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Prairieville will soon be home to an award-winning, family- friendly sports bar co-owned by NFL star Drew Brees.

Baton Rouge-based Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar is hosted a special groundbreaking ceremony for its newest restaurant on Tuesday, June 20. Franchisees Kevin Harrison and Miles Holley joined with local officials and Walk-On’s

executives in turning over earth to mark the momentous occasion at 14555 Airline Highway, next to Rouse’s Market and the new Petco in Prairieville. The ceremony began at 11 a.m. with a reception featuring several of Walk-On’s most popular menu items to follow.

“I am very pleased to welcome Kevin and Miles to the

Walk-On’s family,” said Brandon Landry, co-founder of Walk-On’s Enterprises. “The people of Ascension Parish have been clamoring for a Walk-On’s of their own for a long time, and we can’t wait to bring it to them.”

Walk-On’s is renowned for its signature menu featuring a taste of Louisiana served up in a game-day atmosphere by our

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The 8,000-square-foot Prairieville restaurant is projected to open in mid-January, adding roughly 150 great new jobs to the local economy. It will feature a giant outdoor patio, more than 70 high-definition flat-screen TVs, nearly 50 beers on tap, a VIP room and banquet facilities. It will also be one of the first

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“This project has been a true labor of love,” said Harrison. “Ascension Parish is one of the fastest growing areas in the state, so it’s definitely time to introduce the folks here to Walk-On’s. We look forward to providing an awesome atmosphere for our guests while serving them delicious food as they cheer on their favorite teams.”

Harrison was raised in Assumption Parish and

graduated from Nicholls State University. He recently retired following a 38-year career in law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels, culminating in a Presidential appointment as a United States Marshal. Holley, a Baton Rouge native, teamed with his wife, Melissa, to start and successfully expand the Skid Marks Tires & Auto Service chain from their home base in Gonzales.

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In May 2015, New Orleans Saints superstar Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, bought into Walk-On’s Enterprises as co-owners. Drew pointed out that Walk-On’s is “a great

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Gonzales Cadette Girl Scout makes pillows for the homeless, earning award for her efforts

Girl Scouts are taught to be the ultimate G.I.R.L.s-Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders. Through community take action projects, Girl Scouts show their continuous interest in community service and making a difference in their community, by earning the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award available for Girl Scout Cadettes. Earning the Girl Scout Silver Award shows a Girl Scout’s commitment to helping others, improving her community and world, and becoming the best she can be. Part of the award requirements is a community service project which is usually done in a group but can be done individually.

Girl Scout Silver Award recipient Leah Haines of Gonzales Troop 10340 wanted to live up to the Girl Scout Promise by helping those in need. She held an event titled, Tying our Community Together, in the First United Methodist Church Education Center. Her workshop was filled with kids and adults who helped

make tie pillows for residents of the Bishop Ott Shelter. Haines’ presentation was to inform others about homelessness and make suggestions on how each person can make a difference in life of someone in need, even by making comfy pillows. Kristin Haines was project advisor. The Girl Scouting mission is to build girls of courage,

confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information about Girl Scouts or adult volunteer opportunities, call the council office in Baton Rouge at 225-927-8946 or visit its website at www.gsle.org.

Girl Scout Silver Award recipient Leah Haines pictured in front of her presenta- tion regarding
Girl Scout Silver Award recipient Leah Haines pictured in front of her presenta-
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TheLeadershipAscensionProgramGraduatesIts22ndClass Leadership Ascension, a program of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce,

TheLeadershipAscensionProgramGraduatesIts22ndClass

Leadership Ascension, a program of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, was proud to graduate its 22nd Leadership Class at Clarion Inn & Conference Center on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

There were 34 participants in this year’s Leadership Class and each member was put onto a team with the task of researching and implementing a project that would positively affect the Ascension Community. This year’s projects included Leadership Ascension For Learning, a project that raised over $137,000 to restore and rebuild the Galvez Primary Library that was destroyed in the Great Flood of 2016; Rockin’ Through the Ages, who constructed a beautiful gazebo complete with numerous rocking chairs for the Ascension Council on Aging; The ARC Angels, who created a comfortable space for clients of the ARC of Ascension by completely remodeling a social room at their facility; and The

Traveling Samaritan who not only rebuilt and restocked the food pantry at Holy Rosary Church that was devastated by the Great Flood of 2016, but also raised funds to purchase a trailer to be used to deliver food to those in need in the Ascension community.

All projects will undoubtedly benefit the Parish for years to come, but Rockin’ Through the Ages was chosen as this year’s winner. Winning team members included: Bethany Duplessis; Alysha Guillot; Ryan Falgoust, Traci Furlow, Josh Ory, Craig Stevens, Shawn Winchester, Sandy Zaher and Lynell Zirkle.

