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COMPLIMENTARY

JANUARY 2018, VOL. 16 ISSUE 1

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Table of Contents

CHAMBER GOLF

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GONZALES GARDEN CLUB

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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FAMILY FEST

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BILL DELAUNE

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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The Ascension Chamber Enjoys a Day on the Green at Golf Ascension 2017 On Monday,
The Ascension Chamber Enjoys a Day on the Green at Golf Ascension 2017 On Monday,
The Ascension Chamber Enjoys a Day on the Green at Golf Ascension 2017 On Monday,
The Ascension Chamber Enjoys a Day on the Green at Golf Ascension 2017 On Monday,

The Ascension Chamber Enjoys a Day on the Green at Golf Ascension 2017

On Monday, November 13th, the Ascension Chamber hosted their annual Golf Ascension Tournament presented by R.J. Daigle & Sons Contractors, Inc. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful day of golf at Pelican Point benefiting a great cause—Leadership Ascension! Such a successful event can only be attributed to the wonderful sponsors, volunteers,

participants and committee members that consistently work together to help the Chamber grow and prosper.

The Chamber would first like to thank the Tournament’s Corporate Sponsors for their donations and participation in the tournament. The 2017 Gold Sponsor was EATEL, Silver Sponsors

Sponsors for their donations and participation in the tournament. The 2017 Gold Sponsor was EATEL, Silver
Sponsors for their donations and participation in the tournament. The 2017 Gold Sponsor was EATEL, Silver

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Sponsors for their donations and participation in the tournament. The 2017 Gold Sponsor was EATEL, Silver
Sponsors for their donations and participation in the tournament. The 2017 Gold Sponsor was EATEL, Silver
were BASF and Cox Communications and Flag Sponsor was Pujol, Pryor & Irwin, Attorneys at
were BASF and Cox Communications and Flag Sponsor was Pujol, Pryor & Irwin, Attorneys at

were BASF and Cox Communications and Flag Sponsor was Pujol, Pryor & Irwin, Attorneys at Law. Each year the tournament’s corporate sponsors not only help fund the event, but also get involved by sponsoring teams, putting up tents on the course and offering great door prizes.

There were many additional sponsors who made this tournament such a success. Potash Corp was the Gift Sponsor and provided insulated cups for all of the golfers and volunteers. All Star Ford Lincoln sponsored a Hole In One Contest for the chance to win a new car. Food and Drink Sponsors for the day were CarliCo Cafe who provided lunch, L’Auberge Baton Rouge who provided dinner, Baton Rouge Coca Cola and

for the day were CarliCo Cafe who provided lunch, L’Auberge Baton Rouge who provided dinner, Baton
for the day were CarliCo Cafe who provided lunch, L’Auberge Baton Rouge who provided dinner, Baton
for the day were CarliCo Cafe who provided lunch, L’Auberge Baton Rouge who provided dinner, Baton

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Community Coffee. Beverage cart sponsors were Bonfanti Investments, Express Employment Professionals and Waguespack &
Community Coffee. Beverage cart sponsors were Bonfanti Investments, Express Employment Professionals and Waguespack &
Community Coffee. Beverage cart sponsors were Bonfanti Investments, Express Employment Professionals and Waguespack &
Community Coffee. Beverage cart sponsors were Bonfanti Investments, Express Employment Professionals and Waguespack &
Community Coffee. Beverage cart sponsors were Bonfanti Investments, Express Employment Professionals and Waguespack &
Community Coffee. Beverage cart sponsors were Bonfanti Investments, Express Employment Professionals and Waguespack &

Community Coffee. Beverage cart sponsors were Bonfanti Investments, Express Employment Professionals and Waguespack & Associates Insurance.

Contributing to the many activities throughout the tournament were United Community Bank sponsoring the Longest Drive contest and State Farm Insurance-Adam McCarty sponsoring the Closest-to-the-Hole Contest. In addition, numerous tent sponsors provided wonderful drinks and treats for the golfers throughout the course. These tent sponsors were BASF, Domain

Architecture, Essential Federal Credit Union, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, GSA Consulting Engineers, Inc., Industrial Municipal Supply Co., Inc., Mary Bird Perkins, Mike Anderson’s, Pelican State Credit Union, Quality Engineering & Surveying, Inc., Rouses, Red River Bank, Stuart & Company General Contractors and The Spa House Day Spa, LLC, who also provided complimentary chair massages for the golfers. The Chamber would also like to thank all hole sponsors, door prize donors, Pelican Point Golf Club and this year’s Golf

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Chamber would also like to thank all hole sponsors, door prize donors, Pelican Point Golf Club
Ascension Committee. Scott Banker, EATEL, and Jobie Templet, Air Prod- ucts & Chemicals, Inc. co-chair

Ascension Committee. Scott Banker, EATEL, and Jobie Templet, Air Prod- ucts & Chemicals, Inc. co-chair the committee. Additional committee members include: Bridget Hanna, Ascension Clerk of Court; Amy Lambert, Neighbors Federal Credit Union; Rae Milano, Lofton Staffing & Security Services, Jeremy Lee, Methanex and Kenny Foster, Gulf Coast Aerial

Mapping Co. Funds from the annual golf event are used to assist with funding for the Chamber’s Leadership Ascension Program. For more information on Golf Ascension or Leadership Ascension, please contact the Ascension Chamber of Commerce at 225.647.7487.

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Hostesses for the GGC meeting were Ellen Richmond, Beth Beall, Loretta Ramirez, Cathy Venable, Janis
Hostesses for the GGC meeting were Ellen Richmond, Beth Beall, Loretta Ramirez, Cathy Venable, Janis D’Benedetto,
and (not pictured) Rita Bourque.

