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A 30 Year Tradition

MAY 2015, VOL. 13 ISSUE 3

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JAMBALAYA PAGEANT

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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CLARK LAMBERT

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SENIOR DAY

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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Jambalaya Festival Crowns Royalty to Reign Over 48th Festival

Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd the Jambalaya Festival Association’s annual Queen’s Pageant was held at the Gonzales Civic Center.

The contest saw 7 young ladies competing for the coveted titles of Teen and Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Queen. Among the Teen Contestants were Marlee Hebert, Jenna Cornett, Emilie Schwing and Grace Graugnard. After answering an onstage question and participating in the Evening Gown Competition, outgoing Teen Queen Berkley Parent gave her farewell address to the crowd. Berkley spoke of her travels as Teen Queen and thanked her parents for being there every step of the way throughout her year as queen.

Teen contestants were awarded Miss Congeniality, Fashion, Photogenic and Queen.

Second Runner up in the Teen Division was Miss Jenna Cornett, First Runner Up in the Teen Division was Miss Emilie Schwing. Grace Graugnard of Geismar was crowned the 2015 Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Queen.

Graugnard is the 16 year old daughter of James and Rebecca Graugnard of Geismar. A sophomore at Dutchtown Highschool, Graugnard is a member of the Griffin Girls dance team, National Beta club, and Spanish club. She was recently appointed Sophomore Historian for the DTHS Student Council and maintains a 4.5 GPA. In her free time, Grace enjoys visiting nursing homes in the Gonzales area. She recently founded the Kindness Cards Project at Dutchtown Highschool where students receive anonymous

at Dutchtown Highschool where students receive anonymous cards containing positive messages. Contestants in the Miss

cards containing positive messages.

Contestants in the Miss Division included Dallas Lipoma, Kolbie Larimore and Alyssa Hughes. Contestants began the day with an interview competition in front of a panel of distinguished judges. Contestants were asked ques- tions about themselves and the festival history. Following interviews, contestants answered an onstage question and competed in the Evening Gown Competition.

Outgoing Queen Lauren Blouin was presented in full

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train and mantle escorted by her father, Leon Blouin, onstage for her final walk as queen. Blouin addressed the crowd for one last time as queen mentioning her year as queen being one of the most memorable of her life. She thanked the JFA for all of the support given to her throughout her reign.

Following the conclusion of Blouin’s farewell address, Miss contestants were awarded Miss Congeniality, Fashion, Photogenic and Queen. Second Runner up in the Miss Division was Miss Dallas Lipoma. First Runner Up was Miss Kolbie

Larimore leaving Miss Alyssa Hughes crowned as the 2015 Jambalaya Queen.

Alyssa LeaAnn Hughes is the 18 daughter of Preston and Pam Hughes of Prairieville.

senior at Dutchtown High School graduating May 17th, 2015. While attending Dutchtown, Alyssa began an awareness organization, “Sit Strap Save” which raises aware- ness for proper child restraint in vehicles. She also served as an active member of the DTHS Allied Health Program where she was able to volunteer for the Special Olympics, Relay for Life and school fundraisers.

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Hughes is an active member of Ascension Parish 4-H through which she was recently awarded 3rd place at LSU 4-H University for her project in Solutions Unlimited.

Hughes will reign over the 48th annual Festival held May 22nd

– 23rd. As JFA Queen, she will serve as an ambassador for the Association and the City of Gonzales by traveling through- out Louisiana visiting numerous fairs and festivals. Hughes will also compete for the title of Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals, Queen of Queens

Association of Fairs and Festivals, Queen of Queens during the annual convention held in February. Also

during the annual convention held in February.

Also apart of Saturday’s Pageant festivities were Queen’s Day events hosted by outgoing queens Blouin and Parent. The events welcomed 21 visiting queens from across Louisiana. The Queens participated in their very own “mini-pot” cooking contest, which has now become a tradition during the Pageant Weekend Festivities. Father of Teen Queen Berkley, and 2007 World Champion, Jeff Parent, instructed queens on how to cook a mini pot jambalaya as well as teaching the ladies the “10 Commandments of cooking jambalaya”.

68th Orange Festival Queen, Eden Bubrig and 78th Greater New Orleans Floral Trail Queen, Faith Baggett took the title of Queens Mini Pot Champions.

Sunday, May 3rd the Association hosted their annual Baby and Junior Royalty

competition with over 50 girls and boys participating in the pageant.

Junior Royalty are as follows:

Baby King-Dannon Smiley,

1 year old son of Jared and Misty Smiley

Junior King- Kalep Korne,

4 year old son of Miki Martin and Brent Korner

Baby Miss- Demi Labbe, 9 month old daughter of Ben and Courtney Labbe

Toddler Miss- Lexi Tripp,

1 year old daughter of Marty and Dena Tripp

Tiny Miss- Brooklyn Hebert, 3 year old daughter of Michelle Gordon and Brock Hebert

Petite Miss- Makaela Buratt, 5 year old daughter of Shawn and Rebecca Buratt

Mini Miss- Chloe Bumgardner, 8 year old daughter of Rachel Laborde and John Bumgardner

Deb Miss- Kyleigh Pearson, 9 year old daughter of Kevin and Lanie Pearson

Junior Miss- Ava Savoy, 12 year old daughter of Ricky and Tiffany Savoy

9 year old daughter of Kevin and Lanie Pearson Junior Miss- Ava Savoy, 12 year old

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Each year Ann Zedlitz, MD, also known as “Dr. Z”, pro- vides giant teddy bears to local students with the highest GPA

in Math. Not only is math is one of Dr. Z’s favorite subjects, she feels that a solid math foun- dation is vital for children to succeed. “I want to encourage students at an early age that math is great.” states Zedlitz. “Math can build greater confi- dence and self esteem in each student.”

Z-team members, Mary Foret and Stephanie Decoteau, deliv-

Z-team members, Mary Foret and Stephanie Decoteau, deliv- ered teddy bears along with $100 to each
Z-team members, Mary Foret and Stephanie Decoteau, deliv- ered teddy bears along with $100 to each

ered teddy bears along with $100 to each award receipt to Ascension area schools. This year’s Teddy Bear Award recipients include: Isabella Ali & Jacob Midciff from Oak Grove Primary, and Taylor Heeb and Blake Mayer from Prairieville Primary.

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PAT BELL SEEKS DISTRICT 59 STATE REPRESENTATIVE POST Patrick ‘Pat’ Bell announced today that he

PAT BELL SEEKS DISTRICT 59 STATE REPRESENTATIVE POST

Patrick ‘Pat’ Bell announced today that he is a candidate for State Representative, District 59, in the October 24th election. Citing his experience in government, community involvement and reputation for getting things done, Bell said he will “Vote the way you would vote and be an effective representative for you, making well-thought-out decisions

that benefit the people of our area.”

“I’ve been a parish councilman, worked in the chemical industry for more than three decades, worked for the sheriff’s office, served on numerous boards and commissions, been involved in our community and served in the U.S. Marine Corps,” Bell said. “I’ll draw on these varied life experiences to capably represent you in the state legislature.”

