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City of Youngsville P.O. Box 592 305 Iberia Street Youngsville, Louisiana 70592 (337) 856-4181 • Fax (337) 856-8863 E-mail:



June 1, 2013 Dear Citizen, I would like to introduce you to Centre 705, Youngsville’s first official magazine. Centre 705 is all about Youngsville! It is locally owned and operated and the articles have been designed and written by Youngsville business owners and residents. Centre 705 contains community news, local area events, community reference numbers, local photographs, and much more. In addition, a portion of all advertising proceeds from Centre 705 are donated back to local community organizations. Youngsville is the fastest growing City in Louisiana. In 2011, we were ranked by as the best City to live in. We are ranked #1 in per capita income, #1 in educational background, and #3 in police protection. Since January, Youngsville has averaged 50 building permits per month. We have over 464 new families that moved into the City in the last year. Youngsville residents have just recently passed a one cent sales tax for parks and recreation. We are presently in the process of building a $20 Million Dollar Multi-purpose Sports Complex. The complex will be completed on December 15th, 2013; with the first games scheduled to be played in January, 2014. We know that this will be a big plus for the City, both as a needed sports complex and an economic developer for the City. We would like to invite everyone to visit Youngsville and see what we have to offer. We have the best schools and churches in the state, and offer good road connectives throughout the city with our roundabouts. Please consider Youngsville as not only a place to live, but a place for your business. Sincerely,

Wilson B. Viator, Jr., Mayor City of Youngsville

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Be a part of Youngsville’s most exciting advertising opportunity! We are the ONLY magazine that is 100% locally owned and operated. We are also the only magazine that has been endorsed by Mayor Wilson Viator. Centre 705 is a magazine for us, written by us! We are reserving space now for the September issue. • Locally owned & operated • Endorsed by Mayor Wilson Viator • Local dollars stay in the community with a portion of profits donated back to local organizations. • 8 1/2 x 11 full color, glossy format • 5,000 copies distributed

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A message from the Publishers


elcome to the inaugural edition of Centre 705 – Youngsville. As you peruse the pages of Centre 705, we hope you will find the information inside interesting and reflective. You may want to read the entire magazine all at once or come back to the issue several times to digest all of its contents more slowly. When we set out to create Centre 705, our purpose was to provide interesting information about our community to our community – to lifelong residents and new residents alike. What you will find inside is a collection of articles written by residents of our community – the business owners you see on a weekly basis, the neighbors you run into at our local grocery stores, and the community and civic leaders we see at chamber meetings and City Hall. We are honored to share the work of so many committed and thoughtful people here in our community. In closing, we would like to thank you for picking up a copy of Centre 705. We are proud to have you as a reader. We would appreciate any feedback you might have. Please feel free to drop us an email at Centre705@ or give us a call at 337-519-1474. We would also like to thank the people that made Centre 705 possible.

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We could never have completed this project without the following supporters: the contributing writers, our advertisers, Greg Melancon, Monica Arabie, Docq and Cheryl Gaspard, Mayor Wilson Viator and the City of Youngsville. Again, thank you for your support. We hope to grace your coffee tables for many years to come.

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In this issue FEATURE STORIES is Always in Session with Mr. P 6 School By Sam Peterson, Local Youngsville Resident and Educator Changing Environment 12 Healthcare’s By David Bares, Owner – Farmer’s Drugs & Gifts Your Summer Glow 18 Get By Dawn Cutrone, Owner – Bella Pelle Medi Spa Focus 22 Financial By Lois Melancon, Financial Advisor – Edward Jones Birthday, Pat’s Grocery 25 Happy Pat’s Grocery Coffee Club Check Engine Light On? 26 IsByYour Mike Morris, Owner – Full Circle Health Your Online Presence 32 Building By Angie Eckman, Owner – ADWORX Preparedness 33 Disaster Contributed by Monica Meyers, Owner – Monica Meyers State Farm Insurance

34 From The Chamber President 35 AByMessage Jonathan Pearce

What Does It Take To Make A Lasting First Impression? By Jill Zerangue Simon, D.D.S., Owner – Simon Orthodontics

Youngsville Chamber of Commerce President

Bonds 36 Lifelong By Shannon Bares, Owner – Farmer’s Drugs & Gifts


Dog, Happy Dog 42 Clean By Crystal Boullion, Owner – Salon De Chein Summer Fashion 46 Sizzling By Adrian Guidry, Owner – Adorn For Women 51 BYOB Just Got Even Spicier At NuNu’s! Hair 52 Healthy By Lana Kern, Owner – Distinct Impressions Salon & Spa Lawns 56 Beautiful By Tim Landry, Owner – Landry’s Lawn Improvement

DEPARTMENTS Trivia 11 Youngsville How much do you know about Youngsville? 17 30 38 39 41 43 48 55 Youngsville In History 59 Youngsville Growing Beautifully Community Roots By Monica Hidalgo Arabie

Hot Topics By Ken Ritter, Youngsville Councilman Welcome to the Neighborhood

Inspire Me By Andy Tribe, Pastor – East Bayou Baptist Church, Youngsville The Spirit of Youngsville By Monica Hidalgo Arabie

Allons Manger with Janel & Irene – Romacelli Bistro e Vino

The Hadacol Story Got Game???

Bryant Benoit The Man Behind the Painting

Bryant Benoit was commissioned by Mayor Wilson Viator to create a work of art that personified Youngsville. The end result was Louisiana Sugar Mill. Bryant will also be painting this same image as a mural on the walls of our new sports complex. (L to R) Bryant Benoit, Mayor Wilson Viator and City CEO Rick Garner.

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Thoughts, observations and tips from local educator, Sam Peterson, on how your child can reach their fullest potential

Avoiding the Summer Slump T

he school bell has rung for the last time this academic year and that joyous time known as summer vacation has finally come for children all across Acadiana. However, for every scream of pure delight that our children emit during this time there is an equally powerful, although significantly less audible, moan coming from parents as they gear up for another summer-long marathon of sno-balls, pool toys and trails of stuff everywhere in their home. Yet, amidst this unavoidable torrent of fun known as Hurricane Insert–Your–Child’s–Name–Here, one thing seems to consistently be overlooked: Education. The facts are simple. Over the course of the summer, students regress in their educational development in key areas such as reading and math by an average of one month. This means that the

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last month of education your child received during the previous school year will be erased by the time the new school year is ready to begin. Thankfully, there is a way around this backslide. In fact, the summer can become an opportunity to supercharge your child’s academic potential as well as provide them with assistance in any areas that they have struggled with in the past. Before we delve into this, let me say that I am not about to reinvent the wheel. These are simply sound ideas based on the principle that practice does indeed, make perfect or at least improved. That being said, let’s look at some of the best practices, for students and parents alike, to make this summer a meaningful one.

Read... then read some more

Reading is one of those amazing activities that benefits students in nearly all subjects (sorry gym class). The more a child reads, the better he or she will become at things like critical thinking, interpreting information and understanding the greater meaning of things as opposed to having a face-value perspective. Naturally, reading helps with their reading skill and level, but it also translates extremely well in their other academic courses. Much of the work that students do

in their classes is based off of their light as brushing their teeth or “Yes.” This prompts me to follow up ability to read. The directions on making the bed. They’re not sure why with, “Then you are going to love an assignment, the textbooks they they are supposed to do it. They don’t reading!” Just like television, books study, the word problems in math see it as an important or enjoyable come in all sorts of intelligence and both the descriptions and activity, and when forced to do it, levels, genres and formats. If your labels on a science chart all require they are hell bent on making sure child says they don’t like to read, students to be able to interpret the you fully understand that it is work they have not been introduced to the information through reading. Also, and not pleasant in the slightest. The right book, genre or author yet. But the standardized tests how to do we figure out that all students must what magical book might Over the course of the summer, students face in late March and loosen Junior’s death grip regress in their educational development on the Xbox controller? April are largely readingbased since they have Look for what holds their in key areas such as reading and math to read, interpret and attention. Make note of by an average of one month. evaluate every single it. See if a pattern evolves question on it, regardless such as baseball, horses, of the subject. Consequently, besides reality is that reading should not hold or evil leprechauns bent on world the fact that spending a lazy summer that stigma with kids. Whenever a domination. Regardless of what afternoon with a good book is a student of mine gets a bit testy with they are interested in, there will be wonderful experience, it is also me about reading, I always ask the numerous books about that topic in exceptionally beneficial. same question of them. “Do you the local library, book store or online. For some reason, many of today’s like to watch things on television?” children view reading in the same Inevitably, the answer is always,

The internet is your friend

The internet has gotten a bad rap as of late and maybe rightly so. There are a lot of things on the web that we want to protect our kids from. That being said, the internet is an amazing tool to help make learning fun, readily available and relevant to a wide range of interests. You will be able to find a massive number of really great sites with a minimum amount of effort. Here are some of the better educational sites out there to get you started:

PBS Kids - This site has a variety of learning games for kids to play that all center around their most popular characters: Curious George, Clifford, The Cat in the Hat and SuperWhy to name a few NGA Kids – Art-based activities and lessons from the National Gallery of Art Wonderopolis – Each day you and your child can discover new and interesting facts and get the answers to weird and oddly-interesting questions Whyville – A tween-themed website with games and opportunities to socialize Spatulatta – A great option for the underage cooks in your family with recipes and videos YouTube – Yes, I said it. YouTube has an amazing variety of educational help videos in every subject and level you will ever need. Just make sure to be careful when doing a search to avoid running across something you rather not have your child viewing.

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There is success in numbers This is true of just about anything we do. Going to the gym, tackling that huge tree trimming, barbequing in the backyard, and the like are all elevated when we have others to share in our efforts. The same can be said for educational practices and tasks. Of course, not every person is the same. Therefore, not every person is going to learn the same. But in general, the likelihood that your child will stick with the work and be less opposed to do it is greatly increased when they have another friend of theirs to complete and compete with. This can be done face-toface with actual group sessions at a tutoring facility or inside the home, if you’re feeling particularly brave. However, this can also be simulated through online programs that allow kids to post their scores on educational games as well as see the scores of their friends. The bottom line is that learning should be a fun and an engaging activity. Allowing your child to work with others is a great way to foster those feelings and help them to avoid the summer slump.

Set goals and celebrate achievement Goal setting is one of the biggest things that I try to work on with my students within the parameters of the state curriculum. Students need to have goals in order to give their work a focus and a purpose. The age of your child is going to matter greatly in how you may want to approach the goal-setting process. That being said, regardless of age, you will need to be sure to keep goals realistic and attainable. Work with your child to examine where they are currently in regards to their educational levels and help them to set goals that are not destined for failure before they begin. Younger children are going to have a hard time comprehending that their work is leading them towards college, a

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career and eventually a lifetime of fulfillment from doing something with their talents for which they are passionate. Therefore, taking a game-like approach might be the best method for them. With younger students, goals can take the shape of working towards some big reward for their efforts. Making a chart to monitor their progress is a great motivational tool for the little ones. There is something strangely satisfying in placing a new sticker up on a board to show that another achievement has been made. Maybe there is a toy or an outing that they’ve had their eye on. Use that desire to help drive them to excel in the educational activities you want them to accomplish. Set

realistic goals with them and reward them for completing steps towards their big goal with smaller items or privileges along the way. Celebrating the small steps helps them on their path to their larger goal. Praise feels good, and if it feels good then kids are more likely to do what it takes to keep getting it. Middle and high schoolers are a bit different. They are old enough to begin thinking about what they might like to do with their lives past school. However, very few have actually thought about the steps they need to take to make those dreams become a reality. For many students, this is the key determiner between success and failure. Working with them to set a long-term goal, such

as a desired career, is a great way to get them motivated. Let’s say your child wants to become an engineer. Well, to be an engineer they will need a degree in engineering. So, you look at universities with strong engineering programs. Then you look at what those schools require of their students who are attempting to enroll. All of the sudden, your child isn’t doing math work to avoid you yelling at them. They are doing it because they need the strong grades to make a strong GPA, which will help them to be accepted to the right university, so that they can get into the right program and become the person they want to be. As your child’s interests change, so too can their ultimate goals

change. Just restart the goal-setting process again to fit where their interests have taken them. Of course, it won’t be that simple. Junior is going to require a huge amount of support and coaching from you at home to help him or her stay the course. But focus is everything, and as long as

them losing any of the knowledge that they worked so hard to gain during the school year as well as to give them a running start on the next school year. They might not realize it now, but our kids are counting on us to help them grow to be the best possible version of themselves they can be. Not losing ground over the summer will be a great way to help them to do just that. Regardless of your child’s age or educational needs be sure to make a plan, be consistent, stay the course even when they fight you on it, muster your patience and maybe, keep a bottle of wine handy. It’s not going to be an easy road but your child is definitely worth it.

