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CCA BANQUET..........................4

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

Staff Photographer

MIREWORKS ............................13

Jimmy Dunkley


CHRIS LOAR ..........................................24


Contributing Writers
Bill Delaune

BILL DELAUNE........................ 30

Linda Melancon

Calvin Bessonett

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

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BALLOON FESTIVAL ............ 36

CCA Host Banquet
at Lamar Dixon

On September 17th the
Ascension Chapter of Coastal
Conservation Association
hosted their annual membership banquet at Lamar Dixon
Expo Center. The Blue Marlin
sponsor was Bevel Tech Group,
Inc. The Yellowfin Tuna
Sponsors were American
Industrial Plant Services, Inc.,
Cabela’s, EATEL and
Whitney Bank.
With over $236,000 raised,
this banquet marked the largest

in CCA Louisiana’s 32 year
history. Festivities began with a
social hour and silent auction,
followed by a seafood dinner by
Walk On’s Catering. There
were many unique donated
items, which made for an exciting live auction.
CCA Louisiana is the largest
non-profit marine resource
conservation group in the state.
Since 1983 CCA Louisiana has
been dedicated to the
conservation of Louisiana's


marine resources. Entering its
32nd year with more than
30,000 members and volunteers in 26 local chapters, CCA
has been active in state, national and international fisheries
management issues. Including

banning gill nets in state waters,
establishing redfish as a
gamefish and ensuring good
stewardship of Louisiana's
coastal resources. Currently
CCA Louisiana is working to
pursue improved management

of Red Snapper.
CCA’s efforts to create fish
habitats are as important as the
fisheries management.
Currently, CCA has created 16
reefs in LA waters, with many of
them using recycled material.
The coordinates of all of the
reef locations can be found at
Each attendee of the banquet
became a member of CCA
Louisiana. If you missed it, you
can still join at
By joining CCA Louisiana, you
become part of the most effective voice for the proper conservation of Louisiana's marine
resources. You also receive a
year subscription to CCA's
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Ascension Chamber
Members Enjoy
a Day on the
Greens at Golf
Ascension 2015
On Monday, October 5, 2015,
the Ascension Chamber hosted
their annual Golf Ascension
Tournament. Everyone enjoyed
a beautiful day of golf benefiting a great cause—Leadership
Ascension! Such a successful
event can only be attributed to
the wonderful sponsors, volunteers, participants and committee members that consistently
work together to help the
Chamber grow and prosper.
The Chamber would first like
to thank the Tournament’s
Corporate Sponsors for their
donations and participation in
the tournament: Action
Therapy & Wellness, Air
Products & Chemicals, Inc.,
BASF, EATEL, Lofton Staffing
& Security Services, Skid Marks
Tire & Auto Care and St.
Elizabeth Hospital/St.
Elizabeth Physicians. Each year
the tournament’s corporate
sponsors not only help fund the

cart sponsors were Regal
Construction and Waguespack
& Associates Insurance. In
addition, Cox Communications

event, but also get involved by
sponsoring teams, putting up
tents on the course and offering
great door prizes.
There were many additional
sponsors who made this tournament such a success. Potash
Corp was the Gift Sponsor and
provided windbreakers for all of
the golfers and volunteers.
Team Honda sponsored a Hole
In One Contest for the chance
to win a new car. Food and
Drink Sponsors for the day
were CarliCo Cafe who provided lunch, Don’s Seafood who
provided dinner and Baton
Rouge Coca Cola. Beverage


sponsored this year’s “Take It
Easy in the Big Easy” Raffle
and served cracklins’ at their
tent in front of the ClubHouse.
Contributing to the many activities throughout the tournament were United Community
Bank sponsoring the Longest
Drive contest and State Farm
Insurance-Adam McCarty sponsoring the Closest-to-the-Hole
Contest. On the course, hot
jambalaya was provided courtesy of GSA Consulting
Engineers. In addition, numerous tent sponsors provided
wonderful drinks and treats for
the golfers throughout the
course. These tent sponsors
were Domain Architecture,
Express Employment
Professionals, Mike Anderson’s,
NOLA Lending, and Red River
Bank. We would also like to
give a big thanks to St. Michel
Day Spa for providing complimentary chair massages for the
golfers and Alana International
Travel for securing the “Take It
Easy in the Big Easy” Raffle
Although all of the players did a
great job on the greens, a few
teams and players earned
awards as the top in the tournament. The 1st Place Gross Prize

was awarded to Bret Hughes,
Brad Hughes, Jada Mayon
and Scott Duplechein of
Hughes Insurance. Earning
the 1st Place Net Prize was
The Bug Man’s Team.
Second Place Net was awarded to Team EATEL.
3rdPlace Net was awarded to
Team Regions Bank.
The Chamber would also like
to thank all hole sponsors,
door prize donors, Pelican



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Point Golf Club and this year’s
Golf Ascension Committee.
Scott Banker, EATEL, and
Jobie Templet, Air Products &
Chemicals, Inc. co-chair the
committee. Additional committee members include:
Bridget Hanna, Ascension
Clerk of Court; Amy HathornLambert, Neighbors Federal
Credit Union; Rae Milano,
Lofton Staffing & Security