Cultivate Gardens for Butterflies

The Gonzales Garden Club held its January 10, 2018 meeting at the First Baptist Church on Burnside Avenue. The focus of the club’s resource exhibit, educational program and horticultural studies was the survival of butterflies. Club President Jamie Trisler began the meeting with a quote from Little Prince author Antoine De Saint-Exupery: “Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.” Each club member responded to roll call with the name her favorite butterfly.

East Baton Rouge Master Gardener President and Louisiana Master Naturalist Ken Bosso presented a program on “Enticing Pollinators to Your Backyard Garden”. He narrated his PowerPoint presentation by addressing types of butterflies and the necessary host and nectar plants for their survival. For the greatest success in attracting and breeding butterflies, he advocated a natural, pesticide-free habitat of abundant April and October blooms that are shielded from strong wind with a small fresh water source nearby. The 25 attendees included garden club members, master gardeners, a landscape architect and a horticulture instructor.

EBR Master Gardner President Ken Bosso presented a program on “Enticing Pollinators to Your Backyard
EBR Master Gardner President Ken Bosso presented
a program on “Enticing Pollinators to Your Backyard
Garden”.

The horticultural hint for January is to keep old spent flowers of cool-season bedding plants picked off (deadheaded) to encourage

continued blooming; fertilize

if needed. The gardening tip

of the month came from Member Gwen Heck. She demonstrated how to save milkweed seeds. Seedpods should not be removed from the plant until they are brown and dry. The pods

should be cracked open into

a paper bag and shaken to

separate the fluff from the seeds. The seeds need a period of cold storage in a refrigerator or chilly garage

Interested gardeners learn that milkweed plants are essential for the survival of monarchs.
Interested gardeners learn that milkweed plants are essential for the survival of monarchs.

before germination.

Member Mary Jo Pohlig devised clever innovations to create a crescent line floral design in a wet foam oasis. She curved a young, pliable sprig of eucalyptus by wrapping thin wire around its stem and staking it into the foam with a pick. She inserted a cutting of jade succulent as the filler plant and deep purple violas set in tiny straws filled with water as the accent flowers. Her grandmother’s porcelain hand- painted vase repeated the purple and green hues of the plant material for a perfectly coordinated display.

Hostesses Loretta Ramirez, Beth Beall, Rita Bourque, Janis D’Benedetto, Ellen Richmond and Cathy Venable provided a buffet of three chili recipes with shredded cheese and Saltines followed by bread pudding, carrot cake,

GGC Member Mary Jo Pohlig chose an antique hand-painted vase to complement the flowers and
GGC Member Mary Jo Pohlig chose an
antique hand-painted vase to complement
the flowers and greenery of her floral design.

and red velvet cake with coffee.

The Gonzales Garden Club is federated by the Louisiana Garden Club Federation and the National
The Gonzales
Garden Club is
federated by the
Louisiana Garden
Club Federation
and the National
Garden Clubs, Inc.
Club Members Conchita Richey and Mary Jo Pohlig shared butterfly
plant seeds with program participants.
Plant citrus, dill and fennel for swallowtails and milkweed for monarchs.
A variety of butterflies like globe amaranth.

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Gonzales Garden Club President Jamie Trisler presents then Associate Member Elizabeth Brandon with a flower
Gonzales Garden Club President Jamie Trisler presents then Associate Member Elizabeth
Brandon with a flower arrangement in celebration of her induction as the very first Lifetime
Member of the Gonzales Garden Club.

Garden Club Names First Lifetime Member

The Gonzales Garden Club recently established the title of “Gonzales Garden Club Honorary Lifetime Member” to honor members who reach the milestone of 90 years of age. On December 8, Mrs. Elizabeth Brandon, age 96, became the first recipient of this title.

Mrs. Brandon’s contribution to the club through the years has helped ensure its 56 years of continued service. Four current members visited her residence to thank her for her legacy of exquisite floral designs,

impeccable hosting style and gracious community service. Gonzales Garden Club Member Ellen Richmond commented,

“I will always remember the

February meetings Mrs. Brandon hosted because her tables were stunningly set with beautiful roses.”

Club President Jamie Trisler presented Mrs. Brandon with

a proclamation of lifetime

membership as well as a vase of roses. When making the presentation to Mrs. Brandon, Trisler said, “It is my hope that those who come behind you will follow your example and the club will continue to strive to educate, enhance and preserve the landscape in our community. Thank you so much for your dedication.”

in our community. Thank you so much for your dedication.” Gonzales Garden Club Members gather to

Gonzales Garden Club Members gather to honor Lifetime Member Elizabeth Brandon (seated). Standing left to right are Members Cathy Venable, Myra Mire, Jamie Trisler and Ellen Richmond.

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Brandon (seated). Standing left to right are Members Cathy Venable, Myra Mire, Jamie Trisler and Ellen

St. Amant Volunteer Firefighters attend Firefighter Safety & Survival Training

Volunteer Firefighters from the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department recently completed an 8-hours training session in Firefighter Safety & Survival, stated Chief Officers James E. LeBlanc.

The purpose of the Firefighter Safety & Survival Course was to ensure that our Volunteer Firefighters in Ascension Parish understood the proper MAYDAY operations between all our Volunteer Firefighters, Company Officers and Chief Officers of the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department, stated LeBlanc. Volunteer Firefighters must continue to be

trained to perform potentially life-saving actions if they become lost, disoriented, in-

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8-hour training session held here in Ascension Parish and hosted by the Ascension Parish Fire Dist. #1 – Firefighter Broc Poche, Asst. Chief Josh Wingerter, Firefighter Josh Rushing, Sgt. Greg Swanson, Asst. Chief Shane Rojas and Firefighter Ryan Moran. Not pictured is Lt. Eric Hughes who also completed the course.

