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In This Issue

Home & Family 6 For Pets, Best Care Starts with Prevention 8 Prepare Now for the Storms Ahead 16 Cover Story: Learning the Language of Color Money & Career 26 28 30


Economic Innovation: SOWELA Students Earning While They’re Learning Job Hunting? Stand Out from the Crowd 7: the Magic Number for a Sound Retirement

Regular Features 20 By the Numbers 22 Solutions for Life! 31 Business Buzz 40 First Person: with Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne 50 Who’s News 70 Community Contributors 78 Ready to Wear 80 McNeese Corral 82 Happenings

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For Pets, Best Care Starts with Prevention by Erin Kelly

Louisiana has significant rate of heartworm infection Because of its ample mosquito population, Louisiana has one of the highest rates of heartworm infection in the country, making it imperative for pet owners to provide preventative treatment for their four-legged family members. animal’s chances of infection are significant, particularly over the summer months – peak mosquito season. Symptoms for both cats and dogs may include irregular breathing, lethargy, weight loss, reduced appetite, gagging or coughing. The first stage of heartworm disease involves infection of the pulmonary arteries, which triggers breathing abnormalities. As the condition worsens, the heart and lungs become increasingly vulnerable. “Although heartworm can effectively be treated in dogs with much success, the treatment is lengthy, costly and tiresome and can quickly become uncomfortable for both pet and owner—not to mention the suffering that often occurs before the disease is detected,” Dr. Chang said. “There really is no reason to avoid preventative treatment. It’s inexpensive, highly effective and safe.”

Although dogs are more vulnerable * to heartworm infection, illness and fatality, cats are certainly not immune—and while it’s possible to treat the former, it’s far more complex to treat the latter, which is why both cats and dogs should undergo regular heartworm prevention, according to veterinarian Dr. Jae Chang with Farr Veterinary Hospital in Lake Charles. “Cats are a more difficult host for heartworms and they are sometimes able to eliminate the infection on their own, but the elimination can cause serious complications, as can an untreated infection,” Dr. Chang said. “Dogs, on the other hand, are almost certain to develop heartworms after being bitten by an infected mosquito and the illness can progress over a number of years undetected. Both cats and dogs can die from heartworms.” Heartworm can only be passed when an animal is bitten by an infected mosquito, but considering the number of mosquitoes in the Bayou State, an

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According to the American Heartworm Society, there are a variety of preventative treatment options, including daily and monthly tables, monthly topicals and an injection for dogs that lasts up to six months. Dr. Chang said that many pet owners are under the misconception that indoor dogs don’t need to undergo heartworm prevention, since they spend the bulk of their time away from potentially harmful mosquitoes; unfortunately, all it takes is one bite. “In a state like Louisiana, you don’t have to be outside eight hours a day to get nipped by a mosquito,” Dr. Chang said. “Just one bite can mean the difference between a healthy, happy pet and a sick and miserable animal.” For more information on heartworm treatment and prevention, call Farr Veterinary Hospital at (337) 474-1526 or visit www.farrvet.com. *Source: American Heartworm Society

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June marks the start of hurricane season, a time of year when everyone living along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the United States hold their breath, hoping that the next five months pass without the mention of evacuations, storm surges and high winds for their area. Whether a hurricane becomes a threat to Southwest Louisiana or not in the coming months, it’s still best to be prepared. In the event of any type of severe weather, the first step to being ready is to have a disaster supply kit stocked and on-hand year-round. Water, batteries, flash lights and a first aid supplies are great starts to this kit. In addition to having a disaster supply kit ready, it’s also important to develop a plan for your family before talk of evacuation and other storm-related preparations begin. Here are some steps to take to prepare your

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family for the 2013 hurricane season: • Decide now where your family will go in the event of a mandatory evacuation order. Have a couple of different options to select from. • Review your insurance coverage and speak with your agent to make sure you have the coverage you need. Also, check into your flood insurance eligibility since homeowner’s policies typically don’t cover flood damage. • Buy plywood or shutters now for protecting your windows. • Trim your trees to reduce flying debris.

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• If you have a boat or other large equipment, decide where you will store these items during a tropical storm or hurricane. • Test emergency equipment such as generators and flashlights now. • Stock up on bottled water, batteries and non-perishable food. For more tips on how to prepare your family and home for hurricane season, visit www.ready.gov.

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For many children, having a sleepover with friends is a rite of passage. It crosses the threshold of independence and allows the child to experience overnight life outside the home. For many parents and families, a kid’s first sleepover is the first time they’ve flown the nest. It’s good and healthy to let children test their wings, but it can also be a nerve-racking experience for parent and child.

“Sleepovers with friends can be a lot of fun for kids. Laughing,

staying up late, talking about school or their social circle—these are all good things. Unfortunately, the atmosphere can change when it’s time to go to bed and many children may find themselves staring at a strange ceiling and missing home,” said Dr. Dale Archer Jr., psychiatrist and author of the New York Times best-selling book, Better than Normal. He says your best bet is to make sure your child is prepared. There is no magic age that determines when someone is ready for their first overnight trip to a friend’s house, according to Dr. Archer. One family might have an eager six-year-old with packed bags, ready to go, while

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another might have an apprehensive eleven-year-old who’s excited, but anxious. It’s often left to the parents’ best judgment, but rest assured that sleepovers are healthy and normal, assuming—of course—that you know your child will be in good hands. “Some parents are so nervous about sleepovers that they don’t allow them at all, or they get so anxious about it that they project that anxiety onto their children. Although it’s certainly expected to feel protective of your children, you shouldn’t let those insecurities prevent you from allowing your child to have safe and healthy experiences. That includes having a sleepover with friends,” Dr. Archer said.

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If your child simply isn’t ready—emotionally or mentally—then you shouldn’t force them into a sleepover kicking and screaming. But if they want to stay over with a friend and you’re the one having trouble letting go, you may want to consider releasing some of that anxiety. “One thing you don’t want to do is show your child how anxious and worried you are. That will just make them anxious and worried,” Dr. Archer said. “Although it makes sense to be on-edge when your child stays away for the first time, keep in mind that there’s nothing fantastic or unusual about it. It’s good for children to be sociable and have independent experiences. It helps them become independent adults, especially if they test their comfort levels and learn how to adapt.” The best way to relieve some of the anxiety is to know the family who will be hosting your child for the night. Consider arranging some playdates in advance that don’t involve sleeping over, just to see how everyone does. Once you know that your child will be staying at the home of a responsible family, there are some things you can do to set the course for a stress-free sleepover, according to Dr. Archer. • Make sure they have everything they need. Pajamas, pillow, sleeping bag (if needed), a change of clothes (including extra undies) and personal hygiene items, like a toothbrush, toothpaste and comb. • Ask if they want to take a favorite stuffed animal or toy with them. • Ask if they want to arrange a time for you to call and say goodnight. For younger children, this can provide added comfort. • Does your child have any allergies? If so, don’t forget to talk to the parents about it. Same goes for any prescription medication that they may have to take while they’re there. • Make sure your child, and the other family, understands that they can call you any time if the experience proves to be too much. “Most parents wouldn’t want their children crying all night long without getting a phone call. Sometimes just a twominute conversation can make the child feel better,” Dr. Archer said. “Plus, it’s good for children to know that they can turn to their parents any time they’re afraid.” If your child isn’t sleepover-ready for some reason, whether personal or medical, “Consider inviting some of their friends over to your house instead,” he advises. “Don’t push them into something they aren’t ready to do.”

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School’s out for summer! It’s time to break out the bathing suits, floats and sunscreen, and hit the pool. Swimming the summer away in a backyard pool is a great way to beat the heat of the summer, but before diving in, consider this: The National Safety Council reports that 600 children and adults drown in swimming pools each year. More than half of these incidents occur in a home pool. “Unfortunately, accidents involving swimming pools occur all too frequently, and death or serious injuries result,” says Joni Fontenot, spokesperson for the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. “The good news is many of these accidents can be prevented if certain safety precautions are taken.” For instance, statistics from the National Spa & Pool Institute show that drowning and swimming accidents are best prevented by adult supervision, water safety training for young children and avoiding alcohol while swimming, diving or soaking. “Statistically, most incidents involving drowning or severe injury occur when children are left unsupervised near water, cannot swim and fall into the pool or pool cover with water on top,” says Fontenot. Toddlers tend to silently wander off from a parent’s supervision and often times barriers such as fences or back doors are left unlocked. The second largest number of accidents occur with 12 www.thriveswla.com

teenagers, primarily males, who, after drinking, dive into a pool area too shallow for diving. “It is important to remember that drowning is not accompanied by a loud noise or splashing sounds, it is silent,” says Fontenot. “Small children can drown in just a few inches of water so there is no substitution for adult supervision.” In addition to adult supervision, the Safety Council offers these tips to prevent pool injuries: • Use non-slip materials on the pool deck, diving boards and ladders. • Make sure the steps on the pool ladder are at least three inches wide and there are handrails on both sides, small enough for a child to grasp. Also, there should be a ladder at each end of the pool. • Hire a licensed electrician to install any electrical equipment in or around the pool. • Check with a professional pool contractor to ensure the pool is deep enough for a diving board or slide, and always put the slide in the deep area of the pool. • Have a fence that is at least six-feet high around all sides of the pool and keep the gate locked when there is no supervision available. Construct the fence so it is difficult to climb and Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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make sure lawn equipment or furniture is not close enough to provide an easy boost over the fence. Mark water depths and use a safety float line where the bottom slope deepens. Teach children to float or swim as soon as possible. Caution children against showing off or playing rough in or around the pool. Keep rescue devices and first aid supplies near the pool. Teach children what to do in case of an emergency. Keep electrical appliances such as radios out of the pool area to avoid electrical shock.

“The bottom line is to have a safety-first mentality when it comes to swimming,” adds Fontenot. “Children should be taught from a young age what is acceptable pool behavior and what is not.” For more information, visit www.safetycouncilswla.org or call (337) 436-3354.

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just basic lawn care, slat walls with hooks and hanger products offer homeowners numerous options for tool storage,” Hebert said. “Many accessories also now feature a disappearing act, as they are readily available then disappear seamlessly back into the closed position. These are the most popular. Some examples are pull-out valet rods for short-term hanging, tilt-out hampers and pull-out baskets.” As homeowners become more educated on the wide variety of creative options available for home organization, more will be introduced, with even further “bells and whistles,” Hebert said. For more information or a free consultation, including a computer rendering of your space, contact Closet Tailors at (337) 564-0322.

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An Allowance Allows Real World Money Lessons by Kristy Armand

As summer begins, kids will have more things they want to do and places they want to go during their school break. Most of these will cost money, making summer time a great time to consider an allowance system if you don’t have one in place already. There are many different schools of thought when it comes to giving children an allowance. Some parents believe an allowance should be tied to household chores; others argue that doing household chores should be viewed as a child’s contribution to the family, not as a money motivator. Some pay out weekly, while others dole out on a monthly basis. Some say five bucks is enough; others say ten. When it comes to the logistics of allowance, there are no right answers – the method of developing a family allowance is an individual decision that depends on the personal values and beliefs of each family. However, one thing is for certain, according to Christa Comeaux, Assistant Vice President with Lakeside Bank: An allowance should not be viewed simply as a fistful of dollars given to a child to spend impulsively. Instead, she says it should be viewed as an opportunity to teach invaluable skills about money management. “In the frantic pace of keeping up with kids, work and all the other elements of today’s hectic lifestyles, it’s easy for parents to miss simple ‘teachable moments,’ and an allowance is one of these. Instead of taking advantage of a golden opportunity to teach life lessons, many parents hand over a few dollars here and there when they child asks for it. That money quickly disappears down the hall and out the door, with no discussion about how it is spent – or saved,” Comeaux said. Research shows that the financial lessons kids learn in their youth usually carry into adulthood. If their parents spend money haphazardly, chances are, their children learn to do the same. “But if they understand that saving and being responsible with their money is important,” says Comeaux, “it’s more likely they’ll develop good money management skills in adulthood. Helping them manage their allowance is a great hand-on way to start them off with a strong foundation.” When giving children an allowance, Comeaux recommends giving the money in denominations that encourage saving. “For example, if the amount is $5, give them five one-dollar bills and encourage that at least one dollar be set aside in savings.” She says the best way to encourage them is to save is take them to the bank so they can open their own bank account as soon as they are old 14 www.thriveswla.com

enough. “Have them talk to the banker about how the accounts work and how best to utilize it. It also doesn’t hurt to have the financial representative explain the importance of saving and the function of interest rates. This is also a good time to discuss good debt versus bad, and how to maintain a good credit score. The depth of the conversation will of course depend on the age of the young account holder.” Opening the account can also help parent and child develop a budget together. If your child loves forty-dollar video games, for example, that can be worked into the budget, just as the parent would work household expenses into the adult budget. Another aspect of allowance that often goes overlooked is the opportunity to teach charitable giving, Comeaux says. “Establishing an allowance presents an excellent opportunity for parents to teach children how to support causes that they believe in and give back to their communities, which ultimately allows for a larger conversation about personal values,” Comeaux says. “Talk to your children about causes or issues that they consider important. Even little children will have an idea of what’s important to them. Once you’ve had that conversation, search for charities that are in line with what you’ve discussed and show them how to make a contribution to that charity. Whether it’s a donation to their church or the Red Cross, it helps your Thrive Magazine for Better Living

child realize they are part of a larger community and they can play a role in the welfare of that community. Plus, studies have actually shown that giving is better than receiving. Even a small donated amount can teach a priceless lesson of selflessness.” For more information about personal finance management, call Lakeside Bank at 474-3766 or visit www.lakesidebanking.com.

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When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria went into mourning. She wore all black until her death in 1901 and impacted the mourning customs of Westerners indefinitely. Today, when we attend funerals or otherwise mournful events, we choose dark colors to show our compassion and sympathy. It’s become such an engrained part of Western society that we rarely question it; from our perspective, black is an ominous color that signifies sorrow and foreboding, just as “seeing red” signifies anger and “feeling blue” indicates sadness.

“ Color has absolutely everything to do with creating a mood.” Lindsay Dubrock, Details Design We are constantly surrounded by color – green leaves, blue skies, white walls, yellow sundresses, brown desks, white T-shirts – that we hardly take time to appreciate the effects that they have on our mental and emotional well-being. Yet research indicates that color psychology is no passing fancy. It’s been shown that there are direct correlations between color and emotions, and this “color language” is uniquely universal. According to the Color Association of the United States, there is evidence to suggest that color is an emotional language that people seem to speak in consistent and similar ways. Black is commonly associated with grief; white, with serenity; and yellow, with optimism. “Color creates a mood instantaneously,” said Lindsay Dubrock of Details Design, an interior

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decorating and real estate staging business in Lake Charles. “Imagine a room filled with buttery soft leather furniture, richcolored rugs and a beautiful seagrass paper on the wall. These colors and surroundings have just created a mood ready for cigars and brandy. Move on to a room with warm gray walls covered with the reflected colors of a crystal chandelier and white linen furniture and you’ve created the mood for a hip get-together with friends. Color has absolutely everything to do with creating a mood.” Although people share similarities in how they view certain colors – yellow or orange for cheerfulness, for example – our interpretations of the colors around us also have much to do with our personal experience and social and cultural background. Consider the color red, for example. For some it may trigger feelings of rage, anger or uneasiness. For others, red means love, passion and romance. And still others may see its spiritual or religious significance; the colors of a priestly robe, or the meanings of protection that the colors serve throughout the Bible. According to researchers with the University of Florida, how we view colors can also be effected by our childhoods—if we fell asleep surrounded by the purple walls of a happy home, our feelings toward the color purple will likely be positive. When it comes to popularity and warm and fuzzy feelings, yellow came out on top, the Florida researchers found. Yellow



was considered energetic and elicited feelings of happiness, joy and summertime. Just because yellow commonly means cheer and happiness doesn’t mean you should drench your entire house in it and hope for unabashed joy, however. “Even with color’s versatility it is important to note that super bright colors in a restful space, such as a bedroom, is not the greatest idea,” Dubrock said. For areas where you want to unwind and relax, consider cool colors that are often associated with serenity. “Colors like whites, soft greens, blues or even soft grays.” If you’re looking to create jazzy excitement, go vibrant. “With all of this said, though, the most amazing thing about color is that when it’s combined correctly and the right hue is used, just about any color can create any one of these atmospheres. Color is truly amazing (and) extremely important.” Choosing how to surround yourself with color goes beyond choosing a simple favorite, she noted.

