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Table of Contents
WALK-ON’S CEREMONY.......... 4
Sales Manager
TILTED KILT OPENS............ .. 10
Dottie Godberry
Staff Photographer SWEET EYES W/ TANYA..... .....12

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Bill Delaune
Linda Melancon
SENIOR SOC HOP ..................36
Calvin Bessonett
Bully SNO’S RECIPE...........................45

Goosie Guice
Orhan McMillan
Kellie Seymour
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Prairieville will soon be home to executives in turning over Walk-On’s family,” said All-American Team.
an award-winning, family- earth to mark the momentous Brandon Landry, co-founder of
friendly sports bar co-owned occasion at 14555 Airline Walk-On’s Enterprises. “The The 8,000-square-foot
by NFL star Drew Brees. Highway, next to Rouse’s people of Ascension Parish have Prairieville restaurant is
Market and the new Petco in been clamoring for a Walk-On’s projected to open in
Baton Rouge-based Walk-On’s Prairieville. The ceremony of their own for a long time, mid-January, adding roughly
Bistreaux & Bar is hosted a began at 11 a.m. with a and we can’t wait to bring 150 great new jobs to the local
special groundbreaking reception featuring several of it to them.” economy. It will feature a giant
ceremony for its newest Walk-On’s most popular menu outdoor patio, more than 70
restaurant on Tuesday, June 20. items to follow. Walk-On’s is renowned for its high-definition flat-screen TVs,
Franchisees Kevin Harrison and signature menu featuring a taste nearly 50 beers on tap, a VIP
Miles Holley joined with local “I am very pleased to welcome of Louisiana served up in a room and banquet facilities. It
officials and Walk-On’s Kevin and Miles to the game-day atmosphere by our will also be one of the first

Alyssa Claire Latuso
Walk-On’s to have a beer graduated from Nicholls State
garden. University. He recently retired
following a 38-year career in
“This project has been a true law enforcement at the local,
labor of love,” said Harrison. state and federal levels,
“Ascension Parish is one of the culminating in a Presidential
fastest growing areas in the appointment as a United
state, so it’s definitely time to States Marshal. Holley, a
introduce the folks here to Baton Rouge native, teamed
Walk-On’s. We look forward with his wife, Melissa, to start
to providing an awesome and successfully expand the
atmosphere for our guests Skid Marks Tires & Auto
while serving them delicious Service chain from their home
food as they cheer on their base in Gonzales.
favorite teams.”
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Gonzales Cadette Girl Scout Silver Award make tie pillows for residents of confidence, and character, who
recipient Leah Haines of the Bishop Ott Shelter. Haines’ make the world a better place.
Girl Scout makes Gonzales Troop 10340 wanted presentation was to inform For more information about
pillows for the to live up to the Girl Scout others about homelessness and Girl Scouts or adult volunteer
Promise by helping those in make suggestions on how each opportunities, call the council
homeless, earning need. She held an event titled, person can make a difference in office in Baton Rouge
award for her efforts Tying our Community life of someone in need, even by at 225-927-8946 or visit its
Together, in the First United making comfy pillows. Kristin website at
Girl Scouts are taught to be the Methodist Church Education Haines was project advisor.
ultimate G.I.R.L.s-Go-getters, Center. Her workshop was filled The Girl Scouting mission is to
Innovators, Risk-takers, and with kids and adults who helped build girls of courage,
Leaders. Through community
take action projects, Girl Scouts Girl Scout Silver Award recipient Leah Haines pictured in front of her presenta-
show their continuous interest tion regarding homelessness and her pillow tying workshop.
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.

