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Contents 16

In This Issue Wining &Dining

6 – 11 Special Section: Sweet Treats Places &Faces


Johnson Funeral Home 16 A Time for Mayoral Transition 18 Landscaping Your Own Heaven on Earth



Regular Features 12 First Person with Dr. Daryl Burckel 20 Who’s News 22 Family Tree 62 Business Buzz 64 McNeese Corral 65 Happenings 70 Solutions for Life


Mind &Body 24 – 33 Special Section: MEN’S HEALTH

Home &Family 34 – 47 COVER STORY: Wedding Trends & Traditions 48 – 53 Special Feature: HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS GUIDE 54 Father’s Day

Up Next in July

Money &Career


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We celebrate Louisiana music, brush up on legal matters, and send the kids back to school!

4 Tips to find a Career Mentor The Art of Haggling Safety Council, By the Numbers Beat Boredom with a Purpose - How Kids Can Earn Cash HealthWORx Launches in Southwest Louisiana

Style &Beauty

66 How to Use Sea Salt to Style Your Hair 68 Microneedling Leads to Big Results in Skin Care 69 Golden Rules of Athleisure DON’T JUST LIVE, THRIVE!

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Sweet Treats


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t would seem Thrive staffers had a sweet tooth when planning

the June issue! This month’s Wining and Dining section features three new gourmet confectionaries in Southwest Louisiana – Pops and Rockets brand new Pop Lab, epicurean cotton candy by Air Confetti, and gluten free delicacies by O’Neill’s Doughnuts. Warning: you may get a sugar rush just looking at the photos.

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Pops & Rockets Lab The New

by John O’Donnell

If you’ve driven down Pujo St. in Lake Charles lately, you may have noticed some shiny new lights. Just west of Botsky’s is a flashing yellow and red arrow sign pointing to a glass door. Open the glass door you’ll find yourself walking down a long hallway. It feels like you’re entering an old speakeasy during prohibition, but at the end of the hall isn’t a bar full of alcohol; it’s a bar filled with delicious popsicles with an 80’s flair. It is easily one of the coolest new places in Lake Charles -- the new Pops and Rockets Laboratory. If you’re not familiar with Pops and Rockets, they’re a local company specializing in delicious frozen confections like gourmet popsicles and now ice cream. All of the Pops and Rockets creations are 80’s music themed with names like Blister In the Sun (Pineapple Ginger with Raspberry), and Choc Blobster (Chocolate Peanut Butter).


When you first visit the new Pops and Rockets lab, you’re instantly hit with the immense attention to detail that fits perfectly into this small space. The first thing you notice is a wall covered floor to ceiling with cassette tapes. It’s a wall paper custom designed by owner Nick Villaume to include some of his favorite albums. Sitting along that wall is a row of vintage wooden seats salvaged from the auditorium at the old Central School. The second thing you notice is the two oldschool arcade games along the southern wall. The entire place is built to evoke 80’s and 90’s nostalgia. Your attention is then drawn to the service bar, which was hand built by Villaume, with popsicle sticks lining the top and covered with glass. Behind the bar is a Lite Bright design with the Pops and Rockets logo, another addition hand built by Villaume. This is where you can try some

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of the new Pops and Rockets ice cream. The Strawberry Piña Colada is incredible. But that’s not what Villaume is most proud of. It’s not the customized interior, the app that lets customers choose the music playing in The Lab, or the new machines that streamline production and packaging. What is he the most proud about? How Pops and Rockets locally sources as many ingredients as possible for the pops and ice creams. Not only does he locally source the milk he uses for his ice creams, he travels to the farm to personally pick it up and visit with the cows. He works with local farmers to bring in satsumas and other Louisiana citrus. Coffee is brought in from Acadian Coffee Roasters in Lake Charles and Reve Coffee from Lafayette. Villaume’s passion for supporting locally sourced and fresh ingredients is apparent the second you take a bite of their new ice cream.

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Sweet Fluff Air Confetti

Gourmet Cotton Candy by Angie Kay Dilmore

Most people can remember being a kid at a carnival and pulling puffs of sweet sticky cotton candy off a paper cone. Carnival cotton candy gets a major upgrade with Air Confetti Gourmet Cotton Candy. During fall of last year, Jillian Bethune was scrolling through Pinterest. She stumbled upon a pin for a modern cotton candy cart. She was drawn to it initially because she spun cotton candy when she was in high school, says her business partner Nicole Wulf. “But when we looked further into it, we realized we could spin organic sugar with natural flavors and no food dyes. How cool is that!?” On a “mompreneur” whim, the pair decided Southwest Louisiana was ready for the concept and they ordered the cart and all the supplies the next day. Seven months later, they take their cotton candy cart to weddings, showers, birthday parties, corporate and office gatherings, and other events. They also package their sweet confections for delivery, both locally and across the country. They use their creativity to package the cotton candy so that it is as fun to look at as it is to eat. Nicole and Jillian make some of their cotton candy flavors in their own kitchens, but they order most of their organic cotton candy sugar from a distributor in Hawaii. They keep their flavor list relatively simple and recognizable. Their signature flavors include standards such as strawberry,

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pineapple, and coconut. Nicole refers to their biggest seller, caramel topped with black Hawaiian sea salt, as ‘the gateway flavor.’ “Once someone tries that flavor, they understand the concept of cotton candy . . . that is not pink or blue. And they move on to other flavors from there.” When the occasion warrants it, Nicole and Jillian are known to concoct some unusual flavors: for example, an oatmeal stout beer flavor, chocolate mint (especially popular during the Christmas season), and strawberries and cream (vanilla spun sugar topped with crushed strawberry fruit dust.) They also enjoy serving creative pairings, such as fruity flavors like passion fruit, tangerine, or rose with champagne, or root beer cotton candy atop a root beer float. “Tangerine cotton candy is especially good with a mimosa, and coconut cotton candy with lime zest atop a piña colada.” Air Confetti puts Lake Charles on the map regarding innovative sweet treats. Nicole says she is aware of gourmet cotton candy in only a few cities across the country and they are the only such business in Louisiana. But it is more than a unique product. Nicole says she appreciates the nostalgic concept. “I love the whimsy of the white cart, the white fluff in the bubble, and the wonderful smell.” For more information, find Nicole and Jillian on Facebook at Air Confetti Gourmet Cotton Candy.


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’Neills Donuts

Gluten-Free Goodness by Angie Kay Dilmore

Jesse O’Neill discovered he has a gluten allergy in 2011. A gluten-free diet can be rather restricting, and he missed some of his favorite foods. He asked his wife Lauren, who loves to bake, if she would create a gluten-free doughnut. Lauren was up to the challenge. After weeks of experimentation, she finally perfected a recipe that resulted in a moist, fluffy, flavorful doughnut. They were so good, in fact, that in 2015, the duo took their doughnuts on the road. Well, more specifically, to the local farmers’ markets. Lauren has developed tempting flavors such as s’mores, peanut butter, and king cake (a cinnamon doughnut with cream cheese butter cream in the center and glaze on top.) Their most popular flavor is maple bacon -- a bacon doughnut with maple glaze and crumbled bacon on top. Even people who are not gluten intolerant or have celiac disease enjoy these treats. Lauren says she loves working in the kitchen. She contributes her love of baking to her grandmother, Willie Smith. “She was one of my greatest influences. She taught me so many nifty tricks. I’ve always wanted to own my own bakery. When I was a kid, my mom would come into the kitchen at 11:00


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p.m. and I’d be baking. I love to create things in the kitchen. I love painting and creating art, but when you put me in the kitchen, that’s my art! Currently, you can find O’Neills Doughnuts at the Cash and Carry Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., the Charleston Market on Saturday mornings, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Thursday afternoons rotating between Lock Park (1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.) and Prien Lake Park (2nd and 4th Thursdays, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.) The O’Neills are remodeling a building on Alamo St. and plan to open O’Neills Doughnut Shop in the near future. They’ll primarily serve doughnuts, as well as waffles, stuffed waffles, breakfast and doughnut sandwiches, and lighter lunch options like soups and sandwiches, all gluten free, of course. Find them on Facebook at O’Neills Doughnuts.

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Military Match

Community Coffee

Community Coffee Company has reached a new milestone in 2017 – over 5.1 million cups of Community® coffee shipped to active-duty military personnel through its Military Match program. More than 2.2 million men and women serve in the U.S. military today, so by doubling customer orders for free, Community ensures that our servicemen and servicewomen get a cup of home. In order to participate, customers may purchase four bags or boxes of Community® coffee from The company then matches the order with four additional bags or boxes, ships the extra four items at its cost and sends a total of eight items – plus a signature Military Match mug – to the overseas APO/FPO or stateside military base address provided.

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In a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, Dr. Daryl Burckel was named the seventh president of McNeese State University this spring and will assume the office on July 1. Dr. Burckel is very familiar with McNeese and Southwest Louisiana, a place he has called home for most of the past 35 years. A Louisiana native, he is a two-time graduate of McNeese where he played football on an athletic scholarship for the Cowboys. He received his doctorate in business administration from Mississippi State University. Dr. Burckel has 31 years of experience in higher education, is a professor of accounting, and holds the Arthur Hollins Endowed Professorship in Accounting at McNeese. He is the president of the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District Board of Directors, and serves on the JD Bank Board of Directors and the Louisiana Land Trust Board. A captain in the United States Army Reserves from 1983-90, he is a veteran of Desert Storm. Dr. Burckel and his wife, Mary, have been married for 36 years and raised three daughters and have two granddaughters.

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Dr. Burckel assumes the leadership role of a university at the crossroads of unique opportunities and daunting challenges. While Southwest Louisiana leads the nation in economic growth to the tune of over $110 billion in announce industrial projects, McNeese faces formidable fiscal struggles resulting from years of state budget cuts to higher education. Dr. Burckel convinced the Board of Supervisors he was the right choice for the job at this critical juncture, and Thrive recently had a conversation with him about his background, ideas, and goals for the university. What made you decide to apply for the leadership position at McNeese? I truly believe that McNeese State University makes a positive difference in the lives of our students and in the future of our community. Since 1939, the University has issued degrees to more than 40,000 alumni, forever changing the lives of those graduates, as well as the lives of their families and the communities in which they live and work. My life would be easier if I didn’t want this job! I could work right into retirement and keep doing what I have been doing for 31 years. However, McNeese changed my life and I have received more from this University than I could ever repay. McNeese matters, and I believe I can help advance the University’s mission. Leadership is important and I am excited about stepping into this position.

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You are a Louisiana native, and have a long history in Southwest Louisiana and at McNeese. How will this familiarity help you be an effective president? I have found that it takes one-to-two years to build a network of contacts and truly understand a complex environment such as McNeese. Knowing Louisiana and especially Southwest Louisiana, its culture, its values, its people and business community, will allow me to hit the ground running. Having worked in other complex business environments of SWLA has provided me opportunities to meet, work with, and know valuable, diverse groups of people who will benefit my presidency. Meaningful relationships are imperative for effective leadership, and I believe my long history in SWLA and the development of those relationships will give me a head start.

What do you think is McNeese’s biggest strength? Our people. Our people. Our people. McNeese people of the past, the present, and the future are the biggest strength of McNeese. The University is an inanimate structure, but the people within the institution give it life, project attitude, convey our values, provide our students an education, and provide that “Excellence with a Personal Touch.” A secondary, yet still extremely important strength, is that McNeese and its people exist in a community which values quality education. Southwest Louisiana is always striving for higher quality elementary and secondary education. SWLA places an

extremely high value on Sowela Technical Community College, as I do. McNeese and Sowela should be cooperative friends working for the benefit of our geographic region.

Unfortunately, budget cuts to higher education have become the rule rather than the exception. What are your plans to overcome this? Higher education budgetary cuts come from Baton Rouge. We have little, if any, control. Every time the state reduces their portion of our budget, the University must make up for it by increasing revenues, reducing expenses, or a combination of both. Naturally we would like to focus on the revenue side of the ledger before going to the expense side. McNeese currently receives only 30% of its funding from the state. The other 70% is selfgenerated. When faced with limited funds, my belief is that McNeese should consider growing the “pie” instead of accepting the status quo of funding. Mind you, that is no easy task, but we have to forge relationships with our business community and donors, and make compelling cases for their financial support. I have found that local entities desire, and even are eager, to be involved with supporting McNeese. They just need a viable and mutually beneficial McNeese-related idea, and an invitation to fulfill that desire. Community members want to financially help McNeese. Many people simply do not know what they can do and how to bring about their gifts in the most efficient manner. As the next President at McNeese, I look forward and am anxious to work on just that concept. One concept

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is to consider McNeese’s role in capitalizing on Southwest Louisiana’s geographical location, our abundant natural resources, and strengthening our ties with the numerous and diverse companies of our industrial complex making SWLA the “clean energy capital” of the U.S.

