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Contents 10

6 In This Issue

Regular Features

Wining & Dining

12 First Person with Sara Judson 18 Who’s News 54 Business Buzz 64 McNeese Corral 66 Solutions for Life 67 Happenings

6 Experience the Beckery 9 Garden Path Groceries Places & Faces


Shop 706 12 Mayor’s Arts Awards 16 Celebrate Christmas West of the Border


Mind & Body


From Hectic Holiday to Calmer Christmas in Five Easy Steps 22 Five Ways to Support the Bereaved During the Holidays 26 Trina Health Opens in Lake Charles

Home & Family 28 – 35 COVER STORY:

39 The Holiday Party Handbook 44 Clear the Clutter - Tips to Clean Out and Organize your Closet Money & Career 46 Tracking Job Growth

Look for our 2017 Calendar in January featuring beautiful artwork from local artists!


50 America’s Retirement Crisis 52 Embrace Your Space - Personalizing Your Cubicle Style & Beauty

56 Alternatives to the Traditional Tie 58 Business Dress Decoded 60 Feeling Fancy? Tips for Quick and Easy Holiday Hair DON’T JUST LIVE, THRIVE!

Thrive is designed for people focused on living a happy, healthy life, one that is balanced, full of energy and contentment. Thrive readers want to make the most of every day and be successful in all areas of their lives – family, health, home and career. 4

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Editors and Publishers

Kristy Armand Christine Fisher

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Creative Director

Barbara VanGossen


Managing Editor

Angie Kay Dilmore

Business Manager

Katie McDaniel Stevenson

Assistant Designers

Shonda Manuel Kris Roy Mandy Gilmore

Submitted articles and photos are welcome. Thrive assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials and does not guarantee any submissions.

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Experience the photos by Shonda Manuel

Bekery! by Angie Kay Dilmore

From the time Rebekah Hoffpauir was a small child baking store-bought cookie dough and watching cooking shows on television, it has been her life-long dream to own a bakery. When she was older, she devoured culinary text books and interned at the Pioneer Club during college to gain real-world experience. She attended a specialized bread course, but she loves to experiment in the kitchen. “I like to try bits and pieces of different recipes until I find the one that I like the most,� she says. 6

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After graduating from McNeese State University in 2015, Rebekah was determined to make her dream come true. “My biggest challenge was convincing others that I could do this. I was told many times how difficult starting a business would be and how much work a bakery entails. And they were all correct! But so far, it has been well worth it!” Her current location at 206 W. 11th St. Lake Charles, was not Rebekah’s first choice, but her parents owned the building that once served as a rice warehouse. With the current price of real estate in Lake Charles, she embraced the space and made it her own. Prior to opening the Bekery, Rebekah made a list of bakery items she wanted to serve, and she also remained open to her customers’ suggestions. She quickly realized scones, quiche, and cinnamon rolls would be mainstays. She also bakes brownies, several varieties of cookies (including maple bacon), coffee cakes, and breads. Several flavors of ice cream are available, as well. “Right now I’m working on finding a balance between making sure I’m serving what the customers want and my love of trying new things. I don’t want my menu to get stale or boring so I like to mix things up.” Rebekah describes her shop as an artisan bakery. “Everything is made from scratch using old-fashioned recipes. We start baking around 4:00 a.m. and keep baking for most of the day -- then the process of preparing ingredients for the next day begins. We try to make as many different items in big enough quantities for everyone who comes in. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the freshbaked process, we do occasionally run short on certain items toward the end of the day.” A step into the Bekery is an adventure involving all senses. You smell the tantalizing aromas of cinnamon, coffee, and rising yeast breads. The shop is bright and airy, all white with black and teal accents. The glass case displays such a tempting array of pastries and other baked goods, you’ll likely have to choose more than one. Coffee and tea are served in pre-warmed mugs, unless you prefer a to-go cup. Music from a New Orleans Jazz Pandora station plays softly in the background. Her inviting outdoor patio provides a laid back, “wine country” feel. It’s the perfect place for girlfriends to chat over cranberry oat muffins and coffee, parents to bring their children for cookies and hot chocolate, couples to linger over tea and lemon scones, or tourists to get a sense of what Southwest Louisiana has to offer. “I don’t want to simply sell baked goods. I want visitors of the Bekery to have the full sight, smell, sound, and taste experience. And I believe that has been the key to the overwhelming support we’ve received from the community.”

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Wining & Dining

A Nitty Gritty

Southern Staple Study a still life of Southern cuisine and a bowl of grits will be on the table next to the fried chicken, sausage gravy, and deviled eggs. A corn-based dish that had its origins with Native Americans, grits are so connected with Southern eating, they can be found on menus from breakfast diners to catered up-scale events. Where better to learn more about such a traditional favorite than at a local quilting bee? “I don’t cook ‘em, but I eat ‘em,” said one busy quilter. She recalled a trip she and some companions made years ago “up north.” They traveled to New York, eager to see the sights. Their first morning, they visited a store’s food counter and discussed the menu’s lack of grits. The cook, a New Orleans native, offered to help. “If you go buy me a box,” he said, “I’ll cook ‘em and eat ‘em with you.” They did just that and enjoyed a taste of home and helpful tourist advice each morning of their stay. Another quilter remembered her family’s fried grits. They would save the leftovers from their creamy grits in a jar and pan fry them the next day. “It was just a cost saver and grits don’t reheat well.” Most of the ladies agreed they like their grits plain and creamy with some butter. One remembered the first time she tried shrimp and grits. “It was at a wedding in South Carolina,” she said. She was surprised to see the humble pantry staple in such a fancy setting. Another quilter said she loved shrimp and grits and recommended the Old Orange Café in Orange, Texas, where the dish is part of their lunch menu. Someone else said the dish is her brother’s Sunday brunch favorite at Pujo Street Café, Lake Charles. One woman stopped by to check on the sewing progress and added to the conversation. “My aunt had the best cheesy grits and I’ve been looking for a recipe to match it my whole adult life.”


GRITS: 1 ½ cup milk ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 ½ cup uncooked quick-cooking grits 4 garlic cloves, minced 3 shallots, minced

Sally Garber in Pirate’s Pantry 1 cup grits 2 cups water ½ stick butter 1 cup milk 2 eggs, beaten

½ cup Coon brand cheese ½ cup Cheddar cheese (Longhorn) 1 tsp salt 2 drops hot sauce

Cook grits; they will be stiff. Stir in butter, milk, eggs, grated cheese, salt, and hot sauce. Pour in baking dish. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes. Serves 6.


¾ cup dry white wine ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 2 tbsp minced fresh chives 1 ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper

SHRIMP SAUCE: 30 unpeeled, jumbo raw shrimp (21/25 count) 1/8 tsp salt 1/8 tsp ground black pepper ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1 tbsp minced shallots 1 pt. cherry tomatoes, halved

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 ½ tsp drained capers ¼ tsp ground red pepper Dash of hot sauce 3 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives


Prepare Grits: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring milk, ¼ cup butter, and 4 cups water to a boil in an ovenproof Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Whisk in grits; bring mixture to a boil, whisking occasionally. Cover and bake 45 minutes or until grits are creamy, whisking every 15 minutes.


Meanwhile, melt 1 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add garlic cloves and shallots, and sauté 3 ½ minutes or until shallots are translucent. Add wine, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Cook, stirring often, 4 minutes or until liquid is reduced by two-thirds; fold into hot cooked grits. Stir in cheese and next 3 ingredients.


Prepare Shrimp Sauce: Peel shrimp; devein, if desired. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper.


Cook shrimp in 2 batches, in 2 tbsp hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes on each side or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp from skillet.


Sauté garlic cloves and minced shallots in remaining 2 tbsp hot oil in skillet over medium-high heat 1 minute. Add tomatoes and next 4 ingredients. Cook, stirring often, 5 to 7 minutes, or until tomatoes begin to break apart. Remove from heat. Stir in shrimp and 3 tbsp. butter. Serve with chives. Serves 6.

Here are two tried-and-true grits recipes for her and all grits lovers: BAKED CHEESE GRITS

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– On the Path to a Successful Business

The face of food service in southwest Louisiana has been changing over the past couple of years. Take for example the proliferation of food trucks and the popularity of the Waitr app. Some local purveyors of prepared foods have creatively found alternatives to the traditional restaurant. Heather Hamilton, along with help from her mother Laurie, started her business at the Tuesday Cash and Carry Farmers’ Market in 2012. She sold soups, quiches, and her ever-popular chicken salad, among other items. Her reputation as a go-to table for Tuesday evening dinner grew, so she expanded her business in 2014 to include Lunch at the Shack inside Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on Thursdays and Fridays. Her changing menu of sandwiches and salads has been a hit with hospital workers and visitors. More recently, Heather brought her boyfriend of ten years, Ryan Tharp, into the venture. They formed an LLC and began renting commercial kitchen space inside the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank. They serve lunch in the building’s adjacent courtyard on Wednesdays. In inclement weather, diners can enjoy lunch inside the grand marbled historic landmark. Heather’s menu changes weekly and it is likely this variety of fresh foods in season that keeps patrons coming back week after week. Her menu regularly includes vegetarian and vegan items, and she will work with people who have allergies. “We want to offer something for everyone regardless of diet, mood and taste,” she says. “I’ve been reading and experimenting with North African spice blends recently. I guess I just enjoy variety of flavor and am always excited to try something new.”

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While Heather is reluctant to pick a personal favorite food because there are so many she loves, she says their go-to meal at home is spicy purple hull peas and smothered greens with corn bread. She is also hesitant to call herself a chef because she hasn’t gone to culinary school or apprenticed under a chef, but she and Ryan can cook! “I learned a huge amount of what I know about cooking from my mother, starting as a small child atop an old wicker bar-stool so I could reach the counter. My mother loves to try new things and take risks in the kitchen, and I definitely take after her in that respect. As an adult, I have discovered and taught myself about global cuisines. I am constantly seeking and learning new flavor profiles and techniques. I read about food online in my free time and watch food documentaries. I enjoy cookbooks, though I never follow recipes or measure.” Heather believes food brings people together. “I am happy to share my passion for cooking and grateful for the wonderful people that it has brought into my life. My personal joy is when people discover through my cooking new things they never knew they loved.”

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To experience Garden Path Groceries for yourself, find Heather and Ryan at the Tuesday Cash and Carry, corner of Enterprise and Broad, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays for lunch in the courtyard at the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank, 844, Ryan St. ,11:00 – 2:00, at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for lunch Thursdays and Fridays, and on Facebook.


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SHOP 706 Locally Inspired Goods for the Home, Body, and Soul by Angie Kay Dilmore

There’s a relatively new shop in town and it is one of those places you need to experience to truly understand. Shop 706 offers an eclectic mix of apparel, jewelry, home dÊcor, body products, art, and a peaceful place to relax with a glass of fruit-infused water.


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Michel Hirsch, Suzanne Johnson, and Cyndi Cagle came together a year ago when selling their wares at the Junior League’s Mistletoe and Moss event. These Lake Charles natives became fast friends and decided to form a unique artisan co-op. Michel owns Sparrow Minded and makes hand-painted wearables and other textiles. Suzanne designs, creates, and sells jewelry through her business, Olive and Indigo. Cyndi, of CC Designs, paints wall art on canvas. She also paints on wine glasses, coasters, and more, including custom and commission pieces. They recently began making a line of hand-blended candles they call “Soul.” They also carry other artisans’ goods on consignment and some small-batch soaps and natural body care lines such as Nudy Booty and Indigo Wild. “We have a few like-minded global brands with the same ethical principles and practices that we lean toward, namely being communityminded and giving back,” Michel says. Shop 706 offers home goods, body care products, and items that are good for the soul. “It all works together and that is what we’re all about. Our goal is to offer something that comes from good intentions and provides people the opportunity to connect with one another, and feel good about what they

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are wearing and where it came from and who it came from and how it came to be.” Lake Charles’ downtown district is thriving, in part due to the determination and dedication of spunky caring entrepreneurs like Michel, Suzanne, and Cyndi. These business partners are passionate not only to build their own business, but indeed to grow all the businesses downtown. They cooperate with other downtown businesses for events and social media promotion. When they sponsor an event, such as their “Where it’s at Wednesdays”, they encourage, incorporate, and tag other downtown businesses on social media. “Community over competition,” says Michel. “We want to provide an experience and a reason for people to come downtown and enjoy themselves. Hashtag live, love, work, play, eat, shop local.” This holiday season, look for their hand-painted ornaments and “Little Black Boxes,” filled with handmade candles, jewelry, bath soaps and oil blends made in-house -- all pre-wrapped and ready to put under the tree. Shop 706 is open Tues. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Find them on Facebook and Instagram at shop706downtownlc.