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“Sometimes people like a whole host of colors but the outcome that they are trying to create in their home isn’t compatible with the colors they like,” Dubrock said. Colors don’t just come into play when we’re selecting paint for our walls or deciding what dress to wear. For businesses, the use of color plays a pivotal role. Studies in color psychology and marketing have found that visual cues are one of the greatest influences for shoppers, with color being the most important of those cues. Blue or green are commonly found in branding for banks, because these colors imply trust. Red’s sense of urgency is typically utilize for the clearance racks, and pink’s association with femininity is commonly used to market to young girls. While yellow seems to have the best reputation for being upbeat, it is not the most popular color when it comes to positivity, according to research findings.

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That honor goes to the color green. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that green evoked the highest percentage of positive emotions among their test sample. It was related to wonderful feelings like relaxation, happiness, peace and hope. So although you may feel green with envy that your neighbor hasn’t been feeling blue after seeing red, keep in mind that another shade may be just around the corner – and if your corner isn’t so inviting, consider painting it.

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The Color Association of the United States presented findings and research at the Color Marketing Group Conference in 2005. Here were some of their findings: Red and Purple are viewed more positively by respondents over the age of 29. Orange is seen as more peaceful by respondents under 29. Yellow, Green and Blue show no age relationship. Red, Yellow and Orange are perceived more negatively by men than women. Blue is viewed as more emotionally active by men. Black is viewed more positively by men. Blue and Green are associated with serenity, trust and optimism.

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94 million


Estimated number of Father’s Day cards exchanged each year

Percentage of father’s who say they spend more time with their kids than their father did with them

70.1 million Estimated number of fathers in America

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Percentage of dads who are the primary grocery shopper in the family

The number of ties given for Father’s Day

176,000 The number of stay-at-home dads in America

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Healthy Image Attends America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, DC, as One of the Top 100 Small Businesses in America The three partners of Healthy Image Marketing Agency, Kristy Armand, Barbara VanGossen and Christine Fisher, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the 2013 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award and to attend America’s Small Business Summit. Avon Knowlton, director of member and investor services with the Southwest Economic Development Alliance joined them. Featured speakers at the summit included Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, Barbara Corcoran, business consultant and real estate mogul, and Bob Woodward, investigative journalist and editor of The Washington Post. “For all three of us to be out of the office for two days, it had to have been a very important occasion,” said Armand. “After hearing the speakers and visiting with other small business owners, we were pleased to learn we had many of the best practices for small businesses already in place, and we came away with more ideas on how to continue growing and cultivating a creative, productive workplace. It was an honor to attend.”

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Healthy Image was nominated by the Southwest Business of the Year for Southwest Louisiana in 2012 and selected by the Chamber Southwest as Economic Development Alliance. According to George Swift, president of the Southwest Economic their 2013 Small Business of the Year. Development Alliance, “Healthy Image embodies For more information, visit www.ehealthyimage.com. the perseverance, work ethic and drive it takes to succeed in today’s competitive business climate,” said Swift. “They were the only company from Louisiana to win the Blue Ribbon award. We were pleased to have them represent our region and the state in Washington.” The company was established in 2002 and offers comprehensive communication services, including public relations, graphic design, brand development, advertising, photography, videography, and social media L to R: Co-owners, Barbara VanGossen, Christine Fisher and Kristy Armand recieve management. Healthy Image the Blue Ribbon Award from Thomas Donohue, President and CEO of U.S. Chamber was preveiously named Small of Commerce.

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Solutions for Life

from Solutions Employee Assistance Program by Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP

Who Did This?!

“Who left the door open?” “Who made this mess?” “Whoever left these wet towels in the bathroom had better get in here and pick them up!” Ah, childhood memories. Fortunately, I had a brother, and he was messier than I. So, I’m sure he got stuck with the blame for things I did at times. Occasionally, I feel sorry for my only child: there’s usually only one option regarding “who did this,” and that’s him. A couple of months ago, I wrote about how we all make mistakes, but it’s what you do after the mistake that defines you. This month, I’d like to discuss accountability. The definition of accountable is “responsible for giving an account (as of one’s acts).” Much of childhood is a lesson in accountability. Uh-oh, you messed up. Now what? Will you own up to what you did? Will you try to blame someone else? Will you be silent in the hopes that it will all just go away? It’s easy to tell what a person learned in childhood about accountability. They typically act the same way as adults. I see so many adults that learned early on to avoid accountability, and it comes back to haunt them when they are all grown up. If your modus operandi is to get away with as much as you can, it’s going to be hard to have people trust you. Or maybe you learned to be passive-aggressive and tell people what they want to hear while doing what you really wanted to do all along. The way you are accountable for your decisions in life will affect your relationships as well as your career. To me, being accountable is a sign of maturity and healthiness. Consider these suggestions:

Own It. Whatever decisions you make in your life, you need to own them. If you don’t want to do something, say so. If you said you were going to do something, then decided not to, say so. It’s OK to change your mind. Saying “yes” when you in reality you probably won’t do it, teaches people you are not trustworthy. Similarly, sneaking around to do things you think won’t be approved of is just as immature. I have clients tell me sometimes, “You’re going to be mad at me. I didn’t (read the book, exercise, have that talk with my spouse, etc.) like I said I would.” What that immediately tells me is this client told me what they thought I wanted to hear at the last session instead of looking at me and saying “I know I should do that, but I probably won’t.” I then know that part of my job is to help them own their decisions. When they say, “Are you mad at me?” I respond, “Why would you care about that? It’s your life, and if that is how you decided to handle the situation, then okay.”

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Be a Permission Person. There are Permission People and Forgiveness People. I know you’ve heard the saying, “We are going to ask forgiveness, not permission.” Now, I don’t want you going around literally asking people for permission before you do anything. To me, being a permission person means that you let people know your decisions before you enact them. Forgiveness people do things, and address them only if they get caught. In general, I try to be a “let people know what is going on before it happens” person. I don’t like surprises, so I try not to surprise anyone else. I had a client once who wanted to get a tattoo. She had thought through the pros, cons and consequences, and she still wanted to get one. While I am not a tattoo person myself (I don’t understand how anyone can possibly know they will ALWAYS love whatever their tattoo choice is – why can’t they come up with a tattoo that goes away after a couple of years?), my job was to help her not only come to a decision about getting the tattoo, but also to help her own it up front. You see, even though she was an adult, she knew her parents wouldn’t approve. She knew she wanted the tattoo, but the question became was she mature enough to let her parents know her decision before she acted? Tell on Yourself First. What do you do when you make a mistake? Try to cover it up? Hope no one notices? Or do you go to the person(s) affected and say, “I messed up.” I have much more admiration for the people who tell on themselves first. As I said earlier, we all make mistakes. But when I have to not only deal with the mistake itself, but also the fact that I didn’t find out about it soon enough to fix it (or at least smooth it over), my frustration level is even higher. I have been fortunate to work with people over the years who have come to me and said, “I made a mistake. Here’s what I did, and here is what I have thought of that we can do to fix it.” I feel I can trust those people, and I don’t have to worry about what they are hiding from me. Mistakes are to be expected. Covering up is not. So, the next time you make a mistake, I hope you hear my voice in your head. “OK, so you messed up. Everyone does that. The real question is now what are you going to do?” I hope you make the right choice.

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New name. New look. New opportunities. That’s what the merger of PPG chemicals with Georgia Gulf means for our community. We are the same workers, managed by the same people, but we are now Axiall, a name that reflects our strategic position at the intersection of chemistry and progress. And while our name is new, the core values that PPG has always stood for remain the same. As Axiall, our commitment to our employees, our community, safety and the environment are stronger than ever. The future for Southwest Louisiana has never looked brighter. Our region is poised for unprecedented development and economic expansion. Axiall, is destined to be a strong part of that growth for years to come as we forge a new path in the chemicals’ industry, using innovative technology to make better products for everyday use. At the intersection of chemistry and progress. June 2013

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L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles Unveils $20-Million Property Reinvestment

How do I know if that’s a live wire?

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles recently held a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce the completion of a more than $20-million hotel room renovation project. The 754 renovated luxury rooms personify casual elegance and include new suites and amenity upgrades. Phase two of the renovation will begin in September and includes renovation of the remaining hotel tower rooms and suites. The project is expected to be complete during the first half of next year. “These rooms were designed with a focus on guest comfort with a unique blend of casual elegance and world class amenities, “said Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Lake Charles Senior Vice President and General Manager. He adds, “Coupled with

top-name entertainment, nonstop gaming action, boutique shopping and award-winning dining, this extensive hotel renovation continues our focus on creating memorable experiences at L’Auberge.” “L’Auberge Casino Resort has been a major attraction for our region since its opening and has become a true resort destination for many visitors, conferences and events,” said George Swift, SWLA Alliance President & CEO. He adds, “This reinvestment in the property solidifies L’Auberge as the mustsee premier resort location on the Gulf Coast.” For more information on room packages or to make a reservation, please visit www.mylauberge.com or call (866) 580-7444.

You don’t. Just assume any downed power line is live – and deadly. A downed line can electrify anything it touches, including you. Keep your Fernando Calle, Senior Environmental Analyst

distance, and call us to report it at 1-800-ENTERGY (368-3749). Get the facts about power line safety at entergylouisiana.com.

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Save the Date!

Ladies, mark your calendar for the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana’s annual Fall Conference. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Since the Commission Incorporated in 1994, they have sponsored this dynamic, one-day event that is attended by nearly 2,000 women from Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. The conference features an array of workshops and lectures on topics designed to assist women in furthering their careers and managing their health, family, social and legal issues. This fun-filled, all day event also includes a popular Marketplace with over 150 vendors and an exciting and entertaining luncheon with Keynote Speaker, Leigh Anne Tuohy – The woman who inspired “The Blind Side”. For more information or tickets, visit www.womenscommissionswla.com.

Mark your calendar for a day you will not want to miss!

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Money & Career by Brett Downer

ECONOMIC INNOVATION: Aeroframe helps SOWELA students earn while they learn Southwest Louisiana is a hub for worldclass aviation maintenance at the Chennault International Airport complex. A major presence at Chennault is Aeroframe Services, which hires graduates of the job-specific training offered right next door at SOWELA Technical Community College. To meet its growing workforce needs, Aeroframe has announced an unprecedented program that offers all second-year SOWELA aviation students a flexible, full-time job with benefits -- allowing them to “earn while they earn” and fast-track the career they’re seeking.

SOWELA aviation students gathered for the announcement in an aviation classroom, unaware of the details of the innovative program.

The ambitious new Aeroframe-SOWELA partnership is an innovation in workforce development. It’s the Aircraft Intern Maintenance (AIM) program, which enables students who have committed themselves to the aircraft maintenance industry to launch their career while studying for their associate degree. The program was announced to students at the SOWELA aviation hangar. “I’m excited about this effort,” said Aeroframe General Manager Herbert Curtis, who led a discussion with students and educators inside a SOWELA training hangar when he announced the program. With Curtis were Aeroframe’s Bruce Campbell, manpower asset planning manager, and Shirley Olivier, human resources and payroll manager. “We’re happy we can offer this program,” Campbell said. “We have the facility, we just need the people.” Aeroframe is based at Chennault International Airport adjacent to SOWELA. It performs aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul work for a wide variety of clients -- and the workforce it needs can 26 www.thriveswla.com

be trained right next door. SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall called the unique partnership with neighboring Aeroframe “a wonderful opportunity for students.” AIM is open to students who have already been in SOWELA’s aviation maintenance curriculum for a year. “We have about 19 students that are eligible for this program, and Aeroframe said they’d take all 19,” said Melvin Cox, chairman of the Industrial and Transportation Technology Department. As for the pay, the benefits and the scope of what AIM will offer students, “you just don’t hear things like that,” Cox said. “I almost fell out my chair.” Specifically, students will be able to work afternoon and evening hours on weekdays (30 hours or more, flexible) so they’ll have time free for classes. They will earn $10 per hour, with a $1 raise after 90 days, and will be eligible for health, vision and dental benefits and, after one year, participation in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. The work will involve removing and installing seat assemblies, sidewall panels, carpet and floorboards; cleaning aircraft parts; and taking Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Aeroframe General Manager Herbert Curtis and SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, front right. With them are, from left, SOWELA Vice Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman Jr., Aeroframe officials Bruce Campbell and Shirley Olivier and Melvin Cox, chairman of SOWELA’s Industrial and Transportation Technology Department.

direction from cabin supervisors. Student workers who show potential for advancement will be mentored by Aeroframe master mechanics. Students completing the SOWELA program will be eligible for promotion to full-time junior mechanic -- which has a base pay of $16 per hour. Further, Aeroframe will pay an extra $1 per hour for each license earned and an extra 50 cents per hour once the associate degree is achieved. Aeroframe also offers compensation for Federal Aviation Administration exams. Essentially, students who already have achieved certain levels of training stand to walk into an Aeroframe job at an even higher level of pay. Students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average, stay in school and graduate. “Our purpose is to increase the local interest in the industry, to support the students who are diligently working to attain their dreams and to encourage those students to finish their degree and obtain the FAA Airframe and Powerplant license by opening a wide door of opportunities to their careers,” Aeroframe said in its official program announcement. June 2013

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Job Hunting Stand Out from the Crowd Hunting for a job is a frustrating, exciting and infuriating experience, especially when you know that you would be an ideal and productive employee for Company XYZ, if only Company XYZ would give you the chance. But first you have to get Company XYZ to open some doors—first you have to get through the mountain of resumes, then you have to make the first cut, followed by one or two interviews. Worse yet, there are a group of other qualified applicants who are going through this journey with you, and only one of you will actually get your foot in the front door. “Job hunting is a roller coaster ride, to say the least,” said Christi Miller of Training Pathways, LLC. “What makes it so frustrating is when you know you’d be perfect for a certain position, but the hiring company doesn’t.” There are several things you can do to cut your way through the slush and make it to that job interview and eventually to the front door, according to Sara Judson, also with Training Pathways. “Some of them are obvious. You want to have a resume and cover letter, for starters, and you want to make sure neither of them have any typos whatsoever,” Judson said. “You want to make sure you understand the job you’re applying for and the company that’s hiring. Those are obvious starting points.” But what about some of the less obvious ways to shine? Clean up your social media. These days, Judson says most people have a presence on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Employers are increasingly checking these sites to get a feel for their applicants. Make sure your photos are appropriate and portray you as a responsible citizen. If you’re not too sure how you’d come across to an HR professional, then make sure all your settings are private. Get involved on LinkedIn. If you’re a job seeker it’s time to get involved with LinkedIn. The site offers a number of professional benefits, other than making your resume and qualifications visible to the public, and it doesn’t cost you a dime unless you enroll in the premium membership. “LinkedIn offers a social networking option for professionals, so it has a completely different atmosphere than Facebook or Twitter,” Miller said. 28 www.thriveswla.com

Do your homework. Consider your work experience and skills and develop some key points that you want to share in an interview. Be specific when discussing your achievements—whether via resume or interview. “Don’t just say, ‘I’m a team player,’” Judson said. “Instead, give an example of how you’ve led teams in the past or a key role you had in the successful, measureable outcomes of a team project.” Dress the part. When going on an interview, dress appropriately for that profession or industry. “Business attire isn’t necessary unless it’s an office position, however, casual clothes that are neat and clean in appearance can give your interview a boost,” Miller added. Stay cheery and positive. Having a good attitude leaves a good impression. It can be difficult to stay upbeat if you’ve been searching for months, but studies have shown that staying positive ensures a better chance of getting a job. Hard as it may be, try not to let the exhausting job search get you down. Write amazing correspondence. In addition to writing the perfect cover letter, make sure all your accompanying correspondence, such as follow-up emails, is equally strong. Don’t go with the hum-drum template of an everyday cover letter. Instead, be creative. “Don’t use the same format that everyone uses. Make yours more personal, friendly and unique to the job, but make sure you’re still professional,” Judson said. “This is another area where you can be specific about your achievements. But don’t make your correspondence too long. Short and sweet is best.”

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Money & Career

the Magic Number for a Sound Retirement

by Katie Harrington

Lucky number seven. It’s the key to a lot of things in life. It’s been said that there are seven steps to heaven, seven types of intelligence and seven habits of effective leaders. How about seven steps to a sound retirement?

