

• Vitamin A

• Vitamin B-6

• Vitamin B-12

Moroccan Oil

Although this product has been out for a while, I’m just trying it, so I’d like to give you my thoughts.

The co-founder, of Moroccan Oil created the line after receiving a color service that left her hair badly damaged. A friend brought her to a salon where she experienced an astonishing oil treatment. The result was that her hair instantly transformed from damaged to shiny, smooth and manageable. At the time, oil treatments for hair were not as prevalent as they are today, and the Moroccan Oil brand was launched.

The products are a very reasonable and will last a long time. The repair line is especially good for weakened or damaged hair from color, chemical processing or heat

styling. It contains antioxidant- rich argan oil, reconstructive keratin and fatty acids, is color-safe, sulfate,

styling. It contains antioxidant- rich argan oil, reconstructive keratin and fatty acids, is color-safe, sulfate, phosphate and paraben-free and

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Conditioning Repair shampoo

The 8.5 oz.

is $21.80 and Repair Conditioner is $22.80. I also tried the light Moroccan Oil serum and it retails for $39.

There are a few different products lines like: repair, hydrate and frizz control. I’ve used the repair line after my stylist suggested it to me. Why did she suggest it? Well, I got some bonded extension in my hair that really damaged my hair. I don’t believe it was the exten- sions, but I do believe my hair was and is too fine to tolerate those extensions. None the less, between that and my highlighted hair, it is frail and dry.

After using my first bottle of Repair Moroccan Oil, I’ve noticed how much shinier, softer and stronger my hair is. Now, when I blow dry my hair, I don’t see small broken pieces falling out, which is great.

You only need a little bit of the shampoo. Wet your hair thoroughly, apply a small amount of shampoo and then rewet while you rub the shampoo into your hair. It actually lathers more with more water.

Also, I try to leave the conditioner in overnight. Be careful though; don’t use a pony tail holder on wet hair. It was pull the hair in that wet, weakened state. I would let the conditioner air dry a bit and then clip it before going to bed.

Also, a new trick I’ve learned is to use an old T shirt to dry your hair. It’s gentler than a bath towel.

Embrace your Weaknesses

I know it’s hard to let people see weakness or something less than attractive in us. We don’t want others to judge us, and we certainly don’t want them to leave us. I believe when we become vulnerable and truly open up, that’s when real relationships develop. I think if someone loves us, they love us for all the ugly things too. As a matter of fact, I believe, once you share something you’re not proud of, they appreciate your transparency so much, they love you a little bit more. People need to see the real us, not the person we want to portray. Our weaknesses can actually be a platform for us to serve and to share…to make a difference. The thing we think is so ugly is the very thing God wants to use to fulfill our purpose.

share…to make a difference. The thing we think is so ugly is the very thing God

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Create a Wardrobe of Gold Jewelry with Layne Gautreau It takes time and thought to

Create a Wardrobe of Gold Jewelry

with Layne Gautreau

It takes time and thought to assemble a jewelry wardrobe that is just right for you. First take stock of your features and decide what to play up and what to minimize. Analyze your facial shape, body shape and size, coloring, and the type of clothes you wear. Decide what your needs are and in what order of importance, then accumulate those items through the years.

The finest gold jewelry is made of 18 karat or 14 karat gold, and a wide choice of beautiful finishes is available for you to choose from.

of beautiful finishes is available for you to choose from. Earrings - These are the most

Earrings - These are the most noticed piece of personal jewelry. The size and shape of an earring depends on your face and earlobe. When buying earrings, always shake your head to see if they fit properly. And try both earrings on, since no two ears are alike. Start with a pair of plain gold earrings for daily wear and add others later.

Rings - Engagement and wedding rings are generally the first rings worn by women. But it’s always nice to have a fashionable gold ring set with diamonds or colored gems to wear for daytime or evening wear.

or colored gems to wear for daytime or evening wear. Bracelets - The classic gold bangle

Bracelets - The classic gold bangle should be your first choice. It’s a wearable, versatile style that shows quiet good taste and can be combined with bangle styles in various widths or bangles set with colored faceted gems.

in various widths or bangles set with colored faceted gems. Did You Know? Fascinating Facts about

Did You Know?

Fascinating Facts about Gold Through the Ages

1. In 500 B.C. the great temple of Babylon contained a large seated

statue of Zeus (Marduk) with a throne, footstool, and table near him. According to the historian Heroditus, all were made of solid gold and weighed a total of 800 talents. A talent was about 60 pounds so the total would have been twenty-four tons of gold.

2. The Golden Calf worshipped

by the slaves in Moses’ time revealed that during that era gold was available in ample amounts, even to the Jewish captives. Unfortunately, it was never thought to use the gold to bribe

them out of captivity in Egypt because gold was not yet perceived as money.

3. The First Gold Coin to bear

the portrait of a living person was

the gold pentadrachma of Ptolemy 1 of Egypt (323 – 285 B.C.). Ptolemy was a Macedonian Greek general who served under Alexander the Great. He became ruler of Egypt after Alexander’s death.

4. In 1872 the largest golden

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Otto Holterman in Australia. The nugget weighed 630 pounds and was 4 feet, 4 inches high

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Step 1: CallYourInsuranceAgency- Notify your insurance company that you have hail damage on your home
Step 1: CallYourInsuranceAgency- Notify your insurance company that you have hail damage on your home
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 This is the easy part. If the roofing companies recommended you call in a claim, just call your insurance company and tell them you want to file a claim for hail damage. You will be assigned a claim number. Be sure to write this claim number down.

