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MAY 2019, VOL. 17 ISSUE 5


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Publisher / Editor
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Table of Contents
Sales Manager
Dottie Godberry
Staff Photographer SWEET EYES W/ TANYA...........12

Jimmy Dunkley DANCING FOR A CAUSE ...........24

BILL DELAUNE.......................... 30
Contributing Writers
Bill Delaune
Linda Melancon
SNO’S RECIPE........................... 45
Goosie Guice
Orhan McMillan
Kellie Seymour ON THE COVER: Dancing for a Cause. Last years winners. Dr. Aimee Russo Mounger, Leonard Augustus, Jr. .. Photo by Michael Tortorich
Tanya Stilley
Jimmy Dunkley
Patti Mouton
Jamie Lavigne
Andre’ Brock
Mariah Simoneaux

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GGC Books and Library Civic Involvement Chairman Janis D’Benedetto presented Ascension Parish Library System Director Angelle Deshautelles with four copies of We are the
Gardeners by Joanna Gaines. Pictured from left are Club President Jamie Trisler, Assistant Library Director Larie Myers, Deshautelles, and D’Benedetto. GGC members stand
in the background.

Gonzales Garden
Club Flower Show
The Gonzales Garden Club coordinator at the club’s May
held its Annual Floral Design meeting. The club appreciates
and Horticultural Exhibit at the the library’s accommodations
Gonzales library on April 3rd. as well as the public’s interest.

GGC Members Cynthia Cagnolatti and Janis D’Benedetto unfurl a newly acquired sign to be
used to highlight the location of the annual plant sale.

GGC Begins Wrap-Up of 2018-19

The April 3rd meeting of the the insect causing damage to
Gonzales Garden Club took your garden so the proper
place at the Gonzales Library. insecticide can be used.
Plans were made for their Once adjourned, members
April 26th plant sale, May 1st greeted the public at their
awards banquet and the June annual flower show then
3rd National Garden Club carpooled to Houmas House
Week outreach. The for a leisurely lunch and tour
Attending the GGC Flower Show are (from left) Members Patti Mouton, Conchita Richey, horticulture hint emphasized of the plantation gardens.
Janis Poche, Dale Bowman, Barbara McCormick, Janis D’Benedetto, Sandy Stewart, Mabel
Savoy, Priscilla Monson, Pam Fiegel, Cynthia Cagnolatti, Marilyn Rice, Myra Mire, Cathy
the importance of identifying
Venable, Rita Bourque, Mary Jo Pohlig, Lorraine Gautreau, Gwen Heck and Shirley Lyons.

Members presented twelve

floral designs reflecting the
theme “America, the Beautiful”.
Horticultural specimens on
display were labeled for
identification. Library visitors
voted for their favorite niches
for the People’s Choice Awards.
Winners will be announced by
the library’s public relations Chairman Janis Poche reiterates guidelines of the upcoming plant/bake sale.

Tour Chairman Janis D’Benedetto organized the Houmas House gathering for the club.

After this turkey

nuzzled Barbara
knee, she gave
him a hug and
petted him like a

Members prepare to order at Cafe Burnside, from front left: Mary Jo Pohlig,
Barbara McCormick, Dale Bowman, Mabel Savoy, Cathy Venable, Marilyn Rice, Myra
Mire, Jamie Trisler, (right rear) Shirley Lyons, Janis Poche, Sandy Stewart, Pam Fiegel,
Priscilla Monson, Janis D’Benedetto, Gwen Heck, Conchita Richey, and
Cynthia Cagnolatti. (not pictured, Patti Mouton)

“The Gonzales Garden Club is federated by National Garden Clubs, Inc.”