Our kids are counting on us to help them grow to be the best possible version of themselves they can be. your child is focused on their future beyond living at home and you stay focused on your future once they are gone, you both should be just fine. The bottom line is that we love our kids and we want what is best for them. Sometimes, we have to push them to do what is best because they can’t always see where their efforts are taking them. These tips and ideas are just a few of the ways that you can work with your child to avoid

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1) What was Youngsville originally called? a. Caneville b. Neuville c. Royville

d. Sugarville

2) How much did the population of Youngsville increase between 2000 and 2010? a. 103% b. 119% c. 126% d. 131% 3) What year did Dave Treen declare the village of Youngsville a town? a. 1979 b. 1981 c. 1983 d. 1985 4) What year did Kathleen Blanco declare the town of Youngsville a city? a. 2004 b. 2005 c. 2006 d. 2007 5) How many mayors has Youngsville had since 1908? a. 14 b. 16 c. 18 d. 20 6) What is the oldest street in Youngsville? a. Church Street b. Milton Avenue c. Young Street 7) What church is Church Street named after? a. St. Barnabas b. St. Michael d. St. Paul

d. Iberia Street

d. St. Anne Catholic Church

8) Who named Youngsville the Best Place to Live in Louisiana in 2011? a. Forbes Magazine b. Yahoo c. Better Homes & Gardens Magazine

d. Money Magazine

9) What percent of Youngsville residents have a Bachelors Degree or better? a. 31.2% b. 36.8% c. 39.4% d. 41.6% 10) What will Youngsville soon be home to? a. bowling alley b. PGA golf course c. Rainforest CafĂŠ

d. 2 lane roundabout

11) How many roundabouts does Youngsville currently have? a. 7 b. 8 c. 9 d. 10 (Answers on bottom of page)

Youngsville is the fastest growing community in Louisiana. Youngsville has the highest per capita income in Lafayette Parish. By 1859, Youngsville had become the fastest growing settlement in Louisiana. Youngsville boasts the lowest crime rate per capita in Louisiana. Thanks Chief Earl! Rebecca Gondron and her granddaughter Brenna Oubre admiring Louisiana Sugar Mill by Bryant Benoit

Louisiana Sugar Mill Prints are available at City Hall for $35 plus tax. Proceeds will go toward the new Youngsville Sports Complex. For more information, contact City Hall at 337-856-4181. Answers to Youngsville Trivia: 1) c

2) a 3) c 4) b 5) a 6) a 7) d 8) b 9) b 10) d 11) c

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Healthcare’s Changing Environment by David Bares, RPh Farmer’s Drugs & Gifts 12 Centre 705 | SUMMER 2013


any of us are anxious about the changes coming in h e a l t h c a re coverage and costs and rightly so. These are unprecedented and complex times in healthcare and the full effects of these changes are uncertain or unclear to many. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called Obamacare, has implemented some changes already. Yet the majority of significant changes will take place in 2014. The question most people pose is how will this new law affect me? Some changes have already been implemented. You may or may not have been affected by these depending on your age, income, place of residence, and existing coverage. For example, certain medications and supplies previously covered under Healthcare Savings Accounts (HSA’s) or Flex Plans are no longer covered. In 2013, HSA contributions are limited to $2500, down from $5,000. A new penalty of 20% for early withdrawal on HSA’s, up from 10%, also went into effect. There was an increase in the adoption tax credit and the maximum age of dependent insurance coverage was raised to 26 years old. Coverage cannot be dropped due to excessive claims and pre-existing conditions cannot prohibit coverage. Preventative services are excluded from Medicare deductibles and 50% coverage is available for brand name drugs for

those Medicare Part D recipients in the coverage gap commonly called the donut hole. Part of the funding for these changes will come from a newly implemented excise tax of 0.9% on wages and 3.8% on capital gains (excluding gains from the sale of a primary residence), dividends, and interest income for incomes above $200,000 for individuals or $250,000 for couples. The Affordable Care Act also provides for the expansion of Medicaid. For those states who choose to participate in the expansion, the maximum income to qualify for Medicaid was raised to an effective

under expansion between 75,000 and 400,000. This number is disputed because some qualifiers already have private insurance and would not choose to participate in Medicaid while others who qualify simply won’t participate. The intent of the Medicaid expansion is to increase the number of Medicaid recipients and decrease the number of uninsured citizens. Proponents of Medicaid expansion theorize this would decrease the total spending on healthcare overall. Opponents argue that the increase shifts control from private entities to government control decreasing

The decision to participate or not is left to each state and will affect the level of funding responsibility for both the federal and state agencies involved.

50,000 45,000 40,000 35,000 30,000 25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 $

Family of 1

Family of 2

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138%, of the federal poverty level guidelines. I stress effectively 138% because the law actually allows for 133% but 5% of income is considered exempt from the calculation. For example, in most states, including Louisiana, in 2013 the federal poverty level is $11,490 annual income for a single person. Therefore, an effective 138% of that is $15,856. A single person with annual income less than that living in a state participating in the expansion should qualify for Medicaid if no other restrictions or exclusions apply. The qualifying level for a family of 2 is about $21,400, family of 3 is about $27,000, a family of 4 is about $33,000, family of 6 is about $44,000, etc. Because the previous level to qualify for Medicaid was 100% of the federal poverty level, the new maximum income level adds a significant number of people to the list of qualifiers. In Louisiana, estimates show the number of people qualifying Family of 6

competition and quality and ultimately increasing costs. Several states including Louisiana have chosen not to participate in the Medicaid expansion at this point. This is a highly contentious provision of the law. The decision to participate or not is left to each state and will affect the level of funding responsibility for both the federal and state agencies involved. There’s much debate regarding which route is cheaper or better for both the state and the nation. More significant changes will occur in 2014. Beginning January 1st, 2014, the healthcare exchanges will be implemented. These are essentially marketplaces for healthcare insurance. Exchanges can be set up by each state if they so choose. If individual states choose not to set up exchanges, federal exchanges will be used. Individuals will be required to carry minimum essential coverage or face penalties for not doing so. The penalty for not carrying insurance will be the greater of $95 or 1% of income for 2014, the greater of $325 or 2% of income in 2015, the greater of $695 or 2.5% of income in 2016 and beyond. SUMMER 2013 | Centre 705 13

Penalty For Not Carrying Insurance 2014 2015 2016

$95 or 1% of Income $325 or 2% of Income $695 or 2.5% of Income

It’s estimated that minimal essential coverage for a young single healthy individual will be about $150 per month. Premium subsidies will be available for insurance premiums for individuals making between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level. For an individual, in 2013, 100% to 400% of the federal poverty level is about $11,500 to $46,000, and for a family of 4 about $23,500 to $94,000. The subsidies will be based on a percentage of income and size of family. For example, a family of 4 making 150% of poverty level or about $33,000 per year will be required to pay 4% of income in healthcare while a family of 4 making 400% of federal poverty level or about $88,000 will be required to pay 9.5% of

Projected Premium For Family of 4 INCOME


$33,000 4% of Income $1,320 $88,000 2.5% of Income $8,360 income. The level of premiums will be the same for all within each income level excluding certain conditions such as tobacco use. The threshold for medical expenses to be deducted on income taxes will increase from 7.5% of income to 10% of income. Businesses providing insurance to their employees will be affected as well. Employers with 50 or more employees will be required to provide minimum essential coverage insurance and cover at least 60% of the costs of coverage or face a penalty of $2000 per employee (excludes the first 30 employees). Coverage must also be affordable to each employee and cannot exceed 9.5% of income. If premiums exceed 9.5% of income, the employee is eligible for a subsidy to buy insurance and that employer is subject to a $3000 per employee penalty. It is important to note that these requirements do not apply to part-time employees and may change employers’ staffing practices.

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Employers with less than 25 employees are eligible for tax credits from 35% to 50% if they pay for at least half of employee healthcare coverage. Medical supplies known as Durable Medical Equipment (DME) billed through Medicare will be affected starting this year. This includes walkers, wheelchairs, and diabetic supplies such as lancets and test strips for blood glucose testing. On April 1st, there will be a 9.5% reduction in the reimbursement to the providers for diabetic test strips and lancets. On July 1st, that reimbursement and reimbursement on all equipment and oxygen supplies will be reduced dramatically. This may affect you if you are currently getting your supplies or test strips from a local vendor or even from a mail order vendor because some providers may not be able to afford to continue providing these services or may have to change the product being dispensed. There are provisions in the law to protect the insured from increases in premium costs. For example, Medicare Part D insurance plans are required to incur any increase in costs for newly covered drugs. The intent of the law was to shift costs to the insurance companies. However, the language excludes any remuneration, such as rebates, discounts, or administration fees. Subsequently, providers are

seeing changes in reimbursement in the way of decreased covered services and increased transaction or administration fees which are excluded from this requirement. In other words, the costs are being shifted to the end provider, your pharmacy or supplier, not the insurance company. The same scenario will likely occur throughout healthcare impacting providers’ choice of which network to join and which insurance to accept affecting which doctor, pharmacy, therapist, etc. available to each of us. Many providers, especially physicians have expressed concern that a lack of autonomy negatively affects the relationship between physician and patient. For example, your physician wants to prescribe a certain medication that is not covered by your insurance company. He then has to justify the use of this medication to a clinical review board or change it to a covered drug. The drug of choice is no longer that of the physician but that of the insurance company. New fees are being added to manufacturers and importers of brand name drugs. The advent of the Affordable Care Act is causing an evolution in the healthcare industry as well as other industries. Chain restaurants or vending machine providers with 20 or more stores will be required to display dietary

The drug of choice is no longer that of the physician but that of the insurance company. information similar to food labels on menus, drive thru menus, and vending machines. The expense of this will undoubtedly be passed on to the consumer. Regardless of occupation or political philosophy, many questions remain as to how it will affect all of us with the only certainty being that it will affect us all.

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Growing Beautifully Photos by Linda Meaux

Denise Mhier, Donavan Kidder, Charlie Roberts (in back), Donna Vincent, Ken Begley and David Carriere


he Youngsville Growing Beautifully campaign was created in 2012 by volunteers that make up the Youngsville Beautification Committee. The committee’s passion is to promote and acknowledge civic pride and encourage participation in Youngsville’s beautification projects. A few of Youngsville’s current beautification projects include: downtown revitalization, development of a small park/common area off Hwy 89 and Jacques Street, bike paths on Chemin Metairie, Chuck and Jeannie Beaston greenscaping at current roundabouts, and beautification of new roundabouts. Other ordinances that currently promote beautification in Youngsville include mandated

sidewalks in new developments, land use criteria, sign restrictions, and removal of junked property. There is also a future proposal for a cultural museum that will showcase Youngsville’s history. To encourage on-going beautification at local businesses and residences, awards are given in June and December to business and home owners who exhibit outstanding pride in their property. Dianne McClelland, Beautification Committee Chairperson, is very excited to be a part of the beautification of Youngsville. Dianne remarks that “the beautification of Youngsville is a fun and simple task. The citizens of Youngsville are proud of their city and make every effort to maintain their property. Youngsville is so fortunate that its residents have such a high level of civic pride, as well as an eagerness to be involved in projects that contribute to the enhancement of Youngsville.”

To stay up to date on the latest Youngsville Growing Beautifully projects, please visit or contact Dianne McClelland at or 337-781-8385.

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Skin Care


emperatures are rising as summer approaches, and we all are trying to find the newest fads to get our bodies in shape to flaunt our beach-ready physiques. We are visiting the gym more frequently and stoking out the most popular trends in clothing. However, what are we doing to prep our faces for summer? Clothes can be changed, and unwanted cellulite can be hidden; however, our faces cannot. With these 3 steps, your glowing, youthful skin will be turning heads everywhere.

Exfoliate Off with the old, in with the new. The key to youthful, glowing skin is cell turnover and skin rejuvenation. This is accomplished through exfoliation. We need to do this even more so in the summer time to remove built-up sunscreen, oils, and sweat. Be careful not to overdo it though. Over exfoliation can have reverse effects and actually cause aging and skin damage. Use a gentle scrub 2-4 times a week. Avoid products that are harsh for the skin. NEVER EVER actually scrub your skin. Even though the product may say “scrub” or your skin may feel cleaner after scrubbing, this is probably one of the worst things you can do to your skin. Scrubbing may actually cause aging and broken capillaries. Scrubs should be simply massaged on the face. Make sure that you use a product that is chirally correct and embraced by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Products purchased in the drug stores or in the mall may have benefits, but often are not what they are pumped up to be. My personal favorite is the pumpkin enzyme scrub by Glo Therapeutics. Using a small amount, massage into dampened skin leaving it on for 5-10 minutes, rinse, and follow with your favorite serums and moisturizer. It gently removes dead skin

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cells and stimulates cell regeneration with granules and enzymes that exfoliate without stress or irritation to the sun. Another tip is to use a Clarisonic brush. Do not waste your time or money on the imitation brands. They cannot compare. The Clarisonic brush moves in concentric circles so that tugging of the skin does not occur. The cost is a bit more than the competition, but the quality speaks for itself. Your face will feel amazingly clean afterwards, and your products absorb up to 61% better. This helps with the appearance of large pores and removal of black heads. However, be cautious not to overuse the product or use it forcefully. You are paying for the brush; let it do its work by itself. After massaging your cleanser on your face, simply let the brush glide over your face as it does its work. Do not press and move the brush in a scrubbing motion. I only recommend using the brush once a day. Lastly, I am a firm believer that you should visit your skin care professional once a month to do something to your skin that you cannot do at home. I don’t recommend the more aggressive treatments during the summer simply because they will make you more prone to sun damage if you are in the sun, but I also don’t recommend that you neglect your professional treatments

altogether during these months that can be the harshest on your skin. There are milder exfoliation treatments that can be done with your skin care professional that are summer friendly. My two favorites are the Glo Therapeutics Enzyme Peel or Glo Therapeutics Lactic Acid Peel. Glo Enzyme is an exfoliant with fruit enzymes and salicylic acid to help break down dead skin cells for smoother skin. It promotes clarification to reduce oiliness for clearer skin. Glo Therapeutics Flower Enzyme revitalizes the skin with fruit enzymes that

Three important things to remember about exfoliating:


Exfoliate 2-4 times per week with a product that is chirally correct and recognized by dermatologists and plastic surgeons and NEVER SCRUB.


