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Inspiring tales of area residents who chose to make America their home.

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Regular Features

Wining & Dining

5 By the Numbers 1 16 First Person with Mike Veron 22 Who’s News 29 Business Buzz 62 McNeese Corral 64 Happenings 66 Solutions for Life!

6 Crafting the Perfect Burger 8 A Sip of Pleasure laces & Faces P 10 – 14 Cover Story:

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18 Beat the Heat: Wet & Wild Adventures

M oney & Career 24 i-10 Hospitality

26 Follow the Money or Follow Your Dreams?


Home & Family 30 Bringing the Outdoors in for the Summer 36 Avoid Summer Chore Wars

Style & Beauty

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46 Summer Hair Flair 48 Pedicure Pointers to Keep Your Toes in Tip-Top Shape Mind & Body 50 Health Mysteries Solved 54 Naval Pilots Eye Laser Correction to Meet Vision Requirements 56 Makeover Your Memory


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Crafting the

Perfect Burger by Erin Kelly

You hear that? It’s the sound of backyard grills being cranked up across America.

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The season of cookouts is upon us—soon to be followed by tailgating—and that means aprons have been tied and amateur grill masters are ready to flip beef. Ask them what makes a perfect burger and they’ll throw around a few answers. Maybe name some secret ingredients (although it should be noted that Bobby Flay says no burger should have “secret ingredients,” because then it’s just meatloaf) or a recommendation on patty size or fat content. At the end of the day, however, most of us don’t care how it’s cooked, just as long as it’s good. So, what makes it good? Sure, it looks easy. Pat down some beef, throw it on heat, flip it a few times and place it on a bun. (A beer may or may not be involved in that process somewhere). But who among us hasn’t eaten an overcooked or undercooked burger? Yes, ladies and gentlemen— if you’ve ever attended a cookout, you’ve been disappointed by a promising hunk of meat. No longer. Here are a few tips so you can be a backyard burger hero: Choose the right meat. We all want to be healthy and eat lean meats and yadda yadda yadda, but the sad fact of the matter is, delicious burgers usually involve some fat. Look for about 20 percent. Grilling Companion, an online site of everything grill-worthy, suggests ground chuck or ground sirloin, but Bon Appetit says the type of meat doesn’t matter that much—it’s that 20 percent that matters. Put down the gourmet seasoning and step away from the Worcestershire sauce. You don’t need them. Grilling Companion, the Food Network and Bon Appetit all agree that salt and pepper will do just fine. Toss it with the beef gently before you start on the patties. Of course, if you have a preference for a certain flavor, there are plenty out there to choose from – experiment and find your favorite combination. Loose patties make for good burgers, so don’t flatten them like pancakes. Be gentle. Overworked meat gets dry. Just make a patty— you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. The Food Network suggests that the patty should be about ¾ to one-inch thick and be as wide as the bun. Make an indention. Once you’ve got your nice, loose patties, put an indention in the center

of each of them with your thumb. That way it doesn’t bulge and bubble up in the middle, like burgers are wont to do. You’re not making a pot roast, folks. Burgers aren’t made to simmer and stew. You want to cook them fast so they don’t dry out. Although Grilling Companion recommends that you put the burgers on high heat with the lid open (to keep the juices flowing), the Food Network suggests medium-heat with the lid closed. Do whatever works for you, but don’t cook them too long, because everyone agrees that dry burgers are no good. Resist the urge to squish. So there you are, holding your spatula and watching your patties sizzle. You’re tempted to push down on that meat, aren’t you? You want to do it, don’t you? Don’t give in. Resist the urge to squish. This was reiterated by all the foodie burger experts: Never flatten your burgers! It pushes out all the delicious juice, and wouldn’t you much rather have that running down your chin? Grilling Companion notes that one reason people feel the urge to squish because patties tend to inflate or bloat while grilling—but if you made that indent with your thumb, that shouldn’t happen. To craft the juiciest burger, flip it only once. As meat cooks, heat pushes away from the heat source. How do you know when the middle is cooking through? When you see juices collect on top. Last but not least—don’t buy cheap buns. Why go through all that trouble of becoming a burger hero if you’re just gonna throw your works of art on some flimsy dollarstore bread? Go for something good.


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A Sip of Pleasure by Chris LeBlanc

“A fine bottle of wine turns strangers into friends and friends into family...” This is as apt a phrase as any that could be mustered to describe the ambience of lauded New Orleans haunt wine Patrick’s Bar Vin. Located at Hotel Mazarin, this upscale wine bar is perfectly described as “a sip of pleasure in the heart of the French Quarter.” Although its entrance is steps away from Bourbon Street’s debaucherous atmosphere, Patrick’s offers a low-key, intimate setting. Set off the street, the babbling of a fountain in the private courtyard soothingly drowns out the ambient noise of the exciting city. A professional and entertaining staff also provides a discerning guide to the bar’s extensive wine list. If, however, the tastes of the wine connoisseur exceed the offerings available, Patrick’s

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offers a few personalized, temperature-controlled wine lockers. Although it focuses on the grape, Patrick’s bar has something to offer lovers of the grain as well. Owner, Belgian-born Patrick van Hoorbeek, also serves his own brand of craft beer. “The Maestro” as he is known in some circles, van Hoorbeek garnered several “Maître D’ of the Year” awards--along with plenty of ink in local and national publications--before the doors of his little slice of French Quarter heaven opened.

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Since its inception, Patrick’s has become a beacon of self-effacing sophistication for locals and wine tourists alike. Named one of the Top 10 Wine Bars in the United States by Gayot’s and Fox News, Patrick’s Bar Vin is definitely a must-stop location for those looking for a great place to grab a drink in New Orleans. For more information, visit www.patricksbarvin.com.

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America Coming to

by Lauren Jameson

July is the month that America celebrates its birthday – Independence Day. Regardless of where an individual is on the path to achieving their own version of the American dream, Independence Day forces us all to take a moment and think about all the freedoms we were lucky enough to be born into.

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For many local residents, who were born in other countries and became American citizens through naturalization, Independence Day is a celebration of their own dreams realized and their hope for achieving prosperity in the land of the free, home of the brave. Here are their stories.

‘A world of choices’ Kerry Andersen was born in Durban, which is on the southeastern tip of South Africa. Her mother, Sonja Johnson, a South African native, met and married her father, Frank Meistrell, who was an American working in Africa. “He hired her to type his reports and they fell in love,” she said. The family moved from South Africa to London, where they lived for a short while. “Then, we made the trip to the states, where I originally lived in New York and then, Connecticut,” Andersen said. It was in Hartford, Connecticut, that Andersen and her mother became American citizens. “My mom renounced her citizenship (they did not have dual at the time). She wanted to become a citizen because she married an American,” Andersen said. “I was 10 at the time, and although I didn’t have to take the exam like my mother did, it remains an important life moment etched in my memory. I did recite the Pledge of Allegiance and received a cherished American flag pin.” Even though Andersen was only 10, she said she firmly understood “the significance of the moment.” “Because I was naturalized as a child, it was less about ‘choice’ for me. However, I have never lost sight of the fact that gaining citizenship opened up a world of choices for me that simply wouldn’t have been available had I grown up in South Africa, where expectations for women did not necessarily include higher education and a career.” Andersen said becoming American put her “firmly in charge of my own destiny.” “My mother left high school after 10th grade, but once she became an American citizen, she completed her GED and went

on to earn multiple college degrees, all while raising a family and serving in the Coast Guard,” she said. “That taught me that, with hard work and focus, I could achieve anything with none of the barriers I may have faced as a young woman in South Africa. As beautiful as Africa is and as dear to my heart it is, it’s as an American that opportunity is limitless for myself and my son (Chase).” Since becoming naturalized, Andersen has become a “fiercely patriotic” American. “I am always distinctly aware that holding citizenship comes with a strong civic debt to pay. Being an American is not something I take for granted,” she said. “9/11 was like a sucker punch to the gut that forever changed my outlook on citizenship and galvanized my resolve to ‘give back’ and be a part of positive solutions in our country and community. Andersen said she struggles with the “American apathy.” “While being American gives you the right or option to ‘sit one out,’ I often struggle with the apathy of citizens when it comes to voting and learning the issues that impact our community,” she said. “I recognize the same trait in other naturalized citizens and feel we are generally dedicated to being civically engaged. I proudly fly an American flag at my home every day, not just on holidays It’s an outward symbol of pride in country and gratitude for those who defend and serve.”

‘Land of opportunity’ Maria Alcantara Faul of Lake Charles was born and grew up in Manila in the Philippines. Her family’s journey to the United States was many years in the making. It began in 1971 when Faul’s mother, Teresa, a nurse, heard of the plentiful nursing opportunities in the states. Faul’s father, Alberto, was a physician. Her mother went through the process and got approved to work in America, but before she could leave for the U.S., then President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines, so she couldn’t leave the country. So Alberto and Teresa stayed in the

Philippines to raise their family. The family grew from two to five children – Maria, Thea, Vincent, Ray and Kristine. Plans to move the family to the United States seemed to be more like a dream than reality. “My parents didn’t think it would ever happen,” Faul said. Then, in 1984, things changed. The “People’s Power Revolution” took place in the Philippines; Marcos was overthrown and a new government was installed. In 1988, Faul’s mother was contacted by the United States Embassy in the Philippines, and was offered an opportunity to work in the United States — basically continued on p12

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picking up where the process stopped back in 1971. Her parents had some tough decisions to make, but in the end, it all came down to making a better life for their children. “They wanted to move here to give us, their kids, new opportunities,” Faul said. So her parents decided to leave their life in the Philippines and move the family to America. Before doing so, the family had to undergo several tests. “Embassy staff had to make sure we wanted to come here,” Faul said. “We went through several interviews, and medical exams before the American Embassy allowed us to come here,” she said. Her family members got their green cards (which are actually pink, Faul added) that allowed them to do everything in this country — work, pay taxes — but they could not vote. Faul’s mother was the first to venture into the United States — to scope out prospective home cities. She tried Chicago first, then Florida and finally, Lake Charles. Here, she had family — her aunt and uncle, Jing and Vangie Ordinario;

mild weather year round, a strong Catholic community, good food and a rich culture. For Faul, the move was a culture shock. “I grew up in Manila, a huge city,” she said. “Lake Charles is a lot smaller. I was 19 and I didn’t know anything but the Philippines. But everyone is so kind, welcoming and nice here in Lake Charles.” One thing that wasn’t a problem was the language. “I grew up bilingual. English was the medium of instruction in the schools we attended so that wasn’t a problem,” she said. Faul became an official American citizen, or naturalized, in 1995, just a few months after she married her husband, Beau. The couple now has two children, T-Beau, 15 and Emma, 12. Faul is quite thankful that her parents decided to move the family to the United States. “America is the land of opportunity. Everyone has the opportunity to succeed, as long as they work hard and apply themselves,” she said.


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‘Best of both worlds’ Olivier Grosset, 43, a native of Echallens, Switzerland, said he will never forget his first visit to Lake Charles – and America – in the summer of 1993. He was here to visit his then-wife’s family, who lived in Moss Bluff at the time. The couple married earlier that year and were living in Switzerland. “I remember the first time I set foot on American soil,” he said. “I was pumped.” Once his body adapted to the hot, humid climate, Grosset, a degreed custom tile expert, found that he really liked the area.

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He told his friend, Tom Shearman, American Press publisher and president of the Shearman Corporation, that he would love to move to the area but he wasn’t sure there was a market for his tile business. If he decided to make the move, Shearman promised Grosset that he’d help him get his business off the ground. He went for it. In 1999, Grosset and his family, which now included his daughter, Rebecca, moved to Lake Charles. He soon started his business, Artisan Tiling LLC. Grosset, who spoke French, knew very little English when he moved to Lake Charles. In fact, a friend/ translator accompanied he and his former wife on their first date. “I had a strong accent when moved here,” he said. Grosset decided to go through the naturalization process in 2010. Like most residents, he had his opinions about city issues. But unlike most residents, he didn’t have the right to vote on these issues. “I realized that I could say all I wanted, but I couldn’t vote. I had no say. It bothered me a lot,” Grosset said. “I wanted to vote and have my voice heard. I wanted to feel like I contributed in some way.”

So, he took the oral and written exams and passed. “It was an emotional day to get sworn in in front of the flag,” he said. Grosset is now proud to tell people he is an American. He was able to retain his Swiss citizenship as well. “When I travel, I get to show off both passports. I feel like James Bond,” he joked. He encourages people from other countries to attain their citizenship. “Go through the legal system and do it – it took some time and some money,” Grosset said. “But it is worth it. In your heart and mind, you have to be willing to make a difference in this country and to get involved. It’s not just a passport. You have to want to be part of the system and to have a voice. In America, you can say it and people will listen.” Grosset loves living in Lake Charles, but he also looks forward to the three visits he makes to Switzerland each year. “I have the best of both worlds. Here, the people are very friendly; the food is so good and I have loyal customers,” he said. “When I go back (to Switzerland), I enjoy my friends and family and the weather – there are four seasons in Switzerland. It’s a good feeling.”

