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

NEWS EXECUTIVE EDITOR Lauren de Albuquerque

CONTRIBUTORS Leslie Berman George Cline Angie Kay Dilmore Maria Alcantara Faul Jacob Fusilier Mike Louviere Mike McHugh Mary Louise Ruehr Brandon Shoumaker Karla Tullos ADVERTISING



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REGULARS 8 9 12 13 14 17 28

The Boiling Pot Hospital Round-Up The Dang Yankee Tips from Tip What’s Cookin’ Adoption Corner Sports Report


FEATURES 5 6 10 16 18 21 22 32

Dylan’s Story Decluttering Your Soul Sawdust on the Lake Le Chien Cookers Curtain Call Floors, Rugs and Carpets Spring Style 2013 Live @ the Lakefront

ENTERTAINMENT 24 30 33 37 34 41 44 46 47

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

Legal Disclaimer The views expressed by The Jambalaya News columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of The Jambalaya News, its editors or staff. The Jambalaya News is solely owned, published by The Jambalaya News, LLC, 715 Kirby Street, Lake Charles Louisiana 70601. Phone (337) 436-7800. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility of the standing of advertisers nor by the editorial contributions. The Jambalaya News cannot be held responsible for the return of unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations, even if they are sent to us accompanied by a selfaddressed envelope. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Copyright 2013 The Jambalaya News all rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without prior written permission is prohibited.

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A Note From Lauren

Good Morning? There are morning people and there are night people. I am not a morning person. I never have been. I get a second wind at night and I can keep going into the wee hours. If I want to get a good night’s rest, I have to be in bed before 10 p.m., before that second wind kicks in. I am completely mystified by people who jump out of bed at the crack of dawn, not in the least bit groggy, full of enthusiasm and good cheer, ready to start their day. I think they’re insane. I married that. Just picture it. I come in after working late and Phil is sound asleep, snoring away, completely oblivious to anything I say to him. I generally don’t say too much, because I know by now that I will never get a coherent response. The next morning, Phil has bounced out of bed at some ungodly hour, immediately wide awake. By the time my alarm goes off, he’s been up for a few hours. “Are you awake?” he’ll ask.


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Of course not, I’m barely conscious. But this is what I hear, practically every morning. “Let me know when you’re awake. I have some ideas we need talk about!” he’ll say insistently, pacing around the room. I silently pray that a cat will throw up or his phone will ring—anything to distract him so I can wake up. It takes me at least a half hour to do that. I am not exaggerating. I am so groggy when I first open my eyes that I just hit the snooze button on my alarm clock and go right back to sleep. Nine minutes later, it goes off again. When I hit snooze for the second time, I’m slowly coming back to earth. I close my eyes, but now, I’m more awake than asleep. When it goes off for the last time, I’m still not ready to face the world—or a big dose of Morning Phil. I try to keep the comforter over my head so he doesn’t see that my eyes are open. Otherwise, I will hear “Can you think yet? Let me know when you can think!” At this point, the only thing I’m thinking about is going right back to sleep.

As a child, getting out of bed was equally distressing, although I didn’t have to deal with anything remotely like Phil. But let’s face it, when you’re a kid, most of the time you have to go to school when you get out of bed, and I hated school. At least when I wake up now, I’m going somewhere that I like. Another reason for not getting out of bed when I was a child was the weather. It was cold a lot. Who wants to get out of a snug, warm bed in January? To go to school? When it’s 20 degrees? That’s adding insult to injury. I just wanted to burrow under the covers. My mother, on the other hand, was always cheerful in the morning, coaxing me to drink my hot cocoa and singing snatches of tunes as she made my lunch. I would just sit there and glare. When I went to high school, it got even worse, because I had to get up even earlier to take two trains and a bus to get to my school, which was located in an unpleasant, bluecollar city north of Boston called Everett. Public transportation would often break down in the winter, so

imagine being half-asleep on a jammed-pack train when it suddenly comes screeching to a dead halt and there you sit (or often, stand) for an hour while they try to fix the problem. The heat would sometimes fail on the older trains, and there was often a pervert or two to contend with in such cramped quarters. Ah, the memories. It’s no wonder I didn’t want to get up. Everyone has their own inner clock. In a perfect world, I would go to bed around 2 a.m. and get up at 10 a.m. and Phil would go to bed at 9 p.m. and get up at 4:30 a.m. He’s in synch with his inner clock a lot more than I am. I have to wait for the weekends to sleep late. But it’s worth the wait. There’s nothing more luxurious than going to bed on a Friday or a Saturday night, knowing that I can actually sleep in the next day. I just need to figure out a way to keep Morning Phil away from me as I wake up. Does anyone have any ideas?

– Lauren de Albuquerque TJN

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In 2008, the parents of a 5-yearold boy, whom we will call “Dylan,” came to Family & Youth. They were in need of social skills training for their child, as well as guidance and services to be able to deal with the milestones in their child’s life. Dylan, who was 4 at the time, had recently been diagnosed with Asperger’s, an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism Spectrum Disorders is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. By definition, “autism is a childhood-onset developmental disorder, defined by a triad of deficits in social reciprocity, communication and repetitive behaviors or interests, each of which can occur at different levels of severity.” According to Shantele Guidry, senior coordinator for Family & Youth’s Autism Support Alliance, “Individuals with ASD handle information in their brain differently than most people. While there are common symptoms, such as problems with social interaction, the exact nature of the symptoms vary in terms of time onset, severity and other more specific conditions.” Dylan’s family knew their only son was different from very early on. He presented genius-like characteristics, such as reading at an early age, and having very mature interests as well as a very mature vocabulary. But Dylan would sometimes cry inappropriately or respond immaturely to changes in

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his environment. By age 3, Dylan began attending daycare five days a week. Daycare workers noticed that this very bright boy tensed and rocked back and forth at loud sounds and did not interact socially with peers. He also displayed impairment in imaginative and creative play. While other kids pretended to be superheroes, Dylan would talk only to his teachers and only about his special interest, dinosaurs. After complaints from daycare workers about Dylan’s lack of attentiveness and odd behaviors, his parents brought him to professionals, who gave the diagnosis of Asperger’s.

Autism Support Alliance The Autism Support Alliance, a program of Family & Youth, promotes access and opportunities for people with ASD and their families to be fully included as participating members in their communities. In order to best achieve this, the alliance provides support; case management; family guidance; resources, consultation and training for individuals with ASD and their families; and most importantly, social skills groups and therapy. The alliance currently has seven different socialization groups - Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School, High School, Young Adult, Girls and Sibling Groups. For many families in Southwest Louisiana, Family & Youth’s Autism

Support Alliance is the first stop among a list of other services needed. The alliance provides guidance for the entire family, providing pertinent information for medical, therapeutic and educational services. It also keeps a list of current information, such as names of books, local service providers, online resources, etc., that are relevant and pertinent to ASD for families to access. In addition to the group and individual sessions for the client, the alliance also conducts sessions with siblings, grandparents and stepparents. Autism affects the whole family dynamic and parenting a child of any age. In the past two years, the alliance has conducted panels that have included young adults living with autism and parents and siblings of those affected by it. Community outreach trainings are also conducted at schools, organizations and businesses. Dylan’s mother was thinking of quitting her job to home school her son, who had obvious issues with separating from her and a great dislike for change. Through one on one socialization trainings, which entailed work on play, conversational, and friendship skills” Dylan started coping with daily social tasks. He is now a 10 and happy and

healthy, and is a “star student.” According to his parents, he still has social challenges but no longer has meltdowns before going to school in the morning. He is able to talk with peers about topics other than dinosaurs and has learned safe ways to cope with sensory issues. Education is vital for people with ASD and their families to be fully included as participating members in the community. As part of the initiatives to educate community members on the gifts and uniqueness of individuals with ASD, Nicholas Hunter, chef and owner of Harlequin Steaks & Seafood, is hosting a benefit dinner for the Autism Support Alliance. The event will take place Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at Harlequin Steaks & Seafood. The event will include a wine tasting by The Wine Store, a silent auction and live entertainment. Tickets are $150 per couple and are available at or by calling Roxanne at (337) 436-9533. As Dylan goes through his journey, Dylan’s parents are on one of their own, and now understand their child much better. They’ve embraced his uniqueness and are able to educate others on what it means for their child to have autism. TJN

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By A couple of years ago, Nicole Shuff Arabie was a wife, mother and a retail store manager. “I was extremely busy, like everyone else,” she said. “I felt like a normal woman in her early forties living her life. I was healthy and had just finished a six-week boot camp. That was a major accomplishment for me. I felt fantastic.” But on the inside, she felt something else. “I felt a pull, a yearning from deep within,” she said. “You know those big questions we all ask ourselves? ‘Who am I, really?’ ‘What is my purpose?’ Well, I received an answer in a BIG way.”

nerve blocks that made the migraine headaches go away.” But she still had many months of recovery left. She was told that by the end of the year, she would start feeling more like her old self again. “The loss of my short-term memory was the hardest to recover from,” Arabie said. “It was frustrating and depressing.” She was finally released from doctors’ care at the end of November 2011. THE CHANGE But something else was going on. “Shortly after my accident, I began feeling different,” she said. “I started feeling other people’s emotional energy. The way I describe it is sensing that someone close to you is feeling sad. Later, when you speak to that person, they confirm their sadness.” Early in 2012, while praying at the adoration chapel at her church, Arabie saw flashes of metallic and colored light that faded in and out. Then, she saw the face of a young man. “I also heard a voice tell me how he passed away, what his name was, how old he was, and how he missed and loved his family,” she said. “When I finally got off my knees, I could barely walk. I began to cry and wrote everything down. I was guided to someone who knew this young man and was able to pass along the message to his mother.” After that experience, it all really began. “I could feel physical pain or old injuries in others,” she said. “My hands began to heat up when touching people. I was told that I had healing abilities.” People began coming into her life that she believes God has sent to guide her in the right direction. And then she realized what she needed to do.

THE ACCIDENT Arabie experienced a head trauma injury while on vacation in Mexico on July 4, 2011. Since then, she has never been the same. “When I got back to the states a few days after my accident, I began feeling dizzy, with nausea and headaches,” she said. “The doctor here first ruled out a fractured skull. I was diagnosed with a concussion and was told to rest and that it would take some time to heal.” But that time kept getting longer and Arabie began experiencing memory loss. “I had to stop everything in my life,” she remembered. “Weeks went by. I couldn't eat, sleep, work, take care of my family. I just wanted to be alone in the dark, to be quiet and still. Everything else caused me pain.” She was finally diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome, which is historically called shell shock. It is a set of symptoms that may continue for weeks, months, or even a year or more after a concussion or a mild form of traumatic brain injury. Arabie began going to The Concussion Center in Houston, relieved to finally begin to understand what was going on. “I saw a neurologist and a neuropsychologist that helped me recover physically,” she said. “I went through many tests and Nicole Shuff eventually received two occipital PAGE 6

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TO KNOW, TO LOVE AND TO SERVE “I am now at peace and know without a doubt that this is what God has called me to know, love, and serve,” she said. “I try and help people understand the whole life/death process so they may get back on the road to recovery faster so as not to waste this wonderful life we have Volume 4 • Issue 24

been given. And the gift to reunite those who have crossed over to those still in life is a beautiful experience.” Arabie calls what she is doing “decluttering your soul.” “It's all about your heart and what's happened to it along your soul's journey through life,” she said. “I believe that we all have been given a purpose in our lives. Sometimes, things beyond our control prevent us from finding that purpose. We aren't suppose to be weighed down by all of those things our entire life. The positive changes that I have seen and heard from clients and people that I encounter are so inspiring. I am blessed beyond words to have been given these gifts to help others heal from within.” As a psychic medium, she is clairvoyant, clairaudient, and clairsentient, which means she sees, hears, and knows information for her clients. Arabie’s personal experiences have made her compassionate and understanding in her sessions, especially in relating to how her clients may be feeling. “The messages that I am given to pass on to my clients help them to heal within,” she said. “I help them see the changes that might need to be addressed in their lives.” Sessions can provide comfort, peace, healing, closure, and sometimes even joy and laughter. A client’s questions may be answered, and fears dissolved.

