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COMPLIMENTARY

JUNE 2018, VOL. 16 ISSUE 6
Progress on our campus!
We couldn't wait to share these photos of the progress being made on our campus! Francois Bend is a beautiful,
amenity-rich, senior living campus with 108 apartments located on 7.5 acres in the community of Gonzales. Francois
Bend offers independent living, as well as 3 levels of assisted living plus dedicated memory care. All apartments are
licensed for assisted living so residents can remain in the same apartment even when more assistance is necessary.

Touring Daily
Call 225-647-BEND
Please Join Us August 11th
at Francois Bend for an
Early Reveal Party from
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Entertainment by
Kenny Cornet, and delicious
catering provided too.

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Publisher / Editor
Mike Strong
Table of Contents
EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ..... 4
Sales Manager
GONZALES GARDEN CLUB .... 10
Dottie Godberry
Staff Photographer SWEET EYES W/ TANYA...........12

Jimmy Dunkley DANCING FOR A CAUSE..................24 FOR MORE INFORMATION
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BILL DELAUNE.......................... 30 www.riverparishfoods.com

Contributing Writers
JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE......... 32
Bill Delaune
THOUGHTS FROM BULLY......34
Linda Melancon
JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL ............36
Calvin Bessonett
Bully SNO’S RECIPE........................... 45

Publishers Note: Cover photo and some photos for Dancing for a Cause provided
Goosie Guice
Orhan McMillan by Greg Fischer of the Weekly Citizen
Kellie Seymour
Tanya Stilley
Jimmy Dunkley

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Save more today and MOW tomorrow!
Local Emergency Responders speak to
Ascension Community Advisory Panel
Tonight Local Fire Chief James Operations Section Chief of cue about being good
E. LeBlanc who is also the the Ascension Parish Office of neighbors from local residents.
Chairman of Ascension Fire Homeland Security, and Community involvement
Dist. #1 and the Chairman of presented a presentation on means more than giving time
the Chemical Association Community Emergency and money to local community
(CAER Group) Community Response & Mutual Aid to the and charitable projects, stated
Awareness Emergency Ascension Parish Community Chief LeBlanc. CAER Indus-
Response teamed up with Advisory Panel in Gonzales. trial Companies want to
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s continue to be involved in this
Office Chief Deputy Bobby Local Ascension Parish community, hire local residents
Weber, Major Cody Melancon Chemical companies want to whenever possible, and listen
who heads up the Ascension do for Ascension Parish to what residents think would
Parish Sheriff’s Office Haz-Mat Residents what Ascension make their communities even
Team, Chris Browning who Parish residents do for local better, stated LeBlanc.
heads up the (IMAG Team) Ascension Parish industry –
Industrial Mutual Aid Group be good neighbors. Ascension The Ascension Community
and Dustin Montelius CAER companies take their Advisory Panel is a very
important opportunity for local
Industry to continue to share between schools, churches,
information with neighbors and local residents, and public
the community. These agencies to increase
community groups discuss community awareness in
topics regarding process Emergency Response with
safety, environmental issues, our Industrial Facilities.
site and community activities.
Local Industrial Site Leaders Our Local Industrial Facilities
from the 33 Chemical Facilities are aware of the particular
in Ascension and other responsibility they have
members of the community towards our local communities.
attend these meetings, This Community Advisory
stated LeBlanc. Panel helps the Industrial
Facilities to engage openly
The purpose of the Ascension with our neighbors in various
Parish Community Advisory forms of neighborhood
Panel (CAP) is to improve and dialogs, stated LeBlanc.
promote communication

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Since 1988, Outdoor Living has been a locally owned company in the
Ascension Parish community specializing in custom landscape and Make Your Home
backyard designs. Thirty years later, we are embarking on a new
adventure of designing and installing both gunite and fiberglass pools. a Dream Destination
We are an authorized Blue Hawaiian fiberglass pool dealer. this Summer
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In addition to pools, we design and build outdoor kitchens, pergolas,
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you. We offer the latest in software design so that you can envision your
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1st Annual
AWS Weld-Off
to Blue Bayou, CEI
Fabricators, Fairbanks
Inspection & Testing,
Gas & Supply, Lincoln
Electric, Mistras,
Noranda Alumina,
Performance Contrac-
tors, Quality Testing,
Fairbanks Inspection Victory Welding Alloys
& Testing held its first and Zachry Industrial for
annual AWS weld-off on sponsoring this event.
May 25, 2018.
given a written exam and past president,
Special thanks to Benny
and were given the John Bray, attend this
Several local schools Warren, Bill Cohea,
option to compete on event.
participated in the Blake Hewitt, Galan
either 2G/3G plate or
event. Students from Trahan, Garry Owens,
6G pipe. There was strong
RPCC, ABC, and St. James Fousse, Jeremy
support from the indus-
Amant High School Whittemore, Johnny
We would like to try’s local businesses
competed for numerous Dupuy, Kevin Strzynski
congratulate our including donations and
prizes. Students were and Lance Bradley for
winners. In first place volunteers. We would
volunteering their time.
for the pipe test was like to say Thank You
Jace Chiquelin. Second
place was Joseph
Breland. In first place
for the plate test was
Mark Anderson. Second
place was Lorenzo
Casso and third place
was Samuel Cox.

We were honored to
have the AWS
President, Dale Flood,

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Hammond Gonzales
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FOR ALL YOUR INDUSTRIAL GAS WELDING AND SAFETY SUPPLIES
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Thank You for
Running with Us.

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GGC President Jamie Trisler presented a gold Circle of Roses pin to Ellen Posey, Gonzales Garden Club President Jamie Trisler accepted the Proclamation of National Garden Week
signed by Mayor Barney Arceneaux in hopes of promoting the benefits of gardening within
Ascension Parish.

Ellen Richmond having served as President,
Historian and Chairman of the National Garden along with signs promoting Garden
Posey Inducted Jambalaya Park Butterfly Garden. Week. Some of the facilities that
into National Her creative talents have lead her Week in Gonzales received arrangements or
to present many garden craft container plants were Gonzales
Circle of Roses workshops as well as to sew and Local garden clubs across the City Hall, the Clerk of Court Office,
embroider personalized garden country federated with the the Gonzales Police Department,
The Circle of Roses is a National tote bags for every club member. National Garden Clubs, Inc. Council on Aging, Gonzales
Garden Club tribute to honor Other current GGC Members who celebrated National Garden Week, Library, and assisted living
members in their senior years for have been inducted into the Circle June 3-9, 2018. The Gonzales retirement homes. Hopefully
having given their time and talents of Roses are Lorraine Gautreau, Garden Club used this opportunity some citizens were inspired to
to their local garden clubs. This Barbara Guillot, Myra Mire, and to encourage pride in their plant something.
year, the Gonzales Garden Club Conchita Richey. The club community by having the mayor
nominated Ellen Richmond Posey appreciates their many sign a proclamation promoting
for the honor. She has been a contributions over the years. the week and placing floral
member of the club for 20 years arrangements at public facilities
GGC members met at Gonzales City Hall to celebrate National Garden Week. L to R: Janis D’Benedetto, Mabel Savoy, Rita Bourque, Janis
Poche, Pam Fiegel, Myra Mire, Marilyn Rice, Dale Bowman, Jamie Trisler, Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Priscilla Monson, Lorraine Gautreau, This year’s National Garden Clubs theme is "Plant America”.
Sandy Stewart, Conchita Richey, Gail Lonibos, Ellen Posey and Patti Mouton. Locally the GGC promotes “Plant Gonzales”.

Commercial Residential

McDonald's Restaurant at 915 North Airline Highway in Gonzales always has a lush landscape. It Mike and Cindy Mora at 412 South Calvin Avenue in Gonzales' Grand View Subdivision won
won Commercial Yard of the Month this month and in 2014 as well. Currently, the beds are Residential Yard of the Month for its color display and design detail. It is a very neat garden of
planted with a blanket of brown-eyed Susan daisies with rows of pink dwarf roses, purple stokes yellow, pink, red, and mauve roses, homestead verbena in pink and purple, and purple and coral
astors and yellow day lilies. Large crape myrtles shade the area. hibiscus. The brick border and garden accessories add interest.
Set your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the crust ingredients and
press on the bottom of a
9” x 13’‘ pan. No butter or
Bakers Joy needed because
it’s so buttery!