As a former Ascension Parish Councilman, Bell knows firsthand the issues facing this fast-growing area. “My fellow councilmembers elected me four times as their chairman and relied upon me to get things done for their districts and our parish,” Bell said. “Working together, the council and parish government accomplished a great deal and I’m ready to do even more as your state representative.”

Bell said the most pressing issue facing District 59, which is wholly within Ascension Parish, is the dire need to improve the area’s infra- structure, in particular state roads, “Which are so overburdened they have become a deterrent to continued responsible development. We send millions of tax dollars to the state and we’re just not getting anything back to help solve our traffic problems. I’ll never quit working to secure road improvements and instituting proven methods to improve traffic flow.”

As state representative, Bell will also

focus on improving drainage. “I served for four years on the Amite River Basin Commission, including three years as chairman, interacting with drainage and flood protection experts on every level of government. I’ll use this unique insight to form coalitions that will solve recurring drainage issues and move threatening water away from homes and businesses.”

The commission oversees the planned Comite River Diversion Canal, a $675 million federal, state and local venture that will divert high water to the Mississippi River from the Comite and Amite Rivers, reducing the threat of flooding in Ascension, Livingston and East Baton Rouge Parishes.

Bell currently serves as a commis- sioner for the Pontchartrain Levee District, which oversees some 125 miles of federal levees and hurricane protection projects from Baton Rouge to near New Orleans.

Continued improvements to our educational system are at the top of Bell’s list of priorities. “I know the value of good schools – I’ve been married to a teacher for 46 years!” Bell said. “I will support increased funding where justified and common sense reforms supported by the people who actually work in our schools, not bureaucrats who read some high-priced study.”

Bell also wants to strengthen ethics

laws which he says will fight political corruption and further enhance our business climate, leading to the creation of more good jobs and economic opportunities for local people.

Bell worked for Uniroyal Chemical in Geismar for 32 years before retiring. He also served as a Sergeant-at- Arms for the Louisiana Senate and was a commissioned deputy with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office in the course of his work as Court Bailiff for the 23rd Judicial District. Bell served as a board member of River Parishes Community College, the River Regions Cancer Screening Board and the Geismar Complex Federal Credit Union. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

He is married to Sheily Duplessis Bell, band director at Dutchtown High School They have two adult sons; Patrick Bell, Jr. and Brady Bell.

“It would be an honor to serve you as your full-time state representative and use this opportunity to give back to the community that has been so very good to me and my family,” Bell said. “I’ll listen to you and always support what is in the best interest of the people of district 59. I’d sincerely appreciate your vote.”

For more information, please visit the campaign web site:

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

Great Gift Ideas For Those Special Spring Occasions

with Layne Gautreau

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

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

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

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

Weddings. It is customary to present small gifts of appreciation to members of the wedding party. For brides- maids: pearl earrings, initial pendants and charms to signify a special memory or moment are popular. For the groomsmen: key holders, engraved “man” bracelets and tie tacks are always a good choice.

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

Birthstones

May - Emerald

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

denote honesty, and bring success to those born in May. Red Carpet, Runway, and Real Life

Red Carpet, Runway, and Real Life

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

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

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

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

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

compliment spring’s graphic and angular wardrobe designs. Bangles, Bracelets & Cuffs. Whether dressed in a black

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

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The Great, the Good and the Ugly It’s spring again, and like most of y’all,

The Great, the Good and the Ugly

It’s spring again, and like most of y’all, you’re in the yard, planting flowers, and making time to take care of home upgrades and fix it projects. I’ve done the same myself lately, and I tell you what…it’s been interesting. Besides the basic landscaping and organiz- ing, I’ve had three projects in

landscaping and organiz- ing, I’ve had three projects in the past few months that had very

the past few months that had very different outcomes.

The Great - I had a build-in installed in my living room area next to my fireplace. I thought it would be great for storing my cable box and for displaying my pretty things. So, I called the best person for the job…my step Dad and owner of J&J Cabinets in Baton Rouge. He came over for a consult prior to the beginning of the project. He gave me great advice on how big the build-in should be, how many storage components

it should have, and other details I would have never thought of! Also, there was a seamless and professional installation in the

end.

the results and could have never done such a big project on my own. It was definitely out of my scope of ability. So, my advice is to use a professional for any project you have no expertise in!

I am very pleased with

The Good - I redid the front door to my home. The paint was peeling and it looked awful. So, with the help of my mom and a couple electric sanders, we tackled this project together. We had all the right tools, and although I thought we would be done in a day, it was nice to

have a finished product in a couple of days. We sanded, primed, applied two coats of paint and then edged to the best of our ability. The outcome wasn’t bad, I do have

a couple of bubbles in the

finish, but overall I love it!

The Ugly - I decided to install wire shelving in my garage closet. I thought this would save on space and allow me to organize smaller items in

a designated area. First of all, I

purchased the shelving and the brackets at different times, so I got the wrong size brackets. Also, I didn’t have the right tools, and without a stud finder or a level, it was a bit tricky. A few holes in the wall and some spackle later, I decided to wait on the project until I could get some advice and the right tools!

Ultimately, I suggest gathering information on a project before you start, make sure you have the right tools, talk to people that have done similar projects for advice, tips and tricks. And finally, if you’re at a loss, consult a professional, and you’ll save yourself time, energy and money!

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Clark Lambert Recognized after 36 years of Service to the Gator Community

St. Amant – The St. Amant High School Gator Nation and the St. Amant Booster Club took time out yesterday to rec- ognize long time Gator Supporter and School

to rec- ognize long time Gator Supporter and School Employee, Clark Lambert. The recognition was held
to rec- ognize long time Gator Supporter and School Employee, Clark Lambert. The recognition was held

Employee, Clark Lambert. The recognition was held prior to the bi-district Lady Gator 2015 Playoff Game against Chalmette.

St. Amant High School Principal, Mia Edwards, described Clark Lambert as one of the most dedicated Gator Fans in the St. Amant commu- nity. “Clark is what Gator Pride

stands for”, stated Mrs. Edwards.

St. Amant High School Booster Club President, James E. LeBlanc, described Clark as compassionate, available and loyal to the Gator Nation his entire life. “Clark worked for St. Amant High School for 36 years and he also made it to work 35 years in a row - with-

out missing one day”, stated LeBlanc. “Clark has served the students, the Administration, and the twenty two sports at St. Amant High School with so much determination”, stated LeBlanc.

