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In This Issue

Home & Family 6 Fall Into a Beautiful Yard 8 Safer Biking

14 Ten Tips to Scoring a Tailgating Touchdown

the pets we love 18 - 33

This special section dedicated to the pets we love will have your tail wagging. Learn how to pick the right pet, care for the ones you own and gain a better understanding of why you love your pet so much. Winners of the Thrive 2012 Cutest Pet Contest are also featured.

73 Regular Features

16 By the Numbers 38 Business Buzz 48 Who’s News 50 First Person: with Rick and Donna Richard 72 Ready to Wear 75 Solutions for Life! 78 Community Contributors 80 McNeese Corral 82 Happenings

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35 Increase Your Job Security 40 BP Oil Settlements

Places & Faces 44 The Reality of Storage Wars 52 Sulphur Surgeons Honored for Innovation & Skill

Mind & Body 56 Tackling High School Football Injuries

60 Look Closely at the Risk of Online Lenses 64 Restoring a Steady Beat

Style & Beauty 70 Beautiful Science 73 Get your Hair and Makeup Ready for Fall

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Into a Beautiful Yard


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by Katie Harrington

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Many people work diligently during the spring and summer to ensure that their yards and gardens are ship-

shape. The grass is regularly mowed, the flower beds are kept weed-free and ripe, luscious fruits and vegetables from the garden are nurtured. When the fall colors begin to appear, though, many give their yard and garden one final tending before heading inside for the winter. But don’t pack up your mower and gardening tools just yet because according to experts, there is still a lot of work to be done. “As much as we don’t want to think about getting out in the drizzly, cold weather to take care of our lawn and gardens, doing so really will pave the way to a much healthier start in the spring,” says Daniel Chimeno, general manager at Greengate Garden Center and Landscaping. “Take the leaves on the ground, for instance. Raking them up can be a fun way to spend some time out doors with the family and if you bag them up and compost them afterwards, you can use them as mulch for your plants to provide valuable nutrients. Even just mowing over them a few times to create a thin coating will help give your grass a boost when it begins to grow again in the spring.” Chimeno also says it’s important not to stop mowing your grass just because the weather is cooler. Raise the height on your lawn mower to leave a blade that is two and a half to three inches tall throughout the fall. This is the optimum height for preventing diseases in the winter while still providing your grass the self-sufficiency it needs to store food for the coming months. When it comes to fertilizing, weed control and seeding or sodding, Chimeno provides these tips. Fertilizing: Take this task on from October to December to promote root growth over the winter months. Be sure not to use a fertilizer with a high nitrogen content. Weed Control: Win the battle against clover, dandelions and other broadleaf weeds by using an herbicide to spot-treat your lawn before temperatures

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drop below 50 degrees. Don’t apply it to your entire lawn unless you have weeds throughout. Seeding and Sodding: If you plan to seed or sod your lawn, mid-September is the latest you can put it off. Plan ahead by loosening the soil no deeper than a half-inch and then water it for several weeks to help the seeds settle. What about a fall vegetable garden? Chimeno says fall garden planting should begin in August of each year and be complete by early October. “The mid-to-late summer months bring special gardening problems in this part of the state,” adds Chimeno. “The high heat makes droughts a real possibility and insects are a problem. Late in the season we tend to find several generations of insect pests, each one bigger than the last.” According to Chimeno there are some fall crops that can be planted in the second part of the fall gardening season, which begins in September and runs through early October. “This time period is the prime time to seed carrots, endive, lettuce, onions, parsley, English peas, bulbing shallots and radish,” Chimeno adds. “Be sure to hold off on planting garlic until October, though.” For more information on preparing your yard or garden for the upcoming fall season, call Greengate Garden Center and Landscaping at (337) 477-6080 or visit

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Safer Biking by Katie Harrington

For many, bicycles provide an alternative mode of transportation in addition to numerous environmental and personal health benefits. In fact, from 20002010, the number of bike commuters grew by 40 percent nationwide and was even greater – 77 percent – in some cities. In addition to the health benefits, cyclists nationwide save at least $4.6 billion a year by riding instead of driving. On the individual level, the average annual operating cost of commuting by bicycle is $308 compared to $8,220 for a motor vehicle. With so many riders on the road though, what safety precautions need to be taken to provide for a safe experience for everyone? Last year, 645 bicycle wreck fatalities and 861 total crashes were reported in the state of Louisiana. “The first thing people need to be aware of is that by law, bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles,” says Joni Fontenot, spokesperson for the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. “Many of these accidents are preventable if there is mutual respect between motorists and bicyclists. It’s really about educating both groups.” According to Fontenot, many motorists do not realize that there is a threefoot clearance law. “If a car is going to pass a bicycle, they must make sure they have the time and space to pass the rider with no less than three feet of space between the vehicle and the bike.” 8

“The Colin Goodier Protection Act was signed into law by Governor Jindal in 2009 and strengthened with additional mandates in 2010 and 2011,” adds Fontenot. “A section on bicycle safety is now included in the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles education materials and it is illegal to taunt or throw things at bicyclists. Violators can be fined as much as $250 per offense.” Even with legislation in place and a host of statewide, regional and local efforts underway to create safer bike routes and raise awareness, Fontenot says there are still some things cyclists can do to ride safely and smart.

Protect Your Head Never ride without a properly fitted helmet. “Helmets are proven to be 85-88 percent effective in preventing traumatic brain injuries,” says Fontenot. “These types of injuries are the primary cause of death and disabling injuries resulting from bicycle crashes.”

Be Prepared Ride a bike that fits your size and check that all parts of the bike are secure and working well. “When standing over the top of your bike there should be one to two inches of clearance between you and the bar,” Fontenot adds. “For a mountain bike, this clearance should increase to five inches.”

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Fontenot says it’s also important to make sure the handlebars are firmly in place and turn easily, the wheels are straight and secure and that your brakes are working properly.

Ride Wisely Always ride with traffic and obey all traffic lights, signs, speed limits and lane markings. Fontenot adds that bicycle riders need to know and use proper hand signals to alert drivers to an upcoming turn or stop. “It’s also important to yield to pedestrians and other vehicles as appropriate and remember to always look both left and right before entering a street.”

Be Predictable Cyclists are safest when riding on the road where the behaviors and responsibilities are the same for everyone. “Ride in a straight path and don’t swerve in and out of lanes of traffic,” says Fontenot. “Be sure to stay as far to the right of your lane as practical and safe too.”

Be Visible Always assume that no one else can see you. “As a cyclist, it is your responsibility to make sure others on the road can see you,” Fontenot says. “Wear neon and fluorescent colors and cloths made of reflective materials. Install reflectors on both the front and back of your bike and look into installing a light if you are going to be riding at night or in other lowvisibility situations.”

drive with care Think of yourself as a motor vehicle operator when riding your bike. If there is a bike lane available, ride in it. “Simple courtesy and predictability are the keys to safe cycling,” adds Fontenot. “The use of bells, horns or your voice to alert other cyclists or pedestrians that you are approaching is a good idea as well as making sure you can ride in a straight path while controlling your bike with one hand.” Fontenot says this is an important skill to fine-tune so that you can properly signal turns with your hands. She suggests that cyclists practice in a parking lot before hitting the road.

Keep Your Eyes Open Never wear headphones as they hinder your ability to hear traffic and always look for obstacles in your path like potholes or drainage grates. “Always be aware of the traffic around you and ride defensively,” says Fontenot. “Be extra careful when riding in inclement weather and use caution when crossing railroad tracks and bridges.” For more information, contact the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana at (337) 436-3354 or visit

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Local Group Advocates Pedestrian and Bike Safety In July of this year, local physician Dr. Mario Beltran was struck by a vehicle in South Lake Charles while riding his bike during the early morning hours. While Dr. Beltran’s passing marked the first fatality of this sort for 2012, 10 bicycle/vehicle collisions have been reported in Lake Charles since January. Pedestrians and Cyclists of Calcasieu hopes to eliminate numbers like this. They’ve teamed up with the city of Lake Charles and the Community Foundation to develop a master plan for making the community more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly. “Our ultimate goal is to bring awareness and educate our citizens on the laws regarding pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles sharing the roadways,” says Michelle Horak, co-founder of the organization. “We are the first group in this area to start an advocacy group for this purpose, but we feel like this has to be a partnership of numerous community organizations coming together for a common goal.” In order to make sure the local program continues to be successful, Horak and other organization members will travel to New Orleans in October to attend a forum where members of similar organizations from cities statewide will gather together to share ideas and success stories. “People like Mark E. Martin of Baton Rouge Advocates for Safer Streets (BRASS) and Jennifer Ruley, director of Pedestrians and Cyclists for the City of New Orleans will be on hand to share stories of what has worked and what hasn’t worked for their cities,” Horak adds. “We are hoping to get ideas and input on how to grow our program. We’d like to grow our program based off of ideas that have worked for other successful programs.” In the future, the organization hopes to hold classes to educate kids, even at a young age. “If we can get through to the kids, they will take the information home and spread it to their parents,” says Horak. “Just look at seatbelts in cars. It was young kids who, after hearing the facts about seatbelts saving lives, began to constantly remind their parents of the need to buckle up.” To learn more about Pedestrians and Cyclists of Calcasieu, or to become more involved, visit To view the City of Lake Charles’ master plan for making the city more pedestrian and bicycle safe, visit

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The Sandwich Generation: A Fresh Look at an Old Club

by Christine Fisher

The sandwich generation has been described as “pressure from both sides and sometimes messy in the middle.” One in eight baby boomers, those Americans roughly ages 50 to 65, are simultaneously raising a child and providing some form of financial assistance or physically caring for an aging parent, according to the non-profit Pew Research Center. Baby Boomers Lead Jam-Packed Lives

One of the reasons for this sticky sandwich situation is because of the trend in the baby boomer generation to delay marriage and children in order to focus on obtaining their education, establishing their careers and traveling. As they began having children in their mid-to-late 30s, and sometimes 40s, their own parents’ AARP membership cards were already showing signs of wear and tear. In 1961, the median age for men to marry for the first time was 22, for women it was 20, according to the United States census. The Pew Research Center now says the average age for marriage is 28 for men and 26 for women. Unlike previous generations who were more likely to have children in their early twenties and were often done raising them by the time their parents became elderly, boomers are faced with the need to juggle the demands of their young children as well as their parents.

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Relationships shift through the years. When a parent becomes more dependent on their adult child for basic care needs, it causes a role reversal. “This shift in the dynamics of the relationship is common when our parents reach the ages of 70 and beyond,” explained Amanda LaComb, MD, family medicine physician with Jennings American Legion Hospital. “We tend to 10

check on them more often, pay more attention to their health needs, and become more involved in their daily routines.” On the outside, most of us would say yes if asked whether we plan to take care of our aging parents should they require it. After all, they took care of us. Isn’t it reasonable that we would want to give back? Those who are in the middle of two generations, and caring for both, agree that it’s a balancing act of juggling time for their parent, while giving time and attention to their own core family.

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As people age, their health needs usually increase. “The areas of nutrition, mobility, and daily care come into the forefront,” said Dr. LaComb. “People tend to be less active as they age. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or even memory loss become issues to deal with, as well as an increased risk for anxiety and depression. They may need help with day-to-day care and assistance with medication management.” Dr. LaComb emphasized the need for patience. “We’re used to hurrying through tasks in order to accomplish all that we need to in a given day. Boomers are great at juggling several projects at once. They often forget that

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not everyone moves at their quick speed,” she said. “As people age into their 80s and 90s, they move more slowly. Their mind may be as sharp as ever, but physically, many older adults move at a slower pace. So, getting them from point A to point B will take more time.” As parents age and their needs increase, it’s important for the adult children to make a plan for their health and financial needs. “Open discussions among family members help with effective planning, and confirms that everyone is on the same page,” said Dr. LaComb. “It also avoids being caught unprepared. If a health crisis should occur, it helps tremendously to have at least talked about these issues,” she said. “No one can predict exactly what their health condition will be like, but knowing what’s available, and having a financial plan will be invaluable should a time come that requires further care.”

Avoid Spreading Yourself Too Thin If you find yourself struggling with “sandwich syndrome”, consider these ideas: Accept that you’ll have good days and bad days. Along with the frustration and feelings of inadequacy come gratefulness and love. It’s natural to be overwhelmed with both. Having a support system of friends or even a good therapist can help sort through the emotions. Include your parents in decisions, if possible. Respect their need for independence. Maintaining their dignity is important to them. Allow them to do as much for themselves as they safely can. Remember there is no ideal way to handle this situation. Each case is unique because the personalities and needs are unique.

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Don’t be a martyr. Resentment can build up if you take on too many responsibilities. Learn to ask for help from other family members, or hire help. Do something so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. Remember your core family: your spouse and children. It’s easy for them to get lost in the sandwich shuffle, but they deserve attention and time also. There may be times when they’ll have to be more independent while you deal with a shortterm emergency or situation, but, expecting them to carry on alone isn’t fair to them or you. Encourage your parent to remain as active as possible. Help them stay engaged in life. It’s common for their world to become so small that they forget you have a life, too. Senior groups, volunteering, church functions and community events can help them take their mind off of their own troubles and think of others for a while.

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The Write Angle for Selling a Home by Kristy Armand

Write a home listing that sells

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the right phrase could be worth much more when it comes to selling a home. How you use words to describe your home’s features in a real estate listing can help your home sell more quickly and for a better price. Conversely, the wrong descriptive wording can turn off potential buyers before they are finished with the first line. “It’s worth taking the time to compose your listing carefully,” says Peggie Dando, agent with Century 21 Bessette Realty, Inc. “There is a difference between misleading wording and a description that accentuates the positive. It’s all about capturing attention. Your goal with the listing is to get a potential buyer to take the next step, which is looking at your property, so choose your words wisely.” Dando offers a few suggestions for getting the best return on a home listing:


Use good grammar. Poor grammar, spelling mistakes and other

errors don’t send the right message, possibly reflecting poorly on you, your agent and your home. If you can’t take the time to proof read your listing, it makes people wonder about how much care you take with other aspects of your life, including your home. Dando also advises being careful with the use of abbreviations. “Keep them to a minimum and only use those used most commonly in the industry.”

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Be specific. Homes that are described with specifics like “granite” and

“maple” tend to deliver higher sales prices, according to research by the National Bureau of Economic Research. For example, instead of saying “newly remodeled,” give more details and point out features and upgrades that buyers in your market are looking for. “This is a good time to drop names,” says Dando. “If you’ve adding a Viking stove or Kohler faucets, say so. If your home is older, be sure to mention and describe updates such as stainless steel appliances, pull-out shelves or new flooring.”

Highlight hidden treasures. Most listings include data for the

basics, but they don’t tell the whole story. You need to write descriptions that detail the unique features of your home that aren’t obvious. Appealing amenities such as a great view, landscaped yard, outside storage, or oversized garage are key selling points to include.

Use the right adjectives. This means those that provide real

information that will appeal to buyers. Dando cautions about going overboard with descriptive words. “Too much fluff can turn buyers away – they may wonder if there is any substance behind the words. You want to use words that have impact.” One industry study found that homes described as “beautiful” sold for 5 percent more than those in “move-in condition.” Likewise, homes that were described as “beautiful” or “gorgeous” sold 15% faster. Dando says this doesn’t mean that every house or room deserves that descriptor, but when it does fit, use it. Avoid descriptions that only offer praise for things that should be a given, such as “clean,” and don’t exaggerate, advises Dando. “Overselling is the worst thing you can do. The buyer will be looking for a specific feature you described only to be disappointed. They won’t see anything else after that.”

She also advises avoiding vague adjectives like “spacious” which describe something already reflected in the square footage information. “You’re not adding any impact and you’re wasting the limited space in your listing by repeating information.”

Sell lifestyle. Buyers are not motivated by square footage, flooring and appliances alone. “Don’t forget the emotional element when writing your listing,” says Dando. “Remember that you are selling a home, not just a house. This will be the place where the buyers will create memories, so give them a hint about how that could look in this home. Is there a deck to relax on, a large, cozy family room? Create a scene for them.” Be sure to also point out community amenities that tie into lifestyle, such as a park, walking trails, school locations and proximity to shopping or dining. When composing your listing, Dando recommends putting the biggest selling points in the first line or two. “This is your hook to draw them in to read the rest of the description. And don’t be afraid to close with a motivating line. ‘Priced to sell,’ or ‘Great deal,’ are good lines to add a sense of urgency, but again, make sure this is true.” She adds that your real estate agent should work with you on your home listing wording. “That’s part of our job and you should be able to count on our experience in this area.” For more information, contact Bessette Realty at (337) 474-2185 or visit

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Ten Tips to Scoring a Tailgating


Tailgating is not just the preparation of a pre-game meal. It’s an art form that involves setting up your campsite as early as two days before the game. Some tailgating spots are made up of literally the tailgate of a truck or popup tent and others consist of large motor homes, entertainment centers and huge barbecue pits. No matter how you set up your tailgate spot, you’re sure to score a tailgating touchdown if you follow these 10 tips:


Show your true colors: As a die-hard fan and tailgater you are the 12th man on the field and a member of the starting squad for the tailgating team. Show your team spirit by sporting your team’s jersey or apparel. Dress yourself from head to toe in your school colors because too much is never enough when it comes to showing your true colors.


