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Table of Contents
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Junior Deputy Program and the Sheriff’s Youth
Adult League. He transferred to the Ascension
Parish School Board in 1980 as the Coordinator
of Student Services, and initiated several
innovative programs, such as the Substance
Abuse Education Program and the placement of
substance abuse counselors in the schools.
P. O. Box 1659, 615 E. Worthey Rd.,
Gonzales, Louisiana 70707
Telephone (225) 450-1130 –
Fax (225) 450-1145 – www.ascensionparish.net
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Wiley was summoned back to the Ascension
Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1988 by Sheriff Harold
Tridico and appointed Chief Criminal Deputy.
During his tenure he helped guide the
department through the unprecedented
population growth Ascension Parish has
experienced. He spearheaded the creation of the
department’s first full-time Narcotics Division and
the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)
Program. He was elected Sheriff and took office
July 1, 1996. He was reelected five times, each
time with an overwhelming percentage of the
Front row, L to R: Audrey Lanoux, Erin Wiley Lanoux, President Kenny Matassa, Sheriff Jeff Wiley, Alex Wiley, Linda Wiley, Sarah Wiley Recile,
Sophie Recile, Scottie Recile, and Abbey Lanoux. Middle row, L to R: Councilman Randy Clouatre, Jay Lanoux, and Shane Recile.
vote or with no opposition at all!
Back row, L to R: Council members Daniel Datterlee, Dempsey Lambert, Aaron Lawler, Teri Casso, Bill Dawson, Todd Lambert, Oliver Joseph,

President Matassa
He has received innumerable awards,
John Cagnolatti, and Benny Johnson. accolades, honors, and distinctions; he has been

Proclaims
recognized by multiple community, civic,
was born on January 1, 1951 in Refugio, Texas, Parris Island, South Carolina. governmental, and law enforcement groups in

Jeffrey F. Wiley Day


the third of five children to Jack and Viola He married Linda Waguespack on July 7, the community, parish, state, and nationally.
Johnson Wiley. He graduated from East 1973, and together they have two daughters - After nearly five decades of service, six-term
Ascension High School in 1969 and from Sara Wiley Recile, who is married to Shane Sheriff Jeff Wiley has decided to hang up his
Southeastern Louisiana University in 1974 with Recile, and Erin Wiley Lanoux, who is married to badge and retire at the end the year, to allow
a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Jay Lanoux - and five grandchildren: Sophie and the next generation to step up and carry on
Jeff Wiley served his country honorably in the Scott Recile, and Abby, Audrey, and Alex Lanoux. his traditions.
Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa has United States Marine Corps from 1970 to 1974; Jeff Wiley began his career with the Ascension
proclaimed December 31, 2018 as Jeffrey F. Matassa congratulated Wiley on his retirement,
he attended Advanced Military Police Training at Parish Sheriff’s Office as a patrol officer in 1974, and thanked him for his dedication and his
Wiley Day. He did so because that is the last day Fort Gordon, Georgia, and graduated from and was promoted to the Detective Division in
in office of the six-term sheriff. lifetime of service to the people of
numerous other military schools, including the 1975, specializing in Juvenile Justice, where he Ascension Parish.
According to the proclamation, Jeffrey F. Wiley Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership School at organized several key initiatives, such as the

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Seated from left are Ellen Posey, Mabel Savoy, Myra Mire, and Shirley Lyons. Standing from left are Sandy Stewart, Conchita Richey, Dale Bowman, Jamie Trisler, Cathy
Venable, Janis D’Benedetto, Weezie Cashat, Cynthia Cagnolatti, Pam Fiegel, Mary Jo Pohlig, Barbara McCormick, Rita Bourque, Gwen Heck, Patti Mouton and Priscilla Monson.