Step number one is to take an inventory of all your assets. This inventory should include not only the amounts in your bank, retirement and savings accounts, but also things like your home, a business stake, cars, etc. “Your home is perhaps your biggest asset and could play a huge role in your retirement planning. Should you consider downsizing into a more manageable home before retirement or is it possible for you to pay off your home before your retirement, eliminating this monthly note? Each asset should be reviewed in this manner during the inventory process,” explained John W. Fusilier, CEO with First National Bank DeRidder. Step number two is to review your insurance policies. Are your home, auto, health, life and disabilities enough to cover any future needs? In addition to renewing these policies and costs associated with them, long-term care policies are another aspect to consider. Step number three is to compare your expenses against your anticipated income. To make any retirement plan work in reality, you must first make it work on paper. Put it down in black and white now and figure out if you will have enough income to not only meet your expenses, but also to be equipped with a rainy day fund in the event of life’s 30 www.thriveswla.com

unexpected expenses. Step number four is to make sure your funds will actually last through your retirement. It is not enough to simply match your expenditures to your anticipated income. You need to make sure the nest egg you’ve built will last you through the rest of your life. It’s hard to factor in unknown conditions such as inflation rates, life expectancy, future medical needs, etc. “If after crunching these numbers, you find the present value of your expenses is greater than the present value of your assets, you’ve got some adjusting to do,” said Fusilier. “The good news is, there are a lot of adjustments to make, such as delaying your retirement or plan to work part time. You can also consider trimming your expenses or look into a more tax-efficient income drawdown plan.” Step number five involves categorizing your assets so you can determine which you will rely on during specific terms of your retirement. For example, assets needed to fund your early retirement should be liquid in order to maximize tax savings. The assets you use to fund your intermediate years can consist of laddered investments such as five-to-ten year treasury bond or laddered fixed-interest deferred annuities. “Your Thrive Magazine for Better Living

later years can be funded by things like longevity insurance, growth and income portfolios, laddered income annuities and life insurance to name a few,” Fusilier explained. Step number six is to be sure that you only invest in things that are suitable for your risk tolerance, investment knowledge and the capacity for your portfolio to accommodate the volatility of the market. Finally, step number seven is to keep your plan current. Your financial situation can change on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. Taking this into consideration, a retirement plan is not meant to be written and then set on a shelf. Review it quarterly or annually when you file your income tax or experience a major life change.

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All you need to know to stay in the know! OLQH School Breaks Ground for New Middle-School Building

Lake Charles Memorial Sports Medicine Contract Renewed Lake Charles Memorial Sports Medicine will continue serving the student athletes of Calcasieu Parish Schools for the next four years. The Calcasieu Parish School Board voted in favor of the extension at the regularly schedule meeting.

SWLA Alliance Named A Top Economic Development Agency The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (Alliance) announced that it has once again been ranked as one of the Top Economic Development Groups in the nation. This is the second time in three years that the Alliance has been recognized for its economic development efforts on a national scale by Site Selection Magazine. Our Lady Queen of Heaven School broke ground for construction of its new middle-school building, and the facility is expected to be ready for the opening of the 2014–2015 school year. The one-story, 26,500-square-foot middleschool building will house fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades, and will include classrooms, administrative offices, a teachers’ lounge and a brick-paved courtyard.

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Southwest Louisiana’s Top 20 Restaurants Contest Results The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) held a Top 20 Restaurants online voting contest in honor of National Tourism Week where individuals could nominate and vote for their favorite places to eat in Calcasieu Parish. The restaurant that received the most votes is Steamboat Bill’s on the Lake. For more information and full list of winners, log onto www. visitlakecharles.org/Top20.

Value Place announced that construction has begun on a new property in Lake Charles. Scheduled for completion in October 2013, the four-story, 124-room extended stay hotel will be built, featuring more than 30 major enhancements improving on cost-efficiency and customer appeal. For more information, call (316) 630-5519, or visit ValuePlace.com.




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By Katie Ha

The joke is often made that you need a passport to visit Louisiana. Take into account all

the unique cultures, food offerings, landscapes and historic sites the state has to offer and the joke slowly unfolds into a reality. Highways, byways and even flyways transverse this beautiful state, making it the ultimate destination to get away to a new place each weekend this summer. 32 www.thriveswla.com

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America’s Byways

Two of Louisiana’s Trails and Byways carry the coveted distinction of America’s Byways. One is the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road which is a familiar drive to those who call Southwest Louisiana home. The second is the 717-mile Louisiana Great River National Scenic Byway that follows the course of the Mississippi River. Starting north at the Louisiana/Arkansas line and traveling south past Antebellum plantations, through New Orleans and ending at the Gulf Coast town of Venice, this trip is said to provide one of the best perspectives of what Louisiana life is like now, while paying homage to cultures rooted deep in Louisiana history. Plantations to consider visiting along the way include:   Frogmore Plantation: Located in north Louisiana, just west of Natchez, Mississippi, this 1,800-acre operation still produces 900 bales of cotton each year, while offering tours of the farm’s 19th-century outbuildings.

Evergreen Plantation: Located in Edgard, this 1832 Greek Revival-style home is quite possibly one of the best-preserved plantation complexes in the Antebellum South. It has 37 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including an extremely rare double row of 22 original slave cabins. Oak Alley Plantation: Dubbed the ‘Grand Dame of the Great River,’ Oak Alley offers 25-acres of land to explore, including an alley lined by 300-year-old Oak trees. Visit the blacksmith shop, Big House and even spend the night.  Houmas House Plantation: Tour the beautiful grounds and venture inside to see a mural scene featuring sugar cane fields and a rare 1848 Louisiana Census Map given to Col. John Preston, former owner of Houmas House, found hidden in the attic after more than 140 years. Source: Evergreen Plantation

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North Louisiana Adventures

Boom or Bust Byway Length: 136 miles Brief Description: Travel LA Hwy. 2 through the piney hills of North Louisiana to discover the legacy of lumber fortunes, oil barons and country music. Located along the Route: Oil City, Vivian, Hosston, Plain Dealing, Sarepta, Shongaloo, Homer and Lisbon. Stopping Points: • Louisiana Oil and Gas Museum: Located in aptly named Oil City, just 20 minutes outside Shreveport, this museum interprets the drama of the state’s early oil history using photographs, films and life-size dioramas. Displays of tent cities created in the wake of the boom and Caddo Indian artifacts are also on display. • Hornet Drive-In: This off-the-beaten path, frozen-in-time track café is located in Sarepta and has been the go-to place for hamburgers, conversation, coffee and community news for more than 45 years. Country music star Trace Adkins’ family reportedly lives just up the road. • Claiborne Parish Courthouse: Located in Homer, this classic structure was built in 1860 and is the only pre-Civil War courthouse in Louisiana that is still serving its original purpose. Learn More: Download the N LA Byways’ app for your smartphone or visit www.shreveport-bossier.org. Dixie Overland Byway Length: 105 miles Brief Description: Travel Sportsman’s Paradise via what is known as the “Main Street of North Louisiana.” You’ll traverse through cities, farmland and forests. This byway is the Louisiana leg of one of America’s first coast-to-coast highways. The Dixie Overland Road connected Savannah, GA on the Atlantic with San Diego, CA on the Pacific and is older and longer than the more famous Route 66. Located along the Route: Delta, Mound, Tallulah, Delhi, Dunn, Holly Ridge, Rayville, Girard, Crew Lake, Monroe, Calhoun, Choudrant, Ruston, Grambling Corners, Simsboro, Arcadia, Gibsland, Ada, Minden, Shreveport, Greenwood. Stopping Points: • Poverty Point: More than 3,500 years ago, near Dehli, one of the oldest sites on the North American continent was thriving. A visit to this historic settlement will unveil how Native Americans created a complex society. The National Park Service calls it an engineering marvel, as it is the product of five million hours of labor and one of North America’s most important archeological sites. • Scott’s Field: Located in Madison Parish and considered to be the birth place of Delta Air Lines, Scott’s Field, near Tallulah, is the original airport building of the company. It is no longer in use, but is listed on the National Register of Historic Places • Biedenharn Coca-Cola and Bible Museum: Visit the 1913 home of the first U.S. Coca-Cola bottler and see the world’s first Coke delivery truck. This Monroe museum also features a bible museum, gardens and Coca-Cola exhibits. • Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum: Located in tiny Gibsland, this museum is housed in the building that was originally Ma Canfield’s Café, the last place visited by Bonnie and Clyde. They ordered two sandwiches to go and about 8 miles down the road, were killed. On display is one of Clyde’s Remington shot guns, Bonnie’s red tam and glass from the car windshield. Eight miles south of the museum, a small stone monument marking the site of the ambush can be found. Learn More: Download the N LA Byways’ app for your smartphone or visit www.monroe-westmonroe.org.

Toledo Bend Forest Scenic Byway Length: 78 miles Brief Description: Be captivated by eagles soaring above as you follow the blue waters of the Toledo Bend Reservoir. Located along the Route: Many, Toledo Bend and Zwolle Stopping Points: • Fort Jesup State Historic Site: Located about six miles east of Many and originally called Cantonment Jesup, this site was selected by Zachary Taylor in 1822 and existed for 26 years as one of the strongest garrisons in Louisiana. The original kitchen/mess building and a reconstructed officers’ quarters, interpretive exhibits and more are available for touring. Also, guided tours and frontier skills demonstrations are offered daily. • El Camino Real: One of the most ancient roads in American history, also called “The King’s Highway,” and “San Antonio Trace,” it travels east to west from Natchitoches, LA to Mexico City and its path crosses directly through downtown Many. The Adai Indian Nation are said to have roamed the virgin forests of Sabine country using the trails to establish a sophisticated trade network from Texas to Louisiana. Learn More: Visit www.toledobendlakecountry.com.

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Central Louisiana Adventures

Cane River National Heritage Trail Length: 35 miles Brief Description: Located in northwestern Louisiana, this is a largely rural, agricultural landscape known for its historic plantations and its distinctive Creole architecture. Journey into Natchitoches and explore Louisiana’s oldest settlement, which will celebrate its tri-centennial next year. Located along the Route: Natchitoches, Derry Stopping Points: • Melrose Plantation: The original seat of the Afro-Creole Metoyer family, this plantation includes the original ‘big house’ as well as many of the outbuildings. The ‘African House’ offers a rare example of African architecture in Louisiana. Melrose was later home to the famed AfricanAmerican folk artist Clementine Hunter. • The Magnolia Plantation Complex: Although the main house is not open to the public, there are still 18 acres of outbuildings that are free to tour as a unit of Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Visit a blacksmith shop, plantation store, gin barn, eight cabins and a former slave hospital that at various times housed the owners and overseer. The gin barn houses a wooden screw-type cotton press, the last such press remaining in its original site in the United States. • Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame: This 27,500-square foot museum, set to open the last weekend of this month, is located on Front Street in Natchitoches. The Hall of Fame will occupy the first floor of the new museum and the second floor will showcase Louisiana’s Sports Paradise, a blend of sports history and culture.

Longleaf Trail Byway Length: 17 miles Brief Description: Hike, backpack or go horseback riding through the most beautiful areas of the Kisatchie National Forest. The forest offers more than 40 developed recreation sites and over 100 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Learn More: Visit www.stateparks.com/kisatchie.html.

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Places & Faces Myths and Legends Byways Length: 88 miles Brief Description: Beginning near the Texas state line in Southwest Louisiana, this byway runs through what was historically known as “no man’s land,” or the “neutral strip.” It is an area associated with stories of buried treasures, money trees, outlaws, Indians, river pirates, military maneuvers and booming sawmill towns. Located along the Route: Allen, Beauregard and Vernon Parishes Stopping Points: • Leatherwood House Museum: Located in Allen Parish and built in the late 1800s, the museum is used as a welcome center as well. It features a World War II exhibit, mill store items, a doll room and a 1930s dentist chair. • Hanging Jail and Beauregard Parish Courthouse: They were built to symbolize the community’s wealth as a booming sawmill town and the Gothic revival jail was built in 1914. The courthouse remains operational. • Old Campground Cemetery and Nature Walk: This 10-acre wildlife refuge in Beauregard Parish is the native home of the endangered red-headed woodpecker and features a nature walk, a creek and primitive campsites. • Burr Ferry Confederate Breastworks: Vernon Parish’s lone Civil War site, dates from 1864 and is the location of the only known surviving example of “tête de pont,” or bridgehead, a design element at the end of a bridge providing cover against enemy combatants at a river crossing.

Tunica Trace Byway Length: 20 miles Brief Description: Follow this winding, rolling route through the hills of “English Louisiana.” Visit or stay in the antebellum Louisiana plantations that famed watercolorist John James Audubon found so inspiring. Located along the Route: Angola and St. Francisville Stopping Points: • Angola Museum and Prison Rodeo: The museum features a real electric chair and a display of cell-made weapons. The rodeo, held annually, is one of the few remaining prison rodeos in the nation. • The Myrtles Plantation: Built is 1796, it is known as one of “Americas’ Most Haunted Homes.” Visit with the ghost of Chloe on a guided ghost tour or stay in one of 11 guest bedrooms. • Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area: Mountain bike the trails or stop by the Cross Creek Stables and mount a horse that will take you down a section of the Old Tunica Trace, a section of the byway that has been used for so long, the roadbed is worn 10 feet below the surrounding hillside in some places. Learn More: Visit http://www.stfrancisville.us/. Source: blog.nola.com

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Zydeco Cajun Prairie Byway Length: 231 miles Brief Description: Pack your dancing shoes for this trip through the heartland of Zydeco music where the good times are always rolling. Located along the Route: Crowley, Eunice, Washington, Opelousas, Church Point, Ville Platte and Rayne Stopping Points: • Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Located in Eunice, this venue aims to preserve and showcase the history of the region’s unique form of music. Learn about the “Greats of Cajun Music” and, maybe, meet one in person. • Crystal Rice Plantation and Heritage Farm: It’s impossible to visit ‘The Rice Capital of the World’ without touring a rice plantation. Tour a restored 1848 Acadian/Creole cottage by the late Frances Wright or the late Salmon L. Wright, Jr’s Antique Car Museum. • Louisiana State Arboretum: Check out this living museum of trees, nine miles north of Ville Platte. You’ll find nature trails and educational programs, year round. Learn More: Visit www.zydecocajunbyway.com.

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Southwest Louisiana Byways

Flyway Byway Length: 54 miles Brief Description: Follow the migratory path taken by our feathered friends along this bird watcher’s delight. Pick your adventure and bike, hike, drive or canoe this scenic trail running through swamp, river and unique terrain. Located along the Route: Jennings Learn More: Visit www.jeffdavis.org/tourism.

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Bayou Teche Byway Length: 184 miles Brief Description: Wander through Cajun sugar country and find out how sugar barons lived in the 1800s as you follow the gentle course of Bayou Teche, the setting for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Evangeline. Located along the Route: New Iberia, Franklin, St. Martinville, Patterson, Port Barre, Morgan City and Arnaudville. Stopping Points: • Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site: Take a guided tour of the historic Maison Olivier and explore the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples including Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchmen and Spaniards, slaves and free people of color, who all contributed to the historical tradition of cultural diversity in the region. • Shadows-on-the-Teche: An antebellum historic house museum located in New Iberia that tells the story of a nineteenth-century southern Louisiana plantation. On-site, there are 17,000 paper documents that testify to the life of the home’s former inhabitants. • International Petroleum Museum & Exposition: Venture to Morgan City and you’ll find the only place in the world where the general public can

walk aboard an authentic offshore drilling rig. Learn about the oil industry, functions of the oil rig and tales about the industry’s beginnings. Learn More: Visit http://byways.org/explore/byways/2066. Cajun Corridor Length: 33 miles Brief Description: Beyond the vistas of golden rice and waving sugar cane lies Cajun cooking and traditional music. Located along the Route: Hwy. 14 from Delcambre to Gueydan Stopping Points: • Sam Guarino Blacksmith Shop Museum: Head to Abbeville to visit the original blacksmith shop of Sam Guarino, c. 1920, and view the history of blacksmithing, the shop and tools used. • Acadian Museum of Erath: View artifacts and exhibits of the life and culture of the Acadians. Learn More: Visit www.mostcajun.com.

