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Table of Contents
DREAMS COME TRUE.............. 4
Sales Manager
Dottie Godberry
Staff Photographer SWEET EYES W/ TANYA...........12

Jimmy Dunkley TONY BACALA .................................24 FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

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

Orhan McMillan
Kellie Seymour
Tanya Stilley
Jimmy Dunkley
Patti Mouton
Jamie Lavigne
Andre’ Brock
Mariah Simoneaux

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Dreams Come True of Louisiana
held its 23rd Annual Na Na Sha
Dance at Lamar Dixon Expo. When
preparing for an event you have no
idea what the out come will be. We
are humbled by community support
each and every year.
Na Na Sha was outstanding, as
usual and our supporters danced all
night long. Heart warming stories
were passed along and the parish
gave their all.
Every year the Iron Warriors puts
on their event “Blessings of the
Bikes” and Dreams Come True is
their chosen charity and gives
a nice donation.

Steve Laurie Silver Sponsorship Darnell Browning
Hi-Nabor Grocery Darnell Browning Insurance
The Jambalaya Festival

Robert "Bobby" Webre Sheri Garrison

Association organized and

Dream Sponsorship Robert "Bobby" Webre Garrison Construction Co.

cooked their World Class


Tim Braud - Braud Welding Kim Johnson Donations

Dreams Come True extends

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our warmest and most grateful

Bob Sanders - Pilot Specialty Rose Hudson Risley Triche

thanks to everyone who was

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Jay Himmel - Himmel's Jeffry Mohr Steve Wesley

so successful.

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Dance Special Sponsors Richard Shread Paula Daigle
Gold Sponsorship Shread-Kuyrkendall & Assoc. Memories by Paula
Bill & Mary Lee Dixon Johnny Berthelot Denny Lacombe
Lamar Dixon Foundation Jack & Becky Harris Johnny Berthelot Campaign Service Lumber & Supply
VIP International INC Glen Guitreau
Iron Warriors Motorcycle Barney Arceneaux Guitreau General
Club Mayor Barney Arceneaux Contractors LLC
Oak Point Fresh Market
Side Arms Motorcycle Club

Vicki Prejeant Steve Laurie
Service Mortgage Company Hi-Nabor Supermarket
LeBlanc Brothers Ready-Mix Ricky & Florette Blanchard
Waguespack, Gallagher & Johnette Mauldin
Barber Pelican State Bank
Roy Torres Wally Gaudet
R&C Rental Properties Kona Ice
Frito Lay
Community Coffee
Wally Taillon Spanky's Daiquiri's
Jambalaya Association Grayling Kraemer - Rouses


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Leadership Election Day
Sat. Oct 12
Parish Council - District 10 - 2016 - Present

Early Voting
Gonzales City Council - 2008 - 2012 - Assistant Treasurer

Devoted to Progress
Sept 28 - Oct 5th
Board of Directors - Ascension Economic Development Corporation
Ascension Chamber of Commerce- Chairman 2008

Military - U.S. Air Force, Officer and Vietnam Era Veteran

Committed to Community
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Hosting the garden club meeting from left are Gail Lonibos, Patti Mouton, Mabel Savoy, Lorraine Member Conchita Richey provided this educational exhibit of
Gautreau, Loretta Ramirez and Rita Bourque (and Janis Poche, not pictured). Louisiana native plants.

A New Year Begins for the Gonzales Garden Club

The opener of the 2019-2020 pork and sausage jambalaya for
season of the Gonzales Garden the occasion. Hostesses Patti
Club was held at Patti Mouton’s Mouton, Janis Poche, Loretta
Prairieville home on September Ramirez, Lorraine Gautreau,
4. Her den was packed with 21 Rita Bourque, Mabel Savoy and
active members, four associate Gail Lonibos provided white
members and two guests. The beans, string beans, tossed
program, “Garden Club Goes green salad and rolls. The meal
Native”, was developed to ended with brownies, lemon
inspire members to focus on squares and pineapple cake
Louisiana native plants in their served as dessert choices
upcoming club projects and with coffee.
garden activities in conjunction Member Mary Jo Pohlig portrayed the Member Barbara McCormick explained
with National Garden Club goals undesirable effects of non-native plants the benefits of growing native plants in The Gonzales Garden Club is
and objectives.
on the environment. the garden. federated by National Garden Clubs, Inc.

