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GENERAL 715 Kirby St., Lake Charles, LA 70601 Phone: 337-436-7800 Fax: 337-990-0262 www.thejambalayanews.com PUBLISHER Phil de Albuquerque

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CONTRIBUTORS Leslie Berman George Cline James Doyle Dan Ellender Maria Alcantara Faul Mike McHugh Mary Louise Ruehr Brandon Shoumaker Steve Springer, M.D. Karla Tullos ADVERTISING SALES CONSULTANT Patricia Prudhomme SALES ASSOCIATES Jody Barrilleaux Katy Corbello Faye Drake Todd Elliott Karla Tullos GRAPHICS ART/PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Darrell Buck

Lake Charles Masonic Lodge No. 165 Celebrates 150 Years

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The Boiling Pot Doyle’s Place The Dang Yankee Tip’s Tips Greener World What’s Cookin’ Sports Report

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Dinner at Mi Casa GLC Rotary Welcomes French Group The Jam Celebrates One Year

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Red Hot Books Funbolaya Family Night at the Movies Killin’ Time Crossword Society Spice Jambalaya Jam The Local Jam Eclectic Company

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A Note From Lauren Memorial Day Growing up, I loved Memorial Day. It was the first holiday of the (almost) summer season, and we’d usually spend it at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, picnicking under the pine trees with my parents’ friends and their kids. It was a blast; it meant that school was almost out and I would have over two months of bliss. I really don’t think I knew what Memorial Day stood for when I was a child. I saw the flags flying and it was discussed in school, but the young men who gave their lives for our country seemed about as distant to me as the saints the nuns would talk about every day. As I got older, Memorial Day took on a new meaning. I became a teenager at the height of the Vietnam War. It was a conflicted time of protests and demonstrations and conscientious objectors, verbal (and sometimes physical) battles between the “doves” and the “hawks,” and scores of young men coming home in body bags. Patriotism was probably at the lowest it had ever been. But the pendulum always swings back. Today, our soldiers are respected for the sacrifices they’ve made, whether we agree with what the U.S. is doing overseas, or not. And that’s as it should be. The true meaning of that war hit me the day I visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., otherwise known as “The Wall.” I remember there was some controversy when it was first unveiled: it was just a wall, it was too simple in design, our soldiers should have been given a more fitting tribute, and so on. Let me tell you, those comments could not have been more wrong. Yes, it is a wall of names. But those names speak volumes. There are 58,191 of them, and they’re inscribed in chronological order of the date of the casualty on shining black granite. According to May Lin, the young designer, “The names would become the memorial.” The name of the first casualty stands alone. Then there are a few more.

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And more. And more. And more. The names escalate as the war escalated—until there are so many names and dates that I can’t see them through my tears. May 20 The date of this issue is May 20, which also happens to be our 10-year wedding anniversary. Time flies when you’re having fun!

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The annual Dinner at Mi CASA was held on April 25 at the home of Sam and Denise Hebert. Celebrity Chef Andrew Vanchiere prepared a fabulous dinner, and afterwards, guests enjoyed cruising on Richard Cole’s party barge! The event supports Family and Youth’s CASA Program and the abused and neglected children they serve. We’re looking forward to next year’s dinner, and you should, too! TJN Randy Robb, Phil and Lauren de Albuquerque, and Dr. Edgar McCanless

Sheila Sanders and Leigh Broussard

Leo Reddoch and Maria Alcantara Faul

Courtney Fuller, Sam Hebert, Maria Galan and Erica Lewis

Eth Neely, Andrew Vanchiere, Julio Galan, and Ed Neely

Del and Linda Manuel with David Duplechain

Joey Alcede and Joe Stoma

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MEMORIAL SENIOR VP ELECTED TO HOSPITAL PR BOARD Kathy DeRouen, senior vice president of marketing for Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, was recently elected to the Louisiana Society for Hospital Public Relations and Marketing (LSHPRM) as a Member-at-Large. With nearly 25 years of marketing and public relations experience, DeRouen has been responsible for directing Memorial’s annual marketing plan and budget to increase market share, increase service utilization in targeted areas and build public awareness since 2007. She has been involved in numerous professional and civic organizations throughout her career. Kathy DeRouen

Commodities Conference in New Orleans recently. Manned by five of the six ports of the SWLA Port Network, representatives traded information with other trade and shipping professionals. The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance sponsored the Southwest Louisiana Port Network booth and promotional materials for the Critical Commodities Conference. For more information about the Southwest Louisiana Port Network, contact George Swift at gswift@allianceswla.org or Lynn Hohensee at lhohensee@netcommander.com. FERNANDO J. RUIZ, M.D., JOINS HEART & VASCULAR CENTER Fernando Ruiz, M.D., FACC, FACP, FAHA, a board-certified cardiologist, recently joined Heart & Vascular Center and the staff of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. In addition to handling all aspects of cardiac care, Dr. Ruiz specializes in both interventional cardiology, which employs various minimally invasive procedures for diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease, and nuclear cardiology, which employs noninvasive techniques to assess myocardial blood flow, evaluate the pumping function of the heart, as well as visualize the size and location of a heart attack. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ruiz, call Heart & Vascular Center at (337)-49HEART (494-3278). The office is located at 1717 Oak Park Boulevard, second Dr. Fernando Ruiz floor, adjacent to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. JOEY ALCEDE ELECTED TO LA CITY MARSHALS ASSOCIATION Ward 3 Marshal Joey Alcede was elected to serve as secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana City Marshals Association at the 2010 LCMA Conference in Monroe. The LCMA represents the 47 marshals and constables that serve as executive officers of their respective courts. Chief Deputy Karl Gillard was elected to serve as district vice president for District Four, which represents Lake Charles, Sulphur, Oakdale and Leesville.

Eric Eskew, left, Ruby Miller and Trina Johnson, public relations coordinator for Cameron Communications. CAMERON COMMUNICATIONS DONATES TO 4-H The youth of Cameron Parish received a leg-up on organizational projects and funding this year. The Executive Director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, Eric Eskew, recently presented a check for $3,000 to Ruby Miller, assistant extension agent of Cameron 4-H, a donation made possible by Cameron Communications through the company’s sponsorship at the 4-H Foundation’s annual golf tournament. These funds will go to assist with operations costs and materials for projects for the youth of Cameron Parish 4-H. WLA PORTS NETWORK IN NEW ORLEANS The Southwest Louisiana Port Network banded together to showcase the opportunities, access and capabilities of our regional trade hubs at the Critical Volume 2 • Issue 4

DELTA TAKES THE BRONZE AT STATE PBL COMPETITION Several Delta Tech students travelled to Lafayette recently to compete in the 2010 FBLA-PBL Louisiana State Competition. The FBLA-PBL National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a wide range of career-related and business topics. Delta students Amanda Istre (Accounting Principles) and Katrell Guillory-Fusilier (Business Law), both placed third at the state level in their category. The next step is the national competition in Nashville for the 2010 Annual National Leadership Conference. At this conference, they will be able to compete for national recognition. Amanda Istre

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WARD JOINS TEAM OF THE ONCOLOGY & HEMATOLOGY INSTITUTE OF SWLA Jessica S. Ward was recently named director of operations & business development of The Oncology & Hematology Institute of SWLA. For almost 10 years, Jessica has held a variety of leadership roles with Triad Hospitals Corp, Cardiovascular Specialists of SWLA, and most recently at Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital. Jessica is a member of the Medical Group Management Association, American Academy of Medical Administrators, American College of Cardiovascular Administrators, and the American College of Oncology Administrators. For more information on the institute, call (337) 312-8553.

Back row left to right: Debbie Thibodeaux (Center Director), Stacy Hunter and Ralph Guzman. KIDS 360 SUDENTS SHOWCASE SKILLS AT GUZZY’S GYMNASTICS Children from the KIDS 360 Learning Center in Westlake showcased their tumbling and gymnastic skills at Guzzy’s Gymnastics in Lake Charles. The children participated in an eight-week gymnastics program under the direction of Ralph Guzman and Stacy Hunter. The program was designed to teach the children basic tumbling and gymnastics. JINDAL APPOINTS POLICE JURY EMPLOYEE TO STATE CODE COUNCIL Governor Bobby Jindal has appointed David Thibodeaux, a certified building official with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, to the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council (LSUCCC). The primary function of the LSUCCC is to review and adopt the state construction codes, provide education and training of code officials, and accept requests for amendments to the codes, except the Louisiana State Plumbing Code. Thibodeaux has been working in the Division of Planning and Development for five years at the Police Jury. Thibodeaux recently served on the International Residential Code Review Committee for the 2009 Code. GENO M. IAFRATE NAMED SENIOR VP & GENERAL MANAGER AT L’AUBERGE DU LAC Pinnacle Entertainment recently announced that Geno M. Iafrate, 41, has been named senior vice president and general manager of L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort. Iafrate will manage all operations at the property. He replaces Paul Hutchens, who has served as interim general manager since March of 2010 and will continue as L’Auberge’s senior director of finance. Iafrate will report directly to Anthony Sanfilippo, president Geno M. Iafrate and CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment. Iafrate is an accomplished industry executive who has served in a variety of gaming and hospitality management positions across several regional and major gaming markets over the past 12 years. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL’S CANCER CENTER RECEIVES ACCREDITATION Lake Charles Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Center was recently granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. According to the surveyor, Memorial’s Cancer Center demonstrated a commendation-level of compliance with CoC standards encomPAGE 8

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passing the full scope of the cancer program, including cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, professional education, community outreach and quality improvement. Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients.

Pictured front row left to right are: Joyce Shaheen, Evelyn Simon, Helen Saloom. Back row left to right are: Joyce Kebodeaux, Jennifer Freeman, Margot Rogers, Rose Parham and Nicole Cheramie, Senior Circle Advisor. SENIOR CIRCLE HOSTS FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY AT WOMEN & CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL The Senior Circle Chapter of Women & Children’s Hospital (WCH) held its first monthly member birthday celebration recently. In addition to a monthly birthday celebration, Senior Circle members also enjoy a monthly afternoon movie, a book club, computer classes, craft days and a free exercise class each Friday, provided by Anytime Fitness instructors. Adult men and women, age 50 and better are eligible to join Senior Circle and are encouraged to call the hospital for more information about the benefits of the program. Individual Senior Circle memberships cost $15 each year and an annual couples’ membership costs $27. For more info, call the Senior Circle Office at 475-4002 or visit the hospital’s Web site at www.women-childrens.com.