How to File a Hail Storm Claim

If you live in North Ascension Parish, chances are your roof sustained damage due to the recent hail storm around 5:30 am on Sunday February 23rd. If you live in or around this area, you will want to know how and when to file an insurance claim for damages.

to know how and when to file an insurance claim for damages. Step 5: Meetingtheinsuranceadjuster- 
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When the insurance adjuster comes, there will not be much for you to do. Hopefully, you'll have the roofing contractor meet the adjuster with you.

Step 6:

Whentheadjustorleaves c- Well hopefully, they gave you a favorable indication about a settlement, so the next thing you want to do is make sure you get written quotes from the roofing companies you've been working with.

Step 7:

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"The hailstorm really affected many homes in the North Ascension area," said Fred Garcia, CEO of Garcia Roofing, a local roofing company. "We can provide FREE roofing and repair estimates,” said Garcia. “Make sure to use a reputable company than to be pressured by an unqualified contractor.”

Since 1992, Garcia Roofing has been one of the largest roofing contractors in the state of Louisiana, servicing over 1600 customers a year with 25 employees. For Hail Damage or Free Estimates please contact Garcia Roofing at 225-756-3100.

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Diet and Oral Health

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD

Your body is like a complex machine. The foods you choose as fuel and how often you “fill up” affect your general health and that of your teeth and gums. Many dentists are concerned that their patients are consuming record numbers of sugar-filled sodas, sweet- ened fruit drinks, and non-nutritious snacks that affect their teeth. These items generally have little if any nutritional value and over time they can take a toll on teeth. Eating patterns and food choices among children and teens are important factors that affect how quickly youngsters may develop tooth decay. When bacteria (plaque) come into contact with sugar in the mouth, acid is produced, which attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more. This can eventually result in tooth decay. Not sure you're getting the nutri- ents, vitamins and minerals needed by your body (and your teeth and gums)? Check out the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Web site. The USDA oversees the nutri- tional health of the nation. The agency's dietary recommendations are designed to promote optimal health and to prevent obesity-related diseases including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancers.

The government's recommenda- tions recognize that people have different dietary needs at various stages of life. They offer guidance for children and adults based on their levels of physical activity. Your physician or a registered dietician can also provide suggestions for your daily food intake. Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. Almost all foods, including milk or vegetables, have some type of sugar. However, they shouldn't be removed from our diets because many of them contain important nutrients. And they add pleasure to eating. To help control the amount of sugar you consume, read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Added sugars often are present in soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. This may contribute to periodontal (gum) disease, a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Although poor nutrition does not cause periodontal disease directly, many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and could be more severe in people with nutrient-poor diets

What can you do?

• Maintain a healthy diet.

• Make sure water is readily available.

• Limit the number of between-

meal snacks. When you must snack, choose nutritious foods that are low in sugar.

• Brush thoroughly twice a day with

a fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance.

• Floss or use another kind of

interdental cleaner daily to remove

plaque (a thin film of bacteria) from under the gums and between teeth.

• Schedule regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings.

• Keep a food diary for a week. Record every item you eat and drink, including hard candies or chewing gum that contains sugar. Compare the diary to the food Pyramid recommendations.

How does the food you eat cause tooth decay?

When you eat, food passes through your mouth. Here it meets the germs, or bacteria, that live in your mouth. You may have heard your dentist talk about plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria. These bacteria love sugars found in many foods. When you don't clean your teeth after eating, plaque bacteria use the sugar to produce acids that can destroy the hard surface of the tooth, called enamel. After a while, tooth decay occurs. The more often you eat and the longer foods are in your mouth, the more damage occurs.

What are tips for better dental health?

1. To get a balanced diet, eat a

variety of foods. Choose foods from each of the five major food groups:

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fruits

vegetables

meat, poultry and fish

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS

YOUR ESTATE MATTERS What’s Your Legacy? I am spending the day today with my daughter sightseeing

What’s Your Legacy?

I am spending the day today with my daughter sightseeing in Denver after a long drive from Louisiana to the Mile High City that has spanned the last few days. We are here for me to attend a seminar on special needs planning that is being hosted by the Academy of Special Needs Planners. During our trip, we have seen the Route 66 museum in Elk City, OK, the Cadillac Ranch (a line of Cadillacs buried hood down in the dirt) in Amarillo, TX and now the sites of Denver. We also used this opportunity to visit

By Linda Melancon

with my stepmother in OK and to visit my father's and my great, great grandmother's gravesites in OK. Later this week, we will also visit my grandfather's gravesite here in Denver. All of these nostalgic venues have made me give a lot of thought to the title of this month's article -- what is your legacy? While we often equate a legacy with passing on material wealth, there are so many things that we can pass on to our family and loved ones that are much more important than monetary wealth. Each of us has values and ideals that we would like to see carried forward to the next generation. Additionally, we usually have dreams and goals that we desire for our children. We want their lives to be even better than ours. Despite these desires, we seldom take the time necessary to com- municate these things to our fam- ily. Personally, some of the most important things I received from my family have been ethical values and I will use this time with my daughter to verbally pass along some of those values to her. However, for a more lasting legacy, I (and you) should consider an ethical will as a way to pass on our values to our loved ones.

