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TIGER TIME
2015
FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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The LSU Offense

The Tigers return eight starters on offense, including
four at the skill positions along with three on the
offensive line, under third-year offensive coordinator Cam
Cameron. A year ago with a first-year starter at
quarterback in Anthony Jennings, LSU was a run-heavy
offense led by freshman sensation Leonard Fournette.
Fournette led the Southeastern Conference in all-purpose
yards, and he set an LSU freshman record for rushing
yards with 1,034.
The Tigers ranked among the SEC leaders with 224.5
rushing yards a contest in 2014. Overall, LSU averaged
27.6 points and 387.5 total yards per game. LSU
topped the 300-yard rushing mark in four games last
year which including a whopping 384 yards in a 23-17
win over Texas A&M.
Joining Fournette as returning starters at the skill
positions for LSU in 2015 include wide receivers Travin
Dural and John Diarse along with quarterback Anthony
Jennings.
Despite the loss of three-year starter and second team
All-America La’el Collins to the NFL, the Tigers offensive
line returns three players who should all contend for
postseason honors led by senior right tackle Vadal
Alexander. He’s joined by a pair of juniors in left tackle
Jerald Hawkins and guard/center Ethan Pocic to anchor
what should be one of the strengths for the Tigers. The
final returning starter for LSU in 2015 is tight end Dillon
Gordon, who doubles as a pass catcher and blocker for
the Tigers.

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Quarterbacks

Running Backs

The quarterback position is a spot that is expected to
be manned by junior Anthony Jennings (6-2, 216, Jr.2L) or sophomore Brandon Harris (6-3, 188, So.-1L)
but that won’t be settled until sometime during preseason practice. Jennings started all but one game a year
ago for the Tigers and guided LSU to an 8-4 mark in
those contests. Jennings features a strong command of
the offense along with having 22 games of experience
to his credit. For his career, Jennings has completed
124-of-256 passes for 1,792 yards, 12 touchdowns and
eight interceptions. He’s led LSU on four game-winning
driving during his brief career with the Tigers, and he’s
9-4 overall a starter.
Harris, with a big arm and the ability to make
game-changing plays with his feet, showed glimpses of
what the future may hold at the quarterback position at
times last year, leading LSU to a near unthinkable
comeback against Mississippi State and directing
touchdown scoring drives on seven straight drives in a
win over New Mexico State. Harris played in nine games
during his rookie season with the Tigers in 2014 with
his lone start coming on the road against Auburn. He
completed 25-of-45 passes for 452 yards, six touchdowns and only two interceptions. He also rushed for
159 yards and three TDs to account for a total of nine
touchdowns last year.
True freshman Justin McMillan (6-1, 177, Fr.-HS) and
senior Brad Kragthorpe (6-0, 200, Sr.-1L) round out the
depth chart at the quarterback position for the Tigers
heading into 2015.

It’s been a long time since there’s been this much
preseason hype for a LSU running back but after the
showing the Leonard Fournette (6-1, 230, So.-1L) put
on last year as a rookie, it’s well-deserved. Fournette is
listed among the top running backs in the country going
into 2015, and he’s even been ranked among the
favorites to contend for the Heisman Trophy as the
nation’s top player. Last year, Fournette emerged as one
of the top players at his position in the SEC, rushing for
1,034 yards and 10 TDs. He averaged a staggering 5.5
yards per carry and led the SEC in all-purpose yards with
137.4 a contest. He doubled as a game-breaker at kick
returner where he averaged 26.0 yards a return. He
capped his rookie season with a 100-yard kickoff return
for a TD against Notre Dame to go with an 89-yard
touchdown run against the Irish in the Music City Bowl.
Fournette will be joined the backfield by sophomore
Darrel Williams (6-0, 230, So.-1L), who rushed for 302
yards and three touchdowns as a true freshman in
2014. The Tigers will welcome three of the top high
school running backs in the nation to the roster this year
with the addition of Derrius Guice (5-11, 216, Fr.-HS),
Nick Brossette (6-0, 214, Fr.-HS), and Lanard Fournette
(5-10, 185, Fr.-HS).

Fullbacks
The fullback position will continue to play a prominent
role in the LSU offense, and the Tigers will count on J.D.
Moore (6-3, 229, So.-1L) to help fill the gap left with
the departure of two-year starter Connor Neighbors to
graduation.
Moore transitioned to fullback fulltime during the
spring with good results. He’s expected to lead a young,
but talented group at the position that will also include a
pair of true freshmen in David Ducre (6-0, 239, Fr.-HS)
and Bry’Kiethon Mouton (6-1, 250, Fr.-HS). Tony
Upchurch (6-1, 230, Fr.-RS), a converted wide receiver,
rounds out the list of fullbacks for the Tigers.

Wide Receivers

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Wide receiver may be the deepest and talented
position on the field for LSU in 2015 as the Tigers return
four players who have started and played significant
snaps. LSU wideouts caught 83 passes among four
players last year and all four of those return in 2015 led
by junior Travin Dural (6-2, 194, Jr.-2L). Dural headlines
the group as one of the most explosive playmakers in
the SEC. Dural is averaging 20 yards per catch for his 44
career receptions, and he scored on TDs of 94 and 80
yards last year in his first full season as a starter.
A trio of sophomores made a big impact on the
passing game for LSU last year led by Trey Quinn (6-0,
194, So.-1L), who ranked second on the team with 17
catches for 193 yards in his seven starts. John Diarse
(6-0, 210, So.-1L) showed his big-play capability by
opening the year with a 36-yard fourth quarter TD
against Wisconsin that helped spark the comeback win
and then closed the season with a 75-yard scoring
reception against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl.
Diarse finished the season with 15 catches for 275
yards and three touchdowns. Malachi Dupre (6-3, 187,
So.-1L), a unique athlete with tremendous receiving
skills, finished second on the team with five touchdowns

in 2014. He caught 14 passes for 317 yards and
averaged a team-high 22.7 yards per catch.
D.J. Chark (6-2, 184, So.-SQ) played sparingly as a
true freshman in 2014 but is coming off perhaps the
best spring of all LSU receivers. Chark led LSU in
receiving in every spring scrimmage and positioned
himself to be the rotation once the season starts.
Newcomers Tyron Johnson (6-2, 192, Fr.-HS), Derrick
Dillon (5-11, 174, Fr.-HS) and Jazz Ferguson (6-5,
214, Fr.-HS) all come to LSU with a chance to compete
for playing time in 2015.

Tight Ends
A critical part to the LSU offense is the play of the
tight end, and that’s one spot on the field where the
Tigers return a mixture of talent. Senior and returning
starter Dillon Gordon (6-4, 295, Sr.-3L) is a punishing
blocker who also displays soft and reliable hands in the
passing game. Colin Jeter (6-6, 236, Jr.-1L) is a threat
in the vertical and intermediate passing game, while
DeSean Smith (6-5, 242, Jr.-2L) is hybrid with good
size but also has good speed and creates mismatch
problems for linebackers. Smith had his best game in the
season-finale last year against Notre Dame with four
catches for 66 yards, both career-highs. Redshirt
freshman Jacory Washington (6-5, 221, Fr.-RS) is much
like that of Smith in that he’s got great athletic ability
and can create mismatch issues for opposing defenses in
the passing game.
Foster Moreau (6-5, 237, Fr.-HS) and Hanner Shipley
(6-5, 284, Fr.-HS) are both true freshmen who will have
an opportunity to contribute in 2015.