The Solid Choice in
Ascension Parish

The Leadership Ascension Program Graduates Its 22nd Class
Leadership Ascension, a Traveling Samaritan who not BASF; Kelli Conerly, OneSource Triche, Neighbors Federal
program of the Ascension only rebuilt and restocked the EHS, LLC; Nannette Crystal, Credit Union; Luke Trosclair,
Chamber of Commerce, was food pantry at Holy Rosary Action Therapy & Wellness; Wealth Solutions, LLC; Edith
proud to graduate its 22nd Church that was devastated by Holly Daigle, OneSource EHS, Walker, Ascension Parish School
Leadership Class at Clarion Inn the Great Flood of 2016, but LLC; Joey deVeer, Smith Tank Board; Shawn Winchester,
& Conference Center on also raised funds to purchase a & Steel, Inc.; Austin Duhon, Ascension Parish Sheriff's
Tuesday, June 13, 2017. trailer to be used to deliver food Domain Architecture, APAC; Office; Sandy Zaher, EATEL
to those in need in the Glen Duncan, River Parishes and Lynell Zirkle, Rubicon.
There were 34 participants in Ascension community. Community College; Bethany
this year’s Leadership Class and Duplessis, The Spa House Day Leadership Ascension started in
each member was put onto a All projects will undoubtedly Spa; Ryan Falgoust, Commerce 1996 with the mission of
team with the task of benefit the Parish for years to Title; Traci Furlow, Adam preparing emerging community
researching and implementing a come, but Rockin’ Through the McCarty State Farm; Greta leaders for leadership positions
project that would positively Ages was chosen as this year’s Gordon, Methanex; Alysha in local government and
affect the Ascension winner. Winning team members Guillot, BASF; Sherri Harlan, business. The 10-month
Community. This year’s projects included: Bethany Duplessis; BASF; Noel King, Jr., Ascension program accepts students by
included Leadership Ascension Alysha Guillot; Ryan Falgoust, Parish Sheriff's Office; Jeremy application only and offers
For Learning, a project that Traci Furlow, Josh Ory, Craig Lee, Methanex; Sharon Morris, team-building and educational
raised over $137,000 to restore Stevens, Shawn Winchester, COEA- The Arc of East sessions covering topics such as
and rebuild the Galvez Primary Sandy Zaher and Lynell Zirkle. Ascension; Alejandro Munoz, Economic Development,
Library that was destroyed in Methanex; Steven Nethken, Healthcare and Cultural
the Great Flood of 2016; In addition to benefitting the Gonzales Police Department; Diversity. To apply for the
Rockin’ Through the Ages, who community, the Leadership Sadye Nichols, St. Elizabeth upcoming class or learn more
constructed a beautiful gazebo Ascension Program has a Physicians; Joshua Ory, Forte & about Leadership Ascension,
complete with numerous positive impact on those who Tablada; Damon Scanlan, visit
rocking chairs for the Ascension participate. This year’s EATEL; Pam Shaffer, Ascension or
Council on Aging; The ARC participants included: Kemlyn Parish Clerk of Court; Craig call 225.647.7487.
Angels, who created a Bailey-Lomas, Ascension Parish Stevens, Genesis 360, LLC;
comfortable space for clients of Government; Reneé Brinkhaus, Denicia Thompson, Cox
the ARC of Ascension by St. Elizabeth Hospital; Heidi Communications; Tyler
completely remodeling a social Burch, Essential Federal Credit Tramonte, Stuart & Company
room at their facility; and The Union; Christen Campbell, General Contractors; Tracy
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 environment stretching nearly beliefs and ideals of old-world called “entertainers,” wearing
of sexy servers is on the menu 10,000 square feet. pubs. These beliefs combined mini-kilts made of the Tilted
for Gonzales as the Tilted Kilt with the contemporary feel keep Kilt's own registered tartan
opens at 2828 South Outfitters “Tilted Kilt continues to flour- patrons coming back for more.” plaid, a plaid top, sporran,
Drive. Tilted Kilt, a sports pub ish and grow as people seek stockings and flashings. When a
that pays homage to the old more convenient, casual dining The menu at Tilted Kilt of Gon- new restaurant is hiring, the “di-
public houses of America, Eng- options with a unique ambiance, zales is a mix of traditional pub rectors” (store managers) hold a
land, Scotland and Ireland com- innovative menu options and food like Hand Battered Fish & “casting call” where servers au-
bines a classic Celtic décor with unbeatable hospitality,” said Chips and Shepherd’s Pie, but dition to be part of the “show.”
a selection of more than 50 Tilted Kilt President Ron also features creations like San They are trained to be the
draught and bottled beers on Lynch. “We pride ourselves on
tap with a large list of craft being the best place to watch
beers, 50 large TVs both inside your favorite sports team while
and on the outdoor patio all in a enjoying an incredible atmos-
fun, friendly and entertaining phere and strive to uphold the