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Lindsay Erwin was just eight months old when she and her family moved to Lake Charles from Honduras in 1992. “My mom, Yolanda, was very young when she had me and it was intended that I be adopted by my aunt who lived here — and still does,” she said. Her aunt, Alicia Chaumont, did adopt her, but later, her mother moved to the area and married. Erwin was returned to her mother and adopted by her stepfather. The family moved to Florida and her parents later had another daughter and son, Ashley and Christopher. Erwin said she became naturalized at two years old when her mother got married. “I currently have dual citizenship in the United States and in Honduras,” she said.

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She said she doesn’t remember living there, but she has visited and knows how different life is for residents there, “Sometimes I wonder where I would be if I had grown up there,” she said. Erwin said she will always be thankful to her aunt and mother for bringing her to the states. “My mother always told us it was an honor to live in the United States but to remember where your roots are. She said so many doors are opened when you become a citizen here and it’s such an exciting time when you’ve achieved it,” she said. “My uncle who lives in New York recently became a citizen

and we were so thrilled for him. It is a long and hard journey to get there but so rewarding in the end.” Erwin said she loves the “unity and pride” Americans have — and she is happy to be a part of it. “I love to see everyone come together for the Fourth of July and celebrate what a great country we live in and how blessed we are. It’s great how well everyone comes together in times of tragedies to help one another,” she said. Erwin recently moved back to Lake Charles after being gone for many years. Taking a leap of faith, she and her boyfriend, Eric Henrich, packed up and

moved. Neither of them had jobs. They stayed at her cousin’s apartment and within a month, they both found employment – Erwin as assistant to a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual and Henrich, as a performance engineer at PPG. Erwin’s boyfriend became her fiance on June 1 – he proposed to her at the Houston Zoo. She said yes. “Now, we are planning a wedding and loving where our lives have ended up,” she said.

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number of Americans who share DNA with the 102 pilgrims who arrived aboard the Mayflower

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number of diamonds that have been found since Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park opened. It’s the largest public diamond mine in the world

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4.36 Million amount in cubic yards of concrete contained in the Hoover Damn

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or years, J. Michael Veron has been a successful trial lawyer, an artful storyteller, and an avid golfer – not necessarily in that order. But when he put his stories on paper, his life took an unexpected turn. It’s a rarity in the publishing world to have your debut novel picked up by the first publisher you query, but that’s what happened with Veron’s first novel, The Greatest Player Who Never Lived, almost 15 years ago. The story—about the fictional Beau Stedman and the legendary amateur golfer Bobby Jones—weaves a compelling tale of golf, history, and mystery. The reaction to the book was immediate. Edwin Pope at the Miami Herald called it “clear, spare writing, with a touch of To Kill a Mockingbird.” Mike Snider of USA Today called Veron “a master of fiction.” Dave Anderson of The New York Times said he was “Golf’s Literary Rookie of the Year.” He was compared to John Grisham, and the novel has been referred to as a golf “whodunit.” Veron took a different turn for his fourth book. Shell Game: One Family’s Long Battle Against Big Oil is the non-fiction account of his maternal family’s successful legal battle against Shell Oil. The Corbellos wanted Shell to clean up decades of pollution on the family’s property, and a nine-year court battle ensued, with Veron as lead counsel. Although he had represented Big Oil for over two decades, the Corbello case became a cause célèbre, as people realized that they could do something about companies who contaminate their property. Veron has written a total of seven books and has traveled in circles with writers and entertainers. “It’s been a great mid-life detour,” he said. “It gave me a break from arguing with people for a living.” Thrive recently spent some time with Veron and asked about his passion for writing, law, and golf.

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In addition to your law degree, you have a bachelor’s degree in English literature. When you were growing up, did you read a lot? I was always a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. I would get into reading sporadically. But one summer my mother was going to get me to read; I was 10 or 11 years old. There was a branch of the Calcasieu Parish library on South Ryan. On the west wall, there were biographies of famous people with stories about when they were young. For some reason, they captured me. I ran through the whole section until there was nothing else to read. My parents were really smart about encouraging me to read. They let me to read whatever I liked instead of forcing me to read the classics. One thing parents need to know is if you get your child to fall in love with reading, you automatically get them to know how to write. Later, as an English literature major, I read Shakespeare, Chaucer, Victorian literature. I became a better read English major because of Tulane. It was my dad (the late U.S. District Court Judge Earl Veron) who told me, “If you’re set on going to law school, major in English literature.” Why did you decide to write a novel? I always thought I wrote fairly well, but the idea of submitting something for publication was different. I was in my 40’s and I was a USGA committee member when the USGA paired me with Bo Links to do a presentation in San Francisco on golf’s legal issues. I had read Bo’s golf novel, Follow the Wind. I told him, “I liked your book, but it was so cool that you did that.” His reply was, “You can do it.” I wasn’t sure I could. He said, “If you don’t do it, shame on you.” How did you come up with the idea for your first book? I was in Baton Rouge for depositions and I was rambling around a Baton Rouge hotel room. The story just came tumbling in my mind. It just clicked. I ran the idea by Bo, and he said, “It’s a great story; now you have to write it.”…The reaction to the book was totally unexpected. All the golf writers I knew by reputation – Edwin Pope at the Miami Herald, Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution—were saying the nicest things. It just blew me away. After writing three novels, you wrote Shell Game. What was it like to write non-fiction? I’m glad I did it; it was a different kind of writing. You can’t create characters. You can’t create the plot. You have a given set of facts and you have to find the most entertaining and interesting way to tell the story. Once you start writing it, it is vital to accurately portray what happened. How do you take a court case and explain it to July 2014

lay people who are going to read it? How do you keep it interesting? It’s hard to marry the two worlds. I had to explain the legal process and what happened in the courtroom so that the reader could understand what was going on. I had to keep it colorful and give people a sense of the dynamics in the courtroom. It was the hardest book to write, but it was the most gratifying book to write. How do you balance your time? Once I started a book, it seemed to gain a momentum of its own. I would devote anywhere from an hour to three hours in the evening to writing. The amount of time usually depended on how things flowed. Sometimes, you hit a wall; other times, you get on a “hot streak” and blow through 30 or 40 pages. It’s a lot like golf—some days you’ve got your “A game” and some days you don’t. Shell Game presented a different challenge, because it was nonfiction. That required me to go back in time, review my files, and reconstruct the events of a case that lasted 10 years. Fortunately, reconstructing the trial was easy, because we had the transcript. But many of the important events in the case leading up to the trial took place outside the record. I found that, as I dug deeper, my memory was refreshed, which helped enormously. When you’ve written your books, do you have a target audience in mind? I’ve never consciously written for a certain audience. I’ve believed that if I like the story, they are going to like the story. Golf inspires incredible passion. It’s an inch wide, but a mile deep. When you write golf fiction, you are in the neverworld. Bookstores don’t even know what to do with you. Are you in golf? Are you in fiction? The way to write a book is to have a good story and to tell it well. The story is more important than the phrases I turn. If you get off the story, get back on point. What happens next? That’s what the reader wants to know. Do you plan to get back to writing? In the last few months, I’ve realized that I miss writing, and I’ve got to find a way to get back to it. I’ve missed that feeling of pushing back from your computer after an hour or so of writing – there’s no feeling like it.

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The cover of Veron’s first book.

Author John Updike, left, with Mike’s agent, Jacques de Spoelberch, and Mike.

The Boys of Summer: From left: Bo Links, Jacques de Spoelberch, and Mike Veron at Old Sandwich, a golf club in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 2011.



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Beat the Heat:

Looking for a weekend getaway this summer? Wanting to take the family on a mini escape without spending a fortune in gas? Well, look no further! These fabulous waterparks offer up the perfect opportunity to stay cool and max out your family weekend with tons of fun.


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Splash Kingdom Shreveport is Louisiana’s premiere water park. It does not disappoint with its 20 acres of water fun madness! Located just off I-20 with its adrenaline delivering 13 slides, like the Bonzai and Pipeline, you’ll be far from boredom. You’ll even find a Kid’s Castle where the little tikes can slide, splash, and enjoy hours of fun while parents relax. splashkingdomwaterpark.com/shreveport

Blue Bayou Waterpark is an excellent family venue and is only about a two hour trip. With its lazy river, wave pool, and large Pirate’s Cove kiddie area, Blue Bayou is a hit! Azuka, the world’s largest tornado slide is a must! Don’t forget to race your friends and family on the Racers, the world’s largest racer slide! bluebayou.com


Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, with its 35 summer attractions, was voted Best Indoor Waterpark in the World! With its “Transportainment River System”, it’s easy to float throughout the park to enjoy all it has to offer without ever leaving the water! Life jackets and tubes are free and your family can even bring in their own picnic lunch! schlitterbahn.com/gal

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Aquatic San Antonio at Sea World doesn’t fail to deliver action packed fun in the sun! Roa’s Aviary is their newest attraction, bringing about 50 species of birds around a “floating” interactive experience. Feed stingrays at KeRe Reef, or spend the day on the many exciting water slides. Also, being located at Sea World, families can dive into an underwater adventure featuring viewing killer whales, swimming with dolphins, and learning about various sea creatures and their habitats. seaworld.com

• Dollywood’s Splash Country – Pigeon Forge, TN • Noah’s Ark – Wisconsin Dells, WI • Raging Waters – San Dimas, CA • Schlitterbahn – Galveston Island, TX, New Braunfels, TX, and Kansas City, Kansas • Splashin’ Safari – Santa Claus, IN • Splish Splash – Long Island, NY • Typhoon Lagoon – Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL • Water Country USA – Williamsburg, VA • Water World – Federal Heights, CO • Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Point – Greensboro, NC

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VERON, BICE, PALERMO & WILSON, LLC OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION IS NOT LICENSE TO DESTROY PROPERTY. The mission of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC is to seek justice, whether in a land contamination or oil and gas matter. When big oil and gas companies drill, they are supposed to be stewards of the land. Too often, however, companies contaminate the soil and water in the area where they drill, rendering property dangerous or unusable for future operations. When this happens, the value of the land plummets, and the innocent landowners can be left holding the bag for an expensive clean-up. Firm partner J. Michael Veron is considered by many to have pioneered Louisiana land contamination litigation. His landmark trial and appellate case against Shell Oil resulted in a $76 million final judgment for his clients. Veron’s critically acclaimed book, Shell Game: One Family’s Long Battle Against Big Oil, detailed the litigation. His recent article updating significant developments in the litigation appeared in the Tulane Environmental Law Journal.

As one of Louisiana’s leading environmental litigation practices, Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson has access to knowledgeable, trusted experts who help the firm’s attorneys explain drilling complexities to juries and judges. Repeatedly recognized as one of the Best Law Firms by The Best Lawyers In America and listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, the firm works tirelessly to recover compensation for landowners who suffer as a result of oil company carelessness, and to hold polluters responsible. Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson is proud of its success in representing those who seek to restore their property.

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Places & Faces Pictured Left to Right: Adrian Moreno, executive director of the West-Cal Arena & Events Center; Sandy Treme, Calcasieu Parish Police Juror; Kyle Edmiston, assistant secretary for the Louisiana Office of Tourism, serving as the state tourism director; Mike Dees, chairman of the board of directors of the CVB; Shelley Johnson, executive director of the CVB; Mayor Chris Duncan of Sulphur; Senator Ronnie Johns; Representative Mike Danahay; and Monte Hurley, chairman of Creole Nature Trail District.

Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point Construction Phase Begins The Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has started construction on an interpretive, adventure facility at the western gateway of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. Architectural plans were developed by Vincent Shows Architects. Gunter Construction has begun the building phase of the $1.1 million dollar, 4,760 sq. ft. facility. The Adventure Point will offer visitors from around the country and world an opportunity to get a taste of what they can see and do in the area. Interactive, hands-on exhibits will showcase the unique estuary system of the Creole Nature Trail AllAmerican Road and Southwest Louisiana’s culture. The building will also house satellite offices of the CVB. 20 www.thriveswla.com

“The Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point will include interactive displays, featuring the beauty and unique qualities of our landscape, culture, history, food and music. The level of imagination and caliber of creativity are extremely innovative. The facility, like the Creole Nature Trail, will be a destination unto itself, and the goal is to encourage people to travel the trail and explore all of Southwest Louisiana,” said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the CVB. “The Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point will bring to life many of the intrinsic qualities that make this area a unique destination. People who experience the exhibit displays will walk away with a vivid understanding of the wildlife and landscape along the Creole Nature Trail as well as our culture Thrive Magazine for Better Living

and way of life in Southwest Louisiana,” said Mike Dees, chairman of the board of directors. This immersive experience is designed to educate visitors and children, while identifying area assets such as the best places to spot alligators, view migrating songbirds and enjoy the natural beauty and culture of our area. The facility will be located at 2740 Ruth Street, south of the Sulphur/Creole Nature Trail exit 20 on Interstate 10. For more information, go to www.visitlakecharles.org/ AdventurePoint.