How do you plan to market McNeese to both grow enrollment and attract talented faculty? I have not come with any preconceived ideas about how to market McNeese. I believe we need to evaluate our current methods and determine which are effective. As part of that process, we should think of opportunities and novel methods to connect with our target market and make sure we are sending a bold, enticing message to potential students to come to McNeese. Potential students are not exclusively high school seniors. Future potential students have many different ages, ethnicities, and faces, and conceivably live all around the globe. No group should be considered automatic and taken for granted, nor should they be automatically excluded. However, once we get students to our campus, we need to make sure we implement proven and innovative strategies to help reduce the level of attrition that takes place. We do not want to lose one student we have recruited and convinced to join our community. We also need to make sure we provide a work environment conducive for general faculty support, provide research support and look for opportunities to provide “no cost” benefits for faculty and staff. In terms of faculty, McNeese can provide


Places & Faces an academic environment which can be an engaging place to be. While fair remuneration is an obvious key to faculty satisfaction, it is not the exclusive component. We will try to emphasize honoring our extremely talented university faculty with creative and supportive workplace environments. And yes, pay levels and raises are important to good working environments, morale, and respect. I will always do my best to always show my respect for McNeese’s faculty.

You’ll assume the role of President next month. What are your immediate priorities for the remainder of this year? I committed to teach summer school, so I will be busy in June and July teaching an undergraduate course in individual taxation and an MBA graduate course using tax information to make management decisions. My immediate priorities are to work with current President Williams and staff to make a smooth transition. In order to not miss a beat as we enter the new fiscal year, I will spend most of my time during this transition period listening and learning.

Sowela. I also see us as a partner for business and industry as we work together to build a strong community. I wish for all of us to be “McNeese Proud!” All of my wishes would include every resident of Southwest Louisiana, and even beyond, to consider some form of education from McNeese. One wish is for every high school student to consider McNeese because it has a reputation for offering programs that are new, fresh, modern, and exciting. Another wish is for adults who want a degree, a certificate, continuing education, a single class, or perhaps a leisure learning class, to think of McNeese first because McNeese has an excellent reputation for faculty, interesting courses and programs that are attractive for lifelong learning. I also wish for SEED Center offerings/programs to burst with activity closely tied to entrepreneurship, along with training and supporting local business and industry needs.

If all your wishes could come true, where do you see McNeese five years from now? I would like for McNeese to be students’ “First Choice because we are their Best Choice” for an education. I see McNeese as a cornerstone of Southwest Louisiana, serving as a leader in education and providing excellent opportunities for students to earn a university degree and excel in their chosen careers. I see McNeese as a change agent for students and families, and as a partner for other educational entities, e.g. Calcasieu, Cameron, Allen, Beauregard, Jeff Davis Parish School Systems, and


You played football on an athletic scholarship for the Cowboys. Do you feel your years as an athlete helped prepare you for your career path? I am a first-generation college student and my football

scholarship made it possible for me to attend McNeese. Playing sports provided an opportunity for me to further develop leadership skills and helped me develop strategic thought processes. Athletics also revealed the importance of “team” and how we need each other to be successful. In addition, in order to meet my obligations to classes and sports, I developed time management skills. All of these skills provided a strong foundation for success in my subsequent career in academics.

You served in Desert Storm. What led you to join the Reserves and did the experience of active duty change your approach to academic life upon your return? I was enlisted in ROTC while I was in my undergraduate program and really enjoyed military science. As part of my ROTC commitment, I went on active duty for an officer basic course and then was assigned to a reserve unit. My time in the military as an officer taught me the value of planning, training, and working as a team with discipline to accomplish a mission. Military life also taught me the value of people and the difference good leadership makes at all levels of an organization. The military did not necessarily change my approach to my academic life, but it did reinforce the need for self-discipline, resolve, and persistence in the pursuit of excellence.

Is there one piece of advice you received along the way that has guided you in your personal and/ or professional life?

to treat everyone with the same respect that I would like others to treat me. I strive to consider other people before myself and live my life with an open hand (one that gives) for others instead of a hand that seeks to take. When I think of a career, I think of preparation, determination, and perseverance. No one comes with the complete package of intellect, skill, ability, and talent. We all have different gifts from God. I try to take what I have and work every day to improve.

What were your favorite subjects in high school? History and Accounting

You might not have as much free time in the near future as you had in the past, but when you do have time to relax, what are your hobbies? What are you passionate about outside of work? Spending time with my wife, Mary, and our family will always be first (I have learned why grandchildren are called “grand.”). I also like to read. I officiate high school football in the fall and find it to be a great hobby and a way to stay involved in football. Officiating has also provided a group of good friends who I enjoy spending time with. I am passionate about my Christian faith and being a man of integrity in all that I do. I am humbled and honored by this opportunity of being the next President of McNeese State University, a truly great institution of higher learning, and the faith our community of Southwest Louisiana has placed in me. I am grateful to my wife, Mary, and my children, for their support and encouragement in this endeavor.

In my personal and professional life, I have learned that it’s all about people. Each person matters, and no one is more important than the person standing in front of you. I strive

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Johnson Funeral Home Serving SWLA for Over Forty Years

by Angie Kay Dilmore


or continued growth, a stellar business model, community involvement, and compassionate service to Lake Area residents in their time of need, Johnson’s Funeral Home was named Small Business of the Year by the Chamber Southwest Louisiana earlier this spring. “Mr. Zeb Johnson founded the business in 1976 and had a real heart for serving the families of Lake Charles, whom he considers his friends and families,” said Andy Hankins, chief financial officer and funeral director at Johnson Funeral Home. “We work diligently every day and train our staff to hold and continue those values.” “Their nomination was a standout even among the other stellar businesses that were in the running this year,” said John Berryhill, chair of the Chamber’s small business committee for 2017, at the March EXPO Luncheon where the award was presented. “Their balance of continual growth as a business and their commitment to giving back to the community over the past 41 years is a benchmark for many businesses in Southwest Louisiana.” In addition to meeting the funeral needs of the community, Johnson’s also serves the community in other ways. Mr. Johnson has been the Barbe High School

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Football Booster Club President and “the voice of the Barbe Buccaneers” for thirty years. He supports several other sports at Barbe, as well. The business is also a great supporter of law enforcement groups. Johnson was a police officer and ambulance driver prior to working in the funeral home business. Thus, he has a heart for law enforcement and emergency services. Johnson’s Funeral Home occasionally provides meals for policemen and first responders and often buys needed equipment for them. Currently, with three facilities in Lake Charles, Sulphur, and Jennings, the company employs 61 workers. They will open a fourth funeral home on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in the summer of 2018. “We’re excited to expand into Moss Bluff,” said Hankins. “It will be a full-service funeral home, fully staffed, with a chapel, and similar in size and appearance to our facility on Lake St.” Hankins speaks for all the staff at Johnson’s and says it is a calling and an honor to be funeral directors and to serve their community. “We take our job very personally. We try to assist families in their celebration of the lives of their loved ones. It’s a very meaningful job for us.”

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Mayoral Transition by Angie Kay Dilmore


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On July 1, after 17 years of serving the community as Mayor of Lake Charles, Randy Roach will pass his leadership baton to newly elected Nic Hunter. Here, we highlight some of Mayor Roach’s accomplishments, and give a peek into some of the plans Nic Hunter has in store for Lake Charles.

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Mayor Randy Roach Leaving a Legacy

Mayor Roach was first elected mayor of the City of Lake Charles in 2000 to complete the remainder of an unexpired term and has since been re-elected to four full terms. He is the longest serving mayor in the history of Lake Charles. • He was instrumental in the creation of a Southwest Louisiana Partnership for Economic Development. • He worked closely with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to create Lake Charles Ward 3 Recreation Board, resulting in the Multi-Sports Complex, Skate Park, and Adventure Cove. • In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, under Mayor Roach’s leadership, more than 2,000 evacuees from New Orleans took refuge at the Lake Charles Civic Center. • Mere weeks later, after Hurricane Rita ravaged Lake Charles, Mayor Roach and other area leaders quickly assembled a Hurricane Rita task force, which immediately began working to repair and rebuild. • In 2006, Lake Charles voters approved a referendum allowing the City to issue bonds to expedite major road extension projects including Enterprise Boulevard, Power Center Parkway, Lake Street, and McNeese Street. The bond helped fund many public improvement projects such as the Ryan Streetscape, Lakefront Promenade, Marina, and Gill Street extension, which have transformed the downtown and lakefront districts, improving walkability and spurring economic development. • Over $3 million was spent on major improvements to a recreation facility in each of the seven council districts.

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• Roughly $21 million was used to fund water and sewer extensions and loopings throughout the city. • 1911 Historic City Hall was established as an arts and cultural center. • The new Transit Center downtown was opened. • Major enhancements to the Lake Charles Civic Center have been made. • A new Lake Charles City Court building was constructed. • He fostered cooperation with other entities and the State of Louisiana which led to cost-shared capital improvement projects such as the Cove Lane roundabout, Sale Road bridge replacement, and multiple Interstate 10 off-ramp improvements. • Since 2009, nearly $6 million has been allocated for drainage improvements. • Millennium Park was rebuilt by volunteers, Veterans Memorial Park was expanded, and First Lt. Douglas Fournet Memorial was added. The 9-11 Memorial was designed and constructed on the lakefront. Tuten Park, Bark du Lac Dog Park, and Riverside Park and Community Center were opened. • Projects in the works include a $43 million wastewater treatment plant, Nelson Road water plant improvements, and the Wastewater Treatment Plant “A” basin repair program. • Community events such as Mardi Gras of SWLA, Downtown at Sundown, Live at the Lakefront, Red White Blue and You, and Light Up the Lake Christmas Festival continue to grow, making Lake Charles not only a wonderful place to raise a family, but also a top tourist destination.

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• The current economic boom is a testament to the vision of leadership of Mayor Randy Roach. As you can see from this impressive list, throughout his storied tenure, Mayor Roach focused on improving the quality of life for the citizens of Lake Charles. Thrive magazine thanks Mayor Roach for his service and dedication to our City.

Mayor-Elect Nic Hunter Plans for Continued Progress

Hunter was born and raised in Lake Charles and is deeply invested and committed to the community. • Has served on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury since 2011. • Believes the city’s budget must prioritize fiscal responsibility so that Lake Charles can invest in itself and its future. • Will focus on increasing the tax base by attracting more businesses and sales to Lake Charles, rather than raise existing taxes. • Will address and make progress with major infrastructure issues like city drainage and flood protection, roads, lakefront development and crime prevention, and public safety. • Is passionate about protecting our environment and promoting improved recycling options. • Hunter appreciates the opinions and ideas of others and has brought together a diverse group of people to his Community Assessment and Advisement Board to help with the transition. Thrive magazine supports Mr. Hunter as he takes the helm and leads Lake Charles into the coming years.


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Landscaping Your Own

Heaven on Earth by Frank DiCesare

Take a drive through Southwest Louisiana’s residential neighborhoods and you’ll notice homeowners who take their landscaping seriously.


or those in the Moss Bluff area and beyond, Heaven on Earth Garden Center has become a go-to place for green thumbs to spruce up their backyards and front lawns. “We have very similar inventory to Greengate and Prien Pines,” said Karen Winkles, the nursery’s coowner. “We consider it a one-stop shop for your landscaping needs.” Heaven on Earth Garden Center recently celebrated its first anniversary in business, a time during which it has increased its inventory to meet local demands. The nursery’s patrons can choose from a wide variety of plants, trees and flowers, including vegetable plants, citrus


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trees, landscape trees, herbs, succulents, as well as glazed Vietnamese pottery, stonecasted statuary, and hanging baskets. Winkles said she and her friend, Lorita Reeds, launched their business after noticing the lack of nurseries in the Moss Bluff area. “The only place we could buy plants here was at the Wal-Mart on Highway 171,” she said. “And there’s so much development going on here with the construction of new homes. It’s just booming.” Today, Heaven on Earth Garden Center services customers within a 30-mile radius of Moss Bluff. Customers come in from towns as far away as Ragley and DeQuincy to shop for plants and receive advice on their landscaping needs, Winkles said. Among the nursery’s biggest sellers are its vines, hanging baskets, and Anamese-glazed pottery. “The quality of Vietnamese pottery far exceeds Mexican pottery,” Winkles said. “We have a wholesaler, Anamese Garden and Home, they’re out of Welsh. They ship statewide, if not nationwide from Louisiana. So we’re very fortunate to be right here, twenty minutes away from them.”

The hibiscus, especially the Cajun hibiscus, is also popular with customers. “We have lots of variety of hibiscus, but we had a huge amount of Cajun hibiscus that we sold this year,” Winkles said. “The Cajun hibiscus is a hybrid flower, which was patented in Plaquemine, Louisiana. They are huge flowers that come in many shades of colors and sizes.” The region’s hot and humid summers necessitate the nursery’s seasonal business operations. Heaven on Earth Garden Center is open from March 1 to mid-June. The nursery reopens in October and November for the fall planting season. Winkles said she foresees her nursery “possibly venturing into the landscaping side of the business.” For now, she is grateful for her loyal customers. “Small business owners struggle quite a bit,” she added. “But our community in Moss Bluff is awesome for supporting local businesses. We have lots of repeat customers who come in twice a week. We help them; we educate them in their selection process.” Heaven on Earth Garden is located at 2049 Sam Houston Jones Pkwy.


