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ALSO: • Spice up Your Life Makeover Reveal! • It’s a Good Time to Be in Sulphur • Partners in Education • Feast at Fausto’s


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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: Bottom row, left to right: Cyndy Lirette, Emery DeSonier, Cindy Istre. Second row, left to right: Kelly Abate, Mika Doucet, Kristin Mathis. Top row, left to right: Kim B Anderson and Sonya M. Brooks. Photo by Effects Photography by Erin.

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Hope Therapy: Patient-Centered Care

NEWS EXECUTIVE EDITOR Lauren de Albuquerque

CONTRIBUTORS Leslie Berman George Cline James Doyle Dan Ellender Maria Alcantara Faul Mike McHugh Mary Louise Ruehr Brandon Shoumaker Karla Tullos ADVERTISING


REGULARS 7 10 11 12 13 15 16 40

The Boiling Pot The Dang Yankee Tips from Tip Adoption Corner Doyle’s Place Speakeasy What’s Cookin’ Sports Report


FEATURES 5 14 18 20 37 38

Partners In Education Hurricane Prep for Pets When Your Child is Being Bullied Top Five Causes of Missed School Play it Safe in the Heat Makeover Reveal

ENTERTAINMENT 42 44 45 46 49 52 54 55


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



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 9


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A Note From Phil Seven years ago, Lauren and I saw a house for sale on the Internet. It seemed to grab our attention. We flew over a thousand miles to see this intriguing old home in an unknown city called Lake Charles, in Louisiana. It was a bed and breakfast, and the owner let us stay in the house. The first night here, my wife said, “Let’s go back to Boston, sell it all, and move here. I feel good about this place!” The next morning, I walked around the property with my coffee to think about what Lauren had said. As I gazed into the sky, I noticed a towering pecan tree in the backyard behind the carriage house. It was growing on an angle and didn’t seem to belong in that small area. But it was extremely tall and seemed to be reaching for the heavens ever so confidently. How did it get there? What was it doing there? It seemed so out of place. I had never been much of an animal lover. We grew up with a few cats in our home and a few dogs in the neighborhood. They were wonderful pets, but we kids were too busy to pay much attention. Treats? They were lucky if we gave them a pat on the head. When we moved to Lake Charles, we noticed a cat near our house. “Be sure to put some food out,” our neighbor yelled over the fence. “You know we don’t have much of a winter here. Not many deep freezes to kill the bugs and mice. We let the cats do it!” So we started putting food out. One thing led to another. We fed more cats that showed up at our door, had them neutered and spayed, gave them medical attention when it was necessary. And we fell in love with them. Soon after, we joined a animal rescue group and started to help find homes for the lost souls. Last Saturday, a feral cat that PAGE 4

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we’d been trying to trap dropped a newborn kitten at my feet and walked away. The baby began crying and moving around in circles trying to find his mom. Unable to see, he didn’t have much of a chance, especially since she walked away. I picked up the poor soul and put it in a warm cat carrier with a blanket. He calmed down briefly while I looked to see where she had gone. Surely she would be coming back to care for her child! Nature wouldn’t be that cruel, would she? Mom stayed in the area, but didn’t know what to do. If I got lucky, I would pet her while she lay down, and I would put the baby on her to nurse. He got some milk but not much before

she walked off again. She clearly had no idea what was going on. Within minutes he began crying again. So I went to the store, bought some special milk for newborn kittens and tried to feed him. And I spoke to him. “You are a such a wonderful gift from God, my little friend. But this may not be the best time for you to come into this world. If you want to move on and come back again, it would be OK with me, sweetheart.” I put him back in his carrier for the night and wondered if he would still be with us the next morning. The next day, I awoke, and ran outside. There he was! Still moving, crying and trying to find his mommy. I picked him up and put him back in his carrier. I brought his bottle over and tried to get

some in his mouth as pushed his face away. “Be a good boy and drink some milk,” I told him. “You need energy!” I found his mom and was able to get him a few more sips of her milk before she again walked away. I held him in the palm of my hand and brought him into the house. I told him we were going to go on something called a computer. I went on Facebook and posted his photo, telling my friends about this small, day-old kitten who was fighting for his life. The prayers and energy immediately came pouring in. He climbed up my chest and cuddled under my chin. It seemed as if he felt the love pouring in. “You have a lot of fans,” I said. “ Feel the love, sweetheart!” I tried to give him the bottle again, but he didn’t seem to want it. Just before I put him back in his carrier, he gave me some small kisses on my finger. “I love you, too,” I said. “If you want to move on tonight it will break my heart, but I want you to decide.” That night, I got up three times to check on him. No crying. Just a small sigh now and then. When I got up early that morning, I ran over to the carrier. I received his answer. He had decided to move on. As I wiped the tears from my face, I grabbed a shovel from the shed. I looked for the perfect place to put my little friend. I dug a hole, wished him well on his journey and covered him up ever so gently. As the tears rolled down my face, I looked up and pictured him all grown up, running up the tree under which I had just put him – smiling down at me and having a wonderful cat life. It was the leaning, majestic pecan tree in our backyard, reaching for the heavens. And at that moment, I knew why the tree was there. It was there for him. TJN

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Sasol employee reading to students.

OLQH-PPG Soaring Stars Students. — By Maria Alcantara Faul

Education is one of the cornerstones of a successful and thriving community. Continued leadership and competitiveness in today’s global economic system depends entirely on a community’s ability to prepare new generations of entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders. It also depends on the community’s ability to grow and nurture a qualified and dynamic workforce who will be ready to step into the jobs of the future. The Partners in Education (PIE) program is a project of the Calcasieu Parish School Board in which a partnership is formalized between a business and a school for the purpose of enriching the educational process by the company’s direct involvement. The objective is to improve education with the assistance of the private sector. The program, established in 1988 as a collaborative project between the CPSB and the Chamber/Southwest Louisiana, is in essence an opportunity for the school system and the business sector to share its resources, time, talent, and expertise. The PIE Program connects schools and businesses together to improve student achievement and foster lifelong learning for the students. Employee volunteers from participating businesses serve in a variety of activities supporting special projects; one-time and ongoing events; campus clubs; school gardens; libraries; sports and after-school programs. Sasol North America has been Partners In Education with both Westwood and Western Heights Elementary Schools since the program started in 1988. “We try to merge our resources to what our partner school needs,” said Nancy Tower, Sasol HR services supervisor. To meet those needs, the company opens their facility for students to tour, holds teacher and staff appreciation events, and makes funding available for teacher grants, Academic Excellence Incentives and supplies for students. Volume 3 • Issue 9

Sasol employees, on their part, volunteer their time to present chemistry demonstrations and training exercises, read to the younger students, serve as judges for school events, tutor and be lunch buddies to students. PIE is designed to help businesses and civic leaders invest in the future by investing in the future of the community: the children. Businesses, students and schools benefit from the involvement of volunteers and partners program. The program has great flexibility, with the participating business and school partner developing their own plan of action for the year based on identified needs and available resources. Once established, the program is unlimited in its application. Grace Davison Catalysts is Barbe High School’s Partner in Education. “The partnership’s focus is academic excellence,” states David Rentrop, plant manager for Grace. The company regularly sponsors programs to recognize students and teachers for their outstanding work, with the goal of encouraging academic excellence. For example, Grace sponsors Barbe’s speech/debate tournament, as well as the “Wheel of Excellence” project, where, once a year, the names of students who achieve honor or banner roll status is included in a drawing to spin the wheel. “Each class has separate drawings, and students whose names are drawn spin the wheel to win money ranging from $50 to $200,” Rentrop said. Currently, over 240 businesses have partnered with schools in Calcasieu Parish. School partners provide help in a variety of JULY 28, 2011


ways. Some provide monetary support, and others donate time to help with field trips or class lessons. Louisiana Radio Communications (LRC) has been partners with J.F. Kennedy Elementary since 1992. Aside from its regular participation in various school events and activities, LRC conducts an annual campaign to provide needed school supplies for students. The company also hosts a “First Day of School Breakfast,” and sponsors school participation in community events and conferences. It takes a good amount of time, effort and energy for the business community to put schools and education on the forefront, and their efforts are truly appreciated. Barbe High School, for example, regularly recognizes Grace in their publications. The company receives tickets to Barbe’s home football games, and students help out during Grace’s employee picnic. Kennedy Elementary School makes sure that LRC employees are invited to all holiday celebrations. The school also shows their appreciation by sending dinner rolls (which are coveted by LRC employees) to the office, and inviting the company’s employees to participate in various aspects of school life. Lisa Jakel is the director of develpment for Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic School. “The school’s partnership with PPG is invaluable,” she said. “PPG has been OLQH’s Partners in Education since 1991, and we couldn’t do everything we do for kids without them.”


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“I enjoy the end-of-the-year AR Stars pizza party held at Mr. Gatti’s,” said OLQH student T-Beau Faul. The party is one of the many programs sponsored by PPG at OLQH. The Accelerated Reading program promotes the importance of reading to the students by encouraging them to reach “AR star status” (a goal of at least 160 points) in the program. Students who reach that goal are invited to attend a party at Mr. Gatti’s at the end of the school year. PPG also sponsors the OLQH Soaring Stars Award, which recognizes students who have improved their grade point average. The Partners in Education program, through its volunteers from the business sector and broader community, brings real-world relevancy to local classrooms, and helps kids see the direct link to their educational achievement today to their success in the future. Through the gift of their time, volunteers encourage growth and nurture young people’s potential, preparing them to step into the jobs of the future. They also send the strong message to students—the community’s future— that they are valued and supported by the community around them. “There are many Barbe graduates employed by Grace,” said Rentrop. “These students will be our future employees, so we view the partnership as a ‘win-win.’”

Barbe student spinning Wheel of Excellence.


LRC speaking to students at Kennedy Elemetary.

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IBERIABANK NAMES COMMERCIAL BANKER IBERIABANK, the 124-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce the naming of Karen G. Drewett as senior vice president and senior commercial banker. Drewett joins the company with over 23 years of banking experience where she most recently served as senior vice president and senior commercial banker for Business First Bank in Lake Charles. Drewett graduated cum laude in accounting from McNeese State University. She is active Karen G. Drewett in the Lake Charles community and is president-elect of the Lake Charles Symphony and a board member of the Calcasieu Community Clinic. Drewett’s office is located at the IBERIABANK Nelson Road Banking Center at 4440 Nelson Road. She can be reached at (337) 312-7036 or by e-mail at

From left to right: Amanda D. Hartley, Calcasieu Parish Housing Coordinator; Sakima Guillory, scholarship recipient; Gwen Guillory, Family Self-Sufficiency Program committee member; Shawn Broderick, co-owner of Tri-Star Management. HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED Sakima Guillory is the recipient of the 2011 Housing Scholarship awarded by the Calcasieu Parish Housing Department and Tri-Star Management Co., L.L.C. Guillory was selected by the Housing Department’s Family Self Sufficiency Program Coordinating Committee. Each year, scholarship money, sponsored by landlords who work with the parish, is awarded to someone on Section 8 who has either graduated from high school or is a head of a household and has returned to school. Guillory is a certified dental assistant and will be going back to school to become a dental hygienist. For more information, contact Housing Coordinator Amanda D. Hartley at 721-3550.

Ribbon Cutting at Rau Financial. RAU FINANCIAL GROUP HOLDS GRAND OPENING FOR NEW LOCATION A ribbon-cutting and grand opening event took place recently at the new office of Rau Financial Group, located at 1634 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. Denise Rau is the president of the company, which she founded in 2005, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® and holds a variety of other certifications and licenses for insurance and securities. Since its founding, the group has grown and now includes LPL Financial Advisors Eva Abate, Mark Eckard and Denise Wilkinson. Together, they offer over 70 years of experience in the investment field. The company provides an extensive range of financial services including financial planning, investments, retirement planning, real estate investment services and insurance products. For more information, call 480-3835 or visit Volume 3 • Issue 9

TAYLOR ANNOUNCES POLICE JURY CANDIDACY Ray Taylor announces his candidacy for Calcasieu Parish Police Juror, District 12. District 12 includes most of the Carlyss area, Vinton and Starks. The election is October 22. Married to the former Dana Harris, Taylor has five children and three grandchildren. He has been a resident of West Calcasieu for over 42 years. Taylor is a graduate of Sulphur High School and McNeese State University and has been employed by Georgia Gulf for over 20 years as an Instrument and Electrical Supervisor. He has served on the Calcasieu Ray Taylor Parish Zoning Board since 2010, has coached youth recreational sports for over 15 years and volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters Lunch Buddy program at Vinton Elementary School. He is a member of St. Theresa’s Parish in Carlyss and the Knights of Columbus. JULY 28, 2011


Chamber of Commerce. Centanni will represent the Southwest Louisiana business community in Baton Rouge and in Washington, D.C. She worked as a reporter and anchor for KLFY TV in Lafayette, then moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as communications director for U.S. Rep. Mike Ross and the USA Rice Federation. She returned to Louisiana to work as capital correspondent for WAFB TV, and then joined Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco’s administration as press secretary. She now owns Centanni Communications, a legislative and media relations company.

From left to right: Representative Michael Danahay; Drew Tessier, Union Pacific director of public affairs for Louisiana & Arkansas and Matt Young, Arts Council executive director. UNION PACIFIC FOUNDATION DONATES $2,500 TO ARTS COUNCIL Along with Representative Michael Danahay, a known arts supporter in the House legislature, Drew Tessier of the Union Pacific Railroad Foundation awarded the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana a check for $2,500 at Central School to support the initiatives of the Council, which is an umbrella organization for over 60 regional arts and cultural organizations. For more information on the Arts Council, call 439-ARTS.