In addition to benefitting the community, the Leadership Ascension Program has a positive impact on those who participate. This year’s participants included: Kemlyn Bailey-Lomas, Ascension Parish Government; Reneé Brinkhaus, St. Elizabeth Hospital; Heidi Burch, Essential Federal Credit Union; Christen Campbell,

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BASF; Kelli Conerly, OneSource EHS, LLC; Nannette Crystal, Action Therapy & Wellness; Holly Daigle, OneSource EHS, LLC; Joey deVeer, Smith Tank & Steel, Inc.; Austin Duhon, Domain Architecture, APAC; Glen Duncan, River Parishes Community College; Bethany Duplessis, The Spa House Day Spa; Ryan Falgoust, Commerce Title; Traci Furlow, Adam McCarty State Farm; Greta Gordon, Methanex; Alysha Guillot, BASF; Sherri Harlan, BASF; Noel King, Jr., Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office; Jeremy Lee, Methanex; Sharon Morris, COEA- The Arc of East Ascension; Alejandro Munoz, Methanex; Steven Nethken, Gonzales Police Department; Sadye Nichols, St. Elizabeth Physicians; Joshua Ory, Forte & Tablada; Damon Scanlan, EATEL; Pam Shaffer, Ascension Parish Clerk of Court; Craig Stevens, Genesis 360, LLC; Denicia Thompson, Cox Communications; Tyler Tramonte, Stuart & Company General Contractors; Tracy

Triche, Neighbors Federal Credit Union; Luke Trosclair, Wealth Solutions, LLC; Edith Walker, Ascension Parish School Board; Shawn Winchester, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office; Sandy Zaher, EATEL and Lynell Zirkle, Rubicon.

Leadership Ascension started in 1996 with the mission of preparing emerging community leaders for leadership positions in local government and business. The 10-month program accepts students by application only and offers team-building and educational sessions covering topics such as Economic Development, Healthcare and Cultural Diversity. To apply for the upcoming class or learn more about Leadership Ascension, visit www.ascensionchamber.com or call 225.647.7487.

Good Times are Always on Tap at Celtic Pub & Eatery Tilted Kilt Brings Jobs

Good Times are Always on Tap at Celtic Pub & Eatery Tilted Kilt Brings Jobs and Great Food to Gonzales

Authentic pub fare with a side of sexy servers is on the menu for Gonzales as the Tilted Kilt opens at 2828 South Outfitters Drive. Tilted Kilt, a sports pub that pays homage to the old public houses of America, Eng- land, Scotland and Ireland com- bines a classic Celtic décor with a selection of more than 50 draught and bottled beers on tap with a large list of craft beers, 50 large TVs both inside and on the outdoor patio all in a fun, friendly and entertaining

environment stretching nearly 10,000 square feet.

“Tilted Kilt continues to flour- ish and grow as people seek more convenient, casual dining options with a unique ambiance, innovative menu options and unbeatable hospitality,” said Tilted Kilt President Ron Lynch. “We pride ourselves on being the best place to watch your favorite sports team while enjoying an incredible atmos- phere and strive to uphold the

enjoying an incredible atmos- phere and strive to uphold the beliefs and ideals of old-world pubs.

beliefs and ideals of old-world pubs. These beliefs combined with the contemporary feel keep patrons coming back for more.”

The menu at Tilted Kilt of Gon- zales is a mix of traditional pub food like Hand Battered Fish & Chips and Shepherd’s Pie, but also features creations like San

called “entertainers,” wearing mini-kilts made of the Tilted Kilt's own registered tartan plaid, a plaid top, sporran, stockings and flashings. When a new restaurant is hiring, the “di- rectors” (store managers) hold a “casting call” where servers au- dition to be part of the “show.” They are trained to be the

to be part of the “show.” They are trained to be the Patricio Street Tacos, Pub

Patricio Street Tacos, Pub Fried Egg Burger and “The Big Rack” of ribs. Beers from around the world are available, and as the famed Tilted Kilt slo- gan goes, “A Cold Beer Never Looked So Good.”

The independently owned fran- chise location will create more than 120 new jobs in the ac- tively developing Gonzales area. At Tilted Kilt, the entire experi- ence follows the theme of a the- atrical production. Servers are

“star” but that’s no act as the Kilt Girls of Gonzales were cho- sen for their special talents and radiating personalities. For fe- male guest enjoyment, Tilted Kilt also recruits “cast mem- bers” as male bartenders who wear the Tilted Kilt uniform.

“We put a huge emphasis on re- cruiting warm personalities and training staff to make connec- tions with every guest,” Lynch said. “From start to finish, our guests keep coming back be-

cause they feel part of the pro- duction.” It’s not just the cast members that

cause they feel part of the pro- duction.”

It’s not just the cast members that look good at Tilted Kilt. With large TVs, Tilted Kilt is the best place to watch sports and hang out with friends. Hu- morous and slightly bawdy lim- ericks are even seen throughout the pub, creating an atmosphere that is fun and entertaining.

For more information on the new pub and instructions on how to apply to work at Tilted Kilt of Gonzales, visit www.tilt- edkilt.com/gonzales.

Kilt of Gonzales, visit www.tilt- edkilt.com/gonzales. About Tilted Kilt Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery, known as
Kilt of Gonzales, visit www.tilt- edkilt.com/gonzales. About Tilted Kilt Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery, known as

About Tilted Kilt Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery, known as “The Best Looking Sports Pub You’ve Ever Seen,” has 80+ units in operation throughout the U.S. and

Canada, with additional 20 pubs in various stages of devel- opment. Tilted Kilt is uniquely different than other sports bars because of its fun pub experi- ence. The pubs feature dozens of large, HDTVs and big screens to show all the hottest sporting events. Every Pub has 30+ draught and bottled beers along with excellent tasting, high quality menu items served to you by the World Famous Kilt Girls ®. The Tilted Kilt Girls and Guys are inviting and represent the comfortable at- mosphere while simultaneously demonstrating a high level of service in the industry. The brand’s slogan “A Cold Beer Never Looked So Good ®” per- sonifies the Fun, Food, Spirits and Sports that the Tilted Kilt is well-known for bringing to pub guests in both the United States and Canada.