Gonzales Garden Club Celebrates Christmas Together


As tradition would have it, the
Gonzales Garden Club
celebrated Christmas at Past
President Priscilla Monson’s
Prairieville home for the 12th
consecutive year. Each
December, Monson decorates
six Christmas trees with
different themes in various
rooms of her home to create a
festive seasonal atmosphere.
When asked what motivated
her to host the annual
gathering, Monson said,
“I found the garden club to be
such a welcoming group of
ladies who have been so kind
and sweet to me that I wanted
to share my favorite holiday,
Christmas, with them.” Hosting the Gonzales Garden Club Christmas gathering were (L to R) Pricilla Monson, Rita Bourque, Mabel Savoy and Patti Mouton.
(Not pictured: Gail Lonibos)

Cynthia Cagnolatti makes the turn in selecting


entrees, sides and desserts on the buffet. Hostess Priscilla Monson converts her garage into a dining room for the party/meeting.

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Shirley Lyons was thrilled to have luckily selected the Myra Mire's colorful hummingbird mobile lights up Gwen Heck appreciated receiving a large outdoor
coveted gift of a beautiful birdhouse gourd handmade using solar energy. Dale Bowman peeked around thermometer that is easily readable from the warm indoors.
by Barbara McCormick. at the gift from behind. Seated at left is Club President Jamie Trisler.

Club members served themselves from


the pot luck buffet, exchanged gifts and
contributed canned goods to a local food

Cynthia Cagnolatti oohs and ahhs over Conchita Richey clearly admired her unique bud vase
Janis D’Benedetto’s birdfeeder bowl. crafted from antique silverware.
Priscilla Monson was surprised to receive a garden lantern.

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Barbara McCormick sat beside Sandy Stewart as she Cathy Venable got a hummingbird feeder and a parsley
opened her hummingbird feeder present. plant. Mable Savoy admired the gift.
Dale Bowman was thrilled to receive a flower vase.

bank. The club’s


horticulture hint is to
display poinsettias
near a window to
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attractive life, and to
keep the soil moist.
The club meets
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of gingers.

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each and every single day.
I’ve never had this level of fun
and joy in a relationship, and I
can vouch that it makes my
heart and soul so happy. My
annual physical lab levels are
better than they’ve ever been,
and I attribute this to the joy
forgiveness, but if that’s not
2019 I can say that in my current your gift, then try to forgive
and laughter in our life.
relationship, I can be honest anyway…knowing you have 6) Spend Quality Time -
The Best and open with my feelings,
shortcomings, and more. I
your own faults to transform. We’ve all heard how important
weekly date nights for couples
Year Yet! remember on a trip to
California during our first year
4) See the Best - You must
believe in the other person. 1
are, but what about just being
present with your spouse or
of dating, we actually shared Cor. 4-6 says, “Love is patient, significant other. Taking
What an exciting time it is! things with each other we’d love is kind. It does not envy, it
Starting a new year after a moments of real quality time,
never shared with anyone else. does not boast, it is not proud. even if for just ten minutes,
beautiful holiday season, and There was so much freedom It does not dishonor
my big news is my engagement! with your mate can strengthen
Yes, my sweetheart, now fiancé, a relationship. So, take
Shea, proposed on November time out to have coffee, a
12, 2018. What an exciting conversation, or a glass of wine
start to 2019! We are seeking with each other and be present.
God together this New Year
and what He would have us do 7) Take care of You - Take
on this journey called life. care of You - Last but certainly
not least, don’t forget that
Through the years I’ve always loving yourself in a healthy way
asked well seasoned couples is imperative to a happy
what it takes to stay together relationship. When you’re not
and live a happy life together. your best self, you can’t interact
So, I’d like to share my top with those, including your
seven tidbits to make your significant other, in the best way
significant relationship flourish! possible. Take care of you
body, mind, and spirit, and your
1) God First - I believe that a relationship will flourish.
couple must put God first.
Praying together is certainly one Of course there are many more
wayto build a bond as a couple. things that make a relationship
and intimacy after that trip, others, it is not self-seeking, it is strong, like develop trust,
It helps give clarity and because we were able to be not easily angered, it keeps no
direction for you as a couple. always respect and be
vulnerable without fear of record of wrongs. Love does honorable, be truthful, but
God honors those that judgment. What a great quality not delight in evil but rejoices
honor Him. those should go without
to develop with the person you with the truth. It always saying. That should be the
want to spend forever with. protects, always trusts, standard. My hope is that you
2) Communicate - It’s also always hopes, always
important to be each other’s live a life above the standard.
3) Forgive - In relationships, perseveres.” In other words,
best friend. You must have a mistakes happen, and you’ve you must believe the best in
comfort level with one another, Sending you love, joy, health
got to be able to forgive. If your significant other, and laughter to you in 2019
truly enjoy spending time not, a relationship will crumble. otherwise, why are you
together, and be able to Ascension Parish. It’s going to
Real forgiveness stems from the with them? be an amazing year!
communicate and be transpar- understanding that for
ent with each other. To be every imperfection in your Positivity is a seed that’s planted
able to speak openly and XOXO- Sweet Eyes
mate, spouse, or significant in the relationship…when you
honestly without fear of other, there’s an equal find something good in your
judgment is a gift in any imperfection in yourself. spouse or significant other and
relationship.
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FINANCIAL FOCUS
Put This Year’s relevant expectations of your