The GGC Residential Yard of the Month for May belongs to The GGC Commercial Landscape of the Month is Azalea Estates
Susan and Darrell Curtis on East Tiffany Street. at 2305 S. Purpera Avenue. The landscape offers various
flowering plants, scrubs, and trees for residents to enjoy and
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sharpen your mower’s

Follow the 1/3 rule.
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For example, if you
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Start your engines, it’s lawn mow- ever the grass
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Rotary Mower (Photo by LSU AgCenter)
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hints to create a healthy, beautiful is continually allowed to grow too to grow faster and needs to be
lawn. tall between mowings creates mowed more often. While it’s
Mariah Simoneaux thin, weedy turf. easy to get in the habit of mowing
Set your mower to the proper every Saturday or Sunday, you
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more competitive against weeds cut. Most mower blades will need These clumps can discolor your Mariah Simoneaux is the Horticul-
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Reel Mower (Photo by LSU AgCenter)
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standout graduating senior cants must have an overall counselor from each school. achievements. Assistant
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serving area, Donaldsonville, higher, actively participate in Monika Arnold – Digital Mar- Parish Schools, Denise Graves
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health professionals have about
driving and dementia. Framing the
issue as a discussion about safety
may help make it easier for the
person with dementia to
acknowledge a potential problem.
Using words like “retire” when
referring to firearms can be helpful,
as opposed to using language that
sounds like the person with
dementia is having something taken
away or kept from them.

By Linda Melancon What to do with the guns

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In Louisiana, having guns in the one family member to the next can
home is a given for many families. be tricky as well, due to your state's
The skill of shooting is passed down gun laws. It’s important for families
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whether it be for hunting or sport, familiarize themselves with state
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activity and way of life that is
commonplace in many Louisiana write up a gun agreement that sets
homes can become dangerous forth who will determine when it is
when a loved one has dementia. time to take the guns away and
where the guns should go. Even if

Guns are a form of property that the gun owner doesn’t remember
are often passed down after the the agreement when the time
death of a loved one and research comes to put it to use, having a
plan in place can be helpful.
Mike Strong shows that 45 percent of all adults
aged 65 years or older either own a
gun or live in a household with Whatever your family chooses to
someone who does. For someone do, remember it is better to have a
with dementia, the risk for suicide conversation before having firearms
increases, and firearms are the most in the home becomes problematic.
common method of suicide among No one wants to think that their
people with dementia. In addition, loved one could cause themselves or
a person with dementia who has a anyone else harm, but the memory
gun may put family members or loss and confusion that can come
caregivers at risk if the person gets with dementia can be deadly if you
confused about identities of people are not prepared. Talk to your
they know. A 2018 Kaiser Health family about making gun safety a
News investigation that looked at top priority in the home and talk to
news reports, court records, an elder law attorney who can help
hospital data and public death you navigate a larger plan for the
records since 2012 and found more aging loved ones in your life.
than 100 cases in which people with
dementia used guns to kill or injure
The information provided is not intended to
themselves or others. be legal advice and does not constitute an
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The best thing to do is talk about with an attorney for individual advice regarding
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Dempsey Lambert, Councilman District 5,
Host Breakfast Fundraiser at Galvez Seafood

Thanks for the support of my

family and friends. We had a very
successful fundraiser to kick off my
2019 campaign.
I look forward to meeting with
all in District 5 to help move
Ascension Parish forward.
Please contact me with any
questions or concerns.
Cell #225-715-0680
Home #622-2703

I appreciate your continued

support on October 12, 2019
Early voting September 27th -
October 6th.

