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Tigers Launch 2019 Season with Fan Fest
By Bill Franques, LSU Sports Information ... Photos provided by LSU Athletics
The LSU baseball team played tour, signified the start of the 13th season at LSU. of the tremendous support our
host Sunday afternoon to college baseball season. program receives from you,”
nearly 3,000 fans for the First “Only at LSU could we have Mainieri told the throng
Pitch Fan Fest in Alex Box The members of the Tigers' such a unique event of this gathered in the grandstand.
Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. 2019 team greeted fans during magnitude, and that’s because “We’re very grateful to
the stadium tour to sign
The First Pitch Fan Fest, autographs and pose for
which featured a four-inning photos. The event featured
Purple-Gold scrimmage and a remarks by coach Paul
behind-the-scenes stadium Mainieri, who is entering his

Daniel Cabrera

Josh Smith
Todd Peterson

represent a top-tier university Fans also heard from some of five preseason polls, are eight of the past 11 seasons.
like LSU every single day, the current Tigers, as freshman focused upon the goal of
and we can’t wait for the first baseman Cade Beloso, reaching the College World “Our players come to LSU
opportunity in less than three sophomore catcher Brock Series in Omaha, Neb., for the for the chance to compete
weeks to start this season.” Mathis, junior infielder Josh 19th time in school history. He for championships, and we
Smith and senior outfielder has directed the Tigers to 29 embrace the high expecta-
LSU opens the season at 7 Antoine Duplantis provided an different championships since tions,” Mainieri said. “I think we
p.m. on Friday, February 15, inside look at the 2019 squad 2008, including the 2009 have a very special group of
when the Tigers play host to College World Series title. young men on this team who
UL-Monroe in Alex Box Mainieri said the Tigers, who LSU has been an NCAA are going to play at a high level
Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. are ranked No. 1 in three of the Tournament National Seed in all the way into June.”

Jamie Frederic-Braud

Meet the 2019 LSU Tigers No. Name Pos. B-T Ht. Wt. Cl. Exp. Hometown (High School/Previous School)

Zack Hess
2 Daniel Cabrera OF L-L 6-1 187 So. 1L Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist HS)
3 Hal Hughes INF R-R 5-11 171 So. 1L Norman, Okla. (Norman North HS)
4 Josh Smith INF L-R 5-10 174 Jr. 2L Greenwell Springs, La. (Catholic HS
5 Drew Bianco INF R-R 6-0 200 Fr. HS Oxford, Miss. (Oxford HS)
6 Gavin Dugas INF R-R 5-10 195 Fr. HS Houma, La. (Houma Christian HS)
7 Giovanni DiGiacomo OF L-L 6-1 185 Fr. HS Naples, Fla. (Canterbury HS)
8 Antoine Duplantis OF L-L 5-11 182 Sr. 3L Lafayette, La. (Lafayette HS)
9 Zach Watson OF R-R 6-0 164 Jr. 2L Ruston, La. (West Ouachita HS)
10 Eric Walker RHP R-R 6-0 183 R-So. 1L Arlington, Texas (Arlington Martin HS)
11 Landon Marceaux RHP R-R 6-0 185 Fr. HS Destrehan, La. (Destrehan HS)
13 Saul Garza C R-R 6-3 225 So. JC Edinburg, Texas (Edinburg North HS/Howard College)
16 Brandt Broussard INF R-R 5-10 165 Sr. 1L Baton Rouge, La. (University HS/Delgado CC)
18 Cole Henry RHP R-R 6-4 205 Fr. HS Florence, Ala. (Florence HS)
20 Will Ripoll RHP R-R 6-0 185 Fr. HS New Orleans, La. (John Curtis HS)
21 Nick Storz RHP R-R 6-6 257 So. 1L Brooklyn, N.Y. (Poly Prep Country Day HS)
22 Brock Mathis C R-R 6-1 205 So. JC Fairfield, Ohio (Fairfield HS/Northwest Florida State)
23 CJ Willis 1B/OF/C L-R 6-2 190 Fr. HS Ruston, La. (Ruston HS)
24 Cade Beloso 1B L-L 6-0 220 Fr. HS River Ridge, La. (John Curtis HS)
26 AJ Labas RHP R-R 6-3 217 So. 1L Fleming Island, Fla. (Trinity Christian HS)
27 Matthew Beck RHP R-R 6-7 235 Jr. 2L Alexandria, La. (Alexandria HS)
28 Devin Fontenot RHP R-R 6-1 180 So. 1L The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands HS)
29 Chase Costello RHP R-R 6-4 210 Fr. HS Pompano Beach, Fla. (Pompano Beach HS)
30 Trent Vietmeier RHP R-R 6-3 217 So. 1L Pittsburgh, Pa. (Montour HS)
32 Aaron George RHP R-R 6-5 235 Jr. JC Monroe, La. (Ouachita Christian HS/San Jacinto College)
35 Clay Moffitt RHP R-R 6-4 241 Sr. 1L Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic HS/LSU-Eunice)
38 Zack Hess RHP R-R 6-6 218 Jr. 2L Forest, Va. (Liberty Christian Academy
40 Riggs Threadgill RHP R-R 6-4 215 Fr. HS Fredericksburg, Texas (Fredericksburg HS)
41 Caleb Gilbert RHP R-R 6-2 200 Sr. 3L Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS)
43 Todd Peterson RHP R-R 6-5 220 Jr. 2L Lake Mary, Fla. (Lake Mary HS)
44 Jaden Hill RHP R-R 6-4 215 Fr. HS Ashdown, Ark. (Ashdown HS)
45 Braden Doughty C R-R 6-1 175 So. 1L Denham Springs, La. (Denham Springs HS)
46 Rye Gunter RHP R-R 6-5 210 Fr. HS Coppell, Texas (Coppell HS)
48 Michael Kirsch INF R-R 6-0 194 R-So. RS Metairie, La. (Brother Martin HS/Tulane)
52 Ma’Khail Hilliard RHP R-R 6-0 156 So. 1L Central, La. (Central HS)
55 Easton McMurray LHP R-L 6-4 198 Fr. HS Bakersfield, Calif. (Liberty HS)