Investment
investment returns, based on your
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Performance in
you want to retire at age 62, you’ll
need to know the rate of return

Perspective
you need to achieve this goal –
and then compare that desired
return with your actual results.

• Realistic – Ideally, of course,


How can you assess your you’d like really high returns with
investment portfolio’s perform- really low risk – but that’s really
ance in 2018? The year was full not feasible. To get high returns,
of wild swings in the financial you’ll need to invest aggressively,
markets, so your own results may which means you’ll need your
well have bounced around quite a portfolio to be heavily weighted in Crawfish are Starting
bit, too. But you can still get a stocks. However, stocks are also
clear picture of how you did if you riskier than more conservative
keep your investments’ returns in investments, such as bonds or to Come In!
the proper perspective – by government securities. So, you’ll
making sure your expectations need to be realistic in what you
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compare their portfolio returns to ance of the financial markets –
a popular market index, such as and also your own portfolio – will
the S&P 500. But this comparison fluctuate from year to year.
Consequently, it’s important to
Ask for Sally’s stuff crabs.
is not really valid for a variety of
review your portfolio’s results and
Doug & Sally
reasons. For one thing, indexes
the progress you’re making to-
are typically not diversified across
You’ll love them.
different types of investments – ward your goals on a regular
the S&P 500, for instance, only basis, possibly with the help of a
tracks large U.S. companies. But financial professional. In these
your portfolio should consist of a reviews, you may conclude that
broad range of investments: you’re doing fine, or you might
discover that you need to
domestic and international stocks,
rebalance your portfolio by Hey Dr. Rob,
bonds, mutual funds, government
securities and so on, appropriate realigning your investments with Where is that
for your goals and risk tolerance.
Also, your portfolio’s performance
your goals and risk tolerance, or
perhaps make other adjustments
needle going?
will be affected by your contribu- – such as changing the amount
tions and withdrawals, while mar- you invest – to get you back on
ket index returns are not. So, track. In addition, you may even
instead of measuring your results need to re-evaluate these goals in
against an index – and possibly response to changes in your life –
worrying about underperformance a new job, marriage, new child,
– you’re better off establishing and so on – as these changes
could affect the rate of return you
need from your investments.

As you look back on 2018, and


look forward to 2019 and beyond,
take a holistic approach to how
you evaluate your investments’
performance. By looking for
relevance, being realistic about
what you can expect, and
reviewing your portfolio in the
context of your goals, risk
tolerance and changing circum-
stances, you can gain a thorough
understanding of where you are,
where you want to go – and how
you can help yourself get there.

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SOFA KINGS BID FAREWELL
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farewell and send-off party for the Sofa
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formance did not disappoint. They rock Devin Roussel - Guitar / Vocals
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Josh Russell - Bass
Band started in 2010, ended in 2018.
First and last show took place at Park Matt Spurgeon - Drums
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amount of support given to us from our
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Publisher Note: A few months ago I printed photos from the Bourcherie Festival. I had so many photos I couldn’t print
them all. These are the photos of the cooks I promised. Happy New Years and I’ll be seeing you throughout this year.

