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In This Issue

Regular Features

ining & Dining W 6 – 9 Cover Story:

4 Who’s News 2 32 Business Buzz 62 McNeese Corral 64 Happenings 65 Solutions for Life! 66 Thrive in Five

Navigating Southwest Louisiana’s Growing Food Culture

10 Grillin’ It Up for Memorial Day

Places & Faces 14 Give Local Fish the Bait and Hook 16 Medical Prodigy Lands in SWLA Money & Career


A New Flock of Back-to-Schoolers 30 Talking to Teens About Budgets


Home & Family 34 The Modern American Family 38 Dipping Into Chalk Paint 40 Tricks for the Rookie Thrifter

S tyle & Beauty 46 Fashion Mistakes that Age You 48 How to Give Your Hair a Career 50 ‘Selfie’ Trend Drives Growth in Cosmetic Procedures

Leonard Joins Thrive Staff Thrive is pleased to announce the additionof Jessica Leonard to its advertising sales team. Leonard will serve as a sales representative for the magazine. A Eunice native, she graduated with honors from McNeese State University with an undergraduate degree in speech-professional sales communication. She most recently worked at L’Auberge Lake Charles. Leonard and her husband Angelo live in Lake Charles with their two young sons, Austin and Christian. They are members of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church and active in Krewe de Grande Fete.

Mind & Body 52 Breaking Bad Habits 54 When a Stomach Ache Gets Serious 56 Brush Up on Dental Health


Editors and Publishers

Kristy Armand Christine Fisher

Creative Director/Layout

Barbara VanGossen

Assistant Editor

Katie Harrington

Business Manager

Katie McDaniel

Assistant Designers

Shonda Manuel Kris Roy Mandy Gilmore

Advertising Sales Jeannie Weise Jessica Leonard ads@thriveswla.com 337.310.2099 Submissions edit@thriveswla.com Submitted articles and photos are welcome. Thrive assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials and does not guarantee any submissions.

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Navigating Southwest Louisiana’s Growing Food Culture by Chris LeBlanc

Southwest Louisiana had an identity crisis for years. Straddling the cultural line between Cajun country and Southeast Texas, the community has grappled with competing cultural ideologies. Should we force the Cajun motif ? Is Lake Charles, at its core, more “Texas” than “Louisiana”? Is it a college town, an industrial center or an entertainment hub? 6 www.thriveswla.com

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The question of cultural identity led to cultural stagnation. However, the city seems to have found itself in recent years. In spite of its relatively small population, there is a diverse and thriving foodie haven nestled between the marshes of Louisiana and the plains of Texas. As it turns out, Lake Charles doesn’t fit into any single motif. It doesn’t have a single “thing” that identifies it. Ironically, the fact that the community doesn’t ascribe to any one cultural identity is its identity. From its very inception, Southwest Louisiana was occupied by the misfits and outcasts from a then newly acquired Louisiana Purchase and Spanish-controlled Texas. This area was a lawless “no man’s land” that didn’t play by anyone’s rules. This cultural misfit identity has remained and flourished in the region, spawning a unique dining culture. Although area hard-hitters like Darrell’s, Casa Manana and Luna are delicious and contribute greatly to the food culture of the city, this article is about the outliers—the restaurants you may or may not have heard of that offer unique plates for adventurous eaters.

Tasterite Jamaican:

Visit once and this will be your “go to” in Lake Charles.

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of great food in Louisiana? It’s a safe bet that jerk chicken and plantains wouldn’t be it, but that’s exactly what the folks at Tasterite Jamaican Bakery are cooking up. The menu is steeped in Jamaican/Indo-Caribbean/island fare. From more exotic dishes like “oxtail” and “curry goat,” to the well-known “jerk chicken,” Tasterite delivers slow-simmered, savory goodness. Most dishes are served with Caribbean brown rice, vegetables, sweet plantains and a colorful, crisp cabbage salad. A word of caution, though: Don’t expect a sit-down meal. Tasterite is takeout only.

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Best on the Menu: While the jerk chicken or pork is always a safe bet, try any one of the daily specials. Seriously, any of them. Continued on p8

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Wining & Dining | Navigating Our Growing Food Culture Taj Mahal Grill:

Humble confines, majestic taste. In spite of its name, Taj Mahal is not a palatial marvel of architectural prowess and beauty. It’s sandwiched between a tattoo parlor and a laundromat. But magic happens in these unassuming confines. This mom-and-pop operation has a sizable contingent of McNeese students eating out of the palm of its proverbial hand. Taj Mahal is an Indian/Pakistani fusion restaurant. Don’t be intimidated if some of the menu items seem foreign to you. They probably are. They are also spicy and delicious. Many dishes are served with rice, a fresh cucumber salad and a tart and creamy yogurt dressing. Best on the Menu: Don’t be drawn in by the familiarity of the kebabs on the menu (although they are fantastic). Try any one of the daily specials. Pro tip: just about anything with “curry” in the name is delicious. If you must stick to the menu, try the Chicken Tikka Boti. It’s grilled chicken with a spicy red marinade.

photo by Chris LeBlanc

Leonard’s Food Quarters:

Not your grandma’s “soul food.” Just down the road from Tasterite is the purveyor of the most culturally diverse menu in the city, Leonard’s Food Quarters. This place is not “Cajun,” nor “Creole,” nor “soul food,” nor “Italian.” It is all of them and it is none of them. Featuring everything from pizza to poboys, if you try to get a handle on the cultural identity of this menu, you’ll fail. In that way it’s a perfect metaphor for Lake Charles. The only thing many of the dishes on the menu have in common is that they’re all delicious. Best on the Menu: Leonard’s red beans and rice could put New Orleans to shame. And their boudin balls are baseballsized and delicious.

photo by Chris LeBlanc photo by Chris LeBlanc

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Victoria’s Taqueria:

Authentic tacos. Need I say more? Perhaps the most authentic Mexican lunch haunt in the city, Victoria’s calls a repurposed gas station home. These folks essentially do one thing—tacos. But they do it better than anyone. With a pretty sizable breakfast menu, Victoria’s opens early for the breakfast crowd. The only drawback is that it’s not a dinner spot. They close at 4 p.m., so show up early. Best on the Menu: For the faint of heart, there are deliciously tame items like Molida (ground beef) and Fajita de pollo (chicken fajita). But, for the more adventurous souls, there’s the lengua de res (beef tongue). Before you recoil in horror, any taqueria worth its salts is going to have these delicious melt-in-your-mouth morsels on the menu. Come on, live a little.

Pho Tien:

Vietnamese, if you please. Like many of the others on this list, Pho Tien is the only place of its kind in Lake Charles (aside from L’auberge’s “Asia”). This family owned and operated restaurant has a twin of the same name in Lafayette. They offer traditional Vietnamese dishes and reasonable prices. Don’t be daunted by the somewhat large menu and giant fish tank in the middle of the dining room. Pho Tien’s dishes have robust flavors and plenty of spice. If you’re a beginner, try the Pho beef noodle soup. Piping hot beef broth, served with thin beef strips, rice noodles, cilantro, onions, jalapenos, lime, fresh mint and bean sprouts. Mix the ingredients to your taste and dive in. Best on the Menu: Pho Tien’s green curry (yes, curry again) soup with shrimp is arguably one of the best soup dishes in town. Served over rice, this creamy masterpiece is a must.

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T I ’ U N P I L L I R G Memorial Day for


Tasty Tips by Katie Harrington

Memorial Day is officially the American holiday that honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States Military. Originating in the years following the Civil War and originally known as Decoration Day, it became a federal holiday in 1971. Falling on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of the summer season. In order to pay homage to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom, many will light up the BBQ pit and hit local waterways and pools to celebrate the day. Be the master of the grill this Memorial Day by following these tips.


Add a little flavor.

With backyard grilling, there are several ways to add some extra flavor to your food. The quickest way is with a glaze, made from honey, maple syrup or molasses. Just brush it on during the final minutes of grilling. Wet and dry rubs are another low-prep time option. These blends of herbs and spices can be applied a few hours before cooking to create a savory crust.

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Create a smoky taste.

Whether you’re using a gas grill or a charcoal grill, use hardwood logs, chunks, briquettes or chips to infuse a smoky flavor to foods. The type of flavor you get depends on the variety of wood used. For example, try applewood for sweetness, mesquite for tang and hickory for a bacon-like taste.


Cook in the zone.

With a kettle grill, create a heat zone by banking coals in the center and searing food in the middle where the heat is highest. Move it to the outer edges of the grill to cook it perfectly without burning. With a gas grill, create a heat zone by leaving one burner on high and another on medium.

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Start fresh.

Prior to beginning your grilling adventure, scrub the hot grate with a long-handled wire brush. This will keep it clean and ensure some pretty nice grill marks on your meat, fish or chicken.


Use a little grease.

Brushing the grill grate with a little oil will help prevent food from sticking. Using tongs, dip a paper towel in a bowl of canola or vegetable oil and rub it on lightly to evenly coat the grate.


Keep it separated.

Use fresh plates, utensils and cutting boards to prevent raw meat, poultry and fish from contaminating food that’s already cooked.

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Get it in line.

Lay food on the grate in lines, moving from left to right. Arrange quick-cooking items, like shrimp and scallops, in a circle going clockwise. This will help you keep track of which foods went on first as well as allow you to keep raw items away from cooked ones.


Hands off.

Resist the urge to repeatedly poke, stab or flip your food when checking for doneness. Give food time to sear and develop a crust, turning only when grill marks form.


chops with you index finger. The firmer the meat feel, the more well-done it is. With seafood, look for opacity since well-done fish fillets will be done all the way through. For chicken, make a slit at the thickest part of the cut. Any juices that escape should be clear.


Give it a rest.

To really capture the flavor of the grill, let food rest before serving. A few minutes for small cuts is plenty. For a roast, let it sit up to 15 minutes.

Set a timer.

Since food continues to cook, even after it comes off the grill, it’s best to remove it just before it reaches the desired doneness. Digital instant-read thermometers provide the most accurate results, but you can also gently poke steak and


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Flavor Pairs for Salad Flair If we were mixing metaphors, then we’d say that the dressing is the “icing on the cake” of the perfect salad. And the secret to the dressing is the mixture of oil and vinegar. Melanie McMullen, co-owner of Crave, a specialty olive oil and fine food store in Lake Charles, says the “perfect pairing of a quality olive oil and balsamic can make the flavors explode! The secret is finding flavors that both blend well, and also bring out flavor components of the other.” McMullen recommends mixing the olive oil and balsamic with a 50/50 ratio to create a fresh vinaigrette that you can use on anything from vegetable salads, fruit salads, or stir fry. You can also use as a glaze, baste or marinade while cooking meats or vegetables on the grill.

