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COMPLIMENTARY

JULY 2018, VOL. 16 ISSUE 7


Publisher / Editor
Mike Strong
Table of Contents
MY HERO ..................................... 4
Sales Manager
GONZALES GARDEN CLUB .... 10
Dottie Godberry
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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE......... 32
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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY.......34
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GONZALES BOAT CLUB...........36
Calvin Bessonett
Bully SNO’S RECIPE........................... 46

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My Hero Written by:
Glenn Gautreaux

If someone asked, “Do you have


a hero?”, how would you respond?
Writing about this young man is
something that I’ve wanted to do
for some time now. When I
decided to put pen to paper, I
thought about what he meant to
me. Watching as he grew up with
all of life’s hurdles that he has had
to overcome, I’m intrigued at all
that he’s accomplished.
Webster’s Dictionary defines a
hero as: A person who is admired performs.
or idealized for courage, At a young age he became
outstanding achievements, or interested in the local volunteer
noble qualities. This describes fire department, which his dad was
that young man. a part of. He went along with him
Born with a form of Cerebral when it was time to clean the fire
Palsy (CP), the disease effected his trucks and equipment. Observing
lower body from the waist down. and learning all the techniques of
At the age of twelve, he began caring for the equipment, he was
struggling to walk and was soon able to lend a hand with
eventually confined to a walker, those duties. He picked up on
and then a wheelchair. There were radio codes used to communicate
numerous surgeries performed with the firemen. As he grew older
with hopes that he would regain he became a Junior fireman and
eventually a fireman. He’s held the
position of Junior Fire Fighter
Instructor, and to this day has
received many outstanding awards
for his dedicated service.
After graduating high school, he
began working for the Ascension
Parish Sheriff’s Office and is still
the use of his legs. To this day he without being asked, and he employed with them today. His
remains hopeful. accomplished them as if there was love for music led him to become a
I remember the early years when nothing wrong. In his mind there DJ where he has performed for
he had to start using a walker. It is nothing wrong. Things like many local events. He also has a
was difficult for all of us to see him cleaning his dad’s shop, doing the love for cooking and has mastered
struggle, while all the other laundry, washing dishes, mopping, the art of cooking jambalaya in a
children were running, playing, mowing grass, weed eating, and mini-pot. Recently he took first
and having fun. He accepted that cleaning flower beds, are just some place in a local mini-pot cookoff.
challenge with such a positive of the amazing tasks that he The thing most admired about
attitude. He was never discouraged him is his never-ending drive to
or negative. conquer what seems to be the
His determination and self- impossible and doing it with pride.
confidence sometimes posed a For those of you who know
problem. In his mind there is him, it’s not hard to figure out
nothing that he can’t do. It was a who I’m talking about. He’s not
learning process for his parents, only my nephew, but Trent
who didn’t want to discourage Gautreaux is my hero.
him, but were also concerned for
his safety. Keeping close watch,
they eventually became accustomed
to his never-ending trials. He
took on chores around the house

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Miss Brooke Everett Crowned Jambalaya
Festival’s 51st Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Queen

Serving as Mistresses of Ceremony


were Mrs. Carol Ann Frederic, a past
Congeniality Award -
Pageant and Queens Director and Kaleigh Harrell
Miss Meredith Conger; Miss
Gonzales Jambalaya 2012. Assisting
Fashion Award -
were Mrs. Elise Tureau Frederic;
Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2007,
Brooke Everett
Miss Stevi Girouard; Miss Gonzales
Photogenic Award -
On Memorial Day weekend, the city Pavillon at Jambalaya Park. After a Jambalaya 2013 and Mrs. Brittany
of Gonzales played host, once again, few words from the Mayor the ladies Robert Lorio; Miss Gonzales
Brooke Everett
to the Gonzales Jambalaya Festival. made their way to the Jambalaya Jambalaya 2005. 2nd Alternate
In keeping with their new tradition Building for light refreshments and Before crowing the new queen, the
begun at last year’s 50th celebration the crowing of our new queen. JFA welcomed back past royalty by
Kaleigh Harrell
the coronation was held on the This year our Pageant welcomed presenting onstage many queens 1st Alternate
Saturday morning of the festival. three lovely contestants.  Competing from years past. Nearly 20 queens
It was a packed house in the new were Miss Kaleigh Harrell, Miss attended the event.
Destinee Mitchell
Jambalaya Festival Building for the Destinee Mitchell and Miss Brooke Following the presentation of past 2018 51st Miss Gonzales
pageant and coronation. The Everett.  On Friday evening these royalty the reigning queen Miss
Jambalaya Festival welcomed over three ladies were interviewed by a Alyssa Claire Latuso gave her
Jambalaya
25 visiting queens from around the panel of judges from across the farewell address. Sharing her Miss Brooke Renee Everett.
state as well as many past state. They were judged on their thoughts on her year and thanking
Jambalaya Queens for the days personality, poise, and knowledge of everyone who shared in it. Following the coronation, Brooke,
festivities. The morning began with the festival. On Saturday morning The presentation of awards began along with Miss Alyssa Latuso played
the reigning 50th Miss Gonzales the ladies, dressed in formal wear, with the JFA presenting the following host to our visiting queens. They
Jambalaya and our esteemed Mayor competed onstage. Judging included awards… enjoyed a Jambalaya Luncheon
Mr. Barney Arceneaux greeting our stage presence, formal wear and a private tour of the cooking
visiting royalty at the Jambalaya modeling and onstage question.

