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BETTY BERCEGEAY ................. 9
Dottie Godberry
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Linda Melancon
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Calvin Bessonett
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Frank’s Restaurant

block wall with nothing to offer. It is now
Opinions expressed are not

artistically creating a comfortable enivonment.
necessarily those of the

It is now a beautiful outdoor venue for parties.

I can paint it!
publisher, editor or staff of

If you can imagine it painted?
Ascension Magazine

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painted for Ray Kelly, St. Amant
Helping Kids
Anything Outdoors Helping Kids board members would
like to thank everyone for making our first annual Fall
Festival a success. The event was held on September
9th at the Knights of Columbus Hall and Duckroost
Seafood & Deli in St. Amant. We are excited to say that
we raised $12,000 at the Fall Festival. All the proceeds
will go to helping Louisiana children with life threatening
diseases, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in
Memphis, TN, and Our Lady of the Lake Children’s
We especially would like to thank our sponsors. Their
generosity has helped us not only put on this wonderful
event, but they have also helped us grow Anything

Bone & Joint Clinic Opens New Prairieville Location
Dr. Mazoch is accepting new patients and appointments by contacting Bone and Joint Clinic. He is a specialist
in arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder, knee, and hip.

Dr. Mazoch graduated Summa Cum Laude from LSU and top of his class in medical school receiving honors
in all clinical rotations and serving as president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors society. He completed his
orthopedic residency at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences where he consistently performed
above the 98th percentile nationally. He has many peer-reviewed research publications and has presented his
work at both national and international meetings.

Dr. Mazoch completed fellowship training at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center and Tulane
Institute of Sports Medicine where he received additional training from internationally renowned experts
in arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Mathew J. Mazoch, M.D.
surgeons,the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Orthopaedic Society Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
for Sports Medicine.

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Outdoors into the success it is today.
Our sponsors include Veron Smoked Sausage, Martin
Sausage, Duckroost Seafood & Deli, Peanut’s Lawn
Services, Cannon HVAC Services, Plus EM Up Kennels,
Southland Fire Services, Kara Gaskin Realtor, All Dimensions
Painting, Basin Taxidermy, Hughes Insurance Services, Bar
D Outdoors, Haydel & Wambsgans Insurance, ADM, Ascen-
sion Paper Products, Pit Stop, Lamendola Dentistry, Nate’s
Buck Bait, Cabela's, IntExt Home Improvements, Railroad
Auto Plaza, Tureau & Tureau. We would also like to thank
Lamar Advertising of Baton Rouge for donating the
billboard for our event.
A special thanks to Louisiana Wildlife Agents, Dennis
Neal, and Plus em Up Kennels for the seminars. Kenny &
Justin Cornett, Stonewall Broussard, and the Repertrois for
the live entertainment. The Templet family for providing
funnel cakes and Bayou Boy Sno-Balls LLC for the snoballs.
Thank you to all that donated items for our silent
auction and to all those who bought the amazing items
in our auction!!
We had 14 teams sign up for the Jambalaya cook off and
we would like to thank Layne Gautreau & the JFA for

judging the jambalaya. Congratulations to
Jordan Sheets for winning 1st place in our
cook off. The plaques given to the winners
for the cook off were made by Ascension
Laser Design, LLC.
Anything Outdoors Helping Kids board
members would like to thank their family,
friends, and volunteers for all the support and
help with the Fall Festival. Follow us on
Facebook, Anything Outdoors-Helping Kids or
look on our website, anythingoutdoorshelp-, to see when and where our
next event will be held.

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Betty Joy Bercegeay
Born July 28, 1927
A celebration her 90th birthday at
the Sorrento Community Center.

A letter from Betty:

Dear family and friends,

I want to give many thanks to all
that made this such a loving and
beautiful celebration. A special
thanks go to Larry & Kathie,
Charlene Parker Bercegeay and all
the many family and friends who
made this such a joyous occassion.

