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WE OU R D O CT O RS For making all our patients a priority. For making every day count. Glenwood Regional Medical Center celebrates our doctors. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. We recognize your tireless service, expert skill and leadership , treatment of illness and injury. in the prevention and

With sincere appreciation, the administration and staff of Glenwood Regional Medical Center thanks you for all you do.

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Same store New name 3511 Pecanland Mall Dr. Monroe, LA 71203

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Summer means sun, warmth and days spent outside! But for those with hearing loss, summer can be particularly difficult. Hearing aids can be easily damaged when exposed to heat and moisture. In the summer, sweat and water are the two biggest enemies of hearing aids. Sharp temperature changes can cause condensation; hot temperatures cause humidity and an increased propensity to sweat. All of these are damaging to your hearing aids and may prevent them from working properly.FAN2045912 Negative results could include: distorted or weak sound quality, reduced battery life and inconsistent functionality. Audibel hearing aids now use HydraShield®2, a cutting edge nano-coating developed from a lotus plant to keep moisture out. HydraShield®2 mimics the lotus and keeps moisture and debris (sweat, wax and dust) out of the seams of the hearing aid case and the microphone ports. But what if your hearing aids don’t have HydraShield®2? Here are some ways to keep your hearing aids safe and functional this summer. 1. Remove your hearing aids when exercising outside if it is raining or extremely warm. 2. At night, leave the battery door open to allow dry, fresh air to move through the hearing aid and relieve any moisture. 3. Keep you hearing aids in a protective case and out of direct sunlight if you are not wearing them. 4. Do not store hearing aids in glove boxes, dashboards, or other environments where heat and humidity can build up. 5. Remove your hearing aids before showering, swimming or any activity in which you will be exposed to water. 6. Sunscreen has oils that can damage hearing aids, so remove your hearing aids before apply ing lotions or sprays. Additionally, ensure the sunscreen is dry before putting your hearing aids back on. Summer can be trying at times, so feel free to reach out to us with questions and recommendations.

Monroe 318.325.2365 Ruston 318.251.1272 1221 Farmerville Hwy. 1101 Hudson Lane www.AudibelMonroe.com

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A new beginning

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have always been a magazine enthusiast. A true creative at heart and completely right-brained, I love the variety a magazine provides. One page can make you smile and the next can make you cry with a heartfelt story. As a young teen, I was obsessed with flipping the through the pages, absorbing each image and section as I sat in my room cutting up parts of Seventeen, Tiger Beat and YM to keep and make my own package of ideas and images. Working for a magazine was always my dream. I assumed that working at one was out of reach unless I moved to an urban area. Being a country girl at heart, I decided to pursue other paths. After years of college and lackluster jobs, I started my journey with DeltaStyle in 2013. I began as an advertising sales executive and thrived. I loved my job, the community involvement, meeting new people and my diversity of responsibilities within the magazine. Then overnight, my life was forever changed with one phone call. I have two children named Rylie and Parker and to my humble disbelief, I was blessed enough to receive a third. With just 24 hours’ notice, my husband and I picked up our newborn baby daughter that we named Reese Adaline from a hospital in Galveston. Oh the joy it brings to be able to touch another life with adoption! It was shortly after her arrival, I made my exit from DeltaStyle. But now, I am back as the general manager and determined to make this magazine the best it can be! I’m excited to grow the audience, and I promise each month to build this magazine with heart and a thirst for showcasing all local achievements. I am bringing creative new features and more that will breathe incredible life into this community staple. We have new staff members prepared to hit the streets, eager and ready to meet people as they represent DeltaStyle. Those new sales representatives, Alyssa Akers and Emma Sager, have continuously impressed me with their drive and zeal for life. And, of course, DeltaStyle would not be what it is without our long-standing staff photographer, Gary Guinigundo. As I begin on this new journey, I want to hear your feedback and ideas. Feel free to email me at katie @deltastylemag.com and share your thoughts. I want to give recognition to community successes, events and local accomplishments in every issue. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for upcoming news of our great birthday celebration. It is such an exciting time because DeltaStyle is turning 20!

Much love & God Bless,

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General Manager KATIE BURKE Katie@deltastylemag.com Editors SHARI PUTERMAN Shari@deltastylemag.com MICHELE MARCOTTE Michele@deltastylemag.com Advertising Sales Leader JASON SISK Advertising Sales ALYSSA AKERS alyssa@deltastylemag.com EMMA SAGER emma@deltastylemag.com Photographer GARY GUINIGUNDO gugphotography@gmail.com Designer AMANDA BOYD Contributing Writers: Georgiann Potts Guy Miller Tara Ambrose Jennifer Schmeer Dianne Newcomer Beth Ricks Cindy Ingram Rebecca Bingham Bianca Smith Angela Vinet Rose Young-Lee On The Cover Model: Skylar M. Decker and MaryAnna Branch Makeup: Wanda Ivelisse Clemons Clothes: Cara’s Boutique Contributing Photographers: Cindy Ingram Rebecca Bingham GETTING COVERED: DeltaStyle loves a good party! Get your event covered by calling 318-340-0806. If time and space permits, we will be there!

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SUBMISSIONS: Did we miss your party? Feel free to call us or send an email with digital images and a write up. We will use them as space permits. WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS: Spread the happy news! Special rates and sizes are available to share your once in a lifetime event. Call 318-340-0806 or email a sales representative for details. INTERESTED IN ADVERTISING? With over 200,000 total views between readership and online availability, DeltaStyle is a great advertising opportunity. Call 318-340-0806 or email any of the advertising representatives today for details! COPYRIGHT: The entire contents of DeltaStyle Magazine are Copyright 2017 by Gannett River States Publishing. No portion of the magazine (editorial or advertising) may be reproduced any means without express written permission of the Publisher. The views and opinions are of contributing writers.


CALENDAR MARCH 3-5 Barak Shrine Circus Monroe Civic Center Info:www.ci.monroe.la.us/ monroe-civic-center.php

MARCH 15 The Price is Right Live Monroe Civic Center Info:www.ci.monroe.la.us/ calendar/month

MARCH 4 Coffee & Tea Festival Downtown RiverMarket, Monroe, LA Info: www.downtownriver market.com

MARCH 18 River RUMble Downtown RiverMarket www.riverrumble.eventbrite.com 3rd Annual Crawfish Boil – Vet Social Kiroli Park, West Monroe, LA Info:www.westmonroe.com/ departmemts/parks/kiroli.php

MARCH 9 Spring ULM Art Crawl ULM Bry Hall Art Gallery, Monroe, LA Info: www.ulm.edu/art/bry.html ULM Lyceum Series featuring Olypmic Gold medalists ULM’s Brown Auditorium Info: www.ulm.edu/news/2017/0215lyceum-speakers-announced.html MARCH 10-12 BMX Cajun Nationals Ike Hamilton Expo Center Info: www.westmonroe.com/departments/ ike-hamilton-expo-center.php MARCH 11 5th Annual St. Paddy’s Bicycle Parade & Festival Kiroli Park, West Monroe, LA Info: www.westmonroe.com/departments/ parks.kiroli.php Landry Vineyards outdoor concert featuring Nathan Williams & Zydeco Cha Chas Landry Vineyards, West Monroe, LA Info: www.landryvineyards.com Louisiana Delta Ballet presents Dancing with the Louisiana Stars Monroe Civic Center Info: www.louisianadeltaballet.com

Monroe Symphony Orchestra presents: “Simply Sinatra” Monroe Civic Center Info: www.mymso.org MARCH 23-26 ULM VAPA presents: Pippin University of Louisiana Monroe Brown Auditorium Info: 318-342-1414 MARCH 24 Shindig MBH Farm in West Monroe Info: www.ouachitacoa.com MARCH 24-26 Junior league Spring Market Monroe Civic Center www.jlmonroe.og/spring-market MARCH 25 Landry Vineyards outdoor concert featuring Mike McKenzie Band Landry Vineyards, West Monroe, LA Info: www.landryvineyards.com

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KINGS OF THE KITCHEN

MONROE MAN SHARES LOVE OF COOKING ANGELA VINET SPECIAL TO DELTASTYLE

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ouisiana residents have an affinity for food. Embracing the laissez les bons temps rouler attitude, most plan activities around food and agree some of the best times happen around a good meal. Food seems to be one important part of Louisiana life that transcends time with gumbo recipes passed down

through generations. Several north Louisiana residents have, over time, developed culinary skills from the comfort of their own kitchen that could rival some of the top restaurants. Mark Phelps, a realtor with John Rea Realty, is among them. He's found that what was once just a pastime has evolved into a fun, relaxing hobby. The youngest of five children, at age 10, Phelps was responsible for cooking a family meal one day a week as

were his siblings. This sparked a curiosity to learn how flavors mix with other flavors. “I’ve burnt many a meal before making a good one,” said Phelps. From sloppy joes and tater tots to shrimp paella - a family favorite - Phelps now considers cooking a family event. With his wife of 17 years, Melissa, the Phelps family spend their Sunday afternoons in the kitchen preparing meals for the week. With an active life shuttling their involved two children,

Above: Nina Phelps, 8, flips a crepe as her father Mark Phelps and friend Ellen Brockman, 8, watch while they make breakfast at their home in Monroe on Jan. 28. The crepe tore as she flipped it.

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Melissa Phelps, Ellen Brockman, 8, and Nina Phelps, 8, place sliced fruit on a gluten-free crepe at home in Monroe.

Aiden, 10, and Nina, 8, the family grocery shops together letting the children choose side dishes and pick out snacks. “Cooking is an expression of love for my family,” Phelps said. “Happy breakfast meals were something I did for a while — any foods that could create a smile, encourage the kids to eat and try something new.” Rummaging through old cookbooks belonging to friends and family, Phelps said he likes to find notes indicating recipes they've made and then sometimes throw a twist on those with a different spice. Phelps has found himself writing down his recipes more often, especially his favorite rib rub. Bossier City’s David Jones also is a king in the kitchen. With the inherent ability to whip up something fantastic, Jones wows at dinner parties with his cooking abilities that even having friends propositioning him that they'll buy the groceries if he will cook. Jones said had he known

earlier in life about his interests in cooking, he would have gone to culinary school. But as it happens, when Jones and his wife of 30 years, Bridget, were first married they struck a deal. The first person home cooks dinner, and once Jones’ office hours changed, he was the first one to arrive home and his culinary journey began. Beginning with barbecue and fried fish, he began to read Bon Appetite as well as Food & Wine magazines. He then disposed of the china, purchased all white dishes to start playing with colors and presentation. “My goal was to make the food incredibly good before you even taste it,” said Jones, wanting his guests to feast with their eyes first. Not wanting to rush or deny himself any of the enjoyment, Jones shops the day before, chops the morning of and finds great peace in cooking, “It is an art to me.” Bridget, a professional interior designer, designs the

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table and Jones prepares the meal. Jones laughed as he explained how he learned the art of etiquette with his wife suggesting he read up before their formal Christmas meal when they were first married. “Food is an important part of our relationship,” Jones said. “It is where we meet in the middle.” Meals are a time for the family to gather and share the day. Both of these kings in the kitchen know the value of a quality family meal.