Straight Answers to Your Questions on Industry and the Environment


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


Flares are a safety mechanism.

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

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LInterim District 5 police juror named At its May 18th regular meeting, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury appointed Dr. Charles S. Mackey D.D.S as interim District 5 police juror. It’s a role with which Dr. Mackey is more than familiar – he held the District 5 seat for 26 years. He will fill the seat vacated by Nicholas E. Hunter, who officially resigned from the jury after being elected as the mayor of the City of Lake Charles. Dr. Mackey was first appointed to the jury in 1985 and served until his retirement in 2011. He’s the only juror to serve with three parish administrators. A special election will be held on Oct. 14, 2017 (primary) and, if necessary, on Nov. 18, 2017 (general), to officially fill the District 5 seat.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA Announces New Executive Director Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana has announced it’s new Executive Director, Erin Davison. Davison comes to the organization from Erin Davison CHRISTUS Health, where she served as the Senior Nurse Recruiter. She brings with her over 20 years of grant writing and fundraising experience as well as over ten years of experience in non-profit work, with program development, leadership, marketing and brand management. She was also named Volunteer of the Year in 2012 by the Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Economic Development Alliance and Business Woman of the Year in 2014 by the Women’s Business Network of the Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Economic Development Alliance.

Anna McDowell Named Volunteer of the Year at Lake Area Medical Center Anna McDowell has been named the 2016 Volunteer of the Year at Lake Area Medical Center (LAMC). McDowell has been a Lake Area Medical Center Anna McDowell Volunteer since July 2003, and has since then volunteered over 3,900 hours. Since overcoming breast cancer shortly after she became a part of the LAMC Volunteer family, Anna has welcomed patients in the Day Surgery 20

waiting room and is often seen giving special care and attention to young children. Anna frequently brings in extra toys or a game to keep the children entertained, and often pulls up a chair and colors right alongside them, easing their worries, making even the youngest patients and visitors at LAMC feel at home.

Lisa Johnson Joins JD Bank JD Bank is pleased to announce and welcome Lisa Johnson as Vice President Mortgage Loan Department Manager. In this position, Johnson will be responsible for all of the operational Lisa Johnson aspects of the mortgage department, including originating loans, leading the team of lenders, developing new opportunities and customer support. Johnson will be located in the JD Bank Morganfield Branch Office at 4989 E. McNeese St. in Lake Charles. She is a member of Chamber SWLA, and has been involved in various projects helping the community as an affiliate of the Southwest Louisiana Association of Realtors.

St. Margaret Catholic School 8th Graders Named State Winners in the 15th St. Margaret Science Team Students Annual eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition Three 8th grade teams from St. Margaret Catholic School won at the 15th annual eCYBERMISSION competition – one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Teams Upcycle Recycle took 1st place, O-3 Patrol earned 2nd place, and St. Francis Team won Honorable Mention. This competition challenges students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities. Students compete for state, regional, and national awards for up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity. The three teams worked together with Judy Reeves, Team Advisor, to create awareness on recycling and up cycling in the Lake Area, to promote the Ozone Flag awareness program, and

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to create a Stewardship program on campus at St. Margaret Catholic School. For more information about the eCYBERMISSION competition, go to

Kathleen Higgins Joins O’Carroll Group Peter O’Carroll and the O’Carroll Group have announced that Kathleen Higgins has joined the staff as a graphic designer. Since graduating from Kathleen Higgins McNeese State University in 2011, Higgins has gained extensive experience by working as a graphic designer in industry and gaming in the Lake Area. Her work has also garnered recognition and awards, including two Bronze Addy Awards from the American Advertising Federation in 2016. For more information, call (337) 478-7396 or visit the O’Carroll Group on Facebook.

Louisiana State Senator Receives Prestigious CHRISTUS Health Eagle Award Senator Ronnie Johns Senator Ronald Steven Johns, known as Ronnie Johns has been named the recipient of the 2017 CHRISTUS Health Eagle Award for his commitment to uphold the dignity of citizens in Louisiana and his tireless efforts to protect and provide access to quality health care for the poor and vulnerable of our society. As an advocate for some of the most vulnerable in this community, Senator Johns has led efforts for the past three years to put an end to human trafficking and to build a shelter, the Metanoia Home. The shelter, once built, will be devoted to minor females rescued from trafficking. Senator Johns is a State Farm Insurance agency owner in Sulphur, Louisiana. In 2011, he was elected to the Louisiana State Senate from District 27 in Calcasieu Parish. A former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, mayor of Lake Charles and a pharmacist, Johns’ experience makes him a valuable member of the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Board.

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L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles Honors 2016 Team Member of the Year Winners L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles recently named its 2016 Team Members of the Year. Five winners were honored from among more than 2,200 team members for their dedication to five company values: Excellence, Innovation, Care, Integrity and Ownership. The winners are: Ariana Rigmaiden – Poker Dealer Megan Gavlick – Hotel Manager Dannette Sylvester – Security Officer Sonny Vo – Pit Manager Minh Nguyen – Executive Casino Host In appreciation for their hard work and for exemplifying L’Auberge values and guest service standards, winners receive a substantial cash prize, a handmade blown glass trophy, a one year VIP parking pass and recognition throughout the year. Team Member Winners

Dr. Fastabend Serves as Instructor for Masters Program Carl Fastabend, MD, FACC, founder and medical director of the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana in Lake Charles, recently served as an Instructor for Dr. Carl Fastabend the ClosureFast Masters Program in Irving, Texas. The two-day course was attended by 50 vascular physicians and mid-level practitioners from across the country. The purpose of the program was to train specialists in the safe and effective use of Medtronic’s ClosureFast procedure to treat chronic venous disease. The procedure uses controlled and consistent heat delivered by the ClosureFast catheter to seal the diseased vein. Once the vein is sealed, blood is rerouted to nearby healthy veins. Dr. Fastabend is the only full-time, comprehensive vein specialist in Louisiana. He has participated in important clinical research projects and is a regular speaker at training sessions and conferences around the country for physicians interested in learning about vein disease and modern treatment modalities.

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Roland Terrell Recognized For Outstanding Achievement Roland Terrell, a financial professional with Questar Capital and Asset Management, member FINRA/SIPC, was recognized for his outstanding excellence in 2016. Terrell was the sole recipient of the Partnership Award, an award honoring his exceptional client service and business accomplishments. He was named a Platinum Elite Producer in the Questar Capital Elite Producer Program. This represents one of the highest distinctions offered by Questar Capital. In February 2017, Terrell was recognized with an award during a special presentation ceremony at the Questar Capital Elite Producer Meeting in Coronado, California.

Siddiq Joins Healthy Image Sajeela Siddiq has joined Healthy Image Marketing as a graphic designer and assistant photographer. Siddiq graduated from McNeese State University with a degree in graphic design Sajeela Siddiq as well as a master’s in business administration. She is also a graduate of Bryant University in Rhode Island with a degree in marketing and communication. While at McNeese, she received several awards for design and photography, including the Outstanding Merit Award in Graphic Design at the McNeese Juried Student Exhibition. Healthy Image is a full-service marketing agency located at 4845 Ihles Road in Lake Charles. Services include media production, advertising, copyrighting, public relations, graphic design, photography, website development and social media management. For more information, call (337) 312-0972.

Thomas Joins Staff of Solutions Counseling & EAP Santora Thomas, MA, LPC, has joined the professional staff of Solutions Counseling & EAP (Employee Assistance Program). Before joining Santora Thomas Solutions full-time, Thomas worked with the agency for two years as a parttime therapist. She also worked as a mental health professional for three years with Rehabilitation Services in Lake Charles, providing counseling and support services to clients. Solutions offers individual and family counseling to private clients, and comprehensive EAP services

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to area companies. Solutions’ EAP services help businesses provide assistance to employees and their family members in dealing with their personal concerns, and include confidential counseling, educational workshops, crisis intervention and wellness education. For more information, call (337) 310-2822.

Abshire Announces Candidacy for District 5 Police Jury Seat in Calcasieu Parish Brian Abshire has announced his candidacy for Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, District 5, the seat vacated by Nic Hunter Brian Abshire after his election to Mayor of the City of Lake Charles last month. The election is October 14. Born and raised in Lake Charles, Abshire is a graduate of Barbe High School and attended McNeese State University, majoring in Business Administration. He has worked in the banking field for more than 20 years and completed numerous training courses from the American Institute of Banking, the Louisiana Bankers School of Supervisory Training, the LBA commercial Lending School and the Louisiana Bankers Leadership Program. Five years ago, he joined Iberia Bank, where he is a Vice President/Private Banker. Follow Abshire’s campaign on his Facebook page:

Founder and CEO of Waitr, Finalist for Gulf Coast Entrepreneur of the Year Chris Meaux, founder and CEO of Waitr, the popular on-demand food delivery restaurant platform, has been named a Chris Meaux finalist for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Gulf Coast area. The award, presented by Ernst & Young, LLP, recognizes entrepreneurs who excel in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Meaux started Waitr in 2015 in Lake Charles, Louisiana and has already seen the company grow to more than 1,200 employees nationwide. His honor is even more significant as he’s just one of only two finalists from the state of Louisiana. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event June 15 in Houston. For more information, visit


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Teen Hopes to be Adopted Before Aging Out

Each day, an abused or neglected child is removed from an unsafe home and placed in Louisiana’s foster care system. They remain in the system until their home environment is safe—but for many, that never happens. Of the 4,000 children currently cycling in state foster care, about 350 are ready to be adopted today. More than sixty of them are in Southwest Louisiana, right here in our community. A heartbreaking plea from a teen in foster care: adopt him before he ages out of the system. At 14 years old, Dale has been in more than twenty homes and spent half of his life in foster care. “I was in first when I was four, then I went back home,” Dale said. “Then I came back to foster care when I was eight or nine.” The past six years have been a series of new homes, new faces, new schools, but the same old growing fear that Dale will never be adopted. “Aging out” is the term used for teens in foster care when they turn 18 and no permanent home has been found. Dale does not want to become a statistic. “I want to get adopted, I don’t want to age out,” he said. Dale knows a forever family would give him the stability he has never known, and Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services adoption specialist, Tiffany Gamble, says it will undoubtedly change the rest of his life. “They’ll have a family, someone they can go to when something happens in life, holidays, all those things,” said Gamble. She says a two-parent home would be best for Dale, where he could be raised by a mom and dad. Dale says he sees how quickly babies can be adopted, but teens like him should not be forgotten. “We need love, too,” he said. “Everyone needs love.” Dale is legally freed for adoption through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. Before a child can be moved to an adoptive placement, you must be a certified home. To get that process started or make an inquiry about Dale, call 337-491-2470.


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


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

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Mind & Body

Men’s Health June is National Men’s Health Month, and we’re celebrating by devoting this month’s Mind and Body section to articles that will interest our masculine readers. Read on and learn about the latest fitness trends, shift work and stroke risk, the truth about several fitness myths, and tips to maintain a full head of hair.


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Shift Work & Stroke Risk Statistics show that some 15 million Americans don’t work a typical nine-to-five schedule. These employees, aka shift workers, who punch in for graveyard or rotating shifts, are more prone to numerous health hazards, from heart attacks to obesity. New research, published in Endocrinology, shows shift work may also have serious implications for the brain.

“The body is synchronized to night and day by circadian rhythms -- 24-hour cycles controlled by internal biological clocks that tell our bodies when to sleep, when to eat, and when to perform numerous physiological processes,” said David Earnest, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. “A person on a shift work schedule, especially on rotating shifts, challenges, or confuses, their internal body clocks by having irregular sleep-wake patterns or meal times.” According to Earnest, it’s not the longer unnatural hours that necessarily cause the problem. Instead, it is the change in the timing of waking, sleeping, and eating every few days that “unwinds” our body clocks and makes it difficult for them to maintain their natural 24-hour cycle. When body clocks are disrupted, as they are when people go to bed and


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get up at radically different times every few days, there can be a major impact on health. Earnest and his colleagues have found that shift work can lead to more severe ischemic strokes, the leading cause of disability in the United States, which occur when blood flow is cut off to part of the brain. Using an animal model, Earnest and his team found that subjects on shift work schedules had more severe stroke outcomes, in terms of both brain damage and loss of sensation and limb movement than control groups on regular 24-hour cycles of day and night. Of interest, their study -- supported by the American Heart Association -- found that males and females show major differences in the degree to which the stroke was exacerbated by circadian rhythm disruption; in males, the gravity of stroke outcomes in response to shift work schedules was much worse than in females. “These sex differences might be related to reproductive hormones. Young women are less likely to suffer strokes, as compared with men of a similar age, and when they do, the stroke outcomes are likely to be less severe. In females, estrogen is thought to be responsible for this greater degree of neuroprotection,” Sohrabji said. However, older women approaching menopause show increasing incidence of ischemic stroke and poor prognosis for recovery, compared with men at the same age. Some of Earnest’s previous work has shown

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that a high-fat diet can also alter the timing of internal body clocks, as well as dramatically increase inflammatory responses that can be a problem in cardio- and cerebrovascular disease (conditions caused by problems that affect the blood supply to the brain -- which includes stroke). “Next we would like to explore whether inflammation is a key link between circadian rhythm disruption and increased stroke severity,” Earnest said. “With this information, we may be able to identify therapeutic interventions that limit damage after a stroke in patients with a history of shift work.” “This research has clear implications for shift workers with odd schedules, but probably extends to many of us who keep schedules that differ greatly from day-to-day, especially from weekdays to weekends,” Earnest added. “These irregular schedules can produce what is known as ‘social jet lag,’ which similarly unwinds our body clocks so they no longer keep accurate time, and thus can lead to the same effects on human health as shift work.” An immediate impact of these studies on human health is that individuals in shift work-type professions should be monitored more closely and more frequently for cardio- and cerebrovascular disease and risk factors such as hypertension and obesity. In the meantime, Earnest suggests that those with irregular sleeping patterns should at least try to maintain regular mealtimes, in addition to avoiding the usual cardiovascular risk factors like a high-fat diet, inactivity, and tobacco use.