Make sure your topping
ingredients are all room
temperature (except the
powdered sugar) and beat them
with a whisk or electric beater
until smooth, then slowly add
the powdered sugar have a
smooth custard like blended.
Then pour the topping over the
crust, pop in the oven for an
hour to an hour and a half or
until the top gets golden.
Cut into squares after cooling.

(Keep in mind with this recipe
that it can be any flavor you
desire. The options are truly
limitless. Change the
flavor of cake mix or add
different extracts or add ins to
sit down session of the sweet snack your topping mixture.
It’s the Sweet, just baked. I relished every morsel So I hurried to the store and Blueberry, chocolate, lemon,
butter pecan, the world is
I Mean Simple, considering I created an appetite
larger than the pool after
grabbed the ingredients and
started baking. Keep in mind the truly your oyster!)
Things in Life performing thirty cannon balls.

It’s often those simple things,
Ahhh….the summer of 1990. I those sweet moments that stand
recall it so vividly. After a day of out in our mind when we get
swimming and fun in the sun, I older. Those Ooey Gooey Butter
walked from the back door of my Cakes are something I cherished as
grandparent’s home towards the melt in your mouth confection but
kitchen. Upon entering I could more so as a memorable recipe
smell an aroma of vanilla and from my favorite person on Earth
lemon from the still warm Lemon at the time.
Gooey Butter Cakes my Maw Maw
just baked. (Keep in mind these So a few weeks ago, I decided to
were formerly known as Chess share this sweet treasure with my
Squares until renamed by Paula boyfriend as his three children
Deen during her stint on the while visiting them in Santa Rosa
Food Network). Beach, FL. it was Memorial Day
weekend, and Tropical Storm cakes are two layers, a gooey crust
Berto, short for Alberto, was and a yummy gooier topping. So, that’s what I did. I whipped up
hitting the coast. But what’s a Here’s the recipe: some delicious Ooey Gooey Butter
group of five to do while Cakes. Needless to say, five
minutes out of the oven there were
hunkering down waiting to be For the Crust:
blown away by an imminent ten Ooey Gooey Butter cakes
1 regular size butter (makes it down, but more importantly I had
storm? Bake of course! That’s it.
“Ooey Gooey Butter Cakes!” I ooey gooier) recipe cake mix two thirteen year olds, an eight
year old, and a forty six year old
declared, with excitement and 1 egg ( I like to keep at room temp)
anticipation of sharing this beloved giggling with joy because they
16 Tablespoons butter finally had a taste of this
yumminess with my boyfriend and
his children. Oh yes…. “Ooey noteworthy sweet treat.
Gooey Butter Cakes are in order!” For the Topping:
So cherish those moments that
I said. 1 8 oz. (fully leaded please)
come and go in life, because
cream cheese, room temperature sometimes the simplest things in
“What’s that?” the gang replied. I
I also remember not having a care then reminisced and told them 2 eggs life can be the sweetest.
in the world of my waistline at the about how my Maw Maw used to 1 16 oz. box or bag of
time despite knocking down make these for me when I was
powdered sugar
several thousand calories from one their age.
1 teaspoon vanilla

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Dutchtown Physical Therapy
Your Community Physical
Therapy Provider
One on One Physical Therapy Treatment
with your therapist every visit.
Dutchtown Physical Therapy opened in August of 2007 with the mission of providing the highest level of physical
therapy care available while making sure patients are treated by the physical therapist every visit.
Dutchtown Physical Therapy is located conveniently in a state of the art facility on Hwy 73
(across from the Dutchtown Primary and Middle schools).

Stephen Jackson, PT, DPT, Clinical Director at Dutchtown Physical Therapy, takes pride in the ability to say,
he works with every patient, every visit, and that kind of one on one care is a commitment to his patients that helps
them through the therapy process with the best possible outcomes.

Dutchtown Physical Therapy stays involved with the local community through area schools with both sports and
academic endeavors, as well as partnering with local organizations to help with area causes. It is a commitment
promised and continued for the people in the Dutchtown and Geismar Communities.

Let your doctor know you want to stay in your community and ask for Dutchtown Physical Therapy.
You can also set up an appointment with Stephen for evaluation and treatment of minor or reoccurring
problems by calling the clinic at (225) 744-3631.

SERVICES OFFERED:
• Manual therapy techniques for orthopedic injuries as well as
musculoskeletal, and neurological conditions.
• Comprehensive therapeutic exercise programs
• ASTYM Treatment
• Trigger Point Dry Needling
• Ideal Protein Provider
Visit our website at dtphysicaltherapy.com

Stephen Jackson, PT, DPT

(225) 744-3631 • fax (225) 744-3647
DUTCHTOWN PHYSICAL THERAPY • 13053 HIGHWAY 73, SUITE B • GEISMAR, LOUISIANA 70734

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FINANCIAL FOCUS
Work Toward • Invest appropriately. Your

Your Own
investment decisions should be
guided by your time horizon, risk

Financial
tolerance and retirement goals. If
you deviate from these guide-
posts – for instance, by taking on

Independence
either too much or too little risk –
you may end up making decisions

Day
that aren't right for you and that
may set you back as you pursue
your financial independence.

• Avoid financial “potholes.”
The road to financial liberty will
We're getting close to the always be marked with potholes
Fourth of July, our national you should avoid. One such
Independence Day. This pothole is debt – the higher your
celebration may get you thinking debt burden, the less you can
of the many freedoms you enjoy. invest for your retirement. It's not
But have you thought of what always easy to lower your debt
you might need to do to attain load, but do the best you can to
financial freedom? live within your means. A second
pothole comes in the form of
Your first step is to define what large, unexpected short-term
financial independence signifies costs, such as a major home or
to you. For many people, it auto repair or a medical bill not
means being able to retire when fully covered by insurance. To
they want to, and to enjoy a avoid dipping into your long-term
comfortable retirement lifestyle. investments to pay for these
So, if this is your vision as well, short-term costs, try to build an
consider taking these steps: emergency fund containing six
months' to a year's worth of living
• Pay yourself first. If you wait expenses, with the money kept in
until you have some extra money a liquid, low-risk account.
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beach, you may feel disappointed Hey Dr. Rob,
sponsored retirement plan,
because your contributions are if you fall short of these goals. But Did you make me
taken directly from your if you're prepared to accept some
flexibility in your plans – perhaps
this Purdy?
paycheck, before you even have
the chance to spend the money. you can work until 65 or just rent
You can set up a similar a vacation home for the summer
arrangement with an IRA by – you may be able to earn a
having automatic contributions different, but still acceptable,
taken directly from your checking financial freedom. And by working
or savings account. a couple of extra years or paying
less for your vacation home
expenses, you may also improve
your overall financial picture.

Putting these and other moves
to work can help you keep moving
toward your important goals.
When you eventually reach your
own “Financial Independence
Day,” it may not warrant a
fireworks display – but it should
certainly add some sparkle to
your life.

A SCENSION PA RISH

Jamie Lavigne, Financial Advisor
A N I M A L H O S P I TA L
4600 Sherwood Common Blvd, #103 • Baton Rouge, LA 70806-6609 • 225.292.4971 (O)
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“The GDPR and
measures to abide by.

Lastly, the GDPR insists that

You A Guide to a
companies listen to customer
inquiries and demands. If a client
would like personal data updated or

New International
deleted, a company is required to
process these requests; while doing

Privacy Law
so, fair processing notices should be
delivered to customers.

Companies that follow these
guidelines will be able to continue
doing business with partners and
by Orhan Mc Millan customers across the oceans;
dezinsINTERACTIVE however, failing to comply with
regulations can result in extreme
penalties.

