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Contents In This Issue Wining &Dining


Start Your Day with a Smoothie Bowl 8 A Different Look: Delano Wine Bar Aims to Stand Out 10 Vicki B’s Cafe: Down Home Cookin’ in Downtown Lake Charles Places &Faces


12 – 24 Special Section: GOLD


Regular Features 16 First Person with Coach Ed Orgeron 24 McNeese Corral 30 By the Numbers - Sasol 32 Who’s News 33 The New Family Tree 69 Business Buzz 82 Solutions for Life 83 Happenings


The Orleans Ballroom Celebrates 200 Years 28 Truth, Facts & Lies: Impacting Local Teens 29 Sax In The City Celebrates the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Lake Charles Style &Beauty

34 Find the Best Brush for Your Hair Type 36 Wipe Out Wrinkles Before They Start 38 Tips for Beating the Heat with Your Maternity Wardrobe

Home &Family 40 – 59 Cover Story:

60 Outfitting Your Dorm Room 62 Make Safety Your First College Course 64 Home Sweet (Safe) Home: What’s New in Home Security Systems Money &Career

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College Textbooks on a Budget How to Avoid a Scam Become a Master Money Saver Learn How to Divorce Your Debt

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Smoothie Bowl by Madelaine Brauner Landry

Breakfast . . . it’s the most important meal of the day! We all want to break the night’s fast by awakening our energy, packing a nutritional punch, and stimulating our palates. And now there’s a new breakfast option on the menu. Fans of the traditional smoothie, meet a trend-setting companion— the sensational smoothie bowl.


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Smoothie bowls are similar to drinkable smoothies, but they’re thicker and you eat them with a spoon. They obey no rules, but nutritionists recommend some key components. Green vegetables, fruits and berries (frozen works best for good consistency), protein (which can come from powders, nut butters, or hemp seeds), healthy fats from sources like avocados, coconut oils, and other nuts or seeds, liquids such as almond milk or flavored waters, superfood supplements such as bee pollen, brown rice, shredded unsweetened coconut or spices, and ice to thicken your creation. Sweeteners such as honey, agave, or stevia are optional. Smoothie bowls are popular because they easily transition as snack, lunch, or dinner options. No straw-slurping allows your foodie instincts to have free rein. Use your imagination and consider exotic ingredients like acai powder, chia seeds, or pureed pitaya (dragon fruit). Smoothie bowls cannot overbake or scorch, so what do you have to lose except (yawn) predictability? If you’re low on time and want to experiment, two local businesses include bowls on their menus. Miranda Fontenot, owner of Main Squeeze Juice Co., 3629 Nelson Road, says her customers enjoy having something different. “The acai berries in our bowl are imported from Brazil, offering an alternative to traditional breakfast food, especially when topped with nuts and shredded coconut.” Enthusiasts can also find smoothie bowls at ROLL Indoor Cycling and Juicery, 2801 Ryan Street. Founder Jackie Tabor encourages experimentation. “This is an economical way to try a variety of ingredients not found in your kitchen. Some ingredients can be rather expensive unless they’re purchased in bulk. Taste and appreciate the value of whole food nutrients, as well as the anti-oxidant properties of berries and fruits.” Tabor strives to help SWLA residents discover healthier eating without forfeiting taste and texture. ROLL’s bowls do not yet include vegetables, but Tabor anticipates expanding their offerings soon. What’s hiding in your fridge or pantry, waiting to be fused into a unique food adventure? Whether tropical fruit, creamy avocados, or other delicious vegetables, deciding what should go into a smoothie bowl is not limited by the straw and glass. The secret is to tantalize your taste buds while creating a nutrient dense meal.

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CHOCOLATEY PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA SMOOTHIE BOWL If you’ve always enjoyed smoothies, but yearn for a bit of chew, recipes for smoothie bowls abound on the Internet. Here’s a simple one for chocolate-peanut butter-banana fans:

INGREDIENTS 1 cup almond milk 1 large banana, sliced 1 cup ice 2 Tbsp. peanut butter 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract 1 Tbsp. maple syrup 2 Tbsp. cocoa nibs 2 Tbsp. granola 2 Tbsp. chopped peanuts

PREPARATION Blend the almond milk, ½ the banana, ice, peanut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and maple syrup until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and top with the cocoa nibs, granola, chopped peanuts, and remaining ½ banana. Hunt, Lindsey (August 25, 2015) Retrieved from

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A Different Look: Delano Wine Bar Aims to Stand Out by Mitch Thomas


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When Craig Dugas first had the idea to open a new wine bar in Lake Charles, he wasn’t exactly sure where to put it. But he had some friends building a new shopping center on E. McNeese Street. It seemed like a good fit, so earlier this summer, Dugas and his business partner, JR Vasquez, opened Delano Wine Bar, a place he believes to be unique in the area. “I think we have a totally different look,” he said. “We’re going for something more upscale.” The modern interior décor has unique lighting that can change colors, depending on the occasion and time of year. Outside, the gated patio area has seating and scenery of its own, while serving as the bar’s smoking area. Dugas offers clients a collection of over 40 different wines. Though the wines are featured prominently as the bar’s attraction, Dugas also has an impressive list of signature cocktails, martinis, and margaritas made with his own twist, such as the Central Park Lemon Drop, made with Citron vodka, triple sec, lemon and simple syrup, or the Walking Mule that has Johnny Walker Red, lime, simple syrup and ginger beer. Dugas is partial to the Cucumber Basil Martini, made of vodka, muddled cucumber, lime, and basil Dugas grows in his own garden. On Champagne Saturdays, Delano offers a series of specialty champagne drinks like the Cotton Candy, a flute of rose champagne topped with cotton candy. Also on Saturdays and special occasions, the bar features a piano player and singer for entertainment. Dugas would like to host one-man bands to play on the patio during the fall, but for now, speakers allow those on the patio to hear the music, as well. As for the name Delano, Dugas said that came from an exchange with friends. “It’s actually a president’s middle name, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.” Delano Wine Bar, located at 1301 E. McNeese St., is open from 4:00-11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4:00 p.m.2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Vicki B's CafE Down Home Cookin’ in Downtown Lake Charles

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Visit Vicki B’s Café on any weekday, and you’ll likely find Vicki B. Stahl taking a break from the kitchen and strolling through the dining room. “I love to be out on the floor, greeting customers, asking them if they like their food or if there’s something else I can get them,” she says. “I love to cook and see the looks on peoples’ faces when they eat food I’ve prepared.” By interacting with her customers, Vicki can better meet their needs. “Sometimes people just need a kind word, a hug, or someone to talk to.”


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Vicki and her husband James opened their café in October 2016. The pair had been living a quiet peaceful life on a houseboat, “off the grid,” as she says. James came home from church one day and suggested they look at some property in Lake Charles. He had a vision they were to open a restaurant. Without knowing any details or where they were going, they drove around town and eventually stopped at the Lakeshore location. The building had been empty for over four years, but they knew it was perfect. Vicki says, “When we first walked in, the building kind of spoke to us. It felt like home.” The pieces fell into place and they opened Vicki B’s Café nine months ago. “It’s been an amazing journey,” she adds. Vicki, a woman of strong faith, feels God had been grooming her for 30 years for her current role. She had worked at various Lake Area restaurants since 1992. Consequently, she’s experienced in every facet of the restaurant industry, from washing dishes and waitressing to managing, purchasing, and scheduling. “God’s been training me in every aspect of this business – a long, lovely training process.” “Business has grown over the past nine months exponentially,” says Vicki. “The reception from this area has been almost overwhelming. People come here to find peace and something good to eat. Food does more than give us energy until the next meal. It comforts us and takes us places.” For example, Vicki serves turnip greens. It was a dish her grandmother had always made, often just for her, because she knew they were Vicki’s favorite. “So now, when I take a bite of greens, it makes me think of Nanny,” she says. Vicki hears similar stories from her customers. One elderly woman told Vicki the burger she was served tasted like one she recalled from a diner near her grandmother’s home. She said, “When I took that first bite, I was seven years old again.” The café property, located at 1201 N. Lakeshore Drive, has an interesting history. It originally served as Ed Taussig’s Ford dealership, built in 1956, and continued to operate as several other Ford businesses. Later, it briefly served as a location for the Department of Motor Vehicles. Around 2012, it was slated to open as the Horsepower Bar and Grill. Owners outfitted the space with gear-head décor, but the business never got off the ground. Vicki kept their motor motif and it suits her business well, with colorful murals,

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vintage signs, and old license plates. Vicki B’s Café is open Monday – Friday for breakfast and lunch. It’s a perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee and gaze out over the lake, or for groups to hold weekly or monthly meetings. She serves primarily eggs and hash browns for breakfast, but if a customer has a special request, Vicki does her best to accommodate. Daily plate lunch specials include Southern favorites such as baked chicken, red beans and sausage, jambalaya, meatloaf, and etouffée. Burgers and chicken salad stand out on the sandwich menu. In the evenings and on weekends, Vicki hosts private events such

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as wedding receptions and Mardi Gras balls. Currently, the dining room accommodates 150; 200 if she includes outdoor seating. Looking forward, Vicki plans to incorporate an ice cream parlor into the café sometime next spring. She also wants to remodel the car bays from the original dealership, thus expanding her event center to accommodate 500 people. “God has a purpose for us being here,” she says. For more information, call 337-602-6688 or see their website,


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Cowboys hope to ride passing game defense could help Cowboys Climb higher in SLC standings by Brett Downer Lance Guidry rides herd as the Cowboys’ head coach for his second season, and there’s plenty of talent to wrangle. Eight Cowboys made the pre-season All-Southland Conference team, with two as firstteam members -- safety Andre Fuller and tight end Lawayne Ross. Offensive second-team members are lineman Andy Dodd, a transfer from LSU, and wide receivers Kent Shelby and Darious Crawley. Three on defense were named to the second team: defensive back Dominique Hill and defensive linemen Chris Livings and Jammerio Gross-Whitaker. Gross-Whitaker, a senior, led the Cowboys with 59 tackles and was second with 7.5 sacks. He was joined by Livings, a junior, to form a dynamic duo on the defensive line. Livings led the team with eight sacks and 14 tackles for a loss. Last year’s team MVP, junior James Tabary, returns as quarterback. He had more than 400 pass attempts last season, throwing for 3,046 yards, second-best in team history, and 23 touchdowns. Fans can expect the airshow to continue this year. “James keeps getting better and better,” Guidry gushed at the SLC’s annual


media day. “What I like a lot about our offense is that we do throw the ball a lot, but we don’t throw it every 10 seconds. We use the whole play clock.” That’s by design. “As a defensive guy, I like that,” Guidry said. “On defense, you don’t want to play 100 snaps a game — you’re going to wear out your defense. So I think we have a way of running the ball, of throwing the ball, of using the clock — to where you’re not just hanging your defense out there. Sometimes in college football, they want to put up as many points as fast as they can, but they don’t look over on that other side of the ball and see that defense with their tongues hanging out.” About that defense: “We’re returning a bunch of good players, a lot of speed,” he said. “And I’m kinda back in the saddle as the defensive coordinator — so we’d better be better.” Yup, the head coach is serving double duty this year, handling the defense personally. “At McNeese, we set our goals really high, because 6-5 (last year’s record) is not where we want to be,” he said. “Although that’s a ‘winning season,’ that’s not the standard at McNeese. The standard at

McNeese is trying to get back to the national title game — and of course late in the season making a run to win the conference championship.” McNeese came oh-so-close to winning the national championship game in 2002, but hasn’t won a post-season game since. This year’s pre-season vote predicts McNeese to finish third in the SLC, behind runaway favorite Sam Houston and Central Arkansas. It’s important to note, though, that the Cowboys won’t play Sam Houston this season — a scheduling eyeopener that hasn’t been seen in three decades. For the Cowboys, that’s a potential trail toward a conference co-championship if they run the table in SLC games.

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Places & Faces | FOOTBALL GOLD Ed Orgeron took over a flailing LSU football team last September, replacing 12-year coach and resident legend Les Miles. Things were made clear from the get-go that it was a temporary gig. After steadying the ship and going 5-2, however, Orgeron had the “interim” label removed and was named permanent head coach. The burly, gravel-voiced “Coach Eaux” is Louisiana through and through. A Lafourche Parish native who was part of Galliano High’s 1977 state championship team, he played college ball at LSU and Northwestern -then was a graduate assistant at NSU and McNeese. After a hiatus from coaching, he was a volunteer coach at Nicholls – which led to a new chapter in his career. Orgeron is a past head coach at Ole Miss and, on an interim basis, at USC. He also has been on the coaching staffs at Arkansas, Miami, Syracuse and Tennessee. In 2008, he coached the defensive linemen – his own position from his playing days – for the New Orleans Saints. Orgeron made the following comments as the Tigers prepared for fall camp – and as he faced a barrage of questions from sportswriters and broadcasters at the Southeastern Conference’s annual Media Days gathering.

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On growing up in South Louisiana: In 1971, I was 10 years old and LSU was playing Notre Dame. And it was a great game -- two highly ranked opponents. And there was a young man named Ronnie Estay from Larose. He had 17 tackles that game. He had three great stops on the goal line, and LSU beat Notre Dame 28-3. I was a young boy from Larose. I think the whole city of Larose -- the whole state of Louisiana -- was cheering for the Tigers that night, and it was just magic. ... Ever since then, I wanted to be in the purple and gold.

How his coaching style has evolved: Here are two things I came up with: 1. I was going to treat the team exactly how I treat my sons. No different. 2. And I was going to treat every coach on the coaching staff with respect and let him coach his position as he knew it.

Ever since those two minor changes, we’ve been 12-4. So that’s the difference.

The pressure – the annual expectation, actually – for an LSU head coach to beat Alabama: Coach (Nick) Saban did a great job. He did a great job at LSU. Last year was a tight game. It was 0-0 going into the (fourth) quarter. Their quarterback made two plays -- we didn’t. (LSU lost 10-0). I don’t know if it’s that big of a gap (between the two teams this year). I think we need to play our football. I think the way to beat Alabama is to recruit on their level. They’re recruiting at a high level now, and they do a great job of evaluation. And coach -- coach your team very well, and get your team ready to play. Again -- last year, we weren’t that far off.

