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C O M P L I M E N TA RY

MAY 2018, VOL. 16 ISSUE 5

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LA FAMILY FESTIVAL

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GONZALES GARDEN CLUB

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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CYPRESS HALL

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BILL DELAUNE

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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RIVER REGION ART SHOW

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River Parishes Community College Welding Department hosted it’s Second Annual Student Night On the evening
River Parishes Community College Welding Department hosted it’s Second Annual Student Night On the evening
River Parishes Community College Welding Department hosted it’s Second Annual Student Night On the evening
River Parishes Community College Welding Department hosted it’s Second Annual Student Night On the evening

River Parishes Community College Welding Department hosted it’s Second Annual Student Night

On the evening of Thursday April 26th, River Parishes Community College Welding Department hosted it’s second annual Student Night, which was also a joint meeting with the Baton Rouge Section of the American Welding Society. Mr. George Fairbanks from Fairbanks Inspection and Testing and Mr. Jeremy Whittemore from RPCC were co-presenters for this, with the talk focusing on Careers in Welding and Pathways. This event was set up last year by the Lead Welding Instructor, Mr. Jeremy Whittemore, in cooperation with multiple business and industry partners. “The main purpose of

this event is to show appreciation and give back to our students, because without them we are out of a job!” (Whittemore) With April being National Welding Month, this night was a great way to focus not only on our students but also Welding and all the different career paths that are available. “You do not have to spend the rest of your life being under a hood, you can easily transition into supervision, inspection, or engineering. Welding can be the strong base and then just like a tree, the person can branch out into countless different areas. All it takes is the will and

into countless different areas. All it takes is the will and the want.” (Whittemore) Another key

the want.” (Whittemore)

Another key focus of the night was that RPCC is very proud to have partnered with both BASF and Zachry to start a Women in Welding Appren- ticeship Program and Kaitlyn Purpera was the first recipient of this. She had some previous

experience in industrial plants as a hole watch and other areas but is new to welding. Mr. Whittemore from RPCC has worked hand in hand with BASF and Zachry to set up a schedule for Kaitlyn that works with both school and work. She works two days out of the week, gaining the much needed hands-on experience with her mentor and then the rest of the week attends school to continue her education and eventually gain her Technical Diploma in Welding Technol- ogy in May of 2019. With this apprenticeship program, her school will be covered for the remainder of the semesters and she is also receiving a salary for being out in the field working with her mentor. For more information on the American Welding Society or River Parishes Community College please contact Mr. Jeremy Whittemore. His direct office number is (225) 743-8659 and his email address is jwhittemore@rpcc.edu.

743-8659 and his email address is jwhittemore@rpcc.edu. left to right: Mike Skiles (District 9 Director of

left to right: Mike Skiles (District 9 Director of AWS), Wilbert Lewis (Student), David Dowdy (Student), George Fairbanks (FIT and Baton Rouge AWS Executive Committee Board Member), Kaitlyn Purpera (Student), Lorenzo Casso (Student), Jace Chiquelin (Student), Jeremy Whittemore (Lead Welding Instructor RPCC, Baton Rouge AWS Section Chairman), Kenneth Young (Welding Instructor RPCC), Jennifer Davenport (Student), Joseph Breland (Student), Ronald Broussard (Student), Chris Love (Student), Marshall Tarwater (Student)

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Kentucky Derby on the Bayou Do you want to know a recipe for a good
Kentucky Derby on the Bayou
Do you want to know a recipe for a good time. Have a party where the women are
asked to wear flamboyant hats, enjoy a cool refreshing cocktail, spend a
little cash with boiled crawfish to boot.
Ascension Magazine was invited by hosts Terri and Norman
somewhere down the bayou for this colorful event.
The location was the perfect back drop for colorful hats and
dresses with live music and an auctioneer and wonderful
friends gathering to enjoy the derby and maybe win a friendly
wager with ‘Monopoly’ money.

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Race Results First place owners: Charlotte Borne • Deanna Miles Lynette Mire • Lynne Pennison
Race Results
First place owners: Charlotte Borne • Deanna Miles
Lynette Mire • Lynne Pennison
Second place owners: Avis Bozeman • Deanna Miles
Lynne Pennison • Debbie Dooley
Third place owners: Charlotte and A.P. Borne
Nag Owners: Terri Hooper and Norman Miller, Jr.
Kenny Melancon
Auctioneer: Dean Woitha
Congratulation to the winners of the hat contest.
and Norman Miller, Jr. Kenny Melancon Auctioneer: Dean Woitha Congratulation to the winners of the hat
and Norman Miller, Jr. Kenny Melancon Auctioneer: Dean Woitha Congratulation to the winners of the hat

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Altec and DEMCO:

A Partnership that Betters the Community

Founded in 1929, Altec, Inc. has become one of the leading providers of products and services in the electric utility, telecommunications, tree care, lights and signs and contractor markets. Altec delivers products and services in over 100 countries around the world. With an emphasis on innovative product design and integrated safety features, we ensure that the customer is satisfied with the final product. Altec provides customer support on a day-to-day basis, fully committing ourselves to building customer relationships that last far beyond the lifecycle of the equipment.

The Dixie Electric Membership Cooperative (DEMCO) was established in 1938, and its first lines were energized on July 31, 1939. An electric utility that provides electricity to eight counties across Louisiana, DEMCO is committed to safely providing the communities it serves with economical and reliable power.

Altec Account Manager Ed Amedee and DEMCO Fleet Managers Phill Zito and Rickey Cummings have worked together over the course of many years, establishing a trusting relationship that has helped better their local communities. Through this partnership between Altec and DEMCO, the companies are able to team together to provide quality electrical utility

able to team together to provide quality electrical utility service and reliable equipment that aids in

service and reliable equipment that aids in disaster relief and education efforts.

Phill Zito has worked for DEMCO for 41 years, moving his way up the ranks to now manage all of the company’s districts, making him quite familiar with the operations of each sector.

Due to rough Louisiana weather, Zito has seen DEMCO face many challenges throughout the years. “Altec has provided us with additional equipment during storms to

keep crews moving to restore electricity in local homes,” he says. “When we’ve needed something, they’ve always been there to support us.” He believes the reliability of the equipment enables DEMCO to continue working through tough times, minimizing service and repair downtime.