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Tyler Waguespack
was crowned
World Champion
Steer Wrestler
in Las Vegas, Nevada
Congratulaions from
Ascension Magazine
Celebrating Our 23rd Anniversary
Join us for our Open House on February 7th
We are having an Open House from 9 AM-7:30 PM. Na Na Sha will be playing from 6:00-7:30. Festivities will be
going on all day with hor d’oveuvre’s throughout the day with door prizes. We would like to invite the
community to come and join in for festivities and come by for tours and enjoy the day with us or call 225.644.1028.

There is Always Something Happening at Azalea Estates.


AZALEA ESTATES HOST
CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP!
some of the many different varieties and
colors of holiday cactus and poinsettias. We then helped those that attended the
After the presentation, Dale Bowman presentation carry their plants back to their
A very festive time was enjoyed by all that discussed the care of these flowers after the room. Next we visited the rooms of the resi-
attended the Holiday Cactus – Poinsettia Christmas season. dents that were unable to attend and
Workshop at Azalea Estates Assisted Living
and Retirement Community Home on Dale explained to the residents that
December 13th. The planning committee had poinsettias could actually be grown outside
been working for several weeks in order to in the landscape. She explained her
make this event a success. methods and successes on growing poinse
ttias in her landscape. After the
The workshop began with a PowerPoint presentations, each resident was presented
presentation showing the residents with a holiday cactus and a poinsettia.

Members of the committee helped each


resident decorate the flowers with small
Christmas decorations. All appeared
to enjoy the comradery.

brought them poinsettias. Lastly we


presented poinsettias to the staff members
of Azalea Estates.

I have scheduled a meeting on January 8th


after the Board Meeting (approximately
10:15 am) for members of the Azalea
Estates Assisted Living and Retirement
Community Committee to make final plans
for the “Bulb Workshop” that is schedule for
January 17th at 10:00. If your time
permits your input is very much welcomed.

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● Enhance your Facebook
marketing

Part 2: ● Prioritize your reviews

Six Marketing
and customer
satisfaction surveys
Strategies For Word-of-mouth matters which
The New Year is why reviews and customer
satisfaction surveys can help grow
your company. When consumers
weigh the pros and cons of
companies, reviews are usually
by Orhan Mc Millan one of the deciding factors. Be
dezinsINTERACTIVE
sure to encourage reviews from
clients and customers. If you’re
looking for a way to get more
reviews, consider using a giveaway
as an incentive!

● Utilize email marketing

We are in the final countdown customer satisfaction surveys social media as under-posting. In Have emails really become an
towards the New Year. Have you 5. Utilize email marketing addition, create a schedule that outdated source of information?
given much thought to your 6. Update your Seach Engine has a growth plan, rather than No, and according to recent
marketing strategies for 2019? Optimization (SEO) posting randomly. studies, email marketing is highly
We’ve come up with various effective. In addition, newsletters
marketing, website, and digital ● Balance your content ● Consider using a new have the ability to reach an entire
media advertising essentials to on social media website design audience for a super low budget.
help grow your company and
increase your overall reach. When planning your social media When choosing a new website ● Update your Seach
publication schedule in the new design, be sure that you and the Engine Optimization
1. Balance your content on
social media
year, be wary of over-posting one designer use a growth-related (SEO)
type of content material. Be sure website design that not only
2. Consider using a new to spread out text, images, videos, looks good but also operates,
website design Search Engine Optimization is the
and sponsored posts. Over-post- functions and broadcasts data tool that gets your website seen
3. Enhance your Facebook ing images without solid content correctly.
marketing on a google search.
are just as detrimental for your
4. Prioritize your reviews and

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2019-The Year of the
Flying Chinese Pigs
by Bill Delaune
By the time we got to
Woodstock-we were half a
million strong, And everywhere
was song and celebration…”
Joni Mitchell (1969).

