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APRIL 2019, VOL. 17 ISSUE 4


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Boys & Girls Club of
Greater Baton Rouge and debate bills.
Youth Legislature is a They lead and
two-day mock legislative serve on legisla-
session held at the Old tive committees
State Capitol in Baton and speak
Rouge, Louisiana. Each publicly before an
year more than 1,900 audience. The
middle school students Press gathers
throughout Louisiana and reports
come together to learn the information about
legislative process through Bills, Legislators,
hands on experience. Senators and the
Students participate in the Governors
process and procedures cabinet while
of Louisiana state photo journalist
government. This program document the
allows students to learn proceedings
the legislative process through photogra-
first hand. phy and videogra-
phy and post on
Students run for and elect social media.
a Governor, Speaker of
the House and Senate Youth Legislature
President. Through Youth provides students
Legislature, students with the experi-
have the opportunity to ence that sup-
participate in the entire ports and
legislative process. solidifies informa-
Students write, sponsor, tion studied in the

Students from Ascension Parish who attend St. George and Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic schools.

classroom. Youth Legislature This event gives the students
Gonzales Middle students inducted into the Hall of Fame. Teachers Taylor Ford & Amanda Blouin

promotes and encourages the confidence they need to go

youth leadership characteris- on to participate in leadership
tics, participation, cooperation roles in high school and in
Chloe Robbins Senate Chaplain & Madeline Bobe House Sgt at Arms, Students inducted into the Hall of

and teamwork among peers. their community.

Fame from Ascension Christian Academy with teachers Trudy Bates and David Denham.

"The officers elected were Melanie Jones Secretary of Judiciary & Prison Affairs with the
Governor's Cabinet. Chloe Robbins Senate Chaplain & Madeline Bobe House Sgt at Arms

Governor elected Tayvian Allen. Tayvian Allen was also invited to give the invocation at the Boys & Girls Hall of Fame Students from Galvez Teachers John McGrew, Derra Landaiche and Jacy Zerinque
Club Youth Legislature Passport to Manhood Luncheon at City Club. Also shown Hannah Erickson from

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Youth Legislature began in

1978 and this school year
Paula Braud,
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Students inducted into the Hall of Fame with Teachers, Barry Boies, Annie Sibille and Kristy Chique
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St. Amant Hall of Fame teachers Ana Deville and Michelle Causey
Shelby Hill Secretary of Transportation & Development with the Governor's Cabinet
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Pictured from left at Richey’s home are Mary Jo Pohlig, Jamie Trisler, Rita Bourque, Lorretta Ramirez, Sandy Stewart, Janis D’Benedetto, Dana Teepell, Gwen Heck,
Dale Bowman, Myra Mire, Marilyn Rice, Cynthia Cagnolatti, Barbara McCormick, Janis Poche, Patti Mouton, Mariah Simoneaux, Norma Bertaut and Conchita Richey.

Shown here are Harlan and Janis Poche’s spread of fruit trees, vegetables and herbs in raised beds among the trees. There is a large four-section compost bin in the far
right corner of the property. Out of sight are iris beds and a well organized port of landscape tools and maintenance equipment.

Local Ladies Host

Garden Hop
The Gonzales Garden Club container creations, Gautreau
held a refreshing “garden hop” for her large patio pottings and
on March 27, a lovely spring cuttings to share, and Poche
morning. Members Conchita for her acreage of raised beds
Richey, Lorraine Gautreau and and unique border plantings.
Janis Poche generously The day was as educational as
opened their patios and it was entertaining with so
landscapes to the club for the many varieties of annuals,
tour, which was coordinated by perennials, shrubs and trees to
Janis D'Benedetto. Richey is admire. The club will likely plan
known for beds of seedling garden tours in the future.
propagations and lush Here is Richey’s sunny morning garden.

Poche’s greenhouse still has many plants in it. Richey has many shade plants to take care of.

