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C O M P L I M E N TA RY

JANUARY 2017, VOL. 15 ISSUE 1

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Table of Contents

GONZALES INNAUGERATION 4

SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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HEALTH FAIR

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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BILL DELAUNE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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Seven sworn in during City of Gonzales inauguration Gonzales, LA - On Tuesday. January 3,
Seven sworn in during City of
Gonzales inauguration
Gonzales, LA - On Tuesday.
January 3, seven City of
Gonzales elected officials were
sworn in at an inauguration
ceremony at City Hall.
for the betterment of all
residents of the city.
Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Chief
of Police Sherman Jackson, and
Councilmen Kirk Boudreaux,
Neal Bourque, Harold Stewart,
David Guitreau and Tyler
Turner, all took an oath to work
Mayor Arceneaux perhaps
summed up the feelings of all
elected officials in his speech
which laid out plans for a
progressive council to move the
City of Gonzales forward.
mayor. The faith and the belief
you have in me is heartwarming,
and I hope a testament to the
vision I see for all of us within
this fair city.
progressive future which will
rely on all four of those areas to
be focal points.
“I stand here before you today
deeply humbled and blessed for
the opportunity to once again
serve as your City of Gonzales
I ran on a platform with four
main goals, Roads and
Infrastructure, Public Safety,
Economic Development and
Recreation. I stand in front of
you now to assure you that my
platform has not changed. The
city is looking towards a
We are moving ahead with the
Hwy 30 and I-10 project which
will see new lanes as a form of
improvement for the flow of
traffic within our area. Road
improvement partnership
projects with the Department
of Transportation and
Development are not only
paramount, but are happening,

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such as work on Hwy. 44 and Loosemore Road. Bringing more businesses that will create

such as work on Hwy. 44 and Loosemore Road.

Bringing more businesses that will create jobs for our citizens is very important to me. Gonzales should be seen as the thriving city it is; a place people can stay as they live and work to raise their families. Gone should

be the days of people leaving the city for opportunities, only to return later in life.

I pledge to continue a very valued relationship with both our City of Gonzales Police Department and our City of Gonzales Fire Department. A number of new resources have

been secured to allow us to keep high ratings we have on a state-wide level, and more training will be implemented to ensure that all of our public safety men and women are striving for continued excellence.

We are so very fortunate to live

in a thriving community that still upholds the importance of open spaces where our citizenry can gather. Continued upgrades to our sports fields, our parks and our green spaces will be a priority.

We will forge ahead with plans to work with the Rail

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Commission as Gonzales becomes a stop on the train route between Baton Rouge and New
Commission as Gonzales becomes a stop on the train route between Baton Rouge and New
Commission as Gonzales becomes a stop on the train route between Baton Rouge and New

Commission as Gonzales becomes a stop on the train route between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The possibil- ity for this train route to expand as the years pass could open up so many possibilities for our

residents to travel safely as they seek adventure and exploration.

On a personal note, I have chosen a project near and dear to my heart. I am, and always will be a Gonzales boy. I love

my home, and my roots are deep. For that reason, I aim to do away with properties that blight the beauty of our area. Renovating and rebuilding will be key in sustaining the beauty that is our city.

I ask that our residents assist in keeping Gonzales beautiful by picking up litter and discarded trash that they may see. We will do our part with city run properties, but I ask that all

PHOTO BY CANDY BRIGNAC FRONT ROW: HAROLD STEWART, MAYOR BARNEY ARCENEAUX, NEAL BOURQUE BACK ROW:
PHOTO BY CANDY BRIGNAC
FRONT ROW: HAROLD STEWART, MAYOR BARNEY ARCENEAUX, NEAL BOURQUE
BACK ROW: DAVID GUITREAU, TYLER TURNER, KIRK BOUDREAUX, CHIEF OF POLICE SHERMAN JACKSON

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Gonzales residents return to a sense of pride in our city by helping to keep
Gonzales residents return to a sense of pride in our city by helping to keep
Gonzales residents return to a sense of pride in our city by helping to keep

Gonzales residents return to a sense of pride in our city by helping to keep our roads, our yards and our waterways free from unsightly waste and debris.

I promise to work responsibly and proactively with our five member Council. Each of us hopes for continued improve- ments in Gonzales, and working together as a solid collective

continued improve- ments in Gonzales, and working together as a solid collective The Solid Choice in
The Solid Choice in Ascension Parish
The Solid Choice in
Ascension Parish
continued improve- ments in Gonzales, and working together as a solid collective The Solid Choice in

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PHOTO BY CANDY BRIGNAC
PHOTO BY CANDY BRIGNAC

unit is the best chance we have for that success.

In closing, I think back to the words of Bobby Kennedy. A man who had the promise of being a great leader, Kennedy once said “Hand in hand with freedom of speech goes the power to be heard, to share in

the decisions of government which shape men's lives.”

Put simply, this means that it is up to all of us, not just your elected officials to work for betterment and change. If you have a grievance, come to us and work with us to change it. Speak up and be heard, but

PHOTO BY CANDY BRIGNAC
PHOTO BY CANDY BRIGNAC

make a vow to work with us to see your needs are met. It is far too easy to complain, but far better to be a part of fixing the problem.

Again, I thank you for the op- portunity to serve another term as your Mayor.

To my wife Betty, my family, my friends, my colleagues, my staff and all residents of Gonzales, your trust in me does not go unnoticed. I will continue to work to deserve your respect, and promise to show my respect for each of you in return.”

unnoticed. I will continue to work to deserve your respect, and promise to show my respect

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Local Garden Clubs Try Air Gardening

The Gonzales Garden Club held its January meeting on the 5th at the Gonzales Public Safety Center. Activities in- cluded club business updates, floral design critiques, a plant exhibit, a horticultural program and a luncheon.