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Mayor’s Arts Awards 2016 Winners (l-r): Students of Jazz in the Arts, Rex Alexander (Citizen of the Arts), Chester & Pat Daigle of Jazz in the Arts (Arts Organization of the Year), Jeremy Price (Artist of the Year), Nikki Alston and Jacob Lawton of the Walnut Grove Institute (Patron of the Year), Jolene Constance (Citizen of the Humanities), Phil Blair of Walnut Grove, Lisa Reinauer (Arts Educator of the Year), Mayor Randy Roach, Chuck O’Connor of the Arts Council [not pictured: Lori Marinovich (Keystone Award)


ARTS AWARDS Jeremy Price of Blujay Studios was awarded Artist of the Year for his many murals, projects, and philanthropy. Price and fellow Blujay artists have transformed the landscape of Lake Charles, bringing color and life to the area. Murals he has worked on include the “Tree of Life”, the iconic “Walgreen’s” & “Elmer’s” restoration, “Luna” and “Hendrix” at Luna Live, and “Grapes”, on the west wall of Cotten’s Downtown. Price and other Blujay artists also collaborated on an interactive mural project at F.K. White Middle to beautify the school and inspire its students. Price is a recent McNeese graduate in Criminal Justice and Visual Arts. The Arts Organization of the Year award was presented to Jazz in the Arts, a non-profit


On Friday, November 4, in the Benjamin W. Mount Auditorium at Central School, the Arts Council of SWLA and the City of Lake Charles recognized contributions from the area’s creative workforce during the annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. Mayor Randy Roach presented awards to area leaders from the arts community in seven categories.

established in 2010 by Pat and Chester Daigle. Also known as JITA, the organization’s mission is to promote education in the traditions of jazz music, create opportunities for talent development, and provide support to young musicians in their pursuit of higher education. JITA awards one deserving student each year with a $1000 scholarship, and this year, they helped to secure funds for four area student musicians to attend the Berklee College of Music’s Summer Program in Boston. Rex Alexander, a locally-based potter, was recognized with this year’s Citizen of the Arts Award. As a strong supporter of Lake Area arts and culture, Alexander actively promotes regional events and encourages artists. He

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consistently inspires those around him with a positive attitude and willingness to get involved, and he often donates to groups like the Salvation Army, United Way, the Lake Charles Symphony, and MusicMakers 2 U. Rex Alexander volunteers at events like ArtsFest, where he offers free, hands-on ceramics demonstrations to area children. He also recently served on the Louisiana State Board of the Arts, where he worked towards increased arts funding statewide. The Citizen of the Humanities award was given to Jolene Constance, who has worked tirelessly for years to bring arts programming and opportunities to north Calcasieu Parish. She currently serves on the Board of Directors

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for the DeQuincy Railroad Museum, where she volunteers her talents in writing grants and other projects. She recently devoted herself to developing the “Riding the Rails with Art” program, creating affordable arts entertainment and workshops to area citizens. Through her tenure as Assistant Warden at C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center, Jolene Constance used her grant-writings skills to establish arts programming for inmates such as sketching, painting, guitar classes, book clubs, drama, and more. Mayor Roach awarded the Patron of the Year to The Walnut Grove Institute for work in promoting the visual, literary, and performing arts, as well as historic preservation and future conservation. Walnut Grove, a traditional neighborhood development near the lakefront, hosts educational and community events in a beautiful setting. To date, the Walnut Grove Institute has featured the original work of nineteen local artists in their exhibit space, and keeps admission free to the public.

McNeese State University professor Lisa Reinauer was recognized with the Arts Educator of the Year Award. Since receiving her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990, Lisa has received multiple awards and recognition for her painted works, research projects, and as a professor working to prepare the next generation of Lake Area visual artists. The Keystone Award, was created to recognize the efforts of those who work behind the scenes in the arts. Mayor Roach honored Lori Marinovich, Executive Director of Downtown Development, with the award. Marinovich’s civic accomplishments are fueled by her desire to create “places” within the community, to beautify her surroundings through a love of the environment, and to foster economic growth for the area.. Mayor Randy Roach received a surprise award from the Arts Council, a token of the organization’s appreciation for his strong support of the arts community. Our longestserving Mayor in the City’s history, Randy Roach reopened 1911 City Hall in 2004, rechristening the facility as a vibrant Arts and Cultural Center at the hub of new and attractive downtown developments.

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ara Judson is a 21st century link in her family’s legacy chain of service and leadership. Her great-grandfather A.A. Nelson was a community organizer and the first director of the Port of Lake Charles. Her grandfather, Dr. W.L. McLeod, was a beloved pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Charles for many years. And her father Bill McLeod served as a Louisiana State Representative, Senator, and Lake Charles Judge. Her mother, Cissie McLeod, was a consummate community volunteer. Through the influence of these leaders in her family, Judson developed a heart for community service. “Those parts of my family background gave my sisters and me a strong connection to the community and a great appreciation for southwest Louisiana,” she says. Her roles throughout her varied career align with her passion for the people of southwest Louisiana. She currently serves as president and CEO of the Community Foundation of SWLA. Thrive recently sat down with Sara, where she talked about what it was like growing up in Lake Charles, why she loves her position at the Community Foundation, and how everyone can make a positive impact

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Tell me about your childhood. I was fortunate to have good friends, a caring family, a great elementary school, and a supportive church family. We always had lots of outside fun with friends in the neighborhood. We all walked or rode bikes to Oak Park Elementary and Cabana Club, our neighborhood swimming pool, starting in 1st grade! That is so hard to imagine now but it is true. I also enjoyed spending time in Baton Rouge each summer while my dad served in the legislature. It was a family affair for us and gave us all interesting experiences that helped me have a larger perspective on things. My sisters and I often helped our mom with Jr. League projects like setting up for puppet shows at various elementary schools. Sometimes our family life was crazy and hectic, but it was all because my parents were so involved in the community.

You’ve had a fascinating series of jobs during your adult life. What was your major in college and what have been the highlights of your career? I was a broadcast journalism major at Ole Miss. I always found that to be interesting because my father was in public service in the state legislature most of my life so I had the opportunity to see reporters at work with him. I always liked the idea of getting the real story. In school, I also realized I enjoy planning and helping other people tell that story. I have never actually worked in reporting, although being on the other side in different roles, my education has proven to be valuable for me. My first job out of college was in Washington, D.C. where I worked for former U.S. Senator Bennett Johnston. That was a good experience for me, having grown up in the state legislature, to see the difference in how it works in Congress and learning how government really works and to network with a lot of different people. After Mark and I decided to get married and make our home in Lake Charles, I worked at Memorial Hospital and Lake Area Medical Center as a marketing director. When Willie Mount was elected mayor in 1993, I worked in her office with event planning and marketing. Then I spent a good deal of my career at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, responsible for the Team for Organizational Effectiveness. My focus there was on leadership development and customer service. Around 2012, a CHRISTUS colleague and I started our own business called Training Pathways. I basically did what I had been doing at St. Pat’s, but with other businesses. It was exciting for me to step out of healthcare and do things with large companies, small businesses, and everything in between. As I was hitting my

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stride in my business, I was asked to become involved with the Community Foundation. I felt like that was a call that was everything I had been doing all along, all wrapped up into one.

Tell me what the Community Foundation is and what it does? The Community Foundation was started in 2001 by the United Way. They were aware of other cities doing this and recognized it as a different vehicle for people, businesses and organizations to support things they care about, both now and the long term. The United Way saw that as a way to increase philanthropy in Southwest Louisiana. Later, we partnered with the Baton Rouge Foundation. Together, we work with donors, non-profits, companies, and local government entities to do so many things. We focus on helping people do their charitable giving in a strategic way that can have a long-term impact. Our mission is to connect human and financial resources to make a positive lasting impact in Southwest Louisiana. There are about 700 Community Foundations across the country and seven in the state of Louisiana. Though that sounds like a fairly large number, when you think about it, for the size of our area, we are very fortunate to have a Community Foundation.

Give me an example of a project that has stemmed from the Community Foundation. Before I became involved with the Foundation, I had the misconception that it was only for very wealthy families. We certainly are valuable to those families; however, considering things people in our community want to do, there are many ways that everybody can participate. One example is building the downtown dog park, Bark du Lac. There is a group of volunteers who work under the umbrella of the Economic Development Alliance and the Chamber. They wanted to improve Lake Charles by adding a dog park downtown. The Alliance opened a fund with the Community Foundation to enhance the quality of life in Southwest Louisiana. Together, the Alliance, the City of Lake Charles (that donated the land), area businesses, and people from all walks of life contributed to make the dog park happen. We had over 100 donors to the fund. The largest donation came from Doug Gehrig with McDonald’s. And one lady who lives at Chateau du Lac contributed $30 and wrote a note saying, “Welcome to the neighborhood, Bark du Lac Park.” That is one of the most special parts of what we do at the Community Foundation – connecting people who care, no matter where they are on the economic scale – with causes that matter.

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Describe your typical day. My day is varied every day. It may involve meeting with someone, working on a project, for example being in the Mayor’s office with other members of my board, talking about bike and pedestrian paths. I might work with local industries like Sasol and Lake Charles LNG, working on the Workforce Scholarship Fund, be in conversations with SOWELA and the ABC School about what is important in educating folks in crafts and skills. I might talk with a CPA who has a client who wants to start some kind of fund. Sometimes I visit with a person or family because they want to do some good with their resources. It’s quite a variety every day, which is part of why I love it.

How would you encourage others to make a positive difference in the community where they live? There is a way for everyone to make an impact in their community. It may be through their resources, or service through reading with a child, serving at a food pantry, or taking care of a neighbor. One of my favorite Community Foundation success stories is that of Wayne Simmons. He lived a very modest life, had no children. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he met with his financial advisor, Reed Mendelson. He told Reed there were several organizations he had supported over his life and he wanted to will them money. Reed suggested he take the thought further and create an endowment fund through the Community Foundation. Last November, we gave the first donations from the Wayne Simmons Endowment Fund to the Salvation Army, the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, and the American Cancer Society of SWLA. These organizations will receive an annual donation from this fund. Wayne was a regular guy. He’s not the person we see in the paper with the big check. But even posthumously, he is making a positive impact on his community.

What do you do in your free time?

Does volunteering count? In addition to that, I like to attend SWLA events like art exhibits and plays. I’m interested in healthy recipes and like to try them out on my family. I’m also a fan of yoga when I make time to relax! Now I’m having fun learning about Natchitoches since our daughter Rachel is a high school sophomore at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts there.

Name three things you occasionally indulge in.

Infused olive oils and vinegars, massages, and watching the sun set at Big Lake!


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Celebrate Christmas West of the Border

If you’re looking for something a little different to help get you in the Christmas spirit this year consider crossing the state line and enjoy the holidays Texas style. Orange, TX If you appreciate historic homes, visit the W.H. Stark House this month. Special tours, historic collections, and the Victorian style home decked in Yuletide finery highlight the celebration of all things Christmas. Open in Dec. Tuesdays – Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Orange Community Players present “Yuletide VI: A Country Christmas” Dec. 10, 7:00 p.m. – this is a country music review and fundraiser. Shangri La Gardens will hold their annual “Dreaming of a Green Christmas,” Dec. 10 -- a funfilled day to celebrate the holiday season with Christmas activities. Meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus and create holiday decorations. Stroll through Shangri La’s gardens 16

to enjoy beautiful communitydecorated Christmas trees along with other seasonal decorations and flowers. The Here We Grow! Children’s Garden is transformed into a charming “Candyland” with a bright, colorful gingerbread house. Shangri La Gardens also offers “Evening Christmas Strolls” Christmas lights and a festive holiday atmosphere invite you to meander through gardens transformed with dazzling light displays, festive Christmas trees lining the pathways of Shangri La, and greenhouses adorned with poinsettias and seasonal flowers. The young and young-atheart can enjoy a relaxing evening of magical displays. Contributions of non-perishable food items not only offer a discount for entry, but also support those less fortunate throughout the Orange community. The Lutcher Theater will celebrate the holidays with Santa and his special elves on a Christmas cheer journey called Broadway Christmas Wonderland. The sounds of holiday classics are sung by the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole! The magic of the holidays will unfold and paint the evening full of colorful Winter Wonderland memories for the whole family. Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.

