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


On Cover: The SouthernCare Staff. Photo by Woodland Photography.

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SouthernCare: Care, Support and Dignity for the Terminally Ill

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 Karla Tullos ADVERTISING


REGULARS 7 11 12 14 26

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

FEATURES 5 13 17 18 19 20

Family and Youth’s eGala Pet-Friendly Units for Seniors in Welch Cataracts Leading Cause of Blindness Balance and Fall Prevention Sleepless Nights in Older Adults Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

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ENTERTAINMENT 28 30 31 33 36 40 42 43

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


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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 3 • Issue 7



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A Note From Lauren Hot Child in the City There’s something about a big city in the summertime, when you practically see the heat shimmering off the sidewalks in searing waves, when the exhaust from the cars seems more noxious than it already is, and the smells permeating from the gutters and sewers linger far longer in your nose than they should. Summer does not belong in a world of steel and concrete. It doesn’t quite fit. Hot weather should be enjoyed relaxing on a hammock sipping a lemonade, or at the beach, chasing waves and collecting shells. Or out in the country—with all those leafy trees, rolling green meadows, and babbling brooks that New England is noted for. It was especially tough growing up on the third floor in a claustrophobic three-decker in East Boston, without benefit of air conditioning. On a stifling day (and believe me, we had them) there wasn’t a breeze to be had up there. We suffered the most because of the sun beating down on the roof. My mother set fans up in various rooms of the apartment,


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which only succeeded in blowing the hot air around, as far as I was concerned. They didn’t offer any relief. I remember one fan in particular. My family was very frugal, and if something worked (or if they thought it did) they’d hang on to it until the bitter end. Well, this one fan was a relic from the early 1950s. It probably belonged to my grandparents. It was small and gray and rotated. It was also as loud as a B-52 bomber. My parents thought it was just wonderful, and whenever I couldn’t sleep at night (because my body was sticking to the sweaty sheets and I could barely move), they’d bring that thing in and get it going, actually trying to convince me that it would cool my room down. “It doesn’t work!” I would insist. “Of course it does!” they would answer. It was a losing battle. So now, in addition to the heat, I had to put up with the god-awful cacophony of this fan. Sleep? I don’t think so. As a matter of fact, one of my strongest childhood summer memories is of lying in bed with a bad sunburn, uncomfortably hot, listening to the screech

of the fan and the strong smell of Noxzema in my nose, which was the cure-all for sunburn back then. Occasionally, my parents would loan this treasure out to my cousins on the first floor. Ask my cousin Karen about it; whenever I bring it up, she groans loudly, laughs and just shakes her head. Of course, air-conditioning was out of the question back then. Hardly anyone had it; you just made do with the heat, knowing full well that another freezing winter was just around the corner. But in the late 60s, our next-door neighbors, the D’Amicos, who owned their building, had central air-conditioning put in their home. The outside a/c unit was gargantuan and sat between our buildings, on the side of our house where all of our bedrooms were located. So every time it went on, it made the B-52 bomber fan sound like a whisper. And it went on and off all night. My aunt Jeannette’s bedroom on the second floor was directly over this unit. She was not someone to trifle with. She got on the phone to city

hall to file a complaint. The case dragged on, but “we” finally won: the D’Amicos could not have their noisy central air-conditioning unit. I’m not sure if they were told they had to make some modifications to the unit in order to make it work, or if that was the final word. It was so long ago I’ve really forgotten. What I do remember is that our next-door neighbors, with whom we’d been on good terms, never spoke to us again. I was even shunned, a child who really had nothing to do with the situation. That was over 45 years ago. The last time I visited Boston, Camille D’Amico (Tony had died a few years earlier) was outside on her front porch. She turned her face away when she saw me. Even though I hadn’t lived in that house for decades, and just about everyone who lived in it was dead, she still couldn’t bring herself to speak to me. A screeching fan, no sleep, hot sidewalks and hotter neighbors. My memories of a hot child in the city.

– Lauren de Albuquerque TJN

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By Maria Alcantara Faul

Fundraising events that include an auction, whether live or silent, have been a very successful avenue for most organizations to raise muchneeded funds for their programs and initiatives. The concept has been around for a long time. Fundraising auctions do so well because they are an effective way to raise more money for your organization by typically tapping into your donors’ discretionary spending funds vs. charitable giving funds. It is a fact, however, that these events are a lot of work for the organization that is planning it, as well as for the people expected to attend and support it. Live auction events, on the organizers part, require having a venue, entertainment, food, wine, auction items and so on—most of which require a good amount of time and manpower, as well as funds to pay for much-needed supplies. On the attendees’ part, they usually need to free up their schedule to attend the event, find a dress or tux, and schedule a baby-sitter to watch the children. The Family Foundation of SWLA In 2010, The Family Foundation of SWLA endeavored to organize a fundraising event to benefit the programs of Family and Youth Counseling Agency. The endowment arm of Family and Youth, the Family Foundation connects donors to the priorities that enhance the quality of family and community life for generations to come in Southwest Louisiana. Established in 2000, The Family Foundation’s goal is to ensure that Family and Youth programs and services, offered through Autism Support Volume 3 • Issue 7

Alliance, Children’s Advocacy Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates, The Counseling Center, Performance EAP, The Leadership Center, Human Response Services Institute and Children and Families Action Network, continue to be available to meet the future needs of Southwest Louisiana residents. “Southwest Louisiana has a good number of fundraising events that benefit deserving non-profit organizations,” said Leslie Harless, a member of The Family Foundation Board of Trustees. “We did not want to compete with existing events, but The Foundation needed its own signature event.” Online Auction a Great Idea After doing extensive research, The Family Foundation realized that an online charity auction could be a good way to raise money, rally support for the Family Foundation, and, hopefully, have some fun. “We felt it’s a perfect way to raise some funds without the added cost of auctioneers, event venues, caterers, volunteers, auction brochures, security, checkout, auction software, and necessities for an event auction,” said Kerry Andersen, past president of The Family Foundation board of trustees and the architect of the eGala Online Auction. “People can simply log onto the Web site and bid on items that they need and want.” Like any special event, the eGala Online Auction required solid planning and a fair amount of staff time. Items needed to be acquired and funding was necessary to set up the Web site.

“We were fortunate to have First Federal Bank as the title sponsor for the event, which enabled us to fund the set up for the Web site,” Andersen said. The event was also fortunate to have the support of several area businesses such as L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, J & J Exterminating, SASOL NA, BusinessFirst Bank, Billy Navarre Chevrolet, and The Jambalaya News, just to name a few. The Family Foundation’s eGala Online Auction, the first and only one in the area, had its inaugural run in the summer of 2010. Over 2,000 visits were made to the Web site that featured over 100 items, including a trip to Las Vegas, wine baskets, jewelry, massages, and more. “The eGala Online Auction allows families and individuals to participate in a fundraising event from the comforts of their own home,” Andersen said. Instead of traveling to the fundraiser, potential bidders browse through the eGala site to see pictures, descriptions, and suggested prices for the items being auctioned. “It’s a fun and exciting way to shop and connect with those who care about your cause whether they are nearby,

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across the country or around the world,” Andersen added. A method called “Proxy Bidding” works almost as if the auction tool is the participants’ trusted representative at a live auction. Participants are able to enter the maximum amount they are willing to pay for a particular item on the safe and secure site. The system then bids for the participants, increasing the current price by small increments as much as necessary to win the item, up to the participant’s maximum amount. If no one else beats that high bid, the first bidder wins — potentially paying


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much less than his maximum. If someone else enters a higher maximum bid, the system will e-mail the first bidder to let him know he has been outbid, and to allow him to up his maximum bid, if desired. The 2011 eGala The 2011 eGala Online Auction starts June 21 and ends at July 14 at 8 p.m. It features over 130 items and packages, from duck hunts to gator hunts; American Airline tickets to getaway packages from L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort; lawn mowing services to car washes; Coach purses

to Carolyn Pollack jewelry; wine bundles to lunch bunches; theater tickets to fishing trips, dinners to cook books; and so much more! Shop for something you need or something you want. Better yet, shop for your family and friends. “The eGala Online Auction has something for everyone,” Harless said. The Family Foundation’s mission is to create an endowment for Family & Youth; promote excellence in the nonprofit sector; promote philanthropy at all levels; and promote mission-based advocacy and inclusive participation. It believes that invest-

ing in families secures the future of Southwest Louisiana communities. Its hope is to nourish endowments for Family and Youth, so that it can continue to provide services to the community for generations to come. So, log onto and shop! Share the link with friends and family and support Family and Youth programs with a “click of a mouse!” For more information about the eGala Online Auction and The Family Foundation, e-mail or call (337) 436-9533.


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IBERIABANK NAMES EXECUTIVE VP/PRESIDENT IBERIABANK is pleased to announce the naming of Philip C. Earhart as executive vice president and president of the Lake Charles Market. Earhart joins the company with over 34 years in the banking industry. He most recently served as president of the Southwest Louisiana Market for Business First Bank. His career also includes nine years at Whitney National Bank in Lake Charles as area president. Roy Raftery, former CEO for Cameron State Bank, will continue to play an active role in business development with the company by serving as regional chairman for the Lake Charles Market.

Initiative grants are awarded to charities in California and the Gulf Region that work tirelessly to meet the basic needs of families that continue to struggle with the economic crisis.

Philip C. Earhart

CARDIOVASCULAR SPECIALISTS OF SWLA WELCOMES THOMAS J. MULHEARN IV, MD Cardiovascular Specialists of Southwest Louisiana is pleased to welcome Thomas J. Mulhearn IV, MD, to the practice of cardiology. Dr. Mulhearn maintains office hours at Cardiovascular Specialists’ Lake Charles and Sulphur offices, and he is on the medical staffs at Christus St. Patrick and West Calcasieu Cameron Hospitals. A native of Southwest Louisiana and graduate of Barbe High School, he has recently returned to his hometown after completing specialized training at T. Mulhearn IV, MD some of the world’s most highly respected medical centers. Cardiovascular Specialists of Southwest Louisiana is located at 600 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive in Lake Charles and has additional locations in Sulphur, DeRidder and Jennings. For an appointment, call 436-3813.

