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JUNE 2015, VOL. 13 ISSUE 4

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Publisher / Editor Mike Strong Sales Manager Dottie Godberry Staff Photographer Jimmy Dunkley

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Goosie Guice Orhan McMillan Kellie Seymour Tanya Stilley Roland Doucet Jimmy Dunkley

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Table of Contents

JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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GONZALES MUSIC

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JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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BILL DELAUNE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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Jambalaya Festival 2015 Congratulations Jambalaya Association, you have done it again. This year’s 48th Annual

Jambalaya Festival 2015

Congratulations Jambalaya Association, you have done it again. This year’s 48th Annual Festival was a huge success. I have been attending the Jambalaya Festival for 40 plus years and this year’s festival seemed to have it all. The food,

the events, and the entertain- ment makes this event one of the most diversified festivals around. It’s been a long time coming for the festival to build up to the excitement that once was held in the streets of downtown Gonzales. This year, I believe, proved to me that the festival is back and is bigger and better

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to me that the festival is back and is bigger and better 4 than ever. A

than ever. A wide variety of entertain- ment from bands like Hai Karate, Eddie Smith and Chee Weez rocked the stage while hometown favorite bands such as Van & Grace Broussard, Kenny Fife and Na Na Sha kept our dancing shoes moving. The addition of bringing in

the Nashville Country Star Chris Cagle brought record crowds. Matter-of-fact the crowds all weekend were huge. It was exciting this year when the World Champion Jambalaya Cook was awarded

to Lee Elisar and his helper and brother Kirk. The real exciting part of the victory is that this was Lee’s second year to cook as the lead cook and with his victory he now owns the covet- ed title of being the youngest

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cook ever to win the historic prize of World Champion

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addition, this was his brother Kirk’s first event to participate

in. Lee is 23 and Kirk is 20 years old. The future of the festival looks bright with upcoming guys like this. The talk has been if you add their ages together there still not as old as most of the champions still cooking. Congratulations guys and to your sponsor Jody’s

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Jambalaya. This year Joey Cornett and Peanut worked their majic and won the Champ of

Jambalaya. This year Joey Cornett and Peanut worked their majic and won the Champ of Champs Cooking Contest. Throughout my time at the festival I ran into to old school Gonzales friends that always

make a reference to the Festival that was once downtown Gonzales. Everybody likes to talk about the days of old. The success was judged by the garbage left in the street. As exciting as those days were the current

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Jambalaya Festival represents Gonzales 2015 and our community. It’s clean, organized, and full of musical
Jambalaya Festival represents Gonzales 2015 and our community. It’s clean, organized, and full of musical

Jambalaya Festival represents Gonzales 2015 and our community. It’s clean, organized, and full of musical entetainment. Along with the good time the festival represents a commitment to the claim Jambalaya Capital of the World. The Mini-Pot Jambalaya Cooking Contest at the 48th Annual Jambalaya Festival was held under the shade of trees

on South Irma Boulevard in front of the Knights of Columbus Hall. Youngsters and adults competed in one of the festivals most popular event. Cooking in mini pots started in the 1970s, and is an event everyone enjoys and fam- ilies can participate in it togeth- er. Proceeds from the mini-pot contest benefit the Dream Day Foundation for St. Jude

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While at the the festival I saw many friends. There was Mark and Denette, Terri and Mike. Eric and Stump were there too. There were Queens, dreams and Hot Rod Machines. Grace and Van Broussard played together as the jitter bugging kept us from thinking

of the heat.

the area and have never attend- ed the festival you are missing a good time. Along with the

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are missing a good time. Along with the If you are new to cooking and dancing

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Can a Fruit Help with Sugar Cravings? The herbal supplement Garcinia Cambogia has been featured

Can a Fruit Help with Sugar Cravings?

The herbal supplement Garcinia Cambogia has been featured on Dr. Oz, talk shows and numerous other media outlets. It’s a natural supplement derived from the Indonesian fruit, Tamarind. There is a natural compound in Garcinia called HCA, Hydroxycitric Acid, that’s said to boast metabolism, increase energy levels, decrease sugar cravings and even give you better sleep.

Starlets like Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez are rumored to have tried this supplement and have done so with success, so a month ago I decided to try my first bottle.

After doing loads of research, I read that the highest percentage of HCA you can get in this supplement is 80%, so I decided to order a bottle (shown below) that had the highest

decided to order a bottle (shown below) that had the highest percentage of HCA. The directions

percentage of HCA.

The directions state to take a pill about an hour before each meal, and preferably before lunch and dinner. That’s exactly what I did. I took this supplement faithfully, and about a

week or two into the bottle, I noticed

I was fuller more quickly during

meals, and I could go longer in between meals. A couple of weeks into the bottle, I noticed I was sleeping much more soundly. I eventually increased to one to two pills before meals and that seems to work even better. I didn’t notice any negative side effects of the supplement, which is nice.

Long story short, I lost about five pounds that I gained earlier in the spring. I feel good, and I feel like my sugar cravings are almost nonexistent. It’s quite amazing, I actually only crave fresh, healthy foods. I feel so good that I just ordered another bot- tle of this supplement. I give Garcinia Cambogia a 4.5/5 stars!

Consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplement!!

Will needling become the next big thing?

I recently visited dermatologist,

Dr. Terezakis, inventor of beloved Green Cream, (I wrote about Green

Cream in one of my very first articles

– love!) because of a recent black head breakout. I attribute the breakout due to the change in seasons. More sweating, more yardwork, more dirt and more clogged pores!

Well, I met with Dr. Terezakis who told me she was just beginning to offer dermal needling. I told her I was very interested, and that I would make an appointment soon.

So, I went home that night and did

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some research. Why am I just learning about this procedure? People have been doing this treatment for years. Dermal needling is also called derm rolling and percutaneous colla- gen induction. It’s basically the use of needles via a roller mechanism to puncture the skin in order to induce tiny areas of trauma to the skin and thus stimulating collagen production. The needles only go down into the upper dermis, so you really don’t notice much trauma, except a little redness.

