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MARCH 2019, VOL. 17 ISSUE 3


Dining and Dancing

at The Bend
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Publisher / Editor
Mike Strong
Table of Contents
FREEZIN’ FOR A CAUSE ......... 4
Sales Manager
Dottie Godberry
Staff Photographer SWEET EYES W/ TANYA...........12

Jimmy Dunkley CATFISH RODEO.............................24 FOR MORE INFORMATION

BILL DELAUNE.......................... 30

Contributing Writers
Bill Delaune
Linda Melancon
Goosie Guice SNO’S RECIPE........................... 45

ON THE COVER: Painting the town pink at the Spanishtown parade, publisher of Ascension
Orhan McMillan

Magazine, Mike Strong, rides for his 20th year. Nemisis Riders is his Krewe and painted the float
Kellie Seymour

for this years theme, Drain the Perversion Canal.

Tanya Stilley
Jimmy Dunkley
Patti Mouton
Jamie Lavigne
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I ask for your continued support
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Photo: Advanced Master Gardener Richard
Babin presented “Home Gardening Made
Easier,” a demonstration of garden tool use
for the GGC.

Tool Time for the Garden Club

The Gonzales
Garden Club met
at the newly
St. Amant home
of Dale Bowman
on February 6 to
share information
about garden
tools. Guest
Speaker Ad-
vanced Master
Gardener Richard
Babin demon-
strated how to
choose, use and
maintain a wide
GGC February hostesess were, from left, Dale Bowman, Mary Jo Pohlig,
Barbara McCormick, Marilyn Rice and Dana Teepell. Member Dale Bowman assisted in the tool
maintenance presentation.

GGC Member Pam Fiegel designed a crescent-line arrangement of greenery, GGC Member Loretta Ramirez used her neighbor’s Mexican petunia stems and
carnations, mums and daisies in a rectangular planter. camellias for her home garden to create this soft arrangement.

variety of shovels,
trowels, rakes,
cultivators, hoes,
pruners and
shears. Member
Dale Bowman
how to use either
naval jelly or Coca
Cola to remove
rust from metal

GGC Members
Pam Fiegel, Janis
Poche, Loretta
Ramirez, and
Sandy Stewart
floral designs.
GGC Member Janis Poche supported foxtail fern with floral
wire to form the crescent extending from miniature carnations.
The horticultural
hint was to water
newly seeded
vegetable and
herb beds almost
daily until
seedlings come
up, especially
during cold, dry
weather. The
garden tip of
the month was to
recycle or donate bringing hors d’oeuvres, fruit, greens,
garden tools, pots pasta and chicken salads, breads, and
and books no longer needed. desserts. To end the day, members
toured Bowman’s property to see her
The meeting was hosted by Members greenhouse, shady and sunny
Dale Bowman, Gwen Heck, Barbara flowerbeds, and large vegetable gardens.
McCormick, Mary Jo Pohlig, Marilyn Rice
GGC Member Sandy Stewart fashioned a circular design with and Dana Teepell. All members
contributed to the salad bar luncheon by
young firecracker bush stalks to accent her yellow scheme
“The Gonzales Garden Club
of daisies, coreopsis, roses, and snapdragons with a
is federated by
soft accent of maidenhair fern,
National Garden Clubs, Inc.”

Gonzales Garden Club Yards of the Month

The Gonzales Garden Club resumed their practice of choosing soft touch holly, bronze beauty cleyera, boxwoods, crepe
Yards of the Month after three-month hiatus. The Residential myrtles, hostas, a pecan tree, nandinas and purple wandering
Yard of the Month Award for March went to Winston Brignac of Jew. The Commercial Landscape of the Month Award went to
105 Oleana Drive for his vast variety of plants and tidy upkeep Ascension Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 711 W.
through the wintertime. His corner lot includes plum yew, red tip Cornerview Road for their colorful pansies, budding camellias,
photina, dwarf azaleas, agapanthus, knockout roses, Christmas mature crepe myrtle trees and neatly trimmed shrubs.
cactus, bougainvillea, sago palms, sky pencil Japanese holly,
Louisiana Champions named
at 84th Annual LSU AgCenter
Livestock Show
Hundreds of young people from LSU vice president for agriculture.
across Louisiana were named “Every youngster who participated
state champions during the 84th in this show is a champion be-
annual LSU AgCenter Livestock cause of the dedication, skills and
Show held Feb. 9 to 16 at the knowledge they’ve demonstrated
Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. by caring for their animals.”