Coaching Staff
1 Paul Mainieri, Head Coach (Florida International, 1980 – 13th season at LSU)
34 Alan Dunn, Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach (Alabama-Birmingham, 1991 – 8th season at LSU)
39 Nolan Cain, Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (LSU, 2009 – 6th season at LSU)
14 Sean Ochinko, Volunteer Assistant Coach/Hitting Coach (LSU, 2017 – 2nd season at LSU)
17 Jared Foster, Undergraduate Assistant Coach
Micah Gibbs, Director of Player Development (LSU, 2014 – 4th season at LSU)
Nate Fury, Director of Operations (LSU, 2014 – 3rd season at LSU)
Travis Roy, Strength & Conditioning Coach (LSU, 2012 – 4th season at LSU)

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Gonzales Cultivates a Garden of Gingers

The January meeting of the Gonzales
Garden Club took place at the First Baptist
Church on Burnside Avenue in Gonzales.
Members Priscilla Monson, Mary Jo Pohlig
and Dana Teepell presented S-Curve floral
designs. Member Patti Mouton spoke about
the benefits of Epsom salt as the gardening
tip of the month. Use of Epsom salt helps
plant life with seed germination, cell wall
structure, the creation of chlorophyll and the

Master Gardener Terry Rehn and GGC Members Conchita Richey and
Cynthia Cagnolatti selected gingers for purchase.

absorption of phosphorus and nitrogen. responsive to Epsom salt are tomatoes,

Epsom salt granules can be mixed into the peppers and roses. Ferns, azaleas, lawns,
soil during bed preparation, dissolved and fruit trees and palm trees also benefit from
watered in or sprayed on leaves, or simply Epsom salt. It can be used on any plant
sprinkled onto soil surface around the plant except sage. The horticultural hint for the
GGC Member Patti Mouton spoke about base. Sprinkles around garden plants also
the benefits of using Epsom salt in gardens
at the club’s recent meeting.
deter slugs and snails. Plants most

Owner of Gingerwood Nursery Tim Chapman taught the GGC and master
gardeners about ginger plants.

GGC Member Marilyn Rice chooses gingers for GGC Members Shirley Lyons (left) and Jamie Trisler (right) GGC Member Shirley Lyons seems happy
her garden. purchase ginger roots from nurseryman with her ginger purchase.
Tim Chapman (center).

month is to prune ever-blooming roses in late January or early as the meeting room for 27 gardeners. Tim Chapman, Owner of
February. Gingerwood Nursery, was the guest speaker.

After the business meeting, the club enjoyed a lunch buffet of He showed numerous photos of ginger varieties while explaining
lasagnas, salads and breads made by hostesses Loretta Ramirez, the requirements for their successful growth. To end the session,
Cathy Venable, Sandy Stewart and Janis D’Benedetto. Dale the participants purchased different ginger rhizomes for their
Bowman baked butterscotch pumpkin bread, ooey gooey cake home gardens. Chapman’s business is located in St. Gabriel.
and bread pudding for dessert. Area Master Gardeners then
“The Gonzales Garden Club
joined the garden club for an educational presentation is federated by

Each ginger was labeled with its botanical name,

about ginger plants. The chapel at the First Baptist Church served National Garden Clubs, Inc.”

Arbor Day Tree Planting

common name, plant height, light requirements
and zone hardiness.

"Arbor Day is a day dedicated to publicly make Gonzales look good.” Health Unit ceremony and GGC Arbor Day Chairman difference in the environment. This annual
planting trees. It is a day when individuals, Director Christy Burnett viewed the tree as Loretta Ramirez closed with the reading of a tradition of planting a tree was marked
groups and organizations get together and “an asset to the community” and looks poem, “An Old Oak Tree Reminisces”, by its 52nd Annual Arbor Day Program
plant trees. Trees can be planted at home, in forward to the spring when the crepe myrtle composed by a past garden club member, on January 18, 2019.
your local community, at your school, at your flourishes. GGC Arbor Day Co-Chairman Willie Mae Montgomery. The garden club
place of business, in and around town, Mabel Savoy thanked all who attended the appreciated the opportunity to make a
through organized events, etc.” according to
Biofriendly Planet Magazine. Gonzales
Garden Club members observed Arbor Day
at the Ascension Parish Health Unit by
planting a Natchez crepe myrtle tree near
the building’s entrance. Club President
Jamie Trisler welcomed everyone and Pastor
Jeremy Starnes of the First Baptist Church
gave an invocation characterizing trees as
"God’s creations". Parish President Kenny
Matassa noted that he used to work at the
health unit and said, “I am thankful to the
organization because I always wanted to do
something to improve the appearance of this
building with landscaping." Mayor Barney
Arceneaux praised the club by adding, “The
Attending the Gonzales Garden Club 52nd Annual Arbor Day Program were (from left) GGC Member Patti Mouton, Member Priscilla Monson,
garden club members do such a wonderful
job of picking buildings in the governmental Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Member Barbara McCormick, Parish President Kenny Matassa, Member Mary Jo Pohlig, Program Chairman
Loretta Ramirez, Health Unit Director Christy Burnett, City Clerk Scot Byrd, Program Co-Chairman Mabel Savoy, Health Unit Clerical
complex for Arbor Day plantings. They Supervisor Jody Lawless, Health Unit Nursing Supervisor Beth Denson, GGC President Jamie Trisler, Member Myra Mire
and Pastor Jeremy Starnes.

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Burglars typically go through windows and sunroofs to your you who you are and where
neighborhoods checking for vehicle at all times. you are calling from. Then they
unlocked car door handles, • Try to park your vehicle in a will ask you to describe the
spend less than a minute well-lit and populated area. Be suspect (race, sex, height,
inside the vehicle, and always aware of your surroundings. weight and clothing
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• LOCK IT, TO STOP IT! Lock property you may leave inside see what's missing because
Sheriff Bobby Webre would your car doors at all times. your vehicle. If stolen, it makes you may be destroying
like to offer citizens various tips • Do not leave valuables in it more likely the burglar, if he evidence needed to catch
to prevent vehicle burglaries your vehicles. This includes tries to pawn, will be identified. the burglar.
Vehicle burglaries are a crime purses, computers, ipods, What should you do if you find
of opportunity for criminals and sunglasses, or anything your car has been burglarized?