Firefighter of the Month recognized.

the local family members for his dedicated efforts, but also by his Volunteer Firefighters that were on the call with him that day, stated Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc. We are very proud of the dedicated training hours and response that Firefighter Grant

Harris continues to give our community and Parish stated, Chief LeBlanc. The St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department has continued to recognized a “Firefighter of the Month” for the past twenty years in our community. Pictured left to

right is Captain Gary Germany, Firefighter Broc Poche, Asst. Chief Josh Wingerter, Fire- fighter Josh Rushing, Firefighter Grant Harris, Sgt. Greg Swanson, Asst. Chief Shane Rojas, Firefighters Ryan Moran and Mytrail Whitehead.

Shane Rojas, Firefighters Ryan Moran and Mytrail Whitehead. The St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department also recog-

The St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department also recog- nized Firefighter Grant Har- ris for the December 2017 – “Firefighter of the Month”, stated LeBlanc. Firefighter Harris performed CPR on a medical response in the St. Amant Community that gave a local resident the chance to breathe a little longer to be with family members. Firefighter Harris was recognized not only by

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It may be Carnival Time, but it’s also Flu Season Achoo! It’s kinda hard to

It may be Carnival Time, but it’s also Flu Season

Achoo! It’s kinda hard to get in a Mardi Gras state of mind since I’m on the mend from the flu. Despite several rounds of steroids and antibiotics, I’m not sure if anything worked but liquids, rest and time. Strangely enough, this year’s flu didn’t come wrapped in its normal package; this year’s flu came complete with a bad ass cough and major chest congestion. After speaking to so many people with the flu, I decided to do a little research on the flu, how to prevent it, how to treat it, and more.

So, What is the flu?

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses. The flu affects everyone differently and can be mild to severe, and in some rare cases, death. Scary, I know. Older people, young children, others with certain health conditions are at high risk of flu complications, so it’s best to arm yourself with the best defense, including a flu shot and natural supplements and lots of vitamins.

When is flu season?

According to the CDC website, by year end 2017, all but four states and the District of Columbia have widespread flu cases, with Louisiana being

of Columbia have widespread flu cases, with Louisiana being one of the first states to hit

one of the first states to hit widespread status. The flu season can last from as early as October through, albeit rare, May. Peak months for flu cases are in the months of December and February.

Will a flu shot help?

I’ve taken the flu shot, and got sick eight hours later, so I’ve shied away from taking it since. Flu shots are suggested for anyone six months or older, and the CDC states that if you do receive a flu shot, on average it will prevent the flu 40 to 60 percent. There were rumors that this year’s flu shot helped only around 10 percent of the flu, but this was one particular

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strain, the H3N2 strain, most prevalent and as reported in Australia. In the US, this same strain was combatted by the flu shot and has an efficacy rate of about 32%. A friend of mine suggested a natural defense called Black Elderberry for overall immune strength. One in liquid form called Sambucol is available at Walgreens, Amazon, or any drug store. This natural

at Walgreens, Amazon, or any drug store. This natural occurring antioxidant that has been scientifically proven

occurring antioxidant that has been scientifically proven to boost your immune system. It can be taken year round for immune support.

What if I get the flu?

Yes, the flu is a major bummer, and remnants of the

the flu? Yes, the flu is a major bummer, and remnants of the flu can last

flu can last upward four to six weeks. (I’m going on three

weeks feeling bad and still have

a persistent cough and overall

malaise.) While symptoms persist, rest, lots of liquids are

helpful, but I recently heard of OTC medication called Occillococinum. Occillo- cocinum is a homeopathic dissolvable pellet medication that you can take with any other medication that helps relieve common flu symptoms.

Prevent Spreading the Flu

The flu is highly contagious, even if there are no symptoms present. You can actually infect someone else one day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. It’s very important to stay home until you feel better so you don’t pass the virus to those at your work or school. Also be mindful to wash your hands often, disinfect surface

areas with an antiviral cleaner, ie

– Clorox, Odoban, etc. and to

cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough! So, there are few hints to keep you flu free in 2018. Wishing you a happy and healthy Mardi Gras Ascension!

XOXO – Sweet Eyes

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"Tips for Successful Content Marketing" by Orhan Mc Millan dezinsINTERACTIVE
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Marketing"
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Ready or not, 2018 is on its way. As we enter a new year, we prepare for a new surge of digital content.The Internet becomes ever-expanding, new trends begin to emerge, and technology continues to evolve exponentially. As industries adjust and consumer behaviors changes, we must prepare to go in to what might seem like the most chaotic, electrified warzone there’s yet to be. So much content is produced and published worldwide, it seems almost impossible to make a ripple in the vast ocean that is marketing.

Marketing is an essential part of business, and a huge one at that. We as businesses must promote our products and services and bring awareness to our brands, amidst the over saturated pool that all businesses are swimming, and reach our target audience- the consumers. Nowadays everyone has a smartphone, everyone is on the Internet, and everyone is seeing every post and advertisement. So how do we stay on top of the game and reach our target audience? Unfortunately, there’s no 4-step-checkmate move to reach that goal, but there are some steps to take in preparation to make our marketing more efficient and effective.

Understand what truly matters to your buyers

Creating buyer personas for an organization is nothing new. But that doesn’t make them any less important. In fact, understanding your buyers is more important than ever in the digital age. Industry trends change, and buyers now have access to more information before making a

purchase decision. Because of this, you must be front and center for your buyers at all times. By creating, or refining, your buyer personas, you’ll be able to create

a marketing mix that gains

traction and reaches your target audience.

A buyer persona should

accurately identify your ideal

audience and reflect the specific desires your prospects have when

it comes to your products or

services.Your organization will

likely have more than one buyer persona to express the diversity

of your audience and that’s a

good thing.You’ll be able to personalize their customer journey and enable your market- ing efforts to be more impactful.