SO…claims are (and there are loads of before and after photos on the internet – check them out!) derm needling helps heal acne, cellulite reduction, reduce fine lines, improve discoloration, smooth stretch and acne marks, improve atrophic white scars,

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even promote new hair growth. Different size needles accomplish different improvements. You would want to use larger sized needles, around 2.0 mm, for things like stretch marks and cellulite reduction and smaller needles for the face.

After doing LOTS of research, I

noticed that most online reviews were positive. I’d say 80% or more of people that had derm needling had a positive experience.

I called a local medi spa to set up,

minimally, a consultation, but the expense was $570! No way was I doing that, so I did more research, and I found that derm rollers were for sale. So, I bought one. I bought the Lilian Fache derma roller shown here.

With apprehension and excitement

I proceeded with my first personal

session of derm rolling from home. Let me interject quickly – derm needling is effective because after

“aerating” your epidermis, it’s allows

a topical treatment to become way

more effective that just applying directly to the surface of the skin. With this being said, after my first derm needling session, I made sure I put on a quality anti oxidant – Skin Ceuticals Phloretin CF.

on a quality anti oxidant – Skin Ceuticals Phloretin CF. After disinfecting my skin, hands and

After disinfecting my skin, hands and roller, I moved the roller back and forth all over my face and neck, proceeding with caution around my nose and mouth areas.

Although I didn’t apply much pressure with the wand, I feel as thought my first session was effective. My skin was slightly red and felt tingly for a couple hours after the process.

This is going to be a commitment, because it takes while for collagen to reproduce and become visible. It may take a month of two before I notice results, but I’m willing to do so. Some say it’s a great solution to fraxel laser resurfacing. (I looked into fraxel laser resurfacing, but I wasn’t willing to endure the down time.)

There are two types of treatment that one can proceed with derm needling:

One mild to moderate session up to 5 times a week or one aggressive treatment every 1 to 2 months.

I am currently going to go for the less

aggressive method, since it will only take a few more minutes to my

nightly regimen. I will keep you posted on the progress of my derm needling endeavors. This is very

exciting!

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Gonzales’s Music Inc. of LA Named One of World’s Top 100 Music Stores
Gonzales’s
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Music Inc of Louisiana in Gonzales, LA has been named one of the world’s Top 100 musical instrument and product retailers for the 3rd time. The global association for the music products industry, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), will formally present Music Inc. with the Top 100 honor during the industry’s

upcoming trade event, Summer NAMM in Nashville. “Unrivaled customer service and support has been the key element to our 46 years of success!,” said Brandt Bourque, President at Music Inc. The Top 100 designation recognizes:

• A demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer service

• Proven community

advocacy and support for for music education

• An exemplary retail

experience worth returning for

and recommending to others

• Merchandising and

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• Sound planning for future

success, employing marketing

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Music Inc. of Louisiana is also under consideration to receive the Dealer of the Year award, NAMM’s highest honor for retailers, and seven other “Best of” awards including:

Best Store Design, Best Marketing and Sales Promotion, Best Online Engagement, Music Makes a Difference Award, Best Emerging Dealer, Best Store Turnaround and Best Customer Service. Winners of these categories, as well as Dealer of the Year, will be announced at the July 10 award ceremony in Nashville.

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the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM
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Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlights the industry’s very best music product retailers.

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The Voice

Recently I watched a Sheriff's Department patrol vessel cruising slowly alongside the riverbank near my home as they searched for the body of a missing boater. An hour or two later they were followed by an older boat, it’s ancient, smoking Evinrude puttering along. It’s somber crew spoke little as they scanned both right and left, peering beneath decks and piers. Undoubtedly they were friends or relatives of the missing, having joined the search.

The boater reportedly went down in a 12 foot bateau powered by a 6 HP outboard on Bayou Manchac. He and his passenger wore no life jackets. The sun had set on a day in which we experienced some of the worst storms ever to sweep cross our river. His passenger bailed out and was able to swim ashore as the boat was swamped. It was recovered a couple of days later and miles downstream. The search for the body continues.

Social media postings now allow us a glimpse into the lives of the names we read in the news and a brief search of the internet produced a photo of the missing young man straddling a Harley Davidson. He held a beer in one hand and the slightest of smiles on his face. His Facebook profile picture had been posted one day

before the accident and another

photo shows him casually smoking

a cigarette as the wake from his

boat trails off into the muddy water behind him. He was busy leading a young man’s life and oblivious of life racing towards an untimely end. Without a bit of awareness, he began doing things for the last time.

He made a last Facebook post. He listened to his favorite song. He drank a last beer. He hugged someone he loved. He smoked a last cigarette. At some point, he cracked his last joke and perhaps when he laughed it was his last laugh. He gazed at an overcast sky and felt the cool, wet air blowing against his face. Maybe as he sank beneath the water, he said a last prayer. And at a most unexpected time, he drew his last breath.

Where does that voice come from in a young person’s head? The one which convincingly speaks ridiculous thoughts such as “Nothing bad can happen.” Or “You are young and now is the time to make the stories you will retell from your rocking chair!” Or maybe it just shouts “Tell ‘em to hold your beer and watch this!” Whatever it says, it too often drowns out the voice of common sense and rationality.

Surely most of us remember that voice. It must spring from some slowly developing gray matter deep within our youthful brain,

the same part that tells a toddler to touch fire or a six year old to chase balls into busy intersections. Most are lucky enough to experience it's fading to

a distant murmur as we mature,

hastened by mortgages and babies of our own. But that damn voice

is the very reason so many young

people die needless deaths.

Though hearing that voice is a part of the human experience, nature itself gives no credence to it’s words. Nor does nature forgive those who do.

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A Memorial Benefit Garage Sale for the late Cindy Allen age 58 from

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still have new tags on them, books, kitchen items, lots of toys and a little of everything else. It is to be on June 18th, 19th and 20th. Then again on June 26th and 27th from 7 am to 3 pm each day at 18124 Little

Prairie Rd., Prairieville, La

taking any donations for this benefit. You can drop off items at any time. Thanks to all who

have help with the Benefit from The Allen Family and Friends. Our family has been hit hard this last year with 3 family members coming down with cancer Steven Froisy of Gonzales and Danny Allen of Gonzales.