Be prepared: Don’t wait until the day-of to decide what will be served at your party. Plan your menu a week out and do your prep work a day or two before. Pack prepared foods in plastic containers and remember, when it comes to tailgate cuisine, simple is always better. Some crowd-pleasing meal ideas include gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, chili, chicken wings, beef or chicken skewers and hamburgers and hot dogs.

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Make a list and check it twice: Develop a list of everything you want to bring with you to the site and then check it over one final time before heading out. Type your list up in an easy-to-follow format so you can add to it from week to week and perfect it over time. Plan your line-up: Any good coach knows that preparation is 90 percent of the battle. Find out which of your friends are willing to help and assign them a role. Some suggested duties include a grill master, a tent man, a sauce and side boss, an entertainer and a beverage guy or gal. Nail down the spot: Most universities require pre-registration and payment for tailgating spots, but there are often some creative options on the grassy edges surrounding parking lots. Whether you have an assigned spot or not, it’s best to arrive at least three to four hours early and get set-up before your guests arrive.


Let your festive flag fly: Find a way to fly a flag or some sort of marker to make your spot easier to find. Most tailgating areas are rather large and becoming crowded early. This can make it quite a challenge for your guests to find your spot. You can save time and energy by having a unique marking to give out as a landmark.


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Decorate your space: Just as it’s important to show your colors through your clothing, your tailgate spot must also show off your team spirit. Pennants, flags, school-colored lights and other team paraphernalia are great ways to make your tailgate spot feel homey and festive.


Pass a good time: One of the best

parts of tailgating is meeting all of the other tailgaters. Don’t be shy, get out and meet your neighbors. Swap some snacks, toss the football, play a game or two of washers or catch an already in progress game on your television if you have one.

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Enjoy the feast: It’s best to have your meal ready to eat at least one and a half hours before the game starts. This will give your guests plenty of time to sit and enjoy their food before heading into the stadium to catch the pre-game show. Clear your space: No one likes a litter bug, so be sure to clean up after yourself. Store perishable food and anything that might blow away before going into the game. After the game, be sure to leave your space as you found it, clean. Pick up all of your trash, take down your décor and make sure you pack up all of your belonging before heading out.

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1. Jumper Cables: It’s inevitable that someone is going to need help getting their vehicle started before heading home for the night.

2. Toilet Paper: Be the MVP of your party by making sure you always have this staple on hand. No one likes to be stuck in the Port-o-let without toilet paper!

3. Trash Bags: Stay on top of your mess by having the bags stationed around your camp site. After your party is over, walk through your site, collect the bags and toss them into the back of your pick-up truck to be hauled off. 4. Ice: There’s no such thing as too much ice. Pack an extra ice chest with nothing but ice. Your guests will love your for it. 5. Rain Gear: In Southwest Louisiana the weather can be quite unpredictable. While everyone else is sitting in their vehicle to avoid a surprise shower, you can party-on after donning your rain gear. 6. First Aid Kit: You never know when a child may fall and skin their knee or a chef may cut their finger so pack a well-equipped first aid kit and hope you never need to use it. 7. Sun Block: Sometimes accidents happen and the food gets burned, but there’s no reason that you or your guests should ever be burned by the sun. 8. A Friend, or Two, or Twenty: Spread the wealth, bring a crew with you to hang out prior to the game. The best part of a tailgate party, besides the food of course, is the socializing that takes place while sitting around a pot of gumbo or the barbecue pit.

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Saturday Nights in Death Valley

Jay Rewerts, a Lake Charles native and member of the LSU band, poses in uniform with his parents and sister.

Most LSU fans will tell you that the familiar taps of the drumline as the Golden Band from Tiger Land takes the field sends chills down their backs. For the students in the band, the amount of practice time required to achieve this effect adds to an already hectic schedule. Jay Rewerts, a chemical engineering senior from Lake Charles, and a fourthyear trombone player, finds the time to make it all work balancing a 15-credit hour work load, band and a campus job. “College without band would probably be boring,” Rewerts said. Band allows Rewerts to connect with people and make friends. Balancing work and Tiger Band also teaches him responsibility – being held accountable to be in a certain place at a certain time to do the job he’s been assigned to do. Rewerts said the biggest challenge is finding time to do it all. Even though members aren’t required to go to a certain number of away games, he enjoys going. It adds to the camaraderie of the band experience, he said. “I wouldn’t be who I am today without Tiger Band and chemical engineering,” Rewerts said. “It’s a fantastic experience.” For more information about Tiger Band, visit


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the pets we love . . . Whether your pet is fourlegged and furry, a wingedwonder or a scaly reptile, there’s no doubt that they are just as much a part of your family as the human beings living in your home. Our pets require almost as much love and care as a child, but in return, we receive unconditional love, loyalty and even a healthier life. Local experts weigh-in on why we love our pets so much and what we can do to ensure a long, healthy life for them.


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picking the right pet for your child

by Katie Harrington

Your child is begging you for a pet, but you wonder if they are responsible enough to take on the tasks that come with pet ownership. According to Britney Blanchette, CPDT-KA with Bon Chiens Dog Training, matching the pet to your child’s age and abilities is the best way to ensure a positive, healthy relationship for both your child and the pet. She offers the following guidelines.

Preschoolers Prior to the age of four or five, children are not really capable of caring for a pet. Each child develops at his or her own pace, though, so if your little one is showing interest and you think they’re ready, consider a guinea pig. These furry creatures have a mild temperament and are large enough for a small child to handle. Keep in mind that a child at this age will not be able to handle the care responsibilities on their own so be prepared to supervise and take over when necessary.

Elementary Ages By six or seven a child’s ability to care for a pet increases and they should be able to handle caring for animals such as a gerbils, hamsters or leopard geckos. Even at this age children will still need supervision to make sure the animal is being properly cared for.

Tweens Middle-schoolers are most likely mature enough to care for their own dogs, cats or rabbits. At this age they are able to walk a dog and safely clean a litter box. If you choose a dog, it is recommended that the new owner attend training classes with their dog. Consider that your middleschooler will soon be in high school, which could mean they’ll have a busier social calendar, but the needs of the dog or cat won’t change even as the child’s schedule does.

Teenagers Teenagers have very active lives so giving a dog or cat the attention they need may be difficult. Birds or fish are a good compromise since they don’t require as much companionship as a cat or dog. Keep in mind the pet’s life expectancy when making a decision. Many pets live several years, meaning you may end up caring for the pet once your child goes away to college.

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more than man’s best friend what pets add to our lives

by Katie Harrington

Your pet is a multi-faceted professional. A personal trainer, educator and therapist, all in one. They didn’t have to attend years of schooling or training to hone their skills, they just come by it naturally. That’s why we’re willing to take on years of responsibility and expense to invite them into our families, even though we know that we will have to watch them grow old and leave us. There are many things in life that make us happy, but none quite like the love and companionship of our pets. Let’s Get Fit: Pets as Personal Trainers “When it comes to animal personal trainers, dogs are hands down the best fit,” says Dr. Martha Briley, local veterinarian and co-owner of Country Club Veterinary Clinic, which will open this fall. “Dogs are naturally eager to celebrate life and think there is no one better to do it with than their owner.” Squeezing in some active time with your dog doesn’t require an aggressive regimen either. A walk around the block, a game of fetch or tug-o-war or a quick round of Frisbee are all great ways to score activity points for both of you. According to Dr. Briley, counting on your dog to be your workout partner can help keep you motivated too. “Dogs love structure so once they get used to an established routine, they will come to expect their daily activity. Seeing your dog’s wagging tail and their excitement and willingness to go will keep you motivated and give you the extra energy needed to get out of the door on a bad day.” Even if you don’t have a dog, whatever pet you do have may still be able to help you shed those pesky pounds. “Most pets are natural comedians,” adds Dr. Briley. “They make us laugh with their antics and studies show that laughing 15 minutes a day can burn up to 40 calories.”

The Psychologist Is In George Eliot, famed novelist from the 1800s, once said: “Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” “Our pets provide loyalty, companionship and unconditional love,” says Dr. Briley. “They don’t care about our past, how we dress or that we didn’t get that sought-after promotion at work. They just love us unconditionally in both good times and bad.” Numerous research studies have shown that pets provide us

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with emotional support. “It’s hard to hold back a smile when you are greeted by a wagging tail and slobbery kiss or a head-butt and a purr at the end of the day,” Dr. Briley says. “Even watching fish swim in an aquarium has been proven to reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure.” Research has also shown that exposure to our pets can actually reduce our blood pressure to the level similar to our body’s condition after meditating. Pets encourage optimism, decrease our stress levels and improve our overall mental health.

Pets as Educators and Social Models Dr. Briley says owning a pet also has positive implications for children. “Studies have shown that children who own pets are less self-centered than those who do not. The responsibilities that come with pet ownership teach them at a young age to take others into consideration and teach them about mutual trust.” She says there is also data to prove that pets help increase the attention span of children. In fact, one recent case study showed that just the mere presence of a dog helped to channel the attention and responsiveness of children. Perhaps Roger Caras, noted wildlife photographer, host of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and former president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, put it best: “Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.” Expanded to include all pets, this statement answers the big questions of why we love our pets and how they make our lives better. For more information about pet care, visit Country Club Veterinary Clinic on Facebook.

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a walk on the wild side: owning an exotic pet

by Katie Harrington

For some people, a traditional pet like a cat or dog just isn’t quite what they are looking for in a companion. They want something exotic, like a member of the reptile, avian or rodent family. Before jumping in to buying one of these alternative pets, it’s important to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons and that you have the means to keep it happy and healthy. “If you are looking to get an exotic pet to simply stand-out in the crowd or are acting on impulse, it’s best to stop and think again,” says Dr. Christine Mocklin, a veterinarian with Country Club Veterinary Clinic, which is scheduled to open this fall. “Buying any pet means taking on a lot of responsibility, but exotic pets require special consideration if they are to survive living in your home.” Dr. Mocklin says the responsibility of owning an exotic pet begins before you even bring it home. “A lot of exotics will get sick or not do well if the living


habitat they are transferred into is not appropriate for their individual species. Before you even purchase the animal, do extensive research on the species. Some species even require a permit from to own. It is critical to have all of the needed care supplies on hand and their new habitat set and ready to go.” One example she gives is that certain reptiles need special lighting, have different temperature and humidity requirements, and have specific dietary requirements that must be met. Another consideration to take into account is how big the animal will be when it reaches adulthood. “It’s really the same as when you buy a puppy or a kitten. Certain species of snakes have become a popular choice for people wanting an exotic animal,” adds Dr. Mocklin. “Very often, though, people fail to think about how big it will grow, the dietary and care requirements and who will take care of the animal while they are gone.” If you plan to buy two exotic animals, you also have to consider how they will interact. “With a lot of species, if a male is kept with another male, aggression between the two may occur, especially if you try and mate one with a female,” says Dr. Mocklin. “Then, if mating does occur, you’ll have to worry about the newborn animals and what you will do with them. Some exotic animals can be spayed or neutered. Discuss this option with your veterinarian if you are interested in keeping multiple pets in the same enclosure.” The sad reality is that in many cases, these extra animals are brought to an animal shelter and it is terribly difficult to find homes for them. Sometimes people incorrectly release them into the wild and this proves to be deadly for an animal that has been living in captivity, according to Dr. Mocklin. “Once an animal has been in a situation where their food and shelter has been provided for them, their natural instincts to hunt and find shelter are diminished, making them easy prey for larger animals in the wild. These animals are also frequently not native to the area in which they are released and can threaten indigenous wildlife”

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The final consideration to make when considering an exotic animal is whether or not you have access to and can afford proper medical care. “Not all veterinarians will take on the care of an exotic animal,” adds Dr. Mocklin. “It’s important to do your homework and find out if there is a vet in your area who is proficient with treating them and how much they charge for routine procedures. It can also be difficult to find someone to care for your exotic pet should you need to go out of town.” Even though owning an exotic pet can be fun and interesting, it is important to know all of the facts before purchasing and bringing one home. For helpful tips or to follow the progress of their clinic’s construction, visit Country Club Veterinary Clinic on Facebook.

Common Exotic Pets

• Turtles • Rabbits • Snakes • Lizards • Birds • Frogs • Rodents • Ferrets • Fish

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pet therapy by Katie Harrington

The practice of using pets in medical settings dates back more than 150 years, but research to support the actual benefits of pet therapy didn’t begin to surface until 1980. This early study found that heart attack patients who owned pets lived longer than those who didn’t. Another early study concluded that petting your dog can reduce your blood pressure. Today, studies focus more on finding out if animals can increase a person’s level of the so-called happiness hormone, oxytocin. Aside from helping us feel happy, oxytocin also helps us feel trusting which, when combined with feelings of happiness, might explain why humans bond with animals over time. Susan Stanford, pet therapy coordinator for Dr. Dog’s Pet Therapy, believes our pets are “just a little heartbeat at your feet.” “I think there is a special bond between humans and animals,” says Stanford. “For many of us, they bring us back to our childhood and we can’t help but get happier when they are around us.” Dr. Dog’s Pet Therapy began seven years ago with one dog. Today, they are up to 22 dogs, all volunteer, and they make visits all over the parish. One of their bi-monthly stops is CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. The hospital’s director of rehab services, Erin Rhoads, PT, says the visits from the dogs do a lot for the mood of their patients, something she says is important if the patients are to get better. “The pet visits are a bright spot in our patient’s day. It lifts their mood and when you are in a better mood, it makes you want to get better.” For Rhoads’ inpatient rehab patients, the dogs are used for more than just mood lifting. “There are some very practical therapy exercises that we use the dogs to assist us with,” says Rhoads. “For example, if we are working with


a patient to rebuild the muscles needed to reach for things, we can have the patient sit on a mat and have the dog lay down at the other end. The patient is then encouraged to reach and pet the dog.” She says small things like this help make great strides in patient care and for the patients, it doesn’t seem like hard work at all. According to Stanford, pet therapy at the hospital starts as soon as they get out of their vehicles with the dogs in the parking garage. “People will approach us and ask us what why we are bringing dogs into a hospital,” says Stanford. “As soon as we tell them, they stop and pet the dogs. Once we get inside, the nurses and even the doctors all stop to get their dose of pet therapy.” Stanford says each patient is given a special get well card with a picture of each dog on it, something the patient’s really treasure. After they visit the patients in the rehab unit, they give the dogs a short break and then make one last stop before leaving. “We like to go visit the family waiting room outside of the ICU,” adds Stanford. “These families are emotionally and physically exhausted and just seeing the dogs perks them up. We sometimes spend another hour just visiting with these families.” It’s important to note that all of the dogs used in this program are vetted and each dog receives a bath before heading off to work. Stanford says their toenails are also cleaned and clipped. For more information on Dr. Dogs Pet Therapy, visit For more info on the Pet Therary program or volunteering at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, call (337) 431-7941.

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routine pet care recommendations by Kristy Armand

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If you want your pet to have a long, healthy life, routine veterinary care is essential. “Your pet cannot tell you if he or she feels bad or has a health problem,” says veterinarian Dr. Christine Mocklin. “In fact, most species instinctively hide their symptoms because they do not want to appear injured or weak. That’s why routine exams and care are so important.”

In-home, private dog training Services offered include, but are not limited to the following: • House Training • Puppy Obedience

Drs. Mocklin and Martha Briley with Country Club Veterinarian Clinic provide these general guidelines for veterinary care:

• Adult Basic Obedience • Clicker Training

Annual Health Exams

• Seperation Anxiety

Pets age more quickly than humans, making annual exams even more critical for preventing disease, injury, and pain. By establishing a baseline medical history for your pet, your veterinarian will be able to identify any abnormal changes in your pet’s health and begin treatment right away. Older pets may need more frequent exams.

• Aggression • Solving Common Problem Behaviors

Vaccinations Just like human children, kittens, puppies, and ferrets need a variety of shots to protect them from potentially fatal diseases. Vaccinations can start as early as six weeks of age, and re-vaccinations are needed for some diseases. They will also need their first Rabies vaccination when they are about four months old. Your veterinarian will be able to determine the best vaccination schedule for your pet.

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Spay or Neuter In addition to preventing unwanted litters, spaying or neutering also has health benefits. These procedures may help modify behaviors that can make animals restless or aggressive, and can even help prevent some cancers and other diseases. Depending on the species, pets may be spayed (females) or neutered (males) as early as eight weeks of age.

Heartworm Prevention Heartworm disease can be fatal, so prevention is essential. Your pet should be given a blood test for heartworms at least once a year. Although heartworm disease occurs more frequently in dogs, cats and ferrets can contract them, too. We recommend your dog, cat, or ferret be given a heartworm preventative all year.

