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In This Issue

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4 Flu Season Forecast

2 2 By the Numbers

6 Growing Pains: Surviving the In-Between Haircut

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8 Managing Diabetes at Work 1 2 The Recession Lesson

Spooky Halloween Special Section 24 Fall Home and Garden Section 14

3 0 How to Have Fabulous Fall Skin 32 Fall Allergies In Season

3 6 Fighting the Cyber Schoolyard 0 Cover Story: 4 Tracing Your Ancestry

4 2 Aging and Your Eyes 46 Relocating? Make a Smooth Move 48 Take Pain Off Your Shoulders

5 0 How to Be Vegan in Southwest Louisiana 5 6 New Bone Density Screening Guidelines

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The event officially opened the Bord du Lac Marina and Lakefront Promenade. Other projects resulting from the referendum are still in the works, but the primary landmark – the lakefront – is now open to pedestrian traffic. “The promenade and marina are testimony to the grit and determination of our people here in Southwest Louisiana and that is what makes this area such a great place to work and live,” Mayor Roach said. Thousands of local residents attended the grand opening celebration, which included live music, food vendors and entertainment.

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“The Promenade is going to serve as a beginning for great things to come. It will serve as a catalyst to entice investors to come and establish businesses that will strengthen our economy and broaden our tax base,” City Councilman Rodney Geyen said.

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Councilman Stuart Weatherford called the promenade and marina “top-notch projects” that “not only enhance our Lakefront and our quality of life but also serve as a catalyst for future private development. This investment sets the table for the type of development that will be attractive to young adults as they start and continue their careers and will enhance the growth of Southwest Louisiana.” Further improvements will include renovations to Bord du Lac Park and Amphitheater, enhancements to the Ryan Street Pithon Coulee Bridge, a Gill Street extension and downtown streetscapes.


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Three years ago voters approved a referendum to help fund a massive renaissance of downtown Lake Charles. The results of that city-wide vote and months of planning and tweaking by city officials and developers was officially unveiled on Saturday, Sept. 18, with the public lakefront development ribbon cutting. According to Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach, this ribbon-cutting is the most important lakefront event since the opening of the Lake Charles Civic Center in 1972.

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Flu Season Forecast After months of summer heat and humidity, most people are more than ready for a seasonal change. But the welcome arrival of fall also marks the beginning of another not-so-welcome time of year: flu season. Perhaps no flu season in recent memory has been as hyped and distressing as last year’s, when swine flu (H1N1) infected millions and vaccine shortages led to long lines and frustration. Fortunately, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), this year’s flu season is not expected to be as severe as last year’s. The latest vaccine – which protects against three strains of flu virus expected to circulate in months ahead, including the H1N1 virus – is already available with no shortages anticipated. Todd Peavy, MD, family medicine specialist with The Clinic, says forecasting the flu season from year to year is always a challenge. “Flu is unpredictable, but we had an active season last year, so many people may have developed immunity to the current virus strains, which is likely to help us this year.” The flu season officially starts this month, typically peaks in January, February, and March, and winds down in May. The CDC has already had some reports of cases in other parts of the country. “That means we may have an active beginning to this year’s season, which will hopefully encourage more people to get vaccinated,” says Dr. Peavy.

Since the flu spreads mainly through direct contact with droplets in the air like those produced by coughing or sneezing, Dr. Peavy says in addition to getting the vaccine, you can also lower your risk of flu if you wash your hands frequently, keep your hands off your face, and cover your cough—ideally with a tissue or by coughing into the crook of your arm, rather than your hands. Getting enough sleep is also important to keep your immune system strong. If our forecast is accurate and we do experience a milder flu season, Dr. Peavy says it’s important to remember there can be serious risks associated with the flu. In a typically season, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population is infected, according to the CDC, causing an estimated 200,000 hospitalizations and anywhere from 3,300 to 49,000 deaths annually. The flu can also lead to ear infections, sinus infections, and pneumonia. “For elderly people, newborn babies, and people with certain chronic illnesses, such as cancer or heart problems, the flu and its complications can even be life-threatening,” says Dr. Peavy. Vaccination is particularly important for high-risk groups, but this year, for the first time, the CDC is recommending vaccination for everyone six months and older— not just the medically vulnerable. Since infants six months and under can’t be vaccinated, their entire family—and their caregivers—should get the shot.

He explains that the flu vaccine’s effectiveness varies each year and depends on two things: the CDC’s prediction and the strength of a person’s immune system. The vaccine reduces the likelihood of you getting the flu by 70 to 90 percent, according to the CDC, and even if you do get the flu after getting the immunization, your illness is likely to be much less severe than if you had not been vaccinated.

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Dr. Peavy says many people mistakenly assume the flu vaccine can “wear off” if they get it too early. “There’s no advantage to waiting. The sooner you get it, the sooner you’re protected. If you get the vaccine now, you’ll still be protected the entire flu season.” He explains that it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide its full protection. “That’s why it’s never too late to get vaccinated, which is another common misconception. Some people think that if they didn’t get it by November or December, it’s too late. That’s not true. It’s worth getting the shot even toward the end of flu season, because protection develops quickly.”

Responsible Disposal of

Medication by Christine Fisher

When the prescription says “take as needed” there’s a chance that the medication will expire before it’s all gone. When that happens, it’s natural to consider throwing it in the trash; but that may cause more problems. Pets or even children have ingested medications that were thrown away. So, what is the proper way to dispose of unused or expired medication? Flushing them down the toilet is not always the best option, according to Damian France, R.Ph., director of pharmacy at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “For many years, people flushed old medicines, thinking they were being responsible so the pills wouldn’t get in the hands of children or anyone else other than the person with the prescription.” Do not flush drugs down the toilet or drain unless the patient information leaflet or label specifically states to dispose of the medication in that way. Now we know that trace amounts of medications that have been flushed can actually seep into community water systems. Tests show the levels are miniscule and not a threat, but pharmacies do not advise flushing medications. There are a few exceptions; mainly dealing with pain medications. These drugs are especially harmful to children, pets or anyone taking them incorrectly. A list is available on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, “Another common question is what to do with medications when a loved one passes away,” said France. “Older adults, especially, tend to have many prescription medicines and the families are often left wondering how to handle them.” Since WCCH also has an outpatient pharmacy, dispensing a large number of medications each month, they’ve received many calls about proper disposal methods. To dispose of prescription drugs that are not labeled to be flushed, France advises this method: • Take the prescription pills out of their original containers. • Mix the pills with an undesirable substance, like used coffee grounds or cat litter. • Put this mixture into a disposable container, such as an old butter bowl or sour cream container. • Throw this into the trash.

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“The idea is to make the pills difficult to get to. Even if someone digs through trash, they likely won’t pick through something unpleasant,” explained France. “Putting them in coffee grounds or kitty litter masks the smell so pets won’t mistake them for food. Another reason for this is it simply makes the pills undesirable. If a pill is just sitting on a pile of paper and boxes, a child might mistake it for candy and since it’s relatively clean, they may be tempted to taste it. Making them less appealing will make the pills harder to find, but most importantly, it will help prevent accidental ingestion by pets and children.” To dispose of the medication bottles, remove the label, if possible. If removal isn’t possible, black out all personal information with a black permanent marker or duct tape. “Most people are responsible about taking their medication. They follow the dosage instructions carefully, but then toss the pills in the trash when they’ve expired. Depending on the type of medication, those pills could be deadly to someone else,” said France. “Children are naturally curious, and many have ended up in the ER when they took pills they weren’t supposed to. Properly disposing of them is the final step in being responsible with medications.”


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Growing Pains Getting Your Hair from Here to There

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by Erin K. Cormier

Fall isn’t just the season of autumn leaves and holidays. For many women, it’s also the season when they outgrow their short summer hair. Growing out a short, stylish haircut is a challenge. As your hair grows, the sleek look you paid for in the summer enters a challenging in-between stage where it’s not too long, not too short and not too cooperative. For some, the long and tedious waiting game is too much. For others, it means weeks of agonizing bad hair days. But it doesn’t have to be this way, according to Kathleen Bourgeois, owner of Salon Utopia 2 at 532 Alamo Street. “When you’re growing out your hair, the relationship you have with your stylist is very important. There’s usually a really weird length that women struggle with if they’re going from a short cut to a long one – it’s somewhere around shoulderlength, when the hair starts flipping up when you don’t want it to. It’s not short enough, but not long enough either. It may be long enough to do an upsweep, but you don’t want to wear a ponytail every day,” Bourgeois said. “This is the time to talk to your stylist and ask questions so you don’t get completely bored and frustrated with your hair.” The process of growing out your hair may seem simple. Just let it grow. Right? Wrong. Believe it or not, there is an art to going from short to long – or even long to longer – if you want to stay stylish and clean-cut along the way.

Here are a few tips from Bourgeois and Salon Utopia 2: Don’t neglect trimmings. Just because you’re letting your hair grow doesn’t

mean you can forgo all haircuts. As your hair gets longer, it begins to split from the bottom up – a familiar phenomenon known as “split ends.” If you don’t get the split ends trimmed, they’ll only get worse. Instead of a millimeter of split ends to trim, you’ll wind up with an inch of split ends to cut – which basically neglects your whole purpose. A trim is not the same as a haircut so don’t get them confused, Bourgeois said. All a trimming does is snip the unhealthy ends so your hair can continue to grow healthily. Split ends are also in danger of becoming dead ends – those little white balls at the tail of the strand that causes it to break off completely. If you maintain trimmings as you should, you probably won’t even notice any difference in length, Bourgeois added.

Don’t cut it too frequently. Women who are accustomed to having short hair

often develop a habit of seeing their hair stylist every four to six weeks. It can be a hard habit to break, but if you’re growing it out, you probably don’t need to maintain the style so faithfully. Push your appointments back by a week or two and settle for trimmings instead so you can keep your shape and look forward to length at the same time.


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Talk to your stylist. Ask questions. Ideally, you would have a comfortable relationship and good rapport. Every head of hair is different so it’s difficult to make blanket statements about hair dos and don’ts, Bourgeois said. For more information on how to survive growing pains, or to make an appointment, call Salon Utopia 2 at 436-7756. Photos by Jason Hardesty

If you have a highly styled short haircut – a bob, for example – ask your stylist about getting maintenance cuts. Bourgeois described them

as “halfway appointments” – a dry snip-up that occurs between real appointments so the style doesn’t go completely astray. It doesn’t take much for highly styled short dos to start looking unruly, so half-appointments might be a wise option. Many stylists offer maintenance trims for free or at reduced cost.

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biggest “growing pains” is living through point A, where your hair started, and point B, the length you want it to get. It can be an exercise in patience. But just because you’re letting your locks grow doesn’t mean you have to settle for mediocre. If you’re bored with your hair, consider subtle coloring, like soft lowlights or highlights that don’t need much maintenance. It’s possible to get highlights that grow out with your hair, according to Bourgeois. Another way to kick ho-hum hair is to get layers or other texture incorporated into your existing cut. That way you can keep the length but do something different. Bangs are another hotbed of hairstyle statements – you can change your look drastically just by changing your bangs.


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Diabetes Management at Work

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Work can be stressful. Dealing with the demands of pretty much any type of job can tax a person’s patience and stamina. For people with diabetes, workplace stress can be one more thing to juggle. Regardless of the additional strain, there are millions of diabetics who don’t let the ups and downs of the disease get in the way of their careers, and according to health experts, it’s all about managing the unexpected. “The better you’re able to control blood sugar fluctuations, the better off you’ll be,” said Amanda LaComb, MD, family medicine physician in Jennings. “Maintaining glucose at the recommended levels will help avoid long-term damage that high glucose levels can cause, such as kidney or eye problems, or circulation complications. Preventing glucose spikes or dips allow diabetics to concentrate on their job, instead of how they feel.” Drops in blood sugar can cause dizziness, confusion, and nervousness, affecting job performance. Symptoms of high blood sugar aren’t as readily noticed, but may include increased thirst, frequent urination, and fatigue. Dr. LaComb said getting educated on what causes blood sugar levels to rise and fall is important in being able to manage them. “What you eat, when you eat it, how much you eat, how often you exercise, how diligent you are about taking medication; all these things greatly impact how successful a person is at managing diabetes.” She said once these things are under control, then having diabetes shouldn’t become a hindrance on the job.

injectable medicine that can raise blood sugar in an emergency. Always carry it with you,” advised Dr. LaComb. Also, the ADA requires employers to “reasonably accommodate” limitations imposed by an individual’s disability. The good news is that accommodations for people with diabetes are easy and minimal. Allowing employees a few minutes to check glucose levels, self-administer medications and eat or drink to maintain healthy blood sugar levels should meet the needs of most employees who have diabetes. Dr. LaComb suggested these tips for managing diabetes on the job: • Keep a supply of hard candies to use during a meeting if blood sugar drops. • Take care of your health. Nutrition, exercise and getting enough sleep are crucial to maintaining a grip on diabetes. • Stay hydrated throughout the day. • Office parties usually involve sugary foods. Participate without overloading on sweets by keeping portions small. Eating some type of protein, like nuts or cheese, will help curb the effect of the sugar. “You can always politely decline to eat and enjoy socializing instead,” Dr. LaComb said.” • Portable snacks, like protein bars, are handy when you need to work late or a meal gets delayed. Above all, don’t fall into the trap that diabetes has to limit your success. “Many diabetics are successful business people. Characteristics that make a good business person – being detail-oriented, having a long-range view, and good organization skills – are also helpful when managing diabetes. Learn all you can about it, have regular checkups, and maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. LaComb. Once diabetes is managed, you can go about trying to manage the work day. That may prove even more challenging. For more information on diabetes, call Dr. LaComb’s office in Jennings at (337) 824-8868.

Some diabetics are able to control their glucose levels through diet alone, others take medication. Either way, making time for regular meals is important, particularly breakfast. “Your body is coming out of an eight-hour fast. Jumping into your busy day without giving it energy and nutrition is asking too much,” Dr. LaComb said. Breakfast foods like whole-grain cereal, fruits, fat-free yogurt, eggs, whole-wheat bagels, for instance, provide fiber and protein to keep blood sugar steady for several hours. Preparing ahead of time to avoid fluctuations in blood sugar is key to good diabetes management. Bringing healthy snacks and having a job-friendly meal plan will allow employees to focus on their job, not on their blood sugar. At some point, most diabetics will need to check their blood sugar at work. A small finger prick will get enough blood for the credit card-sized machine to give a reading. “The instruments needed to check blood sugar are quite small. The results are ready within seconds, so it shouldn’t disrupt work flow,” said Dr. LaComb. For those who require medication to manage diabetes, the long-lasting insulin can minimize the number of injections needed over the course of the day. Aside from the health influence, diabetics may wonder how they are perceived by their colleagues and employers. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits potential employers from asking specific health questions during an interview. Once on the job, though, many diabetics find it helpful to let their boss and close colleagues know. “It’s good for them to know the symptoms that occur when blood sugar dips too low, so they can help should an emergency occur. Glucagon is an


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d n i M r u o Y Relieve Stress Your Body to

ADOPT A SHELTER DOG MONTH October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests people who are looking for “man’s best friend” to check out the millions of dogs at local shelters across the country. However, responsible pet ownership requires more than simply agreeing to take an animal into your life; the potential adopter should be ready to make a commitment that will enhance the lives of both the human and the animal. According to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services, potential adopters should prepare for their new pet ahead of time and determine how they will introduce their newest companion to the rest of the family. Adopters should also be aware of the costs associated with pet ownership, and the patience involved in training pets to be housebroken, obedient and otherwise well-behaved companions. With nearly 10 million animals entering local shelters across the country each year the Adopt a Shelter Dog Month helps focus attention on the pet overpopulation problem, according to the ASPCA. For information on local dogs available for adoption, visit the department of animal services at 5500-A Swift Plant Road, visit or call 721-3730.

Exercise Your Way Beyond Stress

Everyone knows that exercise provides tremendous benefits – cardiovascular health, weight loss, strength and flexibility, among others. But in spite of this, when the hectic demands of daily life pile up, exercise is often one of the first things to be crossed off the “to do” list. “In reality, it should be the last,” says Chase Gary, exercise specialist with Dynamic Dimensions of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “It’s actually at these times – when you are feeling most overwhelmed – that you need exercise the most to help your body cope with the added stress in your life.” Studies have found that people who exercise regularly aren’t just more physically fit than those who don’t, they’re also happier and less stressed overall. Exercising just 30 minutes several times a week can relieve general anxiety and stress, and can be an effective treatment for more serious conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, according to a recent study conducted at the University of Colorado. Numerous research studies from the American Council on Exercise have also found exercise to be one of the most effective methods of stress relief, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Association endorses exercise as a way to reduce stress. Gary says that from a broad perspective, exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which gives you more energy every day, but he adds that exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits, including:

Release of endorphins. Physical activity helps increases the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner’s high, a session on the treadmill or an invigorating game of tennis can produce the same response.