Use a Clarisonic brush once a day with your cleanser.


Exfoliate with your skin care professional once a month.

by Dawn Cutrone – Aesthetician

Before and after using Glo Therapeutics chemical exfoliation treatments. gently remove superficial dead skin cells. Flower extracts contribute mild organic acids to gently stimulate and tone skin while providing antioxidant protection. Glo Lactic Acid, enriched with blueberry and other antioxidants, offers exfoliating and moisture retention properties while promoting softer, smoother skin as well as the improvement of fine lines. These treatments will give you a great exfoliation treatment leaving your skin feeling and looking amazing with little to no peeling. Your skin will not only be exfoliated, but also fed the nutrients that have been lost. Your skin immediately looks refreshed with a healthy glow. My clients often tell me that they get several compliments on

their skin before they even get home. I’ll often do one of these treatments the day of an event that I have to attend. Not only does it leave my skin with a healthy glow, but my makeup also glides on with easy and stays put. Dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are also good alternatives. While both of these procedures are beneficial, dermaplaning is hands down my favorite of the two. While they both offer removal

of dead skin cells while promoting cell turnover, dermaplaning also removes vellus hair leaving your face feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Vellus hair will not grow back thicker or change colors. Microdermabrasion offers the same exfoliation benefits without the removal of vellus hair. Be careful with microdermabrasion if you have any type of redness or broken capillaries on your skin. Dermaplaning would be the better alternative if you have redness or broken capillaries. Neither of these procedures should be done on skin with active acne. It will only spread the acne. Both procedures will also help with the appearance of pore size, epidermal resurfacing, and the appearance of hyper pigmentation and scarring.

Before and after using dermaplaning treatments.

Have a Good Home Regime You can visit your skin care professional once a week, but if you don’t have a good skin care regime at home, you are wasting your time and money. It’s just the same as going to the gym and then going home and eating 3 bags of potato chips and drinking coke on the couch all night. Ok, that sounds easy for a second, but when you start to research what to use on your face, there are a million products on the market and everyone claims that theirs

is the best. So how do you know what to use? I’ve personally used just about all of the most popular brands on the market. Some I hated, some were ok, and some I loved. Two things that you should research about your products before making a commitment—are the products chirally correct and are the products embraced by plastic surgeons and dermatologists? If the products are not sold by a spa or physician’s office, they probably are not.

However, just because they are sold by these places doesn’t mean they are. So do your homework. What is chirally correct? A molecule is considered chiral if it differs from its mirror image. Certain products are made in 2 forms. The ingredients are mirror images of each other with one side of the ingredient as useful and beneficial to the skin and the other side is useless. A chirally correct product will use the correct side of SUMMER 2013 | Centre 705 19

the molecule making that product actually beneficial to your skin. Two different products can both claim to be 15% Vitamin C while one is a pure product that will penetrate and be helpful to the skin, the other can be total garbage. The one that gives the chirally correct guarantee is the way to go. Making sure that your products are chirally correct will guarantee that the purest, highest quality form is used in the product. How will you know if it’s chirally correct? It’s quite simple. If the product line doesn’t give that promise, chances are, it’s not. Do you need a 10 step home care regime for it to be a good one? Probably not. While each case is individual, and skin care needs vary from person to person, a good home care skin regime is usually quite simple. Of course everyone needs a great cleanser and toner. We often, even myself, want to

get lazy and skip the toner. However, it’s really just as important as the cleanser. A good toner will remove any residue left on the skin after cleanser, provide extra nutrients to the skin, and adjust the skin’s PH back to normal. Your favorite eye cream and moisturizer is also a must—even if your skin is oily. By not adding a moisturizer to your skin, you are forcing your skin to produce even more oil. Use an oil free moisturizer if your skin is oily. These 4 things make up the basic skin care regime. I highly recommend adding a 15% vitamin C and B5 hydration. Vitamin C will help neutralize free radicals (especially important in the summer) and help break down old collagen so that new collagen can form. B5 will give your skin the extra hydration it needs. It’s like giving

your skin a drink of water. My absolute favorites are made by Glo Therapeutics. We send our most expensive clothing to the dry cleansers and park our new cars in garages, so why don’t we do the same for the part of our body that is always exposed? A good home care skin regime is vital in keeping your skin at its best whether it’d be summer or winter.

Products are everywhere. They are wrapped in fancy packing and endorsed by our favorite famous celebrities, but this doesn’t make them the best. The best products that have undergone the most strenuous testing are going to be the ones embraced by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. The words “dermatologist tested” are on a lot of products out there. What I mean by embraced is that dermatologists and plastic surgeons actually use the products in their offices and sell the products.

Sun Protection We all want to be tanned. Most of us believe that tanned skin is more attractive. While this may seem true, we learn that this is the farthest thing from the truth when it’s too late—after we have aged. If you learn nothing else from me, learn this. Tanned skin = damaged skin. Tanning is

parents’ roof on the silver reflective mats, and even went as far as using Crisco. What in the heck was I thinking? What were we thinking because if you are around my age, you probably did it, too! I can remember my father warning me and trying to make me cover my

is the WORST thing “ Tanning we can do to our skin.” the WORST thing we can do to our skin. I wish I could go back to the days when I was younger when I baked on the beach with baby oil and iodine, laid out of my

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face, but what did he know, right? If you are still doing this, shame on you because there is too much research out nowadays that we should

all definitely know better. However, our youth and even the adult population still don’t protect their skin the way that they

should. The deceiving part about this is that the damage that is done doesn’t show up until it’s way too late, and often the damage is irreversible. My once beautiful bronze colored tanned skin that never burned is now lacking elasticity and has pigment damage (hyper and hypo). I’ve heard that the tanning bed is better than the sun. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The tanning beds deliver UVA rays, which go straight to the dermis doing the most damage. I did not realize just

that I have learned how to treat it and maintain my treatment results, but it’s now a lifetime job. Does this mean you have to look like a ghost while everyone else is sporting that great tan? Absolutely not!

Sun damage done to my dermis and how peels diminished the appearance. how powerful the sun was until severe damage was done to my face through my car window. Years ago, I had a laser and dermabrasion procedure done to by face where the physican went deeper than he should have. While driving back and forth to New Orleans for my post op appointments, the sun severely damaged my skin through tinted windows. The sun damage left me with severe hypo and hyper pigmentation damage that is irreversible. You heard me. Hypo and hyper pigmentation damage is IRREVERSIBLE. I don’t care what kind of new laser is used, chemical peel, or bleaching cream... it is permanent. These effects can only be temporarily lessened, and if treatment is not continued forever, the effects will return like an unwanted guest. Learn from me and the thousands of dollars I have spent chasing false promises of getting rid of the pigmentation. The sun ruined my face. I am very fortunate

Am I saying that I never go in the sun? Absolutely not. I’d be lying to you if I told you that I did that. The beach is my favorite place in the world. However, I do wear sunscreen. I do use an umbrella while relaxing on the beach. I do wear a big hat while working in the sun or lounging by the pool or at the beach. And lastly, and most importantly, I do wear sunscreen every single day of my life! I cannot stress this enough. Even on the cloudiest day driving to the drug store, wear your sunscreen. I don’t believe that you have to wear the most expensive sunscreen. I really don’t believe that one is truly that much better than the other. I do believe they should be 30-40 SPF with UVA and UVB protection. Face sunscreens should

include titanium and zinc and be oil free. My two favorite face sunscreens are by Glo Therapeutics and La Roche Posay. These two sunscreens do not have that sunscreen feel and smell that can me you feel dirty and grimy. Need a little boost of color? My favorite spray tan is made by FakeBake. I love the spray tan. It can be done alone in your shower. It will make a mess if you do it outside your shower. A tip is to stand on old flip flops in the shower (so that you don’t get it on the bottom of your feet) and spray. There is no odor at all, and when it fades, there is no streaking. I’ve used just about all of the best ones. This one is my absolute favorite. After about 3-4 minutes after your skin is dry, spray your shower clean with water. Getting your skin summer-ready isn’t that hard and really isn’t much different than getting your skin ready for any time of the year. You should always exfoliate, have a good home care regime, and use sunscreen. The main differences are that your treatments need to be a little milder if you are a sun lover and you need to be more diligent with the sunscreen. One important thing to remember is that prevention and maintenance are a lot cheaper and easier to live with than damage and correction.

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Finance by Lois M. Melancon, Financial Advisor

What Does Dow 15,000 Mean to You?


n May, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a milestone, when, for the first time, it closed above 15,000. Of course, 15,000 is a nice, round number, and it sounds pretty big — but what does it mean to you, as an individual investor? Is it cause for celebration — or is it more of a “caution” flag? There’s no one simple answer to these questions. Since March 2009 — the low

point of the market following the 2008 financial crisis — the “Dow” has risen about 130 percent. And while the Dow is just one index, it’s nonetheless an important measure of the market’s performance — which means that you were likely glad to see the 15,000 mark eclipsed and you’d be happy if the numbers just kept rising. However, as you’re no doubt aware, the market does not move in just one

direction. Typically, declines of 10% or more — or “corrections” — occur about once a year. Unfortunately, they’re not predictable. Sooner or later, the markets will indeed change course, at least for the short term. When this happens, don’t panic — corrections are a normal part of the market cycle. Still, you might feel like you should do something to cope with the downturn. But what?

Here are a few suggestions: KEEP INVESTING — Too many

people, when faced with a market drop, decide to “cut their losses” and take a “time out” from investing. But that can be a costly mistake — had these investors bailed out of the market in 2009, and only recently returned, they would have missed a substantial part of that 130 percent run-up in the Dow. And when you invest in a down market, your dollars may actually go farther if the market rebounds, because you would have bought more shares at the lower prices.


he Dow at 15,000 is certainly no minor event. And since stocks don’t appear too expensive compared to their


— It’s usually a good idea to review your portfolio at least once a year, and it may be especially important during those times when the market changes directions. Over time, a portfolio can become unbalanced — for example, following a long period of rising prices, some of your growth-oriented investments may have gained so much value that they now take up a larger percentage of your holdings than you had intended, possibly subjecting you to a greater level of risk than you desire. If this happens, you may need to scale back on these investments and reallocate the money elsewhere. earnings, don’t be surprised if higher milestones follow. But record highs can be quickly forgotten when the market falls. By being prepared for that day, too, you

DIVERSIFY — Always look for ways

to spread your dollars among a range of vehicles — stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit (CDs) and other investments. Even within these classes, look for ways to diversify further, such as owning different types of stocks, bonds of varying maturities, and so on. Diversification can’t guarantee a profit or protect against a loss, but it can help reduce the impact of volatility that can occur in a downturn.

can help yourself continue to work toward your goals — even when the major market indices have, for the moment, taken a wrong turn.


337- 856- 5618 Lois M Melancon Financial Advisor

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Dynamo Juniors Soccer Club Dynamo Juniors 00/01 Orange U-12G

The Dynamo Juniors Soccer Club introduced itself to the Youngsville/Broussard area three years ago. The Club started with only two select teams and has already expanded the program into fifteen select teams. Dynamo Juniors Soccer Club is affiliated with the Houston Dynamo professional soccer club and is under the direction and guidance of Director Kevin Mooney. The teams practice at the Southside soccer field located off of Hwy 92 and also offer fields in various locations to assist our members in travel, if needed.


ne of our teams, the Dynamo Juniors 00/01 Orange U-12 girls, began their first inaugural season in August 2011. Their Dynamo journey started with tryouts in the summer of 2011 and once each player was selected, their training kicked off with our premier Dynamo coaches... Kevin Mooney and Calum Murison. During the first season the U-12 girls played strictly

tournaments around the state. During the fall season the girls were learning how to play together and developing as a team. It was a pleasure to watch this transformation from recreational soccer players develop into a premier select team. Although the tournaments were a lot of fun these driven girls and their coaches wanted more! In the spring of 2012 the team joined the Louisiana Competitive Soccer League (LCSL). Participating in league play along with the tournaments keep the girls very busy and on the road many weekends. Their dedication paid off

and they completed the spring season as league champions for their division. At the close of 2012 the girls were champions of 6 tournaments throughout Louisiana. These tournaments included the Tabasco Shootout, Big Easy Bronze division, LA State cup, Dynamo Juniors cup, Baton Rouge United, and Midnight Madness. These girls have a love and commitment to the game, to one another, and to their coaches. They practice twice a week for a couple hours and play regularly on the weekends. Their weekends often consist of two games and if they are participating in a tournament they may play up to four games in a weekend. They are a very special group of girls, not only are they intense competitors but they encourage one another, and lift each other up. These girls spend a tremendous amount of time together and have established life-long friendships. They are great representatives for the Dynamo club in their sportsmanship, work ethic, and behavior on and off the field. They could not do this without the support of their coaches and family who have also committed themselves to soccer. The hours of travel and practice are well worth the rewards. They are developing skills which will last them well beyond their time on the soccer field. They

are learning how to listen to an authority other than their parents. They are training themselves to be healthy, both mentally and physically. They are committing their time to something they enjoy and see how hard work pays off as well as learning the agony of defeat at times. These skills have transformed them into young ladies and that will continue to help them grow into well rounded adults. The Dynamo Juniors Soccer club is a first class professionally run organization that will produce teams that compete at the highest level and consistently develops players who play at the highest level. The Dynamo Juniors maintains the infrastructure for player and team development that produces the highest quality player and team results. As part of the Dynamo Player Development Program, Dynamo Juniors players have access to unparalleled opportunities for soccer development... opportunities that no other club can provide. Youth to professional, top quality leadership and coaching, always ahead of the curve and leading the way......... Forever Orange....