suckle, maidenhair fern, little with a look

The meeting’s program featured gem magnolia, beautyberry and forward to a
a light-hearted skit comparing live oak. Popular plants program on fall
native to non-native plants, an identified as non-native were gardens for the
educational exhibit of native crape myrtle, water hyacinth, club’s October
plant photos labeled for elephant ears, azaleas, pansies meeting.
identification, and floral and yellow flag irises.
arrangements created with Snacks of
native plants from members’ The business meeting spinach dip,
home gardens. Member Mary addressed changes for the cheeses and
Jo Pohlig also presented coming year. After recognizing crackers were
televised photos of common the new terms for club officers, served with
plants asking the crowd to discussing associate member mimosas prior to All floral material in Conchita Richey’s arrangement are native plants
identify each plant as native or guidelines and hearing commit- the meeting’s call from her home garden. She used palmetto, magnolia seed pods,
non-native. The native plants tee reports, President Jamie to order. Rick
coral honeysuckle foliage, Louisiana iris foliage, deciduous holly
”finch’s gold”, French mulberry, oakleaf hydrangea and purple
depicted were coral honey- Trisler adjourned the meeting Mouton cooked a coneflowers to create this horizontal design.

Jamie Trisler used one of her antique milk glass vessels This arrangement by Barbara McCormick is made of flowers Weezie Cashat’s dramatic floral arrangement was made of
to support her arrangement of hot pink carnations, rose from her home garden: white shrimp, gomphrena, zinnias, hibiscus blooms and camellia greenery from her patio flower
pink asters, pom pom mums and baby’s breath with autumn fern, cutleaf coneflower, rudbeckia, salvia, and coral beds.
asparagus fern accents. honeysuckle. Notice the Louisiana embroidery and
alligator figure.

of thumb is to cut the bush back Mariah Simoneaux is the
about one foot shorter than the Horticulture Agent serving
desired height. If you want your Ascension and Assumption

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There is no need to deadhead your visit the LSU AgCenter website at
Knock Out roses, but this can be
done for a tidier look.

Tend to your
Knock Out
Roses this Fall Mariah Simoneaux
Pruning is a chore you might not
think much about. Normally we generally bushes are only cut back
prune as a way to control the size about one-third of their original
of a plant. When tree branches get height. Apply a general-purpose or
a little too close to the house or rose-specific fertilizer to your Knock
hedges begin to get a little too tall Out roses after the fall pruning.
we cut them back. However,
pruning at the right time can also A sharp pair of bypass-type hand
stimulate vigorous new growth, pruners can be used to make most
increase flower production, and of your cuts. Cuts should be made
keep plants looking full and at an angle slightly above the
shapely. nearest bud. Loppers may be
required for some larger branches.
Knock Out roses, like other Dead and damaged branches can
everblooming roses, greatly benefit be removed anytime throughout the Knock Out roses are known for Photo caption – Knock Out roses
from two major prunings each year. year. Wear sturdy leather gloves their season long blooms. They produce an abundance of blooms.
The first of the major prunings and long sleeves while working are available in a variety of colors, Photo by Dr. Allen Owings.
should be done in late January to because the thorns on Knock Out such as cherry red, bright pink, light
mid-February. This is the most roses can leave you with painful pink, coral and white, and are
drastic of the prunings, up to punctures and scratches. widely available at most garden
two-thirds of the bush may be centers and nurseries. Add them to
removed if needed. The second of In the right growing conditions your landscape in late winter or
the major prunings should be Knock Out rose bushes can reach early spring so that bushes can get
completed late August into early up to six feet tall and six feet wide. established before beginning to
September. This fall pruning is not If the size of your Knock Out roses bloom.
near as severe as the first, and has become an issue, a good rule

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Cheryl Malbrough Recreation: before the development mitigate ever-worsening