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Services, Glenda Shaheen, GSA
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Golf Club.
Funds from the annual golf
event are used to assist with
funding for the Chamber’s
Leadership Ascension Program.
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If you favor a traditional look,
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and harmony to those born in
this month.
In the Middle Ages, Opal was
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What Will You
Be Wearing For
the Holidays?
with Layne Gautreau
The holidays are always a special
excuse to get dressed up in your
finest clothes. Whatever outfit you
select, there is a wide choice of
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Year’s colors are “black and
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the New Year and the death of the
old one. Classic black and white
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Popular items include black and
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While transparently clear,
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Those born in October are lucky
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make sure prongs or other settings
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Every once in a while, a new musical takes
the stage and leaves you with a feeling of pure
entertainment. Addams Family: The Musical
fits the bill.
Opening October 22, with shows on
October 23, 24, 25 and October 28
(A Wednesday), 29, 30 and Halloween night,
tickets are available by calling the box office at
225-647-1230 or at Showtimes are 7:00 pm with
one Sunday matinee at 2:00pm. Tickets run
from $15.00 to $30.00.
The show takes place in the eerie home of the
legendary, kooky Addams Family. Wednesday,

all grown up, wants one “normal” night to
introduce her boyfriend and his parents to her
unusual family. Jenna Cornett, who plays

Wednesday, says “My first show was ACT's
Jekyll and Hyde. Deciding to audition was one
of the best things I’ve done in my life.”
Celeste Veillon portrays the dark and lovely
Morticia Addams, a role she is enjoying. “I feel
incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to
play diverse characters in my career, but I’ll
have to put Morticia in the top five.”
Her husband in the show, Gomez Addams, is
played by Phil Blanchard. “I love Gomez’
passion,” Blanchard noted. “I’ve always
wanted to perform, but it was actually simple
fate and the need for more
tenors in a musical that
brought me to the stage.”
Audience members will
delight in the characters of
Pugsley, Lurch, Fester and
Grandma as they are brought
to life. “The moment I read
the script and saw the part of
Grandma, I knew I had to
audition,” says Mary
Pittman. “She’s 102 years
old, has no filter, and Lorna has given me no
boundaries in developing her wild and hysterical
“I really like the set. It's a spooky mansion,”
pointed out Emery Gischler, who plays Pugsley
and who is enjoying his first principal role. “The
people here treat me like a professional.”
Will Watson, who plays Lurch, was inspired to
audition for the show by his wife, Jessica. “This
is the second musical we will be in together at
ACT. Since we have met, her passion for the
theatre has rubbed off on me and now I’m

Shaving his long
hair off for this
production is Mark
Lambert, who
plays the gender
character Fester.
”I thought Uncle
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delightful role
play. He has a lot
of humor; he gets
during this production. ”I haven't been up there
in a while, because I have been serving as
musical staff, but I thought this is a good time
for me to get back on the stage. Any time the
lights are on my face and people are laughing
is a good time for me!”
Join this cast of talented performers for spooky,
kooky fun with the Addams Family. Don’t forget to wear your costume! This Halloween will
be full of music, dance and laughter!
to be both endearing and utterly ridiculous!”
The “normal” family of Mal, Alice and Lucas
Beniecke are played by Michael Mason, Erin
Perdue Brownfield, and Joe Carleton. Carleton,
who plays Wednesday’s boyfriend Lucas, is a
theatre newcomer and is enjoying the theatre.
“The best times in rehearsals are when someone in the cast tries a joke for the first time.
Everyone dies laughing!”
Brownfield, portraying Alice Beniecke, will
entertain audiences with her “transformation”


The Boat Launch at Fred’s in Port
Vincent is Open and Better Than Ever
The boat launch at Fred’s on the
River in Port Vincent is now open.
For many years the landing was in
desperate need of repair. For public
safety it had to be done. “Coucilman
Dempsey Lambert approached State
Representative Johnny Berthelot
about a solution and he got the ball
rolling,” said David Rhosto.
With hard work and planning the
construction project began last
November. Under the supervision of
D.O.T. the project is complete and
open free to the public and is the only
public launch in Ascension Parish. The
ribbon cutting was performed on
Tuesday, Oct. 6 and the landing was
blessed by Decon Jimmy for safe
passage to all who launch here.




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Lowe’s Employees Recognized at Parish
Council Meeting for Animal Control Center
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Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez (left) presented a parish
certificate of appreciation to Lowe’s Gonzales Store No. 2645 Human
Resources Manager Ena Warner (center) and Assistant Store Manager
Donald Crocker at the Sept. 17 parish council meeting in Gonzales. Lowe’s
employees volunteered their time to work at the parish’s Animal Control
Center doing cleaning, taking out shelving, painting and restocking as part of
the Lowe’s Heroes Project. The Lowe’s Heroes Project started more than ten
years ago and encourages employees in a location to team together, adopt a
volunteer project with a local non-profit organization to make a difference in a
community, Warner said. The employees at the Gonzales location started on
Aug. 19 and concluded on Sept. 8. Warner said Loew’s also donated a new
microwave, refrigerator, pressure washer and other items to the center.
“Lowe’s believes in giving back to the community,” Warner said. “Our team
loves animals and we discussed that with our whole team and decided the
Ascension Parish shelter is the place we would be this year.”



