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APRIL 2017, VOL. 15 ISSUE 4

C O M P L I M E N TA RY

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ROTARY FOOD FEST

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GONZALES GARDEN CLUB

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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JTEX CELEBRATES

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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BILL DELAUNE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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CRAWFISH FESTIVAL

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SNO’S RECIPE

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Jambalaya Festival Association 50th Queen’s Pageant to be Held During Annual Festival

The Jambalaya Festival Association proudly announces its 50th Annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival and its 50th Coronation of Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Festival 2017. We invite all young ladies living in Ascension Parish between the ages of 18-23 to join us for the 50th Annual Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Queens Pageant. Young ladies interested in competing for this title can download a registration form on the Jambalaya Festival website @ Jambalayafestival.org or contact the Pageant Director @ laconger@me.com.

The 50th Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Queen will be crowned on Saturday, May 27th on the Main Stage of the Festival Grounds. The competition will include interviews before a panel of 3 judges on Friday evening, May 26th. There will also be onstage evening gown modeling and an onstage question on Saturday Morning. The interviews will be held in the Jambalaya Festival Building located on S. François just behind the Kids Kove Discovery Park and the Pageant will take place on Saturday Morning May 27th on the Main Stage of the Festival. The JFA will hold a mandatory informational meeting in the Jambalaya Building on May 22nd at 6PM. All interested contestants must attend.

49th Jambalaya Queen, Holly Stelly
49th Jambalaya Queen, Holly Stelly

The 50th Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Queen will be crowned on Saturday, May 27th on the Main Stage of the Festival Grounds.

Our 50th Miss Gonzales Jambalaya will spend an incredible year representing the Gonzales Jambalaya Festival by travelling around the state of Louisiana, as an honored guest, to many of our state’s largest and most unique festivals and fairs. She will compete in the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens pageant held in Baton Rouge in early 2018 and she will have the opportunity to travel with a contingent of community leaders from our parish to visit our sister city in Meylan, France. As many of our previous Jambalaya Queens will

attest…”You have not seen our great state until you see it through the eyes of a Queen”!!

The commemorate the significance of this event, the Jambalaya Festival has also commissioned a custom crown designed in collaboration with Camilla Ford of Gabriella Rothschild’s and created by Moan Couture Designs of New York. This one of a kind crown will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The JFA has chosen to retire all Children’s titles & the Miss Teen Gonzales Jambalaya title at this time. “We will no longer host a Children’s Pageant” said Laurina Conger; Pageant Director. “We would like to focus our attention and efforts on our Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Queen as we return to our festival roots for this milestone event. What better way to celebrate our 50th Anniversary than to honor our deeply held traditions!”

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Rotary Club of Gonzales Annual Food Fest a Success The Rotary Club of Gonzales held
Rotary Club of Gonzales
Annual Food Fest a Success
The Rotary Club of Gonzales held its
20th annual Food Fest on March 28,
2017 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center.
Hundreds of people enjoyed great food
and drink and were entertained by the
Kenny Fife Band. Nearly 50 vendors,
restaurants, and sponsors participated
in the event which collected over
$11,000 in receipts through ticket
sales.
The money will go to the St.
Theresa of Avila Catholic Church
Food Pantry, a non-denominational
food bank which provides food for
many households throughout
Ascension Parish.
Anna Sparacino, Manager of St.
Theresa’s Food Pantry said, “We are
very grateful for the work of the
Gonzales Rotarians and for the
generous donation to the food pantry.
Without the funds raised through the
Food Fest, the food pantry would not
be able to provide nutritious food for
the many members of the community
who rely on the food bank each year.”
“This festival has become a symbol in
the community for the spirit of
Ascension Parish: good friends and

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neighbors, a worthy cause, and great food,” said Food Fest Chairperson, Sheena Falgoust. “Year after

neighbors, a worthy cause, and great food,” said Food Fest Chairperson, Sheena Falgoust. “Year after year, members of the community continue to flock to what we believe is the premier food tasting event in Ascension Parish. We thank the members of the community who have supported this event and the many local businesses who contributed their time and the best food in the state in support of this important fundraiser,” she said.

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thank the following vendors, restaurants, and sponsors of the 2017 Food Fest: Allfax Specialties, Ascension

thank the following vendors, restaurants, and sponsors of the

2017 Food Fest:

Allfax Specialties, Ascension Coun- cil on Aging, Ascension Magazine, Ascension Paper Products, Parish of Ascension, Ascension Parish Tourism Commission, Baskin Rob- bins, Bernardo’s Catering, Blue Runner, C&C Treasures, Cabela’s, Carli-Co Café, Casa Maria, Chan- nel 21, Chef John Folse Events, Chef KD Louisiana Legends, Coca-Cola, Community Coffee, Coors, Country Kitchen, Cypress Chauve District of the Boys Scouts, Don’s Seafood, Dutch’s Steak & Seafood, EATEL, Gonzales Fire Department, the Grapevine Café, GSA Consulting Engineers, Ichiban, Izzo’s Illegal Burrito, Jambalaya Festival Associ- ation, Jumonville’s Baker, Kamal’s Kafe Lebanese Cuisine, KC of St. Amant Council #6389, KC of St.

Lebanese Cuisine, KC of St. Amant Council #6389, KC of St. Theresa Council #2657, Lamen- dola’s
Lebanese Cuisine, KC of St. Amant Council #6389, KC of St. Theresa Council #2657, Lamen- dola’s
Lebanese Cuisine, KC of St. Amant Council #6389, KC of St. Theresa Council #2657, Lamen- dola’s

Theresa Council #2657, Lamen- dola’s Supermarket, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Mike Anderson’s Seafood, Mi Cocina, Mission Street Café, Out- back Steakhouse, Pelican Landing Seafood House, Popingo’s Conven- ience Stores, Pot & Paddle Jamba- laya Kitchen, Ralph’s Market, Rouse’s Market, Sarita’s Grill & Cantina, Sno’s Seafood & Steak House, Tee Wayne’s Cajun Cooking, UCB, and Veron Smoked Sausage.

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“ The Whitney Bank Team – Paul Kyle, Jeff Gould, Ryan Girouard, and Greg Scott.”

“ The Whitney Bank Team – Paul Kyle, Jeff Gould, Ryan Girouard, and Greg Scott.”

– Paul Kyle, Jeff Gould, Ryan Girouard, and Greg Scott.” “The Ascension Magazine Team – Chad

“The Ascension Magazine Team – Chad Braud.” Bill DeLaune, Sam Livigne, Mike Strong, and

Chad Braud.” Bill DeLaune, Sam Livigne, Mike Strong, and “The Executone Team – Donnie Coppola, Tommy

“The Executone Team – Donnie Coppola, Tommy Berthelot, Bill King, and Johny Dunham.”

St. Elizabeth Hospital Hosts 2017 Golf Classic

Dunham.” St. Elizabeth Hospital Hosts 2017 Golf Classic On Monday, March 27, 2017, St. Elizabeth Hospi-
Dunham.” St. Elizabeth Hospital Hosts 2017 Golf Classic On Monday, March 27, 2017, St. Elizabeth Hospi-
Dunham.” St. Elizabeth Hospital Hosts 2017 Golf Classic On Monday, March 27, 2017, St. Elizabeth Hospi-
Dunham.” St. Elizabeth Hospital Hosts 2017 Golf Classic On Monday, March 27, 2017, St. Elizabeth Hospi-

On Monday, March 27, 2017, St. Elizabeth Hospi- tal held its 16th Golf Classic at the Links at Pelican Point. The weather was absolutely beautiful—a mix- ture of constant sunshine and a cooling breeze. The golf scramble, benefitting St. Elizabeth Community Education and Outreach programs, hinges on part- nerships with local businesses and corporations to help make the event a success.