So, what is an ethical will and how do I write one? An ethical will is simply a document addressed to your loved ones that bequeaths your values, ideas, personal reflections and philoso- phies to them. You may also include stories with deep personal meaning, your ancestral background, favorite scripture passages, or even actions for which you may want to seek for- giveness. There is no particular format or content that is required for an ethical will as long as it expresses your heart and your per- sonality. Your ethical will may be a lengthy document if you choose to tell your loved ones about your

life events, your goals, your values and your beliefs. Or, it may be limited to a specific topic, such as "Mistakes I Have Learned From," "What Spirituality Means to Me," or "What I Appreciate Most." An ethical may provide great value to your children and other descendants in the future, but there will also be value to you now in its drafting. An ethical will can help you identify what you value most and what you

stand for.

ing your ethical will you are likely to learn a lot about yourself. It

will also help you come to terms with your own mortality by creating something of value that will live on after you are gone. If you're convinced an ethical will is something you want to do, how do you get started? There

In the process of writ-

are many sources available to help you write your ethical will. Jack Riemer, a rabbi, co-authored a book entitled So That Your Values Live On: Ethical Wills & How to Prepare Them (Jewish Lights Publishing). A popular website, ethicalwills.com, can also help you prepare an ethical will. You can also order other books and workbooks to help you in the process. Some attorneys who regularly practice in the area of estate planning may also help you pen your ethical will or provide samples of ethical wills to you. Completing your estate plan- ning is a very important matter to ensure your family and loved ones are protected if you become disabled or pass away. If you haven't already done so I encour- age you to meet with qualified estate planning professionals to discuss what plan is best for you. However, why stop there? Once you have made sure the right legal documents are in place to protect your loved ones and pass your material wealth to them as you intend, why not consider an ethical will to pass an even more lasting legacy.

Ms. Melancon has engaged in the practice of law in Louisiana for the past 16 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 con- tact her at 222-744-0027 .You may also visit her website at www.LegacyCenterLa.com.

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Simon Young Sets National Speed Record in 1984.
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In the early 80’s Simon Young made a decision to start a business that utilizes his knowledge of boats and his life long passion. That’s when Simon’s Outboard on Roddy Road began. All Ascension Parish residents remember the Boat Races at Hilltop back in the 70’s & 80’s. It was the event of the year for decades for boating enthusiast and Simon was right in the middle of it. Simon set a national speed record in 1984 in his class clocking a sizzling 84 mph in the Southern Outboard racing Association national time trials. He drove a 14 foot V-bottom, center steering Force 85 hp (50-899 c.i.d.

unlimited class) Locals seemed to think the Chrysler motor was bulky and clunky but boy for the time it could flat run. Simon ended his racing career in 1997 after winning the World Championships with a 1600 lb modified motor. His business is built on a hand shake and return business of customers knowing they were going to be treated right and fair. He works with Casey Owens and his son Cary. They have been together so long they all sound the same on the phone. However the end result is the same. Your boat gets fixed.

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Today many homeowners owe more on their mortgages than the house is worth. However, this does not necessarily rule out the refinance. You should still apply for a refinance even if you have low equity because there are some programs and loans that may accept it. The best way to find out if you fit into one of these programs is to visit a lender.

DO I HAVE GOOD ENOUGH CREDIT?

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restructuring their loan to a 20- 15 or 10 year mortgage which works well for people with plenty of dis- posable income.

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Consider your overall financial goals. It may be better to contribute to retirement savings or college savings, pay off high-interest debt and save 6 to 12 months of expenses before considering a shorter more expensive mortgage.

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HOW LONG DO I PLAN TO STAY IN THE HOME?

Mortgage professionals will advise homeowners who are considering a refi that it will cost from 3 to 6 percent of the loan amount. Consider how long it will take to reach the breakeven point and when the savings outweighs the costs.

WHAT ARE THE TERMS OF MY CURRENT LOAN?

Borrowers with adjustable rate mortgages or interest only should consider the potential benefit of switching to a fixed rate loan. Borrowers with an ARM should switch to a fixed rate loan unless they intend to move within a year. If you have a subprime ARM you should definitely switch to a new loan.

While new loans today rarely have a prepayment penalty, many home- owners still have loans with that restriction , which could reduce the financial gain of a refinance.

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Good morning, class. I will be your substitute teacher today as Professor Phite N. DeSistem has been relieved of his duties here at Wossamatta U. for comparing Rep. Vance McAllister-“The Kissing Congressman”-to Sen. David Vitter-“The Working Girl’s Best Friend”-and calling them both hypocrites. You can call me Coach Delaune or Wild Bill from Prairieville or Sweet William but you don’t have to call me Johnson. In fact, when I was coaching high school baseball, some of the fans even called me “Sweet Old Bill”-or at least by those initials-as in “Why doesn’t that S.O.B. ever bunt?” Today’s lesson will cover several subjects including history, language, cultural literacy and odds and probability. And to keep a timely topic-since we’re not allowed to discuss Remorseful Republicans any more-we will concentrate on that annual rite of spring known as the Kentucky Derby. Every first Saturday in May since 1875, three-year old thoroughbreds have raced a mile and a quarter to see which colt-or filly-has the speed and stamina to win the “Run for the Roses”. The official song-for you music majors-is “My Old Kentucky Home” written by Stephen Foster and modified from its 19th century second line, “…It’s summer, the darkies are gay…” to “…It’s post time, the bettors must pay…” to be more politi- cally correct. Some of you liberal arts majors-who know just enough to be aggravating but not enough to get a real job and might be cleaning windows after gradua- tion- would be wise to remember that the track is the only place where the windows clean you. Now let’s talk about some- thing you college kids are really good at-drinking. The official drink of the Derby is the Mint Julep. To prepare this concoction, make a sickening- sweet syrup out of powdered sugar and water, insert a few sprigs of fresh mint and pour over crushed ice. Then, throw that crap away and pour a jelly glass full of good Kentucky bourbon-Jim Beam would be my choice-and enjoy the race. With those prelims out of the way, let’s see what we can learn from the horses themselves by the power of association. Remember, horse sense is that quality which keeps horses from betting on humans. I’ll begin with our hometown