FAMILY AND YOUTH HONORS YOUTH OF THE YEAR Family & Youth recently honored Katelynn McCartney as Youth of the Year during its annual meeting. A former student at Sulphur High, Katelynn’s accomplishments include being Chairman of the You Advisory Council, being chosen to speak to Louisiana elected officials in Washington D.C., and representing the American Cancer Society by holding the Teen Miss Louisiana of Hope title. She also maintains an active role in several programs at Family & Youth, including Career Exploration, Youth Advisory Council, as well as the Civic Engagement Institute. Katelynn has shown an eagerness to work and exemplifies the true spirit of a volunteer and a leader.

Katelynn McCartney receiving the Youth of the Year Award from Kerry Andersen, Family & Youth Vice Chair.

BARRILLEAUX RECEIVES PRE-NEED CERTIFICATION Jody Barrilleaux of Hixson Funeral Home recently received her Pre-Need Certification from Dignity Memorial University and is now licensed by the state of Louisiana. “Pre-planning one’s final arrangements protects against inflation and prevents emotional overspending. It’s a true gift of love,” she says. For more information, call (337) 625-9171. Melissa Portie, human resources and community relations manager presented the check to Kathy Williams, executive director, and Donna Green, program director. WOMEN’S SHELTER AWARDED GRANT The Calcasieu Women’s Shelter was awarded a $15,000 grant from Sempra Energy / Cameron LNG to fund services provided at the shelter. Services for survivors of domestic violence include safe shelter, information and referral, legal advocacy, children’s programs, peer advocacy, outreach services and community education. WOODS NAMED CNO OF JENNINGS AMERICAN LEGION HOSPITAL Theresa Woods, RN, MSN, CNAA, CHE, FACHE, has been named chief nursing officer with Jennings American Legion Hospital. She will oversee all aspects of patient care within the hospital. Prior to accepting this position, Woods worked on a part-time basis within the JALH nursing department. She has over 30 years of nursing experience, and was the Theresa Woods chief operating officer at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital in Sulphur.

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NEW VP OF PUBLIC POLICY FOR CHAMBER The Chamber SWLA, a member of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, announces the addition of Marie DesOrmeaux Centanni as its VP of public policy. She replaces Monique Thierry, who recently joined the U.S.

Lonnie Puryear

Jody Barrilleaux

PURYEAR NAMED WCCH EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital recently named Lonnie Puryear, network telecommunications supervisor, as its third quarter Employee of the Quarter. In his current position, Puryear is responsible for the computer network and telecommunications’ infrastructures at all WCCH-owned buildings in the areas of Sulphur, Hackberry, Vinton, Johnson Bayou and Moss Bluff. He maintains WCCH’s telephone and faxing systems, video surveillance system, wireless networks and over 1500 hundred networking devices. Puryear has worked at WCCH for six years.

MULHEARN JOINS MEDICAL STAFF AT WCCH West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital announces the addition of Thomas J. Mulhearn IV, MD, cardiologist, to the hospital’s medical team. Dr. Mulhearn, who is board-certified in cardiology and internal medicine, is seeing patients at the Diagnostic Center of WCCH on Beglis Parkway in Sulphur. Dr. Mulhearn received an undergraduate degree from LSU, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from LSU School of Medicine. Dr. Mulhearn completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mulhearn, call Cardiovascular Specialists of Southwest Louisiana at (337) 436-3813.

Dr. Thomas J. Mulhearn IV

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“I feel it is my duty to restore the public’s faith and trust in the Assessor’s office.” From left to right: Brian Overstreet, founder; Bill Belcher, L’Auberge director of resort services, Chuck Creedon, L’Auberge host; Casey Hampton, Pittsburgh Steelers; and Morris Overstreet. L’AUBERGE DU LAC DONATES TO CANCER FOUNDATION L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort recently hosted a celebrity charity golf tournament at Contraband Bayou Golf Club in addition to donating $10,000 to the Early Overstreet Cancer Foundation. The foundation, located in Houston, works to find a cure for the devastating disease.

– Wendy Curphy Aguillard, CLA Calcasieu Parish Assessor • Currently serving as Assessor • Certified LA Assessor with 15 years experience • Implemented new financial/ administrative policies

LOCAL STUDENT QUALIFIES FOR NATIONAL TRACK TEAM Shondalynn Jasmine of Lake Charles recently qualified to be part of the Hershey Region 4 National Track Team. She achieved this honor by winning the Hershey Louisiana State 100M Finals with a time of 13.0. Out of 485 participants for the Louisiana state track meet, five athletes were chosen and Shondalynn is the only female, and the first 13 year-old from Lake Charles that will be representing the state of Louisiana at the event. Running for only two years, she started her career at S.J. Welsh Middle School, transferring to Immaculate Heart and joining their track team this past season. She will be attending ICCS and going to the eighth grade this coming school year. BOWLING PROMOTION AT FAMILY AND YOUTH Family & Youth is pleased to announce that Susan Bowling is joining the Performance Employee Assistance and Business Services program as the business development coordinator. Bowling joined the Family & Youth staff more than a year ago as a coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Performance Employee Assistance and Business Services provides high-quality, affordable human support services to leading businesses in Southwest Louisiana.

Susan Bowling

EDWARD JONES BRANCH IN SULPHUR NAMED TOPS IN CLIENT SERVICE EXCELLENCE Edward Jones Financial Advisor John Guilbeaux , Branch Office Administrator Dru Stains and Senior Branch Office Administrator Paula Saltzman in Sulphur were recently ranked within the top 25 percent of the country for excellence in client service at Edward Jones. This honor was bestowed based upon the results of a survey in which random clients were asked to rank the service they received from the staffs of their local Edward Jones branch offices. The survey identified Guilbeaux, Stains and Saltzman as providing some of the most exemplary client service within the firm. "We are particularly honored by this award as it is one bestowed upon us by our clients," Guilbeaux said. Branch Office Administrator Dru Edward Jones provides financial Stains, Financial Advisor John services for individual investors in Guilbeaux and Senior Branch Office the United States and through its Administrator Paula Saltzman. affiliate in Canada.


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By Mike McHugh

Mind If I Call You Vince?

I have had no problem committing a lot of totally useless facts to memory. There is so much trivia stored in the recesses of my brain that I could easily become a champion at Jeopardy, if only they had categories such as “Official State Soils.” With all of this trivia stuffed in my head, it’s no wonder I have such a hard time remembering people’s names. A lot of people tell me that they themselves have to be the worst in


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the world at remembering names. I don’t know why they admit it. As for me, I will go out of my way to hide this personal weakness. At a party full of strangers, I often go and find myself an empty table in the corner of the room and intently contemplate a bowl of carrot sticks in the hope that no one I’ve just met will bother to try and start a conversation. It’s amazing the lengths that some people will got to in order to figure a

name they can’t recall. They will do just about anything, that is, except to directly ask the person. This is because, of course, the first time you ever do this, the other party is sure to be the one person who will instantly recall yours. What’s more, he’ll be so insulted that he’s bound to walk up and down in front of your house for the next week carrying a sign that says something like THE PERSON WHO LIVES HERE HAS THE MANNERS OF A RABID COYOTE. So, it’s no surprise that folks will do anything but actually ask someone to repeat his name. An old friend if mine once used an interesting tactic. He couldn’t recall my brother-in-law’s name when they first met, so he just picked a name out of the blue and started addressing my sister’s husband as “Vince.” (His real name, I believe, is Jake). This went on for quite some time, so long that eventually, Jake started answering to “Vince.” It even got to the point that on his birthday, my sister inadvertently had his cake stenciled with “Happy Birthday Vince.” At many functions, the organizers try to make things easy by having

everyone wear nametags. The problem is, most people I know would rather wear a T-shirt that says something like “Product of Inbreeding” rather than walk around wearing a sticker with their name on it. This is because wearing a name tag is kind of like saying, “Look, Bozo, I know you won’t remember my name so I’m wearing it on my lapel.” At events like this, I really like to screw things up and put a made-up name on the tag. This way, I could completely embarrass myself in front of a bunch of strangers without having to worry about it. They could put a line in the social section of the newspaper the following day that says, “Last night, at the charity fundraiser, Freddy Gedunza got so drunk that he danced with his wife and dumped a bowl of guacamole on a debutante.” I could just read that and smile in my anonymity. I have heard some novel approaches to help remember peoples’ names. A good friend of mine— let’s call him “Vince” for the time being—told me about one particular method. He had attended a Dale Carnegie course where he learned how to make mental pictures to help his recollection. He claimed that he could be introduced to a dozen people at once and remember every name. I knew I couldn’t do this if I were introduced to the sons of George Foreman. It works like this. A soon as you are introduced to someone, you make a mental image of the person’s name. So, for instance, if the person’s name is “Joe,” you might picture him drinking a cup of coffee. Likewise, if his name is “Art,” you might imagine him getting a large government grant for a painting that appears to have been inspired by the product of his cat’s stomach condition. That sounded like a good idea to me, so I tried it one time at a party. Upon being introduced to a group of new acquaintances, I boldly proclaimed that I would have no problem remembering everyone’s name. So, the first person introduced herself as “Gertrude.” The other names didn’t get much better as far as being able to form some sort of picture. By the time it was over, the imagery in my head sort of resembled a rail car that some teenager had taken a spray can to. I quickly excused myself to go find a bowl of carrot sticks in the corner. TJN Volume 3 • Issue 9

By George “Tip” Cline

REVIEW YOUR ACCOUNTS! Checking up on my money and charge accounts online has been one of my long-standing practices. Everyone should routinely review any accounts that can be viewed over the Internet. This past weekend, I brought up one of my regularly checked accounts to make sure everything was as it was supposed to be, and BINGO—a scheduled payment did not go through. As the due date was fast approaching and I did not want to incur any late payment penalty and the resulting negative effect on my credit score, I was able to use an alternative payment method to keep all my ducks in a row and suffer no negative consequences. Had I not made this routine inspection, this unprocessed payment would have gone unnoticed until as long as the next statement time, too late to rectify the supposed communication failure. Keeping your credit score as high as possible not only gets the better deals on interest rates for loans and credit cards, it also has an effect on many areas of your personal business, such as insurance rates and possible future denial of coverage, employment opportunities, and other items that can financially work against you. So, do yourself a big favor and take the time to regularly check on what is happening to your money. If something is supposed to happen and it doesn’t, you will, hopefully, be able to rectify an error before it gets out of hand. SALUTE TO SEA WORLD My grandson recently returned from Iraq and is now out of the regular army, but is still in the reserves. Last weekend, he took his wife and sister to Sea World in San Antonio. Volume 3 • Issue 9

heritage and zealously guards the image of a very clean, attractive and pleasant place to visit. Front Street, above the Cane River, has recently been totally resurfaced, with the original bricks put back in place over a much-improved stabilized foundation. The downtown shops facing the river are varied, with none of the classic tourist T-shirt shops. From J. Michael’s The Book Merchant to Howard Fitzhugh’s Pioneer Pub (19 beers on tap), there is plenty to see and do along the riverfront. The city is famous for the

Christmas Festival, seen in the movie Steel Magnolias, which was filmed there. Restaurants abound downtown, running the gamut from sushi, classic Cajun, and burgers to outdoor dining overlooking the river at Antoon’s. The City of Natchitoches and Northwestern State University work hand in hand to support each other’s activities—a great enhancement for both. I am looking forward to my next sojourn. Maybe we’ll see each other there! TJN

They gave him free admission for being in the military, and comped the other two just for being with him. He reported that it cost Sea World $180 by letting the three of them in without charge. Let’s face it; we rarely see such gracious deeds these days. Obviously, Sea World ownership appreciates the freedoms that our military protects. Makes me believe Sea World deserves our patronage. HIGH POINTS FOR THE DMV The other day, we had to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles Office for a license renewal. It was not the experience that you dread. We’ve made a few trips there in the last couple of years and found that the personnel were polite and efficient, contrary to what normal expectations have been over the past decades. The facility at Chennault is well laid-out, with different stations for various purposes, and the wait is much less than you would anticipate. It’s quite a pleasure to experience a public office where you feel they are really there to serve your needs. Kudos to the employees, and may they keep up the good work. VISIT NATCHITOCHES Supporting our community makes all the sense in the world. We want our area to prosper. That being said, a change of scenery, a long weekend trip, a well-deserved vacation can revitalize and take the edge off our frantic lifestyles. We routinely take pleasure in a journey North about 130 miles to the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, Natchitoches. Our drive takes about two and a half hours, mostly four-lane on Hwy 171, and passes through the rolling scenery of Kisatchie National Forest using Hwy 117 from Leesville. Called the “Bed and Breakfast Capital” of the state, Natchitoches makes for plenty of overnight opportunities in addition to the area hotels. The city has maintained its cultural JULY 28, 2011


Meet Roscoe! Kiss, kiss, kiss…wag, wag, wag…kiss, kiss, kiss…What more could someone ask for in a loving pet? Nothing! Roscoe is a perfect example of Dachshund love. It’s surprising he can be so joyful since the first half of his life was spent tied up in a yard. He absolutely adores children and loves to play fetch with toys. He only weighs about 14 pounds, but he could gain a few more. He was successfully treated for heartworms, and now his heart has nothing but love in it! Roscoe has great house manners and is a wonderful lap dog. He is currently fostered with other small animals and does very well with them. Please consider him for your next family pet! An application can found online at and faxed to (337) 558-6331 or e-mailed to If you have any questions, please feel free to call Kayla at (337) 287-3552 for info on this sweet lover boy. TJN