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McMullen offers the following pairing suggestions for sensational salad dressings: Chipotle Olive Oil & Cinnamon Pear Balsamic Garlic Olive Oil & Fig Balsamic Blood Orange Olive Oil & Dark Chocolate Balsamic Blood Orange & Honey Ginger Balsamic Basil Olive Oil & Serrano-Honey Balsamic Tuscan Herb Olive Oil & Traditional Aged Balsamic Roasted Walnut Olive Oil & Red Apple Balsamic Toasted Sesame Oil & Tangerine Balsamic Blood Orange Olive Oil & Vanilla Balsamic Toasted Sesame Oil & Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic Persian Lime Olive Oil & Pomegranate Balsamic Almond Oil & Raspberry Balsamic Walnut Olive Oil & Maple Balsamic Lemon Olive Oil & Blueberry Balsamic Crave offers free tasting of all their oils and balsamics as well as sample-size bottles. Follow Crave on Facebook and Instagram for more recipe and cooking tips.

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Give Local Fish the Bait and Hook by Chris LeBlanc

Temperatures are slowly climbing. That big beautiful fire in the sky is finally winning the battle against the nagging winter chill. The shift in the weather that introduces spring brings with it another season—fishing. And dozens of Southwest Louisiana anglers are gearing up. For newcomers to fishing or the area, it can be difficult to find hotspots in the maze of lakes, bayous, bays and estuaries, so we tracked down a local fishing expert to help clear up the muddy waters of Southwest Louisiana angling. According to Buddy Oaks of Hackberry Rod and Gun, redfish (red drum) have been biting

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all winter in various locations in the region, from the Gulf to Big Lake. However, once temperatures start to rise, and schools of shrimp start to move into estuaries, speckled trout will come into season, he says. “As soon as the water temperature comes up, trout will start moving,” Oaks says. Early in the season, when no source of live bait is present, the guides at Hackberry Rod and Gun fish with soft-plastic artificial lures. One local favorite is the “Hackberry Hustler,” a paddle-tail lure with a 1/8-ounce “lead-head” weight, named for the town of Hackberry. As

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summer progresses, live shrimp and live mullet are the way to go if you’re looking for bigger fish. “You’ll see 16- to 18-inch trout later in May and June,” says Oaks. As with a lot of things in life, fishing is all about location. It’s not terribly easy to entice a fish to bite if there are none in your general vicinity. According to Oaks, where the fish bite is heavily dependent on the tides and movements of bait fish. “There’s really no way to tell exactly where they are,” Oaks says. “We usually try out oyster reefs or look for working birds.” When bait fish school, seabirds like pelicans and gulls flock to those areas, enticed by the prospect of an easy meal. Oaks says the key to finding the fish is to keep a keep eye out for these signs and know the locations of reefs and holes frequented by fish. Many of these locations are public knowledge. Their GPS coordinates are readily available on a number of regional fishing sites like www.biglake411.com.

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Medical Prodigy Lands in Southwest Louisiana by Elona Weston

Graduating from Purdue University at age 15 was “a big, strange thing,” said Dr. David Chang. The Indianapolis native, now 29, is a radiation oncologist at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. At 12, he skipped six grades and enrolled in college. “Well, I definitely stood out,” Chang said. “I think that a lot of people were kind of amused by it.” Chang’s father was a professor at Purdue. “He had a lab and he gave me a little work space. I’d say most of the time I was in college, I was still under my parents’ wing, and I was pretty much a regular kid,” he said. Chang studied biochemistry, and after college, he started a graduate program in molecular biology but soon changed course. “I found I really like working with people. I got a master’s, not a Ph.D., and did some volunteer work in the medical field. I really liked the direct patient

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interaction better than the abstract stuff,” he said. Chang entered medical school at 19. Radiation oncology was a perfect fit. “My mom is a radiation oncologist, so I was familiar with the field all along. It’s a small field of medicine. There are very few of us, about 150 to 160 who are trained in the entire United States every year,” he said. At CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, Chang works with cancer patients daily. Radiation oncologists have specialized training in a range of therapies. They work closely with other doctors to outline the best multidisciplinary treatment for each patient. The innovations ultimately allow patients to get treatment locally instead of traveling elsewhere. “I always knew that whatever I was going to do that I wanted to work with patients who are

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seriously ill,” he said. Chang, who has been in Southwest Louisiana since September, said he likes his job because it combines science, medicine and people. “It’s a very balanced field,” he explained. “You have to take into account a lot of different parts of medicine and also science. We have really nice, long consultations where we can spend a lot of time with our patients.” When Chang is not seeing patients, he’s writing science fiction or baking cookies. He also has his pilot’s license, and people are even a part of his off-time. “Well, I’ve put together my own little writer’s group here in town, it’s kind of small now. And I like video games, board games and all sorts of geeky, nerdy stuff,” he said.

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

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Seminar Thursday, May 15, 5:30pm

Center for Orthopaedics • 1747 Imperial Blvd., Lake Charles Seating is limited and pre-registration is requested. Refreshments will be served.

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Walnut Grove Welcomes First Federal Bank of Louisiana First Federal Bank of Louisiana has opened a branch on the first floor of Walnut Grove’s recently completed Post Office Building, located at 2025 W. Walnut Street. Walnut Grove is the new premier Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) located on West Sallier Street in Lake Charles. The hours of the new First Federal branch are 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. “We are thrilled about the opening of our new branch and to be a part of Walnut Grove,” says Leslie Harless, Vice President of Marketing for First Federal. “This location offers stateof-the-art banking technology, new not just for us, but for all of Southwest Louisiana. We’ve installed teller pods, tech kiosks and mobile capabilities for our bankers, giving them access to all of our services on iPads. Customers who visit this location will be able to experience banking in a new, high-tech way.” The branch offers First Federal’s full component of banking, investment and insurance products, which will be an added convenience for Walnut Grove residents, merchants and visitors. Safe deposit boxes and night deposit services are available on-site, and many other services, such as investments and insurance, are available by appointment. “The only feature you will not see at this branch is a drive-thru, but in keeping with the connectivity and walkability of the Walnut Grove community, we do have a walk-up ATM,” says Harless. The Post Office building also features a post office on the first floor, which will serve the residents and businesses of Walnut Grove.

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The second and third floors of the building each offer over 2500 square feet of commercial space. “We are very excited to welcome First Federal and their employees to Walnut Grove,” says Gus Schram, III, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Walnut Grove Development. “They join several other businesses who have leased space in the Lawton and Market buildings, and will offer services needed by our residents and tenants, as well as the additional 3000 Lake Area residents who live within the two-mile service area of the new location.” Designed for pedestrian travel, connectivity, natural beauty and a sense of community, Walnut Grove is uniquely modeled after traditional South Louisiana neighborhoods. Once completed, Walnut Grove will consist of approximately 180 homes and 92,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, spread over 60 acres. Space is currently available for lease or purchase in other commercial buildings at Walnut Grove, including the Lawton, Market and Post Office, as well as several others in the initial construction phases. Residential property is also available, with several homes completed and ongoing construction on many others. For more information about any Walnut Grove property, contact W.G. Realty Company, L.L.C., at (337) 497-0825, or stop by the Model Home and Sales Office on Jabez Drive. Additional information is also available at www.walnutgrovetnd.com.

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AXIALL Volunteers

Because WE Care REACH provides mentoring programs for junior high and high school students who are at risk and are not college bound. Axiall employees have dedicated themselves to help make a difference in a young person’s life by being positive role models and providing mentorship, guidance and educational awareness. Each year, REACH hosts a “Back to School” and Shadow Day program for these students.

Established over 22 years ago, Axiall Partners, a group of employee volunteers committed to supporting community programs, has donated thousands of volunteer hours to support local non-profit agencies such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Abraham’s Tent, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics and many other worthwhile causes.

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St. Louis High School Junior Wins YEA! Contest

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2014 local competitors for the YEA! Regional Semi-finals were Hannah Bertrand, SJ Welsh Middle School 8th grader, Alex Stokes, St. Louis High School junior, Tyler Simien, Lake Charles Charter Academy junior and Karson Petry, W.W. Lewis Middle School 8th grader.

Alex Stokes, an 11th grade student at St. Louis Catholic High School, was chosen as the local winner of the 2014 Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Saunders Scholars contest. Stokes presented his business idea for Ultimate Designs – an event planning enterprise -- to a threejudge panel. Six students – totaling five businesses after two students combined their efforts – presented to the selection panel that included local business leaders Rick Richard with Empire of the Seed, Ron McGinley with Angels of SWLA and John Stelly with Nissan of Lake Charles. Tyler Simien, an eighth grader at Lake Charles Charter Academy, was selected as runner-up. His business is Tyler Simien Photography and Design. Stokes will next participate in the YEA! regional competition that will be held May 8-10 in Frisco, Texas. The competition will include contestants from Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Oregon, Texas, Utah, 20 www.thriveswla.com

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Washington and Wyoming. The top two finalists will then move on to the national competition that will be held in June during the 2014 Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C. “I thought all of the students who competed in our local contest did a real good job. It was a challenging year. Each participate was able to start with a concept or big idea then prepare a business plan prior to their presentation to the judges. They have more work to do but the foundation of their business idea has been set,” said Adrian Wallace, executive director of the SEED Center Business Incubator and the YEA! program’s local facilitator. For more information, contact the Business Incubator at 337-433-0977 or visit www.seedcenterswla.com

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Southwest Louisiana Recognized by Lt. Gov. The Arts Council of SWLA was recently recognized by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development for its work to promote and expand the arts in the five parish region. The recognition was given at the annual Culture Connection, a two-day arts conference held in Baton Rouge for stakeholders in the arts statewide. The Lt. Gov. presented Arts Council Executive Director Erica McCreedy two proclamations honoring Southwest Louisiana’s cultural economy initiative and the Arts Council’s administration of the State of Louisiana’s Decentralized Arts Funding grant which allocates public funding for the arts to all 64 parishes and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. In addition, during Culture Connection’s Louisiana Culture Awards the Lt. Gov. awarded Outstanding Arts Organization of the Year to the McNeese

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Banners Cultural Series for its exemplary work in educational outreach and in presenting high quality international performances in Lake Charles each year. The Lt. Gov. also awarded A.C. Bourdier with the Historic Preservation Leadership Award in recognition of Bourdier’s work with the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society and his commitment to expanding area preservation efforts. For more information, contact the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.

