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EDITOR’s Desk | Lisa DAY
Finally, it is April…I say this not because I’m excited that the year seems to be flying by, but maybe, now there will be some semblance of stability in our weather and we can actually move on to spring weather activities. It seems like every time we’ve been ready, we step outside and, wow, it’s 35 degrees again! Of course, one greatly anticipated spring activity inherent to Acadiana is festival season. Coming up later this month is our most popular festival and one that draws huge crowds from all over the world to experience Louisiana culture and a diversity of local and international music. For anyone slightly new to Acadiana, or for whatever reason has not experienced it yet, it is
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Acadiana, it is just ‘Festival’. Coming up this weekend April 4-6th, is the 2nd Annual Scott Boudin Festival celebrating Scott as the ‘Boudin Capital of the World’. It is another outstanding opportunity to be social, have fun, and support another of our Acadiana cities. This month, FACE presents the second of many Community Spotlight features: Scott, Louisiana. You will learn not only about the Boudin Festival but also the history of Scott from the 1800s through the extensive economic growth and development that is occurring today. You will definitely want to visit!
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FACE | COMMUNITY MATTERS: History Scott has always existed as part of a transportation hub. When the city was founded, Drozin Boudreaux and Dominique Cayret negotiated a deal with J. B. Scott to have a train line run its tracks through the property in exchange for 150 feet of land and the construction of a train depot and station. Thus, the town was christened Scott in honor of J. B. The station was dubbed the “origin of western travel,” and different rates were charged for those traveling east or west. As part of the arrangement, patrons would be required to stop in Scott and pay a fee in order to continue west into Texas. As a result, Scott grew significantly due to the increase in commerce. As an important train stop, a variety of produce was shipped through the region, benefitting the farming community. Yams, cotton, and other products were among the main crops. Scott was well known as a central location for commerce and business by 1880.
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By 1896, the large square surrounding Scott Station included a large hotel, boarding house, blacksmith shop, three large mercantile stores, several residential homes, a sugar mill for producing molasses, two school houses, two taverns, a small cemetery, five steam powered cotton gins, and a warehouse. 200 people lived around the station and served population five times that number. Albert Bourque, who opened a saloon in 1902 that is still standing today, as Gallery Acadie, is attributed to coining the city motto “… this is where the west begins.” 200 people lived in the area around the station, but the city served a commuting population five times that size. The primary mode of transportation for most people were horse and mule drawn buggies. The home of Scott’s first doctor, built in 1907, still stands on St. Mary’s Street as Bijou Salon and Spa. Dr. Louis A. Prejean was a hearth and buggy doctor, making house visits for miles around in a mule drawn carriage alongside his driver. Dr. Prejean was instrumental in helping form Scott’s first bank, and served as the city’s first mayor. The first bank of Scott was founded in 1911, located next to the feed store and farmer loading dock. In modern times, native Paul Begnaud has converted the bank into a home. A clever part of the house design is that original bank vault has been converted into a kitchen.
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Much of this fascinating information is gleaned from a publication put together by multiple occupants of the city this year, entitled “Images of Scott.” Published last year through the Scott Historical and Genealogical Society, denizen Claudette LeBlanc was a major contributor to the work. She happens to be the granddaughter of Dr. Prejean, cousin to Mr. Begnaud, and daughter of the tenth mayor of Scott.
Other townspeople like Riddell Miller have collected old newspaper clippings for years in order to preserve the city’s history. She fell into the habit thanks to her mentor, a schoolteacher from Riddell’s youth who saved every article about Scott in a shoebox for posterity.
“My passion is heritage and culture because I am an Acadian Cajun. I speak the language, and I dance. I have been in tourism for almost 18 years,” Miller says. Although the original Sabine train line is not in operation and the station no longer exists, trains continue to pass through Scott heading west. While the era of train transportation has waned, Scott remains a transportation hub. The recently constructed roundabout at I-10 has positioned Scott to become a major growth area once again. With such rich history, it is no surprise that many Acadians frequent the city.
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Economic Development Scott is currently poised to begin major growth. There are numerous exciting plans for the city. Scott currently ranks as the second best place |to live in Louisiana, and many upcoming ventures will further enhance the community. “Council members and the mayor put the city and their constituents ahead of any personal agendas. Past and present leaders have aligned projects and recruited businesses to the area to maximize growth at minimal cost to residents, through grants and other state projects,” Scott Fire Chief Chad Sonnier informs. At the age 53, Mayor Purvis J. Morrison has never moved from the City of Scott. Prior to serving his first term as mayor, Morrison served the community as a councilman for four years, and a city parish councilman for three years.
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In addition, the city council contributes major support of all the economic developments in Scott. Council members pass laws that affect sewage, water rates, roads, and the city in general. The council helps develop a comprehensive plan for future sustained and planned growth. In addition, council is part of a twinning committee teamed with France and Canada for the preservation of French culture.
“We try to make the right decision for the majority of the community, not just one or two,” Bill Young, eldest councilman of five years and owner of local business First Turn, confides.
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The mayor is currently working with the Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization with the purpose of obtaining and implementing traffic roundabout feasibility studies for a number of locations in Scott. Comprehensive Plan Facilitator Pat Logan, who retired from the Lafayette Consolidated Government after 33 years of experience and 14 years as Associate Director of Public Works, will be the mayor’s appointee to the Transportation Technical Committee for the MPO. “We are currently working on creating a land use code to manage future development … the TTC is an integral part of the planning process relative to the allocation of State and Federal for the area,” Logan informs. One of the most promising prospects is referred to as Destination Point, which is the northwest corridor of the I-10 ramp. The location consists of over 40 acres and has been considered for economic development for over 10 years. There is potential for major retailers to build businesses in the location, and the city has applied for grants totaling approximately $2 million for the development. Water and sewer is being added and roads are being designed, with bids to be made in the coming months. Another growth opportunity is the Apollo Road Extension, a main vein adjoining I-10. The two-mile stretch of land runs parallel to Ambassador Caffery Parkway, and will be transformed into a 4-lane boulevard from Cameron Street to Dulles Drive. The proposed boulevard will set the tone for the neighborhood with streetlights, a walking path, and a bike path. It will also provide access to the southern part of the parish. The impact on traffic will be positive as well, as estimates suggest up to 20,000 cars the first day it opens. A monument sign will be constructed on the road so that Scott will be seen as more of a tourism site. Architecture students from the University of Louisiana Lafayette are helping with the designs of the development. The city has applied for $15 million in grants for this project. “I think that has been an untapped area, so to speak. We would like to develop those spaces,” Jan-Scott Richard, Mayor Pro Temp and owner of Cajan’s Eatery, states.
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“I do not think you will find more kind and generous people than the people of Scott. They make it a great place to live,” Mayor Morrison suggests. More businesses are becoming established in Scott, bringing more employment and permanent inhabitants. Scott Commercial Park is a 30-lot light industrial park that is now open for business. A groundbreaking was also held for National Oilwell Varco, which will be constructing two 20,000foot facilities. One building will be a fully operational company with 80 employees, while the other will function as a training facility. As a nationwide company, the training facility will bring many visitors supporting local hotels. There are even new subdivisions in Scott, one currently containing 150 homes. The other subdivision, currently in phase 1, contains 88 lots. More ideas for growth include additions to park and recreation areas for children. The city currently has a baseball field, and many people would like the city to purchase more property in order to add soccer fields as well. A new 4-H facility is a possible long-term goal. As a five- to six-year project, the Acadiana Agriculture and 4-H Center would provide a venue for livestock shows. District and regional shows currently occur in Lafayette. The state-of-theart, air-conditioned facility could function for a rodeo as well, bringing more commerce to the city.
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FACE | COMMUNITY MATTERS: “We are a growing community, but we always keep the people first. We are trying to retain our wonderful culture and our identity, and keep Scott where the west begins,” Mayor Morrison expresses.
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Boudin Capital of the World Any visit to Acadiana is not complete without a meal in the Boudin Capital of the World. The distinction is due to Scott having the most boudin purveyors per-capita in the state. This Cajun delicacy can be found in multiple restaurants and stores often served with cracklings. Scott is also home to the Scott Boudin Festival, which will return April 4 through 6.
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Most Acadians are aware that when the British expelled their French ancestors from Nova Scotia, they made their way to the bayous of Louisiana. The rustic new life required ingenuity and creativity to survive. When Acadians butchered a hog, they made a stuffed sausage called “boudin.” Along with pork skin cracklins, boudin enabled the townsfolk to utilize as much of the pig as possible. The slaughter itself was called a “boucherie,” and relatives would gather in order to split up the meat. Despite this common heritage, no two boudins are the same. Different varieties contain varying amounts of rice, meat, onions, garlic, salt, black pepper, red pepper and other signature spices chosen by the chef. The dish can be served numerous ways, from boudin links to boudin balls to boudin sandwiches. Some even disagree on the best method to eat the tasty sausage; a few prefer to split the casing open and eat the inside instead of devouring the links whole. There is even seafood boudin on Fridays for Catholics observing the Lenten season.
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their own unique way of serving it,” Kelly Potier, Scott Louisiana Boudin Festival Pageant Director, explains.
As for the pageant, 11 kings and queens were named from over 100 hopefuls this March in anticipation of the upcoming boudin festival. The queen will have the honor of attending the Washington Mardi Gras ball in January of next year. Organizers expect that a queen will be eligible to compete as part of the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals by 2016. Potier was chosen as pageant director due to her experience, having directed pageants for 17 years.
“The pageant serves as a way to select ambassadors that will travel around Louisiana representing Scott,” Potier says. The Boudin Festival is a very affordable weekend jaunt for families. Admission on Friday is completely free, while Saturday and Sunday only cost $5 and there is no charge for children under the age of six. Whether a person enjoys food, music, social events, or independent vendors, the weekend will provide plenty of entertainment for guests. The festival is also an excuse to unite the tight knit community of Scott with a citywide celebration.