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Local Angler Receives Parish Certificate of
Recognition For Winning Tournament


Local angler Jaime Clouatre was presented with a Parish of Ascension
Certificate of Recognition from Parish President Tommy Martinez during the
Sept. 17 parish council meeting in Gonzales. Clouatre was recognized for
winning Grand Isle’s 2015 Ride the Bull Kayak Fishing Tournament in
August. Jaime bested 732 other anglers and landed a 39.18-pound bull
redfish. Shown from left to right are: Aiden Clouatre, Parish Council
Chairman Randy Clouatre, Abram Clouatre, Jaime Clouatre, Stuart Clouatre,
Anna Clouatre and Parish President Tommy Martinez.

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Defining Yourself,
Defining Your Brand

Game Plan Time

With all that in mind, now you
need a game plan. Time to your
integrate brand. Keep in mind;
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Your logo should be the
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materials. Next, the language you
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brand. How you communicate
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When it comes to the term
“branding,” it’s much more than
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However, it can be done.
Throughout the branding
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the most vital aspects of any
business. Your brand is cultivated
from who you are, who you want
to be and who people perceive
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Whether you are branding
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Now that you know your
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with Implants
By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD
Statistics show that 69% of adults
ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one
permanent tooth to an accident, gum
disease or decay. By age 74, 26% of
the population has lost all of their
permanent teeth. If these numbers
apply to you and you are self
conscience about missing teeth or
wearing dentures, there’s an
alternative that may be right for you:
dental implants. A dental implant
offers comfort and stability and is a
restoration that is the closest thing
to a natural tooth.

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are ‘anchors’ that
look like cylinders or screws. They are
replacements for natural tooth roots
and are used in the upper and lower
jaws. They are made of titanium and
other materials that are well-suited to
the human body. They attach to the
jawbone and gum tissue to become a
stable base for one or more custom
artificial replacement teeth, called
dental crowns. Implant crowns can be
used to replace missing teeth instead
of the traditional alternatives such as
fixed bridges and dentures. The
drawback to a fixed bridge is that the

two teeth on both sides of the space
must be ‘cut down’ to support the
bridge. Often times these teeth are
perfectly healthy with no need for
treatment otherwise. Bridges also put
extra strain on these teeth as they are
expected to function for the ones lost.
With implants, you are simply putting
the tooth that was lost back in its
place using a titanium ‘root’.

Why do I need to replace
missing teeth?
Besides the obvious cosmetic and
social concerns, there’s another price
to pay for losing teeth - bone loss in
your jaw. When teeth are removed,
Mother Nature assumes there is no
longer a need for the bone that
supported the teeth. Over time the
bone slowly, yet progressively
diminishes and the upper and lower
jawbone get smaller and shrink. This
process, called resorption, occurs at a
more rapid rate if all teeth in the jaw
are missing. If left untreated, the loss
of jaw bone can progress so far that a
denture will no longer stay in place no
matter how much sticky adhesive is
used. If implants are placed when
teeth are lost, the bone will be saved
and retained at its current level by the
implants. This will also help preserve a
more youthful appearance by?
avoiding the inevitable tissue and lip
‘collapse’ that comes with tooth loss.
Even losing just one tooth can cause
your other teeth to shift, which can
throw your bite off and cause TMJ
disorders leading to severe and?
frequent headaches along with tooth
wear. Teeth next to the space and
above or below it can also suffer bone

loss and periodontal problems.

What can I do about my
loose dentures?
Dental implants can be used to
provide stability and support to full
and partial dentures. Many patients
who have selected dental implants
describe a quality of life that is much
more comfortable and secure than the
lifestyle endured by those with
ill-fitting loose dentures.

Conventional dentures often
make a person feel and look
older than they are, cause?
Embarrassment in social situations
when they slip and click, and restrict
the everyday pleasure of eating
comfortably. Dentures supported by
implants allow people to enjoy a
healthy and varied diet, renewed
self-confidence, an active lifestyle
without the worry of their teeth
‘popping out’, and the ability to speak
clearly. For these reasons, patients
who have their dentures secured with
implants often say they feel better,
look better, and live better. You often
do not even have to have a new
denture made. Many times your
existing denture can be fitted and
secured to the implants placed
the same day!

What is involved?
The process of replacing teeth with
implants includes an initial visit to a
family dentist who offers implant
treatment. At this appointment,
X-rays will be taken and the areas to

be restored will be examined, along
with the rest of the mouth. Next, the
implants will be placed where needed
and left alone for three months. In
some instances, a temporary tooth
can be attached to the implant the
same day. There is no discomfort
during the procedure as the areas
will be numb. Sedation is also
available if desired. There may be
slight soreness, equivalent to getting
a filling done, for one or two days
after the implants are placed. Three
months later the implant will be
evaluated for fusion with the jawbone.
At this appointment, an impression or
‘mold’ will be taken of the implant
and sent to a dental laboratory where
the permanent crown or ‘cap’ will be
made. The next appointment involves
simply cementing the permanent
crown on the implant. For implants
being used to stabilize a denture, the
denture will be fitted to the implants
the same day or in three months,
depending on the situation.