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Dr. Enrique Mendez Joins Imperial Health Physician Team Local Rheumatologist, Enrique A. Mendez, MD, FACP, FACR, is the newest member of the Imperial Health Physician Team. Dr. Mendez’s medical practice is now located at Enrique Mendez, MD FACP, 501 Dr. Michael DeBakey FACR Drive in Lake Charles. For more information, or to make an appointment with Dr. Mendez, please call (337) 312-8619.

IBERIABANK Names Ruth Street Branch Manager IBERIABANK has announced the promotion of Janet McClendon to Branch Manager for the Ruth Street location in Sulphur. McClendon is located Janet McClendon at 1525 Ruth Street in Sulphur and can be reached by phone at (337) 312-7095.

Hart Eye Center Welcomes Jason Edwards

Jason Edwards

Dr. William Hart and his staff at Hart Eye Center have announced that Jason Edwards has been named Optician at Lakeside Optical, located in Hart Eye Center. For more information, call

(337) 439-4014.

Eric Zartler Earns ‘Travel Marketing Professional’ Certification

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Marketing Professional” (TMP) after completing the three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Marketing College.

Valenti Named West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Employee of the Month West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital named Melissa Valenti, RN, care manager, as its Employee of the Month for March 2014. As a care manager, Valenti Melissa Valenti, RN serves as a resource to patients and physicians by identifying and facilitating plans of care throughout the healthcare continuum. Valenti has been with the organization for over six years.

IBERIABANK Names Nelson Road Branch Manager IBERIABANK has announced the naming of Phyllis Haynes as Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for the Nelson Road location in Lake Charles. Haynes Phyllis Haynes is located at 4440 Nelson and can be reached by phone at (337) 312-7001.

Shelley Johnson Elected as Vice Chairman of the
Board of the Southeast Tourism Society Shelley Johnson, executive director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention Shelly Johnson & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has been elected as vice chairman of the board of the Southeast Tourism Society (STS), according to the STS President and CEO Bill Hardman. For more information, visit www.southeasttourism.org.

IBERIABANK Names Vice President of Commercial Banking IBERIABANK has announced the promotion of Barry B. Brown to Vice President of Commercial Banking for Southwest Louisiana. Brown is located at Barry Brown 4440 Nelson Road in Lake Charles. He can be reached by phone at (337) 312-7021.

McElveen Insurance, LLC Welcomes New Employee McElveen Insurance, LLC has announced that Ben Stine has joined the agency as a Commercial Property and Casualty Broker. Stine graduated from The National Ben Stine Alliance for Insurance Education Producer School in 2011 and is currently working on his Certified Insurance Counselor designation. He also has a Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist designation from The Hartford School of Insurance. For more information, call (337) 287-9666.

Homer H. Williams, MD, Joins Memorial Medical Group Memorial Medical Group welcomes family medicine physician Dr. Homer Williams to the staff of Moss Memorial Urgent Care Clinic. Dr. Williams received his Dr. Homer Williams medical degree from University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (337) 475-8185.

Chavis Joins Institute for Neuropsychiatry Lisa Chavis, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, has joined the Institute for Neuropsychiatry and is currently accepting new patients. She most recently served as the director of the Geropsych Unit at Dauterive Hospital in New Iberia. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Louisiana

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Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Sigma Theta Tau Nurses Honor Society. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Institute for Neuropsychiatry at (337) 477-7091.

IBERIABANK Names Treasury Management Sales Officer IBERIABANK has announced the naming of Steven Perez as Vice President and Treasury Management Sales Officer for Southwest Louisiana. Steven Perez He is located at 4440 Nelson Road in Lake Charles and can be reached at (337) 312-7032.

recognize members, both living and deceased, who have contributed long-term meritorious service and valuable leadership to the LSMS. For more information, call (225) 763-2309.

Business First Bank Names Gregory Robertson CEO of Western Region Jude Melville, President and CEO of Business First Bank, has announced that Greg Robertson, President of the Lake Charles Banking Center, will Greg Robertson become Executive Vice President and CEO of the new Business First Bank Western Region, leading teams in Lake Charles, Lafayette and Shreveport/Bossier City.

Delafield Receives Certification as Child Forensic Interviewer Caitlin Delafield, Coordinator and Forensic Interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center, a division of Family & Youth Counseling Agency (Family & Youth), Caitlin Delafield was recently named an Advanced Child Forensic Interviewer by The National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers. Delafield is the fourth person to receive the certification in the state of Louisiana. For more information, call (337) 436-9533.

DeSonier Named to LSMS Hall of Fame

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Dr. Keith DeSonier was elected to the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) Hall of Fame at its annual House of Delegates meeting. The LSMS established its Hall of Fame to

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Money & Career Southwest Louisiana’s Entrepreneurial Engine is Revved Up with Startup Weekend & Business Pitch Competitions Over the course of three days in March, three groups of creative, entrepreurial minded people got together and formed small companies. When the effort was completed, a new startup business was chosen as the best out of the group. More importantly, innovation in Southwest Louisiana was recognized and celebrated. The first annual Startup Lake Charles was held March 28-30. PearShoes.com (spearheaded by Kamon Ange) was chosen as the winner of the contest. Ange will be provided space in the SEED Center/ Business Incubator located at 4310 Ryan St., along with legal services, accounting, business cards and other services. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014, according to Chris Meaux, the lead organizer for Startup Weekend Lake Charles, was pleased with the spirit that team members displayed. “For our first event here, it went very well. I’ve been involved in several of these event across the country. We had great participation and at the end of the day, our efforts are about building and growing the entrepreneurial eco-system in our area, and we established a good foundation for future efforts.” Individuals were encouraged to come to the SEED Center and pitch their ideas to one another. Eventually several potential business projects were started and teams were created. All of the members worked towards converting a specific business concept into a plan. According to Meaux, the winning project would have the necessary parts to move into the Business Incubator and start operating. Nick Villaume, another Startup Weekend organizer, said observing the teams work was a pleasure. “They had teamwork and were able to shape complex business strategies,” he said. “What was 26 www.thriveswla.com

good about Startup Weekend also was that this got participants comfortable with the concept of putting ideas out in public.” Villaume said more events like Startup Weekend will help get the region’s “creative juices flowing.” Startup Weekend occurred around the same time the SEED Center’s Second Annual Business Pitch Contest took pace. Three new entrepreneurs were chosen as winners: • Waitr, Inc. (Chris Meaux) • We Can Put a Computer in That (Matthew Breaux) • PearShowes.com (Kamon Ange) Adrian Wallace, executive director of the SEED Center Business Incubator, said the event “showcases the region’ best entrepreneurial talent. We have some very creative people who want to succeed in business.” The Business Pitch contest also promotes the programs offered at the SEED Center Business Incubator such as: entrepreneurial training; business coaching & counseling, seminars and workshops on subject matter areas; co-working space; pre-incubation program managerial and technical assistance; client management designed to specifically meet the needs of your business.

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Each winner received $1,000 in startup funding, provided by The Angels of Southwest Louisiana, and six months free rent in the SEED Center Business Incubator. For more information about the SEED Center Business Incubator call 337-433-0977 or visit www.seedcenterswla.com

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A New Flock of Back-to-Schoolers Nearly 4 million students are ages 35+ by Erin Kelly

The back-to-school season isn’t just for the kids anymore. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 4 million adults ages 35 and older are enrolled in a degree-granting institution. More than two-thirds are women. On the surface, going to school may seem like an odd investment in a dicey job market, but experts say the millions of degree-seeking adults may have actually been motivated by the downslope in the economy. “Many adults hope that a degree will make them more marketable and competitive. Others see this as a time to break into a new field or get a promotion,” said R.B. Smith, vice president of workforce development with the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. “Some are just hoping to hang on to the current position in an ever-changing, ever-evolving marketplace.” Several institutions—including McNeese State University—have programs geared specifically toward this non-traditional demographic. McNeese participates in the statewide CALL program, which provides the option of an accelerated curriculum offered completely online. Adults can get degrees in criminal justice, family and child studies, sociology and management while working around their schedules. Additionally, those holding a four-year degree may find that their mid-life career choices do not align with their prior education. One of the fastest ways to change career directions is by pursuing a certificate, diploma or associate degree in a career or technical workforce area. Community and technical colleges, such as Sowela, offer a variety of educational and training programs geared to students needing to enter or advance in the job 28 www.thriveswla.com

market as rapidly as possible. These programs range in length from a few weeks to two years. “Going back to school can be worth it, as long as you prepare ahead of time and understand the commitment. This includes the financial commitment,” Smith said. “Luckily, most institutions have staff in place that can answer all these questions.” With more than $65 billion in announced capital expansion in the five parish Southwest Louisiana region, the regional workforce will change both dramatically and dynamically. Opportunities for entry level employment will be abundant in nearly every employment sector as successful incumbent workers advance up the career ladder and new positions are added to meet the forecast demand. “We believe that the best time for heading backto-school is now; to receive the education and training that make up two of the three components of workforce development, Smith added. “The third component is work experience that is earned by starting at the entry level of the career ladder and climbing upward. “ According to Smith mid-career shifts have become increasingly common. The days of working at one place for forty years have gone; most modern American workers now want a fulfilling career that works for them, just as much they work for it. “People have increasingly seen the value of having a job that you love and enjoy, especially as our lives get busier and busier,” Smith said. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

“Sometimes you know mid-career that you’re not in the type of work environment you want. Going back to school can help propel adults into a 40hour week they’ll enjoy.” Here are a few tips for potential non-traditional students: • Delve into research. Find out what you’ll need to study, where, and what the job prospects are. • Once you know where you want to go, make an appointment with an enrollment or admissions counselor. Whether it’s a community college or university, they’re sure to have someone on staff that can answer your questions. • You’ll also want to talk to someone in financial aid. “There are several options for funding your education—not just loans, but scholarships for non-traditional students,” Smith said. “Take advantage of every funding opportunity to alleviate some of the personal cost.” • If you have previous college credit, find out if they can be transferred to your chosen field of study. • Is this your dream? Then don’t give up. “You can come up with a million reasons why going back to school after 35 is a bad idea, but at the end of the day, you have to go after your dreams. And if this is your dream, then don’t admit defeat easily,” Smith said. “If this is what you want, there’s a way to make it happen.”

