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COMPLIMENTARY

APRIL 2018, VOL. 16 ISSUE 4

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Publisher / Editor
Mike Strong
Table of Contents
LA FAMILY FESTIVAL ............... 4
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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY......34
Linda Melancon
RIVER REGION ART SHOW ...38
Calvin Bessonett
Bully SNO’S RECIPE........................... 45

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8th Annual South
Louisiana Family
Festival Blessed
with Fun
The Eighth Annual South Louisiana Family
Festival led by the Executive Director of
Legacy Foundation, Scott Hymel, saw an
amazing turnout as adults and children,
families, schools, community leaders, and
business owners flooded into Lamar Dixon
on March 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th to
checkout all that the Legacy Foundation had
to offer. Hymel said, “We want to bless the
community with a clean, family-friendly event
where people can be blessed and make
memories with their families.” The event
kicked off with a community family night on
Wednesday night to allow the volunteers and
others to enjoy the fair and kids’ rodeo with
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the festival. Cowboy made a debut with his
New to the festival this year Texas Longhorn, Roscoe, to
was the opening night concert entertain the crowd by riding
with Christian artist David this bull as a cowboy rides a
Crowder. In true Crowder well-trained horse. Then
fashion, the concert was a closing the night in true rodeo
stellar performance that fashion with bull riding.
opened up with The Church The excitement and activity
Vessel, the worship team from didn’t stop there. Saturday
The Church International, morning opened up with a kid’s
leading over two thousand fishing rodeo where hundreds
people into praise and worship, of kids turned out to compete
followed by The Young and show off their master
Escape, a new Christian band fishermen skills. On the other
from California. Then Crowder side of the Lamar Dixon Expo
appeared on stage with his Center property an indoor car
blue-grass style gospel show took place with dozens of
worship music to close out the show case classics, muscle
show. Fans were on fire as cars, and unique cars to
they exited Lamar Dixon and compete and show off their
readied themselves for the rest prize winning automobiles. If
of this action packed weekend. cars and fishing weren’t your exotic petting zoo where not the parish of Ascension its
Friday night opened up with thing, there was also an only could you pet animals, start. For the kids and kids at
gun shots and fireworks as Extreme Color run where you could ride, hold and take heart, there was also a fair
crowds stood and cheered for people of all ages raced pictures with animals from all featuring more than fifty
the National Anthem and around the grounds being over the world such as camels, different rides, carnival games,
prayer to kick off the Extreme splashed, sprayed, and sloths, various snakes, bear and carnival eats to enjoy as
Ranch Rodeo part of the doused in various colors to the cats, llamas, and so much people spent their day on the
festival. The ranch style rodeo finish line with their friends and more. Along with the exotic grounds of The Lamar Dixon
is full of non-stop action as families. It’s not about who petting zoo there was also an Expo Center.
fans sat on the edge of their made it to the finish line first agricultural fair with over Closing out this exciting
seats watching cowboys of all but who wore the most colors seventy ag events where the weekend that was more of a
levels ride wild steer and that won this race. Specifically, young and old could learn community outreach put on by
hundreds of kids chase calves for the kids or animal about the farm life that gave the Legacy Foundation to
in the calf scramble. The Misfit enthusiasts, there was an

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bless the community with an made possible by those that women to have the opportunity
opportunity for families to sow into and support the of successful re-entry into
come together in a clean Legacy Foundation. The society as productive citizens.
family environment to build Legacy Foundation is a The Legacy Foundation is
memories to last a lifetime, non-profit organization that nothing without those that
was the Extreme Ranch sows funds into events and have been willing to give
Rodeo Finals. As crowds organizations that build sacrificially to see their
flocked into the arena families, such as private community blessed. Some of
Saturday night to watch the Christian schools that allow those partners are Smith Tank
champions compete for under privileged families the and Steel, Dales Garbage
numerous prizes and bragging opportunity to give their Services, Coastal Industries,
rights in the wild steer riding, children a wholesome and Coastal Heavy Haulers.
trailer loading, and bull riding. Christian education and
This amazing opportunity to programs that support, help, Written by: Dawn K. Louviere,
Chief Financial Officer,
bless and serve this commu- train, and create opportunities The Church International
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Ascension Parish
Front row, left to right - Naydia Cooper, Ceiley Grisaffe, President Matassa, Maddy Tripode, Lani Lemann, Layne Melancon.

