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COMPLIMENTARY

APRIL 2020, VOL. 18 ISSUE 4

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INDEPENDENT • ASSISTED LIVING • MEMORY CARE COMMUNITY
Publisher / Editor
Mike Strong
Table of Contents
CARDIOVASCULAR INSTITUTE.... 4
Associate Editor
GONZALES GARDEN CLUB .... 8
Thumper
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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY......34


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Orhan McMillan
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Jimmy Dunkley
Patti Mouton
Jamie Lavigne
Mariah Simoneaux

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From the Gonzales Garden Club

Floral Design Goes Natural


Guest Speaker Florist Mary Johnston of Merry Florals in New Orleans (front/center) presents her creative, free-form style of floral design. Members from left are Barbara Guillot, Cathy
Venable, Sandy Stewart, Dale Bowman, Pam Fiegel, Cynthia Cagnolatti, Marilyn Rice, Myra Mire, Barbara McCormick, Janis D’Benedetto, Gwen Heck, Mary Jo Pohlig, Patti Mouton,
Elizabeth Saffell, Mabel Savoy, Conchita Richey, Loretta Ramirez and Ellen Posey.

The Gonzales Garden Club held the shape, before filling in with She was invited for her unique Garden”. During her
its March 4th meeting at the greenery then flowers from the design style which is more presentation, she created a
Public Safety Center to provide outside in. natural than traditional floral graceful centerpiece using
room for a demonstration in schemes. Mary used the free-form techniques inspired by
unconventional floral design. The featured guest was Mary members' offerings to present her affinity for texture, color
Club members arrived with Johnston, Florist/Owner of her program, “Design Goes and fine art. Mary’s basic
flowers and greenery from their Merry Florals in New Orleans. Natural: Elements from the equipment included an opaque
home gardens, and the speaker
Sandy Stewart, Mary Jo Pohlig, Pam Fiegel and Barbara McCormick hosted
the March meeting with a self-serve salad bar luncheon.
arrived with snippers and a vase.
The theme of the meeting was a
relaxed, causal approach to
flower arranging. Members
noted that natural elements
from home gardens can be
incorporated into flower
arrangements. To mimic the
texture, color and shapes that
might naturally occur in a gar-
den, members considered
adding such findings as twigs,
rocks, lichen, driftwood, vines,
mosses and pine cones to floral
displays. Members Marilyn Rice
and Pam Fiegel presented three
flower arrangements following
the asymmetrical crescent shape
with Marilyn explaining the use
of rigid plant material such as
branches to form the basis of

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Pam Fiegel positioned miniature carnations, roses, bridal veil, holly and pittosporum in a
rectangular container to achieve a crescent design.

vase, a small rounded form of Mary Johnston's exercise was to


chicken wire to stabilize the be a precursor to the garden
stems, a lazy Susan to twirl the club’s annual flower show,
arrangement as she composed it, which was to showcase the in-
and sharp snippers to shorten corporation of natural elements
stems and remove leaves. She into the creation of the flower
began with three shorter niches in April. Unfortunately,
greenery stems to hang over the the unfolding coronavirus crisis
sides of the vase in triangular prompted cancellation of that
points. She considered "all event as well as current Yard of
Marilyn Rice began this arrangement with dried Spanish tarragon branches and lichen
directions depending on the Month awards. Flower bed
twigs then filled in with schefflera and arrowhead leaves plus dots of bottle brush blooms
whether it’s against a wall or set maintenance teams have not
as a centerpiece” then "cut each met, and plans for the May to surround a petrified mushroom nestled in the center.
stem at an angle to open it up plant sale are on hold. Garden-
and get as much water into the ers across the south are using
stem as you can.” After inserting this time to nurture their
several long loose fronds, stems landscapes, plant vegetable
and leaves, Mary added filler gardens, and brighten up their
flowers of different colors, see- patios and porches. The garden
ing the beauty in each individual club looks toward the future
bloom. The club found this when we can again enjoy our
new approach to be a refreshing hobby as the close-knit group
alternative and inspirational that we are. Until then, we
complement to the basic princi- wish everyone continued
ples of floral design. health and safety.

The Gonzales Garden Club is


federated by National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Marilyn Rice utilized Peggy Martin roses, ground orchids and bridal veil strands accented
with pittosporum, holly, and schefflera greenery to form this crescent shape.

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Get
Growing,
Ascension!
Tips for
Growing Great
Tomatoes Mariah Simoneaux

