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JANUARY 2015, VOL. 12 ISSUE 11

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Contributing Writers Bill Delaune Marilyn Bowman Linda Melancon Calvin Bessonett

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Magazine 18386 Little Prairie Rd. Prairieville, LA 70769 Table of Contents FAMILY FEST 4 SWEET EYES

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FAMILY FEST

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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FAMILY FEST

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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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CHRISTMAS PARADE

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St. Elizabeth Family Fest January 31, 2015 St. Elizabeth Hospital has hosted an annual health
St. Elizabeth Family Fest January 31, 2015 St. Elizabeth Hospital has hosted an annual health

St. Elizabeth Family Fest

January 31, 2015

St. Elizabeth Family Fest January 31, 2015 St. Elizabeth Hospital has hosted an annual health fair

St. Elizabeth Hospital has hosted an annual health fair for more than 12 years. This year, a health fair committee with representatives of the hospital and St. Elizabeth Physicians thought it was time for a

change. The health fair was rebranded as Family Fest to focus on the health and well-being of families in the community.

“You wouldn’t think that such minor changes could be significant,” noted Jon Hirsch, Director of Marketing, “but they had a noteworthy and positive effect on planning and promoting the event. I think the change in format – along with the many improvements made to the event – has changed the mindset of all those who have been involved with planning and executing

all those who have been involved with planning and executing 4 the event. “January stimulates a

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those who have been involved with planning and executing 4 the event. “January stimulates a sense

the event.

“January stimulates a sense of new beginnings and a desire for change and this plays well with the idea of a health fair, at the heart of which is helping to improve the lives of the people in the community.”

Family Fest: Adventures in Health will be held at the TradeMart Building at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center on January 31st. There will be more than 80 booths for participants to visit, offering health information, screenings,

and interactive activities on a variety of health-related topics. There will be a Play Zone
and interactive activities on a variety of health-related topics. There will be a Play Zone

and interactive activities on a variety of health-related topics.

There will be a Play Zone for kids featuring a number of booths with activities related to kids’ health, plus a rock climbing wall, an obstacle course, inflatables, and arts & crafts.

A long-time and key supporter of Family Fest has been St. Elizabeth’s Women’s Advisory

and arts & crafts. A long-time and key supporter of Family Fest has been St. Elizabeth’s
and arts & crafts. A long-time and key supporter of Family Fest has been St. Elizabeth’s

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and arts & crafts. A long-time and key supporter of Family Fest has been St. Elizabeth’s
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Council, a group of professional women and community leaders whose mission is to provide the hospital and physicians’ group with ongoing constructive feedback in order to enhance services. Women’s Advisory Council Chairperson Dee LeJeune said, “This will be an event where families can attend that’s safe, educational, and – most of all – fun. The most inspiring aspect of putting together Family Fest was wit- nessing the great partnerships that have emerged between St. Elizabeth Hospital and Physicians and the many community organizations who stepped up to help make this such a special event,” she said

“St. Elizabeth Hospital and Physicians are very blessed to have such great support throughout our community,” said Hirsch. “The community partnerships we have been able to cultivate over the years is important to the well-being of our organization and ultimately benefits the citizens of the

community,” he said.

Hirsch also notes that it will be a great opportunity for members of the community to receive numerous screenings in one place, at one time, and all for free. Screenings will include concussion, glucose level, vision, hearing, dental, cholesterol, BMI, spinal screenings, headache screenings, and many more.

The sponsors of this year’s Family Fest not only contributed to the substance of the event, they are the reason we are able to host this event,” said St. Elizabeth CEO Robert Burgess.

“A number of our sponsors have stepped up again and again to support this event. We are incredibly grateful to them and to all the sponsors. If you attend and benefit from Family Fest in any way, please take time out to call and thank our sponsors because they helped make it possible,” he said.

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"RIGHT THE 1ST TIME”. Jamie Frederick Braud owner Jamie has 23 years experience in the industry.

Jamie has 23 years experience in the industry. From the first days in 1992 as a notary public and Justice of the Peace. She started by helping out a few friends and customers here and there while JP because they couldn't get off work to get to DMV. In 2000 she went full time with Tags & Titles. Helping people has been her way of life and she proves that daily. There's very few things that she can't handle when called upon. Her motto is: "If I can't figure out how to help you, I'll send you in the right direction to who can." I don't ever want someone to feel lost and helpless, there's always help.

Tags and Titles is dedicated to helping get your title work processed conveniently and professionally. They offer a full service DMV office, Driver's License & Handicap Renewal service. As well as a FULL SERVICE notary office. There's also the occasional wedding thrown in at the chapel with Jamie presiding as Ordained Minister. As she said, there's very little that we can't do here. Just give us a call and ask.

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Jamie is very proud of the service given at Tags & Titles and welcomes you to come on in and find out for yourself just how great a DMV experience can be and how quick and convenient. Please note, they are a privately owned business and therefore, there is a convenience charge of $18.00 in addition to the normal DMV fees for their services. But for $18.00, what's your time worth??

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Barre Basics Happy 2015 Ascension Parish! It’s that time of year again. A time to

Barre

Basics

Happy 2015 Ascension Parish! It’s that time of year again. A time to motivate and regroup on your wellness agenda!

A couple of months ago, I had

a goal to find some alternative

workouts in Ascension parish and surrounding areas. If you recall, my first class was a pole

dancing class at Teaze Fitness in Baton Rouge. Well, this month

I wanted to find out more about barre classes.

Barre classes were introduced by Lotte Berk in the 1970’s. These classes incorporate ballet inspired dance moves and basic exercise elements. Benefits of barre are better posture, strong and elongated muscles and tightened and toned lower body. Another great benefit is that barre classes are also good for pregnant women, because they are no impact. There are different variations of barre

great! The workout is definitely

ballet inspired, so if you’re not

a dancer, it may be a little more challenging. But that’s a good thing, right?

The class started with light weight movements combined with lengthening leg extensions. Variations of those moves occurred for the next several minutes. Then we moved to the bar where we did lots of plie’s, releve’s and leg lifts. These are all small movements that when done properly really work the areas intended!

