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In This Issue

Home & Family 6 Heat Tolerant Plants 8 Care for Your Car 12 Grilling Safety

The Sleep Solution 15 The State of Sleep in America: Sleepless in the South 18 Finding the Right Sleep Aid 23 Does your Child get Enough Sleep 26 Exercise your way to Peaceful Sleep

48 Regular Features

31 By the Numbers 33 Solutions for Life 38 Business Buzz 46 First Person: with Supriya Jindal 58 Who’s News 74 Ready to Wear 76 McNeese Corral 80 Community Contributors 82 Happenings

Money & Career 34 Freshman Finance for the College-Bound 42 The Incredible Shrinking Vacation


Places & Faces 48 Gone Fishin’ by Land or Sea 52 While you were Sleeping, Jeff Beniot Made your Lunch 56 Road Trips on One Tank of Gas—Right here at Home

Editors and Publishers

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62 A Clear Choice in Teeth Alignment for Teens 64 Making Patient Safety a Priority

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Style & Beauty 68 Lipstick: What Your Color Says About You 70 Summer Braids: A Beautiful Mess 72 Ousting Dark Spots!

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How Does Your Garden Grow?


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Summer Plants that can Beat the Heat Has your spring garden of pretty blooms begun to shrivel from the climbing Louisiana temperatures? No worries, here are some steps you can take to nurse your heat-sensitive plants along until the cooler fall weather. Increase your watering. Try watering your plants twice a week in the cool of the morning. If you water your plants in the heat of the day the water will evaporate quickly.

Provide shade from the hot afternoon sun and avoid planting near hot, west walls.

Stop fertilizing your plants. You want to encourage your plants to become partly dormant during this stressful time. Apply two inches of mulch or compost to the base of your plants. This will help reduce water evaporation. Richie Everage of Landscape Management in Lake Charles suggests planting these heat-loving plants, whose blooms you can enjoy all summer long.

• Black-eyed Susan • Threadleaf Coreopsis • Madagascar Periwinkle • Lantana

• Portulaca • Verbena • Zinnia • Angelonia Angustifolia




Black-eyed Susan

“These plants will provide you with a colorful yard that requires little watering once established, but grow abundantly in the sun,” Everage said.

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With warmer months quickly approaching, it’s wise to begin preparing now to keep your car in top condition and running smoothly. According to Micah Demahy, office manager of Meineke Car Care Center in Lake Charles, there are a few basics to keep in mind when it comes to practicing good preventative maintenance. Keep Tires Properly Inflated. Keeping your tires properly inflated can help ensure your tires don’t blow out, especially during hot days. It can be very easy to over inflate your tires as well, which can lead to a dangerous situation as air expands in tires when it is heated. “It’s important for safety’s sake to keep your tires inflated to the right amount,” Demahy said. “And, on the other hand, if your tires are too low, you’ll get terrible gas mileage.”

Pay Attention to Factory Maintenance. “Many of our customers don’t do that and it can end up really costing them later,” Demahy said. “I see it every single day. When you buy a new car, get out the factory book that comes with your vehicle and follow the recommendations that it gives for your vehicle. Your car will last longer and it will save you money too.”

can extend the life of a vehicle. He also recommends getting tires rotated at the time of every other oil change because it helps your tires last longer.

Engine Fluids. Driving short or long distances through hot weather conditions can put extra strain on your engine so it’s important to have all of the fluids checked and topped off to the appropriate levels. Tune-Ups. “Look at it this way,” Demahy said. “Tune-ups are a lot less expensive than ruining a catalytic converter.” For more information on car care and great tips on keeping your vehicle in top shape, contact Meineke Car Center, in business since 1986. 1503 E. Prien Lake Rd.; (337) 477-1884;

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The Season of


Love bug mating season is here again, and vehicles in Southwest Louisiana are in danger. Known for their prevalence during May and September each year, the slow-moving love bug is most active during the day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Love bugs are attracted to diesel and gasoline exhaust fumes, making them rampant around roadways—as well as more prone to meet an untimely death on the bumper of an automobile. Love bugs, having the scientific name Plecia nearctica, originated in South America in the mid 1920s and have since migrated as far as Florida. The common name “love bug” is derived from the species’ peculiar attachment to its mate. After mating the male remains connected to the female during flight. The female is visibly larger than the male and lives only three to four days but can lay an average of 350 eggs during its lifetime. Although they offer no real harm to humans, these pesky bugs can do much damage to your vehicle. Love bugs can cause your car to overheat by clogging your radiator passages, disabling the car’s cooling processes. In addition, love bug swarms may result in limited driving visibility. Don Breaux of Don’s Carwash adds, “Love bugs have the potential to severely damage your car, truck or van’s paint finish. Not only do love bugs become more difficult to remove if left on your car for more than a few hours, but high acidic levels in their blood attract bacteria and when left in the sun to dry can become etched in the paint.” There are ways to protect your vehicle during love bug season. Wash it frequently with soapy water and if possible within a short time after a drive. Vehicle experts advise against using abrasive materials to remove the bugs; a soft sponge is best. Those who own vehicles with cracked or blistered paint or adhesive pinstriping must be extra cautious when removing love bugs, to avoid removing more paint or striping. Breaux warns against believing everything you hear. He says many believe using cooking spray on the front of the car will help protect it. But, he explains, this only bakes the bugs onto the bumper. And don’t believe that dryer fabric softener sheets are a good way to remove bugs, he says—they are abrasive and can damage the vehicle’s paint. “At Don’s Carwash, we not only offer a safe way of removing love bugs, but we also offer a ‘bug wax’ for the front of your vehicle. This option can be added to any full-service wash; the wax is put on after the wash and makes it easier to remove the bugs,” says Breaux. “We want to ensure your mode of transportation is clean, properly maintained, and most importantly, safe on the road for you and your family.” For more information on how you can take better care of your vehicle, stop by Don’s Carwash today at 3700 Ryan St. or 4050 Nelson Road in Lake Charles.

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It’s Summertime, and the Grilling is


Fire up your grill, May is National Barbecue Month. With warm, sunny days ahead who wants to heat up the entire house with the oven and stove? Why not take advantage of the gorgeous weather by getting outside and cooking on the grill? Whether it’s chicken or beef, vegetables or your own fresh catch of the day, it’s important to follow some basic tips on things like cooking time, safe food preparation and storage and proper grill cleaning. In their book DADGUM, That’s Good, Jon and Don McLemore, owners of Masterbuilt, offer these tips for a successful grilling experience. 1. Coat the rack of the grill with non-stick spray or vegetable oil before preheating to prevent food from sticking. 2. Grill fish with the skin side down or on a piece of aluminum foil (coat with non-stick spray) to prevent sticking. 3. Red snapper is quick and easy to grill but the grill and the fish must be oiled well and handled with care. 4. Salmon is great for grilling because it doesn’t dry out. It’s rich in natural omega oils so you can just drop it onto the grill without oiling it first. Grill salmon with the skin side up first to allow the natural fat under the skin to be drawn into the filet. This keeps it rich and moist. 5. When grilling scallops, fresh is best. These should be a pinkish tan or ivory color, not unnaturally white. 6. Freshwater trout is another fish to prepare grill. The skin becomes thin and crispy and the meat is full of flavor. 7. If you’re grilling tuna burgers, choose the freshest tuna steaks you can find and serve them medium-rare to medium – don’t overcook.


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8. Cooking ribs, pork butt, or tenderloin unwrapped for 50 to 75% of the cooking time will allow for the smoke and flavor to infuse into the meat. For the remaining cook time, wrap with heavy aluminum foil in order to retain moisture and tenderness. 9. Make sure the grill is at a high temperature before putting burgers and steaks on to cook. By letting steaks and burgers grill for several minutes prior to turning, you can make sure juices will be seared into the meat. 10. Opt for flank steak over skirt steak. Flank steak is thin and cooks quickly. Marinate it before grilling and then wrap the steak in foil as it comes off the grill. Let it stand for 10 minutes and then slice it thinly on a diagonal across the grain to sever the tough fibers and make the flavorful steak more tender. 11. Chicken thighs may be one of the cheaper cuts, but they do great on the grill because they are flavorful and the extra fat in the skin makes them better for grilling. 12. Sear chicken and chops on both sides at a high heat for several minutes to get the juiciest results. After searing, bring the grill temperature down to complete the cooking process. 13. Prevent vegetables from falling through the grill by cooking with in aluminum foil with a little oil. 14. To achieve a sweet, smoky flavor when cooking bell peppers, cook them only until the skin puffs up and turns black. 15. To cook zucchini, cut it in half lengthwise, coat with olive oil and then sprinkle it with salt and pepper. The cook time is only 15 minutes. 16. To lock in the natural juices of corn on the cob, leave the husk on while grilling. Once the shape of the kernels begins to burn through the husk, it is ready. When grilling using indirect hear, it takes about an hour to cook corn so be sure to put it on the grill first. 17. A grilled Caesar salad? Absolutely, Romaine lettuce ends will char, but will remain remarkably crisp and sweet, with a char-grilled flavor. 18. Clean your grill after every use, but be sure to allow it to cool first.


19. Extend the life of a grill and/or smoker by storing in a dry place or by keeping it covered after each use. 20. Do not grill alone; use the time as a chance to catch up and visit with friends and family.

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Home & Family Cooking outdoors is a favorite summer time activity for many residents living in the Southwest Louisiana area. When grilling up a tasty lunch or dinner, it’s important to follow safety guidelines.



To help you and your loved ones stay protected and injury-free, the medical staff of The Clinic Urgent Care Centers located at 4201 Nelson Road in Lake Charles and at 277 Highway 171 in Moss Bluff, provides the following safety tips.

Gas Grills

• Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Do not use the grill in a garage, carport, porch or under a surface that can catch fire. • Always keep gas containers upright and do not store them in the house. • Never tighten the plastic connector between the hose and the tank with a tool. Hand tighten only. • If the grill fails to ignite, turn off the valve and leave the grill open for one minute before attempting to re-ignite. • If you smell gas or detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don’t attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed. • Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing. • Keep lighted cigarettes, matches or open flames away from a leaking grill, and never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill. • Never keep a filled gas container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.

Charcoal Grills

Each year, an average of seven deaths occur from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. • Burning charcoal produces CO, a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments. • Charcoal should never be used indoors, in garages, tents or campers—even if ventilation is provided. • Never store a grill with recently used coals indoors or in a garage.


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Big Easy Foods Releases New Line of Louisiana Steamers

Big Easy Foods recently announced the release of its latest product, Louisiana Steamers, steam-in-bag, pre-seasoned shrimp. These wild caught Gulf shrimp come in barbecue and Cajun flavors, are a certified Louisiana product and are making their way to the freezer section of grocery stores nationwide. They are cooked by simply placing the whole bag in the microwave for several minutes. The shrimp can be eaten as a main dish and are also a great addition to any salad, baked potato or pasta dish. The steam-in-bag shrimp are just the latest new product for this company that also sells ready-to-cook frozen shrimp, seasoning, frozen meals, meat pies, boudin, sausage, boneless, stuffed chickens and tur-duc-hens. All together the company produces and sells more than 30 different products; all made from fresh, Louisiana products. Big Easy Foods, based in Southwest Louisiana, began more than 10 years ago, selling sausage and boudin in stores throughout the region. Known then as French Market Foods, the company’s products grew quickly in popularity, leading co- founders Larry Avery and Mark Abraham to build a 15,000 square-foot USDA plant on Ryan Street in Lake Charles and expanded their product line to include the famous tur-duc-hen and the first-ever completely boneless stuffed and seasoned chicken. To find a local retailer or order products online, visit www. or visit them on Facebook at bigeasyfoods.

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sleep The Sleep Solution

What keeps you up at night? Whether it’s something going bump in the night, snoring, insomnia or a child that won’t sleep, one thing is certain, Americans are sleep deprived. The sleep debt is mounting and our health is suffering because of it. A host of medical experts right here in Southwest Louisiana are available at the ready though to snap us out of this nightmare and make restful sleep a reality again.


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the state of sleep in america: Sleepless in the South

by Katie Harrington

Longer days, a community infrastructure built largely around 24-7 industries and rapid advances in technology allow for a very productive environment in Southwest Louisiana. A study published earlier this year in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine reported that people living in southern states are more likely to report sleep disturbances and fatigue than those in other regions of the country. The data, collected by the Center for Disease Control and analyzed by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, offers the first glimpse at a state-by-state sleep map. Of those surveyed, people living in the south reported the highest rates of sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue. “The results produced by this study really aren’t shocking,” said Dr. Jana Kaimal, medical director at the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana. “The Southwest Louisiana economy is driven by the petrochemical, gaming and aerospace industries; all industries that require workers around the clock. Shift work, if not managed properly, can play havoc with a person’s sleep patterns.” Given the fact that there are more than 80 diagnosed sleep disorders it’s no wonder that treatment for these types of illnesses are on the rise. Add in rising rates of obesity and heart disease and the correlation to sleep-related disorders begins to reveal itself. “Data released over the last few years has placed more emphasis on the fact that patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure and/or high blood pressure should really be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and other sleep disorders,” said Dr. Kaimal.

OSA is described as being present when a person’s airway becomes closed off because it is obstructed by the tongue for example. This causes the person to stop breathing for a brief amount of time. Natural reflexes kick in and a signal is sent to the brain to wake the person up. Often time people who witness OSA in their loved one say they notice them snoring and then suddenly they stop and then awaken with a quick gasp for air. The actual awakening period is so small most of the time that the person sleeping doesn’t even recall waking up. “For a patient with moderate to severe apnea, this pattern can repeat itself several times over the course of the night,” added Dr. Kaimal. “The end result is that this person is not getting a solid night’s sleep and is going to feel less alert and fatigued during the day. Also, each one of these episodes results in a loss of blood flow to the brain and remainder of the body, placing additional strain on the cardiovascular system.” An increased likelihood of heart disease and other cardiovascular disorders is just one example of the impact of sleep deprivation on a person. Studies also show that a lack of quality sleep can lead to weight gain, diabetes, loss of productivity and even death. “The real key here is that people must take a serious look at their sleep habits and patterns to see if the amount and quality of sleep they are getting is enough,” Dr. Kaimal said. “Sleep debt is very real and does add up quickly. Just sleeping later a couple of days a week doesn’t cut it. A good, solid routine of going to bed and waking up at the same time daily can go a long way towards developing habits that can have a positive impact on your overall health.”

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a good night’s sleep . . . study Tossing and turning at night? Spending your days dragging with little energy could be a sign that you suffer from one of more than 80 possible sleep disorders. The three most common disorders tend to be sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder and insomnia. 16

Left with unanswered questions to those restless sleepless nights, many patients turn to their physician and more often than not, a sleep study. But the thought of going through a sleep study causes anxiety and fears of being uncomfortable or unable to sleep in clinical environment. According to Boyace Harlan, technical manager at the Sleep Health Center at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, this is mostly the case of the fear of the unknown. Patients are often surprised that having a sleep study done is usually an uneventful, comfortable experience. He explains the process. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

“About four days before their appointment we get them to come into the lab,” says Harlan. “A lot of our patients have anxiety because they don’t know what to expect. They don’t know if it’s going to hurt or not so we have to arrest those fears. We let them know that it’s painless. It’s non-invasive. They are very surprised when they walk into a room because it looks more like a hotel.” By the time the patient’s appointment arrives they are really relaxed and all the registration and red tape is out of the way. The patient spends all night in the sleep lab. They come in around 7:30 pm and stay until 5:30 or 6:00 am the following morning. Then they are free to go home. May 2012

It’s during the night when the experts go to work. Attached to the patients are monitors, much like an electrocardiogram or EKG. There is also an infrared camera that monitors the patient’s movement throughout the night. These types of tests, called polysomnograms, are still considered the gold standard for the industry in that they’re attended by a professional. Somebody is with the patient the whole night, monitoring from another room and ensuring all the data collect is good data. In the 1970s, respiratory monitors were added to sleep studies. They show whether or not a patient stops breathing and monitors their airflow, CO2 and oxygen. “We are able to look at the various sleep stages. We can tell how long the patient is asleep, what stages of sleep they are going through,” Harlan says. “We can also look at their heart rhythms. We can also look at leg movement, whether or not they have any jerks or anything like that.” Patients suspected of narcolepsy are also monitored throughout the day. The data is collected and scored the very next day. Doctors come in and evaluate the information and make recommendations. In about eight days a report is generated and sent out the patient’s physician, where treatment options are discussed. Those suffering from sleep apnea are usually treated with a continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP machine, while other disorders are usually treated with medication. “Years ago our only hope was giving patients a stimulant,” Harlan says. “Now there are at least a dozen medications we can use to kind of help mitigate their symptoms.” Patients can expect follow ups to see if they are complying with treatments and if they stick to what is recommended they can expect a very high success rate.

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sleep finding help falling asleep: choosing the right sleep aid

by Katie Harrington

“There are so many options out there when it comes to choosing a sleep aid,” said Renee Baudin, PD, pharmacy director at Jennings American Legion Hospital. “The most important step when deciding which one to take is to consult your doctor or pharmacist. They have an in-depth knowledge of your medical history including your current medicine regimen and he or she can work with you to make sure you don’t experience any side effects because of different medications interacting with each other.” Even though you should always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicine or supplement, it never hurts to educate yourself on what options are available so that you can have an informed conversation with your healthcare provider. There are many approved prescription drugs that can help you fall asleep and/or stay asleep. Ambien and Lunesta are two of the most well known sleep aids. Baudin says these two medications are FDA approved but should only be used under the close supervision of a doctor. “Prescription drugs like Ambien are very effective but it can lose its effectiveness over time and sleep behaviors such as sleep driving have been reported,” said Baudin. “Lunesta can be used for a longer period of time, but it can also lead to 18

It seems there is a supplement or medication for everything these days – including sleep. Help with falling asleep and/or staying asleep can be found in the form of a pill, a food or even a drink, but how do you know which one is right for you and how do you determine the proper dosage? withdrawal systems when you stop taking it. The bottom line is that these medications can work wonders to help you get the rest you need, but they can be dangerous if not taken properly.” Natural sleep remedies have become more popular in recent years, with melatonin being the most commonly used. According to Baudin, melatonin helps to restore the natural sleep-wake cycle. It is especially popular with shift workers or those suffering from jet lag. “Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally found in the body,” said Baudin “The pineal gland in the brain makes serotonin which is then converted to melatonin and released into the body at night when exposure to light decreases. This signals to the brain that it is time to go to sleep.” She says it is best to take it 30 minutes before the desired bedtime and that those who have been diagnosed with depression, schizophrenia, autoimmune disorders and other serious illnesses should not take melatonin without consulting with their physician first. Pregnant or nursing women should not take melatonin. Some foods and drinks contain sleep inducing ingredients as well. Even though it is often the subject of Thanksgiving dinner jokes, tryptophan, an amino acid, is real and it does induce sleep. Whole grain carbohydrates naturally contain tryptophan. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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Straight Answers to Your Questions on Industry and the Environment “A light snack of whole wheat crackers, peanuts or a fortified breakfast cereal can provide the needed amount of tryptophan to prompt your body to release serotonin,” said Tess Arnold, MS, LDN, RD, director of nutrition services at Jennings American Legion Hospital. “Aside from being converted to melatonin, serotonin is a mood enhancing hormone that can also help you relax, making it easier to drift off to sleep.” Dairy products also contain sleep inducing ingredients. Arnold says the old wives tale of a warm glass of milk to help you get a good night’s sleep has been studied by scientists but no scientific evidence to prove this theory has been found. “What scientists do know is that dairy products such as cheese, milk and low-fat ice cream do contain tryptophan.” Foods low in fat can be a natural remedy for sleep too. According to Arnold, high fat foods tend to settle in your stomach, slowing down digestion and causing indigestion for some people. Indigestion impedes the sleep process because often time sufferers can’t get comfortable enough to fall asleep. Low fat foods can provide calcium, amino acids and ease the road to digestion that may help you fall asleep easier and stay asleep for longer periods of time. Both Baudin and Arnold agree that ongoing problems with getting good sleep should be discussed with a doctor.