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10th Annivesary
The Arc of East Ascension • Barker Dirmann, President The Ascension Office. Tickets will also and Managing Editor). The Event
announces the 10th Annual Ascension Chamber of Commerce be available at: City Hall 120 South Chairwoman, PR/Marketing
Dancing For A Cause on Saturday, (Hannah Hinson) Irma Boulevard, Gonzales (225- Director for The Arc of East
July 13, 2019 at The Lamar Dixon • Joel Robert, Owner My Self 647-2841); Lamendola’s Super- Ascension, Sharon Morris, The Arc
Expo Center located at 931 St. Storage & Part Owner of The market, Gonzales,(225-647-4571); Executive Director Dr. Liz Fussell.
Landry Rd. Gonzales, LA. 70737. Cabin, Coffee House & The Village and through All Star Dancers. We look forward to seeing you
The Arc of East Ascension a (Joanne Chrutz) Tickets are also available the night there! For more information please
501(c)(3) non-profit organization; • Murphy Paul, Chief of Police East of the event: General Admission contact The Arc of East Ascension
tax-deductible receipts are avail- Baton Rouge Parish ($35) and ($40) at the door, VIP by calling 225-621-2005 or
able for qualifying donations. (Kris Cangelosi) ($150) and ($175) at the door. 225-621-2000 or email
Ten local dancers will be paired
with professional dancers to wow The 2019 Dancing For A Cause Go to our Dancing For A Cause
you with their performances. Honorary Chair is Lieutenant website @
Governor, Billy Nungesser. He to
The 2019 Star Dancers and represents the State of Louisiana vote for the dancer(s) of your
(Professional Dancers) are: by promoting our Seafood, State choice. Make your plans today to
Parks and vast tourism opportuni- be a part of the 2019 Dancing
• Dr. Samantha Gulino, Pediatrician ties. We look forward to hearing For A Cause.
& Part owner of Magnolia the Lieutenant Governor speak at
Pediatrics Magnolia Pediatrics (Dr. this event. This year the seafood Contributed by the Arc of
Le’Brian Patrick) Greg for our VIP event will be donated by East Ascension.
• Andrea (Andi) Carroll, Owner of Louisiana Seafood and catered by
Reform Fitness & Associate Dean Mike Anderson Seafood.
at LSU Law School\Family Law Additional performances will be
(Dewight Bell) provided by Center State
• Rachel Vallot, Branch Manager Your sponsorship for Dancing Performing Arts Academy and the
Pelican State Credit Union For A Cause raises funds and LSU Golden Girls.
(Van Vo) awareness for The Arc of East
• Megan Martinez Babin, Ascension, a non-profit
Assistant Administrator at organization, whose mission is to
Francois Bend Senior Living enhance the quality of life for
(Leonard Augustus, Jr.) persons with disabilities and their
families through services and
advocacy that support choice,
independence and dignity.

You are invited to participate in

Dancing For A Cause through
Table Sponsorship, VIP Single Ticket
Billy Nungesser
Sales, or General
Admission Ticket Sales.

All table sponsors are invited to at- Dancing For A Cause is culminated
tend a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. with judges that critique each
Kiran Chawla on July 13. The main event starts performance. The 2019 Dancing
at 7:00 p.m. Table Sponsorships For A Cause Judges are in the
• Elizabeth Vowel, News Anchor range from $250–$10,000. Table selection process.
Channel 9 News Sponsorships include Two Step,
(Dr. Le’Brian Patick) Rumba, Salsa, Ballroom, Center The Arc of East Ascension is
• Hope Guedry, Owner Boot Camp Stage, and Stage. You get to proud to announce that WAFB
Code Pink choose. Sponsorships are available Channel 9 continues to be our
(Leonard Augustus, Jr.) today by calling Sharon Morris at Presenting Sponsor and our
• Ricky Dickmyer, Plant Manager 225-621-2005. General admission Emcees for 2019 are WAFB
Hexion (Jerisse Grantham) ($30.00) and VIP ($150.00) News Staff Kiran Chawla
single tickets will be on sale (Lead Investigative Reporter)
June 3, 2019 at The Arc of East and Greg Meriwether (Anchor,
Enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families
through services and advocacy that support choice, independence, and dignity.
Here are our local community “celebrities” that will perform with
professional dancers in this star-studded event to benefit those
individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
* Denotes Professional Dancer
within our community

Rick Dickmyer Murphy Paul Rachel Vallot Barker Dirmann Megan Martinez Babin
*Jerisse Grantham *Kris Cangelosi *Van Vo *Hannah Hinson *Leonard Augustus, Jr.

