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Table of Contents
FEED THE NEEDY................. 4
Associate Editor
Sales Manager SWEET EYES W/ TANYA...........12


Staff Photographer BILL DELAUNE.......................... 30

Jimmy Dunkley


Contributing Writers
CHRISTMAS PARADE............... 35
Bill Delaune
Linda Melancon SNO’S RECIPE........................... 45

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

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Feed the Needy Distributes
Hope During the Holidays
By Mike Strong can see it in her smile how proud she
is of him.
When we were in high school Bama I got involved with Bama’s Feed the
introduced me to Miss Willa Mae. I’ve Needy about 9 years ago. It started
always called her Mrs. Aldridge. Here in when I ran into a life long friend,
her senior years she is Willa Mae Thomas ‘Bama’ Aldridge. Bama and I go
Bishop and still supporting her family of way back 50 years. He told me about his
10 kids. A life time of family love that annual Feed the Needy Fundraiser and
served all her kids. My good friend invited me to attend. I’ve bend
Bama may have been a little more attending ever since.
difficult in his youth but has matured to Bama’s Feed the Needy started when
be a MAN with the biggest heart and the he had heard there were three needy
ability to pull a community together. You families in the area that needed the

Willa Mae & Bama

basics, especially food for paths and in this case all our
Christmas. paths merged on the good side
Bama grabbed his black iron of humanity. I couldn’t be
pot and cooked a hen and prouder of Bama and the many
andouille sauce piquante. He friends from every walk of life
and a few friends raised $800 joining together for such a
and they helped those families. tremendous and worthy cause.
Here we are 14 years later and There are business owners,
Bama’s Feed the Needy has police officers, musicians and
raised in excess of $230,000.00. plant workers. Publisher’s, chef’s
What started out as a small and bartenders. We have
group of guys getting together Veteran’s, family members,
each year to cook and raise politicians with old friends and
money has turned into an army new friends all gathering and
of 40 good hearted souls that donating there time and money
make this the success that it to cook, sell or deliver
is today. Jambalaya plates across the
In life we all take different parish to help feed the needy at

Christmas and that is what we do • Ode to our Warriors
every year. (veterans) - $1000.00
This year the total, as of press time • Perry Aldridge
of this magazine, raised $30,050.00 Charities - $1500.00
for the 2019 benefit. • EDANB (Sober Living
House for Women) -
Here are some of the $1500.00
disbursements for 2019:
I want to extend a personal ‘Thank
• 5 area church’s food You’ to Bama for getting me involved.
banks - $10,300.00 This event keeps me centered and on
• 9 schools in Ascension the right path and to all of the
Parish with identified volunteers that participate you are
needy students - angels and doing God’s work.
$7200.00 Bless you all. God Bless Willa Mae!
• Needy Families in
Ascension Parish
- $2750.00

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President Cointment and Council sworn in and get to Work
Judge Jason Verdigets administers the Oath of Office to President Cointment while his wife, Stacy looks on.

Stating that he was “ready to said that civil authority is Ruby and the late Willard problems and our drainage
get to work,” President Clint ordained by God, and that it is Cointment, as having the problems.”
Cointment took the oath of according to God’s plan. Other integrity and character that
office on January 6 as speakers, including District shaped the man their son He also pledged to address
Ascension Parish’s Attorney Ricky Babin and was to become. community recreation, improve
sixth President. Senator Ed Price, talked about intersections and move traffic,
the awesome responsibility the Clerk of Court Bridget Hanna work to keep water out of
In a ceremony filled with newly elected officials were introduced President homes, and increase
dignitaries, elected officials, taking on. Assessor Mert Cointment, and he was sworn government transparency.
and citizens, the new parish Smiley called the Parish in by Judge Jason Verdigets.
president and council elected President’s job “the toughest in “I will never forget who elected
to shepherd Ascension Parish America.” The Council was In his address, President me to do this job,” he said.
in the new decade formally sworn in by Judge Alvin Turner. Cointment pledged to fulfill his
accepted their offices. promises and commitments to He closed with the charge
The keynote speaker, Sheriff the people, dealing with the “Let’s get to work!”
In his invocation, Pastor Scott Bobby Webre, praised “unbridled growth that
Bledsoe of Household of Faith President Cointment’s parents, contributes to our traffic

Sheriff Webre’s keynote address Judge Turner administers the Oath of Office to Council members

Seated on the floor, from left: Patti Mouton, Dana Teepell behind coffee table, Loretta Ramirez, Cynthia Cagnolatti, Barbara McCormick, Cathy Venable and Brenda Bertrand.
Second row, from left: seated Gwen Heck, Gail Lonibos; Seated on sofa Rita Bourque, Weezie Cashat, Lorraine Gautreau, Marilyn Rice; Standing Janis Poche; seated Myra Mire and
Conchita Richey. Background/standing, from left: Jamie Trisler, Sandy Stewart, Pam Fiegel, Mabel Savoy, Dale Bowman, Janis D’Benedetto; and at right: Barbara Guillot and Priscilla Monson.