Patricio Street Tacos, Pub Fried “star” but that’s no act as the
Egg Burger and “The Big Kilt Girls of Gonzales were cho-
Rack” of ribs. Beers from sen for their special talents and
around the world are available, radiating personalities. For fe-
and as the famed Tilted Kilt slo- male guest enjoyment, Tilted
gan goes, “A Cold Beer Never Kilt also recruits “cast mem-
Looked So Good.” bers” as male bartenders who
wear the Tilted Kilt uniform.
The independently owned fran-
chise location will create more “We put a huge emphasis on re-
than 120 new jobs in the ac- cruiting warm personalities and
tively developing Gonzales area. training staff to make connec-
At Tilted Kilt, the entire experi- tions with every guest,” Lynch
ence follows the theme of a the- said. “From start to finish, our
atrical production. Servers are guests keep coming back be-
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
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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
cause they feel part of the pro- brand’s slogan “A Cold Beer
duction.” About Tilted Kilt Never Looked So Good ®” per-
Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery, sonifies the Fun, Food, Spirits
It’s not just the cast members known as “The Best Looking and Sports that the Tilted Kilt is
that look good at Tilted Kilt. Sports Pub You’ve Ever Seen,” well-known for bringing to pub
With large TVs, Tilted Kilt is has 80+ units in operation guests in both the United States
the best place to watch sports throughout the U.S. and and Canada.
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-
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
According to google, dating men, and in 93% of the cases
Bad Things and domestic violence “is the victim knew the killer
resources are available to begin
the healing process. You must
Can Come violent or aggressive behavior
within the home, typically
know you’re not alone and it’s
in Pretty involving violent abuse of a In several data sources,
not your fault. You can live a
happy life again. Below are a
spouse or partner”. Domestic domestic violence is shown to
Packages abuse can also include control, be higher in ethnic minorities
few additional domestic
violence resources that can help
sexual assault, intimidation, and may be attributed to in-
Shame, pain, anger and you with free legal support,
psychological abuse, isolation creased substance abuse, unem-
confusion are just some of the counseling and direct you to a
and coercion. ployment and lower education.
emotions a victim of dating or safe shelter:
domestic abuse might In a September 2016 press So, it’s apparent dating and
experience. I can say that from release by the Louisiana domestic violence is prevalent,
personal experience. It’s one of Coalition Against Domestic especially in our area. Are you IRIS -
the most shocking things Violence, Louisiana is ranked or someone you know Domestic Violence Center
anyone could ever go through, the second deadliest in the experiencing domestic or 24 hour hotline:
but one in three women will nation for women. According dating violence? 1-800-752-1296
experience abuse in their to the press release, data was
lifetime. analyzed on 2014 homicides
where women were killed by
Know the
Warning Signs. LCADV -
courtesy Louisiana Coalition Against
Red Flags of abusers: Domestic Violence
Excessive control and jealousy, Phone: 225-752-1296
blows up at small issues,
intentionally verbally degrading,
issue with alcohol or drugs, gets
involved in relationships quickly, NNEDV –
moody and unpredictable. National Network to End
Domestic Violence
Red Flags of someone being Phone: 1-800-799-7233
abused: defends the abuser and
or situations that are not right,
begins to isolate themselves
from family and friends, missed Data Sources:
work due to possible abuse, and
lower self esteem just to name
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“The Top Scholar program is in
EATEL place to reward those who went
AWARDS TOP above and beyond in their
studies. I wish the very best for
SCHOLARS each and every one of these
young scholars, as they embark
FROM SIX on their collegiate educational
LOCAL HIGH endeavors and dreams. May
they each strive for and achieve
SCHOOLS academic excellence, in their
respective fields, and go on to
pave the way for future
EATEL acknowledges six local students. Thank you to the
Top Scholars to recognize their schools for allowing us give out
academic success throughout this award and congratulations

Nicholas Peno
high school. In partnership with to all of the students who held
the Ascension and Livingston the title of “Top of the class”.

Alex Zeringue

Mathew Gordon

Parish School Boards, the top
graduating seniors from St. St. Amant High School-
Amant, Dutchtown, East Hannah Poirrier ....... 4.87
Ascension, Donaldsonville, Dutchtown High School-
French Settlement, and Nicholas Peno .......... 4.81
Maurepas High Schools were East Ascension High School-
granted the EATEL Top
Alex Zeringue ...........4.74
Scholar Award, now in its 11th
year. Each student was pre- Donaldsonville High School-
sented with a certificate of Katilyn Williams
achievement and a $250.00 French Settlement High School-
VISA gift card to use for future Matthew Gordon ...... 4.04

Chaz Montaldo
academic supplies.
Maurepas High School-
Chaz Montaldo ......... 4.02