Tomatoes are the most popular 2. Don’t hold back on the mulch.
vegetable grown by home gardeners. Mulching around plants is one of the
There are peppers and cucumbers easiest things you can do to help
and fall and winter vegetables, but them grow. Mulching helps to con- Photo by Johnny Morgan | LSU AgCenter
nothing beats slicing into a perfectly serve soil moisture, moderates soil
red, homegrown tomato. Follow temperature, and prevents weed 4. Don’t forget the fertilizer.
these five tips and you’ll be on the growth. Additionally, it prevents soil A good rule of thumb is to apply
path to your own delicious harvest. from splashing onto your plants, creases. Fall tomatoes can be
0.6-0.7 pounds (a little less than
which can lead to several different planted in late July and early August
1 & ½ cups) of 13-13-13 or 8-24-24
1. Plant the right variety. disease issues. You can use pine for production in October, November,
per 10-foot row prior to planting.
The number of tomato varieties straw, wood chips, shredded and early December.
You’ll want to side-dress twice during
available to gardeners is almost bark or leaves. the growing season. Side-dress
overwhelming. How is a gardener when your tomatoes make their first Mariah Simoneaux is the Horticulture
supposed to choose? Tomatoes 3. Water when it’s dry. Agent serving Ascension and Assumption
and third clusters of fruit. You can Parishes. For more information visit
come in a wide range of sizes, This is a no brainer, however keeping use 0.2-0.4 pounds (about a ½ cup) www.LSUAgCenter.com and search
shapes, and colors. Select the up with watering during the dog days of calcium nitrate per 10-foot row. “tomato gardening tips”, or contact
varieties that you enjoy the best or of summer can sometimes be a If you have had a soil sample done Mariah at
use most often when cooking. challenge. Make things easier on recently follow the recommendations MJSimoneaux@agcenter.LSU.edu.
Additionally, look for indicators on the yourself by installing drip irrigation provided by the lab.
plant tag such a TSWV, meaning or using a soaker hose. Avoid light
resistance to tomato spotted wilt overhead sprinklers, instead water 5. If all else fails, try again
virus, or EB, meaning resistance to thoroughly near the base of the plant. in the fall.
early blight. These tomatoes One to two inches of water per week Fall weather is more
have been bred for their disease is usually about right. pleasant, and pressure from
resistance. diseases and insects greatly de-
Operation
Scrub Hub
Brandi Alford and Rachel
Lambert, two friends with a
desire to help in need. “When
COVID-19 arrived without
welcome in our own
community, and both Rachel
and I wanted to do something
to help. Since neither of us
have seamstress skills, we
reached out to a mutual friend,
Nicole Herring, who is a nurse
at OLOL Ascension (formerly
St. Elizabeth Hospital) asking
for ways we could help support
those on the front lines.
Without hesitation, Nicole

God is
With Us
God has always asked his
people to be His hands and
feet. Here are just a FEW
groups in our community that
are doing just that.

Full of Grace Cafe


Full of Grace Café (FOGC)
is a part of Our Lady of the
Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Since Covid-19, FOGC has
been closed, but that hasn’t
stopped this group of
volunteers from giving back to
their community. Seeing a Supermarket, Ascension Oaks, Thursdays. For more responded, ‘Food, we love
need in the community for Browns Pharmacy, Harvest information, to place an order food,’” says Brandi.
protective face masks for essen- Manner Denham Springs, for masks, to donate fabric, And that was all it took to
tial businesses and workers, Gonzales Post Office, Cooper please contact Karen at start Operation Scrub Hub, a
FOGC quickly began making T Smith, and more since 225.715.8939. couple of friends collecting
masks from donated fabric. demand has skyrocketed since private and business donations
Thus far, FOGC has announcing the initiative. to provide meals and snack to
delivered masks to Mary Bird Mask deliveries are the overextended front-line
Perkins Gonzales, Ralphs scheduled for Mondays and medical team at OLOL
Ascension.
“We were surprised that
despite a downturn in sales,
they (restaurateurs) were eager
to help feed the hospital staff
and were willing to work
within our donation based
small budget,” said Brandi.
With the help of local
restaurants and monetary
donations from the public,
Operation Scrub Hub is
feeding hospital shift workers
for as long possible as this
pandemic unfolds. “We had
no idea it would take off like
this! It’s been such a
blessing!” said Rachel.
For more information, or to
donate, contact Rachel at
225.978.1555 or Brandi at
225.247.1403.

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Ascension Parish Hospital in Donaldsonville and Gonzales, from 9 am to 4 pm, do this without you. May
OLOL in Ascension. They are Monday through Friday. God’s grace and mercy cover
Sherriff’s Office also collecting unused PPE To all our essential workers, you and keep you safe.
and medical supplies like hand including government officials, We will make it through this
Our local Sherriff’s office is sanitizer, face masks, goggles, firefighters, EMS, medical Ascension Parish. My heart
always on the front lines and medical gloves to be providers, USPS, delivery and prayers are with you.
protecting our community, distributed to local hospitals drivers, truck drivers, grocers, God is with us.
and during this pandemic, they and nursing homes in need. pharmacy staff, and so many
continue to serve, protect and If you would like to donate, others, thank you from the XOXO,
give back to those in need. please drop off supplies at the bottom of our hearts for
The APSO provided donated APSO Training Center located helping us get through this Sweet Eyes
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TONY BACALA • STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 59

Coping with Covid-19


Our community is not
unfamiliar with adverse
conditions, having endured
tornados, hurricanes, and
floods along with the difficulties
such natural disasters bring in
their aftermath.

Following Hurricane Katrina,


we endured life without
electricity, gasoline shortages,
and closed grocery stores as
we worked to repair roofs and
walls damaged by winds and
fallen trees. Following the
flooding of 2016, thousands of
homes become uninhabitable
for months and even years,
Conducting business
and people faced the reality of by video conference
losing precious possessions
that could never be replaced.

As COVID-19 grips our state,


our nation, and our community,
it gives me great comfort to
remember that following every
natural disaster we have been
forced to endure, we overcame
the challenges they brought
with hard work and
acquaintances have fallen ill We are fortunate that laid out simple steps that all of
compassion, rebuilding our
with the disease, some even President Trump and Governor us should take to avoid
homes and our lives.
dying, we are facing an Edwards recognized the grave contracting this virus and
unfamiliar challenge, not only danger facing all of us, and spreading it to others. Those
Now, as the lives of people
to our health but also to our that they took bold early steps steps have now become
around the world have been
prosperity. to limit the spread of familiar parts of all of our daily
disrupted by COVID-19 and as
COVID-19. In doing so, they conversations, young and old
personal friends and

Backyard relaxing Passing time painting And more painting


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packages being offered will transmit the
become an important disease to some-
component of jump starting one else.
our economic engine and our Together, with
personal lives. I also want common sense
everyone to know that many we will beat
State Legislators are looking to COVID-19 and
future legislation designed to with good
return lives to normal. government
programs, we will
It is important that we overcome the
recognize those on the front adverse Enjoying time with the grandchildren
line of the fight against COVID- economic and
19, the health care workers social effects that it causes. “Please do your part to put an
So to all I simply ask: end to this pandemic”.
Fun with crafts
alike, and our daily lives: stay Crabbing with the family
at home, practice social
distancing, and wash hands
frequently.

