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In This Issue

Home & Family 6 Home Wreckers: Pests That Can Do Damage 12 6 Ways to Add Pumpkins to Your Fall Decor

14 Halloween Can Be a Scary Time for Your Teeth


The latest on costume trends, ghoulish treats and the best places to hang out this Halloween.

32 (UN)CIVIL DISCOURSE: Bridging the Political Divide

66 Regular Features 16 By the Numbers 41 Business Buzz 42 First Person: with Joan Lunden 50 Who’s News 74 Ready to Wear 77 Solutions for Life! 78 Best Impressions 80 McNeese Corral 81 Community Contributors 82 Happenings

Money & Career 36 Fiscal Attraction 40 Selling Gold: Getting a Fair Price for Old Jewelry


Places & Faces 44 SOWELA Invites All to Vote on Mascot for College 46 Eagle Scout Award Turns 100

Mind & Body Special Section: Breast Cancer Awareness 52 - 57 Busted myths, prevention tips, a listing of area awareness events and much more pack this special section. 60 Boost Your Immune System 62 A Parent’s Guide to Loose Tooths 66 Turn Up the Volume on Your Workout

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Style & Beauty 70 Runway Styles for the Everyday Woman 73 Fall In Love With Eyewear

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Home Wreckers Pests That Can Do Damage by Christine Fisher

Your home is probably your costliest investment, yet its strength and value can be compromised by something millions of times smaller.

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Pests such as ants, termites and mice can invade every nook and cranny, making themselves comfortable throughout your home. “Even the least offensive pests can cause major damage. No one wants them inside their home. For health and safety, it’s important for homeowners to watch out for pests,” said J.J. Cooley, manager with J&J Exterminating in DeRidder. Cooley gave this list of common pests that can cause serious damage to homes.

Termites. They cause more damage to homes than any other pest; in fact, billions of dollars worth of damage is caused across the country. Termites eat wood, insulation and other household items. “Every home is at risk for termite infestation,” Cooley said. Mud tunneling is often how they are noticed. As they chew their way through wood and reach the surface, they’ll create a tunnel from mud, saliva and other debris and cover up the hole with the mud-like substance.

your family from pests harming your health.” He advised inspecting undisturbed areas in the home for evidence, such as the pantry, along baseboards, inside cabinets. “If you’re experiencing problems with pests, or to avoid future problems, talk with a pest control professional for expert service,” Cooley said. “It will provide protection for your home and your health.”

Carpenter Ants. These big, black ants are usually seen in kitchens and bathrooms because they tunnel into wood that is moist as they make their way around your home, damaging it as they go. Carpenter Bees.

These big bees are easy to see as they tunnel through exposed, unfinished wood, leaving gaps in siding and exterior wood.

Mice. “A mouse or a rat tops the list for the most unwanted pest in a

home,” said Cooley. “They are dirty, spread disease, and can cause a lot of damage.” They’ll gnaw on virtually anything, including electrical wiring, attic insulation, human food, pet food and paper. “They can enter your home through almost any opening or crack; the space they need is surprisingly small. As they crawl throughout your home, they can spread diseases like salmonella and contaminate surfaces,” he said. “Consistent pest control will provide protection to your home and help safeguard you and

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Keeping up with your High Schooler by Kristy Armand

Your cheerful, “Hey, how was school?” gets a mumbled, “Okay.” You ask, “What did you guys do tonight?” and the response is a shrug and a monotone, “Nothing.” You feel that the door has slammed shut – literally and figuratively – on your once open and close relationship with your child. You’re living with a high school teen. Parenting a teen during the high school years can often feel like navigating a winding road in the dark, blindfolded and with ear plugs. Knowing what is going on in their life, much less in their head, is a daunting task for parents. Although it may not feel like it, experts say it is normal, and even healthy, for teenagers to withdraw from their parents’ company and spend more time with their friends and outside activities during the high school years. “The high school years are the phase of life when kids make the transition from childhood to adulthood,” says Chauntelle LeJeune, MS, LPC, LMFT, therapist with Solutions Counseling & EAP. “This shift to independence is what you’ve been helping them strive toward their entire life, if you’ve done your job right and gradually given them more responsibilities through the years. But with that being said, it doesn’t mean they are ready for you to step out of their life completely. This is 8 www.thriveswla.com

a time when you need to begin letting go, but still stay connected. Make sure they understand that their freedom and privileges are directly related to how well they demonstrate responsible behavior.” She says it’s important to keep in mind that during high school, teens may look like adults, but their brains are not the same as adults. Teens can easily be irrational and truly believe that they are right, even when they are making dangerous decisions. After all, they don’t have the experience required to be rational in every situation. “They may think they are capable of making adult decisions without your help, but they still need your guidance. It’s not uncommon to see a glimpse of maturity and suddenly they are rebellious and childish once again. The key for parents is to transition from telling them what to do to getting them to think for themselves and arrive at the best decision.” Unfortunately, many parents give up trying to stay connected to their

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teens. When their teens tell us to stay out of their lives, some parents take it personally, and even worse – do so. “Feelings get hurt, and parents retreat from them at an intense, confusing time in their lives when they need you to stay very interested in who they are, what they think and where they are going,” says LeJeune. As difficult as it may be, she says parents have to stay connected and aware of what is going on in your high schooler’s life. “They need you now more than ever.” She offers the following suggestions:

Listening is as Important as Talking There is such a thing as talking too much. Sure, there is a time for talking, but with a teenager, you’ll find that listening to them is as important as talking. Listening opens up lines of communication and lets them know that they can talk to you when they need to. You’ll also find out a lot of important information from your teen if you take the time to listen to them.

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Give More Freedom When they Show More Responsibility While it’s easy to hold on to your teen and try to protect them by keeping them close, you do need to give them more freedom over time. When they show more responsibility, trust them and give them more freedom. As you show them that their responsibility pays off, they’ll respect and trust you, as well as learn this valuable lesson. They’ll also be more likely to come to you about things instead of shutting you out when you treat them this way.

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Expect Some Detours and Defiance Even as you are doing your best to stay connected to your teen, there are going to be some bumps in the road and even defiant moments. Realize that this is something to be expected from teens. They operate from emotions and you formulate opinions on their experiences. This means your ideas aren’t always going to meet in the middle. Sometimes teens use defiance as a way to make themselves feel more independent. Learn to live with this – up to a point.

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Choose your Battles If you want to stay involved in your teen’s life, you are going to need to learn to choose your battles and let some small issues go. Instead of going overboard with punishment for something small that really doesn’t matter that much and is a cause that isn’t worth fighting for, save that for the big conflicts that you have. When you have big confrontations about small issues, it breaks down the bond and the lines of communication. Save the big time punishments, including restrictions, for the times when big offenses occur that really matter. The fact they don’t dress in a way you like is a really minor in the big scheme of things. Missing curfew by two minutes is a small matter. Staying out all night or drinking at a party are big deals.

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LeJeune says instead of looking at your teen and seeing a stranger, get to know the adult they are becoming. “You don’t have to give up your authority role and you definitely should command respect, but you can stay connected and develop an even closer relationship with your child during this time. Brace yourself for a bumpy couple of years, but at the end, you’ll have established a solid foundation for a lasting adult relationship.”

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A Clean Sweep for your Chimney by Katie McDaniel

According to the National Fire Protection Association, standard chimneys, fireplaces, and vents need to be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. It is also at this time that cleaning, maintenance, and repairs should be completed. Each time your fireplace is used, the risk of creosote build-up increases. Mike Dugas, owner of Chimney Care of Lake Charles, says, “Creosote is a byproduct of fire. When wood is burned, smoke passes through the chimney where it cools down and solidifies.” The purpose of cleaning the chimney is to remove as much flammable creosote as possible and to minimize the possibility of having a chimney fire. “Sweeping the chimney also removes dangerous deposits that could clog your flue like bird nests, leaves, cobwebs and other debris that could pose hazards to your home.” Here are a few tips to keeping a clean and safe chimney. • If you use your chimney sparingly, you can go every two or three years without having your chimney inspected. Just make sure the chimney can do its job of properly venting hot, toxic gases and carbon monoxide from the heating system to the outdoors. • In hot weather, a chimney can draw air into the house through the damper. If you notice a smoky or burnt wood smell coming from the fireplace when the air conditioner is on, the chimney most likely needs to be cleaned.

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• Chimneys are most used during cooler months so it is best to schedule a cleaning for spring or summer. If a chimney needs repair, you won’t be inconvenienced if your fireplace is out of commission for a few days. • Make sure to check for damages caused by storms, lightening or water damage. To prevent long-term corrosion and masonry damage, it is best to have your chimney waterproofed.

Tips to keep your chimney clean

• Avoid burning pine, sappy woods or unseasoned wood. By strictly burning seasoned wood, it will reduce the amount of creosote build-up in your chimney. • Make sure you are only using wood that has been dried for at least 12 months in an area protected from moisture. • Don’t let your fire burn for more than 24 hours.

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“Remember, preventative measures is the key to having peace of mind,” said Dugas. For more information on chimney cleaning tips or to schedule an appointment to have your chimney inspected, contact Chimney Care of Lake Charles at (337) 499-7434.

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Fall is in the Air by Liz Trahan

There is a cozy feeling that goes along with the start of fall. The leaves on the trees in Southwest Louisiana are barely beginning to turn and there’s just the slightest chill in the evening air that encourages you to light that first fire of the season. Spicy scented candles go hand-in-hand with just these kinds of days. Gone are the days when you only had two or three plain-Jane fragrances from which to choose. Today’s fragrances are sophisticated and refined; invitingly clean, fruity with a woodsy undertone. Some of the fall fragrances offered by Yankee Candle are Autumn Wreath (spicy warmth of autumn leaves and cinnamon apples), Pumpkin Buttercream (pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and clove), Pomegranate Cider (tart pomegranate juice with sweet vanilla and spicy notes of cinnamon and cloves). Today the choices and styles of candles are endless. Whether you burn a candle, use wax melts, or find a beautiful diffuser, take time to enjoy the aroma of fall.

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Fresh by Liz Trahan

Fall Flair

by Liz Trahan

Are you ready to embrace the fall season? Transform your home into a warm, cozy hideaway without the cost of paint or new furniture with these simple steps. • Change or add decorative pillows to give your couch a pop of color. Jewel tones like indigo, fuchsia, peacock blue and emerald green can instantly give your space a fresh look. • Make an arrangement with miniature pumpkins, cornhusks and pinecones to place on a dining room or coffee table. • Add color to your front door entryway with pumpkins and seasonal flowering potted plants. • Place chic white pumpkins on pillars, old books or cake plates. • Make or buy a wreath for your front door. • Wrap candles in cornhusk and tie with ribbon. • Add fall artwork – paint a pumpkin! • Add pinecones to tall glass cylinders or arrange them under a glass dome cake plate. • Try re-arranging your furniture for a new look and feel. Swap tables and chairs from one dining area to the other for an eclectic look. 12 www.thriveswla.com

• Give pictures a new look by painting the frame a different shade. Drybrushing a gold rub or a darker color can give a rich texture to a plain frame.


Ways to Add Pumpkins to Your Fall Décor

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Put down the carving knife and grab your paint brush. Painted pumpkins are everywhere! Polka dotted pumpkins, monogrammed pumpkins, painted graphic spiders and webs. Use black and white paint for a chic effect.

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Display your flowers. Carve out the top of a pumpkin and use it as a vase for a gorgeous fresh flower table arrangement.

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You can never go wrong with glitter! Buy several sizes of pumpkins and several different colors of glitter. Coat the pumpkin with glue and sprinkle on the glitz and glam. This is an easy way to add some sparkle to your fall table.

How about a little flower power pumpkin? Black-eyed Susans are a great flower to use because as they dry they retain their original shape and most of their color. Use floral wire to attach flowers into the pumpkin.

Light it up. Punch small holes in the shape of your favorite jack-o-lantern design. Poke tiny white lights through the holes to make your pumpkin glow.



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Halloween Can Be a Scary Time for Teeth – and Your Braces by Kristy Armand

If you’re one of the more than five million people who wear braces, Halloween can play some mean tricks on your mouth. Dr. Craig Crawford, orthodontist with Crawford Orthodontics in Lake Charles, says this is why the days immediately following Halloween are among the busiest for emergency calls to repair broken braces. “Halloween candy presents an irresistible temptation for many patients. Candies and other Halloween treats that are hard, chewy, sticky or crunchy can be very damaging to braces. Bent or broken braces are not only uncomfortable, but can also prolong treatment if not repaired quickly.” As part of October’s National Orthodontic Health Month, Dr. Crawford and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) provide some braces-friendly Halloween tips to help orthodontic patients and parents enjoy the holiday. Stay away from hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks. These include caramel, licorice, taffy, bubblegum (even the sugarless kind) and jelly beans. Also steer away from nuts, taco chips and popcorn (especially unpopped kernels). “If it’s sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy, it’s a food that anyone wearing braces or retainers should avoid,” says Dr. Crawford. Good alternatives for people with braces include soft chocolates, peanut butter cups or other meltin-your-mouth varieties. The AAO offers braces-friendly recipes for Halloween at www.braces.org. If you consume sweets, do so in moderation. “Avoid the temptation to grab another handful from the bowl filled with candy. Parents may want to limit the time during which children can eat from the Halloween candy bowl, whether they have braces or not,” says Dr. Crawford. “Eating candy may increase the risk of tooth decay for people in general, and certainly for orthodontic patients.” Brushing and flossing are more important than ever during the Halloween season, when teeth may receive more exposure to sweets that can cause cavities. People with braces should be especially conscientious about brushing and flossing after consuming sugary or starchy foods. Dr. Crawford says if a patient chews on the wrong type of Halloween treat and damage to braces occurs, they should call their orthodontist as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made to correct the problem. For more information about orthodontic care, call Crawford Orthodontics at 337-478-7590 or visit drcrawfordorthodontics.com.

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October - National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

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Calcasieu Community Clinic Expands Eligibility Requirements The Calcasieu Community Clinic, a free clinic for the low-income, working uninsured, is pleased to announce an expansion of income eligibility for some of its services. Currently, eligible persons must be working at least 20 hours per week, have no health insurance and household income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines ($38,180 annually for a family of three). Under the new, expanded guidelines, uninsured working persons up to 250 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines ($47,725 for a household of three) will be eligible for all services offered through the clinic, except prescription medication from the clinic’s pharmacy. This means persons who meet all eligibility criteria and earn between 201-250 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines can now receive free medical, diagnostic, lab services, dental and vision care free of charge through the Calcasieu Community Clinic. The Clinic’s pharmacy is dependent upon Patient Assistance Programs which are governed by pharmaceutical company guidelines of 200 percent as its criteria, so pharmacy services will not be available for those who fall into this income percentage. However, every effort will be made to prescribe generic, reasonably priced prescription medication which can be purchased at the pharmacy of their choice. Calcasieu Community Clinic, located in the nursing building at McNeese State University, has been providing free health care services for the lowincome, working uninsured residents of Southwest Louisiana since February 2001. In its 11 years of operation, the Clinic has provided over four million dollars in total medical services to the community.

Every Thursday evening during clinic, volunteer physicians and nurses provide on site health care while volunteer pharmacists staff the Clinic pharmacy to dispense the medications prescribed. “Patients are referred out for lab tests, mammograms, or specialized services not available at the clinic. This is all done at no charge to the patient. Once a person is established as a medical patient, they are eligible to receive dental and vision referrals to one of our satellite providers,” said Kayla Rigney, director of the Calcasieu Community Clinic. The majority of the Clinic’s patient population is female. “Many of these women have never received mammogram services prior to their treatment at the Clinic,” she said. The Clinic now holds an OB/GYN clinic about every eight weeks and provides mammogram screenings to patients over 40 and those at high risk for breast cancer. Other Clinic expansions have included a weight management program in collaboration with the McNeese State University Nutrition student interns and a comprehensive diabetes management program. The Calcasieu Community Clinic is financially dependent on the community it serves. McNeese has provided this facility, free of charge, since our inception in 2000. Our local Medical Society has remained steadfast in their support, and in addition to private donations and grants we are supported by The United Way of Southwest Louisiana,” Rigney said. For more information on the Calcasieu Community Clinic, please call 337-478-8650.

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Not Your Typical Walk in the Woods

Cypress Cove Elementary School students during their visit to Naturelab.

McNeese students use Naturelab to conduct data experiments.