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Our Dance and Fundraiser was cancelled last year due to the flood. Because of you, our supporters and friends,
you still gave and helped our Dream Kids. With a heart felt hug we Thank You for your support.
of years of payment guaran- annuities to preserve their own
YOUR ESTATE MATTERS teed. In the Medicaid planning
context, most annuities are for
financial security. But it’s not a
slam-dunk for a number of
a specific number of years. reasons, including:
By Linda Melancon
The spouse of a nursing home • Other planning options may
resident may spend down his be preferable, such as spending
Medicaid is the primary source or her excess assets by using down assets in a way that pre-
of payment for long-term care them to purchase an immedi- serves them, transferring assets
services in the United States. ate annuity. But if Medicaid to exempt beneficiaries or into
To qualify for Medicaid, a applicants or their spouses trust for their benefit, seeking
nursing home resident must transfer assets within five years an increased resource
become impoverished under of applying for Medicaid, the allowance, purchasing
Medicaid’s complicated asset applicants may be subject to a non-countable assets, using
rules. In most states, this period of ineligibility, also spousal refusal, or bringing the
means the applicant can have called a transfer penalty. To nursing home spouse home
only $2,000 in “countable” avoid the transfer penalty, the and qualifying for community
assets. Virtually everything is
The Use of countable except for the home
annuity must meet the
following criteria:
• The purchase of an annuity
Immediate (with some limitations) and
personal belongings. The
might require the liquidation
• The annuity must pay back of IRAs owned by the nursing
Annuities in spouse of a nursing home the entire investment. home spouse, causing a large
resident–called the “commu-
Medicaid nity spouse” — is limited to
• The payment period must
be shorter than the owner’s ac-
tax liability.
• The non-nursing home
Planning for one half of the couple’s joint tuarial life expectancy. For in- spouse may be ill herself,
assets up to $120,900 (in stance, if the spouse’s life meaning that she may need
Married Couples 2017) in “countable” assets. expectancy is only four years, nursing home care soon, in
the purchase of an annuity which case the annuity
Immediate annuities can be a An immediate annuity is a with a five-year payback period payments would simply go to
useful tool to protect the contract with an insurance would be deemed a transfer of her nursing home.
spouse of a nursing home company under which the assets. • The savings may be small
resident who applies for annuitant pays the insurance • The annuity must be due to a high income or the
Medicaid. These types of company a sum of money in irrevocable and nontransfer- short life expectancy of the
annuities allow the nursing exchange for a stream of able, meaning that the owner nursing home spouse, and the
home resident to spend down income. This income stream may not have the option of process of liquidating assets
assets and give the spouse a may be payable for life or for a cashing it out and selling it to and applying for Medicaid
guaranteed income. specific number of years, or a a third party. might not be worth the
combination of both — i.e., • The annuity has to name considerable trouble.
for life with a certain number the state as the beneficiary if
the annuitant dies before all In short, the use of this
the payments have been made. powerful planning strategy

Hey Dr. Rob,
depends on each couple’s
Here’s an example of how an particular circumstances and

I have a question,
immediate annuity might should be undertaken only

after my nap.
work: John and Jane live in a after consultation with a
state that allows the commu- qualified elder law attorney.

Me too,
nity spouse to keep $120,900 In addition, those who do

after my nap.
of the couple’s assets. If John purchase immediate annuities
moves to a nursing home and need to shop around to make
John and Jane have $320,000 sure they are purchasing them
in countable assets (savings, from reliable companies paying
investments, and retirement the best return.
accounts), Jane can take
$200,000 in excess assets and The information provided is
purchase an immediate annuity not intended to be legal advice
for her own benefit. After and does not constitute an
reducing their countable assets attorney/client relationship.
to $120,000, John will be You should consult with an
eligible for Medicaid. If the attorney for individual advice
annuity pays her $3,500 a regarding your own situation.
month for five years, by the
end of that time, Jane will have Ms. Melancon has engaged in the
received back her investment practice of law in Ascension Parish
plus $10,000 of income. If she for the last eighteen years. The
accumulates these funds, at the primary focus of her practice is estate
end of five years she will be planning, probate, special needs
right back where she started planning and elder law. For more
before John needed nursing information or to attend an
ASCEN SION P ARISH home care. upcoming estate planning seminar,
call her office at (225) 744-0027.

