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In This Issue

Home & Family 6 Summer Decorating Ideas 10 Preventing Home Buying Disasters


16 The Psychology of Bulking Up 18 Men Get Comfortable in their Own Skin 23 Flash your ‘Stache Contest Winners 29 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Money & Career

60 Cover Story

54 The Modern Family

Regular Features

42 Business Buzz 44 First Person: with Josh Ledet 52 Who’s News 58 Solutions for Life 72 Ready to Wear 78 By the Numbers 82 Happenings 84 Community Contributors


34 Don’t Let a Thief Steal your Vacation 38 Career Rules Worth Breaking

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47 A Team Effort to Keep Special Olympians Healthy 50 St. Martin de Porres – A Beacon of Hope

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62 Controlling Cholesterol with Statins 66 Improve your View

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LaGrange High School Students are Set to Be a smash Next Fall The drama and choral departments won a $10,000 grant from the Smash Make-A-Musical contest sponsored by NBC and the Junior Theater Project. The grand prize includes a Broadway Junior Showkit which will allow the school the rights to perform a musical, two master classes with iTheatrics New York-based master teachers, two local advisors and a technical theater fund. In conjunction with the production, Choir Director Janie B. Williams and theatre teacher Shelly Buller will co-teach a musical production class next year. “This is an amazing opportunity for our students,” Buller said. “Not only will LaGrange students be able to showcase their talents, but this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are proud to have LaGrange High School and Lake Charles on the national front of arts education and theatrical production. We are grateful for the community support that we have received and are excited to present a musical next spring.”

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Do-ItYourself Summer Interior Décor Ideas Curtains drab? Colors dull? Asking yourself how you can liven up your home with a fresh, easy look for summer? There are many ways to give your home a light and airy “summer days” touch. Here are some easy tips. by Jody Carroll


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Give it a fresh coat of paint! Whether it’s your walls or a key piece of furniture, you can add life to a room simply by giving it color. “What color should I put on my walls” you ask? The stylish colors for this summer are drawn from the good old American outdoors. From ocean blues and fresh blooming greens to clean, earthy minerals and majestic purples, color is in full bloom! Michael Migues, owner of Barewood Furniture, says furniture can be made new again with a few simple techniques like a new coat of paint, glazing, adding a distressed look or finishing a piece of old cypress furniture. Add some life with greenery.

Outdoor living is a staple in Louisiana. Spruce up your porch or deck for the summer with colorful blooms. Lounge in your hammock, or barbeque surrounded in summer beauty. Summertime can be sweltering, especially in the South. Why not bring in the outdoors? Adding plants and flowers to your interior décor can add liveliness to your home while you stay cool during those sunny months.

“Throw” in the summer look!

Adding colorful, lightweight throws and pillows, slip covers and rugs can be an easy way to welcome summer to any room. White and khaki slip covers keep a classic simple touch and can be accessorized with color. Easy-care rugs or woven mats will add dimension to your American outdoors color schemes and can be cleaned quickly for continuous use. Trading your cozy comforters for neutral toned bedspreads in bedrooms gives a lighter, fresher dimension to the room.

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Give your windows a “light” appeal.

Take down those heavyweight curtains and put up sheer panels, or switch to bamboo or straw blinds for summer. Streaming in the beautiful sunshine can bring a warm touch to your space while staying cool inside from the heat.

Make your doorway inviting.

Adding a lightweight welcome mat with an inviting theme lets friends and family know you’re open for summer visiting. Accessories such as colorful wreaths, wicker chairs and pot plants also give a warm welcome to guests. Inspired yet? Good. Now call up a friend and get busy bringing new life to your home this summer! Less is more with summer décor, so de-clutter and re-design your thinking for the season. These easy tips can help you create an open, carefree atmosphere for those long summer days and fun summer nights with friends and family. Happy decorating!

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June is National Potty Training Awareness Month. With school out and life slowing down just a little bit, what better time is there to ditch the diapers? The potty training process can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be frustrating if you follow these tips from renowned pediatric expert Dr. William Sears: Potty training is a partnership. You can lead a baby to the bathroom, but

The temperament of the mother and baby play a role in readiness, too.

you can’t make him go. As with eating and sleeping, you can’t and shouldn’t force a baby to be dry or clean, but you can set the conditions that help baby train himself.

A down-to-business baby tends to learn quickly and may even “train himself,” especially if he has a mother who thinks the same way. A laid-back baby with a casual mother may still be in diapers at three years and no one worries. With a laid-back baby and a down-to-business mother, toilet training gets more challenging.

The bottom line is helping your baby achieve a healthy potty training attitude. Approach it as an exciting interaction rather than a dreaded task.

know when your infant is ready.

You have not failed Parenting 101 if your baby is the last to succeed.

From baby’s viewpoint, this is his initiation into “bigness,” a rite of passage from toddlerhood into preschoolerhood.

Potty training is a complex skill. Before you rush baby to the potty, consider what’s involved in picking up these skills. First, baby has to be aware of the pressure sensations of his bowel and bladder. Then he must make the connection between these sensations and what’s happening inside his body. Next he learns to respond to these urges by running to the potty, where he must know how to remove his clothes, how to situate himself comfortably on this new kind of seat and how to hold his urges until all systems are go. With all these steps, it’s no wonder many babies are still in diapers well into the third year. The pressure is off parents to potty train early. Don’t equate potty training with good mothering. The idea that the earlier baby is eating three squares a day, weaned, toilet trained and independent, the “better” the mother is nonsense. We do not mean to imply that you lazily leave baby alone until he is old enough to order his own potty-chair. Some training is necessary on the parents’ part, and some learning is needed by the baby. Children need parental guidance to get control of their bodies.

Take the pressure off you and baby. Don’t cave in to in-law pressure. You Toilet training is so difficult for parents and a battle for toddlers because: 1. The infant was encouraged to use the diaper as a toilet, so the toddler has to unlearn what he has previously been taught. 2. The child has not yet developed body language to make the connection between feeling and going, since prior to potty training, parents were not looking for these cues and the baby did not give them. 3. Toddlers, especially boys, are on the go and the last thing they want to do is “sit still” on the potty. Source:



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Prevent a Home Buying

Disaster by Katie Harrington


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There are few things more exciting than buying a home, whether it’s your first time, you’re upgrading for more space, or downsizing after the kids leave home. If you’re not careful, your new dream home can quickly turn into a nightmare. Nikki Hagen, agent with Century 21 Bessette Realty, says now is a great time to buy a home, with continued low interest rates for buyers.

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“There is more to finding the right house, the right neighborhood and the right price when it comes to buying a home,” says Hagen. “Success is in the details.” Before signing the dotted line on any offer, Hagen urges potential buyers to invest in a thorough home inspection. “When buying a house, don’t assume that the seller’s property condition disclosure notes all defects. The sellers may not be aware of some defects,” adds Hagen. “An inspection is particularly important if you’re buying a foreclosed property, since the previous owner isn’t available to answer your questions.” She says you should get an inspection even if you’re buying a new home and you’re the first owners. In addition, Hagen says before hiring a home inspector; ask your own questions to decide if you want to proceed.

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Some good advice to follow: • Ask your realtor for the PCD (property conditions disclosure) and review it thoroughly. • Contact your insurance agent for a home owner’s quote to verify what flood zone the home is in. • Be observant when looking at the home to see if there are any red flags. “Home-sale contracts are extremely detailed,” says Hagen. “Make sure you review the contract and know exactly what you’re getting into, as the home-sale contract is a legally binding document.” Hagen says that with proper guidance and a little background knowledge, buying a home can be smooth process, a dream come true! “A qualified, experienced realtor – someone you can trust to guide you through this process is a must,” says Hagen. “Using a real estate agent does not cost you anything when you are buying a home so you’ve got nothing to lose and tremendous peace of mind to gain.” For more advice for home buying, contact Bessette Realty at (337) 474-2185 or visit

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in Audio and Car Accessories Luxury cars are known for having the most up-to-date technology, but today, many new auto accessories are available for just about any vehicle. This allows any car owner to choose customizeD options to satisfy their high-tech and convenience needs.

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Back-up Cameras – This specially-placed camera allows you to view behind the vehicle when shifted into reverse. These systems can come with multiple cameras to get views from many angles to show you if a bicycle, tiny dog or cat, or a child is behind your vehicle. Most also sound an alarm when the vehicle closes in on an unseen object during the maneuver.

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They’re Not Just from Mars Anymore Whether you call him dad, brother, son, husband, boyfriend or friend, one thing is certain, life certainly wouldn’t be the same without the men in our lives. They provide for our families in countless ways, and supply life’s often needed comic relief. In honor of these dapper dudes and the Father’s Day holiday, we salute the guys in our lives.


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MEN The Psychology of Bulking Up by Katie Harrington

Young or old, male or female, it seems as we get older, we all have that one thing on our body that we wish we could change. We flock to the gym or hit the road to get fit, lose weight or unwind at the end of a long day. For a female, the workout routine tends to focus on flattening the stomach and toning the legs, arms and rear end; but for men, there is a different end goal. “Men tend to focus on chest, shoulders, arms and abs,” says Carl Comeaux, certified personal trainer and owner of LiveFit 7. “Men’s fitness magazines are filled with men who have a big, bulging chests, 20-inch biceps and six-pack abs. Men want to mirror these physiques.” Comeaux adds that the number-one fear for men in college is to be skinny, and many men have the mentality that being bulked up or muscular will be the golden ticket to finding a significant other and a great job. “The main belief from young men is that more muscle is equivalent to more success,” Comeaux says. Another point of difference between men and women when it comes to workouts is the motivation behind the exercise.


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According to Comeaux, being healthy and looking good is a top priority for women. “Most women want to be healthy and look good for several different reasons,” says Comeaux. “They want to impress their significant other with their physique, look sexy and confident, be able to play with kids and grandkids, be a role model for their own kids and be able to compete like they could in their earlier years.” These reasons are enough to highly motivate women to make exercise and healthy eating a lifestyle. On the other side of the coin, most men have health as their last priority. “The number-one priority for men is to provide for their family which gets them caught up with work 24/7 and forgetting about their health. This is the main reason for lower life expectancy among men,” Comeaux says. Comeaux adds that a lot of men are ‘all in’ or ‘all out’ with anything in their life. “Let’s use exercise and healthy eating lifestyle for an example: A man is ‘all in’ with exercise and eating healthy to a point where they are going to the gym

The Power of Protein Calories, fat, carbohydrates, fiber and protein, oh my! Achieving the proper intake level on these is critical to maintaining a healthy diet, but finding the right balance can be tricky. Adding to the confusion are countless different supplements on the market promising a full day’s dose of fiber or protein in one serving. According to Dr. Mike VanGossen, a health educator at McNeese State University in the Department of Health and Human Performance and an ASFA certified sports nutrition coach, before you purchase any supplement, it is important to understand exactly what it is and what it does. Take protein for example. It helps to stabilize blood glucose levels by slowing the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. This in turn reduces hunger by lowering insulin levels and making it easier for the body to burn fat. “The most important function of proteins is to build up, keep up and replace tissues in your body. They are the main component of muscle tissue,” says Dr. VanGossen. “From a nutrition standpoint, a proteinrich diet can aid in the effort to lose weight.” A particular form of protein called whey protein has become a hot-selling item in exercise and fitness arena. “Whey is by far the most popular protein choice, perhaps because it is so inexpensive,” Dr. VanGossen says. It contains large amounts of branched-chain amino acids as well as the full spectrum of amino acids (i.e., every muscle building block you need),” Dr. VanGossen says. Compared to the other proteins on the market, whey is one of the fastest digesting proteins. Protein powder is simply processed, dried protein that’s convenient and portable. A whey protein shake in between your main meals can reduce your appetite and urge to snack. The most common protein supplements found on grocery or health store shelves include: Whey protein: a fast-absorbing source of protein that supports lean muscle. This form is especially June 2012

seven days a week, their nutrition is perfect and they lose weight really quickly,” says Comeaux. “The problem with this ‘all in’ approach is that it’s unrealistic to keep up long-term, which causes them to burn out quickly and quit exercising completely.” Comeaux says that when he and his staff are training guys they teach them to make realistic goals to keep them from falling into the trap of all or nothing. “Most guys will train with us twice a week with half-hour sessions, which gives them everything they need, ranging from exercise, including cardiovascular, resistance training and flexibility training,” says Comeaux. “This provides exactly what every guy wants: maximum benefit in the least amount of time!” In the end, for men to achieve success with any training or exercise program, Comeaux says it is as easy as simply changing your mind-set from an all-ornothing approach to a more realistic, achievable plan. For more information on how to tweak your exercise routine, visit, or call (337) 310-8424, ext. 272.

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effective as a post-workout supplement to feed and replenish muscle tissue. Soy protein: a low-fat, low-cholesterol and vegetarian protein source. However it is not always recommended for everyone. Hydro-whey: digested and absorbed faster than standard whey protein because of the extended filtration process. It’s also perfect after a workout.

won’t help you build muscle but it will increase your body fat levels. “There are many products on the shelves, so read the labels and choose a protein source that fits your needs,” says Dr. VanGossen. “It may be that you have to try a few different brands before you find the one you like for taste and ease of mixing.”

Whey-Isolate: a low-fat, low-carb, fast-absorbing source of protein. Great after a workout to help support muscle and promote healthy body composition. Egg protein: a high quality lactose-free protein source. It also supports lean muscle.

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Casein: a slow digesting protein source. Ideal to take before bed or as a last meal of the day. It is designed to swell in the stomach and feed your muscles with sustained slow digesting process. Weight gainers: These are protein shakes. Dr. VanGossen says to be aware of their carbohydrate content. “Read labels carefully. Many of these formulas get their huge calorie claims through high sugar content.” He adds that sugar

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Get Comfortable in Their Own Skin

In the not-so-distant past, it was a soap and water world for men. Skincare products “for men only” didn’t exist. If a guy needed help with a breakout or dry patch, he was on his own, or forced to borrow his wife or girlfriend’s face wash or moisturizer – not that many would ever admit to doing so. Fast forward to the present and it’s a bold new world for the modern man. Product manufacturers have not only realized that men have skin care concerns too, they are addressing the unique skin care needs of men with an array of washes, ointments, creams and more. Men seem to be adapting rapidly to the world of skin care. Research published in Time magazine reported that the male skin care industry grew from a $40.9 million industry to a $217 million industry from 1997 to 2010. “It’s important for men to realize that they have distinct skin care needs,” says Tana Garcia, skin care consultant with the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic. “Women are very accustomed to learning about different ingredients, asking questions and choosing products to meet their skincare needs, but men are not as comfortable in this area. Men just need to learn that beyond the obvious, all skin is not the same and there are finally products just for them. ” She says skin care products available for men have been developed to address the most common skin differences in men. These include:


Because men have high testosterone levels, they often have larger pores, increased oil production and more acne. Consequently, men’s skin care products are specifically designed to deep clean your face and provide less moisture than women’s products, along with minimal smells and fragrances. Garcia says this is why reaching for your partner’s products can actually do more harm than good. “Women’s products contain more oil to treat women’s drier and thinner skin. In men, this can lead to irritation and clogged pores.”

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Most people would say men have “thicker skin than women,” but while this expression is typically a metaphor for emotions, it’s is actually a physical fact. The skin of a male is typically 20 to 30 percent thicker than a woman’s, because of higher levels of collagen and elastin. What does this mean in relation to aging? “A man’s skin is naturally more hydrated, so it ages at a slower pace than women’s skin,” explains Garcia. “But this doesn’t mean guys are off the hook.


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You may have the advantage on aging well, but you still need a moisturizer to hydrate your thicker skin and to minimize the signs of aging.”


Controlling facial hair gives men another unique set of problems. Daily shaving can lead to ingrown hairs, irritation, razor burn and red splotches, making your skin extra sensitive. To combat shaving sensitivity, Garcia says to look for aftershave and balm products. “And although shaving can cause irritation, it’s actually an important part of a good skincare regimen. In addition to getting rid of facial hair, every shave helps you slough off the dead, dry skin cells – you’re exfoliating while you shave.”