To qualify for the state show, com- The 2019 livestock show was
petitors had to first participate in made possible by endowed funding
parish and district livestock shows from the Meraux Foundation, Gerry
across Louisiana. At the state Lane Enterprises and PotashCorp,
show, 1,930 youths exhibited 1,874 said Lindsey Kelly, director of
breeding animals, 1,292 market alumni relations and stewardship
animals and 1,415 birds, according for the AgCenter and LSU College
to the AgCenter Livestock Show of Agriculture.
manager Dwayne Nunez.
Other donors include First South
Judges at the LSU AgCenter Live- Farm Credit, Sunshine Quality So-
stock Show determined more than lutions, Mosaic, Louisiana Land
2,000 state champions in various Bank, Zen-Noh Grain Corporation,
breeds of beef and dairy cattle, the Louisiana 4-H Foundation,
goats, hogs, poultry and sheep. Louisiana FFA Foundation,
Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation
Although the event showcases ex- and Boot Barn, she said.
amples of the state’s important
livestock industries, AgCenter ad- The Arlene and Joseph Meraux
ministrators say it is much more Charitable Foundation endowment
than that. supported awards for Supreme
Champion animals in all six breed-
“This show is much more about ing species — beef cattle, dairy,
recognizing champion young peo- poultry, sheep, goats and swine.
ple than it is about naming cham-
pion animals,” said Bill Richardson, Photos provided by LSU AgCenter
several overlapping circles. Spectricide Immunox Lawn
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diseases worse. Always water directions and they should be
We may still have a day or two early in the morning. Evening perfectly safe for pets, kids, and
of cool weather to deal with but watering will leave the leaf other yard-dwellers.
spring is definitely here. A mild blades wet overnight, giving the These chemicals aren’t
winter and mostly warm spring fungus plenty time to make itself miracle workers, so expect to
has led to an early green-up of at home. Also, water deeply (the re-apply fungicide (per label
lawn grasses. That early growth equivalent of at least one or two directions) a couple more times.
also leaves us open to turf inches of rain) once a week. Do realize that just about all our
diseases, especially brown Daily watering is too frequent fungicides are better preventive
patch. It’s also been excellent and again you’re leaving leaves agents than curative. The brown
weather for weeds but that’s wet too long. blades of grass will not turn
another story. André Brock If you do have brown patch, green, but their growing and
Brown patch (also known as chemical treatment can help. your mowing will eventually take
“large patch”) is probably the Fungicides are available in the brown parts off. The result
at the wrong time as well. While
most common disease we see granular and liquid formulations. is ultimately a green lawn.
it might have been tempting to
in turf grass. It’s most prevalent Granulars are fine as preventive Success can be better meas-
fertilize in February, that could
in fall and spring with relatively treatments, but the liquids will ured by the fact that the disease
have led to more problems.
cool (below 80 degrees) give you better coverage in is no longer spreading.
Late March is the earliest we
temperatures and high areas already affected. Granular If you want to know more
should fertilize.
humidity. Believe it or not, formulas will need to be watered about gardening, landscaping,
So how do you know if you
humidity is lower during the day in, but liquids should be allowed or anything else horticultural,
have brown patch? Well, if you
in hotter months, as the sun to dry on the leaf blades to contact the St. John, St. James,
have St. Augustine or centipede
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grass (the vast majority in our
more quickly. Systemic fungicides are your Agent André Brock at
area) and it’s brown now, there
A fungal organism called best bet, as they stay in the
are few other likely causes. (It
Rhizoctonia solani is the culprit, plant’s vascular system for a Also, the LSU Ag Center’s
may attack other grasses, but
and it likes fresh growth and lots while. These include the active website can be accessed at
these are the most common
of water. Many lawns never ingredients (fine print on the with lots
hosts.) Chinch bugs attack in
went completely dormant this fungicide bag) propiconazole, of user-friendly information,
summer and tend to cause
winter and Lord knows we had myclobutanil, thiophanate- including this article.
similar but very irregular
enough rain. We see this methyl, and chlorothalonil.
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DNA by shortening your
telomere, allows your DNA to
unravel. A telomere is the
beginning and end of a DNA
strand, sort of like the hard
piece at the end of a shoe lace,
Telomers keep your DNA
intact. Scientists now know
that shorter telomeres happen
during the aging process or
things we do to induce aging,
like poor sleep.