Flea and Tick Prevention Fleas and ticks are not just irritating to your pet; they also carry many dangerous diseases. Your vet can provide the treatment and products to protect your pet, and advise you on how to safely treat infestations in your home and yard.

Dental Exams Dental exams that are performed during annual health checkups help prevent tooth decay, bad breath, gum disease, and infections that can lead to major illness and discomfort. Animals get their teeth cleaned, just like people. Your veterinarian will be able to make individual recommendations based on their evaluation of your pet.

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my pet’s the cutest! no! mine’s the cutest! People love pets and nothing proves that more than the 50-plus entries Thrive received for the 2012 Cutest Pet Contest. Readers submitted their pet photos and our Facebook followers voted by liking their favorite.

Here are our top 3 vote getters with the rest of the adorable top10:

1st Place


430 votes Breed: Shorkie Owner: Hannah Wilkinson

2nd Place


117 votes Breed: Miniature Pinser Owners: Matt Felder & Britney Glaser Felder

1st charlie

2nd cayenne

SO CUTE! 3rd dice

115 votes Breed: Mix Owner: Jim Mitchell


In loving memory. Dice passed away a year ago but was an inspiration for those around him. Jim Mitchell: “My son died three years ago and Dice was his dog. Dice loved to go for car rides and he would always lean against the seat and ride with the seat belt. We lived on golf courses his entire life and he would follow us everywhere and never interfere with the golf game or the other people. Many golfers would even stop by and take him with them to play when we were not playing. After our son’s passing, my wife took great pleasure in taking care of his most loyal friend and companion.

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the truth about cats and dogs We’ve all heard the myths, but are they true? Here are the facts about some of the most common pet myths:

Myth: Dogs are color blind. Dogs do see in color. They see differently than humans and are less able to distinguish between colors, but their eyes do have receptors for blue and green.

Myth: Cats always land on their feet. It’s true that cats have balance organs in the inner ear that allow a cat to often land on its feet, but there are other factors involved. Being dropped by a child or from a short distance doesn’t always allow the cat enough time or space to right itself. On the other hand, if a cat falls from a very high place and lands feet first, they can be still be injured just like any other animal.

This allows their eyes to dilate very wide and let in as much light as possible, giving them the ability to see effectively in semi-darkness, but not complete darkness.

Myth: A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s. Dogs’ mouths are full of bacteria; however, most bacteria in dogs are particular to their species. A dog’s general mouth bacteria may be okay for us, but think about where the dog’s tongue has been before you let him give you a big sloppy kiss you on the lips!

Myth: A dog with a warm, dry nose is ill.

Myth: Cats purr because they are happy.

Normally we think a dog’s nose is always wet and cool. But surprisingly, a warm, dry nose is not a signal of sickness. If your dog begins to act strange, is lethargic or has changes in appetite or has diarrhea, then you should see a vet.

Cats purr through intermittent signaling of the laryngeal and diaphragmatic muscles. They purr when they breathe in and when they exhale. We assume that a cat’s purr is an expression of pleasure but the reasons for purring may also be stress. Cats often purr while visiting the veterinarian or recovering from injury. Some experts feel that cat purring is a means of communication, and potentially a source of self-healing.

Myth: Cats can see in the dark. Looking at the eyes of a cat you will notice that the iris is vertically elongated.



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#1 DOGS – 37%

52.5 million


#2 CATS – 31%

57 million


3. Beagle

#3 BIRDS – 6%

12 million


4. Golden Retriever

#4 FISH – 3%

24 million


5. Yorkshire Terrier

#5 HORSES – 2%

5 million


#6 RABBITS – 1.5%

4.5 million


#7 HAMSTERS – 1% 1.3 million


Here are the most popular breeds of dogs in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club’s 2011 report.

1. Labrador Retriever 2. German Shepherd

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protecting your pet from everyday risks by Liz Trahan

It’s difficult to ignore the staring, begging eyes of your pet as you enjoy your meal. What’s the harm in passing your four-legged furry friend a little treat from the table? It’s fairly common knowledge that chocolate is harmful to man’s best friend but did you know that substances containing caffeine, grapes and even raisins can be potential pet hazards? Other dangers include onions, yeast dough, macadamia nuts, alcohol, fatty foods, especially drippings and grease from cooking, salt, avocado, garlic, chewing gum, candy and breath fresheners containing xylitol. With such an extensive list of potential hazards, how can you protect your pet? According to local veterinarian, Dr. Sherwood Gill, owner of Gill Animal Hospital, the first step is to take an inventory of your house, both inside and out, to locate potential poisonous or hazardous materials. “There are so many potential dangers in the home, including burning candles, electrical cords that can be chewed or loose wires that animals can become tangled in,” says Dr. Gill. “Outside of the home improperly stored pesticides, pool products, fertilizer, antifreeze and bait for rodents can be deadly for pets.” If you believe your dog or cat has ingested poison or is showing signs of distress, Dr. Gill says the most important thing is to get your pet to the nearest veterinary facility and if you have the poison, bring it with you. This can help with a diagnosis and quicker treatment. Summertime provides a whole new list of pet hazards. Dogs love to play in the surf on the beach but you should watch them closely. “Salt water is not good for dogs and if they take in too much it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and progress quickly into seizures and swelling of the brain,” says Dr. Gill. “Carry a bottle of fresh water with you and offer it to your dog frequently while he or she plays in the surf and sand.”

Flea and tick infestations are also at their peak during the long summer months. Protecting your pets with preventative flea and tick medications is critical, but keep in mind that some dogs have sensitivities and some of these medications may cause adverse reactions if not applied correctly. Most importantly, if you have cats, read the label carefully as some flea treatments contain pyrethrins or pyrethroids; two chemicals that are extremely toxic to cats. If applied, they can cause life-threatening seizures and tremors. “The best thing a pet owner can do for their pet is educate themselves on the many hazards that can harm your pet,” adds Dr. Gill. “Always have fresh water available for you pet, keep chemicals and household products out of your animal’s reach, read flea and tick preventative labels and consult your vet before starting any new medications or if you’re worried that your pet could have accidently gotten into something harmful.” Typical signs of distress that could be caused by poison or other hazards include unexplained lethargy, excessive vomiting, bloody vomit or stool, decreased appetite that lasts for more than 24 hours, hair loss, excessive scratching and discharge from the ears. For more information on pet hazards or information on how to care for your pets, call Dr. Gill at 477-4252.


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a second chance at life

For approximately 3.7 million pets each year, a second chance at life evades them. According to the American Humane Society, this is the number of unwanted pets that are euthanized at United States animal shelters each year. Cayenne, a 4-month-old miniature pinscher, was only one day away from meeting this fate when Matt and Britney Glaser Felder stepped in to save her. Cayenne made an appearance on KPLC Sunrise’s Critter Corner and Britney fell in love instantly. She is happy she was able to save Cayenne and hopes others will consider adopting a pet as well. “Shelter pets have so much love to give,” says Felder. “I had no idea until going through the adoption process that more than 100 dogs are euthanized EVERY WEEK at the Calcasieu Parish Animal Shelter. They have every breed, shape and size - these sweeties just need a chance!”“It’s definitely worth considering one of them.” If you’re considering buying a new pet, consider adopting from the animal shelter or a rescue group. This option gives pets a second shot at life and helps with the nation’s pet over-population problem. Nathan Areno, director of Calcasieu Parish Animal Services, says there are a few things to consider before going the adoption route, but a successful adoption can lead to a positive and fulfilling pet ownership experience.


“It’s important to make an informed decision when adopting a pet,” says Areno. “Consideration should be given to the breed, your lifestyle and how your current pets will get along with your new family member. Adopting a pet is a long-term commitment and should not be based on the emotional reaction at the time of looking at the animals available.” Animals available for adoption through Calcasieu Parish Animal Services can be viewed online at www. Numerous rescue groups are also active in the area and their available pets are available for viewing at Adoption hours at Calcasieu Parish Animal Services are noon to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at 5500-A Swift Plant Road in Lake Charles. If you don’t have the time, space or financial means to take on a pet, but still want to help, volunteer opportunities are available with the parish. Help is needed with walking the dogs, bathing and grooming the animals, clerical work and much more.

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by Katie Harrington

Summer is over, the kids are back in school, and many people are marking off another year they missed out on a family vacation. If this sound familiar and the reason is a lack of funding, then now is the best time to put a saving plan in place for next year’s getaway. Whether it’s a European adventure, Disney extravaganza or just a relaxing weekend trip, a vacation doesn’t have to put you in the red financially. “One of the big reasons why a vacation seems out of reach for so many is because they fail to adequately prepare for it,” says Christa Comeaux, officer with Lakeside Bank. “They often wait until a few months before they want to go on a trip to begin planning it and rely on credit cards to make it happen, forcing them to pay for it months and even years into the future.” According to Comeaux, a little advance planning and dedication can go a long way, and take you a long way as well. “One of the best and smartest ways to save for a vacation is to open a savings account specifically for your vacation fund,” says Comeaux. “Some financial institutions – including Lakeside – offer these accounts with special benefits to help you save the amount you need for your vacation. We’ll work with you to set a goal you can afford, and set up automatic payments to your account to make sure you reach it.” In addition to the scheduled contribution, there are other simple ways to help your vacation fund grow. “A family change jar is a great way to get the whole family involved in saving for your trip and is also a great way to teach


even the youngest members in your house a savings lesson. Have every member in the household save their pocket change, and put it in a big jar labeled Vacation Fund,” Comeaux says. “Every once in a while, as a family, you can roll the coins, see how much you have and then put it in your vacation savings account.” Comeaux recommends taking advantage of paying off other debt as well. “If you pay off a car or a credit card, keep making that monthly payment, but instead, write the check to yourself and deposit it into your vacation savings account,” says Comeaux. “Chances are you’ve been paying on that note for years and are used to living without that money for day-to-day expenses so it’s money that won’t be missed.” Finally, Comeaux says making a commitment to putting ‘found’ money into your vacation savings account can help build your account up quickly. “Make a rule that rebates, tax refunds, gift checks or work bonuses go into the vacation savings account. Once again, this is money that you are accustomed to not having on a day-to-day basis anyway, so why not set it aside for your vacation?” These are just a few simple steps you can take to begin saving for your dream getaway and with a little dedication and creativity, you can be setting off on your dream vacation in no time. For more information on starting a vacation savings account, call Lakeside Bank at (337) 474-3766 or visit

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IncreaseYour Job Security by Kristy Armand

According to a new report from Employee Benefits Research Institution, just 28 percent of American workers feel very confident of their job security. The recent recession caused many people to lose employment they once considered secure. We are very fortunate that Louisiana – and Southwest Louisiana in particular – did not experience the same type of economic downturn that the rest of the country did. But with the national economy still unpredictable, it’s hard not to be concerned.

“It’s just human nature to worry about the possibility of ‘bad things’ that are happening other places also occurring in your life, particularly when you feel like it’s completely out of your control,” says Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP, Director of Solutions EAP. “But you actually have more control than you think you do. There are ways to ensure that if a ‘layoff list’ is developed, you are at the very bottom. What’s amazing is how surprisingly simple these steps toward job security are.” CEOs and Human Resource executives were surveyed regarding layoffs and downsizing. They were asked, “If you have to choose who gets to stay and who has to leave, how do you decide?” The results were summarized in the book, How to Be the Person Successful Companies Fight to Keep (by Pooleston and Goetz). Forbess-McCorquodale says their responses mirror her experience with companies in Southwest Louisiana over the last 18 years. She offers these suggestions to keep your job as safe as possible:

Stay On The Radar Screen. People should know who you are at your organization. Everyone, from the top to the bottom, should have positive feelings associated with your face. Smile, say “hello,” and make sure people know who you are, and that you know who they are. Take some time to ask about weekend activities, families, etc. Get to know your co-workers beyond the organization. “Remember, people love to talk about themselves, and they love someone who asks them to do just that,” says Forbess-McCorqudale. “How you treat anyone below you in the company hierarchy is also important. Everyone treats the boss well, but not everyone treats the maintenance or housekeeping crew with courtesy and respect. Make sure you do.” Stay Off the Radar Screen. You do not want to be known as the whiner of the office, says Forbess-McCorquodale. “When things aren’t perfect, you don’t have to complain. Being a whiner drives supervisors crazy, and they begin to dread seeing you.” She also says to choose your battles carefully, and realize that very few things are battle-worthy. “I’m not suggesting you become a doormat. If something is very important to you, then you need to address it in the right way. But if absolutely everything with you has battleground potential, then you need to change that.” Unload Your Baggage.

Forbess-McCorquodale says you learn how to be an employee during childhood. If you were raised in a loud family, where your parents yelled to get your attention, then you learned not to take people seriously until they reach a certain decibel level. If your family avoided conflict, then when you are confronted or critiqued, no matter how appropriate, you will probably be very uncomfortable or even defensive. Were you a rebel? Then you likely have a problem with authority figures. She says to recognize and address anything from your childhood that could be affecting your job performance.

Handle Your Personal Life. Supervisors don’t like drama.“If you’re constantly on the phone resolving conflict with your significant other or your kids, stop,” says Forbess-McCorquodale. “Your ability to handle your personal life directly reflects your ability to handle your professional life. Get it together and do whatever it takes to minimize the drama and stop bringing it to work with you.” September 2012

Add Value. Always think, “I’m here to enhance this company,” and find ways to do just that. Did you read a useful article lately? Send a copy to your boss. Did you do something differently at another organization that might benefit at your current one? Share it. “When I’m working with organizations, one of the things I do is make sure that every employee understands how they impact the bottom line,” says Forbess-McCorquodale. When it’s time for an evaluation, you need to be able to say, ‘Here’s how I made you more money this year.’ Whether you found a less expensive product or turned an unhappy customer into a happy one, there are quantifiable ways to illustrate your value.” Positive Attitude. It’s easy to teach people the technical aspect of their job, but Forbess-McCorquodale says attitude is not so easy to teach, and employees should realize it’s not the company’s job to help them have a better attitude. “That’s part of every job, and it’s reflected in everything you do.” If, for example, every time someone asks, “How are you?”, you answer with, “Okay,” or “I’m making it,” how do you think you come across? She says your answer should always be, “I’m great, how are you?” “I don’t care if you’re not really great today,” she adds. “Your co-worker really doesn’t want to know you’re in a bad mood, and your customers certainly do not need this information.” An added benefit of this piece of advice is that even if you don’t feel “great,” you will feel better just by saying you do out loud. Embrace and Initiate Change.

“Fear of change is our worst enemy,” says Forbess-McCorquodale. “It keeps us in unhealthy situations and prevents us from trying new things. Smart people understand that change is the only thing in life you can really count on. In fact, good employees keep their eyes open regarding how competitors and trend setters are doing things. Then they prepare themselves for the eventuality that the same thing needs to happen in their organization, and they can even be a part of it by bringing the ideas to their supervisors. And, how do you respond when your supervisor announces a change. Do you resist, roll your eyes? Or do you nod your head and begin the process of implementation?” “The main point of all of these suggestions is that there are a number of ways to make yourself stand out in a positive way within your organization,” says Forbess-McCorquodale. “Then, if management is ever forced to reduce the workforce, you will have made yourself too indispensible to even be considered.” For more information on any workplace issue, contact Solutions EAP at 310-2822 or visit

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Fresh flowers, candy jars and your little Picaso’s artwork. All of these can be found in most office spaces, but how much is too much? According to a recent post on Yahoo’s The Shine, less is more. First and foremost, keep in mind the type of company you work for when deciding what to display and what to tuck away. A creative environment like the one found at an advertising agency may be more lax than a bank or law firm. Consider these tips when decorating your desk:

Fresh Flowers Display them the day you get them and then take them home. Your office mates may be allergic to the pollen connected to some flowers. The office air conditioner or heater can spread this around, making your coworkers sniffle and sneeze all day.

Personal Pictures A few standout photos are fine, but if you have an entire album’s worth, consider putting them in a large flip frame or a digital frame.

Artwork Unless your child is an artistic prodigy, limit the amount of their artwork you display in your space. Too many pieces can make it seem cluttered and messy.

Candy and Snacks These items are best kept tucked away in a drawer. Your coworkers who are constantly dieting will appreciate you for removing the temptation. You may find yourself staying healthier too as candy and snack jars tend to turn communal, making the spread of germs a possibility.

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Playing the Matching Game Maximize your discounts by matching your coupons to the local sales flyers for your favorite stores. If you don’t want to spend hours doing this on your own, another Internet search will provide you with a multitude of sites that will already have this done.

Involve Envelopes Once you know which stores you will be hitting and which coupons you will use, file your coupons by store into envelopes labeled with the store’s name. This will keep you from trying to remember which coupons you were planning to use at each stop.

It’s Go Time Now that all of your prep work is done, it’s time to shop. Pay attention to what you are buying and stick to your list. It’s also important to have a copy of the store’s coupon policy with you in case you run into trouble. Happy savvy shopping! September 2012

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! CSE Federal Credit Union Brings Convenience to Area Business Partners CSE Federal Credit Union held a membership drive for local business partner, Kool Smiles. Since implementing the program, the credit union has strengthened its Select Employee Groups’ relations as the on-site membership drives have proven to be very beneficial to employees. For more information, call (337) 562-3161.