St. Amant Head Softball Coach, Scott Nielson, described Clark as the most dedicated Gator Fan he knows to the Lady

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John Cagnolatti - Announces Candidacy for Ascension Parish Council

I have lived in Ascension Parish since 1956 when my parents, Lloyd and Clara Cagnolatti moved our family here. Mom and Dad were strong Christians and an inspiration to all of their children. They set the example, teaching us the difference between right & wrong, good & bad, and truth versus lies. I'm proud to be their son. Since 1956, the only time I've been away from Ascension Parish was to

serve in the U.S. Air Force during the

Viet Nam War.

completed several military training courses which led to leadership roles while on various assignments. When the Viet Nam war ended, I was honorably discharged and came back to Ascension Parish, and I have lived here ever since. This is my home. There's no other place I'd rather live. I learned how to lead as an officer in the Air Force and that leadership role has transitioned into a successful career of over 35 years in industrial business development and public service. My experience includes serving with numerous, civic & industrial organizations, and volunteer groups. Some of them are: 4 years on the Gonzales City Council (2008-2012), 23 years on the Gonzales Civil Service Commission (6 years as Chairman), Served on the Boards of Directors for the Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) , Ascension Chamber of Commerce (Chairman of the Board in 2008), Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance and Associated Builders & Contractors. On the volunteer side, I have worked with the American Heart Association, United Way, American Cancer Society and Project Kidz Kove, which funded, designed and built Kidz Kove Discovery Park (KKDP), then donated it to the City. KKDP is probably the most

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successful public/private project in

the history of this area. I was proud to be involved with that project from the very beginning when I served on the City Council. KKDP is an example of what can happen when government works TOGETHER with Private Groups to PROVIDE for their community.

I am a member of St. Theresa of

Avila Catholic Church and serve as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Throughout my adult life, I've tried to

give back to this community that has made me feel safe and secure. As I continue in my commitment to give back and to serve, I am announcing my candidacy for the District 10 Seat on the Ascension Parish Council. Ascension Parish is experiencing the largest industrial and residential growth in its history. And with that growth, we have already begun to feel the strain on our infrastructure - roads and highways are inadequate and congested; we need drainage improvements and a much needed parish-wide wastewater system. Also, there's the ongoing need for expanding economic development, tourism & culture, and recreational facilities. The growth of Ascension will continue and if we aren't prepared for it, the situation will

only get worse. Ascension needs strong leadership that will address the issues and "DO SOMETHING" about them! I want to serve the people of District 10 in a spirit of cooperation and unification. I will serve as the liaison between Parish Government and Mayor Arceneaux and the Gonzales City Council to work in unison with them on common issues and concerns. I will be proactive in building relationships with the other Parish Councilmen so that we can be ONE Council representing ALL of Ascension for "THE COMMON GOOD". As my campaign rolls out over the next few months, I'll be asking for your input, respect your opinions and show you that I intend to represent District 10 with consistency and reliability. I'm also asking for your assistance. I invite you to get involved with my campaign, both financially and as a volunteer. I will need your help as I launch my campaign to meet with the citizens of District 10. If you can, call me at 225-333-2498 or email me at - johncag@eatel.net.

I will serve you with honor,

character and integrity and I commit to being a strong, confident and compassionate leader! And most importantly, I need your vote on October 24th, so I can truly represent you, the people of District 10 in Ascension Parish. I WANT to be YOUR Parish councilman!

God Bless You All and God Bless Ascension Parish!

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St. Elizabeth Hospital First in State to Achieve Niche"Exemplar" Status for Its Efforts to Improve Care for Older Adult Patients

St. Elizabeth Hospital announces it has achieved "Exemplar" status for its NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) program. St. Elizabeth Hospital is the first hospital in the state to achieve this status. Three other hospitals in the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System also achieved some level of NICHE certification. They include Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes in Lafayette and St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe. NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospi-

tal's commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65-years- and-older. The "Exemplar" status recognizes St. Elizabeth Hospital’s ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric care and pre-eminence in the implemen- tation and quality of system- wide interventions and initia- tives that demonstrate organiza- tional commitment to the care of older adults.

St. Elizabeth Hospital has been designated as a NICHE facility since 2012. The "Exemplar" status — the highest of four possible program levels — was assigned following a rigorous program evaluation of the cur- rent state and future goals of the NICHE program at St.

Elizabeth Hospital.

“The NICHE designation and the "Exemplar" status signal our resolve to provide patient- centered care for older adults,” says Yvonne Pellerin, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for St. Elizabeth Hospital. “Through our participation in the NICHE program we are able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for the older adults in our care. This leads to greater satisfaction rates for our patients, their families and our staff.”

The Annual Program Evaluation is used to determine

staff.” The Annual Program Evaluation is used to determine the level of their NICHE program. The

the level of their NICHE program. The evaluation benchmarks program progress year-to-year, targets future care initiatives and provides data to use in gaining and sustaining support from institution stakeholders.

Through the hospital and its physicians group, St. Elizabeth’s Senior Services division provides many offerings to improve the lives of patients over 65. Programs include geriatric medicine, House Calls, wellness exams, pulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes self-management, health and wellness education, screenings, and other supportive services.

“St. Elizabeth Hospital’s evalu- ation demonstrated a tremen- dous ability to meet the needs of the older adult patient,” says Barbara Bricoli, MPA, Managing Director - NICHE “The hospital’s high intensity level in marshalling geriatric nursing resources and support to enhance care marks it as a leader in the field.”

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Oral Cancer

The Importance of Early Detection

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD Ascension Premier Dental

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

You Should Know

• Oral Cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth.

• It can affect any area of the oral

cavity including the lips, gum tissue,

check lining, tongue and the hard or soft palate.

• Other signs include:

- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal

- A color change of the oral tissues

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

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

- Difficulty chewing, swallowing,

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

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

• Alcohol use combined with smoking greatly increases risk.

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

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

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

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

Regular Dental Check-ups Important

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

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

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

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

Facts About Oral Cancer

Incidence and Mortality

• Oral cancer strikes an estimated 34,360

Americans each year. An estimated 7,550 people

(5,180 men and 2,370 women) will die of these cancers in 2007.

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

get oral cancer will die of the disease.

• On average, only half of those diagnosed with

the disease will survive more than five years.

• African-Americans are especially vulnerable; the incidence rate is 1/3 higher than whites and the mortality rate is almost twice as high.

Risk Factors

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

factors.

• There has been a nearly five-fold increase in incidence in oral cancer patients

under age 40, many with no known risk factors.

• The incidence of oral cancer in women has

increased significantly, largely due to an increase in women smoking. In 1950 the male to female ratio was 6:1; by 2002, it was 2:1.

Prevention and Detection

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

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

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

• Many types of abnormal cells can develop in the oral cavity in the form of red or

white spots. Some are harmless and benign, some are cancerous and others are pre-cancerous, meaning they can develop into cancer if not detected early and removed. (American Cancer Society)

• Finding and removing epithelial dysplasias

before they become cancer can be one of the most

effective methods for reducing the incidence of cancer.

• Knowing the risk factors and seeing your dentist

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

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

• Oral cancer is often preceded by the presence of

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

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS

YOUR ESTATE MATTERS What If? (The Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage) As you may be

What If?

(The Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage)

As you may be aware, the United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case that will determine if state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitu- tional. Louisiana and twelve other states have laws that define marriage as a relationship between two people of the opposite sex. A decision in the case is expected in June of this year. If the court does find the prohibitions unconstitutional and same-sex couples are allowed to marry in Louisiana (or if Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages from other states), it will drastical- ly change property and estate

By Linda Melancon

planning laws here. While a complete description of all of the changes is beyond the scope of this article, here are a few of the most important implications.

Louisiana’s community property laws provide that most things acquired by either spouse during the marriage are community property. Community property form of ownership provides extra protections that joint ownership does not provide. For instance, if a married couple owns a home together and one dies without a will, the surviving spouse has a right to occupy the house until death or remarriage. Also, an owner of community property cannot transfer his or her interest without the consent of the other spouse. These types of protections are not available to joint owners, such as non-married, same-sex couples.