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New Communications Specialist Joins Healthy Image Marketing Christina Dowers has joined the Healthy Image Marketing staff as a communications specialist. She is originally from Sulphur and has over Christina Dowers six years of progressive experience in the communications and marketing fields. Dowers has a strong background in web marketing, which includes advising clients at a web marketing firm on search engine optimization strategies and writing web-friendly content for the University of North Texas. She also holds two degrees from UNT: a Master of Journalism in strategic communications and a Bachelor of Arts in public relations.

Pias-Rowe Joins ERA Moffett Realty

Stacey Pias-Rowe

Stacey Pias-Rowe, a native of Lake Charles, has joined ERA Moffett Realty, Inc., as a REALTOR. She brings almost a decade of sales experience with her. For more information, contact Stacey at (337) 526-6325 or srowe@eramoffett.com.

Benoit Named West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Employee of the Month West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital named Aleta Benoit, CPCS, CPMSM, as its employee of the month for June 2014. As the director of the Aleta Benoit hospital’s medical staff services, Benoit is responsible for the planning, development, organization and operation of the WCCH Medical Staff Office, and serves as a liaison to the hospital’s medical staff.

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Hodges Receives Strength and Conditioning Certification Shelby Hodges, personal trainer with Dynamic Dimensions in Moss Bluff, received certification as a strength and conditioning specialist Shelby Hodges from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. As a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), Hodges can advance the training of young athletes enrolled in the speed and agility classes at Dynamic Dimensions, as well as the training of other sports enthusiasts and athletes at all levels. For more information, call the Sulphur location at (337) 527-5459 or Moss Bluff at (337) 855-7708.

Fletcher Receives Promotion Ryan Fletcher has been promoted to manage the Risk and Information Services (RIS) department of Amerisafe, Inc. Ryan began working in the IT department in 2006 and most recently served as Ryan Fletcher a senior developer with extensive involvement in supporting and programming for accounting, audit, safety and underwriting applications. Ryan is a graduate of DeVry University with a bachelor of science in computer information systems.

SWLA Center for Health Services Announces Scholarship Winners Mr. Sheik A. Bacchus, CEO of SWLA Center for Health Services, has announced the 2014 High School Scholarship winners. Winners were selected on the basis of grades, ACT Scores, community service involvement, and an essay about their future as medical professionals. Amelia R. LeJeune, winner of an SWLA Center for Health Services-Lake Charles Memorial Health System Scholarship, has graduated from Iota High School and plans a medical career. Ms. LeJeune will major in Pre-Medicine at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette beginning this fall. From Allen Parish, Kade Andrews, Kinder High School, has been selected as a SWLA Center for Health Services-Lake Charles Memorial System Scholarship winner. Mr. Andrews will attend Thrive Magazine for Better Living

McNeese State University with plans to earn a doctorate in Physical Therapy. With a degree in Biomedical Engineering, Olivia Vincent, Sulphur High School, plans to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. Ms. Vincent will begin her college career at Louisiana Tech and has been awarded the SWLA Center for Health ServicesCITGO Scholarship. Victoria Huynh, a graduate of Lafayette High School, will attend Louisiana State University this fall. Ms. Huynh has been awarded a SWLA Center for Health Services-Lake Charles Memorial System Scholarship and plans to major in Biochemistry with a goal of becoming a Psychiatrist.

Marks Named Deputy General Paul P. “Sonny” Marks was hired as deputy general counsel of Amerisafe, Inc. and promoted as assistant secretary of Amerisafe’s subsidiaries. Sonny earned his undergraduate Sonny Marks degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and masters in mass communication and a juris doctor from Louisiana State University.

Memorial Welcomes Linda Huynh, MD Memorial Medical Group welcomes Linda Huynh, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist, to their staff. She will join fellow OB/GYNs Drs. Gisele McKinney and Dr. Joseph Semien at Linda Huynh, MD their practice located at 1890 West Gauthier Road, Suite 135. Dr. Huynh provides women with a full spectrum of obstetric and gynecological care such as pelvic health, family planning, pregnancy, menopause, urinary tract disorders and operative gynecology. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 480-5510.

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Arts Council Announces New Hires

Local High School Graduate Receives Award

Olinde gained valuable knowledge in relationship marketing, upheld high standards of customer service and maintained strong professional relationships with casino guests.

Community Foundation Elects Officers and New Board Members Ashli Waldrep

Scott Higginbotham

The Arts Council of SWLA has announced the additions of Ashli Waldrep and Scott Higginbotham to its staff. Waldrep will serve as Assistant Director and will work closely with the current Executive Director, Erica McCreedy, to manage and develop the organization’s events, marketing efforts, and outreach. Waldrep holds a degree in Mass Communication from McNeese State University and comes to the Arts Council after four years working in sales and marketing with Lake Charles Office Supply. Scott Higginbotham will serve as the Arts Council’s Community Development Coordinator and will be tasked with overseeing the organization’s four annual grant programs. Higginbotham earned a degree in Social Work from Wheelock College in Boston, MA, and has a Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. For more information on the Arts Council, visit www.artscouncilswla.org or call 337-439-2787.

Iberia Bank Names Armentor as Branch Manager Iberia Bank has announced the promotion of Bryan Armentor to Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Westlake branch. Armentor has Bryan Armentor been with the Company for three years and most recently served as a relationship banker at the Westlake location. He started working in banking in 2009. Armentor can be reached by phone at (337) 312.7300 or by email at bryan.armentor@iberiabank.com.

Miller Named Financial Advisor The financial services firm Edward Jones has hired Anne Miller as the new financial advisor for Lake Charles Branch office. Miller has been a resident of Lake Charles for the past 28 years and graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. 
She joins Edward Jones after a 22-year banking career.

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Local high school graduate Claire Like was granted a $500 scholarship award from Pelican State Credit Union. Like is a graduate of Westlake High School and member of Pelican State Credit Union in Lake Charles. She is one of 12 college-bound students across the state to receive this award from the credit union, which grants up to $6,000 in scholarships each year. For more information on scholarship eligibility and the application process, call 1-800-351-4877.

Dinah Bradford

Local Insurance Agents Recognized Marshall Simien

Sharilyn Fontenot

New board members have been elected to the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, which is growing in assets to improve the quality of life across our region. The Foundation’s new board members are Dinah Bradford, community volunteer and former principal of ICCS; Marshall Simien, a local attorney; and Rick Richard, president of Empire of the Seed. The Community Foundation works in Calcasieu, Beauregard, Allen, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes.

Pam Thompson

Sharilyn Fontenot and Pam Thompson with First Federal Insurance Services, LLC, received the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Society’s (the AIMS Society) professional designation of Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA). Both women successfully completed three Insurance Success Seminars. The CPIA designation denotes professionalism, a commitment to sales training and results, and technical knowledge. For more information, visit www.aimssociety.org.

Rick Richard

Golden Nugget Hires Director of Player Development Golden Nugget Casino Resort and Hotel Lake Charles has announced Darren Olinde as its new director of player development. The Louisiana native brings Darren Olinde with him more than 20 years of gaming industry experience, previously serving as the director of player development at the Isle of Capri Casino and senior executive host at L’Auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino. In these roles,

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0 1 I Y T I L A T I HOSP H by Katie

The company was founded in 2013 by 20-year veteran of the hospitality and gaming industries, Geno Iafrate (Dream Weaver a.k.a. president and CEO), along with Keith Portie (The Magician a.k.a. president and CDO, Ryan Simmons (Ops Ninja a.k.a. vice president and CMO) and Tyler Conover (Idea Guy a.k.a. vice president & CMO). With their corporate office in Sulphur, i-10’s first order of business was to sign an area development agreement with Quaker Steak & Lube® that will bring multiple locations of the franchise from cities located along the I-10/I-12 corridor from Beaumont, Texas to Destin, Florida. “We believe that you can have fun, have a successful business and make a difference, all at the same time,” says Conover. “We hope to differentiate ourselves from other similar companies by using our expertise in marketing, operations and finance. Outside of that thought social responsibility is a major priority.” The desire to be a good community partner is why all of their Quaker Steak & Lube locations, 24 www.thriveswla.com

Thomas Watson, Sr., once said that to be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. This is a thought that seems to be driving the executive team of i-10 Hospitality, a Louisiana-based management company specializing in restaurant, hotel and gaming development, management and consulting services.



including the first location that opened July 2nd in Sulphur, will donate a minimum of one percent of their revenue to charity. It’s part of their threepronged mission statement that involves having fun, prospering and making a difference. “We selected Sulphur not only as our first location, but as the headquarters of our corporate offices because we love the area, love the people and saw a need for additional dining options,” Conover says. “In the future we will be building our own restaurant and hotel brands, but starting out with a great franchise like Quaker Steak & Lube allows us to start from a solid foundation. There’s a lot of flexibility with the Quaker Steak & Lube brand, which allows us to adapt each location to the market we are serving.” With a strong background in gaming and hospitality from the executive leadership, i-10 Hospitality recognizes the importance of a positive culture for not only their customers, but their employees too.

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“We know that the food product we provide is great, but it takes more than that to keep people coming back,” Conover adds. “We want our crew members to know that they are valued and have great opportunities available to them throughout our company. It’s simple. If they are happy and thriving then they will provide a great experience to our customers and the customers will want to return.” As far as the Sulphur location of Quaker Steak & Lube goes, the group has made sure to add to some fun touches to make sure the experience is true to Southwest Louisiana. “Our Backyard is an indoor/outdoor area that will feature a bar and more,” says Conover. “We will be having classic car cruise-ins with local car clubs, a weekly bike nite and we hope to bring in entertainment on a regular basis. We are working to harness the fun, carefree culture that is so embedded in the area.”

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Quaker Steak & Lube will have “Make a Difference Mondays” as one way to give back to the community. In addition to this commitment, the corporation has signed on as a charity partner with No Kid Hungry®. As they open each restaurant, 10 percent of sales from opening week will be donated, and then one percent of sales on an ongoing basis will be given to this nonprofit that has provided more than 34 million additional meals nationwide to kids who need them since forming in 2011. i-10 Hospitality is working to build an entire strip center in Gonzales that will feature a second Quaker Steak & Lube, and then it’s on to Denham Springs and Lafayette. As their company continues to grow, one thing remains certain, according to Conover. “We want to carry our culture through from the start to finish on all of our projects.

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Streamlining processes and providing amazing experiences will always be a priority for us. Right now our focus is on Quaker Steak & Lube, but the sky is the limit for the future.” For more information on i-10 Hospitality, visit www.i-10hospitality.com. For more information on Quaker Steak & Lube, located at 535 North Cities Service Hwy., visit www.quakersteakandlube.com.


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Follow the Money or FollowYour Dreams? by Erin Kelly

Marty Nemko believes that the job-hunting public has been sold a bill of goods when they’re told to follow their passions. For a select few—those who are bright, uniquely talented, uber-motivated and genuinely passionate, he says—that advice works out like gangbusters. For thousands of others, it’s impractical.

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Nemko, nationally renowned career coach and author of Cool Careers for Dummies, has worked with more than 4,000 clients and discovered that people’s passions tend to run along the same lines: a creative outlet, such as performing, writing, or creating visual art; a cause, like the environment or race and gender issues; entertainment, such as broadcasting, sports, or video games; or “glitz,” like fashion, cars, or decorating. Unfortunately, there are a large number of people interested in the same things and few jobs for any of them. Even worse: there are people out there willing to do the tasks for free or negligible cost. “Fact is, if you do what you love, you’ll probably starve,” Nemko says. Yes, he clarifies, some people do what they love and the money has followed. But even those people—ones working in a “cool field” of their dreams—can be professionally unsatisfied, he says. According to Nemko, you’re likely to find career contentment if you have a decent working environment, reasonable work hours, kind treatment, opportunities for learning, and a healthy paycheck. You also want a job that challenges you enough that it isn’t too easy—but isn’t so challenging that it’s overly difficult. These are the things that lead to work happiness, he says, even if your job is mundane. “For most people, excellence and accomplishment makes them like their jobs, not whether it’s in a ‘cool field,’” he says. Nemko doesn’t think people should give up their dreams or passions, but clarifies that “if you do your passion as a hobby or sideline, it can be much easier to do what you love.” Rather than assume that you’d be happier in career X, Y or Z, assess your general perspective.

It often just takes a tweak to boost professional happiness, not a complete overhaul, Nemko says—but it’s up to you to figure out what that tweak looks like. Also: Don’t assume that you’ll be happier if you could paint all day or work long hours for a nonprofit. In what he calls a “contrarian approach to finding career contentment,” Nemko says: “If you’re older than 20, career contentment will probably not be found waiting for the right career.” That’s because most people for whom there is only one quintessentially perfect career knew it before they were 20. If your dream job was to be a chef and you wouldn’t be happy any other way, for example, you probably knew it before age 20. Otherwise you’re like most people: unsure of what a perfect career looks like.



In the end, being happy in your career depends mainly on your job having these characteristics, Nemko says: • work that isn’t too hard or too easy • work that uses, or could be molded to use, your core ability(ies.) • is ethically sound • good co-workers and boss • reasonable compensation • reasonable work hours • opportunities to learn • reasonable commute “I’ve made a number of recommendations that are contrary to conventional wisdom,” Nemko says. For more information, visit www.martynemko.com.