“The Boudin Festival is very important to us because it allows all of us to come Don’s Specialty Meats, purveyors of Cajun cuisine, has become the most prominent boudin maker with sales volume of 785,000 pounds a year. Citizens in the region have voted Don’s the “best” for 7 years in a row. The independent business serves boudin hot and ready to eat every Friday during lent, and has daily plate lunches alongside a full service grill. The location also boasts the number one crackling sales volume in the state. Other products offered include stuffed pork chops, smoked sausage, and deboned chickens.
together. There is something for everyone. It is a safe, friendly, family environment that everyone can attend,” Potier assures.
To celebrate the popularity of boudin in the city, a non-profit organization was formed to plan the first annual Scott Boudin Festival last year, which was met with much success. Far more than just a collection of food stands, this full on festival event will include fair rides for children, arts and crafts vendors, appearances by the kings and queens of the second annual Scott Louisiana Boudin Festival Pageant that was held in March, a diaper derby for young children, musical performances by zydeco and swamp bands, and of course the obligatory boudin eating contest.
“It is amazing to me. All these people on the board work together. We could not have the festival without our volunteers. That is really what makes the festival such a success,” Potier expresses.
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Volunteer Fire Department “We have a variety of members in our department. We have volunteers that are career firefighters, oil field workers, business owners, law enforcement officers, a physical therapist, and college students. No matter what their career may be, when the pager goes off, they are all firefighters,” Chief Chad Sonnier exclaims. Scott’s Volunteer Fire Department is in the top 10 percent of volunteer departments in the country. The 42 members of the department train hundreds of hours to prepare for that split second decision to save the life of a total stranger. And unlike a career department, Scott’s team of firefighters does not receive a salary or benefits for their services. Volunteer departments are held to the same standards as career departments. They must meet all the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association and Property Insurance Association of Louisiana, which dictate insurance premiums. Volunteer departments must obtain their required training hours after they complete their full time job. Both career and volunteer firefighters face the exact same type of dangers and emergencies. “I do admit, being a volunteer firefighter places a strain on your family life; no one knows when the pager will go off and husbands or wives are forced to leave, to help someone they have never met,” Sonnier relates. The department is currently housed in a modern fire emergency building constructed by the city only five years ago. When not risking their lives, the department assists with fire prevention and fire safety during public gatherings. Having a firefighter on hand can provide hidden benefits. During the first annual Boudin Festival in 2013, photographers were hoisted over 100 feet in the air, allowing them to capture all the festivities. “There were more people than anyone expected; for nearly two city square blocks, all you could see was people shoulder to shoulder. Most volunteer firefighters join to better their community. We do anything that will benefit or promote Scott,” Sonnier pledges.
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Arts and Entertainment Among the numerous benefits to living in Scott are the distractions present to break up a leisurely afternoon. Many community events draw the entire town; the city really is that place where everybody knows your name. Biking on the Block is a once a month gathering sponsored by the Cajun Harley Davidson, owned by Geoffrey Hebert, husband to Teresa of Bijou Salon and Spa. A gazebo is erected on the grounds, bands play, and bikers come from all around and have a block party. Another destination is the Lafayette KOA Campground located on Apollo Road, which is operated by the Ellamen family. The facility includes a lake and swimming pool and is popular among campers. The campground is a great selection for hosting family reunions, or simply to get the kids out of the house for a night or a weekend. Annually, the region also hosts a parade during the Mardi Gras season. As one of the daytime parades in Acadiana, Scott’s parade occurs on Sunday a week before Mardi Gras. Scott is even home to its own Mardi Gras organizations, such as the Krewe of Olympus, Krewe of Atlantis, Krewe of SBA or Small Business Association, and Krewe of Red Hot Scott.
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Many enjoy these pastimes, but some of the most rewarding entertainment belongs to the art community. There are several notable painters, musicians, and authors who call or have called Scott their home. Floyd Sonnier was a world-renowned visual artist from Scott, and a pioneer of illustrating Acadian culture. He exhibited his work throughout the United States, France, and Canada. Floyd was well known for drawing on any available surface he could find, often with charcoal. His spouse Verlie Sonnier continues to preserve and showcase her husband’s work in the Floyd Sonnier Gallery. The next generation of Scott artists is making waves with their new art galleries. Oleus Boudreaux grew up watching Floyd Sonnier draw in the latter’s studio building. Oleus became inspired to pursue painting as a
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FACE | COMMUNITY MATTERS: result and has been encouraged in that field his entire life by his grandmother Vivian Domingue, age 95. Oleus and his partner Bryan Theriot decided to lease the building that Floyd utilized during the 1980s and 1990s and reopen it as Gallery Acadie. Interestingly, this same building is the location of the original saloon built by Albert Bourque. Oleus refers to Gallery Acadie as a working studio gallery. This means that an artist in residence actively works on his or her projects in the building, which is open to the public. Guests can come in and observe the artists as they work, revealing technique and approach in the process. “We wanted a place where we can display our art and people can walk in and see us painting,” Oleus emphasized. Oleus was responsible for creating Scott’s first annual Boudin Festival poster. The original creation consisted of a pig and a locomotive, representing two of the well-known features of Scott: boudin and the train station. For this year, Oleus focused on the city motto, which is “Where the West begins and the hospitality never ends.” Pictured is a table with Acadian flag as a table cloth with a plate of boudin and boudin balls. The perspective symbolizes an invitation to the viewer to come and sit down at the table and join the feast. “I wanted it to be cultural with the Acadian flag. I just wanted it to be inviting and hospitable. We want to focus on the culture of the town,” Oleus shares.
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Gallery Acadie is also the home of Brushes and Boudin. The painting party is open to people of all skill levels for a small fee. Over the course of two hours, guests will work on a piece of art with advice and instruction provided by Oleus himself. Cajun music will be playing along with complimentary boudin and cracklins samples from Scott restaurants. Guests can bring their own wine to enjoy while they work. At the end of the evening, attendees will have a piece of art they are proud enough frame and hang on a wall. “If someone wants to take it seriously, we can instruct him or her. If they just want to have fun, we can help with that too,” Oleus suggests. John D. Perret is affectionately dubbed the monkey man. What at first may seem like an insult is actually a reference to the subjects in his artwork. John’s specialty is painting variations of the three wise monkeys, or as people know them “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.” The artist plans to have his gallery 3 Wize Monkeez up and running by this spring. The three centrally located art galleries may use the buildings close proximity to each other to their advantage by promoting an art walk during the new Saturday farmers’ market. The market occurs across the street from the venues, making it an easy stroll for guests. Additionally, tents may be added to the market in order to promote the art. A real blacksmith will be on hand during the market and art walk, producing live blacksmithing for the crowd. Scott is also home to a number of talented musicians. Lil Nate and Zydeco Big Timers, Travis Matte and the Kingpins, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, and Kevin Naquin The Ossun Playboys will all be performing at this year’s Boudin Festival. Another popular community social opportunity is the Friday night jam session. The informal get together is hosted by councilman Bill Young and consists of a collection Cajun musicians who meet at La Maison de Begnaud, or the Begnaud House.
“Scott is a great place to live because of the people and hospitality. The community is always working together to help improve the quality of living, “ Naquin states. Zachary Richard is a very popular songwriter, singer, and poet from Scott. The musician has recorded 16 albums, including “Cap Enragé “which has achieved double platinum certification. Five of his other albums have been awarded gold certification. Ironically, the musician has found more success in Canada than his own country. Zachary has won five of Canada’s Prix Félix awards. He has been featured in documentaries, and in 1996 the musician founded the
volunteer organization Action Cadienne to celebrate the French language, and celebrate the Cajun culture of Louisiana. He developed his chops by learning accordion from the late Felix Richard. For the bibliophiles out there, Dr. William Arceneaux is a famous Scott author. Originally raised in the city, William went on to become a professor at LSU. His book entitled “No Spark of Malice” relates the true story of an 1886 murder that occurred at Scott Station. Two young French immigrants living and working on a nearby farm named Ernest and Alexis Blanc murdered Martin Begnaud opposite the Rexall Pharmacy. The boys were found guilty of the murder and hanged for their crimes April 2, 1897. Due to the story, William is well known in France and frequently travels all over world to recount the story. During Scott’s centennial celebration in 2007, resident Riddell Miller helped direct a dramatic play based on the same story. According to Acadian legend, people came from as far as New Orleans just to witness the trial. The rich art community in Scott contributes greatly to the indigenous culture while providing many different services to the public. One can only hope that these developments will continue to grow, becoming even greater assets to the community.
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Tree of Soles Acadian Bed and Breakfast is an independently run Scott business that is notable for its cultural influences. Judy Sonnier and her husband built the structure themselves over the course of ten years with a sawmill and lumber from cypress trees. The structure is painstakingly modeled after traditional Acadian house structures.
to the collection and offer a prayer to God. The shoes are a reference to how Jesus cleansed the feet of others, and by placing one’s shoes on the tree they can symbolically cleanse their soul. The Sonnier family’s strong Catholic beliefs have helped shape their outlook on life.
“We built it in an Acadian style so people that came to Louisiana could really experience Acadian culture,“ Judy informs.
“You throw your shoes up into the tree to lighten the burden of your soul,” Judy says.
The Sonnier family took measurements for dimensions from Acadian Village in Lafayette. The location they chose near their family home on their own property because it was the site of one of the original homes on the plantation. The only work that was contracted out was the brick laying, plumbing, electrical, and sewer system.
When the original tree was knocked down by hurricane Lily, two priests visiting the bed and breakfast encouraged the family to keep the idea going. Three replacement trees were chosen, in reference to the three crosses at Jesus’ Crucifixion. The trees have been featured in several publications throughout the southeast, drawing curious onlookers from multiple states.