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competition lead by the lovely Mrs. 2018 Miss Gonzales Jambalaya.
Carol Ann Frederic. Brooke will reign as the
Brooke Renee Everett is the 19 ambassador of the festival.  She will
year old daughter of Kristin and Cody travel throughout the state attending
Breaux. She attended St. Amant its many festivals and events. She
High School graduating in 2016. will also travel to Washington D.C. in
She is currently attending Baton early 2019 to attend the Krewe de la
Rouge Community College pursuing Louisianians Mardi Gras Ball. She
a degree in Diagnostic Sonography. will represent the community and the
She has maintained a 3.3 GPA festival by encouraging others to visit
throughout her college career. Brook our community and our festival.
has served the Jambalaya festival as Current Pageant Directors Mrs.
a Field Judge for the past four years Laurina Conger and Mrs. Sharon
and has placed 2nd in the Mini Pot Girouard stated that “Many of our
Competition. past Champions and our Queens
“I am in shock and I am excited to become active members and board
reign as the 51st Miss Gonzales members of the Jambalaya Festival
Jambalaya! “ I am so honored to Association.   It's been a great
represent the JFA and my home partnership for 51 years and
town!  I am eager share my love for hopefully for years to come”!
this festival and my community with
others” stated Miss Everett, when
asked how she felt being crowned

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Registered live oak named Wallace Evans

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Registered live oak named Riley Evans

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In accordance with guidelines registered live oak trees in sixteen feet or greater is interested in having your tree
of The Live Oak Society of the Ascension Parish to 104. classified as a centenarian. registered, please contact
Louisiana Garden Club A tree registered is not Gonzales Garden Club
Federation, Inc., the Gonzales For a tree to be registered with protected by the society. President Jamie Trisler
Garden Club registered eight the Live Oak Society, it must The tree’s owner has full at 715-7670.
live oak trees recently, have a girth of eight feet or authority over what is done
bringing the total number of greater. A tree with a girth of with and to the tree. If you are
Registered live oak named Buddy Bourgeois

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The Butterfly Garden at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales is situated between the fountain pool and the Children’s Spray Ground.

The Gonzales Garden Club Stokes aster, penta, echinacea, watered it to life.
created a garden in Jambalaya bee balm, penstemon, Mexican
Park in 2004 with the permission flame vine, Brazilian fuzzy sage, Appreciation goes
of former Mayor Johnny Berthelot. and hyssop. out to Louisiana
It has evolved from shrubs and Many garden club members Nursery in Prairieville
perennials into a pollinators’ have helped with the park bed in for donating 15
paradise. Currently, plantings in years past. A total renovation of pounds of fertilizer
the lower bed are irises, blue the bed been in the fall of 2017 and to Lowe’s Home
mistflower, aquatic milkweed and when all the old plants had to be Improvement in
luna hibiscus. The raised bed has removed. Helpers included Ellen Gonzales for donating
been newly planted with zinnias, Richmond Posey, Allen Posey, a day of labor, ten
purple evolution salvia, yellow Weezie and Nolan Cashat, Gwen bags of compost and
lantana, tropical milkweed, swamp and Steve Heck, Conchita Richey, discounts on needed
milkweed, and sunflowers. A vig- Janis Poche, Barbara McCormick, maintenance supplies.
orous Peggy Martin climbing rose Jamie Trisler, Cathy Venable, Janis Many thanks go out to
bush is spreading along the fence D’Benedetto, Priscilla Monson and all the garden club
at the back of the bed along with a Sandy Stewart. The bulk of this supporters who made
healthy young morning glory vine. season's garden renovations was purchases at the
Next year’s growth shows even inspired by the GGC Garden club’s annual
more promise with the team’s Chairman Mary Jo Pohlig. She plant/bake sale
recent plantings of so many baby and her team propagated the fundraiser in April.
perennials in this project: plants, amended the soil, set in Proceeds from that
tutti-frutti butterfly bush, verbena, the transplants, then mulched and event are used to
maintain the garden

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Sunflowers are set to bloom above the garden plaque.


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The Adam McCarty State Farm Insurance Agency Office in the new Cypress Point Development GGC YOM winner Sabrina Collier is pictured on her front steps with grand daughter Surella
Center was chosen as GGC July Commercial Landscape of the Month. An abundance of plants Thomas. There are boxwood shrubs in the beds with caladiums, mums and petunia adding color
throughout the parking area include drift roses, lilies of Nile, Japanese yew, and crape myrtle. to the red mulch. Hanging Boston ferns add to the porch decor.
Gonzales Girl Scout achieves
highest award in Girl Scouting:
the Girl Scout Gold Award
Gonzales Girl Scout Earning this prestigious
Margaret Britton was honored award enables the Gold Award
as a Gold Award Girl Scout at Girl Scout to distinguish herself
a statewide Gold Award Girl in the college admissions
Scout pinning ceremony and process, earn college
reception at the Old scholarships, and enter the
Governor’s Mansion on June military one rank higher.
13. The 2017-2018 Gold Award After Ascension Parish’s
Girl Scout was among 10 Galvez Primary School
Louisiana Girl Scouts to flooded, Britton replaced five
receive this highest award in basketball goals and built a
Girl Scouting, buddy bench to address the
In order to earn the Girl problems of bullying to
Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout promote inclusiveness for all
must demonstrate her ability students. The Gold Award Girl and will attend Mississippi opportunity, create lasting
and skills in goal-setting, Scout also helped a Junior Girl State University in the fall, relationships, and find dynamic
planning, implementing Girl Scout troop earn their majoring in Chemical solutions to social issues —all
Scout values, and relating to staying fit badge. Engineering. while building the skills and
the community. She must also Britton also received the Girl Scouts Louisiana East courage they need to take the
plan and execute a community 2018 Kelly C. O’Mahoney offers the best leadership lead every day and empower
service project with a minimum $1,000 Gold Award development program for girls, themselves for life. For more
of 80 working hours to reach Scholarship, which was grades K to 12, in southeast information, call the council
beyond the Girl Scout presented during the Gold Louisiana. Through Girl office at 800-644-7571, or visit
organization and provide a Award ceremony. She is a Scouting, girls learn to face its website at www.gsle.org.
sustainable, lasting benefit to graduate of East Ascension challenges head-on, embrace
the her larger community. High School’s class of 2018 failure as a learning
high altitude and throughout the
stay. I could almost feel and
increases sense of well being about
an hour or so post dose. I believe
it works and will take it again in
the future.