GGC Member Marilyn Rice created a horizontal-line
floral design in an oval, fluted ceramic bowl using plants
from her home garden: blooming bridal wreath,
Peggy Martin climbing roses, pittosporum stems
and Chinese ground orchids.

cension Parish Home Vegetable Garden

Contest that is held every May.
Interested participants should call Mariah
Simoneaux at the Ascension Parish
LSU AgCenter Office at 225-621-5799
Ascension County Agent Mariah Simoneaux by Friday, April 26, 2019.
supplemented her talk on common garden problems
and solutions with free publications from the LSU
Member Marilyn Rice presented
Gautreau loves all types of begonias.
AgCenter. GGC Member Cynthia Cagnolatti,
a horizontal-line floral design of
at right, listens.

blooming bridal wreath, Peggy

Conversation with Martin climbing roses,
pittosporum stems and
the County Agent Chinese ground orchids. The
horticultural hint was that March
The Gonzales Garden Club enjoyed a is a good time to divide
“Conversation with the County Agent” at perennials. Extra divisions can
its March meeting at the home of Club be given away or used to ex-
President Jamie Trisler on March 6th. pand garden beds. The garden
LSU AgCenter Associate Extension Agent tip was to prune azaleas after
Mariah Simoneaux answered the group’s the blooms fade using sharp
many gardening questions. Most topics tools, then feed with Gautreau propagates kalanchoes and freely shares cuttings.
addressed insects, weeds and fertilizers. 12-6-6 fertilizer.
She brought publications and handouts
for the members and promoted the As- The hostesses served a luncheon of
chibatta paninis, mediterranean pasta,
potato salad, pickles
and Chantilly
strawberries along with
a variety of desserts.
The garden club’s next
function is its annual
flower show on April 3
at the Gonzales library.
The public is
encouraged to view it
and vote for the
People’s Choice Award.

Hosting the Gonzales Garden Club’s March meeting were (from left) President
“The Gonzales Garden Club

Jamie Trisler, Pam Fiegel, Lorraine Gautreau, Sandy Stewart, Janis Poche,
is federated by

Janis D’Benedetto and Priscilla Monson. The GGC enjoyed a light spring lunch.
National Garden Clubs, Inc.”

Cynthia Cagnolatti and Janis Poche react to the county

agent’s response when asked “What’s the strangest Associate Member Myra Mire, left, sat with
question that you’ve ever been asked from a citizen From left, Members Conchita Richey, Janis D’Benedetto, Lorraine
Gautreau and Marilyn Rice enjoyed the county agent’s Q&A session. Member Loretta Ramirez to hear the
caller about gardening advice?" conversations about gardening questions.

It’s time to
plant spring
If you haven’t planted your spring
vegetable garden yet there is still
plenty of time. While you may not
have the first ripe tomato on the
block, you will still have ripe
tomatoes at some point and really
that’s all that matters. Mariah Simoneaux
When selecting a location for your
garden consider these three fac- peppers planted by mid-May. Hot
tors: sunlight, water and drainage. peppers can be planted into the
A vegetable garden should re- month of June. Peppers are a
ceive at least six to eight hours of great option for beginning garden-
direct sunlight. Select the sunni- ers as they generally tend to have
est location in your yard for the fewer disease and insect issues
best vegetable production. Wa- than tomatoes. They are also a
tering your garden is also critical, great choice for gardeners who
especially the first two weeks are short on space and can easily
after seeding or transplanting and be grown in a large pot on a patio
during bloom initiation. Place or balcony.
your garden near an outdoor
faucet to make watering easy. If Snap beans are best planted as
the location of your garden has seeds March through mid-May.
poor drainage consider building Many different varieties of bush
raised beds. and pole type snap beans are
available to gardeners. Both are
easy to grow and extremely pro-
ductive. Try planting a few differ-
ent varieties to determine what
you like best.

Squash are typically one of the

first vegetables to be ready for
harvest in the summer. Several
varieties of summer squash grow
well in Louisiana. Seeds of patty
pan, scallop, yellow straightneck,
yellow crookneck and zucchini
can be sown mid-March through
May for summer harvest and
again in August through mid-Sep-
tember for fall harvest.