Thank you Herman Frederic who
took all thepictures and to
Deacon Randy Clement who gave
me a beautiful blessing.
In addition thank you
Byron Gautreau, my great
nephew,y for cooking a wonderful

I have been so blessed to have as
much love in one room.

Thank you for everything
Betty Joy Gautreau Bercegeay

Hebert’s Specialty Meat held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Hebert’s Specialty Meat held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony soups, seafood and meat pies, au gratins, a variety of opened this franchise location in East Louisiana.
on Tuesday, August 15th to celebrate their opening in sausages, a large selection of stuffed meats and If you would like more information on Hebert’s Specialty
Ascension Parish at 13375 Highway 73, Geismar. so much more. Attending the Ribbon Cutting for Hebert’s Specialty Meats Meat, please call (225) 673-3323 or visit their website
were owners Mike Stone and Jesse Benedetto. Also in They are opened Monday –
Hebert’s, home of the original deboned stuffed chicken, is Hebert’s starts with a selection of the finest products attendance were District 59 Representative Tony Bacala, Friday 7:00am- 6:30pm, Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
owned and operated by Mike Stone and Jesse Benedetto. available. The timely combination of cooking and s Ascension Parish Councilman John Cagnolatti, Ascension and closed on Sunday. For more information on the
Their cajun flair of unique seasonings, marinades, easonings creates the authentic cajun flavor. Their primary Parish Government Public Information Officer Martin Ascension Chamber of Commerce, please visit
stuffings, and cooking processes allow them to produce goal is to provide their customers with a consistent, high McConnell, Ascension Chamber of Commerce President,
delicious products. They have all the cajun favorites, quality product and true Cajun flavor. Hebert’s has been in and CEO Sherrie Despino along with Chamber e-mail
deboned stuffed chickens, turduckens, deboned stuffed business since 1984 with the original store in Maurice, Ambassadors and Hebert’s Specialty Meat family or call (225) 647-7487.
turkeys, shrimp or crawfish etoufee, boudin, gumbos and Louisiana (just south of Lafayette) and is happy to have and friends.

Full service produce stand just
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Garden Club
“Plant America” Gonzales Garden Club hostesses for the September meeting were, from left, Gail Lonibos, Loretta
Ramirez, Lorraine Gautreau, Mabel Savoy, Patti Mouton, and Marilyn Oubre (not pictured).

The Gonzales Garden Club began its 2017-18 Live Oak Registration, Conservation of Native of the month is to replenish mulch layers with
season at the home of Lorraine Gautreau on Plants, three Garden Therapy Workshops, Kidz fresh material, such as pine straw, to maintain a
September 6. This was the 31st consecutive Kove Sensory Garden, Oak Grove Primary But- thickness of two to three inches. Member Mary
year that Mrs. Gautreau has hosted a club meet- Jo Pohlig also hinted that now
ing. Twenty-one active members, three associ- is the time to divide daylilies
ate members and one guest attended the and irises.
gathering. Newly elected GGC President Jamie
Trisler presided over the business meeting. Hostesses Lorraine Gautreau,
Gail Lonibos, Patti Mouton,
Member Conchita Richey displayed an Marilyn Oubre, Loretta Ramirez
educational exhibit titled “Plant America, and Mabel Savoy served
NGC President’s Project”. Her pictorial display jambalaya, white beans, green
reflected the club’s plans to enhance gardening beans, green salad, yellow
cake squares, blueberry cake,
terfly Garden, Jambalaya Park Garden, and and lemon squares. Ascension Magazine
Recycling Garden Tools. Publisher Mike Strong was invited as a lunch
guest for his generous coverage of garden club
Members Barbara McCormick, Conchita Richey activities and his curiosity about the club’s civic
and Jamie Trisler presented vertical line floral involvement. He spoke of the workings of
designs. Members brought cuttings of blooming creating his monthly publication and of his large-
plants from their gardens labeled for identifica- scale art business. Strong is also an avid gar-
tion, which created an attractive display of small dener who is in the process of replanting his

GGC Yards of the Month
Gonzales Garden Club Historian Ellen Rich-
mond (right) presented GGC Past President summer flowers. The featured horticulture hint home landscape which was flooded last year.
Priscilla Monson (left) with a scrapbook of
photos of club activities from her last year of
holding the office.

