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OCTOBER 2019, VOL. 17 ISSUE 10

2019 Jambalaya Festival Champion Kade LaNoux

with Jared White and Tyler Billingsley
Francois Bend is the Premier Senior
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Table of Contents
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Contributing Writers
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Linda Melancon
SNO’S RECIPE........................... 45
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On the Cover: Kade Lanoux, 2019 Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Champion

with helpers Tyler Billingsley and Jared White.
Orhan McMillan
Kellie Seymour
Tanya Stilley
Jimmy Dunkley
Patti Mouton
Jamie Lavigne
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Largest CCA Banquet
in the State!
On September 19th the host the largest CCA banquet
Ascension Chapter of Coastal in the state! Over 1,100 people
Conservation Association gathered together to celebrate
hosted their 19th annual the fantastic work of CCA
membership banquet at Louisiana while renewing their
Lamar Dixon Expo Center. membership and raising funds
Once again, the conservation- for the future.
ists and sportsmen of Ascen-
sion Parish came together to Festivities began with a social

hour and silent auction, fol- cess thanks to the Blue Marlin and the many other Louisiana has been dedicated
lowed by a fantastic dinner by Sponsors: Bevel Tech Group, businesses and individuals to the conservation of
Catering Cajun. There were Inc. and Relief Windows, the who sponsored and donated. Louisiana's marine resources.
many unique donated items, Yellowfin Tuna Sponsors: Entering its 36th year with
which made for an exciting live Shell, PNP Services, Academy CCA Louisiana is the largest more than 30,000 members
auction. Sports + Outdoors, BXS Insur- non-profit marine resource and volunteers in 30 local
ance, EATEL, Rouse’s Markets conservation group in the chapters, CCA has been active
This event was a huge suc- and Hancock Whitney Bank, state. Since 1983, CCA in state, national and interna-

tional fisheries management is- Red Snapper along with artificial reefs in LA waters, became a member of CCA
sues. Including banning gill several other advocacy issues with many of them using Louisiana. If you missed it, you
nets in state waters, establish- in Louisiana. recycled material. The can still join at
ing redfish as a gamefish and coordinates of all of the reef lo- By joining
ensuring good stewardship of CCA’s efforts to create fish cations can be found at CCA Louisiana, you become
Louisiana's coastal resources. habitats are as important as part of the most effective voice
CCA Louisiana is working hard the fisheries management. for the proper conservation of
to improve the management of Currently, CCA has created 28 Each attendee of the banquet Louisiana's marine resources.

You also receive a year subscription to CCA's
award-winning publication -- TIDE magazine -
- and updates on our conservation efforts.
Your membership matters for the future of
Louisiana's estuaries and coastal waters.

A big thanks to all of the sponsors, donors,

and committee members who helped make
this banquet special. Especially to Chapter
President, Trey Roth, for his hard work.

Next year’s banquet will be held in Septem-

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Hosting the GGC October meeting are (L to R) Marilyn Rice, Dale Bowman, Pam Fiegel,
Dana Teepell, Gwen Heck and Cathy Venable.

Gonzales Garden Club and Homegrown Goodness

Dale Bowman opened her cauliflower, beets, turnips, Ramirez and
St. Amant home to the lettuces, Swiss chard, spinach, Sandy Stewart.
Gonzales Garden Club for their potatoes and cool season Members provided
October 2 meeting. The herbs. She noted that bok- positive feedback
twenty-one members in choy, kohlrabi and romanesco on the creations
attendance learned from a might be new fall vegetables and offered
program presented by Member for members to try. In closing, suggestions for
Janis Poche, “Fall Vegetable she gave each member a copy future mass floral
Gardening: What, When and of LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana designs. Cynthia
How for a Small Garden”. Vegetable Planting Guide and Cagnolatti
Poche is an Advanced Master a ziplock of green onion displayed herbs
Gardener and a past winner of bulbs to plant. from her home
the Ascension Parish Home garden as
Vegetable Garden Contest Club President Jamie Trisler horticulture
sponsored by the LSU distributed handouts of specimens. The
AgCenter. Her presentation information on the horticulture hint for
featured types of beds, soil, characteristics of the traditional this month is to
fertilizer, pesticides, watering style of mass floral design. plant parsley, dill
regimens, and mulch. Poche Flower arrangements of that and fennel in beds
also discussed specific needs design style were presented or containers to Marilyn Rice presented a gift basket of garden items for a

for carrots, cabbage, broccoli, by Janis D’Benedetto, Loretta encourage

silent auction at the Fall Louisiana Garden Club Federation
District VI meeting.
beneficial insects
and butterflies to visit garden light, a pocketed apron,
your garden. a coffee mug, garden
ornaments, container
Hostesses Dale Bowman, Pam decoration “pot pals” and
Fiegel, Gwen Heck, Marilyn seed packets.
Rice, Dana Teepell and Cathy
Venable served a meal of Janis D’Benedetto arranged
shrimp fettuccine, tossed greek for the club to tour Longue Vue
salad, marinated garden salad, House and Gardens in
garlic bread, eclair cake and conjunction with the Louisiana
bread pudding. Member Iris Rhizome Sale on
Marilyn Rice presented a gift October 19. The topic of the
basket to be donated to the November meeting is
club’s state district as a Louisiana irises.
fundraiser. The basket
contained garden items:
Louisiana Urban Gardener by The Gonzales Garden Club is
Janis Poche used a display of resources plus PowerPoint slides to deliver Kiki Fontenot, Woodstock wind federated by National Garden Clubs, Inc.
her talk on fall gardening.
chimes, an LED powered
Sandy Stewart created a contrast of Cynthia Cagnolatti brought specimens of Loretta Ramirez’s arrangement in a Janis D’Benedetto used white vinca and
colors and textures with mums, shrimp her homegrown basil, rosemary, tomato simple cylindrical vase was dense with varying shades of pink alstroemeria to form a
plant blooms and pine cone ginger for plant, tarragon and chives in Puerto multicolor vinca from her home garden.
mass floral design in a Japanese teapot set
this autumn bouquet. Rican hand-painted ceramic. on a small pedestal.