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recreational soccer • summer indoor soccer Dynamo Academy • select try-outs • adult league

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through Louisiana

One of the great things about living in Louisiana is that we truly are a Sportsman’s Paradise. Whether you are a hunter, an avid fisherman, love to be on the water, or just a general outdoor enthusiast, there are limitless possibilities for you to enjoy in Louisiana. In recent years, there has been resurgence in the interest in kayaking and canoeing. This is definitely now apparent on the waterways and bayous of South Louisiana. You can even pick up an entry level kayak for a few hundred bucks at your local big box discount store. With paddle, a life vest, a small ice chest for snacks and drinks, and a fishing pole, you have a budget conscious physically active hobby that allows you to see some of the prettiest spots in our little piece of Cajun paradise. Kayaking and Canoeing, known as “paddling” to insiders, is great for all ages and ability levels. Of course paddlers need to obey boating laws, and always wear a life jacket. Remember too, that when in a kayak or canoe, you are the smaller boat and need to yield to larger boats on the water.

Entry into the sport is very easy. You can join groups or go it on your own. Tie that kayak to the top of your car, and within a 10 minute drive from Youngsville, you can be on the Vermilion, where the Bayou Vermilion District in concert with the Vermilion Foundation and The Floating Dock Shop have provided three terrific launching points at Vermilionville, the Camellia Street Bridge park (near River Ranch), and Southside Park, all free for public use. The docks feature a kayak assist launch feature where there is a partially floating section that allows you to put your kayak on it, sit in your kayak, and the launch automatically sinks under your weight, allowing the kayak to float off. This is a great feature for beginners. The designers of the dock even remembered that canoes might need a bit of assistance, and cut in a slip for canoes with an assist bar to hold on to for stability while you board your canoe. It’s never been a better time to enjoy what Louisiana has to offer in outdoor venues, especially your own back yard. Try paddling today.


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L to R: Sean Louviere, Kelli Louviere, Pat Louviere


ewind to a simpler time; a time when quality meant everything and a clean, friendly store that stocked an outstanding selection of fresh meats, lush produce, and groceries kept customers coming back time after time. This same commitment is still alive today, 25 years later, at Pat’s Grocery and Specialty Meats. It is with great honor that we bestow a huge Happy 25th Birthday to Pat’s! For the past 25 years, the residents of Youngsville have truly appreciated the special role Pat’s Grocery has

played in our community. Pat and Brenda Louviere, along with their son Sean and daughter-in-law Kelli, have been keeping things fresh and fun at this family owned business since 1988. From the ever expanding selection of fresh cut steaks, chops, chicken, sausage, and hamburger patties to their mouth watering boudin and cracklins, Pat’s has something for everyone. An exciting

Besides being home to a huge selection of fresh meats and groceries, Pat’s Grocery is also home to Youngsville’s unofficial “official” coffee club. Originating over 30 years ago at the old feed store, this group of local Youngsville residents have the scoop on everything happening in town and in the world, for that matter. The morning we visited they were discussing the bombing at the Boston Marathon and the explosion at the Texas fertilizer plant. The Coffee Club boasts about 15 members. There is no format and no designated meeting time. Their “members” (Men only, please!) show up around 6:30 a.m. and the morning topics are always a surprise. Russell Romero, aka Head Coffee Maker, always has a fresh pot of Community coffee ready to go. Politics are always a hot topic, and the group includes members of all political parties. They even have a “Donkey Pack”, fondly referred to by other members of the group

new addition is Pat’s on-site smokehouse, which allows them to offer specialties like smoked Tasso, turkeys, chickens, chicken sausage, jalapeño sausage, and Steen’s syrup sausage. Don’t forget to check their weekly ads for specials, and the next time you’re at Pat’s, don’t forget to wish them a Happy 25th Birthday and thank them for their years of outstanding service to our community.

as “Future Republicans in Training”. But don’t let the age and good looks of the Coffee Club members fool you! These guys are hip to the modern trends, as well as invaluable resources when it comes to handing down stories of Youngsville’s past. They are full of wisdom, worldly observations, and lots of laughs. So the next time you are searching for the answers to some of life’s unanswerable questions, take a ride over to Pat’s Grocery. The Coffee Club will always be there to greet you with a big smile, a warm cup of coffee, and many invaluable insights.

L to R: Blaise Sonnier, Larry Romero, Russell (Chic) Bourque, Donald Richard, Russell Romero, & Rickey Boudreaux. Other members not pictured: Chester Vincent, John Bourque, Earl Menard, JC Gallet, Phillip Gallet, Clarence Richard, John Hebert, Mike Landry, Wayne Broussard, and several other irregular drop-ins.

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Is Your

Light On?


f you were getting ready to take a long trip in your car, would you take it to the mechanic and have him check the tires, change the oil and make sure everything was working right to avoid a breakdown? What if your check engine light came on, would you ignore it and drive it until it broke down? As we age, due to various forms of stress being placed on the body, the muscular system may become less efficient in its contractile abilities. The result of this diminished muscle activity may correlate with many of the physical complaints that we relate to aging. There are many modalities that deal specifically with injuries or the degenerative changes that occur with aging; however, up until recently, no one has specifically dealt with the negative changes that occur relative to our neuromuscular function. This is where Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) fits in. MAT recognizes that as we age, the accumulation of stress and trauma to the body takes its toll on our muscle function. MAT recognizes that every injury may have a negative impact on our neuromuscular function and that over time, the communication between the nervous system and the muscular system becomes negatively altered. If this altered communication is not regularly addressed, then the cumulative effect may be a progressive weakness of the muscular system as a whole, resulting in an increased susceptibility to pain, injury, and/or degenerative issues. The end result is a decreased ability for the muscles to handle the physical stress that comes with

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everyday activity, exercise, and physical performance. MAT is a specific program designed to identify and address these altered communication pathways with the primary goal being to restore muscle contractile capabilities. MAT recognizes that through training, repetition and memory, muscles typically develop a threshold for how much physical stress they can handle. Generally speaking a highly conditioned individual would typically have a higher threshold than a sedentary individual. This threshold is regulated by the central nervous system (CNS). Regardless of the threshold level, when this threshold has been exceeded, either due to a one time physical trauma or repetitive micro-trauma, as part of the body’s protective mechanism the nervous system decreases the contractile ability of the stressed muscles while creating a protective hyper-contraction of the opposing muscles. This resultant altered neural input to the muscles on both sides of the axis is demonstrated by reduced contractile capabilities of the stressed/agonist muscles and an associated protective hyper-contraction of the antagonistic muscles. This neurological adaptation is represented by a lack of mobility that is secondary to the weakness of the muscles that were over stressed. These principles define the foundational thought process behind MAT. The thought process behind MAT is that muscle tightness is secondary to muscle weakness. Through the principles of MAT, we recognize that wherever you see a limitation in range of motion (ROM), it is an indicator that one or more of the muscles on the opposite side of the axis has lost its ability to contract efficiently. Therefore, the primary tool used in the MAT assessment is a muscle specific, joint ROM exam. MAT recognizes that limitations in ROM are an indicator of coinciding muscle weakness. Through further assessment, once the limitations in ROM have been identified, MAT utilizes a specific testing process designed to assess the contractile ability of each muscle associated with the limitation in ROM. This process allows the MAT practitioner to determine which muscles associated with the limitation in ROM

have lost the ability to contract efficiently. Once these weaknesses have been identified, the primary goal is to improve the contractile ability of the inhibited/ weak muscle. MAT presently has two processes for improving the contractile ability of muscles. One form of activation

is through a specific palpation technique designed to stimulate the sensory receptors in the muscle, which in turn improves sensory feedback to the CNS. The other form of activation is through position specific isometric contractions designed to improve motor output to the muscles. The goal of each of these forms of activation is to improve the

muscles’ contractile abilities in order that the muscle can more effectively handle forces that are being placed on them. By improving the contractile ability of the muscles, the primary goal is to improve the effectiveness of the muscles to provide stability at their associated joints. As the nervous system recognizes this improvement in the contractile abilities of muscles, it will also diminish the protective contraction of the antagonist muscles. This allows for efficient contractions of the muscles on both sides of the axis, thus providing mobility and stability about their associated joint(s). Therefore, the premise behind MAT is that if you can provide a sense of stability, then the body will give you mobility. MAT can be looked at as part of the exercise continuum. The most important component of MAT is that it provides a system of checks and balances. It enables a MAT practitioner to evaluate the integrity of the neuromuscular system whenever a force has been applied against it. MAT also allows trainers to evaluate various forms of force applications in order to determine if certain exercises exceed the threshold, thus resulting in

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muscle inhibition. In simplistic terms, MAT allows trainers and therapists to “check their work.” Therefore, MAT can act as an adjunct to all forms of therapy and exercise. It is a specific technique designed to improve muscle function. This improvement in muscle function can, in turn, provide an environment which can reduce the risk of injury while also speed up the body’s ability to recover from injury. Is your muscular system operating efficiently? Are you due for a tune up? Don’t wait until the “check engine light of pain” sends you the signal that something is wrong! Call us at 337-857-5360 to schedule your MAT assessment or for more information about MAT, visit our website .

NUTRITION TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER LIFE As we journey together down the path to healthier eating (not so much to lose weight but to be mindful about what we are putting into our bodies), it helps to be reminded of how to fine-tune our healthy eating habits. 1. Clean your pantries. If you have it in the house, you’re likely to eat it. So clear the house of unhealthy treats, sweets and tempting snack foods. 2. Bring on the healthy stuff. As you’re cleaning out the unhealthy foods, replace them with snacks that combine protein and produce – apples and almonds, carrots and hummus, berries and low fat Greek yogurt, or a smoothie (yogurt or skim milk, frozen berries). 3. Plan, plan, plan those dinners and lunches. A healthy dinner is 25 percent whole grain, 25 percent protein and 50 percent fruits and vegetables. (calculate your protein intake at 4. In the refrigerator put the veggie or fruit tray at eye level so that’s what you grab when hunger hits. Try to take the time to chop up fresh vegetables and fruits at least once a week.

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5. Eliminate sugary drinks including fruit juices that are high in sugar. Eat the fruit instead!! Substitute water for a soda. Keep a glass or bottle of water with you in your car so it’s handy. Most of us need to drink more water on a daily basis. If you are often fatigued, chances are you are slightly dehydrated.

How to Calculate Your Protein Needs: 1. Weight in pounds –: 2.2 = weight in kg 2. Weight in kg x 0.8 - 1.8 gm/kg = protein gm. Use a lower number if you are in good health and are sedentary (i.e., 0.8). Use a higher number (between 1 and 1.8) if you are under stress, are pregnant, are recovering from an illness, or if you are involved in consistent and intense weight or endurance training. Example: 154 lb male who is a regular exerciser and lifts weights 154 lbs –: 2.2 = 70kg 70kg x 1.5 = 105 gm protein/day (shortcut – divide your weight in 2 and that is a general estimate of your protein needs.)

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6. Don’t forget the dairy. As adults, we tend to think milk is just for kids. But we still need the calcium. A glass of skim milk has 300 grams of calcium. Other good sources are 8 ounces of low-fat yogurt, a low-fat mozzarella cheese stick or 1 1/2 ounces of cheese. Greek yogurt can have as much as 20 plus grams of protein in a serving! 7. Keep a journal. Those who track their food and beverage intake are much more likely to lose weight. You can do it with an app or computer or simply write it down. 8. Try not to miss breakfast. Get ready the night before – plan what you’ll have and get it ready so you can grab and go. 9. Make exercise part of your day. Take a break and walk, even if it’s inside or in a convenient area near your office. It doesn’t have to be boot camp intensity – JUST MOVE MORE THAN YOU ARE NOW – if you are not presently active.