Sometimes this current


cosmic joke of a national
nightmare makes me long for
the good old days-say 50
years ago in 1969 - when a
President was sworn in after
a controversial election, an
unpopular war was raging,
politicians lied about affairs (or
ran them off a bridge), a
California cult was killing
random people-but wait…
Don’t we still have plenty of
that same stuff going on
today? Each New Year’s Day
we hope for a new beginning
with 60’s beliefs for peace,
love and rock and roll and our
hopes get crushed like an
LSU dream that just once we
could beat Alabama.
become President and Elvis copy of the King’s “We can’t go 34-28 overtime victory
But being a hopeless
Presley returned to his roots in on together with Suspicious -the same scores by which the
romantic, I offer you some
Memphis for a record-breaking Minds…” Atlanta Falcons first led and
optimistic-and some realistic-

February
album. President Trump then lost in 2017.
predictions for 2019 - the
seizes the moment to borrow “We did that on purpose just
Chinese Year of the Pig.
recordings from both to to harass the Falcons in their
Sprinkled in are some cultural
hammer home his points. In 1969 “The Brady Bunch” home stadium,” admits Saints’
references from 1969 to show
First, to emphasize loyal to his debuted on ABC television. coach Sean Payton. “The
how history does repeat itself-
staff, he plays Nixon’s tapes But 50 years later, the New odds of that happening are
somewhat…
where Watergate conspirator Orleans Saints fall behind a roughly equivalent to eight

January G. Gordon Liddy bravely says, modern day Tom Brady (almost Brady’s and one aggravating
“If someone needs to shoot 50) bunch-a.k.a, the New housekeeper living in a house
me, just tell me what street England Patriots- 28-3 in the with one bathroom.”
Two epic comebacks
corner to stand on.” third quarter of Super Bowl
highlighted 1969 as Richard
And to Democratic nemesis LIII in Atlanta. But MVP Drew
Nixon rose from the ashes to
Nancy Pelosi, Trump sends a Brees rallies the Saints to a
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March Peyton Manning who write, established art.” champs the New York
“You’re good, boy, but you ain’t Later he amends his Jets- pull the Upset of the
as good as your granddaddy. statement, “I thought we were Decade and slay their
Fifty years after “Midnight

June
talking about the little bird in dragon- the perennial number
Cowboy” became the first (and
‘Peanuts’.” one Alabama when the Tide
probably last) X-rated movie to

September
misses a last second chip
win the Academy Award, porn
star Stormy Daniels becomes To commemorate the 50th shot field goal.

the first (and probably last) anniversary of the D-Day A visibly shaken Saban is

X-rated female to become a Invasion, President Trump Nick Saban adds a 128th seen on the sideline mouthing

U.S. ambassador as Trump orders a beachfront assault coach to his already bulging the words, “Cement Shoes”

sends her to Russia with love on Cancun in Mexico. staff-one Tony Soprano to Soprano. The next day

and with explicit instructions to Unfortunately, the troops are from New Jersey Waste several assistant coaches

be sure and visit Siberia. distracted by a fiesta for Management Tech. and a placekicker are
graduates and spring breakers Soprano will be in charge of reported missing.

April
December
in bikinis chugging margaritas NCAA rules and regulations
and the invasion is a bigger and will also consult in some
disaster than the Bay of Pigs. compliance cases Saban
Tiger Woods finishes
Later, when aides point out to announced. With Christmas approaching,
second in the Masters Golf
Trump that it’s really the 75th “Tony has shown an the spirit of the season causes
Tournament and quotes 1969
anniversary of the Normandy extraordinary talent for getting some shocking reactions
runner-up the volatile Tom
attack, he explodes calling that around bureaucratic red tape across the country. Democrats
“The Towering Inferno”
“fake news” and fires his in his former job and is known and Republicans all gather in
Weiskopf (a 4-time brides-
entire staff. as a man who can make front of the White House
maid), “I am delighted to have

July
troublemakers disappear,” the Christmas tree, join hands and
come in second. Who cares
Tide mentor added. “Not that sing John Lennon’s ’69 classic
about winning when you can
we have anything to hide.” “Give Peace a Chance”.
come in second? Then
you don’t have to put up When asked to perform at a When asked how he gets the Without a championship

with the fame.” celebration of the 50th NCAA to approve such game to prepare for, Nick

The upset winner is John anniversary of Americans outlandish numbers of Saban agrees to appear on the

Daly who promises that the walking on the moon, the “consultants”, Saban quoted a 50th anniversary of Sesame

usual stately Masters dinner aptly-named Bruno Mars line from the 1969 best seller Street and sings “Sunny Days”

will have “no coats, no ties misunderstands and does “The Godfather”. with Bert and Ernie.