Review and Rebuild

Your buyers are always changing. New trends impact their day-to- day lives and market dynamics shift how they measure success. While you may already have personas in place, it’s always necessary to check on what

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challenges and pain points are top of mind for your target audience and what you can do to fix them. Revisit your past year’s content and see what worked and what didn’t.You can find which type of content was most effective in communicating to your audience, generating leads, shares, etc. and build a more focused strategy based around that type of content.

Optimize for different channels

With the rise of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and many other devices, people are searching for content all over the place. It is important to have your content accessible to all types of platforms to reach your largest amount of target audience.A step up from that includes the varying social media platforms that are being widely used. Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google, are all go-to platforms for customers to research products and reviews that influence buyer decisions. Being active across the web not only increases the likelihood of customers finding your business, but it builds a solid reputation for your company and promotes your online presence.

While you’ll be marketing products and services alike, the main goal in content marketing is to build brand awareness for your company throughout the web.To do so effectively, you must under- stand where your target audience

lies and optimize your online marketing accordingly. For instance, if your target demographic primarily consists of people age 50+, chances are you aren’t going to find many of them onTwitter or Instagram. Platforms such as Facebook and Google have made it increasingly easier to target specific demographics and reach more potential clients, so becoming familiar with different programs and utilizing them can give you a step up in your marketing strategy.

Build a calendar

If consistency is key, calendars are the locksmiths. Using a calendar to plan where and when you want content posted will give a more solid understanding your overall content marketing strategy. Instead of creating content and blasting it across different platforms and mediums, you’ll be able to view a timeline showing you when, where, and what content your audience will receive from you. It is important to diversify your content, and im- plementing a calendar can ensure you’re not posting the same thing repetitively.You will also be able to plan for future marketing and take advantage of special occasions such as holiday marketing, industry trends, and other seasonal events.

Conclusion

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Building your content strategy keeping these tips in mind will give you a better overall understanding of your target audience and how to reach them. With times constantly changing, it is important to build a content strategy that is both flexible and effective. Starting the new year off on the right foot is an essential part of having a great business year. For help in developing your content marketing and planning a successful 2018 strategy, call (225) 615-8358 or visit http://dezinsin- teractive.com/.

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FINANCIAL FOCUS

How Can You Improve Your Financial Fitness This Year?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be taking the necessary steps, such as improving your diet and increasing your exercise. Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being – but, at the same time, don’t forget about your financial fitness. Specifically, what can you do to ensure your investment situation is in good shape?

Here are a few “healthy living” suggestions that may also apply to your investment portfolio:

• Build endurance – Just as exercise can help build your endurance for the demands of a long life, a vigorous investment strategy can help you work toward your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement. In practical terms, this means you will need to own some invest- ments with the potential to pro- vide long-term growth. These are the investments that, ideally, you can hold on to for decades and eventually reap the benefits of capital appreciation. Of course, growth-oriented investments, such as most types of stocks, will rise and fall in value over the short term, and there’s no

rise and fall in value over the short term, and there’s no guarantee of profits, or

guarantee of profits, or even preserving principal. But if you choose wisely, and you’ve got the patience and discipline to hold on to your investments through the market’s ups and downs, you may well be rewarded.

• Maintain an ideal “weight” –

You can help yourself stay healthy by maintaining your ideal weight. This can be challenging – as you know from the recently finished holiday season, it’s easy to put on a few extra pounds. And, just as inadvertently, your portfolio can tack on some unneeded weight, too, in the form of redundant investments. Over time, you may have picked up too many similar investment vehicles, resulting in an overconcentration, or “flabbiness,” that can work against you, especially when a market downturn affects the asset class in which you’re overloaded. So, you might be better off liquidating some of your duplicate, or near-duplicate, investments, and using the proceeds to help broaden your investment mix.

• Get proper rest – Many studies

have shown that we need adequate rest to stay alert and healthy. In your life, you’ve probably already found that if you over-tax your body, you pay a price in your overall well-being. If you look at your investment portfolio as a living entity – which, in a way, it is, as it certainly provides life to your goals and aspirations – then you can see that it, too, can be weakened by stress. And one of the main stress factors is excessive trading. If you’re constantly buying and selling investments in an attempt to boost your returns, you may rack up hefty fees, commissions and taxes – and still not really get the results you wanted. Plus, if you’re frequently moving in and out of different investments, you’ll find it hard to follow a unified, long-term strategy. So, confine

your trading to those moves that are really essential – and give your portfolio a rest.

To enjoy your life fully, you’ll want to take care of your physical and financial health – and, as it turns out, you can make similar types of moves to help yourself in both areas.

make similar types of moves to help yourself in both areas. Jamie Lavigne, Financial Advisor 4600

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What is Periodontal Disease

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD

Gum disease, or periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their life. Periodontal diseases include gingivitis and periodontitis.

What causes gum disease?

Bacterial plaque – a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth – is recognized as the primary cause of gum disease. If plaque isn't removed each day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into a rough, porous substance called calculus (also known as tartar).Toxins produced and released by bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. These toxins cause the breakdown of the fibers that hold the gums tightly to the teeth, creating periodontal pockets that fill with even more toxins and bacteria. As the disease progresses, pockets extend deeper, and the bacteria moves down until the

bone that holds the tooth in place is destroyed. The tooth eventually will fall out or require extraction.

Are there other factors?

Yes. Genetics is also a factor, as are lifestyle choices. A diet low in nutrients can diminish the body's ability to fight infection. Smokers and spit tobacco users have more irritation to gum tissues than non-tobacco users, while stress can also affect the ability to ward off disease. Diseases that interfere with the body's immune system, such as leukemia and AIDS, may worsen the condition of the gums. In patients with uncontrolled diabetes, where the body is more prone to infection, gum disease is more severe or harder to control. Pregnant women experience ele- vated levels of hormones that cause the gums to react differently to the bacteria found in plaque, and in many cases can cause a condition known as "pregnancy gingivitis."