Hart Eye Center Performs OCT Scans

Center for Orthopaedics Named Sports Medicine Provider for Cameron Parish Schools The Cameron Parish School Board has chosen Center for Orthopaedics (CFO) as the exclusive provider of athletic trainers for their student athletes. CFO will provide physician and athletic trainer coverage for Cameron Parish high school athletic events. For more information, call (337) 721-7236 or visit www.

Bike Trail Study Grant Announced for the Creole Nature Trail A Bike Trail Feasibility and Planning Study for the Creole Nature Trail AllAmerican Road was recently funded for $345,600 under the 2012 National Scenic Byways Discretionary Grant Program. For more information, please contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 456-7952.

American Red Cross Releases Mobile App

Dr. William B. Hart of Hart Eye Center is now providing patients with an imaging technique that scientists are certain can be used to detect and even prevent eye diseases. Hart Eye Center is currently the only vision center in the Lake area that has an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine. For more information, visit www. or call (337) 439-4014.

The American Red Cross released its second mobile app of the summer, the Red Cross Hurricane App. The free app gives people real time information for hurricane threats where they are located. For more information, contact Tony Credeur at (337) 278-5752.

Sports Injury Hotline Now Offered by Center for Orthopaedics The next time you or someone in your family has a sports-related injury, expert help is just a phone call away. Center for Orthopaedics’ new Sports Injury Hotline has sports medicine specialists and physicians available to answer questions about injuries, home treatment, symptoms, or to schedule an appointment if physician care is needed. The number to call is (337) 4397220. The group also offers a Saturday morning walk-in sports injury clinic from 8-10am during football season at their office in Lake Charles. Center for Orthopaedics is the official Sports Medicine provider for McNeese State University Athletics. Visit for more information.

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Back in the early 1900s, area leaders took note of the Union Sulphur Company, the largest sulfur mine in the world at the time, and the flourishing oil fields nearby. These leaders took the steps necessary to expand the Port of Lake Charles into a deep-sea channel, and Southwest Louisiana began attracting industrial business in the 1930s. In the early 40s, we were primed and ready to produce fuel and supplies for World War II. Following the war, industrial areas were created by government to encourage additional industry growth. Today, Southwest Louisiana is home to more than 25 industrial plants. Thousands of local residents over the years have built the industrial complex we have today. We salute our retirees who have been part of the economic engine fueling this corner of Louisiana.


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Oil Settlements

BP to Pay Billions Along Gulf Coast by Brett Downer


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Billions of dollars will be paid out along the Gulf Coast to those affected by the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon disaster. Some of that money stands to be awarded to people and businesses in Southwest Louisiana, according to a local lawyer who has helped moved the disaster’s aftermath toward settlement. Matt Lundy is an attorney with the Lundy, Lundy, Soileau and South law firm in Lake Charles. He’s also one of 19 members of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on the matter. Lundy was appointed because of his environmental and maritime experience. He is the lone representative from seafood- and tourism-rich Southwest Louisiana on the committee. By using a settlement process that fills a notebook half a foot thick, Lundy and his colleagues hope to pave the way for money for businesses that saw economic losses and people who suffered medical effects. “We’ve just started this process in the Lake Charles area,” Lundy said. “The plaintiffs’ steering committee is just getting the word out.”


To understand how this historic disaster is to be resolved, it’s worth knowing a layman’s summary of what got us to this point. The first step was scooping all the court cases into one bucket. U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans consolidated all of the BP spill cases into multi-district litigation. The reason was to avoid a flood of crisscrossed efforts from all directions, such as the same depositions being taken over and over, for case after case. What, then, will this streamlined effort address? “Potentially hundreds of thousands of cases,” Lundy said. Further, the amount of money that will paid out across the Gulf Coast is not capped. (An exception is the seafood industry program, which does have a cap.) The total payout has been ball-parked at about $8 billion, but Lundy thinks it could run higher. In Southwest Louisiana alone, “it could mean hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said. The obvious beneficiaries from the settlement process might be people like crabbers, fin fishermen and oystermen. However, Lundy displayed page after page of other eligible enterprises and they range from camp owners to department stores to clothing retailers. If the math is mind-boggling, consider the provisions hashed out for the settlements. There’s a zone that sweeps from Galveston to the Florida Keys that defines the affected area. Within that zone are four layers that assign values to the overall pain, highest at the coast, and stepping down as the three other bands move inland. In Southwest Louisiana, for example, Cameron Parish is in the worst zone and Interstate 10 is one of the other dividing lines. There are two paths of settlements, one for medical issues and one for economic losses. Most cases are on the economic side, but some people will be part of both paths.


“They were making subjective determinations of whether individuals and businesses were affected. They didn’t understand our culture, our way of life, our ways of doing things,” Lundy said. “I’ll give you an example. I know of one shrimper who didn’t get paid -- but his deckhands were.” The new process, which Lundy’s committee helped create, “has transparency, and objectivity, and court oversight, and it needed that,” he said. “It’s an objective settlement with objective formulas.” So who’s eligible? “It’s any business that is not excluded from the settlement,” Lundy said. The no-play list is narrow: the excluded parties are the banking and finance industry; casinos, except for bingo and video poker in small outlets; oil and gas companies; and the insurance industry. All other businesses are eligible. Revenue is the benchmark. In short, a business must demonstrate a V-shaped decline in its total revenue in the spill’s aftermath; specifically, any consecutive three-month period between May and December 2010, and then an uptick in revenue the following year. The rules get tighter the further you move inland. For a business in, say, Cameron, a dip in revenue will be presumed to have been caused by the spill, but a tourism-dependent business based in Lake Charles would follow a different formula for calculating losses. Lundy pointed out that a base loss in revenue does not mean a dollar-fordollar payout. Instead, a formula is applied to that base loss to determine what would be paid out. In fact, some could get more than their base loss. Multipliers are applied to some of the hardest-hit victims, such as the shrimp and menhaden businesses. “The closer to the Gulf, the higher the multiplier,” Lundy said. Here’s an imaginary example to show one of the several multipliers at work: Say a tourism-related business in Hackberry suffers a base loss of $10,000 because of the spill. Hackberry is in Cameron Parish, which lies in the hardesthit layer of the affected areas. For these reasons, the multiplier is 2.5, which calculates to $25,000. Add the $10,000 base loss, and that means the payout to the business would be $35,000. continued on p42

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Economic losses must be documented by businesses. Medical issues apply to, say, a person in Lake Charles who took a cleanup job and was exposed to oil or dispersant. The economic settlements would apply to “potentially every business in the state of Louisiana,” Lundy said. All of Louisiana, in fact, falls within one of those layers of affected area. The current settlement process is a change from, and some would say a make-good for, the initial post-spill efforts by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which was widely criticized for inconsistent awards of payments. September 2012

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Again, though, that’s just one example. There are specific rules and requirements involved in securing a settlement. The calculations aren’t based on quick scans of a profit-andloss statement, or, for that matter, generally accepted accounting principles. BP/Deepwater was an extraordinary situation and so is the process to make good on it. At this point, Lundy suggested that a business owner would want to consult with an accountant or a lawyer, maybe both, to fully understand the opportunities, limitations and requirements for a settlement.


Meanwhile, a parallel process is under way for people with medical claims. The medical side has four facets: specific physical injury, such as up-front money for exposed cleanup workers; a periodic medical consultation program, which offers an ongoing battery of tests for certain residents and cleanup workers; provisions for people who may have medical conditions that manifest later; and the Gulf Coast Region Outreach Program, funded by $105 million in grant money to help areas across the Gulf that are traditionally underserved. In many ways, the BP/Deepwater Horizon debacle is a descendant of the Exxon Valdez disaster, in which a ruptured oil tanker fouled the waters of Alaska in 1989. Lundy, however, noted a key difference. “One of the things we were proud of,” he said, “was that the Exxon Valdez case was litigated for 18 years. We did it in two.” Now, there’s almost two years for people and businesses to pursue their settlements. The window is open until April 2014. Lundy thinks all the payouts can be completed that same year.

Matt Lundy, attorney, reviews paperwork related to the BP oil settlement.

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The Reality of

Storage Wars by Kristy Armand

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, or so the saying goes.


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In the world of storage unit auctions, it’s more a case of one person’s abandoned storage unit is another’s gamble on finding a treasure. Fueled by the success of reality television programs such as Storage Wars, the business of buying and selling of unclaimed storage property is booming. Storage Wars follows four professional buyers and their teams as they scour repossessed storage units in search of hidden treasure. Described as part gamblers, part detectives, the cast of the show has found everything from coffins to the world’s most valuable comic book collection, paying as little as ten dollars for items valued in the millions. The program debuted on A&E in 2010 and quickly became the most popular series in the network’s history. Subsequent similar programs on other networks, Storage Hunters and Auction Kings also have strong followings. The televised success of these modern day treasure hunters has led to heightened interest in storage auctions from both professional and amateur auction hunters across the country. Locally, Eric Avery, owner of Neighborhood Mini Storage, a company that operates five facilities (three in Southwest Louisiana and two in the Baton Rouge area), says they are experiencing the same phenomenon. “We’ve been holding auctions for unclaimed property for years, but we’ve seen a dramatic increase in attendance since the reality programs began. We’ve gone from having just a handful of people at our bi-monthly auctions to having 50 or more attend on a regular basis.” But Avery points out that while the crowds may have increased, the reality of actual auctions is not as glamorous as it’s portrayed in the televisions shows. “These programs are edited to only show the amazing finds, not the strikeouts. Most people store things they don’t want or aren’t using – we’re talking everyday items that range from kitchen utensils and clothing to furniture and appliances for the most part. People don’t usually choose to store their most valuable possessions in a storage facility. When we do uncover a very valuable item, it’s usually because the person storing their possessions didn’t realize it was in there.” That’s not to say that buyers at his auctions have not discovered some “treasures” in the course of their auctions, including baseball cards, a box of antique fishing lures, gold coins, tools, valuable furniture, a Harley Davidson, ATVs, and even cars. “These are just not the typical types of finds, but the possibility is always there,” adds Avery. If you’ve never watched the program or attended a storage auction, you might be confused about how someone could “discover” a “hidden treasure.” Bidders are not actually bidding on individual items they can see. They are bidding on the contents of an entire unit and their knowledge of what they are bidding on is limited to what is visible from the open doorway of the storage unit. “Our auctions are handled much like those on the reality shows,” says Avery. “We cut the lock on the storage unit the morning of the auction and do a quick photo inventory, which helps us set the starting bid. Bidders are allowed to look into the unit, but not to enter it or touch anything. In many cases the units are full of boxes and neither we nor the buyer can tell what’s inside. That’s the appeal for many people: the chance. You could end up with a chest full of antique collectables or a box full of junk.” Avery says unclaimed property is put up for auction only after a great deal of time and effort is exerted to work out payment arrangement with the renter. “We don’t hold auctions to make a profit, but as an effort to recoup losses on rental payments. We follow stringent legal requirements from the Louisiana Self Storage Association.” He explains the process: When payment is past due, we contact the renter multiple times and try to make arrangements to get payment. If an account becomes 60 days delinquent, we start the lien process. This involves putting a notice in the paper and sending a certified letter to the renter. If we do not get a response to these efforts, we send a letter notifying them that their property will be put up for auction on a specific date and detailing what they need to do to prevent this. By the date of the auction, the rent is at least three months late. On the day of the auction, we cut the lock on the unit, take photos of the contents exactly as they are, and call the renter again, letting them know that they have until the time the auction begins to claim their property and get September 2012

their account up to date. “Our renters are given many opportunities to pay off the outstanding fees on their storage unit before it’s auctioned,” says Avery. “Unfortunately, there are times when renters are unwilling or unable to pay.” Winning bids for storage units range from $100 to several thousand dollars, depending on the size of the unit and the contents. When asked about the most unusual item they have ever auctioned, Avery’s staff said they had a huge stuffed moose head that the winning bidder sold on eBay for a profit of over $1000. There was a travel trailer that was purchased to use as a hunting camp. And once they discovered a solitary red duffel bag in a unit. When they opened it, it contained a bible, a few items of men’s clothing and a box of ashes. After some investigation, they discovered that the man who had rented the unit had died. The contents were his brothers, who had died in prison. There were no other family members to claim the property. The ashes were returned to the prison. Avery notes that storage facilities are prohibited from auctioning the property of active-duty military personnel. “We also realize that contents may contain personal items such as photographs, and we do hold onto those for the renter. We ask buyers to return any similar items to us for the original owner as well.” He says the auctions have become much more interesting since reality television started showcasing the process, inspiring people to dream of finding hidden riches. You just have to be realistic, but as you’ve seen on TV, anything is possible.” For more information or an auction schedule for Neighborhood Mini Storage, visit or call 474-8800.

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a local storage hunter by Kristy Armand

Ellis Hassien didn’t know much about storage auctions until recently. Now that he’s attended a few hundred between Houston and Lafayette, he could be considered something of a local expert. He and his son Jacob are the owners of E & J Storage Finds in Sulphur. Hassien first became interested in the storage auction resell business after seeing an episode of Storage Wars. “I was intrigued, most likely because I own an empty warehouse that was once a family business. I had been trying to think of a good use for it, and reselling auctioned property seemed like a good fit. I travel for my job, so I started attending auctions in the cities I traveled to. I probably went to 200 auctions before I ever made my first bid. I wanted to learn the smartest way to bid and get a good feel for how to assess the contents of a unit before I really got started.” Hassien said he bids on what he can see –bigger items like furniture and appliances. “Whatever is in the boxes is just lagniappe – sometimes you luck out and find something unexpected, but very often it’s just everyday items.” He says he gets clues on the value of a unit by how the items are packed, and has learned that climate-controlled facilities usually have better contents. Another important factor he considers is what items are easiest to resell. “That’s something we are learning as we go. Anything that people need for camps or college apartments sells quickly. Furniture and appliances also deliver a good return-on-investment. Now that we’ve been open a couple of months, I also pay attention to what people are asking for and keep my eyes open in case I can get it for them.” He says the most he has paid for a unit is $1600, and he was able to resell those contents, which were mostly furniture, for a good profit. A few hidden 46

treasures he has found are gold cufflinks, earrings, antique china and an interesting box full of land grants and mortgages from the 1800s. The store opened in June, and Hassien says, “so far, so good. I’m really enjoying doing this with my son – we’re having fun and making a little money at the same time.” E and J Storage Finds is located at 1507 Ruth Street in Sulphur. The store is open every other Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit ejstoragefinds.

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Dr. David Heinen Joins CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group welcomes David Heinen, M.D., a board certified family medicine physician. Dr. Heinen is accepting new patients at the CHRISTUS David Heinen, MD St. Patrick Medical Group Prien Lake Medical Clinic. To schedule a consultation, call (337) 478-5085.

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 Society for Sports David Drez Jr, MD Medicine’s (AOSSM) Self Assessment Committee. This group plans, develops, and evaluates the AOSSM Self Assessment and Board Review examination. The exam is designed to help learners identify their own strengths and weaknesses in the clinical and practice management areas of orthopaedic sports medicine. The Self Assessment is recognized by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) for Maintenance of Certification credit. Committee members are chosen from among specialists across the country based on their experience and contributions to the field of orthopaedic sports medicine.

Ferdinandsen Earns Chartered Life Underwriter Designation Butch Ferdinandsen has earned the Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) professional designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. Butch Ferdinandsen Butch provides services in all areas of financial planning including: retirement planning, tax management, insurance, education funding, and investments. 48

Center for Orthopaedics Announces Addition of Athletic Trainer Certified Athletic Trainer Jason Rodriguez, MS, ATC, LAT, has joined the Center for Orthopaedics’ Sports Medicine Staff. In his new position with Center for Jason Rodrigues, MS, ATC, LAT Orthopaedics, he will be responsible for the group’s athletic training program for Cameron Parish high schools. Center for Orthopaedics serves as the Sports Medicine providers for the Cameron Parish School Board and the doctors are the Team Physicians for McNeese State University’s Athletic Department.

Cox Cox Filo Camel & Wilson Announce Associate Cox Cox Filo Camel & Wilson, LLC has announced the addition of Somer Brown as an associate attorney with the firm. Somer joined the Cox Firm in July Somer Brown 2012 where her practice focuses on employee and union side labor and employment disputes, as well as personal injury.

Knowlton Earns Certified Chamber Executive Certification The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has designated Avon H. Knowlton, IOM, CCE, Director of Member and Investor Services Avon H. Knowlton, IOM, CCE of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance/Chamber SWLA, Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). The CCE is the only national certification for chamber professionals.

WCCH Welcomes Two Physicians

Lacey Cavanaugh, MD

Ramsey Graduates National Leadership Program Paula Ramsey, Vice President of Chamber Operations at the Chamber SWLA has graduated from Institute for Organization Management, the Paula Ramsey professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has received the recognition of IOM.