There is no doubt that the


recovery from the entirety of
the effects COVID-19 will be
long and difficult. The
disruptions to day-to-day life,
the loss of income, and the
uncertainly of what the future
holds are on the minds
of everyone.

Small business owners, Backyard physical activity


service industry workers,
self-employed entrepreneurs, who daily put their lives at risk
college students, young caring from those who are ill
people just starting new with this terrible virus. They
careers, couples postponing face short supplies of
weddings, the entire resources to protect
entertainment industry, and themselves and limited
many others will each face resources to treat the ill. Yet,
unique challenges. But they go to work every day to
everyone should know that do what they can to heal and
they are not alone and that the bring comfort to those in need.
working men and women are They are truly the heroes of
the precious backbone of our this difficult time, as are all of
country and they will not be the other essential workers
abandoned nor forgotten. who continue to leave the
As such, the Federal aid safety of their homes for all us
on a regular basis.
It is also important that
we also recognize our
friends and neighbors
who are doing their
part to stop the spread
of COVID-19. The
best defense against
this virus is also the
best offense to beat it,
which is to diligently
practice social
distancing, to stay at
home as much as
possible, and to wash
hands thoroughly and
often. Every person
Never forgetting that the not infected is a Enjoying the days fruits
person who cannot
Lord is in control
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A Statement from the Ascension Parish President
I want to address the concerns appreciation for the logic screened by a medical of our residents have family

that Ascension Parish is behind the numbers. professional prior to being members all over the state that

ranked high in the country for tested. The probability of our they regularly visit. Being a

having a large per capita Here is the first reason our citizens testing positive will bedroom community with a

number of positive Coronavirus numbers are higher than other naturally be higher than other robust economy, our

cases. I truly believe the surrounding areas. The fact is communities where screening community is inherently more

reason is simply that we are that we have taken a proactive measures either did not take mobile, with thousands of

ahead of the curve with testing approach to testing our place or did not rise to the high people traveling out of the

here in Ascension Parish. This citizens. Some of the level of criteria Ascension parish to visit family each

is due to the professionalism surrounding communities have uses. Therefore, because each week, as well as the thousands

and organization of our yet to implement community community has different of people who travel every day

healthcare experts. testing. If you conduct more protocol for testing you are not into Ascension Parish to work

tests you will get more exactly comparing apples at the many businesses and

This morning our positive cases. to apples. industries we are fortunate

Administration spent time on to have here.

phone calls with our medical Also, our testing was not One other contributing factor is

professionals to help gain random. Everyone tested in the fact that Ascension Parish

insight. I now have a better Ascension Parish was is a bedroom community. Most

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FINANCIAL FOCUS
Watch Out for
COVID-19, it will be big news,
and you will hear about it. Until

Financial Scams
then, ignore any claims for pills,
potions, prescriptions or other

Related to Virus
products that promise “miracle”
cures. Not only will they waste
your money, but, if you click on
On one hand, the coronavirus attachments from “phishing”
has brought out the best in us. emails advertising these fake
People across the country are treatments, you could end up
pitching in to help others, from supplying crooks with sensitive
providing protective masks to data, such as your online account
health care workers to holding logins, passwords, and credit
video chats with confined card and bank account details.
residents of assisted living homes You can find a great deal of
to simply buying gift cards to health information on the virus at
support local businesses. On the the Center for Disease Control
other hand, a small number of website (www.cdc.gov), of
bad actors are taking advantage course, but if you or your loved
of the situation to try to defraud ones are feeling ill, please
people. How can you guard contact a physician.
against these virus-related
scams?
investments – The coronavirus
• “Risk-free” or “guaranteed”
For starters, be aware of three
common scams connected to has caused two separate, but
the coronavirus: related, areas of stress. The first
is the health concern, and the
second is the financial/investment
track the pandemic – Look out for component. The enormous
• Websites claiming to help and

websites that claim to help you volatility of the financial markets


work remotely or provide financial has caused much concern among
resources to the afflicted. These investors, and scammers are
sites may try to trick you into seizing the opportunity to offer
giving up personal information, “risk-free” or “guaranteed”
donate money or load malware investments “perfect” for this
onto your computer. Don’t trust particular time. Again, responding
information technology (IT) to these types of offers can bring
“helpdesk” agents you don’t you nothing but trouble. All
know. And check out any obscure investments carry risk of one type
organization claiming to help or another, and they typically
virus victims. You can easily find don’t come with guarantees,
many legitimate groups that although some do offer significant
actually work to alleviate protection of principal. In these
suffering, and that deserve your turbulent times, your best move is
support. To find these reputable to stick with a long-term
organizations, go to an online investment strategy based on
clearinghouse, such as your goals, risk tolerance and
charitynavigator.org, which rates time horizon.
thousands of groups on their Here’s one more suggestion:
financial health, accountability Warn your elderly relatives about
and transparency. the increased potential for scams.
The elderly are always the most
susceptible to fraud, and now,
cure the disease – When there’s a when they may be more isolated
• Products claiming to prevent or

real treatment or vaccination for than before, they may well be


even more vulnerable. So, make
sure you’re talking to these loved
ones, and urge them not to make
any sudden, out-of-the-ordinary
financial move.
Even in normal times, it’s
regrettable that we have to be on
the alert for scam artists – and it’s
even more unfortunate during a
period of national crisis. However,
by being reasonably vigilant, and
by taking the proper precautions,
you can avoid taking on the
“collateral damage” that can
occur in this environment.