All sleep is not created equal.

There are several stages of sleep,
and sleep scientists are now
finding out that Delta Sleep is
the deepest more restorative
sleep. This Delta sleep allows
the body to heal itself and
release, anti-cancerous DNA
code. Getting less or poor,
non- Delta, sleep does the
opposite, it pushes your body
could stay peaceful, but I shut allow the body to get into deep
Alpha, down and got very quiet. sleep. Dark,
to create more cancer causing
genetic code. We must push to
because our bodies were attempt to get Delta sleep.
Theta,Delta. By the end of the trip, I knew
I needed to research the
designed to
release melatonin natu-
Zzz. importance of sleep and the
latest findings on its impact on
ral when light begins
to diminish. We have
the human psyche and physical fought our body’s
body. Here’s a few things natural release of
On a recent trip with my honey, I learned. melanin by keeping on
I was pushed to the limits with lights and staying on
my sleep…or shall I say, lack Sleep affects your body the electronic devices
thereof. Traveling from same as or more than food an through all hours of
Geismar to Santa Rosa Beach, exercise, either positively or the night. Good
then flying to Denver, then negatively, so making sleep is. night’s sleep policy –
driving up to Steamboat, CO Supremely important on your turn off tv and phones
left me exhausted, especially body, mind, and even DNA! for at least 30 minutes
since I was sharing the room prior to bedtime.
with a snorer. Restful, deep sleep allows the Quiet, because our
part of the brain that controls minds can rest with
I was not in a good head space decision making to work more little to no noise.
to kick start our ski trip. I effectively, so people that get White noise, ambient
hated the way I felt, and even restful sleep, make better, less sounds and delta wave
worse, I hated the way I was irrational decisions. music are the exception. A Once again, the Sleep Machine
acting. I stayed in prayer so I great app to try is Sleep is a great app, and there are also
Sleep Machine App Sleep should be prepared for Machine, $2.99 from the app lots of long running sleep
and thoughtful, keeping the store, since it has specific sleep videos you can search for on
following in mind: Consistent, frequencies you can turn on to you tube.
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And if that were not enough,
Sleep should be consistent, Poor sleep impacts your actual people that don’t sleep are
meaning not 4 proven to be less empathetic
hours one night than those that do. Which
and nine hours brings me back to my opening
the next. Sleep story…starting off a weeklong
should be rou- trip with no sleep, certainly
tine, meaning made me grumpy, less patient,
you try to go to and Heaven forbid…less
be around the empathetic?!
same time every
night and wake I want to be healthy in my
up the same time mind, body, spirit and DNA,
each morning. and I want the same for you!
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Try to Avoid as pursuing inappropriate

investments, which could
ultimately damage your prospects

for success.
• Be prepared for anything.