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With all of the industry located near the various waterways we have in our area, what effects are they having on our water? Industries clean the water before it reaches the environment.

Sometimes advisories are issued for drinking and swimming, but they are related to biological waste hazards from homes and businesses, not industrial processes. Stringent guidelines are in place to monitor the impact local industry has on our waterways. The regulations continue to tighten and industry is consistently meeting the guidelines. The treatment processes at local industries result in clean water, which is lab-tested to verify compliance with regulations. These labs are certified by the DEQ to avoid any perceived bias. One of the reasons Louisiana is known as a sportsman’s paradise is because of our rich waterways, and we understand that everyone – including industry – plays a role in maintaining good water quality.

Kevin McGee

environmental manager at local industry

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sleep shift the challenge of working odd hours by Christine Fisher

Shift work is a way of life for thousands of health care, industrial, gaming and retail employees across the country. Southwest Louisiana residents know this routine all too well. These jobs are the foundation of our economy. But, the stress shift work places on the body shouldn’t be ignored. The good news is that awareness of the potential pitfalls can help workers and supervisors create a game plan to minimize the threats to health and safety.


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Larry DeRoussel with Lake Area Industry Alliance (LAIA) has been in the industrial field for over 40 years. As a manager at Basel, and now as executive director of LAIA, he has seen first-hand the challenges presented by shift work. “Some employees can handle it and some can’t,” he said. “In fact, some people thrive on it; they enjoy the solitude of working at night and the varied schedule, but others have trouble settling into that routine.” This ability to adapt is one of the keys to success for shift workers. Safety experts say that some workers are physiologically better adapted to shift work than others. Those who are not as well adapted will be more susceptible to the negative consequences of shift work and will have higher rates of fatigue and illness. DeRoussel agrees. “For many employees, their schedule rotates between working days and then working nights so there isn’t really a set routine. Most workers make adjustments and go on to work many years on varied schedules, but making those adjustments in a key in their longevity on the job, enjoying what they do and having good quality of life. Shift workers need to be alert, focused and on task while they’re working; to do that, they have to get enough sleep, eat well and keep safety in mind,” DeRoussel said. In addition to sleep troubles, studies show that shift workers have a higher incidence of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Health experts believe it’s due to hormonal and metabolic changes. The affect on weight can cause the other concerns with hormones such as leptin, insulin and cortisol which play a big role in weight control. Shift work affects these hormones and their imbalance results in an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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Just because we know shift workers are more susceptible to a health problem doesn’t mean you or your loved one is in danger. It just means it’s something that should be addressed to avoid possible problems. Doctors, policemen, pilots – there are many types of occupations that have to deal with working odd hours. It’s just one of those things that you need to be aware of if you do work varying shifts. “Maintaining alertness is a basic element on the job, but it has even more significance for shift workers,” said DeRoussel. “People who work the night shift often have to be extra attentive, because in some fields the activity level is lower.” Most places of work have standards in place to protect the health and stamina of their employees. “Watching the amount of overtime worked, allowing time in the schedule to recuperate between shift changes and reducing the number of required meetings employees must attend on their days off are ways a company can minimize the health and psychological stress placed on employees,” said DeRoussel. Working a job that requires shift work doesn’t have to lead to health problems. It can be what propels you to live a healthy lifestyle. Being mindful of nutrition, getting regular exercise and putting into place a few safeguards to adjust to the changing work schedule can give shift workers the advantage they need to do well both on and off the clock.

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sleep Napping isn’t just for babies and kindergarteners. Napping is the perfect remedy for adults to combat midafternoon sluggishness. It helps to increase productivity, alertness and creativity while reducing stress by putting the body in a relaxed state.

secrets to successful napping by Haley Armand

To help combat fatigue, recharge your battery and stay on top of things at work and home, check out these guidelines for a successful power-nap. A good nap length is somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes. According to Michelle Zimmerman, nurse practitioner with the Sleep Disorder Center, this amount of time will give the restorative benefits of sleep without the lethargy or grogginess. You will reset your system and get a burst of energy and increased motor performances. It’s a good idea to set an alarm on your phone to be sure you don’t fall into a deep sleep. To get the most out of your nap, you should keep a regular nap schedule. Prime napping time falls in the middle of the day, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. “This post-lunch time frame coincides with the dip in the body’s internal clock and circadian rhythm, causing energy levels to drop,” Zimmerman said. Contrary to popular belief, caffeine will not ruin your nap. In fact, caffeine actually enhances it. “Having a coffee-primed nap gives you two-fold benefits,” Zimmerman said. “Caffeine generally takes 20 minutes to an hour to kick in, just enough time for a power-nap. The coffee will give you an extra jolt of energy on top of the restorative effects your nap is already providing.” Your surroundings can greatly impact the effectiveness of your nap as well. “You want to be sure you have a quiet, comfortable place to lie down, that the


temperature in the room is to your liking and that the amount of light filtering in is minimal,” said Zimmerman. But, keep in mind naps aren’t forever, Zimmerman added. If you’re prone to insomnia, naps can interfere with your ability to fall or stay asleep at night. Also, people with certain sleep disorders, like sleep apnea or narcolepsy, may feel more tired if they take a nap than if they don’t. However, overall naps can make you feel sharper, happier and rejuvenated!

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does your child get enough sleep Sleep is an essential life process; especially for children and teenagers. It is as important to their well-being as the food they eat, the water they drink and the air they breathe. Unfortunately for parents, establishing and keeping a child’s sleep routine is often easier said than done.

Sleep deprivation is a common feature of our society, affecting children and adults alike. As a nation, we are increasingly a sleep-deprived people, and we pay a price for it. “It is important to understand the significance of sleep in relation to our health and to recognize the consequences of poor sleep or lack of sleep,” says Imperial Calcasieu Medical Group Board Certified Pediatrician and Internist, Yoko Broussard, M.D. “The average person requires eight hours of sleep per night; adolescents need nine or more hours of sleep per night, and this is often not achieved.” Continued on p24

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sleep School-aged Children (5-12 Years Old)

Children ages five to twelve years old need 10-11 hours of sleep per night. At the same time, there is an increasing demand on the child’s time after school, from homework to sports and other extracurricular and social activities. In addition to that, school-aged kids are becoming more interested in television, computers, the internet and media as well as caffeine products—all of which can lead to difficulty falling asleep, nightmares and other disruptions to their sleep. “The number one tip for establishing good sleeping habits in children is to follow a consistent nightly routine. A bedtime ritual makes it easier for your child to relax, fall asleep and sleep through the night,” says Dr. Broussard. “I also recommend making the child’s bedroom conducive to sleep—dark, cool and quiet. This goes for kids of all ages.” Dr. Broussard discourages letting children watch TV close to bedtime. This often times leads to bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety around sleep and sleeping fewer hours.

Teens and Young Adults

If your teenager is constantly staying up too late and is hard to mobilize in the morning, you’re not alone. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that two-thirds of American teens aren’t getting enough sleep. Most teenagers need at least nine hours of sleep each night. Teens and young adults actually need more sleep than older adults. However, changing behaviors, attitudes, activities and job responsibilities may cause teens and young adults to sleep less than they need to. “Parents can help their teens achieve good sleep habits by keeping consistent sleep and wake schedules on school nights and weekends, and by encouraging relaxing activities such as reading or taking a warm shower or bath before their teen goes to bed instead of turning on the TV or computer,” Dr. Broussard adds. Establishing healthy sleep habits for children and teens is important for good physical and emotional health. Even a seemingly small decrease in nightly sleep, if it occurs regularly, can have a significant effect on a child’s daytime performance and behavior.


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Finding time to fit exercise into an already jam packed, overcommitted schedule is about like finding enough time to get the recommend seven to nine hours of sleep each night. It’s a challenge in our 24-hour society. New research is showing, however, that exercise and sleep actually go hand-in-hand and the health benefits of both are huge. “We all know that fitting some sort of physical activity into our day is important and we are finding out more and more everyday about how important sleep is to our overall health,” said GiGi Kaufman, Manager of GiGi’s Fitness Center of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. “Just as a balanced diet and exercise help fight of diseases like diabetes and heart disease, adequate sleep is just as important.” Quality sleep is something that evades a lot of people. However, strategically placed physical activity each day can make falling asleep at night a smoother process. Physical activity helps the body release tension and contributes to a drop in body temperature that makes it easier to drift off to sleep. A cardiovascular workout in the late afternoon or early evening offers the best shot at getting a good night’s sleep. “Exercising at the right time of day can help improve the quality of sleep without the side effects often experienced when taking prescription sleep medications,” said Kaufman. “When we exercise, our body temperature rises and it can take two to three hours for it to drop back down. A late afternoon or early evening workout allows for the body temperature to drop off slowly as bedtime approaches. This slow drop in temperature slows down the body’s internal systems, signaling to the body that it’s time to go to sleep.” Kaufman adds that exercising too close to bed time does not give your body enough time to cool down. A higher body temperature speeds up the

cardiovascular system and signals to the body that it needs to work to cool itself down. All of this internal activity stimulates the brain, making it harder to fall asleep. A morning workout can be great but it’s important to make sure it is done with exposure to natural light. “An early morning workout without exposure to natural light will have the same effect on the body and mind as a late afternoon or early evening workout in that the internal temperature will drop, signaling that is it time to sleep, making it harder to stay awake during the day” said Kaufman. “Exposure to natural light triggers the release of chemicals in the body that reset the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, making you feel alert and recharged throughout the day.” The best news about this natural sleep aid is that hours and hours in the gym or marathon training sessions are not needed in order to reap the sleepy benefits. According to Kaufman, a nice walk or jog, yoga or any other activity that raises the heart rate for 20-30 minutes is all that is needed. “For best results, try fitting this in at least four times a week.” For a limited time there is no contract and no sign up fee to join GiGi’s of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, located at at 4429 Nelson Road. For more information, call 474-6601.

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creating a sleep

Oasis by Haley Armand

Style often surpasses substance when it comes to furnishing and decorating a bedroom. We are often dazzled by images of furniture and decorations in catalogs, leading us to create an idolized visual treat. But, we are missing the point!


Bedroom furnishings and decorations should influence a good night’s sleep, especially considering that approximately 60 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. We should create an environment that comforts all the senses, while eliminating distracting elements—a sleep oasis. A sleep oasis is a sanctuary with perfect, favorable conditions that cater to a good night’s sleep. Here are some steps you can take to turn your bedroom into your very own sleep oasis.

Next, quiet the noise.

First, prepare the air.

Darkness prompts the pineal gland to produce melatonin, a hormone that increases sleepiness. Too much light can interfere with melatonin production and impede on your restful night. Try using an eye-mask or install light blocking shades over your windows.

The temperature in a bedroom should be set to a comfortable 65 degrees a couple of hours before your bedtime. You may also want to consider utilizing a ceiling fan to create a nice, cool breeze. For warmth, cover up with comfy comforters and blankets.

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If outside noise is hindering your ability to get a good night’s rest, try a white-noise machine or a calming sound machine. If you have noisy neighbors or a snoring partner, you may want to invest in moldable foam earplugs. These earplugs will help block out the noise without causing you any discomfort.

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surprising health benefits of sleep

1. Improve your memory: Believe it or not, your mind is surprisingly busy while you are sleeping. It is during this time that your body is ‘practicing’ skills it learned while you were awake. This process is called consolidation. 2. Live longer: Too much or too little sleep can shorten your lifespan so be sure to log the recommended amount each night. 3. Curb inflammation: Inflammation has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and other medical problems. Research indicates that those who are getting less than six hours of sleep each night has higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins. 4. Spur creativity: On top off consolidating memories, or making them stronger, the brain appears to reorganize and restructure them, which may result in more creativity as well. 5. Be a winner: For athletes, there may be one simple way to improve performance: sleep. A study conducted by Stanford University found that college football players who attempted to sleep at least 10 hours a night for seven to eight weeks improved their average sprint time and had less daytime fatigue and more stamina.

6. Improve your grades: Children between the ages of 10 and 16 diagnosed with sleep disordered breathing, which includes snoring, sleep apnea, and other types of interrupted breathing during sleep, are more likely to have problems with paying attention and learning, according to a 2010 study in the journal Sleep. This could potentially lead to “significant functional impairment at school,” the study authors wrote. 7. Sharpen attention: A 2009 study in the journal Pediatrics reported that children ages seven and eight who got less than about eight hours of sleep a night were more likely to be hyperactive, inattentive and impulsive. 8. Have a healthy weight: Research conducted by the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat—56% of their weight loss—than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass. (They shed similar amounts of total weight regardless of sleep.)

9. Lower stress: When it comes to overall health, stress and sleep are nearly one in the same, both affecting cardiovascular health. 10. Avoid accidents: In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that being tired accounted for the highest number of fatal single-car run-off-the-road crashes due to the driver’s performance—even more than alcohol! Inadequate sleep for just one night can be as detrimental to your driving ability as having one alcoholic drink. 11. Steer clear of depression: A good night’s sleep can help ward off feelings of depression. The overall stress relief and relaxation that comes with adequate sleep can lead to more emotional stability for an anxious person.

Lastly, satisfy your spirit and senses. When choosing a color palette for your bedroom you should choose natural, cool calming colors and avoid wild and busy patterns. Room sprays filled with lavender, jasmine, chamomile and other soothing herbs can help calm the central nervous system, allowing the body to shut down. Complete your sleep oasis by discouraging thoughts from continuing to churn at night by eliminating any sources of distraction and brain stimulation.

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brain activity during sleep


by Christine Fisher

Most people think that sleep is just a matter of our bodies turning off for several hours, followed by them turning back on when we awaken. Actually, sleep is a very active state. The brain is busy preparing for the next day. In fact, new studies show that memory and learning are improved with sleep. That may be why babies, children and teens need more sleep than adults. Infants generally need about 16 hours a day, while teenagers need about nine hours on average. Babies are absorbing an incredible amount of new information and sleep helps them process it all. Sleep is a crucial factor in development for children. Their bodies are busy growing. While teenagers are also growing, it is at a slower rate than children. But, they continue to have a great deal of information to absorb and skills to learn. Getting enough sleep helps their brain process all of this information. “We generally feel sharper and more alert in the morning than in late afternoon. That’s why most tests are given first thing, rather than starting after lunch; and we tend to tackle tough projects at the beginning of the day,” said Gary Taylor, RRT, director of the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Sleep Center. Sleep is necessary for our nervous system to work properly. Too little sleep leaves us drowsy and unable to concentrate the next day. There have even been documented cases of hallucinations and mood swings if sleep is deprived. Without sleep, neurons may become so depleted in energy or polluted from normal cellular activities they begin to malfunction. Some sleep experts believe that neurons repair themselves during sleep. The immune system works closely with neurons that control sleep. An infectious virus, such as the flu, causes most people to feel more sleepy than usual. Getting rest during an illness can help the body fight the infection. “Cytokines are disease-fighting chemicals and are produced to fight infections. They are also sleep-inducing. Sleep allows the body to shut down processes that are not needed in order to conserve energy and allow the immune system to attack the bacteria,” said Taylor. Memory is enhanced with regular sleep. MRI scans show that brain regions shift during sleep. It’s as though memory is moved to more efficient storage regions within the brain. This results in more accurate thinking during the day, with less stress and anxiety. Not all of the brain remains active during sleep. The down time allows some parts to rejuvenate in order to function fully during the awake hours. Activity in parts of the brain that control emotions, decision-making processes and social interactions is drastically reduced during deep sleep. This suggests that it may help people maintain optimal emotional and social functioning while they are awake. Because good sleep management affects daily tasks, it is important to get adequate amount of sleep. As simple as it sounds, getting enough sleep could make a distinct difference on overall health and quality of life.