Eagle Scouts have participated in several activities at Naturelab, including sign

With high gas prices and slim budgets, many teachers this year may consider an educational science-related field trip to be too costly. But before you stow away the classroom field gear, why not consider polishing off your outdoor magnifying glasses right here in our own backyard at PPG’s newly redesigned Naturelab? In a joint venture, McNeese State University and PPG Industries have collaborated to offer our region’s first easyto-access environmental outdoor learning center. Located just west of I-210 near Prien Lake, this outdoor haven is the perfect field trip destination for students of all ages. The Naturelab Curriculum is filled with exciting handson activities that involve students in meaningful engaged learning. With programs uniquely designed for each specific age group, teachers can pick from a variety of activities that can be tailored specifically for their classroom. In addition, Naturelab offers the option for K-12 teachers to participate in the Mini-Grant program which can be used to cover expenses involved with a Naturelab field trip. Last year, many SWLA teachers took advantage of this opportunity and were able to bring their classes to Naturelab with all expenses paid.

For more information or to book your trip, contact Gary Kratzer, Naturelab’s project coordinator, 337-475-5817 or gkratzer@mcneese.edu.



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“As a former Calcasieu Parish teacher I can tell you that this is a priceless commodity for Southwest Louisiana. Teachers can bring their students to Naturelab to enjoy a quality outdoor experience without the difficulties of traveling long distances.” Gary Kratzer is Naturelab’s Project Coordinator for McNeese State University. He retired in 2011 after teaching science in the public school system for over 36 years. Gary brings his love for science and the classroom into the field of outdoor environmental education. His experience as a teacher allows him to relate to the educational goals and objectives of teachers as well as understand the world through the eyes of the young student. 18 www.thriveswla.com

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Livin’ the Fantasy Life

Fantasy Football by Justin Smith

The best owners in football are arguably Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft and …you. That’s right, as a fantasy football owner you, too, can own a football team. You probably don’t have the luxury planes or mansions like real NFL owners but you can draft, set up and manage your own football team. Fantasy players, in addition to the realism of an owner, thrive on comradery. Office pools, long- time friends and even complete strangers will test their knowledge of football while giving each other a heavy dose of friendly but fierce trash talking. This isn’t just “a guy thing” – women are the fastest growing demographic among fantasy footballers. Local fantasy football player Brandon Chavanne explains what keeps him coming back year after year. “It’s fun to get a group of your friends together and start a league. We have a draft party and usually get together every Sunday and watch the games. We’ve had pretty much the same group playing for a while and we like to talk a lot of trash and have fun with it.” Started in 1962, fantasy football has grown over time and exploded in the last 10 years as technology has improved. What began as a friendly but competitive way for friends and co-workers to share their love of football has become lucrative. With around 30 million people playing annually, it’s not a shocker that companies are catering to this fast-growing demographic, from advertisements and draft guides to endorsements and cable deals, like the one the NFL signed in 2007 with Sprint for an estimated $600 million. Apps for your smart phone and even complete channels dedicated to fantasy football, such as the NFL Red Zone, keeps the thirst for the latest information quenched. Not everyone is as excited about football season as the fantasy owners. A report by business consultant firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas estimates that more than 22 million workers play fantasy football and will cost employers up to 6.5 billion dollars this year as they spend about one hour of work time on their team during the 15-week season. October 2012

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Haunted Halloween Ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night. It’s that spooktacular time of year where beaming jack-o’lanterns and scary ghosts are a common sight. Plan your costumes for humans and pets, party recipes and select which special Halloween events you and your family will attend this year with the with the help of our Thrivin’ Halloween section.

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Trendy Halloween Costumes by Lisa Addison

Do you see yourself as the fun and freakishly fabulous Draculaura, Frankie Stein or Clawdeen Wolf from the “Monster High” TV series? Those are certainly a few options for some folks who might be interested in a modern-chic take on classic monsters. Zombies in full ghoulish makeup are another route that some are taking. Others may want to get all dressed up as beautiful fairies. Are you into Angry Birds? Well, you’re in luck because there are a couple of new bird characters, including Lazer Bird and Ice Bomb Bird. For little boys and big boys too, Star Wars is always a hit. Popular costumes run the gamut from Jedi to Darth Maul to Yoda and more. Also, dinosaurs, ninjas, superheroes, and dragons are always popular for little boys. Little girls and teens alike are still into tutu/ballerina style skirts layered with leggings or colored tights to make for fun and sassy looks that feature a hodgepodge of bright colors. Additionally, for a different look, most costume stores have kits that include animal hoods, gloves, and tails, and can be easily paired with a simple dress that girls might already have in their closets. And, don’t forget Strawberry Shortcake and Disney princesses are popular looks for little girls. Costumes from “Brave” are hot items this year as well. Whether you’ll be trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, bobbing for apples, or carving pumpkins this year, have a safe, fun, happy Halloween!

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venture into the

Lost Hallows

by Lisa Addison

Are you ready for some spinetingling excitement? Can you handle spooky encounters with goblins and ghouls? Are you unfazed by bloodcurdling screams? Then you need to head to The Lost Hollows, the newest entertainment venue in Lake Charles, this Halloween.

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The “Spooky Timbers Trail” will offer up tamer, family-oriented fun while the “Deadly Pines Trail,” geared to teens and adults, will kick things up a notch. There are lots of special effects, costumed characters, props, buildings and lighting to add to the experience for guests. Participants will be given flashlights to guide them on the trails, but do keep your eyes open because there’s no telling what you might encounter while you are on your excursion. Launched by Larry and Cynthia Eagle, The Lost Hollows, a labor of love for the couple, has been in the works for more than a year. “I married my high school sweetheart and we’ve been married for more than 35 years,” said Cynthia Eagle. “We’re both artists and have always done unique things. One Halloween, we both got dressed up as spaceships and made very elaborate costumes. Another year we made a huge dinosaur. We just always have so much fun together and we’re always doing something interesting.” With an eye toward starting some type of Halloween-oriented destination, the couple purchased a piece of property on East Prien Lake Road. And then, the real work began as they started clearing land, getting various permits, and putting things in motion for The Lost Hollows. Eagle’s enthusiasm is contagious and her passion for this project has taken over her life. “Oh, we have just worked and worked on this,” she said. “Our goal was to develop the land, have cabins, tree houses, and more. But always, at the root of everything we do, is our desire to make art and create something special.” They also want to give back to the community and will do that with a “Fall Fun for All,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at The Lost Hollows. The event will feature storytelling, face-painting, audience participation, a Zombie Elvis, scarecrowmaking, games, and more. Guests can park at the Spirit Halloween store on Derek Drive and enjoy a October 2012

hayride to the venue. Refreshments will be provided by Mr. Gatti’s. Admission for the event is $3, ages 4-8; $5, ages 8 and up; ages 3 and under are free. Proceeds from the event will be given to several local non-profits to assist them with their programs. The Lost Hollows will be open to the public every Friday and Saturday night, beginning at 6 p.m., starting Oct. 5. Just as with the “Fall Fun for All” event, guests will park at the Spirit Halloween store and take a hayride to the venue. For the safety of patrons, it is requested that they do not wear high heels or open-toed shoes. Admission to The Lost Hollows is $15, adults; $5 for children of all ages. For more information visit The Lost Hollows website at www.thelosthollows.com or check them out on Facebook, at: The Lost Hollows.

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Six Halloween Candy Facts

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Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween.That’s the equivilant of 16 billion fun-size Snickers bars or 158 trillion Candy Corns.


After candy corn, the leading best sellers are Snickers, Reeses, Kit-Kats and M&Ms.



Ninety million pounds of chocolate candy are sold each year during Halloween week.


The average American household spends $44 a year on Halloween candy. Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Chocolate reigns king. Of the average $1.9 billion dollars in candy sales each year, $1.2 billion is spent on chocolate compared to only $680 million on sugary candy.

it’s the

great pumpkin

October 28th ranks as the top day for candy sales. Of all 365 days in the year, the top five days for candy sales are in October.

The nation produced 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins in 2010 and Illinois is the leading pumpkin-producing state, followed by California, New York and Ohio. Source: www.factmonster.com

Trick-or-Treat, Stay Away from my Treats!

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90 percent of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ trick-or-treat bags!

fright Transylvania County, North Carolina; Tombstone, Arizona; Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas; and Skull Creek, Nebraska are among the spookiest of places to spend Halloween.

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Halloween is a time for carving pumpkins, watching scary movies, going trick-or-treating, and eating your favorite candy. It’s a time of celebration, but it’s also a time of superstition. Here, just in time to really spook you, are a few Halloween superstitions. • If a bat flies around a house three times, it is considered to be a death omen. • Bad luck will be invited into your home if a fire is allowed to burn out on Halloween. • If a candle suddenly goes out by itself on Halloween, as though by breath or wind, superstition says a ghost has come to call. • It is believed that a person born on Halloween can both see and talk to spirits. • Knocking on wood can keep bad luck away. • If you spot a spider on Halloween, the spirit of a deceased loved one is watching over you. • Gazing into a flame of a candle on Halloween night will enable you to peer into the future. • If a spider falls into a candle-lit lamp and is consumed by the flame, some say it means witches are nearby. • Walk around your home three times backwards and counterclockwise before sunset on Halloween to ward off evil spirits. • Light a new orange-colored candle at midnight on Halloween and burn until sunrise to be the recipient of a great deal of good luck. • Always burn new candles on Halloween to ensure the best luck. It is not a good idea to burn Halloween candles at any other time of the year. It may bring bad luck or strange things will happen to you.

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Oct 1-31 Face your fears in our terrifying Dungeon of Doom Haunted House or the kids can enjoy our Little Boo Haunted Fun House. Plus, pumpkin decorating, trick or treating and much more!


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Pay tribute to our nation's heroes while viewing amazing military equipment displays and enjoying live entertainment, discounted ride tickets, fireworks & more.

Christmas in Kemah Friday, November 30 6 pm Open House and Christmas tree lighting at Kemah Visitor Center (6th & Bradford)

Saturday, December 1 11 am “Jingles Parade” • Jingle on The Boardwalk Saturdays in December 1-4 pm Meet and Greet Santa throughout the Lighthouse Shopping District

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Saturday, December 8th

Pancakes with Santa • Children’s Costume Parade • Night Time Boat Parade

Saturday December 15th

Pets’ Jingles Costume Parade • Meet Santa and Reindeer 1-4 pm

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perfect pet costumes

by Lisa Addison

When it comes to Halloween costumes, statistics show that more and more people are dressing up their pets for Halloween and will often spend more on their pet’s costume than on their own or their children’s.

This year, among the new pet costumes is one of pop sensation Katy Perry. But traditional looks like pumpkins or ghosts are still popular for pets. Pop culture figures as well as fantasy characters (Darth Vader, Batman, etc.) are also typical choices for pet owners. There are dinosaur costumes, Angry Bird outfits, and even hot dog costumes, too. Most places that offer pet costumes have sizes to fit most breeds of small dogs up to 20 pounds. As cute as you think your pet might be all dressed up,

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make sure you consider your pet’s comfort level. Practice at home first to make sure your four-legged friend gets used to the idea of wearing a costume. You could even get matching costumes for you and your pet, if you choose. As far as price goes, you can spend a lot or spend a little; there are pet costumes to fit most any budget. So, pick those costumes out, fill up the candy bowl for those little revelers, and you and your pets have a very happy “Howl-o-ween!”

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ghoolish recipes

Sink your teeth into these deliciously spooky recipes.

Source: www.familyfun.go.com

apple bites Ingredients • Apples • Slivered almonds Just quarter and core an apple, cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter, then press slivered almonds in place for teeth. Tips: If you’re not going to serve them right away, baste the apples with orange juice to keep them from browning.

forked eyeballs Ingredients • 2 (11-ounce) bags white chocolate chips • 12 doughnut holes • Semisweet chocolate chips • Tube of red decorator frosting • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1. To coat a dozen doughnut holes, melt the white chocolate chips with the oil over low heat (and keep the chocolate warm while you work). With a fork, spear each doughnut hole and submerge it in the melted chocolate to coat it, then gently tap off any excess. 2. Stick a semisweet chocolate chip with its point cut off onto each doughnut hole, cut end first. Place the forks (handle side down) in a mug and allow the chocolate coating to harden. 3. Use a tube of red decorator frosting to add squiggly veins radiating out from the pupils.

hot dog bites Ingredients • 1 11-ounce can of refrigerator breadsticks • 1 12-pack of hot dogs • Yellow mustard 1. For each mummy, separate one breadstick from the roll and use kitchen shears or a knife to slice it in half lengthwise to create two thinner strips. 2. Wrap one strip at a time snugly around the hot dog. Depending on the size of the hot dog, you may not need all of both strips. Leave about 1/2 inch of hot dog exposed for the face area and continue wrapping the top of the hot dog. 3. Bake the mummies on a cookie sheet at 350º for 15 to 18 minutes or until the breadstick wrapping is golden brown. 4. Remove the mummies from the oven and cool them for 5 minutes. Add yellow mustard eyes just before serving. Makes 12 mummies.

swamp juice Ingredients for 8 servings • 1/2 cup small tapioca pearls (found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores) • Food coloring • 4 tablespoons sugar • 8 gummy fish • Seltzer water • Lemonade • 8 gummy worms 1. MAKE THE EGGS: Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add the tapioca pearls. Reduce the heat slightly and boil the pearls, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes. 2. COLOR THE EGGS: Divide the pearls, with the remaining water, between two bowls. Add 4 drops of food coloring (we used 3 drops of yellow and 1 drop of green in one bowl, and 4 drops of blue in the other) and 2 tablespoons of sugar to each bowl. Stir the mixtures, then allow them to sit uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and rinse the pearls with cold water. 3. ASSEMBLE THE DRINK: Spoon 2 tablespoons of pearls into each glass and drop in a gummy fish. Fill the glasses with seltzer water, then add a splash of lemonade. Place a gummy worm around a spoon as shown.

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treat bags

Halloween treat bags can be anything from scary or sweet to simple or fancy. You can fill them with candy, treats, games, pencils and more. To make some creepy candy favors with treat bags that look as if they are dripping with slimy sludge (some kids love the slime factor!), here are some tips to get you started. Rubber stamps and punches inscribed with seasonal sayings make it easy to assemble dozens at once as you get ready for little ghouls and goblins.

Tools & Materials

Cellophane bags Heavyweight paper or card stock Scissors Craft edge punch Ink pad Double-sided tape Candy Halloween rubber stamps (with sayings like “Boo,”“Happy Halloween,” etc.)

Favor bags how-to

1. Cut the heavyweight paper or card stock slightly wider than your cellophane bags. Clip one edge with a craft edge punch. 2. Fold label in half; stamp with a Halloween message. 3. Fill cellophane bag with candy. Fold the bag’s edge down once to close, and secure the label on both sides with double-sided tape. Voila! You’re ready for Halloween revelers. If you don’t have time to do these treat bags, you can make yours as simple as 1-2-3 with some orange cellophane paper, candy, and ribbon. Cut the cellophane in squares, put candy on top, gather them into a bag, and tie them. It’s as simple as that. Happy Halloween!

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Are you leery of spending hours cleaning gooey pumpkin innards and then fighting with a carving kit just to get a lopsided jack-o’-lantern? You can score the best pumpkin on the block this year without having to touch one slimy pumpkin seed. Pinterest is full of great ideas. Check out these crafty ways to decorate your pumpkin this Halloween. Your little ghosts and goblins are sure to love these.

pumpkin Candy Corn angry birds pumpkins

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Holy Trinity Episcopal Church October 6-31 1700 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur (337) 625-4288 Bring your camera and kids in costume to take pictures and play games. No purchase necessary. CM Farms October 6 – November 17 – Weekdays are reserved for school field trips 252 CM Farms Road, Dry Creek Attractions include a pumpkin patch, corn maze, pig races, haystacks, farm animals, haunted trail, pumpkin blaster and corn cannons. Visit the website for more information and pricing at www.cmfarmsllc.com.

events Haunted Ship October 5-31 USS ORLECK – 604 East Enterprise Boulevard, Lake Charles, (337) 433-4083 The chambers deep within the ship are unlocked and the souls and spirits that live below are allowed to frolic and frighten all who dare to enter or try to leave. For more information, visit the website at www.orleck.org. Lake Charles Film Festival October 5-6 Various locations Burton Gilliam will be this year’s guest of honor at the Lake Charles Film Festival. The festival will include special film screenings, educational filmmaking workshops and a chance to showcase artistic talents of Louisiana filmmakers and filmmakers around the world. For more information and a schedule of events, please visit the website at lakecharlesfilmfestival.com. Bon Vivant Presents The Lost Hollows October 5-31 3301 East Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles The excursion will offer two separate trails through The Lost Hollows: a spooky timbers trail for children and a deadly pines trail for those who dare to enter. Visit the website for more information at www. thelosthollows.com.