True to Acadian tradition, the house is one large room; Acadians were originally taxed based on the number of rooms in their house. As such, they used armoires rather than building closets. The only separated room is the bathroom. The bedroom is built into the loft to resemble the “garconnier,” which was traditionally a room for young boys that could be reached from a staircase located on the front porch. Despite the intriguing charm of this property, which includes a catch and release fishpond, horseshoes, and lawn checkers, 3 trees on a hill behind the residence largely overshadow the independent business. The tree of soles started in 2000 when Judy took her children to a passion play in Eureka Springs, Ark. over the course of one Easter holiday. The impact of the vacation was so powerful for her children that they decided to come up with something to remember their trip during the six-hour drive home. “So we came home, made the sign, and put it up on the tree and it just took on a life of its own,” Judy recalls. The family began adorning a tree on the property with shoes, and others followed suit. People drove for hours just to add their shoes 18 FACE | APRIL 2014
One man buried his parrot in his boot under the tree when it died after 30 years as a pet. A woman from Washington, La. wanted to make a prayer at the trees but could not afford to part with her shoes, so she offered her socks instead. Two days later she called Judy to let her know all her problems had been resolved.
“I think it gives people something to believe and is key to making that prayer be heard. Just having faith that you will solve a problem, and it will be solved,” Sonnier suggests. Ironically, the trees have not increased business at the bed and breakfast at all. People who come to see the trees do not necessarily spend the night. However, Judy seems nonplussed by all the unexpected visitors to her property. “Its not a business that makes money, it’s a business that makes friends, and you can’t buy friends, so that’s worth everything to me,” Judy emphasizes.
Women in Business: Scott Diana Richard As the co-owner of Cajan’s Eatery and a licensed Realtor® with Van Eaton Romero, Diana Richard knows that it takes real love and passion for people to be successful. It’s her belief that if you treat clients with the honesty, respect and the gratitude they deserve, then not only do they become loyal customers – they also become lifelong friends. Even Diana’s restaurant slogan reads accordingly, “Eat, Drink and Talk Loud, You are Amongst Friends.” Diana credits her success to both her parents who were immigrants from South America. “I am forever grateful for the foundation of hard work, faith, love of people, and determination they instilled in me.” She claims that they are both inspirations for dreaming big and that succeeding in the great nation of the United States of America is achievable for everyone. Cajan’s Eatery 5802 Cameron St Scott, LA | 337-266-8480 | www.cajanseatery.com
Teresa Hebert In July 2012, Teresa Hebert opened Bijou Salon and Spa which specializes in Aveda products and services. Teresa and her staff have a mission to make every guest feel like the best version of themselves – inside and out. Bijou’s staff of stylists, estheticians and massage therapists are continuously educated in the latest trends and techniques. They work as a team to deliver outstanding customer service to ensure every guest feels like family. Teresa is married to Geoffery Hebert (part of family-owned Cajun Harley Davidson) and they have a son, Knox, 3. She graduated from UL with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. After years of healthcare marketing, Teresa turned toward the salon and spa industry. Her management, sales and marketing experience combined with the knowledge and talent of her amazing staff has created this wonderful “bijou” (jewel in French) that many guests call home. 1308 St. Mary Street Scott LA | 337-412-6635
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Festival International de Louisiane is the largest free outdoor Francophone event in the United States established as communitybased non-profit arts organization in 1986. The music festival is designed to bring a variety of novice and established performers to southwest Louisiana while showcasing Acadian musicians. “Our schedule is filled with a variety of genres and our artists come from all over the world,” Marketing Director Apiyo Obala says. The festival lists the country of origin and genre of music for every performer, making selections simple even if one is unfamiliar with the lineup. Acadiana’s strong ties to Canada ensure there will be many visitors from the North. This year will even feature a salute to Congrès Mondial Acadien presented by Coca-Cola as part of the Festivities. The Congrès Mondial Acadien is an international occasion held every five years to celebrate the diversity, vitality, and resilience of the Acadian culture and people. Following its 1994 début in New Brunswick, Louisiana hosted the second CMA in 1999, coinciding with the tri-centennial of the founding of the Louisiana colony. Since the beginning, CMA’s goal of bringing together descendants of the Acadian diaspora from around the world continues to inspire generations. 20 FACE | APRIL 2014
“Festival is a celebration of our culture and the spirit of the people who call Lafayette home. The Festival celebrates our connection to the Francophone world and its influence on Acadiana,” Executive Director Missy Paschke-Wood conveys. Cultural events and organized family reunions will be held in the region known as the “Acadia of the Lands and Forests,” which includes the U.S. state Maine and Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. The CMA 2014 is an invitation for all Acadians to come together to share and celebrate the Acadia of the world. Besides the great culture and music, there is plenty more to keep attendees occupied. From food, to arts and crafts, to theatrical performances, there is something for every person to enjoy. Many local businesses aid the cause, and are listed on the informative festival website, the festival pocket guide, and will be announced from stages during the festival itself.
“We are extremely grateful to the many local businesses who partner with us and support the Festival. Presenting a Festival as big as ours is expensive. To remain free, we need help from everyone in the community,“ Missy and Apiyo express.
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Depending on what type of festival experience one wishes to enjoy, the festivities do not always have to include only musical performances. Shopping is a major draw for many, thanks to the Marche du Monde and Marche des Arts areas. The Chevron Scene Des Jeune area offers a unique experience for younger festivalgoers and families. The La Promenade area will benefit from the addition of a tintamarre, which is a medieval French custom of making noise in a group setting. There are many reasons to attend Festival International, but one of the biggest is that the phenomenon is free to the public. Those who live in the Acadiana region owe it to themselves to come by and check out the festivities. Visit www.festivalinternational.com for lineup and schedules. You can also find out more about Congrès Mondial Acadien at www.CMA2014.com/en
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Saddle Up for Hippotherapy By Audrey Coots Horseback riding is known to many as a fun, enjoyable hobby. But did you know that it can also be used as a form of therapy? Hippotherapy is a type of therapy that utilizes a horse’s movements to improve the lives of those receiving this particular type of therapy. The natural gate of the horse is ideal for aiding in the rider’s balance, core strength and posture, but those are not the only benefits. “Benefits and changes seen in the clients following the sessions are wide ranging and include reduction in spasticity muscle tone, resulting in greater range of motion and ease of movement,” says Lorain Gilbert-Fontana, PT, MHS. “In clients with low tone, one can see an improvement in posture and strength of core muscle groups. Other benefits include improvement in endurance, strength and self esteem.” Jennifer Schmuck can certainly attest to that. “I’ve noticed a big improvement in Patrick’s fine and gross motor skills,” Jennifer Schmuck says of her 8-year-old son, who has participated in hippotherapy for over four years. He has a high functioning autism spectrum disorder, and Jennifer believes that his time spent receiving hippotherapy helps him to become more focused and relaxed. “One day just before going to his horseback riding session, I noticed that he was just having a bad day and not communicating well at all. I couldn’t get him to focus and listen, and I even warned the therapist ahead of time that he might not do well that evening.
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Well, apparently he did great, and when he came home I felt like he was a totally different person. He was communicating and listening very well. Patrick is able to be in control of the horse, directing the horse, giving the commands… And because of that he has gained confidence as a leader,” she says. “It’s just a wonderful thing to see. A few years ago, I don’t believe he would have had the confidence or focus to do that.” Janise Hardy has also had a positive experience with hippotherapy. Her 30-year-old daughter, Tessa, has Down’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and she is non-verbal. Janise and Tessa started their journey with hippotherapy slowly because the new environment was overwhelming for Tessa, and there were days when Janise spent the entire session helping Tessa get acquainted with the horse by simply touching the saddle. This began in 2004, and over the years, the changes went from subtle to obvious. “Tessa is much more social than she once was,” Janise says. “The pride on her face when she accomplishes a skill on her horse is 22 FACE | APRIL 2014
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“Benefits and changes seen in the clients following the sessions are wide ranging and include reduction in spasticity muscle tone, resulting in greater range of motion and ease of movement. Other benefits include improvement in endurance, strength, and self esteem.” so wonderful to see. She now also competes in the Acadiana Area Special Olympics Equestrian Event for Vermilion Parish every year. She is much more open to trying new things and I find that she uses her hands much more than she once did. Her sensory issues have lessened. Her gait (walking) is much steadier.” This therapy has benefitted the families of those involved, as well. Jennifer Schmuck recommended hippotherapy to her sister, who has mild cerebral palsy, and in the 2 ½ years since, she has seen a remarkable difference in her sister’s balance, strength, and confidence. Janice believes that this therapy carries over into every aspect of her daughter’s life, and that the results have enhanced the lives of her entire family.
“Whenever I meet a parent with a child that is having different types of issues in my community, I generally end up telling them of our positive experience with this type of therapy,” she says. “Just as other activities were used as life lessons or teaching moments for my other children, this is part of Tessa’s life lessons. I am not trying to ‘fix’ her. We enjoy our time together and we have met so many dedicated people from all walks of life.” Hippotherapy is a combined effort, and the success of each individual case is dependent on the patient, the horse, and the therapists and volunteers. If you would like to learn more about this type of program, please contact Physical Therapy Works at (337) 988-4444.
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The Power of Pink The streets of downtown Lafayette were a sea of pink on March 15th as the Acadiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen celebrated its 15th Anniversary. Nearly 6,000 people took to the streets joining hundreds of survivors all with the vision of a world without breast cancer. Over the last 15 years Komen Acadiana has raised over $2.4 million dollars to fund local screening, education and treatment programs here in our community. “Race Day is always electrifying. Seeing the energy in the crowd, the smiling faces but also the tears; tears of joy, tears of sorrow, tears of remembrance. Watching our survivors walk across the stage in celebration makes all the work we do year round worth it,” says Michelle Voss, Mission Director at Komen Acadiana. In 2013, one of the 5 local grantees from Acadiana found 7 cases of breast cancer through their Komen Acadiana funded screening mammogram program. “This is why we not only Race for the Cure, but Raise for the Cure”, says Executive Director Heather Blanchard. “Without the fundraising of our participants we would not be able to fund screening, education or treatment programs.”