St. Elizabeth was blessed with outstanding commu- nity partners again this year. Pathology Group of Louisiana and Baton Rouge Radiology both gra- ciously supported the tournament as Sustaining Sponsors. EATEL, Whitney Bank, Rubicon LLC. All sponsored at the Gold Level. Majestic Medical Solu- tions, Vaughn Roofing, Lake Urgent Care, Him- mel’s Architectural Doors & Hardware, St. Elizabeth Physicians, Executone of Louisiana, Our Lady of the Lake, Tiger Honda, DON’s Seafood, Stuart & Co General Contractors, and Assumption Community Hospital all sponsored a hole on the course.

A total 16 teams competed for the first, second and

Assumption Community Hospital all sponsored a hole on the course. A total 16 teams competed for
Assumption Community Hospital all sponsored a hole on the course. A total 16 teams competed for
Assumption Community Hospital all sponsored a hole on the course. A total 16 teams competed for
Assumption Community Hospital all sponsored a hole on the course. A total 16 teams competed for
Assumption Community Hospital all sponsored a hole on the course. A total 16 teams competed for

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Assumption Community Hospital all sponsored a hole on the course. A total 16 teams competed for
third place titles. The Execu- tone team, represented by Don- nie Coppola, Tommy Berthelot, Bill
third place titles. The Execu- tone team, represented by Don- nie Coppola, Tommy Berthelot, Bill

third place titles. The Execu- tone team, represented by Don- nie Coppola, Tommy Berthelot, Bill King and Johny Dunham, took first place. The Ascension Magazine team, including Mike Strong, Sam Lavigne, Chad Braud and Bill DeLaune, placed second. The Whitney Bank team, with Paul Kyle, Jeff Gould, Ryan Girourard, and Greg Scott, placed third.

Golfers also competed in three contest throughout the day:

Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, and Hole in One. The Closest to the Pin contest was won by Mike Lawson who played for the Pathology Group

was won by Mike Lawson who played for the Pathology Group of Louisiana team. Mike Orban

of Louisiana team. Mike Orban with EATEL, took home the prize for the Longest Drive contest. Even though no one made a hole in one, many came close.

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The success of this event is shared with the amazing team of volunteers that made

The success of this event is shared with the amazing team of volunteers that made it happen. A host of hospital team members, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Materials Management team members, and St. Elizabeth Physicians team members contributed their time, effort and enthusi- asm to ensure the tourna- ment’s success. Thank you for helping create a healthier community!

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Gonzales Garden Club Hosts Flower Show The April 5th gathering of the Gonzales Garden Club

Gonzales Garden Club Hosts Flower Show

The April 5th gathering of the Gonzales Garden Club included a business meeting and a flower show reception at the Gonzales library then a celebratory luncheon excursion. Hostesses for the day were Weezie Cashat and Janis D’Benedetto. New business brought an announcement from Grant Committee Chairman Jamie Trisler that the St. Amant High School4- H Club won a grant from the Louisiana Garden Club Federation for the replacement of garden tools, horticulture equipment and a storage shed destroyed by the August flood. The sizable grant award totaled $5,785. The

Lorraine Gautreau
Lorraine Gautreau

Gonzales Garden Club voted to donate an additional $215 to bring the total amount awarded to the SAHS 4-H to $6,000. Tentative plans are underway to present a check for that amount possibly at the May 3rd GGC meeting to 4H

Weezie Cashat
Weezie Cashat
Lorraine Gautreau
Lorraine Gautreau

Sponsor Mandy Delaune, who itemized the equipment needs in the grant, and to SAHS Principal Mia Edwards, who supported the efforts of the grant committee. The garden club’s annual fundraiser plant and bake sale will be held April 28 from 9:00am until 2:00pm at Gonzales City Hall. Members were reminded of the needs for the event such as display

Marilyn Rice
Marilyn Rice

tables, wagons, bags and boxes. Members delineated types of sale items such plants, bulbs and cuttings, second hand garden tools and décor, and freshly baked cookies, brownies and cakes. Proceeds fund the club’s year- round civic projects.

Jamie Trisler
Jamie Trisler

This month’s horticulture hint is to plant caladium tubers in beds or containers now. Garden main- tenance at Kidz Kove and the Jambalaya Park will be scheduled though email communication among the committee members. Lastly, new club officers were elected for the 2017-18 term. Officers assuming their positions in September of 2017 are President Jamie Trisler, Vice President Mary Jo Pohlig, Treasurer Cynthia Cagnolatti, Recording Secretary Gwen Heck, Corresponding Secretary Lorraine Gautreau, Parliamentarian Barbara McCormick, and Historian Ellen Richmond. After the business meeting, the club mingled with the public who

Patti Mouton
Patti Mouton
Loretta Ramirez
Loretta Ramirez

were viewing the Annual Floral Design and Horticulture Specimen Exhibit near the entrance to the library. Thirteen niches were displayed by eleven members:

Weezie Cashat, Janis D’Benedetto, Lorraine Gautreau, Barbara Mc-

Priscilla Monson
Priscilla Monson
Donna Reynaud
Donna Reynaud
Mary Jo Pohlig Janis D'Benedetto Cormick, Priscilla Monson, Patti Mouton, Mary Jo Pohlig, Loretta Ramirez,
Mary Jo Pohlig
Janis D'Benedetto
Cormick, Priscilla Monson,
Patti Mouton, Mary Jo Pohlig,
Loretta Ramirez, Donna
Reynaud, Marilyn Rice, and
Jamie Trisler. Most visitors
spent a thoughtful bit of time
deciding which design deserved
their vote for the People’s
Choice Award. The club
appreciated the public’s interest
in their floral
Marilyn Rice
Barbara McCormick
Barbara McCormick

creations. Winners will be announced at the May club meeting. GGC members left for Houmas House for their traditional post-exhibit luncheon where they traded stories on how their floral designs came to fruition and toyed with ideas for next year’s flower show.

how their floral designs came to fruition and toyed with ideas for next year’s flower show.
how their floral designs came to fruition and toyed with ideas for next year’s flower show.
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Easter is here, and it’s not about bunnies or colored eggs. It’s about our risen Savior, Jesus. This “holiday” is as special as Christmas in my family, because we celebrate the fact that our Savior defeated death, and if we believe in Him, we defeat death as well.

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So, as you cut the ham, boil the bugs, and hide the eggs this Easter, take time to remember why we celebrate this blessed event. Thank God that if we believe in Him, we do not have to perish, but have everlasting life.

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Soza Weight Loss Clinic Awards 60 Day Slim-Down Challenge Winner

Congratulations Charlene Chiasson

The Results are in!