Sharing Our Christmas Cuisine

In Gonzales Garden Club A short business meeting was
tradition, its annual Christmas held to update members on
gathering was held at Priscilla club projects and activities.
Monson’s Prairieville home on The horticulture hint for
December 11. The 24 December was to begin
members attending donated transplanting or moving shrubs
non-perishable food items to in home landscapes. In looking
the Carpenter’s Chapel food forward to helping the
pantry, exchanged garden gifts environment in the new year,
and shared a potluck luncheon. the club’s January meeting will
The buffet table offered involve native plants that
appetizers, salads, breads, support the backyard
baked ham, pork roast, bird populations.
vegetable casseroles and GGC hostesses from left: Patti Mouton, Priscilla Monson, Mabel Savoy, Rita Bourque,
desserts. The Gonzales Garden Club is Gail Lonibos and Marilyn Rice.
federated by National Garden Clubs, Inc.

such as pine straw,
leaves, dry grass
clippings, ground bark

and wood products --
are our best, first line
of defense in
controlling weeds in
beds. They also
conserve soil moisture

Make gardening
reducing watering,
look attractive, prevent

resolutions for the

soil compaction and
moderate soil

new year.
temperatures. There
are few things we do
Mariah Simoneaux Photo caption – If adding new plants to your landscape is on
as gardeners that are your list of resolutions, try this Leslie Ann camelia, a 2015
don't jump in blind; learn what you more beneficial than Louisiana Super Plant. Photo by LSU AgCenter.

need to know about successfully mulching.

A few years ago now retired LSU
AgCenter Horticulturist, Dan Gill, growing your favorite vegetables Mariah Simoneaux is the
and herbs. It needn't be 4. Try a few new plants out in the
wrote an encouraging article on Horticulture Agent serving
complicated. A single tomato garden. Trying new plants is part
making gardening resolutions for Ascension and Assumption
growing in a 5-gallon container of the fun of gardening. But be
the new year. Reading through the Parishes. For more information
on a porch, patio or balcony can sure to go online or consult with
article got me thinking about my visit,
provide the same satisfaction local horticulturists to find out about
own personal gardening goals and or contact Mariah at
as a large vegetable garden. the plant before you plant it.
what I want to accomplish this year.
The following are just a few of the
2. Do not let weeds get out of hand 5. Seek out only gardening
resolutions Dan shared. I hope
before taking efforts to control information that is appropriate
they inspire you, as they did me, to
them. Most of us would benefit for southeast Louisiana. The
make your own gardening
from making this resolution. Internet is full of gardening
resolutions for 2020.
Dealing with weeds is an unavoid- information, but much of it is not
able part of landscape upkeep. suitable for our area. This makes it
1. Grow something you can eat
But yards with regular weed easy to get confused about what
this year. Gardening did not start
maintenance tend to have less plants will grow well here, common
off with beautiful ornamental plants.
severe weed problems. pest problems for our area and the
The first gardens were utilitarian
timing of gardening activities.
and provided food and medicines.
3. Effectively use mulches in Always look for gardening
There is still a special satisfaction
flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, information focused on the unique
that comes from producing food for
around shrubs and other climate of the Gulf coastal area in
your family from the garden. But
appropriate areas. Mulches -- hardiness zones 8 and 9.
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SLEEP. Rest is a critical
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to his or her own beneficiaries. The
SECURE Act requires beneficiaries
of an IRA to withdraw all the money
in the IRA within 10 years of the
IRA holder’s death. In many cases,

It’s time to prepare for next years growing season!

these withdrawals would take place
during the beneficiary’s highest tax
years, meaning that the elimination
of the stretch IRA is effectively a tax
increase on many Americans. This
provision will apply to those who
inherit IRAs starting on
January 1, 2020.
• Required minimum
distributions. Under prior law, you
had to begin taking distributions
from your IRAs beginning when
By Linda Melancon you reach age 70 ½. Under the new
law, individuals who are not 70 ½ at
the end of 2019 can now wait until
Your Retirement age 72 to begin taking distributions.