Platform Lamar Dixon is not the only boom transformed northeast traffic. Allowing unlimited
Irresponsible facility in our parish. Focus Ascension Parish into fill material has altered the
some of the recreation budget suburbia. floodplain, pushing water
Development: to upgrade, then maintain our onto existing residents.
local parks. We’ll formulate a As an employee of DEMCO
1511 residential lots in better plan including your (I retired from the Marketing & As your District 5
17 subdivision have been input to deliver recreation for Member Services Department Councilwoman I will always
approved within a mile of Hwy families to enjoy. in 2015) I got a close-up view put your interests first. I
42 which could not handle of that transformation. As a humbly ask for your vote.
traffic four years ago.
How many tons of fill have
About Cheryl retiree, I will be a full-time
representative Unfortunately,
Together we can make
District 5 great again!
I am running for Parish
been added to raise those our elected parish council
Council, District 5 in the
subdivisions, pushing more failed to prepare for the
election scheduled for
and more water on your population explosion we all
October 12. Like all of you,
house? It must stop. knew was coming.
I am frustrated by daily traffic
Drainage: jams; I am tired of worrying
about flooding every time we For too long
Why is it that maintenance developers have
get a heavy rain. There are
efforts only happen during not been held
common sense solutions that
Election Year? We’re going accountable,
I will pursue as your District 5
to clean out those ditches never required
and canals; and keep them to make
clean as part of a regular meaningful
First and foremost, we
maintenance program. infrastructure
must apply the brakes to
Traffic: irresponsible subdivision
development which only Requiring turn
We cannot continue adding lanes to be
worsens those problems.
residents/cars to our roads built, or traffic
without ensuring developers control devices
I grew up in Ascension Parish,
build road infrastructure with installed would
the Galvez area to be precise,
their subdivisions. With have done
where I’ve spent most of my
existing funds (no new tax) wonders to
life. After a brief period
we can move traffic by
residing in Baton Rouge,
adding strategically placed
I returned to the place I’ve
turn lanes, improving key
always called home. That
was two decades ago, just

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• Retired from DEMCO, Marketing

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• Former member of EA Rotary,

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Sheriff Bobby Webre names

children: Holli, Anna, Chad,
because of Tony Burton.” Matthew, and Joseph.

Tony Burton Honorary Sheriff

Tony works in the insurance “I want to thank Tony for the
and financial services industry.

for the month of August

work he does to help those in
He is a volunteer instructor in our community and encourage
religious education to high others to join his efforts to
school students. In 2019, he impact the lives of our
Ascension Parish Sheriff service to those in our commu- began organizing and hosting neighbors in positive ways,”
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Jambalaya Festival Queen event in Ponchatoula for the July 31, Jr. Police Game Calls surprised us each
Tara Babin as she represents Louisiana Strawberry Pageant. Graduation with our own pink duck call and
our community. We celebrated the outgoing On 31st, I had the chance to taught us the many different
queen and the amazing job represent the JFA for the first ways to call a duck. We also
June 15, Louisiana she had done, and we time in the City of Gonzales at had the chance to shoot skeet
Strawberry Pageant welcomed the 49th Louisiana the Jr. Police Graduation. I and watch the Gueydan Duck
Just one week after being Strawberry Queen into this spent time with board Festival Queen run her dog at
crowned Miss Gonzales amazing sisterhood we like to members while serving the dog trials! Later that night,
Jambalaya, I sat in awe as I call the “Rhinestone Sisters”. World Champion Jambalaya! we were presented in train and
traveled to my first appearance This event was especially mantel at the Duck Festival’s
as the new queen. I could not exciting for me not only August 3, Gueydan Duck Wine and Cheese Social,
believe that I was actually because it was my first event, Festival Queen's Day where we danced the
given the opportunity to but because I got to travel for On August 3rd, I traveled to night away!
August 17, Louisiana had the chance to sell attending the ball. We
Gumbo Festival 50/50 raffle tickets while celebrated both the old and
Queen's Day dancing all night to The Na the new queen as we
I traveled down the Na Sha Band. By the end danced and sang to a live
Chackbay, LA where I of the night, the raffle had band all night long!
spent the day doing all raised over $900 for the
things gumbo! Teen Miss Dreams Come True I am so blessed to get the
Gonzales Jambalaya, Riley Foundation! It was opportunity to travel every
Saurage and I attended our awesome to see how weekend with such an
first event together and had much support this amazing amazing group of young
an absolute blast playing organization has! women who all share the
games, getting to know same love and passion
the other queens and August 24, Shrimp and for Louisiana Fairs and
painting gumbo pots! Petroleum Coronation Festivals and the
On August 24th, I traveled traditions they bring to
August 17, Dreams Come South to Morgan City for our great state! "I can't
True Fundraiser the famous Shrimp and wait to continue living this
I wrapped up my travels on Petroleum Coronation and lifelong dream of mine and
August 17th at Lamar Ball! We toasted to Queen i'm so excited I get to share
Dixon for the Dreams 83, Caylee Deshotel, for it with all of you! Check
Come True Fundraiser! completing an amazing back each month to see
Myself and three other year as queen and what else I've been up to!"
queens, Miss Gheens Bon welcomed Queen 84,
Mange, Miss Livingston Leah Domangue. We were “Well, Time to Go!
Parish, and Miss South later presented in train and Anyone seen my keys?”
Louisiana Crawfish Boil mantle to all of those Tara
retired from Ascension Parish and I am proud to say that I endorsed by the Louisiana
Schools. Two of my three have scored 100% every year. Association of Business and
I want to thank the
children are currently teaching Industry, the Louisiana
people of District 59 for my
at Dutchtown High School. • Opportunity is the best cure Coalition for a Conservative
re-election to the Louisiana
Lisa and I are active in several for poverty, and I have firmly Majority, the Louisiana
House of Representatives
local organizations and supported measures to Association of Independent
without opposition. My
volunteer opportunities. We promote the growth of Business, and the Louisiana
pledge to everyone is to
know of no higher calling than business and industry in our Oil and Gas Association.
continue to do my very best
to serve others. state. As such, I have been
to represent the interests of
District 59, the interests of
Although I do not face a
Ascension Parish, and the
challenger, I think it is
interests of the state of
important to share my
Louisiana to the very best
position on some of the most
of my ability.