L’AUBERGE’S HENSON APPOINTED TO CHAMBER BOARD L’Auberge du Lac announces the appointment of assistant general manager and VP of casino operations Keith W. Henson to the board of directors for the Chamber Southwest Louisiana. Henson’s term, effective immediately, extends through December 2011. He replaces senior VP and general manager Geno Iafrate on the board. Iafrate is travelling more as he assumes statewide oversight duties for Pinnacle Entertainment. Henson attended his first official meeting June 20, 2011.

Keith W. Henson

CAJUN FRENCH MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVAL NAMED TOP 20 EVENT Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the 24th Annual Cajun Music and Food Festival as a Top 20 Event for the month of July. The festival will be held July 16-17 at Burton Coliseum with a Cajun French Mass, Cajun dance contests, live Cajun music from top performers, and of course, good old Cajun cuisine among its festivities. The Cajun French Music Association, a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation and promotion of Cajun music and culture, sponsors the event. For more information, visit

MOSS REGIONAL DONATES TO ALABAMA TORNADO VICTIMS W. O. Moss Regional Medical Center’s Department of Nursing raised $4,122.82 for the recent tornado victims of Alabama. During this year’s National Nurses week, the hospital’s nurses decided to have a series of hospital fundraisers in lieu of the traditional gift-giving and party celebrations normally done at that time. With the help of the W.O. Moss Service Auxiliary, the nurses organized a bake sale, a silent auction, barbeque po-boy luncheon and a T-shirt sale, and were able to present a check to the Red Cross with the proceeds from their fundraising efforts. SEMPRA FOUNDATION HELPS CURB HUNGER IN SULPHUR A $5,000 grant from the 2011 Sempra Energy Foundation’s Helping People in Need Initiative will support Care Help’s Backpack Blessings program, which feeds more than 100 Sulphur area children on weekends during the school year. Cameron LNG’s Melissa Portie presented the check to representatives of Care Help to help them fund the weekend food support program and the organization’s annual back to school supply project. The Helping People in Need Volume 3 • Issue 7

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MSU STUDENT WINS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE Jacob Dugas, a Lake Charles senior majoring in art with a concentration in graphic design and printmaking, is the spring recipient of the Nowell A. Daste Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts awarded bi-annually by the McNeese Department of Visual Arts. The $500 award is given by the department’s faculty to a student who has demonstrated superior ability within that student’s concentration area. The Nowel A. Daste Award is funded by the Art Associates of Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana’s premier arts support organization. WAINWRIGHT JOINS FIRST FEDERAL INVESTMENTS Daniel Wainwright has joined First Federal Investments bringing six years of experience in the financial services industry. Wainwright started his career with American Express Financial Advisors. During his tenure, he earned numerous company awards in financial planning and investments, along with the coveted Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation, as well as the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS) designaDaniel Wainwright tion. His office is located at the Nelson Financial Center of First Federal Bank of Louisiana, 4090 Nelson Road in Lake Charles. LEE J. MONLEZUN, MD AWARDED LSU MEDICAL ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR Dr. Lee J. Monlezun, Jr., a Lake Charles OB-GYN, was recently awarded the LSU Medical Alumnus of the Year award for his dedicated work with the LSU School of Medicine Alumni Association, his profession and community service. Dr. Monlezun had served 10 years on the Medical Alumni Board of Directors and in his tenure as president, led the effort in the rebuilding of Cohn Learning Center, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. For the next six years, Dr. and Mrs. Dr. Lee Monlezun, Jr. Monlezun continued organizing the annual Gala for the continued success of the additional alumni Center for Advance Learning, which offers continuing medical education for not only LSU Medical Alumni, but for all practicing physicians. L’AUBERGE UNVEILS NEW BARBERSHOP L’Auberge du Lac Casino recently unveiled 1740 Barbier, the region’s only full-service barbershop for men. Barbier offers luxury shaves, haircuts, manicures, pedicures, shoe shines and beard trims in a relaxed masculine environment. All guests receive a complimentary cocktail with each service; cigars are available for purchase to enjoy in the Barbier Cigar Lounge. Barbier is open Tues.- Sun. until 9 p.m. and is located across from Le Café restaurant. Appointments are encouraged at (337) 395-7116.

Left to right: Kerry Andersen, regional director of community & public affairs for Pinnacle Entertainment; Bill Belcher, director of resort services for L’Auberge; Mayor Randy Roach; L’Auberge assistant general manager Keith W. Henson; Harold Rowland, VP of resort operations for L’Auberge; George Swift, Chamber SWLA executive director and members of the Chamber ribbon cutting committee. 2011 HEART GALA HUGE SUCCESS The American Heart Association’s 2011 SWLA Heart Gala was a huge success, raising over $125,000 to fight heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 3 killers in the United States. The Gala was held last month at L’Auberge du Lac PAGE 8

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Hotel & Casino with over 450 supporters doing their part in building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The contributions raised at the Heart Gala directly benefit the community through the continued funding of biomedical research and ongoing educational programs, resulting in lives saved and enhanced health and wellness.

The 2011-2012 S.P. Arnett Middle School Cheerleaders S.P. ARNETT SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS WIN AWARDS AT UCA SUMMER CAMP The 2011-2012 S.P. Arnett Middle School cheerleaders and sponsor, Debbie Fuselier, recently attended the UCA Summer Camp at McNeese State University. Dance and cheer routines, stunting, jumping, crowd involvement, and team building were a few of the activities the squad worked on during the week. They received the following awards during the “Champions on the Field” ceremony on the last day of camp: First place Camp Champs for home dance and extreme champs routines, and first place for cheer routine, along with Most Spirited on first day of camp. Superior ratings (Blue Ribbons) the entire week earned the squad a pre-game performance in Orlando at the 2012 Capital One Bowl.

Bernadette F. Navarre, Realtor ® 3221 Ryan St. Lake Charles WCCH patient Casendera McShan received a surprise visit and autographed baseball from Johnny Bench. Dr. John Noble, Jr. performed hip replacement surgery on McShan with the same technology used on Bench. JOHNNY BENCH VISITS WCCH PATIENTS Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, who has had both hips replaced, was in town to speak at a joint replacement seminar hosted by the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital and Stryker Orthopaedics featuring surgeons from the Center for Orthopaedics.

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EDWARD JONES FINANCIAL ADVISOR ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING Trina Duhon of Edward Jones invites the public to join her at a grand opening celebration at 11 a.m. on July 22 at her office at 807 S. Huntington Volume 3 • Issue 7

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Street, Sulphur. Various activities are planned, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Chris Duncan. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada and embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today. SEMPRA FOUNDATION GRANT SUPPORTS CITY OF REFUGE A $5,000 grant from the 2011 Sempra Energy Foundation’s Helping People in Need Initiative will help Ir-Miklato-City of Refuge to complete the construction of cabins to provide shelter to homeless veterans in West Calcasieu Parish. The log cabins are part of a construction project to restore shelters that were damaged by Hurricane Ike. The goals and objectives of IrMiklato-City of Refuge are to provide food, clothing, and shelter to the homeless veterans. The charity also provides counseling and mentoring to veterans and helps them obtain assistance from government programs. TJN

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By George “Tip” Cline

THE CITY OF WELSH AND THE LURE OF MONEY There has been a series of news items in our local paper regarding the City of Welsh and their police issues. One of the earlier articles featured a request to raise the overtime pay of police officers in the TED (Traffic Enforcement Detail) program that puts off-duty city police in speed-trap mode on I-10, along with some other prescribed activities. Law enforcement personnel make much better money in offduty details, as we all know. Now, if TED was solely in the interest of safety, as these types of things are usually publicized, then it would seem that these actions should be part of regular police activity and not just a special program to raise money. The revenue generated by this program from June 2010 through May 2011 was in excess of $185,000, according to the Welsh Town Clerk. The police want to use part of these monies to increase the wage rate for these off-duty opportunities—to raise even more money. In another article, residents expressed their frustrations with the amount of crime and gun violence in their community that was not being sufficiently pursued and reduced. More police presence in the area was mentioned as a way to probably decrease the crime rate. I must assume that running a radar trap on I-10 is a better use of police officers and their equipment than actually patrolling the town streets and capturing the real bad guys which, unfortunately, does not generate the cash that pays for lots Volume 3 • Issue 7

of extras. It is obviously time to get back to the basics. The call for State Police assistance would not be such a glaring, in-your-face wake-up call if the Welsh Police Department was more concerned with the safety of its citizenry rather than pursuing revenue from the Interstate. The lure of fresh money has been the downfall of many worthwhile practices. Economic times are hard right now and the burden must be shared by all of us, government units as well. The gnashing of teeth regarding which program and which personnel must be reduced is not a pleasant duty, but it’s a necessary one. In the days of plenty, programs were established, that upon hindsight, turn out to be more luxury than necessity. Thus the ox gets gored and protecting your own becomes more of the objective rather than looking out for the public good. We all have become complacent towards existing within our means and look for others to step in to take care of us. The piper must and will be paid—there is no free lunch.

this case, at least it’s an upfront attempt to charge more by introducing a new alternative concept in a bottling size rather than trying to slip through a downsizing of the normally familiarly sized product. There are so many different sizes offered now, I hesitate to think that this new one will make much of an impact as most consumers are very used to the 1 or 2 liter size bottles. This will certainly not be viewed as any kind of a money saver to regular users. Many bottlers have already brought out their 100 calorie portion-sized bottle, priced substantially higher than the regular 12 ounce container that we normally consume, to show their interest in helping us control our weight. Oh yeah. SUPERMARKET ROUNDUP This issue’s supermarket comparisons (Albertsons-Country Club Road, Market Basket-Nelson Road, Kroger-McNeese Street and Walmart-Nelson Road) were all taken on June 21, 2011 and reflect the posted price where the product was available on the shelf.