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Beaumont, TX The historic McFaddin Ward House will offer daily tours Tuesdays - Fridays in Dec., 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or visit on Dec. 15th from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for a special Christmas Open House to see the house lit up for the holidays. Reservations recommended. Beaumont Community Players offers performances of “The Happy Elf.” This is the story of a lovable elf who wants to spread holiday joy throughout the town of Bluesville. Can he turn a town of naughty children nice in time for Christmas? December 2 - 3 and 8 - 9. The Julie Rogers Theater will present “The Nutcracker” performed by the Beaumont Civic Ballet. 2:30 p.m December 10-11.

The Moody Gardens ICE LAND Ice Sculptures, a Caribbean Christmas. Experience a taste of the islands as you embark on a breathtaking simulated underwater journey from the shores of Galveston Island through the Gulf of Mexico, depicted through elaborate ice sculptures. As you explore the oceans depths, you’ll dive for sunken treasure and see Christmas surprises along the way. An ice slide takes the form of a towering oil rig and an opportunity to venture through the beautiful Flower Garden Banks for encounters with spectacular schools of colorful tropical fish, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, Hammerhead sharks and more on the way to your Caribbean island destination. Enjoy festive holiday spirits inside Shiver’s Ice Bar. Through Jan. 8.

Galveston, TX The Moody Gardens 15th Annual Festival of Lights is the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast. The event welcomes over 125,000 visitors each year, many of whom have made the festival an annual holiday tradition. In addition to over 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment, strap on a pair of skates and glide across the ice at the area’s only Outdoor Ice Skating Rink. Slide into a thrilling experience with the Texas-sized Arctic Slide. Indoors, take photos with Santa or enjoy a variety of holiday-themed films at the MG3D Theater and 4D Special FX Theater. December 1 - January 8.

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Topping Out the New Golden Nugget Lake Charles Rush Tower Hoisting the final beam.

New Golden Nugget Rush Tower on left. Golden Nugget Rush Tower Rendering Pool Villa Master Bedroom

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Golden Nugget Lake Charles hosted a topping out ceremony last month to signify the final pour of its new Rush Tower. The construction team installed the American flag and traditional Spruce tree on the roof of the 13-story building. Leadership from Golden Nugget and Landry’s, Inc. joined the members of Whiting Turner Construction, the project’s general contractor, to celebrate the milestone occasion. Slated to open summer 2017, the adjacent Rush Tower will offer more than 350 luxury hotel rooms – each over 500 square feet and containing a five-fixture bathroom with two sinks, walk-in shower, oversized tub and separate toilet room. The new tower will include 3 new pool villa suites, 24 additional corner suites, floorto-ceiling windows, an in-house laundry facility, and will be consistent in design and look of the original tower.


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The Law Offices of John M. Welborn, III Welcomes Miah Hill John M. Welborn, III, Attorney at Law, LLC, announced the hiring of Miah Hill to assist with the firm’s personal injury, criminal defense and family law practices. Miah Hill Hill will represent clients in a variety of matters including car accidents, premise liability, misdemeanors, marital dissolution, child custody and support proceedings as well as intrafamily adoptions. Hill received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from the University of Arizona. She is an active member of the Louisiana Bar Association and the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

Stephen Lyons Completes Advanced Commercial Insurance Course Stephen K. Lyons, CIC, CPIA, president and senior account executive for Lyons Insurance in Lake Charles, recently completed the Advanced Stephen Lyons Commercial Insurance Course in Houston, Texas, as part of his annual continuing education requirements of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors. For more information, call (337) 478-4466.

Desonier Receives Dry Needling Certification Reba Desonier, a physical therapist with Lake Charles Memorial Health System, is now certified to perform dry needling. Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain, acute pain, radicular Reba Desonier pain, muscle imbalance and tightness, muscle paralysis and more. For more information, contact Outpatient Physical & Occupational Rehabilitation at (337) 494-2556.


Lyons named quality transformation officer with West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) has announced that Kristine Lyons, MSN, RN, CPHQ, has been named chief quality transformation Kristine Lyons officer. In her new role, Lyons will work closely with hospital management, physicians and employees to develop and manage organization-wide plans and programs for the ongoing evaluation and assessment of quality, safety and customer satisfaction.

O’Carroll Group Welcomes Hartley To Staff The O’Carroll Group announces that Madison Hartley has joined the staff as a graphic designer. Born and raised in Lake Charles, Hartley graduated from Sowela Madison Hartley Technical Community College with an associate’s degree in graphic art, and she has won several graphic design awards, including a gold medal and 2nd Best in Show in the SKILLS state and national competitions, respectively, and two silver ADDY awards. She brings valuable experience in photography and graphic design to the O’Carroll Group’s creative team. For more information, call (337) 478-7396.

Walnut Grove Announces 5K Race Winners Walnut Grove, a traditional neighborhood development, held the 4th annual 5K and Nutty Fun Color Run benefiting the Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School Eagle Fund on October 29. The winners of the 5K are as follows: Female Overall, Amy Goodly; Male Overall, Rickard Newman; 14 and Under Female, Piper Gilmore; 14 and Under Male, Devin David; 15-20 Male, Christian Tabor; 21-30 Female, Amy Talbot; 21-30 Male, Joseph Norman; 31-40 Female, Andrea Mongler; 31-40 Male, Casey Johnson; 41-50 Female, Jennifer Farque; 41-50 Male, Geoffrey Lee; 51-60 Female, Polly Newman; 51-60 Male Tocky Clement; 61+ Female, Shirley Bagwell; 61+ Male, Jack Wheeler.

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Practical Nursing Faculty Selected as Item Writers for NCLEX Exam Kimberly Eaves, Practical Nursing Program Coordinator, and Lisa Rogers, Practical Nursing Instructor, at SOWELA Technical Community College were selected by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to participate on the NCLEX® item development panel of subject matter experts in Chicago, IL this past fall. Eaves and Rogers were selected on the basis of their clinical specialty and nursing experience. As item writers, they created exam items used for the NCLEX licensing exams, helping to ensure test takers are adequately assessed for the continued excellence of the nursing profession.

The Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana Announce 2016 Jack V. Doland Citizen of the Year Award Recipient The 2016 recipient of the Jack V. Doland Citizen of the Year Award is Geri Geri Christ Landry with Women’s Commission HR Chair, Christ Landry. To list Debra Lastrapes just a few of her most noteworthy accomplishments, Landry’s selfless actions come straight from the heart of a retired Special Education teacher with the Calcasieu Parish School Board. She has been a full-time volunteer with Autism Services of SWLA and its partner nonprofit agency, Direct Care, Inc., for more than 10 years; has served as president of both the Autism Society of America Louisiana State Chapter and the SWLA Chapter, which she founded. In 1966, she received the prestigious Angel Award from the Blue cross Blue Shield of LA Foundation for her extraordinary volunteer efforts to improve the quality of life of children. The Jack V. Doland Citizen of the Year Award was created to honor the work this of Jack Donald to promote the dignity and integrity of women. The Award is designed to recognize the good works in our community of individuals nominated by the Women’s Commission of SWLA. The recipient receives a check for $1,000 to the charity of her choice.

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Buford Named West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Safety Award Recipient West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) recently named Riki Buford, PBX operator in WCCH’s Admitting Department, as the recipient of its Safety Riki Buford Award. The award, which honors employees for their promotion of safety and safety awareness in and around the hospital, is distributed to those employees that demonstrate extraordinary awareness and action in minimizing potential safety risks.

Dr. Bridget Loehn Relocates Medical Practice Bridget Loehn, MD, ENT and allergy specialist with Imperial Health, has moved to a new location inside the Center for Orthopaedics building at 1747 Imperial Boulevard Bridget Loehn, MD in Lake Charles. Dr. Loehn is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, and specializes in medical and surgical management and treatment

of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related internal structures of the head and neck. She treats allergies, as well as diagnoses and manages diseases of the larynx & pharynx, sinuses, oral cavity, and ears. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 419-1960.

Lake Area Medical Center Welcomes Hope Leedom Prather Hope Leedom Prather has been named Director of Human Resources at Lake Area Medical Center. Prather brings 12 years of experience in Human Resources and 11 years of Hope Leedom Prather healthcare leadership to Lake Area Medical Center. She holds a Professional Human Resources certification and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.


Straight Answers to Your Questions on Industry and the Environment


There are big plumes of smoke coming from industries. Is this pollution?


The plumes are water vapor, not smoke.

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

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From Hectic Holiday to Calmer Christmas in

Five Easy Steps by Sylvia Ney

The holiday season is officially upon us, and with it comes increased stress for many. Each December tends to bring a mix of joy, anxiety, and moments of panic. If you’re already feeling the pressure, or remembering the pain of holidays past, consider these five tips to keep you feeling balanced, happy, and in control.


FOCUS ON THE REASON FOR THE SEASON – The commercial allure of stores and expectations of perfectionism at home can cause tremendous tension, but shopping trips, decorations, and ideal menus are not the purpose of the holiday season. Whether it’s family, friends, career, or material goods, be content with what you already have instead of worrying about what you lack. Spread joy and spend quality time with loved ones. Share your mutual traditions and beliefs with others. Remind yourself that love comes first and stress will melt away.


TAKE CARE OF YOU – Worrying about proper decorations, cooking the right food, and buying the best presents can easily consume us for the entire month and we forget to take time for ourselves. The season of giving doesn’t mean you ignore your own needs and wishes. The happier you are, the more capable you become of fulfilling holiday goals.


SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD) can interrupt our regular routines, adding stress we may not immediately recognize. If you notice that colder weather and shorter days cause you to experience negative moods, seek help aids. Talk with your doctor, a counselor, or a support system to help when you get down. Add extra lights, plants, and warm colors to your home environment. When all else fails, revisit photos from your summer vacation, or plan your dream summer vacation. Even when you’re not traveling, photos of warmer times can invigorate your soul.




SUPPORT SYSTEM – Don’t prepare for the season alone. Whether you began to tackle your holiday to-do list in October, or you wait until the week before Christmas, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Trying to do too much alone causes unnecessary tension. Take a proactive stance to enjoy your time this month. Instead of planning and preparing whole meals solo, delegate dishes for each friend or family member to provide. Instead of staying up late to clean after everyone leaves or heads to bed, assign chores. FINANCIAL GOALS – Be honest with yourself about what you can afford to have and do this month, and stick to that goal. Plan a potluck dinner rather than incurring the costs of a large meal. Instead of buying a gift for every person you know, plan to buy just one gift and play the White Elephant game at your holiday gathering. Make and give personalized homemade gifts this year. Whatever you plan, feel positive and enjoy yourself!

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Watch for signs of stress – Listen to your body. If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to make changes:

Change in sleep habits

Change in appetite

Irritability and moodiness

Exhaustion and fatigue

Panic attack symptoms such as dizziness, heavy chest, racing heart beat, headache, nausea, hot and cold flashes Physical ailments such as headaches, stomach aches, joint pain, and weakened immune system (catching frequent colds and illnesses)

These symptoms can be warning signs of excessive stress and anxiety. Slow down and take a time out. If symptoms continue, seek help.

Seeing is Believing iLASIK at The Eye Clinic

Make a wish for clear vision come true this holiday season. Imagine starting the New Year without the hassle of contacts or glasses. The innovative all-laser iLasik procedure combines custom vision-correcting technologies to correct the broadest range of vision imperfections, including mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness and all types of astigmatism. The end of the year is the perfect time to schedule iLASIK, allowing you to take advantage of available health savings accounts or flexible spending account funds.

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Grief during the holiday season can be the most difficult grief of all. Someone mourning the loss of a loved one may struggle to join in the merriment, be overcome by memories of holidays past, or try to block out or avoid the celebrations altogether. It’s natural that friends and family want to step in to provide love and support, but just how you do that is important, says Lynda Cheldelin Fell, an emotional healing expert and creator of the Grief Diaries series of books. “Don’t think that you need to fill the person’s every moment with holiday festivities,” Cheldelin Fell says. “Grieving can be both physically and emotionally exhausting. They simply may not have the energy to handle all that celebrating.” Cheldelin Fell speaks from experience. She was inspired to help others through life’s roughest moments after her 15-year-old daughter, Aly, died in a car accident in 2009. In 2015, Cheldelin Fell launched the Grief Diaries, a 16-volume series of books filled with true stories by people who have experienced loss and heartache, and want to offer comfort and hope to those facing similar challenges. Fell says that, during the holiday season, you can best provide support to the bereaved if you:

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Don’t force your agenda on them. Allow the bereaved to set the tone for how they wish to cope with the holidays. Honor their choices. Whether they wish to maintain their normal holiday routine, leave town, or ignore the holidays entirely, resist the urge to pressure them to handle the holidays your way. Don’t avoid them. Your absence will be noticed more than you think. If the griever asks to be left alone, honor their wishes if it’s safe to do so. Otherwise, include them in the festivities and treat them as you would any other significantly injured guest: with kindness, compassion and gentleness.