Jamie Lavigne, Financial Advisor


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(225) 928-8659 • cell 225.328.6900 • www.edwardjones.com
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they finding you on social media or
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With this information, you can

Recovery
regroup, readjust and redirect your
marketing efforts.

Keep calm & optimize on


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dezinsINTERACTIVE this is the time to take a deeper look
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COVID-19 pandemic has ushered us marketing articles or books you’ve phrases, look at for your images,
all into uncertain and unprecedented been putting off, clean up your SEO, Take a look at your content, check review your company’s meta title and
times. Cities are shutting down and or conduct research on ideas and your links and re-evaluate your site description. Find out how to make
business may be slow, but it doesn’t pitches for the future. navigation. This is also a good sure your site is ADA Compliant. Play
have to be all bad. Take advantage of opportunity to test your website on with Google Paid ads, the cost can be
your newfound free time to redirect Record videos different browsers and mobile devices. very low but the experience
and ramp up your search engine can be priceless.
optimization (SEO) and Videos not only captivate consumers, Consider developing an
marketing strategies. but they’re also great for SEO. They outreach strategy Keep focus on the
can help you target long-tail larger picture
Interview employees & keywords, trigger snippets, and Depending on your type of business,
customers appear in relevant search results. it may be appropriate to reach out to This is a very stressful and trying time
customers during this pandemic. This for us all. The more you can do to feel
Take some time to interview your Once recorded, you can take screen- is especially important if customers focused, purposeful and helpful the
employees, clients and customers shots to use in future social media are used to hearing from you regu- better not just for you, but all those
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knowledge of your company, products the transcript to use in future media. You don’t want to lose that. and look at this as a time of
and services. It’s important to captions, press releases and printed opportunity to put yourself ahead
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going forward. Take the time to craft a
Conduct a mini few template responses that well
content audit represent your brand.

Take advantage of this slow period If possible, train an employee to take


and conduct a content audit. By on this task, showing them what you
analyzing your webpages, blog posts, expect as far as providing effective
emails, videos, infographics, and customer service, as well as analyzing
presentations, you’ll be able to see the value of the review and providing
what performs best, and what you monthly reports.
may need to improve.
Pursue digital options
Depending on the results, you may
want to take the opportunity to Now more than ever, it’s vital that
upload fresh content, refine and your company embraces digital
redirect your call to actions, and add marketing, which includes everything
links to new products and services. from social media to online shopping.
The more you can offer customers
Plan webinars digitally— without face to face
interaction — the better you’ll fare
Right now, all we’ve got is free time. during this crisis.
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There’s always administrative work to
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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS
It's worth noting that as with any
crisis, there are people who will try
to take advantage of others,
especially those who are vulnerable
or in a state of need. Be on the

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


lookout for a surge of calls and
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By Linda Melancon The CARES Act also affects
retirement plans. Recognizing that
How Does the the stock market crash has depleted
many retirement plan accounts, the

BEFORE AFTER
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individuals over a certain age take
Relief Bill required minimum distributions
from their non-Roth IRAs and
Affect Seniors? 401(k)s in 2020. This includes any
2019
We are living in unprecedented distributions that would otherwise
times. News about the novel have to be taken in 2020. Required
coronavirus is published seemingly minimum distributions for this year
faster than we are able to read it. would be based on the value of the
While it can be overwhelming, it’s account at the end of 2019, when
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coronavirus pandemic contains without paying the 10 percent
some provisions that affect seniors. penalty that individuals under age
In addition to authorizing direct 59 ½ are usually required to pay.
payments to most Americans, Individuals who use this option will
including seniors, the law also still have to pay income taxes on the
changes required retirement plan withdrawals, although the tax
distributions for this year and in- burden can be spread out over three
cludes Medicare-related provisions. years. The dollar limit on loans
from retirement plans is also
Signed into law on March 27, 2020, increased until the end of the year.
the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and
Economic Security (CARES) Act Finally, the Act includes small but
provides a one-time direct payment potentially important provisions for
of $1,200 to individuals earning less Medicare beneficiaries. While the
than $75,000 per year ($150,000 Centers for Disease Control has
for couples who file jointly), been advising people to have a
including Social Security beneficiar- three-month supply of needed
ies. Payments are based on either medications on hand during the
2018 or 2019 tax returns. The IRS coronavirus crisis, many Medicare
has issued guidance, stating that Part D plans limit the amount
anyone who did not file a 2018 tax beneficiaries may order. The
return will need to file a simple tax CARES Act requires that during the
return in order to receive the crisis Part D plans must lift these
payment. After getting complaints restrictions. Also, when a vaccine
that the requirement to file a tax against COVID-19 is finally
return would be burdensome on developed, it will be available to
seniors, the IRS announced that it Medicare beneficiaries as part of
would automatically send Social Medicare, not Part D, and there
Security beneficiaries their stimulus will be no cost to beneficiaries.
check without their having to file a The information provided is not intended to be legal
advice and does not constitute an attorney/client
tax return. Social Security benefici- relationship. You should consult with an attorney for
aries who receive direct deposit will individual advice regarding your own situation.
get their checks directly in their Ms. Melancon is an attorney with Legacy
bank accounts. The IRS will mail Estate & Elder Law of Louisiana, LLC, with of-
fices in Baton Rouge, LA and Prairieville, LA.
other beneficiaries a check, which The primary focus of her practice is
may take longer than the estate planning, probate, special needs
planning and elder law. For more
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Traveling with Tara
The History of
The Gonzales
Jambalaya
Queen’s Train
& Mantle
The train and mantle for any
Louisiana festival queen is a
staple in her wardrobe. When
the train and mantle is placed
on the queen for the very first