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FITNESS TRENDS by John O’Donnell

Everywhere you look these days, health professionals extol the benefits of the latest and greatest trends in working out and fitness. With all that noise, it’s hard to tell what new things you should be doing to make yourself better, faster and stronger. Here are four of the latest fitness trends that are as beneficial as they are hot right now.


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Meditation. As we learn more about the link between the mind and the body, giving your workouts a mindful makeover grows more and more appealing. It might seem contradictory, but sitting in silence and focusing on your breath to calm your body is a necessary compliment to a loud, strenuous workout. Meditation works by training your mind the way you would train your body to help you nail your fitness goals by developing more positive thinking, helping you better deal with stress, and even preventing you from overheating. Locally, you can get started with guided meditation at the Yoga Center of Lake Charles, Yoga Y’All, Gigi’s Downtown, Dynamic Dimensions, or CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club. Body weight exercising. Body weight exercising isn’t exactly new. For millennia men and women have been doing push-ups and pull-ups to gain strength and mobility, and more recently it has been used as a great compliment to working out additionally with free weights and equipment. But using your own weight for resistance training is a great and affordable way to build muscle and save time. The new trend in body weight exercising isn’t in the gym; it’s at home, in the office, or at school, making it much easier to fit in a workout as your schedule gets busier. Doing squats while you do the dishes, pull ups between meetings at work, or planks in between customers is a great way to get fit on the fly. On YouTube, check out Major Fitness, for some awesome body weight exercise inspiration. Recovery Tech. Working out is only half of what it takes to gain fitness. Recovery is an extremely important part of fitness gains. Working out breaks down your muscles, but recovering is what builds them back to make you stronger. With new advances in recovery technology, now you can recover faster and more efficiently. Right now NormaTec is all the rage in recovery tech. NormaTec is a dynamic compression system that uses compressed air to help increase blood flow to muscles to help them recover faster. You simply slip on the NormaTec sleeve, boot, or pants and you will start to feel a gentle cool pulse against your muscles. After a NormaTec session, you feel refreshed and reenergized to hit the gym hard again the next day. In Lake Charles, check out NormaTec at Center for Chiropractic and Rehab with Dr. Clayton Burnett. Foam Rolling. We would all love to get a massage after each time we work out, just like a pro-athlete, but who has the money or the time? Foam Rolling, or Self-Myofascial Release (MSR), solves that problem. Foam Rolling is a form of self-massage that uses a giant semi-ridged tube of foam. It has been hugely popular with runners, triathletes, and other endurance athletes for years, but it’s performance benefits are now being felt in nearly every workout type and sport. The principle is simple. Lay a foam roller on the ground, and move around on top of it to gently massage sore or tender muscles using your body weight to create pressure. It’s especially effective when combined with yoga or stretching. Whether you begin incorporating these new trends into your existing workout, or you use them to build a new one, the most important thing is to just get up and keep moving!

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One article says this and new research says that. Your totally bulked-up neighbor recommends doing one thing, but you overheard your co-worker bragging about his success with just the opposite approach. How’s a guy supposed to sort through all the information to find a fitness plan that works for him? “It can be overwhelming, even for those of us in the industry,” says Justin Clark, exercise specialist with Dynamic Dimensions of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “Knowing which pieces of information are accurate becomes quite a challenge. This is why there are countless fitness myths that are widely accepted as fact. And let’s face it, it’s tough enough to remember all the valid health advice we’re bombarded with on a daily basis without wasting any brainpower on misinformation.” Clark addresses some of the most commonly held male fitness myths and provides the facts you need to achieve your goals in these areas.


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Size equals strength. Strength and size do not have a direct correlation. Power training (one measurement of strength) encompasses training that may not add any size, yet you can still see a great deal of strength improvements. Many wellrecognized martial arts experts are small, but incredibly strong. Some people desire to bulk up as much as possible. These two training methods have distinct principles that can differ significantly, but they will both result in increased strength.


Muscle turns into fat. Muscle and fat are two different types of body tissue. Just as fat can’t transform into muscle, muscle won’t transform into fat. Building muscle and losing body fat are two completely different processes. An increase in muscle due to training will increase metabolism which will in turn reduce body fat. A reduction in muscle due to inactivity will result in a reduced metabolism increasing body fat.


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your workouts more productive. But remember, this is far from an ironclad rule. Fitness goals are achieved with consistency and intensity. Many people find that exercising before work prevents one’s busy day from getting in the way of their workout. Others find working out after work to be a great stress reliever. The best time for you to work out is the time that helps you be the most consistent.


More hours spent in the gym leads to better results. Overtraining can actually halt muscle growth. Instead of your body rebuilding its muscle tissues, it will continue to break it down, meaning you’ll start to lose muscle. The goal is to train smarter, not harder or longer. Give your best effort during your workout and push your muscles. Then give them the rest they need to grow bigger and stronger. Make sure to do cardio training. If your workouts are taking a lot longer than an hour, you are not training effectively. Remember, you’re not paid by the hour in the gym. Your payment comes in the form of results.

Morning workouts are most effective. The American Council on Exercise actually recommends working out between 4:00-6:00pm when your body temperature is highest, making

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Avoid all carbohydrates. Not all carbs are bad carbs. Carbohydrates are the body’s first source of energy, especially for an active individual. Completely neglecting carbs will leave you tired, sluggish, and hinder your performance. It’s important to be conscious of both the types of carbohydrates you consume and when you eat them, rather than ignoring them altogether. Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and certain fruits are the best choices, with breakfast and after a workout being the best time to consume them. Focus on limiting simple carbohydrates whether they be cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, beet sugar, etc.


Extra protein builds more muscle. Protein does have important roles in bodybuilding and maintaining muscles, but if you

consume more than your body needs, excess amounts can be stored as fat. To determine how much protein you need for your specific weight, multiply your weight in pounds by 0.36. If you choose to supplement your diet with protein drinks, it’s usually more important to consider the timing rather than the amount. A post workout supplement can help start the recovery/rebuilding process sooner.


You can crunch your way to six packs. You may develop unbelievably strong abs, but you won’t be doing anything to reduce the layer of fat that covers those muscles. In order to see the specific abdominal muscles known as a “six pack,” you have to first lower your overall body fat percentage. A better way to do this is by making better dietary choices and doing high-intensity interval training.

These are only a few of the common myths about male fitness. “Unfortunately, far too many people believe them and do more harm than good when it comes to their fitness level,” says Clark. “This is not to say that what you see in the media or the advice you get from others can’t be trusted. We’re just saying to check out the credibility of the source, do your own research, and get the advice of a qualified fitness professional before putting it into practice.”

For more information about men’s fitness or developing a personal training plan designed specifically for you, call Dynamic Dimensions in Sulphur at (337) 527-5459, or in Moss Bluff at (337) 855-7708.

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Male Pattern Baldness by Frank DiCesare

Men blame it on everything from their fathers to their hormones. And they would be right. The truth is, male pattern baldness, which afflicts two-thirds of American men over the age of 35, is the result of genetics and the male sex hormone androgen. But if sporting a chrome dome in public isn’t something you’re comfortable with, there are solutions. The most common form of male pattern baldness is androgenetic alopecia, which accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. The cause of androgenetic alopecia is a genetically determined sensitivity to the effects of dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, in the scalp region. It is believed that DHT shortens the growth phase of the hair cycle, from a usual duration of three to six years to just weeks or months. As the growth cycle shortens and weakens, hair follicles shrink and produce shorter and finer strands of hair. In time, the growth cycle for each hair ends and no new hair grows in its place. It is estimated that about 25% of men begin the process of male pattern baldness before they reach age 21. Doctors examine the pattern of hair 32

loss to diagnose male pattern baldness. In addition, they may perform a medical history and exam to rule out health conditions such as fungal conditions of the scalp or nutritional disorders as the cause of a patient’s thinning hair. Doctors may also perform a skin biopsy and blood tests to diagnose disorders responsible for the hair loss. Treating male pattern baldness varies from different hairstyles to medical procedures. Men often opt for different hairstyles, wigs or toupées to cover baldness. Some barbers offer haircuts that can give thinning hair a fuller look. Wigs and toupées can cover everything from receding hairlines to thinning hair to complete baldness and come in variety of styles, textures, and colors. Professional wig stylists can help men choose the right hairpiece for the most natural look. Hair weaves are another way for men to cover up thinning hair. Weaves are simply wigs that are sewn into one’s natural hair. Weaves have the advantage over wigs and hairpieces in that they stay on during activities such as showering, sleeping, Thrive Magazine for Better Living

swimming, and can handle windy days. They do, however, require upkeep. Weaves must be sewn again into one’s hair whenever new growth takes place. The sewing process is also known to damage natural hair. Perhaps the most popular way for men to combat male pattern baldness is with the topical medication known as Minoxidil, sold over the counter as Rogaine. Available in foam or liquid form, Rogaine is applied to the scalp, slowing hair loss for one year and stimulating the hair follicles so new hair will grow. Men who use Rogaine must do so every day or they will lose their new hair. Another medical treatment for male pattern baldness is Finasteride, sold as Propecia or Proscar. Propecia is an oral medication that slows hair loss in some men by blocking the production of DHT. Like Minoxidil, men must take Propecia every day or they will begin losing the new hair they have grown. Propecia, however, has had a higher success rate than Minoxidil. So if male pattern baldness has you searching for answers, consult your doctor or try a non-medical solution. You may be surprised at the results.

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First comes love, then comes . . . planning? Before a couple celebrates their wedding day, a tremendous amount of planning often takes place. Some brides have a mother and several attendants to help her. Others hire a professional wedding planner. Still other couples tackle the to-do list on their own. In any pre-wedding scenario, aside from spur of the moment elopement, there are details to attend to! The wedding venue, the reception, the dress, invitations, caterers, cake . . . the list seems to be unending. But the big day eventually arrives, and most couples look back and say they wouldn’t change a thing. If you’re currently planning your wedding, embrace the process as an exciting part of the journey, rather than merely a means to an end. To help you in your planning, we’ve put together this bride guide that we hope will give you tips, guidance, and maybe a few new ideas.

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Inviting First Impression by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, and wedding invitations are the first impression your friends and family will have of your big day. The invitation sets the stage for what is to come in terms of your wedding colors and overall style. A few invitation trends you will find in 2017 are:

Bold Typography A variety of font choices and sizes have become increasingly popular in the past few years, and this trend doesn’t show any signs of stopping in 2017. Making a bold statement with you and your spouse-to-be’s name helps create a beautiful invitation with the engaged couple as the focus. You may choose to highlight other send-outs with bold fonts and phrases on Save the Date cards, RSVP cards, and directions to the various event locations.

Greenery & Watercolor

If you’re having a romantic wedding, you may lean towards invitations with greenery on them, or ones that highlight watercolor backgrounds and flowers. Laura Schindler, bridal consultant at PaperSmith in Lake Charles, explains that, “Brides are going a bit more traditional in their choices, but making their invitations unique by adding little touches of color.”


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Rustic Accessories For weddings with a rustic-theme, consider including invitation accessories like lace and burlap ribbons or little wooden tags boasting the date to tie the invitation cards together. This kind of invitation sets the stage for a laid-back affair.

Foil and Gold Leaf

For a bit of glamour in an envelope, choose a foil or gold leafed invitation. If your wedding day will be big on sophistication and elegance, especially for an evening wedding, choosing a foil invitation only seems natural because the invitation style foreshadows those upscale elements. “Blush and gold tones are still very popular, especially with navy accents,” says Schindler.

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Not Your


Registry by Lauren Atterbery Cesar


or many, time can be categorized in two ways: Life before the modern Internet and life after the modern internet. Prior to nearly everything in the world being accessible with the click of a mouse, brides and grooms went into brick and mortar stores to register for everything they desired to begin their lives together. Today, however, the entire concept has changed. It is still common for brides and grooms to register in one or two traditional stores, but you would be hard-pressed to find any couple that does not have some form of an online registry. Online registries appeal to people who have out-of-town guests coming to their wedding. When people are flying in, online options offer gift shipping directly to the bride or groom’s home, making travel easier. Although registering online is convenient in many respects, going to a traditional hometown store like Navarra’s Jewelry and Gifts or PaperSmith in Lake Charles is undeniably


fun. The benefit of doing an in-person registry is being able to see exactly what you are putting on your list and evaluate the actual size, color, and style beside other things you have registered for. Items that most brides and grooms decide to register for in-person are china, stemware, and silver. This year, there are some interesting new trends in wedding registries, along with a few old favorites.