President Priscilla Monson’s meeting agenda included Loretta Ramirez’s committee plans for Arbor Day, Jamie Trisler’s grant proposal to allevi- ate needs of a horticultural school organization that lost all resources to the August Flood, Ellen Richmond’s crews’ duties at the Jambalaya Park Butterfly Garden, and possible new civic development projects.

Member Kat Hightower pre- sented a vertically structured flower arrangement of budding lilies, chrysanthemums and dusty miller in a pearl teapot nestled in white tulle. Mary Jo Pohlig created a low-profile centerpiece of horizontal lines with ferns, gardenia greenery, alstroemeria, and long stem roses in a cleverly hidden recy-

alstroemeria, and long stem roses in a cleverly hidden recy- cled container. Member Conchita Richey organized

cled container.

Member Conchita Richey organized an educational pro- gram, “Tillandsia aka Air Plant”. Guest Speaker Michael Seal, a Mississippi Master Gardener and Owner/Operator of The Funny Farm in Poplarville, presented an extensive exhibit of rare and unusual bromeliad varieties. He spoke at length on the basic propagation, growth habits and

spoke at length on the basic propagation, growth habits and creative arrangements of these plants, especially

creative arrangements of these plants, especially Tillandsia species, which need no soil be- cause water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves. Seal also demonstrated effective techniques for mounting these “air plants” on driftwood, rocks and trees as focal points in gar-

dens. Invited guests included many members of the Ascension Parish Master Gardener Associa- tion, the Pelican Point Garden Club, and the Riverside Garden Club. After the program, audi- ence members browsed Seal’s inventory, consulted him on in- dividual specimens, and selected

After the program, audi- ence members browsed Seal’s inventory, consulted him on in- dividual specimens, and
After the program, audi- ence members browsed Seal’s inventory, consulted him on in- dividual specimens, and

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plants to add to their personal horticultural collections. Hosting the event were Loretta Ramirez, Janis
plants to add to their personal horticultural collections. Hosting the event were Loretta Ramirez, Janis

plants to add to their personal horticultural collections.

Hosting the event were Loretta Ramirez, Janis D’Benedetto, Lorraine

event were Loretta Ramirez, Janis D’Benedetto, Lorraine Gautreau, Gail Lonibos, Ellen Richmond and Cathy Venable.
event were Loretta Ramirez, Janis D’Benedetto, Lorraine Gautreau, Gail Lonibos, Ellen Richmond and Cathy Venable.

Gautreau, Gail Lonibos, Ellen Richmond and Cathy Venable. They offered chili samplings with accompaniments, desserts and beverages during the lunch break. In giving thanks for the meal, President Monson noted

that although 2016 had been a trying year for many in Ascen- sion, the parish’s community spirit of generosity is bringing everyone together for a prosper- ous new year.

in Ascen- sion, the parish’s community spirit of generosity is bringing everyone together for a prosper-
Rose Gold Blooms as a High-Fashion Color with Layne Gautreau The soft, luscious blush color

Rose Gold Blooms as a High-Fashion Color

with Layne Gautreau

The soft, luscious blush color of rose gold is gaining new popularity this season with designers of all types of jewelry. It’s fresh, flattering, and fun to wear because it blends so well with all kinds of flesh tones.

The warm look of rose, pink, and even peach colored gold also combines beautifully with the more

popular pastel gemstones

tourmaline, pink and violet sapphires, amethyst, pale blue topaz, light green peridot, and soft yellow citrine. It also

pink

goes well with pink and other pastel colored freshwater pearls, and the rich pastel shades of Tahitian pearls.

Rose or pink gold is produced by adding a small amount of copper to the alloy. The more copper, the “redder” the alloy. Peach gold is an orangey-pink alloy that looks especially attractive with clear, white diamonds.

Many fashion-forward designers are offering new two-tone jewelry styles combining pink and white gold, or pink gold and platinum in elegant rings, pendants, pins, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.

A timeless look that many men have already discovered: masculine rings and watch cases in rose gold or two-tone rose gold and platinum or ti- tanium.

rose gold or two-tone rose gold and platinum or ti- tanium. Birthstones January - Garnet. Known

Birthstones

January - Garnet. Known

platinum or ti- tanium. Birthstones January - Garnet. Known thousands of years for their pomegranate color,
platinum or ti- tanium. Birthstones January - Garnet. Known thousands of years for their pomegranate color,

thousands of years for their pomegranate color, a gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of a deep love and having the ability to keep loved ones safe during travel. Legend says Noah used a garnet lantern to help him steer his ark through the darkness and protect him from evil and disaster. A diverse and complex gem group, garnets are hard and durable. Famed for its rich red color, consumers are al- ways surprised to find this gem avail- able in a rainbow of sparkling hues … everything except blue.

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Care Tips for Diamonds

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To clean your diamonds yourself, soak diamonds in a solution of water, deter- gent, and ammonia. Then scrub gen- tly with a soft brush. Put the jewelry in a fine wire strainer and rinse under warm running water. The strainer prevents diamonds from slipping down the drain.

To keep your diamonds looking their best they should be cleaned regularly.

looking their best they should be cleaned regularly. The safest way is to let us do

The safest way is to let us do it for you using a high powered steam bath made specifically for cleaning gems and jewelry. That way we can also make sure prongs or other settings are not weak or loose.

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One of my favorite Bible verses is, “This is the day the Lord has made.

One of my favorite Bible verses is, “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:28-29).

I promise, if you create a habit of becoming intentionally grate- ful and thankful for the bless- ings in your life, you’ll be more at peace, more full of joy, and you just might reduce your blood pressure!

How can we rededicate ourselves spiritually?

Make daily time for spiritual listening and discernment. Take time to pray, read a daily devotional, and listen for the Lord to speak to you.