Total costs of fines could be as much
as 20 million euros ($24.2 million) or
four percent of a company’s annual
revenue, depending on which is
Contrary to what America’s small held accountable for data breaches, multiple ways to get acclimated. higher, despite intent.
business communities believe, the companies must delete user data
not-so-foreign General Data upon request, and large-scale data Firstly, a company needs to consider While fines and compensation claims
Protection Regulation (GDPR) does processing companies must use a the types of personal data required can be disconcerting, following the
apply to all companies handling the data protection officer (DPO). for conducting business. Are banking, new laws can increase the integrity
consumer and user data of European medical or other personal details of small businesses in the eyes of the
Union citizens. Along with these elements of the necessary? Where will this data be customer. Companies that secure
new rule, a company must also alert stored and for how long? Self-reflec- user data and display complete
GDPR was developed to promote authorities if there is a breach within tion can allow a company to refocus transparency tend to build strong
global data privacy and ensure all 72 hours, underage children must on what client data is crucial and bonds of trust with global
oversea companies are compliant receive parental consent before what steps are needed to ensure consumers.
with the regulations enacted on May using social media, and users now data is protected.
25, 2018. To adapt, small businesses reserve the right to transfer their At dezinsINTERACTIVE, we not only
need to educate themselves about own information between services. Secondly, transparency and comply with these new regulations
the new rules set in place. consistency need to become top internally, but with our clients as
GDPR can seem overwhelming for priorities. The GDPR demands a high well. If you would like more
This international regulation includes small companies who have yet to level of honesty when it comes to information about GDPR
multiple filters to safeguard sensitive assimilate into this unique culture of personal data. A small business compliance, please contact us di-
data of customers in the EU. For heightened personal data protection should thoroughly develop a rectly at info@dezinsinteractive.com
instance, third-party entities can be and responsibility; however, there are privacy policy and protective or by calling 225-615-8358.

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Wisdom Teeth How Serious is an
Impacted Tooth?
In addition, impacted
wisdom teeth are more likely to
lars and adjacent teeth. Periodontal
infections, such as those observed
By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD cause problems as patients age. in this study, may affect your gen-
Impacted teeth can be painful No one can predict when third eral health.
Wisdom teeth, also known as and lead to infection.They may molar complications will occur, but
third molars, are the last teeth to also crowd or damage adjacent when they do, the What Happens During Sur-
erupt in your mouth. This gener- teeth or roots. circumstances can be much more gery?
ally occurs between the ages of 17 More serious problems may painful and the teeth more
and 25, a time of life that has been occur if the sac surrounding the difficult to treat. Before surgery, your dentist
called the "Age of Wisdom." impacted tooth becomes filled with will discuss with you what to ex-
Anthropologists note that the fluid and enlarges to form a cyst. When Should I Have My Wis- pect. This is a good time to
rough diet of early humans re- As the cyst grows it may dom Teeth Removed? ask questions or express your
sulted in the excessive wear of their hollow out the jaw and concerns. It is especially important
teeth. Normal drifting of the teeth permanently damage adjacent Wisdom teeth are easier to re- to let the doctor know about any
to compensate for this wear en- teeth, the surrounding bone and move when the patient is younger, illness you have and medications
sured that space was available for nerves. Rarely, if a cyst is not since their roots are you are taking.
most wisdom teeth to erupt by treated, a tumor may develop not completely formed, the The relative ease with which a
adolescence. The modern diet, from its walls and a more serious surrounding bone is softer, and wisdom tooth may be removed de-
which is much softer, and the pop- surgical procedure may be required there is less chance of damaging pends on several conditions, in-
ularity of orthodontic tooth to remove it. nearby nerves or other structures. cluding the position of the tooth
straightening procedures produce a Despite the considerable Removal of wisdom teeth at a later and root development. Most
fuller dental arch, which quite concern regarding impacted third age becomes more complicated as wisdom tooth extractions are
commonly doesn't leave room for molars, a recent study finds that the roots have fully developed performed in the office under local
the wisdom teeth to erupt, thereby third molars which have broken (may involve anesthesia, oral or intravenous se-
setting the stage for problems through the tissue and erupted the nerve), and the jawbone dation. Your dentist will
when the final four molars enter into the mouth in a normal, up- is denser. discuss the anesthetic option t
the mouth. right position may be as prone to hat is right for you.
disease as those third molars that It isn't wise to wait until your
What is an Impacted Tooth? remain impacted. wisdom teeth start to bother you. What Happens after Surgery?
In general, earlier removal of
Complications such as infection, Must the Tooth Come Out wisdom teeth results in a less Following surgery, you may
damage to adjacent teeth and the if it Hasn't Caused Any Prob- complicated healing process. experience some swelling and mild
formation of cysts may arise from lems Yet? The AAOMS study strongly discomfort, which are part of the
impacted teeth. recommends that wisdom teeth be normal healing process. Cold
A tooth becomes impacted Not all problems related to third removed by the time the patient is compresses may help decrease the
when there is a lack of space in the molars are painful or a young adult in order to prevent swelling, and medication
dental arch and its growth and visible. Damage can occur without future problems and to ensure op- prescribed by your dentist can help
eruption are prevented by your being aware of it. timal healing.The researchers manage the discomfort. You may
overlying gum, bone or As wisdom teeth grow, their found that older patients may be at be instructed to modify your diet
another tooth. roots become longer, the teeth be- greater risk for disease, following surgery and later
come more difficult to remove and including periodontitis, in the progress to more normal foods.
complications become more likely. tissues surrounding the third mo-

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● No conflict of interest. When ● Peace of mind. While it's possible
YOUR ESTATE MATTERS nursing homes refer the families of
residents to non-lawyers to assist in
that when you consult with an elder
law attorney, the attorney will advise
preparing the Medicaid application, you that in your situation there is not
the benefit would end on July 1, the preparer has dual loyalties, both much you can do to preserve assets or
should that draft pass that they would to the facility that provides the achieve Medicaid eligibility more
be without Medicaid to pay for their referrals and to the client applying for quickly, the consultation will provide
nursing home care. For most of these benefits. But, an attorney hired to peace of mind that you have not
residents, the lack of state funding assist with Medicaid planning and the missed an important opportunity. In
would mean not being able to afford application has a duty of loyalty only addition, if obstacles arise during the
the cost of nursing home care. to the client and will do his or her process, the attorney will be there
best to achieve the client's goals. to work with you to find the

● Saving money. Nursing homes can
Opting to make cuts to every other optimal solution.
state agency, lawmakers were able to
shield the residents from eviction. cost as much as $15,000 a month in There are many opportunities for
This situation shows how the some areas, so it is unusual for legal those who plan ahead, but even at the
situations we believe to be secure can fees to equal the cost of even one last minute there are almost always
quickly change. That’s why it’s always month in the facility. It is not difficult still options available. It's worth
By Linda Melancon important to always have a plan. to save this much in long-term care checking out whether these are steps
and probate costs. And most you would like to take. Whether
While a singular person may not have attorneys will consult with new clients planning for your own future, a loved
AVOIDING the ability to change the state budget, at little or no cost to determine what one’s, or doing emergency planning
LOUISIANA’S each person can plan for long term
care for themselves and their loved
might be achieved before the client
pays a larger fee.
like the thousands of Louisiana
nursing home residents almost faced,