Lower Caffeine and Alcohol intake


– Since dehydration can compound
AS symptoms, you must stay away
from coffee and alcohol both of
which dehydrate. As much as I
love my morning coffee, I drank
much less than normal. I know
this helped as well.

If those didn’t work, I always had


a backup plan. In downtown
Crested Butte, I saw a local spot
called Sea Level Spa that offers
oxygen and a hyperbaric chamber
slowly acclimates the body via slow
increased pressurization thus
increasing oxygen levels and
pumping more oxygen into your
body. Luckily I didn’t have to
go through all that.
a night at a lower level altitude.
From the One night into my trip and no
Bayou to the signs of AS.

Butte Hydrate – For several days prior to


heading to Crested Butte, I made
I spent a fantastic Independence sure I drank a lot of water. I
Day in Crested Butte, Colorado. already drink a lot, but I made sure
It was my first time ever in the I pushed the aqua even more. Trail at 11,000 ft.
Rocky Mountain state, and I loved Once at altitude the dehydration is
it; however, there was a looming palpable, so I continued to push
concern of altitude or mountain the additional water the entire trip.
Check your urine color often while Preparation certainly made the
sickness that my boyfriend kept
at altitude. The darker the urine, difference in avoiding AS,
warning me about. This is what’s commonly called
the more need for additional although when I went for a jog in
altitude sickness or mountain town, I didn’t make it 50 yards.
Apparently going from sea level or hydration!
sickness. How embarrassing!
below to high altitudes can be
Altitude RX – After some research Oh well, I suppose to increase
tricky. Why you might ask? Well, Mountain Sickness or Altitude
I found a supplement with more my stamina, I’ll have to make more
at levels above 7,000 feet there is Sickness (AS) is very common and
than 3,000 five star reviews online, visits at high altitude? Next time…
less oxygen present in the air, affects people in varying severity.
so for $34.99 a bottle, I figured Aspen perhaps? Or maybe even
Onset is usually within hours of Veil? Hmmm…no wonder the US
what the heck. I ordered the all
Hiking in Crested Butte arrival at altitude and can create Winter Olympic Training Gym is
natural supplement, full of Ginko,
symptoms such as: headache, in Crested Butte. They must have
Vitamin C and Vitamin A.
nausea, fatigue, insomnia, inability the right idea. Training hard never
Directions said to begin taking this
to sleep, dehydration, shortness of looked so good.
homeopathic RX one day prior to
breath and more.

AS was a legitimate concern for me I fell in right after this photo was taken.
on this trip since I’d never been at
this level of altitude. So, with
some research and preparation I
was able to mitigate my risk of
getting some of the symptoms of
AS. Despite not feeling 100% while
I was there, I know and believe I
around about 25% depending on did better than most, at least that’s
specific altitude, which makes what the locals said. Here’s
EVERYthing more difficult to do. what I did:
Think about it, less oxygen equals
harder breathing, harder walking, Increase Altitude Slowly – Since
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left to right: Tate Broussard, Haley Hill, Hannah Delatte, Arthur Scanlan III (EATEL), Jacob Varnado, Caleb Robinson, Principal Marvin Evans accepting on behalf of Cambrie Reed.

EATEL GRANTS SIX have the opportunity to support our local parish schools
with this event for so many years.”

LOCAL GRADUATING
The following
SENIORS WITH LAPTOP students are the 2018
COMPUTERS EATEL Technology
Award recipients:
EATEL honored six local graduating high school seniors on Cambrie Reed of Donaldsonville High School 4.54 GPA
April 24,2018, at EATEL’s annual Technology Awards Plans to attend LSU’s Odgen Honors College to pursue a
Ceremony, now in its 32nd year. The grant focuses on the double degree in computer science with concentration in
importance of technology, academic achievement, and software engineering and entrepreneurship/business.
community involvement, awarding applicants from
Ascension and Livingston Parish High Schools. EATEL
presented brand new laptop computers to a standout
graduate from each high school in its serving area,
Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension, French
Settlement, Maurepas, and St. Amant, with an ultra-slim
ASUS ZenBook laptop computer and an awards certificate
honoring their achievement. The ceremony was held in
the lobby of EATEL’s Administration Building (406 E. Hannah Delatte of Maurepas High School 4.0 GPA
Worthey Street, Gonzales, LA). Haley Hill of Dutchtown High School 3.981 GPA Plans to attend La Tech University; Majoring in BioMedical
Plans to attend Loyola University of New Orleans; Major or Chemical Engineering.
EATEL’s Technology Award requirements are that all appli- in Biology (Pre-Medicine) and minor in Chemistry. Career
cants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or goals of becoming an OBGYN.
higher, actively participate in school and community
activities, and plan to pursue their studies at a Louisiana-
accredited college or university. These students must se-
lect a major in one of the STEM categories: science,
technology, engineering, or math. The 2018 recipients
were chosen from a pool of applicants by a counselor
from each school.