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Airbnb Gift Card

Along with other honeymoon funding websites like The Honeyfund, giving an Airbnb gift card gives the newlyweds the gift of travel. This generation puts more emphasis on experiences and less emphasis on things, so you may see more couples requesting gifts that will make their vacation dreams a reality.

KitchenAid 5 Quart TiltHead Stand Mixer

This is a classic registry staple because it is so versatile. It can help cooks do anything from bake cakes to make thier own sausage.

Meal Delivery Subscriptions

Companies such as Hello Fresh and Blue Apron provide weekly meals for two people, which is a perfect idea for a couple starting out. They can experience new recipes, eat healthy, and have fun in the kitchen together.

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This old favorite is something that every kitchen needs because it is a well-made, versatile kitchen accoutrement that can be used for anything from baking bread to making stew.

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Putting the

Where in your Wedding Plans

by Angie Kay Dilmore

In-demand Lake Charles wedding planner Sara Lasher says the wedding reception venue is the backbone to an amazing wedding. Where to have their reception is often the first decision a couple makes after he pops the question and she says, “Yes!” How does a couple decide where to celebrate their nuptials? Regarding venue trends, Lasher says everyone wants to be outside. “I’m getting more requests for both outdoor ceremonies and receptions. I tell my clients, proceed with caution. This is Louisiana! You can never be too careful.” Lasher advises couples who want an outdoor venue to choose one that has both an indoor and outdoor option. Some local examples would be the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank, with their courtyard. Graywood has a lovely lawn and golf course, as well as a Clubhouse. Golden Nugget offers a gazebo; L’Auberge, a terrace. “Those are all beautiful options for an outdoor event, but you need to be able to move inside in case of rain. The Holy Spirit Chapel at Big Lake is one of my favorite outdoor ceremony locations, but there is no rain plan there.” Lasher says several factors should determine where a couple shares their 40

celebration with friends and family. Finances obviously play a role. A couple should set a budget and stick to it. But more than that, couples today want their wedding reception to be a unique experience that tells their guests who they are. They’re looking for something untraditional that hasn’t been done before – something that tells their story. Lasher cites the Cash and Carry as an example of a venue with unique character. “Who would have thought a wholesale warehouse could become an event center? But it is perfect. It is a good size, and grooms like it because it has a masculine feel.” Combine the concepts of masculine and unique, and Lasher encourages couples to think way outside the traditional box and consider a location such as the Boy Scouts’ Camp Edgewood. “The grounds are gorgeous,” she says. “There’s a chapel and an indoor hall for the reception. Or the reception could be held outdoors among the pines. And there are lodges for overnight accommodations.” Some couples choose to have their wedding and reception at a home. This option is often lovely and meaningful for the couple, but Lasher says there are Thrive Magazine for Better Living

considerations. Is there enough parking? Are there enough restrooms? Lasher sees approximately 50% of couples planning their wedding ceremony and reception at the same location. This option offers convenience for both the wedding party and guests. As for other trends, Lasher says the barn and burlap fad seems to have run its course. “But people like the casual warm welcoming environment you get from that sort of feel. So a potential venue could be a place that reminds them of a barn, but rather than burlap and cowboy boots, they could have sequins and champagne.” By necessity, the number of guests should dictate the size of the venue. For smaller intimate weddings, she recommends a venue such as the Cajun Café. For larger weddings, Lasher suggests the Brick House, the Lake Charles Civic Center, the Lake Charles Country Club, or any of the casinos. The Majestic Hall at Walnut Grove is perfect for any size wedding. For a Southwest Louisiana feel, she suggests Blue Dog Café. “Nothing says Louisiana Bride like Blue Dog.” Lasher is also particularly fond of the Pioneer Club. “It’s a great place to show off our city.” June 2017


• Plan early to get the venue of your choice.

Lasher urges couples to book at least eight months, preferably a year, in advance.

• If planning an outdoor wedding, have a backup plan in place.

• Read the venue contract.

Every venue approaches weddings differently. Are you allowed to have sparklers? Can someone else make the cake? Ask questions and read the fine print.

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Something Old Including Family Heirlooms in Your Wedding

A family Bible can be used as an alternative to a ring cushion. Wrap ribbon or twine around it as if you were tying a bow on a present, then attach the fake rings on top.

by Keaghan P. Wier

We’ve all heard the saying — “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” — as the recipe for what a bride needs on her wedding day. But sometimes, there may be more “something olds” that you want to incorporate. Whether pieces of jewelry handed down from your great-great grandmother, photos of family members who have passed away, a family Bible, or something else entirely, creativity is the key to giving these special items a place of honor during your wedding day. Here are some ideas for featuring family heirlooms in your wedding.

Add necklaces, brooches, rings, or earrings into your bouquet. These items can be tied to or wrapped around the handle, tucked in among the flowers, or otherwise attached. This offers an option for jewelry you may not wish to wear, but has sentimental value.

If you or your fiancé have family members who have passed away and whose memory you wish to honor, consider setting up a table at the reception with photos of them, perhaps a few heirloom items, and a sign dedicating the area to your loved ones who could not be with you on your day.


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Consider making a heart-shaped patch from a male relative’s blue dress shirt or jeans and sewing it into your gown as both your something blue and something old.

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If you want to wear your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown, but the style does not suit you, consider having it remade, altered, or perhaps using some of the lace, beading, or fabric in your own gown. Another option is to wear their veil or headpiece. Many vintage styles can easily be updated to suit a modern bride.

Handkerchiefs can be used to wrap the stems of a more rustic-style bouquet.

A wedding is a wonderful time for the couple being married, but it is also a time to remember and appreciate those they love. These tips will give you some new ideas on how to honor and include their love into your wedding day. 

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New Takes on

Wedding Cakes by Angie Kay Dilmore

Cake, in some form or fashion, has been a wedding staple since before medieval times. In our more relatively recent history, the wedding cake has been rather standard – white cake with white icing – which didn’t leave much room for personal taste and creativity. Not so these days. In today’s wedding culture, anything goes when it comes to flavors and designs of wedding cakes. But there are a few wedding cake concepts trending this year.

“Naked” cakes

Bryan Bergeron, with Pronia’s Deli and Bakery in Lake Charles, says these unusual cakes are currently one of the hottest trends in wedding cakes. Without icing covering up the cake sides, bakers accentuate the unique flavor(s) of the cake and fillings.


If you’re so inclined, your cake can match your dress.

Edible metallics

If you want your wedding cake to truly shine and sparkle!

Geometric designs

For those who want a cake with a whole new angle.

Botanical themes

If white on white is simply too old-school.

Beaded cakes

Or forego a cake altogether and opt for gourmet donuts or cupcakes.

To add some more bling to your wedding décor.


Bright bold colors

With greenery and flowers, for the nature-loving couple.

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As weddings become more and more personalized, one aspect can be easily overlooked. When you’re busy picking out the perfect food alternatives for the reception (sundae bar instead of cake, tacos or barbecue instead of a catered meal,) remember to customize the mementos your guests will take home. Instead of slipping into the ho-hum style of can koozies sporting a monogram and a date, or little mesh bags of soft pastel mints, why not find a way to make your reception favors as unique and creative as the rest of your special day? Here are a few ideas to get your wheels turning, but don’t let them restrict you. Have fun! The options for wedding favors are limitless. Find something that suits you and your intended and run with it. Check online for options to buy in bulk, depending on the size of your wedding, and consider doing a bit of DIY to personalize your items. Whatever you pick, be sure to leave an impression!


If you and your fiancé love coffee, consider giving guests a small pouch or burlap sachet of your favorite beans. Label them with a cute phrase like “A Perfect Blend,” or simply your names and the date. Having an outdoor wedding? Offer umbrellas, paper or wooden folding fans, sunglasses, or blankets, depending on the season. These can be personalized with a ribbon and attached poem or note thanking them for their presence. Are you a tech-savvy couple? Offer small flash/thumb drives with a personalized touch, or maybe a set of earbuds. Useful and quirky! Pocket-sized notebooks and a pen or pencil would make another fun useful favor. Consider personalizing the cover of the notebook, either with embossing, lettering, or a sticker.

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Flower Trend Report by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

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uther Burbank once said, “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.” It is an undeniable truth that flowers make everything around them brighter and more special, especially for a wedding. This year, floral trends abound as you plan your most extraordinary day. “In the last few years brides have favored large flowers in their bouquets such as peonies, hydrangeas, and garden roses coupled with standard sized flowers like roses, lizianthus, ranunculus, and stock,” says Ray Bustillo of Wendi’s Flower Cart in Lake Charles. He also notes that some brides like to include more unique accents like succulents into their bouquets. Dahlias are divine this year, too. In 1824, British Lord Holland sent his wife a note about these beautiful flowers: “The dahlia you brought to our isle, your praises forever shall speak; mid gardens as sweet as your smile, and in color as bright as your cheek.” Centuries later, we still sing the praises of the dahlia, especially during wedding season. Café au lait, peaches n’ cream, and labyrinth are highly sought after dahlia colors this year. Another trend in bridal bouquets is to add jewelry to the bouquet. Bustillo says brides request everything from pearls, broaches, rhinestones, and just a little sparkle be added to their bouquets, and the result is outstanding. For the eco-conscious bride, emerging trends use garden fresh seasonal flowers in their arrangements. Harvested by hand by a local farmer or florist, these arrangements feel a little more special because of the personal, regional connection and the knowledge that they are helping the environment by choosing in-season flowers. Other floral trends this year include jeweled tones and moodier colors in bridal bouquets. Merlot and other deep wine-like colors are popular and coordinate well with jewel-toned bridesmaid dresses. Muted, moody colors contrast well with bright accents and colorful bridesmaid dresses. You’ll also see subtle delicate floral-adorned hair accessories, little sprigs of foliage in brides’ artful hairstyles, and flowery half halos beautifully incorporated into their ensemble. With such an array of styles and trends to choose from, your wedding day will be full of beauty, and of course the joy and happiness that flowers bring. • (337) 412-5135


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I “ Do”In Style by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

You’ve pinned show-stopping wedding dresses on Pinterest for the last five years. You’ve cut pictures out of magazines. And now you’re finally ready to go shopping for YOUR perfect dress. However, there are so many choices; it can be difficult to find the dress that ideally fits your style and personality. This season, there are a lot of new trends in bridal fashion you may want to consider before you crowd your closest friends and family members into a boutique fitting room. Bows are back. Not just for adorable little girls’ ponytails, oversized bows are the chic addition to many sophisticated wedding dresses. Carolina Herrera, Sachin & Babi, and Oscar De La Renta have created a multitude of magnificent, refined gowns boasting oversized bows to fit in well with an evening wedding for a more formally-dressed crowd. Trending Toppers. Many people prefer a more modest look, especially for a church wedding, and design houses have taken notice. This season Oscar De La Renta and Monique Lhuillier have created beautiful capes and embroidered chiffon camisoles to sweep over bare shoulders, and they look like something out of a fairytale. From Ines De Santo and similar lines, you will see stunning lace boleros -- a

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timeless addition to any dress. For the non-traditional bride, keep an eye out for bridal zipup jackets and ponchos. Classy Colors. From the hemline up, pastel colors are making their way into traditional dresses. Something blue has taken on a new meaning when combined with designs from Hayley Paige and Monique Lhuillier. Their breathtaking traditional gowns boast light dustings of pale blues, where Naaem Khan and Houghton showcase lavenders and pale pinks. Prevailing Pants. Some contemporary brides prefer pants, and Carolina Herrera, Elie Saab, and Lela Rose have made accommodations for the modern bride to feel right at home in an elegant pantsensemble.

If you are uncertain about what style to choose, try to coordinate with the overall theme of your wedding. If you’re going for a sophisticated evening wedding, choose a sophisticated formal dress. For an afternoon wedding, you may choose a less formal, romantic dress in order to say “I do” in style.

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How to Proactively Plan For Hurricane Season by Victoria Hartley-Ellender

Media alerts interrupt regular broadcasts. News bulletins flash. Weather forecasts show another storm entering the Gulf of Mexico. As hurricane season begins each June 1, residents along the Louisiana Coast brace themselves for the onslaught of watches and updates. Since the traumatic experiences of Hurricane Rita in 2005, Southwest Louisiana residents know firsthand how overwhelming it is to prepare while anxiously anticipating a storm’s arrival. One of the best ways to ease the burden and stress of hurricane season is to develop and maintain a detailed individual hurricane preparedness plan. Tony Guillory, All-State Insurance Agency of Sulphur, says planning ahead provides a sense of security and comfort and ultimately leads to a much smoother evacuation process. “Have what you want to bring and what you are going to do in writing. You can’t remember everything at a stressful time like this. You will forget many things that you intended to do and bring.” In planning for evacuation, consider these tips (adapted from

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Home & Family | Hurricane Guide If an evacuation order is issued, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.

