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OCTOBER 2018, VOL. 16 ISSUE 10

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GONZALES GARDEN CLUB

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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ERIN WILEY LANOUX

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BILL DELAUNE

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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PPLGA TOURNAMENT

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Largest CCA Banquet in the State! On September 20th the Ascension Chapter of Coastal Conservation
Largest CCA Banquet
in the State!
On September 20th the Ascension Chapter of
Coastal Conservation Association hosted their 18th
annual membership banquet at Lamar Dixon Expo
Center. Once again, the conservationists and
sportsmen of Ascension Parish came
together to host the largest CCA banquet
in the state! Over 1,100 people
gathered together to celebrate the
fantastic work of CCA Louisiana
while renewing their membership
and raising funds for the future.
Festivities began with a social
hour and silent auction, followed
by a fantastic dinner by Catering
Cajun. There were many unique
donated items, which made for

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an exciting live auction. This event was a huge success thanks to the Blue Marlin
an exciting live auction. This event was a huge success thanks to the Blue Marlin
an exciting live auction. This event was a huge success thanks to the Blue Marlin

an exciting live auction.

This event was a huge success thanks to the Blue Marlin Sponsors: Bevel Tech Group, Inc. and Relief Windows, the Yellowfin Tuna Sponsors: Shell, Cabela’s,

EATEL, Rouse’s Markets and Hancock Whitney Bank, and the many other businesses and individuals who sponsored and donated.

CCA Louisiana is the largest non-profit marine resource

conservation group in the state. Since 1983, CCA Louisiana has been dedicated to the conservation of Louisiana's marine resources. Entering its 35th year with more than 30,000 members and volunteers in 29 local

chapters, CCA has been active in state, national and international fisheries management issues. Including banning gill nets in state waters, establishing redfish as a gamefish and ensuring good stewardship of Louisiana's

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coastal resources. CCA Louisiana is working hard to improve the management of Red Snapper along
coastal resources. CCA Louisiana is working hard to improve the management of Red Snapper along
coastal resources. CCA Louisiana is working hard to improve the management of Red Snapper along
coastal resources. CCA Louisiana is working hard to improve the management of Red Snapper along
coastal resources. CCA Louisiana is working hard to improve the management of Red Snapper along
coastal resources. CCA Louisiana is working hard to improve the management of Red Snapper along

coastal resources. CCA Louisiana is working hard to improve the management of Red Snapper along with several other advocacy issues in Louisiana.

CCA’s efforts to create fish habitats are as important as the fisheries management. Currently, CCA has created 26 artificial reefs in LA waters, with many of them using recycled material. The

coordinates of all of the reef locations can be found at www.ccalouisiana.com.

Each attendee of the banquet became a member of CCA Louisiana. If you missed it, you

can still join at www.joincca.org. By joining CCA Louisiana, you become part of the most effective voice for the proper conservation of Louisiana's marine resources. You also receive a year

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subscription to CCA's award- winning publication -- TIDE magazine -- and updates on our conservation efforts. Your membership matters for the future of Louisiana's estuaries

and coastal waters.

A big thanks to all of the spon- sors, donors, and committee members who helped make this banquet special.

and committee members who helped make this banquet special. Especially to Chapter President, Teddy Twigg, and
and committee members who helped make this banquet special. Especially to Chapter President, Teddy Twigg, and

Especially to Chapter President, Teddy Twigg, and our Banquet Chairman, Trey Roth, for their hard work.

Next year’s banquet will be

held in September at Lamar Dixon. If you are interested in getting involved for the 2019 event, contact Nolan Reynerson (nolan@ccalouisiana.com).

Dixon. If you are interested in getting involved for the 2019 event, contact Nolan Reynerson (nolan@ccalouisiana.com).

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Prairieville held a ribbon- cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 19th to celebrate their new location in Ascension Parish at 17545 Old Jefferson Highway, Prairieville, LA 70769. Camp Bow Wow Prairieville offers dog day care, overnight boarding, grooming and training with all-inclusive pricing with no hidden fees. They are the premier and trusted provider of safe, fun and individualized care for your four-legged family members, promoting happy, healthy pets and happy people! Director of Marketing and Operations Nina S. Wager says pups “dig” their climate-controlled indoor play yards, and they can also get some fresh air and have fun in their large outdoor play yards.

fresh air and have fun in their large outdoor play yards. Parents can view their free

Parents can view their free online Camper Cams on their mobile devices or computers. Whether a parent is away for the day or travelling, you can check in on your furry kid and watch them romp and play with all their fur-iends. Attending the Ribbon Cutting

for Camp Bow Wow- Prairieville were owner Drew Detlef, Director of Marketing and Operations Nina S. Wager, Manager Brittany Hagoort and Front House Manager Alexis Paddie. Also, in attendance were Ascension Parish Government Public Information

Officer Martin McConnel, Ascension Chamber of Commerce Chairman Michael Buturla, Ascension Chamber of Commerce board member Ranee Rogers, Ascension Chamber Ambassadors and Camp Bow Wow- Prairieville family and friends.

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Gonzales Garden Club hostesses are (from left) Marilyn Rice, Pam Fiegel, Gwen Heck, Weezie Cashat,

Gonzales Garden Club hostesses are (from left) Marilyn Rice, Pam Fiegel, Gwen Heck, Weezie Cashat, Cathy Venable and Janis Poche.

Gonzales Garden Club Promotes Native Plants

Weezie Cashat opened her home in Pelican Point to the Gonzales Garden Club for its October 3rd meeting. The theme was “Cultivating A Garden Using Native Plants”. Each member answered roll call by naming a native plant in her home garden. Responses included red maple, coral honeysuckle, milkweed, oakleaf hydrangea, live oak, American beautyberry, southern magnolia, swamp mallow, cardinal flower, Louisiana iris, yaupon holly, and swamp spider lily.

