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CO MP LI M ENTARY

DECEMBER 2015, VOL. 13 ISSUE 11

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JFA CHRISTMAS PARTY

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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LAYNE’S

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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BILL DELAUNE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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“The Most Popular Christmas Doll Contest” Performed by Center Stage at the Christmas Tree Lighting
“The Most Popular Christmas
Doll Contest” Performed by
Center Stage at the Christmas
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Center Stage Performing
Arts Academy descended
upon the Gonzales Civic
Center on December 1,
2015 for the annual
Christmas Tree Lighting
event. While hundreds of
eager kids waited in line for
Santa, the academy’s
Junior and Senior Musical
Theatre Elite groups
performed their brand new
Christmas show – “The
Most Popular Christmas
Doll Contest.” The original
show, written by Center
Stage’s owner, Larry
Schexnaydre, featured a
colorful cast of dolls –
Belle, Jesse, Barbie,
Cinderella, Snow White,
Tiana, Elsa and Anna -
competing for the title of
“Most Popular” while being
judged by past winners, Pocahontas, American Girl Doll and Raggedy Ann and the North Pole’s

judged by past winners, Pocahontas, American Girl Doll and Raggedy Ann and the North Pole’s own Mrs. Claus, Buddy the Elf and Rosie the Elf.

Each character had to explain to the judges why they should win the ultimate award and sing a song that best exemplified their Christmas

Spirit. The Junior Musical Theatre Elite Group, who filled the stage as “Santa’s helpers”, accompanied each number with a spirited chorus and energy. With Linda Schexnaydre’s lively choreography and the magnificent voices of the entire cast, the show was a hilarious musical romp that highlighted the many aspects

and the magnificent voices of the entire cast, the show was a hilarious musical romp that

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and the magnificent voices of the entire cast, the show was a hilarious musical romp that
of the Christmas season and got the crowd in a holiday spirit. After the show,

of the Christmas season and got the crowd in a holiday spirit. After the show, the characters mingled with the young children in the audience, posed for pictures and even signed autographs for their eager fans – a truly festive atmosphere.

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Buddy – Chris Bourgeois Mrs. Claus – Hannah Chiquelin Barbie – Gracie Owens Elsa – Macy Marionneaux Anna – Shelly Kleinpeter Jesse – Molly Beth Blanchard Tiana – Daria Coleman Cinderella – Kendall Claire Lamont Snow White – Sarah Talbot

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largest attendance in years.
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Nora Lee Ricca Award Recipients since it’s first year:

• 1981Pie Lanoux

• 1982Dalton Marchand

• 1983Mary Ann Keller

• 1984Elsie Walker

• 1985Mac Daigle

• 1986Cobby Walker

• 1987Darlene Reulet

• 1988Ernest “Beaver” Cubbage

• 1989Frank Frederic

• 1990Anita Young

• 1991Pat Austin

• 1992Carol Frederic

• 1993Ed “Mike” Daigle

• 1994Eladee Chauvin

• 1995Robert A. Pitre, Jr.

• 1996Pearl Reed

• 1997Wally Taillon

• 1998Estelle Carpenter

• 1999Ruby Corrent

• 2000Frank Corrent

• 2001Solly Boudreaux

• 2002Lucia Smithey

• 2003Freddie Hurst

• 2004Mike Daigle

• 2005Carlos Braud

• 2006Gilbert Taillon

• 2007Carbett Bercegeay

• 2008Valmon & Rita Bercegeay

• 2009Tammy Guillory

• 2010Robert Jackson

• 2011Mike Gonzales, Sr.

• 2012Mike Berthelot

• 2013Shane Martinez

• 2014Brenda Taillon

• Todd and Vanessa Blair

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Finally, there was the Geismar Senior Citizens Luncheon at the Geismar Community Center. This annual event is full of food and fellowship, even a friendly sing off competition! This is event is supported by local businesses and community members that provide lunch, fruit baskets and giveaways for Geismar’s senior community. What a blessing to give back to those who have given so much.

These events were only a few of many events supported by you, Ascension Parish. Because of this and so much more, I applaud you. Your love and kindness reach to the hearts of those in this parish and for that I am forever grateful.

Dear

Ascension

Parish,

Merry Christmas to you! I am so very proud to call you home. We’ve been together for about six years now, and each year I get to know you more and more. I’ve seen so many spirit filled gatherings over the years, and this month is no exception. It warms my heart to see the love and generosity of the people that live in this parish.

First there was the Gonzales Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas with Santa event put on by the City of Gonzales. The Gonzales Civic Center was adorned with candy canes,

Christmas trees and elves were spreading Christmas cheer. What a fun event open to everyone in the community. Santa came to visit and took a picture with all the little ones in the community. The locally known dance company Center Stage performed a whimsical muscial! It was Ascension’s version of a Christmas Broadway.

Secondly, the Ascension Parish Sheriffs Office hosted the annual Christmas Crusade. The Sheriff’s office accepts Christmas gift donations for the needy children in our community that otherwise may not have anything under the Christmas tree. They host a night where the local community can meet at Wal Mart and purchase gifts to donate as well. The APSO gives so much more to

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Ascension Parish than their service and protection; they give their time and energy to care for those less fortunate.

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Then, the Feed the Needy event hosted by, yes, Ascension’s well known and loved, Thomsas “Bama” Aldridge. Every year before Christmas the male “Ascensionites” gather at the Gonzales Country Club to have a few cool ones, but more importantly cook jambalaya to help those less fortunate in the communi- ty! This event started back in 2006 with one pot of jambalaya that raised around $800. This year Feed the Needy raised over $24,000 for local families in

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Laser Tattoo Removal Q&A How does laser tattoo removal work? Medical lasers use an intense

Laser Tattoo Removal Q&A

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Medical lasers use an intense beam of light to remove the tattoo ink while minimizing damage to the surrounding healthy skin. The light energy is delivered in very short pulses of light that are absorbed by the ink particles of the tattoo. This energy breaks the ink particles into tiny fragments which are then absorbed through the body’s natural cleansing system.

Can laser tattoo removal treat all colors?