• Contributions. The new law
Plans Have Big allows workers to continue to
contribute to an IRA after age 70 ½,
Changes for which is the same as rules for
401(k)s and Roth IRAs.
2020 • Employers. The tax credit busi-
nesses get for starting a retirement
plan is increased and the new law
Late last year, President Trump makes it easier for small businesses
signed a spending bill into law that to join multiple-employer plans.
makes major changes to retirement • Annuities. The newly enacted
plans. The new law is designed to legislation removes roadblocks that
provide more incentives to save for made employers wary of including


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Some of the biggest changes, included in a plan.
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with the amount of time someone an early withdrawal of up to $5,000
other than a spouse has to draw from a retirement account without a
down all the benefits following the penalty in the event of the birth of a
death of the account owner (the child or an adoption. Currently,
“stretch” period) and the age when there is a 10 percent penalty for
the account owner has to start early withdrawals in most
taking distributions from the circumstances.
account (increased to age 72 from
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an IRA even after reaching age 70 to immediately reevaluate their
½, and the new law allows for estate plans. Some people have used
penalty-free (though not tax-free) stretch IRAs as an estate planning
withdrawals from retirement savings tool to pass assets to their children
to offset some costs of having or and grandchildren. One way of
adopting a child. Small businesses doing this has been to name a trust
will also see changes in the way as the IRA’s beneficiary, and these
retirement plans are set up from trusts may have to be reformed to
this new law. conform to the new rules. If a
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The legislation, known as the plan, consult with your attorney
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distributions over his or her lifetime relationship. You should consult with an attorney for
and to pass what is left onto future individual advice regarding your own situation.

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Traveling with Tara
Hi everyone, I’m back! I took a and my teen queen, Riley, sold when Riley can tag along
small break from writing in baked goods! It was a hot winter because we have the absolute
November since there were only day, but we had a blast as we best time together!
a few events to attend throughout listened to the bands, hung out
the month. I can’t wait to tell and talked to all of the people, Gonzales Christmas
everyone about all the remarkable
events and places I’ve been to
Tree Lighting –
since then! I’ve been pretty busy December 3, 2019
since October, attending 6
different events and traveling over Just as we did with the Christmas
750 miles! Even though that may Train, Riley and I were able to
seem like a ton of miles, 3 of kick off the Christmas season by
these events were actually right
here in Gonzales and weren’t
even counted! Isn’t it crazy that
just 3 events can rack up over continued our travels to Lutcher
750 miles! I am having an on Sunday for the Festival of
absolute blast traveling each Bonfire Queen’s day! We spent
weekend and learning about all of the day making ornaments,
the wonderful things Louisiana playing games, and sliding down
has to offer. Our state is so rich in the levee in our cardboard
history, culture, and tradition and Jambalaya pot! I want to give a
it is truly amazing that I get the and course toured the train! This huge “Thank You!” to Riley’s dad
opportunity to experience this event brought out so many people for putting in so much time to
weekend after weekend. to the middle of Gonzales and make sure we had the perfect
was a fun way to kick off the start sled to go down the levee in! I
may be a little bias, but I thought
Gonzales Veteran’s of the Christmas season. The
Day Parade – being a part of a tradition in
Gonzales, the Gonzales
November 10, 2019 Christmas Tree Lighting! The
Christmas Tree Lighting brought
In November, I was given the out a large number of people to
opportunity to represent the see the city be lit up and get a
Jambalaya Festival Association in picture with Santa. We watched
some great performances by
Center Stage Performing Arts
Academy, got to sit on Santa’s lap
and of course ate our favorite,

train was decorated beautifully

and was like nothing I had ever
seen before!

Festival of the Bonfires

the VFW’s annual Veteran’s Day Queen’s Day –
Parade! It was wonderful to see December 1, 2019
everyone come out to support our
local VFW and our veterans. Our Once the Christmas train
local VFW Post and veterans hold passed on Saturday, Riley and I
a very special place in my heart
and I’m so happy I was given the ours definitely looked the best! I’m
chance to represent the JFA in sure you’re all wondering how jambalaya! The city of Gonzales
their parade this year! sliding down the levee went. I’ll was decorated so beautifully for
just say it was more like rolling Christmas time and I’m so happy
Kansas City Southern down the levee. Sliding down the
levee was something that Riley
Riley and I got to be a part of
Christmas Train – and I have been looking forward
lighting it up!
November 30, 2019 to since we were crowned, and it
was every bit of as fun and
We welcomed the Christmas hilarious as we expected! We Plaquemine’s Parish Fair
season as the Christmas train may not have slid down the levee and Orange Festival and
passed through the middle of the fastest, and I may have fallen Queen’s Day –
Gonzales! The Jambalaya flat on my face, but we had a
blast and we’re making memories
December 7, 2019
Festival Association cooked and
served jambalaya while myself that will last a lifetime. I love On December 7th, I traveled all