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Wisdom Teeth

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD

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

What is an Impacted Tooth?

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

How Serious is an Impacted Tooth?

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

Must the Tooth Come Out if it Hasn't Caused Any Problems Yet?

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

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

When Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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

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

molars and adjacent teeth. Periodontal infections, such as those observed in this study, may affect your general health.

What Happens During Surgery?

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

What Happens after Surgery?

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

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS

YOUR ESTATE MATTERS Social Security Benefits – the Basics While many have delayed retire- ment because

Social Security Benefits – the Basics

While many have delayed retire- ment because of the recent reces- sion, for those close to retirement age or contemplating retirement, a basic understanding of Social Security is imperative. There are many different things that you need to understand about Social Security to help you make an informed decision. While a discus- sion of everything relating to Social Security is beyond the scope of this article, you should be familiar with the following broad concepts before you make a decision to start receiving your

By Linda Melancon

Social Security benefits.

Social Security benefits are avail- able for those who have con- tributed to the Social Security sys- tem for at least 10 years or 40 quarters. This is most Americans except those who have never worked or who worked for a gov- ernment entity that does not par- ticipate in Social Security. As such, Social Security benefits make up at least a part of most people’s retirement income; for some, these benefits may make up a large part of their retirement income or even all of their retire- ment income. Therefore, timing your decision as to when you will start receiving the benefits to maximize your monthly amount is critical.

If you wait until your full retire- ment age (FRA) to receive bene- fits, you will receive 100% of your benefits. Full retirement age varies depending on when you were born. If you were born between 1943 and 1954, your FRA is 66. If you were born between 1955 and 1960, your full retirement age is between the ages of 66 and 67. The FRA depends on the year you were born. For example, if you were born in 1958, your FRA is 66 years and 8

months. If you were born in 1960 or later, your FRA is 67.

An average of your top 35 wage earning years will be used to cal- culate your primary insurance amount (PIA). If you have less than 35 years of employment at retirement, zero is used for each year in which there are no earn- ings. You can increase the amount of your benefit by waiting until after your FRA to start receiving benefits. For each year after your FRA that you delay tak- ing your Social Security benefits you will receive an 8% increase in your PIA. If your full retirement age is 66 and you wait until 70 to start receiving benefits, you will receive a whopping 32% more in your monthly benefit and this amount will last for your lifetime. As you can see, delaying the bene- fit may make sense if you expect to live a long life.

Conversely, if you take your bene- fits before you reach your FRA, you will have to take a reduction in your PIA. The earliest you can start receiving benefits is 62 years of age. Should you decide to take your benefits at 62 and your FRA is 66, you can expect a monthly reduction of 25%. Again, this reduced amount will be for your lifetime.

Upon the death of one spouse, the survivor (if they have reached their FRA) is entitled to receive 100% of their spouse’s benefit

amount as of the date of death. If the survivor has not yet reached FRA, she can start taking survivor benefits at a reduced amount at age 60. Then, at age 70, the sur- vivor can start taking her own benefits and will receive a greater amount each month since she delayed drawing on her own record at FRA. Another option allows a survivor who has a low benefit to start receiving their own reduced benefit at 62 and then to switch to their deceased spouse’s higher benefit at FRA.

As you can see, the timing of when to take your Social Security benefits can be complex and it can affect not only you but also your surviving spouse. Next month, we will discuss some additional strategies to maximize your bene- fits. Until then, make sure you always consult with someone well- versed in Social Security benefits before you make an election that could last a lifetime.

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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Cool Sculpting Q & A What is CoolSculpting? The CoolSculpting technology safely delivers precisely controlled
Cool Sculpting Q & A What is CoolSculpting? The CoolSculpting technology safely delivers precisely controlled

Cool Sculpting Q & A

What is CoolSculpting?

The CoolSculpting technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you. After you and your physician select the area(s) to be treated, the device is positioned on your body and controlled cooling is applied. During your procedure, feel free to read, check email, or even take a nap.

Who is a good candidate for CoolSculpting?

The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specially designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. It is, however, a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Request a one-on-one consultation with a CoolSculpting physician who will determine if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

Is CoolSculpting safe?

The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the flank (love handles), abdomen and thigh. With over one million

CoolSculpting procedures worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for non-surgical fat reduction.

Are there any side effects from CoolSculpting?

During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain. The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately.

When will I see results from CoolSculpting?

You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

Where does the fat go? Are results permanent?

Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

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St. Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Nurses Participate in “Day on the Hill” GONZALES, LA (May 4,

St. Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Nurses Participate in “Day on the Hill”

GONZALES, LA (May 4, 2015) –Tammy O’Connor, BSN, CEN, President-Elect of the Louisiana Emergency Nurses Association (LENA), and Jennifer Sing, BSN, both team members of St. Elizabeth Hospital’s Emergency Department recently visited Washington D.C. as representa- tives of LENA. The “National Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Day on the Hill” was held on April 28 and 29, 2015. Over 100 ED nurses from across the nation were present with a unified voice for a common change. The individual state delegates were advised to meet with their State Senators and/or House Representatives to lobby for support with the Mental Health Reform Legislation and Trauma Care Systems. Delegates received a day of training in preparation on how to present various bills, and instruction on optimizing time with state representatives.

According to O’Connor, “the comprehensive Mental Health Reform Legislation will help to ensure resources are available for the mentally ill.” The bill specifically focuses on programs and resources for psychiatric care of patients and families most in need of services. It provides additional funding for

inpatient and outpatient treatment by eliminating restrictive reimbursement through Medicaid.

“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet with Senator Bill Cassidy’s Senior Public Health Advisor, Brenda Destro,” said O’Connor.