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San Bernardo Byway Length: 38 miles Brief Description: Visit the site where the Battle of New Orleans took place as well as the fishing villages where Canary Island culture lives on. Located along the Route: Chalmette, St. Bernard, Marerro Stopping Points: • Los Islenos Museum Complex: Located in St. Bernard, this museum preserves the history and cultural traditions of the Islenos, or Canary Islanders, who founded St. Bernard Parish. • Chalmette Battle Grounds: See where Andrew Jackson and gentleman pirate Jean Lafitte defeated the British during the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Learn More: Visit www.visitstbernard.com. Southern Swamps Byway Length: 67 miles Brief Description: Venture deep into cypress country where a chain of riverside towns await between two mighty lakes. Located along the Route: Covington, Mandeville and Slidell Stopping Points: • From Rail to Trail: The Tammany Trace: The 31-mile Trace is the state’s only of its kind, winding through the Northshore. It is a paved ribbon connecting five communities offering travelers a way to experience the towns and the natural beauty of the area. Originally a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, it is now an earth-friendly, hike-andbike trail stretching from downtown Covington and running through Abita Springs, Mandeville and Lacombe before ending in Slidell. • Global Wildlife Center: Located in Folsom, this 900-acre free-roaming wildlife park can be toured a couple of different ways. Take a ride on one of the large trams or tour it in a Pinzgauer military vehicle for really up-close encounters with friendly residents like Aladdin the camel, giraffes, llamas, Watusi cattle, many species of deer and more. Learn More: Visit www.louisiananorthshore.com.

Wetlands Cultural Byway Length: 204 miles Brief Description: Roads end at the Gulf of Mexico along this byway where seafood stops and wetland scenes dominated the landscape. Located along the Route: Grand Isle, Houma, Raceland, Golden Meadow, Gibson, Chackbay and Thibodaux Stopping Points: • E. D. White Historic Site: This historic site dates back to circa 1825. The Acadian Plantation House is surrounded by centuries’ old live oaks on beautiful Bayou Lafourche and was the home of Louisiana’s only United States Supreme Court Justice, Edward Douglass White. House and ground tours are available. • Laurel Valley Village: Visit the largest surviving 19th and 20th century sugar cane plantation complex in the country. With nearly 60 original structures, the general store contains many tools and farm implements originally used in the cultivation of sugar cane. Laurel Valley Village was the movie location for A Gathering of Old Men, Interview with a Vampire, and Ray, the life story of Ray Charles. • Cajun Tours and Cruises: Visit the swamps and plantations of this wetlands paradise. Meet an alligator hunter, net maker and more. Learn More: Visit www.visitlafourche.com or www.houmatourism.com. 38 www.thriveswla.com

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Louisiana Fun Facts • Louisiana Hwy. 1 is known as Louisiana’s Longest Street since it is the longest numbered highway of any class in the state. It runs diagonally across the state for 436 miles, starting in Oil City and heading south to dead end at the south bank of Bayou Rigaud in Grand Isle. • The famous phrase, “Elvis has left the building,” was coined during a Louisiana Hayride performance at Shreveport’s Hirsch Memorial Coliseum. • More than 5,000 eggs go into making the signature dish at the annual Giant Omelette Celebration held each November in Abbeville. • Standing at 450 feet tall with 34 floors, Louisiana has the tallest state capitol in the United States. • Metairie is home to the longest bridge over water in the world—the Lake Ponchatrain Causeway. It connects Metairie to St. Tammany Parish and is 24 miles long. • America’s first opera was performed in New Orleans in 1796. • The oldest salt dome in the Western Hemisphere was discovered at Avery Island in 1862. • Driskill Mountain, located in Bienville Parish, has an elevation of 535 feet above sea level and is Louisiana’s highest point. • Tallulah was the first city in the United States to have an indoor shopping mall. It is still standing today and is currently undergoing restoration. • Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto is said to have died in what is now known as Vidalia. His body was buried in the Mississippi River so the Indians would not learn of his death and disprove his claims of divinity.

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the lieutenant governor is charged with taking over leadership of the state if the governor leaves office before his term is up. In Louisiana the lieutenant governor is also charged with running the state museum system, the state parks system, the state library system as well as its arts and tourism programs. Heading up the state of Louisiana’s tourism program is no small task for Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne. Last year was a record setting year with 26.3 million visitors selecting the state as their vacation destination. Economically speaking, it is a $10.7 billion industry that generated $665 million in tax revenue alone. Spend just a few minutes speaking with Lt. Governor Dardenne and you’ll want to pack your bags and explore this unique state. His passion for all things Louisiana is contagious. Thrive recently caught up with Lt. Governor Dardenne as he was making his way across the state, touting the benefits of a strong tourism program, during National Tourism Week.

As the head of Louisiana’s tourism efforts, you speak with such passion about the state, but you began championing tourism long before being elected to your current post. While secretary of state, you worked to cancel admission fees to several state museums so more people could afford to enjoy them and worked to create the Delta Music Museum and companion restoration of the Arcade Theatre in Ferriday. Where does this passion come from? I’ve been a Louisianian all my life and have always been fascinated by our history and culture. I really got interested in it though about seven or eight years ago when I was in the Senate and developed a program called Why Louisiana ain’t Mississippi. It’s a two and a half hour presentation highlighting our history, politics, music, sports, arts and more. I became intrigued by the details, the trivia type things. Louisiana was unique when it became the 18th state in 1812 and it is still unique today, 200-plus years later in 2013. It is what draws people here. You constantly spread the message the tourism is big business for Louisiana, a $10.7 billion industry to be exact. What does this mean to the individual tax payer? Why is it so important to promote tourism to our state? In 2012, $665 million in tax revenue alone resulted from visitors coming into our state. Think about our current budget situation and where we’d be if we didn’t have this money. This is $665 million that Louisiana citizens are not paying thanks to these visitors. Tourism is not an afterthought for Louisiana, it is not a luxury. It is a key component of our economy so it is critically important that policy makers in this state recognize that one out of every 10 jobs in Louisiana results from the tourism industry. Eight thousand new jobs were created last year thanks to this industry and we were left with $665 million to take care of the health, education and other needs of our citizens.

Reality shows like Swamp People and Duck Dynasty have drawn a lot of attention to our marshes, bayous and swamps lately. How is your office working to capitalize on these opportunities? Last year we partnered with the History Channel for the debut of the third season of Swamp People. They literally built a swamp in Chelsea Market in New York City. We were there for 10 days along with different cast members and collected 11,000 e-mail addresses of those wanting to win a five-day trip to the Atchafalaya Basin. We were in Monroe a couple of weeks ago and there were 15 to 20 cars outside the Duck Commander headquarters. We talked to some of them and they said when they asked their kids where they wanted to go for Spring Break, they didn’t want to go to the beach, they wanted to go to West Monroe to see the Duck Commander Headquarters. These shows present an incredible opportunity to market our state. It’s amazing how people are relating to these shows. What is it about these shows that people are drawn to? One word, authenticity. People are looking for it and you’ll find it here in Louisiana. These guys on Swamp People and Duck Dynasty are real people. Now, I do make sure to tell people that not everyone in Louisiana acts like that, talks like that or looks like that—just like not everybody in New Jersey is Snooki! 2013 has been dubbed the Year of Louisiana Music by your office. What are some of the events planned for the remainder of the year? We’ve partnered with Oxford American to do four symposia across the state where the influence of music will be the main topic. In the evening, there will be free concerts. We are also overseeing a Music Ambassador Program where we are actually helping defray the expenses continued on p42

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Places & Faces for some of our artists’ to travel to out-of-state performances. We are sending them with some Louisiana swag to pass out to members of the audience as well. In this issue, we are focusing on some different areas of the state to consider for family vacations this summer. What advice to you offer to those looking to get out and explore their own backyard this summer? Set out with a plan so you’re not backtracking and look for things off the main roads, in places you wouldn’t normally go. For example, the Bonnie and Clyde Museum on Highway 154 in Gibsland. It’s this little museum that is a treasure trove of memorabilia. Also, the Eddie Robinson Museum in Grambling is a must-see for the sports fan. It is a tribute to a guy who was married to the same woman, had the same job coaching the same team for the same employer for more than 53 years. With everyone looking at ways to cut back on their expenses, they may be trying to figure out how to fit in a family vacation. We’ve launched a new initiative this year called Destination Louisiana and are encouraging people to become a visitor in their own state. You’ve been in public service for a long time and have been dubbed one of the state’s most talented lawmakers ever to serve at the capitol. What influenced you to run for public office? I’ve always enjoyed being involved, going all the way back to serving on student body in elementary, middle and high school. I’ve always wanted to be a leader and give back. I think that comes from a sense of pride in my school, state and whatever organization I am involved with. It’s a passion. So, as Lieutenant Governor you are combining your love for Louisiana with your love of public service. Is this your dream job? Absolutely, it is. It’s a dream job!

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Downtown Renaissance by Brett Downer

There’s a method to the success -- and here’s how you can spot it locally Stay at a hotel in Lake Arthur for the first time in years. Visit original dry-goods inventory in Jennings. Buy craft items in Welsh. Watch artists create and musicians perform. play in the heart of Lake Charles’ Historic Business District. Call it “walkable urbanism” — the downtown Renaissance seen in Lake Charles and, increasingly, in other Southwest Louisiana towns and cities where people have found that revitalized downtown areas are vibrant places to see, visit, patronize, linger and even reside. For the past two decades, there has been “an amazing renaissance in downtowns across America,” according to the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. Why? The reasons may primal. “Since the rise of cities 8,000 years ago, humans have only wanted to walk about 1,500 feet until they begin looking for an alternative means of transport: a horse, a trolley, a bicycle, or a car,” said Christopher Leinberger, a new-urbanism developer with Arcadia Land Co. who has managed downtown projects in three states and consulted on downtown revitalizations in over 50 cities worldwide. “This distance translates into about 160 acres—about the size of a super regional mall, including its parking lot. It is also about the size, plus or minus 25 percent, of Lower Manhattan, downtown Albuquerque, the Rittenhouse Square section of Philadelphia, the financial district of San Francisco, downtown Atlanta, and most other major downtowns in the country.” Getting people to walk that 1,500 feet requires a critical mass of features that make using up shoe leather worthwhile. The downtowns that work don’t succeed by chance -- and they require partnerships to launch and maintain them. “Downtown revitalization requires a high degree of cooperation and is best achieved when a unique ‘private/ public’ process is used,” according to the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. 44 www.thriveswla.com


The Brookings program offers a 12-step program for downtown revitalization, and much of it can be seen in the revitalization efforts in Southwest Lousiana. Here is the suggested process: 1. Capture the vision: Understand what’s valued, what’s missed, what’s good and what’s negative — and the stories that make it special on a personal level. Know the hopes and expectations of people of what a downtown could be. Articulate a philosophy — not just as a business site, but as a place to live and as a public gathering place. 2. Develop a strategic plan: The factors includes historical character, housing, retail, culture, public infrastructure, employment, community involvement, involvement by nonprofits and the need for energetic marketing.

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3. Forge a private/public partnership: This is where market forces and infrastructure needs met at the center of the street, so capitalism and government will need to work cooperatively 4. Make the right thing easy: Issues such as zoning codes and downtown boundaries as they relate to surrounding neighborhoods must be properly balanced with the shared goals of revitalization.

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5. Establish business improvement districts or other instruments of support: These are quasi-governments for downtowns, with participants sometimes assessing themselves for the sake of a greater good.


6. Create a “catalytic development” vehicle: This is a shared means to, say, assemble land, prepare lots for new construction; offer gap financing or develop a complete building. 7. Create an urban entertainment district. Performing spaces, movie theaters, restaurants, specialty retail, festivals, the arts and nightclubs -- preferably within walking distance, and with appropriate parking. As the Brookings Institute study puts it: “The most important benefit of entertainment is to get ‘feet on the street,’ especially at night. And just as a crowded restaurant is the best recommendation that it is a good place, crowded sidewalks recommend downtown, signaling a safe environment, and providing an excitement and spectacle that draws

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10. Focus on for-sale housing. Once the new wave of people “re-colonizes” a downtown, the market can mature from rentals to purchases. 11. Develop a local-serving retail strategy. When more people actually live in the area, stores are more viable. Merchants are not solely reliant on tourists. 12. Re-create a strong office market. When large office-based businesses locate downtown, more people populate the restaurants and shops. Eventually, employees may choose to live downtown as well, sparing the commute to work and relying on the good and services that are available within walking distance.

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Many of these must-do steps have already been taken in revitalized areas throughout Southwest Louisiana -- and they’re leading to the renaissance of downtown areas, and the resulting boost in the quality of life, today and for years to come.

Downtown Renaissance: Local Masters at Work The Renaissance of downtown areas seen nationally can be witnessed right here in Southwest Louisiana as well. Capitalism and creative use of existing resources have made for downtown attractions of interest to locals and visitors alike. Examples:

DeRidder Shop at the Historic Downtown District, and you’ll walk the same streets that folks have walked here for most of the city’s 110 years. Shops like Treasure City Hall, Hooks Big D Corral, Imperial Shoe Store and The Louisiana Shoppe look out over a scenic, walkable vista of downtown America of yesteryear and the city’s rich railroad history. The city is one of 34 in the state involved in Louisiana Main Street, a program that promotes the development of historic areas in Louisiana cities. Washington Avenue is the street designated in this case and since receiving its main street status, has 46 www.thriveswla.com

seen vacant buildings turn into open, flourishing businesses. In March of this year, the last standing sawmill house in the area was moved to the district and is being renovated so it can be used as a museum.

Jennings Before downtown revitalization had a fancy name, Jennings was already doing it — seeing the potential value of its older downtown properties, sparing the unique merchandise of the old Tupper store and celebrating its history via huge public murals. From its antiques to its architecture -- and anchored quietly for years by its crown jewel, the Zigler Museum -- Jennings has long understood the treasures of its greater downtown area, and even capitalized on them.

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Arthur. An old bank has been transformed into L’Banca Albergo (“bank” and “hotel” in Italian). The hotel joins newer features such as the Regatta Seafood and Steakhouse Restaurant in complementing Lake Arthur’s well-known lake. The town also recently entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Muddy Water Rentals to start renting kayaks, pedal boats and inner tubes for recreational use on the lake. The owners, Joanna and Lucien LeJeune, are converting a rundown building next Sugar Chic, their bakery, ice cream and sandwich shop near the waterfront.

Welsh Welsh is undertaking an anti-blight effort to improve the town’s appearance and property values. Mayor Carolyn Louviere wants abandoned and condemned buildings and houses either torn down or readied for occupants. “The superintendent will inspect these homes June 2013

and buildings and give us a report with a recommendation of whether each should be condemned and torn down or can be repaired,” the mayor said in a city statement.

Lake Charles The ongoing rebuild of the downtown Ryan Street area punctuates the transformation of the forlorn areas of the oil-bust 1980s into today’s go-to destination to eat, shop and enjoy live music, art and nightlife. The attractions range from the Children’s Museum to the ever-growing independent music scene, and the property use ranges from banks to bistros to boardwalk. Construction on the new transit center on the corner of Clarence and Ryan Streets was completed late last year and offers a sense of place to help define downtown Lake Charles. On-going work on

the Ryan Street Streetscape has changed the face of the main artery of the area and paved the way for new, unique business such as a hot dog vendor, pedi-cab service and much more. The completion of the reconstruction of Millennium Park and new the sprayground has been met abundant community support and renovations are currently underway on the Civic Center. Late last month Axiall Corporation and the City of Lake Charles held a public dedication ceremony for the Axiall Clock, and recently, Redneck Yacht Rentals recently held a grand opening. The business rents out pontoon boats for four or eight hour time periods and also rents out tubes, grills and fishing poles separately.

Sulphur Downtown Sulphur is ever-improving in both comfort and commerce. The city recently acquired older developed property and converted it into walking-park space -- a real complement to Heritage Square, the Brimstone Museum and the retail components of downtown Sulphur. Also: Apart from its geography, a huge summertime attraction for the city is the Sulphur Parks and Recreation Water Park, 933 W. Parish Road, which draws visitors -- and their dollars -- from both sides of the bridge.