Wow, it is hard to believe that another year has come and gone! For Soza Weight Loss, that means we have reached the end of another 60 Day Slim-Down Challenge. The Challenge is held annually beginning in January and continues until March. It coincides perfectly with New Year’s and all the resolutions made to lose weight and get healthy. Our goal during these 60 days is not just to produce a winner, but to guide and teach all contestants the importance of making the necessary lifestyle changes to help them lose weight and keep it off. Our goal is that they will discover what foods are right for their bodies. You cannot put all people in the same “diet” box; we all have different dietary and nutritional needs. We can however start with a general food outline and expand or narrow it from there based on an individual’s health and body needs. Our passion at Soza Weight Loss is to bring our client’s back to the basics of cooking and eating fresh proteins, fruits and vegetables. We want to educate them on the hidden sugars, chemicals and GMO’s that are being added to today’s food sources and how to determine if they are in the food they are consuming and serving to their family. In today’s fast pace society, we want everything quick and easy – just drive through and pick it up! Unfortunately, your health is not something you can swing by and pick up after work – it requires some work from you! This year’s contest began with 17 contestants, 14 women and 3 men, all vying for over $3600 worth of

Before
Before
14 women and 3 men, all vying for over $3600 worth of Before Left to right,

Left to right, Karen Sigur, owner of Soza Weight Loss and 2017 Challenge Winner, Charlene Chiasson

was Christy Jackson losing 4.79%. These 10 challengers lost a combined weight of 198.5 pounds and 137.65 inches – great job ladies and gents!!!! The most rewarding part of my job at Soza Weight Loss is watching the transformations take place. It is such a joy to see depression and low self-es- teem transform into smiles, happiness and self-confidence. When the physical appearance becomes

smaller and healthier than I was in high school. Was it easy? Not all the time. Was it work? Yes. Was I determined? Yes. Am I glad I stuck with it? Yes, that was five years ago and I have kept the weight off. To top it off, I am now the owner of the clinic, in the driver’s seat, teaching, coaching and encouraging others that they too can be successful if they are willing to commit to the changes that must be made. On a final note, I must give thanks to the merchants who make our prize packages so amazing! Without their help and support our contest would not be the success that it is each year. So a great big thanks to:

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prizes to be awarded only to the Top-10. Our winners were determined by percentage of body weight lost over the 60 day period. I am excited to announce the top-10 winners (or should I say losers) for 2017:

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After
After
From left to right, Mary Joseph, Theresa Bearden, Georgia Grimes, Latisha Garrett, Ann Jackson, Carnell
From left to right, Mary Joseph, Theresa Bearden, Georgia Grimes, Latisha Garrett,
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Microblading Q&A What is microblading? Microblading is a technique that manually deposits pigment into the

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Chamber Members have Fun in Their Spare Time! Strikes and Spares were the name of
Chamber Members have
Fun in Their Spare Time!
Strikes and Spares were the name of the game at the
Ascension Chamber of Commerce’s 5th Annual Bowling
Tournament held Monday, March 13th at Premier
Lanes in Gonzales. Atmos Energy presented this year’s
bowling event where Chamber Member Teams battled
for medals and bragging rights! Small Business and
Industry were represented and spent a fun-filled
evening bowling, eating pizza and networking. After
the winners were recognized, a reception was held for
all players in the VIP area of Premier Lanes.
First place was Irritable Bowl Syndrome (Domain
Architecture), in 2nd place was Ascension Paper
Products and 3rd place was taken by Tau Tappers
(St. Elizabeth).

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Trinity Kicking is a kicking and punting instructional organization based in Gonzales and Dallas. Its
Trinity Kicking is a kicking and punting instructional
organization based in Gonzales and Dallas. Its
method of teaching basic technical fundamentals is
designed to train kicking specialists in the same
manner that coaches world-wide use to develop
football players at every other position on the team.
Trinity is headed by former Dutchtown High School
Kicker/Punter Conner Fryoux. Conner, now an NFL
free-agent, was a dual specialist at the University of
Louisiana at Monroe and Nicholls State. He has
become one of the most recognized ‘teachers’ of
these specialties in the nation.
are familiar with having your athletes attend these
camps, you already know that these organizations
will throw 150-250 kids on the field at once,
including punters, kickers, and snappers. There is
little or no instructional time at these ‘competition
camps’. Their stated mission is to identify the best
kickers around the country and they tout their value
as having the ability to connect athletes with major
universities thus enhancing the athletes chances of
landing an athletic scholarship at the ‘Big’ schools.
It is our belief, and most coaches agree, that if you
work hard and get yourself to the point that you are
one of the elite at your position, you don’t need to
find them…these schools will find you.”
elimination rounds and if you are ‘not’ one of the
country’s best, you will spend the greatest part of
your time watching this play out. It can cost a family
as much as $1000 to attend these competition
camps when one factors hotel, plane ticket, camp,
and food costs. I realized this as I was sending my
son to them. Each time he attended one of these
camps my wife and I worried about our young son
out on the road, traveling in today’s world alone.
For many families, today’s environment of elevated
consciousness regarding concussion protocol has
created a heightened sensibility to avoid serious
head injuries. This has led to an increase in the
interest of learning these skills. I trained Conner, as
well as many other young athletes over the past
twenty years and felt my son could benefit from
other perspectives. Each time upon his return, I
would inquire as to what he had been taught. Each
time his response was that he’d had a great time
and that he had been taught virtually nothing.
Trinity Kicking limits its sessions to 10 athletes at a
time and does not mix disciplines. “We have a
2/10 coach-to-athlete ratio which allows us to
afford each specialist a great degree of individual-
ized attention. The vast majority of schools, and that
includes all the way through Division 1, don’t have a
“kicking coach” on staff. Most coaches will readily
admit that they know very little about how to kick
or how to teach it,” said Conner.
“Our purpose is to train young athletes in basic
fundamental techniques in these positions”, Conner
said. “We differ from every other national kicking
organization in the country in several ways. If you
Joey Fryoux, Assistant Coach and Business Manager
for Trinity added, “There is little or no instruction at
these competitions. The camp is a series of
“I have been involved in the world of athletics for
over 50 years,” Joey told us. “One thing I have
learned is that most coaches entered into their
profession because they want to help develop young
Trinity athletes are given individualized attention and direction as they prepare to perform at some of the sport’s biggest events.

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Trinity athletes are given mental strengthening tools to help them on their journey.
Trinity athletes are given mental strengthening tools to help them on their journey.

people. They want to help them learn the lessons that young people will be able to carry forward and to use throughout their lives. Lessons like work ethic, and sacrifice, and teamwork. Consequently, their biggest fear is to do harm. The result is that kickers, punters, and snappers tend to be left on their own to learn and to practice…to work on their craft. Many are self taught and don’t even know how to practice. They will invariably develop bad habits or poor techniques. The result is that these athletes must spend many hours to ‘un-learn’ which is a very difficult process.

For the price of $299 total, Trinity Kicking offers 6-hours of on field instruction over two days.These sessions are ‘station based’ similar to the way most football practices are structured. Additionally, any

most football practices are structured. Additionally, any Trinity’s instructional camps allow athletes of all ages
most football practices are structured. Additionally, any Trinity’s instructional camps allow athletes of all ages

Trinity’s instructional camps allow athletes of all ages and levels of advancement to attend.

school sending an athlete may also send a coach to attend the sessions and learn the process of this instruction, essentially developing its own on-staff kicking coach.

