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Linda Melancon
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with fellow Chamber members 2017 Large
during a social hour, followed Business of the
by an elegant dinner. Year nominees
During the program, the were St. Elizabeth
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dedication and commitment of Scotts Company
their 2017 Award Nominees. and Essential
The program was led by Federal Credit
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presented by Ascension announce Jackie
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and past winners. Individual of of the Year, Amy
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Plenty of Fun at the 2018 St. Elizabeth Family Fest
More than 1,300 participants This year’s fest offered kids and mal Clinic, kids and adults were ings were completed. “Preven-
attended the 2018 St. Elizabeth adults-alike more areas of play able to learn about health and tion is key,” said Jon Hirsch,
Family Fest, presented by and learning than ever before! wellness in a fun and family-fo- Director of Marketing for St.
EATEL, on Saturday, January Four unique areas (EAT Well, cused environment. There was Elizabeth, “It was wonderful to
20th. Though skies were a bit GET Moving, STAY Healthy, even a special section for kids see families at the event learning
gray, all of the fun and activities and GO Play) allowed local five years of age and under. about the different aspects of
were sure to brighten anyone’s businesses and organizations to Free health screenings were also personal health. Often, we get
day. Over 57 booths offered interact with participants and plentiful during this year’s Fam- so wrapped up in what is going
event-goers the opportunity to showcase valuable resources ily Fest; a key focus for the on around us that we forget to
get hands-on with their health available in our community. event. Screenings included eat well and exercise, and we
and learn new ways to stay well From the “Grow with Me” Blood Pressure, Hearing, Head sometimes dismiss the signs and
through preventative screenings, Planting Station, sponsored by and Neck, Cardiovascular Risk symptoms when our bodies are
healthy food choices, and physi- Scott’s Miracle Gro, to the Assessment, EKG, Lipid Panel, telling us that something is
cal activity. “Teach Me Teddy” Stuffed Ani- and BMI. Hundreds of screen- wrong. This event was focused

on helping each participant un- in some capacity, to the mem- Children’s Dental and Parker
derstand their personal health bers of the community who Orthodontics, and Assumption
and offered resources to assist in supported the event, to the offi- Community Hospital.
on-going care and treatment.” cials with the Parish of Ascen-
“Community events such as sion and the employees of
these don’t just happen,” says Lamar Dixon Expo
Robert Burgess, CEO of St. Center, and especially
Elizabeth Hospital, “It takes to the sponsors of this
many hours of preparation and year’s Family Fest.”
many people just to have them, Sponsors included
much more to make them suc- Eatel, UnitedHealth-
cessful. If the positive comments care Community Plan,
and the numbers of people in Baton Rouge Radiology
attendance are any indications, Group, St. John Pri-
this year’s event was a great suc- mary/St. Theresa Mid-
cess. We owe a debt of thanks to dle School, Lake
the numerous volunteers who Urgent Care in partner-
helped before, during, and after ship with St. Elizabeth
the event, to our team members Hospital, MedCare
who participated either by Medical Equipment and
working in a booth or helping Supplies, Ascension

Garden Club Member Memorialized at Arbor Day Ceremony

Arbor Day Program attendees are (left to right) Gail Lonibos, Priscilla Monson, Lorraine Gautreau, Jamie Trisler, Loretta Ramirez, Loretta Speligene,
Conchita Richey, Marilyn Rice, Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Janice Dick, Jean Burstall-Moran, Eddie Bowman, Gonzales Councilman Neil Bourque,
Pastor Steve Berger, Mona Bickman, Terry Richey, Reba Wheeler, Dale Bowman, Ellen Richmond and Ross Mohler

The Gonzales Garden Club Ramirez explained that a them comfort and to relieve family of Roses Member Willie Mae
held its annual Arbor Day Savannah holly had been ordered members. She didn’t want people Montgomery, personifying an oak
Ceremony at the First United and will be planted once it arrives. to go through illness alone. She tree’s life from an acorn to grand
Methodist Church at 224 W. GGC Member Marilyn Rice said did that with me for my brother old oak.
Constitution St. in Gonzales on of Mrs. Smith, "Miss Ruby Nell and for my mother, and I’ll never Club President Trisler thanked
January 19, 2018. The ceremony was a wonderful garden club forget her for that.” the pastor, mayor, councilman,
was in memory of Mrs. Ruby Nell friend and fellow church sister. Gonzales Mayor Barney congregation members and
Smith who was a member of the Curt and I always called her the Arceneaux noted that he “always garden club members for
church, and was a charter energizer bunny - she just kept enjoys attending the Arbor Day attending the ceremony to
member of the garden club. going. We all loved her dearly and Ceremony each year.” Live Oak memorialize Mrs. Ruby Nell Smith
The program began with a she is missed." GGC Member and Society Chairman Gail Lonibos with the dedication of a new tree
welcome from GGC President longtime friend Lorraine Gautreau spoke about efforts to advance for her church on Arbor Day.
Jamie Trisler. An invocation was added, “Ruby Nell was a good the culture, preservation, and
then given by Pastor Steve worker in the garden club and appreciation of the southern The Gonzales Garden Club is federated by the
Berger who also expressed the organized committees all through live oak. Louisiana Garden Club Federation and the
congregation’s appreciation for a the years. In her later years, she Chairman Ramirez read a National Garden Clubs, Inc.
tree in Mrs. Smith’s memory. would sit with people who were poem, “An Old Oak Reminisces”
Arbor Day Chairman Loretta sick all through the night to offer written by deceased GGC Circle

GGC hostesses for the March meeting were (L to R) Barbara McCormick, Marilyn Rice, Gwen Heck, Weezie Cashat, Mary Jo Pohlig and Gail Lonibos.

The Gonzales Garden Club and Marilyn Rice. The meeting friends and loved ones. seed planting, and Conchita
held its February 7, 2018 was called to order by The name of the program of Richey on division of plants. A
meeting at the lovely home of President Jamie Trisler and roll the month was “Share Your florial design was brought for
Gail Lonibos in Pelican Point. call was answered by each Garden” with demonstrations critique by Ellen Richmond of
A salad luncheon was hosted member giving the name of a and educational information red camellia, palmetto, and
by Gail Lonibos, Weezie "pass-along" plant grown given by club members sago palm.
Cashat, Gwen Heck, Barbara in their garden that they enjoy Barbara McCormick on
McCormick, Mary Jo Pohlig giving / passing along to cuttings, Mary Jo Pohlig on

GGC Member Conchita Richey explains how to dig up a crowded GGC Member Barbara McCormick describes how to snip
plant, separate the intact root/stem sections and replant each piece lower leaves from stem cuttings and use root stimulator to
into roomier locations. propagate herbaceous and softwood plants.

