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LAGNIAPPE MAGAZINE • MAY 16, 2013 • VOLUME 31 NUMBER 10

25 17 IT’S GOOD FOR READERS • With the upsurge of activity by the Baton Rouge Advocate in New Orleans, there’s an old school newspaper battle raging in the Crescent City. John Maginnis reports. 25 SAVED BY THE BEL? • The likely candidacy of state Rep. John Bel Edwards for governor could be a much-needed shot in the arm for Louisiana Democrats. But would it be enough to break the Republican lock on the state? Jeremy Alford reports. 32 MEMORIAL DAY SALUTE • We look at the history of Avenue of Flags and ways you can observe Memorial Day. 35 SUMMER FUN GUIDE • Enjoy this extensive guide to dozens of camps, sports events and arts and education activities that are tailor-made for active children (and sometimes for the entire family). 48 SALON SENSE • Topics include the trend toward shellac nails and ways to get the hairstyle you want.

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53 SENIOR LIVING • Dr. Pat Robinson is using his retirement years to champion home health at DeQuincy Home Health. His colorful history includes the events portrayed in the movie Steel Magnolias.

Lagniappe Magazine Serving SWLA Since 1983 Publishers Bob Hartnett Greg Pavlovich Editor Brad Goins Associate Editor Karla Wall Assistant Laura Landry Layout & Design Mike Manis Advertising Sales Tanya Alsobrook Patty Hebert Chester Rogers Classified Manager Kenny Pierce Distribution Manager Edward Frazer Contributing Writers Jeremy Alford Dr. Dale Archer Duane Bergeron Angie Dilmore Todd Elliott Rocke Fournet Arthur Hebert John Maginnis Nola Mae Ross Rick Sarro Chuck Shepherd Vic Wukovits Office Phone (337) 433-8502 Office Fax (337) 433-8964 Mailing Address PO Box 3292 Lake Charles, LA 70602 Shipping Address 2906 Deaton Street Lake Charles, LA 70601 Editorial e-mail edit@thelanyap.com Advertising e-mail ads@thelanyap.com Classified e-mail class@thelanyap.com Lagniappe Magazine is published the first and third Thursday of each month. Manuscripts, photographs, comments and queries are invited. Return postage must accompany all materials submitted if return is requested. Publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials. Opinions presented by the columnists in this publication do not necessarily express the views ofLagniappe Magazine.

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Up Front Pierre Sez Out & About Tech Bytes Taking Charge LA Politics

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News Roundup Weird News File 13 Lake Area People Band Schedule What's Happening

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front Static Static is a new romance novel by local writer and McNeese student Jennifer L. Thibodeaux. I’m not the best qualified person to write about romance novels. I’ve never read one (unless books like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice are considered romance novels). While I know nothing about romance, I do know a thing or two about fiction writing. And I can assure you Thibodeaux does at least one thing as well as any writer: she understands and accurately describes the place where her story unfolds. As evidence, I give you her description of Southwest Louisiana (where at least part of Static takes place). The protagonist of the novel, Remany, is barely 18, but already has two children. Her pay is “only slightly over minimum wage. If I made about twice as much,” she says, “I would possibly be able to come close to paying all of my bills each month.” All this is perfectly in line with how things are here. But it’s nothing compared with what’s coming. When Remany talks with a man to whom she’s mildly attracted, the heroine feels obliged to defend herself … for reading books! The spot-on conversation goes like this: “‘I never said I was a reader …’ [says Remany]. “‘Of course you are; you read all of the time.’ “My head again shook. ‘No. I never told you that, and I don’t bring books up here.’” That’s insightful writing and a clever descriptive device. And it gets better. Our protagonist soon meets a man who’s a real romantic object. We figure he must read books. His English is almost unbelievably formal. The coup de grace is that this paragon of romantic interest, whom Remany thinks of as a “savior,” drives a truck! It would be flabbergasting if it weren’t so true to form. I’ve never read a writer — famous or no — who has a keener sense of place than Thibodeaux. Now, let’s look at the way in which Remany’s romantic object speaks. Callaran routinely says such things as, “Do you not agree?” “I fear I do not agree with you.” “You have heard of it, have you not?” I’ve never known anyone who speaks this way. But I hasten to point out that this may be a common way of speaking in the romance novel. Remany is aware of the phenomenon, as you’ll see in this exchange: “I would like to request permission to fill the space beside you” [says Callaran]. “OK. You just asked if you can sit by me, right?” Thibodeaux has some of the characteristics of the undergraduate writer, chief

among these being a tendency to use dramatic language. But, again, such language may be appropriate for romance novels. Thibodeaux does understand and have a talent for the English language. Consider this touching passage on the protagonist’s sensitivity towards people and the simple language that’s used in it: “On a daily basis, I encounter more people than I would prefer to meet in a lifetime. I’m uncomfortable with crowds or even small groups for that matter.” Imagine an entire novel full of sentences like that. What a pleasure it would be to read. One way to work out quirks of language is to write and write and then write some more. Given that this 550-page novel is the first in a series of seven Thibodeaux has written, she may well have written enough to get out any kinks. (Just to be clear, all seven novels develop the same story. She’s thinking about adding an eighth.) Certainly in the first part of Static, there is always plenty going on. Can Callaran really be as considerate and polite as he seems to be? Or is the reader being set up for a shocking reversal in character? Guess you know how to find out. Static is published by iUniverse and is priced at $28.95. If you want to check it out, call Thibodeaux at 802-1548 or 439-7114, or her publicist at 496-6634.

Aliens Babysit School Kids In Union Scheme Both I and Pierre have complained about the number of emails that go out to pretty much everybody from the office of Gov. Bobby Jindal. (In all fairness, they go out from the office of state Treasurer John Kennedy in exactly the same way, and it’s every bit as weird when they do.) The biggest yooky-dook of an email I’ve seen yet came from the Office of the Governor on April 30. Jindal never signs these atrocities; this one was signed by some lackey named Sean Lansing. The email starts off subtle: “They Said It!!! “Teacher Union President Claims That Students Are The Property Of The Unions” Jindal/Lansing saw this as such a blockbuster story that they followed it up with a second email the very next day. This one also took the subtle approach: “IN CASE YOU MISSED IT “Louisiana Teachers’ Union President Claims Children Belong To The Unions” Well big tickle, cats and gats! Sounds like the Teacher’s Union has taken up house in a giant old abandoned hospital and is keeping all the school pupils in the attic and basement. It’s just like a remake of House of Voices. Can I write the script? When Lansing/Jindal say, “the head of the Louisiana Association of Educators bizarrely claims that students are the property of the unions,” I know they’re lying. And I can prove it. How? I just quote from their own letter. Here’s what they write: “LAE President Joyce Haynes said, ‘[the scholarship program is] taking our children from us, and sending them where we don’t know

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what they’re getting.’” The Jindal administration is interpreting this statement as meaning “the scholarship program is taking the children from the union, and sending union members where they don’t know what the children of the union are getting.” Do you think that’s what the statement meant? Don’t you think it’s a whole lot more likely that when Haynes said, “[the program is] taking our children away from us,” the “us” meant parents? I mean, what kind of loon (outside of the governor’s office) thinks union members believe they own other people’s children? Have you ever gone to sleep at night afraid that a union member might sneak in a window and take away your kid? There was more in the emails; take this, for example: “Attorneys for the LAE have also stooped to threatening schools who have accepted scholarship students.” I don’t believe it. Why? These email writers haven’t earned my trust. Why? I caught them in a lie in the first two paragraphs. Of course, it’s no great wonder to discover a political figure’s not trustworthy. If Jindal’s ambitions are national, whom is he trying to impress with this sort of loopy email? Is he trying to demonstrate he doesn’t like unions? Is there a citizen in Louisiana who isn’t already convinced that Jindal hates unions with every bit of passion that resides in that tiny bit of coal in his chest that passes for a heart? The emails have the tone of essays written by an angry child who just tanked up on a breakfast of Pop Tarts and Coke. They make Jindal look like a bully who can’t control his emotions and can’t control his staff. They make him look like the last guy you’d want to be your governor. After I got these emails, I really wanted to reply, “What are you people smoking up there?” But then I started thinking, “Naw, if union members are crawling in through windows and taking students out of their bedrooms and putting them in Horror Hospital, who knows what those froot loops in the governor’s office might do to me. Best to keep a low profile and let sleeping mad dogs lie.”

Budget Cutting Priorities May 1 was a bad day for me to read news about Louisiana athletics. On that day, I read the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will move ahead with a $115 million athletic facilities “master plan.” The plan had just gotten approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. The reason that got my attention was that on the very same day, I read that a committee in the Louisiana Legislature was considering another $500 million in budget cuts. Higher ed was, again, expected to bear the brunt of the cuts. I went to UL-Lafayette’s web site and clicked its “Find A Leader” button. Then I sent this email: Dear ULL Rep: I’m Brad Goins and I do a column for Lagniappe Magazine in Lake Charles. I read in The Advocate this morning that ULL is undertaking a $155 million expansion in athletic facilities. I also read that the Legislature is contemplating another $500 mil in revenue cuts, which, if they occur, would mean even more cuts for La. higher ed. My question is: Is the athletic expansion funded by a fund that has no connection with state funding, or is the athletic expansion going on in the face of what must be substantial state cuts to academics at ULL? You can email me here, or, if you prefer, you can call me at 337-433-8502. I’m here most days from 8 am to 4 pm. — Best wishes, Brad Goins, Editor, Lagniappe Magazine I never got an answer to that email. I guess they couldn’t Find My Leader. ULL Athletic Director Scott Farmer said, “The implementation of this plan will give Ragin’ Cajuns athletics the facilities that they need to continue to grow for years to come.” I guess that’s not much of a stretch. But it probably doesn’t matter. I mean, after all, job recruiters usually give graduates jobs because the school’s football team is doing well, right?

Kiss Your Genetic Code Goodbye I must be living right. I’m getting the Tools for Freedom catalog more often than I used to. The cover of the 2013 Tools for Freedom Vol. 2 catalog features this big headline: “Are Globalist’s [sic] NANOPARTICLES REWRITING the GENETIC CODE of all life on Earth?” Oh hell yes! I thought everybody knew that. Why, just the other day, I was at the E-Z Livin’ Convenience Store in Wagon Rut and saw Kid Rock in the parking lot. I asked him how it was going. “Not too good, man,” he said. “A bunch of globalists got their nanoparticles into my genetic code and I ran right out and bought the entire Celine Dion catalog. I can’t stop listening to it. I’m neglecting my work, man.” If you haven’t already done so, you should start wearing one of those AS SEEN ON TV Globalist Nanoparticle Screeners that sell at a rate of two for $19.95. Your DNA’s worth 20 bucks, isn’t it? Of course, I had to lay my favorite titles from the catalog on you; they are: — Mind Control and Reptilian Underground Bases ($18 DVD) — Voice-to-Skull Technology ($19 DVD) — The Velon Alien Race and Project Human Extinction ($15 DVD). Isn’t there something a little appealing about being extinctified by an alien race you’ve never even heard of? — Zip Codes Remove Your Rights ($15 DVD). That’s a thought I’ve often had. Ever noticed how area codes remove your right to use a phone without using area codes? I bet you want to see all this stuff! Visit ToolsForFreedom.com. May 16, 2013

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Merci Beaucoup Al Roker Folks in Southwest Louisiana are still in shock at seein’ NBC weatherman Al Roker broadcastin’ live from the Carlyss Fire Dept. De amount uf free publicity around de country iz sometin’ de Convention Bureau and de state Tourism Commission couldn’t have baught. Roker wuz de real deal … clownin’ around wit’ everyone but serious when talkin’ about sometin’ dear to hiz heart: law enforcement emergency responders who risk dar lives every day in dis country. Keep in mind dis broadcast would have never happened had it not been for de Carlyss Fire Dept. folks enterin’ de NBC contest. Also, remember what you saw on NBC an’ KPLC wuz de result uf a lot uf hard work by hundreds uf folks. De KPLC mornin’ team uf John Bridges, Britney Glaser an’ Ben Terry were great. An’ de Southwest Louisiana Convention an’ Visitors Bureau made shore Roker wuz taken care uf wit’ gifts an’ food. You can bet dis summer folks from trewout de country comin’ to our state will want to visit dat fire station. A great big attaboy to all who made dis event possible.

Anudder Notch Southwest Louisiana wuz fortunate to have three teams from de area play in de state Class 5A quarterfinals and semi-finals in New Awlins. Kinder played in de 2A class in Monroe. Sad to say, none of dem brought home a state championship. But when you consider Sulphur, Barbe and Sam Houston were three uf de eight teams dat made it to New Awlins, you can see we have great baseball in dis area. Meantime de 4A, 3A, B and C classifications played dar games at McMurry Park in Sulphur to record crowds even though de weather wuz not very good Friday. Now if you are a bit confused dat teams are playin’ all ova de state, we have good news for you. Soon de Louisiana High School Athletic Assoc. will announce dat next year all de games will be played at McMurry Park. Folks, if you haven’t been to de ball fields dar, you should go. Day have facilities dat lots uf colleges would be proud uf. An’ not only dat, SPAR (Sulphur Parks and Recreation) has top notch personnel. Again we say, it didn’t jus’ happen dat no udder city wuz willin’ to bid on de tournament. Day knew day didn’t have a chance wit’ Sulphur biddin’ considerin de job SPAR haz done wit’ de girls Fast Pitch 56 tournament for de last 13 years. Way to go SPAR!

Marshall And Mary Whenever an incumbent iz forced into a runoff, you can expect a close race wit’ lots uf fireworks. Dats what we saw when two-term city councilman Marshall Simien was trown into a runoff wit’ Mary Morris for de District A City Council seat. Since it wuz de only election on de ballot, voter turnout wuz very low. When all wuz sed an done, Morris had 54 percent uf de vote and Simien had 46. Morris won by 105 votes. Some wonder if we’ll see de former council and Port Board member return to politics. Some say he’s still de best bet for state representative when A.B. Franklin terms out. All we gotta say iz de transition to de Legislature would have been a lot easier had he won reelection. But like my buddy Rodney usta say, “dats poltics.”

Allen Parish Vote Wuz Interestin’ In an election helt earlier dis month, voters in Allen Parish just beat back a proposal dat would have placed a 7.5 mill 10-year tax on its citizens in order to provide law enforcement in all schools in de parish. Dis is uf course in reaction to all de school violence goin’ on in our country. De vote wuz very tight … 1,141 sed no an 1,042 sed yes. De vote wuz close in every one uf de 32 precincts. My fran JW sez it woulda passed had mo folks gone out to vote. De question iz will we see dis come up for a vote again? Me, I would say probably not. 8

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Dardenne Visits Area For Tourism Week Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne made a stop in our area for tourism week. Dardenne toured de state in a nice bus painted wit’ all sorts uf tourism logos. We might add all de lt. governors dat have had de duty uf promotin’ our state have done a great job. Goin’ back to Jimmy Fitzmorris, everyone has realized de importance uf tourism and worked hard to bring visitors. At a luncheon, Dardenne pointed out what tourism means to our state. One in ten workers in our state iz in de hospitality industry. Last year, 26.3 million visited our state, an’ baught lodgin’, food an’ gaz to de tune uf $665 million in tax dollars. Now folks, dat iz a big pollution-free bidness. Also at dis luncheon wuz Joshua Ledet, who was presented an award for hiz contributions to makin’ Southwest Louisiana known throughout the world. Dardenne will be a candidate for governor next go ‘round, ‘an it will be unfortunate for de folks uf our state to lose such a salesman.

Contraband Days: Dar Back A few years ago, de Contraband Days Festival in our city wuz in bad shape. But de folks in charge didn’t just fold dar tent. Instead, day did a study to find out what folks wanted an’ when day wanted it in de way uf entertainment … not only adults, but children as well. De end result iz a new and revived Contraband Days with more to offer local folks and visitors alike. Final figures aren’t in yet on de money, but you can bet it’s gonna be a record.

Wuz School Boad Right On Aeroframe? Jus az de School Boad wuz divided on extendin’ de $600,000 a year to Aeroframe for one more year, so iz de community. My good fran Sharkey Cox wrote in de American Press claimin’ dat de School Boad should have renewed de tax credit an’ should be doin’ what de City uf Lake Charles did an’ tighten its belt. On de udder side uf de coin, my stockbroker friend Max sez de 10-year $600,000 a year exemption was designed to help Aeroframe buy equipment, etc., an’ 10 years should have allowed dem enough time to do just dat. Now de naysayers are claimin’ Aeroframe will pull out uf Chennault an’ wit’ it will go 400 jobs. Me, I don’t tink dats gonna happen because de company has had a good ride here and day know day gonna get some mo goodies down de line either from de parish or de state.

Good News For Beauregard While leaders in West Central Louisiana continue to bite dar nails on de upcomin’ Ft. Polk decision, de City uf DeRidder got some good news recently about one of de largest industries in de parish. Boise announced dar gonna invest $111 million in dar DeRidder facility, creatin’ 600 construction jobs, 50 direct jobs and 232 indirect jobs. Boise will rework some machinery and add new machines to make a bigger variety uf products. Ron Roberts, da mayor uf DeRidder, sez de expansion should be completed by September uf next year.

It’s On To De Senate While fightin’ de House durin’ impeachment proceedings, Huey Long wuz told by one of his aides dat de senators wuz accusin’ him uf ignorin’ de Constitution. Long pounded his fist on hiz desk an’ screamed, “Don’t day know I am de Constitution?” Bobby Jindal haz pretty much followed de Long pattern since he took office: firin’ appointees at any hint uf dem opposin’ him on any issue; appointin’ poorly qualified campaign contributors to key boards and commissions and pretty much runnin’ de state az he saw fit. But recent polls dat show him wit’ a 35 percent favorable ratin’ haz got some legislators challengin’ da gov. De House haz passed a budget dat Jindal haz issues wit’, an’ now it goes to de Senate. Now Jindal may try to get hiz power back by vetoin’ de budget de Senate agrees on. No doubt about it: lots uf fur will fly in Baton Rouge befo de session ends in early June.

Deep Taughts While Watchin’ Nature On PBS 10) What kinda goodies will our legislators bring back when de session iz over? 9) Can de Astros get any worse? 8) How will LSU do in de regionals? 7) How did dat Fienberg fella get to hand out money in Boston afta de way he botched de BP handout? 6) Once Mayor Randy steps aside, who will run for mayor? 5) Will Sedonia give me some 9 mm bullets for my new pistol … an’ where will she find dem? 4) Iz Tiger Woods really back in de groove? 3) How come Andy came over while I wuzn’t home an’ ate all de blackberry cobbler I had made? 2) Are my tomatoes gonna be any good dis year? 1) Ain’t it great dat Lake Arthur now has a hotel?

Final Shot Lefty sez he went to Houston wit’ tickets to go to an Astros game. Told him he musta really been bored. ‘Til next time, lache pas la patate. May 16, 2013

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OUT & ABOUT

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This venue has taken over the old Pink Pig that had drive-thru only. The owners have opened up the interior with some nice seating. It’s counter service here. You order and pay, then the servers bring your food out to you. The drive-thru remains open. I used it a couple of times. I got the Gyro Flat Bread one time. The mixture of gyro meat, tomatoes, onion, lettuce, feta and cucumber sauce was tasty and quite good. This combo appears in several different places on the menu, including a plate, pizza, and a pizza roll (more about these later). Unfortunately, I found the flat bread way too chewy for my taste. However I would recommend the gyro on the other items. It’s just that good. The cooks do a limited number of slices that’s perfect for the drive-thru. I also got the Stuffed Meat and the Pepperoni and Cheese options for pizza. The meat pizza had sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon and hamburger meat with loads of cheese. The toppings were good, but I found the crust wanting. I and my Wednesday dining companion went in twice. The first time, we ordered a Spinach Pizza Roll, Supreme Pizza and a cannoli. The pizza rolls are like a savory cinnamon roll. I think the cooks flatten out a strip of dough, spread a filling on it and roll it up like cinnamon roll. On this one the filling was a creamed spinach mixture. It was delicious. The pizza had sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, hamburger, mushrooms,

bell pepper, onion and black olives. The toppings were good, but the crust was thin, brown and completely soggy all the way to the edge. The cannoli was the standard shell filled with sweetened ricotta with mini chocolate chips. Our second time here, we shared a Bacon Pizza Roll, which proved as delightful as the other one. These rolls I would order again and again.

The pizza rolls are like a savory cinnamon roll. I think the cooks flatten out dough, spread a filling on it and roll it up like cinnamon roll. On this one the filling was a creamed spinach mixture. It was delicious.

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Next, the Eggplant Parmigiano came out. Garlic knot rolls accompanied it. They were good. The parmigiano proved problematic. The pasta was stone cold, and the rest of the dish had hot and cold spots. The eggplant seemed to have been fried long before service. The tiramisu was decent. You’ll have to make your own decision on this place. There were some things I liked, and some things I didn’t. I may have to check this place out again when they’ve had time to settle in.

Arthur Hebert’s food and restaurant blog is www.swlaeats.blogspot.com


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TECH BYTES

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What’s New From Before It’s that time of year again, when I take a look at some of my old articles and provide some updates on exciting new things that have taken place or are soon to come. The first in this round of updates reaches way back to last month when I wrote about Mailbox, the app that helps you achieve “inbox zero.” The big news is that Mailbox no longer has a wait. After their first 10 weeks of ramping up their operations, their solution has scaled to the point where the wait is no longer needed and their infrastructure can handle over 100 million messages per day. The other big news from this great app developer is that an iPad and Android app is in current development. Stay tuned for more great things from this Dropbox acquisition. Each year, we’re treated to a round of Apple updates to their fleet of products, and everyone is eagerly anticipating the next iteration. The word on the street is that we’ll be seeing a new iPhone sometime this fall. This one is rumored

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to feature a longer battery life, a faster processor, a better camera and maybe a fingerprint sensor for security purposes. There’s also a rumor of a cheaper iPhone that will feature a plastic housing — something we haven’t seen since the 3Gs. The iPad should see a fresh new form factor akin to that featured in the iPad mini, with a smaller bezel allowing for more room for screen size. The iPad mini itself should finally realize a Retina

display. One of the biggest complaints when it was first released was that its display was inadequate. All these devices will be running iOS 7, which is seeing big spikes in usage from beta testers on Apple’s campus. It is purported to bring us a “flatter” interface, much like the recent look and feel that Facebook pushed out on its mobile devices. I would reckon that September will be a big month for Apple and a costly month for Apple addicts. A few of my favorite games saw some new features as of late. Angry Birds Star Wars got a big update in the

form of Cloud City. Twenty new levels are now available. This brings us to the premiere of the Boba Fett pig. My love for Star Wars is also being sated with a new pinball game recently released: Star Wars Pinball. The app sells for $1.99 in the App Store and comes with one table; two others are available as in-app purchases for $1.99 each. I’m a huge pinball fan and a gigantic Star Wars geek, so the marriage of the two was an instant sell for me. My other pinball indulgence, Pinball Arcade, has seen quite a few new tables added to its pantheon of classic tables brought to life on the iPhone and iPad. Each table pack adds a couple of new offerings as in-app purchases, and I’ve purchased them all thus far. You might not be as big a pinball fan as I, but the 99¢ you spend on the app will allow you to play whatever sample table is featured, which is assuredly a good deal. As always, if you’d like for me to kick the tires on any type of app, software, or anything else tech-related, feel free to shoot me an email (vic@bayoutechnologies.com). I’m always open to suggestions and eager to see what exciting technology still awaits!