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Create a Contact List Parish or County law enforcement

Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate. If you do evacuate, consider bringing pictures and valuables that you will not be able to replace.

Parish public safety fire/rescue

Become familiar with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there.

Local utilities

State, Parish, and City/Town Government Local hospitals

Local American Red Cross Local TV stations

To prevent storm damage, homeowners should regularly trim back all trees and remove dead branches. “Trees falling on houses caused a huge amount of the claims during the storms,” says Guillory. “Many properties would not have had any damage had it not been for trees and dead branches.”

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Other ways to prepare properties and businesses: • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts, and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property. • Reduce property damage by retrofitting and reinforcing the roof, windows, and doors, including the garage doors. • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages.

Developing a structured communication strategy for your family is also important. Solicit the help of children and relatives by hosting a family meeting. Young children and teens can work together to build an emergency kit and the family can practice by role-playing what would happen during an evacuation. Some families put together a “hurricane” group text for communication. Having a plan for during and after a storm is an equally important aspect of hurricane preparedness.


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Hurricane Readiness for Older Adults by Christine Fisher

From preparation, to evacuation, to returning home, it’s important to expect the unexpected when it comes to hurricane season. As hurricane season begins, now is the time to plan ahead. For those with older adults to care for, prepare with them in mind. “Changes in routine and conditions can cause some older adults a lot of anxiety. Preparation is key,” said Ken Thomas, MD, family medicine physician with The Cypress Clinic and medical staff member of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “We all hope that we don’t have to go through it, but if we prepare as if it will happen, we’ll be ready.” Older adults who rely on family or caregivers for assistance are particularly vulnerable during hurricanes. Because routines are changed, the

people they rely upon for basic care may not be available to provide it. “Excessive stress can contribute to or exacerbate an illness, particularly those with heart disease. Those who are dependent on regular medical treatments, such as dialysis or oxygen should definitely make early preparations. Even if an evacuation is not called for, roads may become impassable due to heavy rain or high winds and home medical services may not be able to get to your home. Talk with your loved one’s physician to know what kind of arrangements to make during an emergency,” Dr. Thomas said. Older adults are especially vulnerable. Preparing in advance for emergencies will help create peace of mind in the event of a storm. Read on for some concerns to address.

Medication Management Older adults usually take several medications daily. Have a system in place for medication management. Buy a small bag to store all medications inside. Write all medications down on one sheet of paper. Include the name of the medication, dosage, and time of day to take it. Put this inside the medication bag. If your loved one takes more than three medications a day, try using a medication dose manager, available at drug or discount stores. It has compartments for each day. Keep the original packaging for prescriptions. You may need to get them filled while evacuated. Many pharmacies will be able to do that if you have the original information.


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Travel Tips Plan together with other family members how you will travel with your loved one. Who will be the primary caregiver? If that person is unable to follow through, who is the backup? Frail adults should not be left alone during an evacuation. Plan to alternate with other family members so that there is always a caregiver present. If your loved one is a resident in a nursing home or assisted living facility, ask the director about their evacuation plan. Each facility is required to have an evacuation plan, but most strongly encourage families to be responsible for their family member, if possible. Some health conditions require constant treatment. If your loved one is in this situation, it is imperative that you are fully aware of the medical care that must be maintained, if your family member must transfer to another facility. The new facility will not be as familiar with the care needed, and you may be the one to inform them of your loved one’s special needs.

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Keep identification, contact phone numbers, medical diagnosis, living will, and medication list in one location with your loved one. If you should become separated, or need this information in a hurry, it helps to have it in one place. A public shelter should be considered as the last resort. They are designed to keep people out of the wind and rain, not to provide comfortable accommodations. Even special-needs shelters only provide medical monitoring and assistance in an emergency. In most cases, they aren’t set up to provide medical care, nor do they have medications on hand.

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Reflections on Fatherhood

Treasuring Lessons of Life and Family by Kristy Como Armand

You’re probably wondering what makes me qualified to write this. I’m obviously not a father, but I have spent my entire life watching and learning from the person I consider to be the greatest example of fatherhood I’ve ever seen. Of course, I’m biased, but that doesn’t make me wrong.


y dad, J.C. Como, died in January. It is still so difficult to wrap my head – and my heart – around the fact that he’s really gone. I can’t pick up the phone to call him for advice or to share a funny story. He wasn’t here to see the opening of our new office (He was prouder than I was when I took him through the frame-up.) and won’t be here for the birth of his first great-grandchild this fall. Of course, I’ve always known and accepted that the natural order of things is for our parents to die before us, but experiencing the reality of this was much more devastating than I ever imagined. My dad was a huge part of my life and it is impossible to put into words what he meant to me and my family, but I’m taking this opportunity to try. He was the anchor, the foundation, the steady voice that calmly guided us through whatever crisis we faced – and there have been many. His lifelong example of faith, generosity, kindness and humility is rare. He was a humble man of few words, but they were always the right words at the right time. I honestly thought everybody had a Dad like mine until I was old enough to know better, and really began to appreciate how special he was. I count this as an even greater blessing because I was adopted, not that he or my mother ever made me feel like any less their child because of that.


I’ve been dreading this first Father’s Day without him, but I can hear his voice in my head saying, “It won’t do any good to throw a pity party for yourself. It is what it is. You can handle this.” So, I’ve decided the best way I can “handle this” is to celebrate those characteristics that made him such an amazing father. Maybe by sharing these, a dad or dad-to-be will gain something from his example.

Be Resilient

My dad didn’t have the easiest life. He didn’t have a lot growing up or starting out. He couldn’t afford to go to college so he joined the navy instead. When he got out, he worked three jobs at one point to provide for his young family. He lost a young son to cancer and three infant grandchildren who were born prematurely. He watched his other son battle cancer twice, and he himself faced numerous other health problems. Yet you never heard him complain. He always persevered and was thankful for what he had. He knew that life was tough, but he chose to be tougher without becoming bitter. He never lost his faith. He was resilient and always found the joy in life throughout the hardships he faced.

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Be a Problem Solver

There wasn’t a problem or situation my dad couldn’t fix, whether it was a faulty car engine, how to balance a chemistry equation or how to raise three kids on your own after a divorce turns your world upside down. Imagine the comfort that comes from knowing you can turn to someone who cares about you with any problem and find help and support, instead of judgement and criticism. My dad was ready to jump in and help with anything we needed, anywhere or any time we needed it, usually before we even asked. What a gift.

Be Patient

Don’t give up on your kids. Even when they can’t pitch a curve ball, solve a word problem, or back up straight down a drive way. My dad was the most patient person I ever met. I remember one year in middle school when word problems threatened my sanity. I had always been a straight-A-student but could not get my brain to pull numbers and equations out of sentences. He worked with me every night and never lost patience with

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me, even though he tried for hours to get me to “get it.” We went camping that weekend and he called me over to the picnic table and told me we were going to start over on word problems – no books. He had several pages of handwritten problems he had made up for me at work about things in our life: our trips, our dog, my friends, etc. We went through each one and he worked out simple formulas to help me understand how to set them up. To this day, I still think, “’Is’ means ‘equal’ and ‘of’ means ‘times,’” in my head when I’m working out percentage problems at work, and it all goes back to him patiently working through problems with me all those years ago, on his weekend to relax. Because he didn’t give up on me, I learned not to give up on myself.

Lead by Example

Kids hear what you say, but they do what you do. Like I said, he was a man of few words, so there weren’t many lectures from my dad, but somehow, you knew what he expected of you, and the thought of disappointing him

was a guiding force in my life (and still is). He didn’t just tell us what to do; he showed us by the way he lived his life. He often said, “The right way is usually the hard way,” when we would complain about something being too hard or taking too long. To him success with anything was really in the details. Doing something right was worth taking your time. He worked hard for everything we had, and didn’t do anything halfway. He lived his faith, and helped others every chance he got.

Just be There

of the time I was growing up, and lots of overtime, but still coached my sports teams, rarely missing a game. I never realized until I was an adult the effort it must have taken to head out to the ballpark after working a 12hour shift, but he did it. I was a pitcher and he spent hours and hours catching for me in our front yard (where he had installed a pitcher’s mound) after work, because he knew practice was important for success. I complained, but he didn’t. He was there for piano and dance recitals, awards’ nights, homework, school projects -- everything. We went on family vacations every summer and camping on many weekends. There was never any doubt we were his priority because he was there, tireless in his support of everything we did.

My dad often said, “Eighty percent of success is just showing up.” Well, he far exceeded that percentage. He was there for us 100 percent and then some. He worked shift work most

My dad left a legacy that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. Was he a perfect man? That’s not for me to judge, but he was certainly the perfect father for me. If grief is the price we pay for love, then he is worth every tear.

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to find a Career Mentor

It’s not unusual for careers to get off to wobbly starts as young people, hampered by their lack of experience and contacts, find it difficult to achieve a firm footing. For that reason, they should make it a goal to find mentors who could help guide them through the rough patches. “One of the biggest benefits of having a mentor is that person’s success can act as a catalyst for your belief in yourself,” says Lauren Davenport, CEO and founder of The Symphony Agency, a marketing and technology firm. “It’s also a way to expand your network. A mentor can introduce you to people who could help you with your career and who you otherwise might not meet.” While mentors can be a great asset for young people in their career advancement, don’t expect the mentor to materialize out of nowhere and then do all the heavy lifting, Davenport says. Much of the onus is on the mentee to seek the relationship, cultivate it, and make the most of it. Read on for tips from Davenport to foster a mentor/mentee relationship.


Actively reach out. A simple LinkedIn search can help you find people who are currently in your dream job. Somehow, they managed to get the very thing you want. How did they pull that off? Send them a short message and tell them your aspirations. Ask if they can spare thirty minutes for you to visit their office and “pick their brains” about how they achieved success. Do your homework. After going to all the trouble to set up that meeting, you’ll want to show up prepared. Learn all you can about this potential mentor with a Google search. Write down any questions you want to ask. For the meeting, dress like you already have a job with the person’s company and be ten minutes early. Join a networking organization. If reaching out to an individual isn’t in your comfort zone, seek a networking organization that focuses on career growth. Sign up for a Meet Up group taught by someone you admire. “Take Thrive Magazine for Better Living

notes as the person speaks,” Davenport says. “After the event, you’re also going to need to muster up the courage to introduce yourself. To find a good mentor, in most cases you really are going to need to take the first step.” Heed the mentor’s advice. You may not follow through on every suggestion, but you do need to listen to what they have to say. After all, the wisdom and experience they can provide is the whole point of having a mentor. Davenport recalls early in her career joining a networking group and trying to pitch her company to the members without success. She mentioned to her mentor her inability to generate any business. “She told me if I wanted to be taken seriously as a business woman I needed to change my wardrobe,” Davenport says. “I put away the summer dresses I typically wore and bought some tailored jackets and other clothes that helped present a business-professional look.” Soon after, business picked up.

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“I still actively seek women who are in my industry and at similar career levels,” Davenport says. “Sometimes they even work for competitors. We don’t share any company secrets, but we often experience similar struggles, so we swap stories and give each other advice on how to overcome those challenges.”

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If you delight in perusing the clearance rack to score the best deals on those banana-yellow pumps you’ve had your eye on, and you loathe the thought of paying full price for most things (except for Community Coffee, because it’s just worth it), you may try working up the courage to haggle when you shop.

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Many seasoned hagglers live by the mantra, “It never hurts to ask,” but there are also a few general rules to consider when you put on your best negotiation face. After all, this is the South, where being polite is practically mandated, unless you happen to be in Wal-Mart after eleven p.m., and of course, one catches more flies with honey than vinegar. Do your homework before you haggle. If you have a pretty good idea of what fair market value is for the product you hope to purchase, you’ll likely be more successful in your negotiations. Don’t be afraid to ask if people will match prices to those of other stores or even online. Charm isn’t only for bracelets. Smile politely at the shopkeeper. Make eyecontact and remember your manners. You are unlikely to get the price lowered if you become unpleasant or insulting. Be respectful of the person you are negotiating


with, of their store, their merchandise, and of course, of their opinion. Be willing to walk away if they aren’t interested in negotiating. Loyalty counts. Remind sellers of your repeat business, and that you are a loyal customer. Haggling with them may not result in a lower price, but they may go the extra mile because you have been a reliable customer and offer you free installation, free shipping, or free delivery. Ask questions carefully. You may get better results with open-ended questions like, “How much could you discount this?” rather than asking for a specific amount. However, if you do ask for a specific reduction, it’s best to have a reason why. If you’re paying with cash instead of a credit card, ask if they would give you the three percent off that they would normally have to pay the credit card company since you are saving them that money by paying in cash.