Certain colors respond quicker to laser tattoo removal. For example, black, red, dark orange, and dark blue are the easiest and fastest to remove. Green, purple, brown, light orange and light blue may require more visits. The depth of the tattoo will also determine how many treatments are needed, as well as the type of ink used. Lastly, your skin tone will play a part in how fast your tattoo responds to laser. Lighter skin tones typically have a higher success rate.

Will the tattoo completely disappear?

In many cases, yes. Greater than 90% fading of the tattoo may be

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FEED THE NEEDY 2015 The fundraider designed to raise money to help needy families during
FEED THE NEEDY 2015
The fundraider designed to raise money to help needy families during the
holiday season went off without a hitch. This event has not only helped
families it has brought a community together and set and example for our
youth. This year Stevie Dugas returned to help stir the pots and serve the
food. There is no better feeling than to seea young person learn and experi-
ence life long values.
In December 2006, Uncle Perry and Aunt Susan Aldridge casually
mentioned to BAMA that there were three needy families in the Gonzales
Stevie Dugas
area who were in danger of going without the necessities for Christmas. That was all
area who were in danger of going without the necessities for Christmas. That was all
area who were in danger of going without the necessities for Christmas. That was all
area who were in danger of going without the necessities for Christmas. That was all
area who were in danger of going without the necessities for Christmas. That was all
area who were in danger of going without the necessities for Christmas. That was all

area who were in danger of going without the necessities for Christmas. That was all it took for the idea of “Feed the Needy” to be born in the big heart of the CEO, Thomas “BAMA” Aldridge. It was a humble beginning that year as BAMA asked Sheriff Wiley if he would sponsor a pot of food to use as a fund raiser in order to try to help these families. The Sheriff obliged and BAMA and his Souse Chef, “Bones” Sheets cooked a hen and andouille sauce piquante which was sold for the regular Saturday lunch at Gonzales Country Club. The process raised $800.00 and in turn, those three families had an unexpectedly great Christmas.

Country Club. The process raised $800.00 and in turn, those three families had an unexpectedly great
Country Club. The process raised $800.00 and in turn, those three families had an unexpectedly great

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Country Club. The process raised $800.00 and in turn, those three families had an unexpectedly great
Since the beginning the event has grown larger with finacial support and voluteers. Last year
Since the beginning the event has grown larger with finacial support and voluteers. Last year
Since the beginning the event has grown larger with finacial support and voluteers. Last year
Since the beginning the event has grown larger with finacial support and voluteers. Last year
Since the beginning the event has grown larger with finacial support and voluteers. Last year

Since the beginning the event has grown larger with finacial support and voluteers. Last year the event raised in excess of $30,000. This year is no different with dollars still coming in the total exceeds

$25,000.

The volunteer crew was the largest, hardest working, and most efficient I have ever seen. The response by the people of Ascension Parish in terms of its donations as well as the jambalaya dinner purchases was incredible. The most heart warming fact in all this process is that there was not one cent of expenses and all of the money raised will be dispersed to needy families right here in our communities. There are no administrative cost retained. Once again, the residents of this area have shown why it is such a blessing to live in Ascension Parish.

cost retained. Once again, the residents of this area have shown why it is such a
cost retained. Once again, the residents of this area have shown why it is such a
cost retained. Once again, the residents of this area have shown why it is such a

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cost retained. Once again, the residents of this area have shown why it is such a
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Allison Hudson Receives Prestigious Xavier University Alumni Award Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information

Allison Hudson Receives Prestigious Xavier University Alumni Award

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Allison B. Hudson, was recently selected as one of Xavier University of Louisiana’s Top 40 under 40 Young Alumni Awards for her accomplishments in the Ascension Parish community. Xavier University’s Top 40 under 40 Awards recognize outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community. As a young, professional woman dominating the historically proverbial “boy’s club” known as journalism, Hudson has made her mark in the professional world both in journalism and law enforcement. Hudson currently serves as the Public Information Officer under the leadership of Sheriff Jeff Wiley in Ascension Parish where she serves as the liaison between the sheriff’s office and the local, state, and national media. Her professional life is exceedingly busy and seemingly unstoppable; she still finds time to serve her communi- ty. She volunteers in the community at large as well as in the community in which she is a professional. Hudson served as president of the Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce from 2011-2013 and the first person to ever be re-elected president for two consecutive terms.

She was re-elected for a third term to serve as President in 2015. She also served as Vice-President of the Chamber for two terms and was a board of director of the chamber from 2008-2015. She currently serves on the Arc of East Ascension Community Opportunities (COEA) board of direc- tors where she holds the position as vice-president. In 2011, she was elected presi- dent of the Donaldsonville Rotary Club, where she served for one term. Prior to her current position, Hudson was the editor-in-chief of the Donaldsonville Chief Newspaper in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. She was the first African-American woman to serve as editor-in-chief since the existence of the newspaper in 1871. During her tenure at the newspaper, she was chosen as “The top 25 under 35” for Editor and Publisher Magazine in 2011 at the age of 25, being the youngest on the list, for taking the Donaldsonville Chief to numerous heights. Under her leader- ship, the paper garnered over 100 awards from the Louisiana Press Association. Hudson was a nominee for the Woman of Excellence Award from the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus for 2011. Not only has Allison been an active and viable force in print journalism, but she has diver- sified her professional portfolio and has blazed a trail in public relations as well. She has volunteered as a coach for the Donaldsonville High School Varsity Cheerleaders, as a teacher and coor- dinator for the Donaldsonville AMIKids School and board member, volunteer for Rape Victims for Ascension Parish, Life Planning with Persons with Disabilities committee,