Offensive Linemen
One of the biggest strengths for LSU in 2015 will be
that of the offensive line as the Tigers return three
starters up front led by senior right tackle Vadal
Alexander (6-6, 320, Sr.-3L), who has a combined 34
career starts at left guard (25 starts) and right tackle
(9). He’s joined by junior left tackle Jerald Hawkins
(6-6, 309, Jr.-2L) and junior guard/center Ethan Pocic
(6-7, 301, Jr.-2L) as returning starters for the Tigers.
Hawkins, with tremendous reach and outstanding
footwork, may be the next great LSU offensive lineman.
He will shift to left tackle in 2015 after starting 25
games at right tackle as a freshman and sophomore.
Pocic displays tremendous run and pass blocking skills
and is versatile enough to play any position on the line
of scrimmage. He’s penciled in to start alongside
Hawkins at left guard giving LSU as dominant a
guard-tackle combination as there will be in college
football in 2015.
Josh Boutte (6-5, 340, Jr.-1L) made big strides during
the spring and is in position to take over the starting
spot at right guard in 2015, while redshirt freshman
William Clapp (6-5, 295, Fr.-RS) emerged from the
spring as a potential candidate for the center spot. Clapp
will be pushed by sophomore Andy Dodd (6-4, 336,
So.-1L) for playing time at center.
K.J. Malone (6-4, 289, So.-1L) and Garrett Brumfield
(6-4, 309, Fr.-RS) will be in the rotation at the guard
positons in 2015. Malone, who appeared on the
offensive line in four games in 2014, has also
cross-trained at center and can fill-in at that spot
if necessary.
LSU’s 2015 signing class featured five of the nation’s

Defensive Tackles

top offensive line prospects, all of which will be in
position to compete for significant playing time in the
near future. The list of newcomers include tackle Toby
Weathersby (6-5, 303, Fr.-HS), lineman Chidi ValentineOkeke (6-6, 315, Fr.-HS), tackle George Brown Jr. (6-6,
283, Fr.-HS), guard Adrian Magee (6-5, 366, Fr.-HS)
and guard Maea Teuhema (6-4, 323, Fr.-HS).

LSU returns both of its starting defensive tackles as
junior Christian LaCouture (6-5, 300, Jr.-2L) and
sophomore Davon Godchaux (6-4, 298, So.-1L) are
back after starting the final 10 games alongside each
other in 2014. LaCouture is the most experienced of
LSU’s defensive linemen with 26 appearances and 13
starts. He’s recorded 51 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and
3.5 sacks during his two years with the Tigers. Godchaux
needed just three games before taking over the starting
job where he quickly established himself as one of the
top freshmen defensive tackles in the country. Godchaux
finished his rookie season with 42 tackles as he helped
anchor a Tiger defense that led the league in total yards
and pass defense.
Senior Quentin Thomas (6-4, 303, Sr.-2L), and a pair
of sophomores in Greg Gilmore (6-5, 305, So.-SQ) and
Frank Herron (6-4, 278, So.-SQ) will be part of the
defensive tackle rotation. Thomas worked his way into a
starting role last year before suffering an arm injury early
in the year that slowed his progress and limited his
playing time. He still managed to play in 11 games
with three starts.

The LSU Defense

Defense has been the foundation that Les Miles has
built his program around and 2015 will be no different,
as the Tigers under the direction of first-year coordinator
Kevin Steele, return six starters from a unit that led the
SEC in total defense and pass defense a year ago.
Under Miles, the Tiger defense has produced 20
touchdowns, while also playing a significant role in LSU’s
24 fourth-quarter comebacks over the last 10 years.
Since 2005, LSU has finished in the top 3 in the SEC in
total defense and scoring defense eight times, in rushing
defense six times, and in passing defense four times.
Under Miles, LSU has finished outside of the top 4 in the
SEC in scoring defense just one time (9th in 2008).
Steele, along with defensive line coach Ed Orgeron,
have brought new energy to what was already a very
talented defense. If the 15 spring practices were any
indication as to how the transition will be to Steele,
then the Tigers will be in good shape as players
bounced around the practice field with high energy
and enthusiasm.
The strength of LSU’s defense is right up the middle as
the Tigers return their two defensive tackles in Christian
LaCouture and Davon Godchaux along with middle
linebacker Kendell Beckwith and safety Jalen Mills.
Tre’Davious White, a dynamic playmaker, is back for
his third year as a starter at cornerback, while outside
linebacker Lamar Louis rounds out the list of returning
starters for the Tigers.

Defensive Ends
LSU will have to replace both of its defensive ends due

Linebackers

to the departure of Danielle Hunter, who was picked in
the third round of the NFL Draft and Jermauria Rasco,
who finished his eligibility after starting for two years for
the Tigers.
As a result of the loss of Hunter and Rasco, LSU’s
defensive end position will feature a pair of first-time
starters in 2015. Among those players vying for the
starting job include Lewis Neal (6-1, 255, Jr.-2L),
Tashawn Bower (6-5, 237, Jr.-2L), Sione Teuhema (6-4,
232, So.-1L) and Maquedius Bain (6-4, 299, So.-1L).
Bower, with 19 tackles in 19 games, and Neal, with 10
tackles in 23 games, are the most experienced of the

group.
Deondre Clark (6-3, 244, So.-1L) will likely be among
the players in the rotation at defensive end, while M.J.
Patterson (6-3, 231, So.-SQ) emerged from spring practice as a player to watch heading into 2015. Newcomers
Isaiah Washington (6-4, 255, Fr.-HS) and Arden Key (66, 230, Fr.-HS) were both highly-touted coming out of
high school and could push for playing time as true freshmen in 2015.

The Tigers return two starters and two others who
have at least one start to their credit at the position
heading into 2015. One of the anchors for the LSU
defense this year will be middle linebacker Kendell
Beckwith (6-2, 245, Jr.-2L), who took over as the
starter midway through the 2014 season and quickly
established himself as a future star. Beckwith ranked
second on the team last year with 77 tackles and 7.5
tackles for loss despite not cracking the starting lineup
until the seventh game of the season. Beckwith, a
former high school quarterback, showed just what type
of playmaker he can be as he scored on a 29-yard
interception against New Mexico State, had a
game-changing sack against Ole Miss, and successfully
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Lamar Louis (5-11, 229, Sr.-3L) joins Beckwith as
the other returning starter for the Tigers. Louis, who
mans the Sam linebacker spot, has started 15 games in
his career and posted 67 tackles. Deion Jones (6-1,
220, Sr.-3L) is slated to start at the Will linebacker
after making a name for himself as a special teams
standout during his first three years with the Tigers.

Cornerbacks

Jones and Duke Riley (6-1, 218, Jr.-2L) have both started one game during their career but bring a great deal
of experience to the position for the Tigers in 2015.
Jones has 65 career tackles, while Riley has
27 career stops.
Ronnie Feist (6-1, 224, Jr.-2L) will backup
Beckwith in the middle, while Donnie Alexander (6-1,
201, So.-1L) and Devin Voorhies (6-2, 208, So.-1L)
will see action behind Jones at one of the outside
linebacker positions.

13 pass breakups for an LSU defense that led the
league in total yards and pass defense in 2014.
Ed Paris (6-1, 208, So.-1L) and true freshman Kevin
Toliver II (6-2, 192, Fr.-HS) were both impressive
during the spring and are slated to compete for the
cornerback slot opposite White. Paris played in 13
games last year as a true freshman, seeing most of his
action on special teams. Toliver II, who was listed as the
top cornerback in high school last year, enrolled at LSU
early and went through spring drills with the Tigers.

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Tre’Davious White (5-11, 191, Jr.-2L), one of the
LSU veterans no matter the position, has developed into
one of the top cornerbacks in the nation going into his
junior season. White has started 24 games and he’s
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Dwayne Thomas (6-0, 182, Jr.-2L) is expected to be
back at full strength after suffering a season-ending
injury in the fifth game of the year. Thomas will find a
place on the field in some capacity in the secondary due
to his playmaking and leadership ability.
Russell Gage (6-0, 180, So.-SQ) along with newcomers Donte Jackson (5-11, 168, Fr.-HS), and Xavier Lewis
(6-0, 186, Fr.-HS) will be in position to contribute in the
secondary or on special teams in 2015.