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Vinton Heritage Festival October 13 1200 Horridge Street, Vinton Vendor booths will be on hand selling Vinton inspired items such as ornaments and afghans. Additional crafts, door prizes and food vendors will be in abundance and no festival would be complete without exciting activities, rides and games for spry youngsters. Rock The Dock October 11 Lake Charles Civic Center Marina Contraband Days presents the first annual cocktail competition naming the best bartender in SWLA. Join us for a night filled with music and cocktail tasting. Admission is free and a cocktail tasting armband is $5.

Woofstock SWLA October 13 10:00am – 4:00pm Lake Charles Civic Center Woofstock SWLA is a day when all ages of animal lovers come out to join in the fun to help save the lives of homeless animals. Ragley Timber & Heritage Festival October 20 Downtown Ragley (337) 725-3639 Ragley will be bustling when its 14th Annual Heritage and Timber Festival kicks off at 10:15am. The parade will begin at 9am and there will be activities for the young and old, including great music, antique cars and tractors, old time demonstrations, fun jumps and good food.

Country Club Arts and Crafts Fair October 12 – 13 Friday: 9am-5pm; Saturday: 9am-3pm St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church – 1500 Country Club Road, Lake Charles The Country Club Arts and Crafts Fair offers a variety of crafts including wood, glass, baskets, homemade jellies, jams, pickles and all types of other handmade items.

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Zombie Walk October 25 Lake Charles Civic Center Hordes of undead will be invading downtown Lake Charles. Come do the zombie shuffle at this family friendly event. For more information, contact Starr with Enchanted Gardens at (337) 533-2090. Halloween Music Festival October 25-28 Lake Charles Civic Center Come experience the first annual Lake Charles Halloween Music Festival. This family-oriented event will feature a wide variety of musical genres showcasing the diverse talent from in and around Lake Charles. Arts Fest October 27 10:00am – 2:00pm Lake Charles Civic Center The fall season has arrived and with it comes Arts Fest, an annual free arts festival for area children. In the spirit of Halloween, children are encouraged to dress up for the costume contest where prizes will be awarded. For more information, visit the website at www.artsandhumanities.org.

Culture Fest Louisiana October 27 Lake Charles Civic Center Common Ground is partnering with the City of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish and other civic organizations to host this international festival. We will showcase the art, music, dance, fashion, and food of the different countries represented here. This event is free to the public and is designed to encourage family participation from all areas of SWLA. Holy Smoke BBQ Cook-off & Praise Festival October 27 DeQuincy Railroad Museum 9:00am – 4:00pm BBQ crews compete for a trophy and bragging rights. There will be vendors on hand with jewelry, crafts, food and a garage sale booth. The crowds will be entertained with gospel and inspirational singing. There will also be kid friendly events including miniature train rides, face painting and more.

Sr. Citizen Halloween Bingo October 31 Foreman-Reynaud Community Center 10:00am – 1:00pm Lunch will be served and prizes will be given away! Malloween October 31 Prien Lake Mall 5:30-7:00pm Free event where children are encouraged to dress up for Halloween and walk door to door inside the mall to Trick or Treat. Trick or Treat Times: The City of Lake Charles will observe Halloween on Wednesday, October 31. The City recommends that trick-or-treat activities end at 8 p.m. that evening. Parents are encouraged to have their children home by dark unless they are attending a supervised function sponsored by other parents or civic organizations. **All information is current as of printed date.

Trunk or Treat October 28 First United Methodist Church, Lake Charles Come dressed up in your favorite costume and participate in this annual Trunk or Treat event.

Haunted Swamp Tours Starting at 7pm Saturday October 27th &

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Call it the First Amendment on steroids -- the current avalanche of political

posturing from friends and followers who clog your inbox and Facebook page, churn up your workplace peace and steer social gatherings into confrontations. The elections are coming, which is a fact you can’t miss thanks to the posts, forwards and even face-to-face bickering from people who don’t share your views and won’t change your mind. Check your email, and there are unsolicited diatribes shared by people who share that political stripe. Sign on to Facebook to brag about your kids, and you’ll elbow for space amid charts, graphs, doctored photos and slogans from people who want to be sure you know where they stand as the Nov. 6 election nears. They mean it, too. You know the ones. They’re just like those political attack ads that can’t be avoided on your TV screen and in your mailbox. We’ve come an awful long way -- and perhaps the key word here is “awful” -- in the 154 years since Abraham Lincoln clutched his lapel and held forth with Stephan A. Douglas to discuss issues of the day. (There were only seven of those debates, by the way -- equal to a single day’s programming on your preferred cable news channel.) Democracy has always been noisy, but is has also been respectful, or at least tolerant, of the opposing view. Why, then, has civil discourse turned so … uncivil? Why is there more monologue than dialogue? Why are your thoughts, your workday -- your life -- interrupted by the temptation to fire back when you’re flamed by a political comment that you didn’t solicit? And: Why do so many of us overlook our common ground as Americans and Louisianians?

WHY THE SHOUTING? “I can’t hear you when you scream at me or when your choice of words obscures your message,” said Theresa Schmidt, the senior member of KPLC-TV’s reporting team, who has probably interviewed more people than any other area broadcaster. Americans sometimes forget the baseline, Schmidt said. She shared a recent example to explain: As she was preparing a story last month about the anniversary of 9/11, “I ran across last year’s coverage and a quote from Beulah Yokum, the mother of military man Kevin Yokum, who was killed at the Pentagon on 9/11,” she said. “Her quote was that the most important thing to remember is that ‘we Americans need to stick together.’ It’s disheartening to me the number of Americans who don’t seem to like other Americans. Too few seem willing to look for common ground.” Today, 11 years after an event so shocking that it unified a nation, “we should be willing to look past

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(UN)CIVIL DISCOURSE continued from p33 our differences, identify common ground and be able to disagree without being rude or hateful or characterizing the opposition as evil,” Schmidt said. Jim Beam of the American Press, who has covered and commented on politics for 50 years, said he sees and hears lots of these attacks this political season, and said they’re more bluster than substance. “It’s simply that Obama’s policies are anti-business, Romney’s are prowealthy,” he said. “The struggle is for the middle class and they are almost evenly divided at this point.” Invited to share some specifics of his own, Beam was equally critical of both presidential candidates. “I think Romney has made so many major flubs, his credibility is at stake. Obama is not giving us a reality view, just one that sells even though it lacks credibility,” he said. Of Obama, he added: “The economy doesn’t favor Obama, and the national debt and annual deficit are chains around his neck. His factual problem, for example: ‘We are going to build roads and bridges and solve the health care problem by using military funding for those things once the troops are back home.’ Problem is, the wars are being waged on borrowed money. So do we keep borrowing to do those things?” And of Romney, Beam said: “Romney hasn’t given us any details about how he will fix the economy, foreign policy and other problem areas.” Go deeper into the political trenches, and there’s the candid George Kennedy, a Baton Rouge political strategist who has handled election campaigns throughout the state, including Southwest Louisiana. “It’s easier now for people to express their partisanship. There are more places to communicate. But the more strident they are in their communication, the more fearful they are, typically,” Kennedy said. “If you don’t like or understand changes going on in the country, if the severity of the economic crash caught you by surprise, if you are middle-aged or older and sense a real but unspoken shift in our culture, demography, economics, invests, and politics -- then you are bound to be worried,” he said. “And if you are worried, you are afraid. And if you are afraid, at some point you are angry.” The flashpoints, Kennedy said, are more the fault of Washington and Wall Street than the working man. “Really smart, rich people we admired lost all our money and crashed the economy, the war left no real satisfaction in victory, we suddenly have $16 trillion in debt, and the only people that can really be blamed for it are the same people you still want to have confidence in,” Kennedy said. “All this makes for a political environment that’s combustible.” Even journalists who don’t cover politics say they see this. Consider Pamela Seal, the American Press’ cheerful Life editor, who carries more positive news than anyone in town -- engagements, weddings, reunions, thank-you letters, 50th anniversary celebrations, and her own upbeat columns. “With Facebook, I am seeing more and more people putting their thoughts on display,” Seal said. “It is tempting to respond to some posts, but I would rather save my opinion for the election booth, when it matters most.” For readers of like mind -- those who believe, like Seal, that a vote is worth a thousand posts -- Seal pointed to her paper’s Sunday Talk section, which has been offering equal space to the 3rd Congressional District candidates to answer questions, offer solutions and explain how they’d handle specific issues. Seal cited to a key rule for these forums: “No one is allowed to attack the other candidates,” she said. “If only the presidential candidates would follow suit.” Thrive has seen this uncivil trend, too; a roundtable discussion of editors is what led to this story. As Thrive Co-Publisher Christine Fisher put it: “Social media and the everrunning news channels are fueling political discussions, and there is little context and little responsibility to fact-check. The rhetoric and slinging of accusations are overshadowing what the candidates plan to do, if elected. 34 www.thriveswla.com

We’ve gotten off-track, as a country, and civility is hard to come by.” Discouraged? Don’t be. Keep reading.

THE CALMER SIDE For all the political charts, graphics, doctored photos, slogans and memes reposted ad nauseam -- Obama is wrong, Romney is wrong, they’re all wrong, and so on -- there are plenty of people online who don’t see Facebook as a political soapbox. They don’t share in-your-face commentary or play pingpong with fighting words -- but they’re still registered voters. They respond by unsubscribing and unfriending the flamers. The kind of people who skip strident commentary -- and choose not to read it from others -- aren’t just the intolerants and the isolationists. They’re active, positive and plugged-in people like Kayla Rigney of Lake Charles, executive director of the Calcasieu Community Clinic, who was recently moved to post, calmly, on her Facebook page: “My news feed is much more pleasant since I unsubscribed to some of the people who are serial political posters! It’s more newsy and less cluttered with shared pictures and political opinions.” The backlash against uncivil discourse has even spawned a cottage industry, one that gives voice to people who realize that they don’t have to raise their voice. A popular example is the artwork and memes created by Some Ecards, a Web site that mixes irony and retro-style artwork to tweak flamers with sly retorts. Some samples: -- “ ‘Because of your post on Facebook, I am totally changing all of my political ideals!’ -- Said no one, ever.” -- “Just once I’d like to cast a vote for a candidate rather than against one.” -- “It was great hearing both political parties map out how they’ll prevent each other from getting anything done for another four years.” -- “The government could fix everything that’s wrong with the country if they’d simply read my Facebook updates.” The First Amendment clearly works both ways. Civility still exists. Even in election season. It’s just a little quieter.

THE ENCOURAGING SIGN Facebook, Twitter and anonymous comments on blogs don’t decide elections. Elections decide elections. In that regard, there’s some hope for the future. It can already be seen, in fact -- and the detective who has spotted the evidence is not a partisan pundit, but a political scientist. “The ‘millennials,’ individuals born after 1975, have posted the highest voter turnout of any age cohort since the Greatest Generation (1910-1935),” said Dr. Henry Sirgo, veteran McNeese State University professor. Sirgo’s clue: Even with all of the new electronic avenues to shout a political opinion, younger people -- the ones who embrace social media the most -- are expressing their views the real way, by throwing the lever on Election Day. And they vote in better numbers than their parents. The turnout grows each cycle. “My greatest curiosity about the 2012 national election day voter turnout -- a question which I have even posed on my Political Parties in the United States syllabus -- is whether 2012 will mark the fifth consecutive increase in United States voter turnout,” Sirgo said. If it does, democracy will win. Again. For all the ever-growing noise that leads up to elections, the numbers show that there’s still strength in the silence of the voting booth.

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Money & Career

Fiscal Attraction by Kristy Armand

When it comes to money, do opposites attract? And is it “for better,” or “for worse” if they do? Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University have found that opposites really do attract – at least when it comes to financial habits. Unfortunately, however, when it comes to the matrimonial union between spendthrifts and tightwads, the love story doesn’t always end with happily ever after. The researchers defined “spendthrifts” as those who spend more than they would like and “tightwads” as those who spend less than they would like.

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Although previous research has indicated that people are usually attracted to mates who share their values, demographics and general attitudes, there are some exceptions. Other marital studies have indicated, for instance, that people are attracted to mates who have characteristics that are dissimilar to the traits they dislike about themselves. An introvert who wants to be more outgoing might be attracted to an extrovert with a wide circle of friends, for example. This study indicates that fiscal personality could play a role in that as well.

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Many people would consider themselves neither spendthrifts nor tightwads. What singles out these groups is that spendthrifts have negative feelings toward their spending, as do tightwads. Spendthrifts wish they could control their spending and tightwads wish they could loosen control of their saving. “A lot of people don’t think too much psychologically or emotionally about their spending habits, but for some people, it causes a considerable amount of distress,” said Lyles McDaniel, Senior Vice President with Lakeside Bank. “While all of us should take time to examine our financial decisions, there are those who take their spending or saving habits to the extreme. Obviously this can cause disharmony for couples who are on either end of that extreme.” The research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern indicates that the union between over-spenders and over-savers often has detrimental consequences. “The problem will typically arise when there’s a significant issue at hand. When all is well, it can be difficult to see that a problem even exists, but when one spouse loses a job or the couple decides to buy a house, these issues can easily surface, and it can definitely cause friction,” McDaniel said. “The greater the difference between the financial philosophies, the greater that friction can become.” He says the simplest way to avoid these financial pitfalls is to discuss spending philosophies before the wedding. “Don’t wait until you’re settled in a marriage to talk finances. People tend to carry their spending habits for most of their life, so if they’re a penny-pincher, this should be obvious during the relationship, before a wedding even takes place. The key is to pay attention. Over-spending or oversaving may seem trivial in a dating relationship, but once your finances are combined, it’s a completely different story.” If you’ve reached a financial mountain and neither of you are sure of how to climb over it, McDaniel advised a meeting with a trusted financial professional for guidance. “Obviously financial professionals aren’t marriage counselors, but we can certainly help you figure out how to develop a budget and get on course to a united financial goal, whatever that may be.” Lifelong financial habits can be hard to break, but McDaniel stresses that budgeting and money management can ease frustrations – not just for mismatched spenders and savers, but for everyone. For more information on business loans, call Lakeside at (337) 474-3766, or visit www.lakesidebanking.com.

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Good Name. Good Credit. by Christine Fisher

Back in the day, deals were made with a nod and a handshake. Personal reputation was the only collateral needed. Today, however, that good reputation comes in the form of a good credit score. Without it, credit cards and loans are difficult or impossible to obtain.