Honors ACHS Lady
Lani Lemann, Madison Tripode, At the Division V State Grisaffe, Julia Camille Lemann,

Power Lifters
Nydia Cooper, Dakota competition, held March 15, and Nydia Cooper - finished in
Bonadona, Catherine Rome, 2018 at the Rapides Parish 1st place; Madison Tripode

State Champs
Layne Melancon, Rodneika Coliseum in Alexandria the finished in 2nd place; and
Mitchell, Marie Ceily Grisaffe, team won the Division V State Catherine Rome finished in
Julia Camille Lemann, Hannah Championship. This is the 4th 3rd place in their respective
Settoon are members of the consecutive and 5th overall weight classes. Camille Lemann
At the April 5 Ascension 2017-2018 Ascension Catholic Division V State Championship won Division V Most
Parish Council meeting, High School Girls Powerlifting for the Ascension Catholic Girls Outstanding Lifter in the
President Kenny Matassa team; and Jalyn Moll is Head team, which now has won more Lightweight Class, and Nydia
proclaimed March 15, 2018 to Coach, Robert “ Bubba” Division V titles than any other Cooper won Division V Most
be hAscension Catholic Girls Lemann is Assistant Coach, the school in the state. Outstanding Lifter in the
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GGC Flower Show
Ascension Parish Libraries receive donated books from the Gonzales Garden Club.
Pictured are, from left, Myra Mire, Gwen Heck, Lorraine Gautreau, Mary Jo Pohlig, Barbara
McCormick, Library Director Angelle Deshautelles, Weezie Cashat, Janis D’Benedetto,
Dana Teepell, Priscilla Monson, Cynthia Cagnolatti, Conchita Richey and Dale Bowman.

Gonzales Garden Club members enjoy lunch at Houmas House after their Annual Floral
Design Exhibit on April 4th.

The Gonzales Garden Club presented its
annual flower show at the Gonzales library
on April 4, 2018. Members displayed
twelve floral designs reflecting the theme
“Through a Child’s Eyes”. Amaryllis peace lily, maidenhair fern, pansy, indigo,
blooms dominated the horticultural and iris. The exhibit ended on April 5.
specimens that also included mock Library visitors voted for the People’s
orange (English dogwood), African violet, Choice Award which will be announced
GGC Books and Library Civic Involvement
at the club’s May meeting.
Chairman Janis D’Benedetto presented
Library Director Angelle Deshautelles with
four copies of The Saved Seed.
The book is recommended by the National
Garden Club Federation as an “early
reader book written to educate
elementary children about the life cycle
of seed plants.”

The club’s next civic event is a fundraiser.
The annual plant and bake sale will take
place at Jambalaya Park on April 27
from 9am until 1pm.
YARD OF THE MONTH
Residential

The Gonzales Garden Club chose the home of Wardell and Beverly Irvin at 1615 W.
Orice Roth Rd. for their April Yard of the Month for its crape myrtles, knock out roses
and azaleas in weed-free beds of colored mulch.

Commercial

The Gonzales Garden Club chose Ashley Homestore Furniture at 810 W. Hwy 30 as its
Commercial Landscape of the Month for its oblong beds of azalea and Little Gem
Magnolia neatly bordered by healthy green boxwood.
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version that are more flavorful
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My dried fruit selection is
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prunes. Know why that’s so
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So what’s a traveling gal to do? without the burden of packing
Keeping Well, I’ve come up with a few weights or finding a gym.

Trim While solutions to assist in keeping
trim while traveling. Another culprit of travel is
Traveling A fantastic solution in my
eating, which quite often means
eating out and or eating in
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startup fee of $39.95) definitely the infamous Quest bar. I’ve full while traveling. Wishing
worth the monthly investment mentioned these in the past, you a blessed and fit spring
if you travel a lot and don’t because of the high protein and season Ascension.
mind exercising in your lodging high fiber content of each bar.
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A Tribute to Our Brother and Our Friend
Lt. Col. Ward Webb
“Flame of Hope” in the was phenomenal. He dedicated
International Special Olympics. If himself to helping others and never
you ever followed Ward Webb on expected anything in return.
social media sites, you will clearly Ward, you have indeed made the
see that his entire face book page is supreme sacrifice to make the
dedicated to the Special Olympics quality of life better for all of us in
children he has led and mentored Ascension Parish. May you rest in
over the years. Ward was the peace for eternity knowing that
local leader for years on the local you have a very large family, friends
Polar Plunge. and co-workers to carry on the
Ward brought life to everything love and continued sacrifice that
and touched every heart that he you made every day you opened
ever met. Everyone who met Ward your eyes.
knew he was a caring and giving Ward, your hard work and
person. Ward had a unique quality dedication to the wonderful
in that he could make anyone feel residents of our Parish will never
special in our community. He go un-noticed. You were a true
brought life to everything and role model, and a true giver. Thank
touched every heart he ever met. you so much for making Ascension
His very outspoken leadership and Parish a better place to live and
influence, usually behind the scenes raise our children and