The classes are packed which is

a testament to the great classes

Body Sculpt offers. Some of the classes offered are:

Barre sculpt, Below the Belt, Amped, Barre Belles, Barre Flow and many more.

So, if you’re look- ing for a workout that’s fun, easy on your joints and one that can give you leaner, more defined muscles check out Body Sculpt in Prairieville. For more information, go to their website at www.bodysculpt- barrestudio.com or call owner Shelly Saurage (super sweet lady!) at

225-931-4224.

Body Sculpt Barre Studio is located at 37436 Ultima Plaza Blvd, Suite G, Prairieville, LA 70769.

at 37436 Ultima Plaza Blvd, Suite G, Prairieville, LA 70769. classes, some of which incorpo- rate

classes, some of which incorpo- rate resistance bands, balls and free weights.

Before you head to the barre though, make sure you have appropriate clothing. Something that’s cool and easy to move in is your best bet and barre socks with grips can help avoid slipping.

With all that said, I decided to try Prairieville’s own Body Sculpt Barre Studio, right off Airline Hwy. The workout is

all that said, I decided to try Prairieville’s own Body Sculpt Barre Studio, right off Airline
all that said, I decided to try Prairieville’s own Body Sculpt Barre Studio, right off Airline

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Botox … The Wrinkle Cure Do you wake up and look in the mirror and

Botox …

The Wrinkle Cure

Do you wake up and look in the mirror and feel that you still look tired? Are the frown lines and crows feet seeming to get deeper? Botox Cosmetic is the answer! If you are like many of our clients, you are a little scared of Botox. But in fact, it has been around a long time and is one of the most popular and safe cosmetic treatments we perform. And best of all, IT WORKS. Lets separate fact from fiction.

Myth 1. Botox is not safe.

Botox received FDA approval to treat blepharospasms (spasms of the eye muscles) in 1989. YES, we have been using it in medi- cine for over 20 years. Approval for cosmetic uses of Botox came in 2002. Millions of people have used Botox safely and effectively.

Michele Musso, NP
Michele Musso, NP

Myth 2. Botox can cause Botulism.

Botox is a purified protein derived from botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin comes from the bacteria that can cause botulism food poisoning. Botox, on the other hand, remains at the injec- tion site. In rare cases, the Botox toxin effect may spread and cause serious side effects that require medical attention. It is important to choose a qualified practitioner.

Myth 3. Botox will give me a “frozen” face.

Botox relaxes wrinkles caused by overactive facial muscles. We can selectively inject the muscle that cause such wrinkles as crow’s feet, frown lines and smile lines. Botox does not have to affect other muscles involved in overall facial expressions. You will still be able to show expressions.

Shelly Esnard, PA-C
Shelly Esnard, PA-C

Myth 4. Botox is painful.

With over 18 years of Botox injection experience for our practice, our clients feel that their injections are quick and painless. The needles are tiny and we use a small amount of liquid. You may feel a slight pinch during an injection. But its over in less than 5 minutes.

If you think Botox may be your answer, visit us for a complimentary consult. We will address your concerns and put together a cosmetic plan for you.

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Rose Gold Blooms as a High-Fashion Color with Layne Gautreau The soft, luscious blush color

Rose Gold Blooms as a High-Fashion Color

with Layne Gautreau

The soft, luscious blush color of rose gold is gaining new popularity this season with designers of all types of jewelry. It’s fresh, flattering, and fun to wear because it blends so well with all kinds of flesh tones.

The warm look of rose, pink, and even peach colored gold also

combines beautifully with the more

popular pastel gemstones

tourmaline, pink and violet sapphires, amethyst, pale blue topaz, light green peridot, and soft yellow citrine. It

also goes well with pink and other

pink

pastel colored freshwater pearls, and the rich pastel shades of Tahitian pearls.

Rose or pink gold is produced by adding a small amount of copper to the alloy. The more copper, the “redder” the alloy. Peach gold is an orangey-pink alloy that looks especially attractive with clear, white diamonds.

Many fashion-forward designers are offering new two-tone jewelry styles combining pink and white gold, or pink gold and platinum in elegant rings, pendants, pins, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.

A timeless look that many men have already discovered: masculine rings and watch cases in rose gold or two-tone rose gold and platinum or titanium.

in rose gold or two-tone rose gold and platinum or titanium. Birthstones January - Garnet. Known

Birthstones

January - Garnet. Known thousands of years for their pomegranate color, a gift of garnet is

of years for their pomegranate color, a gift of garnet is having the ability to keep
of years for their pomegranate color, a gift of garnet is having the ability to keep

having the ability to keep loved

thought to be symbolic of a deep love

and

ones safe during travel. Legend says Noah used a garnet lantern to help him steer his ark through the darkness and protect him from evil and disas-

ter. A diverse and complex gem group, garnets are hard and durable. Famed for its rich red color, con- sumers are always surprised to find this gem available in a rainbow of sparkling hues … everything except blue.

Jewelry Doctor –

Care Tips for Diamonds

Diamond is the hardest substance known to man. It is a brilliant, sparkling, and durable gem but it is also a magnet for grease. If you wear

your diamonds every day, soap, cos- metics, skin oils, and lotions tend to build up and can form a film that dulls a diamond’s lively sparkle.

To clean your diamonds yourself, soak diamonds in a solution of water, detergent, and ammonia. Then scrub gently with a soft brush. Put the jew- elry in a fine wire strainer and rinse under warm running water. The strainer prevents diamonds from slip- ping down the drain.

To keep your diamonds looking their best they should be cleaned regularly. The safest way is to let us do it for you using a high powered steam bath

is to let us do it for you using a high powered steam bath made specifically

made specifically for cleaning gems and jewelry. That way we can also make sure prongs or other settings are not weak or loose.

for cleaning gems and jewelry. That way we can also make sure prongs or other settings

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Kara Casanova:

Baked into a Corner and a New Career

While growing up in Ascension Parish, Kara Casanova enjoyed writing, but didn’t have any plans for turning her writing into a career. But life has a funny way of pulling one’s untapped talents to the forefront, and creating dreams and opportunities around them.