be. It hasn't been easy. I want to thank my family and friends for supporting and loving me along this new journey I call my life.” Arabie said that God's messengers communicate with all of us at some point in our lives. “Most of the time, we are all just too busy to hear, see or feel what the messages are,” she pointed out. “I wasn't paying attention to my messages. I wouldn't slow down. I was running away from my life. My accident wasn't an accident at all. It was a gift from God to wake up and see the beauty and love in my life and others. “What is important is what comes from the heart, not what one professes with their lips. Love in action is what lasts. The more we live in love, the closer we are to God.” To book a session or other services with Nicole Arabie, call (337) 540-6573 and leave a message indicating several dates/times that work for you. You will hear back by phone with available dates and times. You can also go to her Facebook page at!/DeclutteringYourSoul. Both in-person readings or phone/skype readings are available. TJN

A NEW PERSON A practicing Catholic, Arabie attends St. Raphael's Catholic Church. “I have met with two priests and discussed my gifts with them,” she said. “Having those discussions helped me to center myself and better understand what it is that I am being called to do. And I recently made my ‘Cursillo’ in Opelousas—an experience that was beyond words.” She also regularly meets with a spiritual director. As a wife, mother, daughter and friend, Arabie is no longer the person she was before the accident. “At first I was dealing with my experiences alone and just trying to figure out what was happening to me,” she said. “My interests, hobbies, likes and dislikes began to change; at times I was moody and distant and my personality seemed different. It was hard at first for my family to understand. I may look the same on the outside, but on the inside, I’m not the same person that I used to

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KHALID TAHA ANNOUNCES RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL Republican Khalid Taha has announced his run for City Council in District G. A resident of Lake Charles for 30 years, he is a senior analytical chemist at Axiall (PPG), graduating from McNeese State University with Bachelor and a Master of Science degrees in Chemistry. He is a member of numerous local and national organizations, including the National Khalid Taha Rifle Association and the SWLA Tea Party and regularly attends Lake Charles City Council and Downtown Development meetings. A emergency responder with the Calcasieu Medical Reserve Corp., Khalid volunteers at Abraham’s Tent and coached the Imperial Calcasieu Soccer Club for 12 years. He and his wife Hanadi are the parents of three teenagers who attend local public schools. For more information, go to

DELTA DOWNS DONATES TO FAMILY & YOUTH Family & Youth accepted a donation from Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel of $12,500 in support of Family & Youth’s recent Dinner at Mi CASA hosted by Ted and Trudy Mayeux. Dinner at Mi CASA is a fundraising event in support of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the abused and neglected children they serve. The Celebrity Chefs, Delta Downs culinary team, created an outstanding meal. The next Mi Casa dinner will be held on April 21 at the home of Sam and Denise Hebert. For tickets, call 436-9533. PAGE 8

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EVAN MORRIS TO LOUISIANA COLLEGE Sam Houston High School athlete, Evan Morris, has agreed to play soccer for Louisiana College. Morris is a two time all-District Selection and State Nominee in soccer. The 6’-4” 200-lb. Morris will be joining Coach Prince Borde’s Wildcats for the 2013 fall soccer season. Morris is also a 1st team all-district 3-5A football selection at punter for the 2012 season as well as the current district 3-5A 110 meter hurdle champion. Morris plans to study business marketing.

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CITGO DONATES TO BANNERS The 2013 McNeese State University Banners Cultural Series includes 20 events this season and is annually supported by donations from area corporate sponsors. Citgo has donated Dana Keel, left, Citgo Lake Charles, presents the donation to $20,000 for this year’s Banners Patricia Prudhomme, director, Banners Cultural Series. Series. FOX29/CW7 ANNOUNCES HEATHER IEYOUB AS NEWS DIRECTOR FOX29/CW7 is excited to announce Heather Ieyoub as news director. Ieyoub is a graduate of McNeese State University. She was a fitness and health reporter for “That Morning Show” and host of “On the Air” on FOX29. Ieyoub is the anchor of FOX29 News EXPRESS at noon. She was crowned Mrs. Louisiana in 2005 and sits on the board of various organizations and nonprofits. She is married to Lake Charles City Councilman John Ieyoub and they have three children. For more information, visit

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BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL SOUTHEAST TOURISM TOP 20 EVENT The Southeast Tourism Society recently honored the Black Heritage Festival as a Top 20 Event for the first quarter of 2013. Held March 8-10, the festival brings together the cultures of Africa and Southwest Louisiana, and brings out Volume 4 • Issue 24

the best in our community. The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau is a member of STS, an organization that promotes travel to and within the southeastern part of the United States. The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others. The combined circulation of organizations using the publication is well into the millions. The potential media coverage of these events has made the Top 20 Events list a coveted honor.

colorful Mardi Gras masks. Amanda Stephens at Knight Media Inc. was the winner of the Adult Division with an imaginative float featuring knights in a tower defeating a fire breathing dragon. Winners received $50 and a plaque. TJN

MG SHOEBOX FLOAT CONTEST PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNERS The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau recently held a community-wide Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest. Those entering ranged from school groups, clubs and organizations, professional divisions and residents of all ages. Visitors to the Welcome Center and fans on the Visit Lake Charles Facebook page had the opportunity to vote on their favorite in the Children and Adult Divisions all month for the People’s Choice awards. For the Children’s Division, Ms. Donaldson’s class from J.I. Watson Middle School dazzled visitors with three shimmering shoebox floats that showcased a variety of

Prien Lake Park. Anyone interested in starting a company or family team can sign up at This is the 75th anniversary for the March of Dimes and the walk will include a big birthday celebration for the organization. Call Community Director, Martha Grant at (337) 233-8476 for more information. CHRISTUS ST. PATRICK HOSPITAL HOSTS FREE FOOT SCREENING CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital will hold a free foot screening on Saturday, March 23, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Center for Advanced Wound Healing located at the back entrance of the hospital on Lillian St. Dr. Tyson Green, medical director for the Center for Advanced Wound Healing, and Dr. John Pourciau are the participating physicians. Foot screenings can prevent foot problems. If you have poor circulation, nerve damage, previous foot ulcers, high blood sugar levels, skin changes, deformities, shoes that don’t fit correctly or frequently walk barefoot, this screening is for you. The free foot screening is by appointment only and appointments are limited. To register, call 491-7577.

CHRISTUS LOUISIANA MEDICAL CLUB HOLDS GRAND OPENING CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club-Lake Charles, at 4429 Nelson Road, held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony recently, celebrating with Mayor Randy Roach, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital administrators, Athletic Club staff, and city officials and members. CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club-Lake Charles offers experienced trainers and instructors, fitness classes for every fitness level and interest, cardio and weight equipment, free childcare and more. The facility is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 5 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Stop by the CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club to receive a free seven-day pass. For more information, call (337) 474-6601 or visit HEALTHY WOMAN EVENT AT WCCH MARCH 7 Women & Children's Hospital will also host their next free Healthy Woman event on Thurs., March 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Lake Charles Country Club located at 3350 Country Club Drive. Board-certified cardiologist Thomas Mulhearn IV, MD will discuss the topic of “Women and Heart Disease.” Attendees will learn about individual risk factors for heart disease and methods to reduce those risks. Free blood pressure and BMI screenings will be offered. Anyone interested in attending this event or in joining Healthy Woman should register at or call Lisa Guerrero at 337-475-4064. Door prizes and refreshments will be provided. WCCH PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR MARCH FOR BABIES WALK Women & Children's Hospital is a presenting sponsor for the 2013 Lake Charles March for Babies Walk, which will be held on Saturday, April 20 at Volume 4 • Issue 24

SIBLING CLASS AT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Recommended during the last three months of pregnancy, this class focuses on the unity of the family. Older siblings ages 2-10 are asked to attend with one or both parents. The children will have hands-on practice with dolls to learn how to interact with a new baby. Parents will receive informative guidelines, and all with tour the mother/baby unit. It will be held on March 18 from 6-7 p.m. at Memorial for Women, 1900 Gauthier Rd. The cost is $10 per family. To register, call (337) 480-7243.


CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Regional Cancer Center has received a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor, during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program. In addition a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards. TJN MARCH 7, 2013



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Watching a sunset from the boardwalk on the shore of Lake Charles, it is not hard to understand why the first settlers were attracted to our area. Imagine how it all must have looked in the early part of the 19th century, when the land was in its natural state, with thousands of acres of virgin cypress and pine timber and the western shore of the great lake almost begging to become home to the settlers. The lakeshore was beautiful, but there was another big attraction: the timber. All a man had to do was take a crosscut saw and an axe and drop a few large trees, trim them with the axe, shape them with an adze and fit them together—and there was a fine cabin. Other settlers came into the area, establishing a need for more timber to be processed into lumber and for more building, over and above log cabins. A town was being established. In 1817, one of the first men to arrive was Jacob Ryan. Originally from Georgia, he had initially settled in Vermillion Parish, but eventually moved to the lake, claiming 160 acres on the east shore. As oth-


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ers moved into the area and the demand for lumber increased, Ryan established one of the first sawmills in the region. Since the mill was on the lakefront, it was in a perfect location to land the logs that were rafted from the river above the lake. There were a few small sawmills below the lake, and a town named Marion had been established as the Parish seat. But there was not much growth in Marion, and it was soon discovered that mill operations in the developing lakeside town would be more profitable. There was some opposition to moving the Parish seat to the new town, but Ryan and Samuel A. Kirby offered to donate the site for the courthouse. The opposition was overcome, and the citizens of Marion agreed to the move. In 1852, the courthouse was loaded onto a barge and towed to the shore. The name given to the new Parish seat was Charlestown. It was later changed to Lake Charles. In 1855, Captain Daniel Goos arrived in Lake Charles. Goos saw the importance and profit in sawmills and decided to establish one himself. He installed an upright saw that cut the timber into slabs. The bark was still attached to the sides; carpenters could remove it when the time came. The Goos lumber brought in $18 in gold per thousand feet. Since the only way to reach the outside world was by water, Goos also established his own fleet of schooners.

Powell Sawmill, 1926 As Goos built his mill and increased capacity, Ryan was increasing his profits as well. And new millers were coming into the area, such as W.B. Norris. In 1866, Norris built his mill on the river where it runs by the northwest corner of Lake Charles. It is now called Norris Point. His first mill was small, but in 1872, he replaced it with a large double mill, running two large circular saws. Fire was the bane of sawmills and his mill burned in 1873. He immediately replaced it, but the newer mill burned in 1878. Undeterred, he replaced it with an even larger mill. Norris was the first man on the Calcasieu River to install a planer and to use a

band saw. A.J. Perkins had been a timber buyer for Goos, but decided to enter the sawmill business for himself. In 1870, he partnered with a man named Miller and built on the west bank of the lake. They bought logs from the C and V Railroad, which supplied them with 500 logs per day. Lumber was the backbone of the new town. Money was being made, there were jobs to be had by anyone wanting to work, and the town expanded with new businesses and homes. Around 1900, a fire in the woods north of town burned for six weeks before a rain came and finally put out the blaze. Later, nature gave the sawmillers a boost

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bust, but by the late 1920s, the demand for lumber declined and finished prices were dropping. Shipbuilding was going from wood to steel and then, the stock market collapsed. One by one, the great mills stopped production and closed. By the middle of the 1930s, they were all gone. Today, there are still some small mills in our region. The great forests of pine and cypress are gone, but the millers go where the timber is and supply the demand. The timber barons are only memories, but the results of

their work are still in evidence around Lake Charles. There are streets and neighborhoods named for them, and their monuments are in our cemeteries. The most lasting tributes to those glory days of timber and lumber may be the fine old homes around Lake Charles, such as the historic Charpentier District. (Charpentier means “carpenter” in French.) The district was admitted to the National Historic Register in 1990. The architectural style is so unique that it is called “Lake Charles Architecture.”TJN

Daniel Goos Mill Employees, 1890 when a flood caused a two-yearold log jam on the Whiskey Chitto Creek to break. This released about 200,000 logs that were snagged by the lumbermen. In 1904, lumber prices dropped, forcing Samuel Kirby to close seven mills of the Kirby Lumber Company. In 1918, a great storm caused $1 million worth of damage to Lake Charles’ mills, destroying seven. A large number of houses

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were ruined and the Union Sulphur Company suffered over $3 million in damages. But lumber remained the principal industry of the area in spite of these setbacks. There were 28 mills around Lake Charles and up and down the river. They processed pine and cypress and produced lumber, shingles, siding, and even millwork such as doors, windows, and trim. The boom did not become a

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By Mike McHugh

‘Til Fatal Error Do Us Part When my wife and I exchanged vows, I must have missed the part where the priest asked me to promise that I’d maintain all of her electronic devices. He must have muttered it under his breath at some point, as agreed between the two of them beforehand. There’s a lesson here—don’t treat your marriage vows the same way you do the terms of use when you’re installing new computer software. My wife holds me to the agreement, despite the fact that I have no aptitude whatsoever when it comes to gadgetry. You’re looking

at somebody who almost electrocuted himself changing the smoke alarm battery. Her latest call to the Clod Squad was a case in point. My mission was to figure out why she couldn’t open the program that she uses to balance the checkbook. As a first step, I tried to convince her that there was no need to balance the checkbook. Couldn’t I just run to the convenience store and buy a sixpack on the debit card, thus verifying that we have a positive balance? She wasn’t buying it, so it was off to step two.