Sept Sept

Maranata Church of God at 333 W. Cornerview was chosen for September The home of Steve and Sandy Scallan of 1715 S. Houmas Ave. was chosen by the Gonza-
Commercial Landscape of the Month by the Gonzales Garden Club. A long les Garden Club for the September Yard of the Month Award. Lush, mature shrubs and
bed of color variations of perennials, shrubs and small trees appeared healthy trees filled the front landscape; colorful annuals and tropicals softened the rear aggregate
and neatly maintained as was the mowed lawn. concrete patio areas.


schedules. His property is lantana, red drift roses, pink the Commercial Landscape of
a thoughtful design of various pintas and pink vinca add the Month for October. The
Gonzales Garden
Club Yards of the evergreen shrubs for texture, brightness to the landscape large entrance bed of yellow
Month Chosen blooming annuals for color and with white flowers on the lantana, pink knockout roses
a base of well established mandevilla vine at the mailbox and mounding ornamental
centipede. His hardy plantings drawing attention to this lovely grass ushers customers in
for October
include young distylium home in Bayou Villa. An from the busy highway in
The Residential Yard of the
bushes lining the walkway to autumn wreath on the front central Gonzales. Manager
Month winner is Terrill Batiste
the front entrance, border rows door completed the welcome Jason LeBlanc, at right,
of 603 S. Daphne Dr. Mr.
of pittosporum and boxwood, details. commented that he and his
Batiste is a knowledgeable,
and sweet olive and crepe boss truly appreciate receiving
dedicated gardener who keeps
myrtle as end anchors to the Benny’s Car Wash at 1112 S. this garden recognition.
up with horticulture trends and
flower beds. Healthy yellow Burnside Ave. is the winner of
healthy plant maintenance
Jolt dianthus are low maintenance
bedding plants, having few pest or
disease issues. In South Louisiana

they do not require much protection
during the winter months, as they
will tolerate temperatures into the
low 20s. Deadheading is not
required, but it will promote
additional flowering. LSU AgCenter

Jolt Dianthus
horticulturist Dr. Jeb Fields says,
“Jolt dianthus are some of the most

Named Fall
heat-tolerant interspecific dianthus Bubblegum, Sorbet viola, Camelot
we have, making them a perfect foxglove, Diamonds Blue

2019 Louisiana
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landscape. Jolt will continue to Swan columbine. Look for

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fertile soil. Space the plants 8-12 landscape into the warm season.” garden centers.
A new Louisiana Super Plant has inches apart. Gardeners can add a
been named just in time for fall. slow release fertilizer to the soil at Bees, butterflies, and humming- Mariah Simoneaux is the
Jolt dianthus is the second planting to ensure uniform growth. birds are attracted to Jolt dianthus Horticulture Agent serving
dianthus to be awarded this If needed, supplement throughout making it a great option for Ascension and Assumption
prestigious title, after Amazon the growing season with a gardeners looking to entice Parishes. For more information
dianthus was named a Louisiana complete liquid fertilizer. pollinators in the late fall and early contact Mariah at MJSi-
Super Plant in 2010. Jolt dianthus spring. Jolt does well in container or
have large, brightly colored blooms plantings - try pairing it with a visit the LSU AgCenter website at
that last from fall into the early trailing petunia or ornamental
summer and lovely, dark green cabbage. Jolt can be used to
foliage. Color variations include make a neat and tidy plant border
Cherry, Pink, and Pink Magic. The and are also a terrific cut flowers Pink Magic photo caption –
Pink Magic is especially intriguing when used in an arrangement. The flowers of the Jolt Pink Magic
as the flowers change from white change from white to light pink to
to light pink to dark pink as The Louisiana Super Plant program dark pink as it matures.
they mature. began in 2009 to highlight tough (photo from
and beautiful plants that perform
Growing 16-18 inches tall and well in Louisiana landscapes.
12-14 inches wide Jolt is more Louisiana Super Plants have a
compact than the Amazon proven track record and undergo
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truly love his heart. To the core
of who he is, I love him deeply. I
CHOOSE him. So, when heated
conversations ensue because we’re
blending two different lives with
DECADES of expectations, hurts
and routines, I just remember that
I chose him. Keeping that at
the forefront makes things
a lot better!

3. Know through difficulty, you’re

building endurance – Romans
5:3:4 says “…we know that
suffering produces perseverance,
perseverance produces character
and character produces hope”.
Not that I’m suffering, but change
Marriage brings... wonderful I can talk to my hubbie about any-
The Winds emotions and loads of excitement,
quite often it brings up lots of
thing, but once again, it’s a shift in
the “breeze”.
creates character (depending on
how you handle it)! I plan on
handling all of this with Him and
Have Shifted change as well…which can be
overwhelming at times. For Through these, and lots of other
by his grace. For my steps are
ordered by Him, and this is all part
If you have been reading the past example, I’ve gone from a quiet changes, I’ve had to encourage of receiving His blessing!
several months, you know I’ve home alone, to a home full of myself. These are the things I
been preparing for my recent excitement a home of five! It’s a know to be true: This fall… as I enter a new season
wedding which just took place blessing, but the struggle is real. in my life, I know with God in my
September 18th! I write this 1. His plans are good – “For I heart and my home, it will be
month’s article and the morning Also, I’m shifting careers which know the plans I have for you, exactly as it should be!
breeze just shifted from hot and means I won’t get to see my work declared the Lord, “plans to
humid, to cool and refreshing. besties every day. Those are the prosper you and not harm you,
God’s incredible nature force people that see you day in day out, plans to give you a hope and a
moves from season to season very know all about you and your life, future,” Jeremiah 29:11. This is
much like our own lives. and are there to comfort you and such an encouraging scripture, and
make you laugh when you’re I know He has good things in
having a rough day! Of course, store, even through there are many

Wymar Federal Credit Union – Credit Union for BASF Geismar employees and their
immediate families, wins 1st place for 2019 Best Places to Work in the small-medium
category by the Baton Rouge Business Report!