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Business Traveler? Improve Your Life with These Tips There’s no doubt that business travel can be brutal. Living out of a suitcase because you’re never in one place long enough to unpack can take its toll. Apps like TripIt can be helpful, but can’t solve all your travel trials. Check out these five tips from Entrepreneur to make your travel experience a little less taxing. Use a travel checklist. Even when you travel regularly, it’s easy to forget something. Make a checklist and cross things off until you’re sure you have everything you need. Be prepared. Many frequent business travelers try to avoid sleeping pills when travelling to avoid the grogginess afterwards. An hour or two before leaving for the airport, consider taking a pain reliever. Headaches from dehydration, neck and back aches from carrying heavy bags and sitting in a small space and stomach aches from eating at strange hours are all common complaints from avid travelers. An early dose of a pain reliever can help mitigate these ailments.

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Keep an energy bar in your carry-on. Prepare for unforeseen delays in advance by keeping a non-perishable snack in your bag. Buy your favorite kind in bulk at the grocery store so all you have to do is throw one in before heading out the door.

Eat up. Download an app like Yelp for your phone. There’s nothing more frustrating than arriving in a new city, starving with no idea where to eat. A smartphone app can help you determine what’s open, nearby and worthy of your time based off ratings.

Record room numbers. If you’re in the middle of a long travel jaunt that has you regularly changing cities and hotels, it can be hard to remember if you’re currently in room 304 or if that was last week’s room number. Create an entry in the notes function on your pone to help you remember your room number, what type of rental car you are driving for the week or even which parking spot you parked in.

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All you need to know to stay in the know! Sowela Receives Gold Hermes Award

The Simmons Group Opens in Lake Charles The Simmons Group, an independent insurance and financial services agency, is now open in Lake Charles at 116 State Street. Started in January 2014 by Fred and Dana Sebren, The Simmons Fred Sebren Group offers custom home, auto, life and business insurance solutions through a variety of A-rated insurance companies. For more information or to request a quote, contact The Simmons Group by calling (337) 936-6465.


SOWELA received the Gold Hermes Creative Award for the Spring 2014 Alumni Magazine. Hermes Creative Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (ACMP). For information about SOWELA, visit www.sowela.edu.

SWLA Keeps the Fast Pitch 56 Softball Tournament Tradition Rolling In a unanimous vote, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) agreed to award the Fast Pitch 56 Girls State Softball Tournament to the Sulphur area for another four years. Sulphur Parks & Recreation along with the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau presented the sole bid for the event. The organization has historically awarded the tournament in two-year increments, but the past two bid years, Southwest Louisiana has garnered the event for four years. For more information, contact the Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or visit www.visitlakecharles.org.

Family & Youth Receives Standards for Excellence Certification The Standards for Excellence Institute in Maryland (The Standards), one of the largest state associations of nonprofits in the US with over 1,400 member organizations, presented Family & Youth Counseling Agency, Inc. (Family & Youth) with the Seal of Excellence as part of their Standards for Excellence program.


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Bringing the Outdoors IN for Summer by Lauren Jameson

Summer is here and many people flock to the water to beat the sweltering heat. But, if you aren’t able to dig your toes into the sand, skip stones on a peaceful lake or nap on your favorite float in the pool, there are things you can do to bring the summer inside your home or office, according to local interior designer Daryl L. Boyd of Daryl Boyd Designs. “After winter, most people are ready to shed the sweaters and scarves in exchange for shorts and flip flops, but don’t forget your home décor in the process. Think about what you love outdoors and bring it inside,” Boyd said. “Pick a theme – sailboats, beach or nautical.” One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to change the look of a room is with paint. “You can paint the whole room or just an accent wall,” he said. “Choose colors that are light and airy – think of beaches, sky, ocean and clouds. Soft hues of blue, aqua, sea foam, beige, tans, and even white, work in brightening a room.” A great way to lighten a room, Boyd said, is through your furniture. “Whitewash a coffee table, end tables or a hutch. By distressing the furniture you can give it a weathered appearance,” he said. As for accessories, pillows can do wonders in transforming a room. “Switch out your throw pillows with bright, vibrant colors,” Boyd said. Boyd said to ditch the bulky candlesticks for sand, seashells — and candles. “Fill a medium sized, wide-mouthed, clear vase half with sand and top it off with a layer of seashells,” Boyd said. Fill mason jars with sand and add votive candles in colors of summer hues.” Also, Boyd suggested changing out your wall art with beach or warm outdoor scenes, sailboats, palm trees and other pieces with a summer feel. You need not exhaust your summer vacation fund to pay for these design changes. “A great way to find items to change the look of 30 www.thriveswla.com

your room is through flea markets and garage sales,” Boyd said. “Look for light-colored picture frames, inexpensive furniture, wicker baskets, seagull sculptures, outdoor lanterns or clear vases.” For more design ideas, you can contact Boyd at 337-540-5893 or facebook.com/darylboyddesigns.

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Disinvite Mosquitoes from Your Next Party by Christine Fisher

Mosquitoes seem to find their way to every back yard party, bringing their friends along and making a true pest of themselves. Protecting your guests can be a challenge. “Whether it’s spring, summer or fall, mosquitoes can be a problem,” said Robert Soileau, manager of J&J Exterminating in Lake Charles. “Depending on the rain we get, we see increases in mosquito population.” While nothing compares to professional help, there are a few things homeowners can do to make the back yard party less inviting to these annoying bugs. If you’re planning to entertain on your patio or back yard area, keep these tips in mind: Take time to trim. A few days before your party, mow the grass and trim shrubbery, where mosquitoes like to hide. “Keeping your lawn in shape will help reduce the number of mosquitoes,” Soileau said. Eliminate standing water. Walk through your yard and see if you have any places that hold water. It could be a bird bath, gutters, a low spot, a child’s wading pool or just some old forgotten tires or buckets. Mosquito larvae need to float on top of July 2014

still water in order to grow and hatch. By emptying standing water, you decrease the number of mosquitoes that would have called your yard home. For items in use, like a birdbath or a wading pool, change the water every few days. Store buckets and empty flowerpots upside down and toss tires to get rid of the water. Light the candles. On the day of your party, as you’re setting things up, add some tiki lights and citronella candles around the perimeter of the party area to help deter mosquitoes. “The smoke from an outdoor fire pit can also help repel mosquitoes, so if you have one, use it,” said Soileau.

virtually eliminate mosquitoes, allowing families to enjoy their patios and back yards again. Whether it’s being able to let the kids play outdoors or just for homeowners to relax outdoors, having an effective mosquito control system will make a world of difference for homeowners.” Even if your party plans are to grill outside but eat inside, including mosquito protection on your party-planning list reduces the number of mosquitoes that enter your home as people walk in and out. For details on mosquito protection, call J&J Exterminating in Lake Charles at 477-7377 or in DeRidder at 463-4574.

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Pucker Up: What Happens When We Lock Lips? by Erin Kelly

We’ll never know when the first kiss happened in the history of man, but at some point in the development of our species, two people locked lips and launched a tradition that has sparked—and killed—billions of relationships since. our senses, allowing us to learn more about our partner. According to Sheril Kirshenbaum, author of The Science of Kissing and a research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, electrical impulses bounce between the brain, lips, tongue and skin, and all those chemical messages trigger a feeling of being on a 3309 Com New loca mon Stree “natural high.” The lips tion! t • Lake Ch arles, LA 7 are the body’s most 0601 exposed erogenous zone, she notes, packed with & sensitive nerve endings. Unfortunately, all those nerve endings may be just as capable as sending negative messages as positive ones. Psychologists at (337) 292-9595 | (337) 214-3570 the State University of New York at Albany found that 59 percent of men and 66 percent Do you have clothing that needs alterations? of women have ended a relationship because of a Hem It & Go is your one stop shop! bad kiss. Here’s more from modern research on the LOCALLY OWNED SINCE science of puckering up: 2003 • According to the Albany study, females place more importance on kissing as a mate Garments by Gfts assessment device and (Modesty Clothing Line) as a means of initiating, Hours of Opening maintaining and Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays: 10:30am-4:00pm monitoring the status of Fridays: 12noon-4:00pm • Saturdays: 10:30am-1:00pm their relationship with a Although people have been kissing for endless generations, there is surprisingly little research about why we do it or what makes it critical as a launching pad for future romance. Researchers have found, however, that lip contact involves five of our 12 cranial nerves and engages all of



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long-term partner. Men place less importance on kissing and mostly use it to increase the likelihood of sex. • Research by the British Heart Foundation found that 18 percent of married people go an entire week without kissing. Forty percent kiss for just five seconds or less. • Marcel Danesi, author of The History of the Kiss, notes that the act of kissing doesn’t appear in ancient paintings; interestingly, it wasn’t until the medieval period that romantic kisses started to show up in contemporary art. That doesn’t mean humans weren’t doing it, of course. According to Kirshenbaum, the earliest literary evidence we have for kissing dates back about 2,000 years to India’s Vedic Sanskrit. • Researchers at Butler University found that people often remember their first kiss much more distinctly than they remember losing their virginity. • Two-thirds of all people turn their head to the right when kissing, according to psychologist Onur Gntrkn of Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. • Researchers have also found that men prefer sloppy kisses more than women. • One reason the frequency of kissing declines as a relationship progresses is because kissing is often viewed as a litmus test to see if the coupling will last. If the long-term commitment already exists, the litmus test is unnecessary; thus, couples (either consciously or subconsciously) don’t see the need to kiss. • That’s not to say that long-term couples shouldn’t kiss, however. Arizona State University researchers found that married or cohabiting couples who kissed frequently experienced less stress and more relationship satisfaction.

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Bringing Children Home KPLC reporter Britney Glaser, in partnership with the Department of Children and Each day, an abused or neglected child is removed Family Services (DCFS), highlights one child each month who is legally ready to be from an unsafe home and placed in Louisiana’s foster adopted. Thrive is supporting The New Family Tree by featuring each month’s story. care system. They remain in the system until their Danielle Focuses on Her Forever Family home environment is safe—but for many, that never Thirteen-year-old Danielle understands the system. She knows that if she isn’t adopted soon, she will “age out” of the system and be on her own, without a family. happens. Of the 4,000 children currently cycling in For a child who hasn’t been adopted, turning 18 can be a scary and uncertain state foster care, about 350 are ready to be adopted time—but for now, Danielle is focused on who her forever family could be. She says race and family size don’t matter; she doesn’t mind if her forever family is a today. More than 60 of them are in Southwest single parent or family of seven. Louisiana, right here in our community. Danielle, soon to be in eighth grade, has been in foster care for several years. Three of those years have been with her foster mother Vickie Moreno, who describes Danielle as a girl with “a lot of love and a great personality.” Danielle does well in school and hopes to become a veterinarian when she grows up. Both Vickie and Danielle’s adoption worker, Katrina Evans with the Department of Children & Family Services, know that if an adoption does not happen soon, Danielle is at a much higher risk of aging out of foster care. Danielle is ready to be adopted through the Department of Children & Family Services. For more information, call 337-491-2470. or 1-800814-1584. Follow Britney Glaser’s “The New Family Tree” series at www.kplctv.com.

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

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Avoid Summer Chore Wars

by Lauren Jameson

School is out and no doubt, your kids are well into the habits of sleeping late, watching TV, playing computer games and hanging out with friends. Leisure time is fine, but how do parents get their kids get motivated to help out around the house? There is hope, according to Melody Granger, a local professional organizer and founder of “The Well Organized Entrepreneur.” She offers several tips on how to get your children organized and productive during the summer months. Spend a five-day period purging unneeded items from the previous school year. Over the five days, Granger suggested tackling the following:


Have your kids decide which school clothes don’t fit. Transfer worn out, unusable clothing to the rag bag.

Grab their book bags and gather together all school papers, tossing as much as possible. Throw away worn out, or broken binders and folders. Store items they want to keep in one container with any of the previous year’s school work. File report cards, awards, and state testing results.





Have your children go through their non-school clothing. Do this first by getting rid of clothes in their closets and dressers that are no longer their size, personality or style. While you’re children are on a roll, encourage them to take one more look through their rooms to find anything else they are willing to part with, such as toys, tote bags, books or bedding. Take your children with you to donated unwanted items and then, take them to their favorite restaurant or frozen yogurt place to celebrate.

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By stretching such a huge endeavor over a five-day period, Granger said, it helps your children to not feel overwhelmed. It also helps if they go through the process, step by step, with your help and guidance. “Grab one handful of stuff at a time; pick up one item at a time and ask them, ‘Keep or let go.’ If they’re struggling with a decision, just tell them it is OK to keep it for now,” Granger said. But, what if your child refuses or gets emotional about the purging process? “They may not enjoy making decisions about what stays or goes,” Granger said. “Let your child know that you are OK with whatever decision they make. Sometimes a child secretly wants to get rid of things, but they think it will hurt someone’s feelings. And other times, they simply still have memories and attachments to things.” Granger said it’s important to be a great role model “and let go of things that you may have attachments to. Let them see you doing it, and think out loud while you’re doing it.” Granger also has suggestions on how to get your kids motivated to help out around the house. “For daily chores, the entire family does a 10-minute tidy all at the same time,” she said. “Each person is responsible for putting away things they pulled out – including the adults. You can do this up to three times per day.” “When everyone is in action, it creates more motivation, momentum and energy to just get it done,” Granger said. “Don’t expect perfection. But let them know you appreciate them taking the time to help keep the house looking good.” For a bigger family, rotate the schedule of bigger chores, such as cleaning the kitchen, every two weeks. “You better believe that your child will be busting everyone else in the house for leaving cups, dishes and messes on the counters,” she said.

