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Magazine 18386 Little Prairie Rd. Prairieville, LA 70769 Table of Contents HEALTH FAIR 4 GONZALES GARDEN

Table of Contents

HEALTH FAIR

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GONZALES GARDEN CLUB

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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TYLER WAGUESPACK

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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BILL DELAUNE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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LSU BASEBALL

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St. Elizabeth Family Fest A Success St. Elizabeth hosted Family Fest at the Lamar-Dixon Expo

St. Elizabeth Family Fest A Success

St. Elizabeth hosted Family Fest at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on January 21. The threat of bad weather did not deter the more than 1,200 people who attended. “As I perused the aisles of the event with its 75 plus booths,” said Robert Burgess, CEO of St. Elizabeth Hospital, “I was greeted by many members of our community and local dignitaries. They had nothing but good things to say about the event. Over the years, the event has gotten bigger and

better than ever, and it’s making a positive impression in the communities we are privileged to serve.”

From inflatable sports activities to exciting demonstrations, Family Fest offered an opportunity to learn more about the health and wellness related resources offered in the Ascension Parish and surrounding areas. “It was great to be able to speak with so many organizations in one place, said a young mother

Children play at one of the many inflatables offered at the Family Fest.

at one of the many inflatables offered at the Family Fest. United Health’s Health E. Hound

United Health’s Health E. Hound poses with two young boys attending the St. Elizabeth Family Fest.

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attending the event with her two children, “There was information available for my children and myself, and we were able to have a lot of fun learning about being healthy. I think that I may have had more fun than my kids!” The event encouraged families to get healthy and stay healthy together through fun, physical activity, healthy eating habits and preventative care.

“Big events such as these don’t just happen,” says Burgess, “It takes many hours of preparation and many people just to have them, much more to make them successful. If the positive comments and the numbers of people in attendance are any indications, this year’s event was a great success. We owe a debt

this year’s event was a great success. We owe a debt A mom and her son

A mom and her son learn how to do CPR during the St. Elizabeth Family Fest held on January 21.

of thanks to the numerous volunteers who helped before, during, and after the event, to our team members who partici- pated either by working in a booth or helping in some capacity, to the members of the

community who supported the event, to the officials with the Parish of Ascension and the employees of Lamar Dixon Expo Center, and especially to the sponsors of this year’s Family Fest.” This year’s spon-

sors included Eatel, Crawfish Aquatics, MedCare Medical Equipment and Supplies, Ascension Children’s Dental, Parker Orthodontics, Lake Urgent Care, and French Settlement Sausage Company.

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2017 Rubber Duck Derby The St. Elizabeth Women's Advisory Council held a Rubber Duck Derby

2017 Rubber Duck Derby

The St. Elizabeth Women's Advisory Council held a Rubber Duck Derby Fundraiser on January 21st, at 1:00 p.m. (immediately after St. Elizabeth Family Fest) at Lamar-Dixon Pond. The event raised funds for Nurses Scholarships and St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department.

This race involved St. Amant fireman spraying 1,555 rubber ducks from one side of the Lamar-Dixon pond to the other. This allowed the entire local community to get involved by "adopting" a numbered duck (for $10) that corresponded to a ticket number for a chance to win valuable prizes.

"This first Rubber Duck Derby was a great way to raise funds not only for our nursing scholarship program, but to also help the St. Amant Fire Department that lost three fire stations due to flooding,” stated Kerry Songy, Women's Advisory Council Chairperson. “It’s so heartwarming to have so many people in our community generously donate to support these worthy causes."

At the “starting line,” four large buckets of the rubber ducks were simultaneously emptied into the pond. There were a total of sixteen winning ducks, the first fifteen ducks that floated to the “finish line” first, as well as the last duck to make it ashore.

The first annual Rubber Duck Derby successfully raised more than $12,400 to be split between the nursing scholar- ships and the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department.

The St. Elizabeth Women's

Advisory Council was formed to enhance the communication between the hospital and the greater Ascension Parish community, fostering a better understanding of the services provided by St. Elizabeth Hospital and Physicians. The Women's Advisory Council

better understanding of the services provided by St. Elizabeth Hospital and Physicians. The Women's Advisory Council

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provides four nursing scholarships each year.

2017 St. Elizabeth Women’s Advisory Council Members:

Kim Braud, Judy Firmin, Donna Hebert, Angie Huff, Sara Laiche, Johnnie LeBlanc, Sherrie Jenkins, Sherri Rachal, Claudette Aubert, Patti Banes, Audrey Boudreaux, Jamie Burgess, Denise Chifici, Amy Colby, Pam Dawson, Mona Day, Sherry Denig, Sherrie Despino, Nikki Dupuy, Charla Johnson, Sue Knight, Dee LeJeune, Rae Milano, Miranda Mumphrey, Lillie Murphy, Mary Myers, Patrice Pujol, Ranee Rogers-Voorhies (Co-chair), Brendalen T. Scott, Kerry Songy (Chair), Cynthia Stafford, Donna Villar

St. Amant Volunteer Fireman assisting with Duck Derby:

James LeBlanc (Chief), Braylan Jenkins, Sherrie Jenkins, Gary Germany, Shane Rojas, Robbie Villerenue, Allie Rolin, Kane Hanna, Greg & Doreen Swan-

Villerenue, Allie Rolin, Kane Hanna, Greg & Doreen Swan- son, Josh Delery, Nicole Jacks 2017 St.

son, Josh Delery, Nicole Jacks

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Local Landscaper Advises Garden Club on Preparation for Spring The Gonzales Garden Club met on

Local Landscaper Advises Garden Club on Preparation for Spring

The Gonzales Garden Club met on February 1 at the Pelican Point home of Member Gail Lonibos. Landscape Designer and Owner of Deep South Turf Care Chris Duplessis served as guest speaker for a program on “Preparing for Spring”. He explained steps in bed preparation and new trends in landscaping before fielding numerous questions about specific plant care. The club’s

horticulture hint was to plant new roses and prune existing rose bushes this month.

Two creative mass floral designs were shared with the group. Member Lorraine Gautreau presented a graceful floral design of peacock tail feathers and yellow mums in a tall clear blue glass vase. Member Patti Mouton dis- played an arrangement of dwarf

tail feathers and yellow mums in a tall clear blue glass vase. Member Patti Mouton dis-
tail feathers and yellow mums in a tall clear blue glass vase. Member Patti Mouton dis-
tail feathers and yellow mums in a tall clear blue glass vase. Member Patti Mouton dis-

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tail feathers and yellow mums in a tall clear blue glass vase. Member Patti Mouton dis-
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salmon azaleas, yellow mums, copper alstroemeria and an orange lily accented by autumn leather leaf fern in an oak leaf lined fish bowl. Fabric niches served as backdrops for the designs.

Members Gail Lonibos, Weezie Cashat, Gwen Heck, Barbara McCormick, Mary Jo Pohlig, and Marilyn Rice hosted the occasion with a luncheon buffet of various salads and desserts.

McCormick, Mary Jo Pohlig, and Marilyn Rice hosted the occasion with a luncheon buffet of various
McCormick, Mary Jo Pohlig, and Marilyn Rice hosted the occasion with a luncheon buffet of various

Gonzales Garden Club Holds Its 50th Arbor Day Program

Gonzales Garden Club President Priscilla Monson presided over the club’s 50th Arbor Day Ceremony on January 20, 2017 at the new Jambalaya Festival Association Headquarters on Francois Street in Gonzales. Reverend Peter Harrington of Car- penter Chapel United Methodist Church gave an invocation, which he titled “ Fifty Years of Planting Arbor Day Trees”. Member Cathy Venable read a brief history of the Live Oak Society. Mayor Barney Arceneaux and Miss Gonzales Queen Holly Stelly spoke about their pride in the Jambalaya Festival Association’s contributions to the city of Gonzales.

Jambalaya Festival Association President Wally Taillon expressed his appreciation for all the fundraising efforts and charitable contributions that resulted in the completion of the new JFA Head- quarters, remarking, “It took fifty years to get this building.“ After listing his busy association’s

numerous charitable events and outreach activities throughout the nation as well as local humanitarian causes, Taillon expressed, “All our equipment can be stored here, in one place, a place to call home.”

Gonzales Garden Club members recounted their participation in past festivals. Lorraine Gautreau enjoyed the times when “all the friends gathered and danced on Burn-

side.” Myra Mire had been a judge in an early cooking contest, and Cathy Venable noted that her husband started the mini pot con- test. She also remembered that there used to be an eating contest. Razzie Cagnolatti commented that her husband “won the beard contest three years in a row.” Ellen Richmond recalled that her very first visit to Gonzales was during a Jambalaya Festival; she enjoyed the city so much that she decided,

“This is where I want to live!”

Member Loretta Ramirez presented a monetary gift to JFA President Taillon for the purchase of trees and shrubs for the building entrance. Member Mable Savoy thanked everyone for coming to celebrate Gonzales Garden Club 50th Arbor Day Program during the Jambalaya Festival Association’s 50th year of service to the community.

Garden Club 50th Arbor Day Program during the Jambalaya Festival Association’s 50th year of service to
Garden Club 50th Arbor Day Program during the Jambalaya Festival Association’s 50th year of service to
Hearts Full of Love In February, there’s always a focus on love and lovers because

Hearts Full of Love

In February, there’s always a focus on love and lovers because of Valentine’s Day. But what comes after the initial attraction? Life moves forward and commitment is put to the test. But what truly gives a relationship strength and endurance?

I believe that a couple must put God first. When a couple is reaching for similar goals and has the same value system, it’s inevitable that they will become closer as a couple. God honors those that honor Him first. Praying together is certainly one way to build a bond within a couple.