● Deep knowledge and experience.
MEDICAID CRISIS ones. A qualified elder law attorney an experienced elder law attorney can
can help you and your loved ones help you figure out what your
figure out how to navigate the rocky Professionals who work in any field options are.
road that is planning for long on a daily basis over many years
There was buzz in national news last term care. develop both the depth and breadth
month about the potential for tens of of experience and expertise to advise
thousands of Louisiana’s nursing Unfortunately, many seniors and their clients on how they might achieve The information provided is not intended to
be legal advice and does not constitute an
home residents being evicted. The families don't use a lawyer to plan for their goals, whether those are attorney/client relationship. You should consult
first draft of the state’s new budget long-term care or Medicaid, often maintaining independence and with an attorney for individual advice regarding
from the House didn’t appropriate because they're afraid of the cost. dignity, preserving funds for children your own situation.
any money for Medicaid programs However, an elder law attorney can and grandchildren, or staying home
that pay for Long Term Care. rather than moving to assisted living Ms. Melancon is an attorney with Legacy Estate &
help you save money in the long run, Elder Law of Louisiana, LLC, with offices in
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Ascension Community Theatre brings
Disney’s The Little Mermaid to Life
When: July 12-15; 19- 22 and 26- 29.
Times: 7:00 PM Thursday- Saturday and 2:00 PM Sunday afternoons
Where: 823 Felicity St., Gonzales LA 70737
Tickets are from $20- $30 a ticket and the box office is open
M-F 5-7 and 10-2 on Saturday. Box office: 225-647-1230.
www.ascensioncommunitytheatre.com
What great fun to have the unveiling
of the gorgeous new ACT building
and this magical production of
Disney’s the Little Mermaid coincide!
ACT hopes everyone in the
community will come to the show
and will enjoy the new surroundings
and will take pride and inspiration
Based on one of Hans Christian from the updates to Ascension’s only
Andersen's most beloved stories live performance theatre.
and the classic animated film,
Disney's The Little Mermaid is a
hauntingly beautiful love story for the
ages. Ariel, King Triton's youngest
daughter, wishes to pursue the
human Prince Eric in the world
Emily Schexnaydre Bourgeois • Ursula

above, bargaining with the evil sea her colorful friends, Flounder the
Curt Chenevert • Sebastian
witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for fish, Scuttle the seagull and
legs. But the bargain is not what it Sebastian the crab to restore Costume Design in addition Richard
seems, and Ariel needs the help of order under the sea. Nixon is the lighting designer. With
all this talent, the audience is sure to
Ascension Community Theatre has be wowed! See the cast list below.
gone over the top with fantastical
costumes, lavish sets and wonderful Something else that will WOW the
performers! The theatre and this audience, is the beautiful new
amazing company of performers signage outside, made possible by
have been working all summer to Leadership Ascension, Class of Tristan Sholar • Prince Eric
bring audiences in Ascension one of 2017, and the incredible renovations
the finest musicals ACT has done to inside and out that take the historic
date. Directed by Lorna Culmone Pasqua Theatre into the 21st
Bourgeois, the artistic team includes century. Headed up by ACT Board
Paige Englade, Choreographer; member, Rod Olson, this renovation
Andrew Alegria, Musical Director; has been dreamed about by
and Linwood Holdridge, Scenic everyone that makes up the ACT
Designer and Gaye Lynn Ambeau, family, including you, the patrons.
Molly Beth Blanchard • Ariel

THE CAST OF ‘THE LITTLE MERMAID’ • ASCENSION COMMUNITY THEATRE • JULY 12-15, 19- 22 and 26- 29
Eel FLOTSAM Felicity Frederic CHEF LOUIE Logan Dupuy Sea Creature, JR /Gull/Land
Michael Muffuletto ALANNA/Princess Mark Lambert Puppeteer/Gull Creature
Eel Jetsam Jamie Trice ARIEL Madeline Pittman Cale Marchand
Adam Michael Johnson ADRINA/Princess Molly Beth Blanchard Sailor/ Chef Sea Creature, JR /Gull/Land
FLOUNDER Kellie Johnson TRITON Reese Carmouche Creature
Cade Sholar ADELLA/Princess Shawn Frederic Sailor/ Puppeteer/Chef Molly Kilgore
LEEWARD Kennadi Wells PRINCE ERIC Peyton Conyers Sea Creature, JR/Land Creature
Claire McAlister AQUATA/Princess/Gull Tristan Sholar Sailor/Puppeteer Olivia Durapau
SEBASTIAN Layla Cardosa Sailor/Puppeteer/Maid Logan Boudreaux Sea Creature/Gull/Chef
Curt Chenervert ATINA/Princess Faith Carmouche Puppeteer/Tree/ Backstage Alayna Jaeger
GRIMSBY Elizabeth Lyon Durapau Sea Creature/Maid Mallory Miller Sailor/Puppeteer

SUMMER CAMP
Drake LeBlanc ARISTA/Princess/Gull Aria Rife Puppeteer/Tree/ Backstage Grace Carmouche
URSULA Maeleah Chenervert Sea Creature/Maid Morgan Miller
Emily Schexnaydre Bourgeois SCUTTLE Kensie Duplessis Land Creature/ Sea Creature Jr.
WINDWARD Margaret Lipscomb Sailor/Sea Creature/Maid Riley Miller

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MUSIC, DANCE, ACTIVITIES AND FUN
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Cast members from The Little
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This camp is not affiliated with
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Class of 2018 • Pictured (Top from Left): Seth Arceneaux, Rubicon, LLC; Donald Capello, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; Andy Nelms, EATEL Business; Jeremy Sanderford, Neighbors Federal Credit Union; John DeFrances, Doerle Food Service, LLC; Sarah Ellis, Assurance Financial; Karen Hatcher, Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs;
Michael Toney, Ascension Parish Sheriff Department; Sean Matassa, Edward Jones Investments; Sasha Ipson, BASF; Nikki Black, CSRS, Inc.; Paula Hernandez, Iberia Bank; Kate MacArthur, Ascension Economic Development Corp.; Patsy Spears-Jones, Shell Chemical LP; Scotty Gwatney, Merrill Lynch; Anthony Keller, City of Gonzales;
David Commander, Edward Jones Investments; Ron Savoy, Ascension Parish Government; Alyson Boudreaux, Sterling International; Wayne Hamilton, Jr., BASF; Anna Skias, Percy, Lanoux & Mumphrey, Attorneys at Law; Christopher Acosta, Rouses Markets; Jerry Chang, Methanex USA, LLC; Brandon Burr, Domain Architecture, LLC;
Lori Lowery, Shell Chemical-Geismar and Tyler Teague, Methanex USA, LLC.

(Bottom from Left): Tisha Dooley, St. Elizabeth Physicians; Ronda Matthews, Ascension Parish School Board; Stephanie Ieyoub, Rubicon, LLC; Mandy Stephens, Ascension Parish Clerk of Court; Mindy Murray, Methanex USA, LLC; Ami Clouatre-Johnson, Ascension Parish Government; Alexis Patterson, Pelican State Credit Union;
Johnette Mauldin, Pelican State Credit Union; Lacie Troxclair, Stuart & Co. General Contractors and Heather Luquette, Succentrix Business Advisors.

Not Pictured: Bruce Jacobsen, Tire Engineers; Takietha Johnson, Pelican State Credit Union; Tammy O’Connor, St. Elizabeth Hospital; Rusty Secrist, Redstick Entertainment and Anna Watkins, Don’s Seafood

As Ascension Parish continues to grow and the 600 alumni. community research projects. Attendance at the opening projects such as a senior citizen's prom, a mass casualty
community becomes more complex and demanding, there A maximum of 35 individuals are selected each year to and closing retreats are mandatory. Participants who response bus, a park in Donaldsonville, a parish-wide
is an increasing need to train responsible and informed participate in the program. Since the number of miss more than two monthly sessions will not be able to youth mentoring program and countless more positive
leaders. Leadership Ascension is an innovative program participants in Leadership Ascension is limited and successfully graduate from the program. examples of volunteerism.
sponsored by The Ascension Chamber of Commerce to selection will be made to reflect the diversity of Ascension Applicants must have the full support of the In 2013, a group of Leadership Alumni came together
assist in preparing emerging community leaders for Parish, applicants who are not selected are encouraged to organization or corporation they represent. to launch The Leadership Ascension Foundation. The
leadership positions in local government, business and reapply in subsequent years. In addition to learning specific leadership skills and main goal of this 501-c-3 foundation is to provide a
community affairs. This results-oriented program is Following an orientation retreat in late August which gaining a broad exposure to the community, participants resource for the Class to assist in the proper management
directed by a steering committee of community leaders explores leadership skills, the class will attend eight also meet their peers in other fields and form of funds that are collected for the various organizations
and facilitated by the Ascension Chamber of all-day sessions, each focusing on a specific aspect of contacts which will benefit their volunteer and supported by the class projects.
Commerce Staff. Ascension Parish, such as government, education, law professional activities. For further information, contact the Ascension Chamber
The purpose is to provide a forum for and increase the enforcement and economic development. The program The Ascension Leadership Program also requires groups of Commerce Office at 225.647.7487 or visit our