I have been a public servant important issues in the state.

in Ascension Parish for nearly
42 years, first as a law • On abortion, I have stood
enforcement officer for over firmly as a proponent of the
37 years, and now as a right to life. The organization,
State Representative. Public Louisiana Right to Life, keeps
service runs deep in my a running score card on how
family. My wife, Lisa, and my legislators vote on life issues,
Mother, Juanita, have both
Family is the Reason,
Quality, Fair
must be Achieved!

• On social issues, I have • On Second Amendment taxpayers about $500 million values...particularly are they
allowed my Christian values to rights, I have been a strong every year. conservative, moderate,
be my guide. As such, I have voice in support of the rights or liberal?
been recognized and honored that have been guaranteed to Every four years we have the
by the Louisiana Family Forum all of us through the First opportunity to shape our • Which candidate seems to
every year that I have been in Ten Amendments to the future through our votes. care more about getting a job
the Legislature. Constitution. The people who we elect to done than they do about their
serve us at the local, state, and personal aspirations?
• On the budget, I have • In recognition of my federal levels will ultimately
continually pressed for honest steadfast dedication to shape the world that we live in, • Which candidate has the
balanced budgets and have conservative values, I was and impact our quality of life. courage stand up for what is
fought to eliminate fraud, elected to the position of Voting is indeed a privilege and right, even when it might not
waste, and abuse. vice-chair of the Louisiana far too important an opportu- be popular to special interest
House of Representatives nity to miss or to do without groups?
• On transportation, I have Republican Delegation in my thoughtful contemplation of
been a proponent for taking second year in office. who is best equipped to • Most importantly, which
politics out of the Department represent us. candidate has a track record
of Transportation, and we now • Putting my law enforce- of honesty, integrity, and
have more road improvement ment investigative skills to A few questions that I ask accomplishment?
projects taking place in work, I have led the fight into myself and I encourage each
Ascension Parish than at any uncovering fraud, waste, and of you to ask yourselves in
point in past memory. abuse in the Medicaid program the voting booth are:
resulting in over 85,000 people
being identified as enrolled but • Which candidate most
ineligible, which will save the closely aligns with my

Let’s keep our eyes on the ball!

Common sense over politics!


Pelican Point’s 2019 Overall
Men’s Club Champion
Dustin Lambert!
Pelican Point Hosted MGA Club was equally as hot with fantastic
Championship. We hope everyone playing conditions.
had a good time I know we had a Dustin Lambert won the overall
great weekend. Men’s Club Championship and
Pelican Point just completed their Trevor Adams won the overall
Men’s Club Championship. Net Club Championship.
Saturday started off with a warm Thank you to all participants and
and humid morning that just got congratulations to all of the flight
hotter as the day moved and the golf winners.
got hotter. Sunday at Pelican Point

Championship Flight
1st Gross Dustin Lambert
2nd Gross Jim Livingston
3rd Gross Paul Castro
4th Gross Jamie Lavigne
5th Gross Jarret Marchand

1st Net Trevor Adams

2nd Net Pat Lambert
3rd Net Brant Mayer
4th Net Jay Leblanc
5th Net Brandon Kikendall

First Flight
1st Gross Tony Frederic
2nd Gross Tim Achord
1st Net Mike Gill
2nd Net Rusty Tucker
Dustin Lambert
Trevor Adams

Golf Yoda
Andrew Simar Terrell Bourgeois
Asst. Golf Pro Enjoying the competition.