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If you can’t get your child motivated no matter what you do, Granger has a simple, yet drastic solution. “Turn off or take away all electronics. That usually works like a charm,” she said. For more Information, call 842-1349 or visit www.melodygranger.com.

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Playing it Safe in the Summer Sun

There’s no two ways about it. It’s hot outside. “The high temperatures outside may keep some people inside, but others still work and play in the Southwest Louisiana heat and humidity,” says Dr. Jason Morris, family medicine physician with Imperial Health’s Moss Bluff Urgent Care. “There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just important to take some additional precautions during the summer to avoid heat-related illnesses.” Dr. Morris says that muscle cramping might actually be the first sign of a heat-related illness. “We often experience these cramps in the arms or legs, and this is the first sign of dehydration setting in. Heat rash, which is most common in young children, is another early sign.” He offers these tips to help those spending time outside play is safe in the summer sun.

· Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty. · Rest in the shade to cool down. · Wear a hat and light-colored clothing. · Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency. · Keep an eye on fellow workers or adventurers. If you notice or experience symptoms such as vomiting, rapid pulse or temperature above 103 degrees, Dr. Morris advises seeking medical care right away.

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by Allie Mariano

DAF Grant Program:

Aiding the Arts for Twenty Years This year marks the 20th anniversary of the DAF grant program in SWLA. This program, the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Fund Program (DAF), ensures that events and organizations that promote culture and the arts are supported in every parish in Louisiana. In SWLA, Erica McCreedy, executive director of the Arts & Humanities Council, and her staff oversee the award allocation. Every year, they receive around 40 applicants, ranging from established programs, such as Banners, to newer events like Culture Fest. According to McCreedy, the program strives to “cultivate a diverse range of creative enterprises.” Arts-based groups, libraries, schools, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofits are all eligible. For many programs, the grant simply gets things off the ground, which she says cultivates “a spirit of collaboration and ambition for our area.” Over the last twenty years, the money from DAF has made a huge impact on programming. The Children’s Theatre Company is one organization that has grown tremendously in the last twenty-five years, in part 40 www.thriveswla.com

with the help of the DAF funds. Kerry Onxley, the company’s artistic director, emphasizes, “The grant is a huge help, particularly for small groups. Our audiences have grown and our enrollment has grown.” The money has helped purchase textbooks and scripts, and “all of it goes right back into the program.” Another, newer program, Culture Fest has also thrived as a result of grant funding. This year is the fourth year of the international festival, which celebrates the diverse cultures of the people who make their home here. The free celebration showcases art, music, dance, fashion and food. DAF funds have specifically helped bring in entertainment, including the Teo Chew Lion Dancers from Houston. This year the Gypsy Music and Dance Troupe from Rajasthan India will be closing their US tour with the event. Pat Kelty, the event coordinator, considers this programming vital, saying, “We want people in Lake Charles, especially our kids, to be aware that there are other exciting things outside of our region. Simply getting to taste new things makes them more likely Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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to try other new things. Once you know someone from another culture, you are less likely to judge. This can help with welcoming people who come in as a result of the coming industry boom.” The community impact is undeniable. Banners director, Patricia Prudhomme says she wants to see the DAF funds to help as many organizations as possible. “To have revenue sources for arts and humanities is a challenge for most communities, so this program enables so many events that could not exist in any other way in SWLA.” Since 2009, 60% of funding for the DAF has been cut, and McCreedy wants to remind the community that they must “go out to support

these grant-funded activities.” Community support and attendance helps organizers justify continuing to receive the funds for next year. “We encourage businesses to become sponsors of area festivals, families to attend an outdoor concert, students to visit local galleries, and help us create a healthier atmosphere for creative expression in Southwest Louisiana.”


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At local industries, keeping our products safely in the pipeline is not only environmentally friendly, it improves our bottom line. Being environmentally responsible is part of everything we do. In fact, local industry reduces, reuses, recycles and treats nearly all of the waste it produces. The key to rowth is increasing productivity. Industries promote growth and good business by implementing programs to significantly reduce waste. Yes, government regulations require us to invest in environmentally-friendly equipment and procedures, but we know these same investments help us increase our productivity. Going green isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for business.

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More than Just Your Average Hunt by Katie Harrington

WHITETAILS UNLIMITED’S SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA CHAPTER LAUNCHED AROUND SIX YEARS AGO WITH 100 MEMBERS AND A GOAL TO CONSERVE THE REGIONAL HABITAT AND PRESERVE THE HUNTING TRADITION FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE WHITE-TAILED DEER AND OTHER WILDLIFE. Today the chapter has swelled to 800 members and has been the nation’s leading chapter in combined revenue and net proceeds for the past three years, collected from donations and monies raised at their annual August banquet. This success is critical if members hope to continue their special programs, according to Chad Yellott, chapter president. “We are so grateful for all the support we’ve received from people around the area. As a chapter, half of the money we receive at our annual banquet stays here locally for us to use how we see fit. Our focus is on sponsoring hunts for local youth who don’t get the opportunity to hunt and on Wounded Warriors from around the state.” On both the youth and Wounded Warrior’s Hero hunts, the Southwest Louisiana chapter picks up 100 percent of the cost of the trip. Any meat from deer or other wildlife killed on the hunts is processed and given to the families. “We take the kids through the gun safety course before their trip,” adds Yellott. “With the 42 www.thriveswla.com

Wounded Warriors, if they make a trophy kill on their trip we try to get the mount completed for them as well.” The group also sponsors hunts and other events statewide designed to carry out their mission. “We recently sponsored 75 kids so they could complete a boater’s safety course in conjunction with Contraband Days,” Yellott says. “We also participate in area poker runs for charity and we donate guns and other equipment for auctions.” The group typically brings their hunters to Knobbhill Hunting Lodge in Ville Platte and J Ranch Hunt in Singer. The 2014 Whitetails Unlimited, Southwest Louisiana Chapter, annual event is scheduled for Saturday, August 9, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. It is family-friendly and will feature live and silent auctions, games, prizes and food. For more information or tickets, contact Yellott at (337) 274-9142. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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THE CITY OF LAKE CHARLES WATER DIVISION P.O. Box 1727, Lake Charles, LA 70602 | 337-491-1307 • June 2014

ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT e are pleased to present to you the Annual Water Quality W Report for the reporting/monitoring period from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. This report is designed to inform

you about the quality of your water and the services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your drinking water and its’ compliance with government standards. In this report you will find information such as the quality of the local drinking water; likely sources of drinking water contamination; and information about your local services. We want to thank all of our customers for their patience while we are conducting the chlorine burnout program. The citywide initiative and flushing is being performed in order to improve long term overall water quality. You can learn more about the Water Division and its’ facilities and services by visiting the City web site at www. cityoflakecharles.com. Under the Public Works department listing, click on the water tab. If you have any questions about this report, or simply want to learn more about your drinking water, please contact Russell Buckels at 337-491-1479. *All information in this report has been collected and reported to you in accordance with water quality standards established by the USEPA. We are pleased to report our drinking water meets all Federal and State regulatory requirements. CITY OF LAKE CHARLES WATER SOURCES The City of Lake Charles obtains water from wells that are drilled in the 500-foot and 700-foot sands of the Chicot Aquifer. Groundwater or well water is found in saturated zones beneath the land’s surface. It fills the pores and fractures in underground material such as sand, gravel, or other rock. If the water can be removed from this material in useful amounts, these areas are called aquifers. At the present time the City of Lake Charles has 17 wells that provide a clean, sufficient water supply for all of our customers. HEALTH INFORMATION The sources of drinking water (both tap and bottled) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals, and in some cases radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in untreated source water include: • Microbial Contaminants - such as viruses and bacteria, may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.

• Inorganic Contaminants - such as salts and metals, which can Our water system is required to test a minimum of 80 bacteriological be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, samples per month in accordance with the Total Coliform Rule. industrial, or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment production, mining, or farming. and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria • Pesticides and Herbicides – may come from a variety of sources may be present. During the monitoring period covered by this such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses. report, we had no noted violations of drinking water regulations. • Organic Chemical Contaminants – Including synthetic In addition, the State of Louisiana also performs routine chemical and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of analysis for regulated contaminants. Chemical sampling for industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come regulated contaminants may not be required on an annual basis. from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems. The results furnished for testing are from the most recent sampling • Radioactive Contaminants – can be naturally-occurring or be of our source water performed in Jan/Feb of 2013. the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. Certain minerals are radioactive and may emit forms of radiation In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the EPA prescribes known as photons and beta radiation. Some people who drink regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water water containing beta particle and photon radioactivity in excess provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which cancer. must provide the same protection for public health. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking PROTECT OUR RESOURCES, USE WATER WISELY !!! water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons SOURCE WATER ASSESSMENT such as persons with cancer undergoing A Source Water Assessment was chemotherapy, persons who have performed on our water supply in April undergone organ transplants, people GOT A QUESTION? 2003. The program emphasizes pollution with HIV / AIDS or other immune system NEED SOME ANSWERS prevention to ensure safe drinking water, disorders, some elderly and infants can be The numbers below are provided if you have focusing on the protection of the water particularly at risk from infections. These sources. Personnel with the State of questions or problems with your water service. people should seek advice about drinking Louisiana performed this assessment. water from their health care providers. The source water assessment consists of Billing/New Service 491-1307 EPA / CDC guidelines on appropriate three steps: 1) Delineation or outline of means to lessen the risk of infection by Meter Problems 491-1522 the source water protection areas – in our Cryptosporidium and other microbial Main Breaks 491-1487 case a one mile radius around each well contaminants are available from the Safe Rusty Water/Odor 491-1554 field; 2) Inventory of significant potential Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). sources of contamination within these Distribution Department 491-1494 areas; and 3) Analysis of the system’s If present, elevated levels of lead can Production/Plant Info 491-1479 susceptibility to contamination from the cause serious health problems, especially 24 Hour Number 491-1483 potential sources identified. This plan is for pregnant women and young children. For Plant Tours 491-1487 now available in our office. According to Lead in drinking water is primarily from the Source Water Assessment Plan, our materials and components associated water system had a susceptibility rating with service lines and home plumbing. of ‘MEDIUM”. If you would like to review the plan, please feel free The City Water Division seeks to provide high quality drinking to contact our office. Information can be obtained by contacting water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing Russell Buckels, Water Division Superintendent at 491-1479. components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals - Office of Public you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your Health, routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water. tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or Results of sampling by the State and contracted laboratories are cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your drinking water, shown in the tables below. Drinking water, including bottled water, information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps to may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline some contaminants. The presence of these contaminants does not or at http://www.epa.gov.safewater/lead. necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk.

TEST RESULTS In the tables below are shown results of sampling on our source and treated water. The last chemical sampling of our source water was performed in Jan/Feb of 2013. This sampling was performed by a private laboratory certified by the State of Louisiana. Chemical sampling may not be required on an annual basis, therefore, information provided refers back to the most recent chemical sampling results. You will note that all of these contaminants were not detected or were well below the MCL. Terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with are furnished with the following definitions: Not-Detected (ND) - laboratory analysis indicates that the constituent is not present. Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) - The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCL’s are set at very stringent levels. Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) - The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLG’s allow for a margin of safety Action Level - The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow. Treatment Technique (TT) - A treatment technique is a required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water. (ppm) = parts per million (ppb) = parts per billion (ppt) or (nanograms/l) = parts per trillion (ppq) or (picograms/l) =parts per quadrillion Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) – measure of radioactivity in water In the table below, we have shown the deficiencies that were identified during our latest survey done by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. These are deficiencies we are currently working to resolve. Date Identified


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Below, are listed the regulated contaminants that were detected during sampling. While these contaminants were detected you will note that all were BELOW their maximum contaminant level. All samples except for Lead and Copper, were collected at the raw water source and represent water before any treatment, blending or distribution. As such, the consumer tap levels could be less. VIOLATION UNIT OF YES/NO MEASURE

CONTAINMENT Coliform (TCR) - 1 sample positive




<5% or 4/mo.