If you have been on any social Ward Webb meant to so
media site from last night at many today?
around 21:30 PM and anytime Loving husband, caring step
today, you may have heard the father, special paran to several.
news that we loss yet another icon Beloved son, caring brother and a
in our Community, our Parish and special Uncle to so many nieces,
our State in Ascension Parish nephews and godchildren. Ward,
Sheriff’s Office Lt. Col. Ward you shared a special bond with
Webb. A 1982 graduate of East each person and made everyone us
Ascension High School and a feel extra special – you just had a
32-year veteran of our Ascension wonderful way with people.
Sheriff’s Office Family. Many of you know that Ward has
All morning, I’ve been trying to been the Leader and the
find the right words, but as you Quarterback for many years
can see by the hundreds of lives centered around the Louisiana
Ward impacted, if you did not Special Olympics. Ward has been
know Ward Webb by today, you very instrumental in raising money
can see he was truly a mentor to for many years for Special
many. Hundreds of people have Olympians not just in Ascension
changed their face book profile Parish, but across this nation. Ward
pictures today to Ward’s picture. had the privilege of carrying the
Let me first say thanks, to the
hundreds that visited Ward in the grandchildren. I know your beauti-
hospital in the past month, and let ful parents were waiting to greet
me say thanks again to so many you last night, when you reached
family members and friends who the gates of heaven.
were at the hospital last night with Ward, I will miss your smile, your
his beautiful and caring wife Nita leadership and your dedication to
and Ward’s entire family, as he the children and residents of our
gained his wings around 9:30 PM. wonderful Parish. I’m going to
iWard had an inner strength that miss your mentoring, and our one
could have powered the entire on one talks.
world if you were able to harness To the entire Webb Family, thank
it, and he had the courage beyond you so much for sharing Ward with
anyone that I ever encountered. this community. We are all better,
As you can read today, Ward was because of Ward’s Enthusiasm,
an inspiration to so many people in Determination and Loyalty.
this world.
Ward you have touched us all REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER!
with your warm heart, your bright
smile and your outstanding Fire Chief/ Constable / APSO
personality. How in the world do Reserve Deputy Commander
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Take Steps to
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• Follow a “buy-and-hold”
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Investment
price movements of your
investments, but if you do achieve

Taxes
gains, you can decide when to
take them – and this timing can
make a substantial difference in
your tax situation. If you sell
investments that you’ve owned for
one year or less and their value
Tax Season is finally over. Of has increased, you may need to
course, how much you pay in pay capital gains taxes at your
taxes depends on a variety of personal income tax rate, which,
factors, many of which you can’t in 2018, could be as high as 37
control. But you might give some percent. But if you hold invest-
thought to how you can manage ments for more than one year
your investment-related taxes. before selling them, you’d be
Here are some suggestions to assessed the long-term capital
consider: gains rate, which is 0, 15 or 20
percent, or a combination of
• Contribute to your employer’s those rates.
retirement plan. If your employer
offers a 401(k) or similar plan, • Consider municipal bonds. If
such as a 403(b) or 457(b), you’re in one of the higher tax
contribute as much as you can brackets, you may benefit from
afford. The more pre-tax dollars investing in municipal bonds.
you put in to your retirement plan, The interest on these bonds is
the lower your taxable income. typically free of federal taxes,
Your employer also may offer a and possibly even state and local
Roth 401(k) option, under which taxes. Interest from some types
you invest after-tax dollars, so of municipal bonds may be
your annual income won’t be subject to the alternative
lowered and your withdrawals minimum tax (AMT). However,
will be tax-free. because of the new tax laws, the
AMT exemption amounts were
• Contribute to an IRA. Even if increased significantly.
you have a 401(k) or similar
Hey Dr. Rob, plan, you may still be eligible to You might be wondering what
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traditional IRA, your contributions
these new laws mean to
this Purdy? may be fully or partially de-
investors. In terms of your
regular investment activities,
ductible, depending on your the effect might not be that
income level; with a Roth IRA, significant. The tax brackets for
contributions are not deductible, qualified dividends and capital
but your earnings can grow gains – such as those realized
tax-free, provided you’ve had when you sell stocks – will remain
your account at least five years about the same. This means that
and you don’t start taking most investors will continue to
withdrawals until you’re 59½ . pay 15% to 20% on long-term
capital gains and dividends.
Consequently, the new tax laws
shouldn’t really affect you much in
terms of your decisions on buying
and selling stocks or investing
in companies that may pay
dividends. Of course, it’s still a
good idea to consult with your tax
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new laws will affect you.