The eighth annual Cameron Fishing Festival will be held Fri., Aug. 5 and Sat., Aug. 6 at the Cameron Jetty Pier in Cameron. Sponsored by the Cameron Lions Club, the proceeds from the festival benefit a number of charities, including the Lions Crippled Children’s Camp, The Lions Eye Glass Foundation, and the Cameron Parish High School Scholarship Program, along with youth organizations and church groups from the parish. The festival includes a fishing rodeo with three divisions: Offshore, Bay and Surf, and Junior Division. Plaques will be awarded for the top three fish in each category. Trophies will be awarded to the outstanding male and female angler in the Offshore and Bay and Surf Division, and the outstanding Junior angler. The Redfish Challenge is a team tournament that allows teams to weigh in two redfish per day. They must be alive and have to be

between the slot length of 20 inches up to 27 inches with tail pinched. Shorter or longer fish will not be weighed, and there will be an 8ounce penalty assessed per dead fish weighed. In addition to fishing, there will be plenty of on-shore festivities at the Cameron Jetty Pier Pavilion, with fresh seafood, barbecue, and local dishes. The grounds open at noon on Aug. 5. There will be playgrounds and a water slide for children, the blessing of the fleet, a beauty pageant and so much more. There’s a $5 gate fee for each day of the festival. Children under 12 get in free. There’s a limited number of RV and camper spots available at the fairgrounds on a first-come, firstserve basis, with a limit of one space per caller. To book your spot, call (337) 775-5714 and ask for Rica. For additional information, call Carl at (337) 775-5316 or Willie at (337) 775-5713. TJN

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The Children’s Theatre Company and Artistic Director Kerry A. Onxley announce the final workshop of the 2011 Summer Starz Series. “Kidz in Showbiz,” a workshop on musical theatre, will be held Aug.1-5 and is designed to introduce newcomers to the world of musical theatre and challenge young veterans to perfect advanced theatrical concepts and production techniques. Students will learn musical theatre techniques by acting, singing and

dancing to songs from Broadway shows. The final class features the students in a performance demonstration highlighting the musical theatre skills learned. The cost of the workshop is $85. No experience is needed. All workshops have limited enrollment and are held at Central School of the Arts & Humanities Center (809 Kirby Street). For registration information, contact the theatre at 433-7323 or visit TJN Volume 3 • Issue 9

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But if we can’t make a little fun of ourselves, what kind of community do we have, anyway? I know everyone who was the subject of a skit or mention took it in good fun, from the video commercial for the “life size” 11inch high Sheriff Mancuso doll, to the repeated references to a local lawyer who found himself in a bit of an embarrassing situation at a local bar. So, who was I? Well, I was the villain. The opening scene was stolen unashamedly from It’s a Wonderful Life, and I was Mr. Potter. I got to tell

Mayor Roach he was “worth more retired than re-elected” after Millenium Park was torched by arsonists. I’m hoping next year will be more fitting to my schedule and I can play a bigger role with my friends. But until then, hats off to club president Pam McGough, Brett and Barbara, and all those who worked so hard to squeeze a laugh or two out of our community. Well done, guys. See y’all on the flip, okay? TJN

Gridiron 39 I have a friend who is a member of the British House of Commons. On his business card is a graphic drawing of what looks for all the world like iron bars crossing each other in several places. It’s a gridiron. Politicians of all stripes, it seems, must be prepared to be roasted on the spit. Figuratively speaking these days, although in times past, sometimes quite literally. We in the Ad and Press Club of Southwest Louisiana have just finished our own version of the gridiron, and in addition to politicians, newsmakers, local institutions, sometimes, not-so-innocent bystanders make it onto our grill. It’s all in fun, of course, and for a good cause: scholarships at McNeese and Sowela. And the cast and crew always have a blast doing it. For those of you who are Gridiron veterans, you know already that my role was diminished this year because the production and the rehearsals coincided with my training for home hemodialysis. But I was still in the show (I’ve lost track of how many times), and as usual, it was an occasion to remember. My backstage buddy is my youngest son Harry, whom I left in the tender care of Russ Bordelon most of the night. I can only imagine how many French cusswords Harry learned. Russ always puts on a great show in pigeon French and plain English, managing to skewer local politicians and others along the way. But my absolute favorite Gridiron character is Ruthie Broussard of Sulphur, 87 years old. Ruthie probably wins the prize for best sense of humor in the cast. The things they make her say. . .wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen her without a smile on her face, and as usual, she stole the show last night. Barbara Downer and Theresa Needham brought down the house Volume 3 • Issue 9

with their star turn as the Lounge Ladies, two wandering minstrels who find their way onto the pool deck at L’Auberge and croon many original parody songs that had the crowd laughing uproariously before intermission. Barbara’s husband Brett was, as always, the brains of the outfit, serving as director, confidante, and pep-talker extraordinaire. Tom Cole made the show run smoothly backstage. My other favorite moments always include John Bridges’ running gag about the fogging trucks fogging up our local traffic. And this year, Tom Hoefer made an appearance as Randy Roach, as interpreted by Jimmy Stewart with an accent you couldn’t believe unless you heard it. Hoefer and I were once in my favorite Gridiron skit together. We were Romans who were saving our chariots from criminals just after Mike Foster pushed the legislature into passing the “Shoot the Carjacker” law. The whole routine turned into a toga party, and I got to close it down by singing a special version of “Shout!” Saw some old friends in the audience, including George Swift, who stole my hairstyle; Fred Godwin; Judge David Ritchie; Willie Mount; Ronnie Johns, John Bradford, and a host of others. All of you regular readers know I love the repeated theme of “community,” the ties that bind us all together. It’s fluff and of no substance at all, but an institution like Gridiron serves that purpose. We do two shows: a Friday night “dress rehearsal” for our guests, and Saturday night for the newsmakers who often wind up skewered on stage. The Saturday night crowd is always a harder laugh, because the audience never knows who may be looking on from the next table. JULY 28, 2011


et Owners: If an emergency or bad weather forces you and your pets from your home, Will you know what to do and what to bring? If you are forced to evacuate your home because of a hurricane or other emergency, don’t forget to make preparations for your pets. Pets, just like any other member of your family, have their own special needs. Here are some tips from the Louisiana State Animal Response Team and LSU School of Veterinary Medicine to help you prepare for an evacuation. WHAT TO DO • Don’t leave your pet at home! While most evacuations last only a few days, there are times that you may not be able to return quickly. The safest place for your pet is with you. • If you are going to a hotel call ahead and make sure, in advance, that animals are welcome. Many hotels relax their policies during times of crisis, but don’t assume that this will be the case. For on line inforPAGE 14

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mation about pet-friendly hotels, check out,, or • If you are staying with friends or family, make sure that your pets are invited as well. If not, ask for recommendations of nearby veterinary hospitals or boarding kennels and make reservations in advance. • Be sure that your pets are upto-date on all vaccinations and bring proof of vaccinations with you. It is a good idea to ask your veterinarian now for a copy of your pet’s vaccination record. Keep this with your emergency kit. • If your pet is on medication, bring at least a two-week supply. • Identification of your pet is crucial! The ideal form of identification is a microchip or a tattoo. At minimum, your pet should have a tag with his name, your name, and you phone number on it. Pictures of your pet that capture identifying features are also a good idea.

WHAT TO BRING • Enough pet food for one week • Food bowl • Water bowl • Bottled water • Leash • Collar • Proof of vaccinations • Rabies tag • Portable kennel • Litter box and litter for cats • Trash bags for stool disposal • Newspaper or towels for crate lining • Heartworm preventative • Flea and tick protection • All medications • For exotic pets, bring their entire habitat, including heat lamps and extension cords Your pet’s kennel should be large enough for him to stand and turn around. Collapsible wire crates are best if your pets might be in a non-air conditioned environment for an extended period. Molded plastic airline-approved crates make for easier transport and are best for animals that don’t travel well in the car. People with special needs or people without transportation

who have pets should contact their parish emergency managers (e.g., the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness) ahead of time so that they can be registered for requiring special assistance in a disaster situation. You may need to contact the parish emergency manager via the parish sheriff’s office. For a list of parish emergency preparedness offices and contacts, go to the http://www.gohsep. If your pet requires medical care after-hours, you can bring your pet to the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital on Skip Bertman Drive; the hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and remains open even during disasters such as hurricanes. The number for the Small Animal Clinic is (225) 578-9600, and the number for the Large Animal Clinic is (225) 578-9500. Information about the school and the hospital can be found at TJN

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By Lauren de Albuquerque We’re so excited to learn that Lady, the Rat Terrier featured in last issue’s Adoption Corner, was adopted by a Jam reader just a few days after the issue came out! Hooray for Lady, and thank you to the wonderful folks who’ve made her part of their family. Remember, there are countless dogs and cats out there looking for forever homes. Check out this issue’s featured dog; go to Animal Control Services; contact the local rescue groups such as 4 Paws, Hobo Hotel, LA PAW Rescue, etc.; and give a sweet canine or feline creature a good home. You (and they) will be so glad you did! Speaking of rescuing pets, save the date for Oct. 8. That’s the day of Woofstock SWLA! This fun family event will be held on the grounds of the Lake Charles Civic Center. The Mutt Strutt and Blessing will be held at 10 a.m. Rescue Road, the “Flea–Less” Market, will open at 10:30, and you’ll enjoy live music and contests for the kids and their dogs. Booth space starts at $35. Sponsorship opportunities are available from $150-$1,000. Non-profit groups have a special booth space rate of just $10.

For details, contact Claire Whitlock–Skinner, LAPAW Rescue & TNR Group at or (316) 761-6158. For the third year in a row, Phil and I had the pleasure of hosting a movie night at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum as part of its Summer Film Series. This year, our choice was Albert Brooks’ Defending Your Life, which also stars Meryl Streep. Despite the rain, we had a good turnout and everyone loved the film—not to mention Susan Reed’s delicious homemade cucumber soup! The series continues every Thursday through Aug. 11. Don’t miss it! We enjoyed Gridiron 39 the other night at the Civic Center. That’s right— this was its 39th year! It was a fun evening filled with laughs and good food from various local restaurants. It was a pleasure to see our very own Jim Doyle up on stage, hamming it up as only he can ham it up! So glad he’s feeling better; we’re all rooting for him. Congrats to the cast and crew; looking forward to Gridiron 40. Erin Hebert is a talented young lady that we’re so proud of. The daughter of

Scot Hebert of Focal Point Media and his lovely wife Bea, Erin moved to New Orleans where she graduated from the University of New Orleans and opened a wonderful boutique there called Armoire. The fabulous clothes and accessories (including jewelry, scarves, purses, shoes—you name it) are whimsical, unique and shockingly inexpensive—there’s NOTHING over $100! She carries sizes 0-20, so there’s something for everyone. Erin had a trunk show here last week at her dad’s office on Kirby St. It was such a success that she’s hoping to come every month. Speaking of success, Armoire was featured in the June issue of Lucky magazine! How’s that for a business that’s not even a year old? Watch for the Lake Charles trunk show dates in upcoming issues of The Jam, and make sure you go to Armoire’s Facebook page for more information and photos. Thanks so much to the Garden Club of Lake Charles for giving The Jambalaya News office building the Landscaping of the Month Award! We’re so honored. Cheri Cowen, first vice president of the club, explained that the award is given to businesses

that keep their premises neat and litter-free. Since we’re pretty visible in the downtown area, we do our part to maintain our property. Glad it’s appreciated! Hope y’all are enjoying your summer. Keep cool and we’ll talk next time! TJN

Phil and Lauren with Tommy and Faye Drake at Gridiron 39.

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What’s Cookin’ It’s a Feast at Fausto’s Restaurant

It will be 30 years on August 5 that Fausto’s restaurant first opened its doors. In the early years, Fausto’s finger-licking good fried chicken put them on the map. “It made us!” said owner Fausto Mejia. Could it be the special 18-hour marinade liquid spicing process? You betcha! Fausto’s is also known for juicy hamburgers and seafood. Everything is cooked to order— and you can even purchase their special seafood mixture. They offer a clean casual environment with a good variety of food Mejia prides himself on customer satisfaction. “At Fausto’s, you won’t leave hungry, and


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you get your money’s worth!” he said. “And we offer free coffee and refills!” Fausto’s staffs over 200 employees among the various locations in DeQuincy, Moss Bluff, Iowa, Kinder, Coushatta, Merryville and in Buna and Hemphil, Texas. Hours vary location to location, but it’s fair to say they’re open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sun. seven days a week, except for major holidays. Most of the restaurants offer drive-thru, and phone orders are welcome. For more information, call the main location at (337) 786-7264, 905 East 4th Street in DeQuincy.

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Palta Rellena A favorite Fausto home recipe that the whole family enjoys together is a Peruvian dish called “Palta Rellena,” which is Spanish for “Stuffed Avocado.” INGREDIENTS • 3 medium peeled avocados • 1 cooked chicken breast • 3 boiled potatoes • 1-cup mayonnaise • Salt to taste • 1 boiled egg, lettuce leaves and sliced tomatoes for garnish

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PREPARATION Dice the chicken breast and peel and dice the potatoes. Mix the chicken, potatoes and mayo together. Peel and half the avocado lengthwise. Put lettuce leaf on plate, and lay avocado on top of the lettuce, filling it with the chicken, potato and mayo mixture. Add 1 tsp. mayo on top. Add ½ sliced egg on top, along with sliced tomatoes around the plate and on lettuce for color and garnish. Enjoy!


