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Contents In This Issue

tyle &Beauty S 6 The Skinny on Thick Brows 8 Summer’s Hottest Sandals 10 Super Summer Hair

Wining &Dining

Regular Features 18 28 62 71 86 87

First Person Who’s News Happenings Business Buzz Solutions for Life! McNeese Corral


12 National Hamburger Month 8 Where to Find the Best Bloody Marys 16 Reauxl Ice Cream Places &Faces 20 Etie’s, A Children’s Shoppe 22 For the Love of Lavender 24 Governor’s Program for Gifted Children 26 Passing the Leadership Torch

Home &Family 30 – 54 Cover Story:

56 Truth, Facts, & Lies 71 Great Gifts for Grads 72 Breaking New Ground with Minecraft


oney &Career M 64 9 Things a Small Business Needs to Thrive 66 Show Us the Money! Helping Teens Learn Financial Skills 68 Tips for Hosting with Airbnb 70 Perks and Perils of Working from Home

Mind &Body 72 – 81 Special Feature:

Women’s Wellness

82 Healthy Vision Month 84 LCMH to Open Archer Institute

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Style & Beauty

The Skinny on Thick Brows: Here’s Everything You Need to Know Before Getting Microbladed by Emily Alford


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Full, arched eyebrows accentuate eyes and give the entire face a fresh, youthful energy. But most of us aren’t born with perfectly shaped brows; that’s why there’s an entire industry devoted to penciling and painting the eyebrows we wish we had. But if getting up every morning to draw on a set of beautiful brows isn’t your thing, microblading could be the beauty hack you’ve been looking for.

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Does it hurt?

Like any tattoo, microblading hurts at least a little, according to Catania. “On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the most painful tattoo you’ve ever gotten, I’d say it’s in the two to three range,” Catania says. Unlike microblading, permanent tattoos require heavier gauge needles that pierce deeper into the skin. Plus, most tattoo artists generally don’t numb clients before the procedure. Catania, along with many other microblading experts, uses topical numbing agents throughout the experience to help reduce discomfort.

Does it last?

Unlike permanent tattooing, microblading isn’t forever. It usually takes about two initial sessions to create a perfect microbladed brow. After that, microbladed brows generally require touch-ups every six months or so to stay perfectly shaped and colored.

How can you be sure you’ll end up with brows you love? If you’re considering microblading, it’s incredibly important to find an expert who not only has experience, but also creates the kind of brow you’re going for. If you’re looking for a thick, dark Kardashian brow, you might find yourself unhappy with a brow artist who specializes in more natural looks.

“First of all, make sure your microblader is trained and certified,” Catania says. “And look for examples of their work on Facebook and Instagram, as well as reviews. No two microbladers are the same. Everybody has their own style, and it’s important to make sure that style is right for you.”

What is microblading?

According to Mattie Catania, owner and operator of Allure Permanent Makeup and More, “Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup tattooing procedure that enhances the overall appearance of eyebrows.” Instead of using permanent tattoo needles, which drive pigment deep into the skin, microblading uses tiny needles that distribute pigment into shallower cuts, creating temporarily fuller brows.

What kinds of eyebrows work best for microblading?

Catania says she has clients of all ages and brow types, though only those over eighteen can legally undergo the procedure. “For girls in their twenties, microblading eases their daily routine,” Catania says. “I also have clients in their eighties who have very thin brows due to age or over-plucking, and we literally reconstruct a brow for them.” Microblading is also a useful process for people with medical conditions that cause eyebrows to thin or fall out, such as alopecia or chemotherapy-related hair loss.

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Slip Into Summer’s

Hottest Sandals by Emily Alford

No one wants to smother their toes with socks when temperatures outside start to sizzle. Sandals are basically climate control for feet. But just because they bare a bit more skin doesn’t mean sandals should get a pass to look sloppy. This summer, save the flip-flops for the beach and slip on more sophisticated summer sandals for work, nights out, and even weekend wear.

On point If your office dress code bans baring toes, you’re in luck this summer. One of the hottest styles around are pointed toe mules, which leave the toes covered but allow heels to breathe. Mules are comfy enough to wear on the weekend with a pair of jeans but definitely dressy enough to qualify as business casual with more tailored work looks.

Seeing clearly PVC shoes, made of translucent plastic, have been one of fashion’s most polarizing trends in recent years. But this season’s clear sandals offer a fun, versatile look that works for so many summer situations. PVC sandals can go straight from a beach barbeque to a fun night out at a trendy restaurant. The season’s trendiest PVC sandals feature a clear strap embellished with rhinestones, making them both sophisticated and whimsical at the same time. It’s like playing dress up without getting too dressed up!


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Strap happy If you’re looking for a dressier, high-heeled sandal, keep an eye out for strappy styles. This year, heels have become pencil thin, but dressier sandals still stand out with ankle straps, toe rings, and other embellishments in bright summer colors that make a big statement even on a tiny heel. And if flats are more your thing, designers like Tory Burch are creating open-toed flat sandals with colorful straps in rainbow hues.

Cute as kittens After years of sky-high heels and aching feet, it’s nice to take a break. This year’s hottest heels are reaching new lows as most fashionistas embrace kitten-heeled mules in bright colors, which are a much more comfortable way to celebrate summer.

Sunny days In 2018, the hottest color for summer footwear is bright, sunny yellow. If the idea of canary-colored footwear makes you nervous, yellow actually works with a lot of colors. It can brighten up a navy outfit for summer or make a green dress look like a tropical dream. Yellow can even make an all-black ensemble look beach-ready. Finding an awesome pair of sandals is about more than keeping your feet cool; they can also make year-round wardrobe staples look fresh for summer. Pairing a white tee shirt and a comfy pair of jeans with a stylish new pair of sandals is like hitting reset on your whole look, giving you a relaxed, yet polished vibe that feels like you just got back from vacation even if you’re just running errands.

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A Stylist’s Picks FOR SUPER SUMMER HAIR Long hair and summer go together about as well as a snow cone and the surface of the sun. Both make a drippy, goopy mess in a matter of seconds. If you’re looking to make the chop while the temperatures soar, 2018 is your year because shorter styles are totally on trend. And if you just want to get your long locks out of the way until fall without making the chop, there are plenty of stylish hair accessories to keep you looking cool even into triple digits.


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Lob it The “lob” is one of the hottest hairstyles of 2018. The name is a mashup of the words “long” and “bob.” The style is just that: a straight haircut that’s a bit longer than the traditional, chin length bob, according to Sarah Kennison, owner at Bauhaus Salon in Lake Charles. “A lob is sleek and hits just above the shoulder, and is typically a blunt, mid-length cut with textured layers,” Kennison says. Since it typically hits right at the collarbone, the lob is great for framing all face shapes, and styling is incredibly versatile. You can straighten it for a sleeker look or scrunch with sea spray for beachy, summery waves. Plus, while the style will lighten up your look, it’s still long enough to pull into a cute ponytail when days get too hot.

Summer shag If you like your hair with a little more texture, Kennison recommends a modern shag. Traditionally, the shag features layers that sometimes border

on mullet territory, but updated versions focus on softer, face-framing layers that end somewhere between the collarbone and chest. Bangs are a fun addition to the shag and generally graze the eyebrows with a little bit more length on the sides. The modern shag looks great on people who want just a bit more texture, as well as curly haired folks looking to lighten their style in order to give their curls a bit more bounce.

Amazing accessories Scrunchies, rhinestone clips, and velvet bows have gotten an undeserved bad rap for too long, and 2018 is the year they make their rightful comeback as the useful, fun hair tools they are. This year’s ponytails are a whole lot cuter thanks to an abundance of clothwrapped hair ties (okay, yes, they are scrunchies) that can actually look pretty chic in neutral colors. Rhinestone embellished bobby pins are an ontrend way to pull back bangs on hot

days. And the fall and winter velvet fad lives on this summer in the form of velvet ribbons tied in bows around ponytails and buns for elegant up-dos on the hottest days.

Pomp and circumstance Guys looking to be a bit more stylish this summer should consider growing their hair out just a little bit, according to Kennison. “It looks great when men leave a little length on the top while keeping the sides and back polished,” she says. “It’s all about the products and finding a stylist who can show guys how to use product while teaching him how to rock his new look.”

Necessity is the mother of invention, so if you find your current hairstyle just a little too hot this season, grab a few new hair accessories and see what up-dos you can create, or consult your stylist about which of these shorter styles might work best for you.

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It’s National Hamburger Month

Fire Up the Grill! by Frank DiCesare


With summer just one month away, outdoor chefs across the country are uncovering their grills and prepping them for tasty barbeque goodness, especially the all-American hamburger. But how do you grill a burger that will make you the talk of the neighborhood? Chefs say it’s all about the beef you choose, how you prepare it, and the way you cook your patties on the grates. For starters, the old culinary aphorism “fat equals flavor” is paramount to great burger grilling. Begin with beef that has a high fat content; at least 15 percent fat, 20 percent being optimum. The higher the fat

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content, the juicier and more flavorful the burger will be. The trade off, however, is that beef with higher fat content tends to shrink more on the grill, so you want to start with large patties. If you want to take your burger to the next level, add some pork and/or lamb to the beef and mix in a large bowl. While high-fat beef typically makes for a tasty burger, mixing pork or lamb into your patties will add flavor you’ll never forget. Once the meat is mixed thoroughly, add your seasoning. You can add just about anything to this mixture to add flavor but avoid salt. Adding salt to raw

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meat will extract moisture and your patty will begin to dry out before it ever hits the grates. More commonly used seasonings for burger meat include dehydrated or freshly minced onion and garlic, seasoning mixes for soups or salads, and cheeses such as bleu cheese, goat cheese, gorgonzola, feta, Stilton, cheddar, or pepper jack. If you’re looking for a bolder flavor in your burgers, try adding a sauce to your raw meat. Veteran pit masters are known for adding barbeque sauce, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salsa, plum sauce, even oyster sauce to their burger meat before grilling. With your burger mixture fully prepped, place the bowl in the refrigerator for several hours. The cool environment will allow the different meats and seasonings to mix and mingle, bringing all the flavors to a peak before grilling. Next, it’s time to form the meat into patties. As mentioned earlier, patties formed with meat that contains at least 15 percent fat will shrink on the grill. To avoid this, form patties on the large side, at least three to four inches in diameter. To keep your patties from cooking too quickly and drying out, form them to about three-quarters of an inch in thickness. To prevent the patties from swelling on the grill, make a small indentation in the middle of each one. Now you can add salt. Sprinkle a small amount over the patties and bring them to the grill. Preheat the grill to about

500 degrees so it will be easier for you to clean your grates prior to cooking. Once the grates are clean, grab a paper towel with a pair of tongs, dip it into a cooking oil like canola oil, and lube the grates. When finished, close the lid, and preheat the grill to about 350 degrees. Once the grill is preheated, place the patties on the grates, keeping an adequate distance between them that will make it easy for you to flip them. You should hear that wonderful sizzling sound the moment the meat hits the grill. If you don’t hear anything, your grill isn’t hot enough. Although it may be tempting to flip your burgers several times while cooking, don’t do it. Be patient and watch your burgers closely as they cook. When you begin to see the juices rise to the top, flip each patty and cook the other side. Whatever you do, don’t mash the burgers with your spatula. Mashing releases all of the juices (and thereby the flavor) of each burger. Once your patties have reached an internal temperature of about 160 degrees, remove them from the grill, place them on the buns, and add your favorite toppings. Be careful not to add too many toppings. You don’t want your burger’s flavor to be masked by adding additional strong flavors. Let the burger’s smoky, juicy, well-seasoned flavor be the star of show. Follow these simple rules and your burgers will be brought to a whole new level this summer. And remember, no mashing.

Grilling Tips Takeaway • • • • •

Start with high-fat content beef Season well and properly prep patties Grill on medium heat Flip only once Keep toppings to a minimum.

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Where to Find the

Best Bloody Marys by Angie Kay Dilmore

There’s nothing quite like a Bloody Mary to get a weekend morning off to a zesty start. These cocktails have been a popular brunch beverage since the 1960s. Back then, the drink was little more than tomato juice, a shot of vodka, a splash of Worcestershire sauce, a squeeze of lemon, and a few shakes of salt and pepper. Over time, bartenders began adding ingredients like celery sticks and olives. More recently, Bloody Marys have become more like an appetizer – a salad in a glass, if you will – with various garnishes such as pickled green beans and okra, carrot sticks, pearl onions, shrimp, and bacon adorning the drink. Here in Southwest Louisiana, Bloody Mary fans have plenty of options to find their favorite refreshment. Here are a few examples. Chef Lyle Broussard at Jack Daniel’s Bar and Grill, L’Auberge Casino Resort has taken the Bloody Mary concept to


a whole new exciting level. His Bloody Mary bar welcomes patrons to make their own unique over-the-rim concoction. The bartender provides a bottle of baseline Bloody Mary mix – enough for two drinks. Then guests proceed to the Bloody Mary bar where they choose from an impressive spread of 30-40 garnishes, including shrimp and crab claws, pickled eggs, vegetables, lemons and limes, locally sourced beef jerky, a variety of hot sauces, and an assortment of herbs and spices. You can’t go wrong! Brunch is served Sundays 10:30 – 2:00. Bar manager Mike Giles at The Villa makes their Bloody Mary with an intriguing secret blend of tomato products, herbs, spices, and seasonings. Even the spices around the glass rim are a mystery. Garnishes include fresh lemon and lime, queen olives, spicy beans, celery stick, and a slice of crispy pecan wood smoked bacon.

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Sunday brunch from 11:00 – 2:30. If you head to Sloppy’s Downtown on a Saturday morning for their popular toe-tapping Zydeco Brunch, you’ll want a Bloody Mary to go along with the experience. Co-owner Amanda Stutes says, “We rim our Bloody Marys with Lawry’s seasoning salt, and our secret ingredient is sriracha!” Their blend of vodka, Zing Zang, lemon and lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper is garnished with a skewer of veggies including goudastuffed olives and celery. Saturday Zydeco brunch from 10:00 – 2:00. Blue Dog Café makes their own Bloody Mary mix using a combination of Cajun seasonings, red pepper, and celery bitters. They add locallygrown seasonal garnishes. “It’s very fresh,” says manager Cat Wilbanks. Sunday brunch from 10:30 – 2:00.

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Reauxl On Over to the Coolest New Ice Cream Shop in SWLA by Angie Kay Dilmore | photos by Shonda Manuel Pair cool creamy confection with sheer novelty and you get the latest ice cream craze to hit Southwest Louisiana. Louisiana Reauxl opened in February to rave reviews from the community. “We are very grateful to have the community’s support and have enjoyed all the feedback, suggestions, and great compliments, especially regarding our staff,” says proprietor Whitney Griffin. What makes Reauxl so special is their method of preparation and presentation. After you place your order, watching the skilled staff create your ice cream masterpiece is part of the experience. Also called “fried” ice cream, this unique method of serving ice cream has roots in Thailand. The frozen fad expanded to cities around the globe. The preparer first pours flavored milk onto an iced grill – a steel plate chilled to below freezing. Depending on your


order, he or she will work in the addins as they mix, scrape, and swirl the ingredients together until it is frozen to just the right texture. The ice cream is then smoothed out very thin and flat on the grill, sliced into strips, and rolled into delicate coils of deliciousness. The rolls are packed into a large cup and generous toppings are added. The concept has been so popular since Griffin’s opening, she has since added a fourth iced grill to decrease her customers’ wait time. Signature ingredient combinations include exciting SWLA-themed flavors such as Louisiana Sunrise (vanilla ice cream, decaf coffee, caramel, and a wafer stick) and Swamp (chocolate ice cream, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, and brownie.) Griffin’s personal favorite is the Creole (vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, and pretzel.) Griffin also offers seasonal and

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holiday flavors. She added Key Lime Pie on St. Patrick’s Day and Carrot Cake for Easter. Butter Pecan and Thin Mint are also popular special flavors. This summer, she’ll offer Root Beer Float flavor. Each hand-crafted concoction costs $7.50. Griffin is a native of Lake Charles and a McNeese graduate. She and her father opened Reauxl together after her parents discovered similar businesses in the Northeast. “Owning my own business has always been a goal for me but I never thought it would be an ice cream shop. I am a firm believer in following God’s plans for me, which has lead me to give Louisiana Reauxl a try in Southwest Louisiana.” Louisiana Reauxl is located at 2040 W. Gauthier Rd. at the corner of Nelson Rd. For more information, see their Facebook page, @louisianareauxlrolledicecream.

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Places & Faces On May 15, Mike Danahay will be sworn in as the new Mayor of the City of Sulphur. Born and raised in Sulphur, Danahay graduated from Sulphur High School and McNeese State University, and has continued to live, work and serve in this community throughout his life. He served as a Private Industry Council representative for the West Calcasieu Association of Commerce, as a member and vice chairman of the Sulphur Civil Service Board, and as president of the Sulphur Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners, before being elected to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury where he served eight years. For the past 11 years, Danahay has held the office of Louisiana State Representative for District 33. His core values of faith, family and community are in sync with the

town he will always call home. While Danahay is dedicated to his community, he is also a devoted family man. Most free evenings are spent with his 91-year-old father. He adores his wife, Daphne, two daughters, and five grandchildren. He and his family enjoy being outdoors and taking adventure vacations. Danahay also plays golf, though he rarely has the time lately. Thrive magazine recently caught up with this busy public servant, and he provided some insight on his motivation to serve and his goals for the City of Sulphur.