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TAKING CHARGE

dale archer, MD

Give Up The Weed Or Move On Dear Dr. Archer, I’ve been with my husband 18 years. We’ve been married 13 years. He’s smoked pot socially since he was 15, but it’s become a daily habit for several years. I smoked socially in the past when I was younger, but no longer, because we have children. I’m concerned that he’s addicted, which he claims is impossible. The problem is, he smokes as soon as he wakes up, all evening after work, and all day when he’s off. He takes it with us on vacation, which is a huge problem for me. He’s very irritable and unpleasant when he doesn’t smoke. He, of course, denies this, and says I’m dramatic. I’ve been quiet about this for years, and I’ve tried not to nag, but I can’t take it anymore. My oldest child has found his pipe and seen his paraphernalia lying around. I’ve brought this up to my husband, and he doesn’t think it’s a big deal. In fact, he hopes to smoke with our children when they’re older. He claims there’s nothing wrong with it, and as long as our children are maintaining their grades, he won’t punish them if he finds it on them. I couldn’t disagree more. I feel it’s irresponsible parenting to teach your children anything other than that drugs and drinking are bad. My husband feels I’m a hypocrite.

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I think I’ve grown up and changed for the better. He also drinks, and I think he has a problem there, too. Nothing in his life is complete without a buzz. I’m very frustrated, and I’m thinking of leaving him. I’m losing my mind and feeling crazy. I want to raise them in a safe, drug-free environment. Cheryl Dear Cheryl, Your children are in a difficult environment. For some people, marijuana is indeed addictive. You’re not being a hypocrite. You indulged when you were young, and then you matured and became a conscientious mother. There’s nothing to be ashamed of there. What you did years ago is behind you. Now it’s the present, and things need to change — and soon. Your husband is doing the same thing he’s done for the past 18-plus years, and he’s perfectly fine with that. You went through that phase, married and had children, and now you’re looking to do the right thing for your family. The two of you are on different levels, and at this point, you have every right to create the best environment for your kids. Talk to your husband. Tell him that being with a stoner is no longer how you want to live your life. It is ruining the marriage. This is it — he either quits the

marijuana — and enters into treatment — or the marriage is over. As you can see, nothing has changed, and nothing will ever change if you don’t give him an ultimatum. If he puts dried plant leaves and alcohol before you and the kids, then you have your answer. I’m hoping he comes to his senses, but it’s important for you to be prepared for the worst. Good luck. Dr. Archer

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Talk to your husband. Tell him that being with a stoner is no longer how you want to live your life. It is ruining the marriage. Either quits the marijuana or the marriage is over.

Dear Dr. Archer, My brother is going through a severe depression. I’ve tried my best to cheer him up, but nothing works. He doesn’t do anything but stare at the ground, and he shows no emotion. I started him on Prozac, which was prescribed for me. He’s been taking it for two weeks, but instead of improving, he’s gotten worse. He’s feeling weak, and can’t stand or sit for two minutes. He’s nauseated, which I

know is a side effect of Prozac, but I’m clueless as to his other symptoms. He’s been depressed before, but he was functional during those periods. Now, for the past 10 days, he’s almost completely nonfunctional. I’ve made an appointment for a mental health evaluation, but it’s not for another week. Should he continue with the Prozac, or should I stop giving it to him and wait for a physician? His depression symptoms have gotten worse since his divorce, which was five months ago. He was married for eight years. Sam Dear Sam, Stop giving him Prozac immediately! Your brother needs medical attention — now — so take him to the emergency room ASAP. There is something going on here that may be more than depression, so don’t wait for his appointment. Again, go to the nearest ER to get him help. Treat all prescription medication with respect, especially prescription drugs which alter brain chemistry. Please learn from this mistake. Good luck. Dear Dr. Archer, My mom is 64, and has always been nice and easygoing. She helps us with our 12-year-old daughter by picking her up from school every day.


The two have a great relationship, and everything has been wonderful until last week. When mom was picking up our daughter, a teacher pointed at her and motioned her to pull up so the car line traffic could move. That made mom furious! She fussed about it all the way home, and even more when I arrived to get my daughter. Mom said she was going to start arriving later so they wouldn’t point to her to move up in the car line. The next time she picked up my daughter was four days later — a weekend had gone by — and she was deliberately 30 minutes late. The car line was over by that point, and any child still waiting was in the cafeteria waiting to be picked up. There were three children, including my daughter, who hadn’t been picked up. My daughter was very embarrassed and upset. When I arrived at Mom’s to pick up my child, my daughter was crying and trying to do her homework. Mom just fussed more, and said, “Now you know what I feel like. I have to wait 30 minutes every day.” I learned later she told my daughter, “I’m not getting paid to do this.” I confirmed all of this over the phone with Mom. She accused me of never calling unless I want something. I reminded her I call every day, every holiday, every birthday. I told her I loved her, but I was making other arrangements for my daughter after school. She told me I had spoiled my daughter. It was a very uncomfortable conversation. I haven’t spoken to her since. I’ve talked with Dad, who’s very upset about all this. It affects him negatively, and he didn’t do anything wrong. This behavior is out of character for my mom, and I’m concerned about her. I told her and Dad of my concern, too. I don’t know where to go from

here. Help? R Dear R, First, it was a good and appropriate move to have someone else do the school pick-up. Next, since this is outof-character behavior for your mom, I suggest you drop this subject for a while. Don’t make this a bigger issue than it is; she may have just been having a bad day. And you don’t have to figure it out to move past it. The problem has been solved for the short term, and that’s the main thing. Stop trying to figure out what’s going on. What your main concern should be is the relationship you have with Mom. Extend the olive branch and reconnect. Invite her for a fun mother-anddaughter luncheon. Spend time with her doing enjoyable things, just the two of you. When things feel comfortable again, bring in your daughter so the three of you can reconnect and enjoy each other like before. Graycie Harmon said “My mom is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness and being. I may sometimes forget the words, but I always remember the tune.” I suggest you let this episode go, and move on. The only long-term concern here would be if your mom’s anger expands to other things. At that point, you would have a problem, but hopefully that won’t happen. All the best.

Dr. Dale Archer is a board certified psychiatrist who founded the Institute for Neuropsychiatry in Southwest Louisiana. He’s a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN Headline News and other national TV programs, and is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Better than Normal. Visit him at DrDaleArcher.com.

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LA POLITICS

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Newspaper Rivalry When I was growing up in Baton Rouge, the Times-Picayune was thrown in our yard each morning. After school, I’d get on my bike to deliver the State-Times, the afternoon counterpart of what was then called the Morning Advocate. Aside from what I did on the paper route, I’ve never worked for either paper. (This is a syndicated column.) But like most people who read both papers, I find that their newly engaged business rivalry holds my attention as much as any stories they publish these days. On May 1, both papers ran front-page banner headlines announcing their big changes: GEORGES BUYS ADVOCATE and T-P ADDING NEWSSTAND TAB 3 DAYS A WEEK. The great south Louisiana newspaper war is on. This one is unlike those from the early 20th century in big cities, when the struggle was between two established papers rooted in the same market. New publisher John Georges plans to expand on the Baton Rouge Advocate’s recent incursion into New Orleans, while the Picayune prepares to defend its turf with its new tabloid, TP Street, to be published on three of the four days of the week on which it’s stopped printing.

The Picayune is also making a foray into the capitol with its new tabloid BR, while both companies will compete digitally through their websites. It’s an audacious move by Georges to buy a newspaper that one member of the family that owns it — the Manship family — said was not worth what he was offering to pay. Such an assessment by a seller would give the ordinary buyer pause. But Georges is nothing if not confident, optimistic and driven. He built a family fortune into a much bigger one that supplies grocery and convenience stores and services cigarette and video poker machines. He will say that gambling makes up only a small part of his holdings. But Georges Enterprises, which he founded, is a major player in the state’s video gaming industry. With those businesses producing enormous cash flow, Georges has estimated his net worth at $100 million. But men richer than he have lost more than that by trying their hands at newspaper publishing. (Ask Chicago real estate tycoon Sam Zell what owning the Tribune did to his bottom line.) Georges becomes a publisher after running unsuccessfully for

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governor in 2007 and for mayor of New Orleans in 2010, making him a Louisianastyle William Randolph Hearst in reverse. In his brief career as a politician (who’s to say it’s over?), he distinguished himself as one of the more colorful characters of the post-Edwards era. The man would say anything, and on the record. My favorite quip of his came after Bobby Jindal, then running for governor in 2007 as was Georges, delivered his wife’s baby in their Kenner bedroom when there was no time to get her to Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge. While others heralded Jindal’s heroics, Georges faulted him for “poor planning.” In those days, Georges loved talking to political reporters, helpfully telling them how they should write their leads. To succeed as publisher he will need to resist that temptation, mighty as it is. The daunting challenge facing him is to publish separate editions for two vastly different communities. The two cities have grown somewhat closer since Hurricane

Katrina, but the remaining gap can still be as wide and impenetrable as the great swamp that lies between them. To increase its New Orleans circulation to the point where it can compete for advertising, the new Advocate needs to offer a product that is embraced and not just accepted, while at the same time it keeps its connection to its hometown readers. TP Street needs to be more than a day filler if the Picayune is to woo back former subscribers who feel jilted by not having their daily paper on their front steps every morning. The solution for both, of course, is to beat each other to the best stories and to better capture the cultural vitality of both cities. Doing so will require big long-term investments for both companies, with the dividends to be reaped by better informed and entertained readers. How this all plays out could foreshadow the future of daily journalism across the land. The whole newspaper world is watching. Gentlemen, start your presses.

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Shaw Modular Under Investigation

LOCAL NEWS STORIES OF THE PAST TWO WEEKS BP To Fund Fish Hatchery in LC A fish hatchery and research center will be built in Lake Charles with funding foam British Petroleum. The new research center will be funded with $340 million British Petroleum has given for restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The money is part of the $1 billion the oil giant agreed to pay for early restoration work following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Lake Charles Center will monitor and study redfish, speckled trout and flounder. The money will also go to restore three barrier islands in Barataria Bay and one in Breton Sound. And a fish hatchery and research center will also be built in Pointe-a-la-hache.

LC Part Of Air Quality Program Lake Charles is one of 30 areas nationwide participating in an EPA-sponsored program to lower ozone levels this year. The initiative, called the Advance

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The first phase of the project is between Fournet and Katherine streets. It includes subsurface drainage, sewer and water lines, and new sidewalks.

Boise Announces Upgrades Entergy Agrees To Power Sempra Entergy Gulf States Louisiana has signed an agreement with Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG unit to supply up to 200 megawatts of extra power to the proposed gas liquefaction project in Cameron Parish. The 30-year contract has a 10-year initial term with automatic renewals for four successive five-year terms. Entergy plans to upgrade its transmission system to meet the increased demand the liquefaction facility will generate, officials said.

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Federal regulators are investigating whether workers at Shaw Modular Solutions in Lake Charles, which supplies parts to nuclear plants, broke quality control rules and falsified records, according to regulatory filings. A dozen workers at Shaw admitted to a manager that they sometimes entered the identification codes for other workers while recording who performed welds, according to the company’s legal filings. The filings do not offer further details on the incident. If true, the allegations don’t necessarily mean that the factory’s parts are defective or unsafe. But the allegations would represent a breakdown in the process intended to guarantee that parts installed in nuclear power plants meet strict standards to ensure safety.

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Citizen Of The Year Businessman Ron Kronenberger, 53, who was citizen of the year in Waynesville, Ohio, in 2006, was charged with belt-whipping one of his tenants on his bare buttocks. He said he had a good reason; the tenant was late again with the rent. A magistrate said he intended to drop the charge in six months if Kronenberger stayed out of trouble. But three months later, a man who worked for Kronenberger filed a lawsuit accus-

ing him of spanking him on four occasions with a belt and a paddle.

That Singer Can Wail “Traditional Taiwanese funerals (combine) somber mourning with louder, up-tempo entertainment to fire up grieving spirits,” reported BBC News in February. Such funerals are tailor-made for Ms. Liu Jun-Lin, 30, and her Filial Daughters Band and their acrobatic dance routines. Liu has the reputation of being Taiwan’s most famous professional mourner. After the musical festivities, she dons a white robe and crawls on her hands and knees to the coffin, where she “performs her signature wail.”

Could You Please Put Out My Facial? The newest beauty rage in China is the “fire facial.” Alcohol and a “secret elixir” are daubed on the face and set ablaze for a few seconds, then extinguished. According to ancient Chinese medicine, this will burn off “dull” skin and alleviate the common cold and reduce obesity.

Norwegian Wood A miniseries shown this winter on Norway’s government channel, NRK, “National Firewood Night,” was cut to 12 hours, eight of which focused entirely on a fire burning in a live fireplace. Nearly a million people tuned in to the series. At one point, 60 text messages came in complaining about whether the wood in the fireplace should have been placed with bark up or bark down. “Firewood,” said the show’s host, “is the foundation of our lives.” A New York Times dispatch noted that if a best-selling Norwegian book Solid Wood had sold in the same proportion in the U.S. that it sold in Norway, it would have sold 10 million copies.

To Bump Or Not To Bump Most of Iceland’s 320,000 inhabitants are at least distantly related to each other. The country’s leaders have compiled the Book of Icelanders database of family connections dating back 1,200 years. With accidental incest a genuine problem, three software engineers recently created a mobile phone app that allows strangers to “bump” phones with each other and know whether they are closely related. In its first few days of release in April, the developers said it 20

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had already been used almost 4,000 times.

Latest Religious Messages — New York City Councilman Dan Halloran was charged with aiding in state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s alleged bribery scheme. This brought to light Halloran’s extraordinary back story. He is the first open pagan to be elected to office in the U.S. Halloran converted in the 1980s to medieval Theodish, whose outfits and ceremonies resemble scenes from Dungeons and Dragons. There are horns, sacrifices, feasts, duels using spears, and public floggings. The Village Voice reported in 2011 that Halloran was the First Atheling of his own Theodish tribe of 100. Halloran said in April that today he is merely an “elder.” — In March, a vegetable wholesaler in India’s Jharkland state decided that a pumpkin he purchased was so enormous (190 pounds) that it must be a reincarnation of the god Shiva. He began worshipping it. A priest counseled the man to continue his fealty until the following Sunday, after which he should carve the pumpkin into pieces for devotees. — At least 11 people were killed and 36 injured on March 15 in Tlaxcala,

Mexico, when a truck full of fireworks exploded at a Catholic gathering. The Catholics were honoring Jesus Tepactepec, the patron saint of a village named after him. — In Buri Ram, Thailand, in March, a woman who sliced open a sausage thought she saw the outline of the body of a small kitten in the sausage, which she placed on an altar. Neighbors gathered to pray to it. Several said they had considered the woman so fortunate that they played her age (52) in a local lottery. The number won.

Questionable Judgments In Tucson, Ariz., firefighters found an unconscious man pinned under an SUV parked in his driveway at 3 am. They lifted the vehicle and dragged him to safety. A police spokesperson learned the man was trying “a stunt in which he was going to put the SUV in reverse, jump out and lie on the ground behind it; have the vehicle (roll) over him; and then get up and (get back into) the SUV in time to stop it before it collided with anything.”

Perspective Some countries (including the United States) severely bend the national standards that supposedly regulate the

entry of foreigners. The U.S., Britain, Canada and Austria allow rich investors who pass background checks to qualify for an express lane to residence or citizenship. The line is even shorter in the Caribbean nations of Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis, which offer quick citizenship for investments of $100,000 and $250,000, respectively. These citizenships allow access to 139 countries, including all of Europe. The U.S. minimum is $1 million, or half that for investment in an “economically depressed” area. But the reward is only a green card, with citizenship still five years away.

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urban myth. But a Buenos Aires TV investigation exposed the scam, revealing two victims, one of whom paid $150 for his “pure-bred.” — Wayne Klinkel’s golden retriever, Sundance, was locked in a car while Klinkel, of Helena, Mont., went to dinner. The dog set about dining on whatever he found, including the five $100 bills Klinkel had stashed in the car. Klinkel managed to recover the scraps (in precisely the way you suspect he did), and washed and dried them several times. As of early April, he was still awaiting word as to whether the U.S. Treasury would exchange his scraps for five new bills.

The Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County, Miss., arrested Henry Ha Nguyen, 41, in April for operating a large marijuana grow house. The facility would typically reek of the distinctive pot fragrance. Nguyen had thought of that and tried to mask the smell. He chose the alternative scent of buckets full of what appeared to be human feces.

Readers’ Choice — A vendor at the largest bazaar in Buenos Aires recently sold knockoff toy poodles that were actually artistically groomed ferrets raised on steroids. A news dispatch from June 2012 suggested the report might be an

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FILE 13

brad goins

English Literature In 10 Books The task of all good literature is to inform us about the human condition. The human condition has some positive features. They’re the features one sees portrayed — and usually exaggerated — in television commercials, sitcoms and greeting cards. Good literature tries to bring readers around to some understanding of the aspects of the human condition we’d rather not think about. It is the writer’s job to get the reader to grasp something about the boredom, annoyance, aggravation, adversity, pain, loss and suffering that arise in everyday life. It’s the task of literature to address aspects of the human condition that are rarely addressed anywhere outside of literature (or high art or opera or artsy cinema). Fortunately, the talented writer has a vast number of methods he can use to transport the reader to a grasp of unpleasant truths. The most deadly serious of topics can be approached with a light touch, humor, comedy, farce, absurdity (and in particular, the absurdity of people who routinely suffer and pretend they don’t suffer at all). Very often, writers depict everyday, ordinary situations that seem innocuous enough until something suddenly goes unexpectedly, horribly wrong. Such a situation can be made to seem more absurd than tragic.

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Perhaps, all other things being equal, the writer’s most useful means of getting us to face the hard truth for a few seconds is to describe the hard truth in beautiful language. To paraphrase what a friend once said to me, we ignore all the horrible things Hamlet does because his language sounds so pretty. That’s more than enough introduction to this very brief overview of English literature. Let’s look at 10 works of great literature written in English and ask, from time

to time, just what they say about the human condition.

1. PARADISE LOST John Milton If I had to choose one work of English literature that I thought best matches up to the adjective “greatest,” I’d choose Paradise Lost. In terms of its epic scope, its grandeur of subject matter, its consistently lyrical language and its cleverness of plot and character development, the work is (in

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my opinion) the supreme accomplishment of writing in our language. Milton himself said as much, stating at the very beginning of the epic poem that it “pursues things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.” Milton’s story begins as God throws the rebellious angel Lucifer, the Morning Star, out of heaven. After a very long fall, Lucifer — who Milton says he is calling Satan in this poem — lands in hell, smack dab in the Lake of Fire. It was Milton’s genius not to end the story there. He made Satan into a larger than life anti-hero who had the strength to pull himself up out of the fire and stand tall to boot. When Satan makes his eloquent declaration of rebellion against God and circumstances, he becomes what many consider the model of literary anti-heroes (and, for many, of anti-heroes in general). His words are still read and recited by a horde of merely human rebels who would, like Milton’s thoroughly modern anti-hero, be free, independent and possess a mind unaffected by place or time: Infernal world, and thou profoundest Hell Receive thy new possessor: One who brings A mind not to be chang’d by place or time. The mind is its own place, and in itself


Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n. What matter where, if I be still the same … Here at least We shall be free … Here we may reign secure … Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav’n. Milton’s work wouldn’t be remembered if he’d built his defense of Christianity around pious sermonizing. By building his work around a fascinating, strident opponent of the faith, he shows that literature can get us to a thing by taking the long way around to it.

3. THE PICKWICK PAPERS Charles Dickens The tone of Charles Dickens’ epic farce The Pickwick Papers is a near polar opposite of that of Macbeth’s bleak soliloquy. Dickens’ mammoth, ridiculous, loosely structured story may contain more laughs than any other book. Almost every sentence is a joke or a lead-in to a joke. Dickens touches on the negative aspects of the human condition by placing much of his narrative in a poor house and by dwelling at length on the mourning of a main character’s wife. But the characters involved in these potentially serious scenes do so much wise-cracking and engage in such clownish or otherwise excessive behavior that the scenes rarely become morose or gloomy. Indeed, one isn’t likely

to find a book that will cheer a reader up faster than the Pickwick Papers. This curious monster comedy came about as it did in spite of the fact that Dickens never meant to be a novelist. As he was starting his writing career, he was paid to write humorous sketches about a group of sportsmen (The Pickwick Club). These sketches became so popular in London that Dickens was paid to do an immense number of them. Eventually the collected sketches were released as a “novel” that became a tremendous bestseller. Dickens then tried to write a more traditional novel from scratch. The result, Nicholas Nickleby, was a little less funny, a little more serious, much more structured and almost as successful. continued

2. MACBETH William Shakespeare While Milton does well at many different facets of literature, my choice for the work that succeeds the best in terms of beauty of language is Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Surely Shakespeare appreciated the irony of constructing such lush language for one of the most despicable characters in literature. It’s not just that Macbeth’s a murderer; he’s weak and cowardly into the bargain. Because Macbeth is so frail and such a failure, he’s well-acquainted with the unpleasant aspects of life. He has no false honor or pretense to virtue that would drive him to pretend he can rise above life’s adversities or behave as if they didn’t exist. One need not be brave or honorable to have insight. It’s noteworthy that in his famous soliloquy, Macbeth speaks of the great disappointment of life not as if it were his own disappointment, but as if it were the disappointment of all people: Tomorrow and tomorrow and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

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4. THE SOT WEED FACTOR John Barth Although it was written in 1960, John Barth’s novel The Sot Weed Factor was set in a time earlier than that of The Pickwick Papers. Barth imitated the style of the great 18th century comic British novelist Henry Fielding. (In Fielding’s day, “the sot weed factor” meant “the tobacco dealer.”) Another epic farce, The Sot Weed Factor tells the preposterous story of a spoiled, green British fop named Ebenezer Cooke who wants to travel to the colonies and become the poet laureate of Maryland. (For what it’s worth, there was in fact an early poet laureate of Maryland who was named Ebenezer Cooke and who wrote a poem called “The Sot Weed Factor.”) Barth’s character Cooke is guided through his perilous journey in the New World by a con man and master of disguise known as Burlingame (and by a host of aliases). The Sot Weed Factor goes further than The Pickwick Papers in emphasizing the absurd aspects of society as a whole and of much human behavior, both private

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and social. The hopeless efforts of human beings to raise themselves above other animals (in their own minds, at any rate) are lampooned mercilessly and hilariously. Burlingame must gradually reveal the real nature of the world and human behavior to the almost unbelievably naïve Cooke. (Cooke is an “innocent” who’s determined to give up his “innocence” — his virginity. Of course this makes for a rich vein of humor.) Some of the soliloquys in which Burlingame explains the world to Cooke have a powerful lyricism to them. Burlingame is a wise, experienced guide and a plain talker. For a taste of his solid advice, consider this passage, written, of course, in Barth’s imitation of 18th century English: We sit on a blind rock careening through space; we are all of us rushing headlong to the grave. Think you the worms will care, when anon they make a meal of you, whether you spent your moment sighing wigless in your chamber or sacked the golden towers of Montezuma? Lookee, the day’s nigh spent; ‘tis gone careening into time forever. Not a tale’s length past we lined our bowels with dinner, and already they growl for more. We are dying men. I’faith, there’s time for naught but bold resolves.