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After a workout, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations as you concentrated on your body’s movements and achieving your goal. Gary says this focus on a single task often helps all the other stressors in your life fall into place. “Exercise gives your body and your mind a renewed sense of positive focus and clarity.”

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Mood Improvement. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms

associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise also can improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All this can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of control over your body and your life.

Physical Fitness. Exercise improves cardiovascular function by strengthening and enlarging

the heart, causing greater elasticity of the blood vessels, increasing oxygen throughout your body, and lowering your blood levels of fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides. “Having a healthy cardiovascular system improves the body’s innate physical ability to manage stress, minimizing the negative effects stress can have on these this same system,” Gary says. “So in addition to reducing stress, exercise also decreases your risk of developing heart conditions, strokes, or high blood pressure. It’s really a win-win for your mind and your body.” The good news is that you don’t need to become a fitness fanatic to reap the stress-relief benefits of exercise. If you’re new to exercise, research has shown that as little as 10 minutes a day reduces stress and anxiety, and promotes a general sense of well-being.

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While different forms of exercise have different benefits, Gary explains there is no single exercise for stress relief. It all depends on your individual skills and interests. “Any type of physical activity that helps you unwind-- from aerobics to weightlifting -- can act as a stress reliever. Whatever you do, don’t think of exercise as just one more thing on your to-do list. Find an activity you enjoy and make it part of your regular routine. And although your schedule may necessitate some juggling to work in your workout, it’s important to make regular exercise a priority in your life. This is one added ‘to-do’ that will take away, not add to, your stress.”

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The Recession Lesson

How the economy has affected college students

“Unfortunately, our troubled economic times have contributed to a surprising increase in debt among college students. Over the past two years credit card debt has increased 60 percent and student-loan debt has increased 85 percent,” McDaniel said. “Although borrowing money should be considered a last resort, student loan debt can turn into a wise investment in the long run, but credit card debt can be troublesome without responsible money management skills.” by Erin K. Cormier

Adults who have lived through the school of hard knocks often view young college students as potentially naïve consumers who don’t appreciate the greater lessons of life, but recent statistics indicate that today’s young 20-somethings not only recognize the negative personal impact of a rocky economy, but understand that they have to make changes to their own behavior to offset it. According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, 93 percent of American college students feel that the recession has directly affected their lives. Just two years ago, they had a relatively optimistic view of their financial future, but research now shows that the economic downswing has tweaked their confidence in their own ability to maintain control over their finances. The drop in confidence is a staggering 19 percent, research shows. “People of traditional college age – upper teens and early 20s – are still developing their financial outlook, so it’s not surprising that their confidence levels would drop considerably as a result of the economic recession. They’re watching the effects of this downturn on their friends and family, and many of them may feel like they don’t have much control over what happens financially. A disconnect exists between the greater economy and their personal economy,” said Lyles McDaniel, Senior Vice President with Cameron State Bank. “The fact that their life skills are maturing during such a stressful economic period will likely affect their financial behavior for years to come. We’re already seeing that they’ve changed their habits, for better or worse.” Ninety-five percent of the college students surveyed said they changed their personal money management in response to the recession. The benefit of these changes is mixed, McDaniel said. Budgeting increased by 3 percent, which is promising; on the other end of the spectrum, however, students are increasingly using one credit card to pay off another, which is “rarely, if ever, a good idea,” according to McDaniel. If you find yourself paying off debt with credit cards, it may be time to seek the help of a legitimate and reputable debt-counseling service, or the advice of a financial professional from your local bank, McDaniel said. He noted that because of an increase in debt-counseling scams – particularly those that promise to pay off your debt in a limited amount of time – consumers should check with the Better Business Bureau before securing the services of a credit counseling agency.

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The Parenting Influence

College students are still largely dependent on their parents for their financial security. Eighty percent live on their parents’ dime as they go through school. Although this doesn’t shelter young adults from economic stress, it does give parents an opportunity to have an effect on their children’s financial attitudes, according to McDaniel. Here are a few tips on how parents can use influence to their advantage: • Don’t be afraid to discuss your own experiences, or those of people you know, to illustrate how poor or sound financial decisions can have a ripple effect on quality of life. • Develop a budget together. • Don’t become a “bail-out.” Naturally there will be times when you may need to help your children or other family members out of a rut, but when it comes to parenting a capable adult, there is a difference between being a temporary helping hand and a permanent fail-safe source of bail-out funds. “The best approach is to budget together and discuss financial goals and attitudes before it comes to that,” McDaniel said. “If parents feel like they’re coming to the rescue more often than they should, it’s time to sit down and have an honest discussion. This is particularly true these days, when more and more children over the age of thirty are moving back with their parents.” • Be a good role model. Hopefully you are making smart financial decisions. If so, talk about them. • Encourage their professional success. For many Americans, finding a job is much harder than it was 10 years ago. Help your young adult forge a career path by assisting with resume creation, interview skills, and job-searching techniques. If possible, offer to pay for courses or seminars that could help beef up their resume and take them with you when you attend networking events.

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Research further indicates that money woes can erode the mental and physical well-being of college students. There was a 78 percent rise in students who have postponed health care because of financial problems. Students also described feeling stressed about their parents potentially losing their jobs, an increase in tuition coupled with a decrease in available scholarships, and their ability to balance a need to work with a need to study.


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Halloween Highlights Accessorize Your Eyes for the Perfect Costume Transforming your eyes from green to ghoulish with novelty contact lenses can be great Halloween fun, and the range of costume lens’ styles expands each year, providing the finishing tough for the perfect costume. Popular styles include jaguar, cat eye, red-hot, white-out, hypnotic, wildfire and more. While eye care experts don’t want to scare customers unnecessarily, caution is advised when it comes to the use of costume contact lenses. Concerns about the risks associated with the novelty lenses -- which can be purchased from unlicensed vendors on the internet or at flea markets and specialty shops -- have also prompted the FDA to issue a warning to consumers. “Although decorative contact lenses may seem festive during this time of year, consumers should understand that these lenses can seriously harm the eye if they are used without appropriate supervision by an eye care professional,” says Dr. Melvin Gehrig, optometrist with The Eye Clinic. “Many people mistakenly think decorative contact lenses are just like sunglasses, and if you’re not wearing the lenses to correct refractive errors, you don’t need a prescription,” says Dr. Gehrig. “This is a dangerous misconception. People, especially teenagers and young adults, who wear lenses purchased from unlicensed vendors have been given no instructions and often practice risky behavior. They don’t clean or disinfect the lenses. They sleep in them. They even swap them with their friends.” Researchers say all contact lenses increase the risk of infections in the eye because they prevent normal amounts of oxygen from reaching the eye but these risks

are much higher in over-the-counter contact lenses because none of the safety procedures are followed. The FDA says it has also received reports of corneal ulcers associated with wearing decorative contact lenses longer than the recommended period. These ulcers can progress rapidly and, if left untreated, can lead to infection, scarring of the cornea, vision impairment, or even blindness or eye loss. Dr. Gehrig says other risks associated with the use of novelty contact lenses include: • Conjunctivitis (a highly contagious infection of the eye) • Corneal edema (swelling of the cornea) • Allergic reactions and corneal abrasion caused by poor lens fit • Reduction in visual acuity (sight) • Contrast sensitivity and other problems that can interfere with driving and other activities “As with any contact lens, an eye exam is required for proper fitting of cosmetic lenses – even if they are non-prescriptive,” says Dr. Gehrig. “If you want cat or alien eyes, you can get them, but make sure you get them from a licensed eye care professional. If you don’t, you’re putting your eye health at risk.” The Eye Clinic’s contact lens department offers a wide range of costume lenses with special offers for the Halloween season. For more information, call The Eye Clinic nearest you in Lake Charles, Moss Bluff, Sulphur, DeRidder or Jennings or 1-800-826-5223.

Tricks for a Safe Halloween

Most people think of Halloween as a time for fun and treats, but parents should be aware that Halloween is one of the most dangerous times of the year for children. Joni Fontenot, spokesperson for the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana, says roughly four times as many children aged 5-14 are killed while walking on Halloween evening compared with other evenings of the year, and falls are a leading cause of injuries among children on Halloween. “Many Halloweenrelated injuries can be prevented if parents closely supervise school-aged children during trick-or-treat activities. The excitement of the night can cause children to forget to be careful. That’s why it’s important for parents to be aware of safety hazards and do what they can to ensure a fun – and safe – Halloween.” The Safety Council advises these tips for trick-or-treaters: • Trick-or-treating should be supervised by an adult in wellknown neighborhoods. • Carry a flashlight. • Stay on well-lit roads and visit well-lit houses. 14

• Avoid short-cuts. Stay on sidewalks or on the side of streets. • Add reflective tape to costumes if it doesn’t already have any. • Avoid masks that limit vision. Choose instead to wear makeup or face paint. • If your child is carrying a prop such as a staff or a pitchfork, make sure the edges are dull and your child carries it upright, not in the way of other children. • If you are driving during Halloween, slow down. • Instruct your child not to eat any candy until it has been examined by you. If the candy looks like it may have been opened, or there are holes in the wrapper, or it looks or smells odd in any way, throw it out.

If you plan to give out candy, make sure your visitors have a good time at your house by doing the following: • Make sure your lawn is free and clear of any obstacles that could be tripped over in the dim light. • Provide store-bought treats that are individually wrapped. • Keep your home well-lit. • If you decorate with jack-o-lanterns with candles inside, supervise them at all times and make sure they are out of the path the trick-or-treaters will use.

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Picking the Perfect Pumpkin Before decorating or carving a pumpkin this year, consider these tips to picking the best pumpkin. Whether you are growing your own, visiting a pumpkin patch, or browsing at the store, there is a technique to finding just the right pumpkin. Carefully chosen pumpkins will look nicer, and last longer. Begin the selection process by deciding on the shape that would best suit your purpose and design: - Tall thin shapes are ideal for funny faces or spooky and ghost-like expressions. - Round shapes will look great with a chubby smiling pumpkin face. - Oddly shaped pumpkins are perfect for creating unique characters. - Gourds come in many varieties and are great for decorating indoors. Next, consider the size of the pumpkin: - A large space such as a big front porch will look best with a large pumpkin or a group of three or more medium-sized pumpkins. - If your pumpkin is destined for a small space, choose a miniature pumpkin. - For a long, narrow space such as a mantle, consider lining up a set of smaller pumpkins. - If you will be carving the pumpkin, stick with a mediumsize pumpkin, which are the easiest to work with. Before making your final selection, make sure your pumpkin: - Has smooth, uniformly colored skin. Inspect the entire pumpkin for a firm flesh. Stay away from pumpkins with bruises, cuts, scratches or any signs of mold. - Has at least one good side if you will be displaying it on a porch or window. If it will be used as a centerpiece, choose pumpkins that look good from all angles. - Can sit well on a flat surface. You don’t want to choose a pumpkin for carving only to find out that it will not sit straight and be stable. - Has an attached stem, especially if you will be removing the seeds through the top. Make sure to store your pumpkin carefully prior to carving or displaying it. Keeping it in a cool, dry, low-humidity environment will preserve your pumpkin for months.

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Halloween Highlights What Does Your Halloween Costume Say About You?

The truth is, what you wear Halloween night says a lot about you. Jason Draper, owner of Spirit Halloween in Lake Charles, Lafayette, New Iberia and Houma, enjoys watching the costume choices that customers make in his stores. “Typically, the outgoing people will choose more subdued costumes, while a shy person may want to go all out with something that may project a more outrageous personality,” he said. With many people dressing out of the ordinary this year, think about your costume choice before stepping out for Halloween to make sure you’re sending the message you want, says Halloween ABC Co. You may not care about the message, but if you do, consider tweaking your outfit.

Superhero – Maybe you haven’t outgrown your comic books, or maybe

Movies for a Halloween

Fright Night

If you’re staying at home this Halloween, here are some great movies to watch while curled up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn.

Classic Scares Scream (1996) – A film that’s sure to startle and spook even repeat viewers.

Monster – Halloween is traditionally about ghosts, goblins and things

The Shining (1980) – A Stanley Kubrick classic film about a family that travels to an isolated and haunted hotel to work as the winter caretakers.

Celebrity – Many adults dress up as celebrities they admire or resemble.

Sometimes celebrity costumes can tell others something about ourselves. If you dress up as Johnny Cash, for example, people will assume that you are a big country music fan.

A group of teens find themselves terrorized by a masked suspect who calls to quiz his victims before they’re picked off. Fans of Scream may also enjoy the other films in this trilogy, Scream 2 and Scream 3.

The Ring (2002) – A film that follows a young journalist as she

Angel – For every devil, there’s an angel. Someone has to keep an eye on all the Halloween happenings. If you are dressed as this on Halloween, you are projecting sweetness and innocence. Creative Costumes – Everyone loves someone with a sense of humor and there’s nothing better than a truly clever costume on Halloween. A creative costume shows that you are witty, fun and innovative.

Witch – A safe and popular choice for Halloween, the witch represents that you are festive and fun.

Pirate – Are you an adventurous and

boisterous soul at heart? If so, you might go for the pirate costume. After all, pirates liked to have a good time when they weren’t looting ships.

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investigates a videotape that is said to be fatal to anyone who watches it. Notably, The Ring is one film with a sequel that most regard as being just as good, it not better than the original, so fans of The Ring may also enjoy The Ring 2.

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Devil – We often associate Halloween with evil and scary things, so you

may be feeling a little devilish. If so, it tells the world that you want to be bad for the day. We all strive to be good, but on occasions like Halloween, it’s more fun to be evil.

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you have an abundance strength, heart and courage – whatever the reason, the key to pulling off a superhero costume is attitude. If you want to take a spin on the traditional garb, consider dressing as the alter-ego. Clark Kent instead of Superman, for example.

that go bump in the night, so many people choose to play up their ghoulish side. If you are one of the many people who dress up as a monster, ghost or ghoul, you are very secure with yourself; conservative, yet festive.

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Ghostbusters (1984) – Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Scary Movie (2000) – A year after disposing the body of a man they

accidently killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer.

Family-Friendly Features The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) – The

Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

No Costume – Blah! What could be more boring that not having a Halloween costume? If you’re anti-costume, at least go for a funny hat or wig, especially if you’re going to a party.

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Halloween Highlights Haunted Houses

Pumpkin Patches

Do you love to be scared? If so, what better way to bring in the spooky spirit of Halloween than with visiting a haunted house? We have put together a list of haunted houses that are worth the drive. Check one or more of these out for a truly hair-raising October.

Moss Bluff United Methodist Church

The Haunted Hotel 6755 Patillo Road Beaumont 409-729-3300

The 13th Gate 832 St. Phillip Street Baton Rouge 318-641-1146

The Haunted Mortuary 4800 Canal Street New Orleans 504-483-2350

The House of Shock Horror Show 319 Butterworth Street New Orleans 504-734-74625

“The Great Tomb Raid” Fall Fest - Maplewood First Baptist Church

735 Sam Houston Jones Parkway Phone: 337 855 6241 October 17-31 Monday thru Friday: 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 6:30 p.m.

October 30 – Maplewood First Baptist Church 4421 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur 6:00-8:00 p.m. Come join us for fun carnival games, candy, chats with Biblical characters, food, prizes and more candy!

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Ultimate Fear Haunted House 1035 Texas Avenue Shreveport 903-239-2274

Gourmet Cakes & Cupcakes • Pralines Cookies & Cookie Cakes

Fall Carnival – Lake Arthur

1700 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur Phone: 337-625-4288 October 9-31 Monday thru Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sundays: 12:00-6:00 p.m

Story time at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

1700 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur Phone: 337-527-5179 October 14, 15, and 19, 20, 21, 22, and 26, 27, 28, 29 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. For 10 days beginning the morning of October 14, Frances Wynn, retired kindergarten teacher, will present stories, songs and games at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch on Maplewood Drive. All Kindergarten and Pre-K classes, as well as any nursery schools or day cares are invited to bring their groups free of charge. Groups are also encouraged to plan a picnic under the pavilion. Call Mrs. Wynn to reserve a time.

Events Blood Drive – SWLA Credit Union

October 21 – SWLA Credit Union Main Office 4056 Ryan Street Blood drive at the main office, trick or treating, food, drinks, and prizes. Kids will also be trick or treating the whole month October in all locations.

Main Street Trick or Treat - Jennings

October 28 – Main Street Main Street, Jennings The city of Jennings will allow Main Street Businesses to close off that area to provide a fun yet safe environment for children to gather Halloween goodies. Children up to 12 years old can participate in the event. For more information on any of the city’s upcoming activities, call 337-821-5532.