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What prompted you to run for the office of Sulphur Mayor?

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Daphne and I felt it was the right decision at the right time. I’ll still be serving, but here in the town I love. My final term as a Representative would end next year, and while I’m proud of the many things I’ve accomplished in this role for our district, I know I can do more for my home town as Mayor during this unprecedented time of opportunity and growth. I believe so strongly in Sulphur and our potential, and I know I have the experience to lead our city through the challenges we are facing so that we emerge even stronger, better than we’ve ever been before. It is these experiences that prompted my decision to seek the office of Mayor of Sulphur.

You have had a long and varied career. What experiences in your previous roles have prepared you to take Sulphur into its next chapter?

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Working in business sales for many years has taught me to listen to each of my customer’s needs in order to help them find the right solution to their problem. Having the privilege of serving the public for over 20 years has afforded me the experience of learning much about the inner workings of government. My years as a Police Juror and as a Representative taught me many lessons. First, to always listen to citizens’ concerns, and secondly, how to work with others to solve problems. Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to work with many accomplished people whose successful management styles I’ve learned much from and attempt to emulate.

What is your vision for the City of Sulphur? What changes would you most like to see and how will you accomplish those goals? We face many challenges in the City of Sulphur. The core services that all municipalities are responsible for are a top priority. Water, waste water, roads, bridges, fire and police protection, and the ever-growing problems with drainage, need to be assessed and prioritized to be able to appropriate the adequate funding necessary for upgrades. Unfortunately, the needs are greater than the funding available. This is why we must be wise in our decisions on these expenditures. We are fortunate to be experiencing a historical economic expansion in Southwest Louisiana. As a city we must make every effort to capitalize on this growth and plan for the future. Having experienced and innovative personnel involved in the decision-making process will be key to the success of our economic development efforts.

What would you like to tell not only the citizens of Sulphur, but the community of Southwest Louisiana as a whole? I am excited for the future of Sulphur and look forward to serving the citizens of this city I love in a much more direct capacity. My ultimate goal is to make sure that our children and grandchildren will be proud to live and work in work in Sulphur – proud to call it their home, too.

How would you describe your leadership style? I strive to empower those around me to exercise their best qualities, but at the same time hold them accountable for their actions. I believe in leading by example. I work hard and expect those on my team to do the same. I take a common sense, conservative approach to leadership and government. Danahay with his with family on the House floor

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Danahay With his dad on election night

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A Children’s Shoppe

B r u u s h iness Reopens p l u S c i r o t s Hi by Victoria Hartley-Ellender | photos by Andrew Dilmore


ld photographs, heirloom gowns, and memory-filled hope chests have been resurrected in Sulphur as residents welcome back one of the community’s oldest family-owned businesses to the downtown area. With the fourth-generation owner now taking the helm of the newly-reestablished business, Etie’s, A Children’s Shoppe is inspiring laughter and sentimental tears for generations of families who recall fond childhood memories of shopping at Etie’s. “I knew what reopening the store would mean to our family, but I was not prepared for the overwhelming, amazing, and joyous response from our community,” says Abby McMurry Ferguson, owner. When Etie’s closed its doors in 1998, the business had been part of Sulphur’s downtown landscape for more than 80 years. Ferguson’s great-grandparents, Charles and Cora Etie, opened the store in 1918. The couple originally sold hats and piece goods. In 1928, after saving their money for a decade, the Eties built their own storefront building on Huntington Street in the heart of downtown Sulphur. “The store was my great-grandmother’s passion and she poured everything into it,” Ferguson said. “It was the


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place people shopped back then.” The Etie family had one daughter, Jeannette Etie McMurry. As an adult, McMurry and her husband, Buster, carried on the tradition of the family business and eventually passed it on to their youngest daughter, Debbie McMurry Abel, who managed the store until it closed in 1998. Abby Ferguson’s father, Mark McMurry, is the only son of Jeannette McMurry. He has maintained responsibility for the building on behalf of the family since the store’s closing. Recently, the building became vacant after longtime tenant Randy Broussard, an architect, retired. That’s when Ferguson had an idea to restore the building to its original purpose. “We didn’t want to let the building go, and as a mother of two young boys, I have struggled to find quality, unique boy clothes,” Ferguson explained. “When the building opened up, we decided to go for it and bring back the Etie’s that everyone knew and loved.” Ferguson’s goal is to provide a wide selection with lots of styles to choose from for both boys and girls. “Parents want unique, one-of-a-kind pieces to dress their children for special occasions

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Owner, Abby McMurry Ferguson with a display of original Etie’s memorabilia

For more information, visit the Etie’s, A Children’s Shoppe Facebook page, or call 337-888-3019.

photo by Abby’s brother, Kenneth McMurry

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and also for everyday wear, and I want to offer a place that meets the needs of area children today.” The store features a display of Etie’s memorabilia with the original glass display cabinet, an antique cash register, and photographs from the original store’s early days. At the time it closed, Etie’s was the longest single family-owned and operated business in Sulphur. “I know that I have very big shoes to fill, and I am honored to carry on the legacy of Etie’s for my family and for the entire community,” Ferguson said. The new Etie’s also offers specialty toys, a playroom, and a book room for children while their parents shop. Ferguson plans to host regular story times throughout the week and once per month on Saturday mornings. “It’s a love project for me and my family. I cherish every memory that I have been honored to be a part of -- both past and present. And I look forward to making memories with Southwest Louisiana for many years to come,” she said.

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Kurt and Bonnie Brochhausen

Lavender For the Love of

by Angie Kay Dilmore | photos by Andrew Dilmore

What does a couple of optimistic lavender lovers do when the LSU AgCenter tells them they’ll never successfully grow lavender in Louisiana? If they are Bonnie and Kurt Brochhausen, they plant it anyway! In 2014, these fledgling farmers experimented with three lavender varieties in their initial attempts to determine which types would indeed grow on their 122 acres, situated in the tiny hamlet of Hornbeck, near Leesville, La. Since that time, this determined duo has planted thousands of plants and dozens of different varieties . . . and their determination is paying off.


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Originally from Houston, the Brochhausens bought their little piece of Louisiana paradise nearly 30 years ago. They both worked jobs in corporate America, their two children were young at the time, and they traveled back and forth to the farm on weekends to relax. In 2000, they were ready for a slower pace. “We decided to take the plunge and move to Louisiana,” said Bonnie. “Everyone thought we were crazy, to give up good jobs to move to Louisiana, but we wanted a change, so we moved to the farm.” Bonnie and Kurt found new, lower-stress jobs and continued raising their children. Fast forward to 2013. Bonnie, who has always loved lavender, got the idea to grow the fragrant herb on their farm and turn it into a business venture. “We wanted to do something with the land that we could do together as a family and all enjoy,” she said. It took some serious convincing, but her husband eventually agreed to the plan. Now Kurt focuses on growing the lavender and Bonnie is responsible for product development, production, packaging, and promotion. But as in many business partnerships, their roles often overlap. Getting their business, called Lavender Falls LLC, up and running was not without its challenges! Louisiana weather has been their greatest obstacle. Lavender grows best in very dry, even drought, conditions. Though the Brochhausens have planted thousands of plants, LSU AgCenter was correct in that most do not thrive in the hot wet climate of Southwest Louisiana. But the pair has discovered a few varieties (called cultivars, in the farming business) that do better here than others. Yet even the hearty ones don’t grow as well here as they would in, for example, the Pacific Northwest, where the plants live longer and produce more. For that reason, Bonnie and Kurt knew they wouldn’t be able to sustain a lavender farm for the crop alone. So they researched and experimented with making products from their lavender and other herbs they grow on the farm, such as patchouli, rosemary, and lemongrass. They learned that different varieties of lavender are better suited to different types of products. Bonnie said, “Some smell great, others looks great. Some are grown for their pleasant-scented oil, some for their attractive bundles, and some because they taste good.” Marketing, too, was initially a challenge. They take their products on the road and attend approximately

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20 fairs, festivals, and other events across the South each year. Allowing customers to sample the products first, for example, with their popular hand-washing station, increases sales. They also sell their products through their website. They do very little advertising, but the business has grown through word-of-mouth promotion and social media. “There’s something about buying local, knowing the product is made by individuals and not a factory somewhere in China, and personalized service that appeals to some people,” said Kurt. Another challenge they face is their current limited production capability. Their son and daughter, now adults, help out, but Bonnie is primarily responsible for making all the products. “Everything we do is handcrafted in small batches. We don’t use big machines – it’s truly all done by hand.” The Brochhausens now have a thriving business selling approximately 75 different products such as soaps, candles, moisturizers, lip balm, sachets, and decorative lavender bundles that imbue a calming fragrance in a home. Their best sellers include body butter, sugar scrubs, men’s products and, interestingly, their popular Skeeter Guard, to ward off those pesky mosquitoes. They also sell a lovely lavender syrup perfect

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for flavoring mixed drinks, lemonades, tea, cupcake icing, and salad dressings. What’s next for the Brochhausens? They hope to open the farm to visitors and school field trips in the near future. “Education on-site is our goal,” said Kurt. But there are challenges to opening to the public. Insurance, for example. Louisiana laws and safety regulations are complicated. They are also starting a line of products for pets. “We make a spray that smells great, helps their fur, and repels insects like ticks and fleas,” said Bonnie. You can find Lavender Falls products on their website, or look for them at local events later this year, such as the Women’s Commission Fall Conference and Mistletoe and Moss.


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For 60 consecutive years, McNeese State University has hosted a unique summer educational program called the Governor’s Program for Gifted Children (GPGC). If you drive near McNeese between early June and mid-July, you may see them strolling around campus, always in groups, sporting their matching royal blue t-shirts . . . and having the time of their lives. GPGC offers seven weeks of academic enrichment, artistic expression, and friendship for gifted Louisiana students from grades rising 7-11. Dr. George Middleton established the program, then called the McNeese Summer Enrichment Program, in 1959 with 15 middle school students from Southwest Louisiana. Three years later, they opened the program to students from across the state. The name was changed to the Governor’s Program for Gifted Children in 1964, when Governor John McKeithen approved a petition for the state to fund the program. Dr. Middleton served as GPGC director until the time of his death in 2008. Joshua Brown has been the director since 2009. He was a GPGC student from 1983-1987. Brown lives in Mandeville, but for over two decades, he has spent his summers in Lake Charles in various GPGC leadership roles. “As a former student, I believe so strongly in the impact that the program can have on young people that I believe it’s worth every sacrifice I make to continue being the director of the program,” he says. GPGC was established because Middleton and others recognized the unique needs of gifted students. Often in educational settings, it is the underachievers, those who struggle academically, who get the most attention. Gifted students can feel left behind to fend for themselves. And they often do. But they can also become bored and disillusioned with the educational system.

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Often labeled as geeks or nerds, gifted students may also have difficulties socially. This program is dedicated to meeting the needs of these students, not only academically, but creatively and socially, as well. In addition to the academic program, there is also a musically-gifted track. Students in the music program are admitted through audition. Overall, the program emphasizes the importance of fostering thinking and problem-solving skills, good citizenship, and doing one’s best. They encourage this behavior with an innovative ‘token economy’ reward system that uses “brain bucks.” For many of the students, GPGC is their first experience being away from home for an extended period. But they quickly find themselves too busy to be homesick. The students, or “gifties,” as they call themselves, adhere to a regimented schedule that keeps them occupied from dawn till lights out. In the morning, they take classes in subjects like science, English composition, and the humanities. Afternoons are devoted to fine arts, performing arts, debate and PE. Prior to the beginning of each program, students choose which classes they want to take, depending on their interests and abilities. Meals are shared at the campus dining hall – the Old Ranch. They are given considerable responsibility for things like getting themselves up and to class on time, getting homework done, and keeping their dorm room clean, but there is also supervision by staff members and collegeage counselors, most of whom are former GPGC students. Down time and weekends are occupied by supervised off-campus trips, dances, and time-honored events like the Giftie Olympics and Bilbo Baggins Birthday Party, when they stay up all night reading The Hobbit. They may also go home on weekends.

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Student Elections

Students coordinate on a scavenger hunt

Music Concerts

Student production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat

GPGC enrollment has fluctuated over the years. From those original 15 students, the annual enrollment has been as high as nearly 200 students back in the 70s and 80s. The average enrollment the past several years has been around 80-90 students. Enrollees can attend the program for up to five years, if they begin the program the summer prior to 7th grade. A high percentage of students do return successive years. Brown says students can benefit from attending just one summer, but the advantages grow from summer to summer. “The academics increase in rigor, and perhaps, more importantly, the comfort level within the community increases exponentially each summer. I have seen the shyest kids blossom and become leaders of the program by their 3rd or 4th summer because they feel comfortable in our environment. I know -- I was one of those kids.” Brown says he hopes May 2018

students leave the program each summer feeling good about themselves and their abilities. Young people shouldn’t feel embarrassed to be smart. Brown also wants them to feel a responsibility to others because of their potential. “No one should feel entitled to anything because they are gifted. Indeed, they should feel the opposite -- that they owe it to the world to use their gifts to make the world a better place. Our motto, in Latin, is ‘ab illo cui multum datur multum requiritur’ which loosely translated means ‘much is required from he to whom much is given.’ I also like to reference Dumbledore in Harry Potter when he says that it’s not our abilities that define us, but our choices that we make.” There’s still room for more students in the GPGC Summer 2018 program, June 3-July 21. For more information, see their website, or call 800-291-7840.

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Left to right: Anastasia Armstrong, Blake Brignac, John O’Donnell, & Tammey Thierry

Passing the Leadership Torch by Deborah Hacker Serra

The average age of folks shaking things up in Southwest Louisiana has plummeted. Younger generations are assuming leadership roles. And it’s quite alright. The faces of the new leaders are as diverse as their backgrounds and interests. And much like their activist grandparent predecessors from the 1960’s, they’re plowing new ground and driving their Gen X and Baby Boomer bosses (and their parents) to distraction with their different approaches to work and life in general. But when studied more closely, this next group of people getting things done still proves that hard work and passion remain important ingredients for success. In Southwest Louisiana, and Lake Charles in particular, you’ve seen their handiwork. A dog park, bike lanes, Little Pantries, renewed attention to subjects like literacy, mental health, food deserts, and events that attract twenty and thirty-somethings looking for a good place to live. These may not be motivating lifestyle improvements for everyone, but for millennials, they are just the beginning of a long list of changes the area can look forward to. John O’Donnell is Partnership Coordinator for Healthier Southwest Louisiana, a non-profit coalition with a mission to improve the health of the people in the five parish area. Raised in Lake Charles, John went away to school but as he puts it, “I wasn’t gone long.” “Before Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, Lake Charles and Louisiana already had many challenges,” says O’Donnell. “Many of those challenges stemmed from the fact that we lost a lot of good people to other states and cities because the challenges existed in the first place. I knew I wanted to be part of breaking that cycle.” Tammy Thierry, an educator born and raised in Calcasieu Parish, realized a passion by going to a child’s birthday


party. “A mobile game room arrived and the kids enjoyed going inside and experiencing gaming at its finest with wide screen tv’s and a sound system. The parents loved the convenience of a party coming to them.” As an educator striving to find better ways to reach young learners, the idea of a mobile classroom was born. Tammey and her husband retro-fitted a 28-foot camper, adding desks and instruction areas to bring mobile tutoring to neighborhoods. School2U was up and running as a free program providing much needed tutoring exactly where the students needed the help -- in their own neighborhoods. Funding comes from grants and support from organizations like United Way. Tammey’s School2U program has a summer fluency program at local recreation centers and she would like to add a reading fluency program during the school year at low performing schools. “Students fall behind during the summer which causes them to struggle during the school year.” O’Donnell’s list of projects for which he is most passionate is long and varied, but the one he is most interested in at the moment is Complete Streets Policies. This initiative could be a game changer for the area. When adopted by a municipality, the policy states that any future transportation or road improvements must consider all modes of transportation, not only cars and freight. It can quickly and dramatically change the way a city plans to make itself more sustainable. It can strengthen the economy, improve quality of life, and alleviate poverty by connecting people with opportunities. John’s future plans include starting a SWLA Food Policy Council that would empower various organizations to take responsibility for the health, safety, and reliability of our regional food system.