and wings and servers a Michael Jackson “We just make them an offer And even President Trump

from Hooters.” impersonation of the stage. they can’t refuse.” gets caught up in the moment

October
“I thought they wanted me to and closes out his end-of-the-

May do the Moon-Walk,” admits a year address with the final


red-faced Mars. lyrics of the final song on the

August
With college and pro football final Beatles’ album “Abbey
California-bred Easy Rider-
in full swing and Major League Road” from 1969.
named for the ’69 countercul-
baseball playoff games “Remember, my fellow
ture hit movie-gets a better trip
than Peter Fonda and Dennis Proclaiming that, “Through drawing record ratings, ESPN Americans,” says the

Hopper had and wins the music we can work wonders,”, actually does an entire President, ” And in the end,

Kentucky Derby by a snort. the surviving members of “Sportscenter” without one the love you take is equal to

Later that month at the Indy the bands that played at mention of LeBron James. the love you make…”

November
500, Marco Andretti-grandson Woodstock in 1969 reunite for And Chinese pigs fly.

of the legendary driver three days of music, peace

Mario-duplicates his and love in upstate New York.

grandfather’s 1969 victory. When asked for his take on Chinese pigs actually fly as

Congratulations pour in from Woodstock, Trump surprisingly the LSU Tigers-channeling the

celebrities everywhere replies, “I think it’s a creative ’69 Miracle Mets and the

including Hank Williams Jr. and addition to an already unlikely ’69 Super Bowl

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the same location in which I Should I call for a blood dog?
had missed earlier in the week. I (I don’t know I haven’t found
had replayed that last scenario at any blood). Did I miss again? I
least fifty times in my head as I don’t know. I do know this, I
sat there in the stillness. I had considered quitting for the
an employee Christmas dinner season and starting over next
to attend at 11:00 a.m. that day year. This kept me awake at
at my job site. My plan was to night for some time.
leave the woods at 9 a.m. At One evening a few days later I
8:58 I took a last glance at my received a call from one of my
time piece, and took one more favorite hunting buddies. His
look around my surroundings message was “Hey dude I found
before packing it up for the your deer, meet me there after
morning. I spotted a deer walk- the hunt tomorrow and you can
ing towards me at this point. I cut his horns off.” At a little
had myself convinced that it was after nine that next morning I
Justified one of those does or younger
bucks that I had seen earlier
headed in his direction with a
saw and camera in hand. As I
coming back to the feed. A approached the location I felt as
It had only been a couple days At about sixty yards he slowed closer look through the scope if I was approaching the casket
before when a nice mature buck down and before he entered the confirmed that the deer was a of a friend of mine, in which I
had surprised me from my left palmetto thicket, I took a shot buck and definitely a shooter. had been a part of the reason
side (which is my good side that I probably shouldn’t have He was not the same deer I’d for his death. I was so relieved
when it comes to shooting) and taken. So be it. By all missed two days earlier but he when I saw the placement of my
caught me off guard. It was observations, my shot was a was definitely a keeper. At that shot had been right on target.
going to be a give me shot at clean miss. With my miss over point I said to myself “Don’t This gave me comfort to know
twenty-five yards. While I was with for the season, now I can you mess this up.” But really, that the animal had not suffered
trying to count points to move on. My next opportunity “mess” wasn’t the exact word very long. The 30-06 bullet had
determine whether or not he was going to be different. The that I had used, if you know penetrated both shoulders, and
was a shooter the large animal morning slowly awakened with what I mean. When the young to this day I don’t know how
spotted me. He stopped, looked mild temps, cloudy skies and 5 majestic six pointer cleared the that deer made it those three
at me, and then began to run miles an hour northwest wind last sapling in my line of fire, I hundred yards plus. The pain’s
away with a tree in the line of with fog and rain to begin at 9 put the crosshairs on its shoul- on me now. I’ll suffer with this
fire between him and me. a.m. I’d seen several deer from ders and squeezed the trigger. thought till I go to my grave.
He bolted into the sky and as he Situations such as these make
landed, I could remember see- me want to hang it up, but I do
ing a hole in his left shoulder. understand that if humanity is
He ran about sixty yards to survive we must make use of
through the water and stopped the animal life on this planet.
in the middle of some palmettos I’m a hunter and proud of it. I
and just stood there. I kept have no apologies to make to
waiting for him to fall and after anyone, I do the best I can with
several seconds I fired off an- the upmost respect for every
other shot at him. I missed and creature in which I pursue. I
he took off running due north. watch many more animals walk
As I climbed down from my or fly by than I shoot. At times
perch, something told me that like this it’s hard for me to
this was not going to come out justify my actions, but in reality
good. At this time it started to every deer that’s living at this
rain. The water was about six moment will most likely be dead
inches in there. For the next within the next ten years

