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

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Mojito Pointe: A Winner for Calcasieu Parish

NEWS EXECUTIVE EDITOR Lauren de Albuquerque

CONTRIBUTORS Lisa Addison Leslie Berman George Cline Dan Ellender Maria Alcantara Faul Mike McHugh Mary Louise Ruehr Brandon Shoumaker Steve Springer, MD Karla Tullos ADVERTISING


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The Boiling Pot The Dang Yankee Tips from Tip A Greener World Sports Report Adoption Corner

FEATURES 5 12 16 18 20 22 26

Three Cheers for Cheer! The High-Risers Spice up Your Look Makeover Reveal! Health Threats for Men Depression in Men Restoring Your Smile Fun Facts About Golf


ENTERTAINMENT 32 34 35 36 38 41 44 46

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Legal Disclaimer The views expressed by The Jambalaya News columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of The Jambalaya News, its editors or staff. The Jambalaya News is solely owned, published by The Jambalaya News, LLC, 715 Kirby Street, Lake Charles Louisiana 70601. Phone (337) 436-7800. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility of the standing of advertisers nor by the editorial contributions. The Jambalaya News cannot be held responsible for the return of unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations, even if they are sent to us accompanied by a selfaddressed envelope. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Copyright 2011 The Jambalaya News all rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without prior written permission is prohibited. Volume 2 • Issue 25


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A Note From Lauren Family of the Heart When we first came here and started getting into Mardi Gras, we thought it was such a fun way to party. All the different balls, Twelfth Night, the Gala, the parades—it was fantastic. And we loved the fact that it goes on and on—kind of like Christmas. There’s only one Christmas Day, but there are all kinds of celebrations leading up to it— much like all the events leading up to Fat Tuesday. Well, we’ve been here awhile now— since the end of 2003. And what we’ve come to realize is that Mardi Gras is so much more than just an extended party. Phil and I don’t have children, and we don’t have any family down here. We’ll always have our family of the blood. But our friends here have become our family of the heart. And that’s what Mardi Gras means to us: It’s all about friendship, and having good times with the people that you care about. Not that we don’t have fun all the time. Hey, this is Louisiana, where someone is always having a party. But the partying is revved up 100 times over during Mardi Gras. We


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belong to two krewes, and have been King and Queen of both of them. That in itself is a great honor. We’ve met some wonderful people from our krewe experiences that have become friends for life. That got me thinking about all the people we met our first few months in Lake Charles. Because of them, we never, ever feel alone. A few weeks after we moved here, we called a local contractor to do some work on our house. His wife came over one day with lunch for all of us—something that never happens up North, trust me. It was November, and since we had just arrived, we were obviously going to spend Thanksgiving Day by ourselves. So, the contractor and his wife, Rodney and Dru Sonnier, invited us to their house for dinner. That’s when we tried fried turkey for the first time— and what a mouth-watering experience that was! Ever since then, we spend every holiday with this family of our heart. We’ve attended their family’s weddings; rejoiced in their grandchildren. And they have been there for us in more ways than they can imagine. I got my first Louisiana haircut at

Synergy Salon (now Salon Mixx) on Pujo St., and Phil and I immediately became friends with Blaine Bourgeois and Connie Windsor. Blaine introduced us to deer sausage and made crawfish etouffee in our kitchen. When Hurricane Rita was on her way, he showed us hurricane neophytes how to board up our windows, told us what to pack for evacuation, and took us along to the home of friends in Baton Rouge—folks we didn’t even know—who graciously put us strangers up to ride out the storm. Blaine returned to Lake Charles the week after Rita, and with the help of a friend, went into our home and took on the stomach-churning task of disposing of all the meat and fish putrefying in our useless freezer. Family of the heart? You’d better believe it. We bought our kitchen table from Bryan Alexander at the late, great Consignment House a few weeks after moving here. The way it seems to happen in the South, we clicked right away. He and his wife, Joyce, took us to a party on New Year’s Eve outside the city limits, where fireworks were being shot off (illegal in Massachusetts) and we were served boar meat by a woman who informed

us she’d killed it herself with a crossbow. Bryan and Joyce invited us to our very first Mardi Gras Ball— Krewe du Bon Couer’s, at Habibi— and that opened the door to the Mardi Gras experience for us. It’s a door that will never close. Shortly after we opened our Bed and Breakfast, Jackie Bastow rang our doorbell and asked if she could have the rehearsal dinner for her son’s wedding at our home. Since a neighbor recommended us, we agreed. During the course of planning the dinner, I found out that she and her husband, Jimmy, were Buccaneers. What’s a Buccaneer? The rest, as they say, is history. We were also delighted to discover that we shared the same birthday—just ten years apart. So when we both hit milestone birthdays a few years ago, we decided to throw a big party in honor of both of us. I wouldn’t share my birthday with just anyone. Jackie and I will always be soul sisters. So don’t worry about us not having our “family” with us. We have something special: the family of the heart, the family that we have chosen, not the one that we were given. And that’s made all the difference in our lives.


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By Maria Alcantara Faul 2010-2011 Barbe Cheerleaders are:

“Set, ready!” These words, shouted out at a cheerleading competition, mean all eyes are drawn to the mat as the next team gives it all they have to impress the judges. “Cheerleading takes time, energy and dedication for everyone involved in the sport,” said Kathy Chafin, faculty sponsor for the Barbe High School Cheerleaders. “Each girl needs to know the material, and each girl has to do their part for the routine to be perfect.” The Barbe High School Cheerleaders recently achieved a milestone in the school’s cheerleading history. After several years of participating in high-level cheerleading competitions, the group (comprised of four seniors, nine juniors, seven sophomores, and 12 freshmen) won the Grand National Championship of the United Cheer Competition. The competition pitted the Barbe Cheerleaders against 14 top-notch teams from Texas and Louisiana. This accomplishment brought the girls back to Lake Charles with National Grand Championship Letter jackets – a first in school history—two championship banners, a beautiful trophy and a $1,000 cash prize to benefit the school’s cheerleading program. Volume 2 • Issue 25

With years of competition, and seven consecutive Louisiana championships, one would think that the team’s recent accomplishment was destined to happen. But, the team’s road to success has not been easy. “This season had a good amount of challenges,” Chafin said. “We had our fair share of injuries. One girl broke a finger playing soccer, another slipped on a cheerleading flag during a football game, and one had knee surgery due to the stress and strain of cheerleading.” As the team would lose a girl, the routine had to be changed and adjusted. But the girls rallied. “They worked harder, and they brought it all together,” Chafin said proudly. Cheer history The concept of cheerleading originated when Princeton graduate Thomas Peebles introduced the idea of organized crowds cheering at football games to the University of

Minnesota in 1884. However, it was not until 1898 that University of Minnesota student Johnny Campbell directed a crowd in cheering “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! HooRah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-eSo-Tah!” making Campbell the very first cheerleader and Nov. 2, 1898, the official birthdate of organized cheerleading. In 1948, Lawrence “Herkie” Herkimer, of Dallas, a former cheerleader at Southern Methodist University, formed the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) as a way to hold cheerleading clinics. Herkimer contributed many firsts to the sport. He founded the Cheerleader & Danz Team cheerleading uniform supply company and created the spirit stick, but he is known for inventing the “herkie”— a jump where one leg is bent towards the ground and the other is out to the side as high as it will stretch in the toe-touch position.

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Cheering is a sport Over the years, cheerleading has become a much more serious sport. Yes, you read that right—a sport. To some people, cheerleading is a sports accessory, much like a fitted baseball cap. Not so. Cheerleading has evolved into an athletic phenomenon. “It is a real sport,” Chafin explained. “Just like any athlete, these girls put in hours of work every day almost all year to make sure they are physically prepared. They do strength and endurance training, as well as the necessary stretches to avoid injuries.” The fact that there are cheerleading competitions emphasizes the fact that cheerleading is a true sport. During competitions, there are no sports teams to cheer for. The cheerleaders are the main focus, and their main focus is perfection. Such need for flawlessness calls for countless intense practices, along with other sessions of extensive strength and gymnastics training. Specialized gyms that specifically cater to the needs of cheerleaders have become very popular all over the world. Starting young Most of the girls on the Barbe Cheerleading Team have been participating in cheerleading competitions with area gyms’ competition teams since the third or fourth grade. Barbe Cheerleader Kristian Salvador has been cheering for Barbe since her freshman year. Prior to that, she was a cheerleader at her middle school, and before that, a member of a local gym’s cheerleading team. “It’s fun to support the team during night games. I enjoy helping lift up school spirit and getting everyone behind the team. I also enjoy meeting a lot of other girls during competition,” she said. She enjoys the tum-


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bling, jumping and dancing aspects of the sport, but the social aspect is important to her as well. “It’s the bonding and meeting people that I really enjoy,” she said. Year-long process Cheerleading is not just a seasonal sport. Between preparations, sporting events and competition, the girls are busy all year long. The process begins in March, when the tryouts take place. The girls are required to perform both a cheer segment and a dance segment before a panel of judges comprised of out-of-town experts. They’re judged on their tumbling, jumps, dance skills, and personality. Whoever wants to be on the next year’s team has to try out, even the girls who are currently on the squad. Once selected, they start working on their conditioning during the summer. “The group typically meets once or twice a week until schools starts,” Chafin said. The girls also participate in a cheer camp during the summer. Once school begins, they work daily to get ready for games and competition. A successful cheerleading team takes a good amount of hard work and dedication, not just from the cheerleaders. “It takes everyone’s effort. We need everyone to do their job or a successful stunt won’t happen,” Chafin explained. It’s safe to say that the Barbe Cheerleaders’ successful year can be attributed to everyone doing their job, and then some. “I’m proud of everyone—the girls, their parents, assistant, Lexie Sandrock and most especially, the coaches, Meghan Cloud and Jimmie Heather, who had the knowledge and skills to help the girls,” Chafin said. “Everyone had a role in the team achieving our goal.” TJN Volume 2 • Issue 25



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FORREST JOINS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA Dana Forrest of Westlake is the newly appointed executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana (BBBS). Formerly the director of the Leadership Center for Youth, a program of Family & Youth Counseling agency, she brings several years of non-profit experience to assist in growing BBBS. Forrest plans to use her experience to enhance fund development and community relations as well as improve program performance. For more information on programs and services, call the United Way agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters at 478-5437. JUDGE EZELL REAPPOINTED TO SERVE ON JUDICIAL COUNCIL Judge Billy H. Ezell was recently reappointed by the Conference of Court of Appeal Judges to serve as a member of the Judicial Council for a second three-year term commencing Jan. 1, through Dec. 31, 2013. Judge Ezell has served on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal since 2002 and previously served for 18 years as Family and Juvenile Court Judge for the 14th Judicial District.

from a different local elementary school each month, was designed to make a positive impact on hospital patients, employees, and the young artists themselves. January’s display featured artwork by students from St. Margaret Catholic School. A panel of Memorial volunteers recognized kindergartener Sarah Dentremont, and fifth graders Andrew Coe and Olivia Meche with a $50 savings bond.