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WHICH ORAL This is why it’s so important to erosion and cavities. Since dry Oral Cancer
check in with your dentist. mouth increases your cavity risk,
HEALTH While you may not necessarily it’s imperative to address this Although oral cancer can affect
notice the signs of gum disease, symptom with your dentist or
CONCERNS your dentist will. If you notice doctor. You may consider
anyone, two-thirds of people
who have oral cancer are over
SHOULD YOU bleeding while brushing, switching medications or just the age of 55. In fact, people
sensitive teeth, or red gums, it’s sipping on water more often often aren’t diagnosed with oral
WATCH FOR AS time to visit your dentist throughout the day! cancer until they’re 62. This
YOU AGE? because you could be seeing means that older adults have an
signs of gum disease. Know Tooth Loss increased risk of developing oral
that your age is a risk factor for cancer. Luckily, your dentist can
getting gum disease! Losing teeth is not a natural perform an oral cancer
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Ascension Premier Dental screening at your next checkup.
Dry Mouth However, if you’re experiencing This simple screening involves
gum disease, tooth decay, or checking your mouth, face, and
Getting older increases our risk Our teeth and gums need saliva even dry mouth, you do have an neck for any unusual lumps or
for several health problems, to stay healthy. Not only does increased risk for tooth loss as appearances. Early detection can
including those with our oral saliva help prevent bad breath you age. Older adults are also at increase your chances of a
health. Even if you’ve been and enamel erosion, it also helps risk for bone loss, including successful treatment!
taking great care of your smile balance oral bacteria that can osteoporosis. Staying active and
for years, you could still lead to cavities. If you’re on getting enough calcium and Getting older doesn’t have to
experience an increased risk of medication, one of the side vitamin D are essential to mean that your oral health
tooth and gum problems as you effects you may be experiencing keeping teeth and bones healthy declines. However, by being
age. Visiting your dentist can is dry mouth. Many different and strong. aware of these oral health
keep your smile healthy and types of medications can cause problems among older adults,
ready to shine on throughout dry mouth, from high blood If you do lose a tooth, it’s im- you can know your risk for
your retirement years! What pressure medications to even perative to replace it. Talk with developing gum disease, oral
oral health concerns should you depression and anxiety your dentist about your options cancer, and having dry mouth
watch out for as you age? medications. for missing teeth, which can or experiencing tooth loss.
help prevent further bone and Getting regular checkups can
Gum Disease When you have dry mouth, tooth loss! help prevent and manage
your body isn’t producing many of these problems. Age
Your risk for getting gum enough saliva to protect your gracefully and smile big well
disease increases as you age. teeth. This can lead to enamel into your senior years!