1 in Dec. 2013







Typical Sources: Naturally present in the environment Di(2-ethylexyl)phthalate (range .47-1.7)



Typical Sources: Discharge from rubber and chemical factories Lead (sampling in 2011-2013)



AL = 15


90th % = 2

Typical Sources: Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching of wood preservatives Copper (sampling in 2011-2013)




AL = 1.3


90th % = 0.20

Typical Sources: Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching of wood preservatives








Typical Sources: Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories. Antimony, Total (4/30/2012)












Typical Sources: Decay of natural and man-made deposits. Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)


Typical Sources: By-product of drinking water disinfection. (monitoring period 4/1/2012 to 3/31/2013) TTHMs (Total Trihalomethanes)







Typical Sources: By-product of drinking water disinfection. (monitoring period 4/1/2012 to 3/31/2013)

THE FOLLOWING CONTAMINANTS WERE SAMPLED FOR, AND WERE NOT DETECTED IN OUR WELLS OR FINISHED WATER Arsenic 10 ppb Barium 2 ppm Beryllium 4 ppb Cyanide 200 ppb Cadmium 5 ppb Chromium 100 Mercury 2 ppb Nitrate 10 ppm Nitrite 1 ppm Selenium 50 ppb Thallium 2 ppb 2,4,-D 70 ppb 2,4,5, -TP (Silvex) 50 ppb

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Alachlor 2 ppb Atrazine 3 ppb Benzo (a) pyrene PAHs Carbofuran Chlordane Dalapon Di(2-ethylhexyl) Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate 1,2-Dibromo-3 -chloropropane (DBCP) Dinoseb Diquat Dioxin [2,3,7,8-TCDD]

ND ND 200nanograms 40 ppb 2 ppb 200 ppb 400 ppb 6 ppb


200 nanograms 7 ppb 20 ppb 30 picograms


Endothall Endrin Epichlorohydrin Ethylene dibromide EDB Glyphosphate Heptachlor Heptachlor epoxide Hexachloro-cyclopentadiene Lindane Hexachlorabenzene Methoxychlor Oxamyl [Vydate] PCB’s

100 ppb 2 ppb ---50 nanograms 700 ppb 400 nanograms 200 nanograms 50 ppb 200 nanograms 1 ppb 40 ppb 200 ppb 500 nanograms


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Pentachlorophenol Picloram Simazine Toxaphene Benzene Carbon tetrachloride Chlorobenzene o-Dichlorobenzene p-Dichlorobenzene 1,2, - Dichloroethane 1,1 – Dichloroethylene cis -1,2-Dichloroethylene trans – 1,2-Dichloroethylene

1 ppb 500 ppb 4 ppb 3 ppb 5 ppb 5 ppb 100 ppb 600 ppb 75 ppb 5 ppb 7 ppb 70 ppb 100 ppb


Dichloromethane 1,2-Dichloropropane Ethylbenzene Styrene Tetrachloroethylene 1,2,4 – Trichlorobenzene 1,1,1 – Trichloroethane 1,1,2 – Trichloroethane Trichloroethylene Toluene Vinyl Chloride Xylenes

5 ppb 5 ppb 700 ppb 100 ppb 5 ppb 70 ppb 200 ppb 5 ppb 5 ppb 1 ppm 2 ppb 10 ppm




Local Hospital Employees Win Honors In Statewide Geaux Lite Challenge The Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) recently recognized Samantha Bynum, RN, of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH), as the female state champion and grand prize winner of the statewide Geaux Lite Weight Loss Challenge by percent of body weight lost. During the challenge, Samantha lost 60 pounds and nearly 30 percent of her body weight. The LHA rewarded her with a $1,000 VISA gift card. Another WCCH employee recognized in the challenge was Sheryl Milanowski. Sheryl received the Achievement Award for having lost 40 pounds and 22 percent of her body weight. The LHA rewarded her with a $500 VISA gift card. The Geaux Lite Louisiana Statewide Hospital Weight Loss Challenge was an initiative to address the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obesity epidemic. The challenge was free, and consisted of a six-month competition in which hospital teams made up of staff, family members, individuals and community partners, competed to lose weight and get healthy. Overall, WCCH lost a grand total of 437.21 pounds and 1.88 percent body weight in the Geaux Lite Challenge.

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Fran Landry, WCCH Geaux Lite Site Coordinator with Samantha Bynum, RN, female state champion.

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Fran Landry, WCCH Geaux Lite Site Coordinator and Sheryl Milanowski, achievement award winner.

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Summer Hair

by Lauren Jameson

Beachy waves, shoulder-length bobs, two-tone hair and fishtail braids are just some of the summer hairstyles turning heads this season, according to Westlake hairdresser Brandi Byrd.

Byrd said many women are asking for the shoulder-length bob with a beachy wave. “It’s classic and so easy,” Byrd said. The best way to attain the beachy waves look – loose waves; not curly like a perm – is to use a large-barreled curling iron. Once you’re done curling, separate the waves with your fingers and spray with hairspray. “Do not brush,” Byrd said. Overall, wavy hair is taking the place of the overly—straightened hair that has been popular the past few years.

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“Women are getting away from straightening, which is good. It is not good for your hair,” she said. If you do straighten your hair with a flat iron, Byrd said to not straighten it when it is wet or damp. “If it sizzles when you straighten it, then stop!” she said. Also, make sure to use a smoothing cream or argan oil beforehand.

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Fishtail braids and waterfall braids are all the rage this summer. And Byrd said they’re not as hard to master as they look. “There are many videos on the Internet that give you step-by-step instructions on how to do them,” she said. “Check them out and you will be braiding in no time.” Another popular style this summer is the messy bun. It’s a look that easy to achieve, Byrd said. “Take a short sock and cut out the toe. Roll up the sock so that it is donut shaped, and slip it over the ponytail. Pull it to the base of the ponytail so that all of the hair is inside. Once all the hair is gathered inside the sock, pull it as close to the ends as you can. Tuck the hair around the side and into the center of the bun. Hold the ends of your hair at the center of the sock and roll the fabric down towards the ponytail’s base. Your hair will gather in a ring around the sock. Make sure you gather the hair around the sock to completely cover it with your hair. “It makes a great ballerina bun and the sock holds the hair better than anything out there,” she said. To give it a messy appearance, don’t slick it down smooth on the sides and in the back. “This makes it more casual,” she said. As for hair color, ombre — or darker, more natural hues at the roots with gradually-dyed lightening at the ends, is the easiest trend around. “If you go the to mall, you will see one out of seven women or girls there with ombre hair,” Byrd said. “It’s everywhere!” You can get this done at a salon, Byrd said, or you can do it yourself. Many older women are opting for pixie cuts. “The cut is longer on the top and more texturized, which makes it easier to style,” she said. “It’s a great cut for both older and younger women, especially during the heat of the summer.” July 2014

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Pedicure Pointers to Keep Your Toes in Tip-Top Shape

by Christina Dowers

The temperature is rising in Southwest Louisiana and sandal season is in full swing. Pampering and grooming your feet will always be a summer trend that never goes out of style. “This is peak pedicure season,”says Kim Hamolka with Dermalogix Salon & Day Spa in Lake Charles. “It’s important to take good care of your feet in the summer and to practice safe pedicure habits, whether you are doing them yourself or going to a salon. Many people don’t realize that the feet can be an entry point for infection if you are not careful.” Dermologix offers these health and safety tips for pedicures: Don’t shave your legs before you go.

Be on guard after you leave.

Shaving, using hair removal creams, or waxing your legs and feet 24 hours before getting a pedicure can cause cuts or subtle abrasions that you may not notice on your feet. The tiny openings can welcome bacteria and fungus.

Pimples, boils, an itchy foot, or a yellowish toenail are all signs of an infection. Contact a doctor if you see any of these signs. “We never want to rush through an appointment and put our client’s health at risk,” adds Hamolka. “It’s well worth taking the time to properly care for your feet if you expect them look beautiful and healthy through an active summer.”

Take a look around the salon when you walk in. Make sure the salon looks clean. If you have any doubts, choose another provider. Ask how they disinfect their foot tubs.

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Technicians should be spending at least 10 minutes in between customers cleaning out the foot tubs with an antibacterial solution. Be aware of the tools they use. The most important factor to consider is how they sterilize their equipment. It should be treated in an autoclave. This is the same type of sterilization process used in medical facilities and is critical for preventing infection. The way you’ll know if a salon uses autoclave is if a sealed pack of instruments is opened when they begin your treatment service. Pumice stones or emery boards are fine for smoothing out skin, but don’t let the technician use a razor to take off dead skin. This can cause cuts and infections. Have the nails trimmed straight across. Your nail should follow the natural shape of the toe. Rounding the edges can lead to painful ingrown toenails.

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Things to Know Before Buying a Suit Material things are important. Suits are made of wool most of the time. More expensive suits will be a wool/cashmere blend with some even being 100 percent cashmere. For hotter climates, linen, cotton and silk are okay options, but wool is still the best choice.

Every guy needs a good suit, it’s like the little black dress for a woman after all. Before you go grab the first one that sort of fits off the rack, take a moment to read these five things you need to know before selecting a suit. Avoid bargains. Know your likes, dislikes and what you will use the suit for. Tug gently on the buttons. If they feel loose then that means they’ll probably come off sooner rather than later. The jacket’s shoulder pads should square with your shoulders, so if they drop off or leave dents in the cloth, the jacket is too big. The sleeves should never meet the wrist any lower than the base of the thumb—if they do, go down a size and always be sure to get fitted for your suit.

The devil is in the details. The fineness of a suit is typically reflected in the so-called ‘super number.’ The super number denotes the fineness of individual fibers. The higher the number, the thinner the fabric and the smoother and silkier the cloth. Wool gets rarer the finer it is so the very high super numbers—180’s and above— are expensive. This doesn’t always mean better, however, as these suits can be wrinkle-

prone and show signs of wear sooner. Stay strong. Squeeze the fabric. If it bounces back with little to no sign of wrinkling then it’s made of a good, sturdy material. You want it to feel like there is some structure or what tailors refer to as guts. Variety is the spice of life. Most store racks will hold plain weave or worsted (smooth, tightly woven) fabrics. These are basic business cloths, but there’s more cloth than these two. The most common alternatives are flannel and tweed. Flannel is a classic cool-weather cloth.

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Health Mysteries Solved by Kristy Armand


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Brain Freeze This instantaneous headache occurs when you eat or drink something cold. When the cold substance comes in contact with the roof of your mouth, the body reacts by reducing blood flow to the area to conserve heat, explains Melissa Rasberry, family medicine physician with Imperial Health. This is followed immediately by enhanced blood flow to the region. Nerves within the area sense this and transmit the sensation back to the nerve base as pain. Dr. Rasberry says the pain can usually be minimized by pressing the tongue against the roof of the mouth to warm the area. Yawning Yawning is a reflex often associated with fatigue, stress or boredom. Some experts say the real reason we yawn is a result of low oxygen levels in our lungs. When we’re resting – or very relaxed – we don’t use our entire lung capacity and just use air sacs at the bottom of our lungs. If the air sacs don’t get fresh air, they partially collapse and as a result our brain prompts the body to yawn or possibly sigh to get more air into the lungs. Joint Popping Knuckles, knees and shoulders are examples of diarthrodial joints, the most common type of joint in the body. Inside the joint capsule is a lubricant called synovial fluid, which contains dissolved gases. According to Dr. Geoffrey Collins, orthopaedic specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, you compress the fluid within when you stretch the joint, forcing those gases to escape the synovial solution. The release of “air” sounds like a “pop.” Once the gas is released, the joint is a bit more flexible, but you can’t immediately crack the same joint again because the gasses must first reabsorb into the fluid, a process that takes 15 to 30 minutes. And contrary to popular belief, Dr. Collins says knuckle cracking doesn’t lead to arthritis Sleep Starts One moment you’re drifting off to sleep, and the next instant—you’re trying to save yourself from a fall off a cliff. Sleep experts believe this phenomenon results from a miscommunication between the body and the brain during the transition into sleep. The brain mistakenly associates the lack of muscle tension with falling, or being in midair, and instinctively reacts with a sudden jerking of the arms and legs so that you can “save yourself” before you hit the ground.