Member Gwen Heck moder- ated a round table discussion about native plants. She promoted the advantages of growing native plants, such as food and shelter for wildlife as well as low maintenance aspects for gardeners. Heck spoke in detail about twenty-five particular varieties noted on the Louisiana Garden Club Federation (LGCF) Native Plant Conservation List, which is printed in the club yearbook. As an educational exhibit, Member Conchita Richey provided a pictorial display of

Member Conchita Richey provided a pictorial display of GGC Member Gwen Heck lead a discussion of

GGC Member Gwen Heck lead a discussion of Louisiana native plants stressing their healthy adaptation to the environment, essential contributions to wildlife survival, and natural beauty throughout the Louisiana landscape. Heck also serves as the club’s recording secretary.

these plants. Members used this “Visual Confirmation” of labeled pictures to identify these native plants by their common names.

Members brought cuttings of LGCF native plants from their gardens and labeled them for easy identification. Member Janis D’Benedetto brought a vertical line floral design. She used a pin frog floral base in a shallow glass dish to support clusters of perennial blooms and greenery. This month’s

horticulture hint is that now is the time to dig up and store caladium tubers; waiting until the foliage disappears will make them hard to find.

Weezie Cashat was joined by Pam Fiegel, Gwen Heck, Janis Poche, Marilyn Rice and Cathy Venable in hosting the gathering. They served corn

and shrimp chowder, creamy

cole slaw and chopped broccoli salad before desserts of lemon squares, pumpkin spice squares and ooey gooey butter cake. After the meeting and the meal, members toured the Cashat courtyard garden and patio beds overlooking a golf course pond.

Gonzales Garden Club is federated by the LGCF and National Garden Clubs.

Club is federated by the LGCF and National Garden Clubs. An educational exhibit of Louisiana Garden

An educational exhibit of Louisiana Garden Club Federation (LGCF) Native Plants was produced and displayed by Horticulture Chairman Conchita Richey.

GGC Member Janis D’Benedetto created this vertical line floral design. Burgundy and pink pentas and

GGC Member Janis D’Benedetto created this vertical line floral design. Burgundy and pink pentas and white vincas form a triangular mass with pink fringe plant sprigs and iris leaves forming vertical lines. A green sateen cloth over an elevated base gave height to the arrangement within the black niche.

base gave height to the arrangement within the black niche. The Gonzales Garden Club chose the
base gave height to the arrangement within the black niche. The Gonzales Garden Club chose the

The Gonzales Garden Club chose the home of Sharon and Dane Girouard at 1130 E. Angela Street for the October Residential Yard of the Month. This yard is neatly manicured using gardenias, Indian hawthorne, and azaleas plus several crepe myrtles of white, pink, and red. Under the myrtles are variegated gingers, agapan- thus, and ground cover. Pink, white and lavender vinca, white petunias and peach drift roses sprinkle color among the evergreen shrubs. Various garden ornaments add interesting focal points along the beds of this landscape.

interesting focal points along the beds of this landscape. The Gonzales Garden Club chose The Bug
The Gonzales Garden Club chose The Bug Man Professional Pest Control for its October Commercial
The Gonzales Garden Club chose The Bug Man Professional Pest Control for its
October Commercial Landscape of the Month. It is located at 511 E. New River
Street off Airline Hwy near McDonald’s Restaurant. This appealing property is
compact and neat. It features a hedge of gardenias across the facade and an
island flower bed centered in the lawn. A large cluster of bright pink caladiums
stands in the center of a mounded border of deep red vincas that accentuate
the business sign, doors and shutters.
Fight Like a Woman According to National Breast Cancer Organization’s website, 1 in 8 women

Fight Like a Woman

According to National Breast Cancer Organization’s website, 1 in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This means, you or someone you know will likely

lifetime. This means, you or someone you know will likely get diagnosed. As sad as that

get diagnosed. As sad as that is, we must educate ourselves, and fight like a strong, southern woman to beat this devastating diagnosis.

Risk Factors-

Sources say, that genetics, obesity, age, estrogen exposure, alcohol consumption and dense breast tissue seem to be the main culprits of cancer. Some of these, like genetics, we cannot change, while others we can.

these, like genetics, we cannot change, while others we can. Obesity – Having a consistent exercise

Obesity –Having a consistent exercise routine, eating lean protein and plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables should assist in maintaining a healthy body weight and body mass index.

Estrogen exposure – Hormone replacement therapy after age 50 is declining, and cancer experts are seeing a reduction of cancer diagnosis for women in this age group. When possible, talk to your doctor about other options regarding hormone replacement therapy.

Alcohol consumption – Women that have three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15% increase in breast cancer

diagnosis. Women that choose to drink three or more drinks a week weaken the DNA in their cells, thus increasing their chance for their body to create atypical cells.

Symptoms-

Some symptoms of breast cancer are: lumps in the breast, some causing a prickly sensation, pain in the underarm, general discomfort, discharge, inverted nipple shape, redness, skin irregularities, swelling of lymph nodes.

Of course if you sense anything out of the ordinary, see your doctor immediately. Keep in mind that a mammogram will detect a small lump, likely before you see or feel any of these symptoms.

8 out of 10 lumps are not cancerous; however, you must move forward with the proper screenings. Early detection is key.

forward with the proper screenings. Early detection is key. 12 Screening /Prevention- Don’t let accessibility or

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Screening

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Don’t let accessibility or insurance coverage stop you from getting the recommended screenings. There are several resources in and around our area that offer opportunities for screenings.