A N I M A L H O S P I TA L Given this planning opportu-
nity, many spouses of nursing
home residents use immediate
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Mouth Sores tem problems, bacteria or
viruses may be involved. Canker
topical anesthetics can
provide some relief. Your
By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD sores usually heal on their own dentist may prescribe antiviral This fungal infection (also
after a week or two. Over-the- drugs to reduce these kinds of called moniliasis or oral thrush)
Mouth sores come in several counter topical anesthetics and viral infections. occurs when the yeast Candida
different varieties and can antimicrobial mouthwashes may albicans reproduce in large
have any number of causes, in- provide temporary relief. Stay Leukoplakia. numbers. It is common among
cluding: away from hot, spicy or acidic denture wearers. Most often it
• Infections from bacteria, foods that can irritate the sore. Thick, whitish-color patches occurs in people with weak im-
viruses or fungus Antibiotics from your dentist that form on the inside of the mune systems—the very young,
• Irritation from a loose and some oral bandages can re- cheeks, gums or tongue, these elderly or those
orthodontic wire, a denture that duce secondary infection. patches are caused by excess cell debilitated by disease, such as
doesn’t fit, or a sharp edge from growth and are common among diabetes or leukemia. In
a broken tooth or filling Cold sores (also tobacco users. They can result addition, people with dry
• The symptom of a disease or from irritations such as an ill-fit- mouth syndrome are
called fever blisters.) ting denture or the habit of
disorder. susceptible to candidiasis. Can-
chewing on the inside of the dida may also flourish after an-
Groups of fluid-filled blisters cheek. Sometimes leukoplakia is
Your dentist should examine that often erupt around the lips tibiotic treatment, which can
any mouth sore that lasts a associated with oral cancer. Your decrease normal bacteria in the
and sometimes under the nose dentist may recommend a
week or longer. Among the or around the chin. Cold sores mouth. Controlling candidiasis
most common mouth sores are: biopsy if the patch appears means focusing on preventing
are caused by the herpes suspicious. Your dentist will ex-
simplex virus type 1 and are or controlling the condition
Canker sores. amine the lesion and check the that causes the outbreak. Good
very contagious. The initial in- biopsy results to help
fection (primary herpes) may be oral hygiene is essential. Clean
Small ulcers with a white or determine how to manage the your dentures to remove Can-
confused with a cold or flu and disease. Treatment begins with
gray base and a red border, can cause painful lesions to dida and remove them at bed-
canker sores appear inside the removing the factors that time. If the cause is dry mouth
erupt throughout the mouth. contribute to the lesion:
mouth. They are not conta- Once a person is infected with saliva substitutes and prescrip-
gious, but can return frequently quitting tobacco or replacing tion medications may be helpful
primary herpes, the virus stays ill-fitting dentures or bridges.
and may be only one canker in the body and causes when the underlying cause of
sore or several. Their exact occasional attacks. Cold sore dry mouth is incurable or un-
cause is uncertain but some ex- blisters usually heal in a week by avoidable.
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The Heart of the Jambalaya Festival ... The Cooks
This month Ascension Magazine has focused on showing photos of cooks from
the festival. Not everyone is a winner but the heart of the festival comes from the
community and the hundreds of remarkable cooks. I can’t show every cook but these
are many that participated. Some are former champions and
others are future champions.
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Ascension Parish clinic offers routine treatment
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“Some of our folks have
Renovations and Hvisited the emergency room
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Three weeks ago, completed St. Elizabeth Hospital. “Instead
renovations at the Ascension they come here in a much more
Parish Health Unit resulted in pleasant environment and get
new clinical space for the St. Kenny Matassa oversaw the ren- Matassa. “We’ve renovated a the care they need.”
Elizabeth Community Clinic. ovations at the Health Unit section of the health unit so that The Ascension Parish Health
Now, in one location, premium which resulted in four exam our partnership can grow even Unit offers WIC nutritional
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can be provided to Ascension St. Elizabeth Community and a close working relation- nancy testing, family planning
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Balls and Strikes-
Play Ball and Strike up the Band
by Bill Delaune
“…We can work it out, we can were 15.
work it out…” Even when we “graduated” to
The Beatles-1965. the “big time league” in
Gonzales, Landry recruited
Maybe it’s just my old red, some of those stars-notably the
white and blue blood (that Lavigne boys-to come play on
seems to flow from cuts and his weekend teams.
scrapes a lot more freely now J.B.-or Burleson, as he was
than in my younger days) and a called-also made sure there was
patriotic heart that beats to plenty of entertainment at the
“Yankee Doodle Dandy” on the ball park besides baseball. He
Fourth of July. But it gets my had the Shriners lead a big
corpuscles (the ones that have parade on Opening Day and
not died in vein) boiling when I had dignitaries like Governor
hear words like “lost cause” and Jimmie Davis show up to
“hopeless case” used when address the crowd. On July 4
talking about this country. there were greasy pig chases and
The Good Ole USA has greasy pole climbs in- between
survived 241 years through games-always awarding a
every kind of hardship imagina- whopping 5-dollar prize.
ble, so don’t think a little red And there was always music.
state-blue state, majority- Whether a recording by local
minority, city folk-country boy artists Van and Grace Broussard