In addition to Mental Health support, ENA strongly advocates support for the nation’s Trauma and Emergency Care Programs. Pending legislative action, H.R. 648, authorizes two trauma center grant programs to support state and rural development of trauma systems. Another, H.R. 647, supports developing trauma care regionalization to ensure better access. “We were also fortunate to have met with Senator David Vitter who supports this legislation for Trauma Care funding and availability,” said Sing.

“This was a great experience for both Jennifer and myself, and we look forward to continuing involvement in governmental relations. We encourage other nurses to get involved and be a voice for their practice, their peers, and their patients,” noted O’Connor.

Pictured Above L to R:

Jennifer Sing, BSN, Senator David Vitter, and Tammy O’Connor, BSN, CEN. Sing and O’Connor recently represented St. Elizabeth Hospital at the Emergency Nurses Association “Day on the Hill” in Washington, D.C.

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EATEL Awards Six Local Students with Laptop Computers

Six outstanding scholars from our local high schools were honored on April 22, 2015 at EATEL’s annual Technology Awards Ceremony, now in its 29th year. Focusing on the importance of both technology and academic success, EATEL presented one outstanding graduating senior from each high school in its serving area, Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension, French Settlement, Maurepas and St. Amant, with a touch-screen, ultra-portable laptop computer. The ceremony was held in the lobby of EATEL’s Administration Building (406 E. Worthey Road, Gonzales, LA).

EATEL Technology Award applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, actively participate in school and community activities, and plan to pursue their studies at a Louisiana-accredited college or university. These students must also plan to pursue a major in one of the STEM categories:

science, technology, engineering, or math. The 2015 recipients were chosen from a pool of applicants by a counselor from each school.

“My hope for these students is that they’ll continue to persevere in their academic success as they seek their undergraduate degrees,” said Ashley Phillips, EATEL Executive Vice President, Infrastructure. “I hope that when they graduate, our Louisiana economy will provide them with great jobs, so that they can raise their families here and continue to be an integral part of our thriving community.”

“It’s such an affirmation of our community, of the work that we do in our school system, when we see these top-notch students who have profited so much from their opportunities and have accomplished so many things, at such a young age, and who are so well-poised and launched for the next phase of their lives,” said Dr. Patrice Pujol, Ed.D., Superintendent of Ascension Parish Public Schools. “I have no doubt that these will be amazing leaders in our community one day. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to EATEL for recognizing these students and giving them these laptops so that they can further prosper in our ever-changing world.”

The following students are the 2015 EATEL Technology Award recipients:

Dominique Thomas of Donaldsonville High School Dominique is quite active in her school career. She’s plays in the band and she’s a member of the Senior Beta Club, Navy J.R.O.T.C., River Road African American Museum Sign Language Ensemble, and National Society of Black Engineers – Jr. Pre-College Initiative.

Society of Black Engineers – Jr. Pre-College Initiative. Dominique was nominated as the Donaldsonville Chamber’s

Dominique was nominated as the Donaldsonville Chamber’s Teenager of the Year. She was named the 12th grade Student of the Year at Donaldsonville High School. She won 1st place at the Donaldsonville High School Chemistry Fair, and she’s been recog- nized on the Donaldsonville High School Distinguished Student and Principal’s lists, along with many other honors. Dominique plans to attend Grambling State University where she plans to study Computer Science. She hopes to become a Computer Software Engineer.

Christian Logarbo of Dutchtown High School Christian is an Eagle Scout with perfect atten- dance for all his years of schooling. In addition to that, he has taken all honors and AP classes throughout high school. He’s a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Allied Health Program, and Interact. He is a tutor for athletes at Dutchtown and he has won the Gallant Griffin Award and Super Senior Award. Christian is also active in athletics having been a 4-year member of the football and track and field teams. Moreover, he is a proud member of the 2011 5A State Championship Track Team. Christian is also an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where he is an usher. He also volunteers for the church fair, food bank, and other projects for the youth group. Christian plans to attend Tulane University where he will pursue a doctorate degree in Biomedical Engineering. He hopes to work in the medical industry one day.

Anastasia Britton of East Ascension High School For the last four years, Ana has played soccer at East Ascension where this year, she has served as team captain. She also coaches at Central Middle School. She has also served as the president the Beta Club and treasurer of the National Honor Society. Ana has also participat- ed in DECA, FCS, EA's Senior Mentor Program, and Girl Scouts. In the fall, Ana will be attend-

ing Louisiana Tech University to major in Chemical Engineering. She would also like to obtain a master’s in business administration. She hopes to one day work in an executive position at a chemical company.

Joseph Baker of St. Amant High School Joseph has earned 11 “top 10” placements at Mu Alpha Theta Competitions, 11 “top 3” placements at Science Club competitions and various other outstanding placements. He’s been a member of the Science Club, where he served as reporter twice and Vice President twice. He’s also been a committee member for Mu Alpha Theta and has been a part of the French Club and National Academic Quiz Tournament Team. Joseph is also an active member of the community as a boy scout and now a venturing scout. He also serves at his church’s children’s and high school ministries. Joseph plans to attend Northwestern State University where he will major in Physical Sciences/Pre-Engineering. He hopes to become a chemical engineer.

Tyler McMorris of French Settlement High School Tyler has won many Academic Excellence Awards including the subjects of English, IBCA, Desktop Publishing, World Geography, World History, Algebra 2, Chemistry and Education for Careers. He has been on the honor roll every year while in high school. He placed Superior in Business Math at FBLA District 6 Leadership Conference in both 2012 and 2013. Tyler is the President of French Settlement High School’s Beta Club where he’s been a member since 9th grade and an officer every year after that. He is also Vice President of the FBLA Club and a member of the Science Club. Tyler is serving as Vice President of the Senior Class of 2015. He regularly volunteers at local ball- parks, community events like the “Kids Korner” at the Creole Festival, church events, and events at school like French Settlement’s school-wide cleaning day. Tyler plans to study

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Information Systems and Decision Sciences and hopes to one day be a Computer Systems Analyst.