Safeties
LSU’s safeties are a versatile and an athletic group
that will once again be asked to play aggressive while
also being dependable in coverage. LSU’s secondary
features two of the top safeties in the SEC in senior
Jalen Mills (6-1, 189, Sr.-3L) and sophomore Jamal
Adams (6-0, 206, So.-1L). Mills has started every game
of his LSU career (39) and is the only player on the
team with over 100 career tackles (186). Mills has
proven to be an asset in stopping the run, while also
being good in coverage. He has six career interceptions
and 13 pass breakups.
Adams quickly developed into one of the most
explosive players on the team as a true freshman a year
ago with a hard-hitting, relentless mindset on the field.
Adams racked up 66 tackles along with 5.0 tackles for
loss and a sack in 2014 as he played in all 13 games
with two starts.
Rickey Jefferson (6-0, 204, Jr.-2L), Corey Thompson
(6-2, 218, Jr.-2L), and John Battle (6-1, 186, So.-1L)
are three players with significant game experience that
will be counted on to contribute in the secondary
in 2015.
Jefferson has made a number of big plays during his
first two years with the Tigers but none bigger than his
fourth quarter interception that set-up LSU’s game-winning field goal to beat Florida last year. Jefferson has
29 tackles and a pair of interceptions to his credit.
Thompson is expected back at full speed in 2015 after
missing all of last season with a knee injury. Thompson
started five games in 2013 and has played in 23
contests during his career, totaling 51 tackles and three

since 2005, and the Tigers have scored at least one TD
on special teams in each of Miles’ 10 years at the
school.
Bradley Dale Peveto has served as LSU’s special teams
coordinator for four years over two different stints with
the Tigers and is considered to be one of the top special
teams coordinators in college football.

pass breakups. Battle played in just one game a year
ago but a good spring followed by a strong showing in
the offseason program has him in position to contribute
more in 2015.

The LSU
Special Teams

Placekickers

Another signature of a Les Miles team is that of
quality special teams play. Under Miles, LSU has
accounted for 22 touchdowns on special teams which
includes 12 punt returns for TDs, four kickoff returns for
TDs, two blocked field goals for TDs, and one TD each on
a blocked punt, fumbled punt, fake field goal, and
missed field goal.
LSU is 19-2 when scoring a special teams touchdown

Colby Delahoussaye (5-10, 176, Jr.-2L) is back for his
third year as LSU’s primary placekicker. In his first two
years with the Tigers, Delahoussaye has converted 24-of29 field goals, including 14-of-16 from 30 yards or
longer. He’s backed up by Trent Domingue (6-1, 170,
Jr.-1L), who made 2-of-4 field goals last year and
Cameron Gamble (5-11, 190, So.-1L). Domingue and
Gamble also share kickoff duties for the Tigers.

Punters
Jamie Keehn (6-4, 220, Sr.-3L), LSU’s second straight
Australian punter, will once again handle all punting
duties for the Tigers in 2015. Last year, Keehn earned
second team All-SEC honors after ranking No. 2 in the
league with a 44.9 average. For his career, Keehn is
averaging 43.5 yards a punt and he’s downed 48 of
126 punts inside the opponent 20-yard line.
Keehn will be backed up by another Aussie in Josh
Growden (6-4, 220, Fr.-HS), who signed with the Tigers
last spring.

Return Specialists
LSU returns both of its return specialists in 2015 as
Tre’Davious White is expected to return punts, while
Leonard Fournette will handle kickoff returns. White
ranked among the SEC leaders in punt returns last year
with a 10.9 average on 25 returns. He returned a punt
67 yards for a touchdown against Kentucky.
Fournette led the SEC in all-purpose yards in 2014
and he was among the league leaders in kickoff returns
with a 26.0 average on 24 returns. Fournette closed the
year with a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD against
Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl.
Jamal Adams will backup White on punt returns, while
Travin Dural will contribute in the kickoff return game.

Snappers
Reid Ferguson (6-2, 236, Sr.-3L) has handled nearly
every snap – both placekicks and punts – since walking
on campus as a true freshman in 2012. He will be
counted on to do the same for LSU in 2015 as he’s
listed as a preseason All-America heading into his senior
season. Ferguson is a placekicker and punter’s dream as
his snaps are right on the mark every time.
Reid Ferguson will be backed up by his younger
brother Blake Ferguson (6-3, 215, Fr.-HS), who signed
with the Tigers after being thought of as the nation’s top
prep long snapper a year ago.

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clothes not skin. Perspiration can
weaken silk cords. Wipe pearls
after every wearing. Avoid chemicals. Put pearls on after hair spray
and perfume. Let us check to see if
restringing is needed.
• Karat Gold can be damaged by
the chlorine in swimming pool
water as well as in many household
products. Always remove gold
jewelry before swimming or doing
housework.
• Tennis bracelets containing
many gems are at risk if prongs are
worn or weakened by wear or
rough treatment. Now is the time
to let us do a safety check on your
bracelets, rings, and necklaces
before any gems are lost.

but can’t define, and that passion
to get up in the morning with
undeniable energy in our bodies.

Surround yourself
with people that
INSPIRE –
Just like natural elements (the sun,
wind, earth, and rain) make up the
environment around you, so do
people! Make sure you surround
yourself with people that will allow
you to thrive. People that are in
their purpose inspire me the most.
That doesn’t mean making the
most money or having the biggest
title at a workplace, but it means
someone who knows what they
were put on this Earth to do and
are doing it. So, put yourself in
the presence of people that
encourage you, lift you up, and
believe in your success even before
you believe it.

Faith without
ACTIONS is dead –

Are you
Surviving?

Do you expect to have a fulfilled
marriage without kindness and
forgiveness? Do you believe you
will have an athlete’s body without
training? Do you have faith to get
out of debt yet keep spending
beyond your means? That won’t
happen without action on your
part. You must continue to have
wisdom concerning your vision
and what it will take to achieve it.
When you truly believe, walking
out your vision is easy. Believing
takes discipline. You may have a
setback and want to give up, but
you’ve got to keep on moving
towards that goal if your want that
dream to manifest.

Are you happy with where you are
in life? Are you really fulfilled?
A guest pastor asked us a few
weeks ago, “Are you surviving?”
If so, that’s not exactly where you
want to be, unless you’ve recently
been through a life threatening
event. You should not survive but
thrive. But in order to thrive,
you’ve got to have the right
environment. Just like plants need
sunlight and water, we also need
elements in and around us to
flourish. As human beings, we
should all be growing and
developing - emotionally,
mentally, and certainly spiritually.
Stagnant water is not good to
drink from, and neither should we
be stagnant.

Have a clear
VISION –

this life we will have hardships)
but we should never give up on
our hopes and dreams. It’s what
gives us that sparkle in our eyes,
that thing that everyone knows

would be an amazing future for
ourselves, so it’s important that as
life happens we keep our vision,
even if that vision changes! I’m
not saying life is perfect, (for in

Every brilliant idea or invention
started with and idea and that idea
started a vision. So why not have
a vision for your life? If your vision
is hazy or uncertain, make it clear.
Spend some time with yourself
and use your imagination. If you
would consider your perfect life
what would it look like? Maybe
it’s time for you to sit down with
pen and paper and write down
what that vision looks like. I
believe that as life happens we lose
our hope for what we thought

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You see how all of these work
together to define your pathway to
success? Have a vision, surround
yourself with positive people that
inspire and uplift you, and finally,
create your plan of action to walk
towards that dream. So, don’t just
survive but thrive!

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‘THE GODFATHER’
Sonny Lamendola
Turns 87
Sonny with his family at his 80th Birthday

Wedding June 30, 1947. Mother-in-law Agnes Gautreau, Sonny, Mother Eva, Father-in-law David Gautreau, Wife Nona and Father Angelo

Sonny Lamendola had a
birthday party at Carol Gautreau's
house on the 21 of July, although
his birthday was the 20th. Friends
gather every Tuesday at Gautreau's
in the past, so they decided to
make the 21st a party for Sonny.
Many friends attended the
gathering to help celebrate the
occasion. Kenny Mattassa assisted
his son Tony in cooking ribs for
the event. Tony is the Chef for

1965 Family photo. Blair Bill, Craig, Nona,Sonny, Jill, Jan

Shoppers Choice.
From his humble beginnings,
the third child of Angelo and Eva
(Smiley). He walked to school. In
high school he played basketball
and was also a Bulldog cheer
leader. Before he went to school
he had to get up early and work in
his fathers store. Usually in the
meat dept butchering meat,
because at that time stores had to
break down a whole side of beef.