time, it is an honorable mo-


ment, granting the queen a
sense of pride for representing
something greater than
themselves. The Gonzales
Jambalaya Queen’s train was
designed and created in 1979
by the late Janice LeBlanc.
The first mantle a Jambalaya
Queen ever wore was
borrowed, however.
The train and mantle was
produced for our 12th Queen,
Maria Mire, to wear in
Washington, D.C. for the
Mystick Krewe of
Louisianaians Mardi Gras
Ball. For 40 years, these two
pieces of iconic regalia have
undergone very few changes,
allowing each queen to wear
it proudly as tradition carries
on. To the community
Fun fact: This year’s and all my
queen, Tara Babin, is proudly Jambalaya
Festival friends.
wearing the same train and
Please practice
mantle as both her Nanny, social distancing
Jace Templet Babin (1996) so we can all get
and her sister, Tabitha Babin back together and,
(2010).
‘Pass a Good Time!’.

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Local BBQ Cooking Team Cajun Blaze Wins
1st Place Ribs at the Houston Livestock Show.
Back in January Ascension Jason White really have found and they kicked serious butt. cooking teams.
Magazine had an article about the recipe for success. On They won the Ribs division They entered the event
local cooking team Cajun March 1st these guys cooked coming in first ahead of 252 cooking in 3 division chicken,
Blaze. Adam Gautreau and in the Houston Livestock Show championship type BBQ brisket and ribs.

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In Houston these guys in 160 BBQ competitions. They competed 5 times in the Jack attended to support the team
cooked under the name The have 41 Grand Championships Daniels World Invitational BBQ and celebrated the win.
BBQ Social Club. Local and 17 Reserve Grand contest and fulfilled their Congratulations Adam &
Houston businessman, Tom Championships. They currently dream. Jason. We look to your next
Laird, signed our local boys up hold the 3rd highest score in There were about 12-14 victory.
and the cooking began. “Many Kansas City BBQ Society friends and family that
thanks go to Tom, said Adam, history. They compete in
he got us in and the rib division 4 different sanctioning bodies,
was our.” KCBS, BCA, IBCA, and FBA.
To date they have competed They have qualified and

Adam saved the banding straps, as a


souvenir that the competition requires to
verify the ribs are the competition ribs.
Goosie
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something of this nature appointment that numbed my
would someday take away the mouth and the world stress
dollars I’ve set aside for for a little while. After
retirement. I shouldn’t have awakening from the
trusted others to play with my procedure, I began to drink
finances as if they were at the beer until I finally fell
Diez’s bar playing in a local asleep again. The next
bouree game anyway. Strong morning brought about a sore
State-of-the-Art economy. Don’t tell me about mouth and head. After
Equipment the strong economy. They are moping around the house for
shutting everything down. awhile, I decided to go
Front End Before long we won’t have fishing. I did not listen to the
any economy. See you later. radio while driving there and
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patiently for me with their phone all day long to
information involving our update me on every piece of
next moves at work to get us bad news that they could find
through the crisis. Although on one of those things. Guess
the measures taken there were what? The world was great
different and stressful to some again. As I eased down the
degree, at least the outcome bank of the river catching a
still provided us with fish now and then it was as if
employment. A blessing that none of this other stuff
many are not fortunate was happening.
enough to have.
Just recently it’s been
24 Hr. Emergency Roadside Service My drive home that evening reported that because of social
was somewhat depressing distancing more people are
while listening about the being attracted to the
worldwide covid19 crisis on outdoors. Officials are now
the radio. My plan was to go encouraging outdoor activities
see my daddy who is up in at this time. Although Mother
age, but I was fearful of doing Nature can show her fury at
so. Well loneliness is not a times, the great outdoors
healthy feeling either so I has always been and always
went to see him anyway. We will be a great place to be.
had a good conversation while Because of that more
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paper. Well you know the Till Next Time,
story there, and to this day no
one can tell me why this Enjoy the great outdoors!
situation with the toilet paper
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When April Showers Turn into Thunderstorms
by Bill Delaune