The Awards were presented by Arthur Scanlan, III - Public Caleb Robinson of East Ascension High School 4.6 GPA
Relations Manager for EATEL, with assistance from Ronda Plans to attend LSU for BS in Mechanical Engineering with
Matthews - Supervisor of Career and Technical Education a minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dreams of
for Ascension Public Schools. working for Walt Disney Company, designing animatronics
for new attractions.
“EATEL’s commitment to the students and families in our
area is unparalleled. They have been with us for over
three decades and have made a difference in the lives of
many young people as they begin their journey into
higher education and careers,” added Ronda Matthews of
Ascension Public Schools.

“Enjoyed seeing my former student, Arthur Scanlan III,


honoring current high school students as recipients of the
EATEL Technology award with a laptop! Thank you, EATEL,
for always supporting our students,” said Mia Edwards, Jacob Varnado of French Settlement High School 3.8
Ascension Parish High Schools Director. Tate Broussard of St. Amant High School 4.3 GPA GPA Plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University to
Plans to attend LSU; Majoring in Mechanical Engineering pursue a degree in Biological sciences. Future career goal
Arthur Scanlan, III represented EATEL and added, “The with minor in Business. Plans to use degree to work in is to be a Veterinarian.
people of this area have been wonderful to our family the chemical and petroleum industry in local area.
over the last 83 years and giving back to the community
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A Story of “Service representatives from the three other Rotary Clubs in
Ascension Parish, including Matt LeBlanc, President of “We are very blessed to have members in our club today
friendships? Is it beneficial to all concerned?”

Above Self” in the the Donaldsonville Club and Rotary District 6200
Assistant District Governor.
who have been with the club since its very early years,
including its only living Charter Member, Gordon R.
Although it has been described as the “old man’s club,”
today’s Rotary Club of Gonzales is comprised on men and

Making for 50 Years Presentations by current and past Rotarians outlining


Crawford, third President, Dale Spaht, and sixth President
and past District 6200 Governor, Ralph A. “Tony”
women, young and old, and professionals who want to
make a difference in the community in which they live
the history of the club, the camaraderie of its members, Malbrough.” They were present to share their knowledge and work. “Some think that the Rotary Club of Gonzales
It’s been a story in the making for 50 years. On Tuesday, the larger-than life personalities of many of its past and of the club’s history,” said Public Relations Officer, Jon is a ‘meet and eat’ organization, but it was formed for,
June 19, 2018, the Rotary Club of Gonzales celebrated present members, and the positive impact that the Hirsch. “A recurring theme of the night was the pride of has been, and continues to be, dedicated to meeting the
its 50th Anniversary. Rotary Club of Gonzales has made in the community the club’s members in living Rotary’s motto of ‘Service needs of humanity and “service above self,” Spaht said
were made. Two videos highlighted the clubs history Above Self’ and the Four-Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it in his comments.
The celebration included current and past members, and its contributions. fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better

President Matassa with the ACHS State Champion Baseball Team.

President Matassa Proclaims


ACHS Baseball State Champs Day
Ascension Parish President motto was #unfinishedbusiness.
Kenny Matassa has proclaimed Through determination and hard
June 7, 2018 as Ascension Catholic work, the Ascension Catholic High
High School Baseball State School Bulldogs Baseball Team
Champions Day. won the Louisiana State
According to the proclamation, Championship, and team member
the Ascension Catholic High Charlie Giannaloni was named the
School Bulldogs Baseball Team Championship Game MVP for his
finished the 2017-2018 season outstanding hitting in the game
with an overall record of 29 wins as well as closing the game
and 9 losses, a District record of 8 on the mound.
wins and 2 losses, finishing 2nd in President Matassa, who attended
the district; and had an 18 game Ascension Catholic High School,
win streak to finish the regular presented the proclamation at a
season, earning the number 3 seed gathering at the ACHS gym in
in the tournament. They won 23 Donaldsonville. He also presented
of their last 24 games through the a certificate of achievement to each
championship game, which earned coach and player.
them a berth in state tourney in
Sulphur for the second year in row; Photo #2 – President Matassa with
last year the team lost a heart- the ACHS State Champion Base- ACHS Principal John Beck addresses the
breaker to Central Catholic 6-5 in ball Team. State Championship team.
11 innings. This season the team’s
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This years Jambalaya Festival
hosted 80 plus cooks and after
careful judging the Top 32 teams
positioned themselves to cook in the
Semi-Finals. This year when the
names were called out they were

TOP 32
called in the ranking position on the
judging card.
This year the Top 32 was made up
of seasoned veterans and many
new comers. If you had a chance to
see the scoring you’d be amazed
how close the scores were for all of
the jambalaya’s.

Semi-Final Heat 1

32 Brett Reine

31 Tyler Billingsley

30 Jarrett Marchand

29 Jay Alexis
32 31 30 29

28 Brently Marchand

27 Eric Guitreau

26 Neal Mire

25 Jared White
28 27 26 25

24 Brandon Olinde

23 Scott Duplechein

22 Jared Taylor

21 Brandon Elisar
24 23 22 21

20 Jamie Rye

19 Clint Broussard

18 Mike Waguespack

17 Todd Breaux

20 19 18 17
Making the Top 32 is a mile never did. It was the first time Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Executive
stone of achievement and in all my years of taking Top 32 cooking teams. Committee (2018 Festival)
makes the teams one step photos. After putting the photos
closer to the Final 12 and a in my computer I thought they This years judges were: President - Wally Taillon
chance to cook for the were just bad photos and then Layne Gautreau Vice Pres. - Tammy Guillory
Championship. it hit me. Each of the teams Freddie Hurst Secretary -Brigitte Reulet
Ascension Magazine was had Guardian Angels looking David Eastridge
Treasurer - Brenda Taillon
present when the teams began over the them. The Angels had Doug McCrory
At Large Committee Members
cooking on Sunday morning. to be there to help there loved Calvin Simon
As I started taking photos I ones get off to a good start. Layne Gautreau
noticed in my camera there You may think I am making Contest Chairman - Mike Gonzales
were light flares showing up in this up to cover for poor Mike Gonzales Koby Thacker
every photo. I started photography but it sure sounds Robert “Hoss” Reine
re-positioning the team so the good to know we have Angels
flares would go away but they watching over us.