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Think about the many listeria warnings we receive annually. A food policy council could help alleviate these scares. Two SWLA transplants making waves are Anastasia Armstrong and Blake Brignac. Blake, from Ascension Parish, attended LSU, worked in Chicago, New York, and Memphis but moved to the area after marrying a Lake Charles native. “After having lived in cities that are lauded as hotbeds for young professionals, I can honestly say I love Lake Charles. I think we have the best of both worlds – a booming economy ideal for career growth and a relatively small-town feel ideal for young families.” Blake, a vice president with Merrill Lynch, is the current president of Fusion Five, the local incubator think tank for young leaders and professionals in the area. He currently works with his board on collaboration with similar organizations around Louisiana meeting with Legislators in Baton Rouge to address the specific interests of this up and coming age group and to see how their interests dovetail with the legislative process. “I would love to see Southwest Louisiana embark on some forward-thinking infrastructure plans.” (a familiar theme with John O’Donnell’s Complete Streets Policies program) “We’ve talked about the ‘economic boom’ in this area for years but what direction will this growth take? Let’s build for what’s coming, rather than just catch up to what’s here.” As a middle school student, Anastasia Armstrong moved to SWLA from YoskarOla, Russia. “It was quite a culture shock,” says Anastasia. After graduating from McNeese with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology, Anastasia says she realized Lake Charles was her home. It reminded her of her hometown where people are proud of their culture, proud of their small community, and

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always willing to help a stranger. For the past five years, Anastasia has been relentless in educating people about the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions with her work at Volunteers of America. “It makes me happy watching individuals I’ve worked with achieve their goals and believe in their ability to accomplish anything they put their mind to after mental illness has so greatly impacted their lives in a negative way.” She sees herself as part of the community growth team and her team expertise is mental health. To that end, she would like to work to bring more affordable mental health services to rural areas and to remove the stigma associated with mental health conditions. “We have to address the pressing issues that no one wants to talk about such as the rate of suicide in our community, the rate of incarceration of those with mental illness, and the lack of services provided in a timely manner.” Anastasia wants young mental health professionals to return to this area to bolster available treatment and help provide services in schools and the work place. This is a small snapshot of young leaders in various local community improvement settings. There are hundreds of others equally energized, finding their niche and using their skills to build a livable community for generations to come. When asked about what they need to continue their pursuit of a livable community, answers ranged from more funding for projects, better education, and overcoming preconceived notions. O’Donnell said political polarization is a deal killer in many of the community improvement issues that come before governmental and funding bodies. “It’s not necessarily that they disagree with what we’re talking about. It’s just the mentality of ‘I’m against this because the other guys are for it.’” As more new leaders take their place in positions that grant approval, funding, and support for community improvement initiatives, it could be helpful to take note of a currently deadlocked state legislature and put partisan interests aside for the good of the community. A new day, a new concept in moving forward.

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Movers and Shakers in Southwest Louisiana...

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Dr. Carl Fastabend is Guest Speaker at Venous Symposium Carl Fastabend, MD, FACC, founder and medical director of the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana, an affiliate of Imperial Dr. Carl Fastabend Health, served as a featured speaker at the recent Venous Symposium in New York City. The event is one of the premier international conferences on issues and treatment related to vein pathology, providing education and updates on the current knowledge and management of venous disease.Dr. Fastabend’s presentation addressed “Bilateral Iliac Vein Obstruction” and treatment options. A regular speaker at training sessions and conferences across the country for physicians interested in learning about vein disease and treatment advances, Dr. Fastabend is the only full-time, comprehensive vein specialist in Louisiana.

Lee Boyer, Attorney and Partner, Stockwell Sievert, Dick Kennison, CEO of Kennison Forest Products and Nora Popillion, Director of Entertainment and Public Relations, Delta Downs. Board members beginning their second term are Dinah Bradford, Rick Richard and Marshall Simien. Officers elected are: Jon Manns, Board Chair; Julie Miller, Vice Chair; Rick Richard, Secretary; and Nick Langley, Treasurer. Tom Shearman serves as the Immediate Past Chair. Other board members are: Larry Avery, Prissy Gayle, Poncho Seaford and Katie Stream. The Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter to make a positive, lasting impact in Southwest Louisiana. The Foundation promotes and facilitates giving in Southwest Louisiana and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information on becoming a donor, call the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, (337) 491-6688, or visit

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Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana Announces New Board Members The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana Nora Poppillion has elected three new board members to three-year terms and re-elected an additional three board members. New members are


Dr. Tyson Green and Podiatric Surgical Residents Present at National Foot & Ankle Conference Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist with the Center for Orthopaedics, an Dr. Tyson Green affiliate of Imperial Health, was a presenter and guest instructor at the recent American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Annual Scientific Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. This conference is the largest educational meeting for foot and ankle surgeons in the U.S. and was attended by nearly 2000 specialists from around the world.

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Dr. Green’s presentation addressed new technology relating to osteobiologics and tendon repair techniques, and he served as an instructor at a skills lab teaching surgical techniques to other physicians. The first, second and third-year residents in the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency Program also presented case study posters at the conference.

W. Kevin Melton Selected As Chennault Executive Director The board of commissioners of Chennault International Airport Authority announced the selection of W. Kevin Kevin Melton Melton as Chennault’s executive director, effective late April. Melton joins Chennault from American Airlines, where he was a project manager facilitating and directing airport terminal and hangar construction projects for national and international sites. Melton retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel after 24 years of service, during which he was part of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. His primary experience is as an airfield operations officer, responsible for all airport operations, including air traffic control, airfield management and flight service operations. He served as lead for the U.S. Department of Defense to support the rebuilding of Iraqi and Afghan civic airspace infrastructure as part of nation rebuilding operations. Melton also brings airshow experience to his new position, having provided direct support to several airshows, and served as military airshow director for the Dayton Airshow in Ohio. For more information, visit

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Michael Costello Joins Lake Charles Memorial as Vice President of Physician Services

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Michael Costello, Jr. is the new Vice President of Physician Services for Lake Charles Memorial Health System. Mr. Costello is responsible for the operations of the Memorial Medical Group, which consists of more than 90 specialists. Michael Costello, jr. Prior to joining Memorial, Costello served as the Vice President of Physician Services for Southwood Health in Youngstown, Ohio. He completed his Executive Fellowship at Mercy Humility of Mary Health Partners in Youngstown, Ohio.

Now accepting applications. Deadline is June 1, 2018 at 4:00 PM. Projects must be located within the five-parish Imperial Calcasieu region. Applications available at

There are several categories, with winning projects demonstrating one or more of the following attributes: • A developer’s vision for filling a market niche or bringing a new and innovative product to market

Lakeside Bank Names Justin Holt Executive Vice President Justin Holt has joined the management team of Lakeside Bank as an Executive Vice President. Originally from DeRidder, Louisiana, Holt brings over 14 years of experience in the financial field to Lakeside. He has been with FNBD since 2008, serving most recently as Regional Justin Holt Vice President, and previously as Chief Loan Officer where he has managed over $300 million in loans across Southwest Louisiana. Holt has extensive experience in commercial, real estate, secondary market origination and lending, as well as operations and management. In his new position with Lakeside, Holt will be working in the bank’s main office located at 4735 Nelson Road in Lake Charles.

• Has curb appeal that enhances an area • Incorporates innovative design and/or construction techniques (technology, energy, environment) • Applies Smart Growth principles

Project/Award categories are: • Subdivision

• Industrial

• Multi-Family

• Institutional

• Mixed-Use Development

• Rehabilitation

• Commercial

Imperial Health Appoints Chief Financial Officer Bryan McCauley, CPA, MHA, has been named the Chief Financial Officer for Imperial Health, the largest multispecialty, physician-owned medical group in Southwest Louisiana. Originally from Lake Charles, McCauley earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from McNeese State Bryan McCauley University and a Master of Health Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans. McCauley worked for a local CPA firm and oil company before entering the healthcare finance field in 1988. He has worked in a variety of management positions at hospitals and medical centers across the Gulf Coast Region. For the past 19 years, he has held senior level positions at large medical centers in the Southeast, most recently serving as the Chief Financial Officer for West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, Louisiana.

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Summertime, and the time is right for . . . our annual Summer Guide! We want your summer to be active, safe, smart, healthy, and most of all, fun. You’ll find a plethora of stories listing the many summer camps offered to SWLA kids, 2018 interesting places to travel, local parks to visit, and so much more. Take us along on your summer vacation. Thrive magazine makes a great PROGR AM beach read!


Happy Summer, everyone!

• Summer Camps 2018 • 8 Weekend Getaways That Won’t Break the Bank • Put it in PARK: Area Parks and Recreation • Keep it Safe this Summer • Simple Summer Snacks for Kids • Keep Your Cool — Occupying Kids During the Dog Days of Summer • Home Alone • Best Apps to Keep Kids Learning This Summer • Summer Must-sees and Reads

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May 25 - July 6

Summer Performers Coming to the Library



Grammy-nominated Zak Morgan • Sciencetellers Anime artist, Carlos Nieto III • Percussionist, Lady Chops Magician, Bart Glatt • Musician Jairus Daigle Retired NFL Football Player, Nate Livings Coushatta Tribe • Zumba at the Library Plus many more!

KICKOFF CELEBRATION at Prien Lake Park Harbor’s Edge Pavilion

Friday, May 25 with special guest performers “The Cajun Cowboy and the Stirrups”

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Boys and girls ages 4-12. We provide snacks, games, entertainment, activities, and great memories. Bring is a sack lunch. Spaces are limited, pre-registration highly recommended! Call (337) 478-3600.


June 18-22, 12:00-3:30 p.m. For ages 13-18. Allen August MultiPurpose Center, 2001 Moeling St. Open registration starts May 21st and will be open to the first 30 girls. Seating is limited. The girls will enjoy a week of activities, team building exercises, painting, special spa treatment, fitness, cooking class, Q & A sessions about self-esteem, self respect, bullying, teen dating violence, and nutrition. To register: email


Monday, June 4 - Friday July 27, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. These summer camps will provide fun and educational field trip experiences including visits to city parks, a water park, local museums, and other area attractions for youth in the community and experience activities such as movies, bowling, skating, Fun Days, SPAR, Millennium Park, swimming, and lots more! To register, please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. This is a mandatory requirement with no exceptions. Each of the nine 32

community center summer camp locations is listed below. • Bellard Community Center2808 Hillcrest Dr. • Columbus Circle Park Family Community Center-3520 Greinwich Blvd. • J.D. Clifton Recreation Center2415 East Gieffers St. • College Oaks Community Recreation Center-3518 Ernest St. • Donald Ray Stevens Community Center (Goosport)-1619 Cessford St. • St. Henry Heights Community Recreation Center-801 E. School St. • Mike D. Lanza Community Center-609 Sycamore St. • Wiley B. McMillian Park Family Community Center343 Goos St. For more information, call (337) 491-1280.


For ages 4 - 12 with developmental challenges such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, visual deficits, speech or hearing challenges, and others, are eligible to attend. Campers will participate in a variety of activities, including horseback riding, fishing, arts and crafts. June 18-22, 8 am – Noon West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center, 886 Landry Ln. in Sulphur. Cost $75. For registration information call (337) 625-3972.

ART QUEST AND ECO RANGERS SUMMER CAMPS FREE Doors will open at 8am for student drop-off only. For info, call 409.221.6685 or Shangri La’s Education Department at 409.670.0803. Registration deadline is June 22, 2018 and forms are available online at and

Art Quest Summer Camps

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Grades 3-5 June 26-29, 2018 (8:30am12pm) This four-day camp is all about CLAY! Make your own creations in clay by learning how to create stamp molds with your own designs. You will be able to make a full set of dishes and glaze your creations!

Go West

Grades 3-5 July 10-13, 2018 (8:30-Noon) Become intrepid adventurers on a journey out west! We will create our own traveling journals, design maps of our explorations, discover new species and create tools to help us on our quest.

Art is For the Birds

Grades K-2 July 17-20, 2018 (8:30amNoon) Join our flock as we make art for the birds and about the birds. Learn about Native American bird legends. Earn a feather in your cap while developing fine motor skills

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through constructing a variety of “hands on” activities.

The Not-So-Secret Garden Grades K-2

July 31-August 3, 2018 (8:30am-Noon) Pinwheels spin and shadows play in this not-so-secret garden. Spend the week creating colorful painted fence pickets, snail art, and clay bells as we study environmental art.

Eco Rangers Summer Camps

Tribal Trails

Entering grades 7-9 July 31-August 3, 2018 (8:30am-Noon) Step back in time to the era when Native Americans lived in the area of Shangri La. Campers will learn to live off the land by building a natural shelter, tracking animals, weaving with natural materials, working with clay, and fishing, just as Native Americans did long ago. Campers will learn about the history of Southeast Texas. Campers will have an opportunity to navigate the stars during an evening Star Party!

Back to Nature

Entering grades 5&6 July 24-27, 2018 (8:30amNoon) Come to Shangri La this week to explore the forest trails, tromp along the swamp, float down the bayou, and get back to nature! Campers will learn how to use a compass, make cane poles for fishing, build a survival shelter, develop map making skills, and practice safe camping craft.

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Entering grades 3&4 July 17-20, 2018 (8:30-Noon) Crawfish, Alligators and Armadillos-oh my! This week, we will take a tour of the animal kingdom and explore the many unique armored adaptations of our animal friends. We’ll study shells, examine exoskeletons and meet a few live critters. Campers will use what they learn to design, build and test their very own armored creations!

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Nature’s Masterpiece

No sewing experience necessary. Machines provided.

Entering grades 1&2 July 10-13, 2018 (8:30-Noon) Join us at Shangri La to celebrate the beauty nature holds. Campers will explore Shangri La’s hidden trails to collect natural materials that will be used to create works of art! Campers will work on their individual ‘nature’ masterpiece and collectively on a mural. Camp ends with an art show of their nature masterpieces!

June 4-6 Sewing for Me June 11-13 Sew My Own Quilt June 18-20 Sewing for My Doll June 25-28 Sewing for My Room July 9 & 10 Fashion & Design Camp • July 12 & 13 Sew My Own Rag Quilt • July 16-18 Sewing for My Doll • July 23-25 Sewing for Me 4706 Common St. Lake Charles




Girls ages 9-13 • Cost: $75 Session I: June 11-22, 9 AM - 4 PM Session II: July 9-20, 9 AM - 4PM • A Unicorn in a Field of Horses • Pretty, Polished, and Purpose-Driven • Blinging Vision to Boss Boards • Goal-Digging to Goal-Living • Look Like a Girl, Train Like a Boss • Glam Up That Business Plan • Makeover My Money • Emoji and the Entrepreneur • Poppin’ at My Pop-Up Shop For more info: or call (757) 339-0780.

5 DAY SUMMER CAMPS Monday - Friday • 10am - 2:30pm | Ages: 4 -12 Extended hours available until 4pm/$15 daily

Cost: $30/Day | $60/3 Days | $100/Week Our Camps are loads of fun for BOYS and GIRLS! Your child will enjoy the day making friends, having fun in the sun, crafts, and games! Campers lunch for your convenience $5.99 or bring your own! Register in store or by phone today 337-478-3600.

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THE ARTS NANCY MELTON’S SPLASH DANCE WITH WATERCOLOR A new wet-in-wet watercolor technique will be explored! • July 9-13 • 1-2:30 p.m • Grades 3 & up • Cost $89 until June 25/$99 after • Enroll online:


Big Kids Camp

• For vocalists and all instruments • Intermediate-advanced students • June 25-29

Rock and Roll Boot Camp

Call 337-475-5616 for info or email Nancy at

Vocalists and all instruments No experience necessary July 5 & 10


Young Band Nation Recording and Engineering Camp

Branch Out Summer Art Camp

• Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and more. • Grades K through 8. • Enrollment starts April 3 • $60 - Museum members/$75 non-members. For more information contact Imperial Calcasieu Museum at (337)439-3797.

Arts in Space

• Session one – June 11-15 • Session two – June 18-22 • Session three – June 25-29

Flora and Fauna

• Session one – July 9-13 • Session two – July 16-20 • Session three – July 23-27


June 15-19

Young Band Nation Summertime Blues Mini Camp

• Vocalists and all instruments • Beginning-intermediate students • August 1-3 For more info, see website at mysite Or call 337-513-7905.

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Grades 3 & up $155 9am-12pm | July 23-26


Grades 3-8 Cost $125 9am-12pm | August 6-9

Wild about Art

Grades 1 & up Cost $125 9am-12pm | July 23-26 1pm-4pm | August 6-9

The Sci-Fi Experience

Fashion Week

Grades 2 & up Cost $125 9am-12pm | June 4-7 1pm-4pm | June 18-21

Disney Meets the Masters

Art Around the World

Advanced Art

100 Monsters

Super Hero

Upcycled Art

Grades 3 & up $130 1pm-4pm | July 16-19

Grades K & up $125 1pm-4pm | July 16-19 9am-4pm • July 9-12 • Grades 7-10 • Cost $210

Grades 2 & up Cost $125 1pm-4pm | June 4-7pm


Grades 3 & up Cost $210 9am-4pm | June 18-21

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Grades 3 & up Cost $155 1pm-4pm | July 23-26

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Grades 1 & up Cost $279 1pm-4pm | June 11-14

Grades 1 & up Cost $125 9am-12pm | June 18-21 1pm-4pm | July 30-August 2 Grades 1 & up Cost $125 1pm-4pm | June 18-21 9am-12pm | July 9-12

Printmaking Studio Grades 2 & up Cost $125 1pm-4pm | June 25-28

Call (337) 802-2999 for more information.

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337-905-JUMP (5867) JAZZ IN THE ARTS • May 30- June 2 • Middle and High School jazz musicians

Visit for more information or call 337-794-5744.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE SUMMER WORKSHOPS For more information on the camps below call (337) 433-7323, or register online at

Wild Things!

July 9-11 | 10 am - 11:15 am Ages 5 - 8 Concludes with Exhibition Performance Cost $65.00

Acting for the Camera July 9-11 | Noon - 1:30 pm Ages 8 - 18 Cost $85.00

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July 16-20 Ages 5 - 8 | 10 am - 11:15 am Ages 9-18 | 10 am - Noon Cost $85.00

Kids in Showbiz/ Musical Theatre

July 23-27 Ages 5-8 | 10 am - 11:15 am Ages 9-18 | 10 am - Noon Cost $85.00

Extreme Theatre!