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Typically, men spend more time outdoors than women do. Whether you’re mowing the grass, playing catch with the kids, playing golf or fishing, you are likely to work up a sweat in the hot sun. This is why a good cleanser for men is needed for deep cleaning larger male pores. In addition, men are not very conscientious about using UV protection. “UV rays can cause skin damage, aging and skin cancer,” says Garcia. “Some research suggests men are even at higher risk because their skin contains fewer antioxidants. Using a daily moisturizer that contains UV protection can help decrease this risk, and men should also apply extra sunscreen whenever spending time outdoors.” According to Garcia, men don’t need to worry about feeling self conscious when purchasing skin care products. Manufacturers have eliminated the frills and designed packaging with men’s purchasing habits in mind. Products have their own section in the cosmetic aisle, along with practical names, precise directions and minimum fuss. “The packaging might look and feel different, but the powerful ingredients included in women’s products are still there,” she says. “Active ingredients like vitamins A, C and E, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, grape seed extract, retinol and more popular and effective treatments are inside. There’s no reason men can’t benefit from these proven treatments that women have been using for years. Looking better today is an equal opportunity possibility.” For more information about specific male skin care concerns and products, call the Aesthetic Center at 310-1070 or visit

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Reckless Behind the Wheel

Why Insurance Rates are Higher for Male Drivers by Kristy Armand Men definitely take a back seat when it comes to driving safety. As a group, they receive more traffic violations, cause more accidents, drive drunk more often and are responsible for more traffic deaths. “Take a look at government and auto insurance statistics,” says Mason Lindsay with the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. “When it comes to driving, men are much more likely to be involved in accidents, and their insurance rates reflect that. We can’t say that all males are reckless when they drive, or that all females are safe drivers. What we can say is that numerous studies show that males are more likely than females to leave caution behind when they hit the road.” Quality Planning, a company that validates policyholder information for auto insurers, recently conducted a study that concluded males are at least 50 percent more likely to be cited for reckless driving, seat belt violations, speeding, failure to yield and stop sign/signal violations. To be more specific, the company analyzed 2007 policyholder information and found that males were cited for reckless driving 3.41 times as often as females. The study found that men have slightly more -- about plus 5 percent -- violations that result in accidents than women, and because men are also more likely to violate laws for speeding, passing and

yielding, the resulting accidents caused by men lead to more-expensive insurance claims than those caused by women. The study also found that female drivers were about 27 percent less likely to be found at fault when involved in an accident. Males also drive under the influence more often than females, says Lindsay. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, males outnumbered females 4-to-1 when it came to driving under the influence. This is based on a study of DUIs over a 10year period. Quality Planning’s study found that males are 3.09 times as likely to drive under the influence of alcohol as females. Lindsay says this is probably one of the worst things you can get on your driving record. “In addition to the legal consequences, a DUI means you’re going to pay more for insurance for a long time. Your rates will

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definitely increase, by as much as 50 percent in many cases.” When it comes to car crashes, males take the lead as well. According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, males are involved in an average of six million crashes annually, with more than 40,000 of these resulting in fatalities. By comparison, females were involved in about 4.4 million crashes and logged about 14,000 fatal car accidents. Lindsay says a variety of theories and research has focused on the reasons males drive more recklessly than females. Perhaps young men attempt daredevil stunts to impress their peers more often than females. Some experts believe there is an emotional immaturity fueling a feeling of immortality that manifests in reckless driving. Others speculate there is a learning curve for men in driving that is slightly sharper than for women. Research in this area is ongoing, but the fact remains that insurance companies don’t focus on the “why.” They just review the statistics and set rates based on risk. If a male and a female both apply for car insurance at the same company with the same car make and model, same age, same driving history, and the same credit record, the female will pay a lower rate for her car insurance than her male counterpart. But, this caveat applies only to those between the ages of 16 and 25. Younger women have fewer accidents than men of the same age, but as both groups age, the balance evens out and other factors bear more weight in the car insurance rate equation. These factors include, in addition to age and gender, marital status, driving record, accident history, type of car you own, credit history, driving experience and how many miles you drive annually, among others. Newer research shows that women may be closing the gap when it comes to risky behavior behind the wheel. Scientists at the University of Michigan report that women are taking greater risks while driving than ever before, with much of this attributed to distractions while driving, predominantly talking on the phone and texting. If this trend continues, it could soon be reflected in insurance rates. Lindsay says what always matters the most is your personal driving record. “Regardless of your gender, driving more safely not only benefits you and those on the road with you, but your wallet as well.” For more information about safe driving programs offered by the Safety Council, call 436-3354 or visit June 2012

MEN Investment Smarts for Men

by Katie Harrington

The sentiment that men are from Mars and women are from Venus plays out in the investment arena daily. Research studies consistently show that the biggest difference between the two sexes when it comes to investing is that men are bigger risk takers than women, but women are often more committed to the end-result. With risks, rewards often follow, but the key is to know what you are doing before taking the plunge. Mark Eckard, LPL Advisor with Rau Financial Group offers some investment insight for men.

Do your homework.

“Successful investors spend time researching possibilities,” says Eckard. “Knowing the past and present status of a particular stock or bond is critical to making a sound decision about its future.” Most people don’t have this type of knowledge, so smart investors are those who are willing to invest some time and money into getting that knowledge, whether it comes from investment books, magazines, online sources or professional investment advisors.

Begin with the end in mind. To be a smart investor

you must know when to buy and sell. “There are two sides to every investment and successful buyers know this,” says Eckard. “Before you

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enter into any new investment, you should always have a long-term plan with options for getting out under certain circumstances. Having preset goals helps take the emotion out of buying or selling.”

Patience is a virtue. “When investing, you should use money that will not be needed for at least the next five years so that you are able to make a commitment,” Eckard says. “It is important to remember that the market is driven on sentiment and can be affected by the emotions of investors.” Eckard also adds that you shouldn’t become emotional over the ups and downs in the market. “You have to think of investing as a long-term strategy, not a get-rich-quick scheme.” Focus and determination will propel you forward.Some investors like to put the majority of their eggs in one basket so to speak while others lean more towards a diverse portfolio. “You will find advocates both for and against each of these strategies,” says Eckard “In the end, it is really about which one suits your needs best. If you feel more comfortable with one particular type of stock, there’s nothing wrong with sticking with that. If you prefer to spread your money around a little, that’s fine too.”

One is a lonely number.

Even the savviest of investors has a team of professional advisors by his side. With fluctuations by the minute, it is important to have someone you trust to discuss the challenges of investing with and possible strategies to overcome them. “Whether you have $100 or $100,000 to invest, it’s always good to have a trusted advisor by your side to help you navigate the market,” Eckard adds. For more information on successful investments, contact Eckard at Rau Financial Group at (337) Thrive/Savoy.qxp:Layout 1 5/21/12 10:02 AM Page 1 480-3835 or visit

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We have a Winner

Thrive and 1740 Barbier at L’Auberge Lake Charles invited area men to flash their best ‘staches. Winners were chosen by our Facebook fans and received a Tops and Tails Deluxe Package ($110 value) from Barbier.

1st Place – JP Hatfield 226 Votes

Thanks to the idea from his nursing friends, JP began growing out his mustache about six months ago and plans to continue growing it out until he graduates. He particularly likes his mustache because it’s a good conversation piece and a fun challenge.

2nd Place – Cory Chafin 212 Votes Thanks to all the guys who participated and everyone who voted for their favorite ‘stache!

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Fitness Myths by Kristy Armand

One article says this and new research says that. Your totally bulked-up neighbor recommends doing one thing, but you overheard your co-worker bragging about his success with just the opposite approach. How’s a guy supposed to sort through all the information to find a fitness plan that works for him?


“It can be overwhelming, even for those of us in the industry,” says Chase Gary, fitness specialist with Dynamic Dimensions of West Calcasieiu Cameron Hospital. “Knowing which pieces of information are accurate becomes quite a challenge. This is why there are countless fitness myths that are widely accepted as fact. And let’s face it, it’s tough enough to remember all the valid health advice we’re bombarded with on a daily basis without wasting any brainpower on misinformation.” Gary addresses some of the most commonly held male fitness myths and provides the facts you need to achieve your goals in these areas.

Size equals strength. Strength and size

do not have a direct correlation. Power training (one measurement of strength) encompasses training that may not add any size, yet you can still see a great deal of strength improvements. Many wellrecognized martial arts experts, including Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, are very small, but incredibly strong. Some people desire to bulk up as much as possible. These two training methods have distinct principles that can differ significantly, but they will both result in increased strength.

Muscle turns into fat. Muscle and fat are two different types of body tissue. Just as fat can’t transform into muscle, muscle won’t transform into fat. Building muscle and losing body fat are two completely different processes. An increase in muscle due to training will increase metabolism which will in turn reduce body fat. A reduction in muscle due to inactivity will result in a reduced metabolism increasing body fat.

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Morning workouts are most effective. The American Council on Exercise

actually recommends working out between 4-6pm when your body temperature is highest, making your workouts more productive. But, keep in mind, this is far from an ironclad rule. Fitness goals are achieved with consistency and intensity. Many people find that working out before work doesn’t allow for one’s busy day to get in the way of their workout. Others find working out after work to be a great stress reliever. The best time for you to work out is the time that helps you be the most consistent.

More hours spent in the gym leads to better results. Overtraining can actually halt muscle growth. Instead of your body rebuilding its muscle tissues, it will continue to break it down, meaning you’ll start to lose muscle. The goal is to train smarter, not harder or longer. Give your best effort during your workout and push your muscles. Then give them the rest they need to grow bigger and stronger. Make sure to do cardio training. If your workouts are taking a lot longer than an hour, you are not training effectively. Remember you’re not paid by the hour in the gym. Your payment comes in the form of results.

Avoid all carbohydrates. Not all carbs

are bad carbs. Carbohydrates are the body’s first source of energy, especially for an active individual. Completely neglecting carbs will leave you tired, sluggish and hinder your performance. It’s important to be conscious of both the types of carbohydrates you consume and when you eat them, rather than ignoring them altogether. Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes and

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certain fruits are the best choices, with breakfast and after a work-out being the best time to consume them.

Extra protein builds more muscle. Protein does have important roles in bodybuilding and maintaining muscles, but if you consume more than your body needs, excess amounts can be stored as fat. To determine how much protein you need for your specific weight, just multiply your weight in pounds by 0.36. If you choose to supplement your diet with protein drinks, it is usually more important to consider the timing rather than the amount. A post-workout supplement can help start the recovery/rebuilding process sooner. You can crunch your way to six-packs. You may develop

unbelievably strong abs, but you won’t be doing anything to reduce the layer that is covering those muscles. Having a visible six-pack is almost entirely a function of body reduction. In order to see the specific group of abdominal muscles often referred to as the “six-pack,” you have to first lower your overall body fat percentage. A better way to do this is by making better dietary choices and doing high-intensity interval training. These are only a few of the common myths about male fitness. “Unfortunately, far too many people believe them and do more harm than good when it comes to their fitness level,” says Gary “This is not to say that what you see in the media or the advice you get from others can’t ever be trusted. We’re just saying to check out the credibility of the source, do your own research and get the advice of a qualified fitness professional before putting it into practice. Always put your own health and safety first.” For more information about weight training, call Dynamic Dimensions at 527-5459 in Sulphur or at 855-7708 in Moss Bluff.

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MEN Understanding Your Prostate by Kristy Armand

Awareness of prostate health has come a long way in recent decades, yet many men still aren’t sure what the prostate is, what its functions are, and what they should do to have good prostate health. “When you consider that over 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions, it’s easy to see why all men should know the answers to these questions,” says urologist Farjaad Siddiq, MD, with the Urology Center of Southwest Louisiana. “Unfortunately, most men don’t worry about their prostate health until they have a problem.”

Dr. Siddiq says the first step toward a healthy prostate is having a basic understanding its function. “When you know what normal prostate function is, you’ll be better able to detect any warning signs that could indicate a potential problem.” He provides the following information prostate health and common problems for all men:

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Anatomy and Function

The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland in men that is part of the reproductive system. It rests below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It surrounds part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder. The prostate helps make semen, which carries sperm from the testicles when a man ejaculates.

Routine Tests

All men should have regularly scheduled health exams. During these exams, your doctor will discuss your prostate health and perform any indicated tests to check its condition. These include the DRE and PSA. The DRE, or digital rectal exam, is the standard prostate test. A doctor feels the prostate from the rectum, checking for things such as size, lumps, and firmness. The PSA, or prostate-specific antigen test, is a blood test that measures the amount of a protein called PSA that is produced by prostate cells. Elevated levels may indicate cancer. This is not considered proof that a man has prostate cancer. Levels may be elevated with non-cancerous prostate conditions such as an enlarged prostate or prostatitis, or they may be low in a person who has prostate cancer. “Screening for prostate cancer is controversial and being evaluated,” says Dr. Siddiq. “We do still recommend having this screening but the results should be considered with other information from your health history.” For most men at average risk, screening is started at age 50. However, some doctors recommend earlier screening for men at higher risk of prostate cancer. Those at higher risk include African-Americans and men with a family history of prostate cancer.

Troubleshooting Common Prostate Problems Enlarged Prostate As a man ages, the prostate can grow larger. In fact, by age 40, it may have increased in size to that of an apricot; by age 60, to the size of a lemon. An enlarged prostate is also called benign (noncancerous) prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Dr. Siddiq says the condition is common and cannot be prevented. Risk factors include family history and age. As it enlarges, the prostate puts added pressure on the urethra, which can cause problems with the passing of urine. Dr. Siddiq says these problems with urine flow are typically not seen until after age 50, but they can occur earlier. Eight out of every 10 men eventually develop an enlarged prostate. About 90% of men over the age of 85 will have BPH. About 30% of men will report that the condition affects their quality of life. Continued on p28 June 2012

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Prostatitis Prostatitis is an infection or inflammation of the prostate. Dr. Siddiq says it can affect men of all ages. Symptoms include trouble passing urine, chills, fever, and problems with sexual function. The condition is not contagious and cannot be transmitted sexually to a partner. Treatment usually includes antibiotics. “There are quite a few myths about prostate health and alternative treatment options,” says Dr. Siddiq. “Don’t trust your health to what could be misinformation. Find a doctor you trust and get the facts.”

Symptoms of an enlarged prostate may include: • trouble starting to urinate, or urinating freely • having to urinate frequently, particularly at night • feeling that the bladder is not empty after urinating • feeling a sudden urge to urinate • having to stop and start repeatedly while urinating • having to strain to urinate

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“It is important for men who have early symptoms of BPH to see their doctor,” says Dr. Siddiq. “BPH is a progressive disease. It can lead to serious, although rare, health problems, such as kidney or bladder damage.” Treatments for BPH include: Lifestyle changes. Changes could include limiting drinking at night and before bedtime, especially drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. Watchful waiting. Patients who have an enlarged prostate but who are not suffering symptoms or whose symptoms are not bothersome may be advised by their doctor to have regularly scheduled exams. Medication. Two common treatments for BPH are alpha-blockers, which alleviate BPH symptoms, and 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors, which help shrink the prostate. In some cases, both medications may be prescribed. Surgery. This is generally used for men with severe symptoms who haven’t been helped by other treatment.

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Father’s Day Searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Check out our guide for cool gifts below and visit these local merchant’s to snag one for your special guy! Scuba Lessons $399 for one-time, entry-level scuba certification True Blue Water Sports This year, treat Dad to scuba lessons at True Blue Watersports for Father’s Day. Scuba diving lasts a lifetime and is something the entire family can participate in. Experience the beauty of our underwater world while quenching Dad’s thirst for adventure. Once he’s certified, the True Blue Crew is diving somewhere every single month: from remote, tropical islands to right in our own backyard in the Gulf of Mexico. For more information, call True Blue Watersports at (337) 310-1681 or visit their website at www.