It’s also important to be each other’s best friend. You must have a comfort level with one another, truly enjoy spending time together, and be able to be transparent with one another. To be able to speak openly and honestly without fear of judgment is a gift in any relationship.

Understanding each other’s love language is a critical part in understanding and showing love in any relationship. The book “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman is a must read for anyone that wants to develop and improve their current union. The five love languages are:

quality time, acts of service, gift giving, physical touch and words of affirmation.

In this book the author explains that we often show those we are in a relationship with the kind of love we want in return; however, that may not be the language in which they understand love. This can lead to an empty “love tank” despite trying to convey love to your significant other. This is why it’s so important to ready, evaluate and display the love language of your sweetie!

In relationships, mistakes happen, and you’ve got to be able to forgive. If not, a relationship will crumble. Real forgiveness stems from the understanding that for every imperfection in your mate, spouse, or significant other, there’s an equal imperfection in yourself. Some people have a gift of forgiveness, but if that’s not you, then forgive anyway.

You must believe in the other person. 1 Cor. 4-6 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is

not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” In other words, you must believe the best in your significant other, otherwise, why are you with them?

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine,” says Proverbs 17:22. Laughter is essential to a good relationship, and if

you and your partner laugh together it makes the tough times that much easier. Laughing releases feel good endorphins and is good for the soul, so if you laugh with your partner, you bond on a deeper level.

I think moving past small annoyances is a great advice. Perhaps the older you get (and the older your relationship gets) you realize some things are just not worth arguing over. Choose your battles and build a better, more peaceful relationship.

We’ve all heard how important weekly date nights for couples are, but what about just being present with your spouse or significant other? Taking moments of undivided attention with your mate can strengthen a relationship. So, take time out to have morning coffee or a conversation over a glass of wine and be in the moment with your loved one.

Last but certainly not least, don’t forget that loving yourself in a healthy way is imperative to a happy relationship. When you’re not your best self, you can’t interact with those, including your significant other, in the best way possible. Take care of you body, mind, and spirit, and your relationship will flourish.

Writing this article really made me think about what’s important in relationships. Thanks to all my friends that gave me wise feedback about their relationships. I hope your relationships are full of faith, hope and lots of love!

gave me wise feedback about their relationships. I hope your relationships are full of faith, hope

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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

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January - Garnet. Known

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

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ORTHOPAEDIC & SPORTS CLINIC ANNOUNCES NEW PHYSICIAN

The Orthopaedic & Sports Clinic recently welcomed Dr. Robert Moukarzel to its practice at the Gonzales clinic located on at 1014 W. St. Clare Blvd., Ste. 1020, Medical Plaze II on St. Elizabeth Hospital’s Campus.

Dr. Moukarzel is a board-certi- fied Orthopedic Surgeon, having earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. Dr. Moukarzel then went on to complete his general surgery residency at Staten Island Hospi- tal in Staten Island, New York.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Moukarzel join our team as we continue to provide the highest quality of orthopaedic care to

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The River Region Chamber of Commerce gave the River Parishes Community College Foundation a nice Christmas present to fund scholarships for area students.

“We know the students at RPCC are among the business leaders of the future,” said Chassity McComack, executive director of the Chamber. “We also know some want to make their lives here in our region.”

McComack, along with the Chamber’s Board of Directors chair-elect Annette Wray, presented a check for $2,500 to

Chancellor Dale Doty and RPCC Foundation director Glen Duncan at a recent meeting of the Chamber’s new Workforce Development Committee.

“The River Region Chamber of Commerce and River Parishes Community College are working together to build a strong economy and a vibrant community, “Doty said. “We are proud of the Chamber’s continued investment in our students.”

“We are looking forward to a healthy future with RPCC,” McComack said.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS

YOUR ESTATE MATTERS Funds for Fido: The Use of Pet Trusts in Louisiana Do you have

Funds for Fido:

The Use of Pet Trusts in Louisiana

Do you have a pet that

you dearly love?

just as much a member of the family as your spouse or your children or Uncle Cosmo? You love Fido so much, you

wish you could make sure he’s properly taken care of when

you die.

think, “if only I could provide for Fido in my will. But I can’t leave money to a dog.” Or can you? While Fido can’t sign a check or use a debit card, under Louisiana law, a trust can be created for the benefit

Is your pet

“Alas,” you might

By Linda Melancon

A trust is created

of a pet.

when a person (the “settlor”) gives property to another person (the “trustee”) for the benefit of a person or an entity

that exists and has rights under the law, such as a corporation

(the “beneficiary”).

normally cannot be created for

a beneficiary that is not a “nat- ural or juridical person” - a human being or an entity that exists and has rights under the

law.

tion to the legal requirement that a trust be created for a “natural or juridical person”. The role of a trustee with regard to any trust is to man-

age, invest, and distribute trust property according to the terms of the trust, and that re- mains the case with a pet trust. The beneficiary – in this case, the pet – will receive benefits under the terms of the trust. The pet trust adds a fourth

role, that of caregiver.

trust can designate a caregiver for each animal named as a beneficiary of the trust. The caregiver will have physical control of the animal and will be responsible for its care. No special language is

needed to establish a pet trust, so long as it is clear that you intended to provide funds for your pet’s

Trusts

Pet trusts are an excep-

A pet

funds for your pet’s Trusts Pet trusts are an excep- A pet can be as simple

can be as simple as including lan- guage like “I leave $10,000 to Fido, and I want my brother Joe to take care of him” in your will or trust. Property in a pet trust is to be used only for the care of each animal named and for reasonable compensation and expenses of the trustee and the care- giver. What is “reasonable” depends on how the

care.

It

animal was cared for before the

trust was created.

Fido on a chain in the back-

yard under a shade tree, trust funds can’t then be used to pay for a deluxe two-story doghouse with central heat

and air.

limited to annual trips to the vet for checkups, the caregiver can’t then take Fido to Gulf Shores and expect that the trust will cover the expense. If a court determines that the amount of the trust is more than what is necessary for care of the animal and for reason- able expenses, the court can terminate the trust as to the amount that exceeds what is necessary for those purposes. A pet trust will termi-

nate upon the death of the last surviving animal for which care is to be provided under the trust. The trust can specify who will receive any funds remaining in the trust when

Fido is no longer living.

trust doesn’t give any direction as to how those funds will be distributed, they will be dis- tributed to the settlor of the trust – the person who created it – if that person is still living, or to the people who would inherit from the settlor upon his or her death.

If you kept

If Fido’s travel was

If the

Establishing a pet trust

is part of your estate planning, as it has an impact on how the property in your estate will be

distributed.

important to consult with a qualified professional advisor to ensure that a pet trust will fit in with your overall estate planning goals.

As such, it is

The information provided is not intended to be legal advice and does not con- stitute 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.

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 (225) 744-0027.

The primary focus of her

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10 Trends in Marketing to Expect in 2017 by Orhan Mc Millan dezinsINTERACTIVE
10 Trends in Marketing
to Expect in 2017
by Orhan Mc Millan
dezinsINTERACTIVE

It’s that time of the year where every strategist should be taking a step away from the day-to-day and give a good hard look at the past year’s performance.After all, if you’re not paying attention to what has or hasn’t worked over the past year, how are you going to know what to adjust for in the future? For 2017, here are 10 trends you should be paying attention to:

1. Interactive Content

There are two types of content:

content you can read, and content you can interact with. In this day and age, interactive content is gaining more popularity. For example, BuzzFeed recently released a “Which City ShouldYou Live In?” quiz and, since its initial launch, it has been one of their home-run pieces.The key is to think of ways to get readers to actively participate instead of passively consume. Interactive content can include assessments, polls, surveys, infographics, brackets and contests.

2. Influencer Marketing

What’s more important than an effective ad selling your product? Having a lovable social media personality that speaks highly about your product to fans and followers, or in today’s terms, influencer marketing. Influencer Marketing is on the rise, as people are trusting recommendations more and more now than ever.With the right influencers, you can establish credibility through each individual social media post and advertisement you run. Fortunately they work very well with brands, because when people genuinely believe in your product, that trust is passed onto more and more customers.

3. MobileVideo

If you’ve looked at your Facebook feed recently, you’ve probably noticed that the majority is now video. In 2015, mobile video views surpassed desktop video views for the first time ever. Now, mobile video views have grown six times

faster than desktop views, can you imagine where they’ll be in 2017?We now live in an age of mobile video dominance; it’s time we embraced it.

4. Livestreaming

If you’ve been on any social media platforms lately, you’ve probably noticed the trend of livestreaming taking hold in most of these platforms.Although the kinks to this technology are still being worked out, it’s clear that livestreaming will continue to push the boundaries. Between Instagram’s integration of a livestream option into its Stories feature and the introduction of Facebook Live, it’s evident that we’re going to see a lot more of this in 2017.

5.Virtual and augmented reality

One of the biggest hits in 2016 involved watching a screen-afflicted population carry their mobile devices out into the world to catch, you guessed it, Pokemon. Overall, the biggest takeaway from this phenomenon was the ability to drive real business results from effective

advertisement.This game was the first of its’ kind, as it successfully brought the online into the real world, but surely won’t be the last that we see of this phenomenon.

6. Short-lived content

What gives Snapchat its appeal?The fact that the content disappears, of course.The quick and rapid rise that Snapchat has gained in popularity has done a lot more for the world of social media than just giving users another platform to choose from, it showed the value of short-lived content.This is a key attraction for Generation Z, and is why you should be integrating short-lived content into your content strategy.

7. Mobile First Strategy

Internet traffic is now coming more from mobile devices than desktops, meaning that the future is mobile. If you aren’t catering your content to the mobile user, then you are missing a massive opportunity. Remember, it’s not just about optimizing for mobile, it’s about making sure that your content gets integrated with one’s lifestyle on the go.