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When children are involved in bullying, it is important for parents to be willing to take action. Children often do not tell their parents that they are being bullied because they are embarrassed or frightened. If you suspect your child is being bullied or your child brings it up, consider these steps: • Talk with your child. Focus on your child. Express your concern and make it clear that you want to help. • Empathize with your child. Say bullying is wrong, that it is not their fault, and that you are glad they had the courage to tell you about it.

• Work together to find solutions. Ask your child what they think can be done to help. Reassure them that the situation can be handled privately. • Document ongoing bullying. Work with your child to keep a record of all bullying incidents. If it involves cyberbullying, keep a record of all messages or postings. • Help your child develop strategies and skills for handling bullying. Provide suggestions for ways to respond to bullying, and help your child gain confidence by rehearsing their responses.   • Be persistent.  Bullying may not be resolved overnight. • Stay vigilant to other possible problems that your child may be

Grace was recognized as "Distinguished Partners in Education" with Barbe High School by the Louisiana Department of Education in 2004. Focused on academic excellence, Grace Davison sponsors a program to recognize two teachers and two students from each class every month. The company also sponsors the speech/debate tournament. There’s also the Wheel of Excellence! Each six-week period that a student achieves honor or banner roll, the name is included in a drawing to spin the wheel of excellence. Each class has separate drawings. Those students whose names are drawn spin the wheel to win money ranging from $50 to $200! The partnership between Grace and Barbe is a long-term commitment. Barbe student organizations help with Grace's employee picnic, and many Barbe graduates are employed by Grace. The partnership is a "win-win!” Grace-Lake Charles has been certified as an OSHA VPP "Star" site since 2007. It manufactures catalysts used by oil refiners to produce gasoline and diesel fuels. Did you know that Grace-Lake Charles is the largest refining catalyst plant in the world?

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having. Some of the warning signs may be signs of other serious problems. Share your concerns with a counselor at your child’s school. WORKING WITH YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL Parents are often reluctant to report bullying to school officials, but bullying may not stop without the school’s help. Parents should never be afraid to call the school to report that their child is being bullied and ask for help to stop the bullying. • Know the school’s policies. Ask for a copy or check the student handbook to see whether your school has standards in place that will help resolve the situation. • Open the line of communication. Call or set up an appointment to talk with your child’s teacher or school counselor and establish a partnership to stop the bullying. • Get help for your child. Seek advice from your child’s guidance counselor or other schoolbased health professionals. They may be able to help your child cope with the stress of being bullied. • Commit to making the bullying stop. Talk regularly with your child and with school staff to see whether the bullying has stopped. You may need to seek an attorney’s help or contact local law enforcement officials if the bullying persists or escalates.

WHAT NOT TO DO • Never tell your child to ignore the bullying. What the child may “hear” is that you are going to ignore it. Be supportive and gather information. Often, trying to ignore bullying allows it to become more serious. • Do not blame your child for being bullied. Do not assume that your child did something to provoke it. • Do not encourage your child to harm the person who is bullying them. It could get your child hurt, suspended, or expelled. • Do not contact the parents of the students who bullied your child. It may make matters worse. School officials should contact the parents of the children involved. • Do not demand or expect a solution on the spot. Indicate you would like to follow up to determine the best course of action. Also, be aware that the law limits the ability of school personnel from revealing disciplinary actions taken against other students. Just because they cannot tell you if or how another student was disciplined, does not mean action was not taken. Important note: Did you know that schools that receive federal funding are obligated to address cases of bullying covered by federal civil rights law? Your case of bullying may be a civil rights violation. Read more at


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Steve Jordan, owner of LA Tank and Central Crude, shown with First Lady Supriya Jindal; Wayne Savoy, Superintendant of Schools; Jill Portie, Principal; and the staff of LeBleu Settlement Elementary.

LA Tank and Central Crude is proud to partner with LeBleu Settlement Elementary. Mr. Jordan was invited to attend the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon along with Louisiana’s First Lady, Supriya Jindal, who spoke at the luncheon and read to the kindergarten class.

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Children in large groups are breeding grounds for the organisms that cause illness. Here is a lineup of the top five infectious illnesses that keep kids home from school: Colds Children typically have six to ten colds a year and also tend to have more severe and longer lasting symptoms than do adults. The good news is that you or your child should be feeling better in about a week. If symptoms aren’t improving in that time, see the doctor to make sure your child doesn’t have a bacterial infection in the lungs, sinuses or ears. Stomach Flu The second most common childhood illness is gastroenteritis, more commonly known as the stomach flu. This illness can lead to dehydration. Signs and symptoms of dehydration include excessive thirst, dry mouth, severe weakness or lethargy, nausea or vomiting. Ear Infection Middle ear infections occur most often in babies and children between the ages of four months and five years. Most children have had at least one ear infection by the time they’re three years old. It can be difficult to distinguish between ear infections caused by bacteria and those caused by PAGE 20

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viruses. For most otherwise healthy kids over six months of age, watchful waiting is a reasonable choice for suspected ear infections. They often clear up without antibiotics. But this may not be the best option for every child. If your child has recurrent ear infections, hearing loss or other health conditions, your doctor may suggest antibiotics or ear tubes. Pink Eye Also known as conjunctivitis, it is an inflammation of the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inner surface of the eyelids. When caused by viruses or bacteria, it is highly contagious. Warm or cool compresses may ease your child’s discomfort. Signs and symptoms of pink eye include redness and or itchiness in one or both eyes, blurred vision and sensitivity to light, and tearing. Sore Throat Dry scratchiness and painful swallowing are the hallmarks of a sore throat, but it is most often a symptom of another illness – usually a viral infection such as a cold or the flu. Most sore throats usually go away on their own in a few days. Only a small portion of sore throats are the result of strep throat. Strep throat is most common in children between the ages of five and 15, but can affect people of all ages. Fevers above 101°F are common in strep throat, and swallowing can be so painful that your child may have difficulty eating. Antibiotics are required to combat strep throat. The single most important thing your children can do to prevent illness is to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently. Despite your best efforts, they will get sick – especially during their first few years of contact with larger groups of children. But a child’s immunity improves with time. School-age children gradually become less prone to common illnesses and recover more quickly from the diseases they do catch. Source: Federal Citizen Information Center


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Photos by Effects Photography by Erin With a struggling economy and many hospitals and medical clinics tightening their belts, patient care has more often than not become a lesser priority. It’s refreshing to see the exact opposite at Hope Therapy Center.  Right here in Lake Charles, we have a comprehensive outpatient clinic that still provides one-on-one care for physical, occupational or speech therapy for patients of all ages. And, the owners of this facility have taken it a step further. By investing in the expansion of their specialized therapy staff, their treatment space and their community programs, Hope Therapy Center is proving to be a clinic with patient care at the center of collective hearts. Hope Therapy Center was opened in 2008 by partners Sonya Brooks (speech-language pathologist) and Kim Anderson (physical therapist). Their shared idea behind this venture was to create a clinic that gives patients a customized treatment plan with evidence based approaches from a licensed therapist. In opening this clinic, they say they have “created the place where they have always wanted to work.” Investing in Patient Care Since the opening of Hope Therapy Center, the staff, treatment space and specialized therapy programs have all been expanded.   “Opening our own clinic allowed us to hand-pick those therapists who share our vision and our ethics,” Brooks said.  “And our goal is to continually challenge each other to try new and innovative approaches to treatment.”    This philosophy is truly reflected in the addition of new staff members Emery DeSonier (physical therapist), Kristin Mathis (physical therapist), Kelly Abate (speechBottom row, left to right: Cyndy Lirette, Administrative Assistant; Emery DeSonier, PT, DPT; Cindy Istre, Office Manager. Second row, left to right: Kelly Abate, MA, CCC-SLP; Mika Doucet, LOTR, MOT; 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. Volume 3 • Issue 9

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language pathologist), and Shannon Harper (speechlanguage pathologist), as well as, the retention of veteran staff member, Mika Doucet (occupational therapist), who has been with the company since its opening in 2008. Each therapist brings enthusiasm, skill, experience and education, which are vital in producing optimal outcomes for patients. Investing in Experienced and Enthusiastic Staff Physical therapist Emery DeSonier, a native of Lake Charles, has fostered a passion for working with the disabled all of her life. Living with a disabled sister and a physician father allowed for a large amount of exposure to the medical field. She channeled her passions into the field of physical therapy.  With a wide variety of experience (including pediatrics, wheelchair clinics, and neurological and vestibular training for adults), DeSonier has proved to be an excellent addition to the staff.   Physical therapist Kristin Mathis provides therapy for pediatrics.  “My mission is to provide children of all ages an opportunity to improve developmental skills, increase performance quality and achieve independence,” she said. This is evident in her work at Hope. She feels strongly about empowering parents by involving them in the treatment planning and process. Kelly Abate, also from Lake Charles, was an easy fit to the clinic. As a speech-language pathologist, she offers specialized programs for pediatrics and adults. Abate, who received her master’s degree in communication disorders from LSU in 2010, is thrilled that she’s able to follow her passion of working with children on a daily basis. “Seeing a child communicate their wants and needs, whether it’s verbal communication, augmentative communication, or something as simple as a gesture or eye-gaze, would have to be the most rewarding,” she said. Shannon Harper is a speech therapist with 14 years of experience. She relishes the opporPAGE 22

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tunities she has to help patients become more independent after they have had a stroke, an accident, or some other type of event in their life that has affected their speech.

Above: The Pediatric Gym with its castle and stairs is used as an interactive environment for the physical, occupational, and speech therapists to assist children to gain greater developmental skills in order to reach milestones. Mika Doucet, occupational therapist, on the bolster swing helping Sarah Carboni gain better trunk control.

Investing in Treatment Space As for the space at this clinic, you have to see it for yourself. Owners Brooks and Anderson have added a larger, specialized pediatric gym with individualized treatment rooms and a bigger open area, along with a new neuro-vestibular gym for balance training. New Pediatric Gym The pediatric gym was specifically designed to allow all disciplines (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy) to work with patients in a private setting, yet it also allows the opportunity for patients to interact with other children in the open gym area. “The pediatric gym has been an incredible addition,” Abate said. “It gives us so much flexibility! We have four private therapy rooms for individualized treatment sessions and an open gym area that allows time for interaction with other children who may be attending therapy.” The interaction aspect is important for children who are developing social skills and confidence in their communication ability. The main gym also has specialized equipment for each discipline that is charmingly housed in a “castle.” “All of the kids love the castle!” she said. “They all want to see the dragon that lives inside! Many times, the kids end up having so much fun in the gym that they forget we’re actually working.” New Neurological-Vestibular Gym For DeSonier, who specializes in balance and fall prevention, the space in the neuro-vestibular gym is an exciting addition. Volume 3 • Issue 9

The Balance Beam is used to give the patient moderate to advanced challenges to become more aware of the body moving in narrowed base of support.

“This area is able to replicate some of the issues that patients might be dealing with in their homes,” she said. “For instance, there might be an uneven terrain, which is similar to something the patient has inside their home, like carpet; or outside their home, like gravel, sand, pebbles, grass, etc. Or, there could be an area that has the patient reaching high and low. The space can be changed to accommodate for steps and obstacles to step over or around,” she said. DeSonier stated that a person’s ability to balance comes from a lot of different things. “For instance, from eyesight, the inner ear, proprioception (sense of where your body moves in space), disease or physical impairments.” she said. “Many people are able to compensate for a lack of balance by the use of their eyesight. If the room was dark or if their eyes were closed, their balance abilities may significantly change to be at risk for falls. An example would be if you got up in the middle of the night.” If a patient is unable to navigate their surroundings by “other” means using the inner ear to keep themselves upright, or proprioception to step over/around obstacles, they could have balance issues and fall. “That’s what we’re trying to prevent,” DeSonier said. “We work to retrain the brain to improve those systems, balance strategies and timing.” Investing in Community Programs Brooks and Anderson have made sure that Hope Therapy is on the cutting edge of the latest programs available for their patients. LSVT LOUD LSVT LOUD is a scientifically documented program for treating voice and speech disorders in patients with Parkinson’s disease, with applications to other neurological disorders. It focuses on improving vocal loudness and immediate carryover into daily communication with the end goal of maintaining and/or improving oral communication.   LSVT LOUD is an intensive therapeutic treatment consisting of 16 Volume 3 • Issue 9

individual, 60-minute sessions delivered in a one-month period. Research shows that 90 percent of patients improve vocal loudness from pre- to post-treatment. Additionally, 80 percent of these patients maintain improvements for up to two years post-treatment. And most important, all patients and family/caregivers report improvements in their ability to communicate.   It’s an exciting time for therapists to see this paradigm shift where exercise is medicine and having the research to prove it. Currently, Hope Therapy Center, partnering with Shannon Harper, is one of the only locations in Lake Charles to provide LSVT LOUD.    “The reality is, most of us take the ability to communicate for granted, until we can’t,” said Harper. “Communication is such an integral part of our daily lives. Every day, I am amazed and inspired by the determination and perseverance of my patients, their families and caregivers. I know these patients come to us for help, but I too walk away learning so much from each and every one of them. I go to work everyday loving what I do and feel extremely blessed to touch so many lives through communication.” The Hanen Program Brooks and Abate, who recently attended “The Hanen Program – It Takes Two to Talk,” are beyond excited and ready to share what they’ve learned, not only with the parents and families of Hope Therapy Center, but also the community. It Takes Two to Talk is a program designed for parents of children ages five and under who have been identified as having a language delay. “The goal of It Takes Two to Talk is to give parents strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their day together,” Abate said. What she likes about this program is that it caters to any language-delayed child, no matter their