Clarisonic Brush $119 Signature’s Salon We all know that traditionally men spend less time dedicated to skin care than women, but that doesn’t make the need any less important! Give your dad the gift of healthy, smoother and more radiant skin. Used and recommended by spas and dermatologists, Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems use a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, yet thoroughly remove 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. Give your dad cleaner skin, the first step toward healthier skin. For more information, call Signature’s at (337) 478-4433 or stop by at 803 West McNeese Street in Lake Charles. Contiued on p31

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Broga, Dude! by Lisa Addison

We’ve all heard of yoga but now it’s time to make room for broga. Think of it as a ramped-up version of yoga. Geared towards men, the program is energy-driven and challenging. It combines some of the best core-strengthening, muscle-toning, and stress-reducing yoga postures with functional exercises for an amazing workout. The idea with broga is that the person should end up with that great pumpedup feeling you get from working out but also a deep flexibility and overall sense of relaxation. Some participants of broga have said that it creates the perfect balance between the physical workout they need and the meditative relaxation they crave. It may be geared to men but Chelsea Boudreaux, director/owner of The Yoga Center, said that she believes yoga is for everyone and that it should never be limited to just men. “Did you know that when yoga first came about thousands of years ago that women were not allowed to participate?” she asked. “But there was a formal debut of yoga at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and it became something that was very much for both men and women.” She laughed when told the description of broga and said, “We’re already doing the same exact thing but we call it power yoga!


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In a power yoga class, the room is heated a little below body temperature, and we start with the different breaths, and warming the body with certain postures. Then, we add in really strong, very beneficial poses and you can hold those, ease them, and create the stamina. Basically, it’s one big flow and one posture to the next. We do core strength, inversions, and all of it benefits the internal organs.” Boudreaux said that yoga is many things but one of the things it promotes, in addition to all of the benefits for a healthy body, is keeping an open mind and seeing what flows from that open mind. Regarding broga, Boudreaux said she had an idea. “I would say that we shouldn’t limit it to just men,” she said. “Maybe we could have broga and groga! But seriously, yoga is for everyone. It’s for all ages, sexes, shapes, colors and sizes.” “If someone hasn’t tried yoga and is curious about it, they should think about giving it a try,” Boudreaux said. “yoga is for the mind and the body. And it’s wonderful.” For more information, contact the Yoga Center of Lake Charles, 497-0017. To get more information on Broga, visit www.brogayoga. com.

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Father’s Day Gifts | Continued from p29 Personal Training Session $50 per 1 hour session or $32 per ½ hour session Gigi’s Fitness Center If your father wants to lose weight, get healthy and/or build muscle, partnering with a personal trainer can be a step in the right direction. At Gigi’s Fitness Center, a trainer can provide guidance on reaching your goals, education about strength training, cardio and basic nutrition, a reason to show up at the fitness center, ways to track your progress and motivation. Call Gigi’s Fitness Center at (447) 474-6601 to speak to a trainer or to ask additional questions.

The Word On Words $3.99-$25 Norman German, Local Author The English language gets pulled up by its roots for purposes of entertainment, enlightenment and vocabulary building in this sprightly linguistic romp that would be perfect for any dad this Father’s Day! Along the way, German defines over 1,500 big, troublesome words and reinforces reader retention with engaging exercise, including crossword puzzles and fill-in-the-blank quizzes that require one to insert the words into plausible sentences. It’s a fun read that sparkles with photographs, bright colors and crazy-quilt fonts. Readers will gain not just a store of factoids, but a sharpened ability to analyze new words and a deeper appreciation for the history and beauty of the language. In addition to being available on and Kindle, the book is also available at The Louisiana Market in the cottage district, and at The Frame House at 1620 Ryan Street.

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Facial HairFlair It grows naturally on men and for some it’s more prevalent than others. It is the ultimate, free accessory and can be considered an art form on its own. Facial hair can transform the most baby-faced man into a handsome, mysterious Casanova. Like every other accessory though, it is important to know what is in style and what is not.

by Katie Harrington

The mustache has definitely made a recent comeback in popularity and like any other fashion trend, facial hair tends to follow what the celebrities are doing. Tom Sellek has sported a mustache for years and recently Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio and other A-list stars have been photographed with a face full of hair. Thrive recently asked Nikki Neubauer with Barbier located inside L’Auberge Lake Charles to give us the lowdown of what’s hot in facial hair fashion. ,


Au Naturel

“Having a clean-shaven baby face never seems to go out of style,” says Neubauer. “It’s a safe move and can take years off of man’s perceived age.” The upkeep on this look can be time consuming to maintain, but it will give you a preppy, fresh look that is timeless and classy.


The Bold Beard


It’s 5:00 somewhere

The extreme opposite of the baby face look, the full beard is an option that many men can pull off. “If you are going to go with a full beard, it is important to keep it well groomed,” Neubauer says. “This is easily done with an electric razor or a decent set of clippers.” According to Neubauer you can freshen up the look of your beard by thinning it out and leaving a thicker goatee and a thin mustache or by shaving the top part and leaving the bottom intact. This is another classic look that is relatively easy to pull off. “It’s a little longer than stubble and provides a mysterious, dark silhouette for the face,” adds Neubauer. “The idea is to have stubble and not actual hair. You can maintain this look by shaving every couple of days depending on how quickly your hair grows.”


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the gallant goatee

The ole chin whiskers provide yet another distinguishable look for men when it comes to facial hair. Proceed with caution though because, like the beard, this is another style that must be maintained. “With this style it’s very important to maintain it to avoid looking like, well, a goat,” says Neubauer. “It may be named after this farm animal, but you should definitely stay away from the triangularshaped goatee.”


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flash that ‘stache

If you are going to roll with a mustache, it’s important to select a shape that fits your face. “The mustache is a style that is not for everyone,” Neubauer adds. “You want to select a shape and style that fits the contours of your face and make sure to keep it groomed and trimmed.”


feelin’ the burn

The length and style of your sideburns is yet another tool at your disposal for changing the look of your face. “Sideburns add a nice touch to a man’s face, but like the other styles mentioned, keeping them trimmed and neat is important,” says Neubauer. An electric razor is the best way to keep your sideburns under control.


The Sideb

routine maintenance Neubauer says the best time to work on your facial hair maintenance is right after a shower. “The hot water opens up and softens the pores, making a post-shower shave the most effective,” Neubauer adds. “When the pores are softer, there is less chance of nicks and cuts.” Neubauer also cautions against a style that may not be appropriate for your given profession. Whatever you do, keep it neat and trimmed to avoid looking like you’ve just been ousted from Survivor Island and don’t let the fear of a shaving mishap keep you from taming your facial mane either. It is just hair and will grow back within a couple days time. Experiment with some of the different styles and have fun accessorizing your look!

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Don’t Let a Thief Steal YourVacation by Kristy Armand

It’s true that money makes the world go round, but it’s equally true that you can’t go ‘round the world without money – so don’t take your funds for granted when you are traveling.


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These days, sticking twenties in your sock won’t cut it anymore. You have to take extra precautions to ensure that you don’t end up without access to funds, whether you’re vacationing in Boston or Belize. “I think we can all agree that nothing ruins a vacation quicker than financial trouble,” said Christa Comeaux, assistant vice president with Lakeside Bank. “Of course, you can’t go on vacation without taking some credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks with you, but it pays to do some advance planning to minimize the chance of theft.” She recommends that travelers avoid leaving town with large amounts of cash. “Instead, plan on using traveler’s checks, credit cards or a pre-paid gift card that can be used in place of a major credit card. “Be very careful not to flash any cash you have,” Comeaux adds. “Pulling a roll of cash from your pocket or wallet can make you an easy target for thieves. Also, don’t bring all your credit cards with you. Two credit cards should be your limit. If you stuff all your credit cards in your wallet and then your wallet is stolen, the liability on those cards can add up quickly.” Comeaux offers these additional theftprevention tips for travelers: Don’t pack any valuables, such as jewelry or money, in checked luggage. Never carry large amounts of cash at one time. If you need to take a significant amount of cash with you on your trip, carry only enough for the day in your pocket or purse. Don’t carry cash all in one place. Use various pockets on your clothes. Never carry both credit cards at the same time. Don’t let your credit card out of your sight. “This means you may have to actually follow someone to a register, but it’s worth it,” Comeaux says. “In fact, this is a good rule to follow in general, even when in your home town.” Make copies of all vital information, including copies of your credit cards and pertinent travel documents. Keep a copy separately from the bag you are carrying with you, and leave an extra copy with someone you trust back at home. “Then if your cards are stolen, you can quickly access the information you need to cancel the card,” says Comeaux. If possible, research popular “pickpocket” techniques of your destination. Certain destinations are sometimes known for particular thievery methods and areas in which this type of crime is more common, particularly among tourists. Always be aware of what’s happening around you. Thieves have usually developed a fairly sophisticated system, especially for targeting tourists. “Something as simple as a bump in a crowded marketplace could result in your wallet being pick-pocketed right from under your nose,” Comeaux says. June 2012


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Be Smart with Online Shopping by Christine Fisher

Americans are shopping online more than ever. It makes comparison shopping easier, saves time, and sometimes, money. Plus, delivery straight to your front door is pretty nice. Amazon, one of the most popular online shopping websites, doubled its revenue from 2007 to 2010, generating more than $34 billion. In the second quarter of 2011, Amazon’s websites averaged 94 million visitors per month, compared to 22 million visitors to Target’s site and 17 million visitors to Best Buy’s site. These figures alone show the popularity of window shopping from the comfort of your favorite chair. Even though the numbers are up, some consumers are still wary, and for good reason. A survey by AC Nielsen found the top security concerns of U.S. online shoppers were: • not receiving the items purchased • receiving items different from what was described • email addresses being sold to third parties • fears about personal or financial information being stolen


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“Online shopping is convenient. It’s a great time-saver for busy people, or for people who aren’t able to get out to the stores,” said Robert Grant, information technology officer with First National Bank DeRidder. “But because sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, are being given to people across the miles, it opens the door for fraudulent activity.” Grant urges online shoppers to be aware of the potential for scams but he says that most of the large retail stores have put safeguards in place to curtail many problems. “After all, these stores want your business, so it’s in their best interest to make sure their customers are confident in shopping with them,” Grant said. “It’s the small, unknown shops, or sites, that could cause the most problems. They don’t have a big reputation to protect, and may not have as many resources to ensure their customers’ privacy. Many of the smaller sites are legitimate mom-and-pop-type shops with spotless records, but in the world of online shopping, it can be difficult to tell the good from the bad. That’s the whole problem.”

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Just as shoppers can practice “safe shopping” when out on the town -- by not leaving a purse unattended, or by putting purchases out of sight in the trunk instead of in full view on the seat of the car -- online shoppers should take precautions, as well.

Credit, not debit. If your debit card number gets stolen, the thief has access to your entire account balance. With most reputable credit cards, your liability is limited to $50 and most credit card companies and banks will waive the fee if you report any unauthorized charges within two days of noticing them. Choose secure sites. Look for symbols that indicate the site is safe. At the top of the screen where the web site address is displayed, it should say https:// The “s” that’s displayed after “http” indicates security, but it may not be visible until you navigate through to the order form on the web site. Another way to determine security is to look for a closed padlock displayed either at the top or the bottom of the screen; operating systems vary on the exact location.



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It’s easy to skim through all that fine print, but security experts agree that it’s important to read it. Reputable companies explain how they process orders, and if they intend to share customer information with affiliate companies. Because companies share information, a customer can quickly get on thousands of lists and receive an overabundance of unwanted email solicitations.

Keep track of your orders. After placing an order, you should receive a confirmation page that summarizes your entire order. Take a screen shot of your order details or save the page itself as an HTML file.



Protect your ID.

Thievery has expanded from stealing tangible items to posing as someone else via the internet. They can apply for credit cards once they have access to a few pieces of your information, such as your Social Security number. Check your credit card bill carefully each month to verify all the charges. If you find purchases you did not make, immediately contact the credit card company and file a dispute claim. • • • •

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Watch out for lures.

Fraudulent companies may try to capture information by sending out an email asking you to confirm a recent transaction. Be aware that this happens and never respond to them. Their whole purpose is to try to gather private information for scams. Legitimate retailers and consumers alike have implemented safeguards on both fronts, limiting fraudulent activity, but internet scammers victimized 3 million people and stole close to $3 billion last year, according to On the whole, the ability for major stores to offer their products via the internet is a great time-saver and convenience for thousands of people; just be smart about where you shop while you’re lounging in your easy chair.

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Career Rules Worth Breaking by Christine Fisher

Following the rules doesn’t always lead to fulfillment, especially when it comes to your career. There are times when it’s better to rock the boat, leave the office instead of working late, or (gasp) not apply for a promotion. “Careers have come to define many people. They give their heart and soul to their job and for some, it works for them; but others are doing everything ‘right’ and find their needs aren’t being met,” explained Matthew McNally, MA, LPC, therapist with Solutions Employee Assistance Program. “For those workers, it’s time to look at what they’re doing and why they aren’t fulfilled. Maybe they need to throw out the traditional keys to career success.” McNally shared these common career rules that might be worth breaking:

Do Your Job. Period. Doing what you were hired to do, and nothing more, will probably ensure your pay for another two weeks, and nothing more. Unless the corporate belt gets tightened. Then, bosses look at which employees have made themselves invaluable to the company. Once you’ve mastered your job duties, pay attention to your organization as a whole. What are the buzz words around the office? Strategic development? Growth? Cutting costs? Come up with a few ideas and then talk to your boss about them. It doesn’t need to be a formal presentation; just a few minutes and a few new ideas might be all that’s needed for you to stand out from the rest of the cubicle inhabitants.


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“Be realistic. If you’re pitching ways to cut costs, don’t suggest eliminating your office nemesis’ position just to get them out of your hair. Cutting down paper costs, travel expenses or office parties are more realistic, and welcomed, suggestions,” said McNally.

Work Overtime. When there is a big project and it’s all hands on deck, yes, you should pitch in, stay late, give it your best effort and be a team player. Dedication is respected. But, burning the candle at both ends results in a pile of ashes. Nurture your creativity, hobbies, outside interests and just simple down time because it’s an essential part of your total self. “Stressed-out people aren’t able to give their best efforts. Guard your personal time so that you can give your best when you’re on the clock,” he advised.

Get an Advanced Degree. MBA’s are valuable, but they aren’t essential in many companies, especially forward-thinking, innovative brands. Steve Jobs, Walt Disney and Mark Zuckerberg were not advanced-degree holders, but they managed to do just fine. “Don’t let the lack of a college or graduate degree dissuade you from moving forward,” he said. “On-the-job skill can often be more valuable than a piece of paper. If you have ambition and dedication, go for it.” June 2012

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He continued, “Sometimes the standard rules don’t apply. You have to do what works best for you and your unique situation. Your career path won’t match your co-workers’ or your friend’s or your parent’s, and that’s ok. Some of the happiest, most peaceful people I come in contact with are the ones who are satisfied with where they are in life; they aren’t consumed with getting ahead at any cost.” Before blindly following a rule, question it to be sure it’s right for you – and your career.

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The Next Generation is making history. The defining mood and spirit of new generations are shifting. Our future citizens and leaders want different things than their parents and grandparents did; and these things are driving them to make calculated decisions on where they choose to spend their money and ultimately where they choose to live. Instead of getting married at 21, they are getting married at a median age of 27. They are leaving home at 18, going through an average of 9 jobs by the time they are 32 and picking the most competitive cities in which to land. These cities that understand this new shift encompass a vibe that is not only attractive but mandatory for the Next Generation. These cities provide a lifestyle that is conducive to whom they are. After work they meet friends and colleagues at a networking event and later that evening walk down the block to have dinner at the local pizzeria. On the weekends they meet for coffee and spend time walking around the local open air market. They are cognizant about recycling and important trends in the food industry. They will happily spend their hard earned money in exchange for a good quality of life. What do these cities have that is more than just commerce? They have an understanding of the third place. This is a place that is neither home nor work. It is a coffee shop, a local restaurant or wine bar, a bookstore or specialty food store, a concert or an outdoor movie. But, it’s more than just a store or a restaurant, it is an experience. The growing ease with which we are able to get so many tasks completed online Continued on p43

Keith W. Henson, Senior Vice President and General Manager at L’Auberge Casino Resort; Emily Newlin Stine, and George Swift, President & CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. This donation is the first installment of L’Auberge Casino Resort’s commitment to the Next Generation Initiative.