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EMPIRE OF THE SEED ANNOUNCES NEW HIRE Sara A. Sonnier has joined Empire of the Seed as director of business development. Sonnier, whose office is located in the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank building, is responsible for consulting with current and prospective clients about events held at two National Historic Registry buildings: the Bank (1928) and the nearby Cash and Carry building (1936). She will also be responsible for studying and recommending investments in small businesses in the area. Sonnier is a two-time McNeese graduate, with a Bachelor of Science in management with Sara A. Sonnier a double in marketing, as well as an MBA. Sonnier comes to Empire of the Seed with nearly 14 years of experience in restaurant operation. For more information about hosting events at these locations, please contact Sara Sonnier at (337) 710-8000 or go to MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HONORS ST. MARGARET CATHOLIC SCHOOL ARTISTS Lake Charles Memorial Hospital recently honored students who participated in the Young at Art Program in January. The program, which spotlights artwork Volume 2 • Issue 25

Pictured are Harold Rowland, VP, Resort Operations at L’Auberge; Megan Dougherty, golf tournament chair for the Junior League; and Kerry Andersen, director of public and community relations at L’Auberge. L’AUBERGE DONATES $11,500 TO LEAGUERS & LINKS GOLF TOURNAMENT L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort recently donated $11,500 as the presenting sponsor of the 9th Annual Leaguers & Links Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the tournament will assist the Junior League of Lake Charles as they continue their community efforts through education and training initiatives. The event will take place at Contraband Bayou Golf Club at L’Auberge on Mon., March 28. WCCH FOUNDATION PURCHASES OFFICE BUILDING In an effort to broaden the availability of convenient, easy-to-access outpatient medical services in the Sulphur community, and acquire property and office space for West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, the WCCH Foundation recently negotiated the purchase of Dr. Barbara Fontenot and Dr. James Fontenot’s medical office building at 619 Cypress Street in Sulphur. With the purchase, the building is being leased from the Foundation by WCCH for its new outpatient blood draw station.  The hospital hopes to extend its use of the building to house other physicians. For more information on the mission of the WCCH Foundation, or how to join its efforts, call 527-4144. MARCH 24, 2011


LOCAL TEEN WINS 3RD PLACE IN NATIONAL VIDEO COMPETITION Cody Lognion, son of Chris and Claudia Lognion of Lake Charles, won third place in a nationwide competition sponsored by the American Bankers Association called Lights, Camera, Save!, and received a $500 U.S. savings bond Lognion, a 9th grade student at Barbe High School, created and produced a video entitled “A Better Place to Save.” Lognion took first place in the local competition sponsored by Cameron State Bank, and won an iPod Touch. Lights, Camera, Save! began last year as an offshoot of the ABA Education Foundation’s “Teach Children to Save program.” Over 170 banks across the country hosted local levels of the competition and selected a winner to represent their bank and compete on the national level.

L to R: Candis Carr, conference director, Julio Galan, Family & Youth CEO, Judy Harrison, Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund executive director, and Kerry Andersen, Family & Youth board member. CHILDREN’S TRUST FUND DONATES TO FAMILY & YOUTH Judy Harrison, executive director of The Children’s Trust Fund presented a $10,000 donation to Julio Galan, executive director of Family & Youth to support the “Connections Count! Professional Development Conference.” Family & Youth’s 13th annual conference connected professionals and practitioners from throughout Louisiana as they expanded, enhanced, and shared knowledge, expertise, and “know how” related to services for children, youth, and families.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BBBS RETIRES Fred Rickman, former executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, retired Dec. 31, 2010. Rickman was recently honored at a reception for his 31 years of service to the children of Southwest Louisiana. Representing the city of Lake Charles, City Administrator John Cardone, presented Rickman with a special proclamation declaring the day “Fred Rickman’s Retirement Day.” LAKE CHARLES TO BE REPRESENTED AT POETRY OUT LOUD NATIONAL COMPETITION Recently, 16 finalists from high schools across Louisiana competed for top honors as state champion for Poetry Out Loud’s 2011 season. Over 350,000 students nationwide, and 1,300 in Louisiana participated this year, which marks its Volume 2 • Issue 25

biggest year since its inception in 2005. Three students from Southwest Louisiana were among the finalists: David Douglas, 12th grade, from Washington-Marion High School and home-school students Keaghan Kane, 11th grade, and Rebekah Unsworth, 12th grade. After a highly competitive contest, Kane was awarded third place and Douglas was honored with first place as State Champion, and will go on to represent not only Southwest Louisiana, but also the entire state at the Poetry Out Loud National Competition in Washington, D.C., April 27-30. SIXTH ANNUAL SQUEEZE BOX CHAMPIONSHIP HELD The Sixth Annual Squeeze Box Championship was held recently at the Jennings Strand Theatre to promote and encourage youth in the community to keep culture and music alive. Over $3,000 in cash was awarded along with trophies and prizes. This year’s first place winners are Wilson Savoy, Lafayette Outstanding Professional Division; Robert Doucet, Lafayette, Adult 21 and Up; Blake Millen, Kaplan, Juniors 13 to 20; and Cameron Duphy, New Orleans, Youth 12 and Under. The championship is held the Saturday before Mardi Gras each year. Photo by

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POLICE JURY AWARDED FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FINANCE RECOGNIZED The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Financial Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. In addition, Tammy P. Bufkin, assistant director of finance, was given an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement. This award recognizes those who provide exemplary information in preparing comprehensive annual financial reports. BRETT CASCIO, MD, INDUCTED INTO ACADEMY Brett Cascio, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon on staff at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and medical director of Memorial’s Sports Medicine, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The Academy is the largest medical association for musculoskeletal specialists. Its Fellows have completed medical school, plus at least five years of specialty study in orthopaedics in an accredited residency program, passed a comprehensive oral and written exam, Brett Cascio, MD and have been certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cascio, call Orthopaedic Specialists at (337) 4944900. The office is located at 1717 Oak Park Boulevard, third floor, adjacent to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

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FIRST FEDERAL BANK ANNOUNCES PROMOTION Charles V. Timpa, President and CEO of First Federal Bank of Louisiana, has announced the appointment of Jeff M. Lee as vice president in the Business Banking Department. Lee will be responsible for managing all aspects of the commercial customer relationship, providing assistance with deposit, loan and cash management products and services, developing new business and representing the bank in the community. Lee has 15 years Jeff M. Lee experience in banking, having served as a commercial lender for Commercial National Bank in Shreveport, Jeff Davis Bank and Chase Bank in Lake Charles. He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech in Ruston where he earned a BS degree in finance and accounting. TJN Volume 2 • Issue 25

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By Mike McHugh

The Origin of Coon-Ass 6-String I’ve got to say that being a Dang Yankee has its issues. One is that I have this major identity crisis. Down here in Southern Louisiana, everybody calls me a Yankee. This is true for just about everyone who comes from north of a line that runs roughly through Opelousas. However, when I go back to Yankee Land, people don’t quite look at me that way anymore. To them,


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once you have moved south of the Potomac River, you have thereby relinquished all rights to be called a Yankee. Instead, they look at me as if I were born and raised in the swampland, a regular Amos Moses who goes around knocking gators on the head with a tree stump. They even started calling me “coon-ass.” Don’t get me wrong; I realize I’m not fully deserving of the title. It’s

just like moving to England wouldn’t automatically make me the Prince of Wales. Sure, I may have learned how to cook a passable gumbo, and I’ve even danced to a Cajun band or two. On the other hand, French is still Greek to me, and I still buy all my gumbo ingredients at Market Basket rather than catch them myself in the wild. But, there is no convincing my old Yankee friends of this. I feel like a man without a country. My old friends’ simple denial of my Yankee-hood wouldn’t have been so bad in and of itself. What made things worse was that I also took up the guitar after I moved here. I actually bought the guitar back around 1979, when I was first living on my own. I got it because I didn’t have anything else suitable for gathering dust in the attic; well, that and the fact that I couldn’t figure out how to get the thing in tune. That’s when it started looking like it would make a good dust collector. After about 25 years, I had accumulated plenty of other things, like my old beer can collection, to sit in

the attic and collect the dust. What’s more, they had gotten around to inventing electronic tuners. That pretty much eliminated the major issue that was standing in the way of my becoming the next Eddie van Halen. I figured my time had come. The problem was, my old friend Rich up in Yankee Land didn’t quite see it the same way. No, he couldn’t picture me as a musician at all. Of course, it didn’t help that I knew only three chords, and two of those not so well. So Rich, whose particular talent is giving people sarcastic nicknames, dubbed me the “Coon Ass 6-String”. It still wouldn’t have been all that bad if Rich would just have kept this among close friends, but no, that’s not his style. When he comes up with a nickname for somebody, he’s got to let the whole world know about it. It was like he expected that just by calling me “Coon Ass 6String,” it would make both of us stars. Sure, I had no problem with stardom, but perhaps this was a bit too high a price to pay. Rich came up with a marvelous scheme to publicize my new name. Namely, he signed me up as “Coon Ass 6-String” at a karaoke bar. I, of course, had no say in this. In fact, I was totally unaware of having been volunteered to get up and sing “Jambalaya” in front of a bunch of drunken Yankees under the alias of a native Louisiana guitar god. I wouldn’t have been so shamed even at this. I truly believe, with some therapy, I could have made it through with only minor permanent damage to my psyche. But no, it got worse. You see, handwriting is not really one of Rich’s strong points, and so, when I was called up for my turn, the DJ misread the number “6” on the card and instead called it a “G.” My musical career was off to a flying start. So, that is the story of my alter ego’s humble origin. I’d like to say that I’ve come a long way since then. After all, I’ve managed to earn a whopping 50 cents and four beer bottle caps in tips over the six years since I started playing. I have nowhere to go but up. Now, maybe it’s time to learn a few more chords. TJN

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strong support. It will be the only issue on the ballot for most of Calcasieu Parish, so turn out will be important. The opponents are out there trying to rally their troops to save their interests. Make your own decision and vote. BANNERS IN FULL SWING The McNeese Banners Series is in full swing, and there still are a number of different events scheduled for you to enjoy. The Banners Committee does a marvelous job

selecting varied and interesting performances that cover many different areas of arts and humanities, such as dance, jazz, lectures, exhibits and comedy. You can purchase tickets at the door for just about any of the events, and some are even free. Of course, Rouge et Blanc is a limited attendance event that is always sold out as soon as the tickets are available, so don’t get your hopes up for that one. For more information, visit or call (337) 475-5123. TJN

Check Your Grills! I am a great fan of outdoor cooking. Although the season is year round here, now is a really good time to check out your equipment in preparation for the heavy grilling season ahead. The good ole charcoal grill just needs a cleaning and wire brushing, and you need to make sure the cooking grate is in good condition. The gas grill is a different story altogether. There are worn-out burners to be replaced, and your flame spreaders may have holes in them or have become paper-thin. After awhile, the cooking grate needs a good going-over, or replacement. My equipment gets a heavy workout and I have to rebuild the “guts” every once in a while. When the cost of replacement parts gets more than half the price of a new grill, I give serious thought to replacing the whole unit. I always hate to give up my old grill, since it’s served me well and has been a valuable friend and a trusted piece of equipment. With a new grill, you have to learn the hot spots and peculiarities, as each has its own kind of quirks. In order to be the outdoor chef you want to be, taking the time to learn your new grill is a must. BIG VOTE ON APRIL 30 We’re going to be able to show our support for the Mojito Pointe Casino on April 30. This project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013 if approved by the voters. This should be a no-brainer, as having two first-class casino complexes in Lake Charles will make us a true destination area. Volume 2 • Issue 25

The amenities of both hotels, including premier golf courses, myriad restaurants, boutiques, entertainment venues and gambling (oops, I forgot that it’s now called gaming), will bring more visitors than ever to our area that should boost our local economy in ways we have never experienced. The expansion of jobs, both in the construction phase and in permanent operation, is a most desirable situation. Even though many casino visitors don’t get any farther than that particular area, their presence generates local revenue through employment, taxes, and service businesses to the casinos, and greatly enhances the area’s reputation and desirability for conventions. The quality of entertainment events will give our visitors, as well as us local folks, the opportunity to see performances we never dreamed of having in our locale. The addition of Mojito Pointe will add to the competition between all the area casinos to the benefit of their patrons. Of course, expect to see opposition to the project expressed by those who have their own financial interests at heart, as well as those who don’t approve of gambling due to religious beliefs. We’ll be exposed to many convoluted arguments of why Mojito Point is not in our best interests. When making your own evaluation, consider just whose financial gain is being protected by the negative advertisements. Remember that the original Sugarcane Bay proposition was supported by nearly two thirds of the votes cast; so hopefully, Mojito Pointe will have equally MARCH 24, 2011