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Juneteenth Festival Co-Coordinator, Donaldsonville Louisiana Ready Community Committee, and as a Spanish and Salsa instructor for the city of Donaldsonville Bright Futures Program. She understands the importance of service coupled with education as a means of changing and creating new and future leaders. In 2012, she was selected to partici- pate in COEA’s Dancing for a Cause Fundraiser. Allison rose over $10,000 for persons with disabili- ties. In 2013, Allison spearheaded a “Toy and Coat Drive” in Donaldsonville which brought in over $10,000 and with the help of volunteers, were able to purchase over 300 coats and toys for children and adults. Continuing in her fundraising efforts, Hudson has managed to help raise over $7,000 for the Mary Bird Perkins Breast Cancer Foundation to help assist those who our battling breast cancer. She is a 2003 graduate of Edna Karr Magnet School in New Orleans, Louisiana and a 2008 graduate of Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a concentration in print journalism and a minor in speech/communication studies. Allison attributes her success and passion for education from her mom Brenda Neely, her dad Al Hudson, her step father Dr. George Neely, her god father Fred Tombar, and her cousin Nadia Clark for always encouraging her to be the greatest in school and for instilling the importance of keep-

ing God first. She also credits her best friend and colleague, Michael Sanders, who has also served as a big supporter of my dreams and vice versa. “I am forever grateful for my expe- rience while at Xavier and those who I have met along the way,” Hudson said. “Xavier is a small, close-knit family, but it’s also a powerhouse of really great professionals. Dr. Larry Strout, Dr. Dave Park, Arnold Crump, and Melinda Shelton are just a few pro- fessors who are partly responsible for my success because they served and continue to serve as role models in my profession,” she added. Lastly, Hudson attributes much of her success while serving as editor of the Donaldsonville Chief. “The experiences I learned and the networking opportunities I was afford- ed as a young professional straight out of college were amazing; I will forever be thankful to the community of Donaldsonville because it opened so many doors for me,” she added. “I am also thankful to work for such a great and notable leader, Sheriff Wiley, because I truly admire him for his leadership skills and his knowl- edge.”

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DevelopingYour

Strategy:

Implementation

Last month, we introduced our article series on developing your business strategy.We outlined an overall strategy development plan for your business. From your elevator pitch to your executive summary, you should have a good indication of what you what to accomplish.

In the second installment of “DevelopingYour Strategy,” we will focus on the concept on strategy implementation.

Simply stated, strategy implementation can be defined as the process of putting plans and strategies into action to ultimately attain strategic goals and objectives. By now, you have developed a strategic plan.These plans often sit and are not put into use. Implementation turns strategies into reality.Without it, strategy is nothing.

Here are some statistics:

• 95% of a typical workforce doesn’t understand their organization’s strategy.

• 60% of organizations don’t

correlate strategy to budgeting.

• 86% of business owners and

managers spend less than one hour per month discussing strategy.

Bottom line, strategic implementation is crucial to a company’s accomplishments. It is an administrative task and on-going process. In order to see your strategic plan through,

implementation will involve assigning tasks to individuals and developing timelines.

Delegation

Any successful implementation will have a clear leader, whether it is the owner of a business or the CEO of a company. Strategy implementation is simply impossible without a strong organizational structure.This person will communicate the vision and goals necessary for success.All organization personnel should be fully engaged in the plan.

The leader will delegate tasks and roles to individual employees.

Performance measurement tools provide motivation and allow progress discussion to occur. Implementation should also include a strategic map.This map identifies the main factors that will guide performance.

Typical Issues

Two major mistakes in strategic implementation are a lack of communication and a plan that contains too many goals. Plans are often overwhelming and have ideas that are not concrete. Therefore, the progress of implementation is hard to track.

Instead of tracking development annually, do so bi-weekly or even monthly.This will prevent employees from neglecting your goals and getting caught up in day-to-day tasks.

You should also make your employees accountable for imple- menting their parts of the strate- gic plan. If not enforced, your plan will never be fully or correctly executed.

WhatYou Need

Ask yourself, what is it that you need to accomplish your plan? Most often, there are several things that need to be in place. You have to have the right set of employees on board to help you.

Resources are vital.You will also need sufficient funds to support your implementation. In addition to enough money, you have to consider the time it will take your team to achieve your goals.

Communication must be open and collaborative.The manager must schedule meetings to address plan updates and progress.Technologies should also be set-up to track the implementation.

Step-By-Step

1.Assign Personnel a.Who Will Be Responsible for What Portion of the Plan

2. Decide the Budget and

Finances

3. Create a Definitive Timeline

4. Establish a Tracking System

5. Schedule Meetings for Progress

and Updates

6. Make Changes When

Necessary

We hope these ideas will guide you to implement your business strategies. Stay tuned for next month’s strategy series finale article.

will guide you to implement your business strategies. Stay tuned for next month’s strategy series finale

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How Sweet It Is

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD

With an increasing number of people trying to avoid sugary foods and drinks in order to maintain good oral health, natural sugar substitutes have become more widely available. One such natural sweetener, xylitol, is added to foods and drinks, as well as toothpastes and mouthrinses. While it has positive benefits, there are some side effects associated with this sweetener. Read on for more information about xylitol.

What is xylitol?

Xylitol is a naturally occurring alcohol found in most plant material that is often extracted from birchwood. As a sugar substitute in foods like candy and gum, as well as toothpastes and mouth rinses, xylitol aids in cavity prevention.

How does it work?

When you eat or drink sugary foods, the sugar interacts with bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria “feed” off the sugar

and multiply

Once the

bacteria grow, they make acids that can eat away the enamel on your teeth. The acid then causes tooth decay, and cavities begin to form. However, xylitol does not break down like sugar, and it can help neutralize the acid level in your mouth, which may prevent tooth decay from occurring. Xylitol also prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth. It is added to some chewing gums, candies, and other oral health products like toothpastes and mouthrinses to prevent tooth decay. Adults and children who use products containing xylitol can significantly reduce cavity formation.

How much xylitol should I have?

Some brands of chewing gum contain very small amounts of xylitol are mostly ineffective in preventing tooth decay. Be sure to look for products that contain 100 percent xylitol and try for at least four or five exposures with your teeth spread throughout the day. Using xylitol five times every day provides the most effective oral health benefits.

Are there any side effects?

If consumed at the recom- mended levels, xyletol is safe for children and adults. Xylitol is safe in the amounts found in foods, gum, and oral health products. Some of the initial physical side effects of consuming products with xylitol include diarrhea and intestinal gas, which usually will subside over time.

failure. and even death. You can see your pet vomit, become depressed, and lose coordination. These signs may appear immediately after con- suming xylitol or may occur up to a few days after. If your ingest a product that contains xylitol, it is important to seek veterinary help immediately.

When used correctly, xylitol is a great addition to your oral health regimen. If you are interested in learning more about xylitol, talk with your dentist about which products are most effective and how they should be used.

