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

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Denise Miller’s Affordable Elegance


NEWS EXECUTIVE EDITOR Lauren de Albuquerque

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CONTRIBUTORS Rhonda Babin Leslie Berman George Cline Angie Kay Dilmore James Doyle Pat Dawsey Fox Dan Ellender Mike McHugh Mary Louise Ruehr Brandon Shoumaker Karla Tullos Matt Young ADVERTISING


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


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Battle on the Bayou Lake Charles’ League of Women Voters Problematic Prostate What’s in a Smile? Home Healthcare Understanding Alzheimer’s CPR Saves Lives


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A Note From Lauren Circus World We recently made our annual pilgrimage to the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. This time, it was in Lafayette, at the Cajundome. We always go to the circus with Tip and Gayle Cline. Gayle is a circus fanatic and has been a dyed-inthe-wool member of Circus Fans of America for decades. Her love of the circus brought us all together. Gayle gets her hair cut at the same salon that we started going to when we moved here. She found out that I was married to a genuine Ringling Brothers clown and the rest is history. When we were King and Queen of Krewe Déjà Vu du Monde, our theme was Circus Circus, and of course, we asked Tip and Gayle to be on court with us. We created a truly magical night under an imaginary Big Top at the Lake Charles Civic Center! So we set off for Lafayette: the clown, the wife of the clown, the circus fanatic and the husband of the fanatic. Meeting us at the Cajundome were Gayle’s daughter Katherine and her grandson Billy.


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An hour before the show, there were long lines outside the building, but they were moving fast. Once inside, we headed for the pre-show party on the arena floor. And what a party it was. The crowd had the opportunity to mingle with performers, take pictures, get autographs and experience the circus before the show even started. New this year, we were able to go backstage and observe some of the animals, including an adorable elephant named Duchess and two camels called Jewel and Sheik. Phil chatted with clown Dean Kelley, who worked the crowd of kids with sheer enthusiasm. Kelly remembered Phil from the show that was held in Lake Charles last year—and even recalled that we owned a publication. Give that clown a balloon! Let me point out that I never knew that a one-ring circus existed until I moved to Lake Charles. The cosmopolitan city of Boston was always host to a three-ring circus, so I was shocked the first time I saw that an entire show would be held in one ring. But I soon got caught up in the entertainment, which was so

fast-paced and dazzling that I no longer noticed. The smaller version goes to venues that are not large enough to host a full circus. So rather than have us travel over two hours to Houston, we can go to Lafayette or Beaumont and enjoy the real deal. Another plus is that with a more intimately formatted production, the audience is only feet away from the action—so it’s more up close and personal. Ringling calls this particular show the “Barnum Bash,” which is more like a big, glitzy party. Instead of a ringmaster, there are three “Ringlettes” who sing, dance and perform acrobatics to pop tunes. Memorable acts include a strongman from Russia who executes amazing feats of strength (a vehicle drives over him—don’t try this at home, kids), the Urias family (I remember them from the Big Show back in Boston), who ride their motorcycles at outrageous speeds in a huge metal globe, and the Flying Cruzados, performing stunts that defy the forces of gravity on the Double Wheel of Steel.

The most awesome aspect of the circus is that it appeals to everyone. There were babies and grandparents and everyone in between, laughing, gasping in awe, and just having the most wonderful time. Really, where else can you bring the whole family and be so thoroughly entertained? And personally, it was so good to be there with my husband the Ringling Brothers clown, who was back in his element, remembering his life long ago, when he lived on a circus train and performed his heart out in front of audiences all over the country. If you missed the circus in Lafayette, it’s not too late to see the Greatest Show on Earth. Even better, The Jambalaya News is giving away tickets! Just go to page 45 and follow the instructions for your chance to win four tickets to any of the shows scheduled at the Ford Arena in Beaumont, Texas. We’re selecting five winners, so you have a good chance. Enter now—and may all your days be circus days!

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By Angie Kay Dilmore

Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch first met the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) when she and her husband Casey Daigle joined the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ team in Tampa this past February and played in a tournament against them. She felt overwhelmed by the strength and determination of these 15 men, all active duty soldiers or veterans who have been severely wounded in recent wars and use prosthetic limbs. Finch was so impressed by WWAST that she wanted to bring their inspirational story to Southwest Louisiana. She asked their coach, David VanSleet, if they would come here to play. “I knew that it would be a great event for the community,” said Finch. Even though the team was already booked for the year, they agreed to come and will compete against Finch and her Bayou All-Stars team in the Battle on the Bayou, July 13-14. VanSleet organized WWAST after the University of Arizona received a grant for a disabled veterans’ sports camp. Ranging in age from 22-50, these servicemen have been playing softball around the country since March 2011 and their appearances are in high demand. “Our popularity has exploded,” says the coach. “And we haven’t even touched the surface.” The mission of WWAST is to raise awareness — through celebrity softball games, media appearances, and their website — of the sacrifices and resiliency of

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those wounded through service to our country, and to highlight their ability to rise above any challenge. They strive to show other veterans, amputees, and the general population that, with rehabilitation, training, and modern prosthetics, it’s possible for someone with a disability to successfully fulfill their dreams and play in a competitive sport. The team motto is “Life Without Limbs is Limitless.” Both Finch and VanSleet are grateful for the generosity and hospitality shown to them by the people of Southwest Louisiana. “We love these small towns,” says VanSleet. “They are very supportive.” When W.W. Lewis Middle School seventh-grader Ethan Beaty heard WWAST was coming to town, he placed jars in each classroom of his school and raised over $400 for the team. Finch and a few WWAST teammates visited Beaty at the school in May to recognize his efforts. “No matter how big or small, we can all make a difference. We can all make this world a better place,” Finch said. “I’m excited to be able to give back and support our veterans who have given so much for us.” She expects the event to be a fun, entertaining weekend with an inspirational message. Each

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night, the event will open with batting practice, a homerun derby, and a veterans’ march where all the veterans in attendance will come out on the field and be honored. Helicopter skydivers will bring in the American flag. After the games, players will sign autographs for the fans. Finch recently retired from professional softball, as did her husband, who played baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks. She participated in two Olympic Games with the National Softball Team – they won gold in Athens (2004) and silver in Beijing (2008). She also played for the Chicago Bandits, a National Pro Fast Pitch team. She and Daigle, a native of Sulphur, returned to Southwest Louisiana last year and are raising their young sons, Ace and Diesel. Both Finch and Daigle will play on the Bayou All-Stars team.

Battle on the Bayou begins at 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights, July 13-14 at McMurry Park on Hazel St. in Sulphur. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at all Calcasieu Parish McDonald’s, both Dynamic Dimensions locations, Sulphur City Hall, or online at All proceeds go towards helping military amputees and aid in the support of WWAST. For more information on WWAST, go to their website, or find them on Facebook, Sponsorships for the event are available and donations are welcome. Call (337) 527-4241 for more information. Many thanks to the event sponsors: McDonald’s, Billy Navarre Chevrolet Cadillac, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, and Sulphur Parks and Recreation. TJN

Jennie Finch’s Sulphur Softball Camp Jennie Finch conducts several weekend softball camps around the country throughout the year, including one that will be held in Sulphur July 14-15. These camps offer participants the opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the best softball players in the world and receive personal instruction in all aspects of softball. The camp is for girls in third grade and higher. It will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at McMurry Park in Sulphur. The cost is $175 per camper.

Campers receive: • Lunch both days • Official camp T-shirt • Swag bag filled with goodies • Autographed photo of Jennie • Certificate of participation • Photo taken with Jennie and her medals • A ticket to both nights of the Battle on the Bayou Tournament July 13-14 Register online at


Tickets on Sale for Bonnette Roast July 24 Tickets are now on sale for a roast to honor legendary McNeese State University Sports Information Director Louis Bonnette. Bonnette is retiring after 46 years of service to McNeese and proceeds from the event will help to fund a scholarship in his name. The event will be held July 24 in the Event Center at L’Auberge Casino Resort. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. and will include a cash bar and dinner. Butch Alsandor, Houston television sports anchor and former McNeese footPAGE 6

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ball letterman, will serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets will be available at the McNeese Ticket Office in the Doland Field House. Individual tickets are $50; a table of eight is $500. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information on the Roast, call 337-562-4MSU. Contributions to the Louis Bonnette Scholarship Fund can be made by contacting the McNeese Foundation at (337) 475-5588. TJN Volume 4 • Issue 7



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TWO PHYSICIANS JOIN WCCH STAFF West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital announces the recent addition of two physicians to its medical staff. Harold Bienvenu, MD, FACS, otolaryngologist and facial plastic and cosmetic surgeon, and Peter Angelopoulos, MD, FACC, cardiologist are the newest members of the hospital’s team of medical practitioners. Dr. Bienvenu is a graduate of LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He practices at Dr. Harold Bienvenu the ENT & Aesthetic Center of WCCH. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 439-2040. Dr. Angelopoulos is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Angelopoulos practices at the Heart and Vascular Center specializes in cardiology and interventional cardiology. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 527-3610. Dr. Peter Angelopoulos

Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Senior VP and GM and Kathy Williams, Oasis executive director.

L’AUBERGE DONATES TO OASIS L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles recently donated more than $17,000 as the presenting sponsor of Oasis’ Gems & Stems Gala. Proceeds from the event will assist Oasis to continue their mission of creating social change through empowerment and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, safe shelter for women and children and community education. Volume 4 • Issue 7

JEFF DAVIS BANK LAUNCHES NEW MORTGAGE LENDING TEAM Jeff Davis Bank & Trust Co. has formed a new mortgage lending team that combines the expertise of four veteran Southwest Louisiana bankers. Mona Hastings, senior vice Mona Hastings Julie Miller president and mortgage loan department manager, has nearly 30 years’ experience in mortgage lending. She previously worked for IberiaBank Mortgage Co. Julie Miller, vice president and business development officer, oversees new mortgage loan business and promotion of other Jeff Davis Bank products and services. Previously with IberiaBank Mortgage Co., Miller Ashley Neely Monica LeBlanc has 15 years’ experience in mortgage origination and residential construction lending. Ashley Neely, assistant vice president, has 11 years’ banking experience. Neely oversees mortgage origination as well as loan processing and underwriting. She previously worked for IberiaBank Mortgage Co. Monica LeBlanc, mortgage loan originator, has nearly 25 years’ banking experience, the last 13 in the mortgage department at Jeff Davis Bank. COUSHATTA ASSOCIATES RAISE $7,500 FOR MARCH OF DIMES Coushatta Casino Resort associates raised $7,500 for the March of Dimes, and they did it mostly by wearing blue jeans to work. Twice a week, for a period of six weeks, associates had the option to donate $5 to wear blue jeans to work for one day. For each $5 donation, the associate received a drawing ticket. At the end of the promotion, all participants were entered into drawings for cash prizes. Coushatta associates were able to present a check for $7,500 to the March of Dimes Foundation. Call (800) 584-7263 for more information or visit the website at CITGO DONATES TO JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT CITGO Lake Charles recently donated $2,000 to Junior Achievement of Southwest Louisiana. JASWLA teaches financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to area students with help from volunteers. All programs are offered at no charge to students or schools.