by Bill Delaune

on humans. I’ll begin with our hometown by Bill Delaune favorite Vicar’s In Trouble-a Louisiana bred

favorite Vicar’s In Trouble-a Louisiana bred ridden by the darling of the Fairgrounds Rosie Napravnik. She will certainly be the cutest jockey in the race-that won’t even be a contest if you’ve ever seen Calvin Borel-and she loves to beat the boys. Make note of the fact that a vicar was a substitute-especially for a religious figure in Jolly Old England-and the word “vicari- ously” is derived from that term. As in, “Tim is going to the Derby this year and I can’t go. So I’ll have to live vicariously through his trip.” Vicar was also the grandfather of our local hero and his sire was named Into Mischief-hence the name Vicar’s In Trouble. See how easy that was. Now who wants to try one? How about you, Mr. Shoemaker? “Okay, I pick the horse named Hoppertunity. The race is only two weeks after Easter and I think he’ll come hopping home like Peter Cottontail.” Well, not the educational reference I was hoping for but any colt trained by Bob Baffert can certainly run like a rabbit. Anyone else? Ms. Delahoussaye? “Being a double major in Shakespeare and World History, I find Cairo Prince and intrigu- ing choice-especially since his dad Prince of the Nile reminds me of the Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra. If he can run like Caesar and Antony ran toward Cleo, his backers won’t be in de-nial when they cash their winning tickets. Now we’re getting somewhere. How about you, Mr. Jindal? Anything jump out at you? “You uncultured knaves must have been educated in a Common Core curriculum.

Based on names alone, the winner is most likely to be the aptly titled Samraat-an Indian term that means ‘Emperor’ or ‘Greatest King in the World’. Sort of like what I aspire to be one day.” Ambitious is hardly a strong enough word for you, Piyush, but your Hindu horse is certainly a strong candidate. Would someone wake up Mr. Zonker there in the back and invite him to join the discussion? “(Sputtering) Oh-um-sorry, Coach. I was ‘California Dreaming’ of days gone by when the Camaros and GTO’s ruled the West Coast drag strips. If you could find a horse to run like those muscle cars, you’d have a cinch in the Derby.” Strangely enough, Zonker, some folks out West think they have one this year and with a name you can appreciate- California Chrome. No one’s even come close to this speedball as he’s won three races this year by a total of 20 lengths. The only problem, class, is that we’re not the only ones who know about him. So, with apologies to Drew Carey, the price may not be right. Excuse me, Ms. Peta, but you seem a bit upset with this dialogue. Did we say something to offend you? “No, it’s just that the idea of those beautiful animals being whipped unmercifully to go beyond their capabilities for the enjoyment of hedonistic humans. And then to name one of them Dead Wildcat or something like that. It’s no wonder they’re dead. With all the development in this area, the wildlife has nowhere to go.” Begging your pardon, Ms.

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Peta, but I think the horse you’re alluding to is named Wildcat Red and if he takes to the Kentucky Blue Grass as well as he did to his native Florida sawgrass, he could be the “cool cat” in the Winner’s Circle. How about a comment from one of our out-of-state students. Mr. Kennedy, did Massachusetts ever have a party like they do in Louisville? “No sir, but we did have a Boston Tea Party once that was…”

“(Interrupting) Tea Party- that’s the only way to save this country from these left-wing, life-hating, low-life liberals. Does anyone remember the Constitution? Has anyone even read the Constitution? Is the Constitution still…” Calm down, Mr. Ryan. You’ll get a chance to speak in a second. This isn’t “The View” you know. Even you pre-law students must learn some etiquette. Now, Mr. Kennedy, you were saying… “The biggest race in our area is the Boston Marathon and after the tragic bombings last year, we rallied around the slogan ‘Boston Strong’. Then along comes this horse this year who uses another favorite adjective of ours to com- bine into ‘Wicked Strong’ and he wins the Wood Memorial in New Yawk. If he duplicates that performance in the Derby, he could be the biggest thing to come out of the Northeast since-well, the Kennedys.” And Mr. Ryan, you may be glad to know that there is a horse named Constitution for all you Rainy Day Patriots. And he can really ramble-sometimes longer than a Tea Party

filibuster-as evidenced by his Florida Derby victory. “(Sudden group singing from the back of the room) Who can take the sunrise, Sprinkle it with dew, Cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two… The Candy Man can…” Why, have I been ignoring my Theatre majors? I know how you love being the centers of attention. “Sorry, Coach. We’re doing ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ for our spring produc- tion and sometimes we just burst into ‘Candy Man’. You know how it is-you taught drama once.” And it would be a tragedy if Candy Boy-another one of those California comets-doesn’t get into the Derby because of the controversial point system. But if he does-look out. He may just be dancing all the way to the finish line. Say, what are your computer techs staring at so intently on your PC screen? “It’s a site called the Chive, Coach. You’d enjoy it. There are clever posters, cool merchandise for sale and-uh- other things of interest.” Like scantily-clad young women? Come on, guys. I may not be Mr. Technology but I discovered that site a while back. Now, may I suggest a spinoff site called Tapiture which is also the