What are the warning signs of gum disease?

Signs include red, swollen or tender gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, gums that pull away from teeth, loose or separating teeth, pus between the gum and tooth, persistent bad

breath, a change in the way teeth fit together when the patient bites and a change in the fit of dentures. While patients are advised to check for the warning signs, there might not be any discomfort until the disease has spread to a point where the tooth is unsalvageable. That's why patients are advised to get frequent dental exams.

What does periodontal treatment involve?

In the early stages of gum disease, most treatment involves a special cleaning called scaling and root planning, which removes plaque and tartar around the tooth and smoothing the root surfaces. Antibiotics or antimicrobials may be used to supplement the effects of scaling and root planing. In most cases of early gum disease, called gingivitis, scaling and root planing and proper daily cleaning achieve a satisfactory result. More advanced cases may require surgical treatment, which involves cutting the gums – sometimes with the assistance of a laser – and removing the hardened plaque build-up and recontouring the damaged bone. The procedure is also designed to smooth root surfaces and reposition the gum tissue so it will be easier to keep clean.

How do you prevent gum disease?

Removing plaque through daily brushing, flossing and professional cleaning is the best way to minimize your risk. Your dentist can design a personalized program of home oral care to meet your needs.

How can I maintain treatment at home?

Sticking to a regular oral hygiene regimen is crucial for patients who want to sustain the results of periodontal therapy. Patients should visit the dentist every three to four months (or more, depending on the patient) for spot scaling and root planing and an overall exam. In between visits, they should brush at least twice a day, floss daily and brush their tongue. Manual soft nylon bristle brushes are the most dependable and least expensive. Electric brushes are also a good option, but don't reach any further into the pocket than manual brushes. Proxy brushes (small, narrow brushes) and other interdental cleaners are the best way to clean between the recesses in the teeth and should be used once a day. Wooden toothpicks and rubber tips should only be used if recommended by your dentist.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS By Linda Melancon New Year’s Resolutions The New Year gives us an opportunity

By Linda Melancon

New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year gives us an opportunity to start fresh, make resolutions, and do some of the things we’ve been procrastinat- ing about. For myself, even as an attorney, one of the things that was on my new year’s resolution list for several years before I actually took the time to do it, was writing a will and other estate planning

documents to let my family know what I wanted in case of disability or death and to ensure my family was taken care of if I was not able to do that myself. So, I fully understand how it can be very easy to procrastinate on these issues; after all, no one likes to contemplate their own mortality. However, in my situation and time after time in meeting with clients, the thing I hear most often when the planning is complete and the documents are signed is what a tremendous relief it was to finally have their plan in place.

So, what are the basic things each of us should have to plan for the time when we are unable to take care of things ourselves? First, everyone should have a document authorizing their family and loved ones to access

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their health care information under the HIPAA law that prohibits healthcare providers from releasing that information to anyone without your written consent. Many times these HIPAA release documents are signed at the doctor’s office, but what if you are unable to sign and your healthcare is not being provided by your primary care doctor? Without a HIPAA authorization, those other healthcare providers may not be able to release information to those you want to have that information. Also in regard to health care, everyone should have a healthcare power of attorney appointing the person or persons they want to make health care decisions if they don’t have the capacity to make those decisions on their own. While there is a statute that provides who has the right to make those decisions, the statute may not appoint the person you would have chosen had you given it any thought.

Also, a living will that expresses beliefs with regard to end of life decisions is a valuable document. Most of us still remember the Terri Schiavo case that played out in the media several years ago when there was disagreement between the hus- band and parents of a young woman who was in a persistent vegetative state. We had a similar case in Louisiana just a year before the Schiavo case but it wasn’t publicized because the lady involved had a living will.

Most people also need a will or trust to ensure their property passes to those they want it to pass to at the time and in the manner they want it to pass. Again, if you don’t have a plan, the state of Louisiana has one for you but it might not have been what you would have chosen.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do once you have these documents completed is to sit down with your loved ones and explain to them your wishes. Many problems and family disputes could be resolved if families communicated about these issues.

As you can see, estate planning is not just for the very wealthy and it is one of those New Year’s resolutions that will truly provide value to you and your family if it is needed. One of my favorite quotes says that it’s not the number of things you have to do that overwhelms you, rather, it’s the number of things you haven’t done that brings you down. Therefore, don’t let this year be another one where failure to plan for your family and loved ones is something that you procrastinate on. Instead, find estate planning professionals who are knowledgeable and you are comfortable working with and make this one of those items you can check off of the list this year.

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 is an attorney with Legacy Estate & Elder Law of Louisiana, LLC, with offices in Baton Rouge, LA and Prairieville, LA. The pri- mary 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)

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St. Elizabeth to Host 2018 Family Fest St. Elizabeth is gearing up for its 2018

St. Elizabeth to Host 2018 Family Fest

St. Elizabeth is gearing up for its 2018 Family Fest: a Day of Health, Wellness, & Fun for the Whole Family, presented by EATEL. The free event will take place on Saturday, January 20th,

at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center from 9:00am-1:00pm. More than 40 vendors and exhibitors are expected to attend.

More than 40 vendors and exhibitors are expected to attend. Dr. Tracy Wallace, Pediatrician with St.
More than 40 vendors and exhibitors are expected to attend. Dr. Tracy Wallace, Pediatrician with St.

Dr. Tracy Wallace, Pediatrician with St. Elizabeth Physicians, teaches a young participant about healthy eating habits during the 2016 St. Elizabeth Family Fest.