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stolen, you should visit anonymously.
“IdentityTheft.gov” to report the Misuse of social security numbers
suspected problem and to learn through identity theft and misuse
means to buy goods and services it about protecting yourself from or misappropriation of social
is likely to continue to increase. identity theft. security benefits affects many
However, there are numerous The other problem often seniors every year and the problem
things you can do to protect encountered is someone misusing is likely to become even more
yourself from someone obtaining your social security benefits. pervasive as more people become
your social security number and Unfortunately, it is often a family entitled to these benefits. Since
using it to steal your identity. member or loved one who misuses social security is often relied on as
First, you should never give your social security benefits. This may all or part of retirement income, it
social security number over the result from lost capacity and the is very important to make sure you
phone. One of the most common inability to manage your own fi- do everything you can to protect
scams involves a caller claiming you nances and the failure to appoint a your social security benefits from
have won a prize but to claim it trustworthy person to do that for fraud. There are many resources
you need to provide your social you. To prevent this from available online that outline ways
security number. Whenever anyone occurring you should have a for you to protect your social
By Linda Melancon asks for your social security number financial power of attorney that security number and benefits. In
you should ask why they need it, appoints someone to handle your addition to implementing these
Protecting Your how it will be used and what will financial affairs if you become
incapable of managing them
suggestions, you should see a
qualified estate planning or elder
happen if you refuse to give it. The
Social Security IRS, Social Security Administration yourself. law attorney to make sure you have
(“SSA”) or other government In addition to a financial power the right legal documents in place
from Fraud agency will never ask you to of attorney, you should appoint a to appoint a trustworthy person to
provide your social security number trustworthy person as your manage your finances if you are
Almost everyone who is retired representative payee for “SSA” unable to do so.
relies on Social Security as at least a over the phone so be very careful if
someone claiming to be from purposes. A representative payee is
part of their retirement income. a person you authorize to receive The information provided is not
Therefore, it is very important to one of these agencies calls and intended to be legal advice and does
asks for it. your social security benefits. That not constitute an attorney/client
protect it from fraudulent acts that person has an obligation to you
can disrupt its timely payment. Recently, there have been many relationship. You should consult with
data breaches where consumers and the “SSA” to use those an attorney for individual advice
There are two types of social benefits for your needs. Failure of regarding your own situation.
security fraud that you should be financial data has been stolen. One
way to keep your social security the representative payee to do so
aware of. The first is the illegal use may be a crime that the SSA can
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anyone electronically. You should prosecute. If you believe that Baton Rouge, LA and Prairieville, LA. The
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Ten “losers” were as follows: like because let’s face it food is
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1st place – Nell Guedry, 13.94%, existence – without it, we don’t
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2nd place – Bridget Weber, 11.98%, needed for our bodies to func-
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Hudson Todd tied with Jack Roniger
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Ronnie LeBlanc – 3rd place
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Woody Woodward – 3rd place
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My Old Kentucky Home-Revisited by Bill Delaune
Prologue- Blackcat Bill’s All that changed 20 years ago
deplorable history of picking as several members of my family But just let me say this. If Billy When we asked one shirtless
winners in the Kentucky Derby and I trekked to Churchill Joe McCallister killed himself by young dude with a glazed look
is well documented. After a Downs for the 124th Run for jumping off that bridge, he in his eyes (not from doughnuts
decade of losers following my the Roses. It also was the first must have broken his neck on a I would guess) how we could
Triple Crown winner Affirmed time I actually picked a winner stump. There just ain’t much get to the grandstand, he stared
in 1978, I tried to exorcise my in the race in many years- a Bob water down there. as us incredulously and asked,
devils with a horse named Baffert-trained charger called “Why would y’all want to
Demons Begone. Alas, he was Real Quiet. And I’m sure John Prine leave all this?”
vanned off in an ambulance thought the Green River was
after breaking down in the first But the race is only part of the “Paradise” when he was a boy. 3. The Oaks- The female
half mile. Kentucky Derby Festival. There But Mr. Peabody’s coal train version of the Derby is run on
The next year, my New are events leading up to “the must have hauled it away Friday afternoon featuring the
Orleans superhorse Risen Star most exciting two minutes in because there’s nothing but a best 3-year old fillies in the
drew the dreaded number one sports” that combine Mardi ditch about the size of the country in the Kentucky Oaks.
post position, got pinned Gras, pop festivals and fashion Grand Goudene there now. My horse was Star of Broadway
against the rail and had to circle shows and feature characters who had blown away everything
19 other horses to finish third. from every part of the globe. If 2. The Infield- If you think the she’d faced at the Fair Grounds.
And don’t even get me started you’ve never been, then allow Derby is just for bluebloods with After missing nine straight races
on my namesake Dollar Bill me to reminisce on the 20th shark-skin suits and betting horses with Louisiana
who beat one horse while anniversary of my Derby trip flowery hats, guess again. connections, I realized why the
running 15th when Pat Day and remember how many brain On Friday we visited the infield longest lines at the track were
(more on him later) jockey got cells I’ve destroyed in that at Churchill Downs where a not at the betting windows or
him into more trouble than a period of time. mini-Woodstock had been the restrooms, but at the
Conor McGregor bus ride. rocking since dawn. ATM machines.
Anyway, there was one magical 1. The Trip- A definite
year 20 years ago when the advantage is traveling with a Here the dress code was halter But not to worry-Star of
unthinkable happened… singer-songwriter like Uncle Jim. tops and Daisy Duke Cutoffs Broadway would get me out.
Most of you know that I’ve That way, when you cross the and the band played Metallica, She was trained by Hall of Fame
been around since they poured Talahatchie Bridge in Northern not Stephen Foster. My guess is conditioner D. Wayne Lukas
the slab on My Old Kentucky Mississippi or the Green River in there were 50,000 people at this and ridden by Hall of Fame
Home, but until 1998 I’d never Kentucky, you can break into Jazz Fest-like setting that didn’t jockey Pat Day. What more
been to the Kentucky Derby. song without drawing any even realize there were races could you ask for.
strange looks. going on.