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! Big Easy Foods Releases New Line of EZ-Peel Shrimp Big Easy Foods announces the upcoming release of its newest product, Louisiana EZ-Peel Shrimp. These wild caught Gulf shrimp are headless, completely deveined, and are less expensive than other peeled and deveined shrimp. The fresh shrimp are cleaned and cut just before freezing in the shell to lock in freshness. Packed individually and quick frozen (IQF) in a 2-pound bag, the shrimp are easy to peel once thawed. The new product will be available in the Louisiana and Texas markets in early May. To find a local retailer or order products online, visit or visit them on Facebook at

The Clinic Urgent Care Center Has Moved to Nelson Road The Clinic Urgent Care Center, a division of the Imperial Calcasieu Medical Group, has moved from its former location on Lake Street to a new facility located at 4201 Nelson Road, Suite 100, in Lake Charles. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 8am - 6pm and Sunday 10am – 6pm. For more information, call (337) 312-CARE or check out The Clinic Urgent Care Centers on Facebook.

Healthy Image Marketing Agency Named Small Business of the Year for Southwest Region Local marketing, advertising and public relations firm, Healthy Image Marketing Agency was recently named the Louisiana Small Business of the Year for the Southwest L–R co-owners, Barbara VanGossen, Christine Fisher and Region. The winners for each Kristy Armand of the state’s four regions were announced by Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at a private reception held at the Governor’s Mansion. The agency was first runner-up for the Louisiana Small Business of the Year. The awards are given out annually to honor small business leaders who have made a significant impact in their community, demonstrated strong, sustainable growth, and exemplified the strength of entrepreneurship in Louisiana. For more information or to contact Healthy Image Marketing Agency, call (337) 312-0972 or visit www.

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City of Lake Charles Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award The City of Lake Charles was recently informed by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) that it had received the L–R, Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach; Jo Ann Garland, account manager, city of Lake Charles; Paul Rivera, member, GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal GFOA board of directors; and, Karen Harrell, director of finance, city of Lake Charles. year 2012 budget. A Certificate of Recognition was presented to Karen D. Harrell, director of finance. It is presented to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for receiving the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

F.E.E.D. – Faith Employees’ Employment Data Bill Stanton and Carroll Morgan of Crowley have started a Faith Employees’ Employment Data (F.E.E.D.), a non-profit Internet based employment agency to help the unemployed, particularly Christians, to find a job. FEED’s work started last July and asks churches to purchase an annual membership for a small fee so their church members can have free access to their database. Businesses that are associated with these member churches will also be asked to join the FEED organization for a low flat rate annual fee, but there will be no hiring fees. Church members can enter their personal data/or look for available jobs being posted in the system by member businesses. For more information, please email Carroll Morgan at or call (337) 214-0080.

John Stelly Donates $9,000 to T.S. Cooley T.S. Cooley Elementary magnet school recently finished their annual spring fundraiser to raise money for technology purchases and library books. John Stelly, owner of Nissan of Lake Charles, promised to match the money the students raised during this fundraiser, and Stelly recently presented Pictured with students from T.S. Cooley Elementary $9,000 in matching funds to T.S. Cooley. from L–R are Fritzi Fralick, Claudia Kennedy and With the support of John Stelly and John Stelly. Nissan of Lake Charles, students at T.S. Cooley are able to have the very latest in technology along with a wider selection of library books.

Shangri La Gardens Receives TCEQ Award Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center staff members attended the 20th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony in Austin, Texas. These awards are part of efforts by the Texas L–R, Toby Baker, TCEQ commissioner; Noelle Jordan, Shangri La education coordinator; Bryan Shaw, TCEQ chair; Commission on Environmental Michael Hoke, Shangri La director; and Carlos Rubinstein. Quality (TCEQ) to protect

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people and Texas’ natural resources while ensuring clean air, clean water and safe management of waste. Shangri La was the 2012 award recipient of the Environmental Excellence Award in the Education category. For more information, call 409.670.9113 or visit

St. Margaret School receives Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Award St. Margaret School received the Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Award, presented by Today’s Catholic Teacher Magazine.

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Sasol Expands Ultra-High Purity Aluminas Capacity Sasol Limited’s Olefins and Surfactants Division, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, recently announced it will expand in a first step its capacity to produce ultra-high purity aluminas (UHPA) by at least 3000 metric tons per year. Project completion is estimated for the third quarter of 2013. Additional information can be obtained via contacting

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Next Generation, continued from p40 creates the ever increasing need for social interaction. The biggest trend to recognize is the “live first, work second” mentality discussed by consultant and author, Rebecca Ryan. If we do not recognize this now, the hard truth is that our region will not grow, our population will decline. At the Alliance, we’ve come to the conclusion that to compete in our global economy, we need to make our region an attractive place to live. That is why with the sponsorship of L’Auberge Lake Charles, we have decided to take an intense look at our region to figure out how we can make Southwest Louisiana more competitive and provide a better life-work balance for young professionals. We are establishing task forces to work on these areas and to help us be the best we can be. We want companies to be able to attract the people they will need for the future. We want our children and peers to return to SWLA. We will work towards this goal of providing the best lifestyle possible for the Next Generation. As the Next Generation Advocate, Stine will work with regional business and community leaders on goal-specific task forces which will utilize current and new resources to help our community grow and thrive. She will help connect younger workers with seasoned regional leaders and involve the next generation in creating a more enticing quality of life for Southwest Louisiana residents. Emily Stine

Lake City Printing Expands Services Lake City Printing has added new printing capabilities, allowing them to print wide-format projects up to 54 inches wide. Items that can be printed using the wide format printer include posters, banners, signs, photos, and more. The new printer allows Lake City Printing to offer its customers a one-stop shop for their printing projects. For more information, call (337) 477-2595 or visit

Thrive Magazine Brings Home Louisiana Press Association Awards Thrive won first place in the general excellence award in the Special Interest and Free Publication Competition. The magazine also landed a second place award for Best Special Section. The work of owner/partner Barbara VanGossen secured the publication a third place award for Most Effective Use of Graphic Design on a Single Page. The winners of this annual competition were announced during the organization’s annual conference in May. Seventy-seven newspapers, publications and college/university student newspapers submitted 3,796 entries. For more information, contact Thrive, (337) 310-2099 or log onto

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has been described by parish officials as the biggest thing to hit Southwest Louisiana since Hurricane Rita. His response, “Wow, that was a big ‘ole storm!” Westlake’s favorite son Joshua Ledet has been making headlines since he left for Hollywood to begin his American Idol journey. As the weeks turned into months, the frenzy and the viewing parties grew until it recently came to a head. On May 12, Southwest Louisiana hosted a Homecoming Pep Rally for Ledet when he reached the top three. He flew back to town and brought with him an American Idol camera crew. Part of the homecoming celebration was a pep rally at Burton Coliseum in which all of the free tickets were claimed in 56 minutes. As Jason Barnes with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury said, “It may be a man’s world, but in Southwest Louisiana, it’s Josh Ledet’s world.” Upon his arrival back into town, Ledet spoke candidly with the media about his Idol experiences including what it was like to live in the mansion. He described it as an exciting experience but bemoaned the fact that the contestants had to walk what seemed like two miles to get to the nearest refrigerator. When Thrive first had the chance to speak with Joshua, he had just landed back in Lake Charles and he spoke about the experience of flying back home and what he was most looking forward to during his brief stay. Upon arriving home he was taken aback by the overwhelming support he received. “You never know the support you have ‘til you come back home,” said Ledet. “I wanted to break down and cry when I saw the airport.” Ledet also mentioned how important his family has been to him through this whole process, saying that he always made time to speak to them daily, especially his mother and he continues to call on his father for support and prayer. When asked what he was thinking as his plane descended into Southwest Louisiana, he said that it was hard to see anything at first because of all of the clouds, but once those cleared, he saw the I-210 bridge and knew he was home. Thrive was lucky enough to have a second chance to speak with Ledet once he returned back to Los Angeles and had time to reflect on his trip home.

Your homecoming weekend was a whirlwind of activity. Now that you are back in L.A. and have had some time to reflect on the experience, what are you thinking? I wasn’t aware of how big the support was back home. It was a very touching experience, and very motivational for the upcoming week. When you first made it back into town you said you were most looking forward to visiting Westlake High School. What it everything you hoped it be? Yes, I saw so many friends and teachers I’ve missed. They were all very grateful. It was weird to have good friends from school tell me they now look up to me. Burton Coliseum was completely full and Grammy winner Terrance Simien opened for you! Did you ever think anything this big would happen to you or Southwest Louisiana? It was amazing to be able to sing in that environment with so many people there to support me and cheer me on.

While you were here you described a couple of your fellow contestants, but what do they say about you? They usually say I am loud and crazy, but I’m not sure what else they say about me. Have you always wanted to be a singer and how has your time spent performing in local theatrical productions helped to prepare you for American Idol? Yes, I’ve wanted to be a singer since I was a little boy. Singing locally and in church helped me gain confidence to perform. What has been the most difficult part of this experience? Not getting enough sleep; the schedule is constant and we don’t get many breaks. Are there two or three events or characteristics that you credit for your success? My Dad’s church and my family; also when Jimmy [Iovine] told me to be true to myself and to not be anyone else. Continued on p46

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Places & Faces | First Person I’m not sure if you had the chance to cruise through town or not, but if did, did you see all of the marquees of the local business that have “We support Joshua Ledet” plastered on them? What do you think about this? I mean someone photoshoped the ‘Welcome to Westlake’ sign to say ‘Welcome to Westledet!’ We were so busy, I didn’t have a chance to see all of the signs at home! You are the youngest of eight children. How has your major success changed your relationship with your siblings? Are they making sure you stay grounded? No, our relationship hasn’t changed. They are very encouraging and send me encouraging texts throughout the week. Finally, no matter what happens in the next weeks and months, your life has certainly changed forever. Do you think you’ll maintain your Southwest Louisiana roots and stick close by or is big city life in your future? I will never lose my roots, but I know city life will be inevitable. I will take in those experiences and always have my roots back here at home. Two days after our interview with Joshua it was announced that he had not received the votes needed to carry him into the final two and the American Idol finale. A day after the results were announced, Ledet posted a message of sincere gratitude to all of his supporters and announced that he had just signed a ‘huge’ deal. Phillip Phillips went on to win season 11 of American Idol and as sad as Southwest Louisiana was over Joshua not advancing to the finale, the consensus is that the love, support and pride for him will continue as he goes on to achieve greatness.

It’s so amazing to see Josh explode like this! All he is experiencing is so overwhelming and exciting, and this is a business where you have to keep that momentum going. The work is constant and grueling and fast-paced and rewarding. I know that with the tremendous talent inside him, and the support and love of not just Southwest Louisiana, but the whole country, Josh Ledet will take his place among the great vocalists of our time. He may not have won American Idol, but he won millions of fans. He is doing what so many are afraid to do - following his dream with fervor and passion. I can’t wait to work with him! I met him a few weeks ago and told him next time we could just meet at KDs in Lake Charles and share a copy of Thrive! – Jen Kober, comedienne Jen Kober, nationally-known comedienne, Lake Charles native.


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A Team Effort to Keep Special Olympians Healthy

by Katie Harrington

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Tiffany Hebert competes in the 2012 Special Olympics.

For 24-year-old Tiffany Hebert, the annual State of Louisiana Special Olympics Games are her time to shine. She has been competing in the games on and off for the last 15 years and has 13 gold medals from the past three years alone to prove her fierceness as a competitor. Hebert’s sports include bowling, horseshoes, 50 and 100 meter runs and the standing long jump. She says that for her, it’s all about her hard work paying off in the end, but she has a bigger goal in mind. “I want to someday compete at the National Games,” says Hebert. “And once I’ve competed there, I want to move on to the World Games.” The Special Olympics are more than just the spirit of competition and the thrill of victory though. It is an opportunity for these athletes to have access to much needed medical care. The Healthy Athletes program was formed in 1997 by Special Olympics International to serve the athletes competing in the games. Today, the program is available in all 50 states and in numerous other countries around the world. “Since its inception, over one million athletes have received health screenings worldwide, says Craig Oser with the Louisiana Special Olympics. “The Continued on p48

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Places & Faces | Healthy Special Olympians goal/purpose of the program is to enhance the athletes whom we serve by providing screenings in the disciplines of dental, audiology, healthy living, podiatry, vision and physical therapy.” Adding in the health care component doesn’t have to take away from the fun of the games though. Hebert says that she loves going to the carnival games and learning more about teeth, skin care and much more. “They teach us how to take care of teeth by showing us how to properly brush them on these dinosaurs,” adds Hebert. “They also check our weight, height, blood pressure and hearing.” In fact, it was during a hearing screening at a recent Special Olympics event that it was discovered that Hebert was partially deaf in one ear. “They told me I failed my hearing screening,” Hebert says. “When I found out that I was partially deaf in one ear it explained so much, like why I had such a hard time hearing my mom.” The athletes aren’t the only ones who reap the benefits of the Healthy Athletes program. Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist with the Center for Orthopaedics, recently volunteered his services and expertise for the Healthy Athletes program. He completed certification at the Special Olympics Training Center in Boston last year and now serves as a Clinical Coordinator for games in our region. He supervises the organization’s Fit Feet program, a free podiatric screening for Special Olympics athletes. Dr. Green, along with volunteers Megan Young and Brandi Foote from Center for Orthopaedics, and his parents, Becky and Tom Green, worked in the Fit Feet screening area at the state games in Hammond held last month. “Many Special Olympic athletes suffer from foot and ankle pain or deformities that impair their performance, and they are not always fitted with the best shoes and socks for their particular sport,” explains Dr. Green. “Through Fit Feet, we provide foot and ankle screenings and education about proper shoes and socks. If indicated, we refer the athletes to foot care providers in their community. This year, I was able to get a grant from Lock Laces, which gave every athlete these special laces that won’t come untied during competition.” Dr. Green and his team visited with and screened 85 of the more than 600 athletes at the state competition,and he says it was an incredible experience. “It is truly inspiring to work with these athletes, their coaches and their families,” says Dr. Green. “To have the opportunity to be just a small part of their success is humbling. They work so hard to overcome some pretty major hurdles in life and to see their resilience and determination puts everything else in perspective.” Pansy Skipper has been involved with the Special Olympics for 30 years. This year she, along with two other coaches and two volunteers, brought 12 competitors to the state games. “The Healthy Athletes program is so beneficial to the children and adults competing in the games,” says Skipper. “We appreciate volunteers like Dr. Green who give of themselves to help these athletes. For me personally, it is so rewarding and I get far more out of it than I could ever give.” Clinical directors like Dr. Green are responsible for staffing each event, and students from area colleges and universities located nearby volunteer to help. Each state office also has an employee whose main job is to ensure the success of each Healthy Athletes event. “I am proud to be able to give of my time to such a worthy organization,” adds Dr. Green. “It is amazing that for every dollar given to Healthy Athletes, four dollars worth of medical care is provided to the Olympians.” For more information on the Special Olympics or the Healthy Athletes program, visit


Dr. Green with participating athletes.

Dr. Green with his parents who volunteered with him.

Westrope Named Athlete of the Year Local Special Olympian Patricia Westrope was recently named the Outstanding Special Olympics Louisiana Female Athlete of the Year. Westrope was chosen for her commitment to inspire people and for her role as a role model for the other athletes. President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana, Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, said “You express skill, joy and sharing in all activities both on and off the field of athletic competition.” She will be recognized at a special Sports Awards Banquet that will be held later this summer.

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Serving Those Who Have Served Us PPG Helps Rebuild City of Refuge for Homeless Veterans

When PPG’s volunteer coordinator Yvonne Arabie heard about the City of Refuge’s ongoing struggles to recover from Hurricane Ike, she decided to do something about it.

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The City of Refuge, located in Vinton, is a privately funded operation designed to provide shelter and assistance for homeless veterans. Representatives from PPG’s Veterans Committee and the PPG Friends organization coordinated efforts to help repair the City of Refuge by sending more than 60 PPG employees and retirees and volunteers from Vinton High School, PPG’s partner in education.

“My hope is that we can build a bigger facility to support more veterans.”