By By Lisa Addison

On the surface, it would appear that Minnie Sweet-Goings and James J. Doxey have nothing in common. But looks can be deceiving. Sweet-Goings is a 68-year-old African-American woman with refined ways, but who is also not afraid to speak her mind, which she does often. A self-proclaimed activist, she grew up in Moss Bluff, is a program analyst by trade, and spent more than 30 years living in California. She came back to the Lake Charles area in 2002 and, among other things, embraced the task of helping her mother take care of her home and sprawling property. She also went back to school, taking some classes at McNeese State University. Life was good, she recalls. And then, Hurricane Rita hit. Her mother’s home and property were heavily damaged and SweetGoings lived in a hotel for about 60 days. Then, she lived in a FEMA

trailer for a while. Eventually, she found out about the Chateau du Lac, a high-rise complex downtown that has apartments for seniors. She got on a waiting list and after a couple of months, she moved in, in 2008. Doxey, 52, a white male, grew up in Cameron and was happy to spend the majority of his life there. He peppers his conversation with one-liners, laughs often, and has a warm friendship with Sweet-Goings. He was once a business owner and had two nightclubs, a restaurant, and a gift shop. He was enjoying life in the place he loved, just a stone’s throw from the Gulf of Mexico. That was also before Hurricane Rita hit. He defines his life as “before Rita” and “after Rita” as many do from this area. After Rita, Doxey said everything was gone: his house, businesses, life as he knew it. Shortly after that, he had a heart attack from all of

the stress. Eventually, he too moved to the Chateau du Lac, also in 2008. CHANGES And that’s where these two kindred spirits found one another. It was natural, according to Sweet-Goings. “We started talking in the courtyard one day and just laughed and laughed,” she said. “At that time,

everyone here seemed to be separated into groups. Blacks sat at one table; whites at another. It was divisive and nobody got along very well. But once James and I became friends and people would see us talking and having great fun they wanted to be a part of it. They gravitated to it.”

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— Wendy Curphy Aguillard, CLA Calcasieu Parish Assessor

Q: How are property taxes figured? A: Assessed Value (minus exemptions) X millage rate = tax dollars The law requires the Assessor to discover, list and place value on all property within the parish. The assessed value is calculated as a percentage of fair market value. Fair market value is established by buyers and sellers in the marketplace. The millage rate is established by the taxing authorities such as school, fire, and recreation districts and voted on by the registered voters.

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A Letter to the Editor Doxey recalls what life was like at Chateau du Lac just three years ago. “I remember asking somebody here one day if there was a drugstore nearby and that person looked at me and said, ‘pick a door,’ as in you could knock on any door at the high rise and find drugs readily available for purchase. You’d walk around this place and see residents carrying baseball bats, guns, knives, anything to protect themselves. It was a scary place to be, but it’s nothing like that any more. Those days are gone. In the last couple of years, almost everything here has changed for the better.” THE HIGH-RISERS Sweet-Goings and Doxey credit their formation of The High-Risers, a tenant’s association for residents of Chateau du Lac, with putting at least a few of those changes into motion. According to Doxey, in the past it was commonplace to see police officers, firefighters, and paramedics at the building on a daily basis as those various entities dealt with issues and problems at Chateau du Lac. Today, says Doxey, it’s rare to see them because there’s usually no need for their services. A walk around the interior of the building reveals clean, cheerful surroundings; a cozy recreation room that includes a large plasma television donated to the residents by ConocoPhillips; and a small snack shop that’s primarily run by SweetGoings and Doxey that includes fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies, ice cream, and sodas. Popular with residents, SweetGoings said some of them get out of their room during the day just to come down to the snack shop and socialize for a bit. Who are the residents of the Chateau du Lac? The majority of them are on fixed incomes and although many of them are senior citizens, others have physical or mental disabilities. Among the population are former attorneys, teachers, principals, and business owners. Currently residing at the Chateau du Lac are also a man who once played basketball for both McNeese State University and the Harlem Globetrotters, as well as a man who is the brother of a musician with the popular rock group Creed. Both of those residents were hanging out in the recreation room on a recent afternoon and talked about how much they enjoy residing at the high rise.

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Sweet-Goings recalls that management at the Chateau du Lac originally thought the High-Risers were “troublemakers” but says that opinion soon gave way to admiration for the group. Brenda Briscoe is manager of the Chateau du Lac and she backs up what SweetGoings says. “The tenant association is all about positive things for our residents,” Briscoe said. “Both Minnie and James are doing great things. In fact, I call James the ‘Ambassador’ of the Chateau du Lac. He is always trying to improve things for the residents and looking out for their best interests.” THE RIGHT THING TO DO Some of the things that the HighRisers help tenants with include correspondence, legal issues, medical appointments, groceries, errands, and more. They also put out a monthly newsletter for residents, and it’s filled with tips on how to make their lives better, information on workshops they can attend, upcoming events, and more. Some of the residents receive meal assistance when Abraham’s Tent delivers 100 prepared meals to Chateau du Lac Monday through Friday of each week. But Doxey and Sweet-Goings worry about the residents who are on fixed incomes and may not be eating right on the weekends, so they’ll oftentimes spend their own money and whip up a big pot of soup or gumbo for those residents. Sweet-Goings believes that every person should give something back to the world. “It’s important that each of us figure out what our purpose is in life,” she said. “For me, if there is any type of injustice I will not just simply sit there and take it. I’ll challenge things. Helping people through the tenant association fulfills me. I’ve surely found my purpose and this is it.” Doxey echoes that sentiment. “Why do I do what I do?” he asked. “Well, I don’t get paid for it so it sure isn’t for the money. I do it because I look around and know that the residents here need me. I guess I mostly help people because it’s simply the right thing to do.” Lisa Addison has been a writer for more than 30 years. She writes for local, regional and national publications. TJN

Dear Editor: Brandon Shoemaker's Sports Report (“Geauxing for the Gold” March 10, 2011) makes some valid and needed points on an important topic, but I would suggest that Shoemaker use some old-fashioned shoe leather to find out what some of the other Southland schools are doing to address the problem of declining tax revenue in an age of rising price inflation. If he had practiced a minimum of old-fashioned reporting skills, he would have discovered similar practices at Lamar and many other Southland conference schools. There is no need for making a tongue-in-cheek reference to faraway Appalachian State when so many schools so much closer to home are also charging “extra” for premium seating. McNeese, as well as Lamar, did extensive research on the appropriate comparables. You might want to check this out with several institutions before rushing to print. We should also remember that these are tough budgetary and economic times, especially for state and local governments. Cash-strapped state governments across the nation are cutting back on many of the "extras" in state-supported schools. From Madison, Wisconsin to Athens, Greece, we are seeing an outcry from those who are asked to cut back from the outrageous spending policies and promises of the past. It's time to face reality in all walks of life. We can only pay for what we can afford. In the grand scheme of life, college athletics are a wonderful part of the "toy store" of life, but there is no constitutional right to the same seat for all time. If you can afford the price increase, great. That's part of the cost of fan loyalty. Worst case, if some sports fans need to settle for "general admission" seats, then, as mamma said, be thankful just to be in the building.

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Cleanest City Contest Each year, the Louisiana Garden Club Federation sponsors the “Cleanest City Contest.” Lake Charles has won in the past, but since Rita, the city has not entered. Happily, the city is ready this year. It will participate through its Beautification Committee, with the contest sponsored locally by The Diggers & Weeders and The Lake Charles Garden Club. The district judging will be held on Thurs., April 7. It would be a great honor for Lake Charles to win this award. A clean city means that we care. Everyone benefits from living in a clean, beautiful environment, and it encourages businesses and folks to settle here. Lake Charles can’t win this contest without the help of its citizens.

So, inform your friends and local businesses about the contest. Keep lawns mowed and sidewalks edged, and improve your landscape by planting flowers and shrubs. Pick up litter by your home or business and encourage neighbors to do likewise. Most important, don’t throw cigarette butts or any trash out of the windows of your vehicle. Judges will especially be looking for cigarette butts, so put them in a container and not on the ground. If you would like to volunteer your or your organization’s time, contact Ellie Lemoine (Lake Charles Garden Club) at 474-5876, or Kathy Tell (Diggers & Weeders Garden Club) at 598-5998.


City Conducts Ryan Street Streetscape Groundbreaking Ceremony

The City of Lake Charles conducted a groundbreaking ceremony recently at the northeast corner of the intersection of Ryan St. and Pujo St. for the Ryan Street Streetscape project. The ceremony marked the kick-off of a major remake of seven blocks of Ryan St. from Clarence to Pine. The goal of the Ryan Street Streetscape project is to calm traffic and provide pedestrian-friendly improvements that will bolster economic development in the Downtown District. The Ryan Street Streetscape project will concentrate on the enhancement of the streetscape by providing improvements consisting of special paving, overhead lighting by decorative lamp posts, banners, street furniture, landscaping, irrigation and utility services. Traffic lanes will be narrowed, providing

for the addition of approximately 64 spaces of on-street parking. “Ryan Street Streetscape, like the Lakefront Promenade, should provide a sense of beauty and place that will further promote downtown Lake Charles as a unique, quality destination location,” said Mayor Roach. “Streetscape should also enhance the connection between downtown and the lakefront, helping support future economic growth for the entire area.” Ryan Street Streetscape will be developed in phases starting at the corner of Clarence and Ryan St. Detour routes will be suggested for each intersection affected during construction. Work is scheduled to begin March and the entire project is estimated to be completed by spring of 2012. TJN

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The Birds are Back at Shangri La Botanical Gardens Every year, more than 5,000 birds of 17 different species arrive at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, Tx., including Great Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, Anhingas, Cormorants, and many others. Most birds choose the area as a nesting ground because the cypress trees provide protection from local predators. From the end of March through June, families of birds, including new hatchlings, can be seen nesting in the trees in and around the Shangri La waterways. Special cameras in the state-ofthe-art bird blind located at the Shangri La heronry is the perfect place to get an up-close look at the birds that make this area their home. The bird blind overlooking the heronry is handicap-accessible, with restrooms and a café nearby. The blind provides a convenient experience for bird lovers who nor-

mally would have to be out in the elements to see birds in such a natural setting. “Soon, we’ll have baby birds bustin’ out all over,” said Shangri La Director Michael Hoke. “From about mid-March until the end of June, nests will be filled with hatchlings. It’s a great time to come to Shangri La and see the nesting birds.” Shangri La is located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas. The gardens are open to the public from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues.– Sat. and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may be purchased at the Admissions Window. Group tours and school tours are welcome, but must call in advance for reservations. For more information, call (409) 670-9113 or visit TJN

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Every month, The Jambalaya News gives a complete makeover to a special woman nominated by a friend or family member. The winner of this month’s Spice Up Your Look Makeover is Mae Belle Smith, 66. Here is an excerpt of the winning letter sent in by Mae Belle’s daughter, Khristy Wilson: “My mother lives by the example ‘It’s better to give than to receive.’ As a devoted wife, mother and educator, she deserves to ‘receive’ a little pampering, a renewed confidence and to be reminded she is beautiful inside and out. My brother’s wedding is March 19. A new look would help her re-gain a new zest for life and look great for the wedding!”