The Titanic had far fewer
lifeboats than it needed, resulting
in a tragic loss of life that could
have been prevented. As an
investor, you need to be prepared
It's been 107 years this month for events that could jeopardize
since the tragedy of the Titanic. your financial well-being, and that
Of course, this disaster has of your family. So, at a minimum,
fascinated the world ever since, you need to maintain adequate
leading to books, movies, life and disability insurance. And
musicals and, ultimately, a it’s also a good idea to build an Crawfish are Starting
successful search for the big emergency fund containing six to
ship’s remains. On the positive 12 months’ worth of living to Come In!
side, commercial shipping lines expenses, with the money kept in
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Titanic, resulting in safer travel • Don’t overreact to perceived
across the oceans. And as an threats.
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draw some important lessons directly ahead, the Titanic’s crew
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So, to avoid some “titanic” ship’s demise, because it
• Turtle Meat
investment mistakes, consider exposed a more vulnerable part
the following: of the hull to the huge ice mass.
• Create a financial strategy When you invest, you might also Ask for Sally’s stuff crabs.
with a solid foundation. be tempted to overreact when
Doug & Sally
Although considered a facing perceived dangers – for You’ll love them.
technological marvel, the Titanic example, if the financial markets
had some real structural, plunge, you might think about
foundational flaws – such as selling your stocks. This is often a
compartments that weren’t fully bad idea, especially if you’re
watertight. To withstand the taking a big loss on your sales. If
inevitable rough seas ahead, your
investment strategy needs a
your investments are still funda-
mentally solid, you might well be Hey Dr. Rob,
strong foundation, based on your better off by staying patient and my name is
needs, goals, family situation, waiting for the markets to recover.
• Give yourself time to reach
risk tolerance and time horizon.
• Be receptive to advice. your goals.
The Titanic’s crew had received Edward J. Smith, the Titanic’s I’m 15 weeks old.
plenty of Marconi wireless captain, apparently wanted to
break speed records on the When do I get
warnings from other ships about
ice in the area. Yet they did not Atlantic crossing – and this desire to hunt?
take precautions, such as slowing may have contributed to his
down. When you invest, you can somewhat reckless passage
benefit from advice from a through fields of ice. As an
financial professional – someone investor, you could also run into
who can caution you when you’re problems if you rush toward a
making dangerous moves, such goal. To illustrate: If you wanted to
retire at 65 with a certain amount
of money, but you didn’t start
saving and investing until you
reached 55, you’d likely have to
put a lot more away each year,
and possibly invest a lot more
aggressively, than if you had
started investing when you were
Put to work some of the
Titanic’s lessons – they might
help you improve your chances of
smooth sailing toward all your
important financial goals.


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Ascension Parish Government Recognized for Blood Donations
Ascension Parish Government, drives.
President Kenny Matassa, and According to
Parish Health Director Christy According to the citation, Sherry Braud,
Burnett have been recognized Ascension Parish has blood drive
by the Our Lady of the Lake conducted 34 blood drives in coordinator with
Blood Bank for outstanding the past eight years, and OLOL Blood
participation during blood averages 34 donors per drive. Bank, “If there is
a 5th Wednes-
day in the month
we don’t even
need to ask, we
know we will be
there. Our staff
and Parish
employees rec-
ognize and great
each other by

The citation
stated that
Ascension President Kenny Matassa and Health Unit Director Christy Burnett.

Parish President
Kenny Matassa and Health in saving lives. The donations
Unit Director Christy Burnett go by Ascension Parish
above and beyond duty to employees have touched
handle any situation that the lives of more than 1800

President Matassa recognizes Eagle Scout Andrew Poché

President Matassa accepts the OLOL Blood Drive Award on behalf of Ascension Parish
Government. Pictured left to right are Sherry Braud, OLOL Blood Drive Coordinator, arises, because they know the patients in the community.
President Kenny Matassa, and Tasha Braud-Jones, Blood Donor Recruiter.
importance of the blood bank

At the February 21 meeting of Andrew Ray Poché. Gonzales, made

the Ascension Parish Council, several US flag
President Kenny Matassa As his Eagle community retirement
presented a Certificate of service project, Poché, who receptacles and
Achievement to Eagle Scout is a member of Troop 65 in placed them
around the
Parish. In only
three months he
has collected
and retired more
than 100 US

Andrew Poché
on his achieve-
ment, and stated
“The Eagle
Scout rank is the February
Eagle Scout Andrew Poché leads the Pledge of Allegiance at the
21 meeting of the Ascension Parish Council.
highest rank
attainable in the Boy Scouts of Poché also led the Pledge of
America. The title of Eagle Allegiance at the beginning of
Scout is held for life, thus the meeting.
Left to right: Councilman Benny Johnson, President Kenny Matassa, father Darren Poché, giving rise to the phrase Once
Eagle Scout Andrew Poché, mother Angela Poché, and brothers Zachary and Benjamin
Poché. In the background are Council members Aaron Lawler, Todd Lambert,
an Eagle, Always an Eagle.”
and John Cagnolatti.