After making breakfast for his family at home in Monroe, Mark Phelps washes the dishes while his wife Melissa Phelps (not pictured) wipes off the counters on Saturday, Jan. 28.


2017 FORECAST PARTY JAN. 26, 2017 · GARDEN INN IN WEST MONROE

Who was spotted? 1. Cason Oglesby and his father Darren Oglesby at the annual 2017 Forecast party. 2. Guests Dot Welch and son with Dennis and Lisa Spikes at annual Forecast Party. 3. Amber Martin and O’Neil Falgoust at annual Forecast Party. 4. Cason Oglesby introduces his father Darren Oglesby at the annual 2017 Forecast party photos by Cindy Ingram

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AN EVENING OF SOUTHERN ELEGANCE IN SUPPORT OF CANCER LEAGUE FOUNDATION JAN. 28, 2017 · BAYOU DESIARD COUNTRY CLUB

Who was spotted? 1. Faisal & Jada Ali, Jody & Dr. Butch Stratton 2. Susan & Frank Hoffmann, Johnette Sellars Mintz 3. Susan Hoffmann and Jim Barry 4. Tonya Lied & Daniel Peele 5. Mac & Alise Oliver 6. Bill & Marion Willson 7. Chris & Andi Holyfield, Trevor & Randa Kitchingham 8. Mary Linda McCann, Donna Evans, Donna Davidson 9. Mechelle Rugg, Buddy Hill, Carolyn Clampit, Denise Breard, Gaby Lanchess photos by Gary Guinigundo 14 | MARC H 2017 | DE LTAS T YL E M AGAZ I N E


DOWNTOWN GALLERY CRAWL FEB. 2, 2017 · 10 GALLERIES, TWO CITIES, ONE NIGHT DOWNTOWN MONROE & WEST MONROE

Who was spotted? 1. Catherine Hunter 2. Tara Ambrose and Jennifer Donald 3. Janelle Cobb 4. Buddy & Daniel Moore 5. Pashen Simms and Sondre Swan 6. Simran Dhaliwal Emaus, Karl Dhaliwal, Sookham Dhaliwal, Alpa Patel and Jeet Patel 7. Morgan and Russell Moore 8. Katie Minyard and Vitus Shell photos by Gary Guinigundo

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Who was spotted? 1. Josh Perego, Tim Halloran and Dustin Taylor 2. Tyler Day and Blake Phillips 3. Leah & Mac Reitzell 4. Jenna Naron & Jenny Burnham 5. Dave Hill and Joseph Haydel provide entertainment 6. Cynthia Kennedy, Ann Currie and Joseph Brooks 7. Anya Fulco, Patty Morris and Michael Fulco 8. Mashall Smith and Victoria Smith photos by Gary Guinigundo

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KREWE OF PAWS MARDI GRAS PET PARADE FEB. 18 · ANTIQUE ALLEY

Who was spotted? The Krewe of Paws 11th annual Pet Parade celebrates Mardi Gras with a parade of pets and their people along Antique Alley on Saturday, Feb. 18. photos by Arely Castillo

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The Renate room at Hamilton House Inn.

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Haute history West Monroe B&B features turn-of-the-century charm

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n its 127-year-history, 318 Trenton St. in West Monroe has had quite the colorful past. Built in 1890, this turn-of-the-century building got its start as a three-story hotel. It later served as a private residence, teen club, doctor's office and most recently a bed and breakfast. "It's been a little bit of everything," said Tonya Hamilton, who bought the building in 2010 with her husband, Thom. The couple spent a year-anda-half renovating the space and reopened it as Hamilton House Inn in 2012. The Antique Alley bed and breakfast features a handful of quaint rooms each with its own charm and a first floor reception hall.

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Left: Hamilton House Inn. The building was constructed in 1890 and purchased in 1905 to become the W.J. Webb building.

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Tonya Hamilton makes breakfast every morning for guests at Hamilton House Inn in Antique Alley.

"Each room is different," Hamilton said. There's the shabby chic Alexis room, which features chandelier night lamps and a custom headboard; the elegant Arrington room decorated in warm golds and browns; the modern Delia room with its masculine decor and dark grays and the chic Renate room with modern styling and cool colors. Each room features an exposed brick wall and is named for a member of the Hamilton family. The Alexis and Arrington feature clawfoot tubs while the others have dual-head stand up showers. Complimentary coffee, sodas and snacks are in the hallway by the balcony doors. In addition, an honor bar stocked with beer, wine and spirits is nearby. Breakfast is served in a common area leading to the hallway with the guest rooms. On my recent stay, the space was decorated for the Mardi Gras season with colorful purples, greens and golds at every corner. Breakfast included homemade blueberry muffins, eggs, bacon, berries and fresh orange juice and coffee. Hamilton makes the breakfast herself every morning. It often includes scones, frittatas, muffins and fresh eggs from a local farmer, she said. Other amenities of the

The Delia Room at Hamilton House Inn.

Above: The rear deck at Hamilton House Inn, which owner Tonya Hamilton says is ideal for watching downtown fireworks over the river.

B&B include a rear deck ideal for sitting and drinking coffee in the morning or winding down with a glass of wine in the evening. Hamilton said the space is ideal to watch fireworks or other downtown

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activities along the riverfront. "It's a very relaxing, quiet kind of place, whether you're looking for a staycation or a weekend getaway," Hamilton said.

Rates are $130 SundayThursday and $150 Friday and Saturday. To reserve a room, visit hamiltonhouse inn.com or call Hamilton at 318-366-2412.


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New beginnings on the Market

The first signs of spring differ from person to person. Ranging from flowers and gardening, to the wonders of nature to hunting and fishing, here are a few local favorites:

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Yellow sprays of forsythia brightening up the neighborhood - Beverly A. Coburns Life from Jesus Christ - Marcelle Frost Crow The return of birds and their sweet tunes sung in early morning - Brenda Harrison Pollen ... Actually, I grew up on a farm and the smell of the freshly plowed earth when we were breaking ground is something I always associate with spring - Keith Welch Trees budding - Rita Robinson Spillers New beginnings - Karen Ligon Tarver Tulips - Lydia Viola Guillory Return of the Hummingbirds - Ruth Booker

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Wisteria - Paula Eunson West The smell of crawfish cooking - Jennifer Mulhern Bass At one time it was turkey season. Now it’s drainage concerns - Jack Clampit Robins, redbuds, azaleas - Jill Conner Browne Kids playing outside and neighbors out walking around the neighborhood - Erica DuPriest Miller Ballet, under the stars - Tommy Usrey Allergies - Andrea Hinton Planting the garden - Roxanne Smith Nurseries filling up with their spring blooms and picking the perfect gardening essentials - Denice Antis

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Nice weather, beautiful flowers, and planting tomato plants - Vernita O’Pry Easter, crawfish and baseball (my grandfather Scotty Daniel coached for years) - Jennifer Daniel Wall Daffodils - Linda Bailey The sounds of birds chirping, and the smell of freshly cut grass Lisa Whitfield Herlevic Planting flowers and just being outside - Pam Scruggs Wilkins Bream fishing - Jerry E. Blades Jr. The azaleas, magnolias and daffodils are all in bloom for us to know that God is still in control - Lmarie Brown

Cadbury cream eggs - Susan Armolt Taylor The sound of a baseball coming off the end of a bat - Jan Daniels Tennis - Dawn Bont Hodges Just as spider lilies signal the onset of autumn, paper whites and daffodils are the messengers of spring - Kay LaFrance Knight When they put the Potting soil out at Walmart - Tara Knight Daniels Allergies - Christy Futch When the Japanese tulips start blooming - Angel Turner Dykes Linen and flip flops - Teresa Hicks

Bass spawning - Chris Sanford

Hope - Ken Booth

Farm equipment on the highway and crop dusters overhead - Timothy Anderson

Seersucker suits - Jim Standley

Lady Banks Roses - Mary K. Cook Picking dandelion blooms and making wishes - Caroline Coenen Tractors rumbling up and down roads, disking up fields- the smell of fresh turned earth - Carolyn Files Standardized testing - Dana Ramsey Mullins Rays of sunshine bringing new life to things around me as the dreary winter fades to a distant memory - Lisa Crowe Jonquils - Jonnie Brown Traxler Swinging in the hammock and looking at the stars - Victoria Marie Miller Close March winds, azaleas and tulip trees - Jacquelin Crooks Bailey Azaleas, pollen and patio time ... lots of patio time - Claiborne Smelser DELTA STYLE M AGAZI N E | M A RCH 2 017 | 2 3


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Top Commercial Producer Invests in Historic District

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Having a drive and passion for life fuels our soul. Applying those same principles into a career only enhances the outcome. Selecting the right realtor for your commercial needs can be a challenge. Retaining a realtor that specializes in commercial real estate is key to having success. Some key attributes are knowledge of our local market, understanding the many specific details of commercial transactions and having the experience to negotiate on behalf of clients. Representation from a professional agent who is actively investing and working in our market insures that you are dealing with firsthand experience. Since joining John Rea Realty in April 2013, Jason Thomas has been on the fast track. Jason, through many years of business experience, transitioned quickly into the world of commercial real estate. He quickly established himself and received recognition for his achievements with John Rea Realty. He received Winner’s Circle Awards in 2014, 2015, and 2016 for the highest commercial land sales and listings closed. Jason has also been awarded the Mega Award for 2015 and 2016 for the highest level of achievement with John Rea Realty. Not only was he the top commercial producer for John Rea Realty, he was the top commercial producer for all Northeast Louisiana as recognized by the Northeast Louisiana Board of Realtors. In September of 2015, Jason’s wife, Jennifer Causey Thomas, joined John Rea Realty as his own Marketing/ Administrative Assistant. In October of 2016, Jennifer became a licensed real estate agent. Together with their combined knowledge and professional goals, they have created an amazing team at John Rea. They have a passion and a personal interest in investing in opportunities to revitalize Downtown Monroe’s Historic District. Jason and Jennifer Thomas are committed to their community and work hard for the clientele they represent. If you have investment questions or need commercial representation as a buyer or seller they are capable of taking care of your real estate needs.

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s spring approaches, like me, most gardeners are already envisioning a beautiful land- Rose Young-Lee scape. For many, the flower bed is the one garden element that serves as the highlight of the landscape. Now is the time to prepare the yard for the shrubs and flowers that will be blooming there throughout the year. Even those who are not expert gardeners can follow these easy steps to create a landscape centerpiece. For specific regional hardy plant suggestions, visit the LSU AgCenter official website or other popular online gardening sites. Happy gardening!