There’s nothing like the holiday season in Louisiana to remind us all of why this is such a great place to live. At the Center for Orthopaedics, we understand this, because all of our physicians are from Louisiana and appreciate the rich holiday traditions of family, faith and community. We’re proud to be part of the Southwest Louisiana community and to be the region’s largest, independent musculoskeletal group. This allows us to provide the kind of medicine our patients deserve, in an office where Southern hospitality is not just a cliché, but something we practice every day. It’s part of our commitment to deliver the most advanced, patient-focused orthopaedic care available, right here at home.

Don’t pretend nothing has happened in their life. That only creates the elephant in the room, and invalidates their sorrow. “But don’t awkwardly coddle them either,” Cheldelin Fell says. Again, simply treat them with kindness, compassion, and gentleness while reminding yourself that you can’t fix their pain.

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I nvite them to help you serve meals at local shelters. Serving those who are less fortunate is a wonderful reminder that we aren’t alone in our struggles. Remember to take care of yourself. If you live or work with the bereaved, their sorrow can quickly deplete your own happiness. Give yourself permission to take time to enjoy the festivities. If you live with the griever, carve out ways that allow you to celebrate in private. Even small efforts can help, such as indulging in a favorite holiday treat or enjoying a night out with friends. “If you think you can’t make much of a difference, I like to remind people how the power of one moment can change someone’s world,” Cheldelin Fell says. “One smile can change a person’s mood. One hug can change their day. That’s everything to someone in mourning.”

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is a Four-Letter Word at Ultimate Performance Chiro and Rehab In 2011, Dr. Kyle Daigle studied at Parker Chiropractic, a cutting edge chiropractic clinic near Dallas. While there, he gained an appreciation for a holistic approach to treating health disorders. He studied the human body and learned how all the physiological systems work together. He developed therapy modalities that were different from what most patients were accustomed to. But they worked. And word spread quickly. Daigle grew up in Sulphur and longed to return “home,” but wasn’t sure how the people of southwest Louisiana would respond to his avant-garde style of treatment. He and his business partner Dr. Brett Gschwend took a chance and opened Ultimate Performance Chiro and Rehab on W. McNeese St. Through word of mouth and positive patient experiences, their center has been a success. Some patients come weekly from Southeast Texas, some from Austin, and as far away as Australia. These chiropractic doctors see every symptom, each ache and pain, as a piece of a puzzle to be worked on until the problem is solved and the patient is restored to better health. The list of health problems they can treat is long -- back pain, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, neck pain, sciatica, whiplash, vertigo, sports injuries, as well as


neurological disorders, weight loss issues, allergies, and attention deficit disorder. At Ultimate Performance, the doctors utilize a wide variety of treatment and therapy modalities that care for the patient as a whole, not as a single symptom or disease. In addition to standard physical and chiropractic therapies, they utilize treatment regimens not found at all clinics, such as balance, eye movement, and cold laser therapies. “We’re big on sensory stimulation,” says Dr. Daigle. Below are some primary therapies Drs. Daigle and Gschwend focus on. Neurosage (Systemic Neural Adaptation) This revolutionary therapy system is geared to patients of all ages and employs a computer software program with games and activities to increase both mental and physical performance through visual, auditory, and physical stimulation. This type of therapy can treat a wide range of disorders. Drs. Daigle and Gschwend are co-inventors and a U. S. patent is pending.

Nutrition Our southern culture and diet promote diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and many other diseases. No matter what problems a patient may experience, Dr. Daigle often first looks at the patient’s diet. He believes many of our health issues start in the gut and encourages his patients to take whole food supplements/ vitamins such as Juice Plus. Dr. Daigle says of this multi-disciplinary approach, “It’s not just one thing here we do. There is not one tool that is the best tool in the toolbox. I feel if you have a great many tools, that is what gives you the best armor to help a patient. That technique is what has made us successful in this clinic.” Find Ultimate Performance Chiro and Rehab at 646 W. McNeese St., call 337-421-0010, their website, and on Facebook at UPdocs.

Sound and Vibration Therapies Dr. Daigle says certain sounds and vibration at specific frequencies can release endorphins in the brain which increase circulation and oxygenation, promote healing, and alleviate pain in illnesses such as neuropathy.

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ABCDEs of Skin Cancer Protecting your skin is important in the winter months, too. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is more easily treated when recognized early, either through a self-exam or a visit to your doctor’s office. Checking your skin from head to toe on a regular basis can help locate problem spots early. When looking at moles, growths, or brown spots, the Skin Cancer Foundation says to remember your ABCDEs: A—Asymmetry. If you draw a line through the center, and the two sides don’t match, it’s a warning sign for melanoma. B—Border. A benign mole has even borders, while a mole that might be cancerous has wavy ones. C—Color. Talk to your doctor about moles that have varying colors. D—Diameter. Moles smaller than a pencil eraser are usually benign. E—Evolution. Any mole that changes over time should be looked at by a doctor. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher when you are exposed to the helps protect you from skin cancer. Other ways to stay skin safe include wearing a widebrimmed hat and long pants or sleeves when outside, and avoiding sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day — when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

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Wishing you a Happy,

Healthy Holiday Season

The physicians and staff of Imperial Health extend the warmest of holiday greetings to our patients and the communities we serve. It has been an exciting year for our physician-owned group. As we look forward to continued growth next year, we strengthen our shared commitment to work together to provide exceptional care for our patients. CARDIOLOGY

Miguel DePuy, M.D. Carl Fastabend, M.D. Corey Foster, M.D. Richard Gilmore, M.D. Jake LeBeau, M.D. Thomas Mulhearn, M.D. Michael Turner, M.D.

Arthur Primeaux, M.D. Melissa Rasberry, M.D. Richard Sanders, M.D. Steve Springer, M.D. Errol Wilder, M.D. Benjamin Williams, M.D.



Tyson Green, D.P.M. Kalieb Pourciau, D.P.M.


P. Hooper Nichols, M.D. Juan Teran, M.D.

Sandra Dempsey, M.D. Timothy Gilbert, M.D. Brad LeBert, M.D. Blake LeBlanc, M.D. Bridget Loehn, M.D.


John DiGiglia, M.D. Andres Guillermo, M.D. Thomas LeBeau, M.D. Jason Morris, M.D. Keane O’Neal, M.D. Todd Peavy, M.D.



Brian Wilder, M.D.


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Jonathan Foret, M.D. Steven Hale, M.D. John Noble, M.D. George Trappey, IV, M.D.



William Lowry, M.D. Craig Morton, M.D.



Ronald Kober, M.D.

Andrew Foret, M.D.

Luke Williams, M.D.


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for Diabetes Treatment Opens in Lake Charles A new treatment option is now available locally to help those with diabetes better manage their condition and prevent the serious complications the associated with the disease. Trina Health of Lake Charles, located at 1714 Wolf Circle, opened its doors last month. The effects of diabetes vary from patient to patient, but everyone diagnosed with the disease is very aware of its potential impact on their body. Common complications include neuropathy, retinopathy, nephropathy, wounds, chronic fatigue, hypertension and more. Trina Health of Lake Charles is the first diabetes treatment clinic in the state to offer the innovative Artificial Pancreas Treatment®, or APT®. This treatment offers hope to patients with diabetes by addressing the core problem of their disease – improper

HEALTHIER HEARTS. Our Wish For You In 2017. The cardiologists and staff at Cardiovascular Specialists wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year.

World-Class Heart Care Here at Home.


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metabolism, according to Trina founder Dr. Ford Gilbert. Through the use of the FDA cleared Bionica Microdose infusion device, APT® can imitate the function of a healthy, non-diabetic pancreas, which signals the liver in a distinct microburst pattern. The end result is prevention, reduction and even elimination of common diabetes complications. APT has a proven record of remarkable success, with over 300,000 treatments performed in Trina Health clinics across the country, and local patients are already reporting very positive results. Treatment sessions vary in frequency and are determined on a case-by-case basis to meet each individual’s specific needs. Trina Lake Charles is locally owned, and is under the medical direction of local family medicine physician Dr. Phillip Conner. For more information about APT, call Trina Health of Lake Charles at 240-9511 or visit www.

of LAKE CHARLE Your smile is your trademark; it lights up your face and expresses your joy and friendliness. Put your smile in safe, experienced hands: the hands of the team at Lake Area Dentistry.


Dr. Jeffery Hennigan and Dr. Nathan Bray, along with their team of hygienists and dental assistants, provide outstanding, comprehensive dental care. Your comfort and confidence is their priority. Perfect your smile with Lake Area Dentistry.

If you or a loved one is suffering from diabetes complications, the wait is over! Complications from diabetes can be stopped and even reversed! People with diabetes (either type 1 or type 2) can NOW regain a more normal life—FREE of the lifeshortening complications of the disease.

We offer all aspects of General Dentistry including:

Family | Preventive | Restorative | Sedation Implant | Emergency | Minor Orthodontics Same Day Procedures

Artificial Pancreas TreatmentTM has had 27 years of development, 16 clinical studies, and 32 supportive studies. Our Patients and their families can get their lives back... “a second bite of the apple.”


General information session presented by Trina Health founder and inventor, G. Ford Gilbert, JD, PhD. Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 6–7:30 PM 3700 West Prien Lake Road

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by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

Santa’s elves have been busy in their workshop this year creating epically cool gadgets and toys for everyone in your family. For some people, holiday shopping is the best part of the winter season— excitement permeating every single trip to the store or click of the mouse. For others, panic ensues when they so much as think about choosing a gift for someone else. What if I get them something they don’t like? What if they already have it? Take a look at the following sure-to-please items your loved ones will have at the top of their wish lists this holiday season, making your shopping a little easier.


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Kids’ Gifts Rule under the Christmas Tree NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM CLASSIC EDITION For anyone who ever enjoyed playing games like Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, or Donkey Kong, this is the ultimate holiday gift idea. Nintendo has gone back in time to provide its early games to fans, both old and new. For around $60, you can give 30 of the best video games ever made to someone you love.

MAZE BY SEEDLING Your child can physically create his or her own maze, and then connect it to the Maze app. They then build their own virtual reality goggles and explore whatever maze they build, experiencing it as if they were actually in the maze. Building and exploring new worlds with your child can be achieved for around $100.

POKEMON Z RING This bracelet helps your child get into the game with Z-Crystals that unlock different sounds, colors, and vibrations as your child plays Pokemon Moon or Pokemon Sun on their Nintendo 3DS. For around $33 your child can take gaming to another level.

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TROLLS With a retro nod to the 1960s and Dreamworks’ new movie, Trolls, these adorable wild-haired dolls have made a comeback. Prices vary.


Home & Family THE IDO3D FIVE PEN ART SET WITH 3D VERTICAL LIGHT The power of imagination is brought to life with this pen set. Your child can draw in the air and their drawing will become a 3D object. These 3D pens come in various colors and the creations are limited only by your child’s imagination. For around $30.00, your child can design life-like bridges, bears, and other exciting figures.

NERF N-STRIKE ELITE TERRASCOUT REMOTE CONTROL DRONE BLASTER Taking Nerf gun wars to a new level, the Nerf-N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone captures your kids’“battles” on video so they can watch them later. The dart blaster holds 18 darts. Hold the trigger down and rapidly release all eighteen. This battle device provides hours of fun for around $200.

HATCHIMALS If your child nurtures his or her egg just right, a magical creature will gradually appear. During the process, if your child listens to the egg, they can hear their creature’s heartbeat. Each creature can peck its way out of the egg if encouraged once they begin to hatch. Your child can teach a draggle, owlicorn, pengula, burtle, or bearakeet how to walk, talk, sing, dance, or even repeat things they hear. Experience the fun of a Hatchimal for around $60.