The club has adopted the National Garden
Clubs’ theme of Plant America, which is a plan within Ascension Parish in support the
to encourage civic gardening through a grant national theme.
program for local garden clubs who cultivate
public spaces. The focus of this particular club Committee chairmen briefed the membership on
meeting was Plant America Beginning at Home. how 14 club projects to Plant Gonzales will
work toward the national goal. Community
The home of Ronald and Debbie Chauppetta won
Gonzales Garden Club’s Residential Yard of the
service projects include Arbor Day Commemora-
Month for its attention to detail. White Caladiums,
Dwarf orange zinnias brightened the
Chauppettas' back patio of furnishings
tion, Books and Libraries, National Garden Club
dark-leaf elephant ears, agapanthus, foxtail fern and
Week Floral Designs, Residential Yard of the ornamental grasses provided texture and color to the and container plants.
Month, Commercial Landscape of the Month, garden. Annuals include SunPatiens Super Plants.

St. Theresa of Avila Church was honored as this month’s The lawn and shrubbery along the side of
Commercial Landscape of the Month by the Gonzales the St. Theresa Church are neatly trimmed
Garden Club. Stately oaks surround the property. and weed-free.
brave men and women during
their most difficult times.
Mission 6 helps veterans find
employment, assist in finding
counseling services and even
give them some long overdue
fun with special one on one or
group kayak fishing trips!

Mission 6 started a little over a
year ago, has five directors and
more than 15 volunteers. To
date have assisted over 120
American heroes.

Please Join Mission 6
2nd annual Redfish
Pointe Aux Chenes, La
Date : October 4, 2017

For more information, visit or call
Matt Roberts at 225-304-1404
veterans, law enforcement
Be a Day officers, fire fighters, and
paramedics by assisting these
for more information.

It's with a heavy heart I write
tonight. I have family in my
home from St. Pete, Florida,
running from Hurricane Irma.
I have friends in Houston
helping people rebuild after me want to do more and be
Harvey, and it's also 911. more, give of myself… beyond
myself, because serving is truly
When I get to see and hear of greatness.
people, ie- Cajun Navy, law
enforcement officials, EMS, Thank you to all of those who
firefighters and those with brave forfeited sleep, birthdays with
hearts and willing souls, helping their child, and the comforts of
the helpless in devastating their own bed to be a helping
situations, it gives me hope. It hand. Thank you for those that
makes me think that with love, put their lives on the line to
anything is possible. We are rescue others.
truly the hands and feet of a
loving and generous God, if we Featured Day Maker
listen and obey Him. It makes
– Matthew Roberts,
Mission 6
I’m so proud to
introduce my cousin,
Matt Roberts, former
Marine who has a heart
for those who serve.
Matt started a
non-profit organization
called Mission 6.
Mission 6 gives back to

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Golf Tournament -
Pelican Point -
Leo Broering Golf Tournament benefiting United Way
was held on August 18th at Pelican Point.

There was a great turnout and thanks to all the
golfers that compeited.

Mike Gill (Shell) was the winner of the closest to the
hole competition. The farthest hole on the putting
green was chosen (over 100ft putt) for the
competition. Mike came 2’ 9” from the hole.

We are looking forward to next year and the
opportunity to raise money for such as good cause.
left to right: Cliff Decoteau (ABB – Marketing Communications Mgr), Oscar Ortiz (ABB – Business
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There are also many new styles fea- Is your watch really
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semi-round, and oval shapes with
gold or silver spacers, and there are Going Swimming?
richly colored, high gloss Tahitian
pearls in fascinating dark shades in- Most watches are not actually wa-
terproof. In fact, all watches sold in