Trinity Kicking sessions are intense and focused periods of concentration and work. The result will be that athletes attending will leave with a comprehensive ‘blue print’ of how each specialist can develop into the best that they can be. They will receive instruction and information pertaining to fundamental technique drills, proper warm-up practices, proper work-out and lifting exercises specific to kickers, nutritional plans, a film of their kicks at the camp with voice-over instruction and correction, a practice plan, mental strengthening methods, and a Trinity Kicking Shirt. Once the camp is over, the staff at Trinity will be available to help move each kicker forward on his path. Athletes who may encounter trouble with the techniques, especially those who have to overcome bad habits, can simply take a short video on their phone and send it to Trinity coaches for assessment. They will also be given a code which allows them to enter the Trinity Den where they can communicate in real time with young kickers from around the country who are also a part of the Trinity family.

Conner continued, “Since we are not a competition camp, we have specialists of varying ages at our sessions. We have specialists in Middle School, High School, the

Trinity Kicking can help young athletes reach for their biggest dreams.
Trinity Kicking can help young athletes reach for their biggest dreams.

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Precise technical fundamentals taught at Trinity sessions shows specialists ‘How To Work’ at their craft.
Precise technical fundamentals taught at Trinity sessions shows specialists ‘How To Work’ at their craft.

university level, and beyond. We have worked with athletes from LSU, Alabama, Nicholls State, Clemson, Georgia, Lamar, University of Texas, Southeastern Louisiana, Kansas, and Mississippi State to name a few.The older kickers learn a great deal about leadership as they work near these younger guys. I know when I was that age, I would hear the instructions and try to perform them, but the best way for me to learn was often when I saw some of the older guys that my Dad would work with. I felt really good when I got a little older and was able to help some of the kids as they got started. Kicking properly is difficult to learn, and learning to punt properly is exponentially more difficult. Eventually it comes down to doing the work. Our motto ‘Hard Work Beats Talent…When Talent Doesn’t Work Hard’ sums up our philosophy pretty well. It is THE message we try to deliver to all our athletes.”

It is THE message we try to deliver to all our athletes.” themselves. It’s easy to

themselves. It’s easy to say you want something. The question is ‘Are you willing to work for it’? The most meaningful things in life are the things you work for.”

If you are interested in finding your starting point, if you need help improving you fundamentals and techniques, if you need help learning to focus and the level of commitment needed to be your best, if you are ready to learn how to WORK at your craft, Trinity Kicking could be your answer.

“You have to realize,” Joey concludes, “this is not the end of the journey for these specialists. It is the ‘Very Beginning’ of it. Many young kickers, and especially punters, will regress for a time as they commit to the program of learning proper f undamental techniques, of learning how and what practice is, of learning what it means to sacrifice and work, and dedicate themselves to attaining their dreams. You can’t win the race if you can’t find the starting line. This stuff is not easy and we tell the guys that our sessions will expose them to

TrinityKicking.com is the site to find out how to get involved with the fastest growing kicking organization in the country. The next scheduled camp in our area will be:

APRIL 27, 28, and 30 at Lutcher High School. For more information contact them at trinitykicking@gmail.com or call Joey Fryoux @ 225-413-5792 or Conner Fryoux @ 225-955-2446.

Joey Fryoux @ 225-413-5792 or Conner Fryoux @ 225-955-2446. NFL Free Agent Conner Fryoux works out

NFL Free Agent Conner Fryoux works out for New Orleans Saints Special Teams Coordinator.

@ 225-955-2446. NFL Free Agent Conner Fryoux works out for New Orleans Saints Special Teams Coordinator.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS Elder Abuse: Don’t Let Someone Hurt the Ones You Love If you knew

Elder Abuse:

Don’t Let Someone Hurt the Ones You Love

If you knew someone was causing harm to your elderly parent, you’d want to stop it. How, then, can you be aware that your aging loved one is suffering abuse at the hands of a caregiver or someone in a position where they should be providing assistance?

Elder abuse is more common than one might think, and is often perpetrated by someone close to the elderly person. According to the National Council on Aging, approxi- mately one in ten Americans age 60 or older have been subjected to some form of elder abuse, and one study has shown that only one in fourteen cases of elder abuse are reported. In almost 60% of reported incidents, the abuser is a family member, and two-thirds of the abusers are adult children or spouses.

One common form of elder abuse is financial exploitation, the use or acquisition of the elder’s funds by a caregiver or third party without authoriza- tion. A caregiver can exploit the elder in his or her care by misusing an elderly person’s checks, credit cards or accounts. The caregiver could also steal cash, checks or household goods, forge the

By Linda Melancon

elder’s signature on documents, or engage in identity theft.

Financial exploitation of elders can also come in the form of drafting or changing their estate planning documents, such as their wills or powers of attorney. You may have read recently of the local case of 95-year-old Helen Plummer. A board member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging drew up Ms. Plummer’s will, and the will named the executive director of the Council on Aging as the executrix of Ms. Plummer’s estate, with compensation to be paid to her for serving in that position. Ms. Plummer’s family had no idea this had been done until after their loved one’s death, when the executive director of the Council on Aging contacted them to let them know she was in charge of Ms. Plummer’s estate. The family is disputing the matter. This situation clearly illustrates the impor- tance of being aware of what’s happening in the lives of our elderly loved ones, and how easily someone can take advantage of a senior who may not realize the true import of the actions they are being encouraged to take.

It may be difficult to determine if an elder is being exploited, as a caregiver may dismiss concerns as signs of an elderly person’s frailty or symptoms of dementia. Be aware of what’s going on with an elder family member’s financial affairs and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Often, being mindful of your loved one’s situation and inquiring into suspicious circumstances may be enough to stop the exploitation before it starts.

There are also steps you can

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encourage an elder to take to help protect themselves from exploitation or abuse. They can take care of their own health, and seek professional assistance for physical or mental health concerns. Consulting a qualified advisor to have documents such as wills or powers of attorney drafted, and reviewing those documents regularly to know what they contain, can be beneficial. Staying active in the community and in touch with friends and family can help prevent social isolation, which has been connected to elder abuse. They should have their own phone, open their own mail, and never provide personal information over the phone. These are all fairly simple measures elders can take to protect their own well-being.

Be proactive in taking measures to protect your elderly loved ones from abuse or exploitation and in encouraging them to protect themselves. Louisiana law

requires that anyone who suspects elder abuse report it, and failure to report is a crime. Adult/Elderly Protective Services has a toll-free hotline that Louisiana residents can call to report suspected abuse at 1-800-898-4910. You may also want to contact an elder law attorney to find out what remedies are available if a loved one has been the victim of financial exploitation. You can visit the website for the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs at goea.louisiana.gov and select the Protective and Advocacy Services tab if you’d like more information about Adult/Elderly Protective Services and the services they offer.

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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WHICH ORAL HEALTH CONCERNS SHOULD YOU WATCH FOR AS YOU AGE?

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD Ascension Premier Dental

Getting older increases our risk for several health problems, including those with our oral health. Even if you’ve been taking great care of your smile for years, you could still experience an increased risk of tooth and gum problems as you age. Visiting your dentist can keep your smile healthy and ready to shine on throughout your retirement years! What oral health concerns should you watch out for as you age?

Gum Disease

Your risk for getting gum disease increases as you age.

This is why it’s so important to check in with your dentist. While you may not necessarily notice the signs of gum disease, your dentist will. If you notice bleeding while brushing, sensitive teeth, or red gums, it’s time to visit your dentist because you could be seeing signs of gum disease. Know that your age is a risk factor for getting gum disease!

Dry Mouth

Our teeth and gums need saliva to stay healthy. Not only does saliva help prevent bad breath and enamel erosion, it also helps balance oral bacteria that can lead to cavities. If you’re on medication, one of the side effects you may be experiencing is dry mouth. Many different types of medications can cause dry mouth, from high blood pressure medications to even depression and anxiety medications.

