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Linus Allison, owner of Allison’s Bar-B-Q. See page 2.

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Linus Allison, well known for his barbecuing skills and techniques By Myra Miller myra.miller@eunicetoday.com Hungry for barbecue? Stop by Allison’s Bar-­B-­Que on Laurel Avenue in Eunice. Linus Allison, owner/manager of the business for the past 23 years, is the head “chef.â€? His wife Wanda Briscoe Allison and daughter Linussa Allison are his take-­out restaurant staff and cooks. Allison wasn’t always em-­ ployed as cook and business owner. +LV Ă€UVW MRE ZDV URXJKQHFN-­ ing for H. Brown Supply in Eunice for two years, then he was a sheet metal mechanic for Lockheed Aircraft in Lake &KDUOHV DQG LQ KLV ODVW MRE KH was employed as a sheet metal mechanic for A & R (Michigan-­ Wisconsin) Pipeline in Eunice. He worked 20 years until dis-­ DEOHGZLWKDEDFNLQMXU\ Allison, 67, was born on April 19, 1943 in Eunice to Mary Steven Allison of Ville Platte and the late Launey Allison of Eunice. His father was a St.

Landry Parish School bus driv-­ er, a Jantzen employee, and a Baptist minister. Allison is the second-­oldest of 11 children. He attended Charles Drew School during elementary through high school years and is a 1961 Charles Drew graduate. After completing high school, $OOLVRQMRLQHGWKH$UP\+H took basic training at Ft. Polk, and was stationed at Ft. Sill, Okla. and served the rest of his tour of three years in Europe and Germany as a Specialist fourth-­class mechanic. +LVÀUVWPDUULDJHRI\HDUV was to the late Marina Arvie of Chataignier. The couple had three children, Andre Allison of Eunice, Hiriando Allison of Eu-­ nice and Dareth Allison of Mer-­ cedes, Calif. His second marriage on July 7, 1989 to Wanda Briscoe of Opelousas produced two chil-­ dren, Linussa Allison and Linus Allison, Jr., both of Eunice. 7KH$OOLVRQV KDYH ÀYH JUDQG-­ children. Allison, despite back surgery

and suffering a stroke in 2009, stays busy on the weekends cooking and serving barbecue. “I feel blessed. My mind is not as sharp nor does my body work as well as it once did,� said Allison. “The same building, it’s run down a bit, was once Eunice’s Frost-­Top and a fruitstand. I did add another building off to the side where I have a large barbe-­ cue pit inside,� said Allison. The barbecue business fea-­ tures a small walk-­in area for customers, with a small counter for serving lunches, and an area in the building with a large bar-­ becue pit. Linussa cooks and serves take-­ out homemade plate lunches and barbecue Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. All plate lunches, including barbecue ones, are reasonably priced. On weekends, Saturday and Sundays, Allison and his wife serves take-­out barbecue plate lunches from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. He said, “We have all the See Allison on Page 4

Linus Allison, next to one of his barbecue pits.

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trimmings with the lunches, including bread, potato salad, rice dressing and baked pork and beans. We serve barbecue pork steaks, chicken, pork ribs, beef brisket, sausage links and barbecue pork sandwiches.”

His interest of opening a bar-­ becue place sparked through knowing older gentlemen who were excellent barbecuers. He said, “Couple of older men I knew, who are now deceased, were good barbecuers and I thought that I could do some-­ thing like this, and that Eunice could benefit from a good bar-­ becue place.” Business has been good, he

added, “We had our ups and downs through the years, just like any other food business-­ es. There is competition.”’ He added, “Without God this busi-­ ness would be nothing. I am grateful.” The Allisons are life-­long members of New Zion Baptist Church of Eunice.