5. MOLLOY Samuel Beckett Samuel Beckett was famous for reducing types of literary writing to their shortest possible form. I’m going to at least suggest the possibility that Beckett’s novel Molloy is an epic farce reduced to its bare

components. If any writer could produce such a thing as a mini-epic, it would have been Beckett. Molloy is epic in that it’s a story of many people and places. But the people are Beckettian: boneheaded bureaucrats, bullying authority figures, aimless vagrants; and the places are Beckettian: urban wastelands or labyrinthine forests where one gets lost in minutes.

orderly father and apostle of convention he’s always been. His memory starts falling into decline; so does his body. After a while, he loses the use of his legs (just as his alter-ego Molloy does earlier in the novel). Moran eventually wearies of his adversities and forest wandering and decides he will give up (which is a decision several other characters in Beckett’s works make). Giving up isn’t suicide, which is an act of rebellion or defiance or desperation or revenge. Giving up is, well, giving up. It takes a writer of Beckett’s skill to describe it. Here’s how he does so at the end of Molloy; we hear Moran’s interior monologue. All there was to sell I have sold. But I had heavy debts. I have been a man long enough. I shall not put up with it any more. I shall not try any more. I shall never light this lamp again. I am going to blow it out and go into the garden.

There’s no question that the work is a farce. Beckett was one of the masters of farce; perhaps the master. As with Pickwick, there are long passages in Molloy in which there’s a joke in every sentence. The main character in the second half of the novel, Moran, is a prudish bourgeois private investigator who’s sent to find the missing Molloy. This job is Moran’s undoing. As he gets more and more lost in the woods where he’s gone in search of Molloy, he becomes less and less like the

That is my favorite passage in all of literature. One critic wrote that Beckett wrote prose that makes a poet green with envy. It doesn’t make me envious. It just fills me with pleasure and satisfaction. When I first read Molloy at the age of 19, I thought, “This is my book.” I think the same thing today.

In the first part of our brief tour of literature, we have, perhaps, lingered a little too long in the land of farce. In the next part, we’ll compensate by spending more time in areas that are slightly more austere.


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hat he is former military was among the first information the Capitol crowd had on John Bel Edwards in 2008 before he arrived for his inaugural session as a newly minted state representative. The rest of his dossier was pretty standard stuff: Democrat, House District 72, Amite native, Catholic, trial attorney, not related to Edwin Edwards. When he paces the House floor lining up votes for the Democratic Caucus, Edwards doesn’t carry himself with the stiffness of a drill sergeant and doesn’t bark out orders. But he’s definitely former military. He graduated from West Point, which has produced two presidents. He was an Army infantryman, which indicates he wanted to be a grunt. His colleagues regard him as smart, observant and respectful and someone who asks good questions. They say he’s effective in committee, unafraid to tackle tough issues and quick to challenge powerful opponents. The anti-administration policies Edwards pursued and the legislative goals he set early on quickly revealed his political stripes. They also set the foundation for his recently announced campaign for governor. continued May 16, 2013

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He was an Airborne Ranger, which means he volunteered to jump out of mov-

ing planes, land safely on the ground, and attack the enemy. He commanded his own rifle company in the 82nd Airborne in the 1990s. It was a fighting division; still is. Its members are proud to wear the famous “AA” — “All-American” — patches on their shoulders. Edwards received his first orders for a combat mission as an Airborne Ranger in 1994. Former President Bill Clinton had set into motion a military intervention after the Haitian government refused to restore democratic rule. Edwards’ division

was called up. “We were loaded and ready. The doors were closed and we started moving,” he recalls. “We had already donned our parachutes.” Unbeknownst to Edwards, Clinton had also sent a delegation that included former President Jimmy Carter to Haiti to negotiate a surrender of the government. At that moment, most of America’s ready military fleet was told to stand down. “They turned us around and sent us back,” says Edwards, now 46. “I ended up being a peacetime soldier. And look, I wasn’t one

His colleagues regard him as smar t, observant and respectful and someone who asks good questions. They say he’s effective in committee, unafraid to tackle tough issues and quick to challenge powerful opponents. The anti-administration policies Edwards pursued and the legislative goals he set early on quickly revealed his political stripes. They also set t he foundat i on for hi s r ecen t l y announced campaign for governor.

of those people who felt like their life wouldn’t be complete if they didn’t engage in combat. I’m not going to tell you I was disappointed, because that wasn’t going to happen without a tremendous loss of life. Not on our side — on their side.” Edwards says he knew what his job was when he boarded the plane. “I believe in fighting when necessary,” he says. “It should always be a last resort, and in this case it was.” While he initially expected to pull a 20year hitch in the Army, Edwards became a civilian just two years later. “My oldest child, Samantha, was born with spina bifida, and she had several brain surgeries over her first few years. And I was always gone. [I had] long deployments, training, and my wife had to tend to that by herself,” he says. “I got to feeling like that was unfair to her, and that the family would be better off if we came home. “Also, at the time, the Cold War was over and the Army was getting smaller. They were asking people to leave and get out of the Army if they weren’t absolutely sure they were staying in it for a career.” From that point on, Edwards’ new career became the law and politics, with larger ambitions beyond the horizon.

THE ONLY COMMITTED CANDIDATE In terms of the 2015 governor’s race, Edwards announced at zero dark hundred, that ambiguous military timeframe when the sun is still down, the crickets are chirping and there’s dew clinging to blades of grass. Among Democrats, he remains the only committed candidate. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is said to be comfortable where he is for now. The mayor’s sister, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, is gearing up for her own tough re-election campaign; she’s the only statewide elected Democrat in Louisiana. Bernie Pinsonat, president of Southern Media and Opinion Research in Baton Rouge, says Mitch Landrieu is the real

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wild card among Democrats and looms as Edwards’ biggest political obstacle. “Mitch Landrieu would be the strongest candidate. He’s already held statewide elected office,” says Pinsonat. “It doesn’t matter what John Bel Edwards does. If Mitch decides to run, Edwards becomes a non-candidate.” Jim Bernhard, former CEO of the Shaw Group in Baton Rouge and one-time chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party, is rumored to be considering the race, especially after whispers that President Barack Obama had him on the short list for energy secretary. Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell is a perennial maybe candidate, too, with a populist twist. “There will be others,” says state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson of New Orleans, current chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “I’ve heard interest from different people, although I can’t reveal who they are.” Edwards believes he’ll have company, too. “We’re not lacking. The bench is there,” he says. “The question is whether these folks will want to get in the game. I’m truly impressed by the quality of talent.” He adds that statewide Democratic candidates could easily emerge from the Legislature, most notably Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger of New Orleans and Sens. Eric LaFleur of Ville Platte and Rick Gallot of Ruston. Candidates could also come from mayor’s offices in Alexandria and Baton Rouge. “I don’t know what these people want to do, but they’re capable.” It’s a different picture on the Republican side, where likely candidates are already stacking up: Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, Treasurer John Kennedy, state Sen. Gerald Long of Winnfield, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and U.S. Sen. David Vitter, among others. For his part, Edwards is right now running against a Republican who won’t even be in the race: Gov. Bobby Jindal, who’s nearly halfway through his second and final term. With favorability ratings lower than Obama in Louisiana, Jindal is in a free fall following legal challenges to his landmark education and retirement reform packages, poor performances on the national presidential circuit, and a taxswap plan that was pronounced dead before the current legislative session even opened. The governor’s budgets, always accompanied by shortfalls and mid-year cuts, are likewise causing him political heartburn. Jindal has upset teachers, state workers, unions, working families — even middleclass moderates with kids who are in or considering state colleges and universities. That’s created a perfect political opportunity for someone like Edwards, an unrelenting critic of the administration, to swoop in and promise to play the role of hero. “I think it’s clear to people in this state that the governor has placed personal ambition above their welfare,” he says. “His policies more than anything are causing people who’ve voted Republican over the last few election cycles to realize there is a cost associated [with such a vote].” Pinsonat agrees. Republicans have been on a roll since 2011, he says, claiming the continued May 16, 2013

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state House, Senate and all but one statewide office (including the federal seats). But Jindal has recently become a liability. “His cuts to hospitals and higher education and mental health facilities and all that may or may not affect that race,” the pollster says. “It could help push lower- and middle-income voters away from Republicans and make this thing achievable. That’s something to be watched, and it’s showing up in polls. But that’s right now. The election is a long ways off.” Jason Doré, executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party, notes that Edwards, should he be the lone high-profile Democrat, has a decent shot of making the runoff against the top GOP vote getter, given history and the nature of the state’s jungle primary. But the lawmaker’s constant opposition to Jindal’s policies and support for Obama’s will help Republicans paint him in a fashion that has sunk other Democratic candidates with more skin in the game. If Edwards tries to fit himself into the mold of a conservative Democrat, Doré says, it won’t resonate with voters. “John Bel Edwards just doesn’t seem to be embracing the mantle of conservative Democrat,” he notes. “That will become more apparent in the runoff, when it will be a clear choice between a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat.” Dem party chair Peterson, for one, says next year’s re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will be a better litmus test for Edwards’ hopes. “No question. It will be telling. There’s no tap dancing around that,” she says. “We’re going to have to start building momentum with that race.”

his mark on the local football team and married his high school sweetheart. With the goal of attending law school, Edwards was late to apply for West Point, but he was aided by recommendations from former U.S. Sens. Russell Long and J. Bennett Johnston. “I didn’t know either of them personally, but they certainly knew who my dad was,” Edwards recalls. He was also elected by his fellow cadets to serve as vice chairman of investigations for the Honor Committee, which oversaw conduct hearings and rendered rulings. He left the military for a new start as a small-town attorney. Given his career choice and family background, it was only a matter of time before Edwards made the leap into politics, which he did by winning

a House district that’s largely AfricanAmerican and poor. He garnered 66 percent of the vote in 2007 and 83 percent four years later. In his first year as a lawmaker, he landed a chairmanship over a select committee on veteran affairs. By his third session, he had risen through the ranks to chair the Democratic Caucus. He passed a tough bill early on, prescribing how war veterans’ homes and care facilities can be used, and he crafted new protections for victims of child pornography. Edwards also made a name for himself second-guessing the Jindal administration’s priorities on everything from teacher tenure to public retirement benefits. Peterson says Edwards exemplifies the

kind of “American values” that resonate across party lines, even if some people disagree with his politics. “These are values we have in common,” she says. “It’s an entry point to talking about common interests.” While that may be a good political introduction, Pinsonat says poll numbers today show a tough challenge for any statewide Democratic candidate, regardless of his or her story, adding, “It’s not impossible, but it would be a difficult task because of the demographics of Louisiana.” In addition to the poll numbers and recent trends, history isn’t on Edwards’ side. No candidate in modern times, if ever, has moved directly from the House

A TRANSFORMATIVE OUTCOME? For Edwards to transform barely two terms in the state House into at least four years in the Governor’s Mansion, he needs to introduce himself to voters early — before Republicans can define him as an Obama patsy. He says he’s sturdy on both fronts, but until the campaigning really starts, he remains largely an unknown. Edwards comes from old political stock. His great-grandfather, grandfather and father were all popular sheriffs in Tangipahoa Parish — so popular that his younger brother Daniel, who inspired him to be an infantryman, is now the fourth generation to wear the badge. Not to be outdone, his older brother Frank is police chief in Independence, and he has a sisterin-law on the bench. He spent a good deal of time in the woods and in the duck blind with his brothers, who recall the state representative bragging — long before he fired as an expert marksman on the range — that he could “outshoot Davy Crockett” and take down any game. “That’s probably true,” Edwards says with a laugh. “As a kid, if a duck fell, I would claim I shot it.” His mother claimed his fourth grade teacher sent home a note one day calling him a “born leader.” Edwards later made May 16, 2013

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of Representatives to the Governor’s Mansion. If Edwards succeeds, or even comes close, his candidacy could be transformative for the Dems.

In his campaign for governor, Edwards says he will make higher education his top issue. “We’re dismantling our most important institutions that people rely on,” he says. “It’s not helpful when you’re trying to graduate students on time and retain teachers and you don’t give the universities enough money to accomplish that.” The issue is polling strongly right now, chiefly due to Jindal’s funding reductions in recent years. A Southern Media poll taken just before the session found that nearly 80 percent of Louisiana voters

Edwar ds comes from old political stock. His great-grandfather, grandfather and father were all popular sheriffs in Tangipahoa Parish — so popular that his younger brother Daniel, who inspired him to be an infantryman, is now the four th generation to wear the badge. Not to be outdone, his older brother Frank is police chief in Independence, and he has a sister-in-law on the bench.

opposed further cuts to higher ed. The numbers are nearly identical on health care, another important campaign plank for Edwards. To get his bio and ideas out to voters, Edwards will need money. Lawmakers are banned from fundraising during legislative sessions, but Edwards hosted an event in Hammond before the current session convened. He says it brought in, along with smaller fundraisers preceding it, more than $300,000. In 2012, he raised just $61,000 and went into 2013 with about $37,000 in the bank. The campaign will need millions

to compete effectively for the post of governor, but his recent efforts show there is potential, Edwards says. He raised only $9,300 last year from political action committees, and spent just as much on polling with the Kitchens Group of Florida. Financial disclosure forms on file with the Ethics Administration show he has received food and lodging from groups like AT&T and the Farm Bureau while delivering speeches he described as focused on budget challenges. Edwards’ largest donors by far are attorneys, which speaks to his own calling as a trial lawyer. He refers to his business as a “plaintiff’s practice.” Pinsonat says business and industry won’t see a distinction. “His profession is a trial lawyer, and Louisiana is not a friendly state [for trial lawyers]; one of the top three in that regard,” the pollster says. “He will certainly be up against it with the business community, and they will be throwing money at it.” Edwards says most of his clients are small businesses and he doesn’t specialize. “In a small town, you can’t specialize too much or you’ll starve to death,” he says. He adds that he avoids cases that overlap into law enforcement so as not to create conflicts with his brothers. His personal financial disclosure form shows he’s represented clients before state departments since being elected. But Edwards says that kind of work didn’t start with public office. “There were times when someone would have a dispute with the Department of Revenue and I would write a letter or make a phone call,” he says. “I had done it on a few occasions before becoming a state representative.”

‘THE HARDEST WAY TO RAISE MONEY’ The first time Edwards ever had to raise money on a large scale was in 2011, when he toured the state helping House Democrats maintain their seats. In some respects, that was a trial run for his planned gubernatorial campaign. With Jindal handpicking candidates and Vitter shepherding his own GOP committee, Edwards knew Democrats would eventually be outspent 4-to-1 in the last statewide campaign. But he worked it for the caucus full-time. Dems lost their House majority in 2011 while Edwards was caucus chair, but that was because several representatives switched parties. On Election Day, Democratic candidates actually fared very well — holding onto every challenged seat. “We didn’t get any really big dollar donations,” Edwards says. “It was a multitude of smaller donations. It’s the hardest way to raise money, but it puts you into contact with the most people.”

THE NEXT BREAUX DEMOCRAT? On at least one hot-button issue, Edwards aligns with other moderate-toconservative Democrats in Louisiana: he is pro-life, with exceptions for cases involving incest or rape. He is also progun and opposes legal recognition of gay marriage. On the other hand, he believes the science supporting global warming and doesn’t believe creationism should be taught in public schools. “I send my kids to catechism for that,” he says. 30

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There’s a lot of talk about applying the “John Breaux Democrat” label to Edwards and other like-minded Dems. Breaux was a former U.S. senator from Louisiana, now a top-shelf lobbyist on K Street in Washington, who excelled at voting along conservative and moderate lines on the Hill to placate his base back home. The relatively few Louisiana liberals stayed loyal to him because, well, he was a Democrat. Doré says Edwards deviates too much from the Breaux model and won’t be able to use that template in the coming months to create a campaign message. “I just don’t see it,” he says. Bob Mann, LSU’s Manship chair in journalism, knows the thread all too well. He served 17 years as state director and press secretary to Breaux and also worked for Russell Long and J. Bennett Johnston. “When people talk about John Breaux Democrats, that’s a problem,” he says. “[Breaux’s] not around anymore.” Plus, members of Congress have an easier time straddling the fence than a governor, Mann adds. The conservative label could cause trouble for Edwards, especially against a Republican like Vitter. “You’re just not going to outdo David Vitter, in terms of being conservative, in Louisiana,” Mann says. Edwards counters that he’s been there before. He had to prove himself in the shadow of a political family and then later in the Army. But his biggest challenge may have been convincing a House district of largely African-American, poor voters that a white man from a relatively privileged background would relate to their lives — something he accomplished thanks in large part to his father’s relationship with the community while he was sheriff. There was still KKK activity many years ago, Edwards says, but his father, among other things, appointed African-American deputies. Now Edwards has to do the mirror image of that kind of bonding with a statewide electorate that’s mostly white and middle class and loves voting Republican, even if they aren’t registered as such. Edwards says he’s standing pat with his party, no matter what. In doing so, he could define what the next John Breaux Democrat looks like. “It has never occurred to me to switch parties; not that I am 100 percent happy with the Democratic Party,” he says. “But I know I would never be happy as a Republican. The message they have is not something I could believe in.”

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Avenue of Flags T

he largest display of memorial flags in the United States is right here in Lake Charles. The Avenue of Flags, which winds through the gravel roads in Orange GroveGraceland Cemetery on Broad St., began in 1983 as a project of the Oliver Pollock chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. It contained only 50 flags that first year. Today visitors can view a stunning display of over 700 flags lining both sides of the winding gravel roads. The Avenue of Flags exists to honor all deceased veterans. Each of the flags represents an individual veteran and is the official “casket flag” presented to the soldier’s

family at his or her funeral. The SAR and Avenue of Flags director Ted Harless meet with each family donating a flag. “This is the most rewarding part, and where a lot of my time is spent,” says Harless. “Families pour their heart out for their loved ones and the sacrifices that were made.” On Memorial Day, a ceremony is held to honor a recently fallen veteran. The soldier’s flag is hoisted, and a eulogy is given. Speeches and patriotic music are also part of the ceremony. Top officers from Fort Polk are present for the ceremony. There’s also a “history circle” where continued opposite

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USS Orleck Ceremony A memorial day ceremony will take place on the USS Orleck Naval Museum on Memorial Day, May 27, 10 am-3 pm. The Orleck is docked at 604 North Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 60 and up, $5 for active military, $5 for children 6-12. There is no admission charge for children 5 and younger. For more information, call Ron Williams at 214-7447 or email: ron.williams@ussorleck.org.

9/11 Memorial A memorial honoring two local men killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks is located on the Lake Charles lakefront near the Civic Center. There is a piece of granite from the Pentagon honoring victim and former Lake Charles resident Kevin Yokum and a steel girder from the World Trade Center honoring L. Russell Keene II. The memorial features 3,000 pieces of colored glass representing those killed in the three locations.

Veterans Memorial Day Park Located along the boardwalk by the Lake Charles Civic Center, this park displays the five branches of the Armed Forces, with engraved bricks representing the men and women who have served since WWI. A famous WWII Patton Tank is on display.

Doug Fournet Medal of HonorCitation For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, 1st Lt. Fournet, Infantry, distinguished himself in action while serving as rifle platoon leader of the 2d Platoon, Company B. While advancing uphill against fortified enemy positions in the A Shau Valley, the platoon encountered intense sniper fire, making movement very difficult. The right flank man suddenly discovered an enemy Claymore mine covering the route of advance and shouted a warning to his comrades. Realizing that the enemy would also be alerted, 1st Lt. Fournet ordered his men to take cover and ran uphill toward the mine, drawing a sheath knife as he approached it. With complete disregard for his safety and realizing the imminent danger to members of his command, he used his body as a shield in front of the mine as he attempted to slash the control wires leading from the enemy position to the mine. As he reached for the wire the mine was detonated, killing him instantly. Five men nearest the mine were slightly wounded, but 1st Lt. Fournet’s heroic and unselfish act spared his men of serious injury or death. His gallantry and willing self-sacrifice are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U. S. Army. First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet

Avenue of Flags replicas of eight previous U.S. flags are flown, each measuring 5 x 9 1/2 feet. The flags are erected by with the help of several organizations, including Boy Scout troops and groups from Boys and Girls Villages. In fact, the Boy Scouts of America uses the Avenue of Flags as a project for its Eagle Scout candidates. Schools organize field trips to the site to teach students about the history of the U.S. and the importance of patriotism. When not on display, the flags are stored in a humidity-controlled storeroom at Navarra’s Jewelry in downtown Lake Charles. Each flag is numbered, and information about the veteran whose casket it draped is catalogued for reference. The flags are raised at sunrise and retired at 6 pm. The Memorial Day Avenue of Flags will take place all day on Memorial Day, May 27 at the Orange Grove/Graceland Cemetery on Broad Street in Lake Charles. The public is admitted for free.

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Scholarships For Children of Fallen Veterans The children of military personnel who have died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001 can apply for an educational scholarship similar to the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. The VA is now accepting applications for the scholarship, which is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The scholarship is named after Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry, 28, a Texas native who died in Iraq in 2006 while disarming an explosive. He was survived by three young children. “The Fry scholarship represents this nation’s solemn commitment to care for children whose mothers and fathers paid the ultimate price for our country,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. The VA estimates that nearly 1,500 children will receive benefits under the Fry scholarship program in 2010. Recipients generally have 15 years to use their benefits, beginning on their 18th birthdays. Eligible children attending institutions of higher learning may receive payments to cover their tuition and fees up to the highest

amounts charged to public, in-state students at undergraduate institutions in each state. A monthly housing allowance and stipend for books and supplies are also paid under this program. The VA will begin paying benefits under the Fry scholarships on Aug. 1, 2010. Eligible participants may receive benefits retroactively to August 1, 2009, the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill took effect. Eligible children may be married. Recipients are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100 percent level. When dependents also serve in the military, the reserves or are veterans in their own right are eligible for education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill for Active Duty, the Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserves or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), then they would relinquish their eligibility under those programs to receive benefits under a Fry scholarship. For more information or assistance in applying, call (888) 4424551 or visit the VA GI Bill website at www.gibill.va.gov

Observing Memorial Day Not simply an excuse for a threeday holiday, Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember ancestors, family and friends who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Here are some tips from USmemorialday.org to help return the meaning and solemnity to Memorial Day. — Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers. — Visit memorials. — Fly the U.S. flag at half-staff

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until noon. Fly the POW/MIA flag as well. — Participate in the “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3 pm. Pause and think about the true meaning of the day. — Pledge to aid the widows, widowers and orphans of fallen soldiers and disabled veterans. — Consider writing your congressmen in support of the efforts to move the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day back to May 30.