GGC Member Mary Jo Pohlig demonstrates the
use of seed starting mix, plastic six packs, and
peat cups to encourage seeds to sprout.

The St. Elizabeth Women's
Advisory Council held it’s 2nd
Cancer Screenings through
Mary Bird Cancer Center, as
numbered duck ($10 each, or
Quack Pack of 10 for $100)
Annual Rubber Duck Derby well as nursing scholarships. that corresponded to a raffle
Fundraiser on January 20th, at ticket number for a chance to
1:00 p.m. (immediately after After months of hard work, the win valuable prizes. This event
St. Elizabeth FamilyFest) at St. Elizabeth Women’s Advisory provided an opportunity for the
Lamar-Dixon Pond. The event members reached out to the entire local community to get
raised funds for local Breast community by "adopting" a involved.

At the “starting line,” large
buckets of the rubber ducks
were simultaneously emptied
into the water, and were
launched into the Lamar Dixon
Pond. The Gonzales Fire
Department assisted by spraying
the rubber ducks from one side
of the pond to the other.

There was a total of twenty-one
winning ducks, the first twenty
ducks that floated to the “finish
line” first, as well as the very

last duck to make it ashore,
won a prize. This year’s prizes
included a 55” Smart TV, a
beautiful ladies watch (provided
by Layne’s Jewelry), a 45 Quart
Yeti Cooler, and various
gift cards.
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• Edify your partner. We have
enough people in the world
brining us down, so offer
compliments to your spouse
OFTEN. One compliment a
day takes no time at all, and
you’ll be amazed at how they
respond and how this builds
their self confidence.

• Say you are sorry. Sometimes
an, “I’m sorry” is all you need
to make a situation better, so
lay aside your ego and just
apologize. It takes a big person
to take ownership of what
they did wrong and to make
things right.

have ground rules in
Real Love is relationships as well. Here
are a few of my own:
Kind ... • Always be slow to anger and
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I to speak with a gentle tongue.
would be amiss if I didn’t talk Arguments will happen, but the • Communicate. (This is one I
about love. Love means way we respond can escalate or often have a challenge with.)
different things to different extinguish an argument. A If something is bothering you,
people, and love is shown mean tone, expression or quickly speak up and have a
differently in places around the response will escalate a conflict, conversation with your partner.
world. But one thing remains but being humble, taking Quite often the thing that’s
true for everyone; men and responsibility, and speaking bothering you won’t go away,
Seven Levels of Intimacy,” just and your mate can quickly
women have a deep desire to in a kind tone can extinguish
to name a few. resolve any misunderstanding
an argument.
you might have.
To truly love means to first be
• Focus on the good things
connected and understand the Those are just a few of my
about your partner. No one is
essence of who you are and ground rules in any
perfect, and the easy thing to
always work on becoming a relationship, but one final
do is to nit pick on the
better person; because in order thought to remember when
shortcomings of your partner,
to give love, you must have loving someone. If you’re
so shift your focus to all that is
love, in order to offer compas- going to love, love with all that
good about them until it just
sion, you must first have you have, not holding back, and
becomes a habit.
compassion, and in order to not counting offences. If
edify someone else, you must you’re going to love, choose to
• Be kind and thoughtful. Try
first be able to edify yourself. love through the bad times,
to understand who your partner
is and why he or she does the through the good times, and all
Not only should you give the times in between. Love un-
things he or she does. Quite
through an abundance of who conditionally and unabashedly,
often understanding is all we
you are, but we should also because love never fails.
need to gain common ground

love and to be loved, but quite
often they don’t have the
emotional intelligence to
convey love as completely,
unconditionally, or as
passionately as they desire.

Consider the array of books
men and women read just to
understand and obtain true
love- “Men are from Mars,
Women are from Venus,” “The
Five Love Languages,” “The
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Tickets are limited, so don’t
wait to purchase them.”

Tickets are $25.00 each in
advance or $30.00 each at the
door. Tickets can be purchased
at several businesses in the
Gonzales area including
Gonzales City Hall, St. Theresa
Church, Jeansonne & Spillers
Dentistry, Ascension Funeral
Home, Lofton Staffing, and the
Ascension Council on Aging.
Advance tickets may also be
requested by emailing
Restaurants and vendors
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may also contact
Join us for great food from
our local vendors and

Rotary Club of Gonzales Plans Annual Food Fest
Members of the 2018 Food Fest Committee, front row, pictured from left to right are: Pierre Rabalais, 2017-2018 Gonzales Rotary President,
Paula Berthelot, Tracy Browning, Committee Chairperson, Sheena Falgoust, Anna Sparacino, and Rotary of Gonzales President-Elect, Craig entertainment. You will not
Walling. Pictured, back row, left to right are: Mike Hebert, Johnny Berthelot, Glenda Shaheen, Edward Prejean, and Willie Robinson. leave hungry! The Rotary Club
of Gonzales will also be
collecting canned goods for
the Food Pantry at the Food
Fest. Bring a couple of cans
Members of the Gonzales St. Theresa Food Bank. Chairperson of the Food Fest or boxes of nonperishable
Rotary Club have been busy Committee. “We hope to make foods and help fill the stomachs
preparing for its Annual Food “Last year’s Food Fest had this year’s Food Fest better than of those in need in our
Fest scheduled for February 27, hundreds of people attend with ever. Come join us for great f community while filling yours
2018 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo over 40 restaurants and food ellowship, fabulous food and with a taste of Ascension.
Center Trade Mart Building. vendors participating,” said help a worthy cause to feed
This annual event benefits the Tracy Browning, 2018, needy people in our area.

