COMPLIMENTARY

JULY 2015, VOL. 13 ISSUE 5

Publisher / Editor
Mike Strong

Table of Contents

Sales Manager

DR. CARO ..................................4

Dottie Godberry

SWEET EYES W/ TANYA.... ....12

Staff Photographer

MIREWORKS ............................14

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KIDS OF SUMMER ................. 40

The Caro Clinic honors Dr. Richard J. Caro's 40 Years of continuous
service as a Primary Care Physician to the residents of
Gonzales and Ascension Parish.

On the evening of
Wednesday July 1st, 2015, the
Caro Clinic in Gonzales,
Louisiana celebrated

Dr. Richard J. Caro's forty
years of service. The event took
place at the clinic (609 E
Worthy Street, across from East

Ascension High School), the
very same location where Dr.
Caro has practiced these past
forty years. The event was

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thrown by current owner and
medical director, Dr. Peter J.
Monteyne, and all the staff of
the Caro Clinic.

In attendance at the party were most of
Dr. Caro's immediate and extended family,
many of whom came from out of state. In
addition, many of his old friends,
colleagues and former employees from his
many years in practice were also there to
commemorate the occasion. To top off
the evening, the Mayor of Gonzales, the
Honorable Barney D. Arceneaux,
presented Dr. Caro with a plaque
celebrating July 1st, 2015 as Richard J.

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Caro, MD Day.
The Caro Clinic has been a walk-in,
primary care clinic since 1975. There
are three family practitioners, Dr. Caro,
Dr. Monteyne and the newest

addition, Dr. Sarah Chavez. The clinic
is open six days a week, with extended
hours every Thursday.

United Medical Physical Rehabilitation Hospital of Gonzales
Is Proud to Offer Two Unique
Services that Distinguishes the
Quality of Care Provided to the
Patients We Serve

Telemetry Services

(coming soon)

Monitors your cardiac status 24-hours a day even
while you exercise with a therapist.

For more information, feel free to contact
United Medical Rehabilitation Hospital.

225-450-2775
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Locomat Services

Functional robotic gait therapy for
incomplete spinal cord injuries and
stroke patients.

ball 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.

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.
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 recognized 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 attendance 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 foot-

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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 participated in DECA, FCS,
EA's Senior Mentor
Program, and Girl
Scouts. In the fall, Ana will be attending
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 ballparks, 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
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 nominee, Outstanding Sophomore, Outstanding
Freshman, and where she was recognized for
Outstanding
Personal Character.
She is a member
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 promoting 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.
Above photo
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.

2015 Adidas
7v7 State
Championship
Series held in
Gonzales

Photos courtesy of Pelican Post Online

The AIRO sports organization
in conjunction with Adidas
chose the City of Gonzales for
the home of the first ever
Louisiana 7v7 State
Championship Series. With 30
teams registered, this
tournament was the first in
the organization’s history of
championships throughout
the state.

This is not an all-star event.
Rather, it features scholastic or
team based 7v7 play. The
initiative is formally supported
and endorsed by the Louisiana
Football Coaches Association
(LFCA) which promotes the
idea of prep athletes playing
7v7 together (under state
sanctioned activities)

championship activities, this
event is part of national
network of 7v7 events being
run by Airo Sports
Management that featured
championship play in Georgia
and Florida this past June.

The Championship Series was
held over a two-day period,
featuring pool play on Friday,
June 26, with bracket and
championship games held on
Saturday, June 27, at East
Ascension Spartan Stadium.

The top four teams that
qualified from the Louisiana
7v7 State Championship for
the Southeast Championship
in Valdosta, Georgia on July
17 and 18 are: McDonogh 35,

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“We couldn’t be more excited,”
stated City of Gonzales Mayor
Barney Arceneaux. “So many
young athletes from across
Louisiana, along with their
friends and families, headed
into the area for a few days.
Our welcome mat was in
place, and we hope they found
the hospitality of our city as
welcoming as all of our visitors

do. Our restaurants were open
and our shops were stocked.”
“A lot of time was spent with
the AIRO organization on
working with them to choose
Gonzales. The entire
Ascension area has so many
wonderful tourist destinations
for people to visit and enjoy
while they spend a few days
here.” said Tracy Browning
with the Ascension Parish
Tourism Commission.
“The City of Gonzales was a
great place to host the state
championship with amazing

people, great food and
conveniently located for
schools to attend,” said Airo
President David Menard. “The
top schools in the state came
to Gonzales to compete for the
title to be called state
champions, and that’s exactly
what McDonogh 35 did this
weekend,” stated Menard.
“Airo is excited to crown the
first ever state champion and
also moving John Ehret,
Landry Walker & West St.
John onto the Southeast
Regional 7v7 Championship in
Valdosta, GA on July 17-18.”

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Clear white diamonds are world
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diamonds also come in a rainbow
of vivid, flashing colors that add a
magic look to holiday jewelry.
Colored diamonds are called ìfanciesî
and are available in red, blue, pink,
canary yellow, brown, peach, orange,
purple, green, violet, gray, and black.

In addition, colored diamonds come
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reddish-brown, greenish-blue,
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make an impression that will be
remembered always!

Birthstones
July - Ruby

Most colored diamonds are rare and
more expensive than colorless white
diamonds. Only diamonds have the
brilliant inner fire that sets them apart
from all other gems.
More intensely colored diamonds are
usually cut to ideal proportions to
deliver maximum brilliancy and life.
These cuts include round, triangle,
square, and rectangular. More subtle
colored diamonds are cut in less
refractive shapes, such as oval and
radiant, to enhance and deepen the
delicate color.

Radiant red ruby has been highly
esteemed for centuries because of its
vivid, fiery-red color representing
passion and romance. While there are
several other red gemstones only ruby
is esteemed and regarded as the very
definition of red. Ruby has long had a

Jewelry Q & A

What Is A Scissor-Cut?
This is one version of the step-cut in
which the crown, pavilion, and table
of a gem are all cut in rectangular
facets. Another variation is the wellknown emerald cut, which has corners
cut at a diagonal angle.