Downtown Clock Dedication Commemorates Founding of Axiall Corporation Axiall Corporation and the City of Lake Charles held a public dedication ceremony in April for the Axiall clock, located near the Lake Charles lakefront at the Southeast corner of the new Gill Street extension and Bord du Lac Drive at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The downtown clock is a donation from Axiall to Southwest Louisiana, commemorating the founding of Axiall, which was formed by the merger of PPG Industries’ chemicals division and Georgia Gulf Corporation in January of this year. “Our company is composed of the same workers, managed by the same people, but we are now Axiall, a name that reflects our strategic position at the intersection of chemistry and progress,” said Jon Manns, Axiall works manager. “Our future looks bright here in Southwest Louisiana. Axiall is destined to be a strong part of the region’s economic growth for years to come as we forge a new path in the chemicals industry, using innovative technology to make essential products for everyday use. Just as important, as Axiall, we will continue our commitment to our employees, our community, safety and the environment.” “This new addition to the Lake Charles lakefront in commemoration of Axiall’s founding, projects beauty, June 2013

strength, and prosperity – three words that help describe the spirit of the people of Southwest Louisiana,” said Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach. “We thank Axiall Corporation for this impressive clock that tells much more than the time. Its music touches the hearts of those who listen and its chime touches the soul of all that is good about our region.” Custom-designed to include special features unique to southwest Louisiana, the Axiall clock signifies the anchor of industry and the area’s dedication to growth throughout the region. Each of the four faces on the clock represents the parishes of southwest Louisiana, Calcasieu to the west, Jeff Davis to the east, Beauregard to the north, and Cameron to the south. Together, these parishes create a unifying harmony that has stood the test of time, and continues to form the heart of our region. The clock stands over 15-feet tall and consists of a cast aluminum post, saddle and head, and aluminum bezels.

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Painting a New Picture of Downtown Lake Charles by Ann McMurry photos by Shonda Manuel

For artist Candice Alexander, 2013 is shaping up to be a very good year. She is at least somewhat settled in her new studio in the historic Charleston Hotel in downtown Lake Charles, and she is staying busier than she probably ever envisioned. She has come a long way since July 2012, when she made the decision to leave her cramped quarters at Central School for more room elsewhere. “I woke up and was just burdened by the lack of space,” she said. A week later, she found the space at the corner of Ryan and Pujo streets, and she hit the ground running. “I opened this space because I wanted more room,” Alexander said. “I didn’t know I would have more business. I was dead wrong. We get one order out and three more come in.” Her studio is now an area encompassing almost 5,000 square feet -- with one area serving as a storefront and a second area serving more as a work/storage area for all of the many tools and supplies she uses in her craft. 48 www.thriveswla.com

That craft involves much more than simply putting paint on canvas, although that in itself is a remarkable talent. Her “Fleur de lis – Worlds Within Series” has been hugely popular since she started it in 2007, and she now has 500 originals completed. The works embrace Louisiana’s rich culture by incorporating into the fleur de lis images of crawfish, football, music, and numerous other symbols that typify Louisiana. She had been living in New York in 2006 when she had been commissioned to design a 5” by 7” copper engraving of a fleur de lis, but the individual who commissioned it never picked it up. She was doing an art show in a mall in Lafayette in 2007, and when she included a fleur de lis in her show, she learned that that was what buyers wanted. She would sell Thrive Magazine for Better Living

one, and then do another. They all sold. She then called in the “army” – her mother, grandmother, and friends – to help her make prints from the original plate, and she did some “doodling” on them, and her fleur de lis prints are now in homes across the United States and throughout the world. But Alexander enjoys using many tools for her designs – including technology, lithography, engraving, wood cut, welding, photography, and sculpting, in addition to drawing and painting – and she especially welcomes the opportunity to create three-dimensional assemblages. “I have an overly large collection of junk that I would like to use one day in 3D assemblages,” she said, and much of that “junk” is stored in the area across from retail studio. June 2013

She collects old ceramic figurines, light sockets, marbles, balls, dolls, springs, medicine bottles, pottery, bicycle parts, and anything else that she could possibly imagine fashioning into a piece of art. With her business on solid footing, Alexander is looking at projects down the road. She would love to have an art academy and offer lessons. At age 11, an artist working on a movie set influenced Alexander, and she would like to encourage other youngsters to develop their talent. “We would have lessons and kids could come in and paint whatever they want to paint,” she said. In addition, she is toying the idea of developing a mural on the south side of her building which would be “a tree of life,” with the leaves depicting various aspects of Southwest Louisiana life. The leaves would be aluminum, and could be interchangeable, although Alexander says the project is in the very early planning stage. She is currently testing an organic wheat paste – like a renaissance glue – and using pieces of newsprint to make a mini mural to determine how long the wheat paste will last. “The art academy and the mural are two things I would like to happen quickly, but it’s a time thing,” Alexander said. “We are still exploring right now.”

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Alexander has come a long way and has covered a lot of ground in the last 12 years or so. She no longer lives out of her van, travelling to renaissance fairs or selling her work on the streets of New York City or in Jackson Square in New Orleans. Those “starving artist” days have passed, and 2013 will be a record-breaking year for her. She has gone from having one employee to having five or six. Her new studio is in an ideal location, and she gets traffic from throughout Southwest Louisiana, but many people from out of town as well. “I got my foot in the door right at the right time,” she said. She spends time in the evenings working on new creations, and begins a new work

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almost every day. She wishes she had more time to work on projects that really draw her interest, but there are many times that she has to choose projects that people want to buy. “I wish I had more time to paint and create what I want, but I also have to do those things that grow my business,” she said. “Right now, I’m getting a lot of design work. We’re getting orders every day on the website. But those problems I complain about are good problems to have.”



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Manuel Named Associate Creative Director at Healthy Image Marketing Shonda Manuel has been promoted to Associate Creative Director at Healthy Image, a Lake Charles-based marketing, advertising and public Shonda Manuel relations firm. A graphic designer with 12 years of experience, Manuel joined Healthy Image two years ago. She earned a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from McNeese State University and worked as a graphic designer with several area businesses, including L’Auberge Casino Resort, O’Carroll Group, Grand Casino Coushatta and the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. Manuel has won numerous awards for graphic design and photography. She serves on the Arts and Humanities Council Board of Directors, the regional Cultural Economy Team and is a member of Fusion Five, the SWLA Chamber’s young professional organization.

Theriot Named WCCH Employee of the Quarter West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital named Gina Theriot, RN, Labor and Delivery Unit, as its second quarter Employee of the Quarter. In her current role, Theriot is Gina Theriot, RN responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal care of unit inpatients.

Safety Award Recipient Announced by WCCH West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital named Alan Doan, resource technician, as the recipient of its Safety Award. The award, which honors employees for their promotion Alan Doan of safety and safety awareness in and around the hospital, is distributed 50 www.thriveswla.com

to those employees that demonstrate extraordinary awareness and action in minimizing potential safety risks.

Eschete and Jordan Win Second Stop at HT Series Redfish Tournament

FNB DeRidder Announces Promotions, New Employees

Louisiana angler, Dwayne Eschete and Texas angler, Clark Jordan

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Dwayne Eschete and Clark Jordan won the second stop for the HT Series Redfish tournament at the Contraband Days, Louisiana Pirate Festival with a 31.85 pound redfish and received a $10,000 pay day. For more information on this professional redfish tour visit www.HTREDFISHSERIES.com.

Westlake High Theatre Participates at One Act Play Festival

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First National Bank DeRidder’s board of directors announces several promotions and recent additions to the staff. William J. “Justin” Holt has been promoted to senior vice president/chief lending officer. Holt is a graduate of McNeese State University as well as the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He is a resident of DeRidder. Mary V. Williams recently joined FNB DeRidder as senior vice president/chief operating officer. A Moss Bluff resident, she has 31 years of banking experience. Sarah McElroy has been promoted to senior vice president/cashier/chief financial officer. She is a resident of Rosepine and has 37 years of banking experience. Misti Carroll Trosclair has joined FNB DeRidder as assistant vice-president/marketing and customer relations director. A resident of Carlyss, Trosclair attended Northwestern State University and has been in the banking industry for 18 years. FNB DeRidder has four locations in DeRidder, a home mortgage office in Lake Charles and recently opened a new location in Moss Bluff. For more information, visit www.fnbderidder.com.

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The Westlake High School Theatre Department participated in the McNeese State University Play Festival and received a Superior rating. WHT also received the Best Material Choice Award. Additionally, juniors, Noelie Pucket won Outstanding Acting Award and Alex Spears received the Best Physical Actor Award.

Tabitha Singleton has joined the CHRISTUS Marketing Team Tabitha Singleton has joined the CHRISTUS Hospice Marketing Team. In her new position with CHRISTUS, Singleton will be responsible for the promoting and assisting Tabitha Singleton with the creation and expansion of local business opportunities and all services that CHRISTUS Hospice provides.

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Local artist Erin Barker named Louisiana Artist of the Year The Office of Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne named Lake Charles artist L to R: Erin Barker, Gerri Hobdy, Erin Barker the chair, Louisiana State Arts Council, Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne 2013 Artist of the Year last month at the annual Louisiana Culture Awards ceremony in Baton Rouge. For more information regarding Barker’s work contact the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.

SWLA to Head Arts Advocacy Efforts for State Erica McCreedy, executive director for the Arts Council of SWLA, was appointed as the Chair for Arts Advocacy 2013-2015 for the Louisiana Citizens for the Arts (LCA) board of Erica McCreedy directors. For information on LCA, call the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.

Dore’ Chosen as Administrator The Carriage House Assisted Living at The Verandah at Graywood names Evelyn Dore’ as their Administrator. Dore’ joins the team with a Master’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing.

Art Battle 2013 Winners Announced

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Mindy Schwarzauer and Adrienne Stutes

The Arts Council of SWLA has announced the winners of the 2013 Art Battle, which was held during the annual Spring Art Walk in downtown Lake Charles. Mindy Schwarzauer of the O’Carroll Group, along with Adrienne Stutes and Mindy’s father Bill Schwarzauer, were awarded first place in the Art Battle. For more information on Spring Art Walk or the Art Battles, contact the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.

Ardoin Chosen as Director of Independent Living The Verandah at Graywood names Lindsay Bollotte Ardoin as their Director of Independent Living. She joins the team with a BS in Marketing from McNeese State Lindsay Bollotte Ardoin University and years of experience in sales, healthcare and tourism

Fullington Chosen as Activities Director

Student Art Battle 2013 Winners Announced The Arts Council of SWLA has announced the winners of the Jaylor Boutte-Reed and D’Markus 2013 Student Flagg Art Battle, which was held during the annual Spring Art Walk in downtown Lake Charles. Fairview Elementary students, Jaylon Boutte-Reed and D’Markus Flagg won first place in the Student Art Battle. For more information on Spring Art Walk or the Art Battles, contact the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.

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Raborn Chosen as Executive Director of Operations

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The Verandah at Graywood has announced Cheryl Fullington as their Activities Director. Fullington has over 13 years of marketing and sales experience in advertising, fundraising and healthcare.

The Verandah at Graywood has announced Kevin Raborn as their Executive Director of Operations. Raborn received his B.S. in History from Southeastern Louisiana University.

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Miller Earns Certified Technology Specialist-Instillation

Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller of Advanced Video Technologies in Sulphur has earned the Certified Technology SpecialistInstillation (CTS-I). For more information, visit www.advancedav.biz.

Andersen Honored with 2013 Partner in Tourism Award The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitor’s Bureau honored Kerry Andersen, Kerry Andersen and Lieutenant Pinnacle Governor Jay Dardenne Entertainment’s Director of Media Relations & Public Affairs, with a 2013 Partner in Tourism Award.

Local Newscaster Receives Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award Britney Glaser, KPLC Sunrise anchor and Healthcast reporter, received a Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award for her coverage Britney Glaser of alligator blood being tested as a new antibiotic. Award winners receive a Michael E. DeBakey Award, a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the awards ceremony at the Mayflower Hotel.

Harven Chosen as Senior Director of Marketing The team at Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles has announced Tracy Harven as Director of Marketing. Harven has eighteen years of professional Tracy Harven experience in the casino and entertainment industries in areas of brand management, media planning, social media, and advertising and most recently was with Cannery Casino Resorts in Las Vegas as the corporate director of advertising. Continued on p 52



Places & Faces West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Announces Nurses Week Award Recipients

of the Year, Krystle Johnson. The 2013 Women’s Fall Conference is scheduled for October 17 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

During National Nurses Week, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital recognized the skill and dedication of the hospital’s registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aides and support personnel. Six awards were presented to individuals that displayed extraordinary conduct and were chosen by members of the nursing staff to be this year’s recipients. These individuals, along with their awards, are:

Anderson and Goodly Win American Hero Awards Executives from the Clarion Council and the Florida Charter School Alliance announced the winners of the New American Hero initiative, a teacher recognition program designed to highlight the success of high performing schools and reward those teachers who have made a significant investment in their students’ lives. Winners are Donavan Anderson from Lake Charles Charter Academy and Jasmine Goodly from Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy. To learn more about the New American Hero program or for a complete list of winners, visit http://www.newamericanhero.org.

Local Musicians Perform at Chamber Day in Baton Rouge

WCCH RN of the Year – Lindsay Viator, RN, Intensive Care Unit

WCCH LPN of the Year – Keith Hillard, Sr., LPN, second floor

WCCH Nurse Aide of the Year – Latrise Budwine, CNA, second floor

Local musicians Paul Gonsoulin, John Guidroz, and Chris Shearman performed live at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge, to an audience of over three hundred business leaders, delegates, and young professionals during the annual Chamber Day Shrimp Boil, hosted by the Chamber SWLA. For more information, contact the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.

Ware Honored as CVB Volunteer of the Year The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) honored Charles Ware as the CVB Volunteer of the Year for his nearly 4 years of service. For more information on the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB, call (337) 436-9588. Charles Ware, Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne and Gumbo Gator

WCCH Ward Clerk of the Year – Glenda Truett, second floor

WCCH Support Person of the Year – Derek Credeur, resource tech

WCCH Home Health Agency Professional of the Year – Rob Standing, physical therapist

Again this year, two additional awards were presented to nurses for excellence in their respective areas. Jacob Waldmeier, RN, Emergency Department, was awarded with the WCCH Healing Touch Award, an award Jacob Waldmeier, RN – Sharon King, RN – Home presented in memory of WCCH Healing Touch Award Health Agency Excellence the late Nancy Weidner, Award RN. Sharon King, RN, Home Health, was awarded with the WCCH Home Health Agency Excellence Award, an award presented in memory of the late Sharon Baker, RN.

Women’s Commission Announces New Members The Women’s Commission of SWLA welcomes 10 new members. These ladies join the already dedicated group of commissioners that hosts the Women’s Fall Conference to be held this year on October 17. The new commissioners are Carol Spence, Thail Pete, Tammy Lippon, Glenda Williams, Amanda Cox, May McConqudale, Carol Heisser, Selena Jo Cineros, Nancy Hinch and Kathlene Ford.

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Local Business Makes Disaster Preparedness a

Chris Duplech in, director of of children at No the Sulphur ch ah’s Ark, works with a sm all group ildcare facility.

With all the anxieties parents tend to feel as they drop their children off at day care, the last thing they should have to worry about is how their little ones might fare during an emergency. Working with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at McNeese State University, Noah’s Ark Child Care and Development Center took that concern off the table. Noah’s Ark cares for dozens of young clients daily, offering early childhood and summer programs for kids up to 12 years of age at its facility in Sulphur. Chris Duplechin, director of Noah’s Ark, initially met LSBDC counselors when she was assistant director at another day care center. She had worked with the small business consultants to help develop an emergency preparedness plan for that center, and she knew that Noah’s Ark needed to take similar steps. Louisiana requires that day care centers demonstrate emergency readiness in order to receive state license to operate. But more importantly, the families of the children entrusted 54 www.thriveswla.com

to a daycare center need to feel assured that the children are being looked after in a safe environment by staff who are prepared to handle unexpected events. LSBDC consultant Donna Little says Duplechin’s previous experience with emergency planning for a day care center was a plus in moving ahead with the plan for Noah’s Ark. “It’s often hard to convince a small business to spend the time it takes to put together a real plan because it interferes with their everyday operations,” Little says. Duplechin welcomed the chance to tap into LSBDC’s expertise. She provided all the information needed to begin developing a handbook, including complete contact and other information about the day care center’s staff, and a comprehensive database of the client children and their families. The LSBDC staff used this information to produce drawings of the center and develop a plan for how everyone would evacuate or seek shelter in the event of a serious storm or other emergency event. “They helped me design the whole plan to Thrive Magazine for Better Living

evacuate,” Duplechin says. “They did the drawings of the building, typed it up, put it in a book, and made a disk for me so that I could (open the document) and make changes as needed.” Duplechin says as a result of having the detailed plans in hand, the center can now hold drills so that staff can rehearse procedures they will follow to protect the children or evacuate before various potential emergencies, such as a tornado. “Now we know what we need to have in our emergency kit, when to evacuate and exactly where we should go,” she says. The plan provides a measure of security that parents are glad to hear about when they bring their children to the center. In fact, each parent is asked to sign a letter saying that they have seen the emergency handbook and understand how it will be used. Duplechin says the help she received from the LSBDC is what made it possible. “If I had to do it all by myself, it would have taken a lot of time that I don’t have,” she says. June 2013

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Because of our access to raw materials, abundant water supply for the manufacturing process, rail lines, a skilled workforce and our port, we were a natural choice for petrochemicals.