Some of his high school
buddies were Buck and Mike
Banker, Byron Gautreau, Norris
Rushing and Sully LeBlanc just to
name a few. Most streets were
gravel and the end of Gonzales
main road was about where the
Blue Runner factory is today with
only a dirt road leading out to the
Mississippi River.
After high school he joined the
navy and served on the ship
Chicago in Japan. He returned
home to marry his high school
sweet heart Nona M. Gautreau
and begin his family and
business career.
He has fathered 5 children and
7 grandchildren. He was
intrumental in getting First
National Bank of Gonzales here.
At the time it was the second bank
in Gonzlaes and he was on the
board of directors for many years.
To begin his work as a real estate
developer, he went to Washington
DC to have property annexed into
the city limits known today as
Pecan Grove Estates. His love for
his town kept him developing in
the city limits. Success did not
come to him easy, he made many
sacrifices.
Sonny along with his brother
Glenn helped to organize the
Associated Grocers and build the
warehouse that was then located
near the governors masion in
Baton Rouge. He later became the
president of Associated Grocers
and worked along side many of
the prominent Baton Rouge
Supermarket owners. Sonny and
the late Paul LeBlanc were good

friends and had many business
ventures together.
To add to his grocery store business he became a ship channeler,
(at that time only 33 in the country). He would deliver food, goods
and money to the ocean going
vessels that would dock on the
Mississippi River such as the
Texaco Ships and at the Ormet
Plant along with many other sites
from Baton Rouge to New
Orleans. After the ships were
cleared from customs he would be
there to board the ship, many
times in the middle of the night to
meet with the captain and get his
food order. He also serviced the
many tug boats on the river.
Although he had his finger in the
growth of Gonzales he is and avid
hunter and fisherman and still
enjoys doing so with friends and
his grandson.
Sonny is the 2nd generation
owner of Lamendola's
Supermarket and is also the

Loui: "Thank you for always being there for me. Thanks for teaching and guiding me. Your energy and spirit at 87 years old are an
inspiration to everyone."

Harry Robert: One of my most favorite people who has a keen outlook on all phases of life.

biggest developer in Gonzales
building over 600 houses. His
only other job was in the Navy in
the WWII. Lamendola's Grocery
has gone to the 4th generation
which is Daphene Lamendola.
Sonny along with other local

businessmen established the
Gonzales Savings and Loan which
was in operation for many years.
In 1983 people actually camped
outside the savings and loan to be
first in line to get the low interest
rate of 13.5%. He and the board

of directors and many investors
lost huge amounts of money when
the Saving and Loan failed, due to
the great oil crunch of the late
80’s, however this did not deter
him what so ever, he continued
moving forward, buying and sell-

ing land and whatever came his
way. He even bought the old First
Baptist Church that was then
located on Railroad Street and it
became a school.
He built and sold the building
that became Southwest
Computers at Burnside and
Cornerview St. He also developed
several business warehouse areas in
the city along La.30.
His latest venture is the
development near the Gonzales
Middle School of residential and
commercial properties.
Not only has he brought many
business and families to Gonzales
he is a large donor to the city,
donating 70 acres, behind
Southwood Subdivision and also a
proposed tract of acreage off
Worthy Road near the new
development. He is also a strong
supporter of our local law
enforcement and has worked
closely with local government
throughout his life.
There are so many places you
look at around Gonzales and you
will see his fingerprint. At 87
years young he still gets up
everyday, reads The Advocate and
goes to work overseeing different
project in his beloved city.
Sonny’s always a fair man to his
many employees and a good friend
to many, some even call him
“The Godfather”.
Sonny as a Bulldog Cheer Leader

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Microscopes
in Dentistry

clearly see all the areas within
that tiny space and remove
debris until the root canal area
is truly clean. If any debris or
nerve tissue is left behind in
those canals, the root canal
will not work and the tooth
will either have to be retreated
or extracted.

Because Bad
Things Come in
Small Packages
By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD

Precision is
Perfection

Dr.Bessonet is among only
1% of dentists in the world who
use a surgical microscope in
his practice.

Seeing is Succeeding
The human mouth isn't a very
big place. And the structures
within your mouth that are of
concern are even smaller.
Furthermore, most of the
things that affect your oral
health are just plain tiny.
Sometimes the causes of
problems are invisible to the
naked eye. Areas of decay on
the teeth start small, so if your
dentist uses a microscope he
can find and treat the decay
with a small filling that will not
only be invisible, but will
preserve the maximum amount
of tooth structure ensuring the
health and stability of that
tooth. It is very common for
teeth with large fillings to

develop cracks in them. If the
cracks go unnoticed by your
dentist, they will eventually
result in the need for root
canals. Sometimes, if the crack
progresses too far before treatment, the tooth will become
hopeless and have to be
removed. The key to
conservative treatment is
finding and treating the
problems early, but you can’t
treat what you can’t see! And
the better your dentist can see
these things, the better work
he'll be able to do for youwhether its preventive,
restorative, or cosmetic.

Bigger is Better
That's exactly why Dr. Bessonet
uses a microscope in so many of
his cases. Consider a root canal
situation, for example.
Thorough cleaning out of
debris and decay in tooth itself
is absolutely critical to the
success of the treatment, and to
the long-term health of the
patient. The task in such a case
is to completely clean out all
the harmful Bacteria in the root
canal system that is made up of
multiple, tiny canals within the
roots that are about the size of
pencil lead sometimes. Using a
high-powered, illuminated
dental microscope, he can

Another advantage of
microscope use is that it
enables Dr. Bessonet to
perform restorative and
cosmetic procedures with
unbeatable precision. Teeth
surfaces and areas needing
repair are seen for what they
really are, so that materials and
methods can be chosen
accordingly. There's nothing
left to guesswork or chance.
And the result of this attention
to detail is accuracy of fit,
beautiful shaping, and a perfect
smile. Many times the key to
successful and long lasting
cosmetic treatment is preserving as much enamel as possible.
By using a microscope,
Dr. Bessonet can be ultra
conservative in the way he
shapes the teeth, ensuring
beautiful, stable results.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS
By Linda Melancon
exhausted and at their wits end.
This article will describe the “sandwich generation” in more detail
and give some pointers to help
people faced with the responsibilities on taking care of both of these
fronts.

The Sandwich
Generation
I don’t know how this slipped by
me with the type of work I do, but
July was National Sandwich
Generation Month. I would say a
happy belated National Sandwich
Generation Month to my clients
and others in this demographic,
but I know their lives are often
anything but happy. For those of
you unaware of what the “sandwich generation” is, it is the generation of people who are handling
care issues for their parents and/or
grandparents while at the same
time taking care of their children
and/or grandchildren. In my
estate planning and elder law practice, I see many people in this
demographic and they are often

you have the proper documents in
place in case you need to make
financial or health care decisions
for your parent or grandparent.
Additionally, an elder law attorney
will know the requirements for
government programs, like
Medicaid and VA benefits, that
might allow you to pay for some
outside care and provide you some
respite. At the same time, if you
are paying for these costs out of
your own pocket, an elder law
attorney may be able to find the
funding so you won’t have to.

According to the Pew Research
Center, 1 in 8 Americans is taking
care of a parent and a child simultaneously. The U.S. Census
Bureau says the number of people
over 65 will double by 2030 so
this number is only going to
increase. Carol Abaya first coined
the term “sandwich generation” to
describe those “sandwiched”
between their aging parents
and/or grandparents and still raising their own young children or
still supporting their adult children. Nearly 47% of adults in their
40s and 50s fall into this category
and about 15% of middle-aged
adults are providing financial support for both a parent and a child.
The responsibilities of care and
financial support can be overwhelming and many people do not
know where to turn for help.

Many elder law attorneys also are a
wealth of information when it
comes to finding out about your
aging parents or grandparents’
Social Security and Medicare payments. They also often know
about Medicare Supplement and
Medicare Advantage plans. Since
elder law attorneys often deal with
clients needing long-term care,
they may be able to assist you with
the legal issues associated with
bringing someone into your loved
one’s home to assist with their
care. When home care is no
longer feasible, they may also be
able to assist you with finding the
right assisted living facility or nursing home and how you can pay for
care there.