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focus on better sleep for better vision by Kristy Armand

If you need one more reason to make sure you get enough sleep, you don’t have to look very far. Just look yourself right in the eyes. And we’re not talking about the dark circles and bags that result from too little shuteye. You may not realize that poor sleep habits can affect your eye health as well. Studies show that the eye needs at least five hours of sleep for optimum function. “Think about it – when you are awake, your eyes are open, and by necessity, always working. Sleep gives your eyes a muchneeded break; time to refresh and recharge from the demands we place on them every day,” says ophthalmologist Virgil Murray IV, MD, with The Eye Clinic. “Over time, poor sleep habits can contribute to several eye problems – problems that go beyond simple eye fatigue and redness.” One common eye condition associated with lack of sleep is myokymia, an involuntary spasm in the eyelid. While eye spasms are not painful and don’t damage your vision, Dr. Murray says they can be very irritating. “The good news is that it isn’t a serious problem, and it is one that is easily corrected by making sure that you are getting enough quality rest.” A shortage of sleep can contribute to dry eye syndrome, a problem with the tear film of the eye. Those suffering from dry eye may experience some pain, light sensitivity, itching, redness, and blurred vision. “Fortunately we do have a variety of treatments for this condition, but getting the recommended hours of sleep is important to manage symptoms.” Sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder, has been linked to more serious eye health problems, including glaucoma, a condition in which the optic nerve is damaged due to increased pressure from intraocular fluid, and also to Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (AION). He explains that AION is damage in the optic nerve that results from inadequate blood supply. It typically occurs in older adults with a history of sleep apnea. “Both of these conditions can lead to vision loss if not treated,” he said. “If you have sleep apnea, be sure to discuss the problem with your doctor. It can impact more than just your quality of rest.” “Remember we need our eyes to see well when we are awake,” stresses Dr. Murray. Be sure you give them the rest they need at night.” For more information on eye health, visit 32

Advanced sleep phase disorder: People with this disorder tend to go to sleep very early, usually between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., and wake up extremely early, anywhere from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Bright light therapy: Used for jet lag and sleep disorders such as advanced sleep phase disorder and delayed sleep phase syndrome. Patients are exposed to a light much brighter than regular household light during this therapy and; if used at certain times of the day, it can help to reset a person’s body clock. Cataplexy: This disorder is classified as a loss of control of one’s muscles. It can occur during emotional situations and also in people with narcolepsy. Circadian rhythms: These rhythms, controlled by the body’s biological clock, are known as the changes that occur during the cycle of a day to make you alert in the daytime and tired at night. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): A common treatment used for patient’s with sleep apnea. CPAP uses an air compressor and a mask that covers the nose and mouth to provide a continuous stream of pressurized air into the airway to keep it from collapsing during sleep. Delayed sleep phase syndrome: This disorder keeps sufferers from getting sleepy until later at night — often not until the early morning hours — and results in the patient sleeping later than most people. Those with delayed sleep phase syndrome frequently go to sleep between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. and wake up somewhere from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Insomnia: This occurs when someone is regularly is unable to fall asleep or in some cases stay asleep for a designated amount of time. Melatonin: This is a hormone that helps regulate several biological rhythms including sleep. It is made

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naturally in the body but can also be purchased as a supplement to help treat insomnia and jet lag. Narcolepsy: Patients with narcolepsy suffer from sudden attacks of deep sleep that can last from seconds to more than half an hour. Cataplexy, temporary paralysis, and hallucinations sometimes occur as well. Obstructive sleep apnea: Often called sleep apnea, this is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing while you’re asleep. Throughout deeper phases of sleep, a person with sleep apnea will have periods when the muscles in the back of the throat and around the upper windpipe relax so much that the opening in the airway collapses, leaving the patient without oxygen for as little as 10 seconds and as long as a minute. In time the lack of oxygen rouses you enough for the upper airway muscles to tighten and air can flow in again. A lot of the time sleep apnea is accompanied by snoring. Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD): This disorder is characterized by the movement of the legs every 20 to 40 seconds, severely disrupting one’s sleep. People with PLMD may suffer from restless legs syndrome. Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep: This is the stage of deep sleep when your eyes move in a rapid motion and your breathing and heart rate are faster. This phase of sleep is also known as dream sleep. Restless legs syndrome (RLS): Patients with RLS feel a tingling, crawling, or prickling feeling in the legs. Over the course of a normal day, constantly keeping your legs moving can help ease symptoms, but at night, RLS can insomnia. People with RLS may also have periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD).

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Just back from the Big Apple. Still exhausted. Let me tell you why…

It should be noted that this was my first venture to New York City. I had never really felt the need to go – too many people, too many rude people, it’s dirty, it’s expensive, it’s scary, etc. And, seriously, is a show on Broadway truly that much better than other venues? Well, that was my vision of it, anyway. But my son really wanted to go, and had been asking to go for a few years. I thought he would surely move on to someplace else at some point, but he remained fixated. First, I want it documented that I was right about a few things: there are entirely too many people crammed into Times Square, at all (and I do mean “all”) times. Surely that is a fire hazard! And don’t you people need some sleep at some point??? As far as expenses go, the amount of money we spent on food alone was CRAZY. Obviously the cost of living and salary settings are much higher there. (In fact, they are probably the ones who have been setting the curve for the rest of the nation on all those salary surveys. Its New York’s fault we all believe we are underpaid!) Also, there were very strange odors coming from the numerous street vendors. I know it was a combination of all the varieties of food mixed together, but it just smelled bad. (Not as bad as New Orleans “party gravy,” but pretty bad.) This, however, did not stop my husband and son from eating as many hot dogs as they could stand.


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to that list. As an avid chiropractic patient, I know that the spine needs to be straight to wake up pain free. Pain free is good.

The story on creating your sleep oasis that is included in this issue expands more on these four things and how you can achieve them when you are trying to secure restful sleep. I am a solid believer in getting enough rest. I know it affects all the other areas of your life – your mood, your physical health, your weight, your ability to focus. Many, many of the things I help clients with every day are improved once we solve their sleeping issues. It will be worth it, I promise!

It should also be noted that I was wrong about some things as well. For the most part, everyone we talked to was nice and helpful. If we were studying our map or trying to figure out which subway to take, we often had someone come up and offer to give directions. Now, they don’t like to chat, and they are very “bottom line,” but they are helpful. It was also cleaner than I expected, and the park areas are beautifully maintained. Oh, and Broadway shows are pretty darn fabulous. Back to the exhaustion. New York would not let me sleep. We ran non-stop all day and late into the nights, so when I finally did fall into bed I should have been passing out from tiredness. Alas, I could not sleep. We were staying in a very nice hotel, but it had four major problems: too hot, too loud, sharing a double bed with my child and bad pillows. I learned a long time ago, that sleep needs 4 things: cool, quiet, dark, and room. And for me, you can add a flat pillow

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Freshman Finance for the College-Bound

As they receive their diplomas this month, thousands of area high school graduates are already gearing up for college life in the fall. With this next step in the transition to adulthood, comes a real set of real-world responsibilities, and chief among these are finances.

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• Open a checking account at a local bank and learn how to balance your checkbook. McDaniel said some banks offer special accounts designed to help college students with the responsibilities of managing their own finances. If possible, open a savings account as well, and start developing the habit of saving a portion of what you earn. • Don’t be swayed by big-print credit offers that come in the mail. “Pay less attention to the big letters that promise zero-percent interest and pay more attention to the fine print, which is where the real information is,” McDaniel said. “Reading fine print should become a habit of anyone who applies for credit.” • Some financial lenders send legitimate checks in the mail, made out in your name. It’s understandably tempting to cash these checks, but “once again, look at the fine print,” stresses McDaniel. “These checks usually carry hefty interest rates that make cashing them less worthwhile.”









If you’re college-bound, you’ve probably already gone through – or soon will -- orientation designed to introduce you to time management skills, dorm life, course requirement, campus layout and more. But in most cases, one of life’s most important lessons – how to manage your money – is left untouched. Credit card companies and aggressive lenders are privy to the fact that young college students are prone to spend more freely than their parents, so they take action quickly. You’ll find that becoming a college freshman makes you a sought-after customer for “pre-approved” and “pre-qualified” offers. You may even receive a check in the mail that proves to be quick cash in your hands – at a cost, of course. According to a recent study, 84 percent of undergraduates have at least one credit card, up from 76 percent in 2004. The research found that, on average, students have five credit cards, with half holding four or more. The average balance was more than $3,000. “In most cases, one credit card is enough for a young college student. There is no magic number as to how many cards each consumer should hold, but a good rule is to only have credit cards that you can afford to pay off each month. If you find that you usually pay the minimum balance and all your cards are maxed out, that’s a red flag that you have too many. A new college student simply won’t have enough earning power to pay that balance down most of the time,” said Lyles McDaniel, Senior Vice President with Lakeside Bank. McDaniel offers the following guide for collegebound freshmen as they begin to wade through financial responsibilities of adulthood:


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Money & Career | Freshman Finance • Use your credit card for emergencies only, and don’t carry more cards than you can afford. • Make sure you have a clear understanding of the interest rates on your lines of credit. If you can’t afford to pay more than the minimum balance, don’t have credit cards. • In addition to balancing your checkbook, make sure you keep track of your credit purchases. Sixty percent of students surveyed were surprised at how high their balance went and how quickly it skyrocketed. McDaniel says the same is true for debit card purchases – track and record your spending. • Save money by spending wisely. “One of the greatest benefits of college life is access to free or low-cost entertainment on campus. Pay attention to those opportunities as much as possible,” McDaniel said. If you’re fortunate enough to be on a meal plan, be sure to take advantage. Eat on campus instead of fast food. It may seem cheap to spend three bucks on a hamburger, but those three bucks add up quickly. Also, learn how to grocery shop wisely. Buy generic brands, use coupons, and comparison shop whenever possible.” • Have a budget, and stick to it. It’s easy to lose control of your finances, especially when you’re in college and busy with so many other things. Before you get in full semester swing, develop a budget with estimated costs in various categories, such as entertainment, supplies, and other expenses. Try to stay within that budget as much as possible. “Making a budget often requires a lot of guesswork, so it’s understandable that you may spend a little more than you planned from time to time, but usually you can get within a reasonable ballpark.” McDaniel said. Having a budget can greatly reduce stress because you have a general idea of what to expect financially each month.

• Understand the consequences of poor financial choices. If you stick to minimum payments, open or apply for too many lines of credit, or don’t pay bills on time, your credit score will be affected. This determines what your interest rates will be on future purchases. “A low credit score costs you money and sometimes can prevent you from making future purchases, like a car or a home,” McDaniel said. “So any financial mistakes you make now, could have a big impact on your future financial situation. That’s why learning to manage your money is so important at this stage of your life.” McDaniel says discipline is the key to financial management for consumers of any age, and is a lesson best learned sooner, rather than later.

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Best summer jobs for teens and tips for landing them. School’s almost out and summer is practically here, and although for many teens this is vacation time it is also time to boost their bank accounts. Summer jobs for teens should be fun, social and flexible. They should help them gain valuable experiences for their future endeavors. Here are some popular summer jobs for teens and tips on landing them. First off, if you haven’t started looking, the time to do so is now! You want to make sure you find the best opportunity for yourself and try to beat your competition. If they are looking to hire someone immediately, consider telling them the amount of hours your can work now and that once school lets out you will be available to work more. It is also a good idea to start telling family members, teachers, coaches and any other adults in your life that you are looking for a job. They might be able to give you a lead and a recommendation if necessary. Employers hiring teens want someone who will do whatever it takes to get the job done and will do it well. On the application itself,

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make sure everything is spelled correctly and that your handwriting is neat, legible and not silly. The same holds true for your voicemail and email address. Make sure that your voicemail greeting is professional and that your email address isn’t inappropriate or off-the-wall. Some great summer jobs for teens include the following:

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Camp counselor Lifeguard Lawn care/landscaping Museums or other event venues Restaurants or other retail establishments Movie theatre Tutoring younger children in school subjects or a sport Find a need in your community and start your own business

Following these tips should have you gainfully employed in no time!


Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! Lakeside Opens New Building

Women and Children’s Hospital launches 30-Minutes-or-less ER Service Pledge

Lakeside hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on its new, permanent home located at 4735 Nelson Road last month. Since opening late in the summer of 2010 in a temporary building while construction of the 6000-square-foot main building was underway, the bank has reported triple and quadruple percentage growth in the key areas for financial strength and stability. Several experienced bankers in the area have joined the management team at Lakeside in recent months and plans to open additional area branches are underway. The idea for Lakeside, the only new bank to be awarded a charter in 2010, came from local real estate developer Andrew Vanchiere (now a board member). It is the only new bank to open in the country in the past two years, with the exception of three specifically organized to acquire failing banks. For more information about Lakeside and its services, call 474-3766 or visit

Last month Women and Children’s Hospital launched a 30-minutes-or-less emergency room service in order to better serve patients. The 30 minutes will begin as soon as the patient checks in at the front desk. While the goal will be to initially see every patient in this window, the most critical health emergencies will still receive top treatment priority. The pledge focuses on getting patients into a treatment room as quickly as possible. The community can view the hospital’s average ER wait time, which is based on a two-hour rolling average and is updated every 15 minutes, on the hospital website at

Live @ the Lakefront Inaugural Season a Success The three-part concert series, Live @ the Lakefront, concluded on March 30th, and it proved to be a huge success for the Lake Area. The new music festival was initiated by the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the City of Lake Charles as a way to celebrate local music talent and to showcase the Lakefront Promenade’s development. With sponsorships by Isle of Capri Casino and Tobacco Free Living, Live @ the Lakefront was able to draw over 2,500 people to the Arcade Amphitheater during its final week. Over the course of the series, which took place on March 16th, 23rd, and 30th, Certain Satellites, Wendy Colonna, Twangsters Union, Bobcat, City Heat, Iberville High Life, and Grammy-nominated Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys performed on stage. Plans are already in the works for next year’s event.

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Wound Healing Center at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Receives National Recognition National Healing Corporation, the nation’s largest provider of managed and outsourced wound healing centers, has recognized the Wound Healing Center at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital with its Front Runner Award. The center was recognized for maximizing its resources to meet the growing needs of its community. Part of National Healing’s nationwide network of researchers and specialists, the Wound Healing Center at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital reports patient outcomes to National Healing, resulting in one of the most comprehensive databases for wound outcomes in the U.S. and enabling the company to share its knowledge with wound care experts from around the world. The Wound Healing Center at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is located at 701 Cypress Street in Sulphur. For more information call (337) 528-4708.

Park Terrace Location of First National Bank DeRidder Is Now Open The newly renovated Park Terrace location of First National Bank DeRidder, 1003 N. Pine Street, is now open. The lobby hours are 9am through 5pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9am through 5:30pm on Fridays. Drive-thru hours are 7am to 5pm Monday through Thursday, 7am till 5:30pm on Fridays, and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. The phone number is (337) 463-6231. Also open is the new drive-thru at the main office of First National Bank DeRidder, located in downtown. First National Bank DeRidder was established in 1934 and currently has four locations in DeRidder and recently opened a Mortgage Loan Office in Lake Charles on Nelson Road. A full-service Lake Charles location is scheduled to open in the spring of 2013.

Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy, which will be managed by Charter Schools USA (CSUSA), will ultimately serve Kindergarten through eighth grade. In its inaugural year, students will be accepted in grades K-6 with seventh and eighth grade offered in subsequent years. The two-story, 49,904-square-foot building with a 10,760-square-foot gymnasium will serve 591 students in its first year and will serve 860 students at its full capacity. For application and enrollment information, call 866-KIDS-USA.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Announces Opening of New Sleep Center West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital recently opened the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Sleep Center, in association with Louisiana Sleep Diagnostics. The center, which is housed inside the hospital, offers testing and treatment for common sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome. Sleep studies are conducted in the on-site sleep lab, designed with the comforts of home to promote relaxation. Patients may be referred to the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Sleep Center by their family medicine physician. Once a referral has been made, an appointment will be scheduled for the patient; however, pre-registration may be required. For more information call (337) 527-4175.

Avery Archives Receives NAID AAA Certification Avery Archives, a locally owned and operated document storage and destruction company, has been awarded AAA Certification by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). NAID is the international trade association for companies providing information destruction services and their mission is to promote the industry and the standards and ethics of its members. Avery Archives is the only local company and one of only 12 companies in the state of Louisiana to carry the certification that establishes standards for secure destruction processes including areas like operation security, employee hiring and screening, destruction processes, responsible disposal and insurance. In order to qualify for certification, the company and its practices must be audited by NAID representatives. For more information on Avery Archives, call (337) 491-9522 or visit

First National Bank DeRidder Earns 5-Star Rating First National Bank DeRidder was recently named as a 5-Star Superior Bank by BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research firm. A five star rating indicates a strong capital foundationwith active loans and a low delinquency rate. This is the ninety-third consecutive quarter for First National BankDeRidder to earn the five-star rating. According to BauerFinancial, only three percent of the nation’s banks achieve this distinction.

New Charter School Opening in Southwest Louisiana Due to the high demand at Lake Charles Charter Academy, a second charter school, Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy, will open in Calcasieu Parish in August of 2012. The new school will be permanently located off I-210 on Nelson Road. Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy will begin classes in a temporary facility and will move to its permanent location in August, 2013. Enrollment is open to all residents of Louisiana. It will be a public charter school; therefore there will be no tuition to attend. May 2012

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Avoid Common Investment Mistakes by Kristy Armand

“One of the easiest ways to get off on the wrong foot is to over or under estimate your risk tolerance. ” – Mark Eckard, LPL Financial Advisor

Investing can be a complicated business. Once you’re invested, you become vulnerable not only to the volatility of the market, but to the whims of your own financial strategy. Even when you have a financial advisor, which is wise for virtually anyone considering an investment, your advisor is only able to work with the information you provide. It’s not uncommon for people to implement what they’ve heard recommended as a “can’t miss” financial strategy with dreams of hitting stock market gold, but according to Mark Eckard, LPL Financial Advisor with Rau Financial Group, when it comes to investing, an honest and mapped-out strategy is integral to any plan. “One of the easiest ways to get off on the wrong foot is to over or under estimate your risk tolerance. The highest returns are often found in the riskier investments, and because we all want to get the most bang for our buck, it can be tempting to put our money toward the investment that has the biggest pay-off. If you have a low risk tolerance, however, putting your hard-earned money into a high-risk investment may not be the best approach, there are investment options available for every risk level” says Eckard. “When you enter into an investment strategy, you have to be honest about how much risk you can handle, what your goals are and how you can realistically reach those goals.” Another common mistake people make, Eckard says, is investing in things you don’t understand. “Sometimes clients get a tip from a friend or relative, or see something on the news about a certain investment, and they immediately want to get in on the action. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with exploring investment options with your advisor, or getting more information about a hot stock, but it’s best to put


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your money toward a business that you understand. Some businesses and industry are highly regulated and complex, which can get confusing for stockholders, he adds. Perhaps the most common -- and in some cases, the costliest – mistake people make is waiting too long or for the right time to invest. To truly profit from the world of investing, it’s best to start as early as possible, according to Eckard. “There are many, many benefits to starting early, the most obvious being that you have a longer period of time to earn money. Another great benefit of investing at an early age, is that you can afford to take more chances. You can make the decision to put money in more aggressive investments, because unlike an investor who is 50 or 60, you have time to recover from any losses you may incur,” Eckard says. “It’s certainly never too late to invest, but don’t make the mistake of putting it off longer than you should just because you don’t feel like you are old enough or wise enough to get started.” He says if you are new to investing, it’s best to consult with a trusted financial advisor if you’re not sure of the best path to take. “Financial planning isn’t just about looking at numbers and interest rates. Sometimes people want to do what feels right for them, their situation and most importantly, their life goals. Everyone is different and we all have our own expectations and temperaments. A good financial advisor understands that and will work with you to maximize your investment within guidelines you outline.” For more information about investment services available through Rau Financial Group, call 480-3835 or visit

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Tipping Do’s and Don’ts by Haley Armand

To leave a tip or not leave a tip? How much do you tip if you do? These are many questions that are provoked after receiving some sort of service. While most people are aware that is appropriate to tip the server at a restaurant, it’s not always clear when you should tip elsewhere. Here are some tips for proper tipping.

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For a restaurant, the size of it gratuity depends on how well you are served, not the taste of the food. The server has no control over that. The typical tipping amount for a waiter or waitress is between 13 and 15 percent of the total bill. But, if your party stays longer and is hindering the restaurants ability to seat new parties, the tip should be twice the average amount. For takeout orders no tip is required unless it is sushi. Sushi requires extensive preparation; therefore the appropriate tip should be 10 percent of the order. At fast-food places, no tip is required; it is your call. For a pizza deliver, the amount should be $2 to $3 depending on the distance the delivery person had to travel.

