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Regular Features

In This Issue Wining & Dining

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Café Fit & Sports Grille Kids in the Kitchen Louisiana Seafood, By The Numbers

20 37 67 66

Who’s News Business Buzz McNeese Corral Solutions for Life

Places & Faces

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Newcomer’s Guide to SWLA First Person: John Bridges Hot Air Balloon Fest Tourism Awards

Mind & Body

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Special Section: Men’s Health Mapping the Ear – New Hearing Aid Technology Stem Cell Treatment for Joint Pain

Money & Career

32 Five Tips to Help you Love your First Job 34 Help Your Young Adult Become an Investor 36 Lotte and Westlake Chemical

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Style & Beauty

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What your Hair Colorist Wishes You Knew Tips to Care for your Designer Bag All About Oil

Home & Family

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Wining & Dining

Café Fit & Sports Grille

Offers Healthy Menu Options by Anatole Karpovs, M.D.

Good food is easy to find in Lake Charles. Great food – now that’s a different story. Great food is not only tasty, but also leaves you healthier. It helps you work, play, and live better. Food is meant to be enjoyed but also to nourish. Café Fit and Sports Grille is one such restaurant. You’ll find a clean and intimate sports café with a bar and sports-programming televisions lining the walls. The first clue you’ve entered someplace different is a section devoted to exercise supplements. The obvious clue is when you peruse the menu. Café Fit recognizes that today’s customer demands nutritious options. The Fit Platters offer healthier prepared meats or a veggie patty with wholesome sides. You can choose whole wheat or spinach options for their quesadillas or wraps. If you’re a keto dieter, check out the mushroom cap burger without the bun. The breakfast menu offers a wide array of delicious options with some nutrition, as well. Fit Café also offers vegetarian/ vegan options. You cannot eat healthy


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without eating more plants. The mixed berry and spinach salad is beautifully presented and very tasty. Enjoy a savory vegetable soup and sample delicious sauces with the cauliflower nachos. The build-your-own-pizza allows you to choose your ingredients. They offer a tasty cauliflower crust – try the avocado sauce with mushroom and tomato toppings. It’s the kind of food the whole family can appreciate. These types of meals give you energy instead of taking it away. Owner Tori Touchet is as interesting and lively as her establishment. Health enthusiasts always have a story, and Touchet is no different. She grew up with a passion for cooking, often experimenting with substituting healthier ingredients where she could. Her interest in health led her into the dental health field where she discovered that oral health and

body health are connected. She says her most difficult class in dental hygiene school was nutrition, which taught her the vital connection between food and oral health. Her restaurant was born from this marriage of interests in healthy cooking and encouraging her patients toward better nutrition. Touchet’s primary goal for Café Fit is to help those customers who want to eat healthy but don’t know where to start. She developed a meal prep menu assisted by a nutritionist. Customers can tell Touchet their nutritional goals, and she will adjust the meal plan accordingly. Currently, she offers a “keto” or a “clean” meal plan. They also deliver through the Waitr app. Touchet’s motivations for health promotion are reflected in her business. While some menu items are healthier than others, she makes it easier to dine nutritiously if that’s what you’re looking for. No matter what your hunger may be, you can satisfy it at Café Fit and Sports Grille.

Anatole Karpovs MD is a local physician with a unique certification in culinary medicine. He strives to promote area businesses that promote good health. Café Fit is located at 3939 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, 337-602-6963.


Wining & Dining

Cultivating a Love of Food & Family

by Stephanie Kestel Karpovs, MCD, CCC-SLP

Summer is here! Caregivers and students get a mental break from homework, uniform washing, and carpool lines. This is a perfect time to get the kids away from the TV and into the kitchen and garden with you! One of the best ways to encourage “picky eaters” is to involve them in the process of preparing the family’s meals. So, get out and grow something— even if it is just a small pot of herbs. Kids are more willing to try foods they have had ownership in growing, selecting, or cooking. Repeated exposure to new foods with gardening, cooking, and food play gives kids the positive practice opportunities they need to become familiar with these foods before ever tasting them. The initial goal is not to have them eat the food— although it is awesome when they do! Most kids go through a normal stage of “picky eating” and we want to encourage them to become confident in exploring new foods and expanding their


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food repertoires. Taking a plate from boring beige to a beautiful rainbow of fruits and vegetables takes time. Children often mimic what their parents eat, so take a look at your own plates—it really is possible for kids to make healthy choices and love them! Remember, small kids have small stomachs. We’ve lost perspective on appropriate portion sizes due to the supersized meals we encounter at restaurants and fast-food chains. So, just offer a small scoop of each food and don’t sweat it if they don’t eat it all. Do praise them for their help in preparing the meal: “Wow, you seasoned the beans just how I like them!” or “Thanks for putting the broccoli on everybody’s plates tonight!” Kids can easily help wash/dry produce, measure or stir ingredients, chop or peel with supervision, and sprinkle herbs/seasonings.

Farmer’s Markets are a fantastic way to expose your kids and teens to a variety of fruits and veggies. Fresh, local produce tastes amazing because it’s in-season and harvested at peak ripeness. Allow kids to touch different produce items as you help use words to describe it (ex. “Look at how smooth the skin is on that purple eggplant!” or “Let’s see which yellow squash is heavier!”). The best part about going to a Farmer’s Market is speaking with the people who grew the lettuce, okra, figs, peppers, beets, and so on. Encourage the kids to ask questions and use that time together as a way to expand knowledge and vocabulary. You’ll also expose their sensory system to a variety of textures and smells as you browse the selections. You may even be able to taste a few items along the way and can discuss whether it was sweet, tangy, juicy or spicy. Favorite Family Resources— Adventures in Veggieland by Melanie Potock is an amazing parent/childfriendly resource book packed with 100 fun activities, colorful photos, seasonal tips and delicious

recipes designed to help kids in her 3 E’s approach: expose, explore, and expand. Additionally, reading to your children about various foods provides opportunities for teachable moments and exposure to a wide range of food options. Shared reading helps reinforce topics such as identifying foods, learning where they come from, and naming the vibrant colors in foods. You can compare and contrast healthy foods vs. junk foods with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Or, you can play “I spy” with Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert. Spending time in the kitchen and at the table with children and teens can improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Nourish those relationships and have fun as you cultivate a love of food as a family! Stephanie is a local speech-language pathologist/pediatric feeding specialist and wellness coach. She enjoys helping families become happy and healthy adventurous eaters.






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Industry is Powering SWLA Local industries have a positive impact in Southwest Louisiana. The petrochemical industry brings good jobs, great benefits and security to thousands of residents in our region. Their tax dollars benefit our community through infrastructure, funding for our law enforcement agencies and schools as well as improvements to roads and parks to make our region better. They are among our most generous corporate citizens, volunteering thousands of hours for area organizations as well as giving millions in donations. Area industries are producing opportunity right here at home.


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Southwest Louisiana, aka SWLA, is a unique community. It consists of five parishes, friendly people, and plenty of things to see and experience. New to the area? Below are some tips to help you get around the "boot heel" of the state. The five parishes that make up SWLA are Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis. Each has its own identity and much to offer. Visit Kinder in Allen Parish, perhaps DeRidder in Beauregard Parish, Cameron in Cameron Parish, or Jennings in Jeff Davis Parish. Lake Charles, the official seat of Calcasieu Parish, is the largest city in the region with 72,000 people. Wonderful, but how do you navigate SWLA?


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1. Learn the main thoroughfares.

I-10, the main east-west interstate through the southern part of the U.S., rolls through Jeff Davis and Calcasieu Parishes. I-210 is a12-mile bypass route through the southern part of Lake Charles. These two interstates will be constants in your commute until you learn the local highways, byways, and side streets.

2. Get involved in activities.

Want to shop? There's Prien Lake Mall and several locally-owned shops that offer a variety of southern and Louisiana-inspired items . For sports, athletic events tend to revolve around high school teams and McNeese State University. Many McNeese alumni call SWLA home.

3. Take a stab at poker . . . or not.

If you choose to try your luck, there are several casinos: Golden Nugget Lake Charles Hotel and Casino, L'Auberge Casino Resort, Isle of Capri Casino Lake Charles, and Coushatta Casino Resort are the major destinations. If gambling is not your thing, these casinos also offer concerts by well-known performers, fine and casual dining options, and lounges for nightlife and entertainment.

4. Attend the festivals.

Lake Charles is "The Festival Capital of Louisiana." It hosts at least 75 fun and exciting festivals and events annually. There's the Cajun Music and Food Festival, the Lake Charles Crawfish Festival, the Black Heritage Festival, Downtown at Sundown (free annual outdoor concert series that ends June 7), ArtsFest, the Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo, to name a few. And of course, Mardi Gras! You're sure to find something that intrigues you and prompts you to venture out and take part.

5. Meet the people.

SWLA has a reputation for being friendly. There are some parts of SWLA where "everybody knows your name," like in a Cheers episode. You’ll likely hear, "Have a good day," after a store purchase, and cars will stop to let you in when you're merging into traffic. There is definitely a different culture here. It may take a little getting used to if you're from the more reserved environment of a larger city. Southwest Louisiana has something for everyone; it is just big enough and small enough for you to find your niche. You could visit a one of the many museums or see nature up close in one of numerous parks and wildlife refuges. Take a stroll through a historic neighborhood or have lunch at a local diner. True, you can do this in most any town anywhere in the U.S., but it doesn't feel quite the same way as it does in Southwest Louisiana. Welcome home!

For more information on things to see and do in SWLA, check out the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau website,, or meet them in person at their office at 1205 N. Lakeshore Dr.


Places & Faces This month’s First Person needs very little introduction. John Bridges has been showing up in households across Southwest Louisiana each weekday morning since 1996 through his role as co-host of KPLC’s 7News Sunrise. A life-long native of Sulphur, he began his nearly three-decade career with KPLC-TV in 1992 as an assignments editor, never expecting to become an anchor four years later.

While you may know Bridges as a long-time newsman, this busy local celebrity is so much more – a husband, father, and avid volunteer. Bridges recently sat down with Thrive and talked about his childhood dream that destined him to become a broadcast journalist, his pride as a father, his passion for volunteerism, and his dedicated journey to weight loss and wellness.

first person by Angie Kay Dilmore


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John Bridges

Tell us about your earliest experience with radio and television journalism.

When I was seven or eight years old, we’d go shopping at Muller’s Department Store. One day we were in the men’s department and there was a window that faces Division St. I looked out that window and saw a large window across the street with KPLC written across it. I sneaked out a back door, crossed the street, and stood in front of the KPLC window. It was the radio station that KPLC had at the time. I stood there with my face pressed against the glass; and that’s when I first fell in love with broadcasting. I was smitten with it from day one.

What exactly attracted you to the medium? I was fascinated with the delivery system more than being on the air. When I was 15 years old, I went to radio station KIKS to drop off a public service announcement and the guy asked me if I’d like to read it on the air live. I did, and he said I had a pretty good voice. He offered me a job. I was a sophomore and stayed in it all through high school. I continued to work at several radio stations for 16 years. In 1992, I went to KPLC as an assignments editor. It was an off-air position. I had no desire to be on TV. I loved the behind-the-scenes action of news. Because I had been in radio, they asked me to anchor a few newscasts on the weekends or fill in when needed. In 1996, I became anchor of 7News Sunrise.

What have been some highlights of your years at KPLC? I’ve been blessed in my career with opportunities to travel to places I never would have otherwise traveled. I’ve been to Cuba, Norway, Alaska twice, Canada four times, Paris, England, Ireland . . . all because of my affiliation with KPLC. The thing I like about my job is I don’t have to sit at a desk all day. I do sit at the anchor desk for two and a half hours each weekday morning, but I’m always out and about, meeting people.

What have been the greatest challenges of being an early morning news anchor? Oddly enough, waking up at 2:00 a.m. every morning has not been that much of a challenge. I’ve always been a morning person. The biggest challenge has been trying to stay relevant; trying to keep up with folks’ habits, their rituals, and to stay pertinent to our viewers, to keep our finger on the pulse of the community. And technology is a challenge. When I first got started in this business, we used typewriters and telephones with no voicemail. And of course, no computers or cell phones. Today, we have to multi-task, which is a challenge. There’s so much more going on now than there used to be.

What prompted you to volunteer at KBYS?

In 2015, I was invited to be on air at KBYS, the radio station at McNeese State University. And I was asked if I wanted to do a weekly show. It worked out. So now I host Rockin’ Saturday Night with John Bridges every Saturday evening. It’s been fun. We just celebrated our fifth anniversary.

Fatherhood . . . what has been the most rewarding and what surprised you the most It’s been a pleasure to raise our son, Jacob. My wife Koni and I couldn’t be prouder of

him and we feel so blessed. He graduated from McNeese last month with a music education degree and soon will attend Stephen F. Austin for his master’s degree. He and I went through Boys Scouts together and we’re both Eagle Scouts. I’ve enjoyed watching him learn and grow up. And the biggest surprise about parenthood, from the beginning, was that there’s no instruction book.