This step involved trying to run the offending program myself. That resulted in the following message: “Fatal Application Error in stack 0f47c3b.” I recognized this last term as being in hexadecimal—a language that computers converse in. It’s related to legalese in that it’s indecipherable to most carbonbased life forms. Next, I tried a restart. Restarting solves many computer issues, and it’s a good thing, because it’s all I’ve got in my tech-service bag of tricks. That and a crowbar, which looked like it might come into play after the restart failed. I knew to try one more thing before applying a heavy physical object to the problem. It’s something I learned from watching the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which represents the extent of my technical training. I would simply wipe the memory clear from the offending computer and re-install everything from scratch. It’s an elegant solution; one that many parents wish could be applied with similar ease to their teenage children. This solution requires one to locate the original discs that came with the computer, plus those for all of the application software. In our house, this meant that it was time for a scavenger hunt, but in this case, it would have been easier for me to round up a currency note from Romania, a bus ticket from Biloxi to Opelousas, and an original 45 rpm single of “Puppy Love” by the Osmonds. That wasn’t going to be happening. My wife, in her youth, was more of a Partridge Family groupie. So, it was time to call in the big guns, or, failing that, the PC maker’s technical support line. Upon doing so, the first thing I learned from the

helpful support person was that the warranty I’d bought with the PC, one I was still paying for in a bajillion low, easy installments, had just recently expired. But not to worry, he explained in surprisingly passable English, at times slipping into what sounded to be hexadecimal. I could extend the warranty over the phone by simply adding another bajillion low, easy installments to the original term. I quickly agreed to this, accepting it as something that my great-grandchildren would just have to deal with. “All we will need, sir,” he said, “are the original CDs that came with your PC.” At this point, I wished I’d known a few choice swear words in hexadecimal. Still, he offered to send me replacements, and my wife was just going to have to wait a few days to balance the checkbook. The CDs that I received failed to install, prompting another call to the friendly technical support person. He put me on hold, during which I was treated to what sounded like a Lawrence Welk rendition of “Smoke On The Water” for my listening pleasure. He returned to give me his unequivocal diagnosis—a defective optical drive. I marveled at how he could figure this out over the phone, wishing that my cable company could do the same, rather than have me wait at home between the hours of 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a technician to show up. The bad news was that, according to the terms of use that I’d evidently agreed to, the optical drive was not covered as part of the justrenewed warranty. Yes, I fought the computer, and the computer won. Maybe I’ll have better luck this time with the smoke alarm battery. TJN

Register Now for the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation Run with the Nuns Charity Event CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation is revving up for the third annual Run with the Nuns Motorcycle Ride and Charity Event, which will take place on Saturday, March 16, at presenting sponsor L'Auberge Casino Resort at 9 a.m. The pre-registration deadline is Friday, March 8. Registration is $30 for each driver and $20 for each passenger and includes an event T-shirt for registration by deadline, lunch, medal and door prize ticket. The ride will depart L'Auberge Casino Resort at 9:30 a.m. and will make its way on a 117-mile scenic route through Southwest Louisiana along the Creole Nature Trail. There will also be a rice and gravy cook-off during the event. The entry fee is $150 per team and includes meat, rice and water for cooking. For more information or to register, visit PAGE 12

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By George “Tip” Cline

HANDS OFF OUR MONEY! Anytime the politicos want more of your hard-earned dollars for some badly needed (in their opinion) additional taxes, they threaten that the most dire consequences will occur if they don‘t get the approval to get their hands on your money. It is always the most favored programs that they rant, whine and complain will be cut. They rarely mention the stuff that no one but a “special interest” few care about that probably should be eliminated. Funny how things work out when they don’t get their tax increases. Those programs that were suppose to be devastated seem to survive just fine, because the politicians know their reelection depends upon the electorate being satisfied with their actions. If they allowed the most favored programs to be eliminated, then they, too, will be eliminated. We do need our infrastructure, but we have gone a long way in expanding the purview of the functions of government. Remember, they claim that there is never enough spending on new and expanding programs, so there is always the endless need to get more of your money so they can spend it better than you can spend it. CONSUMERS DUPED AGAIN There is currently a series of Volume 4 • Issue 24

placed on the shelf for sale. The stores for this survey are: Albertsons, Country Club Road; Market Basket, Lake Street; Kroger, McNeese Street and Walmart, Nelson Road. As you can see, Market Basket did not carry some of the ingredients— including the main one! Corned Beef Brisket, flat cut, per pound: Albertsons, $3.99; Market Basket, none; Kroger, $2.99; Walmart, $3.88.

Guinness Draught, 11.2 ounce bottle, 6-pack: Albertsons, $9.49; Market Basket, (none); Kroger, $8.99; Walmart, $8.92. Cabbage, fresh, per pound: Albertsons, $.69; Market Basket, $.49; Kroger, $.58; Walmart, $.50. Potatoes, white, per pound: Albertsons, $.50; Market Basket, $1.19; Kroger, $.98; Walmart, $.98. TJN

lawsuits against Anheuser-Busch, the brewer of Budweiser and other beers, for dilution of the alcohol content in some of their products. The lawsuits have been filed in California, Pennsylvania and other states based on whistleblower information from some former employees, including ones that were holders of high-level plant positions. These allegations occurred after the merger of AnheuserBusch with the Belgium alcohol giant InBev. This all comes to light after the producers of Maker’s Mark bourbon tried to lessen the alcohol content of their product. They did a hasty about face after consumer reaction was so vastly negative. It is not hard to remember when 84 proof was the standard for most whiskeys, which was then changed to 80 proof in the name of consumers wanting a “lighter” product. As if you couldn’t add more mix to your cocktail on your own! Is it so hard to be open and honest with your customers these days? SUPERMARKET ROUNDUP We are approaching St. Patrick’s Day, another fun holiday with its own well-established menu of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. In this issue, we price a flat cut corned beef brisket (the packaged kind for boiling or roasting), fresh cabbage, white potatoes and Guinness genuine draft beer to cook everything in (an Irish method). These items were priced on Wednesday, February 27, and reflect the posted prices where the products were MARCH 7, 2013


What’s Cookin’ The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc.’s Timeless Cookbook Marshes to Mansions is a coffee-table quality cookbook with over 250 recipes and 90 sidebars with helpful cooking tips and interesting information about people, places and events throughout Lake Charles history. It was published in 2007 following the success of the Junior League of Lake Charles’ first cookbook, Pirate’s Pantry. Many assume that the beautiful cover was digitally created, but the magic was actually made in a local marsh with a real chandelier suspended from a crane! The cover is just as unique as Louisiana’s culture. The cookbook provides a range of recipes from cocktails to desserts and everything in between. Plus, it caters to all types of cooks— from novice to expert. Many recipes such as Parmesan Puffs and Celebration Crawfish Casserole are also marked as “Make Ahead.” So, even those of you with the busiest lifestyles can deliciously entertain friends and family with ease! The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. collects the proceeds from their fundraisers


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(Marshes to Mansions, Mistletoe & Moss Holiday Market, and Leaguers & Links Golf Tournament) and returns them to the community through their year-round projects and grants. The sale of JUST ONE cookbook helps the JLLC provide dental kits to 50 local pediatric patients. So, know that when you purchase your award-winning copy, you are helping to enrich the lives of families in this community. Marshes to Mansions makes a fabulous housewarming or wedding gift! It is available year-round at and can be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. It retails for $28.95 plus tax, but visit their website often for specials, recipes and tips of the month. Plus, their Facebook friends enjoy great recipe demonstrations and updates. Many local retailers also support the JLLC by carrying Marshes to Mansions in their fine stores. During the year, you can find volunteers hosting tastings at various special events. Your taste buds will thank you—so don’t miss it! The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc.’s

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mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Lake Charles has been “Serving, Strengthening, Sustaining the Community” for nearly 80 years! Learn more about their 80 years of service, current community projects, and upcoming events online at or call (337) 4334025. You can also find them on Facebook. The following recipe is a Louisiana favorite, and is found on page 40 in Marshes to Mansions. It’s a great side dish!

Save the Date! The Jambalaya News Person of the Year Award Dinner April 4 Save the date! The Jambalaya News will honor Sylvia Chaves Stelly at a dinner to be held in her honor on April 4, 2013 at the Chateau du Calcasieu at 932 Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles. Tickets will be will be sold to this gala event, with the proceeds going to the charity of Mrs. Stelly’s choice. For ticket information, call (337) 4367800, ext. 105. TJN

Maque Choux INGREDIENTS • 6 ears fresh corn • 2 tablespoons butter • ½ cup chopped yellow onions • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper • ½ cup (10 oz.) can tomatoes w/green chiles • ¼ teaspoon salt • Dash Tabasco sauce PREPARATION Hold the ears of corn upright in a bowl and run the tip of a small knife down the kernels and then scrape the kernels from the cob into the bowl. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook for 15 minutes. Stir in the corn, tomatoes with green chiles, salt and Tabasco sauce; reduce the heat. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes and serve hot.

Serves 12-14. Enjoy!