Who is a candidate for
dental implants?
Whether you are a young,
middle-aged or older adult; whether
you need to replace one tooth, several
teeth, or all your teeth, there is a
dental implant solution for you. All
that you need to do to get started is
set up a consultation appointment
with a dentist who provides implant
treatment. From here, the dentist will
explain all of your options in
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Dutchtown Physical Therapy to
Recognize Physical Therapy
Awareness Day October 17th
with the Lean on Me Drive

Dutchtown Physical Therapy along with it's clinic affiliates Downtown
Physical Rehab and Downtown Physical Therapy & Industrial Center
Highland Road is leading a collection drive for medical equipment that
you may no longer need. The equipment would be cleaned and deemed
in good condition before being brought to St. Vincent De Paul for
distribution to people who may not be able to afford those items.
Tara Sturgeon, PTA, for the clinics, organized the Lean on Me Drive in
observance of Global Physical Therapy Awareness Day on October 17th
and is handling the collection of donated items for distribution to
St. Vincent De Paul at the end of October. Items that can be donated
are listed below and can be dropped off at The
Dutchtown Physical Therapy Clinic or one
of the other two affiliate clinics.

The Lean on Me Drive will gladly accept: Canes, walkers, crutches,
wheelchairs, shower chairs or other assistive devices which you may no
longer need. Donation of new assistive items would also be most
humbly appreciated as well.
Tara Sturgeon will clean and make sure the equipment is properly
secure before distribution to St. Vincent De Paul. Items donated to
the Dutchtown Physical Therapy location will be distributed to those
in need in the Ascension area.
In it's first year, Tara hopes The Lean on Me Drive may help alleviate
the burden of needed medical assistive devices for those who may need them, but cannot
afford them. For more information you can contact Tara Sturgeon at Tara is confident that in helping the community
by providing such items, it may be that little bit of assistance that may make a
real difference in someone's life.
Thank you Tara for all your hard work on this first Lean on Me Medical Assistance
Equipment Drive and we look forward to helping the Dutchtown Community
for many years to come.

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By Linda Melancon

What We Can Learn About the
Importance of Planning for
Distribution of
Personal Property
Since Robin Williams’ death, his
widow and three children have
been in a bitter dispute over the
settlement of his estate. This is
not unusual in high profile cases
where there is a lot of money at
stake. However, the parties
recently settled their dispute, and
while the full terms of that settlement are secret, there is much we
can learn from it about the
importance of dealing with distribution of your personal property.

Among the items in dispute
between Robin Williams’ wife
and children were family photos,
clothing, his bicycle collection,
watches and the tuxedo he was
married in. While these items
probably have very little monetary value, they must have a lot
of sentimental value. Like the
Williams family’s situation, disputes over items of sentimental
value are often as bitter and hardfought as disputes over great
amounts of wealth. I once had a
shotgun and TV in my office for
weeks because family members
were fighting over who they
should go to. We finally shipped
them to the deceased’s son in
another state. The cost of shipping probably outweighed their
value. To prevent this type of
problem, when you plan your
estate and how it will be distributed you should also plan for the
distribution of your personal
Many times people tell me that
their family will be able to divide
their personal property amicably
and there is no need to dispose of
it in their will or trust. While this
may be true in some cases, I
always suggest that if they have
personal property with a lot of
monetary value (like expensive


jewelry, coin collections or other
valuables) they should probably
distribute those items in their will
or trust. Even for items that are
not valuable, if you suspect there
may be any disagreement among
your heirs, you should also list
those items specifically in your
will or trust. Only in this manner
can you ensure that those items
will pass to whom you want at
death. Any gift of property,
including personal property, must
be made in a will or trust to be
legally binding.
Another common issue, which
was also present in the Robin
Williams dispute, is making sure
that your personal property is
secured at death so it can pass as
you wish. In the Williams’ case,
Robin’s widow claimed that
many items of personal property
were removed from their home
without her consent or knowledge. Unfortunately, this often
happens. To help prevent this, let
your executor know what items
you plan to leave to specific people and make sure he knows he
should secure your personal
belongings as soon as is practical
after death.
In the end, Williams’ widow,
Susan Schneider Williams,
received only a fraction of the
late actor’s estate, which is estimated to be over $100 million.
She did receive a watch that he
wore often, some clothing, their

wedding gifts and a bicycle they
bought together on their honeymoon. After the settlement, she
remarked that it was painful to
see truckloads of their belongings
removed from their home, but
“it’s the few sentimental items I
get to hold onto that mean
everything to me.”
Like Ms. Williams, the personal
property you hand down to your
heirs may mean much more to
them than the monetary gifts you
leave. When planning for distribution of your estate, make sure
you don’t forget about your personal property. Failure to consider those items could result in bitter disputes among your heirs
that might end in lawsuits. As
with anything dealing with your
estate planning, you should
always work with professionals
who are knowledgeable about the
subject and applicable laws so
you can have the peace of knowing your plan will be carried out
as you intended.
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