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“Some may consider debt to be a negative thing, but showing that you can borrow money and pay it back is an integral part of managing your financial life,” said John W. Fusilier, CEO with First National Bank DeRidder. Personal credit rating improves as payments are made on time and debts are paid off. A credit score can be as low as 300 and as high as 850. A person with a credit score of 720 or higher is typically deemed to be a low credit risk to lenders, and therefore, able to obtain lower interest rates than someone with a risky credit history. “Guarding your credit rating and doing everything you can to keep it as high as possible will help you qualify for lower interest rates,” said Fusilier. Most lenders require a credit score of at least 620 before loaning money, issuing a credit card or even negotiating a cell phone contract. Credit scores depend on several things, including the amount of debt a person has, the amount of credit lines exhausted, the number of open accounts, the number of missed payments and delinquent accounts. “A credit score shows one’s fiscal responsibility. If a potential borrower has proven that they do not pay their bills on time, or have defaulted on a loan, a lender is less likely to issue credit,” Fusilier explained. “Debt is not bad, although some people try earnestly to avoid it. They’ll save until they can pay cash for a purchase. There’s nothing wrong with that, unless they want a loan at some point; that’s when they’ll hit a brick wall. Without debt and repayment, there is no credit history and so a lender will not issue a loan.” A good credit score can help beyond getting a loan. Some employers ask to access a job applicant’s credit score, especially if the job requires handling cash. They want to be sure the employee is financially responsible. Landlords may ask to access credit history on potential tenants; they want to ensure rent will be paid on time each month. Ensuring your credit reflects your good reputation will help you move forward in life as you wish to acquire vehicles, homes and other things with credit. Being sure you can afford them and paying the loans back on time will Thrive-LC-Team.qxp:Layout 2 11/14/11 10:53 AM Page 1 keep your sco

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Selling Getting Gold a fair price for old jewelry by Christine Fisher

Gold prices have gone through the roof in recent years: rising 70 percent in the last two years to be exact, according to Bankrate Inc., a clearinghouse of financial information. An uncertain national economy, political unrest and a decline in gold production contribute to the high prices and, as a result, more cash in the pockets of people who are selling their gold. If you’re in the market for new gold pieces, the fact that gold is expensive is not good news; but it could be a great time to consider selling your old gold jewelry for cash or trade on new items. “Years ago, when gold prices were much lower, it was common for women and men to have a wide assortment of gold jewelry. Men would have hefty chains and bracelets and women had gold pieces for every occasion,” said Annette St. Romain, jewelry designer and owner of Bijoux Fine Jewelry. “If those pieces aren’t worn and they’re sitting in a jewelry box somewhere, it’s a good time to find out their value.” The amount of money collected is based on the amount of gold in the piece. Gemstones and fancy settings, while adding to the beauty of the piece, do not add to the bottom line price when selling gold. The less gold content that is in a piece of jewelry, the less money it will be worth to anyone who intends to melt it down. “If you have a piece that is beautifully designed, with an unusual setting or unique gemstones, it may be worth more sold as an estate piece instead of selling for the gold content. If a piece is sentimental, I often recommend creating a new design using their gold and stones,” St. Romain said. “We can look at the pieces and give our determination for the best value. We often buy gold pieces or clients bring in pieces that they no longer wear, to go toward the purchase of something new.” Check the piece to determine the amount of gold. The gold content is marked on the piece somewhere; it could be on the inside of a ring or bracelet 40 www.thriveswla.com

or on the clip of a necklace or the back of an earring. A 14-karat piece of jewelry will usually have a stamp saying 14 K or with the number 585. Eighteen karat is usually stamped with 750. Solid gold jewelry is 24 karats. Fourteen or 10-karat jewelry has less gold content and more of other metals, such as nickel and zinc, and hardening agents to give it strength. For example, 10 karat yellow gold is 41.67 percent pure gold and 58.33 percent other metals, such as copper, silver and nickel to add hardness. Ten karat gold is stronger than 24 karat because of the additional alloys, but it is less valuable on the resale market because it contains less gold. The price of gold fluctuates constantly with the current price set by the World Gold Council, an international organization of mining companies. Reputable jewelers will base their prices on this. When working with a jeweler who buys gold, find out if they are a member of a national or international organization and held to high ethics requirements. For example, St. Romain explains that she is a member of the Independent Jewelers Organization, where members are hand-selected and held to a high ethical standard and superior professional integrity. “Look for some kind of involvement in a reputable jewelry organization so that you’ll know you’re dealing with a business with integrity and experience,” she advised. “Also, work with a business that has been around for a while with a good reputation. With gold prices so high, there are many short-term gold buying businesses that are here one day and gone the next. The amount they paid for gold may not be as high as what you could get from a reputable jeweler.”

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All you need to know to stay in the know! Port of Lake Charles to Construct New Building New construction is scheduled for the administrative offices of the Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District, which operates the Port of Lake Charles. In a 7-0 vote, the district’s board of commissioners awarded Jeff Kudla AIA Architect LLC a contract for site selection and design of a new port administration building, which will serve as the port’s new headquarters. For more information, visit www.portlc.com or call (337) 493-3513.

Memorial’s Cardiac Rehab Team Receives New Diagnostic Equipment The Lake Charles Memorial Hospital (LCMH) Volunteer Auxiliary and Foundation donated a new telemetry system to the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program. The Quinton® Q-Tel® Rehabilitation and Management A patient exercises at Memorial’s Cardiac Rehab while hooked up to the Quinton® Q-Tel® System is able to produce quality Rehabilitation and Management System. diagnostic telemetry readings that will identify heart beat changes or arrhythmias. The telemetry system has a built in charting and automated reporting system.

SMART Arrives in United States Toy Market The award-winning Belgian manufacturer, SMART, has launched Smart Toys and Games, Inc. in the United States. Smart Toys and Games’ products stimulate the development of critical thinking skills through play for all ages and have brought the world’s top-selling line of single-player brain games and awardwinning SmartMax magnetic construction toys to the U.S. For more information, visit www.SmartTangoes.com.

WCCH Launches Online Childbirth Education Program West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is the first hospital in the area to implement an online childbirth education course for expecting couples. The new program is especially useful for individuals with time constraints,scheduling conflicts or for those who are on bed rest. For more information on the new program, or to enroll, call (337) 527-4361.

Children’s Park Project Update Completion of the Children’s Park (Playground) project of Millennium Park Phase II, located on Bord Du Lac Drive, will be delayed until after Thanksgiving due to construction delays. Those delays are due to several factors, including: modification of plans for the Park to accommodate the Department of Health and Hospitals requirements with regard to splash parks; a modification in construction methods; and scheduling conflicts with public events. Weather has also caused additional delays.

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17 years Americans woke up to the face of Joan Lunden every morning as they tuned in to ABC’s Good Morning America. Her quick rise to the top and status as an icon for the advancement of women in journalism was not something she set out to do, but she is proud to be a passionate advocate for working moms everywhere. Lunden joined GMA in the fall of 1976 as a feature news/consumer reporter and would later be tapped as the fill-in co-host when Sandy Hill left to cover the Winter Olympics for ABC. She quickly became popular with viewers and that led to her rapid promotion to co-host with David Hartman, the show’s original host. For the Fair Oaks, California native and Sacramento State University graduate, life has been a series of challenges that she has met headon. Over the course of her career she has reported from 26 countries, covered five presidents, five Olympic Games and three royal weddings. Since leaving GMA in 1997 she has kept herself busy raising seven children, including two sets of twins. She has numerous achievements and honors to her name and is headed to Lake Charles this month to be the keynote speaker at the Women’s Commission’s annual Fall Conference scheduled for Thursday, October 18, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Thrive recently spoke with Lunden in advance of her trip to Lake Charles.

With your career and life as a mother and wife all taking off simultaneously, you seem to have a theme of blazing your own trail. How have your milestones impacted your career and perspective? In the 1970s there really were not many women anchors at the national news level. Adding women to the line-ups changed mornings in America as it pulled people away from their radios and converted them to television viewers. I never really set out to be a trailblazer. It just so happened that I was at the forefront of visible, working moms who were creating a ripple effect across corporate America. I was lucky enough to land a fantastic job at the same time that I was becoming a mother for the first time. You mentioned the sheer number of events you have covered during your career. Did these momentous events ever become routine or just another day at the office? How did you approach these big events/ assignments with a fresh perspective? You do get used to it, but you never get complacent. You can’t, simply because no matter how many times you cover the Olympics, for example, you can’t help but get excited when you sit and watch the athletes compete or see the opening ceremonies. It is just such an amazing seat from which you are able to view the world. I remember I used get so nervous every time I had to interview Mary Tyler Moore. One day, I ran into her on the set before an interview and she told me how nervous she always got when coming on to be interviewed by me! That really opened my eyes.

What will you be speaking about at the Fall Conference? I will be speaking about the 10 traits of highly successful people. After years of covering all of these different events, you begin to learn what makes people successful. You can pick out the traits that give them the advantages over others. I will also talk about the technological and sociological changes in the workplace. The big question is, “Now that we have it all, how do we do it all?” We are challenged today to find balance in our lives. I am passionate advocate for creating a lifestyle where we are able to build a successful career but being healthy at the same time and not feeling guilty about it. Women are famous for always putting ourselves at the bottom of the list and taking care of ourselves last. We’ve got to change that! Tickets are still available for the Women’s Fall Conference. Details are available at www.womenscommissionswla.com. The cost is $30 until Oct. 8 or $40 at the door. Cost includes admission to all breakout workshops, the Marketplace and the luncheon featuring Lunden.

What advice would you give women who have big dreams and goals? Dream bigger! Write it down. Once you do that, it turns into a goal and then you can create a plan of attack to achieve it. My motto is “Just say yes”. We constantly have to reinvent ourselves and need to think outside of the box. I have never been afraid to take a leap of faith and still, after all these years, am reinventing myself. A single idea can have such a huge impact on the world so you really can’t be afraid to step out on a limb. Does your husband ever wish you’d say no? Yes, you have to be able to say no sometimes. The art of not working is being lost. Over the years I had to learn to give 100 percent of myself to work while I am at work and 100 percent of myself to home when I am at home. It’s important that we stop and listen to our children and husbands, truly listen to them and tune into what they are saying. My kids will tell you that I am no big deal. When I am at home, I am so normal you can’t imagine it. I think that’s why viewers related to me so well. I never was an actor and I couldn’t be doing 10 hours of live television every week. We entered people’s homes at a time each morning that their teeth weren’t brushed, their house was a mess and they probably wouldn’t even open the door for their best friend!

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Sowela Invites All to Vote on Mascot for College Sowela is choosing a mascot -and wants you to help decide.

It’s a campaign to vote on the first-ever mascot for Sowela Technical Community College, and the choices are rooted in our area’s rich aviation heritage. The top vote-getter will become the face of the college. The cost is a penny per vote, and you can vote in bulk and as often as you like. The money will go toward the college’s scholarship fund.

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Each choice has a formal and informal version, which will allow flexibility if Sowela introduces a team sport sometime in the years ahead. “Both of these options salute the significance of aviation in the area, and Sowela’s hand in it,” said Sowela graphic arts instructor Erik Jessen, the point man for the campaign. Blake Hebert, a recent graduate of Sowela’s graphic arts program, assisted with the design and development of the proposed logos. “Blake has an extremely good eye for mascot design, and we were fortunate to have him here to share his talents for the project,” said Jessen, who was Hebert’s instructor. The campaign is “another aspect of the ‘new Sowela,’“ said Dr. Neil Aspinwall, chancellor. “We hope to attach a specific mascot to the Sowela name, so that when people say Sowela, they think of the Flying Tigers or the Aviators. This is a great way to build school spirit and pride.” The “penny war” takes place on campus -- there’s a permanent display in the lobby of the main Administration Building --and at a rotating schedule of area businesses. Also, people can vote online at www.sowela.edu by making a secure donation with a credit card. Voting continues through Nov. 30.

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Eagle Scout Award Turns by Justin Abshire

Brandon Brewer participates in an activity at Order of the Arrow.

For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. This year, the organization celebrates a major milestone for its biggest honor, one that has been bestowed upon more than 2.1 million men. August 2012 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award, an honor that only four percent of all Scouts achieve. In 1912 the first scout to earn the rank of Eagle was Arthur Eldred from New York. At this time, the design of the Eagle Scout medal had not even been finalized yet so it was not presented to him until Labor Day, September 2, 1912, just two years after the founding of the BSA itself. Today the exact medal earned by Eldred can be seen at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. There are seven requirements for earning the rank of Eagle Scout, which include earning at least 21 merit badges and completing an Eagle Scout Service Project in which a Scout must, “plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school or community.” Over the years there have been Eagle Scouts who have gone on to do great things, but in the end they

are still proud to say, “I am an Eagle Scout.” Sam Walton, whose Eagle Scout medal hangs in the WalMart Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, President Gerald Ford, Mike Rowe, Steven Spielberg, Neil Armstrong, J. Willard Marriott Jr., Donald Rumsfeld, John Bridges and my local scoutmaster Jody Cole are just a few of the men whom I have the privilege of sharing this distinct honor with. The state of Louisiana alone has produced up to 50,000 Eagles Scouts from 1912-2011. When I tell someone that I am off on a scouting trip, two questions always seem to come up: “Why are you still in scouting, aren’t you too old for that?” The answer is no, I am never too old for scouting and now, it is my turn to give back to the program. The second question is, “Are you an Eagle Scout?” The answer to this one is always a resounding yes; I am an Eagle Scout and always will be. For more information on the Calcasieu Area Council, which serves Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, Cameron, Beauregard, Vernon and parts of Allen Parishes, visit www.calcasieubsa.org or call (337) 436-3376.

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Scouting is a Family Affair by Katie Harrington

For the Brewer family scouting is more than just a hobby or extracurricular activity, it’s a tie that binds their family together. Kevin Brewer, who has been involved with the organization for 27 years, says, “Besides our faith, it’s probably the bedrock of what we believe.” Kevin serves as the Council Training Chair for the five-parish area and is proud to be an Eagle Scout. “It’s the first thing you put on a resume and the first thing you list on a college application,” Brewer adds. In 2010, his son Brandon received the coveted honor. With the help and encouragement of his family, though, the 17-year-old didn’t stop there. Brandon recently received the Venturing Silver Award and also attended Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts of America Honor Campers Society. Kevin says he’s learned a lot of life lessons over the year’s but the most important ties to an old Boy Scout saying, “fun with a purpose.” “You’ve got to have fun while teaching these life skills to keep the kids involved,” Brewer says. “Our activities are youth-led, meaning the kids vote on what they want to do and elect their own leaders.” Kevin says as a member of the Council, it is their job to monitor the scouts as they work to accomplish their goals. “Sometimes we sit back and let them stub their toes a bit, make some mistakes, and other times we are there to head them off at the pass.” It’s not just a father-son commitment for this family either. Jenny Brewer, Kevin’s wife and Brandon’s mother, serves as a committee chair to help ensure the success of the troop’s activities. For this family, the sentiment of “Once an Eagle Scout, Always an Eagle Scout” reigns true.

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Alexander Art Studio’s Grand Opening

Local artist Candice Alexander is putting the ‘art’ in the heart of downtown Lake Charles. The recent grand opening of Alexander Art Studio, located on the first floor of the Charleston Hotel, was more than just a ribbon cutting. It was an all out celebration of arts, culture and fun. The move from Central School to this popular corner of Ryan Street was a long time coming according to Alexander. “Over the past several years we have found ourselves growing beyond our space at Central School. This move will allow us to not only grow, but also to better showcase our amazing work.” Alexander says it was just when she’d given up hope that the opportunity for the move presented itself. One day she found herself touring her new space and the next day she signed a lease on the property. “We were nervous at first, this was a huge leap of faith, but since the moment we began to move in, we have been overwhelmed with support from friends and family,” says Alexander. The studio is more than just a gallery though. It’s a boutique as well, featuring everything from custom clothing to custom accessories. The pieces are designed by Alexander and feature her artwork. The new location, located at 900 Ryan St., is currently open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.candicealexander. com. 48 www.thriveswla.com

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New Orleans Jazz Fest Performer Amanda Shaw to Headline MUSICALE Falling leaves, mystic moons, starry skies, cooler evenings and sparkling historic Oaks will set the stage for MUSICALE, presented by the Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana. On Saturday, October 27, 2012, 5-9pm, the grounds of Old Central School will be transformed into a twilight for entertainment, eating and spirits. New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012 headliner, AMANDA SHAW and the Cute Guys, will be the featured performer along with The Jay Ecker Trio, featuring Jay Ecker, Chester Daigle and Rick Condit. The Lake Charles Dance Academy, under the direction of Colleen Cannon Benoit, will offer a special performance of Thriller. The Literacy Council hopes to make MUSICALE a signature event in Southwest Louisiana by drawing big-name regional musicians and providing a beautiful atmosphere of entertainment. This concert is free to the public and food and drink will be available for purchase from venders. Proceeds from the event will help promote

and continue the educational programs of the Council in the five-parish area, which provide children and adults with the skills and confidence necessary to take control of and improve, both their personal and professional lives. For general information regarding MUSICALE, call the Literacy Council office at 337-494-7000.

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Internal Medicine Physician Dr. Nishi Gupta, an Internal Medicine Physician, has joined the Imperial Health physician team. She specializes in primary care needs, adult medicine, women’s health and preventative care. Originally from Houston, Texas, Dr. Gupta received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, and a Master Degree in Health Services Administration from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. She earned a Medical Degree from Saint Matthew’s School of Medicine in Grand Cayman, BWI, and completed an Internal Medicine residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gupta, please call (337) 312-8414.