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communicative stage. “Parents are given the chance to identify not only their child’s stage of communication, but their own communication style,” she said. “This step is critical because it gives parents the knowledge they need to understand what to expect from their child and how to respond and expand their child’s communicative attempt.” One of Abate’s favorite strategies taught is “OWL to Let Your Child Lead.” OWL stands for Observe, Wait, and Listen. “This is one of the first strategies taught during the parent training sessions and what I feel is the foundation of successful communication exchanges,” she explained. Children learn language best when they are allowed to lead a conversation about what interests them. By following your child’s lead, he is more likely to stay in the interaction longer, which allows more time for your child to practice and for you to give him the feedback he needs to build his communication skills. Abate and Brooks report that this program has been a valuable addition to their skill set. “We are interested in sharing what we’ve learned with our community. Not only does this program cater to individual families, but it gives these families opportunities to connect to other families around them who may be experiencing similar challenges.” Investing Wisely At Hope Therapy Center, the investment in the lives and care of their patients is obvious. From the experienced staff to the specialized treatment space, this amazing group of therapists has something for you. DeSonier finds it easy to sum up why Hope Therapy Center is a perfect fit for her and what she does. “The staff ’s style of practice, as well as, their philosophy in caring for the whole patient is the same as mine,” she said. “My work is tremendously satisfying. Whenever I see a


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light bulb go off for a patient and they just get it, it is incredibly rewarding. Watching them make such progress daily and reflecting on how far they have come is a wonderful feeling and it’s very exciting.” How to Get Started For those who may want to seek the services of Hope Therapy Center, the center’s staff has a few tips to help you get started: • You will need to obtain a prescription from a medical doctor in order to begin physical, occupational or speech therapy treatment. • Medical insurance generally covers physical, occupational and speech therapy treatment. However, each insurance plan is different. Check with your insurance carrier to determine coverage. Or, call the offices of Hope Therapy Center and the staff can assist you in determining your benefits. • Plan on arriving at the offices 15 minutes before the start of your appointment to complete your new patient paperwork, which includes information about your injury, current function and pain scale. • Bring along your physician’s referral, driver’s license, your insurance card (if applicable), your day planner to schedule appointments and wear comfortable clothes. If your child is being evaluated, please arrange for any siblings who are not being evaluated to be watched over by a sitter or family member as a parent’s input is invaluable to the therapist conducting the assessment. • Each patient will be evaluated by a licensed therapist. You can expect the appointment to take approximately one hour. Each patient’s situation is unique and your plan of care will be set up just for you. For more information on Hope Therapy Center and the services it offers, call (337) 478-5880, check out our Web site at or find us on Facebook!

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Hope Therapy Center is indeed a beacon of hope for patients who need the care and expertise of experienced therapists to make a huge difference in their lives. Founders and co-owners Kim Anderson and Sonya Brooks, along with their staff of therapists, strive to offer the very best treatment to their patients. Their advanced degrees and diligence in continuing education make Hope Therapy Center the place to go for physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Sonya Brooks, MA, CCC-SLP Co-owner Speech-language pathologist and co-owner of Hope Therapy, Sonya received dual bachelor’s degrees in 1995 in the fields of speech pathology and child life and family studies from Louisiana Tech University. She went on to attain a master’s degree in 1997 in the field of communication disorders from University of Louisiana: Monroe. Since graduation, she has maintained both ASHA and Louisiana certification. Since then, Sonya has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient rehab, home health, early childhood intervention, long-term acute care, skilled nursing facilities, and hospital acute care, and has served as clinical supervisor for graduate students entering the field of speech-language pathology. Her areas of interest are varied and reflected in her pursuit of continuing education and certification. She recently earned an ASHA ACE, which is awarded to those therapists with an exceptional commitment to continuing education. Advanced training and certifications include Hanen certification for the program “It Takes Two To Talk;” Beckman Oral MotorAssessment and Treatment; SCERTS comprehensive approach for autism spectrum disorders; orofacial mycology; VitalStim therapy and advanced VitalStim approaches; deep-pharyngeal neuromuscular stimulation for swallowing intervention; Jay Rosenbeck’s Treatment of Dysarthria and Apraxia of Speech; Michael Crary’s Treating Adult Dysphagia; myofascial release: Manual Techniques in Dysphagia Management; Blom-Singer Post-Laryngectomy and Voice Restoration Systems; and voice therapy and physiotherapy for the professional voice and vocal abuse disorders. She is certified to dispense Fluency Master. In addition to working with the patient, Sonya focuses on educating parents and caregivers on how to integrate and maximize skills in daily routines. She believes that therapy is a partnership and that caregivers are the primary advocates and educators for their loved ones. She emphasizes that “learning is not isolated to the therapy session and must continue in the home or natural setting.” In her time away from the clinic, Sonya and her husband Stacey enjoy traveling to the mountains and going to concerts. They also enjoy home improvement projects and seem to be constantly in the middle of one! Kim Anderson, PT, DPT Co-owner Kim feels fortunate to have found a profession that she absolutely loves. She began garnering experience in her chosen field while working as a physical therapy technician for almost four years while earning her undergraduate degree from University of Louisiana-Lafayette in general studies with a minor in psychology. She graduated from Volume 3 • Issue 9

massage therapy school while waiting for her PT graduate program to begin in order to develop her palpation skills. She then earned a doctorate in physical therapy in 2002 from University of St. Augustine, a school known for producing graduates with strong manual therapy skills. Upon graduating from PT school, she became rehab director for Physical Therapy Specialists of Baton Rouge, a clinic specializing in manual therapy. She then began working as a contract PT in order to attain experience in the multiple specialties available to physical therapists, such as treatment of children and working with patients in acute settings with neurological as well as orthopedic impairments. Kim has taken continuing education in the treatment of patients with stroke and Parkinson’s disease, advanced manual therapy practice, pediatric courses on functional play and NDT (neurodevelopmental technique,) kinesiotaping and treatment of disorders of the foot and shoulder. Kim has one dog, Zenzi, who is the most perfect shepherd mix puppy in the world. Kim is proud of her Cajun heritage and frequently boasts about being from Broussard. On any given weekend, Kim can usually be found on I-10 somewhere between Baton Rouge and Houston. Mika Doucet, LOTR, MOT Occupational Therapist Originally from Jennings, Mika realized that she wanted to become an OT in high school following a hospital tour of an impressive therapy department. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from McNeese State University, she completed the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at LSU Health Sciences Center. Further training was completed during intense rotations at an outpatient hand clinic, an outpatient neurological and orthopedic clinic, and at Shriner’s Pediatric Burn Center in Galveston. She went on to receive her National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy and her Louisiana state license. Her professional career began in Lafayette working in an inpatient facility, where she was able to gain experience in the acute care of patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics with orthopedic and neurological limitations. This provided her with the familiarity of a variety of practice areas including splinting, psychiatric evaluations and group treatment, rehab treatment, and intensive care therapy. While in Lafayette, she also spent time practicing in home health care and outpatient hand therapy. Some of her continuing education courses include: “Treating Autism: Putting the Puzzle Together,” “Acute Stroke,” “NDT Treatment of Adult Hemiplegia in Functional Weight Bearing Activities,” “Contextual Memory Test,”, and “Behavioral Inattention Test.” She is certified in Saebo Splinting and The Listening Program. As a therapist, her goal is to treat clients of all ages and skill levels with a holistic approach to maximize learning, development, and function. Since all treatment is age-appropriate, her pediatric OT treatment plans often involve JULY 28, 2011


play therapy to engage the individual in an environment suitable for learning and interacting while working on the development of cognitive, sensory or motor function. Outside of work, Mika likes to spend her time outdoors or in the kitchen. Kelly Abate, MA,CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist Kelly, a native of Lake Charles, earned her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from LSU in 2008. She continued her studies at LSU, obtaining her master’s degree in communication disorders in 2010. During graduate school, she had the opportunity to intern in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient rehab and early-childhood intervention. It wasn’t until her stay at a multi-disciplinary children’s clinic that she found her calling. After graduating, she searched for the perfect job, and low and behold, found what she was looking for in her hometown, Hope Therapy Center! She’s now working in a setting that addresses multiple disciplines—not only for children, but adults, too. Kelly truly enjoys helping others and making a difference in her patients’ lives. In her off time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with loved ones. Kristin Mathis, PT, DPT Physical Therapist Originally from Elton, Kristin has had a passion for working with children for as long as she can remember. She began working for a physical therapist in Jennings as a summer job when she was junior in high school. From there, she determined that pediatric physical therapy would be her direction of study. Kristin earned her undergraduate degree in exercise science from McNeese State University, continuing to work with a pediatric PT at a Lake Charles while going to school. She married in 2007, moving to Atlanta with her new husband two weeks later to earn her doctorate in physical therapy at Emory University. Son Grayson Michael was born two years later. Kristin graduated with honors from Emory in 2010 and promptly moved home to be closer to family. Kristin began working for Hope Therapy Center in August 2010. Her second child, Bryce Calvin, was born that December. Since her return from maternity leave, Kristin has been applying her acquired knowledge from six years of PT aide work and three years of school and clinical work to the children she is caring for. Her mission is to provide children of all ages an opportunity to improve developmental skills, increase performance quality, and achieve independence and comfortable living within the patient’s home, school, and community. She also feels strongly about empowering parents by involving them in the treatment planning and process. Kristin is enthusiastic to promote education and involvement of the community in the awareness of children’s special needs. Shannon Harper, MA, CCC-SLP Speech Therapist A Hoosier at heart, Shannon came to us from Indiana. She earned a dual degree in communication sciences and psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, and immediately went on to receive her master's in speech pathology from Louisiana Tech University. Following graduation, she and her husband, whom she met in Louisiana, returned to Indiana, where she gained over 13 years of experience as an SLP in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools and clinics. She also gained management experience as a rehab director for two years in a skilled nursing setting. Returning to Louisiana after 13 years helped her husband achieve a dream to work side-by-side with his father. Since moving to Lake Charles, Shannon has primarily worked as an independent contractor, but feels she may have found her niche at Hope Therapy Center. She has a thirst for knowledge spends many hours continuing her education. Although experienced with a variety of disorders and populations, Shannon has a specific interest in pediatric feeding issues, Downs Syndrome, Craniofacial Syndromes and Parkinson's disease. She is certified to provide VitalStim Therapy and is one of a handful of therapists in SWLA certified to provide LSVT LOUD. As a busy mother of four, Shannon is always striving to find the perfect balance between work and family. She feels that her experience as a mother gives her a unique perspective and is by far the most valuable she's earned to date. It's given her the ability to relate to families on a more personal level and see things PAGE 26

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through the eyes of a parent...not just as a therapist. When not at work, you can usually find her volunteering at her children's schools or fulfilling duties as "mom's taxi service.” At the end of the day, Shannon feels blessed to have an amazing family and a profession she loves. Emery DeSonier, PT, DPT Physical Therapist Emery grew up in Lake Charles. She graduated cum laude from Spring Hill College in Mobile with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and then went on to pursue her interest in physical therapy at Creighton University in Omaha. Emery finished with a doctor of physical therapy degree as Creighton was the first university in the country to train therapists at the doctorate level. She returned to Lake Charles in 2001, working under the mentorship of a veteran PT in the field of pediatrics and adult neurological care in an outpatient, private practice setting. To further advance her skills, Emery moved to Houston to work for Texas Children’s Hospital outpatient centers. She worked alongside a large multi-disciplinary staff of PT, OT, speech therapists, audiologists, and physicians in their specialty clinics for sports, serial casting, and the seating, mobility/wheelchair clinic, gaining further skills. Emery then took her knowledge to the Tuomey Hospital system in Sumter, South Carolina. She worked with the ENT practice in town, developing a vestibular rehabilitation program and providing comprehensive physical therapy for both pediatrics and adults, with specialized focus on those adults with neurological deficits. She returned to Louisiana to work for The NeuroMedical Center of Baton Rouge, getting their outpatient clinic in Gonzales up and running. There, she was able to utilize all the skills from her earlier training and settings to be the solo physical therapist on site, providing care for children to adults in the rehabilitation of orthopedic, vestibular, neurological, post-operative spine and joint repair diagnoses. The reputation of Hope Therapy Center enticdd Emery to move back to the Lake Area to join their practice. Through her career, patient-centered care has been her focus with an emphasis on education of the patient and family. The more the patient knows about their rehab, the more they will participate with good quality of movement, having a better outcome and success. Emery was pleased to find such a match in Hope Therapy Center. Emery is excited to have returned to her hometown bringing with her the treasures of great knowledge and treatment ideas that she learned from her time away. She is looking forward to helping those in need with balance and vestibular, neurological, spine and joint repair issues. Cindy Istre Office Manager Cindy has been working in the medical field for over 18 years in a variety of settings; specifically working with insurance and billing for 15 of those years. As office manager at Hope Therapy Center, she enjoys everyone she works with and getting to know the patients and their families—and especially seeing the success of our patients. In her time away from the office, Cindy spends time with her husband David and their children Amber and Colin. She enjoys watching her daughter perform as a McNeese Cowgirl Kicker and her son playing soccer for Sulphur High school. Her dog Diamond, bring many laughs to their home and to the clinic. Cyndy Lirette Administrative Assistant Cyndy has over 35 years experience in the medical field in a variety of office settings. She has worked with insurance and billing since 2003. Cyndy enjoys spending time with her husband Wayne, her three children, six grandchildren and two granddogs. TJN

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In spite of the recession, the city across the bridge is holding steady on its course. The unemployment rate is below the national average, and the West Calcasieu Association of Commerce has increased its membership to 232 members and just launched a new campaign called “Think Positive. Be Positive.” To top it off, 17 new businesses opened in June alone, and the West Calcasieu Business Center recently celebrated its grand opening. Not bad at all. Located in the old Sulphur City Hall at 500 North Huntington Street, the Business Center is now home to satellite offices of the Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court and Calcasieu Parish Registrar of Voters, as well as the headquarters for the West Calcasieu Association of Commerce (WCAC). Sulphur residents will be happy to learn that they will be able to do just about everything they used to do at the Clerk of Court in Lake Charles in a convenient location near home. The office also boasts a drive-through window, which may the first of its kind in the state, according to Clerk of Courts Lynn Jones. Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan indicated that the building benefits not only West Cal, but is open to all. He hopes that other government agencies in the Lake Area contemplating expansion will want to put satellite offices in Sulphur. “Just give us a call,” he said. “We have more office space available.” The West Calcasieu Association of Commerce is excited about the new office at the Business Center. Now that they’ve grown, the space will be able to grow along with them. Office hours are Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. TJN


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WCAC President Brian Levens, Executive Director Anne Dronet and Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan.