Pat Hay, left, president of the McNeese Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, presents the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching to Dr. William H. Dees, associate professor of biological science at McNeese State University. McNEESE PHOTO WILLIAM H. DEES, PH.D., RECEIVES MSU AWARD William H. Dees, Ph. D., associate professor of biological science at McNeese State University, is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching presented by the McNeese Alumni Association. This award is presented to a full-time faculty member on the basis of achievements in teaching, which involve classroom instruction, mentoring of students and positive peer reviews. Dees joined the McNeese department of biology and health sciences in 2001 as an assistant professor and became an associate Volume 2 • Issue 4

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professor in 2007. He serves on numerous departmental, college and university committees, including chair of the McNeese Alumni Association Undergraduate Scholar Program, and is chair and program coordinator for the Health Sciences Initiative Review Committee.

Left to Right: Bob McCorquodale, CEO, Safety Council SWLA; Dr. Bruce C. Wyman, associate professor of environmental science, McNeese State University; Joe Andrepont, senior community affairs representative, Westlake Chemical Corporation and current president of the Safety Council Board of Directors.

Left to Right: Jeff Bonnette, health, safety and security manager, CITGO Petroleum Corporation; David Franks, vice president, Turner Industries; Burt Bure, safety manager, ConocoPhillips; Judge Robert Wyatt, chief judge, 14th Judicial Court State of Louisiana

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SAFETY COUNCIL PRESENTS AWARDS, NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS PPG Plant Manager Jon Manns and McNeese State University professor Bruce Wyman were recipients of awards presented by the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana at their annual spring meeting. Manns received the Safety Leadership Award for demonstrating a long-time commitment to safety. Wyman received the new Community Leadership Award, designed to recognize those who have demonstrated a commitment to safety as well as dedication to the community. Also at the spring meeting, Judge Robert Wyatt, Turner Industries Vice President David Franks, ConocoPhillips Safety and Health Manager Burt Bure and CITGO Security Manager Jeff Bonnette were elected to the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana board. MOSS REGIONAL RECEIVES AWARD FOR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT W. O. Moss Regional Medical Center received the Silver Level 2009 Louisiana Hospital Quality Award from eQHealth Solutions for improving the quality of health care given to its patients. The award indicates that WOMRMC achieved significant clinical quality improvement in all but two clinical topics applicable for its inpatient population. It is one of only 17 hospitals in the state to receive this honor. eQHealth Solutions is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Louisiana. The clinical topics measured for the awards have been designated as national healthcare priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Hospital staff members use proven, evidence-based practices to improve care for their patients.

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place I’d like to go is Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the Western Hemisphere (and thus the world). It’s on the Tierra del Fuego. It’s 3400 kilometers from Buenos Aires, more than just a casual tango. Maybe I’ll make it.

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I apparently credited Willie with a song he didn’t write, “Pancho and Lefty,” a mistake my colleague Leslie Berman is correcting on my behalf in her column in this issue. Thanks, Leslie. I’m still grieving that Willie

didn’t show. Maybe next year. Okay, I think I’ve emptied my head enough now to go watch my recorded episode of Deadliest Warrior on FX, which Harry refers to as “the man channel.” I’ve written about this show before. If you have never seen a guy cut through three pig carcasses with a samurai sword, this show’s for you. See you guys on the flip. TJN

Random Thoughts When I was a mere babe and a sportswriter, my editor Bud Montet had a column called “Random Shots,” and every now and then he’d populate it with random thoughts about anything and everything. Great idea. Think I’ll steal it. Amid the whirling immigration debate, with John McCain’s latest commercial pledging to “build the dang fence” along the border, I have a little different problem in my family. Stratton’s girl Jo, bless her, wants to live in the States. She’s English. But she can’t live here without working, and she can’t work on a tourist visa. My great idea was to get her a fiancé visa, but those are good for only 90 days. If she tries for a green card through the lottery system or by ordinary application, she has almost no chance. Collateral damage of the immigration controversy, I guess. I hope some of you had the chance to see the ABC 20-20 presentation on my client Amanda Kelly, who was the subject of my two-part column a couple of weeks back. Just out of curiosity, I went to the Alexandria Daily Town Talk Web site and to the 20-20 comments section afterwards and was amazed by the venom still directed at Amanda. I think that’s all a direct outgrowth of the vicious rumors spread through the media by sheriff ’s investigators at the outset of the case. It’s an example of how the criminal justice system can crush even an innocent individual. Somebody should do a study (I’m sure somebody has, just not one I’ve read) about the treatment of women charged with serious crimes, usually murder. Another case that fascinates me is the execution of Toni Jo Henry Volume 2 • Issue 4

in Lake Charles, in the space that is now occupied by the street between the old and new courthouses, in November of 1942. She was accused of murder, committed near Iowa in the course of helping her boyfriend escape from prison. They took a hostage, a tire salesman from Beaumont, and she shot him in the head while he begged for his life. At least, that’s what the evidence said. Toni Jo was defended by Lake Charles legend Joe Tritico and was tried three times. The first two were reversed largely due to pretrial publicity and the general nature of the public’s pure hatred for her. As she was carted from the jail across the street to the courthouse, crowds often gathered to scream “Kill that b***ch” and other endearments. When finally sentenced to death, she converted to Catholicism and could be seen saying her rosary at the window at sunset each day. They brought the electric chair here on a truck from Angola with a portable generator and held a public execution on November 28, 1942. She was the last woman executed in Louisiana’s electric chair. After watching the 20-20 show on Amanda, I contacted Jane Raley, a law professor at Northwestern University who is defending another mother in much the same position, except this criminal defendant has served 16 years in prison. I’ve offered to help any way I can. I’ll keep you posted. When I was a kid, my mother would play the radio in the mornings while I ate breakfast. I remember well the Knorr Soup commercials, which featured a song called “Faraway Places with Strange-sounding Names.” That helped to ignite a wanderlust in me that persists to this day. The latest MAY 20, 2010

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Marital Longevity Secrets I Made Up Last week, my wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. I don’t know for the life of me how we made it this long, so please hold your applause. Sure, I do know people my age who have been through more spouses in that time than George Steinbrenner has been through baseball managers. (The difference is George Steinbrenner can afford it.) So, I understand how it’s only natural when I tell people about this mile-

stone for them to ask me what our secret is. I only wish I had a decent answer. Oh, I have answers, for sure. I’m just not sure if they’re the right answers, but I had to come up with something to tell all these inquisitive people. These days, it seems as if being married to the same person for even half the time we’ve been together qualifies one to be a marriage counselor. So, here are a few of my tips. Take

them for what they’re worth. All of them put together plus a dollar will rent you a movie from Redbox. First, it’s important to remain poor and not carry a lot of life insurance. You don’t want to set your wife up to become a rich widow. Spend all your money instead on manly pursuits, like season tickets to LSU football or a Ford Platinum 1-ton pickup and a loan with the longest available term. Or better yet, both. Second, as a young man, I reasoned that there was only one way I was ever going to have a long, successful, marriage. That was to find a woman who had the unending patience to put up with me. So, when she expressed little objection when I wanted to spend the money I had saved for her ring on a rare Brooks Robinson rookie baseball card, I knew it was a match made in heaven. Another key to a long and successful marriage is to have a lot of common interests that you can enjoy together. This can be challenging, as you won’t find many women who would be content to while away a perfectly good Saturday afternoon browsing through a Bass Pro Shop. But don’t fret if you don’t find much in common at first. There’s

bound to be something that your woman likes to do that you can develop a liking for. Believe me, women do have other interests besides answering those quizzes in Cosmopolitan. When I first met my wife, for example, she said that she enjoyed snow skiing. I had never skied in my life, and I had all the agility of a sloth. Still, for the sake of the budding relationship, I endeavored to learn the sport. After a few short lessons, my future wife declared me to be ready for the big time and tame a slope on my own. She promised to take me down an easy one for starters. It turned out that this first slope was full of moguls the size of bulldozers. This became the first great test of her patience that later proved to be the glue to our long marriage, as she waited at the bottom for me to tumble my way down that slope. When I reached the base, I was so covered in snow that the only thing that distinguished me from one of those moguls was the tip of the ski sticking out from the white mass that encased me. I was ready to hang up the skis and grab the latest issue of Cosmo. So, marriage involves making sacrifices. Sometimes, you have to accompany her to a flower show when the big game is on TV. Nowadays, these things are much easier to deal with than they were in 1985. Today, you’re able to sneak that game in over the Internet using your iPhone. Come to think of it, with all of these technological advances that make it easier to sustain a marriage, it’s a wonder marriages aren’t lasting longer these days. Perhaps it’s because it’s that same technology that allows your wife to check your cell phone and see all of the calls you’ve received from people with names like Bambi and Candi. One fact of life in a marriage is arguments. You just have to learn to take them in stride. There will always be differences of opinion. Actually, in a long marriage, a couple learns to become quite creative in coming up with subjects to argue about. Just a few weeks ago, for instance, we had a real torrid one about how many different keys our new camper had. (I won.) We don’t even bother with arguing about important matters like money anymore. Money’s too common a topic for marital disagreement. If you’re going to argue about money, come up with an inventive slant on it, like what color pen to sign the checks with. I think we had that one about five years ago.