Spirits and Sports that the Tilted Kilt is well-known for bringing to pub guests in both
Spirits and Sports that the Tilted Kilt is well-known for bringing to pub guests in both
Bad Things Can Come in Pretty Packages Shame, pain, anger and confusion are just some

Bad Things Can Come in Pretty Packages

Shame, pain, anger and confusion are just some of the emotions a victim of dating or domestic abuse might experience. I can say that from personal experience. It’s one of the most shocking things anyone could ever go through, but one in three women will experience abuse in their lifetime.

According to google, dating and domestic violence “is violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving violent abuse of a spouse or partner”. Domestic abuse can also include control, sexual assault, intimidation, psychological abuse, isolation and coercion.

In a September 2016 press release by the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Louisiana is ranked the second deadliest in the nation for women. According to the press release, data was analyzed on 2014 homicides where women were killed by

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men, and in 93% of the cases the victim knew the killer personally.

In several data sources, domestic violence is shown to be higher in ethnic minorities and may be attributed to in- creased substance abuse, unem- ployment and lower education.

So, it’s apparent dating and domestic violence is prevalent, especially in our area. Are you or someone you know experiencing domestic or dating violence?

Know the Warning Signs.

Red Flags of abusers:

Excessive control and jealousy, blows up at small issues, intentionally verbally degrading, issue with alcohol or drugs, gets involved in relationships quickly, moody and unpredictable.

Red Flags of someone being abused: defends the abuser and or situations that are not right, begins to isolate themselves from family and friends, missed work due to possible abuse, and lower self esteem just to name a few.

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What’s most important for anyone that’s experienced this type of abuse is to know it’s not your fault. If you believe the lies that it’s your fault, your emotional suffering will be even more traumatic. Know that you are not to blame and violence is never acceptable or an answer for any relationship issue.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of domestic abuse or manipulation please reach out for help immediately. Contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office SAVE team at 225-621-8364, or if in an emergency situation, call 911. You could save someone’s life in the future or your very own by reporting the incident to the authorities.

Many organizations and resources are available to begin the healing process. You must know you’re not alone and it’s not your fault. You can live a happy life again. Below are a few additional domestic violence resources that can help you with free legal support, counseling and direct you to a safe shelter:

IRIS - Domestic Violence Center 24 hour hotline:

1-800-752-1296

www.stopdv.org

LCADV - Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Phone: 225-752-1296 www.lcadv.org

NNEDV – National Network to End Domestic Violence Phone: 1-800-799-7233 www.nnedv.org

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www.domesticshelters.org

www.lcadv.org

www.google.com

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Rock’N the Bayou Showcases Lamar-Dixon as a Premier Entertainment Venue

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Lamar-Dixon Expo Center hosted Rock’N the Bayou, another huge hit for the rapidly growing enter- tainment leader in the Gulf South.

More than 4,000 people came to see headliners Loverboy and other artists like Under the Radar, Grammy winner Bill Champlin, Cowboy Ralph Innes, Chase Tyler, John Cafferty, and a special guest appearance by Peter Criss of KISS.

Rock’N the Bayou was the first major concert hosted in the 4-H

building, a 70,000 square foot, climate-controlled venue. More concerts are scheduled for the building throughout this year and into 2018.

President Kenny Matassa said, “This is just a part of my vision for the new Lamar-Dixon. We are constantly working with promoters to bring in more diverse events, something for everybody.”

Rock’N the Bayou promoter Scott Innes had nothing but praise for Lamar-Dixon. “Rock’N the Bayou

was a huge success! Working with Lamar-Dixon Expo Center has been amazing. I’ve produced concerts for over 20 years and the staff here is first class. Rock’N the Bayou will be back next year bigger and even better.”

Even Loverboy front man Mike Reno was impressed. “What a great venue to hold a concert. Simply amazing,” he said.

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The latest InternetTrends Report shows that mobile is driving expanded web access to consumers.Today, 64 percent of consumers in the U.S. own a smartphone, and 75 percent of adults in the U.S. have two or more devices connected to the Internet.What's even more surprising is 60 percent of consumers use their mobile device exclusively to make purchasing decisions. Google recognized this trend of mobile popularity on the rise, and in turn created a new algorithm to adapt to it. In conclusion, it was deemed that smartphone adoption and mobile search behavior influences the consumer purchase path.

The good news? Investing in a mobile website can do more than just improve or sustain your mobile web traffic.Taking the opportunity to create a mobile-responsive, conversion- optimized website can help you boost conversions from users across different device types, enhancing your overall marketing ROI. As mobile grows in importance for the consumer buying journey, search engines like Google and Bing are emphasizing

the critical importance of mobile-friendly websites to improve user experience and consistency across the Internet ecosystem.The trend towards the mobile responsive website and mobile-optimized marketing will only continue to evolve over time.

What effect do apps have on the mobile advertising market?

This rise in mobile-phone usage means that smartphone apps have become a key marketing tool for companies of all sizes, including small businesses. Mobile apps increase engagement with customers.They boost repeat visits, and permit a wide variety of online transactions, such as the deployment of loyalty cards, push

promotions, and ecommerce transactions. Smartphone icons even help build brands by providing a visual design that customers recognize.

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sales with customers, and they also accelerate contact with your company, which enhances relationships with customers in a world where speedy responses are prized by buyers.

In conclusion, whether you’re running a small-medium business or a global entity, the shift to mobile-friendly marketing is inadvertently uprising.Today, consumers rely on mobile devices across their buying journey, so it’s important to ensure that your business shows up in mobile search—both through a mobile-optimized website and a mobile inclusive advertising strategy.

