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

A Success
St. Elizabeth hosted Family better than ever, and it’s
Fest at the Lamar-Dixon Expo making a positive impression
Center on January 21. The in the communities we are
threat of bad weather did not privileged to serve.”
deter the more than 1,200
people who attended. “As I From inflatable sports activities
perused the aisles of the event to exciting demonstrations,
with its 75 plus booths,” said Family Fest offered an
Robert Burgess, CEO of St. opportunity to learn more
Elizabeth Hospital, “I was about the health and wellness
greeted by many members of related resources offered in
our community and local the Ascension Parish and
dignitaries. They had nothing surrounding areas. “It was
but good things to say about great to be able to speak with
the event. Over the years, the so many organizations in one
event has gotten bigger and place,” said a young mother United Health’s Health E. Hound poses with two young boys attending the St. Elizabeth Family Fest.

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
A mom and her son learn how to do CPR during the St. Elizabeth Family Fest held on January 21.
and many people just to have
of thanks to the numerous community who supported the sors included Eatel, Crawfish
them, much more to make them
volunteers who helped before, event, to the officials with the Aquatics, MedCare Medical
successful. If the positive
during, and after the event, to Parish of Ascension and the Equipment and Supplies,
comments and the numbers of
our team members who partici- employees of Lamar Dixon Ascension Children’s Dental,
people in attendance are any
pated either by working in a Expo Center, and especially to Parker Orthodontics, Lake
indications, this year’s event was
booth or helping in some the sponsors of this year’s Urgent Care, and French
a great success. We owe a debt
capacity, to the members of the Family Fest.” This year’s spon- Settlement Sausage Company.

2017 Rubber Duck Derby
The St. Elizabeth Women's At the “starting line,” four large Advisory Council was formed to
Advisory Council held a Rubber buckets of the rubber ducks The first annual Rubber Duck enhance the communication
Duck Derby Fundraiser on were simultaneously emptied Derby successfully raised more between the hospital and the
January 21st, at 1:00 p.m. into the pond. There were a than $12,400 to be split greater Ascension Parish
(immediately after St. Elizabeth total of sixteen winning ducks, between the nursing scholar- community, fostering a better
Family Fest) at Lamar-Dixon the first fifteen ducks that ships and the St. Amant understanding of the services
Pond. The event raised funds floated to the “finish line” first, Volunteer Fire Department. provided by St. Elizabeth
for Nurses Scholarships and as well as the last duck to make Hospital and Physicians. The
St. Amant Volunteer Fire it ashore. The St. Elizabeth Women's Women's Advisory Council

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."

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
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James LeBlanc (Chief), Braylan 2017 St. Elizabeth 2 – LSU Watch from 5 – Little Village Gift Card:
Jenkins, Sherrie Jenkins, Gary Women’s Advisory Layne’s Jewelry: #1114 Eric Hughes
Germany, Shane Rojas, Robbie Council Rubber Duck #1198 Raine Hebert 6 – Rotolo’s Gift Card:
Villerenue, Allie Rolin, Kane Derby winners: 3 – 45 Qt. Yeti: #0358 Martin McConnel
Hanna, Greg & Doreen Swan- #1304 Brandi Duplesis 7 – Rotolo’s Gift Card:
#0016 Amy Colby

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#0565 Miranda Mumphrey #1547 Sheri Rachal
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#1889 Connie Thompson #1020 Kim Braud
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The Gonzales Garden Club horticulture hint was to plant
met on February 1 at the new roses and prune existing
Pelican Point home of Member rose bushes this month.
Gail Lonibos. Landscape
Designer and Owner of Deep Two creative mass floral
South Turf Care Chris Duplessis designs were shared with the
served as guest speaker for a group. Member Lorraine
program on “Preparing for Gautreau presented a graceful
Spring”. He explained steps in floral design of peacock tail
bed preparation and new trends feathers and yellow mums in a
in landscaping before fielding tall clear blue glass vase.
numerous questions about Member Patti Mouton dis-
specific plant care. The club’s played an arrangement of dwarf

salmon azaleas, yellow mums, Members Gail Lonibos,
copper alstroemeria and an Weezie Cashat, Gwen Heck,
orange lily accented by autumn Barbara McCormick, Mary Jo
leather leaf fern in an oak leaf Pohlig, and Marilyn Rice hosted
lined fish bowl. Fabric niches the occasion with a luncheon
served as backdrops for the buffet of various salads
designs. and desserts.

44253 Hwy. 42 (1 mile from Port Vincent)
Gonzales numerous charitable events and
outreach activities throughout the
side.” Myra Mire had been a judge
in an early cooking contest, and
“This is where I want to live!”

nation as well as local humanitarian Cathy Venable noted that her Member Loretta Ramirez
Garden Club causes, Taillon expressed, “All our husband started the mini pot con- presented a monetary gift to JFA
equipment can be stored here, in test. She also remembered that President Taillon for the purchase
Holds Its one place, a place to call home.” there used to be an eating contest. of trees and shrubs for the building
Razzie Cagnolatti commented that entrance. Member Mable Savoy
50th Arbor Gonzales Garden Club
members recounted their
her husband “won the beard
contest three years in a row.” Ellen
thanked everyone for coming to
celebrate Gonzales Garden Club
Day Program participation in past festivals.
Lorraine Gautreau enjoyed the
Richmond recalled that her very
first visit to Gonzales was during a
50th Arbor Day Program during
the Jambalaya Festival Association’s
times when “all the friends Jambalaya Festival; she enjoyed the 50th year of service to the
Gonzales Garden Club gathered and danced on Burn- city so much that she decided, community.
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
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
In relationships, mistakes happen, and not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is
Hearts Full you’ve got to be able to forgive. If not, a not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it
imperative to a happy relationship. When
you’re not your best self, you can’t interact
relationship will crumble. Real forgiveness keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not with those, including your significant
of Love stems from the understanding that for
every imperfection in your mate, spouse, or
delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It
always protects, always trusts, always
other, in the best way possible. Take care
of you body, mind, and spirit, and your
significant other, there’s an equal hopes, always perseveres.” In other words, relationship will flourish.
In February, there’s always a focus on love imperfection in yourself. Some people you must believe the best in your
and lovers because of Valentine’s Day. But have a gift of forgiveness, but if that’s not significant other, otherwise, why are Writing this article really made me think
what comes after the initial attraction? Life you, then forgive anyway. you with them? about what’s important in relationships.
moves forward and commitment is put to Thanks to all my friends that gave me wise
the test. But what truly gives a relationship You must believe in the other person. “A merry heart doeth good like a feedback about their relationships. I hope
strength and endurance? 1 Cor. 4-6 says, “Love is patient, love is medicine,” says Proverbs 17:22. Laughter your relationships are full of faith, hope
kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is is essential to a good relationship, and if and lots of love!
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
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animal was cared for before the Establishing a pet trust
YOUR ESTATE MATTERS trust was created. If you kept
Fido on a chain in the back-
is part of your estate planning,
as it has an impact on how the
yard under a shade tree, trust property in your estate will be
funds can’t then be used to distributed. As such, it is
By Linda Melancon pay for a deluxe two-story important to consult with a
doghouse with central heat qualified professional advisor
and air. If Fido’s travel was to ensure that a pet trust will
of a pet. A trust is created
limited to annual trips to the fit in with your overall estate
when a person (the “settlor”)
vet for checkups, the caregiver planning goals.
gives property to another
can’t then take Fido to Gulf
person (the “trustee”) for the
Shores and expect that the The information
benefit of a person or an entity
trust will cover the expense. provided is not intended to be
that exists and has rights under
If a court determines that the legal advice and does not con-
the law, such as a corporation
amount of the trust is more stitute an attorney/client
(the “beneficiary”). Trusts
than what is necessary for care relationship. You should
normally cannot be created for
of the animal and for reason- consult with an attorney for
a beneficiary that is not a “nat-
able expenses, the court can individual advice regarding
ural or juridical person” - a
terminate the trust as to the your own situation.
human being or an entity that
Funds for Fido: exists and has rights under the
amount that exceeds what is
necessary for those purposes. Ms. Melancon has engaged in
The Use of Pet law. Pet trusts are an excep-
tion to the legal requirement
A pet trust will termi- the practice of law in Ascension
nate upon the death of the last Parish for the last eighteen
Trusts in that a trust be created for a
surviving animal for which care years. The primary focus of her
“natural or juridical person”.
Louisiana The role of a trustee with
is to be provided under the
trust. The trust can specify
practice is estate planning,
probate, special needs planning
regard to any trust is to man-
who will receive any funds and elder law. For more
Do you have a pet that age, invest, and distribute trust
remaining in the trust when information or to attend an
you dearly love? Is your pet property according to the
Fido is no longer living. If the upcoming estate planning
just as much a member of the terms of the trust, and that re-
trust doesn’t give any direction seminar, call her office at
family as your spouse or your mains the case with a pet trust.
as to how those funds will be (225) 744-0027.
children or Uncle Cosmo? The beneficiary – in this case,
distributed, they will be dis-
You love Fido so much, you the pet – will receive benefits
tributed to the settlor of the
wish you could make sure he’s under the terms of the trust.
trust – the person who created
properly taken care of when The pet trust adds a fourth
it – if that person is still living,
you die. “Alas,” you might role, that of caregiver. A pet
or to the people who would
think, “if only I could provide trust can designate a caregiver
inherit from the settlor upon
for Fido in my will. But I for each animal named as a
his or her death.
can’t leave money to a dog.” beneficiary of the trust. The