Kara is the author of the hit

children’s storybook, Elvis the Penguin, (WingSpan Press, 2013). The story is about a baby penguin who is born with

a pompadour, and named Elvis.

He discovers his namesake’s musical legacy, and decides he wants to sing and perform on stage like Elvis Presley. The story takes children through the hilarious mishaps Elvis the Penguin encounters in pursuit of his dream.

Elvis the Penguin encounters in pursuit of his dream. “I’m fairly certain that none of the

“I’m fairly certain that none of the students and teachers who knew me at St. Amant High School would ever have imagined that I would become

a published author,” said Kara. “I was focused on singing in choirs, acting and modeling,

and my social life. My parents, Buddy Earles and Cookie Casanova Earles, didn’t exactly expect a daughter to have any kind of intellectual or professional aspirations. I could cook, and I could sing.

I think they figured I was

pretty much set for adult life,” laughs Kara.

I was pretty much set for adult life,” laughs Kara. Ironically, it was while Kara was

Ironically, it was while Kara was baking that she came up with the idea for her storybook. In 2005, Kara was icing penguin cookies for her two youngest children to take to school. The icing on the penguins’ heads wouldn’t flow correctly, and when she finished them, she stood back, and realized they all looked like Elvis impersonators.

“I looked at those cookies, and just cracked up! It was in the wee hours of the morning, I

just cracked up! It was in the wee hours of the morning, I 13 was a

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was a little punch drunk from lack of sleep. But I thought a penguin trying to be an Elvis

lack of sleep. But I thought a penguin trying to be an Elvis impersonator was hilarious.

impersonator was hilarious. I had to write it down.”

Kara hired an illustrator, LSU art student Anne Lipscomb, and had the book published in late 2013. It immediately began breaking records and reaching publishing milestones. The story also has an anti-bully- ing message, and Kara licensed ICare, a non-profit in the East

Baton Rouge School System, to develop anti-bullying and social diversity curricula for children in Pre-K through 5th grades. ICare will release the curricula in late January of this year, and schools in and around the area are already arranging school visits by her. Kara will visit both St. Amant and Sorrento Primaries in the coming weeks.

“I’m really proud of my story, the illustrations and my little penguin. It’s a great feeling to have a book published and see it do well. But it doesn’t begin to compare with how meaningful it is to sit down with children to have

with how meaningful it is to sit down with children to have discussions about anti-bullying, learning

discussions about anti-bullying, learning how to write well so that you’re successful in any career, and what it’s like to be an author,” Kara stated. “It’s an amazing thing to be able to positively impact children, but even more so when it’s the children in your hometown. I hope more schools in Ascension Parish will have me come talk to their students.”

Elvis the Penguin can be purchased at The Book Rack in Prairieville, SchoolAids in Baton Rouge, amazon.com and other stores (see the Elvis the Penguin website for more retail and online locations.) Kara can be contacted through the website or on Facebook.

Feed the Needy Annual Fundraiser Raises & Donates Over $30,000 to Families In December 2006,
Feed the Needy Annual Fundraiser Raises & Donates Over $30,000 to Families In December 2006,
Feed the Needy Annual Fundraiser Raises & Donates Over $30,000 to Families In December 2006,

Feed the Needy Annual Fundraiser Raises & Donates Over $30,000 to Families

In December 2006, Uncle Perry and Aunt Susan Aldridge casually mentioned to BAMA that there were three needy families in the Gonzales area who were in danger of going without the necessities for Christmas. That was all it took for the idea of “Feed the Needy” to be born in the big heart of the CEO, Thomas “BAMA” Aldridge. It was a humble beginning that year as BAMA asked Sheriff Wiley if he would sponsor a pot of food to use as a fund raiser in order to try to help these families. The Sheriff obliged and BAMA and his Souse Chef, “Bones” Sheets cooked a hen and andouille sauce piquante which was sold for the regular Saturday lunch at Gonzales Country Club. The process raised $800.00 and in turn, those three families had an unexpectedly great Christmas. Since those early days the Feed the Needy has raised money to help our local

citizens in need for the Holidays. This year the organization raised in Cash and Checks the amount of $29,957.00. There was $146 in kind donation of food and 28 cases of frozen food was delivered to the Battered Woman’s Shelter. Bringing the total to $30,103.00 None of this would be possible without the sacrifices and contributions of our many generous donors. We had our usual great team of volunteers who want no recognition. These folks come back each year because it becomes more evident that there are many people right here in our community that are “down on their luck” and really need our assistance and appreciate the help we are able to provide. One of the most satisfying elements to this year’s benefit was the fact that we sold every serving of Jambalaya cooked. The community really stepped up to the plate. It is heart warming to know we live in a community that cares about its citizens. The funds raised were distributed to:

• CHURCHES - $11,900.00

• SPECIAL CHARITIES - $3500.00

• LOCAL SCHOOLS - $6400.00

• 12 LOCAL NEEDY FAMILIES - $6500.00

Special thanks to our major sponsors who once again supplied the jambalaya ingredients:

1 Sheriff Jeff Wiley

2 Blaine, Garrett and Cade Sheets – River Parish Foods

3 Brandon Trosclair – Ralph’s

4 Jimmy Cruze – Personal

5 Lamendola’s Supermarket

#1 FACT about Feed The Needy –

We have zero expenses and all of the money we collect stays right here at home to help needy people.

Couple of touching stories –

1. A member of the Catholic Daughters of

America was one of our Secret Angels and helped distribute assistance to needy families. She wrote us a touching letter, “I can’t thank ya’ll enough for helping my friend Mary (name changed) out last year. She is doing so much better and I believe it was from the caring gifts that were given to help boost them through the Holiday Season. She is still so grateful”

2. Another Secret Angel wrote to us after the

giving. “Thanks for your act of kindness that you have shown to the children. May God continue to richly bless you and your families.”