finger pointing is going to tear being piped in or a live talent
it asunder now. show featuring his son and
Since recalling history is not daughter Joe and Patsy, there
in vogue these days, let me lay a was always music between and
little bit on you from someone after baseball games. Once I
old enough to be a waiter at the sent into battle to kill one Ironically, my plan to unite learned three chords on my
Last Supper. In 1812-just 36 another. No country so young the country (and possibly the Silvertone guitar, I joined in on
years after the astoundingly could have survived such a world) involves two catalysts- a few of the live sessions doing a
successful Revolution, the US bloody Civil War-but music (as illustrated above) and passable “Wabash Cannonball”
had to defeat the powerful America did. baseball. From henceforth in that I had learned from Dizzy
British army and navy-again. It In the years to come, the this ingenious plan, the term Dean on the Game of the Week.
took an upset equivalent of East United States would also “baseball” will apply to softball Dean was not your typical
Ascension defeating Alabama in survive two World Wars, several and any other sport that baseball announcer as he would
a swamp in Chalmette-no other country-dividing conflicts, includes hitting a ball with a bat often break into a country song
less-fueled by an unlikely scandals among top officials- including the Cornered Tigers during a break in the action-
alliance of a social outcast from including Presidents and of Pakistan Cricket. often at the urging of his
Tennessee, Andrew Jackson, Vice-Presidents- and a 60’s Stick with me on this one- partner Pee Wee Reese. Even
and a Cajun Cannon (sorry, revolution by young people I realize I ramble. I was one of back then I believe they realized
Bobby Hebert) Jean Lafitte, who no longer bought into the the lucky kids who grew up that there may be power in
who turned down big bucks “Leave It to Beaver” mentality playing baseball at J.B. Landry’s baseball and music and their
from the British to assist a of the 50’s. park on the Airline Highway in ratings reflected it.
country in which he was a And we were called “hopeless Prairieville. From Opening Day If my serious attempts at
wanted man. But we still cases” and “lost causes” back in April to the big Fourth of music failed, I always fell back
pulled it off. then also. But we survived. July celebration, we played ball on some Ray Stevens novelty
Then in 1861-with the And, come on folks, we’ve every Sunday and-once the songs like “Ahab the Arab”
country not yet 100 years old, had our share of disagreements summer started- a couple of (Try that one today in this
Americans from the North and over the years, but like Sir Paul times during the week. This politically-correct run amok
South-the vast majority of and John said at the top of this went on from the time we were society.) since the crowd was
whom did not own slaves-were column-“We can work it out.” six years olds until the time we laughing at me anyway.
Plan B was usually the better ball by you, make you look like got an early-bird tournament also bring in some locals artists
of the two. a fool…”), there was always pass for $35, others paid $50 to perform live music and
The point is-in all the years I music in the Sweet Home and single games were $12-were promote the whole deal as the
was in that ballpark, I can Alabama air. split between the host field and “Baseball and Bands Unite
remember only a handful of Some teams took it a step the association. America” tour. As the
incidents where people got out farther and had taped music But here’s the kicker-the aforementioned John Lennon
of hand and they were quickly playing between innings. I locals got 100% of the once so astutely stated,
disposed of. Except for a bit of didn’t witness any “walk-up” concessions. Do you realize “Imagine…”
the usual umpire-baiting, songs for individual batters but how much money that is? Some modern-day J.B.
everyone got along swimmingly I wouldn’t be surprised to see it Urban legend has it that Carlos Landry is going to put together
and I have to attribute that to in the near future. And guess Marcello-New Orleans head of this whole package one day-
the fact that there was always how many fights and the “Dixie Mafia” offered to probably after I have my tickets
baseball on the field and music disagreements we saw? That’s build the Superdome for free as to see the Angels play-but I
on the bandstand. And I correct-the same number that long as he got control of-drum think-with the right people
believe a master showman like were at Woodstock in the roll, please-concessions! behind this project-that we can
Landry realized it. summer of ’69 when half a The number of games in the indeed “work it out”.
But what did he get out of all million people got together for World Series took the A “hopeless case”, you say.
this? Concessions. He sold soft a week of music (Okay, so there cooperation of at least three A “lost cause”.
drinks to the kids, beer to the wasn’t any baseball at that communities-all of which had Hell, people, the Cubs
adults, peanuts and popcorn and gathering.). Zero. All makes impressive complexes-and a won the World Series last year-
crackerjacks-oops, there I go and models of human beings couple of high schools. I am anything is possible with
mixing music (“Take Me Out to swapping stories and songs and not proposing we jump in with baseball and music.
the Ball Game”) with baseball food and-maybe-a few adult a 225-team tournament. Okay, Harry, it’s the bottom
again. But put a hashtag on beverages and watching their But with a 10-field facility- of the seventh-a one, a two, a
that “concessions” item for a kids play ball. perhaps a few with artificial three…”Take me out to the
moment while we move into Now with all this peace, love turf- you could easily host some ball game…”
the present. and brotherhood going on, I 32-team events and maybe-with
Fast forward to the summer of guess the only question that a little help from our friends-a
2017 where parents and grand- remains is-why don’t we have a 64-team tournament. We could
parents travel great distances to 10-field facility- similar to the