“Where were you on the day alone in history, Abe Lincoln improbable 63-yard field goal-a antennae to try and pick up a
Merle Haggard died? Did you was shot and killed, the Titanic feat so improbable that when Lafayette station, you could not
pull off of the road, break down hit an iceberg and the Apollo 13 one of the New Orleans coaches watch Saints’ home games on
and cry? I drove down High- astronauts radioed to NASA- was screaming over the TV. So in that respect, the
way 46, I sang a verse of “Houston, we have a problem”. earphones with only two tickets were a tempting offer.
‘Mama Tried’. Where were you And don’t forget everyone’s seconds remaining to “get the But the arguments against
on the day Merle Haggard favorite-tax day on April 15th. kicking team out there!”, one of were numerous. First, it was
died?”- Tom Russell. But April of 2020 has thrown the sideline coaches called for already 2 o’clock in the morn-
us a couple of one-two the punting team. ing and you’d have to leave
T.S. Eliot, whose poetry combinations that even Ali in A bit of barroom trivia for early for the noon kickoff mean-
inspired the musical “Cats”, his prime could not have you-if they ever open the bars ing you would have to heed the
once wrote a more depressing withstood. again-the center was Jackie advice of that great Redneck
poem called “The Waste Land” Not only does this Corona Burkett, the holder was Joe Riviera philosopher Ken
with a beginning line-“April is business have us trapped like Scarpati and, of course, “Snake” Stabler-“Sleep fast”.
the cruelest month”. dinner in a cannibal’s cauldron, everything went perfect Secondly, the Saints were pretty
Now according to my college but it has claimed the lives of including the kick to give the damn bad and their chances of
lit teacher (He taught English loved ones and-in at least two Saints a 19-17 win over Detroit. winning were about as slim as a
Lit-he taught everything lit.), cases-a couple of my celebrity It was only their second victory handicapped man kicking a
what old topsy-turvy Thomas idols. First of all, being a of the year and they would not record breaking field goal. And
was trying to say was that placekicker myself, I always was win again. third, an enormous amount of
though spring may awaken the a big fan of the kickers in In the early morning hours of alcohol had already been con-
blossoms of flowers and the joy college and the NFL who that historic event, I was in a sumed by the group, so pre-
of love (and baseball), it could seemed to be a bit different card game when one of the dictably there were
also bring back some bad than your average football nicer participants (probably one no takers.
emotional memories that have player-especially the Saints’ Tom of the winners) offered four free Which is why I found myself
been hibernating throughout Dempsey who was a lot tickets to the game with the in the Fish-n-Pic parking lot on
the winter. different physically having been only stipulation being that if Sunday afternoon in a 1965
All right, that’s a little deep born without fingers or toes on you took them, you had to use Chevy pickup truck listening to
for this column but April has his right side. Yet there he was them. Now these were the days New Orleans play-by-play man
dealt us some pretty cruel blows on November 8, 1970, in the of the NFL blackouts so unless Al Wester call the final seconds.
in the past. Take the date April old Sugar Bowl Stadium you put your most expendable “Here’s the snap. The ball is
14 for example. On that day trotting out to try an child on the roof to turn the down. And…” silence. For a

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few anxious moments we actu- and I was too despondent to define his music career. 10. Spent five days nude on a
ally lost transmission and then- give John his just due so that 2. Played on stage with his houseboat on Lake Shasta with
like magic-Wester’s voice will wait for another time, but I idol Lefty Frizell at the age of a famous female country star
appeared again…”It is…good! will tell you that one of his last 14 after the country star heard (You take a guess. Mine’s initials
It’s good! The Saints win! The songs was ironically called him singing along in the are T.T.).
Saints win!” “When I Get to Heaven” with a audience. Done? Of course, the answer
I raced excitedly inside to find chorus line that starts, “I’m 3. Spent almost three years in is none of the above because the
someone to celebrate with but gonna get a cocktail-vodka and San Quentin State Prison and Hag did all the items above-and
alas-there was only one ginger ale, I’m gonna smoke a “turned 21 in prison” in solitary more. But for a kid who grew
patron at the bar, my good cigarette nine miles long…” confinement. up in a boxcar in Oildale,
friend Gordon and he was Well, John, I hope you’re 4. Saw Johnny Cash perform California, and ended up as a
sleeping off the effects of last doing exactly that until the while he was in prison and country music legend, I’d say
night with Lonnie’s goat who time I can come up with a decided to straighten up and he was allowed a few bumps in
had wandered in through the fitting tribute. pursue a career in music. the road.
back door nibbling at the Desperate for some good 5. Divorced his second wife So to paraphrase a couple of
bottom of his jeans. news, I went sorting through Bonnie Owens yet she stood his hits-if we can make it
“Gordon!” I shouted in his some old notes I’d written in as a bridesmaid at his through this virus madness, I
ear. “A handicapped man for the Aprils past. I did manage to next wedding. would certainly hope that “the
Saints just kicked a 63-yard discover some bittersweet 6. Recorded “Okie from best of the free life is still yet to
field goal!” memories I had scribbled down Muskogee” in 1969 and in his come and the good times ain’t
Lifting his head just enough on a pad after Merle Haggard later years sang “It’s All Going over for good”.
to take a sip from his rum and died on April 16, 2016. At least to Pot” with Willie Nelson.
coke, Gordon voiced his Merle’s colorful life and sense 7. Appeared with Clint
overwhelmed response to this of humor helped me break out Eastwood in the 1980 movie
record breaking performance- into a passable smile… “Bronco Billy” and recorded
“Do tell,” he said and went Okay, Merle Haggard’s “Barroom Buddies” with the Stay safe and
back to sleep. Oh well, Tom, phenomenal career produced movie star that became a
the goat and I appreciated it.
Then, just when we were
over 600 Top Ten hits-of which
he wrote over 250-and 38
number one country hit.
8. Predicted he would die on
listen to some
recovering from that staggering number ones. But let’s play that his birthday April 16 and did.
blow, April hit us with a Mike
Tyson uppercut three days later
popular Facebook game where I
give you 10 things and you pick
9. Appeared at his induction
into the Country Music Hall of
good music.
with the news that songwriter- the one he didn’t do. Fame with a roll of toilet paper
extraordinaire John Prine had 1. Escaped from reform with the names of people he
gotten his tickets to see schools over a dozen times wanted to thank-including his
the Angels play. setting the tone for the rebellion plumber.
This article was too far along and escape themes that would

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Girl Scouts Using Time at Home Learning Coding and Giving Back
In response to the COVID-19 word that people can purchase local causes at
pandemic, Girl Scouts cookies online for themselves girlscouts.org/cook-
Louisiana East’s staff, or donate them to first iecare. GSLE also
volunteers, and girls have responders, volunteers and developed an
found ways to safely help at-home learning
#HealthcareHeroes and fellow solution using its
Girl Scouts, and use this Facebook page.
time of social distancing to
learn and think creatively “When we first
while at home. learned that we
would be canceling
Several local Girl Scout troops events for the next
not only donated Girl Scout two months, our Girl
Cookies to healthcare staff, but Experience team
even made masks for nurses immediately got to on four pillars: entrepreneur-
and physicians at hospitals work creating programs for ship, STEM, life skills and the
across southeastern Louisiana. Girl Scouts to complete at outdoors. Badges that can be
Since many Girl Scout councils home,” explains GSLE CEO completed at home range from
across the nation did not have Rebecca Pennington, “We’ve writing short stories to learning
the opportunity to host cookie been posting new activities coding. While these programs
sales before the COVID-19 each day on our Facebook were developed for Girl
crisis, GSLE is spreading the page, and now have a Scouts, you don’t have to be a
website where Girl Scout to participate. All
parents can parents who are seeking ways
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Useless Random Facts
The average homeless person walks six miles per day.