When purchasing plants at the No spring garden would be com-

nursery or garden center choose plete without cucumbers. Cu-
healthy looking transplants. In- cumber seeds can be planted THE HATCHLINGS ARE ON SALE!
spect the plants to ensure they now through the summer months.
are free of insects and signs of They are one of the easiest veg-
disease. If you purchase more etables to grow and will continue
seeds than what you can use, to produce when temperatures in-
store them in the refrigerator or crease. Select either a thin-
freezer until the next growing sea- skinned slicing type or a
son. thicker-skinned pickling type of
cucumber for your garden.
Tomatoes are the most popular
vegetable found in home gar- Mariah Simoneaux is the Horticul-
dens. They can be planted ture Agent serving Ascension and
through the end April for harvest Assumption Parishes. For more
during the summer. Be conscious information or to receive a copy of It’s Planting Time!
of the type of tomato you choose the LSU AgCenter Louisiana Veg-
to plant. Determinate varieties etable Planting Guide contact
make a short, bushy plant, while Mariah at MJSimoneaux@agcen-
indeterminate varieties make a or visit the LSU Ag-
traditional, vine like plant. Inde- Center website at
terminate tomatoes have a longer
harvest season, producing fruit
throughout the summer, and re-
quire a little more maintenance.

Sweet and hot peppers are an-

other favorite among home gar-
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to Reflect-
Easter is here, and it’s not about
bunnies or colored eggs. It’s
about our risen Savior, Jesus.
This “holiday” is as special as
Christmas in my family, because
we celebrate the fact that our
Savior defeated death, and if we
believe in Him, we defeat death
as well.

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classroom experience with
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the Louisiana Art & Science enjoy and pursue their
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previous years, support of In addition to the Kids’ Lab
LASM is part of the company’s workshops, BASF sponsored
ongoing effort to promote and more than 400 hours of pop-up
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children to explore the ing Free First Sunday
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around them. “We are very fortunate to have
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The Kids’ Lab program is open said Serena Pandos, President
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their accompanying adults Museum. "We share a vision to
on the second and fourth inspire our audience to take up
weekends of every month. the pursuit of science and are
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girls between the ages of the Louisiana Association of
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The pageant will be held June queens from around the state.
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The Search for the “Atlantis”

“The old Spanish trail on the
way to old Fort Galvez (This is

of Livingston Parish
Galvez town) about two miles

‘Canewood Settlement’
away had passed through our
front yard. Time and time
again, I heard the older Hood
men and my brothers and Mr
Ollie Hood tell of an old
moss-covered vault that they
would run up on back in the
Amite River Swamp on or near
Bayou Wrinkle. It seems that
every time they happened
upon it they had nothing with
which they could dig or get into
it. Mr Ollie Hood told me some
of these things himself, or I
heard him talk about it
By Murphy Painter as a child.