Bellard Named 2012 Louisiana Queen of Hearts

Four New Schools Start Leadership Program Four schools in Southwest Louisiana have been selected for the 2012 I Am Leader Foundation Grant for The Leader in Me program. Barbe Elementary, College Oaks Elementary, J.D. Clifton Elementary and W.T. Henning Elementary, will begin the process of training tomorrow’s leaders utilizing the timeless principles laid out in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Jake Cavanaugh, MD

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital announces the recent addition of two physicians to its medical staff: Lacey Cavanaugh, MD, family medicine physician, and Jake Cavanaugh, Au.D., audiologist. Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh practices alongside Brian Gamborg, family medicine physician, at 1114 Stelly Lane in Sulphur. To schedule an appointment, call (337) 528-7316. Dr. Jake Cavanaugh practices at Hearing Solutions of Louisiana, LLC, at 1327 Stelly Lane, Suite 3, in Sulphur. To schedule an appointment, call (337) 528-7842.

Au’Ryanna Bellard

Au’Ryanna Bellard was awarded the title 2012 Louisiana Queen of Hearts for Miss Heart of the USA LLC. Au’Ryanna is the daughter of Nedrick & Jessica (Ledet) Bellard of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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City of Lake Charles Receives LMA Community Achievement Award

Eckard Appointed City Council President The Lake Charles City Council has elected District G Councilman Mark Eckard as Council President. Eckard has served on the City Council as the representative of District G since 2009. He is Mark Eckard a veteran of the US Army and has lived in Lake Charles since 1982.

At the Louisiana Municipal Association’s (LMA) 75th Annual Convention banquet, the City of Lake Charles was presented the Community Achievement Award in the Community Development Category for Municipalities with population 25,001 and over for its Citywide City Parks Improvement Program.

Pearson Promoted to Corporate Controller Angie Pearson was promoted to Corporate Controller and named Vice President by Janelle Frost, chief financial officer. During Angie’s first ten years of employment with Amerisafe, she Angie Pearson held the positions of Accountant and Senior Accountant.

Dr. Michael Lafuente Joins The Clinic Physician Team

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Paul Gonsoulin Joins Arts Council The Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana has announced the addition of Paul Gonsoulin to its staff as Special Projects Coordinator. For more information on the Arts Paul Gonsoulin Council, call (337) 4392787 or visit

Locals Win Mad Hot Ballroom Dancing with the Stars Contest

The Clinic, a division of the Imperial Calcasieu Medical Group, welcomes Internal Medicine Physician, Michael Lafuente, M.D. Dr. Lafuente is currently accepting new patients. To make an appointment,

Big Brothers Big Sisters Appoints New Board Member Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana announced the appointment of Kathryn (Katy) Rozas to its Board of Directors. For more information on mentoring Kathryn (Katy) Rozas opportunities, please call Big Brothers Big Sisters, a United Way Agency at (337) 478-KIDS(5437) or visit

Port of Lake Charles Board of Commissioners Elects New Officers

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu Honors Judge Guy Bradberry Judge Guy Bradberry has been selected as a 2012 Angel in Adoption for his exceptional advocacy for adoption and foster care issues. He was selected by the Congressional Judge Guy Bradberry Coalition on Adoption Issues and will be honored by U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in Washington D.C.

Knight Media Printing Names Amanda Stephens Marketing Coordinator Knight Media Printing has announced Amanda Stephens as marketing coordinator. In her new position, Stephens will be responsible for public Amanda Stephens relations, social media and graphic design, as well as ensuring superior customer service for new and existing clients.

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Dr. Tyson Green and Lauren Morris

Congratulations to Dr. Tyson Green of Center for Orthopaedics and his partner Lauren Morris on their victory in the 2012 Mad Hot Ballroom Dancing with the Stars Contest held in August. For a complete list of winners, visit

Harry Hank

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Onxley Attends The Juilliard School Kerry A. Onxley, director of theatre at the Westlake High School and artistic director for The Children’s Theatre Company, was one of only 15 in the country selected to attend The Juilliard Kerry A. Onxley School’s Directing Workshop for Theatre Educator’s in New York City in July. The program entailed an intense theatre study using workshops and rehearsal sessions led under the guidance of professional mentors and the artistic director of The Juilliard School.

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Harry Hank was elected president of the sevenmember Board of Commissioners of the Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District. Also elected was John LeBlanc as vice president, Elcie Guillory as secretary-treasurer, and Barbara McManus as assistant secretary-treasurer. For more information on the Port of Lake Charles or its Board of Commissioners, visit or call (337) 493-3513.


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high school sweethearts Rick and Donna Richard, life has come full circle. The local couple has spent the last few years renovating properties in downtown Lake Charles, hoping to preserve the area for future generations. Returning home after living away for years, the Richards formed Empire of the Seed, a preservation and conservation company designed to live up to the old Boy Scout motto, “Always leave your campsite better than you found it.” Since returning, the Richards have restored the historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank building and the historic Cash & Carry building as event centers. Their “newest” rehabilitation project is the Noble Building on Pujo Street. They’ve even kept preservation in mind with new construction of the Phoenix Building at the corner of Ryan and Kirby Streets. The building was designed to complement the look of neighboring buildings and the original foundation of an old building was preserved and turned into a garden. Rick and Donna, graduates of Lake Charles High, were both 16 when they went on their first date. Forty-four years later, the couple is still as devoted as they were back then. Donna jokes that “we believe in preservation.” Fresh out of law school, Rick became a legislative aide for United States Senator J. Bennett Johnston. After Rick received a master’s degree in tax law from Georgetown University, the couple moved back to Louisiana, where Rick practiced with former Congressman Jimmy Hayes in Lafayette. He quickly discovered that sitting in an office was not for him, so when he received a call from then President Ronald Regan, who was looking for a fourth person to serve on his Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, he jumped at the opportunity. This appointment sent the Richard family on a cross-country journey that would include living in Maryland, Texas, Nebraska, New Jersey and Virginia before eventually heading back to Lake Charles. It was the experiences and lessons learned from living in these many different places that opened their eyes and hearts to their own desires of preserving their hometown. Thrive recently spent some time with the couple and came to learn a lot about what it is that fuels their passion.

How did you become interested in energy conservation and preservation? How does it tie into your appointment to the Federal Regulatory Commission? Rick: In the late 70’s and early 80’s our nation was faced with an energy embargo. Americans didn’t really have a conservation mentality because energy was so cheap. Gas rationing and long lines at gas stations were a normal sight, and people began to realize how dependant we were on foreign oil. The National Trust put out some posters and one said, “It takes less energy to preserve a building than it does to build a new one.” That’s always kind of stuck with me. We love old homes. Every time we’ve moved we’ve tried to buy an old home. It’s not just energy related; conservation and preservation just make good sense. It’s preserving history. Rick, describe what it was like working for the Federal Regulatory Commission. What did you like most? What are you most proud of accomplishing? We regulated natural gas pipelines, oil pipelines and wholesale electricity. My favorite part was that we unbundled natural gas pipelines. Producers used to be captive to pipelines; they had to sell all their gas to a natural gas pipeline. By unbundling it, producers were able to connect directly with customers, leading to more favorable gas prices for consumers as well as producers.

really affect change as well. Coming back to Lake Charles just made sense because we had a lot of friends here and we saw a lot of things we could help with, especially in preserving downtown. Donna: Our son also selected a college in Louisiana, making it easier for me to agree. I didn’t see right away what we could do with preservation, but now I wish we’d have come back 30 years earlier. How do you stay motivated and inspired? Donna: Seeing the people who love and are excited about what is happening in the downtown area makes it easy. Rick: Lake Charles is our sense of place. It’s what keeps us feeling connected to our roots, our past. How can you not be motivated and inspired? If you had to develop a personal mission statement, what would it be? Donna: I have a whimsical answer. We like to grow seeds. It’s symbolic of the name of our company, Empire of the Seed. Our goal is to help Lake Charles be the best place to live and visit in whatever capacity we can. For more information on the properties the Richard’s have restored or their company, visit

What prompted you to return home when you could have lived anywhere? Rick: I was asked to be the CEO of a bankrupt company to help get it back onto solid financial ground, which we did. After a hostile takeover that became friendly, the company was sold and I chose not to go with the new company. Our son David was entering high school in Virginia and we knew we didn’t want to interrupt his high school career so we decided to stay there. Donna: Rick became a “Mr. Mom” for a time. Rick: It was fun! Donna was getting her Master’s in Education at the same time so they both had ties to the area. There were projects I wanted to take on, but I wasn’t from the area so I couldn’t make headway. I wanted to buy an old restaurant and movie theatre and have dinner and a movie but as soon as I put in a bid, I was beat out. It was frustrating because I couldn’t 50

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From left to right, physicians Walter P. Ledet Jr., MD and A. Kent Seale, MD

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Sulphur Surgeons Honored for Innovation and Skill

by Christine Fisher

The innovative spirit that is the hallmark of Sulphur surgeons A. Kent Seale and Walter P. Ledet Jr., has naturally led to improvements. The two doctors were honored recently at a ceremony to rename the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) surgery department as the A. Kent Seale, Walter P. Ledet, Jr., Surgery Department of WCCH.

Their paths crossed over 40 years ago as they trained together in Shreveport during their residencies. Shortly after their meeting, Dr. Seale completed his training in surgery while Dr. Ledet worked to complete his time in the service. After his training, Dr. Seale practiced in Sulphur, sharing an office with his father, W.A.K. Seale, family medicine physician, prior to the arrival of Dr. Ledet and their opening of Sulphur Surgical Clinic. Dr. Ledet’s great-grandfather was Dr. James Willis, one of the founding doctors of Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport. “My mother encouraged all of her children to study medicine and health for their careers and we all did. A mother has a great deal of influence,” Dr. Ledet said, with a smile. “Dr. Seale’s perspective and can-do attitude was a good match for me. We seemed to have the same vision when it came to working hard for the patients 52

in our community.” According to Dr. Seale, “Walter’s vision, ambition and approach to medicine were the very attributes I was looking for in a partner for the medical practice. We became instant friends and have worked tirelessly to care for, treat and heal the patients of our area – and very successfully, might I add.” Although it wasn’t an official mantra, the young surgeons often said “we can do better”. As improvements were made in the fields of technology, surgery and medicine, Drs. Seale and Ledet took the lead on pioneering several innovations. “We would change where an incision was made so that it wasn’t as prominent; we searched for techniques that would let us make smaller incisions; we talked with other doctors and health experts about medications that would let our patients get up and around faster,” said Dr. Ledet. “We were

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always trying to do our best for the patient. It’s what we would want if we were in their shoes, so that’s what we did. We worked hard, but we had a good time, too. If you can’t have fun and enjoy what you do, you shouldn’t be doing it.” The field of surgery has changed since the Sulphur surgeons opened their practice. “Back in the beginning of our medical careers, there were no Emergency Room doctors or hospitalists to take care of trauma or emergency patients,” said Dr. Seale. “Dr. Ledet and I were continuously on call, meeting patients at WCCH to treat their injuries or ailments, whether it was an emergency or a routine surgery.” In fact, Drs. Seale and Ledet have provided continuous call coverage at WCCH for their 40-year history. “Sulphur and the WCCH service area has always had a surgeon on call,” Dr. Ledet said. “The area needed it. Before the interstate was opened, there were many wrecks along Highway 90, plus we have the industries close by. Providing call coverage was the right thing to do. I can’t imagine leaving a community in need. If we can help, we will.” Ben Darby, ob/gyn, reflected on that attitude during the recent naming ceremony. “Back when I was a new physician, it was good to know I could always count on Dr. Seale and Dr. Ledet to advise and work with me on any questions I had,” Dr. Darby said. “We had a love for this community and a commitment to give it our best. I’m proud that we still hold that same conviction today.” Through the years, the surgeons took advantage of medical innovations to lessen the recovery time after surgery. Major surgery takes a toll on a patient’s body and requires several weeks of recovery. Drs. Seale and Ledet invented the minicholecystectomy, a new approach to gall bladder surgery. It has a much smaller incision, which is beneficial in many ways. Not only does it look better when healed, but it allows surgeons to perform other types of procedures that may be necessary when operating, such as the common duct expiration, which involves opening the common duct, emptying it, and suturing it back together.

Dr. Seale and Dr. Ledet were the first surgeons in the United States to pioneer and use the minicholecystectomy. “By adding injectable steroids and antibiotics, we could reduce postoperative pain and allow our patients to be discharged on the day of the surgery. We’ve seen tremendous results since we began doing it this way years ago. Our patients can get back to their lives faster,” Dr. Ledet said. “Physicians world-wide, particularly Dr. Erik Nilsson from Sweden, have contacted Walter and myself to learn the procedure,” states Dr. Seale. “Dr. Nilsson visited once then returned again 10 years later to share his experiences with us and to continue learning about the improvements made since his first visit.” The newest surgeon in Sulphur, Stephen Castleberry, joined the practice in 2009 and continues the surgeons’ innovative spirit. In particular, he has brought increased awareness to the sentinel node biopsy, a procedure used in breast cancer patients to detect a tumor’s progress and potentially spare a patient from unnecessary lymph node surgery. The legacy of these surgeons continues as patients benefit from the vision and skill of these talented Sulphur physicians. Sulphur Surgical Clinic is located at 914 Cypress Street in Sulphur. For more information, call (337) 527-6363.

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Salute to Fort Polk

Fort Polk Progress Members of Fort Polk Progress traveled to Washington D.C. May 17th to meet with a group of Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation to discuss the future sustainability of Fort Polk and it’s vital importance to Louisiana’s economic growth and prosperity. In addition to engaging Senator Vitter, Senator Landrieu, Congressman Fleming, Congressman Alexander and Congressman Boustany, members of the Fort Polk Progress team received detailed briefings by Department of Defense officials and were provided updates on Fort Polk’s land acquisition program. Bob Urich, Assistant Secretary for Installations, DOD, reported that 4,800 acres of the land have been purchased and another 9,900 acres are under contract. DOD will make offers on additional acreage in the area of interest by late this year. Briefings were also provided about ongoing housing projects at Fort Polk, including remaining barracks renovations and new officer housing. In addition, Vernon Parish officials participated in a dialogue with a DOD Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) official about the OEA school grant for a new elementary school for Fort Polk. Jon Grafton, Executive Director of England Airpark followed up on the congressional delegation’s efforts to save the 259th Air Traffic Control Squadron that is slated to be deactivated by the Air Force. “I am very thankful and truly appreciate of the dedication, commitment and hard work demonstrated by the Fort Polk Progress team that traveled with us to DC. I am very proud of their stellar efforts and all that they have accomplished. In the last six years, we have developed lasting partnerships and opened effective and meaningful communications between our local communities, the state, Fort Polk leadership, congressional representatives and DOD organizations. These partnerships and dialogue have greatly improved the image of Fort Polk both in our communities and within the Army along with significantly improving the quality of life for our soldiers and their families. Everyone involved worked hard to educate our Congressional Delegation and DOD representatives about the successes of our local communities in supporting the mission and the soldiers at Fort Polk and making it “the Best Hometown in the Army”. With plans to further reduce Federal DOD spending, it will be vitally important that our communities continue to work together to create partnerships at all levels within the Army; wherever possible, to improve and demonstrate the value of Fort Polk to the Army and our national defense”, said Michael Reese, President, Fort Polk Progress.

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Tackling High School Football Injuries

by Kristy Armand

Football season is well underway and it’s highly likely that most area teams have already put one or more players on their injured reserved lists. Football is one of the most popular – if not the most popular– high school sports. Unfortunately, it’s also the leading cause of sports-related injuries. An estimated 1.3 million teens play high school football, according to the National Federation of State High School Association, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, reports that 920,000 players were treated for football-related injuries last year. Researchers with the Center for Injury Research and Policy also found a significant difference between the types of injuries sustained by high school and college football players. “This study is important because it is the first nation-wide study to compare injuries among high school and college football players, and the results reflect what we see here in Southwest Louisiana,” says Geoffrey Collins., MD, orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with Center for Orthopaedics. Dr. Collins is also a team


physician for McNeese Athletics and medical director of the group’s high school sports medicine program. He says high school football players are at higher risk of experiencing more serious injuries than college players. According to the study, four out of every 1,000 high school football exposures resulted in an injury, while eight out of every 1,000 collegiate football exposures resulted in an injury. Although college players were twice as likely to sustain an injury as high school players, high school players experienced more serious injuries, with a greater proportion of season-ending injuries, fractures and concussions.