Hope Guedry Elizabeth Vowell Dr. Samantha Gulino Joel Robert Andrea (Andi) Carroll
*Leonard Augustus, Jr. *Dr. Le’Brian Patrick *Dr. Le’Brian Patrick *Joanne Chrutz *Dewight Bell

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Horse Nonsense, No Offense and
Commence-ments-Must Be May
by Bill Delaune
“Lad, there are 10,000 ways
to lose a horse race and only
one way to win one-and then
they can disqualify you…”
Great American Philosopher
Butch Ricca.

Boy, the merry month of May

took a nasty little turn-in more
ways than one-on Star Wars
Day (“May the 4th be with
you…”) when the Kentucky
Derby turned into a slip-and-
slide bumper car contest at the
top of the stretch. The Force
certainly was not with the
disgruntled bettors who lost
over 9 million dollars on the
race when the favorite
Maximum Security suffered a
breach and was disqualified.
And here at Ascension legal then but is now. stincts may have saved not Triple Crown events like the
Magazine, we were flooded Next, you have to listen to only his mount, but horse Kentucky Derby are our best
with a plethora of letters (Okay, my sour grapes because I had racing in general. chance to get people back to
two or three.) with questions 25 bucks across the board on But despite being shuffled the track. Then, with 175,000
about the first on-track d.q. in War of Will at 17-1 and he was back to an eighth place finish, rain-drenched patrons at the
145 years as well as some locked and loaded at the top of Gaff played the part of a good race and millions watching on
other pertinent May topics. the stretch. That’s when soldier and did not claim foul TV, the horse that crosses the
So without Freddy Adu, let’s Maximum Security veered because it is-the Kentucky finish line first is no longer the
reach into the old mailbag out into Will’s lane Derby. However, the outside winner.
and see what the postman chainreactioning him into horse Country House did and I liken this year’s race to a
has delivered… two other horses. after a gut-wrenching 22- fractured fairy tale I wrote in a
Dear Black Cat Bill, The jockey on War of Will, minute delay, was declared the rare Facebook post. It went
I’m sure with your buzzard Tyler Gaffalione, did a winner at 65-1. Maximum something like this…
luck that this year’s Derby masterful job of keeping his Security, the colt who led every After an early morning rain, a
must have cost you your first steed upright and prevented a step of the way and went junior high teacher of
born male child. What’s your possible multi-horse pileup and under the wire first was 20 high-spirited boys agrees to
take on this year’s race? probably emerged as a hero in placed 18th. let them go out for recess as
N. Quarry. the whole sordid controversy. Once again, horse racing did long as they don’t play in the
Dear N., After the disastrous season at not need another black eye. mud. Of course, the guys
First of all, there was one San Anita this spring where Unfortunately, the sport that I head straight for the mud hole
other disqualification in the over 20 horses broke down have loved since I was 9-years bumping and jostling each
Derby in 1968 when Dancer’s because of track conditions old- when Uncle Harry put a other along the way. The
Image came flying down the and brought animal activists 2-dollar bet for me on Tim Tam fastest one Max hits the slop
stretch to overtake Forward out to protest in droves, can in the Derby and I collected the first and naturally begins
Pass. But that was days later you see the PETA protestors whopping total of nine bucks slipping and sliding, banging
after the stewards determined if a major accident has making me the richest kid in into Will who is trying to
the winner was flying a little too happened at Churchill Downs? Prairieville- is dying out as a pass him.
high on a drug that was not It’s not an exaggeration to younger generation seeks Max regains his footing but
say that Gaffalione’s quick in- other forms of entertainment. Will collides with some other
boys including Country who with the opposition (Gave up has tapered off considerably in just a golf cart ride away from