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The Hatchery
It was a one hundred acre forest
that was rectangular in shape. The
entire block was surrounded by a dirt
road. It was named "the hatchery" by
members of the Romeville Hunting
Club, probably because on several
occasions doe deer had been observed
during the summer months giving
birth to their young in this area. As far
as I remember the club never turned
the deer hounds loose on this piece of
My first memory of the place brings
me back to lying on the bank of one of
the ditches that surrounded it shooting
crows in the evening with my then
very young father. I was a true youngster in those days, probably six or
seven years old. The gun I was shooting was a single shot Harrington &
Richardson 20 gauge. Dad was shooting a single shot 22 magnum Colt rifle
with a scope at the crows flying overhead. On several occasions he would
connect with one of the crows in
flight. He was a great shot back then
and one of the best, to this day, that
I've ever seen. As the crows continued
to fly, a pair of wood ducks passed over
our heads. I jumped up and shot. It
was probably luck, but I knocked
down one of the ducks. I'm sure that
duck season was not open at that time,
but back in those days it didn't make a
whole lot of difference to us. That was
my first memory of many that the
hatchery would give to my life.
I had followed my old man around
through the woods watching him hunt
since the day I was old enough to
walk. On one particular October
morning he decided to let me make a
squirrel hunt without his guidance.
The hatchery was a excellent choice
considering that it was surrounded by
headlands and there was no way I
could get lost. At daylight that morning I watched him walk off and I
entered the woods on my own for the
first time. A couple squirrels outsmarted me at the beginning of the hunt,
but in an instant my luck would
change. As I approached the shaking
limb, a beautiful black squirrel jumped
into view. I was shaking uncontrollably
as I cocked the hammer and took aim.
After firing it was evident that my shot
had hit its target. It was not a direct
hit and the small creature struggled to
hang on. I reloaded and shot again,

and again. He finally fell. I tucked him
under my
belt and out the woods I came. To this
day, my dad still recalls the moment
that he saw me coming down that road
with that black tail flying in the breeze
as I approached him.
The hatchery's life as a forest came
to an end that following summer. The
landowners decided to cut the timber
and transition it into a sugarcane field.
After the trees were harvested, they set
fire to the remaining foliage. That winter is when I first witnessed my father
and others shooting wood ducks that
were flying to roost. On cold misty
nights I would tag along with them to
headlight rabbits and woodcocks and
to this day I can still see those pink
eyes a-shining.
Each of us probably have similar
memories of such places in our life that
are no longer with us. That little patch
of woods helped make me what I am
today. Being able to venture into the
woods alone and being trusted with a
loaded firearm were no doubt the
beginning of becoming a responsible
adult. Although many of the things I
learned from the hatchery were wrong,
it is because of those things that I
learned right from wrong. It's sad to
say that they'll never be another young
child walking down that old road with
his first squirrel tail flapping in the
breeze to greet his father. There was
one child that walked that old road
long ago, and I'm proud to have been
that child...

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Wild Bill’s Last Ride or Highway 73 Revisited
“That’s all I can stands-I
can’t stands no more!” Popeye
the Sailor on reaching his
breaking point.
An open letter to candidates
for Ascension Parish President
and Council, Louisiana
Governor and Lt. Governor, all
creditable United States
Presidential hopefuls and
Bobby Jindal:
Despite the long history of
blatant discrimination against
members on both sides of my
family, I have chosen to remain
silent for the better part of six
decades. We were taught to
adhere to the philosophy of that great
American statesman
Eddie Raven of
Lafayette who once
so eloquently
crooned, “I got
bayou water running
in my veins-I don’t
back up and I don’t
My mother’s
family, the Bullions,
accepted their rude
expulsion from
Acadia in 1755 and
according to
another great
American philosopher-one T. James
Bullion-“…came to
rest in a Cajun land,
Spanish moss bed
and a catfish pan…”
When things
didn’t work out for
the Delaune clan
down in Haiti about
the same time, my
father’s side took
their “Caribbean
soul they could barely control”
and headed for New Orleans.
About a hundred years later,
our Choctaw relatives declined
to move to Oklahoma- when
the not-to-be trusted U.S.
Government broke still another
treaty- and became productive
citizens in a country that had
stolen their land.
And our Italian several
greats-godfather-oops, I meant
grandfather-William Gianelli
was persecuted in New Orleans
in the early 1900’s for running
his own lottery-some 75 years
ahead of his time.
Our poor Irish grandmother
Malvena Callaghan watched
Irish immigrants be treated as
expendable labor in the early

by Bill Delaune
White Road Bridge over 73
20th century digging canals
onto the Mt. McKinley-oops,
and-well, Irish Channels-in the
Mt. Denali-size elevation on
Crescent City and my Bullion
grandparents were forbidden by Church Road. From there I
usually collect myself in the St.
state law from speaking their
John parking lot, come down
native language-French-on the
slowly from my mountainous
school grounds of Ascension
high and play my route of least
Still we survived-some would resistance for the day.
I have done everything asked
say prospered-despite all the
of me by the politically correct
hardships and roadblocks
police. I have changed from a
thrown our way. And we were
taught to respect the law of the ’69 Dodge Charger called the
land no matter what-even when “Robert E. Lee” to a perennially dirty (thanks to construction)
civil obedience seemed a viable
2011 Ford Edge affectionately
named the “Michael P. Lee”
That was until October 2,
2015, when the final straw that after one of my former St.

broke Dorothy Hamill’s back
forced me to take action.
It was a clear fall morning
when I arose to the steady hum
of asphalt machines and other
road-building equipment
working frantically at the
intersection of White Road,
Highway 73 and Church Road
to smooth out the massive
bumps that have graced our
streets for almost five years.
“Good,” says you. “Not so
fast,” says me.
The smoothing of that
intersection has now deprived
me of the one joy I had left in
my tedious day-to-day routinethat, of course, being my daily
Dukes of Hazard jump from
the launch pad ramp at the