Are there side effects for pets?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that xylitol-even in small amounts found in candies and other products- is extremely toxic in both dogs and ferrets. The physical effects of xylitol on pets include a sudden drop in blood sugar, seizures, liver

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS

YOUR ESTATE MATTERS Before You Shop Till You Drop Before You Shop Till You Drop With

Before You Shop Till You Drop

Before You Shop Till You Drop With the holidays upon us, many people are making their lists and checking them twice for the best deals of the season. Technology is exponentially changing the way that consumers do their Christmas shopping, and Black Friday has quickly lost its holiday-deal dominance to Cyber Monday due to the online convenience of sleeping in and skipping the traffic. This year alone, shoppers spent more than $5.1 billion online during the Thanksgiving holiday, while in-store sales were down more than $1 billion from 2014,

By Linda Melancon

according to numbers from the ShopperTrak research firm.

It’s no surprise to us, then, to see an increase in online sales for other consumer products as well – including estate planning serv- ices. Companies like LegalZoom.com and RocketLawyer.com offer everything from wills to divorce papers in a convenient and relatively inexpensive manner. But just because online options are available and generally cheaper than a local lawyer’s fees, does that mean you should use them?

Online estate planning documents come with a high element of risk for users in all states. Because online legal forms are commonly of the “one size fits all” variety, users may overlook the legal nuances of each individual’s unique situation. While a client believes they’ve made all the necessary arrangements for their family’s future, a crisis may then arise and their documents be found incomplete, inaccurate, or even completely useless in their hour of need.

In addition to the risks all users face, Louisiana residents face additional risks with online legal services. Louisiana is a state

notorious for its unique estate planning and administration requirements. For example, Louisiana has forced heirship and

a usufruct form of ownership

often used in estate planning. Additionally, Louisiana’s trust law

is very different than the other

49 states. These differences are often overlooked or treated incorrectly in documents created for mass use.

Most legal sites have disclaimers to the effect that they don’t guarantee their documents will meet a client’s specific needs. One even states that “information and opinions received via the website should not be relied upon for personal, medical, legal, or financial decisions.” Why would you trust your family’s or loved one’s future to a website that disclaims its ability to actually provide you with what you need?

When considering how to plan for you or your family’s future, the best thing that you can do is find a local legal professional you trust. Look for a lawyer who takes the time to learn about your individual situation, offers options that you may have never otherwise considered, and takes steps to ensure that each document is properly handled to suit your needs.

For those who think they could never afford a lawyer’s fees, remember that the peace of mind that comes with settling your estate is worth the investment.

Additionally, you and your family will develop a relationship with someone who can be there to guide you through difficult times that often accompany disability and death.

Commercial holiday shopping may continue to highlight the search for the best and most convenient deal available, but when it comes to estate planning, the old adage remains true: you typically get what you pay for. While online shoppers for holiday deals may risk their purchases being a different color than they had imagined, not fitting right, including additional shipping expenses or coming in the mail after Christmas, clients of online estate planning services risk leaving their family with unnecessary financial burdens or reaching the end of their lives only to find out that they do not qualify for the benefits they need. So, continue to enjoy online shopping for your holiday presents, but when the new year comes and you resolve to protect your family and loved ones by completing your estate planning, turn to local professionals who are knowledgeable about estate planning and can ensure you of the right solution to fit your needs.

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

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Local Event Held to Benefit Brave Heart Children in Need Roy’s Daiquiris hosted a benefit
Local Event Held to Benefit Brave Heart Children in Need
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Children in Need on Sunday,
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Drawings for various door
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Roy and Mary Robbins, along

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with DeEtte Abshire, hosted the successful event, featuring a jambalaya lunch, sponsored by Blue Cross

with DeEtte Abshire, hosted the successful event, featuring a jambalaya lunch, sponsored by

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and entertainment from Norma Landry and The

of Louisiana and entertainment from Norma Landry and The River Rats Band. Founded by Dee Robinson
of Louisiana and entertainment from Norma Landry and The River Rats Band. Founded by Dee Robinson

River Rats Band. Founded by Dee Robinson in 2004, Brave Heart Children in

Need serves 37 parishes across Louisiana. It offers foster chil- dren hope and encouragement.

Brave Heart Children in Need serves 37 parishes across Louisiana. It offers foster chil- dren hope
Brave Heart Children in Need serves 37 parishes across Louisiana. It offers foster chil- dren hope

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When children are removed from their homes, sometimes in the middle of the night, they
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Mikaylah’s Tensas Adventure The idea was actually born at the end of my annual Thanksgiving

Mikaylah’s Tensas Adventure

The idea was actually born at the end of my annual Thanksgiving week- end lottery hunt on the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge. As my part- ner and I were saying goodbye to the owners of the Hunters Bend Campground, Ms. Wanda Wallace mentioned to me that I should come to the refuges' National Hunting and Fishing Day which was being held next September. I've attended Hunting and Fishing events on and off since they were first established in 1972. The Tensas event provides an opportunity that the others do not offer. It allows all children under the age of 16 that attend the event to register for a chance to be drawn for one of the two youth lottery deer hunts on the restricted access section of the refuge. As I left Tensas that day, the thought of bringing my granddaughter and grandson to the event lingered in my mind through- out the following months. The days of summer slowly passed by and time to make a decision to go to the outing came quickly after the mention of the trip up north to the young kids. The young boy was excit- ed about the trip, but did not care about the chance of the deer lottery hunt. The girl, however was all about the opportunity for the hunt and now there was no backing out for me. Now, the Tensas hunt was a long way off and before I would make the trip the girl would have to prove herself. She would have to prove to me that she could accurately shoot a high powered rifle. A trip to the firing range in August proved her shooting skills were on target and that she had no fear of the big gun. The day of the event finally came around and even though I'd had a late night playing music with the Wildlife Band, I loaded the gang up that morning and headed north. These events are totally focused on the youngsters and it was spectacular. You have to to sign up for the lottery hunts and be there at the time of the drawing which comes at the end of the outing. As names were being called the young girl paced nervously back and forth and all of a sudden Mikaylah Bordelon's name was called. Her name was drawn for the December 23rd lottery hunt date. We fished on the river that evening and spent the night at the camp celebrat- ing in the light of a camp fire. During the fall we made squirrel hunts and made another trip to the