Why LSU lost to Bama last year: When it comes down to playing Alabama, it starts with protection.

They’re great up front. They’re taught great. They have great athletes up front and you have to protect the quarterback. And we didn’t do a good job of that. Danny (Etling) didn’t have it the whole time -- and when he did have it, he didn’t complete the passes that he should. The year before, we tried to run the football on them -- we couldn’t do it. It has to be a combination -- you have to spread the ball around, put the ball in your playmakers’ hands and face and let them make plays. But it all starts with protection first.

The feel for the 2017 campaign: I obviously am excited about the upcoming season. We are very excited to have Matt Canada as an offensive coordinator. Matt runs a very diverse offense -- a lot of shifts, motions, use of personnel, fly sweeps. He makes it difficult to defend . . . he talked about running a balanced offense, 50 percent run and 50 percent pass. I think he is going to do an outstanding

job as offensive coordinator. I have to give credit to Matt coming in during the spring and installing his offense to a brand-new offensive staff – guys he never met before. They did a tremendous job. They gelled well.

On so many LSU players being plucked by the NFL: Everybody said, “Coach, you must be really excited about all of the guys getting drafted.” I said, “Yeah --but now we have to replace them.”

On his hiring as permanent head coach: I know this: I understand the expectations of LSU. I was born in Louisiana, and they’re very high. But we have the same expectation of our staff and ourselves. I don’t feel the pressure, but I do acknowledge that it’s out there. And I still need to prove that now I’m the head coach, and we need to win. I get that.

Coach Ed Orgeron — sending out running back Derrius Guice during the Tigers’ 29-9 win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl — will begin his first full season as LSU’s head football coach.

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LSU looks to Guice Key as the Orgeron Era begins by Brett Downer

A Louisiana football pedigree, a geaux-getter spirit, and a bark and bearing straight out of Central Casting all endeared Ed Orgeron to Tiger Nation last year. So did winning. Orgeron’s 6-2 interim record after taking over the program illustrates why he won permanent appointment as head coach of the LSU Tigers. It’s a career journey that the Tigers themselves might want to emulate this year — following a 2016 season that stumbled to a 2-2 start, saw a coach fired, then regained focus and success. Orgeron’s football resume has less miles than that of his predecessor, but he has run up plenty of them in his native state. His high school and college playing days were all in Louisiana, and he has assisted on the sidelines for McNeese, Northwestern, Nicholls and, for one season, the New Orleans Saints. Now it’s time to win in Death Valley. If Orgeron is the voice of the franchise, running back Darrius Guice is the face of it. Guice is the prohibitive favorite to lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing. He may be the top offensive weapon in the SEC. Guice stepped up as in an injured Leonard Fournette had to step away — and averaged 7.6 yards per carry, rushing for almost 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns. He racked up six 100-yard games along the way — including 285 against Texas A&M and 252 against Arkansas. That was in less than a full season of work, too, so imagine what he’ll rack up with, say, 300 handoffs.

The Tigers scored 28.3 points per game last season, ranking 68th among the 128 FBS teams. Their rushing offense ranked 21st at 233 yards per game — thanks largely to Guice and Fournette. LSU’s passing offense, however, rated just 101st as the quarterback situation remained unsettled. While Danny Etling has largely settled in as QB, Orgeron had an open competition for the spot during the spring — and he reminded everyone of that during his preseason SEC media-day appearance. SEPTEMBER 2 BYU The defense, meanwhile, still looks 8:30 PM, ESPN (@ NRG STADIUM, HOUSTON) tough, even with the new faces. (The Tigers lost a half-dozen of their top SEPTEMBER 9, TBA CHATTANOOGA tacklers over the winter.) Under new SEPTEMBER 16 @ MISSISSIPPI STATE* defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, 6:00 PM, ESPN 2 the Tigers’ defense ranked 10thbest in the nation last year. That’s SEPTEMBER 23, TBA SYRACUSE likely to continue with leadership SEPTEMBER 30, TBA TROY from Arden Key, the pass-rushing HOMECOMING/PURPLE GAME linebacker, and Donte Jackson at cornerback. Kevin Toliver and the OCTOBER 7, TBA AT FLORIDA* safety tag-team of John Battle and OCTOBER 14, TBA AUBURN* — GOLD GAME Ed Paris are also expected to make big contributions on defense. OCTOBER 21, TBA @ OLE MISS* In short, the Tigers have NFLOCTOBER 28, TBA OPEN quality talent on both sides of the ball. Last year, LSU went 8-4 and NOVEMBER 4, TBA @ ALABAMA* earned a decent bowl bid. If the passing NOVEMBER 11, TBA ARKANSAS* defense holds, and the LSU SALUTES GAME game makes any strides, the Tigers will outperform that this year. Ten NOVEMBER 18, NOON @ TENNESSEE* wins is an achievable goal — and NOVEMBER 25 TEXAS A&M* perhaps, for Orgeron, a demand.




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it’s time for Saints to get defensive by Brett Downer

The Saints have gone 7-9 for three straight seasons, missing the playoffs each time. The recipe has remained largely the same over that span: Awesome offense. Awful defense. For 2017, some ingredients have changed. The issue is whether they’re enough. This may be the last chance for the Saints to win, because they may have to dump the pot and start over from scratch if they don’t. This year’s fortunes can be boiled down to five words—Adrian Peterson and the defense. Peterson, 32, is the Saints’ highest-profile addition for 2017. The question will be which Adrian Peterson shows up; the fleet running back who rushed for 1,400-plus yards as recently as two years ago, or the one who averaged 1.9 yards per carry on only 37 handoffs last season? In addition to his running game, Peterson will be worked in to the receiving corps from time to time. That’s a group led by sophomore Michael Thomas, who supplanted Brandin Cooks as the top target, leading to a trade of the sulking Cooks to the Patriots. Willie Snead and Ted Ginn Jr. are also part of the catching corps. And that brings us to Drew Brees. Brees, now 38 years old, is in the final year of his contract. He’s still a premier player, throwing for 5,208 yards, completing 70% of his passes and tossing for 37 touchdowns last year. His cumulative stats met or beat his career averages. If the Saints don’t make the playoffs, though, it could be Brees’ last year. The contract issue likely won’t be resolved until after the season. In the meantime, though, future Hall of Famers Brees and Peterson will enjoy some protection. The offensive


line remains strong with Max Unger, Larry Warford and Andrus Peat – but the torn labrum suffered by left tackle Terron Armstead is a big blow. The Saints’ real problem is the defense. Period. It’s what has blocked the team from any real shot of winning the NFC South. Here are the gruesome stats from last year: • Mustered the worst pass defense in the entire NFL. • Gave up 28.4 points per game, second-worst in the NFL. • Allowed a generous 375 offensive yards per game, sixth-worst in the NFL. But that was last year. Right? Not every player can be a standout like, say, superb defensive end Cam Jordan. But the improvements are visible – and the defensive secondary may prove to be a team strength. A team loss, though, is the future of defensive tackle Nick Fairley. He’s been ruled out for the season because of symptoms related to an enlarged heart. The disappointment and concern come after the long-touted Fairley finally put things together for a stellar 2016 season. Apart from Fairley, however, the Saints are notably free of injuries as the pre-season approaches. That’s a big turnaround — a good one — from last year, particularly on defense. And that brings us back to the central issues for 2017 – how many points Peterson might add, and how many enemy points the Saints can prevent. With all the offensive weapons on this team, imagine: What would a mere leagueaverage defense mean for the Saints? Thrive’s answer: 11 wins.

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assist McNeese athletics. In just the past 26 years, the McNeese Cowboy Club has donated over $4,000,000 to aid student athletes, coaches, and athletics at McNeese.

McNeese Fall Fee Deadlines Set

Pictured L to R: Mike Wittler, incoming club president, Bob Phillips, current president, and MSU Head Football Coach, Lance Guidry.

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The McNeese Cowboy Club recently donated $30,000 to the Athletic Foundation for Summer School 2017. This donation provides incoming freshmen football players an opportunity to adapt to college life, as well as college football, prior to the start of Fall semester. The Cowboy Club donated a total of $83,256 to McNeese for Fiscal Year 2017. They make donations throughout the year to all 14 university sports. Since its inception in 1974, their primary focus has been to


Students who have registered online for McNeese State University’s 2017 regular fall semester have until 4:30pm on August 16 to pay fees. Fall classes begin August 21. Effective this fall, McNeese’s installment plan for paying fees has been divided into three payments. Students are required to pay onethird of the total amount plus a $30 processing fee by 4:30pm on August 16, one-third of the fee is due September 15 and the remaining fee payment is due October 16. All registration fees, including tuition, special assessments, classrelated fees and meal plan charges, are eligible for the plan. Fall term bills are available online to students through the MyMcNeese Portal or their Banner Self-Service account. Students can go online at to see the payment methods and payment policy on credit card payments and online payment changes. For more information about payment

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methods or the installment plan, contact the accounting office at (337) 475-5107. The McNeese bookstore offers an interestfree student charge plan to all students enrolled for the spring to assist with the purchase of books and supplies. The Personal Touch Account allows students that are in good financial standing with the university to establish a student charge account at the bookstore with a photo ID. The account can be used at the beginning of the semester for one month for the purchase of up to $800 in books and supplies. At the close of the purchase deadline, each student is billed for purchases made. PTAs for the fall open July 31 and close September 15. The PTA payment deadline is November 1. For more information, call the bookstore at (337) 475-5494.

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The Orleans Ballroom Celebrates


Years by Angie Kay Dilmore

The Orleans Ballroom in New Orleans’ French Quarter celebrates its bicentennial this year. Located in the beautiful Bourbon Orleans Hotel, and as is typical of the Vieux Carré, the Ballroom is shrouded in historical and supernatural significance. The Orleans Ballroom opened in 1817 as a gathering place – a 19th century event center, if you will – for receptions, political rallies, balls, socializing, dancing, and courting. With a theater next door, people would go to the Ballroom for the ‘after party.’ “This was the place to be,” says Erin Boreros, Director of Sales and Marketing for Bourbon Orleans Hotel. She says the grand dual-sided staircase served the original purpose of pure decorum for the times. “One side for ladies and one for men, because it was improper to see a woman’s ankles in public.” In 1881, the property became a convent for the Sisters of the Holy Family, where they opened an orphanage, among other things, and resided there until the early 1960s. The Bourbon Orleans Hotel The Bourbon Orleans Hotel, located at 717 Orleans St. directly behind the St. Louis Cathedral, opened in 1964. Renovated again in 2015, the


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lobby’s stately marble columns, plush ample seating, and fresh floral arrangements provide old world charm and sophistication. The guest rooms offer comfortable accommodations and amenities. The friendly staff provides impeccable service. Next to the lobby, Roux on Orleans offers Creole and Cajun specialties for breakfast and dinner. A full time concierge answers questions, helps with tourist information, offers restaurant recommendations, and makes reservations. Boreros says many staff members have been with the hotel for many years. “It’s like a family here. They all know each other and work well together. They know our repeat guests by name and welcome guests at the door like family.” Spanish Wine Dinner The Orleans Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 250 people, continues to be used today for events such as weddings, corporate meetings, and dinner parties. Each July, the Ballroom hosts a Spanish Wine Dinner, in conjunction with the annual Running of the Bulls (the “bulls” are roller derby girls who whack runners on the backside), a classic French Quarter fundraiser

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that benefits several area non-profits. Spanish wines are paired with each of the four-course meal. The New Orleans Hotel Collection is an annual sponsor of the “San Fermin in Nueva Orleans” and offers participants discounted room rates in any of their seven French Quarter hotels, including the Bourbon Orleans. The Bourbon “O” Bar When in the French Quarter, visitors are never very far away from their next refreshing libation. Adjacent to the hotel, guests enjoy a complimentary welcome beverage at the Bourbon “O” Bar and listen to live jazz by local musicians seven nights a week. Bar manager Cheryl Charming mixes up the cocktail menu seasonally. She creates unique spins on classic cocktails and makes her own juices and bitters from scratch. One of their signature cocktails, Ramos’ Gin Fizz, requires a full six minutes of shaking. In 1888, Henry Ramos hired “shaker boys” who were paid a penny a day. Today, Charming has a special shaker machine. Spectral Sightings What’s a building in the French Quarter without a few ghost stories? The

Orleans Ballroom and the Bourbon Orleans Hotel are no exception. Some guests report seeing a presence walking in the hallway or hearing a young girl playing in the corridor when no one is there. A television mysteriously turns on and off. Most paranormal activity takes place on the top floor, specifically room 644, which is said to be haunted by a nun who committed suicide. Boreros says sometimes guests sense an invisible presence in a space. “The Ballroom can feel like that. It’s a kind, womanly presence.” Others have reported seeing a female apparition dancing in the ballroom beneath the crystal chandeliers. Haunted history tours of the hotel and a manager’s balcony reception are offered free to guests every Thursday evening. Boreros says New Orleans is a destination for both business and leisure. For your next sojourn to the French Quarter, consider staying at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel or hosting your event at the Orleans Ballroom. “The Ballroom is a perfect space – is has great natural lighting, a beautiful history, and you can make it anything you want,” says Boreros. “It feels like New Orleans.”