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EATEL AWARDS TOP SCHOLARS FROM SIX LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS

EATEL acknowledges six local Top Scholars to recognize their academic success throughout high school. In partnership with the Ascension and Livingston

“The Top Scholar program is in place to reward those who went above and beyond in their studies. I wish the very best for each and every one of these young scholars, as they embark on their collegiate educational endeavors and dreams. May they each strive for and achieve academic excellence, in their respective fields, and go on to pave the way for future students. Thank you to the schools for allowing us give out this award and congratulations to all of the students who held the title of “Top of the class”.

Alex Zeringue
Alex Zeringue
Parish School Boards, the top graduating seniors from St. Amant, Dutchtown, East Ascension, Donaldsonville, French
Parish School Boards, the top
graduating seniors from St.
Amant, Dutchtown, East
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French Settlement, and
Maurepas High Schools were
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Scholar Award, now in its 11th
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St. Amant High School-
Hannah Poirrier
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Nicholas Peno
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4.81
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Alex Zeringue
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Donaldsonville High School-
Katilyn Williams
French Settlement High School-
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Chaz Montaldo
4.04
4.02
Katilyn Williams

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Nicholas Peno

High School- Chaz Montaldo 4.04 4.02 Katilyn Williams 18 Nicholas Peno Mathew Gordon Chaz Montaldo Hanna

Mathew Gordon

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Chaz Montaldo

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS The Use of Immediate Annuities in Medicaid Planning for Married Couples Immediate annuities

The Use of Immediate Annuities in Medicaid Planning for Married Couples

Immediate annuities can be a useful tool to protect the spouse of a nursing home resident who applies for Medicaid. These types of annuities allow the nursing home resident to spend down assets and give the spouse a guaranteed income.

By Linda Melancon

Medicaid is the primary source of payment for long-term care services in the United States. To qualify for Medicaid, a nursing home resident must become impoverished under Medicaid’s complicated asset rules. In most states, this means the applicant can have only $2,000 in “countable” assets. Virtually everything is countable except for the home (with some limitations) and personal belongings. The spouse of a nursing home resident–called the “commu- nity spouse” — is limited to one half of the couple’s joint assets up to $120,900 (in 2017) in “countable” assets.

An immediate annuity is a contract with an insurance company under which the annuitant pays the insurance company a sum of money in exchange for a stream of income. This income stream may be payable for life or for a specific number of years, or a combination of both — i.e., for life with a certain number

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of years of payment guaran- teed. In the Medicaid planning

context, most annuities are for

a specific number of years.

The spouse of a nursing home resident may spend down his or her excess assets by using them to purchase an immedi- ate annuity. But if Medicaid applicants or their spouses transfer assets within five years of applying for Medicaid, the applicants may be subject to a period of ineligibility, also called a transfer penalty. To avoid the transfer penalty, the annuity must meet the following criteria:

• The annuity must pay back the entire investment.

• The payment period must be shorter than the owner’s ac- tuarial life expectancy. For in- stance, if the spouse’s life expectancy is only four years, the purchase of an annuity with a five-year payback period would be deemed a transfer of assets.

• The annuity must be irrevocable and nontransfer- able, meaning that the owner may not have the option of

cashing it out and selling it to

a third party.

• The annuity has to name the state as the beneficiary if the annuitant dies before all the payments have been made.

Here’s an example of how an immediate annuity might work: John and Jane live in a state that allows the commu- nity spouse to keep $120,900 of the couple’s assets. If John moves to a nursing home and John and Jane have $320,000 in countable assets (savings, investments, and retirement accounts), Jane can take $200,000 in excess assets and purchase an immediate annuity for her own benefit. After reducing their countable assets to $120,000, John will be eligible for Medicaid. If the annuity pays her $3,500 a month for five years, by the end of that time, Jane will have received back her investment plus $10,000 of income. If she accumulates these funds, at the end of five years she will be right back where she started before John needed nursing home care.

Given this planning opportu- nity, many spouses of nursing home residents use immediate

annuities to preserve their own financial security. But it’s not a slam-dunk for a number of reasons, including:

• Other planning options may be preferable, such as spending down assets in a way that pre- serves them, transferring assets to exempt beneficiaries or into trust for their benefit, seeking an increased resource allowance, purchasing non-countable assets, using spousal refusal, or bringing the nursing home spouse home and qualifying for community Medicaid.

• The purchase of an annuity might require the liquidation of IRAs owned by the nursing home spouse, causing a large tax liability.

• The non-nursing home spouse may be ill herself, meaning that she may need nursing home care soon, in which case the annuity payments would simply go to her nursing home.

• The savings may be small due to a high income or the short life expectancy of the nursing home spouse, and the process of liquidating assets and applying for Medicaid might not be worth the considerable trouble.

In short, the use of this powerful planning strategy depends on each couple’s particular circumstances and should be undertaken only after consultation with a qualified elder law attorney. In addition, those who do purchase immediate annuities need to shop around to make sure they are purchasing them from reliable companies paying the best return.

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

Ms. Melancon has engaged in the practice of law in Ascension Parish for the last eighteen years. The primary focus of her practice is estate planning, probate, special needs planning and elder law. For more information or to attend an upcoming estate planning seminar, call her office at (225) 744-0027.

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Mouth Sores

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD

Mouth sores come in several different varieties and can

have any number of causes, in- cluding:

• Infections from bacteria, viruses or fungus

• Irritation from a loose

orthodontic wire, a denture that

doesn’t fit, or a sharp edge from a broken tooth or filling

• The symptom of a disease or disorder.