Second Flight Third Flight

1st Gross Darin Johnson 1st Gross Mike Dampier
2nd Gross Steve Martin 2nd Gross John Voinche
1st Net Ritchie Hofman 1st Net Doyle Philippe
2nd Net Donald Berrigan 2nd Net John Waguespack

Saint and Sinner Records Releases

Local Country Artist

Dennis Ledbetter
‘Opposite Walls’
Saint and Sinner Records, is satisfaction of the lasting kind.
proud to announce the digital If you miss the heart and soul
release of Dennis Ledbetter's of real country music in voices
new album Opposite Walls on like George Jones, Merle
September 2nd 2019. Fans will Haggard, Johnny Paycheck,
hear a good deal about both and Hank, Jr., you're going to
sides of life and love in the love Dennis Ledbetter.
twelve songs on his new A Louisiana native and a
recording, Opposite Walls. lifelong student of country
Ledbetter tells his stories in a music (the real stuff), Dennis
Ledbetter brings a fresh, but ones that leap through the country vocals, and the steely
achingly familiar voice to the lines of music to touch your glint of blue eyes that peer out
stage and radio airways. His heart with characters that from beneath the wide brim of
classic instrumental arrange- seem as real as the friends a real cowboy hat. These
ments and vocal style harken and family you interact with things consistently and
back to country music of the everyday aren't portrayed completely grab listeners by
1970s and 80s when the genre effectively in shallow, the heart and pull them
still had its trademark twang bro-country ditties with a into a song.
and was damn proud of it, five-note vocal range. The kind Friends and fans will be
thank you very much. He's of country songs that Ledbetter pleased to hear Ledbetter's
spent years onstage at Honky writes and sings are the ones new Album, which will be
Tonks and clubs in the South, that can be a little tough to get available on September 2,
honing his craft and earning through without tearing up 2019 to radio and available for
the tears and smiles that are because they're so incredibly sale in all digital formats
sad and true-to-life. As a including CD Baby, Amazon,
country singer and also a ITunes, & Google Play. The
songwriter, Dennis opens a tunes will be available on the
vein, and let’s true life stories streaming sites Pandora,
whiskey-drenched, stone cold and emotions flow. The simple, Spotify, Apple Music,
country singing voice that just yet poignant lyrics, the singers Amazon Music, Deezer,
about anyone can relate to. unapologetically, stone cold Tidal, and Napster.
The songs remind you of
things your own friends have
said and done. If you're
honest, you'll admit that some
of them could have been
written about you. Ledbetter's
album is kind of like a 40
minute therapy session/
sermon set in a vintage Honky
Tonk, or at times on the back
porch at the lake house.
For those who have been reflected in his authentic voice.
missing authentic country Country radio has fallen in
music, it’s here in spades, love with Dennis Ledbetter's
complete with wailing steel music. The debut album, If You
guitars, Honky Tonk piano, Drive Me to Drinking (I’ll Buy
screaming fiddles, hard-edged the Gas), generated five #1
electric guitars with a slightly singles on the New Music
distorted edge, and all the Weekly Charts. His sophomore
other musical fixings CD, My Life Is a Country Song,
necessary for this country garnered three #1 singles on
diner menu of love stories that the same charts. The EP It
range from rock bottom Might Be the Whiskey
loneliness and cheating songs produced another # 1 single.
to the thrill of new love and the Good songs and stories the
The Gods Must be Crazy and
the rest of us can’t be too far behind.
by Bill Delaune
LSU or the Saints.
I mean, we appreciate the new
offense that seemed to have the
Tigers in control of that big
“swing” game in Texas. But still
I was forced to hide behind my
couch as that last onside kick
dribbled out of bounds just