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Talking to Teens about Budgets by Kristy Armand

Savings. Moderation. Bargain shopping. These terms might as well be in a different language, if you’re using them in a conversation with your teenager. Getting them to understand these concepts can seem like a losing battle. Today’s teen is armed with more money than any other generation, the independence and mobility to spend this money, and constant access to promotional messages telling them how to spend it. The 26 million teens in the United States spend $209 billion per year, according to a 2012 Rand Youth Poll. More than $17 billion a year is spent on advertising aimed directly at kids. It’s enough to send anyone 13 – 18 years old straight to the nearest mall. “Parents often ask me what they can do to instill good money sense into their teens,” said Connie Johnson, officer with Lakeside Bank. “My initial response is always the same: kids learn by example. If you are stressed out as you balance your account each month, or if you fight with your spouse regularly about money, you’re sending confusing signals to your kids. Straighten out your finances so that you can properly guide your teen concerning theirs.” Johnson says the first step in money management is developing a budget. “It sounds boring, but it’s the building block of any good

financial system. You have to have a plan on how money will be spent, so you can get a balance between money coming in and money going out.” Her advice is to have the teen list all sources of incomes, such as money from allowances or jobs. With the summer starting, it’s the perfect time to do this. Then, list regular expenses; don’t include anything normally paid for by you, their parents. Subtract the expenses from the income. If the result shows a lack of money, it’s time to trim some of the expenses or find a new source of extra income, keeping in mind demands of school and other extracurricular activities. This give and take of creating a budget is real world experience, as they’ll need to repeatedly do this in the years to come. If they need to curb expenses, talk about the ways they can do this; such as renting a movie instead of watching it at a theater, shopping the sales at their favorite stores instead of paying full price, grabbing a sandwich at home instead of eating out frequently. Again, these are real world solutions

for common situations faced every day. “If they can get a handle on things like this, they may avoid serious financial problems in the future,” Johnson said. Once your teen is managing his or her own money, it’s likely they’ll have a shortfall, even with all the careful planning that was done initially. Spur-of-the-moment purchases, or just buying too many little things can send a budget in a tailspin, and it happens to us all. “Resist the urge to bail them out,” says Johnson, “even though that is hard to do when you have the money available. If your teen can depend on you to come up with extra cash, he or she will never learn to manage money wisely. Let them limp through the rest of the month so they can get a taste of the consequences. But, don’t be judgmental; your teen needs to know they can always come to you for advice.” Often, teens just aren’t aware of the cycle of money. Johnson says by allowing them to be responsible for a portion of money, they can better understand money management.

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! CHRISTUS Physician Group Opens News Clinic

Dare to be Healthy—The K.I.S.S. Project Comes to Westlake

CHRISTUS Physician Group opened a new family medicine clinic, CHRISTUS Family Medicine-Lake Charles, at 711 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive. The physicians and advanced practice nurse located at the clinic are Dennis Fletcher, M.D., Holley Kelley, D.O., Michael Traub, M.D., and Joan Gatte, APRN, FNP-BC. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 436-6100.

Dare to be Healthy is a three year grant to combat the skyrocketing obesity rate in our parish, made possible by a Challenge Grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and local partners throughout Calcasieu Parish. The grant is valued at over $ 1 million and administered by Southwest Louisiana Area Education Center in cooperation with the Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana. For more information or to register for the upcoming K.I.S.S. Project in Westlake, call (409) 383-3249.

Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival Poster
Tribute to Elton Louviere

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Announces Award Recipients

Pat Louviere and artist Erik Jessen

The Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival unveiled the 2014 poster, celebrating the life and work of the late renowned local artist, Elton Louviere, who is known nationally for his paintings of wildlife and rural Louisiana. The festival poster was designed by Erik Jessen, graphic arts instructor at SOWELA Technical Community College and co-founder of Mixed Media Group. The 2014 Contraband Days posters are $40 and can be purchased by calling the Contraband Days office at (337) 436-5508.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital recognized over 60 employees for serving five, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 years at the organization. Several physicians were also honored for their commitment to their field, and their community. Awards were presented to those demonstrating extraordinary conduct. The awards, and their respective winners, are listed as follows: Employee of the Year: Bill Ballard, biomedical technician Physician of the Year: Walter P. Ledet, Jr., MD, general surgeon, Sulphur Surgical Clinic Safety Award Winner: Jesse Kovach, RN, medical telemetry nursing unit

Louisiana Railroad Days Festival Named Top 20 Event

Sunshine Retirement Living Takes Over The Verandah at Graywood Sunshine Retirement Living, owners and operators of 19 retirement communities in seven states, today announced that the company has taken over management of The Verandah at Graywood, an independent and assisted living community in Lake Charles. For more information, call (337) 409-4615 or visit http://www.theverandahatgraywood.com.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Recognized The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals recognized West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital as a Safe Sleep Champion for its adoption of the Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment made by the American Academy of Pediatrics to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep-related infant deaths. For more information on safe sleep initiatives at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, call (337) 527-4361. 32 www.thriveswla.com

Top 20 Restaurants in Southwest Louisiana Competition With the popularity of culinary tourism and in celebration of the area’s world-famous cuisine, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is inviting the public to vote for their top three favorite restaurants now through May 11. The winning restaurants will be named as the Top 20 Restaurants of Southwest Louisiana as part of the National Tourism Week festivities taking place May 3-11. To vote on top restaurants and view restaurant discounts, log onto www.visitlakecharles. org/yourstory.

Business Incubator Client Obtains Business With New GTL Company Juniper GTL has partnered with CGI Staffing Solutions, Inc. in Lake Charles to provide human resources and recruiting support for its local facility. Juniper GTL has exhibited its commitment to the Lake Charles area by partnering with local agencies when possible. For more information, contact the business incubator at (337) 433-0977 or visit www.seedcenterswla.com

ICHRMA Receives Distinguished Award The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded the ICHRMA the EXCEL Silver Award for 2013. The award is part of the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence, which aligns individual chapters with SHRM. To learn more information about ICHRMA, email ICHRMA@yahoo. com.

Memorial Hospital Honors Frasch Elementary Artists Gary Cooper, board member on the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau; Kim Goodman, chairman of entertainment for the Louisiana Railroad Days Festival; Donna Richard, Vice-Chairman on the board of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) honored the Louisiana Railroad Days Festival as a Top 20 Event for the second quarter of 2014. For more information, contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588, or visit www.visitlakecharles.org.

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Lake Charles Memorial Hospital honored students who participated in the Young at Art Program. The program, which spotlights artwork from a different local elementary school each month, was designed to make a positive impact on hospital patients, employees, and the young artists themselves. The display featured artwork by students from Frasch Elementary. A panel of Memorial volunteers recognized second grader Ethan Baldridge and fourth graders Alexus Higginbotham & Wyatt Petross with a $25 gift card.

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JD Bank to Open New Branch in Westlake JD Bank will expand its network of branches with the opening of a new location in Westlake. The Westlake branch is scheduled to open in summer 2014 as a full-service branch and will be located at 1511 Sampson Street. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com or call (800) 789-5159.

Memorial to invest $55 million in Upgrades Since 2007, Lake Charles Memorial Health System has invested $60 million in system upgrades from technology to infrastructure to services. Over the next three years, Memorial has planned investments of more than $55 million. Once completed, a total of around $115 million will have been spent on technology, infrastructure and service delivery to build a premier health system for Southwest Louisiana.


Straight Answers to Your Questions on Industry and the Environment


Industry says they care about the environment, but isn’t it true that the only reason they try to be environmentally responsible is because government regulations make them?


Being environmentally responsible makes good business sense.

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

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Home & Family

by Ann McMurry

The Modern American Family

Focus on function, not gender roles, experts say When a major league player missed the first two days of the baseball season earlier this year to be with his wife while she had their baby, some sports commentators were outraged. She should have had her caesarean-section earlier, one suggested. The big bucks players earn in professional baseball should be enough incentive for them to be there on opening day, he said. Hire a nurse to take care of the baby, said another. But public opinion polls suggested that Americans strongly supported the Mets’ Daniel Murphy. Family and baby should come first, they said. That’s just one issue facing families today, as dads take paternity leave to be with moms and 34 www.thriveswla.com

babies, and moms work long hours while dads pick up children from school. The once rigid gender roles aren’t so rigid any more, and the fuzzy lines are creating confusion and disagreement. Historically, the structure of the family was a twoparent household, with a provider and a nurturer, and children under the age of 18, according to Michelle Wolkomir, PhD, associate professor of sociology at Centenary College of Louisiana. But that traditional nuclear family isn’t as prevalent as it once was; in fact, Wolkomir said, the percentage of married couple households with children under the age of 18 is down – now less than 25 percent. Today’s families may include single parent families, stepfamilies, families with one dad or two Thrive Magazine for Better Living

dads, one mom or two moms, extended families, or families with no children. “There is no single type that characterizes the family; there is a multitude of family forms,” Wolkomir said. Economics drove some of the changes, she said. “There was the recession of the 1970s, and then the demise of the living wage.” In an effort to boost family income, more women took jobs outside of the home, and through the years, the role of men and women changed – at least to some extent. For the first time in American history, women are more educated than men, Wolkomir said. Female enrollment in bachelor’s and master’s programs surpassed male enrollment several years ago, but according to the Council of Graduate Schools, in May 2014

We Have the Keys You Need more recent years, more women than men are earning PhDs. In 2010, 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 60 percent of master’s degrees and 52 percent of doctoral degrees were awarded to women. In addition, the U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that in married households, when one spouse works and the other stays home, the wife is the wage earner in 23 percent of those families. When both spouses work, wives’ earnings outpace husbands’ earnings more than onefourth of the time. Wolkomir said as families undergo change, public policy increasingly looks at the family’s function rather than its structure. However, some do not accept the dynamics of modern families, and there is still the perception that males are superior and that they should be the providers. Like Wolkamire, Koni Bridges of Sulphur believes the modern family is more varied that ever before. Bridges is a licensed clinical social worker and she said that the days of predictable family structure are gone. “That creates the need for families to look at the structure and the function of their individual situations very differently and welcome some flexibility instead of the ‘rigid roles’ once prescribed to by their families in the past,” Bridges said. Husbands and wives no longer cling to the stereotypical image of the husband as the breadwinner and the wife as the nurturer who stays home with the children, although it’s not usually a role reversal either, May 2014

she said. Instead, she calls it “role flexibility.” “We need to be willing to step outside of the rigid role boundaries and designations of the past and be willing to do what is needed for one’s home to not just function well, but for all in the family to actually thrive,” she said. “If we’re only looking to the past or to other families right around us to determine what ‘should be,’ we’ll find ourselves more than frustrated because that may not be what works for our family. The only ones that need to assess and evaluate what works or doesn’t work are those within that relationship or family.” However, Bridges cautioned, families need to talk about their roles and their expectations. “When we silently set an expectation about how a role ‘should’ be played, that sets us up for some potentially major communication breakdowns and misunderstandings. I don’t know the author of the phrase I tell clients often, but this statement is so true: ‘Expectations are premeditated resentments.’ I feel that couples should be encouraged to openly discuss their individual situation and find the solutions and balance in role sharing that work for them. “We are past the times of cookie-cutter prescriptions on how the family roles must look,” she continued. “We need to decrease the presence of rigidity for rigidity’s sake and welcome the increased flexibility that addresses the family right where they are.” Continued on p36