the USA cannot legally be called
waterproof. Instead, the term
“water resistant” is used to de-
scribe the ability of a watch to
withstand some exposure to
September – Sapphire. water. And the degree of water re-
sistance is usually marked on
Wisdom and clear thinking are the the watch’s face.
personal traits of those born in
Pearls: September. A gift of brilliant blue How much water resistance you
Sapphire symbolizes loyalty, need depends on your level of ac-
A Perfect Choice sincerity and faithfulness. The tivity. A watch that is water resist-
sapphire belongs to the corundum ant to 30 meters can be splashed
with Layne Gautreau cluding purple, green, peacock group, classified by their hardness with water but not
blue, bronze, beige, and silver. which is second to diamond, the submerged. A watch with 50m on
Today’s pearl jewelry is not hardest mineral on Earth! the dial can be submerged (such
something your grandmother ever Among the many fashion trends as in the shower) but not for any
dreamed of having. The exciting this year are white gold lariat length of time. A
new designs available these days necklaces with rainbow pearl ac- rating of 100 meters
are no longer limited to plain cents, pearl station necklaces with is OK for swimming,
strands of round pearls in different individual pearls separated by dif- diving, or snorkeling,
formal lengths. ferent lengths of gold chain, and while a rating of 200 me-
lavish torsade necklaces and ters means the watch can
Pearl jewelry today comes in bracelets made of twisted strands be used for
dozens of eye-catching new of multi-colored pearls. recreational scuba diving.
combinations for necklaces, A rating of more than
bracelets, earrings, and pins. There Pearls have always been one of the 200 meters is essential for
are classic round pearls blended most popular gifts. Now they’re those participating in
with brightly colored gemstones, even more alluring and appealing active water sports
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investment strategy. For example, other employer-sponsored
if you want to retire early, you retirement plan.) On the other
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HPV: How Common
• A change in the way your
the best outcomes. Regular
dental check-ups that include an
Head, Neck Are HPV- teeth fit together when you examination of the entire head
and Oral Related Cancers? close your mouth and neck can be vital in
detecting cancer early.
Cancers Some patients complain of a
HPV is now associated with
persistent sore throat, feeling Can the HPV
9,000 cases of head and neck
By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD like something is caught in their
cancers each year in the United Vaccine Help
throat, hoarseness, a change in
States, according to the CDC.
The human papilloma virus voice, earaches, pain when Prevent Head and
It is four times more common
(HPV) is the most common swallowing and unexplained
in men than women. Neck Cancer?
sexually transmitted disease in weight loss. If you have any of
the United States, with these symptoms, let your dentist
14 million new cases each year. What Are the know, especially if you’ve had The CDC recommends that
According to the CDC, there Symptoms of HPV- them for two weeks or more. 11 to 12 year old boys and girls
are more than 40 types of get two doses of HPV vaccine
HPV, but most are cleared Related Head and Where Do HPV- to prevent cervical and other
from the body by the immune Neck Cancers? less common genital cancers.
system without causing any Positive Head and It is possible that the HPV
health problems. Neck Cancers vaccine might also prevent head
Signs and symptoms include:
and neck cancers – since the
Still, some types of HPV affect Develop? vaccine prevents an initial
the mouth and throat. Low-risk • A sore, or soreness or
infection with HPV types that
strains can cause mouth or irritation that doesn’t go away
HPV-positive head and neck can cause head and neck cancers
throat warts, but high-risk cancers typically develop in the – but the studies currently
strains are associated with head • Red or white patches, or pain,
throat at the back of the tongue underway do not yet have
and neck cancers (also known as tenderness, or numbness in
and near or in the folds of the sufficient data to say whether
oropharyngeal cancers) that mouth or lips
tonsils, which makes them the HPV vaccine will prevent
affect the mouth, throat, tonsils difficult to detect. these cancers.
and back of the tongue. Oral • Lumps, thickening tissues,
cancer is just one type of head rough spots, crusty or
Although people with HPV-
and neck cancer. Data from the eroded areas
positive cancers have a lower
CDC indicates that about 7% of risk of dying or having
people have oral HPV, but only • Difficulty chewing,
recurrence than those with
1% have the type of oral HPV swallowing, speaking or
HPV-negative cancers, early
found in head and neck cancers. moving your jaw or tongue
diagnosis is the associated with