Happy 2017 Ascension Parish

After all the celebratory events the past couple of months, it’s time to embark on an exciting new year. This month I’m refocusing on being my best self, and I encourage you to do the same. Each new year is a time to refocus, rededicate and redirect our efforts, both physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

How should we physically refocus?

Everyone always says they want to become more active for their new year’s resolution, but what does that mean? To me, it means becoming intentional about physical activity through scheduling time with myself. If I cannot make time to hit the gym, I call a friend to go for a jog around the neighborhood or simply put in a DVD for a quick workout.

It also means refocusing on why you want to be fit. “Strong is the new healthy” is a recent quote that I love. It’s not about how you look; it’s about how you feel. And when you feel good you’re able to give more to your family, friends and coworkers on a daily basis. Also, when you’re healthy, you’re entire outlook on life is more positive.

healthy, you’re entire outlook on life is more positive. Step 1) Set aside a place and

Step 1) Set aside a place and time. We’ve all heard it takes 21 days to create a habit. It’s easier to create a habit if you have a plan, so I suggest planning when and where you will make time for prayer. Ideally this should be in the same place at the same time. Let family mem- bers know you’ll step away (this can be five minutes or 50 minutes) rededicate yourself spiritually through quiet (or not so quiet) prayer.

Step 2) Reading a devotional easy a easy way to rededicate yourself. If you’ve never done this, there are many encourag- ing free ones online. Some of my favorite devotionals are Proverbs 31 Ministries, Girlfriends in God and Joyce Meyer Ministries. This simply takes signing up and reading a daily email. Hard copy devotionals are available as well. Some even take you through reading the Bible in a year. Either way, when you take time to seek the Lord, He will meet you.

What does it mean to emotionally redirect?

There are many ways to emotionally redirect yourself, but an easy way to do this is to count your blessings daily. Gratitude is something as easy as acknowledging your life, your family, friends, health, job, anything that you have. Gratitude can be spoken, written down or meditate upon and has been linked to overall well being, life satisfaction and health.

According to the Positive Psychology Progress Study taken in 2005, one gratitude visit led to reduced depressive symptoms by 35% for several weeks and maintaining a continuous gratitude journal reduced depres- sive symptoms by

30% as long as the practice continued.

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Bella must have been sleeping on the garage door and he did not notice when he left. “I am not much of a cat person, but no one wants to see an animal suffer,” said Deputy Scott. “After losing so much from the flood, I was happy that I could save the homeowner’s cat. Thank God for miracles and good neighbors.” Deputy Mike Scott worked 34 years for the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Of- fice and retired as a captain over uni- form patrol in 2011. After two short years of retirement, he returned back to the sheriff’s office as a part-time deputy and has been part-time for three years. “It’s a privilege to be on the streets with these much younger criminal jus- tice professionals,” said Deputy Scott. “I like to be able to assist with taking calls like such so that the younger deputies can stay available for criminal complaints and investigations,” he added.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS Special Needs Legislative Update: The Special Needs Trust Fairness and the ABLE Acts

Special Needs Legislative Update:

The Special Needs Trust Fairness and the ABLE Acts

A new year is an excellent time to take stock and take care of planning. In recent years, some changes have been made in the law that may help those looking to plan for special needs. These changes may make it easier for people to keep funds on hand for the benefit of an individual with

By Linda Melancon

disabilities without running afoul of rules that require assets to be below a specified level to qualify for benefits.

One law that may have a significant impact on individu- als and families dealing with disabilities is the ABLE Act. Signed into federal law in 2014, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act) allows for the creation of tax-deferred savings accounts for disability-related expenses. An individual who developed significant disabilities before age 26 and who receives SSDI or SSI benefits can save up to $100,000 in an ABLE account, and generally, that account will not be counted for purposes of qualifying for federal means-tested benefits such as SSI or Medicaid. If the ABLE account balance exceeds $100,000, the beneficiary of the account will remain

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A second law of importance is

the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act. For a number of years, a self-settled special needs trust (SNT) has been a valuable planning tool for those considering long-term care planning for special needs. In 1993, a revamp of Medicaid included the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, or OBRA-1993, which provided

for the creation of a self-settled SNT, using the funds of a disabled individual under age 65, by a parent, grandparent, guardian, or court. The funds

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for purposes of qualifying for Medicaid or other means- tested benefits, but upon the termination of the trust, Medicaid must be repaid for the cost of care it provided.

The self-settled SNT has been a valuable planning tool in allowing those with disabilities to receive funds through an inheritance, legal settlement, or otherwise without those funds disqualifying them for vital governmental benefits. Wonderful for parents of special needs children, either minors or adults, but what about adult individuals with

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disabilities who were capable of handling their own affairs, who didn’t have living parents and didn’t need a guardian? Under the statute as passed in 1993, they did not have the ability to set up a self-settled SNT for themselves.

Enter the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act. Passed into federal law in December 2016, this law amended the existing statute to provide that a disabled individual who has mental capacity can now create and fund his or her own self-settled special needs trust. This change in the law allows capable individuals with disabilities to make their own decisions and not rely on others to act as their advocate.

Both of these laws will provide individuals with disabilities and their families the ability to have more assets on hand to meet the needs of the disabled person without the fear of losing valuable and necessary public benefits.

As with any other type of financial and legal planning, be sure to consult a qualified professional experienced in special needs planning if you are interested in an ABLE account or a special needs trust. A qualified professional can assist you in creating a plan tailored to your particular situation, and one that is in line with current law and regulations.

The information provided is not intended to be legal advice and does not constitute an attorney/client relationship. You should consult with an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.

Ms. Melancon has engaged in the practice of law in Ascension Parish for the last eighteen years. The primary focus of her practice is estate planning, probate, special needs planning and elder law. For more information or to attend an upcoming estate planning seminar, call her office at 744-0027.