Semi-Final Heat 2

16 Roby Breaux

15 Taner Bourque

14 Wayne Abshire
16 15 14 13 13 Heath Melancon

12 Mike Gonzales

11 Jason White

10 Lee Elisar

12 11 10 9 9 Justin Courville

8 Tunney King

7 Koby Thacker

6 David Vidrine

5 Huey Jacob
8 7 6 5

4 Cody Braud

3 Daren Braud

2 Kade Lanoux

1 Tyler Lambert

4 3 2 1
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Festival Mini Pot 3rd place - Jayla Cornett
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1st place - Blair Alexis
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How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Bill Delaune

But when you’re trying to find


a table game like blackjack or
craps to suit the budget of a
retired baseball coach and a
poor college student-a $25
minimum is not the place to be.
Not to worry. We found
some affordable out-of-the-way
places on the Strip that catered
to the not-so-high rollers. If
there were three openings at the
table, we all squeezed in and
began entertaining (?) the other
players with our Southern
accents and Wild Bill’s
bullsquash.
One afternoon at the Palazzo,
there were only two spots
available at the crap table, so I
yielded to Steve and Steven for
a father-son bonding/teaching
session.
“I’m going play one of these
poker games,” I announced.
“Some crazy stuff happens there
sometime.”
I wandered over to a 3-card
poker game and sat down next
to a nice lady from Milwaukee-
the only other person at the
table. Now 3-card poker is a
fairly brainless game. You
Editor’s note- This is the ‘the right thing’.” We checked into the Wynn get-duh-three cards and if you
dedicated to every student who Oh, the things we do to keep Hotel where the accommoda- beat the dealer’s three, you win.
had to write a paper with this peace in the valley. Anyway, tions are first class and the Of course, the casino offers all
title after returning to school while my body was having a sports book is second to none.
even if it was I who made the great time dancing with the
cliché assignment. bride’s younger sister, my mind
For most of the year the kept wandering to what Mike
longest trip I take is to the Lee, Dean Glaze, Richard
Beaver Creek Golf Course in Guidry and all those other Live
Zachary to play a round with Bait all stars were up to.
my BREC buddies. There is a happy ending
But this summer, June came though so don’t weep no more
busting out all over with a my ladies for me just yet. That
number of out-of-state will come later.
adventures that included-if you Steve had promised his son
happen to be an Olympic figure Steven that he would take him
skating fan-some compulsories to Las Vegas for a college
and some optionals. graduation present and invited
The first full weekend in June me-sympathy, perhaps?-to tag
I had penciled in for one of my along. Of course, I accepted
favorite golf trips-a Jamie and found myself in Sin City
Bourgeois production in just two days after getting home
Gulf Shores. from Dallas. Eat your hearts
But that excursion got out, you would-be jet setters.
trumped by a Dallas wedding Now, what goes on in Vegas
reception for my brother-in- stays in Vegas, but there is one
law’s daughter after my wife sad story-I warned you-that you
assured her brother Steve, must hear if you happen to have
“Don’t worry-Bill will choose three or four hankies handy.
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sorts of “bonus” wagers which “envy” reward for anyone with sympathy-tipped me a the time.
translates to “put up a chip on sitting at the table when the $500 chip to ease the pain. It Good- Once baseball started,
these sucker bets and turn this jackpot hit. was a most generous gesture both teams got off to fast starts
$5 table into a $25 bet so the Yeah, wait a minute. Don’t I and I was so moved that she with Cade’s 10-and-under
house wins more”. get the five grand envy? received a well-deserved hug Pirates winning 3 of 4 and
Naturally, I bit and played I used to think the three and got her picture in Will’s Ascension Select 14-and-
everything but an imposing red saddest words in the world were Ascension Magazine. under squad reeling off four
light circle at the top bringing a written on a box at Christmas If the Dallas trip was to wins in a row. If you go to
scolding from my Asian dealer. Eve-“Some assembly required” appease my wife’s family and the enough ball games (like I do),
“Play progression,” she (See swing set glider @1980). Vegas trip was my kind of the old adage about seeing
ordered. “Big pot-over But those did not compare to vacation, then our trek to Gulf something you’ve never seen
$70,000.” the Asian dealer’s trio as she Shores at the end of June was before will come true. One of
When I reached for a white pointed to my obviously nude for the kids. the Pirates Gavin Higgins hit
$1 chip-the standard wager on a red light. Two of my grandsons-Will two home runs-in one inning-as
progression jackpot-she fussed “You no play,” she and Cade- were playing in the the team advanced in the
at me again. quarterfinals of the 46-
“No-$5 bet,” she said. team affair.
No wonder the pot was so Alas, the good guys ran into a
high. bunch from Waco, Texas-some
“How do I win that?” I asked. of whom had crossed the
“Your three cards and two Brazos-and were knocked out
random cards from the deck short of the finals.
must equal royal straight flush.” Ascension Select exceeded all
Now I’ve played longshots at expectations by making the
tracks and casinos from finals of the championship
California to the New York bracket before losing to a
Island and up and down the Tennessee team that had several
Gulfstream waters, but this one players that could start for the
seemed a fit far-fetched even for Vols-scratch that-the Titans’
Black Cat Bill. football team. Oh, these
“I think I’ll watch a couple,” puberty leagues.
I decided. Not so good- This USAAA
On the second hand the organization could have use a
Wisconsin woman who was lesson from Gonzales recreation
dabbling in the red zone director Lance Kohan and his
exclaimed, “I have a flush.” admonished, twisting the Global World Series and they crew in baseball management.
I had a straight myself so we dagger in my broken heart got beach time for lagnappe. With over 200 teams paying
high-fived and waited for our with each syllable. That’s not to say the adults $850 a pop to enter the
payoffs. Now those of you who know didn’t have a great time because tournament, you would think
There were some “oohs and me are painfully aware that I baseball, beaches and nightly they would have enough balls.
aahs” from the sweaters behind have thrown five bucks away on cookouts seem to suit Several times we had to wait for
us when she turned over the some hopeless cases over the everyone’s tastes. a foul ball to return before play
ace-queen-ten of diamonds. years-99-1 broken down nags, The good times far outweigh could resume. Then, some of
Now to show you how impossible pool shots and bar the bad but like any trip, there the balls were so brown they
difficult that progression bet bets-just to name a few. Hell, I were a few glitches along the may have dated back to the
was to hit, she still needed two was tipping my Vegas vixen way. For example… Hubby Lavigne era.
gutshots to fill in-the jack and drink girl five dollars. Good- Both teams hit the All in all, it was a wonderful
king of diamonds. No way But for the lack of sliding one beaches Sunday when we experience for everyone and the
that’s going to happen with two red chip a matter of two feet, I arrived and continued the water only bitter sweet moments came
random cards, right? was now out five grand. sports on Monday before play when it was time to say goodbye
Well, friends and neighbors, As if that wasn’t enough, started on Tuesday. There were to friends who had been with
that is exactly what happened. every dealer that relieved my some nice waves and the Will’s team for the past
After Tex Ritter’s favorite card Asian berater that day piled on younger set put on quite a eight years.
the jack of diamonds showed with the same comment, “So body-surfing and boogie- Well, that about wraps up
up, the diamond king floated you’re the one that didn’t put boarding show while most of Wild Bill’s Summer Adventures
down from heaven completing up the envy.” the elders watched from under so until next…
the elusive royal flush. The Vegas crew didn’t insert umbrellas on the shore. Wait, what’s that you say-a golf
While her husband and his “dumb Cajun” in their chiding Fair- I’m sure some of the trip to the Mississippi Gulf
friend who were standing but they may as well have. After mamas and the papas would Coast after they open up sports
behind her joined with me in about the fourth time, I’d have joined me at a nearby betting on July 21.
an impromptu celebration, the finally had enough. covered cabana had there been I think I could be talked into
winner remained surprisingly “Do y’all have a picture of me one available where one could that one.
calm-even to the point of back there to show to folks?” I enjoy an Orange Beach Bush-
thinking about the other complained. “Why don’t you whacker along with the sights of
hard-luck person (yours truly) at announce my name on the the beach without getting and
the table who had missed the public address so others can in every orifice of one’s body.
riches by one chair. stop by to get their licks in?” I’m sure there’s an ordinance
“Doesn’t he get something?” The happy ending is that the prohibiting such, but it sounded
she asked pointing to a $5000 generous winner-all eaten up like a million-dollar idea at