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vulnerable to being For example, after a civil rights
YOUR ESTATE MATTERS manipulated. complaint was brought,
California enacted a law to
However, with better restore rights to individuals
By Linda Melancon understanding of the nature of under guardianship who
certain disabilities and the notified the court of their
automatically includes anyone advent of civil rights advocacy, desire to vote. These
under guardianship, whether these “mental incapacity” laws individuals need only petition
or not they actually lack the are now being called into the court and “say” they want
mental capacity to vote. question as unfair and unlawful to vote, even if their means of
restrictions on the rights of communication requires
Many people with special voters with disabilities. More reasonable disability
needs who are perfectly people with disabilities now accommodations to do so.
capable of voting have have the right to vote and the Unless a judge determines in a
appointed guardians – usually right to choose a person to hearing, with “clear and
their parents – so that they can assist them with voting, and convincing” evidence, that the
Guardianship, continue to be cared for into cannot be barred from voting person had not communicated
by anyone other than a judge. their desire to vote, the judge
Mental Incapacity adulthood. But, depending on
the state, being under has to restore the right to vote.
and the Right guardianship may mean that in Still, determining the voting
rights of a particular individual The laws are moving in the
to Vote the eyes of the law they lack
mental capacity and can’t vote. with disabilities is complicated. direction of presuming that an
The overwhelming majority of individual with mental i
Mental incapacity is generally states have progressive laws mpairment has the right to
All U.S. citizens have a
defined as the inability based about the right to vote or have vote, unless proven otherwise.
federally guaranteed right to
on mental illness, intellectual decided not to enforce Therefore, parents and
vote, but those under
disability, or mental impair- outdated laws. Twenty-five guardians should check with a
guardianship (what is called
ment of any sort, to reasonably states, including Arizona, qualified special needs attorney
“interdiction” in Louisiana)
carry on the everyday affairs of Connecticut, Florida, about the current local laws
may not have that right.
life or to care for one’s person Maryland, New Jersey, New regarding the right of those
Although things are slowly
or property. The rationale for York, Ohio and Texas, provide with special needs to vote.
changing, some states,
the denial of voting rights is that incapacitated persons shall Obtaining guardianship is a
including Louisiana, still deny
that people with mental retain their right to vote unless very important way to protect
citizens the right to vote if
incapacity do not understand expressly limited by a court a loved one and in most States
they have been declared
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From Cancelled Trips
to Campus Tips
by Bill Delaune
Editor’s Note- First and ones…” and believe they had
foremost, our thoughts and my rod-hook, line and sinker.
prayers are with the people All those Cajun cuties were a
affected by the devastating distraction to say the least.
storms that have occurred 2. Slow horses- I really can’t
recently. Here in South blame Lafayette and Evangeline
Louisiana, we are painfully Downs for introducing me to
aware of the heartbreaking horse racing. My Uncle Harry
losses that winds and placed a 2-dollar bet on the
flooding can cause. Kentucky Derby for me when
This column was supposed to I was nine years old when he
be about Bill and Dustin’s claimed a horse named Tim
Excellent Adventure to see Tam was a “cinch” to win.
LSU’s opening football game in When Tim Tam came dancing
Houston the first week in in ahead of the field, I was the
September. Through the richest kid in Prairieville with a
generosity of a mutual friend, windfall payoff of nine sawmill
we had suite tickets for the dollars.