What Is Aqua Regia?
Aqua Regia is Latin for “royal water.”
A highly corrosive mixture of 25%
nitric acid and 75% hydrochloric acid,
when heated it is the only liquid that
has the power to dissolve noble metals
such as gold and platinum.

What Is Make?

Imagine the thrill of wearing a ring,
pendant, earrings, or brooch with a
dazzling colored diamond center
stone flanked by sparkling white
diamonds in round, baguette, square,
or half-moon shapes. Spectacular
colored diamond jewelry is sure to

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legendary history of bestowing power,
strength and warmth to those of
July birth

Make is a term used in the jewelry
trade to describe the relative quality of
the proportions, size, faceting, and
finish of a polished diamond. It’s
another term for cut.

half of a mole or birthmark
does not match the other.
B is for Border: The edges are
irregular, ragged, notched, or
blurred.
C is for Color: The color is
not the same all over and may
include shades of brown or
black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue.
D is for Diameter: The spot is
larger than 6 millimeters across
(about ¼ inch – the size of a
pencil eraser), although
melanomas can sometimes be
smaller than this.
E is for Evolving: The
mole is changing in size,
shape, or color.”

Prevention

Skin Cancer
Screening and
Prevention

Skin Cancer is the most
common form of cancer, yet is
the most preventable. Here are
some things to keep in mind
when looking out for signs of
skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Types
Most skin cancer is classified as
basal cell carcinoma, also called
BCC. Some of these cancerous
growths have visible blood
vessels throughout, can look
like open sores, and can be pink
and flat or multi-colored and
raised. These are most often
found around the head and
neck, including the scalp, which
is quite difficult to examine

yourself.
Squamous cell carcinoma, or
SCC, is the second most
common form of skin cancer.
Unlike basal cell, this cancer is
in the upper layer of the skin.
It’s also more deadly than
BCC, but preventable and
treatable. It’s mostly caused
from UV exposure over time
but can also be caused from
skin inflammation and diseases.
BCC is more commonly found
in older adults; however, more
cases are being diagnosed in
younger adults.

freckle that becomes irregular.
According to cancer.org, you
should be aware of the A, B, C,
D & E’s of melanoma. They
are:
“A is for Asymmetry: One

It’s important to note that people with a lighter skin and eye
coloration are more susceptible
to skin cancer, but everyone
should take precautions to
avoid harm. Some things to
remember:
You should do a self examina-

Basal cell carcinoma

SCC spots are rough and scaly
and sometimes bleed if brushed
or scratched. They can also
look like a sore with a
depressed center or raised
border.

Squamous cell carcinoma

Melanoma appears to be a

Basal cell carcinoma
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Melanoma

tion once a month, and a
professional exam at least once
a year, especially after the
age of 21.
Apply sun screen prior to even
getting out in the sun. Experts
say two ounces (about the
amount of a shot glass) is the
minimum amount you should
apply, and you should reapply
every couple of hours if you’re
out in the sun or water.
Wear protective clothing or go
indoors when you feel like
you’ve got too much sun.

Finally, avoid the sun, especially
during the hottest part of the
day.
While doing research for this
article, I was encouraged to be
more cautious and take better
care of my skin through prevention, monitoring freckles
and spots on my own skin, and
getting a thorough professional
exam once a year.
Stay protected and stay healthy!

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THIRD GENERATION
LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCED
AT A+ CORPORATION
Justin Harvey,
Grandson of Founder,
Named President

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Justin Harvey has been named
President of A+ Corporation, a
family-owned and operated business with headquarters in
Gonzales, La. At 30 years of
age, Harvey grew up in the
company, having been formally
employed for 11 years.
Harvey’s grandfather, Donald
Mayeaux, founded A+
Corporation in 1989. Mayeaux
created product concepts that
changed the way natural gas was
being sampled. He pioneered
the use of membranes for
removing liquids to protect analyzers in both gas and liquid
streams with the Genie®
Membrane Separators™.
The company applied this technology in sample extraction
probes for high pressure natural
gas pipelines that can be installed
under pipeline pressure. This
patented technology is the only
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accepted by industry standards.
When Donald Mayeaux transitioned ownership and control of
the company to his children, A+
Corporation continued to practice his devotion to inventions
based on scientific principles.
A+ Corporation now holds 32
patents and has 10 patents pending, having sold 9 additional
patents. This innovative company has grown to include a network of distributor inventory in
more than 20 countries.
Now, 26 years since its inception, the third generation takes
the reins.
“I am excited to get started in
this role and to lead A+
Corporation into the next phase

of our business,” said Harvey.
“My grandfather was my inspiration and role model, and I’m
proud to follow in his footsteps.
I will strive to ensure A+ continues to lead the market with
exciting new technologies based
on expert data and sound
research, and I’m fortunate to
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Since he was a boy, Justin
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President and North American
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“Justin will be responsible for
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implementing, directing and
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his mother, company
CEO/CFO Sheila Harvey.
“Justin exhibits the same passion
for his work that my father did,”
she added. “We are confident in
his leadership and excited both
for him and for A+.”
A+ Corporation, headquartered
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Tureau and
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Tureau and Tureau, APLC held a
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on
Tuesday, June 9, 2015, celebrating a newly formed father and
son law firm at 12320 Hwy 44,
Suite 3C in Gonzales.