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Family & Youth Announces the Appointment of Julio Galan CSE Congratulates Teen Checking Winner Dustin recently won an iPod Touch through the Tune into Teen Checking contest sponsored by CSE Federal Credit Union. During the month of July Colleen Drozda Desselle and Dustin and August, CSE FCU promoted the means for teens to start managing their money responsibly through, Tune Into Teen Checking. For more information, call (800) 625-5747.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group Welcomes Dr. Haman CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group welcomes Moss Bluff-native Timothy Haman, M.D., internal medicine and infectious disease physician, to a new clinic in Moss Bluff, Timothy Haman, MD CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group Internal Medicine Clinic-Moss Bluff. Dr. Haman is accepting new patients. For appointments, call (337) 430-4262.

Peloquin Named Safety Officer J.W. Peloquin was named safety officer at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. He is responsible for developing and recommending new procedures and approaches to the J.W. Peloquin hospital’s safety program and assisting in enforcing safety regulations and codes. Peloquin is also professional services director at WCCH. He has been with the hospital for 16 years.

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Family & Youth Counseling Agency announces the appointment of Julio Galan to the Governor’s Advisory Board of Julio Galan Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Galan is the President and CEO of Family & Youth Counseling Agency, as well as The Family Foundation of SWLA. For more information about Family & Youth visit www.fyca.org, call (337) 436-9533.

Bolton Ford Marketing Director Wins Scholarship to AutoCon 2012 Jillian Thompson, Director of Operational Marketing for Bolton Ford of Lake Charles, was the recipient of the TrueCar® automotive scholarship Jilian Thompson to attend AutoCon 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. The TrueCar® Scholarship Program awarded a total of 12 scholarships to facilitate cutting edge education for automotive professionals.

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initiatives in 2012-2013 to Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis parishes. For more information on these grant programs or to view a full list of grant recipients, call (337) 439-2787.

Local Artist invited to perform at House of Blues in October Chris Flowers and the “Louisiana Express Band” Chris Flowers and the Louisiana Express have been Band invited to perform on October 18th at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas. Chris has been performing since she was 5 years old, and most of her band members also started playing when they were very young. For additional information, call Wayne Sensat at (337) 540-7621.

Assistant District Attorney Sworn In Assistant District Attorney, Christy Rhoades, was sworn Christy Rhoades and John DeRosier in by District Attorney John DeRosier. Rhoades will be assigned to the Domestic Violence Section.

Lakeside Funeral Home announced the appointment of Mickey Ortego as licensed funeral director. With 50 years of experience in the funeral Mickey Ortego industry, Ortego has worked for several Louisiana funeral homes. Visit www.lakesidefh.com or call (337) 656-2628 for more information.

The Arts Council of SWLA Announces 2012 – 2013 DAF Grant Recipients

Foshee Named Assistant Controller

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Angie Pearson, Corporate Controller and Vice President at Amerisafe, Inc., has announced the promotion of Barbara Foshee to Assistant Controller. Foshee began her career with Amerisafe, Inc. in February 2001 as a

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Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau Receive Pinnacle Awards Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau was honored for the second year in a row with a Pinnacle Award by Successful Meetings produced by Northstar Travel Media for excellence in hospitality. For a complete list of winners, log onto www.successfulmeetings.com. For more information on the bureau’s group services, log onto www.visitlakecharles.org/conventions.

Petersen Receives Award Hans Edward Petersen, retired superintendent of the Cameron Parish Water & Wastewater District #1, was honored recently at the Louisiana Rural Hans Peterson, right. Water Association’s 27th Annual Awards Banquet when he was named the recipient of the 2012 H.M. “Skeeter” Vickers Award for outstanding dedication to the water & wastewater industry.

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Dr. David Drez Appointed to AOSSM Education Committee David Drez, Jr., MD, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, has been asked to serve on the American Orthopaedic David Drez Jr, MD Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Self Assessment Committee. This group plans, develops, and evaluates the AOSSM Self Assessment and Board Review examination.

Barnhart Named Assistant Branch Manager City Savings Bank announced Kelley Barnhart as lending officer and assistant branch manager of the new Lake Street branch in Lake Charles located at Kelley Barnhart 4850 Lake Street. For more information on City Savings Bank, contact Matthew Bowles at (337) 463-8661, ext. 235.

Dr. Nishi Gupta Joins Imperial Health Physician Team Nishi Gupta, M.D., an Internal Medicine Physician specializing in adult primary care needs, women’s health and preventative care, has joined the Imperial Nishi Gupta, MD Health physician team. Dr. Gupta received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois and a Master Degree in Health Services Administration from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. She earned a medical degree from Saint Matthew’s School of Medicine in Grand Cayman, BWI in 2009, and recently completed an Internal Medicine residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Dr. Gupta is a member of the American Medical Association and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Her medical practice is located at 501 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive (2nd Floor) in Lake Charles and she is now accepting new patients. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 312-8414.

CSE Federal Credit Union announces Katie Davis newest Business Development Specialist. For more information, call (337) 477-2000.

Solutions EAP Announces New Location and Services Solutions EAP is now Solutions Counseling & EAP, LLC. The company, under the direction of Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, CEAP, LPC, LMFT, has moved from its former location at the Safety Council to 710 West Prien Lake Rd, Suite 103, in Lake Charles. Solutions has been in business for 19 years, offering a comprehensive range of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services to area companies. EAP services are designed to be a management tool that helps companies provide assistance to employees and their family members in dealing with their personal concerns. EAPs have been proven to improve employee job satisfaction and increase company productivity. EAP services available through Solutions include including confidential counseling, educational workshops, crisis intervention and wellness education.

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With the move to their new location, Solutions is also now offering private client counseling for individuals to address emotional, social and situational problems such as stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief and loss, trauma and more. In addition to Forbess-McCorquodale, the Solutions’ staff of experienced licensed counselors includes Chauntelle LeJeune and Kendall LeJeune. For more information about Solutions’ services, call 310-2822 or visit www.solutions-eap.org.

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great opportunity for women to learn more about this disease, including the warning signs.

The symptoms of breast cancer include: • Lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle. • A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea. • A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast. • A bloodstained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple. • A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed). • Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple. • A change in shape or position of the nipple • An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast. • A marble-like hardened area under the skin.

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Breast Cancer Myths and Facts by Christine Fisher

There are many myths and half-truths about breast cancer; it is one of the most misunderstood diseases. “What women perceive as factual may not be. For example, many women think a lump definitely signifies the presence of cancer, but 10 percent of all women diagnosed with the disease did not have a lump or pain,” said Stephen Castleberry, MD, surgeon with Sulphur Surgical Clinic and medical staff member of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. Dr. Castleberry received specialized breast cancer treatment training known as sentinel node biopsy from Scott and White Medical Center/Texas A&M

Health Sciences Center in Temple, Texas. He talks with patients every day who have erroneous ideas about their risk for breast cancer, causes of the disease, and how it can be treated. “It’s important to get the facts out to the public. There are many misconceptions.” The truth is that scientists still do not know what causes breast cancer, only that certain factors such as obesity or too much alcohol may increase risk. Dr. Castleberry helps separate fact from fiction when it comes to breast cancer:

Myth: Having a family history of breast cancer means you will get it.

Myth: Men do not get breast cancer.

Myth: If you’re at risk for breast cancer, there’s little you can do.

Fact: While a family history is a risk factor, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. But if the family history is a first-degree relative, meaning a parent, sibling or child, your risk of developing the disease doubles.

Fact: Each year, about 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die.

Fact: Lifestyle changes make a tremendous impact on breast cancer. Losing weight, getting regular exercise, lowering or eliminating alcohol consumption and being rigorous about self-breast examinations and clinical exams and mammograms will go a long way toward preventing breast cancer.

Myth: Having no family history of breast cancer means you won’t get it.

Myth: Wearing an underwire bra increases your risk of getting breast cancer.

Fact: Just as a family history doesn’t guarantee that you will get breast cancer, having no family history doesn’t offer protection from it either.

Fact: Medical experts have debunked the claims that underwire bras compress the lymphatic system, causing toxins to accumulate and cause breast cancer. “Neither the type of bra nor its tightness has any connection to breast cancer risk,” said Dr. Castleberry.

Myth: A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.

Myth: Breast implants can raise your cancer risk.

Fact: A mammogram is one of the best tools available for the early detection of breast cancer. It cannot cause cancer to spread, nor can the pressure put on the breast from the mammogram.

Fact: Women with breast implants are at no greater risk of getting breast cancer, according to research. Standard mammograms don’t always work as well on women with implants, so additional x-rays are sometimes needed to more fully examine breast tissue.

Myth: Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer. Fact: Researchers at the National Cancer Institute say there is no conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants to breast cancer.

Myth: Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer. Fact: Eight out of 10 breast lumps are benign, but if you find a lump in your breast or if you have any changes in your breast tissue, it’s important to see your doctor.

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Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for women worldwide, second only to skin cancer in the United States. “If you feel or see any changes in your breasts, check with your doctor. Every woman is unique. Getting information specific to your situation is always the best recommendation,” said Dr. Castleberry.

Myth: The size of your breast is related to your risk for cancer. Fact: There’s no connection between the size of a breast and your risk for cancer. “Very large breasts may be harder to examine than small breasts, but all women, regardless of breast size, should have regular screenings and checkups,” said Dr. Castleberry.

Myth: Breast cancer always comes in the form of a lump. Fact: A lump may indicate breast cancer, or it could be benign, but women should be alert to other changes, such as skin irritation or dimpling, breast pain, thickening of the nipple or breast or discharge other than breast milk. Thrive Magazine for Better Living



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Looking Into Lumps

by Christine Fisher

Finding a lump in a breast can cause a lot of anxiety for women. The good news is that most types of lumps are non-cancerous, or benign. Many lumps occur naturally. Knowing a little more about these lumps can help ease worries if one is found. “Lumps are sometimes found during clinical exams, but often, a woman will find a lump on her own,” said Darryl Elias, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist with Jennings American Legion Hospital. “She may feel something odd when she’s getting dressed or undressed, or during a self-breast exam.” Women between the ages of 30 and 50 tend to get the majority of lumps. They can be found in both breasts or just one. Common causes include normal changes in the breast tissue, a breast infection or injury, and medicines that may cause lumps or breast pain. “Some breasts tend to be lumpier than others,” explained Dr. Elias. “What are normal lumps for one woman may not be normal lumps for another woman. That’s why it’s important for a woman to know what is normal for her.” A woman’s menstrual cycle has a large impact on the presence of lumps in the breast. Generally, a woman’s breasts may be more prone to lumps a few days or a week before her period because lumps tend to react to changes in estrogen and progesterone hormone levels that rise and fall during the menstrual cycle. Also, increased age affects the breast tissue, causing it to become more fatty and less dense. Tenderness and swelling will usually decline over the years. Many women have heard the term fibrocystic breasts. This condition simply means that lumps are normal and usually not anything to worry about. Women with fibrocystic breasts usually have lumps that increase in size and tenderness just prior to her cycle. Fibrocystic changes are most noticeable during a woman’s 40s, and are the most common cause of benign breast lumps in women between the ages of 35 and 50. Once menopause occurs, fibrocystic changes decrease because hormones aren’t playing as large a role as they once were. Fibroadenomas are the most common benign tumors found in the female breast. They are solid, round, rubbery lumps that move 54 www.thriveswla.com

freely when pushed. They are usually painless. They occur most often between the ages of 20 and 30 and are more common in African American women. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs in the breast. They can be very tender or painless; they usually feel smooth, and can be moved when palpitated. Cysts are rare in women over 50. For very painful cysts, having them drained by a doctor can help provide relief as well as confirm the diagnosis. Another type of lump is formed due to injury to the breast tissue. Fat necrosis can occur when the breast area is hit suddenly. The injury causes fat to form in lumps, which are normally round and hard. They are generally not painless, but they can cause discomfort in some women. The skin over the lump may be red or look bruised. The lump may show up a few weeks after the injury; in some cases, lumps can develop years later. They usually go away without treatment, but may form permanent scar tissue that can show up as an abnormality on a mammogram. “If a woman finds a lump, it’s a good idea for her to check her other breast. Does it feel lumpy also? Are the lumps distributed throughout the breast, or is there one in particular that seems to be different than the rest? If it seems odd, it’s always a good idea to see a health care professional,” said Dr. Elias. In addition, other changes may indicate an appointment is necessary: • the lump doesn’t go away after the next menstrual cycle • the lump changes; gets bigger or becomes firmer • the skin over the lump changes; it gets red or puckers

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Treatments vary depending on the type of lump. They can range from no treatment at all for fibrocystic breasts, fine needle aspiration for simple cysts or possibly surgery to remove fibroadenomas. “Breast self-exams are a good idea to understand what is normal for you and to note any changes,” he explained. “Having a yearly mammogram beginning at age 40 is recommended.” Being aware of what is normal, changes that may occur and getting the recommended screenings are ways to promote good breast health. Knowing the various types of lumps can also provide some relief if ever a lump is found.

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Breast-feed. Breast-feeding may also play a role in breast cancer prevention. The longer you breast-feed, the greater the protective effect. Discontinue hormone therapy. Long-term combination hormone therapy increases the risk of breast cancer. If you’re taking hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms, ask your doctor about other options. You may be able to manage your symptoms with non-hormonal therapies, such as physical activity. If you decide that the benefits of short-term hormone therapy outweigh the risks, consider using the lowest dose that’s effective for your symptoms, and plan to use it only temporarily.

Avoid exposure to environmental pollution. While further studies are needed, some research suggests a link between breast cancer and exposure to the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons found in vehicle exhaust and air pollution.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Events Make Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Oct. 6 | The American Cancer Society will hold this event at Heritage Square in Sulphur. You can register as an individual or a team for Making Strides by visiting MakingStridesSWLA.org or calling (337) 433-5817. First Annual Ride for Hope, October 7 | The first annual Ride for Hope will rev up motorcycles from across Southwest Louisiana on Sunday, Oct. 7, starting at the Lake Charles Civic Center at noon. Engines will start up at 1:15 p.m., and the 112 mile route will take riders through Iowa, Ragley, Starks, Vinton, Sulphur and Westlake. Live music, food and refreshments will be available at Pinederosa Park in Westlake. For more information, call Ricky Mestayer (337) 540-2388 or email him at mestayer@hotmail.com. Proceeds will benefit the Ethel Precht Foundation. Fight Like a Girl Breast Cancer Awareness Fashion Show and Ball, October 13 | Quad Clothing Company and the American Cancer Society are teaming up to host the second annual fashion show at 5:30 pm on Oct. 13 in the McNeese State University Parra Ballroom. The show will honor breast cancer patients, survivors and care givers. There will be food, fun, fashion, a silent auction, testimonies and so much more! The cost is $10 per person. For more information or to model for this event, contact Indrea Gordon of Quad Clothing at 337-309-0945 or visit www. quadclothingcompany.com. Ethel Precht Hope Breast Cancer 3K, October 20 | The annual Ethel Precht Hope Breast Cancer 3K will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the ceremony will kick off at 8:00 a.m. The walk will start at 8:30 a.m. Register by visiting www. ethelbreastcancerwalk.org.

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Steep Yourself in Better Health by Kristy Armand

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People have turned to tea to soothe body and mind for thousands of years. In many cultures, particularly in the Far East, tea has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. Western science has turned its attention to the healthful properties of teas in recent years, linking many different types of tea to a wide range of health benefits. The public is taking notice, with wider selections on grocery store shelves and expanded menu options in restaurants and coffee shops. Jacqueline Richard, MS, RD, LDN, dietitian with CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, says when you hear about the health benefits of tea, it’s usually the phytochemicals in the tea leaves that get the credit. “Phytochemicals are natural substances found in fruits and vegetables that promote and reduce the risk of disease. Tea is a plant-based beverage, and the nutrients found in it are very similar to those that you find in fruits and vegetables. When you brew tea, you are using heat to extract the nutrients from the tea leaves. It’s a great way to reap the benefits of plant-based nutrition.” Studies have found that compounds in the phytochemicals of some teas called flavonoids are good for the heart and may help prevent cancer, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. Research has also linked tea to weight loss, lower cholesterol and improved mental alertness. It’s even been shown that tea destroys the bacteria that causes cavities and helps with halitosis, or bad breath. “Studies have not found any disadvantages to drinking tea for most people,” says Richard. “It has zero calories and is a great alternative to coffee, with less caffeine.” There are many differing opinions about how best to prepare tea and how much should be consumed for optimum benefit, but most nutritional experts agree that in general, tea is a nutritional powerhouse. “From a nutritional standpoint, brewed tea – loose or bagged – is a preferred over instant, bottled or canned options to get the most health benefit. The more processed the tea leaves, usually the less polyphenol content. Instant and prepared, packaged tea products often contain very little amounts of actual tea and often large portions of sugars or artificial sweeteners. Be sure to read the labels to know what you are getting.” Richard adds that there are many different types of teas, so if you are adding tea to your diet for health improvement, it’s a good idea to educate yourself before you start brewing. Green, black, white and oolong tea are considered to offer the most health benefits. These are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant which contains unique antioxidants called flavonoids. The most potent of these, is what is believed to help defend against free radicals that can contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries. Herbal teas made from fruits, seeds, roots,, barks and herbs steeped in hot water, have also become very popular. Richard says herbal teas have lower concentrations of antioxidants than green, white, black, and oolong teas, and their chemical compositions vary widely depending on the plant used. But they are plant-based, and as such, are still considered a healthy alternative to other types of drinks. Common varieties include ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, hibiscus, jasmine, rosehip, mint, rooibos (red tea), chamomile, and Echinacea. “Research on specific health benefits from herbal teas is limited, but claims that they help to shed pounds, prevent colds, and bring on restful sleep are largely unsupported by any scientific data,” says Richard. But even without any touted “miracle cures” from tea, it is still a healthy way to add natural nutrition into your daily diet. So put the kettle on, and make time for tea time every day.