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For many, the flower bed is the one garden element that serves as the highlight of the landscape. Now is the time to prepare the yard for the shrubs and flowers that will be blooming there throughout the year.

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A winter bed.

Step 1: Select and mark a site Be mindful of the amount of shade or sunlight present throughout the day. Tentatively mark the area with a hose, yarn or string. Create a final shape marked with a line of distinctively recognizable organic material (ex. salt or flour). Be creative, using oval, circular or linear shapes. Note to new gardeners: start small but leave space for enlargement. Step 2: Remove all grass and weeds Complete one of the following options prior to putting down a weed barrier (i.e., weighted down landscape fabric, layers of wet newspaper or cardboard); do not disturb for several weeks. Option 1: Use a spade or sod cutter to clear the area; or Option 2: Mow the area down to approximately half-inch; or Option 3: Spray the area with a weed-killing pesticide, following label directions. Note: Periodic weeding will still be required throughout the growing seasons. Step 3: Add soil Option 1: Spread a layer of topsoil on top of the weed barrier approximately 12 inches deep within the area. Option 2: Dig up and till the indigenous soil, removing roots, rocks or other debris; take a soil sample and amend soil, as needed, with organic matter (recommended nutrients or compost). Step 4: Edge the garden bed Option 1: Dig a trench approximately 8 inches deep and a few inches wide around the bed to prevent soil erosion and to keep out weeds. Option 2: Sink an edging material around the garden border (ex. rocks, brick or weatherresistant landscape borders). Step 5: Select, space and plant shrubs and flowers Choose plants that will thrive in the selected area. Tentatively space the shrubs and flowers around the bed. Dig holes to recommended depth and width and loosen the roots of each plant before placing into the ground. Note: Wait until the plants’ roots have begun to establish before applying fertilizer (approximately two weeks). Step 6: Add a layer of mulch Spread wood chips, pine straw or other environmental-friendly mulch to a thickness of 2-3 inches deep to control weed growth and to help retain soil moisture. Step 7: Water generously Thoroughly water the bed, and continue to water, as needed (i.e., until the plants’ roots are established and during periods of drought). Note: It is important to have a water source near the garden bed since frequent watering will be required. Sources: LSUAg Center and Better Homes & Gardens “That God once loved a garden we learn in Holy writ. And seeing gardens in the Spring I well can credit it.” - Winifred Mary Letts

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Area P.E.O. chapters celebrate

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very January, members of P.E.O. gather throughout the United States and Canada to celebrate that organization’s founding. This year, area P.E.O.s met for a luncheon at Bayou DeSiard Country Club to honor the seven women who met as students at Iowa Wesleyan and formed their own unique sisterhood. P.E.O. Chapter AE was the host chapter for this year’s luncheon. Felicia Kostelka, AE president, serves as mistress of ceremonies for the occasion. Arleen Mayeux, chapter AU, brought greetings from the Louisiana State Chapter. Mayeux serves as state

secretary. In her remarks, Mayeux was pleased to report the outpouring of assistance from all across America to the state chapter’s request for funds to help replace library books destroyed by the catastrophic flooding in Louisiana in 2016. Kostelka recognized several special members following Mayeux’s report. She recognized past state presidents from our area: Mary S. “Dibble” Pate, AK; Shirley Douglas, AK; Carolyn Seegers, AZ; Loura Barr, AE; Angela Hales, BB; Kevin Coon, V; Becky Lanier, AZ; and Annette Carroll, BB. Next, she introduced the “Golden Girls” — those members who had been active for 50 years or longer. This group included Mary S. “Dibble” Pate, AK; Gladys Thompson, AO; Daisy Daniels, BB;

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Dana Kennedy and June Poole at the P.E.O. Founders' Day celebration.

Carol McDonald, AZ; Genevieve mcDuff, AE; Jean Davis, AE; Carolyn Seegers, AZ; Ann White, AZ; Clarice Koontz, V; and Violet Collins, V. The last group to be recognized were the presidents of this area’s chapters: Kevin Coon, V; Kostelka, AE; Lisa Lawrence, AK; Kate Perot, AO; Marcy Hall, AZ; and Jane Bordelon, BB. AE chaplain Lauretta Tucker offered the blessing, after which the ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch including mixed green salad with spring dressing, chicken crepes, fresh asparagus, rice pilaf and bread pudding with hard sauce for dessert. Centering each table was a charming arrangement of daisies topped with a gold star. These were held in clear cylinder vases wrapped casually with gold wire sprinkled with tiny gold stars. Each vase was centered on a round mirror on which gold strands were massed forming a “base” to ground the entire centerpiece. At each place setting, the ladies found favors — a printed poem about sisters and a tiny yellow sack holding candy in shades of yellow and white. Kostelka created all of the table decorations. In addition, she created a fabulous door or mantle wreath perfect for use

Pat White and Armande Kennedy at P.E.O. Founders' Day celebration.

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Sara Shamblin, Eva Colvin, Carolyn Rester and Dorothy Kelly at the P.E.O. Founders' Day celebration.

during Mardi Gras. The P.E.O.s purchased tickets to be part of a drawing at the end of the luncheon. All proceeds will be used in support of P.E.O. projects. As the ladies were enjoying their dessert, a group of AE members performed a skit as the day’s entertainment. This skit honored the seven founders by placing them in a modern talk-show environment where the talk-show hostess interviewed them, learning about them personally as well as about the sisterhood that they founded. Members of the case included Loura Barr, Elnice Davis, Lois Hoover, Felicia Kostelka, Melanie McStravick, Carolyn Myrick, Georgiann Potts, Lauretta Tucker, and Nannette White.

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Colorful floral patterns and pastels mixed with bare shoulders make the perfect combination this season PHOTOS BY GARY GUINIGUNDO

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A pop of color

This hot pink clutch (below) has a removable strap making it a flawless look for a day of shopping or a night out on the town. Available at J & H Boots & Jeans.

This bright, quirky patterned romper (right) from Beehive in Ruston will brighten up any rainy day this spring.

Boots are not just for cold weather! Pair these colorful, fringe booties with a summer dress for a look that is sure to stand out. Available at J & H Boots & Jeans.

An orange inset stone adorns these gold earrings (above) from Beehive in Ruston. The perfect pop of color to accessorize any outfit.

Colorful, comfy loafers are perfect for that springtime casual look. Available at J & H Boots & Jeans

Joanna’s Modern Living Room has a sleek plush look with mixed with brushed brass. Available at Magnolia Home by Ivan Smith Furniture

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Floral frenzy

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Dress it up, or dress it down. This versatile, textured dress is available at Beehive in Ruston.

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The embroidery detail on this dress from Cara’s Boutique makes it a real show stopper.

Looking to spice up your outfit? Try this leather belt with bright flowers from J & H Boots and Jeans to complete the look.

Want to look good and still be comfortable? These soft, floral dresses from Cara’s Boutique are the perfect for day or a hot summer’s night.

Inspired by an old flea market iron works, this metal framed floral mirror recalls the past. It makes a stunning statement over a petite dresser or entryway table. Available at Magnolia Home by Ivan Smith Furniture

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Hot Springs is named for the thermal underground mineral water springs, first protected by the federal government in 1832. Today, Hot Springs National Park is the only park in the system surrounded by a city.

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Home of the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade REBECCA BINGHAM SPECIAL TO DELTASTYLE

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or the past 14 years, Hot Springs, Arkansas, has wiggled its way into global headlines as host of The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Recently, Hot Springs was named No. 8 among the Top 10 Spots in the World to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by Irish Central, the

world’s most authoritative Irish media hub. Located about an hour southwest of Little Rock, Hot Springs shares accolades with the likes of Dublin, Ireland; New York City; Chicago and Boston. “What an honor for us to be recognized among such famous company as those cities,” says Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs and one of the creators of the event, scheduled to roll March 17 on the world-famous 98-footlong Bridge Street in historic down-

town. Irish Central describes Hot Springs’ parade as “truly one of a kind, with Irish belly dancers and the Irish Order of Elvis Impersonators.” Other celebrity guests at the 2017 event include parade grand marshal Alfonso Ribeiro, the man who brought The Carlton Dance to America’s living room in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” before going on to win “Dancing with the Stars,” and now television host of “America’s Funniest

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Hot Springs’ No. 1 tourist attraction is Garvan Woodland Gardens, a 220-acre botanical garden that showcases Arkansas’ brilliant flora and fauna.

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Superior Bathhouse Brewery produces the world’s only craft beer made from thermal hot springs water.

Home Videos.” Also in the lineup are a dozen Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, as well as a team of professional Clydesdale horses pulling a custom-designed stagecoach. Hot Springs sprang up along what is now Central Avenue, where a movie set-style row of 1920s bath houses hearkens to an era of medical tourism that originated with peaceful gatherings among Native Americans. Across the street, an architectural potpourri of parapets, cartouches, pilasters and finials adorn two- and three-story Victorian buildings now occupied – at least on the ground floors – with a variety of vibrant businesses. Artists who needed studio and gallery space pioneered the return to downtown, followed by a smattering of kitschy souvenir vendors. Now, you’ll also find a generous helping of restaurants like Superior Bathhouse Brewery, home to flights of craft beer and a menu

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of imaginative pub food. A menagerie of museums tell the story of Hot Spring’s water and gangster history. And a bevy of boutiques featuring everything olive oil and vinegar to fine jewelry and antiques keeps foot traffic moving. Above these shops, where speakeasies and bordellos once thrived, swanky loft apartments and condos are luring new residents to the downtown vibe. When gambling casinos closed in 1967, some folks said good riddance. Sure, it was goodbye to Al Capone and other gangsters who made this a notorious vacation spot. But it was also farewell to the opera house. And to stars like Tony Bennett who sang at the Ohio Club. So long to the Chicago White Stockings – forerunners to the White Sox – who held spring training here. Bon voyage to the passenger train. And adios to Bill Clinton, who graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1964. By the 1990s, the

glamorous glow of downtown had faded to flickering neon in front of sleazy dives and jiggle joints. The saving grace for Hot Springs is her underground mineral-rich thermal waters, protected by the federal government since 1832. Heated by rocks and fissures to 143 degrees, these ancient waters have been prescribed by doctors for over a century as a cure for arthritis, kidney problems, tuberculosis, diabetes and venereal diseases. As pharmaceutical medicine advanced, spa treatments continued as alternative therapy. Places like the Ohio Club also survived the tourism drought and now draws crowds for burgers and jazz. Baseball spring training even reemerged as a historic trail around town. The authentic historic bathhouse experience survived, too, at places like the Buckstaff Bathhouse, open since 1912. Woodrow Wilson is among the