game, two nights at the Marriot Apparently Harry had more
and a parking pass so close that than two bucks on the horse
even I could have thrown a because I have a first cousin
football into NRG Stadium. named Tim Tam Bullion.
The story was also to have But going to the track was
included our successful stop in certainly a convenient
Lake Charles where Dustin won alternative to studying on
a fortune at the Golden Nugget Thursday, Friday and Saturday
and I scored my first hole-in- night. And even in the
one at the L’Auberge golf off-season, there were Sunday
course. There would have also races at the “bush tracks” in
been details of the raucous Sunset and Erath that were far
tailgating party at Walk-Ons in warn him of a couple of pitfalls lowlights-let’s begin with the more entertaining than that
Houston where we had VIP that had led to my dishonorable obvious… term paper you were going to
passes and, of course, highlights discharge from the then named 1. Fast women- Imagine a write on Sunday afternoon.
of the big Tiger victory. USL in the 60’s. 6-2, 150 pound, 17-year old Check out an old movie called
But, alas, Harvey had other “Jack,” I said in my best bean pole from Prairieville, away “Casey’s Shadow” with Walter
plans. What that hurricane did counseling voice, “look out for from home for the first time, Matthau for further reference.
to East Texas is a tragedy. Our fast women and slow horses.” strolling onto a strange campus 3. Bouree- I can’t hold
loss of a fun-filled weekend is That started my brain racing with about 10,000 good- Lafayette responsible for this
just a shame. (faster than some of those nags looking women. Now there vice either but when the nickel
So, changing horses in the I bet) and I realized as a retired were plenty of pretty girls in card games in the dorm grew
middle of a stream (no pun educator that I needed to alert Ascension Parish back then (and boring, the lure of bigger games
intended), I decided to divert those now entering universities still are today), but in that era, downtown began to call my
from a trip that never was to for the first time about some of many of them hooked up with name. In a place called
some tips for college as a public the dangers that lurk ahead in a steady boyfriend in high Voorhies one night, I was
service to some of our younger any college town. school-or earlier-and got playing in a 50 cent ante game
readers. And if it jolts a few Now remember-my married soon after they (a fortune back then, especially
memories from our seniors’ col- experiences are from the 60’s-a graduated. if you had to match the pot)
lege days, well that’s cool too… different time for sure-so I’ll So the sheer number of single, when I drew the ace, king,
When my favorite bowler Jack leave out some of the mind-al- attractive women in one place queen of trumps-a “cinch”
Douglas (son of two of my tering experiences of which I’m was overwhelming for a country winner. I laid the three cards
favorite people Tommy and Pat not proud of and can’t boy to say the least. I was down as Ascension rules
and brother of my favorite remember anyway. And a few reminded of an old Marvelettes required and dragged the pot
former softball catcher Emily) are dreadfully outdated but song “Too Many Fish in the but not before some scathing
announced he would be you’ll get the hint. So, just Sea” with the line, “…Short words from my older
attending ULL, I felt obliged to hitting on the highlights-or ones, tall ones, fine ones, kind opponents.
“Hey, sport,” said one in a opening line from Glen’s
heavy Cajun accent. “The next successful TV show.
time you play those cards one at But one day I came home
a time. There ain’t no need to from class (Hey, I did make a
show us up.” few.) and heard some familiar
I replied very meekly that I guitar sounds coming from my
certainly would and bought room. To my surprise, there
everyone a beer with my was Bob with my sheet music
winnings. doing a passable “Gentle on
The next night I was playing My Mind”.
in a bar called Dixie’s (Are you “Very interesting progression
starting to see why my grades for a country song,” was his
weren’t Dean’s List material?) only explanation.