the way to the tip of the boot to are so concentrated and cutting Science in Kinesiology.
Fort Jackson for one of my so carefully to see who can get
favorite festivals, the Orange the longest peel without breaking Louisiana Fur and
Festival. We started off the
morning at Ben & Ben Becnel’s
it. Although I felt like I did well with
my peel, I stood no chance next
Wildlife Pageant –
Citrus Farm where we learned to the 16-foot-long peel that won! December 28, 2019
about the wide variety of citrus As I said, this is one of my
and their growth process. After favorite festivals and I’m so glad To wrap my travels for 2019, I
that, we were allowed to roam I got to experience it with some headed to the heel of the boot to
around the Becnel’s grove, filling of my closest friends! Cameron Parish for the Louisiana
up our Fur and Wildlife Festival Pageant!
baskets with as many citruses as Jambalaya Festival I was super excited about this
we could fit. We later headed to
the historic Fort Jackson where
Association pageant because although it is
one of the longest pageants, it is
the festival is held each year. This Christmas Parade – dream. I’ve watched as many
is where all the fun took place! At December 8, 2019 queens before I got to enjoy this
wonderful day and even rode with
the festival, all of the queens get
my sister as she enjoyed this very
to take part in multiple fun citrus Growing up, each year the JFA
same experience. When I was
games. We started off an orange Christmas parade was something
crowned Miss Gonzales
eating contest, seeing who could I always looked forward to. It was
Jambalaya, this was one event
eat two complete oranges, the a special day where the entire city
that I have looked forward to ever
since. I’ve had the opportunity to
ride in various different parades
all over the state, but this one was
different. It was so special to ride
behind the Grand Marshall,
James Leblanc, as we led off the
parade. I couldn't help but feel so
very prestigious and always has
much pride for the city of
great competition! As I assumed,
Gonzales as we rode down the
there were 10 amazing girls vying
center of the city and heard
for the title of the 62nd Fur
people yelling “Miss Gonzales
Festival Queen! We said “see you
Jambalaya!”. It was truly a
later” to one of my closest friends,
bittersweet moment for me and
Hali Westerman, as she wrapped
an experience that I will
up her year as the 61st Fur
remember for the rest of my life. I
Queen. Hali chose me to be a
am so lucky that I get to represent
part of the “Fur Fashion Show”,
not only this amazing organization
fastest. We then had a kumquat where multiple jackets, bags, and
but the wonderful people of the
stuffing contest. I could only fit vests were presented by the
city I call home!
two in my mouth before I began to Louisiana Fur Advisory Council. I
get sick, but the queen who won had the opportunity to model a
fit 19 kumquats in her mouth! College Graduation! – huge fur coat, which I believe was
How crazy! I could barely watch it! December 14, 2019 made from fox. I had such a good
After the kumquat stuffing time in this quaint little parish, and
contest, we competed to see who I took a weekend off from t
could cut the longest orange peel. came together and celebrated raveling and traded in my crown
This contest, in particular, is my Christmas. Not only did I love and and banner for a graduation cap
favorite because all of the queens enjoy this special day, but also and stole! On December 14th, I
couldn’t wait to see Miss graduated Cum Laude with a 3.7
Gonzales Jambalaya ride in her GPA from Southeastern Louisiana
full train and mantle in her very
own parade. I never dreamed that
one day the roles would be
reversed, and people would be
looking for me as Queen as I rode
through the streets on Gonzales.

I can't wait to go back to the

festival to see all the amazing
things they have to offer!