Tureau and Tureau consists of
two attorneys, Ralph Tureau and
Stephen Tureau. Ralph Tureau
has been an attorney for many
years and has recently retired
from the bench as a Judge for
the 23rd Judicial District Court
for Division “A.” Steven Tureau
has been a practicing attorney
since 2008 and has been a sole
practitioner for the last few years.
Both attorneys are well equipped
with the knowledge and compassion needed to assist their clients
on a personal level. The office is
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areas of business law, family law,
property matters and personal
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Attending the ribbon cutting for
Tureau and Tureau were:
Owners and Attorneys Steven
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Paralegal/Notary Public DeShae
B. Gautreau, Real Estate
Paralegal/Notary Public Therese
Ramirez, Receptionist/Billing
Assistant Susan B. Bourgeois,
Ascension Parish Clerk of Court
Bridget Hanna, Ascension Parish

Public Information Officer Lester
Kenyon, Ascension Parish Tax
Assessor Mert Smiley, Ascension
Chamber of Commerce
President/CEO Sherrie Despino,
Chamber Ambassadors,
Chamber Members, family and
friends.
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Mouth Sores
By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD

Mouth sores come in several
different varieties and can
have any number of causes,
including:
• Infections from bacteria,
viruses or fungus
• Irritation from a loose
orthodontic wire, a denture
that doesn’t fit, or a sharp edge
from a broken tooth or filling
• The symptom of a disease or
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Canker sores.
Small ulcers with a white or
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viruses may be involved. Canker
sores usually heal on their own
after a week or two. Over-thecounter topical anesthetics and
antimicrobial mouthwashes may
provide temporary relief. Stay
away from hot, spicy or acidic
foods that can irritate the sore.
Antibiotics from your dentist
and some oral bandages can
reduce secondary infection.

Cold sores (also
called fever blisters.)
Groups of fluid-filled blisters
that often erupt around the lips
and sometimes under the nose
or around the chin. Cold sores
are caused by the herpes
simplex virus type 1 and are
very contagious. The initial
infection (primary herpes) may
be confused with a cold or flu
and can cause painful lesions to
erupt throughout the mouth.
Once a person is infected with
primary herpes, the virus stays
in the body and causes
occasional attacks. Cold sore
blisters usually heal in a week
by themselves. Over-the-

counter topical anesthetics can
provide some relief. Your
dentist may prescribe antiviral
drugs to reduce these kinds of
viral infections.

Leukoplakia.
Thick, whitish-color patches
that form on the inside of the
cheeks, gums or tongue, these
patches are caused by excess cell
growth and are common
among tobacco users. They can
result from irritations such as
an ill-fitting denture or the
habit of chewing on the inside
of the cheek. Sometimes leukoplakia is associated with oral
cancer. Your dentist may recommend a biopsy if the patch
appears
suspicious. Your dentist will
examine the lesion and check
the biopsy results to help
determine how to manage the
disease. Treatment begins with
removing the factors that
contribute to the lesion:
quitting tobacco or replacing
ill-fitting dentures or bridges.

Candidiasis.
This fungal infection (also
called moniliasis or oral thrush)
occurs when the yeast Candida
albicans reproduce in large
numbers. It is common among
denture wearers. Most often it
occurs in people with weak
immune systems—the very
young, elderly or those
debilitated by disease, such as
diabetes or leukemia. In
addition, people with dry
mouth syndrome are
susceptible to candidiasis.
Candida may also flourish after
antibiotic treatment, which can
decrease normal bacteria in the
mouth. Controlling candidiasis
means focusing on preventing
or controlling the condition
that causes the outbreak. Good
oral hygiene is essential. Clean
your dentures to remove
Candida and remove them at
bedtime. If the cause is dry
mouth saliva substitutes and
prescription medications may
be helpful when the underlying
cause of dry mouth is incurable
or unavoidable.

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Welcome
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PT, DPT to the
staff at Dutchtown
Physical Therapy
and we thank you
for the
opportunity for
growth along
with you in the
Dutchtown
community.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS
By Linda Melancon
receive an 8% increase for each
year after FRA that he waits to
start his benefits until reaching
age 70. This could result in a
32% increase in the total amount
of payments available throughout
lifetime if FRA is 66 but he waits
until 70 to receive benefits. Also
remember, that if married, a
spouse can draw their own benefit
or ½ of their spouse’s benefit.

Social Security
Benefits –
the Strategies
Last month, we discussed the
basics of Social Security and also
discussed that married couples
have several options when
deciding when to take their benefits. This month, we will describe
two strategies used by married
couples to maximize benefits –
the “file and suspend” strategy
and the “claim now, claim more
later” strategy.
As discussed last month, a person
can delay filing for benefits at full
retirement age (“FRA”) and

The “file and suspend” strategy
works best where one spouse
worked and the other did not
work or rarely worked and will
not be entitled to social security
benefits or their amount will be
small. It requires that one spouse
be at (FRA). When the working
spouse reaches FRA, he files for
and immediately suspends receipt
of benefits which allows his
benefits to continue to grow at
8% per year until 70. Since he
filed for benefits, his spouse can
draw on his record and start
receiving ½ of his benefit amount.
Then, when he reaches 70, he can
start receiving increased benefits.
For example, assume John and
Jane are both at FRA. John
worked outside the home and
Jane was a homemaker. He is
entitled to receive $1,000 a
month in Social Security benefits

but he wants to delay his benefits
for 4 years so he can receive
$1,320 a month, as opposed to
$1,000 a month. However, if he
simply delays his benefit, Jane will
be unable to receive benefits
because she has no work record of
her own to draw on. By using the
“file and suspend” strategy, John
can file for his benefits, then
immediately suspend his payments
while allowing Jane to file to
receive benefits immediately based
on his work record. Then, when
he reaches 70 he will receive the
higher benefit amount.
The “claim now, claim more later”
strategy can also boost a married
couple’s return from Social
Security. This strategy works by
allowing one spouse to claim benefits early, while the other spouse,
who is already at FRA, claims only
spousal benefits, which allows his
or her personal benefits to grow.
For example, Jane claims her
$2,000 benefit at the age of 62.
Her husband, John, who is at
FRA, files to receive only spousal
benefits based on her record,
which is equal to ½ of her benefit
since he has already reached FRA.
This allows John to receive
income from his spousal benefit
immediately, while still allowing
his own benefit payments to grow.
Finally, by combining both
strategies, a married couple can
both increase their benefits. Both
spouses must be at FRA for this to
work. Assume Jane is the higher

earner and she files for and
immediately suspends benefits
until age 70. John then files for
and receives spousal benefits of ½
of Jane’s amount on her record.
At age 70, Jane will claim her own
benefits which will have grown by
8% per year and John will switch
from spousal benefits to his own
benefits which continued to grow
at 8% per year.
As you can see, knowing when to
file for Social Security benefits and
which benefits to file for can be a
confusing task. There are factors
specific to certain individuals that
exclude them from taking advantage of the above strategies or
reasons why they may be better
served by not using these
strategies. Before making any
decisions about taking your Social
Security, you should always consult with someone well versed in
these benefits and strategies.
Failure to do so before making an
election may impact the amount
of income you will receive
throughout your retirement years.