8. Personalization

Personalization, or segmenting your content to reach different types of audience members based on their preferences and habits, is vital in the world of marketing and is easier to execute now more than ever.The most common of this strategy is through lists, where certain types of content gets sent to certain users based on which lists they’ve opted into. In a world of too much content and not enough time, personalization is a huge win for brands looking to earn and gain attention from their consumers.

9. Purpose Driven Marketing

What’s one of the most effective ways to extend your story? Give it a feel-good element. Studies show that brands that partner with nonprofits, charities, or set up internal “give back” programs tend to have a much stronger presence as their stories resonate well with the hearts of consumers.

10. Social Media “Buy” Buttons

Because users are typically already on a social platform when they see something they want to purchase, why should they have to leave in order to buy something? In this day and age, purchasing no longer needs to happen on a third-party site. Because of advancements through Facebook and Pinterest,“Buy” buttons are quickly turning these platforms into social shopping experiences.

We’ve seen many new trends in 2016 that appear to show no signs of slowing down, and as the first month of 2017 comes to a close, it’s evident that we’ll be in for an interesting ride this year. Marketing to consumers has changed drastically since the internet has taken hold on society, but it has also adapted to the change tremendously well.There’s no way to predict the change that will come, but by staying on top of the latest trends, you’re already a step ahead.

no way to predict the change that will come, but by staying on top of the

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Cosmetic

Denistry

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD Ascension Premier Dental

How Can My Dentist Improve My Smile?

From subtle changes to major re- pairs, your dentist can perform a vari- ety of procedures to improve your smile. There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing. Your dentist can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn or short teeth or alter the length of your teeth. Common procedures include bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers and reshaping and contouring. These improvements are not always just cosmetic. Many of these treat- ments can improve oral problems, such as your bite.

Bleaching

Bleaching is a common and popular chemical process used to whiten teeth. Some people get their teeth bleached to make stains disappear, while other just want a whiter shade. Discoloration occurs in the enamel and can be caused by medication, coffee, tea and cigarettes. Discol- oration also can be hereditary or due simply to getting older. Bleaching can be performed by your dentist in the office or, under dental supervision, at home. Many pa- tients enjoy bleaching at home because it is more convenient. Treatment be- gins when your dentist creates a cus- tom mouthpiece to ensure the correct

amount of whitening solution is used and that your teeth are properly exposed. Typi- cally, whitening at home takes two to four weeks, depending on the desired shade you wish to achieve. Whitening in the office may call for one or more 45-minute to one-hour visits to your dentist's office.

Bonding

Bonding is tooth-colored material used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. Requiring a single office visit, bonding lasts several years. Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used as a tooth- colored filling for small cavities. Addi- tionally, it can be used to close spaces between teeth or cover the entire out- side surface of a tooth to change its color and shape.

Crowns

Crowns, also known as caps, cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. Due to their cost, they are used in cases where other pro- cedures will not be effective. Crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations, but are the most time-consuming.

Veneers

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no

anesthesia is needed. Veneers are used to treat some of the same problems as bonding. This treatment is an alternative to crowns, which are more expensive. The procedure requires your dentist to take an impression of your tooth. Be- fore the custom-made veneer is ce- mented directly onto the tooth, your dentist will lightly buff the tooth to compensate for the added thickness of the veneer. Once the cement is be- tween the veneer and your tooth, a light beam is used to harden it. Porce- lain veneers require more than one visit because they are fabricated in a laboratory. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding.

Contouring and Reshaping

Tooth reshaping and contouring, is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped or irregularly shaped teeth or even overlapping teeth in a single session. Tooth reshaping and contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth. Contouring teeth may also help correct small problems with bite. It is common for bonding to be combined with tooth reshaping. This procedure is ideal for candi- dates with normal, healthy teeth but who want subtle changes to their smile. Your dentist will take X-rays to evaluate the size and location of the pulp of each tooth to ensure that there's enough bone between the teeth to support them.

Which procedure is right for me?

Your dentist can answer any questions you may have about techniques used to improve your

smile. The condition of your teeth and desired result you want often dictates the best procedure. If you are considering a treatment, there are a few questions you can ask your dentist before deciding if a particular proce- dure is right for you.

What will the changes look like?

• What should I expect through the course of treatment?

• What type of maintenance will be required?

What should I look for in a cosmetic dentist?

In order to make sure your dentist is skilled in cosmetic dentistry, the Amer- ican Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recommends that you ask your dentist for the following items before undergoing treatment:

Before and after photos. These photos will allow you to examine the results of other patients being treated by the dentist to make sure his or her work fits your dental needs.

References. References allow you to get a sense of the quality of care the dentist provides. Proof of continuing education. Be certain that your dentist has taken continuing education courses to keep him or her up-to-date with the latest techniques in clinical cosmetic dentistry. Your dentist can answer the questions you have about the techniques used to improve your smile. The condition of your teeth and your desired result often indicate the best procedure for you.

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Chamber Honors 2016 Success at Annual Awards Banquet The Ascension Chamber of Commerce honored their

Chamber Honors 2016 Success at Annual Awards Banquet

The Ascension Chamber of Commerce honored their 2016 Ambassador, Individual, New Business, Small Business and Large Business of the Year nominees at its Annual Awards Banquet held Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Houmas House Plantation. Attendees began their evening by networking with fellow Chamber members during a social hour, followed by an elegant dinner.

During the program, the Chamber celebrated the dedication and commitment of their 2016 Award Nomi-

nees. The program was led by Chamber President/CEO SherieDespino and Board Chairman Erin Lanoux of Percy, Lanoux, & Mumphrey. Rae Milano, Chairman of the Ambassador Committee introduced the 2016 Ambassadors. Individual of the Year nominees were Terri Kaahuie, Life Source Hospice, Rae Milano, Lofton Staffing & Security Services and Ray Stonemark, Don’s Seafood. 2016 New Business of the Year Nominees were The Cook Hotel, Todd San- ford Allstate and Zaxby’s. 2016 Small Business of the

Year nominees were Adam McCarty State Farm, GSA Consulting Engineers, Inc

and The Spa House Day Spa.

2016 Large Business of the

Year nominees were Atmos Energy, PotashCorp and The Scotts Company.

The Chamber is proud to announce Sheena Falgoust as the 2016 Ambassador of the Year, Rae Milano as the 2016 Individual of the Year, The Cook Hotel as the 2016 New Business of the Year, Adam McCarty State Farm as the

2016 Small Business of the

Year and PotashCorp as the

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2016 Large Business of the Year. EATEL was presented with a Legacy Award for the many years of support to the Ascension Chamber and Community.

The Ascension Chamber would like to thank Corporate Sponsors St. Elizabeth, EATEL, L’Auberge, R.J. Daigle & Sons Contractors, LLC, Cox Business, Regions Bank, BASF, Rubicon and Shell Chemical. The Chamber would also like to thank Houmas House for the accommodations.

REALTOR ® LOGIC WITH THE ONEAL GROUP

5 Reasons to Sell Before the Selling Season Picks Up

A common thought in real estate is

never list your home in the winter offseason. Perpetuated by industry experts, agents and repeat sellers alike, this saying encourages many would-be sellers to wait until the spring peak to list their homes. However, studies show that homes listed in the winter offseason not only sell faster than those in the spring, but sellers also net more above their asking price at this time.1 Don’t wait until spring to sell. If you’ve been thinking of selling your home, here are five compelling reasons to list now.

1. Take advantage of low

inventory. Since most sellers are waiting until spring to list, local inventory falls during the offseason. However, there are still motivated buyers who are ready to move now and don’t want to wait that long to purchase a home.

According to the National

Association of Realtors, 55 percent

of

all buyers purchased their home

at

the time they did because “it was

just the right time.”2 These eager buyers may flock to your home. You may not need to try as hard to make your home stand out in the sea of other similar homes. With

less competition, more buyers, some of whom may have otherwise overlooked your home if you listed during the peak, will express an in- terest to buy. While you’ll likely have fewer showings in the offseason, buyers who do visit will be more serious about writing an offer. Your home will likely sell faster than it would have during the peak season.

2. Set a higher listing price.

Homes sold during the offseason sell at a higher price, on average, than those sold during the spring and summer peak. There are many reasons for this. First, motivated

buyers are willing to pay closer to the asking price for a home. Second, homes are more likely to be priced right and reflect the economics of not only the local market, but the neighborhood as well. Often, homes listed during the peak may be priced to compete with other homes in the area and neighborhood. Sellers may be pressured to sell for less than the list price in order to encourage buyers to choose their home out of the others on the market.

3. You’ll receive more attention.

While our team always strives to give you the personal attention you deserve, when you list during the offseason, we’re able to work more closely with you to ensure your home is prepared for its debut on

the market. We can also take more time to answer your questions, address your concerns and prepare you and your home for the sale.

Additionally, if you’d like to hire a tradesperson to handle routine maintenance or undertake a minor home renovation before you list, you may be able to take advantage of flexible scheduling and cheaper rates. Many of these professionals experience a winter offseason as well, and will be able to focus their time and attention on you and your project.

4. Easier to maintain curb appeal.

Curb appeal is intended to attract the buyers who are just driving by as well as those who saw your home online and wanted to see it in-person. It sets the stage for what

interested buyers can expect when they step foot in the home during a showing or open house. If you list your home during the peak of the selling season, you may exhaust your time your energy maintaining curb appeal. You’ll likely spend most of your free time mowing the lawn, weeding, trimming shrubs and hedges, planting flowers in pots and in flowerbeds, pulling spent blooms and watering it all to ensure it looks lush and healthy on a daily basis. After all, a lush landscape will attract potential buy- ers and set your home apart from other similar homes in the area.