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CRABS ARE STARTING TO COME IN August Is Beginning To Suck
My dislike for this particular on August 28, 2012. This storm,
month began back in my childhood with its massive surge of water,
• Oysters By the Sack days. I was born with a driving desire destroyed the fish population again.
• Fresh Shrimp to be a hunter and fisher. In my It also took a huge toll on our
younger years of life I preferred the whitetail deer herds in southeast
• A Wide Variety winter season over the summertime. Louisiana. On a personal level, the
of Fish and Seafood I remember my dislike of those late miserable month has showed it's ugly
summer days and nights back then face with deaths of family, my
• Snow Crabs while fishing and camping out. My father-in-law (August 5, 2006) and
• Turtle Meat mind would totally be focused on the unexpectedly a very nice lady who
upcoming fall season and cooler tem- had become part of the family
peratures. I guess the event that put (August 30, 2013). The bayou state
the icing on the cake for my dislike lucked up and avoided hurricanes for
Ask for Sally’s stuff crabs. Doug & Sally for heat was the fall football practices a few years but the great Flood of
in August. Man was that miserable. 2016 (August 12, 2016) may have
You’ll love them. Oh, and they didn't nurture you on been worse in many ways than a
the field like they do now. If the heat hurricane. We somehow escaped a
bothered you, you were considered major fish kill here mainly due to low
not tough or you were a winds not blowing leaves into the

It’s Easy to Advertise in Ascension Magazine.


you-know-what. water. With more than thirty inches
As the years slowly passed I began of rain falling in a short period of

A whole lot easier than catching 30 bass


to enjoy the warmth of summer more time, flood water levels rose to
and more. Things such as working heights never seen before. The flood
seemed to be easier on a warm day destroyed thousands of homes for
versus a freezing cold day. It also humans and all animals that call the