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By Rhonda


establish a Southwest Louisiana chapter to hold DOGs and raise interest in this outdoor activity. “Our Le Chien Cookers chapter name comes from Dwayne’s experience with Cajun French,” Hebert explained, laughing. “Chien is French for dog. We don’t cook dog, but rather, we hold DOGs.” At the last DOG in February, about half of the member families gathered at Sam Houston Jones State Park in Camp Area 2 to take part in a day of cooking, sharing, and fun. February’s theme was Wild Game. Cookers cleaned out their freezers or went to the grocery store and brought their version of “hunted” food to prepare. The dishes, iron pots, and outdoor cooking styles varied. As curious attendees roamed from station to station, the cooks happily talked about their dishes and the cooking set-up and techniques they use. Lorraine LeBleu, assisted by her daughters Kaitlyn and Allison, is the newest member. Her dishes for the day were a Le Chien Cookers gathering at chicken and Sam Houston Jones State Park sausage jambalaya

“Good folks gathering for great food and great fun!” is the motto of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society Southwest Louisiana Le Chien Cookers. Members gather on the fourth Saturday of every month to cook over coals using iron pots. The meetings are open to anyone with an interest in learning about this cooking method. Randy Hebert of Sulphur and Dwayne Lejeune of Jennings are the co-sponsors of the local chapter, which started about two years ago. Both attended a national Dutch Oven Gathering (DOG) at Lake Bistineau in 2010 where they met and became friends. Bill Ryan, president of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, encouraged them to


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and peach cobbler. One daughter helped start the fire under the large iron pots while mom organized the ingredients and got ready to cook. At a nearby cook-site, LeBleu’s brother, David Booth, was slowly roasting “Dave’s Dizzy Chicken.” A chicken was suspended on a metal coat hanger from Booth’s black iron tripod, with a piece of foil bent around the top of the bird to reflect the light and hold some heat. From time to time, the chicken was swatted so it would rotate around the fire and become “dizzy.” “It’s called the Dingle Fan Technique,” Booth explained as he stirred a nearby oblong cast iron dish that contained root vegetables. “In pioneer days, the cooks would have used a twig instead of a coat hanger and a bandana rather than foil as their cooking tools.” So how did Booth and his sister get involved in this unique way of cooking?, “My dad used to cook outside when we camped,” he said. “Most of the pots are his and it’s a

way to continue a family tradition that gets you outside and talking.” Many families were doing just that. Father and son Bert and Don Maxfield were helping out a Dequincy couple, Ruby and Hershel Frazier, with their specialties of the day. The Fraziers’ buttermilk biscuits were baking in a skillet that Hershel had augmented by adding a long handle. Squirrel jambalaya was simmering in the pot right next to the biscuits on their waist-high table. “We’ve been doing this for about five months and enjoy every minute of the sharing that goes on,” Ruby said. “Everybody can’t wait to get one of those biscuits when we gather to eat around noon,” Hershel added. Don Richard of Longville prepared paella while his sister Janie Broussard of Moss Bluff kept him company. Richard had a captive Volume 4 • Issue 24

audience as he added his colorful ingredients that included pork sausage, green and black olives, tomatillos, and cactus. On-lookers Fran and Byron Stroud from Elton were mesmerized by the techniques and the creative ingredients. “I brought my husband Marshall and mom Mildred so we could see what this was all about,”

Shepherd’s Pie said Sarah Miller. “We enjoy outside cooking at home and wanted to find out about joining the group. We brought our lawn chairs and are making a day of it.” Mildred’s dog Pixie got to come along and was sniffing the air, tak-

ing in the delicious aromas. Across the way, co-sponsor Hebert was busy making dishes in stacked iron pots. Stacking the pots enables him to utilize the heat from a ring of coals on top of one pot and under the bottom of another. He explained the Dinwiddle Ring Method of Temperature Control that uses a certain amount of charcoal briquettes to maintain a constant temperature. The number of briquettes needed depends on the size of the Dutch oven used and the cooking temperature desired. Hebert gets creative when naming his dishes. His offerings of the day included Deer in a Corn Field (a ring of corn on the cob with deer sausage sizzling in the center), Deer-licious (deer sausage with a mixture of savory vegetables), and Mississippi Swamp Cake (a dump cobbler combining coconut, pecans, chocolate cake mix, and cherry pie filling).

Seeing and smelling all the delicious camp-style cooking builds up an appetite. When the food is ready, usually around noon, Le Chien Cookers and guests gather in a common area where the food is placed on serving tables. This is called the Cast Iron Buffet. Along with digging into the day’s feast, members discuss the day’s cooking techniques, and share recipes. Many onlookers pay their $10 membership dues at this time and start planning their dishes for the next month’s gathering. The next DOG is the Second Annual Jambalaya Cook Off for the Hungry. The gathering will be held on Sat., March 23 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Camp Area 2 inside Sam Houston State Jones Park. This DOG will have the added benefit of donating money to a local organization that feeds people daily. A suggested donation of $5 will get an individual an armband that will allow you to sample all the jambalayas prepared that day. You will also be able to cast

Cajun Corn Chowder your vote for the People’s Choice Award for the best jambalaya. The Open Door Biker Church will receive the donations raised this year at the March 23 DOG. “We wanted to acknowledge the meals prepared and served from their recently built dining hall,” Hebert explained. For more information, contact Lejeune at (337) 302-5025 or Hebert at (337) 912-9294. The group can also be found on Facebook at or visit TJN


Little Hope! Little Hope is full of hope that she will have a home of her own soon. This sweet little girl, who loves people and playing with toys, is about a year old and is full of personality. She is full grown and weighs less than 9 pounds. She is a small package with a huge amount of love to give. An "inside only" girl, she is waiting for her person(s) to find her. She is FIVnegative, spayed, has had all her Volume 4 • Issue 24

shots, and is ready to go! She is currently in foster care. For more information or to arrange a meeting with Little Hope, call (337) 478-7294 or email us at You can meet many of the animals looking for forever homes at PetSmart on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m.. If you wish to meet a specific pet, please let us know in advance so that we can make arrangements for that animal to be there. Hurry, Little Hope is waiting! TJN MARCH 7, 2013


By Lauren de Albuquerque Want to give your home a fresh look this spring? New curtains and window treatments will definitely bring a welcome change to your living space. Curtains add to the beauty of the room and are as important to the finished design as art and wall color. They can totally transform a dull window into a dramatic showstopper. But finding the right curtains here in Lake Charles is easier said than done. “When I started in this business, I realized how difficult it was to find curtains here,” said Denise Miller of Affordable Elegance Home Décor and Furniture. “The main problem is Dupioni silk (apple green)


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with the length. There are plenty of standard lengths, but if you want more than 108 inches, you’re in trouble. You won’t be able to find them in the chain department or home goods stores.” And what if you want a standard length, but would prefer a unique fabric and style? “Custom curtains are the way to go,” she said. “You’ll get exactly what you are looking for. Custom companies carry all the standard lengths, but in a wide array of colors and materials. Silk, sheers, linens, velvet—if you want it, they have it. You don’t have to settle for what you see in the stores.” Custom means better quality, too. For example, Miller works with a company that double lines their silk curtains. “The curtains are lined and inner lined,” she said. “If you need a curtain to block out the sun, the inner lining is like a room darkener--and it also gives body to the curtains.” Miller sells a lot of Dupioni curtains.

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Dupioni is a top-of-the-line silk that has an advantage over some other types of silks in that it tends to resist wrinkles. “Not only is it a wonderful material, it also hangs beautifully,” she said. She pointed out that curtain rods are just as important as your curtains. “I work with companies that create custom curtain rods that are decorative and most of all, unique,” she said. “The perfect curtain rod completes your window treatment.” What’s interesting is that nowadays, curtains are used as more of a decoration than function. “Nowadays, most people don’t even close their curtains at night,” Miller said. “They really use curtains for their ability to soften the room, adding color and life.” Affordable Elegance, 925 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601. (337) 377-6616. Like them on Facebook! TJN

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Lewis Grizzard quite eloquently describes springtime as “the land awakening” and March winds as the “the morning yawn.” What a beautiful picture this creates. Why not create the same beautiful picture in your home? Lindsay Dubrock of Details Designs suggests that this spring, cordially invite the great outdoors in. “Open your windows and let the scent of fresh flowers waft through the air,” she said. “Clear your canvas and de-clutter the business of the previous year.” Start afresh with an Eden-like bouquet of flowers next to the bed. There is nothing more inviting! “Paint!” she continued. “Find a color that simply makes you feel bubbly and introduce it to one wall. If it’s bright, good for you! Balance it with earth tones. Keep your fabrics natural and your design classic. You’ll be the talk of the neighborhood!” Is your color calming and neutral? Keep it that way. “Utilize earth’s bounty by introducing the soft petals of a budding bunch of peonies tied together with a strand

of mossy twine in a clear vase,” Lindsay suggested. “Bring in a linen sofa and place a cane end table next to it. This is pure perfection!” Spring is a time of new beginnings, so begin again this year with a new outlook and remember this Bern Williams quote, “The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day He created Spring.” Details Design LLC is located at 4711 Common St., in Lake Charles. Call (337) 513-9694, or visit their website at TJN

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Home Wreckers Pests That Can Do Damage

Your home is probably your costliest investment, yet its strength and value can be compromised by something millions of times smaller. Pests such as ants, termites and mice can invade every nook and cranny. “For health and safety, it’s important for homeowners to watch out for pests,” said J.J. Cooley, manager with J&J Exterminating in DeRidder. Cooley gives a list of common pests that can cause serious damage to homes. • Termites. They cause more damage to homes than any other pest. Termites eat wood, insulation and other household items. “Every home is at risk for termite infestation,” Cooley said. • Carpenter Ants. These big, black ants are usually seen in kitchens and bathrooms because they tunnel into wood that is moist as they make their way around your home, damaging it as they go. • Carpenter Bees. These big bees are easy to see as they tunnel through exposed, unfinished wood, leaving gaps in siding and exterior wood. • Mice. “A mouse or a rat tops the list for the most unwanted pest in a home,” said Cooley. They’ll gnaw on virtually anything, including electrical wiring, insulation, human food, pet food and paper. “These pests can enter your home through almost any opening or crack, spreading diseases like salmonella and contaminating surfaces,” he said. “Consistent pest control will provide protection. If you’re experiencing problems with pests, or to avoid future problems, talk with a pest control professional. It will provide protection for your home and your health.”


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Floors, Rugs and Carpets It’s time for spring cleaning! Let’s start from the bottom—your flooring! WOOD FLOOR CARE Isn’t it nice to see a shiny, clean wood floor? Are you having problems keeping yours up? The following tips should help: • Sweep often with a soft, fine bristle broom. • Vacuum once or twice a week to remove dirt and sand. Use a soft brush attachment to minimize scratching. • Since water is one of a wood floor’s worst enemies, get rid of water immediately. Remove wet spills as soon as possible with soft towels or a wet/dry vacuum, then dry thoroughly. • Use a very dry damp mop when mopping polyurethaned wood floors, since excess water can seep into seams and ruin a wood floor. • Consider using carpet runners (with non-skid pads) over wood floors in high traffic areas. • Vacuum area rugs and runners often so dirt doesn't filter down through the weave and scratch the wood underneath. • If possible, do not wear heavy shoes or high heels on hardwood floors, as some heels can cause dents. • Never drag furniture or other objects across a wood floor. Instead, clean the floor thoroughly to remove dust and grit, then use "gliding" furniture pads underneath the piece to aid sliding it across the floor. • Place floor mats at each entrance so you don't track in dirt from the bottoms of shoes. • Follow manufacturer recommendations to treat flooring scratches and dents.

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• Use furniture pads under table and chair legs and on the feet of dressers and armoires. They can be purchased at a local hardware store or home center. • Some floors may require periodic waxing and buffing. Get recommen dations from the manufacturer for the specific procedures for your floor. The keys to keeping your wood floors looking new are to avoid oversanding, use trivets or saucers under plants to avoid water damage, use furniture protectors to avoid scratches, and damp-mop once a week with a mild soap like Murphy Oil Soap. CLEANING YOUR CARPET To keep carpets looking nice, take off your shoes when you get home — but leave your socks on since walking around in bare feet leaves natural oils that attract dirt. Try to vacuum every day and use a top-load vacuum, so the dirt falls inward, and HEPA filters. Change the filters often, so you don't blow pollutants back into the air. For less-trafficked areas, you can get away with cleaning the carpets once or twice a year, and every 18 months for a bedroom. For higher-traffic areas, the most often you'd need to bring in professionals would be three or four times a year, although once you see that your carpet is dirty, you probably should have it cleaned for health reasons. CARING FOR YOUR AREA RUGS The experts say that you should clean your area rugs every four or five years — or every 10 years if a rug is not walked on much. Overcleaning contributes to wear and tear. Really fine silk rugs should be cleaned only every 20 or 30 years. To treat stains yourself, keep a bottle of club soda on hand. Stains caused by pets, coffee, orange soda, red wine, and anything with dye or an acid base are the hardest to remove, and the key is to act quickly. Pour club soda directly onto the area, let the soda absorb into the yarn, and the salt in the soda will neutralize the acid. Blot again and again, until the residue is gone. For bloodstains, use milk instead. For soil and grease-based stains, mix 1 part Ivory soap detergent with 16 parts water. If you still see residue when it dries, you need to call an expert.