Your dentist should examine any mouth sore that lasts a week or longer. Among the most common mouth sores are:

Canker sores.

Small ulcers with a white or gray base and a red border, canker sores appear inside the mouth. They are not conta- gious, but can return frequently and may be only one canker sore or several. Their exact cause is uncertain but some ex- perts believe that immune sys-

tem problems, bacteria or viruses may be involved. Canker sores usually heal on their own after a week or two. Over-the- counter topical anesthetics and antimicrobial mouthwashes may provide temporary relief. Stay away from hot, spicy or acidic foods that can irritate the sore. Antibiotics from your dentist and some oral bandages can re- duce secondary infection.

Cold sores (also called fever blisters.)

Groups of fluid-filled blisters that often erupt around the lips and sometimes under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 and are very contagious. The initial in- fection (primary herpes) may be confused with a cold or flu and can cause painful lesions to erupt throughout the mouth. Once a person is infected with primary herpes, the virus stays in the body and causes occasional attacks. Cold sore blisters usually heal in a week by themselves. Over-the-counter

topical anesthetics can provide some relief. Your dentist may prescribe antiviral drugs to reduce these kinds of viral infections.

Leukoplakia.

Thick, whitish-color patches that form on the inside of the cheeks, gums or tongue, these patches are caused by excess cell growth and are common among tobacco users. They can result from irritations such as an ill-fit- ting denture or the habit of chewing on the inside of the cheek. Sometimes leukoplakia is associated with oral cancer. Your dentist may recommend a biopsy if the patch appears suspicious. Your dentist will ex- amine the lesion and check the biopsy results to help determine how to manage the disease. Treatment begins with removing the factors that contribute to the lesion:

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Candidiasis.

This fungal infection (also called moniliasis or oral thrush) occurs when the yeast Candida albicans reproduce in large numbers. It is common among denture wearers. Most often it occurs in people with weak im- mune systems—the very young, elderly or those debilitated by disease, such as diabetes or leukemia. In addition, people with dry mouth syndrome are susceptible to candidiasis. Can- dida may also flourish after an- tibiotic treatment, which can decrease normal bacteria in the mouth. Controlling candidiasis means focusing on preventing or controlling the condition that causes the outbreak. Good oral hygiene is essential. Clean your dentures to remove Can- dida and remove them at bed- time. If the cause is dry mouth saliva substitutes and prescrip- tion medications may be helpful when the underlying cause of dry mouth is incurable or un- avoidable.

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Ascension Parish Health Unit and St. Elizabeth Community Clinic Celebrate Recent Renovations and Continued Partnership

Three weeks ago, completed renovations at the Ascension Parish Health Unit resulted in new clinical space for the St. Elizabeth Community Clinic. Now, in one location, premium health care and wellness services can be provided to Ascension Parish residents. Ascension Parish President

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Matassa. “We’ve renovated a section of the health unit so that our partnership can grow even stronger through direct referrals and a close working relation- ship.” The St. Elizabeth Community

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Balls and Strikes- Play Ball and Strike up the Band

by Bill Delaune

“…We can work it out, we can work it out…” The Beatles-1965.

Maybe it’s just my old red, white and blue blood (that seems to flow from cuts and scrapes a lot more freely now

than in my younger days) and a patriotic heart that beats to “Yankee Doodle Dandy” on the Fourth of July. But it gets my corpuscles (the ones that have not died in vein) boiling when I hear words like “lost cause” and “hopeless case” used when talking about this country. The Good Ole USA has survived 241 years through every kind of hardship imagina- ble, so don’t think a little red state-blue state, majority- minority, city folk-country boy finger pointing is going to tear

it asunder now. Since recalling history is not

in vogue these days, let me lay a little bit on you from someone old enough to be a waiter at the Last Supper. In 1812-just 36 years after the astoundingly successful Revolution, the US had to defeat the powerful British army and navy-again. It took an upset equivalent of East Ascension defeating Alabama in

a swamp in Chalmette-no

less-fueled by an unlikely alliance of a social outcast from Tennessee, Andrew Jackson, and a Cajun Cannon (sorry, Bobby Hebert) Jean Lafitte, who turned down big bucks from the British to assist a country in which he was a wanted man. But we still pulled it off. Then in 1861-with the country not yet 100 years old, Americans from the North and South-the vast majority of whom did not own slaves-were

and South-the vast majority of whom did not own slaves-were sent into battle to kill one

sent into battle to kill one another. No country so young could have survived such a bloody Civil War-but America did. In the years to come, the United States would also survive two World Wars, several other country-dividing conflicts, scandals among top officials- including Presidents and Vice-Presidents- and a 60’s revolution by young people who no longer bought into the “Leave It to Beaver” mentality of the 50’s. And we were called “hopeless cases” and “lost causes” back then also. But we survived. And, come on folks, we’ve had our share of disagreements over the years, but like Sir Paul and John said at the top of this column-“We can work it out.”