To All Our
The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years

Customers and Friends.


longerthan left-handed people do.

Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you.

Please follow the Covid-19


The spray blocksthe mosquito's sensors so they
don't know you're there.

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You burn more calories sleeping than you
do watching television.

get back together and


American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by
eliminating 1 olive from each salad ser ved
in first-class.

have a beer.

Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first US president
whose name contains all the letters from
the word 'criminal.'
The second was William Jefferson Clinton.

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The Main Librar y at Indiana University sinks over an
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failed to take into account the weight of all the books

means we can
that would occupy the building.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than

Socialize later!
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Ever y year, about 500,000 detectable earthquakes
occur in theworld. About 100,000 of those can be
felt and about100 of them cause damage

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The city of Portland in Oregon was named after a
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Congratulations
Ashley and
Thoughts from Bully

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I’m Over this
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Around You
I’m sick and tired of this
Covid-19 crap. Even though my
life hasn’t changed much. I still
like to get away from the house
that I live and work in. I am
there all the time. I miss my
friends at Sno’s Seafood. I can vacation right now.
get away for a while. And also my This month I have collected a
kitchen is getting really dirty. I hodge podge of stuff to showcase
will admit I don’t mind paying the days we are going through
for food so I don’t have to clean along with some congratulations
up after. A trip to Park Place and to Ashley Parrot for the support
Fred’s on the River would be like she received at the Breast Cancer

Covid 19 Created the Ham Dog. With bread being in a


walk. Congratulations my friend.

shortage the hotdogs had to be adapted by cutting them in


half to fit a hamburger bun. The kids loved the name Ham
Dog and like most kids some ate it all. Others pulled bread
away from the meat and others gave all he bread to the
dogs and just ate winnies.

Thank You TB for cooking


for Ascension Magazine

Covid 19 Crawfish boil and birthday party. Larry Brent


turned 66 and a portion of his grand kids celebrated with a
Happy Birthday song and messing with their Grand Paw.

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Combating Covid-19 at Home
I have been looking for ways to keep safe from Covid-19. My good buddy Wild Bill told
me 190 proof alcohol kills the virus. Fortunately I make homemade Lemon Cello using
Ever Clear. I have a night cap or cup or glass every night. I’m not sick and I sure sleep
good. In case the Lemon Cello doesn’t work I have a back up. I build up my
antibodies by open mouth kissing my puppy Thumper. He doesn’t have the virus.

BELOW: Joey at Sacs had to field a complaint from a BELOW: Thumper & Boudreaux were put in time out for
customer that something was wrong with their turnip seeds not practicing social distancing

BELOW: These young whipper snappers are grand kids of Sam Lavigne. After a day of teaching on line the outdoors sounds real
nice. It’s easy to fish and keep social distancing, except when you get to hold for the fish when you real them in. Nice catch!

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ABOVE: To all the Mom’s who rock. Keep up the good work. Showcase new ideas, spend time with the family and expand young
kids minds. I saw this Mom and kids working on a work of art in Pelican Point. I couldn’t help but stop and ask permission to take
their photo. Love is stronger than any virus.

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FOLLOWING SOCIAL DISTANCING
AND PLAYING A ROUND OF GOLF.
Like many people around the 10ft from the pay by card sat on top and each golfer just noticed all the guys sitting on
Corona Virus has messed up machine. Rules were one picked there own ball off the the deck were social
our lives in so many ways. Our golfer per cart. top of the hole without having distancing. Guys were literally
routines, schedules, dinner to reach down in the cup. sitting 6ft a part. Actually it
reservations and just plain fun. I looked around and saw Pretty smart the lining of the wasn’t bad and was kinda fun
many of my golfing buddies cup could be a transfer point shouted across the veranda.
Fortunately Pelican Point had the same idea. We paired of the virus. I really enjoyed having a
Golf Club has restructured up in to 2 teams and about 20 round of golf. I got to chat with
their operation to follow social guys were set loose on the The reminders of the virus some friends. I lost $7. I had a
distancing protocol. When I course. For the next 18 holes soon faded as my golf game few beers. I was around a
arrivered to the golf course I I didn’t have to thing about took over. This is fun and I am great day. Even though Hubbie
had to handle my on golf clubs Covid 19. That was until I not the best golfer. I still have was mean to me. It felt like life
and put them on the golf cart reached the first hole. I walked good shots and bad shots. I was back to normal and I was
that had been wiped down to on the green and in the hole make good putts and bad home again. I love me
sanitize it. I then approached the was a tube of foam. It filled putts. There are fast and there some Hubbie!
the pavillion with markers on the hole leaving only a 1 inch are slow golfers.
the concrete marking 6ft space drop-off for the ball to have Thanks Pelican Point for
in line. The Check-in guy was enough room to fall in. The ball Once I finished the round I being open. I’ll be back soon.
Congratulations Allen Walker for your Hole-in-One. However you knocked
my horn marker off with that Hole-in-One stuff. At least I got a free beer.
Photos of EA Jr. Varsity Team. Ascension Magazine took the photos before
Covid-19. I’m sure the boys will appreciate seeing them.