TO HELP NEEDY FAMILIES CONTACT:

BAMA 241-0804 • RANDALL 270-4443 • WAYNE 715-3771

bless you and your families.” TO HELP NEEDY FAMILIES CONTACT: BAMA 241-0804 • RANDALL 270-4443 •
bless you and your families.” TO HELP NEEDY FAMILIES CONTACT: BAMA 241-0804 • RANDALL 270-4443 •
bless you and your families.” TO HELP NEEDY FAMILIES CONTACT: BAMA 241-0804 • RANDALL 270-4443 •

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Finally, an inexpensive hobby! By Brandt Bourque Saying money is tight these days is an

Finally, an inexpensive hobby!

By Brandt Bourque

Saying money is tight these days is an understatement. No matter your income status, you are undoubtedly more budget conscious now than in years past. But, everyone still needs a getaway of sorts, a place to think, to clear their mind, and to give their brain a rest. Let’s look at the cost of picking up music as a hobby versus some of the more common hobbies where people invest both time and money.

Using a close family member as an example, I’ve seen, first hand, what it takes to outfit an avid fisherman. Once you’ve pur- chased a modest but reliable boat, poles, tackle, nets, clothing and other accessories, you can easily set yourself back for well over $20,000. Now, I understand you can by a $35 Zebco rod and cast out into the pond behind your house, but that’s not really indulging in the hobby. If you take a look at the recurring costs to fish, you can quickly tack on expenses, such as licenses, fuel, bait — and beer! Well, maybe beer fits in with most hobbies. Fishing supplies, transportation and lodging sales amount to $48 billion dollars annually in the U.S. alone.

Another huge hobby in America is golf. Golf is the only hobby that I have personally invested time and money in, other than music. Once again, you can start off with an affordable route but, like fishing, it can get expensive rather quickly. A green fee, or the price you pay to play a round of golf, averages around $40 and can quickly increase. A mid-level, name brand, of set of clubs and all the accessories might cost

upward of $2,000. Not only will range fees and green fees add up quickly, taking lessons with a professional golfer can really hit your pocketbook. Most mid-tier golf pros teach lessons at their local club to help supplement their income with lessons averaging $30 per half-hour sessions. Lessons with a top-rated pro can reach as high as $200 an hour. Each year Americans spend $5 billion on golf equipment and apparel, and another $20 billion on green fees alone.

After reviewing what it takes to comfortably set yourself up to go fishing, or learn to play golf, it’s easy for me to provide reason that investing in, and playing music, can be less expensive. When spending the same dollar amount on an intermediate setup for fishing, or golf, an advanced musical instrument setup could be purchased at, or well below, those costs. Also, unlike the two hobbies mentioned above, in most situations there are no recurring costs associated with playing music. In fact, it’s easier to make a return on your musical instrument investments than with many of the items you purchase to fish or golf. There are plenty hobbyist or “weekend warrior” musicians playing out live and making money relatively quickly after picking up the hobby. Also, vintage music equipment can be an extremely lucrative investment. Gear from the 1950s and '60s are worth several times their original value. The same can’t be said for old golf clubs or bass boats. The musical instrument “resale” industry produces $7 billion in annual sales, far less than the other industries listed above. Not only is music an affordable hobby; did you know that it also provides an opportunity for self- expression, relieves stress and promotes social skills? Take the leap, choose an instrument and dive in! We have a large selection and price range of instruments available for you to try out now! It's never to late to learn. Your mind and your wallet will be happy that you chose to play music!

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What is Periodontal Disease?

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD Ascension Premier Dental

Gum disease, or periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their life. Periodontal diseases include gingivitis and periodontitis.

What causes gum disease?

Bacterial plaque – a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth – is recognized as the primary cause of gum disease. If plaque isn't removed each day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into a rough, porous substance called calculus (also known as tartar).Toxins produced and released by bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. These toxins cause the breakdown of the fibers that hold the gums tightly to the teeth, creating periodontal pockets that fill with even more toxins and bacteria. As the disease progresses, pockets extend deeper, and the bacteria moves down until the

bone that holds the tooth in place is destroyed. The tooth eventually will fall out or require extraction.

Are there other factors?

Yes. Genetics is also a factor, as are lifestyle choices. A diet low in nutrients can diminish the body's ability to fight infection. Smokers and spit tobacco users have more irritation to gum tissues than non- tobacco users, while stress can also affect the ability to ward off disease. Diseases that interfere with the body's immune system, such as leukemia and AIDS, may worsen the condition of the gums. In patients with uncontrolled dia- betes, where the body is more prone to infection, gum disease is more severe or harder to control. Pregnant women experience elevated levels of hormones that cause the gums to react differently to the bacteria found in plaque, and in many cases can cause a condition known as "pregnancy gingivitis."

What are the warning signs of gum disease?

Signs include red, swollen or tender gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, gums that pull away from teeth, loose or

separating teeth, pus between the gum and tooth, persistent bad breath, a change in the way teeth fit together when the patient bites and a change in the fit of dentures. While patients are advised to check for the warning signs, there might not be any discomfort until the disease has spread to a point where the tooth is unsalvageable. That's why patients are advised to get frequent dental exams.

What does periodontal treatment involve?

In the early stages of gum disease, most treatment involves a special cleaning called scaling and root planning, which removes plaque and tartar around the tooth and smoothing the root surfaces. Antibiotics or antimicrobials may be used to supplement the effects of scaling and root planing. In most cases of early gum disease, called gingivitis, scaling and root planing and proper daily cleaning achieve a satisfactory result. More advanced cases may require surgical treatment, which involves cutting the gums – sometimes with the assistance of a laser – and removing the hardened plaque build-up and recontouring the damaged bone. The procedure is also designed to smooth root sur- faces and reposition the gum tissue so it will be easier to keep clean.

How do you prevent gum disease?

Removing plaque through daily brushing, flossing and professional cleaning is the best way to minimize your risk. Your dentist can design a personalized program of home oral care to meet your needs.

How can I maintain treatment at home?