and I drew the same hand. Not long after, the song
Remembering my lesson from became a crossover hit on the
the night before, I played the pop charts and Bob was
ace, allowed everyone else to vindicated. It goes without
play, and then played the king saying but if we had put as
and the queen in the much time in our studies as
same manner. playing our guitars, we would
“Hey, sport,”-had I heard that have been Rhodes Scholars.
voice before? “The next time 7. Festivals in Surrounding
you lay down those three Towns- Okay, what do you want
cinches. There ain’t no need to to do this weekend? Sit in a
show us up.” dorm room and read “Tale of
Sometimes, even when I lost, Two Cities” or go to the Sugar
I felt lucky to get out of those Cane Festival in New Iberia?
games alive. Or the Crawfish Festival in
And buy me a beer one day Breaux Bridge? Or the Rice
and I’ll tell you how I passed Festival in Crowley? Or-my
trig at a poker game at the personal favorite-the Frog
Swinging Machine. Wild Bill and South Louisiana legend G.G. Shinn reminisce Festival in Rayne?
4. Night Life- Yeah, yeah, about Bill's "lost years" in Lafayette. How in the Dickens was I
this one could be on any list of supposed to study literature
any college in the country. But number of off-campus women giving it that old college try. with all those parties going on?
Lafayette had such great music roaming these haunts for us Led Zeppelin’s legendary I could go on about other
on weekday nights that it was poor unsuspecting college boys. Jimmy Page once called that distractions but I think you get
almost impossible to stay in and 5. Steely Dan- The recent ride his favorite guitar solo of all the point. Just the fact that I
study when the city’s sirens death of Walter Becker-one-half time so we were dealing with made it three glorious years in
were luring you with sweet of Steely Dan-reminded me of the classics-it just wasn’t Charles Lafayette is a minor miracle in
songs. still another musical reason I Dickens and Henry David itself. And by the way, my last
On any given night you could missed so many classes. I had Thoreau. year there in 1968, Playboy
catch the Boogie Kings with brought my old acoustic guitar 6. Glen Campbell- Same magazine voted USL the
G.G. Shinn or T.K. “I’m Not a to Lafayette to play a few of my song-different verse. When number one party school in the
Fool” Hulin or Little Bob and old country chords when I Glen passed away last month, nation-the first time such an
the Lollipops who had a hit discovered the guy next door I thought about the time I honor had gone to a “small
song called “Purple Raindrops” Bob Richardson had an electric purchased the sheet music for school”.
long before Prince. One night Fender complete with amp. “Gentle on My Mind” from In 1969 I tryansferred to LSU
at the Roof Garden, Bob played The next time I went home, Prof. Ernie’s music store in at the urging of my parents
a song that-unbeknownst to I loaded up my Silvertone-the Lafayette because I couldn’t and the dean of men at
me-was a popular tune for locals one with the amp in the convert writer John Hartford’s Southwestern. Playboy’s
to do the alligator dance to. case-and hooked up with Bob banjo chords to the guitar. number one party school for
When he sang the chorus, for some late night jam sessions Bob and the rest of his New that year? You guessed
“Everybody, you got to hit the that once again proved a fun Orleans’ buddies were busy it-Louisiana State.
floor now…” the bartender and alternative to reading working on some Eric Clapton Coincidence? I think not.
I were the only ones left psychology. Then along came songs from the new Cream
standing-and him only because Becker and Donald Fagen’s album and poked fun at me for
he was serving drinks. The next classic “Reeling in the Years”. being so country. At any time
time I was ready. We spent countless hours of the day or night, one of the
And if the ladies in distraction trying to learn the killer lead Yats might stick his head in my
number one weren’t enough, guitar solo in that song door and say in a mocking
Lafayette was notorious for the performed by Elliott Randall- drawl, “Hi, I’m Glen