It’s Easy to Advertise in Ascension Magazine.
see their children and grandchil- one we played on- in Ascension

A whole lot easier than catching 30 bass
dren play baseball or softball or Parish? This is definitely not a
cricket. Our entourage ended knock on the parish program or
up in Gulf Shores, Alabama, to the Town of Gonzales’s

witness the 13-and-under highly-successful one. My boys
USSSA World Series. There benefitted from both from the
were 225 teams there for the time they were six years old
Mike Strong
week from all over the country until they began playing high
and including just about every school sports.
ethnic group you can name. I’m just saying if Foley,
Our Louisiana Pirates-who Alabama, can do it, why can’t
would eventually finish second we. Oh, I know we don’t have
in the second bracket-faced the lure of the beaches of Gulf
teams from Alabama, Texas and Shores or Biloxi. But with a
even as far away as Indiana. The little cooperation and a lack of
common thread was that political interference, I believe it
everyone was there for baseball could be done.
and-you guessed it-everyone If you think that I’m out in
had their music. From the the “Twilight Zone”, then you
tailgaters in the parking lot to certainly aren’t alone. But as
the pre-and post-game parties, Rod Serling used to say, “Let
you could hear a variety of me submit for your approval…”
sounds ranging from hip-hop to a few facts from the tournament
country, from swamp pop to in which we played.
Latino beats, from John There were 225 teams who
Fogerty’s “Centerfield” (“Put paid an $85 entry fee. The
me in, Coach…”) to Bruce USSSA got all that money to
Springsteen’s “Glory Days” pay the umpires and administra-
(“He could throw that speed tive costs. The gate receipts-we
Louisiana outdoorsman he fully
understands the great resources
At the time I wrote this song this state has to offer.
the phrase "coastal erosion" was
not a well publicized issue. I Just visit any marina around
could tell the signs of constant Grand Isle, Venice, Cocodrie,
change from my frequent visits etc. and tell me if if there is any
to certain coastal areas. Ponds other place on earth that you've
on our duck lease in Venice been to that has a fishery of this
were growing in size from year nature. It ain't even close. How
to year. The land on which our about the Atchafalaya Basin and
camp was constructed was our other neighboring swamp
beginning to sink at a rapid rate, lands? Can you imagine how
until it finally went out of site. much life is in a ten acre patch
One example of what has of swamp? When you put it all
happened through the years can together the amount of fish,
be viewed from the Leeville shellfish, invertebrates, insects,
Down the Drain bridge. When I was sixteen
years old you could not find a
amphibians, reptiles, birds and
mammals found there can't be
matched at any other place in
Written by James Say you got to make pothole to put a duck decoy in
"Goosie"Guice in the 1980's another repair at that particular marsh. I know this country.
that because I tried to do it.
Hey, don't you think it's a I'm fortunate to have been
shade bit late The view from that bridge in
Hey everyone beware those days was solid grass from born and raised here. If I would
there to Caminada Bay. Talk of have moved here from some-
There's something moving where else, I believe I would
out there They took the money and ran coastal restoration has been a
common conversation for still feel the same as I do about
It's another Louisiana night Oh yes I understand many years now. this state. It has a lot to offer
and to be honest with you I feel
The kind of thing that makes the it could be a nation of its own.
world go round These projects when approved
Ever had a pirogue ride There's jobs, ranching, forestry,
will take years to complete, but
first we need to quit talking and farming, seafood, water and oil
With a shotgun by your side and gas. I know there is
And sometimes late at night actually do something about it.
Don't you know that The Hope Canal project, in thousands of other good places
thing is alive Sometimes in the pale moonlight to live and some of my family
which water would be intro-
duced from the Mississippi and friends have ventured off to
I dream of a thing that used to be
River into the Maurepas swamp these places for different
Out there in the fog reasons. I love em all and wish
basin has been discussed for at
Out there in the bog And then the night grew silent least fifteen years. Yes, Louisiana them the best of luck, but ole
is losing some of its limbs but Goose ain't going nowhere. I'm
Or maybe sitting on a log As the water in her veins a Louisiana boy and although
she's very much alive.
When they killed ole man river she may be struggling to some
Just recently a friend and degree, I'll be with her till the
And then the night grew silent end. I love you lady....
They kinda shot us co-worker of mine was telling
As the water in her veins down the drain
me that he was now spoiled
because of a fishing trip that he Till Next Time,
When they killed So hey what you doing out there
Mrs. Mississippi had taken while in Cancun.
Say ya got to make While he was there he had If There's Such A Thing As
another repair caught several sailfish, tuna and Heaven On Earth,
They kinda shot us down
the drain dolphin. I replied that you can
Hey don't ya think its I Just So Happen To Be There
a shade bit late do that here also, but you have
So, hey what ya doing over there to travel a little further out to
do so. Being a true Louisiana James "Goosie" Guice