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Buy in bulk and be willing to wait. Instead of making haggling a contest of wills, which doesn’t often yield results, focus on something that will benefit both you and the seller. For example, if you notice that one store has something on clearance, but they don’t have a lot of it in stock, call other stores. If they don’t have the item on clearance, ask to speak to a manager and offer them the clearance price the other store is advertising, and remind them of things such as your willingness to buy in bulk, it is the end of the season, and you don’t mind waiting for them to decide. Haggling is a fine art, and it may not turn out the way you want it to. Remember that being polite and reasonable are the keys to success. If you don’t get the price you’re looking for, you still want to be able to show your face in the establishment in which you have chosen to haggle, so be kind and respectful as you negotiate.

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Beat Boredom with a Purpose How Kids of All Ages Can Earn Cash This Summer by Victoria Hartley-Ellender

Oh, the dog days of summer vacation. Every parent knows the struggle. Time slows to a crawl. Boredom ensues. Suddenly, the swimming lessons, park play dates, and summer camps are not enough to satisfy the boundless energy of youngsters. Their busy minds crave purpose; and with some creative strategies and planning, kids can transform the seemingly endless blank space of the summertime calendar into a thrilling, moneymaking adventure. Although daunting at first, implementing work into your kids’ summer routine can bring satisfaction, excitement, and opportunities to learn important life lessons about saving. Leslie Harless, marketing manager at First Federal Bank, says it’s never too early to start saving. “A Youth Savings Account is the perfect way for children to start a life-long habit of saving for a rainy day, get the experience of managing their money, and learn some valuable financial skills that go with them into the future.” First Federal Bank offers a Youth Savings Account for children. The program requires $10 to open an account, and provides fun, kidfriendly savings incentives.


How can kids find work? When choosing a summertime job, it is ideal to find activities that complement the child’s interests, talents, and future goals. This exercise provides fertile ground for discussion about career goals and longterm plans, and fosters a sense of individuality and respect for each child’s unique gifts. Read on for a compilation of ideas to turn each child’s gears toward work that will challenge, inspire, and excite them this summer.

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Newspaper delivery

Ideal for young teens, newspaper delivery offers a way to connect with the daily beat of society.


Kids of all ages can gain a sense of environmental stewardship through recycling.


Calling all future parents. Nanny jobs are the quintessential way to get a taste of parenthood, and can also ignite a passion for mentoring and education.

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This is a great way for kids to help their neighbors during the summertime travel months. Kids can create flyers to advertise their services, such as trash management, mail pickup, and plant watering, and rack up a great deal of business.

Pet walking and grooming

Animal loving starts young. This is a fun job that teaches responsibility, and can grow into a thriving business in no time.

Lemonade stands It’s the irresistible summer job that squeezes an infectious smile out of us all.

Party princess

Makeup artists, divas, future hair stylists -- what better way to make extra money and bring smiles to little girls’ faces?

Agriculture work

Blueberry picking, bailing hay, watering cows and horses: These jobs are ripe for the picking, and a great way to learn about agriculture.

Yard sale organizer Some have a natural knack for marketing. Put your future salesman to work spinning deals and spotting potential in garage sale finds. Older kids can even create an Ebay account and sell valuable items online.

Bake sales

Kids can learn kitchen skills and entrepreneurialism with periodic bake sales. Parents may consider utilizing farmers’ market booths as a sales venue.

Ironing clothes

$4 per shirt can add up quickly. The details of this summer job can be ironed out in no time with friends, neighbors, and family members.

Mother’s helper

What mom doesn’t want a summertime helper to come a few hours per day so she can grocery shop and run errands?


Organizing cabinets, washing windows, scrubbing floors. Lots to learn here about the daily grit of life.

Lawn maintenance It is hot work, but it’s also so satisfying to smell the fresh cut grass, knowing you made someone’s yard look good.

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Money & Career Where you go to stay in the know! Agreement Signed to Sell Lake Area Medical Center to CHRISTUS Health Lake Area Medical Center has announced it will soon become affiliated with CHRISTUS Health through an acquisition agreement that includes the sale of the hospital and its associated assets. CHRISTUS Health also operates CHRISTUS St. Patrick Health System in Lake Charles. The purchase agreement includes a commitment from CHRISTUS Health to offer employment to active employees in good standing when the transaction is complete. Privileges will continue for all physicians in good standing on the medical staff. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of this year, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. Until the transaction is complete, current ownership remains in place.

The Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana Announces Move to New Office in Lake Charles The Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana has moved to a new office just down the road from its former location in the main office of Imperial Health. The new office is at 711 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive in Lake Charles. The Vein Center, an affiliate of Imperial Health, is under the direction of Carl Fastabend, MD, FACC, the only full-time comprehensive vein specialist in Louisiana. Dr. Fastabend has practiced interventional cardiology for over 35 years and developed a special interest in peripheral vascular disease. He founded the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana in 2011 with the goal of providing state-of-the-art care. Dr. Fastabend and his experienced team of vein 62

specialists offer comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and advanced, minimally-invasive treatment for a variety of vein disorders including varicose veins, spider veins, venous reflux disease and pelvic vein disorder. Treatment options include sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, radiofrequency ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy and venous stents, among others. The new office features a larger lobby, two procedure rooms, a recovery room, a cosmetic suite, conference room, and ample, adjacent parking. For more information about the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana, call (337) 312-VEIN, or visit

Bayou® Rum Receives Top Honors from International Tasting Competitions Bayou® Rum, a Louisiana-made, handcrafted spirit, is raising a glass to toast seven new awards recently earned in two annual international tasting competitions – the Denver International Spirits Competition and the International Review of Spirits, America’s oldest annual international spirits competition. To-date, Bayou Rum’s award-winning flavor has been recognized 98 times in competitions around the world. The 2017 Denver International Spirits Competition featured more than 350 distilled spirits, ranging from newly opened micro-distilleries to globally recognized spirits brands, which were judged double blind by a prestigious panel of sommeliers and seasoned food and beverage professionals, who awarded the Bayou range as follows: • Bayou Spiced – Double Gold, Best of Class in the spiced rum category • Bayou Select – Silver

• Bayou Silver – Silver • Bayou Satsuma Rum Liqueur – Silver Powered by the Beverage Testing Institute, the International Review of Spirits is a blind tasting and medalbased competition, judged by’s trained staff, and top spirits professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants, using a proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. The 2017 reviews listed Bayou expressions as: • Bayou Spiced – Gold (Exceptional), Best Buy • Bayou Select – Gold (Exceptional) • Bayou Silver – Silver Medal (Highly Recommended) 2017 marks the first year of full national distribution of Bayou Rum, which will also launch in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean throughout the year. In 2016, Stoli® Group USA became the exclusive national distributor of “America’s Rum,” which was founded in 2011, introduced Bayou Silver and Spiced rums in 2013, Satsuma Rum Liqueur in 2014, and Bayou Select rum in 2015.

Healthy Image Marketing Agency and Thrive Magazine have relocated to new, larger offices at 4845 Ihles Road in Lake Charles. The businesses hosted a Ribbon Cutting last month, followed by a Grand Opening celebration attended by over 400 people. The event also marked the 15th

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Anniversary of Healthy Image, a full-service marketing and public relations firm. Healthy Image and Thrive are owned by Kristy Como Armand, Christine Fisher and Barbara VanGossen. Healthy Image opened in 2002, and Thrive began in 2003. Both companies have grown steadily over the years and now employ 14 people. The new offices encompass 4800 square feet and include an expanded production studio for videography and photography. Healthy Image offers comprehensive marketing, advertising and public relations services to over 120 clients in a wide range of business sectors. The company has received recognition for business performance on the local, regional and national level. Healthy Image was named the 2012 LED SWLA District Small Business of the Year; a Top 100 Small Business by the U.S. Chamber in 2013; the 2014 SWLA Chamber Alliance Small Business of the Year; and the 2016 Women Owned Business for Women’s Business Week by the U. S. Congress. Thrive is a monthly lifestyle magazine, focused on providing news and information to help people live a full, balanced, healthy life. The publication is distributed at no charge in over 250 businesses and racks located in restaurants, banks, and retail stores, as well as in waiting areas of local hospitals and doctors’ office waiting rooms throughout Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. The new building features an additional 1000-square-foot office for lease. Call Century 21 Bessette Realty at (337) 474-2187 for details. June 2017

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to Promote Healthcare Careers The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance has announced a new workforce initiative called HealthWORx, a collaborative effort between five healthcare facilities in Southwest Louisiana and the Alliance’s Workforce Development Committee. The goal is to increase awareness of, and interest in, the wide range of career opportunities in the healthcare industry right here Southwest Louisiana. Participating hospitals are Beauregard Memorial Hospital, DeQuincy Memorial Hospital, Jennings American Legion Hospital, Lake Area Medical Center, and Lake Charles Memorial Health System. Healthcare professionals are among the workers most in demand across the country, and Louisiana is no exception. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses, for example, is projected to grow 19 percent -- faster than the average of any other occupation. The Louisiana Center for Nursing reports that could mean a major shortage of nurses. “Nursing is just one of many, many career paths in the healthcare field where opportunity exists for someone in search of a well-paying, secure career

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path,” says R. B. Smith, Vice President of Workforce Development for the Alliance. “Not all healthcare careers require a four-year degree, and not all of the thousands of people working in our local healthcare facilities wear lab coats or scrubs. People tend to think just of patient care jobs when they think of healthcare careers, but there are many, many different types of jobs available in healthcare, from business managers and marketing to information technology and engineers. With the tremendous economic growth Southwest Louisiana is experiencing – and will continue to see for over the next decade – our regional healthcare providers are facing the same challenges as other industry when it comes to finding qualified employees. That’s what HealthWORx is all about – to ensure that we have a qualified workforce to meet the current and future demand of the healthcare industry in our region.” Louisiana healthcare employment makes up 9.7% of jobs in the state, ranking 15th nationally. Smith says jobs in healthcare typically come with excellent benefits packages, opportunity for training and advancement, job security, and many other

advantages that should appeal to someone in search of a good career. “This is true whether you are deciding on an educational path, or are already in the workforce and wanting to make a positive career change,” he adds. The new HealthWORx web page at provides information on healthcare careers, training

programs, and links to job openings at participating healthcare facilities. An awareness campaign is underway on social media to provide education about the wide variety of employment opportunity in the healthcare field. For more information visit or call 337-433-3636.


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KBYS at McNeese offers new radio show McNeese State University’s radio station KBYS 88.3 FM – is offering a new women’s history program titled “Your Grandma Rocks!” every Saturday at 6:30am. Hosted by McNeese faculty Phillipe Girard, Janet Allured and Amber Hale, the half-hour episode features music and information on the lives of notable historical women such as Cleopatra and Marie Curie. The program is funded by a Juliet Hartdner grant from the McNeese Foundation. The shows are also available for instant streaming online at or through the CastBox app. (Search for KBYS.)

2017 McNeese Cowboy Camp Set McNeese State University incoming freshman and transfer students have the opportunity to experience student life early during the 10th Annual Cowboy Camp August 18-19 on the McNeese campus. Cowboy Camp has evolved over the


past 10 years from a one-day event with 75 students in July to a two-day program in August that draws over 300 students. “Cowboy Camp was specifically designed to help students get acquainted with campus life at McNeese. Students also learn what it means to be an engaged student at McNeese before they set foot on campus,” according to Kedrick A. Nicholas, director of campus life, engagement and student retention. “We are pleased that we have reached a milestone of 10 consecutive years serving the incoming freshman class,” adds Nicholas. “Cowboy Camp has groomed numerous student leaders who have gone on to be very successful beyond college. Several of them credit Cowboy Camp as the initial form of leadership development during their collegiate careers. Cowboy Camp continues to get bigger and better because of its rich history that is shared with many high school seniors that enroll at McNeese.” Students also participate in group competitions and fun activities with over $1,000 in scholarships, prizes and McNeese gear available to win. Participants also have the chance to take exclusive tours and move into campus housing two days before all other residents. Cowboy Camp registration opens May 8. Cost is $45 through June 6 for

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early registration, $50 from June 7-July 31 for regular registration and $60 beginning Aug. 1 for late registration. Costs include meals and T-shirts. For more information about Cowboy Camp, contact the McNeese Student Union and Activities Office at (337)475-5609. To register, go online at

McNeese Receives Donation for Cormier Scholarship Barbara and DePorres Cormier, both McNeese State University graduates living at Stone Mountain, Ga., have donated $5,000 through the McNeese Foundation to the Melvin J. and Theresa Cormier Sr. Scholarship they established in memory of DePorres’ late parents. On hand for the presentation, from left, are DePorres and Barbara Cormier and Jennifer Leger, planned giving and donor research specialist at McNeese.

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Mark Your Calendar! Running of the Bulls in New Orleans The 11th annual San Fermin in Nueva Orleans takes place July 7-9, 2017. This event pays homage to the annual Pamplona, Spain “Running of the Bulls” event, but in true New Orleans quirky style, there’s a twist. These bulls are Big Easy Rollergirls and participants from other roller derby leagues across the country. See http:// for more info. Nola Bulls is proud to welcome back The New Orleans Hotel Collection as the official hotels of San Fermín in Nueva Orleans participants and RollerBulls. Go to www. san-fermin-in-new-orleans to save up to 12% off their best available rates. Mention promo code NOLABULLS to make your reservation today. Or call (407)581-8234.