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will provide hands-on demonstrations on a variety of topics. Topics will include wildlife, Zumba, Tae Kwon Do and more. • Fun Fridays: ArtSpace activities such as finger painting, Play Dough and more. IMPERIAL CALCASIEU MUSEUM ART CAMPS Imperial Calcasieu Museum. Students will learn to paint in the abstract impressionism style of Henri Matisse. Camp dates are as follows: • Branch Out Mini Camps. Painting: June 17-21; Printmaking: June 24-28. Sessions are 1-3:30 pm. Open to students who have completed grades 3-8. Limited to 20 students per session. • Branch Out Summer Arts Camp. July 8-12, 15-19, and 22-26. Session are 911:30 am. Curriculum includes drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more. Open to students who have completed grades K-8. Classes limited to 50 students. Cost is $55 for museum members, $70 for non-members. To register or for more information, visit imperialcalcasieumuseum.org, email impmuseum@bellsouth.net, or call 337439-3797.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM ARTSPACE ACTIVITIES Ongoing throughout the summer. • Creative Mondays: Kids can create an art project to take home. • Crafty Tuesdays: ArtSpace workshops. • Cool Wednesdays: Cool treats such as watermelon, popsicles, ice cream, etc. • Amazing Thursdays: Special guests

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Second Saturdays In Sulphur Arts Camp Each second Saturday at the Henning Cultural Center. Open to children ages 612. Taught by local artists, the workshops will offer instruction in clay, painting and more.

CPSB ART CAMP June 4-27. For students who have completed grades K-8. Camp will be held at the Lake Charles Boston Academy at 1509 Enterprise Blvd. The camp will provide children with a variety of creative art experiences on an individual basis within an open-studio environment. Registration forms are available at the CPSB web site by clicking on the Parent and Students tab and then the Arts Camp link; at the Arts and Humanities Council web site at artsandhumanitiesswla.org; or at the office at Lake Charles Boston Academy. Reduced rates are available for families with more than one child attending. For more information, call Bobbi Yancey at 337-5262908.

CAFE AU CLAY SUMMER CAMPS Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June-July, 1-4 pm, Cafe Au Clay, 3113 Ryan St., Suite 3A. Activities will include ceramic painting, canvas painting and more. Cost is $120 for

three days or $50 for one day. For more information, call 337-564-5338.

STARK MUSEUM ART QUEST CAMPS • Scene At The Stark: June 18-20, 9 am-1 pm. For students entering grades 912. Participants will create a sequence for an imaginary movie based on the works in the Stark Museum of Art collections. • Opposite Directions: July 9-11, 9 amnoon. For students entering grades 3-5. Participants will explore opposites: oil and water, positive and negative, and complementary colors. • Artifactory: July 16-18, 9 am-1 pm. For students entering grades 6-8. Students will join with a team of young artists to create a collective work of art then step into the painted scene. • Water, Water Everywhere: July 2325, 9 am-noon. For students entering grades 1-2. A water-themed adventure that incudes making sculptures, painting with ice, painting with watercolors and more. • Giant Tales: Aug. 6-8, 9 am-noon. For students entering grades 3-5. Students will make giant-sized art — including illustrations, sculptures and more — as they learn about tall tales. • Beyond Bugs: Aug. 13-15, 9 amnoon. For students entering grades 1-2. Participants will search for images of bugs and create their own creepy crawlers. Cost is $15 for museum members, $30 for non-members. For more information, call Elena Ivanova at 409-886-222787 or visit starkculturalvenues.org.

JAZZ IN THE ARTS SUMMER JAZZ WORKSHOP May 29-June 2. A hands-on performance clinic for middle and high school jazz musicians. The workshop will offer practical playing experience through a variety of classes, clinics and performance activities. For more information, visit jazzinthearts.org.

LAKE CHARLES YOUNG BAND NATION SUMMER CAMP Central School Arts & Humanities Center. Lake Charles middle school band director and guitar instructor Marcus Johnson with the Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA and Baton Rouge Music Studios (BRMS), nicknamed “Young Band Nation,” will combine their efforts to encourage young musicians to expand their capabilities as musicians. Call 337-513-7905 or email mpj03@hotmail.com for more information.

MSU SUMMER BAND CAMP June 16-20, McNeese State University Campus. Provides education and preparation for high school marching band, concert band or jazz band. Four instructional tracks are available including Instrumental Music, Drumline, Drum Major and Colorguard. Evening activities include sports and recreation, swimming and a movie night. Students can participate as commuters or on-campus resident campers. continued


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JUNE 14-16 FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND A weekend of honoring Dads! Tons of activities for the fathers in our lives. Dads can watch the fun and games and relax, or they can participate and teach! Either way, Dad, this weekend is for you! Relax on Sunday morning with a free pancake breakfast (with one purchased).

JUNE 21-23 THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE YOGI

JULY 12-14 YOGI BEAR'S BIRTHDAY We will be serving cake and ice cream under the pavilion for all of Yogi’s friends. This means YOU! Help us to sing “Happy Birthday” to Yogi and then compete in the Birthday Bash Scavenger Hunt!

JULY 19-21 BAR-B-QUE COOKOFF WEEKEND Grill-lovers unite this weekend for our annual Bar-B-Q Cook-Off! With tasty categories such as chicken, brisket, and ribs, you’re sure to find your grilling sweet spot! Enter as many times as you want, in as many categories as you wish! We'll raffle off judge spots, so don’t forget to get your tickets!

JULY 26-28 CHRISTMAS IN JULY The Christmas spirit is alive and well at Jellystone Park in Lake Charles! Yogi Bear is up to “snow” good at the snow ball fights ($$). Keep your eyes open around your sites, too, because you never know when that sneaky bear will try out a new trick! Deck your sites for the Site/Cabin Decorating Contest! Don’t forget: SANTA WILL BE HERE ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON! Santa and Yogi hayride and much more ... call now!

AUG 2-4 CHOCOLATE LOVERS WEEKEND This weekend is an ooey-gooey fiasco! Chocolate games, chocolate crafts, chocolate bingo…. And that’s just on Saturday morning! From slip ‘n’ slides to trivia, from ice cream socials to chugging contests, there is sure to be something for every cocoa-crazed camper! See y’all here!

Grab your best cowboy hat and clean your boots! Join us for pony rides ($$) and our 4th Annual Stick Horse Rodeo. Head down to the Activity Pavilion to show off your best country/western dance moves. Pull on your favorite boots for our Cowboy/Cowgirl Boots Contest. Several categories for you to be in. Cowboy up, mosey on down and horse around with Yogi!

AUG 9-AUG 11 GAME SHOW WEEKEND

JUNE 28-30 WET 'N WILD WEEKEND

AUG 16-18 HORSESHOES TOURNAMENT

Are you smarter than the average bear? Practice your drawing skills, brush up on your song lyric knowledge, and read up on some trivia for an actionpacked gaming adventure! Win the most points to be our Grand Prize Winner and you’ll receive….oops, you’ll just have to be here to find out!

Break out the water-guns and fill up the water balloons for this weekend! Splash contests and slip-n-slides are on the menu. Plus, we’ll have a ton of water games and activities for everyone in the family to enjoy! This is one of our most popular weekends, so be sure to book your spot now!

If this game is something you love, then now is the time to come and visit Jellystone Park! The tournament is for our adult campers, and comes with some great prizes! Don’t worry kids; we have activities for y’all, too!

JULY 4-7 JULY 4TH WEEKEND

If you haven’t played Washers, then you have been missing out. Come this weekend and we’ll teach you one of the most fun camping games around!

Stay Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and your Pay-One-Price bands are on us! We’ll have plenty of patriotic games and crafts, and lots of games and tournaments for our teens and adults. Stake out a spot at the Pavilion on Saturday for our huge fireworks show and then hit the stage for a round of Karaoke! Bring plenty of decorations for our Red, White, & Blue Site/Cabin Decorating Contest! (3 night min. Holiday rates apply)

From I -10 go North 2 Miles, turn left on Luke Powers Road, Park entrance is 1 mile on right.

AUG 23-25 WASHER BOARD TOURNAMENT AUG 31-SEPT 3 LABOR DAY WEEKEND The 12th Annual Miss Jellystone™ Pageant. So ladies, get your man some fancy, womanly clothes and a great pair of heels. Plus, we’ll have tournaments for horseshoes and washers, volleyball and a NEW camping game! DJ Lid’s will be here Saturday night, and we’ll have karaoke on Sunday. Keep in mind that if we do fill up, you are always invited to bring a generator and stay! We cannot wait to see y’all! Make reservations VERY early. (3 night min. Holiday rates apply)

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Campers must have attended grades 811 in the ’12-’13 school year. Cost for commuter campers is $220 (includes daily lunch) and $320 for resident campers (includes housing, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner). Register online at mcneesebands.com, print the registration confirmation and mail it with full payment (and required forms on the web site) to the McNeese band office by June 1. For more information, visit www.mcneese-bands.com or contact Jay N. Jacobs, director, at 4755004 or jjacobs@mcneese.edu.

SWICEGOOD MUSIC JAMM CAMP Sunday, June 9-Saturday, June 15, Swicegood Music, 308 E. Prien Lake Road. The camp will offer students an opportunity to play in a live band setting with professional coaching. Classes will meet Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 pm. The camp will culminate in a student concert June 15. Registration deadline is May 24. Cost is $300. For more info, call Swicegood Music Company at 337477-2704.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE CO. SUMMER STARZ WORKSHOPS • Wild Things: July 8-10, 10-11:15 am. For ages 5-18. Students are introduced to theatre through drama exercises, games, movement and music. Cost is $65. • Acting for the Camera: July 8-10, noon-1:30 pm. For ages 8-18. Students will learn about auditioning for commercials, reading commercial scripts, improvisation, resumes and head shots, and finding an agent. Cost is $85.

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• Midsummer Fun!: July 23-26. For ages 5-18. Sessions are 10-11:15 am for ages 5-8, and 10 am-noon for ages 9-18. Students will learn about makeup, staging, lighting, costuming and acting by participating in a production of a Shakespeare play. The workshop concludes with a public performance featuring all students. Cost is $85. • Kids in Showbiz: July 29-Aug. 3. For ages 5-18. Sessions are 10-11:15 am for ages 5-8, and 10 am-noon for ages 9-18. Students learn the basics of musical theatre by singing, dancing and acting to Broadway songs. The workshop concludes with a performance demonstration. Cost is $85. All workshops will take place at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center. For more information, call 337-433-7323, email mail@childrenstheatre.cc or visit childrenstheatre.cc.

MCNEESE LEISURE LEARNING KIDS/TEENS CLASSES McNeese will host a number of enrichment and academic courses for kids and teens starting the week of June 3 and running through August. For children entering grades 1-12. For more information and a course list, call 337-575-5616 or visit mcneese.edu/leisure.

SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER CAMPS Camps include: • Fractions: Mondays, June 10-July 29, 2-3:30 pm. $180. A fun approach to helping students understand fractions. • Math Facts: Mondays, June 10-July 29, 2-3:30 pm. $180. Students learn to master math facts with confidence in an engaging environment. • Reading Readiness: Mondays, June 10-July 29, 2-3:30 pm. $180. Prepares students for early reading. • Camp Reading: Mondays, June 10July 29, 2-3:30 pm. $180. Reading skills, focusing on vocabulary and comprehension. • ACT Prep: Tuesdays, Thursdays in July, 12:30-2 pm. $495. Targets all areas of the ACT, and includes an online individualized tutorial. • Academic Writing: Tuesdays, Thursdays in July, 12:30-2 pm. $225. Students learn the complete writing process and learn skills necessary to excel on the writing portions of school exams and standardized tests. • Fit 4 Algebra/Geometry: Tuesdays, Thursdays in July, 12:30-2 pm.. $225. Students learn skills to prepare for Algebra I or Geometry. • Study Skills: Tuesdays, Thursdays in July, 12:30-2 pm. $225. Teaches strategies for studying, including test taking and organization. • Solve This: Tuesdays, Thursdays in July, 12:30-2 pm. $225. Students learn to solve word problems. Registration deadlines are June 3 for June camps, and June 24 for July camps. For more information, call 337-474-9998.

SOWELA SUMMER CAMPS Sowela will host several Flying Tigers Summer Youth Camps. Camp schedule includes: • Sowela Culinary Camp: Two sessions offered — June 24-28 and July 15-19, 8 am-2 pm. For children entering grades 5-8. • Kids In The Kitchen Culinary Camp: Two sessions offered — June 17-21, and July 8-12, 8 am-2 pm. For kids entering grades 1-4. Includes fun, age-appropriate cooking activities. Cost is $185 (includes lunch). • Medical Mobile Classroom Camp: June 17-21, 8 am-2 pm. A fun introduction to the medical fields. Cost is $240 (includes lunch). • Flying Tigers Math and Reading Camps: Dates TBA. Call 337-421-6964 for information.

SHANGRI LA ECO RANGERS SERIES • Flocks of Feathered Friends: June 2428, 8:30 am-2:30 pm. For kids in grades 39. Students will learn to appreciate the art and science of birds by learning to identify at least 26 species, learning techniques to draw the birds they see, and learning about John James Audubon. • Got Water?: July 1-5, 8:30 am-2 pm. For kids in grades 7-9. Students will learn about the biodiversity of the area’s swamps, lakes, bayous and rivers. Activities will include building a river system, reconstructing a watershed, creating a topo map and more. • Tree-ology: The Secrets of Trees: July 15-19, 8:30 am-2 pm. For kids in grades 34. Students will explore the life cycles of trees, identify tree parts, and discover the


importance of trees through games, songs and drawings. • Nature Papparazzi: Snap To It!: July 29-Aug. 2, 8:30 am-2 pm. For kids in grades 5-6. Involves nature photography. Students will learn how to use a digital camera — lighting, composition and color. Includes a photo contest and exhibit. Cameras will be provided; personal cameras should be left at home. For more information or to register, call 409-670-0803.

WCCH SAFE SITTER WORKSHOPS June 11 and 18. For boys and girls ages 11-13. Classes focus on safety, understanding children, and the business aspects of babysitting. Cost is $35. Class size is limited. For more information or to register, call 337-527-4361.

CALCASIEU LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM The annual SRP Kick-off Celebration will take place May 31, 4-4 pm, at Prien Lake Park. The celebration will feature a puppet show, refreshments and more. All programs are free and will run concurrently, so the whole family can get involved. Those completing their reading by July 13 will receive a yard sign declaring “A Library Champion Lives Here!” Call 337-721-7116 or visit www.calcasieulibrary.org for more information.

MATHNASIUM CAMPS AND CLASSES Various times, Mathnasium, 2744 Country Club Road, Lake Charles. • Summer Workouts: These flexible programs are designed to give students an extra boost heading into the new school year. Two 60-minute sessions per week are planned for these workouts. Students can arrive between 10 am-noon or 4-7 pm, Monday-Thursday. The summer schedule will run June 4-August 9. • First Steps Program: This new program is designed to give students entering grades Pre-K-1 the foundations for a lifetime of math success. Ten 50-minute sessions over two weeks are planned for this program. Cost is $200.

LA FAMILIA SPANISH CULTURAL CAMP Session 1: June 3-6; Session 2: June 10-13. Hours are 9 am-3 pm. Children will learn Spanish through arts and crafts, games, Spanish history, music, food and guest speakers. Cost is $75 for the first child and $50

per additional child. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a spot and is included in price. Registration deadline is one week prior to the chosen session. For more info or to register, visit lafamilaresourcecenter.weebly.com and click on Events or call (337) 312-2906.

COUSHATTA TRIBE SUMMER DAY CAMPS Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 9 am-noon, June 11-July 24, on the tribe reservation, located on Powell Rd., three miles north of Elton. Free. These single-day camps will focus on the traditions, customs and history of the Coushatta tribe, with tribal youths giving demonstrations and presentations. Each day will end with pow-wow style dancing, with tribal youths in full regalia. For more information, call 337-584-1433.

SKY HIGH EQUESTRIAN CENTER SUMMER CAMPS July 9-13, 8:30-1:30, Grass Roots Stables, 6065 Tom Hebert Road in Lake Charles. For more information, call 305609-4004 or visit skyhigh-eqcenter.com. Somers Equestrian Center Summer Camps June-August, Somers Equestrian Center, 262 Boys Village Road in Lake Charles. Camp will be Monday-Friday, 9 am-12:15 pm. Each day will have a different agenda, including hunter, western, trail, speed events and others. Snacks and drinks are provided. Campers should dress in jeans, preferably with boots or tennis shoes. Camp is held rain or shine in a covered arena. For more info, call Somers Equestrian Center at 337-497-1186. LE BOCAGE SUMMER HORSEMANSHIP CAMPS Students learn riding techniques and proper care of horses. The camp schedule follows: • May 27-30, 1:30-4:30 pm — beginners. • June 3-6, 8:30 am-12:30 pm — advanced. • June 10-13, 8:30 am-12:30 pm — beginners. • June 24-27, 1:30-4:30 pm — beginners. continued

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LE BOCAGE SUMMER HORSEMANSHIP CAMPS cont • July 8-11, 8:30 am-12:30 pm — beginners. • July 15-18, 8:30 am-12:30 pm — advanced. • July 22-25, 1:30-4:30 pm — beginners. • Aug. 5-8, 8:30 am-12:30 pm — beginners. Cost: $300 per week. Required attire is hard shoe or boot with low heel, long pants and equestrian safety helmet (provided if camper doesn’t have one). Contact 337-905-JUMP (5867) for more info.

SMILING F.A.C.E.S. THERAPEUTIC RIDING CAMP June 10-14. For developmentally disabled children ages 4-12. Held 8 am-noon at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center, 886 Landry Lane in Sulphur. Open to children with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, visual deficits, speech or hearing challenges. Campers will participate in a variety of activities, including horseback riding, fishing, and arts and crafts. Cost is $75. For more information, call (337) 625-3972. Application before May 31 is recommended.

PUTT-PUTT/LAKE AREA PUTTING ASSOCIATION DAY CAMP June 3-7, 9 am-noon. Students will learn putting skills, rules, score-keeping and sportsmanship. Each day, children ages 818 can play at camp from 9 am-noon. There will be a tournament for trophy prizes on Friday afternoon. Cost is $25 for the week or $7.50 per day. For more info, call 337-480-1954.

LAKE AREA EXPRESS TRACK CLUB Athletes ages 7-18 will receive topnotch training, with an emphasis on sportsmanship, work ethic, fitness, and correct form and technique. Practices are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 pm at the McNeese track. Parent meetings are held each Monday during practice to keep parents informed. For more information, stop by the McNeese track during a practice session, call Manuel Fontenot at 337-802-8870,

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LC RACQUET CLUB TENNIS CAMPS Session 1: June 3-7; Session 2: June 10-14; Session 3: June 24-28, Session 4: July 15-19, Session 5: July 29-Aug. 2; and Session 6: Aug. 5-9. For ages 4-13. Main emphasis will be tennis, but activities will also include swimming and arts and crafts. Campers should bring towel, swimsuit, hat or visor, and tennis racquet. Hours are 8 am-noon, Monday-Friday. Cost for two-week minimum is $260 for members and $320 for non-members. For more information, visit lcracquetclub.com or call 337-433-8811.

MALLARD COVE SUMMER JUNIOR GOLF CAMP Session 1: June 10-13; Session 2: July 8-11; and Session 3: Aug. 5-8. Hours are 810 am. For children ages 6-14. Equipment will be supplied to campers who need it. Each camper will receive a golf camp Tshirt. Cost is $50 per child, per session. Each golf camp will be limited to the first 20 paid entrants. For more information, call Derek Smith at 337-491-1204.

MSU - DAVE SIMMONS MEN’S BASKETBALL CAMP Session 1: June 3-6; Session 2: June 17-20. Ages 7-17. Cost is $175. For more information, contact Patrick Haynes at (337) 263-1619 or patrickhaynes84@gmail.com or visit mcneesebasketbalcamps.com.

MSU - BROOKS DONALD WILLIAMS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CAMP Fundamental Camp: June 3-5, $105; Position Camp: June 9, $55; Team Camp: June 13-15. Fore more information, contact McNeese Women’s Basketball at (337) 475-5473.

MSU - COMPETITIVE CHALLENGE YOUTH SOCCER CAMP June 11-14 or July 23-26, 5:30-7:30 pm, at the Lake Charles Multi-Sports Complex at 300 Power Centre Pkwy. For boys and girls ages 5-14. Cost is $85. For more information or to register, visit cowgirlsoccer.com or call 337-475-5368.


MSU - COMPETITIVE CHALLENGE GIRLS ELITE SOCCER CAMP June 29-July 1 or July 20-22. For girls in grades 8-12. Cost is $150 for commuters, $225 for residents. Register at cowgirlsoccer.com. For more information, call 337475-5216.

MSU - TERRY BURROWS BASEBALL CAMP The camp will hold four sessions during the month of June at the Cowboy Diamond. There will be two sessions of an all-skills camp for players in grades K-8. The two-day sessions will be held June 4-5 and June 18-19, 9 am-4 pm. Cost is $125 per player per session. A pitching camp for players in grades K-8 will be held June 11-12, 9 am-noon. Cost is $80 per player. A showcase camp will be available for players high school age and older on June 27, 9 am-4 pm. Cost is $110 per player. In the event of inclement weather, the camps will move indoors to the McNeese baseball complex. For more info, visit mcneesesports.com or call the McNeese baseball office at 337-475-5903.

MSU - MIKE SMITH WOMEN’S SOFTBALL CAMP • High School Showcase: June 11-12 and June 18-19. For high school and junior college students who want to play at the elite Div. 1 level. Cost is $175. • All Skills Development Camp: June 13. Open to students age 7 through 8th grade. Focuses on skill development in throwing, hitting, fielding, pitching and base running. For more information, visit collegesoftballcamps.com/msu.

MSU - FOOTBALL CAMP July 14-16. Overnight campers $275; Day campers $140. For more information, contact Lark Hebert at 337- 475-5473.

MSU - TERRY GAMBLE VOLLEYBALL CAMP July 11-13. Elementary Developmental Skills Camp: 9 am-noon, $120. Jr. High General Skills Camp: Grades 6-8, 9 amnoon, $120. High School General Skills Camp: 1-4 pm, $120. Team Camps: Jr. Varsity, Aug. 2, 8 am-5 pm, $100 per team. Varsity, Aug. 3, 8 am-5 pm, $100 per team. For more information, visit terrygamblevolleyballcamps.com or call Nicole Wilson at 337-475-5109.

MSU - DANIELLE STEINBERG TENNIS CAMP June 3-7, 8:30 am-noon, McNeesse campus. Open to boys and girls ages 7-19. Camp includes 3.5 hours per day on the court, with emphasis on technique, fundamentals and consistency. All levels welcome. Cost is $175. For more information, email dsteinberg@mcneese.edu.