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TRUTH, FACTS & LIES: Impacting Local Teens

by Elizabeth Murray

Social media safety, relationship abuse, online solicitation, human trafficking, and the effects of pornography and drugs on the brain -- these are the difficult subjects a revolutionary program in Calcasieu Parish is tackling with local teens. Truth, Facts, & Lies educates students on these topics, giving them knowledge and confidence to make safe and responsible decisions online and in relationships. Current statistics show that one in three teens in a relationship is abused, one in six boys and one in four girls have been sexually abused by the age of 18, only 38% of victims disclose sexual abuse, and less than 1% of kidnappings are random. The information provided by this program gives participants the tools they need to make good decisions, stand up for themselves, and decrease their chances of becoming a victim. The curriculum is developed by a family nurse practitioner with a background in pediatrics, a nationally recognized educator and curriculum specialist, a high school teacher, and a licensed professional counselor. Topics are then presented to a focus group of teens and edited again. Twenty to forty students are selected at each school to attend monthly discussions facilitated by a trained volunteer. The goal is to empower students with factual information on subjects often viewed as taboo so they can share this knowledge with their peers. The rapid growth of the program is evidence of its value in our community. It was presented in five


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schools in Spring 2016, nine schools during the 2016-2017 school year, and will be held in up to 18 schools in the 2017-2018 term. An additional session will be offered at the public library. Its effectiveness can be seen in the feedback the program receives. A local school principal said, “This is the best program I’ve offered my students.” Parents report, “I’m having conversations I didn’t know I needed to have with my child because of this program.” The number one write-in comment on postevaluations for what students would change is “MORE” - more sessions, more topics, more time, more students. Library sessions are available if parents would like to register their child to participate. A series of six presentations will be offered on Monday evenings at Central Library during the fall semester. The dates are Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, and Nov. 13 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and dinner will be provided. Registration can be completed online at A spring session will also be offered. The dates for this session are to be determined. Truth, Facts, & Lies is provided at no charge to schools and students. No one takes a salary. It is funded solely by community support. The first annual Margarita Bingo to benefit the program will be on August 25. The event is sold out. If you would like to donate, please visit for information.

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Sax In The City Celebrates the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Lake Charles! Mickey Smith, Jr.’s Sax in the City joins in the celebration of our fair city’s sesquicentennial anniversary Sunday, October 1, at 5:00 p.m. in the Buccaneer Room of the Lake Charles Civic Center. Mr. Smith will assemble an array of the best and brightest artistic gems our city has to offer. From a Cajun/Zydeco accordian played by Sean Ardoin to Leah Howard’s rendition of Nellie Lutcher’s songs, this will be music that connects our past and showcases our bright future. Guests should arrive early to view works of celebrated local artists in the Buccaneer Lobby. A gumbo dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m. with the concert beginning at 6:00 p.m. Leah Howard will appear as Lake Charles’ renowned jazz singer, Nellie Lutcher. Vocalists Tarinda Deviller and Eugenia Smith, Kip Faulk on trumpet, and wellknown Zydeco musician and singer Sean Ardoin will share

the stage with Mickey Smith and his Sax in the City band. This concert will benefit MusicMakers2U, a nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to pair gently used and donated musical instruments with deserving students in Southwest Louisiana. To see a student paired with a musical instrument is a heartwarming experience. This will be a high energy concert that no one will want to miss! Ticket information will be forthcoming. MusicMakers2U is supported by a SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau Tourism Marketing Grant from the SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau as administered by the Arts Council of SWLA. For more information on MusicMakers2U, please visit our FaceBook page or www. Please view or the Mickey Smith, Jr. FaceBook page for information about Sax in the City.

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By the Numbers Sasol opened two museum exhibits in Southwest Louisiana this summer. Both commemorate the local culture and promote learning about important aspects of the community. The Mossville History Project exhibit at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum features written and oral histories from the people and community of Mossville, as well as special artifacts donated by members of the community. The Chem Corner exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Lake Charles offers visitors a glimpse into daily life at an industrial facility and helps children learn about local industry and stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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“I am so thankful to the residents of Mossville and the dedicated steering committee for volunteering their time and sharing their personal stories to preserve the legacy of Mossville in a very personal, meaningful way,” - Susan Reed, Executive Director, Imperial Calcasieu Museum.

Number of the families featured from the original Mossville Settlement Interesting Artifacts Displayed: • Thomas Rigmaiden’s tombstone • Original pieces from the Mossville School • Church pew

Visit the exhibit at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum in Lake Charles at 204 W. Sallier Street. 30

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Chem Corner Exhibit

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July 10,2017


Key Components of Sasol’s Operations featured in the exhibit: Safety, Teamwork, & Science


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About employee hours volunteered Hands-on exposure to local STEM careers:



interactive stations that teach kids about STEM

“We are thrilled to have industry, a vital part of our Southwest Louisiana economy, represented in our museum. This exhibit will help familiarize children with STEM fields and the diverse careers brought to our area by industry.” – Dan Ellender, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Lake Charles “Sasol’s Chem Corner exhibit teaches children about the importance of safety and provides a parent-child teaching moment in which industry professionals can demystify the question ‘What do you do?’” – Brenna Hebert, Process Control & Automation Technology Manager, Sasol (contributed to exhibit design)

Visit the Chem Corner exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Lake Charles at 327 Broad Street. August 2017

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Movers and Shakers in Southwest Louisiana...

Who’s News? You tell us! Send press releases to with the subject line “Who’s News.”

Dr. Brett Goodwin Joins Imperial Health’s Physician Team

Brett Goodwin, MD, cardiologist, is the newest member of the Imperial Health Medical Staff. Originally from Southwest Louisiana, Dr. Brett Goodwin Dr. Goodwin is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Adult Echocardiography. He is board eligible in Nuclear Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Goodwin is joining Drs. Turner, DePuy, Mulhearn, Gilmore, Fastabend, LeBeau and Foster in the Cardiology Department at Imperial Health. His office is located at 600 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive. Dr. Goodwin is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Goodwin, call (337) 436-3813.

Loren Lampert Named Administrative First Assistant DA

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier has named Loren Lampert as Administrative First Assistant District Loren Lampert Attorney. Lampert, a former prosecutor and most recently former Alexandria Police Chief, joins the staff to concentrate on training, mentoring and assisting with felony cases. Lampert has been named as the Louisiana Narcotics Prosecutor of the year, he is a board member of the LDAA, a member of the NDAA, member of the Red River Delta Law Enforcement Planning District, Cenla Family Justice Center Board Member as well as a frequent lecturer and trainer for crime related topics.

Hospitalist Syed Saad, MD joins Memorial Medical Group Memorial Medical Group welcomes Syed Saad, MD, an internal medicine physician to its staff. Dr. Saad will serve as a hospitalist,

treating and caring for patients admitted to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. Dr. Saad received his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his three-year internal medicine residency at University Hospitals and Clinics and served as Chief Resident as part of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

Internal Medicine and Pediatric Specialist, Kenneth Leger, MD joins Memorial Medical Group

Memorial Medical Group welcomes Kenneth Leger, MD, an internal medicine and pediatric Dr. Kenneth Leger specialist to its staff. He sees patients of all ages at the Lake Charles Memorial medical office building at 4345 Nelson Road, Suite 201. Dr. Leger is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association and the Christian Medical Dental Association. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leger, call (337) 480-7900 or go to

Family Medicine Specialist, Carl Nabours, MD, joins Memorial Medical Group

Memorial Medical Group welcomes Carl Nabours, MD a boardcertified family medicine specialist to its staff. He Dr. Carl Nabours sees patients at the Lake Charles Memorial medical office building at 4345 Nelson Road, Suite 102. He has served Lake Charles as a family medicine specialist since 1981. Prior to joining Memorial Medical, Dr. Nabours worked at Lake Area Medical Center and in private practice. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Family Physicians and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Fraternity. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nabours, call (337) 480-7999 or go to

Family Medicine Specialist, Joshua Whatley, MD, joins Memorial Medical Group

Memorial Medical Group welcomes Joshua Whatley, MD, a boardcertified family medicine specialist to its staff. He Dr. Joshua Whatley sees patients at the Lake Charles Memorial medical office building at 4345 Nelson Road, Suite 102. Dr. Whatley was born in Lake Charles and raised in Iowa. Prior to joining the Memorial Medical Group, Dr. Whatley worked at Lake Area Medical Center and also in private practice. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Family Physicians and a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Whatley, call (337) 480-7999 or go to

Craven Qualified 2017 Chairman’s Council for New York Life Insurance Co.

Chris Craven has qualified for the 2017 Chairman’s Council in Barcelona, Spain for New York Life Insurance. He Chris Craven began in 1993 and has qualified for 24 consecutive councils based on sales performance. He is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table and has received numerous awards. He has also qualified in the Top 2% in the nation out of 12,500 licensed New York Life Agents.

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Update: Kendrick Finds Unconditional Love in a Forever Family We brought you a story in our October 2016 issue about an 11-year-old boy, Kendrick, simply asking to be loved. Well, that dream came true and Kendrick has been adopted. When we first met Kendrick, he shared the pain of being in foster care, separated from birth family, and unsure of his future in his third foster home. Kendrick spent several months in the home of Wendi and Troy Case of DeQuincy back in 2015. “He was very shy at first, but it didn’t take long for him to feel comfortable,” said Wendi. “He’s very funny, he’s very outgoing. He loves people.” “When we first got into fostering, we strictly were fostering, we weren’t going to adopt,” explained Wendi. “Our kids are older, we were done. And then after Kendrick left, we saw his New Family Tree segment on KPLC and God changed our hearts and we knew that he was going to be our son.” Wendi and Troy reached out to Kendrick’s adoption worker and Kendrick was thrilled to learn the Cases could become his forever parents. Kendrick said he had missed this family that had meant so much to him during his foster stay. Earlier this summer, surrounded by friends and now official family, wearing their “Loves Makes a Family” shirts, Kendrick’s adoption was final and he became a Case. Kendrick says that he’s happy to be home, deeply wanted, and loved. Wendi and Troy Case say their biggest lesson through this journey with Kendrick is that God is in control, not them. They encourage you to keep your heart open to adoption if you’re feeling that tug. To learn more about foster care and adoption through foster care call the Lake Charles region Department of Children and Family Services office at 337-491-2470.

Each day, an abused or neglected child is removed from an unsafe home and placed in Louisiana’s foster care system. They remain in the system until their home environment is safe—but for many, that never happens. Of the 4,000 children currently cycling in state foster care, about 350 are ready to be adopted today. More than sixty of them are in Southwest Louisiana, right here in our community.

KPLC reporter Britney Glaser, in partnership with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), highlights children who are legally ready to be adopted. Thrive is supporting The New Family Tree by featuring this month’s story.

QUICK FACTS ON ADOPTING A FOSTER CHILD • Minimum age is 21. • Single people can adopt. • Many of the children in state custody are considered “special needs,” which is defined as the following: older child, race/ethnic background, sibling group, medical conditions, and/or physical/ mental/emotional handicaps. • Children in foster care are there as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. • The certification process typically takes 90 days to complete. Once matched with a child, the process to legally adopt a child takes about one year. August 2017

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Find the Best Brush for Your Hair Type

by Emily Alford

Straight, curly, thick, thin—each type of hair comes with its own unique needs and challenges. The sizes, shapes, and even the bristles of different varieties of hairbrushes are actually designed to solve specific hair care problems; the key is picking the right brush for your hair type. If you’ve ever found yourself confused by the overwhelming selection of hairbrushes out there, here’s a handy guide to finding the perfect brush.








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1 | Thin If your hair is thin or damaged from dyes or chemical processing, a boar bristle brush is the way to go. Boar bristles glide easily through hair, so they won’t tug the roots and pull hair out during brushing. As a bonus for those with dry, damaged hair, boar bristles redistribute natural oils from the scalp, which then act as an extra layer of conditioner. 2 | Fine Brushing ultra-fine hair can cause it to simultaneously flatten out and flyaway with static electricity. However, switching to a brush with both nylon and boar bristles can cut down on friction that brushing typically builds, meaning hair will fall into place without losing volume. 3 | Thick If your hair is thick or wavy, chances are, you find yourself fighting tangles not just after the shower but also throughout the day. A small, handheld brush like the Tangle Teezer with wide bristles can be used on both wet and dry hair to gently smooth away knots. Plus, these brushes fit into the palm of your hand, so they’re easy to take on the go to ensure hair is always smooth and tangle-free. 4 | Curly The best brush for curly hair is actually no brush at all. While many hair care experts recommend fingercombing curly hair, that just won’t cut it when it comes to tangles. So for stubborn tangles after showering, use a wide-toothed detangling comb, which has two lengths of teeth to gently work out knots.

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5 | Frizzy If you blow-dry your hair smooth, a round brush is your best bet for easing frizz and flyaways. Choose a round brush with a ceramic base and ionic nylon or boar bristles. These work with the heat of your hairdryer to produce a smooth, just-back-from-the-salon finish. 6 | Oily Oily hair is tricky to care for, since brushing can transport oil from the roots to the ends, making it appear even oilier. While boar bristles are great for making hair appear thicker and nourishing damaged hair, they’re a no-go for people with fine, oily hair. Instead, try running a wide paddle brush with nylon bristles over the ends of hair, which will smooth frizz or knots without adding to the oiliness.

Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all hairbrush out there that solves every hair challenge with the stroke of a bristle. The good news is, there’s a wide variety to choose from, so make sure you’re matching your brush to your hair type for easy solutions to common hair problems.

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Wipe Out Wrinkles

BEFORE THEY START by Kristy Como Armand

Laugh lines or crow’s feet -- regardless of what you call them, wrinkles are not something most people look forward to seeing on their face. In fact, Americans spend billions of dollars each year on cosmetic treatments to eliminate these obvious signs of aging. But age is not the only contributing factor. You probably have more control over when and where you’ll get wrinkles than you might think. There are some very common everyday habits that accelerate the appearance of wrinkles in certain areas of the face. “Your age, genetics, environmental elements and how well you protect and care for your skin obviously play key roles in how your skin ages,” says facial cosmetic specialist Mark Crawford, MD with the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic. “But there are some common habits that most definitely contribute to the formation of wrinkles in the key areas around the mouth and eyes. Many of these habits are things you do without even considering the possible effect on your skin.” Sleeping position. Studies have shown that sleeping on your stomach can lead to extra forehead wrinkles while sleeping on your side can contribute to wrinkles in your cheeks. Sleeping on your back is the best choice for reducing wrinkles. Smoking. The serious health risks from smoking are well-known, but if an appeal to your vanity is the reason you need to quit, here it is: Research has shown that smoking can increase the number and depth of wrinkles. Smoking causes your body to release an enzyme that destroys collagen and elastin, the two most important components of healthy, smooth skin. In addition, the clinching of the lips required to hold a cigarette leads to vertical lines around the lips and puckering in the chin. Drinking from a straw. The act of sipping is very similar to that required for holding a cigarette in the mouth and can lead to the same types of wrinkles if you drink from a straw frequently. Skip the straw and drink directly from the glass, cup or bottle whenever you can.