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“She’ll sit right off the lead,” up tickets or in line at the ATM. But however you go, bring a
I told Jim confidently. “She Derby Day started off much the hat and lots of money and an
really learned how to pace same way Friday had ended. I 7. The Post Parade- “Ladies ATM card.
herself in her last race.” bet two horses that had shipped and gentlemen, the horses are on
in from Delta Downs in Vinton the track for the 124th running Kentucky Derby 2018-“Caveat
When the gates opened, Pat for a big 2-year old race. They of the Kentucky Derby. Please emptor”-a Latin phrase which
Day sent Star of Broadway right ran last and second-to-last. The join the University of Louisville means, “Do not take any tips
to the lead perhaps forgetting race was won by the Hall of band for the traditional singing from some bum who’s had
the Oaks was one mile and Fame combination of Lukas of ‘My Old Kentucky Home’.” more losers than a 300-pound
one-eighth- further than any of and Day. jockey.”
the fillies had been before. We were close enough to shake Politically correct fanatics have And remember, after Real
Obviously tired at the top of hands with the winning trainer forced the change of Stephen Quiet, my next Derby
the stretch, she finished a and jockey when they came into Foster state songs in Virginia winner wasn’t until 2012 when
badly-beaten fourth. I handled the winner’s circle to accept the and Florida but they’ll never be I hit a 15-1 that reflected my
the loss with the quiet dignity trophy. able to touch this one. The pop drinking philosophy-“I’ll
of a professional. festival stops in the infield, the Have Another”.
“Just imagine, Jim. We shook waiters put down their martini That being said-here are my
“Nice ride,” I shouted at Day. hands with D.Wayne Lukas and trays on Millionaire’s Row and picks for this year’s “Run for the
“You couldn’t ride in the back Pat Day,” I babbled excitedly. everybody sings “My Old Roses”. In no particular
of a pick-up truck at Delta Kentucky Home.” order…
Downs.” “Weren’t those the same two
guys you were cussin’ like dogs I almost made it to “…Weep no 1. My Boy Jack- For my late
Then I turned my wrath on the yesterday?” Jim inquired. more, my ladies…” before I brother-in-law, my golfing
Hall of Fame trainer. “And you started crying. It’s one of the buddy Tommy Douglas’s
Lukas, you couldn’t train Lassie Oh yeah. How soon we forget. most moving moments in sports favorite son and-for you
to fetch a bone.” even if you don’t have the win- uncultured knaves-it’s also
6. The People- There were over ner in… the title of a moving Rudyard
Then I went and got in the 150,000 people at Churchill Kipling poem.
ATM line. Downs on Derby Day and I think 8. The Race- I went strictly
I bumped into every one of them. with trainer Bob Baffert-betting 2. Mendelssohn- For my
4. The Drink- And believe me But everybody was so nice that it Real Quiet heavily and boxing nephew Aidan who shares a first
it was time for one. So when would restore your faith in him in an exacta with speedy name with the colt’s trainer
in Kentucky, do as all Derby human nature. stable mate Indian Charlie. Aidan O’Brien. And for my
denizens do and try a mint julep. When the horses turned for home, grandson Tyler who will soon
We got invited to go fishing in all I could see were the red and be hearing the famous
To witness the true flavor of the Florida Keys, to attend a gold colors of the Baffert stable composer’s “Wedding March”.
the Bluegrass delicacy, go Red Sox game in Boston and to vying for the lead.
get a bottle of Dr. Tichner’s see cherry blossoms in Washing- 3. Lone Sailor- Owned by
antiseptic and stick a candy cane ton D.C. Now if all the folks I almost peed in my pants. Now Saints’ owner Gail Benson.
in it. Talk about a waste of that we invited to Mardi Gras the horses came right past us We’re going to need some
good whiskey. It must have show up one day, we’re going and Real Quiet had established divine intervention from her
taken us eight or ten of those to need an extra 10,000 beds at a clear lead. late husband Tom (Mr. B.) to
disgusting drinks to develop a the Prairieville Hilton. get this one home.
taste for them. They’re seven “My God, Jim! We’re going to
bucks a pop and don’t expect The only discouraging word win the Derby!” I screamed 4. Free Drop Billy- My
any change for your ten. But we heard all day was from a above the roar. namesake has had nothing but
at least you get to keep the gentleman who had no idea trouble in his preps (Imagine
souvenir glass. where we were from. Like “Not yet,” he said as Victory that.) but if he gets in…
everyone else he asked who I Gallop came flying down the Well, he has to do better
5. The Winner’s Circle- liked in the Derby and when I middle of the racetrack. than Dollar Bill.
The sun shone bright on My Old told him that I’d come to bet
Kentucky Home for Derby Day Real Quiet he sneered, I switched my attention to the Epilogue-Make you a little
and thanks to some nice people “Coonass jockeys don’t win the monitor across the infield, but exacta and trifecta box with
in the Marcello family, we had Derby,”-an obvious knock the picture was blurry on the those four and if doesn’t work
tickets right next to the winner’s on Maurice native Kent giant screen and the angle made out, contact me on my next
circle. Not bad for two Cajun Desormeaux. the race to close to call. money-making idea-a drink
cowboys from White Road. The called “Julep-ita”, a
only drawback-if there was I started to tell him about “Did we win?” I somehow combination of a mint julep
one- was that we were about a Eddie Delahoussey who won managed to spit out through a and a margarita since the
sixteenth of a mile (a hundred two straight Derbies in the 80’s, mouth full of cotton. Derby and Cinco de Mayo
yards or so) from the finish line. and I started to mention that are on the same day this year.
our last names were Delaune “Yeah,” replied a much calmer
“How will we know who won if and Bullion and that our Jim. “I watched Desormeaux all
the race is close?” asked Jim. relatives took English in school the way. He stood up first and
to learn the language and I threw his whip in the air.”
I thought about an old trick started to point out that he’d
Al Kling had showed me in a probably picked the only two Lesson well learned.
similar seating situation at the people in a crowd of 150,000
Fairgrounds. that could cuss him out in Aftermath- Do yourself a favor.
Cajun French. But I didn’t. I Go to the Derby. Mingle with
“Watch the jockey that stands did look for him after the race the riff-raff in the infield or with