Ro-Tel Tomatoes, original, 10-oz. can: Albertson’s, $.99; Kroger’s, $.99; Market Basket, $.99; WalMart, $.98. Bananas, per pound: Albertson’s, $.57; Kroger’s, $.56; Market Basket $.54; WalMart, $.38. Community Coffee, Dark Roast, ground, 1-lb.package: Albertson’s, $6.49; Kroger’s, $7.29; Market Basket, $6.49; WalMart, $6.68. Boneless, skinless, chicken breast, per pound: Albertson’s, $1.99; Kroger’s, $2.79; Market Basket, $1.99; WalMart, $1.88. As you can see from the prices, there is no clear advantage in shopping in one store over another. It is interesting to find that there is obvious competition and that they are really trying to get your business. Sometimes, one will have a substantially better deal on one item than any of the others, but a smart shopper will know when to take advantage of a real deal. TJN

THE COKE DECEPTION A big advertising push has been started to promote the new 1.25 liter bottle of Coca Cola and other Coke products. The emphasis is on what a bargain you can get for $.99, which I remember as the price most usually posted for the long available 2-liter size bottle, although like most products, it has a much higher suggested list price. We have here another glaring example of getting less for more. By emphasizing a new size container, manufacturers try to divert the attention from the price increase to the new packaging. In JUNE 30, 2011


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By Mike McHugh

Come To Key West — If You Can! Today I am reporting on location from the exciting resort town of Key West, Florida. My editor sent me here with another generous travel budget, which I have already spent along with $6 on a mudslide at Rick’s Café. This is because our quest here is to find the best mudslide in all of Key West, but more on that later. I suspect that most of you readers have never been to Key West, which is understandable because our modern transportation system is designed


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so as to make it nearly impossible to get here. Our journey is a good case in point. We arrived at the airport early on Saturday morning, several hours ahead of our flight’s scheduled departure. Nearly all of the other airline check-in counters were totally devoid of customers; the ticket agents were playing solitaire with 51 card decks to pass the time. Unfortunately, this was not the case for our particular airline. Here, the check-in line was nearly as

long as the one for returns at J.C. Penney’s after Fathers’ Day, where men wait to return the tacky neckties they received as gifts. We were in this line only to check one small bag, which we could not carry on to the airplane because it contains a tube of hair gel that the government has determined to be a terrorist threat. I had to bring the gel because it is absolutely required for a new hairstyle that I am trying, recommended to me by a young lady that I know. She said it would look good on me, but she left out the part about the gel being a vital part of that hairstyle. Without it, my hair looks like some sort of heavily worn shag carpet. So I was stuck there in line with my un-travel friendly hairstyle. In front of me were about 30 people and several hundred pieces of luggage. Many were quite large, and I wondered if all of these people were going to a shuffleboard tournament somewhere and were bringing their own tables. What’s more, the tournament must have been held somewhere in the vicinity of the asteroid belt, as all of the passengers had passports. It was taking the agents longer to check one of them in than it would to complete a 51-card solitaire game. That

was when my wife and I decided that it would be better for me to just go into the men’s room, shave my head, ditch the hair gel, and proceed directly to security. This plan would have worked beautifully except for the second item in my baggage that, unbeknownst to me, the government had also determined to be a serious terrorist threat. This happened to be a pair of wire cutters that I carry in my guitar case for the purpose of changing strings. The guitar strings themselves are not deemed a terrorist threat, but that is only because the Secretary of Homeland Security has never heard me play the guitar. Nevertheless, despite the airline’s and the government’s best efforts to prevent us from flying that day, we still made it onto the airplane in the knick of time. What helped was the brief delay in scheduled take-off due to all the time it took for the passengers to stow their carry-on baggage, what with the shuffleboard tables and all. One little known fact about traveling to Key West is that the only direct flights there originate from just a few cities in Southern Florida, all of which were strategically chosen according to their propensity for sudden, severe thunderstorms that cause all air traffic to become grounded for several hours. This was certainly the case for Miami, where we were fated to make our connection. Since we were stuck there, we decided it was the perfect time for some lunch. Unfortunately, the dining options at the Miami airport are extremely limited, and so we had to choose between beef jerky in the vending machine and one open café, where a hot dog costs more than your typical lobster dinner. The vending machine turned out to work more like a slot machine, with some element of luck involved regarding whether you would actually get any product once you put your money in, so we decided to hock our jewelry and have a few hot dogs. It was all worth it, though, as we finally made it to Key West. Yes, I know, it took this entire column to tell the story of how we got here, but getting here is half the experience. So, we will have to leave the details of our hunt for the perfect mudslide until the next column. In the meantime, I will continue to diligently do my research with the help of my trusted assistant/wife and the skilled barkeeps of Key West. The perfect mudslide isn’t found in one day. TJN

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After being a homeowner twice in her life, Miss Betty wanted apartment living. Ultimately, it was her cat, Precious, that led to her decision to make Bayou Villa Apartments in Welsh her home for the past two years. This clean, safe, modern facility is an affordable housing alternative for the elderly, aged 62 and older, who are able to live on their own. Since her family lived near the complex, Betty has always known about Bayou Villa through the elderly housing program with Volunteers of America. Betty didn’t need services until she returned to Louisiana after a six-month stay in Houston in 2008. Upon her return, her daughter found an opening for Betty in a townhome, but there was an unexpected setback. She paid the money up front without looking over the lease, and it came as a shock when she found out that Precious, who has been with Betty for 12 years, was not allowed. Fortunately, a family member took in Precious during Betty’s time at the townhome. The calico cat went from an indoor to an outdoor country feline for six months. Separated from Precious and looking for her next adventure, Betty set out to find a place that would accept her and her cat. With the encouragement of her daughter and granddaughter, Betty and Precious moved to Bayou

Villa in February 2009. “My life is here,” Betty said. Besides the amenities of living in a maintenancefree, one-bedroom, one-bath apartment with an indoor laundry facility, Betty has the convenience of being near family and friends in the town she grew up in. The complex has a community room and patio where she brings her family to visit, eat snacks, and play puzzles together. Once a week, Betty, along with other residents and friends, gather for a fun game of Mexican Train, a double 15-domino game. Betty also enjoys the location of Market Basket, the drug store, Dollar General, the service station, and the library, all within a block of her apartment home. Most important, Betty likes the safeguards of living in a complex with exterior doors that lock at night. The complex is safe, nestled in a quiet neighborhood where Betty can enjoy her daily walks. Precious can once again live indoors, contently perched on the windowsill. The apartment complex was built in 1995 and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For application information or income qualifications, call Kim Stickell at Volunteers of America at (337) 497-0034. TJN

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WEEK 1 July 11-15 • Jazz WEEK 2 July 18-22 • Hip Hop WEEK 3 July 25-29 • Ballet

Registration for the 3 week summer workshop and for the 2011-2012 year will be held July 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the LCDA. Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap for Ages 3 & UP • Adult Classes in Pilates, Zumba, Ballet & Hip Hop

Meet Rocco! Rocco is a Jack Russell Terrier with a happy disposition. He is sturdy and tough, but also perky, merry and devoted. He is quite the lover boy as well. Almost all JRTs are spirited, obedient and fearless, and Rocco is all of these things. He loves games, playing with toys, and is highly trainable and would be a great agility dog. All JRTs need exercise daily, so Rocco will need exercise time each day to be

truly happy and healthy in his new home. Come on, don’t you want to give this gorgeous boy a happy ending? Rocco will be a great addition to any family that loves JRTs. Contact 4 Paws Society at or call us at (337) 287-3552. We can e-mail you an adoption application on request, and we do out-of-thearea adoptions. All adoptions require a vet reference and a home visit to approve adoption.


Poin Needs a Foster Home! Poin, as in “Poindexter,” is a one-year-old tabby that needs a long-term foster due to the daily meds required because of his irritable bowl syndrome. He is a very happy cat and takes his meds like a champ. He was adopted out, but his family can’t give him the meds. The vet said he will be weaned to where it won’t be a daily dosage. He’s normal in every way, just needs someone to administer his


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meds. If you can give Poin a loving foster home, call 215-0025.