If you are using a coupon or gift certificate for a service, it is appropriate to calculate your tip based on the total before the discount. Overall, you should only tip if the service provided was up to par or you’re a regular client, and they should always be given discreetly. If there is any doubt on whether you should tip or not, you should consider how much the service you are receiving means to you. Any tip given with a genuine sign of appreciation is better than nothing at all.


The amount of the tip depends on the rating of the hotel. If it is a 5-star hotel, the service expectations are greater and the tip should be too. If someone totes your bags to your room, it is polite to tip them $2 per bag. If room service is included in the overall bill, gratuity is not required. But if it is not, it should be 20 percent of the charge. For housekeeping, tip $3 per day if the gratuity is not included on the overall bill. If you are leaving the maid a tip, it is recommended to leave it on the desk or counter and not the nightstand because this location has a sexual connotation.

Salons and Spas

The majority of workers in the beauty business get paid on commission only or minimum wage plus a small percentage of the fee. For a massage therapist you should tip 10 to 15 percent of the charge. For a hairstylist you should tip 10 to 20 percent of the charge. For a manicure, pedicure or facial you should tip 15 percent of the charge. For a pet groomer you should tip 15 to 20 percent of the charge.


If the driver helps you with your bags or gets you somewhere on time in rush-hour traffic, the tip should be 20 percent. If not, the recommended tipping amount is 10 to 15 percent of the fee.

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Money & Career

Overworked and Underplayed:

the Incredible Shrinking Vacation by Kristy Armand

The end of May once marked the unofficial start of vacation season, a time when people took road trips, boarded planes, explored the great outdoors, amusement parks, and basically got away from every day stress for extended rest and relaxation. This scenario probably doesn’t sound very familiar to too many people. All work and no play has become the American way, and we’re quickly becoming the no-vacation nation. American workers are taking less time off than ever before. The average vacation in America is now a just three to four days – basically a long weekend. Some 25 percent of Americans and 31 percent of low-wage earners get no vacation at all anymore, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Another survey of 1,100 company executives by the American Management Association found similar results. It showed that only about a third of executives get away from work for more than a week at a time. Over half of Americans do not use all of their earned or allotted vacation time each year, forfeiting an average of nearly half the number of days available to them. This means that collectively, American workers sacrifice more than 3 million years of unused vacation time each year. Even worse, research has found that 50 percent of workers admit to sneaking in some work – packing in some files, checking email or calling into the office -- while on vacation. Now study after study suggests that the ties that bind us to work even when we are supposed to be enjoying time off are taking a toll on our mental and physical health. “We need vacations, and we need to take this need seriously,” says Chauntelle LeJeune, MA, LMFT, LPC, therapist with Solutions EAP (Employee Assistance Program). “While we readily accept that getting immunizations, taking vitamins, or getting recommended health screenings is good preventive medicine, something as simple as taking a vacation is not seen as necessary for good maintaining good health. Vacations help us recharge, allowing us to be more efficient when we return. Unfortunately, too many of


the vacations people take these days aren’t vacations at all. Two or three days away from work are not enough time to unwind. A vacation can’t do what it is supposed to do if it’s not long enough and if you don’t really leave work behind. You have to be cut off from a stressor for a sufficient amount of time to give your mind and body a break.” One survey conducted by Oxford Health Plans of more than 600 men and women shows that about one in five people report feeling so overworked that they are unable to use up all of their allotted vacation time. The survey showed that while many employers do make it easy to keep medical appointments and return to work after illness, other companies exude a corporate culture that discourages healthy behavior. Approximately 19% of survey respondents said workplace pressures make them feel they must attend work even when injured or sick; 17% said it is difficult to take time off or leave work in an emergency, and 8% believe that if they were to become seriously ill they would be fired or demoted. The survey also showed that 14% of respondents feel company management only promotes people who habitually work late, according to Oxford.

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The research seems to underscore a “cultural belief that not working is a bad thing.” And LeJeune says actually getting time off for a week or more at a time is much more difficult in today’s corporate climate than in decades past. “People may have to beg their employers for any time in the first place, and then often end up feeling guilty for taking the time off, which prevents them from really benefiting from the vacation. The recent recession and worries about job security have only added to the problem.” Experts say Americans are going through a cycle of overwork that began in the late ‘80s with a series of technological advances, starting with the fax machine and desktop pc, and continuing today with laptops, iPads, wireless technology and smart phones. “After all, it’s hard to leave the office behind when you virtually carry your office in your pocket,” says LeJeune. “Technology has added a sense of urgency to the workplace, which increases the feeling that taking time off is a problem - you miss so much more in a week today than you would have in a week off just a few decades ago,” says LeJeune. “Another contributing factor to decreasing vacations is that in today’s economy, companies are trying to do more with fewer employees. This means many workers are doing multiple jobs and working extra hours, which blurs the boundaries between work and life.” LeJeune says working more than 48 hours a week doubles the load of stress, and doing this without a break for weeks at a time can not only lead to mental burnout and decreased productivity, it can also put you at an increased risk for sleep disorders, high blood pressure, depression and heart disease, among other health problems. “So when it comes to vacations, the question may not be whether or not you can afford to take one, but whether you can afford not to,” says LeJeune. LeJeune stresses that what you do on your vacation is not nearly so important as what you don’t do. “When you do find a way to get away, make a real commitment to leaving work behind. Unpack anything work-related before you leave – this includes mental baggage as well as tangible luggage. Don’t take along work worries, files, laptops, iPads, cell phones , and anything else that will keep you connected to work. The bottom line is a healthy vacation is really a holiday of the mind. Your vacation could be in the backyard watching the grass grow, as long as you stay there long enough to forget about work. When you come back, you should feel refreshed with a new perspective, ready to get refocused on work.”

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How SafeIs Your Wallet? Many of us are guilty of carrying our lives in our wallets. If someone peeked inside, they’d learn about recent purchases, have access to our home address and see how much cash we have, ready for the taking. The sad truth is, there are a lot of takers out there. Millions of people have their wallets stolen each year; and a wallet in the wrong hands can do a lot of damage. More than 250,000 Americans reported identity theft in 2010, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In fact, it was the most common complaint reported. There are probably thousands of cases that went unreported. “When people carry their life history in their wallets, and it is unfortunately stolen, the thief has almost limitless power at his or her disposal,” said Robert Grant, information technology director with First National Bank DeRidder. “They can run up charges, take out loans, and quickly ruin the credit rating of an individual.” While most Americans are vigilant about online security, 76 percent of identity thefts result from the theft of something physical, like a wallet. “People are carrying too many private documents in their wallets,” said Grant. Before you leave the house, take a look at this list of things you should not carry in your wallet on a daily basis:

Social Security Card

Take it out of your wallet immediately! If a thief accesses your number, they can open a credit card, take out loans, and buy a car. Even the U.S. government’s website recommends leaving your card at home in a safe place.


George Costanza on Seinfeld famously stuffed every receipt into his wallet, but Grant says wallets should not become a filing drawer. “Wallets aren’t receipt holders. They often have credit card information or your signature,” he said. Make it a habit to take out receipts at the end of each day. Store them in a safe place at home for a short time in case you need to return something.

Too Much Cash

“Carry only as much cash as you are willing to lose,” said Grant. While it’s a good idea to have some cash on hand for an emergency, don’t be excessive. A recent poll by LearnVest, a financial planning company, shows that most Americans keep less than $50 of cash with them.

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checks are easily cashed. If you know you’ll need to write a check that day, take only one with you; or bring your checkbook but take it out at the end of the day. It’s best to not get in the habit of carrying a checkbook around. De-cluttering your wallet will help simplify your life and make your personal identity and credit much safer. Even if a purchase is delayed while you return home for the right card or a check, it’s still much less of a headache than trying to straighten out a case of identity theft.

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Too Many Credit Cards

The average person carries between four and eight credit cards. Between store cards, gas cards and general credit cards they can add up quickly. Grant advises carrying only one or two main cards in your wallet. One to use regularly, and the other as a backup; the rest should be left at home in a safe place.

Your Checkbook

There was a time that we carried a checkbook for almost all significant purchases. With credit cards and online bill pay taking over, using a check is becoming archaic. Take a look at your checks and you’ll notice they likely have your home address and your bank account number. In the wrong hands, blank 44

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Supriya Jindal

by Erin Kelly

First Person is a monthly Q&A that features compelling people who excel in their chosen endeavors. Ideas for future Q&As? Email

First Lady Supriya Jindal visited T.S. Cooley Elementary in Lake Charles to donate hands-on enrichment tools and to read to kindergarten students. The program seeks to provide such tools that teachers identify as integral to their kindergarten classrooms and their students’ success.

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First Lady Supriya Jindal visits M.J. Kaufman Elementary to donate interactive whiteboards to their Pre-K and 3rd grade classrooms. Here she is teaching a lesson on the board and playing a game called “Jindal Jeopardy” with the kids.


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has always been polarizing, particularly when we reach ever closer to an election cycle, but Supriya Jindal believes that at the end of the day, everyone wants the same thing—to leave a better world for the next generation. In her role as First Lady of Louisiana, she has played an instrumental role in speaking on issues related to education, particularly as it relates to math and science, fields where Louisiana has consistently lagged behind, but areas where Jindal herself has consistently excelled—graduating magna cum laude with honors from Tulane University with a degree in chemical engineering, followed by a career with Monsanto Chemical in Luling. Before becoming First Lady, Jindal also earned an MBA from Tulane and worked for the Albemarle Corporation in Baton Rouge. Less than ten years after graduating from Grace King High School, she received a phone call from a former classmate named Bobby, who invited her to a Mardi Gras ball after his date cancelled at the last minute. Supriya accepted. Months later, the couple was engaged; in 1997, they married. Ten years later, Bobby was being sworn in as governor of Louisiana and she became youngest First Lady in the nation. Supriya, mother of three, has used her visible political position to take an active interest in education and other issues that matter to her. She took a moment to discuss those interests, and her approach to them, with Thrive.

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What issues are most important to you and what is your vision for change? I am passionate about education, particularly math and science education, for our young children. The jobs of the twenty-first century will demand some level of math and science. Whether you look at jobs in forestry, medicine, oil and gas, our fisheries or the chemical industry to name a few, all require employees with skill sets in math, science and technology. Thus, I enjoy working with our young children to expose them to math and science. I’ve enjoyed doing a number of things in classrooms across Louisiana to further expose our young children to these subjects, including leading hands-on science experiments. I’ve been thrilled to have experts from NASA, the Dow Chemical Company, and LSU, among others join me in demonstrating the importance, as well as the fun, involved with math and science. How has your perspective on politics changed since you became First Lady? I firmly believe that everyone has the opportunity to bring change. I often tell young people across Louisiana to never forget that they have power to make a positive difference in someone’s life. Through the First Lady Awards program, I have been able to thank people who are working to positively impact the lives of young children in Louisiana. If you know of someone we should recognize, please logon to and send us an email with some information about the incredible work he or she is doing. What do you think are the greatest obstacles to nonpartisan politics and how can we overcome them? At the end of the day, we all fundamentally believe that our children should have a better life than we did. We all want to make sure they receive a good education and are able to pursue their dreams. If we keep this perspective, I think we, as a state, can truly make an impact, not only in politics, but in our children’s futures. The number of women earning bachelor’s degrees surpassed that of men in 1996. Last year, women surpassed men in advanced degrees as well. What are your thoughts on how women have progressed in recent years? It’s a great thing to see women succeed – succeed not only in receiving an education, but in their careers, and in their roles as moms, daughters, sisters, and friends. Women are truly amazing – able to juggle these various roles all while keeping a smile on their faces! You have made it a priority to emphasize the importance of math and science for the children of Louisiana. As you know, Louisiana’s ranking in these areas has consistently been low. How have you sought to combat that trend and emphasize future improvement? Studies show that young people tend to lose interest in math and science somewhere around the second, third or fourth grade and that’s the age level where I focus my time. With representatives from both industry and

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academia, I am hoping we can help to spark a renewed interest in math and science. I enjoy challenging the children to recognize that elements of math and science play a role in the daily lives – from football to brushing their teeth to making lemonade – math and science can be found in everything. Many nationwide organizations, including the Girl Scouts, consider it a priority to encourage more girls to enter the fields of math and science. Do you feel this is uniquely important and if so, why? I think it’s important to showcase careers in math and science to both boys and girls. My daughter is an aspiring astronaut, my youngest child is an aspiring building contractor, and his older brother – well, he wants to be the kicker for the Saints when he grows up! No matter what career path they might one day pursue, math and science are going to be critical to their success. While it may be obvious how important math and science are to an astronaut and in construction, I emphasize angles, force and direction to my son who wants to be a football kicker. He, too, must excel in math and science to succeed. Thus, giving our children the opportunity to dream big is extremely important, but equally, if not more so, is making sure they grasp the fundamentals of math and science for whatever career goal they might have. What do you think of your current role? I have greatly enjoyed meeting amazing people from all across Louisiana. I have had the privilege of meeting children and adults from towns, both small and large across Louisiana- and that has been an incredible honor. Our people are the most hardworking and resilient people in America. I look around and see men and women succeeding in teaching, protecting our communities, serving in hospitals, caring for our retirees, fighting for America, just to name a few. I firmly believe that we live in the greatest state in the greatest country – and it’s because of our people. What do you consider your greatest achievements? It’s my hope that my children are able to successfully pursue their dreams. If I can instill in them faith, strength and a good sense of humor, along with encouraging them and loving them – I hope to see them happy as adults with families and careers of their own. A passion of mine has been my work with the Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children. We have been working to bring interactive technology to classrooms across Louisiana. This technology has shown incredible results in education in classrooms with them versus classrooms without. To date, the Foundation has brought interactive whiteboard technology to over 270 classrooms in over 90 different schools across the state. We have enjoyed working with companies here in Louisiana who are deeply committed to positively impacting the communities in which their employees and customers live in and work in. It is extremely rewarding to work with our young children – and watch their eyes sparkle as well use technology to solve math and science problems. For more information, please visit


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Gone Fishin’ by Land or Sea by Katie Harrington

Being on the water is more than just a favorite past time in Southwest Louisiana, it’s a way of life! Of the 3,026 square miles that make up Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes, 643 square miles or 21% is water. Given these statistics, it’s not surprising that a trip through an area neighborhood will deliver a boat sighting in nearly every driveway. Boat launches, fishing piers and bait shops are not hard to come by in these parts. But knowing exactly where to catch what you are looking for, where to ski or tube or where to go on a scenic cruise can be a challenge when the options are so abundant. “One of the greatest advantages of living in Southwest Louisiana is that for most people, it is only a 10-15 minute drive to the nearest waterway,” said Hal McMillin, local outdoor enthusiast and host of Sportman’s Paradise, a weekly talk radio show on KLCL 1470 AM. “Whether you are looking to fish from a boat or the docks, fresh water or salt, the opportunities are countless.”

Bank fishing

According to McMillin, the number one question he gets asked is where to go fishing if you don’t have a boat. The answer to this question depends on whether you want to catch salt water or fresh water species. McMillin says to catch fresh water fish such as brim and bass, without even leaving land, you should check out Parkside Marina and the pond at Holbrook Park. Bank fishing opportunities are also available at Holbrook Park as well as White Oak Park. For saltwater fish such as speckled trout, redfish and flounder, head to Calcasieu Point Landing. Bait, beverages and ice are available as well as a fishing pier. Intracoastal Park also offers great opportunities to catch saltwater species. A lot of the water in the Calcasieu Estuary is brackish. The saltwater barrier, the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall, under the I-10 bridge on the east side and the 210 bridge area all provide amazing opportunities to catch a mix of salt and fresh water species. Riverside Park is another area of brackish water that is great for catching fish or crabs. 48

Other great places to fish from the banks can be found in the area National Wildlife Refuge complexes. Turnouts located on the Creole Nature Trail AllAmerican Road in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge offer ample parking and fishing space. Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge and Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge also offer great spots to stop and fish. One tidbit to remember according to McMillin is that during the late summer and fall, the fish begin to move north, making Prien Lake and Lake Charles really hot spots for catching fish.

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If you’re looking to leave the land, there are some amazing hotspots in the area. Knowing a couple of tricks of the trade when fishing from a boat can mean the difference between an okay fishing trip and a spectacular fishing trip. “There are two major things you need to look at when you are fishing from a boat,” said McMillin. “You need to look at the clarity of the water and to be aware of the tidal action.” The clearer the water, the easier it is for the fish to see the bait. He says to remember to use light bait in clear water and darker bait in muddy or stained water. The movement of the water and the tidal action bring bait fish and other species from the marsh into the lake, bringing the reds, trout, drum and flounder in to feed on these smaller fish and crustaceans. McMillin says the old adage of ‘fishing the birds’ applies here. The fish feed on the smaller bait fish sending remnants of left-overs to the surface. Sea gulls come in and eat these bits and pieces out of the water. So, if you see sea gulls feeding in the lake then chances are, there are some nice schools of fish nearby. McMillin offers these locations to consider for your next boating excursion. • The south end of Big Lake around the Weirs • Commissary Point near Hebert’s Marina • The northern part of Calcasieu Lake known as Turner’s Bay

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Okay so we don’t surf in Southwest Louisiana, but it sure is fun to spend a day tubing or skiing on the local waterways. If you are heading out on this type of adventure, it is important to be aware of other boat traffic in the area and to always have a spotter in addition to the driver. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving and the spotter to focus on the person being pulled behind the boat. McMillin says there is a great two to three mile stretch of water on the dead leg of the Calcasieu River, by the old ice plant. Because it’s a dead leg of the river, there’s not a lot of boat traffic in this area and it is protected from the wind, making it a great place to ski or tube.

banks. However, each year there is typically a weekend where you are allowed to fish without a license. This amnesty weekend is usually the second weekend in June. If you’re looking for the closest place to launch your boat, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has a complete listing of area boat launches and parks on their website, Many of these parks offer not only boat launches and bank fishing opportunities, but also camping spots and covered pavilions. Don’t own a boat but want to go out fishing in one? Local guide services offer chartered fishing trips as well as really nice accommodations. They will take you out and teach you how to fish, even bait your hook for you and then clean and bag your catch for you to take home at the end of the day.

Scenic cruises

Southwest Louisiana is home to some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets and seeing them from the water can bring about a whole new perspective on life. “For me, some of the most beautiful, scenic parts of our area can be found from the saltwater barrier, north to Sam Houston Jones State Park,” said McMillin. “I also enjoy going out to the White Oak Park, Watermelon Bay area along English Bayou in the late evening. And there’s nothing like watching the sunset in the Big Lake area.” Lorrain Park, home of the Lorrain Bridge famously depicted by local artist Elton Louiviere, is another beautiful are to find peace and tranquility.