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THE ZILU PORTABLE CHARGER If your teenager is constantly running out of battery on his or her phone, you might consider purchasing this portable charger for them. It is compatible with a multitude of phones and tablets. For around $30.00, you can rid your teen of the excuse, “My battery died,” when you can’t get in touch with them.

BOOKS The gift of something interesting to read never goes out of style. For those reluctant readers, the challenge can be finding what interests the child. For early to mid elementary boys, try Dog Man, by Dav Pilkey. The second in the series, Dog Man Unleashed, will be released Dec. 27. They’re humorous and written in comic book style. $9.99

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Toys for Grown-Up “Kids” For the Men in Your Life

THE GRILLBOT AUTOMATIC GRILL CLEANER If the man in your life loves to grill, this toy is for him! Instead of slaving over cleaning the grill grates after making his famous burgers, all he has to do is place the Grillbot on the grill, press a button, and enjoy the rest of his evening. The Grillbot is to the grill what the iRobot Roomba is to cleaning floors, and it can be found for around $80.

DRONES What guy doesn’t want to send a camera flying through the air to see what it all looks like from up there? The whir of the propellers. The potential for crash landings and broken parts. Irresistible! Prices range from $100-800.

At Crawford Orthodontics, We’ll Give You one More Reason to Smile this Holiday Season The end of the year is a great time to begin orthodontic treatment, allowing you to take advantage of flexible benefit account deadlines, as well as annual insurance deductibles that have been met. We offer a variety of advanced techniques that create beautiful smiles. We accept most insurance and flexible benefit plans, and offer affordable, convenient payment options to fit any budget, including no-down payment options.

We’ll give you - and your kids - something to smile about.

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THE SAMSUNG GEAR VRVIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET Powered by Oculus, these goggles also require the Oculus app on a smartphone, but once you take these steps, virtual reality is yours. You can watch movies and play games with the sense that you are there with the other characters for around $60.

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THE AMAZON ECHO If your loved one has always wanted to feel like they are on Star Trek, the Echo may be the closest they can get this side of the Milky Way. The Echo uses Alexa, a voice service, to answer all of your thought-provoking questions by simply speaking them. It can play music for you, turn on lights in your home, and even order things from Amazon without you having to pull up the app or website. The Amazon Echo can enrich your life for around $180.

This Yuletide season, Karma Boutique at L’Auberge Casino Resort will be offering holiday items including gifts, ornaments and home dÊcor. Stop by, even if its late, and get everything you need for a holly, jolly holiday. Open daily.

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THE CEDAR STREET IPHONE 6 LEATHER WRISTLET BY KATE SPADE NEW YORK With six color options, this stylish wristlet is the perfect way to merge your phone and your wallet, keeping everything in one chic place. For around $118.00, you can make the woman in your life happy, and happiness is always in style.

THE MINIPRESSO HAND ESPRESSO MAKER This portable, hand-powered espresso machine brings coffeehouse-quality with you wherever you go. It even includes a cup. It’s BPA-free and comes in plastic and stainless steel. For around $60.00, you can have your caffeine fix from nearly anywhere.

THE FITBIT ALTA This sleek Fitbit comes in a few different color options, or you can purchase additional skins to customize it further. It’s a great way to track your daily steps, your calorie intake and deficits, your sleep patterns, and even enlist your family and friends to compete in challenges with you.

You are certain to find something on this list to please even the hardest to shop for family member. The old adage holds true: it is better to give than to receive, and people receiving something from this list are sure to be all smiles during the holiday season.

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This beautiful ballet tells the story of the early settlers of Southwest Louisiana. Children of all ages will delight as they join Santa on a journey to Louisiana throughout the history of the city of Lake Charles. “Christmas in Louisiana: Once Upon a Time” has a timeless quality sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.


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Play It Safe by Austin Price

For most children, the height of holiday cheer comes when they’ve ripped the wrapping off their presents and they finally get their hands on the toy they’ve been dreaming about for months. Parents, on the other hand, should be concerned about potential safety hazards with toys. According to the Safety Council of SWLA, the most important step to avoiding problems is preparation—make sure the toys you buy for your children are safe before you put them under the tree. For instance, if a toy is painted, check the warning label to be certain a lead-based paint was not used. If a toy is made of fabric, it should be marked as flame resistant. Does the toy have electrical parts? Look for the UL label. Next, make sure the toy is age appropriate. Young children are vulnerable to a range of hazards, from too-loud toys that can damage their hearing to toys that break into smaller parts, such as Legos or jigsaw puzzles, and present a choking hazard to curious toddlers. For children below the age of four, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends larger toys made of sturdy plastic or high-quality fabrics that lack long strings or straps. It’s easy for an overzealous child to become wrapped in a chord or choke on a broken piece of plastic they’ve put into their mouth. Also avoid toys with batteries that aren’t secured behind screws. Older children should not be given any toys that launch projectiles with sharp ends to prevent eye damage. If they receive bikes, skateboards or other similar toys, ensure they have the proper safety gear. These age-appropriate measures are especially important if you have multiple children of different ages. Be sure the older children’s toys don’t end up in the hands of their younger siblings. Finally, be proactive. Show your kids the proper way to use a toy. Properly store toys at the end of each play session in an out-of-reach chest. And be on the lookout for any toys that are worn or broken. You can’t foresee every problem, but you can minimize their chances of occurring. 36

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Easy Care Gardening Trends for the Holiday Season by Melinda Myers

Dress up the holidays or give gifts that continue giving throughout the year with these low maintenance gardening trends. Just add a little fun, classic beauty or style to make it even more memorable now and throughout the year. Terrariums.

These mini greenhouses continue to grow in popularity and are perfect for new or timid gardeners. Just plant a few small tropical plants, moisten the soil, close the lid and you have a self contained growing chamber. Show off your green thumb with a modern, classic, or vintage style vessel. Use a classic bell jar or other small glass container as a centerpiece for the dining table or buffet. Or create a miniature garden in glass to give as a hostess gift. When the party is over, it’s a great memento of a fun holiday gathering. Air Plants. Unique and amazing air plants are all the rage and could certainly be described as the definitive easy care plant. Many are native to rain forests where they grow in the canopy of trees, gathering water and nutrients that pass by. No soil is needed for these versatile plants. Just hang them in a bright location and soak in tepid nonsoftened water once every week or two. Display them in an open terrarium, shell, or another decorative container. They make great centerpieces or stunning displays. Pothos, Philodendron, and Ivy. These plants have long been low maintenance favorites of the indoor garden. This year, consider dressing them up for the holidays with sparkling garland, artificial flowers, berries, and greens. Display them in unique containers, baskets. or December 2016

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The Holiday Party Handbook by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

It’s the time of year to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family. Those celebrations are sure to include lots of merriment and cheer, but if you want your gettogether to stand out in a sea of white elephant gifts and ugly sweaters, take these suggestions into consideration to give your party a little something extra. WINE AND WRAP: Staying up until the wee hours of Christmas morning to complete all of the wrapping is anything but delightful. Instead, host a wrapping party where you and your friends get together armed with wrapping paper, scissors, ribbons, tags, and tape. Spend the time enjoying good conversation, good wine, and getting your presents wrapped early so that Santa can actually enjoy the cookies and milk left out for him. REVERSE CHRISTMAS IN JULY: If we celebrate the Christmas spirit in July, why not celebrate the summer spirit during Christmas? (In Louisiana, this really isn’t too far-fetched.) Decorate with beach balls, leis, and lit-up palm trees. Make your favorite summer treats and encourage everyone to wear their jackets and coats over their favorite summer attire. Be sure to play the Beach Boys Christmas album! CHRISTMAS CAROL-OKE: Aunt Ida always did think she could sing, and in the holiday spirit, you should give her the opportunity to belt out Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” in front of friends and family. A karaoke-themed party is easy to achieve now that karaoke machines are inexpensive and easy to come by. You may want to provide ear plugs as party favors, but sticking to a holiday carol-based playlist is sure to be a lot of fun, especially if spiked eggnog is included. REINDEER GAMES: For those competitive friends, host an evening of Reindeer Games. Set up holiday themed games throughout the house and have small prizes for the winners, like gingerbread treats or candy canes. Visit the queen-of-theme-party-games. com for funny and exciting party game ideas. A WHITE CHRISTMAS: Decorate your home in white, including flowers, ornaments, linens, and even origami. Set a dress code and ask your guests to come in only winter white attire. Play a little Bing Crosby, serve beige and white foods, and even though there may not be snow on the ground, your white Christmas dreams can still come true. A NORTH POLE CELEBRATION: Ask your guests to dress as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, reindeer, or holiday elves and have them celebrate the season in style. Give gifts to the best-dressed guests, and set up a hot chocolate and cookie bar for Santa’s helpers to indulge in as they mingle with friends and family in your winter wonderland.

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The Best Movies You’ve (maybe) Never Seen by Frank DiCesare

4. CHINATOWN (1974)

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941) Orson Welles’ first movie, Citizen Kane, is a tour de force; Hollywood’s Mount Everest. Based loosely on the life of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst – who tried to kill the film prior to its release – Kane’s extraordinary cinematography (particularly its use of low-angle composition, deep focus, and lighting techniques), top-notch cast, and brilliant writing laid the foundation on which all future movies would be made. Even the movie’s clever use of makeup to show Kane’s age progression was groundbreaking for its time. Movie lovers will enjoy every scene. Photography nerds will appreciate every frame.

If ever a perfect movie script was written, Chinatown may very well be it. Robert Towne’s classic yarn, based on the California water wars of the early 20th century, Chinatown is the gripping story of private investigator James J. Gittes and his mysterious client Evelyn Mullray, a woman with a dark and painful past. Like all great stories, Chinatown’s plot slowly feeds the viewer with information about Mullray, her sister, Katherine, and her powerful and mysterious father, Noah Cross. When Hollis Mullray turns up dead, the movie’s plot takes the viewer on a suspenseful journey that leads to one of the most memorable movie climaxes of all time. Beautifully photographed, Chinatown is certainly one of director Roman Polanski’s greatest films. Think there’s a better movie script? Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.

5. CASABLANCA (1942) Released as World War II raged in Europe, Casablanca is the story of love and betrayal played out against the backdrop of patriotism, sacrifice, and the human desire to be free. Rick Blaine, an American who owns a café in the Vichy-controlled Casablanca, Morocco, must chose between helping a Czech Resistance leader escape the city to continue his fight against the Nazis and harboring ill feelings towards the man’s wife – Blaine’s former lover, Ilsa – who broke his heart in Paris years earlier. In the end, sacrifice wins at an airport scene for the ages.

6. THE THIRD MAN (1949)

2. THE GODFATHER (1972) Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece about New York’s Corleone crime family in the 1940s is based on Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel, The Godfather. The movie version, however, deviates considerably from the novel’s plot, despite that fact that Puzo co-wrote the screenplay with Coppola. Nevertheless, The Godfather is a film that grabs you from its opening scene and holds you to the end. Every scene is marked by extraordinary acting and unforgettable lines, some of which were ad-libbed. While certainly a film that falls in the mafia genre, Godfather’s universal themes make it more of a story of an American family. Leaving the guns and cannolis aside, Godfather could be about any family and their struggles in the mid 20th century.

Voted the best British movie of the 20th century in 1999, The Third Man raised the film noir genre to its zenith when it was released in September, 1949. Written by British novelist Graham Greene, who later turned the screenplay into a novel of the same name, The Third Man broke all rules of conventional movie making with its daring “Dutch tilt” photography interwoven with Anton Karas’ musical score, which he performed entirely on the zither. The Third Man is about an American’s despicable business enterprise in Vienna during the early years of the Cold War and his inevitable – and rather ironic – demise in the city’s bowels. Like Citizen Kane, The Third Man is a must see for those who love great writing and black and white photography.

3. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974) The Godfather Part II is the greatest movie sequel of all time. Brilliantly conceived, filmed and edited, Godfather Part II is actually two stories in one. The first is the continuing story of Michael Corleone and his gambling interests in 1959 Nevada; the second is Vito Corleone’s growth from a Sicilian boy who emigrates to America in the early years of the 20th century to a successful olive oil importer in lower Manhattan. While Michael’s present-day story is filmed in standard color with the actors speaking English, Vito’s flashback story is beautifully shot through an orange filter, which gives the scenes a vintage look. Vito’s story is also told in Italian accompanied by English subtitles. The Godfather Part II is such an extraordinary sequel, it made it almost impossible for The Godfather Part III to live up to its standards – which it didn’t.