Hey Dr. Rob,
Or can you? caregiver will have physical
control of the animal and will

Did you make me
While Fido can’t sign a
be responsible for its care.

this Purdy?
check or use a debit card,
under Louisiana law, a trust No special language is
can be created for the benefit needed to establish a pet trust,
so long as it is
clear that you
intended to
provide funds
for your pet’s
care. It 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
and expenses
of the trustee A SCENSION PA RISH
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polls, surveys, infographics, brackets involved watching a screen-afflicted a massive opportunity. Remember, it’s has changed drastically since the
and contests. population carry their mobile not just about optimizing for mobile, internet has taken hold on society,
devices out into the world to catch, it’s about making sure that your but it has also adapted to the change
2. Influencer Marketing you guessed it, Pokemon. Overall, content gets integrated with one’s tremendously well. There’s no way to
What’s more important than an the biggest takeaway from this lifestyle on the go. predict the change that will come,
effective ad selling your product? phenomenon was the ability to drive but by staying on top of the latest
Having a lovable social media real business results from effective trends, you’re already a step ahead.
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. Mobile Video
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

amount of anesthesia is needed. Veneers are used smile. The condition of your teeth and
Cosmetic whitening solution is used and that
your teeth are properly exposed. Typi-
to treat some of the same problems
as bonding.
desired result you want often
dictates the best procedure. If you are
Denistry cally, whitening at home takes two to
four weeks, depending on the desired
This treatment is an alternative to
crowns, which are more expensive.
considering a treatment, there are a
few questions you can ask your dentist
shade you wish to achieve. Whitening The procedure requires your dentist to before deciding if a particular proce-
By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD in the office may call for one or more take an impression of your tooth. Be- dure is right for you.
Ascension Premier Dental 45-minute to one-hour visits to your fore the custom-made veneer is ce-
dentist's office. mented directly onto the tooth, your What will the changes
How Can My Dentist dentist will lightly buff the tooth to
Bonding compensate for the added thickness of look like?
Improve My Smile? the veneer. Once the cement is be-
Bonding is tooth-colored material tween the veneer and your tooth, a • What should I expect through the
From subtle changes to major re- used to fill in gaps or change the color light beam is used to harden it. Porce- course of treatment?
pairs, your dentist can perform a vari- of teeth. Requiring a single office visit, lain veneers require more than one
ety of procedures to improve your bonding lasts several years. Bonding is visit because they are fabricated in a • What type of maintenance will
smile. There are many techniques and more susceptible to staining or laboratory. Veneers have a longer life be required?
options to treat teeth that are chipping than other forms of expectancy and color stability than
discolored, chipped, misshapen or restoration. When teeth are chipped or bonding. • What should I look for in a
missing. Your dentist can reshape your slightly decayed, bonded composite cosmetic dentist?
teeth, close spaces, restore worn or resins may be the material of choice. Contouring and Reshaping
short teeth or alter the length of your Bonding also is used as a tooth- In order to make sure your dentist is
teeth. Common procedures include colored filling for small cavities. Addi- Tooth reshaping and contouring, is skilled in cosmetic dentistry, the Amer-
bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers tionally, it can be used to close spaces a procedure to correct crooked teeth, ican Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
and reshaping and contouring. between teeth or cover the entire out- chipped or irregularly shaped teeth or (AACD) recommends that you ask
These improvements are not always side surface of a tooth to change its even overlapping teeth in a single your dentist for the following items
just cosmetic. Many of these treat- color and shape. session. Tooth reshaping and before undergoing treatment:
ments can improve oral problems, contouring, is commonly used to alter Before and after photos. These
such as your bite. Crowns the length, shape or position of your photos will allow you to examine the
teeth. Contouring teeth may also help results of other patients being treated
Bleaching Crowns, also known as caps, cover a correct small problems with bite. It is by the dentist to make sure his or her
tooth to restore it to its normal shape common for bonding to be combined work fits your dental needs.
Bleaching is a common and popular and appearance. Due to their cost, with tooth reshaping.
chemical process used to whiten teeth. they are used in cases where other pro- This procedure is ideal for candi- References.
Some people get their teeth bleached cedures will not be effective. Crowns dates with normal, healthy teeth but References allow you to get a sense
to make stains disappear, while other have the longest life who want subtle changes to their of the quality of care the dentist
just want a whiter shade. expectancy of all cosmetic smile. Your dentist will take X-rays to provides.
Discoloration occurs in the enamel restorations, but are the most evaluate the size and location of the Proof of continuing education.
and can be caused by medication, time-consuming. pulp of each tooth to ensure that Be certain that your dentist has
coffee, tea and cigarettes. Discol- there's enough bone between the taken continuing education courses
oration also can be hereditary or due Veneers teeth to support them. to keep him or her up-to-date with the
simply to getting older. latest techniques in clinical
Bleaching can be performed by Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain cosmetic dentistry.
your dentist in the office or, under
Which procedure is Your dentist can answer the
or plastic placed over the front teeth
dental supervision, at home. Many pa- to change the color or shape of your right for me? questions you have about the
tients enjoy bleaching at home because teeth. Veneers are used on teeth with techniques used to improve your
it is more convenient. Treatment be- uneven surfaces or are chipped, Your dentist can answer any smile. The condition of your teeth and
gins when your dentist creates a cus- discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly questions you may have about your desired result often indicate the
tom mouthpiece to ensure the correct spaced or crooked. Little or no techniques used to improve your best procedure for you.