June 11 - 15 | 9 am - 2 pm Ages 8 - 18 Cost $150.00


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Summer Reading Program Kick-Off celebration will take place on Friday, June 8th, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Prien Lake Park Harbor’s Edge Pavilion. This celebration will feature a magic show by Geebo the Clown. We will have face painting, cookie decorating, games, photo ops, Summer Reading registration, tattoos, as well as other fun activities. All branches of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library will have programs all summer long for children, teens, and adults too! Pick up a programming calendar at your local library, or log on to


9-16. A series of presentations will be offered throughout the evening on topics ranging from puberty, self-esteem, fitness, and nutrition. This class allows them an opportunity to have their questions answered by a healthcare professional. Cost is $20 per person and pre-registration and parental consent is required. Session 1: Friday, June 1, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Deadline to register is May 25 Session 2: Friday, June 29, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Deadline to register is June 22 Session 3: Friday, July 27, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Deadline to register is July 20 For registration or class content information, please call (337) 475-4716.



The McNeese Leisure Learning office offers numerous classes this summer through its Kids College Program for children of all ages; Classes in digital photography, tennis, engineering, chess, drama, drawing, comic book drawing, creative writing, fitness, forensic science, math, dance, and more. For more information, call 337-475-5616.

McNeese Summer Reading Clinic

The Annual Summer Reading Clinic is for elementary students entering grades 1-6. The students will receive one-on-one tutoring for 60 minutes each day and participate in reading enriched activities with a master teacher. Call (337) 475-5471 for more information.

The CPSB Technology Training Staff and Region V LATI Tech Staff will offer a Tech Camp from July 23-27, 8:30 a.m.3:00 p.m. Tuition is $550 and includes a Dell Inspiron touch screen laptop, camp T-shirt, daily snack, and a week full of activities.

This hands-on class teaches boys and girls ages 11-13 how to handle emergencies and care for children safely. The cost is $45 and includes supplies, a tote bag, and lunch.

For more information, call (337) 217-4120.

Session 2: Monday, June 4, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Deadline to register is May 21

May 28 – Aug. 10 for grades 1-8, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cost $189/per week plus discounted price for each additional child Discounts available for multiweek enrollment.

Session 3: Monday, July 9, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Deadline to register is June 25

Contact Leisure Learning/Kids College at (337) 475-5616 or visit

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM WEEKDAY EVENTS The Children’s Museum will offer fun exciting events throughout the summer. Visit or call (337) 433-9420.


Session 1: Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Deadline to register is May 4

Kids College All-Day STEAM Adventure Program (Science and Technology)

To register for a class, please call (337) 475-4700. For a full listing of classes available at CHRISTUS Lake Area Hospital, including prenatal education classes, please visit

Instrumental Music, Drum Major, and Color Guard. June 17-21 for students entering grades 9-12. Cost: $225, commuter: $350, resident. McNeese fall music majors: $100, commuter: $225, resident.

Contact Jay Jacobs at (337) 475-5004 or visit www., Registration Deadline: June 1st.

11th Annual Cowboy Camp

Incoming McNeese freshmen and transfer students August 17-18. Cost $60. Contact the Student Union and Activities Office at (337) 4755609.

McNeese Autism Program

The McNeese Autism Program offers the following services to individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental challenges: • ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Services designed to increase communication, socialization, appropriate behavior, environmental learning, and other important life skills. • Supportive Counseling Series for parents, siblings, and other caretakers of those with unique challenges as well as those with high-functioning autism/Asperger’s syndrome. • Diagnostic Testing Services for autism and other challenges that may be preventing your loved ones from meeting their full potential. Contact (337)-562-4246 for more information or visit our website

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The Office of Workforce Development at Sowela Technical Community College will host its annual Summer Youth Camps starting in June. Camps include:

Culinary Camp

June 4-8, or June 18-22, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., grades 5-8. Cost $200. This cooking camp for young chefs teaches children to make different breakfast and lunch recipes.

Kids in the Kitchen

June 11-15 or June 25-29, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., grades 1-4. Cost $200. Campers learn to prepare and cook breakfast and lunch with Chef Roy Angelle.

Grandparent and Me Culinary Camp June 16-18, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., grades 1-8. Cost $120. Grandparents and grandkids create wonderful meals and memories together.

Jr. Chef Culinary Camp July 23-27, 8:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m., grades 9-12. Cost $200.

Young Aviator Aeronautical Camp

June 4-8, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., grades 5-6. June 11-15, 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., grades 7-8, Cost $150. Campers learn how airports operate, build an electrical circuit while using an aircraft wiring schematic, discover how different aircraft fly, and much more!

Fusion Welding Camp June 8-12 and July 9-13, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., grades 8-12. Cost $300. Campers learn welding basics, including key techniques and safety guidelines.

Young Carpenters Camp

June 11-15, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Cost $250. Campers will learn to work with their hands and learn woodworking skills. For more information or to register, call (337) 421-6964 or visit


Give your child the EDGE this summer with Sylvan Learning Center Summer Camps. We offer an exciting variety of camps this summer to give your child a summer to remember, not to mention an opportunity to retain all their academic skills. • Robotics Camp $150, Camp 1- Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27-, 2-3:30 pm, Camp 2- July 23-26, 11:30-1:00 pm, Camp 3- July 23-26 1:30-3:00 pm • ACT Prep $450, 10-hour Individualized program, June 4-22 • Engineering Camps $150 Machine Makers (grades 1-3), Super Structures (grades 4-7) Date/Time TBA • Study Skills $199, July 30August 1, 2, 2-3:30 pm • Algebra or Geometry, June 4- August 2 • Reading Readiness Camp $199, Mondays, June 4 – July 23, 2-3:30 pm • Camp Read $199, Mondays, June 4 - July 23, 2-3:30 pm • Camp Math $199, Tuesdays, June 5 - July 24, 2-3:30 pm All camps are taught by certified teachers in small groups for individualized attention. The hours are flexible to fit your summer school schedule.


At Mathnasium, summer programs are all about preventing summer learning loss and helping students prepare for what lies ahead. For some students, that means a solid review of previous material. Others benefit from previewing upcoming concepts. Most students will get some of both. Five-month, 12-month, or summer-only Mathnasium memberships are available. For more information or a listing of summer programs, call (337) 478-0550.


Simon Learning Camp provides care for the little campers ages 4-7 years old. We learn through fun summer activities, bible based lessons, and multiple field trips. For more information contact us at


June 4 - August 3 Monday - Friday | 8am - 3:30pm Children entering grades 1-5 Free Before-care and After-care

July 9-12 | Grades 1-7 Cost $99 Registration forms available in our lobby or

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Kids College Summer Camp: A STEAM Adventure 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

May 28 - August 10

For Students Entering Grades 1-8

Pick the weeks you’re interested in or enjoy them all! Camps include outdoor activities, music, games, art, puzzles, books and swimming along with field trips and projects.

For more information or to register, call 337-474-9998.

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Fundamental Camp Grades K - 8, June 11-13 9 a.m. - Noon Cost $105

Team Camp

Grades 9 - 12, May 31-June 2 Cost is $180 for one day, $300 for two days, and $480 for three days. Contact Kacie Cryer at or (337) 475-5476.

McNeese Football Camps

Cowboy Up Football Camp

Grades completed 8 - 11, July 8-10. Cost overnight $290, day campers $155. Helmets required. To register contact: Nancy Borel 337-475-5235

Rowdy Up Football Camp for Kids Grades 2-8, July 11-13. 8am-Noon. Cost $100

To register contact: Nancy Borel 337-475-5235 For more information contact: Coach Lark Hebert 337-540-2321

LAKE CHARLES RACQUET CLUB SUMMER CAMP Sessions Offered: June 4-8 June 18-22 June 25-29 July 9-13 July 23-27 July 30 -August 3 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Ages: 4 & up


• 2 sessions $350 for members/ $390 for nonmembers • Each additional one week session: $165 for members/$185 for nonmembers 870 W. Bayou Pines For more information, contact Tom Chicoine

ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS Visit for more information about SLC camps

SLC Baseball Camp

June 18-21 | SLC Field House 9:00 a.m. - Noon Grades: K - 8 Cost: $125

Contact: Chad Lavergne

SLC Volleyball Camp

July 24-26 | SLC Gym Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Grades: 5 - 8 $25 per day or $65 for all three days Contact: Elizabeth Thompson Email:


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Soccer Camp

Contact: John Collins

SLC Basketball Camp

June 11-13 | SLC Gym 8:30 am - 11:30 am Grade: 3 – 8 (boys and girls) Cost: $90, includes t-shirt Registration: Monday, June 11, 7:45-8:30 a.m.

July 23-26 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Ages 6 - 12 Cost $70

HiHoops Camp June 4-7 Grades K - 4 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Cost $65

Summer Fun Time

Contact: Rick LeBato

SLC Soccer Camp

June 12-14 | SLC Soccer Field Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon Ages: 4 – 14 (boys & girls) Cost: $35 per day or $100 for all three days (includes t-shirt and pizza on Thursday) Registration: 8:30-9:00 each day Contact: Jason Oertling

SLC Football Camp

June 26-28 Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon Grade: 5 - 8 $100, includes t-shirt SLC Football Field

Dodgeball, kickball, basketball Weekdays 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Ages 6-12

GRAY PLANTATION KIDS SUMMER CAMPS Gray Plantation Kids Golf Camps Session 1: June 4-7 Session 2: June 25-28 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Ages 8-13 Cost $100 For more information or to register, contact Jonathan Jester 337-562-1206 ext. 1

GRAY PLANTATION KIDS TENNIS CAMP Session 1: June 4-8 Session 2: June 11-15 Session 3: June 18-22 Session 4: June 25-29 Session 5: July 9-13 Session 6: July 23-27 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 2 sessions: Members $340/ Non Members $380 Each additional Session: Members $160/Non-Members $180 For more information please contact Kevin Gillette at 337-562-1206 ext. 8

Basketball Camp June 25-28 Grades 5 - 8 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Cost $65

Swim Lessons Each week in June Ages 3 - 12 Cost $65

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Summer vacations are around the corner, and it’s time to plan your own getaway. However, not everyone can afford international travel, relaxing cruises, or even a week at a major theme park. Relax. Your summer fun needn’t break the bank. Here are eight suggestions for mini-vacations or weekend getaways.

Houston, the fourth largest

city in the United States, extends to Galveston Bay and is home to the Space Center Houston -- the visitor center at NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex. The city’s relatively compact Downtown includes the Theater District, home to the renowned Houston Grand Opera, and the Historic District, with 19th-century architecture and upscale restaurants. There’s also a great zoo, aquarium, fine arts museum, the Lone Star Flight Museum, and an all new Escape Game Complex.

Kemah, located between


Galveston and Houston, is a sprawling entertainment complex, with 10 waterfront restaurants featuring a variety of options, more than a dozen theme-park rides, a stingray touch pool, a rainforest exhibit, midway games, arcade, Speedboat Thrill Ride, shops, special events, and the Lighthouse District. The Old Kemah Schoolhouse features a museum and visitor center. The Boardwalk Inn offers a family-friendly experience, including a rooftop terrace with pool and Jacuzzi -- an ideal setting for watching sailboats and sunsets. In Galveston, visit awardwinning hotels and historic Pleasure Pier, which features amusement rides, shopping, and restaurants. Stroll the Historic Downtown Strand. Once known as the Wall Street of the South, Galveston served as the second busiest U.S. immigration station behind Ellis Island. For a trip through history, see the Texas Seaport

Museum, 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, Galveston Railroad Museum, and one of the largest collections of well-preserved Victorian architecture in the country. Visit the Moody Gardens Pyramids and nextdoor Schlitterbahn. In the southeast corner of Texas, Orange is home to award-winning theater and community festivals. The Stark Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of 19th and 20th-century Western and American Indian art and artifacts. The W. H. Stark House is an 1894 Victorian home with gables and galleries, showcasing the influence of several architectural styles. First Presbyterian Church is a prominent example of classic Greek Revival architecture. Completed in 1912, it was the first air-conditioned public building west of the Mississippi River and its dome is the only opalescent glass dome inside of the United States.

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Vacherie is an unincorporated community in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Near the community is the WCKW/KSTE-Tower, noted as one of the tallest structures on Earth. You can visit popular Oak Alley Plantation, as well as several other plantations nearby worth the trip if you enjoy exploring historic homes. Vacherie was used as a filming location for the TV series True Detective. New Iberia, home to

world-famous Tabasco® hot pepper sauce, is renowned for its award-winning food, music, festivals, and restored architecture which draw from its Spanish, French, African-American, and Creole heritages. A tour of the area reveals the stomping grounds of Detective Dave Robicheaux, the main character in novels by Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Lee Burke. History is on display in the Bayou Teche Museum and at Shadowson-the-Teche, an antebellum

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home once occupied by Union soldiers. The Rosary House is the South’s largest source of religious articles including hand-made rosaries, devotional candles, statues, and medals.

Lafayette is said to have more restaurants per capita than any other American city: many of them specialize in regional cuisine and feature the homegrown talent of Cajun and Zydeco performers. The Alexandre Mouton House has 1800s furnishings. The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum features folk art, Japanese prints, and mid20th-century works by artist Henry Botkin. Acadian Village recreates 19th-century settler life of homes and a general store set along a bayou with interactive exhibits. There is also a science museum and Zoosiana, an exotic wildlife free-range savanna habitat featuring train rides, animal shows, and a playground.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital city, offers Antebellum landmarks including the castle-like Old Louisiana State Capitol, now a museum, and Magnolia Mound Plantation, with its French Creole house. An art deco skyscraper serves as the current capitol building. The LSU Rural Life Museum is a complex of refurbished buildings illustrating 18th and 19th-century life. Other attractions range from a casino to the USS Kidd (a retired WWII destroyer that is now a museum) to the ultracontemporary Shaw Center, which clusters an art museum, gallery spaces, theaters, and restaurants. Blue Bayou Waterpark and Dixie Landin’ are adjacent amusement parks. Just outside of Baton Rouge in Folsom lies a hidden gem called the Global Wildlife Preserve.

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With spring well under way and summer just around the bend, there’s no better time to be outdoors. Southwest Louisiana is home to over twenty public parks. Nine of those can be found in Lake Charles alone.


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North of town, visitors and city residents can spend some time at Mallard Junction Park, which is particularly appealing to sports fans, with its open basketball court, baseball field, and other amenities. Farther north is White Oak Park, a scenic riverside area that sports a boat launch and camping accommodations. In North Lake Charles, Riverside Park provides visitors with 210 beautiful acres of wetland conservation that includes a walking trail, fishing piers, playground, pavilion, and boat launch. Moss Bluff’s recently-opened River Bluff Park features several amenities on its three acres, from an extensive playground to an exercise area, walking path, and picnic area. Downtown, Bord du Lac Park along the pristine lakefront includes an amphitheater, fountains, a public marina, and picnic areas. Millennium Park entertains children with an impressive playground, splash pad, and rock climbing wall. Veterans’ Park displays military memorabilia. Nearby Drew Park boasts trails, picnic tables, a playground, and a community center with a pool table and video games for those who want to cool off. Lock Park has a pavilion, large grassy picnicking areas, and a playground.

South of town, you’ll find Prien Lake Park on 29 acres, with several pavilions, event spaces for rent, a splash pad, a kayak launch, a walking path, and an amphitheater. The boat launch is currently under reconstruction and will reopen in Spring 2019. Tuten Park is serenely situated along Nelson Rd. and offers bird watching, nature trails, wildlife exhibits, picnic areas, and a playground. Tucked back into a quiet residential neighborhood, you’ll find University Park, with a covered basketball pavilion, tennis courts, a baseball diamond and spectator stands, a playground, and a swimming facility. Calcasieu Point Landing provides a perfect spot for anglers to either launch their boats or enjoy fishing from the pier. The crown jewel of Southwest Louisiana parks is Sam Houston Jones State Park, home to over 1000 wooded acres with several hiking trails, a frisbee golf course, two boat launches (rental boats available), pavilion, playground, camping facilities, cozy cabins, and plenty of potential wildlife encounters. On a smaller scale, Holbrook Park caters to campers, boaters, and fishermen. In Sulphur, SPAR - Sulphur Parks and Recreation draws in hundreds of visitors each year to its expansive sports complex, including an indoor pool, gymnasium, golf,

a basketball pavilion, tennis and volleyball courts, baseball fields, and batting cages. Each year, SPAR hosts numerous national sporting tournaments. The summertime highlight at SPAR is the thrilling Waterpark, with a lazy river, kiddie pool and splash pad, and several water slides. Oak Pavilion is perfect for hosting reunions, receptions, and other events. While a bit off the beaten path, Intracoastal Park south of Carlyss provides boat launches and camping sites.

Pinederosa Park in Westlake caters to the sports enthusiast with eight baseball fields, eight softball fields, walking path, splash pad, pavilion, and a massive multi-use gym. Those more interested in beaches than traditional parks might look to Lake Charles’ North Beach, Holly Beach along the Gulf coast, and Rutherford Beach in Cameron – no amenities but perfect for bird watching.

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Sabine River. and includes facilities for camping, RVs, picnicking, and a boat launch. Whatever your interest or the occasion, Southwest Louisiana offers plenty of recreational choices for everyone, from devoted campers to day trippers.