7. RAGING BULL (1980) Throughout its history, Hollywood has produced many great biopics. Few, very few, come close to the artistry inherent in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull. Based on the professional boxing career of middleweight champion Jake LaMotta, Raging Bull is not only the greatest biopic ever filmed, it is also the greatest sports movie ever made. Robert De Niro, who gained about 60 pounds to play LaMotta in his later years, gives a brilliant performance both in and out of the ring. For the boxing scenes, De Niro trained with LaMotta until he believed he could box convincingly on the silver screen. His performance would earn him the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1980.

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8. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) Hollywood made so many westerns in the mid 20th century that the genre became something of a cliché by the end of the 1960s. But when director George Roy Hill cast Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the western rose from the tired and trite to great art. While some of the historical aspects of the film remain in debate among scholars, the terrific acting, cinematography, and beautiful musical interludes written by Burt Bacharach, make the film a must see for lovers of westerns and great movies alike.

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9. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) Can a war movie be something more than scenes of soldiers doing battle in far away places? Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now proved it can. Based very loosely on Joseph Conrad’s literary masterpiece Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now presents a fictitious account of the Vietnam War that underscores the reality of how its horror drove many to madness. While Coppola steals – or, perhaps, borrows – here and there from Conrad’s novel, his movie stands alone as an original work. It is one of the greatest war films ever made, even if historical facts were cast aside for the sake of metaphor in the creation of great art.

10. NETWORK (1976) If the 2016 presidential election circus made you mad as hell, rent the movie Network to get a perspective on American business and media, one that still holds true today 40 years after the movie’s debut. Paddy Chayefsky’s Academy Award-winning screenplay (his third and last Oscar before his early death in 1981) Network is an indictment on how the power of the American television news industry can destroy people both inside and outside its station walls. Brilliantly written, Network is a movie that makes one stop and think about how the media disseminates information and the enormous influence it exercises on the public. Although it’s a work of fiction, Network is a movie steeped in reality. After your first viewing, you’ll never watch the evening news the same way again.

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Win the Bedtime Battle by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

Bedtimes with little ones can be a bit like having to reset your email password using three capital letters, four numbers, a character, and a blood sample: stressful and frustrating. No matter your children’s ages, it can be an all-out battle of wills when bedtime rolls around. Is there an easier way to keep your sanity intact without the imbibing of multiple glasses of wine and a package of gummy bears? The answer is yes, but the solution is not one-size-fits-all. Younger Children Crave Routine. When you have little ones, they need a set bedtime that you don’t stray from, even when that Yo Gabba Gabba episode with Jack Black is on. The easiest way to figure out when your nightly routine should start is to first determine how much sleep your child needs per night to function the next day (see sidebar). Thirty to 40 minutes prior to bedtime, begin by turning off electronics, —the television, video games, and the internet. Create a quiet atmosphere and lower the lights. Give your children a relaxing bath and read a story to them. Establishing this nightly routine will help their bodies adjust to their bedtimes, and you will see less of a struggle. Then watch that episode of Yo Gabba Gabba on your own.

Avoid Overtiredness and Address Fears. Setting an earlier bedtime may seem like utter insanity when your child is already struggling to fall asleep. Part of this can be attributed to overtiredness, overstimulation, or fear. Overstimulation by sights, sounds, and activities or exhaustion can make it more difficult for children to fall into a peaceful slumber. This is where dimming the lights and establishing a routine can help. Sometimes those sweet babies are fearful. They might be afraid of the dark, scary sounds, or that they’ll miss out on something fun. With a little planning, a night light, and a talk explaining the noises around the house, you should be able to help your little one fall asleep easily. Take Electronics Out the Equation for Older Children. In order to have sweet, loving teenagers in the morning, rather than Hermann Munster and Wednesday Adams, put their phones, televisions, tablets, and video games away about forty-five minutes before you need them to go to sleep. Place the devices somewhere your children will not sneak out and try to find them. If you allow them, they will text their “BFF4L’s” until 2:00 a.m. instead of getting at least eight good hours of shut-eye. Check on them at least once. No matter their age, knowing they have someone who cares enough to check that they are going to sleep will make a world of difference, even if they aren’t appreciative in the moment. Pop your head in their room and say, “Just checking in on you.” This will remind the bigger kids you are there monitoring them, and that you care. Knowing you are there to slay the dragons will ease the fears of the little ones and help them get a better night’s sleep and wake up with a smile.

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Flu season is here. Did you know your dog can get the flu, just like you? “It’s actually pretty common and the symptoms present themselves the same as in humans: respiratory difficulties, runny nose, fever and fatigue,” says Dr. Jae Chang, with Prien Lake Animal Hospital. Your dog can even catch the flu from you. Canine influenza can cause more serious illness than the average respiratory infection. In some cases it can turn into pneumonia which is very dangerous for your pet. Dogs with “smushed-in” faces like pugs and English bulldogs may have a tougher time dealing with the flu because of the anatomy of their respiratory tract. Dr. Chang says, “If your dog shows signs of coughing, nasal discharge and a moderate fever, contact your veterinarian immediately. Because canine influenza is so highly contagious, other dogs in the household are at high risk for developing the disease. Until you find out what is causing your dog’s symptoms, keep it isolated from other dogs and always wash your hands thoroughly after petting or touching your dog.” December 2016

“If your pet is diagnosed with the flu, he will need plenty of rest and fluids, just like a human. Antibiotics may be prescribed if your pet gets a bacterial infection along with the flu,” Dr. Chang explains. If your pet shows any signs of being sick it’s important to keep him away from other animals. Avoid parks, kennels, or any other place where he’ll be around other pets. It takes about 2-3 weeks for most pets to start feeling better from the flu. There is a flu vaccine for dogs and most veterinarian offices provide the vaccine with your pet’s yearly vaccines. “I recommend that if your pet spends time a dog park or is boarded for any amount of time in kennels, they should get a flu shot,” says Dr. Chang. Along with the flu vaccine, here are a few tips that Dr. Chang recommends to help prevent your pet from getting the flu:

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That gorgeous jacket hidden deep in your closet is stunning. Too bad it went out of fashion in 1997 – much like dozens of other dresses, skirts, blouses and pants that cause the clothes rod to sag, but haven’t been worn in years. “When I look in some people’s overstuffed closets, I can’t help but want to say, ‘Your closet is supposed to be a river, not the Dead Sea,’” says Janna Beatty, an image consultant and coauthor with Sharon White of Quintessential Style: Cultivate and Communicate Your Signature Look. By that she means clothes should flow through a closet the way water passes through a stream – there for a time, then gone. Clothes shouldn’t be held in captivity forever. “Both women and men add tons of clothing, shoes and accessories to their closets, but they never seem to get rid of anything,” Beatty says. Beatty and White say that an overly extensive wardrobe actually can hinder your lifestyle. Just to get dressed in the morning you may have to rummage past apparel that should have been tossed years ago. They offer a few tips for making that closet a more inviting and organized place: Use it or lose it. Nothing should be in your closet that you can’t wear right now, Beatty says. That means anything that doesn’t fit, is in need of repair, or is out of season shouldn’t be taking up space. If you have extra closet space, move the out-of-season clothing there. If you plan to lose weight, do the same with clothes that don’t fit. Mostly though, donate or toss the excess. “Be brutal in deciding what to keep and what to get rid of,” Beatty says. Organize your collection. Once the clutter is gone, it’s time to organize what remains, White says. Dressier clothes should hang toward the back of the closet unless you wear them often. Types of garments – skirts, pants, tops – should be grouped together and organized from casual to dressy. Customize your closet. Builders mostly build generic closets, using standard measures for clothing racks and shelves. People then just use whatever space is there, whether it works for them or not. Beatty and White suggest that instead of working with that generic layout, make your closet work with your wardrobe. That could mean bringing in more storage for shoes, or deciding whether you need more or less hanging space than what’s available. Once you’re done organizing, you aren’t really done, Beatty and White say. “You can’t expect to stay organized if you don’t regularly tidy up,” Beatty says. “Make sure you hang clothes back up after you wear them, or put them in the hamper if they need to be washed. Put clean laundry away promptly. If you aren’t careful, you’re closet will be a quagmire again.”

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Tracking Job Growth – Six Sectors to Watch in 2017 by Madelaine Brauner Landry

In December 2015, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that the fastest employment gains nationally would be made in two major sectors: healthcare and industry. Both were expected to see the largest increase in job growth between 2014 and 2024. R. B. Smith, VP Workforce Development for the SWLA Alliance, agrees that healthcare and the energy industry lead the southwest Louisiana region in employment gains. He also concurs with the Bureau’s educational caveat that occupations requiring college degrees continue to grow significantly faster than those that do not. “If you want a job, or you want to earn more in your current occupation, you need to ratchet up your skills. It’s that simple,” said Smith. To that end, this region has remained proactive on the educational front, responding with more diverse programs to meet the anticipated shortages in growing employment sectors. A steady stream of graduates coming from McNeese University and SOWELA, the region’s two major higher educational institutions, offer area employers a pool of workers who are ready to receive more specialized training, as needed. Additionally, Smith agreed that while job forecasting can be tricky, indicators predict four other sectors in Southwest Louisiana that should see significant job growth in 2017, some with a more immediate positive outlook than others. He noted this is partly due to the continued optimistic updates on plant expansions, as well as sustained investments regionally in plant maintenance, repairs and renovation. Healthy economic development also translates into more available discretionary income, which in turn helps boost other sectors like gaming, hospitality, and retail. ENERGY INDUSTRY: The recent major investments in SWLA are meeting U.S. energy infrastructure needs. They have not only resulted in job creation, but locally in strong economic development and in the rise of smaller ancillary businesses. The investment brings unprecedented opportunities, but also increases the challenges for workforce development, training, and retention of qualified workers. With over $43 billion in investment dollars currently in process, Smith cited five major energy companies where job escalation continues to satisfy construction, maintenance, and operational needs, as well as open up future engineering and other professional positions.


Cheniere in Johnson Bayou – While construction jobs may begin tapering off in 2017, operation and management positions will continue to attract highly skilled wage-earners at this site. Although many workers are attracted from the Golden Triangle of southeast Texas, Calcasieu and Cameron Parish will continue to contribute to their labor force. Cameron LNG – At their terminal near Hackberry, the 2014 construction project has reached its midway point. Presently, they expect to scale up construction jobs from 3,000-5,000 in 2017-18. The terminal, designed to liquefy natural gas for global export, will be training operators, as well as opening positions in operation, maintenance, and plant engineering. SASOL – This ethane cracker located in Lake Charles is also about midway through their project, and expects to increase hiring for construction, as well as operation positions. Lotte, LACC in Westlake – The chloralkali chemical plant announced in June 2016 that full construction was underway. Their cracker and MEG plant remain on schedule for startup in early 2019. This translates into providing new engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction jobs in 2017. INDORAMA in Sulphur – This Indonesian company, which recently assumed ownership of the old Exxon plant, expects continued hires in the construction and maintenance sectors throughout 2017. HEALTHCARE: Lisa Guerrero, Marketing Director, Lake Area Medical Center, said the shortages in Nursing and other specialized healthcare positions still drive the region’s need for skilled employees in their sector. Other areas for continued growth include Dietetics, administrators, and health insurance professionals. Wendi Palermo, Dean of Nursing & Allied Health, SOWELA, said the region’s community college has “committed to bridge the gap in order to provide a workforce to meet healthcare industry needs.” Palermo cited the 2015 LA Workforce Information Review, which forecasted a projected 150 new positions annually for RN and LPN positions. Additionally, she noted SOWELA’s Advisory Council has entered into recent discussions surrounding the growing need in our region for more Allied Health professionals, specifically in the areas of surgery, rehabilitation, and long term care.