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


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Next Generation

Southwest Louisiana is well-poised to become a region that attracts future generations and builds on long-term success, but the area first needs to leverage its strengths and embrace the challenge of growing and adapting its quality of life, according to a workforce management consultant who recently presented her research and recommendations to the civic and business leaders. Over the past year, Rebecca Ryan of Next Generation Consulting has worked with the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance and other groups to determine the area’s strengths and weaknesses from the viewpoint of up-and-coming young professionals, often referred to as millennials. Although Ryan recognized that substantial economic development is in the pipeline, she noted that the area needs to amp its strengths and address its weaknesses if it wants to enjoy an improved quality of life that will translate to long-term success. “This region is poised on 56 www.thriveswla.com

the brink of an unbelievable opportunity. Jobs are coming. Industry is coming. Development is coming. Is Southwest Louisiana ready? How will the region attract the workers who’ll fuel growth while maintaining a high quality of life for all people? How can Southwest Louisiana use its new prosperity and maintain its character? How can we invite new voices - young professionals and their families, artists, entrepreneurs, and student leaders - to help transform the region into something even more special? How you answer these questions will determine what your future looks like.” Next Generation compared Southwest Louisiana Thrive Magazine for Better Living

to five other regions: Austin, Texas; Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas; Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss.; Lafayette; and Mobile, Ala. Research showed that Southwest Louisiana led the group in affordability and commitment to education. “We need to leverage those strengths,” she said, in her presentation, “Next Generation Southwest Louisiana: A Plan to Enhance and Ensure Our Region’s Quality of Life.”“Our low cost of living and strong learning index will have strong appeal to next generation singles and families.” Southwest Louisiana was more affordable than its peer regions in terms of utilities, median June 2013

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Each peer region received a score from 0 to 10 in each index. The 0-10 score is based on how the region scored on individual data points within each index, compared to the group as a whole. Scores within each index were standardized to result in an average mean score of approximately 5. Thus, Southwest Louisiana and its peer regions’ scores are benchmarked against this average mean score. The overall ranking was determined by averaging the individual index scores for all seven indexes for a particular region to see who scored the highest and lowest overall.

home costs and rent, according to Ryan. The “learning index,” which measures commitment to education, indicates better-than-average student-teacher ratios, a higher number of postsecondary institutions, which includes universities and community and technical schools, and better library access. The region scored lower than its peers in the number of residents with university degrees, education expenditure and WiFi hotspots. The region also fared lower than the comparable regions in after-hours spots – places where residents and visitors can gather after work and on weekends. This includes full-service restaurants, specialty food stores, independent coffee shops and book and music shops. Southwest Louisiana’s high number of women-owned businesses helped give the region an average score in social capital, which measures the region’s inclusion of all people, despite its slightly lower-than-average ethnic diversity rates and higher-than-average violent and property crime rates. Because of its brief commutes, the area also ranked about average in how easy it is to get around the region, whether by bike, foot, car or plane. Unfortunately, the area scored poorest on health and well-being because of its high obesity rates and lower-than-average air and water quality. June 2013

In her presentation, Ryan offered five goals for the region to improve its quality of life: 1. Incorporate quality of life concepts into decisions at the regional, parish and municipal levels. Policy, social networks, attitudes and behaviors are what drive meaningful change, Ryan said. There must be policies and procedures to protect and improve quality of life. 2. Develop vibrant retail districts throughout the region that feature things to do and buy after hours. According to Ryan, all residents should be within a 15-minute drive of something to do or buy after work and on the weekends. People need places to gather and socialize, even if it means furthering lakefront and downtown development through tax increment financing, which recently failed in Lake Charles. She said regions should “use their character and story” to build on such strengths. “Revitalize old, historic areas. Don’t just build new and shiny places,” she said. 3. Help new employees and families get settled in the region. Use the upcoming surge in new jobs serve as a social opportunity to become more open. “Let the natural hospitality shine through,” she said. “Thousands of new people will be coming here. Make a good first impression so the word will spread.” 4. Focus on healthy living. Make the area more walkable so residents don’t rely on their vehicles. Create an environment that encourages activity. Improve sustainability by incorporating more local foods into the restaurant scene. Improve parks so there’s more connectivity; make parks pet-friendly and more modern.

“In order for us to prepare for the future, we must make the Next Generation a key focus. We have a diverse and engaged group of regional volunteers to work on goalspecific task forces which will utilize current and new resources to help our community grow and thrive. Our ultimate goal is to involve the Next Generation in creating a more enticing quality of life for Southwest Louisiana residents,” said George Swift, President/ CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. “We have set our sights on helping all generations build a better workplace and a better Southwest Louisiana so that our region is attractive to new people and bring back those who felt they needed to move elsewhere to find a ‘cool’ place to live.” To view the entire Next Generation report, visit www.allianceswla.org.

5. Increase job and entrepreneurial opportunities. “Don’t let growth of big business overshadow small business,” Ryan said. Diversify the economic base. Make sure groups work together for the greater economic good, and encourage entrepreneurship through internships and SEED centers.

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What Is Your by Christine Fisher

Fitness Personality? Your uniqueness can help you get fit.

Just as many of us gravitate toward certain colors (vibrant oranges can be fun for some, but too intense for others) or television channels (Food Network, anyone?), there are workout routines that can fit your natural preferences. “You can set yourself up for success when you finally find the workout that suits your personality,” said Carroll Patin, Jr, exercise specialist with Dynamic Dimensions of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. Tapping into your innate tendencies can help you find contentment and enjoyment out of all areas of life, whether it’s finding the perfect career path or choosing the exercise routine that suits you best. Every person is unique and wants something different from his or her workout. “A person who craves a calm environment would feel right at home in our Group Centergy® class, where we incorporate yoga and Pilates movements; whereas someone who enjoys an energetic vibe will love our Group Active® class because it features motivating music, quick steps and a variety of movements,” explained Patin. Finding the type of workout that suits you can help avoid frustration and feeling down on yourself when you procrastinate or simply avoid lacing up your running shoes. Patin suggested taking the following quiz to pinpoint your fitness personality.

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F i t n e s s Qu i z 1. When I think about exercising, I: a. can’t wait to get started b. know I need to, but I need more motivation c. don’t like to schedule it, but I’m usually happy once I’m active 2. When I am exercising, I prefer to be: a. alone b. part of a group c. able to do it whenever the mood strikes 3. I exercise because: a. I want to be healthy and stay in shape b. I want to hear the latest gossip and see my friends c. I feel like it Thrive Magazine for Better Living

4. I find I exercise when: a. the event is planned ahead of time b. my friend reminds me of our workout date c. I get a last-minute call from my friends who need another tennis player 5. Others often say I am: a. a leader b. a strong team player c. someone who always goes along with a great idea 6. I enjoy being active when: a. I can schedule it b. I’m part of a fun group c. I feel like it; spontaneity is my motivation

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Mostly A’s: You’re a Self-Motivator You likely thrive on competiveness; you’re independent and self-confident. You can roll out of bed at 5 a.m. to get in your workout if that’s what works best for your schedule. You don’t understand the appeal of activities such as volleyball or baseball, where you have to depend on teammates to win; you’d rather have all the pressure because you know you can come through in the end. Independent activities such as swimming, running, and an intense cardiovascular and weight routine are right up your alley. “One of the things to watch out for in this type of person is an injury. They are likely to push themselves too hard,” said Patin. “But if they can keep their competitiveness in check, and make time to workout, they are often in very good health.”

Mostly B’s: You’re a Team Player Being around others who are exercising along with you is your idea of motivation. Sharing the experience and struggles help you continue to make time to work out and knowing that others are counting on you to keep your “fitness date” is often the push you need to head to the gym. Finding a workout buddy, or better yet, a group of like-minded fitness buffs, is often the

key for these social butterflies because fitness is another social event in their eyes. “Group fitness classes that are energetic and fast-paced can be a great fit for those who enjoy being in a group atmosphere. Also, going to the gym at popular hours, such as before or after work, will help you meet up with many of your friends,” Patin said. Other activities you’ll probably enjoy include team sports, a running club, and walking group.

Mostly C’s: You’re Spontaneous The thought of setting aside a certain time each day to exercise is a demotivation for you. You’ve tried to schedule it but it just doesn’t seem to stick, so you don’t even attempt it anymore. However, if the weather is beautiful, you’re among the first at the golf course to hit a few rounds. You love the idea of a spur-of-themoment activity. You’re not against exercise; you just can’t be bothered with putting it in your calendar. A great way to enhance a spontaneous person’s activity level is to keep workout gear handy, so when the opportunity arises, you’re ready. Stash some exercise gear in your car, such as running shoes, a racquetball racquet and balls, or your swimsuit and a towel.

“Try working in fitness throughout your day, instead of a focused exercise time. Park away from the store and walk the length of the parking lot, walk a brisk lap or two inside the mall before shopping, or instead of grabbing as many grocery bags from your car as you can possibly handle, try bringing just two into the house, and making several trips,” Patin said. “The key is to move a lot throughout the day, especially when you’re in the middle of a task. Look for creative ways to incorporate movement in your day and aim to do something active each day.” Celebrate your uniqueness and embrace activities that fit with your body’s natural rhythms. You’ll feel successful and gain the valuable benefits of being active. Source of quiz: WebMD

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME? If you suffer from hand and/or wrist pain, numbness or tingling, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. This common repetitive stress condition can interfere with work and everyday tasks, and even interfere with sleep. Fortunately, there are very effective treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome, both non-surgical and surgical. Learn more about this condition from Dr. Andrew Foret, hand and wrist specialist. He’ll discuss prevention, diagnosis and the latest advances in treatment options.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Seminar Thursday, June 27, 5:30pm

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Men Need to Man-Up for Better Health by Kristy Armand

For many men, a trip to the doctor’s office is made only when something is wrong; it’s rarely ever self-initiated. Whether this relates to a lack of time or simply a lack of motivation doesn’t really matter because, in reality, nobody should care about your health more than you. According to David Heinen, family medicine physician with CHRISTUS Medical Group, with CHRISTUS Medical Group, this pervasive male attitude is very frustrating for physicians. “Men are simply not as attentive to their health as women are,” he says. “Despite the overwhelming number of potential health problems men face, and the fact that many of those problems could be minimized or avoided altogether with preventive health care, too many men pay too little attention to their health. Very often, by the time they feel bad enough to see a doctor, we have a much more serious situation to deal with than if they had come in at the first sign of a problem, or if they had been following recommended guidelines for health exams and screenings.” This lack of vigilance on the part of men has serious consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. In 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Now, men, on average, die almost six years earlier than women. Women are also 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. Dr. Heinen says this is the key difference, and a recent survey by the American Academy of Family Physician (AAFP), reports the same finding. According to the research report, men reported skipping health screenings and avoiding doctor’s visits. More than half of the 1500 men surveyed had not seen their primary care physician for a physical exam in the last year, and more than 25 60 www.thriveswla.com

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percent reported waiting “as long as possible” before seeking medical help for sickness, pain or other health concerns. A significant percentage of the men surveyed admitted they had not received recommended screenings for prostate or colon cancer. Despite this, most of the men – nearly 80 percent – described their health as “excellent,”“very good” or “good.” Not surprisingly, they were wrong. The results of the survey show just the opposite. Forty-two percent of the men surveyed had at least one of the following chronic conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, cancer or diabetes. “This report illustrates the health challenge facing men – and their doctors,” says Dr. Heinen. He says men would do well to act more like women when it comes to their health. “Women are told from the time they become adults about the importance of routine screenings like pap smears and mammograms. They become accustomed to seeing a doctor regularly during pregnancy and for annual gynecological exams, which help them develop a lifelong healthcare habit. “ He adds that women are also more proactive when they notice any symptoms of health problems – for themselves and for those in their families. “Very often, when a man does come in for an exam, it’s because his wife made the appointment and nagged him to come in.” Dr. Heinen says the most important step a man who has been ignoring his health can take is to see a doctor for a complete exam and routine tests, based on their age. “Your doctor will give you a clear picture of your current health status and any need for treatment, risk factor

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modification and follow-up.” If you still find it difficult to focus on your health, Dr. Heinen says it might be easier for you to it put it in a context you are more familiar with. “Think about your vehicle. Just as you do routine maintenance on it, you’ve got to have the same type of maintenance plan for your body. It will ‘run’ longer and smoother if you take the time to take care of it.” For more information on preventive healthcare, or to find a doctor, call (337) 491-7577 or visit www.christusstpatrick.org.

recommended health screenings Whether you are 25 or 55, it’s important for all men to take an active role in managing their own health to help ensure a long, healthy life. Here’s a checklist of screening guidelines for men: Blood pressure: Starting at age 18, have your blood pressure checked at least every two years.

Cholesterol: All adults 20 years or older should have their total, HDL, and LDL cholesterol, as well as triglycerides, tested every five years until age 35. After that, screening is recommended at least every two years. Diabetes: Adults 45 years and older should have a fasting glucose test for type 2 diabetes every three years. If risk factors, which include high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, obesity, family history and certain ethnic groups, are present, testing should begin sooner.

Colon cancer: All men should get screened with a colonoscopy at age 50. Men at higher risk of the disease (those with a family history, longstanding ulcerative colitis or inflammatory bowel disease) should seek screening earlier.

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Prostate cancer: Starting at age 50, men at normal risk should have a digital rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test as a benchmark for future tests, since PSA levels vary between men and tend to rise with age.

Dr. Heinen stresses that these are just guidelines. “Your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent health screenings based upon your specific situation. This is another reason why regular health exams are so important.”

Skin cancer: Have a full-body examination at least once every five years. Abdominal aortic aneurysm: If you are between the ages of 65 and 75 and have ever been a smoker, or have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, you should be screened for this conditions. Osteoporosis screening: All men 70 or older should have their bone mineral density tested. Men over 50 with risk factors for osteoporosis, such as low body weight, family history, or broken bones, should also be screened.

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De-Bunking Myths Associated with Erectile Dysfunction Medications Medications like Viagra, Levitra or Cialis have revolutionized the treatment of erectile dysfunction, or ED. This condition, which is the inability to sustain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse currently affects as many as 30 million men in the United States. Since it was first introduced in 1998, there have been more than 20 million prescriptions written for Viagra alone. “These medications have given men a relatively safe and effective treatment option,” said Thomas Alderson, MD, FACS, urologist with the Urology Clinic of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “When used properly with the guidance of a physician, they can help men combat the physical limitations of ED.” In the years since the U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved ED medications, the popularity of ED drugs have amplified along with unrealistic expectations and myths. Dr. Alderson helps to de-bunk these false rumors:

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Myth: ED drugs can harm hearing.

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Fact: Out of the thousands of prescriptions written for ED medications, the FDA reports that only 30 men have said they experienced loss of hearing. In most cases, the hearing loss was only in one ear and it was temporary in about one-third of the men. The decreased blood flow to the inner ear from an ED drug can cause ringing or dizziness, these are common side effects that should be discussed with a physician before taking the medication.

Myth: Viagra is an aphrodisiac. Fact: The active ingredients in Viagra allow a man to respond naturally to sexual stimulation. Viagra, in itself, does not cause an erection. It is simply a medication to treat ED.

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DMyths Myth: ED drugs cause blindness.

Fact: About two percent of men who are prescribed an ED drug have reported a temporary blue haze.

Myth: ED medications are a cure.

Fact: ED medications are a treatment, not a cure. In many cases, problems with sexual arousal are from other underlying conditions or diseases, such as diabetes, prostate cancer or kidney disease. That is why a thorough physical exam should be conducted before taking ED medications.

Myth: If you have a medical condition, you can’t take ED medication.

Fact: Many men who have other medical issues take ED drugs. In many cases, ED medications do not affect other medical conditions. However, men with certain heart-related conditions and those taking some blood pressure medications or Nitrate drugs should take ED medications only after a complete physical and under the guidance of their physician.