In 2016, DEMCO faced one of its biggest challenges yet with the Louisiana floods. Zito states, “Our vehicles were used in just about every fashion you can think of, and with the issues that we did have, Altec’s service fleets were running around, helping not only us but other utilities that flooded, as well.” During the flood restoration efforts, Zito says, “DEMCO employees were averaging 18-hour work days, so Altec was on site, trying to make sure that our trucks were rolling.” Together, Altec and DEMCO have worked to provide quick service to the Louisiana communities during severe storms, and as Altec Account Manager Ed Amedee says, "It is a team effort".

To evolve with the ever- changing electric utility market, Altec and DEMCO have

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collaborated to ensure that the cooperative receives the equipment that it needs. Altec’s engineers provide revisions to equipment as it is needed to ensure customers can complete jobs in the most efficient and effective ways. Zito says, “They’ve made adjustments to their equipment to accommodate everything that the utility industry needs.”

Each year, DEMCO sponsors electrical safety presentations at which elementary school children are taught how to recognize and report dangerous situations. Rickey Cummings, a DEMCO employee of 30 years, says, “We try to show them the ins and outs during a storm.” The cooperative’s dedication to safety goes beyond the workplace, recognizing the importance of informing local communities about safety protocols during storms.

Cummings has also been an instructor at the statewide live line school since 2001, which teaches student linemen how to perform jobs safely and correctly. He says that Altec is the main provider of the bucket trucks used to teach students about safety, enabling DEMCO

He says that Altec is the main provider of the bucket trucks used to teach students
to continue to provide service to the community without interruption. Cummings explains, “If we didn’t

to continue to provide service to the community without interruption. Cummings explains, “If we didn’t have Altec’s help, we would have to pull trucks from all over the state, and it would put our co-ops in a bind.”

Zito sums up Altec and DEMCO’s relationship well, saying, “As far as a company that’s willing to work with its customers, it’s almost as if they have an unspoken mission of caring for us.”

We appreciate DEMCO’s loyalty and look forward to

providing tailored solutions for any of their jobsite needs. Amedee would like to continue to strengthen the relationship with DEMCO, saying, “Altec and DEMCO bring better service to the Louisiana community.” Altec is committed to growing relationships with all of our customers to assist them in their daily roles to maintain power and bring safety education to the communities in which they serve.

to assist them in their daily roles to maintain power and bring safety education to the
to assist them in their daily roles to maintain power and bring safety education to the
to assist them in their daily roles to maintain power and bring safety education to the

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GGoonnzzaalleess GGaarrddeenn CClluubb HHoossttss PPllaanntt SSaallee Longtime GGC Member Mabel Savoy has a faithful
GGoonnzzaalleess GGaarrddeenn CClluubb HHoossttss PPllaanntt SSaallee
Longtime GGC Member Mabel Savoy has
a faithful customer, Anita Ramirez.
Retired teachers Linda Mayers and Donna
Reynaud reconnected by surprise.
Cynthia Cagnolatti serves as cashier.

The Gonzales Garden Club held a successful plant and bake sale on April 27. Because of construction on the City Hall lawn, the event was moved to the Jambalaya Park Playground. The park’s walkways and seating areas allowed shoppers easy access to the

displays of plants, garden tools and horticultural accessories. The playground also served as an inviting space to socialize in the lovely weather. The new venue proved to be a comfortable spot for the club’s annual event.

Community members find a variety of bargain plants.
Community members find a variety of bargain plants.
L to R: Conchita Richey, Mabel Savoy, Lorraine Gautreau, Mary Jo Pohlig, Gwen Heck, Jamis
L to R: Conchita Richey, Mabel Savoy, Lorraine Gautreau, Mary Jo
Pohlig, Gwen Heck, Jamis D’Benedetto and Barbara McCormick
received certificates for perfect attendance.

GGC May Meeting

The final business meeting for the 2017-18 calendar year of the Gonzales Garden Club was held May 2 at the Clarion Hotel. The club celebrated perfect attendance, a Circle of Roses membership, and

The GGC is proud to welcome three new mem- bers. L to R: Dale Bowman,
The GGC is proud to welcome three new mem-
bers. L to R: Dale Bowman, Pam Fiegel and
Sandy Stewart
The 2018 Gonzales Garden Club Flower Show winners
are third place Janis D’Benedetto, second place Mary Jo
Pohlig and first place Patti Mouton.
Conchita Richey, Myra Mire, Ellen Posey and Lorraine Gautreau are
Circle Of Roses Recipients who collectively comprise 128 years of
membership in the Gonzales Garden Club.
Twenty-year GGC Member Ellen Richmond Posey (center) receives a pink rose presented by Chairman Priscilla
Twenty-year GGC Member Ellen Richmond Posey (center) receives a pink
rose presented by Chairman Priscilla Monson (left) and Co-Chairman
Marilyn Rice (right) as a symbol of the club’s recognition of her nomination
into the LGCF Circle of Roses.

flower show results. Each member shared her most memorable moment of the year. GGC President Jamie Trisler’s reflections attributed the club’s established longevity and vitality to its strong ongoing leadership and dedicated membership for shared responsibility and volunteerism.

Attendees at the May GGC meeting were L to R front): Dana Teepell, Mary Jo
Attendees at the May GGC meeting were L to R front): Dana Teepell, Mary Jo Pohlig (squatting), Janis Poche,
Cynthia Cagnolatti, Weezie Cashat, Myra Mire, Loretta Ramirez, Loretta Speligene, Mabel Savoy, Lorraine
Gautreau, Patti Mouton, and back row: Marilyn Rice, Gail Lonibos, Conchita Richey, Ellen Posey, Gwen Heck,
Janis D’Benedetto, Priscilla Monson, Jamie Trisler, Sandy Stewart, Cathy Venable, Rita Bourque, Barbara
McCormick, Pam Fiegel and Dale Bowman.
N. O. Spring Garden Show Members of the Gonzales Garden Club attended the Spring Garden

N. O. Spring Garden Show

Members of the Gonzales Garden Club attended the Spring Garden Show at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park on Sunday, April 8. The group browsed a wide selection of plants, garden products, art, and specialty items. Each member filled out a botanical passport as she made her way through the various horticultural stations to receive a free super plant at the end of the visit. This annual event was sponsored by the LSU AgCenter.

Gonzales Garden Club Members breaking for lunch at the New Orleans Spring Garden Show are (seated from left) Mary Jo Pohlig, Cynthia Cagnolatti, Dale Bowman, Patti Mouton, Weezie Cashat, and Barbara Mc- Cormick, with Conchita Richey standing.