Spartan / Gator Club
awareness of potential leaders by giving them an intense will culminate with a closing retreat in early June and a to complete a community service project that benefits the website, www.ascensionchamber.com.
course which encompasses a broad scope of community graduation ceremony in mid-June. overall community. For years, these projects have left a
concerns. The first Leadership Ascension class graduated Sessions include lectures, simulations, group lasting legacy and served both Ascension Parish residents
in 1996 and the program currently has more than discussions, panel presentations, field trips and and businesses. Past community service examples include

Delivers checks to East Ascension & St. Amant High Schools
The Spartan/Gator Club delivered decibel meter was used to determine
another $20,000.00 per school this the winning school, which would
week from the 2017 Spartan / Gator receive the “spirit stick” and keep it
Shout Event, stated event Coordinator until the next year’s event. This event
James E. LeBlanc. would go on from 1999 to 2006,
stated LeBlanc.
The Spartan/Gator Shout Out began
in 1999 when Jody Elisar and his After a two-year break, the event was
brother Todd, both St. Amant High brought back in 2008 by James E.
School alumni, looked to start an LeBlanc, Alan Marrero & Jose Boriel
event to raise money for both schools from St. Amant and Ralph Delatte and
while also boosting the spirit of the Tommy Trahan of EA. Since the
community leading into the annual comeback year in 2008, so many great
contest. The Elisar’s met with people and local business have join the
co-founder James “Stump” Marchand team to raise money for these two
and his brother Luke, both East schools, stated LeBlanc. The St.
Ascension High School alumni, and Amant Team is still lead by James E.
the Shout Out event came from those LeBlanc and the East Ascension Team
meetings, stated LeBlanc. is now lead by Gennia Baye.

The week-long celebration began with We continue to be blessed on both
a bass tournament, golf tournament sides of the field to raise much needed
and horse show competition. On the funds for these two Ascension High
day before the game, the two schools Schools, who both have 22 sports in Words cannot describe how much this and Gators, stated Athletic Director
would meet to cook large amounts of their programs, stated LeBlanc. money has meant to our program, Darnell Lee of the East Ascension
jambalaya during the day, stated From (2008-2017) The stated Athletic Director David Oliver Spartans. They continue to work
LeBlanc. Spartan/Gator Shout Out Committee of the St. Amant Gators. Year after hard and dedicate their efforts to
has delivered $150,000.00 to each year, this committee continues to supporting all 22 sports at both High
Later that afternoon, thousands of fans school and raised more than deliver results to both programs, and it Schools, stated Lee.
for both teams would gather in the $300,000.00 for the committee, stated means so much to our 22 sports here
parking lot of Dalton’s restaurant to LeBlanc. All money raised from local in Gator Nation, stated Oliver. Our mission has never changed from
listen to music and speeches from both sponsorships goes right back into both day one, “Two Communities
teams’ head coaches before the back- programs, stated LeBlanc. This committee is compassionate, Becoming One In Supporting Our
and-forth shouting match began. A dependable and loyalty to the Spartans Youth”, stated LeBlanc.
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The Arc of East Ascension’s premier Ascension, a non-profit organization, $250–$10,000, available now. “It is an honor to work with a
annual fundraising event, modeled whose mission is to enhance the General admission ($30.00) and VIP community that is interested in the
after the hit ABC show, helps fund quality of life for persons with ($150.00) went on sale June 1, purpose of The Arc. Thank you for all
activities, housing, job training, disabilities and their families through 2018 at The Arc of East Ascension your help. We look forward to seeing
and educational programs in services and advocacy that support Office 1122 S. E. Ascension you on July 14.”
Gonzales, LA. The Arc of East choice, independence and dignity. Complex Boulevard, Gonzales ph. For more information please
Ascension a 501(c)(3) non-profit “Dancing For A Cause is truly one 225-621-2005 or 225-621-2000; contact The Arc of East Ascension
organization; tax-deductible receipts of the great events held in Ascension City Hall 120 South Irma Boulevard, by calling 225-621-2005 or
are available for qualifying donations. Parish each year, and I was honored Gonzales ph. 225-647-2841; 225-621-2000 or email
when asked by The Arc to help with Lamendola’s Supermarket, Gonzales, Sharonm@eatel.net. Go to our
The event showcases community this year’s production,” ph. 225-647-4571; and through All new dancing for a cause website
leaders and prominent citizens of the Production/Stage Manager Lin Star Dancers.Tickets are also www.dancingforacause.net to vote
Ascension Parish and surrounding available the night of the event: for the dancer(s) of your choice.
area, as they transform into Star general admission ($35.00) and Contributed by the Arc of
Dancers to present live ballroom VIP (150.00) at the door. East Ascension.
performances with their professional This year’s Honorary Chair
dance partners at the Lamar Dixon Woman is WAFB Anchor, Donna
4-H Building located at 931 St. Britt. Judging the event this year is
Landry Rd. Gonzales, LA. Chief Deputy of Criminal Operations
APSO Bobby Webre; President of
Capital Area United Way George
Dancing for a Cause Bell; Senior Adviser, Lt. Governor
2018 Extravaganza: Office Josh NcNemer; Percy, Lanoux,
and Mumphrey, Attorney at Law,
Line-up announced
A VIP reception for all Sponsors
starts at 5:30 p.m., July 14. The Holdridge said. “I’ve had the privilege
event starts at 7:00 p.m. Sponsor- of producing and directing shows and
ships start at $250–$10,000, events all over the country. It’s good
available now. General admission to be able to come back to my
($30.00) and VIP ($150.00) went hometown and give back to the
on sale June 1, 2018 at The Arc of community what I have learned over
the decades in the entertainment
field. This year’s show will raise the
bar and hopefully raise more money
for this worthwhile cause.”
Our local star dancers include
WAFB Reporter Liz Koh; La Health
Care Connections Manager Tamiko Erin Wiley Lanoux; and Co-owner
Garrison; Ascension Parish Schools Broker-Ascension Realty, Willie
Principal Christina (Tina) Knight; The Robinson.
Smile Spa Dentist Dr. Aimee Russo- WAFB Channel 9 is our
Mounger; EATEL VIP Sales & Presenting Sponsor and
Marketing Tressy Leindecker; Emcees for 2018 are
Ascension Oaks Nursing & WAFB News Anchors
Rehabilitation Center Administrator Cheryl Mercedes and
East Ascension Office. Brett Arceneaux; Pelican Point Real- Greg Meriwether. The
The Arc of East Ascension 2018 tors Real Estate Broker Beau Diez; Event Chairwoman,
Dancing For A Cause Extravaganza Gonzales Police Department Officer PR/Marketing Director for
will be held on July 14, 2018. The Brandon Moran; Primary Residential The Arc of East Ascension
11 Star Dancers will take the stage Mortgage Branch Manager George is Sharon Morris.
to perform their professional Branigan; and President of Gulf “We are excited to
ballroom dance numbers at the Coast Aerial Mapping Kenny Foster. present this year’s line up
Lamar-Dixon 4-H Building. A VIP reception for all Sponsors to Ascension Parish and
The event raises funds and starts at 5:30 p.m. The event starts surrounding areas,” Executive
awareness for The Arc of East at 7:00 p.m. Sponsorships start at Director Dr. Liz Fussell said.
Enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families
through services and advocacy that support choice, independence, and dignity.
Here are our local community “celebrities” that will perform with
professional dancers in this star-studded event to benefit those
individuals withintellectual and developmental disabilities
* Denotes Professional Dancer
within our community

Tressy Leindecker Brett Arceneaux Kenny Foster Beau Diez Tamiko Garrison
Dylan Hoffpauir* Jessica Kennedy* Kris Cangelosi* Alyssa Babin* Leonard Augustus*

Liz Koh Tina Knight Brandon Moran George Branigan Dr. Aimee Russo
Dr. Le'Brian Patrick* Casey Bundick* Hannah Hinson* Rachel Carlino* Leonard Augustus*

Saturday - July 14, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Lamar-Dixon 4-H Bldg.
$30 per person ($35 at the door) VIP Tickets: $150 per person
www.dancingforacause.net
Tickets available at The Arc of East Ascension
(1122 S.E. Ascension Complex Blvd.)
Lamendola’s Supermarket,
City Hall or any Star Dancer
For table and sponsorship info.
contact The Arc at 225.621.2005 or 225.621.2000
Youth Legislature Creating Tomorrows Leaders
St. Theresa of Avila Sydney Mistretta