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HART ATTENDS CATARACT AND REFRACTIVE SURGERY CONFERENCE Dr. William Hart of Hart Eye Center recently returned from a symposium on cataract and refractive surgery and congress on ophthalmology practice management in Chicago. The three-day conference brought together ophthalmologists from around the globe to discuss recent developments in the field and the latest in surgical techniques. Dr. Hart participated in hands-on procedural training based on cuttingDr. William Hart edge research in cataract and refractive surgeries. For more information on the symposium or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hart, contact Hart Eye Center at 439-4014 or visit

TEAM CITGO CELEBRATES VOLUNTEER HOURS SERVED IN 2011 Team CITGO celebrated an unprecedented total of 3,000 volunteer hours with more than 200 people volunteering at nearly 30 events throughout 2011, at the W.A.V.E Celebration at CITGO Park. This is the annual celebration and awards banquet for CITGO employees and family members who gave five or more hours of volunteer service for the year. During the ceremony, employees received awards based on the number of hours they served. Team CITGO volunteers, recognized by their red Team CITGO shirts, give their time freely to volunteer for worthy causes and charitable organizations in SWLA.

DA JOHN DEROSIER WINS AWARD District Attorney John DeRosier recently accepted the “Harold W. Hughes Award of Excellence” from The National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. The award was presented at the national conference in Wisconsin and is given annually to a person, program, or agency that exemplifies outstanding contribution to the rural alcohol and drug abuse field.  District Attorney DeRosier received this award for establishing exceptional responsiveness to the field that helps to improve the lives of those who suffer its effects. IBERIABANK NAMES MAPLEWOOD BRANCH MANAGER IBERIABANK is pleased to announce the recent naming of Jennifer Hulshoff as branch manager for the Maplewood branch location in Sulphur. Hulshoff joins the company with eight years of banking and credit union experience. She most recently served as member services manager for Fairwinds Credit Union in Orlando, FL. Hulshoff is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where she earned Jennifer Hulshoff degrees in business administration, foreign language and public affairs. She is located at 1900 Maplewood Drive in Sulphur and can be reached by phone at (337) 312-7077 or by email at NORTHRUP GRUMMAN CONTRIBUTES TO ‘SWLA ON THE MOVE’ Northrop Grumman recently made their 2012 contribution, which completes their $110,000 commitment to Southwest Louisiana development through supporting the SWLA Alliance Foundation’s “SWLA on the Move” 5-year campaign. SWLA on the Move supports the initiatives of the Southwest Louisiana Alliance Foundation which include bringing “The Leader In Me” in all SWLA elementary schools by 2015, promoting the numerous economic opportunities in our region through national media exposure, visiting companies outside SWLA to spur development, and fulfilling requests from investors for information and site visits. DR. THOMPSON NAMED MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF LCMH CARDIOLOGY Christopher Thompson, MD has been named the medical director of cardiology services at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. He takes over for William Condos, MD, who retired back in April. Dr. Thompson is a board certified cardiologist with the Heart & Vascular Center. In addition to general cardiology, his areas of expertise include cardiac catheterization, cardiac rehabilitation and interventional cardiology. After graduating from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Dr. Thompson completed his internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, his residency at the Medical College of Virginia, and his cardiology fellowship at the University Medical Center in Jacksonville. Dr. Thompson can be reached by calling the Heart & Vascular Center at (337) 494-3278. Dr. Chris Thompson


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Isle of Capri’s Community Aces donate cards to troops.

ISLE OF CAPRI DONATES 27,000 CARD DECKS TO FORT HOOD The employees of the Isle of Capri’s Community Aces shipped 27,000 decks of cards, valued at $44,000, to Fort Hood, Texas to be placed in gift bags and care packages for soldiers around the world. Facilities Manager Jason Boaz stated, “As a veteran of Fort Hood and being deployed several times, I know the importance of those gift bags and care packages. Trust me, those clean, smooth playing cards are a treasure to see when you have been playing with the same worn out deck for months.” This mission was not an easy one for all involved. There was “red tape” to be cut and obstacles to overcome with both the gaming regulations and military rules, but in the end, it was worth it to support troops both at home and overseas.

Chester Daigle presents scholarship to Irrik Godsey.

IRRIK GODSEY RECEIVES JAZZ MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP Jazz in the Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing community-based musical entertainment for the purposes of promotion, development and education of jazz music, announced recently that Irrik Godsey has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Chester Daigle Jazz Music Scholarship. The annually endowed scholarship of $1,000 was established in 2011 in honor of professional jazz musician, composer, and producer Chester J. Daigle II, who gives his heart, his music, and his life to serving his community. Godsey, a Westlake High School honor graduate, plays tenor Volume 4 • Issue 7

saxophone and plans to attend McNeese State University in the fall where he will major in music education. For more information on the scholarship or Jazz in the Arts concert, visit LOCAL F&I MANAGER FEATURED IN FORD CREDIT INSIDE FINANCIAL Ryan Boyd, finance and insurance manager for Bolton Ford of Lake Charles, has been featured in a recent issue of Ford Credit Inside Financial. Named as class valedictorian, Boyd was among the first dealer F&I managers in the nation to complete the Ford Financial Services Training, a course launched by Ford Motor Credit Company to enhance training for finance and insurance professionals. For more information, contact Jillian Thompson at (337) 474-0070 or

From left: Alan Heisser, Cops & Jocks co-founder; Keith W. Henson, SVP and GM of L’Auberge; Don Dixon, Cops & Jocks co-founder; and John Rudd, Cops & Jocks director.

L’AUBERGE DONATES TO LOCAL POLICE L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles recently hosted the 10th Annual Cops & Jocks charity golf tournament at Contraband Bayou Golf Club. Proceeds from the event will help families of Lake Area police officers and McNeese State University. MCCREEDY CHOSEN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL OF SWLA Erica McCreedy was recently chosen as the executive director of the Arts and Humanities Council. McCreedy has served as the special projects coordinator for the Arts & Humanities Council for the past two years, beginning her career on a volunteer basis. She brings her experience in program development, public relations, and promotions to her new posiErica McCreedy tion. McCreedy is involved with the Louisiana Citizens for the Arts, Friends of Central School, the Arts Associates of Lake Charles, Fusion Five, Yellow Flag Press, McNeese Banners Cultural Series, and the annual Vision/Verse poetry and art exhibition. THE CLINIC WELCOME NURSE PRACTITIONER KAREN KNOWLES The Clinic Urgent Care Centers located at 4201 Nelson Road in Lake Charles and 277 Highway 171 in Moss Bluff, are pleased to welcome Nurse Practitioner Karen Knowles to the clinical team. A native of Georgia, Knowles earned a nursing degree from Armstrong State College in Savannah, and a master of science in nursing degree from Georgia Southern University. She has over 34 years experience in the healthcare field and is certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center. TJN Volume 4 • Issue 7

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By Mike McHugh

Hair To A Fortune My wife received an inheritance when her sister passed away. It isn’t anything that’s going to allow us to retire any sooner. In fact, I’m probably going to have to take on a second job because of it. No, she didn’t leave us a pile of debt. I wish that were all it was; debt I could manage. What she left us was much more problematic—namely, her two cats. That doubles the number of felines in our house. And for some reason, it has more than doubled the net output of cat poop. To my wife’s credit, she has taken responsibly for cleaning the litter boxes. To that end,


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I’m surprised at how quickly she’s taken to operating a backhoe. The production of cat hair has also skyrocketed. I’d be called a cat hair baron if it were a marketable commodity. Our new houseguests are named Maverick and Carlton. (I call them guests, but the reality is more that they are the masters of the house and we are their humble servants.) About the only thing that the two toms have in common is the operation that removed a specific part of their anatomy, and I’m not talking claws here.

Maverick, the spunky one, is oblivious to the fact that he’s had this operation. In fact, he believes himself to be the Hugh Hefner of cats. Unfortunately for him, the two females see him more as the invading Visigoth, and they react to his advances the way a mail carrier would to a rabid pit bull. Thus spurned, Maverick has now aimed his mojo at targets that are less likely to put up resistance, such as pillows, stuffed animals, and the occasional wet bath towel. Maverick has a sensitive urinary tract, which, I’m sure, is in part related to his choice of sex partners. Because of this, he is restricted to a special prescription diet that you can only get from a veterinarian. By definition, this puts the cost at several times what you’d pay for Purina Cat Chow, and because the President neglected to include coverage for cats with pre-existing conditions in his Affordable Health Care plan, we’re on the hook for every penny. It wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t have to feed the stuff to all four of our cats. But cats are not exactly known for respecting each other’s food bowls, and given the chance at

some Friskies Savory Salmon, Maverick would forget all about that Prescription Diet that, to him, probably ranks just above pine bark in palatability. I can’t say I blame him. If I were in a hospital with two broken legs, and somebody brought in a quarter pounder and fries, I’d jump out of bed for it, knocking over the tray of mystery meat with the side of cold, soggy green beans that the hospital provided. I wouldn’t care that they were billing me a hundred dollars for it. For a Yankee cat, Maverick has taken well to Louisiana. He’s become especially enamored of the native reptile population. And, as anoles are quickly becoming an endangered species in our yard, he is beginning to set his sights higher up the food chain. The frogs and turtles have begun migrating to a refugee camp across the highway. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up on the cast of Swamp People. Carlton is another matter. He has mastered the art of How Not To Be Seen. They only way I know that he really exists is from the hairballs that he is fond of depositing in my favorite chair. He tries to be sneaky about it, but he is the only cat in our house with black hair. Nice try, old boy. Just don’t slip up in the visibility department. Louisiana roadsides are not strictly reserved for armadillos. Now, I realize that this last statement will invoke the ire of cat lovers across the region—most notably, my editor, Lauren, who happens to be the Octomom of the cat world. Don’t get me wrong; I would never toss a poor, defenseless creature like Carlton onto a busy highway to be run over by a tractor-trailer. I’d go find some malicious kid to do it for me. Besides, given Carlton’s proficiency at hairball production, combined with Not Being Seen, the truck driver could easily wind up being the victim in such a confrontation. So, I think I’ll be keeping Maverick and Carlton; humped pillows, hairballs, and all. Besides, what’s one lounge chair and a litter box the size of a swimming pool in the grand scheme of things? The cats make my wife happy. They remind her of her sister. They remind me more of those creatures in that Gremlins movie. But, I’m the guy in the relationship, and so my opinion plus the trade-in value of my F-150 would together buy a month’s worth of Prescription Pine Bark Diet. TJN Volume 4 • Issue 7