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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LATISSE® Q & A
What is
LATISSE®?
LATISSE® (bimatoprost
ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is
the first and only prescription
treatment approved by the FDA
for inadequate or sparse
eyelashes – lashes grow longer,
fuller and darker.

Does LATISSE®
change the color
of my eyes?
This is the most common
misconceptionabout LATISSE®.
It is applied topically so only if
you are careless and get
it in your eyes, and only if you
have hazel eyes, blue/brown or
green/brown eyes. Pure blue or
green eyes do not have enough
melanocytes to get darker. If
you are already dark brown, it
can not get any darker.

How is LATISSE®
applied?
LATISSE® is applied each
evening to the base of the upper
eyelashes. Before applying
LATISSE® makeup should be
removed as well as contact
lenses (If applicable). Contact
lenses can be placed back in the
eye after 15 minutes following
the application of LATISSE®.
Using the single-use applicator
brush provided in the package,

one drop of LATISSE® is
placed on the applicator brush
and applied to the base of the
upper eyelid lash margin. The
same process is repeated using a
fresh applicator brush to avoid
cross contamination.

How long does it
take to see results
using LATISSE®?
LATISSE® users may see results
as soon as 4 weeks with full
results at 12 to 16 weeks. The
growth is gradual and over time.
If the use of LATISSE® is
discontinued, eyelashes are
expected to return to their
previous appearance over several
weeks to months.

What are potential
side effects of
LATISSE®?
The most common side effects
after using LATISSE® solution
are an itching sensation in the
eyes and/or eye redness. This
was reported in approximately
4% of patients in the clinical
study. Other less common side
effects include skin darkening,
eye irritation, dryness of the
eyes and redness of the eyelids.

We are excited to introduce our new aesthetician

Amanda Maxwell
(ACTUAL PATIENT)

to our Gonzales office!
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Tiger Tavern hosted the Second Annual Jambalaya
Cook Off Funraiser Supporting Wounded Wear
injured in combat.

When we started this fundraiser
last year, we had every intention
on making it an annual event
with hope to raise more funds
than the year before. Never in a
million years did we think the
event would explode so quickly
into a major fund raiser.
The community really came
together with tremendous support for this noble cause. This
year the funds raised go a
company called Wounded Wear,
who unlike many other programs for Veterans, they only
provide their services to heros

When we started this years
Cooking for a Cause Cook Off,
our goal was to double last
years donation of right above
$5,000 with less than 30 cooks.
We set our goal high and a little
steep for only our second year.
A goal of $10,000 was our
goal. We were so humbled and
blown away when the final tally
of 72 teams participated and
the funds raised were a grand
total $15,750!
This years winner were:

1st- Woody Woodward
2nd- Amy Melancon
3rd- Jordan and Shawn
Sheets
Thank You Ascension Parish for
helping us give back to a cause
so near to our hearts. We hope
it grows this way every year and
we can continue to help support our injured military men
and woman and families of the
fallen soldiers.
We wouldn’t
have had such an
amazing turn out
if it weren’t for
the help of our
community and
local businesses
who helped make
this possible!

A Huge THANK YOU goes
out to:
The Jambalaya Festival
Association
A salute to our sponsors:
D&J Groceries
Ascension Body Shop
Rescom Electric
2J Outdoor Obsessions
DJ JT
Ascension Paper
Loupes Customs
Dupont Electric
Ascension Signs
Silky Screens
Head Rush Salon
Nutrishop Baton Rouge
In addition, many thanks go
out to everyone who made
donations:

Pelican Pub, Anytime Fitness
Dutchtown, Dons Seafood,
Nooleys, Galvez Seafood,
Hooters ( Denham Springs),
On the Half Shell, Donald
Hume, Coty Naquin, Kevin
Bueche, Mockler Beverage,
Baton Rouge Beer, Crescent
Crown, Republic National,
Glazers Distributors
We applaud our friends and
families who donated their time
and resources:
Mike Strong with Ascension
Magazine, Richard James Jr,
Camo-Toad, Trey Landry,
Kirby Gravois, David Sampere,

Dustin Templet, Pete, Mitzi
and Lauren Delaune, Russell
Gaudin, Wayland Templet,
Cade Dupont, Korey Simpson
& Ben Savoy with DJ 2 legs
and a biscuit, Kendall Shaffer &
Stonewall Broussard with the
Shotgun Derby Band, Austin
Savoy & Devin Roussell with
Sofa Kings.
We hope everyone had a great
time because we
surely did. I hope "Cooking for
a Cause" in 2016 is even bigger
and better. Lets make it happen
Ascension Parish! From the
bottom of our hearts, THANK
YOU!!
GOD BLESS,
Katie, Zach, and all of TIGER
TAVERN staff

14505 Highway 44
Gonzales, LA 70737

225.622.3719
tiger-tavrn.com

On the Cover
FRONT

E-5 SGT. Charles Borel
2nd Battalion/
325th Infantry Regiment
82nd Airborne Division
Ft. Bragg, NC
STANDING L-R

E-5 Sgt Zach Rash
2nd Battallion
8th Marines Regiment
0351 Assaultman Section
Leader
Marshall Davis
Airman First Class E-5
27th SOW, Special Operations
Security Forces Squadron,
CJSOAC, Deployed Aircraft
Ground Response Element
#103, Cannon Air Force Base,
New Mexico
E-4 Corporal Jeffrey Argrave
Bravo Company 1st Battalion
502nd Infantry Regiment 2nd
BCT 101st Airborne Division
(Air Assault) Fort Campbell KY