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have a more honest representation than smoke and mirrors. ADVERTISING PATTERNS When I watch commercials on TV or read print advertisements, I can’t help but notice that certain advertisers fit into patterns. For instance, furniture requires uncommonly loud and persistent repetition of what a great sales event they are offering today (like the one they had yesterday didn’t count). Hearing-aid dealers require full-page ads with color, and huge discounts. Wait until you find out the prices of

those things—no wonder they can afford big ads and mail-outs. Satellite and communication providers can’t find print small or confusing enough to rope you into contracts that trap you into an abyss, and certain health care providers have miracle-like devices that, strangely enough, your insurance won’t cover. While advertising serves a great need, it’s unfortunate that we must really evaluate what’s being offered and how it will benefit us—or the provider. Remember, the salesman isn’t making you money— he’s the one making money. TJN

I Heart Coupons It will come as no shock to you, my readers, that I am a huge fan of coupons. They are the same as cash with the added benefit of not having to pay income taxes on them as you do with earned income. Remember that to have a dollar to spend, you must earn $1.33 (or so) to pay the taxes on the income. In some cases, stores will double or triple the value of the coupon for even more savings. You hear stories of people filling up their shopping carts for only a few dollars by using coupons. I have no firsthand knowledge of that kind of experience, but I do like getting more for my money. Think about it: Every dollar you don’t have to spend on an item is a dollar you get to spend on another item. There is no reason to pay one penny more than you have to. I had a most rewarding experience the other day at Wal-Mart (yes, I know, the Great Satan). I had a few coupons in my pocket that I planned to use on that shopping trip. I made my selections, went to a register, checked out and was on my way out the door when I remembered that my coupons were still in my pocket and I had neglected to use them. Feeling foolish (as this was not the first time I had failed to remember to use my coupons), I turned around and went to, as I sometimes call it, Customer No-Service. I told the lady at the counter that I had forgotten to use my coupons. She told me that that was not a problem and that she could rectify the situation right then and there. I showed my register receipt, gave her my coupons and in no time at all, she had credited me for them. She also informed me that the cashiers can do the same thing if you realize your situation before you lose your place at checkout. I surely can’t call that No-Service. Now, if I only could remember where to keep Volume 2 • Issue 4

my coupons so I can be sure to pull them out at the right time! When checking out your purchases, wait until you have watched the tally of all the selections you have made before swiping your credit card (I know you wouldn’t be using one of those evil debit cards—we’ve discussed the problems with them before). Remember, you’re suppose to watch the screen as your purchases are being rung up anyway. If your card is processed before you have an opportunity to review the total, you will wind up going to Customer No-Service to resolve the situation. Obviously, it’s better to nip the problem in the bud. RIPPED OFF BY THE METRIC SYSTEM We’re getting familiar with the .5 liter containers used for liquids since we’re being forced into metric-friendly nomenclature. Well, now I have found the ever-popular .45 liter bottle being used by the good folks at Minute Maid. Yes, they‘ve brought out this handy size, which for those of us who function in normality is 15.2 ounces—a size that makes no common sense. There is no way to convince me that this is nothing other than an attempt to give us less for more. We shouldn’t mandate the sizes of packages that companies use, but items should be sold by a common measure, which would allow consumers to know what they’re getting for the value of their buck. Many items have been historically sold by the pound, the ounce, the liter, the gallon, the dozen, or whatever. Standards must be established and maintained so you can compare values. How can the average Joe know offhand, without consulting some kind of translator, whether a product is a better value at $1 per 12 ounces or $1.50 for .45 liter? Product marketing should

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I must confess that I didn’t know much about the Rotary Club. I assumed it was your typical networking organization, a place where people exchanged business cards over lunch and gave each other advice on how to become more successful. I never realized what a philanthropic organization it is, and how far-reaching the effects of their good works go. THE GREATER LAKE CHARLES ROTARY I recently had the opportunity to meet with The Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club. Chartered in 1963, it was created with the help of two previous clubs that were not very active, and is probably one of the few clubs worldwide that was allowed to merge and obtain a new charter. The GLC Rotary is part of District 6200, which is comprised of approximately 50 clubs from Southwest Louisiana all the way to Baton Rouge. Each club has officers and a board of directors, while District 6200 has a District Governor who is appointed every year. To write about everything the clubs are involved in would fill a very thick book. But one of the most interesting, and I would imagine rewarding experiences is the Rotary International Group Study Exchange, or GSE. ROTARY INTERNATIONAL GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For approximately four weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas. PAGE 14

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Team members receive orientation and cultural preparation from the sponsor Rotary district before their departure. This may include language training (all their presentations must be given in the language of the country they are visiting!), oral presentation practice, visits to Rotary Clubs, and education regarding Rotary International’s background, mission and programs. They’re taking a month off from their job, so this is all done with the blessings of their employers, who understand the benefits of such an undertaking. Clearly, Rotary International’s reputation speaks for itself. Other than the group leader, all team members cannot be Rotarians or even be related to Rotarians, and spouses cannot accompany them on their adventure. The program covers airfare, lodging and meals. Team members live with host families throughout their stay to get a feel for the country they’re visiting and a chance to truly interact with the people. And interact they do. An average four-week tour has participants involved in five full days of vocational visits, 15 to 20 club presentations, 10 to 15 formal visits and social events, two to three days at the district conference, three to four hours per day of cultural and site tours, and three to four hours per day of free time with host families—who are Rotary members, of course. Wow! THE FOLKS FROM FRANCE At a GSE dinner/social last month, I met five interesting people from Lyon, France, who were soaking in the sights and experiences of Southwest Louisiana for a week before heading on to the next leg of their Louisiana tour. The social was held at the lovely waterfront home of host family Mike and Natalie Hayes of Westlake, who were housing team member Nicolas Duvernay. A project manager for Volvo, the 27-year-old was delighted to discover that my husband had Volume 2 • Issue 4


been a circus clown, since he had taken juggling classes back in France. The team leader was Jean Fangain, the only Rotarian in the group, as custom dictates. He looks a lot like Walter Matthau. “When I was visiting New York years ago, I was stopped on the street by a fan requesting his autograph,” he laughed. Now retired, he had been an executive in the cable industry. Fanny Morlot, 30, a hotel receptionist, was the only woman in the group. Clement Girod, 28, an instrumentation engineer, designs software for automated control machines. And Yannick Girardin, 31, from Lausanne City, Switzerland, recently left his engineering position and is planning on opening a “healthy” fast food restaurant. I was fascinated by the very unique shirt he was wearing. “I am known as the guy with the crazy shirts,” he informed me. Along with the Hayes family, the other hosts were Patsy and Herman Manuel, Dr. Rita Rae Fontenot, Joyce and Tom Clarke, and Dr. Richard and Amy Churchman. Each welcomed a team member into their home for a week, which means that they not only provided for their guests while they were under their

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roof; they were also responsible for taking them to their meeting spots in the morning and picking them up at the end of the day. They all clearly love being hosts—most do it every year, housing team members from such varied countries as Italy (last year), Turkey and England. The Hayes house was packed with Rotarians and their spouses enjoying delicious food contributed by members, and lots of camaraderie. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served out on the dock. The overseas visitors were clearly enjoying themselves on this balmy spring evening. A BUSY SCHEDULE After flying into New Orleans from Paris, they had spent a week in the Thibodaux/Houma area, giving team presentations at local Rotary Clubs (in English); touring an alligator farm, a shrimp-packing plant, museums and various plantation homes; meeting local industry leaders; and of course, indulging in Cajun cuisine, which they all loved. I thought that was quite a compliment, considering they come from the gastronomical capital of the world! I noticed that Yannick, who plans on opening a natural foods restau-

rant, had two helpings of brisket and sweet potato casserole that night. “Not very healthy!” I chided him. He laughed, and agreed. “ I cannot eat like this all the time, but it is so good!” The team had only been in the Lake Area for a few days, but they had already toured the Creole Nature Trail, met with Rotary member Randy Robb at Chennault Airport, enjoyed the exhibits at Historic City Hall and the Mardi Gras Museum, and given a presentation at the Pioneer Club for the Lake Charles Rotary. Soon, they would spend a morning working in their various vocational fields. Fangain and Duvernay would go to SASOL North America, Morlot to the Isle of Capri Casino, Girardin to the Westlake Polymer Plant, and Girod to ConocoPhillips. While they’re constantly on the go, they do get some down time to regroup and relax with their individual host families. Team leader Jean Fangain stayed with the Manuels. “He likes going out in the garden with my husband, Herman,” Patsy Manuel said about her guest. “And he also likes my breakfasts!” Their schedule is approved far in

advance of the trip, and each Rotary Club member gets a copy of their day-by-day, hour-by-hour itinerary, complete with the names and contact information of all the host families, drivers, attractions, businesses, etc. –so everyone knows what they’re doing 24/7. At the end of their stay, they return to Europe, bringing with them five Americans from District 6200— who will spend a month in France doing the same thing that their counterparts did in the U.S. ‘This experience has give me a new set of discoveries and understandings,” Yannick said. “There are a lot of stereotypes about Americans. Now that I’m here, I know that they are not true.” What really excites him is the fact that we have so much in common. “If I had come on my own, and just stayed at a hotel, it would not be the same. I would meet people as a tourist, which is different. Here, I get the opportunity to meet people on a different level, and every day, I am learning new things.” For more information on the International Group Study Exchange, contact Richard Churchman at ToothXpert@aol.com. TJN

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While the signs of type 2 diabetes are often subtle, the onset of type 1 is usually dramatic and impossible to ignore. In type 1, the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin, a hormone that allows body cells to use glucose for energy. A person with type 1 must inject insulin to stay alive. In type 2, the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin or the cells in the body can’t use insulin to convert glucose to energy. Type 2 diabetes may be treated with diet, exercise and/or medications. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) lists these symptoms of type 1 diabetes: • Frequent urination. • Unusual thirst. • Extreme hunger. • Unusual weight loss. • Extreme fatigue. • Irritability. Any of the symptoms associated with type 1 can also be warning signs for type 2, according to the ADA. Other symptoms of type 2 include: • Frequent infections. • Blurred vision. • Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal. • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet. • Recurring infections of the skin, gums or bladder. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 24 million people have diabetes, with almost 6 million of these people unaware that they have the disease. Diagnosing diabetes early offers a chance to begin treatment that may

prevent or delay complications. Health care professionals can check the level of glucose in the bloodstream to help determine the possible presence of diabetes. In some cases, this reading is taken after a person has been given a drink containing glucose. This is a glucose tolerance test. The ADA recommends that all adults who are overweight and age 45 or older be screened for diabetes. A doctor may also recommend screening for adults younger than 45 who are overweight and also have one or more risk factors, such as: • A family history of diabetes, • Belonging to an ethnic group that has high rates of diabetes, such as African Americans, Hispanics or American Indians. • High blood pressure or hyperlipidemia—an excess of cholesterol or other fatty substances in the blood, and • A history of gestational diabetes, or having given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds. Dr. Springer is the Medical Director at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Diabetes Management Center.