ATHLETIC REPUBLIC LAKE AREA SPORTS/FITNESS CAMPS • High School Prep Program: Session 1: Mondays, Wednesdays, June 3-26, 13:30 pm; Session 2: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8:30-11 am, July 2-25. Includes technique coaching, Olympic lifting, conditioning, speed and footwork drills and multi-sport skill workouts. • Youth Fundamental Movement Clinic: For kids ages 6-13. Session 1: Mondays, Wednesdays, June 3-26, 8:30-11 am; Session 2: Tuesdays, Thursdays, July 225, 1-3:30 pm. Incudes basic movement, multi-sport skill work, coordination and development work. • Speed and Agility Program: Session 1: Tuesdays, Thursdays, June 4-11, 8:30-11 am; Session 2: Mondays, Wednesdays, July 1-24, 1-3:30 pm. Includes speed training on patented Super Treadmill, agility drills, patented Plyometric Floor, running mechanics instruction and footwork drills. • Female Athlete Development Program: Session 1: Tuesdays, Thursdays, June 4-27, 1-3:30 pm; Session 2: Mondays, Wednesdays, July 1-24, 8:30-11 am. Includes multi-sport skill coaching, speed development, hip strengthening, agility drills, and injury prevention strategies. Athletic Republic also offers individual training in all of the above skills. Athletic Republic is located at 3708 Maplewood Dr. in Sulphur. For more information or to register, visit Athleticrepubliclakearea.com, call 337-214-0029 or email Pat@Athleticrepublic-lakearea.com.

FRASCH PARK JUNIOR GOLF CLINIC Session 1: June 4-6; Session 2: July 24; Session 3: August 6-8. Hours are 9-1 am. Open to ages 7-17. Cost is $75. Pre-registration is required. Pre-registration is available at www.cppj.net. Registration fees apply. Financial assistance can be requested on registration form. Call 337-527-2515 for more info.

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GRAYWOOD SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS Campers can have an early drop-off at 8 am. Camps will include “Star” incentive program, gifts, awards and certificates for each camper. Campers are grouped by age and ability; each group is fully supervised during all activities while on club premises. There will be a talent show and award ceremony at the end of camp on Friday.

GRAYWOOD TENNIS CAMP Session 1: June 10-14, Session 2: June 24-28, Session 3: July 8-12, Session 4: July 22-26. Hours are 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Cost is $195 for members and $235 for non-members. For more information, contact Ronnie Walters, instructor, at 337-477-1114, or email ronnie@graywoodllc.com.

GRAYWOOD ALL-STAR CAMP (GOLF AND TENNIS) Session 1: June 17-21, Session 2: July 15-19. Hours are 8:30 am-2:30 pm. Cost is $295 for members and $325 for non-members. For more information, contact Ronnie Walters, instructor, at 337-477-1114 or Bear Suarez, instructor, at 337-478-1758.

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GRAYWOOD GOLF CAMP Session 1: June 3-6, session 2: June 17-21, session 3: June 24-27, session 4: July 8-11, session 5: July 15-19, session 6: July 25-Aug. 1, session 7: Aug. 5-8. Hours are 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Cost is $90 for members, and $100 for non-members. For more information, contact Bear Suarez at 337-478-1758 or bryantbears@yahoo.com.

LAKE CHARLES CHEER TRAINING Beginner, intermediate and advanced cheer classes throughout the summer. For more information, call 337-513-3246.

ST. MARGARET CATHOLIC SCHOOL BASKETBALL CAMP June 24-27. For boys and girls ages 612. Cost is $45 for one child, $85 for two children, and $110 for three children. For more information, call (337) 439-4585. Information on St. Margaret’s vacation bible school can be found in the Bible School section.

WARD 3 SPORTS CAMPS For more information, call 337-9900112. Skating Camp: June 3-4, 8 am-noon. Free. Volleyball Camp: June 3-5, 11 am-1 pm. $25. Midnight Basketball: June 7-26, 8 pmmidnight. Free. Midnight Indoor Soccer: June 7-26, 8 pm-2 am. Free.

Boys Basketball Camp: June 10-13, 811 am. $25. Tennis Camp: June 17-20, 8-10 am. $25. Fishing and Casting Camp: June 22, 8 am-noon. Free. Girls Basketball Camp: June 24-26, 1-3 pm. $25. Soccer Camp North: July 1-3, 8-10 am. $25. Summer Golf Camp: July 8-10, 811:30 am. $25. Nate Livings Football Camp: July 13. Free. Soccer Camp South: July 29-31, 8-10 am. $25. Big Baby Davis Basketball Camp: Aug. 9. Free.

LC COUNTRY CLUB TENNIS CAMPS Four sessions, June 4-July 24. For ages 4 and older. Red Ball Class, ages 6-8, will be held 8:45-9:45 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Orange Ball Class, ages 9-10, will be held 10-11 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Yellow Ball Class, ages 11 and up, will be held 11 am-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Tots Class, ages 4-6, will be held 9-10 am on Wednesdays. For more information, call 337-802-7209.

MAPLEWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH BASEBALL CAMP Aug. 5-7, 9 am-noon, McMurry Park. For boys and girls ages 5-10. Cost is $50. For registration and information, visit maplewoodfbc.com. See also Maplewood Baptist’s VBS info

under Bible Schools. Info on the Terrific Tuesday program, Tall Timbers Kids Camp and Discovery KFC Camp is under General Day, Resident Camps.

SPAR WATERPARK Located at 933 W. Parish Road, Sulphur. Open weekends only through May 20; daily May 24-August 11; and open August 19-20. Gate fee is $4 for in-district residents and $6 for out-of-district residents. Thirty-visit punch cards are available for $100 in-district and $160 out-of-district. Waterpark parties are held from 6-8 pm on Wednesdays. For more information, call AunJelle at 721-3052 or visit sulphurparks.com

SWIMSATIONAL SWIM SCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS For beginners ages 5-12: Session 1: June 3-7; Session 2: June 17-21; Session 3: June 24-28; Session 4: July 1-5; Session 5: July 8-12; Session 6: July 22-26, Session 7: Aug. 5-9. Location: 878 Beglis Pkwy. in Sulphur; and 2002 Johnson St. in Jennings. Hours are 9 am-noon, Monday-Friday, with early drop-off available. Campers receive Tshirt with registration. No pre-requisites for beginner level. Advanced level should be able to swim 20-30 feet independently. Evaluations are free and take 5-10 minutes. For more information, call 527-0950.


Private Classes: Each class will be oneon-one with an instructor for 30 minutes per day. Cost is $110 for four lessons. Group lessons are offered as well.

TRUE BLUE WATERSPORTS SWIM LESSONS True Blue offers private lessons and group lessons. Open to ages 5-12. For more information, call 337-310-1681 or visit truebluewatersports.com.

TRUE BLUE WATER SPORTS SCUBA DIVING CAMPS June 3-7, July 8-12, 8 am-3 pm. Open to children ages 8-13. Students are introduced to SCUBA diving, and also swim, create artwork and learn about the ocean environment. Cost is $259. For more information, call 337-310-1681 or visit truebluewatersports.com.

Info on the church’s Terrific Tuesdays program and the Tall Timber Kids Camp is under General Day, Resident Camps.

Information for St. Margaret’s basketball camp can be found in the Sports section.

OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR CATHOLIC CHURCH July 8-12. For more information, call 527-5261.

ST. THERESA CATHOLIC CHURCH June 3-7, 8:30-11:30 am. For children in grades Pre-K-5. Cost is $20. For more information, call 337-583-4800.

ST. MARGARET CATHOLIC CHURCH June 10-14, 9 am-noon. Open to kids in grades 3-5. Cost is $25 per child. For more information, call 439-4585.

SALE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH June 3-7, 8 am-noon. For children in grades K-5. Free. For more information, call 337-477-3463.

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH June 3-7, 9 am-noon. For children in grades K-6. Free. For more information, call 337-480-1555 or visit tbclc.org. Information on Trinity’s Winshape Camp and American Heritage Girls Bling Camp can be found in the General Day, Resident Camp section.

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH June 10-14, 9 am-noon. For children in grades pre-K-5. Free. For more information, call 337-436-6656. continued

CENTER CIRCLE POOL 80 Center Circle Dr., Sulphur. Regular hours are 9 am-noon and 2:30-5:30 pm, Monday-Thursday; 2:305:30 pm on Friday; 10 am-6 pm on Saturday; and 1-5 pm on Sunday. Free swim is offered from 3:30-4:30 pm, Monday-Thursday, and 10 am-noon on Saturday. Family Swim is offered 5:30-6:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Gate fee is $1.50 per day per person, $1 per day for SPAR members, $1 per day per child enrolled in day cares, and 30-visit punch cards are $37.50. For more information, call 625-9791.

CHRIST COMMUNITY CHURCH June 3-7, 9 am-noon. For children who have completed grades 1-6. Cost is $7. For more information, call 337-478-8228.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH LAKE CHARLES June 3-7, 9 am-noon. For children in grades Pre K-5. Free. For more information, call 337-433-1443.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH - SULPHUR June 24-28, 8:30 am-noon. For children in grades K-5. Free. For more information, call 337-527-5231.

HENNING MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH June 10-14, 9 am-noon. For children who have completed grades K-5. For more information, call 337-527-5483 or visit henningmemorialumc.org.

MAPLEWOOD FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH May 27-31, 8:30-11 am. For children who have completed grades K-5. Free. For more information, call 337-625-5899. Immediately following VBS will be the Discovery KFC (Kids For Christ) Camp (see details under General Day, Resident Camps). Info on Maplewood Baptist Church’s youth baseball camp can be found in sports camp section. May 16, 2013

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pm on Friday). For kids who have completed grades 1-5. Cost is $50. Includes trip. For details, visit maplewoodfbc.com.

ST. LUKE SIMPSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH June 17-21, 9 am-noon. For children in grades K-5. Cost is $10, or $25 to include a T-shirt and CD. For more information, call 337-474-1500.

UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH June 3-7, 9 am-noon. For children in grades K-6. Free. For more information, call 337-480-1555.

MAPLEWOOD BAPTIST DISCOVERY KFC CAMP May 27-31. Immediately following Vacation Bible School until 2 pm (ends at 3

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MAPLEWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH TERRIFIC TUESDAYS June-August, 9:45 am-noon, various locations. For kids who have completed kindergarten. Involves field trips to different locations. Visit maplewoodfbc.com for more information.

TALL TIMBERS KIDS CAMP July 29-31. For boys and girls who have completed grades 2-5. Cost is $125. For more information, visit maplewoodfbc.com.

BOY SCOUT WEBELOS RESIDENT CAMP June 23-27 at Camp Edgewood. Boys finishing grades 3 and 4 will have an opportunity to earn Webelos activity badges. Cost is $75. For more information, call the Boy Scouts office at 337-436-3376.

GIRL SCOUT CAMP Aug. 1-4, Uskichitto Retreat Center, 590 Retreat Road, LeBlanc, La. Open to commuter and resident campers. Activities will include miniature golf, ropes course and rock wall climbing. Cost is $125. Deadline to register is July 1. For more information, contact camp director Lesli Rougeau at 337-202-9597 or ebgstroop420@yahoo.com; or asst. director Lisa Duet at 337-401-9155 or qptbling@yahoo.com.

FOREMAN-REYNAUD SUMMER CAMP Foreman-Reynaud Community Center, 215 Albert St., Lake Charles. For children ages 3-12. Campers will receive breakfast and lunch and can participate in activities including swimming lessons, water safety classes, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor sports, and reading, math and language reinforcement. Call (337) 436-2500 for information.

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS SUMMER BLING DAY CAMP July 22-26., Trinity Baptist Church. For girls entering Grades 1-12. For more information, visit scouting45.org. Information on Trinity’s Vacation Bible School can be found in Bible School section. See Information about Trinity’s Winshape camp in this section.

ST. LUKE SIMPSON’S SUMMER DAY CAMP June 4-Aug. 7, 7:30 am-5:30 pm. The camp will include field trips, special themed days and Christian Education opportunities. Cost is $110. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information, call Lauren at 337-474-1500.

CLUB TABBY CAMPS • Five Day Camps: May 27-31; June 10-14 and 24-28; July 15-19, July 29Aug.1. Cost is $100. • Three Day Mini-Camps: June 4-6, June 18-20, July 9-11, July 23-25, Aug. 5-8.


Cost is $60. Camp hours are 10 am-2:30 pm. For girls ages 4-12. Activities include dress-up, games and more. For more information, call 337-478-3600.

LC DEPT. OF RECREATION AND PARKS DAY CAMP Session 1: June 3-14 ; Session 2: June 17-28; Session 3: July 1-12; and Session 4: July 15-26. No camp on July 4. For children ages 6-12. Held at Drew Park and University Community Center. Hours are 7:30 am-5:30 pm. Fee is $100 per child per two-week session. Activities include movies, bowling, swimming and skating. Camp participants will receive free breakfast and lunch daily; go on field trips; play games; and do other activities. A minimum of 50 children must attend for there to be a camp at each site. Registration before the session is required. For information, call 337-491-1280 or visit cityoflakecharles.com.

WINSHAPE C3 CAMP July 22-26, 8 am-5 pm, Trinity Baptist Church. For children who have completed grades 1-6 in the 2013 school year. Activities will be centered around science, athletics, food prep, crafts, music and drama. Cost is $189. Register at winshapecamps.org.

FOREMAN-REYNAUD COMMUNITY CENTER SUMMER CAMP June 3-Aug 2, 7:30 am-5 pm. For kids ages 3-12. Cost is $65 per week, with a $25 registration fee. Kids receive breakfast and lunch. Camp activities include swimming lessons and water safety classes; arts and crafts; indoor and outdoor sports; field trips; and reading, math and language rein-

forcement. Enrollment is limited. For more information, call 337-436-2500.

DYNAMIC DIMENSIONS SUMMER CAMP June 17-21, 8 am-3 pm. Open to children ages 7-11. Activities include games, crafts, nutrition activities, fitness education and pool time. Cost is $100 per child for members of Dynamic Dimensions, $125 per child for non-members, and $75 per child for additional family members. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Space is limited. To register, call 337-527-5459. SPAR TWEEN FITNESS CLASSES Tuesdays-Thursdays, 4:30-5 pm, SPAR Recreation and Aquatic Center, 933 W. Parish Road, Sulphur. For children ages 812. Each class will feature a warm-up, cardiovascular exercises, body-weight strength training, a cool-down and stretching. Parents must remain within SPAR facility. Cost for daily camp admission is $3 for those residing in SPAR district, and $4 for those living outside the district. For more information, call 337-721-3040.

SOWELA FLYING TIGERS FITNESS CAMP June 10-14 (girls), June 24-28 (boys), 8-11 am. For students entering grades 3-6. Campers will enjoy fun and healthy activities. Cost is $135 (includes water and fruits). Sessions limited to 20 campers. For more information, call 337-421-6964.

WARD 3 SUMMER DAY CAMP June 3-July 26, 7:30 am-3:30 pm. Cost is $80 per f-day, $60 for half-day. For more information, call 337-990-0112.

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G e t t i n g A H a i r s t y l e Yo u ’ l l L o v e By Julie Cauffel Many women have left the salon with a cut they feel is too short or a color they think is just a bit off. Here are some tips to getting the perfect cut and color out of a stylist. These tips can also prevent you from forming customer habits that rub stylists the wrong way.

Schedule A Consultation Even though we all know we’re supposed to sit down for a chat with a new stylist before we get a cut or a coloring, one survey found that 42 percent of women say they’ve never had a consultation before a dye-job. Bravo reality star Tabatha Coffey tells Allure Magazine, “The consultation is the most important part of a haircut. I don’t care if I’ve cut your hair 100 times, I’m still going to talk to you, touch your hair, find out what you want.” If you’re trying out a new cut or a new stylist, schedule a 10-15 minute consultation when you book the appointment. The stylist and the colorist need to see what your hair looks like dry and styled as you typically style it. This tells them a lot: How much time you really put into your hair each day, how your hair dries and how healthy your ends are. Even if you’re meeting with the same

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stylist you’ve used before, a consultation is important. The goal of a consultation is to make sure you and your stylist are on the same page before drastic changes are made to your look. Wouldn’t you consult with an architect or contractor before you tore down walls? If you sense your stylist isn’t listening or isn’t giving you his or her full attention, Allure suggests you politely repeat yourself until you’re sure you’ve been heard. Read on to find out what should be discussed during the consultation.

Bring Pictures Nothing annoys a stylist more than when someone sits down and tries to explain the cut or color they want without referring to a picture. Suppose someone said, “I want to look like Cameron Diaz.” Does that mean Cameron Diaz blonde or Cameron Diaz with ombre highlights? Cameron Diaz circa 2001 or 2012? Bring a picture — or two or three. As for color, never rely on “salonspeak.” “Ash blonde” to your stylist may mean “butter blonde” to you. Show a

picture of what you like and, in addition, bring along a picture showing what you don’t want. Ask your stylist to show you an example of the color she’ll be striving after. “The most important thing is to make the stylist think that they are in it with you creating this new look,” says Brad Johns, color director for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas. “After you tell them what you want, ask, ‘Do you agree?’ That makes the colorist feel like a participant in your request, and not a waiter just serving your wants.”

Don’t Say It, Show It When you’re talking length with a stylist, never say it, always show it. One of the most common disappointments I hear about from those with hair horror stories, is the “I told her 3 inches and she lopped off 8” stories. A stylist once taught me a great trick: instead of saying you want 3 inches off, actually take your hand and “karate chop” your hair right where you want her

or him to go. And feel free to say, “No higher, please.” My advice is to keep your hand there and have the stylist stand back and soak in just where you want your hair cut to.

Be Careful About Saying, “Do Whatever You Want” The beauty editor of O magazine tells of the time a world-renowned hairstylist offered to do her hair. She let him do whatever he wanted since the cut was free. Oops. She realized afterwards that she really did want more control over her look. If you trust your stylist 100 percent, you can give your hair completely over to him or her to work their magic. But keep in mind, you may be the practice mannequin for a new look the stylist is dying to try out.

Prepare Questions And Listen To Your Stylist If you write down questions before the cut, you won’t forget them during the consultation. (This rule applies to doctor’s visits as well.) Be sure to ask questions; for example: “What type of hair color best suits me?” “Do you think my hair can look like this picture of Cameron circa 2012?” “How


long will this haircut take me to style in the morning?” If your stylist says, “No, I’m sorry, but there’s no way I can make you look like Cameron Diaz circa 2012,” you’d better listen, because chances are your stylist is telling the truth. Much about hairstyles depends on hair texture. If the texture doesn’t allow for it, the cut in question won’t be an option.

This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but I believe if you have curly hair, you’ll get the best results from someone who cuts a lot of curly hair. The same goes for color; if the woman in your picture has ash blonde hair and you’d make a much better butter blonde, chances are you won’t know this, but your stylist will. Ask her to be honest with you about the color choice.

Be Honest With The Stylist This is important for both color and cut. Be honest about what you’ve had done to your hair in the last year or so. If you don’t tell your stylist you had a

Brazilian straightening treatment 4 months ago, you risk damaging your hair if your stylist decides to do a dualprocess color. As for the cut, you may love your stylist to think you’ll love your new hairstyle enough to baby it every morning with four products, 20 minutes of drying time and 15 minutes of styling time. However, the truth is, if your morning routine for the past 20 years has been a quick wash followed by a towel dry and ending with a sopping wet ponytail, you’d better tell your stylist this, or you’ll end up with a fancy, layered, curling ironed and hairsprayed ‘do that takes hours to replicate.

Pick The Right Stylist This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but I believe if you have curly hair, you’ll get the best results from someone who cuts a lot of curly hair. Call ahead to a large salon and ask for someone who specializes in curls or at least cuts a lot of curly hair. (Keep in mind that a stylist with curly hair will know exactly where you’re coming from.) The same goes for coloring your hair red. Ask for someone who does lots of new redheads. It’s also the case with getting your boring hair cut “funky” (aim for the salons known for their edge and select a stylist with funky hair herself) and getting hair straightened (you want someone who specializes in Japanese or Brazilian treatments). And one final tip: tip appropriately or beware of your next haircut.

A Fruity Approach To Skin Care Our skin is one of the most sensitive areas when it comes to showing our age or perceived imperfections, yet many consumers use facial products without knowing what kind of active ingredients they contain. Defying age or preventing common blemishes, such as acne or age spots, isn’t just a matter of tightening wrinkles — it’s also about having good, healthy, clean skin, according to skin care consultant Tana Garcia with the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic. “Many consumers choose their products based on brand loyalty, and the same is true for skin care products. People don’t always give much thought to what the actual ingredients are,” Garcia says. “But, believe it or not, you can approach healthy skin in much the same way you approach healthy grocery shopping. Nutrition experts say that you should buy groceries as close to their natural state as possible. Guess what? The same is true of skin-care products.” According to Garcia, the more natural the ingredients, the better they are for your skin. Fruit, it turns out, is one of the most natural and healthy ingredients on the skin-care market today. “Fruit is packed with nutrients, which we typically associate with healthy eating,” says Garcia. “But those nutrients are also vital to your body’s skin cells. Research has shown that eating a regular diet of fruits and vegetables can create golden, healthy skin, so it stands to rea-

son that fruit-packed products can have the same result.” Pumpkin enzymes, in particular, contain ideal ingredients to create a smooth, healthy, even complexion. The enzymes also reduce buildup on the skin, which allows products to work more effectively. The popularity of the pumpkin peel at the Aesthetic Center is evidence of its effectiveness, according to Garcia. “Clients have been surprised at the positive effects of pumpkin, but ‘fruity’ benefits certainly aren’t limited to this single fruit.” To gain the full benefits of fruit for your skin, you don’t have to replace moisturizers with pureed pulp; fortunately, many skin-care products already include the beneficial enzymes that fruits have to offer. Garcia says choosing quality products and knowing what to look for is key when you are reading product ingredients. “Be on the lookout for vitamins A and C, which are found in many fruits, including pumpkin and papaya. These important antioxidants are essential to healthy skin function, and help fight damaging free radicals as well as nourish the skin,” explains Garcia. “Papain‚ — the enzyme of papaya — is another ingredient to seek out in therapeutic treatments and products. It provides a natural moisturizer that keeps skin hydrated. Papain can also prevent signs of aging by protecting the skin against free radicals.”

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Great Looks Start With A Clean Face By Alicia Siebert There’s nothing worse than getting out of the shower and feeling like your face never was fully cleaned even though you used your face wash. Another horrible experience is to put on your foundation and notice that your pores look clogged and dirty. We all wish it were as simple as grabbing the face cleanser and taking 30 seconds to slosh it around your face, but it’s not. Here are some clean face tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your facial cleanser.

Never Go To Bed With A Dirty Face This is important. After a long day, your face has makeup, dirt and grime on it. The last thing you want to do is leave it there for another 8 hours. And if you do, the morning cleaning will become much harder.