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Squinting. Squinting in the sunlight or at the fine print can lead to wrinkles. Always wear sunglasses when it is bright outside; not only will they shield the skin around your eyes from the sun, but they will help you keep from squinting. You should also always wear glasses if you need them and make sure your prescription is up to date to avoid squinting. Contact lenses. It’s not the contacts that actually contribute to wrinkle formation, but the way most people put them in by pulling on the corners of their eyes. If you wear contacts, ask your eye doctor to demonstrate the proper way to insert the lenses to minimize the stress on the delicate skin around the eyes. Eyeliner. Wearing eyeliner won’t cause wrinkles, but how you apply it could. Pulling the eyelids out straight can stretch the skin and cause wrinkles. A better solution is to pull the skin gently at the temple, which is less likely to harm your skin.

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Rubbing your face with a towel. Rubbing vigorously with a towel to dry off your face stresses out the skin unnecessarily. Pat dry, blot, dab – but don’t rub and stretch. Be particularly gentle with the area under the eyes, which is the thinnest and most sensitive. Dr. Crawford says breaking the bad habits described here really will make a difference in where and when your first wrinkles appear. “Of course, aging is inevitable for everyone, but most people don’t want to see wrinkles any earlier than they have to. And fortunately, when wrinkles do surface, we have more options than ever – from physician-grade products to cosmetic injections to surgery – to smooth them away.” For more information about cosmetic treatment options, call the Aesthetic Center at (337) 310-1070 or visit


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Tips for Beating the Heat with Your Maternity Wardrobe

Camie Sanford Smith models fashions courtesy of Mimosa Boutique

by Emily Alford

Between the triple-digit temps and the soaring humidity, late summer and early fall in Louisiana are brutal for anyone, but combine the sweltering weather with pregnancy hormones and a few extra baby pounds, and summer becomes extra challenging for those with a baby on the way. Since holing up in the house isn’t usually an option, here are a few tips for beating the heat in stylish, yet comfortable maternity wear.

Search your closet For moms-to-be who are still in the early stages of their pregnancies, the secret to stylish summer maternity wear might already be hanging in their closet. “Really the only challenge I have found is finding clothes to fit the inbetween stage when you aren’t yet really showing, but have put on a little weight,” says Camie Sanford Smith, a Lake Charles mom with two boys and a newborn girl. For fashions to fit that challenging in-between time without breaking the bank, look through your wardrobe for empire waist dresses in stretchy fabrics. Maxi-dresses are in this summer, so last summer’s beach cover-up could be this summer’s elegant maternity dress, especially when


styled with updated accessories, like a chucky beaded necklace in bold colors. Go with the flow If you’re at the point in your pregnancy where you’re looking to buy some new pieces, Sanford Smith advises skipping the pants. “Dresses!!” she says. “The most comfortable and cool thing to wear to beat the summer heat is a sundress.” Luckily, 2017 is the summer marked by the triumphant return of the fashion caftan. Look for long, flowy dresses in neutral colors and then go wild with colored flat sandals or even a cool pair of sneakers, like Adidas Stan Smiths or a pair of old-school Converse Chuck Taylors.

Don’t limit yourself Many moms limit themselves solely to maternity stores or racks when they’re pregnant, which is a huge mistake, according to Sanford Smith. “It’s not hard to find maternity clothes if you don’t limit yourself to just ‘maternity clothes,’” she says. Sanford Smith has found non-maternity dresses that were a perfect fit in fast fashion stores like Mango. Even the straight-size racks at stores like Old Navy and the Gap are great for wardrobe staples like breezy, loose-fitting tee shirts. However, make sure tees and tanks are several inches longer than you would normally buy. It’s no fun constantly pulling fabric down over a baby bump.

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Skip the denim In the fall and winter, investing in a couple of pairs of maternity jeans is a good idea, but in the summer, with temperatures soaring, being wrapped in denim from the waist down is stifling. Instead, look for shorts or capris with elastic waists or drawstrings. If there’s ever a time to turn yoga pants into street wear, it’s pregnancy. There’s no right or wrong way to dress a pregnant body. If you feel like keeping it loose in lightweight dresses, you should. And if you’d rather show off the hard work your body’s doing in bumpbearing clothing, do it! “When I’m pregnant I like to accentuate my bump,” Sanford Smith says. “I think it’s such beautiful miracle!”

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Oh, Baby . . . you’re having a baby! Or you have a baby. In either case, parenthood and all it entails is a primary focus in your life. Certainly, being a mom or dad is likely by far the hardest job and the greatest responsibility you’ll ever experience. And we want to help. This issue’s cover story aims to make your job a little easier and give you peace of mind that, yes, you’re doing a great job. Here, you’ll find stories on decorating the nursery, buying baby clothes, helping your baby develop healthy and happy, and a fun update on those adorable Busby quintuplets.


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Dressing Baby for Summer by Emily Alford

Summertime is all about ice cream cones and afternoon playdates. But for parents of babies and toddlers, summer also means dressing kids to beat the heat, while keeping them covered for outdoor activities. Here’s how some of Lake Charles’ leading authorities on children’s fashion suggest dressing babies to keep them cool.

Keep it natural The wrong fabric choice for kids’ clothing can make for an uncomfortable, cranky baby. That’s why Kati Statum Cremeans, co-owner Oma’s Classic Children’s Clothing, suggests clothing made from all-natural fabric. “Cotton is the number one fabric of choice in clothing for our dreadfully hot summers,” Statum Cremeans says. “The natural fibers allow air to move freely through the fabric, which will keep your little ones cool and comfortable.” Another interesting and hygienic option is bamboo. “Bamboo fabric is also an excellent choice because it’s antibacterial,” Statum Cremeans says. “It is also highly sweat absorbent, which keeps kids cooler in summer.”

Suit up

One great summer option for both boys and girls is the classic sun suit, a lightweight linen or cotton jumper which snaps easily for quick diaper changes, according to Katie Sanford, co-owner of Sercy Lane. “In our opinion, there are few things sweeter than a baby in sandals and a sun suit. This look works for both boys and girls and is equally precious on each! It’s the perfect way to dress for a day of playing in the heat, keeping them cool and comfortable, yet still looking adorable.”


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Layer It Stocking up on summer clothing can get expensive, but according to Jennilee Stowell, owner of Trés Jolie boutique, shopping with layers in mind means you can get year-round use out of a carefully chosen summer wardrobe. “Stock your little one’s closet with light pieces that can be layered and transitioned into cooler days. For toddler boys, the best thing to do is keep their closets stocked with shorts and light and comfy tees. For toddler girls, sundresses are a lifesaver. These pieces are super easy to put on and get out the door.” When the heat finally breaks, thrifty parents can pair a light sweater and leggings with a solid color sundress or a long sleeve tee under a favorite summer shirt for a whole new outfit.

In summertime, comfort and ease are key. Keeping baby cool and stylish doesn’t have to be a headache with the right wardrobe staples.

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Feather Your Nest Baby Nursery Design, Decorating, and Essentials by Victoria Hartley Ellender

Preparing a baby nursery is one of many memorable milestones of pregnancy. From vintage nursery rhymes to soft pastel florals, the quest to find the perfect color scheme and fabrics can be a bit overwhelming. At the start, parents can easily get lost in the seemingly endless supply of dazzling design choices and boards on Pinterest. And all those checklists! Is it necessary to have a crib, bassinet, swing, and Rock-n-Play? Which items are really essential? Here, we’ve organized a simple guide to design the nursery that works for YOU.


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Nursery Design

When choosing a design, write down the top five words that describe what you want to feel and see when you walk into your baby’s nursery. Do you want it to be peaceful and simple? Do you want lots of vibrant color? How about whimsically vintage? Do you imagine a classic, genderneutral look? Narrow down your options by envisioning what is most important to you and then eliminate any ideas that don’t fit that look. There may be lots of things that catch your eye, but keeping your end goal in mind will help you to achieve the look you really want. Choose key pieces of furniture, including your crib and wall color palette, with your vision firmly in mind.

Basic essential items: • Crib sheets

• Bath towels • Baby soaps • Blankets for swaddling • Monitor • Nightlight • Safety covers for outlets

Decorating and Theme

• Sound machine • Burp cloths

Once you have a design and color palette, you can add accents to cozy up your nursery. Soft rugs, framed prints, and lamps can complete the space and accent your overall design. For décor, choose items that feel comfortable and complement your vision and values.

• Bibs • Bottles

Planning Ahead

Baby design experts recommend planning ahead around the bigger purchases in your baby’s room. Keep in mind your baby will grow quickly. Many parents opt for cribs that can convert into a toddler bed and then a twin bed as the child grows.


There are many baby items on the market, but each parent will value some items more than others. For example, some moms consider a baby swing to be essential while others find that a swing doesn’t work for them. The key is to consider your space and lifestyle. Lyndi Marti, store manager of Pink and Blue Avenue in Lake Charles, recommends including plenty of muslin swaddles, a good nursing pillow, a sound machine, and baby bath products. “Muslin swaddles are great to swaddle baby or to use as a regular blanket if you’re on the go. Our store carries several brands of muslin swaddles and we have some really cute colors and designs including stripes, solids, florals, even alligators,” Marti said. In a world full of options, the key is to find what works for you and your family’s individual needs. Everything else will fall into place.

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The Swiss Army Diaper Bag A New Trend

by Keaghan P. Wier

The diaper bag -- one of the most-used pieces of baby equipment new parents will purchase. There are so many options available, with a wide variety of colors, styles and features! Here are a few of the top trends in diaper bags this year.

Convertible Bags

These bags can switch from a backpack to messenger bag or shoulder bag.

Built-in Changing Pads

More and more diaper bags come with a foldout changing pad that unzips from the side of the bag itself. It’s one less thing to have to rummage around for when you’re dealing with an explosive diaper situation!


Like convertible bags, backpacks are popular for their ease of use -- and often, they’re far more ergonomic than a shoulder bag. This is great if you plan to haul more gear or want something easier on your shoulders for a long walk.

Bags in Disguise

Often, these bags are designed for Mom. Usually made from leather, they are crafted to look like an oversized purse -- fantastic if you want to consolidate your purse and diaper bag, without losing your fashion edge.

Gender-Neutral Bags Dads can be a bit put-off by the styles of diaper bags. Many bags these days are made of gender-neutral colors, fabrics, and in structured styles that both parents will love.


If you’re in the market for a diaper bag, check out the selection at Pink & Blue Avenue on Nelson Road. in Lake Charles. Regina Ledet, co-owner of the boutique, said convertible and easyto-clean styles sell best with new moms. She recommends the Boxy by Petunia Pickle Bottom. “It’s a great size, not too small or too large, comes in a large variety of prints, and includes a wipe case and a zipdown changing pad. Everyone who gets a Boxy always has nothing but good things to say about it!” Stop in to see what they have in stock and find the perfect bag for you and your little one. Mention this article, and Pink and Blue Avenue will give you a 10% discount on a diaper bag!

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DIY Baby Food by Keaghan P. Wier

As a new or expectant parent, you naturally want to give your child the very best. One trend in recent years, aimed at providing the best nutrition possible for growing babies and toddlers, is homemade baby food. Making your own baby food allows you to customize flavors you know your child enjoys, as well as avoid foods that may upset his stomach. In addition, it ensures you are feeding him the freshest and least-processed food possible, which can make it more nutritious and tastier. A simple taste test between commercially-jarred baby food versus freshly made and you will notice the difference. Another huge perk of DIY baby food . . . it is far less expensive than prepackaged food. Of course, there is something to be said for the convenience of those little jars of easy-to-pack baby food, especially if you work outside the home or simply don’t have the energy to devote to such an endeavor. But if you are interested in tackling this project, here are a few tips. If possible, use organic produce for your homemade baby food. This reduces the number of pesticides your child may be exposed to. Make larger batches and August 2017

freeze the purees in ice cube trays. Once solid, pop out and store in containers or plastic freezer bags. Defrost portions as needed. If you defrost using a microwave, be very careful of any “hot spots” from the food heating unevenly, and allow it to cool before serving to baby. While there are baby food makers on the market, you really don’t need any special equipment. Some things, like an avocado or banana, will smash easily with a fork or spoon. Others like cooked green peas, carrots, and squash can be pureed using either a standard or immersion blender. Start with fruits and vegetables, but you can also follow these methods for fish and meat as baby is ready. Be careful in food preparation for baby. Wash and sanitize dishes and kitchen surfaces. Any fresh produce you use should be cleaned. Store food in glass or BPA-free plastic. With some precautions for safety and a bit of planning ahead, making your own baby food can be an easy way to not only save money, but also ensure your child eats the very best food you can offer. For flavor ideas or more tips, check online -- there are many to be found!

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The Best Toys for Baby’s Development

by Bailey Castille

Countless books and websites for parents stress the importance of a child’s first year on his or her brain development. Although everyone may not agree on the best way to raise a child, many concur that a vital part of a baby’s development is playtime. But which toys best foster brain development in babies? While babies grow, their brains receive information from all five senses to form cognitive connections in their brains. The best toys appeal to all five senses. “One of our favorite baby toys from when our children were infants was a play mat designed with arches and multiple textured and colored hanging items, as well as items attached to the mat, that infants can use both while on their backs and during tummy time,” says Dr. Bryan Karriker, father of two and pediatrician at the Children’s Clinic of SWLA. This toy engages all of baby’s senses. The best toys to stimulate a baby’s vision have black and white or light and dark contrasting colors. Black and white contrasts send the strongest visual signals to a baby’s brain, while pastels appear as one indistinct color to the baby. Textured toys appeal to the baby’s sense of touch, while musical or noise toys stimulate the baby’s hearing and creative reasoning. Classic toys, such as rattles and puzzles, are classics for a reason: they get the job done. Blocks follow babies from one developmental step to the next. They first discover weight when they pick up the blocks, and gravity when they throw them down. As they start to stack the blocks, they understand stability. Once they begin building more elaborate structures, they learn symmetry.