Sticking to a regular oral hygiene regimen is crucial for patients who want to sustain the results of periodontal therapy. Patients should visit the dentist every three to four months (or more, depending on the patient) for spot scaling and root planing and an overall exam. In between visits, they should brush at least twice a day, floss daily and brush their tongue. Manual soft nylon bristle brushes are the most dependable and least expensive. Electric brushes are also a good option, but don't reach any further into the pocket than manual brushes. Proxy brushes (small, narrow brushes) and other interdental cleaners are the best way to clean between the recesses in the teeth and should be used once a day. Wooden toothpicks and rubber tips should only be used if recommended by your dentist.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS

YOUR ESTATE MATTERS Actions upon Death or Incapacity I often get calls from client’s family notifying

Actions upon Death or Incapacity

I often get calls from client’s

family notifying me that their loved one has passed away. Whether the death was sudden

or came after a long illness, it is seldom something any of us are prepared for. Additionally, we may be in a highly emotional state and unable to think clearly. Therefore, I have included below

a brief list of actions that should be taken upon the death or disability of a loved one.

1. Telephone a friend who can spend the next few hours with you. Shock or trauma can take unexpected forms and affects

By Linda Melancon

people in different ways.

2. Call a funeral director and

clergy to make an appointment to discuss funeral arrangements. Request multiple copies of decedent’s death certificate from the funeral director.

3. Call to notify the decedent’s

immediate family, close friends, business colleagues and employer.

4. Arrange care for members of

the immediate family, including appropriate child care, safeguard-

ing the decedent’s house around the clock because of public knowledge of the death.

5. Gather as many of the

decedent’s papers as possible, and

continue to do so over the next few weeks.

6. Notify the attorney who will

be handling the decedent’s affairs. Make an appointment as soon as possible to discuss how to handle assets and pay bills. It is important not to write any checks against any of the decedent’s bank accounts or take benefits from any assets until you have met with the attorney.

7. Notify the decedent’s financial

advisor. Decisions may need to be made regarding repositioning financial assets and tax planning.

The financial counselor may also be able to assist you with several of the items below.

8. Call decedent’s employee

benefits office so the company can begin to process benefits immediately.

9. If decedent was eligible for

Medicare, notify the local program office and provide all requested information.

10. Notify life, accident or

disability insurers of decedent’s death or disability and request appropriate claim forms. Ask which payment option decedent may have elected, and find out if different options are available. If you need emergency cash before

insurance claims are paid, find out if a cash advance may be available from life insurance benefits to which you are enti- tled. However, discuss these options with the decedent’s financial advisor and attorney before making final decisions in this regard. There may be different and significant income and/or estate tax consequences related to each choice you have.

11. Notify the Social Security

office of the death. A recent Social Security benefit payment

may need to be refunded. If the decedent was ever in the military service, notify the Veterans’ Administration. You may be eligible for death or disability benefits.

12. Record in a small ledger all money you or the immediate family spends, plus keep related receipts. These may be needed for tax return and/or reimburse- ment purposes.

13. Remember that you are in a highly emotional state. Avoid entering contracts for anything, and avoid spending or lending large sums of money for any reason until you have received appropriate financial, accounting and legal advice.

This list is not intended to be an exhaustive or detailed explanation of all actions which should be taken. Rather, you should develop a relationship with an estate attorney who can help you through the process before the services are needed. In this way, you can have the peace of mind of knowing there will be someone you trust to guide you through this difficult process.

Mrs. Melancon has engaged in the practice of law in Louisiana for the past 17 years. The pri- mary 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 infor- mation, please contact her at 222-744-0027. You may also visit her website at www.LegacyCenterLa.com.

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Dr. Shondra James’ Donaldsonville Primary 2nd grade class proudly holds up their books. EATEL’s Eighth

Dr. Shondra James’ Donaldsonville Primary 2nd grade class proudly holds up their books.

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

EATEL recently delivered books to eight Ascension Parish primary classes who were recipients of the eighth annual EATEL Imagination Press Book Grants. Encouraging creativity and student expression, local teachers and their classes spent several months developing narratives and illustrations for their winning story ideas. EATEL and Internet-based photo book publisher Picaboo

transformed the students’ work into hardbound books. Each student received a copy of the book to share with family and friends, and a copy of each class’s finished book has been added to the school’s library. “EATEL and Picaboo’s partnership is a great example of how companies can help make a memorable impact on a child’s academic experience,” said Patrice Pujol, Ascension

Parish School Board superin- tendent. “This EATEL grant is an opportunity for students to learn about the bookmaking process, while teaching them how to share their ideas with others.” In addition to becoming published authors and seeing their books for the first time, the students were also surprised when EATEL’s Jenny Heroman brought along her video camera

when EATEL’s Jenny Heroman brought along her video camera Students from Ms. Susan Chmurka’s classes at

Students from Ms. Susan Chmurka’s classes at G.W. Carver Primary get silly with excitement about becoming published authors.

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Student Madeyson Bruner of Joanna Kohr’s 3rd grade class at St. Amant Primary was thrilled

Student Madeyson Bruner of Joanna Kohr’s 3rd grade class at St. Amant Primary was thrilled to be interviewed by Jenny

and interviewed the teachers and several students about their books. EATEL TV customers can watch the EATEL Community Connection TV Show starting Monday night, January 12th at 6:30 on EATEL channel 4 and 704. This year’s grant winners are:

· Sandi Bourque, 2nd grade

teacher at Donaldsonville Primary, whose class book is titled: When I Grow Up.

· Susan Chmurka, 3rd grade

teacher at G. W. Carver Primary, who had two winning story ideas for two separate classes. Her class books are titled: Deer Dollars and

Lakeside LOVES Lemonade.

· Maggie Gautreau, 4th grade

teacher at Gonzales Primary,

who had a winning story idea which she used for two classes:

Life on a Ship.

· Dr. Shondra James,

2nd grade teacher at Donaldsonville Primary, whose class book is titled: Our

Special Memories. Joanna Kohrs, 3rd grade teacher at St. Amant Primary, who had two winning story ideas. Her class books are

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General Facts About Bald Eagles

General Facts About Bald Eagles • Wingspan ranges from 72 to 90 inches. • Bald eagles

• Wingspan ranges from 72 to 90

inches. • Bald eagles can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. During level flight, they

can achieve speeds of about 30 to 35 mph.