Sarah Hess of Maurepas High School Sarah was named a Student of the Year nomi- nee, Outstanding Sophomore, Outstanding Freshman, and where she was recognized for Outstanding Personal Character. She is a mem- ber of the Beta Club in which she has won membership and National Beta Participation awards. She’s President this year for the FFA Club in which she previously served as Parliamentarian, Reporter, and Secretary. She’s also the President for the 4-H Club in which she previously has served as Vice President and Secretary. She was even a camp counselor for the Louisiana State 4-H Camp. She is the Library Club Vice President and was a member of the Louisiana Teen Librarians Association. Sarah is a member of the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Maurepas and in her spare time, is passionate about the Krewe of Erin, a philanthropic group in Ponchatoula whose goal is to promote the Irish Celtic Heritage and encourage the self-motivated empowerment of young ladies. In fact, after 13 years on the royal court, Sarah has been named the 2015 Queen of the Krewe of Erin and has been pro- moting the organization throughout the state. Sarah plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University where she will major in Multi-Media Management. She hopes to establish a career in web and graphic design and communications.

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EATEL honored six outstanding graduating seniors with new laptops for use in their collegiate studies. Pictured are the 2015 EATEL Technology Award recipients. Standing, left to right: Dutchtown High School recipient Christian Logarbo, French Settlement High School recipient Tyler McMorris, and St. Amant High School recipient Joseph Baker. Seated, left to right: East Ascension High School recipient Anastasia Britton, Donaldsonville High School recipient Dominique Thomas, and Maurepas High School recipient Sarah Hess.

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Hunting Camps and the Cost of Them

Over the years the number of hunters has declined in general. The days of picking up your shot- gun and entering a patch of woods near your home to pursue whatever game you desire for an evening meal is, for the most part a thing of the past. Most hunters who fit the description "occasional" hunter have dropped from the ranks of buying a license and have retired their old shotgun or rifle forever. I personally know some folks that fill that bill and often talk to others that join the rank of used to be hunter. Our state does offer thou- sands of acres of public land avail- able for all types of hunting. Although these lands are well man- aged for game and waterfowl, an individual would have to be a pret- ty serious hunter to go through the effort it takes to use these ares. Some hunters accept the challenges of public land use, others with the die hard hunter blood belong to hunting clubs. I now belong to two hunting clubs and also hunt a cou- ple of Federal refuges. I was only five or six years old when my dad joined the Romeville Hunting Club. At that time the cost was approximately $10.00 a year for a membership. Years passed by and for whatever reasons, dad moved on from the Romeville club. During those years hunting land in our area for squirrels, doves, ducks, rabbits, quail and woodcock was easy to find. At some point in time, because of development or leasing of land, these favorite hunting pots of mine began to disappear. I fought the situation for several years and finally came to the real- ization that I had nowhere to hunt anymore. That's when I joined Mullins Swamp Hunting Club in St. Helena parish. The cost at that time was $250.00 a year. The dues are now $950.00 a year member- ship. I've been a member there for approximately thirty years now. My dad, Thompson Brown and I had already acquired our own duck lease at Venice,LA before my venture into the St. Helena club. The cost of that lease at the time was only $300.00 per year and that was not per person, that was the total amount. It's not like that any-

more at this day and time. Through the years from then to now I've probably belonged to seven or eight different hunting clubs. I've belonged to two or more in the same year. One partic- ular hunting club in Fordoche cost $1500.00 when I first joined. I'm no longer a member of that group but I do know that yearly dues there are well over $2000.00 at the present time. The forming of hunting clubs has been good in many ways, but it also had some negative affects in other ways. One thing for sure, it has stopped many minimal hunters from buying a license and promot- ing the future of hunting. That's not good. Is it worth the price? Yes. To me it is. But understand that I'm a serious hunter. Not everyone falls into that category and I fully understand that. Every time I pull the trigger on a St. Helena gobbler it's money well spent. Each morning I have the opportunity to make a squirrel hunt at Lake Ridge Hunting Club is a pleasure and worth every cent. To enjoy a cold, clear winter morn-

ing hunting deer with my daughter is priceless. One thing is for sure, hunting leases are here to stay. Another thing you can bet your check on is the fact that the price to belong to one will only rise in the future. It may even get to the point that middle class people such as myself can't afford to belong to

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“And what is so rare as a day in June, Then if ever, come perfect days…” James Russell Lowell

“A perfect summer day

is when the sun is shining, the

breeze is blowing, the birds are

singing and the lawn mower is broken.”

James Dent

Man, I have to agree with both Jameses-June can be a very nice month before the summer heat really begins to bear down. I mean, if you can overlook the third of June when Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge, you have Flag Day (June 14), Father’s Day (June 21) and Gen. George Custer’s opening of his final ice cream shop-Custer’s Last Stand (June

25).

But it’s also a time for me to use the lengthening days to answer the plethora of e-mails (3) that has piled up since my last column. So without Freddie Adu, let’s get to letter number one… Hey, Blackcat Bill, Not even your famous jinx could keep American Pharoah from the Triple Crown. How do you think he compares to Secretariat, Affirmed, Seattle Slew and some of the other winners? Andy Capper. Dear Andy, Boy, if ever there was an

industry that need a shot in the arm, it’s horse racing. American Pharoah-the mis- spelling was never corrected when his name was approved- is

a superstar in the making that

just might draw even the younger X-box generation back to the track. Pharoah has a bit of “everyman” in him that should appeal to the masses. He is not as big as the majestic Secretariat. He never had a rival like the hard luck Alydar (the only horse to come in second in all three Triple Crown races) to push him to the absolute limit of his ability like Affirmed. And he’s not as pretty as Seattle Slew due to an unsightly short tail that was

by Bill Delaune

Slew due to an unsightly short tail that was by Bill Delaune chewed off by a

chewed off by a jealous cohort when he was a 2-year old. He also has to wear ear plugs to keep him relaxed in front of big crowds. But can he run. Sure his time in the Belmont was a full two seconds slower than the freakish Secretariat, but as they say at the track-“The only ones worried about time are those who are doing it in prison.” And his cardiac cavity may not be equal to Big Red’s in physical size (An autopsy revealed Secretariat’s heart was twice the size of a normal thoroughbred.) but he has shown the heart and soul of a champion who can come from behind to win the Kentucky Derby, survive a post time thunderstorm which sent Firing Line among others to their knees in the Preakness and come back to go wire-to-wire

against fresh horses in the grueling one and one-half mile Belmont. And the good news is his owner Ahmed Zayat-no, he’s not “Ahmed’s a Yat” from New Orleans who used to call Buddy D.’s football show-is going to run him several more times this year before Pharoah retires to stud-at about $100,000 a pop. Then maybe his offsprings will perform as well as Secretariat’s most famous son Risen Star-who was New Orleans based-and would have won his own Triple Crown if not for drawing the dreaded number one post position in the Derby (He went on to win the Preakness and Belmont by a combined 16 lengths.). And we’ll have Triple Crown winners more often than every 37 years. “All Hail Pharoah! All Hail the Tail!”