Bro. Burton Stigen, a former prisoner of war, is the founder and director of the veteran’s shelter.

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“I appreciate the efforts that PPG has made to help by volunteering here at our shelter,” he said.

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Hope A Beacon of

photographs by Mary Beth Conner

Driving down Elliot Road in south Lake Charles, growth and expansion line the horizon. But, to those who call this part of town home, there is a quiet peacefulness that falls over the fields. Maybe it is because of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, a beacon of hope set back in the distance. 50

The church’s new building was dedicated in February of this year. A look back into the church’s early days helps us understand the importance and inspiration of the building today. The church, which began humbly as a grass roots congregation, has seen a lot of changes since its days of celebrating Mass in a private home. The faith community that would eventually become St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church began more than 60 years ago at a time when segregation was a hot topic and there were only two churches in Lake Charles that served the African-American community; Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sacred

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Heart Church. The churches, located in the center of the city and in north Lake Charles, were too far away for these hard-working farming families to travel to. Arrangements were made for a priest to come out to the home of Mr. Frank Granger each Sunday morning. Eventually, services were expanded to include catechism, which was taught under the oak trees by seminarians and nuns from Sacred Heart Church. In 1951, Mrs. Raymond Vincent was moved by the strong faith of these families and offered to donate the funding for a building if the Granger family would provide the land. On Christmas Day, in 1951, St. Martin de June 2012

Porres, established as a mission chapel of Sacred Heart Parish, celebrated its first and as a multi-purpose facility. Eventually, plans Mass. are being discussed to In November, 2002, then Bishop Edward Braxton issued a decree, making St. move the original Chapel Martin de Porres a canonical church parish and Fr. Pellerin was installed as the Church across the street for founding pastor. At this time there were just 50 registered families at St. Martin use as a historical site. The de Porres. Today, nearly a decade later, more than 1200 families call it home. original church building will With growth came space restraints. In 2003, church leaders began to be restored to its original research options for a larger space. A building commission was formed look and used as a place and focus groups were conducted to get an accurate picture of what the for smaller, more intimate congregation wanted its future to be. “We asked in all of these groups if they Masses. wanted to build a multi-purpose center first and they were adamant that For more information they wanted a church, and not just any church, but a church that looked like a or to view Mass times, visit Catholic church,” Fr. Pellerin said. A final plan was developed and a price tag of $8 million was announced. The fundraising effort, “Crossing the Road: By God’s Grace, for God’s Glory” was launched in 2004 and three and a half years later, five hundred families had raised the $4 million that was needed to begin the project. September 2010, ground was broken. “During this fundraising time, we put posters in the church to remind folks what was coming,” Fr. Keith said. “The church was originally built by the people Father Keith Pellerin and for the people of this area and we wanted to stay true to our roots as we speaks from the pulpit worked to literally cross the road together.” that was designed to In February of this year, the official dedication ceremony was held and a relic look like ancient scrolls. of St. Martin de Porres, an actual bone fragment, was placed in the base of the new altar as following the tradition of the Catholic Church. A lot of thought went into choosing materials for the church including the Jerusalem stone from a quarry in Israel. “When we determined how much of the stone we were going to need, the architect called to place the initial order,” said Fr. Pellerin. “As fate would have it, there was actually a ship headed into New Orleans with the exact amount of stone that we needed. It was all from the same lot and was uncommitted, so we were able get it all in at one time instead of the normal three months that it takes for just one partial shipment.” Another unique feature of the church is the stained glass dome that is a depiction of the Communion of Saints. It is a constant reminder that we are never alone when celebrating Mass. “The dome was crafted by Foster Stained Glass in Bryan, Texas,” added Fr. Keith. “It was so large they had to assemble it on the front lawn. This drew so much attention from those passing by that the police had to be called to direct traffic. The local media heard about it and came out to cover the story, and it was actually picked up by the Associated Press.” Other features include archways that are modeled after the gates of Jerusalem, sculptures completed by Shelly Smith from Poetry, Texas, and the Stations of the Cross, which were done by Deborah Luke of Baton Rouge. As a final homage to St. Martin de Porres, the church was built true to Spanish Mission Style Architecture with front doors that are exact replicas of those at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lima, Peru. “It is a humble privilege and honor to be in this position,” said Fr. Pellerin. “I must attribute the success and growth of our congregation to the people. We have truly come full circle and built a remarkable place of worship for generations to come.” Future plans for the former Chapel Church Experience the 3T MAgnEToM include utilizing the buildings for religious only at Southwest education, youth activities, Catholic organization meetings, celebration of Mass for small groups

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Broussard Joins Jeff Davis Bank Keith Broussard has joined Jeff Davis Bank & Trust Co. as a financial advisor, bringing 17 years of investment experience. A lifelong resident of Lake Arthur, Broussard previously worked for A.G. Keith Broussard Edwards & Sons, Inc. and Wells Fargo Advisors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from McNeese State University. Founded in Jennings in 1947, Jeff Davis Bank & Trust Co. offers full-service personal and business banking throughoutSouthwest Louisiana. For more information, visit or call (800) 7895159.

Calcasieu Parish Employees Honored for Excellent Service Ten employees received recognition by the Rotary Club of Lake Charles for outstanding service this year at the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Employee Excellence Awards ceremony. Parish Administrator Bryan Beam and Police Jury Vice President, Dennis Scott, presented the awards to these recipients: Mary Abshire, senior light equipment operator, Robert Daughdril, emergency response coordinator, Dixie Fontenot, administrative support supervisor, Frances Freeman, animal services officer, Wendy Jordan, human resources supervisor, Arthur Leblanc Jr., medium equipment operator, Kevin Lewis, pest control technician, Lyndon Miller, GIS specialist, Heather Mott, juvenile probation officer, Clair Thomson, grants coordinator.

Kerry Andersen Honored Kerry Andersen, regional director for community & public affairs at Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. was recently honored with the Regional Champions for Children’s Health award by the Louisiana Covering Kerry Andersen Kids & Families Coalition during their statewide meeting held in Shreveport.


Junior Achievement of Southwest Louisiana Announces New District Director

Key Staff Members Move Locations at First National Bank DeRidder

Meg Lovejoy has been named District Director of Junior Achievement of Southwest Louisiana (JASWLA). As district director of the local Junior Achievement office, Lovejoy will manage the organization’s work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs that currently reach 3000, K-12 students in the Southwest LA area.

With the recent opening of the Park Terrace location of First National Bank DeRidder, several key staff members have changed offices. John W. Fusilier, CEO and Justin Holt, senior lending officer, have moved to the Park Terrace location, 1003 N. Pine Street in DeRidder. Charli Hebert and Deanna Phelps have joined Jimmy Hicks in the Lending Department at Park Terrace; also, Amanda Vaughn has joined the New Accounts team of Shonda Thomas and Michelle Lockhart, also at Park Terrace. Log onto for more information about locations, personal or business banking, or call the Main Office at (337) 463-6231.

Center for Orthopaedics Names Director of Business Development Former McNeese State University running back coach Carlos McGee is the new director of business development for Center for Orthopaedics, Carlos McGee the region’s largest musculoskeletal group. In his new position, McGee will work to strengthen the group’s relationships throughout the community and into neighboring parishes.

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier Distributes Booklets To High School Seniors District Attorney John DeRosier distributed “Welcome to the Real World-Now that You’re Eighteen” booklets to local high school seniors. It is designed to help the students gain an understanding of the new rights and responsibilities that accompany their transition into adulthood.

First Federal Investments’ Financial Professional Receives Customer Service Awards First Federal Investments financial professional Janet LeLeux received Customer Service Awards from two life insurance Janet LeLeux companies for her 2011 achievements. LeLeux has fulfilled the financial needs of individuals and businesses with PrimeVest for over four years. She has fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry.

Anderson and Green Honored as Lifetime Members of Women’s Commission of SWLA

Ballard Receives WCCH Safety Award West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) recently named Bill Ballard, biomedical technician, as the recent recipient of its Safety Award. The award, which honors employees for their promotion Bill Ballard of safety and safety awareness in and around the hospital, is distributed to those employees that demonstrate extraordinary awareness and action in minimizing potential safety risks.

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Debra LaStrapes, president of the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana Inc. is pleased to announce Betty Anderson and Donna Green were honored as lifetime members. Lifetime commissioners must have served at least 10 years in an “active” capacity as well as document leadership in various committees and activities that the Women’s Commission Supports.

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Beth Winslett Fontenot Named Outstanding Dietician of the Year Beth Winslett Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN, of Lake Charles was named Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Louisiana Dietetic Association at its Beth Fontenot annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition in Baton Rouge last month. The Outstanding Dietitian award is granted to an active LDA member who performs with outstanding competence, leadership and service in the practice areas of dietetics. This individual is committed to LDA through active participation, service, committee work, and elected office and is dedicated to high standards of the profession and devoted to the service of others.

Local Financial Representative Received Award Jonathan Conrad, a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual of Lake Charles was recently awarded Pacesetter First 40 Award. Less than nine percent Jonathan Conrad of the company’s new financial representatives achieve this prestigious award and have the highest career retention rate in the company. Further information can be found at

Percle named Director of Development at St. Louis Catholic High School Susan Percle was recently named director of development at St. Louis Catholic High School. A native of Lake Charles, Susan is a 1989 Susan Percle graduate of Saint Louis Catholic High School. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and English from the University of Alabama and has most recently worked at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School where she directed the Cathedral School’s Capital Campaign, Building On Tradition.

Local Youth Chosen to Represent Louisiana in Washington, DC Lilly Guilbeau of Lake Charles has been selected to represent the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation’s Baton Rouge chapter in Washington, D.C. for Teen Advocacy Day this summer. While in Washington, she will be meeting with other CF Foundation teen representatives and speaking to members of June 2012

Congress about health coverage and better drug funding for people with cystic fibrosis. If you wish to get involved by volunteering or attending one of our events, please log on to batonrouge or call 225-769-9994.

Louisiana Bankers Association Elects 2012-2013 Officers, Board Members Charles V. Timpa, president and chief executive officer of First Federal Bank in Lake Charles, was installed as the 2012-2013 Charles V. Timpa chairman of the Louisiana Bankers Association during the 112th Annual LBA Convention & Exposition. For more information, go to

SWLA Center for Health Services Announces Recipients of Eric B. Taylor Scholarship Awards Scholarships are presented to high school students who are pursuing a college degree in a healthcare related field. One $1,500 scholarship was awarded to Ms. Ashley Marie Austin – Sulphur High School. Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded to the following recipients: Ms. Arlissa Irene Byers – Crowley High School; Ms. Eboni Taneisha Jackson - LaGrange Senior High School; Ms. Kaitlynn Elysse Walker – St. Thomas More Catholic High School.

Poetry Winner Keaghan Kane, a homeschool graduate, represented Louisiana this past week at the national Poetry Out Loud Competition in Washington, D.C. This was the second time in the past two years that a Lake Charles student became the Louisiana State Champion for this arts education program which is facilitated by the Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA on behalf of the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Kane plans to pursue a degree in literature at Patrick Henry College in Virginia,.

C. Allen Bradley, Jr. Named to NCCI Board of Directors The membership of NCCI has elected C. Allen Bradley, Jr., to the 2012 Board of Directors. C. Allen Bradley, Jr. is chairman and CEO of AMERISAFE, Inc., where C. Allen Bradley Jr. he has served in a series of senior management positions since 1994. Prior to joining AMERISAFE, Bradley was engaged in the private practice of law for 18 years and is a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

City of Lake Charles Awarded 1st Place The City of Lake Charles was informed today by Louisiana Garden Club Federation State Cleanest City Chairman, Jean Gilstrap that it came in first in Category I of this year’s Louisiana Garden Club Federation (LGCF) State Cleanest City Contest. Category I represents cities with a population of 45,000 to 99,999. The Cleanest City Contest is a litter prevention program sponsored by the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc.

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Modern Family by Katie Harrington


Popular television shows like AMC’s Mad Men set in the 1960’s depict an American culture that viewed the traditional family as a set of parents living under one roof with their children. In later seasons of the show, when Don and Betty Draper divorce and remarry, we begin to see the uneasiness of their transition to a new normal. Divorce was a new reality in that era, one that poked holes in the American dream and it would take another 50 years before perceptions began to shift.

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Fast forward to 2012 and the picture of what is the norm is becoming more and more blurry. Over the last five decades it became more common to have blended families living cohesively and now, research shows that what was once considered the traditional family exists in less than 50 percent of homes. “There is a great diversity in what is considered normal when it comes to the American family structure,” says McNeese State University Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. Stan Weeber. “If you look back on the very foundation of our country, it was a great melting pot of nationalities and that is precisely what our family structure is becoming, a good, old-fashion American melting pot.” Dr. Weeber describes this melting pot as the mosaic of America and says that there’s not so much a line in the sand anymore on what is traditional or normal.

In the 1960s only five percent of the population reported being divorce, now, 14 percent report that they are currently divorced. Trends show that most Americans still want to be married, to find one true love, but they are more realistic to the idea that it just may not work out. “Marriage is seen as the road to happiness and personal contentment,” adds Dr. Weeber. “However, fewer people today are actually travelling this road.” A recent breakdown of adults in committed relationships shows that 90 percent are married, nine percent are cohabitating, unmarried couples of opposite sex, and one percent are same sex couples. One big shift in the last half century is the age at which people are choosing to get married. The average age at first marriage for females was 25.9 years in 2009, up a little over three years from 22.3 in 1960. Males, on average, are getting married at the age of 28.1 years, up nearly six years from 22.8 in 1960. Researchers believe that young adults may be delaying marriage as a result of a growing recognition of potential negative side effects when the marriage doesn’t work and couples go their separate ways. “One prevalent trend is the growing incidence of grandparents raising children,” says Dr. Weeber. “This occurs when one or both of the biological parents are unable to care for the child due to death, incarceration or the parent’s own substance abuse problems.” According to Dr. Weeber, there are pros and cons to this family dynamic.

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“The ‘grandparent as a parent’ idea has some positive features,” Dr. Weeber says. “The grandparent may display good character and morals and may be a positive influence upon the child. Further, lines of communication may be open between the grandchild and the grandparent.” On the negative side, grandparents may be facing their own struggles. Fixed incomes and the additional parenting duties can put an undue strain on the family budget. For grandparents living under the rule of a landlord, they may feel the pressure to fly under the radar so to speak as to not add the child or children to the tenant list. As a result, the grandparent may not seek help from social services or other agencies even if they are in desperate need, in order to not bring attention to the additional tenants under their roof. Children may also experience some adverse health and behavior risks in this situation. “Studies have documented high rates of asthma, weakened immune systems, poor eating and sleeping patterns, physical disabilities and hyperactivity among grandchildren being raised by their grandparents,” says Dr. Weeber. Another common family model is that of the single parent home. The most documented effect on children in this situation is the possibility of emotional problems stemming from feelings of fear, worry, sadness, rejection, loneliness, anger and guilt. The single parent home can be a positive environment according to Dr. Weeber if there are open lines of communication between the parents and if the needs of the child or children are put first. When a single parent remarries this new family is referred to as a blended family. This can be a tricky arrangement for all involved, especially the little ones who are forced to adapt to a new living environment. One key word that plays into the changing face of the American family is globalization. It may seem like an odd word to try and connect to the family structure, but Dr. Weeber says there are studies that support the notion that globalization has a negative impact on American marital and family life. “Globalization puts a great deal of economic pressure on marriages and families. As jobs are outsourced overseas, family breadwinners in America have been laid off,” adds Dr. Weeber. “College students – many of whom live at home both during and after college – have a more difficult time gaining suitable employment because fewer American jobs remain.” Dr. Weeber says in an effort to grow jobs, governments often cut taxes and roll back social services and programs to assist families. Grandparents, who may find themselves moving back home to live with their children, may find their senior citizen benefits cut. “This economic uncertainty adds to the stresses already present in family life, magnifying them in a most unwelcome way,” says Dr. Weeber. Now, it is important to point out that because Southwest Louisiana never felt the full impact of the economic downturn of recent years, this phenomenon is not quite as noticeable here. The next generation of family studies will, however, be able to examine all of these different models and provide insight on what is working and what is not. The positive take away from this new ‘normal’ is that the family structure is becoming more dependent on more than just a mom and a dad. This idea of a village raising the child is bringing families closer together and allowing them to get to know each other better. “We shouldn’t get so caught up on abnormal versus normal,” adds Dr. Weeber. “No matter what the family snapshot looks like, if the children are healthy and being raised in a positive environment, their potential to thrive is unlimited.” 56

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Limbo, noun: an intermediate, transitional or midway state or place; a place or state of imprisonment or confinement. (You thought this article was about a dance, didn’t you?!) I think of “limbo” as feeling stuck in a situation with no good options. It is so hard to be in limbo, not knowing or being able to decide the direction you want to go. Some people end up in limbo through their own choices, others end up there by default. However you end up there, it’s not a place you want to hang around too long. Limbo is typically all about waiting. Waiting for the other person to decide if she wants to stay or leave the relationship. Waiting to see if your very ill spouse

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him home? At first there is much hope for a full recovery. Then, as time marches on, and not much progress is occurring, the caregiver begins to wear down. It is such a grieving process to reach the point of acceptance that long term care is needed, and he will probably never come home, and now she has to build a life for herself without him. The initial event was a life-changing jolt, but it is the months (and sometimes years) spent in the state of limbo that cause the exhaustion. Limbo is not all bad. I think being reticent to make a major life change is a good thing. Obviously I want you to try to work your marriage out if at all possible. And when you realize that your partner is leaving with or without your permission, I will support your right to refuse to be the one who files for divorce since you are not the one “deserting the marriage.” But, as your therapist, I will be waiting for you to reach the point where you realize that staying in a holding pattern is no longer good for you. The same thing goes for that job: stick around and see what the management changes bring for you. There is no need to jump ship just because there are rumors floating around, or because you “just know” it’s going to be worse. Who knows, it might be a lot better! But if you decide it is not better, and you are staying only because it is easier than leaving, I am going to challenge you to re-think your position.