Ascension Parish Sheriff unveils command staff

they often target vehicles of of value. If the burglary is in progress,

Ascension Parish Sheriff Members of the positions. Major Jeff Robert will continue
Bobby Webre announced his Leadership Team: Colonel Paul Robert will his role as Information
leadership team during a staff serve as a Senior Advisor. Lt. Technology and Facility
meeting held Tuesday, Paul Robert Col. Lee Anderson will serve Manager at the Gonzales
January 15. Lee Anderson as Executive Officer. Substation and 911 center.
“The transition within the Donald Capello Lt. Col. Donald Capello will Major Laura Gremillion will
sheriff’s office has begun and Mike Toney serve as Deputy Chief of serve as Major over
Cody Melancon Criminal Operations. Lt. Col. Professional Standards and
launching a new era of robust
Paul Hall Mike Toney will serve as Accountability Unit.
leadership is a key goal I Craig Beaman Deputy Chief of Civil Allison B. Hudson will
envision,” said Sheriff Webre. Robert Williams Operations. Lt. Col. Cody continue to serve as Public
“The management of our LC Irvin Melancon will serve as Deputy Information Officer and Sara
organization will continue Jeff Robert Chief of Special Operations. Loupe will continue to serve
the legacy of unmatched Laura Gremillion Lt. Col. Paul Hall will serve as as Chief Financial Officer.
professionalism and stellar Allison B. Hudson Deputy Chief of Corrections Kyle Gautreau will serve as
service to the citizens of Kyle Gautreau and Security. Intergovernmental Affairs
Ascension Parish,” Sara Loupe Major Craig Beaman will Officer.
added Webre. Belinda Eliser serve as Major over Criminal Sheriff’s executive assistant
Karla Medine Operations. Major Robert will be Belinda Eliser and his
Williams will serve as Major administrative assistant will
Seven Ascension Parish over Warrants and Security. be Karla Medine.
Sheriff’s Office Veterans will Major LC Irvin will serve as
assume senior command Major over Business Office.

Pictured sitting: Lt. Col. Mike Toney, Lt. Col. Paul Hall, Col. Paul Robert, Sheriff Bobby Webre, Lt. Col. Lee Anderson, Lt. Col. Donald Capello, and Lt. Col. Cody Melancon.
Standing row: Kyle Gautreau, Belinda Eliser, Major Laura Gremillion, Major Craig Beaman, Major LC Irvin, Major Jeff Robert, Major Robert Williams, Karla Medine, CFO Sara Loupe,
and PIO Allison B. Hudson.
the tree. For its first year or two, you can do to improve citrus is to
Ready, we want all the tree’s energy keep all weeds (including lawn
going into its own vegetative grass) off the ground around the
growth. Fruit production is a big tree, at least out to the “drip line.”
Set, Grow! strain on any tree. No further
pruning is usually needed at the
This area under the edges of the
branches, plus a little beyond, is
Well we’ve recently celebrated time of planting, but always be on where most feeder roots are.
Groundhog’s Day and with all the the lookout to remove any growth You’ll also want to apply about a
hustle and bustle, who among us coming from below the graft. The pound of 13-13-13 fertilizer PER
has remembered the true spirit “graft union” is visible as a scar YEAR of tree age here in early
of the holiday? That’s right; usually a few inches above the February to fuel spring growth.
Punxsutawney Phil predicted an soil line. Above this line is a But do not put more than ten
early spring. And if you can’t trust desirable citrus fruit; below it is pounds total, even on older trees.
a flabby-skinned East Coast the rootstock, a native tree used If you want to know more about
rodent held aloft by men in top to make a hardier plant. If allowed gardening, landscaping, or
hats, who can you trust? to grow, the native will make a anything else horticultural, contact
Despite a “cool but not cold” thorny plant with bitter fruit. the St. John, St. James, & St.
winter overall, I wouldn’t suggest André Brock
Dig a hole for the tree
planting okra yet. But local about twice as wide as
nurseries and big box stores alike of later varieties. Pollination is not the root ball but you
have fruit trees for sale. necessary for any citrus, and won’t need it too deep.
November through February is satsumas will usually make few or Plant any tree only as
generally the best time to plant no seeds if not pollinated. deep as the original soil
trees and shrubs. But now is Satsumas are also among the line in the pot, or maybe
when we’ll start seeing better most cold-hardy citrus, second an inch or two higher.
retail selection in species only to kumquats. Lemons and Speaking of which, you
and varieties. limes are the most cold-suscepti- might mound up the area
Citrus represent probably our ble; oranges are somewhere around it, especially if it’s
most popular yard fruits in the between. ‘Louisiana Sweet’ and a low area. Citrus do not
River Parishes. Freezes do ‘Washington Navel’ are both good tolerate “wet feet.” Do not
occasionally kill them, but they oranges for backyards here. I put any fertilizer in the hole at the Charles Parishes County
are generally low-maintenance for think the ‘Moro Blood Orange’ is time of planting. Let trees estab- Agent André Brock at
the homeowner. Satsuma is the underrated, though. It’s very lish for at least a year before fertil-
most popular citrus fruit, including vigorous, retains a pleasing form, izing so their roots won’t be Also, the LSU Ag Center’s
established varieties such as and produces excellent further stressed. website can be accessed at
‘Owari’ and ‘Brown Select.’ Newer red-stained fruit that gets redder Many homeowners have citrus with lots
varieties such as ‘Louisiana Early’ as it ripens. trees on their property that would of user-friendly information,
and ‘Early St. Ann’ will ripen When planting any fruit tree, benefit from better care. The including this article.
earlier, but most prefer the taste first remove any fruit already on easiest and most important thing


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During a physical your doctor
can check your cholesterol,
blood pressure, glucose, body
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my nearly 80%! Eating well for
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saturated fats.

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The month of February... a day. Just get moving!
known for romantic dinners,
chocolates, flowers and so much Other risk prevention measures
that make lovers swoon...but include: limiting alcohol con-
it’s also Women’s Heart Health sumption, smoking cessation if
and Awareness month. So, to you are a smoker, and taking
optimize long life with your time to reduce stress through
honey, I’d like to share a few consistent prayer and medita-
basic heart health statistics, risk tion.
factors, and things you can do
to help keep your heart healthy. Heart disease is hurting our
moms, our sisters, our daughter
According to the CDC and
American Heart Association, disease. So, we need to
heart disease is the leading understand what heart disease
cause of death in women, more is, risk factors and what to do
than all cancers combined, but to keep our hearts as healthy
unfortunately heart health is as possible.
not something we generally
tend to focus on, especially in But what exactly IS heart
the south. disease? Heat disease is not cut
and dry. It’s a weakening of the
As a matter of fact, CBS Online heart or it’s vessels as well as
news stated Louisiana ranks blood clots. Heart disease can
third in the nation for women’s come in the form of stroke,
heart disease with 7.8% of arrhythmia, heat attack or
women having known heart failure and more.