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APSO Deputy Chief graduates FBI Academy
Lt. Colonel Cody Melancon of experience and usually return
the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s to their agencies to serve in
Office, along with two hundred executive-level positions.
and fifty-four other law
enforcement officers recently Lt. Col. Melancon began his
graduated from the FBI career with the APSO in 1995
National Academy in Quantico, as a reserve deputy in the
Virginia in March. The 279th communications division. He
session of the National then joined the sheriff’s office
Academy consisted of men full-time in 1996 assigned to
and women from 49 states and the patrol division. Throughout
the District of Columbia. The his law enforcement career, he
class included members of law has served in the warrants
enforcement agencies from 32 division, dispatch/ communica-
countries, five military tions, administrative services
organizations, and eight division, and currently
federal civilian organizations. oversees special operations

FBI Director Christopher Asher 52,795 graduates have


Wray delivered remarks at the completed the FBI National
ceremony. Class spokesper- Academy since its began in
son Jason M. DiMarco of the 1935. The National Academy
Westwego Police Department is held at the FBI Training
represented graduating Academy in Quantico, the
officers. same facility where the FBI
trains its new special agents
FBI Academy instructors, and intelligence analysts.
special agents, and other staff
with advanced degrees provide
the training; many instructors
are recog-
nized interna-
tionally in
their fields.
Since 1972,
National
Academy
students
have been
able to earn
undergradu-
ate and
Internationally known for its for the sheriff’s office which graduate
academic excellence, the includes the communications credits from
National Academy offers division, programs unit and the University
10 weeks of advanced information technology. Lt. Col. of Virginia,
communication, leadership, Melancon also serves as the which ac-
and fitness training. commander of the hazardous credits many
Participants must have proven materials team and a team of the
records as professionals within leader for the Mobile Field courses
their agencies to attend. On Force Unit. offered.
average, these officers have A total of
21 years of law enforcement
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••• ASCENSION MAGAZINE PROFILE •••

Local Artisan Loves working with Copper


His Art Literally Flows Through Him
Ascension Magazine loves to world of fountain sculptures
profile artist in our community. that the creativity just
I saw a fountain at a fundraiser flows through.
that Buddy had built. I was
amazed at the creativity and Buddy Holmes, owner and
craftsmanship. I’ve been copper artisan of Waterfall
wanting a fountain ever since. Forge, has been making
As a fellow artist I wanted to copper waterfalls for folks all
introduce him to the over the country for about 30
community to him and the years. He started out making a

Buddy Holmes

bird feeder for a friend’s house is known mainly for its natural
warming gift and now makes waterscapes created with the
custom copper work that gets animals, foliage and flowers
shipped all over the U.S. and found in our area.
Canada.
Buddy offers copper art
His work is hand cut and workshops occasionally and is
hammered fountains with a always open to people
natural theme. Herons, egrets, contacting him for advice when
ducks, pelicans, frogs, turtles crafting copper work. He also
and bugs are found in many of has a small YouTube channel
his creations. Waterfall Forge with a few tutorial videos at

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Waterfall Forge. have brought in over $85,000 the March of Dimes, ALS,
for the groups he has worked Alzheimers, BCCM (Bayou Buddy’s work and projects can
About eight years ago, his with and as Buddy says, “For Country Children’s Museum), be found on Facebook at
daughter was diagnosed with an old guy living in the woods Muscular Dystrophy Waterfall Forge and Making
breast cancer. He wanted to do with his dog, that’s not Association, St. Jude for Giving. The website is
something to help, but she was too bad.” Children’s Hospital, Volunteer WaterfallForge.com. He is on
living in Ohio at the time. Ascension, Mary Bird Perkins YouTube at Waterfall Forge.
Buddy contacted Susan G Buddy had been posting Cancer Center, ArtWorks, and
Komen Foundation locally and pictures, video and updates several local fundraisers for If you are interested in
worked out a raffle project for about the fundraising on his folks with medical consulting about having a
their next Race for the Cure. It Waterfall Forge Facebook emergencies. custom fountain call Buddy
went well, the raffle raised a page but has recently created at 225.612.4505.Or go to
few thousand dollars for them a new page called Making for waterfallforge.com
and since then he has added Giving to help organize all his
about ten other non-profits to a efforts a little better.
growing list of folks he helps
with fundraising. So far; since Making for Giving has raised
the first raffle; his fountains money for Susan G. Komen,

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PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING

For All Our Information & Services: franksrestaurantla.com • 225.673.8876


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

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

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

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

ENJOY!!!!!!
Sam Penton
Serving: 2

To Our Customers & Friends


We pray that you and yours are safe, happy, and healthy during
these trying times. We look forward to the day when we can all enjoy
each other's company. ...and white chocolate bread pudding!

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NEW

**

We are excited to announce the


construction of our NEW SPLASH PAD!
It is simple and affordable to become a
Social Member at Pelican Point.
Our Social Membership is tailored for those who
desire a family friendly, resort style, social and
recreational club experience.
• “Unlimited Access to Jr. Olympic Salt Water Pool
and New Splash Pad”

SOCIAL MEMBERSHIPS • 225.999.8001


• Unlimited Access to Tennis Courts

• WWW.GOLFTHEPOINT.COM
• Access to All Member Social Events
• Access to Walking Paths
• Access to the NEW 19th Hole Sports Bar
and Updated Flight Restaurant
• Monthly Charging Privileges

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Going the Distance to
Keep our Residents & Families Close

Due to the current


Covid 19 concerns, Azalea
has decided to only allow
nursing staff to
enter our community.
This is for the protection
of our residents,
families and staff.
We appreciate your
understanding in helping
protect our community.

e m b er to
Rem
ct ice Social
Pra
cing!
Distan