Six Ascension parish middle David Denham Rivas, Jordyn Rushing, Lily Cole Mosley, Commissioner of
schools participated in this years Townsend, Dru Webb and Mia Agriculture, Wildlife and
Youth Legislature program with Beth Mooney Secretary of Webb Fisheries and Commissioner of
nearly 2000 students from around State/Press Secretary Judiciary and Prison Affairs
the state. Students arrived at the Brandon Stokley House Clerk St. Theresa of Avila Sponsors
Old State Capitol where they were Lauren Schmidt Senate Sean Woolworth and Tori Randi Delaneuville Senate
elected and appointed to various Chaplain Schexnaydre Secretary
positions. Students presented their
bills in committee and on the floor Gianni Taylor Photo journalist Outstanding Legislator Session 8: Grant Thevenot, Senate President
of the House and Senate chambers awarded Special Assignment to the Sydney Mistretta Verdell Banner, Speaker of the
and some bills were even signed Governor House Pro-tem
into law by the Governor they Max Guillot, Lt. Governor
elected. This two-day mock Hall of Fame: Lauren Schmidt,
legislative session started after Mia Michel, Gianni Taylor,
months of preparation learning the Melanie Jones, Patrick Mooney
legislative process and ended with a and Daniel Wiemer
Hall of Fame awards ceremony
honoring students for their Galvez Middle Sponsors
hard work. John McGrew, Vickie Edmonston
and Jacy Zeringue
For more information on the
Youth Legislature program Jacie Jacob Secretary of Health
contact Paula Braud with Boys & and Welfare and Secretary of
Girls Club Commerce and Technology
youthlegislature@yahoo.com.
Hall of Fame: Isabella Ali, Logan
Anderson, Grant Dicarlo, Preston
Ascension Christian High Fournet, Ronia Guillory, Brennan
School Sponsors Trudy Bates and Kimbrell, Vincent Lavalle, Roselyn Matthew Lass Max Guillot

Ascension Christian

Prairieville Middle
Emily Iles House Chaplain Gonzales Middle
John Robert House Sgt. at Arms St. Amant Middle
Ana Deville, Franta Duplichian
Emma Britton Press Delegate and Michelle Causey
awarded Special Assignment to
the Governor Jennifer Cagnolatti Secretary of
Health & Welfare
Hall of Fame:
Randi Delaneuville, Grant, Morgan Landry, Myra Bascom &
Thevenot, Emma Britton, Britton Beau Dupuy Sgt. at Arms
LeBlanc, Dagan Villenurve, Josh
Wax, William Percy, Cody Acosta, Hall of Fame: Allie Fontauzzo,
Kylan Dupre, Meghan Gauldin, Madison Champagne, Allison Frye,
Clyde Henry, Emma Lauret, Shelby Hill, Natalie Moore and
Brandon Merrick, Sydney Jeremy Paulus
Mistretta, Emily Ordeneaux, Hall of Fame Students are Jacob
Andrew Poche, Dominick Regira, Beth Mooney
Adams, Claire Amedee, Caris
Evan Tassin. Gonzales Middle Sponsors Green, Calum McArthur, Bredyn
Taylor Ford and Pat Mahoney Robinson and Abby Wendt

Galvez Middle Prairieville Middle Sponsors
Barry Boies, Annie Sibille and
Alisca Lively

Outstanding Legislator Session 2:
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by Bill Delaune

Wild Billbored-Silly
Summer Songs
You Could Sing
Editor’s note-Like many modern-day, lazy,
grandparents these days, our hazy, crazy days of
vacations are determined by summer and all we
our grandchildren’s activities- have to listen to is “Lil
be they baseball/softball Boosie’s” hit list-and
tournaments, soccer marathons that’s not one you want to be
or dance recitals. One good included on.
thing about being on the road But don’t despair. Welcome
is that I got to hear some old to Wild Bill’s Billboard of
Casey Kasem replays on satellite Hits-songs that contain no
radio recalling a day before profanity, no derogatory
present-day “radio personali- comments about women and
ties” who kill themselve no racial slurs. We’re talking
laughing over their not-funny about the silly songs of summer
personal anecdotes. The here with classic titles like Sam
following is a tribute I wrote the Sham’s “Wooly Booly” and
after Kasem’s death a couple of Roger Miller’s “Dang Me”.
summers ago. Man, was that And unfortunately, just like a
guy good… midsummer night’s All-Star
“Keep your feet on the Baseball Game, somebody has
ground and keep reaching for to get left out. So if you’re
the stars…” Casey Kasem’s looking for the nonsensical but
signature sign-off. non-musical “They’re Coming
Casey Kasem signed off for to Take Me Away” by
the last time on June 15, 2014, Napoleon XIV, look elsewhere.
leaving us veteran radio listeners We’re talking about big-time
mourning the loss of the classic lyrics set to more music than
voice of the “American Top 40” just a tambourine here. And if
and a younger generation you aren’t familiar with the
missing the voice of “Shaggy” songs of the late 50’s and early
Rogers in the TV cartoon 60’s, then just Google the
“Scooby-Doo”. damn items and be done
On July 4, 1970, Kasem with it. talking number features a lively “Charlie Brown” in 1959.
launched his weekly program on For the rest of you faithful dialog between two trash-talk- But for Buckskin Bill fans in
which he counted down from readers, I proudly present Wild ing friends. The insults range Baton Rouge, the Coasters’
#40 on the pop charts to #1. Bill’s 10 Greatest Novelty from the clever-“That’s all “Along Came Jones” was
But the show was not just about Hits/Artists of all time. By the right, my mama didn’t have to almost as big a hit on the
the countdown. Kasem mixed way, the number one hit on put a sheet over my head so that popular kids’ show as the
in flashbacks, biographical Casey Kasem’s first show was sleep could slip up one me”-to “Monday Morning March”.
information and trivia about the Three Dog Night’s “Mama the blunt-“You look like you When Buckskin combined with
artists and their music, and due Told Me Not to Come”-a song been whooped with an ugly Senor Puppet to give the
to his “always friendly and up- written by the legendary Randy stick”. May his cigar-box harp melodramatic effect of the
beat” baritone voice, the “Top Newman about a warning we’d be entertaining the angels now. heroic Jones coming to rescue
40” soon went nationwide. all heard before. In my best Bo knows novelty. Sweet Lil, all the young TV
Casem’s shows were required Casem voice…”And at number 9. The Coasters. An viewers knew what was
listening for steamy July days of 10 this week…” amazing novelty group coming next.
yore, especially when hanging 10. “Say Man” by Bo considering that after their first “And then, he tied her to the
out at the beach listening to Diddley. A tribute to the late, big R&B hit “Young Blood” in railroad track. And then, the
good old-time rock and roll on great Bo Diddley who changed 1957, they took some off-beat train was coming. And then,
your transistor radio. an entire generation of guitar shots with “Yakety-Yak” and then, and then-ack,ack-and
But alas, here we are in the pickers, this upbeat walking- (“Don’t Talk Back”) and then along came Jones…” to