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• A Wide Variety
What tips from life coaches zone. A trained and experienced
of Fish and Seafood
might you also get from your fi- life coach can help you recog-
nancial advisor? Here are a few:
• Snow Crabs
nize your perceived limitations –
and move beyond them. For
• Turtle Meat
• Create a plan. A life coach can instance, if your new job
help you create a plan for your requires that you make many
future, taking into account your presentations, but you are Ask for Sally’s stuff crabs.
career aspirations, relationships, nervous about public speaking,
hobbies, charitable activities and
Doug & Sally
your life coach may offer You’ll love them.
so on. And a financial advisor techniques to help you get past
will also take a “holistic” this fear – to move you out of
approach by looking at many your “comfort zone,” so to
elements – including your age, speak. This same scenario
income, family responsibilities could play out in your interac-
and desired retirement lifestyle –
to create a long-term investment
tions with your financial advisor. Hey Dr. Rob,
strategy. Of course, you may
If you happen to be a cautious my name is
need to adjust this strategy in
and risk-averse person by
nature, you might be inclined to Boudreaux.
response to changes in your life, bring those same traits into the
but it can still serve as an overall
map on your journey toward
investment arena. But a compe-
tent financial advisor – one who I’m 15 weeks old.
your financial objectives. truly has your best interests in When do I get
• Identify and prioritize goals.
mind – will likely warn you that to hunt?
you will have trouble achieving
A life coach will help you identify your financial objectives if you
try to avoid all risk by sticking
exclusively with so-called “safe”
investments, which do not offer
much growth potential. Instead,
your advisor will help you incor-
porate your risk tolerance, along
with your time horizon and your
short- and long-term goals, to
help shape an investment mix
appropriate for you. Such a mix
may well include those "safe”
investments, but it would also
contain a reasonable percent-
age of growth-oriented ones.
Whether it’s self-improvement
or your financial future, you can
benefit from good coaching –
so take full advantage of it.

Jamie Lavigne, Financial Advisor

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When it comes to real estate, who Ranked in the top 2% of Coldwell got the opportunity to list these home and do lots of social media
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among her piers? "I have always It doesn't necessarily mean the buyer the knowledge and
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working hard at it and most of all means showcasing the home as conversation until we close. Being
listening to my client's needs best as possible." Along with pushy is not the way to make a
whether it's a hundred-thousand- sale! at the best feeling
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It's the client that matters, not the says, this is the one and you
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One thing she and her assistant best decision."
Sue has been doing to set
themselves apart on listing a Marie says she has been blessed
home, has been basically helping with her career in the real estate
sellers stage their home. This is industry. One that she truly
not hiring a stager, Marie and Sue enjoys and has been extremely
get in the home with their clients successful at. Buying and selling
Marie Broussard and prepare the home to get it as a home can be one of the most
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consists from about 100 Realtors with getting contractors in to
at Coldwell Banker One. paint, etc. For example, recently
there were two large local homes staging, she hires a professional
Several other awards Marie has that had been on the market for photographer to take pictures of
recently received have been: several years and Marie finally the home, do a virtual video of the

Mayor Awards 1st Outstanding Citizen of the Year Recipient

that spirit with the elderly.
You can tell she loves doing
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Mayor Arceneaux arranged
with her family to surprise
Barbara at the City Council
Meeting held On December
10th, 2018. Mayor Arceneaux
invited her, and her close
family to the meeting keeping
the award a secret to Barbara.
As the Mayor read the
Proclamation she was so
surprised to hear her name, as
she thought this was an award
her brother was to receive.
Everyone congratulated
Barbara and agreed that she
well deserved this award.

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Mayor Arceneaux was in the deeds for the citizens in our Living facilities. She spends Melancon Glenda Hebert
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citizen each year between so much for the Senior several of them to Doctor Barney Arceneaux and
Thanksgiving and Christmas. Citizens in our community. Appointments. Barbara always Woody Lambert
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someone who has done good Nursing homes and Assisted and life, and unselfishly shares
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This past December Ascension Parish lost
a true leader to community service, a
loving father and a great friend to an entire
community. Charles “Pete” Bourque
graduated from Gonzales High School in
1952 and married Kathleen Johnson in
June 1953. Born Charles Ray Bourque
August 4, 1934 and passed due to medical
complications December 16, 2018 at the age of
84. Pete had always been active in his life
from a young age and his determination led
him to outstanding accomplishments. Born and raised
in Gonzales Pete graduated and played high school football for
Gonzales and then played college football for Southeastern University.
He was the kicker on the football team acquiring the nickname,
“The Golden Toe”.