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ow that summer is here, it’s good to remember that pets require special care to avoid heatstroke. Dogs cannot tell us when they feel hot, and it is our responsibility to ensure that our pets have sufficient shelter from the sun, an adequate supply of water to drink, and a way to cool off as the heat rises. Be aware of these essential needs when leaving your pets outside during the day. Moreover, do not forget that at this time of the year, it is life-threatening to leave pets in hot cars, even if they are parked in the shade, and even for just a few minutes! Each summer, the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital sees several heatstroke cases. A dog’s body temperature is normally between 101°F and 102°F. Dogs do not sweat like people; they regulate their body temperature by panting; panting expels the heat. If the heat is not expelled efficiently, the body temperature rises. A rise of three degrees in a dog to a temperature of 105°F is life threatening, and when the dog’s temperature hits 108°F, the result is often fatal. Early signs of heatstroke are rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, a change in gum color (often bright red or pale), and weakness. Vomiting and diarrhea can also be observed. Heat stroke is an absolute emergency! If your dog Volume 3 • Issue 7

exhibits these signs, move him to a shaded area, soak the coat in cool water, and get him to a veterinarian immediately. These signs can be followed in minutes or days by collapse, seizure, coma, blood clotting disorders, and death. All pets with heatstroke need to be treated immediately and monitored carefully for three to five days. The most important aid in heatstroke is prevention. Pay attention to your pet’s body language and be mindful when your pet is stressed, tired, or acting hot. Please ensure that your outdoor pets have plenty of shade and water and never leave your pets in a parked car, even with the windows down. Make sure that your pet has a tip-proof bowl, so that he can’t spill his water bowl while you’re not at home. Lastly, do not go jogging or biking with your dog at midday during the summer. Even if you enjoy a jog or bike ride in the heat, it could have disastrous consequences for your dog. Plan walks for the early morning or late evening hours when the temperature is relatively low. All breeds of dogs are at risk for heat stroke. Pets with long hair, black hair and those with “brachycephalic” or short-faced conformation (i.e., pugs and bull dogs) are especially at risk. With a few minor precautions, you and your pets can have a safe and happy summer. TJN

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Confessions of a Red Hot (Veggie) Lover Belinda Hughes of Lake Charles is a shameless veggie lover—along with fruit, eggs and cheese. In her new e-cookbook, Confessions of a Red Hot (Veggie) Lover, she shares favorites from recipes she enjoys almost every day. “My salvation in this summer heat is the Fruity Patooty Burrito,” she said. “No cooking is required, and prep time is greatly reduced by keeping prechopped fresh and dried fruits and nuts at the ready. I can change the flavors just by changing ingredients. For instance, oranges go well with Nutella®, dried cherries and sliced almonds. Or try it with apples, almond butter, dried mixed berries, sunflower kernels, and a dash of cinnamon.” Other recipes include: One Bowl Fritatta; OMG Omelette; Smoky Sausage Ommmelette (yes, that’s Ommm!); Sexy Mexi Veggie Fajita; Mm-Mm-Mac & Cheese; Aloha Sweet Potatoes; Angelhair of Forgiveness and Choco Banana Sandwiches. “Once you taste the Soyrizo® in the Smoky Sausage Omelette, you’ll never be the same,” notes Hughes. “Stir in a little Soyrizo® with your Alfredo sauce to give standard pasta dishes new dimension.” Hughes says there’s a romantic story behind the Angelhair dish. “A friend was distraught about an unresolved disagreement with her husband,” she said. “It sounded like she just


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needed a little help getting out of the doghouse. So that afternoon, I helped her run errands and clean house. While she freshened up, I set a candlelit table and cooked this meal. Her husband was met at the door that evening by the twin aromas of tomato sauce and garlic bread wafting from the kitchen.” Hughes then played waitress, in traditional black and white, silently pouring and serving from the left, pulling from the right, course by course. “As I served a single bowl of chocolate-dipped strawberries with whipped cream, I left the can of whipped cream on the table as a suggestion,” Hughes said. “After quickly loading the dishwasher, I let myself out.” The next day, she ran into her glowing friend, who said they both loved the dinner, and that things were much better. “This recipe has actually restored my own relationships a time or two!” Hughes said. Confessions of a Red Hot (Veggie) Lover is available at Amazon Kindle ( 054I2CU4) for purchase on Kindle devices and Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, Blackberry, and Android-based devices. For more information, contact Belinda Hughes at


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Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s clear lens, similar to a window that is “fogged” with steam. When the lens becomes cloudy, light rays cannot pass through it easily and vision becomes blurry. Cataracts are not a growth or a film over the eye. Cataracts start out small (mild) and have little effect on vision at first. But as the cataract grows (becomes denser), so does the impact on vision. Dr. Donald Falgoust of Falgoust Eye recommends seeing your eye doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms: • Painless blurring of vision • Sensitivity to light and glare • Double vision in one eye • Poor night vision • Fading or yellowing of colors • Haziness • Frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions

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Currently, there are no medications or exercises that will cause cataracts to disappear. However, if cataracts don’t interfere with your life, you may decide not to do anything about them. “When they do begin to interfere with daily activities, they can be treated surgically,” said Falgoust. “Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most frequently performed surgeries in the United States, with more than 1.6 million surgeries each year.” After surgery, vision is improved in most patients. Laser treatment is sometimes used after cataract surgery to remove a film that can occasionally grow behind the lens implant. Remember, cataracts are detected through a comprehensive eye exam. Early treatment may save your sight. TJN

Landmark of Lake Charles, one of the Lake Area’s newest providers of Long Term Care to the geriatric population, offers a wide array of services designed to meet the needs of its residents. Skilled nursing and rehabilitation services help residents achieve their highest level of functioning, whether their goal is to return home or reside at Landmark long term. Physical, occupational, and speech therapists assess and treat residents as appropriate when they admit to the facility or re-admit from a hospital stay. The rehab gym has the latest in therapeutic equipment, including a new recumbent trainer, a favorite of many of our residents. Seniors who select Landmark find a wide assortment of activities and outings from which to choose, keeping their days filled and their minds stimulated! Additionally, Landmark provides full housekeeping and laundry services. The dietary department is overseen by a certified dietary manager who, along with a registered dietitian, strives to provide the best possible meal service. Residents have convenient access to an in-house salon, and a fulltime social worker connects them with the community resources they need, including those necessary to transition back home. The on-site cinema and chapel also provide residents and their loved ones enjoyable ways to spend quality time together. With the variety of Long Term Care choices available in this region, we encourage you to take a close look at Landmark of Lake Charles. We believe that once you visit our beautiful facility and meet our friendly staff, you will choose Landmark of Lake Charles, “the preferred retirement address.”

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Balance is the ability to control and maintain your body’s position as it moves through space. We all take our balance for granted, but imagine what your life would be like if you were unable to maintain it. It has been determined that one out of four people over the age of 65 will fall during the next year. Although most balance problems are due to the effects of aging, drugs and alcohol are also contributors. The side effects of both prescription and nonprescription drugs can cause dizziness and imbalance. Alcohol can affect vision and the fluidity inside the inner ear. Drugs and alcohol can cause your limbs to become numb, making it difficult for standing, walking, and transfers. COMPONENTS TO BALANCE There are three major components to your balance: vision, inner ear, and proprioception, which is the ability to know where you are moving in space. They each have to work well individually as well as collectively. The brain then has to interpret them to provide a safe and timely response to navigate your environment and protect you from falling. Vision: Your eyes need to be able PAGE 18

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to see the environment and interpret when you are leaning sideways/away from the midline. Inner Ear: Each ear has three canals/hoops that sit in different directions deep inside your head. The canals contain fluid that reacts like a carpenter’s level interpreting the motions of your head, whether your eyes are open or closed. Additionally, they also provide information similar to an accelerometer (think of a rollercoaster). Ever hear of someone having “rocks loose” in their head? They are really called crystals, which are sitting inside the inner ear. They may become dislodged and slide inside canals, getting stuck. When the fluid at the inner ear gets disrupted, you may experience a common form of vertigo. However, let it be said that there are many other sources of vertigo. Proprioception: This is made up of your bones, muscles, skin, and nerves. If any one of these has faults, the others can be trained to compensate so they can still deliver the correct information. The proprioceptors are your body’s internal awareness of spatial organization. Brain: The brain coordinates the information from the vision, inner

ear, and proprioceptors to provide a safe and quick response to keep you from falling off of midline. The brain will take the typical patterns of information and put it in a motor memory or autopilot. CONTRIBUTORS TO BALANCE ISSUES Posture: If you lean forward more than normal, the center of gravity becomes “outside the body,” making it difficult to balance well. Base of support: The closer your feet are together (standing like a pencil), the more likely you may lose your balance. Typically, standing with each foot at hip-width is recommended. Disease: Diabetes can progress to giving numbness in the lower legs, making it difficult to feel where or what you are standing upon. Pain/surgery: Occasionally, when a leg or other body part is injured or in pain, we compensate by taking the pressure off that part of the body, and stand or walk differently, which could be a problem for the body’s alignment and balance. Strength, flexibility, endurance: Any limitations here may cause your legs to give out, and you could fall. Make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear. Laceup shoes with supportive cushions, slip-ons, and sandals with heel straps are best. High heels, slippers, flipflops, etc., may cause you to trip.

Additionally, “loose” shoes make the toes and feet work harder as you try to keep your shoes on your feet! Home environment: Messy homes are accidents waiting to happen. You can easily trip over obstacles on the floor, a thick pile carpet, or loose or throw rugs. In addition, busy wallpaper or carpet patterns or an abundance of wall art may distract you or make you dizzy. Dizziness/vertigo: Symptoms include (but are not limited to) feeling as if your head is spinning, or that you’re tilting or walking in a crooked line. You feel light-headed, nauseous or on the verge of passing out or vomiting. Since there are numerous causes for such symptoms, it’s best to see a physician to better differentiate its source. From there, you may be sent to physical therapy, where you will have an assessment to see where your impairments may lie. It may involve working with your neck or your legs, and you may need to be seen by a specially trained physical therapist for vestibular and balance rehabilitation. Source: Emery DeSonnier, Balance Specialist, Hope Therapy Center, LLC, 1717 E. Prien Lake Road, Suite 1, Lake Charles LA 70601. For more information, call (337) 478-5880 or go to TJN Volume 3 • Issue 7

By Katie C. Harrington As we age, new health concerns begin to arise. More common ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol tend to take a priority for medical care, while things like difficulty falling asleep at night are chalked up as a cost of growing older. “Sometimes, difficulty falling asleep at night or waking up multiple times through the night are just normal age-related changes,” said Dr. Jana Kaimal, medical director of the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana. “It is when these issues and others, like not sleeping soundly or constantly falling asleep while watching TV or reading become routine that there could be a more serious, underlying issue.” Most young adults wake up briefly about five times a night and rarely remember it the next day. It is estimated, however, that people over the age of 60 awaken briefly an astounding 150 times a night! There are many factors that can contribute to restless nights or excessive daytime sleepiness in aging adults.