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Home & Family Bridges said her own family unit isn’t what some may perceive a typical home should be. Bridges works out of her home during the day, and there may be some days where she leaves for work at 7 a.m. and doesn’t get home until 10 p.m. Her husband, John, is cohost of 7News Sunrise, and his schedule dictates that he must be at work by 3 a.m. to prepare for the early morning show. Because of that, he usually has dinner by 5 p.m. and is in bed by 6:30 p.m. However, after he arrives home from work, he does laundry or takes care of other jobs that are usually done during the day. “He doesn’t have to wash clothes, but if he doesn’t do it, then I’m doing it after I get home, and I’m running the washer and dryer when he’s trying to sleep. So we do what works for our household.” In addition, there are sometimes activities in the evening with their son, Jacob, which Bridges attends, but her husband is unable to because of his work schedule. Bridges said she has female friends who are the main breadwinners in their families and the husband picks up the children from school, and others make unfavorable judgments about them. “But families must assess what works for them,” she said. Both Wolkomir and Bridges said families can be highly functional, even though the roles that the husband and the wife hold may be different from what they may have been 25 years ago. “But people have frameworks as to how they think the world should be,” Wolkomir said. “They want things to work within that framework. “

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Local Group Provides Networking and Educational Opportunities


For decades the American Advertising Federation’s Lake Charles Chapter (AAF-Lake Charles) has been providing the means for professionals and students in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields to come together for networking, educational and professional development opportunities. The group hosts bi-monthly luncheons with speakers and socials to meet others in the industry. Members also have the opportunity to participate in district conferences to meet professionals from other markets. Also, annually, AAF-Lake Charles hosts the ADDY Awards. The Oscars of the advertising industry celebrate the works of local advertising and marketing firms. The next luncheon will be held Tuesday, May 13, at 11:30 a.m. at Jag’s Bistro. The speaker, Bart Cleveland, founder of Job Propulsion Lab and Bart Cleveland Creative Development, has developed branding for a broad range of companies, including: Coca-Cola, The Ritz-Carlton, CNN, DuPont, International Paper, Carter’s Baby Clothes, Applegate Organic Meats and James Hardie Siding. For more information on joining AAF-Lake Charles, visit www.aaflakecharles. com or contact Paul Levingston at (337) 263-0049 or Matthew Bowles at (337) 842-5766.

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Dipping into Chalk Paint Renovating furniture can be an

interesting and self-satisfying hobby. One way to guarantee originality in furniture renovation is the use of chalk paint. Like any do-it-yourself (DIY) project, though, it pays to have a little background knowledge before getting started.



Shirley Broussard Daniel gears up to paint her next piece with chalk paint.

“Many people start renovation projects on their own and get pretty frustrated or spend a lot of money just to end up giving up on the project,” says Kathi Broussard Cogen, a Sulphur native and owner of Haven Home Furnishings, the exclusive local retailer and one of only three distributors in the state for Van Gogh fossil paint, also known as chalk paint. “One thing that makes chalk paint so appealing is that very little or no prep work is needed, making it possible to complete a project in one day.” Using a combination of simple ingredients: water, chalk, pigment, and adhesive, chalk paint gives any piece a solid, matte look. This water-based paint is eco-friendly, non-toxic and odorless. One coat dries in as few as 20 minutes. “With chalk paint, pieces can be easily distressed, creating a look that is natural and artistic,” Kathi Cogen and her sister Shirley Broussard Daniel add. “Thanks to the simple ingredients, it adheres easily to any surface, so chalk paint can almost always be used without primer.” To ensure the success of your project though, the Broussard girls recommend taking the time learn the basic tips and tricks from an expert. Daniel, who owned a stained and beveled glass company in Houston for many years, is the resident paintologist for the Van Gogh line of paints at Haven and will be teaching chalk and fossil paint classes beginning this month.

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“We will start out with classes of no more than six people and will eventually expand it to eight,” says Daniel. “The five-hour class will include a lunch if taken during the day and a light snack and wine if taken at night.” The $150 class will give participants the opportunity to discover whether or not they want to embark on furniture restoration. The Van Gogh 101 class will teach students a variety of ways to distress a newly painted piece. The duo will also offer advanced classes in the future that will cover enhancements like embossing, decoupage, stenciling and more. Haven Home Furnishings is located in the Palm Plaza Shopping Center on Ryan Street in Lake Charles. Class schedules will be posted on Facebook. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ShopHavenHome or call (337) 433-2001.

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Thrift stores have traditionally gotten a bad rap as dingy, poorly organized retailers of last resort, but in a post recession economy, a new generation of thrift store shoppers has realized there’s no shame in saving a buck. Whether you’re genuinely cashstrapped or just a connoisseur of vintage style, thrift stores offer everything from on-trend clothing to fabulous home furnishings at huge discounts to those patient enough to look. Here are some tips for the rookie thrifter:

Make a Day of It

Thrift stores are usually clustered in areas where rent is cheap and foot traffic is high, so do some research to find out what area of town is hottest for vintage and thrift stores, then plan on visiting as many as possible. You don’t want to settle for a piece that’s good enough when something amazing is waiting for you a few blocks over.

Know What You Need

To shoppers used to neat rows of department store goods, the sheer volume of merchandise in a thrift store can be overwhelming. Make a list of items you need before you hit the shops. That way you can bypass, say, mountains of electronics while searching for the perfect accent chair. Plus, you’ll avoid impulse buying items you may just end up re-donating.


Part of the joy of vintage is coming up with new uses for old stuff. Get creative! Use those twentyfive sent Mason jars to hold bathroom essentials like Q-Tips and cotton balls, make wall hooks out of antique doorknobs. Imagination is essential for successful thrifting.

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Inspect Potential Purchases Carefully

Most thrift stores have a zero return or exchange policy, so it’s important to make sure your finds are in good condition before you get them to the register. Ask to plug in electronics to be sure they’re in working order, flip over furniture cushions to inspect for stains, check the seams and underarms of clothing for holes. You don’t want to get home to realize your shabby chic treasure is just plain shabby.

Bring Cash

Credit card machines are expensive to run, so many thrift stores are cash only. Plus, some stores will offer discounts to cash paying customers. Shelf space is valuable and managers don’t like merchandise to linger, so if you ask nicely and have cash on hand, many stores will knock a few dollars off the sticker price.


The majority of thrift stores are run by volunteerbased nonprofit organizations that offer a host of services to worthy causes, so the next time you clean out your closet or redecorate a room, donate goods to your local thrift store. It’s pretty cool to think that your past might be part of someone else’s future!

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Buying a Car for your Graduate by Austin Price

There’s nothing more exciting for a high school graduate than sitting down in your first car after graduation. At least, that’s the case for the teenager. For a parent, though, there’s so much to consider that picking out a car for their soon-to-be-graduate can be something of a nightmare: Is the car going to be safe? Are you spoiling them by getting them that brand-new Mustang when a well-kept second-hand Volvo is cheaper and safer? Luckily, it only seems that overwhelming. Here are a few tips to reduce the stress and make sure you pick the right car.

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PAY ATTENTION TO SAFETY FEATURES: These days there are about 8 million safety-features you can add to your car, but nothing’s ever more essential than air-bags: given a choice between a model with two, four or six airbags, go with six. Antilock brakes and stability controls are also essential, as they reduce the risk of crashing altogether. Be sure to check SaferCar.gov and iihs.org for individual safety ratings and reviews for cars.

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YOUR DRIVER’S LIFESTYLE: Consider the needs and hobbies of your graduate. Most don’t need – or in most cases even want – a suburban or SUV, and in most cases a no-frills, basic car will suffice. If you’re buying for someone who spends a lot of time hauling materials back-and-forth, look into a truck with four-wheel drive. If the driver’s going to be moving across country for school or picking up a job that requires frequent travel, focus on the car’s gas mileage more than its horsepower. BUYING USED: We’ve all heard horror stories and urban legends about the lemon that stopped working right off the lot, but if you’re afraid of spoiling your graduate, there are plenty of excellent used cars out there. Just make sure that you shell out the $30-odd that required for a Carfax report or, even better, a check-up with a local mechanic, most of whom will evaluate the car for a nominal fee. Insurance: Students who maintain high GPAs in college and who attend college over 100-miles away from home may be eligible for a number of insurancerelated discounts that can shave up to 20% of costs away. Just something to encourage your graduates with.


Haven offers an eclectic mix of vintage and new furniture and accessories, including unique lighting fixtures, mirrors, frames, glassware, candles and more. We are also an exclusive rep for Younger furniture, specializing in custom upholstered pieces. We also carry the Van Gogh chalk paint line and will be offering regular classes. Interior design services are also available. Stop by Haven today to find a new treasure for your home or the perfect gift for any occasion.

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Wounded Warriors Returning for Battle on the Bayou II

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The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST), a nationally recognized team comprised of amputee active duty military personnel and veterans, will return to Southwest Louisiana and play against Olympic Gold medalist Jennie Finch-Daigle and a team of allstars June 20-21 in the “Battle on the Bayou II” softball tournament. The tournament will be held at McMurry Park in Sulphur, with game events beginning each night at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at all Calcasieu Parish McDonald’s locations for $10. All proceeds from the event will go toward helping the WWAST. Sponsorships for the event are available and donations are also being accepted. For more information, please call (337) 528-4735.

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Fashion Mistakes that Age You by Erin Kelly

If you want to look your age or older, consider overly sensible shoes and an outdated hairstyle. According to Catina Coats, owner of Catina Couture, those are at least two fashion mistakes that age you. “For most of us, the goal is to look younger, not older,” Coats said. “Unfortunately, I see many people who add as many as ten years to their age simply by making fashion ‘mistakes.’” A few of the most common, according to Coats t

Granny glasses.

These are reader glasses in a dated design that you wear around your neck on a chain. “If you don’t mind adding some years to your age and you like the comfort and convenience of wearing reading glasses around your neck, then go for it,” Coats said. “But if your goal is to look younger and fresher, consider buying a more modern, ‘hip’ pair of glasses. I know it’s tempting to pick up the five-dollar readers from the drugstore shelf, but for a few extra dollars, you can completely change your look.” Consider a solid-colored frame well-suited to the shape of your face. t

Over-reliance on black pants.