Visit the following:

marybird.org, womens.org, and komenbatonrouge.org to find free local screenings.

and komenbatonrouge.org to find free local screenings. So Ascension Parish… let’s stand in the gap with
and komenbatonrouge.org to find free local screenings. So Ascension Parish… let’s stand in the gap with
and komenbatonrouge.org to find free local screenings. So Ascension Parish… let’s stand in the gap with

So Ascension Parish… let’s stand in the gap with those who are fighting the battle of cancer, as well as give our hearts and pocketbooks to the outstanding organizations in our community who are doing great work and research to finally find a cure for cancer.

Wishing you blessings, health and lots of love this fall.

xoxo-Sweet Eyes

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JambalayaFestival AssociationElects Officers Phone (225)647-2937 The Jambalaya Festival Association held it’s monthly
JambalayaFestival AssociationElects Officers Phone (225)647-2937 The Jambalaya Festival Association held it’s monthly

JambalayaFestival AssociationElects Officers

JambalayaFestival AssociationElects Officers Phone (225)647-2937 The Jambalaya Festival Association held it’s monthly
Phone (225)647-2937
Phone (225)647-2937

The Jambalaya Festival Association held it’s monthly meeting with a big turnout for the election of this years Board of Directors. The board didn’t change much this years with all incumbents retaining their position. The officers are as follows:

Wally Taillon, President Tammy Guillory, V. President Brenda Taillon, Treasurer Brigitte Reulet, Secretary Members at Large Layne Gautreau Robert ‘Hoss’ Reine Koby Thacker Mike Gonzales

The Jambalaya Festival happens once a year but the JFA works all year long helping fundraisers and planning for the future of the JFA. Many thanks go out to these hard

JFA Host Booth at the Hot Air Balloon Festival

working volunteers. What started out to be a promising weekend with the Hot Air Balloon Festival turned into a rainy mess that caused the event to shut down early.

Here are a few photos from the event.

to shut down early. Here are a few photos from the event. 2018 2018 JFA JFA
2018 2018 JFA JFA Christmas Christmas Parade Parade If you want to Register contact: Sunday,
2018 2018 JFA JFA Christmas Christmas Parade Parade
If you want to Register contact:
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Dutchtown Physical Therapy Proud Sponsor of Dutchtown Primary. A Few Heartfelt Words from Dutchtown Primary’s
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A Few Heartfelt Words
from Dutchtown Primary’s
2018-2019 Teacher of
the Year, Dena Toncrey
I have always had a love for
I feel teaching all children is an important job, however, I feel
myself pulled towards children in my classroom who struggle
and need my help. I have voluntarily taught Kindergarten
inclusion at Dutchtown Primary for the past 6 years. I feel it is
important to strengthen a child's weaknesses while utilizing
their strengths. As a teacher, I have discovered that children
are influenced by the attitudes of the adults around them and
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most essential aspects of my school.
My colleagues and I work very
closely together to support and
collaborate together to offer the best
education for our school and
students. Their enthusiasm is
contagious to me and my students.
Behind every good teacher is an
outstanding faculty which is
enthusiastic, loyal and dedicated to their students and that is
why I am very fortunate to work with this special group of
educators every day.
Positive reinforcement is so important, as many students with
learning disabilities have poor self-esteem. The emotional
symptoms and signs are just as important as the academic
and require equal attention.
While I have never taught for the glory, I am grateful to be
recognized as the 2018 Dutchtown Teacher of the Year.
Prior to this, I was recognized as the 2011 Gonzales Primary
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FINANCIAL FOCUS

When Should You See a Financial Professional?

It can be challenging to achieve

your financial objectives. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone – but when should you seek help?

Here are some of the key life events in which you might be able to benefit from the services of a financial professional:

First professional job – Eventually, you will land that first job, which will offer benefits and a 401(k) or similar employer-spon- sored retirement plan. Since you may not have any experience with

a 401(k), you may have several

questions: How much should I contribute? What sorts of investments should I choose? When should I change my investment selections? A financial professional can help you review your plan and explain the aspects that may affect your investment choices.

Marriage – When you get mar- ried, you and your spouse may decide to merge your finances,

including your investments. But if each of you brings similar investments to the table, you might create some redundancies.

A financial professional can look

at your respective portfolios and recommend ways to diversify. Generally, the more diversified you are, the greater your protec- tion against market downturns that primarily hit one type of asset

market downturns that primarily hit one type of asset class. (However, while diversification can help reduce

class. (However, while diversification can help reduce the impact of market volatility, it can’t guarantee profits or protect against all losses.)

Children – Once you have children, you’ll have new responsibilities – and you’ll have some new financial issues that should be addressed. If something happened to you, could your children still have the same lifestyle and educational opportunities? Would they even be able to stay in the same home? To help ensure your children’s security, you may need to add more life and disability insurance.

While life insurance could help pay for your children’s education, you also should prepare for education costs as if you will be around. So you may want to consider an education savings investment such as a 529 plan. A financial professional can help you with your insurance and education-funding needs.

Retirement – Once you retire, you will face a variety of financial decisions, but here’s one of the most important ones: How much money should you withdraw each year from your retirement accounts? To choose an annual withdrawal rate that’s appropriate for your needs, you should consider several factors: how much you have in your retirement accounts, how much Social Security you’ll receive, what other sources of income (such as part-time work or consulting) you might have, your age at retirement, your spouse’s projected retirement assets, your retirement lifestyle, and so on. It might not be easy for you to consider all these elements and then arrive at a suitable withdrawal rate, but a financial professional has the experience, training and technology to help determine a figure that could work for you.