name of a Derby contender who gets into more trouble than-well, than students looking at inappropriate websites in class. Now for your assignment-you are all to take $100 in fantasy money and wager it on the Kentucky Derby. You can stick to the traditional win-place-show or you can attempt some more exotic bets like exactas (first two finishers), trifectas (first three) or superfectas (first four). Your work will be graded on a curve-a Commanding Curve, if you will-because that is the horse I placed a $50 futures wager on in Vegas on Super Bowl Sunday. Alas, Curve now finds himself in the same boat as Candy Boy-lacking the needed points to get into the race but miracles do happen. As for me, I’m going to use my C-note to box several combi- nations of “C-horses”. That will give me California Chrome for Zonker, Cairo Prince for the his- tory majors, Constitution for the law students and Candy Boy for the performing arts. Now let’s sit back and “c” what’s going to happen.

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ThoughtsfromBully and bungee corded it real tight to help keep the smell down while I figured

and bungee corded it real tight to help keep the smell down while I figured what to do and how to clean this mess. Well, I soon hit my procrasti- nation button and went and worked in my garden and drank beer. Like Scarlet O’Hara, “I’ll think about that tomorrow. Well, tomorrow came and woke to an even stronger smell

that their was a great golf game going on at Pelican Point.

I had a tough decision. To

play golf or shovel rotten meat.

I lied. It was an easy decision.

Get my clubs. I could do the freezer after golf. What could that hurt.

I had a great round of golf.

To Procrastinate or Not to Procrastinate. That is the Question.

I’m guilty. I have procrasti- nated during my life. Matter-of- fact I procrastinated writing this article. Procrastination is probably one of the easiest things I do. You should see my dishes in the sink when I know no one is coming around. There are times to procrasti- nate and times not to. If you come across a live rattle snake in the woods. It is time to pro- crastinate. It is time to delay or postpone any action for you could get a bite you may not recover from. If you hurt your sweetheart’s feelings you should not procrastinate to apologize. It may be your last time to talk to her of which you may not recover. If your dog has an accident on your floor, it is alright to procrastinate from the ugly job of cleaning it up. However if you have dinner plans that evening and you are cooking at your house you can not procrastinate. Get the paper towels. This past month I had a situ- ation at my home of which I procrastinated and I shouldn’t have done that. For about a week I had start- ed noticing a pungent odor like an animal had died in the area and it was progressively getting worse. It got worse and worse. Then I thought about and old refrigerator I have down stairs and the freezer had frozen deer meat in it. I soon found out it wasn’t frozen anymore. I eased up to the door and took a peek and it wasn’t pretty. There were a few signs of magots and I closed the door

Got my mind off my worries. I even won $2. Life was good and I had totally forgot about the freezer chore until I got home. One step out of the car and I was reminded immediate- ly. Crap. I’m back on rotten meat detail. Suddenly I remembered East

Ascension was playing a baseball game that evening. The weather was cooling down and in my procrastinating mind I con- vinced myself the smell would be better on a cooler day, like tomorrow. Off to the baseball game I go. Watched the game. Went out to eat. Came home and jumped in the bed and got

a good night sleep. The next morning was D-Day. Dead Deer Day. This fridge is in the back of

my carport. First, I had to clear

a path wide enough for my 4

wheeler to back up to the fridge. I placed a big plastic bucket on the back of the bike.

If your freezer goes out? You better tie a towel around your head real tight
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real tight before you open it.

than the day before. As I organized a bucket, a shovel and a cloth’s pen for my nose my phone rang. I received a call

I grabbed a shovel and removed

the bungee cords and took a look for the first time in 4 days. When I opened the door I was

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horrified with the stench and gross visuals. From the crack in the door it was as if Rice Crispy’s were falling out and the magots were 4 inches deep. OMG. How in the hell did it get this bad. I’ll tell you. I pro- crastinated. Now I am about to learn a lesson of a life time.

I can tell you a cloths pin

wasn’t going to cut it. I wrapped a towel around my head and I looked like I was a Taliban Fighter. No way was I going to smell through these layers of cloth. Wrong again. OK the doors open, every-

thing seems to be moving and I go to shoveling hind quarters and neck roast. Help me Lord.

I was able to empty the

freezer into the bucket. Now I have to get on the 4 wheeler. The bucket shifts up against my back as I start to drive. The contents are sloshing around a bit and now I’m afraid of not just smelling it. One wrong bump and it’s touching my skin and I’m wearing it. I’m in procrastination Hell. I ease down the driveway and some kids were riding bikes. They caught one whiff and soon they were peddling like Pee Wee Herman.

I made it to the pond

without incident. I dumped the toxic cargo, rode off up wind,

and took a break by the garden.

I sat and pondered the

mistake I had made for

procrastinating the freezer project.

I had been sitting there for

about 5 minutes when I noticed a shadow moved across the landscape. I saw another and another. I looked up to find 6 buzzards circling my house. Now these birds were high and with in minutes they started landing in my trees. They

certainly weren’t scared of me. Matter-of-fact, they kept look- ing at me like, “Where’s the lunch?” A Sheriff Deputy drove by the house and I wondered if someone had called in a dead body. Is NCIS going to show up?