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Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens was named first runner-up in Buzzfeed’s Coolest Places to Get Married, 2013.

litany of famous bathers here. When you go, plan to spend about 90 minutes and $65 for a series of treatments that begins with a deep-tub soak in 100-degree mineral water while an attendant scrubs you with a loofa mitt. Next, you’ll be wrapped hot packs, then seated for brief reverie in a Sitz bath. Finally, you’ll be steamed in a vapor cabinet (remember that Lucille Ball scene?) and then tingled with a needle shower before your 20-minute finishing massage. For a contemporary luxurious treatment which still uses the thermal waters, check out Quapaw Bathhouse & Spa, just up the street on Bathhouse Row. Between baths, boutiques and bedtime, be sure to make time to visit nature’s green at Garvan Woodland Gardens, a 220-acre botanical garden gifted to the University of Arkansas by Verna Garvan, one of Arkansas’ first women to

own and operate a manufacturing and construction company. In this shady wonderland of rainbow-colored flowers, gargantuan native rocks, clear flowing streams, cascading melodic waterfalls and mature stately trees, you'll discover Anthony Chapel, an award-winning architectural triumph of soaring yellow pine beams and 56-foot geometric windows. The chapel is open to the public whenever it’s not already scheduled for one of the hundreds of weddings and special events held there each year. A map from the visitors center will guide you to the season’s showiest blooms and special viewing areas like the worldfamous Japanese garden, ranked 15th among 300 Japanese gardens in North America by Sukiya Living Magazine, the Journal of Japanese Gardens. If your visit comprises Thursday through Sunday until mid-April, you could win some greenbacks at Oaklawn

Racing and Gaming. Opened in 1904 as Oaklawn Jockey Club, the venue is now best known as home of the $1 million Arkansas Derby, this year on April 15. In 2015, Oaklawn expanded their facility to include blackjack, poker, the most popular gaming terminals and Silks Bar & Grill. No matter when you come, your friends will be green with envy until you promise to bring them with you next time. Planning a visit? Visit www.hotsprings.org. Rebecca Bingham is a Monroe native currently living in Hot Springs, Arkansas. A full time travel writer, Rebecca is spending a year living in a series of vacation rental properties while she writes her new book, “Finding Home: Creating Comfort in a Chaotic World.” Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @GoBrilliantly.

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Junior League of Monroe Presents Spring Market 2017 A Gathering of Gifts and Gardening Spring is right around the corner, and fast approaching is the Junior League of Monroe’s Spring Market. The 19th annual Spring Market is sponsored by Origin Bank. Friday, March 24, 2017, the Market opens at 8:30 a.m. with the classic event, “Shop ‘Til You Drop!”, sponsored by The Mulhearn Corporation, LLC. This exclusive event is $30.00 a ticket and features a champagne brunch catered by The Coffee Bean, with entertainment by Rod Allen Payne, and extended shopping until 5:00 p.m. General shopping is open to the public on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Spring Market’s signature event, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun!”, is sponsored by Progressive Bank and kicks off at 6:00 Friday evening. It includes catering by Thurman’s Food Factory, entertainment by Mike McKenzie, door prizes, preferred shopping, and of course, everyone’s favorite, “Market-ritas”. Tickets for this event are $40.

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On Saturday, the Market is open for general shopping at 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. General shopping tickets are $6 in advance, and $8 at the door. Please note that no strollers are allowed during any Spring Market event, due to space constraints and crowd control. The 4th annual Breakfast with the Bunnies, sponsored by The Paper Market, is a special time for the whole family to enjoy. This event features a light breakfast, a visit from Peter Cottontail, story time, balloons, children’s activities, and live bunnies and

chicks. Albritton’s Photography will take adorable photos that feature your children with live bunnies. Portrait packages will be available for purchase. There will be two Breakfast with the Bunnies seatings on Saturday, March 25. The first seating will be at 8:30 a.m. and the second seating at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are available for $20 per family and includes one general shopping pass. The Junior League’s Provisional Member class of 2016-2017 is taking pride in hosting this event. Each year, the Junior League of Monroe features a raffle for Spring Market as a way to increase fundraising efforts. Last year’s raffle was such a hit, we decided to repeat it ($10,000 Home Makeover)! Once again, the Junior League of Monroe is excited to partner with Sleepy Hollow Furniture and HGTV to bring you a home makeover: Customized HGTV Line Furniture, accessories to complete the Home Makeover, and personal Sleepy Hollow assistance. In addition, Sleepy Hollow now has beautiful outdoor furniture, so the home makeover options are endless! Tickets are only $20. Money raised by the Junior League of Monroe strictly stays in Ouachita Parish and supports various activities throughout the community! We encourage you to help support our local community by purchasing a ticket to be entered to win a home makeover! The winner will be announced toward the close of Market on Sunday, March 26! The Junior League of Monroe is an organization of women committed to

promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Since 1930, members have devoted countless volunteer hours to meet the needs of the people and organizations of our community. Spring Market serves as one of the major fundraisers for the Junior League of Monroe. • “Tools and Literacy for Children (TLC)” is a community outreach program that addresses the overall needs of at-risk children and families and focuses on the physical, emotional, and educational needs of a selected area elementary school and students. • “Education Task Force” is a committee committed to helping education in our community. We give grants to area teachers and help sponsor the area scholars banquet. • This only names a few of the outreach programs that are operated through the Junior League of Monroe, giving purpose to your purchase of a ticket. Tickets for all Spring Market activities can be purchased by a member or by visiting the League House, located at 2811 Cameron Street in Monroe, between 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Please join us and experience Spring Market’s Gathering of Gifts and Gardening at the Monroe Civic Center from March 24-26, 2017. We look forward to seeing you at the Market!

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Kenilworth Plantation circa 1920s.

Magical moments FOR AUNT DOROTHY, THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME GEORGIANN POTTS SPECIAL TO DELTASTYLE

Writer’s Note: From my earliest days, I was impressed with the importance of family to folks in the Delta. My immediate family was quite small - just my parents, my brother, and me. Because my brother is considerably older than I am, my “sense of family” felt even smaller. In many ways, I grew up as an only child. Because of this, my aunts and uncles and cousins assumed a very important place in my understanding of family. There were complications to nurturing those relationships, however, primarily brought about by distance. Some family members lived

in Tensas Parish where we were, but more lived far away, either far to the south or out-of-state. To get everyone together at the same time and in the same place was almost impossible except for funerals. Because of this, one of my aunts - Dorothy Moore Aly was concerned that I would grow up not knowing enough about my family (specifically my mother’s - and Aunt Dorothy’s - side). By the time I came along, Aunt Dorothy had buried both her husband and her only child, a son. Tragedies like that change a person. Aunt Dorothy was the eldest of her siblings, and always seemed to me to be “different” from the rest of them.

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There was a quality about her that I sensed but didn’t really understand until I was an adult myself. Others in the family were often “put off” by her sometimes icy demeanor. I never was. She fascinated me because she WAS different from the rest. Because of Aunt Dorothy, I was introduced to Molly Half Acre and an unnamed Colonial soldier from the American Revolution. And there were countless others all names and dates and places of birth and burial carefully recorded in her beautiful handwriting. Through her, I discovered that my “family connections” were far more extensive than I could ever have imagined.

In the South, it seems as though nearly every family claims that it is descended from General Robert E. Lee. I’ve heard this all of my life, although the frequency with which I hear it mentioned seems to ebb and flow with both the politics of the moment and how much in - or out of - favor the good General happens to be as a result. Of one thing I am quite certain - if everyone who claims to be a Lee descendent really were one, Lee would be remembered for much more than just his military career. The Lee connection Mike Gruss, in an article entitled “You’re Related to Robert E. Lee? What A Coincidence . . . “ published in


2009 in The Virginian-Pilot, addressed this very question. In his piece, Gruss cites a Newport News fellow who insists that about 90% of the Southern population acknowledges Robert E. Lee as a distant kinsman. Many others agree, with some considering that 90% to be a conservative estimate. The question of Lee’s legitimacy as one’s ancestor has been a question debated just about as long as the General has been gone. As is often the case with such debatable topics, disagreements as to exactly how one might claim a familial relationship to Lee in an indisputable, utterly valid way has given rise to groups dedicated to doing just that. For some, the quest has become something of an obsession. There is one such group an organization called “The Society of the Lees of Virginia” - that is open only to people who can prove their link through indisputable documentation. Even the modern sleuthing science provided by DNA kits is not considered proof enough for these folks. They guard their linage with the tenacity of bulldogs, and depend on the time-honored tools for genealogists: authentic historical legal records. Another group - “The Lee DNA Genealogy Project of Virginia” - was formed by approximately 175 people. They put their trust in modern DNA sampling, and banded together to prove through their DNA that they not only shared a common heritage but that it also linked them all to Lee. All believed that they were descendants of Lee, although apparently none could prove that through historical documents. Nevertheless, all believed that they were because the “truth” of that had been handed down to them in each family’s oral history. This group decided to test

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their belief in their heritage using the latest science available. After turning over samples of their DNA, only three were found to be connected to Lee. It would seem that the wish to be a Lee descendant is stronger than the evidence for most folks. It is easy to understand why this desire for a family connection to Lee is so fervent in the South. He was an amazing general, a gentleman, and a scholar by most accounts. His leadership during the Civil War is but a small part of his legacy. I suspect that even in the face of factual evidence to the contrary, most will continue to claim Lee as one of their own. Dreams die hard. Family record keeper Which brings me to Aunt Dorothy. She was the “record keeper” for our family, and like so many women of her generation, kept careful records about births, deaths, marriages, and even the occasional divorce. My earliest memories of Aunt Dorothy center around her physical appearance. She already had gray hair, and there were wrinkles lining

her expressive face. She wore glasses (everyone in our family wore glasses, but somehow she wore them better), and hats, and gloves, and pearls. She was the epitome of what the books that I read at the time described as a “lady”. Aunt Dorothy was born in 1904 in Illinois. She was about eight or nine years old when the family moved to Kenilworth Plantation in Tensas Parish. This meant that she had lived a portion of her life “up there” and knew that culture in ways that those of us born “down here” could only know about from her stories. This may have contributed to what some perceived as a slightly aloof demeanor. By all accounts, her marriage to Ralph Aly was a happy union. Because he died before I was born, I have no real awareness of him as a person. Interestingly, I do not recall a single conversation with Aunt Dorothy about Uncle Ralph, nor about her son who died during WWII. Perhaps that was the way that she coped with the horror of losing them both. Silence spared her.