Calcasieu Council on Aging Halloween Picnic October 29 – Spar Recreation & Aquatic Center 933 Parish Road, Sulphur 337-474-2583 Admission: Free to Seniors

October 31 Main Street, Lake Arthur Bring your candy, dress your goblin and join the fun on Main Street for Lake Arthur’s First Annual Main Street Trick or Treat! Activities include a scarecrow contest, pumpkin hunt, petting zoo, fun jump, costume contest, chili cook-off and much more. For more information regarding the event, contact Vicki Broussard at 337-774-3682.

Jack After Dark Halloween Contest

October 31 – L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill 11:00 p.m. 777 Avenue L’Auberge, Lake Charles 337-395-7627 Come dressed in your best costume to win up to $5,000 in cash prizes at Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill. Must be 21 or older to enter.

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L’Auberge du Lac Halloween Costume Contest October 31 - L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort 9:00 p.m. - midnight 777 Avenue L’Auberge, Lake Charles 337-395-7777 Admission: Free

Harvest Fest 2010 – City of Lake Charles

October 31 – Lake Charles Civic Center 5:00-8:00 p.m. 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles A variety of music, games, prizes, trinkets and concessions will be available for the entire family, including: bowling, space walk, balloon art, golf hole-in-one, arts & crafts station, face-painting, football throw, a basketball shootout and much more. Free admission and no costumes required.

Trick or Treat Times The City of Lake Charles will observe Halloween on Sunday, October 31. The City recommends that trick-or-treat activities end at 8 p.m. that evening. Parents are encouraged to have their children home by 8:30 p.m. unless they are attending a supervised function sponsored by other parents or civic organizations.

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Arts Fest – Arts & Humanities Council

October 30 – Lake Charles Civic Center 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles This year, Arts Fest goes galactic and invites area children for a free and fun day of arts and crafts projects that spotlight our solar system, and even a NASA astronaut will make a visit! The day will be filled with art, food, demonstrations, and education.

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Halloween Highlights Frightening Finger Foods

Jack-o-Lantern Carving Tips

Scary Spider Cookies

Here are some guidelines for creating one of the most recognizable symbols of Halloween:

You’ll need: 1 package of cream filled chocolate cookies (like Oreos). Orange cream filling looks extra spooky 1 small package of M&M’s or similar candies 1 package of thin black licorice ropes 1 Tbs. frosting (from a ready made can is fine)

• Choose a large pumpkin with a large stem. The larger the pumpkin, the easier it is to carve. Avoid any pumpkins with bruises or moldy stems as they will spoil much faster. Pumpkins with a lighter color tend to be softer and easier to carve. • When cutting out the top, place the knife at a 45 degree angle so the lid will have a place to rest when you replace it. If you cut straight down, the lid will fall through.

To Assemble: Snip the licorice rope into 1 ½ inch pieces. Poke 4 pieces on each side of the cookies for legs. Use the icing to ‘glue’ on 2 M&M’s for spider eyes.

• Use a large, heavy metal serving spoon or ice cream scoop to scrape the insides. A one-inch thickness of the pumpkin wall is optimum.

Pointy Hats For Halloween You’ll need: 32 chocolate Hershey®’s Kisses, unwrapped 1 package (32) fudge-striped cookies 1 small tube orange or red decorating icing

• For longer life, soak the cleaned pumpkin a couple of hours in a bleach water solution of 1 teaspoon bleach to 1 gallon of water. Dry thoroughly, then rub inside and out, including all cut edges, with vegetable oil or petroleum jelly to prevent shriveling. If the pumpkin begins to shrivel, repeat the process. The soaking time will depend upon how dried out the pumpkin has become.

To Assemble: Turn the cookies upside down. Attach 1 unwrapped kiss to the center of the cookie using a bit of the decorator icing. Decorate the ‘hat’ by piping a ribbon around the base of the kiss and making a bow.

• You can jump in and start carving a traditional face, or you can print out or draw the pattern on a piece of paper. Patterns are also available online or in retail outlets. Tape the template onto the pumpkin and use a marker to trace the carving lines. Cutting slits in the paper will help it to conform to the round surface.

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• As an alternative, you can tape the outline to the pumpkin and use a nail or large pushpin to score the carving lines onto the pumpkin. Connect the dots as you carve. • A long serrated knife or a pumpkin-carving knife with teeth will be necessary to cut through the thick flesh. You can also get a pumpkin-carving tool set where most Halloween supplies are sold. Use a sawing motion and take your time cutting along the outside edge of the marker lines so there is no marker residue. • The most dramatic effects are created by letting light shine through the pumpkin wall in varying degrees of intensity. To create a “dimensional” effect, don’t cut all the way through the pumpkin along the outermost edges of your pattern, but make shallow, angled cuts toward the center of the pumpkin instead. • If you will be lighting your jack-o-lantern with a candle, be sure to leave the lid off to avoid any fire hazard. Use a votive candle in a glass holder or tea lights in a metal case. If you want to leave the lid on, carve a hole in the unseen back side of the pumpkin to act as a chimney. Never leave a candle-lit jack-o-lantern unattended for any length of time. Consider a small battery-operated flameless candle as a safer choice than traditional candles. • Place the jack-o-lantern in a plastic bag and refrigerate when not in use. Sources: Disney’s Family Fun and

You’ll need: 1 quart lime sherbet, slightly softened 1 container (12 oz) frozen limeade, thawed 1 bottle (1 liter) ginger ale Gummy worm candies Lime Slices

Calling All Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins:

To Assemble: In punch bowl, mix sherbet, limeade and ginger ale. Pour into glasses. Garnish each glass with candy and lime slices. Serve immediately.

It’s Halloween Season


Spirit Halloween, the country’s leading seasonal Halloween retailer, inaugurated the beginning of the Halloween festivities with the opening of its store at 3413 Derek Drive.

Dragon’s Blood Punch You’ll need: 1 (46-ounce) can red punch (recommended: Hawaiian Punch) 1 (46-ounce) can apple juice 1 (48-ounce) bottle cranberry juice 1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale Ice cubes Berry vodka, optional Orange liqueur, optional To assemble: Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pot. Add ice and stir. For grown up version, add 4 cups berry vodka and 1/2 cup orange liqueur. Ladle into serving glasses.


Spirit has given Halloween enthusiasts everywhere the latest and greatest in Halloween costumes and home décor for the past 27 years. This season, Spirit Halloween will open more than 850 stores across North America, all of which offer the most comprehensive one-stop Halloween destination. “It’s officially Halloween when Spirit Halloween stores begin opening in Lake Charles over Labor Day,” said Owner Jason Draper. “Our mission has always been to get people just as excited about Halloween as we are.” At the heart of Spirit Halloween is the Spirit of Children program. Founded in 2006, Spirit of Children helps make hospitals less scary for children and their families by providing fun during Halloween and funding all year long to Child Life Departments within local children’s hospitals. Throughout each Halloween season all Spirit stores conduct in-store fundraising campaigns for their local children’s hospital. At the end of each season the collected money is donated to the Child Life department in the children’s hospital chosen by the Spirit Store. More than $2.3 million in cash and merchandise has been donated nationwide and in Canada since 2007 for Spirit of Children.

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Halloween 1,446 54.72

931 million pounds of pumpkins used for making Jack-O-Lanterns Source: U.S. Census Bureau

36 million


Record for the world’s largest pumpkin


Classic Fashion Accessory Staples Fashion-forward shoppers know it’s not just the latest clothing trends that help to build a stylish wardrobe, but classic accessories that stand the test of time. With the help of Paula Nixon, owner of Bella Cosa, here is a list of some of the timeless, essential pieces that no woman should be without.

Diamond Studs – The only earrings you’ll ever need to own. According to Nixon,


“Real or not, these earrings will never go out of style.”

Black and Brown Handbag – These bags will not get


111.3 million


of kids reported they sort their candy first when returning home with trick or treat loot, others: Savor it (20%) Share it (16%) Stash it (14%) Swap it (7%)

Number of potential stops for “trick-or-treaters” Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Average amount spent on a costume Source: Halloween Web

size one will likely keep you drier, but a compact one can easily fit in a handbag.

Scarf or Shawl – “These wardrobe essentials can update any woman’s wardrobe and add a special touch of color when you need it,” said Nixon. Black Heels – Own at least one pair of black pumps for

everyday wear. They are extremely versatile and are always in fashion.

Colorful Heels – Paired with a solid dress

or pants suit, this is a surprisingly versatile way to kick up any neutral outfit.

Pearls – “These are a timeless accessory piece and is now a casual but elegant trend,” said Nixon.

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Credit Union Day is October 21st, but we’re celebrating all month long! BlOOD Drive October 21 at the main office, with trick or treating, food, drinks and prizes.

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TriCk Or TreaTing for kids all of October at all locations!

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as dirty as print or light tone bags and you can pair just about every outfit with one or the other.

Record time for carving a pumpkin

The estimated number of potential “trick-or-treaters” ages 5 to 13 in the U.S.

Nixon also suggests that every woman has her own “travel jewelry.” This is jewelry that has the look but not the price. “When traveling, take this jewelry along so you won’t have to worry about losing your jewelry or having it stolen.”

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Fall Home and Garden

Fall Fix-ups for Home and Yard

It may not be that much cooler yet, but fall really has arrived in Southwest Louisiana, and it’s time to get your home and yard prepared and protected for colder weather. Routine maintenance is a must at this time of year, according to Joey Buckley, Manager of the new Stine store in Sulphur. “Your goal in the fall is to make sure your biggest investment – your home – is ready to not only keep you warm, but also and withstand cold, windy, rainy weather. And while it may be hard to think ahead to spring when we’ve just started to cool off, it’s important to take a little time now to preserve the hard work you did on your lawn and garden over the past months. You’ll be glad you did when winter ends and you are able to quickly get your yard green and growing again.”

Home Preparation Your first priority should be energy efficiency – keeping heat in and cold air out. If you combined all the small gaps and cracks around the outside of the average home, it would equal the area of an open window, according to estimates from energy experts. “You can see how small openings can contribute to a high heating bill in the winter,” says Buckley. He advises carefully inspecting the perimeter of your home in the fall and applying caulk or weather-stripping where needed to seal any openings you see.

Yard Preparation Fall is the best time of year to trim hedges and trees. “Not only will this mean you have fewer leaves to rake, but it also improves the appearance of your yard,” says Buckley. He advises identifying and removing dead or diseased limbs first, and then cutting back excessive growth and trimming shrubs into the desired shape. “You also need to fertilize your lawn to give grass needed nutrients for the winter, which is when the top layer of grass is dormant while the root systems continue to grow,” explains Buckley. “Roots easily absorb and store nutrients during this time, and fall fertilizing will also help your lawn ‘go green’ faster in early spring.” The type of fertilizer you will need varies depending on the type of grass you have, and Buckley says you may want to ask a lawn and garden expert for some guidance in choosing the right one for your lawn. He also recommends raking or mulching leaves to keep your lawn healthy over the winter months. And while you may be relieved that you no longer have to mow the lawn, you can’t just park the mower in the shed and forget about it until the spring. Buckley says it’s

very important to winterize your mower before storing it. Steps to take include: • completely remove all fuel by either draining the gas tank or running it until empty • remove spark plugs and apply a small amount of oil in the cylinder • start your engine to burn off oil as well as lubricate the pistons, rings, and cylinder walls • wipe clean of all grass and debris • store it in a dry, protected area “In just a few short months, you’ll need to crank up that mower, and when you do, you’ll want it to start without any problems,” says Buckley. “ Taking the time to perform these steps will make sure it does just that.” For more information on preparing your home and yard for the winter season, visit the Stine store nearest you. The new Sulphur location is at 1907 S. Ruth Street and features 130,000 square feet of retail space, a large garden center, an express, drive-thru lumber yard and a 22,000 square-foot warehouse. by Kristy Armand

Problem areas to check carefully include: • door and window frames • utility connections, such as electrical outlets, phone lines, outside faucets, and cable TV lines • heating and/or cooling units • corners formed where siding edges meet • drain pipes in bathrooms and kitchens Buckley says your roof also needs to be checked for signs of damage such as missing, broken, cracked, or curling shingles, as well as bare spots where the granular shingle coating has worn off. If you have a fireplace, look for gaps that may need to be sealed around the flashing. “Finding and repairing problems now can prevent more costly damage from occurring. You may need to replace a shingle or apply roofing cement to minor cracks and curled shingles. If you find more extensive damage, it’s best to hire a professional.” Gutters can become full of debris, especially in the fall, when leaves are -- well -falling. “Your gutters are there to protect your home from water damage. They can’t do this if dirt and leaves accumulate and block the water flow,” says Buckley, adding that gutters full of leaves can also hold water. The weight of this could pull down your entire gutter system and even parts of your roof. “A good sturdy ladder and trash bags are all you need to make sure your gutters function properly.” Wintertime is peak time for home fires, so it’s a good idea to have your heating unit inspected and perform any needed maintenance, before you really need it. Fire alarm batteries should also be tested and replaced if necessary.


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Fall Home and Garden

Bring the Feel of Fall Inside

Chimney Cleaning

Summer is coming to a quick end, which means that cool weather is on its way! Fall is a season of spending time outdoors. From adding autumn accents to enhancing any home with harvest charm, here are a few tips on how to bring the outdoors in during this fall season.

The National Fire Protection AssociationStandard 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” Each time your fireplace is used, the risk of creosote build-up increases. According to Mike Dugas, owner of Chimney Care of Lake Charles, “Creosote is a byproduct of fire. When wood is burned, smoke passes through the chimney where it cools down and solidifies.” The purpose of cleaning the chimney is to remove as much flammable creosote as possible and to minimize the possibility of having a chimney fire. “Sweeping the chimney also removes dangerous deposits that could clog your flue like bird nests, leaves, cobwebs and other debris that could pose hazards to your home.” Here are a few tips to keeping a clean and safe chimney.

• With the temperature outside dropping, warmer color interiors will be all that in autumn. According to Sharlene Boyle, owner of 505 Imports, “Introducing fall fashions into your home are simple if you have a somewhat neutral palette already.” By decorating with warm shades of color such as amber, gold, brown, red and orange, a feeling of warmth can be found in any room. • Candles and potpourri are a must have in the fall. “Choose hearty aromas such as pumpkin, cinnamon, or spice to help usher in the feel of autumn,” says Boyle. Once you’ve picked out your favorite scent, place them in various rooms or even make a centerpiece to add to any table. • “While making over your dining room, add in woodsy accents such as teak root vases, dried leaves and twigs to help convey the seasonal ambiance,” says Boyle. These inexpensive decorations can add accents to any table. Boyle also suggests adding shots of color such as orange or red to brighten up the earthy or dark tones. • As always, pumpkins will be the heart of fall decor. By adding various sizes of pumpkins to a windowsill, you can provide a sense of the season. Try placing a few pumpkins outside to enhance your front door. Whether it is hollowed out or artificial, pumpkins are a simple way to add autumn detail to any area. • During this season, baskets symbolize giving. Fill wicker baskets with any kind of leaves, vegetables or fruits. “Whimsical accents such as owls, nests, birds, and birch logs will also provide the fun in your fall landscape,” says Boyle. Place them in corners or around your home to give a feeling of fall and Thanksgiving.

“Pests, like people, crave warm places, especially those that provide food, water and shelter. Unfortunately, your home meets all these criteria,” explains J.J. Cooley, manager of J&J Exterminating in DeRidder. He adds that many fall pests are nocturnal, so the longer nights provide them with increased time to infiltrate homes in search of warmth and shelter. Pests most likely to be a problem in the fall are large tree cockroaches, ants, spiders, and rodents. Cooley says homeowners can prevent this with a few simple steps, the most important of which is keeping your house sealed up tightly. “Inspect your home for gaps in window seals and doorways, to minimize the number of accessible routes pests have into your home. Yard maintenance is also very important. Piles of leaves and grass clippings provide typical access points for pests. Collect fallen leaves, clean out gutters, keep shrubs neat, cut branches back from the roof, and remove leaves and grass clippings from around the foundation. Firewood should also be stacked away from the house to prevent rodents and insects from nesting near the home.”


Tips to keep your chimney clean • Avoid burning pine, sappy woods or unseasoned wood. By strictly burning seasoned wood, it will reduce the amount of creosote build-up in your chimney. • Make sure you are only using wood that has been dried for at least 12 months in an area protected from moisture. • Don’t let your fire burn for more than 24 hours. “Remember, preventative measures is the key to having peace of mind,” said Dugas. For more information on chimney cleaning tips or to schedule an appointment to have your chimney inspected, contact Chimney Care of Lake Charles at (337) 499-7434.