West Calcasieu Association of Commerce just launched a new campaign called “Think Positive. Be Positive.” WCAC board member and local attorney Maurice Tynes initiated the idea of this campaign. “Attitudes by the economic community can cause a chain reaction with economic growth. We want to encourage people to shop locally and support our businesses in West Calcasieu and throughout Southwest Louisiana,” he explained. According to Brian Levens, president of WCAC, “Southwest Louisiana has much to be proud of: our strong community spirit, our diverse economy, and our natural resources. West Calcasieu has decided to take the lead on encouraging area businesses and residents to take note of all that we have by cultivating a positive mindset.”

The new campaign was officially launched at the beginning of July. Levens encourages all businesses to support it by displaying the “Think Positive. Be Positive.” material at their locations. “We’re excited about this new campaign,” Levens said. “We have some material in, such as bumper stickers and window clings, and we’ll work with businesses on ordering more for their offices. We’ve received overwhelming support from the businesses and residents we’ve talked to, and we look for this to become the first wave of a statewide initiative about the positive things in Louisiana.” TJN

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Business Health Partners

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to your business location to train your employees. BHP is also a primary training provider through the Incumbent Worker Training Program, and can provide training, through a grant, to all eligible companies. Coming in summer 2011, we will offer the National Registry Basic EMT Course, along with computer-based training to better fit the needs of our mobile workforce. Staff: Clinical Manager, Bryan Hollingsworth; Training Manager, Stacy Byrd; Business Manager, David Drumwright, ; Training and Grant Coordinator, Erin Davison; Jack Drumwright, MD; Bonnie Drumwright, MD.

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This is a great idea! At Double G Beverage Barn Convenience Store, you never have to leave your car to get what you need. The founder, Greg Jordan, decided to open the Double G Barn in October 2007, because there was no other business like it in the area, and he knew people would love the convenience. “Our business is unique in that we are the only drive-thru convenience store in the area,” Greg said. “Our business philosophy is to provide friendly, convenient service with a smile, and to make our customers feel welcome and want to come back.” The business continues to grow, change, and improve. Neal Coddington and Theresa Bell joined Greg and Paula Jordan as new partners in 2011. “We appreciate our customers, and are always tweaking things to improve our service based on their suggestions. We’re always talking to our customers, and we try to accommodate requests for merchandise that we don’t carry…yet. “We open at 5 a.m. during the week and 6 a.m. on weekends. Parents love being able to get milk, bread, eggs and other staples without having to leave their car and get the kids into and out of the grocery store with them.” “Our staff takes your order and hands you the merchandise with-

out you ever having to leave your vehicle. And, you get a free bag of ice with the purchase of a 12-pack. We’ll even put the ice in your ice chest if you’d like.” Got a late night craving for something? We stock all the convenience store items, plus a little more. Fountain drinks, Icees, sweet tea, breakfast and lunch items, milk, eggs, soda, energy drinks, hot coffee, cappuccino, iced coffee, candy, gum, chips, nachos and other snacks. “We have the coldest beer in town”, Neal said. “We keep our cooler set at 34 degrees. We have a large variety of domestic and imported beers, wines and spirits— and Louisiana Lottery and Powerball!” “Doing business in Sulphur is a pleasure.” Greg said. “People are so very nice and supportive The sense of community in Sulphur is overwhelming.” “Sno to Geaux is now open!” Theresa said. “It’s located behind the Barn, and you can drive thru, or walk up. We feature New Orleans-Style snow cones in five sizes with over 65 flavors, including standard favorites, sours and sugar-free.” What’s not to love? Through August, bring this copy of The Jambalaya News with you and when you buy a fountain drink, ICEE or Snow Cone, you get the second one free! Double G Beverage Barn and Sno to Geaux are located at 3920, Highway 27 South, in Sulphur. (337) 583-TOGO Follow us on Facebook.


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Michael’s Flowers

At Ken Conner’s “We are Service Driven!!!”

Sandy LaFleur purchased Michael’s Flowers and Gifts in February of 2011. The original staff included a licensed florist and two exceptional floral designers. LaFleur was able to bring additional creative and artistic abilities, as well as 15 years of business experience to the business. The combined staff has 40 years of floral design experience. “The reputation of the original owners was a big factor in my decision to purchase Michael’s Flowers and Gifts,” she said.

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Our goals are to bring the freshest, most beautifully arranged flowers possible to our customers, advance in the industry with creative and inspiring ideas, offer efficient and hassle-free delivery while bringing a smile to others, and provide larger selection of home and gift items that reflect what the local market is looking for. Michael’s Flowers, 1301 E. Napoleon St., Sulphur, LA 70663 (337) 527-6381, Fax (337) 528-6837, Open Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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Founded by George Misse, Misse’s Grocery opened its doors in 1935, and has been a staple in the Sulphur community ever since. David Misse is proud to offer shoppers the traditional smalltown grocery store experience, along with mouth-watering surprises, such as homemade kibbie, stuffed pork chops, stuffed chicken breasts, bacon-wrapped chicken thighs and more! Each week, Misse’s offers a variety of meat deals and will cut steaks to order.


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In addition, Misse’s offers catering for up to 400 people. Planning a get-together? Call for their catering menu, which includes brisket and pork jambalaya. And remember, special orders are always available. During the Mardi Gras season, Misse’s offers a variety of king cakes for pick up or shipping. The most popular ones are: • Traditional with homemade cream cheese • Zulu with chocolate icing • Peanut Butter with caramel icing Misse’s Grocery and Deli, 106 E. Lincoln Street, Sulphur, open seven days a week from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (337) 527-6924.

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The Baby Cottage Children’s Consignment and Gift Shop

Consignment stores are a popular destination for shoppers looking for a bargain. The Baby Cottage in Sulphur is just such a destination— and it’s not just for babies! Offering clothing from infant to 16 years, new inventory is put out daily. Consignments are reduced by 30 percent every 60 days, so there’s always a sale rack filled with markdowns. The store has been in business for eight years. Beverle and Joe Machulski took over three years ago—their first business venture. “God opened a door and we took

a leap of faith,” Beverle said. “With the economy the way it is, we wanted to help people get quality, like-new merchandise at a fair price. We enjoy owning our own business.  I always feel like I’m welcoming people into my home when they shop here.” The store only takes in gently used, like-new or new merchandise. They carry in-stock name-brand clothing, maternity clothes, Jon-Jons, shoes, gift items and new jewelry for babies, teen and moms. Look for their huge selection of hair accessories, flowers and more. The staff is eager to assist you. Consignments are accepted by appointment by calling (337) 6266020. Large items are accepted anytime. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The store is located at 2304 A&B Maplewood Drive in Sulphur. Look for the lime-green building!

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Summer in Southwest Louisiana never fails to deliver rising temperatures combined with soaring humidity. As much as we all love spending time in the great outdoors, Dr. David Heinen, family physician with The Clinic’s Urgent Care Center in Lake Charles, says it’s important to be aware of the risk of heat illness. “Your body is designed to cool itself when overheated. Typically, the heat is lost through the evaporation of sweat and other means,” he explains. “However, in climates like ours with high humidity, this evaporation does not occur. As a result, your body function is affected. Blood is diverted from the muscles to the skin, blood volume is reduced, and water and electrolytes are lost in the sweat.” Other physiological changes may also occur, causing hyperthermia, which is a sharp rise in body temperature that can trigger heatrelated illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Dr. Heinen says this risk increases most when the relative humidity exceeds 65 percent. Heat exhaustion is best treated by moving the person from the hot environment to a cooler, well-ventilated area. The victim’s temperature should be lowered by drinking ice water, removing unnecessary clothing and placing ice packs or iced towels on the body. Heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke if not treated. Heat stroke is the most serious of heat illnesses and occurs when body temperature is 104°F or higher. Dr. Heinen says the classic signs are sluggishness, confusion, and hot, dry skin.

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“These signs are not always present,” he said. “Heat stroke can occur without warning and can damage vital organs, such as the liver, kidneys and brain. Immediate medical attention should be obtained for anyone suspected of suffering from heat stroke, with body cooling techniques beginning immediately.” He says one of the best things you can do when exercising on a hot, humid day is drink plenty of water to replace the fluids lost from sweating. “Dehydration is not to be taken lightly,” Dr. Heinen stressed. “A mere three percent loss of body weight from dehydration has been shown to significantly reduce muscle endurance. As little as four percent can significantly reduce muscle strength. And contrary to advertising claims, water is just as beneficial as sports drinks

for activities lasting 90 minutes or less, but for some people, the flavor of sports drinks entices them to drink more. It’s also important to not count on thirst to be your guideline. The thirst mechanism always underestimates fluid loss.” Don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to be out in the sun to be at risk of heat illness. Dr. Heinen says heat, not sunlight, is the danger to avoid. He offers these additional suggestions: • Wear loose-fitting, loosely-woven, lightcolored clothing. Dark colors attract heat, and tightly woven clothes don’t allow your skin to breathe. • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat or using an umbrella. • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. • Drink plenty of water before starting an outdoor activity. Drink extra water all day. Drink fewer beverages that contain caffeine (such as tea, coffee and cola) or alcohol. • During an outdoor activity, take frequent breaks. Drink water or other fluids every 15 to 20 minutes, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you have clear, pale urine, you are probably drinking enough fluids. • If you have a chronic medical problem, ask your doctor about how to deal with the heat, about drinking extra fluids and about how your medications might be affected by the heat. • Schedule outdoor activities during cooler periods of the day (morning and evening), seek out shade, and schedule regular rest breaks during any activity that lasts longer than one hour. The Clinic’s Urgent Care Centers are locally owned and operated in Lake Charles and Moss Bluff. They offer extended weekday hours and are open on weekends. No appointment is required. Call 310-CARE for more information. TJN

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Image Coach/Fashion Advisor Karla E. Tullos, CIC

This month, The Jambalaya News presents Erin Moore Miller as the winner of the Summer Spice Up Your Look Makeover! Erin, 40, is a paralegal with three children ages 15, 12 and 8. Seriously overweight, she took a leap of faith several years ago, hopped on a spin bike at Allie’s Project Fit and the rest is history! Now, 103 pounds leaner, Erin was nominated for the makeover by her friends at Project Fit. (“Erin is an inspiration to those of us who are overweight and miserable!” said one of them.) She could use a new look and some tips from the pros to show off her new figure and feel her best!

MAKEOVER SPONSORS BIENVENUE AESTHETICS Esthetician Venisa Prudhomme treated Erin to a microdermabrasion facial and an application of age-defying Being True cosmetics, which make you truly look younger! “This facial was amazing! Who doesn’t love being pampered?” Erin exclaimed. “I felt as though I was glowing after the treatment and had a fresh, healthy look. After my facial, Venisa applied a light application of Being True agedefying makeup. When I got back to the office, everyone was ooh-ing and aah-ing. I definitely will recommend a dermabrasion facial with Venisa to my friends. I know I’ll be back!” PAGE 38

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ALLIE’S PROJECT FIT Owner Allie Ieyoub continues to challenge and motivate Erin daily at 4:45 a.m. She has coached her through spin class, weight training, running to build speed and endurance, her first 5k run, and last but not least, Allie’s Boot Camps! “Allie sponsored a “Biggest Loser” contest among her clients,” Erin said. “Although I didn’t win, it brought out the competitor in me! Exercise keeps me motivated to make good choices. I went from a 10-year fat girl to an athlete— who does that? It’s obtainable with Allie’s motivation, dedication and devotion to help her clients get healthier and happier!” Left: Allie and Erin at the Louisiana Sports Festival and Game Day. Right: Erin exercising at Allie’s Project Fit.

SALON W Stylist Santana LeJeune takes one look at Erin’s face and knows just the cut! Bangs to draw attention to her eyes, layers around her face to accent bone structure and a warm brown PM shine with red undertone to compliment her complexion. Wow! Esthetician Sarah Girot waves her magic wand. With a few strokes of Bare Minerals makeup and application 101, Erin’s looking like a model! “I was treated like a star!” Erin said. “They were all friendly and genuinely happy for me! When Santana turned me around to see my hair, I couldn’t believe that was me! Then, I was given the model treatment by Sarah. She applied my makeup and left me speechless. I walked out of there with a spring in my step feeling like I had all of the confidence in the world. Salon W has a new client!”