never quite succeeding, but Campbell,”-the signature
opportunity to fish some of guide we were fishing with was
these waters such as Poverty Captain Jeff Brumfield, a retired
Point, Red River, Caddo Lake, firefighter that we met years ago
Old River, Calcasieu Lake, Big at Grand Isle. Around ten that
Lake etc. For the most part I've morning after harvesting all of
never made an unsuccessful trip. the "White Perch" ( like they
In late April I had the pleasure call sacalait up there) that we
to finally after many years of wanted, I asked the Captain if
taking about it, to make a trip he could find some hot bream
above Marksville to the action with the hope that we
Saline/Larto Lake complex. could film another episode. He
The plan was for my partner said he didn't think that would
and I to fish for sacalait first and be a problem and he was right.
bream second. On this particu- The action at two spots he
lar day the sacalait fishing would chose was non-stop. You could
be done spider fishing style. almost let the camera run with-

Head East -Not This Time This method consists of six
rigged poles being fished from
the bow of the boat at one
out hesitation. In about thirty
five minutes that film was in the
For a short span of my life I Atchafalaya Basin /Lake Verret
had the incredible experience of area, most of the anglers from time. I had tried this method Lake Saline and Lake Larto
working as a deckhand on a off- our area including myself head before at Old River but had not are surrounded by Dewey W.
shore commercial fishing vessel east and south for their fishing been successful. Well, we were Wills wildlife management area.
out of Grand Isle, LA. When I adventures. Why not, you usu- successful on this trip. In the Sacalait, bream bass, catfish,
was not able to make the hitch I ally catch all you want from matter of a two or three hours white and yellow bass fishing is
fantastic in this
hole of water. A
fall trip to this area
with a little hunt-
ing and fishing
combined would
be a nice trip for
any true outdoors-
man and it's on my
bucket list for sure.
Just for the record
over 4000 squirrels
were harvested in
the 2016-2017
hunting season on
Dewey W Wills
WMA. That's a lot
of squirrels! It's
not very common
in our area to see a
body of water that
doesn't have any
trash in it. One
things for sure you
won't see any trash
on these water-
If you are inter-
ested in making a
trip to this fantas-
tic fishery don't
hesitate to call
Captain Jeff
Brumfield at
would give my spot to a close these waters. Toledo Bend and we probably boated a hundred You won't be sorry you did and
friend of mine that was unem- Caney Lake do draw somewhat fish keeping about forty-five. you'll probably never fish with a
ployed at the time. I remember of a crowd from our area in Not bad for a slow time on this better fishing guide...
asking him on one instance after search of a real trophy large body of water. It amazes me
their return the question; mouth. It's been my experience how these fish seem to be Till Next Time,
"Where did y'all go?" Like it that a whole lot of us don't re- everywhere out in the middle of
was yesterday I can still remem- ally realize just how great the these types of waterways. "Head Northwest".
ber his reply, "I don't know, fishing is above I-10, not to My partner Lyle Johnson
Doc said we'll head east like he mention the salt water fishing in and myself were at this location James "Goosie" Guice
always says". west LA. to film for our new episode of
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It was a great evening and the
event was beautiful. Amy is the
daughter of Brian ‘Butchy’
Lambert and his wife Donna.
Scott showed up a couple of and how it came to pass. It
years ago and started dating turns out his initial sightings of
Amy intrigued him with her Scott’s family gathered around ‘The Buckeye state and want to
Amy. Then he kept showing up the cake and seemed to start a welcome all of Scott’s family to
at family events. I met him a beauty but I found out later,
Butch, his new father-in-law, Buckeye chant. It was a very our Cajun family. I think it is
couple of times a year and liked nice, well done cake in the shape perfect match. Plus he has a
everything about him but he had taken him red and speck
fishing in Port Forchan and of the Ohio State logo. As I great duck dog, Tripp. However
was from Ohio. The state that watched the cutting of the cake Amy may remind him one day.
houses Ohio State not my apparently he was hooked on
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with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS 8 ounces andouille sausage, 1 tsp salt
cut into ¼ inch slices 1 bay leaf
2 tbsp ground paprika 1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 tbsp ground cumin 3 cups chicken stock
½ tsp cayenne pepper 1 pound large shrimp,
½ cup diced tomatoes peeled & deveined
1 large green bell pepper, Salt & ground black pepper
diced to taste
2 stalks celery, sliced
¼ inch thick

1. Place butter and sausage in a large stockpot over medium heat;
cook and stir for 5 minutes until sausage begins to brown.

2. Stir in paprika, cumin, and cayenne; cook for 1 minute

SHRIMP AND SAUSAGE JAMBALAYA 3. Stir tomatoes, onions, celery, green pepper, green onions, salt
and bay leaf into sausage mixture.
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20 minutes turn heat to low. Cover and cook for until rice is just tender,
Cook Time: about 45 minutes.
1 hr. 10mins 5. Stir in shrimp, replace lid and cook for 5 minutes.
4 plates 6. Season with salt and black pepper.

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