off the fingers of a Longhorn
And don’t even get me started
on the last 43 seconds of the
Saints’ Monday night opener.
In rapid order we saw the
Saints kick a field goal to take a
6-point lead, a 2-play Texan
drive to tie the game, a missed
PAT, a Saints’ penalty, a made
PAT to give Houston the lead
and a 58-yard game winning
field goal for New Orleans.
That should be enough drama
for one season, don’t you think?
Or do you really enjoy watching
“We’re all mad here,” said the sympathetic ear to lessen our with a bunch of college kids. us all go through our Fred
Cat. “I’m mad. You’re mad.” burdens in several matters But I have some simpler Sanford “This is the big one,
“How do you know I’m mad?” of importance… petitions that I think may be Elizabeth” heart attack routines.
said Alice. easier to grant. I do understand Secondly, I know you already
“You must be,” said the Cat, Dear Masters, that you Masters derive a great have a helluva band up there
“or you wouldn’t have come deal of pleasure watching us with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin,
here.” From “Alice in Wild Bill down here with a South Louisiana fanatics Jim Morrison and all those
Wonderland” few humble requests to lay at lose our minds over such other rockers. You even picked
by Lewis Carroll. your majestic door. First of all, meaningless (to you) weekend up a pretty good pair of
one of my mother’s sitters football games. And you piano/keyboard stars recently
Sometimes when even a Angelle believes that there are probably howl with laughter with New Orleans’ Dr. John
metaphorical genius like the omens pointing toward either while we shed tears of anger or and Muscle Shoal’s “Funky”
Cheshire Cat can’t provide you an LSU National Championship depression after a “death in the Donnie Fritts. But could you
with suitable solutions on this or a Saints’ Super Bowl or family” loss by our beloved leave a few down here until
“ball of confusion” that we possibly both. She bases these Tigers or the Saints. they’ve had a chance to “finish
call home, it may be time to visions of grandeur on the fact But can you please get your their song” if you will. Creative
turn to-dare I say it-divine that for the first time in kicks elsewhere-perhaps geniuses like Tom Petty, Glen
intervention. history-Louisiana has a Little watching our endless array of Frey and David Bowie could
So as a service to you, my League World Series Champion inane political commercials or teach some of these young guns
faithful readers, I will risk the (River Ridge) and an American the insane Democratic debates today a lot about writing and
first desperate step by Idol winner (The Pride of to see which one gets to try and performing.
contacting… French Settlement Lane Hardy) topple our inept meteorologist And just “Imagine” if John
and that the stars are definitely for control of this cosmic joke Lennon was still around.
The Masters of the Universe! aligned in our favor. on the Third Rock. And while we’re on the
Now obviously, I would be Come on, guys. These subject, every September I try
No, not He-Man and his delirious if either happened but elections alone straight out of to remember a couple of my
heroic Mattel movie group. I realize that such a request Fred and Barney’s Grand favorite artists that you snatched
I’m talking the real Masters would be far beyond the Poo-Bah race for leadership of a bit prematurely several
here-the ones who reside up on “humble” range , although I the Loyal Order of the Water decades ago. I speak of Chicago
Alpha Centauri and watch with have seen you people work Buffalo Lodge No. 26 on the singer/songwriter Steve
unmitigated glee each day to see miracles before-namely, the “Flintstones” cartoon. That Goodman (age 36) and Outlaw
what we unbelievable humans 1969 Mets and the 1981 USA should keep you amused Country pioneer Gram
will come up with next. But Olympic hockey team that beat enough without dabbling in Parsons (age 26).