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Some people survive cold and flu season with no signs of sniffles, while others seem to catch every cold and virus that comes around, coughing and sneezing their way through the winter months. The key difference between these groups is likely the strength of their immune system.

Boost Your Immune System for Cold and Flu Season by Kristy Armand

Highly contagious cold and flu viruses are everywhere. The common cold is the number one reason people see a doctor, and anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of Americans come down with the flu each year. “Cold and flu resistance is a function of your immune system. Individuals whose immune system is functioning below normal have an increased risk of getting sick when exposed than those whose immune system is working normally,” explains Dr. Nishi Gupta, internal medicine physician with Imperial Health. She explains that your immune system is a balanced network of cells and organs that work together to defend against disease. The first line of defense is antibodies which block abnormal or foreign cells – like bacteria and viruses – from entering the body, and attack any that happen to ‘sneak’ through. The second line of defense involves cells that help the body create a memory of past defense against disease protection. When you come into contact with the same pathogen in the future, your immune system recognizes it, and reacts more strongly and quickly to defend against it. “This is the biological mechanism behind vaccines for illnesses such as measles, whooping cough, hepatitis and other immunizations,” says Dr. Gupta. However, just like any other body system, the immune system can deteriorate and stop functioning as it should. According to Dr. Gupta, immunity actually starts to decline in adulthood. “As you grow older, the number of your body’s key defensive cells decrease, making you less equipped to fight new germs. Lifestyle habits can also weaken your immune system, but this is something you can change by eliminating or decreasing unhealthy habits, and adding some healthy lifestyle behaviors.” She offers the following suggestions for optimizing your immune system function as we head into cold and flu season:

Eat a healthy diet. Proper nutrition supports your immune system by providing the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you need to remain healthy. Try to incorporate whole grains, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, and lean sources of protein such as chicken or fish into your daily diet.

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Exercise regularly. Research has shown that getting your heart rate up for 20 minutes just three times a week is associated with increased immune function. Regular exercise increases the level of leukocytes, an immune system cell that fights infection. Exercise also is associated with increased release of endorphins, natural hormones that add to your sense of well-being and improve sleep quality, both of which have positive effects on your immune system. Manage Stress. Chronic stress suppresses the immune system, so it’s important to find ways to manage any ongoing stress in your life – whether it’s delegating work at the office, talking a walk, playing with your dog or making more time to relax with friends and family. Get plenty of sleep. Fatigue increases your susceptibility to illness. Your body repairs itself at rest, and getting enough sleep – 7 – 8 hours/night for adults – helps your immune system rebuild itself and fight off disease.

Limit alcohol intake. Small amounts pose no immediate health risks, but research has found that regularly consuming large amounts of alcohol negatively affect the immune system. Quit smoking. Cigarette smoke damages the cells in your lungs and makes your immune system work overtime to repair the damage. The chemicals in cigarette smoke are also known carcinogens which can compromise your immune system. Wash your hands frequently. Use regular soap and hot water whenever possible to prevent disease transmission. If you do not have access to soap and water, antibacterial hand gel or wipes do provide some protection. For more information on immune system function or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Gupta’s office at (337) 312-8414.

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A Parent’s Guide to

“Loose Tooths by Katie Harrington

“I have a loose tooth!” It’s a common phrase uttered by young children and a grin marked by missing teeth is a rite of passage. Baby teeth must fall out to make way for permanent teeth to grow in and according to local pediatric dentist Dr. Eric Sanders, the process can take six or more years from beginning to end.

Dr. Sanders adds that baby teeth usually fall out in the order in which they grow in. “The center teeth on the bottom are typically the first in, so they are usually the first out around the age of five to six. Following them are the two center teeth on the top.” Baby teeth typically don’t loosen until the permanent teeth below them push up to take their place. “Sometimes a couple of new teeth will come in before the baby teeth are gone,” Dr. Sanders adds. “This creates two rows of teeth temporarily. We call it ‘shark’s teeth’ and it is nothing to be concerned about unless the baby tooth doesn’t loosen eventually. If this is the case, it’s best to let your dentist take a look.” It is possible for your child to lose a baby tooth too early if some type of dental trauma occurs or if dental disease is present. In these cases Dr. Sanders says it is important to see a dentist. “If a baby tooth falls out before the permanent tooth erupts, it’s best to have a spacer or placeholder put in so that we can avoid potential spacing problems in the future,” Dr. Sanders says. “If your child begins losing teeth before the age of four then it’s important to see a dentist to verify that there are no underlying diseases. Also, if by the age of seven or eight they still haven’t lost any teeth, it’s best to have a dentist x-ray their mouth to assess the situation.” Dr. Sanders adds that it’s okay to encourage your child to gently wiggle a loose tooth, but says it is unwise to yank it out before it’s ready. “The broken root that results from pulling a tooth becomes more susceptible to infection if the tooth is forced out before it’s ready to come out.” The process of losing baby teeth is relatively pain-free, so if your 5- or 6-yearold complains of pain in the back of their mouth, it’s likely a 6-year molar coming in. A topical pain killer or anti-inflammatory medication can help alleviate this pain. As the new, permanent teeth come in, they will look a little different than the baby teeth. Dr. Sanders says that’s completely normal. “The new teeth may look 62 www.thriveswla.com

a lot bigger, especially those first few to come in. Adult teeth also tend to be less white than baby teeth and will have pronounced ridges because they haven’t been used yet to bite and chew.” Even though good oral hygiene is important to establish before your child’s first tooth ever appears, it’s more important than ever when the permanent teeth begin to appear. “Tooth brushing is an activity that needs to be supervised by a parent until your child is around eight years old,” Dr. Sanders comments. “A pencil-erasersize dot of toothpaste is plenty and you should replace their toothbrush every two of three months. A dental check up twice a year is also recommended.” Most children lose their last baby tooth by the age of twelve or thirteen when the 12-year molars begin to erupt. For more information or to schedule an appointment at Sanders Pediatric Dentistry, call (337) 433-5437 or visit www.lc-kid-dentist.com.

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See Past the Glare

by Katie Harrington

Millions of people struggle to see at night or around bright lights. Halos and glared vision are more common in older adults and those who have had certain types of refractive surgery, but may also be signs of a more serious eye disease, injury or condition, such as diabetes. “The appearance of a halo around lights at night, or a glare from bright lights during the day, are classic early signs of cataracts,” says Dr. William Iglinsky, ophthalmologist with The Eye Clinic. “Often times it seems as if you are looking through a piece of wax paper and the view becomes increasingly more opaque as time goes on, and the ability to see contrasting objects decreases.” He explains that a cataract is the clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens, blocking the passage of light needed for vision. “It’s just a natural part of aging. Cataracts form slowly and cause no pain. Decreased night vision is often the first symptom, followed by halos around lights caused by the distortion of light. Fortunately, cataract surgery can correct the problem and restore clear vision. It’s actually the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States.” Cataracts aren’t the only vision disorder that can cause problems with glare and halos. Dr. Iglinsky says these aberrations can also present themselves in patients suffering from glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. “Diabetics are at a higher risk for night vision problems because over the years their elevated blood sugar levels are toxic to the blood vessels and nerves in the eye,” Dr. Iglinsky says. “Two early signs of diabetic retinopathy are poor night vision and a longer visual adjustment period after coming indoors from bright outdoor light.”

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The increased pressure in the eye that occurs when a patient has glaucoma can also cause poor night vision; and patients with macular degeneration, the loss of central vision, often experience symptoms of blurred vision, including halos. Although it is rare, Dr. Iglinsky says some people may experience halos or problems with glare after refractive surgery. “This was more common when laser vision technology was first introduced nearly two decades ago. Advances in technology have helped eliminate this problem.” Other common causes of halos and glared vision include headaches, fatigue and overexposure to the sun. “Sustained exposure to bright sunlight can impair night vision for up to two days,” says Dr. Iglinsky. “This, among many other reasons, is why you should always protect your eyes with sunglasses before heading outdoors.” Regardless of your age or how minor it may seem, Dr. Iglinsky encourages patients not to ignore any visual disturbances. “Any changes in your vision, including blurriness, blind spots, halos around lights and dimness of vision, could be cause for concern. If ignored, it could lead to more serious vision or even health problems. It’s always best to be cautious when it comes to protecting your eyesight.” For more information or to schedule an appointment, call The Eye Clinic at (337) 478-3810 or visit www.theeyeclinic.net.

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Center for Orthopaedic Doctors Perform Innovative Foot-to-Hand Nerve Graft

by Kristy Armand

They may be specialists in different extremities, but Dr. Andrew Foret and Dr. Tyson Green with the Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, worked as a team to restore sensory function for a patient whose hand was badly injured in an industrial accident. Dr. Foret, a hand and wrist surgeon, responded to a call from a local hospital after the initial emergency room treatment. The patient’s hand had been caught in manufacturing machinery, resulting in a jagged, half-inch hole through the center of his right hand. “This was a very traumatic injury, with severe damage to the soft tissue, nerves, tendons and bones of the hand,” says Dr. Foret. “Imagine a gunshot wound straight through the hand – that’s the type of damage we were looking at. The base of the patient’s index and middle fingers were gone. He also lost the sensory nerves to his thumb, index finger and middle finger as well as the main tendons that allow wrist extension. We would have to carefully reconstruct his hand if he was to have any hope of future hand function. The only other option was to completely remove the damaged fingers and a portion of the palm. This man works with his hands every day. We wanted to give him a chance to do so again.” Over the course of four surgeries and several weeks, Dr. Foret worked to recreate the structures within the patient’s hand using the patient’s own tissue and metal implants. “First we had to wash out and stabilize the structures that remained for reconstruction. After we were satisfied that the wound was infection-free, and that good blood flow existed, we reconstructed the bones of the hand with pieces of the patient’s own iliac crest bone from the hip and small metal plates. We also harvested a portion of one of the damaged wrist tendons to help reconstruct the remaining wrist tendon. This will allow the patient to extend his wrist.” Once the repair of these structures was complete, the patient still had no feeling in his hand because the digital nerves that normally provide sensory information to the palm and fingers had been damaged in the accident. The next challenge for Dr. Foret was replacing these nerves, and he thought a sural nerve graft would provide the best solution for restoring sensation. He turned to Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist, for assistance. Dr. Green explains that sural nerve grafting is essentially a nerve transplant. “The sural nerve runs along the back and outside of the lower leg, to the ankle and the top of the foot. It is a sensory nerve that is not going to be missed once it is removed from the leg, making it a good choice when certain types of nerves in other parts of the body need to be repaired or replaced. In this case, the patient would be sacrificing some sensation in the top of his foot in the hope of restoring sensation in the palm of his hand and fingers where he needed it more for day-to-day function.” The two surgeons worked together in the operating room. Once Dr. Green had removed a 9 cm section of the sural nerve with branches, Dr. Foret transplanted it into the patient’s hand, connecting the nerve graft to the median nerve and to the remaining distal ends of the digital nerves that provide sensation to the fingers. The explanation sounds simple, but there is quite a bit of microsurgical skill involved in both parts of this procedure,” says Dr. Foret. “It’s important to harvest a quality nerve graft. It is also important to harvest a graft with adequate length so that there is no tension on the nerve. This also allows us to 64 www.thriveswla.com

position and attach the nerve graft properly in order to optimize the chance of a successful graft. In this case, everything worked well and ideally he will experience return of his sensation over the next year.” Dr. Foret adds that the patient is doing well two months after the injury, but still has months of recovery and rehabilitation ahead of him. “While his hand will never be exactly the same as it was before the accident, having an intact hand that may eventually regain function and sensation gives him more hope than if he had lost half of his hand.” The use of a sural nerve graft in the hand is one of only a few cases that have been performed in the state. “Providing innovative treatment options is one of the main reasons we choose to have different types of specialists within our group,” says Dr. Green. “This approach is definitely an advantage for us when we need collaboration outside our area of specialization, and for our patients who benefit from having a team of experienced specialists working together to improve their care.” Dr. Green during harvest of sural nerve.

Dr. Foret performing reconstruction of the patient’s hand.

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In this x-ray you can see the damage inflicted on the hand and the area that Dr. Foret had to reconstruct.

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Turn up the Volume onYourWorkout

If you think the connection between music and exercise began in the late 70s when people first got physical with Jane Fonda’s dance aerobics, or with the introduction of the Sony Walkman portable cassette player, you’d be wrong – by about a few hundred thousand years.

by Kristy Armand

From an evolutionary standpoint, music proceeds language and its link to physical activity goes back to ancient man, as evidenced throughout history. Think of cavemen chanting and dancing around an open fire, Roman slaves’ rowing in synchronization with the rhythm of a beating drum, or the melodic fife accompanying Revolutionary soldiers as they marched into battle. “As a fitness specialist, I am fascinated by the relationship between exercise and music,” says Suzy Trahan, ACSM certified health and fitness specialist, ACE certified personal trainer and manager of Dynamic Dimensions fitness center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “There’s no doubt that people respond to music during exercise, but the question is why, and can this knowledge be used to improve exercise performance.” For many years now, researchers have been examining the different effects music has on exercise. The research often involves multiple scientific disciplines– biomechanics, physiology and neurology. It’s believed that music’s dual ability to distract attention (a psychological effect) while simultaneously invigorating the heart and the muscles (physiological impacts) is what makes it so effective during exercise.

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Trahan says numerous experiments have found that music increases a person’s subjective sense of motivation during a workout, and also concretely affects his or her performance. The resulting interactions between body, brain and music are complex and intertwined. It’s not simply that music motivates you and you move faster. It could be that your body first responds to the beat, even before you think about it. Your heart rate and breathing increase and the resulting biochemical reactions combine with the music to stimulate and motivate you to move even faster. A recent study published in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology found that music did motivate a runner to run longer or a cyclist to pedal harder, longer. “These findings come as no surprise to those who have relied on music for years to motivate them on a five-mile run, during an hour-long group fitness class, or to power through a weight-training session,” says Trahan. Dr. Costas Karageorghis from London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education is one of the world’s leading authorities on music and exercise. Over the past 20 years of research, he has identified three primary aspects of music that influence exercise performance: the tendency to move in time with the beat; the tendency of music to increase stimulation; and the tendency for music to distract the exerciser from physical discomfort. In one of Dr. Karageroghis’s studies, 30 participants exercised on a treadmill while listening to a selection of motivational rock or pop music. They were asked to keep in strict time with the beat. The findings show that when carefully selected according to scientific principles, music can enhance endurance by 15% and improve the ‘feeling states’ of exercisers, helping them to derive much greater pleasure from the task. One significant new finding is that music can help exercisers to feel more positive even when they are working out at a very high intensity and close to physical exhaustion.