“It may seem uncomfortable to visit with a physician about erectile dysfunction, but there are effective treatments available. Being able to resume sexual activity can make a tremendous difference in a person’s self-esteem and sense of well-being. Also, ED can be a symptom of an underlying health problem, such as heart disease or diabetes, so it’s imperative to seek the advice of a qualified physician,” Dr. Alderson said. For more information, call the Urology Clinic of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital at (337) 527-6363.

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Low-Risk Vision Correction for High-Risk Jobs by Kristy Armand

When you work in law enforcement, visual acuity is essential – it’s needed to identify perpetrators, survey crime scenes, recognize infractions and clearly visualize risks. In emergency situations, good, clear vision can make a world of difference. That’s what compelled officer Michael Narcisse to undergo LASIK vision correction with ophthalmologist Jon Yokubaitis, MD, at The Eye Clinic’s Laser Center. Narcisse, 31, has suffered from nearsightedness for most of his life, unable to see anything clearly more than a foot away. Now he’s joined the ranks of officers and other first responders who have abandoned their glasses and contacts in favor of LASIK. According to Narcisse, visual acuity plays an important role in his job performance. “You have to be able to identify people, including scars or tattoos on subjects, and you have to be able to identify things like seatbelt usage or misusage,” Narcisse said. The need for visual sharpness in positions

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like law enforcement and the military prompted the Department of Defense to establish a program for military men and women that covers the cost of LASIK so troops wouldn’t have to rely on corrective eyewear in high-risk situations. LASIK is generally considered an elective procedure. For Narcisse, the entire LASIK procedure lasted only a handful of minutes. Although some patients don’t notice a difference until the next day, Narcisse noticed it right away. “As soon as I walked out,” he said. “As soon as I sat up, actually. I had LASIK several months

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ago and it’s made a huge difference. I don’t have to worry about glasses or contact anymore.” Dr. Yokubaitis said he and the other LASIK surgeons at The Eye Clinic have treated many first responders, military, and law enforcement officers. Glasses can be a hindrance, both visually and physically—in a struggle, for instance— and contacts can also prove troublesome; they can fall out if the eye is touched or rubbed; cause dryness or other irritating eye conditions; and sand and dirt can get under the lens and interfere with vision as well. “When you’re in a high-risk situation the last thing you want to worry about is your eyes,” Dr. Yokubaitis said. “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 LASIK, 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.” Physicians at The Eye Clinic were the first in the region to perform laser vision correction over 15 years ago, and since that time they have been the first to bring many new improvements in the technique to their patients. Because it can deliver such crisp, clear vision, custom LASIK has been approved by NASA, the military, and law enforcement agencies as an acceptable procedure, Dr. Yokubaitis said. 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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Medicine on the Fast Track If you have paid a visit to an emergency room (ER) lately, chances are you were not the only one in the waiting room. Cuts and broken bones are common in ERs around the country as more and more people use the emergency room for urgent care. And, with one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory, it has been a busy year for those working in emergency medicine. 2013 brought with it a record number of patients through the doors of the Lake Charles Memorial ER. The patient load exceeds 100 daily and it is not uncommon for that number to reach 130. “We’re getting more and more sick people. This winter especially has been very high in volume,” says Robert Anderson, MD, medical director of Memorial’s ER. “Because of that, the wait times in pretty much all of the ER’s have gone up just with the increased number of patients. So we’re trying to respond to that and expand the capacity of our emergency department so we can get people

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through quicker.” The increased patient load sparked a $200,000 renovation to Memorial’s ER. The upgrades added four new patient bays tailored specifically to deal with non-life threatening injuries and illnesses. These types of patients tend to wait the longest because the more serious patients take top priority. The new fast-track system aims to get those patients in and out quicker by routing them through the urgent care track. “Hospitals around the country are adopting the use of these fast-track units as more patients rely on ERs for non-life-threatening illnesses because either they don’t have a regular doctor or have trouble getting to see one on short notice,” says Nancy Coffey, a registered nurse and Memorial’s ER director.

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The renovations to Memorial’s ER have cut down on waiting time. Patients who fall under the minor injuries and illness category are seen minutes after the hit the ER doors. The new construction has also reshuffled the ER as well. A brand new triage room was be added, along with a new family room. The front registration area has disappeared as most patient registration will happen at the bedside using the hospital’s workstations on wheels. “The goal is to make our emergency room more efficient with quicker service,” Dr. Anderson says. “When you are hurt or sick, waiting for help is the last thing you want to do. These changes will help speed things up, while still providing top medical care.”

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Keep your Cool in the Summer Heat

Summer is here, and before you know it, we’ll be experiencing triple digit temperatures and soaring humidity. That makes this the ideal time to raise awareness of a common summer health risk: heat illness, which includes both heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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“Your body is designed to cool itself when overheated. Typically, the heat is lost through the evaporation of sweat and other means,” explains Dr. Melissa Rasberry, Imperial Health Urgent Care and family medicine physician. “However, in climates like ours with high humidity, this evaporation does not occur. As a result, your body function is affected. Blood is diverted from the muscles to the skin, blood volume is reduced, and water and electrolytes are lost in the sweat.” Other physiological changes may also occur, causing hyperthermia, which is a sharp rise in body temperature that can trigger heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Dr. Rasberry says this risk increases most when the relative humidity exceeds 65 percent. Heat exhaustion is best treated by moving the person from the hot environment to a cooler, well-ventilated area. The victim’s temperature should be lowered by drinking ice water, removing unnecessary clothing and placing ice packs or iced towels on the body. Heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke if not treated. Heat stroke is the most serious of heat illnesses and occurs when body temperature is 104°F or higher. Dr. Rasberry says the classic signs are sluggishness, confusion, and hot, dry skin. “These signs are not always present. Heat stroke can occur without warning and can damage vital organs, such as the liver, kidneys and brain. Immediate medical attention should be obtained for anyone suspected of suffering from heat stroke, with body cooling techniques beginning immediately.” One of the best things you can do when exercising on a hot, humid day is drink plenty of water to replace the fluids lost from sweating. “Dehydration is not to be taken lightly,” stresses Dr. Rasberry. “A mere three percent loss of body weight from dehydration has been shown to significantly reduce muscle endurance. As little as four percent can significantly reduce muscle strength. And contrary to advertising claims, water is just as beneficial as sports drinks for activities lasting 90 minutes or less. It’s also important to not count on thirst to be your guideline. The thirst mechanism always underestimates fluid loss.” Don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to be out in the sun to be at risk of heat illness. Dr. Rasberry says heat, not sunlight, is the danger to avoid, and offers these additional suggestions:

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• Wear loose-fitting, loosely-woven, lightcolored clothing. • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat or using an umbrella. • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. • Drink plenty of water before starting an outdoor activity. • If you have a chronic medical problem, ask your doctor about how to deal with the heat, about drinking extra fluids and about how your medications might be affected by the heat. • Schedule outdoor activities during cooler periods of the day, seek out shade, and schedule regular rest breaks during any activity that lasts longer than one hour.

Imperial Health’s Urgent Care Centers offers extended weekday hours and are open on weekends. No appointment is required. Call 310-CARE for more information or visit www.imperialhealth.com.

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The physicians and staff of The Eye Clinic wish Dr. Larry Stewart a well-deserved and happy retirement. Dr. Stewart has been an integral part of The Eye Clinic’s growth and success during his career. He will be retiring at the end of June and will truly be missed by our staff and his patients.

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Letting Go of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by Kristy Armand

Imagine crawling into bed after a hard day’s work only to be awakened every 45 minutes by tremendous pain in your wrist and hand. This was a reality for Charlie Woods before he sought help from Dr. Andrew Foret, hand and wrist specialist at Center for Orthopaedics. “Every night I would wake constantly throughout the night because it felt like my hand was caught in a vice,” said Woods. Dr. Foret says this is a classic symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome, one of the most common causes of wrist and hand pain. “Although most people think of the hands when they think of carpal tunnel pain, it can affect the wrist too, and actually starts there, when the median nerve, which is on the palm side of the hand, becomes compressed by other structures in the wrist. Dr. Foret says the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome is not confined to people in a single industry or job, but it is a classic overuse 68 www.thriveswla.com

injury, occurring most often in those performing repetitive-type tasks in the manufacturing, construction, clerical, sewing, finishing and cleaning industries. “Basically, anyone who often has their wrist situated at an awkward angle for extended periods of time is vulnerable to the condition. ” According to Dr. Foret, carpal tunnel syndrome usually occurs in adults, and women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. This may be because the carpal tunnel itself is typically smaller in women than in men. The dominant hand is usually affected first and produces the most severe pain. Persons with diabetes or other metabolic disorders that directly Thrive Magazine for Better Living

affect the body’s nerves and make them more susceptible to compression are also at high risk. If left untreated, Dr. Foret says pain from the condition becomes more severe, spreading up the arm and making it difficult to complete manual tasks, like typing on a typewriter, holding a hammer or gripping a hair drier. A diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome involves a physical examination of the hands, wrists, arms and shoulders, along with electrodiagnostic tests to measure the electrical activity of nerves and muscles. When muscles are active, they produce an electrical current. This current is usually proportional to the level of the muscle June 2013

activity,” explains Dr. Lowry, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with Center for Orthopaedics. He says electrodiagnostic tests are very accurate for confirming a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. “The technology has been around for a while, but it continues to improve, and today is considered more than 90 percent accurate.” The testing device resembles a desktop computer and the screening is performed in the Center for Orthopaedics’ office. Dr. Foret says it is very important to pay attention to early warning signs – tingling, numbness, mild pain or cramping – and seek an evaluation. “If we can diagnose early, there are more options for non-surgical treatment, and we can hopefully avoid permanent damage of the median nerve, which can lead to loss of grip strength.” This was the case for Elizabeth Self, a life-long, self-described “crafter,” who normally spends hours sewing, doing hand stitching, painting and doing other creative projects. About two years ago, she started having tingling, pain and numbness in her hands. She saw Dr. Bill Lowry, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Center for Orthopaedics, who diagnosed her with carpal tunnel syndrome after an EMG INCS study. He recommended a wrist brace and exercises, which worked to alleviate the symptoms for many months, but her condition worsened, preventing her from doing the things she needed to do. After a follow-up exam, Dr. Lowry determined that it was time for her to consider surgical treatment. Dr. Foret performed an endoscopic carpel tunnel release in April. Self says the relief was immediate. “I felt like I had my hand back! The recovery was short and really pain-free. It was amazing – no more numbness or pain. I’m back to using that hand just as I did before the problems started. I can’t wait to have my other hand done next month.” Woods had the same results and has already had the procedure on both hands. “The most noticeable thing right after the surgery was the absence of pain at night. I was finally able to sleep again.” According to Dr. Foret ,endoscopic procedures have become commonplace thanks to today’s technological advances. “Using this technique for a procedure like carpal tunnel release means a shorter recovery period and a reduction in the postoperative pain.” Learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome and treatment from Dr. Foret at a free seminar at Center for Orthopaedics on Thursday, June 27, at 5:30 p.m. Call 721-2903 or register online in the event section of www.centerfororthopaedics.com.

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L to R: Don Dixon, chief of police; Sean Demeule, L’Auberge Casino Resort assistant general manager; Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Casino Resort senior vice president and general manager; Alan Heisser, Cops & Jocks.

Beth Zilbert received a $3,950.04 check for Petco dog supplies awarded to the New Leash on Life/ Patriot Dog program.

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles hosted the Cops & Jocks Golf Classic at Contraband Bayou Golf Club for the ninth year and made $40,000 in donations to support several SWLA nonprofits. The tournament benefits the families of Lake Area Police officers, McNeese athletics and other local nonprofits.

L to R: Beth Zilbert and Ed Chavanne, Lake Charles Petco store manager.

Grant to Lake Charles Pitt Bull Rescue The Petco Foundation has given Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue a grant for $5,000 for use toward emergency veterinary costs for several injured/ sick Pit Bulls rescued by the group.

Derby For Dollars L’Auberge Casino Resort supported the Derby for Dollars with a $5,000 donation. Friends of Shannon Cox hosted the Derby for Dollars at The Stables at Le Bocage to benefit Family & Youth’s Shannon Cox Counseling Center. For more information about Family & Youth visit L to R: Julio Galan, president & CEO of Family & Youth; Keith W. Henson, senior vice president www.fyca.org, call 337 436-9533, or like & general manager of L’Auberge Casino Resort; Family & Youth on Facebook. and Dr. Candis Carr, senior vice president of Family & Youth.

2013 LSU Tiger Tour L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles sponsored and hosted a stop on the 2013 LSU Tiger Tour with a $22,400 in-kind donation. The LSU Tiger Tour benefits the Charles McClendon Scholarship Foundation, a foundation created in 1987, which provides scholarships to children of LSU football lettermen.

L to R: Cody Sonnier, Petco asstistant manager; Renee Smith, president of Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue; Ed Chavanne, Petco Store Manager.

LaGrange High School Alumni Donates A group of LaGrange High School supporters donated a symbolic check to Coach Jules Sullen for $15,250 to announce the kickoff of the LaGrange Athletic and Educational Fund. For more information about the Community Foundation of SWLA or the LaGrange Athletic and Educational Fund, contact Lisa Verrette at 337-491-6688 or lverrette@foundationswla.org. Pictured: LaGrange High School Alumni with Mayor Randy Roach and Coach Jules Sullen.

L to R: Sean Demeule, assistant general manager; Kevin Guidry, hotel sales manager and board member for the Charles McClendon Scholarship Foundation; Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Casino Resort senior vice president and general manager; David McCarty, board member for the Charles McClendon Scholarship Foundation; and Mike Duhon, president of the Charles McClendon Scholarship Foundation.

McDonald’s of SWLA and Billy Navarre Chevrolet Cadillac Supports Grand Lake Little League McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana and Billy Navarre Chevrolet Cadillac donated $4,000 to Grand Lake Little League. Grand Lake Little League helps nurture four to sixteen year old youth in Grand Lake and promotes a healthy balance of programming through regular-season play among local teams. L to R: Ryan Navarre of Billy Navarre Chevrolet Cadillac; Joe Delcambre, president of the Grand Lake Little League; and Doug Gehrig, owner and operator of McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana.

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Family Foundation of SWLA Accepts Endowment The Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana accepted a $5,000 endowment from Shari and Randy Davis to benefit the programs of Family & Youth. For more information call 337-436-9533 or log on to www.fyca.org. L to R: Randy and Shari Davis with Julio Galan, President and CEO of Family Foundation.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Regional Cancer Center Receives Donation CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Regional Cancer Center was honored by a $2,175 donation from the McNeese State University Girls Softball Team. With a goal of community involvement, the McNeese Girls Softball Team organized a Cancer Awareness Game. For more information, visit www.christusstpatrick.org/cancer.


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Makeover Your Man

From fixing our cars and mowing the lawn to getting rid of the spiders and other creepy crawlies in our house, the men in our lives are often called upon to take care of some of life’s more unpleasant tasks. Given their dedication and bravery, we tend to overlook their less than fashionable clothing choices. Ladies love a sharp dressed man though, so instead of a new set of tools or a six-pack of his favorite adult beverage this Father’s Day, why not consider making over the man in your life? We asked the experts at Clothing Concierges for some do’s and don’ts of men’s fashion.

Anatomy of a Don’t

Anatomy of a Do When tying a tie, the tip should reach to the top of ••• • • the trousers. Anything else •• •• • • looks sloppy and shows a • •• •• lack of attention to detail. • •

When it comes to hair, avoid • • • • • • • • • • • the mullet, dreadlocks, rattail, bowl cut, comb over and Mohawk. Trust us!

Let a professional help you select the correct suit size. The average American guy is ••••••••• wearing one that is one to two sizes too large, creating a sloppy look.

Unless you live • • • • • • • • • in Hawaii, are on vacation there or are headed to a Hawaiian-themed party, hang your Hawaiian shirt back up in your closet!



When wearing a

• • • • • jacket or blazer

with more than one button, never fasten the bottom button.

When it comes to selecting • • • • • the right pair of shorts, stay away a pair that is too short. Your best bet is to select a pair that hit right at the top of the knee.

Socks with sandals are never a good idea, not even if you are just going to check the mail. If you are trying to wear this combo • • • • • • • • • • • because your feet are cold, just don’t wear sandals!

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The bottom hem of your pants should never spill over onto the ground. Have a tailor alter • • • • • • • • • your slacks so the bottom of your pants hits about halfway down the back of your shoe.