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While I am OK with you choosing limbo for a little while, it is at best a temporary option. It is in our nature to be moving in one direction or the other. Being in limbo is not comfortable, nor does it feel normal. And if you do not prepare to leave the limbo-state, an option will be foisted upon you that might not be at all what you had in mind. When I am working with a client in limbo, we focus on gaining a feeling of control. Being in limbo feels like everyone and everything but you is in control of your life. So we work on finding areas that you can control. Sometimes we focus on self care: diet, exercise, doing something fun to take a break from the situation. Sometimes we focus on doing things that give a sense of accomplishment: painting that room that has needed it for several months, organizing a closet, or finishing that project. Usually what we work on has nothing to do with the situation that is in limbo. I am just trying to get you as healthy and strong as I possibly can so that you will be ready and able to deal with the situation when the time comes. And when you come to me and tell me that you are ready to move on to the next phase of your life, and ready to say goodbye to being in limbo, I just serenely smile and say “OK, if you are ready.” But inside I am doing the Happy Dance (which happens to look nothing like the limbo)!

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Toothy Grin by Katie Harrington

During the first year of a baby’s life parents will make countless visits to their pediatrician’s office for well baby check-ups, shots, cold, earaches and much more. These trips come with the territory and are considered part of the routine of having a new little one. One more body part that should be added to the healthy baby checklist is their teeth. 60

Since most babies don’t sprout their first tooth until the ages of four to six months, many parents don’t realize that this is the best time to begin establishing good oral hygiene. “With so many other things to worry about when it comes to caring for an infant, it is easy to forget caring for the gums and teeth,” says pediatric dentist Eric Sanders, DDS. “Proper dental care should begin as soon as your baby enters the world in order to set the stage for a great dental care routine in the future.” Dr. Sanders adds that it is important to begin the process even before the first tooth appears. Wiping your baby’s gums clean with a soft washcloth or damp gauze pad a couple of times a day will get them prepare them for the process and

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sensation of having a toothbrush in their mouth. He says cleaning the gums in this manner also wipes milk residue from their gums. Once signs of that first pearly white appear, it is time to begin brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day. “Even though they may not be eating solids when the first tooth appears, it is important to begin brushing your baby’s teeth twice a day,” Dr. Sanders says. “The bacteria in your baby’s mouth turns the naturally occurring sugars found in his or her food acidic. This acid can attack the enamel of the teeth.” According to Dr. Sanders, it is critical to take care of these baby teeth even though they will be replaced by permanent teeth in a few short years. “Baby teeth are responsible for ‘reserving’ spaces for the permanent teeth to grow into. If the baby teeth are lost prematurely, it could cause the permanent teeth to shift, causing orthodontic problems down the road,” Dr. Sanders says. “These teeth are also necessary for your child to bite, chew and learn to speak correctly and clearly.” When it comes to caring for baby teeth, there are a lot of options out there on the market as far as toothbrushes and toothpaste but Dr. Sanders urges parents to proceed with caution when purchasing these products. “The best toothbrush to use on an infant is one with a long handle and a small head. This allows you to better reach all of the areas of your baby’s mouth,” adds Dr. Sanders. “As your infant grows into a toddler, you can switch to a brush with a shorter, chunkier handle that is easier for your child to hold.” Selecting the correct toothpaste is a little trickier. In fact, you may not even need to use toothpaste at all for babies. Dr. Sanders says the most important part of the process is the brushing action itself. It is really all that is needed to loosen any material that may be stuck to the teeth. If you prefer to use toothpaste, it is important to use one specifically designed for infants. “Toothpastes created specifically for infants contain very little if any fluoride,” Dr. Sanders says. “Fluoride strengthens the enamel of the teeth but too

much can cause white spots to appear on permanent teeth, or what is called fluorosis.” Once you’ve selected the correct toothbrush and correct infant toothpaste, Dr. Sanders offers these tips for protecting your baby’s teeth and gums: • Avoid giving your baby juice and instead choose fresh fruits. Water is always the best option if your baby needs additional fluids. • If you do give your baby juice, put it in a sippy cup rather than a bottle. Liquids coming from a bottle tend to pool around your baby’s teeth which can lead to tooth decay. • Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice or milk. In addition to being a choking hazard, the interaction between naturally occurring bacteria in your baby’s mouth and the lactose found in milk can create an acid that attacks tooth enamel. • Adding sugar to your baby’s food is not necessary. Babies are not born with a sweet tooth, this is a preference that is learned. • If you need to give your baby an oral medication, give it before you brush their teeth. Many of these medications contain a type of sugar called sucrose. • Get established with a dentist when your baby’s first teeth appear. Often times a dentist can spot possible problems long before they become visible to the naked eye. A proper prevention/care plan can then be created. Early, routine visits to the dentist office can also acclimate your baby to the sights and sounds associated with visiting the dentist and ease fears or anxieties when they get older. For more information about dental care for children, call Dr. Sanders at 433-5437 or visit www.


It’s a question everyone should be concerned about as they get older. Every year, 2 million bone breaks occur in adults that are not just unlucky breaks, but signs of osteoporosis. It’s a myth that osteoporosis only affects elderly women. The disease can strike men and women, young and old, from all ethnic groups and walks of life. The key to prevention is awareness of risk factors and taking steps to stop bone loss. The key to treatment success once you’ve been diagnosed is knowing all your treatment options.

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Mind & Body


SilentAreKiller ... You at Risk? Abdominal aneurysms are six times more common in men than in women. The exact causes of aneurysms remain unclear. There are, however, some theories and well defined risk factors.

Tobacco smoking More than 90 percent of people who develop an AAA have smoked at some point in their life.

genetic influences The influence of genetic factors is high. The high prevalence rate is most notable in male individuals. There are many theories about the exact genetic disorder that could cause higher incidence of AAA among male members of the affected families.

atherosclerosis It is considered a ticking time bomb, a silent killer. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), a bulge in a wall in the abdominal aorta, occurs mostly in people older than 65 years of age and is more common among men and smokers. They tend to cause no symptoms until they rupture. “Aneurysms can occur in any artery in the body, but it usually occurs in the abdominal aorta, just below the kidneys,” says Dr. J. King White, a cardiologist with Heart & Vascular Center, a part of the Memorial Medical Group. The major complication of an AAA is rupture, which is life-threatening, as large amounts of blood spill into the abdominal cavity. Once an AAA ruptures, emergency surgery is needed and time is of the essence. A ruptured AAA can lead to death within minutes and carries a mortality rate of 60 to 90 percent. As abdominal aortic aneurysms expand, they may become painful and lead to pulsating sensations in the abdomen or pain in the chest, lower back or scrotum. The risk of rupture is high in a symptomatic aneurysm. When an AAA reaches 5.5 centimeters in diameter, about the size of a large lemon, is when one is at risk for an aneurysm rupture. Fixing the problem usually requires a minimally invasive procedure performed in the cardiac catheterization lab. A stent graft is used to create new walls in the damaged blood vessel for the blood to flow through. “We administer local anesthesia and make two small puncture sites in the groins. We put half of the graft through one side and the other half of the graft through the other side and connect them once they are inside the aneurysm,” Dr. White says. “The blood flow is cut off to the aneurysm and over time the aneurysm will decrease in size.”

The AAA was long considered to be caused by atherosclerosis, because the walls of the AAA are frequently affected heavily. Patients with high blood pressure have an increased risk of abdominal aortic aneurysms. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is usually diagnosed by physical exam, ultrasound, or CT. Ultrasound technology is used to screen for aneurysms and to determine the size of any present. If you are over age 60 or 55 with a family history of an AAA, a simple screening could save your life. For more information, contact Heart & Vascular Center by calling (337) 49-HEART (494-3278) or click

An illustration of how AAA is treated.


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Mind & Body

Controlling Cholesterol with Statins

When it comes to keeping your heart healthy, the foods you eat and the genes you inherit matter. Good heart health may also depend on the prescribed drugs you take. Several medicines are effective at lowering blood cholesterol levels—a key factor in good heart health. Chief among them are the statins.

Statins (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) are one class of many drugs used to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood by reducing the production of cholesterol by the liver. Statins block the enzyme in the liver that is responsible for making cholesterol. Too much cholesterol can increase a person’s chance of getting heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in all parts of the body. It is critical to the normal function of all cells. The body needs cholesterol for making hormones, digesting dietary fats, building cell walls and other important processes. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs, but cholesterol is also in some of the foods you eat. “When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it can build up on the walls of the arteries. This build up is called plaque,” says Imperial Calcasieu Medical Group Cardiologist, Richard Gilmore, M.D. “Over time, plaque can cause narrowing or hardening of the arteries—a condition called atherosclerosis. In short, too much cholesterol can clog your arteries and keep your heart from getting the blood it needs.” There are no warning symptoms of high cholesterol. A simple blood test will measure the different kinds of cholesterol. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol can clog the arteries. Lower numbers of LDL are best. The higher the LDL level, the greater the risk for heart disease. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol carries bad cholesterol out of your blood, back to the liver, where it can be eliminated, to keep it from building up in the arteries. The higher the HDL level, the lower the risk for heart disease. The following factors affect blood cholesterol levels:

Certain foods - eating too much saturated fat, found mostly in animal products, and too much cholesterol, found only in animal products Heredity - genes play a role in influencing the levels weight - excess weight tends to increase the levels exercise - regular physical activity may not only lower LDL cholesterol, but it may increase the level of desirable HDL cholesterol

smoking - cigarette smoking lowers HDL cholesterol age and gender - cholesterol levels naturally rise as men and women age. Menopause is often associated with increased LDL cholesterol in women.


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“The main goal of cholesterol treatment is to lower LDL to levels that will not lead to or worsen heart disease,” says Dr. Gilmore. “When a patient without heart disease is first diagnosed with elevated blood cholesterol, I usually advise a six-month program of reduced dietary saturated fat and cholesterol, together with physical activity and weight control, as the primary treatment to bring levels down.” When diet and exercise alone are not enough to reduce cholesterol to goal levels, doctors often prescribe medication—the most prominent being the statins. By interfering with the production of cholesterol, statin medications can slow the formation of plaques in the arteries. “Statins are relatively safe for most people, but some can respond differently to the drugs,” Dr. Gilmore explains. “Certain people may have fewer side effects with one statin drug than another. Some statins, in particular Lovastatin and Simvastatin, also are known to interact adversely with other drugs. This information, coupled with the degree of cholesterol-lowering desired, will help guide the decision about which statin to use, or whether another type of drug should be used.” Statin medications are not recommended for pregnant patients or those with active or chronic liver disease. Dr. Gilmore recommends the following tips for managing your cholesterol levels: • Have your blood cholesterol levels checked at least once every 5 years if you are an adult 20 years or older. • Check with your doctor. You may be able to lower your cholesterol levels by eating better and exercising more. • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk for heart disease. • Stay active every day. • Use the food label to choose foods lower in saturated fat, including trans fats and calories. • Eat more fruits and vegetables. • Don’t stop taking any cholesterol-lowering medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Improve yourView

You’re driving down the road, the sun is shining in your eyes and you squint through your glasses, wishing they were sunglasses instead of just prescription lenses. Well, they could be. If you have a vision problem that requires corrective prescription eyewear, you have several choices when it comes to sunglasses. Dr. Mel Gehrig, optometrist with The Eye Clinic, says prescription sunglasses are available for virtually any lens prescription, including bifocal and progressive lens options. “Unfortunately, many people who wear glasses don’t ever use any kind of sun protection for their eyes. But they need it just as much as everyone else. Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pterygia, photokeratitis, and skin cancer around the eyelids.” One option for those who wear prescription eyewear is choosing lenses that have a photochromic tint. Dr. Gehrig says these lenses are often called “transition lenses” because they automatically darken in sunlight and then return to a relatively clear state indoors. “These lenses are a great convenience, but one drawback to them is that UV rays are required to activate the tint, so they may not work well in vehicles. Most windshields today block a significant amount of UV, so you may still be squinting while driving if you choose this protection option.” Clip-on magnetic sunglasses that easily attach to your prescription eyewear when needed is another convenient alternative available with some frame options. “The key with these is to always remember to bring them with you,” says Dr. Gehrig. Another increasingly popular option is purchasing a pair of prescription sunglasses at the same time you get your regular glasses. “Prescription sunglasses have become more common in recent years as eyewear in general has become more stylish and viewed as a trendy fashion accessory,” says Dr. Gehrig. The selection of prescription sunglass frames is nearly the same as with non-prescription sunglasses, including designer styles and the latest trends for women and men. We can even offer wrap-around sports styles with prescription lenses.”



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Prescription Sunwear

Dr. Gehrig says prescription sunglasses can be a practical choice for contact lens wearers, especially during the summer months when they will be spending time by a pool or at the beach. “With prescription sunglasses, you can leave your lenses safely in their case and still see clearly. This will help you avoid the risk of eye irritation and infection if you leave your lenses in while your eyes are exposed to chlorine, wind and sand.” As with non-prescription sunglasses, Dr. Gehrig stresses the primary concern when buying prescription sunglasses should be that the lenses block 100 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. “UV protection is unrelated to the color and density of the tint in sunglass lenses, so you can choose any lens color and darkness you like, as long as your optician verifies that the lenses provide 100 percent UV protection. For added glare protection from light bouncing back from reflective surfaces – water, sand and concrete pavement – prescription polarized sunglasses are also available.” For more information about prescription sunglasses, call The Eye Clinic nearest you or visit

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Style & Beauty

Summer Beauty Sins

by Jody Carroll

The sunscreen is flying off the shelves as summer fast approaches. The long days in the sunshine will tempt us to do things to our skin that are unforgiveable. Beach parties, dinner dates and nights out with friends mean extra play time for you and less down time for your skin. Certain beauty “sins” can reduce the longevity of your skin and ultimately age you faster than you’d like.


Prolonged wear of your make up increases chances of acne, especially if you are already prone to getting it. It clogs your pores with dirt from the day, not to mention painting colorful artwork on your pillow. Your skin uses this resting time to renew, restore, and repair itself. When you are exhausted, don’t give in to laziness! Make sure you have a simple routine for cleaning off your makeup. Keep cleansing towelettes and a small wastebasket near your bed to ensure you remember to cleanse, enabling your skin to refresh as you sleep.