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Clean Bayou SWLA Cleaning up SWLA’ s Waterways By Maria Alcantara Faul Sometime during the fall of 2009, childhood friends Eric Stevens and Craig Crawford, along with three other friends, embarked on a boat ride along Contraband Bayou. The group was looking forward to a relaxing ride on the water and enjoying the plants and wildlife that thrive on that bayou. “Most of us grew up along the waters of the Contraband. Taking a boat ride there is something that we’d done together regularly during our younger days,” said Stevens. What the group encountered, however, was totally different from what they remembered. The serene waters were now bobbing with trash, and plants and wildlife fought for space amid old tires, grocery carts, and other discards. Passionate about the waterway that they grew up with, Stevens and Crawford decided they had to do something. Joined by Andrea Arceaneaux and approximately 10 other people, they started meeting regularly to develop and implement a plan to clean up Contraband Bayou. Their first project was setting up a Facebook page for Clean Bayou Southwest Louisiana.

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“Setting up a Facebook page was just a logical start for the group,” Crawford said. “The page was free, and it’s a good venue for us to deliver our message.” The page produced results quickly. Debbie Garrett, who went to high school with Stevens, found the group on Facebook and quickly got on board. “I had been looking for something to get involved in. Once I got the information about Clean Bayou, I called Eric and told him I wanted in,” Garrett said. With the addition of Garrett, the group formally organized. Officers included Eric Stevens, founder; Debbie Garrett, vice president; Andrea Arceneaux, secretary; and Craig Crawford, treasurer. The group then set their plan in motion. They contacted local government agencies and the media to start gathering more community support. They picked a date, April 24, 2010, for a community-wide initiative to clean up the bayou, and they posted pictures of the litter-ridden area on their Facebook page. Once the pictures were posted, the group’s “fan numbers” shot up. Seeing pictures of the once-pristine bayou practically turned into a garbage swamp motivated people, both in and outside of the Southwest Louisiana community, to get involved. The group engaged a graphics art class at McNeese State University to design a logo, poster and T-shirt for the event. The creations of MSU students Tyler Walker (logo design); Chelsea Ciccotelli (poster designer); and Ashton Cessac (T-shirt design) were selected and each student was awarded a cash prize. Two weeks prior to Clean-up Day, Clean Bayou volunteers joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff ’s Office’s Marine Division and Reserve Corp, as well as the Office of Homeland Security, to remove old tires from the bayou. “The disposal of old tires is totally different from regular litter, so we scheduled a different day for this type of clean-up,” Arceneaux explained. Volunteers collected tires and piled them at Bowtie Marina, where they were picked up for recycling by Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Maintenance Department. At the end of tire clean-up day, over 200 tires were removed from Contraband Bayou. On April 24, everything fell into place. “The tide was just right and the weather was perfect for cleaning

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up,” Stevens said. Forty-five boats and approximately 140 volunteers showed-up. Over seven tons of trash were collected, filling up four 30-yard dumpsters. “The success of the project would not have been possible without the support of the community,” Stevens said. “Cher and Darrell Walker with True Blue Watersports, helped us get things started by providing a place for us to meet. The City of Lake Charles, Team Green, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff ’s Office were great partners throughout the project.” In addition, GPS Environmental donated the roll-off trash containers; Waste Management disposed of the trash collected; Bowtie Marina provided a place to dump the old tires; Richard Cole cooked jambalaya to feed everyone; KJON provide the portable toilets; and The American Press and KPLC-TV helped with publicity and posters. And so many volunteers gave up their Saturday to help with the cause. Clean Bayou SWLA is hoping to duplicate their recent success. They are currently working on developing a membership base, and are looking forward to implementing programs and projects to maintain the cleanliness of Contraband Bayou. In partnership with the local government, the group plans to purchase boons, designed to trap debris in the waterway and they hope to annually expand Clean-up Day to include other waterways in Southwest Louisiana. They would also like to start visiting schools to talk to students about keeping our waterways clean. “People don’t realize that the trash that they throw out of their car window goes into storm drains and then ends up in the bayou,” Crawford said. Stevens stressed the need to educate students about trash and its consequences. “Our waterways play a vital role in our local culture, as we depend on them for work, food, and play,” he said. Litter and pollution in our waterways threaten the quality of our lives and, as a community, we must work together to keep them clean.” For more information about Clean Bayou SWLA and its initiatives, visit www.cleanbayouswla.org.

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What’s Cookin’

Cajun Eats and a Cajun Beat at

Aucoin’s There’s a small-town feel at Aucoin’s Cajun Restaurant that you won’t find in many places. This family owned and operated business has been in the same location in Hayes, just 20 minutes from Lake Charles, for 23 years. Kizzy Aucoin Sanford bought the business (which was originally named Harris’) on a whim from her cousins four years ago, when she was only 29. “It came out of the blue, but it was a good decision,” she said. Sanford recruited her mother Paula’s recipes for gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Crab Meat Au Gratin, and Crawfish Etouffee, among others. And Aucoin’s is one of the few places that serve BBQ crabs.  “Our patrons love our famous BBQ crabs. People come from all around to eat them, but you’d have to threaten to shoot me to get that recipe,” Sanford laughed. Crawfish are in season right now and are a very nice medium- to-large mix. At $3 a pound, or all you can eat for $25, their price beats most other restaurants. Other favorites include Angels and

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Devils on Horseback (shrimp and oysters wrapped in bacon), homemade crawfish eggrolls, hand-cut Angus steaks, and shrimp poboys. You can also enjoy traditional live Cajun music every Friday and Saturday night starting at 7 p.m., where beer is sold by the bucket.  “Food and music made this restaurant famous,” Sanford said. “No matter how old you are and or who you are, I promise you’ll be tapping your feet before a song is finished. We’re proud to say that we’re a Cajun restaurant offering Cajun music every weekend with a dance floor to enjoy it on!  This part of our culture is dying and my goal is to keep it alive by exposing people to this great music and food.”    Their guest book boasts diners from all over the world. LSU football coach Les Miles came in one weekend. “Everyone was so busy enjoying themselves, he got to enjoy his meal with no interruptions for an autograph!” Sanford said. Open Wed.-Sun. from 4 p.m. until… and for lunch Wed., Thurs., and Fri. only from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.—offering homemade plate lunches with meat, rice and gravy, vegetables and bread. Volume 2 • Issue 4


Pour de bon manger, essayer Aucoin’s! (For good eats, try Aucoin’s!) Crabmeat au Gratin INGREDIENTS • 3 sticks butter • 6 cans pet milk • 1 tsp. red pepper • 3 lbs. crabmeat • 2 cups onion • 1-½ cups flour • 6 egg yolks • 1 tsp salt • ½ lb. cheddar cheese

PREPARATION Sauté onions in butter. Blend flour in mixture. Pour milk, stirring constantly.  Add egg yolks and season to taste. Cook for five minutes, then add crabmeat to the mixture and pour in lightly greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown. Note: This recipe feeds approximately 20-25 people. Great for a party! Adjust accordingly to make a smaller amount. Enjoy! TJN

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By Lisa Yates

Lake Charles’ growth from a one-horse-town to a modern, progressive community owes much to individuals who came by way of Freemasonry. In fact, many of the streets in Lake Charles are named in honor of early Masons: Ryan, Kirby, Pujo, Gill, Cole, Reid, Shattuck, Moeling, Foster, Hodges, Haskell, Burnett, Goss, Drew and others. This year, the Lake Charles Masonic Lodge No. 165 celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary honoring these early Masons with a public ceremony held May 1, at 717 Hodges Street in Lake Charles. “Not many things in this world last that long,” said Cliff Heath, a Past Master of the Lake Charles Lodge. “The fact that the Lake Charles Lodge has been in existence continuously for 150 years with all of the changes that have occurred is pretty significant.” After operating under dispensation for a period of time, a charter was granted to Lake Charles Lodge No. 165, by the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana on February 16, 1860, with 16 charter members: Joel Sanders was elected to serve as Worshipful Master; Daniel Goss, Senior Warden; David J. Reid, Junior Warden; Jacob A. Ryan, Treasurer; F.G. Moeling, Secretary; W.E. Gill, Senior Deacon; E.K. Sims, Junior Deacon; and, Alfred Burnet, Tyler. Other charter members were George Reeves, Sr.; Ewell Cole; James Lecog; and, Amadie Pujo. New members added during the first year included: A.A. Alexander; James Christian; Peter Platz; and, George Reeves, Jr.