Old-fashioned persistence As is the “Delta way,” Aunt Dorothy was surrounded by a number of true friends, ladies with whom she shared much of her life and to whom she owed much of her happiness after the deaths. The Burnside ladies (sisters-in-law) and her own widowed sister-in-law, Hilda Moore, together with several others formed a core group whose work in their churches and community was invaluable to the overall quality of life in Newellton and the surrounding areas. Among several long-term projects that Aunt Dorothy and her lady friends took on was genealogy. The probable genesis for this came when they decided to trace their family trees so that they could become members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Aunt Dorothy dedicated much of her free time to doing the research that slowly patched together the story of our family’s ancestors, or at least much of the story of our maternal line. She was a rural mail carrier by profession, so her afternoons and

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Delta evenings provided the time that she needed to devote to this as well as her other hobbies. Her diligence paid off, and after personally pouring over countless documents in a number of court houses, exchanging letters with relatives from far away, looking through family Bibles, and writing away for copies of other records, Aunt Dorothy finally found that Colonial soldier from Connecticut and became a member of the DAR. This accomplishment is made all the more remarkable when you realize that she was armed only with pen and paper, stamps, and a determined spirit. She didn’t have a computer or electronic databases. She didn’t even have Google!

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Family trees When I was in my early twenties, Aunt Dorothy approached me about the importance of maintaining family records. She and I were sharing a cup of tea one afternoon when she pushed a thick folder of documents toward me. “Here,” she said in that unique voice of hers. “Here is your past.” As I slowly turned the well-worn pages, I saw that she was right. Here were her carefully researched notes compiled over years of research. Most were in her easily identifiable handwriting, but others were typed. The typescript wasn’t the clean, multi-font print that we take for granted today. Her typescript was from her old manual typewriter that produced typescript that appeared bold to faint on the page depending on the age of the ribbon. I remember that the letter “t” always appeared to be slightly elevated above the anticipated placement. That “jumping t” annoyed Aunt Dorothy who always preferred perfection where possible.

ately try to “place” him in terms of his family. Who is his father? His mother? Where do they live? We “know” one another through our family ties. When we take a special dish to a church potluck, it more often than not will be made from a recipe passed down through the family. And not shared beyond the family. Aunt Dorothy was just one of a long line of people women, mostly - who understood the importance of keeping family memories alive and records intact. My husband’s family on his mother’s side had for a number of generations a family scrapbook keeper. One woman in each generation either accepted or was given the responsibility of gathering and protecting any and all records available concerning the family during her tenure. Each relied on other family members to send any items available that recorded important “happenings” in the family. These included newspaper clippings, programs, photographs, letters, and the occasional family Bible, all to be handed down to the next generation’s scrapbook keeper for safekeeping. One of many memorable afternoons that Jim and I spent with family members occurred in Birmingham, Alabama, when we met Jim’s cousin, Ann Mooty Davidson, and her husband, Stan. The occasion was the transfer of the family scrapbooks to the next generation. Jim’s mother had passed away, and he had the scrapbooks that she had carefully protected during her lifetime. Within those pages, some of them yellow and brittle with age, were the treasures of generations. Over drinks through that long afternoon, we read through the scrapbooks. We found the wedding announcement of Jim’s great-grand-

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What I saw that afternoon was more than just a compilation of facts. Because of her research, I was able to travel backwards through time, discovering names I had never heard and seeing relationships that I had no idea existed. Along the way, one name in particular caught my attention, Molly Half Acre. I discovered that Molly was an ancestor of mine, a Cherokee discovered in records in North Carolina when Aunt Dorothy uncovered her. Many years later I would track her through the Trail of Tears movement to a reservation in Oklahoma where I found additional records, including those of her daughters.

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Who am I? The association between personal identity and family runs deep in the Delta. Our focus on family is evident in nearly every aspect of our lives. When we meet a stranger, we almost immedi-

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parents. Birth and wedding announcements from multiple earlier generations elicited memories among the older ones that they shared with the group. We poured over court records of property purchases and sales, war records recounting family military service (including beautiful letters written home from the Front), and amusing society write-ups about parties and similar gatherings - and each provided a clue about the family’s past. Cousin Ann accepted the boxes of scrapbooks much as one would expect, with a solemn awareness of this family responsibility. Ann was to deliver the materials to her daughter, Laura Stanford Adams, who was to become the designated scrapbook keeper for the next generation. Laura had been very interested in family genealogy for quite some time and had done significant research on her own. She was the logical choice. The tradition was carried forward once again. Generations to come With so many tools available today with which to do genealogical research, one can only imagine what will be available to generations to come. While not everyone can trace their family line back to a famous - or infamous, in some cases - person, all of us can certainly appreciate all of those who have gone before. Still, the curiosity about our pasts that is inherent in our beings will continue to drive us to explore our past and unravel our family’s origins. I’ll bet future Delta folk will begin every search with “Who is your daddy?” and “Where is your family from?” I’ll also bet some of them will be searching for General Lee among their branches . . .


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he lovely Deborah Drive home of Camille Woods provided the perfect setting for members of the Potpourri Book Club to gather and hear an amazing tale of courage, survival, and hope. Jerry Oakley and Stephanie Abell joined Woods as co-hostesses for the afternoon meeting. Martha Jane Anderson, well-known for her thoroughness when researching a book to review, rose to the occasion to everyone’s delight. Anderson reviewed “Touching the Void,” a riveting account written by Joe Simpson of an horrific mountain climbing accident he and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, experienced. “These two young men climbed a 21,000-foot peak in the Peruvian Andes – the previously unclimbed west face of Siula Grande, accompanied by only one other person who stayed at the lower levels with their supplies and equipment,” Anderson explained. “They were too young, terribly inexperienced and fearless.” The climb went well enough for the ascent, but disaster struck during the descent — the most dangerous part of any climb, according to Anderson. As Simpson was testing an ice ledge, the ledge gave way and he fell several hundred feet down, secured only by a rope that was being handled by his partner, Yates. “Yates was absolutely convinced that his partner had plunged to his death,” Anderson explained. “He realized that in order to survive himself and get down to the base camp, he had no choice but to cut the rope that was holding his partner.” Unknown to Yates, Simpson had survived the fall, although he had a severe leg injury that

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Mike Husted and Suzanne Wolfe at Potpourri Book Club meeting.

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meant any movement was excruciating. He was trapped in a deep crevasse, in a space about three feet in diameter, according to Anderson. “He had frostbite, he was starving, and all that he could see was a spot of light at another small entrance to the crevasse,” she said. “Simpson describes the light as having an almost spiritual quality to it.” Over the next three days, Simpson hopped and crawled five miles to get back to their

basecamp. With very little water, no food, and with a severe leg injury, Simpson was still able to make the trek. “In the meantime, Yates had conducted a memorial service of sorts for his partner,” Anderson said. “He burned Simpson’s climbing clothes to honor his friend, according to the accepted code among mountain climbers.” It was just after this that the sound of Simpson calling for help became audible at the base camp. No one could be-

Martha Jane Anderson at Potpourri Book Club meeting.

lieve that Simpson had lived, and with the horrific injury that he had endured, he had dragged himself back down the mountain. Their “adventure” made worldwide news, and elicited a variety of reactions. Many blamed Yates for cutting the rope, but Simpson insisted that he would have done the same thing, and that by doing that, Yates had very likely saved both of their lives, according to Anderson. The ladies enjoyed a delicious assortment of treats as they discussed the review. A gorgeous arrangement of lilies in shades of deep purple, mauve and lilac were casually gathered in a tall blue-andwhite Chinese vase centered on the rustic antique table. An assortment of tea sandwiches and tempting “small bite” sweets were placed on silver trays along the tabletop. In the nearby double-sink, crushed ice chilled a selection of drinks to just the perfect temperature.

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FORGET THE GREEN BEER Three St. Patrick's Day cocktails to try BIANCA SMITH SPECIAL TO DELTASTYLE

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t. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and if you're among those in the Twin Cities looking for ways to party like you're Irish, we have you covered. Forget the green beer, and try your hand at one of these festive cocktails.

1. The Key Lime Pie daiquiri sensation Daq’s, 2217 Forsythe Ave., Monroe | small is $6, medium is $8 and a large is $10 Bright and green just like the big holiday, the key lime pie is a thick and buttery concoction made with tequila, king cake vodka, Juarez triple and caffe lolita coffee liqueur. Complemented with a drizzle of whip cream and a ripe lime, this drink will surely satisfy your sweet tooth this St. Patrick’s Day.

2. Irish Ending Enoch’s Pub, 507 Louisville Ave., Monroe | $8 This traditional Irish Pub is a longtime staple in the Monroe community and is the perfect place to ring in the holiday. Stop by and grab the Irish Ending, a sugary cocktail with chilled Jameson, Vanilla Kahlua, and Irish Mist Liqueur. Or if you're looking for something stronger, order a traditional Irish coffee ($6), freshly ground Community Coffee with Jameson Irish Whiskey, brown sugar and fresh whipped cream.

3. Green Bloody Mary Martini For those of us who want to stay at home with friends and family, we have a drink that is perfect for you: the green bloody Mary martini. Loaded with healthy ingredients like cherry tomato and celery, a dash of pepper flavored vodka will make this the perfect drink to toast in all St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

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INVASION Enoch’s cranks out best pub food in Monroe TARA AMBROSE SPECIAL TO DELTASTYLE

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Full Irish Breakfast Burger at Enoch’s in Monroe.

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s March approaches and one of my personal favorite holidays draws near, I could only think of highlighting one place for the readers of DeltaStyle, a lovely little Irish Pub & Grill called Enoch’s! “Doyle” and Yvette Jeter established and opened Enoch’s Irish Pub on St. Patrick’s Day 1980. It was recently bought by their son, John Jeter in January 2015. Since that time, John makes certain that Enoch’s cranks out some of the best pub food, along with live music (having been host to such legends as Jerry Jeff Walker, Leon Russell, Zachary Richard and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown just to name a few). In addition to being a lively “night spot” and music venue, Enoch’s offers a wide variety of tantalizingly tasteful burgers, sandwiches, salads and appetizers beginning at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday –


“Doyle” and Yvette Jeter established and opened Enoch’s Irish Pub on St. Patrick’s Day 1980.