firing range. About five days before the hunt date, she entered my house and I asked "What's up"? She quickly replied "Killing a deer, that's what's up". The day to leave finally came and we loaded the car and my pickup and the three day journey began. After arriving that evening the kids caught a beautiful stringer of catfish for supper. The next day was about a squirrel hunt and a trip from the campground to the refuge visitor center. The fire that night was warm and the Mawmaw had set the camp up with a small Christmas tree. It was from those lights that I saw that little head bobbing and looking my way as soon as the alarm sounded. The weather forecast that day was horrible and flashes of lightning reminded us of that as we headed for the meeting area. It was about an hour after daylight when our instructor whispered, there's a yearling in that water about fifty yards from us. His horns are just breaking the skin. Why don't you hold off on this one. The young buck, approximately 80lbs, walked out into the shooting lane and offered a broadside shot. As he walked off, knowing the weather forecast for that day, I wondered if that might have been our only chance. The morning hunt ended at 10:00 and we headed back to the visitor center after picking up several other participants. Several of the youngsters had killed, others had missed and some had not been offered a shot. After lunch and several hours of lightning rain, hail, wind and a tor- rential downpour, the hunters were loaded into the trucks for the ride to the evening hunt locations. As we approached our location we noticed a nice buck standing in the shooting lane. He saw us and that was the end of that. We had changed instructors from that morning, from a refuge manager to a young lady that volun- teers each year for the event. We were all getting to know each other when two mature does walked out a mere 25yds in front of us. The deer saw us before we saw them. The largest deer had a tag in her ear and was wearing a tracking device around her neck. About the time the young girl was about to squeeze the trigger, the deer spooked and that opportunity had slipped away. We all kicked our butts for not paying better attention to the reason we were there. Time was slip- ping away. Around four o'clock we

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were all in some kind of a daze when

I noticed a beautiful buck broadside

in the middle of the lane to our left. It was total chaos for a moment. The buck started to walk across when the instructor muttered the word "meh". He stopped, the rifle fired and he left the scene immediately. He left so fast that I figured something had touched him. There was so much mud and

water everywhere that it was hard for me to find where he had stood at the time of the shot. My first attempt to find any sign of a hit was unsuccessful.

I returned back to the shooting blind and we reaffirmed the event. My sec- ond trip down range verified big buck tracks in the mud 105yds away from

the stand. I carefully followed

tracks to where they entered the for- est and found what I hoped to see. A piece of lung was hanging on a small branch and not far from that was the blood trail. We had all been instructed not to go looking for deer that had been shot for safety reasons and so we wouldn't mess up any signs that the wildlife officials may need to track the deer. I'm not very good at breaking rules, but it was very hard not to go find that buck knowing that darkness was not far away. To make matters worse it had started to rain again. I sat there as I was instructed to do until dark. When the wardens approached, I brought them to the blood trail that I had marked and they took us back to the refuge center. The refuge employees assured me that if a deer was dead that they would find it. They explained that they had ways of tracking that most of us would never know. After all, they use these skills to solve illegal cases. They grabbed a tracking dog and several of them set

the

out to different locations to find deer that had been shot by a couple of the young hunters. Time seemed to pass ever so slow as we waited for some good news. After what seemed like an eternity my granddaughter said, "Pawpaw they have been gone a long time, I don't think they are going to find him". I pulled that piece of lung from my shirt pocket and told her, "They might not, but that deer is dead and I could have found him". Well, it ain't over till it's over and shortly after we had that conversation, our instructor received a phone call with the news that we were waiting for. She smiled at Mikaylah and said "they found your deer!" After a short celebration and an attitude change, she filled out her buck tag and applied it to a 157lb five point Tensas buck as soon as the truck came to the check point. First deer are first deer. They'll never be another one like that for her. This experience required a lot of time and effort for everyone involved. That was an adventure that we both will never forget

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The Farce Awakens or Don’t Put My Love on No Elf

Scene-A South Louisiana living room on Christmas Eve. Characters-The Kids-all ages from 1-92, in all shapes and sizes Uncle Bill-A disillusioned dreamer who is so lost in the past that he held up a “Help Mac Pack” sign at the last LSU football game.

Act 1 Kids (excitedly)-Uncle Bill’s here! Uncle Bill’s here! Kid 1-But how did you get here, Uncle Bill? I didn’t see your truck drive up. Uncle Bill-Well, in keeping with the spirit of the season, I came by sled this year. Two nice men named Sean Payton and Alvin Gentry drove me-both of them having experience in leading dog teams. Kid 2-Tell us one of your famous Christmas stories, Uncle Bill-maybe the one about the great reindeer heist of 2012 when you and your siblings stole all the wooden reindeer in the neighborhood and put them in compromising positions out by Highway 73. Bill-Oh, that’s a good one all right. But some people didn’t see the humor in the positions they found the ornamental deer in the next morning-especially the guy who got rear-ended by rubber- neckers in the plant traffic. He got so mad he wanted to cut the male deer’s Rudolph! But this year’s story involves some lost souls in need of a little holiday spirit. And speaking of spirits, let Uncle Bill do his part for international relationships by mixing a little French cognac and some Cajun sugar cane whiskey with this Pennsylvania Dutch Eggnog and we’ll get started… Once upon a time there were three so-called Wise Men-all of whom held positions of great power in the kingdom. One was named Jingle Bobby because his favorite TV show was the “Brady Bunch Christmas Special”. The second was called Aleve Joe because he claimed his stressful job caused lots of headaches although some say it was because he was a pain in the as-pirin. The third was simply called Bitter Dave. Kid 3-Why was Dave so bitter, Uncle Bill? Bill-Well, some folks believed it was because some of his party playmates had dropped him faster than a Ben Simmons breakaway when he tried to take control of the kingdom. Others say his mood worsened when he was defeated by a man whose middle name was “Bel”. Kid 1-Hey, that could be our