The offseason eliminates the pressure to maintain a picture- perfect front landscape. Since most grass, shrubs and plants go dormant at this time of year, you’ll have less to maintain. If you live in an area that experiences a traditional winter, your landscape will be covered with snow. Even if you live in a milder climate, you may not have to mow as often, if at all. It’s still important to ensure your exterior appears well-tended, so make sure your walkway and front porch remains free of snow, ice and debris.

5. Tap into the life changes of

buyers. Many buyers receive employee raises and bonuses at the end of the year. If they’ve been saving to buy a home, this extra money may allow them to reach their goal for a down payment and put them on the path to becoming a homeowner. Additionally, companies often hire new employees and relocate current ones during the first quarter of the year, creating a strong demand for housing. If you live in an area that’s home to a large company or has a strong corporate presence, this may be the perfect time to list.

Sources:

1. Time, October 30, 2015

2. National Association of REALTORS, 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

3. Forbes, August, 27, 2013

Meet the O’Neal Group

The O’Neal Group consists of a 3 member team that specializes in all things related to real estate in Ascension Parish and surrounding areas. The team goal is to make sure your real estate experience, whether buying, selling or investing, is handled professionally, accurately and stress free. The team members consist of Ricky O’Neal Shari O’Neal, and Chris Bush.

Ricky, a listing agent, has been in Ascension Parish for 5 years after marrying Shari – a lifelong resident of the area. Ricky specializes in getting properties positioned on the market and sold for the most money in the shortest amount of time, meeting the priority needs of our valued clients.

Shari specializes in customer service, matching

the needs of clients with the strengths of team members. With a focus on customer service, Shari’s goal is to make sure the buyer is matched with the agent who can best meet their needs.

Chris Bush, a 20 year Louisiana resident and 2-year resident of Ascension Parish, is a buyer’s agent focused on making the buying experience

as stress free as possible for our clients. With a focus on customer needs and protection of customer interests, Chris advocates for his clients throughout the entire process yielding positive experiences for those he represents.

KDK Capital Region Realty, our brokerage, is a Louisiana Company that completed 2016 being number 5 in market share with 85 agents and not quite 2 years in business at that time.

The O’Neal Group’s focus is to ensure that your experience is as positive and enjoyable as possible. Contact us at our website www.onealgroupllc.com or directly contact one of the professionals below:

Ricky O’Neal 225-939-6686 ricky@onealgroupllc.com

Shari O’Neal 225-939-6686 shari@onealgroupllc.com

Chris Bush

chrisb@kdkrealty.com

985-803-6181

Chris Bush chrisb@kdkrealty.com 985-803-6181 11414 Lake Sherwood N. Baton Rouge LA 70816 225-500-1125 -
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11414 Lake Sherwood N. Baton Rouge LA 70816 225-500-1125 - • www.onealgroupllc.com

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BY MIKE STRONG

This past month I made a trip to town to shop at Sacs Western Store. I was approached by the manager Joey Templet. He ask if I had heard about

what Tyler Waguespack had achieved. Truthfully I didn’t know who Tyler was. Joey continued to point out at the Las Vegas Rodeo he was crowned World Champion Steer Wrestler. I knew immediately I needed to

Tyler with parents Mike and Vicki

Godfather Jeff Burns enjoys time with Tyler

showcase this local hero. Quiet frankly I know little about rodeo competitions and was curious to learn more. Come to find out I know this young man way more than I thought. I went to school with his father and mother, Mike and Vicki Waguespack. I

haven’t seen them in probably forty years. I was invited to their home to hear the story and discuss their sons remarkable achievements. Entering their home it was like walking in to the heart of Americana. Their home was

Proud sisters Mandie, Joanie and Tobie beam with pride

warm with family memorabilia wall to wall. There was family history surrounding me. There were
warm with family memorabilia wall
to wall. There was family history
surrounding me. There were saddles and
a
wagon wheel table, that Godfather Jeff
Burns gave him to fill with rodeo belt
buckles he has won.
It is a warm and inviting place and the
people are just the same. I took the tour
and looked through some photo albums.
I
was really intrigued. I couldn’t wait to
here the story. With giant grins on their
faces Mike and Vicki said, “Our son won
the World Championship of Steer
Wrestling.” They emphasis that includes
Canada, Australia and the whole entire
world that steer wrestles.
I’m not going to try to write all of his
accomplishments. At the end of this
article there is the Official bio from
PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys
Association)website. I can tell you this
event was the Super Bowl of Steer
Wrestlers.
Tyler travels year round on the rodeo
circuit but was in town for a few days and
Mike hazes for Tyler while practicing at home.
Tyler with his grand parents Richard and Myrtle
Tyler with his grand parents Richard and Myrtle
Joey Templet checks out Tyler’s truck he won.
Joey Templet checks out Tyler’s truck he won.

I got to meet this young man.

I arrived at the Waguespack

home or should I say round up.

There were cowboys from across the country everywhere.

Some professionals and some upcoming high school and college age cowboys practicing bulldogging.

I witnessed a cattle round up

and then 10 to 12 guys practicing taking steers to the

ground. Learning technics from the older guys and everyone encouraging and applauding their efforts. Horses tied up along the fence. Kids sitting on fences. Family members watching and young cowboys assisting in the chute and climbing in chute dogging steers to improve their technique to bulldogging techniques.

After about an hour they rounded up the steers and had a cattle drive across the road into the pasture. After the round up it was time to eat. In true Louisiana fashion there were crawfish beginning to boil with Jambalaya on its way to show their guest a

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good time. Tyler is a great young man 26 years old. Most kids follow in there dad’s foot prints. Tyler followed in his dad’s hoove prints. Mike, his dad, was a PRCA steer wrestler in the 1990’s. Tyler started wanting to bulldog at the age of 5 and Mike was happy to teach him. Tyler’s love of family and his 3 sisters Joanie, Tobie and Mandie, keeps him grounded and they are supportive 100% of time. Tyler won a Dodge Ram 2016 3500 truck and is set for the future. He intends to rodeo

3500 truck and is set for the future. He intends to rodeo as long as he

as long as he can and spends his personal time with Sarah Rose McDonald 2x NFR qualifier. His mom Vicki wanted to show me something from years ago. I indicated earlier I didn’t know this young man but only to find out he was on the cover of a magazine I formerly owned. He wasn’t throwing down cows or riding horses. He modeled for the cover of Jambalaya Magazine in 1996 eating snowballs sticking his

Tyler is on the right
Tyler is on the right

tongue out. Who knew he was destin for such greatness. His parents did. I want to thank Mike and Vicki for inviting me into their home and remind me that the heart of America resides in families like the Waguespacks.

Official Information from the PRCA website:

Tyler Waguespack

Events: Steer Wrestling Born: 12/19/1990 Gonzales, La. Joined PRCA: 2012 PRCA Career Earnings: $561,072.00 World Titles Won: 1 WNFR Qualifications: 2 (2015-16) Current Residence: Gonzales, La.

2016

world standings place: 1st

2016

WNFR standings place: 1st

2016

WNFR earnings: $213,218

2016

earnings: $298,676

Wrangler NFR average titles: 1 (2016) RNCFR qualifications: 1 (2013)

Tour Finale qualifications: 1 (2015)

Professional

2016 Highlights

• Won the world title and the average by splitting the win in three rounds and placing in eight rounds of the Wrangler NFR. Waguespack set a new single-season

steer wrestling total money record by finishing the year with $298,676. He also won the RAM Top Gun Award for most money earned at the Wrangler NFR,

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Cowboys from around the country practice at the Waguespack ranch.
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$213,218.

• Won the All-American ProRodeo Finals (Waco, Texas)

• Won the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo

• Won the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots (Kissimmee, Fla.)

• Won the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots (Rapid City, S.D.)

• Won at the Wrangler Champion Challenge presented by Justin Boots (Spanish Fork, Utah)

• Won the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo

• Won the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo

• Won the Walker County Fair & Rodeo (Huntsville, Texas)

• Won the Georgia National Jr. Livestock Show & Rodeo (Perry, Ga.)

• Won the Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo ((Hattiesburg, Miss.)

• Won the ABC Pro Rodeo (Lubbock, Texas)

• Won the Mountain Valley Stampede (Heber City, Utah)

• Co-champion at the Four States Fair & Rodeo

(Texarkana, Ark.) Career Highlights

• 2015: Won Round 7 and placed in two other rounds

at his first Wrangler NFR. Won the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up, the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo, the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup, the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo (Abilene, Kan.) and the Central Arkansas PRCA Rodeo (El Paso). Co-champion at the Eugene (Ore.) ProRodeo. Finished 11th in the world standings with

$135,591

• 2014: Won the West Texas Fair & Rodeo (Abilene), the Home of Champions Rodeo (Red Lodge, Mont.),

the Bennington (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo, the Rusk County PRCA Rodeo (Henderson, Texas) and the Bowie (Texas)

PRCA Rodeo. Co-champion at the Cassia County Fair & Rodeo (Burley, Idaho). Finished 22nd in the world standings with $45,968

• 2013: Won the Odessa Rodeo & Festival (Tampa,

Fla.) and the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo (Coeur d'

Alene); finished 36th in the world standings with

$31,993

• 2012: Won the RAM Southeastern Circuit Finals

Rodeo (Davie, Fla.), the Trinity Valley Exposition (Lib- erty, Texas), the Mid-Winter Fair & Rodeo (Lafayette,

La.), the Crosby (Texas) Fair & Rodeo and the Bryan (Texas) Breakfast Lions Club PRCA Rodeo. Co-cham- pion at the SW District Fat Stock Show (Lake Charles, La.). Finished sixth in the rookie standings and 57th in the world with $20,041

Amateur Three-time qualifier for the National High School Rodeo after winning the Louisiana State High School Championships in 2008-10

Personal 6-1, 190 … Single … Parents, Michael and Vicki Waguespack; sisters, Joanie, Tobie and Mandie. Michael was a PRCA steer wrestler in the 1990s and still occasionally hazes for Tyler; cousin Randi Robert qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo … Started competing in bulldogging and tie-down roping while in junior high school … Enjoys hunting and fish- ing … Graduated from East Ascension High School in Gonzales, La., in a class of about 300 … Four-time

in Gonzales, La., in a class of about 300 … Four-time Niece and Nephew Ramsie &

Niece and Nephew Ramsie & Michael Wayne

World Champion Steer Wrestler Ote Berry is a mentor … Favorite rodeos are Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days and California Rodeo Salinas … Favorite movie is Step Brothers

Buckles wagon wheel table with the Calgary Stampede trophy from Canada
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COMEONMAN? When the muzzle loader sea- son first came about, it was quite an experience

COMEONMAN?