These aren’t all the life events that may lead you to contact a financial professional, but they should give you a pretty good idea of the type of assistance you could expect over time. So, consider reaching out for the help you need, when you need it. Doing so could help make your life easier as you move toward your financial goals.

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7 Reasons a Business Needs to be ADA Compliant by Orhan Mc Millan dezinsINTERACTIVE
7 Reasons a
Business Needs to be
ADA Compliant
by Orhan Mc Millan
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The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights legislation that ensures that websites are accessible to those with disabilities.ADA compliance helps give Americans across the spectrum the same opportunities.As technology and the internet continues to grow, we must continue widening the accessibility and credibility of our online presence. In doing so, we are more inclusive, more competitive and more visible to our target audience.

1. You include another demographic in your reach

Expanding your reach not only increases the people who see your advertising, but also increases the number of people who are interested in your product. More and more websites are missing the vital piece that could make them stand out - ADA compliance. Whether you’re a construction company

or a bakery, the ability to build and create something for someone begins with the ability to read and navigate through your website.

2. It could save you from a

lawsuit

Did you know that if someone with a disability can’t access the information needed from your business’ website, they can take you to court?When your website is ADA compliant, you’re allowing for an easier, more accessible reach to those with vision impairment, etc. while avoiding a possible lawsuit.

3. It helps create credibility

amongst the community

Your business is important to you. Being ADA compliant shows others just how important it is.The people in your community want to support small

businesses, and in return, we should support them, no matter the case. Having accessibilities that other websites don’t allows you the credibility needed to thrive in a cut-throat business world.

4. Businesses perform better when they’re more inclusive

Inclusivity and diversity make for better business.When you create a space that incorporates ways to help others, people tend to stick around. Better business practices begin with how you treat both your customers and employees.ADA compliance helps establish that trust.

5. Accessibility creates more opportunity

With accessibility, there’s opportunity. Millions of potential customers are being overlooked and undervalued because of websites that simply aren’t easily

accessible. Creating something for those with disabilities shows potential customers just how valuable they are to you. Because of this, word of mouth begins to travel and you’re destined for better business opportunities.

6. Improves your SEO

Meta tagging, alternative image text, and video transcripts are ways to help create an ADA compliant website.When inclusive of these things, your search engine optimization ratings increase. Want your website first on google search? Have a great website thats inclusive of all people.

7. It’s the right thing to do

With 50 million people in America with disabilities, it should be a goal of every small business owner to create a website that includes all people.While you’re missing an entire demographic, you’re also missing the mark with your inclusivity and diversity initiatives in your business.We’re always learning ways to better our agency, better our capabilities and better our accessibility. If you’re unsure if your website is ADA compliant and are ready to increase your accessibility, visibility and accountability, we’re ready to help you take that next step.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS

YOUR ESTATE MATTERS By Linda Melancon As Veterans Benefit Rules Change, Some Taking Immediate Action Though

By Linda Melancon

As Veterans Benefit Rules Change, Some Taking Immediate Action

Though there has been talk of change for years, the rules surrounding Veterans Aid & Attendance have remained the same until recently the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a few weeks ago that it was making big changes that would take place in less than 30 days. The VA has finalized new rules that make it more difficult to qualify for VA Pension (i.e. Aid &

Attendance) to pay for long-term care benefits. The rules establish an asset limit, a look-back period, and an asset transfer penalties for those applying for VA pension benefits. The VA offers Aid and Attendance to low-income veterans (or their spouses) who are in nursing homes or who need help at home or in assisted living with everyday tasks like dressing or bathing. Aid and Attendance provides money to those who need assistance. Currently, to be eligible for Aid and Attendance a veteran (or the veteran’s surviving spouse) must meet certain income and asset limits. The asset limits aren’t specified, but $80,000 is the amount usually considered the maximum asset limit to qualify for the benefit. However, unlike with the Medicaid program, there historically have been no penalties if an applicant divests him- or herself of assets before applying. That is, before now you could transfer assets over the VA’s limit before applying for benefits and the transfers would not affect eligibility. Not so anymore. The new regulations set a net worth limit of $123,600, which is the current maximum amount of assets (in 2018) that a Medicaid applicant’s

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spouse is allowed to retain. But in the case of the VA, this number will include both the applicant’s assets and income. It will be indexed to inflation in the same way that Social Security increases. An applicant’s house and up to a two-acre lot will not count as an asset even if the applicant is currently living in a nursing home. Applicants will also be able to deduct medical expenses – now including payments to assisted and independent living facilities, as a result of the new rules – from their income. The regulations also establish a three-year look-back provision. Applicants will have to disclose all financial transactions they were involved in for three years before the application. Applicants who transferred assets to put themselves below the net worth limit within three years of applying for benefits will be subject to a penalty period that can last as long as five years. This penalty is a period of time during which the person who transferred assets is not eligible for VA benefits. There are exceptions to the penalty period for fraudulent transfers and for transfers to a trust for a child who is unable to "self-support." Under the new rules, the VA will determine a penalty period in months by dividing the amount transferred that would have put the applicant over the net worth limit by the maximum annual pension

rate (MAPR) for a veteran with one dependent in need of aid and attendance. For example, assume the net worth limit is $123,600 and an applicant has a net worth of $115,000. The applicant transferred $30,000 to a friend during the look-back period. If the applicant had not transferred the $30,000, his net worth would have been $145,000, which exceeds the net worth limit by $21,400. The penalty period will be calculated based on $21,400, the amount the applicant transferred that put his assets over the net worth limit

(145,000-123,600).