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“How Diversity
A survey by McKinsley & Com-
pany shows that 79 percent be-
lieve diversity initiatives have had

Affects Businesses”
a positive impact on company cul-
ture, and 89 percent of executives
believe a diverse workforce im-
proves their company’s ability to
capture and retain a diverse client
by Orhan Mc Millan
dezinsINTERACTIVE Conclusion
Diversity comes in many forms:
gender, race, age, ethnicity, sexual
orientation, religion, and many
more. Including diversity and in-
clusiveness in your workplace
isn’t just “the right thing to do,” it
is an empowering move that cre-
ates an overall sense of positivity
and respect for both your em-
ployees and the company’s image.
A multi-culturally represented
company will benefit from
stronger customer relations,
brand loyalty, and a better bottom
line. Diversity is a great invest-
ment for the long run, and a shift
By now, talk of racial and gender pany who strives for overall diver-
in race majority and demograph-
inequality has made its way into sity have access to a wider range On top of employee improve-
ics in the near future will dictate a
mainstream news enough for of skill sets. ment, companies will also see an
strong need for company diverse-
businesses to know it’s a very increase in customer relations
ness. The road to greater diversity
sensitive topic and one to be Furthermore, companies who ex- and satisfaction. Angela Naef, sen-
can start with anyone at any level
taken into special consideration. hibit strong culturally diversity ior vice president at DuPont,
and will ultimately lead to a more
We’ve seen recent shifts in com- have a better chance of recruiting stated, “A commitment to diver-
inclusive environment with hap-
panies pushing for a more diverse and retaining top talent in the sity and inclusion makes you
pier and more productive em-
workplace to support their or- workforce. In the ever-competi- more able to know who you are
ganization. Companies such as tive ‘war for talent,’ job seekers innovating for and why.” When
AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, and are looking for more than just customers see that a company is
Disney are all making monumen- salary when choosing an em- well-represented, they will be able
tal shifts for diversity in their ployee. A positive, empowering to build a stronger connection to
company culture. From employee work environment is important in that company and its brand. This
programs to incentive opportuni- creating employee satisfaction, in turn creates a relationship in
ties and focus groups, the impor- and as a result, employees will de- which a customer develops brand
tance of having a diverse, inclusive velop a strong sense of loyalty to loyalty and is more likely to share
workplace has become a priority the company and exhibit more their experience with that com-
for many businesses. productivity in their performance. pany via word of mouth.

Benefits of a Diverse
“A diverse organization will out-
think and out-perform a homoge-
neous organization every single
time,” CEO of Proctor & Gamble,
Alan Lafley, states.

From a corporate side, there are
many benefits that can come from
an inclusive workplace. Studies
show companies in the top quar-
tile for racial and ethnic diversity
are 35 percent more likely to
have financial returns above their
respective national industry medi-
ans. In addition, companies in the
top quartile for gender diversity
are 15 percent more likely to
have financial returns above their
respective national industry medi-
ans. While there is no direct link
between correlation and causa-
tion, it can be noted that a com-

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The Students of the Year Awards Program is designed to
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The market's gains may have
increased the value of your stocks

Outlook for
so much that they now represent
a greater percentage of your

portfolio than you had intended –
and you may not be comfortable
with this increased presence.
So, you may want to rebalance
your portfolio to achieve a
By most measures, 2017 was a suitable mix of stocks and bonds,
pretty good year for investors. But based on your goals, risk
what can you expect in 2018? tolerance and time horizon. As
It’s difficult to precisely predict the part of this rebalancing, and in an
immediate future of the financial effort to help reduce the impact of
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Low interest rates typically benefit some international equity
the financial markets – and unless investments to your portfolio, if
inflation jumps sharply, the appropriate. As mentioned above,
Federal Reserve will probably these stocks may do better than
remain patient, only raising U.S. stocks in 2018, but regard-
short-term rates slowly less of performance, the presence
throughout 2018. of global stocks can help diversify
Despite these positive signs, your portfolio – and diversification
there’s also reason for caution. can help decrease your overall
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Hey Dr. Rob, history of the stock market, which
includes a drop of 10% or more –
carries some inherent risks, such
Did you make me technically called a “correction” –
as those related to currency
fluctuations and foreign political
this Purdy? about once a year. We’ve gone
two years since the last correc-
and economic events.
• Be aware of “big” versus
tion, so it would not be surprising “little” – If you don’t own many
if we saw one in 2018. stocks of smaller companies, you
Given this outlook – which could might consider adding them to
be classified as “moderately your portfolio. Smaller U.S. stocks
optimistic” – what investment have traditionally outperformed
moves should you consider this larger ones and may benefit from
year? Here are a few stronger economic growth and
suggestions: lower corporate tax rates. Be
aware, though that small
company stocks tend to be more
volatile than those of larger
companies. And, as with all stock
investments, you may risk losing
some or all of your principal.
You may want to consult with a
financial professional to
determine which of these moves,
or any others, are right for you.
You can’t control the external
factors affecting the financial
markets, but you can take total
charge of your own investment
decisions – and in the long run,
these decisions can help
determine your success as
an investor.


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How Does When sugar is introduced into
comes to cavities. It’s important
to eat foods that help nourish
brushing immediately after
meals is the answer, in truth,
Sugar Cause the oral cavity, it produces more
bad bacteria in the form of
your smile and maintain a
healthy bacteria balance, such
this practice can be very
damaging to teeth. Our tooth
Cavaties? harmful acids that can attack as vegetables. enamel is porous and can
By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD tooth enamel. It upsets the become softer after we eat.
balance of bacteria and turns You should ideally aim to wait
Tooth decay happens for a the pHof our saliva more acidic,
which can quickly harm tooth
How to Stop at least 30 minutes after eating
or drinking sweet beverages
variety of reasons, and although
sugar itself can certainly lead to enamel and begin the process the Damage before brushing.
cavity formation, it doesn’t do of forming a cavity.
it by itself. You can help prevent sugar and • Visit your dentist.
other simple carbohydrates
So what exactly is sugar’s role in
Other Foods from damaging your smile by
Your dentist can help ensure
your tooth enamel is healthy
dental caries? Here we discover That Harm adopting a few simple habits.
The first, of course, is to
and stayon top of any enamel
damage to help prevent cavities.
how cavities form and what
sugar has to do with it.
Your Teeth minimize these sugars in your So there you have it— while
diet as much as possible. You sugar certainly plays a role in
Besides sugar, there are other can still eat these foods in cavity formation, in and of
Sugar Leads to foods that can cause the mouth moderation. When you do, itself, sugar isn’t solely to
to become more acidic and be sure to:
Bad Bacteria cause these bacteria to harm
blame. There are other foods
that are just as responsible for
your teeth. These include • Rinse with water. causing tooth decay as sugar.
Everyone has bacteria in their carbohydrates such as those Rinsing your mouth with water hBe sure to visit your dentist
oral cavity. In fact, some of found in bread, crackers, chips, after consuming these foods can to help stop cavity formation
these bacteria are very helpful and even pasta. These help and adopt healthier practices
to oursmiles. Of course, bad carbohydrates are turned into create a buffer between the bad to keep your smile beautiful
bacteria exist too, and simple sugars,which in turn, bacteria and your teeth, helping for life!
maintaining a balance between feed bacteria and cause acid. to reduce your risk of
these good and bad bacteria in
enamel damage.
our mouths is often what helps While sugar usually takes center
us prevent tooth decay and stage when it comes to tooth • Wait to brush.
other oral healthproblems decay, often, other foods can be Although some people think
such as gum disease. just as harmful as sugar when it