In the mid 1960’s along with a few Louisiana Chiefs, he coordinated

a meeting to reactivate the then dormant Association of Chief of
Police. After this first meeting an invitation was sent out to the other
state Chiefs to attend the first meeting of the Association in
Gonzales. He was elected President at this meeting and held that
position for several years. In this capacity he handled the lobbying
efforts for the Association and was able to make great strides in
improving law enforcement in the fields of training, education, and
supplemental pay.
He represented Louisiana on the State Association Chiefs
of Police Board which allowed him to become the right arm of the
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) where he
served as Chairman of the Southern Region covering 11 states. He
also chaired a conference in New Orleans for IACP.
He served on the Governor’s Law Enforcement Commission and
the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
He was instrumental in the creation of the Municipal Police
Officers Retirement System for the police of Louisiana. He was to
the Board of Directors and a couple of years later was elected
Chairman. He served as Chairman and Director of the Retirement
I became Chief Deputy, I had the miles an hour and the waves
privilege of working much more were 3 to 4 feet high. Lightning
System and was also Investment (called "auxillary" at the time)..this closely on a command level with was striking the water and the
Officer for the System. The was in the day (44 years ago) the Chief and was blessed to clouds were touching the water,
System has grown to be a when APSO shared building much more closely observe his and the clouds were touching the
multi-billion-dollar system for the space with GPD and was how I style of personal and professional water. I looked at Pete and said
police of the state of Louisiana. met "the Chief" Pete Bourque....a accountability. ..and also his “this doesn’t look good”, about
great man, small in stature but a sense of humor. He was my kind that time we saw a boat running
giant to those like me that were of guy..take the job and the along the shore. Pete took the
brand new in this field and trying
Pete had many friends
mission seriously but careful paddle and tied a T-shirt to it and
to make career I to remember to enjoy a was waving it. I had a flash light
and a couple of his
closest wanted to share teach and coach or do I remain in good laugh... and I was blinking it. All of a
some fun times and law enforcement. His leadership I enclose a picture I kept sudden the boat turned toward
style was one of direct supervi- through the years of myself and us. The boat got to us just
sion where everything revolved
moments with him.
long time deputy and close friend in time.
around ethics and accountability
Jeff Wiley Spends
Paul Robert after we bought an The man and his wife were in
and when Chief Bourque spoke, auction item for a benefit cause a boat with a cabin on it. The
everyone listened.. While sheriff
Best $25 Ever!
and we purchased the "right" to man’s name was Roy Snibling.
deputies did not report to or work hit the Chief with a pie square in His wife was saying the Rosary
for Chief Bourque, daily we the face. Might have been one of and crying. She was scared.
observed his strength in the best $25 we ever spent as Have you ever heard the Act of
I first formally met Charles Pete leadership and his every move Pete laughed heartily and we Contrition screamed? We got
Bourque in the fall of 1974. I was was observed intently and he breathed a sigh of relief that he through the storm and on the way
soon to graduate from SLU and in shaped many a young officer's was a good sport about it for a home I told Pete that my last
October of '74 I was hired by early career, including mine. good cause....summary, Chief thoughts were of my children.
brand new Sheriff Harold Tridico Later, as we both grew older and Bourque was simply one of the Pete took a minute; and I asked
to do part time deputy patrol
forefathers of law enforcement in him about what he was thinking?
east Ascension/Gonzales and in He told me that he had just
Jeff Wiley and Paul Robert with large measure throughout purchased a life insurance policy
municipal policing in Louisiana and he could see his wife going to
Pete enjoying a fundraiser. and left a legacy that will live Las Vegas with the money.
forever....RIP my Chief
A Final Farewell from
Steve Juneau takes Barney Arceneaux.
Pete Fishing!
Father, Kathleen, the entire
Pete and I were fishing in Bourque Family, and friends,
Lake Verret when a terrible storm although the circumstance that
started. We started the motor and calls for us to gather is a sad one.
were going to the landing when I welcome you as we bid farewell
the motor froze up. to Pete Bourque.
The storm was so bad that the This day is a hard one for us all.
wind was blowing at least 50 It is so much easier to mourn in
silence. It takes away the worry all his life, he was liked and his friendship, his love of family, “Rest Easy , my friend. It won’t
of not being able to get your respected by everyone who knew his devotion as husband, and his be the same here without you,
words out, or even just simply him, which was practically compassion for this community. but we will do our best to continue
getting the right words out. But everybody. They don’t very often make them living life as you would have
silence or not, one thing which I Pete had the simple, but nearly like Pete anymore. That makes wanted. May you live on through
am sure we all appreciate today, miraculous gift of being himself in his passing even sadder those of us privileged to have
is being here together, sharing in any company. He never put on somehow. been a part of your journey.
each other’s silence, sharing in airs. He was at ease and he put I loved Pete. I love him still.
each other’s moments of thought. the people that he met at ease. I admired him. I am proud to be Your Friend,
We all have our own personal I never saw Pete treat anyone of his friend. I know you all loved Barney Arceneaux
and special memories of the mark any nationality, religion, color of him too. And while it is natural for
Pete left in our hearts and in our skin, physical or mental condition us to be sorry that he has died, it
lives. To be honest, it is very with anything other than is infinitely more important for us
difficult for me to be up here ungrudging respect. Unless of to be happy that he lived, and
today, hearing my own thoughts course, the person proved that we all got to share part of his
out loud, and trying my best to undeserving of it. life with him.
focus on the happy times Pete Pete’s career allowed him to be
brought into my life rather than a strong part of our community.
the fact that he is no longer here He served. He led. He taught by
with us as we once knew him to example. And he mentored
be. I am certain of two things throughout his 24 years of service
though. First, Pete would have to this community, first as a
wanted us all to be here together, Deputy Sheriff, and later as
with nothing but our best thoughts Police Chief. I am honored to call
of times we spent with him. myself, among the many who
Secondly, I know Pete’s spirit is learned through his guidance.
still here with us. He was such a I am a better Public servant and a
strong person, in character, per- better man because of him and
sonality and presence. That the life lessons he taught me.
never goes away. Pete has a decorated legacy that
Great men change the whole is full of accolades and awards.
world, but they do so from a I could list them now, but he was
distance, from a height most of us more than the honors we all know
never think about reaching. But a he received. Those were a given
“Good Man”, a good man walks for a man devoted to his career.
among us. We see him every But Pete was more than that, so I
single day. And too often, it isn’t choose to honor him today with
until a time like this that we what I feel is the greatest award
realize what he has given us. of all-the recognition for all of the
Pete Bourque was a good man. goodness that Pete bestowed on
He wasn’t a famous man, but in so many of us. I recognize his Publisher’s Note: I captured these photos at the Jambalaya
this city, where he spent almost strength, his courage, his humor, Festival while Pete watched on and supported Jeff and Jared.