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Fundraising does not end with Race for the Cure. Komen Acadiana continues to raise funds through April 15, 2014 to provide grant awards to local programs. This year 11 grants were submitted totaling more than $600,000. It is not too late to Raise for the Cure. The easiest way to Raise is by taking the Power of 10 Challenge. Simply ask 10 people for $10. That $100 could pay for a lifesaving mammogram or provide transportation assistance to someone undergoing treatment. For every $100 raised you will be invited to a VIPink Party presented by Cypress Bayou Casino & Hotel. Thanks to the generosity of communities like Acadiana we are making strides every day in the fight against breast cancer Susan G. Komen’s vision remains, a world without breast cancer. It will happen one day, how quickly, is up to you.
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Aveda Earth Month raises funds and awareness for environmental projects around the world. Since 1999, the Aveda network has raised more than $32 million to help support organizations that directly affect environmental change; $26 million of this amount has been earmarked for water-related causes. On Sunday, April 27th, Aveda Institute Lafayette celebrates Earth Month with the Catwalk for Water fundraiser benefitting The Lower Mississippi River Keeper and The Gulf Restoration Network. Enjoy an evening of exciting hair, makeup and fashion constructed from recycled material, all designed by Aveda Institute Lafayette students, to reach the goal of raising $13,000 to help the fight for clean water. Work created by prospective students will be featured and a grand prize full scholarship to Aveda Institute Lafayette will be awarded.
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10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew It has been wisely said that if you meet one child with autism, you have met one child with autism. I have worked with many children with autism over the last 10+ years and this cannot be more true. There are however, a core cluster of behavioral symptoms that comprise Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Behavioral symptoms include impairments in social/communication behaviors and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Social and communication impairments may include difficulty with the giveand-take common to social interactions, decreased initiation or response to social interactions, and reduced ability to share interests and emotions with other people. Poor use of eye contact, facial expressions, and gestures may also be present. Lack of development of peer relationships, delayed imaginative or pretend play, and difficulty changing behavior to suit various social contexts are other areas of impaired social/communication skills. Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities include repetitive behaviors such as lining of objects and echolalia (repeating words or phrases exactly as they were heard), need for sameness, intense interests to the exclusion of other interests, and sensory sensitivities. It is important to be aware that this is a spectrum disorder and each child is at a different place on the spectrum and that place may change across time.
#2: My sensory perceptions are disordered. Imagine wearing a wool suit against bare skin all day or common sounds being perceived as nails scraping a chalkboard. Alternatively, imagine having a constant state of arousal similar to how you feel as you are drifting off to sleep. This is the experience for many children with autism. Sensory sensitivities may affect a child with autism’s sense of taste, touch, sound, smell, and sight. Some children find certain sensory information as aversive, just as we would a wool suit. We would certainly attempt to remove the suit or re-position it in such a way that we do not feel it. Children with ASD also try to avoid aversive sensory information. Removing shoes, covering ears, or turning off lights are some ways children may attempt to lessen the harshness of sensory information. Other children seek out sensory input; similar to if we were half-asleep and trying to remain alert. We often stand up, walk around, or try some other means to arouse ourselves. For children with ASD, this may look like jumping, spinning, or running. Occupational therapists are extremely effective in helping children with ASD to regulate their sensory systems which in turn helps the children to find comfort in an otherwise chaotic sensation-filled world.
Multiple parents of children with ASD have recommended to me the book Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm, author and parent of child with ASD. This book has long been part of my library and is one I now commonly recommend to parents of children with a recent diagnosis of ASD. In an effort to increase awareness and acceptance of our community members with ASD during Autism Awareness Month, I have chosen to offer a brief summary of the valuable information contained in this book. If you are a parent, teacher, friend, or neighbor of an individual with ASD, I encourage you to read this book as it offers an account of the experience of ASD from the most important perspective: the child. #1: I am first and foremost a child. Many parents and professionals express a behavioral concern and follow with: “Is that behavior because he has autism?” or “It is hard to know where autism ends and the little boy begins.” Parents and professionals are often simply trying to identify the reason for a behavior or to set a realistic expectation for the child. However, autism is only one small part of the child. It does not entirely define the child. It does not place clear or definitive limits on his potential at the time a diagnosis is made. It is of the utmost importance that we have similar expectations of children with autism as we do for children who follow a typical developmental trajectory while providing appropriate support as they work to reach that expectation. Otherwise, we may set the bar too low and the children abide by the limits we have placed on them.
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#3: Distinguish between won’t and can’t. Children with ASD are very quick to realize our expectations of them. Like many children, they will take short-cuts when allowed. When a child with ASD, or any child, does not comply with what we have asked them to do, we should ask ourselves, “Is this is a performance-deficit (won’t) or
a skill-deficit (can’t)?” If it is a performance-deficit and the child has the ability to complete the task we have presented, then we must offer the proper motivation to encourage compliance. If we determine it is a skill-deficit, then we must provide the necessary teaching and guidance to help the child to complete the task. By addressing these two questions, we reduce the frustration of both parties.
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#4: I am a concrete thinker. I interpret language literally. We must be constantly aware of the language we use when speaking to children with ASD. Clichés, inferences, and indirect instructions are often lost on those with language impairments. It is best that we use succinct phrases when speaking. It takes effort and practice to adopt this strategy but it comes with great reward. #5: Be patient with my limited vocabulary. Some children with ASD have learned that it is socially acceptable to respond when spoken to. They have learned the art of turn-taking. However, when the verbal exchange becomes too complex, their response will likely reflect their limited vocabulary. We may observe repetition of the last words we said or a “scripted response” which may be appropriate in context but is taken from a television show, movie, or song. Some children speak a great deal but the content is shallow. They are unable to build upon our statements or elaborate on their own statements. The attempts to compensate for limited vocabulary may leave us feeling confused thus requiring patience on our part as we remember that this is a skill-deficit that will require ongoing support.
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“It is important to be aware that this is a spectrum disorder and each child is at a different place on the spectrum and that place may change across time.” #6: Because language is so difficult for me, I am very visually oriented. Temple Grandin, a well-respected professor and adult with ASD stated in her book Thinking in Pictures, “I think in pictures. Words are like a second language to me.” For those with limited language abilities, visual presentation of information may be more effective. Show your child what to do rather than giving a lengthy explanation. Visual schedules, which include pictures of the activities that will occur and in what order, are very helpful to assisting children with ASD organize their behaviors, time, and understand expectations. For some children who are not yet speaking, Picture Exchange Communication System may be used in lieu of spoken words which facilitates communication and allows the child with ASD to have greater control over his environment. Continue reading
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FACE | FAMILY #7: Focus and build on what I can do rather than on what I can’t do. Nurture your child’s gifts. These gifts may not come in the same form as a typically developing peer, but gifts do exist. Look closely. Be creative in the way you help your child uncover their gifts. Celebrate all accomplishments, no matter how small. Share your child’s accomplishments with your own friends. Your excitement will be contagious. #8: Help me with social interactions. Social development is a long and slow process. We are all life-long learners within the area known as social skills. How many times per day do you think to yourself, “Geez. I shouldn’t have said that!”? We are constantly receiving feedback from others and revising our behavior. However, children
#10: Love me unconditionally. This is Notbohm’s most
with ASD may be aware of the feedback they receive from others but
important point in my opinion. This is true for any child, not only
are unable to generate an alternate, more appropriate response. For other children with ASD, the social world may be so unpredictable and confusing that social interactions are believed to be too troublesome and not worth the effort. And yet for others, we have to convince them that having social partners is rewarding. Regardless of where your child with ASD is in his social development, it is highly likely that direct instruction, ample encouragement, and patience will be needed to help him navigate social interactions with others, especially those outside of the family.
those with developmental differences. She makes the point that most of us did not meet every expectation our parents set for us, yet they loved us nonetheless. Notbohm quotes A Parent’s Commandments by Joshua Liebman: Give your child a sense of your whole-hearted acceptance, acceptance of his human frailties as well as his abilities and virtues. We will all benefit as parents, teachers, and neighbors, as will our children in turn, if we focus on loving unconditionally. As we raise awareness and acceptance of those in our community with ASD, I believe Notbohm’s underlying point is that it is our behaviors that need to change in order to support those with ASD
#9: Identify what triggers my meltdowns. Oftentimes,
and their families. Each child is a unique individual with much to
children with ASD are believed to have behavioral meltdowns “for no
contribute. It is the obligation of the community to help all children
apparent reason.” All behavior is communication and we must work
reach their full potential while providing unconditional love
to decode the message. It is highly likely that meltdowns occur for
one or more of the following reasons: sensory sensitivity, the child is trying to avoid doing something he does not wish to do, he is seeking attention, he is not feeling physically well, or he is imitating the poor behaviors of another person. Once the purpose of the behavior is identified, we can work to teach the child a more appropriate way to have his needs met. 28 FACE | APRIL 2014
Dr. Joslyn M. McCoy is a Licensed Clinical (Child & Adolescent) Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst specializing in the evaluation and treatment of a variety of learning, mood, behavioral, and developmental concerns. Dr. McCoy currently practices at Family Behavioral Health Center in Lafayette. Dr. McCoy also volunteers as a member of the Autism Society Acadiana Advisory Board.
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A Crucial Piece of the Puzzle for Many Acadiana Families April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is defined as a range of complex neurodevelopmental disorders that express themselves through a variety of social, behavioral, and communication difficulties. Because Autism is considered a spectrum disorder, no two children diagnosed are alike. Autism affects 1 in 88 children in the United States with boys being four times more likely to have ASD than girls. We are fortunate to have a great organization here in Acadiana that dedicates itself to supporting and educating the community about Autism in our society. The Autism Society of Acadiana aims to support any medical professional, teacher, family member, or parent that has a connection to the autism community, be it a patient, student, friend, or child. They are a non-profit organization that prides itself in making a difference, and a connection, to those in our community who are affected by ASD.