Seeing an attorney may not be the
first thing that comes to mind
when trying to deal with “sandwich generation” responsibilities,
but an elder law attorney may be a
very good place to start. First, an
elder law attorney can make sure

Some elder law attorneys also offer
life care planning for their clients.
A life care plan is a plan that
addresses the legal, financial and
care issues that go along with
aging and loss of capacity. It provides a roadmap to help you and

your loved ones prepare for the
things we know will happen along
the elder care continuum. Life
care planning may also provide a
social worker or other professional
to help you deal with these issues.

As difficult as being in the “sandwich generation” is, the loss of a
loved one which often ends the
feeling of being “sandwiched”
presents its own set of problems.
An elder law attorney can also
assist you with wrapping up your
loved one’s estate and distributing
property to those who are to
receive it.
The “sandwich generation” isn’t
going away any time soon; rather,
the number of Americans involved
in caring for their parents and
grandparents while at the same
time caring for their children and
grandchildren is only going to
increase. Along with this increase
in numbers comes an increased
need for resources. Starting with
an elder law attorney is a very
good place to begin finding the
resources you need to alleviate
some of the stress of being in the
“sandwich generation.”

Mrs. Melancon has engaged in the practice of
law in Louisiana for the past 17 years. The primary focus of her practice is estate planning,
special needs planning, elder law and probate.
She is also accredited by the VA to give advice
regarding veterans’ benefits. For more information, please contact her at 225-744-0027.
You may also visit her website at
www.LegacyCenterLa.com

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Silkpeel Q & A
What is Silkpeel
dermalinfusion?
The SilkPeel Dermalinfusion
System combines non-invasive
exfoliation with deep delivery of
patient-specific solutions directly to
the skin. The Silk Peel stimulates
new cell growth and
addresses your specific skin
condition, giving your skin
the revitalization you want.
Your skin immediately looks
clearer and brighter and
definitely feels smoother
and your makeup will go
on easily.

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.

How is Silk
Peel different
from other
microdermabrasion
procedures?
While they both remove a
portion of the upper layer of
the skin, or the stratum
corneum, a SilkPeel is much
more controlled and consistent in
the way it operates. That is
because, rather than blasting
particles at skin (as with older
microderm devices), or pushing an
abrasive tip across the skin by hand,
dermalinfusion uses the controlled
vacuum pressure to pull the skin up
into a chamber in the hand piece,
where it is evenly abraded just
as agressively or as softly as the
vacuum pressure is set by our
skincare professional.

Is there any downtime with
Silkpeel dermalinfusion?
Usually there is no downtime with
the SilkPeel, but some patients
can experience tightening of the
skin and mild exfoliation. Post

Who should get a Silkpeel?
All skin types can benefit from the
SilkPeel treatment. The SilkPeel
can help anyone who has acne, sun
damage, hyperpigmentation, brown
spots, mild wrinkles, skin dullness
and large pores. Even the most
sensitive-skin individual may
benefit from a silk peel that has
been adjusted for their skin type.

How often should I get
a Silkpeel?
To jump start your new skin
we recommend 3-4 treatments
2 weeks apart and maintenance
every 2-3 months. However, even
one silk peel will usually refresh
your skin for up to six weeks.

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You are invited to join Pelican Point,
which is now a Private Club

Effective August 1st, Pelican
Point has become a Private
Club.
However, several cost effective
Memberships have been
introduced whereby both
golfers and non-golfers can
easily become Members
and join in on the new and
vibrant action.
This month there are even a
few complimentary Dining
Memberships available upon
request and are good for one
full year of Membership
This month there are
associate golf memberships
available for $159 per year
[not $159 per month]
Pelican Point is on the cusp on
becoming the entertainment
hub of Ascension Parish
and is actively pursuing those

2015 Pelican Point Junior Invitational

interested in being a part of
something very special,
something very nice, and
something extremely
satisfying.

3 Hole Flight

1st- Drew Prieto
T 2nd- Beau Thomas
T 2nd-Blake Thomas
T 4th-Andrew Bardwell
T 4th- Chase Cagnolatti
T 4th- Baker Sharp

Pelican Point is longer
simply a golf mecca - there is
now much much more.

6 Hole Flight

You are invited to come out
most any time, visit our new
19th hole sports bar,
watch a ball game with us,
listen to live music, dine with us
at mulligans for lunch
on weekdays [closed Mondays]
or have dinner with us
Thursday, Friday, and
Saturdays evenings.
Once you have experienced
this, we will gladly show you
our various Membership
levels and very fair costs
associated with each.

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1st- Cole Hasse
2nd- Brooks Monica

T 3rd- Nichols Augulina
T 3rd- Jackson Monica
5th-Cade Brock

9 Hole Flight

1st-Cross Marchand
2nd- Logan Gaspard
3rd-Sam Mire
4th- Kendall Mayfield
5th- Zachary Browning

2015 Senior’s Club Championship
Overall Gross Champion:
Paul Castro

Overall Net Champion: David Amedee • Overall Gross Champion: Paul Castro

Overall Net Champion:
David Amedee

Championship Flight Results
1st Place Gross:
Paul Castro
2nd Place Gross:
Sid Harp
1st Place Net:
Jeff Powell
2nd Place Net:
Rusty Tucker

First Flight Results
1st Place Gross:
Mike Lee
2nd Place Gross:
Ed Amedee
1st Place Net:
Don Berrigan
2nd Place Net:
Aaron McKenna

Second Flight Results
1st Place Gross:
David Amedee
2nd Place Gross:
Carl Amedee
1st Place Net:
Dennis Hoshman
2nd Place Net:
Jeff Walker

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National Assisted Living Week Line-up

Wednesday, September 9th
2pm Kenny Cornett
Sunday, September 13th
2pm Puppet Show • Balloon Artist
Monday, September 14th
9:30am Career Day • 6:30pm Comedian Show
Tuesday, September 15th
"Western Day" 2pm • Jim Bullion 5:30pm
Pat Douglas, Piano
Wednesday, September 16th
9am Health Fair • 2pm Donnie Juniot
5:30pm Deware Walker
Thursday, September 17th
"Hat Day" 12pm • Music w/New Century Hospice
6:30pm Brass Quintet
Friday, September 18th
10:30am T-Roy •  2pm R&R Band
6:30pm Family Night Bingo
Saturday, September 19th
10am Music by Destiny
Thursday, September 24th
"50's Day" 6:30pm Na Na Sha
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Years Ago, I woulda
It was the opening day of dove
season. The weather was typical for
that time of year, very hot with a
chance of thunderstorms. Two
friends and I had decided to make
the trip out to Wilma, LA. to hunt
a hay field that the Louisiana Dept.
of Wildlife and Fisheries had leased
from a local farmer for the opening
day hunt.
After signing in at the required
location, the Department officials
gave us a rundown of the land on
which we were allowed to hunt.
They also told us of the required
parking locations, one in particular
was near the farmer's house and
barn. I've learned from experience
that those locations can be very
good for a dove hunt, but they also
can be very crowded. We made the
decision to hunt the field near the
sign-up location.
After parking, we began our trek
into the field with the thought of
finding a shade tree in mind. We
finally settled in after walking about
five hundred yards. It was hot and
the action was slow but every now
and then we would get a shot. I
was content with my spot and
figured if I made my shots count
I would kill a few birds. After all it
was the first day of hunting season
and I was just happy to be there.
After a couple of hours I had
managed to harvest two birds. In
the distant I could hear quiet a bit
of shooting around the barn area.
By now it's smoking hot and from
the sound of the shooting it would
be at least a five hundred yard walk
to get there. I contemplated for a
long time making that walk to
where the shooting was. As I sat
there I thought back to the days,
not that long ago, where that
decision would have been a
no-brainer. In those days I would
have walked right into the heart of
that action no matter how hot it
was, or how much water I had, or
how far off it was.
As our planet continued its

constant rotation I stayed put at
my location and followed the shade
of my chosen tree. By late afternoon I had managed to kill six
doves and finally decided to head
home to listen to the LSU Tiger
football game on the radio. That
decision would not have been made
several years back because there was
another hour or so of legal hunting
time available. I could hear that the
shooting around the barn area was
still hot and heavy as I was heading
back to the truck. Believe me,
during the walk back it began to
bother me that I had left a little
early and that I had not made the
journey to the best shooting. I had
probably made the correct decision,
but it really hurt me deep down to
know that the distance that I had
walked that day would someday be
cut in half. And THAT distance
would someday be cut in half and
before you know it the distance
that I will be able to travel will be
zero. That days a coming and I
don't look forward to it. For now
I'm very satisfied with my physical
condition but believe me, there was
a day years ago that I woulda been
right in the middle of that action...