What advice can you give to young adults moving out into the world? The best advice I can give someone now, looking back, is to do more listening than talking. Watch people. Listen to their opinions. You learn more by listening than talking. Being a reporter gives me a license to listen.

Boy Scouts, Band Boosters, McNeese and KBYS, and the video ministry at your church . . . why is volunteerism a major priority to you?

My dad taught me at an early age how important it is to volunteer by demonstrating it in his everyday life; through church, Scouting, and community events. He did it quietly, never seeking any praise or glory. That made a big impression on me. I find when I do things for people, I want to be out of the spotlight, in the background. I don’t want credit. That feels better to me. I take joy in simply watching what comes about from my volunteer efforts.

Tell us about your remarkable healthy lifestyle journey.

In 2012, I decided it was time to lose weight. I’d gotten up to 311 pounds. I felt horrible; my blood pressure was sky high. I saw myself on the TV and couldn’t believe what I saw. So I decided to do something about it. I determined to take my time and do it right this time. I started eating better and lost some weight initially. Then I added exercise by walking in my neighborhood and working out at CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club. And I changed my habits and mindset regarding food. I used to eat for enjoyment. I couldn’t wait for the next meal. Now I eat for fuel. I still enjoy food, even fried catfish and shrimp gumbo! I just don’t eat nearly as much and I eat healthier food. I’ve found a lifestyle I can live with. I’ve lost around 115 pounds. And I feel so much better. I feel I look better, too, which is important. You need to do it for you, not anyone else. You have to surrender yourself to a new lifestyle.

What’s next for John Bridges?

There are a lot of things out there I’d like to experience. People have always fascinated me. If I can stay involved with the community, volunteering and helping people or organizations along the way, that will keep me satisfied. As long as we’re pleasing God, that’s what matters.


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SWLA Hot Air Balloon Fest is Coming in July

SWLA Hot Air Balloon Fest

July 19-20

Chennault International Airport 3650 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Avenue, Lake Charles


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Lots of fun things are happening in the Lake Area this summer, but one of the most unique is the first-ever SWLA Hot Air Balloon Fest, taking place July 19-20 at Chennault Air Force Base. The festival will be filled with live music and dancing, family-friendly entertainment, festival food, spectacular fireworks, and of course, hot air balloons. Brandon Beard is the event organizer who is making it all happen. “I am part of the team that brought the Red River Balloon Rally to the Shreveport area,” he says. “This will be our fifth year for that festival. Last year, I really wanted to bring a hot air balloon festival to other areas. I witnessed firsthand the excitement that it brought to communities. So, I did some research and after looking at different areas, I decided that Lake Charles would be a perfect fit for so many reasons.” Beard is from Lafayette and loves south Louisiana—especially the folks in Southwest Louisiana. “Lake Charles has a great economy and is a growing city,” he explains. “We really thought that the community would embrace a new festival and they have, in a big way. I also have friends and very good partners that have lived in Lake Charles.” Beard says Marvin Simon with Deep South Productions is a great partner and is providing all the lights, staging and sound. “Also, Kindall and Jessica Pruitt are a big part of the community and have been on board from the beginning,” he continues. “Last, I would be remiss to not mention Jessica Colbert. Her full time job is with The Golden Nugget, but she is an amazing part of our team and handles all of our social media, plus so much more. For all of those reasons, we are here in Lake Charles and super excited to bring the festival.”

There will be a lot going on. Friday, July 19, is Faith & Family Night with local, regional, and national Christian/gospel artists and worship groups performing on two stages. Saturday’s festivities will include a barbecue competition, VIP beer tasting, and more live music! Both nights of the festival conclude with something absolutely beautiful called a Balloon Glow followed by an exciting fireworks spectacle. There will be two ways to ride a hot air balloon. “On Tuesday, July 16, private rides will begin in the morning and in the evening through Friday,” Beard explains. “These rides will be across the city and will last between 1-2 hours. We have a registration system on our website to hold your spot. Cost is $55 to reserve your spot and it’s $200 on ride day. So, the total is $255 and totally worth it. You can register at” At the festival, you will also be able to do tethered rides. “You still get the experience, it’s just not as high and not as long. These rides are $20 for adults and $15 for kids,” Beard says. General admission tickets are free while supplies last at participating sponsor locations which will be announced on the website and Facebook page as the event nears. General admission tickets are also available now on the website for $15. You can also purchase discount tickets for $10 at any Market Basket location. Tickets are available to first responders, military personnel, and teachers for $10. VIP passes are also available for purchase, along with Beer Sampling tickets for Saturday for $50, which includes admission plus all the beer you can drink in the beer tasting tent. So whether or not you go up, up and away, or simply enjoy the sight of these beautiful balloons on terra firma, this festival is one you won’t want to miss!


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Partners in Tourism Awards

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Honors Partners in Tourism & Recently Retired CEO

The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (LC/SWLA CVB) honored partners in tourism who have made significant contributions to the tourism industry in Southwest Louisiana as well as recently-retired CEO of the LC/ SWLA CVB, Shelley Johnson, at an award ceremony held last month. Johnson was honored by the Louisiana Lieutenant Governor’s Office, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the City of Lake Charles with proclamations for May 7, 2019, being officially designated as “Shelley Johnson Day.” She was surrounded by colleagues from all over the country who attended the luncheon in her honor, and many paid tributes to her, having written heartfelt letters in advance of the event. The Tourism Lifetime Service Award was earned by Johnson. Over her 30-year career in tourism, Johnson has been a pillar for tourism not only in Southwest Louisiana on state and national levels. She has showcased Southwest Louisiana’s culture, traditions, culinary creations, festivals, resorts, wildlife and the great outdoors to everyone whom she has met throughout her life. She has also been recognized by the Louisiana Travel Association and the Southeast Tourism Association for her leadership and lifetime service to the tourism industry. 18

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The Tourism Leadership Award was presented to Mayor Nic Hunter of the City of Lake Charles. Mayor Hunter has worked hard to create economic development districts to promote new business growth, and he has a passion for lakefront development as well as programs to promote parks. He involves the business community as well with public/private partnerships. One of the most exciting attractions on the horizon is Port Wonder, which will be an iconic beacon along Interstate 10, enhancing the lake and the downtown area. The Organization of the Year was awarded to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. To maintain the level of youth baseball events that the area is able host, the CVB and the Police Jury worked closely with the City of Lake Charles and Ward 3 to establish a turf project to add nine more turf fields to the sports infrastructure in Southwest Louisiana. The CVB and the Police Jury also partnered on an incentive program to encourage the I-210 overlay project to move along more quickly to help minimize the traffic challenges facing the parish. The Chairman’s Cup Award recipient was given to Nora Popillion, director of entertainment and public relations at Delta Downs for his breadth of work in the community supporting Family and Youth

Counseling agency, volunteering for events such as Live @ the Lakefront, while also lending his most distinctive emcee voice for public events and fundraisers. The Rhea Barnes Travel Industry Award was established in memory of an exemplary employee of the CVB who passed away in 1994. The person who earns this award has shown significant contributions to tourism and the community. Denise Fasske is the 2019 recipient. She is a talented event organizer and fundraiser, able to motivate others into action. She retired from the city after serving as the Director of Cultural Events in November of 2018. The Lasting Impression Award winners were Matt Young and Erica McCreedy. Young and McCreedy worked hand-in-hand to create the Living History Cemetery Tour from scratch that was a resounding success. From the research on Southwest Louisiana’s history to script writing and finding actors, organizing props and period clothing to working with the cemeteries and producing a brochure, this event was first-class and captured the imaginations of people to learn more about our history and heritage in Southwest Louisiana. The Hospitality Arts Tourism or “HAT” Award is given to someone who serves as a bridge between the arts and tourism

communities. The 2019 HAT award was earned by 2-time GRAMMY nominee, Sean Ardoin. He is an incredible ambassador for music and shares his Creole heritage. Ardoin worked with the communications team at the CVB and collaborated with the City of Lake Charles on a Creole Culture video. Volunteer of the Year Awards were given to Donnie Martin and Colvin LeDoux. No matter if it’s a tailgate event at McNeese, hosting a team during Marsh Madness or just about any other event, Martin and LeDoux are eager to assist. LeDoux has also become a big part of the CVB’s hold on LHSAA Championship events from his work as a team host and team host coordinator at the Marsh Madness Basketball Championships to putting his “made for radio” voice to work on the mic at the LHSAA Softball and Baseball Championships The Public Service Award was earned by the Lake Charles Police Department Traffic Division. The division provides

motorcycle police escorts for travel writer media tours and events, always ready to assist the bureau by being proud representatives of the area and the City of Lake Charles. The 2019 Sports Person of the Year was awarded to Jean Evans. Evans is one of several team hosts to assist the CVB with Marsh Madness for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. She goes over and above with hosting, creating welcome bags and gift cards for the teams and making them feel at home in Southwest Louisiana. The Media Partner in Tourism award was earned by Olivia Vidal with KPLC. As the co-anchor of Sunrise and co-host of the Fox 29 Morning Show, she proactively reaches out to the communications team to assist with spreading the word about the CVB’s activities, events and promotions occurring throughout the area. She is also available to help with events in varying capacities, such as being a celebrity judge for contests.

Krickett Racca, marketing director at Crying Eagle Brewing Company, was named as the Young Professional of the Year. Racca goes out of her way to accommodate each request when groups or media are in the Lake Area. She serves on the Arts Council Board of Southwest Louisiana and participates in the marketing college program, presented by the Southeast Tourism Society. The Social Media Photo of the Year was awarded to Tammilee Tillison of Spokane, Wash., a travel writer who was in town during Mardi Gras. She captured a colorful image during the Mardi Gras Iowa Chicken Run that became popular on social media platforms. For more information on the impact of tourism on Southwest Louisiana or to hear what locals have to say about how tourism works for Calcasieu Parish, log onto www.

A Better Bridge for a Better SWLA Since we released our recommendations in January, we’ve made great progress building support and focusing attention at the state and national level for a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge. Help us continue this momentum. Visit our website ( to learn more and find out how you can get involved: · Submit a letter of support · Request a speaker for your organization · Make a contribution to the communication campaign The Calcasieu River Bridge is critical to the continued and historic expansion of this area’s industrial development. The time is now to BUILD OUR BRIDGE!


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Movers and Shakers in Southwest Louisiana...

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Lakeside’s Holt Selected as LBA Regional Director W. Justin Holt, Executive Vice President of Lakeside Bank, has been named Southwest Region Director for the Louisiana Banking W. Justin Holt Association (LBA). Originally from DeRidder, Louisiana, Holt has over 15 years of experience in the financial field. He joined Lakeside in 2018. Prior to that, he was with FNBD for 10 years, serving most recently as Regional President and previously as Chief Lending Officer. Holt has extensive experience in commercial, real estate, secondary market origination and lending, as well as operations and management. Visit to learn more.

Lake Charles Memorial Welcomes Robbin Odom as VP of Safety & Quality Robbin Odom is the new Vice President of Safety & Quality for Lake Charles Memorial Health Robbin Odom System. She comes to Memorial with more than 25 years of nurse executive experience and will be responsible for infection control, nurse education, and quality regulations. Before coming to Memorial, Odom served as the Administrator, Vice President of Ancillary Services at CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital. She previously held the titles of Interim CEO and Chief Nursing Officer while at Lake Area.


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CPSB ‘Of the Year’ Winners The Calcasieu Parish School Board is proud to present our ‘Of the Year’ winners for the 2018-2019 school year. As a large district with thousands of students and several thousand employees, these individuals are incredibly deserving of this recognition. We are proud to have each of them representing our school district.

Students of the Year Brenna Bernhardt – T.S. Cooley Elementary School Jacob St. Mary – S.J. Welsh Middle School David Spicer – Sulphur High School

Teachers of the Year Tiffani Carlin – Brentwood Elementary School Lacey Blocker – Maplewood Middle School Hope Berry – Bell City High School

Principals of the Year Willona Jackson – College Oaks Elementary School Max Caldarera – S.P. Arnett Middle School Scott Nunez – Bell City High School

Librarians of the Year Jeni Anderson – Frasch Elementary School Kristi Fontenot - Cypress Cove Elementary Hope Myers – Maplewood Middle School Kayla Little – Barbe High School

Counselors of the Year Aimee Hamblen – St. John Elementary School Vickie Wynn – W.W. Lewis Middle School Julie Doland – Bell City High School

Finley Assumes Leadership Role at Merchants & Farmers Bank Ken Hughes, President/CEO of Merchants & Farmers Bank is proud to announce the hiring of Gina Finley as Assistant Gina Finley Vice President. She will work from the bank’s Nelson Road location. With over 18 years of experience, Finley has worn many hats in the banking industry including Universal Utility Banker, Loan Processor, In-Store Branch Supervisor, Retail Deposit Specialist, CSR and Teller. Her new responsibilities will include providing customer service for the retail banking business of prospective and existing customers, opening of new accounts, implementing personal banking concepts through the sale of other retail banking services including remote deposit capture/ cash management, and management of tellers. In operation since 1928, Merchants & Farmers Bank is an independent community bank headquartered in Leesville, LA with eight full-service locations in seven cities. Among the first of Louisiana banks to establish online banking, Merchants & Farmers offers a variety of banking products and services

Avail Hospital Appoints Lance Armentor as Hospital Administrator Officials from AMD Global, LLC (AMD) has announced that local Lake Charles business leader, Lance Armentor, has been appointed as Hospital Administrator of Avail Hospital. Dr. Dharmesh Patel, CEO of AMD, said that Armentor had been selected from a field of outstanding candidates based on his impressive healthcare background, operational expertise and proven leadership.