When the muzzle loader sea- son first came about, it was quite an experience for all of us to venture into. It took a while to figure out if your gun would shoot round balls or conical bullets accurately and to be truthful, some people probably never did figure it out. There were times when the gun would not fire and if it did there was so much smoke that you couldn't see what was going on. There were also many accounts of pushing a bullet in and forget- ting to load the powder first and some of us forgot to put the cap on. When the season first began, only iron sights were legal. To be honest with you muzzle loading was a blast and very challenging. Not long after its inception things began to change. They developed guns that could shoot up to one hun- dred and fifty yards versus the original guns that were maxed out at one hundred yards. Then came scopes with cross hairs but no magnification. Next scopes with red dots followed by in- line guns. I have one of those and still use it to this day. Al- though it was modernized, you still had to load from the muz- zle. Today the primitive weapon season has gotten way out of hand, in my opinion. You can use firearms with modern day rounds that are accurate beyond two hundred yards. Single shot shotguns are also legal and youngsters up to a certain age

In the world of turkey hunting this rates just above shooting one out of the truck window. By the way, my wife just bought me one of those for me this year and I just couldn't get up the gumption to use it, but I'll probably join the crowd sooner or later. Trail cams, range finders, night vision scopes and thousands of other items are all out there just waiting for us to purchase in the name of making us better hunters. Just the other day I was

reading an article in a hunting magazine about the possibility

of using drones (with cameras)

for hunting deer, antelope, elk,

turkey, ducks, etc. That about

takes the cake for me. I can see

it now, a group of hunters sit-

ting around the camp looking at photos from their drones flying over open areas, pipelines, lakes,

ponds, food plots, etc. You probably get the feeling about now that I'm kinda ticked

off. In a way, yes, but not really. I'm finding it very difficult to determine if the definition of "hunter" still means the same as

it once did. Maybe to some ex-

tent it does, but drones, COME ON MAN

Drone photo scouting a place called Little Lake
Drone photo scouting a place called Little Lake

can use any high powered rifle. So much for primitive weapons. Now I'm not against people making money on more com- fortable hunting equipment, or more efficient firearms, but somewhere down the road enough is enough. We now have turkey guns and loads that can kill up to sixty yards and be- yond. Whatever happened to getting the bird within normal shooting range before pulling the trigger? There's probably more birds crippled at those long distances than there was before this came about all be- cause everybody wants to stretch the distance. It use to take a whole lot of patience and hours of being uncomfortable to be a successful turkey hunter. Hunters now can sit in ground blinds on food plots in a com- fortable chair. While talking on their phone or whatever else they do on those things while waiting for a bird to show up.

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TheTenCommandmentsofMardiGras

by Bill Delaune

Once upon a time when the world was in a total state of confusion and the government was not run by tweeters, a guy named Moses went up to a local mountain top and came down with the Ten Commandments-guaranteed to improve your life here and now and in the hereafter.

Well, once a year in New Orleans, the world returns to that aforementioned state of confusion with lots of lost souls in search of guidance.

of confusion with lots of lost souls in search of guidance. And so, as a public

And so, as a public service to you my faithful readers, Ascension Magazine feels a moral obligation to publish the Ten Commandments of Mardi Gras- handed down by Mac Rebennack, better known as Dr. John the Nite Tripper, when he came down from the roof of Tipitina’s one night. These may not save your soul but they have saved my life a few times during the Carnival season.

Pronouns such as “thee” and “thou” have been translated into local slang which brings us to the first commandment…

I

LEARN TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE SOME

First and foremost, it’s not New Or-leans with the accent on the last syllable and rhyming with “jeans” no matter how many old songs that you listen to.

It’s Noo Awlins. And if you want to greet someone in Noo Awlins, you certainly don’t say something foolish like, “How do you do?” The correct form of address is “Where y’at, Tony!” even if the person’s name is not Tony. In formal conversations, you should adjust to “Where y’at, Antony!” being careful to leave out the “h” especially since Pelican center Antony Davis is such a big deal in the Big Easy these days.

Omitting the “h” from “ninth ward” is also acceptable as is ordering raw “eysters” down at Felix’s. Tourists should carry a copy of “A Confederacy of Dunces” for further translations and catch phrases.

II those two tush-hogs up by the floats than I did in the entire Holy Cross game,” I sneered.

DON’T CATCH FOOT IN MOUTH DISEASE

This one comes courtesy of my personal experience files. While battling two rather large women-oh, what the hell, they’ll never read this-make that obese trolls for worthless trinkets one Carnival, I took more licks than an all-day sucker as the tag team of tanks took turns battering my then bone-thin body.

Finally, I beat a retreat to the edge of the crowd hoping my Dutchtown letterman’s jacket was not torn to shreds. Suddenly, a deep voice on the side of me asked in that unmistakable native accent, “Hey, bro. What’s that ‘D’ stand for? De La Salle?”

The booming voice came from a giant in a Holy Cross jacket with more stripes for football and wrestling letters than one would find in the zebra pen at the Audubon Zoo. Add to that fact that his sidekick was an exact clone with a similar jacket and perhaps you’ll understand why I chose a New Orleans response.

“Yeah. De La Salle,” I mumbled. Wrong choice.

“Boy, we kicked you ‘Salley Dollies’ all over City Park last year, didn’t we, Tony?” gloated Monster number one.

“Yeah you right, Antony,” laughed Monster number two.

Blame it on the beer. Blame it on my country boy-can-survive upbringing. Blame it on the bossa nova. But I just couldn’t leave well enough alone.

“Yeah, well I got hit harder by

“Wait a minute,” huffed Tony, “which two broads you talkin’ ‘bout?”

“Those two,” I pointed out. “Bertha and Betty. The Butt sisters.”

“Dose are our girlfriends,” roared Antony and the pair started after me probably thinking they’d each grab a leg and make a wish. Fortunately, there was a break in the parade and I lost them by racing through the Fortier Tarpon Marching Band to the other side of the street. As I caught my breath, I remembered a rule Randall told me they used in Viet Nam-“Get in the middle and keep quiet.”

III

DON’T TOUCH THE COPS’ HORSES AND DON’T SIT ON THEIR CARS

Those horses wouldn’t spook if you detonated a nuclear device at their feet. I’ve seen people throw cherry bombs, silver salutes and Molotov cocktails at those horse and the nags never even flinched. All you’ll accomplish is giving one of New Orleans’s finest a case of the redass and then your evening will become a night-mare.

The worst I’ve ever seen a guy get beaten in New Orleans was because he didn’t follow the second section of this command- ment. A pair of cops approached him and asked him to get off the police car. Twice! When he refused, the men in blue pulled him into an alley and played a passable version of “South Ram-

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part Street Parade” with their nightsticks on and about his body parts.

Remember-those guys are already edgy and working 16-hour shifts. If they tell you to move and the crowd won’t let you-mark time.

IV

KEEP ABREAST OF THE CROWD-DON’T KEEP A CROWD WITH YOUR BREAST

Self-explanatory.

V

DON’T START DRINKING

TOO EARLY

One year my friend Tinker-yes the one who led our band called “Tinker and the Bells”- decided it was time “to get down to some serious drinking.”

Now I’m not sure what kind of drinking we had done in the French Quarter the night before but my head was hurting so bad that I couldn’t open my eyes.

“Not a problem,” said Dr. Tinker, “I was in the same fix just a few short minutes ago. But then I discovered this secret elixir. I’m telling you-this stuff would raise Lazarus from the dead.”

And so that is how, on one Mardi Gras morning long, long ago, four grown men-so hung over that their eyes hurt-got their first taste of vodka, Boone’s Farm apple wine and Visine. (“I didn’t know you were supposed to put the Visine in your eyes,” Tinker later admitted.)

I think back then we might have been that wrong crowd your mother warned you about.

VI

REMEMBER WHERE YOU PARKED YOUR CAR AND WHAT HAPPENED TO CINDERELLA

After attending Mardi Gras so many times, you begin to think your vast experience is going to give you an edge. Just remember- the gods like confidence, they

don’t like cocky.

We were so smart. We parked our car on the West Bank and took the ferry across the river to the foot of Canal Street. Everyone congratu- lated Canton on such a wonderful idea. No traffic. No parking hassles. We hit the streets running and partied into the wee hours.

There was only one small problem. The last ferry from the East Side departed at midnight and we arrived at the landing area some time between three and daybreak. Just like those two star-crossed Indian lovers Running Bear and Little White Dove, the raging river separated us from our car beckoning to us in the moonlight across the way.

If you’ve ever wondered how you would get to the West Bank from Canal Street at four in the morning, well I’m here to tell you. You take the Algiers Loop bus. And do you know who rides the Algiers Loop bus at that hour-with the exception of some dumb, drunk honkies who left their car somewhere over the river? Why every gypsy, tramp and thief on his/her/its way back to a project named Desire.