Elizabeth Physicians, teaches a young participant about healthy eating habits during the 2016 St. Elizabeth Family
Elizabeth Physicians, teaches a young participant about healthy eating habits during the 2016 St. Elizabeth Family

For over 17 years St. Elizabeth has hosted a community health fair, offering free screenings and health information to residents of Greater Ascension Parish. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, boasting lots of hands-on exhibits and fun activities for the entire family. Four

unique areas (EAT Well, GET Moving, STAY Healthy, and GO Play) will allow local businesses and organizations to interact with participants and showcase valuable resources available right here in our community.

In addition to exhibitors, kids and adults-alike will be

In addition to exhibitors, kids and adults-alike will be A young participant gets ready to run
In addition to exhibitors, kids and adults-alike will be A young participant gets ready to run

A young participant gets ready to run the “bungee-run” at the 2016 St. Elizabeth Family Fest. This was one of many activities and inflatables offered as part of the free event.

and inflatables offered as part of the free event. The giant AmeriHeart inflatable display will be

The giant AmeriHeart inflatable display will be featured at the 2018 St. Elizabeth Family Fest. The walk-around exhibit will allow participants to get up close and personal with the human heart.

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Conflicts Unseen in 2018

As children of the 60’s, we actually believed that we could change the world-especially after the revolutionary musical “Hair” hit Broadway in 1967. One of the biggest hits from that play promised an “Age of Aquarius” where “peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars”. The song also predicted “Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding, No more falsehoods or derisions…” for a great time of awakening for all

mankind. Well, boys and girls, here we are 50 years later and I’m afraid the Age of Pisces’s values of money, power, conflict and control still seem to be hanging around. I wish I could promise you a 2018 where “we’d all be drink- ing that free bubble-ubb and eating that rainbow stew” but that’s not the vision I’m getting from my Waterford Crystal football right now. So as a public service to you, my

faithful readers, I must tell the truth about the coming year- although I wish the news was better. And for my “old hippie” friends still waiting for the “Age of the Aquarius”, all I can say is what has become a mantra for us LSU fans-“Wait til next year.” The volatile 2018 is the Chinese Year of the Dog and, unfortunately, this one appears to be rabid. The conflicts begin in…

by Bill Delaune

January-

Alabama coach Nick Saban blames President Donald Trump’s appearance at the National Championship game for his team’s dismal showing in the first half. “He was quite a distraction- trying to sing the National Anthem and such,” fumed Saban. “Doesn’t he have other Presidential things to do like opening a new casino or a golf course or something?” Trump tweets back that Saban

other Presidential things to do like opening a new casino or a golf course or something?”

is “Nothing but a narcissist bully who is not nearly as smart as he thinks he is.”

February-

Not to be outdone, the pros get combative as New England quarterback Tom Brady threatens to sit out the Super Bowl unless Coach Bill Bellichick reinstates his personal trainer who keeps the 40-year old Brady young with some mysterious potion. “He got it from some fountain in Florida from a Spanish dude named Ponce de Leon and he won’t let me have any,” grumbled Belichick. “And I have this young blond girlfriend-a” Beli-chick”, if you will- to take care of. Anyway, I can pick up a quarterback out of the stands and beat the NFC.” The old coach’s boast proves accurate as pick-up Danny Etling leads the Patriots to another Super Bowl victory.

March-

Tragedy strikes locally as Mrs. I. Miller is arrested for killing her husband in a domestic dispute over who was sicker during the area’s epidemic- filled winter. “We’d been cooped up so long with the weather and the illness,” Miller sobbed,” and I told him if he used that ‘We left the door open and in-flu-enza’ line one more time…well, I just snapped.” A frozen icicle-left over from the December snow storm- was found in Mr. Miller’s congested chest.

April-

Even the serene tranquility of golf’s most revered tourna- ment-the Master’s at Augusta-is not immune from the violence as a frustrated Tiger Woods goes into the crowd after a heckler. En route to another over-par round, Woods finally cracks after an endless barrage of taunts about his stormy relationship with his ex-wife, Swedish model Elin Nordegren.

“I can take the jokes about my wreck that night (“What did the Florida State Police give you? Tree Under?”)” said Tiger later. “And the Confucius one was somewhat clever (“He who drives well in ‘fairway’ does not always fare well in ‘driveway’.”) But the one about being left off the Ryder Cup team ‘because I got beat by a European with a 9-iron’ was the last straw.”

May-

The owner of the Kentucky Derby’s runner-up-a striking filly named “Mimi Two”- file sexual harassment charges against the winner-a handsome colt named “Slap and Tickle”. “He kept bumping her rump the entire race,” said Mimi Two’s owner Anita Richard. “Then, when she finally turned her pretty head, he stuck his nose in front at the finish. Typical male.” When asked about “harassment”, the winner’s trainer Jose Canuzee looked puzzled and answered in broken English, “Maybe her ass meant a lot to Slap and Tickle.”

June-

After a bench-clearing brawl on ABC’s morning show “The View”, one shocked audience member tries to explain the political animosity that prevailed upon the stage. “Well, the one on the left was on the right and the one in the middle was on the left and the one on the right was in the middle and the guy as a guest was a Communist…”

July-

The Independence Day March for Equality takes a nasty turn when a woman protestor beats a counter protestor into submission with her “Tolerance” sign. “Intolerance,” she declares,” is a state that no tolerant person can tolerate.”

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August- mumble.

The old quote, “Music soothes the savage beast,” fails to hold true at the MTV awards when country artist Tim McGraw calls rapper Kendrick Lamar’s halftime performance at the College National Champi- onships “the worst performance since Roseanne Barr’s National Anthem.” The audience watches deliriously as rappers and country stars have a free-for-all with British Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant doing the play-by-play. “Well, the rappers seem to be a mouthy lot but the cowboys seem to have a bit more fire power,” announces Plant as Faith Hill lands a guitar blow to the head of Kanye West.