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Dr. Collins says there are several reasons high school players experience more serious injuries. “Younger athletes are less physically mature and have less muscle mass than older athletes. Their growth plates are incomplete, which means their bones are still growing, developing and strengthening. In addition, inexperienced athletic techniques also add to the risk of injury in high school players in many situations. Good coaching and training can help in this area.” Researchers have found that running plays were the leading cause of injury in both high school and collegiate football, and in high school they accounted for the majority of season-ending injuries and concussions. Positions with the greatest risk of injury were running backs and linebackers. Dr. Collins says these types of injuries could be reduced with additional instruction on appropriate tackling and blocking techniques as well as position-specific conditioning. “In addition, coaches, parents, trainers and players need to be aware of the symptoms of concussions and respond to these in a medically appropriate way, without delay,” says Dr. Collins. “This is something we are addressing intensively with the schools we work with.” He stresses that the main thing players, parents and coaches need to understand is while football does have a high rate of injuries, injury is not inevitable and the risk can definitely be reduced. “There are many ways to reduce the number and severity of football-related injuries. For example, we typically see many ankle and knee injuries. Increased conditioning, including stretching and strength training, for these vulnerable body sites can help prevent these types of injuries.” Dr. Collins adds that another key factor parents and coaches need to remember is that high school athletes are not merely miniature versions of adult athletes. “A player shouldn’t be forced to do things he isn’t physically capable of doing. Coaches bear a prime responsibility in developing young athletes and watching for early signs of physical problems. Players also need to be encouraged to speak up when something feels wrong. They shouldn’t be told to ‘play through the pain.’ One of the best lessons a young athlete can

learn is to listen to their bodies and take care of injury sooner, rather than later, when it could become more serious and put them on the sidelines for the entire season.” Center for Orthopaedics offers a Saturday morning injury clinic during football season from 8-10am at their Lake Charles office. No appointment is needed. For more information about sports injuries and prevention, call Center for Orthopaedics at 721-7236 or visit

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Fighting for a Cure by Kaite Harrington

By the end of this year, it is estimated that 22,280 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 15,500 will die from it. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and groups like the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition are hoping to reduce these numbers.

The mortality rates for this type of cancer have not improved in the 40 years since the War on Cancer was declared and it still ranks as the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers. In fact, one in 71 women will develop invasive ovarian cancer in their lifetime and one in 95 will die from it. Locally, Eric and Michelle Guidry grieve the loss of their 23-year-old daughter, Julianne, who succumbed to the deadly disease this past July. Julianne was a young and vibrant woman, who received a diagnosis in August 2010 that would change the course of their lives. It was during that month that doctors removed a 13-pound tumor from her pelvic region and diagnosed her with a rare form of Stage III-c Ovarian Cancer, called Sertoli-Leydig. Never one to back down from a challenge, Julianne made it her mission to educate herself on her disease in order to try and help others. “Her wish from the beginning of this was just to find out all that she could so that maybe she could help others. She fought for this up to her last breath,” Michelle says. “She never gave up hope.” According to Laura Babin Smith, an oncology nurse at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, knowing your body and early detection are the keys to heading of this type of cancer. “With no real screening tool, ovarian cancer is known to be a ‘silent killer,’ so it is important for women to know their bodies,” says Smith. “Some signs may be as simple as shortness of breath, eating small amounts and getting full too fast and extreme weight gain. Yearly checkups and having a doctor you feel comfortable with are also beneficial in identifying risks and problems.” For Smith, the battle against ovarian cancer is a personal one, as she lost her grandmother to the disease five years ago. “She is the reason I chose this profession. When I went into nursing school, I knew exactly where I wanted to be, oncology,” Smith adds. “Each patient has someone who loves them just as much as I love my grandmother and it is my duty to look after their loved ones.”


Little did she know, the disease would once again claim someone close to her. “Julianne and I went to Barbe High School together. One day I was on Facebook and I saw she was going MD Anderson for ovarian cancer treatments,” Smith says. “What drew me so close to her was of course the fact that she had ovarian cancer, but also that she reminded me so much of my grandmother. She had a fighter mentality and attitude is half the battle when dealing with cancer.” When MD Anderson ran out of options for Guidry, she returned to Lake Charles at Smith’s prompting and received care from Dr. James Gaharan, an oncologist at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. By April 2012, she had undergone five surgeries, 45 chemotherapy treatments and 25 rounds of radiation; all while completing her college classes online and working hard to raise awareness of the disease. At the end though, the cancer cells returned and all options were exhausted. Many women diagnosed with this particular type of cancer live for about a year and girls as young as six have been known to have it, according to Smith. Even though it is difficult to recover from losing a child, the Guidrys find solace in what Julianne left behind. They say one thing she wanted everyone to know is that you don’t necessarily have to leave town to receive great care. “We don’t look at this as her losing her battle, this was just her journey and the way she was suppose to make it back home,” says Guidry. “We are all very proud of her and I can honestly say I would rather have had her for 23 years than not to have had her at all. She will always be with me. I know because she told me so.” For more information on the symptoms and risk factors associated with ovarian cancer, visit

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Resource Management Services Expands Mental Health Services Local mental health service provider Resource Management Services recently expanded its program offerings to include outpatient counseling with the option of medication management services to area children and adults with mental health or behavioral needs. The change comes as a result of Magellan Health Services, Inc., taking over the management of the mental health portion of the state’s Medicaid program on March 1 of this year. The change allows for the statewide expansion of services through the provider network. “In the past, patients had to enroll in a program that consisted of a multitude of components but the new system allows us to offer a more convenient program of individual counseling and medication management if this is all they need,” said Kristi Babineaux, physician liaison. “This change allows us to serve a larger portion of the population to persons with both Medicaid and private pay or insurance.”

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Resource Management Services will also be expanding to provide outpatient addiction services. These services will include counseling and education on recovery and wellness for adolescents and adults. Monica Blanchard, R.N., Director of Operations adds, “For the past 17 years we have utilized a team approach in order to provide quality services to the members we serve. The team consists of a psychiatrist, registered nurse, licensed and master level employees and employees experienced in the delivery of human services. We take pride in addressing all of the needs of our members by offering the opportunities of counseling, skills training, and collaboration with family/school teams, connection to resources and appropriate referrals to other agencies.” Resource Management Services has offices located in Lake Charles, Jennings and Lafayette; covering parishes of Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, Acadia, St. Martin, Iberia and Vermillion. For more information contact Kristi Babineaux at (337) 437-4014.

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Look Closely at the Risk of Online Lenses by Kristy Armand

Purchasing contact lenses online or through an 800-number service may save you time and a little money, but the process could cause more problems and eye care expense in the long run, according to a study reported in Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association. Researchers found that individuals who did not purchase their contact lenses from an eye doctor, but from an online site or mail-order supplier, are potentially placing themselves at greater risk. The findings indicated that these purchasers are less likely to adhere to healthy eye care practices, as recommended by their eye doctor. According to the Contact Lens Institute (CLI), more than 30 million individuals wear contact lenses. The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act of 2004 mandates that the prescribing eye doctor provide a copy of the contact lens prescription at no charge to the patient. Consumers have the option to purchase their lenses (with a valid prescription) from someone other than their eye doctor. “With the Internet a recognized source for health and medical information, consumers are increasingly purchasing their contact lenses online, and while this may be a more convenient way to get your lenses, it may not be the best for your eyes,” explains optometrist Dr. Mel Gehrig, with The Eye Clinic.


Researchers found that a pattern exists regarding the method of contact lens purchasing and following recommendations for safe wearing. “Those who bought contact lenses at their doctor’s office followed a number of FDA eye health recommendations more so than those who bought contact lenses elsewhere,” says Dr. Gehrig. “We have seen the same problems here at The Eye Clinic. Patients who purchase their lenses online or through a contact-lens supply warehouse are much more likely to come in with eye injuries resulting from improper fit and usage. They are missing out on a key quality element of personal contact lens service, which includes fit and tolerance evaluation.” The study, which researched the purchasing and eye care behaviors of contact lens wearers, found that 86 percent of individuals who purchased their lenses from an eye doctor received a yearly comprehensive eye exam. But, only 76.5 percent of those individuals who purchased their lenses online saw an eye doctor on a routine basis. “Frequent optometric examinations are a vital part of a contact lens wearer’s preventive health care routine,” explains Dr. Gehrig. “During a comprehensive eye exam, one of the most important tests we do is an assessment of your contact lens prescription. Eyesight can change rapidly and frequently for some

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people, and wearing contact lenses with an incorrect prescription can result in eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision and headaches. Despite these uncomfortable side effects, 35 percent of online purchasers did not check that the prescription or fit was correct. Dr. Gehrig says an improper lens fit can lead to corneal abrasions, infections and other more serious problems. “That’s why the contact lens fitting exam that we do when our patients pick up their lenses is so important.” One of the biggest discrepancies found between in-office and out-ofoffice contact lens purchases was seen in the number of individuals who saw an eye doctor for a follow-up appointment to ensure the proper fit of their lenses. Fifty-seven percent of individuals who purchased their lenses from an eye doctor went in for a follow-up appointment; as compared to only 29 percent of online purchasers. “Contact lenses are among the safest forms of vision correction when patients follow the proper care and wearing instructions from their eye doctor,” says Dr. Gehrig. “However, it’s important to remember that contact lenses and the solutions used with them are medical products regulated by the FDA. Just as when using other medical devices, patients should stay in close contact with their eye doctor to ensure they are receiving appropriate and up-to-date clinical guidance based on individual eye health needs.” For more information about contact lenses and safety, call The Eye Clinic nearest you or visit

BOTHERED BY BUNIONS? A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. If left untreated, the condition can become painful and lead to arthritis in the foot. Bunions are most often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. Although both men and women can get bunions, the shoes worn by women are more likely to worsen the condition. Learn more about prevention and both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for bunions from foot and ankle specialist Dr. Tyson Green at a free community seminar at Center for Orthopaedics in Lake Charles.




Thursday, September 20, 5:30pm

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Straight Talk about Early Orthodontic Treatment by Kristy Armand

In the past, the dreaded nicknames of “tin grin,” “brace face” and “metal mouth” were all too common on high school campuses. Today, many teens have completed their orthodontic treatment before they even enter high school. Most people associate braces with the teenage years but children today are more likely to get braces at an earlier age, according to orthodontist Craig Crawford, DDS, with Crawford Orthodontics. “While orthodontics can improve a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment, and in many cases this time period is when a child is in their pre-teens.” The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven. Dr. Crawford says by this age, most children have a good mix of baby and adult teeth, which enables us to make a good assessment. “By no means are we saying that most children need to get braces at this early age. Braces are not usually recommended until most of a child’s adult teeth have erupted. But this initial exam will allow us to spot any potential problems that may exist, even if your child’s teeth appear straight. Many orthodontic problems are easier and less complicated to correct earlier, rather than later.”

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For example, orthodontists can direct extractions of baby teeth which may allow adult teeth to come in straighter, possibly preventing the need for braces altogether. As a child gets older, regular examinations can monitor growth and development as needed, with any needed treatment recommended at the appropriate time.” Dr. Crawford explains that there are some situations in which young children do require orthodontic treatment. This is referred to as “interceptive orthodontics,” and typically involves interventions that begin before a child starts first grade. “At this age, tooth development and jaw growth have not been completed, so certain conditions are easier to address.” He says that interceptive treatment can be used to create room for crowded, erupting teeth, create facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth, reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth, preserve space for un-erupted permanent teeth and reduce treatment time with braces, among other benefits. Dr. Crawford says his new 3-D i-CAT imaging system is extremely helpful with interceptive orthodontics. “About a year ago, we replaced the conventional panoramic 2-D x-ray system and physical dental impressions for diagnostic models in our office. The new imaging technology and modeling systems provide us with very accurate and complete images for diagnosis and treatment planning . The system allows us to not only see current alignment and teeth, but also to more precisely predict limits of tooth movement and bony support and perform 3-D treatment simulations. We’re eliminating a lot of the guess work in treatment planning,” adds Dr. Crawford. When braces are needed in younger children, Dr. Crawford says manufacturers have worked to make the process more fun, with brightly colored alastics, the tiny rubber bands that hold the wires to the braces. “Kids can choose alastics to match their favorite colors, school uniforms, team colors, a holiday color scheme, etc,” says Dr. Crawford. “This helps keep the kids excited about the treatment.” For some teens, Invisalign Teen may be an option. This system uses aligners made out of a medical grade clear plastic, which are custom-made for each patient and move teeth incrementally, in a process similar to conventional braces previously available only for older teens and adults. Dr. Crawford says Invisalign Teen is not only more aesthetically appealing to teens, but is also often a better fit for their busy lifestyles, which are typically filled with sports, music and other activities. The good news is that as more and more children get braces, embarrassment is less of a concern than it was in the past. And with earlier treatment, older teens can not only have a great smile, but also one less thing to worry about in their high school years. For more information about braces at any age, call Crawford Orthodontics at (337) 478-7590 or visit

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September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

Restoring a Steady Beat

by Katie Harrington

Irregular or rapid heartbeat is a reality for 5.1 million Americans. Known as atrial fibrillation or AF, this often minor health issue can have risky and dangerous implications. AF is caused by a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system and is the most common heart irregularity or cardiac arrhythmia.

“Many people suffer from one form of AF or another and don’t even realize it,” says Xavier Mousset, M.D., a cardiovascular surgeon with CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital’s Arrhythmia Center. In many cases, patients with AF will only require mild treatment, if any. However, if the problem persists, it could put patients at increased risk for more serious health conditions. “A patient with AF has a heart rhythm disturbance, or an arrhythmia. In these cases, blood doesn’t move properly from the atria receiving chamber into the pumping chamber of the heart ventricles and then onto the rest of the body, possibly starving the body of oxygen-rich blood and leaving the person feeling weak, tired or even incapacitated.” Dr. Mousset adds that even more serious is that the blood remaining in the atria can pool and create blood clots, which may pass into the rest of the body. This puts patients with AF at increased risk of stroke. AF is typically treated using medications, but these only treat the arrhythmia, not the actual cause of the problem. Also the use of blood thinners like Coumadin can increase risk of complications in the elderly. To get to the root of more serious AF cases, surgeons have been performing a difficult openheart procedure since 1987, but a newer take on this traditional technique is providing an effective solution with a much shorter recovery time. According to Dr. Mousset, the Mini-Maze procedure is an innovative update on a proven technique. “The Mini-Maze evolved from the gold standard Cox Maze III procedure and allows us to achieve similar results without the long, difficult recovery period or the invasive procedure. Instead of having to make a large incision down the patient’s sternum to completely open their chest cavity, we can now use a series of four or five small incisions and advanced surgical equipment to put a stop to the arrhythmia. With the help of a camera inserted through one of the incisions, we are able to clearly see the heart and surrounding structures without actually opening the chest.”


During the Mini-Maze procedure, the surgeon uses bipolar radiofrequency ablation to electrically isolate the pulmonary veins of the heart. A series of thin lesions, or burns, are created in strategic locations on the heart to interrupt the transmission of the abnormal signals. “Once these lesions are created, the tissue is damaged and can no longer conduct electrical impulses, thus allowing the rest of the chamber to resume beating normally,” Dr. Mousset says. “During the procedure we also remove what is known as the left atrial appendage which reduces a patient’s risk of stroke.” In total, the procedure takes just a few hours and after about three days the patient is released from the hospital and returns to regular activity fairly quickly. Studies are showing that this new approach is effective. A 2009 study published by the Heart Rhythm Society showed that at six months postprocedure, 80 percent of patients who participated in the study were free of atrial fibrillation and half of the patients were off of their anti-arrhythmic medications and blood thinners. Of the patients with chronic AF, 90 percent were in normal sinus rhythm. A 2008 study by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons produced similar results. Six months after undergoing the Mini-Maze procedure, 88 percent of patients who participated in the study were free of AF and all anti-arrhythmic medications were discontinued. Dr. Mousset is the first and only surgeon in the area to perform the Mini-Maze and is excited about its future. “With the number of cases of AF expected to rise in the coming years, it is comforting to know that we have made significant progress and are well on our way to a permanent fix for this potentially life-threatening issue.” For more information on CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital’s Arrhythmia Center, call (337) 430-3400.

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Students get their faces painted during the Back to School Bash. Shown are J.I. Wa tson students, Aziriah Simon, La Shon Dixon, Fanece Miller an d Gerald Goodley.