• If you use your chimney sparingly, you can go every two or three years without having your chimney inspected. Just make sure the chimney can do its job of properly venting hot, toxic gases and carbon monoxide from the heating system to the outdoors. • In hot weather, a chimney can draw air into the house through the damper. If you notice a smoky or burnt wood smell coming from the fireplace when the air conditioner is on, the chimney most likely needs to be cleaned.

• To give small detail to any room, Boyle suggests ditching the bright summer pillows, throws, and silk flowers. “Instead, add in earthy tones of browns, grays and greens.” These small touches will make notice by your family and friends while giving a feeling of comfort and warmth. This fall is all about adding a special touch to your home. With only a few simple changes in décor, you can bring in all of the harvest charm and warmth that fall has to offer. For more tips on fall décor, visit 505 Imports at 1776 West Prien Lake Road, Suite G or call them at (337) 480-6505.

• Chimneys are most used during cooler months so it is best to schedule a cleaning for spring or summer. If a chimney needs repair, you won’t be inconvenienced if your fireplace is out of commission for a few days. • Make sure to check for damages caused by storms, lightening or water damage. To prevent long-term corrosion and masonry damage, it is best to have your chimney waterproofed.

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And just because summer is over, don’t assume mosquito season is, too. Cooley says widespread mosquito activity is expected to continue well into the fall. “Although mosquitoes are typically thought of as a summer pest, they remain a problem at least until the temperature drops below 60 degrees, which may not be until late fall or early winter. The milder the weather, the longer mosquitoes will linger,” he stresses. Homeowners can help control mosquito infestations in their yards by eliminating breeding grounds and environments conducive for mosquito activity. Pay particular attention to discarded tires, wheel barrows, pool covers, bird baths and flower pot basins that accumulate standing water. Turn over containers when not in use, and drill holes in the bottom of trash receptacles to allow for drainage. Cooley says other cool-weather habits, such as opening windows and using the fireplace also provide additional access points for pests to enter the home. “Screens on all windows, doors and chimneys can prevent flies, mosquitoes and rodents from entering the home. If you have screens in all these places already, fall is the time to inspect them to make sure they are secure and don’t have any holes. A pest doesn’t need much space to get in.”

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Fall Home and Garden

Fall Gardening: Get It Late October through March is the prime season for planting hardy trees, shrubs and ground covers in Louisiana, so now is an excellent time to assess your landscape situation and begin to make plans. Landscaping is a great way to give your home a beautiful appearance as well as make outdoor spaces function usefully for the family. The benefits of a well-planned landscape are many, from providing shade, privacy and color, to correcting drainage problems and creating outdoor living areas. Beautiful landscaping increases the value of your home. Most gardeners have no trouble dealing with small projects themselves. Planting a tree, designing a flower garden or planting beds around a deck are good doit-yourself projects. Designing an overall landscape – including drainage, traffic patterns, use areas, outdoor living areas and major plantings – requires careful study, planning and a good sense of design. Even this is not necessarily beyond the ability of many home gardeners. To do the right job when designing a landscape yourself, make sure you determine your needs first. Do you want a free-flowing, natural garden or something more formal? Is a play area for the kids important? Do you enjoy tinkering in your garden, trimming and planning next year’s flower beds, or would you prefer a lower-maintenance garden that minimizes general care?


Get a mutually acceptable written agreement, including a firm price, everything that the price includes, and a work schedule and completion date. Be specific about what you expect and when you expect it.

Remember, the landscape plan and the instillation are two different parts of the process. You could pay a professional landscape architect to create the plan, and then install the design yourself in sections. This will spread the cost of plant materials and construction over time, making it easier to budget. The advantage is that even if the instillation is done in sections, it is guided by a comprehensive plan that creates a unified, attractive and functional landscape. If your plans include establishing a new lawn, you should try to get that done as soon as possible. This late in the growing season, you should use sod and try to get it laid by early to mid-October. If you’re considering including tropical plants in your landscape, such as palms, gingers or philodendrons, they should be planted next May. So if you’ve been thinking about adding a shade tree, planting privacy hedge, landscaping around the patio, dressing up the front of your house or even doing extensive landscaping, the time to start planning is now. As the weather begins to cool down this fall, you will be ready to plant the hardy trees, shrubs and ground cover that make up the bulk of our landscapes. This information was provided by the LSU AgCenter Research and Extension Office. For more information on fall gardening or planting, visit or contact the local office at 7101 Gulf Hwy., 475-8812.

Study your site carefully so you can match plants to the growing conditions they need. And make sure you choose plants that will mature at the right size for their location and thrive in your area. Your parish LSU AgCenter office has pamphlets and information available to help you select appropriate plants. If you decide you need to seek professional help, you have several options.

Avoid the Rakes and Pains of Fall Yard Work That may be why fall is also the season for back injuries, tumbles from ladders and yard equipment accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 42 million people seek emergency room treatment for such injuries each year. “Many of these injuries can happen while performing seemingly routine tasks, like cleaning out the gutters, trimming limbs and raking leaves,” says Mason Lindsay, spokesperson for the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. “Carelessness and lack of attention are usually the culprits when it comes to these types of accidental injuries.” He says the lawn mower is a perfect example. “You use it so often for such routine tasks that it’s easy to forget that it is a powerful tool that can cause significant injury, but it definitely does. Last year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that a quarter of a million people were injured in lawn mower accidents.” Lindsay offers some simple tips from the Safety Council to avoid common yard work injuries this fall: • Use a rake that is comfortable for your height and strength. Wear gloves or use rakes with padded handles to prevent blisters. • Vary your movement, alternating your leg and arm positions often. • When picking up leaves, bend at the knees, not the waist. • Inspect ladders for loose screws, hinges or rungs. Clean off accumulated mud, dirt or liquids. • When using a ladder, make sure all four legs rest on a firm, level surface. Avoid uneven ground or soft, muddy spots. • Before you climb, be sure all ladder locks and safety braces are engaged.

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• Never sit or stand on the top of the ladder or on its pail shelf. These areas were not designed to carry your weight. • Choose the right ladder for the job. – A step stool or utility ladder is good for working at low or medium heights, for jobs such as washing windows. – Extension ladders are appropriate for outdoors to reach high places, for when you need to clean gutters or inspect the roof. • Be aware of your balance when using a ladder. If you have to stretch or lean to reach your work area, it would be safer to climb down and reposition the ladder closer to your work. • Never use your hands or feet to clear debris from under a lawnmower. Use a stick or broom handle instead. Likewise, never touch the blades with your hands or feet, even if the engine is off. The blade can still move and cause serious injury. • Make sure the engine is off and cool before you begin any maintenance work or refuel your lawnmower. • Never remove safety devices, shields or guards on switches of any powered lawn equipment. • Do not leave a lawnmower running unattended. • Wear protective gear like goggles and gloves, boots and long pants when mowing. Never mow barefoot or in sandals. For more information on any safety topic, visit

• Talk to horticulturists at your local nurseries or garden centers. They can answer questions you have on choosing the right plants, how big they grow and what growing conditions they prefer. Some nurseries have individuals on staff who can even help you develop a design or give you feedback on some of the ideas you have. • If you have a good idea of what you want to do but need some help refining the details, a landscape architect often can be hired as a consultant for an hourly fee. A landscape architect could also be hired to draw up a complete design for a fee. You may then hire their firm or a landscape horticulturist to install the plan, or you can install it yourself.

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Fabulous Fall Skin

It’s important to treat your skin well all year long, but according to many skin care experts, treating your skin appropriately season by season is what will determine its overall health in the long run. And by the time fall rolls around, your skin is ready for a vacation from summer. “Summer takes a toll on the skin, draining it of nutrients and causing additional sun damage. Chlorine and salt water are also harsh on the skin,” explains Leann Widcamp, medical aesthetician with the Aesthetic Center of Southwest Louisiana. “For many people, months of summertime fun lead to premature aging, wrinkling, dryness, extreme discoloration and an overall faded appearance. Fall is the perfect time jumpstart your skin care routine to repair summer skin damage and get a head start on preventing winter dryness.” Widcamp recommends peels as a great way to handle these skin care issues. Most peels affect the dead protein tissue that connects dead skin cells to each other, rather than the live protein that is found in live cells. These peels remove only dead skin and never affect the living skin underneath, except to expose it. Increased cell turnover is beneficial, bringing the skin to a state of healthy equilibrium. “Peels are a particularly effective way to reverse premature aging. We often follow a peel with a DermaSweep microdermabrasion to smooth and polish the skin, giving a fresh, rejuvenated appearance,” Widcamp says. And just because the weather is cooler does not mean the sun is not as threatening. On the contrary, clouds actually reflect the sun’s rays, increasing your risk of exposure to harmful UV rays. So don’t forget to apply a moisturizing sunscreen daily throughout the fall and winter. Widcamp says home care products are also an important part of fall skin care. She recommends Physicians Choice Rejuvenating Serum, which helps stimulate division, leading to healthier skin. The ingredients include amino acids, vitamins and osmoprotectants, helping protect the cells from water loss. It is recommended for all skin types and conditions to improve texture, function and hydration. The Aesthetic Center is offering a Peel and Polish package through October to repair summer skin damage. For more information call 310-1070 or visit



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Fall Allergies Are In Season Just as spring allergies have faded into distant memory, along come the itchy eyes, runny noses and general misery that signal the start of the fall allergy season.

For America’s 60 million seasonal allergy sufferers, fall can be one of the most difficult times of year, and according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies are considered the fifth leading chronic disease and are a major cause of work absenteeism, resulting in nearly four million missed or lost workdays each year. “About one-third of people with seasonal allergies also suffer with them in the fall. The allergy triggers in the fall may be slightly different, but they can be just as misery-inducing as the flower pollen that fills the air in the spring and summer,” says Dr. Dang Nguyen with Maplewood Family Medicine Clinic in Sulphur. Dr. Nguyen says during autumn, ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger. About three-quarters of people who are allergic to spring pollen-producing plants are also allergic to ragweed. The yellow-flowering weed typically begins pollinating in August and each ragweed plant produces one billion pollen grains per average season, which continues until the first frost. “And because ragweed pollen grains are very light, they can travel literally hundreds of miles in the wind. So even if it doesn’t grow where you live, it can still make you miserable if you’re allergic to it.”

Dust mites, microscopic, spider-like insects, are another common indoor allergen. Dr. Nguyen says these are most prevalent during the humid summer months, but can get stirred into the air when you turn on your heater in cooler weather. From the air, dust mites can make their way into your nose, triggering an allergic reaction. Symptoms of fall allergies are the same as other seasonal allergies and include runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, and coughing. Dr. Nguyen says you can minimize fall allergy symptoms with a few precautionary measures. Staying indoors with the doors and windows closed when pollen is at its peak (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will protect you from exposure to allergy triggers. Before you turn on your heat for the first time, have your heating ducts cleaned. Particles of mold and other allergens can become trapped in the vents over the summer and will fill the air as soon as you crank up the heater. It’s also a good idea to wear a mask when you rake leaves to avoid inhaling mold spores.

Dr. Nguyen recommends talking to your doctor first to make sure you choose the right medication for your allergies. For those with severe allergies that are not relieved with medications, allergy testing and possibly immunotherapy via allergy shots is often a good option. “Allergy shots expose your body to gradually increasing doses of the allergen until you become tolerant to it. They can relieve your symptoms for a longer period of time than oral and nasal allergy medications. Although they don’t work for everyone, in people who do see a response, allergy shots can dramatically reduce symptoms.” by Kristy Armand

To alleviate symptoms, Dr. Nguyen says certain types of medications may help: • Prescription corticosteroids, usually given in the form of a nasal spray, reduce inflammation in the nose. • Antihistamines reduce sneezing, sniffling, and itching by blocking the action of histamine (the substance produced during an allergic reaction) in the body. • Decongestants clear mucus out of the nasal passageways to relieve congestion and swelling. • Antihistamine/decongestants combine the effects of both drugs. • Antihistamine eye drops block the histamine that leads to the allergic reaction. Even though you can buy some allergy medications without a prescription,

Mold is another culprit, because its spores can easily become airborne. “Mold thrives in damp areas, both indoors and outdoors,” says Dr. Nguyen. “Our humid climate provides the perfect environment. In the fall, piles of damp leaves become breeding grounds for mold. Mold can also grow inside the home as well, particularly in bathrooms.”

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Coming to America tells the stories of local residents who left their native country to make a new home in the United States. Watch for a new story each issue. To nominate someone for this series, send a brief description to:

by Erin K. Cormier

“I’d driven through going from Houston to New Orleans, but I never stopped,” she said. “As soon as I came here, I noticed that the people were very warm and helpful from the beginning, and that the food is excellent. Lake Charles has a nice atmosphere and I love being able to work in music.” Morita, an assistant professor of music, began playing piano around age five, when she overheard her older brother playing and decided to pluck at the keys herself. Although she comes from a non-musical family, they discovered that she was able to play piano by ear at an early age. She polished her talent over the years before following the music to the Jacobs School. Morita has performed in various solo and chamber music venues across the U.S. and abroad. Select performances include the Church of Epiphany Concert Series in Washington, the Washington Square Concert Series in New York, the Académie Internationale Musicale d’Été de Nice in France, Sala Xochipilli in Mexico, and Bertramka Hall in the Czech Republic.

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“Music is such a powerful entity. Even those who are not regular listeners of classical music can relate to the sound of it. It’s cliché to say that music is a universal language, but it’s really true. It means so many different things to so many people,” Morita said. There are a few other things that she appreciates almost as much as the piano – a good Brazilian steak, for example.

Following the Music

“The first thing I want to do when I go home is go to a Brazilian steakhouse. When it comes to food, Brazil is mostly known for steaks, and for a good reason. The cuts are amazing,” Morita said.

The Journey of Lina Morita America was subsidized by the Brazilian government. In 1902, however, Italy enacted a prohibition on government-funded emigration. As Italian labor dwindled, the arrival of Japanese laborers rose. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, there are now more than 1.4 million people of Japanese descent living in the country.

São Paulo is one of the world’s most populous cities, with more than 11 million people living across 500 miles. Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country and the biggest in South America, where it shares a border with every country except Ecuador and Chile. Because of its size, the topography of Brazil, which includes mountains, plains, scrubs, and lowlands, is just as diverse as its people.

“I grew up experiencing two very different cultures,” said Morita, who speaks Japanese in addition to Portuguese, the national language of Brazil. She says one of the best aspects of living with dual culture was the food. “I could stay home and eat my mother’s amazing Japanese food, or eat at any of the restaurants in São Paulo. Because of the cultural diversity, they have every type of food you can imagine. Food was definitely one of the things I missed when I moved to Bloomington. Dorm food doesn’t quite compare.”

Morita is the daughter of Japanese immigrants from Nagasaki and Tokyo. There is an impressive number of Japanese in Brazil – so much so that it is now home to the largest Japanese population in the world outside of Japan.

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Morita, a classical pianist, left the hustle of São Paulo for the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Outside of visits to New York and Los Angeles, this was her first American experience.

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“It was a shock. The first time I saw a squirrel was in Bloomington. The weather was hard, too. I’d seen snow during visits to Japan, but I’d never had to live in it before. It was crazy. I remembering buying coats and asking people, ‘Do you think this is warm enough?’” Morita said. “But the cold in Bloomington is nothing like in Rochester. I think Rochester might be

the coldest place on Earth.”

The first wave of Japanese immigrants arrived around the turn of the 20th century, when the country was desperate for laborers to work on coffee plantations once maintained by now-freed African slaves. After slaves were emancipated in 1850, the plantations were worked mostly by Italian immigrants, whose passage to South


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In Bloomington, Indiana, 70,000 people – mostly college students – are squeezed inside 20 square miles. The city is rich with trees and limestone, and the winters are cold and snowy. There isn’t much about Bloomington that resembles São Paulo, so when native Brazilian Lina Morita became an Indiana resident in 1995 in 1995, it took some adjustment.

“When I tell people I’m from Brazil, they give me a funny look that says, ‘You don’t look Brazilian.’ But there are so many cultural ethnicities throughout the country, especially in São Paulo. The city is like a melting pot similar to what you’d find in New York,” Morita said.


Morita moved to Rochester, N.Y., to earn her doctorate after she was accepted into the prestigious Eastman School of Music. Between graduating from Indiana University and enrolling at the Eastman School, she also earned a master’s degree in music from Rice University in Houston, so when she was offered a teaching job at McNeese, she was vaguely familiar with Lake Charles.

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Safety on the Cyber Schoolyard

by Erin K. Cormier

In the old days, rumor mills operated on whispers, phone calls and passed notes. Bullies used schoolyards and hallways to torment their victims. In the modern age of technology, however, peer harassment has entered a new era – one of instant messaging, social networking sites, cell phones, Web sites and YouTube.

using the computer or cell phone; avoiding discussion about online activities; clicking away from screens or programs when an adult passes by; or becoming abnormally withdrawn.