It’s Easy to Advertise in Ascension Magazine.
A whole lot easier than catching 30 bass deceased’s record. If there is no
surviving spouse, the payment is

made to a child who is eligible for
benefits on the deceased’s record in
the month of death.
Mike Strong
If the deceased was receiving Social
Security benefits when he or she
died, the benefits received for the
month of death and any later
months must be repaid to the Social
Security Administration. For
example, if a person dies in July,
By Linda Melancon and benefits are paid for July and
August, both months’ benefits
must be returned. A more
What specific example:

Happens to Your spouse received a social

security check on the 3rd of
Social Security January but passed away on January
28th. The death was reported to
Benefits When the Social Security Administration
on February 4th, after the deceased
A Loved One spouse's February Social Security
payment was received. The
Dies? surviving spouse is required to pay
back both the February social
The death of a loved one, whether security payment and the January
expected or unexpected, can cause payment because the death
both emotional and financial chaos. occurred in January.
For even the most prepared, there
can be bumps in the road, especially Additionally, when a Social Security
when it comes to Social Security beneficiary dies, his or her surviving
benefits. spouse is eligible for survivor
benefits. A surviving spouse can
Social security benefits are collect 100 percent of the late
calculated using credits. A worker spouse’s benefit if the survivor has
can earn up to four credits each reached full retirement age, but the
year. In 2019, for example, you can amount will be lower if the
earn one credit for each $1,360 of deceased spouse claimed benefits
wages or self-employment income before he or she reached full
you have. When you have earned retirement age. If you were already
$5,440, you have earned the four receiving spousal benefits on the
credits for the year. The number of deceased’s work record, Social
credits needed to provide benefits Security will in most cases switch
for survivors depends on the you automatically to survivor
worker's age when they die. No benefits when the death is reported.
one needs more than 40 credits (10 You will not receive a survivor
years of work) to be eligible for any benefit in addition to your own
Social Security benefit. But, the retirement benefit, instead, Social
younger a person is, the fewer Security will pay the higher of
credits they must have for the two amounts.
family members to receive
survivors benefits. The survivor benefit is generally
calculated on the benefit your late
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The information provided is not intended to
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person’s Social Security number if attorney/client relationship. You should consult
you want them to make the report. with an attorney for individual advice regarding
your own situation.

A one-time payment of $255 can be Ms. Melancon is an attorney with Legacy Estate &
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Birthdays, Basketball and Brackets
0r 70 Trips around the Sun by Bill Delaune