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property in the event of death. someone else -- the trustee --
The so-called "rules of the power to manage the
intestacy" provide that property property and protect it for the
will pass to spouses and next generation. Or a couple
company. children, or to parents if could pool all their resources in
someone dies without a spouse a single joint trust for their
The percentage of married or children. But no laws protect benefit during their lives, with
households in the United States unmarried partners or the funds remaining after they
fell from 55 percent in 1990 to unadopted children. There have have both passed away to be
48 percent in 2010. About 40 been many cases of parents distributed equally to the
percent of all marriages end in pushing aside the same-sex children they each bring to the
divorce. Three quarters of partners of their children upon new relationship or marriage.
people who divorce remarry -- death or incapacity.
accounting for a pretty large Goals First, Planning
proportion of the 48 percent But Don't Give the New Second. No planning can take
of American households that Spouse Too Many Rights. place in a vacuum or based on
By Linda Melancon are married. All too often, despite the best of assumptions without asking
intentions and good will, when questions. Anyone considering
5 Estate Planning If you are in a relationship, but parents remarry the new family planning for themselves and for
not married, been married more doesn't bond. The children loved ones needs to start by
Tips for the than once, have children by from prior marriages or listing her goals. Is her primary
Non-Traditional more than one partner, or have relationships don't become concern providing for herself?
beneficiaries who cannot
Family manage funds for one reason or
friends with one another or with Leaving an inheritance to
the new spouse of their father or children? Protecting a spouse or
(Which Probably another, then it's more mother. Frequently, the death of partner? Or a pet? Making sure
important that you do estate
Means Yours) planning and your planning
one spouse means that all the children are independent, but
assets of both families end up have a safety net if necessary?
cannot be plain vanilla. with the surviving spouse and Of course, most of us don't
Is your family of the “Leave
ultimately pass to his or her have just one goal, but we
It to Beaver” variety --
opposite-gender parents, the Here are a few children and grandchildren. should start by writing them all
Frank discussions about what down. Ultimately, the estate
first marriage for each, one or tips to consider: the new couple wants and plan should reflect these goals
more kids, all healthy and
planning to make sure it plays and priorities. While this is
thriving? If so, your estate plan Give Your Partner Rights.
out as planned can prevent a lot true of anyone doing estate
will probably be straight There are laws in place
of misunderstanding and planning, it is even more
forward. But if not, it's not as empowering spouses and
resentment. important in non-traditional
simple and you have a lot of governing the distribution of
Don't Be Afraid to Talk
Pre-Nup. While most people The bottom line is that laws for
entering a first marriage have no distribution of property and
children and few assets, this is rights in the event of incapacity
not the case with a second or are based on a vision of a
third marriage. Before getting marriage between one woman
married again, the couple needs and one man with one or more
to talk about what they have in children. However standard this
mind in terms of mutual ever was, it almost certainly
financial support of one another applies to fewer than half of
and of their children from prior American adults. For those who
marriages and relationships. don't fit the one nuclear family
Then they need to put their mold, planning is essential and
understanding in writing so that you should consult with an
there are no misunderstandings attorney well-versed in planning
or different memories of what for non-traditional families to
they agreed. If memorialized in make sure your goals are met.
a prenuptial agreement, it will
also be legally enforceable. If
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Front Row, Left to Right: Assistant Treasurer Dawn Caballero, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Gwen LeBlanc, President Kenny Matassa, and Assistant Treasurer Amanda Berot.

Ascension Parish Finance Department Wins National Award
Back Row, Left to Right: Finance Department staff accountants Laurie Lemoine, Toni Ourso, Ann Falcon, Lynda Timmons, Leslie Daigle, Abbey Roussel, Jeannie Yszara (clerk),
Ashley Barnes, Celeste Harris, Sherri Bellina, and Carol Celestin.

Ascension Parish President Reporting for the ninth her staff are to be commended Association of the United States
Kenny Matassa has announced consecutive year. for this well-deserved award.” and Canada (GFOA) and is
that the Parish Finance “Once again, our Finance The Certificate of Achievement considered the highest form of
Department has been awarded Department has been for Excellence in Financial recognition in the area of
The Certificate of Achievement recognized for excellence,” said Reporting is awarded by the governmental accounting and
for Excellence in Financial Matassa. “Gwen LeBlanc and Government Finance Officers financial reporting.

The Solid Choice in
Ascension Parish
Lettermen Returning/Lost:…..16/16 Tigers are the only team in the
Pos. Players w/Starting Experience country to have earned an NCAA
Tournament National Seed in each of
Returning/Lost:…..8/8 the last six seasons (2012-17). Last
Pitchers Recording Innings season, the Tigers won five separate
Returning/Lost:………..8/8 championships – the SEC
regular-season title, the SEC
Newcomers: 17 Tournament title, the SEC Western
(11 high school players; Division championship, an NCAA
Regional title and an NCAA Super
6 JUCO transfers)
Regional championship. The Tigers
advanced all the way to the College
World Series Finals and finished as
LSU is ranked as high as No. 10 in
the 2017 national runners-up.
the 2018 preseason polls, marking
Mainieri is eager to mold the 2018
the seventh straight year the Tigers
club into another national
will begin the year among the Top 10
championship contender.
teams in the nation. LSU coach Paul
“This will be a unique season for us
Mainieri, a four-time National Coach
in the sense that if you have a
of the Year, welcomes the
32-man roster with 17 new players,
expectations and challenges
literally more than half of your entire
assigned to a preseason Top 10 club.
roster will be brand new,” Mainieri
"To see ‘LSU’ as the 10th ranked
explained. “We have a lot of work to
team in the country going into the
do, and we won’t enter the season as
season is exciting, however, we are
highly-touted as we were last year. I
not satisfied with that ranking. It just
feel very confident about this group,
means we only have nine spots to go
though, and I’m really looking forward
to get to where we want to be, which
to working with them.”
is No. 1,” said Mainieri, who has
LSU returns six players who filled
directed the Tigers to one national
everyday starting roles on last
championship, five College World
season’s College World Series
Series appearances, four SEC
runners-up team, including junior
overall titles, six SEC division titles
outfielder Antoine Duplantis,
and six SEC tournament
championships in 11 seasons. “We
sophomore outfielder Zach Watson, CALEB GILBERT
sophomore shortstop Josh Smith,
realize that nothing will be handed to
senior outfielder/DH Beau Jordan,
us. It will take an unbelievable
sophomore third baseman Jake
amount of hustle and hard work, a
Slaughter and senior catcher/first
tough attitude, unwavering confi-
baseman Nick Coomes. The Tigers
dence, and clutch play for us to
are bolstered by the return of junior and junior infielder Chris Reid is The class was rated as high as
achieve our goals.”
first baseman Bryce Jordan, a 2016 another returning player with No. 5 in the nation in the annual
LSU is the nation’s leader in wins
All-SEC designated hitter that missed starting experience. recruiting rankings.
(301) over the past six years, and the
the 2017 season due to a knee injury, On the mound, LSU will have to “With 11 new pitchers and two new
replace its entire weekend starting catchers on the roster, our two
pitching rotation as Alex Lange and biggest priorities going are
Jared Poche’ have moved on to determining who will fill roles on the
professional baseball , and right- mound and behind the plate,”
hander Eric Walker, a 2017 Mainieri said. “Our expectation will
Freshman All-American, will be be, as it always is at LSU, to have
sidelined in 2018 after undergoing our team in position to play for cham-
Tommy John surgery. pionships at the end of the year.”