Best Companies Group

surveys participating
companies in the nine-parish
Capital Region, with at least
15 full- or part-time employees.
They then analyze and rank
these participating firms on
eight core focus areas:
leadership and planning;
corporate culture and
communications; role
satisfaction; work environment;
employees' relationships with
supervisors; training, Back row, L-R – Jennifer Bleakley, Sarah Troxclair, Anita Gautreau, L-R – Jennifer Daigle, Debbie Brazan, Mary Fay Badeaux,
development and resources; Nakita St. Julien • Front – Ashley Parrott Kelly Duvall

pay and benefits; and overall

employee engagement.Wymar employees, Wymar provides training for their staff with
BASF Geismar employees with efforts to help them grow both
personally and
an impressive lineup of
banking products and services. professionally. From traveling
around the nation for
This fun infectious staff, led conferences to a nine-week
by CEO, Ronnie Stephens, Dale Carnegie course, Wymar
created a workplace culture CEO, Ronnie Stephens, and
they love. Their culture EVP, Stephanie Frederic, pave
embodies team spirit, invites the way for success for the
growth, and leaves their staff Wymar staff. Plus, they love
and members feeling like any reason to have fun. They
one big family. celebrate any "national day" “Consumer Lending Manager,
Lorri Burns, celebrates her
they can get their hands on, 40th Wymar Anniversary this year!”

Wymar offers company-wide especially if it involves food!

From the staff crawfish boils,
to LSU tailgate parties, to
EVP, Stephanie Frederic;
CEO, Ronnie Stephens volunteering at the Greater
Baton Rouge Food Bank,
they have fun in everything
Federal Credit Union started in they do! CEO, Ronnie
1958 by employees of then- Stephens, stated, "There is no
Wyandotte Chemicals Com- award that we could win that
pany in Geismar, who would make me prouder than
believed they had a better this one. It is a testament to
alternative to banking. When the awesome team we have
BASF acquired Wyandotte in and shows that we are truly a
1969, Wymar FCU continued happy Wymar
to serve a single employer family.”
field of membership. With a
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Spooking a Bewitching Disease Away.
Ride Like a Witch on Oct. 26th !!!
$10 Donation • Costume Contest • Best Ride

Calling All Witches!

Dust off your broom, straighten your hat and oil the
chains on that old bike. Ascension's first Witches Ride
will be October 26th at 10am along Irma Blvd in
Gonzales. Our route will take us down Irma, through
Park Vista and back again. Lunch will be provided by
the Jambalaya Festival Association. This silly, spooky
fundraiser for Relay for Life of Ascension 2020,
benefiting American Cancer Society, will kick-off our
20th year of raising funds to fight cancer in our
community. Please contact Kari Millet at with any questions. Special
thanks to Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Chief of Police
Sherman Jackson and Fire Chief Tracey Normand for
supporting this inaugural event that is popular all over
the state and country. Let's have a wicked ride
for a great cause!

Contact Kari
Kari is a 10 year breast cancer survivor, graduate of
East Ascension High and lifelong resident of Ascension
Parish. She serves on the planning committee for Relay
for Life of Ascension. Kari will tell you that she relays
not just for herself, but for the many family and friends
who she has lost to cancer and for all of her pink sisters
who battle breast cancer.

It’s Electric! Fourth Graders Explore Electrical Engineering

Dutchtown Primary fourth graders took part in an interactive video clip about safety with electricity, students were able to try on
science lesson presented by one of BASF’s electrical design an arc suit and discussed safety precautions when working with
engineers, Mr. Lee Perry. Mr. Perry gave students an in-depth look electricity. Mr. Perry concluded the presentation by having students
at what it means to be a “system engineer”. In science class students participate in a live action electrical system failure.
had been learning about electrical energy, sources of electrical The presentation was a fabulous experience for all our fourth
energy, systems, and system failures. Mr. Perry helped students graders. Students especially enjoyed being able to try on the arc
connect their new understanding to real world examples. suit and making a system fail!
He shared pictures and videos of his current job site so that
students could see engineers in action and gain an understanding of

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During Market
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Seniors to “Fall” in love

essentially incompatible with the
ultimate objective of your 401(k).

with our home-like

Of course, when the market is
volatile, you may want to do

As you’re well aware, we’ve seen something with your 401(k), but,
some sudden and sizable drops in most cases, you’re far better off
in the financial markets in 2019. by sticking with the investment
While market volatility is nothing mix that’s appropriate for your
new, the recent plunges hap- goals, risk tolerance and time
pened during a period of general horizon. However, this doesn’t
political and economic unease. mean you should never adjust
Still, it can be harmful to overreact your 401(k)’s portfolio. In fact,
to such events – especially if it you may well want to make
means making radical changes to some changes under these
your 401(k). circumstances:

And yet, many people do just that. • You’re nearing retirement – If

During market downturns, in- you are nearing retirement, you
vestors often move money from may need to prepare your 401(k)
their 401(k)’s stock accounts into for future downturns – after all,
perceived safer accounts, such as you don’t want to have to start
those primarily containing bonds taking withdrawals when your
or other fixed-income securities. portfolio is down. So, if you are
This move may result in reduced within, say, five years of
volatility on your 401(k) state- retirement, you may need to shift
ments, and if that’s all you want, some, but certainly not all, of your
you might be satisfied. But you do assets from growth-oriented
need to realize the cost involved – vehicles to income-producing
specifically, fixed-income invest- ones.
ments will not provide the same
rate of return that equities • Your goals have changed –
(stocks) can. So, if you liquidate Even when you’re many years
some of your equity holdings, you away from retirement, you proba-
may slow the growth potential of bly have an idea of what that
your 401(k), which, in turn, could lifestyle will look like. Perhaps you
slow your progress toward your plan to travel for several months
long-term financial goals. of the year or purchase a vacation
Furthermore, if you get rid of home in a different climate. These
substantial amounts of your are expensive goals and may
equities when their price is down, require you to invest somewhat
you won’t be able to benefit from aggressively in your 401(k). But
owning them when their value you could change your mind. If
goes up again – in other words, you were to scale back your plans
you’ll be on the sidelines during – perhaps more volunteering, less
the next market rally. traveling – you might be able to
afford to “step off the gas” a little
Here’s the key issue: A 401(k) or and invest somewhat more
conservatively in your 401(k),
though you will always need a
reasonable percentage of
growth-oriented investments.