by Bill Delaune

state Christmas song-“Jindal, Bel, Jindal, Bel, Vitter’s gone away…” Bill-Clever, Will, but that’s not the song this trio was singing dur- ing this holiday season. It was more like, “Lost in the Wilderness”. You see these three unhappy men were on a quest to find the great Force in the Universe that would make them popular with the public again. But in order to do so, they were instructed to first seek out a great Wizard who lived in McElroy Swamp. Kid 2-Begging your pardon, Uncle Bill, but I believe your mind- which is as antiquated as LSU’s power-I offense- has mixed up about three different stories. I know that Luke Skywalker found the Jedi Master Yoda in a swamp and embraced his inverted words of wisdom but… Bill-And so would our trio find one who spoke in confusing parables more like Yogi than Yoda but the path would not be easy as everything was not “okey-dokey in the Okefenokee” and our travelers soon lost their way. Kid 3-Isn’t the Okefenokee Swamp in Florida? I’m getting very confused. Bill-True, but I couldn’t think of any clever rhymes with “McElroy”. But if you think you’re confused, listen to the conversation our pilgrims were having. “I think we should go in a dif- ferent direction,” said Aleve Joe. “No, let’s just stay the course and keep what we got. No, I think we should change. No, scratch that idea.” “Do you ever make up your mind on anything and stick to it?” chastised Bitter Dave. “We’ll never get anywhere with your wishy-washy ideas. Just follow me-I’m a natural leader. I’ll just use my moral compass to find the way. I’ll show them who wouldn’t have lasted a day at West Point.” Jingle Bobby plopped down under a cypress tree. “Maybe I’ll just go back to med school and be a doctor. Then all the people would like the friendly country physician.” “That sounds great,” snapped Joe. But you cut LSU’s budget so

much we had to close the med

school. And then you closed all the hospitals so you wouldn’t have

a place to work anyway.” Suddenly, from out of that very tree, the Wizard they were seeking appeared. Grinning like a Cheshire Cat, wearing a white cap from the Mad Hatter collection, there could be no doubt this was the Legendary Lucky Les. “Greetings, gentlemen. Would have been here sooner but I was at

a Time Management seminar that

teaches you how not to be late for

a very important date,” smiled

Les. “What can I do for you?” Jingle Bobby wasted no time. “How did you swing public opinion to your side in just a week when it looked like you were a gone pecan? I mean, I come home from Iowa expecting a hero’s welcome-not unlike Julius

from Iowa expecting a hero’s welcome-not unlike Julius Caesar- and the peasants are circling my castle

Caesar- and the peasants are circling my castle with torches and

pitchforks like the last scene from

a Frankenstein movie.” “And why are you always so

happy?” chimed in Bitter Dave who hadn’t smiled since leaving a Bourbon Street establishment in

2007.

“And how did I get cast in the role of the villain,” whined Aleve Joe. “I’d go back to Duke but they’d probably hit me with a lacrosse stick.” Lucky Les listened patiently to the threesome and then replied in some sort of idiosyncratic babble that Shakespeare might have referred to as “chop logic”. “Against the underlying backdrop of the recent situation, the want to remain in my current position forced me to, like a Stradivarius violin, play the press and administration to my advantage. “Then, to sing the Alma Mater off key in front of a National audience with emphasis on the final ‘…forever LSU’… “Well, a stroke of genius that

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was- a gimmick you guys may want to borrow from time to time.” The Three Wise Men looked at each other very confused. “Hell, my botched response to

the State of the Union Address in 2009, when I got compared to the incoherent Kenneth the Page of the comedy ‘30 Rock’ made more sense than that,” grumbled Jingle Bobby. “Look, Lucky Les, let’s stop this insane rambling and get to the point,” said Dave who had once led a 2-week filibuster. “How do we find this Force? Do we follow

a star in the East? Do we blow up

a Death Star?” “I’d rather the former,” Joe stated. “No, the latter. No, either, neither or both.”

“Close you are with your last statement,” lectured Les. “To follow your dream, you must seek

a Dead Star from the South who

resides in the Great Thunder Dome. There you will find one whose blue suede shoes I am not fit to knock the artificial turf off of.”

Kid 1-Okay, Uncle Bill, let me attempt to get this straight. I may be more off target than a Brandon Harris aerial but is this combination of a Biblical story, “Star Wars”, “Wizard of Oz”, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Mad Max” going to conclude in the

Superdome?

Bill-You’re quite astute, my lad, because that’s exactly where the Three Wise Men ended up. Thanks to Bitter Dave who knew every nookie and cranny of the Crescent City, the trio made their way to the floor of the Great Dome. “Now what do we do?” asked Joe who was not the best at making command decisions. “We wait,” said Jingle Bobby who had waited for months to get

out of a junior varsity debate. The wait was not that long. From out of the Poydras Street end of the Dome came an elderly gent with an umbrella doing a passable version of a New Orleans dance called “Second Line”. Bitter Dave was not impressed. “We risked life and limb to come see an antique Archie Bunker boogie around a football

field?”

“Watch your mouth, loser,” spouted the ancient one. “Not even the Saints could blow a lead like the one you had in the polls six months ago.” “Are you the keeper of the Force? Can you make people love us again?” sucked up Aleve Joe. “I am Obenson-Gone-

Kookooie, but I just dance here. The one you seek is much smaller but much greater than I.” “That’s it,” snapped Joe in a rare show of emotion. “I’m done listening to a senile old man who can’t even fire a coach without his wife’s permission.” “Listen who’s talking, you tes- ticular-challenged wimp of a …” “Guys, guys, calm down. It’s Christmas.” The voice came from

a small creature on a stage that had been erected for an Aaron Neville concert since the Saints were mercifully out of town. “I’m the one you’re looking for.” The Three Wise Men drew closer to the stage as Obenson boogied off into oblivion to behold an elfish being with a Pompadour haircut clad in a red jumpsuit unbuttoned to the navel and three scarfs wrapped around his neck. “I’m Elfis,” he began. “I know who you are and why you’re here so let’s get right to it. Look, fellows, if you don’t want to have

a ‘Blue Christmas’, you have to

‘Follow Your Dream’ and drop all this political nonsense.” “For instance, Bitter Dave, you still have a job to do in Washington. ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ the rest of your term. Forget about all your rich lobbyist buddies and do something for the working people of your state. Like fix the roads and get the old folks some

affordable medicine. And stay out of those ‘Heartbreak Hotels’. “And Jingle Bobby, find some money for education and health services so people don’t think you have a ‘Wooden Heart’. You certainly had no trouble raising money when you were running for President. “And as for you, Aleve Joe, grow some cahoonies. Don’t be a “Teddy Bear” your entire life. “ He handed each a scarf as he spoke. “These will help you wipe away any negative thoughts any-

time you get ‘Suspicious Minds’. Now come over here and help yourself to my Christmas buffet of peanut butter and banana sand- wiches and jelly doughnuts before

I leave the building. I have to get back to the North Pole before Donald Trump finds out I’m in the country.” Kid 2-That story started out

very strange but I sorta liked the ending. Hey, Uncle Bill, didn’t Elfis have a song about wise men.