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save the day. toppers on the U.S. rock scene. out of the water, And I wonder revolutions per minute? The
As far as interior rhyme, who In 1962, Charlie Drake scored what she’s gonna do. Now result was a high-pitched,
can top the group’s description with the story of a banished she’s afraid to come out of the sped-up version of the song that
of Little Egypt doing her fa- Aborigine teen who couldn’t water, And the poor little girl’s made everybody laugh.
mous Dance of the Pyramids? make his ornery boomerang turning blue…” So when David recorded a
“Little Egypt came out struttin’ come back. How could you not Now what could possibly song called “Witch Doctor”
wearing nuttin’ but a button shed Crocodile Dundee tears knock a novelty song of that about a guy who was unlucky at
and a bow…” when the lost lad lamented, caliber out of the number one love until the witch doctor gave
Man, they don’t write ‘em like “I can ride a kangaroo, make spot on the charts? In 1960 it him some magic words, it was
that anymore. kinkajou stew, But I’m a big was some guy named Elvis only natural that the prescrip-
8. Long Tall Texan by disgrace to the Aborigine race, Presley singing “It’s Now or tion was recorded in the high-
Murray Kellum. In 1963 most My boomerang won’t Never”-perhaps as some advice pitched voice.
of us weren’t interested in Bob come back.” to our bikini wearer. “Oo-ee, oo-ah-ah, ting-tang,
Dylan’s pleas for ending war Rolf Harris followed suit in 3. Purple People Eater by walla-walla bing-bang…”
and social injustice-not just yet 1963 with the last requests of a Sheb Wooley. Did the The song was a huge success
anyway. What we really wanted dying Australian stockman who one-eyed, one-horned flying and Seville decided to follow it
was a simple, silly 3-chord song not only wants his friends to monster only eat purple people? up with a complete album in the
that we could play on our Sears “Tie Me Kangaroo Down” after Or was he the color purple and high-pitched voices featuring
Silvertones and sing along with. he’s gone but also leaves some did not discriminate in his diet? the skills of a chipmunk trio-
So when Murray Kellum special instructions for the other Inquiring minds want to know. Simon, Theodore and Alvin.
introduced his cowboy hero animals including “Take my But in the late 50’s no one Dave Clark played one of the
with the opening lines, “Well koala back, Jack” and “Mind me seemed to care. The catchy “group’s” holiday tunes on
I’m a long tall Texan, I ride a platypus duck, Bill…” Eat your beat reflected the “Happy American Bandstand’s
big, white hoss...” then we heart out Eminem. Days” of the era and the words rate-a-record segment and it
could answer right along with 5. The Camp Granada fueled the public’s fascination received a score of 37 out of
the background singers, “He Song by Allan Sherman. with aliens and flying saucers at 100 because “the kids just
rides from Texas on a big, white “Hello, Muddah, hello the time. couldn’t dance to it”.
hoss…” See how easy that was. Faddah,” begins the ultimate And in keeping with the frivo- The public apparently dis-
This one-hit wonder would summer camp song based on lous tone of the song, the flying agreed. In just six months after
have made the list for the final letters Sherman received from purple people eater doesn’t eat a its release, “The Chipmunk
stanza alone when a lonesome his own whining son when the single person of any color and Song or Christmas, Don’t Be
voice asks the musical boy was sent off to camp. goes on to get a job in a rock Late” sold more than four
question, “Oh, Roy, oh Roy is Among the song’s disasters and roll band. In fact, Wooley million records and won
you the law?” are a camper named Leonard tells us he saw the invader on a three Grammys.
7. Haunted House by Gene Skinner “who got ptomaine TV show. Now 50-some odd years later,
Simmons. Jumpin’ Gene poisoning last night after “He was blowing it out, really Alvin and the Chipmunks are
Simmons was the lead singer for dinner”, and another called Jef- knocking ‘em dead, playing rock still entertaining young fans
the Bill Black (No, not Buck- frey Hardy for whom “They’re and roll music through the horn with a TV series, movies and a
skin.) Combo in the ‘60’s and is about to organize a searching on his head…” video game. That longevity
not to be confused with the party”. As a side note, the vaunted alone should be enough to
teacher-turned Kiss member of But being the rhyme scheme Minnesota Viking defense of the make you number one.
the same name. addict that I am, I am obliged ‘60’s and ‘70’s became known Epilog-Two apologies-If this
The song “Haunted House” to include my favorite lines, as the “Purple People Eaters”. piece was too wordy for your
was first offered to another “Now I don’t want this should 2. Ray Stevens. Where do attention span, I was just trying
Memphis-based rocker scare ya’, But my bunkmate has you start? Do you favor “Ahab to incorporate some of Casey’s
Domingo Samudio- later to be malaria…” the Arab” (Try singing that one history and trivia into the
known as “Sam the Sham”, but Now you try to think up in today’s politically-correct article. Remember-he did
when negotiations broke down, another rhyme for malaria. world run amok.)? Or do you 40 songs-I only did 10.
Simmons volunteered to record 4. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie like “Guitarzan” who’s got “a Secondly, if I left out one of
it. Now does that sound like Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. pet monkey that likes to get your favorite novelty songs,
some of Casey’s trivia or what? When you consider that this drunky and sing boogie woogie please dress up in “Chantilly
The infectious “Haunted Brian Hyland classic knocked and it sounds real funkie…” Lace” and form a posse of
House was one of the few Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry” out I know “The Streak” was “Alley Oop”, “Mr. Custer” and
novelty songs that teens could of Billboard’s top spot in Au- probably Ray’s best seller “King Henry the Eighth” and
not only sing, but could also gust of 1960, you get some idea (“Don’t look, Ethel!”), but one meet me on the veranda at
dance to. Even Van Broussard of the power of summer silli- of his more serious songs Sammy’s Grill to file a formal
played it at Moonlight. I was ness. “Everything is Beautiful” won a complaint.
just never sure what a “haint” The shy teen in the song Grammy in 1970. Just make sure to bring your
was in the line, “Ain’t no haint bought the skimpy bathing suit And who cared if he used turntable, some old 45’s and a
gonna run me off.” because it seemed a good idea at canned laughter on most of his tub of cold Miller Lite to toast
6. (Tie) My Boomerang the time but now she’s having records. The laughter on this to Casey Kasem-the greatest
Won’t Come Back and Tie second thoughts about the side of the radio was real in- DJ that ever lived.
Me Kangaroo Down. amount of exposure she’s going deed.
Americans certainly didn’t have to reveal. She cautiously moves 1. David Seville and the
a monopoly on novelty hits back from the locker to a blanket to Chipmunks. Can you picture
in the ‘60’s. A couple of the shore and finally makes it a young David Seville in 1958
Aussies took their mythical into the water. But now she playing records (You know, kids,
problems from Down Under faces a new dilemma. those big, black CD’s.) at 78
and turned them into chart “Now she’s afraid to come RPM’s instead of 33 or 45

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Miserable
Not long ago I was questioning been a few times that I've been on
a friend of mine about whether or that side of the coin, but not
not he was going to attend our too often.
yearly Sportsmans League fishing Things have changed quite a bit

It’s Easy to Advertise in Ascension Magazine.
rodeo weekend at Grand Isle. He in the past sixty years that have

A whole lot easier than catching 30 bass
replied that he was not sure if he made life in the outdoors more
was going to attend because a prior comfortable. But even with the
injury made it difficult to climb most modern equipment available
steps and the process of going up life in the outdoors can be

Call
and down stairs all weekend at the challenging. As I grow older I now
campsite can become very difficult. accept some of these challenges in a
He then said things would be easier different way. But very seldom do I
for him if his wife would attend the back out of a trip because of rain, Mike Strong
225.622.1324
event but she didn't really care to heat, cold, bugs, snakes, wind,
go. At that point I told him that in waves or any other of the
a way I can understand why thousands of miserable things that
someone would not want to attend Mother Nature can throw at you.
a weekend of heat, work, bugs, Sometimes the more miserable I
getting up early, wind, sand, storms am the more I enjoy it. All in all I
etc. In my opinion to really enjoy a love being miserable and being out
weekend at Grand Isle you have to there is where I want to be. As for
love some degree of misery. my friend in the Sportsmans
Hunting and fishing are League he attended the Grand Isle
definitely my way of life. I attempt event and enjoyed every bit of
to be in the woods or on the water misery and comfort that came his
every time I have the opportunity way. His wife stayed home and I
to do so. These adventures, for the assume that she enjoyed her
most part, come with some type of weekend also. I guess it's whatever
discomfort nearly all the time. floats your boat. For he and I it's
Every now and then you'll connect putting up with whatever
on the perfect trip where discomfort that we have to, to
everything seems to fall in place enjoy our love for the outdoors and
and conditions are perfect. I'm camaraderie with our friends...
here to tell you that I've had some
miserable days and nights in my life
of outdoor activity. There has been Till Next Time,
many situations when I've decided
to go out there while others that "I Love Being Miserable"
enjoy the same passion would
decide to stay home. There's also James "Goosie" Guice

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with Kellie
Useless Random Facts


In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all
the world's nuclear weapons combined

Ninety percent of New York City cabbies
are recently arrived immigrants
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In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all
the world's nuclear weapons combined.