By George “Tip” Cline

KEEP THE SPECIALS Everyone loves a bargain. Nothing brings a smile quicker than the feeling of getting a little something extra. A deal can be unexpected or not. Many of us go to a favorite place because we know that there are days, or certain times of the day, where we get more for our money because of the featured specials. Happy Hour usually means lower pricing on drinks and can also include some selected food items. Customer dissatisfaction easily occurs when your favorite haunt makes an unexpected change in their routine promotions. It’s an unpleasant experience when you have been patronizing a place for literally years (in some cases), and suddenly discover that what you normally expected has now been eliminated—with nothing to replace it. It is always a good idea to check with your server to make sure that what you anticipated is still part of their program. And it’s always a good idea to check the pricing on a special promotion, especially when it is left unsaid—unless, of course, you are one of those people that can never pay enough for something you really enjoy. PROGRESS IS NOT ALWAYS PROGRESS Everything has a lifespan; some products longer than others, but eventually, things wear out and have to be replaced. Sure, you can fix them a lot of times but eventually, there is no choice but to get a new one. It would be so simple if you could replace what you had before, but NO. Nowadays, we are forced to accept products and appliances that just don’t have all the features we really want. The enforced quest for energy efficiency has mandated changes that Volume 4 • Issue 7

time, we are going to compare a longtime favorite lunch for the younger set (some of us older folk still like it as well), namely a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup. Prices reported are for the date of June 20, 2012 and reflect the posted price on the shelf where the product was made available for sale. The stores we checked for prices were: Albertsons, Ryan Street; Market Basket, Lake Street; Kroger, McNeese Street and Walmart, Nelson Road. Jif Peanut Butter, creamy, 18-ounce jar: Albertsons, $3.49;

Market Basket, $3.29; Kroger, $3.09; Walmart, $3.28. Smucker’s Concord Grape Jelly, 32-ounce jar: Albertsons, $2.39; Market Basket, $2.19; Kroger, $2.59; Walmart, not available White Bread, house brand, 20ounce loaf: Albertsons, $1.19; Market Basket, $1.19; Kroger, $.88; Walmart (24-ounce loaf), $1.28. Campbell’s Tomato Soup, 10-¾ ounce can: Albertsons, $.89; Market Basket, $.85; Kroger, $.94, Walmart, $.82. TJN

may be questionable. We have endured the switch to water saving toilets that you have to flush multiple times to get the job done; new washing machines that take forever to do a load and make weird noises that you don’t expect to hear. I was warned about these quirks when we purchased our new replacement washer and they sure were right. I was also informed that the new appliances would not have the lifespan of the older ones we have owned. So be aware that progress is not always progress. ENOUGH ALREADY Even with some of the questionable edicts we are placed under by our own politicians, we can be thankful we are living in Louisiana and not in New York City, where the runaway do-gooders want to prohibit your ability to purchase a large cold drink. This is folly at best. Most fast-food vendors have self-service beverage machines where you can take your container back to be filled as much as desired. Small becomes large after a refill. There seems to be an endless supply of camels getting their noses under the tent wall and no end of attempts to negate the human factor in life, to make conformity to a perceived idealized lifestyle the norm. You can easily see the striving for individuality by today’s youth with all of their body modifications, piercing and tattooing by both sexes. Throughout history, there have always been attempts to regulate the lives of our fellow citizens, not just for order and civility but also with the idea that someone else knows how to lead your life for you. It is all about having the power to regulate our lives up to someone else’s standard. SUPERMARKET ROUNDUP We had such a great response to having our shopping survey on a theme, as opposed to randomly selected items, that we will continue to follow that pattern. From breakfast last JUNE 28, 2012



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oyle By Jim D

Nothing More Than a Distraction I have bats in my belfry. Well, sort of. Before I go any further, let me tell you a little bit about why I’ve been away from the presses for so long. Most of you know I’m on dialysis due to kidney failure. By the way, if any of you are Type O and have a kidney to spare, let me know (shameless plug). It’s a bit complicated, but what it boils down to is this. For most of last year, I did my treatments at home. For a long time, I had a catheter installed in my chest which made treatments easier to do, but was, well, inconvenient to my self-conceived role as a Player with advanced experience. Anyhow, starting in January, I had a series of infections that ruled out using a catheter, and it took a while to get my access started working again. It’s on my left arm, looks like two vampire bites. If you’re nice to me, I’ll let you see it. As a result, I’m back to treatment at home, and that makes me feel better and have more energy. So I thought I’d come back and visit you folks again. Now, about those bats. I really don’t have a belfry, which is either a medieval siege tower or a church bell tower. I do, however, have an all-brick chimney. Some breed of noisy flying thing has made it a home. They could be bats. I don’t know and I don’t care. As you can imagine, they make a lot of noise and fascinate Shadow, my cat and only roommate. So, I did what any self-respecting person of advanced experience would do. I turned this over to Becca, my girl Friday, and left it to her. Staffed it out, in other words. Becca, who is very efficient and does what you’d expect of an efficient Volume 4 • Issue 7

Girl Friday, started making some calls. Apparently, the agency that handles bats in the belfry, and other fowl in chimneys, is Animal Control. A call to that facility brought a recommendation to find a chimney sweep. Like most of you, I have a chimney sweep, but I’ve never met him. I do have Mary Poppins-like visions of him in a black suit with a floppy hat and a broom in his hand, dancing on the rooftops of London like Dick Van Dyke. Who knows if it’s accurate? But his response to my request was that he’d be glad to handle my bird problem, for a price of course, but not until the baby birds learned to fly. He wouldn’t kill baby birds, you see. Gee, I wonder what his stance is on omelets. I eat omelets, but I agree that killing baby birds is, well, on the left side of the right-wrong meter. Strangely enough, I just read an article in an old New Yorker about how songbirds are disappearing in Europe because the Sardinians consider them a delicacy. They catch them on their migration path across the Mediterranean from Africa, barbecue them on sticks and eat them whole. Yum. If the creatures in my chimney are songbirds, they haven’t learned any new numbers and I don’t want to eat them. They’re just noisy and distracting. Like most things in life, whether it be dialysis or bird infestations, this is nothing more than a distraction, a little thing which is a part of the great vista we’re allowed to see each day. I once had a friend whose car bore the license plate “118:24.” I knew it had to be a Biblical reference, but had to ask him which one. “Simple,” he said. “It’s Psalms 118:24. This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Good lesson as usual. If you have a job that breaks your back and makes you hurt for hours after you get home, thank God you have your paycheck and your family. If you have a manageable, but serious, illness, remember that you also have the chance to fight it every day and maybe, eventually, overcome it. So put away those minor things and love every breath you take. I can’t go without saying something about S. J. Gomez, my Gridiron buddy who passed away recently. That stage won’t be the same without him. Love always to Ginger and his extended family, including all my Ad and Press Club posse. As I’ve said in this space before, death is a part of life. Therefore, do not send to ask for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee. Before the bell tolls for you, remember you live in a great place with good local government and lots to do. Remember each day is fit for rejoicing in the midst of tedious work or aggravating friends. Remember you have a life, and as S.J. did, live it until it’s over. See you folks on the flip. Thanks for waiting for me. TJN

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By Rhonda Babin When Lake Charles resident Evelyn Cloutman was born in 1918, women could not vote. But just two years later, an organization called the National American Woman Suffrage Association held a victory convention to celebrate the ratification of the 19th amendment that gave women that right. During that convention, a non-partisan, informational group formed to help educate those new voters. In 2012, Evelyn Cloutman is a member of that group, and education of the voter is still the primary focus of this long-standing organization. That group is The League of Women Voters (LWV). The League of Women Voters is a multiissue organization that opens its membership to both women and men of all political affiliations. Founder Carrie Chapman Catt defined some basic goals approximately 92 years ago. They included fostering educational opportunities for all citizens, promoting forums and public discussions about civic reforms, and supporting needed legislation. These goals are still vital today. The Louisiana State League of Women Voters was formed in 1942. The local Lake Charles League of Women Voters was formed a few years later in 1946. Members


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included women who wanted to learn about the political process, to educate themselves on candidates’ views and platforms, and who fought for issues that affected women. Cloutman joined the LWV in the 60’s and served on various committees. She was a board member, and held offices, including the presidency, during the 70’s. She recalls that time as being packed with activities. “There was something to do every day,” she remembered. “One day we might be in Baton Rouge at a Constitutional Convention. The next day we would be in Lake Charles helping promote an upcoming forum where candidates would speak and answer questions for voters. Some days we simply went about our daily activities and would ask people if they were registered to vote when in the community.” Testifying in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Louisiana Legislature was one of Cloutman’s presidential duties, but it didn’t pass. “Our efforts were not in vain,” she said. “We helped bring attention and got this issue in front of the public.”

Top: League luncheons educate constituents. Bottom: 2012 Annual Banquet attendees.

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In 1974, the LWV opened membership to men. Cloutman recalls with great pride that an African American male was among the early male membership. “The Lake Charles League had very active black members. It was early for the community but not for me,” she said, remembering the way things were at the time. Three years ago, Cloutman was on the telephone committee calling to remind members of meetings and to inform them of special events. Until this past year, Cloutman would attend the monthly meetings. Recently confined to a wheelchair, she still keeps up with LWV activities by reading the newsletter called Viewpoint and watching televised forums and meetings on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury channel. “The League of Women Voters is for anybody who wants to learn more about the political process and who wants to be a part of good government,” Cloutman stated. She urges everyone to “join the local League and always vote!” Encouraging people to register to vote and to then exercise that right is

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what current president Molly Morgan has committed the Lake Charles group to do in partnership with local Registrar of Voters Angie Quienalty. Morgan learned about the League when her job working for the government channel sent her to record candidate forums that the Lake Charles LWV hosted. She became interested in the process the LWV used to educate and inform voters. A few years into her membership, she was elected to office. “The League of Women Voters educates, inspires, and informs,” Morgan said. “We want the voter to know that their voice is heard when they cast a ballot. Your vote determines the future of our city, our state, and our country. Exercise that right and privilege of voting.” Angie Quienalty echoes what Morgan says. “If you don’t vote, you are letting those that do make a decision for you,” she stated. The League will be working hand in hand with the registrar’s office over the next several months. The missions of both the League and the Registrar’s office are parallel and they

share common goals. It makes good sense for the two organizations to work together so they can accomplish more. The next election of 2012 will be held on Tues., Nov. 6. This is a federal election that will determine the next President of the United States. There will also be Congressional members elected on this voting day. To be able to vote on Nov. 6, you have to be registered 30 days before. Louisiana residents who will be 18 years old on or before Election Day, who have not been declared mentally incompetent, and who do not have a current felony conviction may register. “If you need to change your name, address, or confirm that you are a registered voter, now is the time to take action,” Quienalty said. “All changes need to be made 30 days before voting day for them to take effect.” You can register to vote online at or go by the Registrar’s office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. You can also register when taking care of driver’s license

business at the Department of Motor Vehicles and at many government agencies and offices, including public libraries. All of the local colleges and high schools will have registration forms available when classes commence in the fall of this year. The Lake Charles LWV plans to have public registration tables throughout the community at that time. “It was a long road for women to have the right to vote,” Quienalty said. “Service personnel lost their lives to protect our right to vote, and we’ve seen other countries beg for democracy so they can vote. Make sure you are registered and participating in the voting process.” To learn more about the Lake Charles League of Women Voters, call (337) 474-1864, visit the website at, or go to the Facebook page called Lake Charles League of Women Voters. Monthly Meetings are held at noon on the last Friday of the month at Reeves Uptown Catering. Charles Boustany will be the speaker at the August 31 meeting. TJN

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What’s Cookin’ Jim Beaugh, Pat Fox, Christine and John Fusilier, Debbie McCarty, Stephanie Ryder, Patsy and Herman Manuel, Jim McCarty (back)

Chef John in the Kitchen Story and Photos by Pat Dawsey Fox

John Fusilier

“Say hey, goodlookin’. ♫ What ya got cookin’?” by the late Hank, Sr. is applicable to our Louisiana culture. We love to cook, laugh and enjoy a meal with friends and family – a good recipe for a great gathering. That’s the way it was one evening recently in Lake Charles. John Fusilier, CEO, First National Bank DeRidder donned a chef’s hat and delighted guests with his culinary talents as he prepared Catfish Couvillion.