SEO trends to prepare for in 2017 by Orhan Mc Millan dezinsINTERACTIVE
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In this day and age, search engine op- timization (SEO) is evolving at astro- nomical speeds.And as 2016 begins to wind down, let’s examine the up- coming year’s digital marketing land- scape.As numerous trends in SEO have occurred over the past 10 months, they will most likely con- tinue to grow in 2017.As business owners are constantly kept on their toes due to Google’s algorithm up- dates, here’s a few things to look out for in 2017.

Optimization for user intent

Although keywords are still impor- tant, the use of typing in simple words yields simple and efficient re- sults. In this day and age, consumers know exactly what they are looking for, and search engines have gotten even better at identifying user intent. Therefore, consumers are now get- ting more efficient results when typ- ing in keywords and phrases into search engines. In 2017, brands will need to put forth more effort in op- timizing their digital content based on intent rather than specific key- words. For an effective SEO Strategy, it will be critical to:

Investigate – Figure out what

users are searching for when they come to your page, as well as the questions that they will want your

content to answer.

Optimize – Gather your re-

search data and find areas that need the most work, then make the nec-

essary changes to boost your ratings. Based on this, tell the consumer’s story by altering the content to re- flect the reader’s experience.

Adjust – Always keep up with

your analytics; it’s crucial to stay on top of what is and isn’t working in order to make updates accordingly.

More rich answers and snippets

When we don’t know the answer to something, typically a quick Google

search is the best route. In response, Google will often display the required information directly in t he search results along with helpful websites, videos, reviews, specific dates, even movie and event information.

According to a study done by Stone Temple Consulting, the volume of rich answers appearing in search results has nearly doubled from 2014 to 2016. If this trend continues, imagine what the numbers will look like in the next upcoming years. Users love having quick access to useful information, so if you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and start implementing schema markup for your website in 2017.

Cross-channel

marketing

Cross and multi-channel marketing might sound similar, but are actually, very different. Multi-Chanel is de- fined as establishing a presence on more than one platform, where cross-channel means you are using several channels to market your brand in an integrated way. For in- stance, if consumers are browsing products on a mobile app and decide not to make any purchases, you can still send them targeted ads based on their google searches via email or social media.

According to Econsultancy’s fourth annual Cross-Chanel Marketing Re- port, 73% of respondents claimed that their use of cross-channel mar- keting resulted in having a significant impact on increased conversion rates among their customers.

However, its’ only effective use lies in knowing your target audience and their consumption habits.The biggest challenges that businesses face in this process include:

• Knowing the right message

• Knowing the right time to release it

• Knowing the correct channel to use

Although there are dozens of tools and resources to help, cross-channel marketing is still very much in the infancy stages, even with the widespread adoption of mobile devices. In this day and age, consumers are more connected than ever, and the need for quality cross-channel marketing will continue to be in high demand throughout 2017.

Increased mobile growth

The use of mobile accessibility has reshaped SEO over the past few years, and as mobile searches are growing at faster paces than ever, it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.Traffic distribution has been shifting away from desktop and moving more towards mobile devices, and nowadays, most websites are getting more user traffic via mobile devices over desktops.

In May of 2015, Google reported that mobile searches had surpassed desktop searches on its search

engine. Since this announcement, Google has taken many steps signaling that mobile devices should be considered as the default user experience, as opposed to the traditional desktop. Mobile optimization is already an extremely important factor in SEO strategies. However, in 2017 and future years to come, it will prove to be mandatory.

Voice search is the next big thing

Voice searching has been an ongoing project in the tech industry for quite

a few years now, and in the process of working out some of the kinks, it has become one of the fastest- growing search options out there.

In 2017, the goal for voice search is to go above and beyond voice recognition and evolve it into voice understanding.This involves several changes with respect to:

• Previous searches

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• Context based on frequently used apps

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• Keyword research based on spoken queries

When it comes to voice search, there’s no denying that it’s one of the biggest trends of the digital age.And with massive improvements to Siri, Google Now, and Cortana, SEO marketers would be wise to closely examine voice innovation and think beyond text-based queries in 2017.

As the 2016 calendar year wraps up,

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What is Periodontal Disease

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD

Gum disease, or periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their life. Periodontal diseases include gingivitis and periodontitis.

What causes gum disease?

Bacterial plaque – a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth – is recognized as the primary cause of gum disease. If plaque isn't removed each day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into a rough, porous substance called calculus (also known as tartar).Toxins produced and released by bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. These toxins cause the breakdown of the fibers that hold the gums tightly to the teeth, creating periodontal pockets that fill with even more toxins and bacteria. As the disease progresses, pockets extend deeper, and the bacteria moves down until the

bone that holds the tooth in place is destroyed. The tooth eventually will fall out or require extraction.

Are there other factors?

Yes. Genetics is also a factor, as are lifestyle choices. A diet low in nutrients can diminish the body's ability to fight infection. Smokers and spit tobacco users have more irritation to gum tissues than non-tobacco users, while stress can also affect the ability to ward off disease. Diseases that interfere with the body's immune system, such as leukemia and AIDS, may worsen the condition of the gums. In patients with uncontrolled diabetes, where the body is more prone to infection, gum disease is more severe or harder to control. Pregnant women experience ele- vated levels of hormones that cause the gums to react differently to the bacteria found in plaque, and in many cases can cause a condition known as "pregnancy gingivitis."

What are the warning signs of gum disease?

Signs include red, swollen or tender gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, gums that pull away from teeth, loose or separating teeth, pus between the gum and tooth, persistent bad

breath, a change in the way teeth fit together when the patient bites and a change in the fit of dentures. While patients are advised to check for the warning signs, there might not be any discomfort until the disease has spread to a point where the tooth is unsalvageable. That's why patients are advised to get frequent dental exams.

What does periodontal treatment involve?