Ironically, my plan to unite the country (and possibly the world) involves two catalysts- music (as illustrated above) and baseball. From henceforth in this ingenious plan, the term “baseball” will apply to softball and any other sport that includes hitting a ball with a bat including the Cornered Tigers of Pakistan Cricket. Stick with me on this one- I realize I ramble. I was one of the lucky kids who grew up playing baseball at J.B. Landry’s park on the Airline Highway in Prairieville. From Opening Day in April to the big Fourth of July celebration, we played ball every Sunday and-once the summer started- a couple of times during the week. This went on from the time we were six years olds until the time we

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were 15. Even when we “graduated” to the “big time league” in Gonzales, Landry recruited some of those stars-notably the Lavigne boys-to come play on his weekend teams. J.B . -or Burleson, as he was called-also made sure there was plenty of entertainment at the ball park besides baseball. He had the Shriners lead a big parade on Opening Day and had dignitaries like Governor Jimmie Davis show up to address the crowd. On July 4 there were greasy pig chases and greasy pole climbs in- between games-always awarding a whopping 5-dollar prize. And there was always music. Whether a recording by local artists Van and Grace Broussard being piped in or a live talent show featuring his son and daughter Joe and Patsy, there was always music between and after baseball games. Once I learned three chords on my Silvertone guitar, I joined in on a few of the live sessions doing a passable “Wabash Cannonball” that I had learned from Dizzy Dean on the Game of the Week. Dean was not your typical baseball announcer as he would often break into a country song during a break in the action- often at the urging of his partner Pee Wee Reese. Even back then I believe they realized that there may be power in baseball and music and their ratings reflected it. If my serious attempts at music failed, I always fell back on some Ray Stevens novelty songs like “Ahab the Arab” (Try that one today in this politically-correct run amok society.) since the crowd was laughing at me anyway.

Plan B was usually the better of the two. The point is-in all the years I was in that ballpark, I can remember only a handful of incidents where people got out of hand and they were quickly disposed of. Except for a bit of the usual umpire-baiting, everyone got along swimmingly and I have to attribute that to the fact that there was always baseball on the field and music on the bandstand. And I believe a master showman like Landry realized it. But what did he get out of all this? Concessions. He sold soft drinks to the kids, beer to the adults, peanuts and popcorn and crackerjacks-oops, there I go mixing music (“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”) with baseball again. But put a hashtag on that “concessions” item for a moment while we move into the present. Fast forward to the summer of 2017 where parents and grand- parents travel great distances to see their children and grandchil- dren play baseball or softball or cricket. Our entourage ended up in Gulf Shores, Alabama, to witness the 13-and-under USSSA World Series. There were 225 teams there for the week from all over the country and including just about every ethnic group you can name. Our Louisiana Pirates-who would eventually finish second in the second bracket-faced teams from Alabama, Texas and even as far away as Indiana. The common thread was that everyone was there for baseball and-you guessed it-everyone had their music. From the tailgaters in the parking lot to the pre-and post-game parties, you could hear a variety of sounds ranging from hip-hop to country, from swamp pop to Latino beats, from John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” (“Put me in, Coach…”) to Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” (“He could throw that speed

ball by you, make you look like

a fool…”), there was always music in the Sweet Home

Alabama air. Some teams took it a step farther and had taped music playing between innings. I didn’t witness any “walk-up” songs for individual batters but

I wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the near future. And guess how many fights and disagreements we saw? That’s correct-the same number that were at Woodstock in the summer of ’69 when half a million people got together for

a week of music (Okay, so there

wasn’t any baseball at that gathering.). Zero. All makes and models of human beings swapping stories and songs and food and-maybe-a few adult beverages and watching their kids play ball. Now with all this peace, love and brotherhood going on, I guess the only question that remains is-why don’t we have a 10-field facility- similar to the one we played on- in Ascension Parish? This is definitely not a knock on the parish program or the Town of Gonzales’s highly-successful one. My boys benefitted from both from the time they were six years old until they began playing high school sports. I’m just saying if Foley, Alabama, can do it, why can’t we. Oh, I know we don’t have the lure of the beaches of Gulf Shores or Biloxi. But with a little cooperation and a lack of

political interference, I believe it could be done. If you think that I’m out in the “Twilight Zone”, then you certainly aren’t alone. But as Rod Serling used to say, “Let me submit for your approval…”

a few facts from the tournament

in which we played. There were 225 teams who paid an $85 entry fee. The USSSA got all that money to pay the umpires and administra- tive costs. The gate receipts-we

got an early-bird tournament pass for $35, others paid $50 and single games were $12-were split between the host field and the association. But here’s the kicker-the locals got 100% of the concessions. Do you realize how much money that is? Urban legend has it that Carlos Marcello-New Orleans head of the “Dixie Mafia” offered to build the Superdome for free as long as he got control of-drum roll, please-concessions! The number of games in the World Series took the cooperation of at least three communities-all of which had impressive complexes-and a couple of high schools. I am not proposing we jump in with

a 225-team tournament. But with a 10-field facility- perhaps a few with artificial

turf- you could easily host some 32-team events and maybe-with

a little help from our friends-a 64-team tournament. We could

also bring in some locals artists

to perform live music and

promote the whole deal as the

“Baseball and Bands Unite America” tour. As the aforementioned John Lennon once so astutely stated,

“Imagine…” Some modern-day J.B. Landry is going to put together this whole package one day- probably after I have my tickets to see the Angels play-but I think-with the right people behind this project-that we can indeed “work it out”. A “hopeless case”, you say.