Women of all ages make this mistake. Yes, black is versatile. Yes, it can be slimming. But that doesn’t mean you’re trapped in black pants for the rest of your life. “Expand your wardrobe,” Coats said. “A good place to start is the black pants. Consider something else that’s timeless—a black pencil skirt, for example.”

First of all, I get it—I understand that people want to be comfortable in their shoes. High-heels aren’t for everyone. The good news is, flats are back in style, so you don’t have to be four inches higher to look trendy,” Coats said. “The key is to pick shoes that look nice and modern, and are also comfortable. Believe me, those shoes exist.” When you’re considering a new pair of shoes, think about style as well as comfort. Try on shoes outside of your usual zone.

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Other faux pas to avoid are:

Matchy-matchy. There was a time when everything needed to match by shade. The cardigan matched the shirt. The shoes matched the top. The purse matched the shoes. But that’s not the general rule of thumb anymore. “You don’t have to match everything. This is a common misunderstanding,” Coats said. “Think of complementing colors, rather than matching them. When everything matches, it dates you.”

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Never letting go. Keeping old clothes that don’t fit is a mistake for all ages, whether you’re 25 or 55. But 55-year-olds have a much larger outdated wardrobe to take up room in their closets than their 25-year-old counterparts. According to Coats, you need to learn to let go. If it doesn’t fit, toss it. If it’s outdated, toss it. If it’s faded and worn, toss it. “Out with the old and in with the new,” Coats said.

Wearing your hair too long, or having an outdated cut.

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How to Give Your Hair a

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They say that looks don’t matter, but how you choose to wear your hair could matter a lot when it comes to how your are viewed in the professional world. “Imagine if someone walked into a meeting with unbrushed hair. That would make an impression, and not the right one. The same goes for an outdated style,” said Wendy White McCown, stylist and owner of Signatures Salon. It’s one thing if you can rock a beehive with your own sense of style, but if you’re wearing a dated hairstyle because you don’t know how to modernize your look, that’s another.” When a woman changes her hairstyle, she can instantly change the way other people view her, McCown said. The same could be said for some men, depending on what kind of hairstyle they have, but in most cases, women have more hairstyle options. Here are a few tips from McCown to help you decide if your hair is doing its job in your professional life:

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Decide what kind of look you want. If you want to look dramatic, try a dramatic cut. Maybe a blunt bob or new, bold color. Dramatic is often stylish, but remember: A dramatic cut means people will be noticing you, so if you don’t want to be in the spotlight, you may want something more understated.

Understand your locks. “Some women pull their hair back or put it up every day the same way because they don’t know what to do with it. The answer is to learn to love your hair and understand what it wants to do,” McCown said. If your hair is curly, don’t fight it. Learn to work with the curls instead. If your hair is

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Know how much time you want to spend on your hair. If you want to look professional, but don’t want to spend a lot of time on your hair every morning, consider a stylish, low-maintenance cut. “A short bob might be a good choice,” McCown said.

Don’t default. Many women default to reliable rubber bands or clips to get their hair out of their face, or because they don’t feel like dealing with it. “But if you have long hair and you keep pulling it back, what’s the point of having it long? And what kind of message does this send about how important you feel this part of your appearance is to your job?”

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McCown said. “If you have longer hair but find yourself constantly pulling it away from your face, consider a shorter cut, something that you can easily style for a professional look.” Use the right products. Walking into your office with so much hair spray that your hair doesn’t move, might not be the best look. “And using so much hair gel that it looks like your head was doused in oil may not be attractive either,” McCown says. “Use quality products, and use them properly. In most cases, it only takes a small dollop or a few sprays to get the job done.”


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‘Selfie’ Trend Drives Growth in Cosmetic Procedures

by Katie Harrington

The continued popularity of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, along with the ‘Selfie’ trend is having a large impact on the facial plastic surgery industry according to a new study from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The survey, which is completed by a select group of the organization’s 2,700 members, revealed that one in three facial plastic surgeons surveyed saw an increase in procedures because patients are more self-aware of

how they look on social media sites. Researches say increased photo sharing and patients’ dissatisfaction with their own image on these sites is a rising trend. Last year the industry experienced an increase in rhinoplasties, hair transplants and eyelid surgery, along with a continuing increasing in popularity in non-surgical facial cosmetic procedures and treatments. “Social media platforms are like holding a microscope up to your own image,” says Dr. Mark Crawford, oculoplastic surgeon and medical director with the Aesthetic

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Breaking BAD Habits

by Erin Kelly

We all have bad habits, whether great or small. We bite our nails. Smoke cigarettes. Make fast-food stops and eat too much dessert. These bad behaviors develop gradually over time until they become part of our status quo. Once they sneak into our everyday lives, it seems impossible to get rid of them. They’re always there, reminding us that we’re imperfect and lack self-control or discipline. Breaking bad habits may seem impossible, but it isn’t--not if you’re truly ready to face the music.

“The first step to breaking a bad habit is deciding that you’re going to do it. Not passively deciding, but actually making the decision that you’re going to make a change,” said psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer, founder of the Institute for Neuropsychiatry in Lake Charles and New York Times best-selling author. “It usually takes a few tries before people are ready to make a solid commitment, because changing our lifestyle and action takes considerable effort and self-realization.” If you think you’re ready to commit to a better you, here’s how to start, according to Dr. Archer:


You can’t overcome anything without answering this inevitable question. When you know why you do what you do, you can figure out how to change it. The “why” gets you to the crux of the matter. So ask yourself: When do you bite your nails? When do you crave cigarettes most, and why do you crave them? What brings you to the drive-through or the dessert table? What are you getting from the bad behavior? “It’s hard to know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been,” Dr. Archer said. “Getting to the foundation of behavior is a significant step toward self-realization, which

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is a good place to start when you’re working on bettering yourself. When you’re preparing yourself for a hard road, it helps to know your weaknesses so you can overcome them and know your strengths so you can exploit them.”


Start making notes about your bad habits. When you eat too much and feel guilty, write down exactly why you ate too much and how it’s making you feel. Same goes for those other bad habits. You’ll be surprised how real something gets once it’s in writing. Not only will it show you exactly how your life is affected, it will give you something

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tangible to tackle. It will make you conscious of your decisions, which is the best way to start taking control. “That’s why it’s best to write things down. Same with goals--if you have goals, write them down. It makes them more real. It makes them more solid. It helps you collect and organize your thoughts and actions,” Dr. Archer said.


Analyze everything you’ve written and then make a list of how this behavior adds to or takes from your quality to your life. What are the pros and cons of smoking those cigarettes? “Be honest with yourself,” Dr. Archer said.

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That list will tell you the triggers of your bad habits, but now what? One option is to replace your behavior with something else. Instead of biting your nails, try chewing a piece of gum. (Gum is also a great deflector of food; try popping a slice in your mouth when you feel the urge to overeat. It’ll refuel your taste buds with mintiness that will make that extra serving of French fries less appetizing.) Another is to replace your bad habit with a mental exercise, like meditation. Or better yet: Actual exercise. “It’ll be challenging to just stop yourself cold turkey from acting on a behavior,” Dr. Archer said. “Although it works for some, it doesn’t work for others. If you can’t overcome the temptation to engage in an action, consider replacing that action with something healthier and more productive.”

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When a Stomach Ache Gets Serious by Emily Alford

We’ve all experienced it: that painful moment when we push back from the table, look sheepishly at our empty plates, and wearily proclaim, “I ate too much.” This statement is usually followed by a long night of painful cramping and searing heartburn. But dealing with stomach pain is not always as simple as popping an antacid and riding it out. Knowing when to take pain seriously can save you a lot of discomfort. The majority of stomach discomfort is the result of “trapped wind.” We swallow air as we eat and drink, and foods naturally produce gas as our bodies break them down. Normally, we dispel this air and gas throughout the day, up to twenty times a day, as a matter of fact, but sometimes gasses and air become trapped in our digestive system, causing bloating and sharp cramps. “An over-the-counter gas pill will usually clear up the matter,” says Ricardo McCall, M.D., a gastroenterologist on staff at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. “But it is important you consult your physician if you suffer from bloating and abdominal pain several times a week, if the symptoms are accompanied by blood in the stool, or if you have a high fever and muscle pain along with stomach discomfort.” Two major tummy ache culprits are gastroenteritis and heartburn. Both are fairly common and can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Gastroenteritis is more commonly known as food poisoning. There are at least 250 bacteria that can contaminate food, releasing toxins that irritate the stomach lining and cause stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and 54 www.thriveswla.com

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vomiting. Foodsaftey.gov states that illnesscausing bacteria grows fastest in foods left to sit in temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees. However, refrigeration temperatures, even those below 40 degrees, only slow bacteria, so refrigerated food should be tossed after about three days. “Normally, the stomach lining repairs itself in the case of food poisoning, and the most important part of healing is preventing dehydration with plenty of liquids,” says Dr. McCall. “However, if food poisoning lasts more than three days, is accompanied by blood in the stool, dizziness, or the inability to produce tears or urinate, you should consult your doctor immediately because you could have a more serious ailment or be dangerously dehydrated.” That burning sensation that begins in the chest after eating and radiates up the neck to the jaw is commonly known as Heartburn, but according to Medical News Today, it is medically known as pyrosis. When the esophagus does not close properly after swallowing, gastric acids creep back up and cause the burning sensation in the chest and neck. Occasional heartburn is common, especially when we eat too fast, and over the counter medicine usually helps. “Heartburn is serious when it lasts more than two weeks, and is accompanied by a cough, or is preceded by trouble swallowing,” Dr. McCall adds. “While infrequent heartburn is usually not serious, frequent heartburn can be indicative of ulcers, heart disease, or stomach cancer, so it is important to alert your doctor if your heartburn is frequent or so severe that over the counter remedies don’t help.” For more information about stomach ailments, visit to www.christusstpatrick.org.