The new rules go into effect on October 18, 2018. The VA will disregard asset transfers made before that date, so applicants may still have time to get through the process before the new rules are in place. Obviously, these rule changes are complex. Veterans or their spouses who think they may be affected by the new rules should contact a VA-accredited attorney immediately.

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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This month, Houmas House welcomes the return of Executive Chef Jeremy Langlois who opened the flagship restaurant Latil's Landing at Houmas House in 2005. Langlois was instrumental in establishing the historic estate's success as a wedding venue and

a tourist attraction.

Within a few months of the restaurant's opening Langlois also opened Café Burnside which offered lunch daily to tourists and locals. "With visitation numbers growing and so many tourists making day trips from New Orleans, it just made sense to have

a restaurant open during the day.

The café menu was created to give tourists local cuisine in a beautiful setting." Says Langlois.

Since arriving to Houmas House in

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garnering much publicity for himself and the Houmas House restaurants. In 2005, his recipes escalated Latil's Landing to Top 20 New Restaurants in the USA by

Esquire Magazine. In 2012 he appeared on the Food Network show "Chopped", and in 2014 was offered the prestigious opportunity to

had more to learn and wanted to grow as a chef." Following his departure from Houmas House Langlois was a chef at the Baton Rouge Italian Restaurant Ruffino's. From there he was hired as Executive Chef at White Oak Plantation under Chef John Folse. "I loved my time at Ruffino's and White Oak Plantation and learned so much about myself as a chef and

prepare dinner at the James Beard House in New York. Most recently, Chef

Langlois was the recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 Award by the Baton Rouge Business Report.

In 2012 Houmas House opened The Inn at Houmas House. With the addition of overnight accommodations, Chef Langlois opened The Carriage House Restaurant, predominately for the overnight guests staying in the upscale Inn. The restaurant offers dinner nightly and breakfast daily to overnight guests and locals alike. "The constant growth at Houmas House was fun to watch and be a part of." Says Langlois.

"It was such a tough decision to leave back in 2015, but I knew I

such a tough decision to leave back in 2015, but I knew I a manager. "When

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"When the opportunity to return became available I couldn't pass it up. With my return to Houmas

House I'm bringing new ideas, new technology and new recipes to the kitchens." Says Langlois. Houmas House owner Kevin Kelly was eager to announce the return of Chef Langlois. "Jeremy was so important to the growth of the restaurants at Houmas House. It feels right to have him back. There is a new energy among all the staff with his return, and I am excited to see what his plans are for the three restaurants" Says Kelly.

Houmas House was purchased by Kevin Kelly in 2003 and underwent a six-month restoration. Since its grand re-opening, the property has expanded, offering restaurants, expansive gardens and overnight accommodations. "Houmas House offers so much more than just a home tour." Says Kelly. "Guests come to see the architecture, the rare antiques, formal gardens and hear about the humble beginnings of Houmas House dat- ing back to 1774. We are always expanding and adding to the guest experience."

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Field of Dreams or Ghost Writers in the Sky

Maybe it was the fact that I heard Tex Ritter’s old country classic about dreaming of “Hillbilly Heaven” on my satellite radio last week. Or maybe it was because one of my favorite newspaper features “Today in History” reminded me that it was one year since Tom Petty had gone to rock-and-roll heaven on October 2 and that Janis Joplin had gone before him on October 4, 1970. Or maybe the spirits of Halloween are out spooking around early for 2018. And possibly, I should quit taking Mike Strong’s home brew-a grain-alcohol laced limoncello-instead of cough syrup before I go to bed. At any rate, I dreamed the other night I was at a Halloween party with the ghosts of a plethora of deceased celebrities-including musicians-country and rockers-former professional football players, politicians and others. Now I’m not sure if it was heaven, hell or somewhere in between, but there were certainly some interesting conversations going on. For instance, in one corner of the room sat Nashville legends Johnny Cash, George Jones, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Sr. discussing the current state of what passes for country music these days with Texas songwriters Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. “I understand that everything has to change,” said the Man in Black, “but it seems these days, country executives just take some pretty boy and put

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executives just take some pretty boy and put by Bill Delaune him in a backwards baseball

him in a backwards baseball cap and send him out on tour in tight jeans to sing about his truck.” “I agree,” said Hank after a shot of Jim Beam. “The old country songs were about drinking, honky-tonking, prison or heart-breaking love affairs. Unless you had a dog that died. Anyway, they were songs with feeling.” “Don’t forget about Mama and trains,” added Merle. “And we had to tell a whole story in two minutes and some change or they wouldn’t play it on the radio. Why I told an entire story about a young man who disregarded his mother’s advice and ‘turned 21 in prison doing life without parole…’ in ‘Mama Tried’ in 2:12.” “Now I do like that young man Chris Stapleton,” slurred Jones after stealing a shot

from Williams’s bottle. “His version of ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ was a really nice rendition.” He took another long sip. “But not one disc jockey or CMA host ever mentioned that I recorded that song in 1983.” This time the Ole Possum finished the whole bottle. “And David Allan Coe did it two years before I did. These youngsters have no concept of music history or what we went through to pave the way for their success.” “The only one I ever heard mention us was Garth Brooks who thanked his ‘two Georges’-me and George Strait-when he won his first Entertainer of the Year award.” Hank popped another painkiller and pointed to Clark and Van Zandt scribbling away on some bar napkins. “Why