Full Circle Health 337-857-5360 10. Perhaps most important with nutrition is to watch your portion sizes. We really don’t need to clean our plates anymore. Buy large and package your food in single-serving sizes. It will help control calories and still satisfy. Think nutrient dense so that everything you put in your mouth truly fuels you for a healthy and enjoyable life!!!

Parmesan Herb Encrusted Tilapia 1 lb. tilapia fillets * 1/4 teaspoon olive oil 1/3 cup sliced almonds, finely chopped 1/4 cup plain dry breadcrumbs

3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes

Preheat oven to 450. Mix almonds, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and seasonings in shallow dish. Brush fish lightly with oil. Coat evenly with almond mixture. Place fish on greased foil-lined shallow baking pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Per serving: 229 calories, 28 g protein, 9 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat, 55 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 301 mg sodium.

* Other fish such as red snapper, striped bass or

flounder can be substituted for the tilapia. You can also add lemon juice and your favorite seasoning.

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he beauty of our small towns and villages is much deeper than the fields, prairies and trees that surround us and shape our environment. The true spirit of our communities can be found in the people we run into in the market or wave to as we drive past their house on a beautiful spring day. The roots of our communities are the lifelong residents and the transplants to South Louisiana; Cajuns by birth and by choice. Youngsville is no exception. When you see the sturdy 106 year old yellow house on Jacques Street, it is impossible to imagine its history and how many memories fill the place. Mrs. Clara Belle Baudoin Aucoin welcomed us into her home and shared some of her memories of Youngsville through the years and what if was like growing up in the house that her parents built. Sitting at her mother’s dining

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table with Brenda Burley Youngsville’s Mayor Pro-Tem, Clara spoke of the old Youngsville. Being born and raised in the downtown area gave her a unique perspective on the changes and growth. From the small village she was born in on January 3, 1920 to the city she still calls home, she fondly remembers growing up with her four brothers, Fred, Harry, Willis and Ivy and her sister Anna Lee and the times they had at the Confectionary playing bouree with friends and eating out. She laughs as she tells of her favorite trip to Galveston with her cousin. They travelled by train and sat on the beach talking as girls

will do, and yelled from the top of the Ferris wheel. Clara graduated at age 16, in 1936, from Youngsville High School. Her first job was working for the Cotton Gin at Duplex, Viguerie and Langlinais. The farmers would bring her their tickets of weight from the gin and she would calculate their pay and issue them a company check. Duplex, Viguerie and Langlinais was an original onestop shopping place. It even housed the United States Post Office. She had other jobs in town and worked for the Post Office as a clerk for years until retiring in January, 1981. On one of her outings to the Confectionary, she met a young man named Jerome “Otis” Aucoin. Otis’ sister and Clara’s sister were good friends (and matchmakers). Otis and Clara were married on July 27, 1952 and lived in the yellow house on

Jacques Street with Clara’s Mother. Their family grew when they were blessed with two sons, Gregory in 1956 and Jerry in 1959. The conversation flows to old friends and seeing homes sold and people move away. Clara thinks of

all of the families moving into town. So keep Mrs. Clara Aucoin in your thoughts when you rush through Youngsville during your busy day. Try to imagine the unbelievable changes and wonderful experiences she has had growing up in the town

the times she enjoyed visiting with Ms. Gertrude Morvant, whom she considered a second Mother. She still enjoys visiting with old friends who stop by to reminisce and spend the afternoon laughing and remembering. Thinking of the new Youngsville brings thoughts of Mardi Gras parades watched from her porch but has her remembering her childhood fear of the anonymous masked revelers who would come into town to make merry and mischief. She looks forward to seeing Youngsville continue to grow. She is happy to see the addition of new subdivisions, businesses, and

that has been her world for 93 years now. Let us never forget the men and women who have been true blue Youngsvillians through all of the changes and all of the years. And if you happen to see a beautiful lady sitting on the porch of a little yellow house on Jacques street, take a second to wave and say hello and thank Mrs. Clara Belle Baudoin Aucoin for being one of the strong community roots that have helped make Youngsville what it is today. Interviewed by Brenda Burley Written by Monica Hidalgo Arabie Photos by CDG Images

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PRESENCE by Angie Eckman

With today’s technology, everyone is online using smart phones, iPads and computers to communicate to the world. They communicate everything from their personal issues in life, to the best places to eat, go on vacation and experiences they’ve enjoyed. All of this online sharing

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contributes to creating an online image of your brand, your product, and the way customers perceive you. Communicating online is one of the most important and vital ways a business can brand itself and create their brand and product awareness. With so many people online, the way to position your product is to place your brand and your product where your audience is… online. There are many tools available for businesses to create an online presence, besides creating a website. Creating social media accounts are a great option to creating brand awareness and exposure for your brand and your business. Having a presence on these sites can add value to your product, your customer service and ultimately your brand. To attract and keep customers and build a strong online brand, business owners need to be active on social media by providing valuable content and engaging with their followers or fans. The key to building a successful social media presence is engagement.

No one can control where or when a natural disaster might occur. But good emergency planning can help reduce a disaster’s impact on your family’s health and safety. Use the information below to help create a disaster preparedness plan for your family.

STAY INFORMED A key part of disaster preparedness is knowing where to find the best, most current information. For immediate needs, keep a battery-powered AM/FM radio or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio receiver in your home. When hazardous conditions occur, tune in for the latest information and instructions. It’s also a good idea to learn more about emergency programs in your community. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can direct you to national and state programs. Contact your local police or fire department to find out about programs in your immediate area. For longer-term planning, the Federal Alliance of Safe Homes (FLASH) is a good place to start. There you can learn about the most likely disaster risks in your state, and ways to safeguard your home against them.

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During a disaster, your family should be prepared to survive for several days without access to food, water, and other essentials. Create a family disaster survival kit, and keep it in an easily accessible location in your home. Your kit should include the items below in amounts to last each family member for 3 days:

Thinking ahead about how to evacuate your home and community safely can save valuable time during an emergency. For a home evacuation plan, determine the best escape routes from your dwelling and choose a meeting place nearby. Hold drills periodically and update the plan as family members’ needs and abilities change. To prepare for a community evacuation, designate an out-of-town point of contact for family members to call if they become separated. Then, record emergency contacts and other important information on wallet cards from Community evacuations may be voluntary or involuntary, depending on the situation. When an evacuation order is given, leave immediately in accordance with official instructions. To prepare for a voluntary evacuation, plan routes ahead of time, taking into consideration traffic patterns and possible hazards, such as impassable bridges. When conditions become threatening, collect all family members in a single location and fill up your vehicle’s gas tank. Remember to keep your emergency kit close by, including maps, in case you need to leave quickly.

• Drinking water in nonbreakable containers • Nonperishable food and related utensils, such as a can opener • First-aid kit, including necessary prescription medications • Portable radio and flashlight, including replacement batteries • Tool kit • Maps • Cell phone with charger • Extra clothing • Blankets or sleeping bags • Your insurance policy numbers • Pet supplies, if necessary It’s also a good idea to create a complete inventory of your possessions and keep it in a bank safe deposit box or other safe place away from your home.

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Orthodontic Care What does it take to make a lasting first impression?

A person’s smile can be the most striking feature to catch your eye. An attractive smile begins with healthy teeth and a pleasing arrangement of teeth. If your teeth grew in with enough space, are relatively straight, and touch evenly, then consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, orthodontia may fit our needs to create a beautiful smile for a lasting first impression.

EARLY ASSESSMENT AVOIDS FUTURE PROBLEMS An orthodontist will make an accurate assessment regarding orthodontic needs, treatment options, and timing based on the patient’s individual needs. Although orthodontics may be considered at any age, as long as the teeth and supporting gums and bone are healthy, the general guideline provided by the American Association of Orthodontists is to consider an orthodontic check-up by age 7. At this age, orthodontists are evaluating for specific problems that are best corrected early, before all of the permanent teeth erupt. Some of these problems include: Jaw growth problems in which one jaw may grow more than the other jaw. Protruding teeth may make a child more susceptible to trauma to the front teeth and to social stigmas. Crowded teeth. In some instances teeth do not have room to come in, so they become “impacted” or stuck in the bone due to lack of space. In other instances when teeth do not have enough room to come in, they come in high and in the front, resulting in “fangs”. These issues may be prevented if a child visits an orthodontist at an early age to address these problems. Teeth developing horizontally. Some teeth do not come in vertically as they should; instead, a tooth may develop horizontally or at an angle. The proper solution to “teeth gone awry” is early diagnosis by an orthodontist prior to the teenage years. An orthodontist will likely recommend a panoramic x-ray which will show all the teeth and the angles at which they are developing. If an angulation problem is noted, corrective measures may be taken early to help to mitigate the need for a more invasive surgical approach in the future.

Bite issues. Left uncorrected, particular types of bites may cause excessive wear to permanent teeth or even permanent loss of gum or bone. For example, an anterior cross bite, a condition in which the bottom front tooth is in front of the top front tooth, can cause a permanent “scarring” or wear facet on the top front tooth. The goal is to correct the cross bite as early as possible so that wear to the front tooth is not noticeable once corrected. Harmful oral habits. Thumb sucking, one of the most common oral habits, causes the most damage to teeth and jaws once the permanent teeth begin to come in. It causes the front teeth to protrude and, in aggressive thumb suckers, the width of the top jaw may be constricted. Addressing the thumb sucking at an early age will help to eliminate some of these self-induced problems.

Orthodontic treatment may be recommended early for a localized problem, such as those listed above, or it may be recommended after more permanent teeth come in. Whether considering orthodontia for yourself or trying to decide if your child may need orthodontic correction in the future, a visit to your local orthodontist is the key to creating a beautiful smile for your entire family. by Jill Zerangue Simon, D.D.S.

Call (337) 857-5837 to set up a FREE initial consultation for you or your child. At the complimentary appointment, Dr. Simon will perform a thorough examination to evaluate if orthodontic treatment is appropriate, and if so, she will recommend the best time to begin treatment and review any financial considerations. One of the most common compliments received at Simon Orthodontics is praise regarding the time spent with each patient to diagnose and to explain the problems and why treatment may or may not be necessary. Insurance is accepted, and interest free payment plans are available. Simon Orthodontics is open five days a week, and Friday afternoon appointments are available.

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117 School St. • Youngsville, Louisiana • (337) 857-5837 (next to Youngsville Middle School)

Growing up in Youngsville, my family and I began our Sunday mornings rushing out of the house and into the car for the LONG ride past sugar cane fields and houses surrounded by acres and acres of open land to get to St. Anne Church for Mass. After mass, my younger brother and I would walk from the Church to our grandmother’s house, often stopping by Morvant’s before our regular Sunday feast. We played hide and seek with our cousins in what was once my grandfathers lumber yard. We would cross the Highway and play in the cane field. I really miss those days and love reminiscing. My grandfather’s lumber yard is now a shopping center, and the cane field is now Nunu’s, Farmer’s Drugs and Gifts, a Family Dollar, and a subdivision. It is amazing to me how fast things have changed. More importantly, it is amazing how quickly things are still changing. The City of Youngsville is flourishing. The political leaders are diligently progressive. The community is close-knit and welcoming. Now, as I circle (pun intended) my way through the city, I find it increasingly difficult to remember the country life. That is, until, I make my way into one of the local businesses and am greeted by strangers who truly want to know how I am doing. They don’t ask as a simple gesture, they really care. When I walk into City Hall, the staff is usually laughing with each other or with a resident visiting to pay a water bill. Morvant’s hasn’t lost its touch and the rest of downtown is, thanks to the Mayor and City Council, on its way to becoming a staple of the city once again. The schools are helping to attract new families; the business leadership in the community is doing great things to create relationships between business owners, city government, local schools, and the community. The Chamber of Commerce is continuing to grow with an eager, and busy membership. The newly formed Business Advocacy Committee has been making a strong push to connect the business leadership with the rest of the community; our diplomat committee has been regularly attending ribbon cuttings and ground breaking ceremonies; our Banquet committee just held our highly successful 3rd annual Banquet; our Marketing and Fundraising committee chairs have been working tirelessly promoting our billboard campaign and our Shop Youngsville First Campaign. These are just a few of the things going on right now and we are looking forward to the future of our lovely city! Come and visit us and remember to “SHOP YOUNGSVILLE FIRST”

Jonatha n Pearce Chamber President

The mission of the Chamber is to cultivate an environment that encourages Youngsville residents and business owners to create relationships in order to develop greater support of local business and generate ideas to improve the quality of life in our community.