Amant catchers.
I have eliminated the horn
that blasted out “Dixie”-easily
the most misunderstood song
of my lifetime with the possible
exception of “Puff, the Magic
Dragon”-and replaced it with
one that plays a mellow version
of “Southern Nights” by Allen
Toussaint, a black music legend
in New Orleans, and sung by
Glen Campbell who is an
unfortunate Alzheimer’s victim.
And think of the work I put
into designing my own Flag of
the South after removing the
Confederate Flag with its 13
stars from my vehicle.
My new banner also
features 13 Southern stars but
mine includes Elvis Presley and

Ray Charles singing a duet,
Hank Williams harmonizing
with Otis Redding and Ronnie
Van Zant jamming with B.B.
King on one 6-star stretch.
On the other six spots are a
black SEC football player
sipping sweet tea with a white
Southern belle guzzling
Southern Comfort, Dale
Earnhardt driving Michael
Jordon around in a number
“23” stock car and LSU’s Billy
Cannon presenting the
Heisman Trophy to Leonard
The center star belongs to
the biggest center star of all
time-basketball great,
rapper, lawman and great
American philosopher
Shaquille O’Neal. I
mean-“Can you dig it?”
Now I ask you-how
much more politically
correct can I get?
But all of this is now in
vain because after “only”
five years, the aforementioned intersection is
now smoother than
Beyoncé’s backside.
How dare you destroy
an old man’s only joy,
Barber Brothers?
But those of you who
know me well realize
that I am not going
down without a fight.
Like the two grumpy,
old, tall-tale-telling
heroes (played superbly
by Robert Duvall and
Michael Caine) in a
vastly underrated movie
called “Secondhand
Lions”, I intend to go
out with a bang-not a
On Halloween night, 2015,
some 54 years to the day that
Cannon made his historic run
against Ole Miss, Wild Bill will
make one final jump just as
Evel Knievel did at Snake River
Canyon. I will not reveal any
details of my costume except to
say it will combine fashion
elements of Donald Trump,
Lil Boosie and Caitlyn Jenner.
At five minutes to midnight,
I will leave the Frais Marche
parking lot heading north
toward Baton Rouge, picking
up as much speed as my Edge’s
six cylinders will muster and fly
by the Ascension Sheriff’s substation on Airline drawing the
attention of on-duty deputies.
Like a modern-day Clyde

without his Bonnie, I will swing
my version of the Hot Rod
Lincoln onto Post Office Road
with the police in hot pursuit.
Then, accelerating with Michael
J. Fox “Back to the Future”
force, I will hit the railroad
tracks propelling me into the
air all the way to 73 where I
will wipe out the final barricade
at Alice Braud Road.
Weaving in and out of cones
on 73 that I have committed to
memory over the past five
years, I will put some distance
between the law and me before
making a Bat-turn onto the
newly paved surface of White
Taking “Dead Man’s Curve”
in front of Nadine’s at breakneck speed, I will then bail out
of my vehicle into what remains
of the forest on my family’s
property and let the Edge
cruise to a stop in the trailer
park at the end of the straightaway. This tactic-combined
with the cast of characters in
that place-should delay the cops
long enough to allow me to
slip into the woods until I am
out of the woods. Remember,
I have been exploring this area
since I was six years old and I
know places in that swamp

where the devil doesn’t go.
There I will remain in a
lean-to built from David Vitter
for Governor signs complete
with supplies including New
Orleans ladies.
Should anyone stumble upon
my campsite, I will fire one
warning shot from my single
shot .410-my assault rifles
having been confiscated by the
Democrats-and disappear into
the woods like the great
Seminole Chief Osceola vanished into the Evergladesneither of us ever surrendering
to the U.S. Government.
All that will remain will be a
simple message written on the
back of a Daisy Duke poster“Bury my heart on Delaune

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inspired the creation of the
blues band, Voodoo Groove.
The band would focus on
playing classic rock and blues
hits featuring some of the best
guitar work or all time and
Landon would get to once
again play guitar live! The
band played around Baton
Rouge and South Louisiana
until 2000 when Landon
attended Holmes JRr. College
in Mississippi. Studying guitar
and playing in the Jazz Band
from 2000-2002 Landon
learned technique and theory
that elevated his playing. The
Jazz Band at Holmes traveled
with the football team all over
Mississippi and even performed
in New Orleans for several
Mardi Gars parades. Landon
moved back to the Gonzales
area in 2002 and was the original guitarist for Harvey
Wallbanges along with Travis
Fredric, Mike Nickens, Brent
Berthelot and Grady Watts. The
very popular “party band”
played all over the coast and