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One only has to glance over this glorious gastronomical menu to find exactly what sparks the taste buds! “Our burgers are all named after towns, provinces or countries in Ireland,” said prior owner and father of John Jeter, Enoch Doyle Jeter.

just make sure you don’t forget to add a side of their signature Guinness gravy! With such menu items as the Gonzo Gaelic nachos, stout west fries, bombay burger, The Eddie Collins, Blarney Stone blue cheeseburger, full Irish breakfast burger and The Mickey Finn – one only has to glance over this glorious gastronomical menu to find exactly what sparks the taste buds! But the names aren’t just in good Irish fun, “our burgers are all named after towns, provinces or countries in Ireland,” said prior owner and father of John Jeter, Enoch Doyle Jeter. Enoch’s is home to a wide variety of beer with 35-40 different variations under roof, as well as holding true to their Irish roots offering Guinness. Visiting with John Jeter, one can’t help but notice the humbleness that this gentleman exudes. “It’s not my pub, it’s everybody’s,” Jeter said with a smile. “My favorite thing is people – (Enoch’s) it’s a family thing … most people think it (Enoch’s) is just a bar, but it’s a public house and the people

are who make it.” Surprisingly enough, the Jeter family’s kind words and humble attitude don’t stop with just the love of their customers. Each year, Enoch’s holds a charity fundraiser for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which is a charity aimed at promoting spiritual good-

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ness through the exercise of charity and to aid in spiritual and temporal goodness for families in need. “It’s a fundraiser to give back,”Jeter said. As our visit and evening came to a close, my trusty co-hort Gary the Gastronaut and I thanked our wonderful

Enoch’s is home to a wide variety of beer with 35-40 different variations under roof, as well as holding true to their Irish roots offering Guinness.

host and vowed to return to Enoch’s again in the very near future!


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BLUE HAVEN RESORT

The infinity pool at Blue Haven in Turks & Caicos looks out into the ocean.

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rnest Hemingway fished in the waters surrounding Turks & Caicos, and I have decided to swim in these same waters as often as I can. I knew the first time I experienced the luminous, turquoise water of Turks & Caicos that I would return.

This time, I decided to experience the Turks & Caicos Collection, which consists of three luxurious resorts named Blue Haven, Alexandra and Beach House. I am always one to seek out the best travel deals, and the Turks & Caicos Collection offers just that as you experience three resorts while staying at one.

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My Blue Haven

My first stop was at one of the newest resorts on the island, Blue Haven, located just 10 minutes from the airport. Recognized as one of the Top 20 Resorts in the Caribbean (2016), Blue Haven is located on a private beach and adjacent to IGY Blue Haven Marina for scuba diving, deep sea fishing and boating excursions. The first thing I noticed about Blue Haven was the architectural design and resort layout. The lobby had an open air design that pulled you directly to the white, sandy pri-

vate beach. You are automatically transported to vacation mode. Plus, I truly love a private beach. A wooden path takes you through the property dotted with palm trees and hammocks. Beside the private beach, there's an infinity pool that looks out into the ocean and right next door is a bar. The property offers beach tennis, a volleyball court, a giant chess board, horseshoes and stand-up paddle boards. There are two restaurants, Fire & Ice and Salt Bar & Grill, on the property. Everything is just a few steps away.


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The Blue Haven resort on Turks & Caicos.

This was a special trip for me as it was my birthday, so I brought my mom and my usual travel companion, my daughter. We settled into a modern two bedroom, two-bath ocean view suite with all the comforts of home including a fully equipped kitchen with an island, deep Jacuzzi tubs, plenty of walk-in closets, a balcony off the living room and a washer & dryer. The property also boasts a gourmet grocery store and cafĂŠ called the MARKET which was our first official stop just a few steps away from our modern suite. We stocked up on chips, ice cream and cookies for those late night munches of a teenager. After a quick swim and the official introduction to the water trampoline at the private beach, we decide to eat at Fire & Ice restaurant that offers contemporary Mediterranean cuisine located on-site.

Fire & Ice It was a beautiful night with

stars in the clear sky, a warm Caribbean breeze and the sound of the ocean. We were greeted by Riley, the restaurant manager of Fire & Ice, who has the coolest Caribbean accent. His warm attitude immediately made us feel welcomed and his service skills were on point. Our view at the Fire & Ice looked directly upon the beach, infinity pool and ocean. With an open air design, candles, live music and white sheer curtains blowing with the Caribbean breeze, it is the perfect dining spot. Riley started us out with roasted garlic and olive oil dipping sauce and warm, fresh bread. Champagne and sparkling water flowed. It was the perfect way to celebrate a birthday. We dined on fresh shrimp cocktails, Caribbean lobsters and beef tenderloin for my mom, who professes that it is the best she has ever had. The service is impeccable and Riley

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Eggs Benedict at Fire and Ice at the Blue Haven resort in Turks & Caicos.

is just Caribbean cool. After dinner, we walk to the seating area and fire pits that overlook the ocean and the yachts resting in the marina. It was a beautiful evening, and I could not be more grateful for this time.

Adventure The next morning, we awoke rested and ready to explore. We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast at Fire & Ice and took in the view once again. This is now my mom's newly declared favorite spot as she sips her tea

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Jennifer Schmeer’s daughter, Marlie, enjoys the view.

ing became one of her favorite highlights of this trip and a memory she will never forget. Jonathan was a great instructor, and I highly recommend flyboarding.

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Lobster and roasted vegetables at Fire and Ice at the Blue Haven resort on Turks & Caicos.

while she forgets her work woes and relaxes. I order eggs benedict from the menu. It was divine. Once we returned to our suite, I simply pressed the button on our phone to reach an employee at guest services, who gladly assisted us with scheduling our adventures. My daughter has a bucket list, which contains flyboarding. Once scheduled, we simply

walked from our suite to the nearest dock on the property to meet Jonathan with Turks & Caicos Flyboard company. Jonathan was standing on the dock with the warmest smile to greet us. Jonathan provides my daughter with a lesson on flyboarding, and she is ready to conquer. As she was flying above the ocean, her smile and laughter is priceless. Flyboard-

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After a morning of flyboarding, we took a few steps to find the Salt Bar & Grill with outdoor seating overlooking the marina and the ocean. Here we tried the local favorite of conch fritters with the special island sauce and vegetable spring rolls with sweet chili sauce. I sampled the penne pasta with fresh shrimp while my daughter enjoyed their famous hamburger with fries finishing with a brownie and ice cream. My mom feasted on beef quesadillas. There is much to be said of ambiance and the restaurants at Blue Haven have captured this relaxing and inspiring atmosphere. You don't rush; you enjoy the time, the food and the views. It was hard to leave these spots.

Spa day The next day, I decided to treat my travel crew to spa treatments. Again, just a simple push of a button rings guest services, and they arranged for spa treatments for three at the Elevate Spa just a few steps away from our suite. Elevate Spa offers a wide range of services including some special spa treatment enhancements such as organic masques, ultra eye lifting treatments, age erasing lip treatments and lift neck and line filler treatments. You can even bring the spa to your room, beach or at the gazebo just beside the private beach for treatments outside the spa for the ultimate convenience and views. My mom and I opted for body massages while my daughter signed up for the express pedicure. When we walked into the spa, I was greeted by Desiree, who had a soft, calming voice that immediately relaxed my soul. Be-


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Blue Haven offers idyllic views of the turquoise waters of Turks & Caicos.

tween the aromatherapy and the deep tissue massage with warm stones, my body relaxed. Now we were ready for some shopping therapy. We headed to visit the local shops and picked up a few gifts for my daughter's friends who were enduring uncomfortable desks and lackluster school lunches. We made it back in time to catch the Super Bowl on the big TV screens at the Salt Bar & Grill. I am not usually into football, but this was a great game and afterwards we took a stroll through the marina admiring the mega-yachts. Ending up again at the fire pits, we relaxed under the starry skies before taking a night swim in the infinity pool.

Exploring The next day, we decided to take advantage of the use of the sister properties and took the free shuttle to the exclusive Beach House property for a swim on Grace Bay. The water was mesmerizing, and while we

swam, sting rays glided right by us. It was thrilling. My daughter made a new friend, Maddie, who was visiting with her mom from New Jersey. The Beach House was their favorite spot on the island and this was their third visit. Beach House can be described as the Hamptons meets the Caribbean with just 20 suites located directly on Grace Bay. The girls enjoyed the floating loungers and the water trampoline while sting rays amuse us all. As dinner approached, we decided to try out the Kitchen 218 located on-site at the Beach House. With herb gardens surrounding the restaurant, freshness is guaranteed. And once again, the ambiance was phenomenal with a musician playing the sax, candle lighting and a beautiful view. We had the privilege of meeting Chef Jason, whose global culinary experience was impressive. Dining on lionfish and snapper ceviche, spiny lobster and steak with sticky

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toffee dessert, our palates were elevated. Beach House was definitely a place where I would like to come spend more time in the future. With a simple request, a shuttle appeared to whisk us back to Blue Haven for another restful night. The next morning while we relaxed on the balcony watched the boats go through the water ways and out to sea, we talked about our next adventure. One of the locals told me that it was whale season time where the whales pass by the island. The

excitement builds as my daughter and mom have never seen a whale before. We packed our bags and decided to head to the Alexandra Resort, where a couple of whales have been spotted just off of the beach. I press the button for the shuttle and we head to the Alexandra Resort. Pick up the April edition of Delta Style to learn more about Turks & Caicos Collection adventures. To find out more information on Blue Haven resort, visit bluehaventci.com or call 1-649946-9900 and 1-855-832-7667.

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Covers hospital care, skilled It’s important to plan ahead nursing facility care, hospice Even with Medicare coverage, and home health services. health care costs in retirement Part B: Medical Insurance. may be significant. HealthView Helps pay doctor visits, Services: 2016 Retirement Health outpatient care, lab tests, physical Care Costs Data Report leveraged therapy, medical equipment, and data from 50 million health care some home health care services. cases and found: Part C: Medicare Advantage Plans. Offered by private insurers that contract with Medicare. Part D: Prescription Drug Coverage. Provides participants with prescription drug coverage. The role of supplemental insurance Americans who enroll in Original Medicare (Parts A and B) may purchase supplemental insurance, known as a Medigap policy, to help cover costs not paid by Original Medicare, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. These policies may also cover health care costs when traveling outside the United States.

“Total projected health care premiums (Parts B, D, and supplemental insurance) for a healthy 65-year-old couple retiring this year are expected to be $288,400 in today’s dollars…If out-of-pockets such as deductibles, copays, hearing, vision, and dental are included in the calculation, expenses in today’s dollars are expected to be $377,412...” Medicare is an important benefit for retirees and it may not cover all health care costs in retirement. Talk with your financial professional about Medicare and the additional health care costs you may incur during retirement.

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A pot of gold awaits Experience the Seven Kingdoms of Ireland

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his is the month when we pay tribute to our Irish friends and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Did you know St. Patrick’s is the most popular national holiday in the

world? Think about it. Do other countries have parties and parades in honor of an American Thanksgiving Day? Other than France, who else really celebrates Bastille Day? Yet, every year, on March 17, from New York to New Zealand, people “go green.”

They drink rivers of green beer, dance in the streets, and honor Ireland’s most beloved saint! Have you ever wondered exactly why that is? I must answer that with a joke: Q: How does every Irish joke start? A: By looking over your shoulder. You see, as the joke implies, we want to celebrate with them, because there is a little Irish in all of us-- and it has absolutely nothing to do with bloodlines! Rather, according to the experts, our affinity for all-things-green basically stems from our innate desire to root for the underdog because, if you actually study history, there really is no such thing as “the luck of the Irish.”