Sin #2 Not getting enough sleep.

Summertime can be busy. Repetitive days of work, beach or pool, and late nights can take a toll on your sleep routine. When you don’t get your 7-8 hours of sleep, make up and even dark circle creams can only do so much. Again, your skin needs to rejuvenate. Turn off the TV. Put your phone on vibrate. Give the computer, and yourself, a restful night. Your body will thank you in the morning.


Exfoliating cleans off dead skin cells, giving your face a brighter, healthier appearance. However, exfoliating increases your skin’s vulnerability to the sun and all the products you use. Aesthetician and spa director at Scarborough’s Salon and Day Spa, Amy Collins explains, “People go to the extreme with exfoliation, 68

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“Moisturizers help lubricate and soften the skin preventing surface dehydration,” says Collins. While the summer sun can dry out your skin, overmoisturizing can also harm it. When you coat your face in lotions, you are actually trapping dead skin cells in, causing those tiny white spots, or milia, to form. Collins suggests using a lightweight moisturizer.

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Blemishes can be frustrating, especially when you want your skin flawless for summer. But popping causes infection, scarring and even broken blood vessels. Instead, try using an over the counter benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid treatment. However, if you insist on popping, use a warm compress to bring the puss to the surface before you gently squeeze. “I find that clients who see a dermatologist and get facials get the best results,” adds Collins.


Lash extensions can enhance your look for the summer, but it can be annoying when they begin to grow out. Don’t make the mistake of plucking. Instead, get a professional to remove the false lashes. If you have to do it yourself, clip the lashes at the tips until they gradually grow out, rather than pulling out your hard-earned real lashes.

Sin #7 Tanning.

Step away from the tanning bed. Proceed with caution to your nearest exit. Tanning beds and tanning in the sun lead to brown spots, premature wrinkles and increase your chances of cancer. It is best to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and reapply it every few hours when you’re having fun in the sun. New rules from the FDA regarding sunscreen say that only sunscreens labeled broad-spectrum with a SPF of 15 or higher will be able to protect against skin cancer. Don’t be sinful when it comes to your beauty. Have fun this summer and take care of your skin!

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Style & Beauty


Resculpting Your

by Katie Harrington

When Fran Avery decided she was ready to erase some of the signs of aging, she began doing her research. She studied the results of products out on the market and even mentioned it to her doctor. Her doctor, who was looking into options herself, suggested that she take a look at Sculptra cosmetic. “Prior to using Sculptra I had never had any type of treatments like this,” said Avery. “I wasn’t sure which solution I wanted to select, but I knew since this was my face, I didn’t want something overnight that I wouldn’t be able to go back on.” Through additional research and a consultation, Avery decided that Sculptra, a relatively new product on the market, was the way to go. Mark Crawford, MD, facial cosmetic specialist with the Aesthetic Center, explains that Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid. “This substance has been used for years in sutures during facial cosmetic surgery to close deeper planes of tissue. The body is very reactive to the suture and slowly dissolves it. As this occurs, it was discovered that there was a very beneficial side effect: natural collagen formation is stimulated, which helps restore firmness and volume to the skin. This is the basis for Sculptra cosmetic injections – using a liquefied version of this suture material in select locations to restore a more youthful contour to the face.” “I love that Sculptra rebuilds natural collagen and I am able to ease into the changes,” added Avery. “For me it is all about waking up and feeling fresher and more rested. I look like I did 10 years ago.” Sculptra is injected below the surface of the skin, where it provides a gradual increase in skin thickness. Dr. Crawford says it is best used for contouring and adding a more youthful shape to the cheek and temple areas. “It can also aid in lifting the nasolabial folds and lateral brows– anywhere we need to regain fullness, and can provide contouring to the jowls and marionette lines around the mouth. It helps to think of it as resculpting the youthful curves of the face. That is why it is a more gradual process than with other cosmetic fillers. Most patients will need two to five total treatments over the course of several months, as we work to achieve the desired effect. Although the body begins to respond to Sculptra immediately by creating new collagen, it takes a few months before the skin starts to feel thicker, hollows begin to diminish and wrinkles begin to disappear. However, the results are much longer lasting, usually two years or more.” Poly-L-lactic acid, the active ingredient in Sculptra, is biocompatible and biodegradable, meaning it will not harm the body and is easily absorbed. No allergy testing is required before Sculptra treatments. For more information about Sculptra, call the Aesthetic Center at 310-1070 or visit


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Style & Beauty

A Guy’s Guide to Looking to Ready Wear Great for Any Occasion

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Guys don’t typically ask for advice for most things. Fashion can be confusing for both women and men, so I’m here to give some wardrobe tips for the guys this time so they can feel confident and look great. With this set of guidelines, most guys can put together an appropriate look for any occasion. You can wear blacks with browns but just please remember that you need to match your belts with your shoes. They don’t have to be exactly the same color but at least in the same color spectrum. Which to wear: sport coat, blazer or suit jacket? Sport coats don’t have a lot of structure built into them and so are considered more casual. They are typically a tweed or plaid material. Blazers have traditional pockets and can be worn with non-matching pants. Suit jackets higher quality material and are to be worn with the matching pants. Pleats or Flat Front? This is a personal opinion, however reasoning needs to be taken into consideration with this choice. Flat front pants are more modern and flattering to most body types by slenderizing the hip and waistline. However, if you feel more comfortable with a pleated waistband, stay way from cuffed pants; it’s a dated style that will just make you look older. The detail of your suit – the TIE: please avoid novelty ties. Pick up the accents or colors of the shirt with the tie and make sure it coordinates with the suit color. Don’t be afraid of mixing check shirts with printed ties, gives the look of being ‘put together.’ The piece that will finish your outfit: a watch. If there is anyway to make an impression, it’s with a great watch. It can show you pay attention to details, have great taste and you are dedicated to life. Make sure the expense matches the life you want to live but is not overly excessive. Looking nice sends a silent message of confidence. Wear tailored pieces as much as possible. Wear a shirt that flatters your waistline and arms, with pants that are trim and fit. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be wearing clothes conformed to your body, but baggy clothes tend to look sloppy. Do not feel like you have to follow all the trends, find the new trends that flatter you the most and then incorporate them into your wardrobe. But beware, just because you love a new trend, say v-neck t-shirts, don’t make that your everyday attire; mix it with other styles as well. Expand your color palette. Mixing up the colors and adding vibrant hues can look more youthful and approachable. Even though most men aren’t drawn to pink or any stereotyped female colors, pick up a few polo’s or button-down shirts that are pink or lavender to draw the attention of your date or your wife. Shoe clues. Boat shoes are not my favorite but when wearing them, do not wear socks. Neither sandals nor loafers require socks. Understand that sandals or boat shoes are worn during casual attire situations and do not need the accent of tall, white atheletic socks to make them look great., tennis shoes with jeans comes across as lack of effort and fashion sense.

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Jump on in, the water’s fine! by Lisa Addison

many local children and teens are now taking swimming to a whole different level when they become part of a swim league

Swim Leagues are about way more than just competing. The Summer Swim League, an 18 year-old City of Lake Charles-supported program , gives kids the opportunity to experience competitive swimming in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere resulting in a host of new childhood memories. Chris Deroche and his family moved to Lake Charles in 1999 when their oldest child, Mark, was 8 years old. His son joined the Country Club Acres Sting Ray team which had approximately 17 kids; today, it has more than 50 members. Deroche volunteered to coach the team the very next season as a way to spend quality time with his children but he had no idea he would still be coaching the team today and that his son, Mark, who is now 21, would end up being the team’s assistant coach. Deroche’s daughters, Brooke and Kayla, both joined the team as soon as they were old enough. “Our oldest daughter, Brooke, has moved off to college at LSU, but our youngest daughter Kayla who was 2 years old when I started coaching, is now 15, and still on the team, and also swims for Barbe High School. My wife, Therese, also helps sometimes and loves to coach the little bitty ones.” Trudy Gehrig, area supervisor of the Recreation Department, and for 14 years, director of the Summer Swim League, says that, to participate, each swimmer must be able to swim one pool length (at least 25 yards). “The Summer League runs about eight weeks, during the months of June and July,” Gehrig said. There are 10 teams participating and they compete while enjoying the sport of swimming. The city supplies a coordinator to make sure that all of the 74

needs of the league are met but all of the meets are run by volunteers, many of them parents. The Summer League is comprised of the following teams: • Country Club Acres Stingrays • Grand Lake Gators • Graywood Sports Club • Lake Charles Country Club • Lake Charles Racquet Club • Moss Bluff Marlins • Sulphur Seals • Swimsational Dolphins • University Dolphins • Vinton Sea Lions There are many other local swim teams including teams at various high schools and the Sulphur Spartans, a USA affiliated team, that swims year-round and competes all over the lower southeastern states. Aside from the thrill of competition, there are some other great reasons to be involved with the swim league. Swimming is also a fun team sport and a great way to stay healthy while making lifelong friends. The excitement of seeing kids succeed is one reason why Deroche has been involved with the sport all of these years. “The thrill of seeing a kid’s stroke improve and their times drop never gets old and is what keeps me going,” Deroche said. “Whether it’s one of the fastest

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kids on the team dropping time, or the slowest kid on the team dropping time, I get a charge out of every improvement. What I love to see more than anything, are the 5, 6 or 7 years old kids that show up at their first meet and they’re crying and scared to jump in for their very first race because there’s so much chaos and excitement in the air. Sometimes their moms step up and throw them in or sometimes they swim that whole first lap bawling. But when I watch them excitedly dive in the pool at the championship meet several weeks later, I sometimes tear up at seeing how far they’ve come.” Although Gehrig is remaining in her job and will still be involved with the program, she recently appointed Wendy Becton to be the coordinator. Asked to recall a favorite memory about the league from all of her years, she said she had so many great memories, including the fact

that every time she attends a meet there’s just something about the atmosphere that’s almost electric. One of her favorite memories could have had a disastrous ending if it wasn’t for a person who pitched in to help. “In the second year of my doing the Summer League, I arrived at the pool at 7 a.m. on a Sunday (meets are usually on Saturday but it was a make-up meet) to find no one to open up for the meet,” Gehrig recalled. “We had more than 300 people in front of the pool waiting to swim or to watch the meet. I began calling people, just going up the chain of command as I tried to find a solution, and I finally worked my way up to Mayor Randy Roach. He got out of bed and came to the pool with bolt cutters and cut the lock on the gate. Problem solved and he sure did make me look good! It saved the day and I’ll always remember it.”

Interested in signing up? Register with one of these teams before June 15. University Erin Miller Grand Lake Felisha Nunez Jarrett Nunez Moss Bluff Janel Zareck Swimsational Judi McIntosh

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by Kristy Armand

benefits of swimming Swimming can be more than a relaxing way to cool off in the summer. It is also a great way to keep your bones, joints and muscles healthy. According to Steven Hale, MD, orthopaedist with Center for Orthopaedics, swimming is one of the best all-around exercises. “When you swim, you use all of your major muscle groups. In addition, it is a low-impact, low-risk exercise, making it an appropriate exercise for most people, even those with conditions such as arthritis, which may limit their participation in other forms of physical activity.” He says swimming offers many other benefits: It requires little or no special equipment, can be enjoyed by people of all ages and can be combined with other activities to accelerate weight loss. The intensity and duration of a swimming program should be slowly but steadily increased. “If you are getting started with swimming for fitness, make time in your schedule to swim three to four times a week, generally with a day off between sessions for recovery,” recommends Dr. Hale. “Approximately one hour of exercise in the pool is required to provide significant improvement in your level of fitness.” During the past decade, competitive swimming in Southwest Louisiana has rapidly grown in popularity. And even though swimmers have a lower risk of serious injury than most other athletes, there are certain injuries that can occur. “Swimming injuries

most often result from overuse,” said Dr. Hale. “The three most common involve the shoulder, knee and foot, with the ‘swimmer’s shoulder,’ occurring most often.” Swimming repeatedly stresses the complex shoulder joint, and may cause impingement within the joint, which results in pain during and after swimming. Knee pain in swimmers is usually caused by stress placed on the knee by the whip kick used in swimming the breaststroke. The main cause of foot pain is tendinitis resulting from the repetitive motion of the foot as it flexes during the kicking motion. “All of these injuries should respond well to the standard treatments for overuse injuries, which are relative rest and activity modification,” explains Dr. Hale. He says frequent icing and use of antiinflammatory medications may speed healing, but if pain persists, he advises seeing a doctor for an evaluation. “It’s great to see so many more options, like swimming, in youth sports today,” says Dr. Hale. “In addition to teaching the skills of competitive swimming, it provides the foundation for a fitness activity that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.” For more information on any sports injury, call Center for Orthopaedics at 721-7236 or visit www.

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Admission Costs – Children ages 3 and under – free, Kids 4-12 - $2, Adults 13-up - $3, FREE admission with Active Military ID • 4pm-12am – Gates Open • 6pm – 10pm – Bracelets $18 Indoor Stage – 6pm | Pageant, Ages 0-6 Outdoor Stage | 6-8:30pm – Shadow Road • 8:30pm – 200th Louisiana Bicentennial Fire Works Show • 9pm-12am – Willie Tee & Cypress with special guest Tommy McClain

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Admission Costs – Children ages 3 and under – free, Kids 4-12 - $3, Adults 13-up - $5 • 10am-12pm – Gates Open • 11am – 3pm – Bracelets $15 • 6pm-11pm – Bracelets $18 Indoor Stage | 10am – David Gish Magic Show • 12 noon – Bee Bop Girls • 1pm – Ron Yule and Friends • 4pm – Bee Bop Girls • 5pm – Louisiana Scamble Band 7pm – Watermelon Idol Talent Show Outdoor Stage | 10am-4pm – Louisiana Kids • 1:30pm – Junior & Adult Seed Splitting Contest • 2:30pm – Junior & Adult Watermelon Eating Contest 3:15pm – Watermelon Producers Contest and Watermelon Public Auction • 4-5:30pm – Brandon Ledet & the Creole Touch 6pm – 8:45pm – Da’ Classics • 9:10pm-12a – Bernie Alan

For more information on the Beauregard Watermelon Festival, please contact the Beauregard Tourist Commission at (800) 738-5534 or visit

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Lake Charles plays host to a talented and growing music scene by Chris Shearman

Music is like childhood - there is no better place in the world. And perhaps, maybe more than ever, there is no better time for music in Southwest Louisiana than right now. From as far south as “The Porch” and “Yesterdays” to as far north as “Stellar Beans” and “Sha-Sha’s”, both solo musicians and live bands are landing more gigs, putting more live music into the ears of Lake Charles’ listeners. With a strong population of Cajun and Creole families, it is no surprise that many of our residents’ parents and grandparents listened to swing, zydeco, and rhythm and blues records. In other homes, the sounds of pop, big band, soul, and country records can be heard through open windows. Lake Charles is a cultural melting pot with an ideal location between New Orleans and Houston, creating both a unique listener and broad opportunities for musicians. There will always be the voices of those wishing for more music, different


kinds of music and more venues. Although these views can serve as a motivator, they could not be further from the truth. Our music scene is vibrant and diverse and our venue owners are trying their best to facilitate, grow and nurture that. “There have to be three things in place to build a music scene: the musicians, the venues and more importantly, the listeners. When all three of these align, you have something special. This is exactly what is happening in Lake Charles,” Billy Edwards, owner of The Porch said. “We have always had an abundance of talent and people who want to listen. We are now finally getting people to open their doors to both. It’s great to be able to listen to a McNeese student jam session one night, hear Tab Benoit or Anders Osborne the next and know tomorrow night I can go down the street and hear another amazing show.” Solo musicians such as Paul Gonsoulin and John Guidroz experience consistent bookings and returning listeners. Lake Charles often prefers the toned down sound of solo musicians while they let off steam after a long work week. Local musician Paul Gonsoulin commented, “I like that it’s easy to get a gig. There are lots of places to play and it’s easy to get in. There are open mic slots every week and venues are willing to let people play if they have their stuff together.” Singer and songwriter John Guidroz, who also works as a writer at the American Press, is currently recording an album with bass player/teacher and studio master Matt Moss. “The thing I like the most about the Lake Charles music scene is the sense of community between bands. It seems like most of the local bands are friends outside of the music scene and are very supportive of each other. As for me, I’m in a unique situation in that I’ve had a steady gig at the same bar (Friday nights at Micci’s) for over a year now. I’m pretty fortunate to have a steady show each week,” shared Guidroz. In addition to bar owners, restaurant owners have also invested in the music of our city. On any given night at Ember Grille and Wine Bar or Mazen’s, one can hear the sounds of a fabulous piano player. This is the owner’s investment in a customer’s experience with food and music. It might seem minimal, but it adds

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an exquisite touch. “We have music here you can’t find anywhere else. Take a look at the Banners Series. That’s music from all over the world,” musician and music educator Jay Ecker said. “The people who go out and search for live music know what they want to hear. They appreciate the work getting put in and they are willing to pay a cover charge. The amount of talent that we have in our area is incredible for the size of our market,” Ecker continued. This year saw the emergence of a brand new music festival in our city via the Arts and Humanities Council. Live at the Lakefront was huge success, offering free, live music for three Fridays in March. Local favorites such as Wendy Colonna and City Heat cranked out some local homegrown sound while great weather blessed all the folks on the hill. “I just think there’s no reason every venue should NOT be packed Thursday to Saturday night every week,” said local blues guitarist Brice Perrin. Music is a part of us. It is deeply rooted in who we are, where we are from, and how we celebrate life. Not every city is as fortunate to have so many talented musicians at its fingertips. From two-stepping to zydeco to hand-clapping to gospel music, it is the sounds of our local musicians and the venues that host them that help us call Lake Charles “home.” Chris Shearman is a local musician and handles the marketing for, an area resource for live entertainment and event listings.