Crawfish are Looking Good! hour I tried my very best to find


this animal. I could not see
whether I hunt or not.
By the way the camera that I
where he ran and there was no had used to take a picture of the
blood trail. I reinacted the shot deer would not reveal the
• Oysters By the Sack several times without success. photo. So I threw that S.O.B.
• Fresh Shrimp Hot, wet, mentally exhausted away! There was not a bunch
• A Wide Variety and with a major case of the that went right with this entire
you-know-what I finally throw ordeal. I can only hope better
of Fish and Seafood in the towel with total disgust. days are in the future....
• Snow Crabs At one point I thought about
• Turtle Meat not telling anyone about this Till Next Time,
catastrophe. But I’m much too Hunter Always,
honest of a person for such James “Goosie” Guice
Ask for Sally’s stuff crabs. Doug & Sally
action.
Others were now coming to
You’ll love them. hunt for the mid morning hunt
and I didn’t want to disturb
them. Should I call for help?

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with Kellie
Useless Random Facts

George I, the king of Great Britain,
was actually German.

Entertainment Scedule
During sleeping, one eye of Dolphin remains open.

On average, Americans' favorite smell is banana.

Conception occurs most in the month of December.

Jan 11 ... Taylor Nauta Band
This common everyday occurrence composed Jan 12 ... AM/FM
of 59% nitrogen, 21% hydrogen, and 9% dioxide
is called a 'fart'. Jan 18 ... Sugar Shaker
• Jan 19 ... Karaoke
When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play
football at home, the stadium becomes the state's Jan 25 ... Karacoustic
third largest city.

w/ Pat-E & Ryan
The eyes of a donkey are positioned so that it can see Jan 26 ... Snake Nelson
all four feet at all times.

Feb 9 ... Rivul
Pearls melt in vinegar.

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are Feb 2nd ...
fifty years of age or older.

It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough
leather for a year's supply of footballs.

The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually
Super Bowl
Party!!!
indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so
that they can be easily confused at a crime scene.

Fictional/horror writer Stephen King sleeps with a
nearby light on to calm his fear of the dark.

William Marston engineered one of the earliest forms
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Thoughts from Bully

Baby, Baby,
Who got the
Baby!
During the Christmas season I
get to see family from across the
country. This year I had the
pleasure of meeting 10 month
old Josalyn from California.

taste and the look on her face


said it all, “I want more!” She
didn’t chew anything but the
flavor on her lip brighten her
I had met her once when she day. No more peas and carrots
was tiny and now she’s old but we created a flavor monster.
enough to communicate and Her visit to Louisiana was

Top: Josalyn stink eye Bottom: Janet stink eye


the first thing she did was give filled with lots of Louisiana
flavors. She had King Cake and
beignet’s from Cafe du Monde.
Josie was the center of She had biscuits and grits at stink face a few more times. On
attention. I noticed it was the last day my family was flying
feeding time and that poor baby out of New Orleans so Josie got
was going to have to eat some one last treat. She enjoyed more
baby food like peas and carrots beignets at Cafe du Monde
and other baby gunk. I soon before their flight.
took the feeding matter in my
own hands. This baby was in

me the stink eye!