let me see if I can gain a a professional Russian squad some cardiac climaxes by Pardon me, oh Masters, but
Goodman’s death on September Anyway, tell ole Stevie-or biting response to Nashville Martin, the duo led the police
20, 1984, came just four days “Cool Hand Leuk”, as he used media giant Ralph Emery who on a drunken chase into the
before his beloved Cubs won to refer to himself during his wouldn’t play his records on desert, doused his coffin with
the National League East for battle with leukemia-that I said country stations-“Drugstore high-octane gas and lit it
the first time in history. Wasn’t hello and that I thought he was Truck Driving Man”-was played causing a giant fireball to rise
that just a tad cruel? grossly underrated as a at Woodstock by Joan Baez, into the desert night. (For a
He was also scheduled to sing songwriter and a guitar picker. albeit with a different target. full-and more humorous
the National Anthem at the A day earlier on September Unfortunately, Gram account-watch the movie
Cubs’ first post-season 19, I will don my Joshua Tree struggled with the same demons “Grand Theft Parsons” starring
appearance since 1945 eight shirt and celebrate the life of that haunted Jimi, Janis and Jim Johnny Knoxville.)
days later but his dear friend Parsons who left us in 1973. and he died of an overdose of His remains were eventually
Jimmy Buffet filled in and One source All Music described drugs in the Joshua Tree Inn shipped to New Orleans and
dedicated his emotional his tragically short career as just a few weeks shy of his 27th buried in the Garden of
rendition to Steve. By the way, “enormously influential” for birthday. Tourists still visit Memories on Airline Drive in
the Cubs won that day and country and rock as he blended room number 8 where it Metairie.
later some of his ashes were several genres into what he happened and is now considered And finally, Masters, could
scattered on Wrigley Field as in called “American Cosmic a shrine to his fans. you lend a little help to my
his song “A Dying Cub Fan’s Music”. Just as Goodman had good friend and publisher Mike
Last Request”. After stints with The Byrds requested a spot for his ashes, Strong’s beloved Atlanta Braves
A more upbeat Goodman and The Flying Burrito Parsons had a plan for his also. (and for you, too, Mackie). Just
tune-“Go, Cubs, Go!”-is still Brothers, Gram went off on He and manager Phil Kaufman a gentle nudge should be
played after each victory so his own-in more ways than had made a pact that whoever enough to get them past those
thanks for that memory anyway. one-living with Keith Richards died first, the survivor would evil Dodgers from La-La Land
And he was here long enough for a while and introducing the take the other guy’s body out to in the playoffs.
to write “City of New Orleans”- Stones to country-flavored his favorite Joshua Tree rock And help people distinguish
a monster hit for Arlo Guthrie music. In fact, one of their hits, formation, have some drinks that Atlanta “A” on his cap
and Willie Nelson-and “You “Honky Tonk Women was first and burn it. from the hated Alabama “A” so
Never Even Called Me by My recorded as a country song. So when Kaufman learned of that he doesn’t get lynched by
Name” in which country star If Parsons did nothing else, he Parson’s stepfather’s plans to an LSU mob.
David Allan Coe gave him a introduced us to a young female bury Gram in New Orleans, he
shout-out for writing singer named Emmylou Harris did what any friend would Thanks in advance,
“the perfect country and who assisted him with vocals on do-he stole the coffin. With the Wild Bill from Prairieville.
western song” in the last verse. his first solo record. And his help of another friend Michael