By responding to factors such as

these, rather than short-term
market declines, you can get the
most from your 401(k), allowing it
to become a valuable part of your
retirement income.

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Sheriff Webre serves as the a whole, as the stress of a law
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Directors and Deputy Mike regular exposure to traumatic
Scott of the Ascension Parish events and the pace of work
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Sheriff Bobby Webre highlights the work of the

order to help our brothers and wife, Deputy June Scott
sisters in blue. spearhead the organization

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“I want to extend my sincere enforcement with PTSD (Post

law enforcement with crisis management skills

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and volunteers who have CISM (Critical Incident Stress
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People often think that estate
planning. This is why every third week
planning only includes planning for
in October, we celebrate National
what happens at your death. However,
Estate Planning Awareness Week.
a major aspect of estate planning is
On September 27, 2008, House
addressing what is to happen in the
Resolution 1499 was adopted to help
event of your incapacity. Who will
consumers understand estate planning
make financial decisions for you?
and its need, along with how best to
Who will make health care decisions
create a qualified team of professionals
for you?

I’ve got
to assist in the planning process.
Estate planning encompasses the

yours too
The reasons for doing estate
growth, conservation, and transfer of

planning are as numerous and as
an individual’s wealth through the
unique as we are as individuals.
creation and maintenance of an
However, we all have one thing in
“estate plan.” The purpose of estate
common: we want to make sure that
planning is to develop a strategy that
we and our families are taken care of
will maintain the financial security of
in times of need. Planning is
individuals through their lifetime and
important to achieve these goals.
ensure the intended transfer of their
A qualified estate planning attorney
property and assets at death, while
can help you celebrate National Estate
taking into consideration the unique
Planning Awareness Week and come
circumstances of the family and the
up with a plan that achieves your
potential costs of different methods.
goals, both personal and financial.
We all have reasons and excuses for
avoiding estate planning. We The information provided is not intended to be legal
procrastinate and avoid doing what we advice and does not constitute an attorney/client
relationship. You should consult with an attorney for
should. However, here are five individual advice regarding your own situation.
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The Beauty of Life

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

and Ascension Magazine is in full support
of this worthy cause...
I had the great pleasure of their attitudes served as their
meeting a young lady that had badges of honor.
taken some classy artful They are our Mom’s,
photos of these lovely breast Sisters, Wives and Grand
cancer survivers. Her name is Mothers. They are who keep
Jordyn Blazier. us on course with our life and
Once looking at the photos I refuse to let this determine
didn’t need to ask disease get them.
for any names. They are our
Each of these daughters in pink
brave souls and deserve all
character of our respect
was captured and love.
Meet Jordyn Blazier, Creative Photographer Growing up, I have always had a love more, something bigger than the “normal”
for the arts. I was the girl always dancing sessions. I wanted to use my God-given
around the house, doodling on a piece of talent and give back to the community in
paper, or humming a catchy tune. I feel some way. That’s when the idea came to
as though this love and need for creativity me to do a breast cancer awareness
eventually led me to realizing my love for photo-shoot in honor of my grandmother
photography. I can remember using an who passed away from breast cancer. In
IPhone 3 – yes, back when those were early September, I posted on Facebook
still cool- to capture a picture of an old, and asked for the public’s help in finding
abandoned tractor on side of the road. women who have battled breast cancer
After making a few edits, I was content or who are currently battling. One by one,
with my picture and proudly showed my I contacted them to see if they were
art teacher the next day at school. She interested. My vision was to raise
suggested I enter the picture into the awareness, create a community of
River Region Art Association Contest. To support and love amongst these women,
my surprise, I was voted #1 by the judges and make my grandmother’s memory
in the photography division. And in that shine. With everyone’s help, especially
moment, I knew I wanted to pursue my mom and sisters’, I feel as though I
photography. was able to make my vision a reality.
Fast forward to two years later, and I This photo shoot was one I will
have dabbled in all kinds of photography never forget!
and continuously try to challenge myself.
But recently, I wanted to do something