Jeff is a wounded warrior
and here is his story.
On May 30, 2010 around 8am
He was in a guard tower in
Pashmul, Afghanistan. As he
was getting a back brief from
the previous guard shift and
waiting for his soldier to come
to the tower for guard duty a
rocket propelled grenade hit his
tower and he came under small
arms fire. After he came to,
from the shell shock, he
checked on the two soldiers in
his tower and got one calling it
in on the radio. He raised up to
return fire with the others and
call out the six shooters with
AK-47s. He dropped to make
and see mist on one shooter.
While reloading a round goes
threw the back of his neck and
he dropped. He went threw a
30 minute medevac and woke
up 2 days later in Germany.
From there he went to Walter
Reed, then The James A Haley
VA Hospital in Tampa, Florida.
He spent the next 8 months
doing inpatient physical therapy
and have continued a physical
therapy regiment ever since.

At Pelican Point, we continue
to raise the bar each week, and
we invite everyone to visit us,
check us out, and join us for
one evening, or join us long
term via a new Membership
Plan.
After 18 years, Pelican Point
has begun serving dinner in the
Clubhouse from 5PM to 8PM
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
nights. – It should be noted
that we are open for lunch daily

(except Mondays) 11AM until
3PM serving our standard
menu, PLUS a ‘Daily Chef
Lunch Special’.
Our dining areas have been
upgraded and handsomely
decorated, creating some of
the nicest atmospheres in
the area.
Dining is available inside the
Clubhouse in our new updated
private dining area, which

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We would like to invite the entire
region to try Chef Joshua’s creations
in Mulligans Restaurant, as well as
enjoy before or after dinner drinks in
our updated full service bar we refer
to as the 19th hole. (The 19th hole
is a knockout.)

adjoins the second recently
redesigned dining area overlooking
twelve night lit antebellum columns,
night lit trees, and a night lit deck
overlooking a lake and the
18th green –WOW.

Please call us for more information
and for reservations
(225-746-9900).
We look forward to hearing from
you, and seeing you soon at Pelican
Point. We are confident that you will
be impressed with our updated and
up-scaled operations.

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WE COME TO YOU!

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portable car wash and detail service.

Rain
I can't tell you how many
times this past April and May
that I've heard the statement
"I wish it would stop raining".
I must admit that I felt that it
kinda needed to dry up a little
myself, but I really steer away
from asking for the rain to stop
and plus, there's nothing you
can do about it anyway. I
probably would feel different to
some degree if I had two feet of
water in my living room, but
I've learned through the years to
watch what you ask for, because
you might just get it and you
probably won't like those results
either. It won't take long after it
quits raining before you begin
to hear, "we need a little rain".
You'll even begin to see some
folks running sprinklers in their
yards to water grass. This is a
practice that I do not agree
with, but that's my opinion
and as opinions go, we all
have them.
For years I've struggled
inside my brain to find one
thing on this earth that's more
important than water. To this
date water is still at the top of
the list. If you don't believe me
try living without it at your
house for just one hour. Our
entire food source depends on
water. Crops, livestock, poultry,
wildlife, shellfish, fish and most
other forms of life depend on
water to survive.
Most of the things that I
truly love are directly related to
the water resources. It's true
that too much water can have a
negative effect on crops, fish and
wildlife, but too much is usually
better than not enough. Turkey
reproduction can be hindered by
wet springs, but severe drought

can hurt even worse. Several
years ago our midwestern states
suffered from very low amounts
of rain. Not only did this affect
ranching and farming, it also
affected wildlife populations in
these states also. Turkey
numbers dropped significantly
and since the rains have now
reappeared, the birds are now
on the road to recovery.
Every drop of water that you
see came from some form of
precipitation- rain, sleet, ice or
snow. I cannot think of any
other way that water is produced
other than condensation. It
would be great if we all could
get just the right amount of
water we need whenever we
wanted it, but that ain't about
to happen. I know that a
rainstorm can put a damper on
some very finely laid out plans
and it's always been a pain to
work in it, but through the years
I've learned to take it for what it
is. I love the rain and I don't
care to live without it, as a
matter of fact, life as we know it
can't survive without it.....

Give us a call and ‘We come to you’.
Professional • Reliable • Experienced

Make an appointment by
calling Gucci at 504.417.5633

WE ARE THE SEAFOOD SPECIALIST
Now Serving Crawfish

Until Next Time,
"Let It Rain",
James "Goosie" Guice

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Doug & Sally

Historical-or Hysterical-Downtown Districts
Like many other
grandparents in this area, our
social calendar is determined
by when, where and whatever
sports our grandkids are
playing.
Which is why we found
ourselves in Branson, Missouri,
a few weeks ago watching our
grandson Will participating in
the USSA Under 11 World
Series. A good time was had by
all and the Prairieville Pirates
battled all the way back from
two early losses to take home a
second place trophy.
And Branson is a nice enough
town if you ignore the traffic
snarl on the main drag and the
endless number of tribute
bands. On one stretch alone
there were groups covering
everything from ABBA, the Bee
Gees and the Beatles to Neil
Diamond, John Denver and
Elvis. So there were some “big
names” in lights-just no traffic
lights to be seen.
Now one familiar theme that
we noticed in Branson and in
many smaller towns in Arkansas
was that everyone seemed to
have a “Historical Downtown
District”. I can understand
how towns like Hope, Delight
and Fordyce are justifiably
proud of native sons Bill
Clinton, Glen Campbell and
Bear Bryant respectively. But
some of these villages like
Hardy (population 722) must
have had to create a little
history of their own to qualify
for a “historical” classification.
Then I started thinking
(“Danger, danger…”)-if I could
“create” a bit of local history
and use my Journalism 101 rule
of thumb-“Never let the truth
get in the way of a good
story.”-I believe we could conduct an interesting, and perhaps
profitable, tour of “Historical
Downtown Gonzales”.
Before we begin, please
remember how my brain-cell
depleted cerebral cortex
functions. Most of my remaining memory is in the “way
back” mode so that I can recall
images of the 60’s and 70’s
much better than I can
remember what happened
yesterday. Thus, some of the
places and people you’ll hear

by Bill Delaune
about on this tour may no
returned brandishing the 12
longer exist. Also, some of the gauge, Butch ran through the
stories may classify as urban
backdoor into a clothesline,
legends or have an air of
Ralph made it across the street
mystery surrounding them.
to an EATEL phone booth
In fact if we visit enough old
where he tried to call the police
haunts to rouse up the spirits of while kneeling down to hide