Dr. Nina Kraus, a professor of neurobiology at Northwestern University in Illinois, studies the effects of music on the nervous system and she has also concluded that the human heart wants to synchronize to music, the legs want to swing to a beat. “We see this in our group fitness classes as well. People want to step at the rate the music is playing or to pedal a cycle at the rate of the dominant beat of the music,” says Trahan. “This allows us to set a faster pace than most people would normally choose for themselves, and they get more benefit from their workout. The same principles can be applied when you are working out on your own.” Trahan says certain music genres work best for boosting exercise performance. “Ideally tracks should be between 120 and 140 beats per minute to maximize results. This is easier than ever to achieve thanks to the convenience of new technology. There are apps that can be downloaded to mp3 players, iPods and iPhones to create personalized playlists that fall in the range appropriate for your fitness level.” Most people who exercise regularly probably already use music as part of their workout routine. “We hope that the overwhelming evidence of music’s powerful impact on exercise will provide new motivation for those who have struggled with fitting fitness into their lives,” says Trahan. “Don’t think of it as a workout; think of it as an opportunity to listen to your favorite music without any interruptions.” For more information on fitness programs, call or stop by Dynamic Dimensions in Sulphur or Moss Bluff. Visit www.wcch.com for more information.


Shoulder pain can have many different causes, including sports injuries, overuse, arthritis or a traumatic injury. This pain can limit your ability to do the things you need or want to do, but many people put off seeking treatment due to fear of surgery. You may not realize that non-surgical treatment can relieve your pain in most cases. Learn more about the causes and treatment options from Dr. George “J.” Trappey IV, orthopaedic surgeon and shoulder specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, at a free seminar. Dr Trappey will discuss the causes of shoulder pain, the importance of an accurate diagnosis, and the newest treatment techniques, including non-surgical management, minimally invasive technology, and advanced shoulder surgery procedures.

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ThermoSuit System Helps Cardiac Patients ®

Millions of people struggle to see at night or around bright lights. Halos and glared vision are more common in older adults and those who have had certain types of refractive surgery, but may also be signs of a more serious eye disease, injury or condition, such as diabetes. “The brain damage comes from what we call a reperfusion injury,” says Dr. J. King White, a cardiologist with the Memorial Medical Group. “This happens when the blood flow to the brain has been cut off and then it is restored. The renewed blood flow can aggravate tissue and damage organs.” Studies show that patients at risk for brain damage have better outcomes when they are treated with therapeutic hypothermia. This cooling of the body suppresses many of the chemical reactions that happen with a reperfusion injury. The New England Journal of Medicine states patients are twice as likely to have full neurological recovery when treated with this technique. One local group of physicians is now putting this practice into action using a non-invasive ThermoSuit® System that cools the body from 98 to 91 degrees in less than 30 minutes. The process can be 40 times faster than a standard cooling blanket. This procedure is used on patients who suffer a cardiac arrest and are successfully resuscitated. Patients are cooled down as soon as they hit the emergency room and then are moved to the cath lab where cardiologists work to open any blocked artery. “The suit uses a simple concept of bathing a person in ice water,” Dr. White says. “Even though the process sounds simple, it’s going to be a life safer for cardiac arrest patients.” The device features a lower blanket that cools the patient from below and a top sheet that cools from above. The top sheet includes a Velcro® opening, enabling easy access to the patient during the cooling process. The computer-controlled pumping and temperature monitoring system includes a touch-screen with a message panel to guide the user though the feedback-controlled cooling process. The system can be set up in less than 10 minutes by nurses and does not require catheterization. “This is the fastest cooling product on the market,” Dr. White says. “The quicker you can cool somebody, the better advantage you have in preventing brain injury. The patient remains cool for about 24 hours. The cooling not only helps the brain, but it also stabilizes the heart.” Another added benefit is the ThermoSuit® System is the fastest, safest and most effective cooling device for the treatment of heatstroke. Every year, hundreds of patients in the United States die from the effects of heatstroke. Children left in hot cars, athletes practicing in sun-drenched fields, or workers doing physical labor in hot and humid conditions. 68 www.thriveswla.com

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The End of Daylight Saving Time The old adage spring forward, fall back affects more than just our clocks twice a year. For people with sleep disorders, this biannual transition can be a difficult one to make. “A consistent routine is a huge part of getting a good night’s sleep,” says Michelle Zimmerman, nurse practitioner with the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana. “When you already have trouble sleeping at night, losing or gaining an hour of sleep can wreak havoc.” As America plans to shift back to standard time at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 4, Zimmerman offers these tips to adjust to the change.

Prepare early: While staying up later isn’t a problem for most people, some find it difficult. If you’re one of these people, try starting early by staying up a little later each night leading up to the time change.

Consider when to change your clocks: It’s automatic for most people to take care of this chore the night before the time change. In the fall, if you change the clock the night before, you will gain an hour of sleep, which is good for many, but not all. If you don’t change your clocks until the next morning, then you will get the same amount of sleep you normally do, assuming a regular sleep and wake time is kept. Avoid exercise, caffeine or alcohol close to bedtime: All three can disrupt your ability to sleep and it’s always a good idea to avoid them near bedtime.

Get plenty of light: This time change marks the beginning of shorter and darker days and since sunlight is needed to keep your circadian rhythms on track, the fall and winter months can lead to sleeping difficulties and depression for many. To adjust for this, be sure to get plenty of light in the morning and throughout the day. Natural sunlight is best, but if the days are cloudy or you’re up before the sun, turn on lights in your house.


Straight Answers to Your Questions on Industry and the Environment

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There are big plumes of smoke coming from industries. Is this pollution? The plumes are water vapor, not smoke.

What you see is actually water vapor. A significant amount of heat and water are required in the industrial process. Cooling towers are used to cool the hot water that is generated when heat is removed from the process. Industry reuses the water as much as possible, and then cools it before returning it to local waterways. Temperature, humidity and wind all affect the visibility of the water vapor and how quickly it’s absorbed into the air. You may notice it more on a cool, humid evening when there is very little wind. The fact that it’s more visible at some times than others is a result of weather changes, not changes within the industrial process. These cooling towers are an environmentally friendly way to keep local industry working.

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What about the little ones? Some kids have a difficult time adjusting, particularly young children who are still napping. A few days before the time change, try to push their naps a little later each day to eventually line them up to where they will be after the time change.

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Runway Styles for the Everyday Woman

Looking at fall runway shows, it’s easy to feel intimated by all of the dramatic styles and prints. These artistic creations that are seen gliding down the catwalk are meant to inspire your fashion choices, not scare you from trying something new. But when it comes to choosing a trendy fall wardrobe, do you know where to start? Let Lauren Monroe, owner of Mimosa Boutique in Lake Charles help you create a fall wardrobe full of runway inspired essentials.


On the runway, the floral print is head to toe and very dramatic. Many designers also like to mix different floral prints together in one look. For the everyday look, stick to one floral pattern and use it only in one piece of the outfit. If you want to play it safe, go for a floral dress and keep the shoe neutral. If you are on the fashion forward side then you could go for a floral print pant with a beautiful solid blouse.


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On the runway, leather is used in many ways. Some designers take a very rough and edgy approach with added studs and chains. Other designers use colored leathers like red, blues, and greens. For the everyday look, choose a great leather jacket in a cognac or black. These are great investment pieces that will never go out of style. If you want to be a little more daring, go for a black leather pant or even a leather dress in any shade can be a bold statement.


Winter White


On the runway, designers take the word “winter” seriously. Most of the winter white looks going down the runway are very heavy and head to toe white. For the everyday look, try going for a nice white pant or a white coat.

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On the runway, peplums are very large and dramatic. Designers are using peplums in every article of clothing from skirts, dresses, pants, and even tops. For the everyday look, peplums look best on dresses and skirts. Peplum tops are also great and look best with a classic pencil skirt. For more ways on how to bring fall runway styles into your closet, contact Lauren Monroe at (337) 564-5818 or visit Mimosa Boutique at 3101 Ernest Street, Suite 1.

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Fashion-Friendly Summer is coming to an end, which means cooler weather and a change in wardrobe. If you haven’t started updating your wardrobe yet, check out the following fall trends before you hit the stores. Jeans

“From skinny jeans to flare, almost anything goes this fall,” said Lauren Lafleur, owner of Frankie & Company. “Colored denim is also carrying over into fall wardrobes in splashes of royal blue, purple, rust and olive. Metallic jeans, wax coated jeans, leather jeans, and even leather leggings will also be a great addition to any fall wardrobe.” You can go bold with lots of color, or play it safe with monochromatic prints.


Crimson is the new black this fall and while the boldest fashion goers can choose to wear red from head to toe, subtler dressers can get in on this trend by mixing in one red piece with a more neutral piece.

color blocking

color blocking

According to Lafleur, “From bold color combinations to classic black and white, color blocking will remain a hot trend into fall.” Make sure to check out this trend in tops and dresses.

winter white Designers have thrown out the old rule of wearing white after Labor Day. Layers of parchment to oyster to cream are what are in this fall and we’ll see it in the form of dresses, skirts, jackets and more.


“Almost anything leopard print goes this season,” said Lafleur. “Pants, shorts, skirts, tops, shoes, cardigans, accessories, etc. – You name it, you need it in leopard print this fall!”

warm & cozy sweaters These warm and fuzzy knits are what’s hot right now. From fitted to oversized, they come in a wide variety of styles to choose from and are sure to keep you looking trendy.

covered up Long sleeves, high collars and coverage is nearly total this season. Look for clothes with strong shoulders, defined waists, and belowthe-knee hemlines. If you’re wanting to stay on point this fall, Lafleur suggests trying a long sleeve dress in sequins, lace or chevron print. No matter what your fashion favorites may be this season, be sure to keep these trends in mind when putting together a fall wardrobe. If you would like to view examples of the trends listed here, contact Lauren Lafleur at (337) 564-6617 or visit Frankie & Co. at 3129 Ernest Street in Lake Charles.

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Fall in Love with Eyewear

by Kristy Armand

There’s never been a better time to wear glasses. Fashion designers and style icons now see eyewear as a must-have accessory that helps define a unique, personal style. “Today’s eyewear is far from just functional,” says optometrist Dr. Mel Gehrig with The Eye Clinic and Optics Unlimited. “Many patients – both women and men – look forward to choosing new frames and often get more than one pair. They think of their eyewear as an extension of their wardrobe.” Dr. Gehrig adds that with all the frame styles available, there’s no reason to sacrifice style for function. “You can have both. There have never been more

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choices that reflect the current fashion trends. A qualified eyewear provider can make sure you get the lenses you need to best correct your vision, and a frame style you love to showcase your style.” Optics Unlimited eyewear stores are located adjacent to all locations of The Eye Clinic in Lake Charles, Sulphur, DeRidder, Jennings and Moss Bluff .

Retro Glam: Women with an affinity for all things retro will love the glammed up styles this season. With dramatic cat-eyes, sassy shaped temples and trendy animal prints, these standout frames will not disappoint. Oversized shades bring about a sense of Old Hollywood, and glitzy embellishments dazzle with the perfect amount of charm. Calming tones of cosmetic hues, purples and tortoise keep the look feminine and chic. Mod Persuasion: This season is all about the round frames – whether ‘60s mod or ‘80s glam – this style is one of fall’s most appealing shapes. Spicy orange and red hues heat things up, while purples and tortoise add a soothing approach. Wayfarer shapes and geek chic frames keep the modness of previous seasons going strong.

Military Chic: Strong women will swoon over the military trend that is taking the fashion scene by storm. Eyewear has also followed suit with edgy shields, blacked out styles and fierce metal or studded detailing. Aviators are updated with a newfound toughness to give off that hard rocker attitude these fearless females crave.

Men’s Trends American Vintage: With influences from the ‘70s and true American style, frames this season will have men pining after these sporty, yet vintage-inspired frames. Wood detailing adds a natural vibe, while wayfarer shapes keep the geek chic trend alive and well. Retro aviators have also made their imprint on the runways, and are quintessential for any guy trying to emulate this look.

Victorian Dandy: This fall, dandy details rule and men everywhere are taking note. Round frames are a must for both optical and sun, whether in metal or plastic. Black, as well as classic and fresh takes on tortoise are key for this well-bred style, while keyhole bridges and brow line frames add sophisticated, retro flair. Urban Luxe: Street fashion gets a chic upgrade this season with tough, yet high-end styled eyewear. Full of luxurious leather detailing, edgy browlines and metal accents, these frames take sporty influence to the next level. Updated aviators create a new richness to an evergreen style and blacked out frames lend an air of sleek mystery. Source: Vision Coucil of America October 2012

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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.

Transition Your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall

The weather is getting cooler and the weekends are centered on football - this could only mean one thing: fall is here! It’s time to get your wardrobe geared towards cooler and more unpredictable weather. To transition your closet into fall, work with your more neutral items that you’ve worn throughout summer. Avoid wearing anything that screams spring or summer, including; • Pastels • Crochet • Grosgrain ribbon • Swiss-dot material • Any bright colored tops with wooden embellishments • Bright floral print • Bright linen • Seersucker fabric • Bright lightweight jackets (unless it’s a trendy color of the fall season) • Sandals • Heels with the faux wood • Espadrilles • Turquoise stone jewelry • Cork bottom wedges • Straw purses To help stretch your wardrobe, you can take things you’ve worn throughout the summer and pair them with fall-like items, for example:

Knit Dresses: Add a more subdued print or solid fall color scarf with a pair of boots or closed-toed flats. A word of caution: If you are over the age of 40, please avoid wearing Capri leggings and ballet flats with your dresses or skirts to work them into the fall. It would be much more fashion forward to wear your boots with the Capri leggings tucked in them. Tanks: Throw a blazer over your bright summer tanks with some darker denim jeans. The bright color helps to give you a pop of color but you still look fall appropriate with the darker denim and blazer. Peep-toed shoes: Wear with pants or jeans. Peeptoed flats are fine in the warmer fall months to wear with skirts and dresses that do not have a spring or summer print. Bright colored jewelry: Allow it to dominate a darker neutral outfit. Shorts: Paired with closed toed shoes and a long sleeve top. Contrasting any bright color with a darker neutral is the best way to transition, such as your bright skinny jeans with a black or dark gray sweater. I hope these tips help you enjoy the gorgeous fall weather in confidence!

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

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Best Fashion Apps

Not sure which shoes to pair with that dress or which cardigan to throw over that blouse? No worries, there’s an app for that. In fact, there is an app for everything fashion-related. Whether you need help making outfits out of the individual pieces in your closet or love to stay on top of all of the latest trends, take a look at these top fashion apps below. The App:


Compatible With iPad2, iPhone and iPod Touch Priced at $1 from iTunes Snap photos of all of the pieces in your closet and this app with use real-time weather data to suggest outfits to you that are best-suited for what’s happening outside. Add category tags to different pieces to better catalog your wardrobe.

The App: My

Fashion Assistant

Compatible With Android, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Priced at $2 This app will create countless outfits from your uploaded pictures, but also offers a ‘layer and accessorize’ shortcut that instantly show saved outfits and lets you add in tons of extras like glasses, hats and scarves.

The App: Chickfeed

Compatible With iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Priced Free This streamlined app offers an edited gallery of photos from style forecasters like Face Hunter, Lookbook, the Sartorialist, Altamira and others. Using this app, you can spot breaking trends as they are happening!

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by Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP

I chose my topic this month based on what I feel like I’ve said to several clients lately: “We need to get you out of the house. Who can you do something with?” Whether the new client is seeing me for grief, depression, anxiety, burnout, or pretty much anything, I always ask how their social life is going. We are social creatures. We don’t do well when we are isolated – in fact, that’s how we punish people, right? “Go to your room.” “You are sentenced to solitary confinement.” It’s also how we punish ourselves. When having a rough time, many people isolate and pull away from their friends. Bad idea. You’re already depressed, and holing up in your house by yourself is only going to make it worse. A recent study on the importance of friendships for people in mid-life indicates that having regular interactions with a wide circle of friends has a significant impact on psychological well-being. Those happiest had more than six friends with whom they regularly interacted. And having fewer than five friends at age 45 predicted significantly poorer psychological well-being at age 50. As the study shows, it’s not just important to be able to say you have friends; you must actually interact with these friends. Sorry folks, Facebook, texting and/or email doesn’t count. You must actually get up, get dressed and physically be in each other’s presence in order for it to help you feel better. It is so interesting to hear the responses to my “who can you hang out with” question. I get “I don’t have any friends,” or “everyone I know is too busy with their own families.” So, I have had to become a detective. I get super tuned-in to everything the client is telling me, and invariably they will mention someone’s name with a positive connotation. And I can say,” Who is that?” And they say “Oh, that’s just someone I work with. We chat at work sometimes.” AH-HAH! I have just honed in on a potential friend. And you know that person you are playing online games with all the time? That’s another potential friend, and maybe the two of you should crawl out of your online caves, shut down your avatars and meet face-to-face. So much of communication can only occur in person. Body language is so telling. When that friend playfully punches you in the arm, he doesn’t have

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to say a word. When that other friend lays a hand on your arm in empathy, or truly looks at you with concern, you know you could never have the same depth of experience in any other format. And remember, we need human contact. One client told me “I’d forgotten how good a hug can feel,” after he decided to rejoin society. You may remember the studies done with baby monkeys who were given two “moms”: one was made of only wire and had milk attached to it, and the other was covered with fur and had no milk. The babies chose to spend their time with the fur-covered mom because of the need for contact. Remember, when some areas of your life aren’t going so great, you need to have other areas of your life that are going well. Social interaction with your friends should always be one of the areas of your life that is fulfilling and fun. Then you will have the courage and energy to handle the tough areas. We all need to laugh; we all need to take a break; we all need someone on our side no matter what. That’s what friends are for.