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Goose Bumps Like sneezing, goose bumps (also known as the pilomotor reflex) are an automatic bodily response. Goose bumps typically pop up when you’re cold or afraid and a tiny muscle at the base of each body hair contracts. According to experts, goose bumps are a holdover from much earlier days of man, when humans had more body hair. In cold temperatures, piloerection fluffed the “fur” to warm the body by trapping an insulating layer of air between the hairs. And when a threat was present – like a saber tooth tiger – hair standing on end was intimidating. Evolution has since stripped humans of most of their body hair, so now goose bumps serve no real purpose and are just an instinctive response that reminds us of how far we’ve come. Blushing While the psychology of blushing remains elusive, the physical process is governed by the same system that activates the body’s “fight-or-flight response,” which is the sympathetic nervous system. This system is also involuntary, meaning you don’t actually have to think to carry out the processes. When you’re embarrassed, your body releases adrenaline. This hormone acts as a natural stimulant and has multiple simultaneous effects on your body, starting with the jolt you feel when you first realize you are embarrassed. Your breathing and heart rate speed up to prepare you to run from danger. Your pupils dilate to allow you to take in as much visual information as possible. Your digestive process slows down so that energy can be redirected to your muscles. Adrenaline also causes vasodilation: your blood vessels dilate to improve blood flow and oxygen delivery. This is the source of blushing. The veins in your face respond to this signal, allowing more blood to flow through them than usual, creating the reddened appearance. The more fair your complexion, the more noticeable this response is. Dermatologist Dr. Maureen Olivier with Imperial Health says flushed cheeks can also have other causes, such as spicy foods, a change in temperature, alcohol consumption, acne or Rosacea. Eye Twitching This annoyingly common condition is technically called eyelid myokymia and is basically a spontaneous spasm of muscles surrounding the Thrive Magazine for Better Living

eye. The involuntary twitching of an eyelid muscle may last less than a minute, although twitching may occur in one eye or both. Not a lot is known about eye twitches, which are more likely to occur in the lower eyelid than in the upper, though they’re probably caused by the misfiring of a nerve. Experts do know that fatigue, stress, and caffeine all increase the likelihood of the pesky twitching. So do eyestrain, poor nutrition, excessive alcohol intake, and allergies. Fortunately, Dr. Mel Gehrig with The Eye Clinic says eye twitching is rarely serious and usually goes away by itself. If you are having this problem, he advises cutting down on coffee and alcohol and getting some rest. If spasms persist an eye doctor should be consulted. Pins and Needles Called paresthesia, pins and needles are caused by blocked blood flow to a pressed nerve. If you sit too long in an awkward position -- or even just with your legs crossed -- you may press hard enough on a nerve to interrupt its signaling to the brain, causing your foot, for example, to “fall asleep,” or go numb, explains physical medicine and rehabilitation physician Dr. Bill Lowry with Center for Orthopaedics. Paresthesia is usually felt in the hands, feet, and ankles. That prickly sensation is the resumption of pain messages to the brain. Simply changing your position is almost always enough to allow the nerve to resume communication. Dr. Lowry does caution that in some rare cases, prickly feelings may be symptoms of diseases as diverse and serious as diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis, so if you experience it often, discuss with your doctor. Ticklishness Being ticklish is a complicated trait also rooted in our evolutionary past. Scientists suggest that being ticklish is the body’s physiological defense against possible threats like spiders and bugs, which explains why vulnerable parts of our bodies -- feet, chest, and armpits-are among the most ticklish. And while there is no question that being ticklish is neurological, some scientists also contend that it is a learned response. One theory sees ticklishness as a personalitybased response to perceived attack. Some may laugh uncontrollably at the lightest touch, or even without being touched at all, while others won’t respond at all. If you close your eyes and try to continued on p52 www.thriveswla.com


Health Mysteries Solved remain calm while you are tickled, you can decrease panic, reduce giggles, and dull sensation. And, no matter how hard you try, it is nearly impossible to tickle yourself. Sneezing Known scientifically as “sternutation,” the act of sneezing is involuntary and serves as the body’s mechanism for removing an irritant from the nose, according to Dr. Bridget Loehn, with the ENT & Allergy Clinic. When particles pass through nasal hairs and reach the nasal mucosa, they trigger histamine production. This reaches nerve cells in the nose, which tell the brain to sneeze. Sneezing is more common for people with allergies when they’re exposed to various allergens like animal dander and pollen. Surprisingly, other things like smelling strong odors, getting the chills, or seeing bright lights can trigger sneezes in some people. Dr. Loehn says the act of sneezing itself is harmless.

Funny Bone The sensation from hitting the so-called funny bone comes from a nerve, not a bone. The ulnar nerve is protected by nothing other than a thin layer of skin, where it passes around the outside of the elbow. The same nerve gives sensation all the way down the arm; if you press on it hard enough you will feel your pinky and ring fingers go numb.

proteins produced during periods of stress out of the body, which may explain the cathartic effect of “a good cry.”

Crying As far as scientists can tell, humans are the only species that shed tears for emotional reasons. Crying is a more complicated process than it appears. There are really three different types of tears. Basal tears keep our eyes lubricated constantly. Reflex tears are produced when our eyes get irritated. The third kind of tear is produced when the body reacts emotionally. This can be caused by an outside source, such as pain or loss of love, or from an inside source, such as your own thoughts and feelings. When the trigger is activated, the nervous system stimulates the cranial nerve in the brain and this sends signals to the neurotransmitters to the tear glands and we cry. Each type of tear the body produces contains different amounts of chemical proteins and hormones. Scientists have discovered that emotional tears carry certain hormones and other

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CHRISTUS St. Patrick Introduces Tran-Sit® Car for Rehabilitation Patients More than 50 percent of people with disabilities in the U.S. are in their working years. It is a struggle for many of them to get back into their normal routines after an accident, because they have to re-learn basic, daily skills. Most physical rehabilitation patients need help from caregivers to perform day-today tasks, such as getting in and out of their car. In an effort to reduce the impact that injuries have on patients and their caregivers, the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation Center unveiled a Tran-Sit® Car Transfer Simulator that will help patients be more selfsufficient. The simulator gives all patients the chance to learn and practice their car transfer skills before they leave the hospital. According to Erin Rhoads, director of rehabilitation services at Christus St. Patrick Hospital, the fear of getting hurt again keeps most recovering physical rehabilitation patients at home. “The simulator is designed to instill confidence in our patients so they can go back to living their everyday lives.” Additionally, Rhoads says the Tran-Sit® Car Transfer Simulator will help rehabilitation patients get back into the community. Patients usually have a long recovery time, which often leaves them home-bound and away from the outside world. Donated by Philip and DeWanna Tarver, owners of Lake Charles Toyota and Tarver Ford, its real car appearance will help them feel more comfortable using their own car when they need to leave their house. Instead of having to learn car transfer skills outside of the hospital, the simulator extends the rehabilitation process by allowing patients to practice these skills in the comfort and safety of a clinical setting. “The simulator takes the physical rehabilitation process to an entirely new level,” says Don Lloyd, Christus St. Patrick Hospital Administrator. “Patients will have the functional capacity to practice car transfer skills here in the clinical setting.” July 2014


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Naval Pilots Eye Laser Correction to Meet Vision Requirements

by Kristy Armand

Lake Charles native Matt Guidry had dreams of being a Navy pilot from the time he was a young boy, but two things stood in his way: his eyes. He was not alone. For decades, poor vision was the leading disqualifier of aspiring military pilots. Good eyesight is critical in many professions and pursuits, but for pilots in the armed forces, it’s especially critical. The ability to see and avoid other traffic and runway hazards, and to read instruments and charts in difficult, sometimes combat conditions, can literally be a matter of life and death. Glasses and contacts have become increasingly less desirable options for Naval high performance pilots. High-tech, specialized weapons systems and headgear are not compatible with prescription eyewear. Glasses can be unstable in strong G forces produced with acceleration and aircraft maneuvers, and have reduced clarity in unfavorable environmental conditions. Contact lenses present their own set of unique problems. Soft contact lenses can absorb noxious fumes or gases and re-release these back into the eye. Lenses dry out in the low humidity of the aircraft cabin. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses can dislodge with 54 www.thriveswla.com

high aircraft G forces and acceleration, and gas bubbles can form under the rigid contacts in low atmospheric pressures. Solutions and replacement lenses can also be hard to obtain in remote deployment locations. The U.S. Navy had long been interested laser eye surgery as a potentially better alternatives than glasses or contact lenses for their pilots, but had concerns that the procedure, when first introduced in the 1990s, might not be up to the rigorous visual demands of combat pilots. Long-term results have alleviated these concerns, along with more recent advances in technology that have increased precision, allowing eye surgeons to more accurately customize the procedure for each patient’s eyes. Laser vision correction is now allowed for all branches of military service, including aviation, special operations, and support personnel. It is also approved for NASA astronauts. While working toward his degree in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, Guidry enrolled in the Navy ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) to expedite his entrance into the Navy. He had worn contacts for years but knew that to become a Navy pilot, he would not be allowed to wear corrective Thrive Magazine for Better Living

eyewear. During a semester break, he saw his family ophthalmologist, Dr. Jon Yokubaitis, at The Eye Clinic and talked to him about the possibility of laser vision correction. “Dr. Yokubaitis spent a lot of time explaining the procedure to me. As much as I wanted to get my vision corrected in order to qualify to become a pilot, I also didn’t want to take any risks with my eyes that might put my naval career in jeopardy. After talking with him, I was excited about having the procedure and confident the results would give me the corrected vision I needed to become a pilot.” Guidry had custom laser vision correction at The Eye Clinic and experienced immediate improvement. “The procedure was fairly simply, and my vision was remarkably better the next day. I was seeing 20/20 within a few days. It was an amazing difference and a much easier process than I anticipated. I wish I had done it sooner.” After graduating from college, he was commissioned as a Naval officer through the Navy ROTC, and accepted into the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida. He completed Naval Aviator training, earning his “wings of gold” in 2011. Lieutenant Guidry is currently deployed to July 2014

Japan, where his primary missions will be flying the P-8A Poseidon aircraft on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. Dr. Yokubaitis says he and the other laser vision correction surgeons at The Eye Clinic have treated many members of the military, first responders and law enforcement officers. “When you’re in a high-risk situation the last thing you want to worry about is your eyes,” Dr. Yokubaitis says. “LASIK provides an ideal solution for people in these types of careers, and for anyone

who is interested in eliminating their dependence on corrective lenses. With advances in technology, including custom options, we are able to offer this procedure to most people who wear prescription eyewear, even many who may have been told in the past that they were not candidates for the procedure.” For more information about LASIK, call The Eye Clinic’s Laser Center at 1-877-95-FOCUS or visit www.theeyeclinic.net.

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Makeover Your Memory

by Katie Harrington

Trouble remembering someone’s name? Can’t remember for the life of you where you left your keys? From recalling fond memories of our past to remembering things where we last placed our phone, memory plays a vital role in every aspect of our lives. It’s easy to think of our memory as a filing cabinet that holds bits of information until we need them. In reality, it’s a remarkably complex process involving multiple parts of the brain. Memories can be vivid and long-lasting, but they are also susceptible to being forgotten or inaccurate. “There’s no two ways about it, memory erodes as we get older,” says psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer, founder of the Institute for Neuropsychiatry and New York Times bestselling author. “The

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hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory, loses five percent of its nerve cells with each passing decade. By the time we reach our 80s, we’ve lost as much as 20 percent of the nerve connections in the hippocampus.” In addition to the loss of nerve connections, aging slows production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter vital to learning and memory. “Scientists once believed that a person’s mental ability peaked early in adulthood, then went downhill,” Dr. Archer says. “Over the last few decades, however, research has found that adults’ brains are still capable of forming new memory-building networks.” Dr. Archer offers these tips for making over your memory.

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It’s all fun and games. Just as physical activity helps keep your body in shape, puzzles like Sudoku and crosswords may improve memory and delay brain decline. “Although experts are not yet sure why, many believe that playing games activates synapses in the whole brain, including the memory areas,” Dr. Archer says. Feed your brain the right foods. A healthy diet might be just as healthy for your brain as it is for your heart. Memory-boosting foods include antioxidant-rich, colorful fruits and vegetables which protect your brain. Also, low-glycemic carbs, like oatmeal, and anything with omega-3 fatty acids are memory boosters as well. Low-fat protein sources, such as fish, lean meat and skinless poultry are also great choices. “What you drink counts too. Not enough water or too much alcohol can lead to confusion and memory loss,” he notes. Drop the multi-tasking. Sure, we all want to be superhuman and prove that we are capable of tackling multiple tasks at one time, but we may just be sacrificing our ability to remember simple things. “One reason people can’t remember where their keys are is they are not paying attention to where they put them down,” Dr. Archer says. “Studies show that it takes eight seconds to fully commit a piece of information to memory, so concentrating on the task at hand is critical. For example, as you set your keys down, stop and say out loud where you are putting them.” Pick up a new skill. According to a recent Swedish study, adults who learned a new language showed improved memory for people’s names among other things. Any activity that is practiced diligently, like knitting or skiing, is likely to have this effect. Make sleep a priority. University of Pennsylvania researchers discovered that losing just a half a night of sleep—three or four hours—on just one night could erode memory. During a deep sleep of eight hours or more, it’s believed

that the human brain shifts memories from temporary, short-term storage to longer-term storage. Rely on mnemonic devices. These memory tricks or tools give meaning and organization to a random group of words or concepts. “Mnemonic devices could be as simple as an acronym or as exaggerated as visualized a giant stethoscope to remember a doctor’s appointment. Champions in the memory department also love a concept called chunking, or breaking a large amount of information into more manageable nuggets,” Dr. Archer says. Get physical. A little exercise might yield big benefits according to University of California at Irvine researchers. In their study one group of subjects rode stationary bikes for six minutes while another group rested. Afterward the active group performed significantly better on a memory test. “It’s believed that exercise boosts the release of a chemical called norepinephrine which has a strong influence on memory. Exercise can increase your brain size and the larger your brain is, the greater your capacity to remember becomes.” If memory loss affects your ability to complete daily activities, Dr. Archer says it may be time to reach out to your doctor. “A physical exam, as well as a check of memory and problemsolving skills may be in order. Depression and kidney or thyroid problems have all been linked to memory issues. Additionally, various medications used to treat chronic conditions can impact memory. A visit with your doctor can help make sense of what’s going on.”