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up first. He’s the winner.” but he was either busy tearing Julia Roberts in the clubhouse.
the local Canada geese flocks The bird kingdom in south
were beginning to break up. All Louisiana was sure enough in
that were old enough to breed hot pursuit for love on that
had paired up leaving the young warm March evening. They
and unpaired to remain in were getting ready to really
small flocks. have some fun. After watching
Humans are the only species them for awhile, I began to
that I know of that breed, (for wish that I was one of
lack of saying it another way) those birds....
for pleasure. Wild creatures only
breed at certain times of the Till Next Time,
year and for the sole purpose of
the survival of their species. Gotta Go- It's Time To Go
Competition for the breeding Make Love Y'all
It’s Time to Make Love Y’all process can be brutal to
different species of birds and James "Goosie" Guice
I think it's safe to say that he's even got a choice between animals causing death in some
most of us would agree that fall the two. During the week prior cases.
and spring are their favorite to this, I'd begun to notice that
seasons. I personally prefer the
fall for a couple of reasons. At
that time of year my predatory
instincts kick in and urge me to
harvest food for the upcoming
winter. Another reason is that
the fall weather is not as violent
as the spring can be.
Many animal species breed
during the fall so their young
will be born in the spring of the
year. That's not the case with
most species of birds. It was late
March and I decided I would go
see my dad one evening to
shoot the bull and have a few
cold ones. It was the first day of
spring and what a beautiful
evening it was. As we continued
to solve the worlds' problems
through our conversation I
began to notice that every bird
species was now paired up, male
and female. Just a few short
weeks prior this was not the
case. Blackbirds were in flocks at
that time, but on this day when
you see a blackbird it was a male
and female together. A male
cardinal lit in dad's cypress tree
to be followed shortly
afterwards by a female. Several
pairs of doves flew by during
our short stay outside. Two
mockingbirds made an
appearance. The next arrivals
were a trio of thrashers. The
male perched first, followed by a
female, and then another female
lit next to them. Ain't he lucky,

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Thoughts from Bully

The Trials and
Tribulations
of Traveling!
Earlier this month I took time
to visit my family in Colorado.
I had a direct flight and
everything started out just fine.
I got to the airport on time.
Made it through security my seat and started to have
however they made me take my drumming competitions on
shoes off and I realized I should the table top. I swear these kids
have changed my socks. I knew the drum solo to
started to get some strange ‘Ina-goda-davita’, and they
looks. I put my crocks back on played the live version. Then spread out and typically it takes
and headed to Gate B and after the concert ended they It’s pay back me 25 minutes to walk to
waited to board. started the new olympic game
of how fast they could take the time for the baggage claim and the pick
up area.

I like kids tray down and put it back up
the fastest. They proceeded to
terrible flight This chair is just what the
except when see who could reach 10 first. I
don’t know who won but they
I just doctor ordered. I don’t care
how long it takes I enjoyed
they sit behind claimed they tied so they started experienced. sittin back and cruising. There
again. were some down falls to taking
me on a plane. As I exited the plane I was stiff this free ride. We passed by 3
I looked over at their parents from sitting 2 hours on the bars that I could have used after
I made it to my seat on the and low-and-behold they are sleepless flight and was hobbling the terrible flight I had.
plane and it looked as if it was asleep. Just what I had planned up the ramp and entered the
going to be a open seat next to on doing during the flight. main terminal. I took a deep There were some moments
me. Then here came an entire breathe because the air is thin in when I felt bad about using the
family down the isle. The I had a few thoughts of what the Denver altitude. Just as I chair. At one point the people
parents sat across the isle from these kids needed but I didn’t started my walk through the who were in a hurry actually
..me and their 3 boys from ages want to end up on a ‘You Tube’ terminal, an airport attendant were nice to me because I was
5 to 8 sat directly behind me. video jap slapp’n these 3 kids. with a wheel chair asked, “Do in the wheel chair. Four people
We all buckled in and the plane you need this chair?” I thought actually got out of an elevator
took off. When we reached our Finally we started to descend a second. I had a mental talk to make room for my cripple
cruising altitude the real fun and the parents woke and told with the little angel on one butt to get in it. It didn’t feel
began. The parents ordered the boys to buckle their seat shoulder and the devil on the right to me but if you start a lie
vodka bottles and soda and the belts. They should have told other and decided the devil won you have to finish a lie, at least
kids ampted up on soda. them to zip their lip. this time. “Yes sir, I could use until you get in a car and am
that chair about now.” I looked driving away. So I thanked them
I noticed the parents weren’t We started filing off the plane over his shoulder and saw a little and then wondered if there was
paying much attention to the and I bumped my carry on old lady coming to get in the a legal issue I was creating here.
boys as they put their luggage into one of the boys chair so I sat down real quick
headphones on and the boys and made him trip. Oops sorry. and said, “Let’s Go. I’m late!” It was too late to think about
lowered the tray on the back of that know. I had moved to the
The Denver airport is huge and head of the line at the elevator,
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the shuttle train that carried me had never done anything like
across to baggage claim and my that before and was concerned I
chauffeur even got me close at didn’t feel that bad. I didn’t feel
the baggage claim and he even bad about the old lady I left in
grabbed my bag for me as the the dust. Nor those people who
bags passed by. got off the elevator and
especially not tipping my
Now this guy is pushing me and chauffer because I looked at a
dragging my luggage behind calendar and remembered it was