Commercial The Commercial Landscape of the Month is Ascension Credit Union on S. Burnside near
Commercial
The Commercial Landscape of the Month is Ascension Credit Union on S. Burnside near Hwy 30.
The newly landscaped entrance boasts the colors of nandina, miniature knockout roses and
miniature day lilies with small ornamental trees. Pictured in the center of the photo are the
business administrators: (L to R) Marketing/Business Development Officer Rebecca Law,
Administrator/Project Manager Sharlene Begnaud, Chief Operating Officer Susan Curtis and
CEO/President Lloyd Cockerham.
Residential The Gonzales Garden Club chose Yards of the Month for May. The residential winner
Residential
The Gonzales Garden Club chose Yards of the Month for May. The residential winner is Mrs. Shirley
Warner on East Great Haven Avenue off S. Burnside Avenue. Azalea shrubbery in her beds are
generously bordered by red, pink and white begonias and white petunias. Her accent crape myrtle
is also circled by the flowering annuals, and the thick lawn is uniformly green and perfectly edged.
accent crape myrtle is also circled by the flowering annuals, and the thick lawn is uniformly
As a Woman Thinks I’d like to encourage every woman reading this article -Mom, single,

As a Woman Thinks

I’d like to encourage every woman reading this article -Mom, single, single Mom, unable to have children, no matter what your situation, who you are, or where you came from…I’d like to encourage you.

Proverbs 23:7 states, “As a man (or in this case, woman) thinks, so (s)he shall be”. But what does that mean exactly? It means you will have exactly what you think you will have, what you expect and that includes every arena of your life. Of course God’s will always prevails, because He can overcome our stinkin’ thinkin’, but my point

is, you have to believe first and then walk in the way of faith. This is true in the area of our health, finances, work, relationships, whatever the department that is in your life. And despite not even believing initially, you have to become so intentional of thinking on those things that are lovely, just, and of good reports that eventually these thoughts go from your mind to your heart. That’s where true victory is!

“But quite often I think badly,” you might say. Yes, I agree that our minds tend to gravitate to bad thoughts and ideas ourselves and our situations. I mean, how many times have I done something…let’s say didn’t accomplish something or made a mess and told myself, “You’re stupid!” but that’s self-defeating and a lie!

stupid!” but that’s self-defeating and a lie! Also, thinking of others shifts the focus from your

Also, thinking of others shifts the focus from your problems to others and how you might be a blessing to them. Ask God to use you to be a blessing to someone each and every day. It doesn’t have to be anything big - a smile,

a kind text or compliment. Those things bless the receiver, but it blesses the giver even more.

Declaring Good Things over Yourself and Your Circumstances –

It’s one thing to think a good thought, but it’s altogether differ- ent to actually say them to yourself out loud. It may feel odd at first, but I promise you as you make this

a habit of your life, it will get

easier, and not only that, you’ll feel your heart and spirit start to

lift, reprogram and most importantly….believe!

Here are a few declarations you can start declaring over yourself: “I am beautiful. I am smart and wise. I make good decisions. I am blessed. I have unlimited potential living within me. I am loved. I have healthy relationships.

I have all I need. I

am a lender and not

a borrower. I am

healthy and treat my body well.”

Surrounding Yourself –

Your environment has

a huge influence on

you. Whether that’s your home, your friends, the shows you watch, the music you listen to. Surround yourself with visual reminders and words that keep you filled with joy and love.

Those are just a few tips I use to keep my mind programmed for wholeness and health. Remember it’s not about perfection, but consistency and don’t despise small beginnings. Just get started…those are the toughest steps!

~Thanks to my Mom, Deborah, and all the Mom’s out there that work every waking moment to have a hearts and homes filled with love.

XOXO- Sweet Eyes

have a hearts and homes filled with love. XOXO- Sweet Eyes The good news is we

The good news is we can reprogram our thoughts and self-talk. Reprogramming our minds does however take energy and effort. It’s something we must discipline ourselves to do intentionally, every day if possible. So how might you ask? Well, here are a few ways I reprogram my mind and heart every day.

Thankfulness and Thoughtfulness -

Thankfulness is powerful. Being thankful for what you have opens the door for more in your life. I believe when you first wake up in the morning, you should say “Thank you”. Thank you for another day, thank you for an opportunity to live. There’s always something to be thankful for. Remember, your worst day could be someone’s best day.

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FINANCIAL FOCUS

How Can You Meet Your Short-term Goals?

Why do you invest? If you’re like most people, you’d probably say that, among other things, you want to retire comfortably. Obviously, that’s a worthy long- term goal, requiring long-term investing. But as you journey through life, you’ll also have short-term goals, such as buying a second home, remodeling your kitchen or taking a much-needed vacation. Will you need to invest differently for these goals than you would for the long-term ones?

To answer that question, let’s first look at how you might invest to achieve your longer-term goals. For these goals, the key invest- ment ingredient is growth – quite simply, you want your money to grow as much as possible over time. Consequently, you will likely want a good percentage of growth-oriented vehicles, such as stocks and other stock-based investments, to fund your 401(k), IRA or other accounts.

However, the flip side of growth is risk. Stocks and stock-based investments will always fluctuate in value – which means you could lose some, or even all, of your principal. Hopefully, though, by putting time on your side – that is, by holding your growth-oriented investments for decades – you can overcome the inevitable short-term price drops. In short, when investing for long- term goals, you’re seeking

short, when investing for long- term goals, you’re seeking significant growth and, in doing so, you’ll

significant growth and, in doing so, you’ll have to accept some degree of investment risk. But when you’re after short-term goals, the formula is somewhat different:

You don’t need maximum growth potential as much as you need to be reasonably confident that a certain amount of money will be there for you at a certain time. You may want to work with a financial professional to select the appropriate investments for your short-term goals. But, in general, you’ll need these investments to provide you with the following attributes:

• Protection of principal – As

mentioned above, when you own stocks, you have no assurance that your principal will be pre- served; there’s no agency, no government office, guaranteeing that you won’t lose money. And even some of the investments best suited for short-term goals won’t come with full guarantees, either, but, by and large, they do offer you a reasonable amount of confidence that your principal will remain intact.

• Liquidity – Some short-term in-

vestments have specific terms – i.e., two years, three years, five years, etc. – meaning you do have an incentive to hold these investments until they mature. Otherwise, if you cash out early, you might pay some price, such as loss of value or loss of the income produced by these investments. Nonetheless, these types of investments are usually not difficult to sell, either before they mature or at maturity, and this liquidity will be helpful to you when you need the money to meet your short-term goal.

• Stability of issuer – Although

most investments suitable for short-term goals do provide a high degree of preservation of principal, some of the issuers of these investments are stronger and more stable than others – and these strong and stable is- suers are the ones you should stick with.