Prior to joining Avail Hospital, Armentor served as Director of Support/Facility Services for Jennings American Legion Hospital (JALH) in Jennings, La. where he provided management and overall support for Plant Operations, Environmental Services, Safety/ Security and Material Management. Avail Hospital opened at 3730 Nelson Road in Lake Charles in late 2017. The 33,000-squarefoot hospital provides emergency services as well as inpatient hospitalization

Dr. Cohen Tops in the World on TruMatch Knee Replacements Orthopeadic Surgeon, Nathan Cohen, MD, ranks #1 in the world for the most knee replacements done using the TruMatch Nathan Cohen, MD Technology developed by DePuy Orthopaedics. Dr. Cohen has performed 1,271 of these procedures as of the end of April 1. He first starting using the technology in November of 2012. TruMatch is a process where most of the work for a knee replacement is done outside of the operating room. A CT scan is performed of the entire leg of the patient, 3D images are constructed of the knee which are sent to Dr. Cohen. He then designs the position of the implant in the knee on his computer and sends the plans back to DePuy. The company constructs a 3D print of the knee, sterilizes the cutting guides and sends them to Dr. Cohen. During the actual surgery, the guides are applied to the exposed knee and removal of the arthritis is performed. The new implant is positioned and the knee closed. The technology offers extremely accurate joint replacement and all major decisions are made before the patient even enters the operating room which reduces time spent operating. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohen call (337) 494-4900.

SOWELA Chef Roy Angelle Completes Rigorous Yearlong Certification SOWELA Technical Community College’s Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Roy Angelle was Chef Roy Angelle named a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. This certification is a yearlong process, which includes 120 hours of education development with a minimum of eight hours in the following subjects: curriculum planning and development, evaluation and training, teaching methodology, and educational psychology. Chef Angelle completed three 30hour courses in Nutrition, Food Safety & Sanitation and Supervisory Management. The certification criteria also require 1,200 post-secondary teaching hours, successful completion of a written and hands-on practical exam, as well as a classroom video demonstration. Education requirements include an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree. As part of SOWELA’s Culinary Arts faculty, Chef Angelle teaches Culinary Production Principles for Dining Facilities, À La Carte, Sanitation and Safety and more. SOWELA’s Culinary Arts program prepares students to work in service, production and baking areas of the food service industry For more information about the program, visit

Denise Rau, CFP™ Selected to Attend Barron’s Top Independent Advisors’ Summits Denise Rau, Certified Financial™ Planner and president of Rau Financial Group Denise Rau in Lake Charles, recently attended the 11th annual Barron’s Top Independent Advisors Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rau was one of approximately

400 financial advisors selected to attend the exclusive conference. The event is hosted by Barron's magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public. Rau was also invited, for a second consecutive year, to attend Barron’s Top Independent Women Advisors Summit in May. She is one of approximately 150 financial advisors chosen to attend this conference. Barron’s-ranked women advisors, independent channel industry leaders and renowned advisor coaches will conduct sessions that explore subjects ranging from human capital development, core business strategy and management, capital structures and innovation. Rau Financial Group offers an extensive range of financial services, including financial planning, investments, retirement planning, trust services, real estate investment and insurance products. For more information about the program, visit

Kyle Edmiston Promoted to President/CEO Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau Kyle Edmiston has been named as the new President/CEO of the Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (LC/SWLA CVB), having served as the Chief Operating Officer since January of 2018. He previously served as the assistant secretary for the Louisiana Office of Tourism, a position which he held for almost six years under the direction of two different Lt. Governor administrations. Edmiston is the former President/CEO of the Ruston Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau as well as the former Executive Director of alumni relations at Louisiana Tech University. For more information about the program, visit

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Despite the overwhelming number of potential health problems men face, and the fact that many of those problems could be minimized or avoided completely with preventive care, too many men pay too little attention to their health. “Men tend to put their health last,” says Dr. Jason Burklow, family medicine physician with Imperial Health. “Most men think that as long as they’re able to live up to their daily responsibilities, then they’re healthy.”Here are the top 6 health threats that men should be aware of:


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June is Men’s Health Month, a time when healthcare providers, educators, and Thrive magazine strive to raise awareness of preventable health problems through early disease detection and treatment, and to encourage men to live a healthy lifestyle, both physically and psychologically. In this special section, you’ll find articles on the major threats to men’s health, exercise alternatives for men who dislike the gym and, to reduce stress and improve your mental health, you’ll find a story on great places to escape for a long weekend with the guys.

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The Leading Men’s Health Threat The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death for men in the United States. Men’s arteries tend to develop atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) earlier than women causing cholesterol plaques to gradually block the arteries in the heart and brain. If the plaque becomes unstable, a blood clot can form, blocking blood flow which can result in a heart attack or stroke.

“Cardiovascular disease and stroke are preventable,” says Dr. Burklow. By implementing small changes in your lifestyle, you can significantly decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke. • Know your cholesterol numbers • Maintain and control your blood pressure • Increase your physical activity (at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week) • Eat more fruits and vegetables • Quit smoking (if applicable)


Still a Health Threat to Men Tobacco smoke is the leading cause of lung cancer and accounts for roughly 90 percent of lung cancer cases diagnosed each year. “While exposure to occupational hazards like asbestos increases your risk, smoking remains the leading cause of lung cancer,” says Dr. Burklow. Dr. Burklow recommends that anyone – men especially – who has smoked more than 30 years, talk to a physician about having a low-dose CT scan to screen for lung cancer. “While quitting smoking is very challenging, it’s the most effective preventive measure any man can take to reduce their risk of developing lung cancer. There are several new tools available to help men quit. Talk to your doctor about your options.“


A Leading Cancer for Men Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men. It is the second leading type of cancer death in men, after lung cancer. Close to 200,000 men will develop prostate cancer in the U.S. this year alone. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland behind the penis that secretes fluids and is important for ejaculation and tends to become prone to problems as men age. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, but only one in 35 will die from it. “Many prostate cancers are slow-growing and are unlikely to spread,” says Dr. Burklow. “Screening for prostate cancer is important and should be done annually for men over the age of 50.”


Men Are at Risk National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) statistics show that more than six million men suffer from depression each year. “Instead of showing sadness or crying, men get angry or aggressive and are far more unlikely to seek help for depression,” says Dr. Burklow. When depression goes untreated, the results can be tragic.

Men are four times more likely to commit suicide compared to women, which attributes to part of the blame that depression goes undiagnosed in men. If you think someone is at immediate risk of self-harm or hurting another person: • Call 911 • Stay with the person until help arrives • Remove any objects or items that may cause harm (guns, knives or medications) • Listen, don’t judge,argue, threaten or yell If you think someone is considering suicide, get help from a crisis or suicide preventive hotline (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255).


The Silent Health Threat for Men According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, diabetes affects 13 million U.S. men, compared to 12.6 million U.S. women. Diabetes usually begins silently, without symptoms. Over time, blood sugars elevate, eventually spilling into urine which results in frequent urination and thirst which garners enough attention for men to see a doctor. “Excess glucose acts as a slow poison on blood vessels and nerves throughout the body. If left untreated, diabetes can wreak havoc on your body which could lead to nerve and kidney damage, heart disease and stroke, and even vision problems or blindness,” says Dr. Burklow. The American Diabetes Association recommends that men “get out, get active, and get informed” and the best way to control diabetes is to eat healthy and exercise.


A Common Health Problem in Men Two-thirds of men older than 70 and up to 39% of 40-year-old men will experience some form of erectile dysfunction. Some recent research indicates that erectile dysfunction may be linked to cardiovascular disease. “It may seem uncomfortable to visit with a physician about erectile dysfunction, but there are effective treatments available. Erectile dysfunction can be a symptom of an underlying health problem, such as cardiovascular disease, so it’s imperative to seek the advice of a qualified physician,” Dr. Burklow said. Dr. Burklow stresses the most important step a man who has been ignoring his health can take is to see a doctor for a complete exam and routine tests, based on their age. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burklow, call 337-474-7290.


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Research shows most of the time it’s women who make the travel plans and decisions. But sometimes guys just need to get away . . . whether it’s for a blowout bachelor party, a father-son adventure, or a chance to bond with buddies from high school or college. Here are five very different itineraries for trips guys will love.


Sportsman’s Paradise

Twenty minutes south of Lake Charles, Grosse Savanne Lodge ( is a 50,000 acre hunting lodge bordering both a freshwater marsh and a saltwater lake. Professional guides will make sure you have your pick of fishing, duck, and alligator hunting. While some hunting lodges are basic cabins where you’re roughing it, Grosse Savanne is an elegant accommodation with all the comforts of a luxury resort, including a game room, bar, and in-house dining. Forget about franks-n-beans. Grosse Savanne’s chef creates world class cuisine using local game.

Stellar Adventure

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. In Texas Hill Country¹s Upper Highland Lakes Region, far removed from light pollution, is a dream trip for an astro-enthusiast seeking dark skies. Canyon of the Eagles Resort ( has high-tech telescopes and a Master Astronomer helping


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guests find the moon and distant stars during a free hour and a half program offered Wednesday through Sunday nights. Break up the five and a half hour road trip by stopping at Space Center Houston. Throughout July they’re celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of Apollo 11 astronauts and engineers who got us to the moon.

Tropical Escape

Longing to escape to a tropical island, but don’t want to deal with the hassles of a passport? No shoes, no shirt, no problem pretty much sums up the easy-going ambience of the Florida Keys. Legendary American author Ernest Hemingway fell in the love with island life during what was meant to be a quick stay in Key West. He ended up staying ten years, writing some of his most famous novels there. Besides writing, Hemingway spent a lot of time fishing. Nicknamed the Conch Republic, the Florida Keys are a mecca for deep sea fishing.

No need to travel all the way to Key West though. The Florida Keys are 100 miles long. Make the Middle Keys your home base. Hawks Cay Resort ( in tiny Duck Key is a great choice. Two hours south of Miami International Airport, 90 minutes north of Key West, it has its own marina where you can charter a fishing boat or head out to the world famous reefs to snorkel or scuba dive. You can even get certified to dive during your trip. If you’re angling to catch a challenging trophy fish— the kind you’ll be boasting about for years to come—consider a swordfishing excursion with Tailwalker Charters. Upon your return, Hawks Cay offers “Hook and Cook”— their chefs will prepare your catch just the way you like at the waterfront Angler and Ale restaurant. On your return to Miami, stop in northernmost Key Largo at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen, a pink and green shack world-famous for its key lime pie and conch chowder.

Golf the Gulf

Closer than the better-known Florida Panhandle beaches, the Gulf Shores of Alabama have the same beautiful blue waters, plus an abundance of greens. Coastal Alabama Golf ( can help you choose between nine golf courses, designed by some of the world’s greatest golf course architects, including Arnold Palmer, US Open Champion Jerry Pate, and Earl Stone. Alabama’s Gulf Shores are filled with oceanfront condo vacation rentals, perfect for a large group. If you want a classic hotel experience, head over to the beachfront Hampton Inn. Get your fill of Gulf seafood at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina (www.fishersobm. com). Head upstairs for an elegant evening or stay below for a more relaxed experience. When it's time for a margarita, head over to where Mr. Margaritaville himself, Jimmy Buffett, an Alabama native, goes when he's in town— his sister Lucy Buffett's restaurant and bar. Lulu's ( offers casual coastal dining and nightly live music.

Historic New Orleans

The Big Easy turned 300 last year. High time to take the time to explore its history. On the drive to NOLA, stop at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie. Stroll the manicured gardens and step inside the antebellum mansion during the half day tour where you’ll experience a bygone era in one of the South's most beautiful settings. For a taste of New Orleans’ history, take the three-hour narrated lunch cruise aboard the Creole Queen paddlewheeler (www.creolequeen. com/chalmette-battlefield-river-cruise). For dinner, book a table at Antoine’s, the historic white-linen dining palace in the French Quarter. Rest your head in history by staying at the new Hotel Peter & Paul (www.hotelpeterandpaul. com/grounds), a magnificent restoration and repurposing of a 19th century Catholic church.