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food fest scheduled for March
Members of the Rotary Club of Gonzales 2019 Food Fest Committee pictured from left to right are: Craig Walling, Glenda Shaheen,
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February 3, 2019-
The Day the Super Bowl Died by Bill Delaune

One of the Super Bowl

(or Boycott Bowl, if you will)
parties I attended on February
3, had a brilliant idea. Instead
of watching the Saint-less
football game, the creative
crew was showing a
documentary on “The Day the
Music Died”. After all-it was
the 60th anniversary of the
1959 plane crash that killed
rock-n-roll stars Buddy Holly,
Richie Valens and J.P.
Richardson-better known as
“The Big Bopper”.
As the film pointed out, after
the loss of those rock super
stars, rock-n-roll almost didn’t
recover. Elvis Presley had
been drafted into the Army,
Jerry Lee Lewis had married
his 13-year old cousin and was
blackballed by many radio
stations and Chuck Berry had
fallen out of grace by doing
the unthinkable in that
decade-dancing with a white
girl on nationwide television.
Rock-n-roll music struggled music. Holly’s classic “That’ll Be the “We deserve an answer-
along for a few years in the But back to the future-or Day”-a title he took from a line Roger, oh where can you be,
early 60’s with a plethora of present-or whatever Twilight in a John Wayne movie-I heard Didn’t you see?”…
Bobby’s-Bobby Darin, Bobby Zone we’re in right now. When a different version… And who can forget the Big
Vee, Bobby Vinton, Bobby I got home, I must confess, I “That’ll be the day-when we Bopper’s routine with the
Rydell-before the Beatles did put on the game-for strictly get a break, telephone that began with
arrived in February of 1964 to financial purposes (No, I did Yeah, that’ll be the day with “Hello, baby…”-but once again,
save our musical souls. But not bet illegally. I had gone to refs on the take, I heard some different lyrics…
the loss of three of the biggest Mississippi and placed You say that you’ll reward us “Chantilly lace is a pretty
stars on one fatal day was perfectly legal wagers-some- for small market’s sake, place for a wedding dress or a
almost as bad as the call that thing this backwards state And that’ll be the day-when I party gown,
deprived the Saints of a Super could use to finance early don’t awake…” But a yellow flag was the
Bowl appearance. education, teacher raises or And instead of the great only rag that we wanted on the
On February 3, 1999, I saw any number of programs…) Richie Valens tribute to his ground,
Bob Dylan at the UNO Arena but I couldn’t help but hear girlfriend Donna-I heard a When our receiver got
and his encore was not one of some of the documentary’s lament to the well-paid but mugged by an L.A. thug,
his legendary folk songs but a songs swirling around in my deafeningly silent Not only pass interference
rousing Buddy Holly song brain-cell-depleted mind, commissioner of the NFL but a targeting offense,
called “Fade Away” which he combining 50’s and 60’s Roger Goodell… Get you 1-9 on the street, but
did appropriately on an electric rock-n-roll with the Super Bowl “Oh, Roger-oh, Roger, 43 that’s why we got beat,
Fender-Holly’s trademark LIE (never was good at million deserves at least a line, Oh baby, this crew needs to
guitar. Dylan made sure the Roman numerals). Why stick it to-the Saints take a hike!”
audience knew what a great For instance, to the tune of time after time. And of course, the anthem
influence Holly had on his
which inspired the term “The best NFC team…”


Day the Music Died” was Don All in all, the 2019 Super
McLean’s 1972 Song of the Bowl had to rate as one of-if
Year “American Pie”. Ask my not-the worst Super Bowl
talented cousin Rhett to play it ever. The Saints should have
for you at his next gig. But been there-don’t you think Congratulations to the DMS Eaglettes dance team for placing first
guess what I heard in my Drew Brees could have read in state for their Contemporary dance at the American All Star re-
hearing-impaired ears… New England’s blitzes a little gional dance competition in January. The dance team also earned
“Bye, bye, National Football better than an inexperienced a second place trophy for their Jazz routine. The Eaglettes also
League pride, Jared Goff. The only numbers competed at UDA and placed 3rd in Jazz and 5th in pom. Adaria
Lost it all on one bad call that mattered for board Prater was in the top 10 scoring solo finalist. These state champi-
and integrity died, watchers were 0-0, 3-0, and ons are coached by Macy Delaune, Colbi Landry Ashley Brown,
So your Rams played like 3-3 so I wasn’t even close. Kate Bourgeois, and Candace Binning. We are Dutchtown Proud!
lambs and the ratings Even the Mississippi casinos
nose-dived, took a beating because no
And the Saints’ fans laughed one in this region bet on the
so hard that they cried…” L.A. Asterisks. The game was
Even the legendary outlaw boring, the halftime show
country star Waylon Jennings sucked, the commercials
was prominent in the feature sucked-is this starting to
as he and Buddy Holly were sound like sour grapes?
friends back in Lubbock, The final blow came with
Texas in the 50’s. In fact, eight seconds left in the game
Holley hired Waylon to play when the Rams trotted out
bass in his band “The placekicker Greg Zuerlein for
Crickets” for the snowy, winter a 40-something yard field goal
Midwest tour. With the tour to try and cut the margin to
bus freezing up at every stop, 13-6. You remember
Holley finally chartered a Zuerlein-the guy who broke
private plane after the show in the Saints’ hearts with a
Clear Lake, Iowa, and offered 57-yarder in overtime that
Jennings a seat. But legend would have been good from
has it that Waylon lost his about 70. So when I checked
L to R Front Adaria Prater, Alyssa Hymel Middle Myleey Rayder,
place in a coin flip with the my 10-man board one last
Caitlin Dulaney, Bailey Brizzard, Karissa Drumgole, Bella
Big Bopper and escaped the time-based on the number
Landaiche Back Kassidy Smith, Ashli Wall, Brooke Hill, Milan Al-
fatal crash. devised by adding up the final
varez, Parrish Whipple, Torie Pitre
When Holley heard about scores, I discovered I had a
the switch, he jokingly told 9-good for $500 if he could
Jennings, “Well, I hope your connect. Well, he hooked it
old bus freezes up.” worse than my last drive at
To which Waylon shot Santa Maria and there went
back-“Well, I hope your old my last chance.
plane crashes.” In retrospect, I understand
I’m sure Waylon lived with what Buddy Holley and crew
more guilt over that innocent were trying tell me from
comment than that California rock-n-roll heaven. What I
officiating crew did over should have done was call up
denying the Saints a Super “Peggy Sue”, “Donna”, and
Bowl opportunity. But told them to put on some
Jennings found him a “Good “Chantilly Lace” because we
Hearted Woman” named were about to “take the Chevy
Jesse Colter to help him cope to the levee” down in New
and wrote her a song to that Orleans and join the boycott
end. But those weren’t parade. I would have had a
exactly the words I heard on lot more fun.
Super Sunday…
“It’s the AFC champions
‘gainst the second best
NFC team,
No Bird versus Magic, just a
Boston-L.A. nightmare dream,
So painful to view-so break
out a new fifth of Jim Beam.
And watch the AFC
champions rout the second
found her lying on the ground and three duck hunts. Now you
where she had tripped because know how it is dealing with
of the injured leg. She stayed your offspring on these types of
there for the remainder of the trips. Most of the expense goes
hunt. to you...but what the heck? I’ve
The next weekend at daylight spent her entire life exposing my
found us again in the swamp child to fishing and hunting and
before daylight. With the knee she is now expanding her
still injured she managed to get interest into several other
to the preferred spot, but not venues of hunting instead of
before falling into the freezing primarily hunting deer. For
water twice and getting soaking several years I have been
wet. When I asked if she wanted looking for another partner in
for me to bring her back to dry the field for companionship and
land she quickly replied no. The safety reasons. It just hit me the
next weekend found us back in other day, I think I might have
May Have Found Another One After All the swamp again and this time
she didn’t fall.
found one-my daughter.....