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Don’t be a Fashion Victim By Lauren de Albuquerque

Although it’s pretty chilly as of this writing, it’s March and that means spring! Thank God. Time to get rid of all those heavy, blah winter jackets, boots and sweaters, and swing into spring! And lucky us, we enjoy early springs and latearriving winters in SWLA, so there’s more time to wear those fabulous warm-weather fashions. My wardrobe is probably 90 percent summer. I don’t even own a sweater! There are lots of new, fun styles out there. But they’re not for everyone. Don’t just wear something simply because it’s “in.” We’re all built differently, and what looks good on a model (or your best friend) may not necessarily look good on you. The key is to use your head, not your heart, when clothes-shopping. Unfortunately, most of us use our heart, with often disastrous results. According to those in the know, Bermuda shorts are in. Remember them? They’ve been in, they’ve been out, and I guess they’re back in again. And considering that there are so many fashion victims out there,


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Bermuda shorts are actually flattering to most figures—unless, of course, they’re worn several sizes too small. Which seems to be something that a lot of women do. I’m not sure why. Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors, among others, introduced bold stripes in their Spring 2013 collections. Stripes are fun. Just remember that vertical stripes make you look thinner, and horizontal stripes make you look heavier. And wide, bold stripes will overpower a small person. Oh, dear. Diane Von Furstenberg and BCBG are pushing “peek-a-boo” dresses and separates. If you have a great figure, this trend is for you, but of course, we know that everyone will be jumping on this bandwagon. But the good news is that there are all kinds of options for this look, so you can either show a little or a lot and still be stylish. Just use your head, please! Ruffles will be popular this season. Remember, it’s all about proportion. If you’re small, big ruffles will swallow you up. If you’re heavy, big ruffles will make you look heavier. So

tone down the ruffles. There are so many variations on the ruffle look that all of us are bound to find some flattering pieces. Put away your clunky platform shoes. Low-heeled, pointy shoes reminiscent of the 90s are coming back. This is actually good news for the fashion victim, since, let’s face it, those big shoes only look decent on young women. Nothing will ever replace heels (especially if you’re short), but low-heeled shoes are easy on the back, easy to walk in—and everyone looks good wearing them! I think the bottom line is that we all have to take a good look in the mirror. Know what flatters your figure, and what doesn’t. Know when you need a larger or a smaller size. The term “muffin top” was coined when women with excess tummy fat squeezed themselves into low riding jeans, which only look good on women with flat stomachs. It wasn’t a compliment. Clearly, these gals sacrificed their looks for style. You don’t have to do that. Happy spring fashion hunting!


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Five Fashion Tips If you want to look your best, make sure you follow these five fashion tips:

Hem your pants for a particular shoe height. So many women wear pants that aren’t the right length for their shoes. It’s a big mistake, and can ruin your whole look. To fix this, hem to either heels OR flats—you can’t have it both ways. Generally, hems should just graze the tops of your shoes and be from 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch off the floor. Fix scuffed shoes with nail polish. Did you know that you can extend the life of your favorite shoes by using nail polish in the same color as your shoes to cover up any nicks or scratches? Just make sure the colors match! Consider the care before you buy. Before you buy anything, try to determine if you can take care of it. Are you really going to hand-wash that beaded shirt? Will those delicate skirt hold up after a few washings? Get a good tailor. So many of us don’t make the effort to have our clothing altered to fit our shape. Good tailoring raises the quality of moderately priced clothes. It’s important to build a relationship with a tailor or dressmaker. Have an emergency kit that includes: • Double-stick tape for loose hems • Tide To Go eraser pen for getting wine off whites • Safety pins • Lint brush or roller • Makeup sponge for removing deodorant stains TJN

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The studio at the Lake Charles Civic Ballet buzzes with activity. Ballerinas in pale pink tights, black leotards, and silky ribboned pointe shoes stretch, plié and pirouette. A young man warms up his legs with exercises at the barre. Principal dancers try on costumes. Younger

dancers frolic and giggle. And then, Lady Holly starts the music. The dancers immediately take their places and begin the serious business of rehearsal.

The building pulses with high energy as the dancers enthusiastically prepare for their new upcoming performance of Assemblé 2013 on March 16-17 at the Civic Center’s Rosa Hart Theater. Assemblé (pronounced a•sahn•BLAY) is a French ballet term meaning “to come together.” It’s an athletic jump in which a dancer’s feet or legs are brought together in the air and the dancer lands on both feet. The name perfectly describes the goal of LCCB – to collaborate and bring together many different facets of the Southwest Louisiana arts community. In addition to classical ballet, the show includes various other dances, live vocal and instrumental performers, and visual arts. The “coming together” of this performance includes local talent along with professional artists from Austin and New York City. “We are blessed to be in a position as an arts organization to provide this production to the community,” said Donita Helms, LCCB Board

President. “Assemblé 2013 promises to reach across the bounds of ballet and dance to fuse together a wide range of talent in our local artistic community.” BRINGING THE ARTS COMMUNITY TOGETHER The vibrant arts community in Southwest Louisiana is a vital thread in the tapestry of our local culture. Local arts organizations realize that in order to not merely survive but to thrive, they must work hand in hand. In last year’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, LCCB collaborated with the Lake Charles Symphony, bringing together two distinct arts organizations to create a fantastic show for their patrons. That production was the impetus for LCCB’s current direction. The community applauded their efforts with such a positive response that LCCB board members made a decision to expound on the notion of collaboration between the arts and aptly named the 2013 production Assemblé. For this current production, LCCB sought out the talents of many local artists to both accompany the dancers onstage as well as work behind the scenes to ensure Assemblé 2013 is another resounding success. Several of their local guest musicians teach at McNeese State University. Dr. Judy Adams Hand is Associate Professor of Flute at

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Gabrielle Saucier, Principal

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Adrian Durham McNeese and is currently principal flute in both the Lake Charles Symphony and the Rapides Symphony in Alexandria, Louisiana. Highly recognized pianists Lina Morita and Dr. Christy Vogt-Corley join percussionists Lonny Benoit and Michael Royer along with the dancers for a breathtaking West Side Story number. Popular bass-baritone vocalist Dr. Bret Smithey teaches voice at McNeese. Nine local young men (Travis Stegall, Colten Miller, Gage Stewart, Thomas Vogel, Austin Clark, David Crawford, Ian Everage, Kaman Ange, Gabe Guillory, Jonathan Rutherford and Adam Richard), most of whom had no prior dance training, volunteered to join the LCCB dancers for “Graduation Ball” and West Side Story, two Assemblé 2013 pieces.

Katelyn Chargois, Michael Royer (percussion), Christy Corley (piano), Lina Morita (piano), Graceanne LaCombe, Lonny Benoit (percussion), Ashley Eaves

And the collaboration doesn’t stop with musicians and extra guest dancers. Long-time LCCB technical director Fred Stark provides his talents for props, backdrops, settings and lighting. Local visual artist Kevin Leveque’s artwork serves as backdrops for the “Dancing Through the Ages” number. Local graphic artist Kathleen Higgins designed the programs. The exciting photography of Danley Romero brings ads and print articles to life. All these artists have come together to create a brand new exciting theater experience. “This is not solely about LCCB presenting its dancers onstage,” explained Lady Holly Hathaway Kaough, artistic director of LCCB. “What is so incredible about an event like this is that every point of the production is touched by artistry.” The

Lake Charles Civic Ballet plans to carry on this cooperative model of fusing art forms together into future LCCB productions. PROFESSIONAL DANCE ARTISTS LEND THEIR TALENT Adding to the collaborative nature of this spectacular show, LCCB is thrilled to bring well-known professional dance talent to their studio and stage. Billy Ward is a former member of the New York City Opera Ballet. Amanda Edge has danced around the world and now appears on Broadway in Phantom of the Opera. Daniel Ulbricht is a soloist and principal

dancer with the prestigious New York City Ballet. Libby Lovejoy teaches dance internationally and comes to us from Austin, Texas, as does Joel Sanchez. Lake Charles native Damien Thibodeaux has an impressive dancing history. These guest artists are all busy professionals, and yet they have taken the time to come to Lake Charles to instruct and perform with the LCCB.

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Lovejoy eagerly returns to her roots. “LCCB has been a part of my life since I was in the 8th grade and LCCB began,” she said. “I was a charter member and have enjoyed many, many years of training, performing, choreographing and performing with LCCB. I simply could not pass on an opportunity to perform again with the company. Lady Holly and all the dancers have been wonderful to work with. I can't wait until performance time rolls around!” Ward also hails from Lake Charles. “I return to Lake Charles because it's my home, and I love coming home. It reinvigorates my creativity. I come home to work, to be onstage, to see my family, and to share my 33 years of experience in New York with everyone in Lake Charles.” ASSEMBLÉ 2013 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS This year’s LCCB presentation includes many different styles of dance, various composers, musicians, and vocalists. “What I love about this show is that there’s so much variety!” Lady Holly said. In “Graduation Ball,” a comedic ballet set to the music of Johann Strauss II, the cotillion celebrates the graduating classes of a military academy and a girls’ finishing school. The story revolves around a love triangle, a hidden romance between the headmaster and headmistress, and a girl who can’t seem to get anything right. Adults and children alike will revel in the humor as each situation develops and builds to a grand finale and the sorrowful parting of the ladies and cadets. Libby Lovejoy dances the role of the headmistress, partnering with Damien Thibodeaux as the headmaster. Billy Ward and Joel Sanchez will perform in this

piece, as well as the troupe of young men from the community. Also featured are principal dancers Julia Basone, Annabelle Bang, and Gabrielle Saucier. Several months ago, Christy Corley suggested to Lady Holly that it might be fun to create a collaboration of West Side Story numbers. Billy Ward and Amanda Edge had already begun staging excerpts from Bernstein’s classic musical during last year’s LCCB Summer Intensive. Some things are simply meant to be! In this thrilling selection, dancers hang up their pointe shoes and stretch their abilities into the world of musical theater. Ward, who portrays Tony, soloist Adrian Durham, and the young men are featured in this piece. Soloist Graceanne LaCombe plays the role of Maria. Travis Stegall performs the role of the officer and sings the poignant song “Somewhere.” Lina Morita and Corley’s dueling pianos join Lonny Benoit and Michael Royer’s sharp percussive sounds to provide the perfect accompaniment for the Jets and Sharks in this timeless love story. The Fable is an original LCCB ballet choreographed by Lady Holly with music composed especially for this piece by the late Keith Gates. The company first performed this piece in 1998 as part of a collaboration with the Lake Charles Symphony and is based on the tale of the blind men and the elephant. Each dancer portrays a blind man and senses the elephant in a different way – by its trunk, tusks, skin,

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tail, or ears. “Only through multiple perspectives do we understand the truth,” Lady Holly explained. Local musicians accompanying the dancers onstage in “The Fable” include flutist Judy Hand, percussionist Lonny Benoit, and Hugo Alfred Doege on bassoon. Lovejoy returned to the LCCB dance studio to stage excerpts from Swan Lake, a renowned ballet choreographed by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Principal dancer Katelyn Chargois stars in the “Black Swan” solo and Sanchez joins soloist Grace Helms in the “White Swan Pas de Deux” (a pas de deux is French for a type of ballet duet). In the “Trepak” piece, Bret Smithey sings a somber and hauntingly beautiful poem. Dancing to brand new choreography by Lady Holly, principal dancer Ashley Eaves portrays Death as a beautiful seductress who lures a man, played by Durham, into eternal repose. Arthur Fiedler’s “Dancing Through the Ages” is a perfect selection for the youngest members of the LCCB. The audience will take a musical stroll down memory lane as they witness everything from the Tango and Cha-Cha to the Jitterbug and Twist. In true assemblé fashion, local visual artist Kevin Leveque has provided some of his original artwork as backdrops in representing the

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various styles of music and dance. Assemblé 2013 will move and entertain young and old, whether you are already fans of ballet and or are new to the art form. Don’t miss this one-of-akind entertainment experience. You can purchase tickets at; the Lake Charles Civic Center box office (491-1432) or on the LCCB website, www. Tickets prices are $26.50 for preferred seating and $16.50 for general seating. Show times are March 16, 7 p.m. and March 17, 3 p.m. Lake Charles Civic Ballet has grown over the past years through generous community sponsorships. “Without the support of the community in all aspects -- ticket sales, sponsorships, in-kind donations, grants, volunteers, and of course, our artistic directors and artists -- none of this would be possible,” said LCCB Board President Donita Helms. “We are blessed that our community supports the arts.” The Lake Charles Civic Ballet is supported by grants from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts, City of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, and Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau as administered by the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. TJN