The most common is medication. “Sometimes, the medications being taken to treat other ailments can disrupt healthy sleep patterns,” Dr. Kaimal said. “If you suspect this may be happening, it is important to discuss this with your physician.” Other contributing factors could be alcohol, depression, loss of a loved one, various forms of sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome, to name a few. Dr. Kaimal urges patients who are experiencing poor sleep for a month or longer or sleepiness during the day that interferes with normal activity to speak to their physician or make an appointment with a sleep specialist. It is also important to be wary of sleeping pills as we age, since the body begins to break down drugs less efficiently. Drowsiness, which is a desired effect at bedtime, may still be an issue into the next day, making activities like driving dangerous. To find out more about sleep disorders, log onto or call 310-7378 (REST). TJN

According to the American Geriatrics Society, falling is a leading cause of injury and hospital admission for trauma in older adults. But research has shown that the chances of falling can be reduced if the risk factors can be identified and managed. Aegis Therapies at Rosewood Nursing & Rehab Center offers a Balance Management program focused on early detection of a patient's underlying impairments as they relate to imbalance and falls. The Geriatric Enhanced Modalities (GEM) program can play a significant role in reducing the risk of falls. The end result is that patients are better able to control the circumstances that can cause imbalance and falls while regaining the confidence that allows them to participate in daily activities. For more information, please call or come by today.


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Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 50-70 percent of dementia cases. It is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early-onset Alzheimer’s, which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and

By Dax Parker, Regional Director of Community Education at Oceans Healthcare respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. In order to treat these symptoms, most individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia choose an inpatient behavioral hospital that specializes in these types of treatments. Many behavioral hospitals are geriatric-specific, specializing in ages 55 and up. Treatment at these types of hospitals ranges between 10-17 days and focuses on medication management, therapy, education, and modifying behaviors. If you know someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, choosing an inpatient behavioral hospital could benefit your loved ones quality of life greatly. For more information, contact (337) 474-7581 or TJN

Hope Therapy Center is a comprehensive outpatient clinic located on East Prien Lake Road here in Lake Charles. We provide physical, occupational and speech therapy services for patients of all ages. We love what we do and are excited for the opportunity to provide services for you or your family member. If you wish to know more about our programs, check out our website at Bottom Row, Left to Right: Cindy Istre, Office Manager; Emery DeSonier, PT, DPT; Cyndy Lirette, Administrative Assistant. Second Row, Left to Right: Mika Doucet, LOTR, MOT; Kelly Abate, MA, CCC-SLP; Kristin Mathis, PT, DPT. Top Row, Left to Right: Kim B Anderson, PT, DPT, Co-owner and Sonya M. Brooks, MA, CCC-SLP, Co-owner.


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Do you care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, or do you know a friend or have a family member with the disease? Are you a caregiver for a person with Alzheimer’s disease and feel as if you have nowhere to turn? Do you or other family members have legal questions or financial concerns? Do you need more information about long term care insurance, Medicaid, wills, or powers of attorney? Do you know what resources or options are available for long term care? A free seminar for caregivers and family members of persons with Alzheimer’s disease will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Tues., July 26 from 5:30—8:00 p.m. in the Healthstyles Room at the WCCH Dynamic Dimensions Fitness Center 545 Cypress Street, Sulphur. The Alzheimer’s Association has partnered with community leaders to bring this FREE seminar to the Sulphur area! • Arnetti Taylor, associate director of clinical trials for the Alzheimer’s

Association, will discuss the Alzheimer’s Association Trial Match program. • Dr. Paul Matthews from Advanced Psychiatric Services will review tips for coping with the daily challenges that caregivers encounter. • Debbie Comeaux, RN and certified long term care planning specialist with SouthernCare Hospice will review the options for long term care. • Betty Raglin, an attorney with David L. Sigler & Associates, will discuss estate planning, wills, and powers of attorney and other legal issues facing families. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For reliable information and support, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900 or visit TJN

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Back Row (all standing): Kellie Fruge, Community Relations Specialist; Stacey Lafanette, Hospice Aide; Marvin Durgan, Chaplain; Marilyn Chambers, Hospice Aide; Leslie Cubbage, Community Relations Director; Shalanda Papillion, Team Secretary; Christa Lafanette, Hospice Aide; Chasity Kee, Social Worker Middle Row(sitting): Amanda Self, RN Case Manager; Devin Magee-Cash, Volunteer Coordinator Front Row:(sitting): Katie Myers, RN Case Manager; Debbie Comeaux, RN Admission Coordinator; LaShonda Johnson, Hospice Aide Not Pictured: Rosalynn Thyssen, RN Clinical Director

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By Lisa Addison

The man loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles and had been a cyclist for most of his life. And now, he was in hospice care and his life was coming to an end. That’s when his wife had an idea. “She wanted to know if we could give him a Harley-Davidson funeral,” said Jaime Ragins, national trainer with SouthernCare, Inc., one of the nation’s largest hospice providers. The staff did some research, found a place that actually had a HarleyDavidson hearse, and began making plans for the funeral service. “We got busy doing what we could to honor that request and we were able to do it. It’s important for us to try and PAGE 22

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help with the last wishes of a patient. We do everything in our power to make those wishes come true.” If your physician told you that you only had a few months – or weeks - to live, what would you do first? Do you have a Living Will? Would you remain in your home? These are all questions that the professionals at SouthernCare deal with on a daily basis in helping families navigate through the rough waters as their loved ones cope with terminal illnesses. The company provides hospice services to patients who reside in private homes, group homes, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals.

For Hospice Caregivers, Job is a Calling “It isn’t just a job for the people who work with us; it’s a calling,” said Leslie Cubbage, Lake Charles Community Relations director. “These are special people and they really care about the families they spend time with. We also have a fulltime chaplain and social workers on our staff.” Cubbage said that it’s so important for people to have a plan in place well in advance of receiving a diagnosis of a major illness. “It’s vital to do that before illness strikes because you can make those decisions while you still can.”

As needs and situations change, you can always modify your directives, such as: • Living Will. This contains your desires for how aggressive care is at the end of life. • Medical Power of Attorney. Authorizes someone to make decisions on your behalf. • Do Not Resuscitate Order. An order to withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation if your heart or breathing stops. Another important decision could include the wish to enter into hospice so that family members have help with caring for their loved one. What exactly is hospice care? It’s Volume 3 • Issue 7

Left: Joseph Thomas and his wife, our patient, Genevieve Thomas. Right: Medical Director, Dr. Craig V. Broussard

a particular way of caring for patients who no longer benefit from curative treatment and have a limited life expectancy. Hospice care is designed to provide comfort and support for the patient and their family. The goal of the hospice team, as explained by SouthernCare, is to be sensitive and responsive to the special requirements of each individual and family. Emphasis is on helping the person make the most of each hour and each day of their remaining life by providing comfort and relief from pain and other symptoms. Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.

Hospice Care Has Evolved According to Ragins, hospice has greatly evolved over the years. For instance, many people may believe that hospice care is only for those with a cancer diagnosis. While cancer was originally the most prevalent hospice diagnosis, today, more and more people with non-cancer diagnoses are being admitted for hospice care. In 2006, for the first time, less than 50 percent of the patients admitted to hospice had a cancer diagnosis. Since its inception, SouthernCare has focused on providing care for patients with noncancer diagnoses. The following are common diagnoses of patients receiving hospice care: • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) • Alzheimers

• Cancer • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA – Stroke) • Coronary Artery Disease • Congestive Heart Failure • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) • End Stage Dementia • End Stage Degenerative Neurological Diseases (Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, etc.) • End Stage Renal Disease • General Debility/Failure to Thrive • Liver Disease • HIV/AIDs • Renal Failure In fact, most elderly hospice patients demonstrate more than one chronic debilitating condition. SouthernCare’s skilled admission coordinators work with the patient’s physician to evaluate if your loved one qualifies for hospice services.

Each Patient’s Care is Individualized Founded in 1995 and based in Birmingham, Ala., SouthernCare is a privately owned company with more than 75 offices Our Clinical in 15 states.

Director, Rosalynn Thyssen reviewing the patient handbook with family member Robert Glenn, Jr.

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It provides care to more than 3,000 patients each day. “We individualize every patient’s care,” Ragins said. “No two situations are the same and no two people are the same. For instance, some patients remain in their homes while others are in facilities.” Among the services hospice care provides are the following: • 24-hour support by phone or personal visit • Physician Care – Medical Management • Direct Nursing Care • Home Care Aides for bathing and other personal services • Homemaker Services • Social Services • Spiritual Counseling • Volunteer Services • Symptom Management (pain and other symptoms) • Medications related to the hospice diagnosis • Medical equipment (wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen, etc) • Medical supplies (incontinent supplies, nutritional supplements) • Nutritional Assistance • Physical, occupational and speech therapy

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• Respite Care • Bereavement Support following the patient’s death

Stan LeLeux, holding the Memory Bears sewn by a volunteer from his late wife’s clothing.