Meet My Thelma!
Thelma had the same spirit of these breast cancer
survivors. She never let it get her down and bowled in
3 leagues a week. One night while bowling with my brother
Larry and I she became worried that her wig might fall off.
Larry spoke up and said, “Don’t worry Mom. If it does, just
buff your ball in it and then make a spare.” “Look around, you are loved by everyone here.
All you need to do is bowl and fight on!” We lost Thelma in April 1992 after many years of fighting.
I wear the button you see below at golf tounaments and events supporting
awareness. Larry was right
you are still loved.
Traveling with Tara
Louisiana Cattle Festival Cassie Aloisio ended her reign Brittany Robert, as she was had a great time talking to
Pageant: September 7, 2019 as Cattle Queen and handed giving up her title as Ms. Cattle everyone and also had a little
The journey of living out this over her crown to Emily Hymel. Festival Queen! added fun, getting to be inside
crazy dream of mine continues This was a great pageant the judging room! It was so
as I get to travel every single to attend because the Papa George Cook-off: awesome to see the entire
weekend telling everyone why competition was very stiff but September 8, 2019 process of how they pick the
I love the Jambalaya Festival getting to watch an old friend best Jambalaya!
and the City of Gonzales so of mine capture her dream title My teen queen, Riley and I
much. Riley and I started off was an awesome experience! started off our Sunday morning Boucherie Festival Queen’s
this busy weekend in Abbeville We also got the opportunity to in St. Gabriel at the Papa Day: September 8, 2019
at the Louisiana Cattle Festival catch up with a past Miss George Cook-off benefiting St.
Pageant! We watched as Gonzales Jambalaya Queen, Jude Children’s Hospital. We I wrapped up my travels
Sunday afternoon at the pageant had an awesome turn sugarcane field and learning all I am absolutely living the
Boucherie Festival Queen’s out and I think some amazing things sugar! We then made dream! I have experienced so
Day! I missed all of the fun things are to come for the our way to a sugar mill and much, and I am learning things
games and crafts because I Boucherie Festival sugar refinery to see how I never knew possible! It is so
was at the Cook-off but made it Organization!! It was sugar gets from a stalk in a amazing to see how much love
in time to enjoy some beignets bittersweet to say “goodbye” field, to your kitchen table! is shared for our great state
with the other queens and to some of the queens I am Later, we got all dressed up and all of the wonderful
celebrate one last time before closest with, Maci and Ava. We and attended the Louisiana festivals and commodities we
the Boucherie Queens give up celebrated their amazing year Sugar Pageant! We were have to offer! I am one lucky
their titles! I was so excited as queens and welcomed their presented in train and mantle girl! If you’re interested in also
that I got to stop by and spend new queen, Gabby Gautreau and watched as they crowned living out this amazing dream,
the day with them even if it to the “rhinestone sisterhood”! the new Queen Sugar, Erin contact the pageant director,
was only for a little while! Blanchard! We spent the rest Katie Battaglia at
Louisiana Sugar of the night dancing and for more
Boucherie Festival Pageant: Festival & Pageant: having the time of our lives at information on competing in
September 14, 2019 September 28, 2019 the ball. The next morning, we the Jambalaya Festival
attended mass and rode in Pageant!
I got the opportunity to On September 28, I traveled their grand parade through
experience the Boucherie down to New Iberia for the New Iberia! This weekend was “Well, Time to Go!
Pageant from the other side of Louisiana Sugar Festival and one of my favorites so far! Where are my shoes?”
things when I was asked to be Pageant! We started off the Tara
the emcee their pageant! The weekend by touring a
The Ascension Chamber
Enjoys a Day on the Greens
at Golf Ascension 2019

On Monday, October 7, 2019, wonderful sponsors, Gold Sponsor was Garcia tournament such a success.
the Ascension Chamber volunteers, participants and Roofing & Sheet Metal, Silver Neighbors Federal Credit
hosted their annual Golf committee members that Sponsors BASF, Cox Union was the Gift Sponsor
Ascension Tournament consistently work together to Business, and EATEL and provided insulated cups
presented by R.J. Daigle & help the Chamber grow Business. The Flag Sponsor for all of the golfers and
Sons Contractors, Inc. and prosper. was Pujol, Pryor & Irwin, volunteers. Cabela’s spon-
Everyone enjoyed a beautiful Attorneys at Law. Each year sored a Hole In One Contest
day of golf at Pelican Point The Chamber would first like the tournament’s corporate for the chance to win a new
Golf Club benefiting a great to thank the Tournament’s sponsors not only help fund boat. Food and Drink
cause—Leadership Ascension! Corporate Sponsors for their the event, but also get involved Sponsors for the day were
Such a successful event can donations and participation in by sponsoring teams, putting CarliCo Cafe who provided
only be attributed to the the tournament. Our 2019 up tents on the course and brunch, Don’s Seafood who
offering great door prizes. provided dinner, and TruBlue
Water was the Hydration
There were many additional Sponsor. Beverage cart
sponsors who made this sponsors were Express
No Candidate is
More Qualified for
Parish President!
To all the wonderful family, friends
and voters through whose efforts
find us in the second primary of this
election for Ascension Parish
President, I offer you my most
sincere thanks. The General
Election is only a few weeks away,
on November 16, 2019. We still
have a lot of work to do in a very
short amount of time. I most humbly
ask those good people that voted
for the other two candidates to
please give me a chance to show
you that I am the only qualified,
independent candidate in this race.
Please join us with your support.

Feel Free to call

Headquarters with
any questions.


Employment Professionals and
BXS Insurance.

Contributing to the many

activities throughout the
tournament were United
Community Bank sponsoring
the Longest Drive contest and
State Farm Insurance-Adam
McCarty sponsoring the
Closest-to-the-Hole Contest. I
n addition, numerous tent
sponsors provided wonderful
drinks and treats for the golfers
throughout the course. These
tent sponsors were Capital One
Business Banking, Domain
Architecture, GSA Consulting
Engineers, Industrial Municipal
Supply Company, Izzo’s Illegal
Burrito, Louisiana Federal
Credit Union, LMR Digital
Advertising, Pelican State
Credit Union, SERVPRO, The
Bug Man, The Spa House
Day Spa, LLC, and Waste
Pro of Louisiana.

Although all of the players did a

great job on the greens, a few
teams and players earned
awards as the top in the
tournament. The 1st Place
Prize was awarded to Kendal
Matassa, Katie Grave, Andrew

2019 JFA Christmas Parade If you want to Register contact:

Jambalaya Festival Association,

Sunday, December 8th, 2019 at 1:30pm


Phone (225)647-2937

Lifsey, and Kenny Foster with the Regions Bank
Team. Earning Second Place Dwight Boenere,
Paul Salvant, Brian Delatorre, Andy McWillie with
The Bug Man Team. 3rdPlace was awarded to
Conrad Fountain, Kelli Fountain, Mike Wallace,
and Ozzie Fernandez the Izzo’s Illegal
Burrito Team.