The bus driver eyed our group suspiciously as we got on board.

“Y’all got a gun or a knife on any of you?” he asked.

“Of course not,” came the curt reply from one of our more self-righteous members who had passed out on the vodka and Visine concoction earlier in the evening.

“Well, y’all gonna need one or both if you go back there,” said the driver motioning toward some shadowy figures in the back of the bus. “Y’all better stay up here with me.”

I practically sat in his lap all the way across the bridge.

VII

DA WEST SIDE’S DA BEST SIDE

The last horror story notwithstand- ing, there are some great parades on the West Bank-especially for those of us at the end of our erratic-and erotic-careers. The crowds are pleasant, the throws are plentiful and there’s usually a bathroom within shouting distance. Just remember Com- mandment II and don’t ask a lot of questions.

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Finally, one of the natives informs the star in classic Yat, “You start asking questions in Algiers, Baby, and dey’ll cut your @#$%^&*() tongue out.”

Amen to that.

VIII

MAKE A SIGN FOR A BEADS BONANZA

People on floats love signs. Signs give them a chance to show how accurately they can throw and hit a target and you can be the beneficiary if you’re creative and clever enough.

Let’s say you’re getting a little heavy to climb up on your old man’s shoulders these days but you still want to reap the benefits of Carnival throws. Back off from the maddening crowd and make a

sign-ideally one that will inspire love or-even better-hate from the float riders.

My friend Buzzy, who now lives in Key West where it’s Mardi Gras every day, was the king of sign makers during the 90’s. His picture of Saddam Hussein with the inscription “Scud Me” drew violent reactions-and tons of beads-during the Gulf War.

His sign depicting Dorothy Mae Taylor, the New Orleans councilwoman who wanted to do away with Mardi Gras, drew a similar response the following year. Not nearly as successful was a poster featuring the Clintons as one big happy First Family in 1998. Buzzy later told me he thought he’d figured out the problem.

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you’re not lucky enough to have a friend’s house or apartment nearby, you need to have a plan because in most cases the local song about “There Ain’t No Place To Pee on Mardi Gras Day” is painfully accurate.

At the aforementioned debacle at the ferry landing (See Command- ment VI.), a couple of us began to feel the need. Thinking we couldn’t possibly pollute the river any worse than it already was in New Orleans, we began to relieve ourselves in the dark off the upraised ferry dock. That’s when we noticed a boat directly below our mainstream attack. Gradually, as the waves turned the boat into the moonlight, we could make out the writing on the side-“New Orleans Police River Patrol.” Simultaneously, a voice boomed from the darkness behind us, “Just what do y’all think you’re doing?”

The zip of the zippers, the flash of a badge and we were in trouble once again. But when we explained our dilemma and the cop realized we would have to ride the Algiers Loop bus to get back from whence we came, he just laughed and mumbled something about that being worse punishment than be locked up in the First Precinct Jail.

Who knows? I might have met

Mister Bojangles in that cell and become Jerry Jeff Walker. Or I could have at least penned a tale to rival Arlo Guthrie’s classic “Alice’s Restaurant”. There’s no telling what kind of exposure I could have gotten from a little indecent exposure. X

LEAVE YOUR GOOD CLOTHES AT HOME

The day after my brush with death the hands of Holy Cross and Holy Crosser (See Commandment II.),

I swore off chasing after beads and fighting over doubloons.

I put on a new pair of Levis,

hooked a six-pack to my belt the way I’d seen my back-Galvez friends do and stationed myself at the very rear of the mob preparing to watch thousands make complete fools of themselves at the Sunday afternoon Mid City Parade.

The first float was not even in sight yet when this convertible came cruising by with one flashy dude sitting on top of the back seat. He had no beads but he was waving one crummy doubloon at the crowd like he had received it from Jean Lafitte himself.

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“That’s the king’s doubloon,” I heard one lady tell her daughter.

Big deal. I didn’t care if it was part of King Solomon’s jewels, I wasn’t playing that stupid game anymore.

But that’s when Fate decided to throw me a curve. With people crowding around his car and begging for the coin, the king spotted me in the back. His majesty looked me right in the eye and motioned as if to throw. Well,

I thought, if he’s going to single me out, I might as well catch the damn thing. And with that, the king sailed the treasured doubloon right to me.

At first, I thought I wouldn’t have to move a step. But then my old outfielder’s instincts honed on Sunday afternoons at the Prairieville Ballpark told me I’d have to take a couple of steps to the right and backhand it.

Then a gust of wind caught the silver circle and kept it airborne longer than I had anticipated. Now I’m in a full sprint and it’s

going to be a Willie Mays over-the- shoulder catch. Despite keeping my eye on the prize, I also became faintly aware of a small black kid roughly the size of Webster matching me stride for stride.

I glanced back and saw the

doubloon floating gently toward

my outstretched fingers. Flaunting my two-foot height advantage,

I reached up…

That’s when I fell off the curb.

As I lay in the gutter, a burst six-pack of beer foaming and gurgling around me, there were a few things that were painfully obvious. First of all, I was lying in

a gutter in a puddle of beer at one o’clock in the afternoon and the parade was still an hour away.

Secondly, Webster had the king’s doubloon and was grinning at me like a possum eating grapes.

And if those factors were not bad enough, my new Levis were torn at both knees and strawberries that would have made any Hammond farmer proud were forming on my kneecaps. But the thing I remember most clearly is the woman with the little girl shielding her daughter from me and telling anyone who would listen, “People like that are the reason I hate coming to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.”

You were probably right, ma’am.

But people like that are the reason

I still go back.

Happy Carnival!

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shot down the road. Then another and 5 more. He shot 8 times at the fake pig. A smile came over my face. He drove up to the camp, got out of his truck and with his head hanging down he said, “My Bad!” “I did hit it couple of times.”

he said, “My Bad!” “I did hit it couple of times.” A pack of Ram Grand

A pack of Ram Grand kids pet the hand made pig. I couldn’t bring myself to tell them it wasn’t real.

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Many years ago I wrote a once a year newspaper for our hunting camp. Our hunting camp nameis the Oxford Hunt- ing Club and the papers name is ‘The Oxford Skinner’. I stopped writing because some of the members started getting hacked off at me for picking at them so I decided not to shoot myself in the foot

FLASH BACK Toby and the Manican

Many years back when pigs were new to the camp. I found myself alone with Toby at the camp. While Cooking my ribs I told Toby if he had a gun he could go down to Martin road and probably find pigs walking around. “Really”. Toby said. Get out and walk around and you might get a shot. Enthusiastically he trotted to his truck. After he left I grabbed the fake pig and took it down the road and positioned it just coming out of the woods for Toby to see on his way back. Thirty minutes went by as I cooked and then I heard a pistol

Thirty minutes went by as I cooked and then I heard a pistol anymore and stopped

anymore and stopped writing it. I chose some of the milder articles for public consumption.

WARNING: ARTICLES INCLUDE MALE LOCKER ROOM BANTER AND STORIES OF BODY FUNCTIONS.

W hen M ike R am bin Says, “D on’t Worry A bout Supper!” Trust M e, “Worry A bout Supper?”

The true and not so true stories from the Oxford Hunting Club.
The true and not so true stories from the Oxford Hunting Club.

Andy Keeps Amazing the Camp Members with Extra Ordinary Hunting Skills.

It is no surprise when Chico comes back to the camp with a limit of squirrels. Maybe a buck or wood ducks galore. After one particular hunt he had a simple grin on his face. After a little time he couldn’t resist telling his hunting story. While hunting the Old Camp hill he noticed a wild pig 60 yards away standing still. Like a cat squirrel he jumped behind a tree. Ever so quietly he removed his squirrel shot and put in a slug. Easing around the tree he put the hog in his shot gun sight. With the skill of Davy Crockett he pulled the trigger and the hog fell. With a special feeling of achievement Andy grinned.

On one of my many 4 hour drives to the hunting camp I received a call from the Ram. He said I know you have been rushed so don’t worry about supper. I’ll have it ready when you get here. On this day that sounded good. I said thanks, you are the man, Ram. I arrived at the camp to find fried rattlesnake.

man, Ram. I arrived at the camp to find fried rattlesnake. The snake didn’t taste bad.

The snake didn’t taste bad. It was actually good. However it couldn’t fill up my growling tummy and thank goodness I had some hoghead cheese with crackers to fill my gut. Thanks Ram. I’ll cook next time.

crackers to fill my gut. Thanks Ram. I’ll cook next time. When he went to pick

When he went to pick up the trophy he discovered the pig was in the pig trap and couldn’t run away. Nice shot Andy?