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“If you see any of these signs, talk to your child immediately. Ask questions. Don’t let it continue without addressing it,” LeJeune said. Here are more tips, provided by LeJeune and the Cyberbulling Research Center: • Don’t wait for bullying to occur before you talk to your child about it. Be proactive. The more connected they become, the more you should explain how technology should be used and how others may adversely take advantage of it. Tell them what you want them to do if they become a cyberbully victim. • Create an environment that encourages communication with your child. Ask them about their favorite Web sites. Insist on being their friend on Facebook or MySpace, but don’t just be an overseer; interact with them. This will make conversations about online activity more comfortable for both of you. Check out their profile regularly to see what they’re posting, and what others are posting as well. • If your child becomes the victim of a cyberbully, take action – but don’t necessarily go it alone. Talk to them about how they would like you to help them. Make it clear that something has to be done, but work together to develop a mutually beneficial course of action. It’s likely that your child will be cautious of any action you take because they don’t want to make the situation worse. If you work together, you develop a sense of trust and can proceed with steps that make everyone as comfortable as possible. • Talk to school administrators if you suspect, witness or discover cyberbulling by or against your child. This type of behavior very often manifests itself at school; it’s important that teachers and administrators are aware of it so they can intervene in an appropriate way.

According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, about 20 percent of youth between the ages of 11-18 will be the victim of repeated cyber-harassment at some point in their lives, and as many as 40 percent will experience at least one instance of it. “There are countless possibilities for bullies today,” said Chauntelle LeJeune, MA, LMFT, LPC, therapist with Solutions EAP. “Mass messaging, public postings, blanket emails, text messaging, photo and video sharing, and Web sites present opportunities to harass someone instanteously on a much larger scale and to a much larger audience. The bullying may take place in cyberspace, but it affects the real world in very serious ways.” Research has revealed a link between cyberbulling and low self-esteem, family problems, academic problems, school violence and delinquent behavior, according to the CRC. Cyberbullied youth also reported having suicidal thoughts. Chat rooms were a popular venue for harassment when the Internet first exploded on the adolescent scene; today, social networking sites like Facebook and videosharing sites like YouTube have become hotbeds for adolescent warfare. “There have been cases where teenagers have not only created videos or profiles to


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make fun of their peers, they have actually created Web sites specifically designed to spread or share hateful information about someone else,” LeJeune said. “What makes cyberbullying particularly devastating is that it can be done anonymously, so the victim doesn’t even know the identity of their bully. Cyberbullying is also extremely viral, which means the hurtful information can travel quickly to a large group of people, some of whom may join in the attack. Cyberbulling is also uniquely effective in that it can be done outside of the watchful eyes of parents or teachers.”

• In the case of cyberbulling, don’t just target the bully to set things straight. Contact the Web site, cell phone provider, or other applicable technological device to report the offending information and have it removed if possible. • If you discover that your child is a cyberbully, take action. There should be consequences for this type of behavior.

According to the CRC, two-thirds of youth go online daily for various reasons. The fact that they are so connected means that they are more and more susceptible to cyber-attacks. “Most parents understand that it’s their responsibility to keep watch on their child’s activity – whether it’s at home, on computers, cell phones or other devices – but most also understand the reality that not every single message can be monitored. That doesn’t mean that parents are helpless, however. There are plenty of things they can do to keep their child safe,” LeJeune said. First of all, recognize the signs that your child might be a victim of cyber harassment. “If your child suddenly loses interest in their cell phone or computer, find out why. That is an important indicator that something is going on.”

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How does a cavity form?

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If not removed, the acids in plaque dissolve the surface of a tooth’s enamel and then create a hole called a cavity. If a cavity is left untreated, the decay will destroy the tooth’s internal structures and will eventually cause the loss of the tooth. It is also possible for a tooth abscess develop. An abscess is an often-painful infection stemming from the center of the tooth. “Removing a cavity before it gets to this later stage can better ensure the safety of the tooth and prevent patient discomfort,” says Dr. Robinson

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Bacteria are always present in the mouth. It converts food, most specifically starch and sugar, into acids. The bacteria, acid and food debris merge together in the mouth to form plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance that adheres to the teeth, mostly along the gum line and on the edges of fillings. If plaque is not removed from the teeth it will mineralize (convert) to harder-to-remove tartar. “Plaque can begin to form on one’s teeth as soon as 20 minutes after eating,” says Dr. Robinson. “In fact this is the time when most of the mouth’s bacterial activity occurs.”

“The key to preventing cavities is to maintain proper dental hygiene and care, but for some people this will not be enough,” says Dr. Robinson. “Cavities can be genetic. Some people are born with ‘softer teeth’ and produce less saliva, which can make them more prone to cavities.” Proper oral hygiene and dental care consist of the following: • Receive regular professional cleanings at your dentist’s office. • Receive yearly x-rays at your dentist’s office to check for cavity development. • Brush properly at least twice a day. • Floss at least once daily. • Limit your intake of sugary foods • Try to eat chewy and sticky foods as part of a meal and not as a snack. If possible, brush after eating these types of foods, or at least rinse your mouth with water.

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It’s not unusual to feel like you are being thrown back in time when you hear the word “cavity.” Many of us view cavities as being a “kids’ issue,” but really a person can get a cavity at any age, and you don’t have to overdose on Halloween candy to get one. “Tooth decay is one of the most common medical conditions. It’s second only to the common cold.” say Tim Robinson, DDS, a dentist with Robinson Dental Group.

Many times people with a cavity do not experience any symptoms. “Cavities are often painless until they have grown very large and are affecting nerves, or if a tooth becomes fractured.” says Dr. Robinson. If symptoms do occur they may include: • Tooth pain or an ache especially after hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks • Visible pits or holes in a tooth or teeth “The majority of cavities are found during the early stages through routine dental checkups. Sometimes we find out a tooth is soft during an exam or a cavity is found through x-rays,” says Dr. Robinson. “Being able to remove a cavity early is the best-case scenario. It gives us the greatest chance of saving the tooth, and the patient will not have to go through the discomfort often experienced during the later stages of a cavity.”

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Piece Together Your Ancestral Puzzle Soon we will enter the season of family get-togethers. Maw-Maws, Paw-Paws, aunties, nannies, parrains and uncles will gather in family homes to enjoy and in some cases tolerate each other’s company. This regrouping not only provides an opportunity to visit with extended family, it also creates an ideal situation for you to get down to your roots.

Anytime you have a large number of family members together, whether it’s a reunion or Thanksgiving dinner, it’s an opportunity to start building your family tree, according to Shirley Burwell, branch manager of the Southwest Louisiana Genealogy Library. With patience, investigative skills and a large dose of infectious curiosity, its branches could reach further than expected.

According to Burwell, who has traced her ancestry to 1600s France, learning your family history means learning about yourself. “We’re not just one person. We are all of our ancestors too. When we learn about our ancestors, we find things we’re proud of and things we’re ashamed of, but we understand that just because we can’t change our history doesn’t mean we shouldn’t know it.”

Although an ideal time to ask questions of family members is when everyone is under one roof, you can start your search at any point, at any time. For most, it begins with a spark of curiosity. That’s how it began for Sherry Perkins.

While Perkins discovered that most of her ancestors were white farmers with little education, she also found a freed woman of color in her lineage. Other surprising finds: a murderous thief, a Confederate deserter, and a woman who died in a Georgia insane asylum in the late 1800s.

Perkins, a native of DeRidder, started digging into her family history 20 years ago. “I was a 20-year-old soldier stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington (and) like other young soldiers, I lived in the barracks. I met people from all over the world from different ethnic backgrounds, races and religions. Oftentimes our discussions would turn to family history,” she said. As soldiers swapped familial backgrounds, telling stories about great-grandparent from Italy or German grandparents, they would turn to Sherry and ask where she came from. “My response was always the same: ‘I don’t know. I’m from Louisiana.’ As generic as that was, I never knew what else to say. All I knew was that for the past five generations, all my family was born and raised in Louisiana.

Once I saw how knowledgeable and proud others were about their histories, my goal was to find where my families originated. After all, we couldn’t have always been from Louisiana.”

“I feel it’s important for people to know their ancestry because it gives us a sense of history, a pride in our families’ struggles and a feeling of completeness. If not for our ancestors, we wouldn’t be here. They are my celebrities, they are my heroes,” Perkins said. “My great-grandparents struggled with real worries, such as no food and no work, during the Great Depression. Sixty years before that, the nation struggled with thoughts of being independent or keeping the Union together. History is not only filled with special events, it is also filled with special people.” Building a family tree can also center us into what’s important, according to Armajean Declouet, who works in the genealogy library alongside Burwell.

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Perkins has successfully traced her ancestry to a family living in North Carolina in the early 1700s and is currently investigating the suspicion that her ancestors helped settle Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in the U.S., in the early 1600s.

“Many people have a need to rush back to their foundation, especially with everything that’s going on in our world. They want to go back to their old landmarks in the same way families used to do with Sunday dinners,” she said.

Declouet has followed some of her lineage to 1850. As an African American, she faces some unique challenges in tracing genealogy, but says these challenges shouldn’t be enough to deter anyone from digging into their past. She said even for African Americans whose ancestors were slaves, there are records available to continue the search – records of slaveowners could provide useful clues, for example.

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“Yes, African Americans face some obstacles, but that’s a basic part of doing genealogy no matter what race you are. The fun is in the hunt,” she said. All researchers face challenges when diving into their past, according to Burwell and Declouet. Here’s a few of the more common obstacles: • Misspelled names. In this day and age it seems odd for someone to misspell their own name, but in years past, it wasn’t unusual for one name to have variant spellings. People often spelled names the way they sounded, which could mean different things for different people. A resident may spell Green as “Grein,” for example, while a Census taker may spell it as “Greene.” While this could add another dimension to your search, it certainly shouldn’t prevent it. • Tight-lipped family members. While some older family members may love to spin yarns about the days of yore, there are plenty of others who prefer not to divulge too much information about their past. Don’t let that stop you. In many cases, all you need is a name and a birth date to get started. And even if you don’t have a birth date, there are ways around it, Burwell said. Declouet noted that even the most secretive of family members sometimes unknowingly drop hints about their past at some point – so pay attention. • Lost records. Before electricity, fires were a fairly common occurrence. In Calcasieu Parish, for example, a massive amount of records were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1910. But according to the genealogical librarians, that hasn’t stopped local families from finding information about their families. For every lost record there’s another that exists. Critical research tools for anyone dabbling in genealogy include baptismal records, marriage and death certificates, cemetery records, succession records, the U.S. Census, and anywhere else the records may lead, according to Burwell. For natives of Southwest Louisiana, the records of Father Donald Hebert are priceless, she said. Fr. Hebert, who died in 2000, spent years compiling civil and sacramental records for Southwest Louisiana dating back to 1756. His compilation is available at the genealogy library, along with countless other records and assistance. Burwell said that although there are Web sites designed to help people build their family tree, there is no replacement for personal assistance from trained genealogical librarians – especially ones that have shelves stocked with reference materials. “All you have to do is start with yourself,” Declouet said.

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abnormal blood vessels form beneath the retina. It poses a much more serious threat to your eyesight, but laser surgery can help some patients avoid further vision loss. To get the earliest possible treatment, see an eye doctor promptly if your vision becomes fuzzy or blurry, if straight lines look wavy, or if blank or dark spots show up in the center of your vision.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes can damage the blood vessels that feed the retina, putting people with the disease at high risk for blindness. Retinal damage is particularly common in people who have had diabetes for at least 10 years, and it’s nearly universal in those who have had the disorder for 30 years or more. Diabetic retinopathy causes blurred or fluctuating vision, and it can worsen rapidly. When caught in time, the disease can be treated with laser surgery. If you have diabetes, annual checkups with an eye doctor are absolutely essential. Carefully controlling both your blood sugar and your blood pressure will also go a long way toward preventing vision loss.

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As you age, there are other eye conditions that commonly develop, including presbyopia, floaters and dry eyes Dr. Lacoste says these problems won’t seriously impair your vision, but can definitely be a nuisance. Presbyopia is the medical name for the inevitable decline in a person’s ability to read small print or focus on anything held close to the eyes. People begin to notice the onset of presbyopia in their early to mid-forties when the lens of the eye begins to lose flexibility. If you get tired of holding books at arm’s length, you can fix the problem with a pair of reading glasses, bifocal glasses, contact lenses and even LASIK laser vision correction for monovision (one eye corrected for distance vision and one for near vision). Floaters are spots that drift across your field of vision. Some people are born with floaters, but they can also result when the fluid in your eye deteriorates through age, injury, or disease. These are no cause for alarm, however, you should call an eye doctor if the floaters suddenly become more common, or are accompanied by flashes of light. These may be symptoms of a detached retina.

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Remember when you could sit down to read a newspaper without reaching for your glasses? You may never have those young eyes again, but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a life of poor vision. In fact, many older people have good eyesight into their 80s and beyond. “Growing older does not always mean poor vision. But age does bring with it changes that can weaken your eyes,” explains Alan Lacoste, MD, ophthalmologist with The Eye Clinic. “Regular, routine eye care is the best way to make sure these changes don’t result in permanent vision loss.” According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, one in three Americans will suffer from a sight-related disease by age 65. Here are brief descriptions of the most common of these diseases, and information regarding prevention and treatment: A cataract is a gradual clouding of your eye’s lens, marked by blurred vision, impaired night vision, and halos around lights. A cataract may need no treatment at all if the vision is only a little blurry. A change in eyeglass prescription may improve vision for a while. There are no medications, eye drops, exercises or glasses that will cause cataracts to disappear once they have formed. Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and it is one of the most common surgeries performed on Americans over age 65. Cataracts are most common in people over 60, and the risks are higher for people with diabetes and those who take corticosteroids. Excess exposure to the sun and cigarette smoke are also risk factors, so cover up when you go outside and if you smoke, quit.


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This disease of the retina is the leading cause of blindness in people over 65. It results when the macula, the part of the retina responsible for sharp vision, begins to deteriorate. Macular degeneration comes in two forms, dry and wet. The dry form, in which the retina has simply worn thin with age, is untreatable, but it is usually slow to progress and rarely causes severe vision loss. Some research suggests that vitamins and minerals may slow its development. The wet form of the disease occurs when

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Aging and Vision Care Continued from p43 Dry eye is usually caused by a problem with the quality of the tear film that lubricates the eyes. Many find relief simply from using artificial tears on a regular basis. Some of these products are watery and alleviate the symptoms temporarily; others are thicker and adhere to the eye longer. Preservative-free tears are recommended because they are the most soothing and have fewer additives that could potentially irritate. Avoid products that whiten the eyes – they don’t have adequate lubricating qualities and often make the problem worse. Closing the opening of the tear drain in the eyelid with special inserts called punctal plugs is another option. This works like closing a sink drain with a stopper, trapping the tears on the eye, keeping it moist. “It’s also important to remember that older adults often take medications for other health conditions and that some of these may affect your vision with side effects such as blurred vision, dry eyes, and light sensitivity. Most effects are temporary and will stop when you quit taking the medicine, but it’s important to keep your eye doctor up to date on all the drugs and supplements that you’re using,” says Dr. Lacoste. And while some changes your vision and eye health may be inevitable, Dr. Lacoste recommends these few practical steps to older adults to ensure the best vision possible for your circumstances. • See an eye doctor every one to two years under normal circumstances or once a year if you have diabetes or a family history of eye diseases.

as carrots and sweet potatoes, are good sources of these nutrients. Your eye doctor may recommend a daily multivitamin as an added source of nutrients. Dr. Lacoste also recommends simply adding more light to your house if your vision seems to have “faded” with age. For activities like reading and sewing, add lamps that are brighter than overall room lighting. Shades, blinds, and drapes can reduce indoor glare, and an anti-reflective coating on your eyeglass lenses can be helpful, too. “Even with more severe vision loss, you may be able to continue reading and performing other tasks with the aid of special telescopic glasses, magnifying glasses, and electronic reading devices. Talk to your eye doctor about the devices that may work best for you,” says Dr. Lacoste. “When it comes to your vision, as with most things in life, prevention is far better than cure. Just as you have regular exams to monitor and manage other aspects of your health, it’s also important to get your eyes checked regularly, and to realize that an eye exam is not just a check for a new prescription. It’s a vital check on the overall health of your eyes that can help ensure a lifetime of good vision.” For more information about any eye health or vision problem, visit

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Adequate planning will make for a successful grand finale – Moving Day. Demarie provided the following tips for residents to follow on the day of the big event: • Plan to spend the entire day at the house. Last-minute decisions must be made by you. Don’t leave until after the movers have gone. • Hire a sitter or send the kids to a friend’s house for the day. • Stay with the moving van driver to oversee inventory. • Tell packers and/or driver about fragile or precious items.