Ultimately, most of your invest- ment efforts will probably go toward your long-term goals. But your short-term goals are still important – and the right investment strategy can help you work toward them.

the right investment strategy can help you work toward them. Jamie Lavigne, Financial Advisor 4600 Sherwood

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"How to Retain SM Audience" by Orhan Mc Millan dezinsINTERACTIVE
"How to Retain
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by Orhan Mc Millan
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In this day in age, technology has allowed us to connect with the world easier than ever before. Social media can help deepen your connections with existing customers, and it allows you to market your product to new consumers on a more personal level.

With times constantly changing, it’s important to stay on top of recent trends and maximize marketing efficiency. In this article, you’ll discover four ways to increase customer retention via social media.

#1: Get to Know Your Customers as Individuals

Customers want to be more than just a number or email address you send invoices to. Getting to know them better and learning what’s important to them allows you to anticipate your customers’ needs and offer appropriate solutions for new challenges they face.

Profile enrichment services will help you fill the gaps in your knowledge about your customers. For example, Clearbit for Salesforce can scour social media services and other available data sources for insights and deliver more complete profiles of each audience member.

Armed with these insights, your sales team will be better equipped to personalize sales pitches and appeal directly to your customers’ real needs.

#2: Make Sure Your Business Is Easy to Find on Social Media

This sounds easy, but far too many businesses are difficult to find on social media.They either restrict their activities to one or two social networks, or simply don’t promote their social media profiles enough for anyone to notice.

The customer service experience has changed profoundly in

recent years.

Email and call centers remain valuable touchpoints for customers. At the same time, however, increasing numbers of customers are active enough on social media that they expect you to be reachable where they are.

Solving this challenge is relatively easy.

Identify the social media platforms where your customers are active and talking about you, and be sure to maintain active profiles on those platforms.Then promote your various social media profiles on your site and in your communications with customers.

#3: Utilize Social Media Management Tools

Again, being dedicated to solving your customers’ challenges means your customer support team needs to maximize efficiency and

effectiveness on social media.

In recent times, advertising and marketing has evolved with the change in technology. Fortunately, the major social networks have embraced their changing roles and developed powerful solutions to help you optimize support efforts from within social apps.

Other third-party applications, such as SproutSocial, allow you to manage multiple social media accounts through a single platform and even schedule when your posts will be made ahead of time.This helps ensure your social media accounts are not only active but consistent in the timing of your posts.

#4: Help Your Customers Spread the Word for You

If the only people seeing your posts are those who are already familiar with your company, the “social” part of your online presence can be significantly limited. Encouraging your

customers to leave feedback and share their experiences can help boost your social media presence and extend your marketing to new potential clients.

Look out for customer testimonials on social media and share them with other customers.You can do this through your Facebook page, on Twitter, and elsewhere whenever customers @mention your business. Testimonials are a powerful form of social proof and feedback for your business.

Be sure to retweet or repost customers’ raves and reach out to them directly if they express dissatisfaction on social media.When you reach out directly to a customer on social media, even if you do it privately to address a complaint, you might be able to persuade an uncertain customer to stick with your solution and even reverse a customer’s decision to move to a different solution.

Conclusion One of the more effective ways to retain existing customers is through social media.The reason for this is social media is a deeply personal platform that delivers deep insights into customers’ behaviors and preferences. Social media marketing is an effective way to develop one-to-one relationships with customers and encourage them to continue using your business in the future.

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Oral Cancer

The Importance of Early Detection

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD Ascension Premier Dental

Your dentist has recent good news about progress against cancer. It is now easier than ever to detect oral cancer early, when the opportunity for a cure is great. Only half of all patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years. Your dentist has the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of cancer and pre- cancerous conditions are identified. You and your dentist can fight and win the battle against oral cancer. Know the early signs and see your dentist regularly.

You Should Know

• Oral Cancer often starts as a tiny,

unnoticed white or red spot or sore

anywhere in the mouth.

• It can affect any area of the oral

cavity including the lips, gum tissue,

check lining, tongue and the hard or soft palate.

• Other signs include:

- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal

- A color change of the oral tissues

- A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area

- Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips

- Difficulty chewing, swallowing,

speaking or moving the jaw or tongue. - A change in the way the teeth fit together

• Oral Cancer most often occurs in those who use tobacco in any form.

• Alcohol use combined with smoking greatly increases risk.

• Prolonged exposure to the sun increases the risk of lip cancer.

• Oral cancers can occur in people who do not smoke and have no other known risk factors.

• Oral Cancer is more likely to strike after age 40.

• Studies suggest that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may prevent the hdevelopment of potentially cancerous lesions.

Regular Dental Check-ups Important

Oral cancer screening is a routine part of a dental examination. Regu- lar check-ups, including an examina- tion of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous condi- tions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it.

Your dentist will carefully examine the inside of your mouth and tongue and in some patients may notice a flat, painless, white or red spot or a small sore. Although most of these are harmless, some are not. Harmful oral spots or sores often look identi- cal to those that are harmless, but testing can tell them apart. If you have a sore with a

likely cause, your dentist may treat it and ask you to return for re-examination.

Dentists often will notice a spot or sore that looks harmless and does not have a clear cause. To ensure that a spot or sore is not dangerous, your dentist may choose to perform a simple test, such as a brush test. A brush test collects cells from a suspicious lesion in the mouth. The cells are sent to a laboratory for analysis. If precancerous cells are found, the lesion can be surgically removed if necessary during a separate procedure. It’s im- portant to know that all atypical and positive results from a brush test must be confirmed by incisional biopsy and histology.

Facts About Oral Cancer

Incidence and Mortality

• Oral cancer strikes an estimated 34,360 Ameri-

cans each year. An estimated 7,550 people (5,180 men and 2,370 women) will die of these cancers in

2007.

• More than 25% of the 30,000 Americans who get

oral cancer will die of the disease.

• On average, only half of those diagnosed with

the disease will survive more than five years.

• African-Americans are especially vulnerable; the

incidence rate is 1/3 higher than whites and the mortality rate is almost twice as high.

Risk Factors

• Although the use of tobacco and alcohol are risk factors in developing oral cancer, approximately 25% of oral cancer patients have no known risk

factors.

• There has been a nearly five-fold increase in inci- dence in oral cancer patients under age 40, many with no known risk factors.

• The incidence of oral cancer in women has in-

creased significantly, largely due to an increase in women smoking. In 1950 the male to female ratio was 6:1; by 2002, it was 2:1.