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In the age of smartphones, technology may be a tempting substitute for the more traditional toys of prior generations. This should not be the case. “The current American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines are for children younger than 18-24 months age to avoid screen media except for video chatting platforms such as Facetime or Skype,” explains Dr. Karriker. However, he adds that when parents must utilize screen media, “a good DVD series is the Baby Einstein series. It has DVDs tailored for different age infants and toddlers, and short segment durations.” Fortunately, one of the best ways to improve brain development is through human interaction. “Children under 24 months need hands-on exploration and social interactions to develop their cognitive, language, motor, and socialemotional skills,” says Dr. Karriker. You, essentially, are your baby’s greatest tool for development. By talking, playing, and laughing with your baby, you will foster your baby’s sensory development as he or she grows.

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Bond with Baby while Building your Career

Being a mom is a full-time job that demands most all your time and energy. Many modern mothers balance that loving responsibility with a full-time career, thus making them the equivalent of superheroes. Whether you’re whipping an accounting department into shape, changing diapers, or getting dinner on the table for your growing family, there are a few mom-hacks to make it easier to bond with your baby while juggling both family and career.

with the use of a baby sling as you move around the house. Loving touch strengthens the bond between you and baby.

Spend quality time with your baby. It isn’t the quantity of the time you spend with your baby; it is the quality. In the mornings before going to the office, take time to talk, sing, and laugh with your baby as you bathe, change, and dress your child. He or she will respond to your voice and you’ll both look forward to those special moments. When you come home, spend time reading a story together or carve out some play time before you begin chores or dinner.

Brush off the well-intentioned but sometimes unhelpful advice of others. When you have a baby, it may seem that suddenly, everyone is an expert on what you must do to ensure you don’t scar your baby for life by accidentally feeding them non-organic bananas ten minutes too early in your daily schedule. Thank them for that advice, but remember that your baby will tell you what he/she needs. Don’t feel guilty if your baby isn’t on the same schedule as your best friend’s baby. Babies are little humans, all amazing and unique, and will let you know their different needs if you pay close attention.

The power of touch. Your baby wants to be close to you, and you can make that happen when you get home by having a bit of cuddle time. You can even cuddle while multi-tasking


Remember the benefits of swaddling and massage. Swaddling a newborn will reduce their anxiety and soothe bouts of colic, making your baby happier. These will help your time together be less stressful and more enjoyable, especially in those early months. Baby massage can also reduce anxiety and general fussiness as well as alleviate colic.

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by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

When you wake up in the mornings and put your superhero cape on before work, remember that you are the world to your little one. Taking the time to make the moments you have together count to the fullest will ensure the bond between you and baby will grow stronger every day, whether you go into the office or stay home.

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1 Emma Liam 2 Olivia Noah 3 Ava Lucas 4 Isabella Mason 5 Sophia Oliver 6 Mia Ethan 7 Amelia Elijah 8 Charlotte Logan 9 Harper Aiden 10 Aria James

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Finding the Support You Need to Cope with Infant Loss Infertility, miscarriages, and SIDS can all have a negative impact on the mental state of a woman, and those around her. While these can be a private matter that requires alone time to cope, no one should ever be left to feel isolated in their grief. If you struggle with one of these sorrows, know that you are not alone. Support can come in many forms and places. Here are several resources where we hope you can find the support that’s right for you: Friends and Family Someone near you has likely experienced similar issues. Statistics show that one in four women have dealt with at least one of these circumstances. Church If you find no one in your immediate circle to relate to, try contacting a local church for support. While not all institutions offer a formal group, you will find many of the women are more than willing to share their own experiences with loss and coping. Hospitals, Neo-natal clinics, and ObGyn If the medical staff can’t point you to a support group, they will at least be able to provide you with reading material to explain these situations, your options, and contact information for more questions. Maddie’s Footprints This is a Lafayette group formed to provide “companions along the journey”. This bereavement support group assists anyone dealing with infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, adoption placements, or needing financial support for similar reasons in the state of Louisiana.


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Roman’s Wings of Hope This nonprofit support group was started in 2014 by a Youngsville, Louisiana, couple after suffering the loss of their son to stillbirth. Read their story and connect with others at Fertility Plus A Christian support group for mothers who have lost babies to miscarriage and stillbirth. MEND “Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death” is an infant loss organization formed with the express purpose of connecting sufferers with any form of support they need. If you can’t find what you need with them, chances are they will have a connection that can help as they have partnered and linked to many other support groups. PALS This “Pregnancy After Loss Support” online group offers immediate support and education, and attempts to find you local support. Therapists If you find yourself struggling and unable to cope on your own, even with a support group, you might consider seeing a therapist. Many therapists specialize in issues such as infertility, miscarriages, grief, loss, anxiety, etc. To find one near you, or who specializes in your particular struggle, visit

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Based on personal experience, Lauren Monroe, owner of Mimosa Boutique, is passionate about the plight of women who want to become mothers. “Everyone has a difficult road to motherhood in some way,” says Lauren. “It’s not as easy as it sounds.” When she decided to give back and support this cause through her business, sponsoring a fashion show was a natural fit. “It’s what I know, what I’m good at.” Lauren’s annual event, Fashion Gives Back, is now in its third year. It will be held September 28 at a new location, Burton Coliseum. “We needed a larger venue because the event is so popular. Last year, we sold out -500 tickets in four hours,” she says. Fashion Gives Back benefits a national organization called Hand to Hold. They focus on NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) babies and pre-term labor. They provide support groups for parents who grieve the loss of a child, suffer from infertility, or deal with miscarriage. Lauren says, “I want to bring awareness to everyone’s journey to motherhood.” Tickets for Fashion Gives Back go on sale August 18 at 10:00 a.m. on their event page. Ticket prices are $75 for general admission and $150 for front row VIP.

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Zika Virus and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

When you live in a place where the unofficial state bird is the mosquito, gaining information on the Zika virus is important. This virus is spread mostly through the bite of an infected mosquito, and can be passed from a pregnant woman to her unborn child. Common symptoms of the Zika virus include headaches, joint pain, muscle aches, fever, rash, and red eyes. The most terrifying fact about this virus is that it can be passed to a child in utero, causing birth defects such as microcephaly, a defect that impacts the brain. So far, there have been cases reported in Florida and Texas, both locations Louisiana residents frequent. So the question becomes: how can you be prepared? Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, the CDC suggests avoiding mosquito bites, which in South Louisiana is akin to avoiding raindrops while outside during a tropical storm. However, there are steps you can take to prevent infection, such as planning your travel carefully. If you are pregnant, or expect to become pregnant, avoid areas where infections have been reported. You can help prevent mosquito bites by wearing

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appropriate clothing, like long sleeves and pants. Loose clothing is better than tight clothing because mosquitos are less likely to get to your skin through the loose fabric. Also, lighter colors are better as mosquitos are attracted to dark colors. Douse yourself in bug spray and avoid standing water. Investing in a good mosquito spray is a good way to prevent pesky and possibly dangerous mosquito bites. Avoid mosquito breeding grounds like standing water. Standing water in Southwest Louisiana is difficult to avoid as it is classified as anything from the edges of ponds, lakes, marshes, and swamps to the water in your bird bath, so be sure to dress appropriately and keep everything as dry as possible at home. Be prepared by assembling your own Zika Prevention Kit. Find suggestions on the CDC’s website, and include a quality insect repellent, standing water treatment tabs which kill larvae in standing water around your home, and permethrin spray for your clothing and gear. Follow these guidelines to help you avoid contracting the Zika virus.

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Not surprisingly, vision problems are linked directly to an infant’s early development and how they learn about their world. Poor vision in an infant can lead to difficulty in new social situations in daycare or with playmates. The American Optometric Association estimates as many as one in four young learners struggle in early education and social interactions because of early undiagnosed vision problems.


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Just like walking and talking, babies are not born with great vision and need time to develop vision. Before they use their hands to grasp their world, babies use their eyes to map their environment and the people in it. Even the abilities to focus and to move their eyes with accuracy are skills to be learned. At birth, babies are overwhelmed with visual stimuli, and even though they appear to look directly at you or an object, babies are usually unable to differentiate between two images. Their focus is on what’s eight to ten inches from their face, and if vision problems are present, they can be difficult to identify in infants. Dr. Keith Menard, OD, an optometrist at Menard Eye Center, explains, “Adults put up with more vision problems than they have to, and many times small children are the same way.” Unfortunately, your baby isn’t exactly equipped with the ability to tell you if his or her vision isn’t what it should be. As your child grows, you still may not know if there are problems. Especially if the child’s vision has always been poor, they may not be aware their sight could be better. There are many red flags parents should keep an eye out for concerning

their infant’s vision, ranging from subtle behaviors to overt habits. “While vision problems in infants can be rare, parents still need to stay on top of their infant’s eye health,” said Dr. Menard. “It will help avoid more serious problems later.” “Parents can be proactive in helping their infants with visual development,” said Dr. Menard. “It’s so important to stay engaged and involved with every aspect of a child’s growth and development.” For infants, try using a nightlight or other dim lamp in their room so they have some visual stimuli at all times. It may help to change the crib’s location frequently, as well as the baby’s position in it. Because babies only focus on what’s right in front of them, always keep toys close to their visual field, about eight to ten inches from the face. “Perhaps one of the most important things a parent can do at this stage is schedule an infant eye exam,” said Dr. Menard. “Even if it seems like there are no eye or vision problems with your infant, an early eye exam can cross off problems that may pop up later.” For more information, visit www. or call 337-478-4733.

Infant behaviors that may indicate poor vision include: • Frequently blinking or rubbing their eyes • Avoiding up-close activities • Tilting head to the side or thrusting it forward • Squinting or frowning when focusing • Experiencing frequent headaches • Covering one eye

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Constant eye turning Extreme sensitivity to light Red or crusted eye lids Excessive tearing Any unusual appearance of the eyes or surrounding tissue • Any unusual behavior regarding the eyes or visual habits

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Discovering Hearing Loss in Babies by Christine Fisher

Cooing and babbling from infants are part of normal development. They mimic the sounds they hear. Imagine for a moment if their world was silent. Without hearing sounds, they would have nothing to pattern after and their language skills wouldn’t progress. 56

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That’s the reality for nearly 12,000 babies born each year in the United States, according to the National Institute on Deafness. It is one of the most common birth defects. Because hearing is a fundamental part of learning, universal newborn hearing screening programs are available in every state. In Louisiana, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program oversees screenings on all infants who are born in a hospital or a medical facility. “A baby’s hearing ability is checked before they leave the hospital,” said Jake Cavanaugh, Au.D., audiologist with Hearing Solutions of Louisiana and medical staff member of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “The test is painless and easy but it can identify if there is a problem and give the parents a recommended follow-up date. The screening usually takes about ten minutes and can be done when the baby is sleeping.” Without newborn screening, children with hearing impairments often are not diagnosed until two or three years of age, causing many to lose ground in their development. “The goal of early screening, combined with

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follow up testing, if needed, and treatment, is to help children with hearing impairment to develop language and academic skills on their level and equal to their peers,” said Cavanaugh. Hearing impairment can be inherited or it could be the result of illness or injury before, during, or after birth. About 90% of babies with hearing impairments are born to parents with normal hearing, according to the March of Dimes. “It is very important for parents to receive the report from the hearing screening. If for some reason they don’t receive it at the hospital, they should follow up with their child’s pediatrician within one month,” Cavanaugh said. “Babies with hearing difficulties should be seen by a specialist as soon as possible to avoid developmental delays.” Research shows that if a child’s hearing loss is remedied by six months of age, it will prevent subsequent language delays. Ensuring your baby hears adequately will help him in every aspect of learning and development. For more information, or to schedule a hearing evaluation, call Hearing Solutions of Louisiana at 337-528-7842.

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Signs of a possible hearing problem • Not turning toward the sound of a voice by six months of age • Lack of babbling by 12 months of age • Failure to startle at loud sounds • Not using single words by 18 months


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Bringing Home Baby x5

The Very Busy Busbys All parents face adjustments when they bring home a new baby, but imagine bringing home five new babies. That’s feedings every three hours – all through the night, 40 bottles a day, and 420 diapers a week.


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When asked what she misses the most about Southwest Louisiana other than family, Danielle said, without hesitation: Casa Mañana margaritas, Jo’s Party House cupcakes, and real Cajun cooking.