Every weekend I sit in disbelief

that I was granted this amazing
opportunity. I have loved every
second of this journey and I can’t
wait to see what 2020 has in store
for me! I am truly so lucky to be
living out my childhood dreams. If
you’re interested in also living out
this amazing dream, contact the
pageant director, Katie Battaglia
University with a degree in at for more
Kinesiology! I’m used to carrying information on competing in the
Some people may think that the the title of Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Pageant!
2019 JFA Christmas Parade was Jambalaya, but now I have a
just another parade, but for me, it new title: Tara Babin, Bachelor of Happy New Year!
was another part of my childhood
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received a lifetime opportunity job and from then on I’ve been at the helm ever since.
First I want to communicate that it has been my greatest job ever and a lifetime
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hundreds of new ones that I’ve met over the years.
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Cajun Blaze, Blazing through the Competition
Cajun Blaze is setting the dream was to make it to the
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hobby into a business, but they did. 5 times. You only
Adam Gautreau and Jason get in if you win 7 Grand
White have found the recipe Champions or you have to wait
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friends and foodies, Adam and
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were born with a competitive
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Competition BBQ in 2014.
They began to enter local BBQ
contest to refine their skills
while benefiting local charities.
Pretty quickly, these boys
started to take home trophies

This year in 2019, Adam and

Jason set a goal to be an widely recognized and well
automatic in and they made it. respected BBQ chefs from all
You have to cook chicken, ribs, over the world. Adam and

Jason both cook Jambalaya in

the festival every year and they
are both in the Jambalaya
Tour. Out of all of the teams
there, they had the most
people that traveled to go see
them cook. They had about 30
people from our area that went
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and prize money. The more
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more they entered and cooked. choice. Although they didn’t
They invested in their 1st get a call this year in the
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hold the 3rd highest score in tional BBQ contest and fullfilled
To date they have competed in Kansas City BBQ Society their dream.
160 BBQ competitions. They history. They compete in
have 41 Grand Championships 4 different sanctioning bodies, Congratulations Adam &
and 17 Reserve Grand KCBS, BCA, IBCA, and FBA. Jason.
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I Can See Clearly or
2020 Foresight by Bill Delaune
Batter- You missed that hoping to avoid an unpleasant
one, ump. repeat of last year’s controversy-
Umpire- Yeah, but if I would an obvious double-dribble
have had that bat I wouldn’t ignored and a phantom foul in
have. the final second-that led to
Coach- Ref, you stink. Virginia’s championship, bring
Referee- (Walking off in some NBA officials to finally
15 yards) How do I smell explain their interpretation of
from here? walking and palming the ball to
the collegiates.
Okay, so those jokes are old “Basically, it all depends on
and bad-some of the same what side we bet on,” admits
adjectives fans are using to one veteran who quit wearing
describe sports officials of all a whistle years ago. “Or if
kinds these days. LeBron or some lesser player
Pro football refs are still the does it.”
target of much wrath in New
Orleans, Philadelphia and many April-
other NFL cities because no
one-including the commis- Patrick Reed wins the Masters
sioner- seems to know what despite allegations that he
constitutes pass interference or brought a front-end loader into
targeting or hands to the face or the bunkers at Augusta to
any number of other offenses improve his “lies” in the
that seem to be arbitrarily called hazards. Several of the most
at key moments of big games. I adamant accusers are found
mean-do they have to wait until buried in the sand at Amen
third down to call defensive Corner.
holding which carries an
automatic first down. "SEC referee arrested for blind justice before LSU-Alabama game." but May-
And it’s not just in the NFL.
Baseball umpires are being 20-20 foresight if you will. they said they were very, very In the Kentucky Derby, 19
replaced by robots in some For example, in the opening sorry. And they have the real horses are disqualified after a
minor league games and NBA month… Greatest of All Time-Tom massive pileup in the stretch
officials just call whatever Brady.” when riders try to avoid some
LeBron tells them to. January- vision-impaired NCAA officials
Soccer referees fear for their
Forget impeachment,
February- who were trying to find the
lives in certain international Louisville spring football game.
events and even with high-tech Democratic debates and bombs Super Bowl 54 gets off to a The only remaining entry-a
cameras no one can agree bursting in air over Iran, in the rough start when NFL officials, suspiciously colored black and
whether or not Ronaldo was most newsworthy story of the under strict orders to “not let white striped animal named
offside on that goal. short year, James Holzhauer those Chiefs and 49ers get away “Tarzan Stripes Forever”-is
And don’t even get me started edges Ken Jennings for the with anything” call a penalty on declared the winner.
on the replay booth. All they Greatest of All Time Jeopardy every play of the first half
do is add extra time to the title. But a crackerjack team of
NFL officials after reviewing the
resulting in an 8-hour debacle
which puts everyone to sleep.
already too-long contests and
they seem to overturn calls on evidence overturn the Vegas Added to the marathon is a In Omaha, Nebraska, LSU is
the whim of some retired gambler’s victory saying, “It’s halftime melee when Colin denied another College World
weatherman in New York that possible, now we’re not real Kaepernick attempts to bring Series championship when
nobody ever gets to see who sure, but some of us think that one of his numerous protests to Daniel Cabrera’s apparent
may as well have a dart board James might have, just maybe, the stage and is beaten soundly game-winning tape measure
or a Magic 8-Ball. tampered with Ken’s buzzer so by Shakira and J-Lo. Goodell homer is disallowed because it
But not to worry, my pious we’re taking away his million cancels the second half and landed in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
arbitrators (or traitors in some dollar prize.” When James declares the winner is the New The Interstate Commerce
cases) of the gridirons, points out that the New England Patriots-“if they Commission rules that the ball
diamonds, courts, pitches and England Patriots have been promise not to break any rules violated federal laws when it
whatever those cricket dudes involved in many such scandals anymore and if they re-sign crossed state lines and awards
play on. I predict with all the with much more concrete Tom Brady.” the CWS title to the nearby
certainty of a replay official that evidence and were not as Kansas City Royals because
2020 will be the year that your severely punished,
Commissioner Roger Goodell
March- “they have no chance at any
eyesight finally matches the other World Series”.
number of the year. Call it issues a statement saying, “Yeah, NCAA Final Four hierarchy,