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PURE FOODS AND HEALTH Educator Shively Lampson invited Erin to join “The 10 Commandments of Health,” a health education and cooking class that teaches vital principles for a life of health and healing. “I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome I received by the class,” Erin said. “I’m newly motivated. Incorporating more raw fruits and vegetables into my diet…the benefits are amazing! The cooking class was fun, interesting and those miracle noodles are on my list! Imagine calorie-free pasta that tastes delicious, and that fresh black bean dip—oh my gosh! Shively can serve it up right. She’s so passionate about changing people’s lives!”


DONNA’S LINGERIE AND SWIMWEAR Owner Donna Mier, CMF, is a 29-year veteran in her field. Erin experienced firsthand the difference a custom bra and swimwear fitting can make, especially after weight loss! “Donna and her staff were super friendly and helpful, and she carries above-average, quality [items]!” Erin said. “I normally hate swimsuit shopping and leave emptyhanded but not today—I liked several. I will tell my friends to shop Donna’s. She definitely has a new customer. I can’t believe what a difference a good foundation makes. I look slimmer! Volume 3 • Issue 9

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Wanted: Dead or Alive and The Blob, came to Lake Charles to help open a bowling alley. Bowlarena, later to be known as Sports Center USA, opened on Highway 14 at the height of the bowling craze in America. As the newest bowling center in Lake Charles, Bowlarena was equipped with the most modern technology, like automatic pinsetters and ball returns. In addition, it was believed to be the only bowling alley in the world with an indoor shooting range, the walls and ceilings of which were

steel-plated. It was a veritable palace of cool. It was this feature that brought the future king McQueen to Lake Charles more than the polished and oiled bowling lanes. For eight hours that day, McQueen put on a shooting exhibition with his “Mare’s Leg,” a sawed-off Winchester rifle like the one his Wanted character Josh Randall used, met and greeted fans, signed autographs, and even did a little bowling. To be sure, in 1959, this was a major event in Lake Charles. How major? The Lake Charles American Press

devoted eight entire pages of the July 11, 1959 edition to the opening of Bowlarena, including a profile of its staff from the manager down to the pinsetter mechanic (also, the pinsetters themselves, state-of-the-art at the time, garnered a three-column story), an editorial (loftily entitled “What Makes a Man a Bowler”), and bowling news in general. Eight pages. Today the LCAP can barely put together eight pages in the entire Sunday sports section, and that’s including major local sports interests like NFL football and McNeese athletics; to devote eight pages today to a relatively minor sport like bowling would, to them, be ludicrous.

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Petro Bowl, which opened in 1984 as the newest and most state-of-the-art center in Southwest Louisiana, didn’t even garner half a page of coverage. Of course, you could argue that such a fuss over a new bowling alley was a product of the times. At the time it was built, bowling played an integral part in American culture and Bowlarena served a crucial function in the development of the Greinwich area of East Lake Charles. The subdivisions being built at the same time as the bowling alley, Greinwich Terrance and Greinwich Village, were meant to cater to airmen working at the nearby Chennault Air Force Base. While schools, parks, Little League fields and shopping centers were being built, the folks living in the neighborhood needed someplace to gather and socialize. Bowlarena became that place. Later, Bowlarena/Sports Center would host countless city tournaments (I bowled in several there as a youth bowler) and the first-ever high school varsity bowling match in Calcasieu Parish. But in the 50-plus years since it was built, Bowlarena weathered tough times not only economically, but socially as well. The recession of the past couple of years has taken its toll on nearly all businesses, especially ones in the entertainment and recreation industries. Bowling is an activity that some families used to be able to afford but, for whatever reason, can no longer fit into their budgets. Bowlarena was bought in 1995 by a company based in Mandeville and the new owners changed the name to Sports Center USA. That company, which owns several other bowling centers in the New Orleans area, made the decision to close Sports Center. My guess is that closing Sports Center lowers the company’s overhead and allows it to focus on its more local centers; it’s a case of wrong place, wrong time for the Lake Charles facility. Social changes also helped contribute to Sports Center’s demise. Property values in the neighborhood lowered as homes aged, bringing in a more ethnically diverse and working class population to the Oak Park and Greinwich neighborhoods. More middle and upper class whites, families who had moved to the neighborhood as it was being formed in the late 1950s, moved farther south. And, as more and more of the city’s population began migrating further south, those bowlers among them shifted their business to the Volume 3 • Issue 9

newer and closer Petro Bowl. Unlike Petro Bowl, you still had to keep your own score, with pencil and paper, at Sports Center well into the 1990s. In addition, as the neighborhood surrounding Sports Center USA changed demographically, many folks stayed away from the bowling alley because of perceived and mostly unfounded safety concerns. Some in the community began derisively referring to Sports Center as “ghetto bowl,” further marginalizing what was once the jewel of the neighborhood. In the end, the combination of the

economic downturn and social change in the city proved too much for the venerable old establishment. Sports Center closed, quietly, in midMay; the property, once something this city could be proud of, is now blighted by boarded-up windows and brown, sagging palm trees. It took the local media, me included, almost two months to discover that the bowling alley had closed. It was a sad, ironic end to a venerable Lake Charles institution that opened with such fanfare —-and gunfire—-all those years ago.

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


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By Mary Louise Ruehr

Thrillers Add Chills to Summer Reading I found three different kinds of thrillers that provide plenty of action to heat up your summer: a “find the ancient relic” story; a “save the world” adventure; and a “what really happened?” psychological whodunit. The Vault by Boyd Morrison takes off right from page one, with the robbery of an auction house in London. Among the valuables stolen is an ancient document written by Archimedes that purports to lead to the riches of Midas. Remember Midas? The legendary king who was

granted the ability to touch anything and it would turn to gold? That’s the guy. So the premise here is that he and his…shall we say…“talent” or magical power really existed, and the greedy antagonist of our story is after the gold Midas left behind — as well as the talent, the Golden Touch itself. (I know what you’re thinking — Come on, the Midas Touch? Well, don’t be so quick to dismiss the possibility. Morrison brings in a potential scientific explanation.)

So Greedy Gus (the bad guy’s name is really Jordan Orr) forces a couple of very likable characters in Seattle — mechanical engineer Tyler Locke and classical languages expert Stacy Benedict — to do his bidding, dismantling bombs, solving puzzles and unlocking ancient clues (à la The Da Vinci Code, of which this reminds me) to the location of said Midas Touch. Oh, and they have only four days in which to do this, racing across a couple of continents by means of various methods of transport and employing engineering instruments, both ancient and high tech, as well as good old human instinct. This is part of the Tyler Locke series, but it stands alone just fine. I don’t want to tell you too much, because the surprises are so darn much fun. The characters play well off each other. The plot just explodes off the page, then flies with the twists and turns of a roller coaster. It was a great ride. PAGE 42

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The Devil Colony by James Rollins is a title in the Sigma Force series, but it also definitely stands on its own. It has a truly unique premise and is filled with fascinating ideas — many of which are true, or at least true legends. Two boys explore a hidden cave in Utah and find evidence that a mass suicide took place there, eons ago. But their discovery leads to catastrophe when an explosion not only buries the cave but also begins a geological chain reaction around the globe. So the Sigma team has to travel to several sites of impending disasters, trying to beat the members of the Guild — a nasty, power-hungry bunch bent on something like world domination — and prevent the end of the world, no less. And, of course, time is limited. The fast-moving plot involves Native American folklore, secrets of U.S. history, the Book of Mormon, geology, high-tech prosthetics and nanotechnology. Whew! How can all these elements possibly be related? Were the bodies in the cave part of a secret lost colony of the Americas? What did the Founding Fathers know about it? How can scientists prevent a global disaster that was predicted in ancient legend? Yeah, I had a good time! Long Gone by Alafair Burke is a book that makes the reader think. Then it makes you question what you’re thinking. Our relatable protagonist is Alice Humphrey, 37, who lost her job at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art about eight months ago. Right about the time she’s getting pretty desperate to find a new gig, she meets Volume 3 • Issue 9

a nice guy at a gallery opening, who mentions that he may be able to fix her up with someone who needs a manager for a new art gallery. Hey, what could be better? It all works out! But the “art” in the gallery is awesomely awful — possibly even illegal — and is so offensive that people are protesting in the streets. Then — oops — a guy is found dead, and our little Alice is the one the police finger for the murder. Meanwhile, a high school girl has disappeared, and we aren’t sure whether she’s been kidnapped or she’s run away on her own. An FBI agent is tracking the dude who killed his sister. Alice’s brother is arrested for drug possession. Where’s the reclusive artist who created the paintings in the gallery? And who’s pulling the purse strings? So, how in the name of Zygmunt Miloszewski are all these people related? Ah, wait and see! The story involves murder, rape, pornography, betrayal,

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addiction, family and identity. The pace of this thriller is different; the writing flows in natural rhythms and makes the reader keep turning the pages. It actually reminds me of Lisa Scottoline’s writing. The complex story line had one or two threads I was able to figure out, some that surprised me, and a couple that just

dropped off a cliff. The main story grabbed me from the beginning and had me sympathizing with Alice and her frustrating plight. Who did what to whom? Let the guessing begin! Copyright © 2011 by Mary Louise Ruehr.


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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Warner Brothers, 2011) What can I tell you that you haven’t already heard? The public frenzy over Harry Potter is, well, frenetic. It’s the end of an era, etc., etc. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, everything in the whole series gets resolved - sort of. Quite frankly, there are so many characters and so many subplots in the series that a field guide to Harry Potter may be in order, if it hasn’t already appeared. Hallows 2 manages to deal with Horcruxes, Hogwarts, Voldemort, and of course, Professor Snape. The movie begins where Part 1 left off. Harry still needs to find several Horcruxes, those objects that contain

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pieces of Lord Voldemort’s soul. Part of his plan is to break into Gringott’s Vaults, the goblin bank where respectable wizards store their gold and valuables. Harry is looking for a Horcrux that may be hiding there. Eventually, we find ourselves back at Hogwarts School, where Harry is seeking other Horcruxes. Reunited with his friends, he begins his search just as Voldemort arrives. The Dark Lord lays siege to the school and the battle for Hogwarts commences. Hallows 2 is a dark and dreary film. Much of the action takes place at night. Even in daytime, a pall fills the air, as Hogwarts is slowly reduced to rubble. The few bright points in the movie include Harry himself, especially when he joins all the students at Hogwarts. For just a few moments, the dreary music changes to the original theme that we heard in the earliest episodes of the series. Another excellent touch is a bit of humor here and there: at one point, Harry and Ron are saving Draco Malfoy and his two friends, right after the three were trying to burn our heroes alive. Ron shouts out: “Harry,

if we die saving their lives, I’m going to kill you!” The excellent supporting cast and involved story lead to several remarkable scenes. Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, the bad guy whom we all wonder about, delivers his role in the best Shakespearean style. Even Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) makes an appearance from beyond the grave. But the best acting of all in Hallows 2 is that of Ralph Fiennes as Lord Moldevort. He’s always been serious and dark in the previous movies. This time around, he finds a reason to smile, and I have not seen anything scarier than that smile in a very long time. Harry Potter is an unusual fictional series: Millions of fans have followed the books and already know how things end up. Millions more have stuck to the movie version, and for them, the ending is a twisting plot right up to the end. I think that both groups of fans will be satisfied, especially because Hallows 2 leaves us with the feeling that Hogwarts is still out there somewhere, and will always be there for generations of wizards to come.

Even so, the violence is pretty intense, and I caution parents to find a sitter for their infants and very young children. Some of the characters we’ve seen in the previous films die at the hands of Voldemort and his Death Eaters. For you language police, there’s a scene where Molly Weasley calls Bellatrix a bitch. (Surely she meant to say witch. Or did she?) All that being said, Hallows 2 successfully caps off what must be called a classic children’s series. Even us mature children will learn a thing or two about life and death (and life) in this last installment. Long live Hogwarts! TJN

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CAJUN MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVAL It’s easy to see why the Cajun Music Festival was voted a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event. Talk about passing a good time at the Burton Coliseum! Mmm…Mmm! The crowd enjoyed finger-licking good jambalaya, gumbo, cracklins, boudin, and etouffee; Arts & crafts booths; cake walks; prizes and a silent auction. Last but not least, for those fast-moving feet, Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie, Ellis Vanicor & Lacassine Playboys, and Briggs Brown & Bayou Cajuns kept the good times a-rockin’! !