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Of all the tasks faced by modern man, moving would probably be at the bottom of most people’s lists of fun things to do. Packing, hauling, lifting, carrying and unpacking aren’t necessarily considered ideal ways to spend an afternoon, but at some point in our lives, it’s inevitable. We’ll find a better apartment or rent house. We’ll part ways with our college roommate. We’ll close on our first mortgage. And we will be faced with the daunting task of getting ourselves from point A to point B. “In most cases, relocating is exciting because you’re looking forward to settling into a new home. It’s the actual moving that’s the hard part,” said Tara Demarie, REALTOR® relocation director for Century 21 Bessette Realty. “I’ve found that the people who have the most difficult moving days are those who haven’t adequately prepared beforehand. Residents typically know at least a month before they’re going to relocate. The number-one way to have a smooth move is to start planning as soon as you know you’ll be relocating. The last thing you want to do is scramble 24 hours before moving day.” Ideally, you can start smoothing the road toward moving day six weeks before it arrives. According to Demarie, that’s the time to start your own version of spring cleaning. Packing can be a frustrating task, so why pack things that you don’t really want or need? Instead, plan a garage sale or charitable donation. Return borrowed items. Six weeks out is also the time to get estimates from professional movers or moving companies. You can also start collecting boxes and packing materials, unless you’re fortunate enough to have hired a packing service. Now that you’ve cleaned out the non-essentials (and kept all your receipts for tax purposes), it’s time for the practicals – notify magazine subscriptions of your change of address; contact utility companies to set up shut-off and turn-on times; check the freezer and refrigerator and plan out meals for the next two or three weeks so you


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don’t have to worry about housing fresh sacks of groceries; and secure a safe place for valuables so they don’t get misplaced in the move. All this should be done about four weeks before moving day. “It’s also a good idea to service power mowers, boats and other gas-powered equipment and drain all the gas or oil so there aren’t any accidents during the move,” Demarie said.

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One week before moving day, it’s time to face the more tedious tasks of moving: Transfer or close checking and savings accounts, if necessary; service your automobile if you’re traveling a significant distance; file change-of-address with the U.S. Post Office; and cancel all newspapers, garden services, or lawn maintenance. Obviously this is also the time to start packing – but make sure you don’t pack away items that you’ll need access to in the process. “Residents should remember to organize at least one room for packers and movers to move around freely,” Demarie said. “Also, if you’ve hired professional movers, it’s a good idea to take inventory of the condition of all of your furniture before the moving begins. That way you can assess what damage existed before moving day and which were caused by the movers. Make sure they’re aware that you have a detailed record. Share it with them if possible. Not only does this give you cause in case something is damaged, it also keeps movers on their toes and will make them more careful when handling your belongings. Ideally, professional movers will do this already. That’s one reason why it’s a good idea to get references and ask around for feedback before you hire a moving company.”

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Think about all the lifting, reaching, pulling and pushing you do every day – whether it’s bringing in a bag of groceries, combing your hair, sweeping the floor, hammering a nail or throwing a ball. With all we demand of our shoulders, it’s really not that surprising that shoulder pain is a very common problem. Geoffrey Collins, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and shoulder specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, explains that what most people call the shoulder is really several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion to the arm. Mobility can take a toll, however. “Over time, repetitive motion on the job or through sports activities may lead to shoulder pain,” says Dr. Collins said. For Mable Moore, age 66, of Moss Bluff, it was her years of work in a school cafeteria and as a janitor that caught up with her after she retired. She shoulders had severe arthritis in both of her shoulders. th o b ad h o re, who has yatt, with n “The pain was so bad I could barely lift my Mable Moo lif ts her grandson, W ow arms. I couldn’t do anything around my house; I replaced, n pain at all. couldn’t even wash my hair. That’s when I knew I had to do something.” And do something she did. Moore has had not just one, but both of her shoulders replaced in the past two years. Dr. Collins used a relatively new procedure called the “reverse shoulder replacement.” He explains that this technique is designed to eliminate pain and restore function in people with severe shoulder arthritis who also have a tear in the rotator cuff. “The rotator cuff is essentially a cushion that prevents cartilage from rubbing on bone while at the same time providing an attachment for four muscles that are necessary for raising the arm. Basically, the rotator cuff kept things moving easily and intact. When that becomes damaged, it causes pain and loss of mobility.”

blade and the socket is placed on top of the arm bone; opposite of the normal anatomy, which explains why it is known as “reverse” shoulder replacement. “By reversing the socket and metal ball, the center of rotation is maintained. This shifts the strength needed to move the arm away from the damaged rotator cuff muscles to the healthier deltoid muscle, solving the problem of what to do with the problematic rotator cuff,” explains Dr. Collins. “Before reverse shoulder replacement, we could relieve pain but normal motion was not restored to satisfactory levels. With a reverse procedure, we’re able to relieve pain and restore motion. Patients report a big improvement and are able to return to normal activities and enjoy life again.” Moore is one of those very happy patients. “Before my first surgery, I was ready to cut my arm off it hurt so bad,” she said. “I had tried other treatments and nothing helped. I was not eager to have surgery. I knew other people who had had a shoulder replacement and weren’t happy, but I was to the point that nothing could be worse than what I was already experiencing. I was so glad I did it. The entire experience was much better than I expected and I recovered quickly. I was more than eager to have the second arm done, and I just had my one-year followup appointment. I have full use of my shoulders again and am back to doing everything I want to do. I’m so glad this procedure was available with Dr. Collins.” This reverse shoulder procedure has been used for nearly 15 years in Europe, and was approved by the United States’ Food and Drug Administration several years ago. Studies show very positive results from the data collected to this point. Dr. Collins has 13 years of experience in shoulder surgery, and is specifically trained in reverse shoulder replacement. He says patients who are candidates for this procedure are usually over age 60 and have both a damaged rotator cuff and arthritis in the shoulder. They usually report severe, constant pain and limited motion in their shoulder. For more information about shoulder pain and treatment options, including the reverse shoulder procedure, call Center for Orthopaedics at 721-7236 or visit


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How to Go egan in Southwest Louisiana In a region known for rich etouffees, chicken and sausage gumbo and deep-fried catfish, it may seem outlandish – if not impossible – to voluntarily eliminate meat and seafood from your regular diet. But how about nixing butter, milk, eggs, cheese, and any other food item that originates from animals? Not only can you do it, you can also continue to enjoy the things you ate as a carnivore, according to Missy Coppage, a recent convert to veganism. While vegetarians are defined as those who exclude meat and seafood from their diets, veganism is typically considered a philosophy and a lifestyle in which the vegan excludes the use of animals as much as possible in their daily lives – this includes clothing as well as food. Whereas many vegetarians continue to eat dairy products such as eggs or cheese, vegans choose not to consume animal products of any kind. This not only includes obvious animal food sources like milk; it also means the exclusion of certain breads or other foods that contain animal byproducts. It is estimated that vegetarians comprise about 4 percent of the U.S. population, while vegans constitute just 1.3 percent. The shift to veganism wasn’t a giant leap for Missy – she’s been a vegetarian since age 10, when her brother revealed the ingredients of hot dogs to her at a family cookout. “From that day forward, I was done with meat,” Missy, 32, said. “Prior to that I was already a picky eater. It had a lot to do with the way things tasted at first, but as I got older, it became more about animal welfare, health and the environment.” Missy and William Coppage

Missy, a native of North Carolina, turned to veganism at the beginning of the year, not long after she moved to Southwest Louisiana with her husband William. Becoming a vegan meant fewer opportunities to eat out and more reasons to cook at home, so she gathered a collection of recipes and went to work. She wanted to convert her carnivorous husband as

Grandma’s Orange Cookies said. “If you don’t want to do it for the environment or (animal welfare), then at least do it for good health.” Missy maintains a blog, “Vegan in Louisiana,” at to document her experiences. She calls it her way of answering the inevitable question: “What do you eat?” Here are a few of Missy’s recipes from “Vegan in Louisiana.” As she points out, “You don’t have to be vegan to try them. You may just want to do something different.”

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well, and knew he’d be more likely to join her if she could recreate some of his favorite dishes. She expected cooking to be one of the greatest challenges of being vegan, but soon discovered that she was surprisingly good at it. “Time is the only real challenge to becoming a vegan because you pretty much have to prepare all of your own meals. There aren’t many opportunities to eat out. Finding things to eat when you’re traveling can also be difficult,” she said. “Most people think this kind of diet is expensive, but cost isn’t really a challenge for me. A basketful of veggies costs far less than a basketful of meat. Some of the specialty things, like vegan cheese, are a little more costly, but I still wouldn’t say that cost is a big factor.” She says the costliness of being a vegan is just one of the misunderstood factors about her lifestyle. She also has to combat the myth that vegans are frail, weak and undernourished – she points to her work as a gymnastics instructor as proof that this is far from the truth. “Another big myth is about protein and calcium. People are trained to think that meat equals protein and milk equals calcium. They aren’t aware of how many other foods contain both of these things,” she said. “Vegans who aren’t healthy aren’t unhealthy because they’re vegans – they’re unhealthy because they aren’t following a balanced meal plan. The same could be said for anyone.” The American Heart Association also dispels the belief that people need meat and dairy in their lives to obtain protein and calcium. According to the AHA, plant proteins alone can provide enough of the essential and non-essential amino acids, as long as sources of dietary protein are varied and caloric intake is high enough to meet energy needs. Other nutrient-rich sources are whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. For calcium, the AHA recommends greens like spinach, kale, broccoli, and some legumes and soybean products. Switching to a vegan diet also has ecological effects, according to Missy, who references a recent study released by the United Nations Environment Program. The study found that as the global population surges to 9.1 billion over the next 40 years, shifting toward a vegan diet could be vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and climate change. The panel ranked products, resources, economic activities and transport by their environmental impacts; agriculture was on par with fossil fuel consumption because both rise rapidly with increased economic growth, according to the study, whose researchers stated that “biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as (burning) fossil fuels.” “Obviously veganism isn’t for everybody. I know that. But if people could just limit the amount of meat they have in their diets, it would be good for their bodies and the environment – even just skipping meat for one meal helps,” she


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For Icing 1/2 Box Confectioners Sugar (1/2 lb) 1/2 tsp butter 1/2 Orange (Rind and Juice)

Ingredients 1 Package Tempeh, sliced 2 Cups Water 1 No-Chicken Bullion Cube 1 Clove Garlic, minced 1 Crown Broccoli 1/2 Tbsp powdered Ginger 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice 4 Tbsp Raw Sugar 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce 2 tsp Chili Paste 1 Tbsp White Vinegar 1/2 Tbsp Sherry (optional) Salt and Pepper to taste 1 1/2 Tbsp Cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tbsp Warm Water Brown Rice

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Sunday Funday Quiche Ingredients: 1 Package Extra-Firm Tofu, drained and pressed 1 tsp Onion Powder 1 tsp Garlic Powder 1 tsp Sea Salt 1/2 tsp Turmeric 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast 1/4 Cup Cornstarch 1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice 4 Cups Veggies of your choice to fill • • • • •

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix butter and agave. Add applesauce. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients. Then add to rest alternating with ‘ soymilk. Next add rind and juice. (If batter is too runny add more flour 1 Tbsp at a time. Should be the consistency of pancake batter) Spoon onto cookie sheet, about 1 Tbsp in size. Space out well as these will spread. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Place on cooling rack or wax paper until cool. Mix all icing ingredients together. Spread onto cooled cookies.

Chicken Nuggets Ingredients 1 Can Garbanzo Beans 2 Tbsp Olive Oil (for pan frying) 1/2 Cup Vital Wheat Gluten 1/3 Cup Water 2 Tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos 2 Cloves Garlic, grated 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning 1/2 tsp Paprika 1/2 tsp Dried Sage 1/2 tsp Lemon Zest 1 Package Shake and Bake Breadcrumbs (for chicken) 1/2 Cup Soymilk • • • • • •

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except for veggie filling in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Put blended mixture in medium size bowl and add veggies. Mix all together. Pour into pie crust or 9-inch pie dish. Spread mixture around with spatula until smooth and flat on top. • Bake 40-45 minutes. (until golden, and center is not mushy) • Cool for about 10 minutes then serve.

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When doctors order MRIs, most patients follow through without giving much thought to the machine, their radiologist or the venue in which they have the procedure done, but when it comes to MRIs, all is not equal, according to Kim Moss, R.T., with Southwest Louisiana Imaging. “All MRI machines are not alike. We have an assortment of different technology in our area, but the bottom line is, the stronger the magnet, the better the image quality,” Moss said. “The terminology that patients need to understand is that T stands for the strength of the magnet, so 0.3T is the lowest in our area and 3T is the highest. We also have 1.5T MRI, which is still a very good choice for most anatomy.” Southwest Louisiana Imaging Medical Director Charles Brdlik, MD, says “the addition of the 3T Verio MRI system in our facility allows us to have the widest ranges of imaging capabilities while being able to cater those services to patients in almost any situation.” According to Moss, 3T imaging is best for neurological and musculoskeletal/joint areas and is an ideal choice for patients needing imaging for the brain, spine and joints. “With 3T technology, it is now possible to obtain significantly faster scans, with increased resolution, thus

making the overall patient experience much better resulting in higher quality images, says John Chiasson, R.T., Chief MRI Technologist at Southwest Louisiana Imaging. “The newer large bore-type high field units, like the 3T MRI , sometimes referred to as Open Image Technology, are much larger in circumference and can accommodate patients of all sizes, up to 500 pounds. Most patients are surprised that they can complete an MRI now after having a less than optimal experience previously. We’ve come a very long way with technology,” Moss said. She said most patients aren’t aware that they can choose their provider and facility. Because the cost of an MRI is comparable at most facilities, she said patients should feel comfortable in asking their physician what their opinion is on the best imaging choice for their needs. Some questions to ask, Moss said: Is the equipment ACR accredited? Is there an on-site radiologist at the facility? How quickly will the doctor receive the results? What is the strength of the magnet? What is the best choice for my problem? “And most importantly, where would the physician go for their own imaging, or their family’s?” Moss said.

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Wound Healing Center at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Offers Advice on Silent Epidemic There is a hidden epidemic that is affecting five percent more people each year as it strikes up to 4.5 million times. Yet no one talks about it. Pressure ulcers are no longer referred to as bedsores but the name change hasn’t encouraged discussion about these wounds that develop when there is prolonged pressure between the skin and bone. “An aging population along with rising rates of diabetes and obesity mean more and more people are at risk for pressure ulcers,” explains Katherine J. Rowland, chief clinical officer for National Healing Corporation which partners with hospitals around the nation to treat pressure ulcers and other chronic wounds. “It is important to become informed and know how to prevent them and how to treat them so that they do not get worse and more difficult to cure.” Pressure ulcers occur when a person remains in one position for too long without shifting his or her weight, which decreases the blood supply to the area causing

skin and tissue to break down. If not properly treated, these areas may evolve into wounds that can extend down to bone. The primary treatment is to relieve or reduce the pressure. Additional care may also involve removing the non-living tissue from around the wound with surgical instruments or with newly developed dressings and chemicals. The first visible signs of a pressure ulcer may be a red area on the skin that doesn’t fade or, for those with darker complexions, persistent areas of red, blue or purple with a different skin temperature or texture. In addition to the elderly and people with diabetes, others at risk are those with limited mobility, poor nutrition, incontinence and conditions that prevent blood flow and cause lack of sensation.