MAKEOVER SPONSORS Donna’s Lingerie and Swimwear Custom Bra and Shapewear Fitting by owner Donna Mier, CFM Recommendation: Mae Belle needs special bra and shapewear to make the most of the outfits she’ll wear to her son’s wedding. Process: Donna looked at Mae Belle’s wedding attire to determine the foundation garments required. She measured her for proper fit and made the appropriate selections for her. “This professional bra fitting was awesome! After Donna measured me and determined what I needed, it was amazing to see instant, shape-enhancing results. My dresses for the wedding look so much nicer. I look better, so I feel good!” PAGE 16

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Makeup and instruction by makeup artist Krystal Richard

Recommendation: Confidence is restored with healthy, beautiful skin. Mae Belle’s combination skin requires frequent exfoliation and plenty of rest to combat under eye darkness. Process: Sherry analyzed Mae Belle’s complexion, then consulted with her about her special skin care concerns. Then, it was time to relax to peaceful music, facial steaming and massaging, and the pleasant scents from ointments and soothing, special blended facial treatments. “I had a very pleasant, welcoming experience. Sherry helped me to feel very comfortable and I appreciate her sharing so much advice for a healthier looking complexion. I will certainly tell my daughter about this place!”

Recommendation: Lancôme cosmetics, professional foundation match and technique to conceal under eye darkness. Process: Skin preparation,

foundation/concealer match, skin enhancing color selection, and makeup application and technique tips “Krystal was a blessing. She enhanced my coloring perfectly, and accentuated my features. I didn’t think my complexion could look so improved. I’m very satisfied!”

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Royal Treatment Hair Salon Hair cut, styling by owner/master stylist Priscilla Sam Ceasar Recommendation: Short hair with bang to flatter and accentuate high cheekbones. Stay away from color processing until condition is restored, work toward toning down orange, enhancing with light browns and blond highlights Process: Color rinse to even color and add shine. Razor, scissor and clipper cut for a face-flattering shape. For added smoothness and shine, Nu Expressions product was applied prior to hot curling for volume. “I haven’t had my hair short in a very long time. I was nervous, but trusted Priscilla. She was upfront and honest about the shape my hair was in. She knew cutting my hair short would not only be flattering to my face shape, but also would eliminate damage and restore health to my hair. I needed a push. I feel great and look better!” Volume 2 • Issue 25

Body Type: A little extra in the middle, 5’4” Special Occasion: Mother of the Groom Final Selection: Square neckline/cap sleeve shawl draws attention to neckline and face. The rest of body (especially mid-section) looks much narrower and proportioned. Lace overlay provides added structure and slightly flared hemline proportions hips. Beautiful! Rehearsal Dinner: Mae Belle loves suits. This shade of green really compliments her color. Handkerchief hemline adds flare and creates illusion that she is longer and narrower. She looks fabulous! Special Evening: This dress with an empire waist directs the eye upward toward the chest and away from the natural waist. Paired with a short jacket in a beautiful flattering rich color, it gives the illusion of a longer line on the body. Hot momma! “Enjoyable! Everyone was so helpful! I was surprised to see myself look good in a variety of styles. It’s all about proportion and color. You just know when you hit a winner. I came out dancing!”

Ruby Belle Photography photographer Nancy Eddings Photo Shoot Reveal: Lights, Camera, Action! Mae Belle was treated to a photo shoot by Ruby Belle Photography to capture her “New” look! She will receive a memorable CD of the photo shoot. Go to to view Nancy’s variety of photography! “Though I was feeling confident with my

new look, the last phase of my makeover had me nervous—pictures! Nancy’s expertise is in outdoor photography; however, she took on the challenge of my glamour session. She’s good! She helped me to feel comfortable in front of the camera and to position myself for flattering results, and soon, my newfound confidence was showing!”

We asked Mae Belle how she felt about her overall makeover experience. “I look and feel alive again! It’s the most enjoyment I have had in a long time. I know this makeover was a blessing from heaven and a life-altering experience. I’m reminded

to embrace and make the most of what God has given me. I’m worth it!” Go to our Web site at to find out how to nominate someone you know (or yourself) for the Jambalaya Spice Up Your Look Makeover!


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. nger, M i r p S ve By Ste

In reviewing the mound of data out there on men’s health, I began to feel for the average guy out there trying to make sense of all the data. If you Google this topic, you will be inundated with professional medical Web sites, online national magazines, and a multitude of medical blogs that have every possible opinion on how the average Joe should live his life. I was beginning to lose focus on the leaves of the tree when I stumbled on a concise but lengthy review of the most common medical issues faced by men, which I have summarized below. The diseases listed are the important ones—and the most preventable if you take the right steps now. Primary prevention is the scalpel of all primary care doctors. We want you to take the steps outlined below so these disease processes never occur! Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest So heart attacks are really for the older guys? No, not really. After accidents (such as car crashes), heart disease is the most common killer of men between the ages of 35 and 44. In men 45 to 54 years old, it’s number one. So how do you not build plaque in your arteries? See below for the commonsense but required bullet points in your life: • Exercise for at least half an hour most days of the week. • Eat right — preferably a diet low in saturated fat (less red meat) and high in fruits and vegetables. • Lose weight (if you’re overweight). • Don’t smoke — smokers are two to four times as likely to develop plaque in the coronary arteries. • Reduce emotional stress. High Blood Pressure Many men have it for years and don’t know it, while high blood pressure silently damages their arteries. Here’s how to make sure you’re not one of them. Over half of all Americans 60 and older have it, and over a lifetime, the risk of developing high blood pressure is 90 percent. Typically, blood pressure increases with age. Risk of high blood pressure begins to climb when men hit 45, although it can occur in younger men. Normal blood pressure is considered to be anything below 120/80. Pre-hypertension is defined as a systolic reading between 120 and 139 and a diastolic reading between 80 and 89. Hypertension is defined as blood pressure of 140/90 or higher. For people with diabetes or chronic kidney disease, hypertension is defined as 130/80. To prevent high blood pressure, first consider your diet. A healthy diet can go a long way towards preventing hypertension. Studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health have shown that the DASH diet can dramatically lower blood pressure. And the results show up fast — often within two weeks. A few other changes can also keep your blood pressure in check. Both excessive alcohol consumption and smoking can raise blood pressure. Men who drink alcohol PAGE 18

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should stick to no more than two standard drinks a day. And if you smoke, the advice is obvious: Get serious about quitting. High Cholesterol With the way men like to eat, the risk of high cholesterol begins as early as our 20s and keeps going up. Everyone over 20 should get a cholesterol test at least once a year. Hypercholesteremia puts men at increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral artery disease. Losing weight, decreasing the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet, and increasing the amount of soluble fiber you eat helps, too. This form of fiber, found in oatmeal, kidney beans, and apples, among other foods, takes LDL out of the body. Exercise also raises HDL, or your good cholesterol. The average American now gets more than 20 percent of calories from beverages, many of them sweetened with sugar. Switching to diet sodas or water is painless and can make a big difference in total calories. Strokes They’re the fourth leading cause of death in men, but not all guys are familiar with the symptoms, which include: • sudden numbness or weakness, particularly on only one side of the body, • sudden confusion, • trouble speaking or understanding speech, • trouble with vision, and • trouble walking or maintaining balance. Strokes are more likely in men over 65, but they can happen at any age. Strokes are also more likely to be fatal and strike earlier in men than in women. According to the National Stroke Foundation, 80 percent of all strokes are preventable. The consequences of a stroke can be devastating. A stroke can kill you; if it doesn’t, it can leave you severely debilitated, paralyzed, and unable to communicate. Prevention boils down to the bullet points for Heart Attack already mentioned.

diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90 – 95 percent of the 12 million men with diabetes. The important thing here is weight. With weight comes insulin resistance, which is what ultimately leads to rising sugars in your blood. The Diabetes Prevention study done in Europe actually showed that if you do moderate exercise 30 minutes daily with a 5-10 percent reduction in body weight, you can halt the progression from pre-diabetes to fullblown diabetes by almost 70 percent The last few conditions listed here are still important, but space will require you to do your own research on stats. Lung Cancer in Men: It’s still the leader in cancer deaths, and many young men continue to smoke. But lung cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers. Colorectal Cancer in Men: The bad news: It’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men. The good news: It’s often preventable — and men may benefit from earlier screening than women. Prostate Disease: What is this troublesome gland, the prostate? How often do you need the dreaded rectal exam? Talk to your doctor about prostatitis, BPH, and cancer. Testicular Disease: It is the most common cause of cancer in young men — and usually curable. Depression: Male depression in men is serious; suicide is the eighth most common cause of death in men. Men may exhibit different symptoms than women and thus, it often goes untreated.  If reading this article doesn’t wear you out, you are in better shape than I! I hope this at least gets you men out there thinking of your health and better choices at the dinner table. There’s a reason why the ladies beat us hands down on life expectancy— actually, pretty close to the 10 reasons listed in this article. TJN

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Although more than 6 million men in the United States suffer from depression each year, the stereotypical image of depression as a female condition often keeps men who are clinically depressed from recognizing their symptoms and seeking treatment. Let’s face it— most men don’t want to admit weakness. The symptoms of depression in men are similar to those in women. They include exhaustion, loss of interest in everyday activities, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, concentration problems and apathy, among others. In women, depression may be more likely to cause feelings of sadness and worthlessness. Depression in men, on the other hand, may be more likely to cause them to be irritable or aggressive, or indulge in reckless behavior and substance abuse. Men have a tendency to hide their problems, whereas women typically confide in others. For these reasons, many men —


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as well as doctors and other health care professionals — may fail to recognize the problem as depression. Even worse, although depression rates for women are twice as high as those in men, men are a higher suicide risk, especially older men. The CDC reports that men in the U.S. are about four times more likely than women to commit suicide. A staggering 75 to 80 percent of all people who commit suicide in the U.S. are men. More women actually attempt suicide, but more men are successful at actually ending their lives. This may be due to the fact that men tend to use more lethal methods of committing suicide, such as using a gun or hanging themselves, as opposed to an overdose of pills. Depression is not a normal part of the aging process, but senior men may have medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, etc., that may contribute to depression. Retirement is difficult for many men, not only

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due to the loss of income and meaningful work, but because they end up with no routine or set schedule to follow. In addition, the death of family and friends exacerbates the problem. According to the National Institute on Mental Health, the most important thing anyone can do for a man who may have depression is to help him get to a doctor for a diagnostic evaluation and treatment. First, try to talk to him about depression and help him understand that it’s a common illness among men and is nothing to be ashamed about. Then, encourage him to see a doctor to determine the cause of his symptoms and obtain appropriate treatment. You may need to make an appointment and accompany him to the doctor. Once he is in treatment, continue to help by encouraging him to stay with it until symptoms begin to lift (it may take several weeks) or to seek different treatment if no improvement occurs. This may also mean monitoring whether he is taking prescribed medication and/or attending therapy sessions. Encourage him to be honest with the doctor about his use of alcohol and prescription or recreational drugs, and to follow the doctor’s orders about the use

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of these substances while on antidepressant medication. The second most important thing is to offer emotional support to the depressed person. This involves understanding, patience, affection, and encouragement. Engage him in conversation and listen carefully. Do not disparage the feelings he may express, but point out realities and offer hope. Most important, do not ignore remarks about suicide. Report them to his doctor. In an emergency, call 911. Invite him for walks, outings, to the movies, and other activities. Be gently insistent if your invitation is refused. Encourage participation in some activities that once gave him pleasure, such as hobbies, sports, religious or cultural activities, etc., but do not push him to undertake too much too soon. The depressed person needs diversion and company, but too many demands can increase feelings of failure. Do not accuse him of laziness or of faking illness, or expect him “to snap out of it.” Eventually, with treatment, most people do get better. Keep that in mind, and keep reassuring him that, with time and help, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. TJN