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outdo them with six or seven and about once a
season when all the stars line up I’ll get a
limit of eight.

I find that along with other things I used to do

better, I now am not as good as I once was in the
squirrel woods. This past season I was having
pretty fair success but could have been doing
much better. I’m not near as steady, even with a
rest, than I was at one time but I was missing
shots that I really should be making. I was using
the rifle and scope that I’ve been using for years.
After discussing the issue with my dad, he talked
me into using a 22magnum that he’s had for
versus the use of a high powered rifle. I’ve I find myself constantly talking to myself and some time. I took the rifle and daylight the next
Squirrel messed up shots every way you can in the past saying words that you ain’t supposed to say when morning found me creeping up on a cat squirrel
and still make some of the same mistakes today. trying to get a shot on some squirrels. Gray cutting acorns in the top of a large pin oak. As
Hunting with I’ve spent as much as a half hour before on a squirrels in particular don’t like to sit still for very soon as I put the gun on my shoulder it occurred
squirrel and never get a shot on him. If you fool long, they are like the everready bunny and when to me at that moment what the biggest part of
a 22 Rifle around with one long enough he’ll probably see they do stop it seems that something is always in my problem had been.
you and the game will be over for you. There’s your field of view. Fox squirrels are a much larger,
been situations depending on the type of tree he’s calmer and easier species to hunt. The type of The quality of the telescope was so much better
“You better leave that thing at home and bring in, where I’ve just walked off and looked for woods that you hunt and the type of trees that than what I had been using for years. My eyes
your shotgun if you want to kill your limit.” I’ve another one because I could not get a shot. If a the squirrels are feeding in can also make or have not gotten better with age. What was once
been told that too many times in reference of me squirrel runs off because he sees you or you break you. In other words, rifle shooting fox alright for my eyesight has now changed. I could
using a rifle to squirrel hunt versus the use of a finally take a desperate shot and miss him then squirrels out of honey locust or hackberry trees see that squirrel as clear as day through that
shotgun. Yep, they’re right. I would in most cases you’re done. You won’t hit him on the run versus trying to get a shot on a gray squirrel glass. I made that shot, and by eight-forty that
kill more squirrels firing a shotgun, but the fact is whereas with a scatter gun you’d still stand a eating in a tree full of vines makes all morning I walked out with a limit of eight. Two
that I get all I want using a rifle. There’s nothing chance. When aiming with a rifle you better put the difference. reds and six grays. That was a great way to put
wrong with hunting with a shotgun. Squirrels can the crosshairs exactly where you want to place an end to my squirrel season and I can’t wait to
be very challenging no matter what type of the shot or you will not hit him. Placing a shot I take a lot of pride in killing squirrels with a rifle. get after them next year with my new scope...
firearm you use to hunt them. I prefer a rifle to into a clump of leaves with a tail hanging out of it It’s probably my favorite thing to do and I am
hunt them and although success with it can be ain’t gonna get it. You’ll come up empty ninety successful most of the time. I usually enter the Till Next Time,
very rewarding, failure can be very frustrating. nine percent of the time. And oh by the way, if woods with the thought of killing three or four per Do It The Way You Want To,
you jump a rabbit while toting a rifle, which does hunt. That’s supper and to me is considered a James “Goosie” Guice
There’s a big difference when it comes to choosing happen at times, you’ll have to enjoy watching success. I’ll have to put up with the harassment of
which method you use. In a way it’s kind of like him scamper away. shotgunners that may have done better from time
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up the steps I realized we had how well he spoke the English
Thoughts from Bully sat one row directly in front of
the roped off area for the band.
language. If he had a limited
vocabulary he was certainly
I had put two and two getting a lesson in some new
together and had firgured the words and phrases. I heard
Golden Girls would soon be 3ft them shout words like jerk,
A Golden Girl behind us. punk, pervert and geek. Some
Kicked My John had been taking in all phrases were, “Take a Picture.”
the festivities and steadily “Get the Hell out of here.”
Friend refilling his Rum and Coke. “My brother is going to kick
Between the Eyes Suddenly, those SPARKLING
your butt.” The game started
and things got a little better. He
in Tiger Stadium! appeared through the portal. It turned around every once in a
was the Golden Girls! John while to see if we had the ball.
started shaking and spazzing By this time, I could tell several
This past month the fan fair of milk with his Frosted Flakes. Oh right next to me. His broken of the girls were really mad
the first LSU football home Yeah, that was me. English turned into straight and they were plotting.
game reminded me of my first We entered the gate and Spanish. I couldn’t understand a The girls stood to perform
experience as a student sitting in stumbled our way up the word he was saying but it was as and during the performance I
the student section. corridors and entered the if he had seen the Virgin Mary. could see one of the girls was
I had made friends with John, stadium as close to the 50 yard He was making the sign of the winking at him and getting his
who was from of Puerto Rico line as possible. The field was a cross and repeating Thank You, attention and while he was
and had never been to an Amer- vision of beauty and all the Thank You. focused on her, another girl
ican football game, much less excitment of LSU football had The fun part was just halled off and kicked him right
an LSU game. Since we lived in the hair standing on the back of beginning. Do you know how between the eyes. He fell
West Stadium Dormatory we my neck. hard it was for me to get him to back dazed.
were able to get in line for the We started hearing the LSU face the field. I helped him up. He smiled
student section early. band off in the distance as they John soon became a pest to and blessed the purple bump on
Like most freshman college marched through campus and the girls by starring at their his forehead and said,
students, our pockets and purses toward the stadium. The sound privates, and boy was I “There is a GOD.”
were stuffed with bottles and we got louder and louder as we embarrassed when they stood
had already had a few beverages could hear them working their up to do one of their many
prior to the game. I think way through the stadium and high kick dances.
someone had beer instead of marched right out of the portal Since I had known John only


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Come Help us Celebrate at
Our Z Fabulous 5 Year Event
Thursday, October 17th from
9:00 am - 4:00 pm in our
Prairieville location

Grand Prize Giveaway

Special Event Pricing

CoolSculpting Giveaway

Free Gift to all who attend

17497 Old Jefferson Hwy. Prairieville LA 70769

Call 225-778-7540 to RSVP you and a guest