Memory Bears a Special Touch There are things that are being done at SouthernCare that are unique and were initiated in the Lake Charles office by Clinical Director Rosalynn Thyssen, such as the creation of “memory bears” for families. Volunteers make the bears from clothing that was worn by the person who has passed away. “The bears are then given to family members and become meaningful for them because they are made from something that their loved one once touched,” said Devin Magee, Lake Charles volunteer coordinator. “It’s something tangible that reminds them of that person.” Stan Leleux of Lake Charles received a couple of memory bears that were made by Barbara Landry, one of SouthernCare’s volunteers, and as much as he cherishes the bears he also has a deep appreciation for the staff at SouthernCare. “In this world we live in, it’s become a

‘what have you done for me lately’ mentality,” Leleux said. “Once a service or job has been completed, it’s rare for a service provider to keep in contact with no monetary scheme on their agenda. True caring was the only factor these two ladies (Leslie Cubbage and Devin Magee) had on their agenda when they brought me the bears. They represent a company that cares because their people care.” Pet therapy is another feature that SouthernCare is proud to offer. With this service, care providers bring animals (usually dogs) to spend time with the patient. In some cases, it’s the patient’s own animal. Remarkably, just the warmth of a dog can be almost magical since it takes the patient out of his or her illness for a moment. “We’ve had patients be unresponsive for a day or two and then we’ll bring their own pet in to visit them,” Magee said. “Maybe it’s a dog they have had for 10 years and there will be an immediate response from the patient. It’s really quite amazing to see.” Volunteers are Vital to SouthernCare In addition to care providers and other professionals at SouthernCare,

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When a doctor tells you that you have a cataract, and it should be removed, it may be a frightening prospect. We will help you understand what a cataract is, how it will be removed, and, most of all, the priceless rewards cataract surgery can bring. When a cataract is gone, your vision can be clearer, brighter and sharper. Today's cataract surgery isn't just the end of clouded vision. It's the beginning of something wonderful.

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there are hundreds of volunteers within the organization. “Volunteers are vital to SouthernCare,” Ragins said. “Families and volunteers share a deep sense of purpose. Volunteering, especially with hospice, is one of the most fulfilling things a person could ever do.” Some of the things that volunteers can help with through SouthernCare include: spiritual and emotional support; caretaker relief; household services; and companionships to hospice patients and families. Ragins said that volunteers typically grow close to the families and also end up baking cookies, reading with patients, making phone calls on their behalf, and sometimes, just sitting quietly with them. Many of the hospice volunteers, according to SouthernCare, were introduced to hospice through the death of a family member and understand firsthand the value of hospice care. The volunteers consistently report that helping the terminally ill through hospice is not about dying but about living. Each SouthernCare location has a wide range of volunteer opportunities for participants ranging in age from teens to senior citizens. Ragins said some volunteers may have professional skills or specialized expertise, but most are just people who want to help their friends and neighbors and serve the community. Treating Last Wishes With Special Care Volunteers can even assist staff when trying to facilitate a special wish that a patient might have. “Last Volume 3 • Issue 7

wishes are something you want to treat with the utmost care,” Ragins said. The idea is that, as long as a patient is living, SouthernCare will try and provide the best quality of life they can for that patient. “Part of that is doing everything in our power to try and make those last wishes come true,” Ragins said. “Volunteers are very helpful when we need an extra hand or someone to track down information. We’ve put together last-minute weddings for patients. We were able to send a patient to watch the Indianapolis Colts at training camp, which is something he’d always wanted to do and had never been able to see them at a game or at a training camp.” The man was taken to the training camp in an ambulance, watched the action from the sidelines, and even got autographs from several players on the team, including quarterback Peyton Manning. A wonderful dream that he’d had for many years had finally, in the last stages of his life, been realized. He passed away just two days later. For more information regarding the volunteer program or hospice services, you can contact the SouthernCare Lake Charles office at 127 Williamsburg St., Lake Charles, LA 70605 (337) 474-3743; (337) 4749828 (Fax).

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Should Astros Swap Leagues? And you thought the Houston Astros were having a bad enough season. Have you heard about this? Major League Baseball is considering a proposal to realign teams in the American and National Leagues in order to equalize the number of teams in each league.


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Commissioner Bud Selig’s office wants to see 15 teams in each league. In addition, the commissioner wants to abolish all of the divisions, meaning the top five teams in each league would make the playoffs. As it stands today, there are 16 National League teams and 14 American League teams, meaning one NL team will need to swap leagues. Guess which one is near the top of the list. That’s right. In the midst of the worst season in team history (Bourgeois, Bourn and Barmes are a

far cry from Biggio, Bagwell and fillin-the B_______; Honey Bs rather than Killer Bs), the Houston Astros are now realignment fodder, just like Central Division rival Milwaukee was in 1997. Now, should realignment happen? Absolutely. Should it be the Astros who move to the American League? Absolutely not. Equaling out the leagues is about the best idea Selig & Co. have had in years. There is no reason the National League should have more teams than the American League and, if the commissioner wanted to keep the divisions intact, then it would be obvious

that the Astros move from the overloaded NL Central. But not to the American League. Which team should it be, then, if Major League Baseball decides to go through with realignment? Here, the commissioner and the owners have a couple of options. The best choice, call it Option A, would be the Arizona Diamondbacks. Okay, so we’ve established that Major League Baseball wants equity (numerically speaking) between the National and American Leagues and that the easiest way to accomplish this is to add a National League team to the American League. Geographically, Arizona makes the most sense if the

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divisions were kept intact. The AL West features teams from Los Angeles, Seattle, Oakland and the Dallas metroplex. Adding Arizona to the division would be relatively painless for all involved. Houston would slide over from the overloaded National League Central to the NL West, where it probably belonged at the start, to replace Arizona and everyone goes home happy. Should the divisions be dissolved, there’s then a historical precedent for keeping Houston in the National League while shipping Arizona over to the AL. The Astros have been a National League team from the franchise’s beginnings as the Colt 45s in 1963. This area of the country, especially Lake Charles, was a National League area even before Houston entered the majors. In the 1950s, you were more likely to be a St. Louis Cardinals fan than any other team, owing to the fact that KPLC was owned by a St. Louis investor who happened to be friends with the great Stan Musial. Honestly, about the only reason to move Houston into the AL is to shove a Texas-sized rivalry with the Texas Rangers down fans’ throats and these days, especially with the way the Astros are struggling, even interest in that series is just north of tepid at best. On the other hand, Arizona has been a major league ballclub for all of about 20 minutes if you look at it compared to, say, the Cincinnati Reds (est. 1869). Sure, the Diamondbacks own more World Series rings than the Astros (1-0), but the team just hasn’t been around long enough to establish a substantial history, a foothold in the minds of fans. I mean, seriously, if the Arizona Diamondbacks moved to the American League, would you even notice? Off the top of my head, I can name only two guys who have been good enough and ever stuck around the team long enough for me to associate them as Diamondbacks: Luis Gonzales and Randy Johnson. Meanwhile, there is a litany of players from Alan Ashby to Jimmy Wynn who easily come to mind as Astros. There, of course, is a second option. Option B would be to ship the Florida Marlins off to the American League. Like the Diamondbacks, the Marlins have a similar lack of historical significance. However, the Marlins have been around a little longer (1993) than the Diamondbacks, own multiple World Series rings and, at least for me, they just feel like a National League team. It just wouldn’t seem right. However, it would be a stroke of

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sheer schadenfreude for Marlins’ dictator, ahem, owner Jeffery Loria. It would be only fair for the Marlins to get the hook, so to speak, after Loria and team president David Samson misled Miami officials about the team’s finances so the city and county would authorize the construction of a new stadium. This, in addition Loria and Samson’s persistent meddling in the team’s day-to-day affairs, Loria’s part in the destruction of the Montreal Expos and his iron-fisted control over players’ public comments make the Marlins an excellent candidate for

league relocation. Let them have to figure out the designated hitter. At this point, though, chances of any realignment happening are about 50-50. There are a lot of kinks to work out. For example, with an odd number of teams in each league, one team would be finishing out its season in interleague play which, if the team in question is in contention for a playoff spot, would take a lot of the drama out of the season’s last weekend. At the rate they’re playing right now, the Astros likely won’t have to worry about their last weekend this

season being very dramatic. With things as bad as they are already, is it too much to ask for the commissioner’s office to stop with the talk about the Brandon Shoumaker Astros moving and keep them where they belong, in the National League? TJN

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By Mary Louise Ruehr

Mysteries with Ghosts, Creeps, and Things That Go Bump in the Night Do you like mysteries with a little extra eeriness in them? Well, turn on an extra light, because there’s some creepy stuff going on in these books. Casey Daniels has written her seventh Pepper Martin mystery, A Hard Day’s Fright. Pepper works at the Garden View Cemetery, and it was at this job where she obtained her unfortunate superpower. She explains, “I tripped in the historical cemetery where I worked as a tour guide, knocked my head against a mau-

soleum, and woke up some sort of superhero detective.” Now she sees and talks to the dead, who usually want her to solve their murders, among other things. In this case, it’s the ghost of Lucy Pasternak who confronts Pepper on the local metro train. Lucy tells her that in 1966, on her way home from a Beatles concert, she was grabbed as she stepped off the train and, although she doesn’t know how, she ended up dead. Her body was never found, and