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We all greet the world through our smiles. Not only does a smile help us present a positive image to others, but it also makes us feel better about ourselves. If you are missing teeth—for any reason—you may feel that your smile is not intact, and you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable. Tooth loss can create a variety of problems. It can be more difficult to eat and enjoy food—and a variety of health issues can arise. And aside from the physical issues, we just don’t feel like ourselves without our smile. What’s the solution? The thought of dentures or a bridge may make you cringe—or maybe you have already experienced their discomfort. However, there is another option to restore your smile that may be better for you—dental implants. “There are a number of advantages to choosing dental implants,” says Daniel Domingue, DDS, a dentist at Robinson Dental Group in Lake Charles. “An implant is the closest thing to regaining a natural tooth. Not only does it provide a more natural look and feel, but also implants are self-supporting and do not rely on other teeth. This minimizes denture shifting and slippage, allowing patients to speak, eat and chew easier with more security and confidence. Implants may also promote gum health.” A dental implant is an artificial root that is inserted into the jaw to replace the tooth, mimicking its original, natural structure. The implant consists of three pieces—an anchoring root, an abutment and a crown, and placement of the implant is a three-stage procedure. In the first stage, a titanium root is placed into the jawbone to serve as an anchor. Over time, the titanium actually merges with the jawbone. Once this merger is complete,

it is time for the second stage. In this stage, the protective cover of the anchor is removed and replaced with an abutment, which serves as a connector. Finally in stage three, the crown is created to match other teeth and is then connected to the abutment, successfully recreating the tooth. The implant then blends in with the other teeth, providing a more natural look. The dental implant process is a medical advancement in itself, but the precision of the procedure is advanced by the latest 3-D dental imaging technology, the i-CAT® scanner. The i-CAT scanner provides highly accurate and detailed threedimensional views of the anatomy of a patient’s mouth with a high-resolution, real-time scan of bone, teeth, tooth orientation, tooth and nerve relation, airways and sinuses. “We incorporated the i-CAT scanner into our treatment plan, because it gives us the ability to place an implant with the utmost precision,” says Dr. Domingue. “Its detailed scans actually allow us to perform a practice surgery on the computer, enabling us to prepare for any problems and achieve the best possible results. Besides assisting with the procedure, the scanner also allows our patients to better visualize and better understand the implant process.” Are you or a friend or family member interested in finding out more on how dental implants can restore your smile? Robinson Dental Group holds monthly informational seminars on dental implants, with the next seminar on April 5. Seating is limited; call 474-3636 to make your reservation. Visit for additional information. TJN

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Dine Out, Fight Aids The Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council (SLAC) is hosting the Lake Area’s 2nd Annual Dining Out For Life® fundraising event on Thurs., April 28. Local restaurant participants will donate a percentage of proceeds from that day to SLAC, helping them continue to provide excellent services to lowincome individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. “This event does not only benefit our clients, it benefits our local economy as well,” said Christina Duhon, office manager. “Dining Out for Life is a winwin-win!” says spokesperson Ted Allen, host of the Food Network show Chopped. “The event helps bring new customers into neighborhood restaurants, it gives everyone an opportunity to make a contribution just by having breakfast, lunch or dinner with friends, and all money raised in each city, stays in that city.” Dining Out for Life® was created in 1991 by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia, and has

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since become an international event that incorporates more than 60 cities across the US and Canada. In 2009, Dining Out for Life® raised over $3.5 million for more than 50 AIDS Service Organizations (ASO’s) across North America. A list of Lake Area participating restaurants can be found at SLAC’s mission is to provide education to the people of Southwest Louisiana about HIV/AIDS and HIV prevention and to offer assistance to those affected by the disease. HIV affects not only the person infected, but also his/her family, friends, and community. In the U.S. alone, someone is infected with HIV every nine and a half minutes. The state of Louisiana is ranked 5th in the nation in HIV infection rates. This fundraiser is an easy way to give back and help fight this disease that continues to ravage our country and the world.


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Last month, gambling regulators awarded the state’s last riverboat license to Creative Casinos LLC, led by Dan Lee. His vision, called Mojito Pointe Resort, is poised to become a reality. On April 30, the voters of Calcasieu Parish will go to the polls to approve the construction of the Mojito Pointe Resort. Why should you vote for this project? Let’s look at several topics and see why it is a winning hand for our parish.

Jobs Jobs Jobs

Tax Revenue

If the voters approve the casino, it will have a positive impact on the entire parish. There will be both a direct impact and an indirect impact on jobs in this area. The Mojito Pointe project will generate 1,500 construction jobs over the next two years, as it will cost $400 million to build. When completed, it will employ 2,000 people with permanent jobs, generating over $72 million in wages for our local economy. These are the direct jobs. It does not take into account the indirect jobs that will be created to support this complex. These jobs will generate millions of dollars in new income for the area. The “ripple” effect will be felt not only in Calcasieu Parish, but also in the entire Southwest Louisiana area.

The Mojito Pointe Casino project will generate over $27 million in local tax revenue for Calcasieu parish. Based on the $400 million value of the new resort, it will result in $3.9 million in property taxes. The gaming tax will generate $12.3 million in local taxes, which are dedicated to the school board, Sowela, and all municipalities in the parish. In addition, voters need to consider the $3.5 million in non-gaming sales taxes, $3.8 million in direct sales taxes, $2.7 million in indirect sales taxes, and $1.2 million in lease payments to the Port of Lake Charles. That’s a total of $27 million in tax revenue for Calcasieu Parish. In addition, the project will generate $75 million a year in tax revenue for the entire state.


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Education The impact of cuts to education has been in the forefront of the news lately. This is a result of state budget cuts and declining revenues. With the addition of the revenues generated by the local taxes paid by the Mojito Pointe Resort, educational institutions in this parish will see an increase in their revenues. The Mojito Pointe Resort will generate another $2.1 million for educational institutions here. The Calcasieu Parish School Board will realize another $1.2 million, McNeese revenues will increase by $630,000, and Sowela revenue will increase by another $210,000. The Calcasieu Parish School Board will also benefit by the new property tax revenues paid by Mojito Pointe.

A Win-Win One could safely assume that a positive vote on April 30 for the Mojito Pointe project will result in a winning hand for our parish! TJN

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Did the word “golf” originate as an acronym for “gentlemen only, ladies forbidden?” No! That’s just an old wives’ tale. Like most modern words, the word “golf ” derives from older languages and dialects. In this case, the languages in question are medieval Dutch and old Scots. The medieval Dutch word “kolf ” or “kolve” meant “club.” It is believed that word passed to the Scots, whose old Scots dialect transformed the word into “golve,” “gowl” or “gouf.” By the 16th century, the word “golf ” had emerged. Where did the term “caddy” come from? When Mary, later Queen of Scots, went to France as a young girl, Louis, the King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game of golf. So, he had the first golf course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment.  To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary returned to Scotland and took the practice with her.  In French, the word cadet is pronounced “ca-day” and the Scots changed it to “caddie.” Why are golf courses 18 holes in length? Like many developments throughout golf history, the standardization of 18 holes as the length of a “regulation” golf course did not happen as the result of a momentous decision agreed upon by many. Like many developments in golf, the standardization of 18 holes can be credited to The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. Prior to the mid-1760s, it was common to find golf courses comprised of 12 holes, or 19, or any other number. Around 1764, the linkes at St. Andrews converted from 22 to 18 holes. Eighteen holes did not become the standard until the early 1900s, but from 1764 onward, more courses copied the St. Andrews model. What is the history of golf clubs? In the beginning, early golfers used primitive equipment to play the game. Over time, they started carving their own clubs from wood. The earliest known reference to a set of golf clubs can be traced to 1502, when King James IV of Scotland commissioned a bow-maker to make him a set. PAGE 26

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Golf club heads were initially made from tough woods, such as holly and beech, with shafts made from ash or hazel. Longnose clubs were fragile, and players would break at least one a round. The expense and time that went into manufacturing clubs made them too costly for most players, who would commission carpenters to create them. Due to these expenses, golf earned the reputation as a wealthy man’s sport right from the beginning. In 1826, Scottish club-maker Robert Forgan started importing hickory from America to create more durable clubs. This quickly became the wood of choice for all club-makers, although other, cheaper woods were still used. By the late 1800s, club-makers started experimenting with metal. The first steel shafts appeared in the late 1890s, and irons with grooved faces that improved backspin made their debut in 1902, around the same time that club designers began using lightweight, durable aluminum. Although metal clubs were initially banned from tournament play, they were finally legalized after the Prince Of Wales used a set on the Old Course at St. Andrews in 1929. Two years later, Billy Burke won the US Open, becoming the first golfer to win a major tournament with steel-shafted clubs.

Ten things you probably didn’t know about golf: • The chances of making two holesin-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million. • Tiger Woods snagged his first ace at the tender age of six years old. • The longest golf course in the world is the par 77 International Golf Club in Massachusetts, which measures 8,325 yards. • The highest golf course in the world is the Tactu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru, which sits 14,335 feet above sea level at its lowest point. • The longest golf hole in the world is the 7th hole (par 7) of the Sano Course at the Satsuki Golf Club in Japan. It measures 909 yards. • Golf was banned in Scotland from 1457 to 1502 to ensure citizens wouldn’t waste time while preparing for an English invasion. • Americans spend $600 million on golf balls every year. • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. • The first golf balls were made of thin leather stuffed with feathers. Tightly packed feathers made balls that flew the farthest. They were used until 1848. • There are three golf balls on the moon.


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THE THREE “R’s” OF TEACHING SWIMMING TO CHILDREN RESPECT — Respecting the dangers of water will result in your child being a safe”R” swimmer. Respect the child’s fear of water, never forcing or rushing to satisfy adult egos REINFORCEMENT — Reward the smallest efforts through high fives and praise. “Positive” feedback vs “negative” feedback is crucial for success. REPETITION — Repetitive movements with basic repetitive cues are a vital part of swimming, we refer it as building “muscle memory”. Of all pre-schoolers who drown, 70% were in the care of one or both parents at the time of drowning and 75% were missing from sight for less than 5 minutes. “National Center for Injury Prevention and Control”



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The National Golf Club of Louisiana, managed by Billy Casper Golf (BCG), has been designated a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” for its high standards protecting the environment and preserving the natural heritage of golf. Following the conservation group Audubon International’s approved steps for an environmentally friendly golf course, the National reduces waste and promotes efficient operations. Other program results include a reduction of maintenance costs, including insurance premiums, energy, water, pesticides, fertilizer, equipment wear and labor. In attaining Audubon certification, the National successfully executes ecologically sound practices in environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction, water conservation, and water quality management. “Working with Audubon International, we have minimized our impact on the environment,” says Graham Kornmeyer, golf course superintendent at The National.  “This allows golfers to enjoy a more natural and lush playing experience.” All BCG courses are enrolled in the Certified Cooperative Sanctuary program. The National Golf Club of Louisiana is the centerpiece of a new, 600-plus-acre, master-planned

residential community in the city of Westlake. Stately soft pines and dramatic vistas highlight golf-course architect Dave Bennett’s par-72, 6,946yard design that features 14 lakes, 80 bunkers and many of western Louisiana’s largest and most challenging greens. Five sets of tees offer fun and challenging rounds for recreational and accomplished golfers.   Premium TifSport fairways and rough, and MiniVerde greens, maintain their deep green color and incomparable playing surfaces year-round. The expansive practice area boasts a one-acre, all-grass driving range; 12,000 square-foot putting area; two 3,000-square-foot short-game areas and 1,500 square feet of bunkers. From the driving range, golfers take aim at 14 target greens from 50 to 400 yards.  The practice range is open year-round. BCG oversaw construction and grow-in of the course and now directs course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management. To reserve a tee time at The National Golf Club of Louisiana, go to TJN

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The Jeff Davis Business Alliance (JDBA) is making plans for the annual golf tournament fundraiser scheduled for Fri., April 15 at the Jennings Golf Club. The money raised will be used to benefit JDBA projects. “We are preparing for 144 golfers with plenty of food, drinks, ditty bags, door prizes and most of all plenty of fun,” according to Cynthia Hoffpauir, president of The Jeff

Davis Business Alliance. “Someone could also walk off with $10,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one at # 9 (137 distance). There will also be prizes awarded at any of the other par three holes. Cash prizes will be awarded on net and gross scores for first, second, and third places.” Golfers are invited to have lunch in the clubhouse beginning at 11a.m. The four-man scramble begins at noon. The registration fee is $75 per person or $300 per four-man team, which includes green fees, two mulligans, cart, food, drinks, ditty bag and entry into the hole-in-one contest. There will be free practice on Thurs., April 14. Registration forms are available at the JDBA office located at 246 N. Main Street in Jennings, or can be picked up at the Jennings Golf Club. For more information, call the Alliance office at (337) 824-0933.