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The 16th annual Back to School Bash was held on August 4 at the Pryce-Miller Recreation Center in Lake Charles. The event was organized by PPG+1, a core group of PPG volunteers who are dedicated to serving people in our community. Students from throughout Southwest Louisiana attended and received notebooks, paper, folders, pens, pencils, crayons and a ruler. There were 515 parcels with these items given away in addition to 500 back packs. Additional supplies were donated to the Cognitive Development Center and Kids 360 Learning in Westlake. A special thank you to those who helped participate in this event: McNeese State University Wal-Mart Families Helping Families Lake Charles Charter Academy Job Corps AmeriCorps Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Coca Cola Life Share LaChip Black Heritage Festival Lake Charles Civic Club SOWELA La Familia Resource Center

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p a M d a o R s ’ e r u t Erasing Na

by Kaite Harrington

Often referred to as a roadmap on the legs, the blue and purple hues of twisted, sometimes ropelike varicose veins are often accepted as a sign of aging, but many people don’t realize they can also be a symptom of a more serious health problem. Treatments in the past have often been considered cosmetic in nature, but advances in medical technology and new regulations are helping doctors offer treatments to a larger patient base because the removal or treatment of the veins is deemed medically necessary. “For some, varicose veins are simply a cosmetic issue -- meaning they have no real impact on a person’s physical health. But for a growing number of patients, they could indicate underlying vascular problems,” says Dr. Carl Fastabend of the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana. He explains that varicose veins form when the valves and veins in the legs become weak. Normally, these one-way valves keep the blood flowing from the legs up to your heart, but if they cease to work, the blood can pool or collect, pressure builds up and the veins become large, twisted and weak. Often times this system becomes inefficient simply because of aging, but according to Dr. Fastabend, there are some other factors that can play into the development of varicose veins. “A family history of varicose veins is often to blame, but being overweight and pregnancy can also increase your risk,” adds Dr. Fastabend. “Another factor that increases the likelihood of the veins developing is your job, particularly one that requires you to be on your feet for long periods of time. This causes an increase in the amount of pressure on the legs, thus increasing your risk for developing varicose veins.” For many, varicose veins will never be more than just a simple cosmetic annoyance, but when is it time to get them checked out? According to Dr. Fastabend, if you begin to experience heaviness, burning, aching or tiredness in the legs then it’s time to seek medical attention. Swelling in the feet or ankles and itching on the vein are also mild symptoms and worth keeping an eye on. “If your leg begins to swell or you experience calf pain after sitting or standing for long periods of time then it’s time to seek medical help,” 66

recommends Dr. Fastabend. “Also, if you notice changes in your skin color or if the skin around the vein becomes dry, scaly or inflamed, you should speak with your physician.” Painful varicose veins could be a sign of a venus insufficiency or blockage in deeper veins called a deep vein thrombosis, a condition requiring medical treatment. “A deep vein thrombosis is essentially a blood clot and can be very dangerous,” adds Dr. Fastabend. “If the thrombosis breaks loose, it can travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.” Treatment of varicose veins can range from simple home therapy techniques such as wearing compression stockings, elevating the feet and legs, adequate exercise and avoiding prolonged periods of sitting or standing. “On an outpatient basis, we perform radiofrequency ablation for the insufficient superficial veins, and sclerotherapy for spider veins, clusters, and reticular veins. The recovery time is minimal and our patients quickly return to normal activity,” says Dr. Fastabend. Dr. Fastabend says it’s best to err on the side of caution. “Be sure to discuss the development of varicose veins, or changes in existing ones with your doctor during medical exams, and if a varicose vein that has never bothered you before becomes tender to the touch or painful, it’s important to have it checked sooner, rather than later. It could be a warning sign of a more serious medical problem. This is definitely one instance where being vigilant can protect your health.” For more information on varicose veins or any other vein related conditions, call the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana at (337) 312-8346 or visit

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No More Silence with State-of-the-Art Hearing Solutions More than 36 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, and an estimated three out of every 1,000 children in the United States could be born without the ability to hear. Whether it is present at birth, occurs suddenly or gradually over time, hearing loss can leave you feeling isolated and separated from friends and family. The Cochlear Baha® 3 System is offering a solution for patients with conductive or mixed hearing loss or single-sided deafness. Baha® bypasses the outer and middle ear altogether by sending sound around damaged or problematic anatomy, naturally stimulating the cochlea through bone conduction. Dr. Brad LeBert, an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist with Memorial Medical Group, describes the system as a titanium implant and abutment along with an external sound processor all of which is covered by Medicare and most major insurance companies. “Cochlear has three sound processors which you select based on the patient’s hearing loss.” “Exercise, dancing, socializing with friends, playing sports, seeing a movie, listening to music – life has a lot to offer,” Dr. LeBert says. “With a Baha system you can do all the things you enjoy, with one major difference. You can hear.” Sound waves are created by vibrations, for example, the sound of your voice is created by the vibrations of your vocal chords. Like ripples on a pond, the sound waves travel out through the air. Dr. LeBert says the sound

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processor in the Baha® picks up the sound waves and a computer chip digitally analyses the sound. “The digitally enhanced signal is then amplified and converted into vibrations that are sent out of the sound processor.” The implant receives the amplified vibrations from the sound processor and sends them through the bone directly to your inner ear, bypassing the outer and middle ear. In single-sided deafness the implant receives the amplified vibrations and sends them through the bone to the hearing ear, bypassing the nonhearing side. The vibrations reach the inner ear and cause waves in the fluid of the cochlea. The hair cells in the inner ear convert the fluid movement into electrical signals sent to the hearing nerve. The hearing nerve then sends the information to the brain as electrical impulses, where they are interpreted as sound. Dr. LeBert will hold a seminar on the Baha® 3 System at noon on Thursday, September 27 in the Shearman Conference Center of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. To register call 337.494.2936. To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact Dr. LeBert’s office at 337.480.5595.


Style & Beauty

Myths& Meanings of

by Christine Fisher

Birthstones have been traced to Biblical times, when Aaron wore a breastplate set with twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel, as described in the book of Exodus. Writings found in the first centuries made a connection between the 12 stones and the 12 signs of the zodiac. At the time, it was believed that when people wore their birthstone they would obtain special powers. In the Middle Ages, potions were mixed to combat virtually any ailment, but potions weren’t the only thing in a well-stocked cabinet. Gems were seen as a tool to enhance health, ward off evil spirits and promote desired characteristics such as loyalty or friendliness. People were prescribed certain gems to wear, but gems were also ground into a powder or distilled in fruit juice to form a liquid. Gemstone lore flourished in the Middle Ages, making it difficult to know how entrenched gemstone beliefs actually were, but many ancient writings agree that gemstones were held in high regard not only for their beauty but for their power. The National Association of Jewelers defined the modern list of birthstones in 1912. “Today, we associate certain gems based on the month of birth. Gifts are often chosen based on the birthstone,” said Annette St. Romain, owner of Bijoux Fine Jewelry. “Over time, it’s nice to collect a wardrobe of jewelry pieces in a particular birthstone. It’s personal, and knowing the folklore behind the stone is interesting. I’ll work with clients who want to buy a piece of jewelry as a gift but they don’t know where to start. Choosing a piece based on a birthstone makes the gift more personal and lets the recipient know you put thought into the gift.” According to the International Gemological Institute, characteristics are associated with particular gemstones and ancient stories and folklore have added to the charms:

January: A symbol of loyalty, love and chastity. Strong enough for everyday wear, a garnet is said to protect its wearer with a shield against negative energy. It promotes passion and love.

A symbol of calm and courage. It is said to protect travelers while flying or sailing. It guards against storms and has a calming affect against phobias.

April: A symbol of pure perfection.

May: The symbol of luck and happiness. It’s been attributed to promoting love and success. It’s said to be most effective if worn on a pendant over the heart, worn on the little finger or as a bracelet on the dominant hand.

June: A symbol of health, wealth and longevity. It’s believed that wearing a pearl will aid anger issues and increase creativity.

July: A symbol of passion and love. Its power is said to be strongest during a full moon. It supposedly enhances love, making the wearer more attractive to others. It also gives courage and contentment.


February: A symbol of honesty and peace. The addition of manganese to this quartz stone gives amethyst its purple hue. When held or worn close to the heart, the amethyst is said to aid in meditation by balancing mental energies. 68


Symbol of harmony and happiness. It was believed to promote calmness and regeneration of the body. If worn over the chest, it can supposedly release emotional tension.

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September: A symbol of love, loyalty and constancy. This stone protects against negative energy and thoughts. It has a calming affect that allows the mind to experience peace, joy and clear thinking.

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October: A symbol of happiness and desire. Opals are said to give courage, hope and freedom and protect wearers from the wrath of others.

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November: A symbol of friendship and love. Courage, wisdom and serenity are the characteristics of the Topaz. They supposedly give mental clarity and reduce mood swings.

December: The symbol of success. This stone is said to represent happiness, peace and patience. Wearing it will bring understanding and promote kindness.

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Beautiful Science

Style & Beauty

by Christine Fisher

Many of the beauty products making the news today didn’t begin in a beauty lab. Science and medical research are the origin of many skin care innovations such as peptides, retinoids and antioxidants.

More than just a bottle of lotion off of the drugstore shelf, these highend products are engineered for beauty thanks to years of research by leading scientists and are filled with ingredients that rival most medicine cabinets. “The cosmeceutical industry is a marriage between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They are applied on the skin, like cosmetics, but contain ingredients that influence the biological function of the skin,” said Harold Bienvenu, MD, facial plastic surgeon and medical director of the ENT and Aesthetic Center at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “Evidence-based cosmeceutical ingredients can provide anti-aging benefits. The new generation of cosmeceuticals can provide valuable skin benefits.” Research is ongoing to improve the texture of the skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and slow down the signs of aging. Manufacturers are taking this knowledge and applying it to skin care. The results are breakthrough products that can make significant differences in all skin care types. Some of the innovations come from sources not related to the beauty industry, such as wound healing. This complex area of medicine deals with rejuvenating skin in order to speed up the healing process. Cell turnover is an area that has been well studied; some of the findings can be applied to the skin care industry. Other cosmeceuticals weren’t found through research, but instead were pleasant surprises, like one discovered with the workers in a Japanese sake brewery. The men, no matter how old and wrinkled, had the hands of young boys. They found that one of the enzymes in the yeasting fermenting process was responsible for producing cell turnover, which slows down the aging process. That technology was then applied to the skin care industry. Experts say the science-based approach to beauty is here to stay. “Scientific strides are being made in the world of skin care; giving the aging baby boomer population effective tools to rejuvenate their appearance,” said Dr. Bienvenu. “Science is being applied to the skin just like it applies to the joints, the lungs, the heart and the brain.” Even though the price for physician-grade skin care products are higher than those found on the drugstore shelves, in many cases, they are worth it. 70

Less-expensive products usually contain more water. Higher- end skin care lines are concentrated so a small amount is often enough. The cost-per-use is often pennies a day, while the skin benefits from the key ingredients that make a difference. “We wear our skin every day. It’s one of the first things people notice and it’s a big clue in determining someone’s age, whether it’s done consciously or not. Smooth, flawless skin is equated with health, vitality and youthfulness,” Dr. Bienvenu explained. “Maintaining the best skin texture possible can help you put your best image forward.” Many ingredients found in cosmeceuticals often sound like they should be found in a prescription bottle, but their benefits are more than just skin deep:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) – glycolic, malic and lactic acids speed up the skin’s exfoliation process, preparing it for active treatment products.

Antioxidants – ascorbic acid, vitamin E and green tea help restructure collagen and act as anti-inflammatories. Botanicals – phytochemicals from plants minimize photo damaging in a non-irritating manner.

Peptides – copper peptides and Argireline firms, smoothes and softens the skin.

Retinoids – non-prescription Retinols, derived from vitamin A, help reverse and prevent sun damage. As researchers find more ways to smooth, tighten, exfoliate, brighten, renew and revitalize the skin, consumers will be willing to give their formulations a try. To learn more about physician-grade skin care products, call the ENT and Aesthetic Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital at (337) 439-2040.

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Powder It’s light and airy so it’s perfect for creating a subtle and natural application of blush and powder.

Smudger This tiny brush diffuses any liner into a hazy perfection. Slanted The angled crease of this brush makes eye shadow go on in the perfect shape.

Blender This brush is great for spot-applying powder where your skin may be a little shiny.

Concealer This synthetic brush is perfect for smoothing on foundation or any cream formula for that matter.

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to Lose a few pounds Ready Wear with These Fashion Tricks

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.

What does almost every female tell me? “Make me look thinner and taller.” While I stand by my conviction that women need to embrace the size they are, we all want to look our best no mater the size and shape. Creating height is the key to draw the eye up for a long, lean line. Aiming for a tall look will help slenderize the body. Try these tips: • Wear a solid color outfit with a blazer, jacket or cardigan. The solid color underneath becomes the plain canvas and the jacket is the pop of attention. • Pointed shoes help to elongate your legs, creating a more slimming look. • If you have a waist, define it! Add a skinny belt over a blazer to add more definition. Emphasizing the female figure is more eyecatching than trying to hide everything.

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• Learn to use the right scale of prints. Small prints on a large frame can add weight as well as extra large prints. • A garment with a darker color on the sides and lighter colors in the middle will create a slender column effect, making you look thinner. • Accessories can add weight. Make sure the size of your purse and jewelry is appropriate for your size. A small purse on a large body seems to create the illusion that the body is even larger than it is. The same idea goes for large and excessive jewelry. • A long chain necklace can help to draw the eye away from a larger waist. These are tricks everyone can use to hide problem areas. Have fun with fashion, no matter what your size. Draw out the beautiful woman inside!

• Wear an a-line skirt with a fitted top to mask large thighs or bottom and it also defines the waist.

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Get your Hair and Makeup Ready for Fall

“Each season brings with it an exciting new array of trends not only for clothing, but also for hair and make-up,” says Wendy White McCown, owner of Signatures Salon. “It’s important to make sure these two elements match the rest of your outfit to pull off a cohesive look.” According to McCown, there isn’t one specific new style this year for fall; it’s more about what fits your individual features. “It’s best to look for a cut that best fits your face’s structure and works for the texture of your hair.” She also says that a color that fits your personal skin tone is best and if you are going with highlights, the more natural they look the better. For more information on the latest hair and make-up trends call Signature Salon at (337) 478-4433 or visit

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Whether it’s a traditional French braid, some variation of it or a smaller braid circling the crown of the head, braids have been hot all year and that’s not changing for the fall.

Think of a messy bun on top of the head. To achieve this look, pull your hair into a high pony tail, tease it and then pile it and pin it.

Long and wispy or short and blunt, bangs of all kinds are back in.

Accessorize any cut and any length of hair with stylish barrettes.



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For an evening look, put less emphasis on your lips and let your eyes do the talking.

Go for a defined brow.

Emphasize your lips with a mulberry shade. Put less emphasis on the rest of your face.

Smoky eyes have been in for a while now, but mix it up by going with smoky brown eyes instead of the usual smoky gray.


As far as how to style your hair after you’ve gotten the perfect cut and color, McCown offers these ideas:

With the arrival of the fall season comes the excitement over breaking out boots and light-weight jackets. But once you’re outfitted from the neck down, it’s time to focus on your hair and make-up for the new season.

For make-up, the trend is to emphasize the lips during the day but by night, the eyes have it. Try these ideas provided by McCown for a fresh look:

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As our personal protective device, our skin, by its very nature, suffers a great deal of abuse. Skin is the body’s largest organ and is responsible for maintaining water and salt balance within the body, cushioning delicate internal organs, serves as the first-line of defense against germs attempting to invade the body, and plays the starring role in our appearance.

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“This is a pretty detailed job description,” says Tana Garcia, skin care consultant with the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic. “You can’t expect your skin to perform all of these job duties if you don’t avoid the things that damage it the most.” She says the majority of skin care problems can be grouped into seven “skin sin” categories that routinely damage the skin. Eliminating these will help prevent and reduce the most common signs of aging.


Garcia says exposing your face to sunlight is the fastest way to age your skin. In fact, 90% of the visible signs of aging are a direct result of sun exposure, which can be easily minimized by simply wearing a broad spectrum SPF 15 daily or SPF 30 for extended outdoor activity. Also, she says if cosmetic or aesthetic reasons are not a motivation to wear sunscreen, please consider it as a preventive measure for skin cancer.


After the sun, smoking is the next most damaging thing you can do to your skin. Research has shown that the average smoker looks about 10 years older than a non-smoker of the same age. While quitting isn’t easy, Garcia says doing so will make a huge difference. Studies show that quitting before you are 30 returns your body to the level of a non smoker within 10 years, and this goes for your skin as well as your lungs.


While nicotine constricts blood vessels, alcohol dilates them, and in sensitive skin this can lead to broken veins and discoloration. Alcohol also dehydrates the skin, which makes wrinkles more prominent. Alcohol in excess can destroy vitamin C, one of the most important nutrients for healthy skin function.


Environmental pollution and harmful chemicals in food additives and pesticides are another cause of free radicals in the skin and can contribute to premature aging. You can help fight internal damage by increasing your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables, which contain antioxidants to fight the damage, and also by drinking more water every day.

Lack of Sleep

Garcia explains that when you sleep, the skin repairs itself, and the skin is more absorbent at night, which means it takes in “products” more effectively. Different people need different amounts of sleep, but on average, six to eight hours are recommended for optimum health, and this includes your skin.

Lack of Exercise

Physical activity helps boost skin tone by increasing the amount of oxygen in your blood and reducing the amount of toxins that build up under your skin. It also improves skin health by increasing your tolerance to stress and helping you sleep better. Garcia says to remember to replenish your fluids so the skin does not dehydrate when exercising.

“Prevention is key, but unfortunately, some of the skin sins are very hard to avoid,” says Garcia, “The good news is the correct skincare products and treatments can make a big difference.” For more information about any skin treatment, call the Aesthetic Center of at 310-1070 or visit All services are provided under the medical direction of specialist Dr. Mark Crawford.