I think it started, “Wise men say,

‘Only fools rush in…’” Bill- And I can’t help falling in love with all of you and especially my faithful readers who put up with me all year long!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Ascension Catholic Girls Cross Country Team Recognized at Parish Council Meeting Ascension Parish President Tommy

Ascension Catholic Girls Cross Country Team Recognized at Parish Council Meeting

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez presented parish certificates of recognition to members of the Ascension Catholic High School Girls Cross Country Team at the Dec. 3 Parish Council meeting in Donaldsonville. The Lady Bulldogs are Class 1A State Champions. The team, coached by Head Coach Rocky Capello and Assistant Coaches Janet Daigle, A.J. Thibodeaux and Kiley Spano took first place team honors at the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA State Cross Country Championship held on Nov. 16 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Stephanie Breaux was individual state champion while Sophie Daigle was an individual bronze medalist. Shown from left to right, front row: Mariana Cuervo, Breanna Bernard, Danielle Brou, Sophie Daigle, Stephanie Breaux, Whitney Eure, Ashleigh LeBlanc, Haley Dupre, Marie Landry, Victoria Eure, Meredith Daigle and Catherine Eure. Second row: Councilman Oliver Joseph, Parish President Tommy Martinez and Head Coach Rocky Capello. Third row: Councilman Travis Turner, Councilman Daniel “Doc” Satterlee, Councilman Dempsey Lambert, Council Chairman Randy Clouatre, Councilman Todd Lambert, Councilman Chris Loar and Councilwoman Teri Casso. Not shown:

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That First Guitar Feeling By Brandt Bourque If you ask any guitarist, from the hobbyist

That First Guitar Feeling

By Brandt Bourque

If you ask any guitarist, from the hobbyist to the most famous, they are sure to be able to tell you the story of their first guitar. Some may be stories of horror and some may be stories of a true blessing, but none-the-less they are memories that will stay with the

it's nearly the top of the list. The way things look can fuel our attitude and emotions. We make decisions based on looks everyday. Think about your last car purchase. (Was it made strictly on functionality? or Did looks play a larger role?) In the same way, selecting a guitar that is ascetically pleasing is very important. We tend to want to interact more often with things that stimulate us visually. I’d bet that Steve Jobs would attribute a large amount of Apple’s success to their visually stunning and against the grain designs. A guitar that is attractive to you will make you want to practice and play it more often. Most beginners that give up early on their dream of playing an instrument do so because of how hard it can be to physically play as they are getting started. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Selecting the right instrument for your hands is extremely important because the shape and size of each guitar neck can vary. Finding a guitar the is com- fortable to hold will bring you hours of fun and enjoyment, instead of it feeling like work. Look for a guitar with low "action", the height that the strings sit off of the fingerboard or playing surface. High action will result in a very uncomfortable playing guitar and will hinder you or your child's ability to learn. Playability is something that cannot be accounted for when making an online purchase. Your local retailer should be able to fit you to the perfect instrument. Go in and see them, ask questions and "pet the animals"! (Try out a few instruments). Remember, the first instrument is a big part of your playing career. It will set you on the path to success with plenty of fun and enjoyment, or it could cause your dream to fade really quickly. As always, we invite you to stop by Music Inc and say hello! We are coming to an end to 2014, which means we will be finishing up our 45th year of helping customers find their perfect first instrument!

of helping customers find their perfect first instrument! player forever. Here is my insight and my
of helping customers find their perfect first instrument! player forever. Here is my insight and my

player forever. Here is my insight and my opinions on selecting the perfect first instrument. Although this article is directed more towards guitar, other instrument purchases can follow a similar form. There are three main areas to look at when selecting a new instrument:

sound, look, and feel. To the advanced player, sound may be the most important area. Their selection can be driven by trying to fill a specific need or situation, live or in the studio. For the beginner, this should be one of the last areas to weigh in on your decision making. As you advance as a player, you will learn what you like and

As you advance as a player, you will learn what you like and what you don’t

what you don’t like. Sound is a very subjective medium, and not everyone will agree on what a good sounding

guitar is. Some people like the sound of a Fender, while others favor a

Taylor

Looks is another area that is completely driven by our personal taste. While most people may think this is one of the least important aspects of guitar buying, I believe that

like

myself.

While most people may think this is one of the least important aspects of guitar buying,
While most people may think this is one of the least important aspects of guitar buying,

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ThoughtsfromBully My Son and I Have Proof That Santa Claus Really Exist. Oh wow! Santa Claus

My Son and I Have Proof That Santa Claus Really Exist.

Oh wow! Santa Claus is coming to town. Those words used to excite me to no end and manipu- late me to make all the right decisions and not to do anything wrong. Even a young 9 year old

has the brain capacity to realize no one wants switches and ashes on Christmas morning and I believe that still today. As exciting as Christmas was for me as a kid it got even better as a father and an adult. As much fun as it was to have my son to enjoy Christmas in his very young years I couldn’t wait till he was old enough to mess with and seal the deal that Santa was truly real. We had many fun episodes and excitement and I’d like to share a few of those. When Michael was old enough to realize and understand that we could play a trick on Santa and trick him into falling for our trap,

I was really setting the trap for my son. At a young age he and I were living in a house without a chimney. The natural question from him was, “How is Santa going to get in the house?”

I simply responded he must be

using the front door. “What about it being locked?”he exclaimed. Simple, Santa is magic!