I hosed the fridge down and

Cloroxed it. To this day a spring breeze will drift by my nose and I receive an unpleasant reminder of the thoughts of procrastination HELL!

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The tallest player in Major League history is pitcher Jon Rauch, who is six feet, eleven inches tall.

Carlos Beltran was the first switch hitter to hit 300 home runs and steal 300 bases

Mixed breed cats are called domestics.

Over a lifetime, an American woman will spend

$125,000 on clothes.

3,000 items—271 pairs of shoes,

185 dresses, and 145 bags.

Women’s nominal clothing sizes have increased in physical size over the years in a phenomenon known as “vanity sizing.” A size 8 dress with a 32-inch bust in 1967 is now considered a size 0 today.

In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

In 1955 the richest woman in the world was Mrs Hetty Green Wilks, who left an estate of $95 million in a will that was found in a tin box with four pieces of soap. Queen Elizabeth of Britain and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (may not count) for the top 10 count under the 10 wealthiest women in the world.

The record for the lowest attendance at MLB game is 347 fans.

Every MLB ball is covered in mud from a secret location in New Jersey that only one man knows.

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We'd decided to make the fishing trip anyway although deep inside we knew the deck was stacked against us. A major cold front had blown through the day before bringing hard wind and cold temperatures. We had fished for about an hour at our first spot and had not gotten a bite yet. I was sitting there trying to warm my hands when out of nowhere an osprey dives out of the sky and catches this fairly large fish. With this prey in his grasp he flies to the nearest power line and begins to eat his catch. Bird one, us fishermen zero. A short time later we began to discuss our decision to fish on this this type of day, along with what our next move would be. While we were sitting there questioning our intelligence, we had the pleasure to witness a very large blue heron catch and eat a foot long garfish. Although it was only a garfish, it was still a fish. Something that we had not had any contact with. Birds two, fishermen zero. We left that area and continued fishing elsewhere and finally boated six fish for a full day of fishing. I don't know how many more fish the birds caught that day, but I would have to say that they were more successful than us. By far, buzzards are not a favorite bird of humans. Most of us probably understand the responsibility of the large bird, but it is hard to accept the thought of eating something that's rotten. For whatever reason a large flock of buzzards has decided to roost on the structure of one of the operating units of BASF. They sleep there at night and venture out during the day in search of food. About a week after our not so successful fishing trip, I was traveling one of the roads in the massive BASF complex when I

noticed a dead duck in the road. This particular road passes near the facilities' fire water pond. It's not uncommon to see ducks there in the winter. The speed limit there is fifteen miles an hour, how that duck got hit is a mystery to me. On top of that, the dead duck was a male wood duck, not typically the species seen in the pond. I continued on my mission and about a half an hour later I returned and noticed several buzzards feasting on the dead duck. When I returned fifteen minutes later, there was not even a feather in the road. What's amazing to me is how those those creatures can tell the difference from a dead duck or a piece of paper in the road from thousands of feet in the sky. Natures creatures are truly remarkable in many ways. They are faced with very harsh k7conditions at times but they are survivors. Humans are at the top of the food chain. But even though we have the most advanced equipment available, I still can't tell a dead duck from a piece of trash from thousands of feet away or even outfish a bird on any given day

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When asked the secret to the local success East Ascension head coach Amy Pitre had a couple thoughts “The travel ball around, and the fact that more kids are playing fastpitch at an earlier age. I truly believe that the expectations that we have at the high schools are a big factor. We expect to win and we expect to compete with the best in the state.” This past winter that softball commit- ment was recognized when former Lady Gator Leah Heintze was induct- ed into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/Louisiana High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Heintz went 97-7-7, was a perfect 19-0 in the playoffs, and named La Miss Softball in 2004. Her induction is validation of the softball prowess in Ascension and a bench- mark for future players to strive. While we don’t know the exact seed- ings of the playoffs at deadline, we do know that all three schools can be found on the bracket when it is released. It wouldn’t be a surprise if

bracket when it is released. It wouldn’t be a surprise if all three made appearances at

all three made appearances at FastPitch56 this season and it’s not inconceivable that someone in that group could hoist a championship trophy.

Dutchtown

The Dutchtown Lady Griffins advanced to FastPitch 56 a year ago before losing to eventual State Champion Sam Houston in the quar- terfinals. If they hope to replicate, or exceed that success, they will have to find someone to fill the shoes of Aleah Craighton (now at ULL), Tia

to fill the shoes of Aleah Craighton (now at ULL), Tia Patterson (BRCC) and Akela Gordon.

Patterson (BRCC) and Akela Gordon. “Aleah was a big hitter, our number three batter” said Head Coach Nancy Ensminger “Tia Patterson was our leadoff hitter and shortstop, and Akela

Gordon was our centerfielder”. This year the Lady Griffins turn to seniors to Jessica Crum, Hannah Schexnailder, Ashara Grimes, Shelby Newcomer, and Kayla Orgeron to help replace the production and lead- ership roles left behind. Coach Ensminger, in her 8th year as head coach of the Lady Griffins feels good about her seniors “it’s a good group of senior girls, it’s a core group of girls that have been playing together for a long time, so there is pretty good chemistry between them”. Leading the group of seniors is Crum, a four year starter behind the plate, and one of the most feared power hit- ters in the state. “She has probably been intentionally walked by everyone that has watched her, know her, or charted her, they just put her on base” Ensminger said of Crum. When opponents employ that strategy however, they must then contend with Bria White. “She loves to be in those situations, she doesn’t get nerv- ous about it, she just thinks ‘Lets Do It’” Ensminger says of White. Two of those seniors take turns in the circle in Kayla Orgeron, a BRCC signee, and Ashara Grimes. They share the pitching duties with a soph-

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had pretty much equal time out there” Ensminger said of her pitching corp. “Kayla is coming off shoulder surgery last year, she has come a long way and really improved. Ali has been good for us, she has learned so much since she has been here. I’m definite- ly looking forward to her future. We just have to play solid defense behind all of them”.