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The National Golf Club of Louisiana – managed by Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – has been selected for the second consecutive year by the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series to host the 2011 Southwest Louisiana Open, Wed.-Sat., March 23-26. The 72-hole, stroke-play tournament will be contested among approximately 100 golfers competing for an $85,000 purse. The field will be cut to the top 35 percent, and ties, after 36 holes. Practice rounds will be Mon., Pro-Am is on Tues. and the tournament starts at 8 a.m. on Wed.  The event is free and open to the public. “With a great layout, challenging greens and excellent practice facility, The National has a PGA TOURquality feel to it,” says Tyler Wolford, tour director of the Adams Pro Tour Series.  “Our golfers benefit from playing outstanding courses, and The National is among the best.” “We’re proud the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series once again chose

The National to host this event,” says Ron Brown, General Manager of The National Golf Club of Louisiana. “Our staff will ensure the course is in top condition and offer a tough but enjoyable test for the competitors.” The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series has proved a successful feeder to the PGA TOUR, counting Bubba Watson, Ryan Palmer, Cameron Beckman and Jhonattan Vegas among its alumni. BCG oversaw construction and grow-in of the course and now the company directs course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management. To reserve a tee time at The National Golf Club of Louisiana, see or call (337) 433-2255. TJN

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An Open Letter to the Golf Deities Dear Gods of Golf, It’s March, and once again, I am thankful that the cold weather has finally gone and I can comfortably enjoy the game you folks operate. However, this year, I wanted to ask you for a teensy-weensy bit of help


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before I tie on my spikes and head out to the local muni course. You see, I love to play golf. Always have. Once upon a time, back before I had a grown-up job, I would wake up extra early on a Wednesday, throw my clubs in the back of my 1986 Oldsmobile and drive up to Leesville to get the day’s first tee time at the city’s public course. Why in Arnold Palmer’s golf bag would anyone do that, you ask? Because there is a certain peaceful solitude about being the only golfer on the course. I had everything I wanted. Peace and quiet, sure, but also peace of

mind knowing I wouldn’t have some hack, some duffer come barreling down the fairway behind me, hands on his madras-covered hips huffing at my slow-playing ineptitude. Plus, there were unlimited mulligans. Miss hit a tee shot? Try it again. Run a putt 10 feet past the hole? I didn’t see that, did you? Try it again. And hey, where else around here can you hit a completely terrible, worm-burner of a tee shot, have it roll 200-plus yards down one of the course’s steep, barren hillsides, and end up with a wide-open wedge shot to the green?

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It was fun, and all of that practice surely helped me improve my game a little, but it didn’t do much to bring my average below 90. And that brings me back to my request. Before I load my clubs into my decidedly newer and more reliable car, I would like to ask of you (should it be “ye?”) Golf Gods a few bits of assistance: In general, my golf shots slice harder than Dexter Morgan with one of his bad-guy victims. If you see this happen, please direct a gust of wind at my ball as it careens toward the woods/bunker/water hazard. This will greatly help in not only lowering my score, but also save me valuable time I would normally waste scanning endless carpets of pine needles/sand traps/scummy ponds for my golf balls. Should it appear one of my tee shots will not pass the women’s tee box, please drop a pine cone, rock or other obstruction in my ball’s path so that it may gain extra momentum and reach safe territory beyond the red tees. You and I both know the consequence of hitting short of the red tees is supposed to be public humiliation via nudity. This rarely happens as decent society and obscenity laws prohibit such displays, but, even still, a weak tee shot is pretty embarrassing. In short, help me out here. • If possible, find a way to make me keep my head down when I’m hitting a fairway iron. There are only so many times a man can take hitting a golf ball like Alex Rodriguez in October (i.e., bouncing weakly up the middle). I might be amenable to temporarily redistributing the weight of my skull forward if necessary. • The best part of my game is probably my putting, but, should it look like a putt might slip just past the hole, please feel free to use whatever means necessary to divert the ball into the hole. Call up Carl Spackler if you have to. • Help me to control my temper on the course. After one incident, a friend scored my final 11 holes as IT-H-R-O-W-C-L-U-B-S. Funny, yes, I’d like to keep that from happening again. So, if you see me getting frustrated out there, send the drink cart by with an ice chest full of cold Diet Coke. Caffeine soothes this savage golfer.

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• On a related note, feel free to punish me by two strokes should I fail to restrain the urge to beat my pitching wedge (or, as I usually refer to it, my F-Wedge) against a tree, cart path, or other solid object. I understand the wrongness of these actions, but, when you pitch over the green from 10 yards away more than twice, sometimes things happen beyond your control. In closing, I’d just like to say how much I enjoy playing golf, despite all of its frustrations and maddening quirks.

I love being out in nature, feeling the breeze in my face as I drive the cart down to wherever my ball has landed, smelling the scent of grass and pine in the air. I love the fellowship I get when I play with a group of friends, even if they are mocking me for hitting my tee shot into some guy’s backyard. So, thanks in advance for all of the help this spring and summer. I’ll see you out there on the links. Sincerely, Brandon Shoumaker

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 or send him a message on Twitter (@bshoumaker).


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By Mary Louise Ruehr

Stories from World War II Continue to Fascinate World War II is still a bottomless mine for literary work, because there are so many stories, from so many fronts. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand is the biography of an American hero trapped in WWII’s Pacific front. The opening will knock your socks off. Then, the rest of this true-life adventure will have you reeling.



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Louis Zamperini, the son of Italian immigrants, overcame being a sickly child to become a champion runner at his California college, headed for the Olympic games. When World War II began, he joined the Army Air Corps and was assigned to duty as a B-24 bombardier in Hawaii. He found many things to fear on the planes: mechanical failure, difficult navigation, foul weather, miles and miles of ocean filled with sharks … and

oh, yeah—the enemy. When their plane went down, Louis and two other men found themselves adrift in the Pacific Ocean on rafts, where they spent more than a month in the blazing sun, their only water from rain and their only food from an occasional fish or sea bird. The rafts were deteriorating, the sharks were becoming more aggressive, and they knew that any island they encountered would be held by the enemy. When they were captured, they were sent from one prisoner of war camp to another. The American prisoners suffered cruelty and degradation from the Japanese officers and were even injected with a mysterious substance as “test subjects for experiments in biological and chemical warfare.” Later, Louis was sent to a slave labor camp where he became the favorite chew toy of a sadistic psychopath who would later be called “the most vicious guard in any prison camp on the main island of Japan.” After the war, he encountered even more demons. Because of

nightmares and flashbacks, he sank to such depths that only God could save him. Some of the horror made me stop reading so I could catch my breath. The book will make you wince, gasp aloud, and later rejoice at the triumph of the human spirit. Hillenbrand is a master storyteller. Her accounts of his early races, and later his experiences in combat and prison, are as exciting as anything you’ll ever read. Her words kept me glued to the book, to the last page. When I was finished, I heard myself say aloud, “Wow, that is some book.” Do not miss it. The Matchmaker of Kenmare by Frank Delaney is a novel set in Ireland, the European war front and the United States. The story is a sequel to Delaney’s Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show, but it also stands on its own. The story is told in the first person by Ben MacCarthy, who works for the Folklore Commission and is writing a report on “Matchmaking in Rural Ireland.” Volume 2 • Issue 25

He’s interviewing more than 20 matchmakers all over the country when he meets Kate Begley, the title character, who finds wives for men who often “don’t really know they want a wife.” Ben has lost his wife — literally. She disappeared, and he’s been searching for her — not knowing whether she’s dead or alive — ever since. Kate has known loss, too. When she was four, her parents

“failed to come home from the sea,” and she somehow keeps expecting them to come back someday. Into their lives in 1943 comes a handsome American soldier, who steals the matchmaker’s heart and then returns to the war in France. When he’s reported dead, Kate refuses to believe it and coerces Ben to go with her to find him. Their search takes them into extreme danger, behind enemy lines. Ben writes in his journal, “This is a wild-goose chase.” But isn’t he doing the same thing, looking everywhere for his wife, who is probably dead? It’s a big story, sometimes thoughtful, sometimes exciting, bouncing from here to there and deep into the human heart. I stumbled upon a very interesting book about the British home front. A Girl’s War: A Childhood Lost in Britain’s WWII Evacuation is Doreen Drewry Lehr’s memoir of her own experience as “one of the 1.5 million children evacuated to areas considered to be safer” than the cities being devastated by German bombs. As the war began, little Doreen’s mother was a night nurse and her father was in the hospital, off and

on, suffering from tuberculosis. She describes life during the war years, friends sharing food rationing coupons, a sense of community and working together. But the British government was encouraging parents to send their children away so the adults could continue to support the war effort, telling parents it was a “brave and self-sacrificing gesture.” What some fiction writers would later describe as an adventure turned out to be a nightmare for many of the children, who felt lost and abandoned. The author was only three years old when she was sent away — alone. The trip away from home “was terrifying” for her, she writes: “For most British children, war was unfair, confusing, and terrifying. As a young child, I had no idea why people were dropping bombs, nor why we had to sit so often in that cold shelter with dirt walls and floor.” Imagine a three-year-old without a loved one to explain or comfort her. She suffered “emotional deprivation and uncertainty” but considered herself luckier than some: “While many of those children were well treated, others went to families

who used them to work in the house, or on the land to replace male workers who had gone to war. A number of evacuees were even abused physically and sexually.” She looks at the long-term psychological effects on the children: younger children later suffered from depression and clinical anxiety, while older children often said they benefited from the experience. She then delves into other emigrations of children, such as the “Orphan Train” in the United States and the British government’s shipment of hundreds of thousands of children to Australia, Canada, Rhodesia and New Zealand — many of who were not even orphans. She writes that after she was reunited with her mother, she tried to be “perfect” so she wouldn’t “be sent away again.” Heartbreaking. The book is not well edited, but get over that, because what she has to say is valuable. Copyright © 2011 by Mary Louise Ruehr TJN

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The Adjustment Bureau (Universal, 2011)

David Norris (Matt Damon) is a successful politician. Young, personable, on his way to the top. Almost. He’s just a little too impulsive. In the days before his landslide election as U.S. Senator of New York, a photo of him mooning the camera at some nightclub costs him his favorite son status. But on election night, moments before he has to go out and give his “loser speech” to thousands, David bumps into a perfect stranger, a winsome woman (Emily Blunt) who inspires him not to give up. It was about at this point I realized the movie I was watching was NOT the movie where the terrorist is about

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to blow up a train, and the agent has to go into the future to figure out who it is. (What can I say?) So maybe it’s a little unfair of me to state that The Adjustment Bureau will surprise you by playing upon your expectations. Later, Norris and the woman, Elise, meet again, and this just messes everything up. You see, they weren’t supposed to ever see each other again after that one, brief meeting. So now, a special team has to be called in to fix the mess, a team from the Adjustment Bureau. Why is it a mess? Who are these adjustment people? With their hats and suits, they look like FBI men. Their motive and attempts to “fix” things, notably the relationship between David and Elise, becomes the basis of this offbeat but entertaining movie. Interestingly enough, The Adjustment Bureau is based on a 1954 short story called “The Adjustment Team,” by the late Philip K. Dick. He also wrote other stories, like “Minority Report” and the short

story that became Bladerunner. Our current story has completely been rewritten, but the adjustment team itself reminds me of a bunch of 1950s-type operatives caught up in a bureaucracy full of inefficiency, screw-ups, and subtle silliness. Surely they’re working for the U.S. Government? I mean, one of them falls asleep when he’s supposed to be watching Norris. Another one is practically biting his nails when the whole operation is about to fall apart. So really, you have two stories going on: the interaction between David and Elise, and then the rather comical agents from the bureau, working behind the scenes. Somehow, this all manages to work as a thriller. There’s not one car chase in the movie, but it manages to be fastpaced and suspenseful. The plot is disarmingly simple, and it resembles so many other movies that I can’t list them all. Still, I don’t think you’ll find a movie this year that makes better use of the lead actors. Matt Damon is so personable, you find yourself wishing he really were running for office. And Emily Blunt, in day-old makeup and a stale party dress, is charming and appealing simply by way of her personality and a handful of very well-scripted lines.