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Lucy says she can’t rest in peace until Pepper finds it. To do so, Pepper is going to have to figure out what happened to the 17-year-old girl — 45 years ago. And she has to do her investigating without revealing that she talks to the dead or even that she knows Lucy is, indeed, deceased. (Lucy is officially still missing.) The suspects include a famous poet (did they have an inappropriate relationship?), a biker bar manager, and a former classmate who was killed while serving in Vietnam. Oddly, it turns out that Pepper’s boss, Ella, was Lucy’s best friend and was with her

the night she disappeared. And Ella’s 15-year-old daughter, Ariel, who has been displaying some reckless behavior patterns, decides to emulate Pepper — down to her fashionable appearance — and even her sleuthing avocation. Pepper is likable, hilarious and multi-layered. Daniels’ writing reminds me of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels — easy, funny and relatable, with a little touch of romance. The Cleveland Creep by Les Roberts is the 15th book featuring private investigator Milan Jacovich. Now 59, Milan discovers he just can’t do the physical sleuthing he used to do. So, when a friend recommends a young man as an assistant, he reluctantly gives him a try. And it’s a good thing he does. The detective has taken a missing-person case. “When a child goes missing, there is nothing more frightening, tragic, or terror-inducing for the distraught parent,” explains the detective. “That’s how it was for my new client, Savannah Dacey — even though her ‘child’ was a grown man in his twenties.” As Milan searches for clues to the whereabouts of the missing Earl Dacey, he discovers that Earl had been up to some mischief, behaving in a Volume 3 • Issue 7

lewd manner at the local mall. Had he taken his unethical behavior to an even lower level? Is there a connection with organized crime? When a dead body shows up, Milan puts his new sidekick, an ex-Army guy named “K.O.,” to work. Milan continues to be an interesting, intelligent character. But he can be snarky and judgmental, as when he expresses his disapproval of the décor in his client’s home: “My taste in furniture has never been high class, but someone would have to shoot me before I allowed them to put those two lamps in my living room.” The subject matter is very disturbing, dealing with pornography and physical abuse. But the story is solid and there’s a really exciting action sequence. Look out for adult language. Lost and Fondue is the second Cheese Shop mystery — with recipes — by author Avery Aames; the first was The Long Quiche Goodbye, which garnered the author an Agatha Award for best first novel. The cheese shop is the Fromagerie Bessette, run by Charlotte Bessette, age 34. Charlotte is catering a fundraiser at the long-abandoned Ziegler Winery — a local landmark rumored to be the hiding place of some buried treasure, as well as some

buried bodies — when an art student is found murdered in the cellar. His girlfriend is the prime suspect — mostly because he’s found strangled, with her scarf around his neck — but Charlotte and her best friend, who happens to be the girl’s aunt, are convinced she’s innocent. The mystery deepens when it’s discovered that the student’s artwork has disappeared. The book has an absolute plethora of characters. I had to take notes to keep track of them all. Some of the more interesting are Rebecca Zook, Charlotte’s young assistant, who recently left the Amish community; Charlotte’s business partner, Matthew, a single father of twins whose wife, Sylvie, had abandoned him but shows up again to claim the children as her own; wealthy Winona Westerton, potential donor to the college and a hopeless flirt; Prudence Hart, “Providence’s new self-appointed society goddess”; Chief of Police Umberto Urso, known as U-ey; and Charlotte’s 73-year-old grandmother, who is the town mayor and also runs the Providence Playhouse. Oh, but there are so many more. This is an atmospheric novel, one to settle in with for a while, with intrigue and a bit

of romance. There is a lot going on, plenty of detail to add local color, and a townful of people, who often come with background stories. Aames also throws in heaps of information about cheese and wine. Too much? Maybe a little. But the recipes look yummy. And it’s all a fun ride. Copyright © 2011 by Mary Louise Ruehr. TJN

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Super 8 (2011, Amblin/Bad Robot/ Paramount) From the look of things, nostalgia is in fashion (again), but there is something more than nostalgia afoot in Super 8, the latest “project” movie from Director J.J. Abrams. Set in 1979, this movie is all about atmosphere. The settings, music, and lighting are strictly late 70s, with lots of low warm tones and plenty of teenage “shut up” slang.

The main characters turn out to be proto-teens (otherwise known as preadolescents), a group of geeky voicechanging boys and one girl who are making a zombie movie for their local school film contest. One night when they’re filming at an old railroad depot, they happen to get caught in the mother of all train wrecks (we’re seeing a lot of these in the movies nowadays) and this sets us up for two hours of thrilling escapism. This is one of those movies where one line can give away the whole thing; so don’t expect me to reveal much more of the plot. Not that there is much more. Central to the story is a sweet romance between two of the kids, Joe and Alice, which is complicated by the fact that their fathers hate each

other. As the ramifications of the train wreck grow, the significance of the kids’ super 8 home movie footage becomes important in piecing together an unusual terror that has gripped the town. Our young movie makers, like the kids in E.T. and The Goonies, are at once charming and unnerving. I suppose the delightful thing about Super 8 is that Spielbergian innocence that the kids exude. Full of the constant chatter and emotion that parents have learned to endure, they’re determined to make their zombie movie, even as the townspeople are compelled to evacuate by those perennial villains, FEMA. No, actually it’s the United States Air Force (1970s, remember?) This movie within a movie concept has been used by directors a lot, including King Kong, Paranormal Activity, Bowfinger, and even Cloverfield by J.J. Abrams himself. I suppose Hollywood directors can be forgiven for playing up their own profession. Credit the director for using it as a positive instead of a negative. Someone should also get credit for excellent casting. Look for Elle Fanning to become the next teen idol for her awesome performance as Alice, the daughter of the town drunk. With the exception of some unfortunate foul language and one four-let-

ter word, Super 8 is wonderful family entertainment. The story line is straightforward and the script and pacing are first rate. We find ourselves won over by the innocence and inexperience of these kids as they somewhat incredibly set out to save their community from imminent disaster. Of course, I can’t tell you what that disaster is. My one criticism is a somewhat cheesy resolution to the peril facing the town. As a serious vehicle for some great acting and storytelling, Super 8 deserved better. At the same time, family feel-good movies have hokey endings all the time and no one seems to mind. So maybe I’m just being picky. All the same, Super 8 harks back to the days adults may remember when their own lives and the movies they went to see were simpler than today. There aren’t any cell phones or computers. The most advanced technology shows up as gadgets like a Sony Walkman and Nintendo Game boy, unless you allow for some science fiction elements thrown in. Kids these days will laugh at the old electronics, but something tells me today’s Igadgets will suffer the same fate. Speaking of low technology, you’ll want to stick around for the credits. They’re priceless. TJN

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ACTS’ KISS ME KATE ACTS Theatre’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical Kiss Me Kate had the audience captivated! Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of The Shrew, the talented cast of characters performed this classic musical comedy of fashion and slapstick madness under the direction of Walt Kiser, musical director Robert Marcantel and dance choreographer Cathy Kurth on the stage at ACTS’ 1 Reid Street Theater. Raise the curtain for this superb performance!

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BAYOU PLAYERS PRESENT AN EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN The MSU Bayou Players and production staff did it again! Under the direction of Jessa Theriot, and in memory of John Hepting, III, this cast of talented actors provided a spectacular performance before a live audience in the Shearman Fine Arts Annex Theatre. Hilarious, wrong, and yet so very right, this collection of 10 imaginative plays such as One Tennis Shoe, The Lifeboat is Sinking, Buy One, Get One Free, Blind Willie and the Talking Dog, all by playwright and author, kept this audience well entertained. Take a big bow for a job well done! Mikalee Mooney, Devon Richard and Jared Landry Volume 3 • Issue 7

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WENDELL SONNIER BENEFIT Wendell Sonnier recently lost his courageous battle with lymphoma, but it is evident his memory and spirit will live on forever through his loving family, friends and supporters. Crowds of people arrived at the Cajun French Music Building recently for this fundraiser held on Wendell’s behalf to raise money to help his family with medical costs. Tasty food, rocking music, live and silent auctions, fun jumps, a water slide for the kids and lots of hugs and love added sunshine to a cloudy day. It’s amazing what can happen when caring people come together!


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CATHY KURTH DANCE RECITAL One thing’s for sure….The “True Colors” of the dancers from Cathy Kurth Dance Academy shined through as they performed tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, acrobats, cheer and more before a packed house at the Rosa Hart Theater. This recital marked 24 years for Cathy and her staff. Their students delivered a show-stopping, crowd-pleasing combined performance of routines and technique. Amazingly, with 270 students scheduled to dance, the show ran like clockwork! Costumes were beautiful, music was electric, dancers spectacular. Way to go, girls!

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BRIMSTONE MUSEUM AND HENNING CENTER EXHIBITS JUNE 30 Starting June 30, the Brimstone Museum and Henning Cultural Center in Sulphur will be the hosts to two very exciting art displays. Current works by the Lake Charles Artisan’s Gallery will be exhibited in the Henning Cultural Center, featuring paintings, photography, ceramics, stained glass, and more. At the Brimstone Museum next door, the Calcasieu Cut-Ups, a local quilter’s guild, will be showing off their creations.  This exhibit will feature quilters from Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. Both museums will open with a double-feature reception on June 30, from 6-8 p.m.  These exhibits will be on display until Aug. 4. The Brimstone Museum is located at 900 S. Huntington Street, and the Henning Cultural Center is at 923 Ruth Street. FIRST FRIDAY READING SERIES TO FEATURE ERIN KELLY JULY 1 The First Friday Reading Series, hosted by the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the Porch Coffee House & Café, will present fiction writer Erin Kelly at a public reading at 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, at The Porch Coffee House & Café. Kelly’s fiction has appeared in literary journals worldwide. A finalist for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Fiction Prize and the 2010 Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction, she recently accepted a two-week writing residency at Martha’s Vineyard and has two novels under representation with the Carolyn Jenks Agency. Kelly has also received more than 15 professional writing awards as a journalist. Kelly will read from her short story collection, The Short Season. For more information on the First Friday Reading Series, contact the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787 or visit RED, WHITE, BLUE AND YOU 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL The City of Lake Charles is making plans for the 19th


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annual Red White Blue & You Celebration. Bakers are invited to participate in the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest. Bring your baked apple pie to the 1911 Historic City Hall at 1001 Ryan Street on Sat., July 2 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Winners will be announced on stage during the program on Mon., July 4. On Monday, July 4 at 6 p.m., the street parade will roll from Mill Street concluding at the intersection of Pujo and Lakeshore Drive. Anyone who would like to parade their love of country is invited to decorate their floats, vehicles, golf carts, bicycles, marching units, etc. The celebration continues at the Lake Charles Civic Center Arcade Pavilion with concessions and a patriotic program beginning at 7 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring their blankets or lawn chairs and wave their complimentary flags. Festival T-shirts will be on sale for $7. If inclement weather prevails, the program will be moved to the Civic Center Coliseum. The fireworks extravaganza will begin at 9:15 p.m. Tune into Fun Radio 92.9 for the soundtrack simulcast. SHANGRI LA TO SPONSOR FREE 4TH OF JULY CONCERT Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be open on the 4th of July and is sponsoring a free 4th of July concert. Free entrance to the concert, along with free watermelon, will begin at 6:45 p.m., and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating. Shangri La is located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas. For more information, call (409) 670-9113 or visit ICM’S SUMMER FILM SERIES Once again, it’s time for the Imperial Calcasieu Museum’s annual Summer Film Series, so mark your calendars for every Thursday evening in July and August 11 at 6:30 p.m.! Each film is handpicked by a local film buff who will lead a discussion following the viewing. Tickets are free for museum members or available at the door for $4. There will be wine and snacks for sale at a minimal price. This is a great way to beat the heat and meet new friends while enjoying a unique film. • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)  July 7 - 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Dr. Hooper Nichols Douglas Adams oft-adapted tale of a normal guy making his way through the universe finally makes its way to the big screen in the endearingly goofy sci-fi comedy. Arthur Dent is having a truly unusual day — after discovering one of his best friends is an alien! With the planet’s existence at stake, he must use his guidebook to tell him everything he needs to know as he hitchhikes through outer space.