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SAFE THIS SUMMER by Andrea Mongler

Kids and adults alike look forward to summer — the vacations, the pool time, the sweet treats (shaved ice, anyone?) But summer activities are also associated with particular safety risks. If you take some precautions though, you can enjoy summer to the fullest without worry. Read on for a variety of summer safety tips:

Sun safety. Protecting your skin from the sun is important all year but especially during the summer months, when the sun’s ultraviolet, or UV, rays are strongest. Exposure to UV radiation is a major risk factor for skin cancer, but it’s simple to lower your risk. • Wear clothing that covers most of your skin and use sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 on your exposed skin. • A hat and sunglasses are a good idea too. Keep in mind that clouds don’t always block UV radiation and that the rays can bounce off surfaces like water, sand , and pavement, resulting in increased exposure.


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Heat safety. It’s no secret that

summer is hot. (This is Louisiana, after all.) And if you’re not careful, that heat can be more than an annoyance. Heat-related illnesses, ranging from heat cramps to heatstroke, are no joke. According to the National Safety Council, 244 people in the United States died of exposure to excessive heat in 2014. Infants and young children, elderly individuals, and people who work outdoors are especially at risk for heat-related illness. To keep that risk to a minimum: • Drink more liquid than you think you need (water is best) and avoid alcohol. • Replace any salt lost from sweating by drinking fruit juice or sports drinks. • If possible, avoid spending time outdoors during the hottest part of the day, and cool off in the air conditioning if you can. • Never, ever leave a child inside a parked car, even if the windows are cracked.

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Water safety. If you don’t know

how to swim, you should learn how or stay out of the deep end. More likely, though, your concern should be children — yours or someone else’s. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of injury death for children aged one to four. • Children should always be closely supervised when they are in or around water. • Teach them to swim as early as possible. • If you have a pool at your home, a foursided fence that stays locked when you’re not using the pool is a good safety precaution.

Boating safety. Everyone on board a boat should wear a properly fitting life jacket at all times. Inflatable water wings, rafts, and toys are not approved safety devices and should not be used as life jackets or personal flotation devices. • Be sure you have a first-aid kid on board as well as a toolbox. • If a storm is imminent, get off the water. • If you’ll be driving the boat, don’t drink alcohol. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol is responsible for 16 percent of boating fatalities. Under Louisiana law, a boat operator found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher is considered to be intoxicated and can be punished accordingly. Insect safety. When it comes to

health threats of the six-legged variety, mosquitoes top the list. In addition to the red, itchy welts they inflict upon us, mosquitoes carry a host of diseases. To prevent mosquito bites: • Wear long sleeves and pants and use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellant containing any of these active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, 2-undecanone, and oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. The CDC says these repellants are safe and effective, including for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Do note that the CDC recommends against using oil of lemon eucalyptus or paramenthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old and says not to apply any repellant on infants younger than 2 months old. • Pour out any standing water in your outdoor flowerpots or other containers, as mosquitoes lay their eggs there.

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In the summer months, berries hit peak season. Take a “field trip” to a nearby berry patch and pick a pint or two of your favorite. Make a quick easy cobbler with this recipe:

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essentially the same thing, but open-faced and toasted instead of griddled.

4 cups of berries 1 boxed yellow cake mix

1/2 cup half and half

1 stick unsalted butter

1/2 cup heavy cream

Preheat your oven according to the instructions on the cake mix box for a 9x13 pan. Place the berries in the bottom of the pan. Melt the butter and combine with the cake mix. Pour the mixture over the berries and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cake mixture is lightly browned and the berries are bubbling. Let cool for 5 minutes. Top with whipped cream or ice cream for an extra treat.

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

A great, filling snack for lazy summer afternoons. Top tortillas with pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, and whatever other pizza toppings your kids enjoy. Top with another tortilla and grill both sides on a griddle until cheese is melted. Unlike regular pizza, this snack is ready in a few minutes and is low-mess. If your kids like crunchy pizza, you can also make a tortilla pizza –


This summer, engage your young ones by creating these fun, easy, customizable, kid-friendly treats.


It wouldn’t be summer without ice cream! This recipe allows you to make homemade ice cream without special equipment.


Snack time – what kid doesn’t love it? And when they’re home from school and eager to stay occupied, involving them in snack prep is an easy way to hold their attention.

3 tablespoons sugar Ice Rock salt Combine the first four ingredients in a quart-sized plastic bag. Close it and ensure it is completely sealed. Fill 3/4 of a gallon sized plastic bag with ice and add about 1/4 cup of rock salt to the bag. Place the smaller bag into the larger one and seal it. Wrap a towel around the bags and begin shaking. (This is a great task for kids!) Shake the bags for 5-10 minutes, or until the ice cream is at soft-serve consistency. Carefully remove the smaller bag and serve the ice cream. You can experiment by mixing in candies, pureed fruit, chocolate sauce, nuts, and crushed cookies.


You can purchase premade hummus or make your own – there are many recipes available online for different flavors. For dippers, have kids pick out their favorite vegetables, crackers, pita chips, pretzels, and more. Hummus is a great way to sneak a healthy snack into their diet. There are even dessert hummus recipes that mimic brownie batter and cookie dough!


Snack or trail mix is great for bringing along on summer outings. Combine favorite nuts, dried fruits, dry cereal, and more to create a customized snack mix. You can even add small candies or chocolates – but be aware of them melting if exposed to the heat. Set up an assembly line with plastic bags and bowls of ingredients and let your kids mix and match their own!

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Whether you’re a parent, babysitter, or caretaker, summer can be a tricky time at home with kiddos. Without the structure of a school day, kids can quickly become bored and irritable. Indoors or outdoors, rain or shine, here are some boredombusting ideas to keep your summer fun and low-stress!

INDOOR ACTIVITIES Rain showers, oppressive heat, or even just a lazy afternoon at home can all lead to coopedup kids with too much energy. Here are some fun easy ways to keep them entertained indoors.

Homemade Play Dough

This is a great hands-on project for elementary aged kids. Use gel food coloring to get the brightest shades. Mix 1 cup flour, 1 cup water, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1/3 cup salt, and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until it thickens; add food coloring. Continue cooking and stirring until it gathers into a ball around the spoon. Remove and put on wax paper to cool for roughly 30 minutes. Playtime!

Blanket Fort

It’s a classic for a reason – build a blanket and pillow fort in the child’s bedroom or the living room. Bring favorite books, coloring supplies, snacks, or toys into the space. Everything becomes more fun and magical to a child when it’s in a blanket fort.

Moon Sand

This fun project is great for kids of all ages. The clumpy, crumbly consistency of moon sand is similar to playing with damp sand at the beach. Combine 8 cups of flour with 1 cup of oil. For taste-safe sand (great for toddlers), use coconut oil. For older kids, baby oil works well and gives it a pleasant scent.


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On a beautiful summer day, get the kids out for some fresh air and sunshine.

Nature Walk

Depending on where you’re located and the age of the kids, this can be in a park, the neighborhood, or even the backyard. Find flowers, leaves, pebbles, dropped feathers, and more. Try to identify where they came from – what type of bird, plant, or tree? Give each child a small plastic bag to collect his treasures.

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Picnic Time

A picnic is always a great way to liven up the routine. Spread an old blanket or large towel on the grass and sit outside! Watch the clouds and listen for birds while you enjoy your meal or snacks. Make it extra special by slurping sno-cones or ice cream!

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Chalk Art

If you have access to a concrete patio or driveway, do some chalk art! Kids love using a new medium for their artistic skills. Have them lay down while you trace their outline, then let them draw features and clothes! However, do be aware of the temperature of the pavement, as it can get very hot.

Water Fight

Break out some water balloons, a sprinkler, water guns, or even a garden hose. Have the kids put on sunscreen and swimsuits and let them splash away! Nowhere to play outside or have young kids? Let them put on their swim gear and splash in the bathtub! Whatever you do, fill your summer full of fun and great memories!

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HOME ALONE by Andrea Mongler

Most parents would never consider leaving a very young child home alone. But what about an 8-year-old? A 10-year-old? A 12-yearold? How do you know when your child is ready? The 10 to 12-year-old range is often recommended as the age when it’s reasonable to leave children home alone. But that’s by no means a hard-and-fast rule. Some children are ready earlier; others later. If your child is responsible with household chores, follows rules, has good judgment, and stays calm in unexpected situations, there’s a good chance he or she is ready to stay home alone. It’s probably smart to start with small outings — perhaps a quick errand here and there — before letting your child stay home alone for several hours at a time. This will give you a chance to address any issues or concerns that arise while you’re gone and to better prepare your child for your longer outings. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, before you leave your child alone for the first time, he or she should know:


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What to do and whom to call in the event of a fire, medical crisis, or other emergency. • Where to find first-aid supplies and how to perform basic first aid, for things such as cuts and nosebleeds. • Where the fire extinguisher is and how to use it. • How to shut off an electrical circuit breaker. • How to contact you in an emergency. You should also be sure your child knows what to do in the event of severe weather or a power outage or if a stranger comes to the door. And it might seem obvious, but make sure your child knows your address and how to use whichever phone he or she will have access to in your home — key skills for talking with a 911 dispatcher in an emergency. Though it’s unlikely an emergency will actually occur while you’re gone, it’s a good idea to regularly discuss emergency scenarios — a fire in the kitchen, a broken bone, a tornado — with your child to ensure that he or she knows how to respond.

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• If you have a gun in the home, it should be unloaded and locked away while your child is alone.

• Keep a list of phone numbers — including yours; emergency numbers; and the numbers of any neighbors, relatives or friends your child could contact if needed — in an easily accessible place and make sure your child is aware of it. • Decide what your child is allowed to do in the kitchen. Depending on his or her age and maturity level, you might want to make knives and the oven/stove off-limits. • Determine whether your child is permitted to answer the door and if so, for whom. • Set rules for screen time — what content is allowed and how much — and ensure parental controls are set if you use them. Leaving your child home alone might be scary at first — for both of you. But with proper preparation, you can be confident that your child is ready for this milestone.

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When you’re a child, summer is all about fun, sleeping late, and hanging out with friends! Learning is the last thing on your mind. When you’re a parent or caregiver, you want your child to be able to relax, but you also want to combat summer learning loss so they are better prepared for the start of school. Children who do not practice their academic skills during the summer typically begin school with lower achievement levels than the previous year. However, there are things that families and caregivers can do to ensure their children do not regress. An easy way to promote summer learning is to let your child enjoy some of these educational apps -- they will feel like they’re having fun playing games, while adults can be confident their children are still practicing the necessary skills to begin their next school year off right.


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Join Us for Our Summer Prodigy Math Game

This is a great way for first through eighth grade students to receive differentiated math training during the summer. The games are extremely motivational, rigorous, and a lot of fun. This app does encourage parents to purchase a membership for greater access to the program, but the membership is well worth the cost as this will be a great homework tool once the school year begins.

Galactic Genius With Astro Cat

For children six years or older, this spacethemed game takes children through fifty different levels that help them grow more proficient in thinking and reasoning, deduction, logic, memorization, part-towhole relationships, and problem solving. This does have in-app purchases, but it is a great way to keep your children thinking during the summer months.


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children to answer questions and draw inferences based on pictures. There are multiple difficulty levels, including levels that require abstract reasoning abilities and use of context clues. There are several ways parents or caregivers can customize how their child will receive praise on this app. For ages seven and up.


Like Netflix for books, Epic offers unlimited, age-appropriate reading selections for children 12 and under. It does cost $7.99 per month, but there are no inapp purchases. It also includes quizzes and learning videos along with Spanish selections. You can tailor this app for your child’s age, and give them a summer full of reading adventures.


Spending a few minutes a day learning another language or reviewing a language your child is already familiar with is time well-spent in the summer. There are 31 different language offerings for native English speakers, including some fictional ones like Klingon and High Valyrian. All language courses have a placement test or the option to simply start with the basics. This app is completely free and includes different methods to help your child become more familiar with the language of your choice. For children who are already fluent readers.


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by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

As summer approaches, parents and children alike begin to daydream about sleeping later, playing outside, or perhaps soaking in some sun on the beach. However, here in Louisiana, weather can be a bit unpredictable. Here are some familyfriendly movie and book suggestions to keep your children occupied on summer days when the weather keeps them indoors.

MOVIES The Incredibles 2 - While their mom, Helen Parr, is off

fighting crime, Bob, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack are left to navigate “normal” life at home. This film focuses on the everyday lives of these superheroes existing in the real world. However, when a new super villain emerges, the Parrs and their friend Frozone must come together to thwart the villain’s evil plan. In theaters June 15

Show Dogs - Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is

ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening. In theaters May 18

Solo: A Star Wars Story - During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion. In theaters May 25 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Dracula takes his family on vacation aboard a luxury Monster Cruise Ship. Romance arises when Dracula meets the mysterious ship captain, Ericka. Little do they know, his love interest is actually a descendant of an ancient nemesis to Dracula and all monsters. In theaters July 13 Teen Titans Go: To the Movies - A villain’s maniacal plan for world domination sidetracks five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom. In theaters July 27 Disney’s Christopher Robin - In this heartwarming

live-action adventure, the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and lovable stuff animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into his world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside. In theaters August 3


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BOOKS Hello Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly

- Winner of the 2018 Newbery Medal, this middlegrade tale focuses on four characters whose lives come together in unexpected ways. They do not begin the story as friends, but through interesting events that involve a guinea pig and an exciting adventure, they become friends and realize they do not have to face the world alone. Also look for Kelly’s latest book, You Go First, released last month.

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle

– In this young adult novel, Meg Murray, her youngest brother Charles Wallace, and her friend Calvin join three magical beings on a journey to save Meg’s father who has accidently teleported to an evil planet and is unable to return home. This book is full of beautiful descriptions and is the first in a fivebook series. The author has since released this book in graphic novel format, and added a stand-alone novella about Charles Wallace to the series.

N.E.R.D.S.: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society, by Michael Buckley -- A group of unpopular students discover

they have special abilities that make them heroes capable of saving the school and the world. Jackson, the main character, begins the book as a kid who fits in, but due to unforeseen circumstances, becomes ostracized by his peers. Throughout the book, Jackson discovers that everyone has quirks that make them different and special, no matter their social standing. For ages 8-12.

The Fixer, by Jennifer Lynne Barnes - This thriller, for ages 12-18, focuses on sixteen-year-old Tess, who has lived on a ranch with her grandfather for her entire life. When her grandfather becomes too ill to care for her, Tess moves in with her sister in Washington D.C. Her sister is a high-powered political “fixer” and Tess finds herself falling into the family business and fixing the problems of her new peers. This book is full of plot twists and family secrets.

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Truth, Facts, & Lies

Local Programs Help Youth Navigate the Teen Years The Southwest Louisiana Youth Foundation is a nonprofit organization making a difference for teens in Lake Charles and the surrounding areas through the education programs Truth, Facts &, Lies and Take Charge. Truth, Facts &, Lies began in 2016 as a response to a Kids Can Initiative. It is a seven-session education program for high school students covering social issues teens today face. In December 2017, the organization expanded to offer Take Charge, a program for teen girls covering content requested by area high school students. Social media provides teens with access and connectivity more than ever before. The average teen sends over 3,300 text messages each month, and over two billion snaps are shared on SnapChat each day. The frontal lobe of the brain, which is responsible for reasoning and decision making, isn’t fully developed until early adulthood.


One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18; one in three teens in a dating relationship is being abused, and twenty percent of sex crimes committed against minors are perpetrated by other minors. With these facts in mind, curriculum was developed to arm teens with knowledge to successfully navigate the unique challenges of our digital world. The curriculum team, consisting of a nationally recognized educator and curriculum specialist, a family nurse practitioner, a licensed counselor, and a high school teacher, develops the content and presents it to a teen focus group for review. The group then selects graphics, wording, and activities to ensure that the curriculum is relevant and beneficial. Session topics include Bullying, Social Media, Online Solicitation and Human Trafficking, Dating and Relationship Abuse, and The Teenage

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Brain and Addiction. The series culminates in an Awareness Day in which participants have an opportunity to teach their peers. In every session, students develop strategies to remove themselves from dangerous or uncomfortable situations. Students who have completed the program report significant behavior changes in all areas covered. The number one write-in comment when asked, “What would you change about the program?” is “more” - more time, more sessions, more topics, more students. After completion of the Truth, Facts, & Lies program, students may apply for the Teen Advisory Board. Members will help develop content and serve as mentors in middle school pilot programs. At the end of the year-long term, one member of the Advisory Board will receive a $2,500 scholarship. For the 2018-19 school year, the SWLA Youth Foundation will also

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Email or Text Notification when your RX is ready! partner with school resource officers from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department. Their goal is to help develop a trusting relationship between students and the officers at their schools. Focus will be on increasing students’ understanding of the motivation and role of the officers assigned to their school and how to interact with law enforcement. Truth, Facts, & Lies is available in thirteen Calcasieu Parish high schools, and plans are in place to include up to three more schools from surrounding parishes in the fall. SWLA Youth Foundation is also offering 90-minute workshops for adults on adolescent brain development, communication strategies, social media, and other social issues. The programs offered by the SWLA Youth Foundation encourage discussion and problem-solving of difficult subjects in a thoughtful and positive way. Students bring insight to the discussion and leave with a greater understanding of the topics presented.