Another important area based on the marriage relationship arises in the context of making health care decisions. A spouse is the first person allowed to make those decisions when the other spouse cannot. Currently, unmarried same-sex couples do not have the right to make health care decisions for each other absent a health care

power of attorney. If married, these couples would also have these rights.

Marriage, however, will not affect the right to make financial decisions as the law does not currently provide that a spouse has the right to make financial decisions for the other spouse if he or she is incapable of doing so. Therefore, regardless of whether the law changes or not, all mar- ried couples should have a power of attorney allowing their spouse to make financial decisions if they become incapacitated (assuming of course that they want their spouse to serve in this role).

Rights with regard to children will also be affected. Louisiana law now provides that the surviving spouse becomes the natural tutor (guardian) of all children of the marriage. Under current law, the surviving spouse of a same-sex couple in Louisiana would not automatically become the natural tutor of the couple’s children. Instead, the other biological parent would become the natural tutor.

Finally, estate planning needed by same-sex, married couples will also be affected. However, it definitely will not mean that these couples don’t need to plan since they are married. Louisiana’s current intestate laws that apply to opposite sex, married couples generally do not provide what

spouses want. Rather, Louisiana’s laws often favor the children over the spouse and leave the surviving spouse without full control over the property that was acquired by the couple during their marriage. Further, when a married couple does not have children, all separate property of a deceased spouse passes to the deceased’s siblings (with a usufruct to the deceased’s parents, if any) instead of to the surviving spouse. As you can see, most married couples, whether of the same or different genders, will want to plan to avoid Louisiana’s intestate order of succession.

As you can see, if the Supreme Court rules that Louisiana’s prohibition against same-sex marriage is invalid and same-sex marriages are allowed in Louisiana, many laws dealing with property ownership and estate planning will be affected. However, regardless of the out- come, married couples of all genders should consult with an experienced estate planning attorney to make sure that their spouse will be protected in the manner they choose if they become disabled or die.

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 225-744-0027. You may also visit her website at www.LegacyCenterLa.com

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How is Silk Peel different from other microdermabrasion procedures?

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treatment the skin may be slightly pink but this should last for about one hour. Patients can return back to work post treatment or resume their everyday routine.

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The first thing I heard when I arrived at Senior Day at Fred’s was, “No particular date but always the event is held on the second Thursday in May.” It’s been a long standing tradition when our senior citizens are treated to a day of fun, food and dance. This tradition started over 30 years ago in 1982. Vernon and Ginger Guitreau decide to treat their parents, parents, Uncle’s and Aunt’s to a day on the river with a boat ride and it ended with a big cookout feast at their home in French Settlement. The following year more people

got involved taking senior family members on house boats, skiffs, batteaus and any floating devise that could get them down the river. Soon the yearly event a tradition began with a visit to the Chapel on the River and then a trip to Blind River Bar for a crawfish boil. Boats would leave from Hill Top or Canal Bank and return for food and dance. Ronnie Braud told me on year two sister caught a ride with him and the next year they were waiting on the bank at Hill Top waiting for their ride. He also told me of a morning when 8 Grandmother’s dressed in

long white dresses. They wanted to be the first at the chapel to bless it. He said he could take 4 of them. They insisted all 8 were riding in his boat. When the priest walked out on the pier they said, “Let’s go, the priest could ride in the second boat. After the event grew and grew it moved to different locations of Hill Top, Canal Bank and Bayview which ever location was available and not flooded from high water. Some 30 years a Fred Boyd stepped in and offered Fred’s on the River as a yearly location to host the popular event that has

grown in to the great success it is today. This year’s event was another success. Everyone enjoyed the great food, music, and dancing. The event would not be a possible without the many volunteers who work extremely hard to accommodate our senior’s. Also, the many businesses in the area who donated food and supplies make’s Senior Day the event of the year. We hope to see you again next year. The second Thursday in May. We’ll be doing it again.

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How Many People Did You Inconvenience Today?

Don’t you just love it when you’re in a hurry on the inter- state and the car in front of you is traveling a “very safe” 5-10 miles per hour under the speed limit and just will not allow you to pass? They know you’re behind them. You can see them eyeballing you from their mir- rors, but they refuse to veer to the right lane for even a second to allow you to pass. Their arrogance to stay where they are rather than consider that we may have an emergency forces us to find a way around them.

Or, what about the grocery store? We run in needing to pick up just a few items, so it shouldn’t take long, but the isles are blocked by a group of people either chatting about old times or organizing their shop- ping list. Try as we may, there is no way to maneuver a cart through or around them. Rather than step to the side to allow shoppers to pass, they stay put forcing shoppers to find an alternate route. Is it deliberate or do they not realize they’ve inconvenienced 50 other shop- pers?

Courtesy. What is it?

Definition of courtesy (n)

- cour·te·sy

- [ kúrtəssee ]

3. polite or considerate

behavior: consideration for

other people, or good manners

4. polite or considerate action:

something done out of

politeness or consideration for another person

5. for sake of politeness: given

or done as a courtesy

Do we view courtesy differently today? Maybe we see it as demeaning. If we are courteous or use manners others may consider us lesser than they.

We fully expect others to be considerate to our needs and will call them rude if manners

are not used in an exchange. “I held the door and they didn’t even say thank you… rude”. “They saw me struggling with my hands full and they didn’t

offer to help….rude”

excuse me and they wouldn’t budge…rude.” “I let them into

traffic and they didn’t even wave thank you… rude”.

“I said

We expect from others what we ourselves won’t or don’t give.

As a community we were willing to be considerate to the needs of our friends and neighbors. We check on them and ask them about the events in their life, but as a community grows and fills with strange faces maybe we feel we don’t have the same obligation to those we don’t know. Either way, intentional or unintention- al, continuity is achieved when courtesy is shown by all of us.

MELTING AWAY A year had come and gone and it was once again time for

MELTING AWAY

A year had come and gone and

it was once again time for the

annual East Ascension Sportsman's

League Saltwater Challenge at

Grand Isle. It was a mad dash to leave a very stressful job at noon on the Thursday before the upcoming events scheduled for Saturday. Eventually everything came together and we were headed south at last. After arriving at the weekend campsite, we unloaded the truck and I decided to do some crabbing and fishing alone that evening. The crabs were running good and I caught a few small fish. The weather was beautiful and all of a sudden it hit me how different this situation was compared to what I had left behind six hours ago. Around dark

I returned to the campsite to min-

gle with the rest of the crew and

enjoy life. I soon noticed the familiar signs of white and speckled trout action underneath the pier lights. The weather

forecast for the next couple of days was not good at all. So even though I was tired I decided that

if I wanted to catch fish I better

not pass up this chance. In about an hour and a half I managed to box about twenty white trout and

a couple of keeper specks. The weather the next morning was right on cue with the predic- tion. It was horrible. My daughter and I survived several bad storms and managed to catch a couple of fish. Then the weather got com- pletely out of hand and chased everyone on the water to shelter. This continued all day. At some point my fishing partner for the next day and I decided to attempt