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After pondering the entrance of the front door I suggested that we put a big pile of Baby Powder at the base of the front door. “What would that do Dad?” When he enters he will step in it and will see his foot prints every where he walked. Immediately, he looked at me with a smile that would light up a room. I think he ran so fast to the bathroom to get the powder he fell down shouting back at me,”I’m alright!” Then he returned and we set the trap. A giant pile of white powder covered the entrance of the front door. He then ran to the back door of the house. I asked, “What are you doing?” He replied, “Headed to the back door. He’s not getting past me!” The trap was set for both Santa and Michael and what a trap it was. The next morning after a tiny nudge while he slept like a baby. He opened his eyes and before I could tell him Merry Christmas he jumped up and ran to the living room. Unlike most kids he didn’t even look at the tree to see what gifts he had. He ran straight to the front door and then the back door. With a giant grin on his face he said, “Santa is a front door man not a back door man.” There were white powder foot prints that all over the living room going back and forth from the front door with

a pile of presents all around the

tree. He was so thrilled to know we caught him in the act and then

it hit him to look outside to see if

where the foot prints lead. Sure enough there were prints leading down the side walk and a plastic trash can at the corner of the house had its lid crushed in. He looked at the white prints on the lid and then looked to the roof. He ran into the front yard to get a better look at the roof and what to his wondering eyes should appear. There were white baby powder foot prints on the roof. He looked at me, smiled and started spinning in the yard with hands held high screaming, “He was here, he was here!” It was a magical morning and you can never tell that boy to this day that Santa isn’t real. He’s 28 years old now. The next year Christmas came along and Michael had learned a few things from me while hunting deer with putting corn out on our stands. He asked, “Dad, do reindeer eat corn?” Seizing the opportunity to educate him more about catching Santa I informed him rein deer like Fruitloops and Chex trail mix and Rudolph goes crazy over popcorn. Since we caught Santa the year before I suggested we set a trap for the reindeer and Santa’s sleigh. We started by painting signs to place in the yard as a directional, ‘Santa Land Here’ with an arrow

pointing the way. Then we strung Christmas light creating a landing strip for Santa to land. The landing

strip included colorful pin wheels at each corner to help Santa with wind direction and wind speed. The landing strip was about 20ft. long and 4 ft. wide but had to be placed in the yard to accom- modate an easy landing around the big pecan tree. Of course I had to describe to Michael that Santa would circle around the trees across the street and swoop in and land at the perfect angle we had laid the lighted landing strip. After the lights were set it was time to bait the trap. Fruitloops and Chex mix were ready to be placed on the ground in the positions of all the deer. I must admit when he ask, “Do all the reindeer like the same thing?” it caught me off guard. However I seized the moment to add a little spice to our adventure. I told him Dasher, Prancer and Cupid liked more mix than Fruitloops and Dancer, Vixen and Comet preferred more Fruitloops and a fewer Chex mix. Donder and Blitzen were straight Fruitloops. His next question sent us to the internet. “How do we know which deer are in which positions?” Amazing enough the internet has everything.

I then poured out some

unpopped popcorn on the ground at the front and head position. Michael looked at me asking why the kernels and not popped popcorn. It was a simple answer. Rudolph likes fresh popped pop corn and when Rudolph places his magic nose to the ground the popcorn will pop and it will be hot and fresh for him. With a giant smile he poured the entire jar at the end of the landing strip.

We went inside and enjoyed all the Christmas traditions and finally I got him in bed. While sleeping Santa came again on Christmas Eve and the next morning he almost head butted me jumping out of his bed to check the landing strip. Sure enough Santa had landed. There were skid marks in the ground where the sled had landed. The mixtures for all the deer were crunched on and munched up. The most magical thing was there was popped popcorn everywhere. Apparently when his nose touches it not only pops its spreads out at least 5 feet. There were deer hoof prints in the ground and a note thanking Michael for thinking of the deer and thanks for the cookie and milk for him. He immediately began to spin and yelling, “He was here. He was here!”

I miss those days of bringing

magic to my son but the magic is set and will pass on from generation to generation. Years later Michael and I were hunting around Christmas Day and he said, “Dad, Thanks for being the best Santa Ever.” This is proof Santa is real and Christmas dreams do come true.

Useless Random Facts with Kellie • Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as

Useless Random Facts

with Kellie

Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzer, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling

Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castratid

Studies show that cows produce more milk when

listening to relaxing music

Chickens can see daylight 45 minutes before humans can.

The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees

out of dyed goose feathers

All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas

would equal 364 gifts.

According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was

displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington

The world’s largest Christmas stocking measured 106 feet and 9 inches (32.56 m) long and 49 feet and 1 inch (14.97

m) wide. It weighed as much as five reindeer and held almost 1,000 presents. It was made by the Children’s Society in London on December 14, 2007

Oklahoma was the last U.S. state to declare Christmas a

legal holiday, in 1907

Giraffes have the highest blood pressure of any mammal.

Libra is the only zodiac sign represented by

an inanimate object

In 1878, the first telephone book issued only had 50 names

Chinese judges in the 15th century used glasses with dark-

ened lenses to hide their facial expressions in court.

Until coffee gained popularity, beer was the beverage

of choice for breakfast in most urban areas of the United States.

Scraps of Christmas can make problems for you many times.

The Christmas scraps are responsible for 400,000 cases of disease and sickness after the Christmas time

According to an old wives’ tale if you bake bread on the Christmas Eve then it will be fresh forever. It’s yet to be

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Cooking Gourmet at Home

with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

A great dish for this Holiday Season
A great dish for this Holiday Season

Shrimp&MirlitonStuffing(Chayote)

Executive Chef Ben Jarreau
Executive Chef
Ben Jarreau

Yield:

8 servings

Prep Time:

40 minutes

Cook Time:

25 minutes

I n g r e d i en ts :

6 mirlitons

1 ½ lbs baby shrimp

2 cups finely chopped onion

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup finely chopped bell pepper

2 tbls minced garlic

½ cup thinly sliced green onions ¼ cup creole mustard

1 ½ cups bread crumbs (more or less depending on your preference)

Salt, black pepper and red pepper to taste. (2 tsp salt, 1 tsp

black pepper, ½ tsp red pepper)

Method:

Place the miriltons in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain in a colander and cool. When cool enough to handle, half the mirlitons, peel, then remove the seeds and cut into cubes.

While the militons are cooking, cook your onions, celery, bell pepper and garlic in a little olive oil until tender. Add the mirlitons and shrimp and cook until shrimp are done (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat, then add the creole mustard, green onions, bread crumbs and seasoning. Mix well.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a greased baking dish, evenly spread your stuffing and bake for 20-25 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese and serve.

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