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& HEALTH TIPS for Men Over 50

Why is it that in a country with the best health care in the world we have so many unhealthy men? The problem gets worse as men age. Men age 50+ are the worst offenders. Just when they have the time to enjoy their lives, travel with their spouses or partners, enjoy their grandkids, and take time for hobbies, their wellness begins to fail. They become sedentary, neglect their health and, as a result, die younger than women and experience more chronic disease. Conversely, what makes a healthy baby boomer tick? How did they stay focused with all the complexities of their lives and still find time to take care of themselves? Through research and surveys, the answers across the board were about the things most of us value the most: wives, partners, spouses, kids, grandkids, friends, hobbies, and careers. Our social connections are what motivate us to care about our health and take the necessary steps to get healthy and stay healthy. But you can’t reach these goals or be active in your life if you aren’t healthy. Below are the strategies featured in Crack The Code: 10 Proven Secrets that Motivate Healthy Behavior and Inspire Fulfillment in Men Over 50, by Louis Bezich, that can help men create their own secret sauce for healthy living.


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1. Assess Your Current State All good plans start with a candid and introspective assessment of your present state of social circumstances and health behavior. Answering the question “Where are you now?” is fundamental to a successful plan. 2. Create Your Vision Once you acknowledge your current state, you can consider, “Where do you want to be?” Goal setting is the first step in translating your social vision into concrete, measurable actions that will form sustainable inspiration. 3. Build Your Strategy Your implementation strategy, asking "How are you going to get there?” is where the rubber meets the road. It’s your daily, weekly, monthly, and annual action plan, which fuels your inspiration and implements your plan. 4. Create Your Personal Lifestyle Network Partnerships and social engagement are a common theme among men who live healthily. This strategy guides you in the development of your own social network. 5. Design A Sustainability Plan Contingency planning is common in business and life. It should also be part of your personal health behavior. Healthy men have a plan.

6. Leverage Micro Motivators While your lifestyle design appropriately starts with consideration of your greatest values and priorities, your micro motivators are what serve as the support structure in the practical details of your daily routines. 7. Diversify Just like your financial portfolio, a diversity of social and behavioral tactics adds strength and security to your lifestyle architecture. 8. Be Optimistic There is a link between optimism and good health. 9. Adjust Life is not a stagnant proposition. Circumstances, values, and behaviors can and sometimes need to change, particularly as you age. Adjusting to new ideas and circumstances is a key factor in your design. 10. Be A Hero Knowing that we can influence the behavior of others by our actions, whether they are our 50+ brothers or the next generation of men, can be a powerful motivator. So, get out there, make your plan, and live your healthy life! Louis Bezich is a healthcare executive, husband, father, grandfather, part-time professor, and author with a passion for health and fitness.

A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more than even the whole man – he must view the man in his world.” This was true when Harvey Williams Cushing said it 100 years ago — and it remains true today.

There is an argument gaining popularity among patients and physicians alike that our healthcare model is philosophically backwards. As far as world healthcare and education rankings go, the United States has regressed to 27th, a just demerit for its withering quality of operational systems and education. The current model neglects the basic human essentials like nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction, favoring instead trips to specialists treating (or over treating) his/her own pet organ. Few are considering the whole patient to organize a global, integrated, safe, and effective treatment plan. One massively overlooked health-affecter is stress from our daily environment. Stressors have a major influence upon mood, our sense of well-being, behavior, and health. Specifically, for the conversation in this issue of Thrive, research has also found that stress can

reduce testosterone levels in men. For example, low levels of testosterone have been reported during psychological stress, physical/exercise stress (overtraining) and trauma (such as surgery). MINIMUM STRESS = MAXIMUM TESTOSTERONE Stress can come from: Circadian Disruption (shift work, sleep issues, caffeine abuse, pain, jet lag) Inflammation (infections, allergies, cardiovascular, digestive, joint) Glycemic Dysregulation (obesity, stress eating, meal timing, poor diet choices) Perceived Stress (burnout, lack of control, unhealthy relationships). Research has also found that anticipatory stress can reduce testosterone levels in men. Unlike the men with normal testosterone levels, men with low testosterone levels tend to have more anxiety and irritability. Knowing this, we can raise our natural testosterone and reduce anxiety and/or depression by reducing stressful triggers. The category we will focus on for this issue is perceived stress, especially from living out of control. The human brain has been described as an “anticipation machine, and ‘making future’ is the most important thing it does”. We love stability in our lives because it’s predictable. It provides certainty regarding future events – how likely they are, when they will occur, and what they will be like. Uncertainty diminishes how efficiently

and effectively we can prepare for the future, and thus contributes to anxiety. Said simply, you aren’t afraid of the dark, you’re afraid of the uncertainty, unpredictability, and uncontrollability in the dark. According to a recent paper from the University of Wisconsin, helplessness models of depression have emphasized a lack of control over stressful events as a precipitating and maintain factor in depression. It has also been suggested that uncontrollability is a shared feature of anxiety and depression and that the two are differentiated by predictions about negative events: anxiety is accompanied by uncertainty about future negative events, whereas depression is accompanied by the perception that negative events are unavoidable, leading to hopelessness. Mixed anxiety and depression is characterized by uncertainty about the occurrence of negative events and feelings of helplessness regarding control over those events. What can we do about it?

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Here’s one of the exercises we use at our clinic: On a sheet of paper, write down 7 categories: Fitness, Finance, Family, Field, Faith, Friends, and Fun. Which categories are unstable in your life? Which categories are the healthiest? Grade each category based on your perceived health in that category including levels of certainty, predictability, and controllability, with “10” being the healthiest, and “1” being the least.

Next, define what a “10” perfect score would look like for each category in your life. Your job is to create action steps to get you from your current score to your newly defined “10” perfect score. For example, let’s say you wrote down a 4 for Field – what 5 things could you do to start adding controllability and certainty in your job to reduce stress? The idea of this exercise is to be solution oriented, not problem focused. How many solutions can you come up with?


Mind & Body

Mapping the Ear

for a Customized Fit of Hearing Aids

The unique shape of one’s ear is a testament to a person’s individuality. In fact, the ear’s individualized arrangement of narrow openings, flat surfaces and sharply curved surfaces are a complex system that helps a person to communicate with the outside world. No two are exactly the same. When fitting someone for a hearing aid, it’s crucial to obtain a tailored fit for the device to fit comfortably and correctly. Because of the way each ear is constructed, achieving a customized fit can be a challenge. “Thankfully, we now have an innovative way to customize hearing aids,” says Dr. Heidi Sorrells, with Acadian Hearing. “Otoscan 3D digital ear scanning system easily creates a map of the ear within minutes, giving us a detailed, dimensional map of each person’s ear.” Acadian Hearing is the first and only hearing service in Southwest Louisiana offering the Otoscan 3D system. Dr. Sorrells, along with Dr. Juliana Marcantel and Dr. Bridget Garrido are experienced with the technology. All are doctors of audiology. The process is completely comfortable for the patient, with little or no contact with the actual ear. “We simply aim the laser into the ear and the camera captures the image of the ear. It creates algorithms to convert the image into data points and then it connects the data points together


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into a 3D image of the ear,” explains Dr. Juliana Marcantel. “It only takes a couple of minutes and then the 3D image is used to complete the order for the hearing aid. We can instantly submit it to the manufacturer for processing.” Previous methods involved making a silicone impression of the ear shape, then using it to determine the best hearing aid for that patient. “The Otoscan system is much faster and can be done in one visit. In addition to providing a customized fit, it’s a safer and more efficient process,” Dr. Bridget Garrido says. Improving a patient’s hearing can be life changing, Dr. Sorrells adds. “Hearing loss can happen gradually, so by the time they come see us, it may have been years since they heard sounds properly. When they receive their tailored hearing aids, it opens the world to them again.” For more information, call (337) 436-3277 or visit

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Bringing Cutting-Edge,

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE to SWLA The Center for Orthopaedics proudly announces the opening of the Center for Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative medicine is a revolutionary treatment approach that harnesses the power of the body’s own cells for accelerated healing of injuries and to reduce the pain and limitations of osteoarthritis. Advanced biologic therapies allow our physicians to use a patient’s own blood and bone marrow for the non-surgical treatment of tendon and arthritic conditions of the knee, shoulder and hip. To learn more or schedule a regenerative medicine consultation, call (337) 721-7236. The Center for Regenerative Medicine is affiliated with iGenesis, a collaborative network of orthopedic providers who offer standardized biologic therapies that meet the FDA’s comprehensive regenerative medicine policy framework to treat specific musculosksletal conditions.

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Center for Orthopaedics Announces Opening of the Center for Regenerative Medicine by Kristy Como Armand

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The physicians of Imperial Health Center for Orthopaedics (CFO) are pleased to announce the opening of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at their Lake Charles office, located at 1747 Imperial Boulevard. The Center for Regenerative Medicine is affiliated with iGenesis, a collaborative network of orthopedic providers who offer standardized biologic therapies using a patient’s own blood and bone marrow for the treatment of tendon and arthritic conditions of the knee, shoulder and hip. “Regenerative medicine allows us to harness the healing potential contained in blood and bone marrow,” says Dr. Steven Hale with CFO. “We have been following developments in this rapidly evolving field for some time. After researching and studying the therapy platforms of several different providers, we chose iGenesis because we believe their approach provides the most advanced therapies that follow proven principles of cell harvesting and treatment protocols.” Using iGenesis technology and fluoroscopic guidance, exact amounts of cells are extracted and applied to the area of damaged tissue. The non-surgical outpatient procedure takes approximately 20 minutes. Potential benefits of the iGenesis treatment include reduced pain, improved healing, no threat of rejection of your own cells, increased participation in activities and maintaining independence longer.



Dr. David Drez Jr. with CFO has a personal interest in biologics. “After sustaining an injury to my right knee two years ago that did not resolve through various traditional non-surgical treatment methods, I started looking for another solution. After researching stem cell treatments, I decided that the iGenesis protocol was my best solution. After receiving the stem cell injection in my right knee several months ago, I have experienced 95% resolution of my painful symptoms. When I evaluate patients for the program, I can speak to them with firsthand knowledge of how the process works." “It’s very exciting to be the first in the region to offer this innovative level of care,” says Dr. John Noble Jr. with CFO. “I am very appreciative of the work Dr. Hale and Dr. Drez have done to establish our Center for Regenerative Medicine and I am excited to have this new treatment option for my patients.” Not every patient is a candidate for regenerative medicine. A consultation is required to determine if biologic therapy is an option for a patient’s condition. Dr. Drez says careful patient selection and education allow for the best possible outcome. The iGenesis techniques meet the FDA’s comprehensive regenerative medicine policy framework and the FDA Guidance Letter (November 2017) for the use of human cells, tissues and cellular tissue-based products. Call Center for Orthopaedics at (337) 721-7236 to schedule a consultation to determine if you are a candidate.

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Tips to Help You Love Your First Job

Getting that first job is a big accomplishment as it provides financial independence and the opportunity to make your mark in the working world. A lot of time and effort is put into getting the job, and the interview advice can be rampant. Advice runs the gamut of how to format your resume, to what suit to wear. This is all very helpful, but what happens when you actually get the job? Your first job is typically full of unchartered territory and can throw curve balls full of unexpected situations. These situations aren’t something your college courses prepare you for, but real life will.

by Holly Caplan

Here are some tips to help you enjoy your first job: 1. Pick Your Clique. When starting a first job, realize that you are walking into an already-established work culture. While you may be in training and learning about the tasks of your job, you will also be learning about the new personalities around you and inner office dynamics. This can be a bit of a shock, especially as the office gossip unfolds and the culture reveals itself. As you get to

know your new work environment, you will find co-workers who are positive and can be an asset to you, and you will find those who are negative and bring you down. Avoid the latter. Don’t get sucked into those who love misery or talk about what the new sales director had on that day. Surround yourself with those who lead by example and bring positivity and support to your new world. Then in time, pay it forward by doing the same for other incoming employees.

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2. Engage Yourself Quickly. Even though you may have already gotten the job, you can quickly create a name for yourself by proactively setting up meetings with different people in the organization. This shows that you are trying to integrate yourself and you have a genuine interest in them and how they contribute to the bigger picture. Plus, these new relationships can be your foundation, and these people could be the same ones to help you in a new project or even just be a resource while you grow in your new role. 3. Don’t be afraid to call out bad behavior. This may feel a little intimidating at first, especially being a new employee, but in our #metoo world, we have to be open to calling out bad behavior. If you encounter something that makes you uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to report it.