She was passing out more
stink eye’s than a Mardi Gras
bead thrower. We started
wondering why this why she
used this facial move when I
heard a holler down the hall. It
was Adrienne, Josie’s mom.
While looking a family photo on Frank’s but the one thing she
the wall from the early 1960’s. liked the most of all was Uncle
beignet tootsies
It was a of Josalyn’s grand- Mike’s Bar-b-que ribs with extra
mother, my sister Janet. The sauce. She liked them so much a
photo made this face when bath was needed at the end of I’m looking forward to her
forced to pose for a wedding the feeding. next visit. She needs to learn
photo. No mistaking that Janet Louisiana and we don’t eat peas Needless to say by the time about boudin, fried fish, oysters
started the stink eye. and carrots. I grab a boiled she was leaving she did warm up and hog head cheese. Come
I had a house full of guest and shrimp, peeled it and let her to me and only gave me the back soon Josie.

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back. It took less than a minute and I came
back to the car. To my surprise my sleeping
puppy had woken up and apparently got
excited trying to see me. There he was sit-
ting in the seat, with my flashers going and
the satellite radio playing as loud as those
cars you can’t stand at the gas station. I
thought it was kinda funny until I realized
I had left the car running and Thumper
had locked the doors.
I had to borrow a vehicle to drive home
and get my spare key. When I got to the car
he was as content as he could be and
Jamie’s Cryin’ by Van Halen was playing
wide open.
There were lots of jokes in the parking lot
and I learned a hard lesson. I also learned
he apparently doesn’t like my country

What ever it is, I didn’t do it?


station and prefers Ozzy’s Boneyard.

The Trials and puppy sitting 2 ten


week old bundles of
Tribulations of destruction.
One afternoon last week
Raising a it was late in the day and
New Puppy! Thumper and I headed to
Christian Brothers for a
run trip. He was laying
on the seat and slept the
Over the holidays I purchased a new
entire drive there. Trying
puppy. His name is Thumper and he is
to keep him asleep I eased
10 weeks old and getting in everything.
the door closed and ran
My son purchased his brother, Boudreaux
inside to pick up my
and I spend my days during the week
crawfish and came right

Happy New Year, Mike Rambin. For years you told me I could have never struck out a batter if you didn’t call the right
pitch. I couldn’t kill a deer unless you tied it to a tree. Thank God I can cook cracklin’s and be of some kind of use.
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Hat's Off to Christmas Scramble!!
The PPLGA host their final
tournament of the year.
These ladies never let a
Holiday pass without having
a tournament in full costume
with good fun and the
occasional drink a shot hole.
Throughout the year I’ve
seen them as goblin’s and
witches for Halloween,
patriots for the 4th and
despite the cold weather
they called for a party
tournament and had a Hat’s
Off to Christmas Scramble.
Good luck PPLGA for
2019. I’ll be seeing you
guys soon at your next
tournament.
Winners:
1st Place
Gwen Bridgewater
Alice Pierson

2nd Place(tied)
Aaron H Bourque
Janelle Waguespack

2nd Place
Maria Fairchild
Suzie Davis

Best Hat: Karen Snell


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Ingredients:
Cooking Gourmet at Home
with SNO’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS
8 ounces fresh Jumbo Lump crabmeat
1 small loaf French bread
1 Granny Smith apple
4 ounces Smoked Gouda (whatever cheese you like)
8 cherry tomatoes
1 ounce fresh basil
2 ounces extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons
Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste

Method:

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

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

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

Thinly slice the basil leaves


Yield: The last ingredient to prepare is the apple. Remove the core of the apple either with an apple corer or simply
10-15 servings by cutting off each side of the apple. Cut the apple into small cubes and put them into the small mixing bowl
with the crabmeat and tomatoes, then drizzle with the juice of the last lemon (no seeds). This will keep the
Prep: apple from t
15 minutes urning brown.
Cook: LET’S PUT IT ALL TOGETHER!!!
Executive Chef 10 minutes
Lay out your crispy French bread toast points and top them with the crabmeat, tomato, and apple mixture.
Sam Penton Serving: 4 Sprinkle the shredded Smoked Gouda over the top then finish them off with the fresh basil.
Serve immediately and enjoy this fresh and simple to make dish as an appetizer or accompaniment.

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