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If you don’t want to have an intensive bedtime routine, simply use a facial cleansing cloth to clean your face.

Exfoliation Is Crucial If you want smooth skin, you must exfoliate. Always exfoliate after you cleanse your skin. Use an exfoliator made specifically for the face. This can be done in the shower with a manual exfoliator or after your shower with a chemical exfoliating wipe that contains AHAs that will slough off dead skin cells evenly.

Use A Makeup Remover If you don’t use a makeup remover, your facial cleanser just won’t get rid of all

the makeup on your eyes and you’ll be left looking like a raccoon. Of course, you’ve sometimes been tempted to just smudge that line into your new eyeliner. Don’t do it! Using a makeup remover — liquid on a cotton ball or a wipe — is the best way to get rid of it all. Start on the top of your lids and wipe down over your lashes, then clean up the makeup on the skin under your eyes.

The Right Facial Cleanser You should spend a full minute cleaning your face. If your skin is oily to combo, use a gel cleanser that will bubble up. If your skin is closer to normal to dry, a cream cleanser is your

best bet. I highly recommend using a wash cloth or muslin cloth to clean your face, as doing so will help you slough off dead skin cells. If you want to try something out of the ordinary, try cleansing your skin with cleansing oil. The oil, oddly enough, breaks down the oil on your skin. People who use cleansing oils swear by them.

Do You Need A Toner? Toners aren’t for everyone, and you should rarely use one on normal skin. But if you have oily skin, a toner is a great thing to use to get rid of any excess oil and help mattify your skin before makeup application. Apply the toner to a cotton ball and gently wipe it over your skin. Pay careful attention to the area around your nose, which is an area that’s often overlooked, but is very visible.


For Better Anti-Aging Results, Be Consistent By Zoe Voss There are good anti-aging products on the market. But there is a secret to making them work. And the secret is: to stick with them. One beauty consultant tried Retin-A for some time. Then she went off the

Many skincare experts — including those who promote their own line of skin products — swear vitamin A is one of their secret weapons.

product for a couple of years. After that long hiatus, she returned to Retin-A for two reasons: One, she missed the look the product had given her skin; and two, she missed the way that Retin-A made her skin feel. If Retin-A sounds familiar, that’s because it was promoted by many as the pimple medicine of the ‘90s. That promotional juggernaut was slowed down considerably when Accutane came to prominence and became the big new thing. But dermatologists kept their confidence in Retin-A all along. Dermatologists have known about the anti-aging benefits of Retin-A for many years. Many skincare experts — includ-

ing those who promote their own line of skin products — swear that vitamin A is one of their secret weapons when it comes the care of their own skin. If you’re considering a return to Retin-A, or are thinking about using the product for the first time, here’s a few things you might want to know: It’s best to use Retin-A under the guidance of a dermatologist. In the U.S., Retin-A is not an over-thecounter product. (Of course, this doesn’t prevent some intrepid consumers from getting the product over-thecounter in Mexico.) Those who use Retin-A will peel. In some cases, the skin will peel in patches.

That’s a minor annoyance in the quest for dewy, youthful skin. Peeling is typical the first two weeks of Retin-A usage. If you use Retin-A, you must wear sunscreen. Skin is always extra-sensitive to the sun. The use of Retin-A makes the skin even more sensitive to sunlight, Retin-A users have to be very careful to stay out of the sun when they’re using the product. Follow the advice that was given above. Stick with Retin-A. Many women abandon skincare regimens because they can’t stand the redness or peeling or they think it’s not working fast enough. In spite of commercials that tell us we can make major health improvements by using some exercise device for 15 or 20 minutes, the fact is that positive change in the body does not come quickly. If you want to get what Retin-A can give you, follow the directions and give the process lots of time.

Neck Firming Exercises There may not be scientific data to back it up, but neck exercises are a non-invasive technique to strengthen the muscles in your face, keep them taut and prevent sagging. A front-runner among advocates of facial exercise is Eva Fraser, who has been promoting a sequence of movements for several years. At 80 years old, Fraser looks like she’s reaping the benefits of her labor. As with any workout, you need to stick with a neck exercise routine and do the exercises regularly. Try these movements: Stick your tongue out: Sit upright and push your tongue down toward your chin. Hold for a count of 10. Relax, then repeat 10 times. Exaggerated pout: Sit upright with your head tilted back. Move your lower lip over your upper lip in a pout and hold for 5 counts. Do this five times. Look up and chew: Sit upright, tilt your head back and look to the sky. With your lips closed, make a few chewing motions. Repeat 20 times. Tongue to thumb: Hold your thumb under your chin bone. With your mouth closed, press your tongue down toward your gums pretending to touch your thumb. May 16, 2013

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Do Shellac Manicures Live Up To The Hype? By Ana Lucas You’ve likely heard about a CND Shellac manicure by now. It promises zero-drying time and shiny, polished nails that last for up to two weeks. I’ve previously tried a gel manicure and wasn’t a fan due to the fact I basically had to scrape my nails to get all the remnants of gunk off. I was reluctant to try the CND Shellac manicure. But I went ahead to see whether the differences might make the manicure a good choice. According to the CND website, a Shellac manicure is a, “patent-pending formulation of solvents, monomers and polymers” that are “hypo-allergenic and 3-FREE ... containing no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP.” The website claims that there’s no drying time, and that nails have a “14-day wear mirror finish.” During a CND Shellac manicure at a salon, you don’t soak your nails first. Your manicurist will file and shape your

nails and may push back your cuticles. Oil isn’t generally used as it can prevent the polish from adhering to your fingers. Nails are painted with a base coat, at least two coats of color, and a top coat. In between layers, you insert your hand into a UV lamp to dry the polish for 30 to 60 seconds. The process takes about 45 minutes. At the end, your nails are completely dry, with no extra drying time at the end.

Does It Last? I’ve had the CND Shellac manicure twice and both times it lasted the two weeks as promised. The polish stays super shiny and doesn’t chip. My biggest problems with it are the

way it looks at the base of my nails — you can definitely see where the color starts and stops, as my nails grow out. And my cuticles started to look ragged. I missed the TLC given them during a regular manicure.

What Are The Downsides? Aside from the growth issue mentioned above, there are two other downsides to the CND Shellac manicure. The color selection is somewhat limited. Fifty shades and effects are offered, and the colors can be layered for different variations. But if you’re looking for a trendy denim blue or hot pink, you’re out of luck.

The other issue is that the polish can be hard to remove. Fortunately, it’s easier to remove than the gel polish. But it still requires some soaking time with acetone nail polish pads.

During a CND Shellac manicure at a salon, you don’t soak your nails first. Your manicurist will file and shape your nails and may push back your cuticles. Oil isn’t generally used as it can prevent the polish from adhering to your fingers. Is It Right For You? The CND Shellac manicure really does last for up to two weeks. Your nails will be shiny and won’t have any chips. I even washed the dishes without gloves (which was bad for other reasons), but the polish still didn’t chip. The addition of having no extra drying time is also a major plus. You can walk out of the salon, pay and dig in your bag with your car keys the second you’re done. There is some concern about UV exposure from the drying lamp on your hands. You can bring your own hand lotion with SPF in it if it’s a big concern for you or if you get Shellac manicures regularly. The selection of polishes is limited, so if you like to wear the trendiest colors or use nail art or change your polish frequently, you may find the Shellac manicure isn’t the best option for you. One other challenge is that of removing the Shellac polish. It’s a bit of a time commitment; figure on up to 15 minutes. Overall, if you like to keep your nails manicured, the Shellac approach may be the ideal solution for you.

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DEQUINCY HOME HEALTH recently named Dr. Pat Robinson the director of Home Health Operations. Robinson is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. After he finished his residency, Robinson began his career in Shreveport as a pediatrician in private practice. He began his family during his third year of medical school when he met his future wife during his pediatric rotation. Susan was the head nurse on the pediatric floor. There was an immediate attraction between him and Susan, but Robinson says he was shy when it came to dating, and eventually it was Susan who had to arrange the first date. Eight months later, they were married and well on their way to what they hoped would be a long happy life together. However, Susan was a diabetic and began experiencing severe medical complications. But that didn’t keep her from wanting to have children. Due to her health problems, the couple decided to try to adopt a baby. Unfortunately, they were rejected as suitable parents by adoption agencies due to Susan’s medical condition.

After extensive medical consultation, it was determined Susan’s life would not be shortened by pregnancy as long as she was closely monitored by her doctors. One year later, Robert Patrick Robinson was born prematurely to two very happy parents. Robert weighed 2 pounds and 1 ounce at birth. He required a 4-month stay in the NICU. He weighed 4 1/2 pounds when he came home and required close monitoring. Susan’s health continued its decline, and she eventually required a HEALTH kidney transplant. Her & LIVING mom donated a kidney, but Susan’s body rejected it. Susan went on dialysis and later underwent a second kidney transplant; this kidney was also rejected. Susan died 5 years and 10 months after she and Pat were married. Shortly after her death, Susan’s older brother wrote down the events that began with Susan and Pat’s engagement and ended with Susan’s death. He wanted to put down in writing a story for Robert to let him know how much his mother loved him. At the urging of his friends, Susan’s brother rewrote the story and converted it into a screenplay.

The screenplay, which her brother titled Steel Magnolias, focused on the relationship between Susan, her mom, and a group of her mom’s best friends. The screenplay was transformed into an offBroadway play and later, a movie. Susan’s story inspired women everywhere to follow their dreams despite what may seem like insurmountable obstacles. What the movie didn’t show was the full impact of her illness on both Susan and

her family. Susan wanted to be around her baby boy as much as possible, and that required her being home, even when her medical care required her to be hospitalized. Unfortunately, there were no home health services available. It was nearly impossible for Robinson to run his practice and at the same time be the primary caregiver for his wife and child. As a result, he became more acutely aware of the needs of his chronically ill patients and their parents. Those experiences changed Robinson and the way he practiced medicine. He began spending more time discussing issues with parents that pertained to the unmet needs of their children as they related to home care. Robinson has long retired from Pediatrics, but he never forgot how difficult those times were. Those experiences allowed him to be more empathetic toward his patients and their families. So, it was an easy decision to accept a job working at an agency that helps families care for their loved ones at home. DeQuincy Home Health provides services for over 315 patients in five parishes including Calcasieu, Beauregard, Vernon, Allen and Cameron Parish.

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WITH ALL THE CONCERN about dwindling retirement funds and the shaky economy, many retirees and soonto-be-retired boomers are wondering about the financial aspects of retirement planning. But what about retirement living? In other words, what would you like to do with the rest of your life? Financial issues aside, there’s a lot you can do to make retirement a great time of life. “When I was younger, I thought retirement would be boring,” says John Handler, 76, of Seattle. “But I’m taking a watercolor class; meeting new people. And I have a part-time job I like. My days have a variety I never had before.” Here are a few retirement tips from Joan Carter, cofounder of Life Options Institute. As you read these tips, think about how they apply to your life. Retirement living is about more than money. Financial planners tell us to start thinking about retirement living decades before we’re ready to retire. It’s good to make a retirement planning checklist five years before your retirement date. While you’re thinking about how much money you’ll need for retirement, think about what you want your life to look like, and how you want to feel.

to replace the intellectual stimulation you found at work, try learning a foreign language or a musical instrument or joining a book club. Lifelong learning offers many opportunities to keep your mind sharp. How about checking out the lifelong learning classes offered by your local community center or college?

Develop New Friendships A social network is a measure of how successful your retirement living is. That network HEALTH includes family and & LIVING friends. Check out groups that help you meet new people, or join community or religious organizations that have members who share your interests. It’s possible to meet people and make new friends even if it’s difficult to get around.

Talk To Your Partner If you live with someone or have a close partner, retirement living becomes a shared experience. It’s important to make time for you and your partner to share your dreams. You might be pleasantly surprised to learn that your partner wants to join you on that Mt. Kilimanjaro climb, and he or she may have other ideas you’ll enjoy.

Increase Financial Stability Make Life Plans It’s important to plan for the nonfinancial aspects of retirement by considering what will make you happy. Maybe you’ll climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, go dog sledding in Alaska, make time to write that novel you’ve been thinking about, or continue to work part-time. Make a life plan and tick off your experiences as you move ahead. It’s not a “bucket list,” but a realistic list of what you want your retired life to be like.

Find A Purpose When you make your retirement living plan, look for things you can do on an ongoing basis that bring you joy and add structure to your life. These can include travel, hobbies or even training for a new career.

Volunteer Volunteering is a great way to interact with people and make new friends. Senior Corps offers volunteer opportunities tailored for older adults.

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If you can’t afford to retire yet, what about partial retirement? This can include working part-time in your current job or finding a retirement job that’s new and interesting — and will also help you earn money.

Keep Your Spirits Up The life changes that come with retirement can be challenging. Your attitude plays a big part in whether you’ll find happiness in retirement. Assess your mood; if you feel sad or hopeless, it’s important to see your doctor or a professional counselor. Learn the signs of senior depression, or ask a friend or family member to assess your mood. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Stay Healthy With increasing life spans, retirement can be a long race, so get yourself in shape. That means eating well, watching your weight and staying active. When you feel good, it’s easy to stay positive and open to new experiences.


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FOR OLDER ADULTS, the digging, hoeing, weeding, mowing and watering that make a garden beautiful can be especially hard on backs, shoulders and knees. And that can turn a labor of love into a chore to dread. The following tips were developed for older adults or anyone who has trouble bending, squatting, pushing or lifting.

Start With The Right Tools, And Make Them Do The Work Give away those heavy steel tools. Look for lightweight hand tools with resilient rubber handles and ergonomic designs that are easier on your hands and require less effort. Gardening tools with offset handles make digging and weeding easier. Make handles more comfortable. If you already have great gardening tools, make the handles more comfortable by covering them with foam tubing, like the kind used for pipe insulation. This inexpensive material already has a hole about 1 inch in diameter and is pre-slit for easy application. Keep your tools sharp. This is important, because sharp, clean tools work better and require less effort to use. Look for pruners with ratcheting action because they require less hand strength. Use the right tool for the job. For example, bulb planting tools make that repetitive job go faster, with less wear on your hands and arms.

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Handle extenders save your back. Add handle extenders to shovels and other gardening tools to reduce bending. Use a reacher to reduce stretching, reaching and bending, especially if you have back problems or arthritis. A reacher could pick up weeds or dead leaves, or even help you plant seedlings, and will help you put your tools away when you’re done.

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Use Gardening Gloves To Protect Your Hands And Provide Extra Cushioning

Spend a little more and get gardening gloves with leather palms, or get “rose gloves” that protect your hands from thorns.

Add Accessories To Make Lawn Mowing Easier Use an oversized pull grip handle. An oversized handle makes it easier to grasp the string for pull-start lawn mowers, trimmers and blowers, and works for garage and attic doors, too. Add foam padding to lawnmower and power tool handles. Your hands and shoulders will thank you for reducing the aches and pains produced by motor vibrations. Try a handle extender if you have to bend to use the lawn mower. Raising the handle height will help reduce strain on your back and shoulders. Steering knobs make steering easier, and allow you to use one hand so you can balance with the other. They also


raise the position of your arm, which puts less strain on your back.

Use Shortcuts To Make Gardening Go Faster Replace annuals with bulbs and other perennials to get garden color with less effort. In many parts of the country, you can plant bulbs all summer and well into fall. Stagger your planting schedule, and choose plants that bloom at different times to provide color through most of the year. Choose the best time to work. Soil is softer after it rains, making it a good time to dig.

Try Container Gardening For Ease And Accessibility Containers can provide a variety of colorful and fragrant flowers, as well as delicious vegetables, and they are easier to manage than a garden. Experiment with different types of containers, and look for containers on sale. Be creative and try old baby bath-

tubs, buckets, wheelbarrows or whatever you can find. Deeper containers are great for vegetables and small trees. Save your back by placing the container where you want it, then filling it with soil, natural fertilizer, and plants. A layer of stones or broken pottery will improve drainage. And buy smaller bags of soil — they are much easier to handle. Start small with your container gardens. It’s easy to be dazzled at the garden center and buy more plants than you can handle. Buy only what you can plant at one time. Even if buying a whole flat is cheaper, the wear and tear on your body to get all those plants in the dirt does not make it a sound purchase. With a little bit of planning, you can reduce the effort it takes to start and maintain a colorful and healthy garden. It’s not hard to enjoy flowers, plants and even vegetables in your garden, but try not tackle it all at once. Know your limits, plan carefully, and use the right tools, and you can have a garden you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Protect Eyes From Glaucoma Just in case you needed one more reason to exercise regularly, a new study shows that a physically active lifestyle may help protect your eyes from glaucoma. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. It causes at least some vision loss in more than half of the 2.5 million Americans estimated to have the disease. According to Dr. A.J. O’Byrne, ophthalmologist with The Eye Clinic, glaucoma occurs when fluid build-up in the eye creates a dangerous buildup of inner eye pressure. “This pressure can damage the eye’s optic nerve, which transmits visual information to the brain,” O’Byrne explains. “With untreated or uncontrolled glaucoma, you might eventually notice decreased peripheral vision — the ability to see at the edges of your vision. Progressive eye damage could then lead to blindness.” In a study published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, researchers looked at the association between physical activity and eye pressure in more than 5,000 adults between 48 and 90 in 1993 and 1997, and again between 2006 and 2010. Based on information they provided about their work and leisure time physical activity, participants were categorized as inactive, moderately inactive, moderately active or active. Their eye pressure was tracked over the years. The study found that moderate physical exercise performed 15 years earlier was associated with a 25 percent reduced risk of low ocular perfusion pressure (OPP), an important risk factor for glaucoma. A large number of previous studies have examined the effect of physical activity on the two components of OPP: intraocular pressure (IOP) and blood pressure. But this is the first study to look at the association between physical activity and OPP, according to the researchers. O’Byrne says the study’s results indicate a strong association between an inactive lifestyle and a high risk of glaucoma. “It appears that OPP is largely determined by cardiovascular fitness, which is good news,” he says. “This is something that can be changed. Before now, the only modifiable risk factor for glaucoma was IOP, which was altered by medication, laser or surgery. Being more physically active gives people a simple way to lower their risk for glaucoma, as well as many other diseases.”

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DO YOU KNOW someone who has Alzheimer’s? If you don’t now, it might only be a matter of time before you do. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that approximately 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. Sooner or later, your path is likely to cross with someone battling dementia. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to work with hundreds of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia conditions. I’ve observed many well-meaning people who just aren’t sure how to respond, or they wonder what to do when someone is confused and forgetful. Though their intentions are good, the results might not be. Here are my top 10 things not to do to those with Alzheimer’s disease.

with him. Don’t ignore him. His memory might not work as well as yours, but he’s another human being and deserves our attention and respect. Greet him and offer a handshake or a pat on the back.

Don't Talk To Them Like They're A Young Child Or A Baby Imagine if someone came up to you and spoke to you in a sing-song voice, putting their face nice and close to yours. What would your reaction be? Would it be to shrivel HEALTH back from that person & LIVING and withdraw, or laugh at them, or simply not respond? A person with Alzheimer’s is an adult, not a child. They will appreciate being treated as such.

Don't Use Terms Of Endearment Instead Sometimes, we tend to look the other Of Names

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way when faced with something uncomfortable. If you’re not sure how to interact with someone who has memory loss, the first rule is to actually interact

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Terms of endearment should generally be reserved for close family members and friends. (I say “generally” because there are a few people in the world who


can use terms of endearment genuinely and convey caring and respect by doing so.) If you’re a healthcare professional and you walk around calling others “sweetheart,” “honey” and “dear,” you’re often missing an opportunity. Use the person’s name. One of the more precious things to people is their name, and for the person with Alzheimer’s, using her name conveys that she’s important enough to remember her specifically and by name.

Don't Assume They're Confused All The Time Even though someone has Alzheimer’s or some other dementia, they may still have frequent periods of clarity. I was recently reminded of that when someone with early Alzheimer’s informed me that a friend of hers had called and said she would be stopping by. I admit to doubting that she really had the information correct, but sure enough, her friend stopped by. Don’t discount everything that’s said by the person with dementia.

Don't Assume They Are Choosing To Be Difficult When They Forget Certain Things Or Display Challenging Behaviors

him. You will both benefit if you give him the benefit of the doubt and assume (usually correctly) that his choices are the result of his dementia.

Your visit has more lasting power than you think. Remember that there are times when you will be enriched by your time together as well.

This is a common reaction often used by someone who is very close to the person with Alzheimer’s. Sometimes, subconsciously, it may be easier to believe that your loved one is intentionally doing things to bother or hurt you than to accept that he’s unable to control his actions and that his ability to remember something really is poor. What results from this, though, are feelings of intense frustration, hurt and impatience, none of which help you or

Don't Stop Visiting Them Just Because You Think They Won't Remember

Don't Forget How You Would Like To Be Treated

Do you sometimes feel like it’s not worth it to spend time visiting your loved one? Think again. Even if she isn’t able to remember that you visited her, research shows that the feelings you create remain far longer than the duration of your visit. Those feelings can shape the rest of her day by influencing how she responds to others, how she feels, even how she eats.

If you’re not sure how to treat someone with Alzheimer’s disease or what to say, make this your default approach: Ask yourself how you would like to be treated, and treat the patient accordingly. This approach allows you to treat others with the grace, love, and respect that they deserve, no matter what their abilities.

Don't Ask Other People Questions About Them While They're Nearby The opposite of quizzing someone is this scenario: “Hi Fred. So Sue, how’s Fred been doing? How’s his memory? Is he having any pain?” Consider this a gentle reminder to directly ask the person with Alzheimer’s a few questions. If he is completely unable to answer, you can then check with his family member in a respectful way.

Don't Focus On What They're Not Able To Do Anymore Rather than emphasize her lost job, disorganization or poor memory, direct attention instead to her ability to complete the puzzle she’s been working on, her nice hairdo, or how well she can walk. Grieving what’s lost is understandable and important, but focusing on the skills of the person goes a long way in encouraging her and can change both of your perspectives.

Don't Quiz Them! “Do you remember me? What’s my name? Come on, you know it. When’s the last time I was here? Just think a little harder. What’d you eat for lunch? How old are you, Dad? What day is it?” Don’t do this to an Alzheimer ’s patient. It increases anxiety, and there’s no benefit to it. May 16, 2013

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Start Saving, Keep Saving And Stick To Your Goals If you are already saving, whether for retirement or another goal, keep going. You know that saving is a rewarding habit. If you’re not saving, it’s time to get started. Start small if you have to, and try to increase the amount you save each month. The sooner you start saving, the more time your money has to grow (see the chart below). Make saving for retirement a priority. Devise a plan, stick to it, and set goals. Remember, it’s never too early or too late to start saving.

more likely to reduce risk and improve return. Your investment mix may change over time, depending on a number of factors such as your age, goals and financial circumstances. Financial security and knowledge go hand in hand.

Know Your Investment Needs Retirement is expensive. Experts estimate that you will need about 70 percent of your pre-retirement income — 90 percent or more for lower wage earners — to maintain your standard of living when you stop working.