Position Players
Junior right-hander Caleb Gilbert
(7-1, 2.16 ERA in 2017) and
sophomore right-hander Zack Hess
(7-1, 3.12 ERA, four saves in 2017)
are the top returning members of the The LSU outfield is led by junior
JOSH SMITH LSU staff, which also includes rightfielder Antoine Duplantis, who
veteran pitchers Austin Bain, Nick begins his third season in the Tigers’
Bush, Matthew Beck, Todd Peterson starting lineup. The Lafayette, La.,
and Will Reese. native, batted .316 (90-for-285) last
The Tigers’ talented group of 17 season with 14 doubles, two triples,
newcomers consists of 11 pitchers two homers, 61 RBI, 50 runs and 19
and six position players. The class stolen bases. He was named to the
contains four players that were se- 2017 College World Series All-
lected in the 2018 MLB Draft – ournament Team and to the SEC
right-handed pitcher AJ Labas, All-Tournament Team, and he was
right-handed pitcher Cam Sanders, LSU’s leading hitter in the Tigers’ 16
outfielder/left-handed pitcher Daniel postseason games, batting .333
Cabrera and right-handed pitcher (22-for-66) with three doubles, one
Nick Storz. Other new players to homer, 13 RBI, nine runs and three
watch include catcher Hunter steals. Duplantis finished No. 2 in the
Feduccia, infielders Hal Hughes, SEC in stolen bases with 19, No. 4 in
Brandt Broussard and Nick Webre, base hits with 90 and No. 8 in RBI
and pitchers Ma’Khail Hilliard and with 61.
Devin Fontenot. Sophomore Zach Watson returns


as the Tigers’ starting centerfielder runs and two steals seasons, will contend for significant productive summer in the Prospect
after a stellar freshman season in Freshman Daniel Cabrera, a playing time. He batted .268 (45-for- Collegiate League, where he hit 324
which he batted a team-best .317 product of Parkview Baptist High 168) last season with seven doubles, (58-for-179) with nine doubles, nine
(70-for-221) with nine doubles, three School in Baton Rouge, La., is the four homers, 29 RBI and 30 runs and homers, 40 RBI, 47 runs and 20
triples, nine homers, 37 RBI, 42 runs leading candidate for the starting provided four hits in the College stolen bases.
and 12 stolen bases. Watson, a leftfielder role. Cabrera, selected in World Series, including one double, Sophomore Josh Smith, who
Freshman All-American, was LSU’s last summer’s MLB Draft by the San one homer and four RBI. Jordan’s earned Freshman All-America honors
leading hitter in NCAA Tournament Diego Padres, enjoyed a spectacular CWS home run – a solo shot – came last season at third base, takes over
games, batting .333 (16-for-48) with summer in the Cal Ripken Collegiate in LSU’s 6-1 semifinal win over the starting shortstop role in 2018.
one double, five homers, 10 RBI, 12 League, batting .339 with seven Oregon State, a game in which he Smith, a member of the SEC All-
runs and four steals. He was voted to doubles, three homers, 21 RBI, 22 also doubled and scored two runs. Defensive Team, batted .281 (68-
the 2017 College World Series All- runs and 11 stolen bases. Freshman Nick Webre, a product of for-242) on the year with 16 doubles,
Tournament squad after batting .346 Senior Beau Jordan, who has Teurlings Catholic High School in five homers, 52 runs, 48 RBI and five
(9-for-26) in seven games with one started 111 games as an Lafayette, La., should also make an steals. He collected five hits in the
double, one homer, two RBI, five outfielder/DH over the past two impact in the outfield after a College World Series, including one

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Player Pos. Cl.-Exp. B/T Avg. HR RBI Notable
Zach Watson OF So.-1L R/R .317 9 37 2017 Freshman All-American
Antoine Duplantis OF Jr.-2L L/L .316 2 61 2017 CWS All-Tournament Team
Josh Smith INF So.- 1 LL/R .281 5 48 2017 Freshman All-American
Bryce Jordan* DH Jr.-2L R/R .293 5 33 *2016 stats listed; missed ’17 season due to injury
Beau Jordan OF Sr.- 2L R/R .268 4 29 1 HR, 4 RBI in 2017 College World Series
Jake Slaughter INF So.-1L R/R .257 5 26 1 HR, 3 RBI in 2017 College World Series

Player Pos. Cl. B/T Hometown (2017 School)
Daniel Cabrera OF Fr. L/L Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist HS)
Hunter Feduccia C Jr. L/R Lake Charles, La. (LSU-Eunice)
Nick Webre INF/OF Fr. L/R Youngsville, La. (Teurlings Catholic HS)
Brandt Broussard INF Jr. R/R Baton Rouge, La. (Delgado CC)
Hal Hughes INF Fr. R/R Norman, Okla. (Norman North HS)