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The irony of finding a “pot of gold” while digging for potatoes is definitely a myth, and it is certainly not one that is lost on the people of Ireland. Even the “lucky ones” who made it to America in search of a better life were disliked and treated badly. Because no one believed they were capable of doing anything, any success they had was quickly discounted and passed off as being just the “luck of the Irish.” Still, no matter how bad their lot in life, the Irish persevered. Perhaps their uncanny ability to “stick a clover in their hat” and hope for a better tomorrow was the very reason a merciful God rewarded them with such an amazing-


ly beautiful country to enjoy- for free! So, this month, as we pause to celebrate the Irish in all of us, I would like to encourage you to consider a trip to this stunning little corner of the world that overflows with amazing beauty, charm, history, and some of the hardest working and friendliest people in the world. Whether it be the green countryside, Irish whiskey, golfing, shopping or wandering sheep, Ireland is a place where a traditional culture remains alive and well. It almost seems like the modern rat race has escaped Ireland as life just seems to move at such a relaxed pace. For example, stop and ask directions on a country road, and you should be prepared for a chat. Start up a conversation in a pub, and I bet you will find yourself singing and dancing a jig into the wee hours of the morning with new friends. For Rob and me, an Irish vacation was entirely different from anything we had ever done. Even when driving on the wrong side of the road, it was easy to navigate. It really would have been possible to drive the length of Ireland in less than a day or the width of the country in just a few hours, but who would ever do such a thing? When you are in the homeland of River Dance, rolling green fields, quaint old pubs and happy little leprechauns, you should just slow down and get in step with the rhythm of the island, which is exactly what Rob and I did on our week long trip to Ireland. We chose to travel to Ireland in September when the busy tourist season was over, the daylight hours were still long, and the weather was generally mild. Of course, we knew to expect the Irish weather to be unpredictable. It is often sunshine one minute and “soft days” the next. (FYI: Soft days are what the Irish call the fine, light mist of rain that happens frequently and makes their land so green.) Overall, day time high’s were in the low 70s and the night time lows dropped

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into the mid to upper 40’s making it a perfect escape from the Louisiana heat! Our journey started in the bustling capital city of Dublin where we visited the Glansnevin Museum, saw the treasured Book of Kells, shopped around Grafton and Nassau Streets, and, of course, played in the rambunctious pub district known as Temple Bar. Since we are both travel agents at Monroe Travel Service, we felt it our duty to check out the best of Dublin before heading out to explore the Irish countryside, which instantly won our hearts. We spent long wonderful days exploring and enjoying the Emerald Island. We loved home-made scones and tea, watched dogs herd sheep, saw molten glass transformed into elaborate works of art at the House of Waterford Crystal, visited the Rock of Cashel with its dramatic hilltop hodgepodge of church ruins, roamed the medieval lanes of Kilkenny, cruised the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry, stopped at delightful fishing villages and the harbortown of Cobh — the Titanic’s last stop. We also kissed the Blar-

ney Stone of Eloquence, toured the Burren, walked the shores of Galway, and stood on the staggeringly beautiful Cliffs of Moher on a clear day while the hauntingly beautiful sound of bagpipes filled the air. “Going green” for us was a simply awesome experience, and, for that reason, as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, may I encourage you to think about visiting Ireland? If you have ever wanted to “go green,” then, why not call Monroe Travel Service and make it happen! Let us send you a free brochure on some of the fully escorted bus tours we have to sell. We also have fly-drive trips with hotel vouchers included like we did or chauffeur driven journeys as well. We sell a world of possibilities at Monroe Travel Service — and, get this, for 2017, we actually have an escorted sevenday tour created just for “Game of Thrones” fans. Since much of the “Game of Thrones” action is filmed in Northern Ireland and considering the popularity of this hit show, it should not be a surprise to anyone that this seven-day fully escorted

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tour is expected to be the #1 Best Selling New Tour in Ireland for 2017. Not only will you experience the Seven Kingdoms for yourself, but you will see the magic of Westeros and stand in some of the exact locations where the biggest moments of this popular series were filmed. This all- inclusive four-star “Game of Thrones” tour rolls out every Sunday from June-September, but on select dates, like June 11 and Sept. 3, your companion can fly free from Monroe, based on inventory availability. How appropriate the deadline for saving the green is on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, for the companion flies free offer. If you are not a “GOT” fan, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Ireland, so, in closing this month’s travel article, let me just say Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone, and please give Monroe Travel Service a call me when you are ready to “go Irish!” Dianne Newcomer is a travel agent at Monroe Travel Service, 1908 Glenmar. For all your travel needs, call 318-3233465 or visit info@monroetravel.com.


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Two pieces of the army, a general and an officer, have made the journey from their place of rest in China to Monroe where they are on permanent display standing guard just inside the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum.

armers digging a well in 1974 uncovered what is now considered one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the necropolis of the First Emperor of China and his famous Terracotta Army — a creation designed to replace the humans traditionally sacrificed and entombed with previous rulers. Two pieces of the army, a general and an officer, have made the journey from their place of rest in China to Monroe where they are on permanent display standing guard just inside the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum. The terracotta army was created for Ying Zheng (18 February 259 BC – 10 September 210 BC), a prince of the State of Qin, who was named King Zheng of Qin when he was 13 years old. He later became the first emperor of a unified China at age 38 and changed his name to Qin Shi Huang. Rather than maintain the title of "king" borne by previous rulers, Qin ruled from 220 to 210 BC as the First Emperor of the Qin dynasty. His selfinvented title "emperor" would continue to be born by Chinese rulers for the next two millennia. Soon after Emperor Qin ascended to his first throne as a 13-year old king, he began work on his mausoleum. The First Emperor intended to be buried with palaces, towers,

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Museum valuable artifacts and wondrous objects. Although previous rulers had servants, soldiers and officials sacrificed and buried with them to serve them in the afterlife, Qin ordered the creation of an army of terracotta statues to safeguard and serve him after death. He also wanted the terracotta army to be a remembrance of his triumph over the Warring States and his unification of China. First Emperor Qin did not live to see his dream fulfilled. He died in 210 B.C., four years before his Terracotta Army was completed.

The anatomy of the Terracotta Army

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The heads, arms, and torsos of the terracotta figures were molded separately and then assembled. Although it is true that every soldier is unique, there are actually only ten different faces that were used as the basic underlying models for all of the soldiers. After assembly, clay was applied to the surface of the figures so that artists could model the faces and hairdos individually. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses and vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The Terracotta Army of more than 8,000 soldiers,130 chariots with 520 horses and another 150 cavalry horses were entombed in three pits (or vaults). Other nonmilitary figures were found in other pits, including officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians. The assembled figures were originally painted with bright colors to appear as lifelike as possible. Unfortunately, after over 2,000 years of erosion and humidity, most of the figures have lost their original vivid color and now appear as dark statues with some coating of the orange earth in which they have been buried. Regardless, since every figure differs in

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Terracotta Army figures in China

facial features and expression, clothing, hairstyle, and gestures, they provide abundant and detailed artifacts for the study of the military, cultural, and economic history of their period.

Inside the vaults The first part of the Terracotta Army site to be discovered was named Vault One. In 1976, two other vaults were uncovered about 20 meters away, and were named Vault Two and Vault Three. The vaults and the army are arrayed in strict accordance with the ancient directives on the Art of War: facing east towards the ancient enemies of Qin State, with Vault One on the right flank, Vault Two on the left flank, and Vault Three as a command post at the rear.

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Vault One is the largest; about the size of an airplane hangar- containing possibly 6,000-plus terracotta figures of soldiers and horses. All soldiers and horses in Vault One are in a rectangular array with each soldier armed with a long spear, dragger or halberd. The main force of the army includes 38 horse-driven chariots. Vault Two holds four units formed in a complex battle array. There are rows of kneeling and standing archers, 83 war chariots, and mixed forces of infantry and cavalrymen. Vault Three is the smallest one. There are only 68 terracotta figures in this pit. It's obvious that Vault Three represents the command post, as all the figures are officials. Although the Army is con-

structed of terracotta, chariots and their horses that were buried nearest the tomb of Qin are made of bronze with ornamental pieces of golden and silver. The chariots are the largest pieces of ancient bronzeware ever found in the world. Most people believe that to see the terracotta soldiers, you must either travel to China, or visit one of the rare temporary exhibits where some of the Terracotta Army pieces are loaned to a select few of the world’s top museums. Louisianans and visitors to our state, however, have a less complicated choice. Two of the Terracotta Army soldiers- a general and an officer- are on permanent display in Monroe at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum.


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Fish Friday

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Joe Henry, director of tourism for Lake of the Woods, Minnesota, shows off a pair of crappie that became part of a shore lunch cooked by our guide, Dan Schmidt, from Sunset Lodge on Oak Island.

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nybody who grew up eating lunch in a school cafeteria remembers the smell of fish sticks wafting through the halls on Fridays. Originally served as a hat tip to the Lenten calendar, fish eventually escaped school menus and flopped into the mainstream of emerging culinary traditions everywhere, from fast food chains to fivestar restaurants. For many of us, fried fish remains a staple of community cookouts, church potlucks and backyard get-togethers. Meals are usually anchored with battered or breaded fish plus French fries, coleslaw or potato salad and hushpuppies.

Popular complements include hot sauce, ketchup, malt vinegar, tartar sauce, raw onion and lemon slices. In some places like Oak Island, Minn., fresh fried fish is the reward for a successful day on the water. Dan Schmidt, a green-eyed, ruddyfaced guide for Sunset Lodge on Oak Island, cooks dozens of shore lunches each year for his clients on Lake of the Woods, also known as the “Walleye Capital of the World.” The day we fished together, Dan pulled his boat to the bank of one nearly 14,000 islands on the lake. In a masterful display of organization, skill and expertise, Dan hauls his equipment to a picnic area, then scoots around for the next 15 minutes in a blur of

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West Monroe resident Scotty Heron is well-known for his patio fish fries, which he says are usually supervised by his dog, Scout.

preparation: fish cleaning and dredging, onion- and potatoslicing and oil heating. As soon as all the fish are dropped into the cast iron pot, Dan passes out plates, napkins and utensils for the finale: fresh fried fish, baked beans and home fries with a bird’s eye view of the lake. One of the best meals I’ve ever eaten! When it comes to the specifics of a local fish fry, geography influences what kind of fish ends up in the grease and what will be served with it. Crappie, a pan fish with mild flavor and light texture, are popular in many regions. In the Northeast, folks prefer breaded haddock or cod with macaroni salad. In the Midwest, beer-battered cod, perch, bluegill and walleye are often wedged next to baked

beans. In the Southeast, we’re more accustomed to cornmeal-dredged bream, catfish and bass. Near the Gulf Coast, flounder and grouper appear more frequently. Scotty Heron, a local insurance agent and avid angler, has been cooking his catch for more than 30 years. Here are his tips for a successful fish fry.