gets a dab of mud on his new 19 the same game.). Then, in the last few weeks. But hitting my abode.
white paints. Will takes one for the series-saving 3-2 victory is contagious and maybe and First stop was a next door
the team and keeps his mouth over Arkansas, hurlers Landon outburst or two against low- affair honoring Cy Bahman, a
shut but Country runs and tells Marceaux and Todd Peterson seeded opponents in the Dutchtown grad who is not
the teacher and gets a gold combined to shut down the regionals will snap them out only the best bassoon and
star for his efforts. The rest of potent Razorback bats. Yet, of their doldrums. oboe player on the road but
the boys get severely punished their stellar effort would have Our third letter is from two of also our very first lacrosse star.
and recess is never the same been wasted if not for Antoine my Walk-On’s buddies who I was on my best behavior not
again. The End. Duplantis’s 3-run homer in the grossly overestimate my wanting to get hit by a double
And now the Preakness-the eighth inning as LSU went popularity… reed instrument or one of
second jewel of the coveted scoreless in the other eight. Dear Sweet William, those dip net-looking sticks.
Triple Crown-has lost its luster Maybe that win and the With all the people you know Next stop was down the road
with defection of Maximum return of a couple of key and coached and taught a bit where Brianna
Security and Country House- players will help conjure up a around here, you must get a Melancon-formerly of White
both of whom have announced little late-season “Mainieri ton of graduation party Road and also a Griffin
they are not running. Magic” for the season-ending invitations. How many soirees grad-was being toasted along
Where have you gone, series and the SEC did you make last weekend? with some of her soccer
Secretariat? Tournament. One thing you Well guys, despite an friends. Don’t let size fool
Letter number two comes have to admit-his teams unfortunate table dancing you-that little package of
from a member of one of my always seem to perform well incident a few years back and dynamite will bend one like
old LSU baseball tailgating around tourney time. the ensuing mailbox massacre, Beckham before your goalie
crew… Until then, I’m reluctant to I still have a few friends who can even move a muscle.
Hey, Wild Bill, join in on the “Pulmonary care a little about me. The final party was a double
Is Paul Mainieri-or Attack”. That resulted in three invites dipper featuring the beautiful
“Pulmonary” as we As for the Lady Tigers, their on Saturday, May 11-all on Griffin Girl captain Sydney
affectionately call him- early season hitting barrage White Road so I was always Templet and her older
coaching the Lady Tigers also? sister-the equally gorgeous
The last few games I watched, Jordan who finished Magna
neither squad could hit a Cum Everything from the LSU
bunch of bananas with a School of Business.
base fiddle. Anita Dubble. Let’s see-cold beer, good
Dear Anita, food and hot dancing girls with
My first letter today looks and brains-what’s
mentioned “buzzard luck”- not to like?
which is, of course, “Can’t kill Well, that’s it for the first
nothing and nothing won’t die”. half of May. I’m off to the
But I think this year’s Tiger Preakness to bet War of Will
team more closely resembles again and hope he doesn’t get
another saying that my knocked around like a pinball
Grandpa Bullion used to mutter this time. Then it’s out to Alex
in Cajun French when things Box to help the Tigers launch a
weren’t going to his liking. late season rally and secure a
Loosely translated, it regional host spot. And maybe
meant-“The kids go good, the one more graduation party if
dog goes bad.” Golfers are there’s one I missed.
well aware of that situation as And I promise not to table
it seems as soon as your dance or take out any
straighten out your driving or mailboxes.
iron play, your chipping and
putting go in the tank-or
vice versa.
With the 2019 Tigers, almost
every time the offense scores
Two Beauties and a Beast
some runs (Witness the 15 Congratulations recent grads
against Ole Miss.), the pitchers Sydney and Jordan Templet
start playing Home Run Derby join Wild Bill.