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Opening his special set of knives, John began to chop and slice, then sautéed vegetables in an iron pot. The delightful aroma teased appetites as it drifted throughout the house. Laughter was abundant and chatter flowed freely among friends. Cooking has always been a part of John’s life. “I learned to cook at a very early age. My father and I hunted, fished and camped together just about every weekend and that is when I was first exposed to cooking,” he said. He learned to cook solo when he began camping and hunting with friends from high school. He loves to cook and is passionate about it. “In the summer after the 7th grade, I went to work for my uncle at his meat packing plant,” he said. “The head meat cutter, Lionel, cooked lunch every day. It was there that I really learned how to process and cook meat.” John usually cooks several times a week. His wife, Christy, also enjoys cooking, and they refer to various

cookbooks and try interesting recipes. Christy prefers baking and is more apt to use a recipe, while John likes to “whip something up on the fly.” Who cleans the kitchen? John likes the old rule that the cook does not do the cleaning; however, he said that rule only works in theory because he always helps. John shared a couple of stories. His dad said they had to eat fish every week or they would go blind. Another tale dated back generations. Seems the cook liked to have “a little taste” as he prepared the food. While continuing to enjoy his drink, he would tell his guests the fish was old and had to cook a long time or it would be too tough to eat. Does John stick to the “old fish” story? Ne sais pas, but guests at the home of Robert and Stephanie Ryder enjoyed a delicious meal served up by John with wonderful fellowship. C’est si bon! Merci beaucoup, Chef, John! Volume 4 • Issue 7

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INGREDIENTS • 7 lbs. of Opelousas Catfish aka Spotted Catfish or Flathead Catfish • 1 - 8 oz. can of tomato sauce • 2-3 oz. of cooking oil or ½ stick of butter • ¼ - cup flour • 1 large onion • ½ bell pepper PREPARATION Mince onion, bell pepper, garlic, celery, jalapeno and white half of green onions (save green half for later). In black iron pot: Use approximately 2-3 oz. of cooking oil (slightly cover bottom of pot) or ½ stick of butter. Sauté vegetables on medium heat until soft and wilted. Use a little water to avoid sticking but do not make it watery. Dissolve flour in a little water and add can of tomato sauce. Continue to sauté for 10 minutes, occasionally adding a little water to keep from sticking. The ingredients should look like a paste at this point. Add seasoned fish (salt and black pepper; red pepper can be added after tasting if necessary) and 2 tbsp. of fresh parsley. Cook on medium to medium-

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G N I N OPE E 30 JUN Denise Miller

By Lauren de Albuquerque

When you really love something, you can’t stay away from your heart’s desire for very long. Denise Miller of Sulphur had been in retail for over 14 years, ultimately managing and buying for a local furniture store. It was a fastpaced, exciting life. But the long retail hours eventually burned her out. “I was working really hard and I was tired,” Miller said. “I decided I wanted ‘banker’s hours.’” She literally did just that—quitting the store and going to work for a bank. Miller became quite successful in her new field. But after two years of sitting at a desk, she was itching to PAGE 18

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get back to what she really enjoyed. “As time went on, I realized that working all day in an office was just not for me,” she said. “I loved selling furniture and home décor. I loved all the buying trips. It’s in my blood. I missed it so much.” Many of her former clients added fuel to the fire. Miller would run into them when she was out and about, and they would tell her how much they missed her. “They would all ask me when I was going to get back into the business,” she recalled. “And I would still get calls from people who wanted me to take a look at their new home and give them design suggestions. As time went on, I knew what I had to do. And I made it happen.”

This summer, Miller’s dream has come true. She’s opening her very own furniture store, Affordable Elegance, located at 925 Enterprise Boulevard in downtown Lake Charles. “I’m so excited!” she said. “The timing was right. And with my own business, I’ll be able to take care of my customers the way I feel they should be taken care of. When you work for someone else, you’re restricted. Now, the sky’s the limit!” Miller knows that a business is only as good as the people who own it. Her sterling reputation is such that as soon as word got out that she was opening her own store, her phone started ringing off the hook. Volume 4 • Issue 7

“I’m selling furniture before the store even opens!” she laughed. “I’m already having items drop-shipped to San Antonio. It’s been crazy—but it makes me realize all the more that I’ve done the right thing.” Affordable Elegance is stocked with a unique variety of home furnishings that Miller selected at the Spring Market in High Point, North Carolina this past April—where buyers and sellers come from all over the world. “If you don’t go to High Point, you’re just not a big player in the business,” she explained. “It’s the place to get all the latest pieces. And

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you have to order there. If you don’t attend, you totally miss out.” Miller was delighted to run into so many colleagues who warmly welcomed her back. “It was old home week for me,” she said. “And I had a ball looking at all the new home décor and just buying up a storm. What a rush!” Once she returned from market, she was flooded with calls from her business contacts, congratulating her and offering to help her in any way they could. “It’s an amazing feeling to know that there are so many good people out there rooting for me,”

Miller said. “I am a person of my word, and they all know that. They’re all eager to work with me.” Affordable Elegance is not your typical furniture store. “We carry lots of unique, one-of-a kind pieces,” she said. “And if we don’t have it, we can get it for you!” She has stacks of catalogues for clients to order whatever they need to feather their nests. In addition, the store is chock-full of fabulous home accessories such as lamps, chandeliers, vases, wine racks, artwork and so much more. And there are fabulous gift items—handpoured candles made in Louisiana, jewelry, unique wine stoppers, dozens of fleur-de-lis items—all reflecting Miller’s tasteful eye.

Affordable Elegance is a one-stop shop, so there’s no need to go anywhere else for your home furnishing needs. “I’m selling curtains and rugs, and offer custom upholstery,” she said. “I can furnish your home from top to bottom.” Miller has items to fit any budget, and is prepared to work with you in any way possible to make your decorating dreams come true. She is also available for home consultations. “I’m happy to go to a client’s home and pick out furniture and decorate their space,” she said. “I did that before, and I love it. It’s my specialty.” For such a talented individual, Miller has no formal training other

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Denise taking a break in High Point, NC.

than learning the business hands-on. She married young and raised a family, but always had an eye for color and design. When her children got older, she began working in a local gift shop, and one thing led to another. “My family is behind me 100 percent,” she said. “They know this is what makes me happy. And they know that when I set my mind to something, I make it happen.” The business is located in a large building on Enterprise St. and Second Ave., two blocks south of Broad St., in the old Children’s Museum building. (Its latest incarnation was a church.) “I think this is a fabulous location,” Miller said. “I am so happy to be in the historic district of Lake Charles, in the middle of everything. The traffic flow is fantastic. People are driving up and stopping in and we’re not even open yet!” Anyone who knows Miller is aware of what a dedicated worker she is. She’s put her heart and soul into renovating the old building. Walls and awnings came down, carpeting was pulled up and floors were sanded. Exterior and interior painting went on into the night. The

result is a wonderful, industrial-style space that shows off her wares beautifully. At the moment, store hours will be 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday. But they may eventually change. “We’re playing the hours by ear,” Miller said. “We’re going to give it a while and see if they work. We may adjust them in the future.” The store offers layaway and gift certificates. Look for the ad in this issue—and bring it in to receive 20 percent off your purchase! Offer ends July 30. There will also be special nights set aside for preferred customers to shop at a discount. “It’s been a lot of hard work and sweat, but it’s well worth it,” Miller said. “Owning my own furniture store is a dream come true. I walk into the store and I still can’t believe that it’s mine.” Affordable Elegance, 925 Enterprise Boulevard, Lake Charles, LA 70601. Phone: (337) 377-6616. Website and FB page coming soon!


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rostate gland enlargement is a common condition as men get older. Also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatic hypertrophy, prostate gland enlargement can cause bothersome urinary symptoms. Untreated prostate gland enlargement can block the flow of urine out of the bladder and can cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems. Symptoms can be a weak urine stream, stopping and starting while urinating, frequent or urgent need to urinate and an increased frequency of urination at night, just to name a few. “The size of your prostate doesn’t necessarily mean your symptoms will be worse,” said Dr. John Upshaw with Urology Associates of SWLA, a part of the Memorial Medical Group. “Some men with only slightly enlarged prostates have significant symptoms. On the other hand, some men with very enlarged prostates have only minor urinary symptoms.” Only about half the men with prostate gland enlargement have symptoms that become noticeable or bothersome enough for them to seek medical treatment. In some men, symptoms eventually stabilize and may even improve over time. If you’re having urinary problems, see your doctor to check Volume 4 • Issue 7

whether your symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate and find out what tests or treatment you may need. “There are several effective treatments for prostate gland enlargement, including medications, lifestyle changes and surgery,” Dr. Upshaw said. “Prostate enlargement varies in severity among men and tends to gradually worsen over time.” There are new and improved treatments such as GreenLight™ Laser Therapy that are used by Dr. Upshaw. GreenLight™ Laser Therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that combines the effectiveness of the traditional surgical procedure known as transurethral resection of the prostate with fewer side effects. GreenLight™ Laser Therapy uses laser energy to remove enlarged prostate tissue. “What we do with the laser is actually remove some of the prostate that is blocking urine flow, but with less risk of sexual and other side effects,” Dr. Upshaw said. “A lot of patients can be done [either] outpatient or overnight stay.”