Prevention and Detection

• The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid tobacco and alcohol use.

• Regular dental check-ups, including an examina-

tion of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.

• Many types of abnormal cells can develop in the oral cavity in the form of red or white spots. Some are harmless and benign, some

are cancerous and others are pre-cancerous, mean- ing they can develop into cancer if not detected early and removed. (American Cancer Society)

• Finding and removing epithelial dysplasias before they become cancer can be one of the most effec-

tive methods for reducing the incidence of cancer.

• Knowing the risk factors and seeing your dentist

for oral cancer screenings can help prevent this deadly disease. Routine use of the Pap smear since 1955, for example, dramatically reduced the inci-

dence and mortality rates for cervical cancer in the United States.

• Oral cancer is often preceded by the presence of

clinically identifiable premalignant changes. These lesions may present as either white or red patches or spots. Identifying white and red spots that show dysplasia and removing them before they become cancer is an effective method for reducing the inci- dence and mortality of cancer.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS By Linda Melancon ENJOY SPRING AND NATIONAL ELDER LAW MONTH It’s that time

By Linda Melancon

ENJOY SPRING AND NATIONAL ELDER LAW MONTH

It’s that time of year again - Spring has sprung, the flowers are blooming, and Elder Law attorneys across the US are celebrating National Elder Law Month. If you’re unfamiliar with the celebration, here’s a primer.

Since 1963, the month of May has been used to celebrate our nation’s elderly. President Kennedy called it Senior Citizens Month, while President Carter called it Older Americans Month. The National

Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) supports this annual proclamation by upholding May as National Elder Law Month.

During this month, we recognize all that this profession encompasses and the wide variety of ways that elder law attorneys help their clients. Elder law attorneys are unique, serving a specific type of client, as opposed to practicing a specific type of law. In fact, most elder law attorneys will be qualified to give advice about wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; guardianships (known as interdictions in Louisiana); financing long-term care (including Medicaid and VA benefits); and, special needs planning. Some elder law attorneys give advice about social security benefits, elder abuse and disability law as well. And some may even go so far as to assist in locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating private and public resources to finance the cost of care, and working to ensure the client's right to quality care.

With laws and regulations becoming more complex, the number of legal problems that affect the elderly are growing - especially when you take into consideration the complexity of Medicaid and other government benefit programs, and how trying to navigate the systems alone can often

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have unintended consequences. Just one action in regard to a single matter can affect eligibility to other programs and services, potentially disqualifying someone from receiving benefits they are entitled to. It is incredibly important that your elder law attorney has a broad understanding of these complexities to ensure that you avoid problems in the future.

It is also crucial to check with your

elder law attorney about what areas of law they specialize in. Because elder law meets such a wide variety of needs, it would be nearly impossible

for one person to be a pro in all areas. Once you find out what specific concerns you want to address, speak with your attorney to make sure they are more than familiar with what ac- tions need to be taken, and are skilled

in your particular needs.

A good elder law attorney will not

only bring knowledge of the law to

the table, but also an understanding

of the elderly and the sometimes very

real physical and mental difficulties of the aging process that allows them to address a client in a compassionate way. Whether it’s a parent who is not ready to acknowledge that they need day-to-day help, or the spouse of someone with rapidly declining health, an elder law attorney will find a way to work with the client and their family to find the right solution, and the one that is in the best

interest of the client.

To get more information about elder law or to find an attorney who can help you, check out a few of our most trusted resources. The first is The Louisiana Aging and Disability Resource Center. They provide a toll-free number to “assist older adults and persons with disabilities in locating supportive services and eldercare resources in order to continue living as they choose in their community.” Their toll-free number is 1-877-340-9100 and their website is www.louisianaanswers.com. The second resource is The Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization based in New Orleans, but with offices in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Shreveport. They publish an excellent guide about interdiction and powers of attorney specifically related to Louisiana. That document can be downloaded at www.advocacyla.org. And finally, for a wider geographical range, www.NAELA.org is the website for The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Happy Elder Law Month!

The information provided is not intended to be legal advice and does not constitute an attorney/client relationship. You should consult with an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.

Ms. Melancon is an attorney with Legacy Estate & Elder Law of Louisiana, LLC, with offices in Baton Rouge, LA and Prairieville, LA. The primary focus of her practice is estate planning, probate, special needs planning and elder law. For more information or to attend an upcoming estate planning seminar, call her office at (225) 744-0027

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Who is Francois Bend?

Francois Bend unites young and old on a path to success that creates a unique culture for senior living. Francois Bend is a beautiful, amenity-rich, senior living campus with 108 apartments located on 7.5 acres in the community of Gonzales. The campus enjoys easy accessibility to Baton Rouge, New Orleans Metro area and North Shore. The campus is centrally located to acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, physician offices, churches, law enforcement agencies, city government offices and shopping. 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. At Francois Bend, our managers live on site to ensure your safety and quality of services. Our senior staff possesses the qualities that will bring experience, compassion, professionalism, and patience needed to exceed our residents and families expectations everyday. We look forward to serving the residents of Ascension Parish.

What is our philosophy?

We believe a broad range of amenities and services is important and we recognize and respect everyone’s right to privacy. We remain open to the personal preferences of each resident and we work to provide a plan that best suits each person’s needs.

We believe that simply meeting your expectations is never acceptable. Francois bend truly believes in always exceeding our residents expectations. We have a modern look with a warm welcoming attitude that will be felt within every interaction with our team.

The Francois Bend Way of Life

The Francois Bend Way of Life Amenities &Services • Beauty / Barber shop • Flexible dining
The Francois Bend Way of Life Amenities &Services • Beauty / Barber shop • Flexible dining
The Francois Bend Way of Life Amenities &Services • Beauty / Barber shop • Flexible dining
The Francois Bend Way of Life Amenities &Services • Beauty / Barber shop • Flexible dining
The Francois Bend Way of Life Amenities &Services • Beauty / Barber shop • Flexible dining

Amenities &Services

• Beauty / Barber shop

• Flexible dining hours and options

• Sports bar with special events

• Game room

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• Walking paths gardens

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Activities

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encouraged to take part in both on and off campus activities. Some of our on-campus

activities include guest speakers and

special events at Time Out, our sports bar.

Our scheduled off-campus activities

may include a shopping trip, sports event or a trip to the theatre.

Memory Care

Francois Bend’s Memory Care is a secure, specialized environment for residents with

memory loss. The dedicated area includes 24 apartments attended by specially-trained staff in dementia care. Each resident has an individual care plan to promote good health, cognition and physical status.