In the end, The Adjustment Bureau is a story about our humanity. (Yes, I know that’s cliché. But then, you didn’t pay for this magazine, did you?) It gives an insight on how we handle things that may seem to be beyond our control. However, it’s not exactly a family film. There’s one PG-13 bedroom scene that we used to call “mushy” when I was a kid, and it really might embarrass you to see it with your children. On the other hand, with its action, romance, and science fiction suspense, The Adjustment Bureau is the perfect date movie. Those seem to be rare these days, so make an adjustment to your schedule and check this one out. TJN

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In 1985, the Louisiana Dental Association sponsored legislation, which became Act 441. We know that the choice of a dentist, or any other health care provider, is a sensitive one because of the nature of the doctor-patient relationship. Choices are often made because of convenient location and patient confidence in the dental practitioner that is selected. Whatever the reason, the law recognizes that it should be the patient receiving the dental care who should make the decision as to which dentist to see. This concept is consistent with the patient’s long established right to determine what treatment will or will not be administered to his or her own body.

Specifically, Louisiana Revised Statute 22:1154 says that “no health insurance policy or employee benefit plan which is delivered, renewed, issued for delivery, or otherwise contracted for in this state shall prevent any person who is party to or beneficiary of any such health insurance policy or employee benefit plan from selecting the dentist of his choice to furnish the dental care services offered by the policy or plan, or interfere with such selection.” Furthermore, if you choose to continue your doctor-patient relationship with a dentist who is not on your plan’s “approved” list of providers, Act 441 states, “The payment or reimbursement for a noncontracting provider dentist shall

be the same as or greater than the payment or reimbursement for a contracting provider dentist; however, the health insurance policy or the employee benefit plan shall not be required to make payment or reimbursement in an amount that is greater than the amount so specified in the policy or plan or that is greater than the fee charged by the providing dentist for the dental care services rendered.” However, there is an exclusion to the state law for certain self-funded health benefit plans. If an employersponsored or union-sponsored plan is exempt under ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) this federal act preempts Louisiana’s “Any-Willing-Provider Law”.

If you experience a problem relative to the freedom of choice, we suggest contacting the Louisiana Department of Insurance. You can file a complaint online by going to: aintForm/Complaints/Welcome.aspx or you can download a complaint form and mail it in. If you need more information about Act 441 or have specific questions relative to the practice of dentistry, please contact the Louisiana Dental Association at 7833 Office Park Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, telephone number (225) 926-1986.

3602 Kirkman Street | Lake Charles, LA | (337) 477-9303 The foregoing message is offered by Thomas H Price, DDS as a service to the general public. This message is presented for informational purposes only. Information herein is not offered as legal advice, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal advice. If you have a specific legal questions concerning your own circumstances, Dr Price recommends that you consult your own legal counsel. Although reasonable and diligent efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the content provided, Dr Price makes no warranties thereof and is not responsible for any loss, actual or potential, resulting from reliance on the content of this message.

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GUMBO AND ZYDECO A little rain didn’t stop this crowd from coming out to the Cajun Extravaganza Gumbo Cook-off at the Lake Charles Civic Center! You couldn’t keep from going back for seconds, it was that good! A chance for a little pig-out redemption was a way to get moving, since cranking up around the corner were the live Mambo and Zydeco bands! Ain’t nothing like the blends of that old-time accordion, washboard and harmonica, if you don’t dance, you gonna at least tap your feet! Here’s to another “Passing a Good Time” with family and friends. See you next year!

Olivia Henderson with Jack, Hayden and Hannah Serice

Bridgett Lemalle, Audrey Johnson and Adonus Stewart

Marc and Roxie Rigmaiden

Maxine Thomas and Ingler Donatta

Hayleigh Gatewood, Mylon Watley and Brylee King

Lula and Glen LeBlanc

Cassandra and Amiah Dugas

KREWE OF ILLUSIONS PRESENTATION The Rosa Hart Theater was the setting for the Krewe of Illusions 22nd Annual Mardi Gras extravaganza. It was time to sit back and cherish the fantasies of “Twisted Tales, Faeries and All.” The show opened with Mother Goose comically presenting several cherished stories from our childhood, such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk and many more. Following was the glittering promenade of the Royal Court, breathtaking color, feathers, and a show-stopping parade of costumes. What an evening of royal entertainment to give this crowd of beautiful people something to talk about--until next year, anyway! Ron Turner, Vickie Bailey and Tammy and Dean Johnson PAGE 38

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Kimberly Book and Jason Comeaux with Darrell and Rachel Martin

Howard Rogers and Gina Miller

Jambalaya’s Katy Corbello with Jason Radford

THE ROYAL GALA The Cinderella moment of the Mardi Gras season is the traditional Royal Gala, which occurs the evening before Fat Tuesday at the Lake Charles Civic Center. This season’s full courts of more than 50 krewes with kings, queens, royal dukes and duchesses and captains captured the public with their enchanting splendor as they promenaded in their ornate costumes of glitz and fine feathers. It was a fabulous season! Chynna Paris, Melissa Minton and Brooke Roach

Robin Peavy and Janice Johnson

Matthew and Jennifer Graham with Erin and Jared Chapman

Derenda and Phillip Soileau

Kristin Draper, James Guilbeaux and Hope Benoit

Sara and Warren Vidrine

Phillip and Jettie Prudhomme

Lisa Hayslip and Suzie Beasley

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TRAIN PERFORMS LIVE AT L’AUBERGE The Grammy Award-winning American rock band Train, known for hit songs like “Meet Virginia,” “Drops of Jupiter,” “Hey Soul Sister,” and “Calling All Angels” performed live in Lake Charles at L’Auberge du Lac Resort Casino recently. The concert began with increasingly loud sounds of a train making its way down the tracks. The, the crowd went wild as Train appeared through steam and lights. Straight from the critics’ corner, this crowd-pleasing performance deserves a BIG thumbs up!


Tiffany Rogers, Laura Graham and Griz Calderon

Lauren LaRocca, Samantha Hoose and Melissa Jepson


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Wes and Crystal Graham

Nathan Dyer and Tyler Veazy

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BANNERS PRESENTS BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO MARCH 25 Grammy Award-winning Buckwheat Zydeco and The Ils Sont Partis Band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Fri., March 25, in F.G. Bulber Auditorium on the McNeese State University campus. The concert will showcase the band that has been one of the key groups to bring Louisiana’s indigenous Creole folk music to national attention. The performance is part of the 19th annual McNeese Banners Cultural Series and is co-sponsored with Louisiana Crossroads. Tickets are included in a Banners Series membership. Individual tickets can be purchased online at, at the Lake Charles Civic Center box office and at the door. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 18 and under, and free for McNeese and Sowela students with ID.

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GOOD SHEPHERD BOOK SALE MARCH 25-27 This is the fourth year that Good Shepherd Episcopal church will host the Book Fair, which the Temple Sinai began in Lake Charles a few years earlier. The event is March 25, 8 a.m. 6 p.m., March 26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and March 27, noon to 3 p.m. It will be held in the gym, which can be reached from the parking lot at the church on the corner of Kirkman and S. Division Streets. Look for signs. Expect to find over 10,000 books to choose from, along with CDs, DVDs, and vinyl LPs.  Most prices range from 50 cents to $3. Last year the total proceeds of $10,438 went to local charities, as has always been the policy. They included Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Samaritan Counseling, and CARC. FIRST RUN WITH THE NUNS EVENT MARCH 26 The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation will launch the inaugural Run with the Nuns motorcycle ride, bike show and event on March 26 at Chennault International Airport starting at 8 a.m. Bikers are invited to participate in the run to help raise funds for the Center for Healthy Living, a new project supported by the Foundation. The donation is $20 each per rider and/or passenger. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, door prize ticket, medal and event T-shirt. Enjoy live bands, vendor booths, motorcycle and classic car show and more. To register or for more information, visit or call (337) 4305353. Vendor booth space is also available for purchase.   ‘HEALER WITH MEDICINE AND MUSIC’ MARCH 26 The Foundation of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital invites you to an evening of music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks to honor the memory of Dr. Roger G. Grimball, Sr., family medicine physician, by attending an event entitled “Healer with Medicine and Music.”  The event will be held on Sat, March 26 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Sulphur, and will feature a silent auction, as well as a visual tribute to Dr. Grimball, a well-respected, 38-year fixture of the West Calcasieu health care community. Tickets for the event are $60 per couple or $30 per individual, and can be purchased by contacting the WCCH Foundation at (337) 527-4144. All proceeds will benefit the WCCH Foundation and the Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center.   NINTH ANNUAL LEAGUERS & LINKS GOLF TOURNAMENT MARCH 28 The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. will hold its Ninth Annual Leaguers & Links Golf Tournament on Mon., March 28. It will be hosted by the presenting sponsor, Contraband Bayou Golf Club, at L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort. Teams of four players ($400) or individuals ($100) can register by filling out a registration form online at or by calling (337) 436-4025. Registration at the clubhouse begins at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m.- noon. Tee time is at 12:15 p.m. Prizes include $10,000 hole in one, $500 first place low gross, $400 second place blind draw, and $300 third place blind draw. Sponsorship

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opportunities include a $250 or $1,000 hole sponsor. To learn more about the event’s year-round community impact, register for the event or become a sponsor, please visit BANNERS PRESENT HAITI LECTURE MARCH 29 Dr. Philippe Girard, associate professor and head of the McNeese State University Department of History, will give a free presentation on “Why Is Haiti So Poor?” at 7 p.m. Tues., March 29, in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre as part of the 2011 McNeese Banners Cultural Series. Girard’s lecture will speak about the history of Haiti from the days of Christopher Columbus to the present. He will focus on the historical roots of Haiti’s political and economic problems. Among other things, he will cover the legacy of Spanish, French and U.S. imperialism in Haiti and the record of recent Haitian rulers like Papa Doc, Baby Doc and Jean-Bertrand Aristide. For more information, call the Banners office at 475-5123 or visit the Web site at

(337) 287-3931

LUNCH AND LOOK PROGRAM AT STARK MUSEUM MARCH 30 The Stark Museum of Art will offer a new program, “Lunch and Look: Drawing the Boundary,” on Wed., March 30 from 12:10 p.m. -12:50 p.m. It will take place at the Education Center located at 812 Green Avenue across from the Stark Museum of Art. Box lunches from the Star and Crescent Moon Café of Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be available for pre-order for those planning to attend. During the program, Sarah Boehme, museum director, will give a slide presentation relating to the current exhibit, “Lands Fit for the Camel: Images from the Mexican Boundary Surveys.” More information on the program, including the Café menu, can be found on the museum’s Web site, Lunch orders must be placed and confirmed by Fri., March 25 at 5 p.m. To order a box lunch and reserve a seat, call (409) 670.0805 or e-mail A confirmed lunch order serves as the reservation for this presentation. Café staff will bring lunches to the Education Center to distribute orders to attendees. DEQUINCY RAILROAD DAYS FESTIVAL APRIL 7-9 Take a journey back in time…in the car of a train! The DeQuincy Railroad Days festival celebrates the railroad and DeQuincy’s history as a railroad town. And, you don’t want to miss a tour through the Railroad Museum, built in 1923. The Railroad Days Canine Caboose Dog Pageant will start the festival, followed that evening by Queens Pageant and the bicycle parade. The weekend of festivities will have you tapping your toes to live bands and will intrigue you as you marvel over the model railroaders. The festival will begin Thurs., April 7, from 5-11 p.m.; Fri., April 8, from 2-11 p.m.; and Sat., April 9 from 9 a.m.-midnight. For more information on the Railroad Days Festival, call (337) 786-8241. VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA’S BEATS & EATS APRIL 8 Volunteers of America will hold its Beats & Eats fundraiser on Fri., April 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Treasures of Marilyn’s in Lake Charles.  The casual event will feature a buffet, dancing to music by the Chris Shearman Experience, and a cash bar. Products and services donated by area businesses will be auctioned. Additionally, there will be a raffle for a trio of fleur de lis canvas prints by Candice Alexander. The proceeds will