Courtesy of Dr. Upshaw at Urology Associates of SWLA If you don’t find symptoms too bothersome and they don’t pose a health threat, you may not need treatment. But you should still have your symptoms checked out by a doctor to make sure they aren’t caused by another problem, such as prostate cancer. Most men have continued prostate growth throughout life. In many men, this continued growth enlarges the prostate enough to cause urinary symptoms or to significantly block urine flow. The main risk factors for prostate gland enlargement include: Aging: Prostate gland enlargement rarely causes signs and symptoms in men younger than the age of 40. By age 55, about one in four men have some signs and symptoms. By 75, about half of men report some symptoms. Family history: Having a blood relative such as a father or brother with prostate problems means you’re more likely to have problems as well.

Where you’re from: Prostate enlargement is more common in American and Australian men. It’s less common in Chinese, Indian and Japanese men. Prostate gland enlargement becomes a serious problem when it severely interferes with your ability to empty your bladder. If this is the case, you’ll probably need surgery. Complications can include: acute urinary retention, urinary tract infections, bladder stones, bladder damage and kidney damage. “Most men with an enlarged prostate don’t develop these complications,” Dr. Upshaw said. “However, acute urinary retention and kidney damage in particular can be serious health threats when they do occur.” You can reach Dr. Upshaw by contacting Urology Associates of SWLA at (337) 494-4656. TJN JUNE 28, 2012


Chrystal Boutte can smile again.

By Matt Young


ranscending all cultures and backgrounds, a smile is a facial expression that can denote amusement, relief, gratitude and triumph. It can represent happiness and even pride for its owner. Smiles are both rewarding and contagious. Humans are born with the ability to smile. Babies can interpret facial expressions with great accuracy, and therefore parents and caregivers smile and “coo” with babies in order to elicit a similar response. A smile is created when the zygomaticus major muscles (located in the cheeks) are contracted and the corners of the mouth lift. On the surface, the muscle contraction visually produces a smile, sometimes revealing the teeth and gums. But beyond the human eye, a psychological function occurs in the brain simultaneously. PAGE 22

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Several studies show that the simple act of smiling can improve one’s emotional state, regardless of his or her initial state of being. A psychologist named Robert Zajonc published a study that confirms this theory. Dr. Zajonc’s subjects repeated vowel sounds that coerced their faces into many different expressions. To mimic some of the characteristics of a smile, they made the long “e” sound, which contracts the zygomaticus major muscles and stretches the corners of the mouth outward. Other vowel sounds were tested, including the long “u,” which forces the mouth into a pouty expression. Subjects reported feeling good after making the long “e” sound and feeling bad after the long “u.” After extensive research, Dr. Zajonc concluded that those who smile more often experience an overall improvement in their emotional state. In turn, he hypotheVolume 4 • Issue 7

sized this long-term psychological upgrade would produce health benefits. Unfortunately, smiling doesn’t come easily to everyone. Dr. Tim Robinson of Robinson Dental Group knows that many people are self-conscious about their mouths and are therefore reluctant to smile. Some are insecure about their teeth because they are not straight, have gaps or are discolored. Dr. Robinson says your smile is a grade of your self-esteem, and it can either boost your self-esteem or it can make you feel inhibited. In fact, he knows the feeling of insecurity from first-hand experience. When he was a child, his brother and he were wrestling in their home when something happened. “My brother’s head met my tooth; therefore, major dental work was necessary. Then, as a young teenager, I had to get braces to correct different orthodontic issues. Looking back, it was amazing how much I held back my smile during that time. After the work was done, I began to relax more. A new smile helped provide confidence in my appearance, and a new warm and friendly behavior followed,” he said. Dr. Robinson has used this compassion in his practice ever since. Recently he gave Willie Edwards of the popular television show “Swamp People” the gift of a brand-new smile. He said that his office had such a great experience with Willie that it made them want to give someone else the gift of a new smile. In October, Robinson Dental Group launched the “Smile You Deserve Contest.” Eligible participants were those who lived within 40 miles of Lake Charles.

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Contestants were asked to submit a photo of their smile and their “story” explaining why they deserved a dental makeover. One entry caught the attention of the staff at Robinson Dental Group more than others, and Chrystal Boutte, a photographer from Starks, was chosen as the lucky winner. “I’ve been hiding my smile, covering my mouth when I laugh, or just not smiling or laughing at all since [middle school], and I don’t want to go through the rest of my life hiding my smile,” Chrystal confessed in her submission. “If I were to win, I would have to learn how to smile again.” Chrystal now shows off her pearly whites all the time. Her children and husband have even noticed her increased sociability and happiness. Chrystal’s regained confidence has led to a more involved, fulfilling lifestyle. “For starters, having a beautiful smile gives you the confidence to enjoy yourself and life in general,” she has observed. “I’m more inclined to stop and talk with people around town now. This wholeexperience has been life-changing. I wanted to give a bear-hug to everyone at Robinson Dental Group after I saw my new smile.” Research into the human smile is ongoing, and certainly much more will be discovered in years to come. Many theorists claim smiling boosts the immune system, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and enhances other people’s perception of you.

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ho do you turn to when your widowed mother is getting on in years and cannot do for herself as in the past—and you’re working full time? What if your father has Alzheimer’s but his case is not advanced enough to where he needs to be in a facility? What if you’re recuperating from surgery and cannot be left alone? You turn to a home healthcare provider. Home healthcare covers a wide range of services that can be given in the home. It is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility, according to Peggy Kelley, program development director of PDI of the South. “A good home healthcare company should be able to provide their clients with both medical and non-medical services,”


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Kelley explained. Medical services include day surgery assistance, post-operative care, medication management, bathroom assistance, sitter services, and more. Along with companionship and meal preparation, homemaker services offer transportation and assistance to social functions, grocery shopping, hair appointments and other errands such as taking your pet to the vet, dropping packages at the post office, and so much more. It’s ideal for someone up in years who is still in reasonably good health and just needs assistance with everyday needs. For more information on home healthcare in your area, contact PDI of the South, Lake Charles 710 W. Prien Lake Rd. Suite 100 Lake Charles, LA 70601 (337) 479-0048 or 221 N. 2nd St. Eunice, LA 70535 (337) 546-0692. TJN

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lzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 50-70 percent of dementia cases. It is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early-onset Alzheimer’s, which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Volume 4 • Issue 7

Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. To treat these symptoms, most individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia choose an inpatient behavioral hospital that specializes in these types of treatments. Many behavioral hospitals are geriatricspecific, specializing in ages 50 and up. Treatment at these types of hospitals focuses on medication management, therapy, education, and modifying behaviors and lasts between 10-17 days. If you know someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, choosing an inpatient behavioral hospital could benefit your loved one’s quality of life greatly. For more information on Oceans Behavioral Hospital of Lake Charles, contact (337) 4747581, or TJN JUNE 28, 2012


By Erin Davison, Grant and Training Coordinator at Business Health Partners


early 400,000 Americans suffer major cardiac arrest each year. Shockinly, about 90 percent die because they do not receive immediate CPR from a bystander. CPR, defined as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, is when chest compressions are manually performed to preserve brain function during cardiac arrest. CPR alone is unlikely to restart the heart, but the attempt is to restore partial flow of oxygen in the blood stream and to the brain and heart. In honor of nation CPR week in June, the American Heart Association is nationally promoting Hands-Only™ CPR. If you witness a person suffering from cardiac arrest and they have stopped breathing, immediately call 911. Next, place both hands (one on top of the other) in the mid-


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dle of the chest and push hard and fast to a steady beat. Believe it or not, The American Heart Association has found the perfect beat for chest compressions, the Bee Gees’ disco tune “Staying Alive.” Performing basic CPR can triple a person’s chance of survival. Business Health Partners is a certified training facility through the American Heart Association. For more information, or to schedule a HandsOnly™ CPR class, please contact Erin Davison at (337) 626-1011 or We want to help you save lives! TJN

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A Field Of Flags Supports Fallen Heroes Ship to Shore, Signs Now and Townsquare Media’s Cajun Radio are enlisting the public’s aid in honoring and supporting our wounded servicemen and women this Independence Day. Donations are now being accepted at Ship to Shore, 4313 Lake Street, for A Field of Flags benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project®, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping our wounded warriors - and their families - as they return home from the current conflicts. In exchange for a minimum contribution of $5, Ship to

Shore will display an American Flag Card recognizing the donor’s military hero of choice and will fly a flag in each hero’s honor in a Field of Flags. The Field of Flags will be on display at Townsquare Media, 900 Lakeshore Drive, beginning July 1 through sundown July 8th. Each donation directly benefits Wounded Warriors, To learn more about the Field of Flags, call Ship to Shore at (337) 474-0730. Honor your military hero with a $5 donation today! TJN

Meet Scooter! Scooter is a 5-year-old special needs terrier mix. This wonderful loving guy was injured and lost the use of both back legs. One leg became so infected it had to be removed. He has been fitted with a special two-wheeled cart and he can now get around just like any other dog. He loves small children and will gravitate toward them in any social situation. His foster family has several other dogs and he gets along well with all of them. Scooter will require a little extra love and attention, but the love you receive in return will be enormous. If you would like to know more about Scooter or any of the other dogs and cats available thru

LAPAW Rescue, please visit our website at LAPAW Rescue is at PetSmart on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. If you wish to meet a particular animal, please email in advance so we can make sure that animal is on site. Hurry, Scooter is waiting! TJN

‘Thirty Volunteers in Thirty Days’ Campaign Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana announces a new volunteer recruitment campaign “Thirty Volunteers in Thirty Days” to begin on July 1. If you have ever thought of becoming a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, now is the time! With children on a list waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister, a new campaign has begun to get all kids a Big Brother or Big Sister. Please help BBBSSWLA to be successful by being matched with a screened and trained volunteer in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis and Vernon Parishes. BBBS is available to speak at your church, club or civic group regarding the benefits of mentoring our youths and the process to become a mentor. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana is a profesVolume 4 • Issue 7

sionally supported volunteer movement proven to change how our children grow up in America. For more information on mentoring opportunities, please call Big Brothers Big Sisters, a United Way Agency at 478-KIDS (5437) or visit


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It’s only late June, but I’ve had it. The Euro 2012 soccer tournament is over. The NBA finals, which featured two impossible-to-cheer-for teams in LeBronville (Miami) and not-Seattle (Oklahoma City), are over. The Boston Red Sox are (shudder) scraping the bottom of the American League East.