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Chamber Honors 2016 Success
at Annual Awards Banquet
The Ascension Chamber of nees. The program was led by Year nominees were Adam 2016 Large Business of the
Commerce honored their Chamber President/CEO McCarty State Farm, GSA Year. EATEL was presented
2016 Ambassador, Individual, SherieDespino and Board Consulting Engineers, Inc with a Legacy Award for the
New Business, Small Business Chairman Erin Lanoux of and The Spa House Day Spa. many years of support to the
and Large Business of the Percy, Lanoux, & Mumphrey. 2016 Large Business of the Ascension Chamber and
Year nominees at its Annual Rae Milano, Chairman of the Year nominees were Atmos Community.
Awards Banquet held Ambassador Committee Energy, PotashCorp and The
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at introduced the 2016 Scotts Company. The Ascension Chamber
Houmas House Plantation. Ambassadors. Individual of would like to thank
Attendees began their the Year nominees were Terri The Chamber is proud to Corporate Sponsors
evening by networking with Kaahuie, Life Source announce Sheena Falgoust as St. Elizabeth, EATEL,
fellow Chamber members Hospice, Rae Milano, Lofton the 2016 Ambassador of the L’Auberge, R.J. Daigle &
during a social hour, followed Staffing & Security Services Year, Rae Milano as the 2016 Sons Contractors, LLC, Cox
by an elegant dinner. and Ray Stonemark, Don’s Individual of the Year, The Business, Regions Bank,
Seafood. 2016 New Business Cook Hotel as the 2016 New BASF, Rubicon and Shell
During the program, the of the Year Nominees were Business of the Year, Adam Chemical. The Chamber
Chamber celebrated the The Cook Hotel, Todd San- McCarty State Farm as the would also like to thank
dedication and commitment ford Allstate and Zaxby’s. 2016 Small Business of the Houmas House for the
of their 2016 Award Nomi- 2016 Small Business of the Year and PotashCorp as the accommodations.

R E A LT O R ® L O G I C W I T H T H E O N E A L G R O U P
5 Reasons to Sell less competition, more buyers, the market. We can also take more The offseason eliminates the
some of whom may have otherwise time to answer your questions, pressure to maintain a picture-
Before the Selling overlooked your home if you listed address your concerns and prepare perfect front landscape. Since most
during the peak, will express an in- you and your home for the sale. grass, shrubs and plants go
Season Picks Up terest to buy. While you’ll likely dormant at this time of year, you’ll
have fewer showings in the Additionally, if you’d like to hire a have less to maintain. If you live
A common thought in real estate is offseason, buyers who do visit will tradesperson to handle routine in an area that experiences a
never list your home in the winter be more serious about writing an maintenance or undertake a minor traditional winter, your landscape
offseason. Perpetuated by industry offer. Your home will likely sell home renovation before you list, will be covered with snow. Even if
experts, agents and repeat sellers faster than it would have during you may be able to take advantage you live in a milder climate, you
alike, this saying encourages many the peak season. of flexible scheduling and cheaper may not have to mow as often, if at
would-be sellers to wait until the rates. Many of these professionals all. It’s still important to ensure
spring peak to list their homes. 2. Set a higher listing price. experience a winter offseason as your exterior appears well-tended,
However, studies show that homes Homes sold during the offseason well, and will be able to focus their so make sure your walkway and
listed in the winter offseason not sell at a higher price, on average, time and attention on you and front porch remains free of snow,
only sell faster than those in the than those sold during the spring your project. ice and debris.
spring, but sellers also net more and summer peak. There are many
above their asking price at this reasons for this. First, motivated 4. Easier to maintain curb appeal. 5. Tap into the life changes of
time.1 Don’t wait until spring to buyers are willing to pay closer to Curb appeal is intended to attract buyers. Many buyers receive
sell. If you’ve been thinking of the asking price for a home. the buyers who are just driving by employee raises and bonuses at the
selling your home, here are five Second, homes are more likely to as well as those who saw your end of the year. If they’ve been
compelling reasons to list now. be priced right and reflect the home online and wanted to see it saving to buy a home, this extra
economics of not only the local in-person. It sets the stage for what money may allow them to reach
1. Take advantage of low market, but the neighborhood as interested buyers can expect when their goal for a down payment and
inventory. Since most sellers are well. Often, homes listed during they step foot in the home during a put them on the path to becoming
waiting until spring to list, local the peak may be priced to compete showing or open house. If you list a homeowner. Additionally,
inventory falls during the with other homes in the area and your home during the peak of the companies often hire new
offseason. However, there are still neighborhood. Sellers may be selling season, you may exhaust employees and relocate current
motivated buyers who are ready to pressured to sell for less than the your time your energy maintaining ones during the first quarter of the
move now and don’t want to wait list price in order to encourage curb appeal. You’ll likely spend year, creating a strong demand for
that long to purchase a home. buyers to choose their home out most of your free time mowing the housing. If you live in an area
According to the National of the others on the market. lawn, weeding, trimming shrubs that’s home to a large company or
Association of Realtors, 55 percent and hedges, planting flowers in has a strong corporate presence,
of all buyers purchased their home 3. You’ll receive more attention. pots and in flowerbeds, pulling this may be the perfect time to list.
at the time they did because “it was While our team always strives to spent blooms and watering it all to
just the right time.”2 These eager give you the personal attention you ensure it looks lush and healthy on
buyers may flock to your home. deserve, when you list during the a daily basis. After all, a lush Sources:
You may not need to try as hard to offseason, we’re able to work more landscape will attract potential buy-
1. Time, October 30, 2015
2. National Association of REALTORS,
make your home stand out in the closely with you to ensure your ers and set your home apart from 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
sea of other similar homes. With home is prepared for its debut on other similar homes in the area. 3. Forbes, August, 27, 2013

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Ricky O’Neal Shari O’Neal, and Chris Bush. Louisiana Company that completed 2016 being
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BY MIKE STRONG what Tyler Waguespack had achieved.
Truthfully I didn’t know who Tyler
This past month I made a trip to was. Joey continued to point out at the
town to shop at Sacs Western Store. I Las Vegas Rodeo he was crowned
was approached by the manager Joey World Champion Steer Wrestler.
Templet. He ask if I had heard about I knew immediately I needed to
Tyler with parents Mike and Vicki

Godfather Jeff Burns enjoys time with Tyler

showcase this local hero. Quiet haven’t seen them in probably
frankly I know little about forty years.
rodeo competitions and was I was invited to their home
curious to learn more. to hear the story and discuss
Come to find out I know this their sons remarkable
young man way more than I achievements.
thought. I went to school with Entering their home it was
his father and mother, Mike like walking in to the heart of
and Vicki Waguespack. I 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 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
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 Joey Templet checks out Tyler’s truck he won.