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ker n Shouma o d n a r B y B

Death, Taxes, and Southwest Louisiana Girls Basketball The maxim goes something like this: the sun is hot, water is wet, and Southwest Louisiana girls basketball teams win championships. This year is no different. Once again, the area’s girls bas-


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ketball teams have set a powerful example of postseason excellence for other local sports teams, wielding a virtual stranglehold on the late rounds of the playoffs. This year, the area has five semifinalists and at least one likely state champion (either Fairview or Lacassine in Class B). And this year, compared to the past several, would be considered a “down year.” If you look at the numbers, the area’s dominance over the state’s girls basketball postseason is staggering. Since 2003, Southwest Louisiana girls basketball teams have racked up

a total of 53 semifinals appearances, 23 state finals appearances, and 12 state championships. In fact, the only season that saw the area without a state champion in the past decade was 2006, a year that saw only two local semifinalists. Compare that to the 2011 season, which saw half of the local semifinalists win state championships (Jennings, Fairview, and Starks). On the other hand, local boys basketball teams suffered greatly this season, producing just one semifinalist (Anacoco) which, should the Indians lose to No. 3-

seed Simsboro, I suppose will save the local media on gas money traveling up to Monroe for the championship round. Since 2003, Southwest Louisiana has had just five championship appearances and two state champions (Lake Charles-Boston, now defunct, and Pitkin --- both in 2004). Certainly, the area has produced some great individual basketball talent on the boys side like Martin Zeno and Chip Armelin at Sulphur, Leonard Washington at Washington-Marion, and Troy Aaron at St. Louis. But, for whatever reason, local boys teams just

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haven’t been able to put together many deep playoff runs nor win many trophies. Maybe there’s more parity in boys basketball than in the girls sport. I don’t know. Regardless, there is still plenty for local basketball fans to celebrate as the girls playoffs enter championship week. The marquee local matchup will likely be in Class B as, assuming both teams win in the semifinals, one-loss and top-seeded Lacassine will take small-school behemoth No. 2 Fairview (also with just the one loss) in a rematch of the 2007, 2008 and 2012 Class B championships. Fairview won last year’s game 70-64, making it six state championships in a row. The Class B bracket is literally full of local talent as three of the four semifinalists in the classification this year comes from Southwest Louisiana. Lacassine played fourth-seeded Hathaway, also no stranger to late-postseason basketball, in the first semifinal pairing while Fairview took on three-seed Florien (which could almost be considered local, the school being located just inside Sabine Parish). This year Fairview, coached by Kyle Jinks, is led by the trio of Meghan Cooley, Natasha Morvant, and Carlee West. The Lady Panthers’ (42-1) only loss this season came to Class 4A DeRidder 6867 at the St. Louis Tournament back in early December. Since that time, Fairview has defeated Class 5A Natchitoches Central (which plays Sulphur in the 5A semifinals), destroyed Class 4A semifinalist St. Thomas More by 25 points, and has averaged 100.6 points per game over the past five games. So, nice knowing you Florien. On the other side of the bracket, Lacassine’s (38-1) lone defeat came at the hands of, ironically enough, DeRidder. That was a 4338 loss at the Westlake tournament in November. Since then, the Lady Cardinals have hit their stride, racking up win after win under head coach Eddie Michalko. Lacassine has turned up the volume on its defense in the past few weeks, not allowing an opponent to score more than 40 points in a game since Jan. 29. Led by Hayley Guidry and Abbie Melanson, Lacassine looks like a tall task for

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anyone in their way. In the semifinals, that anyone would be the Hathaway Lady Hornets. This is Hathaway’s fourth appearance in the state semis in the past five years and, led by Hannah Miller and Jessica Breaux, the Lady Hornets are looking to make their first trip to the championship game since 2011. Hathaway has been on a roll of late also, its only losses this calendar year coming against Fairview and district foe Lacassine. In Class 5A, Sulphur overcame Ouachita’s 6-foot-4 Kevione Moton to advance to the semifinals to play second-seeded Natchitoches Central. The Lady Tors (28-3) have had a stellar year under veteran head coach Helen LeFevre, losing only to St. Thomas More and (who else) DeRidder. Sulphur hasn’t lost since the day after Christmas, a 15game winning streak led by Hannah and Ally Cupit. Pickering is the area’s 2A representative in the semifinals. Led by Sami Thomas, the Lady Devils haven’t lost since Dec. 18, a 65-51 defeat to (none other than) DeRidder. Pickering bounced back, finally overcame the curse of Ville Platte in the quarterfinals, and will now take on second-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas in a rematch of last year’s regional round game, a one-point Pickering win. It might be a little far-fetched, but the area’s dominance of girls basketball doesn’t look to end anytime soon. Teams like Fairview and Lacassine just continue to reload and will compete for championships for years to come. It’s almost to the point where you could edit the old saying to, “Death, taxes, and Southwest Louisiana girls basketball.” Sounds pretty good to me. Brandon Shoumaker is a graduate of McNeese State University and has covered sports for more than a decade for various publications. Brandon Shoumaker Coaches or parents with story tips or comments may contact Brandon at or send him a message on Twitter (@bshoumaker).


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By Mary Louise Ruehr

Murder, They Wrote Reading about murder — real or imagined — can be engrossing, thought-provoking, and even unsettling, but it is hardly ever dull. True-crime fans will appreciate Murder at the Supreme Court: Lethal Crimes and Landmark Cases by Martin Clancy and Tim O’Brien. The authors describe “the difficult road the Court has set for itself in allowing states to go forward with capital punishment,” citing actual Supreme


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Court cases in which the justices examined verdicts and sentences involving murder and other “horrendous crimes.” Among other things, the Court has had to consider mitigating circumstances (such as childhood abuse), cruel and unusual punishment, race, mental incapacity, punishment of juveniles, ineffective counsel, and the death penalty, including forms of execution. For some questions, there are

no easy answers: What exactly is cruel and unusual punishment? When should the death penalty be used? (The two accepted social purposes of the death penalty are retribution and deterrence.) Of the 15 cases cited by the authors, 10 split the Court 5-4. There’s a lot of death in this book. For each case, the participants are introduced, the crime is described, and the trial is recalled, along with the verdict and any appeals. If the condemned person is executed, that’s described. The book includes some disturbing photographs and, indeed, disturbing text, particularly in scenes of crimes and executions. For those who want even more, the authors offer links to videos on their website. The Supreme Court decisions are told in understandable language. In fact, there’s surprisingly little legalese. It makes an interesting read. On the fiction shelf, there’s plenty of fodder for crime buffs. The Nightmare by Lars Kepler (the pseudonym of a Swedish husband-and-wife writing team) is part of the recent invasion of Scandinavian

crime novels. And it’s powerful. A young woman is found dead on a yacht drifting near an island. She was drowned; her hair is wet, but her clothes are still dry. How is this possible? An older man is found hanged in his apartment, an apparent suicide. But there’s no ladder, no chair for him to have stepped up on. How could this be? Are these two deaths somehow related? Call in the very clever Detective Inspector Yoona Linna, who solves crimes by brilliance and intuition. Linna is a fascinating character, and he’s joined by several major female characters. I don’t normalVolume 4 • Issue 24

ly like chase scenes, but when the good guys are being pursued by a professional killer, the edge-ofyour-seat action is intense and well written. The thriller is really long (528 pages), and it has a great deal of violence — pretty gruesome stuff, including the killing of innocents — that makes no sense until the end. Yet oddly, the book also has musical themes that serve as a counterpoint to all the barbarity. Adult language and situations. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny is the eighth in her “Inspector Gamache” series. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his protégé, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, are assigned to investigate a murder in the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entreles-Loups, located in a remote area of

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northern Quebec. The monks live a cloistered and silent life, not allowed to speak, but all chosen for the monastery as singers of the sacred Gregorian chants. (The holy chants are called “the beautiful mystery.”) The monks have even made a recording of the chants that has become a surprising hit and has sold quite well. What would lead one of these quiet, contemplative monks to brutally murder one of their own? The police inspectors are the first nonmonks to enter the monastery in 400 years. And yet, they are followed almost immediately by their superintendent. Why? And why is the Vatican involved?

The members of the police investigation team have their own issues, separate from the crime. At one point, the police misinterpreted a clue so badly that I kept yelling at the book: “No, you’ve got it wrong! It doesn’t mean that!” But of course, they finally got it. The story is multi-layered, haunting and thought-provoking. And in the end, it’s just sad. Bad Little Falls by Paul Doiron is set in Maine in the middle of winter. Game warden Mike Bowditch has been assigned to a remote post near the Canadian border, where his superiors believe he can’t possibly get into any more trouble. Ha! When a man is found buried in the snow following a blizzard, it

turns out he was murdered. In his investigation of the crime, Mike finds himself drawn to a beautiful but troubled young woman with a complicated home life. And somebody has targeted Mike with eerie threats. Are they practical jokes? warnings? or something even more dire? The third in Doiron’s “Mike Bowditch” mystery series features eccentric characters and more eccentric weather, which is itself a major character in this mostly outdoor adventure-mystery. The tense manhunt in the snowy woods is compelling. The three novels are all available from Macmillan Audio. Copyright © 2013 by Mary Louise Ruehr. TJN

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Dance Company and Odyssey Salon. An eclectic mix of local artists will make up an art market, including Candice Alexander, Danny Allain, Ben Von Duke, Karen Drott, Mischelle S. Jasken, and Benita Corley, among many others. Local restaurants, including Pujo Street Café, Bonté Creperie, Sha Sha’s of Creole, Botsky’s Hotdogs, and Luna Bar & Grill will offer signature dishes. March 8’s kickoff concert and his brother Andre is sponsored by Isle of Capri Michot (Cajun accordion Casino Hotel and will bring and lap steel guitar). The local jazz and R&B favorite band grew to include Cavan City Heat to the stage with Carruth (electric guitar) and the Barbe High School Show Paul Etheredge (drums). Choir as its opener. City They have performed tradiHeat’s repertoire of music tional and predominantly spans jazz, R&B, soul, funk, City Heat acoustic Cajun music across and pop, and is led by local the world. Their latest Lumpkin, and Mike Chavez, the jazz legend and music educaalbum Mammoth Waltz Mobsters got their start in Lake tion advocate Chester Daigle (2012) features performanc- Charles but are soon to become resi(piano) with DeWayne John Guidroz es by actress Scarlett dents of Austin. Simmons (vocals) and James Johansson (Lost in The Arts Council will sell Coke, Bill (drums). Translation, the Avengers) and Rock wine, bottled water, and Budweiser The Barbe Show Choir, and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. and Miller products with all beverage composed entirely of Barbe John. sales benefitting the arts in Southwest students, will open up the Southwest Louisiana native John Louisiana. No pets or outside food or evening with an impressive Guidroz has spent the last several ice chests are allowed. In case of range of pop and rock hits. months promoting inclement Local musician and educator his first full-length weather, Live @ Lochness Chris Miller directs the show Mobsters album Yesterday's the Lakefront choir. News. Released in will take place March 15’s concert is September, the inside the Civic sponsored by IBERIABANK album's eight songs Center. and will feature the GRAMshowcase his Other major MY-nominated Cajun band unique and powersupport for Live Lost Bayou Ramblers and Photo: Daniel Castro ful vocal skills, a @ the Lakefront local musician John Guidroz. keen sense of melody, and clever is provided by Southwest Beverage, The Lost Bayou Ramblers was lyrics. He will perform with his full Beverage Sales, Knight Media formed deep in South band on March 15. Printing, The Jambalaya News, The Louisiana in 1999 by Louis Ashes of Babylon and the American Press, the Lake Michot (fiddle and vocals) Lochness Mobsters will close out the Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors concert series on March 22. The perBureau, Stine Lumber, Parker Brand formances are sponsored by Tobacco Creative, Townsquare Media, CocaFree Living, Martin Insulation, and Cola, Republic National, Redfish Go Green SWLA. Rental, Lagniappe, Thrive, Digikast, Ashes of Babylon is a unique roots Shearman Media, and KPLC-TV. reggae group from Lake Charles and To find out more information, visit now based in Austin. Ashes brings an original style of music with a blend of or call (337) 439-2787. TJN jazz, R&B, and funk, all while keeping a solid roots reggae Lost Bayou core. Their high-energy harRamblers monies and horns spice up their unique brand of selfdescribed "Louisiana Reggae.” Local rock trio Lochness Mobsters has played a tasteful mix of surf and upbeat garage rock since 2008. Consisting of Taylor Lumpkin, Brooks Photo: Chris Brennan