• Several eagles soaring in a thermal

together is described as a kettle of eagles.

• Bald eagles weigh from ten to four- teen pounds.

pounds.

• Diet - Mainly fish, but they will take advantage of carrion (dead and decay- ing flesh).

• The bald eagle is a strong swimmer,

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Hunting area varies from 1,700 to 10,000 acres. Home ranges are smaller where food is present

Eagle bones are light,

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All eagles are

• The beak, talons, and

feathers are made of ker- atin.

• Bald eagles have 7,000 feathers.

• Longevity - Wild bald

eagles may live as long as

thirty years.

• Bald eagles sit at the top of the food chain •Lifting power is about 4

renowned for their

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• Nests are built in

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• An eagle reaches

sexual maturity at

around four or five

years of age.

• Fidelity - Once

paired, bald eagles

remain together until one dies.

• Bald eagles lay from one to three eggs.

• The 35 days of incubation duties are shared by both male and female.

• Nesting cycle - about 20 weeks

• Today, there are an estimated 9,789 breeding pairs of bald eagles.

• Eagles molt in patches, taking

almost half a year to replace feathers, starting with the head and working downward.

• Birds puff up their feathers for vari-

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they're ill.

• The bald eagle became the National emblem in 1782 when the great seal of the United States was adopted.

• Causes of death - Fatal gun shot

wounds, electrocution, poisoning, collisions with vehicles, and starvation.

• June 28, 2007 - The Department of Interior took the American bald eagle off the endangered species list. The removal of the bald eagle from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. • The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leuco- cephalus) is a member of the sea and fish eagle group.

• Color - Both male and female adult

bald eagles have a blackish-brown back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; and yellow feet and bill.

• Juvenile bald eagles are a mixture of brown and white. They reach full maturity in four to five years.

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2015 - A Year Fit for a King

“When I was a child, I read comic books and dreamed I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies and I was the hero of the movie…” Elvis Presley, from an acceptance speech for the 1970 “Ten Outstanding Men of the Nation” award. Welcome to the year 2015-the Chinese Year of the Sheep. Now I don’t think we need any more “sheeple”, blindly following the herd but maybe one big bell- wether to guide us through these troubled times. You know-an American hero, something we’ve been sadly missing in recent years. Ironically, only a few days into the New Year, there were a pair of events commemorating a couple of heroes from days gone by. Down in Chalmette the 200th anniversary of the American v ictory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans was celebrated on January 8. The stunning upset-think Ascension Christian beating Alabama-gave the new nation a true sense of patriotism and propelled General Andrew Jackson into the role of American hero and also into the White House. Although there are some historians who contend that if the “real” hero of the battle (Buccaneer Jean Lafitte) would have been elected President, we would all be singing “Allouette” instead of “Oh, say can you see…” before the ball games. On the same date in the musical community, Elvis Presley-the King of Rock-n-Roll was remembered in nationwide events on what would have been his 80th birthday. One of my favorite “man on the street” interviews each January 8 begins with the question, “What do you think Elvis would be doing if he was still alive today?” The answers range from “producing records” to “still shaking his hips” to “owning a casino”. But my number one answer this year came from a gentleman in Atlanta who appeared to have just finished off a bottle of Whiteport wine. “I suppose he’d be scratching and clawing at that coffin,” reasoned the wonderful wino. But what if Elvis was still alive today? Could The King be the American hero we need to rescue us in our hour of need? And don’t give me that “but he’d be 80 years old” stuff. Ronald Reagan was 79 when he was President and Republicans would have you believe he was the biggest hero since John Wayne. Never mind that no one bothered to wake him up when we bombed Libya or that Oliver North was running the

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country’s arms race from a White House basement.

But I digress. Here’s one man’s idea of what 2015 might look like

if The King was really The King…

January

Two January 8 celebrations in New Orleans appear headed on a collision course when soldiers from

a Battle of New Orleans reenact- ment open fire on a troop of Elvis

February

In a surprise move, LSU coach Les Miles hires Elvis to serve as the Tigers’ new defensive coordinator. Presley promises a more “Read before reacting” type defense as the Bengals consistently ran past opposing quarterbacks last season opening huge holes. “There will be no more of that ‘Fools Rush In’ stuff this year,” assures The King.

‘Fools Rush In’ stuff this year,” assures The King. impersonators marching to the “Hut-2-3-4 Operation G.I.

impersonators marching to the “Hut-2-3-4 Operation G.I. Blues”. Tragedy is averted when the real Elvis intervenes urging both sides to “Don’t Be Cruel”. He further defuses the situation by taking pictures with Jackson-a Nashville native-and members of the Tennessee militia. “C’mon guys, we’re all ‘Kissing Cousins’ here, homeboys,” says The King. “I’m from Memphis myself.”

March

Elvis picks up another defensive assignment-Secretary of Defense- and saves the country by deflecting a North Korean missile headed for Washington D.C. by using technology developed in a secret section of his Graceland home. The rocket circles back to North Korea where it explodes in the palace of maniacal midget Kim Jong-Un, deleting him, his Sony hackers and Dennis Rodman from the face of the earth. “We call that the ‘Return to

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Sender’ program,” taunts Presley with his familiar lip sneer.

April

Elvis returns to New Orleans and finds the missing George Rodrigue painting “Wendy and Me” valued at $250,000. The family is ecstatic and offers Presley a Rodrigue print and a huge reward but The King-in his usual humble manner-refuses all accolades. “It ain’t nothin’ but a blue dog,” laughs Elvis, “and I ain’t talkin’ about Democrats cryin’ all the time!”

May

Elvis takes time off from his busy schedule to win the Kentucky Derby on a mudder in the “Kentucky Rain”, Talladega and the Indy 500. “Guess all that ‘Speedway’ and ‘Spinout’ experience paid off or else I just had a ‘Good Luck Charm’ hangin’ on my arm,” says Presley.