“A little madness in the depression usually kicks in

spring is wholesome even for around your March birthday
the king…” and you’ve got a biggie
Emily Dickinson this year.”
“Don’t remind me,” I
I’m with you on that “little groaned.
madness” idea, Emily. As my “On top of that, your
old friend Waylon Jennings whole sports world has
used to sing-“I’ve always been collapsed thanks to NFL
crazy but it kept me from going officials screwing the Saints,
insane…” Anthony Davis leaving the
But the insanity that Pelicans and the FBI ruining
surrounds us this spring would a dream season for your
drive even the Hatter from beloved LSU Tigers. Add to
“Alice in Wonderland” to a new that, your March Madness
level of madness. bracket is coming up and you
All you have to do is pick up haven’t had a winner since
a paper or turn on the news-if the game was played with
you dare-and watch the James Naismith’s peach
craziest show on earth-be- baskets,” he accurately
sides, of course, “The Masked surmised.
Singer” which seemed almost “You’ve been reading my
sane compared to current mail,” I admitted.
events. I mean-who do you “Well, cheer up, Wild Bill.
believe? President Trump? Seventy is just another
Michael Cohen? Robert number and sometimes it can
Mueller? Vlad Putin? Stormy be good luck. Why-do you
Daniels? Jussie Smollett? I remember the score of the
could go on and on but you 1959 Sugar Bowl when LSU
know the drill. won its first national
Which is part of the reason championship?
found myself traipsing through playing an old “Abbey Road”
my mornings are not spent “7-0,” I answered. “Billy
an area formerly known as the tape.
with Fox or MNBC but with the Cannon was the MVP.”
Bluff Swamp to the steps of an “This used to be a damn
“Three Stooges” on AMC. If I “Right you are,” the Great
establishment formerly known good country, Fishwrap,” he
want to see brainless comedy, One smiled. “So 7-0 might turn
as the Alligator Hilton to seek acknowledged me. “People
I’m opting for Moe, Larry and out to be pretty good number
peace with the all-seeing, even read magazines back
Curly over this cosmic joke we for you. And besides, I have
all-knowing Sports Ninja. I then-like that antiquated
have created on this third rock some friends who are also
found him on the porch wear- production you and Bully put
from the sun. turning 70 this year who have
ing a “Clean Gene McCarthy out. But I’ve been expecting
It was also the reason I sent you some birthday
for President” t-shirt and you. That springtime
wishes.” George Foreman-“You don’t you’ll be dancing on the ceiling at numbers, Fishwrap, when
“That sounds great,” I have to grill me on this one. all night long.” you need to be looking at
feigned enthusiasm, “but what Put up your dukes and take From slide guitar expert letters-namely, the letter ‘M’.
about my basketball pool?” the true heavyweight in the Bonnie Raitt-“Happy birthday Look at how many ‘M’ words
“Still smarting over your hot field-the Duke Blue Devils.” to a fellow musician. Hope our we just mentioned.” He was
pick Virginia getting knocked From actress Sissy hands hold out at 70. I can’t on a roll now.
out last year in the first round Spacek-“Being a ‘Coal Miner’s make you love my pick, but “Even the term ‘March
by a pickup team from Daughter’, I say take Kentucky take my namesake St. Bonnie Madness’-a double M-is a clue.
Baltimore who had lost by 44 and if they don’t win, I’ll do a (officially St. Bonaventure) and Now go find some teams that
points to Albany? Well, don’t ‘Carrie’ job on the gym.” we’ll give them something to begin with ‘M’-I suggest
worry, I’ve taken care of that Even politicians like talk about.” Michigan, Marquette, Maryland
too.” He was positively giddy Elizabeth Warren-“Happy From former lead singer and Michigan State. You know
now. birthday! I know you are old Steve Perry-“Good luck on I always have that thing about
“Come on inside,” he enough to vote because we’re your bracket Journey and don’t moving Coach Izzo’s teams up
beckoned, “I have something the same age. Please stop believing no matter what a notch. And don’t leave
for you.” consider…oh, sorry, I was happens. I really love my city longshot Murray State out of
I entered the one-time bar campaigning there for a by the bay so I’m selecting the your Sweet 16,” he concluded.
which had hosted cowboys, moment. Being a Native Golden State Warriors to With that, he handed me a
bikers, frat kids and everything American, I feel obliged to cast win it all.” bag of M&M’s (“So you don’t
in between in its day and my ballot for the Florida State And from a man of few forget.”) and returned to the
almost tripped over a large Seminoles.” words, San Antonio Coach porch with another handful of
U.S. Post Office basket full of From Olympic gold medalist Greg Popovich-“Spurs.” my birthday cards. “Hey, here’s
cards and letters. Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner-“Happy Sports Ninja was reaching one from Meryl Streep-born
“Some of my acquaintances birthday from both of us. Is for another batch when I June 22, 1949. She picks
who were also born in 1949 this men’s or women’s grabbed his arm. “Ninja-I LSU because of their many
wanted to share birthday basketball-I can’t make up really appreciate this-I really role players. She should
greetings with you-and, as a my mind.” do. And I know it’s the thought know-she’s played every role