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This became the new normal for Lake Charles natives Danielle and Adam Busby when they became the proud parents of the only all-female set of quintuplets in the country in April of 2015. The family of three (they had a 4-year-old daughter, Blayke, at the time) became a family of eight overnight, quickly outgrowing their Houston suburban home, car, and just about everything else in their lives. “When we found out we were expecting quintuplets, we were obviously shocked. I think I laughed – almost like it was a joke. I couldn’t really process it. Then it became real, and overwhelming,” said Danielle. “After we had a little time to process the news, Adam and I accepted the babies for the blessings they were. We had struggled with infertility before both of our pregnancies and had always wanted a large family. We were getting everything we had asked for – just in an unexpected way.” Fortunately, Danielle’s pregnancy progressed as normally as possible for higher order multiples, thanks to a huge effort on her part to follow her doctor’s instructions. The quints, Ava Lane,Olivia Marie, Hazel Grace, Riley Paige, and Parker Kate, were born early, at 28 weeks. They spent three months in the NICU, coming in home in stages, which Danielle said made it easier for her and Adam to adjust to having multiple tiny babies at home. “The early days were tough,” said Adam. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Fortunately, we had a lot of faith, and a lot of help from our family and friends.” Danielle adds that those strong ties to family are an important part of their Southwest Louisiana roots that remain an important part of their life. “We take care of each other. My sisters and my mom live here now and we are very close. We visit Lake Charles to see Adam’s

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family and our extended family as often as we can. It will always be ‘home’ to us.” Fast forward two years, and the family has adjusted, but life is anything but calm around the Busby home. The two-yearold quints are now doing what most toddlers do – exploring their world and testing the boundaries. For Adam and Danielle, the challenge of keeping up with them is just ramped up to the power of five. Adding to the chaos of life with five toddlers, an active six-year-old and a new business (they recently became partners in Rush Cycle in League City), is a network camera crew for TLC. A blog Danielle and Adam started about the pregnancy gained a large national following and they were approached about a reality show chronicling their story and life with quintuplets. The show was a success and the third season of Outdaughtered is airing now on TLC. Adam says sharing their life does present some challenges. “Having a camera crew added to a household that already has eight people can definitely make things a bit crowded at times, and there are logistics to figure out whenever we want to do anything that they want to tape for the show.” But he says there are rewards are well. “They are capturing our memories; a lot of things we don’t even remember, especially from the early days when we were so sleep-deprived.” Danielle agrees. “I get emotional watching different episodes because of how much the babies have changed. We’re getting the best footage of our lives captured. That’s something our kids will have to cherish forever.” The Busby’s best parenting advice? “You can only do as much as you can at that moment in time,” says Danielle. “Learn to laugh about a situation and sit back and enjoy the ride.”

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by Olivia Heinen

Fitting all your belongings in a dorm room can feel like playing a giant game of Jenga. To avoid seeing boxes instead of the usual cinder block walls, without lacking anything important, here are some ideas of what you must have, what’s nice to have, and things to simply leave at home:

Must Have Shower Caddy

Most colleges state this item on their dorm shopping lists. But you may not realize its value until you see your neighbors struggling to carry shampoo and conditioner bottles, soap, towel, and washcloth to the restroom every night. Even if you have a suite bath, putting the towel over your shoulder and carrying everything else in a basket results in a much easier trip.


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Pack more hangers than you think you’ll need. With limited space, you can use hangers to hang and store non-clothing items such as purses and satchels, spare sheets and blankets, even an umbrella.

Speaking of umbrella . . . This is one item you definitely don’t want to forget. And if you do, you’ll remember real quick when you’re caught in the middle of that first downpour.

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Teachers and College Students, Take Note!

Nice to Have Alarm Clock

In this era of smartphones, alarm clocks aren’t the necessity they once were. But they are still nice to have if you awaken in the night and want to check the time; even more so, if your phone battery dies sometime in the night before that big exam.

Trash Can

Yes, there are trash cans in the restrooms, and even larger ones somewhere down the hall. Some schools provide waste baskets in individual dorm rooms, but others do not. And you don’t want to leave your room every time you need to throw something away. One small bin will make it more likely to have a room free of paper plates, candy wrappers, and the like.


You will often be expected to print out assignments, notes, and other documents. Yes, the library has computers and printers you can use, but this may not be convenient at night or fifteen minutes before class starts.

Leave at Home Fire Hazard Items

Parents and school official alike have some concerns about hundreds of 18-year-olds living under one roof. Anything that has even a minuscule chance of causing a fire is prohibited. If resident assistants find a candle, toaster, etc. in your dorm, you will face consequences. And if you hide it well and eventually set off the smoke alarm, the verdict will be even more severe!

TV Wall Mounts

Another concern of school officials is wall damage in the dorm rooms. For this reason, many universities require students to place their televisions elsewhere in the room. Alternatives? Consider a dresser top against a wall or under a top bunk bed. Better yet, consider leaving the TV at home. Most residence halls have at least one television for students to use.

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As students begin the new year on college campuses across the country, most will probably be thinking about their class schedule, friends, football season, and back-to-school parties. These are all important elements of campus life, but there’s another one students shouldn’t forget: safety. “The most important guideline for staying safe at college is knowing the school’s emergency policies and procedures,” says Joni Fontenot, chief operating officer for the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. “But keep in mind that there is only so much school officials can do to protect students. College students also have to take an active role in their own safety. Unfortunately, many students take a relaxed attitude toward safety, so parents should frequently review basic guidelines with their young adult students.”


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Home Sweet (Safe) Home

What’s New in Home Security Systems by Frank DiCesare


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Protecting your loved ones at home is perhaps the most important consideration for any homeowner. For millions of people across the country, a home security system is the best answer to keep families safe from any threats to their well being. Today, home security systems feature the push-button, wireless technology that is so much a part of modern life in the 21st century. Anyone with a smartphone can secure their home and check in on loved ones from virtually anywhere on the planet. You could say that when it comes to home security in today’s world – there’s an app for that.

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“My customers love the ease of use that comes with a wireless home security system,” said Heath Stevison, co-owner of Apex Alarms in Lake Charles. “If the alarm goes off, they get a text message; they get a phone call. It’s just how our industry is these days. My system sends me a ten second video clip of my daughter coming home. So it’s peace of mind. You don’t have to pick up the phone and call your child to see if she came home.” Most home security apps are compatible with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry phones. Among the most popular are Ivideon, an app that allows live streaming via the Internet; Reolink, available for iPhone and Android and features four megapixel HD video; and Presence, which can turn your old iOS phone into a home security system. Stevison said wireless home security systems have been around for about three years and make up about 95% of today’s market. Gone are the days when these systems were wired to landline phones. “Now, you can still use your landline telephone; it’ll work. It’s just not secure,”

he added. “If your landline is down, the alarm system can’t dial out; it has no way to communicate. So if somebody breaks into your home, the siren will still make a noise but the police and monitoring stations will not get a phone call or a signal from your system.” Apex Alarms uses Honeywell’s Total Connect app. With this app, users can access their security system from their smartphone to lock their doors automatically, turn lights on and off, adjust thermostats, and activate the wireless security cameras attached to their homes. “Today’s true wireless cameras have their own SIM card built into them so you don’t need a high-speed internet connection to use them,” Stevison added. “Some places don’t have high-speed internet. Well, these cameras have their own LTE network built into them so you can set them up outside and view them through your cellphone’s live feed.” Total Connect also features geofence technology, which is a virtual perimeter

in a geographical area. Stevison said when users exit their homes and arm their security systems, Total Connect will send them a notification on their smartphone when they have left the geofence area. If users have their thermostat connected to their home security system, the geofence will automatically adjust it to a desired temperature when users enter the virtual area. “Obviously down here in the summertime it gets so hot, a lot of our houses, even if you set your thermostat to 74 degrees, your air conditioner is running quite a bit,” Stevison said. He added that today’s wireless home security systems are popular among his younger clients. “Today’s younger generation, most of them don’t even know about landline phones,” he said. “All they know is – I got a cellphone; there’s an app for that. Those older landline phones are still working, but everyone today is pretty much wireless.”


Straight Answers to Your Questions on Industry and the Environment


I see the flares burning at industry by my house and can’t help but wonder what they’re burning, or if something is on fire. Is it dangerous?


Flares are a safety mechanism.

Flares process excess gas by burning it off. This safety mechanism minimizes air pollution and helps prevent industrial accidents. The noise that sometimes accompanies a flare is from the steam that’s used as a coolant. When the steam is introduced, it creates a hissing or rumbling noise. The steam cools the system, reduces smoke and minimizes air pollution. We know flares can cause concern and questions, and we try to minimize their use as much as possible because they’re so costly. Understanding why the flares are used can hopefully put any concerns to rest.

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Money & Career College Specific Books Colleges often ask students to buy college-specific books. They take a commonly used textbook and have it printed with the college name and course number on the cover. This gives the book a new ISBN (International Standard Book Number) that is typically only available at the college it was made for.

College Textbooks on a Budget

You’ve paid the tuition and fees, chosen a meal plan, and outfitted the dorm room with all the necessities. But there’s one more major expense you may not have planned for – the college bookstore and that list of required reading material. A recent study by the United States Government Accountability office showed that the average textbook prices have risen 82% in just ten years. Many expected internet access would help lower the costs of textbooks, but the college textbook industry is determined to prevent students from saving money by using such tactics as college specific books, book bundling, and eTextbooks, all of which raise prices. Fortunately, there are solutions. You just need to do a little


homework before classes begin. “There are many ways you can save when buying textbooks that the college textbook industry doesn’t want you to know about,” says Chris Manns of the price comparison websites CheapestTextbooks. com and TextbookRentals. com. These free services help students locate the cheapest prices for millions of books. Here is Mann’s list of college textbook industry tactics and tips to navigate around them and pay less.

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Instead Ask the professor if it’s okay to use the book’s common version. The common version will be available online and, in most cases, be less expensive. Other than the cover, the book is exactly the same. When you rent or buy it online, you’ll be able to rent or buy it used from anyone.

Book Bundling: Students may be required to buy a “book bundle” with extra class materials that add to the cost. These bundles often include items the professors won’t even use. Instead: Email the professor or wait until the class starts and ask if the professor will use the supplemental material. If the answer is no, then buy only the textbook online.

eTextbooks: eTextbooks are generally more expensive than buying a book used or renting it, and they typically expire after six months or a year. Instead: Shop around. Most eTextbooks are available from multiple sellers. If you have the option, go old-school and buy the hard cover or paperback, which will typically be much cheaper. This allows you to keep the book if you want, or you can sell it later.

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Timing: Sometimes students don’t discover what textbooks they need until a couple of weeks before classes start, giving them little time to shop around.


Instead: Don’t stress over getting your books before classes start. If you don’t mind a little inconvenience, wait until you’re a couple days into the school year before buying. The professor may even tell you that you don’t need the book. If it is required, you can shop online and still have the book within a couple days.

New Editions: Manns says this is an age-old problem. Publishers release new versions of books every few years, even though the content changes little. Usually buying an older edition gives you the information you need. Older editions often cost less than $25.

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by Angie Kay Dilmore

Gullibility is not a prerequisite to becoming a hapless victim of wily scam artists. Even savvy persons can fall prey to a swindler. Whether telemarketing fraud, sweepstakes fraud, fake check scams, and living trust scams, the best way to protect yourself and your assets is to become knowledgeable with the methods and schemes that cons often use. “Scammers target anyone who they can reach,” says Carmen Million, President/CEO of the Lake Charles Better Business Bureau. “However, senior citizens are more susceptible to scams because they are more accessible.” While seniors are often targeted by scammers, no one is immune to a con artist’s tricks. Follow these tips to avoid the riskiest scams:

These may be your earning years, and retirement may feel like a lifetime away. But now is the time to lay the financial foundation for your future. Commit to making an investment in your long-term financial health by scheduling a fiscal checkup. Call for a complimentary portfolio consultation and a discussion about healthy investing for your future.

Home Improvement Scams It begins with a knock on the door, a flyer in the mailbox, or an ad in the newspaper. The “contractor” promises a lower price or a quick time frame. These scams are particularly prevalent after a storm or other natural disaster. To avoid these scams, close the door on high pressure sales pitches, upfront payments, and cash only deals. Insist upon a contract and references. Ask to see verification of identification, licenses, and insurance.


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Fake Checks and Money Order Scams Circumstances vary in this ploy; maybe you’ve been “paid” for a service, sold a garage sale item, or been told you’ve won a cash prize. You’re given a check that “accidentally” is for more than the agreed upon price. The scammer tells you to deposit the check, keep the amount owed, and wire back the overage. In reality, the check is a forgery and will bounce. But meanwhile, you have wired the con money. A wire transfer is akin to sending money and nearly impossible to trace. To avoid this scam, be wary of overpayments. Never send money to people you do not know, especially if they ask for the funds in either a wire transfer or a pre-paid debit card. And never share personal information, such as date of birth, bank and credit card numbers, and passwords with people you do not know. Employment Scams You’re in the market for a new or second job and you see an ad online or in your email inbox. You apply and you’re hired immediately, without so much as an interview. Red flag! Then they ask you to pay up front for training materials or expensive equipment to work from home. They require personal information for a background check and banking information for direct deposit. Don’t fall for it. Be suspicious of job offers without an interview process. Certain job types are common with this scam, ie work from home, secret shoppers, or unspecific titles such as caregiver, administrative assistant, or customer service rep.

Online Purchase Scams Websites like eBay, Craig’s List, and other direct seller to buyer sites are rife with scam potential. Both buyers and sellers need to proceed with caution. Overpayments, as noted above, are a common scam. Or buyers may not receive an item they have purchased. To be diligent, don’t prepay for big ticket items, such as cars, sight unseen. Avoid the overpayment trap. And don’t allow a buyer or seller to persuade you to circumvent the site’s usual payment methods. Million offers this advice to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. “Use common sense. Never make a quick decision based on pressure or fear. It is also important to understand that caller ID is no longer effective. Scammers have the ability to manipulate the phone system to hide their identity and location. When in doubt, check it out first by calling a trusted family member or the BBB. For more information on scams and fraud, call the Lake Charles Better Business Bureau at 337-478-6253 or go to www. And remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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Become a Master Money Saver

The moment the average person feels like they’ve caught up on bills and everyday expenses, their car’s transmission might go out, or maybe it’s time for back-to-school shopping. When we graduate college and get our first real job, we hope that living paycheck-to-paycheck is behind us, but for many people in Southwest Louisiana, it remains a reality.

The Louisiana Association of United Ways’ 2017 ALICE Report shows that 43% of residents in Calcasieu Parish fall in the ALICE segment, which stands for Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed. While it’s not the poverty line, this segment in our community can pay the bills and put food on the table, but if a big expense pops up, it becomes very difficult to make ends meet. “One of the easiest ways for families to create and sustain a safety net when hard times arise is to begin saving now -- even if it’s just a little,” said Southwest Louisiana Credit Union CEO Ronaldo Hardy. Putting aside a little money each month may seem like a no-brainer, but it is surprisingly difficult for families who have numerous financial priorities such as their kids’ health and education. “It’s easy to feel like there’s never a good time to start a savings routine. Every season of the year has its expenses, whether it’s back-to-school season, the holidays, or tax season,” said Hardy. “The important thing is to keep saving each month. It will add up and help out down the road.” There are many savings strategies that may seem insignificant but can create a big boost in cash later.