Helping Rebuild Our Community
him. We headed toward the exit April 1st. April Fools Day.
doors. I received a call that my

from the Ground Up!
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minutes so I ask the guy to push
faster and get me out of this

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“No Job Too Big or Small”
just outside. I stood up grabbed
my bags and said thank you for
Publishers Note:
the ride. Jumped in the car and
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didn’t even tip the guy. I left article this is to verify to you that this was
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Contact: Lee Johnson 225.304.1983 or C. J. Johnson 225.380.8188
him glaring out the glass wall happened except for those 3 boys.
with a pissed off look on his face. I also didn’t mine tripping that kid.
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I did have a moment of I liked tripping the little jerk.
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PPMGA COMPLETE ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENT
The MGA finished with Jerry Flood
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First Flight Fourth Flight
their round robin that had
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The winners of each flight Third Flight
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River Region Art Association Host
2018 ‘March Into Art’ show
River Region Art Association submit their artwork for phy, 3-D Design and This award went to Gramercy
held an award reception March judging. Students signed up Computer-Generated Art. The Elementary Magnet School.
23rd for the participants and through their school art students were divided into age Mrs. Betty Marks presented the
winners of the “2018 March teachers or by requesting an a categories: 6 – 11 and 12 – 17 award ribbons to the students in
Into Art” student competition. pplication directly from the years of age. their respective categories:
Each March the River Region Depot Gallery. Submissions A Spirit Award is given to AGES 12 – 17
Art Association invites all were received in the categories the school that had the most Painting
students in the river parishes to of Painting, Drawing, Photogra- submissions from their students. 1st Place Selena Dang
Photography Computer-Generated Design
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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME
Ingredients:
Cooking Gourmet at Home 1 Head Romaine Lettuce
with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS 6 Grape Tomatoes
1 Red Onion
Bleu Cheese Crumbles
½ cup Balsamic Vinegar
¼ cup Sugar
1 tsp Corn Starch
Salt & Pepper
Favorite Salad Dressing
6 Strips of Bacon (cooked crispy)

Method:
First let’s get the Romaine lettuce washed up really nice. Run the
whole head of lettuce under cold water, allowing the water to get
in-between the leaves, then cut the Romaine in half length ways,
and trim any brown discoloration off of the bottom core. Next, let it
soak in an ice water bath to get nice and crisp. While the Romaine is
crisping, prep the rest of your ingredients. Thinly slice or shave the
red onion, cut the grape tomatoes in half, and chop up the crispy
Heart of Romaine bacon. In a small sauce pan, bring the balsamic vinegar and sugar
to a simmer. In a small cup or bowl, dissolve the corn starch in
2 tsp cold water then add to the vinegar. Stir the vinegar mixture
“Wedge” salad until it returns to a simmer then remove from the heat and
allow time to cool.

Put it all together!! Remove your Romaine from the ice bath and
Yield: 2 drain off any excess water. Place the Romaine in the center of a
large plate and creatively place the remaining ingredients around or
on top of the lettuce. Finally, drizzle with your sweet balsamic syrup
Prep: 20 minutes and serve with bleu cheese dressing, or any one of your favorite
dressings.

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Chef
Cook: 15 minutes
hgaccompaniment with a hearty meal.
General Manager
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Serving: 2 ENJOY!!!!!!

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Live Entertainment • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards • Judged by the Jambalaya Festival Association

'Cooking for
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