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Lake Charles Police Chief’s New Knees Take Him to the PGA Tour by Kristy Armand

For most people, the hope after having two knee replacements is regaining pain-free mobility. Don Dixon, Chief of Police of the Lake Charles Police Department, got that and a pretty special bonus. The avid golf fan and organizer of the local Cops and Jocks annual golf tournament was invited to be the guest of Stryker Orthopaedics at the recent PGA Zurich Golf Classic in New Orleans. Stryker is the manufacturer of his Triathlon knee replacements, and they are also the Official Joint Replacement Sponsor of the PGA Tour. As an honorary observer for Stryker, Dixon walked the course with PGA Tour pros Kevin Stadler, Nick Watney and Retief Goosen. “Stryker helped me check off a bucket-list item, and I had a great time walking inside the ropes with a few of my favorite golfpros,” said Dixon. “Before my knee replacements, I never imagined that I would have been able to do something like this. It was an unforgettable experience.” Dr. John Noble, orthopaedic surgeon with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, performed Dixon’s knee replacement procedures. He explained that the demographics of those undergoing knee replacement have changed as the population is aging and living longer, more active lives. “Baby Boomers

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like Don want to be remain as active as possible, both in their careers and in their leisure time. Advances in knee replacement techniques and technology are allowing us to help patients of all ages stay much more active than in the past.” Dr. Noble added that total knee replacement is now one of the most successful surgical procedures performed in the U.S. About 90 percent of patients report significant reduction of pain and improved quality of life. The demand for total knee replacement is expected to exceed 3 million by the year 2030, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. “If you’ve been postponing knee replacement surgery because you remember a disappointing experience an older relative had with the procedure, then you need to forget everything you think you know about joint replacement,” said Dr. Noble. “Long, painful recovery periods and stiff, unnatural movement after replacement surgery are history, and the future promises even further improvement in this area.” For more information about knee replacement surgery, call Center for Orthopaedics, at (337) 721-7236 or visit www.centerforortho.com. For more information about Stryker joint replacement, visit: www. movewithstryker.com.

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Mind & Body

Stem Cells Promote Faster Healing IT WAS A TYPICAL DAY FOR CHAD THERIOT. THE ATHLETIC 30-SOMETHING WAS PLAYING A GAME OF PICKUP BASKETBALL WHEN HE FELT SOMETHING SNAP IN HIS LEFT FOOT. “I heard a very loud snap and felt the pop in the arch of my foot,” Theriot recalls. “An hour later I couldn’t even walk.” Theriot went to see a foot and ankle specialist and an MRI showed a severe rupture in the plantar fascia ligament, the longest ligament in the foot that forms the arch from the heel to the toes. He was put in a cast but as days turned into weeks and weeks into months, his foot did not get better. He works offshore, and he and his wife are owners of a local fitness club. The injury kept him off his feet and unable to perform either job. “I could barely do things for myself, much less go to work or help around the gym,” Theriot says. “Plus, I was unable to help my wife care for our newborn baby.” Theriot was ready for second opinion and saw Dr. Brett Cascio, an orthopaedic surgeon with the Memorial Medical Group. Since the injury was not healing, Dr. Cascio recommended an injection of non-embryonic stem cells in his foot. “The stem cells we use are harvested from donated placenta that would otherwise be discarded after a baby is born,”

Dr. Cascio says. “The cells are then tested, prepared and frozen until they are needed.” Dr. Cascio uses an x-ray guided needle to inject the cells at the injury site. Unlike with an organ donation where there is a potential for rejection, these stem cells are immunological. The body does not recognize them as being foreign and does not reject them. “The cells take on the same characteristics as the ligament cells and help to speed up healing,” Dr. Cascio says. The procedure has helped Theriot, and he is on his way to being back at work and back in the game. “I feel fantastic and no longer need assistance to move around,” Theriot says. “I can help out around the gym and look forward to putting on some steel-toe boots and heading back out offshore.”

For more information, contact Orthopaedic Specialists (337) 494-4900.

Meet the Newest Member of our Physician Team,

Jake LeBeau, MD, Interventional Cardiologist

Imperial Health is proud to welcome Jake LeBeau, MD, to our medical staff. Dr. LeBeau is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and comprehensive echocardiography. He is also a registered peripheral vascular interpreter. Originally from Lake Charles, Dr. LeBeau earned a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, before pursuing a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. He then completed an additional fellowship in interventional cardiology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. LeBeau is a member of the American College of Cardiology and American Medical Association. To schedule an appointment with Dr. LeBeau, call (337) 312-8281.


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McNeese 2015 Banners Poster Design Contest McNeese State University is sponsoring a poster design contest for the 2015 Banners Cultural Season. The winning designer will receive a $500 cash prize. The contest is open to all artists and the poster will be used online, in print and on merchandise. Entries must include an original piece of artwork and incorporate the wording “Banners 2015.” Submissions must be received through August 15 in the Banners office located in McNeese’s F.G. Bulber Auditorium. Contact Tami Chrisope in the Banners office at tami@mcneese. edu for the Banners logo artwork or for complete contest details.

McNeese History Professor Receives Harvard Research Fellowship Dr. Philippe R. Girard, professor and head of the history department at McNeese State University, has been awarded a Sheila Biddle Ford Fellowship to Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Dr. Philippe R. Girard Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research in Cambridge, Mass., for fall 2014. During his residence, Girard will work on a biography of Haitian revolutionary hero Toussaint Louverture, much of whose life remains a mystery.

McNeese Contractor’s Educational Trust Fund Donation

Coke Makes Donationto McNeese Lake Charles Coca-Cola Bottling Co. has donated $10,000 to McNeese State University for endowed student scholarships. The company has established six endowed Coca-Cola scholarships through the McNeese Foundation.

L to R: Ken Francis, division vice president for Lake Charles CocaCola, McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams, and Blaine Royer, on-premise manager for Lake Charles Coca-Cola.

The Contractor’s Educational Trust Fund has donated $120,000 through the McNeese State University Foundation to establish two endowed professorships in the College of Engineering.

L to R: Dr. Jay Uppot, McNeese professor of civil engineering, Lee Mallett of Mallett Buildings, Courtney Fenet of R.E. Heidt Construction, Greg Weston of Arthur J. Gallagher, committee chair of the Contractor’s Educational Trust Fund, and McNeese President Dr. Philip C. Williams.

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Mark Your Calendar! NAMI Family Fun Day Scheduled

Regional Arts Network Seminar

Symphony’s Pops Goes to the Movies

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southwest Louisiana has announced the First Annual Family Fun Day to be held on July 19 from 4-7pm at the Pinederosa Park in Westlake. This family friendly event will feature entertainment, great food, prizes, and lots of family fun. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information visit www.namiswla.com or call (337) 433-0219. .

The next edition of the Arts Council of SWLA’s Regional Arts Network will be held on July 8 from 11:30am to 1pm in Room 108 of Central School. The quarterly series offers seminars and workshops on topics affecting SWLA’s cultural economy from cultivating business partnerships to social media strategies, and the luncheons allow for networking opportunities for area creative workers, young professionals, and community leaders. An RSVP is required, and the seminar is $5 per person. For more information or to RSVP, call the Arts Council office at (337) 439-2787 or visit artsandhumanitiesswla.org.

The Lake Charles Symphony and First Federal Bank present “Pops Goes to the Movies” on July 12 at 7:30 pm. Doors and concessions will open at 6:30 pm. Film clips from some of Hollywood’s favorite movies, including Gone with the Wind, Rocky, Forrest Gump, E.T.,and Pirates of the Caribbean, will be projected onto two large screens. Tickets may be purchased by calling (337) 433-1611 or by going online at www.lcsymphony.com. Riser seats are $20 for adults; $10 for students (7-17); and FREE for children 6 and under. Reserved seating at tables are also available

Special Summer Programs at the Calcasieu Parish Public Libraries! The 2014 Summer Reading Program is in full swing at all parish libraries. All programs are free and open to the public! For more information, contact your local library branch or visit us on the web at www.calcasieulibrary.org. Mike Anderson will be entertaining the adults with his storytelling and music! Mike will be bringing various instruments with him such as the dulcimer and the banjo to name a few. Fontenot Memorial Library – July 14th at 10:00 am Sulphur Regional Library - July 14th at 2:00 pm Moss Bluff Library – July 15th at 2:00 pm Central Library – July 15th at 6:00 pm Dave Fox and Will Branch strive to create a communal atmosphere of fun and high spirits wherever they play. A Fox and Branch show is as much a celebration of being together as it is a musical performance. Sulphur Regional Library - July 14 at 10:00 am DeQuincy Library – July 14 at 2:00 pm Central Library – July 15th at 10:00 am Carnegie Memorial Library – July 15th at 2:00 pm Moss Bluff Library – July 16th at 10:00 am Iowa Library – July 16th at 2:00 pm Hayes Library – July 16th at 5:00 pm Fontenot Memorial Library – July 17th at 10:00 am Starks Library - July 17th at 2:00 pm Westlake Library – July 18th at 10:30 am Epps Memorial Library – July 18th at 2:00 pm

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Jen Kober Brings Show Back to L’Auberge Following another year of success in movies and standup, nationally known comedian and Lake Charles native Jen Kober is coming back to L’Auberge Lake Charles for two summer shows on July 14 and August 4. General admission tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased now at www.ticketmaster.com, the L’Auberge Business Center or Legends Memorabilia at L’Auberge.

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Solutions for Life

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

The Oceans of Life “I don’t know how much more I can take.” “I have too many big things happening at once.” “Things just keep coming and coming, and I never seem to get anywhere.” I’ve been working with a lot of overwhelmed people lately, it seems. People who appear to be in the middle of some kind of bad luck streak. They come to me for one issue, and something bigger happens—or lots of bigger things— before we can get it resolved, Sometimes I’ll see a client’s name on my schedule and think, “Hmm...it’ll be interesting to hear what’s happened since we last met.” Oh, I already know something will have happened. These clients rarely come in and say, “Everything has been really calm and great.” On the rare occasion that things have been calmer, I encourage the client to enjoy the quiet and begin preparing for the next thing. I’ve decided that there are just some people whose lot in life is to deal with crisis after crisis. Sometimes it’s because they create their own chaos. Sometimes they created the chaos when they were less healthy and can’t seem to get out of the unhealthy situations. And sometimes life just keeps throwing curveballs at them.

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With these clients, I’ve started having conversations about life at the beach. No, not that they should go to the beach (although that might help). We talk about the ocean: how sometimes the waves gently lap onto the beach and sometimes they wildly crash. How sometimes it is safe to jump in, and at other times caution is in order. How sometimes the water is crystal clear and other times, murky. Does it feel like you’ve been living at the beach lately (and not in a good way)? Have you been blindsided by life more than your share? Have you thought you were going to have a perfectly normal/ good day, then everything falls apart? That’s just life in the ocean, friends. Here are some tips for treading the water: Be as healthy as possible. Take good care of yourself. Eat right, exercise, meditate, get centered. We can always handle the unforeseen better when we feel strong. Firmness vs. Flexibility. When at the ocean, how do you decide if you are going to fight the waves, or go with them? I was at a water park recently that has a HUGE wave pool. Most of the time, the waves are gentle and you’re on a buoyant ride. But every now and then,

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a loud horn sounds and a humongous wave comes crashing in. Everyone knows it’s coming, yet they still scream and decide what to do. Some people try to stand in place, while others surf. Everyone is sputtering out water, but the surfers certainly seem to have more fun. Standing your ground really only works when the waves are smaller than you. When the waves get big, it’s time to be flexible and ride them out! Be a strong swimmer. One summer long ago, I watched as a father and his young daughter were pulled up on the beach by lifeguards. There was a strong riptide in the ocean, and they’d been caught up in it somehow. Every time we head to the ocean we talk about riptides: if you get caught in a riptide, swim parallel to the beach until the pull eases up. Don’t panic (easier said than done), and don’t try to swim to shore. This could take some time, and you will be exhausted, But if you just keep swimming, eventually even the strongest riptide ends. Surf’s up, everyone! It’s time to start treating the ocean of life like the ride it is – sometimes scary, sometimes thrilling, and always moving.

July 2014

Will it


If you’re about to have knee or hip joint replacement or if you’re thinking about it, it’s natural to worry about

pain and its impact on your quality of life. Some pain after joint replacement surgery is normal, but everyone’s experience with pain is different. People

tolerate pain differently, so what’s really painful to one person may be less so to someone else.

If you have any questions about pain associated with your surgery, or if you’ve experienced severe post-surgical pain with previous knee and hip surgeries, talk to one of our joint replacement surgeons at Orthopaedic Specialists, a part of the Memorial Medical Group, about the latest,

innovative option that can provide up to 72 hours of pain control post surgery. This local, non-narcotic, analgesic is applied directly to the surgical site during your procedure and starts controlling pain

before you feel it.

For a list of Memorial orthopedic surgeons utilizing this new technique, call 1-800-494-LCMH (5264).

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