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don’t we see what those two Texas poets-or should I say, wordsmiths-have to say. If they can stop working for a second, that is.” Townes looked up and Williams and nodded. “When you break it all down, there ain’t but two kinds of music-blues and bubble gum. What mainstream country stations play now is bubble gum music. What Hank and I and the rest of these guys played was the blues.” He walked over to the table, stole one of Hank’s pills, chased it with a Lone Star beer and continued. “I lost everything I had in a crap game in 1983 in Colorado except my horse-which is not necessarily a bad thing.” “I sat down on the side of a mountain and wrote ‘Buckskin Stallion Blues’ and sang it to

him. Thirty-five years later, I heard that song being played during the movie ‘Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri’. That’s the only time I ever got a notice from Billboard. I hope they have my address for the royalties.” Clark waited patiently for his former protégé to finish. “Funny you mention the blues, Townes. My most requested song during my last concerts was ‘Dublin Blues’ which started, ‘I wish I was in Austin in a chilly parlor bar, Drinking Mad Dog Margaritas and not caring where you are. But here I sit in Dublin just rolling cigarettes, Holding back and choking back the shakes with every breath…’” “Whoa, baby!” Merle could not contain himself. “Now that’s the way you open a great country song!” “Here! Here! On that lack of soul in modern music,” the approval came from two feminine voices at another table across the room. Both Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin raised their glassed in support of their country counterparts. “I grew up singing gospel music in church,” said Aretha, “and if you didn’t pour your heart and soul into ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’-well, someone else was singing in your place the next Sunday. I think that passion is missing in many young artists today.” Janis took a hit off a crooked cigarette and concurred. “I had to give every ‘little piece of my heart’ to that audience at Fillmore in San Francisco or I would have lost them after one song. One of the biggest complements I ever got came from one of those country boys’ buddies Kris Kristofferson after he heard my spin on his classic ‘Me and Bobby McGee’.” “When asked about my version, Kris told the press,

‘Janis sounded like she really lost someone she loved’.” She snapped back out of an old memory and asked, “Hey, where’s Tom Petty? Wasn’t he invited?” “He’s either at the gates of hell or in Gainesville-they’re both about the same to me.” A large man at the bar with a number 20 LSU jersey was sitting next to an even larger man in a number 81 Saints jersey and a soldier in full Army Ranger gear. “Either way, he’s like the rest of us-he won’t back down.” I recognized Tiger great Billy Cannon and even early New Orleans defensive end Doug Atkins. But it wasn’t until I saw the Silver Star and Purple Heart that I recognized former Arizona Cardinal and war hero Pat Tillman. Also, I was distracted by another huge human dancing on the bar to an old Grateful Dead song in an Oakland jersey and a pair of briefs. “That’s just ‘Tooz’-John Matuszak,” said Cannon. “Don’t mind him. We were just discussing pro football the way it used to be.” “I wouldn’t even have a salary after fines with the tackling rules the way they are today,” said Tillman. “I led the league in money lost in 2002- what would they do to me now? Send me off to war? I mean-what was a 5-11, 200 pound safety supposed to do to survive in the NFL.” “And these ridiculous regulations protecting the quarterback,” added Atkins. “I played with the Bears before joining the expansion Saints in 1967 and we were known as the ‘Monsters of the Midway’. Me and (Dick) Butkus put three quarterbacks out in one game against the Colts and George Halas gave us a rare bonus. Do that now and they throw you out of the game.” Matuszak stopped his

gyrations for moment to chime in. “And what about this injury and concussion protocol. See those pain pills those cowboys are taking-I swallowed them by

the handful just so I could stay on the field and keep my job. I couldn’t pass the pee box now.

I played on two Super Bowl

champs with the Raiders and what am I remembered for-playing the deformed captive Sloth in the ‘Goonies’ movie.” “That’s not quite true, Tooz,”

a long-haired hustler had left his fallen angels in the shadows and slithered over to join the conversation. “I remember when you were arrested in New Orleans three days before the Super Bowl,” laughed Ken “Snake” Stabler.

“And just for dancing on a table nearly naked and brandishing

a pistol. When the press

asked me if you were a

distraction for our team, I just shrugged and said, ‘Tooz always goes out after practice on Thursday nights’.” “I’ll bet you boys didn’t know

I played for the Raiders,” Cannon interjected. “They moved me to tight end after years of playing running back for Houston. Man, I learned some tricks down in those trenches that might get you suspended nowadays. But I did make All-Pro at a second position-not many can say that.” Tillman looked admiringly at the former Heisman winner.

“I think that’s what those

musicians and we were all talking about. We’re losing our fight-our fire-our passion in music, sports and other aspects of life. You were strong enough-physically and mentally, Billy-to make that adjustment. I turned down millions from the NFL to join the army. You don’t see that commitment these days.” “Hey, Ranger!” yelled Matuszak at Tillman, “Did Nike

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call you about a hero commercial yet?” Then he broke into some

kind of grunting laughter that sounded not unlike Sloth.

I could have stayed with

either group all night but there was a trio arguing in the far corner that I could not ignore. As I strolled closer, I recognized former Presidential candidate John McCain officiating a spirited debate between the Liberal Lion Ted Kennedy and the ultra- conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. McCain was trying any tactful method he had to find some common ground between the political polar opposites-even resorting to, “But you’re both Catholic.” Finally, in desperation, the Arizona senator screamed, “Compromise! This country was saved a thousand times by compromise!” And that’s when I awoke. As I pondered the characters and comments in my dream I couldn’t help but think. What if-musicians did go back to their roots and produce something to honor the pioneers of country and rock-and-roll? What if-the NFL did come to its senses and let the players play-even if it is risk and reward-and make the officials invisible again? And what if-this great country’s leaders could reach compromises to bring the masses closer instead of more divisions? What do you think, Casper?

I know-not a ghost of a chance.