My stepfather told us the

I am presently 65 years old that long ago. Before the War remnants of a brick foundation
legend was, and I have since
and have been a local Indiana of 1812, Bayou Manchac in the woods on the North bank
gained from history and
Jones want to be since John A during high water was of the Amite, near Galvez
research and it sounds
“Buddy” Gonzales brought me navigable by large vessels of town. Thinking he may have
plausible if not probable to me:
and his son Randy “on my first the day all the way from the been delirious or just mistaken
The old trail that branched off
bottle hunt at the mouth of Amite, near Galvez town to the I half heartily started looking
Texas and old Natchitoches
Blind River and Lake Mississippi River. It was an for a tie to someone who now
Fort to Florida went south to
Maurepas in the 1960’s, long Indian shortcut, first shown to had possession of this land
the Amite River and old Fort
before the movie ever came Iberville, around 1700, as a and may have seen what he
Galvez, where they loaded the
out. Civil War battle fields, old better route to New Orleans was talking about. It took a few
boats for Spain back down the
homesteads, trash dumps, all than fighting the raging waters years but finally I was told by
river, to Lake Pontchartrain
places to find that treasure of the mighty Mississippi in an man whose family was from
and the Gulf of Mexico.
either of real value (money) or the Spring. Galvez town, at a Louisiana
of sentimental nostalgia of Archaeological Society
The story that was told to me
days of old of what the good The Federal Corp of meeting in Baton Rouge, that
was that the carts loaded with
old days was like. Engineers, doing the War of this sounded like the old lost
gold brick or possibly silver,
1812, use the threat of a settlement of Canewood.
became mired in the swamp
Rumors of hidden treasures surprise attack on New
on the old trail and they had to
has been the source of 1000’s Orleans by the British as their For one who tries to never be
unload the bars and stack
of movies, documentaries, reason to dam it up at its upstarted by anyone, it was
them up and build the vault
barroom BS for as long as the confluence with the Missis- hard for me to admit that I had
over them of adobe brick.
human race has place value sippi. Allegedly the truth was never heard of Canewood, and
When the Indian slaves
on belongings and tales of that the merchants and political that neither had the few
finished building the vault, the
those things disappearing or powers in New Orleans didn’t hundred people I had
Spaniards poked their eyes
being lost. The first real local want anyone bypassing New questioned since my friend told
out, so they could never come
treasure story I was ever Orleans to go up the me his secret tale. I assume,
back to show someone where
introduced to was about lost Mississippi. (That issue sounds wrongly, that he was alluding
it was at, and the Indian slaves
gold in or around Galvez town ironically familiar as to why we to this being the rumored
swore a curse on it that no one
on Hwy 42 in Ascension Parish have been studying a loop Galvez town treasure site.
who ever came on it could ever
near the mouth of Bayou around Baton Rouge for 50 Quickly this precious man from
find it when they were really
Manchac. Folklore has it that years with very little action.) the LAS meeting sent me two
looking for it”.
lost Spanish goldwas buried Then again, beginning around sources mentioning this
around this once sprawling 1890, as many as four steam Canewood settlement.
Well my friends, if that is not
settlement, hidden for anyone boats operated on the two Interested yet? Another side
the root of a good Indiana
of a couple of reasons to later rivers until around 1930, as the story please.
Jones adventure, I certainly
unfold. With an investigative highways bring food and goods
don’t know where you would
mind and very little greed in my to the people living there while Once I was able to hear the
ever find one. Just so happen,
bones my adventures have also bringing to market the word Canewood for the first
my friend, on his death bed,
mostly been searching for what goods that they produced and time, all of a sudden, the earth
swore a very similar story. Not
is true and what is false in sold. To give you an idea of the opened up with story after
ever knowing this friend to lie
these tales and not the size of these boats, one article story of the hidden treasure not
or exarate the truth (That’s a
treasure. describes the boat Alice as being on the Galvez town side
lie) even more lends to his
having 22 hands including the of the river but on the northside
story being authentic at least.
There are so many stories Captain. That is a pretty of the Amite at Canewood. The
(However, I am pretty sure he
intertwined in this tale which good-sized boat. following is a description found
was hunting on private
could be a book by itself. I feel in a sort of book compiled by a
property, which he had no
the need to put an aside here Now back to the main story. A Fred (Freddie) B Shelton from
permission to be on) When he
for not too many people living few years ago, a unnamed the Gates Community,
first found the adobe brick
today realizes what went on in friend of mine, on his death Livingston Parish (Gates is
foundation, he used his foot
Bayou Manchac and the Amite bed shared a story of finding now the area around Felder
and then a branch he tore off a
River, in geological time, not what appeared to be the Cemetery) of stories he col-
tree to scrape, what he lived there at the time of the confluence of the Iberville Canewood and the “Treasure”
described a two foot by two- settlements demise in 1778. River. (Bayou Manchac) that had never been found.
foot square of bricks, obviously Both had heard tales all of their
extending much farther in each The demise of the settlement So here is a documented tale lives which verified all of what
direction than the 2’x2’ part he is almost as tale telling as the of the first time the US has been said. I brought my
could see. carts loaded with precious government basically son Murphy “Skip” Jr and two
metals. Again, found in the sanctioned a pirate, to operate Indiana Jones want to be’s,
Thinking it may have been an Livingston History Book is the as a part of the US Military Ronnie Braud and
old road bed or a fireplace following. “What finally became operations. The next time, Terry Matherne.
foundation of an old of the 150 or so people who during the War of 1812, pirate
homestead he quickly stopped lived for almost seven years in Jean Lafitte, would leave a We wandered for hours in the
when his branch broke in heat looking for any signs
two and his boots covered to match my friend
with debris, he made a descriptions to no avail.
mental note of the location Larry Brumfield, related an
due to nothing available to earlier excursion, where
mark it any better. once he thought he was
Due to the lack of permis- close to where the vault
sion and opportunity and should have been when
only after hearing about the weather made a 180
the possibility of treasure turn out of nowhere and
being buried around this chased him out of the
area, it took him a few woods never to find the
years to get back to his place again.
hidden spot. Upon his
return, retracing his earlier After 4 hours of wandering
path, he found recent like Moses in the desert,
earthworks covering his we felt we may be close to
hidden spot, now really something when one of
hidden by a bulldozers our side by side 4 wheel-
blade. I made a promise to him one of the most promising of greater mark in Louisiana ers got stuck and during the
that I would search for any in- the British experiments? The history because of the winching out we burnt up the
formation of what may have fate of this lost chapter of magnitude that battle played clutch. When I got back on my
been in that area to leave Livingston’s history lay in the in US history. 4-wheeler, I realized that I had
adobe bricks but never re- hands of a most unusual lost my camera, which I know I
ceived the information on character, storekeeper So, my favorite little community had before arriving there. Next
Canewood until after his death. James Willing, a native of of Canewood, died as a British thing you know the weather
Then as life usually gets in our Philadelphia, had come to Colony, even though if it had turned around and we all
way of conquests, it took me Natchez Mississippi around the been left alone, it probably looked at each other and said
another year or so to find the time Canewood was founded. would have prospered and “I think this is a wrap”.
Canewood information and He was not very successful in remain today. Instead we have
location, (corresponding ex- Natchez and when his and know Galvez town. Few, if Circumstantial you say? Well
actly where my friend said he business was failing, he any, present-day residents maybe just a little. When you
found the bricks) and then abandoned it in favor of be- know of tis drama that took add my dead friend finding it
finding someone friendly to coming a Captain in the place near them over 240 and then returning later and
allow me to go on the private US Navy. years ago”. It also it create a not being able to retrace his
property to search. good argument that the steps along with all the other
Captain Willing convinced the Spanish Settlement of Galvez stories maybe there are some
The Livingston Parish History Continental Congress to town was actually founded by “who do’s” in those woods
Book printed in 1986, de- sanction him to raid the British British subjects. protecting that brick vault and
scribed Canewood as follows. Land Possessions now known the lost treasure. I had seen
“In April, 1771, a ship arrived at as the Florida Parishes of Ok, now that we all know what something like that on one of
where Port Vincent now stands Louisiana. In 1777 and 1788, I have been looking for, a few the Indiana Jones movies, so it
and dropped anchor about Willing operated up and down weeks ago I was kindly could be true. (LOL)
1 ½ miles upstream from there. the Mississippi River from granted permission to go on
Settlers and supplies were Natchez to Bayou Iberville the property where Canewood We have been stymied to
unloaded and the clearing of (Manchac) raiding and stealing should have been. Ironically, return do to hunting season.
forest to make a place to live anything he could, from the we picked the highest day of Using some better judgement
began. Along the banks of the British loyalists who owned the year to go. Unfortunately, we decided we didn’t want to
tranquil Amite River, once and operated the plantations. no one we contacted that had be roaming around on a
flourished the British During the 1778 tenure, access to the property could hunting lease scratching
Settlement of Cane wood. knowing about the British pinpoint, from my friend’s around with 50 or so anxious,
Sturdy English families worked Settlement Canewood, Willing death bed description, where nervous hunters with enough
day after day to fell trees, build found the water level that exactly on the 4,000 plus firepower to re-fight the War of
shelter, put up fences, and all spring to be high enough in acres, fit what he said. So, we 1812. However, I have made a
carved out of a virgin forest Bayou Iberville (Manchac) for all knew from the start that this promise, when allowed access
that until that time had hardly his larger boats to navigate was going to be a hit and again, to continue to look for
been walked on by white men. and headed to Canewood. miss mission. the “Atlantis” of Livingston
Indians, plentiful in that area The families hearing of his My five companions, Carl Parish, Canewood. I am sure I
then, frequently passed the approach took what they could Berthelot, our host and leader will have plenty of help if we
site of the settlement before and retreated across the Amite brought his friend Larry can just live long enough to get
the arrival of the British, and and settled on the Spanish Brumfield, another Indiana back there this summer.
may even have camped there. side a mile or so farther west, Jones fan who had a lot more Happy Trails.
From 30 to 50 British families up river just south of the information than me on