In the early stages of gum disease, most treatment involves a special cleaning called scaling and root planning, which removes plaque and tartar around the tooth and smoothing the root surfaces. Antibiotics or antimicrobials may be used to supplement the effects of scaling and root planing. In most cases of early gum disease, called gingivitis, scaling and root planing and proper daily cleaning achieve a satisfactory result. More advanced cases may require surgical treatment, which involves cutting the gums – sometimes with the assistance of a laser – and removing the hardened plaque build-up and recontouring the damaged bone. The procedure is also designed to smooth root surfaces and reposition the gum tissue so it will be easier to keep clean.

How do you prevent gum disease?

Removing plaque through daily brushing, flossing and professional cleaning is the best way to minimize your risk. Your dentist can design a personalized program of home oral care to meet your needs.

How can I maintain treatment at home?

Sticking to a regular oral hygiene regimen is crucial for patients who want to sustain the results of periodontal therapy. Patients should visit the dentist every three to four months (or more, depending on the patient) for spot scaling and root planing and an overall exam. In between visits, they should brush at least twice a day, floss daily and brush their tongue. Manual soft nylon bristle brushes are the most dependable and least expensive. Electric brushes are also a good option, but don't reach any further into the pocket than manual brushes. Proxy brushes (small, narrow brushes) and other interdental cleaners are the best way to clean between the recesses in the teeth and should be used once a day. Wooden toothpicks and rubber tips should only be used if recommended by your dentist.

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St. Elizabeth Hosts 2017 Family Fest Learning about health and wellness has never been so
St. Elizabeth Hosts 2017 Family Fest Learning about health and wellness has never been so
St. Elizabeth Hosts 2017 Family Fest Learning about health and wellness has never been so
St. Elizabeth Hosts 2017 Family Fest Learning about health and wellness has never been so

St. Elizabeth Hosts 2017 Family Fest

Learning about health and wellness has never been so much fun as it was during St. Elizabeth’s annual Family Fest, “Adventures in Health,” held on January 21st at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonza- les. More than 1,500 partici- pants were treated to a variety offerings in one of five distinct areas: Play, Thrive, Prevent, Shop, and Eat. There was something for everyone of every age.

“St. Elizabeth is proud to be a leading healthcare provider in Ascension Parish, and we are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people in the communities we are privileged to serve,” said Jon Hirsch, Director of Marketing. “Family Fest is a fun and engaging opportunity to encourage the entire family to focus on being healthy now and preventing future chronic illness and disease. From interactive exhibits and demonstrations to

inflatable activities kids were able to enjoy healthy play, while parents and grandparents were able to take advantage of the many screenings offered. By participating in screenings community members are able to determine and address potential health hazards early improving their chances for better outcomes.”

Family Fest also featured free food samples from area restau- rants, live entertainment and a

local shopping “market.” Every family received a special giveaway, and many lucky participants left with one of many great door prizes.

Among the more than 70 vendor booths, Baton Rouge Cardiology, in partnership with the American Health Associa- tion and AmeriHealth Caritas, offered hands-on CPR education, while the Mathnasium booth offered fest-goers a chance to test their

AmeriHealth Caritas, offered hands-on CPR education, while the Mathnasium booth offered fest-goers a chance to test
AmeriHealth Caritas, offered hands-on CPR education, while the Mathnasium booth offered fest-goers a chance to test
AmeriHealth Caritas, offered hands-on CPR education, while the Mathnasium booth offered fest-goers a chance to test
math skills with multiple games. Professional face paint- ing and balloon art kept kids and

math skills with multiple games. Professional face paint- ing and balloon art kept kids and adults-alike wowed again this year, and other vendors offered opportunities for participants to learn more about health care conditions and additional services offered in our community.

“The event gets better and better each year,” said Hirsch. “Scores of volunteers, representatives from area establishments, and physicians and team members from within and outside our St. Elizabeth family came together to help make the event a success. Many volunteer hours were spent planning and executing this event, and we are grateful to everyone.”

Hirsch also added his thanks to the sponsors of this year’s Family Fest:

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“These companies contributed to the quality of the event, and enabled the provision of many screenings and exhibits,” he said

Exhibitors this year include:

Eat:

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Play:

Ascension Parish Library 225 Inflatables Face Painting Gonzales Police Department Explorers Mathnasium PKSA Karate Premier Lanes STEM GEMS St. Elizabeth Pediatrics Stuffed Animal Clinic

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Who’s The Toughest? There's an old saying that goes like this, "You better learn to

Who’s The Toughest?

There's an old saying that goes like this, "You better learn to be tough if you're going to get old." Boy, I'm really learn- ing the truth of that statement as I continue to age. Between normal aches and pains along with doctor visits and surgeries life's challenges sure don't get any easier. As outdoorsmen and women, no matter what our specific pas- sions are, we all have different challenges in the pursuit of fish and game. I've done a little of about everything and to this day I have to wonder just what is the most painful type of out- door sport I have enjoyed. Tournament bass fishing sometimes requires you to fish at times and places that aren't as productive as other areas at the same time. Tournament fishing can be long and hard but for most of these folks they don't keep fish to clean for when they get home. That makes the end

of those trips easier than the sacalait, bream, or catfish fisher- man that sometimes has a lot of fish to clean after the return home. I feel that saltwater fishing has more challenges in general than freshwater fishing. Inshore saltwater fishing can involve cold, heat, wind, waves, insects and the need to deal with crea- tures with painful poisons such as stingrays, catfish and different bacterias in the water. Offshore fishermen are definitely a cut above in terms of outdoorsmen that are more at risk versus in- shore fishermen. A day offshore can be a pleasure or it can be the hardest day of fishing that you'll ever participate in. Huge waves, motion sickness, hard fighting big fish, extreme heat and cold can make this sport en- joyable by only a chosen few. When it comes to hunting, it's very easy for me to really enjoy hunting trips for dove,

very easy for me to really enjoy hunting trips for dove, squirrel, or even turkey. These