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I Like It (Or I Don’t Like It) Like That
by Bill Delaune

When Chris Kenner of-well,
New Orleans-wrote his 2-chord
masterpiece of simplicity called
“I Like It Like That”, he had
no idea it would be recorded by
the British Invasion’s second
team-the Dave Clark Five-and
later used in a Miller Lite beer
commercial.
In another part of the
Crescent City-the New Orleans
Fairgrounds-a popular
expression among track rats is
“Who do you like?” although
in my case- considering my
recent record in predicting the
outcome of horse races- the
question might be “Who do
you not like?”
I guess the moral to the story
is that sometimes a simple “I
like that” or “I don’t like that”
is a more appropriate answer
than these rambling diatribes
that some of our would-be
leaders would shovel our
way today.
For instance, I don’t like
many of the recent headlines
because they are dominated by
Donald Trump, Cecil the Lion
and 100 degree temperaturesnone of which are appealing to
me in the Dog Days of August.
On the other hand, I did
enjoy the poem by the retired
teacher in Smiley’s column the
other day which ended, “I have
a new motto that hits the spot.
The kids are back in school, but
I’m not.”
Now stick with me while we
transfer that train of thought to
the upcoming LSU football
season. I like the fact that we
have a new defensive
coordinator and that one of
Louisiana’s favorite sons-Ed
“Ba-Ba” Orgeron is coaching
the defensive line. And a
Heisman candidate in Leonard
Fournette running behind an
experienced offensive line
can’t hurt.
But my dislikes would be the
quarterback situation-join the
crowd-and the depth issue on
the defensive line. But let’s
take it a step forward and break
down all the Tigers’ opponents
using the like-dislike theory.
I’ll even throw in some of my
secret tailgating tips-like it
or not.
Let’s start with…

1. McNeese StateDislikes-When I was at USL
a few name changes ago, we

common man’s mixture of
orange juice and vodka as the
Tigers put the screws (drivers)
to the Cuse.

5. Eastern Michigan-

played McNeese in the late 60’s
for the old Gulf States
Conference championship.
After an entire day of smoke
and drink, we stumbled into
the stadium moments before
the kickoff only to hear a Lake
Charles holy man complete his
invocation with “…And as the
Christians overcame the Lions,
so may our Cowboys overcome
these Cajuns.”
I don’t remember a lot about
what happened next except
someone screaming, “The hell
with McNeese, let’s get that
preacher”, and a mob of really
Ragin’ Cajuns going over the
rail onto the field. To make a
long story short, it marked the
first time I was ever dishonorably discharged from a game
before the kickoff.
Likes-The pool party at the
Lake Charles L’Auberge is as
close to Vegas as you will get.
Bring your Dollar General
glasses so you won’t miss any of
the sights.
Tips-A main dish of Cowboy
beans will help your guests create the campfire flatulence
scene from “Blazing Saddles”
when the Pokes run out of gas
in the second half.

2. Miss StateDislikes-How can you like a
town that once arrested Johnny
Cash for picking flowers and
took him to the “Starkville City
Jail”? At least he got a hit song
out of it.
Likes-LSU always beats
State-except last year when

despite being completely
dominated, the Tigers came
within a tipped Hail Mary pass
from pulling off a miracle
comeback.
Tips-No Bluebell? Get some
knockoff Cowbell Ice Cream
for your party as the Dogs
get creamed.

3. AuburnDislikes-Former coach
Tommy Tuberville fired up this
rivalry when he lit up a king
sized cigar on the field after a
win in Tiger Stadium.
Likes-This game is rarely
boring as we’ve had Earthquake
Games, a Barn Burning, and a
last-second touchdown when a
field goal would have done.
Tips-Turn down the
thermostat for this 2:30 kickoff
and serve War Eagle gumbo
as the real Tigers stew the
impostors.

4. SyracuseDislikes-Your nickname is
just “Orange”? Seriously? Why
not “Clockwork Orange” or
“Orange Crush” or “Orange
you on basketball probation for
the rest of this century”?
Likes-I have fond memories
of the 1965 Sugar Bowl when
LSU edged Syracuse 13-10 on
a Doug Moreau field goal
despite the Orangemen having
two future All-Pros in the
backfield-Floyd Little and
Jim Nance.
Tips-Try a gourmet touch of
Duck a l’Orange with a
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Dislikes-So your hometown
is Ypsilanti and your team was
once known as the “Men from
Ypsi”? Couldn’t your alumni
afford to buy a vowel?
Like- One of EMU’s
alumni-George “Iceman”
Gervin was one of my favorite
NBA shooters of all time.
Tips-Make the Hurons-oops,
not politically correct-Eagles
feel at home with some
Mo-Town music since they’re
only 50 miles from Detroit and
hope they “Ain’t Too Proud to
Beg” for mercy when the game
gets out of hand.

6. South CarolinaDislikes- As much as I like
the Ole Ball Coach’s media day
quotes (“You can’t spell Citrus
Bowl without UT!”), I can’t
forgive Steve Spurrier for running up on LSU 58-3 in 1993.
Likes-Radio talk shows in
Columbia are the exact opposite of Baton Rouge as the fans
defend Spurrier to the bitter
end. Example of a typical comment-“Those boys just didn’t
do what Coach Spurrier told
them to do.”
Tips-Have illegal Gamecock
fights at the half as Les Miles
“spurs” his Tigers on to victory
over Hilton Head’s best
handicapper.

7. FloridaDislikes-Georgia Tech
informed Denham Springs that
their Yellow Jacket mascot was
a trademark violation. What
did Tech want? One dollar a
year for the rights. Florida
informed St. Amant their Gator
mascot was a trademark
violation. What did UF want?
Change the logo or be hit with
a million dollar lawsuit. I hope
they sink into “The Swamp”.
Likes-They have nice
beaches.
Tips-Get all your guests a
Troy Landry “Choot ‘Em”
shirt from “Swamp People” and
serve Alligator sauce piquant as
the Tigers “tag” the
Gators 58-3.

8. Western KentuckyDislikes-Hey, how’d that
Bobby Petrino thing work out
for you? You hired a scumbag
who wrecked his motorcycle
with his mistress on the back
and you expected him to stay?
Did you ever hear the song
with the line, “You knew damn
well I was a snake before you
took me in?”
Likes-One of my favorite
songwriters John Prine wrote a
nostalgic song called “Paradise”
about his parents’ birth place.
Everybody sing along-“When I
was a boy my family would
travel, Down to Western
Kentucky where my parents
were born…”
Tips-Choose from a cereal
buffet of “Cuckoo for Cocoa
Puffs”, “Crunchy Nut
Cornflakes”, of “Frootcake
Loops” for Bowling Green
resident and Presidential candidate Rand Paul as the Tigers
become King of the
Hilltoppers.

9. AlabamaDislikes-Really? A moneygrubbing traitor who is so close
to being the spawn of Satan
that his name (which shall not

be mentioned) is only one letter
off is not enough? Then watch
the Paul Finebaum Show and
listen to the idiotic blathering
of Crimson Tide callers.
Likes-The expression of the
face of every Bama coach,
player and fan after Auburn’s
100-yard field goal return two
years ago.
Tips-Make sure there are
plenty Deviled eggs, Devil’s
Food cake and Fireball shots as
LSU-“We just beat the hell out
of you!”-exorcises some
demons.