I got to meet this young man. ground. Learning technics from After about an hour
I arrived at the Waguespack the older guys and everyone they rounded up the
home or should I say round up. encouraging and applauding steers and had a cattle
There were cowboys from their efforts. drive across the road into
across the country everywhere. Horses tied up along the the pasture. After the
Some professionals and some fence. Kids sitting on fences. round up it was time to
upcoming high school and Family members watching and eat.
college age cowboys practicing young cowboys assisting in the In true Louisiana
bulldogging. chute and climbing in chute fashion there were
I witnessed a cattle round up dogging steers to improve their crawfish beginning to boil
and then 10 to 12 guys technique to bulldogging with Jambalaya on its way
practicing taking steers to the techniques. 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 is on the right
Tyler won a Dodge Ram
2016 3500 truck and is set for tongue out. Who knew he was
the future. He intends to rodeo 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
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)
as long as he can and spends his Current Residence: Gonzales, La.
personal time with Sarah Rose
McDonald 2x NFR qualifier. 2016 world standings place: 1st
2016 WNFR standings place: 1st
His mom Vicki wanted to 2016 WNFR earnings: $213,218
show me something from years 2016 earnings: $298,676
ago. I indicated earlier I didn’t Wrangler NFR average titles: 1 (2016)
RNCFR qualifications: 1 (2013)
know this young man but only Tour Finale qualifications: 1 (2015)
to find out he was on the cover
of a magazine I formerly Professional
owned. He wasn’t throwing 2016 Highlights
• Won the world title and the average by splitting the
down cows or riding horses. win in three rounds and placing in eight rounds of the
He modeled for the cover of Wrangler NFR. Waguespack set a new single-season
Jambalaya Magazine in 1996 steer wrestling total money record by finishing the
year with $298,676. He also won the RAM Top Gun
eating snowballs sticking his Award for most money earned at the Wrangler NFR,

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100 years of personal and professional experience.
the Bennington (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo, the Rusk County
PRCA Rodeo (Henderson, Texas) and the Bowie (Texas)
“Come Fall in love with our PRCA Rodeo. Co-champion at the Cassia County Fair &
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Gonzales, LA 70737
• 2013: Won the Odessa Rodeo & Festival (Tampa,

Fla.) and the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo (Coeur d'
Alene); finished 36th in the world standings with
• 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
Nieces Hallie and Saline
Three-time qualifier for the National High School
• Won the All-American ProRodeo Finals (Waco, Texas)
Rodeo after winning the Louisiana State High School
• Won the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo
Championships in 2008-10
• Won the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented
by Justin Boots (Kissimmee, Fla.)
• Won the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented
6-1, 190 … Single … Parents, Michael and Vicki
by Justin Boots (Rapid City, S.D.)
Waguespack; sisters, Joanie, Tobie and Mandie.
• Won at the Wrangler Champion Challenge presented
Michael was a PRCA steer wrestler in the 1990s and
by Justin Boots (Spanish Fork, Utah)
still occasionally hazes for Tyler; cousin Randi Robert
• Won the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo
qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo …
• Won the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
Started competing in bulldogging and tie-down roping
• Won the Walker County Fair & Rodeo (Huntsville,
while in junior high school … Enjoys hunting and fish-
ing … Graduated from East Ascension High School in
• Won the Georgia National Jr. Livestock Show &
Gonzales, La., in a class of about 300 … Four-time
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,
• 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 Niece and Nephew
Rodeo (El Paso). Co-champion at the Eugene (Ore.) Ramsie & Michael Wayne
ProRodeo. Finished 11th in the world standings with
World Champion Steer Wrestler Ote Berry is a mentor
… Favorite rodeos are Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier
• 2014: Won the West Texas Fair & Rodeo (Abilene),
Days and California Rodeo Salinas … Favorite movie
the Home of Champions Rodeo (Red Lodge, Mont.),
is Step Brothers

Buckles wagon wheel table with the Calgary Stampede trophy from Canada

In the world of turkey hunting reading an article in a hunting
this rates just above shooting magazine about the possibility
one out of the truck window. By of using drones (with cameras)
the way, my wife just bought me for hunting deer, antelope, elk,
one of those for me this year turkey, ducks, etc. That about
and I just couldn't get up the takes the cake for me. I can see
gumption to use it, but I'll it now, a group of hunters sit-
probably join the crowd sooner ting around the camp looking at
or later. photos from their drones flying
Trail cams, range finders, night over open areas, pipelines, lakes,
vision scopes and thousands of ponds, food plots, etc.
other items are all out there just You probably get the feeling
waiting for us to purchase in the about now that I'm kinda ticked

COME ON MAN? name of making us better
hunters. Just the other day I was
off. In a way, yes, but not really.
I'm finding it very difficult to

Drone photo scouting a place called Little Lake
When the muzzle loader sea- determine if the definition of
son first came about, it was "hunter" still means the same as
quite an experience for all of us it once did. Maybe to some ex-
to venture into. It took a while tent it does, but drones, COME
to figure out if your gun would ON MAN.....
shoot round balls or conical
bullets accurately and to be Till Next Time,
truthful, some people probably
never did figure it out. There A Dying Breed,
were times when the gun would
not fire and if it did there was so James "Goosie" Guice
much smoke that you couldn't
see what was going on. There
were also many accounts of
pushing a bullet in and forget-

If you are a fan of the article, ‘Thoughts from Bully’,
ting to load the powder first and can use any high powered rifle.

you can now purchase the book on Amazon !
some of us forgot to put the cap So much for primitive weapons.
on. When the season first Now I'm not against people
began, only iron sights were making money on more com- Simply go to Amazon and type in the title in the search
legal. To be honest with you fortable hunting equipment, or bar and purchase this ridiculously fun book.
muzzle loading was a blast and more efficient firearms, but
very challenging. Not long after somewhere down the road
its inception things began to enough is enough. We now
change. They developed guns have turkey guns and loads that
that could shoot up to one hun- can kill up to sixty yards and be-
dred and fifty yards versus the yond. Whatever happened to
original guns that were maxed getting the bird within normal
out at one hundred yards. Then shooting range before pulling
came scopes with cross hairs but the trigger? There's probably
no magnification. Next scopes more birds crippled at those
with red dots followed by in- long distances than there was
line guns. I have one of those before this came about all be-
and still use it to this day. Al- cause everybody wants to
though it was modernized, you stretch the distance. It use to
still had to load from the muz- take a whole lot of patience and
zle. Today the primitive weapon hours of being uncomfortable
season has gotten way out of to be a successful turkey hunter.
hand, in my opinion. You can Hunters now can sit in ground
use firearms with modern day blinds on food plots in a com-
rounds that are accurate beyond fortable chair. While talking on
two hundred yards. Single shot their phone or whatever else
shotguns are also legal and they do on those things while
youngsters up to a certain age waiting for a bird to show up.