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Great Gifts for Grads by Angie Kay Dilmore

May is often marked by graduation announcements and invitations arriving in your mailbox. You’ll want to show the graduates in your life how important they are to you with something special. Money is always welcome for young adults at this stage of their lives. Or you can consider buying a thoughtful gift that will remind them of you for years to come. Whether graduating from high school or college, here are some great gift ideas your grad is sure to love.

High School Grads

Over the course of their teen years, high school seniors have usually amassed drawers full of t-shirts. While your grad may no longer be interested in wearing them, these t-shirts can be recycled into a keepsake t-shirt quilt that tells a part of their life story. Quilter Donna Jorden of Moss Bluff has made dozens of these quilts. Contact her for commission orders. A small, lightweight portable charging device will keep their phone charged at all times. No excuses. A subscription to services like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, or Tidal will keep your grad entertained. If they don’t have one already, a laptop at this stage of life is useful and practically a necessity if they’ll continue their education. Dorm life can be noisy. Whether it’s time to hit the books or listen to their favorite tunes, grads will appreciate a good set of noise-cancelling earphones. Speaking of tunes, a desktop-sized Bluetooth speaker would also be a welcome gift. Communal showers in the dorms are not always the most sanitary places. A pair of anti-microbial anti-skid sandals should be just the ticket. For girl grads, a nice piece of jewelry can become a life-long keepsake. Monogrammed towels in the school’s signature colors are a perfect addition to any dorm décor. Mother and daughter team Kandy and Amanda Moreno at Queen of Threads Monogramming sell a variety of personalized gifts perfect for any graduate – toiletry and accessory bags, laundry bags, fleece headbands and scarves, jackets, robes, raincoats and other apparel, umbrellas, clear purses and totes for game days. A personalized fleece blanket, maybe with their new school’s insignia, will keep your grad warm. Anything useful in a dorm room – a bed lamp, lap desk, waste basket, posters, refrigerator, microwave, storage bins, shower caddy, pop-up laundry basket . . . if you’ve been there, you know.


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College Grads A good watch will remind your graduate that time flies by quickly – make the most of each day. It will also help him get to that new job on time. In the real world, red solo cups and plastic Mardi Gras cup throws won’t cut it anymore. Buy your grad some grown-up glassware. Because most office dress codes don’t include yoga pants and hoodies, most grads are going to need a wardrobe update to start that new job. Consider taking them on a shopping spree for some professional clothes. Your college grad is likely entering the age of business trips and yearly vacations. A set of nice luggage is the perfect way to say bon voyage! Whether passing them out or collecting them, your networking grad could use a pocket-sized business card holder to store business cards.

Several Lake Area retailers offer great gift ideas for graduates, be it high school or college. Sara Smith at Papersmith on Ernest St. sells a variety of thoughtful gifts including Mimosa Handcrafted and Olive and Indigo jewelry; Smathers and Branson Needlepoint Key Fobs, Caps, and Belts; CatStudio State or College pillows and hand towels; Personalized Stationery, Journals, pens and other paper items; Kate Spade gift items; bamboo sleepwear sets; and personalized Jon Hart luggage and travel items. So there you have it! Plenty of gift suggestions to make your graduation season shopping easier. Papersmith is located at 3101 Ernest St., and Queen of Threads Monogramming is at 4031 Nelson Rd, Lake Charles.

Buying coffee at the local cafe every morning can quickly add up to beaucoup bucks. Buy your grad a nifty coffee maker and encourage him or her to save money and make coffee at home. Cell phone cameras are great. And handy. But if your graduate longs to more creatively capture memories, consider buying him or her a nice “real” camera. Price ranges run the spectrum. For the past four years, your grad has had full access to the campus fitness center. New graduates understand the importance of staying active. A gym membership will keep them moving. A sure sign of adulthood is the necessity to carry credit cards, retail loyalty cards, insurance cards, and of course, money . . . Everywhere. You. Go. A nice wallet can help keep all that organized. The dining hall is no longer an option. And nightly take-out becomes expensive. It’s time to learn to cook at home. And because there might not be much counter space in that small apartment kitchen, buy your grad the appliance that does everything – an Instant Pot!

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Breaking New Ground with

Minecraft by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

s parents, you want your children to go to school and be motivated, feel like they have the chance to be creative, and have the privilege of learning under ground-breaking and thoughtful teachers who will stir the minds of their students. At St. Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles, Mary Villaume is the teacher that embodies all the qualities of that rare teacher. Villaume has a background in technology but has been in the teaching field for ten years. Currently, she teaches Latin and English III, but the term “teaching” does not do justice to what is unfolding in her classroom. Like any visionary, Villaume loves to research and experiment with new teaching techniques. After becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator and encouraged by St. Louis High’s technology coach, Melanie LeJeune, Villaume applied for and became a Global Minecraft Mentor and began writing lessons to incorporate this game into her curriculum. Now, when students enter Villaume’s domain, they are no longer sitting in a room within the halls of St. Louis Catholic High School, but are transported to Ancient Rome, learning a new language while building a realm from a time past using none other than the popular game of Minecraft. Villaume explains, “I had no idea how much my class culture would change so positively by implementing Minecraft! My students became collaborators and problem solvers on their own.”



One project she implemented began with building Roman monuments and was called “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day.” Students recreated replicas of these monuments in Minecraft based on a map provided by Villaume. When students received this assignment, they were eager to begin researching these historical landmarks on their own. Villaume not only observed students plan their structures as the actual Romans did, she also saw remarkable things take place that she had not expected. Quiet students became leaders. Students employed cross-curricular skills like math, geography, interpersonal skills, and logic and reasoning. The end result of this project was astounding. Her students’ attention to detail makes one feel as if they are stepping into the Flavian Amphitheater instead of a Minecraft world. Beginning Latin students create their own Roman domus and use a program called Screencast-O-Matic to create videos of their home. These videos are narrated in Latin by the students, and show the leaps and bounds of progress they have made in such a short time using this program. Villaume’s classroom combines creativity with digital citizenship to build a community of students who are learning real-world skills in a positive, safe environment. “Part of structuring my classroom like this is about letting go of control and truly becoming the facilitator while my students sit in the driver’s seat,” says Villaume.

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Future lesson possibilities are endless, and watching these students take the reins of their education has been exciting and gratifying for Villaume. When not using Minecraft, she sometimes structures class lessons using a process called gamification, which she learned from fellow teacher, Holley Fontenot. This process uses game-like terms and organization applied to everyday tasks and lessons. Using this process allows Villaume’s lessons to become a living, breathing game, with her students the players. Rather than simply completing a worksheet to demonstrate a skill, students level-up by showing mastery of necessary concepts in different ways, and gain experience by going above and beyond what is asked of them. It is rare in education to be truly innovative. It is even rarer for an educator to meet students on their level using something they love and adapting that something into a learning tool. Mary Villaume, the Minecraft maverick, is a groundbreaking dreamer who takes her students along for a journey they will never forget.

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Golden Nugget Lake Charles Hosts Second Annual Summer Concert Series Golden Nugget Lake Charles announces that the second year of its outdoor concert series begins May 11 at its H2O Pool + Bar Concert Venue. On select Friday nights this spring and summer, guests can enjoy live music ranging from country, pop and urban contemporary alfresco on two-acres of event lawn space. May 11

Hank Williams, Jr.

June 1 Ludacris June 6

I Love the 90’s

July 27

Sublime with partner act Rome

August 10 Loudwire’s Gen X Summer Tour Ticket prices vary based on the performer and ticket type. To purchase tickets, please visit or


West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Hosts Class for Delivery and Breastfeeding

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will host a class on May 15 from 6-8pm on preparing for delivery and breastfeeding. The cost is $10 per participant and will be held in the North Conference Room at the Cypress Street entrance. Class space is limited and preregistration is required. A childbirth educator as well as a certified lactation counselor will lead the discussion and will be available for one-on-one questions. To register, call (337) 527-4361.

Summer Sailing Camp The Lake Charles Yacht Club will offer a complimentary summer sailing camp on June 4, 5:307:30pm (weather permitting) at the Lake Charles Yacht Club (LCYC). Lessons are free and best suited for teenagers (12 and above) and adults of all ages who want to learn how to sail. Successful students will learn how to sail a Sunfish sailboat over the course of

the week, as well as the basics of sailing. Interested individuals are welcome to join the yacht club as a member at the end of the week.

Healthy Ways to Cope with Diabetes Management is Topic at Upcoming Support Group

For more info or to register, contact Sheron Faulk at Ship to Shore, (337) 474-0730.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will host its diabetes support group on May 8 at 11:30am at the hospital’s cafeteria conference room. Guest speaker Koni Bridges, LCSW, will discuss Healthy Ways to Cope with Diabetes Management. There is no charge to attend and the group is open to the public.

A Brewer’s Plate benefits local children with autism There’s a good time brewing at A Brewer’s Plate on May 12 at 6pm at the historic Cash & Carry building in downtown Lake Charles. This is the marquee fundraising event of St. Nicholas Center for Children, a local non-profit dedicated to providing services to children diagnosed with autism, delays and disorders. The 10th annual event features a four-course meal and premium beer pairing with an auction and live music by community favorites, The Flamethrowers. The attire is dressy casual and the vibe is lively! For information, sponsorship opportunities, or to donate an auction item, call (337)491-0800.

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For details, call (337) 527-4282.

Relaxing LuLaRoe Style is Topic of Upcoming Breast Cancer Support Group West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will host its Pink Crusade breast cancer support group on May 10 at 6pm in the hospital’s board room. Guest speaker Tabitha Holman will discuss Relaxing LuLaRoe style. The group is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (337) 528-7320.

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The CSE Federal Credit Union Presents the 5th Annual An Afternoon With MusicMakers The CSE Federal Credit Union will play it forward again by sponsoring the fifth annual Afternoon With MusicMakers on May 19, in the Buccaneer Room of the Lake Charles Civic Center. An elegant catered reception and silent auction from 2-3pm will precede the concert, which begins at 3pm. Featured performers will be a young group of the 400 MusicMakers, area students who have received instruments from MusicMakers2U, a nonprofit organization that accepts donations of musical instruments, refurbishes them and pairs them with area students.

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Shots for Tots May Dates Announced West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will offer Shots for Tots on several dates in May. On May 5, the clinic will be held in Sulphur at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital near the Cypress Street entrance from 8:30amnoon. Walk-ins are welcome, sign-in ends at 11:30am. Also on March 5, the clinic will be held at the Vinton Medical Clinic from 2-4pm by appointment only, call (337) 527-4361 to schedule. On May 10, the clinic will be held at Dynamic Dimensions East in Moss Bluff from 4-7pm. Walk-ins are welcome, sign-in ends at 6:30pm. On May 23, the clinic will be held at the Westlake Diagnostic Center from 2-4pm by appointment only, call (337) 433-1395 to schedule. Shots for Tots offers immunizations for children six weeks of age through 18 years of age who are uninsured, underinsured, or have Medicaid, or are American Indian/Alaskan native. The cost is $10 per person.


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Things a Small Business Needs to Thrive by Angie Kay Dilmore

There are currently 436,867 small businesses in the state of Louisiana, accounting for 99.5% of all Louisiana businesses. They employ 910,366 employees – over 50% of Louisiana’s workforce. But small businesses can’t do their vital work without the support of the community they call home. It’s a symbiotic relationship. In turn, small business success contributes to community growth. What specifically do small businesses need from their local community? We’ve listed here nine essentials for a thriving small business community.


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A strong entrepreneurial support system. Entrepreneurs often feel isolated. Our community has established and promoted several groups that allow business owners to connect with other entrepreneurs. The SWLA Chamber – Economic Development Alliance hosts a monthly Business After Hours event that brings local business persons together for fun and networking. Similarly, the Better Business Bureau SWLA hosts quarterly B2B Breakfasts. A culture of community support. Entrepreneurs need to know that the community supports them and cares about their well-being. This is achieved simply by showing up. Shop in locally-owned retail businesses. Eat in locally-owned restaurants. Use the services of local contracting companies. When small businesses succeed, the community succeeds. A friendly regulatory environment. Small businesses need easy-tounderstand codes from local government, as well as a solid understanding of why such regulations are in place. Too often, whether true or not, entrepreneurs perceive that local governments establish unnecessary hoops for them to jump through. The key here is for new business owners to seek assistance from the regulatory departments when they have questions. These folks, for example, the Sales Tax office, are eager to work with businesspersons. That’s their job!

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Access to good employees/talent pool. In order to attract qualified employees and maintain an existing talent pool, a city needs to be a place where people want to live. Citizens desire safe neighborhoods, a strong education system, a vibrant downtown, and other amenities that add up to a good quality of life. Numerous local organizations (The Chamber Alliance, Healthier Southwest Louisiana, the Community Foundation, McNeese State University and SOWELA Technical Community College, to name a few) promote better quality of life initiatives. To attract and preserve a talented workforce, programs such as SWLAWorx, HealthWorx, and the industrysponsored Workforce Scholarship Program help train potential employees. Strong community mentors to help entrepreneurs navigate their early years. Not only does this keep new entrepreneurs from making costly mistakes, it helps them feel supported and encouraged to take the risks necessary for growth. Programs at the SEED Center, such as Entrepreneur in Residence and SCORE provide mentoring, workshops, and resources. Trade associations, such as the Louisiana Home Builders Association and the Louisiana Restaurant Association are also valuable resources.

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A safe, clean environment in which to operate. Attractive urban and suburban spaces and low crime rates are good for business. If a business is in an unsafe, unattractive area, the quality of the product will be irrelevant. The business will suffer. Access to capital. Bank loans, government grants, and other forms of assistance can contribute to the success of small businesses and their futures. “For a small business owner, access to financial resources, ease of money management, and having a trusted community banker are all essential parts of your business,” says Justin Holt, Executive Vice President, Lakeside Bank. “Community banks provide loans to small business owners, which allow owners to maintain cash flow, hire new employees, purchase new equipment and inventory to allow their business to grow and prosper. Community banks are relationship lenders, characterized by local ownership and quick local decision making. Small businesses rely on lively communities to thrive, and community banks help support the customers and clients that local businesses need.” Access to leadership and business training. Around half of all businesses fail in the first five years. Therefore, it’s essential for entrepreneurs to learn the basics of leadership and sound business practices. The Chamber Alliance sponsors Leadership SWLA, a program designed to strengthen the potential leadership qualities of selected community representatives. The Small Business Development Center, located in the SEED Center, also hosts training workshops and is a valuable resource for small businesses. A commitment to promoting innovation and startups. While large industries may provide the backbone of our local economy, it is our small businesses that give our community heart and soul. We need to invest in our small shops, restaurants, and small- and midsize businesses and make decisions that benefit them just as much as (if not more so) big box retailers and industrial giants. With continued community awareness and commitment, we can maintain a culture that promotes the success of small businesses. The result – a great place for people to live and visit – benefits all of Southwest Louisiana.

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Helping teens learn necessary financial skills by Deborah Serra Hacker

Congratulations to the teens and tweens finding summer jobs. And cheers to those who work during the school year. But what happens to those paychecks and tips at the end of the month, or even at the end of the year? Some families depend on part of that money to make ends meet. For some, the money goes into an account for college or post high school plans. For others, who knows what happens to that cash beyond lattes, video games, and manicures? For students and their families in that last category, there is hope. Most parents have difficulty talking about the family finances and having full financial disclosure around the dinner table. While realistic family money discussions are vital in the learning process, there is an excellent finance literacy education package available free to all schools. It provides the tools students need and a solid base for future financial decisions.


Louisiana is the only state since the Great Recession and financial crisis in the late 2000s to reduce personal finance education standards in high school, according to John Pelletier, Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy. “In the past, all students were required to take a half-year civics course that included an estimated 7.5 hours of personal finance instruction. Now Louisiana requires that personal finance be offered as part of another existing course of study.�

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To that end, there are currently two pieces of legislation in Baton Rouge addressing the issue of student financial literacy. House Bill 504 and Senate Bill 315 which, briefly stated, require high school students to receive financial literacy education prior to graduation. “It is critical that we equip students with the basic understanding of how our economy functions,” said Paul Lungaro, Vice President with Capital One Bank. “Money is the tool used to transact all business dealings and teaching young people to utilize this tool will better prepare them to create and manage their personal budgets as they enter adult life and the workforce.” Lungaro, along with volunteers throughout Southwest Louisiana, takes time on a regular basis to work with Junior Achievement (JA) and JA Director Susan Percle to equip area students with the knowledge they need to make smart financial decisions. JA, with sponsorship from CITGO and Capital One Bank, hosts the JA Financial Park program for eighth through twelfth grade students, introducing them to personal finance and career explorations. It includes classroom instruction on careers, salaries, taxes, investing, banking, and budgeting. At the end of the classroom instruction there is a one-day simulation during which students take their newly learned skills to the next level, assuming family duties and varied income scenarios. These can include health crises, career advancements, over extended credit, and the many challenges facing real families. Lungaro recalls one student remarking, “Wait, we have to pay for water?” during the simulation. Certainly, a teachable moment. “This experience is quite eye opening for the students and definitely gets them thinking about what they need to do to set themselves up for the future of their dreams,” said Denise Rau, CFP, Rau Financial Group, and a regular JA volunteer. “Many comment that they now understand why their parents can’t give them everything they want. Hopefully they will decline the barrage of credit cards offered to them the instant they graduate from high school.” May 2018

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So You Want to be an Airbnb Host

Tips for success as a short-term rental owner by Angie Kay Dilmore

The number of rental properties in the Lake Area has increased over the past several years, as has the cost of rent. Owning rental property can be a lucrative venture. But have you considered using your rental space as a short-term rental geared to travelers and listing your rental on popular sites such as VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) or Airbnb? If you have the right space in the right location, this option could potentially garner more income than a long-term monthly rental.