vague penalties, the NFL an- Saban’s face will likely remain when the NFL loosened all its
July- nounces a few significant rule permanently red due to regulations on holding and pass
changes. continued outbursts over interference.
Fiery Yankee manager Aaron “From now on,” Commis- opponents’ plays that the Bama “These guys have fit right into
Boone is ejected from a Major sioner Goodell announces, coach alleged were not in our scheme,” beams Payton. “I
League game for attacking an “there will be no more pass keeping with his interpretation mean-nobody’s touched Drew
experimental robot umpire that interference. Whoever comes of the rules. When questioned Brees all season!”
was calling balls and strikes. An down with the ball gains about what he deemed an In the other “feel-good” story
obviously frustrated Boone told possession. Also, there are no “illegal play”, the ruby-faced of the Christmas season,
reporters after the game that the more facemask violations. If a mentor declared, “Any one that Alabama’s Nick Saban-after
roboump’s only responses to his player doesn’t want to be scores points on us.” being visited by the ghosts of
questioning the strike zone were grabbed or hit in the facemask, Orgeron, Dabo and
“That does not compute” and
“Danger, Will Robinson!
then the league’s advice is not November- Malzahn-does a complete
to wear one. Finally, the only attitude adjustment and dons a
Danger!” holding penalties that will be In a Presidential race that’s Santa Claus outfit to match his
called are offenses roughly too-close-to-call, Donald red face and hand out gifts to
August- equivalent to a 2-point take- Trump is declared the winner students who didn’t get athletic
down in wrestling.” over Joe Biden despite votes still scholarships.
Two new sports added to the The first game played under being counted in swing states The year 2020 comes to an
2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics- the new rules is between Miami like Ohio and Florida. Chief end with everyone suddenly
karate and surfing-suffer from a and Cincinnati (“Because Justice John Roberts- who developing a “super vision” that
monumental administrative nobody cares what they do makes the ruling over legal and enables the entire world to see
mix-up when the karate kids are anyway,” says a league emotional appeals-rules that the other side to people’s
sent to the beach and the surfer spokesman.) and- with the since an NFL replay crew is in beliefs, to see the people really
dudes to the martial arts arena. passing game severely charge of tabulating the ballots, in need and to see an end to all
In an attempt to appease the hampered- results in a 2-0 “It will probably be four years war and hatred.
thousands of disgruntled fans, Bengal victory. before they come to a President Trump even gets
the karate competition is turned decision anyway.” into the act with a passable
into a surfboard breaking October- version of “Do You See What I
contest and the surfers don
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
December- See” at the White House
Alabama football coach Nick Christmas Tree Lighting and
outfits and engage in a Saban is stricken by a rare The New Orleans Saints everyone can see the dawn of
“Cowabunga, Dude!” shouting disease-Crimson Tiditis- after clinch another divisional title peace…Until 2021 that is.
contest. another temper tantrum over thanks to innovative coach Sean Happy New Year, Everyone!
“illegal plays” not called by SEC Payton who had the foresight to
September- refs during a shocking bring in a stable of professional
conference defeat. wrestlers including John Cena,
Looking to alleviate the Team doctors say The Undertaker and Triple H
confusion in a few of its most