A “lost cause”. Hell, people, the Cubs

won the World Series last year- anything is possible with baseball and music. Okay, Harry, it’s the bottom

of the seventh-a one, a two, a

three…”Take me out to the

ball game…”

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Downthe Drain Written by James "Goosie"Guice in the 1980's Hey everyone beware There's something moving

Downthe Drain

Written by James "Goosie"Guice in the 1980's

Hey everyone beware

There's something moving out there

It's another Louisiana night

Ever had a pirogue ride

With a shotgun by your side

Don't you know that thing is alive

Out there in the fog

Out there in the bog

Or maybe sitting on a log

And then the night grew silent

As the water in her veins

When they killed Mrs. Mississippi

They kinda shot us down the drain

So, hey what ya doing over there

Say you got to make another repair

Hey, don't you think it's a shade bit late

They took the money and ran

Oh yes I understand

The kind of thing that makes the world go round

And sometimes late at night

Sometimes in the pale moonlight

I dream of a thing that used to be

And then the night grew silent

As the water in her veins

When they killed ole man river

They kinda shot us down the drain

So hey what you doing out there

Say ya got to make another repair

Hey don't ya think its a shade bit late

Louisiana

At the time I wrote this song the phrase "coastal erosion" was not a well publicized issue. I could tell the signs of constant change from my frequent visits to certain coastal areas. Ponds on our duck lease in Venice were growing in size from year to year. The land on which our camp was constructed was beginning to sink at a rapid rate, until it finally went out of site. One example of what has happened through the years can be viewed from the Leeville bridge. When I was sixteen years old you could not find a pothole to put a duck decoy in at that particular marsh. I know that because I tried to do it. The view from that bridge in those days was solid grass from there to Caminada Bay. Talk of coastal restoration has been a common conversation for many years now.

These projects when approved will take years to complete, but first we need to quit talking and actually do something about it. The Hope Canal project, in which water would be intro- duced from the Mississippi River into the Maurepas swamp basin has been discussed for at least fifteen years. Yes, Louisiana is losing some of its limbs but she's very much alive.

Just recently a friend and co-worker of mine was telling me that he was now spoiled because of a fishing trip that he had taken while in Cancun. While he was there he had caught several sailfish, tuna and dolphin. I replied that you can do that here also, but you have to travel a little further out to do so. Being a true Louisiana

outdoorsman he fully understands the great resources this state has to offer.

Just visit any marina around Grand Isle, Venice, Cocodrie, etc. and tell me if if there is any other place on earth that you've been to that has a fishery of this nature. It ain't even close. How about the Atchafalaya Basin and our other neighboring swamp lands? Can you imagine how much life is in a ten acre patch of swamp? When you put it all together the amount of fish, shellfish, invertebrates, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals found there can't be matched at any other place in this country.

I'm fortunate to have been born and raised here. If I would have moved here from some- where else, I believe I would

still feel the same as I do about this state. It has a lot to offer and to be honest with you I feel

it could be a nation of its own.

There's jobs, ranching, forestry, farming, seafood, water and oil

and gas. I know there is thousands of other good places to live and some of my family

and friends have ventured off to these places for different reasons. I love em all and wish them the best of luck, but ole Goose ain't going nowhere. I'm

a Louisiana boy and although

she may be struggling to some degree, I'll be with her till the end. I love you lady

Till Next Time,

If There's Such A Thing As Heaven On Earth,

I Just So Happen To Be There

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Next Time, If There's Such A Thing As Heaven On Earth, I Just So Happen To
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Researchers found that the music one listens to can temporarily change a person's visual perception and affect what they think and see.

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A pet penguin in Japan named La La walkes into town by himself with a backpack everyday to collect fish from the local market.

To get the most juice from lemons or limes, put them in the microwave for 30 seconds as it will help the citrus juice flow more easily.

A flower worn over the left ear in Hawaii signifies that a woman is no longer single.

The most common Zodiac Signs of prolific serial killers are Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius. The common denominator is that they are mutable zodiac signs.

According to Spotify, students from New York University listen to the most hip music while Purdue University students listen to the angriest music.

After OutKast sang 'Shake it like a Polaroid picture', Polaroid responded by saying 'Shaking or waving can actually damage the image.'

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Thank You ‘Tootie’ for your Hard Work as staff photographer for Ascension Magazine!

There is nothing like family and I want to thank one of my most favorite relatives for his hard work and dedication. Jimmy Dunkley, we call him Tootie, is a brilliant photogra- pher and takes on jobs that are hot and sweaty, like LSU baseball and local high school softball, for Ascension Magazine. With his selfless efforts the magazine prints and displays some outstanding sports photos. This month there were so many events to cover I felt I didn’t want to over work my cousin, our best photographer, so I took it upon myself to suffer through the photography responsibility of the photo shoot of the Grand Opening of Tilted Kilt.

of the photo shoot of the Grand Opening of Tilted Kilt. I realize this photo is

I realize this photo is not as high quality as Tootsie photos but just look at it. It is in focus and he received a deserved day off. I felt it was my duty to relieve his work load. “You the man Tootie”, I’ve always got your back picking up the ‘ho- hum jobs. At least I took a good action shot of this unfortunate looking young lady serving me a beer. By the way “Tootie”, I have a photo shoot at the Sorrento dump coming up. Will you be available next week?

Sorrento dump coming up. Will you be available next week? Hi Tech Problems with Low Tech
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I love my hi tech televisions.

My hi tech music system and my

computer is my life.

I make a living using my

computer and the internet keeps me in touch with my family, friends and my bank account.

I take it for granted the

amount of information that I am bombardered with in the form of information that continously ticker tapes across the bottom of the screen. For the most part I like the information. I read about scores or news alerts. This particular evening LSU

was playing Florida State in the College World Series.

I am a big baseball fan and my

favorite major league team is the Atlanta Braves. My Braves have been doing pretty good this year and they can hit. With that said, I set my television to record the Braves game each and every chance I get. As the Florida State vs LSU game played, the ticker tape across the bottom of screen revealed the Braves score. I

covered my eyes but then LSU

got a hit so I had to peak and saw the Braves were down 2-1 in the second.