How to get started “Nobody likes soggy fish,” he admits. “To end up with a crispy fillet on the plate, you have to start with the freshest fish possible. I like use bass in the one- to 1.5-pound range. For larger fish, like catfish from the grocery store, you’ll want to cut the fillets into thin strips, figuring four fillets for each ‘normal’ adult – or as


many as 20 pieces each for really hungry guys.” After thoroughly cleaning and rinsing the fish, soaking comes next. “My daughter likes her fillets soaked in Tobasco sauce. Even though it sounds like it would be really spicy, only a hint of flavor comes through after the fish is fried. For everybody else, I put the fish in a plastic bag filled with salted water and let it soak in the refrigerator until it’s time to cook.”

Choosing and preheating oil Perfectly fried fish requires cooking at high temperature, usually 350 degrees, for which some oils work better than others. Peanut oil is the traditional go-to variety for most people, but with increased awareness of peanut

allergies, it’s good to have an alternative. Arkansas’ Riceland Foods, for instance, makes a rice bran oil specifically marketed as a fish fry oil. My friends tell me it has an even higher smoke point than peanut oil, doesn’t break down after extended use and is a clean-tasting oil that won’t interfere with delicately flavored fish like crappie. “If I’m cooking for only a few people, I use a countertop deep fryer like a Presto GranPappy,” says Heron. “I save the big fish cooker on the patio to cook for crowds, because it takes several gallons of oil.”

Seasoning and cooking the fish Opinions about fish batter are as strong as those about cornbread dressing versus

bread stuffing. At the very least, most coatings consist of cornmeal, salt and some sort of pepper. “A ready-to-use cornmeal and spice mix like Louisiana Seasoned Fish Fry is the easiest way to go,” recommends Heron. “I rub a light coating of olive oil on the fish to help the dry batter stick to the fillets. Then I drop the fillets into the hot oil – one at a time, but no more than four altogether in the small cooker, to keep them from sticking together. They generally take about five minutes to cook, but a good way to judge is to watch when they start to float, then give them another minute and a half.” Heron also recommends draining the fish uncovered on cake racks, not paper towels. “It’s important to let air circu-

late under the cooked fish so that steam doesn’t make them soggy.” No matter where you cook, remember basic safety rules for deep frying. Keep the fryer away from water, which makes grease splatter and potentially cause fire or bodily injury. Most of all, keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of an accidental flare-up. Rebecca Bingham is a Monroe native currently living in Hot Springs, Arkansas. A fulltime travel writer, Rebecca is spending a year living in a series of vacation rental properties while she writes her new book, “Finding Home: Creating Comfort in a Chaotic World.” Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @GoBrilliantly.

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Experience Counts… Robotics and the future of Total Joint Replacement Mako Robotic Total/ Partial Knee Replacement

In 2010, my partners and I at Specialists Hospital Shreveport invested in a new robotic technology: MAKOplasty- a robotic, arm assisted system for partial knee replacement and I would be the first surgeon in Louisiana to Steven Atchison, MD perform a MAKOplasty, partial knee replacement in July 2010. In 2013, Stryker Orthopedics acquired MAKOplasty and combined Stryker’s market-leading implants (US) with Mako’s proprietary robotic arm technology and began partnership with orthopedic surgeons from around the world (including myself) to create the surgical application of Mako Total knee replacement. Having performed hundreds of Mako robotic partial knee replacements, I was excited and intrigued by the MAKO Total Robotic Knee application and worked closely with Stryker Orthopedics to grow the application. In December of 2016, I was once again, Louisiana’s first surgeon to perform the Mako Robotic Total Knee at Specialists Hospital Shreveport. Total Joint Replacement has made enormous strides in the last five years and I believe Mako robotic total knee is one of its greatest. It isn’t a coincidence that Specialists Hospital Shreveport was the first hospital in Louisiana and one of the first in the United States to launch this cutting-edge technology. Being a physician owned facility that focuses on orthopedic and spine surgery, we are committed to offering our patients the most innovative advances in orthopedics and Mako robotic total knee is exactly that. The latest technology in total joint replacement is the Mako robotic- arm assisted total knee replacement. Robotic technology has been utilized for years in orthopedics, primarily focusing on partial knee replacement and hip replacement and we now have the technology to perform robotic -arm assisted knee replacement. As an orthopedic surgeon, precision and accuracy are key factors in a successful surgical outcome. Using the Mako Robotic arm assisted technology, the surgeon can better execute getting the implant in the pre-surgical plan position determined through an individualized CT (computed tomography) scan. Ideally, the MN-1000644992

more exact the implant is positioned, the better the function of the knee and the greater potential for the longevity of the implant… meaning the implant has the potential to last over a longer period of time. We have used numerous tools and instruments to insure implant placement before, but none are as precise and clear as the technology offered with the Mako robotic arm assisted robot. In my professional opinion, MAKO robotic assisted total knee replacement offers my patients a customized approach to their total knee replacement and provides the technology to insure proper implant alignment and placement intra-operatively with real-time feedback.

Any patient with osteoarthritis of the knee, that is significant enough to affect their daily activity level and function to warrant a knee replacement would be a candidate for Mako robotic total knee replacement. When a patient does come to see me and we’ve determined through x-ray and an evaluation that they are a candidate for knee replacement, and they assure me that they are ready for total knee replacement surgery, the next step is getting them scheduled. We will order labs and some preadmissions testing that need to be completed about three weeks prior to their surgery. One of those tests will be a CT (computed tomography) scan that allows us to make an individualized surgical plan that is customized to each patient. Once we obtain the CT scan, we can feed information through the robot, as to indicate the size and location of the patient’s bone, determine the size of the implant to be utilized and exactly where on the patient’s bone we will place the implant. For the most part, patients will spend one night in the hospital following their Mako Robotic-Assisted total knee replacement and be up walking just a couple of hours after surgery. While in the hospital the patient will work with the Specialists Physical Therapy team and learn exercises to promote a strong recovery at home. Patients will go home with walker and generally to progress to a cane and then walking on their own with full regain of function typically occurring with six to eight

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weeks following their surgery. Keep in mind, every patient’s recovery is their own… you get out what you put in to this surgery! Mako Robotic total knee allows for surgical excellence… you’ve got a great new knee, but you have stay focused and dedicate time to your recovery to have your very best outcome.

Steven Atchison, MD joined Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1999 and founding partner/surgeon of Specialists Hospital Shreveport since 2007. Since that time, he has led the way in positioning Specialists Hospital Shreveport as an award winning and nationally recognized facility. Specializing in in disorders of the knee and hip, Dr. Atchison was the first surgeon in Louisiana to perform the Mako robotic assisted partial knee replacement in July 2010 and went on to be the first surgeon in Louisiana and one of the first in the United States to perform the Mako robotic assisted total knee replacement in December 2016. Dr. Atchison is a consultant and educator for Stryker Orthopedics, with surgeons travelling from around the globe to learn more about Mako robotic assisted partial/ total knee replacement, as well as, the Direct Superior Approach- Hipminimally invasive hip replacement. If joint pain is affecting the quality of your life, we may be able to help. To schedule an evaluation with Dr. Atchison, please call: (866) 759.9679 or visit: specialistshospitalshreveport.com


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ach year the American Library Association honors authors and illustrators of outstanding children’s and young adult literature. These awards are considered the highest honors bestowed on authors and illustrators of books for young people and set the standard to which all authors aspire. Once a book receives this award, it is a one-way ticket to every library shelf, summer reading list, and school curriculum. Reading these listed books is the equivalent of watching the movies nominated for the Academy Awards; it allows you access to the conversation of what’s trending in popular culture and of what to expect from future curricular choices made by schools. For the complete list, please visit www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2017/01/ american-library-association-announces2017-youth-media-award-winners.

JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL FOR MOST OUTSTANDING AMERICAN CONTRIBUTION TO CHILDREN’S LITERATURE. Winner: “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill. Honor books: “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life” by Ashley Bryan, “The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog” by Adam Gidwitz, and “Wolf Hollow” written by Lauren Wolk.

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THE CALDECOTT MEDAL FOR THE MOST DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN PICTURE BOOK FOR CHILDREN. Winner: “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist JeanMichel Basquiat,” written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. Honor books: “Leave Me Alone!” illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol, “Freedom in Congo Square” illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford, “Du Iz Tak?” illustrated and written by Carson Ellis, and “They All Saw a Cat” illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel.


CORETTA SCOTT KING BOOK AWARDS FOR AFRICANAMERICAN AUTHORS OF OUTSTANDING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS. Author Winner: “March: Book Three” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, is the King Author Book winner. Illustrator Winner: “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,” illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe. Honor books: Two King Author Honor Books were selected: “As Brave as You” written by Jason Reynold and “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life” by Ashley Bryan. Three King Illustrator Honor Book were selected: “Freedom in Congo Square” illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford, “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life,” illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan, and “In Plain Sight,” illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and written by Richard Jackson.

CORETTA SCOTT KING/JOHN STEPTOE NEW TALENT AUTHOR AWARD RECOGNIZES NEW AFRICAN-AMERICAN TALENT IN THE FIELD OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE. Winner: “The Sun Is Also a Star,” written by Nicola Yoon. Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults. Winner: “March: Book Three,” created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Honor books: “Asking for It,” by Louise O’Neill, “The Passion of Dolssa,” by Julie Berry, “Scythe,” by Neal Shusterman, and “The Sun Is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon.

ROBERT F. SIBERT INFORMATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR INFORMATIONAL BOOKS FOR CHILDREN. Winner: “March: Book Three,” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. Honor books: “Giant Squid,” written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann, “Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story,” written by Caren Stelson, “Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II, written by Albert Marrin, and “We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler,” written by Russell Freedman.

SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARD FOR BOOKS THAT EMBODY AN ARTISTIC EXPRESSION OF THE DISABILITY EXPERIENCE. “Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille,” written by Jen Bryant wins the award for young children (ages 0 to 10). “As Brave as You,” written by Jason Reynolds is the winner for middle grades (ages 11-13). “When We Collided,” written by Emery Lord is the winner for teens (ages 13-18).

PURA BELPRÉ AWARDS HONOR LATINO WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS WHOSE CHILDREN’S BOOKS BEST PORTRAY, AFFIRM AND CELEBRATE THE LATINO CULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Illustrator Winner: “Lowriders to the Center of the Earth,” illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez Illustrator Honor Books: “Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist,” illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and written by Susan Wood, and “The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes,” illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh. Author Winner: “Juana & Lucas,” written by Juana Medina. Honor Book: “The Only Road,” written by Alexandra Diaz.

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