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LODGE OFFICERS Heath, 53, said the Masons are an ancient fraternal organization with origins in the late 16th century, so the language used to designate lodge officers (i.e. Worshipful Master) seems strange to people today. “The Worshipful Master is essentially the Lodge President,” he said. “The Senior Warden is like a Vice President; and, the Junior Warden is similar to a Second Vice President. We also have a Secretary and Treasurer.” He said these five officers are elected each year, while others are appointed. For example, all lodges will have a Tyler who guards the door to the lodge room while the lodge is in session. In addition, there are other officers in Freemasonry such as Deacons, Stewards, and a Chaplin. The specific offices and their functions vary between jurisdictions. The 2010 Lake Charles Masonic Lodge No. 165 officers are Andrew Brewer, Worshipful Master; Carl Webb, Senior Warden; Curtis Spears, Junior Warden; Jim Golding, Treasurer; and, F. “Dickie” Bult, Secretary. As part of the anniversary celebration, the organization’s state officers presided, including Most Worshipful Neil R. Crane, a Past Grand Master (2004) of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, who read all of the names of the men who had served as Past Masters for the last 150 years. One of the highlights was the presence of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana Free and Accepted Masons, Woody Bilyeau, and his predecessor Jeff Webb. The ceremony recognized the vision of the Master Masons who gathered at this

location 150 years ago and pledged their faith, dedication and integrity to the formation of this Lodge. Charles G. Callahan, the oldest living Past Master of Lake Charles No. 165 F. & A.M., was also honored at the event. Heath said 78 members and guests were present at the celebration, several traveling from across the state. “There were some Masons from DeQuincy who came dressed in period costumes from antebellum times,” he said, noting they even sang “Dixie” at the event. FROM ‘CHARLESTON’ TO ‘LAKE CHARLES’ At the event, a short history of Lake Charles Lodge No. 165, F. & A.M. was read by one of the leaders. The following is an excerpt: “Around 1860, Brother Jacob Ryan journeyed to New Orleans and got permission to move the seat of government from the settlement of Marion, located on the Old Spanish Trail about six miles north of Charleston, to the present location which is now Lake Charles. “Brother Ryan, along with Brother George Kirby, moved the courthouse and jail to land that was donated by them and is still the location of the present courthouse and jail in Lake Charles. “When Charleston was incorporated on March 7, 1861, Captain James W. Bryan, who was a merchant and served as Master of the Lodge, served as the first mayor. “Brother George Wells, an attorney, who served as Master of the Lodge, was instrumental in obtaining legislative approval to change the name of Charleston to Lake Charles in 1867.” THE MASONIC LODGE HALL In 1868, the Masons built a two-story wood frame building on Hodges Street to serve as its first Lodge Hall. History shows it served as a hub for community activities.

Records show the meeting hall was used for the first public school in Lake Charles. Heath said the building was used by different denominations for church services, also. And, the first post office operated under the Masonic Lodge. “Not just in Lake Charles, but throughout the country churches, schools and post offices needed the assistance of Masonic Lodges,” he said. “Eventually, as the government and communities got stronger, they were able to provide these services on their own.” He said sometime around 1900, Lake Charles Lodge No. 165 sold some of its land to the U.S. Government for a post office. Land was also sold to the Lake Charles Hebrew Association for a synagogue. In 1910, a second Lodge Hall was constructed at the original site. Although the new wood frame building survived the fire that same year, it was badly damaged in the hurricane of 1918. Meetings were held in the Elks Lodge, the Oddfellows Hall, and in rooms above the American Press newspaper building until the building could be repaired. History shows that during this time James H. Doolittle was training to be a flyer at the Gerstner Flying Field, located southeast of Lake Charles. Doolittle, who was a Master Mason, later became famous in World War II, when he led an American bombing raid over Japan. In 1919, Worshipful Master Mark Wentz appointed E.R. Kaufman, J. Alton Foster, J.R. Green, H.J. Ramsey and Rudolph Krause to formulate plans for a new Lodge Hall, which is the one in operation today. Heath said it was completed on May 22, 1921, at a cost of approximately $140,000, with an additional $35,000 as the cost of furnishings. “A lot of the furniture we have today is the same,” he said. “It’s old and historic. The chairs the officers sit in are original; also the gavels and other furnishings.” He said the present Lodge Hall now serves as a Masonic Complex for much of the Masonic

The second Lodge Hall (left) built in 1910 survives the fire, but receives damage in the hurricane of 1918. A new Masonic Temple (below) replaces it on May 22, 1921, and is still in use today.

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activity in the Lake Area. In fact, several Masonic organizations use the same premises at different times, including the Rudolph Krause Lodge No. 433; the York Rite Chapter, Council and Commandry; the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; the Calcasieu Chapter No. 164 Order of Eastern Star; and, both Assembly No. 9 Order of Rainbow for girls and Charles F. Buck Order of DeMoley for boys. Heath said in addition to these, there are other Masonic Lodges and appendant bodies in the Lake Area. “I don’t want anyone to think we’re the only Lodge in the area,” he said, naming others such as Justice Lodge No. 449 on Louisiana Avenue. “We have approximately 200 members, but there are about 22,000 Masons in the state of Louisiana.” LODGE VS. TEMPLE Technically, Masons meet as a Lodge, not in a Lodge. The word “Lodge” refers more to the people assembled than the place of assembly. Heath said when referring to a Masonic building, the correct word is “Temple.” He said “Masonic Lodge Hall” is sometimes used to avoid confusing it with a religious institution. “We are not a religion or a cult, but a fraternity of men based on the fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of men, and the immortality of the soul,” he said. “If you look up the word ‘Temple’ in the dictionary, you’ll see it means ‘a place of learning.’ It has nothing to do with religion.” He said Freemasonry is based on the belief

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that each man can make a difference in the world by improving himself, and taking an active role in his community. It is a charitable, educational fraternity. In Masonic meetings, discussion of religion, creeds, politics, or other topics likely to excite personal animosities, is strictly forbidden. Although sometimes viewed with distrust by popular culture, Health said Dan Brown’s novel The Lost Symbol portrays Freemasonry in a positive light. In fact, Brown was invited to speak at a Masonic gathering in Washington D.C. after publication of the book. Due to a scheduling conflict, he could not attend. This was his response to the group, in part: “In the past few weeks, as you might imagine, I have been repeatedly asked what attracted me to the Masons so strongly as to make it a central point of my book. My reply is always the same: ‘In a world where men do battle over whose definition of God is most accurate, I cannot adequately express the deep respect and admiration I feel toward an organization in which men of differing faiths are able to “break bread together” in a bond of brotherhood, friendship, and camaraderie.’ Above: Neil Crane, Woody Bilyeau and Jeff Webb. Below: Charles Callahan and Andrew Brewer. Photos courtesy of Masonic Lodge No. 165 F. & A.M.

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“Please accept my humble thanks for the noble example you set for humankind. It is my sincere hope that the Masonic community recognizes The Lost Symbol for what it truly is…an earnest attempt to reverentially explore the history and beauty of Masonic Philosophy. Yours sincerely, Dan Brown.” MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS Membership in the Masons is open to men who believe in a Supreme Being and meet its qualifications and standards of character and reputation. One of Freemasonry’s customs is not to solicit members, but any man is welcome to request information about joining the fraternity. “There are really only three requirements,” Heath said. “In Louisiana, you have to be at least 18 years old – it was 21 when I joined. You have to be man. And, you have to believe in God.” In Freemasonry God is referred to as the “Great Architect of the Universe.” Heath said this is because Freemasonry accepts men from a wide range of faiths. “In the U.S., most Masons are Christians,” he said. “The Nazis in Above: Ray Moses and Woody Bilyeau. Below: Members and guests celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lake Charles Lodge No. 165 F. & A.M. Photos courtesy of Masonic Lodge No. 165 F. & A.M.

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Germany abhorred Freemasonry because they didn’t want anything to do with God.” Heath said contrary to common misconception, joining Freemasonry is not by invitation only. “A man must come of his own free will and accord,” he said. “If he’s waiting to be asked, he’ll still be waiting.” Why did Heath join? “Many of the men who were important to me growing up, men I saw in the community who were givers and not takers, they were Masons,” he said. “Most people have a relative, a friend or a mentor who influenced them.” One of his early mentors was Robert E. House, who authored a pamphlet entitled: “A Short History of Lake Charles No. 165, F. & A.M. from 1859 to 1990,” which is available to members. Heath said he was honored to know this gentleman. “He is now deceased,” he said. “He was a Past Master and he worked in real estate for many years – that’s how many people know him. He was also a sportswriter. I was fortunate to know him. He was a unique individual. He gave unselfishly. One of the things he did was he did in the Lodge was work as an advisor to a group of 13- to 21-year-old men - the Charles F. Buck Order of DeMolay.” CHARACTER BUILDING Heath said the first Grand Lodge was established in England, transforming the

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craft from masons who constructed buildings, into a fraternity that used the symbolism, tools and terminology of the medieval masons as illustrations of character building. He said Masonic ceremonies use legendary tales of the construction of the biblical King Solomon’s Temple as symbols for building an inner temple in the hearts of men. “It’s about taking a good man and making him better,” he said. Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and many other Founding Fathers were among the first Masons in the United States. “Many prominent Americans have been Masons, including 14 presidents,” Heath said. They are: George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Gerald Ford.

LOCAL ‘FOUNDING FATHERS’ Heath said it’s important to remember the contributions of our local Founding Fathers, many of whom were prominent members of Lake Charles Lodge No. 165. “In my opinion, we don’t celebrate history often enough,” he said. “The problems of the present and future tend to overwhelm us.” He said the works of these (and other) dedicated members of Lake Charles Lodge No. 165 stand as monuments for their love of community: • Jacob Ryan – called the Father of Lake Charles, he was a sheriff and state legislator, and in the real estate and lumber businesses; • George Kirby – first lawyer and instrumental in obtaining the donation of land for the seat of government in the city; • Captain James Bryan – first mayor; • Charles Glasspool – first marshal, and a local merchant; • George Wells – a lawyer who obtained per-

mission from the state legislature to change the name of Charleston to Lake Charles; • F.G. Moeling – operated a saw mill and was engaged in shipping lumber to cities along the Gulf Coast; • David Reid – first judge, and published a weekly newspaper in 1868, known as the Lake Charles Echo; • Daniel Goss – the area in north Lake Charles called Goosport is named after him; • Sim O. Shattuck – a political leader and active in community affairs; • Senator M.C. Drew – donated land and money to assist education and youth recreation in our area. Drew Park on South Ryan St. was donated to the city by him and is named for him. The Drew Trust still assists local schools with education grants; • W.P. Weber, E.R. Kaufman, Rudolph Krause, Arthur Gayle, Rufus Green, Frank Smith and others – led the fight to get deep water to Lake Charles and now we have one of the largest deep water inland ports in the state, and the 11th ranked port in the nation; • Alvin O. King and Sam Houston Jones – governors who brought Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish to the forefront as an industrial center with petrochemical and other industrial plants. It was then that the population in Lake Charles rapidly increased from around 20,000 to more than 80,000 people. For more information about Lake Charles Lodge No. 165, call Frank Bult at (337) 842-3872, or e-mail: bultjr f@bellsouth.net. TJN