The Chamber would also like to thank all hole

sponsors, door prize donors, Pelican Point Golf
Club and this year’s Golf Ascension Committee.
Scott Banker, EATEL, Committee Chair, Bridget
Hanna, Ascension Clerk of Court; Amy Lambert,
Neighbors Federal Credit Union; Rae Milano,
Lofton Staffing & Security Services; Scotty
Gwatney, Burn’s Estate Planning & Wealth
Advisors; Erica Page, Pelican State Credit Union;

Monday, November 4 • Pelican Point

All Proceeds Will Benefit
EA & St. Amant High Schools

For More Information Contact:

Bret Hughes (EA) 571.0807
Camile Trabeau (STA) 573-2530
Johnette Mauldin, Pelican State Credit
Union; Michael Buturla, Domain
Architecture; and Kenny Foster,
Gulf Coast Aerial Mapping Co.

Funds from the annual golf event are

used to assist with funding for the
Chamber’s Leadership Ascension
Program. For more information on Golf
Ascension or Leadership Ascension,
please contact the Ascension Chamber
of Commerce at 225.647.7487 or

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Blinded by the Light or
Light Lane Revisited

by Isau Delite

Editor’s Note-So you’ve probably turned on the lights, the form instead of getting in, she to ask her to dance. She looked
heard this one before but was humanly upright. When my whirled around and unleashed a so fragile, so lonely, but when
Halloween stories are always eyes focused, I could make out a blood-curdling scream that “The Blue Notes” struck up a
worth repeating. I mean, the large, bearded man with a crazed, would have run the banshees slow song called “Last Date”, she
Simpsons still do “Treehouse of demonic look in his eyes. And from Ireland. The crowd rushed accepted his invitation with a
Horrors” every Sunday before dangling from his denim work to her, but one by one they Mona Lisa smile.
Trick-or-Treat. Disney continues shirt where his left hand should backed away in sheer terror at the They were inseparable the rest
to do a version of “The Legend of have been was a gigantic hook.” sight which had prompted her of the evening. Talk was
Sleepy Hollow”. And slash “Hook Man,” shrieked the girl. reaction. small-when they talked at all.
murderer Michael Myers of the “He stood in our headlights For there, stuck in the back Her name was Abby. She lived
“Halloween” has come back to with his arms upraised-he must door handle, was a monstrous on Black Bayou near Light Lane.
haunt us every October since 1978. have been seven feet tall. But I hook with the remains of a huge She hadn’t been in town long,
So back by popular demand, here is couldn’t take my eyes off that man’s arm dripping blood onto and because her parents were
Ascension’s own Halloween epic menacing hook. Fortunately, she the concrete… pretty strict, she didn’t get out
about a little gravel road with a screamed and snapped me out of Okay, you say lots of small much. In fact, she had to be
mysterious secret… my trance, and I threw the car in towns had a Hook Man or a home by midnight on this
reverse and did a one-eighty variation thereof. But not Halloween night.
headed back toward Black Bayou everybody had a Light Lane. “Then, let me take you home,”
The badly-shaken couple pulled Road. I jammed it into first, but Gonzales did. he practically blurted. Then,
into the Quick Snack parking lot the Hook Man jumped on the Nothing looks like it did back with more composure, “I mean,
and stumbled out of the boy’s back of the car. I swerved from in the 50’s and 60’s. But if that’s all right with you.”
’57 Chevy. left to right trying to throw him traveling that section of Roddy “Sure,” she said.
The girl was sobbing off, but I wasn’t even sure that Road between Black Bayou and How lucky could a guy be he
uncontrollably into the boy’s had worked until we pulled Highway 621 these days, it’s hard thought as he parked his
shoulder, and the boy-whose face into here.” to believe how frightening and Mustang a little way down Light
was past a whiter shade of pale, “Hook Man,” wailed the girl imposing that then-gravel stretch Lane. A beautiful girl who lived
clung to her more for his support again. But now out of the was in my teen years. right around the corner giving
than hers. mesmerized crowd came the I wasn’t the guy in the first him some extra time to…
As the weekend crowd boy’s sister. story. I’m not the guy in the “I’m cold,” she shivered
gathered around them, the boy “Oh, Bill. You’re always next story. But I did see the interrupting his nighttime
began to relate an eerie tale in a making up stories. Shame on you Light. Twice. daydreams.
stammering voice, while the girl for trying to scare all the people. …She stood out in the Jungle “Here,” he replied taking off
could manage only an occasional And Karen, you were pretty House crowd not only because his gold and white Dutchtown
two-syllable uttering through convincing too. Now, take me she was a stranger but because of letterman’s jacket. “Put this on.”
hysterical tears-“Hook Man…” home before I miss my curfew her haunting beauty. It was a Time passed quickly as they
“We were parked on Light and get into trouble.” Halloween dance, but she needed huddled together for more than
Lane,” the boy said, “when The boy’s sister walked around no costume make-up-her pale warmth and sooner than he had
someone or something came out to the back door of the Chevy visage had already caught the eye hoped, she whispered, “I have
of the woods. I thought it was still shrouded in darkness and of every male in the place. to go.”
an animal at first, but when I started to open the door. But He finally got up the courage He pulled into her driveway