4. What if you don’t. Like everyone says, finding a job is a job. We put a lot of energy, time and emotion into finding the right work place for us. We immerse and invest ourselves into something that hasn’t happened in blind faith that we could be chosen. We are hopeful, excited, and become emotionally involved. So you may ask, after all of this, “What if I don’t get it? How do I handle it?” If you aren’t hired, don’t beat yourself up. In the interview process, you most likely learned a lot and made a lot of new connections – which in itself is valuable. You never know what can happen in the future, and your paths could cross again. 5. Work the totem pole. We all strive for success and we especially want it immediately! However, know that it will take a good 10-12 months in your new job to find your groove and feel confident in what you are doing. You will have big wins and major mistakes along the way,

but know it is part of the process called “paying your dues”. Be grateful because no matter how fun or stressful paying your dues can be, you are building new skillsets for yourself that will take you from job to job. In time, working your way up the totem pole will happen and promotions and new roles will appear. Be eager, be patient, and enjoy the climb. Your first job, no matter how long you are there, will always be memorable. During the coming months, you will create the foundation of your career and set yourself on the path for success. Holly Caplan is a workplace issues expert, career coach and author of Surviving the Dick Clique: A Girl's Guide to Surviving the Male Dominated Corporate World. For more information, visit and find her on Twitter, @hollymcaplan.


Money & Career

Help the Young Adult in your Life Become an


Is there a young adult in your life; a recent graduate or a 20-something starting out on their own? Likely, you want to help them get off to a good start. What can you give a young person that would be useful and meaningful? Cash may seem too impersonal. Furniture or small kitchen appliances may not be their personal style. Instead, consider introducing them to the world of investing. Only 33% of millennials participate in the stock market, whether it’s contributing to an IRA, 401(k) or investing in an after-tax mutual fund, according to Kevin Lacy, Commercial & Industrial Lake Charles Market Manager/SVP with Investar Bank. “The primary reason for this is simply because they cannot afford to participate. They either work in an industry that pays them in cash with no retirement benefits or they invest strictly in a savings account and/or CDs. These accounts generate little to no interest income to promote additional savings. Also, their risk appetite is much lower than previous generations.”


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How can you help a young person start down the path to a lifetime of saving? Consider the following:

1. Match savings contributions

Saving can be hard to do on a small salary, but it’s such an important skill to learn. Encourage your young adult to open a savings account to stash away money for an apartment, a new car or some other goal—and as an incentive, make the initial deposit and offer to match a portion of the contributions. Keep in mind that taxes may apply on gifts, depending on the amount gifted. In 2019, you can give up to $15,000 per recipient without being subject to the gift tax ($30,000 if you’re giving as a couple). Check with your tax advisor or the IRS website for more information.

2. Fund an IRA

Help your young adult open a taxadvantaged individual retirement account (IRA). Especially if the young person isn’t yet working for a company that offers a workplace retirement plan such as a 401(k); opening an IRA now is a great way to jumpstart retirement investing. Roth IRAs, which are funded with after-tax dollars and offer tax-deferred growth and earnings—as well as tax- and penalty-free withdrawals in retirement—are particularly practical for younger investors, who are likely to be in a lower tax bracket today than they will be at retirement. Roths also provide flexibility, since contributions can be withdrawn at any time without tax or penalty. (But encourage your young adult to keep the funds invested for retirement!)

3. Automate investing

One of the newest financial innovations on the market is the automated investment advisory service, or roboadvisor, which provides algorithm-based portfolio management advice and can help build a portfolio that is appropriate for various goals and time horizons. Some offer automatic rebalancing to help keep your investments in line with your risk tolerance as different assets move up or down in value. For young people, robo-advisors have a lot of appeal. It’s easy to get started— new investors simply answer an online questionnaire to help determine risk profile and time horizon and then review the recommended portfolio. Many robo-advisors have additional tools to help track performance and progress toward goals and can be monitored easily on a mobile device.

If you’re a parent or grandparent who wants to encourage your young adult to start investing, Lacy suggests you help them develop a monthly budget and always include a dedicated amount of money to savings, as if it is a vehicle note or a rent payment.

4. Give stocks with youth appeal

The stock market can be intimidating to young people, who often don’t know where to start. The great thing is that they’ve got time to recover if a highgrowth stock runs out of steam or a portfolio begins its life a bit unbalanced. Consider piquing their interest in investing by gifting individual stocks in companies that they like or share in a mutual or exchange-traded fund (ETF) that invests in sectors that interest them, such as technology or biotech. (You may want to help the recipient establish a brokerage account as part of the gift.)

Be sure to impart the importance of an emergency fund that allows the young investor to leave investments positioned for the long-term when times get tight. Many young people find the idea of investing intimidating or decide they’ll wait until they have more money to put away. Consequently, they miss out on one of the most powerful drivers of return: time in the market. “Compounding interest is the interest you earn on interest,” says Lacy. “The advantage of compounding interest is that, rather than taking the interest income for a period, you reinvest back into the principal. The best analogy for compounding interest is a snowball rolling downhill. As it rolls down, the snowball gets bigger and faster. The higher up on the hill that you are (the earlier you start investing), the bigger your snowball will be at the bottom (retirement).” For more information,contact Kevin Lacy with Investar Bank at 337.656.6191.

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Money & Career

Lotte Chemical & Westlake Chemical

Host Grand Opening Ceremony for New Louisiana Chemical Complex Lotte Chemical USA and Westlake Chemical Corporation hosted an official opening ceremony on May 9, 2019, for their jointventure Ethylene and the Lotte Chemical world-scale Ethylene Glycol (EG) Production Facility near Lake Charles, Louisiana. The complex is a $3.1 billion project, which broke ground in June 2016, and will include an ethane-cracker plant, a joint venture between Lotte Chemical and Westlake Chemical, and the ethylene glycol plant. The combined site encompasses approximately 250 acres. “Among Korean petrochemical companies, Lotte Chemical is the first to locate a project in the United States; as such, this project represents a significant investment by Lotte Chemical,” said Jinkoo Hwang, Lotte Chemical USA president and chief executive officer. “Today also marks the opening of our new corporate headquarters in Lake Charles, and we are very excited to be part of the industrial growth in the region.” “Westlake Chemical Corporation is pleased to be a joint-venture partner with Lotte Chemical, a leading global petrochemical company, in LACC, a state-of-the-art ethylene facility. This is the seventh Westlake


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operation in Louisiana,” said Albert Chao, Westlake Chemical Corporation president and chief executive officer. “This new ethylene facility marks another phase of Westlake’s continued investment in the state, where the company is proud to be a long-established petrochemical producer and member of the community. Ethylene from this new plant will further enhance the value of Westlake’s integration strategy.” The new chemical facilities are expected to have a lasting positive economic impact on Southwest Louisiana, adding a combined total of 250 new direct jobs with very attractive salaries, plus benefits. According to the Louisiana Economic Development office, as a result of this project, approximately 2,000 indirect jobs have also been created in the community. “Southwest Louisiana continues to lead the state – and our nation – in capital investment and job growth, and this new complex by Lotte Chemical and Westlake Chemical represents a major contribution to our expanding economy,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. “The combined capital investment of more than $3 billion by these companies demonstrates that

by Kristy Como Armand

Louisiana can successfully compete on the global stage when it comes to attracting world-scale business investment. With 250 new permanent jobs here at the ethane cracker, MEG plant and Lotte USA headquarters, we’re providing amazing career opportunities for a new generation of industrial workers and their families.” Louisiana faced tough competition from other states for the projects. The final site was chosen due to the advantage of existing infrastructure, including access to competitive feedstock resources, pipeline, rail and water shipping access and a talented and trained workforce. Lotte Chemical’s EG plant began production of monoethylene glycol, commonly called MEG, in January of this year. MEG is an important ingredient in the making of paper, textile fibers, latex paints, asphalt, resins, antifreeze, coolants and adhesives. With an annual capacity of 700,000 metric tons, the new facility is now the largest MEG plant in the world.


Lake Charles based frozen pop and ice cream shop Pops and Rockets is changing its name to BOOMBOX Frozen Pops and Ice Cream. The change is the result of similarly named competition in nearby markets as well as an upcoming announcement that they will be expanding their footprint into other markets. Along with the name change, they are announcing new staff acquisitions to help grow their brand. Among them are Skylar Pierce, who is the new Chief Operating Officer, Cory Duplechain, VP of Manufacturing and Product Development, and Ryan Tharp, VP of Retail Operations. With the addition of new staff and the re-brand, BOOMBOX will soon be announcing new store openings and a public event in Downtown Lake Charles to celebrate their 5-year anniversary.


The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana commissioned Bantam Strategy Group and Toole Design Group, two experienced bikeshare firms, to study the feasibility and implementation of a bikeshare system serving the City of Sulphur, City of Lake Charles, and McNeese State University.

This study started in fall 2018 which included several layers of quantitative and qualitative factors to determine the feasibility of a bikeshare system in the area. Some of these efforts include a website with interactive mapping, community outreach meetings, and several layers of mapping to determine the fleet size and service area. Additionally, Bantam evaluated various bikeshare business models available and outlining a practicable system business pro-forma. 182 public surveys were complete from September 2018 until early February 2018 with 73 percent of respondents stating bikeshare is a good idea for Lake Charles, and 89 percent in favor of bikeshare at McNeese State University. The recommendation for the City of Sulphur is to consider a bicycle library and focus on a community bicycle and pedestrian plan initially. A bike library would consist of a fleet of bicycles that could be checked out from one or more attended locations for minimal cost. The additional results from the study reveal the City of Lake Charles and McNeese State University are feasible. It is recommended this is complete using two phases, an initial launch and an expansion within three years.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LAKE CHARLES AND MCNEESE AT-A-GLANCE • Phase 1: 151 smart electric bike fleet with roughly 32 mobility hub locations for the initial system launch • Phase 2: 184 additional bicycles and 39 hubs in a future phase • Install and identify designated bikeshare hubs and locations as bikeshare specific, using signage and geofencing technology for a positive user experience • Implement a Privately Owned and Operated Model with no government funding • System funding would be comprised of user fees and corporate sponsorship • Engage in a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the City and McNeese and implement an agreement similar to a franchise agreement • Select an experienced bikeshare professional with durable equipment committed to hiring locally and establishing a local partnership A Plan Summary and the full Feasibility and Implementation Plan can be downloaded from


Ochsner Health System has partnered with the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC)

and Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) on a new Registered Apprenticeship program to prepare individuals with healthcare backgrounds for careers as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). The first class was recently honored during a Pinning Ceremony at Ochsner Health Center-Covington. The Ochsner LPN Registered Apprenticeship Program is an outcome of a 2016 federal grant awarded to the LWC to increase the state’s number of Registered Apprenticeship programs. The grant was developed as a direct response to the need for LPNs at Ochsner and throughout the healthcare care industry. The inaugural class completed the program with 100 percent of the students passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for practical nurses. Each graduate is employed by Ochsner in hospitals and clinical facilities across the system. The pilot LPN apprenticeship is accredited by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners. This 12-month program offered through NTCC features classroom and clinical components. Upon completion, graduates earn a technical diploma in practical nursing. For more information about the Ochsner LPN Registered Apprenticeship Program, visit


Style & Beauty

Don’t jump from stylist to stylist. Your stylist knows what’s going on with your hair and how to get the best results!

” - Johnnie LaFleur

What Your Hair Colorist You Knew

Wishes by Emily Alford

Going to the salon to get hair color is a process that sometimes involves spending a whole day at the salon and shelling out some serious money, so it’s normal to expect perfect results every time. However, there are a few mistakes customers sometimes make when getting their hair professionally colored that could mean they don’t get the results they dreamed of. To find out what your hair colorist wishes you knew, we interviewed Johnnie LaFleur, master stylist at Indulgence Salon and Gifts.


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If no one is asking

WHO DOES YOUR HAIR? You shouldn’t keep secrets. It’s tempting to just get the hair color you’re looking for out of a box from the grocery store, and many of us have given in to that particular temptation. But box dye is really bad for hair. Unlike the hair color professionals use, box dye simply stains the proteins of the hair, which can cause patchy bands of color and strange tones that you might not be able to see, but will show up when your stylist puts color on top. “You colorist needs to know what’s been on the hair,” LaFleur says. “Because the way its going to react with more color could cause damage.” Ask us how to care for your colored hair. Hair color can be difficult to maintain, especially blonde. You really need a special shampoo to protect your colored hair and make it look salon-fresh for longer. Hair that’s been lightened has a tendency to turn yellow or “brassy” over time, especially if you’re going to be in pools or out in the sun. Your stylist isn’t merely trying to upsell you when he or she recommends that you need a special shampoo and conditioner. “Purple” products keep those brassy tones out of blonde hair, and color-protecting products keep all that money you spent on hair color from literally going down the drain. “Definitely use a color-treated shampoo,” LaFleur says. “Because it’s designed to keep color more vibrant and not fade as fast. In fact, I like to know all the styling products my customers use, and I really prefer they all come from me, so I know what’s been on their hair.”

highlights, your appointment probably won’t take too long. But if your hair has been dyed a deeper shade and you’re ready to go platinum, don’t expect to be in and out of the salon in an hour. The first stage of lifting hair to a lighter color involves bleach. But don’t worry, your stylist knows what he or she is doing and isn’t going to damage your hair. This process can take a good hour or two, depending on how dark your hair is. In the next step, your colorist then applies a toner, which will take out all the yellow tints and get you to your perfect blond hue. All told, the entire process can take around three hours, or even longer, so don’t schedule an appointment to go platinum on your lunch break. For more information or to make an appointment, call Indulgence Salon and Gifts at 337-433-0931.