Consider Basic Investment Principles How you save can be as important as how much you save. Inflation and the type of investments you make play important roles in how much you’ll have saved at retirement. Know how your savings or pension plan is invested. Learn about your plan’s investment options, and ask questions. Put your savings in different types of investments. By diversifying this way, you are

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Contribute To Your Employer's Retirement Savings Plan

If your employer offers a retirement savings plan, such as a 401(k) plan, sign up and contribute all you can. Your taxes will be lower, your company may kick in more, and automatic deductions make it easy. Over time, compound interest and tax deferrals make a big difference in the amount you will accumulate.


Find out about your plan. For example, how much would you need to contribute to get the full employer contribution? How long would you need to stay in the plan to get that money?

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Put Money Into An IRA You can put up to $5,000 a year into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA); you can contribute even more if you are 50 or older. You can also start with much less. IRAs also provide tax advantages. When you open an IRA, you have two options: a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. The tax treatment of your contributions and withdrawals will depend on which option you select. Also, the aftertax value of your withdrawal will depend on inflation and the type of IRA you choose. IRAs can provide an easy way to save. You can set it up so that an amount is automatically deducted from your checking or savings account and deposited in the IRA.

Find Out About Social Security Benefits Social Security pays benefits that are on average equal to about 40 percent of what you earned before retirement. You should receive a Social Security Statement each year that gives you an estimate of how much your benefit will be and when you can receive it. For more info, visit the Social Security Administration’s website or call 1-800772-1213.

Ask Questions While these tips are meant to point you in the right direction, you’ll need more information. Talk to your employer, your bank, your union or a financial adviser. Ask questions, and make sure you understand the answers. Get practical advice and act now. May 16, 2013

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Manuel Named Sales Manager Clevric “Ric” Manuel was recently named general sales manager for Highland and Prien Cemeteries and Hixon Funeral Homes. Manuel previously worked at AdLink. He has over a decade of experience as a regional sales manager and account executive for Fortune 500 companies. He’s a 2012 graduate of The Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Southwest program. He attended LSU and the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where he majored in business communications.

Pruitt Featured On TLC Show In January, Authentic Entertainment was in Lake Charles filming an episode of TLC’s “My First Home” with local Realtor Nikki Pruitt. The show follows potential home buyers through the highs and lows of their first home purchase. Pruitt took clients Brandon Vernado and Artie Brown, both Louisiana natives, around town to over 40 houses searching for the perfect fit for the couple. Producers also shot scenes at Petro Bowl and Nina

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P’s. And in a special moment on set, Vernado proposed to Brown. The SWLA Film Commission, an umbrella organization of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, was involved in location scouting.

Ware Named CVB Volunteer Of Year The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently named Charles Ware CVB Volunteer of the Year for his nearly four years of service. Ware was on the Lake Charles City Council in the 1960s, when the tourist bureau was established. Before volunteering at the CVB, he worked as a lawyer and banker, and served as the city administrator for Lake Charles.

Mayeaux Joins MSU Athletic Dept. Danielle Mayeaux was recently named director of ticketing and marketing for the McNeese Athletic Dept. Mayeaux, a 2011 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, spent the 2011-12 athletic season as a marketing intern at McNeese, helping to

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Comeaux Joins MidSouth Bank Jennifer Comeaux recently joined MidSouth Bank as first vice president and loan operations manager. Comeaux spent 11 years at the Many, La.-based Peoples State Bank, serving as chief financial officer since early 2009. She has more than 15 years of banking experience. Before joining Peoples State Bank, she was commercial portfolio manager for Bank One in Shreveport. A Sabine Parish native, Comeaux earned a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from LSU.

Singleton Joins Christus Tabitha Singleton has joined the Christus marketing team. A native of Oakdale, Singleton at-

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Harven Joins Isle Of Capri Tracy Harven recently joined Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles as senior director of marketing. Harven has 18 years of professional experience in the casino and entertainment industries in areas of brand management, media planning, social media and advertising. She most recently served as corporate director of advertising for Cannery Casino Resorts in Las Vegas.

Smith Named SLC Coach Of Year Second-year McNeese State head softball coach Mike Smith was recently named the 2013 Southland Conference Coach of the Year. Smith led McNeese to its third overall Southland Conference regular season title and first outright title since 1983. He has guided a Cowgirl squad that also tied the single-season wins record at 38, and concluded the regular season with a 38-13 overall record. Smith picked up his 700th career win against Houston Baptist during

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the season, and now has a career record of 708-207. He’s the third McNeese coach to receive the SLC honor.

Robinson Named Director Dr. Pat Robinson was recently named DeQuincy Home Health’s director of Home Health Operations. He previously worked for many years at Moss Regional as medical director and administrator.

Art Battle Winners The Arts Council of SWLA recently announced the winners of the 2013 art battles, held during the annual Spring Art Walk in downtown Lake Charles. Teams of local artists competed against each other, each creating a mural live in front of an audience in only an hour. This year’s competition featured a student art battle, with students in grades 4-8 competing.

The team of Mindy Schwarzauer of the O’Carroll Group, Adrienne Stutes and Mindy’s father, Bill Schwarzauer, were awarded first place in the competition, while Fairview Elementary students Jaylon Boutte-Reed and D’Markus

Flagg, students of art teacher Kasey Damiata, won first place in the student art battle. The winning teams are chosen by audience members depositing tips into their favorite team’s tip jar. Each mural is featured in a silent auction, and each team receives half of the tips and 70 percent of the silent auction proceeds.

Barker Named Artist Of Year Lake Charles artist Erin Barker was recently named the 2013 Artist of the Year by the office of Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne.

The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development received over 50 nominations and awarded 14 recipients, representing all offices under Cultural Development, including historic preservation, CODOFIL, archaeology, arts and cultural districts. Barker graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s in art and psychology, and continued her art education at McNeese. Her work focuses on Louisiana cultures and art

HAYES WINS D-1 STATE GOLF TITLE Barbe senior Logan Hayes recently won the LHSAA Division I State Golf Championship. Hayes shot 1 under the first day of competition, and was tied for third place going into day two. He shot 1 over on the second day to finish even par for the tournament at 142; this was a 2 shot lead over the field. The Barbe team finished as the state runner-up this year.

as therapy. She has worked for years with disabled individuals and has been effective in using art to break through to autistic children. Her work is currently on display at the Art Associates Gallery, located on the second floor of Central School Arts and Humanities Center.

Baggett Wins Citizenship Award McNeese State’s Caitlyn Baggett has been named the Steve McCarty Citizenship Award winner as announced by the Southland Conference recently. The annual award recognizes one male and one female student-athlete who exhibits outstanding qualities in citizen-

ship, sportsmanship, leadership and community service. Baggett is the third McNeese athlete and second women’s basketball player to earn the award. Baggett, a native of Iota, La., earned her nursing degree with honors and started pursuing her master’s in health and human performance. She’s a three-time Southland All-Academic member, making the honor roll at McNeese seven times. A two-time member of the McNeese President’s Honor List, she received the Association of Operating Room Nurses Scholarship in the fall of 2012, and is a three-time Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient.

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May Is Foster Care Month May is Foster Care Month in Louisiana. The Department of Children and Family Services is spotlighting one of their outstanding families. Reverend and Mrs. Linda Shaw are certified foster and adoptive parents in

Oakdale, La. They were certified with the Dept. of Children and Family Services from 1988 to 1993. During that time, they fostered several children and provided wonderful care for the children that were placed in their home. They also adopted two young boys during that

time. On Sept. 15, 2004 the couple decided it was time to open their hearts and home to foster youth again. Since that time, they have fostered over 20 children. Reverend and Mrs. Shaw are always willing to open their home to boys in need. The boys they accept into their home are immediately loved and accepted into their family. The couple will go to any length to provide the best care they can for their foster children. They make many trips across our region to make sure all services are obtained for every child. The department is in dire need of more foster parents at this time. There are more than 500 children in the foster care system in the Lake Charles Region. The Lake Charles Region includes Calcasieu, Cameron, Allen, Jeffereson Davis and Beauregard Parishes. Only

200 foster or adoptive families are in this region. So, after doing the math, you can see that foster homes are full, and there is need for more good families to come forward and volunteer. If you or someone you know would like to foster or adopt, call the Dept. of Children and Family Services at (800) 814-1584 or (337) 475-3048 for more information.

USS Orleck Armed Forces Ceremony The USS Orleck Naval Museum will hold an Armed Forces Ceremony Saturday, May 18, 10 am-3 pm, at the museum at 604 N. Enterprise Blvd. Admission is free, and free tours will be given to active military and veterans. For more info, call 214-7447 or email ron.williams@ussorleck.org.

Inspirational Luncheon May 23 Christus HomeCare and Hospice and Christus St. Patrick Hospital and Foundation will present “Power Up in Faith,” a non-denominational luncheon, on Thursday, May 23, from 11 am-1 pm in the Buccaneer Room at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The luncheon is designed so that people of faith can hear an inspiring message and honor ministers and clergy members for their support of end-oflife care. The speaker is nationally recognized Fox News analyst, Father Jonathan Morris. Morris offers coverage of ethical, social and religious news stories of the day. He recently became a contributor for the Wall Street Journal and began hosting the weekly Fox News internet show News with a View. In addition to his journalistic work, Morris serves as parochial vicar of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in the Soho district of New York City. Tickets are $30 each; buy them at stpatrickfoundation.org or Christus Hospice and Palliative Care at 4444 Lake St., Lake Charles. Sponsorship opportunities are

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"Is The Church For Perfect People?" I learned a long time ago that I sure don’t have all the answers. In fact, I have a lot of questions. I am in a lifetime search for the answers in God’s Word. The great Christian thinker and writer C.S. Lewis wrote, “I give advice to younger Christians, not as some expert on the faith for surely I am not. It is rather more as if we are all in a hospital together, but since I have been in this hospital longer, and I got here before, I can give newer patients some advice about how to best take advantage of the doctor’s care.” I like that. It communicates a very important truth. The church is not a place for perfect people. If it is, then I would certainly not be there. Churches would indeed be barren places! The truth of the matter is that the church is for imperfect people who have found forgiveness from God. It is also a place for those who are searching for forgiveness and another chance at life. It is a place for hurting people to find inward healing and strength. Do you have a church home? It is a wonderful place to be. If you are not perfect, this is the place for you. If you are lost and seeking direction, this is the place for you. If you are lonely and need friendship, this is the place for you. I thank God for wonderful Christian churches of all denominations across our community that reach out to people in the name of Christ. If you don’t have a church home, I invite you to join us at the corner of Broad and Kirkman in downtown Lake Charles, at 8:30AM (contemporary worship) or 10:45AM (traditional worship). Our doors are open to all. You are invited to worship at First Methodist: Sundays, 8:30 & 10:45 AM Corner of Broad and Kirkman • Radio broadcast: Sundays, 8:00AM on 100.5FM May 16, 2013

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The 2013 Lake Arthur Regatta will take place May 25-26 in downtown Lake Arthur. The event will include sailboat races, food, a pageant, a triathlon, a bikini contest, a men’s swimsuit contest, live music and more. The music lineup will include Steel Shot, Louisiana native and Nashville recording artists Frank Foster, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Chee Weez, Johnny Chauvin, Chris Ardoin and NuStep, American Idol finalist Stefano, Boothill, and Wayne Toups and Zydecajun. Admission is $10, with children ages 5 and younger admitted free. No ice chests or pets allowed. For more information, visit lakearthurfestivals.com or facebook.com/lakearthurregatta. Or follow the festival on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lakearthurfest.

YOUNG WRITERS CONTEST Bayou Writers Group of Lake Charles is hosting its seventh annual Young Writers Contest. Submissions must be post-marked by May 31. The contest is open to high school students from Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis Parishes. Students may write on any topic — fiction or non-fiction. There is a 2,000-word limit. The top three winners will receive cash and other prizes. There is no entry fee. For submission details, visit bayouwritersgroup.blogspot.com.

ROLLER DERBY DOUBLE HEADER A roller derby double header will take place May 18, at the Grindhouse at 932 Enterprise Blvd., suite C in Lake Charles. Doors will open at 6 pm, and the first game will begin at 7 pm. Admission is $12 for adults presale and $15 at the door; $6 for children younger than 10.

JENN KOBER COMEDY SHOW Comedian Jen Kober will host her Homegrown Comedy Show each Wednesday, June-Aug., 9 pm, at L’Auberge’s Jack Daniels Bar and Grill. The show will feature guest entertainers and audience participation. Originally from Lake Charles, Kober can currently be seen on The Mindy Project on FOX, on Standup In Stilettos hosted by Kate Flannery, on Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen on FX, and on stages headlining at comedy clubs coast-to-coast. She also played Andrea Cazayoux on HBO’s Treme, and Dale Mann on Season 8 of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. She recently filmed a scene in the movie Grudge Match with actor Robert DeNiro. Tickets are $10, and are now available at ticketmaster.com, the L’Auberge Business Center, or at Legends at L’Auberge. Tickets will also be available at the door on a cash-only basis. Attendees must be 21 or older. For more information, visit llakecharles.com/entertainment, jenkober.com, or check out L’Auberge’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/laubergedulac.

HAWAIIAN CELEBRATION The Children’s Museum at 327 Broad St. in Lake Charles will hold an End of School Hawaiian Celebration on May 24. Admission will be $7.50 for adults and children older than 23 months; $6.75 for military and $5.75 for seniors. For more information, call 433-9420.

GALLERY BY THE LAKE ART CLASSES The Creative Arts Center at Gallery By The Lake, 106 W. Pryce St., will hold ongoing art classes throughout the summer. Class lineup includes: Mondays, 9 am-noon: Watercolor Class for Intermediates, instructor: Ann Hoffpauir; Tuesdays, 9-11:30 am: Watercolor Class, instructor: Sue Zimmerman; Tuesdays, 5:30-8 pm: Oil Painting for Beginners, instructor: Lois Derise, Fridays, 1-3 pm: Intermediate and Advanced Oils, instructor: Barbara Haviland. Cost is $45 per month for gallery members, and $50 for non-members. For info, call 436-1008. 66

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DOWNTOWN AT SUNDOWN KICKS OFF

Cold Sweat

The 15th season of the Downtown at Sundown concert series kicks off Friday, May 17, with a performance by Cold Sweat. The concert will take place in the 700 block of Ryan Street. The event will run 3-10 pm. The Jennings High School Drum Line and Young Band Nation will perform beginning at 5:30 pm at the Luna stage in the 700 block of Ryan Street, with Cold Sweat on the main stage beginning at 6:15 pm. The “street-fair” event will feature a variety of music and entertainment, as well as food and beverages, table top galleries, merchandise vendors and activities for kids. Cold Sweat has played together since the 80’s and prides itself on a variety of favorite dance music featuring a hot horn section. Their repertoire consists of hundreds of songs from their favorite artists such as Chicago, K. C. and the Sunshine Band, the Commodores, Van Morrison, James Brown, Billy Joel, Elton John, the Bee Gees, the Eagles, Elvis, Stevie Ray, the Beatles and more. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held inside the Lake Charles Civic Center. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. No outside beverages or pets are allowed on site. For more information, call at 491-9159, or visit cityoflakecharles.com.

BAYOU BELL CHOIR PERFORMANCE The Bayou Bell Choir will perform Tuesday, May 21, 7 pm, at the Jubilee Center of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1700 Maplewood Dr. in Sulphur. The venue, formerly a water tank for the City of Sulphur, is a round concrete structure with excellent acoustics. To honor the building’s previous purpose, the group will perform pieces that have some connection to water. Admission is free. A reception will follow the program. For more information, contact the Bruce Allured at 439-6610, or email bdall@aol.com.

MEMORIAL TO SERVE PARISH STUDENTATHLETES Lake Charles Memorial Sports Medicine will continue to provide athletic trainers to all Calcasieu Parish schools for the next four years. The Calcasieu Parish School Board voted in favor of the extension. Trainers will make daily school visits and cover games and practices. A full range of services including orthopaedic surgery, cardiology, rehabilitation, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery, pain management and pediatric intensive care are available to the athletes. “Our athletes will not have to leave the area, for whatever service they should need,” said Dr. Brett Cascio, medical director of Lake Charles Memorial Sports Medicine. In addition to providing annual sports physicals, Memorial has implemented a concussion management program that compares postinjury brain function to pre-injury function to help determine if it’s safe for an athlete to return to play. A safe weight program has been established for wrestlers. A longterm dietician nutrition analysis of student athletes will improve health. Memorial’s Foundation for Fairplay (F3) fund will help schools acquire training room equipment needed for the rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. Services are offered at no cost to the school district. May 16, 2013

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Iron Man 3 The 2013 summer film season has begun, with the first blockbuster out of the starting gate. In its first weekend, Iron Man 3 grossed $175 million — the second highest opening weekend in cinema history. Number one is still The Avengers, which opened the summer last year. And while Iron Man 3 serves as a pseudo sequel to The Avengers, this feature soars to new levels of success on its own. At press time, this movie was also halfway on its journey to earning $1 billion worldwide. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is trying to balance his life, what with wearing the iron armor and spending more time with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Also, Stark is dealing with anxiety attacks spawned by the fight with the alien army in New York City the year before. While struggling with these issues, an old friend from Pepper’s past reappears. Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) tries to get Pepper to take an interest in a scientific research project he’s working on. At the same time, a mysterious terrorist known as The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) has surfaced. The Mandarin strikes at different targets, and is preparing to launch a major terror offensive against the United States. Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) uses one of Stark’s suits to assist

Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures, Rated PG-13 the U.S. military in finding and stopping The Mandarin, who is now targeting the U.S. president. Rhodes works the case from one end, and Stark from the other. But, when The Mandarin’s forces launch an attack on Stark, destroying his home and nearly killing Pepper, Stark has more than one enemy to fight. The plot summary has been deliberately shortened to keep from revealing any major plot points. This movie is full of them. And that is one of the great things about Iron Man 3. Rather than just continuing what has been established already, the script was written with some very clever twists and turns that keep the audience guessing. New events are added into the life of Stark and his armored altar ego to expand upon the concept. Rather than simply being a rehashed sequel, this feature opens up new areas to explore and builds upon what has come before. Another difference in Iron Man 3 is that actor and director Jon Favreau reprised his role as Happy Hogan, but did not sit in the director’s chair this time. That honor went to writer and director Shane Black. Black is best remembered in the role of Hawkins in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger hit Predator. That same year, Black was one of the writers who brought the Mel Gibson and Danny Glover action smash Lethal Weapon to

life. Black is very familiar with the action genre, and his contribution to Iron Man 3 is largely responsible for making this third installment a worthy continuation in this hugely successful franchise. Once again, Downey has contributed an out-of-the-park home run portrayal of his Tony Stark character. He’s another reason why Iron Man has been one of the most successful superhero franchises of the last decade. But the future of Iron Man at the present time is in a holding pattern. The studios (and, of course, the fans) will want a fourth installment. Downey has not signed on the dotted line to continue the role. And there are also questions as to whether or not he will be on camera for the Avengers sequel, which is slated for a May 2015 release. Rest assured, Marvel and Disney will find a way to keep Iron Man alive. They know it’s far too profitable a franchise to lose. However, if Downey doesn’t sign on to wear the armor again, it will be difficult to find an actor who can portray the character with the depth and dimension that Downey did. Iron Man 3 is a great way to start the summer season. It’s a fantastic thrill ride. If possible, view the film in the 3D format. It greatly enhances the experience.

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Youngsters Rule! Man, does it get any better? Area sportsmen have been pampered with some late-season cold fronts recently, and it’s been plumb pleasant. Temperatures dipping into the 40s during the months of April and May have been a nice reprieve before the dog days of summer envelop us all. When the wind has subsided, fishing — both fresh- and saltwater — has been dynamite. Early spring success rates indicate that this spring, fishing in southwest Louisiana should be super productive as the water warms. There’s a multitude of different species of fish available, and even more creative ways of catching them. Just picking a favorite is the best part. This is one of the many attractions of living here in God’s country. Brad Saxton had a serious hankering to introduce his seven-year-old, Grant, to the joys of saltwater fishing. They packed their gear and set sail from nearby Tomball, Texas, to check out Calcasieu Lake. Grant was ready and willing. He, like most young anglers, wasn’t picky; he just wanted to feel something stretch his line. The two hooked up with guide Kevin Broussard, and this trip was on. Kevin was on them like white on rice. They settled in on the south end of Big Lake, and let the games begin. It is physically impossible to wear down a seven-year-old, but this was going to be a good effort. The calm wind cooperated nicely, as did the redfish and speckled trout. All

Above: Isabella Adelle Hardy, 8-year-old from Lacassine, with her Texas buck. Left: Grant Saxton, 7-year-old angler, with his dad Brad and Grant’s trophy redfish.

When you’re hot you’re hot. Some people seem to have all the luck. Young Isabella Hardy seems to have this deer hunting thing down pat. This eight-yearold, third-grade student from Lacassine has quite an impressive record. She has, remarkably, only been hunting twice, and harvested deer on both tries. That should put her fairly close to an incredible 100-percent success rate. Last season, she got real serious on her second trip to Sour Lake, Texas. A once-in-a-lifetime buck approached, and the youngster calmly shouldered her piece. She patiently waited for the prime shot, and very matter-of-factly put the smack down on a super Texas buck. Isabella’s buck carried 18 countable points, and put a sweet smile on this young hunter’s face. She proved she’s good in the clutch, and a little good luck never hurt, either. Both these young sportsmen are eagerly awaiting their next outing. Some of the credit is owned by their proud dads, who made it all happen. It would be remiss not to mention their devoted moms, too. They doubly deserve the recognition; hope they all had a happy Mother’s Day.

Grant needed was a fresh live shrimp, and he was ready to rumble. The youngster had a blast, and got a good dose of Big Lake action. He scored the redfish of the day — a cool 30-in. red with two spots. It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy. Grant let the old man know in no uncertain terms that this was a do-over. Basically, Dad was a push-over, and booked another trip. It’s all a part of the good life of Louisiana.