I find this place
to be adequate.
Horses are
allowed!

days gone by, we can call it the
Magical Mystery Tour of the
Ghosts of Gonzales and maybe
we’ll qualify for a reality show.
Now if you’ll climb aboard our
Calco bus, we’ll begin this tour
de farce…
Today, we are starting from
Airline Highway and headed
south down Burnside. If you
look to the right, you’ll see a
blue auto parts store. But once
there was a quaint little spot
there called the KYI lounge.
Legend has it that one night a
trio of patrons-let’s call them
Butch, Ralph and Billy- were
playfully picking on a local
physician-let’s call him Doc.
When another lounge denizen
misinterpreted their sarcastic
jibes, he went home to fetch a
shotgun to defend the popular
physician’s honor. When he

and Billy later told the authorities, “That’s not the gun he
pointed at me. The one he
pointed at me was much bigger!”
By the way, there were never
any shells in the gun.
Now to the left was once the
site of Gonzales’s only drive-in
movie where many classic
romances appeared on the big
screen. Later the location
became Galleries Gonzales with
a huge parking lot where many
of Gonzales’s own romances
took place in the back seats of
cars under the guise of waiting
for their order from Quik
Snack.
And if a guy ran short of cash
and couldn’t afford a burger
from that establishment for his
date, he could circle back to
the block building on your

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right-once known as Dairy
Kurl-and get a chili bun and a
cherry coke for about 50 cents.
Up here on the left is the
historic St. Theresa’s Church
where a chorus of well-meaning
repenters showed up at early
morning mass after an
all-nighter at the Festival and
mistakenly sang “Jum-ba-la, my
Lord” instead of “Kum-ba-ya”.
And next door is the Riverside
Barber Shop where Bobby,
Pomp and Jim would fish off
the porch in New River on
slow days.
Now pay close attention to
the lots on both sides of
Lamendola’s Grocery. On one
side was Casso’s Bar where
during one crowded Sunday of
the aforementioned Jambalaya
Festival, a Winestoned
Cowboy-let’s call him
Mike-rode a horse into the bar
and ordered a drink for both
of them.
On the other side was the
legendary Town Tavern where
Gonzales’s finest would gather
at halftime of the Bulldogs’
games to discuss second-half
strategy and perhaps hedge a
few bets. And further up on
the left was Roy Marchand’sthe home of the best chicken
loaf in the universe. The eatery
was also the northernmost
boundary of the Festival when
it was held on Burnside and
locals learned to jitterbug on
eight to ten inches of beer cans
in the street.
Of course, Spartan Field to
our right was the scene of some
historic victories but one
incident of the not-so-glorious
variety occurred one night
when the kicker-let’s call him
Ronnie-missed the ball on the
opening kickoff. Not to be
denied, he circled around and
missed it again. The event led
to an epic poem-“Trumpets
blew the fanfare, Whistles blew
for play, Kicker blew the
kickoff, We always start
that way.”
And the soccer fields on the
right were once the baseball
field where all of Gonzales
played. Across the road was a
small version of Town Hall and
the Sheriff’s Office and the
story goes that Bruce Lavigne

once hit a ball that bounced
right here on Burnside and hit
the door causing an officer to
answer the knock.
A little further down on the
left was Fiesta Grill-a place
where the steaks and burgers
were so good that when the
owners decided to purchase
new equipment, customers
revolted and demanded their
food be cooked on the “old
grill”. It would later become
the first home of Leader’s Fried
Chicken but store the memory
of this location for a later stop.
Remember this red light at
Cornerview for future reference
also and while we’re stopped,
gaze a ways down to your right
at the former home of Frances’s
Grocery where Mr. Myles tried
to remove a rather large
television off the wall one night
to keep the Yankees from
winning the World Series and
losing a bet to Bud.
And now for our final stop
on this tour, we’ll pull into the
parking lot of this Mexican
Restaurant that was once
Dalton’s-an establishment with
a history all its own. But if you
want to grab a margarita, I’ll

take you back even further in
time to a place called
Fish-N-Pic-a little bar that
featured a cast of characters that
Hollywood would have trouble
duplicating.
One busy Friday when
Burnside was only two lanes,
one of the regulars-let’s call
him Gordon-arrived to find
someone had parked in “his”
parking space. Our hero
decided to station his vehicle
about 10 feet directly behind
the “intruder” so that he could
pull into “his” spot when the
guy left and took “his” seat at
the bar for a few rum and
cokes. Sometime later, the
poor fellow got ready to leave
and decided he needed more
room to get out.
“Can you move your car?” he
asked Gordon.
“Don’t you have enough
room?” Gordon replied
incredulously.
“No,” came the answer.
“Can’t you back this car up?”
“Oh, I can back it up all
right,” said Gordon reaching
for his keys.
And back it up he did, ladies
and gentlemen. Back into the

busy traffic on Burnside. All
the way back to the signal I
alluded to a moment ago on
Cornerview-dutifully stopping
at the red light. And-still in
reverse-into the parking lot of
Leader’s Fried Chicken.
“Is that enough room for
you?” Gordon shouted back.
“Can you get out now?” And
then to no one in particular,
“Can I back this car up?”
These have been only a few
of the highlights of Historic
Downtown Gonzales, ladies
and gentlemen. May I suggest
you take the music and arts

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tour which includes the “really”
historic Pasqua Theatre where
the white kids always wanted to
sit in the balcony which was
“reserved” for minorities and
the Jungle House where we
don’t need a Blue Notes tribute
band because Johnny and Pat
are still playing locally. Be sure
and request “Jelly Bean”.
And don’t forget our Historic
Downtown District of
Prairieville tour coming after
Highway 73 is completed in the
year 2525.