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An Investment in Memories I was an investor when I was a child. Yep, every week I put aside whatever change I earned or what my parents would give me and I would invest it in the latest hot commodity among 5-year olds—baseball cards— thinking that, one day, I would be

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able to cash out early and be able to take a trip to my favorite place in the whole world, my grandmother’s house in Georgia. Dad always talked about how his mom threw out dozens of Joe Namath, Gale Sayers, and Fran Tarkington football cards when he moved out of his parents’ house, so I thought then that if I could get just one Jose Canseco or Cal Ripken, Jr. card it would be worth, like, a thousand dollars when I grew up. So, on our weekly trips to WalMart, I would beg my parents for money (or use whatever change I

had scrounged up) to buy two packages of Donruss baseball cards. I didn’t really like the Topps cards because they still came with the bland, chalky stick of bubble gum in each pack that stained the card directly underneath (Donruss packs came with puzzle pieces). I mean, what if that was the Nolan Ryan card that would eventually make me rich, right? No sane person would give me $1,000 for a non-mint Nolan Ryan card. I never waited until I got home to open the bright red wax packs with the huge, white baseball stamped on the front; I had to see what gems I

would add to my already bulging card binder. I knew all of the superstars by heart and I was on the hunt for the Ozzie Smith or Roger Clemens or Tony Gwynn card that would make me the envy of my Tball team. I knew most of the everyday players, too, and I would, file away the Billy Hatchers and Billy Dorans for trading away. Astros cards were always easier to trade. Barry Bonds, too. He was a superstar and his cards were coveted by my classmates, but I never liked him so his cards went into the trade pile as well. I flipped past the lowly benchwarmers (Pete Stanicek? Who is he?) but always kept them anyway. Maybe they’d be

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good one day. And, like most kids, I felt angry, gypped, if I got one of the dreaded checklist cards. Not one of the real cards with pictures, but just a list of all the cards in a particular series of numbers (each card had a number on the back, signifying its place in the whole set). Those I used as ninja stars in the ongoing kung fu battle in my bedroom. Each year, I would begin anew, collecting the new set, trading cards with friends so that my collection would be a little more valuable to whatever lucky buyer would come calling on me when I was ready to sell my investment for some retirement money. Occasionally, I would earn enough money to buy a Beckett’s magazine, the Wall Street Journal of card collecting, so that I could document the profit my investment was returning. Little did I know that, at the same time, WalMart and the baseball card companies were investing in little kids like me—and they were getting the better return. Recently, I read a series of articles on Slate.com about baseball card collecting in the late 1980s and early 1990s, my heyday as a card tycoon. The articles document the rise of card collecting in the 1970s and 1980s, the expensive and expansive boom of high-end cards and the inevitable implosion of the card industry. One article states that, according to one trade magazine, there were 81 billion (billion!) produced per year in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Of course, they don’t tell the kids (or their parents) that little piece of information. And so, years later, I dig out the old card binders just to see how much they were worth. I never held on to that belief that my old card collection would be worth its weight in Apple stock, but never did I imagine that all that hard work and money spent would end up being worth less than shares of Enron. Instead of hoarding my precious cards I should have been like Winthorpe and Mortimer Duke on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, holding a fist full of Nolan Ryans high in the air while screaming “Sell, sell, sell!” Today, a few years further on from that little shock, I took a trip over to eBay (again, only curious) to see what the old 1988 Donruss cards would be worth. And…wow. There were 660 cards in the complete set

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that year and there is currently one set for sale on eBay. Yessir, I can “Buy It Now” for the low, low price of $16.85. That’s less than three cents per card. Step right up, they’re going fast. I don’t even own the complete set and the ones I do own are bent and the edges and corners are fuzzy with wear. I convinced my mother one day to calculate each of the players’ ages (I don’t know why this was important to me, all I knew was that the math was too complicated for a

kindergartener to perform) and I scribbled the numbers on the backs of the cards. Sheesh. All I can do now is smile and reminisce. Sure, those old cards aren’t worth any money; really, not even worth what I paid for them all those years ago. But they are worth the memories of my childhood and friendships and bike rides to the card shop. Overall, I’d say it was a smart investment. Now, who’s got a good stock tip?

Brandon Shoumaker is a graduate of McNeese State University and has covered sports for more than seven years for various publications. Coaches Brandon Shoumaker or parents with story tips may contact Brandon at bshoumaker@yahoo.com or send him a message on Twitter (@bshoumaker).

TJN

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A Bit of Southern Hospitality Two recent novels offer a bit of Southern hospitality, along with memorable characters. Both are pretty hard to put down, and I think both would make good choices for book club discussions. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is Beth Hoffman’s nearly flawless debut novel. Set in 1967, it tells the story from the point of view of 12year-old Cecilia Rose, growing up in Willoughby, Ohio, in a kind of nightmare world. Her mother has

a severe problem coping with reality — “something’s wrong with her mind” — and CeeCee’s father ignores them both. CeeCee writes that she took the role of caretaker and basically had to parent her own mother. Her only outlet is reading: “Books became my life, or maybe I should say books became the way I escaped from life.” When her mother is accidentally killed, CeeCee is taken under the wing of her great-aunt Tootie,

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who drives her to Savannah, Ga., to live in her big, beautiful house. “I was catapulting into a new world,” says CeeCee, and “I was weak-kneed from sensory overload.” In this new world, she is treated well and tastes luxury, both for the first time. She meets the diverse women of the neighborhood and their relatives and friends (“I had been plunked into a strange, perfumed world that, as far as I could tell, seemed to be run entirely by women”), and she bonds particularly closely with her aunt’s housekeeper, Oletta. Her experiences range from frightening to tragic to funny and joyous. But the power of the book lies in the eccentric characters (one neighbor lady, for example, has an

outdoor bathtub and is accompanied by a voyeuristic peacock) and in the lovely language: “It was at that moment when I first felt the powerful undertow of beauty,” writes CeeCee; and I just love this line about one of the strange people she encounters: “Why she was wearing a shower cap on a hot summer’s day I couldn’t imagine, but, in all truthfulness, I have to say it suited her.” As CeeCee interacts with these women over one long summer, she discovers graciousness and prejudice, and she learns about friendship and love. Writes CeeCee: “While listening to the laughter swirl around me, the strangest thing happened: my whole world turned pink, and an effervescent kind of warmth filled me with a sense of belonging I’d never known.” There are moments in this coming-of-age story that are just so full of wonderfulness I’d find myself smiling with tears in my eyes. Some of the author’s lines are absolute gold, such as “I folded the memory into myself.” When the mother had her breaks with reality, it made my blood run cold, and later, I cried for the young girl’s well-earned, healing, heart-warming, soul-singing joy. Parts of the book remind me of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and The Help. I found the author on Twitter and told her that I had set the book Volume 2 • Issue 4


Meanwhile, Mary has been at finishing school and comes home to find her mother has been damaged in her own way. The friends all marry and start families of their own, and in the book’s 609 pages we follow the history of their children and then their grandchildren, and at the end we find out the reasoning behind Mary’s mysterious will. The title comes from a symbolic tradition, repeated throughout the book that was passed down to the descendants of families involved in Britain’s War of the Roses.

It’s a great read, except that I was confused — several times. Mary’s motivation was often sketchy to me, especially regarding that will. The book reminds me of The Thorn Birds, with its love of land, strong and determined main female character, pride, passion, doomed love, secrets, loss, hate, resentment, bitterness, friendship, loyalty and betrayal, and, like The Thorn Birds, I wasn’t thrilled with the last section. There isn’t really any beautiful language to quote, as there’s very little description; the

book is composed mostly of dialogue and interplay among characters — and there’s nothing wrong with that; some readers prefer it. The story moves right along and is never dull. It’s a solid saga of several generations of families and traditions that you can sink into for a while. Adult language and situations. Copyright © 2010 by Mary Louise Ruehr. TJN

aside at first, thinking it was “chick lit,” but once I started reading, I was ashamed for pre-judging it, because it is so much more literary than that. The book seems to be full of colors — and not just because of the beautiful cover art. I just fell in love with these characters. I even laughed out loud. Do not miss it. This will end up being one of my favorite reads of the year. Leila Meacham has given us the novel Roses, set in Howbutker, Texas. It tells the story of several generations of close families in the Southern town, centered around one main character, Mary Toliver, born in 1900 to a cotton farmer. It’s 1985 as the book opens; she knows she’s dying, and as she makes some bizarre final arrangements with her attorney, she looks back over her life. When Mary turns 16, her father dies and leaves Somerset, the Toliver estate, to her, hoping she will maintain it as a cotton plantation. Her brother and her mother resent her for this inheritance and persecute her because of it. Their hatred only adds to the curse of Somerset, which has “something to do with the procreation of children.” Young Mary has always been drawn emotionally to Percy Warwick, the son of a lumberman, and the two families’ business interests are only part of the conflict that comes between them. During the Great War in 1917, Percy and his two best friends, as well as Mary’s brother, enlist and are sent to Europe to fight. When they return in 1919, some have been damaged by the war. Volume 2 • Issue 4

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Iron Man 2 (Warner Bros. 2010) In the first Iron Man movie, we were introduced to Tony Stark, a billionaire weapons industrialist playboy who invents a metal suit that keeps his heart pumping and just happens to make him a super hero. Now we’re introduced to a reincarnation of Charles Bronson (Mickey Rourke,) playing a vengeful Russian thug who just happens to make another metal suit from the original plans created by Stark’s father. His mission: destroy Iron Man. Stark reveals himself to be Iron Man in his own modest way—on national television. Meanwhile, as he declares himself the self-proclaimed guardian and cause of true world peace, he’s dying, poisoned by the radioactive element that powers his suit. Ever the heroic stoic, he keeps this to himself as he snottily stonewalls a United States Defense department that wants to nationalize his metal suits. (“You can’t keep this weapon to yourself, Mr. Stark.” “It’s not a weapon, it’s a prosthetic device.”) Meanwhile, Whiplash (aka Charles Rourke Bronson) plans his deadly revenge on the Stark family for ruining his life. All this takes time to set up, so the first 30 minutes move a little slowly for you video gamers. But the payoff includes the United States Army , drunken playboy-style parties with plenty of PG-13 cleavage, the Grand Prix in Monaco, and more iron than you could fit into 20 Triathlon events. In true Marvel Comics fashion, the character of Iron Man Stark is as convoluted and complex as they come.