Player Pos. Cl.-Exp. B/T Avg. HR RBI Notable
Cole Freeman 2B 2L R/R .315 2 41 4th-round draft choice of Washington Nationals
Greg Deichmann OF 3L L/R .308 19 73 2nd-round draft choice of Oakland Athletics
Kramer Robertson SS 4L R/R .307 8 43 4th-round draft choice of St. Louis Cardinals
Michael Papierski C 3L S/R .256 11 39 9th-round draft choice of Houston Astros

double, one homer, three runs and homers, 33 RBI and 40 runs. He has 50 career starts at LSU, and by
five RBI. batted .333 (28-for-84) in SEC freshman Hal Hughes, a product of
Sophomore Jake Slaughter, who regular-season games with three Norman (Okla.) North High School.
started 40 games at first base in doubles, four homers, 14 RBI and 18 Junior Hunter Feduccia, a Lake
2017, will move to third base this runs, and he led the SEC in hit-by- Charles, La., native who transferred
season. Slaughter batted 257 (38- pitch as he was struck 23 times. from LSU-Eunice, projects as the
for-148) last year with five doubles, Junior Brandt Broussard, a Baton Tigers’ starting catcher. Feduccia
three homers, 26 RBI, 22 runs and Rouge native and a transfer from batted .394 (65-for-165) in 2017 at
two stolen bases … He started four Delgado Community College in New LSU-E with 11 doubles, three triples,
games in the College World Series Orleans, will likely begin the season six homers, 47 RBI and nine steals.
and launched a three-run CWS as the starter at second base. Senior Nick Coomes will also
homer versus Florida State in the Broussard, the son of LSU’s 1986 contribute behind the plate after
Tigers’ 7-4 win over the Seminoles. CWS second baseman Burke batting .303 (40-for-132) last season
Junior Bryce Jordan, who had to Broussard, batted .429 with two with seven doubles, two homers, 24 ANTOINE DUPLANTIS
miss all of the 2017 season due to a home runs, 16 doubles, three triples RBI, 20 runs and a .401 on-base
knee injury, returns this season as and 15 stolen bases with a .531 percentage. Braden Doughty, a
the top contender for the starting job on-base percentage last season at freshman from Denham Springs (La.)
at first base. Jordan was a 2016 Delgado while committing only six High School, brings quality depth to
first-team all-SEC selection at errors during the year. the catching corps.
designated hitter after batting .293 Excellent infield depth will be
(55-for-188) with seven doubles, five provided by junior Chris Reid, who
34.1 innings with 16 walks and 21
strikeouts. He defeated Northwestern
State on May 16 in his final start of
Junior right-hander Caleb Gilbert the season, allowing just one run on
enters the season as the top four hits in five innings with six
candidate for the No. 1 weekend strikeouts.
starting role. He appeared in 28 Another strong contender for a
games (five starts) last season, weekend or mid-week starting role is
posting a 7-1 mark and a 2.16 ERA in junior right-hander Cam Sanders, the
58.1 innings with 12 walks, 67 son of former Major League pitcher
strikeouts and a .190 opponent Scott Sanders. Cam Sanders was a
batting average. In his last 12 2017 MLB Draft selection by the San
appearances of 2017, Gilbert was Diego Padres, and he recorded 59
5-0 with a 0.84 ERA in 32.2 innings strikeouts in 43 innings last season at
while allowing three earned runs on Northwest Florida State College.
17 hits with seven walks and 36 Freshmen right-handers Devin
strikeouts. He recorded a 4-0 mark Fontenot and Ma’Khail Hilliard
and a 0.77 ERA in LSU’s postseason impressed the LSU staff during fall
games (five appearances, two practice and could play significant
starts), allowing just two earned runs relief roles this season. Fontenot, a
in 23.1 innings with five walks and 26 product of The Woodlands, Texas,
strikeouts. fired 207.2 innings in his career high
Gilbert is expected to be joined in school career, recording a 2.99 ERA
the weekend rotation by sophomore with 57 walks and 265 strikeouts.
right-hander Zack Hess, a 2017 Hilliard was the 2017 Baton Rouge
Freshman All-American. Hess made Metro Area Player of the Year after
a team-high 30 appearances (six
starts) on the mound in 2017, posting
a 7-1 record and a 3.12 ERA in 60.2 PRIMARY PITCHERS RETURNING
innings with 30 walks, 83 strikeouts, Player R/L Cl.-Exp. W-L ERA IP BB SO Notable
four saves and a .182 opponent Caleb Gilbert R Jr.-2L 7-1 2.16 58.1 12 67 5-0, 0.84 ERA in final 12 appearances
batting average. He worked the first Zack Hess R So.-1L 7-1 3.12 60.2 30 83 3 saves in 2017 College World Series
two months of the season as the Todd Peterson R So.-1L 3-1 4.19 34.1 16 21 22 appearances, three starts in 2017
Tigers’ mid-week starter, but moved
to the bullpen in early April. Hess
pitched brilliantly in the 2017 College
Player R/L Cl. Hometown (2017 School)
World Series as a reliever, appearing Cam Sanders R Jr. Thibodaux, La. (Northwest Florida State CC)
in five of the Tigers’ seven games Devin Fontenot R Fr. The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands HS)
while recording three saves and 11 Ma’Khail Hilliard R Fr. Central, La. (Central HS)
strikeouts in seven innings. Brandon Nowak L Jr. Chicago, Ill. (Oakton CC)
Sophomore right-hander Todd
Peterson is a candidate for the No. 3 PRIMARY PITCHERS LOST
position in the weekend starting Player R/L Exp. W-L ERA SV IP BB SO Notable
Alex Lange R 3L 10-5 2.97 0 124.1 48 150 1st-round draft choice of Chicago Cubs
rotation. Peterson appeared in 22
Jared Poche’ L 4L 12-4 3.17 0 113.2 39 76 9th-round draft choice of Oakland Athletics
games (three starts) last season, Hunter Newman R 4L 1-1 2.51 10 28.2 20 27 22 career saves at LSU
posting a 3-1 mark and a 4.19 ERA in

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Class 5A state championship.
LSU should also receive bullpen
support from sophomore left-hander
Nick Bush, who recorded 23 relief
BEAU JORDAN appearances last season, posting a
1-1 mark and a 3.75 ERA in 24.0
innings with 19 walks and 22
strikeouts. Senior right-hander Austin
Bain is another accomplished
reliever who has 120 strikeouts in
108.2 LSU career innings.
Freshman left-hander Daniel
Cabrera, also the Tigers’ projected
starter in left field, should contend
for mound appearances, as will
freshman right-handers AJ Labas
and Nick Storz, both MLB Draft
selections that were affected by in-
juries in the fall.
The bullpen will be bolstered by
more newcomers like junior left-han-
ders Brandon Nowak and Taylor
Petersen, freshman left-hander
John Kodros, junior right-hander
Clay Moffitt and freshman
right-handers Trent Vietmeier and
Matt Schroer.
Sophomore right-handers
Matthew Beck and Will Reese will
lend veteran depth to the LSU staff.