When you have dry mouth, your body isn’t producing enough saliva to protect your teeth. This can lead to enamel

erosion and cavities. Since dry mouth increases your cavity risk, it’s imperative to address this symptom with your dentist or doctor. You may consider switching medications or just sipping on water more often throughout the day!

Tooth Loss

Losing teeth is not a natural consequence of aging. However, if you’re experiencing gum disease, tooth decay, or even dry mouth, you do have an increased risk for tooth loss as you age. Older adults are also at risk for bone loss, including osteoporosis. Staying active and getting enough calcium and vitamin D are essential to keeping teeth and bones healthy and strong.

If you do lose a tooth, it’s im- perative to replace it. Talk with your dentist about your options for missing teeth, which can help prevent further bone and tooth loss!

Oral Cancer

Although oral cancer can affect anyone, two-thirds of people who have oral cancer are over the age of 55. In fact, people often aren’t diagnosed with oral cancer until they’re 62. This means that older adults have an increased risk of developing oral cancer. Luckily, your dentist can perform an oral cancer screening at your next checkup. This simple screening involves checking your mouth, face, and neck for any unusual lumps or appearances. Early detection can increase your chances of a successful treatment!

Getting older doesn’t have to mean that your oral health declines. However, by being aware of these oral health problems among older adults, you can know your risk for developing gum disease, oral cancer, and having dry mouth or experiencing tooth loss. Getting regular checkups can help prevent and manage many of these problems. Age gracefully and smile big well into your senior years!

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Ascension Premier Dental Celebrates 10 Years After 10 years in the Dutchtown Crossing Shopping Center,

Ascension Premier Dental Celebrates 10 Years

After 10 years in the Dutchtown Crossing Shopping Center, Ascension Premier Dental has conveniently relocated to a new free standing brick building less than a mile away. We are now located at 13053 Hwy 73, Ste A, in Geismar, across the street from Dutchtown Middle on the same side as Dutchtown Highschool nearest Dutchtown Pharmacy. We have a large digital sign that displays important information to our patients and the community making us more visible and easier to locate. We absolutely love the transition and look forward to showcasing our new office to the community. If you would like a virtual tour of our office you can go online to www.ascensiondentist.com. We have

recently revamped our website and with ease you will find new patient forms, video testimonials from patients, written patient reviews, coupons, information on all of our in-house services along with before and after photos of cases Dr. Bessonet has completed. Some of the highlights of Dr. Bessonet’s advanced skills include IV Sedation, Dental Implants, Microscopic Dentistry, Invisalign, Six Month Orthodontics, Porcelain Veneers, Botox and more. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and quality care and we are currently accepting all patients. Stop by and meet our staff and tour our office in person.

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JTEX Celebrates 5 Years Five years ago, a group of savvy business owners saw a

JTEX Celebrates 5 Years

Five years ago, a group of savvy business owners saw a need to create a business barter network in Ascension Parish that would increase their business. Their goal was to bring trade business to local businesses that would help grow its members’ businesses cash flow and market share.

Five years later and 6 million dollars in trades and over 35,000 transactions later, JTEX is one of the

fastest growing trade groups in the Southeast region of the USA. JTEX has helped many small businesses struggling with low demand and slow cash flow in the wake of a tough economy, an age-old idea could drive new business: barter.

The 220 plus members of Jambalaya Trade Exchange (JTEX) can conserve cash and expand reach by selling their products and services on its

exchange, for trade dollars accepted by fellow members, says Tim Bergstresser Executive Director

of Jambalaya Trade Exchange (JTEX).

JTEX was established in 2012 in Ascension Parish, LA., and is an independent trade exchange that is

a part of the Trade Authority network of trade

exchanges. Local exchanges are now in 13 cities

through the southeast region of the USA. Trade Authority facilitated over $20 million in business-to-business trades last year and its member exchanges have over 3400 members who use trade on a regular basis.

The idea of barter (or trade), hasn’t reached anywhere near critical mass. But it’s really catching on. The main obstacle to organized barter, like JTEX, is a misconception about the word “barter.” People still think about barter like trading a peanut-butter-and-jelly for a salami sandwich at the school lunch table. That’s direct trading.

Barter within an organized exchange network like JTEX, is not a direct trade between two members; that’s all wrong. It’s a system that allows payment

for goods or services using a currency called trade dollars. These trade dollars, can be spent with anyone else in the system, which opens worlds of possibilities. In our simplest form, we are merely a payment-processing system that aggressively sells for member businesses and promotes those businesses to other members.

Let’s say we have a member who needs dental work. Using our member directory, they can choose

a local Dentist, make an appointment and get

their work done. Payment is made using their membership card. When processed, trade dollars are immediately transferred from the buyers account to the Dentists account. Pretty simple. The Dentist now can use those new trade dollars with any other member business he (or she) chooses.

If you would like to learn more about JTEX or to see

if barter is a good fit for your business, contact Tim Bergstresser at 225-205-9639 or e-mail tim@jtex.org or Rick Greene at 225-650-7454

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We specialize in dangerous take downs, Live Oak care and Palm tree maintenance. We are also one of the few tree companies in the surrounding areas capable of doing a tree appraisal for insurance companies. We remove, trim, prune and provide estimates and/or consultations for all types of tree work. We grind stumps and sell seasoned fire wood.

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In our business, we take every opportunity to use JTEX over cash. Recently we purchased a new office for our Baton Rouge location. We hired everyone from electricians and plumbers to painters and landscapers - all on trade. For our entire renovation, we used over 25 different trade vendors and spent over $35K in trade!

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Ascension Center for Women’s Health

Jason D. Adams, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., established Ascension Center for Women’s Health (ACWH) in June, 2005 - the first and still only full-time women’s health clinic in Ascension Parish. Since then, he and his staff have provided

personalized, top-quality, and convenient health care services to over 12,000 patients. Dr. Adams, Nurse Practitioner Sarah Bankert and the entire ACWH staff focus on the overall wellness of their patients. This unique approach consists of offering a complete line of health services including: OB/GYN; On-site lab, ultrasound, bone density, mammograms; Primary and Urgent Care; Medical Weight Loss; and Med Spa Services.

and Urgent Care; Medical Weight Loss; and Med Spa Services. DR. JASON ADAMS Dr. Adams and

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Dr. Adams and ACWH became part of the newly formed Jambalaya Trade Exchange (JTEX) in 2012. He felt that joining a network of innovative small-businesses like ACWH could not only broaden his patient/customer base, but also free-up cash capital while growing his business. “I realized the benefits of trade within the first 6 months of joining. Coming up with $4500 cash for a child’s braces is not

easy, but trade dollars

made it easy.” JTEX members also benefit tremendously from ACWH being part of the network. “It is not uncommon to see $50-$75 copays and $3000 deductibles. Insurance certainly doesn’t cover any cosmetic services offered in the Med Spa (i.e. Botox, facials, chemical peels, Image SkinCare products), or all-nature BioTE bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. But JTEX trade dollars work just fine.”

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Our vision is to help patients get healthy and stay healthy while they feel great about the care they receive from each team member at Absolute Quality Care Family Dentistry. Dr. Gray Bailey insists that patient care trumps anything else going on in our office and he strives to provide our patients with the latest technology in dentistry.