For the
Love of
By Brandt Bourque

Playing music is a gift, just
ask anyone that attempts the
craft. Sitting down with your
instrument, regardless of your
skill level and just creating
sound is a serious thrill. When
things “click” and you can play
a complete song the rush can
be as great as hitting a home
run or racing a fast car! For
one Gonzales native things
clicked early on and a thrill of
playing guitar has fueled his
Landon Davis first picked up

a guitar while in high school at
the age of 16. He credits older
brother, Clark Davis, as and
early inspiration. Clark would
bring back souvenirs from concerts and let Landon watch his
band rehearse. In 1992
Landon got his first chance to
play in a band when Midnight
Run was looking for a new gui-

tarist. Landon got the gig to
play alongside Grady Watts,
Clinton Broussard, Cory Babin
and Wyatt Templet. Around
1995 Landon and Midnight
Run parted ways. While
band-less Landon started
listening to great guitarist like
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck
and Eddie Van Halen, this


experienced years of success.
After a few good years with the
Wallbangers, Landon started
doing the blues band full time
again. This version included
Dean Geatreaux, Glenn
Melancon and Kenneth
Kleinpeter and performed again
under the name Voodoo

Groove. After a lineup change
in 2007 the band became
“The Landon Davis Band” with
Landon finally sharing the stage
with older brother Clark Davis
on Drums and long time friend
Mike Savario on bass. Wanting
to play more Landon jumped at
the opportunity to join the
variety band “Party at Joe’s” in
2011. As the only guitarist
Landon joined the currently
lineup of Joe Godin, Micha
Mire, Michael McCreary, Victor
Drescher, Rusty Richard,
Carly Braud.
The love of playing guitar
has driven Landon to a life
surrounded by music. When he
isn’t playing a show you can

find Landon playing most of
the guitars at his favorite music
store in town, Music Inc.
Landon said, “I couldn't imagine life without a guitar. Every
part of my life relates to guitars.
Some are like fine art, some
are tools and others are
recreational. No mater what
my plans are for the day I have
to play guitar.”
Check out “The Landon
Davis Band” in the future at
Park Place in Gonzales. Also
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at and
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Thoughts from Bully

Ghost and
and Spooky
Of Wow. It is my favorite
time of the year. The baseball
playoffs have started, even
though my team didn’t make it.
Without baseball America can
just fold its tent because it is
about the last thing we can
agree on.
The Saints are in full swing
and their start has a lot to do
with the Halloween Season
approaching. They are a little
spooky. They could have Freddy
Cruger as a defensive line and
probably still couldn’t draw
Oh Yea! There is a football
team in Baton Rouge that has
our attention. We absolutely
have a spooky running back for
and corner backs or safety’s that
head his way once he breaks
through the line.
I’d like to say that the NBA

pre-season began and it actually
mattered to me. My regrets go
out to the basketball enthusiast
but when defense became a bad
word in basketball I lost interest
in the game. It’s turned into
the street game that the make it
take mentality around the country, became the new NBA. Not
for me. Plus there are some
spooky tatoos from head to toe.
I love Halloween. It’s a
chance to dress up and just
have fun. I have a great friend,
Dottie, that is a former
cheerleader for the University

a haunted house earlier that
evening. We had used a frozen
cow heart as a prop fo for the
operation room scene. Little
did I realize it was thawing out
and soaking into my shirt. Oh
my God, What a smell. Thank
God I had a dirty t-shirt in the
car to change into. I may have
looked liked a Zombie but I
didn’t stink to high heaven.
I remember a night long
long ago. It was 1974. I was
driving down a gravel road here
in Ascension Parish. I think it
was between Hwy 74 and Hwy
621 known as the KC Hall
road. I pulled over with my girl
friend to take a great look at
the full moon. Of course, as a
young man, I was interested in
more than looking at the moon.
As we sat in my Volkswagen I
started telling her a scary story
that as a child scared me and I
often had night mares about it.
I don’t remember the original
version of the story but I
remember the spooky parts. I
told her, On night unlike this in
the hills of Mississippi there was
a story about a lost heart from
a murder love triangle that
constantly was searching for its
love. We were looking over a

full moon pasture when I told
her how in the cotton fields of
the Delta this heart would float
across the cotton making a
sound thump, thump, thump,
thump. It would move toward
anyone in the area of its sight it
would head across the fields
toward us with the sound,
She was starting to get scared
and moved in closer to me, All
of a sudden we heard a sound
coming down the gravel road.
A heavy sound moving gravel
and making a thump. I thought
saying thump,thump would be
funny but she was scared and
rightly so. Something was
standing next to the car and we
were holding each other tight.
There was a heavy breathing
going on and not wanting to
look I mustard the stones to
glance out my window. I slowly
turned and soon as I looked a
horse whinnied and slobbered
on me. I jerked my head back
and my forehead ricochetted off
of her forehead. A knot formed
on both of our heads. I cranked
the car and spun gravel as I left.
This time of year is alluring
so enjoy it the you can.

of Alabama. I carved her a
pumpkin with the Bama logo.
That team is spooky enough to
me because I get scared every
time we play them but that
doesn’t mean I’m scared so I
carved a LSU pumpkin also.
Halloween brings some memories that I laugh about often. I
remember being in the Captains
Quarters and complaining
about a bad smell. Then I realized I had been Frankenstein in

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The human brain uses approximately as much energy as
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The Giant South African Earthworm (Microhaetus rappi)
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The combined internal surface area of a pair of human lungs is
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Americans consume approximately 6 gallons (23 liters)
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The world's largest fruit are giant pumpkins.
The world record is 1061lbs (481.3 kg)

Non-dairy creamer is flammable.
-An oyster takes ten years to produce a pearl that
is about the size of a pea

clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted
people without killing them used to burn their houses down
- hence the expression "to get fired"

Experts have come to the conclusion that additional
U.S. freeways does not automatically ease vehicle congestion. An
example was shown in Springfield, Virginia, outside of
Washington, D.C. The 8-year, $434 million freeway construction
project resulted in commuters shaving only 30 seconds off of
their drive time. The conclusion was that motorists lost more
time in delays during construction than they could make up once
the construction was complete.