and started to get out of the car But I digress. The first time I was gone. the case, as The Light bounced to
to walk her to the door, but she went down Light Lane was on a “It was like The Light didn’t within a hundred yards of us, my
touched his arm and breathed, camping trip-one of those like any other light,” he reasoned left hand was already carrying out
“No.” glorious camping trips that is throwing another log on our Randall’s orders-“Hit the lights!”
He was too shocked to protest required for 12-year olds to already blinding blaze. Somehow I turned on the
as he watched her disappear into graduate into official “Yeah.” headlights and started the car at
the foggy evening. He had teenage status. We didn’t sleep at all that the same time-an even more
assumed things were going so We were supposed to be in night. And when we related our amazing feat when you consider
well between them. Randall’s pasture just off the experience to non-believers, the where my hands had been less
He started to back out of the Airline, but we talked his older usual reaction was that we had than a minute before.
drive, considering giving up brother Winston into taking us to stolen some beer from Fish-N-Pic We sped off in reverse sending
women forever, when he Light Lane before he went out. or somehow gotten hold of that Randall flying back into his point
remembered his jacket. She still We set up our tent, built a fire heathen-demon weed. But I guard (who took a nice charge)
had his letterman’s jacket. and waited for dark, pretending know what I saw. I didn’t see a and afflicting everyone with a
He pulled back in, rushed up to not to be concerned with things flying saucer, and we didn’t get mild case of whiplash.
the door and knocked. After like mystical lights and abducted by aliens. I saw But when the dust had cleared,
what seemed an eternity, the door magical nights. The Light. The Light was gone.
creaked open and an elderly We’d been out there for quite The second time I saw the “Well, that was exciting,” I
gentleman-bent from the years some time and had just about Light was a few years after my snickered with a bravado that was
and the fights with the wine- convinced ourselves that The initial encounter. I was no longer painfully transparent.
appeared. Light was just another story a scared little 12-year old. I was “I want to go home,” said my
“Ex-excuse me, sir,” stuttered concocted by the older guys to among the elite of the worldly forward in a decision based not
the boy. “I’m looking for Abby. keep us from spying on them set. I was a senior in high school. only on her own fears but in
She has my jacket.” when they were making out with We had a basketball game in disgust over the lack of courage
The old man’s eyes turned chicks down the road. Romeville that night and were shown by her male companion.
hostile and they seemed to the That’s when it happened. returning home on the bus, “Me too,” said the guard in the
boy to burn right into his soul. There was just a flicker at first seated in our usual Puritan back seat most pointedly.
“You’re much too old for Trick away down the road, but it was fashion-girls on one side, boys “Way to go, Bill,” sneered
or Treat,” he finally muttered. definitely a light of some kind. on the other. Randall, placing the blame for
“And if this is a trick-then it’s a “Did you see that?” asked Man, there was some hand- ruining his night of slap-and-
mighty cruel one. Our daughter Randall who feared nothing on holding across that aisle that the tickle squarely on my sinking
Abby was killed in an accident on earth. Champion Red Rover runner shoulders.
Light Lane exactly one year ago- “Yeah,” was all I could manage. could not have broken through. That was the last time I went
on Halloween night.” “It’s probably just Winston Anyway, by the time we got down Light Lane. I mean when
The boy backed off the porch trying to scare us,” he concluded back to Dutchtown, we had it was really Light Lane. Now,
on unsteady legs and somehow hopefully. assembled a foursome-two from Roddy Road is one of the most
made it into his car. His foot was “Yeah,” was the sum total of each side-for some post-game traveled highways in the parish
still shaking on the accelerator as my vocabulary at the time. activities down Light Lane. and there’s even a church at one
he drove down the Airline in a Each of us was armed with a I was busily exploring some end (to ward off evil spirits, I
zombie-like trance. flashlight as we stood frozen in match-up zones with a Golden suppose) which calls its fair “The
He turned onto the Church the middle of the road. The Eagle forward in the front seat Light Lane Festival”.
road across from Germany’s Light had grown from its original while Randall was hand-checking That was 1966 and when I tell
Grocery and headed home on spark to the size of a single a point guard in the back when my stories about The Light, most
instincts alone. But as he passed headlight. the unthinkable happened. The people just smile sympathetically
the Prairieville Cemetery, an eerie “It’s coming closer,” said damn Light came back. and whisper to one another,
feeling enveloped his entire Randall, his bullet-proof It was different this time, “You know what he was on in
being. He stopped the Mustang demeanor starting to be betrayed starting off in a ditch on the left the 60’s.”
and entered the graveyard as if by a shaky voice. side of the road and jumping over But every now and then when
drawn by some magnetic force. “Yeah.” This time I’m not to the ditch on the right side. It the subject comes up, especially
Despite his dazed condition, he even sure I got that much out. looked almost like-dare I say among people around my age,
moved easily through the The Light kept coming-bigger it-Tinkerbelle. one or two of them will nod
labyrinth of tombstones until he and closer, closer and bigger-until Even though it looked less knowingly at my tales and-just for
tripped on a small cross in the Randall, with one last great act of ominous than the last time a moment-get a faraway look in
darkest corner of the property. defiance stepped forward and I’d seen it, it was definitely their eyes.
He tried to break his fall but his threw his flashlight at the moving closer. And then I know that they saw
hands landed on a material far approaching luminance-much like “Uh, Randall…” it too. I know that they saw
different from the cool grass or the bad guy in old movies “What?” he snapped, coming The Light.
mud he expected. throwing his gun when he up for breath after obviously
It was a jacket. His jacket- runs out of bullets. spent more than three seconds in
draped over a sodden grave next What happened next, I can’t the lane.
to a large stone. A full moon honestly say. I was busy breaking “Look.”
suddenly moved from behind a Usain Bolt’s Olympic records in He put on his glasses and
cloud to provide enough light for the opposite direction. I do leaned forward to peer through
him to read the inscription: Abby know that Randall, whose speed the fogged-up window.
Rition 1949-1965 “She Will would enable him to later “Aw, no. Not now.”
Rise Again” become a star running back at What a quandary! Should we
He began to scream… Dutchtown and a defensive back be heroes in front of these
Okay, okay, so I’m no Stephen at East Ascension, never caught Wanton country lasses (who were
King. I’m not even a Damian up with me. sitting there speechless in awe of
King. And that story has been Later-much later- when we the approaching light). Or
modified a few times. There was returned to the campsite and should we just get the hell
even a crummy song about it built a fire that would have outta there.
called “Strange Things Happen dwarfed the Towering Inferno, Maybe it was a flashback to the
in This World” by Dickie Lee Randall told me that after camping trip. Maybe it was the
who would gain fame by writing throwing his light, he turned and fact that we were born three days
a country classic “She Thinks I ran also. But glancing back over apart and had been together
Still Care” for George Jones. his shoulder, he saw The Light practically ever since. Whatever