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another fish after about a five minute battle. I was getting frustrated with the situation and discussing it with my partner when his cork suddenly disappeared. Shortly after he set the hook a large gar fish ( approximately sixty pounds) rose to the top and took off. He took off for good, hook, line, cork and sinker. He then swam in front of us with the cork in tow as if to only add to our anger. That fish could have won the "other fish" division, but we'd made too many mistakes on that day to be successful. You normally do not win in any competition if you cannot capitalize on all the opportunities that come about. We finally made it back to camp and began to prepare for the weigh-in, supper, music playing and camaraderie that goes along with this type of event. I opened up my ice chest and grabbed a cold beer from it. I then noticed that the can had an ice cube stuck to it. I removed the ice cube and pitched it into the sunlit yard. I began to stare at the ice cube and although it doesn't have a living life in reality, it still has a life to some extent. As I stared at the cube I began to realize the resemblance of certain situations in our life compared to something as simple as a melting ice cube. Things such as a stressful job that I'd left three days before will someday dissipate. All the wonder- ful people that I'd spent the weekend with won't be here forever. The chance to win a fishing rodeo and watch it slowly slip away from you with every missed opportunity resembles the melting cube of ice. Our lives and the things we do in our lives are in many ways no different than an ice cube melting in the sun. In reality, it's all melting away

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“It’s a regular whodunit about who lost it and who won it, And who’s still around to lose it all again…” “It’s a Long Story” by Willie Nelson. Okay, class, another year in Cultural Literacy has come to an end and it’s time for your

by Bill Delaune

Nelson-that’s why! So now, if you’ll take out your ABC notebook-no, we’re not going back to basics-it stands for Accountability, Benchmarks and Common Core-we’ll begin. You will be given 10 different situations that present social, financial and

with a broom. W.W.W.D.?

3. Your career finally takes

off with songs like “Crazy” and “Night Life” and you are living

the dream when the IRS

decides you owe them $32 million in back taxes. W.W.W.D?

4. The police stop your bus

million in back taxes. W.W.W.D? 4. The police stop your bus final exam. I trust all

final exam. I trust all of you have done your required reading-“It’s a Long Story”-the biography of singer, songwriter, author, actor and activist Willie Nelson, because your test will include some critical thinking and mind expanding as related to some of Mr. Nelson’s experiences in the book. And why was his story chosen? Because in a country where terrorists assassinate cartoonists and looters have a total disregard for law and order and star quarterbacks deflate footballs to get a better grip on Super Bowl wins-well, I figured you could use a tale of a common man’s hero. And besides, he’s Willie Frickin’

just plain awkward problems and you will provide a solution to each as to how Willie Nelson would handle it. And “getting back on the bus and going ‘On the Road Again’” is not an acceptable answer. Keep your peepers on your on paper or there will be some “Blue Eyes Crying” with

the pain of a failing grade. You may commence…

1. You are dead broke in

Nashville and everyone is mak- ing fun of your new song. But

one Opry star wants to record it. You need $500 just to stay alive. W.W.W.D.?

2. After a night out on the

town, you return home and pass out and your wife sews you up in a sheet and beats you

(again) because there seems to be a cloud of smoke inside and

a suspicious odor emitting from the vehicle. W.W.W.D.?

5. The piano company

Baldwin gives you a guitar as a promotional gimmick and some drunk steps on it and breaks it beyond repair. The only acoustic guitar in the nearby shop is a Martin N-20 for $750. W.W.W.D.?

6. You love the game of golf

but-like the rest of us-you, well, suck pretty bad. W.W.W.D.?

7. You are in popular

demand to do duets with everyone from Ray Charles to Nora Jones to Kid Rock. Then, you are approached by a Spanish pop star who has never had a hit in English to team up

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on a song that sounds more like

it came from the opera

“Carmen”. W.W.W.D.?

8. Your daughter informs

you that her husband is abusing her. W.W.W.D.?

9. Your plane tries to land

near a friend’s Western town used for movie sets when the

pilot hits a hole, flips the craft over on its side and crashes. W.W.W.D.?

10. You are 82 years old.

The only Texas musician older than you-your friend from the Bob Wills days-Johnny Gimble dies two days before you are supposed to do seven show in seven days in the Midwest where tornadoes are occurring daily. Some members of your band can’t leave Texas without

checking with their parole offi- cers. And then there’s that pesky death rumor that puts you in the same elite category

as Sir Paul McCartney. W.W.W.D.?

Answers…

1. Willie played “Hello

Walls” in a Nashville bar and was nearly laughed out of the place. “What’s the next verse-Hello Commode?” joked one of the hecklers. One person who didn’t laugh was Faron Young, already a country star in his own right,

who offered to record the song.

A desperate Nelson said he’d

take $500 for the tune and all the rights that went with it, but Young would not accept any money. “I’ll loan you the money to

stay on your feet, you retain the rights and let’s see what hap- pens.” A couple months later, Willie got a royalty check for $20,000. According to Young, the next time he saw Nelson, Willie kissed him right on the mouth. “One of the best kisses I ever got,” laughed Young.

2. Willie was having his

problems in the record industry

as well as at home at the time

so he took the broom beating

as an omen to make a clean sweep. He filed for divorce, let his hair grow long and moved back to Texas-and the rest, as they say, is history.

3. Speaking of problems,

Willie lost most of his property and belongings in government auctions trying to pay off the

massive tax bill. Fortunately, much of the property was bought back by friends and supporters-including Texas head Coach Darryl Royal-who gave it right back to him. To pay for the rest of the settlement, Willie recorded an album entitled “The IRS Tapes-Who Will Buy My Memories?” which raised enough money to get the Feds off his back. Nelson often jokes about the

incident these days and appeared in a hilarious commer- cial for H&R Block during Super Bowl XXXVIII.

4. Another great American

singer, songwriter and philoso- pher Kinky Friedman once opined, “If Willie Nelson had been Rosa Parks, there would never have been a civil rights movement in this country because he refuses to leave the

back of the bus.” All of the members of Willie’s band and extended family know the drill. When the police hold

up a bag of week and ask, “Who does this belong to?”- everyone on the bus raises his/her hand with Willie in the back hiding in smoky places. That comes out to less than a fraction of an ounce per person- a misdemeanor and a few months’ probation. Ironically, Willie’s new duet with Merle Haggard is called, “It’s All Gone to Pot”.

5. Willie bought “Trigger”-

the hole-riddled guitar he still plays-in 1969 but insisted the

store owner install his Baldwin pick-up in the Martin. “My idol was Django Reinhardt (a French jazz gui- tarist) and the combo gave it a Django-like sound that can’t be duplicated,” insisted Nelson. “Roy Rogers had a horse named Trigger who was his constant companion and my guitar is my Trigger.” Leon Russell is the first of many to sign Trigger and the holes-according to Willie- tend to “enhance the sound”.

6. Willie bought his own

golf course and established par

on the first hole as 44. “The other day I birded it,” he bragged.