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oungsville…. The fastest growing city in the state of Louisiana. That wasn’t always the case. I consider myself to be very lucky to have had the chance to grow up in Youngsville. I was 13 years old when Youngsville changed from a “Village” to a “Tow n”. I was an adult when the “Town of Youngsville” becam e the “City of Youngsville”. Through all of these chang es, one thing remains the same: family and friends. The love we have for family and friends, I feel, is some thing that is taught and nurtured by the people we are privileged to know in our formative years.

when I met I was in first grade n. She was in my best friend, Ja mom called kindergarten. Her d if I would my mom and aske to school with be willing to walk et before that her. We had not m d, you could di time, but once we alked to w e not separate us. W day from y er school together ev ade. We gr h first through eight each at d en spent every week up d de en other’s house. We hools, sc gh hi going to different ther. ge to t ou but we still hung her’s ot ch ea We were always at ily m fa r’s he houses, at each ot d an s up h gatherings, throug in. th d an ick downs, through th r. ve Best Friends Fore

ngsville. It was There were a lot of changes in You n’t changed was the had that g thin growing so fast. One that I had grown up feeling of coming home. Friends adults with children and gone to school with were now family gatherings as of their own. I was able to attend w those friendships and often as I liked. I was able to rene growing my business start a new chapter in my life; with , as a child was and raising my family in the city that my town, my home. The one thing that didn’t change was the friendship that Jan and I started over 36 years ago. Now we are older, and we both now know how fortunate we are to still have each other in our lives. Our husbands are close, our children are close and my family knows that Jan is there for them and I am there for hers. We are forever intertwined as though we were born as sisters. Jan and I both live and work in Youngsville and see each other quite often. We belong to many organizations in Youngsville, and both feel we can contribute to the growth of Youngsville, much as our parents did when they were younger.

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We were married two months apart from each other. After I got married, David and I lived in Lafayette for a while. Jan and Nick lived in Youngsville. Though we were still friends, we did not get together as often or see each other as much, but each of us knew, if one needed the other, all we had to do was pick up the phone. Though my home in Lafayette was only 15 minutes from Youngsville, I felt like I lived a thousand miles away. I missed the family gatherings after mass we had at my grandmothers every Sunday. I missed “dropping by” to visit my family and friends whenever we had a free evening. I missed everything about “HOME”. It took fifteen years, but David and I finally found a house in Youngsville and I was so glad to be back.

Even today, if you sta nd on First Street in Jan’s parents’ back drive way and look acro ss, you can see the back of the house that I gr ew up in. The grass now gr ows on the side of the fence where once it was dirt, caused from the frequent trips back and forth to each ot her’s houses. Youngsville will continue to grow and we will get older to o, but one thing wi ll always remain: the memor ies that we have sh ared will always be with us and we will cont inu e to make new ones; all grown up and toge ther with our families, he re in Youngsville.

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Shrimp Remoulade INGREDIENTS: 2 cups mayonnaise 2 tbsp brown mustard 1/4 cup extra fine chopped onions 1 tbsp paprika 1/4 cup extra fine chopped celery 1 tbsp minced garlic 1 tbsp horseradish 1 lb boiled, peeled shrimp INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Mix all ingredients except for the shrimp in a large bowl. 2. Place shrimp on a bed of lettuce and drizzle remoulade sauce over shrimp.

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Zoning We all know that Youngsville is the fastest growing city in Louisiana for 20 years running. Last year’s building permits alone set a new record and there are multiple neighborhoods in the beginning phases. In addition to home building, our sports complex is under construction and work is beginning to revitalize the downtown district. Without a doubt, our city’s rapid growth will continue in 2013 and beyond which means we must plan accordingly. Since taking office two years ago, my constant mantra has consistently been that we must manage the impact Youngsville’s rapid growth is having on our community. This means that growth must protect the interests of those who have deep roots in our community, and those of us who moved here more recently. Maintaining our quality of life and preserving our city’s unique culture and personality is what we as city leaders must keep at the forefront when planning for our future. We are fortunate that the development of our city has been an overall net positive, but in order to continue on this path planning must become an increased priority. In 2010 I campaigned on a platform to explore land use requirements because Youngsville did not have any type of zoning or land use regulations. In 2011 the city council passed ordinance 343 requiring a 30 foot buffer zone between any new business and residential property in addition to requiring minimum green space for commercial developments. This was a good first step that acted as a temporary stop-gap measure. We enacted

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Youngsville Councilman this while taking the time to develop a more comprehensive land use ordinance that would stand the test of time. In 2012 our council and mayor contracted with Lynn Guidry and Professor Tom Sammons to develop a comprehensive land use plan for Youngsville funded by LEDA and the citizens of Youngsville. These architects are experts on land use and spent the last couple of months studying Youngsville. Crucial to their process was a series of public input meetings that allowed citizens to voice their opinions and concerns. Their research will conclude with a Performance Land Use ordinance ready for council action in early 2013. Performance Land Use is based on the principle of, “Do what you want with your property as long as it does not adversely impact your neighbor.” This is managed through a grid of buffer zones that minimize the level of conflict a new development has on its neighbor. For example, if someone builds a house next to a house, there likely is no conflict. If a business wants to open next to a residence, the business may be required to comply with a pre-determined buffer zone to minimize the conflict. If approved by our city council a simple buffer zone grid will determine the level of conflict a potential development has on adjacent development and in turn propose a solution to minimize the conflict. It’s my opinion that this is a reasonable compromise to zoning which is very restrictive and antiquated. Performance land use enables us to continue growing, albeit in a manner respectful of our neighbors, our history, and our quality of life. Youngsville has invested a considerable

Ordinance 357, establishing performance land use regulations within the city limits of Youngsville, was adopted by the Youngsville City Council on April 11, 2013.

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amount of taxpayer money to build and improve our roadways and infrastructure. Chemin Metairie Parkway phase 2 will open in June of this year which provides direct access to Hwy 90 from Youngsville. Because of citizen investment in this project, shouldn’t we be concerned with what type of development builds on this road? Take the lessons of Lafayette’s Johnston Street or any other area where community leaders are working to fix what we have the opportunity to prevent. Our city has so much to offer. Let’s take advantage of our growth and lay a foundation we can be proud of for years to come. We have a great opportunity to plan our future and determine our destiny, and performance land use can aid us in the process. Contact your Councilperson and express your views on land use today. Let’s protect Youngsville and grow responsibly.

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Subway 810 St. Blaise Lane 451-6236 “I am not from Youngsville originally, but because my fiancé was born and raised in the community, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time here, and decided that Youngsville was where I wanted to open my Subway franchise. I am very excited about the future growth of Youngsville, especially the addition of the new sports complex, and I am looking forward to servicing the needs of this community for many years to come. Please stop by and visit us at 810 St. Blaise Lane in the Jolie Marche shopping center right off Hwy 92.” Matt Wofford Subway Franchisee

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Cover Artist – Bryant Benoit

Bryant Benoit, a self-taught artist, was born and raised in Lafayette, LA. He studied architecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and worked in the construction industry as a commercial construction project superintendent for several years.

decided to explore my creativity in art. My perception of my Creole Culture is expressed through my work. I tell stories of love, pain, family and spirituality. My work is like music. I feel the vibrations of the melody and relate its words to events that either happened or are happening in my life. My art is vibrations of my thought perception on canvas. I found working within a collage helps me deliver the perception I’m conveying. My perception of reality is found in the endless photography that is produced every day. There is a real message in photos that speak to me subliminally. Rebirth – mixed media collage 48” x 60”

Living on the Land – mixed media collage 24” x 36”

I love placing photos of feelings and energy into my work, as I paint the same energy. Like two opposites conveying the same message. I combine the 2 forms and create my own perception of my culture, my life and my feelings. The paintings I create consist of many layers. I layer smaller images of pictures with layers of acrylic paint to capture the feelings and vibrations of my message. I use color also to create; being that each color has meaning and vibrations. The photos I use are words mentally and give the viewer a personal definition and meaning based on their own relationship to that image. Combinations of all the images and concepts of my acrylic work convey the intention behind the creation of each piece.”

Visual Artist Bryant’s work can be viewed and purchased at Benoit Gallery 535 1/2 Jefferson St. • Lafayette, LA 70501

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Like us on Facebook @ Benoit Gallery Email: Phone: (337) 504-2635

by Andy Tribe here was a young family that went out to eat every Tuesday evening with their 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. They were the only family with children in the restaurant. The mother sat the 2-year-old in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking. Suddenly, the little boy squealed with glee and said, “Hi there.” He pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were crinkled in laughter and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin, as he wriggled and giggled with merriment. The mother looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man whose pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would-be shoes. His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road map. The young family was too far from him to smell, but as they looked at him across the restaurant, they were sure he smelled. The old mans hands waved and flapped on loose wrists. “Hi there, baby; Hi there, big boy. I see ya, buster,” the man said to the little boy. The young parents exchanged looks, “What do we do?” The little boy continued to laugh and answer, “Hi,

pain, and hard labor, cradled my baby’s bottom and stroked his back. No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time. The young mother stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled little boy in his arms and his eyes opened and set squarely on the mothers. He said in a firm commanding voice, “You take care of this baby.” Somehow the young mother managed, “I will,” from a throat that contained a stone. He pried the little boy from his chest unwillingly, longingly, as though he were in pain. The young mother received her baby, and the man said, “God bless you, ma’am, you’ve given me my Christmas gift. You see, ma’am, I never saw my child grow up. My wife and son were taken from me in an automobile accident when they were both too young. I was never able to get over it.” The young mother said nothing more than a muttered thanks and “I’m sorry to hear that.” With her little boy in her arms, she ran for the car. Her husband was wondering why she was crying and holding his 2-year-old son so tightly, and why she was sayin g, “My God, my God, forgive me.” She had just witnessed Christ’s love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and

really thought about those words of Christ, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me”? Jesus mentions the cross. When I look at the cross, I see a vicious tool that the Romans used to kill people. I see it as a symbol of death. So Jesus is saying, in order to follow Him, we have to die to self. Wow! That could really rock our world! But think about it for a minute. If we died to self, if we denied ourselves, if we got rid of self, would we have looked at the old man in the story differently? Would we have looked at him as the child did? What would our community look like if we, who call ourselves “Christians”, actually became “Followers” of Christ? Because Jesus said in order to “follow” Him, you have to die to self, deny self. The challenge for us, who label ourselves “Christian”, regardless of church denomination, is to become Followers. My family and I have lived in Youngsville since 1986. In the years that we have lived here, we have seen Youngsville grow tremendously! What started out as a small bedroom community has transitioned into the fastest growing city in the state. And when I think about the growth, I

hi there.” Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man. The old man was creating a nuisance with little boy. The families meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, “Do ya patty cake? Do you know peek-a-boo? Hey, look, he knows peek-a-boo.” Nobody thought the old man was cute. He was obviously drunk. The young family looked around and were embarrassed. They ate in silence; all except for the little boy, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid-row bum, who in turn, reciprocated with his cute comments. The young family finally got through the meal and headed for the door. The father went to pay the check and told his wife to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat poised between the young mother and the door. “Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me or my 2-year-old,” the young mother prayed. As she drew closer to the man, she turned her back trying to sidestep him and avoid any air he might be breathing. As she did, the little boy leaned over his mothers arm, reaching with both arms in a baby’s “pick-me-up” position. Before she could stop him, the 2-year-old had propelled himself from his mother’s arms to the man’s. Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their relationship. The little boy, in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man’s ragged shoulder. The man’s eyes closed, and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime,

a mother who saw a suit of clothes. She was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not. She felt it was God asking, “Are you willing to share your son for a moment?” when He shared His for all eternity. The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded the young mother... “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3 (NIV) Many times we are faced with the same situation as this young mother. We live in a world where 34% or 2.1 billion of the population call themselves Christians. Many of you who are reading this article probably are Christians. Weather your religious practice would be Catholic, Baptist, Assembly of God, Episcopal, Lutheran or whatever you choose, chances are, you call yourself a Christian as I am sure the young mother in the above story did. Calling ourselves Christian’s means that we believe in Jesus. As I considered the word “Christian,” reading the story of this young mother, the 2-year-old boy and the old man, I was challenged to ask myself where I stand in my walk as a Christian. In the words of Jesus… ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his soul?’” Luke 9:23-25 (NIV) Have we, who call ourselves “Christians,” ever

can’t help but think about the blessings God has poured out on our great city. From our Mayor, Police Department, Fire Department, City Council, Public Works and everyone who serves or owns a business in our city, we are a blessed people. Which makes me go back to the story of the young family with the little boy and the old man. As long as my family has lived here, we have never had the feeling that Youngsville does not welcome certain people. We are a community that sees no color, no nationality, and no religion. And as a man who has raised a family here, I am proud to say that, in Youngsville, we are not only Christians, but more than ever, Followers of our Savior, Jesus! I guess one could say that we are “dead people walking” as I relate back to the scripture “Must deny himself and take up his cross”. As they say…the proof is in the pudding. As for me, I cannot think of a better place to have raised my three daughters. Walk around our community and you will feel the love of the people and the welcome of everyone wherever you may go!