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You Gotta Be There

At the moment of this writing it is 6:05am December 8, 2017. I’ve taken the day off of work to make a deer hunt. It has been raining for the last couple of days and our area is presently experiencing a very hard showering of wet snow. Al- though I’ve taken a vacation day to hunt, it is now breaking day and I’m still sitting on the couch. You can’t kill a deer like that, that’s a fact. It’s safe to say that the more time you spend in the woods, the better chance that you will eventu- ally get your prize. I was successful a couple of years ago after following a suggestion from my wife while trying to make up my mind whether to hunt or not. It was the last day of what had been an unproductive deer season for me. After turning the alarm clock off, I made the statement that I really didn’t feel like making what would be my last hunt of the season. She quietly replied, you need to go. You complain when you have to work and can’t go. Now you’re off and you can’t make up your mind whether to go or not. I listened to her for a change and at 7:15 that morning I was loading a nice buck on my 4- wheeler. Just last year, several members of our hunting club experienced a prime example of what it means to be there at the right time. Several members of the group had been hunting a buck that was pictured as one of the better racks on our property. This was immediately after the passage of a severe line of rain, thunder, lightning and wind when the large deer was harvested by the only hunter in the woods that evening. They all accept the fact that he deserved it. He was out there and they were not. This past season my friend’s thir- teen year old daughter shot the biggest deer that their Livingston Parish club has ever taken on that land. She was sitting alone at a not hard to get to stand location. It was around 1:00 in the afternoon

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on that warm November day. Most of the other hunters were at the

campsite preparing to make the hunt later that evening. Suck it up y’all, she was out there where you

can shoot a deer

not at the campsite! We all pick and choose what weather conditions, times and days that we care to hunt on. Hold up! It’s 7:45 and I’ve heard a loud crash outside of my house. I open the door and see a large oak limb that has fallen because of the weight of the snow. It has fallen on my gas meter in the front yard. I manage to roll it off of the meter and the meter doesn’t seem to be leaking. That’s luck. Now back to the subject. Sometimes we make

the correct choice at being success- ful on days that we go and some- times maybe we do not. One things for certain. You’ll never know what could have been on those days when the decision was made to stay at home. Each to their own, but there are certain times that I just don’t feel like fooling with a dead deer for a number of reasons. I guess it comes with age. At this particular moment with four inches of snow on the ground, wrecks on the highway and branches falling out of trees I’m content being at home. Would I have been success- ful this morning if I would have gone? Who knows? Will I go for the evening hunt? I don’t know

yet

One things for sure, I won’t shoot one sitting here and for the mo- ment that’s alright. At present I’m praying that this heavy snowfall quits before the weight of it harms my house or property. That’s way more important than killing a deer at this time

in

the woods,

I’ll

make up my mind later.

Till Next Time, Go When You Can James “Goosie” Guice

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ThoughtsfromBully Somebody Stinks and I Think It’s Me! This article is from the ‘Thoughts from
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Many years ago, still in my twenties, I participated in a Halloween Haunted House. We used Jenette’s old Cajun style wood home. This particular evening I asked a professional make-up artist to create the perfect monster of Frankenstein image. My make-up included bolts in my neck and the greenest skin possible. Cuts and stitches seemed to be real and all night I scared the crap out of many a visitor to the haunted house.

I would lay on the operating table in Jenette’s kitchen.

Dr. Frankenstein would appear to place a real heart in my chest and I would come alive, frightening the unsuspecting patrons. Time after time the heart

connections brought Frankenstein to life. Screams and the sounds of people hauling butt rang through the hardwood floors. After the successful haunted house, we all gathered at the

Captain’s Quarters Lounge

and

a costume party was in

full swing. While standing at the bar, I saw costumes frightening and cute. I even looked at a Shirley

Temple that was scary and tempting. While admiring the festivities,

I noticed a pungent odor. I leaned over to the person next to me and made reference to the stink and that someone should go to the bathroom and check their shoe or something. The face on the person I was speaking to shriveled up and gaged for air and immediately made space between us. I looked and noticed no one was even close to me. The smell was awful as if something

was dead. I looked down and there it was. A ring of old blood soaked in my shirt and costume. It seems that the fake heart they were using in the haunted house was actually a frozen cow heart that throughout the night was slowly defrosting and the cows blood was thick and all over me. That’s right someone stunk and it was me. There are a few other things these days I think stinks. Last week, I was in north Louisiana and the gas prices were $2.27 per gallon. When I drove into Ascension Parish the price was still $2.64. That stinks. We make the gas. It doesn’t have near the distance to travel to get to our pumps but yet gas that has to travel 250 miles is still cheaper. That really stinks. Whatever happened to taking care of our own. I bet tamales are cheaper in Mexico and whale blubber is cheaper in Alaska.

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Pelican Point Ladies Golf Association Club Championship The event had some great competition and excellent
Pelican Point Ladies Golf Association Club Championship The event had some great competition and excellent
Pelican Point Ladies Golf Association Club Championship The event had some great competition and excellent

Pelican Point Ladies Golf Association Club Championship

The event had some great competition and excellent course conditions. We would like to thank the entire PPLGA organization for heading the organizing efforts and Mike Robinson for giving them great playing conditions.

Congratulations go out to Aaron Bourque for shooting an impressive 160 (79,81) and winning the PPLGA Club Championship! Also, congratulations to Diane Clouatre for winning the second flight. Well done ladies!