7. “He loves all the people-

no matter what their races, Hell, he even made a hit coun- try song with Julio Iglesias…” Bruce Robison. “For All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” became an improbable hit for both the Latin crooner and the Texas naseler. One of my college buddies who never had much luck with the ladies did a parody at Jam-Jam one year (Do they still have that?)

called “For Both the Girls I’ve Kissed Before”. But for the record, if you’re only going to love one girl, Julio’s son has ended up with Anna Kournikova which is not a bad singleton. 8. Always a peaceful guy, Willie went over and slapped the guy around and threatened to drown him if he ever laid a hand on his daughter again. When the dude came out to Willie’s house with a .22 rifle, Willie fired back with an M-1 and blew his tires out. When the police came out to investi- gate, Willie told them, “He must have run over a bullet.”

9. With the press descending

upon the scene, Willie and the pilot came limping up the road. “How did you survive? Are you hurt? Are you dying?” the questions came rapid fire. Willie smiled and answered, “Why, this was a perfect

landing. I walked away from it, didn’t I?”

10. As the aforementioned

Robison and Friedman might paraphrase, “He might just go sit in the back of his bus, And he’s got problems just like any of us, I bet he’d just take a deep breath and he’d let ‘em all go, And then he’d take another deep breath and he’d let ‘em all go, And then he’d take another deep breath and he’d hold it…” But Willie has lived such an epic life that he forgets the things most folks tend to remember. So since there really is no telling what Willie might do, all of your answers all cor- rect and everybody passes. Now, like the Red-Headed Stranger might say, “Pick up those guitars, boys, and go out there and break some hearts.”

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By Brandt Bourque

The slogan “Be careful how you use it” was used by the vintage men’s aftershave, Hai Karate. It claimed to attract woman so quickly that each bottle came with defense instructions. With such a unique sound and set list, it is fitting that a local group of musicians, featuring several school band instructors, chose the name for their band. Playing hits from Tower of Power, Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire, South Louisiana’s “Hai Karate” brings

Wind and Fire, South Louisiana’s “Hai Karate” brings a crowd that is ready to dance and

a crowd that is ready to dance and have fun all night! The band, in its current form, began around 2009 and was connected by their love of the same style of music. Bass player and frontman, Parrish Sonnier noted, “My thought was, if I was going to be in a cover band, I would have to play the music I enjoy playing - not necessarily what crowds typically hear or "want" to hear. So, I found musicians who shared my philosophy. The fact that crowds love what we do is the icing on the cake. But, we'd never consider playing anything else.” Sonnier is referring to their unique set list

comprised of songs not ordinarily played by live bands in this area. Described as 70‘s horn driven soul, funk, and pop, you will hear music from bands like:

Ohio Players, Steely Dan, Parliament, Sly and the Family Stone and the Isley Brothers to name a few. Hai Karate included nine members, five of which are school band instructors in the area. Parrish Sonnier - bass and

band instructors in the area. Parrish Sonnier - bass and lead vocals, a band director at

lead vocals, a band director at Lake Middle School; Paul Taranto - trumpet and vocals, a band director at Episcopal High; Craig Millet - alto/tenor sax and vocals, a band director at St. Amant High; David Gambino - baritone sax, flute and vocals, a band director at Mandeville High and; Patrick Bordelon - guitars and vocals, a band director in the Central School District. Filling out the rest of the band: Steve Gonzales - trumpet and vocals, Everet Fekete - trombone and vocals, Yve Braud - keyboards and Tyra Bourgeois - drums. One of the band’s favorite venue to play is Live After 5, the popular spring and fall Friday afternoon event located in downtown Baton Rouge.

venue to play is Live After 5, the popular spring and fall Friday afternoon event located

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The band is scheduled to take the stage there again this fall on October 2nd.

The band is scheduled to take the stage there again this fall on October 2nd. This year the Jambalaya Festival is proud to welcome Hai Karate back for the 4th time! You can check the guys out from 8:00pm - 10:00pm on the main stage outside the civic center. The crowds are sure to be big this year with national country act Chris Cagle following. Make sure you are there early so you can reserve your spot on the dance floor,

you are going to need some room to move! If you miss the band at this years festival you can catch them live in Ascension Parish at Park Place on June 13th. Do yourself a favor and get out to one of these shows! And ladies, that smell you are catching a whiff of isn't men’s aftershave, it’s Hai Karate and it sure is funky!

ladies, that smell you are catching a whiff of isn't men’s aftershave, it’s Hai Karate and
ladies, that smell you are catching a whiff of isn't men’s aftershave, it’s Hai Karate and

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Saturday May 23 • 10:30 till Midnight Country Country Music Music Star Star Chris Chris
Saturday May 23 • 10:30 till Midnight
Country Country Music Music Star Star Chris Chris Cagle Cagle to to
Perform Perform at at the the Jambalaya Jambalaya Festival Festival
Ask Chris Cagle what’s most important to
him and you can bet he’ll answer this way:
with his roots and take back control of his
life. He spent the next couple of years
“Family, ranch, music. That’s it.” This
response is seemingly simple for a man
whose professional credits include two gold
albums, two No. 1 albums and 12 charted
songs. From 2000-2008, Cagle released an
almost nonstop catalog of hits that resulted
in a scorching hot career. Cagle’s musical
character and burning ambition never
wavered but today, Cagle’s personal perspec-
tive has mellowed. 2012 s forthcoming
album is, in more ways than one, a new
lease on life.
Born in DeRidder, La., and raised “all
over,” Chris set off for Nashville after trying
his hand at college in Texas and finding the
pull to pursue music too strong to ignore.
Like many young artists, he spent several
years working odd jobs in Nashville and
scraping up enough cash to record four
original songs for a demo tape. Thanks to a
couple of chance meetings and the
opportunity to be heard by Scott Hendricks,
Chris was signed to Virgin Records in 2000 –
that first album featured the unaltered
version of his demo songs. Chris quickly
earned critical and commercial success and
attracted a legion of fans that included
industry heavyweights and country fans alike.
Cagle’s first number one smash, “I Breathe
In, I Breathe Out,” remains a fan favorite.
For Chris, the professional success and
sales were gratifying but his personal life
blistered under the spotlight. “I was tired of
who I was in this business,” Chris says. “I
had become somebody who I didn’t want to
be.” He bowed out and retreated to
Marietta, Oklahoma, a place where he could
distance himself from the industry, reconnect
staking his claim on home life and embracing
a
lifelong dream: building his family’s home,
“Big Horse Ranch,” with his own two hands,
Chris says. “Imagine my music just on the
outside of town right where the road turns to
the rural route. A dirt road cul-de-sac with
trucks all parked in a circle. I would love to
see my music fit into that.”
This Chris Cagle may look a little different
to those who are used to a louder,
harder-partying version of the star. Rest
assured, Chris still gets “as rowdy as a
redneck can get,” but these days he confines
himself to a smaller space – the 40’x40’
stage. And when the show’s over, he puts on
a different hat and heads back to hearth and
home. It is there that Chris has found balance
and a new passion. Today, his biggest off-
stage thrill is training and raising cutting
horses, and when he puts on his cowboy
boots and favorite hat, it is because he’s
living the true cowboy lifestyle, not because
he’s putting on a show.
Chris’ self-proclaimed version of “redneck
rock ‘n roll,” has been firing people up for
over a decade, and this time around, Chris is
chomping at the bit for an energetic r
eintroduction to the country music community
that’s been a long time coming. Fans will still
see flashes of the Chris they know but they’ll
also see the joy and confidence that home
life provides him. “I’m happy. You’re gonna
hear the smile through the radio,” Chris says
of his new record. “For the first time since
April 2001, I am truly happy to do it; I have
nail by nail. What started out as a “piece of
dirt,” is now an impressive Oklahoma
homestead. Chris also met his wife Kay, who
he describes in the song “Let There Be
Cowgirls”: ‘Something you can’t tame/She’s
a
new lease on all of it.” Chris is back with
a
mustang/ The heartbeat of the heartland.’
“The worst days we’ve had together are
better than the best I’ve had with other
people,” Chris says. He also found a new
identity as a father. On the birth of his
daughter in 2010, Chris says “she made me
want to be better at everything. Period. I’ve
never cared enough about myself to take
responsibility for my faults; she made me
man right up.”
Cagle’s 2012 release from Bigger Picture
Group, under the working title, “Back In The
Saddle” is his homecoming – a rekindling of
his creative flame and a roaring reminder of
all the energy of a newcomer and the
wisdom of a veteran and the renewed
passion is contagious. “I’m at a place in my
life where I think about everyone I’m work-
ing with, especially the fans. I thank God
that I’m in a place in my heart where
I am grateful and aware. I am very,
very, very lucky.”
Cagle still has a fire, but his passion is
driven by not just music, but family and
horses and a place he calls home. His fans
will recognize the glow and appreciate the
authenticity: “I’m a lot like charcoal. Once
you light me up, I’m gonna burn hot for a
long, long time, but if you pour water on me
his rock-infused country roots. It’s something
he originated and what he does best: relat-
able, back-roads and familiar while also being
takes a little effort to get me started again.
Bigger Picture Group and my family have
helped light that fire for me. So let’s throw
some gasoline on it, light it up and
gwatch it burn.”
it
a
striking form of country
music worth getting
excited about. While
assuring his fans that the
Chris they love hasn’t
changed, Cagle sees his
new persona as a better
version of himself. “I
want my music to be an
environment, to strike
chords, passions,
memories, faults, loves,
angers and redemptions,”
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Useless Random Facts with Kellie • The Pilgrim’s thanksgiving feast in 1621 occurred sometime between