Andy Tribe, Pastor East Bayou Baptist Church

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Pet Care

Our dogs – loyal, affectionate, and intelligent. Owning a dog can be a great privilege, rewarding owners with companionship and even health benefits. Our four-legged friends depend completely on us to take care of their every need. In addition to routine visits to his veterinarian, your dog should be regularly groomed. Grooming is not only done to improve the appearance of our dogs, but is essential to their comfort, good health, and keeps our dogs feeling great. Many times a professional dog groomer may be the first to detect any signs of health problems and can notify you if veterinary attention is needed. Between grooming appointments, there are many things that you can do at home that will be beneficial to your beloved pet. The brush hour. Brush and comb. Comb and brush. The importance of brushing cannot be stressed enough. This is especially true if you have a long-haired dog, such as a maltese, shih-tzu, or schnauzer. Pomeranians, shelties, etc. have an undercoat that needs to be thinned out to relieve shedding and avoid matting. Brushing a long-haired dog should always be done before the bath to remove any tangles and mats. If you are bathing a dog that is tangled, the knots only worsen and become tighter on the skin once wet. A good slicker brush and metal dog comb is recommended. Proper brushing requires reaching all the way to the dog’s skin. Gently work out any knots first with your brush, finishing with the comb. Frequent brushing can avoid those tedious and costly shave-downs that your groomer will recommend once matters get out of hand. Try to make brushing a bonding and rewarding time together. Follow up with treats and lots of praise!

Look into my eyes. Many toy breeds have over-active tear ducts that will leave stains and a build-up of eye ‘boogies’. Keep the corners of the eyes clean using a tissue or baby wipe. If eye ‘boogies’ are left unattended they will harden and can eventually leave a thick crust in the corners of the eyes and down the sides of the nose. Moisture builds up and can result in a bacterial or yeast infection of the eye. A foul odor around the eyes could be a sign of an infection. Unfortunately, many times when your groomer is able to remove the ‘boogie’

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build-up there is irritation and sometimes even a sore left in this area, which can be easily avoided by frequent at-home cleaning. Lend me your ears. Each time you bathe your dog, you can finish the deed with a good ear cleaning. Dogs that have heavy ears are very prone to ear infections, as well as breeds that have hair growth inside the ear canal. Your groomer will remove the hair from the ear when necessary. Use a veterinarian recommended ear cleaner and cotton balls to clean the inside of the ear and just slightly down the ear canal. Extremely dirty ears may need to be flushed and massaged to loosen up any dirt and wax build-up. If you noticed swelling, redness, or a foul odor coming from the ears, they may be infected. Also, if your dog is scratching his ears or shaking his head often, he could be trying to tell you his ears need some TLC.

back to every other week or use a soapless or oatmeal shampoo. It is not necessary to work up a sudsy lather when bathing, just make sure you are reaching the skin. A good massage is always appreciated. Finally, rinse well. Residual shampoo can leave your dog’s skin itchy. Avoid getting the water in the inside of the ear flaps. Remember, excess moisture leads to ear infections. There is an endless variety of shampoos available. If you notice any severe flaking, inflammation, oiliness, or a foul skin odor, your veterinarian may recommend a medicated shampoo. Caring for your dog is well worth the time and if done properly your pal will be grateful for the extra attention. May God bless you and your pets! by Crystal Boullion, Owner, Salon De Chien

Those nagging nails. Long nails can be bothersome and uncomfortable for your dog. They can make it difficult to walk and even get snagged on blankets and clothing. Neglected nails can even curl and grow into the paw pads, causing extreme pain and sometimes infection. Should you attempt to clip your dog’s nails at home remember that there is a vein (the quick) that grows inside the nail, so use caution to avoid cutting them too short, Black nails are especially tricky. If you clip a nail too short and do not have any “quick stop” you can always use cornstarch to stop the bleeding. You may opt to just file the nails, which can be done with a Dremel®. Rub-a-dub doggie. It is perfectly safe to bathe your dog once a week if you choose to do so. However, if you find weekly bathing is drying out his skin, you may want to cut

God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals.” Genesis 1:28 NLT

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horsemanship events while in school and, once he had time again and learned that team roping competition is based on a handicap index (similar to golf ), he decided that this is something he would like to try. Being able to compete with ropers at his level was very appealing. He knows competitive ropers from age 10 to 76

filled.” He was brought up around horses, and after being invited to watch a team roping practice, was encouraged by local roping legend Larry Miller. With Larry’s guidance through the fundamentals, after a few years he was able to be competitive. Casey says, “I have been fortunate through the years to meet some of the

“Team roping is more than a sport; it has blessed me with lifetime friends” heights. One look at the open fields and lands around us and it is no wonder that some our residents have been inspired to enjoy horsemanship. Jeff McClelland and Casey Duhon grew up around horses, and after putting their hobby on hold while real life took control, the fires blazed again and drew them back to that love of competition that they enjoyed all those years ago. Jeff competed in various western

and the sport is a perfect fit for his enjoyment of the outdoors and love of horses. Competing for cash and prizes also adds a certain satisfaction! Jeff says, “Team roping is very challenging, humbling and rewarding.” Like Jeff, Casey took a break from competing but says, “There was a void in my life that needed to be

old time horsemen and ropers who have shared some of their wisdom with me. Red and Gil Stoner and Levi and Jimmy Garcia have also tutored me through the journey.” With his friends and championship team roping mentors to support him, Casey feels that “team roping is more than a sport; it has blessed me with lifetime friends.”

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Dear Youngsville Community, I am honored to be the newly appointed Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Youngsville. More so, I am very proud to be involved in this community. I cannot think of a better place to live, work and raise a family. Youngsville’s commitment to its youth is evident all over the community. The Youngsville Sports Complex would have never happened had it not been for the true community effort demonstrated by the citizens here. The efforts of Mayor Viator and the city council members have been truly inspiring. Their goal, as well, is to enhance the lives of Youngsville’s residents. For the past 14 years, I have been the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Crowley and the Head Baseball Coach at Notre Dame High School, also in Crowley. My goal as the Director of the Youngsville Sports Complex will be to create a facility that stands for families, youth, and community. I will strive to provide quality recreational programs that contribute to the growth and development of our city’s children and their future children. The Youngsville Sports Complex will include 6 soccer fields, 4 softball fields, 5 baseball fields, 10 tennis courts, batting cages, a scenic 1-mile walking path, a fully stocked fishing pond, a playground, and 10 multi-purpose pavilions. It will be the premier recreational facility in Louisiana. This entire project was made possible by you. It is a true community effort that is the result of your commitment to your community and the families that live here. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions, and look forward to serving the citizens of Youngsville for many years. In Service, Tim Robichaux Director of Parks and Recreation City of Youngsville 337-581-3028

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very once in awhile you find an outfit that not only makes you look good, it makes feel great about yourself. Maybe the fit is just right. Maybe it’s the perfect color, or maybe it takes you back to a time when…. whatever it is, it can give you the confidence to take on the world. Four times a year designers offer us their best ensembles in hopes of every girl finding their magic look. This season they may have done it!

Palazzo Pants can be very casual when worn with a pair of flats or take you out for a night on the town with heels or wedges and the right accessories. Either way you choose, palazzo pants create the image of long and sleek. These flowing wide leg pants should fall below your ankle. Prints should be worn with a solid shirt. Pair with a long necklace to complete the look. Palazzo pants are chic but comfortable with effortless elegance.

Sheer Shirts

look great in any size. Spring is the season of light, when the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer. Sheer tops are a great choice for warm weather. They offer a flattering silhouette appearance while maintaining comfortable coverage. Pair sheer tops with a camisole or bandeau for a great look.

Statement Jewelry

could turn the plainest top into something spectacular. Mother Nature is the fashion star this season. Raw stones are in the spotlight. Choose pieces based on where you are going. Bold pieces are great for date night, or go soft with thin necklace and a customer charm for a more demure look.

Keep your style up to date by purchasing a few key pieces each season, and then wear it like it’s yours. If you‘re not in charge of your look, then who is? Your style should be a part of you, an extension of your personality.


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estled near the pond and fountain is Romacelli Bistro e Vino at Sugar Mill Pond. It was wonderful to have a short drive to 220 Prescott Blvd, Suite 100 and not have to drive into Lafayette or the surrounding areas & fight the city traffic. We like to visit many different types of restaurants and enjoy a wide variety of food all throughout our area. Our goal, like many others, is to enjoy a delicious meal in a relaxed atmosphere for a reasonable price. We were delighted to find all of these at Romacelli. Reservations were not required and we were seated quickly and immediately waited on. We always thought that it was a dressy venue but the “come as you are” comfortable ambience was very friendly. The atmosphere is quiet and would be perfect for a family dinner with the kids or a romantic date. You can choose to sit at a big table or in a booth if you prefer more privacy. The extensive wine list is varied without being overwhelming. The

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servers are very knowledgeable and recommend choices based on each person’s individual tastes. Romacelli also has delicious specialty cocktails that combine popular liquors with fresh fruit and herbs into combinations that are out of this world. There is a wonderful selection of draft and bottled beer from your

William Alexander, Executive Chef & District Manager Sandra Lege, Restaurant Manager

everyday favorites to many Louisiana brewery choices and some imports as well. Coming soon is Romacelli House Wine in red and white. A glance at the menu had our mouths watering. With an emphasis on Italian dishes there is also a fine variety of salads including Grilled Tuna Steak and Greek, a wide assortment of sandwiches served on homemade white or wheat bread which is baked fresh daily and pizzas that everyone from the more experienced eater to the kids will love. We were very happy with the large variety of heart healthy and gluten free items as well. We were honored with a visit from William Alexander, the District Manager and Executive Chef. He has created many of the menu items, including the new Salmon with Greens dish. Our server was Jamie Maurin. She is one of the most knowledgeable servers we have ever had. She truly connects with the customer. All of the staff was very accommodating and friendly.

To start: We had three of the least ordered appetizers since most people order either the Classic or Mediterranean Hummus. Turkish Flatbread: We were a little intimidated by the item at first. But Jamie explained that squeezing the lemon wedge is what brings out the flavor. The flatbread stayed crispy and the flavors of the roasted ground beef, tomato, onion and parsley were balanced and complimented each other.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip: We were in “hog heaven”. Most dips are salty but this one had a perfect light flavor. Good balance between the spinach and the cream with a subtle garlic taste. Served with fresh baked Focaccia bread it was the “Perfect Chew” Feta Cheese Rolls: Fresh Feta & Ricotta cheeses and parsley rolled in Phyllo dough & served with homemade marinara sauce, made daily with fresh herbs. Absolutely delicious.

The second course: Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad: Sandra, the manager, suggested adding blackened shrimp. Fresh baby spinach, dried cranberries, golden raisins, Bosc pears, green apples, strawberries, oranges and candied walnuts served with a strawberry champagne vinaigrette. Sweet and tangy. The flavors worked great together.

Romacelli Special Pizza: One of their most popular! Cajun Spice is a close second. What makes this pizza so special is that it is made from only fresh ingredients including the CELLIpeppers. This is a recently discovered pepper from South Africa with a mildly spicy, sweet taste. Extremely filling for a “non-meat” pizza and a BIG HIT! A small is 10” with 6 slices and a large is 14” with 8 slices.

Jamie Maurin, Waitress Extraordinaire

The main course: Surprising ourselves that we could continue and not wanting to disappoint you, we began the main course; and we are sure glad we did. Mediterranean Shrimp Pasta: A Shining Star! Marinated shrimp, sautéed with tomatoes, green onions and Feta cheese in a light olive oil sauce. Light, authentic with a kalamata olive to top each perfect bite.

Salmon with Greens: Perfectly pan seared salmon. The greens are Escrole, a milder, less bitter member of the endive family. Served atop cannellini beans and fresh Italian sausage. Complimented by a white wine parmesan broth. WOW! A very welcome addition to an already exceptional menu.

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Dessert: Last but certainly not least. White Chocolate Hazelnut Bread Pudding: The ingredients speak for themselves but the consistency must be tasted to be believed. Best bread pudding we have ever had.

The overall experience is one we will not soon forget. From the friendly staff, the beautiful surroundings and casual, relaxed atmosphere, Romacelli Sugar Mill Pond is a must. To top off the wonderful evening, the fresh ingredients, perfectly seasoned dishes, homemade breads and beverages; they serve freshly ground Mello Joy which

can be enjoyed in the outdoor seating area on one of the soft, comfortable chairs which are ideal for finishing off the perfect meal or just enjoying some down time and visiting with friends. Be sure to visit their website, www. for hours and directions to one of their two locations in Lafayette. With

special events like Wine Down Wednesday with ½ price bottles of wine and Finally Fridays each week from 12 – 6 with half price select specialty drinks and $5 glasses of wine there is always a reason to visit Romacelli Bistro e Vino.