Walnut Grove Hosts Celebration of Art — Art Exhibit Featuring SOWELA Arts Program The Walnut Grove Institute and the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana will host a gallery opening for their latest Art Exhibit on June 1 from 5-6:30pm. The exhibit is housed in the Walnut Grove Post Office, located at 2025 W. Walnut St, Suite 1B, in Lake Charles. This special exhibit features the works of the SOWELA arts program under the direction of Erik Jessen and Darrell Buck. Under their direction, SOWELA students have gone on to win two national competitions at SkillsUSA and one national competition for GAERF (Graphic June 2017

Arts and Education Research Foundation). They won numerous regional contests and took home 28 local ADDY awards in 2016. Again in 2017, their students won nine local ADDY awards along with three bronze ADDYs at the District level. This exhibit is open to the community and will remain on display through August 25, 2017.

Cancer medications and impact on heart is topic for upcoming breast cancer support group. On June 8, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will hold its monthly Pink Crusade Breast Cancer Support Group meeting at 6pm in the WCCH Board Room, near the Cypress Street entrance of the hospital. Anne Treme, RT, RDMS, RVT, RDCS, will be the evening’s featured speaker and will discuss the most common effects cancer medications can have on the heart. Attendees will receive answers to common questions surrounding breast cancer and support through every aspect of their disease. There is no charge to attend these monthly meetings. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (337) 528-7320.

Seven seniors graduating with 12+ years of perfect attendance Seven seniors from six different high schools are graduating this year with at least 12 years of perfect attendance. Each year the Office of Child Welfare and Attendance recognizes students and their families with 12 or more years of perfect attendance for their dedication to education. This is a record number of seniors

graduating with this honor here in Calcasieu Parish. They are listed below along with their school and the length of their perfect attendance. They will be recognized at the upcoming board meeting on June 13 at the Calcasieu Parish School Board, located at 3310 Broad Street beginning at 5pm. • Alanna Beasley - 13 Years LaGrange High School • Samuel Chandler - 13 years Iowa High School • Daniel Eaglin - 13 years Westlake High School • Ciara Joseph - 13 years Washington Marion High School

• Kathryn Murphy - 13 years Bell City High School • Sydney Seaford - 13 years Sulphur High School • Nathaniel Watts - 12 years Westlake High School

Elite Redfish Series “Border Wars” Tour Stop 2 The Elite Redfish Series “Border Wars” Tour Stop 2 will be held from June 29-July 1, based in Port Arthur, Texas. Fishing on Sabine Lake, with weigh ins from 2-5 pm each day, with sites to be announced. West Division pro anglers will battle it out for the chance to win the Border Wars tournament and move on to the Championship in 2018. Kayakers will weigh in Saturday and Sunday after pro anglers. For more information, visit

The Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Foundation Announces the 2017 Walk Date The Board of Directors of the Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Foundation are pleased to announce that the 13th Annual

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HOPE Breast Cancer Walk/Fun Run will be held on October 21at the Lake Charles Civic Center. As one of Southwest Louisiana’s premier walks, over 5,000 members of our community will join together on the third Saturday in October to continue the mission of easing the burden of those affected in our community with breast cancer. Sponsorships for this years’ walk come in various levels, with no amount being too small. To become a sponsor or with questions regarding this years’ walk, submitting donations or to learn more about the Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Foundation, please visit www.

Computer Classes Available at The LIteracy Council of SWLA The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana, Inc., a United Way agency, will be offering Basic Computer Skills Courses which includes Beginning Microsoft Word for adults at the Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center. The fee for classes is $20 per person and must be paid by money order only. Classes will begin on June 14, 2017 and run through June 29, 2017 and are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am – 12pm. There are limited spaces available. All participants will receive a certificate of course completion. Contact The Literacy Council at 337-494-7000 for more information or email jcouvillion@ Seating is limited!


Style & Beauty

How to Use Sea Salt to Style Your Hair

by Emily Alford

Ever notice how hair just looks better at the beach? The mixture of sun, sand, and salt water gives hair a sexy, messy look that’s easy to achieve when you’re drinking daiquiris at a seaside seafood shack but much harder to maintain year-round. However, there are a whole host of sea salt hair products out there to keep you in summer-worthy waves no matter the season.


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What is it?

The most common sea salt hair product is a simple spray containing extracts of salt and seaweed that gives hair the same texture as swimming in ocean water, sort of like putting seawater in a bottle. According to Lensi White, master stylist and salon educator at Signatures salon, Lake Charles, an overwhelmingly positive response to sprays has resulted in many brands expanding their sea salt offerings. “Bumble and Bumble [a line of salon-quality beauty products] now has a whole line of shampoo, conditioner, oil infusion spray, surf spray, and blow dry spray to give that salty texture to all hair types,” White says.

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Who can use it?

Whether you have curly or straight hair, long or short, sea salt spray is a great way to add texture and volume. Sea salt will give natural curls a bit more definition. Naturally wavy hair also gets a bit curlier as a reaction to the salt. And even those with naturally straight hair will see a boost in texture and volume with a few spritzes. Men might benefit from using sea salt as well, since the added texture can make hair appear fuller.

Is it difficult?

Using sea salt is one of the simplest ways to give hair some serious style with minimal effort. “It’s easy,” White says. “Just spray it onto damp hair, hand style, and air dry.” Or, if you prefer to style hair with heat tools, like curling irons, blow dry and style as normal and then add a bit of sea salt spray for a messier texture that actually helps styles stay put. One of the drawbacks of beautiful beach hair is the dryness that often comes along with the texture-building sand. However, White says there are a few products on the market right now that are attempting to solve that problem. One is Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Infusion that combines its popular sea salt spray with a moisture-rich oil so hair stays smooth and shiny. “But your ends still look like they were dipped in the ocean,” White says. So if the end of your vacation leaves you feeling bummed by the lack of good hair days, bring back your beach look with a bit of sea salt.

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Microneedling Leads to Big Results in Skin Care

by Kristy Armand

If you’re looking for an effective treatment that will deliver long-lasting, overall improvement of your facial skin, microneedling may be what you need. According to Jennifer Lemons, licensed medical esthetician and owner of Dermalogix Salon and Day Spa in Lake Charles, microneedling is a technique that has been slowly gaining in popularity and advancing in effectiveness in recent years. “It works from the inside out to help your skin repair and rejuvenate itself.” The technique involves creating thousands of microscopic channels in the dermis layer of the skin with a tiny, needle-studded wand, explains Lemons. “This activates the body’s wound healing process, encouraging new collagen and elastin production. This stimulates new cell growth which results in a tighter, healthier, younger-looking skin. This ‘new’ skin has improved blood flow, so it also absorbs treatment products more efficiently.” Unlike some skin care treatments that use lasers or injections, microneedling is 100% natural and effective for most skin types. Its benefits include reducing fine lines and wrinkles; minimizing pore size; lifting, tightening and rejuvenating skin; and improving the appearance of scarring, including those from acne.


Lemons says microneedling is safe for most clients, but should only be administered by a qualified skin care professional as part of a customized treatment plan. There is minimal discomfort and no downtime with the treatment, which can be repeated as often as needed. “We often combine and alternate microneedling with other skin care treatments to maximize results and deliver more complete skin rejuvenation based on each client’s individual needs.” For more information about microneedling or any other skin care treatment, call Dermalogix at (337) 477-1195 or visit www.

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Golden Rules of Athleisure You may have noticed a lot of sweat pants and track jackets around town that have nothing to do with gym memberships or upcoming 5Ks. That’s because one of the year’s hottest trends is athleisure, or athleticinspired fashions that can be worn to the gym or as casualwear. The key to incorporating athleisure into everyday style is looking sporty without appearing sloppy. Read on for how to make this look work for you.

Mix it up Athleisure is all about mixing sportswear with street style, so try mixing some sporty looks into your signature style. For example, try pairing a fitted track jacket with a pair of dark jeans or a flirty spring dress. As long as you’re not actually on your way to the gym, there’s no need to get too practical.

Fit matters Athleisure is all about proportion, and the looks should be balanced. So if you’re wearing slouchy joggers, go for a fitted jacked and tee shirt. Or, if you’re trying out one of the season’s oversized tees or jackets, opt for a skinny or straight-legged silhouette on the bottom.

Embrace comfy footwear After decades of dizzying heel heights and increasingly skinny stilettos, it’s finally time to give our ankles a rest! The year’s hottest shoe for both men and women is the Adidas low-top Stan Smith sneaker. It’s super comfy and incredibly chic. Or try Converse sneakers, which come in a variety of colors, either low or high-top. The trick for finding your perfect athleisure footwear is not to think about what shoe will give the most arch

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support on the treadmill, but which pair brings the most throwback flair.

Don’t forget to accessorize You don’t have to ditch your jewelry just because you’re trying out a sportier look. In fact, gold earrings or simple chain necklaces will make your look stand out even more. Just make sure to take them off if you’re really going anywhere near an elliptical machine.

Keep it clean At the gym, sweat stains and wrinkles are pretty apropos. But when it comes to athleisure, presentation matters. Even if you’re just wearing a plain white tee, it should be clean and look fresh from the laundry.

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Solutions for Life

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

What’s Your EQ – Part I Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way – that is not easy. - Aristotle Have you ever been talking to someone,

High EQ consists of doing well in

anger, everything seems like its terrible/

were ready for the conversation to

4 areas: 1) self-awareness, 2) self-

horrible/can’t be withstood.

be over, and the other person seemed

management, 3) social awareness and 4)

clueless to that fact? You give all the

relationship management. I am covering

2. Know your strengths and

signals: looking away, taking a step back,

the first area today. You’ll have to wait

standing up if you’re sitting down. And

for future articles to learn more about

they still don’t get it. That’s because the

numbers 2, 3 and 4.

person you’re talking to has a low EQ, or Emotional Intelligence Quotient. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to

Self- Awareness is the concept of

being able to identify what you are feeling and knowing how those feelings

identify and manage your own emotions,

direct your behavior. People with low EQ

along with being able to identify

have a hard time identifying how they

other’s emotions and figure out how to

are feeling, and they have a tendency to

effectively interact with that person.

lump everything into broad categories.

Basically, it’s all about knowing yourself

Anger is often their go-to emotion for

and making sure you are emotionally

anything they perceive as negative.

healthy, then using that knowledge

When I explain that anger is a surface

to read other people so you can have

emotion, and I want them to go deeper to

productive communication. And, boy, is it

identify the specific emotion, they have

ever important! EQ plays a huge role in


you successfully navigating life, so I want

So, how do you increase your self-

to make sure you start tuning in to it. You’re probably familiar with IQ, or your Intelligence Quotient. IQ measures your general intelligence: how quickly you learn concepts, solve problems, etc. EQ measures your emotional intelligence. IQ and EQ don’t always match up. People can be high on one scale and lower on the other. (Think of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory – genius IQ but dismal EQ). The great thing about EQ is that it appears to be far more flexible and under our control than IQ; it can be changed, grown, learned.


awareness? Try these 3 things:

1. Increase your “feelings words.”

weaknesses. People with high EQ’s know they are not good at everything, and that’s OK with them. They play to their strengths, and work to keep their weaknesses from holding them back. For example, I am great at English and people fascinate me. Not so great at math, and I don’t really enjoy math or science much. I chose to go into counseling instead of research psychology as the latter would have required lots of classes on topics I don’t naturally lean towards. 3. Evaluate your interactions. People with high EQ’s are curious about themselves and their reactions and interactions. They regularly go back over both successes and failures looking for things they did well and things they need to improve on. If they fall short,

People with high EQ’s master their

they don’t blame others. They ask,

emotions because they can pinpoint

“What could I have done better in that

exactly what they are feeling. Instead

situation?” When they have successes,

of identifying as “angry,” they say

they ask themselves, “What did I do that

“I’m frustrated/irritated/feeling

worked so I can do that again?”

overwhelmed.” There are many feelings

Next month, we will cover more of this

word lists on the internet. Begin utilizing one to be as specific as possible. Remember that saying, “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” When the only emotion you have is

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important topic. Until then, I encourage you to begin working on increasing your self-awareness. It’s no surprise that the starting point of this journey is selfreflection, now is it?

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A habitual exercise routine helps me de-stress, attain specific training goals, and gives me inspiration that I am taking care of myself for the future.

NUTRITION I love food, but more importantly, I choose foods that will benefit my body over momentary satisfaction. I believe in choosing more simplistic, non-processed, organic, whole foods, and limiting diary, soy and gluten, so I can fuel my body with more of the foods that can help me with any challenge that may arise each day.

If something does not feel right with your body, then it probably isn’t. Take the time to go get it checked out. At LCC, we can help with exercises that are great for promoting good posture and taking care of your spine. If you don’t take care of your spine, your spine might not be able to take care of you.

ENJOY LIFE! Find something you are passionate about, and run with it.

What motivates me? My faith, family, and patients drive me to be the healthiest I can be. By applying my daily exercises and nutritional lifestyle, I can give my all to the wonderful people in my life. I was given one life, and I want it to be worth living.”


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