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Whether you are hitting the water to fish, ski or just find some peace and quiet, it’s important to make sure you are adequately prepared with a first aid kit and nautical maps. Also, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries requires all people 16 and older who are fishing to have a valid fishing license in their possession. This license is required even if you are just fishing from the Daisy Miller, RN ICU

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Make Sure Safety is Aboard by Kristy Armand

One of the great things about living in Southwest Louisiana is the accessibility to beautiful waterways. Whether fishing, skiing or just enjoying the warm weather, it’s hard to beat an afternoon on a boat.

Part of the good times on the river, lake or ocean is remembering safeboating rules that are designed to make sure your good time is nothing but the best. National Safe Boating Week is May 17- 25. The Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana reminds boaters to put safety first by wearing a life jacket. Although boating fatalities and injuries have declined over more than two decades, the numbers remain high: 672 dead in 2010, with Louisiana ranking 5th. Two-thirds of the fatalities involved capsizing and falls overboard. These incidents may have had a better outcome if boaters had worn life jackets. “Many boaters don’t wear their life jackets while on the water because they think they’ll have plenty of time to put them on if an emergency arises,” explains Joni Fontenot, director of the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. “The reality is there is no time to find your life jacket when something unexpected happens.”

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The Safety Council offers these tips for boating safety: Wear your life jacket. Most people who are killed while pleasure boating drown – and most people who drown are not wearing a life jacket. Modern life jackets are smaller and more comfortable, leaving no excuse to not wear one. Stay sober in your boat. An operator with a blood alcohol content above .10 (equivalent to consuming 5 beers in one hour for the average 180 pound male) is ten times more likely to die in a boating accident than an operator with zero blood alcohol.

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Take a safe boating course. Seventy percent of recreational boating accidents are caused by factors that are controlled by the boat’s operator – failure to pay attention, carelessness, recklessness, inexperience, excessive speed and failure to watch for hazards. The Lake Charles Power Squadron offers Boat Smart classes for the public. For more information, call 474-0730.

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Be aware of carbon monoxide. All boat engines produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless poisonous gas that can kill you in a matter of minutes. It’s wise to use carbon monoxide detectors on your boat. “By being safer and smarter on the waterways, boaters can enjoy being out on the water more and hopefully avoid dangerous situations,” said Guidry. The Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana has free information on boating safety. To request a copy, call 436-3354.

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Jeff Benoit

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While you were sleeping, Jeff Benoit made your lunch.

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Before the sun came up, and before John Bridges read the morning news, Benoit arrived at B&O Kitchen and Grocery at 4 a.m. and fired up two fresh pots of cracklins. The sausage, boudin, jerky and a host of other items followed -- in preparation for the first customers as the doors opened at 6 a.m. Benoit is the third-generation owner of B&O, which for three decades has offered Cajun food specialties from the same location at 3011 E. Burton St. in Sulphur. The business’ longevity -- which is to say, its following -- centers on food that’s still made with family hands. Some of those menu items are tried-and-true Cajun traditions, like the multiple varieties of boudin and smoked sausage. Others are creative mashups of local flavors, like the boudin burger, the stuffed pork-roast sandwich, Cajun Slim Jims and the boudin-stuffed egg rolls. “I like to call us the Cajun snack headquarters,” Benoit said.


But that’s just part of the B&O story. Customers also come for the ready-tocook items like stuffed chickens, green sausage and dressing mix -- and then take the credit at their own dinner tables. The B&O history is a family tale, and it started decades ago with a boilermaker from Church Point. The patriarch was Joseph Benoit, who married a Church Point girl named Corita Olivier -- that’s where “B&O” comes from -- and settled in Sulphur. As the family grew, so did the backyard gatherings at their East Burton Street home. Food was the centerpiece. “I remember as a kid, we’d all get together, the whole family, and they’d butcher a hog and make cracklins,” said Jeff Benoit. “That’s where it all got started.”

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When Joseph Benoit retired in 1983, he decided to channel all that cooking into a second career -- and started a business right next door to his house. B&O was born. Three years later, his son, Dale Benoit -- an oilfield worker by trade -- took over the business and ran it a good 20 years. Dale Benoit passed away in 2010, a few years after handing the reins to own son, current owner Jeff Benoit. “Just about everybody in the family has worked here at some time in their life -- all the cousins, aunts and uncles,” Jeff Benoit said. His wife, Becky, has helped out. His daughter used to work here too. His son, Michael, a Sulphur High senior, was outside hauling items as he spoke. Members of the extended family also come in to lend a hand during holidays and busy times. How does a family that large work together that long? “It’s all for the best of the business,” he said. “We’re proud of our heritage.” And as for the matriarch, Corita Olivier Benoit? She’s still there. She’s the octagenarian behind the counter that everyone just calls “Granny.” She walks over from her home next door -- every day, Monday through Friday -- to help with customers and to make B&O’s signature hog head cheese (from a family recipe that she politely won’t share). “She’s the boss. I’m just the owner,” Jeff Benoit about his grandmother, laughing -- because there might still be a little bit of truth in it. Granny comes in at 6 a.m. and works for about four hours, takes a midday rest and then comes back from about 1-4 p.m. On this day, she was working up front with store employee Tammy White, helping a customer with his order of cracklins, smoked boudin, pork rinds, boudin balls, jerky and a Diet Coke. Granny and the B&O building have been the business’ constant presence for the past 29 years. Both have seen a lot over the years -- most recently, a fire last April that destroyed most of the contents and idled the business for about five months. Jeff Benoit gutted the place and installed new equipment -- and

reopened by September in time for deer season, ready to take processing orders from hunters. “We process about 50,000 pounds a year of deer sausage,” Jeff Benoit said, pointing to the seasonal work area on his way toward the smokehouse. “We also make about 200 pounds of boudin a day, and about four to six pots of cracklins a day.” The top boudin varieties are regular, smoked, chicken jalapeno and shrimp. The sausage includes a fresh chicken-jalapeno-pineapple variety. During the holiday season, B&O is busy with turduckens, stuffed turkeys and fried turkeys. “When Thanksgiving comes around, we really get going with fried turkeys. We have a vat where I can fry 15 turkeys at a time.” For the adventurous, there’s stuffed ponce, a pig’s stomach filled with a sausage mixture and ready for boiling -- think Cajun haggis. There’s also a lunchtime offering called the “Gaudidaun,” a sandwich with tasso- or brisket-based filling, dressed as desired, and then topped with a boudin ball. The food has developed a following that goes beyond Southwest Louisiana. Benoit once appeared on the cover of a brochure to promote the area Boudin Trail. He has hosted busloads of travel writers coming to experience Cajun food, and B&O’s offerings have been featured in food and travel magazines. What determines, then, all the flavors that thriving B&O Kitchen & Grocery offers to its customers? Simple. “If we wouldn’t put it in our mouths, we wouldn’t sell it,” Benoit said.

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Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau Celebrates National Tourism Week

The Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau will celebrate National Tourism Week, May 5-13. As tourism is the seventh largest industry in Louisiana, the bureau will sponsor a variety of events in the community to create awareness of tourism’s impact.

Saturday, May 5 | Children’s Day This event for the young and young at heart will be held in the Welcome Center lobby from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free pizza, coffee and dessert will be available, and a variety of games and exhibits will be displayed to feature the many things for families to see and do in Southwest Louisiana. Gumbeaux Gator will be on hand to welcome everyone.

Tuesday, May 8 | Restaurant Day Back by popular demand - showcases restaurants in the area offering visitors and locals a chance to sample some of the best cuisine in Southwest Louisiana. The event, made possible by the generous support of the area restaurants, is open to the public from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and is held at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall.

Wednesday, May 9 Hospitality ambassador training seminars Two seminars taking place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Participants must RSVP to Megan Hartman in advance at or 337-436-9588.

Thursday, May 10 Welcome display at Visitor Center in Vinton Friday, May 11 | Volunteer Day The honoring of the local air transportation staff with lunch at the Lake Charles Regional Airport. Volunteer Day is from 1-3 p.m. Lake Area volunteers are invited to join staff at the bureau, as they thank them for their valuable contributions to the community.

Sunday, May 13 | Mother’s Day The tourist information staff will hand out flowers to mothers who stop by the Welcome Center. The public is invited to visit the Welcome Center during National Tourism Week to enjoy the festivities. As part of the celebration, the bureau will serve refreshments all week in the lobby of the welcome center. Every 100th visitor will receive a special gift. The center is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekends. The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, established in 1972, will also be celebrating 40 years of strengthening the 54

economic fabric of Calcasieu Parish located along Interstate 10. The bureau will have a special focus on 40 years of growth, product development and promotions during National Tourism Week. For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or visit

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The Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the Imperial Calcasieu Museum have come together with the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau to present a unique series of bicentennial events in 2012 to celebrate our state’s 200 year legacy. Our statehood is steeped in two centuries of culture and history, and the public can expect an entire year of celebrations as a way to explore the collective identity of Louisiana. The current Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane has been commissioned to compose an original series of poetry which will use the history of Lake Charles and the Louisiana Bicentennial as inspiration. The series will be revealed during a special poetry ready by Kane on Saturday, May 12th, at 4 p.m. The reading is sponsored by the Imperial Calcasieu Museum and will be held under the arms of its extraordinary 375 year-old Sallier Oak in Lake Charles. Kane’s series will examine the intersection between landscape and identity while uniting both the raw and rapturous images and symbols of Southwest Louisiana. Louisiana Public Broadcasting will present a screening for Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood on May 17th at 7 p.m. in Central School Arts and Humanities Center’s theatre. The documentary is narrated by Harry Connick, Jr. and is approximately 56 minutes in length. The film will follow a glimpse of the newest downtown public art mural located on the side of local dessert shop, Sweets & Treats. Local artist Fred Stark, whose murals appear in sixteen states, is creating a large scale bicentennial-themed mural to illustrate our Southwest Louisiana connection to the state’s 200 year legacy. Composed in three different layers and timelines, the mural will show the visual history of Louisiana from 1812 to 2012 and will include local ties with the centennial anniversaries of four local historic landmarks. For more information on the area’s bicentennial events, visit www. or by Erica McCreedy

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One-Tank Road Trips

by Brett Downer

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It takes just one tankful of gas, and a sense of adventure from the passenger seats, to turn Southwest Louisiana’s far-flung scenery and attractions into a fullblown summertime road trip. It’s fun, it doesn’t involve airport patdowns and it fits tight schedules. And it might be a chance to see and experience our area’s own longstanding attractions for the first time. But: Don’t be a Griswold.  Plan first. Here are some ideas for mapping out a Southwest Louisiana road trip this summer:


You know those seashells you saved from some past vacation? The reason they’re still around the house is twofold: They looked good in the sand, and they’re a souvenir from a good time worth remembering. Idea: Add to that collection this summer. Make a pass through the beaches of Cameron Parish. We all know about Cameron Parish’s world-class fishing, birdwatching and wildlife access -- three good reasons right there to visit. But Cameron Parish is also a great place to make some serious finds of shells of all shapes and sizes. The shores of the parish coastline -- 26 miles of beaches along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road -- have plenty of interesting specimens on display, restocked regularly. (There’s even a free local brochure available, “Shelling,” with full-color illustrations to identify your prizes.) Shelling is for all ages, all travel timetables, all budgets. It’s a leisurely way to build a collection, and maybe a few family memories, in the fresh air of the Cajun Riviera. Tip 1: The best time to get shells is low tide, in calm weather weather following rough waves being tossed ashore. Tip 2: The best place to go? There are several.


If you’re coming down from an east Lake Charles/Holmwood route, your best shelling spot is Rutherford Beach (take La. 27 south and follow signs for the shortcut toward Oak Grove). If you’re coming south from West Calcasieu, meet the Gulf and then head west along the “Hug the Coast Highway” where you’ll come upon, in order, ideal shelling areas at Constance Beach, Gulf Breeze Beach, Little Florida Beach, Long Dun Beach and Mae’s Beach. Tip 3: Remember: Everything’s free. Even the souvenirs.


The must-do in Allen Parish is canoeing down Ouiska Chitto. All you really need upon arrival is sunscreen and a way to pay -- the canoe operators will rent you everything else you need. You’ll shove off from the Mittie area, and you’ll get a ride back to your car afterward. Mittie, accessed on La. 26 by way of U.S. 165, calls itself the “Canoe Capital of Southwest Louisiana.” The famous Ouiska Chitto is as popular as it is misspelled, offering white sand beaches that you can stop at along the way. No trip is ever the same, because the fickle Chitto’s current runs briskly on some days, lazily on others -- and the depths of a few spots along the route can range from checkout-this-swimming-hole to get-out-and-push. Regardless, you get to set your own pace and speed for your journey, meaning you can pull off for a beach lunch, stop for a swim, or steer past the rowdier canoe groups (or catch up to them, depending on your passenger list). Other sites to visit might include the nearby West Bay Wildlife Management Area, a 60,000-acre game reserve, for the bird watching and camping opportunities; and the Leatherwood Museum, a house-turned-time-capsule at 202 E. 7th Ave. in Oakdale.

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You should’ve seen the one that got away. Well, maybe that won’t be the case if you’re at the Sun Rise Catfish Farm (155 Milton Schmidt Road, about 8 miles south of DeRidder; 462-6990), where you can take a turn at fishing at a place where you’re sure they’re biting. You can rent poles on-site and you don’t need a fishing license. Fishing is also available at places like Longville Lake Park (La. 110 East, Longville; 725-3395), which also offers camping, swimming and walking. If you are newer to Southwest Louisiana, or hosting visitors, a destination might be Bundicks Lake (or Bundick’s Lake), a 1,750-acre recreational site fed by 200 square miles of watershed. It has a public boat launch and landings, hiking, camping and good spots for birdwatching. It’s south of DeRidder, five miles north of Dry Creek (on La. 394, six miles east of U.S. 171).


Just remember, Clark: Get a plan before you pack up the Truckster. A good resource for Southwest Louisiana road-trip destinations is Don’t be fooled by the Web address -- it’s actually the online home of the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is a near-encyclopedic source of information on the region’s tourism, recreation and entertainment opportunities.

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The 35,000-acre Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge marks its 75th anniversary this summer. If you’re traveling by the carload, your best might be the Lacassine Pool (off Illinois Plant Road, just south of Hayes off La. 14; 774-5923). It’s a 16,000-acre marsh impoundment that has a boat launch, parking area, shelters, and fishing piers with access available for disabled visitors. There are opportunities for hiking, biking, berrypicking, boating and crawfishing. It’s open daily, sunrise to sunset. Access it at the end of La. 3056, about 10 miles south of Lake Arthur, off La. 14. If you’d rather be indoors, drive into the residential area of Jennings and look sharp for the Zigler Museum at 411 Clara St. The Zigler remains one of the best-kept secrets in the region. It collections includes 200 works of art and sculptures as well as area wildlife dioramas, art glass and Audubon prints. It’s one of the finest art galleries between New Orleans and Houston. Another stop in town is the Tupper Museum, at 311 N. Main St. It’s a converted store which offers a walk through early 20th-century life. It’s closed on weekends, but a worthwhile stop during the weekday travel.

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Angelopoulos Joins Lake Charles Memorial Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center Peter Angelopoulos, MD, FACC, completed his internal medicine residency at the Jamaica Hospital in Jamaica, New York, followed Peter Angelopoulos, MD, FACC by a cardiovascular fellowship at Manhattan Veterans Hospital through New York University and an interventional cardiology fellowship at NYU Medical Center. He is board certified in cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology through the American Board of Internal Medicine/Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. He is also board certified in endovascular medicine through the American Board of Vascular Medicine. Prior to joining the Memorial Medical Group and the staff of Heart & Vascular Center, Dr. Angelopoulos had a private practice in Garden City, New York, where he specialized in coronary and peripheral interventions and educated medical residents and cardiology and interventional cardiology fellows. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, 58

The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. is proud to announce the winners of its Branch Out and Grow Grants to local educators. The purpose of these grants is to support excellence in teaching by awarding grants for innovative projects that otherwise would not be provided for in school budgets. Joann Winfrey, Westwood Elementary: “Culinary Cooperation” Connie Ellender, Sulphur HS “21st century reading with technology” Rachel Rougeau, St Margaret’s “A picture is worth a thousand words” Tenia Fuselier, ICCS “The Nook Club” Mallory Wall-Padgett, Sulphur HS “iThrive developing students’ workforce potential” Susan Gardebled, Sulphur HS “iPads STAT! Medical training for the 21st century” Stuart Cormier, Oak Park Elementary “Team Green of Oak Park Elem.” Rachel Foster, Our Lady Catholic School “My Big Fat Greek Amphora” Grants were also awarded to three local non-profit agencies: OASIS for its program “Healthy play for children” The Boy Scouts of America for its program “Helping kids to see what scouting is all about” Educational & Treatment Council (ETC) for “Nurturing Parenting”. The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. has also awarded scholarships which may be used for any accredited college, university or technical trade school for ladies that have exhibited a passion for making a difference in the community through volunteerism. The winners of these $1500 scholarships are Callie Berwick of Starks High School and Jaden Sterling of St. Louis Catholic High School.

as well as a member of the Society for Vascular Medicine and the Peripheral Arterial Disease Coalition/Vascular Disease Foundation. Dr. Angelopoulos will see patients at Heart & Vascular Center’s Lake Charles and Sulphur locations. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (337) 49-HEART (494-3278).

Dr. Andrew Foret’s Work Published in National Journal An article co-written by Dr. Andrew Foret, hand surgeon with Center for Orthopaedics, was published in the March issue of the Journal of Hand Surgery, the peerAndrew Foret, MD reviewed journal of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. The article evaluated the best course of treatment for volar retinacular ganglion cysts, fluid-filled masses that form on the palm side of the fingers. These cysts form when the tissue that surrounds the tendon bulges out of place. In the article, Dr. Foret explains that the cysts are benign and may resolve spontaneously without treatment. If the patient desires medical intervention, he recommends needle aspiration, followed by Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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Guillory has more than 13 years of experience in the IT field, including six years as an infantryman/ system administrator with the U. S. Military. He holds advanced certifications in a variety of networking and systems applications. He has been with Imperial Calcasieu Medical Group for three years.

Dr. Dale Archer’s Book is a New York Times Best Seller Local psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer’s new book, Better than Normal: How What Makes you Different Can Make you Exceptional, debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list Dr. Dale Archer in March. In Better than Normal, Dr Archer presents his continuum theory of mental health that looks at eight psychiatric diagnoses, but points out that all of us have these traits at some level. He discusses adventurous (ADHD), perfectionist (OCD), shy (social anxiety disorder), hyper-alert (generalized anxiety disorder), dramatic (histrionic), self-focused (narcissistic), high energy (bipolar) and magical thinking (schizophrenia). Through self-assessment tools contained in the book, the reader is able to determine how strong each particular trait is in their personality on a scale from 1 (absent) to 10+ (super-dominant), and from there learn to accept and make their dominant characteristic work in their favor. Born in New Orleans and raised in Lake Charles, Dr. Archer founded the Institute of Neuropsychiatry in 1988. He has served as director of various regional adolescent, adult and geriatric inpatient units, worked as a prison psychiatrist, served as an expert witness in many criminal court cases and was the corporate medical director for a 20-facility addiction treatment group. He has authored numerous articles as well as his earlier specialist work, Chemical Imbalance Depression. His personal advice website, has 50,000 visitors per month, Facebook page has 15,000 fans and he’s followed by over 8,000 on Twitter. His advice column is featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and regional publications. Dr. Archer was recently appointed to the Louisiana Medical Advisory Board by the governor and is often called on by top national news shows on networks such as CBS, Fox and CNN to speak about psychological issues related to current events.