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Robert Downey, Jr. plays the eccentric, handsome, womanizing playboy to a fault, exasperating his secretary, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), in a way that only the Lifetime Channel could surpass. Like most sequels, Iron Man 2 goes over the top of its predecessor in scope, violence, action, speaker volume, and rich-boy offensiveness. Make no mistake, this movie is testosterone on steroids, and helped me come to a new understanding of World Federation Wrestling and NASCAR. Also, there’s a surprisingly strong cast of supporting actors (hey, times are tough, they have to make a living.) We get to see Samuel Jackson playing himself with an eye patch, Scarlett Johansson poured into a tight catsuit, and even aging comedian Gary Shandling as a convincing senator (I really think he could win against some of the other clowns in Washington). Most of the humor in this movie is Tony Stark having fun at the expense of everyone else. In one party scene, Stark drunkenly dances on stage in costume and someone asks, “How do you go to the bathroom in a metal suit?” Stark replies by demonstrating. If you think his answer is funny, you’ll love this movie. After all, he’s dying! Shouldn’t he be allowed to embarrass himself and be abusive? These antics

get tiresome after awhile, but maybe the endless action scenes will make up for it. Is Iron Man 2 a family movie? No! If anything, it’s a guys’ night out movie. The story is “adult” in complexity, even if the plot is basically middle school in presentation. Worse, it paints a distorted picture of what it even means to be an adult, whether man or woman. All of the female characters in this movie have no choice but to love and protect the tragic and handsomely wealthy creep that verbally and emotionally degrades them over and over again. Mainly because he’s handsome and wealthy. Some of us know that not all men are jerks, and that women aren’t objects. But a whole generation has bought into that idea, and this movie definitely portrays it. Guys, go see it with your buddies, if you must. Spare everyone else. Or you could just stay home and watch Road House.

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The news is out! The Jambalaya News that is! And to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the fastest growing paper in Southwest Louisiana, Phil and Lauren de Albuquerque threw a spicy party! It was an evening of celebration and appreciation as guests arrived at the home of The Jam. It didn’t take long to get a whiff of the best-cooked “Jambalaya” in town by none other than our tax assessor, Richard Cole.

Following their noses to the cozy backyard tent, guests were served heaping spoonfuls of that delicious “Spice-y” stuff and beverages by our very own Kay Andrews, Lisa Yates and Katy Corbello! And don’t forget our live entertainment: clowning around with Phil! Great for laughs! No “monkeying around,” The Jambalaya News is the best flavor in town!!!!

Lisa Jakel, Ronnie Wilcox and Annette Colletta

Bobby LeTard, Faye Drake and Karen Lambert

Kayli Carlton and Kathy Cargile

Stuart Osborn, Rebekah Dressler and Sharlene Boyle

Chuck and Jan Ehlers with Dale Mann

Dr. Gene and Shively Lampson and Dr. Steve Springer, House Call columnist

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Lisa Yates and Kay Andrews

Jam columnist Brandon Shoumaker and his wife Erin

Karen Savant, Clarice Raichel and Penny Miller

Patricia Prudhomme and Bea Hebert

Dang Yankee Mike McHugh and his wife Susan

Gayle Cline and her husband George “Tip” Cline, Jam columnist

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2010 CONTRABAND DAYS FESTIVAL There was no stopping the infamous Jean Lafitte and his pirate band as they sailed into Lake Charles to take over the city and proclaim “Pirates Rule!” For two weeks, hordes of people gathered along the Civic Center sea wall, danced in the streets, gobbled down that tasty Southern food, got their thrills on carnival rides, gazed at romantic fireworks …all in celebration of the 53rd annual Contraband Days Festival. As Jean Lafitte and the Buccaneers sailed back to the high seas, all pirate swords were raised to salute the largest festival of Southwest Louisiana!

Misty Sicks and Kathy Nelson

Brandi and Payton Prince

Charlie Boudreaux and Laura Landry

Rose Woodward and Don Cole with Veronica Wilkinson

Theresa Foreman and Mark LeJeune

Debbie Brade and Tracy Clark

Dondra Horn and Jackie Bastow

2010 TASTE OF SWLA RESTAURANT DAY Complimentary! The Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, in cooperation with the Southwest Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association presented the Taste of SWLA Restaurant Day. Various food stations were set up under a tent on the grounds of the CVB to serve samples of the tasty food featured on restaurant and catering menus throughout Calcasieu Parish. Needless to say, the crowds of mouth-watering visitors were careful not to miss a thing. I watched as their plate piles grew higher and their smiles grew wider! You can bet your last dollar, Louisiana cooking will sure make you holler….. I “garontee!” Raquel and Alyssa Carroll Volume 2 • Issue 4

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Millisa Shell and Anniska Celestine

Karen McLellan, Krystal Esters and LaWanda Gibson

VOWG KENTUCKY DERBY EVENT Hats off… to the VOWG Kentucky Derby Event held at Graywood. Hosted by the Value Oriented Wine Group, guests received the royal treatment! The long red carpet paved the way for the well-dressed ladies and gents to smoothly promenade down to the photo area. In the tradition of the Derby, ladies sported huge embellished hats, and some were fortunate enough to win a little “bling” donated by M.B. Rich Jewelry. Guests were treated to mint juleps, Thoroughbred Pie and more! Bets were made, then all eyes were glued to the “Big Screen” -and they’re off! There were loud cheers to the finish line—and it’s Superrrr Saverrr!!!! The real Triple Crown winner was this spectacular event! VOWG board members Tammy and Tim Andreas and Peggy Higgins

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Spice Girl Karla Tullos with Laura Richardson

Lucinda and Dr. John Noble, president of VOWG

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tickets, call Laura Broussard at the American Heart Association at (337) 781-2198.

MAY EVENTS AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM The Children’s Museum has the following events planned for this month. • Thurs., May 20: Adventures of the Senses This program is for families with autism spectrum disorders. It is an after-hours opportunity to enjoy the museum with families dealing with similar impairments. It also allows parents to help their children develop language and social skills. The program is from 5-6:30 p.m. Admission fees are paid by SWLA Autism Chapter. Donations are welcome. • Fri., May 28: End of School Celebration Celebrate the end of the school year in a Hawaiian style! At 11 a.m., we will have leis, cookies and punch! • Mon., May 31: (Memorial Day) ArtSpace Workshop Paint a beautiful U.S. flag using crayons and watercolors! Class begins at 2 p.m. Space is limited to 15 children. Please sign up in the front office. • June 1: Crafty Tuesdays – ArtSpace Workshop Paint your own paper fan in this ArtSpace Workshop. Classes begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are limited to 15 children. Please sign up in the front office. • June 3: Amazing Thursdays – Whale Tales At 11:30 a.m., Beki Derise of the Red Cross will talk to the children about water safety. Afterwards, join us in ArtSpace where we will make colorful fish! AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEART BALL MAY 21 The SWLA chapter of the American Heart Association has scheduled its annual Heart Ball for May 21 at the Historic Calcasieu Marine Building. The black and gold-themed event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature guest speaker Tracy Porter, cornerback for the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Cocktail attire is required, as the evening will feature elegant surroundings, gourmet dining, music and an auction. Funds raised at the event will directly benefit the community through the continued funding of biomedical research and ongoing educational programs. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information or to purchase

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A BREWER’S PLATE FUNDRAISER MAY 21 The St. Nicholas Center for Early Intervention provides educational, social, and therapeutic services to children ages 2-6 with developmental delays or autism. Their yearly fundraiser, “A Brewer’s Plate” will be held at the Brickhouse on May 21 at 6 p.m. Enjoy a sixcourse gourmet meal complete with a beer or beer-infused component for each course. The evening will include music by the Crawford Brothers and an auction. Tickets are $100 per person. To purchase tickets, call Amanda at 274-6610. DOWNTOWN AT SUNDOWN CONCERT SERIES, MAY 21–JUNE 4 Happening in the Merchants’ Parking lot at the corner of Broad and Ryan Sts., enjoy live music and groovin’ beats from some of the hottest local bands—Fridays, May 21-June 4, 6-9 p.m.. Each concert is free of charge, and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event, with proceeds going to support the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. The lineup includes: May 21: Whiskey South; May 28: T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers; June 4: Static. If inclement weather prevails, the concerts will be held inside the Lake Charles Civic Center. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs; however, no outside beverages or pets are allowed on site. Call (337) 4392787 or visit the Arts and Humanities Web site at www.artsandhumanitiescouncilswla.org. MAC BURNS/WCCH FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT MAY 22 On Sat., May 22, the Mac Burns/West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at Frasch Park in Sulphur. Formerly held as two separate tournaments, they will be held together this year, and will feature former and current NFL pro football players. The annual Mac Burns Memorial Golf Tournament is held in memory of Sulphur HS graduate Mac Burns, who tragically lost his life in an automobile accident. Over the years, the tournament has successfully established a self-perpetuating fund at MSU for golf and academic scholarships, which will continue to be offered through McNeese.  This year, tournament proceeds will benefit the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Foundation. For more information, call Debby Nabours at 5274144. Sponsorships at various levels as well as hole sponsorships are available. LOCAL AUTHOR AT GRAND CHENIER LIBRARY MAY 26 Ben Durr, author of Miss Emily, the Yellow Rose of Texas, will be at the Grand Chenier Library located at 2867 Grand Chenier Highway on May 26 at 2 p.m.  The author writes a historically accurate story about

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the Grand Chenier area in his novel of slavery, the battle for freedom and the Alamo. For more information, call Penny at 538-2214. SULPHUR HERITAGE DAYS MAY 28-29 Celebrate the rich heritage of Sulphur with the city that was founded, funded and conceived on the discovery of—sulfur! This year, the 7th annual Sulphur Heritage Days celebrates the discovery of this mineral the weekend before Memorial Day. On the grounds of Heritage Square, in between Ruth and Huntington Streets, sneak away to the Brimstone Museum, at 900 S. Huntington St., to see more about the sulfur mining process. Head outside to celebrate with arts and crafts booths, carnival rides and even the queens of the festival! Be sure to pick up some of that delicious food, or try your hand at whipping up a Cajun specialty in the Jambalaya Cook-off. Celebrate with locals and tourists alike in this tight-knit community. For more information on the festival, call Sulphur City Hall at (337) 527-4505. For information on the cook-off, call (337) 527-0357.  POKER RUN FOR ABUSED KIDS JUNE 5 The second annual Poker Run For B.A.A.K (Battered and Abused Kids of SWLA) will be held on June 5. Registration is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at The Spot Sports Bar and Grill, 5402 Common St. in Lake Charles. Last bike out 9:30 a.m., last bike in 3:30 p.m. There will be BBQ dinners, live and silent auctions, 50/50 jackpot, and music. Cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. T-shirts available. For more information, go to www.baakpokerrun.com.