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Open a second checking or savings account. This will keep you from being tempted to use the money you’ve saved. A separate account may deter you from accessing it during dry times. Keeping your savings as intact as possible will make it easier to continue putting money aside. Also try automatic transfers from your checking to your secondary account. A savings plan on autopilot is a savings plan with a better chance of success. Download apps that help you save. There are numerous safe and trusted apps that can help you easily save money and stay on track with expenses. Some apps even round up your expenses and automatically deposit the difference into your checking or savings account. That means if you spend $4.27, the app will deposit 73 cents into your account. Cut frivolous expenses now. You know that $6.15 triple-shot grande latte with soymilk you pick up a few times a week? By cutting that out and making coffee at home, you can save more than $950 a year. Make a spending plan for out of town trips. Vacations and business trips -- no matter how small -- can make you bleed cash. A simple three day weekend in Houston can turn into a spending spree. By creating a strict spending plan prior to leaving, you won’t be caught off-guard with expenses you may have overlooked, such as meals, gas, roadside assistance, hotel fees, etc. Be sure to clearly identify your goals. Saying you’re just “saving for the future” runs the risk of you getting distracted from intangible ambitions. Concrete goals with time-sensitive milestones can feel more real and less intimidating. Putting a label on a savings goal, such as a child’s new school clothes or a new family car, can help keep you motivated to save towards your goals. For more tips and ideas on how to save, visit or call Southwest Louisiana Credit Union at 337-477-9190.

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Where you go to stay in the know! Matthew Scroggs, MD, and Bradley Forsyth, MD, Combine Offices

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City Council Members Support Alliance for Positive Growth Pledge for Southwest Louisiana

joined forces to work towards positive growth for our area. The pledge states a promise to work in good faith to help move our communities and Southwest Louisiana forward by actively supporting local government reforms that promote growth, reduce red-tape, facilitate informed decisions, expedite permitting and capital projects and allocate governmental resources wisely, in order to generate greater prosperity and quality of life for all citizens of Southwest Louisiana. All members of the Lake Charles City Council have signed the pledge.

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Learn How to Divorce Your Debt by Kristy Como Armand


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For years divorced couples have been surprised to discover that divorce papers didn’t separate their debt. They’re stunned by problematic credit reports reflecting their ex-spouse’s dodgy payment habits and angered when collection agents call for payment on debts that the ex was supposed to pay. The result can be an undesirable credit report for an otherwise responsible consumer. “In addition to custody arrangements and settlement decrees, divorce papers sometimes make reference to credit debt. The papers may spell out precisely who is to pay what. There’s only one problem with that – the credit agency carrying the debt doesn’t necessarily care what the divorce papers say. They’re more concerned with whose name is on the account,” said Lyles McDaniel, Senior Vice President with Lakeside Bank. “Just as the divorce decree is a contract, so are the documents that were signed with the lending agency.” A court order may state that the ex-husband is to pay off the credit card, for example, but if the account is in the ex-wife’s name, that order doesn’t automatically protect her from having to pay it. “It’s common for a couple to accumulate debt together during their marriage, so this is a problem that arises often, unless appropriate steps are taken during the divorce proceedings,” McDaniel says.

He offers the following advice for couples who want to ensure that they divorce their debt as well as their spouses: Make sure both of you have a good understanding of your financial situations – this includes all debt and whose name the debt carries. Find out if you are an authorized user or co-account holder on your credit cards. There’s a significant difference between the two. An authorized user is a person who is not responsible for payments, but is permitted to charge items on the account. An account holder is responsible for making payments. If you’re just an authorized user, the lender may remove you from the account at your request. Refinance debts in the appropriate name. If your husband is a co-holder on an account but you are the primary account holder, make sure you remove his name, and make sure your name is removed from similar accounts. If neither of you can afford the mortgage payments on your own, sell the house, split the profits, and use some of the money to pay off other joint debts. Sign up for a credit-monitoring service and keep track of all accounts that bear your name. If you have joint debt that you weren’t able to individualize, this will allow you to monitor payments and charges to make sure your credit report doesn’t fall victim to activities of an ex-spouse. “Your personal banker can also provide financial advice in these matters,” says McDaniel. “Don’t hesitate to ask.” For more information, call the Lakeside branch nearest you or visit


It’s not too to plan for a COOL holiday party.

Now is the perfect time to book your holiday party at the newest event venue in Southwest Louisiana, the TreeHouse at Oak Crossing. This stunning indoor venue spans an entire second floor, and can also be divided into smaller, more intimate sections to accommodate events of varying sizes, from corporate parties to private celebrations. Our professional staff is on site to offer planning assistance and resources to help create a holiday event that is sure to impress. For more information, to schedule a tour, or to reserve a date for your event, call (337) 421-6200.

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Give Nighttime Leg Pain a

Swift Kick by Christine Fisher

Pain or discomfort in the legs at night can be uncomfortable, disrupting sleep and causing anxiety. Two of the conditions that can cause these symptoms are restless leg syndrome (RLS) and nocturnal leg cramps. Although they both cause discomfort in the legs at night, pinpointing which one is occurring can help the patient find relief and much needed rest. With RLS, it often feels as though something is crawling on the legs. Many sufferers experience an uncontrollable urge to move their legs. It occurs at night, making it difficult to relax and sleep. The next morning, their legs ache and they remain exhausted. RLS affects seven to ten percent of the U.S. population. It afflicts both genders but women are more likely to have it than men. Although it can begin at any age, adults in their 50s and 60s report it the most. “Most patients describe it as aching, crawling, creeping, or throbbing sensations,” explains Phillip Conner, MD, board certified sleep specialist and medical director of the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana. “They have an uncomfortable need to move their legs. Sometimes they find relief moving them in bed while they lay down but other times, they have to get out of bed and walk around. The sensations are rarely felt in the arms and they usually are felt in both legs, but it can alternate sides in some patients.” He says one of the classic features of RLS is that the symptoms can be worse at night with a distinct symptom-free period in the early morning. “This allows the patient to finally rest and fall asleep, allowing their body to refresh itself even in a small measure,” says Dr. Conner. “In most cases, RLS symptoms occur occasionally. In moderate to severe cases, the patient experiences symptoms several times a week, resulting in significant disruption of sleep causing difficulties with their daily tasks,” he says. The cause of RLS is unknown, but researchers say there may be a link between low levels of


Diagnosing RLS is done by physician evaluation of these five basic criteria: • A strong and often overwhelming urge to move the legs. • This urge is often worse during rest or inactivity. • While moving the legs, relief is found and the urge to move or the crawling sensation goes away. • The sensations are worse in the evening or night. • The above four features are not due to any other medical or behavioral condition.

the brain chemical dopamine and the symptoms of RLS. The medication to treat those with Parkinson’s disease can also bring relief to some people with RLS, although researchers say the two conditions don’t appear to be related. Leg cramping is a similar, but unrelated, nighttime leg discomfort, otherwise known as nocturnal leg cramps. They can last for a few seconds or for several minutes and are usually felt in the calf muscle, awaking the person from sleep. Soreness where the cramp occurred is usually felt the next morning. Men and women report nocturnal leg cramps equally and they occur more commonly in adults over the age of fifty. “Nocturnal leg cramps and RLS may seem to be the same condition because the patient experiences discomfort in their legs at night, but there are distinct differences between the two conditions. The main differences are that RLS does not cause pain or cramping; RLS causes the desire to move the legs, while nocturnal leg cramps often prevent movement, and movement often provides relief in RLS, while stretching provides relief with nocturnal leg camps,” Dr. Conner explains.

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Relief for nocturnal leg cramps can often come from lifestyle changes, such as: • Taking a warm bath before bed to ease muscle tightness. • Stretching legs prior to bed. • Avoiding high-heeled shoes, for women.

If these remedies don’t provide relief, Dr. Conner suggests seeing a doctor as there could be a deficiency of magnesium, iron, or potassium that might be linked to muscle cramping. For RLS, there are medications available to relieve the symptoms. “At this time, there isn’t one single medication to effectively manage RLS for all patients. Depending on their individual symptoms, there are several medications available and we can tweak as needed,” Dr. Conner says. In some cases, people with RLS experience remissions, or periods of time

when the symptoms decrease or disappear; although they usually return at some point. “Some people have mild RLS symptoms that do not significantly impact their sleep so they are able to live their lives without treatment,” says Dr. Conner. “When it begins to impact the body’s ability to rest and get refreshing sleep, it’s time to see a doctor for an evaluation. There are remedies and treatments available that can help the symptoms decrease significantly or that remove them completely. It’s always great to see patients be able to fully engage in their lives again.” RLS and nocturnal leg cramps are two of the more than 80 sleep disorders treated at the Sleep Disorder Center. For more information about RLS or nocturnal leg cramps, call the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana at (337) 310-REST.


Taking Appointments! The Eye Clinic

proudly welcomes Marcy Hanudel, MD

Dr. Hanudel is originally from New Iberia, Louisiana. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from Louisiana State University, and a Medical Degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences CenterShreveport. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport and residency in Ophthalmology at University Health Shreveport. Dr. Hanudel is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Appointments are now available with Dr. Hanudel at The Eye Clinic offices in Lake Charles, Sulphur, Moss Bluff and Jennings.

Call (337) 478-3810 or 1-800-826-5223.

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CHRISTUS Health and Ochsner Health System Announce Plans for Partnership in Lake Charles Agreement will result in joint venture, expansion of services and increased resources for Southwest Louisiana

CHRISTUS Health and Ochsner Health System (Ochsner) announced recently they have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to pursue a joint venture of current CHRISTUS operations in the Lake Charles area. The joint venture will have responsibility for all future health care facilities and services operated by the two health systems in the region. The anticipated agreement will build on the collective strengths of both CHRISTUS Health and Ochsner, improve care for patients, and expand local access to health care services and specialties such as maternal fetal medicine, pediatric subspecialties, neurosciences, and oncology. “This is an exciting time for our health system and the people of Southwest Louisiana,” said Ernie Sadau, president & CEO, CHRISTUS Health. “. . . we are sharing our intentions of bringing together two vital, not-for-profit organizations. We’re also reinforcing our deep commitment to continue to provide high quality care and improve the health of the communities we serve.” “We are two of the leading health systems in our state and nationally,” said Warner Thomas, president & CEO, Ochsner Health System. “Our opportunity, and in fact responsibility, is to work even more closely together and do more to expand, innovate, and improve health care in our region.” CHRISTUS and Ochsner will become more integrated partners in the Lake Charles region, building upon a successful, two-year relationship including telemedicine and clinical trials, and will share responsibility for the current and potential services available to patients there. At closing, Ochsner will assume management of the clinics and employed physicians in the CHRISTUS Physician Group and Lake Area Medical Group. A new joint board of


directors will be formed to govern strategic decisions for the integrated system in the Lake Charles area, and seats will be held by both CHRISTUS Health and Ochsner. When the transaction is complete, CHRISTUS Health will be the majority owner of the not-for-profit entity and will continue to manage all other portions of the joint venture, including CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital and soon to be acquired Lake Area Medical Center. In the interim, Lake Area Medical Center is expected to be called CHRISTUS Lake Area Hospital. “We have a great deal of respect for the physicians in the Lake Charles area and look forward to working more collaboratively together to serve patients,” said Dr. Ed Martin, Chief Medical Officer of Ochsner’s West Region. “In every partnership there’s an opportunity for physicians from both organizations to learn from one another and to share best practices and resources. Following due diligence, the announcement is expected to be finalized by fall 2017 including the new structure, an anticipated name change, and co-branding. When the agreement is finalized, the new entity will look for opportunities to expand health care services in the area, bring more specialties not available to the area, and focus on the health of the residents of the Lake Charles region. “Over the next few months, we’ll work toward the signing of a definitive agreement,” said Sadau. “By becoming more integrated in Lake Charles, we are building on a long history of a commitment to Louisiana, to our people, and to the communities we serve. This is an exciting opportunity to ensure exceptional access to health care remains close to home for the Lake Charles community.”

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Health Problems are Often a Step Behind Foot Problems

by Kristy Como Armand

Our feet carry us through every step of our lives. Although sometimes neglected or overlooked, the human body’s lowest extremities are complex and changes can often send alerts for the body’s overall health, according to Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist with Center for Orthopaedics and director of the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency. “It’s not uncommon at all for a patient to come in for a concern about their foot – pain or a change in appearance – and that actually be a symptom of a different health problem. Your feet can serve as an early warning system for more serious health concerns if you pay attention to them.” He says there are several common signs to watch for in your feet: Pain in Big Toe A painful big toe may indicate gout, a type of inflammatory arthritis that often first appears in the joint of the big toe. Gout is caused by a severe inflammatory response to uric acid crystals which results from high uric acid levels in the blood. “Normally, uric acid dissolves in your blood and passes through your kidneys into your urine,” says Dr. Green. “But sometimes your body either produces too much uric acid or your kidneys excrete too little uric acid.” Gout is extremely painful and usually requires anti-inflammatory drugs. Left untreated, gout can cause irreversible joint damage, kidney problems, and tophi, which are hard, painful uric acid deposits under the skin. Clubbing of the Toes A clubbed appearance (rounder, wider toes) can be a sign of lung cancer, chronic lung infection,

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heart disease, or intestinal disease. Dr. Green explains that clubbing of the toes can occur as a result of decreased vascular resistance, which means the blood flow to smaller arteries increases, causing tissues to swell. Toenail Changes Deep ridges on the bed of the toenail can sometimes indicate anemia and be a sign of Raynaud’s disease, which affects the blood supply of fingers and toes. Dr. Green says this change may also signal an autoimmune disease called lupus, which causes the body’s immune system to attack cells, tissues, and organs. Spoon-shaped nails, known as koilonychias, could indicate an iron deficiency or iron surplus. Constant Cold Feet If you begin noticing that your feet are constantly cold, it could be a symptom that your thyroid isn’t working properly, says Dr. Green. Hypothyroidism can lead to a wide array of problems including unexplained weight gain, depression, exhaustion, and hair loss. Although relatively rare, untreated hypothyroidism can lead to myxedema coma, a condition in which the body’s functions slow to the point that it is life-threatening.

down the healing process of a sore or wound on the foot or lower extremity. Sometimes this occurs and the person is unaware they have the disease,” says Dr. Green. Tiny Red Lines Under Toenails Red streaks under the nails could be broken blood vessels commonly called splinter hemorrhages. Dr. Green explains that the streaks develop when small blood clots damage tiny capillaries under the toenail. It can be a sign of endocarditis, which is an infection in the heart’s inner lining. If left untreated, endocarditis can lead to heart failure. “If you notice any of these symptoms, or any significant changes or pain in your feet, don’t ignore it,” says Dr. Green. “See a doctor to have it evaluated. Not only will your feet benefit, you could be preventing more serious health problems from developing.” For more information about foot care, visit www. or call Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health at (337) 721-7236 to schedule an appointment.