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Its defense that Ensminger believes will be a defining ingredient going into the playoffs. “One thing you want to see as a coach is solid defense and we need to see that innings one through seven. Hope Vezinat has been such a solid defensive player for us, she’s such a good versatile player. Bria White, we can put her anywhere. She’s been playing rightfield, when Ali is on the mound we move her to first base, if we have to we can put her behind the plate, I can put her any- where out there.” Not to be over- looked for the Lady Griffins is Royelle Cobb “she is a silent but deadly weapon in my opinion” Ensmingers said and added “she’s not real flashy, but she’s solid, she gets the job done. She speaks when she needs to, a great silent leader, the same thing with

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East Ascension

After having reached the FastPitch56 tournament the three previous sea- sons, East Ascension fell in the first round of the playoffs a year ago to Suphur. Amy Pitre, in her 7th year at the helm, realizes just how good a group she had to replace from a year

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River CC) and Ali Delany (NW Florida) extend their careers as well. “These kids have tremendous chem- istry, eight of the ten have been play- ing together since 10 and under, and believe me, that chemistry goes a long way” said Scott Neilson of his senior class. “They believe in each other, they love each other, and get along really well with each other and that goes a long way in the clubhouse.” A class this large could be a curse rather than a blessing but that hasn’t been the case for St Amant. “It’s a me now generation, kids aren’t willing to put in the time, the effort, the energy, and commitment to the program, they want results now” Nielson said. He added “We have three or four kids now who are first year starters as sen- iors. I applaud them and commend

served at East Ascension. One way to replace a Division One signee such as Landry, is to have another waiting in the wings. The Spartans have that in sophomore shortstop Claire Weinberger who is already committed to LSU. “I put her in Bailey’s role” Pitre said of Weinberger “she does what Bailey could do. She’s a threat, she can lay down a bunt, she can slap, she can power slap or she can swing away.” Another sophomore in the limelight for the Lady Spartans is righthanded pitcher Jesse Watts, a starter as a freshman and has thrown nearly every inning this season. “Last year she was really good for us and she has just gotten better. She’s got a year under her belt and she learned a lot of things within that year” Pitre said, “She’s learned where she can leave the ball and where she can’t”. When you ask Coach Pitre about Watts however she doesn’t want to have to choose whether to take her as a hitter or a pitcher. “I don’t know whats more important, what she is doing offen- sively is outstanding as well” Coach Pitre likes the way things are

progressing with her young squad. “I truly believe that every game we have gotten better. We knew we would have to learn from experience, we were going to make some mistakes and we would have to learn from it and I think we did”. Looking ahead to the playoffs with a young team doesn’t change the out- look for East Ascension according to Pitre “Our goals never change, no matter how young we are, you want to be in Sulphur at the end of the year. We expect to win and expect to compete with the best in the state. The kids know that, so it’s a matter of staying focused throughout. You have to be playing good at this time of the year”.

St Amant

As good as all the local schools have been in softball over the past decade, St Amant is still the gold standard by which all other programs are judged. The Lady Gators have been to the FastPitch56 tournament in 12 of the last 13 years and brought home five consecutive championships from

years and brought home five consecutive championships from 2002-2006. A year ago they advanced to the

2002-2006. A year ago they advanced to the semi-finals before falling to Sam Houston 4-2. While most teams would wonder what to do after losing standouts like pitcher Kasey Neilson (Southeastern Louisiana), catcher Brooke Roberts (Pearl River CC) and centerfielder Kirsten Dispino, all the Gators have done is back up those losses with an unprecedent- ed ten seniors. Amazingly five of those seniors have signed to continue their careers at the next level as Maddie Edmonston, Jaci Lavigne and Jordan Hartman will be moving on to LSU- Eunice while pitcher Skylar Cook (Pearl

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them tremendously for the effort they put in to work and hold on knowing their time was coming” With all the talent the senior class contains, it’s a junior who is perhaps the best athlete at St Amant High School regardless of gender. Shortstop Kara Gremillion, a UL- Lafayette commitment, is a multi- sport athlete who truly excels at all. “She could sell out a gym for volley- ball, sell out a gym for basketball and sell out the bleachers for softball, and probably start on the football team” Nielson said “She’s just that good of an athlete. She’s a very quiet, lead by example kind of player. I don’t know if Kara has ever had a bad game.” Cook inherits the spot in the circle previously occupied by Coach Nielson’s daughter Kasey, an all- stater, and has stepped up for the Lady Gators. “Skylar has done well, very well” Nielson said of his righthander, “I think her best softball is still ahead of her, as her experience grows.” When it comes to winning in the playoffs, Nielson knows a thing or five (rings) about what it takes at this time of year. Without hesitation his key to playoff success this year is sim- ple, “Timely hitting! It doesn’t mat- ter how many hits you get, it matters how many hits you get when you need them. We have to make sure we don’t make any mistakes in the circle. We have to hit spots, change speeds, it’s all about movement and location you can’t leave it big”. This year 5A doesn’t appear to feature that domi-