eating), but my favorite spring temperatures for days on end
time activity by far is turkey can be somewhat uncomfort-
hunting. I love it. If not for able at times but seldom is the
these few pastimes I could skip a threat to human life’s prevalent.
large portion of that season and The worst part of winter storms
possibly avoid all that horrible can be the disastrous ice storms
weather it brings. Yea, you do that take out trees and electrical
get some beautiful days, but power along with the closures
someone’s gonna have to pay of highways.
the price to get it. It kinda Presently we have one more
reminds me of getting rid of a line of severe weather potential
bad tooth. It’s gonna get better heading our way. Make it
when it’s gone but until then through this one, consider
you’ll go through the pain, yourself lucky and get ready for
suffering and mental process of the passage of another storm
getting it out of the way. event in the next week or so.
Our summer days in south Mother nature’s most upset
I Hate Spring Cold Fronts! Louisiana are very warm and moments include tornadoes,
cook- lightning, strong winds,
I enjoy the excitement of an out. No outdoor although thunderstorms are flooding rain and hail. Spring
approaching fall or winter cold adventures were in the common, they’re seldom severe storms bring all of these
front but I equally hate spring near forecast. in nature. The every now and frequently at the same time.
cold fronts. As I am writing this The spring season has never then hurricanes that we My thoughts and prayers go out
article, my attention keeps really been my favorite season of experience can be a catastrophic to communities that have been
getting distracted by the severe the year. Back when I bass event but with that being said, completely destroyed by these
storm warning noise that keeps fished a lot, April was my hard- the main threats of those events violent spring storms.
buzzing up on the television est time to catch these post are the same that every spring I’m already looking forward
screen. My job had generously spawn cold front passage brings, to next turkey season, but I
let us off work early because of creatures. In my opinion tornadoes and flooding. When promise you I do not look
the potential for severe weather February and March are the fall arrives it seems to bring forward to the weather that
in our area for this day. It’s better times to catch bass and a peaceful span of weather the next spring will bring....
Easter weekend and I’ve sac-au-lait. Yea, the bream and events that leads us into the
fortunately already limited out catfish bite turns on a little now winter season. Now I know that Till Next Time,
on turkeys for the Louisiana but even those bites will be this is not some folks most
season so my plans for this more consistent as the early favorite days. I guess the main Hang On To Your Hat-
weekend involves going to a summer nears. I do enjoy reason that I enjoy it so much is James “Goosie” Guice

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There's a systematic lull in conversation

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May 18th
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Virginia Woolf wrote all her books standing.
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The average person's left hand The Shakes

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When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers David St. Romain
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you’ve ever seen, were the
standard clothing items in my Later that night as Joe Savage
closet. Well maybe not in the was performing he pulled the
closet, more likely on the floor. snake out of this basket. He
I wouldn’t be caught picking up spun it around over his head.
dog crap in the yard wearing While spinning, the snakes tail
those cloths, today. went through some fire. The
That’s right in 1978 I was the snake then constricted around
State-of-the-Art head DJ at the showband night him and proceeded to crack 4
Equipment club in Baton Rouge known as ribs. I looked at the cocktail
‘The Cockpit’. The moteef was waitresses. They were high
Front End not a rooster fighting club, it ‘5’ing each other and took shots
was designed around airplanes. at the bar in the snakes honor
Alignments This was the greatest job for a honor. The next night the