Are you ready to rock the lake? Last year, the first-ever Live @ the Lakefront concert series took the lakefront by storm with three Fridays of live music performances, and it’s almost that time for the second round to begin. The Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Productions have come together to continue this innovative concert series that celebrates the homegrown talent of Southwest Louisiana’s diverse array of bands and musicians. “Our area’s music scene has a strong pulse,” said Erica McCreedy, executive director of the Arts Council. “Live @ the Lakefront is one more way to generate excitement over the great cross-section of live music we have in the region while drawing people to the beautiful lakefront.” All three concerts will take place from 6-10 p.m. directly behind the Civic Center on the Lakefront Promenade, and the event will also have an array of artisanal vendors, including Goober Folk Art and Grove Street Press, along with interactive demonstrations by local potter Rex Alexander, the International

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By Jacob Fusilier The Mardi Gras SWLA, Inc. Gumbo Extravaganza Walking up to the back of the Civic Center, the smells of freshly made roux, cracklings, boudin, pork rinds, along with cut green onions engulf my senses and immediately send me into Cajun food euphoria. Not only is my mouth watering, but visually, there is so much to take in. The walls of the Exhibition Center are decorated with krewe names and their themes for 2013. The krewes are not simply cooking and preparing food; they’re engulfing the room with the most wonderful and electric spirit of Mardi Gras. While Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush play their great music, people are dancing and having a good time while the krewes are getting ready to cheer as they wait for the Spirit Stick of Mardi Gras to come their way. If they show enough enthusiasm, they might have the chance to be called the most spirited krewe at the Royal Gala in a few days. With every minute closer to 11 a.m., the line to get in becomes longer, eventually extending outside and wrapping around the door heading to the parking lot. I decide to walk to the back where the judges are sitting with empty bellies, eager to see the first of many bowls of gumbo. Not a moment later, the first start to arrive. The judges closely examine the gumbo before they take their first bite. Their excitement is obvious and I can tell they’re ready for the many more bowls to come. Knowing the line outside is steadily growing, I slip away and head for the main event area to secure a cup of my first choice. To my surprise, lines are forming and people are beginning to indulge. It has begun! I started with a rabbit, duck, and deer sausage, then onto several other wild game gumbos. After I got my fix of wild game, I was on to chicken and sausage. There was dark roux, light roux, some with boiled eggs and some with eggs cracked in the gumbo, ones that used parsley and ones that used green onion. Many bowls of gumbo Volume 4 • Issue 24

later, I was stuffed, yet satisfied. There were so many different interpretations of this most popular local favorite. The contestants were full of spirit, the food was delicious, and the crowd was energized. Seventeen years ago, in a parking lot with only one canopy tent, their trucks and cooking equipment, several men began a friendly gumbo cook-off between buddies. Years later, with the help of Mardi Gras SWLA, Inc. and the Civic Center, the Lake Charles “Gumbo Extravaganza” has become not only bigger than ever, but also one of my favorite events of the year. This year’s extravaganza racked up a record amount of entries. There were 46 (with three contestants from Texas), along with the best turnout of the general public yet. I will be sure to be there for the years to come. Amateur Chicken & Sausage

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People’s Choice: Krewe of the Good Times Best Decorated Booth: Krewe of the Marsh Most Spirited Non-Krewe: Pour Boys Most Spirited Krewe: Krewe of the Good Times

FOOD FACT It is said that gumbo is an example of the melting-pot nature of Louisiana cooking. The name derives from a West African word for okra, suggesting that gumbo was originally made with okra. The use of filé (dried and ground sassafras leaves) was a contribution of the Choctaws and possibly, other local tribes. Roux has its origin in French cuisine meaning red, redhead, ginger, or reddish-brown color. Questions, comments, concerns? Email TJN MARCH 7, 2013





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Escape From Planet Earth (2013, The Weinstein Company) Finally, for 2013, a movie that you can bring your family to. Escape From Planet Earth was created by the same folks that brought you Despicable Me. While this movie isn’t as sophisticated as Despicable, it’s a good one to see if you have youngsters. We start out on the planet Ba’ab

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(pronounced “Bob”) with a species of cute blue-skinned aliens with baby bald heads and wisps of ears. Gary Supernova is the commander of mission control for a company that explores alien planets. His brother, Scorch, is the famous astronaut who does the exploring. Naturally, Scorch also gets the attention of the media, the masses, and Gary’s young son, Kip. Mom: “Oh relax. He's excited. Besides, what could Scorch possibly give your son that you can't?” Scorch: [on TV] “I dedicate this planet to my nephew Kip.” Kip: “I got my own planet! Awesome!” Mom: “Okay, that's pretty hard to top.” This is a family movie, appropriately about a family. About time. In a series of events, Scorch gets trapped on the mysterious Dark Planet, an alien world from which no one has ever returned. I’m sure you won’t be shocked to discover that the Dark Planet is third from our own sun. Yes, this is the planet we call Earth.

How in the world does Scorch get trapped? Why would our planet be so hostile to aliens? Who will save Scorch? Fortunately, the answers to these questions are so simple that even your six-year-old already has them figured out. But even if Escape From Planet Earth isn’t high cinema, it is something we haven’t seen for awhile: a family movie that most of the family should enjoy. Even with a plot simple enough for five-year-olds, there are cultural references about Area 51 that Grandma will enjoy. And like the sound volume in the theater we were in, the humor is fast-paced but always seems throttled back. This keeps it from being frantic, like so many animated movies. Keeping with its even, balanced approach, the movie is not overtly slow, emotional, or message-laden. Yes, Earthlings come across as the bad guys in Escape, but largely because of a villain who wants to take over the galaxy. (Admit it, the kids already had that one figured out.) On our visit, the theatre was populated mainly with parents and their children ages 5-10. I have never heard a more quiet, attentive group of chil-

dren at the movies. The animation was superb in a clean, plastic sort of way. Scorch and Gary’s interaction, in fact the whole script, was well written. As far as I could tell, no one gets killed in the movie, and the violence is confined to dart guns and ship crashes. Even the bad guys have parachutes that let us know they are safe when their ships go down. There are a few surprises in the plot, as far as what the aliens do on earth. It’s unexpected and sarcastic, like Men In Black, but in a completely different way. And the theme of the geek overcoming obstacles is one that’s been played to death, but here the tone is just right for a family film. I was pleasantly surprised by the choices for voices in this film. Without giving it away, I’ll say that they are almost all actors you’ve heard of, but not the ones you think they are. A 3D version of the movie is also out, but Escape From Planet Earth really didn’t need it, especially for the younger kids. Bottom line – If you’re expecting a movie like Up, Wall-E, or even Despicable Me, this isn’t it. But those little space cadets that you bring along should love it. TJN


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BAYOU PLAYERS PRESENTS ALMOST MAINE McNeese State University Theatre’s Bayou Players brought Almost Maine to the stage recently. In this play, the characters find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways in a town that doesn’t quite exist. A great performance by an excellent cast!

Mathew Oliver, Christian Rodriguez and Jericka LeBleu

Sean Hinchee and Hannah Philley

Dalynn and Dawnee Mhire

Darby Shope and Ethan Ellender

Brandon LaFleur and Megan Voorhies

Senaida and Jim Ortiz

Nicole Neal and Kelsie Nordber

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CHILDREN’S THEATRE SLEEPING BEAUTY The Children’s Theatre presented the magic of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty at Central School in downtown Lake Charles. Director Kerry A. Onxley was thrilled with the full house and standing ovation performance. This classic is always a treat for young and old. Bravo to this cast of talented characters! Brooklyn Martin and Tarya Flowers

Hannah Davis, Gabrila Quinones and Nadia Marrero

Lena Ziehe, Hannah McManus and Luisa Ziehe

Darrell Hayes, Jacob Guillory and Vega Hayes

Wendy and Brooke Miles

Alexis and Danae Wilkins

LCLT PRESENTS FENCES The Lake Charles’ Little Theatre is now in it’s 86th year! They recently brought August Wilson’s Fences to the stage. It takes place in 1957 Pittsburgh, during a time when African Americans were experiencing a slow yet overdue change. This Tony Award-winning, thoughtprovoking play was truthful, passionate, authentic and moving. Another hit for the Little Theatre! Evelyn Smith, Linda Woolford and Anna Leger

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BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE The Bowl for Kids Sake at Petro Bowl is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lake Charles’ biggest fundraiser— and what fun it was! A large crowd of supporting sponsors, teams, families and friends all came out to bowl for the kids. Everyone enjoyed the T-shirt and costume contest, and prizes were awarded to the top money raisers. A “Big” time was had by all!

TJN Imonie Gray, Payton Fruge, Sandi Jackson and Precious Gene

Michelle Doucet, Gabriel Brown and Sheila Guillory

John Dugas, Jill Key, Ed Porda, Roy Malone, Melanie Hinton and Trey Thomas

Jaide Tower, Allison Rosteete, Brooke Beteeze and Jackie Hebert

Caleb and Isabelle Waldmeier

Kari Kellogg, Devon Hebert and Tess Carrier

Jody Fawvor, Alicia Allee and Broch Smith

Monique Latchison, Carita Johnson and Jessica Hayes

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BEATS AND EATS MARCH 8 Volunteers of America will hold its Beats & Eats fundraiser on Fri., March 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Treasures of Marilyn’s in Lake Charles. The casual event will feature a dinner buffet and dancing. Products and services donated by area businesses will be auctioned. Additionally, there will be a raffle for a Gift Card Bundle valued at over $500 to top retail establishments. Raffle tickets are being sold in advance for only $5, and you do not have to be present to win. The proceeds from Beats & Eats will be used to support the lifechanging programs provided by Volunteers of America in southwest Louisiana. Tickets for Beats & Eats are only $30 per person or $250 for a reserved table of 10 before Feb. 25. Tickets are $35 per person after that upon availability. For more information, call (337) 497-0034. BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL MARCH 8-10 The 26th annual Black Heritage Festival will take place in Lake Charles March 8- 10. Enjoy a Comedy Magic Show by world-renowned magician Dewayne Hill on Fri., March 8, at the Central School Theatre, 809 Kirby St. in Lake Charles at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s events will take place at the Lake Charles Civic Center and will include a Diaper Derby/Healthy Baby Contest, Vendor’s Expo, Africana Culture Performances Extravaganza, Zydeco Aerobics, a Hall of Fame Ceremony, educational workshops, magic shows and much more. Food booths will serve plenty of tasty Louisiana Creole and traditional African-American foods, including gumbo, jambalaya and barbecue. There will be a concert on Sunday evening featuring the smooth R&B sounds of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly beginning at 5:30 p.m. For ticket prices for the various Maze events and for more information, call featuring Frankie Beverly (337) 304-0620 or visit