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The second letter also refers to my propensity for causing bad luck to befall certain teams in sporting events… Dear Blackcat Bill, Please tell me you’re not going back to Omaha after LSU’s “two and barbecue” disaster you caused in 2013. Joe Btfspik Thanks for the reminder, Joe. It means a lot to me coming from the greatest jinx of all time (Google the comic strip “Lil’ Abner”, boys and girls.). By now, since my deadline was June 13, you know how the Tigers did in their first two games at the College World Series and, of course, any victo- ry would be one more than I produced two years ago. But this team reminds me a little of American Pharoah. Despite some shortcomings, they find a way to win. They can come from behind, survive rain delays and thunderstorms that appear from nowhere or sprint out to an early lead with a scary combination of power and speed and hold off late rallies much like the Triple Crown champion. Nearly all successful baseball teams boast “strength up the middle” and LSU fits that mold nicely starting with a righty- lefty duo on the mound in Alex Lange and Jared Poche and four Major League draftees in catcher Kade Scivique (Go Maurepas!), centerfielder Andrew Stevenson and infielders Jared Foster and Alex Bregman. Should the Tigers win the CWS, Bregman could emerge as a poster child for turning down the Majors out of high school and playing college ball at its highest level and still get drafted in the top two picks. Are you recruits listening? If LSU has won the first two games at press time, look for a Pharoah-like “run for glory” to another historic championship. And I promise to stay home this year. And finally, an always appreci- ated correspondence from one of my former students… Hey, Wild Bill from

Prairieville,

I remember we always did a

lot of Shel Silverstein in your

class when you taught English Lit. (Some people said you taught everything “lit”.) Whether it was poetry like “A Light in the Attic” or story songs like “A Boy Named Sue”, I always enjoyed that dude.

I was just wondering what

sort of obscure arts you were digging these days? Miss N. Farmed Dear Miss N., Funny you should bring up Shel because he’s connected with a 1972 record that has finally been released-43 years after its conception-that I have really fallen for. I’m sure you’ve seen some of my writings waxing nostalgic about the “good old days” when Prairieville was still country and you knew everybody in church and the Fourth of July was spent at Landry’s Park playing ball and climbing greasy poles. Well, a couple of visionaries named James Casey and Vince Matthews tried to capture that Polaroid snapshot of an America gone by in an album called “The Kingston Springs Suite” over four decades ago.

Matthews was the driving force of this ambitious project that was backed by Nashville heavyweights including Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Cowboy Jack Clement. The producer was none other than your favorite renaissance man Shel Silverstein. Fueled by amphetamines, this long-haired Nashville rebel went full speed ahead with his revolutionary plans-even pro- posing the then-preposterous idea of filming a video for each song on the album. Remember-this was almost 10 years before a television channel called MTV was launched in 1981. If Vince’s life was a train wreck, it paled in comparison to the actual train wreck he caused in Kingston Springs (20 miles outside of Nashville and light years apart) which almost ended his video career before it got started. Matthews wanted to shoot a chorus of townspeople singing “God Save Kingston Springs” from the highest point in town which happened to be a train trestle. He rented a cherry picker from a local tree-trim- ming company and placed his cameraman in the bucket on

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top of the bridge. The concept was brilliant-the planning, not so much. No one bothered to check the train schedule and before filming could begin, a freight train smashed into the cherry picker leaving Matthews with no tape and a bridge (not London) falling down. Not to be denied, Matthews completed the project and the grainy, black and white video can be seen on YouTube today with the locals joining in, “Oh Good Lord can you find, In your heart to be kind, Can you spare Kingston Springs, Tennessee?” Now this ain’t no album for you Taylor Swift fans. Even modern technology can’t sugar coat Casey and Matthews’ rough vocals and extended recitations. But some of the cuts are priceless. Waylon Jennings recorded “Laid Back Guitar Picker” and his son Shooter has seen fit to do a modern version. “Bessie, That’s a Lie” is about an older, more experienced traveler trying to convince a young girl to stay in Kingston Springs. And none other than Johnny Cash himself called “Melva’s Wine” the “greatest contempo-

rary folk song I ever heard.” Vince’s habits led to crazier and crazier ideas and although he did write Don Dixon’s favorite Gene Watson song- “Love in the Hot Afternoon”- he dropped out of the Nashville recording scene until his death in 2013. “He was too damned brilliant for his own good,” said Merle Kilgore who co-wrote “Ring of Fire” with June Carter. “And that great speckled bird sang a song in his ear- Whispering words of magic only he could hear…” wrote Silverstein in a song simply named “Vince” which referred to a street name for amphetamines and not to Roy Acuff’s biblical analogy. At the very least, “The Kingston Springs Suite” is a reminder of a simpler time when June days were almost perfect-even if it took 43 years to get it released. Now if we get to see American Pharoah run this summer and LSU wins the College World Series and God saves small towns like Kingston Springs-and Prairieville-then we’ll celebrate our very own Triple Crown.

and God saves small towns like Kingston Springs-and Prairieville-then we’ll celebrate our very own Triple Crown.