The Autism Society of Acadiana has helped many families in Acadiana through the wide variety of programs they offer, as well as their vast support network of fellow families, teachers and doctors. The programs offered by the Autism Society range from Autism friendly seasonal gatherings and movie days, to educational stipends and mini-grants for educators. These services, and more, have helped many of the families in Acadiana, some of whom were kind enough to share their stories with FACE.
The Cetnar Family At two years old, Alex Cetnar is an early diagnosis child with Autism. After diagnosis his mother, Carmen Cetnar, took the common route to finding out about something and looked to Google for information where she came across the Autism Society of Acadiana. Since then she and her son, along with the rest of her family, have become active participating members of the Autism Society. Continue reading
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One of the first actions the Autism Society takes with a new member is giving them a “New to Autism” binder, which helps educate the parents and fellow family members on what Autism is and ways to help.
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“They are extremely helpful in the beginning to teach you what you can do to best help your child,” Carmen says. The Cetnar family has participated in many of the social activities that the Autism Society provides. Carmen takes her son to the Kid Friendly Kuts Day, a program that provides haircuts in an Autism-friendly environment with staff trained to make the haircut process as painless as possible. They also took part in the Autism Society’s Christmas Party and Easter Party where there is a sensory-friendly Santa Claus and Easter Bunny so that the children can get pictures in a more comfortable and sensory-conscious environment. Carmen loves the Autism Society and their support and network, saying “The [Autism] Society helps you create the best situation and environment for the child. It’s a foundation of betterment that helps at all levels.”
Kid Friendly Kuts is a new program offered to help individuals with ASD tolerate haircuts. The salon is open only to those who preregister each time the service is offered (usually on Sundays).
Marcy Boudreaux-Johnson Marcy Boudreaux-Johnson is an Early Childhood Special Educator here in Acadiana who has been working with the Autism Society for the last eight years. She found out about the Society from a student’s parent and since then has become a strong supporter of the Autism Society and the “amazing resource that it is.” Marcy most recently utilized the Autism Society’s Mini-Grant Program to partially fund the purchase of an iPad that she uses with her students for communication means and educational enrichment. “The iPad is a tool that spans the entire spectrum,” she says, “It has apps that can be used as a means of communication for non-verbal students, or as enrichment for others.” Marcy has served on the Autism Society Advisory Board, “I am confident in referring families to the Autism Society because of its network and support.” P LA S T I C S U R G E R Y A S S O C I A T E S
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The Gill-Moore Family Carolyn Gill-Moore is a super-mom who has been active in the Autism Society for the last three years. She is the mother of two daughters, both of whom are on the Autism spectrum. She calls the Autism Society a “rock for her family,” stating “They [Autism Society] have gone above and beyond the call of duty for our family and have really raised the bar of what a special needs organization does for families.” Carolyn and her daughters especially enjoy the monthly Family Friendly Films hosted by the Autism Society, where families can go to watch movies in a more relaxed and welcoming environment.
The Autism Society, Carolyn will tell you, is a wonderful source of information and resources, “They provide a network of babysitters and doctors that work well with kids with Autism.” She and her daughters particularly enjoy the many social functions that the Autism Society hosts, “The girls love the social activities hosted by the Autism Society: movies, ice skating, baseball games. I can take my girls in and not worry about getting asked to leave.” She continues to support and participate in the Autism Society because to her, “As a parent raising daughters in the best way I know how, the society gives me the support to not sweat the small stuff and to take each day at a time.” Her advice to the other parents in her situation, “Having special needs children, you have to become ‘super parents,’ not worrying about the little things, learning patience, love, understanding – and having a drink every once and a while.” For more information and many more service options, contact Autism Society Acadiana at 337-235-4425 or visit www.AcadianaAutism.com
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Bad Business Behaviors for Women to Avoid
When asked what skills are most important when hiring, and what
in public?” Well don’t.Do not bring your personal problems to
skills an employee lacked that led to firing, social or “soft” skills are at
work. You also might think your co-workers are interested in your
the top of the list. Effective interpersonal skills are crucial to success
medical history, marital strife, or your heartwarming stories about
in business because they govern how you interact with clients and
your children’s displays of genius and talent, but they’re really not.
customers, how you navigate through the thorny times at work, and
Professional people are just that: professional. Focus on improving
make you stand out positively in a crowd of other similarly competent
your job skills and work while you are present at work!
co-workers. In a career such as the law, having a winning personality and treating others with respect and empathy can be just as important as your technical skills, if not more so, in successful outcomes. It is
According to Emily Post, there are three traits that identify a professional business woman:
all in how you are perceived.
First and Foremost, Be Professional
So what attributes are not effective soft skills? Follow these Grace
• Be knowledgeable and up-to-date about the service or skill you are offering.
Notes for tips on avoiding some of the top no-no’s in office behavior.
• Show enthusiasm and be a team player.
Never gossip. Don’t feed the gossip frenzy. If confronted with gossip,
• Exude confidence. Not arrogance, confidence.
put the onus back on the person who started the gossip by saying,
• Be attired appropriately and be clean and neat. Maintain an
“What did ______ (the person being gossiped about) say?” You know the gossiper hasn’t asked the victim of the gossip about her side of the story, and this gentle time-out also reminds everyone around you that there is a person being talked about who isn’t there to defend herself. Protecting others in this subtle way sends a clear signal that you are not interested in degrading one not present, or at any time for that matter, and you will earn the respect of your peers.
attractive hairstyle and keep your nails simple and well groomed. Don’t let mishaps such as ratty shoes, clothing stains, buttons missing, ripped hems, tight clothes, gaudy jewelry or overpowering perfume diminish you and distract people from your abilities.
• Have a tidy work place. (No food at your desk, clear away day
old coffee mugs, keep your office clean and organized, etc.)
If you ever become a victim of hurtful gossip and lies, confront the
Be Willing to Serve
issue rather than wait for the story to wane until the next office
• Spend time giving clear instructions and explanations to staff.
• Let people know you are willing to work and serve by smiling,
scandal. Speak honestly with close friends and family. Your true allies will prevail on your behalf and carry you through a difficult period. While gossip is the worst, a close second is making private problems public. You’ve heard the old adage, “Don’t air your dirty laundry
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maintaining correct posture, and by having a friendly attitude. Leave Crabby Patty at home.
• Minimize delays in service so the customer remains satisfied.
• Show up timely for work. If you work shifts, your co-workers will be
grateful and it minimizes waiting periods for those being served. Lastly, make sure you aren’t employing self defeating behaviors. Self defeating behaviors for women include:
• Talking too fast
• Talking too much
• Too critical – too many judgments
• Too self-critical – revealing your weaknesses
Confidence in the workplace will flow over into your personal life. By being aware of the power you have to control your own behavior (and reading Grace Notes to stay on top of the latest etiquette tips) you will find doors opening and opportunities flowing your way. Take care of yourself, be gentle and kind as you learn, and best wishes on whatever endeavors you pursue!
About the authors: Lynley Jones and Jan Swift are partners in Grace Notes, LLC, an etiquette endeavor to help further society’s niceties. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Seasons Change, So Do Asthma Triggers For asthmatics, the risk of symptoms can be linked to the seasons and changes in weather (BPT) - Across the country, 25 million Americans are living with asthma. As the winter months come to an end and spring makes its arrival, the change in seasons can be problematic for adults and children with asthma. It’s important for asthma patients to understand the triggers of each season to prepare for symptoms as the temperature changes. Asthma patients know the symptoms: coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing and tightness in the chest. The cause of these symptoms is inflammation, or swelling, of the large and small airways in the lungs. During an attack, the airways become narrower and tightened, making it hard to breathe and reducing the flow of oxygen to other parts of the body. During colder months, it’s important to know that seasonal asthma triggers exist both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor activities paired with cold temperatures can put adults and children with asthma at greater risk for asthma attacks. Staying inside can also be problematic because unexpected triggers like indoor dust, animal dander, mold and even wood-burning fireplaces can cause an asthmatic to experience uncomfortable or dangerous symptoms.
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With spring bringing warmer temperatures, asthmatics have new triggers to pay attention to. Allergens from flowers and trees and the change in temperature can trigger an attack in people with asthma. Asthma is a condition that requires attention year-round. Patients should be aware of their seasonal triggers. It’s important to maintain communication with doctors and keep on-track with asthma management plans from season to season. Being smart about asthma management includes working with your health care professional (HCP) to create an asthma action plan that can be adapted to the season. This potentially life-saving tool includes notes for what to look for during an attack, emergency contact information and proper treatment methods. To download an asthma action plan, visit www.GetSmartAboutAsthma.com. The Get Smart About Asthma website serves as an educational center for patients and caregivers to find important asthma-related information such as types, triggers and treatment plans. Asthma symptoms and severity varies from person to person. While some require treatment with a rescue inhaler for the quick onset of symptoms, others use a controller medication for daily asthma management, which can help prevent symptoms and reduce the use of a rescue inhaler. Knowing and implementing the method for treating asthma symptoms is something every person with asthma should be familiar.
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It’s a food town. Everybody loves to eat, everybody cares about the origin of their food and who’s making it, and they like to hear that story and meet the person who creates something they really enjoy.
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Gaye Spaht and daughter Abigail Ricks have channeled their mutual love of cooking into a joint food business after receiving positive feedback for their homemade sauces and pickled concoctions. From sporting vintage aprons while demoing products to ensuring only South Louisiana-grown ingredients find themselves in every jar, the antique and familial permeate a brand the duo has fittingly titled, “Old Soul.”