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Brush Up on Dental Health by Katie Harrington

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease affecting children in the United States. Affecting nearly 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11, it’s a costly problem that can easily be prevented. Summer vacation is right around the corner, meaning snacking, staying up late and sleeping in may shake up some typical routines. Brushing and flossing are two parts of a daily routine that shouldn’t change no matter the time of year so now is the perfect time for parents to renew their commitment to teaching their children, young and old, about proper dental care. “The vast majority of parents commit without question to routine check-ups with their child’s pediatrician,” says Dr. Eric Sanders, pediatric dentist with Sanders Pediatric Dentistry. “Those well baby and well child visits are extremely important but so are routine check-ups and cleanings with a pediatric dentist.” ADA guidelines suggest that children see a pediatric dentist when their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday. “Once a child has an established relationship with a pediatric dentist, they should see him or her for a routine cleaning every six months,” adds Dr. Sanders. “It’s also important for parents to supervise their child’s brushing until they are seven or eight year old. With children older than eight, it’s important to make sure you ask them daily if they’ve brushed and flossed.” Getting a young child to brush their teeth twice

a day can be a challenge though. Dr. Sanders says there are some creative ways to make tooth brushing fun for little ones. “One way to make brushing a blast is to download their favorite tune to your smartphone. You need about a two minute clip of music. Play this song twice a day for them. While the song is playing they brush along.” For toddlers, Dr. Sanders adds that singing simple songs like the ABC song or Mary Had a Little Lamb a couple of times through will do the trick. Another thing to consider is allowing the child to make some choices on their own. “Kids like to flex their independence so allow them to pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste,” recommends Dr. Sanders. “Just be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the toothpaste and help them select a toothbrush that is age appropriate.” The next step to promoting good dental care is teaching children to floss. “Parents should begin flossing their child’s teeth once a day as soon as two teeth emerge that touch,” Dr. Sanders says. “Using floss sticks or picks instead of regular string floss may be easier on both the parent and the child.” Finally, Dr. Sanders suggests replacing the toothbrush on a regular basis. “Toothbrushes have a

life of about three to four months. Replace it sooner if it begins to show signs of wear. It’s important to never share a toothbrush with others.” For more information, contact Sanders Pediatric Dentistry at (337) 433-5437 or visit www.sanderspediatricdentistry.com.

Sunshine Unleashes Pollen, Itchy Eyes After the unusually cold winter that pummeled everyone from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast, you’ve probably been celebrating the arrival of spring with renewed gusto. In the light of the bright May sun, you may have forgotten those cold days of January. But you may be noticing something else, too: Itchy eyes. Unfortunately, a chilly winter often makes for a brutal spring, allergy-wise. The cold weather stagnates the pollen, but as soon as the weather warms up—which it already has—all that pent-up pollen is unleashed. And it finds a way to attack your eyes. “Ocular allergy is extremely common. In fact, it’s one of the most common complaints we receive in our practice,” says optometrist Dr. Chad East with The Eye Clinic. “Unfortunately,

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there are still many people who have suffered with itchy, runny eyes for so long that they don’t think to mention it to their eye care practitioner. It’s become just another part of their daily life, so instead they do what they’ve always done, and go to the drugstore for overthe-counter allergy meds.” But if your eyes are itchy, running or watering, and especially if your contact lenses have become uncomfortable, you need to mention this to your eye doctor. “Over-the-counter meds are just a quick fix-it for the problem. Like a Band-Aid. Treatment from an eye doctor has more lasting and effective results that will give you longstanding relief,” Dr. East says. “More importantly, your eye doctor can modify your contact lens prescription and provide

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How to Buy Your Mattress How can a mattress-seeking person navigate an industry with endless possibilities? All of those names and jargon – “Tempur-Pedic,”“Sleep-Rite,” “memory foam,”“air” – seem so alluringly scientific, intimidating, and clinical. But it’s not so complicated as all that. David Saucier, owner of Household Furniture Galleries and a 35-year industry veteran, says buyers need to avoid being confused by branding and advertisements. “You don’t want to buy on brand,” he warns. “People need to buy a mattress they’re personally comfortable with.” The needs of each sleeper are unique, says Saucier, varying by body type, health concerns, sleeping posture and, probably most important of

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all, the situation with your sleeping partner (as it turns out, one of the greatest reported problems people have with sleeping stem from their partners). It’s hard to figure out what mattress is best for you without really testing it. Find sellers who are willing to work directly with you, have real interest in the inventory and understand how their mattresses affect the body; this may mean finding sellers who are willing to work with you on warranty and exchange—services that online retailers generally don’t offer. Don’t let money and selection limitations get you bent out of shape; you don’t need the latest memory foam miracle to get a lifetime worth of good sleep. There’s so much variety now that there

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should be something perfectly comfortable within your price range. Finally, and most importantly, go and test a variety of mattresses—but not “the hand test,” which Saucier warns is “the worst mistake you can ever make.” “You don’t get a real feel for the mattress just by pressing it,” he says. “Instead, come and test it out. Practice sleeping in your typical style. Maybe bring your own pillow.” A good mattress should provide support and comfort both; if it’s not working for you, it’s not good for you, no matter what advertising or reviews say. Sleeping is a personal experience. Tailor your mattress to your needs.

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Letting Go of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

by Kristy Armand

It starts with mild tingling in your hand. Then numbness from time to time. It progresses and begins to interfere with your work. You have to pause and literally “shake it off.” It gets worse, and you wake up in night after night with pain shooting up your wrist. These are the classic symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, one of the most common causes of wrist and hand pain. Although most people think of the hands when they think of carpal tunnel pain, Dr. Andrew Foret, hand and wrist specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, says the condition can affect the wrist too, and actually starts there, when the median nerve, which is on the palm side of the hand, becomes compressed by other structures in the wrist. He says the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome is not confined to people in a single industry or job, and occurs most often in those performing repetitive-type tasks in the manufacturing, construction, clerical, sewing, finishing and cleaning industries. “Basically, anyone who often has their wrist situated at an awkward and repetitive angle for extended periods of time is vulnerable to the condition.” Carpal tunnel syndrome usually occurs only in adults, and women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Foret says this may be because the carpal tunnel itself is typically smaller in women than in men. The dominant hand is usually affected first and produces the most severe pain. Persons with diabetes or other metabolic disorders that directly affect the body’s nerves and make them more susceptible to compression are also at high risk. Carpal tunnel syndrome may also be genetic, according to recent research. If left untreated, Dr. Foret says pain from the condition becomes more severe, spreading up the arm and making it difficult to complete manual tasks, like typing or holding a hammer. Dr. Foret says this is why it is very important to pay attention to early warning signs – the tingling, numbness and mild pain or cramping – and seek an evaluation. “If we can diagnose early, there are more options for non-surgical treatment, and we can hopefully avoid permanent damage of May 2014

the median nerve, which can lead to loss of grip strength.” A diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome involves a physical examination of the hands, wrists and arms, along with electrodiagnostic tests to measure the electrical activity of nerves and muscles. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, Dr. Foret says nonsurgical treatment options are always considered first. These include medication, injections, bracing and exercises to strengthen the muscles in the hand and wrist, just to name a few. For some people, these measures can prevent, or at least delay, the need for surgery. If surgery is needed, Dr. Foret says an endoscopic carpal tunnel release procedure is performed in most cases. “Endoscopic procedures have become commonplace thanks to today’s technological advances. Using this technique for a procedure like carpal tunnel release means a shorter recovery time and an almost immediate reduction in the pain.”

Learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome from Dr. Foret at a free seminar at Center for Orthopaedics on Thursday, May 15, at 5:30 p.m. For additional details or to register for the seminar, call 721-2903 or register online in the event section of www.centerforortho.com.

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Fueling Good for 70 Years CITGO Lake Charles is celebrating 70 years of fueling good in Southwest Louisiana. We began building the Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex in 1942 and established the Maplewood area in Sulphur for incoming workers and their families. CITGO then began fueling the World War II effort in 1944. As we’ve grown, so has our community. Today, we’re the 6th largest refinery in the U.S., fueling our nation and exporting our products worldwide. We’re proud of the difference we make, both on the job and in our community.

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2014 Spring Court Announced McNeese State University Students, Andrew Armand, a nursing senior from Lake Charles and Sara Dupre, a mass communication senior from Grand Lake, have been selected as Mr. McNeese and Miss Andrew Armand and Sara Dupre McNeese on the 2014 Spring Court. Other court members are: Desmond Harmon, Lake Charles, Summer Meche, Katy, Texas, Mikalee Mooney, Cameron, and Bryan Nash, Lake Charles, graduate students and seniors; Delaney Dupin, Lake Charles, Will Hansen, Sulphur, Heather Morrissey, Moss Bluff, and Pramesh Regmi, Kathmandu, Nepal, juniors; Joel Byrne, Elton, and Kimberly Miller, Sulphur, sophomores; and Bobby Honeycutt, Lake Charles, and Allison Livingston, Moss Bluff, freshmen.

Engineering Week Awards Several awards were presented at the 2014 Engineers Week Annual Banquet at McNeese State University. Dr. John Griffith, professor of chemical engineering and head of the department of chemical, civil and mechanical engineering, was presented with the College of Engineering Faculty Excellence award. The award, which includes a cash award, honors a faculty member who has

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demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship or service, has positively impacted students, colleagues and the McNeese community, and has contributed to the goals and mission of the college.

Easter Egg Hunt Held to Raise Donations

Excellence Awards to McNeese faculty, Dr. Veronica D. Woodard, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Hyunju Shin, assistant professor of marketing; Ms. Christa Bell, instructor of communication; Dr. Tracy Scott-McLemore, associate professor of education professions and director of the Ann Rosteet Hurley Center for Economic Education; Dr. Zhuang Li, associate professor of mechanical engineering and Dr. William H. Dees, professor of biological science.

McNeese Radiologic Sciences Graduates Have 100 Percent Pass Rate

A Management 300 class at McNeese State University put together an Easter egg hunt as a class project to raise donations for Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Lake Charles. The group raised $161 and consisted of Stephanie Melancon, Dylan Stitzlein, Austin Broussard, Jack Clyde, Connor Davis, and Alexis Brown, teacher.

The 2013 McNeese State University radiologic sciences graduates had a 100 percent passage rate on the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The national average on the ARRT exam was 84 percent. Historically, the radiologic sciences program at McNeese has performed well on the national certification examination. Since the program’s inception in 1978, Bradley said the program proudly boasts a 99.8 percent first time passage rate on the exam.

L’Auberge Presents Award to McNeese L’Auberge Casino Resort Senior Vice President and General Manager Keith W. Henson and McNeese President Dr. Philip C. Williams presented the annual Pinnacle

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McNeese Receives Donation for Engineering Scholarships

McNeese SHRM Student Chapter Donates to McNeese Foundation

L to R: Dr. Pankaj Chandra, professor of mechanical engineering; Bal Sareen, president of Brask Inc.; Richard Reid, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president for the McNeese Foundation; and Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, engineering dean.

L to R: Dr. Susie Cox, faculty adviser; Jessica High, past president; Ashley Freeman, past fundraising chair; Patrick Hardey, president; and Jared Langlois, past president.

Brask Inc. donated $15,000 through the McNeese State University Foundation to establish the Brask Inc. Engineering Scholarship in the College of Engineering. Through the “15 Will Get You 20” endowed scholarship matching program, the Foundation will add $5,000 to the donation for a total of $20,000 for the engineering scholarship.