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Get with the Tradition By Brandt Bourque For as long as Ryan can remember music

Get with the Tradition

Get with the Tradition By Brandt Bourque For as long as Ryan can remember music has

By Brandt Bourque

For as long as Ryan can remember music has always been a way of life for the Foret family. Uncle Wayne Foret and cousin Aaron Foret have been lighting up the music scene in the south for decades. Thats why it only seemed natural to call the project that started as a small two piece nearly 15 years ago “Foret Tradition”. Ryan, joined by Brandon Foret began playing as a band around the age of 16 or 17, and in 1999 released their first album, “Dance With Me” featuring 10 songs written by the duo.

Ryan
Ryan

Over the past fifteen years the band has seen a few lineup changes but now contains five all star members from around

South Louisiana. Ryan Foret, the ring leader, featured on lead vocals and keys is from Westwego. He has been part of many great groups, playing on the road with Wayne Toups and Johnny Allen to name a few. Backing up Ryan, the all star band features Jason Parfait on keyboards, saxophone and backing vocals. Jason is from the Houma area and has gigged with Marc Broussard, recorded with Ray Boudreaux of “The Voice” and was recently induct- ed into the “Westbank Music Hall of Fame”. Mark Templet is the guitar player in the group and also shares background

is the guitar player in the group and also shares background vocal duties. Mark is from

vocal duties. Mark is from

Pierre Part and has played with the legendary Percy Sledge and Don Rich for many years. Mark is also a 2014 inductee of the “Westbank Music Hall of Fame” and appeared in the

movie “The Badge”.

player Allan Maxwell is a resident of Madisonville and cut

Bass

Allan
Allan

his teeth on Bourbon St. Starting on the bass at the young age of 17 Allan has been playing professionally for 25 years now and has toured with Marc Broussard and King Floyd. Gonzales native, Lynn Boudreaux rounds out the group on drums. Lynn has been a professional drummer for over 20 years playing all over the gulf south opening for national acts like Diamond Rio

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and Lonestar. Lynn has been Foret’s drummer for the last seven years. When you show up at a Foret Tradition show you need to be prepared to dance! Foret’s mix of music is heavily influenced by Ryan’s idol, Fats Domino, and they try to blend in the perfect mix of swamp pop and top 40 into every gig. Because of an extensive setlist that mix can change from venue to venue. So whether you make it out to Henderson to see them at Pat’s or you catch them at one of their many festival shows

Jason
Jason

don’t expect to here the same songs each night. They can adjust their song list according to what the venue needs, “Some places want almost all swamp pop, others like a good mix”, states Boudreaux. A normal set can consist of songs from Johnny Allen, Wayne Toups, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Huey Lewis and of course Fats Domino. One thing is for certain each night, you will hear Foret’s most popular song, “Tee Na Nah”. Tee Nah Nah, the title track of the album that cam out in 2005 put Ryan Foret on the map in South Louisiana and he and his

Lynn
Lynn

band haven't looked back yet! Look for Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition at Park Place in Gonzales on June 26th! For more dates and to purchase CD’s of the band check out forettradition.net. In 2016 the tradition continues as the guys will again embark on the “Foret Tradition Cruise” April 24-30 out of Galviston, TX with Royal Caribbean. Watch the website for more information on the

Mark
Mark

2016 cruise. Also, keep your eye out for the new album produced and engineered by Travis Thibodaux and mixed by Mike Broussard Jr. due out within the next few months. Make sure you support this great band as they keep the tradition of southern music alive for the next generation!

Make sure you support this great band as they keep the tradition of southern music alive
Make sure you support this great band as they keep the tradition of southern music alive

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ThoughtsfromBully
ThoughtsfromBully
ThoughtsfromBully We All Make Mistakes. To quote the words from a Tracey Lawrence song, “Time Marches

We All Make Mistakes.

To quote the words from a Tracey Lawrence song, “Time Marches On”, I can assure you that is does. Our hearing starts to go from the many rock concerts we attended in the 70’s. Our memory turns on and off and like we all have done our entire life, we make mistakes. I’ve made a few in my days. I learned when you pick up sweet babies they don’t always smell

sweet. I learned in the 5th grade not to dust the chalk line off your favorite teacher’s butt just to help her out. If you do, be ready for the butt chewing of your life and to get your heart broken for the first time. I’ve learned never to go back to an ex-wife or girl friend. They are ex’s for a reason. Like my mother taught me, I’ve learned it is always best to admit to the mistake and move on and learn from it. Last month I was in charge of putting the Official Program of the Jambalaya Festival together and sure enough the first morning

I had a couple of people point out

a mistake I had made. It was an

honest mistake but a mistake never the less. Last year when I was taking photos of the Champ of Champs contest. I was told all of the cooks on the end row were the participants. All the cooks look like champions to me. When I got to the end of the row I took a photo of Ralph Delatte and his helper. Little did I know they were the first cooks of a second row of cooks along the back side of the contest. Needless to say I put

along the back side of the contest. Needless to say I put 34 them in as

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along the back side of the contest. Needless to say I put 34 them in as
along the back side of the contest. Needless to say I put 34 them in as

them in as a past champion and it was brought to my attention by a former champ. Oh well. Sorry

Ralph Jr. and good luck in the future and hope you make it to this page. You guys look like champions. This past month I had an opportunity to play golf with LSU baseball players from the 1975 SEC Championship team.I heard many fun stories about games and players. The one story that stood out was a story about the coach Jim Smith and a mistake he made. Prior to the game the coach called the team together and pointed out he was tired of the other teams stealing their signs on the bases. He came up with a plan to have individual signs for each player. He would write them down