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One on One-Talking to
Yourself for Fun and Profit by Bill Delaune
“Be honest with yourself and advised me to take up bowling-
lie to everyone else.” the bar’s closer and you don’t
Josh Hartnett lose as many balls.
-Hey-speaking of balls-my
Sometimes when it’s fourth golfing buddy T.D. gave me a
and 10, and you’re backed present the other day I’d be
up in the shadow of your glad to share with you.
goalposts-or it’s an 0-2 count -The story or the gift.
against Jacob deGrom and -You don’t get one without
you’re down a run-or you have the other. Anyway, Tommy
to make a 30-foot downhill goes to a funeral for and old
birdie putt to win the club cousin in Memphis and the
championship and your hands son-a career Nike rep-gives
are shaking like a long-tail cat him some balls in an unmarked
in a rocking chair factory… sleeve. Seems that when
Well, it might be time to have a Tiger Woods announced he
little chat with yourself-which is was leaving Nike to go to
exactly what happened to me Bridgestone, the Memphis
the other day. guys stockpiled some of his
Maybe it was a landmark trademarked balls for posterity.
birthday last month or just Nike cousin gives Tommy a
some recent soul-searching few of those memorable
decisions I had to make sleeves and he generously
recently, but on a rainy gave one to me.
afternoon last week at -Wow! What are you going to
Sammy’s Grill in the Prairieville do with them? Put them in the
CBD, I found myself face-to- case with your 2009 Saints’
face with-well-myself. Super Bowl football?
When he plopped down on a -That’s what I thought. But
stool beside me, I noticed Memphis suggested we play
there was something “strikingly golf with them and lose them in
similar” (a phrase I used to tell a lake or-no pun intended-the
Sweet William Wild Bill