September-

An NFL player is badly beaten by a group of irate fans after he takes a knee during the playing of “America the Beautiful” by Ray Charles. One of the leaders of the mob-a disabled, African- American male-told reporters after the incident, “He can do what he want during the Anthem but don’t go dissin’ on Brother Ray.” Head of Security Steve Wonder said that no charges would be filed.

October-

What should have been a memorable night in Tiger Stadium honoring the 60th anniversary of the 1958 national championship team turns ugly when ex-offensive coordinator Matt Canada returns as a very offensive Miss State assistant. Coach Ed Orgeron proclaims the game “Turn Cannons on Canada Night” and arranges for LSU’s Heisman Trophy Billy Cannon to run over Canada on the sideline during a reenact- ment of his famous Halloween run. “See if he can shift outta that,” Coach O. is heard to

November-

Racial tensions reach a boiling point at the Baton Rouge Zoo where rival groups of protestors clash over the number of black and white stripes on the zebras. The city hires an independent expert Tarzan of the Apes to settle the dispute and he goes right to work painting black stripes or white stripes where needed to insure equality. But after months of working-at the taxpayer’s expense-Tarzan runs up a hefty bill and some media types begin to question the length of his contract. When approached about how long it will take to finish the project, the Ape Man replies, “Tarzan stripes forever.”

December-

Could it really be? Could this explosive year of constant fighting end in peace before Christmas? It appears a possibility as President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un agree to meet in one of Trump’s hotel to attempt to reach an agreement on nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, when the two leaders get into the elevator, a physical altercation ensues resulting in Trump’s hair getting disheveled and Jong- un’s hair getting-well, sheveled. A spokesperson tells the press, “The argument began over who gets to push the button first to go up.” So there you have it, sports fans-read ‘em and weep. And I’m sorry if I added to your winter doldrums. But just remember-in only a few days we’ll hear those uplifting words that causes hope to spring eternal no matter how bad things are going in the real world. Pitchers and catchers report. Please hurry, spring training. We need you.

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My granddaughter got out of the car and ran across the vacant lot that borders my yard to the rental house next door. With a big smile on her face she embraced a young African American girl standing in that yard. Upon her returning she explained to me that the young girls' family had moved there and that the girl was a good friend and classmate of hers. My grandkids and their mother were living at our house at that time of their life. The single mom's family next door and my family became fairly close neighbors. It wasn't uncommon to come home from work and find Jazz, her brother or one of their cousins at my house playing in the yard with my grandchildren. One of my granddaughter's favorite pastimes was shooting the BB gun. The young girl next door had never had the opportunity to do so but soon discovered that she enjoyed the challenge that the small gun offered. Several of my after work evenings were spent in the back yard with those two shooting at targets, cans etc. As time moved on Jazz became more and more interested in firearms, hunting, fishing and the cooking of wild creatures. When we'd return from hunting trips my grand- daughter would tell her about which gun she had used, along with the safety aspects of that firearm. She'd watch closely as we cut up game to consume and she and Mikaylah would discuss cooking and eating wild game. On one instance as we were cutting up venison, Jazz made the statement "I've never ate meat before." I replied "What you mean you never ate meat before?" She then said, "I mean meat that had to be cut up". I then told her "Baby it all gets cut up by someone, but in this case we cut it up on our own." Stunned, she replied "Oh!" Jazz learned how to shoot the BB gun with accuracy. She'd had a

front seat view of what it's like to properly clean and prepare game, seafood and fish for the table. She helped cook a few meals and enjoyed the taste of each and every critter that she ate at my house. Hard times fell on the single mom and they had to move to another state. I often wonder if Jazz will have the opportunity to safely fire another firearm, see a fish get cleaned, or get another chance to help cut up deer backstrap and fry it for supper. Because of a small opportunity the door was opened for a brand new adventure in a young girls' life. Jazz caught on quickly. She could have become an outdoor woman. Hopefully those days that she and my granddaughter had together aren't lost forever in her life. I can only wish that someday I'll be in my yard and this tall slim African American girl stops by and says, "Hey Mr. Guice, let me show you a picture of this deer I shot." That, or better yet "I just gradu- ated with a degree in wildlife management." That would be quite a pleasure. Fish and game agencies along with many outdoor organizations try to target this large group of citizens in our world that would become outdoorsmen and women if given the chance. Every person that I've ever introduced to hunting and fishing have seemed to truly enjoy those spectacular adventures. In many cases if the person does not continue to pursue outdoor activities, they have a better understanding of why those of us that do it enjoy it so much

Till Next Time,

Give Them The Opportunity,

(We Love You Jazz)

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Fishing with Old Friends in Leeville

The day after Christmas I was invited to take a 4 day fishing trip in Leeville with my brother- in-law Butch at his fishing camp. Other camp members that I got to visit and fish with was Sloan and his brother Steve. Growing up I knew Sloan as ‘Pig’ and Steve as ‘Cue Ball’. I believe Steve said Shelby Robert gave him that nick name after his Dad had givin him a summer hair cut and his blonde/white hair looked like a cue ball and the nick name stuck. I don’t know where ‘Pig’ came from but I do know Sloan has a new nickname, ‘Gibbs’. It seems that his wife thinks he looks like Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS. He’s a lucky man to have a wife that sees the best features in him. However I don’t see it. I was really excited about making the trip and like usual I go lost on the way there going down LA Hwy 3125. Eventually getting on track I had to avoid the speed traps and just be patient on Hwy 1 and Hwy

avoid the speed traps and just be patient on Hwy 1 and Hwy 308. One thing

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One thing about this trip I found out is a fishing camp ain’t much different than a hunting camp. I heard stories of high water and accidents throughout the years. Just like our hunting camp stories of falling on the ground. Stories in Leeville involve falling in the water. This trip was a great and the guys put m eon fish each and every day we could get out. The cold weather did hamper us. When we did get on the fish these guys were pros. The first spot we came to they caught 13 specks before I even got a bite. I

eventually caught a few but en- joyed every minute.