squirrel, or even turkey. These adventures for the most part, don't involve a whole lot of equipment and hassle to deal with. As the fall progresses the challenges seem to increase. By the time deer season gets here you've already spent the last couple of the summers months doing workdays, making food plots,or constructing stands. Most deer hunters of this day and time have really made their outdoor stay very comfortable. Some hunters get up early, but a lot of them only hunt in the evening. Most, and by no means all, spend their time in a very comfortable environment. One of the hardest things they do is dealing with the deer after the kill. There's another side to this sport that's not so easy, running

dogs in pursuit of whitetails is a bit more physical than box stand hunting. The exception being those who hunt from climbing stands. Waterfowl hunters are faced with just about every difficult obstacle that can be placed in front of them. They get up early. They usually make long, cold, dark dangerous boat rides before daylight and are at risk of waves, fog, hypothermia etc. they often deal with very cold temperatures, along with han- dling things such as decoys, dogs, and boats in the frigid water. Blinds are usually con- structed to hunt from, but some hunters wade through swamps and marshes in the boggy mud to natural hidden locations for concealment. No matter what your choice of outdoor activity maybe they can all be challenging to some degree. In general the more ef- fort you put in the more you'll get out of it, but maybe you don't need to be so successful to enjoy the sport. That's fine. That's where I'm at, at this day and time. Out of all the things I've done, I would love to say that offshore fishing and water- fowl hunting is the hardest. Out of the two I would have to say that waterfowl hunters, because of the early cold nighttime boat rides dealing directly with water and cold, have to be the tough- est. At one time I was one of those that put it all on the line. Today I'm still one, but not one like I once was

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“Russian” Out of the Old Year and Into the New

“Russian” Out of the Old Year and Into the New What can you say about a

What can you say about a year where the most frequently asked questions went something like this How much water did y’all get? What the hell’s going on in Baton Rouge? Are you voting for the narcissistic, sex predator buffoon or the corrupt, coldly-calculating liar? And, of course, the most pressing issue of 2016-Who can pee where? Well, I have a couple of words for 2016 (No, not a verb and a pronoun-this is a family

magazine.)-Good riddance! And now we can look forward to 2017 when President Donald Trump will sell us out to the Russians, start a nuclear holocaust or build a wall on the Arizona-Nevada border to keep all the Hollywood types in Southern California. Or perhaps we might see some of these events take place in the aptly named Chinese Year of the Cock…

January-

“Deflategate 2” hits college football when the all-powerful,

all-knowing NCAA-acting on a tip out of Tuscaloosa- threatens to strip Clemson of its national title for “deflating” Nick Saban’s ego. Meanwhile, at the President’s Inaugural Ball, Trump-snubbed by Hollywood A-listers and entertainers- turns to some new foreign friends and secures the Russian Ballet to perform. An extraordinary large number of the dancers in the classic “Swan Lake” seem to be using cell phones to take pictures and personal computers to record

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the information inside the White House but the new Commander-in-Chief is not concerned. “This is a modern updated version of the production. Old actresses like Meryl Streep wouldn’t understand.”

February-

A strange computer glitch at NFL headquarters changes the New England Patriots Super Bowl opponent from the Dallas Cowboys to the Russian-based Moscow Mules. The Mules arrive in Houston to practice but their coaches Boris and Natasha are more interested in taking notes and photographs during a tour of the NASA facility. As for the game, crafty Pats coach Bill Belichick-with the help of some disgruntled Cowboy fans-sneaks some Tito’s Vodka-made right here in Texas-into Moscow’s Gatorade containers and the drunken Mules are whipped soundly by the Brady Bunch.

March-

Continuing the good-natured cultural exchange, Russian President Vladimir Putin and tennis star Maria Sharapova are invited to perform on the popular ABC television show “Dancing with the Stars”. Putin agrees if Trump will change the title the night he is on to “Dancing with the Tsars”. Despite the rules calling for a fox trot, Putin breaks into a folk dance to the tune of “If I Were a Rich Man” from “Fiddler on the Roof” and wins easily when all American computers and phones mysteriously crash at the same time and only Russian

voters can get through.

April-

A shocker at the Masters-Tiger

Woods miraculously recovers from a bad back, bad shoulder and various other ailments- some golf related, some blonde- related-and wins the Green Jacket despite not having played all year. “I owe it all to my new trainer Ivan Drago and his silver- tongued friend,” says Woods.

“I feel so good I could fight Rocky right now!” Drago denies any hint of

illegal PED’s with a resounding “Nyet!” But off to the side he

is heard to murmur, “We will

break them all.”

May-

More hangovers from the doping scandal of 2016 Olympics when an unknown Russian sprinter Alexi Lexus wins the Kentucky Derby and the Indy 500.

To silence the public outcry, Trump appoints an assistant to the Surgeon General-an obscure physician named Dr. Zhavago- to investigate the charges.

June-

The much-maligned airline in- dustry takes another hit only a few months after two sisters were thrown off a plane and missed their dying father’s final hours. This time the case involves two brothers who are removed from line before even boarding the plane for complaining about long lines, lengthy delays and undeserved TSA searches. “Look, we’ve been in line for what seems like over a century,” gripe the brothers who give their names as Wilbur and Orville Wright.

July-

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August-

Not again. Heavy rains are blamed as the University Lakes overflow their banks and flood some upscale homes in the LSU area. But when authorities get to the bottom of the matter-and

the lakes-they find a Russian nuclear submarine. President Trump tells a nervous nation not to be alarmed. “They were only conducting experiments on underwater vegetation,” he assures.

September-

A new game appears at Trump casinos called “Russian Roulette” involving a single live bullet in a six-cartridge pistol. “We are trying to accommo- date our big losers who would take any chance to get out of the hole and at the same time use a name borrowed from our new Eurasian friends,” announces the President. “Besides, life is 5-1 against anyway.”