my freshmen classes about the game, Wild Bill? much water lately I had to woods. Apparently there was
study guide they had just been -Are you kidding? The best change the grip on my ball no love lost toward Tiger when
gives as in-“This study guide two balls I hit all day were retriever. You ever think about he dropped them. But now
looks ‘strikingly similar’ to when I stepped on a rake. taking lessons? that he’s Masters champ again
tomorrow’s test.”) about his How about you? -I did get so desperate once I may reconsider. I give you
looks and demeanor. -About the same. I was only that I went to a guy whose one if you want it.
I started in with my “Wild Bill three over after six. The only ad read, “Draw-Shank -I appreciate that. But mine
from Prairieville” intro but he problem was that it was one Redemption”. Being a sucker might not make the first hole at
was way ahead of me. over a patio, one over a pool for a bad pun and a Stephen Pelican with the lake to the left
-We’ve met before, Wild Bill. and one over a house. How’s King reference, I scheduled an if my Aflac Duck hook is in full
I’m Sweet William. the short game? appointment and met him at swing. At least we can still
-What are you drinking, -My putts hit more lips than the driving range. He watched read about golf. Did you see
Buddy? Let me buy you a Mick Jagger’s dentist and the me hit about five balls, told me where the great golf writer Dan
beer. Carly, I’ll have a less- yips have gone to my chips. he’d seen better swings on the Jenkins died? The announcers
filling Miller Lite and a … Did you stay out of the ponds playground and refunded said on CBS that he covered
-Tastes great Lite beer from and bayous today? my money. 68 Masters.
Miller for me. How’s the golf -No such luck. I was in so -Yeah, I tried one too. He -One of the best that ever