Assisted Living

Francois Bend ‘s Independent Living is for adults who are able to maintain their independence but want a maintenance-free and safe and secure environment.

Francois Bend offers 3 Levels of Assistance to adults who want to maintain their independence but need extra support. Each of these levels of assistance includes the amenities and services listed above.

In order to determine the appropriate level of service, each resident’s health status is assessed prior to move-in and periodically reviewed throughout their residency. An additional fee relative to the level of care is then added to the monthly rent.

Please call us to schedule a tour with team Francois Bend today.

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Tournaments, Festivals and Other Things in the Spring b y B i l l D

Tournaments, Festivals and Other Things in the Spring

by Bill Delaune

Reminding my fading, feeble brain of some memorable spring events with notes on an extremely thick Fair Grounds Betting Guide while a 3-inch rain in Louisville washes away all my Kentucky Derby angles… I don’t know what happened to the old Daily Racing Form which you could fold up and put in your back pocket but this new Brisnet Biblical size book is more than the average handicapper can handle. I was reminded of one of my old college coach’s comments about the 400 plus page NCAA manual. “No wonder nobody knows the regulations anymore,” he reasoned. “The Lord only gave us Ten Commandments and look what we do with those.” Anyway, it didn’t take a scholar with the Biblical wisdom of Solomon to pick Bob Baffert’s latest monster Justify to win the Kentucky Derby. A

colt that can run the first half mile in a speedy 45 seconds in a quagmire and still finish that far ahead of the field after 1 and ¼ miles has Triple Crown stamped all over his forehead. The wise guys will concede the Preakness to Justify with those tight turns and a shorter distance at Pimlico playing right into his running style. But as they also say at the track, “Never was there a man alive could make any money at 3-5.” Wait until the mile and ½ Belmont and try to beat him with Audible or My Boy Jack… The Zurich Classic is rapidly becoming a favorite of the PGA pros with its 2-man format and the New Orleans flavored food and rules-one of which allowed players to choose “walk-up music” (like a baseball player stepping into the batter’s box) as they strode to the first tee. Some were predictable like former LSU golfer Sam Burns

selecting “Calling Baton Rouge” (Garth Brooks) and University High grad Patrick Reed going with “Eye of the Tiger” (Survivor). Others took on a more national theme from the moving bagpipe version of “Flower of Scotland” for the Scottish pairing of Martin Laird and Russell Knox to “Down Under” (Men at Work) for Aussies Jason Day and Ryan Ruffles. Some of the crowd favorites were “Ebony and Ivory” (McCartney and Wonder) for African-American Harold Varner III and his Caucasian partner Robert Garrigus and a head banging performance by Alex Cejka and Ben Crane to Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again”. Of course, that brought up a lively discussion in the gallery as to what song we would each choose if we were ever in that

position. Pause here for hilarious laughter at the thought of yours truly in a professional golf tournament. But in my fantasy event, I chose “Little Bit Crazy” by Cajun country artist Eddy Raven. For one thing, Raven is from Lafayette so we’d have the South Louisiana thing going there. Secondly, I think those who know me would agree that the title is somewhat descriptive of my sophomoric behavior at times. And since you only get a few lines of the song played (The only complaint from the crowd was they wanted longer versions.), I’ll go with the opening lines of Raven’s hit… “Got bayou water running through my veins, I don’t back off and I don’t complain. That’s the way I am-a little bit crazy…” While I’m in Never-Never Land, I also want that rune played when I come out of the

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Yankee bullpen to save the pennant against the evil Red Sox. Hey, so it’s not Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” that Mariano Rivera would enter to when he put teams to sleep in the last inning. But it’s my dream-I can play whatever I want. Another cool part of the Zurich format is that the players are far more relaxed than on the weekly grind of individual tour events. Most of them are playing with their buddies and there is more interaction with the crowd and even some betting updates from their caddies. When I commented to the bagman of a former LSU golfer (who shall remain nameless) after a nice birdie, he replied, “Yeah, but we’re still 50 bucks down to those dogs,” pointing to another ex-Tiger in the group. Oh-little side action between old friends, eh? Think I’ve been down that road once or twice before. The relaxed atmosphere carried over to the Acme Oyster tent when my coaching cohort Dennis Lorio and I took a lunch break leaving the third member of our coaching triumvirate Tommy Douglas relaxing on his own under a tree near the 8th green. Now we didn’t make a lot of money in the coaching profession but every now and then there are some interesting perks-as in, “Hey, Coach, I didn’t use all my drink tickets- you need a couple?” Needless to say, we acquired quite a stash before leaving our viewpoint overlooking the 13th green to go meet Tommy, the most important person on the grounds-our designated driver. Thanks to a golden parking pass provided by maintenance director Jamie Worsham, we didn’t have far to stagg…I mean walk. We made it back to St. Amant, dropped off Dennis and headed…home? Are you

to St. Amant, dropped off Dennis and headed…home? Are you kidding? Not when there’s still another

kidding? Not when there’s still another soiree to attend-this one being the NFL Draft party hosted by Gator defensive coordinator Duane Thomassee. It’s a good thing the Saints traded up from 27th to the 14th pick to take UTSA defensive end Marcus Davenport or I might not have seen it. But when I called him “Willie Davenport”, Tommy wisely decided to take me home. “Bill, Willie Davenport was a hurdler from Southern University who won a gold medal in the 1968 Olympics,” he calmly explained on the way. “Oh, so I guess we didn’t draft Lindsay Davenport either,” I surmised. But speaking of 1968… When you’re talking to a group of people who claimed to be at one of the first Jambalaya Festivals 50 years ago and one of the first comments is, “I’ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember…”-you know it’s going to be a fun discussion. But since memories are short and this story’s too long, here is

a brief list of some of the things recalled at the 1968 Festival. And remember how many brain cells that a collection of my friends (the ones who aren’t dead or in jail) and I have destroyed…

1. Burnside Street being

blocked off in front of what’s now Gonzales Primary

creating a real “street dance” atmosphere.

2. Wading through a sea of

beer cans to get from one booth or band to another.

3. Walking to the Festival site

from pre-game activities at local hangout Fish-N-Pic (located where the old Dalton’s Restaurant used to be) and hiking to post-Festival dances at Bobby’s Lounge.

4. Swimming in the pits of

the then under-construction

Highway 30. At least the traffic was certainly lighter back then.