“I might have a jar of pickles in my trunk. You want me to get it?” Abigail interjects mid chat, her enthusiasm about the jarred goods she creates evidenced by her inquiry. Abigail’s passion for food was fostered heavily by her mother, who signed her up for cooking classes at an early age. The fermenting process expressly piqued her interest, and she soon began experimenting with pepper jellies and sauces. Her infatuation with food is strong, but her love of preservation is, by no means, confined to the kitchen. Abigail proportionately enjoys learning about the traditions that define a bygone era – a time when people relied on artisan skills to ensure their survival – and strives to keep these traditions alive by practicing them herself. She made her first quilt at the age of 12, and explains that she has always had different hobbies compared to most people her age. Not coincidentally, friends and family members began referring to Abigail as an old soul; and the nickname made absolute sense to Abigail and her mother when deciding on a name for their food business. In regards to who’s fonder of food, Gaye Spaht runs a close race with her daughter. She cannot recall a time when she didn’t love to cook. Gaye warmly reminisces about helping her own mother in the kitchen as well as the kick she would get out of her home economics class in high school. “As soon as I got married, my goal was to cook as well as my mother-in-law,” Gaye confides. Gaye’s first inclination has always been to nourish friends and family by whipping up dishes for them, ultimately showering them in affection in the form of food. And as mother and daughter, Gaye and Abigail quickly made a hobby out of hanging out in the kitchen together doing what they loved best. It wasn’t until their wild success entering an employee food fair together in 2010, however, that they decided to turn their labor of love into a more lucrative enterprise. “We thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have a business together?’ And that day we said, ‘Maybe we really could,’ and that is literally where it birthed,” Gaye reflects, doting on the idyllic notion.
While attending LSU in Baton Rouge, Abigail developed a heightened interest in pickling and fashioned her first ‘Bloody Mary medley’ out of pickled okra, asparagus, green beans, and cucumbers. Now recognized as “Pickle Jubilee” and one of Old Soul’s key products, the assortment of brined vegetables quickly became the go-to Bloody Mary garnish for her friends during spring break. “We’d been experimenting with pickles and my husband suggested, ‘Why don’t we just use your pickle brine and put everything we’d put in a Bloody Mary in there?” Abigail reports. While Abigail was preserving vegetables during her spare time, Gaye was pleasing taste buds with her Mexican vanilla-hinted chocolate sauce and caramel sauce. “I set out one night to make caramel sauce become salted caramel sauce and worked on it until three in the morning,” Gaye proclaims, remembering the night leading up to the employee food fair. Having recently graduated from LSU, Abigail jumped on the opportunity to introduce her pickled medley to co-workers at the hospital where she worked. She invited her mother and grandmother to contribute their sauces and pepper jellies at the employee fair, and soon they were receiving more orders for their products than they could produce. With roughly $2,000 in backorders, their remarkable achievement prompted them to launch into business. Old Soul products were initially offered through the farmer’s market located at the Horse Farm in Lafayette, which served as a testing ground of sorts during the business’ initial stages. Abigail corroborates the sense of community and support that was present at the Horse Farm: “It was great because everybody’s so receptive, and the people that go there are already so happy to support a small business that’s local. It’s the right audience, and we made friends with other vendors who are on the same journey we’re on with different things. There’s this whole subculture of small food businesses and artisans.” Continue reading faceacadiana.com | FACE 39
Although Abigail and her mother are Baton Rouge natives, Abigail lives and works in Lafayette, and together, they deemed Lafayette an appropriate backdrop for their business because of how seamlessly it aligned with their brand. “It’s a food town. Everybody loves to eat, everybody cares about the origin of their food and who’s making it, and they like to hear that story and meet the person who creates something they really enjoy,,” says Abigail, who is proud to offer products made exclusively with locallygrown ingredients to a community that values the history of its food. Their products have even gained the ‘Certified Cajun’ stamp of approval from The State of Louisiana. Gaye seconds Abigail’s admiration for the Lafayette community, stating, “We love Lafayette. We love the culture, we love what’s offered here, and the people are incredibly wonderful.” Old Soul has since grown by leaps and bounds, staking their claim on the shelves of chain grocers like Whole Foods and Champagne’s. Gaye and Abigail are also excited about the exposure the business will be gaining soon through Southern Living magazine, where they will be mentioned within an upcoming issue. They view where their journey has taken them as a blessing, even referring to it as a “dream come true”; but the duo confesses that the strides they have made were not without challenges. From how to sort through the entanglement of regulations set by the Department of Health and Hospitals to printing uniform product labels with bar codes, questions the twosome never thought to ask thwarted their progress and kept their products from reaching grocery store shelves for some time. “We didn’t know how to answer the question, ‘What’s the shelf life on this?’ People would ask for the pH and we didn’t know what it was,” Gaye discloses. Abigail began calling around to speak with local canners, collecting tidbits of information such as where to purchase wholesale jars. But to solve the issues that couldn’t be 40 FACE | APRIL 2014
addressed with a phone call or quick Internet search, Abigail tapped her LSU alumni network and took advantage of LSU’s small food business incubator program. “The program takes fledgling businesses and walks them through the process and gets them to a point where they’re able to sell in grocery stores. We applied and got in,” Abigail remarks, mentioning that they were up against fierce competition with the “sea of applicants” the program attracted. It’s an invaluable tool for aspiring food businesses that otherwise lack the funding and workspace needed to ensure their growth, assisting them with a variety of small business needs. Gaye expresses how fortunate she and her daughter are to have been granted access to this remarkable resource: “The food incubator opening up at LSU was definitely what helped us get to this level. The incubator is so cool because it’s just what it says: It’s incubating a product, and it’s incubating us.” Since its advent, the small food business incubator program has become a godsend for food business start-ups in southern Louisiana, and competition for a spot at the facility has grown much stiffer as a result. Gaye and Abigail attribute their speedy success to the program, but note that there are still many ways for an entrepreneur to increase their chances of business success. “It’s as simple as keeping your mind open and accepting the fact that you don’t know it all,” Gaye communicates, citing the proactive approach that she and her daughter took when forging their business. The duo advises small business hopefuls to keep their feelers out and to never be afraid to ask for help. “Most of the time people are willing to help and offer suggestions, especially if it’s someone who is in a similar field. People are flattered if they feel like they can help you if they’re a couple steps ahead, especially in this kind of community,” Abigail urges. Continue reading
This is definitely a dream come true and for me to be able to work with my daughter is absolutely amazing and wonderful.
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Making the most of one’s time is equally essential according to Abigail, who offers the following wisdom, “If you want to start a business and are currently doing something else, learn from where you are and make the most of your time. A lot of it will be nights and weekends starting out. Starting a business is not for the faint of heart, but it’s really rewarding.” With that being said, Gaye encourages entrepreneurs to pace themselves. She believes that doing so will keep one from getting overwhelmed and discouraged, especially when it comes to making decisions about funding and increasing production: “There’s a fine line that you come to, and it’s how to go over the line and produce more. But at what point do you hire help? You don’t have the money to hire help, but you need the help to make the money. There’s a fine line there and the trick is to be patient.”
“This is definitely a dream come true and for me to be able to work with my daughter is absolutely amazing and wonderful. We were very compatible, always, and love so many of the same things. We complement each other, it seems,” Gaye affectionately reinforces.
The duo’s age difference creates an interesting and exciting paradox that offers yet another complementary dimension Abigail at the LSU Food Business Incubator kitchen with husband Jordan. “ to their business relationship. He’s our unsung hero!” As Abigail enjoys newfound business success in her 20s, Gaye is experiencing a career renaissance after raising children and being out of the work force for some time.
In addition to finding a healthy balance between work and personal life, a successful entrepreneur must also maintain balance within their business. This rings especially true for partnerships, and the pair ascribes much of their success to the fact that they complement one another as mother and daughter, but also as business partners.
“I am just starting my career, and she didn’t know she had this whole other career ahead of her,” Abigail considers. Old Soul is currently working toward ramping up production, and Abigail is currently transitioning out of her current full-time job to assist her mother with the marketing and promotional aspects of the business. She whimsically remarks, “I can’t have my pickle and eat it too.”
Old Soul is also actively seeking a local farmer to partner with, “Abigail is creative, I’m more in hopes of creating a win-win administrative. PR, marketing, design, Preparing to demo at Whole Foods relationship where they can and all of those things are natural to her. I’m happy to do the banking, sales purchase produce directly while tax, reporting revenue to the government, and all of those continuing their commitment to “keeping it local.” Old things. She’s strong where I’m not, which is great,” Soul products can be purchased online at OldSoulPickles. Gaye reveals. com, where a full product listing and tasty recipes, such as the “Old Mary,” are there for the taking. Those interested in Abigail affirms her mother’s message, asserting, “Find that purchasing Old Soul products in Lafayette free of shipping balance if you’re going to be in a partnership. Identify areas where you aren’t as strong, and find people who can help charges can now locate them at Champagne’s Market in the balance that.” Oil Center. Gaye is delighted at the direction Old Soul is heading, claiming, Some people might find it difficult to work with a family member, but Abigail assures that she and her mother are very close and make an unstoppable team. They don’t always agree on everything, but they have healthy boundaries and the ability to come to a compromise that makes sense for both of them when an issue arises.
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Super Plants for Super Color Photos courtesy of LSU AgCenter If there’s any one thing that makes a garden-lover stop and take notice of a landscape, plant, or garden, it’s vivid color. Louisiana Super Plants are all you need to satisfy your craving for lasting, care-free color throughout the long South Louisiana summer. The LSU Ag Center created the Louisiana Super Plant Program to identify outstanding plants that are worry-free, easy to grow, and delightful. Their research specialists have studied hundreds of varieties and cultivars. They have taken the guess-work out of shopping. In order to be a Louisiana Super Plant, a plant must be not only beautiful, but it must also be pest and disease resistant. It must also thrive throughout our long, hot, and humid summers, even when the fair weather gardener stays cool inside. Since 2011, Super Plants have been announced twice a year, every year. If you selected cool-season Super Plants last fall, your yard is already saturated in the vibrant colors of spring.