junior at LSU. I played records club was sold out to see the


for a half hour between bands snake perform.
sets and oh what trouble I We had a Hypnotist, Mike
could find walking around the Harvey, that performed quite
hottest night club in Baton often. He’d do the standard
Rouge during the band sets. hypnotising stuff like, put them
I was once standing by my under and then say, “Your shoes
boss Robert at the entrance to are on fire and make them sing
the club. He looked at me com- as if they were Elvis. I once
plaining that I didn’t do any- clucked like a chick in front of
thing but spin records and why everyone and wasn’t sure if I
don’t I pick up some trash or was hypnotised but I did it. I do
something. I looked down and remember one guy that I am
saw a ball of green paper and positive he was under a spell.
picked it up, unrolled it and This guy was going through all
24 Hr. Emergency Roadside Service looked at a $100 bill. I looked the standard motions. He
at Robert thanking him for kicked his shoes off when he
the advise. thought they were on fire but
Show bands were the rage when Mike Harvey told him his
then. At midnight the bands socks were on fire, he grabbed
would put on a Las Vegas type the top of his sock and whipped
show. One week a performer, his sock off and out of the sock
Joe Savage, from New Orleans flew, what looked like a big bag
came to town. This guy was of marijuana.
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the cocktail waitresses pet this ing customer was lead to the
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when it was time to get dressed was let out the back door.
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College Teams Battle at 3rd Annual NAPTA
Troubleshooting Skills Competition in Gonzales, LA
— Teams of college process • ITI Technical College – Newby, NAPTA Executive Di- qualified entry level technicians
technology students from Morning Crew (Louisiana) rector. who will become top tier opera-
across the country competed • Kenai Peninsula Col- tors," said Gayle Cannon, the
in the 3rd Annual NAPTA Trou- lege, Kenai River – Kenai “NAPTA’s National Trou- competition Lead Judge who
bleshooting Skills Competition Kings (Alaska) bleshooting Competition is the has both industry and educa-
at River Parishes Community • Lamar Institute of Tech- only competition of its kind that tion experience.
College on April 26th and 27th. nology – LIT Shooters (Texas) builds capacity for students
The top ten four-member • Lone Star College, majoring in Process Technol- Event sponsors included Shell
teams participated in this com- Kingwood – 190 Proof (Texas) ogy. Building these critical Oil Company as Event Co-Un-
petition. A qualifying round held • Lone Star College, skills in console and field 0per- derwriter, BASF as Event Co-
at each local college deter- Kingwood – Process Tech ator roles is imperative for the Underwriter, Valero as
mined the top ten teams to ad- Coyotes (Texas) safety of Shell and the industry Platinum Sponsor, AFPM,
vance to the NAPTA Finals • River Parishes Commu- as we continue to see experi- INEOS and Voovio as Gold
Competition. Twenty one nity College, Gonzales – enced baby boomers’ transition Sponsors, Eastman Chemical
teams competed in the Qualify- RPCC – 1 (Louisiana) and the next generation of Company as Silver Sponsor,
ing Round. • San Jacinto College, skilled workers come into the and Simtronics, Systran Train-
San Jacinto College Central Pasadena – Rajun Ravens petrochemical an refining in- ing & Technical, and RISC as
Campus in Pasadena won the (Texas) dustry,” said David Esquibel Sponsors in Kind.
honor of Top Troubleshooting • San Jacinto College, with Shell Oil Company, co-un- Troubleshooting is a capstone
Team, their third year to com- Pasadena – Rockin’ Ravens derwriter of the event. course for Process Technology
pete in the event, placing first (Texas) “The Troubleshooting Skills programs. Process Technology
in all three years. ITI Technical competition is a great way for (PTEC) programs teach opera-
College, took second place, NAPTA is an organization of PTEC students to gain valu- tion skills required in industries
and College of the Mainland the Process Technology able skills they will need when such as petrochemical, power
took third place. (PTEC) education providers they enter the workforce. In ad- generation, pharmaceuticals,
The four-round Finals Compe- and their business, industry, dition to the technical skills stu- waste water/water treatment,
tition tested the teams’ trou- and community advisors coop- dents develop through this and related fields. PTECH pro-
bleshooting skills on eratively working toward their event, they are also gaining grams typically confer a two-
recognizing and resolving common goals. The River great value in learning how to year Associates degree.
problems with various energy Parishes Community College communicate effectively and Students learn about equip-
industry-related scenarios, Process Technology program work as a team.” said Christen ment, safety, quality, instru-
using computer-based simula- hosted the event. Campbell, Procurement Hub mentation, systems, and
tion and virtual plant environ- "NAPTA's 3rd annual Trou- Manager for BASF in Geismar, operations—all of which they
ment software. Students also bleshooting Skills Competition LA and keynote speaker at the must understand when trou-
got to meet with industry repre- was a tremendous success competition. bleshooting problems with a
sentatives during the Industry and again provided the ulti- "This competition showcases process.
Networking Hour held prior to mate opportunity for education the advanced troubleshooting
the Finals Competition. and industry to emphasize the skills that all of the participating
The teams competing were: importance of critical thinking students have acquired
• College of the Mainland in process technology. Thanks through their PTEC programs.
– Weir’s the Leak (Texas) to the support of our member- It is a testament to the dedica-
• College of the Mainland ship PTEC learning was taken tion of their instructors to pro-
– Steady State (Texas) to a higher level," said Eric vide industry with highly