Tush Walter, Renola Simon and Missy Walter

Crystal Duhon, Keegan Rivera, Stacey Chapman

Amy Reeves and Jilliyan Bagget

Misti King and Chrissie Gubancsik

Suzanne and Kellan May with Mae Simon

Jaxon, Erin and Millie LaFosse

Kendee Autlgement and Mark Rozas

OPENING NIGHT ART RECEPTIONS IN SULPHUR Double-feature receptions were held at the Cultural Henning Center and the Brimstone Museum in Sulphur. The Calcasieu Parish’s “Artisan’s Gallery” masterworks included paintings, stained glass, photography, ceramics and other media by area artists. Next door, the Brimstone Museum offered a unique quilt exhibit by the “Calcasieu Cut-Ups” from Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. Food and beverage were a part of this delightful evening. These wonderful exhibits will remain on display through Aug. 4. Taylor Kaough and Brian Prudhomme PAGE 46

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LAKE CHARLES SYMPHONY SUMMER POPS No sleeping here as the Lake Charles Symphony and First Federal Bank presented the six-time Grammy award-winning western-swing band “Asleep at the Wheel.” Ain’t their first rodeo (try 41 years of entertainment!) so the young and old folks over at the Lake Charles Civic Center were in for something really special! Master of Ceremonies Brandon Martin of KYKZ 96, symphony conductor Bohuslav Rattay, and the band’s reinvention had this crowd dancing in the aisles! Hats off to a grand evening! Caroline Harrington and Ashly Fruge

Noel Grove and Hannah Guillory

Grace Anne Lacombe, Gabrielle Saucier, Anna Belle Bang, and Julia Basone

Ashley Eaves and Addie Saucier

Willie Mount, Ruth Uncle, Nancy Burleigh and Cissie McLeod

Barbara Swan, Cassie Price, Beverly Schalon andd Linda Dalgleish

Bill Schwarzauer and Mark Broussard

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THIRTY-NINTH ANNUAL GRIDIRON SHOW Did you hear the news? The Downtown Development Authority got the dubious honor of being “panned” at the Ad & Press Club’s 39th Gridiron Show, held at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Doors opened at 6 for a social hour where guests wined and dined on specialties served up by local restaurants and vendors. Under the brilliant direction of Brett Downer, the Ad and Press Club members kept the audience in stitches with videos, skits, songs and monologues, which they wrote and staged themselves! On behalf of the MSU and Sowela students, a big shout out is in order to the wonderful audience; your continued support provides scholarships to these schools. See you next year for the “Big 40!” TJN Wendy and Brandon Aguillard

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ICM’S SUMMER FILM SERIES Once again, it’s time for the Imperial Calcasieu Museum’s annual Summer Film Series, so mark your calendars! 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. • 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. • North By Northwest (1959) Aug. 4 - 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Brett Downer North by Northwest is a 1959 American thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason. It’s a tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organization who want to stop his interference in their plans to smuggle out microfilm containing government secrets. • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009) Aug. 11 - 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Sharon Nichols A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets, while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson’s successful trilogy of books.

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MARSHLAND FESTIVAL JULY 29-30 Southwest Louisiana is known for flavorful fare and hot music and this festival will give you a taste of both. Live music, begins at 6 p.m. on Fri., July 29, ending at midnight. On Sat., July 30, the music will begin at noon and go through the day, ending at midnight. Music isn’t all that goes on during the Marshland Festival; there will be a business expo, arts and crafts for sale, activities for the kids and more, including food! The event will be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center. For a complete schedule, 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 513-4616. ACTS FUNDRAISER JULY 30-31 Tickets are on sale for ACTS’ annual fundraiser, “One Night Only.” The show is scheduled for Sat., July 30 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee Sun., July 31 at 3 p.m. The theme is “ACTS Goes to the Movies.” The show will feature music from productions performed on the Main Stage at ACTS One Reid Street Theatre, including Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, as well as shows made famous on Broadway and in films over the years. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with valid student ID, and may be purchased online, at Lakeshore Pharmacy, Expressions, and Moss Bluff Flower and Gift Shop, and at the box office the night of the performance. For more information, contact ACTS at 433-ACTS or go to www. SHINE FLOURNOY GOLF TOURNAMENT JULY 30-31 The Mallard Cove Men’s Golf Association (MCMGA) and First Federal Bank present the 33rd Annual Shine Flournoy Golf

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Tournament, held at Mallard Cove Golf Course on July 30-31, benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center. The tournament is the oldest and largest in the area and draws players from not only Lake Charles, but also many surrounding communities within Southwest Louisiana. Hole sponsorships are available; entry fee for a team is $260. Contact Roxanne Camara at, or call 436-9533 for more information. MAXIMUM JEN SHOWS AUG. 5-6, 12-13 Jen Kober (Treme, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Comedy Central Presents) and Jen Bascom (The Bachelorette, World Cup Comedy) team up once again to bring improv comedy to Lake Charles! This original blend of improv and sketch comedy is sure to leave you

laughing as these two talented ladies make up an entire show based off of your suggestions and shout outs! The Jens create scenes and songs right on the spot. There are two weekends of shows - each guaranteed to be different from the others, so come back and see them all! Friday’s show is at 9 p.m. and is appropriate for ages 16 and up. There are two shows on Sat.: 7 p.m. is for all ages—bring the whole family and laugh together! The 9 p.m. show is for ages 16 and up. The shows will be held at The Lake Charles Little Theatre at 813 Enterprise Blvd. in Lake Charles. For more information, e-mail MARTY SNYDER BENEFIT AUG. 6 There will be a benefit for Marty Snyder on Aug. 6 at Starks Memorial VFW, 4402 Hwy. 12 from 11a.m.-11 p.m. Enjoy catfish dinners ($7), Cake Walk, raffles, auction and more, along with music starting from noon until 11 p.m. Bands include Clint Faulk and Zack Faulk, Choctaw Band and Redbone Cooking. Admission is $5 per person. All money raised will go for medical expenses. Come out and help this family and have a good time. For more info, call Friskie Suchanek at (337) 313-9666 or Don Johnson at (337) 304-7933.

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TOURNAMENT OF THE STARS AUG. 12-14 The 17th Annual Tournament of the Stars Pro Am Basketball Classic begins Fri., Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at Barbe High School. The Harlem Legends will kick off the tournament with an exhibition game against the media on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at Barbe High School.

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TESTIMONIALS Lana Hafner, author of “One Touch” — “Sugar cravings have overwhelmed me most of my life. The 10 Commandments of Health has finally shocked me into a new lifestyle. It has not only affected my health but my emotions and general well being. I know God used Shively to set me on a new healthy Lifestyle!” Debbie Lewing — “Shively is a wealth of knowledge sharing her passion to educate others to a healthier lifestyle!” Erin Miller — “Shively has me re-motivated to make healthier food choices for the nourishment of my body and overall well being, I owe it to my kids!” PAGE 50

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On Sat., Aug. 13, the tournament will start at 8 a.m. and continue until 9 p.m. at all sites. The series continues on Sun., Aug. 14 beginning at 8 a.m., and final games will match up at 11 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m. for women and 4 p.m. for men. The “Back to School Fun Day” will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Civic Center, and the “Dollars for Scholars” celebrity gala will be held at 6 p.m. in the Buccaneer Room. Tickets can be purchased pre-sale for the Pro Am Basketball Classic for the games on Aug. 12 and 13 for $8 until August 5. They can also be purchased at the door for $10. On Aug. 14, tickets will be $5 for adults and $2 for children. Tickets for the gala are $50. For more info, call 491-1466 or visit KREWE DE KAROLINE POKER RUN AUG. 13 The third annual Krewe de Karoline poker run in memory of Carol Breaux will be held Aug. 13 beginning and ending at Wayne & Layne’s Deli and Bar in Sulphur. Registration is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Stops will be at Fred’s Lounge, Bourbonz, Mollie’s Lamplighter, and Bob & Pete’s. There will be BBQ plate lunches and music from noon until, silent and live auctions at 5 p.m., a raffle and more. Proceeds go to WCCH Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center. For registration information, call 274-9155 or 842-0010. SIXTH ANNUAL LEGIS-GATOR LUNCHEON AUG. 19 The Chamber SWLA Legis-Gator will recap legislation efforts undertaken in 2011 and recognize legislators across the state for working on pro-business, pro-Southwest Louisiana legislation. Scheduled speakers include U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, and Louisiana Speaker of the House Jim Tucker. The Chamber SWLA has also invited statewide elected officials and the entire Louisiana Legislative and Congressional Delegation.   The luncheon will be held Aug. 19 at L’Auberge du Lac at11:30 a.m. Admission is$45 for Chamber SWLA Members and $55 for non-members. Contact Lynette Clark at 337-433-3632 or to reserve your seats. The deadline to RSVP is Aug. 12. ARTS & CRABS FEST AUG. 20 The second annual Arts & Crabs Fest will make landfall again on Sat., Aug. 20, from 4-8 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Ten local chefs from your favorite restaurants will serve crab dishes along with a different Abita beer sample with each dish. It will be held at the Civic Center and will also feature the best in live music with the LakeSide Gamblers and Grayson Capps and the Lost Cause Minstrels. The day will also feature vendor booths, beverage sales, and an art walk featuring the best of local artists. The Arts Council’s annual Gold Key Quest raffle drawing will take place, and ten lucky ticket holders who purchased a $50 ticket will receive fabulous prizes. Admission is a $25 wristband and grants the purchaser access to the entire festival and all of the crab dishes and beer samples. Wristbands and $50 Gold Key Quest raffle drawing tickets are available online at or at the Arts Council office located in Central School Arts & Humanities Center, Suite 202 in Lake Charles. For more information, call (337) 439-ARTS.

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IMAGINATION CELEBRATION AUG. 27 Head to the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall on Aug. 27 for a fantastic night of celebrity karaoke, music and fun as the Children’s Museum presents the 9th annual Imagination Celebration. This year, the event will host the first ever Celebrity Karaoke Sing Off! Come out and cheer on your favorite local celebrities as they compete for the title. Enjoy the delicious food from the area’s best restaurants and relax by the cash bar. The silent auction and famous live auction, with auctioneer Hal McMillin, will offer unique, must-have items. Please feel free to come dressed in 1950s attire and compete in our best-dressed contest. Enjoy fantastic music by the Boomerang Experience and rock the night away! Tickets are $50 per person. For sponsorship or ticket information, contact the museum office at (337) 433-9420. LCF SALUTES THE USO FUNDRAISER SEPT. 24 The Louisiana Choral Foundation will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the USO with dinner, dancing to big band sounds, and a musical show “Hooray for the USO!” On Sat., Sept. 24, at 6 p.m., Paxton Hall in First United Methodist Church in Lake Charles will be transformed into a 1940’s USO canteen. A delicious meal with exciting entertainment by LCF members, local dance troupes and musicians will honor the USO tradition of serving our troops. Tickets (for limited seating) are $25 and will be available at Swicegood Music or by calling 491-9348. TJN

Q: I've been hearing a lot about Assessment Freezes. What Freezes are available & who qualifies? A: There are 3 Special Assessment Level Freezes for seniors, veterans, and disabled. The law allows seniors 65 or older, veterans 50% or more disabled, and people 100% permanently disabled through social security, to sign up to freeze the value of their homestead property. You must have an income level of $65,891 or less to qualify. You must provide proof of age, income and disability. Our staff is visiting many areas of the parish to sign the freezes, but you may also come into our office anytime to sign up.

Contact our office at (337) 721-3000 for: Senior/disability/veteran assessment freezes Homestead Exemption • Business reporting forms

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Brad Broussard @ Huddle Up Sports Bar & Grill, 8 p.m. • Paul Gonsoulin @ The Cigar Club, 9 p.m. THURSDAY, JULY 28 • August Broussard @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Chris Miller & Bayou Roots @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Karaoke Thursday @ Huddle Up Sports Bar & Grill, 8 p.m. • Twangsters Union @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • Ed Kowalczyk @ 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 29 • Craig Mouton & Slingshot @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 6 p.m. • Homer LeJeune & The Kajun Kings @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band @ Yesterday’s, 7 p.m. • ISIS @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • David Pellerin @ Huddle Up Sports Bar & Grill, 8 p.m.

• BB and Company @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Lucy in Disquise @ The Porch, 9 p.m. • Hillcrest @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. • Lee Johnson & The Texas Squeeze @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 11 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 30 • Static @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 6 p.m. • Scotty Pousson & The Pointe aux Loups Playboys @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Foret Tradition @ Yesterday’s, 7 p.m. • ISIS @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Jason Stutes @ Huddle Up Sports Bar & Grill, 8 p.m. • BB and Company @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Hillcrest @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. • The Kris Harper Band @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 11 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 31 • Junior Lacrosse & Sumtin Sneaky @ Yesterday’s, 5 p.m. TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 • Judd Bares @ Huddle Up Sports Bar & Grill, 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Paul Gonsoulin @ Big Kahuna’s, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 • Don Fontenot et les Cajuns de la Prairie @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Dustin Ray @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Sugar Ray @ Party by the Pool, L’Auberge du Lac Casino, 8:30 p.m. • TBA @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 • TBA @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 6 p.m. • Howard Noel & Cajun Boogie @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Lesa Cormier & The Sundown Playboys @ Aucoin’s Cajun Restaurant, Hayes, 7 p.m. • No Idea @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Ambush @ Club 1Sixty5, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 8 p.m. • TBA @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • TBA @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 • Briggs Brown & The Bayou Cajuns @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Lesa Cormier & The Sundown Playboys @ Aucoin’s Cajun Restaurant, Hayes, 7 p.m.


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• Crystal Gayle @ Isle Event Center, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 7 p.m. • No Idea @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Hank Williams Jr. @ The Pavilion, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 8 p.m. • TBA @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Ambush @ Club 1Sixty5, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 8 p.m. • Paul Gonsoulin @ The Porch, 9 p.m. • TBA @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 • Judd Bares @ Huddle Up Sports Bar & Grill, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 • Pete Bergeron @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Don Fontenot et les Amis de la Louisiane @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • 311/Sublime @ Party by the Pool, L’Auberge du Lac Casino, 8:30 p.m. • TBA @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. TJN

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my ever-thoughtful brother. We discussed Peimer’s chops and the to-ing and fro-ing of her success between numbers, falling silent each time she began to sing. Why hasn’t she made it big yet, we both wondered? Well, there is that power-ballad sensibility, and most young artists are doing their best to avoid the wall of sound, except if they’re selling tunes to TV shows that love the lush life. But though

her songs seem familiar, even if they’re nothing you’ve ever heard before, they also offer unexpected musical twists, and I for one hope Elisa Peimer never tires of making music. If I knew that new music like this would be coming at me for the rest of my life, I could be content. TJN

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