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Aaron Bourque 160

2nd –

Maria Fairchild 170

3rd –

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4th –

Chris Crow 175

5th –

Karen Snell 179

6th –

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Jackie Dennis 205

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Eva Gonzales 208

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Diane Clouatre 200 2nd – Jackie Dennis 205 3rd – Eva Gonzales 208 4th – Karen
St. Amant Booster Cub and Gator Program Recognizes Longtime Gator Coach Doug Moreau St. Amant

St. Amant Booster Cub and Gator Program Recognizes Longtime Gator Coach Doug Moreau

St. Amant Gator Fans, please focus your attention on the Gator Field tonight as St. Amant Principal Beth Templet, Athletic Director David Oliver and St. Amant Fire Chief & Booster Club President James LeBlanc recognize long-time St. Amant

Gator Head Football Coach, Athletic Director and Principal Coach Doug Moreau.

Coach Moreau had coaching stops that included Marksville

and Winnfield, wh

a Class 2A state title in 1982 at

Winnfield, coaching a team that defeated tradition power house John Curtis in the State Championship Title Game.

ere he won

Coach Moreau coached a total of 38 seasons in the State of Louisiana. Thirteen of those seasons occurred here in Gator Nation as Head Football

Coach, Athletic Director and Principal. Coach Moreau finished here at St. Amant High with 6 District Championships and a record of 93-48-1, currently the winningest coach in St. Amant history.

After retiring from the St. Amant Administration, Coach Moreau came back to St. Amant for an additional four seasons as the Gator Offensive Coordinator under Coach David Oliver. He then finished up his 38-year career coaching at Ascension Catholic for three seasons.

Coach Moreau and his wife Vivian had three children that also played roles over the years in the Gator Program, John Brooks, Josh and Cristy.

St. Amant Gator Fans, let’s show Coach Doug Moreau and the entire Moreau Family how much we appreciate his long outstanding efforts to the St. Amant Gator Family by recognizing him tonight as our “Honorary Team Captain” here at The Pit.

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Keeping My Promise

Ascension Magazine made a few promises while I was out taking photos this past month. First I got up early to watch the balloons take off from St. Amant. There was a Mom there that was originally from Iowa and now lives in Denham Springs. I promised the kids for getting up so early I’d put them in this issue. This is my promise keep.

Then later that day I had the need to go by Lowe’s and when I exited I met Cub Scout Troop #399. These kids were working hard in the hot sun and I had no cash. I felt bad that I had to turn them down but I did promise to put their photo in this issue of the magazine. Promise made and promise kept.

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Pelican Point Golfers Invade the 44th Annual Slavic Invitational Golf Tournament Growing in depth as

Pelican Point Golfers Invade the 44th Annual Slavic Invitational Golf Tournament

Growing in depth as in number, the 44th Annual Slavic Invitational golf tournament returned with arguably its strongest field in the four-decade history of the event.

its strongest field in the four-decade history of the event. About 520 two-man teams pre-registered to
its strongest field in the four-decade history of the event. About 520 two-man teams pre-registered to

About 520 two-man teams pre-registered to expand the 2018 Slavic in its popularity and strengthens its claim to being the largest 54-hole amateur golf tournament in the country. Many of my friends and golfers from Pelican Point migrated for the weekend event. Whether they won anything or not I can guarantee these guys had the most fun and drank the most beer.

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WELCOMING LOUISIANA CASUAL LIVING

WELCOMING LOUISIANA CASUAL LIVING Louisiana Casual Living held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 3rd to

Louisiana Casual Living held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 3rd to celebrate their opening at 3005 W. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales, LA.

Louisiana Casual Living is an outdoor lifestyle store owned by Allison Woodfield. When asked about her newly opened business she said “We are proud to offer quality outdoor furniture and accessories along with

premium grills and accessories. We are dedicated to helping our customers make the most of their outdoor living space.”

Attending the Ribbon Cutting for Louisiana Casual Living was owner Allison Woodfield, Ascension Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, Ascension Parish Government Public Information Officer Martin McConnell, City of Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux and Ascension Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Barker Dirmann. Also, in attendance were Ascension Chamber Ambassadors and Louisiana Casual Living family and friends.

If you would like more information on Louisiana Casual Living, please call (225) 225-450-6844, e-mail allison@louisianacasualliving. com or visit their website www.louisianacasualliving.com. They are opened Monday – Friday 10:00am- 6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am- 4:00pm and Closed on Sunday. For more information on the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.ascensionchamber.com, e-mail info@ascensionchamber.com or call (225) 647-7487.

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Cooking Gourmet at Home

with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

Cooking Gourmet at Home with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS SHRIMP&MIRLITONSTUFFING(Chayote) Executive Chef Sam

SHRIMP&MIRLITONSTUFFING(Chayote)

Executive Chef Sam Penton
Executive Chef
Sam Penton

Prep:

40 minutes

Cook Time:

25 minutes

Servings:

8 servings

Ingredients:

6 mirlitons

1 ½ lbs baby shrimp

2 cups finely chopped onion

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup finely chopped bell pepper

2 tbls minced garlic

½ cup thinly sliced green onions

¼ cup creole mustard

1 ½ cups bread crumbs

(more or less depending on your preference) Salt, black pepper and red pepper to taste. (2 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, ½ tsp red pepper)

Method:

Place the miriltons in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain in a colander and cool. When cool enough to handle, half the mirlitons, peel, then remove the seeds and cut into cubes.

While the militons are cooking, cook your onions, celery, bell pepper and garlic in a little olive oil until tender. Add the mirlitons and shrimp and cook until shrimp are done (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat, then add the creole mustard, green onions, bread crumbs and seasoning. Mix well.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a greased baking dish, evenly spread your stuffing and bake for 20-25 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese and serve.

** Great stuffing for chicken, turkey, or pork**

or until brown. Sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese and serve. ** Great stuffing for chicken,

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