The Ten Commandments of Mardi Gras by Bill Delaune
Once upon a time when part Street Parade” with their
the world was in a total state nightsticks on and about his
of confusion and the body parts.
government was not run
by tweeters, a guy named Remember-those guys are already
Moses went up to a local edgy and working 16-hour shifts.
mountain top and came If they tell you to move and the
down with the Ten crowd won’t let you-mark time.
to improve your life
here and now and in the
hereafter. IV
Well, once a year in New
Orleans, the world returns THE CROWD-DON’T
to that aforementioned state KEEP A CROWD WITH
of confusion with lots of
lost souls in search of YOUR BREAST

And so, as a public service to you those two tush-hogs up by the
floats than I did in the entire Holy
my faithful readers,
Ascension Magazine feels a moral Cross game,” I sneered.
obligation to publish the Ten DON’T CATCH FOOT
Commandments of Mardi Gras- “Wait a minute,” huffed Tony, DON’T START DRINKING
IN MOUTH DISEASE “which two broads you talkin’
handed down by Mac Rebennack,
better known as Dr. John the Nite ‘bout?” TOO EARLY
This one comes courtesy of
Tripper, when he came down from my personal experience files.
the roof of Tipitina’s one night. “Those two,” I pointed out. One year my friend Tinker-yes the
While battling two rather large “Bertha and Betty. The Butt one who led our band called
These may not save your soul but women-oh, what the hell, they’ll
they have saved my life a few times sisters.” “Tinker and the Bells”- decided it
never read this-make that obese was time “to get down to some
during the Carnival season. trolls for worthless trinkets one “Dose are our girlfriends,” roared serious drinking.”
Carnival, I took more licks than Antony and the pair started after
Pronouns such as “thee” and an all-day sucker as the tag team
“thou” have been translated into me probably thinking they’d each Now I’m not sure what kind of
of tanks took turns battering my grab a leg and make a wish. drinking we had done in the
local slang which brings us to the then bone-thin body.
first commandment… Fortunately, there was a break in French Quarter the night before
the parade and I lost them by but my head was hurting so bad
Finally, I beat a retreat to the
I edge of the crowd hoping my
Dutchtown letterman’s jacket was
not torn to shreds. Suddenly, a
racing through the Fortier Tarpon
Marching Band to the other side of
the street. As I caught my breath,
that I couldn’t open my eyes.

“Not a problem,” said Dr. Tinker,
LEARN TO SPEAK THE I remembered a rule Randall told “I was in the same fix just a few
deep voice on the side of me asked me they used in Viet Nam-“Get in short minutes ago. But then I
LANGUAGE SOME in that unmistakable native accent, the middle and keep quiet.” discovered this secret elixir. I’m
“Hey, bro. What’s that ‘D’ stand telling you-this stuff would raise
First and foremost, it’s not New for? De La Salle?” Lazarus from the dead.”
Or-leans with the accent on the last
syllable and rhyming with “jeans”
no matter how many old songs
The booming voice came from a
giant in a Holy Cross jacket with
III And so that is how, on one Mardi
Gras morning long, long ago, four
that you listen to. more stripes for football and
grown men-so hung over that their
wrestling letters than one would COPS’ HORSES AND eyes hurt-got their first taste of
It’s Noo Awlins. And if you want find in the zebra pen at the
DON’T SIT ON vodka, Boone’s Farm apple wine
to greet someone in Noo Awlins, Audubon Zoo. Add to that fact and Visine. (“I didn’t know you
you certainly don’t say something that his sidekick was an exact clone THEIR CARS were supposed to put the Visine in
foolish like, “How do you do?” with a similar jacket and perhaps your eyes,” Tinker later admitted.)
The correct form of you’ll understand why I chose a Those horses wouldn’t spook if
address is “Where y’at, Tony!” New Orleans response. you detonated a nuclear device at I think back then we might have
even if the person’s name is not their feet. I’ve seen people throw been that wrong crowd your
Tony. In formal conversations, “Yeah. De La Salle,” I mumbled. cherry bombs, silver salutes and mother warned you about.
you should adjust to “Where y’at, Wrong choice. Molotov cocktails at those horse
Antony!” being careful to leave out and the nags never even flinched.
the “h” especially since Pelican
center Antony Davis is such a big
deal in the Big Easy these days.
“Boy, we kicked you ‘Salley
Dollies’ all over City Park last year,
didn’t we, Tony?” gloated Monster
All you’ll accomplish is giving one
of New Orleans’s finest a case of
the redass and then your evening
number one.
will become a night-mare.
Omitting the “h” from “ninth YOU PARKED YOUR
ward” is also acceptable as is “Yeah you right, Antony,” laughed The worst I’ve ever seen a guy
ordering raw “eysters” down at Monster number two. CAR AND WHAT
get beaten in New Orleans was
Felix’s. Tourists should carry a because he didn’t follow the HAPPENED TO
copy of “A Confederacy of Blame it on the beer. Blame it on second section of this command-
Dunces” for further translations my country boy-can-survive ment. A pair of cops approached CINDERELLA
and catch phrases. upbringing. Blame it on the bossa him and asked him to get off the
nova. But I just couldn’t leave police car. Twice! When he After attending Mardi Gras so
well enough alone. refused, the men in blue pulled many times, you begin to think
him into an alley and played a your vast experience is going to
“Yeah, well I got hit harder by passable version of “South Ram- give you an edge. Just remember-