Useless Random Facts

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The Pilgrim’s thanksgiving feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 1. It lasted three days and included 50 surviving pilgrims and approximately 90 Wampanoag Indians, including Chief Massasoit. Their menu differed from modern Thanksgiving dinners and included berries, shellfish, boiled pumpkin, and deer.

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake lasted nearly 10 minutes—the longest on record.

With their “echo-location,” dolphins can distinguish between types of fish the same size, between aluminum and brass, and between a steel ball that is 2-1/2" in diameter and one that is 2-1/4" in diameter.

Cigarette butts and filters take 12 years to biodegrade. An aluminum can takes between 200 to 500 years to biodegrade. Plastic diapers and sanitary pads take between 500-800 years. Styrofoam takes more than 5,000 years. And it would take a glass bottle 1 million years to biodegrade.

Popcorn kernels can pop up to 3 feet in the air.

Egg-laying hens live on sloped cage floors so that the eggs will roll aside. However, the sloped floor damages their feet. In some cases, toenails become permanently tangled in the wire, so the flesh grows around it. The birds are essentially soldered to their cages.

When McDonald’s opened an outlet in Kuwait shortly after the end of the Gulf War, the line of cars waiting to eat there was seven miles long.

According to the U.S. census, there are 95.9 million unmarried people in the U.S. of which 47% are men and 53% are women.

India is the birthplace of chess.

While general vocabulary and knowledge about the world often stays sharp through one’s 70s, memory for names begins to decline as early as age 35. The ability to recognize faces and find one’s car has already begun to wane by the 20s. However, research shows that brain stimulation not only stops cells from shrinking, but it can also increase brain `cell and dendrite branching.

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Who is that guy with Danny Robert?

I’ve been living in Ascension Parish for a long time. I’ve seen us grow and expand. I’ve watched us prosper and grow. Thousands of people are migrating our way. Increasingly I find myself enjoying hanging out and listening to old school Ascension citizens that remember the gravel roads and

tales of Light Lane. As I roam around the parish tak- ing photos and visiting events I see lots and lots of people. From time to time there is this guy that I see that seems to be everywhere. I think I know him. I should know him, so I say, “Hey Bru”, when he walks by. I started getting curious and came across Bama at the Pelican Pub. “Hey Bama. Who is that guy that helped cook at The Feed the Needy fundraiser?” I asked. “Which guy?” “The guy that when you see him Danny Robert seems to be not to far away.” He looked at me with a smile and said, “Yea I know him, He cooks with

Danny

Robert in

and said, “Yea I know him, He cooks with Danny Robert in jambalaya cooking contest. He

jambalaya cooking contest. He is uh, uh, starts with a K. Crap it’s on the tip of my tongue, Kurt. That’s it, Kurt.” “Can he cook?” I asked. “Uh, uh? I’m sure he can cook something. Grits aren’t that hard to do.” giggled Bama. “Danny did say he can chop wood like a wood chuck could chop wood.” Bama told me also that Danny holds him to two beers during the cooking contest. I did find out later that this was partially true. Danny allows him to have a beer only after the rice has

Danny allows him to have a beer only after the rice has Danny I swear my
Danny I swear my tooth did not fall in this jambalaya?
Danny
I swear my tooth
did not fall in this
jambalaya?
Danny I swear my tooth did not fall in this jambalaya? 32 been put in the

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Danny I swear my tooth did not fall in this jambalaya? 32 been put in the

been put in the pot. Bama also mention Kurt claimed to have Danny’s stirring padel from the Championship year at Feed the Needy and was trying to sell it for $20 or a 12 pack of beer. Any brand. It turns out Kurt is friends with brother-in-laws Danny Robert and Jodi Elisar. It’s rumored one night when Danny and Jodi were discussing cooking in the Jambalaya Festival contest. Not wanting to hurt Kurt’s feelings and leaving him out they invited him to cook with one of them. Danny looked at Jodi and said, “You take him.” “No! You take him” Jodi said. They finally decided to draw straws and Danny lost. Now Kurt is on team Danny.

to draw straws and Danny lost. Now Kurt is on team Danny. Last week I went

Last week I went to Sacs Western Store for some dog food and ran into Gay, Danny’s wife. I asked if she knew Kurt? “Yea. Kurt comes around about once a year around festival time. I see him out by the barn with Danny. Most of the time he dresses in the same shirt as my husband. I sometimes wonder if they may have a bromance going on?” It has been really interesting researching this Kurt guy. I contacted Jodi Elisar for a comment and found out a that Kurt has a heavenly connection.