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It’s All
About
Time
By Brandt Bourque

It’s hard to say exactly what it
is about “Swamp Pop” music
that lends itself so well to
Ascension Parish. There are
plenty of different musical styles
that are popular in the area but
the one genre that all ages and
types will agree on is good ole
swamp pop. The music just
moves you and puts you in a
good mood, whether you are
out dancing, cooking or changing the oil in you car, swamp
pop is the go to music for so
many people around this area.
Local band “Kenny Cornett

and Killin’ Time” have been
pumping out great swamp pop
music for over 25 years now!
The band style is influenced
mostly by local artists such as
Van Broussard, Mike Broussard,
Cookie and the Cupcakes,
Warren Storm, Johnny Allen
and Little Alfred. Based out of
Gonzales, LA, the band played
their first gig in 1990 and
haven't looked back. They first
began performing in Livingston

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Parish and quickly branched out
covering the South, from
Jackson Mississippi, all the way
down to Grande Isle. Kenny
Cornett and Killin’ Time
started out as a four piece band,
and has now grown into a
seven piece band featuring twin
keyboards and horns!
Committed to providing the
best show possible, night after
night, they hired a full time
sound technician that travels to

performances with them.
The band’s line up includes
three generations of the
Cornett family:
Kenny Cornett –
Keyboard and Vocals,
Rhett Cornett – Percussion,
Justin Cornett – Saxophone.
Completing the line up for
“Killin’ Time” is
Buddy Borum –
Bass guitar and Vocals,
Horace Shows –
Trumpet and Vocals,
Jim Aime – Lead Guitar,
Gerry Eiermann – Keyboard,
Trumpet and Vocals,
and full time sound technician,
Russ “Peanut” Luquete.
Although the band is known
for its Swamp Pop style of
music, a normal night’s set list
includes Rock and Roll from
the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s to
Country, and Rhythm and
Blues.
In 1993 the band recorded
and released its first CD,
“Kenny Cornett and Killin’
Time, Vol. 1”. Since then, two
other CD’s have followed;
2006’s “My One and Only
Dream” and 2009’s

“Flat Feet”.
The band can be heard
performing at local clubs,
festivals, and private
engagements in Livingston,
Ascension, St. Charles, and East
Baton Rouge parishes. You can
check out the band locally in
Ascension Parish at the
Riverfront Tiki Hut and at
Fred’s on the River. Also, you
can catch them at the American
Legion and Club Coozan, both
in Baton Rouge La., Canal
Bank Club in Head Of Island,
La. and Boutte’ Bingo Hall in
Boutte, La. You can find a
schedule at their website at
Kennyandkillintime.com and on
facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kenny.cornett.3
Kenny Cornett and Killin
Time deliver an unforgettable
Louisiana experience though
their timeless classics and local

Swamp Pop hits! Make sure
you get out to one of their
shows and have some fun,
whether you are looking for a
night on the town or just.....
Killin’ Time!

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Thoughts from Bully

PAYING
ATTENTION
TO DETAILS
“Pay attention young man!” my
Mom used to say. “ Sometimes
I swear. I don’t think you know
if you are coming or going, get
the lead out!” my coaches used
to say. We get pushed along
through life and I believe that
hustle and bustle helped me
turn out alright.
Imagine if we had cell phones
when we were 15. Hell we
found the parties by word of
mouth and actually talking to
each other. But today social

media is bothering me and may
be my demise.
This past year I have been in
two car wrecks while I was
sitting still at the light or a
STOP sign. I can give you one
guess as to the reason for the
crashes, but your not going to
need it. You know that they
were looking at their cell
phones. It’s a wonder young
folks make past 20 years old.
I went to the drive through
teller at the bank a couple of
weeks back. I sat in line behind
a small compact car. I watched
the driver put her deposit in the
opened drawer. After a few
minutes the drawer opened and
she retrieved the contents. The
drawer closes and I prepare to
move up. I sit and sit for about
4 minutes because I thought
she had another transaction.
Finally I gave a small honk on
the horn. She pressed the gas
and drove off. When I got to
the window the teller rolled her
eyes at me. She told me the girl
finished and just started texting.
She then thanked me for
honking because she couldn’t
get her attention from inside
the bank. She wasn’t paying

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attention.
One night I went to turn into
Sno’s Seafood and there was a
car with no lights sitting and
looking abandoned in the
middle of the entrance. Half on
the entrance side and half on
the exit side. Upon a closer
look I did see a dim light in the
drivers seat. After squeezing
through I turn around and
pulled up be hind and got out
to see if she needed help. When
I approached I realized she was
just sitting there texting. What
has the world come too? I went
back to my car and layed on the
horn. She jumped and then
took off. My Lord, Pay
attention.
Last week I had the need to
go by Walmart. It took me a
while to find a parking place
without walking a mile. Finally
one became available. As I got
out I noticed the call of nature
had come upon me and I
scooted toward the restroom in
the store. I don’t know about
you but my bladder becomes
impatient the closer I get to the
facility. By the time I arrived at
the restrooms I dashed in. The
stalls were closed and I noticed
there were no urinals. Whoops?
I’m in the girls room.
Fortunately there were no ladies
or at least I thought. As I