Dr. Bailey helped to establish the Jambalaya Trade Exchange organization and has served as president. As an active member, he has been one of the top traders in the group every year and considers it an integral part of his business.

Dr. Bailey states, “Once you learn to spend your JTEX dollars, there is no limit on what you will be willing to make”.

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St. Michel Day Spa

We love using trade dollars. My best trade was painting my office and replacing floors. My landlord agreed to compensate me for the work and materials by reducing my rent. We also use trade for staff bonuses, staff parties, printing, computer monitoring, and pest control. We even use it to help staff with dental work or auto trouble – (they just pay us back overtime).

We get our family involved too. With three teenage daughters – braces would not have been possible without trade. And when prom time approaches we get dresses, flowers limousines and dinners, all on trade. It’s a great fit for most businesses!

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Nooley’s

Nooley's poboys wings and curly cues is a locally owned full service restaurant on Hwy 44 in Prairieville. Charmin and Jacob Couvillion opened Nooley's 5 years ago to provide delicious food in a casual, family friendly environment. Nooley's also offers full service catering for weddings and other special events!

Nooley's is open 6 days a week Monday through Saturday 11am until 9pm. They feature daily specials every weekday and have Wednesday night steak night which has been very popular. Nooley's also offers full service catering for weddings and other special events!

Nooley's has been a member of the JTEX trade exchange for nearly 5 years. They have been a top trader most of those years. Noo- ley's owners Jacob & Charmin Couvillion say it best "JTEX allows us to spend trade dollars where we would normally have to expend valuable cash flow. It's been a great tool

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Established in 2002, has grown to one of the souths largest full-line EZGO/Bad Boy/Cushman dealers. 2016 Cushman National

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Dempsey's is a home away from home. It has great food and reasonable prices that make it perfect for family and friends to gather. The wait staff is friendly, fun, and attentive in a delightfully casual atmosphere. Their homemade french fries and sweet tea are the best in town. We love everything that Tonya and her staff cook up!

Tonya has been a JTEX member for several years and has become a favorite among many of the JTEX membership!

She uses her trade for both business and personal spending. But most of all she likes to get her house worked on!

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I Like Big Putts and I Can’t Lie or Dude, Where’s My Par

by Bill Delaune

Every year after the Masters, I get fired up and feel inclined (not to be confused with my boat-the “Miss Inclined”) to improve my golf game so that I actually have some remote idea in which direction my ball is headed. Most of the time I just enlist the help of some of the best golfers at the club who usually offer some astute advice like, “You were a baseball coach and you don’t know what you’re doing wrong?” or “Aim left, swing right and walk straight” or the ever-popular, “Take two weeks off and then quit.” But this year my game has sunk to such depths that I decided to seek professional help-for my golf game, not the psychological variety which I also so desperately need. I opened up the phone book (Yes, children, those things do still exist.) and threw a dart which- with the accuracy of one my wayward drives-caught a small ad on the bottom corner of the page. “The Draw/Shank Redemption” read the headline. “Let former professional ‘Slammer’ Sam N. Dave help lower your handicap.” Now I am a sucker for any kind of pun especially when a Stephen King story is involved. But it was his kicker line that sold me on trying this guy-“Horse handicapping also available.” I checked out his checkered resume and made an appoint- ment to meet him two days later at a local driving range. We shook hands and began the usual golfer’s conversation with the traditional, “How about that Masters?” “I was glad to see Sergio finally win one,” Sam said. “I don’t like to see anybody-including me- with a monkey on his back for that long. You know, I helped Garcia long ago when he was just a kid. It was at the Chili Parlor Bar in Dallas where some buddies and I were knocking down Mad Dog Margaritas at a John Daly ‘Grip it and Sip it’ rate.” “Sergio was playing in the Byron Nelson that week and he strolled in with a babe on each arm-either one of whom could have put you on the ‘Fairway to

one of whom could have put you on the ‘Fairway to Heaven’-if you know what I

Heaven’-if you know what I mean.” Sam paused to take a sip from a Styrofoam cup and continued, “He bullied his way by us to the bar so I thought I would teach this young Spaniard some Texas etiquette. So I politely said, ‘Hey, El Nino, you’re never going to get a W on the U.S. tour until you give up those other three W’s-whining, waggling and womanizing.’ I like to make teaching points with alliteration.” “What did Sergio say,” I asked. “I’m not sure,” Sam replied. “The little Spanish I know did not include profanity started by a

verb and a pronoun. Anyway, look what happened when he quit making excuses, stopped with the 17 waggles and became a one-woman man with Drew Brees’s hot cousin from the Golf Channel-instant Masters champion. “But I suppose you have a few questions about my personal life before we get started. There have been some traps and bad lies along the way but fire away. My life is an open book and I try to be up close and personal with my clients.” “Okay,” I ventured. “Did you ever have any copyright trouble with your nickname-I mean, it is

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fairly close to ‘Slamming Sammy Snead’.” “I get that a lot but my nickname comes from the numerous nights I spent in jail-or the slammer-when I was on the European ‘Wine and Cheese’ tour. Seems there was too much wine and I wasn’t making enough cheese if you catch my drift. I think I still have the record for having more DWI’s than cuts made. But that can happen when you consistently have weekends off and unwanted distractions. I probably deserved the certificates in Barcelona, Paris and Brussels but Amsterdam- really? Hell, I thought

everything was legal in Amsterdam except murder.” Sam got a little misty for a second

everything was legal in Amsterdam except murder.” Sam got a little misty for a second and continued, “Since I got back to the States, I’ve only had a couple of incidents so it’s getting under control. In fact, at my junior clinics, I stress to my kids, ‘Don’t drink and drive-you might spill your drink.’ I like to help the next generation avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made.” “Well,” I said, “that certainly explains the ‘Slammer’ part. But did you ever get any flak for your full name being that close to the ‘Sam and Dave’ R&B duo of the

60’s.”

“Damn,” he exclaimed. “Maybe that’s why they played ‘Hold on, I’m Coming’ every time I was late for my tee time.” I was having second thoughts but there was something “Tin-Cuppish” about this guy so I continued my interrogation. “Did you ever win anything at all on the European Tour?” I asked. Sam N. Dave’s face lost all expression, “Listen, I was leading the rain-shortened Rotterdam Finger in the Dike Classic when the fickle finger of fate ended my playing career. I flushed an

8-iron bound for glory when a little Dutch girl wandered out of the gallery and the ball struck her right in the mouth and went out of bounds. I grabbed her by the throat and screamed loud enough for everyone to hear, ‘I hope it Rotterdam teeth out’. The happy ending is that night in a Holland slammer, I had the epiphany that my true purpose in life was to be a teaching pro-and give back to the game all it’s given to me.” I was really hooked by now. “Are there any other-uh-character flaws I should know about?” “Well, there were a few complaints when I started that Masters pool at the Gambler’s Anonymous meeting this month. We all kicked in 100 bucks and picked 10 golfers-winner take all strictly based on prize money. Sam was grinning now like- well, like he’d stolen something. “Several of the guys-including me-had Sergio and Justin Rose, but when my dark horse Charl (‘Don’t call me Charley’.) Schwartzel picked up the show money, I killed every cat in the alley.” “Were the others upset?” I had to know. “Not really. Remember these

are guys who are accustomed to losing. Except for the ones who had McIlroy when I told them- ‘Don’t Rory, Be happy.’” I tried a different direction. “What does your wife think of your lifestyle?” “You mean-my fiancée?” he corrected. “Destiny could become wife number 4 if it is indeed our destiny. But our schedules don’t allow us to see that much of each other. I work out here from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and she dances from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Crazy Horse. In this line of work, you have to sacrifice to achieve greatness. It’s one trait I share with Tiger. The chipping yips being the other.” “Speaking of Tiger,” I said, “which Masters stat do you think is more important-the 18-under par or the 12- shot margin of victory, both done when he was only 21 in 1997?” Sam looked puzzled. “Impressive credentials to say the least,” he replied. “But I think the greatest Masters stat of all time is that 82 per cent of all men have their vasectomies done on Masters weekend so that they can sit in the recliner with the frozen peas on their privates for four

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days and watch every shot. “’Sorry, honey. Doctor’s orders, you know’.” “But enough about me-let’s have a look at your swing,” he stated handing me a 7-iron. “Are there any positive swing thoughts you think I should try?”