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Water Or Not
I must admit that I’m ready for
the rainfall totals to get back into
more of a normal pattern.
Although the high rain totals
with extended high river flooding
has been a hindrance of some invasive species of fish such as
degree to many folks across the the silver carp invading our
nation and south Louisiana, the waterways. Silver carp are the fish
benefits of it all will probably you see jumping behind the wake
have positive effects on our that outboard motors make.
estuaries in the future. On a Those fish are a nuisance and we
recent trip to the Fourchon, don’t need them.
Grand Isle area, I noticed
something that was very different My concern now turns toward
from the last several years. the future of the politics that will
now come about with the
The difference was the color and negative complaints of some
health of the vegetation in the involving water diversions. Our
marsh. The vegetation is now state has been awarded an
green and healthy versus the enormous amount of money
brown and dying look of the past. from the BP oil spill to help our
This is definitely a result of the state restore our coast, marsh and
amount of fresh water the area swamps. Some water diversion
has received in the past several projects have been studied for
months. more than twenty years now.
Some are nearing the beginning
For the past twenty or so years, of construction. If these proposed
diverting fresh water from the projects are again put on hold for
Mississippi River into our coastal future study or opposition, it
wetlands has been one of the would be devastating to the
hottest topics of those years. I amount of money and time that
would like to say a big percentage has already been spent. I don’t
of people agree that that this think that I have to tell you what
needs to be done to help save this will happen to all of that BP
spectacular environment. Now money if it stays in the hands of
that the freshwater has inundated government officials for another
much of our central and ten years.
southeast Louisiana marshes,
I’m beginning to hear a lot of During a recent TV clip our
negative comments about the lieutenant governor was being
situation. interviewed about coastal
restoration and the BP money
The effects of the river water does involved to carry out these
have some immediate negative projects. At the end of his inter-
impacts for the short term. The view he made the statement
death of some marine life such as “All I can say is if we waste this
dolphins and sea turtles have opportunity, then shame on us.”
been blamed on the water.
Commercial fisherman have I hope that we don’t waste our
accused the lack of oysters, opportunity, but it wouldn’t
shrimp and crabs on the sweet surprise me at all if we do. For
water, but species such as the the time being everything is great
blue crab have been on a decline on the water. Fresh water fishing
long before this event took place. has been fantastic and saltwater
It’s true that the fresh water has fishing has been just as good
affected catches of saltwater where you can find saltwater. All
shellfish and fin fish in different in all it’s hard to please everyone
areas but the benefits of it will and that includes me...
pay off in the future. One of my
fears in particular with the Until Next Time,
opening of the Bonnet Carre Never Satisfied,
spillway is the possibility of James “Goosie” Guice

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Canadians say “sorry” so much that a law was passed
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Calling “shotgun” when riding in a car comes from
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A single strand of Spaghetti is called a “Spaghetto”.

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Sunflowers can help clean radioactive soil. Japan is using this
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If you cut down a cactus in Arizona, you be penalized
up to 25 years in jail. It is like cutting down a
protected tree species.

The first movie ever to put out a motion-picture soundtrack
was Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

If you point your car keys to your head, it increases
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In 1923, a jockey suffered a fatal heart attack, but his horse
finished and won the race, making him the first and only
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Eighteen Years
of Stories.
Abra Kadabra ... All Republicans need to be stupid
You’d Think as Democrats for this Impeachment to work!