Call
seems that it was easier to get a crew ground home. It will take a long time
of employees started on a job when for animal and human recovery from
the weather is warm. Somewhere this one to occur. On August 25,
along this stretch of years I realized 2017 Hurricane Harvey made
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other type of game. Although I've Longhorn state and southwest.
now accepted the summer season Louisiana. I'm sure that some of the
more to my liking than in my same situations that we're faced with
younger days, the eight month of the on our side of the state involving
year has become a dreaded time for human life along with fish and game
me and many others. populations are now occurring
It seemed to begin on August 26, in that region.
1992 when hurricane Andrew tore There's not a lot to like about
our state apart and all but wiped out floods, hurricanes, tropical storms
the fish population in the Atchafalaya etc. the most important thing is
Basin and surrounding waters. Some naturally the loss of human lives and
say that things haven't been the same the destruction of our homes that
since. On August 29, 2005 Hurri- folks have worked hard for their
cane Katrina destroyed the southeast- entire lives. For fishermen and
ern part of our state. Again it caused hunters there is another downside to
massive fish kills along with the these events. It typically takes three
destruction of millions of acres of to five years for full recovery of these
wild habitat and many of the animals resources.in my case, I'm running
that called those places home. out of three to five year waiting
Although being just one day short of periods. One thing's for sure, I'm
falling in the month of August, on not looking forward to August...
September 1, 2008 Hurricane Gustav
paid a visit to the state of Louisiana, Till Next Time,
again negatively affecting fish and
game populations. Just as the trees of Enjoy The Other Eleven,
our forests and the fish and game
populations were beginning to James "Goosie" Guice

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recover, along comes Hurricane Isaac
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out of the box. He
threw the pitch and I

Thoughts from Bully can’t tell you if it was in


the zone because I
closed my eyes and
swung. The ball hitting
the mit sounded like a
gun going off.
Those Were Fortunately he needed
only 2 more pitches for

the Days me to go back to the


dugout. Once getting
back in the dug out I
felt safe but then
I don’t know about you but realized I had to go out
game day for me as a kid in in the field. Of course
Little League Baseball got me all baseball players
excited. I didn’t care how hot know if you are the
the weather was, I got a chance new guy the ball will
to play baseball. find you. In my case I
Look at the photo of my great was in right field and
niece Addie. She’s at the game Wade came to the
watching her big sister Millie plate. He swung at an
but she just had to put on the didn’t show up so I had to play. outside pitch and of
catchers gear. The look on her Normally this would excite me course it came my way.
face is what I call, ‘Gung Ho’. however we were playing the Fortunately it was
Put me in coach I’m ready Lion’s Club and Wade Evans 50 ft. over my head and
to play. was pitching. I didn’t have to move
That is the spirit of baseball. You may remember Wade because it cleared the
Just give me a chance to show played basketball for LSU in the fence by 80ft.
you what I can do. early 70’s. He was 6’4” and As I got older I was
I was so excited to be on a when he was 12 he was 5’11” able to administer fear
Little League Baseball team, and could throw a fast ball hard. to batters with a wicked
Morrison Tire, with the 11 and Of course my first game I was curve ball but it was
12 year olds. I was 10 but about 4’6” tall and had to step that drive of a young
playing at this level made me in the batters box. He looked kid that had that ‘Gung
feel grown up. like Godzilla on the mound and Ho’ spirit that kept me
I was nervous about our first my legs began shaking. When going.
game because I was playing with he began his wind up I began
the big boys. A couple of kids inching back preparing to bail

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Gonzales Boat Club Host Magpie Poker Run
I’ve been seeing the name, and experience the Annual
The Gonzales Boat Club, for Magpie 150 Poker Run.
as long as I can remember. It The Magpie 150 Poker Run is
was at my first Jambalaya a fundraiser that supported
Festival in 1968 that I Susan G. Koman.
recognized the beer booth. I Brigitte and I headed to the
never knew much about them. club. The Gonzales Boat Club
Where they were located? is located along the bank of
What is there purpose? This the Diversion Canal. Once we
past month I was invited by arrived at the building I got a
Brigitte to experience a poker great surprise. After entering
run and learn more about the building the inside decor
the club. was perfectly designed to look
The opportunity sounded like the inside of a ship.
intrigueing to me so I took her All of the rooms or areas
up for a ride on a river boat had nautical names and the

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Trabeaus gather at the Black Lake Club Jim Buoys at the River Highlands

The gang is all here at Manny’s


Manny’s staff

club named their Officers: many stories about the club Chicago is the oldest and the
and one story stood out. I New Orlean’s Yacht Club is
Poker Run Chairman - Mike Turner
In addition the kitchen was
learned the Gonzales Boat second oldest. I thought this
Admiral - Keith Maneul
clearly marked as the Galley
and the Ladies room was for Club was Incorporated March historic achievement gave this
Vice Admiral - Barry Carpenter

Wavs and Men’s room is for 23rd, 1959 and is the 3rd club full merit and I
Rear Admiral - Linda Coates
Purser - Kimberly Difracia
Gobs. oldest continuos operating immediately looked at it under
Commander - Ray Everett I was introduced to a large boat club in America. It turns a new light and give it the
Course Captain - Dean Coates group of people and heard out that the Boat Club of respect it deserves.

Canal Bank staff

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Celebrating
the 4th
of July Since this was my first
poker run I had a lot to
learn. A donation is given
to receive a form with
locations of bars along the
rivers and bayous of the
area. Groups can travel
by land or by boat to the
locations. Participants are
to get a confirmation mark
at each location and return
Owners of Thunder Bayou,
to the boat club by Nick & Brooke with Bully
4 o’clock. Each participant
turned in their form which
determines how many
cards they get and the
person making the best
poker hand wins the grand
prize. Also throughout the
day their is a 50/50 raffle
to help raise more money.
Brigitte and I had shown
up without a boat and it
took her only a few
inquires and we secured a
ride on a pontoon boat
captained by Santa Claus
himself. Actually it was
Derwin and his wife Lisa.
We dodged rain all day
but for the most part it was
clear and hot.
Our first stop was Canal
Bank. Canal Bank
historically has been a go
to spot for weekend
boaters and dancers. After
a short visit we headed to