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St. Valentine’s Day Massacres by Bill Delaune

One of my favorite TV shows Reagan doing flips in his what the hell.
of all time was “X-Files”-a grave… Sure we got beer from Dilly
science fiction classic- that From Russia with Love to the and a cold parade in Philly,
appealed to my feeble brain for Republican Party… But you get to go home with
several reasons. “With the Rubles that put your Gisele!”
The first was because I had a Rube in charge,
television crush on Dana Skully- We could have elected Bruno
I mean Mulder didn’t seem to Mars.
be too interested in her for the All we want in return is for
first few years. Putin to burn
Secondly, I actually believe Up the floor on ‘Dancing with
there are some aliens out there the Tsars’.”
killing themselves laughing at Speaking of coaches, how
the inane goings-on at this about that coaching carousel
terrible cosmic joke of a planet going on in the NFL. The
we call earth. As my infinitely irony of the situation is that
wise classmate Mack Aldridge teams are knocking each other
recently pointed out-why are all And we can’t leave out the over to hire Patriot assistants
the radar systems seeking love letter from Cleveland’s and the Super Bowl champion
intelligent life pointing away LeBron James to the rest of the coach-Doug Pedersen of the
from earth. NBA concerning the Cavs’ Eagles once coached high
And, of course, the show’s recent slump… school football right here in
hook line-“The truth is out “I’m still the King-all you Louisiana at Calvary Baptist. In
there somewhere”- because, haters, fact, when one reporter asked
quite obviously, truth is a lost Not one to be playing politics, And it my team could only the former Northeast (now
virtue on this third rock from here’s one from Russia to the shoot straighter, ULM) quarterback if New
the sun. Democratic Party… We wouldn’t look like pee on England would be the toughest
But in the spirit of Valentine’s “You Demos were having a prime time TV, team he ever coached against,
Day-a time of love and blast, And I wouldn’t have to say, Pedersen dead-panned, “You
affection-I will reveal to you-as Thinking all those collusion ‘See you, Laker’”. mean, besides Evangel?”
a public service to you my charges would last, So it’s no surprise that when
faithful readers-some actual But Hillary’s own crew then Patriot offensive coordinator
Valentines that were not made thought victory a shoo-in, Josh McDaniel agreed to take
public but that Skully and No wonder their symbol’s an the Indy Colts head job and
Mulder have assured me were ass.” resurrect their high-priced but
sent to their respective Cupid’s oft-injured quarterback and
targets on February 14. then backed out of the deal,
Reliable sources are in short that Josh could expect a
valentine from Colt general
manager Chris Ballard…
“Again Indianapolis gets
On the local level, I think Even though we could offer
LSU fans need to show some big bucks,
love to new basketball coach But Josh said he’d stay Pat,
Will Wade… sit on Belichick’s lap,
“Your first year’s been no Leaving Indy again out of
No Super Bowl victory would short of gallant, Luck.”
be complete without a Can’t wait til you coach with
sportsmanlike shout-out from some talent,
supply these days. Philadelphia to Tom Brady… But don’t calm down, please,
First of all, a couple of notes “That last sack really rang we can live with the T’s,
d’amour from our old Cold War your bell, It’s time we had someone
enemy that must have Ronald And saved us the game-but combatant.”

Olympics skiing… feet tall, And finally, another Winter
“If I just had a magical wand, And no way to pay for it all, Olympics-themed ode from the
I would probably create a new But send the Mexicans home husband to his young and
blonde, and rely on home-grown, beautiful wife whose forte is
Then I’d wave it again, and Who do you think will work on obviously not housekeeping…
make myself win, your wall?” “She’s skied round mountains
As much as my ex Lindsey of dishes so steep,
Vonn!” Over dirty clothes piles done
Since no one is too keen on axel leaps,
my idea just to annex Mexico, But don’t count this girl in
open the border and send all the and contest of curl-ing,
fast-food joints down there to Cause she don’t even know how
And how can you have a ruin their citizens’ health, here’s to sweep!”
Valentine’s Day without a Tiger a card from the immigrants to Red hearts and gold
Woods’ composition to an Donald Trump… medals to all.
ex-girlfriend-this one, a gold “A thousand miles long, twenty
medal threat in Winter

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Ever once in a while.

However I may have to put Bill on
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not at one time keep mowed. common for some amount
Back in those days it was not of time, and I still see them
uncommon at all to see rabbits, every now and then. On one
opossums, raccoons, or bob particular morning two of the
whites on that small piece of fox sat under a light post as I
habitat. That's not the case slowly passed by. Daytime
anymore since the small piece of sightings: add squirrels and
property now gets regular grass even a cottonmouth to the list.
mowing. But even with that Small patches of woodlands
being said, there is a thick area and thickets like this are a
around a hollow tree on that direct testament that if given
property that does allow enough the proper habitat all wildlife
habitat for a family of opossums species will thrive and survive.
and squirrels. Animal rights groups should
Amazing! Just one thirty foot take a strong look at habitat
circle of habitat is all it takes for acquisitions and donate their

Habitat an animal or two to call home.
During the work week before
daylight I pass by a parcel of
effort and money towards that
reasoning. Instead they
protest against the groups of
I had the pleasure of from a small portion of his yard
land, about three acres, of hunters and other outdoorsmen
knowing, in my opinion, the that he let grow to its natural
woods that has yet to be and women that are
best conservationist that our state. Time and time again he
developed. A drainage ditch responsible for footing
area has ever produced. His wrote of the different animals
practically splits the property in the bill for wild creature
name was V.J. Bourque Jr. He and birds that visited the small
half. This supplies the area with habitat...
was an outdoor writer and he portion of land that was never
a continuous supply of water.
wrote a monthly column for the manicured in any way.
Across from the acreage is a Until Next Time
East Ascension Sportsmans During those days our
typical subdivision with a pond,
League paper. Virgil was more a Ascension Parish still had several
etc. Its unbelievable the types It Don't Take Much,
giver than a taker when it came more undeveloped areas than it
and amounts of wild animals I
to his usage of our natural presently has today. Looking
see in the darkness in that area. James "Goosie" Guice
resources. As I grow older I can back, I can reminisce about
I've seen rabbits, raccoons,
really appreciate more than ever wildlife at my house that I don't
opossums, coyotes and just
his understanding of wildlife see today. There is a small
recently some beautiful red fox.
and habitat. Many of his portion of land between my
The fox sightings became very
writings were about sightings neighbor and myself that we did

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Rain Rains on
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Super Bowl
admit I watched these last
Another Super Bowl has come minutes and throughly enter-
and gone. Sorry! I missed it. I tained because I had money on
stood a hard line on my the line.
personal boycott except for the Another Super Bowl Rib-Off
last minute thirty seconds of the has come and gone and like my
game. Ya see, I finally broke betting record I did not win.
down and bet on the game. My I swear, my high hopes were
betting failures are well known. dashed when the final results
I quit after the Atlanta loss last were revealed. They were Then there were the rest, one When it was all said and
year, of which looked like a further dashed when I found veteran never winning before done Bruce had completed a
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my strategy was not to watch famine crew of cooks. One of the rookies was my place was Jacque, my never
and maybe I’d win. Participating were 3 former daughter-in-law, Jacque, of cooked ribs before daughter-in-
I was channel surfing and champions with 2 wins each and which I just knew she didn’t law. I came in fourth but I did
came across the game and the Lebo a 1 time champion. I have have a change because she had beat 4 former champions and
score got my attention. So I come in 2nd at least 5 times. never cooked ribs. Jacque’s husband came in last.