June

The Aloha State is definitely “Blue Hawaii” after an earthquake and the ensuing tsunami leaves the islands “All Shook Up”. But Elvis comes to the rescue of his favorite paradise using his “Blue Moon of Kentucky” technology to control the ocean’s waves and gets the Tide to recede faster than Alabama’s defense in the Sugar Bowl. A thankful Hawaiian Wahine offers The King a lei in apprecia- tion but he borrows a line from fellow singer John Prine and tells her just “to lay your coconuts on my Tiki.”

July

Elvis is given his toughest assignment to date-try and settle down playboy quarterback Johnny Manzel whose idea of a pre-game evening is “Fun in Acapulco”. Soon, Johnny Football sees the light and is converted from his “Viva Las Vegas” and “Girls, Girls, Girls” lifestyle and is seen repenting his evil ways by “Crying in the Chapel”. “That boy was headed for ‘Jailhouse Rock’ but he just needed someone to ‘Love Him Tender’” offers Presley.

August

In the first 2016 Presidential straw poll of the year, Elvis defeats Bobby Jindal in Jindal’s home

state of Iowa by a resounding mar- gin. The usually humble Presley, offended by Jindal’s campaign slogan-“I’m the Real King”, forces the self-proclaimed “Emperor of Evangeline” to admit “How Great Thou Art” to Elvis in his concession speech.

September

Elvis takes over as the coach of the New Orleans Saints declaring “It’s Now or Never” for the aging franchise. “It won’t be another ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ like last year,” declares Presley. “I posed this question to the team-‘Won’t You Wear My Ring?’-a Super Bowl one that is.”

October

Never one to shirk his civic duty, Elvis goes down “In the Ghetto” to calm racial tensions. “Some advice y’all are getting’ from your so-called religious leaders might not be in your best interests,” says the man producer Sam Phillips once called “a white boy that can sing black”. “Instead of burning people’s businesses down, you might try to ignite a ‘Hunka, hunka Burning Love’”.

November

Elvis easily defeats David Vitter, Jay Dardenne, Scott Angelle and

others in Louisiana’s gubernatorial race but unlike the Iowa caucus, there is none of the bitterness in the post-election speech. In fact, Presley throws out an olive branch to his vanquished opponents urging them to pull together for the good of the state. “We can’t go on together with Suspicious Minds,” The King pleads.

December

It looks like it might be a “Blue Christmas” for all the good little girls and boys when Santa Claus comes down with a rare case of the “Blue Suede Flu” and is unable to make his rounds. But Fat Elvis comes to the rescue promising the kids will get their presents if they “Treat Me Nice” and not “Treat Me Like a Fool”. True to his word, The King gets all the toys delivered-especially to the children who leave peanut butter and banana sandwiches which make his round belly shake like a Krispy Kreme doughnut filled up with jelly. The year 2015 ends on a good note thanks to Elvis-but instead of signing off with “…To all a good night…”, an announcer’s voice simply says, “Elvis has left the building.” Happy New Year and Thank you, Thank you very much.

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peacefully one day. When I came in the door the television was already on. It wasn’t on NCIS like I wanted it was on Ax Men or Shelby Gator Hunter or some Jack Ass type delinquent show. Of course as a parent you hold your tongue and enjoy their company. Then you hear them say, “What’s for supper.” Your parenting skills kick in and start making a meal plan. While you are up cooking you look around the house and see empty water bottles besides the two recliners which meant he sat in both. Like a squirrel you can track this boy by his trail of trash left behind. The food is served and we eat. It’s time for me to get back to relaxing and working when he gets a call from work to make a run. As he drives off I looked around again and now there are dirty dishes next to the afore mention water bottles.

These are the things my Mother was talking about. As the week progressed other situations arose. I started having trouble finding clean socks. There was a day when we didn’t wear the same size. Toilet paper tends to go faster and my towel I hang up seems to take a whole lot longer to dry since it is being used by both of us. Food seems to move faster. The special expensive Gouda cheese I had to use in a sauce for a date night meal with my girlfriend has been opened and half of it is gone. Don’t get me wrong I love the boy and he’s always welcome but like I said before. I may be getting old and set in my ways. One day I couldn’t find my razor with my brand new sharp blade. I found it in the extra bathroom. I had the need to shave some private areas for a medical procedure. When I finished I left it in plain view. The next day sure enough it was gone and had been used again. I caught him before he left for work and told him where the razor had been. I don’t think he is going to be using my razor anymore.

To Stay or Not to Stay in the Nest? That is the is the Question.

I don’t know about you but

I’m getting old. Maybe Bill Delaune has a broader perspective than I because he is old. “You have a rude awakening coming your way young man! Bill spoke, “Won’t

be long before you are 60.” I don’t really feel that I’m old but I believe I have become set in my ways.

I remember when my Mother

told me, “Just wait and see. I hope your son is just like you!” I didn’t understand what she meant then I do believe I am getting a taste of it. My son has been out of the nest for quit a while. During that time I’ve spent many a night just me, the dog and my computer. Sure, there have been times I have memories of when he was a crumb cruncher and a curtain climber. But I

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a lion in the wild usually makes no more than 20 kills a year.

Shakespeare invented the words "assination" and " bump".

there is no solid proof who built the Taj Mahal.

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Nepal is the only country that doesn't have a rectangular flag.

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Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

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It was a peaceful morning. The temperature was about forty-five degrees and it was very still. It had been about three weeks since I had been to this spot in the woods. At one point I began to notice the changes that had taken place since the last time I had been there. The squirrels were now behaving differently, spending more time on the ground than in the trees. I was not seeing as much whitetail activity as I had observed early on at this spot, since most of the acorns that had fallen had been consumed by the hungry animals. The trees that were once lush green were now all but bare of leaves. In an instance, a gentle breeze began to blow and the remaining leaves began to fall to the ground. To me this iden- tifies the end of another year of life. A warm feeling came over me as I began to reflect on the events of my life in 2014 lead- ing up to this moment. Thoughts such as all the trou- ble it was to construct this par- ticular deer stand in the heat of the summer that I was now comfortably enjoying. At one point back in August, I was fearful that I was going to die of a heat stroke at this exact location. I thought back to the long anticipated wait for the upcoming hunting season. When it finally got here I remembered how hot it was sit- ting in that dove field on open- ing day. The teal season had come and that trip was a suc- cess and shortly after that my favorite of all had finally arrived, squirrel season. As I sat there I began to think about every hunting and fishing trip that I had made this past year. I remembered how much anticipation it was wait- ing for each event to happen and most of all, I thought about each and every person that accompanied me on those outings.