More American Presidents were born in the month of
October than any other month. They were John Adams,
Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt,
Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter.

- In the USA October is the month for National Filipino
American History, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History,
National Breast Cancer Awareness and National Arts &

Sylvan N. Goldman of Humpty Dumpty Stores and Standard
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Preliminary 2015
Surpass Last
Year’s Ascension
Hot Air Balloon
Preliminary attendance estimates
for the 2015 Ascension Hot Air
Balloon Festival show a total of
around 54,000 people attended
the two-day festival on the
grounds of Lamar-Dixon Expo
Center, surpassing last year’s
numbers by 4,000, festival
organizers said.
“Again we were blessed with
good weather and a steady flow
of people wanting to enjoy a
family friendly festival,” said
Ascension Parish President
Tommy Martinez. “And it was
truly a family event because you
could easily see the children far
outnumbered the adults.”


Festival committee chairman
Martin McConnell said
attendance figures were
estimated to be between 10,000
and 12,000 people on Friday,
and 40,000-plus on Saturday.

“Plus, when you take into
account all of the volunteers,
balloon teams and their families,
vendors, law enforcement, first
responders and others, we had a
lot of people on the grounds of

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“The success of this year’s festival assures that it will continue
in the upcoming years, showing
that it can stand on its own
without any government assistance. It was through the help
of our Crown Sponsor


L’Auberge Casino Baton
Rouge, and all of our sponsors
and their generosity that made
this happen and we can’t thank
them enough.”
McConnell said a festival of this
magnitude could not go off as
planned without the professionally coordinated help from the
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s

Festival held at Lamar-Dixon
Expo Center. Festival organizers
said an estimated 54,000 people
attended the two-day family festival. Claw’D stands 85 feet tall
and weighs 425 pounds,

Office, the Gonzales Police
Department, the fire departments, first responders, and the
State Police.
“We also want to thank
Volunteer Ascension, Tour
Ascension, and the hundreds of
volunteers who helped make
2015’s Ascension Hot Air
Balloon Festival a premier successful event.”
This year special shape balloon
“Claw’D the Crazy Crab”
loomed over arriving festival
goers Saturday at the 2015
Ascension Hot Air Balloon

according to his owners CT
Ballooning, LLC of Kensington,
Ct. Claw’d and two other
special shape balloons were
joined by 30 competitive
hot air balloons from around
the country.

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Firehouse Subs
Open for
Firehouse Subs held a Ribbon
Cutting Ceremony on
Thursday, September 24, 2015,
celebrating the opening of their
new location at 2706 S.
Cabela’s Parkway, Suite 130,
Gonzales, LA.

Firehouse Subs is a fast, casual,
submarine-style restaurant
serving steamed quality meats
and cheeses, salads and chili.
Firehouse Subs prides themselves on quality and service.
Their Public Safety Foundation
is the heart of Firehouse Subs,
to which they donate equipment and grants to first
responders. They are open
Monday to Sunday 10:30am
to 9pm.

Attending the ribbon cutting
for Firehouse Subs was:
Owners Jodie and Gregg
Simon, owner Adam Ratcliff
and Kelly and David Ratliff,
owners. Also in attendance was
Ascension Parish Mayor Barney
Arceneau, Parish President’s
Office Public Information
Officer Lester Kenyon,
Ascension Chamber of
Commerce President/CEO
Sherrie Despino, Chamber
Ambassadors, Chamber

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• All tires from ATV to Commercial Machinery
• All brands to fit autos, trucks and
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• Locally owned and operated since 2004
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If you would like more information on Firehouse Subs please
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Gourmet at Home


Executive Chef
Ben Jarreau

• 2 pounds tenderized Gator meat cut into cubes
• 2 cups Paul Prudhomme’s Blackened
Redfish Magic – awesome stuff!!!
• 10 Egg Whites- beaten
• 4 Cups Seasoned Flour
(salt, pepper, cayenne, creole seasoning)
• 2 Cups BBQ sauce (your favorite kind)
• 1 bottle Try Me brand Tiger Sauce (5 oz)
• 2 Quarts Frying Oil
In a large Dutch oven or in your Fry Daddy, bring oil up to
350* F. Dredge the cubes of gator in the blackening seasoning
then place them into the beaten egg whites and then finally
dredge them in the flour. Gently drop the gator into the hot
grease and fry for 4 to 6 minutes. Strain well and allow to cool
on a paper towel to allow the excess grease to drain off. While
the gator is cooling, in a small mixing bowl, combine the BBQ
sauce and the tiger sauce and mix well.

(Blackened Fried Alligator)

Serve the gator with the tiger bbq sauce drizzled over the top
or on the side for dipping

Prep Time:
15 Minutes
Cook Time:
4 Minutes

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This Month at Moran’s Marina in Port Fourchon
Moran's Marina • 27900 Hwy 1 • Golden Meadow, LA 70357
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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

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.


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.

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