the gods like confidence, they
don’t like cocky. “Y’all got a gun or a knife on any but there is a scene in the movie sign-ideally one that will inspire
of you?” he asked. “No Mercy” where a typical West- love or-even better-hate from the
We were so smart. We parked our sider pretty much sums up the feel- float riders.
car on the West Bank and took the “Of course not,” came the curt ings of the area. If you were one
ferry across the river to the foot of reply from one of our more of the few that didn’t go to that My friend Buzzy, who now lives in
Canal Street. Everyone congratu- self-righteous members who had flick just to see Kim Bassinger slosh Key West where it’s Mardi Gras
lated Canton on such a wonderful passed out on the vodka and Visine through the swamp in a wet shirt, every day, was the king of sign
idea. No traffic. No parking concoction earlier in the evening. then you may recall the scene makers during the 90’s. His
hassles. We hit the streets running where detective Richard Gere starts picture of Saddam Hussein with
and partied into the wee hours. “Well, y’all gonna need one or snooping around on the West the inscription “Scud Me” drew
both if you go back there,” said the Bank. violent reactions-and tons of
There was only one small problem. driver motioning toward some beads-during the Gulf War.
The last ferry from the East Side shadowy figures in the back of the Finally, one of the natives informs
departed at midnight and we bus. “Y’all better stay up here the star in classic Yat, “You start His sign depicting Dorothy
arrived at the landing area some with me.” asking questions in Algiers, Baby, Mae Taylor, the New Orleans
time between three and daybreak. and dey’ll cut your @#$%^&*() councilwoman who wanted to do
Just like those two star-crossed I practically sat in his lap all the tongue out.” away with Mardi Gras, drew a
Indian lovers Running Bear and way across the bridge. similar response the following year.
Little White Dove, the raging Amen to that. Not nearly as successful was a
river separated us from our car poster featuring the Clintons as
beckoning to us in the moonlight
across the way. VII VIII
one big happy First Family in
1998. Buzzy later told me he
DA WEST SIDE’S DA thought he’d figured out
If you’ve ever wondered how
you would get to the West Bank
from Canal Street at four in the BEADS BONANZA “Most people didn’t get it because
morning, well I’m here to tell you. The last horror story notwithstand- they couldn’t distinguish Chelsea
You take the Algiers Loop bus. ing, there are some great parades People on floats love signs. Signs Clinton from Socks the Cat,” he
And do you know who rides the on the West Bank-especially for give them a chance to show how explained.
Algiers Loop bus at that hour-with those of us at the end of our accurately they can throw and
the exception of some dumb,
drunk honkies who left their car
somewhere over the river? Why
erratic-and erotic-careers. The
crowds are pleasant, the throws are
plentiful and there’s usually a
hit a target and you can be the
beneficiary if you’re creative and
clever enough.
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friend’s house or apartment nearby, become Jerry Jeff Walker. Or I heard one lady tell her daughter. my two-foot height advantage,
you need to have a plan because in could have at least penned a tale to I reached up…
most cases the local song about rival Arlo Guthrie’s classic “Alice’s Big deal. I didn’t care if it was part
“There Ain’t No Place To Pee on Restaurant”. There’s no telling of King Solomon’s jewels, I wasn’t That’s when I fell off the curb.
Mardi Gras Day” is painfully what kind of exposure I could have playing that stupid game anymore.
accurate. gotten from a little indecent As I lay in the gutter, a burst
exposure. But that’s when Fate decided to six-pack of beer foaming and
At the aforementioned debacle at throw me a curve. With people gurgling around me, there were a
the ferry landing (See Command-
ment VI.), a couple of us began to
feel the need. Thinking we
X crowding around his car and
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spotted me in the back. His
few things that were painfully
obvious. First of all, I was lying in
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ourselves in the dark off the The day after my brush with death me out, I might as well catch the Secondly, Webster had the king’s
upraised ferry dock. That’s when the hands of Holy Cross and Holy damn thing. And with that, the doubloon and was grinning at me
we noticed a boat directly below Crosser (See Commandment II.), king sailed the treasured doubloon like a possum eating grapes.
our mainstream attack. Gradually, I swore off chasing after beads and right to me.
as the waves turned the boat into fighting over doubloons. And if those factors were not bad
the moonlight, we could make out At first, I thought I wouldn’t have enough, my new Levis were torn at
the writing on the side-“New I put on a new pair of Levis, to move a step. But then my old both knees and strawberries that
Orleans Police River Patrol.” hooked a six-pack to my belt the outfielder’s instincts honed on would have made any Hammond
Simultaneously, a voice boomed way I’d seen my back-Galvez Sunday afternoons at the farmer proud were forming on my
from the darkness behind us, “Just friends do and stationed myself at Prairieville Ballpark told me I’d kneecaps.
what do y’all think you’re doing?” the very rear of the mob preparing have to take a couple of steps to But the thing I remember most
to watch thousands make complete the right and backhand it. clearly is the woman with the little
The zip of the zippers, the flash fools of themselves at the Sunday girl shielding her daughter from
of a badge and we were in afternoon Mid City Parade. Then a gust of wind caught the me and telling anyone who would
trouble once again. But when we silver circle and kept it airborne listen, “People like that are the
explained our dilemma and the cop The first float was not even in sight longer than I had anticipated. reason I hate coming to New
realized we would have to ride the yet when this convertible came Now I’m in a full sprint and it’s Orleans for Mardi Gras.”
Algiers Loop bus to get back from cruising by with one flashy dude going to be a Willie Mays over-the-
whence we came, he just laughed sitting on top of the back seat. He shoulder catch. Despite keeping You were probably right, ma’am.
and mumbled something about had no beads but he was waving my eye on the prize, I also became But people like that are the reason
that being worse punishment one crummy doubloon at the faintly aware of a small black kid I still go back.
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Precinct Jail. Jean Lafitte himself. matching me stride for stride. Happy Carnival!
I glanced back and saw the
Who knows? I might have met doubloon floating gently toward

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A smile came over my face. He
Thoughts from Bully 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
Many years back when pigs times.”
The Memories were new to the camp. I found
myself alone with Toby at the
and Stupid camp. While Cooking my ribs I
told Toby if he had a gun he
Stories from could go down to Martin road
and probably find pigs walking
the Hunting around.
“Really”. Toby said. Get out and
Camp walk around and you might get
a shot.
Many years ago I wrote a Enthusiastically he trotted to
once a year newspaper for our his truck. After he left I grabbed
hunting camp. Our hunting the fake pig and took it down
camp nameis the Oxford Hunt- the road and positioned it just
ing Club and the papers name coming out of the woods for
anymore and stopped writing it. Toby to see on his way back.
is ‘The Oxford Skinner’. I chose some of the milder
A pack of Ram Grand kids pet the hand made pig.
I stopped writing because Thirty minutes went by as I
articles for public consumption. cooked and then I heard a pistol
I couldn’t bring myself to tell them it wasn’t real.
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The true and not so true stories from the Oxford Hunting Club.
rushed so don’t worry about
supper. I’ll have it ready when

Andy Keeps Amazing the
you get here. On
this day that

Camp Members with Extra
sounded good. I
The snake didn’t taste bad.

Ordinary Hunting Skills.
said thanks, you
It was actually good. However it
are the man,
couldn’t fill up my growling
tummy and thank goodness I
I arrived at the
It is no surprise when Chico comes back to had some hoghead cheese with
camp to find
the camp with a limit of squirrels. Maybe a crackers to fill my gut. Thanks
buck or wood ducks galore. fried rattlesnake.
Ram. I’ll cook next time.
After one particular hunt he had a simple grin
on his face. After a little time he couldn’t resist
telling his hunting story.

I’ve been in these woods
While hunting the Old Camp hill he

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Like a cat squirrel he jumped behind a tree.