something back to our at the jail to provide support to
Sheriff Webre community,” said Sheriff the instructors and tutored in-
Awards Scholarship Webre. “This would not be mates.
possible without the kind and
to College-bound generous support of
Teen Ascension Parish’s Honorary
Members of the Louisiana
Sheriff Bobby
Sheriff Bobby Webre
announced that Delaney Sheriff’s Association.” Webre Awards
Inabnet, a student at St. Amant Scholarships
High School has been named
the recipient of a $500 APSO’s Dawn to Local Grads
academic scholarship from the
Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship
Shivers Memorial The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s
Program for the 2018-2019 Scholarship Office is proud to announce
school year. scholarship recipients. The three high-school seniors who
The Sheriff’s Scholarship is only limitations are that Recipient were awarded a $500 scholar-
made possible by the applicants be permanent Announced ship that can be used toward
Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary residents of Louisiana; the cost of college tuition, fees,
Sheriff Bobby Webre an-
Membership Program scholarships be utilized in or books.
nounces that Frederick Million
(LSHMP). Louisiana Sheriffs’ higher education within the Jr. of East Ascension High
provide scholarships to gradu- State; and students be enrolled School is the recipient of the
ating high school seniors from as full-time, undergraduate Dawn Shivers Memorial Schol-
each parish where the Sheriff students. Scholarships will be arship for the 2018-2019
is an affiliate of the Program. awarded in sixty-three parishes school year.
Qualities such as academic throughout the state. Students are selected based
achievement, leadership and “This is one of our finest on qualities of academic
character are considered in accomplishments that invests achievement, leadership, and
making selections of Sheriffs’ in Louisiana’s future and gives character. Students must at-
tach a transcript and write an
essay on someone who has in-
fluenced them.

“The purpose of the Dawn

Shivers Memorial Scholarship
fund is to honor APSO em-
ployee Dawn Shivers who
passed away in 2013 after a
long battle with cancer. We
want to continue her legacy as
a vessel through Christ and to
also encourage others who
may be fighting the same can-
cer battles to keep pushing
and stay strong,” Webre said.
Shivers started her career with
the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s
Office in 1998 as a correctional
officer at the Ascension Parish
Madison Zeringue, Ascension
Jail. She acted as a correc-
Catholic High School, Raegan
tional officer for more than 10
Nguyen, St. Amant High
years while also serving a dual
School, and Tre’von Mitchell,
role in transportation.
Donaldsonville High School,
In March 2011, Shivers joined
were all awarded $500 each.
the Inmate Programs Division
Cooking Gourmet at Home
8 ounces fresh Jumbo Lump crabmeat
1 small loaf French bread
1 Granny Smith apple
A lite and fresh dish for the summer 4 ounces Smoked Gouda (whatever cheese you like)
8 cherry tomatoes
1 ounce fresh basil
2 ounces extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons
Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste


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

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

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

Thinly slice the basil leaves

Yield: 10-15 servings
The last ingredient to prepare is the apple. Remove the core of the apple either with an apple corer or simply
by cutting off each side of the apple. Cut the apple into small cubes and put them into the small mixing bowl
Prep: 15 minutes with the crabmeat and tomatoes, then drizzle with the juice of the last lemon (no seeds). This will keep the
apple from t
urning brown.
Cook: 10 minutes
Executive Chef
Sam Penton Serving: 4 Lay out your crispy French bread toast points and top them with the crabmeat, tomato, and apple mixture.
Sprinkle the shredded Smoked Gouda over the top then finish them off with the fresh basil.

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