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Now is a great time to start shopping for warm-season Super Plants. If you put them in the right light, and water them until they’re established, they’ll provide enduring color, all season long. Most of the perennial Super Plants are quite large. If you have the space, these provide exceptional value, year after year:
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The largest warm-season Super Plant is the Shoal Creek Vitex. It can be shaped as a large shrub or a multi-trunked small tree. Its profuse lavender flowers bloom in May/June, and then again in August. Butterflies are attracted to its many 12-inch, fragrant flower spikes. Another large and colorful Super Plant is ‘Aphrodite’ Althea. If you provide it with water, it will reward you with giant rosy-red, singleruffled blooms, with magenta throats, from spring through midsummer.
‘Penny Mac’ Hydrangea offers up a blanket of huge repeatedly blooming mop-head flowers ranging from pink to blue, depending on pH. To induce a change in flower color, drench the soil in March, April and May. To make flowers pinker, dissolve one tablespoon of hydrated lime in one gallon of water. To make flowers bluer, dissolve one tablespoon of aluminum sulfate in one gallon of water. This single shrub can give you whichever color you prefer. 44 FACE | APRIL 2014
You’ll enjoy a giant jolt of color from a brand-new 2014 Spring Super Plant called ‘Luna’ Hibiscus. Given plenty of sun and water, this plant will provide dramatic 6-8 inch diameter flowers that come in red, rose, white, pink or pink swirl. Expect blooms to peak in late summer. Another brand new 2014 spring perennial Super Plant is a new butterfly bush called ‘Flutterby Tutti Fruitti Pink’ Buddleia. This compact, non-invasive, drought-tolerant perennial will continually draw butterflies and hummingbirds to their spikes of pinkish purple, until the first frost.
Another perennial Super Plant is Bandana Lantana. Choose flowers of brilliant red, glistening gold, or various hues of pink. Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to these colorful 2 foot by 2 foot shrubs all summer and fall. There are plenty of colorful bedding Super Plants, too. Some of these won’t return every year (unless we have a very mild winter) but their blooming season is so long and constant that they are worth planting every spring. For large pinkish-lavender flowers that last from spring through fall, try Senorita Rosalita Cleome. It can take sun or shade, severe pruning, or neglect. Unlike most Cleomes it won’t set seed or produce spines. Butterflies and hummingbirds will definitely visit these beauties. ‘Butterfly’ Pentas attract various hummingbirds and butterflies as well as the Tersa Sphinx Moth. They are more compact and robust than most Pentas, and come in a variety of colors including bright red, deep pink, deep rose, andlight lavender. For non-stop color that defies oppressive heat and humidity look for ‘Serena’ Angelonia, ‘Baby Wing’ Begonia, and brand new Super Plant, ‘Kauai’ Torenia. All three offer profuse flowering throughout the long summers of South Louisiana. Color choices abound in all three.
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Finally, enjoy a deep burgundy blanket of color with the vibrant foliage of ‘Little Ruby’ Alternanthera. This summer Super Plant doesn’t need blooms to make its presence known in your garden. To help ensure availability, ask for “Louisiana Super Plants” when visiting your neighborhood garden center. Why spend your own time and money on plant varieties that won’t survive the rigors of a long South Louisiana summer? The research has been completed and the winners have been announced. Anyone looking for garden color will find it in abundance with Louisiana Super Plants. About the author: Stacy Lee is a Lafayette Parish Master Gardener, PlantFest Chair, and Lafayette Garden Club member. She’s also on the Advisory Boards of the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm and the Acadiana Master Naturalists. She’s a retired attorney, a mom, a pet lover, and a garden and nature-enthusiast.
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hot decorating trends to make your home interiors pop (BPT) - Looking for ways to switch up your style this year? From the right patterns and colors to impressive accents, the latest home design trends will keep your space looking fresh and fabulous in 2014. “Now more than ever, homeowners are willing to experiment with design,” says Taniya Nayak, interior designer and DIY television personality. “It is the perfect time to add character and personality with unique details, patterns and pops of color.” Painted detail on furniture pieces
A hot trend in 2014 is to bring flea-market furniture back to life with painted patterns and details. “Refurbishing old furniture pieces is a popular - and easy - look to achieve,” says Nayak. “All you need is a little bit of paint and a lot of creativity.” New pre-cut, patterned painter’s tape makes this simple project much easier. FrogTape Shape Tape is available in three of the most on-trend patterns: chevron, wave and scallop. Before painting, simply apply the tape in the desired pattern on a hand-medown or thrift store find to create a custom piece for your home. Plus, since Shape Tape is treated with patented PaintBlock Technology, you’ll create super-sharp lines and help prevent paint bleed.
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White is a mainstay in home design. It’s timeless, classic and extremely versatile. In 2014, try pairing white with different textures, like natural wood. You’ll create a unique focal point while highlighting other warm features in the room, as well. “Another method is to create contrast with white. Use a single, bold accent color, like yellow, fuchsia or navy, to move your eye across the space,” Nayak recommends. By simply rethinking how to use white, your home will be a warm and inviting haven all year long.
What’s old is new again: vintage details
You can create a home filled with vintage details, regardless of the age of your house. In 2014, try using muted color palettes, like gray, taupe or certain shades of green or rose, and industrial accents to transform its appearance. “Incorporating pieces of distressed wood will also add to the overall vintage effect,” adds Nayak. “You can create this look - even with pristine lumber - by adding nicks and scrapes to the surface with a heavy metal chain and a hammer. Once you’ve added the desired amount of distress, cover the wood with a dark stain. Quickly wipe away, allowing the color to settle into the imperfections.” Whether it’s displayed prominently as a focal point, or used sparingly on accent pieces, distressed wood elements will help tie the vintage trend together. Masculine meets feminine
“Merging styles to make the entire family happy is not always easy,” says Nayak. Instead of looking too rugged or too girly, a key trend in 2014 is to blend both masculine and feminine components into your home design. “Combining two styles doesn’t mean the end result will be safe or boring. There are a number of creative solutions that will satisfy everyone’s tastes while making an impressive design statement.” Try painting a design on a wood floor. This technique allows the raw, masculine features of the wood to show through, while introducing a feminine overlay of patterns or colors. Popular patterns include quatrefoil, herringbone and modern floral designs. Metallic finishes and accents
Using metallic accents creates the perfect finishing touch in any room of the house. “The right accessories, like eye-catching metallic, make any space look and feel complete,” says Nayak. In 2014, the hottest finishes include brass and antiqued mirrors: both add depth, light and just enough sheen to make accents feel extra special. Best of all, there are a number of quick and easy DIY projects you can complete to bring this trend into your home. One is to spray paint branches silver or gold and then pop them in a vase - it will add instant glamour and help your home design shine. “Don’t be afraid to mix and match the latest trends to reflect your personal style,” adds Nayak. “With the right on-trend elements and a dose of character, you’ll transform your house into a home fit for all year.”
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Housing in Acadiana
Buying New Construction
Oh, that new home smell… From the fresh smell of new appliances and cabinets to the satisfaction of knowing that no one has lived there before you, few purchases are more gratifying than buying a newly constructed home. Here in Acadiana, new residential developments are once again popping up everywhere, so in this month’s Real Estate Report we thought we’d shed some light on building and buying new construction homes. When it comes to purchasing any type of real estate, no words are truer than the old real estate mantra “Location – Location – Location.” And while I agree these are the top three things
Proud to say,
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to consider before buying, when it comes to buying a new For nearly 14 years, Louise has put customers ﬁrst. In return, her customers have done the same by referring friends, family and colleagues.
construction home, there are many more factors to consider and decisions to be made long before signing on the proverbial dotted line. They include questions such as: Should I buy a spec home or a custom built home? How do I choose a builder? Should I use a real estate agent - Realtor® to represent me? How do I know if it’s a good location? How do I know if I qualify for a mortgage? What should I know about Covenants and Restrictions? What is a HOA? The list goes on and on, so to put things into perspective, we asked a group of local industry experts for their recommendations and suggestions when buying a new construction home. 48 FACE | APRIL 2014
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That is the million dollar question, for the perfect
Here are a few tips to help you make an informed decision about the location and/or area of your next home purchase.
location is different for everyone. While some may
• Drive through the prospective area/neighborhood before, during, and after
consider locations near a specific school or church,
others may be more concerned about being close
• Consult with your real estate agent or insurance professional about
to a major highway for their commute to and from
work. What about crime or local sex offenders
• Check crime statistics and local sex offender’s registry on your local Sheriff
Choosing the Perfect Location
or resale if I get transferred? The questions are
endless, but if you do your homework and you look
work as well as on weekends to see if you like the lifestyle of the area. flood-zones. Department’s website.
• Research local school performance scores if you have school age children.
for what’s important to you, chances are you’ll find
• Ask your real estate agent about home values and resale statistics.
that perfect location or area to live in.
Financing Before you even start falling in love with your dream home, make sure your finances are in order by contacting a reputable mortgage lender. According to Louise Logan and Renee Box with Coast Capital Mortgage, “It’s always best to meet with a mortgage lender before you start shopping
for any new home. A Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) can give you a realistic price range based on your financial goals and abilities. If, for some reason, you can’t qualify for a loan, whether it’s because of a low credit score or too many monthly debt obligations, they (MLO) can show you exactly what you need to do to cure any of these issues.”
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FACE | FEATURE In addition, your MLO will also be able to explain the many different mortgage loan programs that are available. “The old adage of needing 20% to put down on a house is no longer the case,” says Logan. “There are a variety of financing options for home buyers, some even providing 100% financing. Each program has its own set of regulations and borrower requirements. We are fortunate in Acadiana that in addition to conventional loans, FHA loans, and VA loans, we also have the ability to take advantage of Rural Development loans in many areas. By utilizing these programs, many buyers become homeowners without having to come to the closing table with a lot of money. Of course, you still need to have money available to cover some of the costs that are paid prior to closing, like appraisal, inspections, deposits, etc.,” states Box.