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American Cancer Society Relay for Life “Destination Cancer Free” is the theme for the 2014
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American Cancer Society Relay for Life

“Destination

Cancer Free”

is the theme for the 2014 Ascension Parish Relay for Life event. This year's relay will be held on May 3, 2014, at Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Actual relay festivities begin at 12:00 noon on May 3 and carry out until 2:00 AM on May 4. Our goal this year is to have 44 teams and raise $164,000. The reason we Relay is simple…. Each of us has been affected by cancer in one way or another. We relay to raise funds that will help support cancer research and by helping those who have been affected by cancer with various services. In 2013, many families from Ascension Parish were provided these services by the American Cancer Society. For example, 100 people benefitted from our Transportation Grants, 89 people received a patient packet

on their cancer diagnosis, 12 wigs were provided to cancer patients, 38 gifts items (pros- thesis, bras, etc.), and so much more. All services provided by the American Cancer Society are free of charge. In addition, we were able to house 36 people from the Baton Rouge area at Hope Lodge in New Orleans. This was a total of 593 nights. The Hope Lodge allows patients to stay in the hotel, free of charge, while they are undergoing treatment away from home. This service helped these families to save $94,287.

This year’s opening ceremonies will begin at 12:00 PM with guest speakers and team presentations. The Survivors’ Ceremony, which is open to all

cancer survivors, will begin at 6:00 PM. If you are a cancer survivor and would like to participate please visit us at

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la to register. It is free to join. Please sign up for the Survivors’ Ceremony. If you are interested in joining a team or forming a team, you can go online to register. The day of relay is a busy yet exciting time for teams. On this day, each team

sets up their campsite and decorates it according to the theme. Team campsites will be judged on the decorations and

creativity. In addition, each team raises money by selling food, drinks, games and raffling items off. Any information can be found on our website

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While there is plenty of things for teams to participate in during the Relay for Life event, there is also many memorable activities for spectators. There will be a balloon launch as well

as a sky lantern lift off during the event to celebrate those who have won their cancer battles and to celebrate and remember lost loved ones. The Dutchtown Allied Health students along with their teacher Ms. Sharon Saia help to organize the luminary ceremony. They do such a wonderful job in helping us remembering our loved ones lost to cancer and celebrate those who have won their battle against cancer. It is such a touching ceremony for all.

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those who have won their battle against cancer. It is such a touching ceremony for all.
those who have won their battle against cancer. It is such a touching ceremony for all.
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the evening, many other activities and events are planned. If you like to cook, we
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the evening, many other activities and events are planned. If you like to cook, we will be holding a jambalaya mini-pot and crackling cooking

competition. The crackling contest will start at 9:00 AM followed by the jambalaya mini-pot contest at 11:00 AM. Preregistration is required for the crackling contest. For more information contact, Casey Walker at tcwalker@eatel.net. If you like to run competitively or for fun, put on your running shoes and join us for the Second Annual Relay for Life 5k Race/Walk. It will be held at Lamar Dixon beginning at 10:30 AM on May 3rd. Please contact Brian Janis at bjanis@cfindustries.com for

more information. Don’t like to cook or run? That’s okay! Spend your time checking out some amazing cars at our 2nd Annual Relay for Life Car Show. The car show will begin at 11:30 AM on May 3rd with judging at 1:00 PM and awards presented at 3:00 PM. You may contact Sue at 225-206-0737 or Noelle at 225-439-1263 if you are interested in joining. In addition, there will be live music, a womanless beauty pageant and much more fun to be had by all ages.

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Blue Runner Foods Donates to Food Bank as Part of Gonzales Rotary’s Food Fest

Blue Runner Foods recently donated 40 cases of red beans to the St. Theresa Food Bank. Every year Blue Runner participates in the Gonzales Rotary’s Annual Food Fest by matching can for can of goods that are donated to the Food Festival. This year’s Food Fest is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are

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$25.00 each and can be purchased by any Gonzales Rotary Club member, at the Gonzales City Hall, St. Theresa Food Bank or at the Ascension Chamber of Commerce office. More than 40 local vendors from Ascension Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish will be represented. Food Fest Committee Person, Glenda Shaheen said, “Tickets include samples of food from one or all of the vendors- more than most people can eat- as well as drinks. Buy a ticket, get some great food, and support a very worthy cause,” she said.

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1 teaspoon dry crab boil mix
Salt & Pepper to taste
Peel all of your boiled eggs. Cut them in half length ways and
carefully remove the yolks. Place all the yolks in a mixing bowl
and add your mayo, mustard and green onions. Be sure that
before adding your corn and potatoes that you chop and mash
them as much as possible to ensure proper mixture.
Finally,
rough chop your crawfish tails and add to mixture. Salt and
pepper the mixture to taste. Using a piping bag or spoon add
the mixture back into the boiled egg halves. Sprinkle with dry
crab boil and serve.
boiled egg halves. Sprinkle with dry crab boil and serve. Tim Godso Kari Godso Kaylon Godso
Tim Godso Kari Godso Kaylon Godso Fresh Seafood Market • Crabs • Shrimp • Fish
Tim Godso
Kari Godso
Kaylon Godso
Fresh Seafood Market • Crabs • Shrimp • Fish
OPEN 7 days a week • 9am till 6:30pm
17497 Airline Highway • Prairieville • 225.673.9085

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