I asked addressing a range ball. “I sorta like, ‘Don’t shank it right, you idiot hacker,’” he suggested. Which, of course, is exactly what I did. “I’ve seen better swings on a playground,” Sam mumbled to himself. “Well, that’s it for today. Write me a check for $100 and I’ll see you next week. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.” “But I only hit one ball,” I complained. “You learned a valuable lesson today, grasshopper,” he philoso- phized-“Patience. Make that out to cash if you don’t mind.” Sam could see I was visibly shaken so he resorted to a different ointment to soothe my disappointment. “Look here, Wild Bill. I’ve done a little research on you also and I think I have a deal that you’ll like. At absolutely no charge, I’m going to give you my two Kentucky Derby picks before they are released to the public. That’s a $500 dollar value just for taking a lesson with me today.” “What the hell,” I figured. I might as well get something out of the deal. “Lay them on me,” I bit. Sam looked pleased. “The

great irony is both names seem to reflect a trait of your lifestyle-Al- ways Dreaming and Practical Joker. Put those two in an exacta and you can thank me after the first Saturday in May.” I left the course $100 lighter in the wallet, but thoroughly entertained and with a couple of tips for the Derby. And the more

I thought about it-with the

possible exception of that night in Juarez after the 1971 Sun Bowl-it might be the best $100

I ever spent!

Editor’s note-Some of the material in this story was inspired (and maybe stolen) from a golf blogger called “Ghost of Hogan”. Legal complaints should be referred to our law firm of Duhe, Cheetum and Howe.

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1. DefineYour Marketing Goals

Your first step is to set clear marketing goals for your website redesign. Marketing goals vary depending on the type business. Some websites are designed to sell, while others serve to collect sales leads or provide customer support. Whatever your goals, define them from the start.Your overall goal should be to lead visitors through your website towards actions that benefit your business.

2. DefineYour Target Audience

After you’ve defined your goals, you must target who you’re going to appeal to. Find your target audience, understand their motivations, and speak directly to them in their language. Remember, your target audience is probably two or more people, but no matter your audience, the solution is the same – to create a profile for each audience. Describe their unique interests, needs, and motivations. This may seem very tedious, but the little extra work you put in pays off big time.

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Delivering ‘relevant content’ is Google’s mantra. It’s also the single biggest reason the company dominates Internet search. In Google’s eyes,‘relevant’ means

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Your website redesign needs to look good on a variety of different screens.There are two ways to achieve this important task. Your cheaper option is a mobile- friendly design – which makes your website look the same regardless of screen size. Certain features such as drop-down menus display poorly on mobile devices.Although all your content will still show, mobile-friendly design eliminates a lot of user-friendly features.

Responsive design simply means your redesigned website adapts to suit the viewing environment no matter what platform it’s being viewed.Text and images may change from three-column display to a single column.All design elements look great – no matter the screen size.

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The gravity on the Moon is about 17% what it is on the Earth. So if you weigh 200 pounds on Earth, you will weigh 34 pounds on the Moon.

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The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."

In the United States, a pound of potato chips costs two

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Bees have 5 eyes. There are 3 small eyes on the top of a

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Guinness World Records lists the Mona Lisa as having the highest insurance value for a painting in history. Onpermanent display at The Louvre museum in Paris, the Mona Lisa was assessed at US$100 million on December 14, 1962. Taking inflation into account, the 1962 value would be around US$780 million today.

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Frankie Schmitt The Friend. The Golfer. The Legend!

These are unique times in America and in the media coverage of anything. The truth seems to be the farthermost thing from a reporters concerns and feel it is more important to support their political views. When I joined Pelican Point Golf Community I reconnected with lots of old friends and met

a lot of new friends but no one more polarizing and dynamic than Frank Schmitt. We have a large group of guys, mostly players that played together for years at the Gonzales Country Club. I think Frankie is one of those players and the first time I met him I liked him immediately. He didn’t take crap off of anyone. I also played a mid-week game with him in my group and witnessed some interesting golf. He had every shot in the book I’m just not sure he was trying each of those shots. Left, right, short, long, pretty, ugly and he even had a pretty ugly shot. No matter, he had a smile and the heart of

a champion.

shot. No matter, he had a smile and the heart of a champion. Thank You Frankie

Thank You Frankie for Allowing Me to Play on Your Team.

As a new member I wanted to sign up to participate in my first Men’s Golfing Association Tournament but I had signed up late and did not have a partner. I asked around and they assured me they would find me someone. I asked David Amedee about me needing a partner. He told me he was playing with Frankie but was needing to pull out for family issues. I asked, “Frankie who? That guy I played with last week that needed 2 sleeves of balls through 5 holes?” “That’s him. Don’t worry about what you witnessed he wins a lot of MGA tournaments.” I took David’s place and I headed out to play my first MGA golf tournament with Frankie. The first thing Frankie said to me was, “Ok big boy. Do you see this score card with all these black dots? Each one of those dots is called a pop and I get an extra stroke on each hole

Where’s the cart girl? Damn! They both get a pop! Can I swing? They’re still
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Pop City Here I Come!
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a pop is on and I get a lot of pops! I’ll take you to the promise land!” then grinned.

Frankie is the Man.

In this tournament our team played 5 other teams in our flight, 9 holes per match. We won match after match, even when we were out matched, we matched up with all those pops. In the end we won our flight and got to play in the play-off with all the winners of the other flights and came in second

among all those great players.

These Days are Hard for Me!

Ever since that first tourna- ment I keep asking Frankie to play in another tournament. He always has an excuse. This past month I asked him and he pointed out he couldn’t play in the tournament at all with any- one. Sure enough when I went to sign up he had signed in with another player. He gave some excuse again and I was off finding another partner.

I went to sign up he had signed in with another player. He gave some excuse
A couple of weeks ago I had heard through the grapevine that Frankie had hit

A couple of weeks ago I had heard through the grapevine that Frankie had hit a hole-in- one on hole number 17. I then received a photo for proof. As a reporter I looked at the photo and it looked staged to me. It was too perfect. One finger up, one finger down, perfect lighting. The word was that with his first ace he changed his swing and called his shot. He was going to draw the shot in over the sand trap. I don’t know about you but that sounds like something ‘A’ players do and Frankie’s not an ‘A’ player. More like a ‘D+’ is more like it. I also realized this ace happened around the first of the month and the month approaching was April. So the question is, was this a real ace? He did have witnesses and I don’t think he could fake that smile he had about the event. As I started to say times are hard for me. I can’t get Frankie to play with me in a tournament and now he hits a

hole-in-one. He’s accomplished something I’ve longed for and am still waiting. Frankly Frankie, I’m jealous and am using my publishing powers to cast dought on your accomplishment. I am going to be so petty as to publish this photo of Aaron with her second ace. Number one, she’s a lot more easy on the eyes than you and second, it is a whole lot easier to believe she made a hole-in-one than you. With that said, congratulation Frankie on your hole-in-one. To the public I stand by my point that this article is written in the month that April Fools happens. So if you want to know if he really made an ace you are going to have to ask him. I am sure he will be glad to tell you the entire story. I bet the story keeps getting better all the time.