10. ArkansasDislikes-That ridiculous
“Boot” that the Hogs were so
proud of winning last year. As
far as I’m concerned, they can
keep the damn thing as long
LSU wins the game.
Like-Driving through
Arkansas en route to Branson
this summer, I was fascinated
by the fact that every small
town had its own population
sign-i.e. Wilmar 507, Viola
340, Sweet Home (Eat your
heart out, Alabama.) 849 and
Rooster Poo-okay, I made that
one up. I plan to get one for
Prairieville when they finish
Highway 73 in the year 2525.

Tips-Of course, a November
couchon de lait is in order as
the Tigers “boot” the Hogs.

11. Ole MissDislikes-How can you
respect anyone who stands by
while the Politically Correct
Police take away “Dixie”, the
Battle Flag and Colonel Reb
and replace the latter with a
black bear. That leaves nothing
to like about Ole Miss except…
Likes-The Grove is a really
cool Southern tailgating venue
even if it is dominated by frat
boys grilling chicken with Grey
Poupon mustard.
Tips-Show your guests the
LSU side of tailgating with as
many unhealthy fried dishes as
you can muster-starting with
corn dogs large enough to shut
Katy Perry’s mouth.

12. Texas A&MDislikes-I know it’s a
tradition, but we old perverted
men like to sneak a peek at the
opposing cheerleaders on
occasion and you cricketstompers bring an all-male
squad that goes through some
cow-milking routines.
Likes-When the Tiger Band

hits those first four notes of
“Hold That Tiger” in pregame, I get goose bumps as big
as Mardi Gras beads.
But I do enjoy the precision
and drill of the Aggie Band
even though I don’t have the
faintest idea of what
“Hullabaloo, Canek, Canek…
”means.
Tips-Be courteous and skip
the Aggie jokes like, “Why
didn’t A&M have any ice at the
games this year? Because last
year’s seniors took the recipe.”
But what would an LSU
preseason story be without
some quotes from our beloved
“Mad Hatter”. Dislike- (After
almost blowing a game to
Tennessee…) “Against the
underlying backdrop of the
situation, the want to get the
correct players in the game
overcame the need to get
another play in.”
Like-“Zach didn’t have a
sore arm, per se, but his arm
was sore.”
Okay, so I paraphrased,
mixed metaphors and took
things out of context. Did you
like them-or not?
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Turn on
the Radio!
By Brandt Bourque

The thing that will never
go away is that connection you
make with a band, or a song,
where you're moved by the fact
that it's real people making
music. You make that human
connection with a song like
'Let It Be', or 'Long and
Winding Road', or a song like
'Bohemian Rhapsody, or
'Roxanne,' any of these songs.
“They sound like people making music” -Dave Grohl. That
quote is almost the perfect mission statement for the local
cover band Am/Fm.
Although, they are not the
original writers of the songs

they perform, they are committed to delivering a live performance people can connect with.
The original band (formerly known as Addavoy and

Another Big Machine) started
out as a popular rock band hailing from Gonzales. Then, the
roller coaster ride of life happened. The band caught buzz,
made it to LA, and the larger

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than life Hollywood music
scene. After showcasing their
talents, the band signed with an
independent label and toured
the country. Their first single
under Another Big Machine
was “Where We Belong" which
featured Kyle Cook, lead guitarist of Matchbox 20.
However, many locals recognize their song “Sedated" as
being the most popular because
of the viral YouTube acoustic
performance by lead singer,
Justin McCoy. The impromptu
backstage performance features
Justin McCoy, in New York,
with American Idol runner-up
Blake Lewis. Ironically, Justin
would end up making it as an
American Idol Hollywood finalist a few years later.
The Am/Fm Band
recently decided to re-focus on
their true love, which is to

cover multiple artists as it showcases their versatility. The band
takes pride in being one of the
premiere cover bands in the
area! Their set list certainly has

a number of timeless
rock classics, but more
importantly, they
always stay current
with numerous top 40
favorites from the
hottest bands in the
world. The Am/Fm
Band currently features
Justin McCoy on lead
vocals and guitar, and
Dustin White on lead
guitar and vocal backup. McCoy and White
have played together
virtually non-stop for over 12
years. Also, a member of the
original Addavoy line up, with
McCoy and White, is current
bass player, Brandt Bourque.
Am/Fm’s drummer, Todd
Guidry, has also shared the
stage with White and Bourque
in the former Baton Rouge
cover band “Beer for
Breakfast”. “The stage chemistry with this band is the best
that I have ever been a part of.
We all know each other’s playing very well,” says Bourque.

McCoy states, “It feels like a
family on stage. We have
known each other, through
music, half our lives”.

Come and see the
band perform at one of the
many great venues around the
area. You can see them perform at Park Place, in Gonzales,
on August 21st, or Downtown
Baton Rouge, on September
4th, at Live After Five! For
more information about
Am/Fm check out their facebook page at
www.facebook.com/enjoyamfm
or website at www.theamfmband.com.
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Thoughts from Bully

Grip It
and Rip It.
Not, Zip It
and Rip It.
My goodness, the situations I
get myself into amaze me. I
know I’ve told so many stories.
I have also told some doozie’s.
Funny ones, serious ones,
bazaar ones and unbelievable

ones. I don’t know how or why
but the predicaments just keep
coming.
When I started this column
over 14 years ago I had
hundreds of lifes stories. I never
thought I would run out of
them or things to write about.
As time went on the long list of
stories got shorter and shorter.
Here, 14 years later, I wonder
from month-to-month what am
I writing about this month.
Just like clock work an
incident happened that
triggered a series of events that
only I could get myself in too.
It all started with my
Wednesday golf game. The
round was over and it was time
to head to the 19th hole and
divvy up the bets.
It was a good day for me. I
only lost $7. Once hearing the
amount I reached to my back
pocket to unzip my pocket and
remove my wallet. The zipper
generally works well but this
day it had a mind of its own. It
started to move but just

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stopped. I jerked on it and it
won’t budge. Some of the guys
start heckling me about get that
money out and pay up.
It seemed the harder I pulled,
the stucker it got.
One of the female bartenders
walked by and saw my delima
and tried to tug while I held
the shorts tight. Of course the
guys are giving it to me pretty
good about needing the money
and laughing as she’s tugging
on my shorts. Then a waitress
walks up and joins in on the
stuck zipper, shorts
tugging fiasco.
The guys are heckling me
now like I was Lois Lerner at a
Tea Party Rally. I heard shouts
of rip it. Another guy said, I
got a knife.” These girls were
pulling so hard I was getting a
wedgee and had to put this to
an end. “Stop!” I requested.
“I’ll take care of this.”
I headed to the men’s room
where I entered a stall and
removed my shorts. Knowing
my dentist would frown on my
actions. I used my teeth to
break the zipper off and to
open my pocket.
I returned to the table with
my wallet, my $7 and the zipper clasp that I placed on the
table.

We all had a big laugh. I
ripped a $50 pair of shorts for a
$7 dollar bet. The math just
ain’t working for me.
For the next couple of weeks
the jokes were on me. I was
told to, “Zip it, I’m trying to
putt over here”. I was reminded
of when our football coached
called us zipper heads and the
time that at the Led Zeppelin
concert there were people so
zipped they couldn’t walk.
Remember when your Mom
told you to, “Zip your lip and
you better keep it zipped!” You
knew you were in big trouble
then.
Of course we’ve all been
reminded that our train is off
the track and from time-to-time
snagged our t-shirt and got it
stuck.
As time went by the jokes
subsided and then lightning
struck twice. I had a zipper
incident on my airplane while
flying to Colorado.
The flight started like any
other. You watch the Flight
Technicians, or what ever they
are called these days? You see
them walk back and fourth
taking orders and preparing to
make our flight enjoyable. They
give you the safety tips and
demonstrate how to buckle a