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a new construction home? YES, if at all possible. Although
they had and whether or not they’re still able to call on
some builders would rather work directly with the buyer, most
that builder. Most people who’ve had a good experience
would rather have the buyer represented by an experienced
will recommend their builder to a friend and are
(new construction) agent. Buying new construction homes can
comfortable with calling on that builder in the future.
be extremely frustrating for buyers who are not familiar with the
Developing a relationship and having open
building process. Having a good team of professionals representing you such as title/closing attorneys, inspectors, mortgage lenders, etc. is very important. An experienced local real estate agent will help you find the right team to represent you and your best interests throughout the building and buying process.
Choosing the Right Builder No matter if you’re building a custom built home or purchasing a newly constructed spec home, the same rules apply in terms of choosing a builder that you can trust and work with even after you take possession of your new home. According to Phil Melancon, Greatwood Homes LLC and 2014 AHBA President, “When looking for a builder, first ask for a referral from a trusted source or friend. Find out what type of experience
communication with your builder is a key component to how smooth your project will progress. Not all spec home builders are cut out for being custom home builders, so it’s important to do your homework. Some builders are much better salesmen than others and some are more “hands on” than others. It’s also wise to find out how many projects the builder is involved with and whether or not you and/or your agent will be dealing with the builder directly or his project manager once the project gets underway.” As a rule of thumb, it is also extremely important that you verify with the Secretary of State that your builder is licensed to do business in Louisiana as well as fully insured for both liability and workers comp.
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FACE | FEATURE Covenants, Restrictions & Home Owners’ Associations (HOA)
will negatively affect your credit score before you close on your new
As our community continues to grow, more and more subdivisions
home. Not having all agreements and/or change orders in writing
and new developments are being impacted by new and more
with you builder is also a common mistake.
stringent zoning restrictions, HOA Covenants & Restrictions, and
Attorney Mitch Landry with Andrus-Boudreaux / Complete Title
explains, “Time and time again, we see negotiations at the closing
Attorney Jean-Paul Coussan with Andrus-Boudreaux / Complete Title
table by parties who are unrepresented by real estate agents based
states, “The purchase of your home is made subject to the restrictive
upon unresolved issues stemming from an inspection. It is important
covenants, rights of ways, servitudes, mineral royalties, and oil, gas
to hire competent real estate agents to represent your interests
and mineral leases affecting your property… It is important to hire a
during the negotiations, particularly after an inspection, and to
competent title attorney in order to ascertain the existence of these
do so within the timeframe set forth in the purchase agreement.
encumbrances on title and to determine what you will be bound to do
Failure to do so could cause a breach of contract, cancellation of
or not to do with regard to your property upon its purchase.”
the contract, delays in final loan approval and delays in the closing.” Philip Boudreaux with Andrus-Boudreaux / Complete Title adds,
Common Buyer Blunders
“Buyers often think that title insurance is unnecessary on newly
While an entire article could be written on this subject alone, some
constructed homes because the house has no title history. To
of the most common buyer mistakes that can either prevent you
the contrary, owner’s title insurance on new homes fully protects
from purchasing your dream home or negatively affect you years
you against improper transfers of the property that is now part
after your purchase include making a new purchase on credit such
of the development, mechanics liens filed by contractors and
as buying furniture (90 days interest free), maxing out a credit card,
subcontractors, unpaid taxes, and judgment and mortgages against
buying a new vehicle, closing a credit account or anything else that
prior owners of the property.”
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With all that to consider, one might ask, is it all worth it? Absolutely! There is nothing like the pride of ownership that comes with purchasing a newly constructed home. From the joy of backyard cookouts to the comfort of knowing the hot water heater and air conditioner won’t let you down when you need it most; a new construction home offers a peace of mind that is unparalleled. Interest rates are low, the local economy is strong and spring is finally here. So if you’ve been thinking about purchasing a newly constructed home, now is the time. Contact your local mortgage lender or real estate agent and start building your team of professionals so you can make informed decisions about how, when, and where to buy. Until next time, happy house hunting! About the author: Flint Zerangue, Sr is the broker/owner of Acadiana Metro Realty, Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission. Special thanks to our contributors: Renee Box – Coast Capital Mortgage firstname.lastname@example.org, Louise Logan – Coast Capital Mortgage - llogan@ ccmortgage.com, Philip Boudreaux – Andrus-Boudreaux / Complete Title - www.andrus-boudreaux.com, Jean-Paul Coussan – Andrus-Boudreaux / Complete Title - www.andrus-boudreaux.com, Mitch Landry – AndrusBoudreaux / Complete Title - www.andrus-boudreaux.com, Phil Melancon – Greatwood Homes LLC / 2014 – President Acadiana Home Builders Association – AHBA - www.greatwoodhomes.com
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Shedding Those Winter Layers As you shed your winter layers in favor of springâ€™s hottest new fashion trends, you may be considering how to merge your new stylish additions with your existing hairstyle. This season introduces boxy layered jackets, shift blouses, flowing shorts and wide-legged trousers. In contrast, long flowing layered hair may have trouble competing. While the runways were abound with smooth, sleek ponytails, deep side parts, and distressed boho braids--it was the shorter crops that made the biggest statement! In varying lengths, textures and shades, the modern pixie offers versatility and elegance that compliments rather than competes. Hollywood stars and fashionistas alike are succumbing to spring fever and salon owners and stylists report a strong trend of clients requesting styles like those worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Julianne Hough. Like all trends, you may be wondering if a shorter do is for you. Contrary to popular thought, most all women can wear shorter hair. The first thing you must consider is your face shape. Talk to your
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hairstylist about the features you would like to emphasize while keeping in mind the following points: Shorter pixie cuts tend to look great on women with heart-shaped faces. The shorter length draws attention to the eyes and balances the width at the cheekbones. Those with square faces may enjoy a softer, wispier version that utilizes an asymmetrical fringe to frame the face. Round faces are enhanced by crops that feature shorter lengths on the sides and longer lengths on top to add height. Oval faces are balanced and can wear any length pixie. Hair color is a powerful enhancement to both the face shape and haircut. Pixie cuts are versatile and allow for many variations, from solid color balances to bold, intense shades, or soft, dimensional colors. The benefit of shorter hair is the opportunity to change your hue while maintaining healthy, shiny locks. The modern pixie cut accentuates your personal beauty and amplifies your personality. Whether you inspire elegance like Robyn Wright or express a playful wit a la Jennifer Lawrence, you will no longer be hidden behind your hair! Bring attention to your favorite feature, such as a bold lip color to enhance your smile or a smoky eye application to add drama to your look. Accessorize with bold earrings or keep your look timeless with a classic set of pearls. Your options are limitless. Spring is here, ladies. Are you ready to liven up your spring crop?
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(BPT) - Spring is finally here; time to transition to your warm-weather wardrobe updates. To help you stay on top of the trends for spring 2014, the experts have plenty of advice to share. Lynne Riding, who is the fashion coordinator at The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, and Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds, who has the same role at The Art Institute of AtlantaDecatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, offer some pointers.
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Q: What are the top five trends for spring 2014? A: “Look for clean, simple lines,” says Riding. “You’ll also see pleats, sheers and lace, and prints - both floral and graphic.” Hammonds agrees that pleats, especially knife pleats, will be big this spring. “Graphic prints are a major trend, using written words embroidered or printed across ready-to-wear garments,” he adds. “We’ll also see accessories with metallic touches in gold and bronze this year.” Q: What are this spring’s top colors? A: Both experts agree that lilac and other pastels are the most important color story for spring. Greens, especially mint green, are also big. “Muted and sophisticated tones predominate, although brights are also seen, particularly when paired with metallic touches,” Hammonds says.
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one piece should everyone consider adding to her wardrobe to be on trend for spring?
A: “A poplin dress shirt in white, lilac or mint green is a great spring/summer addition,” says Riding. “It could either be a long wrap shirt without buttons or a long shirt worn on the hips with a belt.” Hammonds recommends adding a modern accessory, such as a metallic bag or clutch, statement eye frames, or even a metallic shoe that can go from day to night. Some other ideas to give your wardrobe the fashion edge this spring? Consider a longer skirt (mid-calf or upper ankle length), wearing a classic shirt untucked with the bottom several buttons undone, or an accessory with fringe. And be sure to hang on to fashions with color blocking. Riding says this trend is continuing to be popular. Whatever you do, Hammonds advises, dare to be edgy and always be true to yourself and your personal style. Riding adds, “A trend only works if it works for you. Does it fit your style, your lifestyle, what’s flattering? For instance, if lilac is not your color, don’t add a lilac dress to your wardrobe. Instead, choose a flower print that includes lilac or wear a print skirt with lilac tones along with a crisp white shirt.”
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Put your best style forward this spring in a classic baby doll dress with tribal beading and metallic sandals by Billabong. Perfect for brunch by the pool on Saturday or church on Easter Sunday!
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A must have for your spring wardrobeâ€Ś perfectly versatile sleeveless, textured zip-back dress accessorized with neutral sunburst earrings, assorted bracelets and topaz ring. Complete the look with coral cross body or clutch bag and neutral, cork wedges with just a touch of metallic glitz.
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Kick up your heels this spring in gorgeous fringe boots by Liberty Black paired with flirty Big Star blue jean shorts and white lace-trimmed Stetson blouse. Finish the look with Kinder West turquoise rosary necklace.
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Festival time is quickly approaching! Be boho chic in this strapless Enchanted Dayz Billabong dress with printed gauze skirt and hand-woven, fringed cross-body bag. Pair with metallic strappy sandals and festive jewels or let this dress speak for itself!
This coral Stone Melody dress with lace panel inserts by Billabong is a must have for all your spring appearances. Pair with sandals and jewels to complete your sweet and stylish look.
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Be forever festive in this paisley print tunic with lace trim, purple tank and seamless capri length leggings. Add a touch of Sass western hat and a pop of purple handbag with designer-style sandals and jewelry for the perfect festival chic outfit!
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Nautically nice in navy blue flowy top with back ruffle detailing and JAG jeans in slim white denim. Add polka dot clutch and matching designer-style sandals and necklace. Top it off with a fantastic feminine fedora.
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