Things to consider before you begin:

First decide if you are cut out to be a “rentrepreneur.” Do you love meeting new people? Are you by nature neat and tidy? Do you have the time to dedicate to this business venture? If the answers are yes, short-term travel renting may be a good fit for you. Sara Judson and her husband Mark, along with Sara’s sisters and their husbands, put their cozy cottage at Big Lake on VRBO last spring. “We are happy to report that our VRBO experience has been a good one and we are pleased with our decision,” says Judson. Understand rental arbitrage. This is the degree to which revenue potential exceeds the cost to own a unit, be it an apartment or a home. When your daily rental rate is greater than your daily cost, and the rental rate is still less than the average hotel, you have a win-win. Location also plays a role. Is your unit in a location desirable to tourists or traveling businesspersons? The more days each month you can rent your unit, the more profitable your prospects. Also consider any added insurance you may need and


thoroughly research the market potential before you dive in. Determine your target market. Do you live closer to the business section of town or the touristy areas? Are there other short-term rentals in your area. Know your competition.

Once you decide to go for it:

Ensure your listing has a great title, great photos, and a great description with no typos. Your listing is your only chance to make a good first impression. Be honest. Be forthcoming about the realities of your property. Is it near the tracks with trains that regularly rumble past? Are there stairs that might be difficult for some to navigate? Your guests will respect your upfront transparency. Embrace flexible check in and check out times. This gesture goes a long way to impress a guest. Travel delays are often out of a guest’s control. And sometimes, they may simply need to sleep a bit longer. Go above and beyond what you post in your listing. Surprise your guests with some unique unexpected perks. Those are the kinds of niceties guests will remember.

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Send guests a personalized email a week prior to their arrival. Include a line or two based on the information the guests have shared about themselves when they made the reservation. Mention details such as where to park, if they are driving. Provide information about the house, as well as information about the neighborhood, restaurants and cafes, gyms, and activities. Ask them ahead of time about their food preferences. Are there any dietary restrictions? How do they like their coffee, or do they prefer tea? They will be impressed that you cared to ask, and you will be prepared! Cleanliness is key for good reviews and return guests. Judson’s first step before their first guest was to do a thorough cleaning and decluttering, and then hire a housekeeper to help them keep it that way. “We were fortunate to find a neighbor at Big Lake who was willing to be the housekeeper, as well as the “eyes and ears” for us. This arrangement has made the VRBO experience go very smoothly,” she says.

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Ensure your guests are safe. Be up-todate with smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, escape ladders, if applicable, and non-slip bath mats. Set simple house rules and make them available to guests. These can include your preferences on smoking, pets, quiet hours, and off-limits areas. Leave helpful notes around the house regarding appliances and electronics. Is there a quirky light switch in their room? Is the TV remote challenging? What may seem obvious to you may be confusing to your guests. Decorate your home with interesting art, furniture, and bedding. Use soft, ambient lighting. Incorporate fresh flowers throughout the home. Part of the allure of Airbnb is the experience. Make it exciting! Leave plenty of travel/tourism brochures and magazines out for your guests to peruse. Include menus of popular local restaurants. Discount coupons are also welcome.

Think of everything. The smallest amenities can make the biggest impressions. Ensure there are enough extra blankets. Fill shelves with books and board games. Have an emergency kit available, stocked with an umbrella, a flashlight in case of a power outage, and first aid supplies. Have snacks available for your guests in case they get hungry at odd hours. Include locally-made specialties. Store sample-sized personal essentials in each bathroom. And never, ever run out of toilet paper. If you are able, personally greet guests at the door. Offer refreshments. Homebaked goodies and citrus-infused water or a glass of wine are nice touches. Have soft music playing in the background. Offer to carry their bags to their room. Give them a quick tour of your place. Ask them if they have any questions. You want your guests to be as comfortable as possible.

Use a keyless entry with a code unique to each visit. Let your guests choose the code so they can easily remember it. No worries about lost keys! Your home need not be fancy to be a successful Airbnb property. Just ensure it is clean, comfortable, and uncluttered. If you make each guest feel special, they’ll be back. Or at the very least, they’ll give you a good review and tell their friends about your place. So, do you have the right place and personality to be a success in the world of online vacation rentals? “My advice is to assess your property and determine if it is in a location that people want to visit and has basic amenities to make them comfortable,” Judson says. “If it is somewhere that your own family would like to visit, then probably other people want to go there, too!”

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Straight Answers to Your Questions on Industry and the Environment Is anyone monitoring the air quality in our community? If so, how does it rank?

Industries and regulatory agencies continuously monitor air quality and we are within recommended guidelines.

Air quality in Calcasieu Parish is monitored regularly and meets EPA standards. Part of our air quality ranking is based on ground level ozone. It is created when emissions from cars, lawnmowers, industries, and fuel are exposed to sunlight. Residents and industries contribute to ground level ozone. Industries follow stringent EPA guidelines to remain within recommended standards. Residents in our community can help combat ground level ozone by following these tips: during midday when the sun is the brightest, avoid refueling your vehicle or mowing your lawn; also, combine errands whenever possible to avoid driving during the brightest part of the day. You’d be surprised at the high number of tests and monitoring industry does to comply with our air permits. We do it because it’s good for business but also because we live here, too. With industry and residents working together, ground level ozone in Calcasieu Parish can continue to remain within the recommended guidelines.

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The Perks and Perils of Working from Home Redefining the Morning Commute by Frank DiCesare

The digital age has transformed the American workforce in ways few imagined a generation ago. What began as interoffice email back in the 1990s has evolved to texting and instant messaging from a smartphone. The chirping, buzzing of the fax machine, once an office staple, has been silenced by PDF files that can be edited and signed with a digital signature. Much of this has resulted in the socalled paperless office. Laptop computers, iPads, and smartphones have saved more redwoods along the west coast than all the environmentalists in Seattle, Portland, and Berkeley combined. But the digital age has also left its imprint in the office itself. In fact, as the 20th century came to a close, many businesses and executives wondered if an office would even be needed in the 21st century world. Thus began the work from home era; we’re still in it today. Last year, The New York Times reported 43 percent of Americans spent at least “some time” working from home, a four-percent increase from 2012 to 2016. But no matter how enticing the idea sounds, there are benefits and drawbacks to working from home, and experts say it isn’t for everyone. For those who like their workspace


free of water-cooler gossip, mindless chatter, and office drama, a work-fromhome arrangement might be an attractive alternative. The trade-off for many who prefer the silence and solitude of home (provided they don’t have kids, pets, needy spouses, or a combination thereof ) is the lack of camaraderie with peers. Sure, we all need quiet time to focus, but down time alone after the deadlines are met, day after day, can be a lonely experience. Often you eat your lunches alone in your kitchen. What’s more, workfrom-home employees may miss out on building lasting professional relationships they might need in the future. Working from home also requires a lot of self-discipline, even in your pajamas. You don’t get to sleep in until 9:45 every morning when your colleagues back at the office are logging onto their computers at 8:03 a.m. Indeed, some people with home offices work more efficiently than if they were sitting in the middle of a cubicle farm. But deadlines are still deadlines; Skype meetings begin when they begin; and phone calls often need to be made to get the job done. Successful home workers begin their days on time and work throughout the day, as if they were back at the office. So, if feeling the pressure to get to

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work on time is something you need to get you out of bed in the morning, then working from home might not be for you. The absence of a boss looking over your shoulder can have its pros and cons, too. On one hand, you’re free to work at your own pace and in your own manner. You can focus on getting the job done your way. On the other hand, the absence of your boss’ physical presence means your hard work and, perhaps, the extra hours you put in will go unnoticed. Finally, you don’t have to commute every day. This, of course, will be a money saver in both the short and long-term. But, again, you’ll forfeit time spent with both your boss and colleagues, which could stunt your professional growth. Face time is indeed important in getting ahead in the corporate world. Working from home can be a rewarding experience in many ways, but it’s not for everyone. Before you talk to your boss about work-from-home opportunities, even if it’s only for a day or two each week, make sure its benefits outweigh its disadvantages. Like many aspects of today’s 21st century world, working from home is another lifestyle choice that must be considered carefully, with both eyes opened and focused on productivity and, ultimately, success.

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Where you go to stay in the know! Pinnacle Entertainment’s Louisiana L’Auberge Properties Awarded Prestigious AAA Four Diamond Hotel Rating L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles and L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge have once again earned the coveted AAA Four Diamond rating, ranking them among the nation’s elite hotels with the highest standards of service and world class amenities. Four Diamond hotels account for just 6.1 percent of the more than 27,000 hotels reviewed by AAA. The property opened in 2005 and has since undergone both expansion and renovation of hotel rooms.

Red River Bank opens new business banking center in Lake Charles Red River Bank has continued its expansion into Calcasieu Parish with a new business center in Lake Charles. The bank opened its initial location in Lake Charles in July of 2017 operating as a Loan Production Office on Market Street. The new business center, where all banking services will be conducted, is located at 4112 Lake Street, Suite 200 opened for business in April. The new business center is a full-service branch providing services such as personal & commercial checking & savings account opening, deposits & withdrawals, as well as personal and commercial lending. The next step for Red River Bank will include additional banking centers in the area, and providing mortgage lending and investments services.

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New Surgical Technology Program Earns Regional Accreditation

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The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) granted accreditation to SOWELA’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Surgical Technology program effective June 2018. The program is located at the SOWELA – Morgan Smith Campus in Jennings and is currently accepting applications for the summer term beginning May 21. The Surgical Technology program is designed to train practitioners as Surgical Technologists to meet the needs of local healthcare partners. Students who successfully complete the program are able to make clinical judgements based on current standards and practices within the profession. They perform medical calculations before and during surgical procedures and serve as a member of the surgical team.

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To apply to SOWELA Technical Community College or for more information about this program, contact the Enrollment Services One Stop Office at (337) 421-6550 or visit

Sulphur Hotel Named Best of WINGATE The Wingate By Wyndham in Sulphur announced it has been awarded the annual “Best of WINGATE”, which recognizes the brand’s top performing hotels and their staffs. To be eligible for the award, hotels must demonstrate strong quality scores, outstanding guest reviews and an unwavering commitment to the Wyndham Rewards loyalty program and its members. The Wingate By Wyndham Sulphur is an 82-room hotel and offers complimentary hot

The Louisiana Library Association has announced that Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School Library, under management of Paula Clemmons, Librarian, Enrichment Coordinator, has been named the recipient of the 2018 James O. Modisette Award for Elementary School Libraries. This award honors excellence in Louisiana school library programs and was awarded at the 2018 Annual Conference in March. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in Louisiana school library programs. The award is given annually, when merited, at the annual conference of the Louisiana Library Association.

Alliance for Positive Growth Now Accepting Applications for Inaugural Awards The Alliance for Positive Growth (APG) has announced it will hold its inaugural “Growing Southwest Louisiana Strong” Positive Growth Awards event on August 2, at the Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank in Lake Charles. Guest speaker will be Governor John Bel Edwards. The Positive Growth Awards are a means to recognize those who keep Southwest Louisiana at the forefront of economic development by bringing new, innovative projects to our region while embracing new technologies, positively impacting our local economy and enhancing the overall curb appeal of our communities. Applications are being accepted until June 1, 2018 at 4pm.

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The entry categories include: subdivision, multifamily, mixeduse development, commercial, industrial, institutional, rehabilitation, landscape and public servant. Winning projects will demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics: filling a market niche or bringing a new innovative product to market, curb appeal that enhances an area, project incorporating innovative design and/or construction techniques or applying Smart Growth principles. Criteria and application can be found at www. Event sponsorship opportunities are available with openings remaining at both the Cornerstone and Pillar levels. To become a sponsor e-mail, or call (337) 602-6788.

Oak Crossing Opens New Event Space Southwest Louisiana’s newest venue, The TreeHouse at Oak Crossing just celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting in April. The TreeHouse is a luxurious event venue located at 5656 Nelson Road, Suite C-5, in the magnificent southern style Oak Crossing facility with 4,200 square feet of event space. Positioned amongst the 100 year old oak tree park, with lighted trees, gazebo and state of the art entertainment systems, The TreeHouse is available for banquets, parties, meetings, and a bride’s perfect day. Also included is a private, decorated bridal suite. For more information or to book a tour, call (337) 421-6200.


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Benefits of Collagen Supplements? The Jury is Still Out by Andrea Mongler


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Collagen supplements have grown in popularity in recent years. But what is collagen, and does ingesting it actually have any benefits? Collagen is a protein found throughout your body — in your bones, muscles, tendons, teeth, skin, and hair. It binds your body’s tissues together and helps them keep their strength and stability. But as you age, the amount of collagen in your body decreases, which is one of the reasons why your skin develops lines and wrinkles. As a result, supplement-makers are marketing collagen products as a way to make your skin look younger. Replenish your body’s collagen and you’ll lose the wrinkles, right? Well, maybe not. One problem is that after you ingest collagen, your body breaks it down so that it’s not really collagen anymore. Still, some research shows that collagen supplements are associated with

improved skin elasticity and skin moisture. The research was pretty weak though — taking place in a small number of patients and for a short period of time. When it comes to collagen supplements for your skin, the bottom line is that it’s possible they’re effective, but more studies are needed before we can know for sure. More youthful-looking skin isn’t the only potential benefit of collagen supplements though. Some studies have found lower rates of joint pain in athletes and people with osteoarthritis who took the supplements. But, again, the research was preliminary, and the evidence isn’t strong enough to be sure that the supplements really do reduce pain. If you’re interested in trying collagen supplements, it’s probably safe for you to do so. But talk with your health care provider first, and stop if you experience any side effects.

Also, there are other steps you can take to help reduce the formation of wrinkles. First, if you’re a smoker, quit. And if you’re not, don’t start. Cigarette smoke causes a substantial decrease in the production of new collagen, which is why smokers can end up with more wrinkles on their faces than nonsmokers. Another important step you can take to prevent premature aging of your skin is to protect it from the sun. Too much exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun’s rays also damages collagen. Be sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 when you spend time outdoors. So, yes, it is possible to reduce wrinkle formation, but whether collagen supplements are a good method for doing so is still to be determined. Regardless, remember that wrinkles are a normal part of life as you age, and there’s nothing wrong with having them!



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May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month by Staci Boudreaux

Osteoporosis is a misunderstood disease. The most common misconception about osteoporosis is that it is a normal part of aging. In fact, it is not. May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month, and the perfect opportunity to learn the basics about osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s goal is to educate people about osteoporosis -- how to prevent it, who should take a bone density test, and to help patients with osteoporosis learn about treatment options. You may think osteoporosis only affects older women. But osteoporosis occurs in both men and women, and it can


affect them at ages that may surprise you. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 50% of women and 25% of men will have a broken bone due to osteoporosis at some point in their lifetime. This is a disease that can be easily screened for, prevented, and treated. The problem is there are no symptoms unless you have a fracture. There is no pain or warning signs. Knowledge of who should be screened and when is extremely important. All women 65 years old and older and all men 70 and older should have a bone density test done, and it should be repeated every two years, in most cases. Younger women who have gone through menopause by total hysterectomy or the normal aging process who are not on hormone replacement and/or have other risk factors for osteoporosis should be screened. Men age 50 and older with symptoms of low testosterone and risk factors for osteoporosis should also be screened.

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According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation: • Exercising and eating a healthy diet, including the recommended amount of calcium (in food and supplements if needed) and vitamin D, are essential to help build and maintain bone. However, if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, exercising and eating right are simply not enough. • One broken bone can lead to a series of them, if the underlying cause – osteoporosis – is left untreated. • If you are 50 and older and break a bone, you may think a fall is to blame, but osteoporosis is most likely why your bone was weak enough to break. • Ask your doctor for a bone density test if you find yourself in the recommended screening groups. • If you are over 50 and break a bone, ask for a bone density test.

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Staci Boudreaux is a member of the 2018 National Osteoporosis Foundation Ambassador Leadership Council. Part of her responsibilities is to bring awareness about the seriousness of osteoporosis, who should be screened, and where to find the resources for prevention and treatment. Started in 2009, the Bone Health Central program of Imperial Health in Lake Charles is recognized as part of the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s Professional Partner Network. They are a resource for patients and other medical providers to improve the quality of osteoporosis care. For more information, call the Bone Health Central program directly at 337-721-7270 or visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s website at


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Sleep Stealers for Women by Christine Fisher

Lack of sleep and being female seem to go together. Sleep is affected by the changes that happen throughout a woman’s life, from hormones, to ovulation and pregnancy, and then menopause. The one constant throughout these evolutions seems to be sleep difficulties. In addition to physical changes through the years, sleep is often disturbed due to stress and anxiety; something the mother of any newborn through teen knows all too well, not to mention concern caused by difficulties at work, with finances, and other family members. So, what is a woman to do? Suffer sleepless nights forever? Not at all, says Michelle Zimmerman, nurse practitioner with the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana. “It’s reassuring to know we have techniques, lifestyle adjustments, and medication options that make a difference for women in their quest for quality sleep.”