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LSU AgCenter state livestock show at Lamar Dixon
Hundreds of youth from across Mosaic, she said. categories: dairy cattle, beef generations of young people
Louisiana will gathered in cattle, swine, exhibition poultry, who have participated in LSU
Gonzales for the 83rd annual Supreme Champion animals in broiler poultry, sheep, breeding AgCenter livestock projects go
LSU AgCenter Livestock Show all six breeding species — beef goats and market goats. on to become leaders, whether
at the Lamar-Dixon Expo cattle, dairy, poultry, sheep, Supported by an endowment in the livestock industry or a
Center. goats and swine — will be from Nutrien, awards will be variety of other fields ranging
presented awards supported by presented in the junior 9- to from medicine to government,
LSU AgCenter officials expect the Arlene and Joseph Meraux 11-year-old, intermediate Richardson said.
more than 2,400 4-H and FFA Charitable Foundation 12- to 14-year-old and senior
exhibitors brought about 1,500 endowment. 15-year-old and up divisions. Youth participating in livestock
breeding animals, 1,500 market projects gain knowledge of
animals, 175 pens of broilers Six exhibitors will earn Premier The livestock show also includes animal husbandry, including
and 600 exhibition birds to the Exhibitor awards, which place a quality assurance and ethics selection, genetics, nutrition,
competition on Feb. 10-17. emphasis and recognition on certification program that health, showing, economics and
exhibitors’ knowledge and skills educates youth on proper and marketing of livestock, Nunez
By the time those 4-H and FFA in the 4-H and FFA livestock ethical use of animal health said. “But they also develop
members reach the state show, projects. Supported by an products, ensuring a high- skills such as communication,
they already will have qualified endowment from Gerry Lane quality, wholesome product, leadership and cooperation,”
in parish and district competi- Enterprises in Baton Rouge, the Nunez said. he said.
tions across Louisiana during program is open to participants
the first few weeks of the year. exhibiting beef, dairy, swine, While the annual event may be Competition in various phases
All will arrive in Gonzales aim- sheep, poultry and goats. The called a livestock show, it’s more of the show will begin almost as
ing to be state champions — or awards are based on perform- about the young people than soon as the first animals are
at least to earn rewards for their ance in tests of each youth’s their animals, said LSU Vice checked in on Saturday, Feb.
hard work and dedication. knowledge of the livestock President for Agriculture Bill 10, and will continue daily
industry, practical exercises Richardson. through Feb. 17.
Judges at the show determine demonstrating skills and the
the winners in various breeds of ability to communicate “This event provides an A concluding awards ceremony
beef and dairy cattle, goats, effectively. opportunity for some of the at 4 p.m. on Feb. 17 will
hogs, poultry and sheep, said most outstanding youth in the recognize champion market
livestock show manager Dwayne One exhibitor will receive the state to receive recognition for animal exhibitors, champion
Nunez. Price LeBlanc Champion their hard work in learning not showmanship winners and
Livestock Award, which is pre- only the scientific principles that Premier Exhibitors as well as re-
The 2018 is made possible by sented to one grand champion must be mastered but also the cipients of the annual
endowed funding from The market animal each year from responsibility required to raise Superintendent of Education
Meraux Foundation, Gerry among five species: steers, this wide array of animals,” Award, Attorney General Award
Lane Enterprises, Nutrien and swine, sheep, chickens and Richardson said. “This show and Governor Awards.
Price LeBlanc Automotive, said goats. The award is funded by also is about the dedication of
Vickie Hutchinson, director of an endowment from Price the many parents, teachers, More information on the show
development for AgCenter live- LeBlanc, a Baton Rouge volunteer leaders, 4-H agents and the variety of research and
stock programs. automobile dealership. and FFA advisers who have educational activities offered by
worked with the young people the LSU AgCenter is available
Other top-level donors include Junior, intermediate and senior to help them grow as people online at
First South Farm Credit, Champion Showmanship awards and responsible citizens.” and through LSU AgCenter
Sunshine Quality Solutions, will be presented to exhibitors parish extension offices.
Louisiana Land Bank and in each of the eight animal As a result of what they learn,

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Cooking Gourmet at Home
1 lb Louisiana Crawfish tails (peeled) ¼ cup Mayonnaise
1 cup diced onion 1 tablespoon Creole Mustard
¼ cup diced celery 1 tablespoon Ketchup
¼ cup diced bell pepper 2 teaspoons Horseradish
2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chopped green onions 4 eggs
½ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 lemon (juiced) 1 cup bread crumbs
½ cups fresh shredded smoked Gouda
(any cheese you like)
Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat. When the
oil is hot, add your onions, celery, bell pepper, and minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the
crawfish tails, Worcestershire. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove from the
heat and pour into a large mixing bowl.

Now, add your shredded cheese to the crawfish mixture and season to taste with salt & pepper. Add
Crawfish Cakes with the green onions, 2 eggs, and the regular bread crumbs to the crawfish and mix well. At this point
your mixture should be able to hold its shape. (add a little more bread crumbs if not)

Remoulade sauce Form mixture into cakes

In a mixing bowl add the 2 remaining eggs, salt & pepper then whisk. In another small bowl add
the panko bread crumbs
Yield: 8 cakes
In a large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium high heat. While the oil is heating, dip
Prep: 15 minutes each cake into the egg mixture, then the panko bread crumbs. Once your oil is hot, add the cakes
and fry them for about 2-3 minutes on each side. (You can also bake these cakes for a healthier
option- 350 for 10 minutes) Remove the cakes from the hot oil and set them on a plate with
General Manager
Cook: 10 minutes paper towel to drain.
Ben Jarreau
In a small bowl combine your mayo, Creole mustard, ketchup, horseradish, and lemon juice.
Serving: 4 Mix well and drizzle over the top of your delicious crawfish cakes ENJOY!!!!!!

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