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As I was sitting at the camp story. On a warm day at the job as
enjoying a conversation with Big D Desoto Dump Supervisor he had the
I noticed a blue tint on his right arm. urge to make a dash to the
When I ask him about the stain he Port-O-John only to find it
deflected my question with questions occupied. As he squirmed and waited,
of his own about fartin’, crop dusting the guy inside finished what was
and skid marks. Typically an everyday obviously a sit down visit. Knowing the
conversation between us but I knew he environment was not going to be nice
was hiding something. I said, “Come Big D forged ahead and dropped his
on Big D. What happen to your arm?” 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
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how he did it? I don’t know
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THE 2017 TIGERS Mainieri said, “as it is nice to see that ior infielder/outfielder Bryce Adams
Lettermen Returning/Lost:......21/12 others believe we have a quality and sophomore outfielder Brennan Four Tigers that were chosen in the
Pos. Players w/Starting Experience team as well. However, we realize Breaux are other returning players 2016 MLB Draft – Poche’, Robertson,
Returning/Lost:….......................11/4 that we will have to earn everything with starting experience. Freeman and Deichmann – all
Pitchers Recording Innings that we get. Nothing is handed to you elected to return to school instead of
Returning/Lost:…….............…..10/6 in college baseball, and particularly in Senior left-hander Jared Poche’ and beginning their pro baseball careers.
Newcomers:.…13 (11 high school the SEC. We embrace the challenge All-American junior right-hander Alex “It’s pretty remarkable to have four
players; 2 JUCO transfers) and can’t wait to get started.” Lange are back for their third straight drafted players of that caliber remain
season as one of the best 1-2 week- in school, and we’re very grateful that
LSU returns eight of its nine starting end starting combinations in the they made the decision. Their vet-
As the leader of one of the nation’s position players from last season’s country. The pitching staff will also eran presence combined with our
elite baseball programs, Paul team, including senior shortstop feature senior right-handed closer other returning players and a tremen-
Mainieri, a four-time National Coach Kramer Robertson, senior second Hunter Newman, who led the Tigers dous recruiting class gives us a lot of
of the Year, is familiar with the chal- baseman Cole Freeman, junior out- with eight saves last season. optimism for a very significant sea-
lenges of meeting high expectations. fielder Greg Deichmann, sophomore Other veteran pitchers include senior son.”
LSU is ranked as high as No. 2 in the infielder Chris Reid, junior catcher right-handers Russell Reynolds,
2017 preseason polls released, Michael Papierski, junior outfielder Collin Strall and Alden Cartwright; The returning players are comple-
marking the sixth straight season the Beau Jordan, sophomore outfielder junior right-handers Doug Norman mented by a talented 13-man class
Tigers will begin the year among the Antoine Duplantis and junior desig- and Austin Bain; and sophomore of newcomers that includes seven
Top 10 teams in the nation. Mainieri nated hitter Bryce Jordan. right-handers Caleb Gilbert and Cole pitchers and six position players. The
embraces the lofty ranking and the Senior catcher Jordan Romero, sen- McKay. incoming class was rated as high as
accompanying pressure to contend
for a national championship.
"Our 2017 team will approach going
into this season just as every team PRIMARY RETURNING POSITION STARTERS
before them has approached a new Player Pos. Cl.-Exp. B/T Avg. HR RBI Notable
season,” said Mainieri, who has di- Cole Freeman 2B Sr.-1L R/R .329 1 27 2016 SEC All-Defensive Team
rected the Tigers to one national Antoine Duplantis OF So.-1L L/L .327 2 39 2016 Freshman All-American
championship, four College World Kramer Robertson SS Sr.-3L R/R .324 2 39 2016 First-Team All-SEC
Series appearances, three SEC over- Bryce Jordan DH Jr.-2L R/R .293 5 33 2016 First-Team All-SEC
all titles, five SEC division titles and Greg Deichmann OF Jr.-2L L/R .288 11 57 2016 NCAA Regional MVP
five SEC tournament championships
Beau Jordan OF Jr.-2L R/R .286 4 39 Hit .462 in SEC Tournament
in 10 seasons. “We have a confident
group that believes we can play for Michael Papierski C Jr.-2L R/R .242 3 20 Hit .364 in NCAA Tournament
all the marbles if we go out each day,
play as hard as we can, and take it TOP NEWCOMERS—POSITION PLAYERS
one game at a time. Player Pos. Cl. B/T Hometown (2016 School)
Josh Smith INF Fr. L/R Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic HS)
LSU is the nation’s leader in wins Jake SlaughterINF Fr. R/R Choudrant, La. (Ouachita Christian HS)
(249) over the past five years, and Nick Coomes INF/C Jr. R/R Baton Rouge, La. (LSU-Eunice)
the Tigers are the only team in the
Tournament National Seed in each of Player Pos. Cl.-Exp. B/T Avg. HR RBI Notable
the last five seasons (2012-16). Jake Fraley OF 3L L/L .326 5 36 2nd-round draft choice of Tampa Bay Rays
“We are honored to be so highly
ranked in the preseason polls,”
Position Players Reid
No. 4 in the nation in the annual re-
cruiting rankings.

The 2017 schedule, Mainieri empha- The LSU infield features senior
sized, is a challenging slate that fea- shortstop Kramer Robertson, a 2016
tures 11 teams that advanced to first-team All-SEC and second-team
NCAA regionals last season. All-America selection. Robertson, a
“We’re going to play 22 games native of McGregor, Texas, earned
against teams that were in regionals second-team All-America and first-
last season, and that’s 40 percent of 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 39 RBI, 61 runs and 14 stolen bases.
and three that played in the College He was LSU’s leading hitter in SEC
World Series. Of course, every regular-season games, batting .363
weekend in the 30-game SEC with nine doubles, one triple, one
schedule is grueling, and we have homer, 19 RBI, 26 runs and six
some very attractive non-conference steals.
matchups. I think our fans will enjoy Senior second baseman Cole
watching us compete against some Freeman returns after an exceptional
outstanding clubs throughout the 2016 season in which he was LSU’s
year.” leading hitter and was named to the

All-SEC Defensive Team. Freeman, senior season at Ouachita Christian
a product of Mandeville, La., hit .329 High School in Monroe,
with seven doubles, three triples, one Sophomore Chris Reid, who
homer, 46 runs and 26 stolen bases. started 47 games at third base last
The corner positions on the infield season, will contribute at both first
will be manned by a pair of true base and second base this season,
freshmen – third baseman Josh and true freshmen Zach Watson and
Smith and first baseman Jake Rankin Woley will contend for infield
Slaughter. Smith, a product of playing time.
Catholic High School in Baton Sophomore Antoine Duplantis, a
Rouge, was selected by the Detroit 2016 Freshman All-American in right
Tigers in the 2016 MLB Draft after field last season, moves to center
hitting .379 with six homers, 28 RBI field this year. The Lafayette, La., na-
and 32 stolen bases. Slaughter was tive was the Tigers’ second-leading
drafted by the Chicago Cubs after hitter last season, batting .327 (89-
hitting .406 with 11 doubles, five for-272) with nine doubles, five
triples, 48 runs and 33 RBI in his triples, two homers, 39 RBI, 45 runs