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GAMING & HOSPITALITY: The region’s top five gaming resorts anticipate continued and potentially accelerated growth in 2017 due to healthy regional economic indicators. It cannot be overstated that the infusion of dollars into plant expansions and other developments has freed up more discretionary dollars available to spend in this industry. David Sickey, Vice Chairman, Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, noted the Coushatta Casino Resort anticipates continued growth in 2017. “In gaming, we seek both skilled and unskilled associates. At Coushatta, our employment brand attracts familyoriented people, as well as older workers. Outlook for recruiting is good. Our small team is very adept at finding labor niches within our region and attracting them to us.” A new tower currently under construction at the Golden Nugget is also evidence that this sector is healthy. The venue chose to expand just a year after they originally opened their doors. Additionally, L’Auberge Casino Resort, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, and the Isle of Capri Casino remain on the list of the SWLA region’s top 25 employers. AVIATION: “The Aerospace Industry continues to thrive at Chennault,” said Randy Robb, Executive Director, Chennault. “Northrop Grumman employs over 1,100 persons at the site. Average wage is in the $55,000.00 per year region. Chennault

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is in negotiations with a boutique airline that wants to make Chennault their headquarters for maintenance activity. We anticipate another 750 personnel to be assigned to the facility.” He also credited SOWELA for supporting their employment growth by graduating around 35 people per year from their programs. “Additionally, trained former military aircraft technicians are available to support growth in the Aerospace industry,” said Robb. “Relocation to the Southwest Louisiana region is almost always required, so affordable housing and relocation costs continue as challenges we face to bring talent from across the country to our region.” RETAIL: Economists always use retail sales as another major indicator of strong regional economic growth. When sales show consistent growth, companies hire more employees to sell, which in turn puts more money back into the pockets of consumers. However, R. B. Smith noted retail jobs are generally designated as “low” wage occupations characterized by high turnover. Following the busy holiday season, many of those hired to stock shelves and work as cashiers may find themselves looking for other work. Debbie Seal, Prien Lake Mall Manager, agreed that while many of the mall’s merchants do hire temporary workers for the holiday season, these are generally not long-term employees.

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“Usually the person filling these jobs is someone looking for extra dollars to supplement their holiday spending plans,” she said. “However, Prien Lake Mall has consistently produced stable jobs in the Lake Charles area since 1972. We also offer opportunities for advancement into management positions here, as well as transfers to larger cities.” Seal also noted the mall remains 100% leased, but they do not anticipate major changes in the number of people employed in 2017. INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP: If interest in business startups is an indicator of a growing regional economy, as well as for future job opportunities, Smith noted the growing number of interested applicants for the SEED Center bodes well for growth in 2017. Currently, the SEED Center houses 15 clients in its business incubator, which provides resources and services designed to accelerate the development of entrepreneurial ideas. Other resources for emerging businesses are available at the Center, as well. By assisting entrepreneurs, the expectation is that they will provide local jobs for workers in the SWLA region as they develop and grow.


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BOLD STROKES IN BANKING Think about how much debt your household owes. Chances are, it’s not due to irresponsible spending or carefree habits. Instead it’s likely that much of your debt was necessary to build credit, buy a house, or pay for medical expenses. Debt has become part of the American dream, and today the average American household owes over $130,000. While Southwest Louisiana is rich in many things—culture, tourism, and economic activity— many families struggle to make ends meet in addition to reduce debt and save for the future. A new face in local banking is quickly making waves with proactive community engagement. In October, the Southwest Louisiana Credit Union Board of Directors announced the selection of Ronaldo Hardy as the credit union’s next President and Chief Executive Officer. With a mission to represent the “unbanked and underbanked” of Southwest Louisiana, Hardy and his staff work to aid lower-income families and those struggling in debt. “We want the community to know there’s help,” said Hardy. “Southwest Louisiana Credit Union is designed to act as a clearinghouse of resources and a reservoir of aid for those who need it.” Through free seminars, one-on-one financial counseling, and community giving programs,


Hardy aims to enhance the credit union’s mission to serve Southwest Louisiana. Teaching financial independence and encouraging healthy finance habits can be a big step for struggling families that may feel ignored by or out of contact with banks. Hardy has wide-ranging experience in the financial industry, and his background focuses on expanding the impacts of financial institutions and effecting positive change in communities. He comes to Southwest Louisiana Credit Union after serving as President/CEO of Shell Geismar Federal Credit Union for the past five years. Prior to that, he served in various capacities at La Capitol Federal Credit Union. During his tenure, Hardy was instrumental in the organization’s growth and financial success. Hardy has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and will graduate from Louisiana State University later this month with a master’s degree in human resource education. With a strong team, Hardy is on the ground with credit union members, keeping in touch with those who benefit from individualized counsel and services. The Credit Union National Association’s 2015 Membership Benefits Report estimated that credit union members in the U.S. saved over $8

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billion in 12 months by switching from a bank to a credit union. Hardy’s bold strokes are a welcome shake-up of traditional outreach methods from national banks. Southwest Louisiana Credit Union’s strength in the banking world comes from a surge in credit union membership nationwide. During the first quarter of this year—for the first time ever—credit union membership grew much faster than other financial institutions’ growth in customer base. “Southwest Louisiana Credit Union is doing great work in the community, and I am eager to offer financial services in a dignified way to the unbanked and the under-banked in the community,” said Hardy. “Through our work to encourage financial independence, we hope the Lake Charles area will recognize that we are a mission-focused organization with innovative and strategic ways to be proactive and engaged with the community.” Southwest Louisiana Credit Union is a $95 million not-for-profit member-based credit union with four locations in Lake Charles, Sulphur and Westlake. To find out more, visit or call 337-477-9190.

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America’s Retirement Crisis Highlights the Need for Better Financial Advice

Ideally, people investing for retirement should feel confident their financial advisors give them unbiased advice and recommend what is best for them. That hasn’t always been the case, though, which prompted the Department of Labor to issue new fiduciary rules last April designed to ensure financial professionals put their clients’ interests first when it comes to fees and investment advice on retirement accounts. Investors weren’t the only ones applauding the move. “We welcomed this change because our firm was already acting as fiduciaries,” says Lou Desepoli, president of Desepoli Wealth Management. “This may weed out a lot of people who were giving the business a bad name.” Mike Desepoli, Lou’s son and a wealth adviser at Desepoli Wealth Management,

says people need the right advice because the United States is in the middle of a retirement crisis. “Statistics show that, by and large, Americans aren’t prepared for retirement,” he says. “In fact, there have been surveys that show one-third of Americans haven’t saved anything for retirement. Meanwhile, few people have pensions anymore.” With their retirement savings potentially inadequate, people should be flocking to financial advisors for help. But there is also skepticism about the financialservices industry, with a Harris Poll this year revealing that most Americans don’t hold the industry in high regard. The Desepolis are among those who hope the new fiduciary rules will help change that perception.

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Lou Desepoli, who’s fond of saying that most Americans spend more time shopping for a car than a financial advisor, says a little research and a few well-planned questions can help in the search for the right advisor. It’s important to know, for example, how an advisor is paid. Some earn commissions for investments or products they sell, but it’s best if they are paid fees based on the value of the assets they manage for you because that gives them an incentive to make those assets grow, Lou says. Other topics an investor should ask about include:

• Communications. How frequently does the advisor communicate with clients? Does he or she proactively send out the reasons for buy-and-sell decisions that are made in a client’s account?

• Client service. Ask the advisor to explain their client-service philosophy and what steps they take to ensure that each client receives personal and professional experience.

• Succession. Find out what happens to your money if your advisor dies or retires. There should be a succession plan in place so that the advisor’s accounts are passed onto someone else, but you also need to make sure you are comfortable with that successor. For investors concerned about retirement, having the right advisor concentrate on the right investments is critical. “How you retire tomorrow,” Mike Desepoli says, “depends on how well you plan today.”

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How to Personalize your Cubicle by Felicite Toney

Working in a cubicle can be boring, stressful, and emotionally draining, but it doesn’t have to be. A few personal touches added to your workspace can positively affect your mood, quality of work, and overall health. It’s easy to make your cubicle feel more like home and less like work. Try these simple tips to personalize your cubicle and liven up your workspace.

1. Keep your workspace organized. Ditch the plain pencil holder and try a small vase, inspiring coffee cup, or painted Mason jar instead. While you’re at it, customize your mouse pad by using paint and tape to create fun unique designs. You can do the same to a set of coasters and a plain


clipboard to add more style to ho-hum office supplies.

2. Customize your bulletin board by adding a fabric background and using a variety of pins for all your notes and reminders. Paint the frame of your bulletin board or add a larger frame to make your reminders and notes pop with flair. 3. Add a small plant to your desk to help you get through the day. Terrarium gardens are small and customizable. You can add seashells, costume jewelry, pins, and other small trinkets that reflect your hobbies and taste in art. Don’t worry about someone taking care of them while you’re away from work. Terrariums are low maintenance and require very little attention.

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4. Don’t let the small space and plain walls of an office cubicle ruin your workday. Decorate your walls beyond the typical office motivational poster and go with colorful fabric or wallpaper to create a cheerful backdrop. Line your walls with colors and images that make you happy. 5. Decorate your cubicle with photographs. You can use string or ribbon and mini clothespins to show off your favorite pictures of friends, family, and pets. If you prefer frames, hang them with ribbon to add a touch of color to your walls. You can also decorate a clipboard, pin it to the cubicle wall, and display a new inspirational photo or quote every day!

6. Lighten up your space with a small lamp or a few candles. Remember lava lamps? Mini versions are perfect for small spaces. In addition, watching the movements in a lava lamp can calm you if you’re feeling stressed or angry. 7. Add a wreath. Use a frame and some ribbon to make a wreath that reflects your favorite sports team, hobby, or other theme and display it on the wall of your cubicle. 8. Make use of leftover empty space on your desk by bringing some of your favorite books from home. Stack them in the corner or position them between a set of makeshift bookends, like mason jars or coffee cups.

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Lake Charles Memorial has wrapped up Phase 2 of a four-phase project to expand and renovate the emergency department. Phase 2 adds a new enlarged waiting room, two triage stations, a fasttrack area and more patient beds. When completed, $14.5 million will have been spent, doubling the size of the entire department and renovating the existing space. Phase 1 of the project included renovating the two trauma rooms and incorporating a digital CT scanner inside the emergency department, allowing more convenient and quicker access to emergency diagnostics. Phase 3 will consist of renovating the existing waiting room area into treatment bed area and building out a specific area for psychiatric patients. Phase 4 is the renovation of the existing ER to match the new construction. The emergency department project is part of $166 million that Memorial Health System has spent on construction and upgrades since 2007 to build a better patient experience for patients.

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Children’s Miracle Network Provides Murals to CHRISTUS St. Patrick Emergency Department CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s Emergency Department recently received seven murals, created by local artists Candice Alexander, Erica Nelson and Burn Rourk, and provided by funding from Children’s Miracle Network of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation, to create an inviting environment for children. Funded through the generous support of corporate partners, this artwork communicates the CHRISTUS mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in a way that brings healing and comfort to pediatric patients and their families as well as hospital associates. For more information or for how to make a donation, call (337)430-5353 or visit

on-site during September and October and raised a grand total of $621,266.32. CITGO Petroleum Corporation thanks the CITGO Lake Charles employees for giving to the 2016 CITGO United Way campaign. Their employees, salaried and hourly – supported by three bargaining units – were essential in meeting the needs of United Way SWLA. They would like to say thank you to: • Internal Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, Local Lodge 1317 • Lake Charles Metal Trades Council • Office & Professional Employees International Union, Local 129

CITGO Employees Raise 15 Percent of the United Way SWLA $4 Million Regional Goal CITGO Lake Charles Refinery employees recently raised 15 percent of the United Way SWLA regional goal of $4 million for the organization to provide essential programs and services to the Southwest Louisiana community. The funds were raised by CITGO employees during the refinery’s annual CITGO United Way campaign. The 2016 Give Today Change Tomorrow campaign took place




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Learning how to tie a tie is a rite of passage for a young man. Oscar Wilde felt so strongly about it he once stated that learning to tie a tie was the first serious step in life. However, even Oscar Wilde could not have foretold the twists and turns that men’s fashion would take in regards to neck-wear. Today, if the idea of wearing the classic tie drives you up the wall, or you are simply longing for some variety, you will be pleased to know there are some alternatives to the traditional tie.

The Bow Tie

The bow tie is perhaps the most recognizable alternative to the traditional tie. Bow ties come in many different fabrics and sizes, so it is easy to find one that fits any occasion. Black and white bow ties are usually reserved for more formal occasions. If there is a shine to the bow tie, it should only be worn in the evenings, whereas a more casual fabric or a fabric that boasts a very busy pattern should be worn earlier in the day.

The Bolo Tie

For a casual occasion, the bolo tie is sure to be a conversation starter. This western-inspired piece is made out of braided leather and has metal tips and an ornamental clasp. Bolo ties are considered to be well-crafted pieces of wearable art.