5. Boone’s Farm wine in

easily accessible leather pouches. I’m sure you have your own memories-no matter how foggy- but these days I sometime do better with events of long ago then where I was yesterday… Having two sons (who grew up in a dugout) and five grandsons, baseball has always been a huge part of our springtime activities. And as hard as I try, I have not perfected the quantum leap technique of being in two or even three places at once. So at family gatherings, I try to get updates from the boys about games I might have missed. A recent conversation went something like this… Me- What’s the best hit you’ve got this season? Will (age 14)-I hit a 330 foot home run out of the park in Hammond!

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Cade (age 10)-An inside-the- park homer at Cypress Mounds. Reece (age 7)-I hit a foul ball into the crowd and one lady had to cover her head and another one fell out of her chair trying to get out of the way (followed by demonic laughter)! Oh well, whatever tickles your fancy. Vive la difference! The moral to this rambling essay is-to paraphrase Jimmy Buffet-that there’s “so many nice things happening out there…” get out and experience a few. Turn off Fox News and CNN and get outside and play golf or watch a local tournament. Go see a youth baseball game-just watch the foul balls. Throw a crawfish boil for your favorite graduate. Make a round by the 51st Jambalaya Festival on May 25-27 and do a little Cajun dance. And just for Schlittz and Giggles, put a couple of bucks on a longshot named Quip to upset Justify in the Preakness Stakes and watch it on your outdoor TV. And no complaints about the heat until summer officially gets here.

How Times Have Changed The Baton Rouge area lost one of its most famous people

How Times Have Changed

The Baton Rouge area lost one of its most famous people of all times this past winter. Bill Black, known by most of us as Buckskin Bill passed away at 88 years of age. Most of us in my age group grew up enjoying the kindness and char- acter of this gentle giant. After his passing, WBRZ aired a thirty minute special on the life and times of the Buckskin Bill broadcast. As I viewed the program, so many great

Bill broadcast. As I viewed the program, so many great memories came to mind. The dec-

memories came to mind. The dec- oration of the studio in which so many young girls and boys enjoyed for so long really caught my atten- tion. The background sported an old rifle, a buck mount, a couple animal skins, some steel traps and an American flag. I wonder how this setting would be accepted by some of our society at this day and time. The influence that the experi- ence had on us as young kids was a good one. We were brought up to enjoy, use and respect these gifts of life to the fullest. The skins on the wall didn't reflect that the setting was against animals. As many peo- ple recall, Buckskin Bill was a major force in the development of the Baton Rouge Zoo. He also en- couraged Baton Rouge area chil- dren to help save money for the zoo's first two elephants, Penny and Penny Too by saving pennies. This world wasn't perfect then, it ain't now, and it most likely never will be. But I do believe my generation (who by the way could play Cowboys and Indians with cap guns) came away with better values of life than what's being accepted today. As weatherman Mike Gra-

what's being accepted today. As weatherman Mike Gra- ham quoted on the broadcast in memory of

ham quoted on the broadcast in memory of our gentle giant "The world suffers greatly for the loss of such a person", is such a true state- ment. Buckskin will be missed along with his attitude and values of life

Till Next Time,

"Thanks Buckskin Bill", James "Goosie" Guice

Buckskin Bill", James "Goosie" Guice Bands of Brothers, or Not? It was calm, cool November

Bands of Brothers, or Not?

It was calm, cool November morning. Day two of our three day hunt down in the beautiful marsh of Southwest, Louisiana. Our first hunt was far from spectac- ular, with only four ducks for our three man team, consisting of my- self, my son, and our friend/guide. I can still here him reminding us the afternoon before, that tomor- row is a different day. The next morning, there was a little more wind, and the ducks seemed to be

responding as we were sitting with 12 birds on the stringer at 7:30! It was then that we saw a huge flight of ducks heading our way from the southwest. Before too long we could hear that beautiful, hair rais- ing sound of a pintail whistle! We were crouched down with anticipa- tion, as the flight of twenty beauti- ful birds made their second and third dance around our decoy spread, descending ever so slightly, with every pass. The call was made from our lead man that we were going to shoot on the next pass.

This is where the story changes……

From out of nowhere, seven Black-bellied Whistling ducks appear from the west, flying over the decoys! “Take em boys” was the command, and we obeyed, as the three males crash landed in the pond. Immediately, our lead man started apologiz- ing for not waiting for the pintail to cir- cle back one last time, but said we could not pass up the shot over the decoy spread. It was around this time that Cami, the chocolate lab, returns with the first whistler. In what could only be com- pared to the cheer of a game-winning touchdown pass is

com- pared to the cheer of a game-winning touchdown pass is 32 what followed, as the

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what followed, as the sun glistened off of the band hanging on the side of Cami’s face! As the three of us celebrated, with our “band dance”, Cami was back in ac- tion for the second retrieve. Upon her return was when our hearts nearly stopped, when we spotted the second, yes second, band coming into the blind! It was at this point that we nearly retrieved the 3rd bird our- selves, but somehow we managed to let Cami do her thing, and she delivered, with the 3rd banded bird! What are the odds of killing 3 banded birds out of one flight? We had no idea, but we had just done it! After more dancing and several phone calls, we thought surely these birds had to be caught, banded, and released in the same spot on the same day. Once returning back to the camp and celebrating, with the newest member of the family, our friend’s three month old son, we sat down and entered in the band numbers. Not only were the birds not banded together on the same day, they were not even banded in the same year. All three were banded in Vermillion parish on April 9th 2015, March 29th 2016, and April 16th 2017. Now we are

9th 2015, March 29th 2016, and April 16th 2017. Now we are talking, winning the lottery

talking, winning the lottery odds, and that is kind of how we felt that day! I would say that this is a story I will tell my son for years, but I was fortunate enough to have him there to live it with me! To know that he will have this tale to pass on to his own son one day is amazing, and we have the jewels to prove it! So it turned out that the band of brothers were not the three ducks we killed that day, but the three guys that were squeezing the triggers!

#Bands will make you dance #Bling-Bling #Brothers for Life

Useless Random Facts with Kellie The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age.

Useless Random Facts

with Kellie

The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age. Its name was Fred.

1,200 college students streaked at the same t ime in Boulder, CO in 1974.

Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas.

The most extras ever used in a movie was 300,000, for the film Gandhi in 1981.

When Bugs Bunny first appeared in 1935, he was called Happy Rabbit.

Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star.

Even if you cut off a cockroach's head, it can live for several weeks.

In Kentucky, 50% of the people who get married for the first time are teenagers.

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

The phrase 'Rule of thumb'* is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

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ThoughtsfromBully Alright Guys, Lets Let it Rip. Except You Frankie? Another year has come and
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Alright Guys,
Lets Let it Rip.
Except You
Frankie?