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The McNeese student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management has raised $10,000 over the past three years – instead of an initial 10year pledge - to endow the McNeese SHRM Student Chapter Scholarship for Human Resources through the McNeese Foundation. The SHRM student chapter has been recognized as one of the top 10 Outstanding Student Chapters in the nation for two consecutive years. Student awards were presented to: Stephen Tyler, Lake Charles, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Award recognizing a senior electrical engineering major for leadership position;

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Trent Whitley, Westlake, Fugro South Award recognizing a senior civil engineering major for exceptional leadership and service; Clayton Price, Lake Charles, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award recognizing a junior chemical engineering major for academic excellence; Ethan Leger, Crowley, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Award recognizing a junior mechanical engineering major for academic excellence; Jessica Trahan, Lake Charles, Leadership Award recognizing a junior engineering student in the areas of academics, leadership and service; Chris Eisen, Lake Charles, Louisiana Engineering Society Award recognizing an outstanding senior; and Katie Hinson, Rosepine, Aron Johnson, Pitkin, and Yubrani Eid-Franco, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Award. In the student projects competition, IEEE took first place, while the American Society of Civil Engineers placed second and ASME placed third.



Mark Your Calendar! LARKS. 35th Annual May-Day R.C. Helicopter Fun-Fly

Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting Scheduled

Hairspray Brings ACTS Theatre and Salon W Together

The Lake Area Radio Kontrol Society (LARKS) is hosting its 35th annual May Day Helicopter Fly on May 2-3, at Hinch Model Air Park in Carlyss. Families are invited to see the best flyers in the world fly their radio controlled model helicopters for two days free of charge. There will also be a scale display, old-timer helicopters, and helicopter drag racing. For more information, call (337) 540-0726 or visit www.larksrc.org.

On May 8, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) will hold its monthly “Pink Crusade” Breast Cancer Support Group meeting at 6pm in the WCCH Board Room, near the Cypress Street entrance of the hospital. May’s program will be led by Monica LaFleur, CPAT, who will discuss how individuals in a crisis can effectively manage their money despite the challenges they may encounter. For more information, call (337) 528-7320.

On May 9, Salon W, located at 177 North Hwy 171 in Moss Bluff, will open its doors from 6-9pm to support ACTS Theatre’s production of Hairspray. Up do’s and loose looks will be styled for $20. No appointment necessary. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to purchase the massive amounts of hairspray needed to achieve those classic 1960’s looks for the production, as well as costumes and props.

Spirits of Wisdom and Unity Concert Scheduled

Hairspray Production Scheduled

Local Audiologist To Be Guest Speaker On May 13, Dr. Jake Cavanaugh, AuD, audiologist, will be the featured speaker at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s monthly diabetes support group meeting. Dr. Cavanaugh Jake Cavanaugh, AuD will speak about the importance of hearing as well as things individuals can do to protect their hearing and prevent hearing loss. For more information, call (337) 527-4282.

Call for Volunteers: 
Tour du Rouge Coming to Sulphur More than 100 cyclists will leave Houston headed for New Orleans in the 6th Annual Tour du Rouge, May 4-9, with a pit stop in Sulphur, May 5. The 533-mile cycling adventure raises awareness and money for American Red Cross services. Volunteers will be needed May 5 to ensure a successful event and showcase southern hospitality. To register to be a volunteer or for more information, visit www. visitlakecharles.org/tourdurouge.

Derby for Dollars Event Scheduled Join us at The Stables of Le Bocage on May 3 for an afternoon with food from the Lake Area’s finest restaurants, spirits, live music, televised derby action, equestrian jumping exhibition, and contests for the best ladies’ hat and gent’s best derby duds. For more information or tickets, call (337) 436-9533.

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The Louisiana Choral Foundation’s Masterworks Chorale will present its Spring Concert entitled Spirits of Wisdom and Unity on May 9 at 7:30pm and again on May 11 at 3:00pm in the sanctuary of St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church located at 1500 Country Club Road. Tickets are available at $15 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased in advance from a Chorale member, Swicegood Music, or by calling (337) 491-9348. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Great Mother’s Day Canoe Race Riverbend Canoe Rentals will host their 2nd annual Great Mother’s Day Canoe Race on the Sabine River on May 11. The race will begin at 3pm at the Burr’s Ferry Bridge. Entry fees are $60 per team and include canoe and life jacket rental. For more information, call (337) 378-5054.

Relay for Life Event On May 16, The American Cancer Society’ Relay For Life of Lake Charles event will be held from 6pm-6am at the Lake Charles Civic Center Grounds. Survivors, caregivers and the community are invited to attend and help us raise crucial dollars for cancer support programs in SWLA. For more information, call (337) 433-5817.

The curtain rises on Hairspray at ACTS Theatre May 30-31 and June 6-7 at 7:30pm. Matinee performances are June 1 & 8 at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased online at actstheatre.com, the Civic Center Box Office, Moss Bluff Florist and Gifts, Lakeshore Medic Pharmacy and at the door.

2014 Justin Addison Memorial Conservation Cup Scheduled The Land Trust for Louisiana (LTL), a nonprofit land conservation organization is holding its annual Conservation Cup on May 18 at Leah Farms of Louisiana in Folsom. The Conservation Cup is an afternoon of food, music, polo, and pony rides for children, plus an opportunity to mingle with people interested in land conservation. For more information, call (985) 542-5006.

B.A.A.K. Golf Tournament Scheduled The 3rd Annual B.A.A.K. (Benefiting Area At-risk Kids) Golf Tournament will be May 16. Lunch is at Noon with a tee time of 1pm. Entry fee is $400 per team. Hole Sponsorships are $100. For more information, visit www.baakofswla.com or call (337) 433-1062.

Salin’ for Survivors Event Scheduled Oasis is hosting a Salin’ for Survivors cruise aboard the Lady of the Lake on May 17 from 6-9:00pm. The cruise will include food, live music and a silent auction. For more information, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call (337) 312-1320.

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Solutions for Life

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

And They’re Done! So, your little bird is about the leave the nest. Fly the coop. Get shoved out the door. A whole gaggle of graduating seniors has just one summer left before they head off to college. And head off, they should. I’m all for kids going away to college. Or, if they choose to stay local, they should at least live in the dorms, if at all possible. College will probably be one of the most important experiences in your child’s life. Having to face a watered-down version of the big, cruel world is just what he needs at this point in his life. As parents, you have the next three months to make sure your child is equipped to face the excitement and challenges of college. By the time your child leaves for college, he/she should: Know how to manage time and be responsible for school activities. Beginning in high school, you should decrease your monitoring of homework, and schedules. By graduation time, your child should have solid studying habits in place and know how to organize his time. You should have been weaning her off of you for several years – from actively watching your child do her homework at the table with her, to being in the same room as she does it, to getting her to bring it to you when it’s done for a check, to asking her if it’s done and if she’s happy with it, to not asking at all. Same thing with the schedule – by the time kids hit middle school, they should be getting themselves up and ready in the morning and looking at the calendar to see what activities they and the rest of the family have going on for the next few days. It can’t be your job to remind them about everything. No one in college

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is going to care if they come to class much less if they remember to do their homework. It is up to the student to get whatever he can out of college – there will be no handholding. Do your child a favor and make sure they are already accustomed to that before college. Understand the way the world works. Choices lead to consequences. Good choices typically lead to good consequences. This means parents must get out of the way and let kids deal with the natural consequences of their decisions. For example, forgetting your gym suit leads to points off, which leads to a poor grade in a class that is a no-brainer “A,” which SHOULD lead to negative consequences at home. No parent should be racing to school to bring the forgotten gym suit. All that teaches the child is that you will rescue him: no need to get more organized – just call mom! It’s difficult to let your child suffer the natural consequences of his decisions. You’ve spent a lifetime trying to prevent things from happening – feeding them as infants before they got hysterically hungry, grabbing them just as they were about to fall down, telling them what will happen if they don’t settle down (“you could poke your eye out!”). Part of the parenting shift must be that you get out of the way so your child can think for him/herself.

their own bills – car insurance, gas, cell phone, clothes and toiletries, etc., or at least or portion of these expenses. Know the basics of running a household. Every teen should know how to wash clothes, clean house, grocery shop, cook (at least the basics). You are doing such a disservice to your child if you do not teach them these things. Then get out of the way and let them do what you’ve taught them. I know, I know. Many of us like a clean house, and they won’t do as good of a job as you. So what?! You’ll live if the bed isn’t made perfectly, or if dinner is a bit salty. They need these skills to survive and not be dependent on anyone else (Dependence on others often leads to poor relationship choices along with all pink clothes!) So, there is Keri’s basic primer for parents of college-bound kids. I am definitely in favor of shoving the little darlings out of the nest and resting confidently in the knowledge they are truly ready to soar!

Be financially responsible. By the times kids hit their sophomore year of high school, they should be making their own money and managing it. They need to have a savings or checking account, and know how to balance it. Better for them to bounce a few checks now in the security of home sweet home. They also need to be paying

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achieve fab eyes

There’s little doubt that when it comes to accentuating facial features with makeup, the eyes offer one of the largest pallets. Tessa Rideau, retail manager for MAC Cosmetics at Dillard’s in the Prien Lake Mall, offers these tips for creating fabulous eyes.




STEP 1. Prime eyes using your favorite primer. Primer will help give longevity and vibrancy to your eyeshadows. I prefer using MAC paint pots or Urban Decay Potion Primer.

STEP 2. Apply base color to eyelid. Use a flat eyeshadow brush and in a patting motion press the eyeshadow onto the lid. For best results, flip the brush upside down and use the tip of the brush to press the eyeshadow onto the lid. This will allow for the color to appear more intense at the lash line making the color easier to see.



STEP 3. Using a fluffy blending brush, in a windshield wiper motion, apply a matte skin-toned eyeshadow to crease of the eye. Sweep the color onto the crease starting in the outer crease and moving into the inner crease. For more depth, apply a darker color in the same manner, layering the previous color.

STEP 4. Apply liner color of your choice. Normally for fairer skin tones, dark browns are more suitable and for darker skin tones deep browns to black to give more definition to the eye area. Sweep from left to right in the waterline to make eyes appear more sultry and under the waterline to make eyes appear bigger and more defined.


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STEP 5. Bring on the mascara! Using your favorite mascara, start by wiggling the mascara left to right at the base of the lash and continue the same motion moving upward to the end of the lash. For more voluptuous lashes, apply at least three coats. Now you’re ready for the world!


Contact Tessa Rideau at (337) 474-2353 or trideau@maccosmetics.com for a personal consultation. Visit www.maccosmetics.com for more cosmetic options.

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