CHARITY GOSPEL CONCERT IN DERIDDER JUNE 5 God’s Food Box is proud to announce a charity gospel concert scheduled for Sat., June 5 at DeRidder High School’s auditorium. Featuring brilliant talent from Grace, First United Pentecostal Church, and First Baptist Church, the stage will burst with gospel music at 6 p.m. sharp.   The night’s line-up includes featured performances by The Spiritual Aires, Jerry Day, Kellie Blackmon, Roy Mosby, Billy Wilson, and John Davis.  Graybow Riot is scheduled to close the night’s show.  The charity concert is designed to raise the spirits of the community as well as raise funds for God’s Food Box, a nonprofit organization created by the DeRidder Area Ministerial Alliance in 2001 to provide one central location as a food ministry for the community.  Tickets will be available at the door for $5, and advance tickets are available at CBG, Beauregard Federal Savings Bank, Grace, First Pentecostal Church, and First Baptist Church. For more information, contact Buckie Nugent at (337) 462-3182, or Chuck Cannon at (337) 460-2037. OLD TIME BOXERS’ REUNION JUNE 6 Calling all Louisiana high school boxers from 1931-1958 for the Old Time Boxers’ Reunion! Catch up on great stories with great people. The event will be held on June 6 at Burton Coliseum on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles. Purchase your $5 reunion raffle ticket today for a chance to win an autographed George Foreman Boxing Glove with display case, a 1930s boxers’ painting and a George Foreman Grill. For more information, contact Sonny Brunson at 528-2483.

TJN

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • DJ Dispo @ My Place, 8 p.m. • Brian @ The Porch, 9 p.m. THURSDAY, MAY 20 • Ashes of Babylon @ Party by the Pool, L’Auberge

du Lac Casino, 6 p.m. • Don Fontenot & Les Cajuns de la Prairie @ DI’s

Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Caretta Bell @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs,

Vinton, 8 p.m. • Static @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino,

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Westlake, 8 p.m. • X-It 43 @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • After 8 @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge

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• Whiskey South @ Downtown at Sundown, 6 p.m. • Briggs Brown & The Bayou Cajuns @ DI’s Cajun

Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Chris Shearman (outside)/Groove Knights

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Cajun Restaurant, Hayes, 7 p.m. • Caretta Bell @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs,

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Playboys @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. Brice Perrin/Brent Rodgers @ The Porch, 7 p.m. Joe Simon & The Louisiana Cajuns @ Aucoin’s Cajun Restaurant, Hayes, 7 p.m. Luke Bryan @ The Texas Longhorn Club, Vinton, 8 p.m. Caretta Bell @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8:30 p.m. Zydecane @ My Place, 9 p.m. Research Turtles/Villain For A Moment @ Luna Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. Travis Matte & The Kingpins @ Yesterday’s, 9 p.m. Still Cruisin @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. ISIS @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. DJ Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. Furr @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 10:30 p.m.

MONDAY, MAY 24 • Dave Pellerin @ Micci’s Piano Bar, 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Dave Pellerin @ Micci’s Piano Bar, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 27 • T-Joe Romero @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music,

Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Brad Brinkley/Brian David @ Micci’s Piano Bar, 7 p.m. • Paul Gonsoulin @ The Porch, 7 p.m. • Leon Chavis @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs,

Vinton, 8 p.m. • Bayou Katz @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino,

Kinder, 9 p.m. • The Reds @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge

du Lac, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 28 • T-Broussard & The Zydeco Steppers @

Downtown at Sundown, 6 p.m. • Felton LeJeune & The Cajun Cowboys @ DI’s

Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Chris Shearman @ Micci’s Piano Bar, 7 p.m. • Ellis Vanicor & The Laccasine Playboys @

Aucoin’s Cajun Restaurant, Hayes, 7 p.m. • James Guilbeaux @ The Porch, 8 p.m. • Leon Chavis @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs,

Vinton, 8:30 p.m. • Whiskey South @ Hurricane Willies,

Sulphur, 9 p.m. • Bayou Katz @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino,

Kinder, 9 p.m.

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• Kadillacs @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill,

L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 29 • Zydefest VII @ Delta Event Center,

Delta Downs, Vinton, 5 p.m. • Joe Simon & Louisiana Cajun @ DI’s

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Dave Pellerin @ Micci’s Piano Bar, 7 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 3 • Don Fontenot & Les Cajuns de la

Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Soul Vacation @ Micci’s

Piano Bar, 7 p.m.

• Ellis Vanicor & The Laccasine

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MONDAY NIGHTS: Abita Beer Night

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS:

Playboys @ Aucoin’s Cajun Restaurant, Hayes, 7 p.m. Runner Runner/Amber Pacific @ Luna Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m. Leon Chavis @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8:30 p.m. Bayou Katz @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. Brent Rodgers @ The Porch, 9:30 p.m. Kadillacs @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 30 • Louisiana Yard Dogs @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m.

Mondo Martini Night

MONDAY, MAY 31

THURSDAY NIGHTS:

• Dave Pellerin @ Micci’s

Be Well Night

Piano Bar, 7 p.m.

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Prairie @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. Brad Brinkley/Brian David @ Micci’s Piano Bar, 7 p.m. Forever Falls @ Luna Bar & Grill, 8 p.m. Mike Zito @ The Porch, 8 p.m. Jeff D @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. DJ Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 4 • Static @ Downtown at Sundown,

• Some Assembly Required @ Mikko,

Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • Meriwether @ AJ’s Bar

& Grill, 10 p.m. • DJ Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill,

L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 5 • Mack Manuel & The Lake Charles

Ramblers @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Outlaw Nation/Idle of the Peach @ Luna Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. • Some Assembly Required @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • DJ Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar

& Grill, 7 p.m.

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6 p.m. • Errol Jenkins & Louisiana Tradition

@ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Chris Shearman @ Micci’s Piano Bar, 7 p.m. • Clay Walker @ Texas Longhorn Club, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Andrew Atkins/Mellow Down Easy @ Luna Bar & Grill, 8 p.m.

Whether you are dining in or calling in for takeout, let The Luna Bar and Grill do all the work. Come in today for one of our specialty salads, stellar sandwiches, or exceptional entrees. We offer many choices for the health conscious individual. We’re locally owned and the best place in town for live entertainment, food, and drinks. Sat. May 22 @ 9:00 RESEARCH TURTLES Fri. Jun. 4 @ 9:00 MELLOW DOWN EAZY Sat. Jun. 5 @ 9:00 OUTLAW NATION

I enjoy reading The Jambalaya News because of the wide variety of information on our local events, entertainment, and health care issues. Great magazine! Keep up the good work! – Renee Daigle I enjoy The Jambalaya News. It covers the events that keep us informed about our city and parish activities. Your photographs and stories are very enjoyable. Keep up the good work!

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Presenting Vi Martin-Kohrs, Director of Resource Development, Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services, speaking about Juvenile Justice programs in your community. Fri., May 21, 2010 at Reeves Uptown Catering located at 1639 Ryan St. Cost is $15 members and $18 non-members. Please make your reservation no later than 2 PM Wed., May. 19, 2010 by emailing info@lwv-lc.org or leave a message at (337) 474-1864.

number eight on the Billboard Country Singles list in the recording by pseudo-outlaw David Allen Coe. I heard Steve for the first time at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and soon after, in the minuscule living room of the festival’s programming wizard, Paula Ballan. Here, Steve often rested between rounds of chemo, writing and tinkering with new songs, and entertaining and being entertained by the constantly revolving cast of folksingers, bluegrassers, blues musicians, salseros and more, who dropped by between gigs on the festival and club circuits to smoke, jam and grin. Diminutive Steve, who could put over and ring the last drop of juice out of any type of song, bar none, was the finest live performer I’ve ever seen. Although I love listening to his recordings, which you can get from www.stevegoodman.com, and even more love to watch him on any footage I can get my hands on, those recordings only

scratch the surface of his ginormous talent. For the improbably impossible performances of the millionversed trad ballad, “Knight William And The Maiden,” which still makes my belly ache from laughing/crying whenever I think about it, yes, even though it’s 26 years later, you just had to be there and see it live. I still can’t believe my luck. * The Yiddish term shlemiel (pronounced shleh-meel) is usually translated as clumsy bungler, while his cousin, the shlimazel (pronounced shlih-mazell), is the Yiddish term applied to someone who has perpetual bad luck. In his wonderful compendium “The Joys of Yiddish,” author Leo Rosten quoted the old bubbemeiseh (literally, grandma’s tale), as “the shlemiel spills the soup on the shlimazel,” to describe what makes each such a loser.

TJN

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