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PRIMARY PITCHERS RETURNING postseason, batting .364
Player R/L Cl.-Exp.W-L ERA IP BB SO Notable (8-for-22) in LSU’s six
Alex Lange R Jr.-2L 8-4 3.79 111.2 49 125 2015 First-Team All-American NCAA Tournament
Jared Poche’ L Sr.-3L 9-4 3.35 102.0 37 87 27 career wins in three seasons games (regional and
Hunter Newman R Sr.-3L 1-1 2.13 38.0 15 40 28 appearances; 8 saves in 2016 super regional com-
bined) with three dou-
TOP NEWCOMERS—PITCHERS bles, one homer, two RBI
Player R/L Cl. Hometown (2016 School) and two runs scored.
Eric Walker R Fr. Arlington, Texas (Arlington Martin HS) Junior Nick Coomes,
Zack Hess R Fr. Forest, Va. (Liberty Christian Academy) a power-hitting transfer
Todd Peterson R Fr. Lake Mary, Fla. (Lake Mary HS) from LSU-Eunice, bol-
Hunter Kiel R Jr. Florence, Ala. (Pensacola State) sters the corps of catch-
ers, along with senior
Jordan Romero, who col-
PRIMARY PITCHERS LOST lected nine homers and
Player R/L Exp. W-L ERA SV IP BB SO Notable 41 RBI last season.
Parker Bugg R 3L 1-2 3.40 4 39.2 16 36 27th-round draft choice of Miami Marlins Junior Bryce Jordan,
Jesse Stallings R 2L 3-0 3.64 1 29.2 15 18 15th round draft choice of Cincinnati Reds Beau’s twin brother, re-
John Valek L 1L 6-2 4.04 4 62.1 9 52 signed free-agent deal with Colorado Rockie ceived first-team All-SEC
honors at designated hit-
ter, batting .293 with

and 13 stolen bases. He completed nan Breaux of Scott, La., should
the season No. 2 in the SEC in base each see significant playing time in
hits with 89 and No. 5 in the league left field. Jordan started in 63 games
in triples with five. last season, batting .286 with nine
Junior Greg Deichmann, LSU’s first doubles, four homers and 39 RBI,
baseman last season, will take over and he hit a team-best .462 in the
in right field in 2017. Deichmann, a SEC Tournament. Breaux began see-
native of Metairie, La., batted .288 ing increased playing time toward the
(68-for-236) last season with 14 dou- end of last season, and he earned
bles, three triples, 11 homers, 57 SEC Freshman of the Week honors
RBI, 45 runs and five stolen bases, after sparking the Tigers to a three-
finishing No. 7 in the SEC in both game sweep versus Arkansas.
home runs and RBI. He collected 26 Senior Bryce Adams, who per-
RBI in his final 21 games of the sea- formed superbly during fall practice,
son, and he was named the Most also will have the opportunity to
Outstanding Player of the NCAA make an contribution in the outfield.
Baton Rouge Regional, batting .600 Michael Papierski, a junior from
(9-for-15) with three homers, 10 RBI, Lemont, Ill., returns as LSU’s catcher
three runs scored and a .647 on- after starting 40 games behind the
base percentage plate last season. Papierski threw out
Junior Beau Jordan of Lake 19 runners attempting to steal last
Charles, La. and sophomore Bren- season, and he was an offensive cat-


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seven doubles, five homers, 33 RBI strikeout games during the season.
and a league-best 23 hit-by-pitches. Hess was selected in the 2016 MLB
Mason Templet, a true freshman, Draft by the New York Yankees out of
should also contribute at the DH po- Liberty Christian Academy in Forest,
sition. 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-
Senior left-hander Jared Poche’ Right-hander Hunter Newman re-
and junior right-hander Alex Lange turns for his senior season as the
unite for the third straight season to leader of the Tigers’ bullpen. New-
form one of the nation’s top weekend man, a native of Bloomingdale, Ga.,
starting duos, as they have a com- posted eight saves and a 2.13 ERA
bined 47 wins during their careers. in 2016, recording 40 strikeouts in 38
Poche’, a native of Lutcher, La., has innings while limiting opponents to a
a 27-9 record in his three seasons as .164 batting average.
a weekend starter for the Tigers. He Junior right-hander Hunter Kiel, a
was 9-4 last season with a 3.35 ERA transfer from Pensacola (Fla.) State,
in 17 starts, and he recorded 37 is power relief pitcher selected by the
walks and 87 strikeouts in 102 in- Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2016
nings. Poche’ was brilliant in LSU’s MLB Draft. In 41 innings of work last
postseason games (SEC and NCAA season, he fired 54 strikeouts while
Tournaments), recording a 3-0 mark allowing just 28 hits.
and a 1.88 ERA in 24 innings (four Freshman right-hander Todd Peter-
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-
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.

in 57 innings with three complete
appearances, three starts) with five son of Lake Mary (Fla.) High School games.
walks, 23 strikeouts and a .200 oppo- is another newcomer who should Veteran right-handers Doug Nor-
nent batting average. pitch significant innings. He recorded man, Collin Strall and Russell
Lange, a first-team All-American as a 0.74 ERA during his high school Reynolds are valuable members of
a freshman in 2015, started 17 senior season, posting 79 strikeouts the relief staff. Norman, a junior from
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-
Spartan Baseball
2017 Outlook with Coach Britt Waguespack
This year our strength is team along with our experience. Out defense is action on varsity this year.
experience. We are returning 7 starters very athletic which gives us options to Junior pitcher and hitter Kagan Wheat
from last year team. Team speed is play guys in multiple positions. There is could be another guy who can hit in the
above average with Noah Fontenot, competition at each position that pushes middle of the order for us and provide
Reese Hebert and Preston Thrash. our kids everyday. some pop in our offense.
Offensively we have Joseph Stevens, There are 3 sophomore this year Grant The Spartans are looking for a fast start
Ryan Williams, Jacob Thompson, Cam Griffen, Blaise Foote and Jason Wakefield to gain some confidence early. We like
Shexnaildre and Gage Bourgieos leading who can each compete to see alot of where we are right now.
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

2017 Outlook with Coach Troy Templet
We have 12 seniors on the 2017 team The following players will make a mark Vickers, catcher Caden Piper, infielders
led by LSU signee pitcher Blayne Enlow, by starting or providing depth: outfielders Miles Murray, Gant Gautreaux, and
Nicholls State signee third baseman Ivan Ben Parker, Nathan Brown, Johnny Tyson Cowart.
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.
2017 Outlook with Coach Chris Schexnaydre
Strengths: returning pitchers, position worked hard in the fall and thus far in the History:
starters, senior class. Looking to develop spring to get themselves ready. They have
a strong defense with solid pitching and done everything we have asked and • Dutchtown has reached the playoffs in
timely hitting. more. I feel like the competition we have all 14 years the school has been open.
3 guys return from last years group that in some areas have brought out the best • Won a State Championship under Head
has experience Cameron Crawford in some of the guys. Coach Mike Toups in 2004.
(Nichols State Commit), Cameron Sibley Our schedule is very challenging and • They have reached the State
(Panola Junior College Signee) and Cade hopefully that will prepare us for District Tournament 7 years
Blanchard and the playoffs.
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

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Cooking Gourmet at Home
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

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
Crawfish Cakes with 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)

Remoulade sauce 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
Yield: 8 cakes
In a large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium high heat. While the oil is heating, dip
Prep: 15 minutes 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
General Manager
Cook: 10 minutes paper towel to drain.
Ben Jarreau
In a small bowl combine your mayo, Creole mustard, ketchup, horseradish, and lemon juice.
Serving: 4 Mix well and drizzle over the top of your delicious crawfish cakes ENJOY!!!!!!

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