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Opt for a rounded toe when selecting dress shoes. Your feet are not square so your shoes shouldn’t be either. ••••••••••••••••

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Essentials for Every Man’s Closet

Just as they do in women’s fashion, men’s fashion styles change from season-to-season and year-to-year. There are, however, some items that never go out of style, making them must have items for every man’s closet.

1. A dark, tailored suit is classy. The first color that most probably think of is black. It’s a safe bet since it goes well with anything. Dark gray is another great choice though. A good quality and well fitted suit shouldn’t hang off your body, but instead hug at the shoulders, waist and legs. 2. A fitted, white button-down dress shirt is versatile and can be dressed up with a suit or made more casual. Other classic colors to consider are light blue and ecru. 3. N  eck ties represent a powerful piece in a man’s wardrobe and you can never go wrong with a dark, solid color because they are versatile all year. 4. A navy or black blazer is another essential for when a suit is too dressy. Pair your blazer with a dress shirt and slacks or for a more casual outing, a sweater and nice jeans. 5. A leather jacket is a statement piece and can be styled in so many different ways. 6. A nice pair of jeans. Fit is probably the most important consideration when purchasing jeans but many men make the mistake of choosing the wrong cut for their body type. Darker denim styles are more versatile as they can be dress up. Stay away from fake/distressed or overly embellished jeans. 7. D  ress pants in a couple of classic colors like navy, khaki and gray are also important. Once again, fit is key so be sure to have a tailor help you select a size and cut that is right for your body. 8. A great sweater that you really like is a reliable option for cooler days. Sweaters can be worn with denim alone for a more casual look or with a blazer for a formal occasion. The most important thing to consider when purchasing a sweater is comfort; if it doesn’t feel comfortable don’t get it. 9. Top notch dress shoes are crucial. Investing in a pair black, wing-tip dress shoes will keep you looking sharp, whatever the occasion. Be sure to take care of your shoes by cleaning, buffing and polishing them. 10. A nice dress watch is a classic fashion piece that will last for many years. The right timepiece complements your overall look and says a lot about your personality.

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Clothing Concierges offers a completely unique shopping experience for men, eliminating all the hassle and adding one-on-one, personal consultations with our owners, both formerly with Gaidry’s Menswear. We feature brand name, high-quality menswear selections including:

Assorted Colors & Patterns Modena Dress Shirts $47.50 Michael Kors Ties $59.50

• • • •

Suits Separates Sports Coats Tuxedos

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Pump up the Volume

by Kristy Armand

If that headline gave you flashbacks to stiff beehives, perms and teased bangs, or the sticky, cloying scent of Aqua Net hair spray, relax. After years and years of straightening and smoothing, big, bouncy, glamorous hair is back, but according to Lensi White, stylist with Signatures Salon, today’s “big” trend is much more natural than the bouffant style of decades past, with volume that comes from looser curls and soft waves.

Celebrities and runway models are leading the way, with styles reminiscent of the 60s and 80s popping up on red carpets and fashion runways more and more frequently. “As always, these trends migrate to the mainstream and women seek to make them their own, in less-exaggerated ways,” says White. “The modern take on big hair is about irresistible volume rather than a big, solid wall of hair. It’s lush and full, but loose and soft enough to run your fingers through.” Achieving bigger styles that still look natural is a key difference with the new big-hair trend, adds White. “The cut is really important. Custom layering and sculpting allows for more versatility in styling. Some people don’t want to ‘go big’ every day, but want to have the option for special occasions. Having the right cut makes this possible.” In decades past, healthy hair was often sacrificed in the quest for big hair. Chemical perms, hot rollers, curling irons, vicious teasing and layer upon layer of hair spray were often used to achieve the “bigger is better” look. “We’ve come a long way since then,” says White. “Technology has evolved to help create different 74 www.thriveswla.com

textures and easier volume with natural ingredients, eliminating harsh chemicals that damage and weigh down the hair. We have new ways of combining products, such as root tonic, mousse and volumizer to achieve the desired style. There are complete lines of high quality products, such as the Bumble and bumble thickening products we use, to boost volume and hold curls while improving the health and texture of your hair.” In addition to styling products, styling tools and techniques are also critical when it comes to big hair styles. “Big hair doesn’t have to be complicated these days,” says White. “Most people can get the volume they are looking for by taking a little more time to style while they dry their hair.” She offers the following styling tips: • When hair is slightly damp, start by blow drying with your hands, drying the root area first. • Next start blow drying in sections, starting at the nape of the neck. You will need a large, natural bristle brush, and a blow drier with a cool button. • Wrap each section, pull it up in a 90 degree Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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angle to “raise the roots.” Apply blow dryer heat, then cool each section with the cool down button on your hair dryer. Let each section dry and cool completely before you unwind the brush. When finished with all sections, hit your hair with cool hair and use your hands to loosen and tousle your hair into natural waves. For a curlier look, use a straightener or curling wand to create waves or curls in specific sections, depending on your preference. If you’re looking for bigger volume and height, you can still back tease just like they did for old-fashioned bee hives, but instead of using a comb, use a flat-backed brush, which will damage your hair less since the bristles are more widely spaced. Remember, you can always add more volume so start with less of a tease and build from there.

For more information on the latest big hair trends and styling products, call Signatures Salon at 474-4433 or visit www.signaturessalon.biz.

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Prevent and Reverse Sun Damage by Kristy Armand

Looking forward to long, lazy days of relaxing in the summer sun and working on your tan? Skin care experts advise you to re-think your summer plans if you have any desire to maintain youthful, healthy skin as you grow older. Most people feel that having a suntan makes them look and feel better, but is it really worth it? Against the temporary benefits of a golden summertime glow, you have to weigh the long-term damaging effects to your skin – wrinkles, lines, rough patches, and age spots, not to mention the risk of developing skin cancer. In fact, according to Tana Garcia, skin care consultant with the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic, 90 percent of wrinkles are due to sun exposure, or

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photo-aging. “Almost all – 90 percent or more – signs of aging are caused by exposure to the sun, and most of the damage occurs in our younger years,” she explains. “A tan is actually the skin’s way of protecting itself from the sun’s harmful rays and is the first sign of damage. Fortunately, it’s never too late to counter the effects of years of sun worshipping, and it’s certainly not too late to prevent further damage.” The sun’s long-and short-wave ultraviolet rays, or UVA and UVB, damage the skin in several highly significant ways. The sun causes the top layer of dead skin to thicken in a protective response. The skin becomes stiff, scaly and rough, but this “protective” response doesn’t stop the sun’s damaging rays, which penetrate further to the living epidermis and thins it from its normal 20 cell layers to about two layers, leading to a “thinskinned” appearance. The sun can penetrate the deepest layers of skin, destroying collagen, the spongy protein that gives skin its structure, firmness and elasticity. This results in sagging skin and wrinkles. UVA and UVB rays also activate free radicals, molecules that attack the lining of the cells. They literally “tear apart” the skin, resulting in altered skin structure and visible signs like uneven skin texture, sagging and discoloration, often called “sun spots.’” Though much of the damage from the sun takes years to appear, some signs show up very quickly. Fair skin wrinkles more readily than dark skin because it contains less pigment, which acts as a natural sunscreen to block some of the sun’s damaging rays. Garcia says

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even if you don’t sunburn, exposure to ultraviolet radiation will still age your skin. Now for the good news: Even if you’ve spent years in the sun in search of the perfect tan, it’s not too late to reverse some of the damage. Garcia says the skin has a remarkable capacity to repair itself. “Advances in skin care products and treatment techniques give us an arsenal of options to help repair sun-damaged skin. For example, a 30-year-old who treats damaged areas and begins protecting her skin now might be able to bring her skin back to where it was at the age of 20. The earlier you start, the better.” Skin care treatments and products that contain glycolic, salicylic or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) can be used to help slough off dead skin cells to reveal the newer, moister skin below, explains Garcia. “Many of these may stimulate the growth of new collagen as well, helping to restore a more youthful appearance. Products with antioxidant vitamin C are recommended to help neutralize the destructive free radicals and to help smooth wrinkles.” Regardless of your age, Garcia says you should prevent further damage to your skin by limiting your exposure to the sun and always applying sunscreen. “Many quality moisturizes and makeup foundations include an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. We recommend applying a higher SPF sunscreen -- 30 or 45 – for fair-and-mediumskinned people.” “Prevention is the key to retaining a youthful appearance. Protecting your skin from the sun will not only slow the formation of wrinkles and other signs of aging, it will also give your skin the opportunity to repair some of the damage that has already been done,” says Garcia. The Aesthetic Center offers skin care treatments and products designed to promote healthy skin and aid in the rejuvenation of sun-damaged skin. For more information, call 310-1070 or visit www.facehealth.net.

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Sizzling Summer


When it comes to nautical themes, think sailor stripes, anchors and boat patterns, all in classic red, white and blue combinations.

Lace is fading away this season and we will see a replacement of laser cut designed suits. These unique designs will give an eyelet effect to make each piece look like its crocheted or fashioned out of thick lace.

Patterned Pops of Color All types of boisterous prints and colors will be popular on swimwear. We’re predicting lots of tribal prints to zigzag patterns and everything in between this summer.



Make a statement with a bold pop of color with a bright, neon swimsuit. No matter if you choose a bikini or a one-piece, you’re sure to be on trend this season.

For more information or to view one of the swimsuits shown here, call Catina at (337) 433-5220 or stop by Catina Couture at 2706 Hodges Street in Lake Charles. Catina Couture is a year round swimwear shop.

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to Ready Wear

Accessories to Suit your Suit After finding the perfect swimsuit, adding a few key accessories – such as a cover up, sun hat and sunglasses - will help glam up your look, give you coverage if you need to run errands and provide much-needed protection from the sun. Check out these swimsuit accessories for a cut, fun look. cover ups

Tunic styles are great to let you feel comfortable enough to possibly run a quick errand in before getting to the pool. t

Remember, if you have a fashion question for me, just email it to edit@thriveswla. com or post it on the Thrive Facebook page. It could be answered it an upcoming column. If yours is chosen, you’ll receive a Thrive t-shirt.

When choosing a cover up, you can go with a sheer one that lets your swimsuit be seen, or an opaque one for complete coverage. From sleek to flowy, there are almost unlimited options. A great tip to remember is to find a breathable style so that you aren’t sweating while covered in sunscreen – it’s definitely not a glamorous look!

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

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If you want to still get a little sun but not feel vulnerable in a suit, try a sheer or gauzy cover up.

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floppy hats


A floppy sun hat with big sunglasses is the epitome of glamorous! Target or Marshalls usually have fun options for sun hats that you can be okay with rolling up and putting in your tote. If you have a fun printed cover up, keep the sun hat a basic neutral. A coordinating sun hat, cover up and swim suit might be too matchy matchy! Have a neutral in there for one of the pieces.


Here is a quick run-down of sunglass styles that frame your face shape beautifully. Oval shaped face can really wear any style of frame. Round shaped faces need more straight lines – so look for a rectangular style. t

Square faces work best with a oval, round or cat eyes. t

Long thin faces should look for frames that are round or square that do not extend beyond the width of the face.



Another great cover up option is to use one of your favorite long scarves as a sarong. You can twist it up in different ways to create a halter-top cover up, or roll it around your waist as a skirt to cover out problem hips and thighs.

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McNeese To Launch Radio Station in 2014

Knight Media Donates to Banners Cultural Series

McNeese State University is launching a radio station in 2014. McNeese has secured the call letters KBYS, for Cowboys, for the station that will be located at 88.3 FM.

Knight Media Printing Inc. has donated $5,000 to the McNeese State University Banners Cultural Season. L to R: Chuck Ehlers, president and CEO of KMI, Amanda Stephens, KMI marketing coordinator, and Patricia Prudhomme, Banners director.

City Savings Bank Donates to McNeese City Savings Bank presented a $15,000 donation to McNeese State University for the City Savings Bank and Trust Scholarship established through the McNeese Foundation.

Johnson Chosen as Student Employee of the Year Jeremiah Johnson, a DeRidder mathematics education major at McNeese State University, has been named as the McNeese 2013 Student Employee of the Year.

L to R: Glen Bertrand, City Savings Bank chief executive officer, Richard Reid, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president for the McNeese Foundation, Robie Touchette, City Savings Bank president, Babs Bloom, City Savings Bank chief operations officer, and John Marcello, City Savings Bank chief lending officer. McNeese Photo

Cowboy Camp Scheduled The sixth annual summer Cowboy Camp will be held from 8:00am-3:00pm on July 12 for those first-time freshmen and transfer students attending McNeese State University this fall. This includes touring the campus, learning McNeese traditions and history, meeting new people and participating in a game show with a chance to win over $1,000 in scholarships and cash prizes. The camp is limited to the first 125 students and cost is $25 per student, which includes lunch and a T-shirt. For more information, contact the McNeese Student Union Office at (337) 475-5609.

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L to R: Jeremiah Johnson and Derek Fontenot, McNeese student employment administrator.

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Mr. and Miss McNeese Chosen for 2013 Spring Court

Alec Savoie and Seth Thomas Sign NFL Free Agent Deals Former McNeese Cowboy football standouts Alec Savoie and Seth Thomas signed free agent deals following the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft. Savoie, a 6-7, 302-pound offensive lineman from Lafayette, signed with the Atlanta Falcons while Thomas, a 5-9, 190-pound cornerback from Orange, Texas, signed on with the Washington Redskins.

McNeese State University students Jon C. Wall Jr., a biological science senior from Sulphur, and Taylor Beth-Elaine Beard, a government senior from Grand Lake, were selected Mr. McNeese and Miss McNeese of the 2013 Spring Court.

Firestone Polymers Donates to McNeese Foundation Firestone Polymers LLC has donated $7,500 to the McNeese Foundation for the McNeese State University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology’s engineering endowment campaign. L to R: Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, dean of the college, Gene Lavengco, Firestone Polymers plant manager, and Ryan Navarre, McNeese Foundation Board of Directors member.

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Mark Your Calendar! Registration Open for Summer Bridge Camp The Lake Charles Duplicate Bridge Club will host three sessions of Bridge Camp for junior players in June and July. Class size is limited. An application form is available at www.bridgewebs.com/ lakecharles. For more information, call Adrianne Hunt at (337) 480-685.

Unlock your Body Workshop Scheduled Jillian Ardoin, educator therapist, and Oscar Alex Ruiz, educator therapist, of Boulder Balance will host a special workshop at the Yoga Center of Lake Charles on June 14 from 7-9:30pm. For more information, call (337) 304-4466.

Iberia Bank Branches to Feature Local Artwork Iberia Bank is pleased to display the works of area artists by exhibiting their work in IBERIABANK branches throughout Southwest Louisiana.

Artworks in various media are now featured at Iberia Bank branches located throughout Calcasieu, Cameron and Allen parishes. Visit www.iberiabank. com for branch locations in Southwest Louisiana.

Tickets Now On Sale for Jen Kober Shows Jen Kober’s Homegrown Comedy Show will be at L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles every Wednesday in June, July and August beginning June 5. The shows at Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill cost just $10 and begin at 9 pm. For additional show and ticket information visit www.llakecharles.com/ entertainment or www.jenkober.com.

Vision/Verse Art & Poetry Exhibit to Open at Art Associates Gallery

and poets in a unique exhibit that explores the influence of art on poetry and vice versa. For details, visit www.yellowflagpress.blogspot.com.

Arts Council to Host Grants Management Seminar On June 11, the Arts Council will host a free seminar in Room 108 of Central School Arts & Humanities Center as part of the quarterly Regional Arts Network luncheon series. The series offers seminars and workshops on topics affecting SWLA’s cultural economy, and the luncheons allow for networking opportunities for area creative workers, young professionals, and community leaders. For more information or to RSVP, call the Arts Council office at (337) 439-2787.

Vision/Verse, the annual art and poetry exhibition produced by Yellow Flag Press, is set to open at the Art Associates Gallery at Central School on Saturday, June 8, from 6-8pm. This will mark the exhibit’s fifth year in bringing together visual artists

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of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital proudly announces the opening of OBG-1 of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. Under the medical direction of Ben Darby, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN, and Scott Bergstedt, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN, the clinic offers quality, personalized women’s care at one convenient location in Sulphur. With physicians having combined experience of over 50 years in treating women’s health issues, OBG-1 of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital offers services for:

• Pelvic Pain • Infertility

• Menstrual Disorders • Breast Disorders

• Pregnancy • Contraception

To schedule an appointment, please call (337) 312-1000.

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