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School Students Receive Recognition from National Hurricane Museum & Science Center The 7th and 8th Grade classes at Our Lady Queen of Heaven (OLQH) School have received a signed resolution and special praise from the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center. The students organized their suggestions for May 2012

exhibits and activities they’d like to see brought to life when the NHMSC opens to the public. The classes were presented with the “Resolution of Recognition and Appreciation” signed by all seven members of the NHMSC Board of Directors. The document also pledged to include permanent recognition at the Center as the first such group of students to submit their ideas.

Fusilier Named to Board of Southwest Louisiana Alliance Foundation John W. Fusilier, CEO of First National Bank DeRidder since 2004, has been named to the board of the Southwest Louisiana Alliance John W. Fusilier Foundation. Fusilier is also a member of the Beauregard Vernon Sunrise Rotary Club. The goal of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance is to strengthen economic ties within the five-parish area of Southwest Louisiana, made up of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis parishes.

Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana Holds Annual Meeting The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana recently held its Annual Meeting and is pleased to announce its Board of Directors and Greg Webb Officers for fiscal year 2012. The newly elected officers are: Greg Webb, Chair; Vic Stelly, Vice Chair; Dan Donald, Secretary; Jonald Walker, Treasurer; Lehrue Stevens M.D, Member at Large; and Philip Earhart, Past Chair. Serving as directors are: Susan Blake, Mark Boniol, E.F. Hunter, Mary Shaddock Jones, Brent Lumpkin, Jon Manns, Reed Mendelson, Rick Richard, Tom Shearman, Judge Gene Thibodeaux, and Mary Leach Werner. Lisa Verrette serves as President/CEO of the Foundation. The Foundation works with philanthropists, letting them leave their good mark on the region. Assisting in fundraising campaigns to grow nonprofit endowments; partnering to provide emergency funding; supporting the special needs of affiliated agencies and institutions; and administering lifetime and testamentary endowments, are ways the Community Foundation helps to improve the quality of life in Southwest Louisiana. Based in Lake Charles, the Foundation serves Calcasieu, Beauregard, Allen, Cameron and Jeff Davis parishes. For more information about the Community Foundation, please visit their website at or call 337/491-6688. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Dr. John Noble to Discuss Hip Pain and Treatment Advances at Seminar Orthopaedic surgeon and hip specialist Dr. John Noble Jr., will be the guest speaker at “Get Hip to Hip Pain,” a free community seminar at Center for Dr. John Noble Jr. Orthopaedics in Lake Charles. The seminar will take place on Thursday, May 17, at 5:30 pm. Hip pain is a common problem, and unfortunately, misinformation about the causes and treatment options are even more common. Although there have been dramatic increases in the frequency of hip surgery, most patients can be treated non-operatively. At this seminar, Dr. Noble will discuss the many different causes of hip pain and the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of hip problems, including exciting new developments in hip arthroscopy, resurfacing and replacement. Seating is limited and pre-registration is requested. Refreshments will be served. Call 721-2903 or register online at

Local Author Publishes Second Book Local author, Cathy Lowry, has published her second children’s book. Maurice & Claude is the sequel to her first book, How the Crawfish Got Its Shell. Mrs. Lowry is a retired elementary school teacher who mixes humor and an anti-bullying message into her books. Both books offer an amusing tale about outwitting a bully and prevailing in the end.

Local Fighters Win Big in Gonzales Three local fighters, training out of the Performance Evolution Fitness, Martial Arts, and Sports Training Facility on Ryan Street in Lake Charles traveled to Gonzales, La in March to fight at Ultimate Cage Fighting’s Bad 2 the Bone event. All three fighters came away victorious and all by different approaches. Zac Forsyth kicked off the event with a submission via front choke at only 1 minute and 40 seconds in the first round. This was Forsyth’s MMA debut fight. He has been training at Performance Evolution for only 3 months. Isaiah Lewis took the ring versus local favorite Charlie Hue and scored his second win in a row moving his record to (2-2). The final fight for the local fight team was Sulphur High alumni Jacob Gary. The fight ended with Gary nearly pulling off an armbar submission before the judges came back with the unanimous decision of a win, moving him to a (5-2) amateur record. The PE fight team is coached by professional MMA fighter and former karate world champion, Josh Quayhagen. Quayhagen recently won his last bout at Bellator 61 at the Horseshoe Casino in continued on p60


Places & Faces | Who’s News Bossier, Louisiana. His next fight will be May 18th when he returns to L’Auberge Du Lac here in Lake Charles.

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney Announces Promotions District Attorney John DeRosier recently promoted Assistant District Attorney David Kimball to Chief Felony Prosecutor and Assistant District Attorney Marcus Myers to Misdemeanor Section Chief. Kimball graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in May 1976 with a B.A. in History and earned his law degree from LSU School of Law in December 1980. In March 1981, Kimball began working for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and was assigned to the misdemeanor section. He was sworn into the Louisiana Bar Association in April 1981. In May 1983, Kimball went into private practice; however, he returned to the DA’s Office in January 1985. Upon his return, Kimball served as Misdemeanor Section Chief until moving into the felony division in May 1988. He initially handled drug cases exclusively. After a few years, he was given a regular felony caseload to handle. Kimball has prosecuted every type of criminal case – from traffic tickets to capital murders. Myers graduated from Louisiana State University in May 2005 with a B.A. in Political Science and earned his law degree from Southern University Law Center in May 2009. He began working for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office as an investigator in August 2009. After being sworn into the Louisiana Bar Association in April 2010, he began serving as an Assistant District Attorney. He is a member of the Young Men’s Business Club, president of Crime Stoppers of Lake Charles, and a board member of Oasis, formerly Calcasieu Women’s Shelter. Myers is married to Courtney Farmer Myers and they are expecting their first child, Jackson Lane Myers.

Memorial Hospital Honors St. John Elementary Artists Lake Charles Memorial Hospital recently honored Karli Sonnier students who participated in the Young at Art Program in February. The program, which spotlights artwork from a different local elementary Keyana Davis school each month, was designed to make a positive impact on hospital patients, employees, and the young artists themselves. 60

February’s display featured artwork by students from St. John Elementary. A panel of Memorial volunteers recognized fifth graders Valerie Leviner and Karli Sonnier and fourth grader Keyana Davis with a $50 savings bond.

O’Carroll Group Announces New Public Relations Director Matt Young has joined the O’Carroll Group as Public Relations Director. Young brings to the job seven years of public relations experience in the corporate, governmental Matt Young and nonprofit sectors. A DeRidder native, Young is a Louisiana Tech University graduate. Most recently he served as director of the Arts and Humanities Council. Young is involved with numerous civic organizations, including Fusion Five, Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society and Louisiana Citizens for the Arts. He serves on the board of directors of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance and on the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League of Lake Charles.

CSE FCU Announces Winners of GO MOBiLE Contest CSE Federal Credit Union announces the winners of the recent GO MOBiLE contest held for their members. Kevin Poullard and Chezli Wilmoth received Apple iPads for using CSE MOBiLE. More than 2,000 members entered for a chance to win one of two iPads. CSE MOBiLE is a product and service that provides access to check balances, transfer money, receive text messages about account information, and much more. For more information on CSE MOBiLE or other products and services of CSE Federal Credit Union, call 337.477.2000, or visit Membership and Eligibility Required. CSE is federally insured by NCUA.

Dr. Laurie Baynard joins Center for Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center for Chiropractic & Rehabilitation has announced Dr. Laurie Baynard has joined their clinic. Dr. Baynard is a recent graduate of Texas Dr. Laurie Baynard Chiropractic College and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. During her time at Texas Chiropractic College, she completed hospital rotations in Radiology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Orthopedics and Thrive Magazine for Better Living

completed two chiropractic preceptorships. She was also selected for a Sports Medicine rotation at one of the universities in Houston and completed coursework in the Graston Technique. Dr. Baynard earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology as well as Health & Human Performance. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer with the Cooper Institute. The clinic is located at 1210 E McNeese St. For more information, visit www. or call 337-502-5303 to schedule an appointment.

Westlake High School Future Business Leaders of America Attend District Conference

The Westlake High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the 2012 FBLA District Conference recently held at McNeese State University. Sixty-two students participated from Westlake with Kathyrn Reeser and Rysa Wing receiving first place plaques. Twenty-six students received superior ratings while 17 received excellent ratings. FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related skills. The Westlake FBLA is sponsored by Pam Johnson.

Swift Named Assistant Branch Manager City Savings Bank announced the appointment of Dana Swift as lending officer and assistant branch manager of the Lake Charles Branch. Swift has 16 years Dana Swift of banking experience, most recently at Cameron State Bank/Iberiabank. She studied at McNeese State University, and has completed Louisiana Bankers Association classes and Dale Carnegie training. Swift is a Lake Charles native and lives in Moss Bluff with her husband, Patrick, and two daughters, Madison and Katelyn.

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Jeff Davis Bank CEO Named Grassroots QB Boyd Boudreaux, president and chief executive officer of Jeff Davis Bank & Trust Company, is the Louisiana Bankers Association’s 2012 Grassroots Quarterback. The honor for Boudreaux comes in recognition of Jeff Davis Bank winning the LBA’s 2011 Grassroots Award for the state’s top bank in terms of giving, volunteering and community involvement. As grassroots quarterback, Boudreaux will help organize and encourage participation from LBA Boyd Boudreaux members on consumer and legislative issues that affect the banking community and its customers.

Morrissey Named West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Employee of the Quarter West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) recently named Beth Morrissey, clinical nurse specialist, as its second quarter Employee of theQuarter. Morrissey works with the hospital’s clinical documentation in the compliance and safety department. Morrissey is a resident of Sulphur and has worked at WCCH for nearly 29 years. Beth Morrissey

The LCLE is composed of 55 members representing all aspects of the criminal justice system. The common element in the structure and responsibilities of the LCLE is the underlying function of bringing the criminal justice community together in a neutral, information rich environment, to address issues of concern to the citizens of Louisiana.

Soccer Team Brings Home State Cup The Calcasieu Soccer Club Eagles U-11 Girls team brought home the Louisiana Soccer Association AllState Sugarbowl State Cup last month. The girls beat out the Madisonville Youth Booster Piranhas in a 3-2 championship match that was decided in a sudden death shoot out. Pictured with the State Cup are bottom row, from left to right, Cate O’byrne (seated), Kelseigh Ramirez, Chloe Camel, Micah Goss, Beth Carroll, Julia Cheramie, Ariel Harrington (seated) and Jillian Bech (seated). Top row from left to right includes Assistant Coach Kyra McDonough, Abigail Bath, Leah Ellender, Abigail Fontenot, Madalyn Howard, Kaylie Touchet, Olivia Broussard, Ann-Marie Herrera, Samantha Mercer and Head Coach Sara Overfelt.

District Attorney John DeRosier Appointed to Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement District Attorney John DeRosier was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) and Administration of Criminal Justice.


TO HIP PAIN - SEMINAR Hip pain is a common problem, but unfortunately, misinformation about the causes and treatment options are even more common. Hip problems can have a huge impact on mobility and quality of life for people of all ages, and although there have been dramatic increases in the frequency of hip surgery, most patients can be treated non-operatively. Get the facts about hip pain from Dr. John Noble Jr., orthopaedic surgeon and hip specialist with Center for Orthopaedics at this upcoming seminar. Dr. Noble will discuss the many different causes of hip pain and the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of hip problems, including exciting new developments in hip arthroscopy and replacement.



Thursday, May 17, 5:30pm

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Dr. Crawfo rd patient Ka ’s li Sunden, sh o wearing h wn er Invisalign aligners.

A Clear Choice in Teeth Allignment for Teens by Katie Harrington


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While today’s image-conscious teenagers realize that straight teeth are important to overall appearance, they still dread having metal brackets and wires constantly attached to their teeth to achieve the beautiful smile they desire. A nationwide survey of 12-to-17 year-olds conducted for Align technologies by global insights firm Kelton Research, found that over half of teens (54%) believe metal braces would make them more self conscious, and one in two teens (50%) would smile less. “Not everyone is born with straight teeth, so for many teens, wearing braces is inevitable if they want to improve the appearance of their smile,” says Craig Crawford, DDS, with Crawford Orthodontics. “The good news is that teens have a new, less-noticeable choice for straightening their teeth by using Invisalign Teen, a clear, removable option previously available only for older teens and adults.” He says Invisalign Teen is not only more aesthetically appealing to teens, but is also often a better fit for their busy lifestyles, which are typically filled with sports, music and other activities. “Invisalign Teen is a great option for many, although it may not be the best choice for everyone. It does have limitations on what it can correct.” According to the American Association of Orthodontists, patients ages 12 to 17 represent more than half of the over two million orthodontic case starts in the U.S. each year. Until now, only a small number of orthodontists have routinely treated teenagers with clear aligners due in large part to concerns about patient compliance and the fact that many teens are still experiencing the natural eruption of permanent teeth during orthodontic treatment. For college student Kali Sunden who is currently wrapping up her Invisalign Teen treatment, the choice to use these removable aligners over traditional braces was a no brainer. “I thought about metal braces when looking at my options, but I went with Invisalign because of the convenience that it offered me,” Sunden said. “Plus, I

already look a lot younger than what I am so I didn’t want to look even younger by getting traditional braces. I love the fact that most people don’t even know I am wearing them and that I can even take them out for pictures. The Invisalign Teen product combines the benefits of Invisalign with new features like blue Compliance Indicators that are designed to gradually fade as the aligner is worn, Eruption Tabs that accommodate the growth of secondary molars, and other features that address clinical needs common to teen patients. “The compliance indicators are a great feature that helps us and parents monitor whether the aligners are worn properly,” says Dr. Crawford. “I also like the improved hygiene for a patient that is possible with the removable aligners. Patients can brush and floss their teeth properly without any brackets, wires or bands obstructing them. This promotes healthier gums and can discourage plaque, gum disease and tooth decay.” “Wearing Invasilgn has been a great experience,” added Sunden. “They are comfortable and don’t cut up my gums and it’s great that I can take them out to eat, brush my teeth and floss.” The Invisalign aligners are made of a high-quality, medical grade plastic and are essentially invisible when worn. The aligners are similar to a retainer, but instead of holding teeth in proper alignment like a retainer, these corrective aligners gradually reposition the teeth. The patient receives three sets of aligners at each orthodontic visit, and each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks before switching to the next one. This process continues, along with orthodontic visits about every six weeks, until the teeth have reached their final alignment. According to Dr. Crawford, the Invisalign Teen treatment period varies from nine to 18 months and the cost is comparable to that of traditional metal braces. With no interest financing options available, it is even manageable for a college student like Sunden. For more information about Invisalign Teen, call Crawford Orthodontics at 478-7590. Free evaluations are available.

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Making Patient Safety a Priority Every hospital’s main goal is to help its patients get better in the quickest, safest way. With so many different factors at play though, this can be a challenge. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) has implemented a new bar code technology that is enhancing patient safety. Prior to being given any medication, inpatients are now being scanned. The nurse assigned to the patient scans the bar codes found on the medication, their badge and the patient’s wrist band in order to check for the five rights of medication safety—right medication, right patient and right dose at the right time via the right route. If any of these are not right, an alert is triggered, prompting the nurse to check the patient’s chart and physician’s order. “Our commitment to patient safety is the primary driver for this deployment of bar code scanning technology,” says Bill Hankins, WCCH chief executive officer. “By automating this process we will reduce the chance of human error and that means patients will be safer and caregivers can provide better care that will produce better outcomes.” The information gathered from these encounters is automatically updated in each patient’s electronic health record (EHR), giving authorized physicians and clinicians real-time access to the latest patient data. As a result, care givers are able to monitor the effectiveness of a particular drug treatment and make changes in the patient’s treatment for the most successful outcomes. This bar code technology is just one way WCCH is improving patient service. The hospital also just launched a Web-based physician portal that allows secure access to patient data whether the referring or staff physician is inside the hospital or not. “Whether physicians are inside the hospital, at the office or even at home, they can log on to the system and review information such as test results that they otherwise would have to wait to retrieve at the hospital with paper-based systems,” Hankins says. “As a result, physicians are better equipped to make the best possible decisions for their patients.” WCCH also currently utilizes electronic patient charting to provide clinicians with easy online access to patient’s active health problems, past diagnoses, medication history and known or reported allergies. In the end, the use of all of this advanced technology will ensure that patients are receiving the best, most efficient and safest care possible.


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Dr. Andrew Foret

First in State to Use New Thumb Fusion Product by Kristy Armand

The opposable thumb is one of the unique characteristics that set humans apart from most other species, and it is generally considered the most critical digit in the hand. From holding a fork and shaking a hand, to texting, typing or signaling approval with a “thumbs up,” it’s difficult to imagine using your hands effectively without a thumb. That’s why the pain and functional limitations that result from arthritis in the thumb joint are so debilitating. In Southwest Louisiana, a new fusion procedure may offer better results for patients with arthritis of the MCP (metacarpophalangeal) joint of the thumb. Dr. Andrew Foret, hand and wrist specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, was the first surgeon in the state to use the new product called the XMCP developed by Extremity Medical. The MCP is the large, complex hinge joint at the base of each finger and the thumb. These are important for both power grip and pinch activities. Arthritis is a common term meaning inflammation of a joint. Dr. Foret says the three most common types of arthritis affecting the MCP joint of the thumb are osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis), rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis (generally due to a fracture in the joint). “Thumb arthritis can cause debilitating hand pain, swelling, and decreased strength and range of motion, making it difficult to do simple household tasks, such as turning doorknobs and opening jars,” says Dr. Foret. For arthritis, he says the first step is always conservative treatment, which may include activity modification, splints, medication or corticosteroid injections. When surgery is needed, a fusion procedure is a common option. “Conservative and drug therapy treatments may deliver short-term pain relief, but these measures often fall short of restoring function,” says Dr. Foret. “Similarly, most surgical reconstruction techniques, including traditional fusion procedures, focus solely on pain relief, and not on restoring natural anatomy and biomechanics.” He explains that during a fusion, the bones that form the thumb joint are set so they can grow together, or fuse. “A fusion keeps the problem joint from moving so that pain is eliminated, but with past fusion options, the joint was usually positioned at an angle between 0 and 15 degrees of flexion. This is not very functional. With the new XMCP product, I am able to set the angle at 30%, which is much more functional for daily activities.” The new technique offers other advantages as well. It’s an intramedullary device, meaning it is “inside the bone,” not on the surface where it can be felt and possibly cause problems. It avoids hardware complications from plates and screws common with other fusion products. The implant compresses the joint which helps the fusion’s strength. Dr. Foret adds that the unique construction of the XMCP allows it to be used for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, which is not always an option with other fusion devices. Dr. Foret’s first XMCP fusion patient was Felix Lormand. He had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for years, and at age 65, he had already had a fusion procedure on his left hand several years ago. The pain and swelling in his right thumb sent him to Dr. Foret looking for relief. Dr. Foret performed the new May 2012

XMCP fusion last month and now his thumb is pain-free. “I do feel like I have more function in this right thumb and will be able to do more with it even though it is fused. The angle is better and more natural for the things I need to do. I was glad to have a new option this time around.” For more information on hand arthritis and treatment options, call Center for Orthopaedics at (337) 721-7236 or visit

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Arty Totes

by Raejean Clark $39-59 (small to x-large) These wearable art handbags are made in the U.S. and feature art on every panel, inside and out. These totes make the perfect gift because the artwork celebrates Louisiana as we mark Louisiana’s Bicentennial in 2012. They are available at The Frame House Gallery and at

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Our Lips

Are Sealed Our lips may be sealed, but the color lipstick you choose to complete your look with can say a lot about you. Proceed with caution when choosing which color to put on to make sure you are sending the right message.