lived. His account of the final including a record 18 Majors. (Are you listening, Louisiana contrarian theory on this one.
round of the 1960 U.S. Open He even reeled in the years to Legislature?) and tore it up Besides, in a 20-horse race, if
when Arnold Palmer came win a Masters at the age of 46. when the refs robbed them he’s out in front he can’t
from seven shots back to beat On cue, the sound system at against Virginia. get in trouble.
Ben Hogan is a journalistic Sammy’s broke into a Steely -You should have given it to -I’m sticking with New
masterpiece Dan classic “Reeling in the me and we could have Orleans-based War of Will
-Agreed. A true classic about Years”. combined it with my worthless even though he got stopped
the historic crossroads of an -Listen to that guitar, Sweet Saints’ Super Bowl ticket and cold in the Louisiana Derby. If
aging Hogan, the new king William. I missed nearly an sold them at a blind officials’ your pick and the rest of the
Arnie and an overweight entire semester at USL in the benefit. Any luck at speed horses back up, he’ll be
amateur named Jack Nicklaus. mid-60’s trying to learn the the Masters? there to pick up the pieces.
-The last quote from the lead part in that song. -No-I had Adam Scott at 40-1 That and he shares a name
normally stoic Hogan after he -I hear you, Wild Bill. I did and he suddenly developed my with my grandson Will who’s
hit in the water on the last two the same thing at LSU trying to putting stroke during the last had a great spring on the
holes to pass the golfing crown figure out Glen Campbell’s round. I should have known Dutchtown freshman baseball
to Palmer was memorable in it- “Gentle on my Mind” before I better than to bet anything on team.
self. A Texan like Jenkins, realized John Hartford had April 14-the worst luck day of -Hey, Wild Bill, we have not
Hogan never said a whole lot written it for banjo chords. Do the year. I mean-what good have been very lucky with our
but he summed up the you still write songs anymore? can come of a date when G-rated hobbies-golf, guitars
tournament perfectly in just -No-the last thing I wrote was Lincoln got shot, the Titanic and gambling, but you just
a few words… “At Least, Dammit I Tried” sank and Apollo 13 astronauts reminded me of another “G”
“I guess they’ll say I lost it. about the three frustrating reported, “Houston, we have a where we’re very lucky-grand-
Well, one more foot and that hobbies that we seem to have problem.” But like Uncle Harry children. What do you say we
wedge on 17 would have been in common-golf, guitars and used to say, “There are 10 head out to the ballpark and
perfect. But I’ll tell you some- gambling. But I just play that more races tomorrow.” watch our grandsons play
thing. I played 36 holes with a one for close friends and -Which brings us to our some ball?
fat kid today who should have family. You have any annual spring dilemma-who do -Sweet William, I think
won this Open by 10 shots.” gambling songs? you like in the Derby? you’ve just picked a sure
-That was probably the last -If I did, they would all be the -I’m going with a speed winner for us there.
time Jack Nicklaus was called blues. My latest disaster was horse Maximum Security
“a fat kid” as he went on to a longshot ticket on Auburn to although speed doesn’t usually
lose a ton of weight and win a win the Final 4 I bought at a win the mile-and-a-quarter
ton of golf tournaments sportsbook in Mississippi Kentucky Derby. But I’ll try the

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logging road and I felt that I was still strutting his stuff. It
could maybe work him but was 6:10, six hours after my first
there was no way to get aggres- sighting of the group, when he
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in front of me. At about six o’- then began to walk a straight
clock the flock began to move line to my decoy that had been
away from the little corner that in his full view for six hours. He
they had spent the evening at was definitely going to round
and in single file walked back on her up to join the gang. At the
the same trail they had walked moment that I clicked my safety
in on with the strutter at the off, I asked this question out
rear. It had been a long six loud to him and myself. Why
hours and just as I began to did you do that? By being a
relax for a moment, they reap- male myself, deep down inside I
peared. For whatever reason, knew the answer...
they had now decided to walk
the woodline directly in front of Till Next Time,
Why Did You Do That? me for their exit. I had already Don’t Get Greedy
ting determined that if this did hap- James “Goosie” Guice
I typically try to make one a shot. pen, the distance would still be
turkey hunt scout trip before Around four o’clock another too far to chance a shot at such
the season opener each year. I turkey started gobbling. It did a beautiful creature. So here
naturally go to several places not affect the flock that was in they came one, two, three, four,
that I’ve found turkeys and have front of me at all. The gobbling five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
had success in the past, along bird was walking down an old eleven and number twelve who
with maybe a new spot or two.
As I stood in one particular spot
that I’ve hunted for probably
thirty years or so, I began to
reminisce about some of my ex-
periences at that location. One
event that happened to me at
that spot took place about four
or five years ago.
I had missed opening weekend
that year because of issues at
work. My plan to take a day or
two off after working the week-
end was approved by my boss so
daylight Monday morning
found me walking down the old
logging road to my destination.
It was unseasonably cold for
that time of year with tempera-
tures that morning that had
frozen the ground. Action was
slow and I had managed to get
through the cold part of the
morning until the temperature
had began to get more comfort-
It was 12:10 when I spotted my
first turkey. It was a hen fol-
lowed by ten more ladies and a
beautiful strutting male round-
ing up the rear of the line of
fowl. The group headed for the
corner of the clearing about
sixty yards from where I sat mo-
tionless and uncomfortable. I
had placed a hen decoy that was
in plain view of the entire gang,
but they never paid any atten-
tion to it. The old gobbler re-
mained in full strut during this
entire scenario. Every time one
of the eleven girls would try to
walk away he would herd her
back into the group. During
this span of hours I had to con-
tinue to tell myself not to take a
chance at shooting him at too
far of a distance, even if it meant
letting them leave without get-
with Kellie
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“ L I K E ” U S O N FA C E B O O K ”
That’s real nice Bully,
Thoughts from Bully but I thought you wanted to
go fishn’ not kiss’n.