Are Not Toys
The event had been planned for
months. We were going to have a
party. Several of us who worked
together were going to have a
jam session/cookout on a nice
Saturday evening. The event was Although not life threatening
to take place at a family camp injuries, it could have been and
belonging to one of the only luck saved these
participants of the party on the children’s lives.
Amite River. Several people
brought their three wheelers to Kid’s fault? I guess not. Not at
the event with the expectation of all. It was the grownups fault- if
racing them on a trail through you could call us grownups back
the woods on the backside then. But yeah, we were plenty
of the property. old enough to know better. 100%

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band in full swing the kids Just recently I was sitting in my
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the three wheelers. Ok sure. Just
too familiar sound of emergency
vehicles rushing by my house on
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bleeding. The party comes to serious head injuries in an ATV
an abrupt stop and as we accident. My thoughts and
approached the banged up girls, prayers go out to the victim and
it became evident that my his family for a full recovery.
stepdaughter had just dead
centered a Toyota pickup truck Electric vehicles and all terrain
and actually moved it over one vehicles are no more of a toy than
foot from where it was parked. a firearm is. It’s really not my
Both girls are seriously injured business what you decide to let
with one having an aching arm your child do but if I were you
and the other leaving teeth marks I’d really think hard before you
on the side of the truck. The turn a chid loose on one of those
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Oct 26th
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Nov 1st
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Nov 2nd
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A crocodile always grows new teeth to

Nov 8th
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replace the old teeth!

Nov 15th
Windmills always turn counter-clockwise.

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Except for the windmills in Ireland!

Over 10,000 birds a year die from

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smashing into windows!

More people use blue toothbrushes,
than red ones!

Slugs have 4 noses!

In the White House, there are 13,092 knives,
forks and spoons!

A San Francisco Highway Patrol Officer, called
Kevin Briggs, has talked around 200 people out of
suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge since 1994.

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promise. I told him one
more time give me the bat
Thoughts from Bully and he hit me again. “He
who has the bat, bats with
the bat!” Jackson spoke.
Realizing there was no need
to break a promise, and get
Dale “Jackson” suspended first day of
school, I said, “Swing
Babin. A Force to away.” several months after
Reckoned With! that I went out for the
basketball team and took
Last month I heard about the his guard position.
passing of an old friend. His name I remember Jackson
was Dale Babin, his friends knew streaking Sno’s or maybe
him as Jackson. Kabara. It’s one of them
Jackson never was a big strong but I can remember him him. He mouthed to me quietly.
guy but had a mouth like “Stone playing music at Sno’s Bar and “I dropped a bag of weed on the
mouth that told me he was batting
Cold” Steve Austin. I don’t with that voice he didn’t need a floor by the bar. Save it for me!”
fourth. I went to grab the bat and
remember him from backing down microphone. Every time I hear What a character. He was a
he hit me across my upper arm.
from an argument but I know he Red House by Jimi Hendrix I friend that many had a love hate
Immediately I wanted to take that
loved the argument. He once told think of Jackson. relationship.
bat away from him and beat his
me that was the fun part. The photo of Jackson and For the last 10 years he had been
butt. Then a little angel on my
I met Jackson my first day of Danny Bourque on Danny’s battling cancer. He eventually was
shoulder reminded me off my
school in Louisiana in the 7th wedding day is classic. Jackson reduced to writing on a chalk
grade. We had moved her from looked like a band member from board to communicate. Communi-
Vicksburg and a country school in the Doobie Brothers. cate he did. He lived for as long as
1966. After making a solemn When I was in college I managed he could and with that chalk board
promise to my Mom, NOT to get the bar Dakin Street. One you could tell he was shouting at
in a fight the first day of school. I afternoon about 5:30 the door with the big large letters.
met Jackson in P.E. class. The busted open with a bright flare of I’m sure he is in a better place
teacher assigned us batting orders sun outside shined through. It was and probably asking God the
for our softball game and I was to Jackson running up to the bar. The question? “Why can’t I argue with
bat fourth. I moved to the plate door busted open again, and just the Lord. It’s one of the best
and reached for the bat. The bat behind him were police officers things I do.”
was grabbed by a skinny loud rolling in. They had him up against By the way, I’ll never reveal if
the bar across from me cuffing there was a bag of weed or not?


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Boucherie & Balloon Festival
Congratulations to All the Cooks & Winners
The Sorrento Lions Club and the
Boucherie Festival Association would
like to thank everyone that helped make
this years festival a success. Thank you
to the sponsors that helped us out,
Lamendolas, Verons Sausage, Guidry's,
Ryan's Family Grocery and Shell
Pipeline Co LP. A huge thank you to our
friends in the Jambalaya Festival
Association for all they do. We also
greatly appreciate the folks who made
the collaboration with the Ascension
Hot Air Balloon Festival possible.
Our weekend was exciting, fun,
and successful!

Congratulations to Kristen Braud and
her helper, Gary Barbour, 2019
Boucherie Festival Cracklin Champion.

Congratulations to Snook Trabeau

and his helper, Todd Trabeau, 2019
Boucherie Festival Cracklin runner up.

Congratulations to Bart Himel and his

helper, Selena Himel, 2019 Boucherie
Festival Jambalaya Champion.

Congratulations to Koby Thacker and

his helper, Tanil Thacker, 2019
Boucherie Festival Jambalaya
runner up.

Thank You!
"A heartfelt thanks to the good folks of
District 10 who voted for me and
supported me. I will work hard to serve
and represent you and keep Ascension
Parish moving forward."

John Cagnolotti
Congratulations to Justin
Courville, 2019 Boucherie
Festival Jambalaya Champ
of Champ winner.

Congratulations to Snook
Trabeau, 2019 Boucherie
Festival Cracklin Champ of
Champ winner.

Publishers Note:
Ascension Magazine is
going to post many more
photos from the
Boucherie next month.

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6 mirlitons
1 ½ lbs baby shrimp
2 cups finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup finely chopped bell pepper
2 tbls minced garlic
½ cup thinly sliced green onions
¼ cup creole mustard
1 ½ cups bread crumbs
(more or less depending on your preference)
Salt, black pepper and red pepper to taste.
(2 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, ½ tsp red pepper)

Place the miriltons in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the
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