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Oddities that you learn at the camp!

These guys have built this camp from storm to storm. They fi- nally have an enclosed outdoor cooking and gathering area. With the cold temps we hud- dled out there quite a bit. We cooked breakfast and supper. There was a television and if you know men a fight over the remote and channel selection was always an issue. Cueball and Butch were constantly battling for it. Butch wanted to watch football, even if it is Classic Football Bowl games. Cueball wanted to watch stories about Bigfoot and NCIS. One afternoon Cueball took the remote and put the station on, ‘Searching for Bigfoot’. After arguing for a while Butch posed a question to Cueball that would put the reality of Bigfoot to rest. The question was, “Cueball? If there is a real Bigfoot, why is it they only find 1 left foot print?” After pondering the question Cueball responded with the most logical answer. Giving Butch a small smirk and a grin. “Ok Butch this is why there is only a left foot impression. Bigfoot is not a dancer and has 2 left feet!” Butch looked at me and grabbed the remote and turned the television back on

College Classic Bowl Games. These guys were like Abott and Costello. Back and forth. Cueball would come up with ideas to cook and then get Butch to cook. One morning Cueball figured the fan on the vent hood was needed to be turned on. When he turned it on it was so quiet he didn’t believe it was on so he stuck his finger in the fan. A yell and a look of astonishment told the story. The fan works and hurts.

Pelican Razoo

I had a great time on the fishing trip and heard many stories and tales from long ago in school growing up. When I watched the pelicans fight over the fish scraps I was reminded of my first day at school in Louisiana at morning recess. As kids we played marbles but I wasn’t aware what the word ‘RAZOO’ meant until the bell rang. Razoo was yelled out and in 2 seconds flat I didn’t have a marble left in sight. I felt like one of these pelicans in the back row. No fish or marbles for me.

flat I didn’t have a marble left in sight. I felt like one of these pelicans
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he makes me laugh. This past

week he sent me this Old Goat

Quiz. Immediatly it caught my

attention. First, I am an Old

Goat and second I thought I

might know some of the

answers, unlike my ability to

do cross word puzzles, so I

took the test.

Old Goat Quiz.

Which of the following names are you familiar with?

1. Monica Lewinsky

2. Spiro Agnew

3. Benito Mussolini

4. Adolf Hitler

5. Jorge Bergoglio

6. Alfonse Capone

7. Vladimir Putin

8. Linda Lovelace

9. Saddam Hussein

10. Tiger Woods

You had trouble with #5, didn't you?

You know all the liars, criminals, adulterers, murderers, thieves, sluts and cheaters, but you don't know the Pope?

Thanks Macky. Keep them coming.

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checking-out at the store.

Larry’s wife Becky had it

displayed and I was instantly

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Becky pointed out to me,

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Keep up the good work and

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In a move to offer additional assistance to Parish employees suffering from long-term or catastrophic illness, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa presented a change to the parish personnel policy allowing em- ployees to donate and receive accumulated sick time.

“The Parish sick leave policy cannot always address the needs of some whose illnesses have a longer recovery time than others,” said Matassa. “This new policy helps those people.”

The policy addition, which was passed unanimously by the Council, establishes a sick leave donation bank, which allows employees to donate any

accumulated hours into a pool. Full-time employees who have used all of their sick time may petition an employee committee for additional hours to supplement their pay.

Matassa, who has made employee well- being one of the hallmarks of his administration, pushed for the change when he learned of employees who were no longer paid for time missed.

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Cooking Gourmet at Home

with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

Cooking Gourmet at Home with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS Crab&AppleBruschetta Yield: 10-15 servings Prep: 15

Crab&AppleBruschetta

with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS Crab&AppleBruschetta Yield: 10-15 servings Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 10 minutes

Yield:

10-15 servings

Prep:

15 minutes

Cook:

10 minutes

Serving: 4

Garrett- Executive Sous Chef • Sam- Executive Chef • Chevy- Sous Chef

Ingredients:

8

ounces fresh Jumbo Lump crabmeat

1

small loaf French bread

1

Granny Smith apple

4

ounces Smoked Gouda (whatever cheese you like)

8

cherry tomatoes

1

ounce fresh basil

2

ounces extra virgin olive oil

2

lemons

Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste

Method:

First thing you want to do is get those toast points cooked. Set your oven on 375 and allow it to preheat. Take your French bread and cut it into ½ inch slices then lay them out on a sheet pan/cookie sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil and bake for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool and get nice and crispy.

Next, grab your crabmeat and put it into a small mixing bowl. Drizzle the crabmeat with a little olive oil, the juice of the lemon (no seeds), and salt & pepper to taste.

Now get your cheese. Here we are using Smoked Gouda, but you can use any of your favorite cheeses. Shred the cheese and set aside until it’s time to use. Take out your cherry tomatoes and cut them in ½ and add them to the bowl of crabmeat

Thinly slice the basil leaves

The last ingredient to prepare is the apple. Remove the core of the apple either with an apple corer or simply by cutting off each side of the apple. Cut the apple into small cubes and put them into the small mixing bowl with the crabmeat and tomatoes, then drizzle with the juice of the last lemon (no seeds). This will keep the apple from t urning brown.

LET’S PUT IT ALL TOGETHER!!!

Lay out your crispy French bread toast points and top them with the crabmeat, tomato, and apple mixture. Sprinkle the shredded Smoked Gouda over the top then finish them off with the fresh basil. Serve immediately and enjoy this fresh and simple to make dish as an appetizer or accompaniment.

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