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I N V E S T I G AT I V E

R E P O R T E R

As I was sitting at the camp enjoying a conversation with Big D I noticed a blue tint on his right arm. When I ask him about the stain he deflected my question with questions of his own about fartin’, crop dusting and skid marks. Typically an everyday conversation between us but I knew he was hiding something. I said, “Come on Big D. What happen to your arm?”

story. On a warm day at the job as Desoto Dump Supervisor he had the urge to make a dash to the Port-O-John only to find it occupied. As he squirmed and waited, the guy inside finished what was obviously a sit down visit. Knowing the environment was not going to be nice Big D forged ahead and dropped his troussers just in time to make it. With a satisfied feeling for making it he finished and cleaned up. While standing he heard a thud and saw a bounce and then a splash as his cell phone fell from his pocket and landed in the toilet. Being the cost conscience, pocket book conservative per- son he is he choose to go ‘Doo Dee’ diving with his hand to save his phone. I don’t know how he did it? I don’t know how he cleaned the phone without water and I hope it still worked after the sacrifice he made to save a $20 phone. Let’s hope he doesn’t drop the phone again and use his left hand. I’m not sure he will feel comfortable eating with both hands. We are lucky to have Big D as our Treasurer for the camp because he said he found 75 cents in quarters on the bottom and put the money in the Oxford Hunting Club checking account.

put the money in the Oxford Hunting Club checking account. He grinned and tried to be

He grinned and tried to be silent and then he opened up like a tulip. A move that Mike Rambin displayed many years ago as camp cook when he told the game warden he had the deer hides on the coyote traps. Only to hear the officer ask, “Can I see your trapping license, camp cook?” Hanging his head Big D told the

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As the leader of one of the nation’s elite baseball programs, Paul Mainieri, a four-time National Coach of the Year, is familiar with the chal- lenges of meeting high expectations. LSU is ranked as high as No. 2 in the 2017 preseason polls released, marking the sixth straight season the Tigers will begin the year among the Top 10 teams in the nation. Mainieri embraces the lofty ranking and the accompanying pressure to contend for a national championship. "Our 2017 team will approach going into this season just as every team before them has approached a new season,” said Mainieri, who has di- rected the Tigers to one national championship, four College World Series appearances, three SEC over- all titles, five SEC division titles and five SEC tournament championships in 10 seasons. “We have a confident group that believes we can play for all the marbles if we go out each day, play as hard as we can, and take it one game at a time.

LSU is the nation’s leader in wins (249) over the past five years, and the Tigers are the only team in the country to have earned an NCAA Tournament National Seed in each of the last five seasons (2012-16). “We are honored to be so highly ranked in the preseason polls,”

Mainieri said, “as it is nice to see that others believe we have a quality team as well. However, we realize that we will have to earn everything that we get. Nothing is handed to you in college baseball, and particularly in the SEC. We embrace the challenge and can’t wait to get started.”

LSU returns eight of its nine starting position players from last season’s team, including senior shortstop Kramer Robertson, senior second baseman Cole Freeman, junior out- fielder Greg Deichmann, sophomore infielder Chris Reid, junior catcher Michael Papierski, junior outfielder Beau Jordan, sophomore outfielder Antoine Duplantis and junior desig- nated hitter Bryce Jordan. Senior catcher Jordan Romero, sen-

ior infielder/outfielder Bryce Adams and sophomore outfielder Brennan Breaux are other returning players with starting experience.

Senior left-hander Jared Poche’ and All-American junior right-hander Alex Lange are back for their third straight season as one of the best 1-2 week- end starting combinations in the country. The pitching staff will also feature senior right-handed closer Hunter Newman, who led the Tigers with eight saves last season. Other veteran pitchers include senior right-handers Russell Reynolds, Collin Strall and Alden Cartwright; junior right-handers Doug Norman and Austin Bain; and sophomore right-handers Caleb Gilbert and Cole McKay.

Four Tigers that were chosen in the 2016 MLB Draft – Poche’, Robertson, Freeman and Deichmann – all elected to return to school instead of beginning their pro baseball careers. “It’s pretty remarkable to have four drafted players of that caliber remain in school, and we’re very grateful that they made the decision. Their vet- eran presence combined with our other returning players and a tremen- dous recruiting class gives us a lot of optimism for a very significant sea- son.”

The returning players are comple- mented by a talented 13-man class of newcomers that includes seven pitchers and six position players. The incoming class was rated as high as

PRIMARY RETURNING POSITION STARTERS

Player Pos.

Cl.-Exp.

B/T

Avg.

HR

RBI

Notable

Cole Freeman 2B

Sr.-1L R/R

.329

1

27

2016 SEC All-Defensive Team

Antoine Duplantis

OF

So.-1L L/L

.327

2

39

2016 Freshman All-American

Kramer Robertson

SS

Sr.-3L R/R

.324

2

39

2016 First-Team All-SEC

Bryce Jordan DH

Jr.-2L

R/R

.293

5

33

2016 First-Team All-SEC

Greg Deichmann

OF

Jr.-2L

L/R

.288

11

57

2016 NCAA Regional MVP

Beau Jordan OF

Jr.-2L

R/R

.286

4

39

Hit .462 in SEC Tournament

Michael Papierski

C

Jr.-2L

R/R

.242

3

20

Hit .364 in NCAA Tournament

TOP NEWCOMERS—POSITION PLAYERS

Player Pos. Cl.

B/T

Hometown (2016 School)

Josh Smith

INF

Fr.

L/R

Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic HS)

Jake SlaughterINF

Fr.

R/R

Choudrant, La. (Ouachita Christian HS)

Nick Coomes

INF/C

Jr.

R/R

Baton Rouge, La. (LSU-Eunice)

PRIMARY STARTING POSITION PLAYER LOST

Player Pos. Cl.-Exp.

B/T

Avg.

HR

RBI

Notable

Jake Fraley OF

3L

L/L

.326

5

36

2nd-round draft choice of Tampa Bay Rays

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No. 4 in the nation in the annual re- cruiting rankings.

Position Players

The 2017 schedule, Mainieri empha- sized, is a challenging slate that fea- tures 11 teams that advanced to NCAA regionals last season. “We’re going to play 22 games against teams that were in regionals last season, and that’s 40 percent of

The LSU infield features senior shortstop Kramer Robertson, a 2016 first-team All-SEC and second-team All-America selection. Robertson, a native of McGregor, Texas, earned second-team All-America and first- team All-SEC honors at shortstop in

our schedule,” Mainieri explained.

2016, batting .324 (84-for-259) with

“Within that number, there are six

20

doubles, two triples, two homers,

Super Regional teams from last year

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RBI, 61 runs and 14 stolen bases.

and three that played in the College World Series. Of course, every weekend in the 30-game SEC schedule is grueling, and we have some very attractive non-conference matchups. I think our fans will enjoy watching us compete against some outstanding clubs throughout the year.”

He was LSU’s leading hitter in SEC regular-season games, batting .363 with nine doubles, one triple, one homer, 19 RBI, 26 runs and six steals. Senior second baseman Cole Freeman returns after an exceptional 2016 season in which he was LSU’s leading hitter and was named to the

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Reid
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All-SEC Defensive Team. Freeman, a product of Mandeville, La., hit .329 with seven doubles, three triples, one homer, 46 runs and 26 stolen bases. The corner positions on the infield will be manned by a pair of true freshmen – third baseman Josh Smith and first baseman Jake Slaughter. Smith, a product of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2016 MLB Draft after hitting .379 with six homers, 28 RBI and 32 stolen bases. Slaughter was drafted by the Chicago Cubs after hitting .406 with 11 doubles, five triples, 48 runs and 33 RBI in his

senior season at Ouachita Christian High School in Monroe, Sophomore Chris Reid, who started 47 games at third base last season, will contribute at both first base and second base this season, and true freshmen Zach Watson and Rankin Woley will contend for infield playing time. Sophomore Antoine Duplantis, a 2016 Freshman All-American in right field last season, moves to center field this year. The Lafayette, La., na- tive was the Tigers’ second-leading hitter last season, batting .327 (89- for-272) with nine doubles, five triples, two homers, 39 RBI, 45 runs

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PRIMARY PITCHERS RETURNING

Player R/L

Cl.-Exp.W-L

ERA

IP

BB

SO

Notable

Alex Lange

R

Jr.-2L

8-4

3.79

111.2

49

125

2015 First-Team All-American

Jared Poche’

L

Sr.-3L

9-4

3.35

102.0

37

87

27 career wins in three seasons

Hunter Newman

R

Sr.-3L

1-1

2.13

38.0

15

40

28 appearances; 8 saves in 2016

TOP NEWCOMERS—PITCHERS

 

Player

R/L

Cl.

Hometown (2016 School)

 

Eric Walker

R

Fr.

Arlington, Texas (Arlington Martin HS)

 

Zack Hess

R

Fr.

Forest, Va. (Liberty Christian Academy)

Todd Peterson

R

Fr.

Lake Mary, Fla. (Lake Mary HS)

Hunter Kiel

R

Jr.

Florence, Ala. (Pensacola State)

 

PRIMARY PITCHERS LOST

 

Player R/L

Exp.

W-L

ERA

SV

IP

BB

SO

Notable

Parker Bugg R

3L

1-2

3.40

4

39.2

16

36

27th-round draft choice of Miami Marlins

Jesse Stallings R

2L

3-0

3.64

1

29.2

15

18

15th round draft choice of Cincinnati Reds

John Valek

L

1L

6-2

4.04

4

62.1

9

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alyst for the Tigers in the postseason, batting .364 (8-for-22) in LSU’s six NCAA Tournament games (regional and super regional com- bined) with three dou- bles, one homer, two RBI and two runs scored. Junior Nick Coomes, a power-hitting transfer from LSU-Eunice, bol- sters the corps of catch- ers, along with senior Jordan Romero, who col- lected nine homers and 41 RBI last season. Junior Bryce Jordan, Beau’s twin brother, re- ceived first-team All-SEC honors at designated hit- ter, batting .293 with

and 13 stolen bases. He completed the season No. 2 in the SEC in base hits with 89 and No. 5 in the league in triples with five. Junior Greg Deichmann, LSU’s first baseman last season, will take over in right field in 2017. Deichmann, a native of Metairie, La., batted .288 (68-for-236) last season with 14 dou- bles, three triples, 11 homers, 57 RBI, 45 runs and five stolen bases, finishing No. 7 in the SEC in both home runs and RBI. He collected 26 RBI in his final 21 games of the sea- son, and he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, batting .600 (9-for-15) with three homers, 10 RBI, three runs scored and a .647 on- base percentage Junior Beau Jordan of Lake Charles, La. and sophomore Bren-

nan Breaux of Scott, La., should each see significant playing time in left field. Jordan started in 63 games last season, batting .286 with nine doubles, four homers and 39 RBI, and he hit a team-best .462 in the SEC Tournament. Breaux began see- ing increased playing time toward the end of last season, and he earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after sparking the Tigers to a three- game sweep versus Arkansas. Senior Bryce Adams, who per- formed superbly during fall practice, also will have the opportunity to make an contribution in the outfield. Michael Papierski, a junior from Lemont, Ill., returns as LSU’s catcher after starting 40 games behind the plate last season. Papierski threw out 19 runners attempting to steal last season, and he was an offensive cat-

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seven doubles, five homers, 33 RBI and a league-best 23 hit-by-pitches. Mason Templet, a true freshman, should also contribute at the DH po- sition.