A Sore that Doesn’t Heal When a wound on the foot will not heal, it may be because of an infection, poor circulation, or diabetes. A foot specialist can evaluate the sore to see what potential factors may be preventing healing. Diabetic ulcers on the foot are commonly caused by poor circulation, high blood sugar, and loss of feeling and/or numbness in the foot. “Unmanaged diabetes can slow

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New Heart Valve Gives Woman New Lease on Life

First Patient to receive aortic valve replacement without surgery at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital is enjoying life again. by Kristy Como Armand Soft-spoken Clare Biagas, age 85 of Lake Charles, never expected to make history, but that’s exactly what she did when she became the first patient to undergo a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) with the SAPIEN 3 valve at The John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. TAVR is the latest minimally-invasive, life-saving innovation for patients who have been determined by a heart team to be inoperable, intermediate or high-risk for open heart surgery.

Cardiologist Corey Foster, MD, with his patient, Clare Biagas.


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The TAVR procedure with the SAPIEN 3 valve enables the placement of a balloon-expandable valve into the heart via a catheter-based approach. It gives new hope to adult patients who suffer from severe aortic valve stenosis and are not suitable candidates for conventional aortic valve surgery. Aortic stenosis– the most common structural heart problem – is a type of valve disease caused by calcium deposits that eventually narrow and stiffen the valve. As it becomes more difficult to pump blood throughout the body, the heart weakens – potentially causing congestive heart failure. Approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from aortic stenosis, with 500,000 within this group suffering from severe aortic stenosis. According to Biagas’ physician, Dr. Corey Foster, Interventional Cardiologist with CHRISTUS St. Patrick Health System and Cardiovascular Specialists, Biagas was an ideal candidate for the procedure. “Mrs. Biagas had symptomatic severe aortic stenosis and her symptoms, primarily shortness of breath, had begun limiting her daily activities. Due to some other health conditions, she was not a candidate for traditional open heart valve replacement surgery. Our treatment options for providing her significant improvement were limited before CHRISTUS St. Patrick made this technology available here.” With TAVR, a stent-based tissue aortic heart valve is delivered via a catheter, which is inserted through the groin and threaded up to the heart through the arteries. TAVR is performed in a cardiac catheterization lab or hybrid operating room under general anesthesia or conscious sedation. Dr. Foster explains that by combining minimally invasive techniques with the latest catheter technologies, TAVR is an alternative option that is less invasive than conventional surgery and is done while the heart remains pumping, eliminating the need for the heart-lung machine. Biagas says she felt better right after her procedure in May, and now, two months later, she is “feeling really good; like my old self again. I’m breathing much better, like normal. That feels great.” She says she wasn’t too worried about being the first to have a new heart procedure. “I trusted Dr. Foster and knew he thought this was the best thing for me. I’m so happy I had it done.” Dr. Foster says there have been multiple TAVR cases performed since the inception of the program, all with outcomes that match those of higher volume centers, and there are several more scheduled in the upcoming months. “This technology is changing – and saving – lives right here in Southwest Louisiana. Our Heart Team, comprised of Surgeons, Interventional/NonInvasive Cardiologists and Anesthesiologists, are proud to work with CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital to continue to improve heart care in our region.” For more information on TAVR, call (337)-491-7169.

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The Eye Clinic Introduces Raindrop to Reduce or Eliminate Reading Glasses

If you’re at the age where you need reading glasses to see your phone or read a newspaper, menu, or computer screen, The Eye Clinic now has a better option: the new Raindrop Near Vision Inlay. The Raindrop Inlay is a safe way to treat presbyopia, or age-related near vision loss. Presbyopia is a condition that causes your eye to lose the ability to change focus from distant to near objects. It is a natural part of aging that most people begin to experience after age 40 as the lens of the eye loses its natural elasticity. Raindrop is the world’s first inlay to change the shape of the cornea (the clear, front part of the eye) to improve near vision. Raindrop is incredibly small – about the size of a pinhead and less than half the thickness of a human hair – and is bioengineered to mimic the natural cornea. After the outpatient procedure, patients go back to most of their daily activities the next day. The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last summer, and was available in other countries for several years prior to approval in the U.S. In the FDA clinical study, within one week after the procedure, patients, on average, gained five lines of near vision on an eye chart without the


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need for reading glasses. Their vision continued to improve over the next several weeks and months. “We’ve been following this remarkable Raindrop technology for some time, and I think it is a very effective solution designed for people who want to reduce or eliminate their reading glasses,” said Dr. Charles Thompson, board certified ophthalmologist with The Eye Clinic. “If you’re frustrated with the inability to see close-up, there’s nothing to lose except your reading glasses.” Dr. Thompson explains that Raindrop is made of a soft, biocompatible material similar to a soft contact lens, with properties and water content similar to that of the cornea. “It gently changes the shape the cornea to improve near vision,” says Dr. Thompson. “Most of our patients reaching the age at which reading glasses become a necessity are busy, active people who don’t want to constantly reach for – or look for – their reading glasses,” says Dr. Thompson. “Raindrop is a great answer. We are excited to offer this new option to our patients.” For more information or to schedule an appointment to see if the Raindrop Inlay is an option for you, call The Eye Clinic at (337) 478-3810.

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Facts about Raindrop Transparent, so no one will realize it is in your eye Well-suited for dim light situations Approximately 80% water – it actually resembles a tiny water droplet Bioengineered to facilitate the transport of nutrients and fluid to the eye Microscopic: a fraction of the thickness of a piece of paper

Meet the Newest Member of our Physician Team,

Brett Goodwin, MD Cardiologist

Imperial Health is proud to welcome Brett Goodwin, MD, to our medical staff. Dr. Goodwin is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Adult Echocardiography. He is board eligible in Nuclear Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. Originally from Southwest Louisiana, Dr. Goodwin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Certificate in Health Policy from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He returned to Louisiana to attend Tulane University in New Orleans, where he earned a Medical Degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and a Masters in Business Administration from the Tulane Freeman School of Business. Dr. Goodwin completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Duke University and a Cardiology Fellowship at The Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas. Dr. Goodwin is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology. He is joining Drs. Turner, DePuy, Mulhearn, Gilmore, Fastabend, LeBeau and Foster in the Cardiology Department at Imperial Health. Dr. Goodwin is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Goodwin, call (337) 436-3813.

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Solutions for Life

from Solutions Counseling & EAP by Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP

What’s Your EQ – Part 3 “Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way – that is not easy.” - Aristotle Our third month of discussing EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient) has arrived! For the past two months, we have talked about awkward social encounters, learning how to very specifically identify your feelings, and learning how to manage those specific feelings in ways you can be proud. (You can find the previous articles on my Facebook Page – Solutions Counseling & EAP.) As we have discussed, EQ builds on itself. Once you can identify and manage your own emotions, you will be much better at identifying the emotions of others and choosing how to act. Notice, I used the word “act” not “react.” People with high EQ’s don’t spend their time reacting to others, or matching other people’s emotions (“Well, you yelled at me, so I had to yell back!”). People with high EQ’s take a moment to read a situation and decide the best approach for the most successful outcome. This ability to accurately pick up on emotions in other people and understand what is really going on is the third area of EQ focus: Social Awareness. Social awareness relies heavily on your degree of empathy. You know “empathy”, it’s the ability to understand how someone might feel the way they do, or the ability to put yourself “in someone else’s shoes.” Now, just because you have empathy towards someone, that doesn’t mean you agree


with everything they say or do. It just means you are taking the time to try to understand that person’s emotions, needs, and concerns. One of the best ways to increase your empathy is to begin using Active Listening. This is the process of repeating back to the speaker your understanding of what was just said to you. Active Listening is very difficult for many people. Most of us are thinking of what we are going to say when it is our turn to talk, and we tend to zone out on what that person is saying to us. Being a good listener means putting your thoughts aside and focusing solely on what is being said to you. Another component of empathy is a basic belief in people. This one can be difficult too. Believe me, I have been tested. When I first started as a therapist, it was hard to sit in a room with a domestic violence perpetrator and feel empathy. I have learned, though, that people generally do the best they can with what they have in life. The vast majority of people do not set out to hurt or mistreat others. Those that end up doing just that didn’t have the skill set to manage the situation. I am not excusing the behavior. And there still must be consequences for choices. I am simply trying to find a connection so this person will want to engage in the process of therapy. Then, hopefully I can help him increase his skill set. Then, maybe, this person will embody the

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Maya Angelou saying, “When you know better, you do better.” Back to the concept of Social Awareness. In addition to picking up on emotions in other people, socially aware people pick up on the politics of organizations. They notice who has the real power at work. They figure out what the “power holders” value. They notice how others react when certain people talk. They are constantly reading the environment. You may have experienced this. Have you ever walked into a business and could immediately tell things were tense and clearly something was going on? That’s Social Awareness! I have a vivid memory of Social Awareness in the workplace. I once worked for someone, and the first time I met her I could tell she was uncomfortable. I very quickly figured out she was insecure, and my confidence only added to her insecurities. In order to be successful at the job, I had to hold back on my exuberance and problem solving tendencies. I realized she needed to be recognized as “the boss” before I could make any headway. I was able to “kiss the ring” for a while, but I finally decided the job wasn’t worth the energy I was expending trying to tamp down my personality and abilities. Sometimes moving on is the best solution. As you go through your day, I challenge you to tune in to Social Awareness. I find it fascinating!

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Mark Your Calendar! Seersucker & A Solitaire Benefits Local Children with Autism

On August 19, Seersucker & A Solitaire is set to host guests dressed in seersucker and summer attire at the Lakeshore Drive home of Donna and Rick Richard. The outdoor party will feature cuisine and décor by Derrick and Paul, a chance to win a 1 karat solitaire diamond provided by Navarra’s Jewelry & Gifts, a Kendra Scott Jewelry Pull, open bars showcasing specialty cocktails, live entertainment and an auction featuring items and adventures. Tickets are $100 and sponsorship opportunities are available. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (337) 491-0800.

Francis G. Bulber Youth Orchestra The Francis G. Bulber Youth Orchestra will hold registration for the Fall semester on August 23 at 4pm in the lobby of the

Shearman Fine Arts Building, on McNeese State University’s campus. An informational meeting for parents will immediately follow. Classes begin August 28. Registration forms can be found at For more information contact the orchestra at (337) 582-2466.

Dr. Colpitts to speak at upcoming breast cancer support group

On August 10, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) will hold its monthly Pink Crusade Breast Cancer Support Group meeting. The meeting will be held at 6pm. in the WCCH Board Room, near the Cypress Street entrance of the hospital. Ralph Colpitts, MD, plastic surgeon, will discuss reconstructive surgery after breast cancer. The WCCH Pink Crusade Breast Cancer Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month. Attendees will be provided

with answers to common questions surrounding breast cancer and will receive support through every aspect of their disease. There is no charge to attend these monthly meetings. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (337) 528-7320.

Positive Thinking Topic of Diabetes Meeting

On Tuesday, August 8, Koni Bridges, LCSW, BCB, BCN, BCPCC, will be the featured speaker at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s monthly diabetes support group meeting. Bridges will highlight the importance of staying motivated with a diagnosis of diabetes. The diabetes support group at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital meets the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in the hospital’s cafeteria conference room. There is no charge to attend these monthly meetings. For more information, call (337) 527-4282.

2017 Chromosome 9p- Family Reunion would like to thank all of those who donated to the event this year!

Alex Walker Arnie and Melissa Everett AT&T Bill Weatherly Brandt Peterson Construction, Inc. and BP Disposal, LLC Bud and Betty Milsted Buddy Leach, Sweetlake Land and Oil Co., Inc. Cara Wyland Children’s Clinic of SWLA Chris Breaux, LLC August 2017

Crystal Burdick, The Vapor Shop, LLC Danny and Jerry Davis Don and Carol Hebert Donna Dalton Employees of Recon Management/Engineering Services, Inc. Friendship Baptist Church Friendship Baptist Church Love Offering Gloria Nazworth Grace Robideaux

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Construction Co., Inc.

Jack and Holly Lawton, Walnut Grove Development, LLC

Matthew Felder, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital

Sam’s Club

Jason Nazworth, American Construction and Electric, LLC

Maudell Langley Megan Hartman, Phillips 66

Southern Vintage Flea Market, LLC

Larry Thomas, Prime Cuttery Lee and Judy Chastain Lee and Judy Chastain, Chastain’s Food and Spirits Madeline Sims

Naquin and Nazworth QuickNFix Phone Repair Nazworth Property and Development, LLC Peggy Vallet Rodney and Sandi Walker Russell J. Stutes

Skip and Gary Hastings

Southside Machines, Inc. Stacie Brooks The Pathology Laboratory Thom Hager Tracy Collins Ty and Marty Benton Volkswagen of Lake Charles

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