Muted, Neutral Tones: This pallet is best for a professional or office setting. Women of all ages and skin tones can pull on a neutral pink since there are so many to choose from. These tones signal a completed look that is not too much for the daytime. Deep Berry Tones: These tones are more appropriate for evening time. These tones can be worn year-round and once again, with so many to choose from, women of all skin tones and hair colors can find the one that works for them. Red Hot Tones: While bright, vibrant reds are not the most approachable of colors, they certainly garner the most attention. Try these shades on for a special event like a New Year’s Eve Party. They make a great compliment to the little black dress. Those with a fair complexion should tread lightly though and an ample lip shape is needed to wear these hues properly. Coral and Earth Tones: For a look that says laid back, yet elegant corals and earthy tones work well for those with red, ligh or brown hair and those with light colored eyes. Try out these tones for work or even for a happy hour with friends when you are trying not to make too much of a splash.

Plump Up the Volume: Gone are the days of needing an injection to perfect the pout. Lip plumping formulas are appropriate when you need to send the playful, fun and flirtatious vibe.


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The Dark Side: There aren’t really many options outside of Halloween when black lipstick is appropriate. Unless you are dressing up for this scary holiday, going goth for a rock concert or trying to make your teeth look really white, stay away from these tones. Beige Tones: These shimmery tones can be worn every day and are a good choice for someone on the go grabbing a quick lunch or even on a date. They are not overpowering but anything with a shimmer always says ‘kiss me.’ Pastels: Ladies wearing pastels aren’t afraid to show their feminine side or take chances. Just watch out for tones that are too close to bubble gum shades. These can make you look like you are trying to revisit the early 1980’s. Lipstick Free: The chapstick or lip gloss wearer tends to be the outdoorsy type who is carefree and green. If you decide to go color-free, be sure to still dab on a little gloss to keep your look from looking incomplete.

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“As a cardiologist, I’m busy, but I know exercise is important, so I make the time. I’ve been working out since aerobics began. After I started exercising, I found that life got better, I felt better and I lost weight. As a cardiologist, I can’t tell people to exercise and not do it myself. I have a family history of heart disease. I’m also very interested in prevention. I know it should be a daily commitment, so I’m at GiGi’s most every day. It doesn’t have to be a lot all at once to be effective. It can be slow, steady and regular. Just do something every day. You can’t ever be too busy to take care of yourself.” Richard Gilmore, M.D.

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Summer Braids! A Beautiful Mess by Haley Armand

Braids are a timeless, flawless and brilliant fallback every spring and summer. But, Kaya Ogea with Parvati Salon in Sulphur says “for summer 2012 the trend has been given an extra “oomph” with so many different and new ways to wear the style.” Say hello to high fashion via these popular style methods.

The Waterfall

For this style part and fix your hair like you normally would, then begin the braid on one side of your part. French braid as usually until the braid gets past the ear. At this point only braid in half of the bottom section of the braid, letting the other half of that section fall back down.

The Headband

No headband? No problem. Use your own hair to give yourself that boho-chic vibe. For this look make two parts, one on each side of your head near your ear, and section off two small sections to braid. Take the right side of the hair and braid lifting up around the head. Repeat this step on the left side. Once finished, lift both braids and wrap around your head, positioning towards the front. Next, secure both braids along the bottom of your head with a bobby pin.

The Side

This braid works best with longer hair and long layers. If you do not have layers, once the braid is in place pull on one or two strands at the end of it and gently push the entire braid up with your other hand. For this look pull all of your hair to one side and do a simple braid. The key to this look is the pieces slipping down in front to give it a chunky, disheveled appearance.

To achieve these looks, Ogea says “dry hair is always easier to braid than wet because wet hair tends to just fold over instead of falling snug into place.” But she adds that applying some type of product to wet hair will help with the grip. Ogea gives a friendly reminder that braids take patience and practice, so don’t give up and happy braiding!


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If warm weather shifts your fashion focus to your feet, then it’s important to get in step with foot health before the summer season really heats up.

Don’t Let

Flip Flops


by Kristy Armand

“Summer is prime time for certain types of foot problems, and my office is flooded with patents experiencing heel pain, arch pain, sprains, and other conditions related to summer footwear and activities,” says Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist with Center for Orthopaedics. While spike-heeled stilettos and strappy sandals may seem like the obvious culprits when it comes to foot pain, Dr. Green says flip flops – which have become the everyday summer shoe of choice for many – actually cause more problems. “Many people believe wearing flip flops is a way to give their feet a break, the opposite is true.” To fully understand why this type of footwear is so bad for your feet, he says you have to think about the mechanics involved with every step you take. Our feet bear our full body weight and play a big role in maintaining our balance. Each time your foot hits the ground, the arch is supposed to be “locked” to absorb shock. That’s why good footwear is structured with an arch support. Flip flops, however, have a spongy sole, so when the foot hits the ground, it roles inward, and this locking mechanism is released, and the arch flattens. The sponge sole of the flip flop allows the arch to roll inward. “This is called pronation,” explains Dr. Green, “and it leads to problems such as pain in the heel, the arch, the toes and in the forefoot. It can even lead to the development of ‘flat feet’ which can contribute to many other musculoskeletal problems, including hip and back pain.” In addition to pronation, Dr. Green adds that flip-flops, and other flat and/or flimsy sandals with minimal structure, don’t hold the foot in position like most shoes do, which forces the wearer to overuse tendons and muscles in the foot and ankle to hold them on. This can lead to tendinitis and ankle sprains. “This doesn’t mean you can’t wear flip flops at all, but they should be worn only for short periods of time,” cautions Dr. Green. “And try to choose one of the newer styles that do include some arch support.”

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Out, Out, Dark Spots! by Kristy Armand

Age spots, freckles, liver spots – call them what you want, but when you spot them on your face, you want them gone. Then you dedicate a large portion of your life trying to get rid of these areas of hyperpigmentation. “Contrary to what most people think, age spots aren’t a natural part of aging,” explains skin care consultant Tana Garcia with the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic. “You can blame them – and nearly every other form of unwanted pigmentation – on sun exposure. The sun’s rays basically attack the skin and one way the skin defends itself is to make pigment.” Garcia adds that aging does play one big role in the appearance of age spots: “The older a person gets, the greater the amount of sun damage a person has accumulated, so the spots are more numerous and more visible. That’s why sunscreen and sun avoidance throughout your life really are key to prevention.” Even though the cause is the same – hyperpigmentation does take different forms. Here are the most common:

Freckles: These are small tan spots that are usually less than half a centimeter. They may come and go, fading in the winter and darkening in the summertime.

Lentigines: Known as age or liver spots, these small-

to-medium brown areas multiply as you get older, popping up most often on the face, hands, and chest — all places with maximum exposure to sun.

Uneven skin tone: Rather than a few specific spots,

this involves larger areas of pigmentation that make your skin look darker in some areas, lighter in others.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation:

These are dark spots that develop after pimples, bug bites, or other flare-ups, and then stubbornly remain long after the initial inflammation has healed.

Melasma: More patchy than spotty, these brown

outbreaks are hormone related, so they are more likely to appear (on the cheeks, forehead, and around the lips) when a woman is pregnant or taking hormone replacement or birth control pills.


So how do you make these spots fade away? Garcia says hydroquinone is by far the most effective treatment for hyperpigmentation. Hydroquinone is a skin lightening agent available in higher grade cosmeceuticals or by prescription. “This product works by interfering with an enzyme that helps your skin produce melanin, the brown pigment that shows up as spots. The best products will contain two to four percent. Be careful to apply it as directed because hydroquinone is a bleaching agent. The product doesn’t distinguish between the skin you want to lighten from the skin you don’t.” Garcia adds that if you are sensitive to hydroquinone, you can improve the appearance of spots somewhat with other treatments that include therapeutic ingredients, including kojic acid, Retinol, vitamin C, and azelaic acid. “These are excellent alternative or additional therapies for pigmentation. They do not all directly inhibit the enzyme that produces melanin, but they can produce visible results. She says skincare treatment can also be very effective at minimizing hyperpigmentation, including chemical peels and DermaSweep microdermabrasion. Home care products are always recommended in conjunction with these treatments to maximize and maintain results. “And it just can’t be said enough: sunscreen with a minimum SPF protection level of at least 30 is a must,” stresses Garcia. “Up to 90% of the visible signs of aging, including hyperpigmentation, are caused by the sun. This damage can be greatly reduced or altogether avoided simply by applying an SPF on a daily basis. In addition, sun exposure can trigger production of the pigment you are trying to eliminate, and almost any treated dark spot can recur if exposed to UV light.” For more information about treating hyperpigmentation, call the Aesthetic Center at 310-1070.

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Style & Beauty to Ready Wear

Swimsuits that Suit You – whatever shape you’re in It’s that dreaded bathing suit season time! All of us, women and men, always hope to have lost that extra five pounds (or more) that we put on during winter before we have to squeeze into body-hugging bathing suits. Instead of hiding this summer because you can’t bear the thought of the public’s eyes on you in lyrca, find the suit that best fits the body type you are right now. We all have our problem areas that we try our hardest to mask, so I’d like to shed some light on ways to trick the eye away from those areas. For pear-shaped ladies (those with a larger bottom half) the best thing to do is to steer clear of the skirtbottom bathing suits. The skirts just emphasize and create heaviness in the area you are trying to avoid. Find a suit that draws attention to your upper body, such as a dramatic print or ruffle. Keep it all one color or if choosing a print or a two-piece, make sure the bottom is darker than the top. Ladies with a small chest should look for suits that have built in soft cups. We are all familiar with the push up bra; suits with a little substance to the cups can help add volume on top. If the top has straps, a halter style will draw the eye up to your face away from your problem area while the angle of the base of the halter creates the illusion of a larger chest. If the tummy is what you want to camouflage, use the benefit of color and structured lines to detract the eye away from the midsection. Avoid large prints or extremely small prints. The season’s hot trend of color blocking is a good technique to use to help distract the eye from focusing on the tummy. Keep a darker shade in the stomach area and lighter on the sides. Even though black is a slimming color, a solid one piece is not going to be able to mask much unless there is possibly ruching of the fabric or something to keep the eye busy.


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Some many roll their eyes at the tall, skinny girl but she can be self-conscience about her appearance as well. If you feel like you need to add some curves to your body and look more voluptuous, stick to the one piece. Prints, ruffles and even gathers in the fabric will help give this illusion of a curvier figure. The most flattering type of suit for a plus size woman is one that creates a waist. This can be done with the faux wrap of a diagonal piece of fabric cinching in right to the smallest part of the waist. This draws the eye along that line to see your hourglass shape. Look for v-neck cut tops versus straight across; this also creates diagonal lines to draw the eyes up to your face rather than horizontally across your body.

Large-chested women need to avoid any string tops, the lack of support makes the chest seem even larger and more overwhelming. Look for tops with support; a halter-top is a flattering option. This will give more coverage than most styles that cut straight across. With the technology of the fabrics today there are many brands out there that might be pricey but will give you the best fit because who can put a price on confidence?! Here are several popular websites to browse for ideas and figure-flattering options:,,,, onestopplus. com,, swimmart. com, (shape Fx)

Remember, if you have a fashion question for me, just email it to edit@thriveswla. com or post it on the Thrive Facebook page. It could be answered it an upcoming column. If yours is chosen, you’ll receive a Thrive t-shirt.

Whitney Manns is the owner of WM Wardrobe Consulting. For more information, visit

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McNeese Corral

Lewis Wins National Speech and Debate Championship

Davante Lewis, a Lake Charles sophomore, won two national championship speaker awards in Public Forum Debate and in Student Congress at the recent National Comprehensive Tournament hosted by Pi Kappa Delta in Kansas City, Kan.

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McNeese finished 19th out of 68 schools participating in the tournament. Davante also placed fourth in Forensics Criticism, fifth in Dramatic Interpretation and was an excellent speaker in Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speaking. Senior Joseph LeJuine, of Hackberry, was the 10th place speaker in Parliamentary Debate and senior Zack Locke, of Kansas City, Kan., was a semifinalist in Poetry Interpretation. Junior Kevin Darling, of Silsbee, Texas, was a quarterfinalist in Program of Oral Interpretation and an excellent speaker in Dramatic Interpretation. Junior Terence Delaine, of Sulphur, was the eighth place speaker in Public Forum Debate and sophomore Alex Reinauer, of Lake Charles, was a semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation. Freshmen A’renica Mumford, Lake Charles, Morgan Authement, Hayes, Cyrus Vidrine, Elton, and Senior Charles Sullivan, Lake Charles, also participated.

Louis Bonnette Retirement Announcement Louis Bonnette, the legendary McNeese sports information director, has announced his retirement after 46 years at the university. Bonnette, a native of Pineville and graduate of Louisiana Tech, has received numerous professional honors in his career. Twice he served as president of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and the LSWA presented him with its highest honor, the Mac Russo Award. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports hall of Fame in the sports journalism division and in 2009; he was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame. Bonnette worked his 500th consecutive football game on October 24, 2009 and the football field is named in his honor.

Creation of the 20th Century Princess Narrative” accepted for the spring 2012 issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities. Chris Lowe, McNeese instructor of English, had a story titled “Reform, AL” published in the latest edition of the Baltimore Review. His poems, “Stadium” and “Small Lessons,” are in the latest issue of Sport Literate. His creative nonfiction piece “Taren” has been accepted for publication in the Barely South Review, while his poem, “On Watching Jersey Shore with My Young Daughter,” has been accepted for publication in Rougarou. Dr. Molly Martin, McNeese assistant professor of English, has had an article, “Castles and the Architecture of Gender in Malory’s ‘The Knight of the Cart’,” accepted for publication in the June issue of the journal Arthuriana. Dr. Baerbel Czennia, McNeese assistant professor of English, chaired two panels at the annual meeting of the South-Central Society for EighteenthCentury Studies in Asheville, N.C. One was on “Aerial and Long-Distance Views: Detecting the Third Dimension and the Far Away in Eighteenth-Century Art and Literature,” and the other was on “Scientific Prospects: Considerations on Space, Sense and (Pseudo) Science.” She also presented a paper, “Floating Communities: Ships and Sociability,” at an international conference in Brest, France, on “Sociability in Great Britain and in France during the Enlightenment: Forms, Functions and Operational Modes,” organized by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of the EnglishSpeaking World. Dr. Keagan LeJeune, McNeese associate professor of English, presented a lecture titled “Folklore of Louisiana’s Neutral Strip: Outlaw Legends and Buried Treasure Stories” at the Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum’s Annual Ione E. Burden Symposium in Baton Rouge. Nathan Friedman, a McNeese MFA student, recently had his poem, “For the Lights of Southwest Roanoke County,” accepted for publication in the spring 2012 issue of storySouth. Ten members of the McNeese chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society recently attended the society’s annual convention in New Orleans. Those attending were: Nancy Correro, Westlake; Caitlin Dever, Sulphur; Collise Dupont, Lake Charles; Sarah Hanks, Lake Charles; Joseph LeJuine, Hackberry; Ashley Menard, Bell City; Eric Murnane, Lake Charles; Amanda Ogea, Lake Charles; Megan Poole, Lake Charles; and Dr. Elizabeth Hait, associate professor of languages and faculty adviser. The McNeese chapter was also recognized for its 55th anniversary. LeJuine presented a paper on “The Abusive Lover: Sir Lancelot’s and Queen Guinevere’s True Relationship,” while Correro read a group of her poems titled, “Melancholy in Nature.

Artist News Nancy Correro, McNeese Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduate student, participated in the Creative Panel at the Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language and Culture on “Media, Technology and the Imagination” at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Benjamin Sutton, McNeese MFA graduate student, had two poems accepted for publication in a series titled, “Eternity, Ohio,” in the Crab Creek Review. Bridget Whelan, McNeese visiting lecturer, presented a paper, “Romancing the Princess: Disney Princesses, Twenty-first Century Princess Books and the Redefinition of Romance,” at the 2012 Children’s Literature Symposium in Sarasota, Fla. She also has an article titled “Power to the Princess: Disney and the


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Dr. Cheryl Northam, professor of health and human performance, received the 2012 Honor Award presented by the Southern District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at the annual district conference in Orlando, Fla. The Honor Award recognizes meritorious contributions to the fields of physical education, health education, recreation and/or dance or to the

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profession through such allied fields as science and education. McNeese government students Jackson Brown, Catherine Brooke David, Joneisha Douglas, Emily Dickerson, Emma Fontenot and David K. Whetnall, and Drs. Thomas R. Laehn, McNeese State University assistant professor of government, Rathnam Indurthy, McNeese professor of government, and Henry B. Sirgo, professor of political science, recently attended the 2012 meeting of the Louisiana Political Science Association at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Laehn was re-elected for a second term as LPSA president. He also presented a paper, “Theories of Legislative Organization and the Composition of State Legislative Subcommittees” to the American Politics panel, and another paper, “Marx’s Lucretian Project,” to the Continuities and Discontinuities in Western Political Thought panel. Indurthy served as a discussant on the Comparative Politics panel while Sirgo served as a discussant on the American Politics panel and chaired the Undergraduate Research I: Empirical Political Science panel where Brown presented a paper, “A Subjective Practice: Character and Practices Amongst U.S. Supreme Court Justices,” and Douglas presented a paper titled “Enslaved.” Fontenot presented a paper, “Political Philosophy, Myth and the Polis” to the Undergraduate Research II: Political Theory panel. Three Master of Business Administration students in the McNeese College of Business presented papers at the Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business (Southwest chapter) under the Federation of Business Disciplines in New Orleans. Michele Medina presented a paper titled “Factors Contributing to the Recent Crisis in the U.S. Financial Industry,” Joshna Maharajan presented a paper titled “U.S. Brainpower Gain and Selected Trade Gain: Do They Correlate and Cause?” and Morgan Murray presented a paper titled “U.S. Outsourcing of Heart and Head: Boon or Bane?”