Pitchers

Senior left-hander Jared Poche’ and junior right-hander Alex Lange unite for the third straight season to form one of the nation’s top weekend starting duos, as they have a com- bined 47 wins during their careers. Poche’, a native of Lutcher, La., has

a 27-9 record in his three seasons as

a weekend starter for the Tigers. He

was 9-4 last season with a 3.35 ERA in 17 starts, and he recorded 37 walks and 87 strikeouts in 102 in- nings. Poche’ was brilliant in LSU’s postseason games (SEC and NCAA Tournaments), recording a 3-0 mark and a 1.88 ERA in 24 innings (four

strikeout games during the season. Hess was selected in the 2016 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees out of Liberty Christian Academy in Forest, Va. He posted a 7-1 record in his senior year with a 0.60 ERA, 110 strikeouts and 11 walks in 58.2 in- nings. Right-hander Hunter Newman re- turns for his senior season as the leader of the Tigers’ bullpen. New- man, a native of Bloomingdale, Ga.,

posted eight saves and a 2.13 ERA in 2016, recording 40 strikeouts in 38 innings while limiting opponents to a .164 batting average. Junior right-hander Hunter Kiel, a transfer from Pensacola (Fla.) State,

is power relief pitcher selected by the

Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2016 MLB Draft. In 41 innings of work last season, he fired 54 strikeouts while

allowing just 28 hits. Freshman right-hander Todd Peter-

Bain
Bain

Fort Mill, S.C., worked 31.2 innings last season with 21 strikeouts; Strall, a side-winding senior from Suwanee, Ga., pitched effectively during fall practice after being injured for most of 2016; and Reynolds, a senior from Baton Rouge, posted three relief wins in 26 appearances last year, recording 23 strikeouts in 35.1 in- nings. Other returning pitchers include sophomore right-hander Caleb Gilbert, junior right-hander Austin Bain and sophomore right-hander Cole McKay. Redshirt freshman left- hander Nick Bush is back with staff after sitting out last season recover- ing from Tommy John surgery. Three true freshmen will also have a chance to make an impact on the mound – right-hander Matthew Beck of Alexandria (La.) High School; right- hander Will Reese of Anacoco (La.) High School; and left-hander Blair Frederick of Brother Martin High in New Orleans, La.

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appearances, three starts) with five walks, 23 strikeouts and a .200 oppo- nent batting average. Lange, a first-team All-American as

a freshman in 2015, started 17

games last season as a sophomore, posting an 8-4 mark and a 3.79 ERA in 111.2 innings with 49 walks and 125 strikeouts while limiting oppo- nents to a .226 batting average. He finished No. 2 in the SEC in innings pitched and No. 4 in the league in strikeouts. Lange, who was 12-0 in his freshman year, enters this season with a 20-4 career mark at LSU. He has worked 225.2 innings in 34 starts through two seasons, posting a 2.87 ERA and 256 strikeouts. Two true freshmen right-handers – Eric Walker and Zack Hess – are strong candidates to pitch in LSU’s starting rotation. Walker, a product of Arlington Martin High School in Ar- lington, Texas, compiled a 27-5 record with 295 strikeouts in three seasons as a starting pitcher in high school. He posted a 7-3 mark his senior year with a 1.24 ERA and 95 strikeouts, recording 13, 14 and 15-

son of Lake Mary (Fla.) High School

is another newcomer who should

pitch significant innings. He recorded

a 0.74 ERA during his high school

senior season, posting 79 strikeouts

in 57 innings with three complete games. Veteran right-handers Doug Nor- man, Collin Strall and Russell Reynolds are valuable members of the relief staff. Norman, a junior from

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Spartan Baseball

2017 Outlook with Coach Britt Waguespack

This year our strength is team experience. We are returning 7 starters from last year team. Team speed is above average with Noah Fontenot, Reese Hebert and Preston Thrash. Offensively we have Joseph Stevens, Ryan Williams, Jacob Thompson, Cam Shexnaildre and Gage Bourgieos leading the middle of the order for us. This year our pitching will be lead by Brandon Foncree, Trent Leblanc and Chandler Harry. We have to compete through every game in order for us to be successful. We play in a really tough district with really good players throughout the district. Everyday we have to be on our A game in this league. Im really excited about our senior class this year. They have been through alot of ups and downs in 3 years and look to rebound this year setting a identity of what EA baseball represents. We think our defense is our strong point

along with our experience. Out defense is very athletic which gives us options to play guys in multiple positions. There is competition at each position that pushes our kids everyday. There are 3 sophomore this year Grant Griffen, Blaise Foote and Jason Wakefield who can each compete to see alot of

action on varsity this year. Junior pitcher and hitter Kagan Wheat could be another guy who can hit in the middle of the order for us and provide some pop in our offense. The Spartans are looking for a fast start to gain some confidence early. We like where we are right now.

gain some confidence early. We like where we are right now. ST. AMANT GATORS 2017 Outlook

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2017 Outlook with Coach Troy Templet

We have 12 seniors on the 2017 team led by LSU signee pitcher Blayne Enlow, Nicholls State signee third baseman Ivan Prejean, outfielders Briggs Bourgeois, Pat Wolfe and Larson Fontenot, pitchers Jacob Spell, Collin Schutz, Landon Boudreaux, and Griffin Edwards and infielders Kolby Blanchard, Dylan Brock, and catcher Blake Felps. Returning starters from last year: Ivan Prejean third base, Kolby Blanchard short stop/second baseman, Briggs Bourgeois, Pat Wolfe, Zane Zeppuhar outfielders, Larson Fontenot DH/outfielder, Reed Babin and Dylan Brock catchers. Experienced pitchers include: Blayne Enlow, Jacob Spell, Collin Schutz, Griffin Edwards, Landon Boudreaux, Dwain Guice, and Zane Zeppuhar. The following pitchers look to add depth to this years team: Halen Miller, Landen Lieux, Tyson Cowart, Ty Morris and Andrew McDonald.

The following players will make a mark by starting or providing depth: outfielders Ben Parker, Nathan Brown, Johnny

Vickers, catcher Caden Piper, infielders Miles Murray, Gant Gautreaux, and Tyson Cowart.

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GRIFFINS

2017 Outlook with Coach Chris Schexnaydre

Strengths: returning pitchers, position starters, senior class. Looking to develop a strong defense with solid pitching and timely hitting.

3 guys return from last years group that has experience Cameron Crawford (Nichols State Commit), Cameron Sibley (Panola Junior College Signee) and Cade Blanchard We have a good mixture of Right and

Left handed pitchers. Finished tied for 3rd last year in district and lost to Acadiana in 1st round of playoffs 2-1.

6 Everyday starters graduated.

This year I feel we have depth on the infield, outfield and on the mound. Two things need to be consistent in order to

have a good season, pitching and defense. Hitting will come and go! This years group has been one of our hardest working groups we have had in my years at Dutchtown. They have

worked hard in the fall and thus far in the spring to get themselves ready. They have done everything we have asked and more. I feel like the competition we have in some areas have brought out the best in some of the guys. Our schedule is very challenging and hopefully that will prepare us for District and the playoffs.

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Cooking Gourmet at Home with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS Crawfish Cakes with Remoulade sauce Chef General

Crawfish Cakes with Remoulade sauce

Chef General Manager Ben Jarreau
Chef
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Yield: 8 cakes

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Serving: 4

I n g r e d i en ts :

1

lb Louisiana Crawfish tails (peeled)

¼ cup Mayonnaise

1

cup diced onion

1 tablespoon Creole Mustard

¼

cup diced celery

1 tablespoon Ketchup

¼

cup diced bell pepper

2 teaspoons Horseradish

2

teaspoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1

tablespoon chopped green onions

4 eggs

½

cup extra virgin olive oil

2 cups panko bread crumbs

1

lemon (juiced)

1 cup bread crumbs

½

cups fresh shredded smoked Gouda

(any cheese you like) Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste

Method:

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add your onions, celery, bell pepper, and minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the crawfish tails, Worcestershire. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove from the heat and pour into a large mixing bowl.

Now, add your shredded cheese to the crawfish mixture and season to taste with salt & pepper. Add

the green onions, 2 eggs, and the regular bread crumbs to the crawfish and mix well. At this point

your mixture should be able to hold its shape. (add a little more bread crumbs if not)

Form mixture into cakes

In a mixing bowl add the 2 remaining eggs, salt & pepper then whisk. In another small bowl add

the panko bread crumbs

In a large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium high heat. While the oil is heating, dip each cake into the egg mixture, then the panko bread crumbs. Once your oil is hot, add the cakes

and fry them for about 2-3 minutes on each side. (You can also bake these cakes for a healthier

option- 350 for 10 minutes) Remove the cakes from the hot oil and set them on a plate with

paper towel to drain.

In a small bowl combine your mayo, Creole mustard, ketchup, horseradish, and lemon juice.

Mix well and drizzle over the top of your delicious crawfish cakes

ENJOY!!!!!!

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