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riginally started in a Cajun dance hall in Milton, Louisiana called The Blue Room, NuNu’s has become a vital part of the Youngsville community. Little did Mr. Arthe Broussard know that his small store would turn into the family run business it is today, with 3 successful locations. Their story is one that originated from a desire to help their community. Back in 1953, most of the residents in the area worked at the sweet potato canning factory in Maurice. With no place to eat lunch, the workers would meander on down to The Blue Room. Here, the locals could enjoy their lunch and friendly conversation. Very quickly, Mr. Arthe saw the need to carry a few groceries for his customers. He began stocking a few basic items like bread and ketchup. Eventually he closed the bar and opened a full-fledged grocery store. As the years went by, the business was passed on to Mr. Walter “NuNu” Broussard and his wife Jeanette. As a result of their hard work and desire to help their community, the store flourished and its reputation for providing authentic Cajun foods grew. Now here’s where the story gets even more interesting! In 1976, NuNu opened Broussard’s Supermarket in Milton, Louisiana. His perfectly seasoned specialty meats kept customers coming back for more. Not wanting the seasoning recipe to get into the wrong hands, NuNu’s butcher at the time hid the recipe when he left for vacation. Specialty meats without the seasoning was not an option for NuNu. He and his son-in-law David started feverishly mixing spices together to create their own blend. The result was the NuNu’s Cajun Seasoning we all know and love today. Originally the seasoning was mixed in an ice chest and a batch would last about 2 weeks. In order to keep up with the demand, an industrial mixer was eventually purchased. NuNu

went from making 10 gallons of seasoning every two weeks to 1600 pounds every week! Wanting to be a part of the phenomenal growth in Youngsville, the third generation of Broussards opened NuNu’s Fresh Market in 2007 on the Youngsville Highway. In 2011, an additional location in Maurice opened. NuNu’s is not your typical grocery store. It’s a place where you’re treated like family. It is a one stop shop with everything from specialty meats like fresh sausage, seasoned stuffed brisket, boneless stuffed chickens, marinated ribeyes, and a full service deli and bakery. If you haven’t indulged in a

piece of NuNu’s Award Winning Boudin, you truly do not know what you are missing. Originally, David Choate, NuNu’s Boudin Master, made approximately 50 pounds of boudin per week. Today, they exceed 3000-4000 pounds a week! It is consistently ranked highest by boudin connoisseurs everywhere, and has won the top award at the Boudin Cook Off 4 years in a row! Now back to NuNu’s Cajun Seasoning. As the demand for the famous blend grew, so did Blaine Broussard’s vision for expansion. With the addition of a new distribution warehouse where the seasoning is made on-site with state of the art mixers and equipment, Blaine began marketing the seasoning to other grocery stores. To date, NuNu’s Cajun Seasoning is available at Market Basket, Krogers, Brookshire Brothers, Albertsons, and Independent Grocers across Louisiana and Texas. Blaine has plans to expand into Walmarts and other stores nationwide. Sadly, NuNu’s son Daren passed away in October 2011. Blaine and wife Tyree, Arleen and husband David Choate, and Tamra, along with Mr. NuNu continue to run this family owned business with a deep desire to be of service to the community. They currently employ over 90 people and are growing every day. Their tireless dedication to our community is evident in all that they do. It is a true family owned business from the ground up. As their business grows and expands, this tight knit family knows and cherishes the importance of spending time together. When they’re not working, they enjoy hunting, fishing, sporting events with their children and other local events and festivals. So the next time you’re getting ready to fire up the grill, remember the Broussards, and don’t forget to put a little NuNu’s on it!

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Hair Care

by Lana Kern

Stylist, Instructor, Salon Owner Distinct Impressions Salon & Spa

Everyone wants healthy hair, and you don’t have to sacrifice your blowouts, color, or highlights to have it. Sometimes it seems confusing because there are so many products on the market. Healthy hair comes from learning what your hair needs, when it needs it, and how to care for it. The number one problem condition we notice is frizzed, frayed, dry or dull hair, which is a result of lack of moisture. Hydrating the hair should be done at least once a week or once a month depending on the degree of dryness or damage. 52 Centre 705 | SUMMER 2013

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHAMPOO Shampoos remove all the dirt and oil from the hair. Usually one shampoo treatment will cleanse the hair. Using too much shampoo will strip away essential oils and lipids, causing dryness and breakage. A quarter size amount of shampoo is the right amount to use. Try not to shampoo everyday and remember to rinse with cool water. A cool rinse closes the cuticle layer, which adds shine. Hot water rinses open the cuticle layer, causing color treated hair to fade. Shampoos labeled moisturizing, curl enhancing, or color protecting are relatively kind. Before applying conditioner, rinse hair well. Leftover shampoo residue will dull your hair’s shine.

water dilutes their effectiveness. Apply

Medium to thick hair should have a deep conditioning treatment for repair and hydration.

DECIDING WHICH CONDITIONER TO USE Normal hair can usually be kept in healthy condition with the use of a leave-in or light rinseout conditioner. Use a moisturizing conditioner for medium to thick hair. Look for products with essential oils like avocado, argan, coconut or sunflower oil. Once every 2-4 weeks, the hair should have a deep conditioning treatment for repair and hydration. If your hair is coarse or frizzy, use a dollop of argan or Moroccan oil daily. You can also use an anti frizz spray

daily to soften the ends and top layer. Using a dense masque with rich emollients once a week will help, as well. Fine hair can be tricky. Most fine hair clients feel that conditioners weigh the hair down. If you have fine hair, skip thick masques with oils and silicones. Instead, use a deep conditioner with volume boosting proteins. If the hair is color treated, be sure to use a deep repair or reconstructing masque at least once a month. When applying conditioners, always give the hair a few squeezes. Excess

conditioner at mid-shaft and work through to the ends in long, fluid motions. Do not apply to the scalp. Always comb through before rinsing for a thorough application. Leave on for the recommended time. Cover hair with a plastic cap, wrap, or towel to conduct heat. Conducting heat will open the cuticle layer of the hair and help with absorption, which will hydrate the hair. A deep penetrating masque is recommended for severely damaged hair. It should be left on 10-20 minutes. A keratin emergency treatment, applied by a salon professional, will stop breakage immediately. This procedure consists of applying a reconstructing conditioner and polymer based sealer which will seal and close the cuticle layer and ends, leaving the hair shiny and manageable. This treatment lasts approximately 30 days.

watts. If using a flat iron, choose one

your curls have lost their bounce, refrain from heat styling and use a conditioning

with ceramic plates. Never obsessively flat iron, and always set your flat iron at a temperature less than 400 degrees. If hair is curly, use your fingers to tousle. Curl re-activating products are also helpful. If you notice that

masque. Once the hair re-hydrates, new hydrogen bonds begin to form, restoring the curl pattern. Again, use a heat protectant to prevent future damage. A haircut is also recommended every eight to ten weeks.

STYLING To prevent frizz, split ends, breakage and dullness, use a heat protectant spray. Some contain UV protectants or light reflectors to add shine. Detangle hair with a wide tooth comb and style with a boar bristle brush to prevent damage. Choose an ionic blow dryer with 2,000

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Hi Annie. How do you like to unwind at the end of the week in Youngsville? I have 3 words for you: Pondtini, Pondtini, Pondtini!!! If you haven’t experienced this Romacelli signature cocktail, you should be whipped, honey! Finally Friday at Romacelli is a great place to kick off the weekend. They offer ½ price select specialty drinks and $5 glasses of wine! You won’t hear me whining about that! Stopping by Morvant’s is also a must. There’s no better place to catch up on the latest gossip, while enjoying the best hamburgers in the world! As the night goes on, I also like to make an appearance at Corner Bar before I head over to Route 92 for a musical nightcap. Hope this helps. If you have any suggestions for fun on Fridays in Youngsville, I would love to hear them. Shoot me an email at! TTFN!


id you know that Youngsville was the birthplace of Louisiana businessman, politician, and Hadacol inventor Dudley J. LeBlanc? Known as Coozan Dud LeBlanc, he was born in Youngsville on August 16, 1894. LeBlanc was a colorful Democrat and Cajun member of the Louisiana State Senate. He made a fortune from the alcohol-laden patent medicine known as Hadacol. LeBlanc, a marketing mastermind, touted his product as a vitamin supplement that aided in the rebuilding of “Pep, Strength, and Energy of Buoyant Health”. Hadacol contained 12% alcohol, which was listed on the bottle as a “preservative”. This made the product very popular in the dry parishes and counties across the country. Instructions were to

take 1 tablespoon in ½ glass of water 4 times per day. LeBlanc promoted his “miracle tonic” tirelessly through the airwaves and with promotional items such as comic books with Hadacol super heros. He even created the “Hadacol Goodwill Caravan” touring shows that included celebrity appearances by stars like Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Bob Hope, and Judy Garland. In 1951, LeBlanc sold his interest in Hadacol for $8,200,000. He died on October 22, 1971 in Abbeville, Louisiana.

The B-vitamin Hadacol product that LeBlanc first stirred up with boat oars behind his barn became a national phenomenon, and by 1950 was making more money than Bayer aspirin.

Around 1950 Hadacol was a fantastic success – sales wise. “Captain Hadacol” used Hadacol like Popeye used spinach.

Pictured left to right: Lucas Denais and Gerald Fremin Local Youngsville Residents

This picture was taken in 1949 at Youngsville High School gym. It was for a banquet recognizing Mr. Dudley LeBlanc for donating the St. Theresa statue that stands in front of St. Anne Church.

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Lawn Care

by Tim Landry, Owner

Landry’s Lawn Improvement


veryone wants that luscious, thick, vibrant, green lawn that all of the neighbors envy.

Your lawn is one of the most important features of your home and is often one of the first impressions that someone gets about your home. However, like anything else worth having, achieving a beautiful lawn does require some work. If you have a lawn, it’s most likely that you have had some lawn care problems. This is quite typical. Nature doesn’t make beautiful lawns. Having and maintaining that eye catching lawn that everyone is talking about will always be a work in progress, but it’s not impossible. Here are a few questions that I’ve answered on how to keep the face of your home looking its best.

How short should I keep my lawn?

Is it important to sharpen the blades on my mower?

One huge misconception about mowing lawns is that some people believe that the shorter they cut it, the better off it is because they will have to cut it less frequently. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Cutting your lawn too short actually scalps it. This has several negative effects. Not only does it put your lawn in shock, but it also gives an open invitation to weeds and insects.

What happens when you try to cut meat with a dull knife? It literally butchers the meat, and the cut is nothing close to pretty. Besides demolishing the visual quality of your lawn by using dull blades on your mower, it also welcomes disease to your lawn. Keeping your mower blades sharpened also conserves fuel. With fuel costs on the rise, who wants to miss an opportunity on saving on their fuel bill? Research shows that by using a sharpened blade on your mower, it actually cuts fuel consumption by 22%.

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How much should I water my lawn? While you want to make sure that your lawn is well hydrated, avoiding overwatering is just as important. Contrary to popular belief, a newly established lawn requires less water that a lawn with a strong root system. A new lawn should be kept moist while an older lawn requires a greater amount of water to maintain the deeper rooting system. Therefore, if your lawn is new, lightly sprinkle it each day; and if your lawn is older, water it once a week. An established lawn requires about 1 inch of water.

I’ve heard that leaving lawn clippings after I mow is actually beneficial. Is this true? Yes, there is truth to this statement. The lawn clippings left in the yard will actually recycle nutrients back into the soil.

When should I fertilize my lawn? Timing is everything with fertilization and it is a crucial factor in maintaining a healthy lawn. Just like people require vitamins and nutrients to live and breathe properly, so does your lawn in order to have a strong and healthy rooting system. During the summer months, fertilizer should be used monthly.

This should be done with a slow, steady water flow and can be accomplished with about 30 minutes of watering. Watering for a longer length of time on fewer days allows deeper roots to absorb the proper amount of moisture. You should also pay attention to the time of day that you are watering. Watering should be done in the early morning or late in the evening to avoid loss of water through evaporation. Watering should also be done evenly. If you don’t have a sprinkler system, you should have several sprinklers and rotate them to avoid damage to the lawn.

How often should I aerate my lawn? Aeration should only be done once a year. Excessive aeration can actually cause problems. It can prevent nutrients and water from penetrating in the soil. It can also create unhealthy growing condition which can welcome weeds and disease issues.

What is the best way to keep weeds under control? The best way to control weeds is to have a thick, healthy lawn because windblown seeds will have a harder time germinating in a lush lawn. Watering, watering, and fertilizing will discourage weeds. Weeds that germinate in the summer are usually summer annual weeds and can be controlled by pulling them out by hand. They usually cannot grow back from the remaining roots. Treating your lawn with a weed control product labeled for use on home lawns can be effective as well.

Should I cut my lawn in a particular pattern? You should use a pattern when you cut your lawn. Each time that you mow, you should alternate your pattern. This enables grass to grow straight and tall rather than lying down in one direction. This will also prevent permanent wheel marks in your lawn. When you begin to mow, you should always make at least two to three passes around the outside edge of the fence. This will give you room to turn if you are striping the yard. Tim Landry, Owner Landry’s Lawn Improvement 337-501-6875

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Cheryl and Docq Gaspard are a husband and wife team that is cdg images. With strong ties to wildlife and nature photography, their commercial work has been shown from Lafayette to Europe as well as billboards and printed media. On-Site Photography is what they do, and that means no studio with the overhead burdens that accompany it. This is one of the ways they are able to hold their costs down which saves their clients’

money. Active in all things Acadiana and our local communities, they have a strong relationship with everyone especially their clients. That coupled with the passion for what they do gives them a well-rounded body of work. From Automobiles to Alligators, Stage & Productions to Advertising and Commercial work. cdg images is proud of their work and the relationships they have with their clients, and all the fine people they meet each day.

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Centre705 Magazine - Youngsville Summer 2013 Edition  

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