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r e n g i s e D Bags

The Care & Handling of

by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

Much like the Dollar Store sunglasses in the bottom of your purse, you many not think twice about tossing your twenty-dollar Target handbag in the backseat of the car after grocery pick-up or dropping the kids off at practice. However, if you’ve invested in a designer handbag, you want something you’ve spent such a pretty penny on to last for a few years. This is often how we justify the purchase of something so special, but many people don’t know the basics of handbag care that will prolong the life of your newest beloved companion.

Keep it clean. Once a week, wipe the exterior of your bag with a fragrance-free baby wipe. It’s gentle enough not to damage your bag while getting off whatever has accumulated on the surface of


your bag during the daily grind. It’s also good practice to empty your bag and shake out the dust on the inside occasionally to keep the inside as nice as the outside. Consider keeping liquids, makeup, and pens in little baggies to keep from staining the interior. Use leather conditioner. Use leather conditioner or balm on a leather bag to prevent the leather from cracking. Apply it with a clean, white cloth. Follow up this step by drying and buffing it with a dry, cotton cloth. You can usually find this at a leather shoe repair shop.

Protect your suede. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Scotchgard makes special sprays for fabrics, suede, and nubuck that will help protect your

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bag. Always test the spray on a small portion of the bag to make sure there is no discoloration before you spray it completely. Treat stains with household products. For oil stains, break out the baby powder and sprinkle it over the discolored spot and let it sit overnight. You may need to repeat this process. To remove dirt from suede, all you need is a pencil eraser! Lightly erase the scuff or stain with a good eraser. To remove ink stains, use rubbing alcohol—just test it on a small, inconspicuous area first to see how the fabric reacts.

Store your bag properly. Store your bag sitting it upright in its dust bag or in a cotton pillowcase. Do not place them in a plastic or non-breathable bag because moisture will build up and possibly

mildew your bag. Don’t pile bags on top of one another, and stuff them with acid-free paper or fabric to help them maintain their shape. Always store your bags out of direct sunlight so that they don’t become discolored. Get Help. When you face the dreaded moment of a zipper or piece of hardware breaking, a stain you don’t feel comfortable dealing with, or even a small tear, get professional help. Send your purse to Purse Rehab in Malibu, California, or contact the company you purchased your bag from to ask for suggestions of where to have maintenance done to help extend the life of your designer handbag.


All About How Oils Can Transform Your Skin

Anyone who spent their teenage years blotting their oily faces with tissue in the middle school bathroom is probably wary of using oil to clean skin, clear acne, and seal in moisture. And even those who have never battled oily skin might think it seems strange to incorporate oil into a beauty routine. After all, haven’t we been told not to touch our faces after eating so as not clog our pores with oil from our fingers? Turns out, there are some oils that are actually great for skin. Oil cleansers are a gentle way to remove dirt and makeup, while oil serums are a secret weapon for fighting fine lines and wrinkles. Here’s everything you need to know about adding oil to your beauty routine.

principal. Oil cleansers are great for breaking up makeup (even hard to wash away eye makeup) without stripping skin of its natural moisture, so that tight feeling delicate face skin sometimes gets from a too-harsh cleanser is a thing of the past.

They’re great protectors. Oils are lipophilic, which means they dissolve in lipids and fats. That’s good news for skin because it means they dissolve deep into skin and form a barrier, keeping dirt and toxins out. Oils are also excellent for protecting against damage from cold weather.

But leave oil until last. If you’re using oil to benefit from antioxidants and lock in moisture, save it until the end of your beauty routine. If you use an oil serum before you moisturize and dab eye cream beneath your lids, what you’re essentially doing is forming a barrier on your face that moisturizers can’t penetrate. Here’s the best order for a beauty routine that incorporates oil: cleanser (oil-based if you want), eye cream, moisturizer, and then oil-based serum.

As well as excellent cleansers. Ever used oil to wipe grime off a cast iron skillet while protecting the outer surface of the pan? Honestly, it’s pretty much the same

And packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants (like vitamins C and E) are miracle workers: smoothing fine lines, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and fading dark spots. But many of the moisturizers boasting antioxidants don’t necessarily penetrate deep enough to do much. That’s not the case with oils, which, as stated above, soak deep into the skin to both nourish and form a protective barrier.

by Emily Alford

Don’t assume all oils are created equal. While some (but certainly not all) oil cleansers and serums can cost a bit more than other beauty products, it’s probably not a great idea to go rooting through your kitchen and using any old oil you come across. Olive and coconut oils can be great for hair, but can clog pores and cause breakouts.

For acne-prone skin, tea tree oil can work wonders for clearing complexions. If you’re looking to try using oils for skin care, remember to take it slow. Some oils, like rose or tea tree, can be a bit much for sensitive skin, so test products on a small area for a few nights before using them all over.


Home and Family

r r a CMaintenance Handbook

Approximately 88% of Americans own a vehicle, according to a Pew survey. Yet, based on a study by Cooper Tires, the vast majority of car owners are not adept at maintaining their vehicles – only 39% are extremely confident they could fix a flat tire; 33% are extremely confident they could change the car’s oil. 68% of cars currently have at least one mechanical problem, yet drivers operate their vehicles anyway. Adding to the lack of mechanical ability, 54% of car owners feel intimidated and reluctant to take their car to a mechanic, often due to financial fears. But car maintenance is an important safety consideration. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 45,000 car accidents happen each year due to vehicle malfunction, often as a result of poor maintenance. In this month’s cover section, we hope to inform and inspire you to take good care of your car.


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Easy Steps to Better


The Car Care Council encourages motorists to be car care aware and perform these five simple steps to improve fuel economy and save money.

1. Check Tire Pressure: Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent. 2. Use the Right Motor Oil: Improve gas

mileage by one to two percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.

3. Replace Clogged Air Filters: Replacing clogged

air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.

4. Check Engine Performance: Keep your engine running efficiently and improve gas mileage by an average of four percent.

5. Fix It: Addressing a serious maintenance problem,

like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent, according to

Proactive vehicle maintenance is a motorist’s best money saving tip. Routine auto care not only helps save on fuel costs, but it helps identify small issues so they can be serviced before they become bigger and more costly to repair.





by Taylor Trahan Henry

HOW ROUTINE VEHICLE MAINTENANCE IMPACTS YOUR SAFETY Besides a home, a vehicle is probably one of the single largest purchases a consumer will make in their life. Safety features, technology, towing capacity and added features are just some of things buyers look closely at when searching; but the real investment starts when you drive off the lot. Checking tire pressure, changing the oil and keeping up with other regular maintenance on your vehicle may seem like a pain but it’s worth the hassle. Not only does it extend the life of your vehicle but it also plays a big role in your safety and the safety of others on the roadway. No matter how well you drive, you are not as safe as you can be unless your vehicle is in good condition. If you neglect routine maintenance and other issues, your


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vehicle could fail you in a critical moment leading you to crash or to pose a road hazard to others. Some of the things you should keep in mind when it comes to routine maintenance and replacement of parts are tire pressure, tire tread, fluids like coolant and engine oil, windshield wipers, lights, and brakes. “Something as simple as windshield wipers not being replaced when needed can cause an accident,” says Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “If you can’t see properly when it’s raining, you make an already difficult driving situation even worse. Clear view of the roadway means more time to react to any changes.” Tires are designed to grip the road and give the driver of the vehicle directional control. If your tires are excessively worn or if they are improperly inflated, your control over the vehicle is lessened. Rotating your tires – moving the front tires to the back of the vehicle and vice versa, as well as right to left – prolongs their life and even has the added benefit of improving fuel economy. The owner’s manual for your vehicle should tell you how often to rotate as well as optimal tire pressure. It is important to pay attention to any strange sounds you may hear when you apply your brakes, such as grinding or squeaking sounds. Any such noise should alert you to have your brakes inspected by a licensed mechanic. It’s also important to make sure brake fluid is maintained at the correct level.

BUILD YOUR OWN ROADSIDE EMERGENCY KIT: - A spare tire and supplies to change a tire: tire iron, lug wrench and a jack. - A basic tool kit including: tire gauge, screwdriver, pliers, wrench, duct tape, a pocket knife. - Jumper cables Engine oil is what lubricates the many moving pieces of your vehicle’s engine as they work together to get you from point A to point B. Without sufficient amounts of clean oil, your engine could overheat causing your vehicle to stall. What’s worse than being stuck in peak traffic with a line of cars behind you and a vehicle that won’t go? “As law enforcement officers, obviously part of our job is to respond to any incidents on the road. But, a little prevention can go a long way in protecting you and your loved ones from needing to call us in the first place,” says Sheriff Mancuso. “Prevention is cheaper than the alternative. That’s why we’ll be sharing these tips and many more with local teens in our upcoming Reality Check life skills academy.” If you do find yourself on the road with car troubles, there are several things to keep in mind. First, if you’ve been involved in an accident with injury, call 911. After help has been deployed, then you can focus on safely removing your car from the flow of traffic. Of course, if there are serious injuries or your car is unable to be moved, the priority is to move yourself to a safe area. If you experience a tire blow-out or engine failure, you should safely maneuver to the shoulder of the road and turn on your flashers before calling for assistance. This is where keeping a roadside toolkit of basic items would come in handy. Most items can be repaired well enough roadside for you to travel to your mechanic. If you need to be towed, call the local towing company of your choice. Check with your insurance company to see if roadside assistance is included in your policy. “Vehicle maintenance and roadside safety are especially important for new drivers,” says Sheriff Mancuso. “Our hope is that Reality Check will equip teens with the knowledge and skills to make them confident drivers who keep safety top of mind.”

- A basic first aid kit - A can of tire inflator and sealant - Flares or reflectors - Your car’s owner’s manual - A gas can - Flashlight - A pair of work gloves


For more information on Sheriff Tony Mancuso’s Reality Check training program, contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-491-3851. This is a free program for teens ages 14 and older.



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YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR OIL EVERY 3,000 MILES Once upon a time, this was the case, and many oil companies and lube shops still push this idea. But now, most cars made within the last decade or so require oil changes every 5,000 to 7,500 miles depending on the manufacturer. Check your owner’s manual recommendations.

PREMIUM FUEL IS BETTER FOR YOUR CAR AND WILL INCREASE ITS PERFORMANCE Unless your vehicle has a high-compression and performance engine that runs hotter than most others, regular gasoline works fine.



Your warranty is valid until the expiration date, regardless of where you service your car. Dealerships will imply that you can only go to them, but actually requiring you to do so is illegal. Maintenance covered under your warranty can be performed by any auto repair shop — just save your receipts to prove what was done and how much it cost.



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Engine parts do need to warm up to operate fully, but modern engines warm up faster while you’re actually driving. Additionally, your wheel bearings and transmission need movement to completely warm up. Running your car before driving in colder weather has no benefit other than heating you up inside the car. Idling the car in your driveway uses gas to go nowhere — essentially wasting money and fuel.





Replace individual tires as needed so long as they’re the same brand, model, and size as the rest of your tires. Just make sure to have them rotated at every other oil change to maximize their life.

While this may sound like a nice way to save money, washing your car with dish soap or laundry detergent actually damages the car’s wax finish. Instead of contributing to paint chipping off and rust marks, pay a little more for car-wash liquid. It’s designed to not strip away the protective wax.

When it comes to total relaxation,


A BATTERY WILL RECHARGE FOLLOWING A JUMP START AFTER A SHORT PERIOD OF DRIVING It takes hours of driving to bring a battery that had to be jumpstarted back to full charge — especially in colder temperatures. Brief drives might still leave you with a dead battery the next time you try to start your car. Accessories like heated seats, the radio, and lights pull a lot of power from the alternator, so turn these off when charging the battery, unless necessary.





Though often recommended every 50,000 miles, most modern vehicles use a transmission fluid with a “long life.” It’s engineered to last for up to 100,000 miles or even the lifespan of the car. Check manufacturer’s recommendations.

Rolling the windows down or blasting the AC makes little difference toward fuel efficiency. Turning on the air conditioning consumes fuel more quickly, true; however, rolling down the windows increases wind resistance, using more fuel to compensate for its disrupted aerodynamic design. Ultimately, neither option has a significant impact on fuel efficiency.


Water Works.


Gasoline expands with heat, so a common belief persists that pouring warmer fuel into your tank means you’re getting less fuel. Fuel pumped in the morning would, in theory, be cooler and allow you to get more into your tank for less cost. Contrary to this myth, gas is usually stored underground. It stays insulated from significant temperature changes, so the time of day you refuel does not actually make a difference toward the amount of fuel you’re receiving.