REDFISH TOURNEY WINNERS Dwayne Eschete and Clark Jordan won the second stop for the HT Series Redfish tournament at Contraband Days with a catch of 31.85 pounds. They received $10,000 for the win. Lee Daughdrill and Jimmy Lloyd finished in second place and received $5,000 in prize money with a catch of 29.39 pounds. Third place and $2,500 went to the Chock H2O team of Paul Dufrene and Mike Lambert, with 28.92 pounds. Judd Johnson and Recie Tisdale came in fourth, weighing in at 28.57 pounds, while team Haynie Boats, Kevin Akin and Shane Prince, finished in fifth with 28.10 pounds. The next event in this series takes place August 16-17 in Port Arkansas, Texas. May 16, 2013

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SARRO ON SPORTS

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Mom’s Gift To give one’s time is the greatest gift, besides the giving of life, of course. Mothers give both. And from birth, it’s time, love, more time and, yes, even more time. Especially if the children follow a path into sports of any kind. From T-Ball to Little League, to softball, soccer and Little Dribblers on up to AAU basketball, Dixie Youth and Pop Warner football. The moms are there. And it doesn’t stop there. Mommas will buy bigger vans and SUVs as the kids get bigger and move up to high school athletics, where the intensity increases, as do the demands. I’m hoping that the tykes in cleats or high tops, in pony tails and gymnastic tights, or with bats in bags, all recognize the many sacrifices of mothers (and dads too), and appreciate all that is given to and given up for those home runs hit, jumpers made and balance beams conquered. Last Mother’s Day should have been an even more joyous celebration in our area, as I looked back on all the regional teams that played in the recent Fast Pitch 56 Girls State Softball Tournament. I can’t imagine all the practice times and late pickup rides home required during and in between seasons. Not to mention all the travel and sore backs during long tournament weekends endured by moms across

Southwest Louisiana. How about the moms of the Sulphur, Barbe and Sam Houston baseball players, who all advanced to the 5-A State Championship tournament in New Orleans. Kinder mommas joined the jour-

ney as they made the trip north to Monroe for the State 2-A Tournament. Through long seasons, road trips, and sitting on rock-hard bleachers in wind and rain, they’re always there ready to cheer, quick with a pep talk, and maybe even a swing

tip or two. These mothers have a lot of baseball behind them once their boys get to this level, and can probably break down hitting techniques with the best of them. The grand dames of them all might be the van queens of tournament team baseball. Moms of these 8- to 15-year-olds juggle not only the practices and weekend games of these elite travel teams, but many times regular league games and practices during the week. These moms pull double duty, making Herculean efforts to get to and fro those dusty ball fields, and they have the Biblical patience of Job in tracking all of those foul balls. Soccer moms have gained near international fame with their devotion to the game, along with car pools and those massive post-game raids to McDonald’s, not to mention their ability to stay awake through many scoreless games. I don’t have to interview any of the legions of tireless, bag chair-toting, uniform-buying, quick-draw snack Moms to find out why they do what they do. They love and support their kids in hopes they can give them all of what they had growing up — and more. I’m late to the game, but I’m finally living it, as my two sons’ mother has become a scheduling Houdini in order to make two, sometimes three, practices a week, along with two games a week in the

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South Lake Charles League. Mix in Saturday Buddy Ball games for our sixyear-old, and you’ve got baseball overload. That’s easy pickins in comparison to the veteran Little League and travel team moms, but we’re still newbies at this. Any night of the week, the fields at Weaver Park in Lake Charles have a wavelike ebb and flow of moms and even grandmas coming and going from the early to the late games. I sit in the stands or stand along the fences to add my applause and moral support for my seven-year-old rightcenter fielder who plays for the Cubs. I marvel at the ever-present enthusiasm of our team’s moms, and the keen eye in which they follow the games. I’ve been at Wrigley Field, where the real Cubs play, and didn’t watch every pitch and swing as closely as these Cub mommas do. Of course, they’ve got more invested and at stake in these little Cubbies. Once the budding athletic stars are at the field, gym or court, the hard work has already been done; let’s not forget about Mom’s other jobs as trainer and locker room manager. There are bumps, bruises and cuts to treat; gear and equipment to research, locate, buy, clean, store, arrange and pack. After practices and games, then the unpacking ensues, and the locating, cleaning, arranging and packing begins all over again. Like I said, once at the field of play, the hard part is done ... it’s time to cheer on little Billy or Lilly as they hit a double out of the infield or finally make that elusive free throw or score a goal. I have one season of T-Ball and basketball coaching under my belt, and now

two seasons as a sideline father through football and baseball, and have yet to experience the infamous wrath of overzealous Little League Moms, or Dads for that matter. I know they’re out there, but not among the Moms of the Astros, Yankees and, now, Cubs. The sporting moms I see and hear may moan under their breath about an umpire or referee’s call, but always clap and praise their kids through good and bad. Lessons are hopefully taught and absorbed following a home run or strikeout. Dedicated and supportive mothers have always been the backbone and an integral part of successful athletes. You see them every season at Tiger Stadium on Senior Day. They’re in the stands during the NCAA Tournament or College World Series. Moms are always in New York back stage during the first round of the NFL Draft. Or they come out of the stadium and onto the field, as was the case when South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a second serious knee injury last season. His Mom held his hand all the way to the hospital for surgery. Mothers do what they do not expecting many thanks or signs of appreciation. It’s all part of the all-encompassing love and special heart of being a mom. They somehow survive the hours and hours of boring practices, hundreds of pick-ups, thousands of travel miles, and too many sore backs to remember. When that first home run is finally hit, and their child looks up in the stands wideeyed, with a wave and a big smile, moms everywhere know that the tears, time and sacrifice were all worth it.

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439-8899 • Oil changes, tire rotations, 15k service, belts, hoses, coolant service, power steering flush,brake flush, light engine repair, tune ups, check engine light on, air conditioning service, disc and drum brakes. • Engine Performance • Engine Repair • Brakes • Steering And Suspension • Manual Drive Train • Heating And AC • Electrical Repair And Diagnosis • DEQ Emissions Safety Inspections • State Inspections

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NEW TO LAKE CHARLES! "Your Honest Hometown Family Owned Repair Shop" We offer fair labor rates, honest diagnosis and service. We don't just want your business, we want to earn it along with your trust. Complete Automotive Repair and Maintenance on cars and light trucks, with specialization on Domestic. Small or Large Repairs and Service.

Call anytime 842-9184 Bring in this ad and receive

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KNOX FENCE Don’t blend in, make your home stand out with a customized fence. Choose your own design or one of ours. We also do chainlink, ornamental, aluminum and iron fencing. Can install electric or solar gate operators. Call for a free estimate. Licensed and insured, 20+ years of experience. Ask for Steve at 337.540.6973

DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL HELP

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We do cleaning and run errands, i.e. grocery shopping, doctor's visits. etc. Insured & Bonded

433-2867 302-2949 g0613

services ELECTRICIAN SEAWARD ELECTRIC, LLC-Licensed, bonded, and insured. "Our prices won't shock you, but our quality will" Call 337249-6443 k0906 _________________

DJ SERVICE

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N O N - S T O P MUSIQUE- DJ for weddings, birthdays, clubs, reunions. New Year's and Mardi Gras parties, large or small venue. Old/new school, R&B, rap, blues, zydeco, and karaoke, ADJA certified, competitive rates. Call Ron at 337-3091412 k1004

UPHOLSTERY BOAT UPHOLSTERY and top repairs, motorcycles, convertible and more. AAA Glass & Upholstery, 1810 E. Prien Lake Road or CALL 337-564-4125 k0816

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pets DOG GROOMING NOW AVAILABLE AT BARK PARK Two professional groomers are here to serve you. Boarding and day care are also available. Ask about our other wonderful services to pamper your pooch . Located at 4121 Nelson Rd. or call 478-4300 k0816

HAIR SALON COUNTRY CLUB HAIR - Where a haircut still comes with a lollipop and a smile. Over 25 years in business. Walk-ins welcome. Located on 1214 Country Club Rd. Open Tuesday-Friday 8:30-5:30, Saturdays 8am-2pm. Call 4744722 k0906 _________________

services BOAT & RV STORAGE SHEAR PAWFECTION PET GROOMING 2924 Summer Place Drive, Sulphur, off Houston River Road, call 337-528-5910. Appointment only. "Where All The Pampered Pets Go!"

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LANDSCAPING

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Gaspard's Cleaning

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BOAT & RV STORAGE - 6102 COMMON STREET. SECURED STORAGE! Call 337564-5377 cr _________________

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BOAT & RV STORAGE - 6102 COMMON STREET. SECURED STORAGE! Call 337564-5377 cr _________________

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J O S E P H ’ S LIMESTONE Limestone or Calbase $160 for 2 tons; $250 for 4 tons; and $350 for 6 tons. Also 4 yards of sand or topsoil for only $125, or 14 tons of bottom ash for $300. Ponds dug and excavation work completed. We do dozer, tractor, and concrete work as well as house pads, culvert installation and even demolition. Best prices, hauling available every single day. Free estimates! Call 437.1143. n0816

announcements RV PARK/LAKE SPRING IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, that means camping season in SWLA! 25 minutes north of Lake Charles, Longville Lake Park110 acre scenic stocked pond with boat launch. Full RV hookups available. Call or come by for your campground reservations! 337-725-3395 7115 Hwy 110 East, Longville, LA. k1220

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services A/C & HEATING CONTACT ALL SEASONS AIR & HEAT in Lake Charles. We offer sales and service for all makes and models of heaters and air conditioners. Our team of contractors provides residential and commercial heating and cooling services. Call today! 337855-1446 k1220

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PLACE YOUR AD CALL KENNY AT 433-8502 TODAY! class@thelanyap.com _________________

FALL LANDSCAPE PACKAGES for every budget! We use state of the art software to show you what your landscape can look like. $100 OFF any new landscape project when you mention Lagniappe! SWLA Lawn and Landscape Licensed, Bonded, Insured 337-625-5625 K1018

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LAWN & GARDEN

SALVAGE

RESTAURANT LOCATION!

S&S LAWN CARE for your mowing and trimming needs call David at 337-884-0342 or 337-588-4000 k0517 _________________

OVERKILL SALVAGE

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Call Today! 337-309-7301

FENCING FENCEMAKERS We build chainlink, barbed, privacy, electric, net, wooden, and security fences, free estimates. Call David today at 337-375-4747. k0920 _________________

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services ELECTRONIC E X C A L I B U R INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS - "If it's electronic, I can fix it"Excellent service at an exceptional cost. Full on-site services for all your technology needs! Excalibur ITS.com or call Ivan at 337-912-1490 k1220 _________________

services CONTRACTORS HOUSE LEVELING, HOUSE LIFTING. CALL ONE STOP CONSTRUCTION. Sill and truss replacement, foundation repair, general remodeling, etc. References available, free estimates, licensed and insured. All work is warrantied. Call us at 337-309-7301. k0920 _________________

"If it's sunk, we can get it up!"

services HOME REPAIR ALL TYPES OF ROOFING, siding, mobile home skirting, licensed and bonded. Call Jimmy today at 337-499-7807. ph _________________

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Trailers Aluminum, Steel, Horse, Stock Motorcycle, Cargo, Gooseneck, Bumper, Lowboy, Equipment

Mark Pedersen Equipment Co. 337-436-2497 an

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VERY HIGH TRAFFIC LOCATION ON HWY 171 IN MOSS BLUFF! Adjacent to Bronco Stop. Full kitchen, dining area, tables, drink machines & more. Call Wali today and open your dream restaurant! 337-244-4423 gp _________________

services ELECTRONIC E X C A L I B U R INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Systems-"If it's electronic, I can fix it"Excellent service at an exceptional cost. Full on-site services for all your technology needs! Excalibur ITS.com or call Ivan at 337-912-1490 k1220

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Southwest SW Manufactured HOMES & RV'S Housing, Inc. NEW • USED • REPOS • SALES & SERVICE

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www.swhomeslc.com 436-5593

services LAWN & GARDEN HINTON AND MOSS LAWN SERVICELicensed, bonded, and insured. Residential and commercial. Free estimates, call 337515-5255 k1004 _________________

Tree Removal, Stump Grinding, Land Clearing, Demolition, Crane Work, Debris Hauling. Bonded. Insured. License AR 1604 337-884-6881

PERSONAL TRAINING Erick FranklinHead Trainer at The Gym. Offering customized workout plans for Jr. High to College aged athletes looking to improve. Strength & Conditioning, Wide Receiver Training, Agility & Conditioning classes available, including many more! AFFORDABLE RATES. 337-660-5717

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services LAWN SERVICE S & S Lawn Service ~ For mowing and trimming, and all your lawn and garden needs; both commercial and residential. We are licensed and insured, and welcome free estimates. For a yard your neighbors will envy, call David at 884.0342 or 588.4000 k1018 _________________

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MISC. SERVICES

HAIR SALON

Sell that Junk Car for Cash! I will buy your junk car, truck, van, motor home, or trailer. I also buy ATV’s, motorcycles, and even farm equipment. Even if it’s not running, you can make from $400 to $600. Clean your yard up, and decide what you’ll spend your extra money on! HELP WANTED Experienced mechanic needed. Call now at 526.9533. k1018

NEW! CUSTOM Your friends will be talking about it for years to come ...

MAGICIAN HARRY JOSEPH Interactive magician Harry Joseph will perform a variety of magical entertainment for your Birthday Party, Special Event and Church Actvities. Professional and lots of fun!

713-540-3938 harryjoseph@gmail.com

CABINET SHOP Custom Countertops Affordable Pricing Professional Custom Woodwork Entire Lake Charles Area

302-6903 PLACE YOUR AD CALL KENNY AT 433-8502 TODAY! class@thelanyap.com _________________

COUNTRY CLUB HAIR - Where a haircut still comes with a lollipop and a smile. Over 25 years in business. Walk-ins welcome. Located on 1214 Country Club Rd. Open Tuesday-Friday 8:30-5:30, Saturdays 8am-2pm. Call 4744722 k0816 _________________

3 ACRES ELEVATED LAND

DOWN ON THE BAYOU

RARE COINS Gold & Silver Coins Currency Mint & Proof Sets All Coins Graded w/Photograde I BUY COLLECTIONS

GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD $37,500 PER ACRE OR MAKE OFFER

KEMBLE GUILLORY CALL 802-5402

SOUTH LAKE CHARLES 478-2386 884-2386

PLACE YOUR AD CALL KENNY AT 433-8502 TODAY! class@thelanyap.com _________________

services FENCING FENCEMAKERS We build chainlink, barbed, privacy, electric, net, wooden, and security fences, free estimates. Call David today at 337-375-4747. k0920 _________________

Tree Removal, Stump Grinding, Land Clearing, Bonded. Insured. License AR 1604 337-884-6881 g0502-2012

real estate MOBILE HOMES

services PLUMBING RAPHAEL BENOIT CUSTOM HOME BUILDERS - Home improvements, Remodeling & Additions. New Home Construction. Serving SWLA since 1993. Call Raphael Benoit at 337-802-6522 k0816 _________________

MOBILE HOME TO BE MOVED. 3/2, BO over $8,000. Camper for rent. All bills paid. 2 acre lot south of Lake Charles. 477-6243 or 564-5859 gpnmr _________________ PLACE YOUR AD HERE AND START GETTING RESULTS! CALL KENNY AT 433-8502 TODAY class@thelanyap.com _________________

PAPER HEROES Buying U.S. Coins & Currency

Gold, Silver, Coins & Sets

MAGIC THE GATHERING TOURNAMENTS HELD WEEKLY

services CONSTRUCTION

BOUCHER & SON'S CONSTRUCTION ~ YOU’VE FOUND THE RIGHT COMPANY! Give us call for all your construction, carpentry, painting, and damage repairs. Licensed, Bonded, and Insured. Member of the Better Business Bureau. Give Tom a call at 337-474-2844 (office) or 337-842-1455 (cell) AND SEE HOW AFFORDABLE UPGRADING YOUR HOME CAN BE! 474.2844. k0313 _________________

real estate CORPORATE LEASE Approx 3500 sf, 4BR, 3 BA, minutes from beach, L'Auberge and boat launch. Fully furnished, turnkey, large patio, bbq pit, fenced yard, $2750 per month. 713-829-2974, ask for Ron Wiggins.

478-2143 3941 Ryan Street, Lake Charles

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Larry A. Roach, Inc. A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION

Accidents • Wrongful Death Serious Personal Injury Criminal, Domestic Law Cases

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Laundry W rld Larry A. Roach (1932-2003) Barry A. Roach • Larry A. Roach, Jr. Fred C. "Bubba" LeBleu • David M. Hudson

2917 Ryan St. • Lake Charles (337) 433-8504 • Fax (337) 433-3196 74

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Do Your Laundry in 4 Minutes! 2 minutes to drop off 2 minutes to pick up 4319 Common St. • 474-8748 2501 Hwy 14 • 433-7503

Professional Wash, Dry, Fold/Hang Service Dry Cleaning Available PUT US TO WORK FOR YOU TODAY!

announcements WE WILL BUY! SELL THAT JUNK CAR FOR CASH! I will buy your junk car, truck, van, motor home, or trailer. I also buy ATV’s, motorcycles, and even farm equipment. Even if it’s not running, you can make from $400 to $600. Clean your yard up, and decide what you’ll spend your extra money on! HELP WANTED Experienced mechanic needed.Call now at 526.9533. k1018 _________________

services AUTO REPAIR

YOUR SOURCE LAWN & GARDEN TIRES 477-9850 478-6565 527-6355 "People you trust, products you depend on"


services KNOX FENCE

PERSONAL TRAINING Erick FranklinHead Trainer at The Gym. Offering customized workout plans for Jr. High to College aged athletes looking to improve. Strength & Conditioning, Wide Receiver Training, Agility & Conditioning classes available, including many more! AFFORDABLE RATES. 337-660-5717

FLIGHT TRAINING! VISION AVIATION, LLC; LICENSED INSTRUCTOR(S). Fly to new heights with our one of a kind “Discovery Flight” to see the sights for only $65! Makes a unique and adventurous gift. Gift Certificates available now. Call and reserve your fun at 478.7722. k2013apr

Don’t blend in, make your home stand out with a customized fence. Choose your own design or one of ours. We also do chainlink, ornamental, aluminum and iron fencing. Can install electric or solar gate operators. Call for a free estimate. Licensed and insured, 20+ years of experience. Ask for Steve at 337.540.6973 k0621

JUNK CARS SELL THAT JUNK CAR FOR CASH! I will buy your junk car, truck, van, motor home, or trailer. I also buy ATV’s, motorcycles, and even farm equipment. Even if it’s not running, you can make from $400 to $600. Clean your yard up, and decide what you’ll spend your extra money on! Call now at 526.9533. k1018 _________________

classified FULL-TIME SATELLITE TECHNICIANS NEEDED for well-established company. Paid training, $500 sign on bonus, paid weekly. Call Josh @ 888-959-9675 or submit resume to careers@satcountry.com

PLACE YOUR AD HERE! CALL KENNY AT 433-8502 TODAY! class@thelanyap.com _________________

services DOORS

FINANCING AVAILABLE!

WHY PAY MORE FOR DOORS 800 instock Doors Windows & More. 489-4313 csta15 _________________

2002 1999 2004 2004 2005

Cash for Junk Cars Need Extra Cash? WE ARE NOW BUYING CARS • TRUCKS VANS • ATV’S • MOTORCYCLES

services BOAT & RV STORAGE BOAT & RV STORAGE - 6102 COMMON STREET. SECURED STORAGE! Call 337564-5377 cr _________________

CHEVY SUBURBAN Pewter, 3rd row, runs great, financing available! GMC YUKON Silver, come see it, financing available, call Luke Papania 302-2912 OLDS ALERO Silver, 97k, runs great, come drive it! PONTIAC GRAND AM Pewter, 101k, come drive it today! SUZUKI FOREANZA Silver, 124k, great gas saver, come drive it today!

These & more quality vehicles... call Luke Papania today at 302-2912! 803 E. McNeese • 337-562-9211

Also Motor Homes, Trailers and Farm Equipment. Not running? You can still make $400 and up! Get your yard cleaned up while deciding how you’ll spend your extra money!

CALL 526-9533

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HWY 90 CONSIGNMENT STORAGE Cars • Trucks • Boats • RV's Mobile Homes • Vans Safe and Secure Storage forThose Big Items in Your Way! CONSIGNMENT: Your items can be put up for consignment to make that extra money when you decide you no longer need storage for you item. Good prices, and large customer base to purchase any items you store with us.

Call now and make some room OR some cash for your items: 337.526.2533

FULL TIME SATELLITE TECHNICIANS NEEDED for well-established company. Paid Training, $500 sign on bonus, paid weekly. Call Josh @ 888-959-9675 or submit resume to careers@satcountry.com May 16, 2013

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HOUSE LEVELING

FULL TIME SATELLITE TECHNICIANS NEEDED

LIFTING AND MOVING

for well-established company. Paid Training, $500 sign on bonus, paid weekly. Call Josh @ 888-959-9675 or submit resume to careers@satcountry.com

GUARANTEED 2-YEAR WARRANTY FOR ALL LABOR AND MATERIALS! Foundation Repair • Concrete Slab Stabilization Licensed, Bonded and Insured • References

CALL ONE STOP www.onestophouseleveling.com

337-309-7301

announcements DINING OUT

SHOP A-LOT DELI NOW SERVING OYSTERS! Drive-Thru Daiquiri Window Longer Dining Hours M-F 10AM-6PM SAT 10AM-4PM

2707 HAZEL 433-2135

real estate MOBILE HOMES MOBILE HOME TO BE MOVED. 3/2, BO over $8,000. Camper for rent. All bills paid. 2 acre lot south of Lake Charles. 477-6243 or 564-5859 gpnmr _________________

services SALES NEED PART-TIME, NEAT, AGGRESSIVE SALESPERSON. Draw plus commission, plus gas. Flexible working hours. Call today 1-800-6345816, ask for Ron Wiggins. ph _________________

THE

TRANSMISSION SHOP We work on all transmissions!

5817 Common Street Lake Charles 337-540-3795 337-540-6908

help wanted FULL TIME SATELLITE TECHNICIANS NEEDED for wellestablished co. Paid training, $500 sign on bonus, paid weekly. Call Josh now @ 888959-9675 or submit resume to careers@ satcountry.com ph _________________

C. Scot LaFargue Owner

classified

Call Samantha @ Rhino Real Estate

337-304-6686 337-433-9434 Our Address: 1027 Enterprise Lake Charles, LA 70601 1010 Enterprise Blvd.-$179,000 3 bed/2 bath. Wood floors, fireplaces, sits on four lots. Great commercial potential with plenty of parking, updated electrical and plumbing. New Lot For Sale-Drive by 709 16th Street for the low price of $9,000 Charming Home In Sulphur-$55,000. 3 bed/1 bath located on close to a full acre. Go by and have a look at this ideal family home at 1301 Sherwood, call for appointment viewing. 738 Kirkman St.-4 bed/3.5 bath around 3500 sq. feet, Bonus 1000 sq. feet on 3rd floor ready to finish out. Features FOUR fireplaces! Wood floors, updated kitchen and baths, pocket doors, walk-in closets, new paint, electrical and plumbing for $257,000. 759 Louisiana Ave-House with 4 apartments which bring in $1600 income sitting on an acre downtown. House has lots of potential, negotiable $229,900. OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE. 2203 Walker St. Westlake. 3/2 1650 living, 2 big living areas. New paint throughout, new carpet in bedrooms and wood vinyl in living areas. $139,900 715 Magazine-Nice family home, over 2500 sq. feet of living. 3bed/2bath. Two living areas plus sunroom. $179,900 2.1 Acres Off Gulf Hwy $44,000 821 Sycamore St. 2bed/1bath $63,000. Nice wood floors, Central AC. 2222 Linda Dr., Westlake. $100,000 Log House 4 bedroom / 2 bath

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We can stamp or stain any pattern and any color for permanent beauty!

CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE CONSULTATION!

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