Life is about more than hunting and fishing. Other thoughts began to enter my mind. Things such as deciding whether or not to change jobs this year had struck me hard. I reminisced each and every gig I

had played with my band, The Wildlife Band. All and all it had been a successful and exciting year with that group of people. Near the end of this daydream

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wake and funeral that I'd attended this past year. Yes, there were many. The thought that I would not see any of these folks again left me with a lonely feeling. I've always appreciated that we have a new year in our lives.

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CAER Makes Donation to Ascension Parish 911 District Board for Upgrades

Ascension Parish Community Awareness Emergency Response Committee made a recent donation of $50K for radio tower upgrades within the Geismar Area of Ascension Parish, stated CAER Chairman James E. LeBlanc. CAER’s membership consists of chemi- cal and industrial companies in Ascension Parish.

The CAER membership works closely with Ascension Parish Government and the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Department to

define and prepare procedures that would be utilized in the event of a chemical or industrial emergency, stated CAER Chairman James E. LeBlanc. The upgrades are needed on the 911 District Board “Geismar Tower Site”, stated LeBlanc. With these upgrades, we will have better radio coverage for local Law Enforcement, local fire departments and all the Industrial Facilities in the Geismar and Ascension area, stated LeBlanc.

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Ascension CAER Group donates money to APSO Christmas Crusade for Children

For over 15 years, the Ascension Parish Industrial Group – (CAER) – Community Awareness Emergency Response has participated in the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Christmas Crusade for Children. CAER’s membership consists of chemical and industrial companies with chemical plant facilities in Ascension Parish. The CAER membership works closely with Ascension

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When the fast food industry was established in 1921 the premise behind this brilliance was to offer the public good food, fast, at a value. “The value meal”. Moms could take a break away from the kitchen and still feel good about the food their family was eating. It was also the perfect stepping stone into the workforce for America’s youth. For nearly 100 years young men and women earned a little pocket money to spend on a Friday or Saturday night or to save up to buy their first vehicle. But eventually, they learned a craft and left the fast food industry for a more challenging work-role to carry them into adulthood. Today, the fast food industry has become almost unrecognizable from its original Norman Rockwell image. No longer is it a compara- ble replacement for a home-cooked meal and no longer does it employ only the young, but instead middle aged men and woman with families. With adults now dominating the fast food industry one could only assume that the industry is improved based on the wisdom of their age and their maturity level. Well, one couldn’t be more wrong. With the lack of pride in their work, complete disrespect for the product they prepare and for the public they serve, terrible wait times, incorrect orders and hateful customer service, the value meal has become the devalued meal and the fast food industry is becoming crippled by those they employ. Such low standards of work are usually the grounds for termination in any other work environment,

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but the fast food employees are instead demanding the reward of higher pay ($15.00) and a union,

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prove through their work that they have performed their duties better

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they fail to meet the standards put

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performance reviews?

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The Ascension Chamber Welcomes New 2015 Chairman of the Board The Ascension Chamber credits its

The Ascension Chamber Welcomes New 2015 Chairman of the Board

The Ascension Chamber credits its success to an active membership of over 500 businesses, its dedicated staff and most importantly to a diverse, innovative Board of Directors. The Chamber’s Board functions under President/CEO Sherrie Despino and an appointed Chairman. Matt Pryor of Pujol, Pryor & Irwin, Attorneys at Law, handed over the reins as Chairman of the Board at the Ascension Chamber’s Christmas Social to new 2015 Chairman Kendal Matassa of Regions Bank.

Through Despino and Pryor’s leadership, the Chamber has enjoyed a memorable year. Throughout 2014 the Chamber has worked on improving its mission of strengthening the busi- ness community by implementing new strategies and increasing involvement with its members including the creation of a 2014 theme, “Ascension Now” which Pryor decided on at the beginning of his term to reinforce Chamber Members to think local first when doing business.

The Chamber is extremely thankful for Pryor’s unfaltering commitment and is confident that positive changes in the organization will continue through the leadership of 2015 Chairman of the Board Kendal Matassa. Matassa’s immense involvement in the community through organizations such as Leadership Ascension Foundation and East Ascension Rotary Club make him an ideal, well-rounded candidate to continue to move the Chamber forward. The Chamber anticipates a prosperous year and once again commits to strengthening our economy by building our businesses.

The mission of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce is to facilitate and foster economic growth for its members. The Ascension Chamber works to encourage a healthy and growing economic environment in the parish by offering its membership several promotional, sponsorship and networking opportunities in addition to encouraging its many visitors and callers to shop Ascension. For more information on how you can become a member or get more involved, contact the Chamber office at 225.647.7487 or visit our website at www.ascensionchamber.com.

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HealthyGarlic&HerbShrimp

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 12 jumbo shrimp- peeled & deveined (10/15

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tsp fresh thyme

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¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ cup water Salt and black pepper to taste.

Method:

In a large sauté pan heat your olive oil over medium high heat. When the olive oil is hot add the shrimp one at a time. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes then turn the shrimp over. After turning the shrimp add your fresh garlic. Do not allow your garlic to brown. Let garlic cook for 1 minute then add your water, and fresh herbs. Allow to reduce for another minute then finish with the fresh lemon slices. Salt and pepper the shrimp to taste and serve immediately.

Goes great with steamed vegetables Have a happy, healthy and delicious New Year!!!!

to taste and serve immediately. Goes great with steamed vegetables Have a happy, healthy and delicious
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