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on a note card and use the cards to relay the signs induvialized for each player. The game was clicking along and a fast runner got on base. Coach Smith pulled the card from his front pocket for the runner on first and gave him the sign, a hand across the chest. The pitch was made and the runner didn’t move. Coach looked at him frustrated and gave him the sign across the chest again. The second pitch was made and the runner didn’t run again. Frustrated Coach Smith hollered across the diamond, “Savoy! You don’t know your own signs?” The runner hollered back, “I’m Juidise.” Coach pulled out Juidise’s card and tugged on his ear. He took off for the steal and was thrown out by 10 feet. The best laid plans can be rocked by mistakes. You never know when a mistake is going to jump up and bite you on the butt. Last week, after our friendly money round of golf with 15 players. We were sitting in the club house and reminiscing about the round. Sam Lavigne is one of the most respected golfers out here and everyone considers him the ‘A’ player. He had a decent round but mention he went in the sand trap on number 3. He wasn’t worried because he knew the trap and it would be an easy up and down for par. When he approached the trap

he saw that his ball was in a foot print. Someone in the groups ahead of him had not raked the trap. I thought it would be fun to start some s*%#. I spoke up immediately and said it was Jim from my team. Jim looked at me shouted, “No, not me! Don’t throw me under the bus.” We recounted our 4 man group and none of us had been in that trap. The group that played ahead of us started looking at each other. Then they realized several of them had been in that trap and they started pointing fingers. The point of this story is with our friendly game of golf it could have been anyone of our balls in that foot print. It could be David, Jim, Jeff or Pete. It could be Bill, Mike, Russell or Frankie. It would- n’t have mattered one bit but you don’t mess with Sam’s game.

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Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

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be 116 or older.

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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

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By Tracy
By Tracy

Taking Back the Responsibility

There have been many trends or shifts throughout our lives that have changed our way of doing things.

Fifty or more years ago the majority of families raised their own meat animals, vegetable gardens, canned their own jellies, and collected their own eggs. The word organic didn’t exist, natural, either. Growing was basic, it was natural and didn’t need an extra title to tell us so.

Breakfast consisted of farm fresh eggs gathered from the coop in the early morning, bacon from a pig that lived in the yard, jelly from the berries gathered from the field, and butter that was churned while sitting on the porch. If you wanted a loaf of bread, you made that too.

In the late 80’s and early 90’s there was a major shift that changed this way of life. Women were no longer interested in performing the demeaning duties of domestic chores and instead

became enthusiastic about entering the workplace and earning a monetary living like their male

counterparts.

possession of the day shifted from an award winning pie to a day-planner. Anyone who was any- one carried one and the fuller it was with appointments the more successful a person was thought to be.

The prized

With such a busy lifestyle no one had time left in the day to prepare meals from scratch or to raise their own meat or vegetables and truthfully, no one really wanted to, so the task of providing food for our families fell into the hands of strangers.

The convenience of going to the grocery store and choosing anything we wanted was a delight. Everything was prettily packaged and just sitting there waiting on us to swing by and scoop it up. Convenience didn’t stop with just packaged meat it offered perfectly colored tomatoes and bell peppers . And if we were too busy to dice up a tomato, we could buy boxed food that contained dehydrated vegetables and cheeses. We simply add hot water.

This pleased the public very much. Quick and easy is the ticket for the modern, busy world.

It wasn’t until recently did we finally notice that our young girls of 8 are aging as though they’re 17, obesity is at an all-time high and our overall health has deteriorated. Then did we finally look into the food on the grocery store shelves and ask where did it come from? What we found horrified us.

Our beef and poultry have never seen the light of day from a pasture, but instead grew in a feed lot on grain and sometimes ground up animal parts. (Hence, Mad Cow Disease) A feed lot? That word never existed, either. When raising animals in feed lots antibiotics are necessary to combat the diseases that are inevitable when packing that many animals together, and GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) are in place because we insist on a turkey-sized breast from a chicken and a perfectly shaped cucumber. Preservatives are added because much of our vegetables are shipped from other regions of the world and would spoil under natural conditions.

Suddenly we’re ready, willing and eager to take back the responsibili- ty of feeding our families. No longer insulted by what we once thought to be a demeaning role. We’ve learned it is the role that holds the most value of all, our health and the future of our chil- dren. “You Are What You Eat”.

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44 Pelican Point is on the Move! After 18 years of catering primarily to golfers,
44 Pelican Point is on the Move! After 18 years of catering primarily to golfers,

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44 Pelican Point is on the Move! After 18 years of catering primarily to golfers, Pelican

Pelican Point is on the Move!

After 18 years of catering primarily to golfers, Pelican Point Golf Club is making a tremendous change. The club and the clubhouse is in the process of transform- ing from a golfers' paradise into a place for all Pelican Point Members and Guests to meet, dine, drink and be entertained.

The entire clubhouse is being upgraded for greater ambiance and curb appeal, and to accommodate numerous fun social events.

The new upscale 19th Hole Sports Bar will be open for drinks each night. On nights when spectacular sporting events are televised and shown on our gigantic television screens, the 19th hole Sports Bar will have later extended hours. Appetizers and food will be available during the earlier hours.

and food will be available during the earlier hours. surrounded by night lit trees and landscaping,

surrounded by night lit trees and landscaping, in the ballroom on the second floor of the clubhouse, in Mulligans, and in the 19th hole Sports Bar.

There will be many live music opportunities, and in the near future you can look forward to hearing Bluegrass music, Irish Celtic music, Cajun French music, Dixieland music, jazz and New Age Electro music by professional musicians and groups.

The large pavilion at the Lakes Clubhouse will be moved to the left rear side of the Links Clubhouse for outdoor concerts, plays, and comedy shows. However, at times we will offer entertainment at different venues: on the outside deck

Stay tuned for more information as the Pelican Point Club and the Clubhouse makes its transformation, or simply call Phillip Wright at the Clubhouse, 746-9900.

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Summer Time Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Prep Time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 servings Ingredients: 6 Fresh Medium Tomatoes Executive Chef 2
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Executive Chef
2 lbs Chicken Breast
½ Cup Mayo
Ben Jarreau
¼ Cup Creole Mustard
1 Tbsp Fresh Garlic (minced)
1 Tbsp Salt
¾ Tbsp Black Pepper
¼ Cup Celery (chopped)
¼ Cup Red Onion (minced)
¼ Cup Green Onion (thinly sliced)
1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
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Season the chicken breast using salt and pepper. Grill or bake
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Dr. Allison is now offering Botox* and Dermal Fillers
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