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November-

In the long awaited matchup between LSU coach Ed Orgeron and Alabama’s Nick Saban, the Tigers surprisingly emerge victorious with a strategy not even the Tide grandmaster expected. “Nick uses war-like tactics like Rommel did in World War II,” growled the Tiger mentor. “So we switched over to some chess strategy popularized by Russian Boris Spassky in the 70’s and our Queen Gambit opening

followed by our Baltic Defense caught them off-guard. Hell, me and Bobby Hebert learned that back at South Lafourche.” Saban’s press conference is a short one. “We got rooked,” he whines.

December-

The year mercifully ends with Trump and Putin toasting each other at an opening of the President’s new golf course despite 10 feet of snow in St. Petersburg, Russia. In spite of the weather, things appear to be going swimmingly until Putin proposes a toast with vodka, coffee liqueur and cream. The only White Russian I’d really like to taste is Anna Kournikova,” laughs Trump. “Nasdarovje”, “Zazdarovje” and other locker room talk to all of you.

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I Am the Best Driver on the Road. Just Ask Me?

I’ve been avoiding writing about the general public sucks at driving except for me. I admit when I get behind the wheel I feel I know all the rules of the roads and abide them and the rest of you drivers just don’t get it. The rules are set for us all and the rules dictate proper protocol in certain driving situa- tions. Here are a few of my concerns.

Just Read and Comprehend the Signs Instructions

my concerns. Just Read and Comprehend the Signs Instructions Let’s look at these signs and read

Let’s look at these signs and read them together. First the constant is at this intersection we can only turn right. With the green arrows we can turn right without stopping and stay in our lane. The confusion hap- pens when the light turns red it blows peoples mind. The sign on the left is self explanitory, No Turn on Red. Simple enough but the sign in the right lane reads Turn OK on RED. There is also a divider for cars in

reads Turn OK on RED. There is also a divider for cars in the right lane

the right lane to continue the flow of traffic. There is also a special merging lane for the cars turning right to drive on with- out having to get out on the main highway. 7 out of 10 times when I ap- proach this corner at Hwy 42 and Airline some joker is sitting in the OK turn lane looking over their left shoulder seeing if it ok to enter the highway. “You have your own lane Einstein!” I generally shout and other times I use words my mother didn’t know I knew. Come on people take a break and learn the rules of the road or just don’t drive. I’ve seen them looking left so long the light has turned green and maybe they’ll move and get out of my way.

The Do-Gooder at a 4 Way Stop

There are lots of nice people in the world and that is a good thing. However at a 4 Way Stop everybody is created equal and if we follow the rules of the road nice people and not so nice people will get along with the proper order of the law. First person at the sign goes first. Two drivers arrive at the same the person to the right goes first. These rules right up until the Do-Gooder driver decides to wave across as a courtesy to number 2 car. Then what hell does the 3rd driver do. Did they move up in the pecking order or

the 3rd driver do. Did they move up in the pecking order or Learn How to

Learn How to Drive Thru a Drive Thru!

The invention of the Drive-Thru was and still is a very good idea. I use this convenience many times when I am in a hurry which is quite often. The problem with a Drive-Thru is humans have to have a brain stem that is attached.

Here is my demonstration. Photo 1 below is of the car that or- dered food in front of me. They placed there order in a timely man- ner, got there total and it was time to move ahead. Well they moved ahead 2ft. and went straight to the dumb phone

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in their hand. As you can see they had 8ft. of space in front of them. I couldn’t move up and speak into the speaker without shouting from a 5ft. away. Put the damn phone down and pay attention. After I ordered I moved up and noticed the car in the other lane

had placed their order and was technically ahead of me in the nat- ural order of things. However she had pulled 2 ft. and the car behind them couldn’t order because of her being on her phone and not paying attention.

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are they being moved farther back. With this act of Kindness all hell breaks loose

are they being moved farther back. With this act of Kindness all hell breaks loose and then it is a free for all until there are no cars at the 4 Way Stop and it starts again.

Do-Gooder with a Blinker can be dangerous!

These are the most dangerous situation on the road outside of texting and driving. When I’m traveling down the road about 8 car lengths cruising about 45 mph I see a car rarely use their blinker and they have

no on coming traffic so they decide to wave the car that is waiting pull out to come on. Nice gesture but if you use your mirror you will see that I believed your signal to turn and didn’t slow down. Now my 8 car lengths turns into 4 and in my rearview mirror there is a 2 Ton diesel truck with a trailer load of lawn equipment panicking to hit his brakes because I had to stop abruptly to avoid hitting you and as I head toward the side of the road I am also praying that truck misses me and hits you for causing the disturbance. Be nice to all the drivers and we’ll be very graftful if you follow the rules of the road.

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Feed the Needy Annual Fundraiser Raises & Donates Over $27,500. Every year a group of

Feed the Needy Annual Fundraiser Raises & Donates Over $27,500.

Every year a group of men and women get together to give of themselves so others can have more. Many years ago Tommy Aldridge, better known as ‘BAMA’ started an organization called,’Feed the Needy’. Bama listened to his Uncle Perry and Aunt Susan in 2006 when they mentioned their were families that weren’t going to have the necessities for Christmas. That was all it took for the idea of “Feed the Needy” was born. 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 sous chef, “Bones” Sheets cooked a hen and andouille sauce piquante. The process raised $800.00 and in turn, three families had an unexpectedly great Christmas. Since those early days the Feed the Needy has raised money to help our local citizens in need for the Holidays year-after-year for 10 years. None of this would be possible without the sacrifices and contributions of our many generous donors and volunteers. This year we had our usual

without the sacrifices and contributions of our many generous donors and volunteers. This year we had
without the sacrifices and contributions of our many generous donors and volunteers. This year we had
without the sacrifices and contributions of our many generous donors and volunteers. This year we had
without the sacrifices and contributions of our many generous donors and volunteers. This year we had