Another year has come and gone when 32 golfers headed for a 4 day golf vacation and food feast. This was the second year for me to be invited to the Pete and Peg annual golf excursion. This year we had perfect weather and most of the golfers were on there best behavior. Kelly Plantation is located in Destin, Florida and have been perfect hosts for our Motley crew. Head P.G.A Golf Pro, Ashton Crowe welcomed us with open arms and this year had all 32 members of our group sign a Kelly Plantation flag. He hung it next to the flags of the professionals that have played there and next to the Fred Couples painting,

the designer of this 18 holes of hope and fear. I met my riding partners on Wednesday morning at 5:30am. We began our golf trip watching the sun come up. After a few miles Sam told us about a party he had to attend the day before our trip. he said, “I went to a gender party yesterday.” I’m thinking a gender party? My mind went places I wasn’t ready for. I knew I was bunking with some swingers of the golf club but that was my limit. I soon learned it is a new thing in parties and is an announcement

of the gender of a pending birth in the family. You know a trip like this a person learns many things about their friends. I learned Sam has to have a sweet dessert before bed time. He confess if there is not a standard dessert type

snack available that he has even put cheese and jelly together for

a sandwich. Yikes! I learned there was a rivalry among parish bailiff’s. Seems one wanted a photo with he sheriff. The other accused the other of sucking up. Then when

it came time to take a photo

TakethatMalcolm!
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with the sheriff bailiff one said, “No need to wait. Take the photo.” Bailiff two
with the sheriff bailiff one said, “No need to wait. Take the photo.” Bailiff two
with the sheriff bailiff one said, “No need to wait. Take the photo.” Bailiff two

with the sheriff bailiff one said, “No need to wait. Take the photo.” Bailiff two mentioned writing up bailiff one but bailiff one has seniority. Actually I heard this 2nd and 3rd hand from gossip so I don’t really know the story but I reported it anyway. The major networks do it, so I did it too.

it anyway. The major networks do it, so I did it too. It was reported that

It was reported that Frankie hit a ball so far off the course he hollered fore! One of his partners mentioned you need to go knock on the door on the 3rd floor of that condo complex and holler in the door for anyone to hear you. Mike Wag walked up with a new set of irons and was looking for the cart with a golf bag with only woods in the bag. When asked what’s the deal he

with only woods in the bag. When asked what’s the deal he responded, “I purchased irons

responded, “I purchased irons that were not shankable. Anyone want to buy a new set of irons? They had been used for only one round of golf. It was rumored that Cub said

he wasn’t worried about Pete. Matter-of-fact he communicated he was cutting Pete next year.

I learn something new each

time I am on this trip. This trip

I learn something new each time I am on this trip. This trip I confirmed it
I confirmed it takes 10 minutes for 6 golfers to consume a full pack of
I confirmed it takes 10 minutes
for 6 golfers to consume a full
pack of lemon cookies. I learned
that 50 lbs. of cracklin fat makes
15 gallon zip lock bags full and
takes 3 days for 32 golfers to
crunch and munch all of them.
I
mentioned that I might give
Hubbie a new Ascension
Magazine golf shirt so I asked
what is his favorite color?
Someone spoke up and said
cornbread. I didn’t know that
was a color. They
continued,”Hubbie loves
anything that looks like
They continued,”Hubbie loves anything that looks like cornbread so I should get him a cornbread colored
They continued,”Hubbie loves anything that looks like cornbread so I should get him a cornbread colored

cornbread so I should get him a cornbread colored shirt.

I learned that Peg can get

Malcolm to leave by playing Sioux City Sue on his blue tooth speaker and is now tech

savvy enough to stream ACHS baseball games while they are in the state playoffs.

I learned playing golf with

Mike Lee is lots of fun and he cared less if my shirt tail was pulled out. Let it be known that some of the photos in the article are a tribute our nations national

the photos in the article are a tribute our nations national media and these photos are

media and these photos are completely fake news. There is no way Doyle, who did a fantastic job cooking for us, would let David or Jeff be in charge of cooking our meals. Those photos are staged and not meant to mis-lead. By the

way, David did not crack under questioning on the practice tee about who took the left over

shrimp stew. It remained a mystery but the stew stealer did clean the pot and left it behind.

I learned that my golfing

buddies were really appreciative when their wives sent them a

sweet hugs imogi in the morning and other husbands were wishing their wives were sending sweet hugs imogi’s in the morning. So ladies get your

phones out. I also heard sheriff had trick golf shots that he tried in a sand trap. However this shot richochet’d off of the step an flew backwards in the water. Good try Sheriff.

I learned not get my hopes up

when playing with people you’ve never played with before. I hadn’t hit my first tee shot yet when I was told to get my skirt if I was hitting from the number 3 tees. Fortunately I had the perfect comeback. During my first round on the trip I played with Hubbie who was also my

team opponent that we would pay at the end of the trip. He told me he was playing the 3

tees all 4 days so I should do the same. So to the skirt commen- tor I explained Hubbie told me to hit from here and what Hubbie says goes. Hubbie rules and you can that to the bank.

I learned that 4 days of golf

back to back to back to back will make my back out wack. The highlight of the trip was winning $5 from Boozie in a bet that shouldn’t have happened. I wasn’t sure he was going to pay me but gave it to Dane to give to me. Once I received it I felt a little bad and didn’t want to keep it. I said to myself WWCD. What would Cliff do? So I donated to the campaign to Re-Elect Donald Trump and Make America Greater.

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Cooking Gourmet at Home

with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

A lite and fresh dish for the summer
A lite and fresh dish for the summer

Crab&AppleBruschetta

Executive Chef Ben Jarreau
Executive Chef
Ben Jarreau

Yield: 10-15 servings

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Serving: 4

Ingredients:

8

ounces fresh Jumbo Lump crabmeat

1

small loaf French bread

1

Granny Smith apple

4

ounces Smoked Gouda (whatever cheese you like)

8

cherry tomatoes

1

ounce fresh basil

2

ounces extra virgin olive oil

2

lemons

Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste

Method:

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

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

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

Thinly slice the basil leaves

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

LET’S PUT IT ALL TOGETHER!!!

Lay out your crispy French bread toast points and top them with the crabmeat, tomato, and apple mixture. Sprinkle the shredded Smoked Gouda over the top then finish them off with the fresh basil.

tomato, and apple mixture. Sprinkle the shredded Smoked Gouda over the top then finish them off

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