of the
Catch of the day is a phrase photo below. What’s special
describing many things. It can about this catch is on our float
be a baseball catch in a game we had a crew member have her
that saved a homerun or a Hail first parade ride. She had this
Mary in a football game. It can bass bead around her neck. I
be on a menu as a special laughed all day long as parade
for lunch. revelers begged and pleaded for
get it un-stuck. It turns out she
The first catch I want to
chat bout came from the
the bass bead necklace. They
offered money, burgers, beers, would have given it to a reveler Come Home
Spanishtown Parade. Typically jello shots and I think I heard if she could have gotten it off
her neck. She really wanted one
to Papa!
these catches involve standing take my first born. Many years ago this print of
on a parade route and hope you When the parade was over I of those hamburgers. She took some art I did the day John
are lucky enough to catch a asked how was the ride. It was it off and gave it to me. She Lennon was murdered has been
bead or a stuffed animal. The awesome, she replied, but this said, Take this aggrevating piece hanging in Park Place. I wanted
catch I got this year is the bass fish has been stuck on my neck of junk! I don’t want it anymore it back for years because I didn’t
connected to beads with a pink for the entire ride and bugging and she gave it to me. Now even have one these prints
flamingo in it’s mouth in the the crap out of me. I helped her thats a Catch of the Day. myself. Now it has found it’s
I didn’t ask for something way home.
I wanted and it just fell in One night I was sitting by a
my lap! drunk guy and he said to me.
“Look, that art doesn’t even
look like Jim Morrison! ?????

Looks like John to me.

Bonus Thought’s from Bully from a long time ago.
so slow. It would be June before them around and it looked like out of that car and was soon on
she made the first nibble that a brown hotdog. my way to pick up and put on
scarred the chocolate on the Anyway, back to the photo. that hat.
front of the Bunny. Don’t even Mom had the day going great At first I pitched a fit.
think about touching those and she took this photo. Look Flopping and whalering in
yellow candy eyes.. Once she’d at my happy little face. the ditch.
start eating the front, she’d start A real cutie. I said a few more No’s.
at the bottom and work her way Well I climbed in the backseat It then came time for that
up so eventually she’d just be of the car and crawled up in the ‘or else’, part she mentioned
holding the head in her hand. back window to look out as we before.
The ears were last. She’d carry drove to church. This behavior I then proceeded to get my
could have a parent butt whipped on Easter
Becaus e incarsirated today. I morning and I had to wear
I’m Your, then took off that that stupid hat anyway.
hat. She said, “Put Easter is upon us again and I
Mo m! it on.” I said, “No”. hope all of you remember your
She said, “You families on this day and
I was rummaging through better or else. I celebrate the greatness of life.
some papers the other day and threw the hat out On that Easter Sunday in
came across this classic of the window of 1958 I received the greatest
family photo. the moving car. love of all. Discipline!
It was Easter Morning 1958. The next part is Parents have hard decisions to
My sister Janet and I were a little cloudy. I make constantly but not on this
dressed to the ‘T’. remember the day. Her reaction to my spoiled
It was a perfect Sunday squealling of tires. attitude was automatic
morning. The Bunny had The slamming of a and absolute.
shown up with the baskets and car door. The She said, “You are wearing
they were filled with colored opening of the door that HAT....... You Got That!”
eggs, candy, hog head cheese next to where I was “Why???”, I screamed.
and that hollow Chocolate sitting. Then like a
Bunny in a box. ride at the State “Because I am your, MOM!”
I swear my sister Donna could Fair, I was jerked
eat the back out of her Bunny

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

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

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

Cook: 15 minutes Top with grilled shrimp or chicken for a meal or serve as an
Executive Chef hgaccompaniment with a hearty meal.

Sam Penton
Serving: 2

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