special present-give you his or Even drug lord Pablo that counts. But some of these there is to play.”
her pick in the tournament.” Escobar sent regards (but no teams are not even in the Ninja was still amusing
Ninja was quite proud of present, DEA)-“I can sniff out a tournament and Steve Perry himself with celebrity cards as
himself for his coordinating winner from here to Columbia. and Pop are picking NBA I started on Delaune and
efforts. “Go on-read one.” So from the District of teams. Don’t you have winding road back to reality. In
The first one was from Columbia, I pick Georgetown anything more solid more me?” fact, I could hear him
“The Boss” himself, Bruce to win by a nose.” The Great One thought for a laughing-even in my deaf ear.
Springsteen-“Your birthday From the star of one of my moment and said, “Do you “Hey, Wild Bill, Billy Joel-born
pick was going to be favorite movies “The Big know what year this shirt and May 9, 1949-picks your
Nebraska-after my 80’s album Lebowski” Jeff Bridges-“This the Beatles’ songs playing are Cavaliers who doomed you
by that name-but that was too birthday picking stuff is right up from?” last year. He says, ‘Come
depressing. So I chose the the Dude’s alley. If you have “I would say around 1969,” out, Virginia, don’t make
University of South Alabama time to spare, pick up Bowling I guessed. them wait…’”
since I was ‘Born in the USA’.” Green and split. You won’t “Right again, Grasshopper. Good luck on your brackets.
“But how did…?” I was strike out.” And what do you remember I have a lot of options to
stunned to say the least but From smooth-singing Lionel about that historical year from ponder.
Ninja was already handing me Richie-“I’m going to tell you 50 years ago?”
a handful of cards to read. this not once, twice, but three “Man on the moon, Miracle
“I know people who know times, Lady. Pick anybody but Mets, Woodstock…”
people,” he explained simply. the Commodores-the group “And Woodstock gave us
“Just read.” went to hell after I left and plenty of what-music and
From former boxing champ apparently Vandy did too-and marijuana. You are looking
He’s a great guy and and did a Coast events as a memorial to
fantastic job of rigging, baiting, her late father Donald Walker,
locating fish and taking fish off who passed away in 2015 after
of our lines during our time on a courageous fight with liver
the water. cancer. Before his passing she
Dose of the Coast is a had booked a guided fishing
non-profit organization that trip which father and daughter
was founded by Ashley W. enjoyed to the fullest. Although
Ferguson. She created the fishing was not an uncommon
Donald Walker Memorial event for him he told her before
foundation that supports the his passing that that coastal
events that Dose of the Coast fishing trip was one of the most
puts on each year. Chosen appreciated gifts of his entire
participants can choose from life. Yes folks, fishing is a
sailing, fishing or enjoying a powerful dose of medicine.
sunset cruise. The mission of If you would like to nominate
Dose of the Coast is to enrich yourself or someone you know
Just The Right Dosage the lives of individuals and for a trip, visit www.doseofthe-
families that are impacted by It may be
It wasn’t that we had never sheepshead. Hats off to the life altering illnesses through exactly what the doctor
fished together before, or for captains of these boats for the spending time on our coast. ordered...
that matter never had a good effort they put in to help make Ashley Ferguson is a fisheries
time together. As a matter of this event successful. Our guide biologist with the Department Till Next Time,
fact, it’s really amazing that we was Jeff Johnson who is owner of Wildlife and Fisheries. Ashley Thanks Mac and Good Luck
are still alive and able to make a of the J Sportsman Lodge. envisioned the Dose of the James “Goosie” Guice
phone call or be able to answer
those calls considering our past
life experiences. On one
particular evening I received a
call in which I was invited to be
a part of a fishing trip to Buras,
Louisiana. This phone call invite
held a different flavor than most
of those from the past. My old
buddy Mac, (Edwin Macalusa)
had moved out of state
for a number of years for
employment. After returning
home he was diagnosed with a
form of throat cancer.
Fortunately, after years of
treatment and determination
he has won the battle with the
deadly disease, but it has
changed his normal life
routine forever.
Mac had been chosen as one
of five cancer survivors to be
part of an event called “Dose of
the Coast.” Each chosen
survivor could invite three
guests to the two day event
which consisted of several
meals, an overnight stay and a
guided fishing trip. I accepted
the invitation and it was quite a
humbling experience to be a
part of. As you can imagine, the
hospitality was excellent with
the event taking place in
Empire/Buras Louisiana. The
entire undertaking was well
funded and supported by local
guides, cooks, restaurants, boat
docks, J Sportsman’s Lodge,
even the Empire/South Pass
fishing rodeo were participants.
The weather on that
particular day was going to be
questionable at best, with rain
to the north and south of us.
The fishing was great with each
of the five boats catching a nice
box of reds, drum and
with Kellie
Useless Random Facts