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Summer is officially kicking my butt, sports-wise. So, that’s it. I want to talk about some McNeese State football, dadgummit. Recently, there has been some heated debate about whether McNeese should join its ex-Southland Conference brethren Texas State and Texas-San Antonio in leaving the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) behind and jumping up to the Football Bowl Subdivision. And there is a good point to be made for a Cowboys switch. McNeese would, with a move up to the FBS, immediately earn a mod-

icum of respect from certain segments of the national sports media (ESPN) and, funny enough, the NCAA. Now, I’m not saying that the Cowboys are being disrespected by either institution. It’s just that, as long as McNeese plays at the FCS level, there is a certain “kid brother” stigma that goes along with it. Case in point: the NCAA, the main governing body for collegiate athletics in the United States. For all of its sanctimonious blather about student-athletes and blah, blah, blah, the NCAA could not give less of a flip about FCS football and the schools that play FCS football. There is no money to be made

from and no media spotlight to be shined on the FCS. The NCAA couldn’t even be bothered to send the FCS national championship banner to the right school, leaving it with North Dakota instead of its hated rival (and actual national champion North Dakota State). In addition, McNeese would benefit from facing more top-flight competition. Even facing the likes of North Texas and South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference would at least, in theory, generate more interest and a larger home crowd than a home game against McMurry ever could. This, in turn, widens the recruiting net into a deeper talent pool. You also tend to avoid teams like—just an example off the top of my head—Texas A&M

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ducking out of a contract to avoid a potentially embarrassing loss to a “IAA school” to open the season. So, there’s all that. And those promises of respect and revenue lured Texas State, Texas SanAntonio, and Texas-Arlington away from the Southland Conference. McNeese should not give in to temptation because it would be the worst mistake it could possibly make. For all of the potential benefits a move up to the FBS would offer, the likely misfortunes loom large and should be prohibitive. For example, look at UL-Monroe. This was a team, both as ULM and Northeast Louisiana, which was a force in I-AA football for years and one of McNeese’s chief Southland Conference rivals. The (at the time) Indians won a national championship in 1987, put three quarterbacks into the NFL and were, at the time they left for the greener pastures of I-A football, still competing for conference championships in the Southland. The (now) Warhawks have not had a winning season since 1994, the year the school moved up, and can barely make the minimum attendance barrier the NCAA requires to remain in the FBS. And how about our neighbors at You’ll-Laugh…er…USL…um…ULLafayette? In the 30 years since the Cajuns ran screaming from the Southland Conference to Division I-A on the wrong end of a 14-7 McNeese State victory, UL-Lafayette has just 11 winning seasons. That’s 36.6 (repeating decimal) percent. Translated into a letter grade, that’s an F-minus. And, far from competing with and beating the big boys, since 1982 the Cajuns have two wins (1996 vs. Texas A&M; 2009 vs. Kansas State) against “power-conference” teams since moving up to the top level of college football. So much for that widening that recruiting net into a deeper talent pool.

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It’s so bad over there for the Cajuns that they can’t even man up and play their “countrified” archrivals McNeese State. In 2007, ULL “graciously” allowed the Cowboys to play the Cajuns in football for the first time since 1986 and then promptly let the Cowboys blow them out of their own stadium. The Cajuns have been ducking the Cowboys ever since, going so far as to schedule the likes of Southern, Nicholls State, and, coming next year, Lamar. McNeese doesn’t want or need to be like UL-Laugh, running scared from supposedly “inferior” competition while maybe playing for a noname bowl bid once every 30 years. The Cowboys are doing just fine, thanks. Sure attendance has dropped a little in the past 10 or 15 years, but there is no need to push the panic button. McNeese continues to bring in quality athletes and, given a little more luck (injuries have plagued the team the past two seasons), the good old days of reaching the playoffs every season are not so far away. McNeese has the facilities and the winning pedigree to attract solid athletes who may not want to suffer the tortures of the damned at places like Monroe and Lafayette in order for some NFL scout to say that they faced “quality opposition.” The athletes who come to McNeese come there expecting to win championships. And, by staying put in the FCS, McNeese is giving them just that opportunity.

WCCH Announces Nurses Week Award Recipients During National Nurses Week in May, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital recognized the unwavering skill and dedication of the hospital’s registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aides and support personnel. Eight awards were presented to individuals that displayed extraordinary conduct and were chosen by members of the nursing staff to be this year’s recipients. These individuals, along with their awards, are listed below: • RN of the Year: Garrett Istre, RN, Emergency Department • LPN of the Year: Tonja Gaspard, LPN, Second Floor • Nurse Aide of the Year: Diane Watkins, CNA, Second Floor • Ward Clerk of the Year: Debbie Deloach, Third Floor

• Support Person of the Year: Belkis Barber, runner • Home Health Agency RN of the Year: Pam Bruney, RN • Home Health Agency Nurse Aide of the Year: Keisha Green, CNA • Home Health Agency Support Person of the Year: Amy Landry, billing clerk This year, two additional awards were presented to nurses for excellence in their respective areas. Lindsay Viator, RN in the Intensive Care Unit, was awarded with the “WCCH Healing Touch Award,” presented in memory of the late Nancy Weidner, RN. Janice Prater, RN in the Home Health Department, was awarded with the “WCCH Home Health Agency Excellence Award,” presented in memory of the late Sharon Baker, RN. TJN

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


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By Mary Louise Ruehr

Novels that are Hard to put Down I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for a novel that won’t let me put it down. You know — characters to love or hate, a premise that’s intriguing, and a plot that just pulls me in so much that I never want the book to end. Well, grab onto something, because I’ve found three of them! Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is hard to categorize. It’s sort of a love story, but it’s also made up of stories within stories, all adding to the colors of this one-of-a-kind love-adventureromp through Italy.


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The narrative begins in 1962 in a small fishing village on the Ligurian Sea. The town has been overlooked by tourists, who go to the glamorous resorts nearby. Pasquale Tursi wants to change that, to fulfill his father’s dream that their tiny hotel will become a great tourist attraction. One day, a boat comes ashore carrying a beautiful young actress. When she was taken ill during the filming of Cleopatra in Rome, she was told she has only a short time to live, and she wants to spend her last days in the quiet hotel by the sea.

Interesting people show up, including a couple of Italian thugs, an American writer, an eager firsttime-out Hollywood public relations guy, a would-be screenwriter, and — oh, yeah, Richard Burton. The actor. Really. The action moves to the present as Pasquale comes to Hollywood to find out what actually happened to the actress, who was the love of his life. He’s “acting like a lovesick boy… Such folly. But aren’t all great quests folly? El Dorado and the Fountain of Youth and the search for intelligent life in the cosmos — we know what’s out there. It’s what ISN’T that truly compels us … but true quests aren’t measured in time or distance anyway, so much as in hope. There are only two good outcomes for a quest like this, the hope of the serendipitous savant — sail for Asia and stumble on America — and the hope of scarecrows and tin men: that you find out you had the thing you sought all along.” The ending is a bit abrupt, and there were a few pages I found unnecessary, but all in all it was a many-splendored read with a bit of the bitter and a dash of the sweet. It’s great fun! Adult situations and language. The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley is a multi-generational love story centered around a 300-year-old house in Norfolk, England, called Wharton Park, which was once famous for its collection of orchids. The principal is concert pianist Julia

Forrester, who’s dealing with a personal tragedy and comes back to visit the house where she spent much of her childhood. Well, she didn’t live in the manse; her grandfather was the gardener and keeper of the orchids. At the house, she encounters the new lord of the manor, whom she knew when they were children. He’s selling the big house and renovating the gardener’s cottage. When he brings Julia a diary from 1941, “an account of life as a prisoner of war in Changi jail” in Singapore, which he found buried under floorboards in the cottage, the truth about the previous two generations begins to come out. As he and Julia renew their acquaintance, more than just friendship is stirred up. Here’s some of its atmosphere: “Adrienne was standing on the terrace, a glass of champagne in her hand. The night was as perfect as she could possibly have hoped. Only on nights like this did Wharton Park rival the beauty of her childhood home in Provence. The softness of an English country evening, when land and sky seemed to melt into each other, the smell of freshly mown grass, mingling with the scent of roses, had its own special magic.” This is an epic tale of star-crossed lovers, of class, race, war and betrayal, with plot twists in both the past and the present, taking us from England to France and Thailand. Sometimes it reads like a romance, and other times it’s like a Greek tragedy. It’s a most enjoyable read. Volume 4 • Issue 7

Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer, Book 2 of the Clifton Chronicles, picks up immediately after the events in Book 1, Only Time Will Tell. The characters we grew to love in the first book have grown up. It’s 1939, just before the war in Europe begins. British subject Harry Clifton has joined the Merchant Navy. In a spur-of-the-moment decision, when his boat is sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, Harry takes on a new identity, hoping to let go of the past by building a new life. Unfortunately, the decision backfires on him, and he ends up being used as a pawn, serving time in prison under a different name, with no way to prove who he truly is. His mother and Emma, the love of his life, are told that he’s dead. But Emma is skeptical. Believing that Harry may be alive, she goes in search of him, working her way across the Atlantic on a ship. In fact, much of this is Emma’s book, as she becomes a feisty and clever character and even tries to con a con. We follow Harry in prison, Emma’s attempts to find him, his mother’s pursuit by more than one beau back in England, and his best friend Giles, fighting the war in Europe and caught behind enemy lines. There are heroes and villains, some dastardly business, and a daring escape. As in Book 1, events are told from Harry’s viewpoint, then Emma’s, then other characters’. Once again, the audiobook from Macmillan Audio is beautifully presented, read by Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox. Since it’s plot-driven, I don’t want to reveal what’s behind all the twists and turns. I also think you should definitely read the first book before this one. I have quickly come to discover that if you want to read a darn good story, all you have to do is find a book written by Jeffrey Archer.

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Man On A Ledge (DVD, 2012) Here’s how guys shop: They have in mind to buy something, go straight in the store and get it, come out. Simple. A successful outing is one that takes under 10 minutes. It’s important to get an item that does just what it’s supposed to do. Man On A Ledge is just that, exactly what it’s supposed to be: A movie about a man on a ledge. In that sense alone, it’s a perfect movie. Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington, Avatar) is an ex-cop imprisoned for

the theft of a huge diamond. Now he’s on a ledge at the Roosevelt Hotel high above New York City, threatening to jump off the building and drawing a crowd. Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock, The Hunger Games) is a crisis intervention officer with a crisis: Days before, she attempted to stop a man from jumping to his death and failed. None of her fellow officers respect her. Now she’s got her head stuck out a window talking to someone named Nick. Man on a Ledge is an old-fashioned movie making at its best. You won’t notice a lot of spectacular computer graphic effects, although I’m sure they are there. But the movie does something you rarely see. It allows the actors to star in the film.