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Downsizing a home, an option for seniors When a person comes to a certain age and the children move out and on with their own lives, a home may be-­ come too big for its occupants. At this point, residents may feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to downsize to a smaller home. Downsizing can be exciting and challenging at the same time. Going through and packing belongings can be a trip down memory lane. But chances are a smaller space will mean that a person will have to part with a number of

his belongings collected over time. To make the process eas-­ LHU Ă&#x20AC;UVW DVVHVV KRZ PXFK space there will be in the QHZ KRPH 0DQ\ WLPHV Ă RRU plans or room dimensions are available. First measure large items, such as furni-­ WXUHWREHVXUHWKH\ZLOOĂ&#x20AC;WLQ the rooms. Then think about storage possibilities. Next, make a running list of what items can be dis-­ carded and where those items will go. Some belong-­

ings can be donated to char-­ ity, while others may be given to family and friends. Many other things could end up in the trash or recycling bins. Knowing where things will go will make them easier to sort. For those doing a major clean-­out of the home, it could EHHIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQWWRKLUHDGXPSVWHU to be placed on-­site. This way, larger bulk items can simply be tossed inside. Some mu-­ nicipalities restrict what can be placed in the regular trash or how much garbage can be

collected, so this alleviates the stress of dealing with ex-­ cess trash. When actually beginning to get rid of things, start with the areas that receive the least amount of use. Be-­ longings stored in the attic or basement may be simply taking up space and hold less sentimental value. People can then work their way to-­ ward items that are used on a regular basis. It can be cathartic to clear out clutter and get ready to start anew.

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What’s new about Medicare in 2011 By BOB MOOS/Southwest public affairs officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services The New Year brings chang-­ es to Medicare, many of them a result of the new Affordable Care Act. Here’s a brief rundown of what to expect in 2011: 1.) Original Medicare will cover the full cost of an annual wellness visit with your doctor. The yearly check-­up will include routine measurements like your blood pressure, a review of your prescriptions and medical history, and a personal assessment of any risks to your physical and mental health. Until now, you’ve been entitled to one “Welcome to Medicare” exam during the first year you sign up for Medicare’s Part B, which covers outpatient services.

If you’re enrolled in a private Medicare Advantage health plan, check with your insurer about whether it, too, will cover the wellness visit at no cost in 2011. 2.) If you have a drug plan and reach the coverage gap, or “donut hole,” you’ll receive a dis-­ count on your prescriptions. You’ll get 50 percent off the price of brand-­name drugs and 7 percent off generics. And even though you’ll pay less for a brand-­name drug, you can count the prescription’s full price toward the amount you’re required to spend on drugs to qualify for catastrophic cover-­ age. That way, you’ll enjoy lower out-­of-­pocket costs while in the “donut hole,” but you’ll still become eligible for Medicare’s catastrophic coverage as quickly

as you would without the dis-­ count. 3.) If you have Original Medicare, you’ll pay nothing out of pocket for most preventive services. Until this year, you’ve usually paid 20 percent of the Medicare-­ approved amount for lab tests and screenings after you met your annual deductible. But starting in 2011, you won’t have to worry about a deduct-­ ible, co-­payment or coinsurance for a broad range of preventive services. Those include colonoscopies, mammograms, Pap tests and prostate cancer screenings. If you’re in a private Medicare Advantage plan, contact your insurer to find out whether it has also eliminated out-­of-­pock-­ et costs for tests and screenings. 4.) Medicare Advantage health

plans are now required to have annual out-­of-­pocket maximums and other consumer protections. In the event you need an expensive treatment, you’ll be protected from exorbitant out-­of-­ pocket costs. For many Advantage plans, out-­of-­pocket expenses (exclud-­ ing premiums and prescription costs) will be capped by law at $6,700 in 2011. Some plans have voluntarily set lower maximums. In addition, if you’re in a pri-­ vate health plan, you can no longer be charged more for some services (like chemotherapy) than if you were in Original Medicare. 5.) Your Medicare premiums may change. Most people on Medicare will pay the same Part B premiums this year as they did in 2010 – either $96.40 or $110.50 per

month. But there are several excep-­ tions. If you enroll in Part B for the first time in 2011, or if your premiums aren’t deducted from your Social Security check, you’ll pay $115.40 a month. For higher-­income beneficia-­ ries (single people with annual taxable incomes over $85,000 or married couples with incomes above $170,000), Part B premi-­ ums will range from $161.50 to $369.10. Plus, starting this year, benefi-­ ciaries in those income brackets will pay a monthly surcharge of $12 to $69.10 for their prescrip-­ tion drug coverage. 6.) There are new times to switch your coverage.

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