Dumbo is a 1941 American animated film
produced by Walt Disney Productions and
released on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio
Pictures. Sound was recorded conventionally
using the RCA System.

If one spells out numbers, they would have
to count to One Thousand before coming
across the letter "A".

Some individuals express concern sharing
their soap, rightly so, considering 75% of all people The Shakers ... April 6th

Entertainment Schedule
wash from top to bottom.

The storage capacity of human brain
exceeds 4 Terabytes.
• March 22nd ... Foret Tradition
Shakespeare spelled his OWN name several March 23rd ... Tomplay Acoustic
different ways.
March 28th ... Karaoke
March 30th ... Bayou Bullets

April 5th ... Game Night
Porcupines can float in water.
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There are only four words in the English
with Eric Stelly
language which end in "dous": tremendous,
April 13th ... Special Guest DJ
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"shield" and a spider hidden in the front
upper right-hand corner.

The name of all continents in the world end with the

March 22 ... Foret Tradition

same letter that they start with.

Thoughts from Bully

50 Flew
Over the
My life has changed ever since
I got me a puppy last Thanks- walked toward me and I didn’t
giving. That dog wakes me up know whether to get back in my
religiously a 5am. No matter car or cover my mouth so I
how sleepy I am he bugs the don’t breathe in some livestock
crap out of me until I get up disease. In the above pictures
and take him outside. these rooster are cross bread
Lately I’ve noticed every with turkeys. What does that
morning I go outside there are make them a churky?
roosters crowing. I don’t mean Natalie pointed out there
one bird, I mean a barnyard full. were multiple breeds with some
Also they crow 2 hours before from around the world.
any sighting of the sun. That’s it! I now know why
The direction the crows were they crow all the time. A
coming from was toward my Belgium speckle belly crows at a
friend Natalie. Later that day I different time than a Chinese
sent her a text asking how she is purple beak. They follow their
getting any sleep with the geographic map. “No, Natalie
constant noise and asked who said, It’s my fault.” “One
brought all those roosters evening I had one too many
on her street. big deal but these birds had no like. Low-and-behold there shots of fireball and dosed off.
Come to find out her Dad, discipline when to do his were really at least 50 and all My hand hit the repeat button
Randy, brought 50 roosters crowing thing. Talk about free different makes and models. my CD player and the Jimmy
home and set them free on range chickens. They don’t even I’ve heard of Teenage Mutant Buffet song, ‘It’s 5 o’clock
their property. come close to sun rise at all. Ninja Turtles but there were somewhere,’ played all night
Now I am a country boy and I went to check out the 50 some mutant roosters in her long. Thank God, Lionel Richie
a rooster crowing is no roosters and what that looks yard. Spooky looking roosters ‘All Night Long’ wasn’t playing.

of revelers shouting, “Shrimp, women behind him discussing
Shrimp, Shrimp.”. I had created his shrimp but couldn’t make
a shrimp mob. Josh told me he out what they were saying.
had to watch his ice chest They seemed to argue and he
constantly after I had thrown kept hearing the word flash but
him the shrimp. He noticed 2 that was it.

You flash him and No!

I’ll grab the shrimp. You flash him and
I’ll grab the shrimp.

The weather was great, not

Bully Rides too hot, not too cold. We had
huge crowds to throw to.
Again I texted my nephew Josh to
find out his location on the
Another Spanishtown parade route. I promised him a throw
has come and gone again. After he would love to get.
riding for 20 years the parade We threw him about 3 lbs of
tends to be more of a chore. boiled shrimp in a bead bag. I
This year Shelia and Jared knew he’d be happy because he
Bourque rode with my son is a shrimp eating fool.
Michael and I and we had a big I looked from after throwing
time. the shrimp and there were lots

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Cooking Gourmet at Home
6 eggs (hard boiled)
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ to ½ lb peeled boiled crawfish tails
¼ cup green onions (thinly sliced)
2 boiled red potatoes (mashed)
1 tablespoon Creole mustard
1 teaspoon dry crab boil mix
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 or 2 corn cobs (cut corn off of the cob)

“After the Boil” Method:

Peel all of your boiled eggs. Cut them in half length ways and
carefully remove the yolks. Place all the yolks in a mixing bowl
Deviled Eggs and add your mayo, mustard and green onions. Be sure that
before adding your corn and potatoes that you chop and mash
them as much as possible to ensure proper mixture. Finally,
Yield: 12
rough chop your crawfish tails and add to mixture. Salt and
pepper the mixture to taste. Using a piping bag or spoon add the
Prep: 15 minutes
mixture back into the boiled egg halves. Sprinkle with dry crab
boil and serve.
Cook: 20 minutes
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Serving: 6

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