Ninety percent of New York City cabbies
are recently arrived immigrants.

Contraflow • July 7th
Only one person in two billion will live to
be 116 or older.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an

June 22 Barbarella blue
inch every year because when it was built, engineers

with Ladies Night
failed to take into account the weight of all the books
that would occupy the building.

June 23 Spank the Monkey

June 29 Karaoke
Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the

June 30 Snake Nelson
paddle at speeds up to 160 km/hr.

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the
Parliament Building is an American flag. “ L I K E ” U S O N FA C E B O O K

Almonds are members of the peach family.

Elvis had a twin brother named Garon, who died at
birth, which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled
Aron; in honor of his brother.

Sofa Kings • July 13th

Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because
he doesn't wear pants

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a piece of equipment and while with the wrench about a 1/4
digging we broke a water line. inch at a time. I looked like I

Thoughts from Bully This some times a common
occurrence while doing
construction work but for me it
was doing a one armed chicken
dance. Suddenly I heard the
screeching of tires on the road.
turned in to another memorable A door open and I heard a
moment. woman yell, “Go help that
Since Michael was on the man!” A man jumped from the
equipment he said, “Well old passenger side of his car and was
The Good man you have to go to the road
and turn the water off.
Frustrated I reluctantly grabbed
running my way to jump my
ditch. I looked up and the man
stopped. “Are you alright?” he
Samaritans the channel locks and went to
the road.
said. “I sure am” I replied. We
thought you were having a
There was a time bending heart attack with your arm
over and doing this task would flopping like that. Then he
be no big deal. However with apologized for bothering me.
As I have said many times my old out of shape body laying “No sir. No need to apologize
before, I don’t know how down was the only solution. to me. Thank You for stop-
unique situations come my way. The only worry I had was ping,” I replied. If you ever
It’s been like that my entire life. getting back up. see me flopping around like a
I use to wonder why my As I was stretched out like a catfish in my yard please stop.
mother would say, “Boy, I beached whale and reaching in Chances are I need help because
should have knocked you in the This past month my son and I the hole. I was turning the cut- I never lay in the grass unless I
head when you were born.” I were working in the yard using off value by moving my arm break my water line.
don’t wonder any more. It’s just
a part of being me and my crazy
life.
Imagine one of the Snow flake
generation being told they
should have been knocked in
the head when they were born?
Even if it is true they should
have been, they would turn
there mother over to the law Hey Mister!
and claim she invaded their
space and they felt uncomfort-
Do you need some help?
able. I always knew Mom meant
it as a compliment and I made
her laugh. However I sometime
wonder if she tried but my head
was too hard.

Public Service
Announcement
Alligator Sighting
The Pelican Point Golf Club would like to make you aware
that an alligator has been spotted in the pond behind the
playground, near the tenth hole. Louisiana Wildlife and
Fisheries and the Sheriff's Office have been dispatched to
take care of the situation. Please refrain from going near
this area today.
Publisher Note: Imagine that. There has been an alligator
sighting in South Louisiana. It’s almost like alerting us that
there is a chance of rain. I remember on the back 18 hole
course when I might see 3 gators a day.

I took this photo of a gator in the pond behind the 9th green
just a few years ago. Fortunately he was there so I could re-
trieve my new Pro V1 that I thought I had lost.
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Four years ago Doyle ‘The X-Man’ Philippe decided to learn to play golf.
He had some good days and some real bad days. All golfers experience ups
and down while on the course. Doyle fed off his misfortunes. The more
houses he hit the more determined he became. “I think I can, I think I can”
became his motto.
After a few years he decided to have a golf lesson and for a few months he
was worst than ever. Then something clicked. He started hitting fairways,
making birdies and Home Owner’s Insurance went down in Pelican Point.
During the past several months he started beating golfing buddies and
started X-ing them off his hit list.
These days Doyle routinely shoots from 88 to 74. He’s not every day
reliable for a low score but when he’s HOT, he’s HOT. Last month on a HOT
day he made 3 birdies and a Hole-in-One. On the 17th hole at Pelican Point
Doyle hit a shot that jammed the cup like a Dr. J Fly Ramma Jamma. He
drained it on the fly.
Congratulations Doyle but as a far as your X list. Sam Lavigne is
going to be a tough nut to crack.

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Brooke Renee’ Everett
is your 51st
Miss Gonzales Jambalaya
of 2018

Jambalaya Festival Celebrates 51st Anniversary
Congratulations Jambalaya favorite bands such as Bac Trac
Association, you have done it and Na Na Sha kept our
again. This year’s 51st Annual dancing shoes moving. One of
Festival went off without a the highlight moments of the
hitch and was a huge success. festival was the appearance of
I have been attending the Bag of Donuts.
Jambalaya Festival for 40 plus In addition to our local
years and this year’s festival musicians Rockin’ Dopsie
seemed to have it all. The partied late in to the night.
food, the events, and the It was exciting this year when
entertainment makes this event another first time champion,
one of the most diversified Jarrett Marchand with helper
festivals in the state. Chad Dixon, was crowned the
A wide variety of entertain- World Champion Jambalaya
ment from bands like Eddie Title.
Smith, Mike Broussard & Nite This year Joey Cornett with
Train and Chee Weez rocked his father Peanut worked their
the stage while hometown majic and won the Champ of

Brock Melancon - 2018 Jambalaya Festival Mini Pot Champ of Champs!!

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2018 World Champion Jarrett Marchand - Chad Dixon

Champs Cooking Contest for the second
year in-a-row.
Throughout my time at the festival I
ran into to old school Gonzales friends
that always make a reference to the
Festival that was once downtown
Gonzales.
Everybody likes to talk about the days
of old. The success was judged by the
garbage left in the street. As exciting as
those days were the current Jambalaya
Festival represents Gonzales 2018 and
our community. It’s clean, organized,
and full of musical entertainment. Along
with the good time the festival represents
a commitment to the claim Jambalaya

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The Mini-Pot Jambalaya
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Annual Jambalaya Festival was
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Memorial Post 3693.
This year the Mini Pot
Cooking Contest held their
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and eleven year old Brock
Melancon took the trophy.

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Youngsters and adults competed in one
of the festivals most popular event.
Cooking in mini pots started in the
1970s, and is an event everyone enjoys
and families can participate in it together.
While at the the festival I saw many
friends. This year I had the priviledge of
hanging out with AP Marchand. That in
itself is a walking talking laughing party.
Eric and Stump didn’t miss a beat. They
cooked and partied with the rest of us.

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Mike and Steve Broussard
played together as the jitter
bugging kept us from thinking
1 3 0 5 3 H W Y. 4 3 1 • S T. A M A N T
of the heat.
If you are new to the area and
have never attended the festival
you are missing a good time.
Along with the cooking and
dancing there is a 5K Run, car
shows, art displays and carnival
rides. Next year give the festival a
try. You will experience a good
time and truly understand why
Gonzales is,
‘The Jambalaya
Capital of the World’.

From the Jambalaya

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Mini Pots Jambalaya Festival 2018

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Mini Pots Jambalaya Festival 2018

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5K Fun Run Jambalaya Festival 2018
Ingredients:
Cooking Gourmet at Home
with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS 1 cup grits
4 cups water (unless you are using quick grits-
then follow instructions on package)
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup diced smoked sausage
1 cup diced white onion
½ cup green onions (sliced)
Salt, Red Pepper, Black Pepper to Taste
Method:

In a cast iron pot, thoroughly brown your smoked sausage
then remove from pan. Next, cook your onions in the
same pan until they are beautifully caramelized. Return
your sausage to the pan and you water and butter. Bring
the water to a boil then slowly stir in the grits. Bring
Jambalaya Grits mixture back to a boil, then cover and cook over medium
heat for approximately 40 minutes or until a smooth
Prep: 15 minutes texture is reached. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook: 20 minutes You can serve these grits with almost anything.
Pork, seafood, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner
Remember if using quick or 5 minute grits, follow
Executive Chef
the measurements on the package
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