The Lake Area has some exciting live music scheduled for the summer. Get ready to join these bands for some fun-filled and memorable evenings. L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles June 2012 Liquid Society Lineup June 7 Galactic June 14 Jamey Johnson June 21 Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw & Andy Grammer June 28 Uncle Kracker Micci’s June Lineup June 8 John Guidroz - 9:30pm June 9 The Downhearted - 10pm June 13 Dave Pellerin - 8pm June 15 John Guidroz - 9:30 June 16 Bujie and the Highrise - 9:30 June 21 Brad Brinkley - 8pm June 22 John Guidroz - 9:30 June 23 Sugar House - 9:30 June 28 Brad Brinkley - 8pm June 29 John Guidroz - 9:30 June 30 Soul Vacation - 9:30 Delta Downs June Gator Lounge Entertainment June 8-9 LA Express June 16-16 Phil Vaught June 22-23 BB & Company June 29-30 Zydecane Be sure to check the July issue next month for more dates.

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Mark Your Calendar! Acts of Love Inc. to present 3rd Annual Miss Juneteenth Pageant and Banquet Acts of Love Inc will host the 3rd Annual Miss Juneteenth Pageant and Banquet on Saturday, June 16 from 6pm - 9pm at Girard Park. The event commemorates the end of slavery and promotes positive cultural interaction. For more information, visit or contact Ms. Brenda Andres at 258-1666.

Stark Museum Hosts Teacher Workshop on Native American Cultures On Tuesday, June 19 from 9am – 3pm, Stark Museum of Art will host a free teacher workshop on Native American cultures, entitled Katsinas and More: Native American Cultures in the Classroom, taught by author and consultant Susan Secakuku. Secakuku will discuss ways of integrating information on Native American cultures into the curriculum in Social Studies, Language Arts and Fine Arts courses. The workshop will take place in the Education Center at 812 Green Avenue, and in the galleries of the Museum at 712 Green Avenue, in Orange. Space is limited and a completed application is required to participate. Applications are available at or may be picked up in person at the Museum’s Information Desk during open hours. Applications are due by June 12. Teachers at all levels may participate and lunch will be provided. For more information, call (409) 886-ARTS (2787) or email eivanova@

Barbe High School Class of 1982 Celebrates 30 Years The 30 year reunion of the Barbe High School class of 1982 will be held the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd at the Lake Charles Country Club. Tickets can be reserved at, and clicking on the “attend event” link. For details, contact Ann Ritter at 337 -842-1191, or join the Barbe 1982 30 year reunion group on Facebook.

Mayor’s Committee for the First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial Making Plans for Fundraiser & Banquet The Mayor’s Committee is scheduled to hold a fundraiser and banquet for the First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial at the Lake Charles Civic Center Buccaneer Room on June 23rd. The fundraiser and banquet will help raise funds


in support of a project to erect a statue of First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet for Veterans Memorial Park. For more information on tickets and pricing, call (337) 491-6688.

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Tournament Slated The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST), a nationally recognized team comprised of amputee active duty military personnel and veterans, will play against Olympic Gold medalist Jennie Finch and a team of all-stars July 13 - 14 in Sulphur. The tournament will be held at McMurry Park, with game events beginning each night at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online at, both locations of Dynamic Dimensions Fitness Centers, Sulphur City Hall, and the Diagnostic Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. All proceeds from the event will go towards helping wounded warrior amputees. It will also aid in the support of WWAST. Sponsorships for the event are available and donations are also being accepted. For more information, call (337) 527-4241. For more information visit woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam or

Hart Eye Center Will Hold Free Cataract Screenings Hart Eye Center of Lake Charles will hold two free June cataract screenings on June 9 and June 23, 8am - noon to help people protect their vision from the damaging effects of cataracts. If left untreated, cataracts can not only damage vision, but have the potential to cause blindness. For more information on free eye screenings visit or call 439-4014.

Prien Lake Mall Hosts Bayou Bash Celebrate summertime in true Louisiana style during the first annual Bayou Bash at Prien Lake Mall on Saturday, June 23 from 4pm-10:30pm. Enjoy the festival atmosphere with Cajun food, family and friends and live entertainment. The family-friendly event is FREE and open to the public. Entertainment lineup includes Never Shout Never, Horace Trahan, Ashes of Babylon and Damon Troy. For more information, contact Nikki Buxton at (337) 477-7487.

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National Association of University Women to hold 53rd South Central Conference The 53rd South Central Sectional Conference of the National Association of University Women will be held in Lake Charles at L’Auberge du Lac Resort June 14-16. The national theme is “Progressive Women: Redefining Community Service in the 21st Century.” NAUW members from Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisiana will be in attendance. South Central Sectional Director, Linda P. Armstrong, will preside over the Conference assisted by Lay Member, Betty Wilkerson. National officers attending the Conference will be President, Dolores Y. Owens; First Vice, Letisa Vereen; Second Vice President. Dr. Bettye Williams. Forever Emeralds, Dr. Ezora Proctor and Ollie D. Johnson, will conduct a workshop on protocol. The Conference registration will begin Thursday, June 14 from 2 - 8 pm.

New Setting for Catch a Concert Series The Lake Charles Community Band is nearing the close of its 2011-2012 season with the CatchA-Concert series every Monday in June at 7 pm. This year’s series will be held on the front lawn of the Lake Charles Civic Center. Audience is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic dinner for a relaxing afternoon. For more information call 337-491-9159 or visit LakeCharlesCommunityBand.

PBR brings wWorld’s Best Bull Riders Back to Lake Charles The world’s top bull riders and bulls return to Burton Coliseum on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23, when Mike White hosts for the 3rd year in a row the Stine “Mike White” Invitational Presented by The Lake Charles Chevy Dealers. Tickets starting at $10 will go on sale May 21. Reserved tickets for $50 and $30 can be purchased at Front Gate Tickets online at, by phone at (888) 512-SHOW, and general admission tickets for $20 and $10 can be purchased through local retail outlets from Title Sponsor, Stine Lumber, or Patton’s Western Wear, and Baskin’s Western & Work Wear.

Louisiana High School & Junior High School Rodeo Announces Schedule Louisiana High School Rodeo Association (LHSRA) will be hosting the Louisiana High School & Junior High School Rodeo Finals at the Burton Coliseum

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Complex June 1-9. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $6 for each performance June 1-2 and June 5-8. Tickets for June 3 for the short go round of the Junior High School Finals and June 9 for the short go round of the High School Finals are $8. Armbands may be purchased at the door for all Junior High School performances for $15 and $25 for all High School performances. Children five and under are admitted free. For more information call (337) 802-8726 or go to

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Fall Conference 2012 - Save the Date The Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana has announced plans for their annual Fall Conference for Women. The date will be October 18 and the keynote speaker will be Joan Lunden. Visit www. for more details.

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Go Red for Women Luncheon L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles recently hosted the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon and presented a donation of $20,000+. With this donation the American Heart Association can continue their mission helping individuals build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Pictured from left are: Janice Ackley, Regional Director; Keith W. Henson, Senior Vice President and General Manager for L’Auberge Lake Charles; and Dana Keel, 2012 Chairperson. For more information, please visit

$14,000+ to the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles donated $14,200 as the host sponsor of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation’s Children’s Miracle Network Duck Race. All proceeds raised through the Children’s Miracle Network Duck Race stay in Southwest Louisiana to help improve pediatric medical care services and health education opportunities for countless children living in the region. Pictured from left are Glenda McCarty, Board of Directors; Keith W. Henson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of L’Auberge Lake Charles; and Anna Catherine Viator, Annual Events Manager.

Operation Homefront Louisiana L’Auberge Casino Resort recently purchased a limited edition Jack Daniel’s© themed Les Paul guitar at auction in support of Operation Homefront Louisiana, an organization that assists wounded service personnel and their families. Pictured are (L to R) Tawney Tallo, Operation Homefront Louisiana; Keith W. Henson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of L’Auberge Casino Resort; Francine Richard, auction organizer; and Chelsea Richard, auction volunteer. The unique guitar will be on display at Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill. For more information about Operation Homefront Louisiana:

Children’s Advocacy Center’s of Louisiana was recently named the Wal-Mart Associates’ Choice program winner for 2011. As the winner, Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) received $100,000 from the Wal-Mart foundation to help ensure child victims of sexual abuse receive quality services from their local CAC. Family & Youth’s Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), received a portion of these funds. For more information about Family & Youth visit, call 337 436-9533, or like Family & Youth on Facebook.

Sweet Lake Land and Oil Company to First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial At the April 24 Lake Charles City Council Agenda Meeting, The Sweet Lake Land and Oil Company, LLC presented a check for $5,000 to the Mayor’s Committee for the First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial and the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. The funds will be used in support of a project to erect a statue of First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet for Veterans Memorial Park. Fournet, a native of Lake Charles, was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously in April of 1970, for his selfless act of sacrifice in May of 1968 during the Vietnam War.

Grace Davison to McNeese State University Grace Davison has donated $6,000 to McNeese State University through the McNeese Foundation to be divided between the McNeese colleges of business and engineering and engineering technology. At the presentation are, from left, Jennifer Couste, Grace Davison southwest regional controller, Dr. Banamber Mishra, interim business dean, Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, engineering and engineering technology dean, and David Rentrop, Grace Davison operations manager.

Lake Charles Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Donates to McNeese State University

$20,000+ to the Calcasieu Medical Society Foundation L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles donated $20,000 as the Diamond Sponsor of the Calcasieu Medical Society Foundation’s A Black Tie Affair. The event took place in the L’Auberge Ballroom on Saturday, May 12th. Proceeds will benefit the Calcasieu Community Clinic and their efforts to better serve the working uninsured citizens of Imperial Calcasieu.


Lake Charles Coca-Cola Bottling Co. has donated $10,000 to McNeese State University for endowed scholarships for students. The company currently has six scholarships endowed through the McNeese Foundation. On hand for the presentation are from left: Blaine Royer, on-premise sales manager for Lake Charles Coca-Cola, McNeese President Dr. Philip C. Williams, Ellen Raley, McNeese scholarship administrator, and Larry Stout, vice president for Lake Charles Coca-Cola. McNeese Photo

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Giving Back to the Community

Local Chapter of the National Association of University Women Active in Community Outreach In March 1910, four college women, concerned about furthering educational opportunities for women, conceived the idea of an organization of college women. The organization has grown and evolved through the years, and in 1923, the College Alumnae Club of Washington, D.C., called representatives from various branches to attend a conference. From this collaboration, the National Association of College Women (NACW) was born. Today there are 68 branches of NACW throughout the United States and a new branch was recently established in Africa. Branches have been active in sponsoring projects such as tutorial services, voter education, family relations, international relations, community development, parent programs, girl scout troops, leadership development, career conferences and many others. The Lake Charles branch of NACW formed in 1954 with the purpose of promoting a closer fellowship among college women for constructive educational work. Since that time, the purpose has expanded to include the lending of aid to any movement in the community, particularly where youth are involved and where social improvement of some kind is needed. Some of the projects carried out by the Lake Charles branch include hosting activities for senior citizens, a Reading Jubilee, community outreach, scholarships and participation in local walks. The branch also has a youth group called Acorns. Young people who become members of the organization are taught the art of leadership and the importance of giving back to the community. The annual NACW South Central Sectional Conference will be held in Lake Charles, June 1416, at L’Auberge Casino Resort. Any woman of good character holding a baccalaureate or higher degree from an institution listed by the United States Department of Education may apply for membership in the organization. For more information, contact Elaine Brown, chapter president, at or membership chair, Mary Richard-Land at

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Salute to Fort Polk

Sportsman's Paradise Fort Polk is located in the midst of sportsman’s paradise. From hunting, boating and swimming, to hiking, jogging, motocross and horseback riding trails, you are sure to find that Fort Polk meets all your recreational needs.

Catfish Cove – Louisiana Avenue, Across from Warrior Hills Golf Course Fort Polk youngsters, ages 16 and under, have their very own fishin’ hole named Catfish Cove. Catfish Cove is regularly stocked with feisty channel cats just so the kids can catch them and take them home for dinner. Shaded parking, pavilions and picnic facilities are readily available on shore. Sidewalks to the bridge make shore fishing a real pleasure for all youngsters. Come on out and drop a line! For more information, call 337-531-8312. Marion Bonner and Trails – Chaffee Road, North of Baynes Jones Hospital Across from BJACH, a two-lane track begins that takes foot traffic to North Fort and back. The trail is open to walkers and runners, and winds through hardwood forested hills in the south before giving way to the post’s signature pine trees further to the north. All told, the round trip is a demanding 10-mile trek. As you wander through the woodlands on these clearly marked paths, you will notice plenty of opportunities to set up a picnic for the family, complete with tables and grills. Many of the sites overlook the two ponds, which are regularly stocked with fish. For more information, call 337-531-8312.

Alligator Lake Recreation Area – Artillery Road North Fort, turn left on K Ave. Alligator Lake Recreation Area is Fort Polk’s favorite picnic destination, with good reason. There are two large pavilions for you and your company or group to rent with a sink and plenty of power. There are also smaller covered areas with concrete pads and grills with tables, with some right on the shoreline – All free of charge!

The lake is the perfect place just to hang out and have fun. There are two multipurpose courts, three volleyball courts, playgrounds, one softball field and the lake if you get ambitious. For water fun, you can rent a canoe or fish bass, panfish and catfish. For more information, call 337-531-5350.

Toledo Bend Toledo Bend Recreation Site is the answer to all looking for fun in the sun. Just 45 miles northwest of Fort Polk, the site is located on the largest man made reservoir in the South and fifth largest in the country. Toledo Bend has cabins and Yurts available for rent or you can go for the unique and experience a night in the yurts nestled in our woods. For more information on Toledo Bend specials and services, call 1-888-718-9088.

Louisiana Biking Trails It’s hard to imagine a better way to enjoy the beautiful and unusual landscapes of Louisiana than by touring on two wheels. From the verdant rolling hills of the northern region to the fascinating marshlands and coastal areas of south Louisiana, the roads and trails identified here will take you into the heart of some of the most interesting territory in the country. For more information, visit

For more recreational options near Fort Polk, please visit or call 318-473-7254.

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2012 53rd South Central Sectional Conference Dolores Y. Owens National President Linda P. Armstrong Sectional Director June 14-16, 2012 Lake Charles, LA L’Auberge Du Lac Resort


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