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been restored from the flood we met a nice couple that was
and there were some great fun on the bayou for the first time
to be had. Then we were off to from California. I’m sure their
Manny’s, docked the boat, took experience was a story to take
the short walk across Hwy 16 back home. All I know is they
and into a well known party were having a great time.
spot along the canal. Once we For me personally the trip
had a cold beverage and spoke was like a walk down memory
to a few friends. We headed lane. I saw spots that looked
back to the boat when a lady just the same when 40 years
ask me if I was a golfer? I said ago I would go bass fishing. I
yes, Why? She explained that saw a couple of places my old
she knew because my ankles boat broke down and got a tow
where so white from my socks back. I was inspired to get back

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involved with traveling and • To serve the interest of


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traveling Brigitte pointed out a • To prevent pollution of
very special cypress stump. waterways,
She said, “We call it the Herbie • To stimulate greater interest
Bourgeois stump. And we in boating,
would have people stand or sit • To promote safe boating, and
on it and take a picture if it was • To do all other things which
there first time going to Black tend to serve the interests
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I met Anthony at Red’s with staff really impressed with their The Gonzales Boat Club
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MGA Pool Play Match
Play Championship

FROM THE CLUB HOUSE

Good afternoon. I hope everyone is having a


great Sunday. The MGA just finished up their
Pool Play Match Play Championship on Saturday
that had some great matches and some
compelling stories. We started with 56 players
split into 14 pools of 4 players in each pool,
and they played 3 nine hole matches against
each player within their pool. The winners and
runners-up in each pools are listed below.

The shootout turned out to be a fantastic event


with 14 flight winners starting on hole #1.
They all played a 3-hole aggregate match that
left Tim Achord, Kelvin York, and Randall
Aldridge advancing to the sudden death playoff
starting on hole 4. By the time we got to hole
five, we had Tim Achord and Kelvin York
fighting for the title, and Kelvin York came
out victorious. Pool 3
1st – Shawn Kjar
We would like to thank Mike Robinson and his 2nd – Mike Robert
staff for fantastic playing conditions all day
and the entire Food and Beverage team for a Pool 4
great lunch, finally thank you to all of the 1st – Rusty Tucker
participants for playing and congratulations to 2nd – David Burch
all of the winners.

2018 Match Play


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Pool 8
1st – Kelvin York
2nd – Mike Sittig

Pool 9
1st – Jason LeBlanc
2nd – Allen Walker

Pool 5
1st – Ed Amedee
2nd – Russell Williams

Pool 6
Pool 1 1st – Tim Achord
1st – Paul Castro 2nd – Jason Adams
2nd – Pat Lambert
Pool 7
Pool 2 1st – Kirk Pastorick
1st – Trevor Adams 2nd – Chester Campbell
2nd – Jim Livingston
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Pool 10
1st – Jimmy Whiddon Pool 13
2nd – Ken Cook 1st – Pegram Mire
2nd – Jonathon Shull
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Sun Devils Evolve to a Prized
Ascension Select Team
What started out eight years not only on the field but off.
ago as the Sun Devils, then Taking a lead from the guys,
moved on to the Pirates and the parents also formed
later became Ascension Select friendships that will last a
evolved into more than a lifetime.
successful youth baseball When the 14-and-under
franchise. Several of the Select team played poorly in
young men who have been the Louisiana State T
together since day one bonded ournament and lost one of their
best players to a Metro squad, A loss to a powerful Tennessee Members of the team 10. Brandt Zeller 11. Will
not much was expected in the squad did nothing to diminish included: Dotter Special Additions
Gulf Shores World Series. But the team’s performance. The 1. Edward Alison 2. Will 12. Layton Melancon
due to a renewed focus and goodbyes at the end of the Delaune 3. Landon Gautreau 13. Lex Melancon
some timely additions, the tournament came hard but the 4. Jayden Lambert 5. Cade 14. Brayden Billingsley
team ran off six straight memories will last forever. Pizzaloto 6. Cade Porrier Coaches- Justin Duhon, Brad
victories and reached the finals 7. Dominick Regira 8. Presley Sheets and Conner Bourque.
of the championship bracket. Sheets 9. Joshua Wax

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Ingredients:
Cooking Gourmet at Home
with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS
24 large shrimp (peeled and 2 cups cut corn frozen
deveined tail on) 1 cup sliced green onion
1 cup of diced tasso 2 tbsp chicken base/ better
4 cups stone ground yellow than bouillon
corn grits 3 tbsp olive oil
8 cups water 2 tsp kosher salt
12 cups heavy whipping cream 1 tsp ground black pepper
½ lb butter (cubed)
2 lbs pepper jack cheese
shredded

Instructions: For the Grits


In a medium heavy bottom sauce pot combine the water, eight cups of the
heavy cream, and the chicken base over high heat and bring to a boil. Watch pot
closely to ensure you do not boil over the cream. While waiting for the liquids to
boil in a small saute pan over medium heat roast frozen corn with a small amount
of butter. Once desired color is achieved, (should be slightly brown), turn off
heat and let sit. When liquid mixture starts to boil add corn grits while whisking,
allow to come back to a boil then turn heat down to low and allow to simmer for
five minutes, now add the roasted corn, butter cubes and the green onions while
whisking and allow to simmer for another five minutes, whisk in salt and black
pepper then taste for doneness and season. Adjust accordingly.

Grilled Shrimp & Roasted Corn Grits For the Sauce:


In a small saucepan heat the remaining four cups of heavy cream on low once
cream starts to simmer add shredded pepperjack while whisking. Whisk until
smooth and well blended. Reduce sauce until desired thickness and season with
salt and pepper to taste.
Prep: 25 minutes
For the Grilled Shrimp:
Coat shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper or to kick it up a
Cook: 20 minutes notch add whatever Cajun seasoning you desire. Heat flat grill or saute pan on
high heat and cook shrimp until pink and firm.

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

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