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Ways you might be Killing your Car Owning a car can be a dream or a nightmare depending on how well you take care of your vehicle, according to the non-profit Car Care Council. The following are six things that many motorists do that can harm their car and their wallet. 1. Ignoring the check engine light. Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy. 2. Failing to change fluids and filters. Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends vehicle life. 3. Not following a service schedule. Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road. 4. Not washing car regularly. Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving. 5. Being a severe driver. Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads, or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops, not hauling unnecessary items, and keeping your vehicle properly tuned. Because auto care isn’t always a top priority for car owners, they might not realize they are doing things that adversely affect the performance, safety, and value of their car. Routine maintenance can go a long way toward saving money, avoiding headaches and protecting your vehicle investment. 6. Neglecting your tires. Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage and performance.


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IMMORTA L ENGINES HOW TO KEEP YOUR CAR OUT OF THE JUNKYARD FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE by Nate Ellender Many people feel they know the secret to keeping a car alive. Change that oil every 3000 miles. It is the wisdom of the ancients, hallowed in industry scripture and affixed before our eyes on little stickers. What more must one know? A bit more than that, but it's a good place to start. Keeping up with your manufacturer's recommended oil change schedule is a big step in ensuring a car achieves six-digit mileage. What you may not be aware of is that 3000 miles or three months is a somewhat outdated number. Ford recommends 7,500 miles or six months for any vehicles made


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after 2008. Mercedes Benz USA recommends 10,000 miles or one year for most of their models. Consult your owner’s manual to verify your manufacturer's recommendations. If the manual is lost, most car makers have free downloadable versions on their websites. Maintenance doesn't stop with changing the motor oil and filter. Other key fluids, such as transmission fluid and engine coolant, must be periodically changed to ensure proper function of all systems. It is important to consult the owner's manual, be familiar with the types of maintenance your car requires,

and how often it should be done. This saves you money on avoidable repairs and on unnecessary services, lest you find yourself at the mercy of an unscrupulous mechanic. There are parts on the car that will wear out, and even the best machines will develop issues with age. If caught early and addressed quickly, these issues will usually remain minor. If instead drivers turn up the radio so they don't hear the rattles and squeaks, they are begging for a more severe issue, a costly adventure in auto repair, and a shorter vehicle life.

Maintenance is a big part of automotive longevity, but there is another side of the coin that isn't addressed as often – vehicle usage. The vehicles we drive are designed with specific purposes in mind. Some are used to move people in comfort. Others are built to move things in bulk. Some are designed to turn gasoline into noise and tires into smoke, all while looking as good as possible. Still others are made to tackle rough terrain and survive that abuse. If used for the purpose they

were designed to accomplish, and properly maintained, vehicles can last a long time. If, however, a driver insists on rock crawling in his Corvette, he will, in short order, no longer have a functioning Corvette. If a driver regularly hauls a 30-foot horse trailer behind his Fiesta, he's going to be in for a real party with the warranty folks. When purchasing a vehicle, look for one that can do all that you will require of it. Otherwise you doom it to a short life, and yourself to lost finances.

In general, the necessary steps to ensure a long-lived car are simple. Keep up with the maintenance as prescribed in the owner's manual. Deal with issues as soon as you detect them. Don't use the vehicle for purposes it was never built to do. In practice, it can be challenging to balance the time and money needed to keep up with these details; but it does pay off in the long run, both financially and in bragging rights.


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Hacks for Cleaning and Organizing Your Car

It creeps up on the most tidy of people until it’s nearly too much to deal with, so you wait longer to do something about it, as if it will go away on its own: it’s the mess in and on your car. Whether you wash your car once a week or once a year, there’s a better way to keep your car clean. Check out these top eight hacks for cleaning and organizing your car.


WAX YOUR PAINT Waxing your car will save you time cleaning it later on. The minor investment of car wax and applicators and a couple hours of your time will make subsequent washes that much faster. When it does get dirty enough to wash, the dirt comes off the waxed finish much easier than normal.



CLEAN YOUR CHROME WITH COLA Pour a liberal amount of cola on a clean, soft cloth and wipe it onto your car’s chrome pieces, like the wheels, the grille, running boards, and emblems. Let the cola sit on the chrome for 5-10 minutes, then rinse well with clean water. The cola will remove all the corrosion and discoloration on your chrome, leaving it sparkly clean and shiny. You’ll want to properly wash your car soon after, however, or the sticky sugars in the cola will attract a mess.

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CLEAN YOUR DASH VENTS WITH A SMALL FOAM BRUSH Those tiny louvers in your dash vents collect dust and tell everyone who enters your car exactly how well you take care of your car. Use a small foam brush to wipe away the tell-tale dust that has accumulated. Foam paint brushes are perfect to get in those tight spaces, picking up dust without scratching delicate parts. Softbristle artist brushes also work, though they won’t trap the dust as well as the foam brush. Be sure to use a clean, new brush.


CLEAN CREVICES WITH A SCREWDRIVER Ideally, you’d use compressed air to blow out all the gunk that builds up in cracks and crevices, but that’s not always an option. Instead, use a flat screwdriver with a cloth over the tip to get into those tight spaces. If there’s more than just dust in the gaps, you can wet the cloth with a cleaning solution before wiping out the crevices. If you don’t have a screwdriver handy, the corner of a credit card can do the trick.


CLEAN YOUR WINDSHIELD WITH CLUB SODA Spray club soda onto your windshield with a spray bottle, or pour it directly onto the exterior glass to break up stuck-on bugs and grime. Let it sit for 15-30 seconds, then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth or paper towels.


ORGANIZE YOUR INTERIOR WITH A REMOTE CONTROL ORGANIZER Hang it on the back of one of the seats or on the side of your console to keep all your items within reach.


REMOVE ODORS IN THE CARPET WITH BAKING SODA Heavily cover the affected area with baking soda and lightly agitate it into the carpet or seat fibers with a stiffbristled scrub brush. Let it sit overnight, then vacuum the affected area the next day.


LINE YOUR CUP HOLDERS FOR EASY CLEANUP Inevitably, you’re going to spill your coffee or soda in your cupholder, and cleaning out that confined space is never an easy task. Minimize the difficulty by lining your cup holders with silicone cupcake liners. They’re flexible to fit inside the cup holder and will catch anything that might spill.

Even if you just use one or two of these car hacks, you’ll end up saving yourself plenty of time and, potentially, a bit of money. Your car will stay cleaner for longer, and you’ll take greater pride in your car.




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June marks the official start of hurricane season, a time of year when residents along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the United States hope the next five months pass without mention of landfall prediction maps, storm warnings, hurricane watches, and evacuations. But it’s important to do more than cross your fingers! Whether a hurricane threatens Southwest Louisiana in the coming months or not, it’s best to have a plan. Read on for tips and information on how you can best be prepared to face the threat of severe weather.

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Storm Prep for Pets Your pets are part of your family, so don’t forget them when making hurricane preparations. Follow these steps to keep your fur-babies safe through the storm.

PACK AN EMERGENCY KIT: Have a pre-packed "go bag" for your pet and include the following: Vaccination documents. These are crucial to ensure your pet will be able to stay at a shelter or hotel in case of evacuation. Bottled water. Don’t allow Fido to drink tap water immediately after a storm, as it could be abundant with chemicals and bacteria; pack plenty of purified / bottled water to keep him hydrated. Food. Pack at least one weeks' worth of food (and if you use canned food, don't forget a can opener). Medication Pack at least one weeks' worth of medication. Toys/Blankets Comfort items like a chew toy and a familiar blanket can keep your pet calm during an emergency and less likely to act erratically/run off. Leash/Collar For your pet's safety, always have a leash and collar on-hand.


If your pet is lost or runs away during an emergency, bring and be able to provide information that will help others find him/her like recent photos, behavioral characteristics or traits. These can help others identify your pet and return safely to you.


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If you are away or cannot get to your pet when disaster strikes, find a local dog daycare, friend or pet sitter that can reach your pet. You never want to leave a pet behind in an emergency as they often cannot protect themselves or may end up getting lost. Make plans ahead of time to evacuate to somewhere like a pet-friendly hotel or a friend or family's home that is out of the affected area.

Like humans, pets become stressed when their safety is at risk. Whether you are waiting out a storm or relocating to a different area, be sure to bring their favorite toys and a comfortable bed or kennel for proper security. If your pet is prone to anxiety, stress-relieving products, like a dog anxiety vest or natural stress-relieving medication/spray can help calm them in times of emergency.

ENSURE VACCINATIONS ARE UP TO DATE: In the event that your pet needs to stay at a shelter, important documents pertaining to vaccinations or medications are crucial. Ensure their vaccinations (including Bordetella) are up to date so you don't have any issues leaving your pet in a safe place.

MICROCHIP YOUR PET: Even when you first get your pet, getting a microchip could be the difference between keeping him/her safe and making them a stray. Microchips allow for veterinarians to scan lost animals to determine their identity so that they are safely returned home. Be sure your microchip is registered and up to date so if your pet is lost, the correct information is accessible to whomever recovers your pet.

RESCUE ALERT STICKER: Put a rescue alert sticker on your home to let people know there are pets inside your home. If you are able to take your pets with you, cross out the sticker and put "evacuated" or some other words to let rescue workers that your pet is safely out of your home.

EASE PETS BACK HOME: Don't allow Fido to run back into your home or even through your neighborhood once you and your family have returned. Your once-familiar home could be disheveled and/or changed, and this can potentially disorient and stress your pet. Keep your pet on a leash and safely ease him/her back home. Make sure they are not eating or picking up anything that could potentially be dangerous, such as downed wires or contaminated water.

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Part of being prepared for a storm is having information you need at your fingertips. Keep this list of phone numbers in your storm kit and with your other important papers. We’ve filled in some of the numbers for you.

important contact numbers LAW ENFORCEMENT:


Calcasieu Parish Sheriff – Main Office - (337) 491-3600 Louisiana State Police Troop D - (337) 491-2511 Lake Charles City Police - (337) 491-1311 Sulphur City Police - (337) 527-4550 Parish public safety fire/rescue – call 911.

KPLC - (337) 439-9071 Local radio stations

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State, Parish, and City/Town Government offices

LOCAL HOSPITALS: CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick - (337) 436-2511 CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area - (337) 474-6370 Lake Charles Memorial - (337)-494-3000 West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital - (337) 527-7034 Avail Health Lake Charles Hospital - (337) 656-7700 Jennings American Legion Hospital - (337) 616-7000 DeQuincy Memorial Hospital - (337) 786-1200 Beauregard Health System - (337) 462-7100



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Your smartphone can be your best friend in a hurricane. With the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool for guiding you through a storm’s approach, arrival, and aftermath. First, of course, make sure your phone is fully charged as a storm approaches. Consider buying a portable charger to provide power during an outage.

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and analysis. Download the app Storm by Weather Underground for animated radar, hourly National Hurricane Center: nhc. forecasts and other features. Other This site offers the latest good sites for hard-core weather on a storm’s path, with maps, junkies are NOAA SuperRes satellite imagery and details on Radar US and NOAA Radar US. threats from wind and storm surge. For a local perspective, KPLC-TV offers its First Alert Weather app. National Weather Service: It features severe weather alerts, If a hurricane live radar, hour-by-hour and tenis approaching, this offers the day forecasts, and exclusive videos most specific local information from the First Alert Weather Team. about the storm’s possible impact on Southwest Louisiana. LOCAL HURRICANE The Weather Channel: INFORMATION APPS: Download their userIs you neighborhood going to be friendly apps with interactive radar, evacuated? Where are the shelters? real-time alerts and other features. Any alerts in your area? What’s Weather Underground: open and what’s closed? Here are Lots of graphics places to look for information.

Connect to each organization’s Facebook and Twitter page, which are linked on their web sites. Nextdoor is a web site where people post questions and information about their immediate neighborhood. It’s a great way to find out about local issues, such as gas availability, outages, road closures, and damage. Power Outages: Report outages at or call 800-4-OUTAGE. To check power outages in your neighborhood, go to, where you can find the total outages in your area, the cause and estimates for when power will be restored. First Aid for People and Pets: These two Red Cross apps give advice on first aid

for people and pets. redcross. org/get-help/prepare-foremergencies/mobile-apps Hurricane by American Red Cross: An app that’s a good allaround site for preparing for the storm, getting through it, and dealing with the aftermath. Hurricane Tracker is another good general app which contains forecasts, safety information, and other features. The Federal Emergency Management Agency App at and web page at offers storm preparation tips, shelter maps and maps of disaster recovery centers.

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Review Your

insurance policy Hurricane season occurs from June 1 – November 30. The time to review your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies to ensure you have the right coverage in a severe weather event is before the threat of a storm.