The Ascot Tie

Taking a step back in time to the precursor to the tie, you will find the ascot tie, which is a close-cousin of the cravat. Hailing from the 19th century, the ascot is considered a “day cravat,” and can be worn to day-time formal events. It can be worn pleats up or pleats down as long as the pleats overlap the knot. It can be tied in several ways, including the traditional knot, the simple knot, the four-in-hand knot, and the half ascot. The trick is to use an ascot tie with quality fabric, and be sure to unbutton one to two shirt buttons to look your best.

The Scarf

A new trend is emerging where men are shedding their ties in favor of cashmere or silk scarves. These can be worn underneath a sport coat for a sophisticated look, or if you find yourself posing for a Tom Ford ad.

In addition to these alternatives, Connie Seal of Connie’s Menswear in Westlake explains, “Today in the working world, we hear phrases like ‘dress code,’ that are associated with the workplace, but different employers are now offering alternatives to the tie. Business casual can be a nice navy blazer or sport coat with an open collared shirt. We see this at social events as well, however a tie will always have its proper place in the men’s clothing world.” There are many alternatives to the traditional tie, you just have to find that one that is appropriate for you.

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This might just be the trickiest term on the list because it’s completely possible to be too casual. The best guide for what to wear is to look at the day-to-day dress code in your office. If you work in a jeans and tee-shirt setting, think of a casual holiday party as the best possible version of this. Wear freshly pressed jeans, slacks, skirts or dresses with no holes or stains and comfortable shoes that aren’t scuffed or in a state of disrepair. Even tee-shirts are acceptable, though Emily Post recommends they not have any slogans.


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If your work invite to the holiday party specifies festive dress, it’s generally a sign that the company really wants employees to get into the holiday spirit. Wearing holiday colors, like a red button down shirt or a green sweater with everyday work slacks is a very easy way to get in the spirit without veering too far into costume territory. But holiday pins or even festive sweaters from fast fashion outlets like Forever 21 are a great way to set the party mood around the office. There’s no need to go for a full Santa suit but dressing a little out of the norm is a nice way to acknowledge your company has gone out of its way to make the holidays a bit brighter.


Business Casual


A business casual office party usually means slightly more conservative office clothes. Men should wear slacks, a belt, and a tucked in, collared shirt. Women are free to wear the same or a knee-length dress or skirt. Sleeveless tops for women aren’t completely out of the question, but most business etiquette experts recommend leaving spaghetti straps at home and, depending on how conservative the office is, keeping shoulders covered by a cardigan or other sweater.


Business Formal

If your holiday invitation requires you to dress more formal, perhaps for a party at a country club or upscale restaurant, there’s no need to fret over finding a bow tie. Business formal means to dress like you would for a job interview, or for women, a special night out. For men, a neatly pressed suit and tie with freshly shined shoes works fine. Women can wear their best little black dress or a dress that might also work for a less formal wedding, along with accessories that are a little louder than they might wear to the office, like sparkly evening bags or large statement earrings. Most of all, office parties are intended to be a bright spot on the yearly calendar. So if you’re unsure about the dress code for the event, don’t waste too much time worrying. Ask a supervisor or your best-dressed co-worker what’s appropriate, and with wardrobe decisions out of the way, you can focus on filling up on free canapés. December 2016

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Feeling Fancy? Tips for Quick and Easy Holiday Hair

by Emily Alford

Planning the best outfit for every Christmas party, gift exchange, play, program, and dinner, not to mention finding a New Year’s Eve-worthy look, can leave many of us exhausted before we even step out the door. However, nothing elevates a holiday outfit like a great hairstyle. Here are a few tricks for hair-dos so fun they compete with even your sparkliest Christmas sweater. This is like the French braid’s more stylish older sister. Take medium to long hair and add a dime sized amount of styling product from middle to ends, then gather hair at the ear to braid two larger sections with a smaller section. Secure the ends with an elastic and lightly

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swipe fingers along the braid to give it a messy look. Add sparkly bobby pins or break up a glittery plastic hair comb and stick pieces into the braid at random to make it even more dressed up.


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This 2016 runway staple is surprisingly flattering on almost everyone. Gather hair tightly at the crown and twist until it forms a compact bun. Wrap a ponytail holder around the bun until it’s tightly secured. Then slick up the sides with pomade until there are no flyaways, but use your fingers to mess up the topknot just a little so it’s not too severe. Put on your favorite bright lipstick and go!

Part hair as usual, or down the center for a more romantic look, and adjust a circular headband (the kind that stretches around the whole head

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with elastic in the back) so that the top is about half an inch behind the hairline. Take small sections of hair and twist them up and over, then tuck them back into the headband. The more sections you twist and tuck, the better it looks. Don’t forget to do a few pieces around the ears and one or two at the temple for a more cohesive style.

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McNeese Professor to Discuss Pearl Harbor at Sulphur Library Dr. Robert Forrest, History Professor at McNeese State University, will discuss the atrocities of Pearl Harbor on December 7 at 6pm at the Sulphur Regional Library, located at 1160 Cypress Street in Sulphur. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack that marked the beginning of US involvement in World War II. Over 2,000 Americans were killed during the attack. Forrest will detail the events that took place and the actions that it created. The program is free and open to all ages. For more information, call (337) 7217141.

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McNeese Marching Band Invited to 2018 London New Year’s Day Parade

McNeese Online Program Continues to Rank High McNeese State University’s online programs continue to rank high both nationally and statewide for affordability, accessibility and quality. McNeese has been ranked No. 30 in the nation as one of the most affordable online colleges by the Center for Online Education, a collection of online educators and experts committed to providing informed, research-based guides for students pursuing college degrees online. Within the state, the center ranked McNeese No. 2 in Louisiana in the Most Affordable Online Colleges listing, which was sorted by the schools with the lowest tuition rates, and ranked McNeese fifth overall in the state as having one of the best online programs.


In a grand ceremony, McNeese State University’s Pride of McNeese Marching Band received a prestigious invitation on Friday to the 2018 London New Year’s Day Parade and Festival “across the pond.” Former Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster and Senior Parade Patron Catherine Longworth – who is representing Queen Elizabeth II - traveled to the McNeese campus in person to present the official invitation to an audience of band members, parents, administrators, faculty, staff and

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community leaders gathered in Tritico Theatre. Longworth was accompanied to McNeese by Robert Bone, executive director of the parade. Accepting the invitation on behalf of the Pride of McNeese Marching was President Philip Williams, Dr. Jay Jacobs, director of bands, and student band officers. Participation in the 32nd London New Year’s Day Parade and Festival is by invitation only. This year 16 American bands have been invited and only two are university marching bands. This historic parade route includes Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall with a final arena adjacent to the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Over 650,000 spectators will line the parade route and over 350 million people will view the TV broadcast worldwide, according to Bone. Jacobs said that individual band students will be responsible for the majority of the expenses, which are estimated to be $3,350, which includes six days/ six nights in the United Kingdom, as well as two travel days. Individuals, groups or businesses can donate to the band travel fund through the McNeese Foundation. Donations can be made online at or by calling (337) 475-5588.

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Solutions for Life

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

Letting Go of Holiday Stress It’s the holidays once again! And once again, all we read about is how to survive the holidays - hustle and bustle, stress, family arguments, etc. Well, not this article, my friend. If you are hustling and bustling, and if you are stressed, it’s your own darn fault! I’ve been talking all year about letting go of things. As the final installment in this series, I’m going give you some advice on how to let go of all stress typically associated with the holidays. I’m going to help you make the holiday season about what you can do now, so that you can start the New Year rested and rejuvenated, ready to take on new opportunities. After all, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be any good to anyone else. So, this December, I ask you to let go of:

it for you? I know, some meals MUST contain certain dishes. In my family, it’s all about the sweet potatoes at the holidays. Everyone likes their own individual sweet potato ball. You should have heard the outcry the first year I made a casserole instead of the balls. You know what? It tasted EXACTLY the same and took about half the time! (For the recipe, purchase a Marshes to Mansions cookbook from the Junior League of Lake Charles.)

Noise. Embrace the quiet. It’s there, you just have to find it. Turn your radio off when you are in the car. Reject the impulse to turn the TV on the second you walk in the door. Take a walk without Pandora. Teach your children to play “the quiet game.” Eliminate the noise and do whatever you have to do to get a few minute of quiet into each day this season.

Must-Do Events. You don’t have to attend every holiday party you are invited to. Let yourself off the hook for those events that aren’t a top priority. Some things are “required attendance,” like the office party or the family gathering. But attendance does not mean you have to stay until the bitter end. You can make an appearance instead. Decide ahead of time how long you will stay at a function, and then leave at the agreed upon time. Both party functions and family gatherings can be handled like this. Take into consideration how busy your days are, how long it’s been since you’ve tucked the kids in, how long it’s been since you’ve had your quiet time, etc.

Complication. So many of us make this season harder than it has to be. Stop that, and allow yourself to take the easy way out. Buy the same thing for as many people as possible. I say gift cards for everyone! And when it’s time to wrap, those gift bags are SO much faster than wrapping everything. When it comes to food, think about easier options: Can you buy it and just “dress it up?” (i.e., Transfer it to your own dish and garnish it.) Can you make a bunch of the same thing and take it to the different places you have to go? Can you get someone else to make

Limited Time with Family Members You Like. Hopefully you have a lot of family members you like. Even if you don’t have a lot, we usually have one or two people we are closer to. Don’t limit your time with those people due to other demands that you really don’t care about. Make time to be with just those people. Skip unnecessary events (see advice above). Take a walk together, go together to run that errand before the meal (you know, that bag of ice that is always needed), stay up late and catch up, or just drag a couple of chairs away from the crowd and


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create your own quiet space to connect. I am close to two of my cousins, and we usually find some way to spend time together at some point during the holidays. We’d all like to spend more time together, but at least we grab it when we can! Focusing on What you Don’t Have. Maybe you don’t have as much to spend this year. Maybe your job is not going well right now. Maybe you are depressed and sick of seeing happy people and hearing happy music all over the place. But you have to decide how long you are willing to continue feeling this way. When you are ready to stop focusing on what you don’t have (money, good job, great relationship, etc.), the best way to shift your mood is gratitude. Begin to think about what you DO have. Maybe it’s your health. Maybe you have people who love you. Maybe you have a dog who gets excited to see you every single time you walk in the door. Maybe you need to be grateful you woke up this morning. We all have so much to be grateful for, and yet so many of us are grumbling, complaining Scrooges! Stop it!! Remember whatever you send out into the universe is going to come back to you two-fold. So, what do you want to send out? I want to send out gratitude! I hope you will give yourself the gift of letting go of at least one of these burdens this year, and many of the other things I’ve discussed in this column over the past year. You’ll be amazed at how freeing it is to just, as the popular song says, “let it go.” Once you do, you’ll be able to grab onto those things that really do bring you joy and happiness.

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Mark Your Calendar! Spring 2017 New Student Orientation Dates Now Scheduled for SOWELA SOWELA Technical Community College is offering several orientation sessions over the coming months to prepare incoming students for spring classes. Incoming students are required to participate in orientation to help ensure a smooth transition into a college environment. Face-to-face sessions are offered during the morning and afternoon to provide greater flexibility and meet the needs of our students. December 2 (two sessions available) December 9 January 6 For more information or to register, visit or contact Dedria Walton at (337) 421-6967. Walk-ins, parents, and guests are welcome.

Noel Acadien au Village Will Open its 36th Christmas Celebration LARC’s Acadian Village will host its 36th annual Christmas festival fundraiser, Noel Acadien au Village, from December 1–23, to benefit persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join LARC’s Acadian Village as they begin their new chapter with “A Storybook Christmas.” Noel Acadien au Village times are 5:30-9:30pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Children 4 years of age and under get in free. For more information, call (337) 981-2364 or visit

Oil Center’s Festival of Lights The Festival of Lights in Lafayette’s historic Oil Center will return on December 2. This year’s festival will feature the lighting of Santa’s sleigh, children’s activities and crafts, Light and Learn with LAGCOE, photos with Santa, a horse and carriage ride, a candy cane hunt, face painting, live musical entertainment, carnival games, a living nativity, and more. Many retail shops will be open during the festival for holiday shopping. The festival attracts thousands of locals to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in the historic Oil Center. Admission is free. For more information and to purchase family packs in advance, please visit

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Golden Nugget Lake Charles Announces Entertainment for December 2016 Golden Nugget Lake Charles has announced the December live entertainment schedules for the Grand Event Center, The Country Club at Golden Nugget, Rush Lounge and Blue Martini.



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