This is what he wrote me:

Kurt & I would always go fishing in and around the local area mainly behind the Mississippi levee & interstate ponds. One day we were fishing in a local Interstate pond and we parked his truck in a rather tight, wet & soggy spot. I had some concern that we were not going to get out of this, but he assured me it wasn’t wet enough to get stuck, besides we had fish to catch and we would worry about that later. We fished for most of the day and it was time to load up the small aluminum batto in the back of his truck. I could see this was not going to be good, because by now the truck had sunk to the axle and he hadn’t even tried to get out yet. So now it was time for him to see if he could maneuver his way out of this sink hole we were in. After removing my tennis shoes, I began pushing the front pumper in mud knee deep while he spins the tires. After trying to go forwards & backwards for over 30 minutes and fully exhausted he figures he can push harder, as I feared, we were still stuck, and bad. After a small silent prayer and asking God to please get us out of this situation I knew the only way to get help was to walk along the Interstate to the next exit and get help. After a lengthy discussion and no cell phone, we decided to leave the truck, boat, fish and tackle behind and go find some help. Kurt always wore high top shoes everywhere we went and this day was no different, but he knows they are muddy and he has to leave his high tops behind. We started our long trip walking on the shoulder of I-10 both of us barefoot, I’m praying the whole time that we don’t get run over by speeding cars & that we get to the exit before sundown to call our wives and get help. Kurt was praying for other things like he hopes no one steals our tackle and our fish, but most of all how was he ever going to get his high tops clean again. After some time walking, we came across a “brand new” Nike

high top shoe (Kurts’ size) and both of us laughed and said that would something if we found the other shoe. Sure enough, the other shoe was 10 yards away from the first one we had just found. It seemed Kirt had his prayers answered and now if mine could be, we would both be happy. Well, we made it to safety and was able to get help. We retrieved the truck, boat, fish and our tackle. Before getting his truck to where we could enter the inter- state he showed his gratitude and placed his muddy High tops on the side the Interstate and place them as though he would give back to the shoe God who provided for him and that someday, someone would be in need his shoes. We fried the fish that night with our wives while Kurt sported his new high tops that God had given him on this very eventful day !!!

tops that God had given him on this very eventful day !!! Finally after interviewing these

Finally after interviewing these so called friends. I went straight to Danny. I must admit I was starting to feel a little sorry for the guy. After about an hour visit. Danny couldn’t really find many positive cooking qualities. Kurt was good at chopping wood, cutting onions and being a goffer. Go for this and go for that. He did mention he is a accident waiting to happen. He once lost his tooth in a pasture and that was as close as he has ever gotten to a horse. Also he must have a little vampire in him because every time he touches a garlic press he is going to break it. Not just one but everyone he touches. Danny keeps two in his cooking supply box just in case these days. In the end it is apparent to me that this guy is well liked and friends with many. You have to be loved to receive and accept the abuse his friends press on him. Kurt told me I’m not sure what I am doing here. The year Danny and I won the Championship, I was in charge of the fire along with all my other medial chores and everytime I’d move a hot coal in, Danny would come around and move it out. I guess he knew something I didn’t because we won the World Jambalaya Cooking Championship in 2012. He got the trophy and I’ve been labeled as his helper ever since. In reality, with all fun aside, Danny told he loves cooking with Kurt and wouldn’t change it for the world. But also he’s afraid no one else would pick him up.

Hey Paparazzi. This is my first beer. I still have one to go. Ask Danny?
Hey Paparazzi.
This is my first beer.
I still have one to go.
Ask Danny?
afraid no one else would pick him up. Hey Paparazzi. This is my first beer. I

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You are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual 'Cooking for a Cause' Jambalaya Cook-Off

You are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual

'Cooking for a Cause' Jambalaya Cook-Off

Sunday June 28th to benefit ’Wounded Wear’ which supports combat veterans across the United States

Live Entertainment • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards • Judged by the Jambalaya Festival Association

awards • Judged by the Jambalaya Festival Association We need teams and sponsors. Our Goal is
awards • Judged by the Jambalaya Festival Association We need teams and sponsors. Our Goal is

We need teams and sponsors.

Our Goal is to exceed the 30 teams of last year and raise needed funds to support combat veterans.

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40 Pelican Point is on the Move! Spring weather is here, the Pelican Point golf
40 Pelican Point is on the Move! Spring weather is here, the Pelican Point golf

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40 Pelican Point is on the Move! Spring weather is here, the Pelican Point golf course

Pelican Point is on the Move!

40 Pelican Point is on the Move! Spring weather is here, the Pelican Point golf course

Spring weather is here, the Pelican Point golf course is in the finest condition ever, and now is the time to enjoy the game along with the matured natural beauty of our 800 acres. Pelican Point has planned numerous fun and interesting events that many will enjoy and benefit from – if interested, please check with us to verify times and dates of the various events such as Ladies Get Golf Ready Program, Junior Golf Camps, Taylor-Made Demo Day and Mizuno Demo Day, Junior Tennis Programs, Couples Golf Outings, along with many other events.

Additionally, there are numerous other events, outings, clinics, and tournaments designed solely for the Pelican Point Golf Members that the membership director as well as the pro shop staff can share with all interested parties.

As golfers are golfing and enjoying the facilities, at the same time, the

upgrading of the Pelican Point club- house facilities continue – the 19th hole should be opened sometime in late June, and once that happens, work will begin increasing both the kitchen and dining areas in Mulligan’s.

both the kitchen and dining areas in Mulligan’s. In the meantime, Chef Joshua Hebert continues to

In the meantime, Chef Joshua Hebert continues to bring food, drink, and service to the high standards that people in the area expect of Mulligan’s at Pelican Point – and wow, his food is awesome!!!

to the high standards that people in the area expect of Mulligan’s at Pelican Point –

Cooking Gourmet at Home

with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

Cooking Gourmet at Home with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS Stuffed Roma Tomatoes Prep Time: 30 minutes

Stuffed Roma Tomatoes

Prep Time: 30 minutes Servings: 8 servings Ingredients: Executive Chef Ben Jarreau 8 Fresh Roma
Prep Time:
30 minutes
Servings:
8 servings
Ingredients:
Executive Chef
Ben Jarreau
8
Fresh Roma Tomatoes
2
tsp Kosher Salt
1
Tbsp Cracked Black Pepper (fresh if available)
½ cup olive oil
2 boxes Boursin garlic & herb cheese
3 oz fresh bleu cheese crumbles
Method:
Pr e-heat
your
oven
to 450
degr ees.
Ver y
car efully shave
the
bottom
of
the tomato
to
cr eate
a flat
sur face.
Cut
the top
of the
tomato
and
using
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melon baller,
car efully
hollow
out
the inside of
the tomato.
Coat
the tomatoes
in
olive
oil
and
sprinkle them
with salt
combine
and pepper.
the Boursin
In
a
separate
container
and
bleu cheese then
stuf f
bake
the tomatoes.
the tomatoes
In an
oven
safe dish,
for apox
10 minutes,
or
until
the cheese
star ts
to
bubble.
Pr omptly
r emove
the
tomatoes
fr om
the
oven
and
allow
to
cool
befor e
enjoying
them.
Ser ve
as
a
side
dish
for hear ty
meals or
use
smaller
tomatoes
as
a unique appetizer
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Good Good Luck Luck to to All All the the Cooks Cooks Like a Good
Good Good Luck Luck to to All All the the Cooks Cooks Like a Good
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