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Modern Day Manners & Everyday Etiquette by Rose Klein

Q: Is there a nice way to tell a salesperson that you don’t like unannounced drop in visits? A: You could post something in your lobby that states salespeople must have appointments. However, if this is due to just one person whom you do not wish to handle unannounced, then I’d suggest telling him or her that both of you are very busy and unannounced can mean a waste of valuable time for both of you. To ensure time is allocated appropriately, tell him/her that an appointment is best. You cannot guarantee that you will see them the next time without one.

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Q: I noticed some boards with exposed nails sticking out in a pile of discarded items in front of a house in my neighborhood. I worry that pets and children could get inured by the exposed nails. Is there a polite way to say something to the homeowner? A: The homeowner should be more considerate. They could either remove the nails or hammer them flat against the board so they aren’t sticking up exposed. If you know the homeowner, I definitely think you should call or stop by to point out the hazard. If you don’t know them that well, you could still put a polite, personal note in their mailbox. Submit your etiquette questions to: edit@thriveswla.com.

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Visit Beauregard Parish in October! Ragley Heritage & Timber Festival October 20,2012

Experience the magic and take a stroll back through time at the Ragley Heritage and Timber Festival with presentations on pioneers of the area, history of the formation of the town and founding families. The festival kicks off at 10 am in Ragley Historical Square. There are arts and crafts, rides, demonstrations, silent auctions, face painting, food booths, live music and much more. This is the perfect occasion to meet old friends and make new ones!

The Four Winds Pow Wow Four Winds Tribe - October 27-28, 2012 Louisiana Cherokee Confederacy cordially invites you to attend the annual Pow Wow this year and learn more about the Cherokee culture and history. There will be vendors of Native American arts and crafts, dancing, great food and fellowship. Grand entry - 1 pm and 7pm on Saturday, October 27, and 1pm on Sunday, October 28 Gourd Dancing - 10am and 6pm on Saturday, October 27, and 10am on Sunday, October 28

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McNeese Ranks as Highest Louisiana Regional Public University in the South

McNeese State University is the highest ranked Louisiana regional public university in the South in two categories according to the 2013 Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report. There are 625 institutions nationwide in the regional category. In the Best Regional Universities-South category, McNeese was the second highest rated Louisiana University, with only Loyola University in New Orleans, a private institution, ranked higher. U.S. News ranked McNeese in a tie for 43rd place in the Top Public Schools-Regional South category. The only other Louisiana universities that placed in the top 49 in this category were the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Nicholls State University. McNeese also tied for 151st place in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs category for an ABET-accredited program where a doctorate was not offered. U.S. News rankings of undergraduate engineering programs are based on a peer assessment survey and are divided into two groups of institutions based on the highest degree offered. To see the full Best Colleges 2013 rankings by the U.S. News and World Report, visit www.usnews.com/education.

McNeese Professor Receives ATLAS Grant

Janet Allured

Dr. Janet Allured, professor of history at McNeese State University, has received an ATLAS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Support Fund Research and Development program to write a monograph on the modern women’s movement in Louisiana. The $25,490 grant – the first ATLAS grant received by a McNeese faculty member - will allow Allured a semester’s leave to write her book.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Donates to McNeese State University Alumni Association

L to R: Dr. Ken Moss, alumni president, accepts the donation from Christus St. Patrick Hospital representatives Heather Hidalgo, director of marketing and communications, and Donald H. Lloyd II, administrator.

Christus St. Patrick Hospital donated $5,000 to the McNeese State University Alumni Association to help sponsor 2012 Homecoming week activities.

Sasol Donates to McNeese State University

L to R: Dr. Chip LeMieux, head of the Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Ron Darbeau, head of the chemistry department, Mike Thomas, vice president of Sasol U.S. Operations, and Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, engineering and engineering technology dean.

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Sasol North America Inc. donated $15,000 through the McNeese Foundation to be divided among the McNeese State University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology and the departments of chemistry and agricultural sciences for the funding of faculty research and equipment.

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Community Contributor$ Jeff Davis Bank Makes Endowment to Family Foundation of SWLA

L to R: Boyd Boudreaux, President and COO of Jeff Davis Bank; Sam Hebert, Family Foundation Trustee; Tyler Williams, Director of Marketing of Jeff Davis Bank; and Maria Alcantara Faul, Vice President Development of Family & Youth.

Dee Vincent, Board Member and Back to School volunteer.

The Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana accepted a $5,000 endowment from Jeff Davis Bank to benefit the programs of Family & Youth. For more information call 337-436-9533 or log on to www.fyca.org.

Emma Guillory, Executive Director of the Francis G Bulber Youth Orchestra, along with President Kerry Evans, and Board member Sarah Todd have accepted a number of musical instruments on behalf of the Francis L-R: Sarah Todd, Kerry Evans, Emma Guillory, G Bulber Youth Orchestra from Rock and Dave Evans. Raizer through local entrepreneur Dave Evans of Luna Bar & Grill. Instruments included 19 guitars, 5 violins, and an assortment of wind instruments, basses, and ukuleles among others. More information regarding Rock Raizer can be found at rockraizer.org.

Care Help of Sulphur Thanks a Generous Community

Foundation for Fairplay Donates to Washington-Marion High School

Care Help of Sulphur appreciates the churches, businesses, and individuals that helped donate for a successful Back to School drive. Care Help was able to assist 378 Sulphur students with supplies, uniforms and a gift card for a new pair of shoes. For more information or how to volunteer, call (337) 528-2273 or visit www.care-help. org.

The Foundation for Fairplay Fund (F3) at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital recently donated $5,000 to Washington-Marion High School.The money went to the purchase of 20 new Riddell® Revolution® Speed Helmets, offering the latest technology in football safety.

L’Auberge Casino Resort Underwrites Annual LegisGator Luncheon L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles hosted and underwrote the annual LegisGator Luncheon, presented by the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. 800 legislators, business leaders and media from around L to R: George Swift, Chamber SWLA; Geno Louisiana gathered at the event to Iafrate, Pinnacle Entertainment Executive Vice President of Regional Operations; Marie recognize legislators with proCentanni, Chamber SWLA; Anthony Sanfilippo, business voting records.

Pinnacle President and CEO; and Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Senior Vice President and General Manager.

Care Help of Sulphur Thanks Longtime Volunteers In heartfelt appreciation, a thank you to George and Lou Kumler, longtime and faithful volunteers who are moving to live closer to family. They will be extremely missed as they shared their time, talents and friendship for 20 years since 1992. For more information and how to donate, visit www.care-help.org.

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Francis G Bulber Youth Orchestra Accepts Instruments from Rock Raizer

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier Supports Boy Scouts of America

Kevin McMurrian, Scout Executive and and John DeRosier.

District Attorney John DeRosier and Contraband Bayou Golf Club at L’Auberge hosted the John DeRosier “On My Honor” Boy Scout Classic. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit over 5,000 Southwest Louisiana youth through the Scouts’

many worthwhile programs and camps.

Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Contributes to Create More Birthdays The Isle of Capri Casino Hotel contributed $15,000 to the American Cancer Society’s event, Candles and Cocktails, as the presenting sponsor. For cancer information, or to learn how you can create more birthdays, call L-R: Paul Hutchens, vice president and general 800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. manager at the Isle of Capri; Katie McCarty, area director of the American Cancer Society; Jan Wilburn, office manager at the Isle of Capri; and Heather Greenlee, Candles and Cocktails committee member.

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Mark Your Calendar! Annual Scarecrow Festival

PurpleStride Lake Area Event Scheduled

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will hold its 4th annual Scarecrow Festival from October 16 – November 10, 2012. For more information, visit www.shangrilagardens.org.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s PurpleStride Lake Area 2012 event is scheduled for Saturday, December 8 at Prien Lake Park at 7:00 am. This year marks the eighth year of the walk and serves as an opportunity to raise awareness and money for pancreatic cancer research. For more information or to register for the event, visit the event website at purplestride.org/lakearea.

Sulphur to Host Personal Records Disposal Event As part of the City’s contract with Avery Archives, a provision is allowed for citizens of Sulphur to utilize this service to dispose of personal documents. This event will be held Saturday, October 27th, from 8:00 am – 12 noon at the former Olde Tyme Variety Store, located at the intersection of Ruth and Cypress Streets. For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office, at 337-527-4505.

Clean Out The Freezer and Pantry Day To Benefit Abraham’s Tent The annual Clean Out The Freezer and Pantry Day, benefiting Abraham’s Tent in Lake Charles, is set for Sunday, October 14, from 1 pm - 4 pm in the Gordon’s Drug Store parking lot, located at 2716 Lake Street. For more information, please contact event organizers Sally Foret at (337) 433-7090 or George Paret at (337) 477-6773.

Hector San Miguel Memorial Fund Seeks Nominations For Upcoming Award The Hector San Miguel Memorial Fund is now seeking nominations for the second annual award to be bestowed in the former American Press Hector San Miguel reporter’s honor. Written nominations, including a brief description of the candidates’ work, can be mailed to the attention of the Hector San Miguel Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, PO Box 3125, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70602.

“Building Bridges” at the Lake Charles Pride Festival The 4th annual Lake Charles Pride Festival invites the Lake Area to join in the fun October 6 from 12 6:30 pm at Touloulou’s at L’Auberge Casino Resort. For more information, contact Megan Norris, President of Lake Charles Pride, at (337) 304-8668, email lcpride@gmail.com or visit www.lakecharlespride.com.

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Interant Theatre, Inc. Announces Premiere of Cleoma Itinerant Theatre, Inc., a 501(c)(3)non-profit corporation, announces its second Bicentennial Year production, the world premiere of Cleoma ~ A First. This one-woman play, written by Lake Charles native Carolyn Woosley, is from her 13-play cycle Louisiana Women. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.itineranttheatre.com or call (337) 436-6275.

MADD Hosts First Walk in SWLA Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is hosting their first walk ever in Southwest Louisiana at Prien Lake Park on October 27th. Registration will begin at 7:00am and the walk will begin at 9:00am.

Art Exhibition Enhances Experience through Social Media The City of Lake Charles will host “It’s What You Make of It” by Bennett Sewell, MD at Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center at 1001 Ryan Street. The exhibition will run through January 12, 2013. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit www. cityoflakecharles.com.

League of Women Voters Lafayette and Lake Charles Schedule Candidate Forum Voters will have the opportunity to find out where candidates for the office of U.S. Representative for the 3rd Congressional District stand on the issues at a candidate forum. The forum is set for October 9th from 6-7:00 pm at the South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston Street in Lafayette. For more information, call (337) 962-6954.

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Wheels of Hope Charity Bike Ride Benefits Local Children With Autism Wheels of Hope Charity Bike Ride is “letting the good times roll” on October 27, 7:30 am, at St. Theodore Holy Family Catholic School in Moss Bluff. For more information, visit www.wheelsofhopelc.com or call Lee at (337) 540-2446.

Phillips 66 To Host Annual Golf Scramble Phillips 66, formerly ConocoPhillips is hosting its annual Gerald “Wash” Washington Memorial Golf Scramble on Saturday, October 13 at the National Golf Club of Louisiana in Westlake. For more information or to register a team, contact Starla Coody at (337) 491-4767 or Carol Collins at (337) 491-4443.

WCCH Hosts a Pink Party West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will host a Pink Party on Thursday, October 11 at 6 p.m. at Dynamic Dimensions in Sulphur, in conjunction with its regular Pink Crusade Breast Cancer Support Group meeting. A card-making workshop will be held and gumbo will be served. A speaker from Family and Youth Counseling will speak on coping skills and support systems. The meeting is open to all current and past breast cancer patients, along with their family and friends. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call (337) 528-7320.

CIGAR CLUB October Schedule The Cigar Club schedules live music for October. October 6 Tom Brandow October 10 Ryan Bunch October 12 Mickey Smith October 13 TBA October 17 William Christian October 19 Albert Simpson October 20 Street Side Jazz Band October 24 Tom Brandow October 26 Katelyn Johnson October 27 Annual Halloween Party with DJ Leslie October 31 Caleb Smith

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Scheduled The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, at Prien Lake Park. Check-in and registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk ceremony will start at 9 a.m. Register to walk by visiting www.alz.org/walk.

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Oasis to Host Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month Oasis, formerly the Women’s Shelter, will host several events to raise awareness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October. For complete details on the events planned, call (337) 436-4552.

Shoulder Pain and Treatment Options to be Discussed at Upcoming Seminar Dr. George “J.” Trappey IV, orthopaedic surgeon and shoulder specialist, will be the speaker at “Reach for Shoulder Pain Treatment,” on Thursday, October 25, at Center for Orthopaedics in Lake Charles. The seminar will begin at 5:30pm Shoulder pain can have many different causes, including sports injuries, overuse, arthritis or a traumatic injury. This pain can limit your ability to do the things you need or want to do, but many people put off seeking treatment due to fear of surgery. Dr. Trappey will discuss non-surgical treatments that work in many cases, as well as the newest advances in minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques and shoulder surgery. Seating for the seminar is limited and pre-registration is requested. Refreshments will be served. Center for Orthopaedics is located at 1747

Imperial Blvd. in Lake Charles. Call 721-2903 or register online in the event section of www.centerforortho.com.

WCCH Offers Discount on Digital Mammograms West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is offering twenty percent off digital screening mammograms during October. This discount is applied to hospital charges and does not include radiologists’ fees, which are billed separately. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays until 7 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (337) 527-4256.

Free Training Opportunity for SWLA Non-Profits and Businesses Sara Judson, organizational development consultant and owner of Training Pathways, LLC, will be offering a free session titled Building Customer Loyalty on October 30th at 8:30 am at the McNeese State Alumni Center. The session is free and is available to businesses and non-profits in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes. For more information, email Gaye Courville at gcourville@allianceswla.org.

Christmas in Louisiana:

Jordan Lee, Graceanne Lacombe, and Grace Helms under the Sallier Oak.

Once Upon a Time

Southwest Louisiana Christmas traditions will come alive this fall as the Lake Charles Civic Ballet presents Christmas in Louisiana: Once Upon a Time – the story of Santa’s journey to Louisiana throughout the state’s 200-year history. “This year’s holiday performance offers a perfect end to a year where statewide celebrations have marked the 200th birthday of Louisiana,” says Kelley Saucier with the Lake Charles Civic Ballet. The ballet, choreographed by Lake Charles Civic Ballet Artistic Director Lady Holly Hathaway Kaough, will feature sets designed by local artist Fred Stark. According to Saucier, this is the perfect way for school groups to combine arts education with the fun of a field trip. “We have some great educational resources available through our website and several arts education requirements can be met by attending one of these performances.” The cost is right, too. “Since 1968, admission to our student performances has been $5 per student with chaperones admitted for free,” says Saucier. Performances of Christmas in Louisiana: Once Upon a Time will be held December 6-8 with special school performances scheduled for December 6 and 7. Tickets for the Saturday, December 8, performances are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Sponsors of the Lake Charles Civic Ballet will be treated to a special Season Sneak Preview and Behind the Scenes event on November 11. Sponsorships are still available and tickets for Christmas in Louisiana can October 2012

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be purchased online by visiting www.lakechalrescivicballet.com. For more information, call (337) 433-1125 or follow the Lake Charles Civic Ballet on Facebook and Twitter. Andrew Anderson and Caroline Kaough as Charles Sallier and one of his children under the historic Sallier Oak located on the grounds of the Imperial Calcasieu Museum.

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