I want to watch the LSU

game but I have trouble not looking at the information as it ticker tapes across. I want to watch the recorded Braves later and I hate watching a game when I know the score. In a flash I grabbed some movie DVD disc and stacked them in front of the television blocking the my view of the information. Now I can watch LSU win while not having to avert my eye at the right

moment. That’s when I realized I came up with a lo tech solution for a high tech problem. After taking this photo of my

brilliant redneck solution I took

a close look at the movies I’d

chosen. ‘August Rush’ is a great film but I feel they missed the ending. Tom Hanks in ‘Angels & Demons’ is terrific like most of his movies. Then there is

‘Hunt for Red October’. A classic from the past that I enjoy each and every time I watch it. Lately I’m having a harder time pulling it out to watch it. I love the story line and the entire theatrical approach it has but then I see Alec Baldwin as one of feature actors. He was young and handsome then with

a bright future and had it

rolling. Then he decided he was bigger than his britches and told half of America that his opinion

is the only one that matters.

How many times has he threaten to leave the country if his political affiliate doesn’t win an election. Well Alec, I watch the movie from time to time but not because of you. I do because of the art of the film but I can assure you I will never pay money to watch any movies you make these days along with Robert De Niro, Ashley Judd and any american actor that thinks they are better than any other americans. However, with that said, I can always use your movie to be used as ticker tape information

bar blocking mechanism and I can take a marker and color out your face on the DVD cover so

I don’t get flustered each time

I see your face.

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Close Encounters with the 5 Digit Kind

I love doing art work and

claim there is nothing I can’t paint. Most of the time I say the bigger the better. I’ve painted

basketball floors. I did a mural downtown Baton Rouge 150’ x 50’. It’s just what I do. During the Jambalaya Festival

I met some young ladies under

a tent cooking in the Mini Pot

Contest. While conversing and making jokes I noticed that one of the girls had pretty blue painted toes. I commented that the color matched my Jambalaya Festival shirt. I told her all she needed was a jambalaya pot painted on her big toe. We

she needed was a jambalaya pot painted on her big toe. We joked and laughed about

joked and laughed about it and

I mentioned I was headed home

to cool off for an hour or so. I told her when I return I would bring paint supplies and hook her tootsies up with some art. She said she was game.

I returned to the festival and

found the girls and the fun began. First I pulled out my trusty plastic garbage bag full of brushes, thinner, paint and some baby wipes. I sat on an ice chest in front of her and said, “Let me see them toes!” At first it felt a little awkward.

I am holding a woman’s foot in my hand and I barely know her name. My first concern was I

have to give them tooties and little washing. I know if I had worn flip flops to a dusty cook off I would have toe cheese everywhere. Surprising enough

her feet were clean as a whistle but I wasn’t going to pass up a chance to caress and clean the feet of this lovely woman. I pulled out the baby wipes and went to massaging and scrubbing. I don’t know if it was good for her but it was definantly good for me.

I got a little excited when I

heard her moan, “that feels good” and then her girl friend

said, “Crap I wish I had my toe nails painted so I could get one of those foot cleaning!”

I pulled out my glasses, a

small paint brush and grabbed the young lady by foot and went to painting. In about 30 minutes I had painted jambalaya pots on her two big toes. We had lots of fun and a few beers. When I left I told the ladies, “It was nice feeting you!” The next day I was back at the festival taking photos of cooks and told this story to a friend of mine that was cooking. A lady spoke up asking, “So you’re the guy that painted Crystal’s toes?”

“So you’re the guy that painted Crystal’s toes?” I looked befuddled and wondered how she knew

I looked befuddled and

wondered how she knew that. She said one word, “Facebook”. So Crystal I wasn’t going to disclose your name but since it was on Facebook it’s out there. Also, Robyn if you read this you need to have them tootsies painted next year so you can good that foot cleaning massage.

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Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

24 large shrimp (peeled and

2

cups cut corn frozen

deveined tail on)

1

cup sliced green onion

1

cup of diced tasso

2

tbsp chicken base/ better

4

cups stone ground yellow

than bouillon

corn grits

3

tbsp olive oil

8

cups water

2

tsp kosher salt

12

cups heavy whipping cream

1

tsp ground black pepper

½ lb butter (cubed)

2 lbs pepper jack cheese shredded

Instructions: For the Grits

In a medium heavy bottom sauce pot combine the water, eight cups of the heavy cream, and the chicken base over high heat and bring to a boil. Watch pot closely to ensure you do not boil over the cream. While waiting for the liquids to boil in a small saute pan over medium heat roast frozen corn with a small amount

of butter. Once desired color is achieved,

heat and let sit. When liquid mixture starts to boil add corn grits while whisking, allow to come back to a boil then turn heat down to low and allow to simmer for five minutes, now add the roasted corn, butter cubes and the green onions while whisking and allow to simmer for another five minutes, whisk in salt and black

pepper then taste for doneness and season. Adjust accordingly.

For the Sauce:

In a small saucepan heat the remaining four cups of heavy cream on low once cream starts to simmer add shredded pepperjack while whisking. Whisk until smooth and well blended. Reduce sauce until desired thickness and season with salt and pepper to taste.

For the Grilled Shrimp:

Coat shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper or to kick it up a notch add whatever Cajun seasoning you desire. Heat flat grill or saute pan on high heat and cook shrimp until pink and firm.

For the Plate:

On a Round plate or in a bowl start by scooping the grits into the center of the dish, place shrimp on top and sauce to your desired tastes. Garnish with sliced green onions and sautéed tasso.

(should be slightly brown), turn off

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