In the last year or so we’ve Till Next Time,

As I age, I find that my the swamp at daylight I noticed made several deer hunts, a Who’s Yours?
number of hunting or fishing that she was no longer behind couple bass and saltwater fishing
partners has decreased me. I quickly backtracked and trips, a number of squirrel hunts James “Goosie” Guice
significantly. Some have moved
away or may be involved with
jobs that require a lot of time at
work. Some younger ones are
raising families and some are
just getting too old to get out
there anymore, but in several
cases most of my favorite
outdoor buddies have passed
away. My brother-in-law and I
do get together from time to
time to make a film for our tv
show, Ascension Outdoors.
From time to time I’ll make a
hunt or fishing trip with
someone on the spur of the
moment, but it’s not like having
those partners of old that you
were with on a regular basis
back in the day.
In the last year or so my
daughter has begun to show
interest in many of the things
that I do on the hunting and
fishing scene. Now don’t get
me wrong, through the years I
have taken her on about every
kind of outdoor adventure that
you can imagine. Of all those
things, she has enjoyed deer
hunting the best and still hunts
whitetails to this day. Just
recently she has been asking me
to bring her bass fishing,
squirrel hunting and even
duck hunting.
One cold morning this past
duck season she showed up at
the house to prepare for a wood
duck hunt. As she walked in I
noticed that she was limping
badly. She had injured herself
while playing with her cousins’
child the night before. I
explained to her that the hurt
leg would make it hard to walk
in the swamp. She wanted to go

anyway. Not long after entering
with Kellie
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Thoughts from Bully

I Might Be
but is 13 an
never have I come in last.
You can ask my son I am a
My typical excuse for not
person with superstitious
winning has been as the host of
tendencies. I will not walk my shoulder every time I spill it.
the event I am running around
under a ladder. I throw salt over Don’t ever say, “We got this
and taking care of my guest and
game in the bag.” I never step
fellow competitors. However
on the white chalk line on the
this year I prepared ahead of
way to the mound and I will not
time and had as much as I could
tempt fate no matter how trivial
have done prior to the event.
it may seem.
This allowed me to concentrate
on my ribs and not the guest.
This past month we held our
13th Annual Super Bowl
This year I invited some new
Rib-Off. I have competed in
quality experienced cooks to go
this event from the beginning
with our regulars which was
and I have always fallen short of
going to make winning even Jambalaya Festival Association.
the winners podium. I’ve been
harder. Also I had 5 judges that These judges were very profes-
second on at least 5 occasion,
included members from the sional of which 3 were former
3rd on a couple of more but
World Champion winners which

Publishers Note: I had a problem with my camera and all of the photos of the cooks did not come out. I apologize to the cooks that
their photos did not come out and make the article. Also I would like to thank the judges for coming out and helping.

made quality ribs a must to win
this competition. The judges came down with the
results. I looked across the
We started making a blind draw crowd and there was Bruce the
on our competition number and winner of the last 3 years. Then
I drew the number 13. Oh hell, the other new cooks had turned
here I go again. There is no way in some beautiful ribs. I had
I can win with that evil unlucky tasted my son, Michael, a for-
number. It was time to come up mer champion, ribs and I knew
with some new losing excuses he had a new secret ingredient.
The judges stepped up and
As we approached 4 o’clock, announced cook number 2,
which was turn in time, I felt Michael came out third. Then
good about my ribs and even number 7 was Jared Bourque
better about my sauce. I turned was second place winner. With
in my ribs and it was time for hope or despair waiting they
our traditional Jaeger bomb announced number 13. I
celebration. Big Luke who has couldn’t believe it. I finally won. I shot back with, “Only the best It just so happens I recently had
fixed the Red Bull and Jaeger cook could win with the to make a late night visit to the
concoction for all these years After receiving praise for my unlucky number 13, at the 13th emergency room for a medical
screwed by forgetting to ad the achievement I heard a few of my Annual Rib-Off with 13 cooks.” complication and I was worried
Red Bull and it was hard to former champions question the I didn’t mention I used 13 about my out come. I then
drink straight Jaeger but we did. results. This is now the different ingredients in my rib looked at the wall chart board
I then thought number 13 has Ascension Magazine Super Bowl rub and sauce. and there it was. I was in
affected Luke and caused this Rib-Off and I own the emergency room number 13.
screw up. I really started to magazine. I had invited the new I can’t say I’m going to give up I felt a lot better then and I
worry about the results because judges and ran the entire event. on being superstitious but 13 made it home alive. 13 can’t be
I tried really hard this year. may be my new lucky number. all bad.

On a monthly basis these
chemical companies meet with
the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s
Office, Ascension Parish
Homeland Security and other
response agencies not only
from Ascension Parish, but
across the State of Louisiana
to discuss our emergency
response capabilities and
readiness for the residents of
our Ascension communities,
stated LeBlanc.

Picture L to R: IMAG
Chairman Chris Browning,
Ascension Parish President
Kenny Matassa, Sheriff
Bobby Weber, Fire Chief /

Senator John
CAER Chairman James E.
On Wednesday January 9, when several Ascension Parish LeBlanc, Legislative

Kennedy's Office
2019 Legislative Assistant Chemical companies joined Assistant to Senator John
Marcie Smith and Regional forces, brought together by Kennedy Marcie Smith,

visits with
Representative Tommy their desire to educate area Regional Representative
Martinez from Senator John residents about the industry’s Tommy Martinez of Senator

local CAER
Kennedy’s Office met with the function in our community, John Kennedy’s Office,
Ascension Parish Homeland

Ascension Parish CAER stated LeBlanc. The result is
Committee, stated CAER more than 30 local chemical Security Director Rick
Chairman James E. LeBlanc. facilities formed what we know Weber and CAER Committee
today as CAER. (Community Member Ryan Schexnayder.
CAER was formed in Awareness Emergency
Ascension Parish in 1985, Response).