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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 Hi Tech Problems moment.
That’s when I realized I came
Tootie, is a brilliant photogra- with Low Tech up with a lo tech solution for a
pher and takes on jobs that are
hot and sweaty, like LSU I realize this photo is not as Solutions high tech problem.
baseball and local high school high quality as Tootsie photos After taking this photo of my
softball, for Ascension but just look at it. It is in focus I love my hi tech televisions. brilliant redneck solution I took
Magazine. With his selfless and he received a deserved day My hi tech music system and my a close look at the movies I’d
efforts the magazine prints and off. I felt it was my duty to computer is my life. chosen.
displays some outstanding relieve his work load. “You I make a living using my ‘August Rush’ is a great film
sports photos. the man Tootie”, I’ve always computer and the internet keeps but I feel they missed the
This month there were so got your back picking up the me in touch with my family, ending. Tom Hanks in ‘Angels
many events to cover I felt I ‘ho- hum jobs. At least I friends and my bank account. & Demons’ is terrific like most
didn’t want to over work my took a good action shot of this I take it for granted the of his movies. Then there is
cousin, our best photographer, unfortunate looking young lady amount of information that I ‘Hunt for Red October’. A
so I took it upon myself to serving me a beer. am bombardered with in the classic from the past that I enjoy
suffer through the photography By the way “Tootie”, I have a form of information that each and every time I watch it.
responsibility of the photo photo shoot at the Sorrento continously ticker tapes across Lately I’m having a harder time
shoot of the Grand Opening of dump coming up. Will you be the bottom of the screen. pulling it out to watch it.
Tilted Kilt. available next week? For the most part I like the I love the story line and the
information. I read about entire theatrical approach it has
scores or news alerts. but then I see Alec Baldwin as
This particular evening LSU one of feature actors. He was
was playing Florida State in the young and handsome then with
College World Series. a bright future and had it
I am a big baseball fan and my rolling. Then he decided he was
favorite major league team is the bigger than his britches and told
Atlanta Braves. My Braves have half of America that his opinion
been doing pretty good this is the only one that matters.
year and they can hit. With that How many times has he
said, I set my television to threaten to leave the country if
record the Braves game each his political affiliate doesn’t win
and every chance I get. an election.
As the Florida State vs LSU Well Alec, I watch the movie
game played, the ticker tape from time to time but not
across the bottom of screen because of you. I do because of
revealed the Braves score. I the art of the film but I can
covered my eyes but then LSU assure you I will never pay
got a hit so I had to peak and money to watch any movies you
saw the Braves were down 2-1 make these days along with
in the second. Robert De Niro, Ashley Judd
I want to watch the LSU and any american actor that
game but I have trouble not thinks they are better than any
looking at the information as it other americans.
ticker tapes across. I want to However, with that said, I can
watch the recorded Braves later always use your movie to be
and I hate watching a game used as ticker tape information
when I know the score. bar blocking mechanism and I
In a flash I grabbed some can take a marker and color out
movie DVD disc and stacked your face on the DVD cover so
them in front of the television I don’t get flustered each time
blocking the my view of the I see your face.
information. Now I can watch
LSU win while not having to

avert my eye at the right
Close Encounters have to give them tooties and
with the
little washing. I know if I had
worn flip flops to a dusty cook
1 3 0 5 3 H W Y. 4 3 1 • S T. A M A N T
5 Digit Kind off I would have toe cheese
everywhere. Surprising enough
I love doing art work and her feet were clean as a whistle
claim there is nothing I can’t but I wasn’t going to pass up a
paint. Most of the time I say the chance to caress and clean the
bigger the better. I’ve painted feet of this lovely woman. I
basketball floors. I did a mural pulled out the baby wipes and
downtown Baton Rouge went to massaging and
150’ x 50’. It’s just what I do. scrubbing. I don’t know if it
During the Jambalaya Festival was good for her but it was
I met some young ladies under definantly good for me.
a tent cooking in the Mini Pot I got a little excited when I
Contest. While conversing and heard her moan, “that feels
making jokes I noticed that one good” and then her girl friend
of the girls had pretty blue said, “Crap I wish I had my toe
painted toes. I commented that nails painted so I could get one

the color matched my Jambalaya of those foot cleaning!”
Festival shirt. I told her all she I pulled out my glasses, a
small paint brush and grabbed

needed was a jambalaya pot
painted on her big toe. We 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 State-of-the-Art
festival taking photos of cooks Equipment
and told this story to a friend of
mine that was cooking. A lady Front End
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guy that painted Crystal’s toes?”

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
I looked befuddled and
wondered how she knew that. 24 Hr. Emergency Roadside Service
First I pulled out my trusty
plastic garbage bag full of She said one word, “Facebook”.
brushes, thinner, paint and So Crystal I wasn’t going to
some baby wipes. I sat on an ice disclose your name but since it
chest in front of her and said, was on Facebook it’s out there.
“Let me see them toes!” Also, Robyn if you read this
At first it felt a little awkward. you need to have them tootsies
I am holding a woman’s foot in painted next year so you can
my hand and I barely know her good that foot cleaning
name. My first concern was I massage.
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Cooking Gourmet at Home
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

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, (should be slightly brown), turn off
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.

Grilled Shrimp & Roasted Corn Grits 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.
Prep: 25 minutes
For the Grilled Shrimp:
Coat shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper or to kick it up a
Cook: 20 minutes notch add whatever Cajun seasoning you desire. Heat flat grill or saute pan on
high heat and cook shrimp until pink and firm.

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Servings: 4 For the Plate:
On a Round plate or in a bowl start by scooping the grits into the center of the
Ben Jarreau dish, place shrimp on top and sauce to your desired tastes. Garnish with sliced
green onions and sautéed tasso.