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LIVE @ THE LAKEFRONT MARCH 8, 15, 22 The Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the City of Lake Charles are teaming up to bring you Live @ the Lakefront for three consecutive Fridays, March 8, 15 and 22, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Lakefront Promenade. Performing March 8 is the Barbe Show Choir and the local jazz and R&B staple, City Heat. Admission is free. March 15’s concert features the GRAMMY-nominated Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers and local musician John Guidroz. Ashes of Babylon and the Lochness Mobsters will close out the concert series on March 22. For more details, call the Arts Council office at 439-ARTS or visit BANNERS PRESENTS KORESH DANCE COMPANY MARCH 9 Renowned for its powerful stage presence and high-energy style, Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company has been hailed as a vital force on both national and international stages. Founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen Koresh, this troupe presents its audiences with an exciting and emotional blend of ballet, modern dance and jazz molded into a style of choreography that is both eloquent and explosive. See them at the Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles Civic Center, Sat., March 9. Tickets are available at the door at $20 for adults, $5 for students and free to McNeese and Sowela students with IDs. For more information, call the Banners office at 475-5123 or visit EMPTY BOWL FUNDRAISER MARCH 14 The Salvation Army will hold its fifth Empty Bowl dinner at L'Auberge Casino Resort on Thurs., March 14. Guests will enjoy a beautiful meal, which will include a variety of soups provided by twelve of Lake Charles' premier chefs. Each person will also receive a handmade, one-of-a-kind ceramic soup bowl prepared by local potters as a gift for helping those in need. Entertainment will be provided by the Victory Belles from the National World War II Museum. Proceeds will be used to enable the Salvation Army to continue to meet the needs of the less fortunate. Sponsorships and single admission tickets are still available and may be obtained by calling (337) 433-4155. THE PAJAMA GAME MARCH 15-17, 22-24 Tickets are now on sale for ACTS Theatre’s The Pajama Game, starring seasoned stage veterans as well as newcomers. A live orchestra will accompany the song and dance numbers. The musical opens Fri., March 15 at 7:30 p.m., followed by perform-

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ances on March 16 and 17, and March 22 through March 24. Tickets are $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for students with a valid ID. And may be purchased online at, or by calling 433-ACTS. CHAMPAGNE BINGO LUNCHEON MARCH 16 Pop the champagne cork and grab a bingo card for a Saturday filled with games, prizes, and fabulous food – all for a great cause. The Lake Charles Symphony invites you to its first Champagne Bingo Luncheon on Sat., March 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Lake Charles Country Club. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. A buffet lunch of assorted finger sandwiches, seafood and chicken crepes, mini quiches, fruit and cheese, and an array of tantalizing desserts will be served. Champagne punch is included in the price and a cash bar will be available. The fun continues with bingo games and door prizes. Tickets are $50 a person or reserved tables of eight for $400, and may be purchased online or by calling the symphony office at 433-1611. All proceeds benefit the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra. LCCB’S ASSEMBLÉ 2013 MARCH 16-17 Tickets go on sale Jan. 28 for the Lake Charles Civic Ballet’s Assemblé 2013--a complete theatre experience that fuses classical dance with our region’s rich art, music and choreography through a unique and exciting artistic collaboration. Held at the Rosa Hart Theatre, performances are Sat., March 16 at 7 p.m. and

Sun., March 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets for both shows are available starting Jan. 28 by contacting The Civic Center Box Office/Ticketmaster at (337) 491-1432 or Tickets are priced at $26.50 for Preferred Seating (Sections A-D) and $16.50 for General Seating, including balcony seats. For more information or to become a sponsor, visit AUTISM BENEFIT DINNER MARCH 17 Nicholas Hunter, chef and owner of Harlequin Steaks & Seafood, is hosting a benefit dinner for the Autism Support Alliance a program of Family & Youth Counseling Agency on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. Event will include a wine tasting by The Wine Store, Mike and Martha Holleman, owners, a silent auction and live entertainment. For tickets call 337-436-9533 or email TEMPLE SINAI’S ST. PATRICK DAY FUNDRAISER MARCH 18 Tickets are on sale for the Annual Temple Sinai Corned Beef Fundraiser, scheduled for Mon., March 18. Proceeds from the sale are used to maintain Temple Sinai, which is one of the oldest houses of worship in Louisiana. Temple Sinai celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2004. Each lunch box combination includes a New York deli-style corned beef sandwich on rye bread, a bag of potato chips, a dill pickle, mustard and a chocolate chip cookie. The box lunch costs $7.50. Orders and payment must be received by March 10. The Temple staff will deliver orders of 10 or more sandwiches. To order by telephone call 439-2866 or fax orders to 439-3031. Orders can also be emailed to ‘ARTICULATING ART’ MARCH 21 Thurs. March 21, at 6 p.m. at Pujo Street Café, Art du Lac will present Dr. Terry Holden, former Fine Arts Survey teacher and Arts Appreciation professor, in an evening of light-hearted discussion on two varieties of artwork hanging in the local restaurant. Two more events are scheduled for April 18 and May 16. Upon each date listed above, Dr. Holden will deliver a sometimes humorous, often controversial, slightly comical, but never dull dissertation on styles and forms on display at the café. The objective will be not only to inform the listeners, but encourage them in the realization that “…artists are hard at work in this area, producing beautiful artwork.” To reserve your seat, call 478-2481 or email Tickets are $10 each or 2 for $15. MATCHBOX TWENTY MARCH 22 American pop rock band, Matchbox Twenty, will hit the stage of L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles on Friday, March 22. Matchbox Twenty recently released its fourth album, "NORTH," which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200


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album chart. Tickets can be purchased for $55 via Must be 21. For more information on upcoming concerts log on to BARK FOR LIFE MARCH 23 American Cancer Society is having its “Bark For Life - A Canine Event to Fight Cancer” on Sat., March 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. This event is $20 entry per dog. For more information, contact or visit THE CHOICE EASTER MUSICAL MARCH 24, 29-30 Looking for an Easter musical this spring? Featuring the high drama and pageantry of ancient Rome during the rule of Tiberius Caesar, The Choice musical is a story of the forbidden love between a young Jewish girl and a Roman soldier and the cultural difficulties surrounding following Christ. Three performances will be held Sun., March 24, at 10:15 a.m. and Fri.-Sat., March 29-30, at 7 p.m. at Maplewood First Baptist Church, 4501 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur. Admission is free. For more information, call (337) 625-5899 or go to PALM SUNDAY TOUR OF HOMES MARCH 24 The Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society announces its 38th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes for March 24. It will feature five distinctive homes with breathtaking lakeshore views on prestigious Shell Beach Drive. The Tour is set for 1-5 p.m. A separate Traditional Sunday Brunch will be available by reservation with 121 Artisan Bistro between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Pre-sale Tour tickets are available for $10 (by cash or check) from Gordon's Drugs on Lake Street and the Arts and Humanities Council at Historic Central School. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the event for $15.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 • David Joel @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 7 • HoneyJar @ Otis & Henry’s, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 6 p.m. • Lesa Cormier & Sundown Playboys @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Leroy Thomas & Zydeco Roadrunners @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Keith McCoy & CEO @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • DJ Eric Scott @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 11 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 8 • Ars Nova @ Otis & Henry’s, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 6 p.m. • Briggs Brown & Bayou Cajuns @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Street Side Jazz Band @ Luna Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Stellar @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m.

• Mark Reeves Band @ Linda’s Lounge, 8 p.m. • Twangsters Union @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • Wayne Dylan @ Cigar Club, 9 p.m. • Upper Level Disturbance @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 9 p.m. • John Guidroz @ Micci’s Piano Bar, 10 p.m. • DJ Eric Scott @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 11 p.m.

• Da Classics @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • Upper Level Disturbance @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 9 p.m. • DJ Eric Scott @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 11 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 • Howard Noel & Cajun Boogie @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Stellar @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Dax Riggs/The Rayo Brothers @ Luna Live, 8 p.m. • Satellite Sky @ My Place Bar, 8 p.m. • Albert Simpson @ Cigar Club, 8 p.m. • Vince Gill @ The Pavilion, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 8 p.m.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 • Lochness Mobsters/Turbo Fruits @ Dharma, 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 • Lil Abe Manuel & Dew Knot Playboyz @ Mary’s Lounge, 5 p.m. • Maze/Frankie Beverly @ Lake Charles Civic Center, 5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 • Freedom Hawk/Large Marge @ Luna Live, 8 p.m. • Herbie Stutes & Grand Shin @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 14 • David Locklear @ Otis & Henry’s, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 6 p.m. • Jeff Thibodeaux @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m.


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• Avery Michaels @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Dana Abbott Band @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • DJ San-D @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 11 p.m.

• Doug Stone @ Isle Event Center, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • Common Ground @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 9 p.m. • DJ San-D @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 11 p.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 • Trip Wamsley @ Otis & Henry’s, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 6 p.m. • T-Joe Romero @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Street Side Jazz Band @ Luna Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Brad Broussard & Chute @ Mary’s Lounge, 8 p.m. • Toe Up @ Linda’s Lounge, 8 p.m. • Brad Brinkley & Comfort Zone @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 • Al Roger & Louisiana Pride @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Ronnie Milsap @ Isle Event Center, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 7 p.m. • X-It 43 @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • Large Marge/Freetown Hounds @ Luna Live, 9 p.m. • Common Ground @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 9 p.m.

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• DJ San-D @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 11 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 17 • Randy Boudreaux & Da BooBoyz @ Mary’s Lounge, 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 • The Posse @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 21 • Tom Brandow @ Otis & Henry’s, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 6 p.m.

• Jamie Berzas @ DI’s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Richard LeBoeuf @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Blackbird @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • DJ Eric Scott @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 11 p.m.


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that form of poetry in Goffredo Petrassi’s work “Nonsense,” the King’s men moved on to “My Funny Valentine” from the Rodgers and Hart musical Babes In Arms, George Gershwin’s “Oh I Can’t Sit Down” from Porgy and Bess, the Judy Garland number “It’s A New World,” and Harry Connick, Jr.’s “Recipe For Love.” At that point, the audience was out for blood, standing ovation after ovation, and practically forc-

ing the group back onstage for encores of “God Bless The Child,” made famous by Billie Holiday, Airwaves’ “You Are The New Day,” Albert Hammond’s “I’m A Train,” and Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes,” performed so simply that bestie and I were hard-pressed to name the song, repeating the lyrics “and so it goes / and you’re the only one who knows” over and over until it finally hit us. Ahhh! TJN

Lake Charles League of Women Voters 45th Annual Banquet

March 14, 6:00 PM • Reeves Uptown Catering • 1639 Ryan St. Learn about the core belief of these Political Parties Mike McHale, Democratic Party Gary McLendon, Libertarian Party Tore Carlberg, Republican Party $30 for LWV/Chamber • Non-Members $35 RSVP to or leave a message at 337.474.1864.

Killin’ Time Crossword ACROSS


1. 1. Major-leaguers 5. Picnic event 12. Mentor 13. Addis Ababa's land (abbr.) 14. Battery fluid 15. Ordering option 17. Hot drinks 18. Puerto Vallarta's Boy on a Seahorse sculpture 20. Trauma ctrs. 21. "Scram!" 22. Anouk of "La Dolce Vita" 25. Cabernet, e.g. 26. Just out 29. Style of poker 30. Actress Lupino 31. Tennis's Sampras 32. Elevs. 33. Dr.'s grp. 34. Stationed 35. Paper holder 37. Deface 38. Jalisco's capital 42. Buddies 43. Isolate 45. Regrettably 46. Posed 47. And others (abbr.) 48. Camper's supply 49. Soft mineral

1. Ryder Cup org. 2. Govern 3. Kind of exam 4. Follow 5. Some Bosnians 6. "___ boy!" 7. Clinton's daughter 8. 4:1, e.g. 9. Colorless solvents 10. "See ya!" 11. Mag. staffers 16. Bern's river 19. Left-hand drive (abbr.) 22. Shade of blond 23. Addams Family cousin 24. Brawny 25. Vitamin bottle info 27. Summer in France 28. Tie the knot 30. Stalemate 31. Protective wall 33. Assistance 34. Tijuana's state, __ California 36. Rodeo rope 37. Photo finish 38. Severe blow 39. Incline 40. Pro ___ 41. Shrinking Asian sea 42. Neighbor of Iran (abbr.) 44. Letters of concern

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Vol. 4, No. 23 - Feb. 21, 2013  

LCCB Presents Assemble´2013, Spring Fashion, Home Improvement, Decluttering Your Soul, Sawdust on the Lake

Vol. 4, No. 23 - Feb. 21, 2013  

LCCB Presents Assemble´2013, Spring Fashion, Home Improvement, Decluttering Your Soul, Sawdust on the Lake