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with lots of space, a great custom island and stainless steel appliances including a 5 burner gas cook top. There is a full bath and bedroom (previously used as an office) with a great

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ins. Outside the back there is a great covered patio area with

a brick retaining wall that leads down to the covered boat slip. Also included is a nice size laundry room with an ice-maker and wash sink. There is a double garage with plenty of space for two vehicles and also another closed off storage area within the garage. The home also has a brand new roof. call

& schedule your showing soon!

has a brand new roof. call & schedule your showing soon! 44113 Penny St. • St.
has a brand new roof. call & schedule your showing soon! 44113 Penny St. • St.
has a brand new roof. call & schedule your showing soon! 44113 Penny St. • St.
has a brand new roof. call & schedule your showing soon! 44113 Penny St. • St.

44113 Penny St. • St. Amant 70774

$200,000

3

bedrooms

2

baths

1651 SqFt Living

Are you looking for a top quality home in an estab- lished neighborhood with great schools as well? Well - look no further. This property did take some water in the flood of 2016; however, it has been completely repaired, cleaned, remodeled, and up-

dated. The floors are new wood laminate and porcelain tile. The home also has new drywall, paint, HVAC, electrical, tubs, toilets, fixtures, cabi-

nets, trim, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, doors, windows and crown moulding throughout. Very cool exposed beam in the living area. Outdoor has all new landscaping, two storage sheds, covered parking for two cars, and a wood privacy fence. This is a one-of-a-kind home and ready for a new owner. Schedule your showing today.

home and ready for a new owner. Schedule your showing today. 11414 Lake Sherwood N. Baton
home and ready for a new owner. Schedule your showing today. 11414 Lake Sherwood N. Baton

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DREAMS COME TRUE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL COOKING CONTEST RAISES $25,000. On April 8th the 4th Annual

DREAMS COME TRUE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL COOKING CONTEST RAISES $25,000.

COME TRUE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL COOKING CONTEST RAISES $25,000. On April 8th the 4th Annual Crawfish Boiling
COME TRUE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL COOKING CONTEST RAISES $25,000. On April 8th the 4th Annual Crawfish Boiling
COME TRUE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL COOKING CONTEST RAISES $25,000. On April 8th the 4th Annual Crawfish Boiling
COME TRUE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL COOKING CONTEST RAISES $25,000. On April 8th the 4th Annual Crawfish Boiling

On April 8th the 4th Annual Crawfish Boiling Festival was held to raise money to support Dreams Come True. On this beautiful spring day 38 boiling teams gathered together and competed. Along with the Crawfish competition there were jambalaya and cracklin cooks that com- peted to raise a grand total of $25,000.

The public came out in support of "Dreams Come True foundation." Dream Come True thanks everyone involved in this fundraiser. Many thanks to all of our sponsors, volunteers, vendors and cooks, who without we wouldn't be able to have an event like this for such a great cause.

Crawfish Contest:

1st place winner was Ascension Magazine. 2nd place Chet Bargas and Cade Dupont. 3rd place Kevin and Kim Landry

Crackling Contest:

1st place was Snook Trabeau 2nd place "Bullet"Dennis Snyder, "Put" Jerry Bourgeois, and Bonnie Snyder 3rd place Glenn Robertson

Jambalaya Contest:

1st place was Jared Bourque 2nd place Bart Himel 3rd place Rodney Heath

3rd place Glenn Robertson Jambalaya Contest: 1st place was Jared Bourque 2nd place Bart Himel 3rd
3rd place Glenn Robertson Jambalaya Contest: 1st place was Jared Bourque 2nd place Bart Himel 3rd
3rd place Glenn Robertson Jambalaya Contest: 1st place was Jared Bourque 2nd place Bart Himel 3rd
3rd place Glenn Robertson Jambalaya Contest: 1st place was Jared Bourque 2nd place Bart Himel 3rd
3rd place Glenn Robertson Jambalaya Contest: 1st place was Jared Bourque 2nd place Bart Himel 3rd
Publishers Note: The Ascension Magazine team was made up of Mike, Michael, Jacque, Josh and
Publishers Note: The Ascension Magazine team was made up of Mike, Michael, Jacque, Josh and
Publishers Note: The Ascension Magazine team was made up of Mike, Michael, Jacque, Josh and
Publishers Note: The Ascension Magazine team was made up of Mike, Michael, Jacque, Josh and
Publishers Note: The Ascension Magazine team was made up of Mike, Michael, Jacque, Josh and

Publishers Note:

The Ascension Magazine team was made up of Mike, Michael, Jacque, Josh and Blue. As the sponsor of this team I’ve been getting lots of praise. At this time I want to thank my team because they did all the hard work and deserve all the credit. When we received the Cash prize of $380 without a blink they all agreed to donate the winnings back to Dreams Come True. I am so proud of them.

winnings back to Dreams Come True. I am so proud of them. We are Growing to
winnings back to Dreams Come True. I am so proud of them. We are Growing to
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Cooking Gourmet at Home

with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

Cooking Gourmet at Home with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS Heart of Romaine “Wedge” salad Chef General

Heart of Romaine “Wedge” salad

Chef General Manager Ben Jarreau
Chef
General Manager
Ben Jarreau

Yield: 2

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Serving: 2

Ingredients:

1

Head Romaine Lettuce

6

Grape Tomatoes

1

Red Onion

Bleu Cheese Crumbles ½ cup Balsamic Vinegar ¼ cup Sugar

1 tsp Corn Starch

Salt & Pepper Favorite Salad Dressing

6 Strips of Bacon (cooked crispy)

Method:

First let’s get the Romaine lettuce washed up really nice. Run the whole head of lettuce under cold water, allowing the water to get in-between the leaves, then cut the Romaine in half length ways, and trim any brown discoloration off of the bottom core. Next, let it soak in an ice water bath to get nice and crisp. While the Romaine is crisping, prep the rest of your ingredients. Thinly slice or shave the red onion, cut the grape tomatoes in half, and chop up the crispy bacon. In a small sauce pan, bring the balsamic vinegar and sugar to a simmer. In a small cup or bowl, dissolve the corn starch in 2 tsp cold water then add to the vinegar. Stir the vinegar mixture until it returns to a simmer then remove from the heat and allow time to cool.

Put it all together!! Remove your Romaine from the ice bath and drain off any excess water. Place the Romaine in the center of a large plate and creatively place the remaining ingredients around or on top of the lettuce. Finally, drizzle with your sweet balsamic syrup and serve with bleu cheese dressing, or any one of your favorite dressings.

Top with grilled shrimp or chicken for a meal or serve as an hgaccompaniment with a hearty meal.

ENJOY!!!!!!

dressings. Top with grilled shrimp or chicken for a meal or serve as an hgaccompaniment with

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