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be used to support the life-changing programs provided by Volunteers of America in Southwest Louisiana. Tickets for Beats & Eats are only $30 for individuals or $250 for a reserved table of 10. To purchase event tickets, raffle tickets or sponsorships, call Volunteers of America at (337) 497-0034. MOVIES UNDER THE STARS FRIDAYS IN APRIL The 2011 Spring Series of Movies Under the Stars returns to Prien Lake Park beginning Fri., April 8, and continuing every Friday for the remainder of the month. This spring, each film selected was made by Walt Disney. April 8: Beauty and the Beast April 15: Secretariat April 22: Monsters, Inc. April 29: Mary Poppins    Movies Under the Stars takes place at Prien Lake Park at 3700 West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. Each movie begins at 7 p.m.  Admission is free. Patrons are allowed to bring their own food, or they can purchase items on-site. Seating is not provided, so patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled. For more information, call 721-3500. USS ORLECK GRAND OPENING APRIL 10 The USS Orleck Naval Museum, Inc. (USSONM) has scheduled its grand opening ceremonies for April 9-10. The World War II-era destroyer, the USS ORLECK DD886, is currently located at 604 N. Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, and will be used to serve as a historic museum and veteran’s memorial. On April 9, private events are scheduled; however, on Sun., April 10, the Orleck will be open to the public from 1-4 p.m. with events geared toward family and children’s activities. Free hot dogs and soft

drinks will be provided for the first 1,000 visitors, and all admission passes will be half price. For additional information, go to For further information about the grand opening ceremonies, contact Ron Williams, chairman at (337) 526-2699 ( or Penny J. Miller, director of marketing and PR, at (337) 438-3038 ( For general visitor and museum information, call (337) 433-4083. ICM’S BOOGALOO 2011 ‘OOOH LA LA PAREE’ APRIL 16 Get ready for another fabulous fundraiser for the Imperial Calcasieu Museum! Boogaloo 2011 will be held from 8 a.m. – midnight in the Buccaneer Room at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Travel to the City of Lights with haute cuisine by Chef Justin Rutley, music by Super T-Tyrone Smith Revue, and other surprises! Tickets are $50 each ($40 for museum members), and are available at the museum or at Gordon’s Drug Store. Call 439-3797 for more information. STATE CHAMPIONSHIP COWBOY MOUNTED SHOOTERS APRIL 30-MAY 1 The Blazin’ Cajun Mounted Shooters are holding the 2011 Louisiana State Championship Cowboy Mounted Shooters competition on April 30- May 1 at the Beauregard Parish Arena in DeRidder. The competition starts approximately 9:30 a.m. both days. Admission is free, and concessions will be available. For information, contact Charlie Haddad at (337) 349-5004 or Cindy Nielsen at (337) 344-7952.


Tickets available through membership, website and at the door.

For information on 2011 events call (337) 475-5123 or visit

The Aluminum Show

Riders In The Sky

Drum Circle with Simon Shaheen

Sat, Mar 26, at 7:30 pm Rosa Hart Theatre Lake Charles Civic Center

Fri, Apr 1, at 7:30 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium McNeese Campus

Thu, Apr 7, at 6 pm McNeese Quadrangle McNeese Campus

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To list your event e-mail:


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Judd Bares @ Huddle Up Sports Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Radar vs. Wolf @ Luna Bar & Grill, 8 p.m. • TBA @ The Cigar Club, 9 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 24 • T-Joe Romero @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • John Cessac @ Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen, DeRidder, 7:30 p.m. • Jam Sandwich @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • Leon Chavis @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Warren Storm/Willie Tee & Cypress @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • The Floyds @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 25 • Felton LeJeune & The Cajun Cowboys @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • TBA @ Aucoin’s Cajun Restaurant, Hayes, 7 p.m. • Mark Mestre @ Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen, DeRidder, 7:30 p.m. • Bernie Alan Dance Party at 1Sixty5, Coushatta, 8 p.m. • Leon Chavis @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8:30 p.m. • Jake Landry @ The Porch, 9 p.m. • Ryan Bourque @ The Cigar Club, 9 p.m.

• Jesse Brooks @ AJ’s Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. • The Kadillacs @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • Bayou Katz @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • Johnny Lee and The Urban Cowboys Band @ Yesterday’s, 7 p.m. • Certain Satellites @ Luna Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. • DJ Johnny Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 26 • Scotty Pousson & The Pointe aux Loups Playboys @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • TBA @ Aucoin’s Cajun Restaurant, Hayes, 7 p.m. • Cecil’s Band @ Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen, DeRidder, 7:30 p.m. • In Liquid @ My Place Bar, 8 p.m. • Bernie Alan Dance Party @ 1Sixty5, Coushatta, 8 p.m. • Leon Chavis @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8:30 p.m. • Anamnestic Wake @ Bob & Pete’s, Sulphur, 9 p.m. • The Loaded 44erz @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • Bayou Katz @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • Joel Martin Band @ Yesterday’s, 9:30 p.m. • DJ Johnny Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 27 • Bernie Alan Band @ Yesterday’s, 9:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Open Mike Night @ Luna Bar & Grill, 8 p.m. • TBA @ The Cigar Club, 9 p.m. • Karaoke Wednesdays, Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder THURSDAY, MARCH 31 • Lesa Cormier & The Sundown Playboys @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Mark Mestre @ Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen, DeRidder, 7:30 p.m. • Ty Phillips & The Southwind Band @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • TBA @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • TBA @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • Kirk Holder @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 1 • Mack Manuel & The Lake Charles Ramblers @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Lesa Cormier & The Sundown Playboys @ Aucoin’s Restaurant, Hayes, 7 p.m. • Ty Phillips & The Southwind Band @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8:30 p.m. • TBA @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • TBA @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • Luv Sexy @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 2 • Briggs Brown & The Bayou Cajuns @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m.


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• Lesa Cormier & The Sundown Playboys @ Aucoin’s Restaurant, Hayes, 7 p.m. • Ty Phillips & The Southwind Band @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8:30 p.m. • TBA @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • TBA @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • Luv Sexy @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • TBA @ The Cigar Club, 9 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 7 • Don Fontenot & Les Cajuns de la Prairie @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • TBA @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • TBA @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • TBA @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • Allison Collins @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m.


Lake Charles League of Women Voters Annual Banquet APRIL 12, 2011

6:00 PM | 1639 Ryan St. Reeves Uptown Catering SPEAKER:

Dr. Philip C. Williams, President McNeese State University

NEW KITCHEN HOURS: Mon. - Tues. 11 am - 10 pm Wed. - Sat.11 am - 11 pm Closed Sunday

LUNA GOODS ON SALE: Luna Classic Tee $15 Luna Guitar Tee $15 Luna Ball Cap $15 Luna Dressings $6 (16oz.) Citrus Vinaigrette Balsamic Vinaigrette Raspberry Vinaigrette Cosmic

Wed. Mar. 23 @ 9 pm RADAR VS. WOLF (acoustic) Fri. Mar. 25 @ 9 pm DAX RIGGS WITH HEADMINE (rock) Sat. Mar. 26 @ 3 pm BREW DAZE - FOOD AND BEER PARING, featuring Abita, Lazy Magnolia, St. Arnolds Sat. Mar. 26 @ 9 pm PLUMP (funk) Wed. Mar. 30 @ 9 pm MIKE BENAVIDEZ (acoustic) Fri. April 1 @ 9 pm LINGUS AND PAPA GROWS FUNK (groove funk, New Orleans funk)

$30 for LWV/Chamber Non-Members $35 RSVP or leave a message at (337) 474-1864. Volume 2 • Issue 25

• Sat., March 26

1:00 p.m., Softball vs. UTSA (doubleheader)

• Sun., March 27

Noon, Softball vs. UTSA

• Wed., March 30

4:00 p.m., – Softball vs. Prairie View A&M (doubleheader)

• Fri., April 1

6:30 p.m., Baseball vs. Central Arkansas

• Sat., April 2

3:00 p.m., Baseball vs. Central Arkansas

• Sun., April 3

1:00 p.m., Baseball vs. Central Arkansas

Sat. April 2 @ 9 pm TITLE WAVES AND DON CHANI (ragae ) Please contact the special services and equality office at least 72 hours before any home event to request accommodations for individuals with disabilities. This includes the need for materials in an alternative format such as large print or Braille, sign language interpreters, accessible seating, and accessible parking information. Ph: (337) 475-5428.

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When we talked music biz, she pressed the Northern Country CDs on me. The first one is a disc of her own songs, written some years back, but remastered and re-released as an mp3 file.  The second and third are also titled Northern Country (Samplers #1 and #2), referring to the sound and sensibilities of Northeast songwriters with country music in their veins, and feature nearly 20 voices between

singers and writers who performed for a series Atwood ran regularly at Harmony – a concert venue in downtown Woodstock, New York. Atwood’s instrumental music is heard on the soundtracks of many TV episodes and films, but check out her lyrics and smoky alto vocals at, and see what “Northern Country” means. TJN

Annual Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics Scheduled The Office of Animal Services will be offering two drive-through rabies clinics in an effort to prevent the spread of rabies infection in Calcasieu Parish. Louisiana State Code requires that all dogs and cats over the age of three months must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed. Vaccination and licensing rates for spay/neutered animals is $8. Unaltered pets will cost $10. Dogs will need to be on a leash and cats must be in a portable kennel. Pet owners may pay by cash or check. Clinics will be held April 2 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Burton Coliseum and April 16 from7a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Sulphur High School Stadium. Pets are required to wear a license tag in all areas of the Parish once a licensed Volume 2 • Issue 25

Louisiana veterinarian in Calcasieu Parish vaccinates them. Cat owners are also encouraged to place the tag on a humane breakaway collar. Please note: Residents or groups feeding stray animals should be mindful that they assume ownership of animals under their care. The legal definition of a pet owner is “any person, business or any other legal entity that provides care, harbors, acts as custodian, or permits an animal to remain on or about his premises.” In the event someone is bitten, this person or entity could be held responsible. For more information, call Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and Adoption Center at 721-3730. TJN

Meet Ellie Mae! Ellie Mae is such a beautiful and forgiving dog. She came from a bad situation, but she is loving and gentle and does not holding a grudge against humans. Ellie Mae thinks that life is wonderful and that she should just be happy all the time. She likes to romp and play in the yard and cuddle at your feet. She enjoys her chew bones and is getting lots of basic training from her nice foster mom. Ellie Mae is such a gentle soul that we know you will fall in love with her. We think shes about

7-8 months old. She needs to be a companion dog and part of a loving family. Contact foster mom Kim at (337) 764-6535 to learn more about Ellie Mae. Or, you can e-mail us at with questions. An application can found online at and faxed to (337) 558-6331 or e-mailed to A vet reference and home visit are included. If you live outside the general area, a “virtual” home visit can be done. Ellie Mae is waiting for her forever home! TJN

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