As usual in a good action movie, you really don’t know what’s going on. A flashback shows Nick attending his father’s funeral under prison escort and beating up on his little brother. His best friend and buddy officer (Anthony Mackie, The Adjustment Bureau) visits him in prison and Nick truly seems depressed. All along he insisted he was innocent, but Nick’s own lawyers didn’t believe him. So how do you keep a movie like this going? A good script and competent acting. Every role seems perfectly cast, from the cops helping Lydia handle the crisis to Nick’s little brother Joey and his girlfriend Angie, to the crowd on the street. And what a crowd. Nick gives the onlookers 18 floors below quite a show as he stumbles and almost falls off his 12-inch perch. Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) plays Suzie Morales, a spunky and very annoying news reporter who manages to stay in the way of the crisis teams. We see New York just as you might imagine, with crowds below alternating between fear that Nick will jump and wild cheers when he stumbles. Vendors are selling pizza. On one rooftop, women are holding up signs that say, “Jump into my

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arms” and so on. It could be a football game for all the excitement. Meanwhile, tycoon David Englander (Sam Harris) is a few skyscrapers away finalizing a big real estate deal. He’s angry at all the noise downtown and calls the mayor to complain. Englander is so emaciated he makes me worry that actor Harris might have cancer. At any rate, he’s the guy who owned the stolen diamond. He doesn’t yet know that Nick is the man on the ledge. If you’re a studied action fan or otherwise clever movie watcher, you might guess where all this is going. It doesn’t matter. Man on a Ledge is taut, funny, and incredibly fun to watch. You won’t find yourself judging animation or 3D effects; mainly, you’ll be caught up in a good story. Yes, it’s got a little of the TV drama about it, but manages to rise above (pun intended) the usual small screen fare. Man on a Ledge is rated PG-13 for one four-letter word and shooting violence. I would say it’s okay for teens and parents, but the little ones will probably want to stay in the back room playing Call of Duty. Then again, maybe you should plug in Toy Story 3.


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Feeling very honored to have been approached by The Jambalaya News family to contribute with a column, I hope to motivate, encourage and inform you of the many riches that surround our community and region. Being a member of the media definitely has its perks, but the most important part is the responsibility we are entrusted with. News radio and television both have their requirements regarding the content being delivered. The Jam allows me the extra room to express personal thoughts and interests. I hope you enjoy! Please feel free to contact me at The season is in full swing, as we are officially through half of our summertime. With June almost a thing of the past, be sure to make the most of what is left. August will sadly return in the blink of an eye. While your travel plans may have already taken place or will happen soon, you might be able to squeeze in a few more. So, the question might be, what should I do next? A theme park for Lake Charles may not currently be in the works, but our friends to the west have added a new entertainment option in the mix. Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas began racking up points purely on anticipation and word of mouth alone before even opening.

The pier opened on Memorial Day, May 25 and is all the hype for Texas, Louisiana and beyond. During a Sunday trip to Galveston with my close friends, the Landry family, I felt as though I was reliving my younger years with nearly an hour wait to board the Galveston Island ferry. Once on the island, it was apparent that the pier was the sight to see. The amusement attraction adds a completely new component to Seawall Boulevard and expands the range of possibilities of what to do this summer. Pleasure Pier boasts 15 rides (with a new one set to open soon), and a clean and a beautiful landscape jutting over the Gulf of Mexico. Stop by 25th and Seawall Boulevard with your family or friends to get a jumpstart on your summer fun. If you’ve already explored this new epicenter for amusement, let us know. Email our editor at and tell us of your adventure. Don’t forget about the other options along our I-10 belt that have sustained us for years during the summer. From Blue Bayou in Baton Rouge to the numerous Schlitterbahn locations throughout Texas, let’s support these seasonal vacation spots to keep them going strong. If you’re not able to travel or have already used all of your vacation tokens,

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embark on a regional adventure through Southwest Louisiana. As an area with a somewhat smaller population in comparison to neighboring regions, we really do have a vast amount of options. From museums to the sights of beautiful scenery, architecture and history, you can surely find something to do. The 1911 City Hall Arts and Cultural Center usually has at least two wonderful art exhibits hanging simultaneously. The fabulous Mardi Gras Museum at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center houses a wide array of Mardi Gras costumes and memorabilia—the largest in the state. And make sure you check out all the art exhibits at Central School. The Imperial Calcasieu Museum has artifacts from days gone by, and just over the bridge, there’s the Brimstone Museum and Henning Cultural Center. As far as sights are concerned, take a moment and look around. There are so many opportunities that we either overlook or take for granted. The Creole Nature Trail that travels down Gulf Highway and

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wraps through Cameron Parish is one of the top travel destinations in the U.S., believe it or not. The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau will keep you in the loop on what’s happening. Stop by the CVB located at 1205 N. Lake Shore Drive and or go to And check out the “Jambalaya Jam” and “Local Jam” sections of this publication to see what fun festivals, concerts and events you can attend! You can also be creative. Volunteer or intern at an organization you’ve wanted to learn more about. Don’t be afraid to make your summer a time to play hard and work hard, a motto my boss lives by year round. This year has already been a trying one for me with the loss of a close friend, but also a challenging one with new work experiences. On a side note, with summer comes heat—and it seems as if it’s been hotter than ever. I challenge you to check on elderly family members, friends and neighbors to make sure they’re okay. And make sure your pets are safely inside

with plenty of water—and never leave them in your car for any length of time. To all of my friends who are unable to travel or return home to see your family this summer: Push forward and make the most of the situation. Create your own little vacay by visiting Touloulou’s, a beachside area at L’Auberge Casino and Resort, or Party By the Pool on Thursday evenings. Bike or take a walk on the lakefront, or a hike in Sam Houston Jones State Park. Even if it’s only for an hour, get out and take a breather. You just never know when that chance might pass you by forever. TJN

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LA STATE JR. AND HIGH SCHOOL RODEO FINALS The LHSRA finals were held recently at the Burton Coliseum Complex to determine who moves ahead to compete in the national competitions. Approximately 300 contestants gave spectators something to hoop and holler about, with polebending, barrel-racing, team-roping, calf-roping and broncriding into the night! There were a variety of Western souvenirs and attire available from vendors at the arena. Congrats to the contestants--you’re all winners!

Hannah Washburn and Roxanne Milner

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CENTRAL LIBRARY CHILDREN’S PROGRAM Calcasieu Parish Mosquito Control educator Jill Hightower talked to a crowd of library champions as they gathered in for a seat on the magic carpet to learn about mosquitoes and other bugs around our parish as part of the Calcasieu Parish Library Summer Reading Program. There were opportunities for the kids to ask questions, and they were able to see mosquito larvae as well as grown mosquitoes—without the bites! Victoria Ware, Kristen Rigmaiden and Enissa Edwards Volume 4 • Issue 7

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A PICNIC WITH JOSH LEDET Wow! More than 3,000 fans gathered in Sulphur’s Heritage Square for a family-oriented picnic to welcome our hometown favorite American Idol contestant Josh Ledet! Everyone brought out the lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy this free concert featuring Josh, along with opening crowd pleaser Brandon Ledet. Brandon gave us Zydeco, and Josh put his God-given talents to use with his renditions of “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “A Man’s Man’s World” and more. The Ledet family sure felt the love and support of our community that day! Mary, Zan and Zararecia Robinson


Maddie Pattens, Sarah Benoit and Madison Duncan

Allie Di Giovanni with Meike and Harleigh Nunez

Brennan Baker with Caitlin and Randi Theriot

Lewis Cates, Lanie Warner and Brooke Velcher

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PEOPLE’S ADVOCATE BIRTHDAY BASH Supporters of Beth Zilbert’s The People’s Advocate and animal rights came out to Zeus restaurant for a great fundraising and a good-food time! There were generous amounts of premier wine, beer and marvelous Mediterranean snacks, including a mouth-watering hummus bar. In addition, there was musical entertainment, belly dancing, door prizes and a fabulous live art auction of all kinds of marvelous works of art including a New Orleans arts experience package. Opa to this successful fundraising event!

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Doors to the Festival and Arts and Crafts Open Opening Ceremonies CHRIS MILLER AND BAYOU ROOTS CAJUN ON DEMAND "Dancing With The Cajun Stars" Dance Contest Cajun Waltz and Two Step Children's Cajun Waltz Dance Contest Live Auction and introduction of Queens and Visiting Royalty ELLIS VANICOR & LACASSINE PLAYBOYS Dance Troupes Recognition MIDNIGHT RAMBLERS Silent Auction Closes GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN BOOGIE JOEL MARTIN PROJECT

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French Mass and French Choir Coffee and Donut Social Arts and Crafts Open PHIL MENARD AND LOUISIANA TRAVELERS Introduction of Queens and Visiting Royalty GANEY ARSEMENT & LAKESIDE GAMBLERS Children's Stage - RON GRANGER'S SCRUB BOARD BAND LESA CORMIER, IRVING MCFARLAND & SUNDOWN PLAYBOYS

For more information visit: or contact Janet Piraro at (337) 217-0880 or Lisa Duhon at (337) 302-2417

COME AND ENJOY! Children's Band Stand, Children's Cajun Waltz Dance Contest, Poster Contest, Live Auctions, Silent Auctions, "Dancing with the Cajun Stars" Dance Contest, 1970 T.S. Cooley Football Reunion, Arts and Crafts, RV Parking, Shrimp Etouffee, Jambalaya, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Cracklins, Boudin, Cajun Fries, Sweet Shop, Sweet Dough Pies, Ice Cream, Cake Walks, Half and Half Pots, Cajun History and Heritage Area


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Supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endownment for the Arts; by a grant from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury as administered by the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana; by a partnership grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the City of Lake Charles.