McNeese Professor Included in National Exhibit McNeese State University art professor Heather Ryan Kelley had work included in the 2nd National Exhibition of Intaglio Prints sponsored by the New York Society of Etchers Inc. The exhibition was on display from April 22-27 at the National Arts Club in New York City.

Hunter Creates Endowment Calcasieu Parish District 5 Police Juror Nic Hunter has created a $50,000 endowed scholarship through the McNeese State University Foundation. Hunter has pledged the entirety of his Police Jury salary in addition to private funds to the scholarship. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury District 5 Scholarship will be awarded to an academically qualified student majoring in history or liberal studies. On hand for the donation are from left McNeese Foundation board member Fred R. Goodwin, Nic Hunter and McNeese President Philip C. Williams.

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Area Youth Support Lung Cancer Battle

Lung cancer accounts for 27 percent of all cancer deaths, taking more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined, yet it has one of the lowest rates of research funding. The annual Free to Breathe event sponsored by the Louisiana Lung Cancer Partnership provides an opportunity for lung cancer advocates, survivors and the community to come together to raise awareness and support in the movement to defeat lung cancer. This year’s event on March 24 had a record number of young people participating to raise money, lend support and help spread the word about this deadly disease. “The level of support we have received this year from area schools is unbelievable,” said Jean Mount Kamla, event organizer. “We are hearing so many stories of young kids donating their own spending money to this cause and it is so inspiring.” Faculty and students at Barbe High School led the youth movement by donating an amazing $18,000 raised through various efforts that included a sock hop, bake sale and a car wash in the weeks leading up to the main event.. The front office at the school promised the students that they would dress up with pink hair and in punk rock clothes if students raised more than $4,000. Using this as an incentive, students purchased paper lungs and participated in the other mentioned events to generate an amazing amount of money to support the fight. Other fundraisers included a Split the Pot drawing at one of the school’s baseball games and a tap talent show put on by the Student Council. W.T. Henning Elementary, a small school in Sulphur with 72 percent of its 405 students on free or reduced lunches, raised approximately $2,600 from selling paper lungs for $1 each. That averages to about $6.50 per child. The school created a multi-dimensional Henning students and faculty lesson that included some friendly with their donation check competition for their students by selling paper lungs for a $1 and having the classes compete against one another. Teachers turned this into a graphing math lesson. The school’s 4-H club stepped-up and sponsored the pizza party for the winning class from Domino’s Pizza. But, the faculty had no idea how successful their students were going to be. The level of participation from the students was overwhelming so, Amy Henry, 4-H sponsor wanted to award everyone. After talking to the 78

school’s principal, Terry Collins, it was decided that every child would get pizza, but that the winning class would also get sno-cones. “When you hear of stories like Tanner’s it really gives you hope for our future,” said Kamla. “To see that we are raising a generation of children who Continued on p81

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DeRidder Prepares to Salute our Veterans Our military personnel serve and protect us both at home and overseas and many pay the ultimate sacrifice. Pride in the service of these soldiers runs deep in Beauregard Parish and that is why DeRidder will host the 2nd Annual Southwest Louisiana All Veterans Reunion & Festival May 19-20. “This festival is to honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country in the armed forces,” said Ashley Rush, project coordinator for the City of DeRidder. The festivities will kick off on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. and will include the opening ceremony followed by a performance by the Victory Belles from the WWII Museum in New Orleans. “Throughout the day we will have demonstrations and performances from local groups as well as static displays, jumps, shopping, food and activities for kids,” said Rush. “There will also be a stilt walker, street magician and caricature artist wandering the streets.” Attendees can look forward to a performance of the I am a Sergeant show by Ft. Polk’s NCO Academy. There will also be an Oath of Enlistment for future servicemen and women. A patriotic parade featuring our Grand Marshal, MG (Ret) Landreneau will be held on Saturday evening and will be in remembrance of 1LT Doug Fournet. Following the parade will be a performance by Green Light Go!, the 82nd Airborne Band from Ft. Bragg, NC. The festival will conclude with fireworks over downtown Washington Ave. “On Sunday we will have events especially for our veterans, including a breakfast followed by a memorial service,” added Rush. “This will be a time for our veterans to come together and remember all those who have served.” Mayor Ron Roberts and the City of DeRidder invites everyone from the surrounding areas to come out and show their American pride and support for our Veterans and those military personnel still serving.

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Community Contributor$ Pinnacle Entertainment Foundation to Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council

The Pinnacle Entertainment Foundation, funded by the parent company of L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, donated $5,000 as the presenting sponsor of the Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council’s Dining Out for Life. The 3rd Annual Dining Out for Life event was held on Thursday, April 12, 2012. Local restaurants donated a percentage of their proceeds to SLAC. Pictured from left are Candice Pauley, Community Relations Coordinator; Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Lake Charles Vice President and General Manager; and Christina Duhon, Office Manager.

Convention and Visitors Bureau to Arts and Humanities Council Representatives of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau presented a check for $45,000 to Matt Young, executive director of the Arts and Humanities Council. On hand for the presentation were Donna Richard (middle), Secretary/Treasurer of the Bureau’s board and Michael Carrier (right), Chairman of the Bureau’s board of directors. The funds will be distributed through a competitive grant process to cultural organizations that organize arts projects and cultural tourism events staged in Calcasieu Parish. The Tourism Marketing Initiative Grants Program work to initiate and sustain the growth of cultural tourism in Calcasieu Parish.

Delta Downs to Wishing Well Foundation of SWLA Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel has made a $10,000 contribution to the Wishing Well Foundation of SWLA, in sponsorship of its 17th Annual Golf Tournament. The Wishing Well Foundation is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to local children ages 4-15 with life-threatening illnesses. To date, the foundation has fulfilled more than 100 wishes, including trips to Disney World, NASCAR races, Houston Rockets’ basketball games, ski trips, and much more. Pictured from left to right are: Steve Kuypers, Delta Downs Vice President and General Manager; John F. DeRosier, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney and Keith Wimberly, Chairman, Wishing Well Foundation of SWLA.


Delta Waterfowl Donation to McNeese

Delta Waterfowl, Gulf Coast Chapter, has donated $6,000 through the McNeese State University Foundation to the Harold & Pearl Dripps Agricultural Sciences Department - $5,000 will be used for research in the natural resource conservation management program and $1,000 will fund a student scholarship. Delta Waterfowl is the oldest duck conservation program in the United States and Canada and celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. On hand for the donation are from left: Dr. Chip LeMieux, department head; Dr. David Kestel, Gulf Coast chapter president; McNeese President Dr. Philip C. Williams; Scott Broussard, Gulf Coast chapter treasurer, and Dr. Eddie Lyons, assistant professor of agriculture.

R&R Construction to Mayor’s Committee for the First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial At the April 10 Lake Charles City Council Agenda Meeting, R & R Construction presented a check for $20,000 to the Mayor’s Committee for the First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial and the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana in support of the First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial. Pictured, left to right, with the check presentation are: Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach; Ronald “Ronny” Lovett, R & R Construction; Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier; chair, Mayor’s Committee for the First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial; Lisa Verrette, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana; and Col. James A. Jackson, U. S. Army (Ret.), Mayor’s Committee for the First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial.

L’Auberge to The Mission Continues L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles recently donated $11,100+ as the Warrior sponsor of the ReALLIEty Challenge benefitting The Mission Continues program. L’Auberge was pleased to participate in the inaugural event that promoted self-determination and teamwork while raising funds for veterans. The Mission Continues was founded in 2007 and awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. For more information on The Mission Continues, visit Pictured from left are: Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Senior Vice President and General Manager; Allie Ieyoub, ReALLIEty Challenge Founder; and John Davis, ReALLIEty Challenge Designer.

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L’Auberge to Louisiana Lung Cancer Partnership L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles donated $5,300 as the presenting sponsor of the Louisiana Lung Cancer Partnership’s Free to Breathe Walk. L’Auberge had the largest team participate with over 150 team members supporting this cause. All proceeds from the walk help raise awareness and funding for the movement to defeat lung cancer. Pictured from left are: Denise Wilkinson, Treasurer; Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Senior Vice President and General Manager; and Jean Mount Kamla, President.

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are conscientious of the struggles of others is heart-warming. The thought of a child selflessly turning over such a great amount of money that he earned truly renews our spirits and keeps our event organizers motivated, not just here, but all over the country.” All together more than a dozen schools in the area held similar events to raise funds. Nearly 1,100 people participated in the walk that was held on March 24 and to date, more than $127,000 has been raised. Over $25,000 of the total raised came from school efforts. Donations are still being accepted through May 8. To find out more about how to donate, log on to freetobreathe. org and search for the Lake Charles event.

Entergy to McNeese State University Banners Cultural Series The McNeese State University Banners Cultural Series is annually supported by donations from area corporate sponsors. Entergy donated $10,000 to support this year’s series through the McNeese Foundation. On hand for the presentation are, from left, Banners Director Mary Richardson, Richard H. Reid, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president for the foundation, and Chip Arnould, regional customer service manager for Entergy.

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Barbe High School faculty and staff dress up for the Sock Hop the school hosted to raise money for Free to Breathe.

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Mark Your Calendar! Contraband Days presents Josh Turner’s Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Tour Josh Turner, multi-platinum recording artist and member of the Grand Ole Opry will be performing during the Contrabands Days Louisiana Pirate Festival for the 55th anniversary of the event. Turner will be performing on Friday, May 11, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum at 9 p.m. For more information, visit

Annual Cops and Jocks Golf Tournament Scheduled The 10th annual Cops and Jocks Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, May 19, at Contraband Bayou Golf Club at L’Auberge. The first scramble will kick off at 6 a.m. To register a team or learn more about available sponsorships, visit

Tickets on Sale Now for Annual Calcasieu Medical Society Foundation Fundraiser Tickets are now on sale for the annual fundraiser of the Calcasieu Medical Society Foundation fundraiser. A Black Tie Affair will be held Saturday, May 12, at L’Auberge Casino Resort. (From left to right) Bobbie Young, Calcasieu Parish The event will kick off Medical Society Foundation; Pastry Sous Chef at 6 p.m. and will feature live Cesar Barachina of L’Auberge; Kayla Rigney, director of the Calcasieu Community Clinic; Chef performances by the Victory Robert Phillips of L’Auberge; and Janet Stoma, Belles and the Kadillacs. Lt. Calcasieu Parish Medical Society Foundation, go Governor Jay Dardenne will be over final plans for A Black Tie Affair. the featured guest speaker and attendees will have the opportunity to bid on trips, artwork, fine dining and other fun packages at the silent auction. For more information on purchasing tickets or becoming a sponsor, call (337) 478-3780 or visit

Downtown at Sundown Plans Announced On four consecutive Fridays from 6-9 p.m., Downtown at Sundown will feature a variety of music from local and regional bands as well as food and beverage booths, table top galleries, and activities for kids. This year’s event will take place within the 600 block of Ryan Street between Division and Mill Streets. The former site of the event will be open and available for parking cars. The music line-up will be: May 18: Boomerang May 25: Chris Ardoin and NuStep June 1: Soul Vacation June 8: City Heat Visit for details.

Starks Mayhaw Festival The Starks Mayhaw Festival will be held May 17-19 and will have it all from Mayhaw jelly and Mayhaw butter to Mayhaw berries and more. Festival goers can try their hand at jelly or just try all the delicious Mayhaw goodies. Saturday morning, early birds will be able to start their morning off right with hot biscuits, homemade Mayhaw jelly and freshly churned butter. With carnival rides, live music, delicious Southern food and enough berries and jelly to go around the Starks Mayhaw Festival is one of the sweetest events in Southwest Louisiana!

American Cancer Society Raises Cancer Awareness with Relay for Life This year’s Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will be held on May 18, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The goal of Relay For Life is to raise awareness about cancer. Teams of 8-15 members camp out overnight with tents and sleeping bags, each with the goal of keeping on person on the track at all times. For information about volunteering or about the event, visit lakecharles.

Women’s World ranked No. 1 faces No. 2 as Bellator Returns to L’Auberge Casino Resort May 18 for Bellator 69 The focus of the mixed martial arts world will be on the Bellator cage on Friday, May 18, the No. 1 ranked women’s Megumi Fujii takes on No. 2 ranked Jessica Aguilar at Bellator 69 LIVE from L’Auberge Casino Resort. The night will also feature the finals of the $100,000 Bellator Lightweight Tournament, as well as a Heavyweight Tournament qualifier as Ron Sparks takes on Kevin Asplund. Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased online at or by visiting The L’Auberge Casino Resort Box Office. Tickets are priced from $40-$65.

West Calcasieu Association of Commerce Hosts Empowering Women! West Calcasieu Association of Commerce’s Empowering Women! series will present guest speaker Libby Lovejoy on Thursday, May 24 from noon to 1pm at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church’s Jubilee Center, located at 1700 Maplewood Drive in Sulphur. She is a former resident of Sulphur, a former Miss Louisiana and a fourth-runner-up in the Miss America Libby Lovejoy pageant. Tickets for Empowering Women! are $20 per person, $15 for members of the West Calcasieu Association of Commerce. Lunch is included. For tickets or more information, please call 313-1121.

Experience the Flavor and Culture at the Taste of Louisiana Festival The 2nd Annual Taste of Louisiana Festival, LLC will be held Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26, 2012, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Arcade Amphitheater. The festival is a family event that highlights Louisiana traditions, food, music and culture collectively in one event and is designed to embrace the Cajun, Creole and Indian heritage of the State of Louisiana to locals and visitors alike. For more information, please visit

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Stainless Kitchen Suite to be Given Away by First National Bank DeRidder First National Bank DeRidder is teaming up with C&C Audio, Video and Appliances in Lake Charles to give away a four-piece suite of stainless kitchen appliances, valued at $2000. The deadline to register is Monday, June 11, 2012. Registration entries and details of the giveaway are available at the four locations of First National Bank DeRidder: Main, Park Terrace, Westside and Eastside as well as the Lake Charles Mortgage Loan Office at 4031 Nelson Rd., Unit 200. For more information, stop by any location or call (337) 463-6231.

Louisiana High School & Junior High School Rodeo Finals Return to Southwest Louisiana Southwest Louisiana has roped ‘em back in, as the Louisiana High School & Junior High Rodeo Finals are returning to Burton Coliseum for the first time since 2001. Junior High Finals will take place June 1-3 and the High School finals will take place June 5-9. On Saturday, June 9, a kid’s clinic, alumni rodeo, a barbecue cook-off, military and elected officials appreciation night will be held. Jr. High performances will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 1; 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 and 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 3. High School performances will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 through Saturday, June 9.

Sasol Teacher Institute Scheduled Sasol is now accepting applications for its 16th Annual Summer Teacher Institute which will take place from Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20. Participating educators will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of employment opportunities with area industry and how to best prepare students for these jobs. The Summer Teacher Institute is available to educators of all disciplines and grade levels with special preference given to junior and senior high teachers of science, chemistry and math. Those participating will receive 25 continuing education credits, a $25 stipend per day and meals will be provided. The deadline to register for Sasol’s Summer Teacher Institute is June 15. For more information visit the local Sasol website at

BayouCon Returns to Southwest Louisiana with J.G. Hertzler and Robert O’Reilly from Star Trek BayouCon is back for its fourth year June 30—July 1 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall. The special media guests this year are J.G. Hertzler and Robert O’Reilly, both from the Star Trek franchise. These men will appear in full makeup and costumes to depict their characters from the television show. In addition to their appearance there will be photo opportunities, a Klingon Breakfast, Cosplay contest and tabletop gaming tournaments. Also, makeup artist John Paladin will be on hand to host a “how to” clinic for creating Klingon makeup and one lucky audience member will be made into a Klingon. Ticket prices for adults are: Adult Weekend Superpass $20.00, Adult Saturday Only Admission $15.00 and Adult Sunday Only Admission $10.00. Ticket prices for children 11-14 are: Weekend Superpass $15.00, Saturday Only Admission $10.00 and Sunday Only Admission $5.00. Children 10 and under are admitted free with a parent. Other activities at BayouCon will include a film festival, makeup prosthetic creation, comic arts demonstrations, concerts and much more. Complete details about the convention or sponsorship opportunities can be found at

A Brewer’s Plate Benefits Local Children with Autism The fourth annual A Brewer’s Plate will be held Friday, May 18, at 6 pm at the historic Cash & Carry building in downtown Lake Charles. Funds raised will benefit the St. Nicholas Center for Early Intervention, a local non-profit dedicated to providing services to children with autism and developmental delays. The event features a six-course meal and premium beer pairing with an auction and live music. For ticket information, sponsorships, or to donate an auction item, call 491-0800.

May 2012

Fundraiser to Benefit Meier Family A fundraiser to help with the medical bills and expenses of Megan Marie Meier’s family will be held Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. at the VFW in Moss Bluff. A jambalaya cook-off, Poker Run, car show, live band, bake sale, live auction and 5k run will all be held. For more information, e-mail or visit the Megan Marie Meier Benefit page on Facebook.

Gallery by the Lake Releases Summer Schedule

Gallery by the Lake, located at 106 W. Pryce St. in Lake Charles has announced its summer schedule of workshops and events. May 2012 Mondays - Silver Linders BYOB 2-4pm Tuesdays- Watercolor Class 9-11:30am Wednesday- Party Painting BYOB 6-8pm Thursdays- Gerry Wubben Drawing 6-8pm Saturdays- Just for kids 10am-12pm Visit for additional details.

19th Annual ICHRMA Human Resources Conference Imperial Calcasieu Human Resources Management Association (ICHRMA) will host a one day Human Resources conference on Friday, May 11, 2012, at L’Auberge from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. HR professionals, office managers, & Operations Supervisors are invited to this one day conference packed with enjoyable speakers delivering meaningful and useful information. Speaker topics include workplace accountability and ownership, employment law, I-9 regulations, and how to strategically manage social media in your organization! The conference has been approved for 4.0 general and 1.5 strategic for a total of 5.5 HRCI credit hours. Sponsorship and vendor booth opportunities are available, email for more information.



The Board of Directors of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society and the Margaret Place Historical District would like to thank our many sponsors, homeowners, volunteers and docents who made the 37th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes an overwhelming success. Ben Mount would be humbled that the tour was in his honor and proud of the success of this year’s tour. See photos and commentary from Palm Sunday Weekend, along with a complete list of homeowners, sponsors, donors, docents, and volunteers at

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