walked out I looked back to see
high heels under the stall wall
which confirmed it was the girls
room. Unless Bruce Jenner was
visiting Prairieville.
You may say to me pay
attention but I want to take
issue with the restroom door
signs. If you notice there is very
little difference from the Men’s
symbol as to the Women’s
symbol. Sure I see the little
dress wing thing for the
Women’s but I wear my shirt
tails out and have a few pounds
on me. If you look and think
the Women’s symbol could be
considered a portly man with
his shirt out. I know it’s a
stretch but why don’t we put
one sign in red and the other in
blue. No mistaking that. I know
I’m making excuses. In reality
I’m trying to cover my
embarrassment. Maybe I should
pay attention.
Well it’s summer time and I
am playing all the golf my body
will allow. Two or three times a
week I am chasing that little
white ball around. It’s great
hobbie and sport but it has its
draw backs. It can get hot out
there. I spray sun screen
every time I play. My arms, my
face, ears and neck but not my
legs. I noticed a couple of
weeks that I was two toned

from my legs and feet. It is a little embarrassing when I wear
my flip flops. I’ve even had
people comment on the white
feet at BBQ’s and such. Short of
playing golf barefoot, which
protocol will not allow, I don’t
know the solution. One thing
for sure is I’m going to play
golf. I did start wearing a
shorter sock to tan more of my
leg but that created a new
problem. I still have a sock foot
tan but the shorter socks have
created a striped effect. Now I
look like candy striped gum.
I don’t know what I was

thinking but at least I was
thinking. Maybe I should pay a
little more attention but know
this. I ain’t sitting in a dark car
parked in the middle of the road
or crashing into vehicles sitting
still. And yes, my bladder
sometimes has mind of its own.
He who has not ever hurried
and made a mistake cast the first
stone.I’m sure there are lots of
folks not paying attention to the
signs and have made similar
decisions.

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Tuesday


Only 10% of the American Population is left handed.

In the average lifetime, a person will walk the
equivalent of 5 times around the equator.

The newspaper serving Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, the
home of Rocky and Bullwinkle, is the Picayune
Intellegence.

It would take 11 Empire State Buildings, stacked one
on top of the other, to measure the Gulf of Mexico at
its deepest point.

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major pillars of the economy in the middle ages: heart
represented the Church, spades represented the
military, clubs represented agriculture, and diamonds
represented the merchant class.

The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone
squishing her hands in jelly.

The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being
able to remember the word you want.

Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame, appeared in the
1981 arcade game, Donkey Kong. His original name
was Jumpman, but was changed to Mario to honor the
Nintendo of America's landlord, Mario Segali.

The three best-known western names in China: Jesus
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Women are 37% more likely to go to a
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The average person makes about 1,140 telephone
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This Month at Moran’s Marina in Port Fourchon
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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.

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Consist of leaving out at 6 am and arriving back at the dock between 4-6pm. These trips are the most commonly booked
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Hi, I'm Captain Chris Moran and I have fished
the offshore and inshore waters of Louisiana
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The Difference
is in the Details

By Tracy
Farewell
Well y’all it has been such fun
writing for Ascension Magazine,
but I’m afraid I’m calling it
quits. Managing a full-time
job, a home, family and working our land on the weekends,
this old girl’s schedule is busting at the seam. And until they
make a 30 hour day that gives
me the time to do all I want
I’m having to let something go
in order to have time for a new
interest of mine-Wood Carving,
so, I’m trading my writing time
for carving time and stepping
off the page to allow someone
else a turn.
From the good grace of Mike
Strong and all the readers I’ve
been given the opportunity
share my thoughts and
discovered that many more than
I thought share the same views
as I. Conversing with each of
you has been so rewarding for
me. I’ve learned so much from
your insight.
I’ve been asked about the name
Intrepid Thoughts. I decided
on Intrepid as it describes me
very well -fearless, bold and
brave which is evident of the
subjects on which I’ve written.
As I go, I’d like to recap a few
of the messages. While some
were ambiguous and others
direct all were what used to be
called common sense. That is
what most of the readers
enjoyed the most, they said.
• Before you follow anyone,
ask where they’re going.
• Being your own biggest fan
is tacky.
• Real life is far more beautiful
than a picture of it on your
phone.
• There is good in everyone.
Treat people nice.

• Stop texting while driving.
You’re not nearly as good at it
as you believe. No, you’re not.
• Don’t take more than you
really need. Others may need
too.
• Try. You might surprise
yourself.
• Easy doesn’t do it.
• Equal doesn’t depend on
others to provide their living.
• Acceptance of all people is
far different than acceptance of
all behavior. Stop grouping
their meaning and calling it discrimination.
• Don’t under estimate
anyone. We’re all good at
something.
• There are consequences, like
it or not.
• Don’t be the house on the
block that everyone hates. Be
considerate.
• Smile. It looks good on
you.
• Just because someone thinks
they’re better than you, it’s only
true if you believe them.
• If we can’t say you’re fat.
Don’t say we’re skinny.
Perception of offense is no
excuse.
• Give compliments.
Everyone has something
beautiful about them.

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time!
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Cooking
Gourmet at Home
with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

Ingredients:
• 1 pound fresh boiled gulf shrimp
(90/110 count)
• 1 medium red onion (diced)
• ½ cup dill weed (finely chopped)
• 2 cups mayonnaise
• 1 cup sour cream
• 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
• 3 loaves French bread (10-12 inches)
• ¼ cup Olive oil
• Juice of 1 lemon
• Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:
Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Thinly slice French bread then
lay on baking pan. Drizzle the olive oil over the sliced bread,

Dill Shrimp Crostinis

then bake for 5 minutes or until bread is golden brown. Let
the bread cool for 10 minutes. In a mixing bowl combine the

Prep Time:
20 minutes

shrimp, diced onion, chopped dill, mayonnaise, sour cream,
and cream cheese then mix well. Season the mixture with salt
and pepper. Squeeze in the lemon juice and mix well. Allow
to sit in the refrigerator for 5 minutes before serving. When

Executive Chef
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Servings:
15 servings

you are ready, generously spread the mixture on the toasted
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I received a call from Danny Robert and was invited
to check out a practice cooking round at his home for
the Jambalaya Festival Cooking Contest. I had not
realized how much preparation and practice it takes to
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I have learned that several of these cooking teams
made it to the final 12 and one team leader was
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