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contest and tabletop gaming tournaments. Other activities include a film festival, makeup prosthetic creation, comic arts demonstrations, concerts and more. Weekend Superpass is $20 for adults, $15 for children 11-14. Saturday-only admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Sunday-only admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children 10 and under are admitted free with a parent. Complete details about the convention or sponsorship opportunities can be found at LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAMS, NOW - JULY 20 The Calcasieu Parish Public Library will offer free Summer Reading Programs for all ages, and each participant will be given a logbook to record what they are reading. Those completing their reading by July 13 will receive a yard sign declaring “A Library Champion Lives Here!” Special guest programs include George Mullican’s Magic Show, June 12-16 and July 9; The Kinders’ “I Like Being a Kid” show, June 18-22; New Orleans crooner Phillip Melancon, July 9; and comedy team Riley Roam & Kenny Mikey’s “Page Turner: World Famous Storyologist,” a cross between Indiana Jones and Mary Poppins, July 16-20. The Tale Weavers, a group of teens who bring to life favorite children’s stories and verse, will have two programs July 5 at Central Library. Check the library website for locations and times. Call (337) 7217116 or visit USS ORLECK SUMMER LASER TAG, NOW – AUG. 30 The USS Orleck Laser Tag is proud to announce its Summer 2012 Public Play schedule every Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. Players must be 10 years and older to participate, and players under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Games are $7 for each 12-minute game, $20 for a 3-game package or $25 for a 4-game package. Call (337) 274-4767 or visit BAYOUCON ON JUNE 30-JULY 1 BayouCon, SWLA’s anime, comics, sci-fi and gaming convention, is back for its fourth year June 30— July 1 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall. Special media guests are J.G. Hertzler and Robert O’Reilly, both from the Star Trek franchise. There will be photo opportunities, a Klingon Breakfast, Cosplay

BOULEVARD CHURCH OF CHRIST ANNIVERSARY JUNE 30-JULY 1 On Sun., July 1, the Enterprise Boulevard Church of Christ will celebrate its 75th anniversary. From a very small beginning in 1937, the church has continued to grow and to prosper. This anniversary celebration will commemorate the past, paying tribute to those who led the congregation to this day and place, as well as consider the future as they look forward to continued spiritual and physical growth to the service and glory of God. There will be Fellowship Sat., June 30, from 2- 4 p.m., followed by Hoot’nanny and Hot Dogs from 4-5:30 p.m. On Sun., July 1, bible study is from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Worship service is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. with a Fellowship meal after the service. All events will be held at 2801 Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles. RED, WHITE, BLUE AND YOU JULY 4 The 19th annual Red, White, Blue and You festival will kick off with a star spangled street parade at 6 p.m. The program at the Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheatre begins at 7 p.m. with entertainment and the traditional, patriotic concert performed by the Lake Charles Community Band. Following the concert, stick around for the fireworks extravaganza over shimmering Lake Charles. Buy the T-shirt, wave a complimentary flag, sing along and take advantage of food vendors at the festival! In case of rain, the program will be moved into the Lake Charles Civic Center. For more information, contact SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588.

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FREE CONCERT AND WATERMELON AT SHANGRI LA JULY 4 Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be open on the 4th of July and is hosting a free concert by the Orange Community Band, who will perform patriotic songs in celebration of Independence Day. The band is made up of members ranging from high school students to senior citizens. Shangri La will be open on July 4 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and will reopen at 6:45 p.m. for the evening concert. Free entrance to the concert will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Aaron Lew Prior to the concert, Shangri La will have free is watermelon for visitors to enjoy. Bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, call (409) 6709113 or visit


LIQUID SOCIETY PARTY BY THE POOL JULY 5, 12, 19, 26 The month of July will sizzle as Liquid Society continues at L’Auberge du Lac! July 5 brings the country/southern rock of Aaron Lewis, followed by Candlebox on July 12, Theory of a Deadman (rock) on July 19 and Eve Six & DJ Pauly D (pop/punk) on July 26. Liquid Society features beer and drink specials served by the Ladies of L’Auberge. Doors open at 7 p.m. with live entertainment scheduled to

begin each Thursday at 8:30 p.m.; Liquid Society ends at 11 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $10 per show at; at L’Auberge through the Business Center or Legends at L’Auberge; must be 21 to attend. Tickets may be purchased the night of the show at Legends. Please note that the event location is subject to change and/or cancellation due to inclement weather. LT. DOUGLAS FOURNET MEMORIAL POKER RUN JULY 7 The Lt. Douglas Fournet Memorial Shoot and Scoot Poker run will be begin with 8 a.m. registration at Bob & Pete’s 2345 Industrial Drive, Sulphur. Stops will be at various VFW and American Legion Posts in the area. Benefit ends back at Bob & Pete’s at 4 p.m. T-shirts available for $20 online at All proceeds will be donated to the Lt. Douglas Fournet Medal of Honor statue being placed at Lake Charles Veterans Park. For more info, contact Ken Lanzalaco at (409) 932-8066 or Lee Perkins at (337) 513-7447. LAFITTE’S LADIES ROLLER DERBY JULY 7 Lake Charles’ own Lafitte’s Ladies play the Pearl River Roller Derby at the team’s very own practice/game venue: The Grindhouse at 932 Enterprise Blvd., Suite C. in Lake Charles. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Bring your own chair and


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refreshments; food vendors are available. New recruits, Junior Derby (ages 7-17), referees, non-skating officials and volunteers are always wanted! Tickets are available in advance on Tues. and Thurs from 6-8 p.m. at the Grindhouse, by visiting and at the event. Doors open at 7 p.m. for all home games; bout starts 7 p.m. THE WOUNDED WARRIOR AMPUTEE SOFTBALL GAMES JULY 13-14 A nationally recognized team comprised of amputee active duty military personnel and veterans will play against Olympic Gold medalist Jennie Finch and a team of all-stars July 13-14 in Sulphur. The tournament will be held at McMurry Park, with game events beginning each night at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online at, at both locations of Dynamic Dimensions Fitness Centers, at Sulphur City Hall, and at the Diagnostic Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of WWAST team equipment, training and support. Sponsorships for the event are available and donations are also being accepted. For more information, call (337) 527-4241. SUMMER POPS JULY 14 On July 14, the Symphony will open its 55th season with Summer Pops 2012, featuring “I Hear a Symphony” at the Lake Charles Civic Center. This show will feature the hits of Motown such as “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “ABC,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” ”My Girl,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” and many more! The event will be held in the coliseum of the Lake Charles Civic Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30/person; $300/table of eight and $15 general admission risers. For more information, call (337) 433-1611. CAJUN MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVAL JULY 21-22 Burton Coliseum will be jumping with lively Cajun sounds Sat. and Sun., July 21-22, for the 25th Annual Cajun Music and Food Festival, presented by the Lake Charles Chapter of the Cajun French Music Association. Savory Cajun specialties like jambalaya, gumbo, cracklins and more will be in the gumbo pot. Other festival highlights include raffles, arts and crafts booths and games for kids. Raffle prizes include everything from an accordion to a live hog! The event will take place at Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Hwy. Sat. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sun. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $7 per person, and free for children 12 and younger. No ice chests are allowed.  MARSHLAND FESTIVAL JULY 27-28 The Marshland Festival originated to support the community, especially kids, through non-profit organizations. Music isn’t all that goes on during the festival; there will be a business expo, arts and crafts for sale, activities for the kids and more, including…food! 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 27, ending at midnight. On Saturday, July 28, the music will begin at noon and go through the day, ending at midnight. The event will be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center. For a complete schedule, visit VOLUNTEER CENTER CASINO ROYALE FUNDRAISER JULY 28 The Volunteer Center of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. invites the community to their second annual signature event, Casino Royale, set for Sat., July 28 from 7 – 11 p.m. at Reeves Uptown Catering in Lake Charles. Casino Royale features games like blackjack, roulette, poker and craps. Attendees are able to convert the value of the chips they earn from playing the casino games into a cash value towards the live auction. Dealers are happy to teach you how to play! Tickets are $50 per person and sponsorship levels run from $250 to $1000. All proceeds benefit the Volunteer Center. Interested in sponsoring Casino Royale or purchasing tickets? Call (337) 513-4616. TJN Volume 4 • Issue 7

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Michael Kittling @ Cigar Club, 8 p.m. • Zydecane @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • Lil Brian @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 10 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 28 • Consequence of Silence @ Happy Hippie Pizza, 4 p.m. • Briggs Brown & The Bayou Cajuns @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Twangsters Union @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Brad Brinkley @ Micci’s, 8 p.m. • Brandon Ledet & Creole Touch @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • Uncle Kracker @ Liquid Society, L’Auberge Casino, 8:30 p.m. FRIDAY, JUNE 29 • Killer B’s Steel Drum Band @ Touloulou’s Beach, L’Auberge Casino, 5:30 p.m. • Jamie Berzas @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Karma @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Mark Reeves Band @ Linda’s Lounge, 8 p.m. • The Molly Ringwalds @ Yesterday’s, 9 p.m.


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• Kade Fontenot @ Cigar Club, 9 p.m. • Geno Delafosse & French Rockin’ Boogie @ Southern Magnolia Café, Iowa, 9 p.m. • Stellar @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • Zydecane @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 9 p.m. • John Guidroz @ Micci’s, 9:30 p.m. • DJ Jose Mata @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 30 • Joe Simon & Louisiana Cajun @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Lakeview Playboys @ Southern Magnolia Café, Iowa, 7 p.m. • Karma @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • In Liquid @ The Porch, 8 p.m. • Mark Reeves Band @ He’s Not Here Lounge, 8 p.m. • Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys @ Yesterday’s, 9 p.m. • Loaded 44erz @ Cigar Club, 9 p.m. • Louisiana’s LaRoux/Charles Mann @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • Zydecane @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 9 p.m.

• Soul Vacation @ Micci’s, 9:30 p.m. • DJ Jose Mata @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 10 p.m. TUESDAY, JULY 3 • Dave Duplissey @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Bag of Donuts @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, JULY 5 • Don Fontenot & Les Cajuns de la Prairie @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Fat Boy South @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Aaron Lewis @ Liquid Society, L’Auberge Casino, 8:30 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 6 • Jamie Berzas @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • MoJeaux @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Boston @ The Pavilion, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 8 p.m. • Bernie Alan @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • Blend 328 @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 9 p.m. • Red Moped @ Luna Live, 10 p.m.

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SATURDAY, JULY 7 • Travis Benoit & Allons Dancer @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • MoJeaux @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Blue Broussard Band/Jamie Talbert @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • Blend 328 @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 9 p.m. TUESDAY, JULY 10 • Mechanical Heart @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 6 p.m.

Win Tickets to the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus! The circus is coming to the Ford Park Arena in Beaumont! And FIVE lucky readers will win FOUR tickets each to the Big Top! Go to The Jambalaya News page on Facebook and post “Circus” on the page for a chance to win tickets! We will pick five random winners and the

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. THURSDAY, JULY 12 • Howard Noel & Cajun Boogie @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Warren Storm/Willie Tee & Cypress @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Candlebox @ Liquid Society, L’Auberge Casino, 8:30 p.m. TJN

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drawing will be held July 10. Performances are July 13, 7:30 p.m.; July 14, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and July 15, 1 p.m. We will email you if you’re a winner! You will receive vouchers that you can exchange for tickets before the show. See you at the circus! TJN

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Children’s Theatre Summer Workshop July 9-11 The Children’s Theatre Company begins its 2012 Summer Theatre Workshops with “Wild Things” for children ages 5-8. This workshop introduces children to theatre through the use of creative drama, theatre games, creative movement, stage makeup, costumes and musical theatre. The

workshop cost is $65 and is held on July 9-11 from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The afternoon workshop session “Acting for the Camera” is for children ages 8-18. This workshop covers auditioning for commercials, reading commercial scripts, exploring different commercial techniques, and

beginning improvisational skills. Information and samples are shared on doing resumes, head shots and finding the best agent or manager. The workshop cost is $85 and is held July 9-11 from noon-1:30 p.m. No experience is needed for the workshops. Both have limited enrollment and are held at

Central School of the Arts & Humanities Center at 809 Kirby Street. For registration information, contact the theatre at (337) 433-7323 or visit the website at and click on Summer Theatre Workshops. TJN

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