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• Defending Your Life (1991) July 14 - 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Lauren & Phil de Albuquerque Albert Brooks wrote, directed, and stars in this philosophical comedy about a man having a hard time making a case for himself in the afterlife. Daniel Miller finds himself in a fatal car crash and is whisked away to Judgment City, where the recently dead are put on trial to defend their lives. Meryl Streep plays Julia, whose seemingly perfect life on Earth makes Daniel more embarrassed about his own. • Citizen Kane (1941) July 21 - 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Bill Shearman Orson Welles’ first feature film proved to be his most important and influential work. A groundbreaking drama loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst. Frequently cited as the finest American film ever made! • What Dreams May Come (1998) July 28 - 6:30 p.m. Hosted by James Whelan Based on the 1978 metaphysical novel by science fiction and horror author Richard Matheson, this romantic fantasy-drama won an Oscar for its expensive and impressive visual vistas depicting an imaginative afterlife. What happens to us after we die? Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie. Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death. But even Heaven is not complete without Annie, and when tragedy threatens to divide them forever, Chris risks his very soul to save Annie from an eternity of despair.

HAIR CUTS ON THE BEACH JULY 9 The team at The Odyssey Salon is hosting its third Annual Hair Cuts on the Beach on Sat., July 9 at the I-10 beach from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. to honor the memory of Dewayne (Bear) Crochet. Volley ball tournament registration is currently taking place at The Odyssey Salon. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m., and Paul Mitchell Professionals will be on hand for your haircut experience at noon. There will be fun jumps, local bands, refreshments and more. All proceeds will benefit local charities. Call April Nixon Davis at 437-3997 for more information. PLATINUM HOUSE OF STYLE FASHION SHOW JULY 9 Platinum House of Style is presenting a fashion show at the Lake Charles Civic Center on July 9 at 8 p.m. This is a pre-show for Chews Multicultural Hair Expo. The fashion show is a red carpet, semi-formal event. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door for just $10. This event is open to the public. For more info, contact Indrea Gordon at (337) 309-0945 or Lance Gardner at (337) 3049418. CHRISTMAS IN JULY PET RESCUE FUNDRAISER JULY 16 What better way to enjoy the summer than doing a little Christmas shopping? The second annual LAPAW Rescue and TNR Group’s “Christmas in July” Shopping Extravaganza will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., July 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Maplewood Dr. and

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Post Oak Rd., Sulphur. The event is free and open to the public. Select gifts from Pampered Chef, Avon, Scentsy Candles, Discovery Toys and many more. People and dog treats will be available. For information and booth applications, call (316) 761-6158 or LAPAW Rescue and TNR volunteers work to provide a second chance for homeless cats and pets. Over 1,700 cats and dogs have been placed in adoptive homes in the last five years. For more information, visit VOLUNTEER CENTER FUNDRAISER JULY 30 The Volunteer Center of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. is excited to announce the creation of their new annual casino night-themed fundraiser, Casino Royale, set for Sat., July 30 from 7– 11 p.m. at Reeves Uptown Catering in Lake Charles. The event will feature blackjack, roulette, poker and craps, along with a live auction, food and music. Tickets are $50 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available. All proceeds benefit the Volunteer Center. Anyone interested in sponsoring the fundraiser or purchasing tickets can call Ms. McCormick at 337-513-4616. ‘IMPRESSIONS OF LAKE CHARLES’ THROUGH AUG. 1 A stash of very old photographs inspired a new series of paintings by artist Tony Forrest depicting a bygone Lake Charles. The photographs are from the David H. Levingston collection, a photojournalist who meticulously covered life and times of South Louisiana and East Texas in the early 1900s.  The original negatives were stored by granddaughter Charlotte Levingston Metcalf and are now archived and exhibited by Jeanne Levingston Owens. Tony Forrest realized the historic value and sentimental appeal of the vintage photos and metamorphosed them into brilliant color impressionist scenes of sweeter, simpler, yet harder times. “Impressions of Lake Charles: the Early Years” series is presented by Associated Louisiana Artists (ALA) at the newly renovated Gallery by the Lake at 106 Pryce Street. The show runs through Aug. 1. For more information, call 436-1008 or go to ALA’s Facebook page.


Lafitte’s Ladies of the Gulf Coast Roller Girls League take on the lovely ladies of the Cenla Derby Dames of Alexandria on July 2 at The Grindhouse at 932 Enterprise Blvd. (the old United Furniture Building). Doors open at 6 p.m. and the First Whistle is at 7 p.m. Don’t forget, the Zebras (Gulf Coast Ref Squad) will be in the house! PAGE 38

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Get your tickets from your favorite local Roller Girl!! Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children. There will be a skateboard derby at half-time, and we will be accepting food and bedding for Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue. Be there or be—LAME! TJN

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Cooley & The Gang @ The Porch, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 30 • TBA @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Dustin Ray @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • John Cessac @ Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen, DeRidder, 7:30 p.m. • Meagan Tubb & Shady People @ Luna Bar & Grill, 8 p.m. • Brad Brinkley & Comfort Zone @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • Puddle of Mudd @ Party by the Pool, L’Auberge du Lac Casino, 8:30 p.m. • DJ Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 1 • Don Fontenot et les Cajuns de la Prairie @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Lesa Cormier & The Sundown Playboys @ Aucoin’s Cajun Restaurant, Hayes, 7 p.m. • Travis Matte & The Kingpins @ Yesterday’s, 7 p.m. • No Idea @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • The Casey Donahew Band @ Delta Event Center, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m.


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• LA Express @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • TBA @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8:30 p.m. • Large Marge/Survive the Musical/13th Disciple @ Nate’s Place, 10 p.m. • Rumor Mill @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 2 • Joe Simon & Louisiana Cajun @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Lesa Cormier & The Sundown Playboys @ Aucoin’s Cajun Restaurant, Hayes, 7 p.m. • Junior Lacrosse & Sumtin Sneaky @ Yesterday’s, 7 p.m. • No Idea @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • LA Express @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • TBA @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8:30 p.m. • Bobcat @ Luna Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. • Rumor Mill @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 3 • Category 6 @ Yesterday’s, 7 p.m. • Lee Greenwood/Louise Mandrell @ Isle of Capri Casino, 7 p.m.

• Wayne Toups @ Delta Event Center, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • LA Express @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. MONDAY, JULY 4 • Paul Gonsoulin @ Micci’s, 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. THURSDAY, JULY 7 • Travis Benoit & Allons Dancer @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Kung Fu Pineapple @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Seether @ Party by the Pool, L’Auberge du Lac Casino, 8:30 p.m. • DJ Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 8 • Briggs Brown & The Bayou Cajuns @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Kevin Fowler @ Yesterday’s, 7 p.m. • ISIS @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Swamp Boogie w/Rockin Randy @ Handlebars, Sulphur, 8 p.m. • Sound Affect @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Don Fontenot et les Amis de la Louisiane @ Club 1Sixty5, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 8 p.m. • The Floyds @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m.

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SATURDAY, JULY 9 • Howard Noel & Cajun Boogie @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Jamie Bergeron & The Kickin’ Cajuns @ Yesterday’s, 7 p.m. • ISIS @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Jerry Dee/Jody Vige @ Handlebars, Sulphur, 8 p.m. • Sound Affect @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Don Fontenot et les Amis de la Louisiane @ Club 1Sixty5, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 8 p.m. • The Floyds @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. MONDAY, JULY 11 • Burnstitch @ Luna Bar & Grill, 8 p.m. • Paul Gonsoulin @ Micci’s, 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. THURSDAY, JULY 14 • The Hotel Cazin Band @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Chris Miller & Bayou Roots @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Five For Fighting @ Party by the Pool, L’Auberge du Lac Casino, 8:30 p.m. • DJ Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 15 • Felton LeJeune & The Cajun Cowboys @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Chris Gray @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Brad Brinkley & Comfort Zone @ Handlebars, Sulphur, 8 p.m. • Leon Chavis @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Julio Iglesias @ L’Auberge Event Center, L’Auberge du Lac Casino, 8:30 p.m. • Dash Rip Rock @ The Porch, 9 p.m. • David Locklear @ The Cigar Club, 9 p.m. • Luv Sexy @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m.


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built the festival from objects in their barn, earning my undying affection. It was a special treat to find some Louisiana connections there, too – Jesse Lege & the Bayou Brew filled the Cajun slot, and Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys Zydeco-ed the house down. As my energy waned from the sun and the repleteness of everything, including reconnecting with an

old friend whose organic orchard Breezy Hill is still producing farmer’s market fair (and totally amazing traveling woodfired copper stove pizza), I made one last stop at the World Dance Stage to listen to the Klezmatics, the full crew in place, playing that voodoo that they do so well, then drifted out of the park with the sounds of home ringing in my ears. I’m still bragging about it. TJN

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