Stress affects the skin in a number of ways. It increases levels of adrenal hormones like testosterone, which have been linked to acne. Stress hormones also cause blood flow to be directed away from the surface of the skin. Improving your stress management will not only help you feel better – it will help you look better as well.

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As I write this, the families I work with are talking about how crazy things will be once school gets started again. As you read this, you are probably already in the craziness. All the homework, after- school activities, and weekends of commitments have started. Well, I’m about to add to the busyness. I want you to add a weekly family meeting to the agenda. I’m serious. My experience is that when everyone is running around, they become disconnected. And if you are going to be disconnected, what is the point of all the running around? Aren’t you hauling those kids everywhere so they will have a great childhood and have lots of opportunities? What better gift could there be than being a cohesive family unit? That’s what family meetings do. Family meetings calm chaos. When you have a set time to discuss household matters, you will find you don’t have to “freak out” about things as often. You will soon be telling yourself “I can talk about that at the family meeting.” And it’s so great, because whatever is not working for you will be heard by the whole family as opposed to only the people who happen to be around during your “freak out” moments. Family meetings also teach great skills. What a great way for kids to learn how to express themselves appropriately, listen to others, develop and implement solutions, and (if you are in my family meetings) look for the positive. Here are my family meeting rules: 1. Meetings must be scheduled and timed. The schedule can change week to week if needed, but everyone needs to be informed of the weekly meeting day/time. And every week is important, especially at first. So is the length – 30 minutes. Anything longer than that and the focus is probably lost. Since the meetings are going to be only 30 minutes, they need to happen frequently, hence the weekly schedule.

2. The location can be flexible. Ideally the meetings will happen in a comfortable area of your home without distractions (particularly of the electronic variety). However, if everyone is together in the car and that’s the only time you will all be together, that is acceptable as well. The only location I don’t encourage is around the dinner table. You never want your children to associate food with negative feelings. Serious family business should never take place during meals.

4. Everyone has a voice. This is where you, as parents, set the tone for the meetings. It is important that you encourage all your family members to participate, even if their issue seems small. It is also an opportunity for you to be a role model with regards to politeness, listening, and remaining calm. All wonderful and necessary skills for your children.

5. The agenda must include concerns and solutions. A good way to start the meeting is by asking “What could work better in our family?” It’s a great question that invites more than a one-word answer. Notice that it is phrased in a non-blaming way. Additionally, it is important to have a solution to accompany any concerns. A problem without an accompanying solution is called “dumping,” and no one likes to get dumped on! 6. The agenda must include acknowledgements. Honestly, this is the most important rule. An “acknowledgement” is a very specific thank you. Acknowledgements go beyond the general “thanks for being you,” or “thanks for being nice to your sister.” An acknowledgement sounds like this: “Yesterday when I saw you helping your sister tie her shoe, I felt impressed and grateful.” What a great way to shape your children’s behavior! Specific praise is so much more effective than any other tool I could give you. These six items are just the basics for family meetings – a starting point. Feel free to add in other agenda items such as financial reports (“How are we doing saving for our family vacation?”), property value issues (“We need a plan to get the house painted this fall.”) and even risk management concerns (“It is not safe to leave toys out where someone could slip and fall. I’d like to have a commitment that you will pick up your toys, and I’d like you to come up with consequences for not picking them up.”). Believe it or not, by taking care of family business, you’ll be much more ready and able to have family fun!

3. Everyone must attend. This is a requirement that I can’t stress enough. That is why the schedule and location are flexible. Teach your children that family business is a priority.

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Study Shows Exactly What Holds a Teen Driver’s Attention A recent study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that teen girls are twice more likely to use cell phones or other electronic devices while driving than boys. Results were calculated using the data gathered from the in-car video clips procured from 50 North Carolina families who participated in the study. The cameras were placed in the cars of new teen drivers. Other distractions to make the list besides electronic devices included personal grooming, adjusting controls, reaching for items across the car and eating and drinking. Analyzed video clips also showed that horseplay and loud talking is more likely to occur when young drivers have more than friend in the vehicle with them. Researchers also found that the rate of distracted behaviors increases in older teen drivers as they become more comfortable behind the wheel.


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Community Contributor$ Delta Downs Donates to Women’s Commission of SWLA

Douglas B. Fournet Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana.

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel donated $2,500 to the Women’s Commission of SWLA in sponsorship of its 2012 Women’s Conference. For more information, or to register for the event, visit

Delta Downs Donates to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel announced that it has made a contribution of $1,000 to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana in sponsorship of the 2013 Bowl for Kids’ Sake in Lake Charles.

McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana Provides School Supplies for Students in Need

L-R: Fox 29 representative, Jessica Hayes; Salvation Army Major, David Craddock; Owner and Operator of McDonald’s of SWLA, Doug Gehrig; and Fox 29 representative, Johnette LaBorde.

Beaumont Foundation of America Donates to Junior Achievement of SWLA

The Family Foundation Accepts Endowment from Cameron LNG The Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana accepted a $5,000 endowment from Cameron LNG to benefit the grief counseling services of the Shannon Cox Counseling Center. For more information call (337) 436-9533 or visit

Union Pacific Railroad Donates to SWLA on the Move Campaign The Union Pacific

L-R: Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific Railroad from Louisiana & Arkansas, Drew Tessier; Alliance Foundation Development Director, Ann Barilleaux; and 2012 Chair of the Alliance Foundation and Chamber Southwest, Bill Monk.

L-R: Joe Andrepont, JASWLA Board; Wayne Reaud, Beaumont Foundation Chairman; Kirk Houser, JASWLA Chairman; Meg Lovejoy, JASWLA Director; Jan Arceneaux, JASWLA Secretary; and Edward Keller, Beaumont Foundation Chief Executive Officer.

L-R: Leslie Harless of First Federal Bank and Festival Chair Judi Taylor with Merchants & Farmer’s Bank.

First Federal Bank donates $5,000 to the Family & Youth Festival 2012. The Family & Youth Festival 2012 will take place on Saturday, August 25th, at the Lake Charles Civic Center from 9am - 4 pm. Tickets are $2 for children and $3 for adults.

Entergy and L’Auberge Casino Resort to Family & Youth Festival

Marine Corps League and U.S. Army Special Forces Motorcycle Riders Donate to First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial


Mr. Wayne Reaud of the Beaumont Foundation of America donates $10,000 to Junior Achievement of Southwest Louisiana for financial literacy programs, which will be taught to low to moderate-income students in Calcasieu Parish.

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Railroad Foundation donated $5,000 to the SWLA Alliance Foundation’s SWLA on the Move 5-year campaign. The current plan of work under the SWLA on the Move Campaign is to address the critical issues facing our region.

The Marine Corps League, Detachment 535 and the U.S. Army Special Forces Motorcycle Riders ODA XXX/LXXXI together donated $8,500 to the First Lieutenant

McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana contributed $5,000 to the Salvation Army to purchase school supplies for low-income families. The donation was part of a “Pack the Bus” school supply drive coordinated by Fox 29. For more information, visit www. or contact Matt Young at (337) 478-7396.

Entergy and L’Auberge Casino Resort supported the Family & Youth Festival 2012 with a total donation of over $5,000.00. L-R: Kerry Andersen with L’Auberge Casino Resort, Lydia Aboagye with Entergy, and Festival Chair Judi Taylor with Merchants & Farmer’s Bank.

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McNeese Corral Dr. Edward Ferguson Uses Lavender Aromatherapy Treatment on Horses

A recent McNeese State University study that suggests the use of aromatherapy treatment on stressed horses works and could benefit the equine industry has been published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. The “Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on Acute Stressed Horses” was co-authored by Dr. Edward Ferguson, assistant professor of animal sciences, local veterinarian Dr. H.F. Kleinman and Justin Browning, instructor of agriculture and rodeo coach.

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McNeese Schedules 2012 Career Fair

Employers interested in recruiting and hiring McNeese State University graduates and students for full-time, part-time or internship positions are invited to make plans to participate in the fall 2012 Career Fair sponsored by McNeese Career Services. The career fair will be held from 10 am-2 pm September 24 in Parra Ballroom and the Student Union Annex. To reserve space, go online at or contact the McNeese Career Services Center at (337) 475-5612.

Professors Mentor Area High School Students Most high school students spend their summer vacations anywhere but in a chemistry lab, but a group of area students have been conducting hands-on research this summer under the mentorship of professors in the McNeese State University Chemistry Department. Malik Perrilloux of East St. John High School in Reserve makes an adjustment to his planet rover robot as Jacob Shores of Avoyelles High School in Moreauville looks on during McNeese State University’s summer Reach for the Stars Explorer Camp.

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Two local high school students are recipients of an American Chemical Society 2012 Project SEED Fellowship. They are Rasheed Leath, a senior from Washington Marion High School, and Zeadrick Williams, a junior from LaGrange High School. The Science Experience for the Economically Disadvantaged (SEED) program provides promising high school chemistry students with summer research opportunities, according to Dr. Omar Christian, assistant professor of chemistry, mentor and program coordinator.

Chemistry Department Provides Research Opportunities The chemistry department of McNeese State University is providing research opportunities for three area students. The students are Diego PadillaChargoy, a junior, and Keenan Gayle, a sophomore, both from Barbe, and Sawyer McMicken, a junior from LSMSA.

Jalen Lewis of Glen Oaks High School in Baton Rouge prepares his model rocket for launching as part of the LA GEAR UP explorer camp at McNeese State University.

Dr. Ning Zhang, left, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, works with Oshanae Smith of Jeanerette Senior High School on assembling her model rocket for this week’s launch during Reach for the Stars Explorer Camp at McNeese State University.

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• A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time? It’s 1/100th of a second. • If you yell for more than eight and a half years, you will produce enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee? • If you pet a cat 70 million times, you will develop enough static electricity to light a 60-watt light bulb for one minute? • An attosecond is one billionth of a billionth of a second? • The odds of a woman having twins are 90 to one? • Right now 70% of the people driving on United States highways are speeding? • There are 74 lobbyists for every one senator in Washington D.C.?

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana’s annual Fall Conference. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The annual conference has many opportunities for women to reach out to one another to educate, empower, and network with others in our community. The conference includes the MarketPlace where local businesses and community service organizations can provide information to the public, four sessions of Workshops with topics ranging from fun/fluff to personal development, luncheon with entertainment, as well as a keynote address by a guest speaker. Registration Information: $30 to register online or via postal mail (Before Oct. 8) $40 to register late or on-site (After Oct. 8) For more information or tickets, visit or email

MarketPlace Booth Registration: $175 through October 4th $200 after October 5th To display your products or services in the MarketPlace, contact Cheryl Bertrand at (337) 515-0075 or by email at

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Mark Your Calendar! in Lake Charles, located at 1747 Imperial Blvd.. Seating is limited and pre-registration is requested. Refreshments will be served. Call 721-2903 or register online at

Lake Charles Symphony Announces 20122013 Season

The SWLA Center for Health Services Celebrates Tenth Annual Gala & Roast The SWLA Center for Health Services will host its 10th Annual Gala & Roast, “Celebrating Community Bridge Builders” on Sunday, September 23. The event will start at 6 pm in the ballroom of L’Auberge Casino Resort. For more information or to reserve tickets or tables, please e-mail dross@ or call (337) 439-9983.

Second Annual Woofstock SWLA Pet Adoption Event is Scheduled LAPAW Rescue has scheduled the 2nd Annual Woofstock SWLA for October 13th at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The event is held to raise awareness and funds for pet rescue and help local homeless dogs and cats find permanent homes. For more information, visit

Bunion Treatment Seminar Details Announced Foot and ankle specialists Dr. Tyson Green with Center for Orthopaedics will be the speaker at “Walk Away from Bunions,” a free community seminar on Thursday, September 20, at 5:30 pm. A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. If left untreated, the condition can become quite painful and lead to arthritis in the foot. Bunions are more common in women than men. Dr. Green will discuss the causes of bunion, prevention strategies, non-surgical treatment, and new advances in bunion surgery at the seminar, which will take place Center for Orthopaedics


The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a free seminar; titled “Tips & Topics for Caregivers” on Wednesday October 3 from 5:30-9:00 pm. Preregistration is suggested for this free event to be held in Jennings, Louisiana. For more information, call (318) 861-8680.

LaFamillia Resource Center Hosts 3rd Fashion Show Fundraiser

Gallery Promenade is Scheduled The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA announces that Gallery Promenade is scheduled for Friday, September 28, from 5-9 pm. This annual fall art walk offers a chance for everyone to see the talent and works of area artists, all in an inviting atmosphere. For more information on the event and participating locations, contact the Arts Council office at (337) 439-ARTS or visit

Alzheimer’s Association Hosts Seminar

Preparations are underway for the 3rd Annual LaFamilia Extravaganza. This year’s event, New York Vogue Experience is scheduled for Friday, October 5th at the Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank. For more information and tickets, visit Fred C. VanNess Jr.

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9/22/2012 Concert 1 Fred C. VanNess Jr. 2/02/2013 Concert 2 Dave Scott 4/06/2013 Concert 3 Lin He Also, mark your calendar for these other exciting Symphony events: 12/01/2012 Holiday Gala 12/09/2012 Home Tour 2/01/2013 Peter and the Wolf 3/16/2013 Ballet Collaboration 4/27/2013 Wild Beast Feast

Cigar Club Announces September Live Music Lineup 9/7 9/8 9/12 9/14 9/15 9/19

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MaciFest to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation MaciFest, a festival with proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10am - 3pm at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Tickets will be available at the door for $10$40. For more information or to make a donation, contact Nikki Fontenot at (337) 802-7392 or visit the Facebook page at

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Dedicates St. Charles Annex Immaculate Conception Cathedral School will dedicate the newly constructed St. Charles Annex, located at 1536 Ryan Street in the historic Margaret Place district, Sunday, September 9. The public is invited to attend an open house event and tour the new and existing buildings from 3-5pm.

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Delta Downs Announces September Live Music Lineup 9/14-15 Chicken On The Bone 9/21-22 The Blues Masters Featuring Big Al Carson 9/28-29 Phil Vaught All shows are 9pm-1am in the Gator Lounge and are open to the public. For more information, visit

The Ethel Precht Hope Breast Cancer Foundation Announces Vendor Booth Spaces The Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Foundation is now taking applications for any local companies or individuals who are interested in setting up a booth at the annual Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Walk. The walk is set to take place October 20 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. For more information, contact Annette Garber at (337) 475-4102 or email annette.

Francis Pavy to Exhibit Retrospective in 1911 City Hall The City of Lake Charles will host Retrospective by Francis Pavy at the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center at 1001 Ryan Street. The nationally known artist be on hand to meet and greet during

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the opening reception on Friday, September 7 from 5:30-8 pm. The exhibition will hang through November 10. For more information, call (337) 491-9147 or visit

Dream on the Green Golf Scramble is Scheduled The 2012 Dream on the Green Golf Scramble benefiting Junior Achievement of Southwest Louisiana will be held Friday, October 19 at The Contraband Bayou Golf Club at L’Auberge. This will be a high class, sell out event with many top business executives participating.

Memorial Hosts Health Fair In celebration of 60 years of service to the community, the Lake Charles Memorial Health System will host a free health fair on Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 8 am until noon at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. Screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, balance, body mass index and more will be offered. Memorial healthcare providers will be available to answer questions and share literature on a variety of hospital departments and services available from gestational to geriatric, head to toe.

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2nd Annual Patriot Ride, USS Orleck Naval Museum, Lake Charles Stars & Stripes in the Park, Henning Cultural Center, Sulphur St. Theresa Bon Ton Festival, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Carlyss Art on Wheels, Burton Complex, Lake Charles Macifest, Lake Charles Civic Center Gallery Promenade Calca Chew Food Festival, St. Margaret Church, Lake Charles


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Halloween Haunted Ship, USS Orleck Naval Museum, Lake Charles The Lost Hallows Haunted Trails, Lake Charles Country Club Arts & Crafts Fair, St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church, Lake Charles Vinton Heritage Festival, Downtown Vinton Cal-Cam Fair, Cal-Cam Fairgrounds, Sulphur 22nd Annual Women’s Commission Fall Conference, Lake Charles Civic Center Ragley Timber & Heritage Festival, Downtown Ragley Halloween Music Festival, Lake Charles Lakefront ArtsFest, Lake Charles Civic Center Culturefest, Lake Charles Civic Center

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When you live in what is known as the Festival Capital of Louisiana it stands to reason that something will always be going on. Check out this run-down of all of the great festivals and event coming up this fall. For more details and additional events, visit the Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors’ Bureau website at


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Kiwanis Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, Lake Charles Civic Center Louisiana Theatre Festival, Central School Arts & Humanities Center, Lake Charles Veteran’s Day Avenue of Flags, Orange Grove Graceland Cemetery, Lake Charles Mistletoe & Moss Holiday Market, Lake Charles Civic Center Moss Bluff Harvest Festival, Moss Bluff Recreation Complex

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