seat belt or blow up you life
vest. Yea, I feel better now
because these intructions are for
me to use in case of a crash and
a crash is the last thing I want
to think about. I didn’t pay that
much attention in school.
However I was the only one to
raise my hand and ask them to
re-demonstrate how to blow up
that life vest with broken arms
and legs.
It was about 2 hours into the
flight when nature called and I
head toward the back restroom.
As I walked the pilot announced
take caution and buckle up for
turbulence ahead. As I
approached the restroom one of
the Flight Technicians is taking
her seat and buckling in per the
captains instructions. As I was
walking by she swirled her head
and long hair to get it behind
her as she sits.
I reached for the handle that
opens the door and as I entered
I heard the Flight Technician
scream, “Sir! Sir!”. I began to
close the door and she shouted,
“Sir!”. I stopped and looked. I
was a little surprised as to what I
was seeing. The technician had
swirled her hair into my back
pocket zipper and my stepping
was dragging her out of the
shoulder harness seat belt that

she had not fully latched yet. I
looked down and her head was
facing my backside and she was
going, “Owe Owe!!!!”. I then
looked up to see the entire back
4 rows of seats trying to get a
look at to what was going on.
I have never contemplated
this situation and didn’t have a
clue as to what to do. With
terrorist tentions as they are
these days I started to think.
Here I am, with many passengers hearing Owe! Owe! Now
looking at me and may think me
having a Flight Technician
attached to my butt and being
dragged toward the bathroom
may seem starnge and warrant
charging me to save her. All the
time nature has been calling
long distance and starting to
call collect.
Fortunately another Flight
Technician stepped in an
reaalized the situation and like
in the bar at Pelican Point I had
women tugging at my butt.
I can report all survived the
flight and nature wasn’t put on
hold too much longer and only
a few strands of hair had to
be cut.
I do have to figure out how
to explain to my dentist about
the zipper crack in my tooth.

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East Ascension Sportsman’s League
Kid’s Fishing Rodeo
by Betty Lambert

The 2015 East Ascension
Sportsman’s League Kid’s
Fishing Rodeo was the largest
in the event’s 55 year history!
Nearly 200 children fished on
Saturday, August 1st at the
Twin Lakes in Dutchtown.
Most of those children caught
fish, and even those who didn’t
went home with a prize.
Four lucky door prize winners
went home with new bicycles
which were donated by the
Ascension Credit Union, Bayou
Metal Works and the EASL.
Kamber Wilson and Savanah
White won the girls’ bikes;
Christopher Frank and Destin
Daigle won the boys’ bikes.
Parish President Tommy
Martinez donated trophies and
presented them to the 16
children who caught the most
fish and the biggest fish.
Seth Baye won the biggest fish
overall, which weighed 3.30
lbs. Elizabeth Kennison caught

the most fish among the girls—
she caught 48 fish! Ayden
Fatherree caught the most of
all the boys—he caught 58 fish!

In ages 2-4, Sophie Bordelon
caught 17 fish, Leighton
Fatherree caught 17 fish, and
Miles Bowman caught the

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largest fish which weighed
.47 lbs.
In ages 5-7, Braylee Lambert
caught 29 fish; Nikolas Kahn

caught 34 fish; Keenan Wilson
caught the biggest in this age
group at .63 lbs.
In ages 8-10, Kaylyn Carter
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Robinson caught 41 fish, and
D’Shawn Hunt had the biggest
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In ages 11-14, Sadie Bourgeois
and Karlie Delhommer each
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1312 WEST HWY. 30, GONZALES 225-647-9631 • 11209 COURSEY BLVD., BATON ROUGE 225-368-1234 • 1015 WEST LEE DRIVE, BATON ROUGE 225-767-5008 • 1800 SOUTH RANGE AVE. DENHAM SPRINGS 225-664-8103

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The Inn at Houmas House
Plantation and Gardens

"The Great River Roads" newest and most elegant
bed and breakfast.
Our cottages are nestled along an alley of ancient oak trees, where you
will have full access to our world famous gardens to watch the sunset or
relax in a cozy spot and enjoy the gentle breeze from the Mississippi River.
The cottages depict historic structures that once graced Uncle Sam Plantation,
which was located downriver from Houmas House. Each room is complete
with a single king or queen size bed or double queen beds,
marble bathrooms, and a porch to enjoy the view.
Luxurious and romantic, each room is decorated with old world furnishings
allowing you to experience the lavish lifestyle of the wealthy Sugar Barons of
the early 1800's. With all the amenities world class travelers expect today.
Breakfast and a tour of the mansion are included.
Check In: 4pm Check Out: 11am.

Book Now Online www.houmashouse.com
or call (225) 473-9380.

40136 Hwy 942, River Road, Darrow, LA 70725
225.473.9380 • kk@houmashouse.com

Cooking
Gourmet at Home
with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

Ingredients:
• 2 Lbs Pork Tenderloin
(Cut into 2 inch Cubes)
• Salt & Pepper to taste
• ½ Cup peanut oil
• Buffalo Sauce
• 1 Cups Lousiana Hot Sauce
• 1 Cups Melted Butter
• ½ Cup Ketchup
• 1 tsp Granulated Garlic
• 1 Tbsp Crab Boil
Generously season the cubed pork with salt and pepper. In a
cast iron skillet or Dutch oven add your oil and preheat to
350 degrees. Add your pork tenderloin to the skillet until
achieving desired color and temperature. (approx. 7-12
minutes) Remove the pork from the skillet and allow it to rest
for at least 5 minutes. This will allow the juices to redistribute
evenly in your meat. While the tenderloin is resting combine
your Buffalo Sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk
vigorously until smooth. Finally, toss your pork with the
buffalo sauce and serve.
You can also pan fry, grill, or deep fry the pork depending
yon your preference.

Cajun Buffalo Pork Skewers

Executive Chef
Ben Jarreau

Prep Time:
10 Minutes
Cook Time:
20 Minutes
Yield:
4 Skewers

Great for Tailgating .... GO TIGERS!!!!!!

Airline Hwy at • Hwy 74 in Gonzales •

225-647-2632

www.snosseafood.com

Tues - Thurs & Sun 11am - 9pm • Fri 11am - 10pm & Sat 5pm - 10pm
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This Month at Moran’s Marina in Port Fourchon
Moran's Marina • 27900 Hwy 1 • Golden Meadow, LA 70357
(985) 396-2728 • cmoransmarina@gmail.com

We Are Hooking Them Up in Fourchon
Motel 985-396-3900 • Bar 985-396-2713 • Port Fourchon Marina 985-396-2792
Convenient Store/Deli 985-396-2727 • Restaurant 985-396-2729 • Office 985-396-2728

Captain Chris Moran

MOTEL ROOMS • TRAILER CAMPS • RV PARKS • BOAT STORAGE (wet)
DAILY WET SLIPS • MONTHLY WET SLIPS • HOUSE BOATS • BOAT SLIPS (dry)
Inshore Trips

Consist of leaving out at 6 am and fishing for specks and reds, occasionally drum and sheephead as well, arriving back at
the dock for 3pm. Trips consist of live bait and artificial techniques Live bait, ice, tackle, included. If you have a favorite
rod by all means bring it. Food and drinks available upon request.
Colder months we usually fish Leeville and Golden Meadow marshes.
Warmer months we typically fish Barataria and Timbalier bays, beaches, and the western barrier islands.

Offshore Trips

Consist of leaving out at 6 am and arriving back at the dock between 4-6pm. These trips are the most commonly booked
trips, we generally target bottom species, live bait mangrove fish , and troll the rip when in season. Fish you can expect
to catch on these trips include snapper, grouper, amberjack, wahoo, blackfin tuna, lemon fish, dolphin.

For More Information or to Book a Charter Call Today (985) 396-2728

On these trips we generally travel up to 60 miles out.

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Hi, I'm Captain Chris Moran and I have fished
the offshore and inshore waters of Louisiana
my entire life. I truly enjoy charter fishing to
the point that I don't know who is having
more fun, the clients or me. No saltwater
species is safe from Cajun Made Charters,
whether it be Tuna, Marlin, Wahoo, Dorado,
Shark, Cobia, Tarpon, Amberjack, Mangrove,
Red Snapper, Trigger Fish, Grouper, Trout,
Redfish or King Mackerel. Trips consist of
Inshore, Live/Artificial Trout and Redfishing,
Shallow and Deep Water Bottom Fishing,
Blue Water, Kite Fishing, Overnight Tuna and
Swordfish, Offshore Fly Fishing, and Big
Game Trolling.