Hurricanes provide a short window of advance notice, and as landfall approaches, insurance companies may temporarily suspend new coverage and coverage changes. So, it's a good idea to review your insurance coverage yearly to make sure it matches your needs. An insurance representative can review your policy, explain limits and deductibles, and help you identify coverage gaps. Ask your agent for advice on hurricane risk qualification that may lower your insurance premiums and better protect your property.


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DURING YOUR ANNUAL COVERAGE REVIEW, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: Flooding. Flood insurance, which covers losses from rising water, isn't provided in routine homeowner’s insurance policies. However, it is available from insurance companies through the National Flood Insurance Program. Premiums vary depending on your property’s flood risk and how much coverage you desire. Typically, flood insurance doesn't become effective until 30 days after purchase. Windstorm damage. Windstorm damage is covered with its own deductible in some homeowner’s insurance policies, and an entirely separate wind policy might be required in some places. Hurricane and windstorm damage in highrisk coastal areas may only be available through a state-managed insurance pool. It, too, may have a waiting period before coverage begins.

Temporary living expenses. Review your policy's coverage for temporary living expenses. Determine how much your policy will pay and how long it will pay after the storm ends. High-value personal possessions. Coverage under Valuable Personal Property policies helps replace a homeowner's costliest possessions, including jewelry and artwork. Typical homeowner’s policies provide some coverage for those belongings, but it is limited and could keep you from reacquiring the full value of lost items. Personal belongings. Renters insurance can cover the loss of renters' personal belongings, which are not covered by the landlord's insurance. Renters can get temporary living expense coverage in their rental policies, and their belongings should be covered if stolen.

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Mayths e n icdebunked HURRICANE MYTHS INCLUDE: Taping windows will prevent hurricaneforce winds from shattering them.

Fifty-four percent of Americans believe placing tape over their homes' windows will protect the glass from breaking, according to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. Even window film sold as impact-resistant film may be an unwise option for protecting windows, because the window itself isn’t designed to withstand a hurricane. Experts consider storm shutters or plywood that cover the entire window to be safer choices.

Storing your valuables in a dishwasher will guard them from floodwater damage.

The idea behind this popular myth is that because a dishwasher is great at keeping water from escaping, it could also help prevent floodwaters from rushing inside. Despite being touted as a handy tip by a number of social media users and media outlets, the fact checkers at believe this so-called hurricane hack could potentially ruin your belongings. If your home can get flooded, then so can your dishwasher, according to experts.

A few days’ worth of important medication is all that’s needed ahead of a storm.

Minimizing the chance of running low on essential prescription medications will require some planning ahead in case pharmacies remain closed for weeks after a hurricane. Some states, especially states in the Gulf Coast region, are waiving the limits of pharmacy refills so patients can have refills before they would be due in order to make sure that they have enough medicine to last through a storm.

Opening windows during a hurricane will stabilize pressure. The belief is that you need to open up windows and garage doors to equalize pressure, but it’s not correct. Buildings aren’t airtight, and there are many little openings throughout a home that would make opening windows unnecessary. Opening windows and garage doors while a hurricane batters your home can cause much worse wind damage than would otherwise occur.

An evacuation order was issued, but the weather looks fine. There’s no rush to leave town.

If a mandatory evacuation order is issued ahead of potential hurricane impacts, experts advise that you leave your home sooner rather than later. Officials often strongly advise against waiting until the last minute to evacuate, which potentially puts yourself in danger as well as the emergency responders who may have to rescue you during and after the storm. Source: 62

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Misconceptions swirl around tropical cyclones during hurricane season.For example, don’t ever let anyone tell you a hurricane is a Category 6. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale only ranks storms to Category 5, no matter how strong the winds.

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Online Banking: Confirm that you can successfully login online to access your account info from anywhere. Telephone Banking: Write down your financial institution’s phone number to get account info, in the event internet service is unavailable.

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AFTER A SEVERE WEATHER EVENT We hear and read a lot about what to do in advance of an approaching storm – how to protect our homes, people, and pets, and what to pack in case of evacuation – but that is only half the story. What should we be aware once the storm has passed?


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If you were evacuated, return home only after authorities advise it is safe to do so.

Avoid downed power lines. Never touch anything in contact with power lines, including water or water puddles that may be near the downed power lines.

Protect your property from further damage by boarding up broken windows to help deter vandalism or additional weather damage. Arrange for reasonable temporary repairs.

Be wary of any gas lines that may have been damaged or broken during the storm. Use battery-powered flashlights when examining buildings – not candles. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window, get everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department.

Be cautious of hazards that are a product of the storm, such as water due to flooding, sharp or broken objects, damaged tree limbs or other structures that may have been damaged by high winds or water.

Keep accurate records of your expenses and save bills and receipts from your temporary repairs. (Avoid making permanent repairs until your insurance claim professional has reviewed the damage.) Keep accurate records of any other expenses incurred.

Separate and inventory any damaged personal property. Take photos of property damage. Create a list of any damaged contents, including a description of the item, name of the manufacturer, brand name, age, as well as the place and date of purchase, if known. Include photographs, videotapes or personal property inventories you may already have available.

If you think your home might be unsafe due to storm damage, contact your insurance company to discuss finding temporary accommodations.

Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.


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Wow DAD with a Perfect Gift

Each June, we celebrate the dads in our lives. It’s an opportunity to show our appreciation for all they have done and continue to do in our lives. What’s the ideal way to show that love? Chances are, dad doesn’t need a new tie. Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author, and the founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide (, offers these tips for getting Dad the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Practical Gifts:

Is your father figure practical? Go for the gift that won’t get tossed in a closet or re-gifted. Talk to your dad about his needs or communicate with family members. Contribute toward a group gift he will truly love. • Business and casual clothing • Restaurant gift certificates to his favorite place • Hobby accessories (paints and art supplies, how-to books)

Personalized Gifts:

Go the extra mile to highlight his name, family crest, or favorite team. • Engraved Watch • Personalized Glassware, Flask, or Beer Growler • Sports Team Wine Stoppers


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Perfect Gifts:

Find the gift that quintessentially represents your dad or his future goals. Where does he want to go? How does he enjoy his free time? • New sports equipment: golf club, fishing rod, tennis racket • A fly-fishing or deep-sea trip • Concert tickets to his favorite band

For the active dad: • • •

Surprise dad with a round of golf at his favorite course, or take him to a new course. Head to a lake, river, or the Gulf of Mexico with dad and spend the day fishing. Offer to take him on a hike or pack up the gear and head out to the wilderness for a weekend camping trip

Forthefun-lovingdad: • • •

Score tickets and take dad to the ballpark. Sporting events are bonding experiences. Go to a race track for high speed thrills. Live music abounds in Southwest Louisiana! Check community calendars for concerts.

For the creative dad: Hostingbreakfast/dinner/ • Go to that new movie he’s get-togethers: been wanting to see. • • •

Explore a new destination together. Whether it’s a museum, restaurant, or park. Attend a BBQ class together. You can learn how to grill, roast or BBQ, then enjoy a wellearned meal together. Set up two blank canvases in the garage or yard and get to work! Splatter paints on the canvas with different colors for a fun night, while creating the next masterpiece!

Forthehelping-handdad: • • •

If your father is passionate about a local or national nonprofit, volunteer to join him and experience why he enjoys it so much. Plant vegetables or flowers together in a garden bed. Tackle a big project together (shed, fort, new deck). Anything unfinished on his “to-do list.” Long-term projects keep you connected and working together for months.

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Whether you make a reservation at a favorite dinein, or prepare his favorite meal, make it a memorable experience that honors the family’s father figures. If it’s a multi-generational meal, prepare one favorite food for each father figure; ask in advance what they would like to enjoy on their special day. Let Dad kick back while you make preparations. Set him up with his favorite movie or magazine to enjoy while you take care of the meal.

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Solutions for Life

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

Whoa! Stopping the 4 Horsemen Last month, I introduced you to Gottman’s 4 Horsemen: the 4 things that will kill a relationship if they are not stopped: 1. 2.



Criticism, or attacking your partner’s character Contempt, which is the single greatest predictor of divorce Defensiveness, instead of acknowledging/owning your mistakes Stonewalling, or shutting down

This month, let’s talk about what to do if you have allowed the horsemen to enter into your relationship. As you look at the list above, you may have realized that the horsemen are connected to conflict. They initially come around during conflict, then they worm their way into the entire relationship. Here is how we’re going to get them to “giddy-up” on out of your relationship! Gentle Start-up instead of Criticism. Remember, a complaint is focused on a specific incident or behavior, while criticism is an all-out attack. In order to stay focused on the specific thing you are unhappy about, the way you approach the conversation is imperative. The Gottmans’ research indicates that 94% of the time, the way a discussion starts determines


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the way it will end. While formulating your approach, ask yourself two questions: What do I feel? What do I need? Remember to avoid words like “always” and “never,” and use “I Statements” instead of the word “you.” Instead of: “You always talk about yourself, but you never ask about me. Why are you so selfish?” Try: “I’m feeling left out of our discussion, and I really need to vent too. I’d like to talk about my day when you’re done.” Appreciation and Respect shuts down Contempt. Contempt comes from feeling you are morally superior to your partner. If you are focusing on all the things you don’t like about your partner, you are more likely to develop contempt. So, you must shift your focus. Begin looking for things your partner does that you appreciate. Begin to express your appreciation when those things happen. Very often we are quick to criticize but slow to praise. This breeds contempt. As I’ve said before, whatever you are focused on and looking for is what you will get more of.

Take Responsibility instead of being Defensive. Defensiveness is all about reacting to feeling attacked. “It’s not my fault” implies that it IS your partner’s fault in some way. And, most importantly, the conflict never gets resolved. The trick is to take responsibility for your part in the situation. You don’t have to own the whole thing, but there is always something we could have done differently in conflictual situations. “I shouldn’t have gotten so defensive.” “I shouldn’t have raised my voice at you.” Take a Time Out to avoid Stonewalling. We usually stonewall (or completely disengage) when we are feeling overwhelmed or “flooded.” One of the best things you can do when you are feeling overwhelmed, is to take a Time Out. Remove yourself from the situation and allow yourself to calm down so you can think clearly. Time Outs also interrupt the conflict; when the Time Out is over, there is a better chance you will both be ready to talk about how to fix the issue. Time Outs go something like this: “I’m feeling overwhelmed, and I need to take a break. I’ll be back in 20 minutes, and then we can talk.” The Gottmans have devoted their careers to researching and understanding how both healthy and unhealthy relationships work. Let’s use all their hard work

McNeese Awards Emeritus Status to Five Professors McNeese State University has honored five faculty members with emeritus status for their exemplary service to students, the university and the community. Emeritus titles are awarded to retired faculty and administrators in recognition of distinguished academic careers and professional contributions and those who have served significant portions of their careers at McNeese. Receiving Professor Emeritus status were: Dr. Phyllis Cuevas, elementary education, Burton College of Education; and Dr. Robert Mahfoud, geology, Dr. Sam Monticello, agricultural sciences, Dr. L. Harold Stevenson, environmental science, and Dr. John C. Young (posthumously), mathematical statistics, College of Science and Agriculture. McNeese Offers Three Summer Programs for High School Students Alligators, rockets and crime scene investigations are the topics for three summer programs for students in grades 9-12 offered July 8-26 by the McNeese State University. The crocodilian biochemistry program offers high school students the opportunity to engage in research to investigate the unique immune system of the American alligator.

The engineering academy offers a broad exposure to engineering disciplines to students interested in pursuing science and engineering careers. The forensic chemistry academy is designed to engage students in handson activities and research related to forensic chemistry and crime scene investigations.Proposed day trips for the summer programs include Houston’s NASA Space Center and Museum of Natural Science, Avery Island, home of the internationally known TABASCO Pepper Sauce, and New Orleans. Cost is $1,950 per student and includes campus housing, meals, lab supplies and transportation to off-campus sites. For more information about any of these summer programs, contact Dr. Nikos Kiritsis at (337) 475-5875 or by email at McNeese hosts summer harp camp The McNeese State University Harp Camp will be offered July 29- Aug. 2 in the Shearman Fine Arts Center. The camp, sponsored by the W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts, is open to interested persons of all ages and all levels of experience, according to Barbara Belew, camp director. July 4 is the deadline for registration and cost is $45. For more information contact Belew at

McNeese Autism Program Offers Summer The McNeese State University Autism Program (MAP) is hosting the BRIDGES summer program from June 3 – July 12 for adolescents and young adults with autism. BRIDGES – which stands for Building Respect and Independence by Directing, Guiding and Encouraging Socialization – was introduced in 2017 to “bridge a gap” between available adolescent and adulthood services for young adults aged 14-18 on the autism spectrum. The BRIDGES summer program consists of focused skills for independence that will help support employment and social success for adolescents and young adults. MAP has been providing applied behavior analysis therapy for patients diagnosed with autism since 2008. Currently, the program provides oneon-one ABA therapy to patients as well as more specialized treatment programs like BRIDGES. To enroll or for more information, contact Dr. Nidal Daou at (337) 475-5274 or



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