I would
Run Out!
Oh wow! I’ve been doing this
for eighteen years. Originally I Answer the
started ‘Thoughts from Bully’ as
a space filler to place in a 48 page Phone if you
magazine. It became a way for
me to tell all the outlandish Need to!
stories that I have been involved
I had a nice dinner at Mike
Adam Schiff contracts Pionchio disease!
His neck is growing everytime he tells a lie!!!
Anderson’s last week. I was
sitting at the bar and met a nice
guy who was staying at the
hotel because he was an out of
the government swamp. To
state contractor. We exchanged
hunting stories and as I began
I am so Sick quote Hubbie, Cheaters!!! They
my story his cell phone rang. In and Tired of have no honor, just lip service.
Fourth: how do you expect to
a glance I saw that some guy
named ‘Butch’ called. I told Washington win a national election when
you called half of America
him to answer if he need to get
the call. He immediately picked
Politics. deplorable. Democrats lost
because they can’t win with
it up and mentioned it was his elementary ideas and if they
Officially I am an independent can’t cheat.
exwife. As he spoke it hit me these days. Political views go
that either this guy has an Fifth: Democrats are so scared
against everything I was raised of social media and the social
exwife named ‘Butch’ or I miss to believe in. media bullies they project their
read the front of his phone. As own inadequacies on everyone
he spoke I could tell they Here are a few of my values: else to make themselves feel
1. Tell the truth better. It’s a hollow feeling
weren’t BFF’s and when he
in during my life. I found this old 2. Take your turn when there is nothing to feel
redneck photo of me from an hung up I had to ask. I told him 3. Win or lose with honor
about me reading ‘Butch’ on his good about.
advertising campaign for a fishing 4. Don’t call people names Sixth: I am friends with some
lure. The name came from my phone and he confirmed that I 5. Don’t back down to Bullies really nice democrats but I am
father. I never knew him but my was wrong, it read as,’Bitch’! 6. Be kind to people
mom told me his nickname was sick and tired of being called a
It made since then. I swear racist just because I am a white
Bully. That’s how all this article First: The democrats have
began and is still alive and well these stories just pop up and are middle aged male from the
told so many lies they actually South. The generalization and
today because stupid situation a part of my life. believe them. Every good plans
still pop up still today. For grouping of people in a
works only if you follow it all classification is so wrong. I was
example the following story the way through. I said good
happened just the other night. a democrat once myself but the
plan. They have the stupidest party I knew does not exist
plan and would never would anymore. It’s a progressive
work without the National liberal party and not a blue
Media having their backs. collar party.
Second: Why should any Let me be clear, I believe in a
body ever take their turn. womans right to choose but
Democratic policys let illegal there has to be some limitations.
aliens jump the line so much In New York and Virginia a
this is hardly a rule anymore. woman has the right to carry a
They do it because they need baby full term. Once its born
the votes that they are losing so then she can decide to kill it.
rapidly. Of course they will keep the
Third: The temper tantrum the baby comfortable before its
Democrats have been having is sentencing. How can anyone
because of their own arrogance. vote for a party that promotes
They were going to win because that. Some say kill, I say
the fix was in with their deplorable!!!
attempted coup and help from

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My other dears
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Marsha Moses Wins Prestigious
Nora Ricca Award

The Jambalaya Festival Association

Christmas Party
The Jambalaya Festival Association
hosted their annual Christmas Party at
Lamar-Dixon. The celebration was for
a job well done in 2019.
There were many volunteers and
Jambalaya Festival Association
members there to kick off the holiday
Many party goers mingled and
served plates of fried fish and shrimp,
potato salad, gumbo, brisket and with
no jambalaya.

Congratulations to the
2019 recipients of our Nora
Lee Ricca award, Marsha
Moses. We are so thankful
for your volunteer service to
the JFA.

Nora Lee Ricca Award

Recipients since it’s
first year:

• 1981 Pie Lanoux

• 1982 Dalton Marchand
• 1983 Mary Ann Keller
• 1984 Elsie Walker
• 1985 Mac Daigle
• 1986 Cobby Walker
• 1987 Darlene Reulet
• 1988 Ernest “Beaver”
• 1989 Frank Frederic
• 1990 Anita Young

• 1991 Pat Austin
• 1992 Carol Frederic
• 1993 Ed “Mike” Daigle
• 1994 Eladee Chauvin
• 1995 Robert A. Pitre, Jr.
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• 2002 Lucia Smithey
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• 2004 Mike Daigle
• 2005 Carlos Braud
• 2006 Gilbert Taillon
• 2007 Carbett Bercegeay
• 2008 Valmon & Rita Bercegeay
• 2009 Tammy Guillory
• 2010 Robert Jackson
• 2011 Mike Gonzales, Sr.
• 2012 Mike Berthelot
• 2013 Shane Martinez
• 2014 Brenda Taillon
• 2015 Todd and Vanessa Blairt
• 2016 Pam Martinez
• 2017 Anne Lemmon
• 2018 Blue Forsyth
• 2019 Marsha Moses

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Cooking Gourmet at Home
8 ounces fresh Jumbo Lump crabmeat
1 small loaf French bread
1 Granny Smith apple
4 ounces Smoked Gouda (whatever cheese you like)
8 cherry tomatoes
1 ounce fresh basil
2 ounces extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons
Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste


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

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

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

Thinly slice the basil leaves

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

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