The recommended sleep guideline for men and women is between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. Studies show that women need slightly more sleep than men, about twenty minutes, to feel optimally rested. “The body is at rest during sleep but the brain is busy. It processes information from the day, sorting it into categories that allow you to retrieve these memories later. It helps cement new information so that we can recall it later,” Zimmerman explains. “In addition, while asleep, the brain clears out toxins that build up during waking hours. Sleep is an essential component of good health, both for the mind and body.” For women who struggle with sleep difficulties, some of the most common sleep stealers are: Decline in estrogen. Hormones are powerful. Ask any woman in the throes of PMS or menopause. These hormonal

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changes can wreak havoc on sleep. When hormone levels spike or drop, such as during the menstrual cycle, during and after pregnancy, and especially around menopause, women may notice more difficulty in falling asleep and staying asleep. In studies of estrogen’s effect on sleep, researchers found that estrogen played a subtle but specific effect on sleep. When estrogen levels were increased, women could fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep longer. Zimmerman says blood tests are routine for sleep consultations and they can show hormone levels that are out of balance. “This helps us identify potential culprits for sleep problems. We can work with the patient and their ob/gyn or family practice physician on hormonal remedies,” she said. Low doses of estrogen have been shown to make a significant difference for women experiencing sleep difficulties. Menopause. One of the most common

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sleep stealers in women is menopause. Many of the symptoms occur during a time called perimenopause. This is the time that precedes menopause when the menstrual cycle becomes irregular; it’s usually during the late 40s and early 50s. During perimenopause, women often have night sweats, hot flashes during the day, and trouble sleeping. As estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone decline, sleep is often affected. According to findings from a 2017 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of perimenopausal women sleep less than seven hours a night, on average. Nearly one quarter of perimenopausal women said they have trouble falling asleep four or more times in a week. “Menopause is a significant life event for women, often affecting their overall quality of life. When sleep is compromised, it’s important to seek help. We work in conjunction with a family physician to get to the source of the problem so that our patients can sleep well,” Zimmerman explains.

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Poor Sleep Hygiene. In many cases, a good night’s sleep requires preparation. Being busy right up until bedtime is not sleep inducing. “If you’re going at top speed at 9:30 at night, it’s going to be difficult for your brain and your body to slow down enough to fall asleep,” Zimmerman says. “In order for a woman to maintain a great quality of life, continue performing well at work, and nurture valuable relationships, she needs to sleep well. If that isn’t happening, it helps to talk with a sleep specialist about any sleep troubles that are occurring.” For more information, call the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana at (337) 310-REST or 7378, or visit

A few ideas to encourage restful sleep include: Promote a soothing evening. Turn off overhead lights about an hour before bed and use lamplight instead. Take a warm bath or shower, listen to soft music, and avoid exercise before bedtime. Turn the thermostat lower. Making the bedroom cooler than usual is often more comfortable.

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Give yourself time to fall asleep. Don’t give up in frustration within a few minutes; it usually takes about fifteen to twenty minutes to fall asleep. Scan your body for relaxation. Start at your head and go through your major body parts -pay attention to them, notice if you’re tense, and relax those muscles as you move throughout your body. Chances are, you won’t make it to your toes before you’re asleep.

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Be on the Lookout for Sneaky Stroke Symptoms

Most people are familiar with the classic warning signs of stroke – slurred or difficult speech, one-sided facial drooping, and weakness or paralysis on one side. These are all good to know, but May is National Stroke Awareness Month and we want you to be aware of the possible not-so-obvious symptoms for stroke. Stroke can present itself in numerous ways. Because it is so critical to be treated for stroke quickly to prevent brain damage, long-term disabilities, even death, it is important to familiarize yourself with stroke’s more subtle signs. Stroke can affect many different parts of the body and the symptoms can easily be mistaken for other maladies. Here are some key indicators that you may need medical help quickly:

F. A. S. T.

In a stroke situation, the brain is not getting enough blood and oxygen, either due to bleeding in the brain or a blood clot slowing or stopping blood to the brain. It is imperative to get treatment as quickly as possible to reverse the situation. Follow the acronym FAST: Face: Smile and see if one side of the face droops. Arms: Raise both arms. Does one arm drop down? Speech: Say a short phrase and check for slurred or strange speech. Time: If the answer to any of these is yes, call 911 right away and write down the time when symptoms started.

• Difficulty walking, muscle weakness or stiffness, problems with balance or coordination. • Dizziness, blurred or double vision, rapid involuntary eye movements, loss of vision in one or both eyes. • Numbness or a pins-and-needles feeling. • Difficulty swallowing, nausea, vomiting, fever, hiccups. • Sudden and severe headache, brief loss of consciousness. • Confusion or problems with comprehension.


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Fact or Fiction? Varicose Vein myths you shouldn’t believe by Haley Armand Tarasiewicz

Nobody wants them, but about 60 percent of the American population has them—varicose veins. The purple and occasionally bulging lines on your legs and ankles are a result of the vein disease venous insufficiency. Veins become dilated and twist making it difficult to stand, walk, work, or enjoy your favorite activities. “Your legs contain a network of veins responsible for carrying blood back to your heart,” says Dr. Fastabend, founder and medical director of the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana, an affiliate of Imperial Health. “Vein disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing from the legs back to the heart become damaged or diseased, leading to a progression of symptoms.” How do you know if you have varicose veins? Depending on the individual person, symptoms may vary from intense soreness to no pain at all. Common signs include leg pain or aching, heaviness in legs, itching around veins and leg swelling. If left untreated, varicose veins can become a serious medical issue and may cause blood clots or may bleed significantly. So what causes varicose veins in the first place? Many people think they know, but there are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation about this vascular condition.


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To help you learn the facts, Dr. Fastabend addresses some common myths about varicose veins and treatment: Myth: Varicose veins are only a cosmetic issue. Fact: Many people think varicose veins are only a cosmetic issue, when oftentimes they can be much more than that. Varicose veins can lead to heaviness, throbbing, cramping, swelling of legs, severe dryness and itchiness of the skin. People with varicose veins are also at an increased risk for a dangerous type of blood clot known as deep vein thrombosis. Get to the root cause of your varicose veins. It’s not just about the aesthetics. Myth: Varicose veins are strictly a women’s issue. Fact: While varicose veins are more common in women, men get them too. Nearly 50 percent of men have visible varicose veins, but they don’t often seek treatment. Men should be just as vigilant when it comes to taking care of their circulatory systems. Myth: Varicose veins are an inevitable part of aging. Fact: Age has little to do with varicose veins. The cause of varicose veins is primarily genetic. While aging worsens them, young people can get them too. In fact, symptoms of vein disease can appear as early as in your 20s.

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Myth: Running can cause varicose veins. Fact: Exercise, including running, is a good thing for your veins! Exercise is always good for circulation. Being more physically active and maintaining a healthy weight can improve and potentially prevent varicose veins. For individuals with varicose veins already, compression stockings can help prevent blood from pooling in your lower legs during exercise. Myth: Recovery after varicose vein treatment is difficult. Fact: Newer treatments and procedures can be performed in the office within 30 minutes with no down time. Patients can usually return to work and resume daily activities the same day. The Vein Center is offering a free vein screening on June 4. Call 337-312-VEIN for more information or to schedule your appointment.

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Simple Ways to See Better May is Healthy Vision Month If you want to see clearly into your future, you may want to change your diet, develop an exercise regimen, buy a new pair of shades, and throw out the salt, among other things. According to ophthalmologist Virgil Murray IV, MD, with The Eye Clinic, people have more control over their eye health than they may think. Although patients hear a steady stream of information about how to keep their hearts, brains and internal systems healthy, they may not realize that there are also several things they can do to maintain healthy eyes and good vision throughout their lifetime. “Although there are some aspects of our eye health that are results of uncontrollable factors, such as genetics or trauma, there are definitely things we can do to keep our eyesight functioning as effectively as possible,” says Dr. Murray. He offers these guidelines:

Quit Smoking. It’s a well-known fact that smoking can contribute to cancer, heart disease and stroke, but smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.

Protect Your Eyes. There are some obvious instances where eyes need to be protected – during certain work-related tasks, such as welding or carpentry, for example, but many people underestimate the need to protect their eyes from less apparent threats, such as swimming pools, yard work, and the sun. Buy sunglasses that block harmful UV rays. “If possible, you want to filter as much as 99 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Anti-UV coatings are available not only for sunglasses, but regular glasses as well,” Dr. Murray says. In addition, wear protective goggles when swimming and protective eyewear when doing yardwork around the home – those aren’t just for the workplace.

Take a Break. If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink, and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.


Clean Contact Lenses Properly. To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as recommended. Remove Eye Makeup. If your eye makeup isn’t properly removed, it can find its way into the eye, which can damage the cornea. The cornea is the dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. As the eye’s outermost layer, it can be sensitive to foreign objects and can become scratched.

Eat Eye-Friendly foods. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut. “Also, reduce your salt intake,” says Dr. Murray. “Salt has been found to increase

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a person’s risk of cataracts and can also have an adverse effect on blood pressure, which can also affect your eye health.” Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes and other conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor. Know your family’s eye health history. Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition. Dr. Murray says to be sure to share this information with your eye doctor. Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy but visiting your eye doctor for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. “Many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs,” says Dr. Murray. “A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their earlier, more treatable, stages.” For more information about any eye condition, or to schedule an appointment, call The Eye Clinic nearest your, or visit

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Lake Charles Memorial Health System to Open

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Lake Charles Memorial Health System held a ribbon cutting last month for its new $19 million behavioral health hospital in South Lake Charles. Robert Prehn, Vice President, Memorial Specialty Hospital, says many people in the general community aren’t aware how serious the problem of mental illness and behavioral health in America is today. The National Association for Mental Illness estimates that one in four Americans will suffer a debilitating mental illness at some point in their lives. In this country, every 16.2 seconds, somebody commits suicide. In Louisiana, the increase of opioidrelated deaths last year went up 84% over the prior year. There are more active opioid prescriptions in Louisiana than there are residents in Louisiana. Yet, we now have half a million fewer inpatient psychiatric beds than we did in 1955. In Louisiana, we currently have only 7% of the psychiatric beds we had in 1955. “It was this need in the community that drove our decision to build this facility to serve the community,” said Prehn.


In a time when health systems around the country are shuttering their behavioral health programs, Memorial is investing in this much needed service. A team of architects and medical staff took a year designing the new hospital by looking at some of the best facilities in the nation. Every detail of the design has a function and a purpose to provide the best care to patients. Psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer, Jr, made a major donation towards the new hospital through the Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial. The facility’s official name is the Archer Institute at Lake Charles Memorial Health System to honor Dr. Archer’s legacy as a leader and mental health advocate in Southwest Louisiana. The first phase is set to accept patients by June. It consists of two units: a 28-bed adult unit and a 14bed adolescent unit. The current adult unit on the 10th floor of Memorial’s main campus has been converted to a 30-bed medical psychiatric unit for patients who also require medical care. Two other phases will be added

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in the future: two additional 28 bed units and a medical office building for outpatient programs. When all phases are completed, a total of 65,000 square feet and 102 beds will be available to treat the behavioral health needs of Southwest Louisiana. Patients will no longer need to go to the emergency room to access behavioral health services. They will be able to go directly to the new hospital and receive a free assessment and recommendation on the type of treatment they may need, whether that is outpatient care, day program, or inpatient hospitalization. The last time a freestanding mental health hospital was built in Louisiana was in 1970. Dr. Archer said it’s a huge plus for the state of Louisiana and for the City of Lake Charles. “It speaks to the fact that Lake Charles is leading the charge which I think will trickle down to the rest of the country. We are the first in Louisiana, and by golly, we’re going to the best.” The Archer Institute is located at 6713 Nelson Road.

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Solutions for Life

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

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Dear Keri, My husband and I are arguing about an issue involving our son, who is a senior this year. Is it better for parents to let kids go off to college or try to keep them at home while they start school? I don’t know if my son is ready to live on his own, away from home, and deal with all the temptations of campus life. I’d like him to live at home and go to college. My husband thinks I just want to keep taking care of him and that the only way he will become an adult is to get out of town. What do you think and what are parents supposed to do? Dear Fabulous Letter-Writing Reader, First, thank you so much for writing in! I’m always so excited to write about topics I know are pertinent to our readers. The odd thing is that it perfectly matches the column I was already writing this month. See if it answers your questions:


So, you’re little bird is about the leave the nest. Fly the coop. Get shoved out the door. Ah, yes, a whole gaggle of newly-graduatedSeniors-now-College-Freshmen have managed to 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. Here are some suggestions for both parents and children regarding college: Parents, 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 now, 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 is going to care if they come to class, much less if they do their homework. It is up to the student to get whatever he can out of college – there will be no handholding. 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 the kids deal with the natural consequences of their decisions. For example, forgetting your

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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 their 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! 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 their own bills – car insurance, cell phone, clothes and toiletries (at least a portion), etc. Know the basics of running a household. Every child (boy or girl) 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 supper 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 or all pink clothes.) So, there is Keri’s basic primer for parents of college-bound kids. Next month I’ll be giving the kids my opinions on what their focus needs to be. See you next month!

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McNeese Announces 2018 Spring Court

McNeese State University students, Thaddeus Richard, a psychology senior from Eunice, and Rachel Zachary, a political science Thaddeus Richard and Rachel senior from Sulphur, Zachary have been selected as Mr. and Miss McNeese on the 2018 Spring Court. Richard is the son of Thaddeus and Tricia Richard. He is treasurer of the Student Government Association, a Blue and Gold Peerleader and a past president of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He was nominated by Pi Kappa Phi. Zachary is the daughter of Stan and Beverly Zachary. She is a member of Phi Mu sorority, president of the Chi Psi chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha Society and vice president of both the McNeese College Republicans and the Pre-Law and Politics Society. She was nominated by the Pre-Law and Politics Society. Other court members are: Khristian Anthony, Sulphur, Camille Boullion, Lake Charles, Danielle John, Sulphur, and Raygan Suarez, Sulphur, seniors; Sydney Broussard, Hackberry, Stephan Fontenot, Lake Charles, Gunnar Goodwin, Lake Charles, and Shay Walker, Lacassine, juniors; Jacob Guidry, Lake Charles, and Carlee Smith, Nederland, Texas, sophomores; and Caroline Hardy, Lacassine, and Gavin Nettles, Lake Charles, freshmen.

McNeese Names 2018-2019 Honors College Recipients

Twenty-eight students have been selected for the McNeese State University Honors College for the 2018-2019 academic year, according

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to Dr. Scott Goins, honors college director. Founded in 2000, the McNeese Honors College is designed to attract students with strong academic records who desire an alternative course of instruction at the college level. The Honors College provides scholarships that cover tuition and fees, a housing stipend, a meal plan and an allowance for books, as well as providing many educational opportunities. Criteria for admission includes: an excellent high school record with a minimum GPA of 3.4; a composite score of 27 or higher on the ACT or a combined reading and math score of 1210 on the SAT; a written essay and an interview with the Honors College Admissions Committee; three letters of recommendation; and acceptance by McNeese for enrollment in the fall 2018 semester. The Honors College students are as follows: Shelby Powell, DeRidder; Katie Mhire, Grand Chenier; Benjamin Martin, Jackson Person and Richard Robicheaux, Jennings; Claire Adams, Alexis Bauer, Sarah Coker, Kaylee Cormier, Jake Fontenot, Katelyn Foreman, Barbara Joy Fuqua, Patrick Juneau II, William Kemink, Toby Newell, Victoria O’Quinn and Maggie Rowland, Lake Charles; Gordan Brant Boone, Leesville; Michaela Carroll and Cullen Johnson, Pitkin; Abigail Fruge, Brianda Rubi Gill and Joseph Terro, Sulphur; Madison Novak, Hamshire, Texas; Kaylee Kaufman, Orange, Texas; Alayis Seneca, The Woodlands, Texas; Cederic Demoulin, Salzburg, Austria; and Ghalib Siaka, Lagos, Nigeria.

2018 McNeese Engineering Banquet Awards

Several McNeese State University students and a faculty member were recognized by the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the 2018 Engineering Banquet.

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Engineering students receiving awards were: Jennifer Doucet, from Grand Coteau, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Award recognizing a mechanical engineering junior for academic and professional excellence; Erin Bryson, from Lake Charles, Association for Computing Machinery Award for academic excellence and student leadership; Huanrong (Faye) Ouyang, from China, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award given to a chemical engineering student with the highest GPA; Saurabh Basnet, from Nepal, the Fugro South Award given to a civil engineering student who has excelled in geotechnical studies; Mason Knighton, from Lake Charles, American Society of Civil Engineers Award given to a civil engineering student for outstanding achievement and commitment to the ASCE student chapter; and Brandon Lewis, from Lake Charles, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Award recognizing a senior electrical engineering student for exceptional student leadership and academic excellence. Dr. Zhuang Li, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was named the 2018 recipient of the O.C. Karkalits Faculty Excellence Award sponsored by the McNeese Industrial Advisory Board. This award – named in honor of the late Dr. O.C. Karkalits who served 34 years as the college’s first dean - is given to a faculty member from the College of Engineering and Computer Science who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship or service, positively impacted students, colleagues and the McNeese community, and has contributed to the goals and mission of the college. The IAB includes representatives from area local industries that provide support and assistance to the college.



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May 2018

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