For All the Information:
River Parishes
College Foundation
Announces Spring
2019 Scholarships
River Parishes Community College (RPCC)
Foundation announced that 44 students
representing 8 parishes were awarded a total
of $42,830 in scholarships for the Spring 2019
semester. The RPCC Foundation raises
money annually through major corporations
such as BASF, Rubicon, Marathon, and Dow,
not for profit organizations, small businesses,
Donations are being accepted now for 2019 and can be made
and individuals to provide scholarships to assist students in
through the Baton Rouge Area Foundation online at or
pursuing their educational goals. Students received an average
sent directly to the RPCC Foundation at PO Box 550, Gonzales,
of $950 and are enrolled in nearly every program offered by the
LA 70707. For more information email
three-campus college to include Practical Nursing, Process
or call 225.743-8763.

Two Awarded first ever R.E.A.L. Awards at RPCC

Technology, and Instrumentation. Lillie Murphy, Director of
Advancement highlighted that the RPCC faculty and staff alone
contributed over $8,000 to the Foundation in 2018.

Awards Extended to non-traditional students at River Parish Community College

Rubicon LLC and River to their college career while way to make dreams available and primarily focused on adult
Parish Community College has working hard to take care of to the working adults in our learners, typically considered
selected two winners to their families through full time community. Together we are non-traditional, that desire to
receive the first Rubicon or nearly full-time work, and
R.E.A.L. (Rubicon Empowering that’s what the Rubicon
Adult Learning) award for the R.E.A.L. awards support,”
spring semester of 2019. The Tanya Stilley, HR
two winners were Roy Curry, Representative at Rubicon.
Process Technology student, “River Parishes Community
and Benjuiel Lanieu, Process College and the RPCC Foun-
Technology student, studying dation are incredibly proud to
at RPCC. have Rubicon as a partner.
“These young men have The Rubicon R.E.A.L.
proven themselves dedicated scholarships are an innovative

changing lives through continue their education.

education and employment Deadline for Fall 2019
opportunities,” Lilly Murphy, semester is June 15, 2019.
Director of Institutional You can call or visit the River
Development at RPCC. Parish Community College
Rubicon R.E.A.L. awards are financial aid office for more
awarded to assist students information regarding the
with educational expenses application process.
while working. These
scholarships are merit-based
1 3 0 5 3 H W Y. 4 3 1 • S T. A M A N T

Shell Makes Donation

Pictured here (l to r): Dale Doty, President of RPCC; Rhoman Hardy, Shell VP of Gulf Coast
Manufacturing Operations; Allen Pertuit, Shell Convent Refinery General Manager;
Monty Sullivan, Louisiana Community and Technical College President


“Shell recently announced a tate the civil work, including
$100,000 contribution to River construction management of
Parishes Community College the foundation, for this extraor-
(RPCC) to assist in the devel- dinary training unit that is

opment and construction of a strategically located at RPCC’s


one-of-a kind, full-scale campus in Gonzales, LA near

process equipment trainer three large world-scale Shell
Front End

(PET) for students in the River Manufacturing facilities in the


Region. Allen Pertuit, Shell River Region. Working to con-

Convent Refinery General struct the Gulf Coast’s pre- NOW STOCKING: ANCO WIPERS,
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Shell VP of Gulf Coast Manu- RPCC is building the full-size,
facturing Operations, were on fully functional glycol distilla-
hand to deliver the good news tion tower designed specifically
and affirm Shell’s commitment to train process technicians
to the school’s PET project. and other industrial mainte-
The Shell leaders made the nance and craft specialists.
announcement during a recent The facility will give students a
visit by Louisiana Community training experience in an out-
and Technical College door industrial setting, unique
(LCTCS) and RPCC leader- for a community college, and
ship to Shell’s Convent Refin- reflects industrial operations
24 Hr. Emergency Roadside Service
ery in St. James Parish. Shell’s throughout the region.”
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Pictured here (l to r): Monty Sullivan, Louisiana Community and Technical College
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Representative District 56; Johnny Berthelot, Representative District 88; Edward “Ed”
Price, Senator District 2; Eddy Lambert, Senator District 18; Gary Smith, senator, district Oscar and Linda Mire and sons
19; Dale Doty, President of RPCC; Rhoman Hardy, Shell VP of Gulf Coast Manufacturing
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1 lb Louisiana Crawfish tails (peeled) ¼ cup Mayonnaise
1 cup diced onion 1 tablespoon Creole Mustard
¼ cup diced celery 1 tablespoon Ketchup
¼ cup diced bell pepper 2 teaspoons Horseradish
2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chopped green onions 4 eggs
½ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 lemon (juiced) 1 cup bread crumbs
½ cups fresh shredded smoked Gouda
(any cheese you like)
Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat. When the
oil is hot, add your onions, celery, bell pepper, and minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the
crawfish tails, Worcestershire. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove from the
heat and pour into a large mixing bowl.

Crawfish Cakes with Now, add your shredded cheese to the crawfish mixture and season to taste with salt & pepper. Add
the green onions, 2 eggs, and the regular bread crumbs to the crawfish and mix well. At this point
your mixture should be able to hold its shape. (add a little more bread crumbs if not)
Remoulade sauce Form mixture into cakes

In a mixing bowl add the 2 remaining eggs, salt & pepper then whisk. In another small bowl add
the panko bread crumbs
Yield: 8 cakes
In a large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium high heat. While the oil is heating, dip
Prep: 15 minutes each cake into the egg mixture, then the panko bread crumbs. Once your oil is hot, add the cakes
and fry them for about 2-3 minutes on each side. (You can also bake these cakes for a healthier
option- 350 for 10 minutes) Remove the cakes from the hot oil and set them on a plate with
Cook: 10 minutes paper towel to drain.
Executive Chef
Sam Penton In a small bowl combine your mayo, Creole mustard, ketchup, horseradish, and lemon juice.
Serving: 4 Mix well and drizzle over the top of your delicious crawfish cakes ENJOY!!!!!!

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