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great team of volunteers who want no recognition. These folks come back each year because
great team of volunteers who want no recognition. These folks come back each year because
great team of volunteers who want no recognition. These folks come back each year because

great team of volunteers who want no recognition. These folks come back each year because it becomes more evident that there are many people right here in our community that are “down on their luck” and really need our assistance and appreciate the help we are able to provide. This year was a unique year with the 100 year flood and expectations were this years revenue will hard to raise with so many affected by the flood. As the fires start and the cooking begins volunteers started showing up and the days fund raising began. From sunrise to 11 o’clock the Gonzales Country Club smelled heavenly and there were heavenly work being done. The meals were served and delivered and once the tally was audited, Feed the

and there were heavenly work being done. The meals were served and delivered and once the
and there were heavenly work being done. The meals were served and delivered and once the

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44253 Hwy. 42 (1 mile from Port Vincent) Needy had raised a total in proceeds
44253 Hwy. 42 (1 mile from Port Vincent) Needy had raised a total in proceeds
44253 Hwy. 42 (1 mile from Port Vincent) Needy had raised a total in proceeds
44253 Hwy. 42 (1 mile from Port Vincent)
44253 Hwy. 42
(1 mile from Port Vincent)

Needy had raised a total in proceeds of $27,530.00. Along with dollars pledged there were In-Kind contributions of 25 cases of frozen food products and 125 lb’s of sausage and boudin which was donated to local Battered Women’s Shel- ters. This years distribution were as follow:

• Needy Children at 9 local Primary / Middle Schools -

$7200

• 8 local Needy Families -

$3400

• Area Church Food Pantries -

$9500

• Battered Women’s Shelter -

$2000

• Perry Aldridge Charities -

$1500

It’s amazing what a few good hearted men and women can do with a cause and giving in their heart. I’m proud to be a part of this organization. I’m a better man for it. This year we have a fund balance that will be used at Easter for baskets and Needy families around our community. Special thanks to our major

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community. Special thanks to our major www.impact-sports.net sponsors who once again supplied the jambalaya ingredients:

sponsors who once again supplied the jambalaya ingredients:

1. Sheriff Jeff Wiley

2. Blaine, Garrett and Cade Sheets – River Parish Foods

3. Brandon Trosclair – Ralph’s

4. Jimmy Cruze – Personal

5. Lamendola’s Supermarket

6. Kyle Labat and family

7. Jeff Kling - D & J's Grocery.

#1 FACT about Feed The Needy –

We have zero expenses and all of the money we collect stays right here at home to help needy people in our community.

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Local Children received “BOUNTIFUL GIFTS” The children of the Donaldsonville community received bountiful Christmas
Local Children received “BOUNTIFUL GIFTS” The children of the Donaldsonville community received bountiful Christmas

Local Children received

“BOUNTIFUL GIFTS”

The children of the Donaldsonville community received bountiful Christmas gifts from God’s Angels. The Christmas gifts consisited of bikes, a skooter, board games, easy bake oven, baby dolls, leggos, toy trucks and cars, earphones, selfie sticks, gift cards, cell phone power chargers, LEAP PAD and IPAD covers. The gifts were given to children

throughout the Donaldsonville community. Gifts were also given during the Christmas in the Park Celebration in Donaldsonville that was celebrated on Saturday, December 17,

2016.

Thanks to all of God’s Amazing

Angels. We appreciate you!!! The children of the Donaldsonville community.

Thanks to all of God’s Amazing A n g e l s . We appreciate you!!!

Ascension Magazine Sept 16 Cover Wins Best Cover of the Year Award

After the votes were counted it was determined this cover was the best. I had to bribe 5 locals to vote while bellied up to the bar at Pelican Pub at 3:30 in the afternoon with a purchase of a round of drinks. There was a 3 to 2 vote for the Sept issue. The other cover had high school cheerleaders on it and came in a close second. Congratulations David Amedee for the win however there is no money involved. Maybe a beer.

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Cooking Gourmet at Home

with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

A great dish to start the New Year
A great dish to start the New Year

Crab&AppleBruschetta

Executive Chef Ben Jarreau
Executive Chef
Ben Jarreau

Yield: 10-15 servings

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Serving: 4

I n g r e d i en ts :

8

1

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ounces fresh Jumbo Lump crabmeat

small loaf French bread

Granny Smith apple

ounces Smoked Gouda (whatever cheese you like)

cherry tomatoes

ounce fresh basil

ounces extra virgin olive oil

4

8

1

2

2 lemons

Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste

Method:

First thing you want to do is get those toast points cooked. Set your oven on 375 and allow it to preheat. Take your French bread and cut it into ½ inch slices then lay them out on a sheet pan/cookie sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil and bake for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool and get nice and crispy.

Next, grab your crabmeat and put it into a small mixing bowl. Drizzle the crabmeat with a little olive oil, the juice of the lemon (no seeds), and salt & pepper to taste.

Now get your cheese. Here we are using Smoked Gouda, but you can use any of your favorite cheeses. Shred the cheese and set aside until it’s time to use. Take out your cherry tomatoes and cut them in ½ and add them to the bowl of crabmeat

Thinly slice the basil leaves

The last ingredient to prepare is the apple. Remove the core of the apple either with an apple corer or simply by cutting off each side of the apple. Cut the apple into small cubes and put them into the small mixing bowl with the crabmeat and tomatoes, then drizzle with the juice of the last lemon (no seeds). This will keep the apple from t urning brown.

LET’S PUT IT ALL TOGETHER!!!

Lay out your crispy French bread toast points and top them with the crabmeat, tomato, and apple mixture. Sprinkle the shredded Smoked Gouda over the top then finish them off with the fresh basil. Serve immediately and enjoy this fresh and simple to make dish as an appetizer or accompaniment.

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