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Keep an Eye on Fall and Winter Many of us are breathing a sigh of relief to have the summer heat give way to the fall. However, as you’re shifting seasons, it’s important to note that during the fall and winter people can experience serious vision issues due to elevated UV rays and dry eye syndrome. “Unfortunately many people do not think they have to continue practicing proper preventive eye care after the summer,” says Keith Menard, O.D., an optometrist at Menard Eye Center. “But risk factors like damage from UV rays and dry eye syndrome actually increase during the fall and winter months.” Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays can increase the likelihood of serious eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration, and cause vision conditions like pingueculae, callous type growths on the conjunctiva, the white of the eye; and pterygia, growths extending onto the cornea, the clear front part of the eye. “It’s important to wear proper sunglasses during every season,” says Dr. Menard. “While the rays may feel stronger during the summer, cooler temperatures in the fall and winter do not mean that the sun’s UV rays are not still dangerous.” UV rays are not the only vision issue to watch out for this fall and winter. The decreased humidity, dryness from heated rooms and greater winds cause many people to experience dry eye syndrome. “Many people assume that irritations associated with dry eye syndrome, such as watery eyes, grittiness and redness, are just a normal part of life or a mild allergy,” says Dr. Menard. “But dry eye is not just a discomfort; if left untreated it can turn into a serious vision problem.” Dry eye syndrome is the most commonly experienced eye condition. A national study conducted by Eagle Vision and Yankelovich found that one of out of five Americans have dry eye syndrome—that’s approximately 59 million people. Dry eye syndrome occurs when there is a deficiency in eye’s production of the quantity and quality of tears, or a drying out of the tear film. The eye’s three-layer tear film, made of oil, mucus, and water with antibodies and special proteins, forms the tears. The eye is dependent on the lubrication from tears to maintain comfort, vision

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Silent Epidemic continued from p54 The experts at the Wound Healing Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, a National Healing Corporation Wound Healing Center, offer these tips for lowering your risk: • Change your position every 15 minutes when sitting and at least every two hours in bed. • Donut-type pillows can harm tissue. Purchase commercially available pressure reducing cushions and mattresses but avoid those that resemble egg crate foam. • Place a pillow under your calves to prevent your heels from touching the bed and using pillows and foam wedges to keep ankles and knees apart. • In treating incontinence, cleanse skin and use a topical moisture barrier. Avoid using plasticbacked linen-saving devices or diapers. • Use mild soaps and water when bathing and apply skin moisturizers to prevent dryness. • If confined to bed, do not raise the head of the bed more than 30 degrees and use an overhead trapeze to assist in movement. • Seek medical treatment if ulcers show warning signs of infection including increased pain at the wound site, redness or swelling spreading away from the wound, a foul wound odor, change in color or amount of drainage from the wound or if you experience fever, chills, nausea or vomiting. For more information about treating and preventing pressure ulcers and other chronic wounds, contact the Wound Healing Center at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital located at 701 Cypress Street in Sulphur or call (337) 528-4708. The Wound Healing Center at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is located at 701 Cypress Street in Sulphur. A National Healing Corporation Wound Healing Center, it specializes in the treatment of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions and offers hospital-based outpatient wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. National Healing Corporation has earned The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification for wound care. Call (337) 528-4708.

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resident Carol Anne Gayle has portrayed characters of stage and screen for more than 40 years. A native of Cape Cod, she comes from a family of artistic lineage that includes poets, actors, dancers and artists. Gayle, one of the area’s most accomplished artists, is a familiar face to patrons of community theatre and fans of independent film. She is a former student of legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner and a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse of New York, whose alumni also include Sydney Pollack, Sandra Bullock, Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, and many other notable performers. Her film roles include “Good Boy,”“Little Chenier,” and “Red 71.” In 2006 she received an Accolade Award for best art direction for “Mercy,” a film starring fellow veteran performer Gary Shannon. Her numerous stage credits include “Anne of Green Gables,” “The Cocktail Hour,” “Tuna Christmas,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”


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As an educator, Gayle has created numerous workshops and programs for the local school system to benefit the local arts education community. She is also visual artist and currently serves as the exhibit and program specialist at Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center. Gayle shared her experiences of stage and screen with Thrive.


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Her current directorial and acting project is “Louisiana Women,” a series of onewoman plays written by local playwright Carolyn Woosley. “Louisiana Women” tells the stories of local female visionaries who changed the historical tide of the state through their contributions to art, music, and activism. In addition to directing, Gayle will portray the role of Shreveport artist Clyde Connell. “Louisiana Women” also stars Molly Markwick, Donna Rigdon Jones and Kathy Lynn Heath.

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What drew you to acting, and what was your first experience with it? When you grow up on Cape Cod and have a family lineage that includes Isadora Duncan, pioneer of modern dance; Raymond Duncan, philosopher, poet, artist, and publisher; and Angus Duncan, one of the founding members of Actors Equity, it’s kind of hard to avoid. Surrounded by artists as a child I was fascinated by their ability to transform and emotionally move you. The Eugene O’Neil Theatre, now the Provincetown Playhouse, was just down the beach from my grandfather’s sandal shop. We provided custom footwear for many artists, including Edward Hopper. I used to usher at the playhouse and when I experienced the ‘magic’ they created, I decided right then and there to become a skilled actor. After an apprenticeship program at the Arena Theatre, a director recommended me to the master teacher of acting, Sanford Meisner. Off I went to New York City to study with him at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. I was the youngest one in my class. It was incredible to work amongst committed and seasoned actors who took their craft seriously. In fact Sandy had a framed quote on his office wall: “I wish the stage were as narrow as the wire of a tightrope dancer, so that no incompetent would dare step upon it.” This hung just behind him as he interviewed me.

of monologues written by Caroline Woosley and performed as a touring show throughout the state. I play Clyde Connell, a sculptress, civil rights activist and leader in the Presbyterian Church. Donna Jones and Molly Markwick play Kate Chopin and Caroline Dormon respectively. Directing these actors has been an inspirational joy. We will be at McNeese at the end of the month.

Sanford Meisner said that acting is “the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” What does this mean to you? Acting truthfully under imaginary circumstances happens when an actor has done their homework. They understand the emotional realities of the scene, the relationship, the circumstances of the moment in the play and after working through the “magic if” you have prepared yourself to simply step on stage and ‘BE’ in the moment. The physical realities come from the playwright, the psychological realities come from the history of your character and the emotional realities come from the actor’s “magic if”. Once you know your objective in any particular scene, you simply play the scene.

Which was the most difficult, and why? The most difficult are the ones with either intense emotional range, or split second comic timing that requires you to think on your feet. Quick change shows like Woosley’s one-woman show “Louisiana Women,” where I played up to six women alternating three per weekend was downright schizophrenic at times. There was another show where I played a man in one scene and then a woman in another – hilarious to watch, but mindblowing to perform.

You have filled virtually every role associated with live theatre – costume design, acting, directing. Is there one that you prefer above the others? Why? I prefer the one I am working on at any given moment in time. It’s too hard to pick any one skill, for I enjoy the creative process so much. Acting is the one I have done the longest, directing and art direction came later. They all inspire and challenge me. I love them all. Right now I’m combining acting and directing, working with talented and committed artists for “Louisiana Women”, a trio

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How many roles have you played throughout your career? Which did you enjoy or relate to the most? I have worked on so many roles throughout my 40+ year career. I can’t remember them all – who keeps count? The most enjoyable are the ones where I feel I have truthfully transported the audience, engaged with my fellow actors and lived each moment on stage with truth in the reality of doing. Some roles stand out for their emotional scope such playing Isadora in “The Scarf,” Meg in “Painting Churches,” Blanche in “A Streetcar Named Desire” .. these are all emotional drains by the time the curtain falls. Comedies are fun and exhilarating, but they’re hard work because the timing requires such orchestrated execution. Oscar Wilde, Moliere, Fedeau, and Shakespeare, just to name a few, are wonderful to play.

How do you approach new roles? When I start a new role, the first thing I do is black out all the stage directions. I want the character to come from me, not an imitation of what someone else did. I like to work from an organic and almost instinctual place of truth. Actors have natural instincts that should be listened to and followed and explored whenever possible. It’s their reality of doing that will lead them to the truth in a scene. It will color their choices and make their performance most unique, and interesting to watch. I love the rehearsal period, because I usually have several ideas on how to play a scene and it’s fun to work them out through the rehearsal process. Working with other giving actors is the best. To feed off of one another is such a thrill.

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In what ways does theatre – be it community theatre, professional playhouses or movies – contribute to people’s quality of life? The arts in general, whether it be theatre, film, music, dance, or visual art, has the ability to educate, inspire and even provoke people. This causes audiences to engage in the exchange of ideas. Life without it would be so isolating, predictable and boring. It’s wonderful to experience a great piece of art whether it is performance or visual, media or written. It can have a life- changing effect on a person. It can calm and make us aware of how unique we all are and how we share a common bond in what it means to be human. Whenever I travel I always try to look for theatre, music, exhibits and films. It is so stimulating to me to see what others are creating (and) how they are transporting themselves and their audiences.

What are the elements of an effective stage play, in your opinion? An effective stage play moves the audience, gives food for thought, or joy beyond belief. There is nothing better than to hear an audience roar with laughter, en masse, or fall silent in a moment of deep emotional pain or suffering of a character; understanding in that moment what that feels like. It’s that shared experience that you take with you when the curtain falls.

You are also a visual artist. Do you find that you access the same mental creativity with your visual art as you do with your acting? For the past six years I have been The Exhibit and Program Specialist at Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center. I access my creative energy every day in that job. I help find touring exhibits to bring into the community. I mount them, light them and try to create an emotional flow so our audiences will be moved, inspired and fulfilled. Sometimes the extra programming that we find furthers the experience and engages people in conversation beyond the exhibit. It’s the best. For more information about “Louisiana Women,” including a complete schedule of fall performance dates, cast information, and ticket prices, log on to, call 515-6479 or email AlterEgo Productionsat alteregoprods@gmail. com or


Grand Openings Mimosa Boutique, 3101 Ernest Street

Mimosa Boutique at 3101 Ernest Street held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand re-opening of the locally owned boutique. Mayor Randy Roach, owners Scott & Lauren Monroe, and several customers gathered together for this celebration. Under new ownership, Mimosa Boutique now carries new designers in clothing, accessories, and jewelry. For more information, please visit or contact Lauren Monroe at 564-5821.

Menard Eye Center, 4448 Lake Street

Optometrist Keith Menard, O.D., celebrated the grand opening of Menard Eye Clinic, 4448 Lake Street, with City Councilman Mark Eckard and the clinic staff. Eye care will be provided for all ages, in addition to after-hours urgent care. For more information, call 478-4733 or visit

Deco by Dody, 1811 Ryan Street

Deco by Dody, a decorating company, recently held a grand opening at 1811 Ryan Street. The business is owned by Dody Kiteley. For more information, call 656-2875.

Pelican State Credit Union, 4340 Kirkman Street

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Mayor Randy Roach, U.S. Congressman Boustany’s Field Representative Joe Hill, Pelican State Credit Union CEO, board members, and staff officials cut the ribbon on their newest SWLA location. Pelican State Credit Union is a full service financial institution with its newest branch at 4340 Kirkman Street. For information, call Branch Manager Terry Derouen at 474-2040.

Q: Several of us are hosting a seated dinner engagement party and we cannot agree on how the table should be set. Can you please help us?

A: The basics are the same for formal or informal dining. • Forks are to the left of the dinner plate with the salad fork on the outside, then the dinner fork, then the dessert fork. For a formal dinner, the salad may be served after the entrée so the salad fork would be between the dinner and dessert forks. • Knives are to the right of the dinner plate. For formal dining, one may have multiple knives such as a salad knife and a fish knife in addition to the meat knife. For informal dining, one will usually have one knife. Blades of the knives point inward towards the plate. The butter knife is to be placed across the bread plate which is positioned above the forks. • If one is using a spoon for dessert, omit the dessert fork and place the dessert spoon to the right of the knife. A soup spoon would go to the right of the dessert spoon. • The water glass goes directly above the knife with the wine glass to the right of the water glass.

Gills Law Firm, 330 Alamo Street

Nadine Dunbar Gills welcomed Mayor Randy Roach, U.S. Senator Vitter’s Field Representative Courtney Hearod, Joe Hill, friends and family to the grand opening of her law offices at 330 Alamo Street, Suite B in Lake Charles. The Gills Law Firm handles Family Law, Personal Injury, Business Formations, and General Civil Practice Service. For more information about Gills Law Firm, call 515-9054 or visit

Bridgeway Psychiatric Center, 3461 5th Ave.

Bridgeway Psychiatric Center, a Community Medical Health Center, held a ribbon cutting and open house recently at their newly renovated building at 3451 5th Avenue in Lake Charles. Bridgeway Psychiatric Center has provided a variety of outpatient services in our region for over five years. For more information, call Chrystal Robideaux at 562-0211 or visit

Q: How should ex-family members be introduced? I’m never sure how much explanation should be given.

A: If the parties will most likely never encounter one another again, then no explanation is necessary. But, if they will establish a relationship of some sort, then a minimal explanation is appropriate. For example, to introduce one’s former mother-inlaw, one might say, “This is Jeanette Garner, my first husband’s mother.”

SWLA Start! Heart Walk Did you know that for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise we do, like brisk walking, we could live two hours longer?

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Celebrating Man’s Best Friend

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The City of Lake Charles will host a new traveling exhibition, “Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs,” through January 15, 2011 at the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center at 1001 Ryan Street.

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We’re shining the spotlight on“best kept secret” items found within local retail shops; the things that could make your life better if you only knew about them.

This exhibition leaves little question about Erwitt’s love of man’s best friend. Through his art, Erwitt proves that our close relationship with these furry fellow travelers is due to mutual resemblance and emotion. Erwitt sees the dignity of the ankle-high Chihuahua; the anxiety of the homeless hound; the patience of the pom-pommed poodle; and the oafish joy of a homely but well-loved pug. In his vast range of sentiment, and in his easygoing but precise mastery of the abstract elements of composition, Elliott Erwitt is an acute observer of the canine world.


Jon Margeaux - All-natural Soybean Candles

Jon Margeaux’s all-natural, soybean candles are one of a kind. Each candle is made within their facility in Lake Charles from soybeans grown in Louisiana and can burn up to seventy hours. Because the wax will burn away completely, the glass can be cleaned and used as a beverage glass or customers can take part in their candle club. “Bring your glass in for six refills of either the same or a different fragrance and get the seventh refill free,” says Sarah Ehlers, owner of Jon Margeaux. “You can’t do this anywhere else.” With over fifty fragrances and over seventy

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A music video produced by students at Lake Charles-Boston Academy of Learning will run in the gallery throughout the exhibit dates. The 10-minute video features abandoned dogs available for adoption at the Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and Adoption Center. Producers are Axel Bailey, Eboni Jackson, Aaron Kohl, Shawn McDaniel, Tomi Moran, Derran Phillips, Alec Savoie, Matt Scuderi and Jean-Luc Waddle, under the direction of Pam Dixon, TV Production instructor.

Poo~Pourri bathroom spray eliminates bathroom odors and removes most evidence of your embarrassing moments. Unlike many air fresheners that just mask the stench, this spray contains essential oils that create a film on the surface to trap odors. The directions are to shake well and apply the oil mixture onto the surface of the toilet water and then proceed to use the loo as usual. Carol Henry, owner of The Perfect Gift suggests keeping one in your purse or car. “You’ll never be embarrassed to go in a public bathroom or at a friend’s house for fear of leaving an odor because you’ll have a bottle handy.” As the bottle states, “Spritz the bowl before you go and no one else will ever know!

Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit

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Free Community Seminar on Heartburn at St. Patrick Hospital

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital will host a free community seminar on heartburn and Barrett’s Esophagus at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 28, in Garber Auditorium . One in 10 people suffering from chronic heartburn will develop Barrett’s Esophagus, which can lead to esophageal cancer. Gastroenterologist Ricardo McCall, M.D. will discuss the causes and symptoms, and will also share the latest information on available treatments and options for staying active and pain-free. Seating for the seminar is limited. To register call 491-7577.

“Mammogram and Mani” at Glam-N-Gloss

Get Shoulder Smart at Upcoming Seminar

If you experience pain in your shoulder, ignoring it won’t make the problem go away, and could even make it worse. Join Geoffrey Collins, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and shoulder specialist at “Get Shoulder Smart,” a free community seminar on Tuesday, October 12, at 5:30 pm at the Center for Orthopaedics in Lake Charles. Dr Collins will discuss the different causes of shoulder pain and the newest treatment options, including non-surgical management, minimally invasive techniques, and innovative joint replacement procedures that can help you regain pain-free shoulder movement. Seating is limited and pre-registration is requested. Call 721-2903 or email to pre-register. Center for Orthopaedics is located at 1747 Imperial Blvd. in Lake Charles, just off of Nelson, one-half mile south of Country Club Rd.

Adult Cancer Patients Invited to Camp Bluebird

The Cancer Center at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and the AT&T Pioneers invite adult cancer patients, 18 years of age or older, to attend a three-day, two-night camping experience at the Emory Wallace Retreat Center in Bundick Lake. Camp Bluebird, which will begin Thursday, October 14, and end on Saturday, October 16, is for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer—whether under treatment, just finished treatment, or cancer-free for years. Designed to help reduce the isolation so many cancer patients feel, Camp Bluebird is an opportunity for being with other patients and survivors, making friends, listening and learning. Activities are provided for the entire weekend, and include one-on-one and group sessions with various medical providers, as well as creative outlets such as music, games, and arts and crafts. Campers sleep on bunk beds in air-conditioned, dormitory-type facilities, and will have access to more than 20 acres of natural beauty, including a nature trail, over-water crosswalk, sport court with basketball and tennis, and a large dining hall. Private rooms are available, but space is limited. A $25 registration fee covers accommodations, food, craft supplies and entertainment. Camp Bluebird is a special project of the Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital, Memorial volunteers, and the volunteers with the local chapter of AT&T Pioneers. For more information, call the Cancer Center at 494-2121, or visit

Discounted Digital Mammograms Offered at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is offering twenty percent off digital bilateral screening mammograms during October. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 527-4256. The discount is applied to hospital charges and does not include radiology fees, which are billed separately. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital joins with The American Cancer Society in recommending women have a yearly mammogram after the age of 40.


Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Lake Charles and Glam-N-Gloss Day Spa have partnered with the organization “Mammogram and Mani” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in an effort to encourage women to schedule mammograms. The organization, “Mammogram and Mani”, is a non-profit organization created by the owners of Glam-N-Gloss Day Spa, both of whom have lost family members to breast cancer. During the month of October, Glam-N-Gloss Day Spa will provide complimentary manicures to women who receive a mammogram at Women’s and Children’s Hospital. According to Glam-N-Gloss Day Spa Co-Owner Kimberly Dellafosse, “It is our desire that the Mammogram and Mani Campaign offer an incentive to women who would not ordinarily schedule a mammogram and reward those who routinely do.” To learn more about Glam-N-Gloss Day Spa, call 337-313-0222 or visitwww. To learn more about Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Lake Charles or to join their Healthy Woman Network, visit and click on Healthy Woman.

The Eye Clinic Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Eye Clinic will donate portions of its October proceeds to breast cancer research in conjunction with several promotions. Optics Unlimited at the Eye Clinic will donate 25 percent of proceeds from limited-edition Dream sunglasses designed to support breast cancer awareness and research. Dream eyewear is available for purchase for a limited time. The Laser Center, which offers 24-month interest-free financing for LASIK procedures, will donate a portion of LASIK fees to the Ethel Precht Foundation. The Aesthetic Center will donate a portion of the purchase price of each Sugar and Butter lip duo to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. The Eye Clinic will also offer promotions specifically to celebrate survivors. Throughout October, breast cancer survivors will receive 50 percent off Dream sunglasses, free contact lens fittings, and $100 savings on permanent cosmetics at the Aesthetic Center.

Degazon Joins Women & Children’s Hospital

Women & Children’s Hospital recently welcomed Yvette Degazon, M.D., to its medical staff. Dr. Degazon specializes in family medicine, which allows her to provide comprehensive primary care for female and male patients at any age. Originally from Belize, Dr. Degazon earned her medical degree at the Universidad Del Noreste in Mexico. She completed her residency at the New York Medical College Family Medicine Residency Program at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, New York. Yvette Degazon, MD Dr. Degazon is currently accepting new patients, and same day and early appointments are available. Her office is located behind the hospital at 4150 Nelson Rd., Building G, Suite 5. For an appointment, call 337-562-3761.

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When it comes to your health, useful information is what you need. KPLC 7News is here to help with our Healthcast Report. Get the latest medical news and see medical breakthroughs happening right here in Southwest Louisiana. The KPLC 7News Healthcast Report airs weekdays at 10 p.m. Here’s a recap of some of the most recent health news stories we’ve reported.

Local doctor helps kids walk for more than half a century Dr. Edward Phillips helps children with debilitating diseases walk and has been doing this for more than half a century in the Lake Area. After 40 years of private practice, he is retired now, but still makes time to work at the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit Children’s Services once a month. Sixty years ago, when the clinic started, Dr. Phillips says the demand was great for orthopedic surgeons because of the polio epidemic. Now he mainly sees children with cerebral palsy, which he says is hard to surgically treat. He often suggests kids use leg braces and other orthopedic devices to help get them moving.

Cyclists can ride into retirement with the right equipment Cycling, like any sport, can be dangerous and for avid cyclists chronic issues like carpal tunnel, problems with the sit bone and numbness of the hands can ruin your ride. According to Dr. Scott Hofer, an orthopedic surgeon at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, “Though cycling has pitfalls, it is a low impact sport and can be great for recovering athletes, beginners and even seniors.” Dr. Hofer is a competition cyclist, and though bike riding can prove dangerous navigating traffic and obstacles, he worries most about spine class participants. “Who sets up their bike for them?,” said Dr. Hofer, “I think everybody pretty much sets up their own bike, so unless you’ve got some guidance in terms of how you should be positioned on a bike, whether the seat should be more forward or back, you can actually be more prone to the overuse injuries in an environment like that than when you’re riding the same bike day in day out.” Triathlete, Randy Biggs, injured his fibula while running and doctors told him to rest for seven weeks.

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He could not stop training, so instead of running he tried cycling as an alternate form of cardiovascular exercise. “Anytime you do just one thing you’re neglecting other areas of your body,” said Biggs. Dr. Hofer recommends cyclists prepare before a ride with a helmet, sunglasses, gloves to protect your hands in a fall, and a bike that fits you. He also added that headphones are not good for riders because they can distract from road noises and cause an accident. With these tips he says anyone can ride into their 60s or 70s with ease because biking can relieve arthritis and is not hard on joints.

Pill tracker helps nurses keep tabs on patients Hospital nurses see hundreds of patients and organize thousands of pills and prescriptions, but a new computer and scanning system is looking to ease their workload. First they use a scanner, much like ones you see at a retail store, to scan the patient’s hospital bracelet for identification. The computer program then pops up what medications the patient is prescribed and the dosage. The program can also alert nurses if they administer a wrong dose. The goal is to make sure the patient is receiving the correct dose and medication to avoid any life-threatening accidents. In fact, according to an Institute of Medicine survey, 2 percent of all admitted patients have a medication error. Also, the system can relieve nurses from deciphering messy handwriting on prescriptions which if read incorrectly could lead to a disastrous mistake. McNeese State University is teaching their nursing students to use this pill tracking technology to help them keep up with the ever-changing medical field. Tamica Francois, a registered nurse at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, says the only drawback is time. “It’s not a time does take a little more time to scan each medication,” said Francois.

14 and overweight Almost one-third of Louisiana children are obese, according to a Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning. Lake Charles middle school student Ajah Albro, 14, struggles with her weight, but recently took a turn for the better after a summer of fitness. “I was really worried. I was worried sooner or later I was going to end up dying,” shuddered Albro. She was out of breath at school and hit rock bottom after classmates teased her for the weight. “You couldn’t get Ajah to go on a treadmill or even walk around,” said Kisha Guillory, Community Outreach for SWLA Health Services. Ajah submitted a heartfelt essay about her trouble losing the weight, self esteem problems and overall frustration with her health. The essay struck a note with SWLA Health Services and they decided to send her to a summer weight loss camp, Wellspring Camp in San Marcos, Texas. After coming home from camp, Albro says she’s a changed person. “It makes me feel like I’m worth something and I shouldn’t put myself down because of what other people say. It makes me feel like that no matter if I’m big or whatever... it makes me feel like I’m beautiful on the inside and out.” Albro says the best part of losing the weight is the self-confidence she’s gained. Besides physical symptoms, children who are overweight can have serious emotional problems. Thirty percent of all 6th to 12th grade kids have depression symptoms due to their weight, according to the Louisiana Physical Activity and Health for Children and Youth 2009 report card. To learn more about these stories and more, visit us on the web at and tune into KPLC 7News daily for the latest news, weather, sports and health reports. You can also stay connected 24/7 on your mobile device at

MSU Assistant Professor Kim Conway-Pennick agrees saying, “until they get used to it, it’s just like anything else, it may take them a little bit longer time.” Both nurses also say the safety of a patient is more important than speed.

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Grubb Elected President of Louisiana REALTORS®

Derenda Grubb, with CENTURY 21 Bessette Realty in Lake Charles, was installed as the 2011 President of Louisiana REALTORS® during the group’s 2010 Fall Business Meetings in Baton Rouge. Grubb was a teacher for 6 years before becoming a REALTOR® in 1997. She has received numerous honors as a REALTOR®, including “Rookie of the Year” and REALTOR® of the Year in 2007, both awarded by the Southwest Louisiana Association of REALTOR®s. She has served in several positions for this organization including president in 2008. The installation ceremony Derenda Grubb was held at a special reception on September 16 with over 100 Louisiana REALTOR® members in attendance. Grubb and her leadership team begin their terms on January 1, 2011.

Glam-N-Gloss Hosts Mommy and Me

Glam-N-Gloss Day Spa will host “Mommy and Me—An Infant Massage and Maternal Bonding Experience” on Sunday, October 17. The price of the class is $20. Interested moms should contact the spa to reserve their space by calling 313-0222.

Cameron State Bank Among Nation’s Strongest

Cameron State Bank has earned the highest rating for strength and stability from BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s bank rating firm. The five-star superior rating indicates “exceptional strength and stability” according to Karen Dorway, president of BauerFinancial, with CSB excelling in areas of capital adequacy, delinquent loan levels and profitability. Cameron State Bank has earned this superior rating for ten years running, and has reached the distinction of being an Exceptional Performance Bank. Mary Matte

Stelly Receives Award

Bridget Boudreaux, RN, CBN

John Stelly, owner of Nissan of Lake Charles, Mazda of Lake Charles, Hwy. 171 Nissan, and Nissan of Silsbee, has been awarded the Russell C. Hill Award from the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life program. The award represents the highest recognition for individuals and organizations making an outstanding contribution to character education directly impacting the quality of life for families.

Matte, Boudreaux, Hunt Join Memorial Hospital

Mary Matte, a Lake Charles native with 19 years experience in the human resources field, recently joined the staff at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital as Human Resources manager. She will be responsible for evaluating departmental processes, employee recruitment and retention efforts, refinement of employee job descriptions, regulatory compliance and managerial and employee development. Prior to joining Memorial, Matte served as associate relations coordinator at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, where she also served as interim coordinator of Volunteer Ronald Hunt Services at various times throughout her tenure. Bridget Boudreaux, RN, CBN was recently named infection preventionist. An Abbeville native, Boudreaux received her nursing degree from Louisiana State University-Eunice, and is currently working toward a degree as a nurse practitioner from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Before joining the staff of Memorial, Boudreaux spent the last eight years working in Lafayette in the surgical services arena with a primary emphasis on bariatrics. As infection preventionist, Boudreaux will be responsible for controlling and preventing infectious diseases within the hospital to maintain the utmost patient and employee safety possible. Ronald Hunt was named administrator for Extended Care of Southwest Louisiana. A Midland, Texas native, Hunt received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Angelo State University – part of the Texas Tech University System. He then went on to receive his MBA in Health Management Services from the University of Dallas in 1992, and is currently working toward a Fellowship with the American College of Healthcare Executives. Before joining the staff of Memorial, Hunt spent 18 years working in health care, most recently serving as chief financial officer at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. As Extended Care administrator, Hunt is responsible for maintaining and continuously improving the facility’s quality of care and ensuring that the needs of patients and their families are met.


Oliver Joins SWLA Alliance

Locals Complete CDI

The 23rd Annual Community Development Institute (CDI) Central at UCA awarded certificates to 118 participants who completed this year’s weeklong session. Lisa Verette David Conner Among those who graduated were Lisa Verrette, President/CEO of Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana; David Conner, Vice President of Southwest Louisiana Economic Alliance; Julie Giordano, Executive Julie Giordano Clair Thomson Director of Calcasieu Area Habitat for Humanity; and Clair Thomson, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Senior Grants Planner. CDI trains local officials, board members, faith based affiliates, and governmental officials on how to strengthen their local economies and build communities.

Daphne Oliver has joined the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance as research director. Oliver comes to the SWLA Alliance from the United Way, where she served most recently as its director of allocation and review after 11 years as director of communications. Oliver is a lifelong resident of Southwest Louisiana. She has been active in the community in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, as a founding member of the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana, with the Ad & Press club and the Greater Daphne Oliver Lake Charles and Sulphur Rotary, and as a graduate of the Chamber SWLA Leadership Program. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and holds a degree in Marketing.

Cameron State Bank Names Branch Manager for New Location

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Guidry Named Louisiana Sales Manager for L’Auberge

Aeroframe Breaks Ground

Aeroframe Services recently broke ground on an administrative building to house its growing operations at Chennault International Airport. Aeroframe will build a twostory, 18,000-square foot structure on vacant Chennault property near its existing operations. Construction will take about 12 months. The architectural firm is H. Curtis Vincent and Steven Shows and the general contractor is Alfred Palma. The building will become Aeroframe’s global corporate headquarters.

Hoke Leads Gaming Course

L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort Surveillance Director Darrin Hoke recently conducted a 12-credit gaming course for professionals at the Aruba Gaming Expo. The subject of the course was “Protecting Your Assets: An Organizational Approach”, providing strategies and techniques to detect fraudulent actions and develop protection procedures and training practices. The expo was held in Oranjstad, Aruba on September 1-2.

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Platinum and Pearls Gala Scheduled

The 2000 Health Foundation will present the fifth Platinum and Pearls Gala Fundraiser, featuring a “Dancing with the Stars” Tango Masquerade Ball, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, in the Grand Ballroom of L’auberge du lac Casino Resort. An Argentine Tango Challenge will be followed by the dance competitionm featuring dances such as the Cha Cha, Salsa, and Merangue. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and Argentine Tango attire. Proceeds will benefit hospice companion care, diabetes community education, educational assistance, nursing scholarships and other charitable request. Tickets are $100. For more information call 562-1140.

City Savings Bank Top-Ranked

City Savings Bank was recently ranked among the top five banks in Louisiana by the nationally recognized financial firm, Financial Management Consulting (FMC) Group. City Savings Bank is the only Southwest Louisiana bank to be listed in the top five. The FMC Group is recognized by the American Bankers Association as an authority on strategic planning for community banks. City Savings Bank was also recently ranked No. 15 in a listing of the top 400 U.S. community banks for return on assets by the financial publication Independent Banker.

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Sapphire and Ice Gala Scheduled

The inaugural Sapphire and Ice Gala will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Treasures of Marilyn’s, 3500 5th Avenue. The event, featuring guest speaker Bishop Glen John Provost, will include dinner, dance, silent auction, and the Distinguished Catholic the Year Award presentation. Tickets are $50 for those ages 18 and over. No tickets will be available at the door and seating is limited. All proceeds benefit collegelevel seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Lake Charles and the Saint Henry Building Bridges Capital Campaign. Tickets can be purchased at St. Henry Catholic Church, 1021 8th Avenue, or Jones Grocery and Deli, 1845 Gerstner Memorial Drive. October 2010

Danielle Thibodeaux Truax has been named branch manager of Cameron State Bank’s new Country Club banking center. Truax is originally from Creole, Louisiana. She earned a diploma in accounting from Delta School of Business, where she minored in business management. Truax has over eight years of experience in the financial field, working in management and customer service. Cameron State Bank’s newest banking center is located at 2800 Country Club Road in Lake Charles and will open in November.

Kevin Guidry

L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort has appointed Kevin Guidry to the position of Louisiana Sales Manager. Guidry, who has more than 15 years’ experience, will book group sales for the L’Auberge Meeting & Event Center and work directly with corporate, government and association sectors to stage their conferences, meetings and events at the resort. Guidry hosts a weekly sports talk show, Sound Off 60, which airs in the Southwest Louisiana market. He also provides sideline coverage for Tiger Vision in Baton Rouge covering Louisiana State University home games.

InfoTECH Unveils IT/365

InfoTECH Solutions, local specialists in business computer systems and information technology, recently unveiled a revolutionary new service, IT/365, which allows remote monitoring and management of a business’s computer systems. IT/365 is the first service of its kind in Southwest Louisiana. IT/365 enables InfoTECH Solutions to be a continuous watchdog and protector over a business’s computer network from a remote location, spotting and resolving many issues before they become problems, without interrupting the system’s users.

Movies Under the Stars Returns

Movies Under the Stars will return to Prien Lake Park on Fridays during the month of October. Scheduled movies begin at 6 p.m. or dusk and include “Princess Bride,” “Madagascar,”“On Golden Pond” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” The event is free. Patrons can bring their own food or purchase snacks on site. Seating is not provided, so attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. In the event of poor weather, the outdoor event is cancelled. For more information, please call 721-3500.

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Vasilakis Earns Certification

San Miguel Memorial Fund Established

The Hector San Miguel Memorial Fund is now seeking nominations for the first annual award to be bestowed in the former American Press reporter’s honor. Recipients must have outstanding achievement in journalism and/or relentless pursuit of the truth, be a resident of the five-parish region, or have a work history that has substantially impacted the area. Nominations must be made no later than October 15. Written nominations, including a brief Hector San Miguel description of the candidates’ work, can be mailed to the attention of the Hector San Miguel Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, PO Box 3125, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70602, sent via fax to 491-6710, emailed to or delivered to any advisory board member. Anyone wishing to donate to the award fund may do so by contacting the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana ( ) at 491-6688 or; all donations are tax deductible.

Jackson Joins Todd Clemons Law Firm

Attorney Zita M. Jackson has joined the law office of Todd Clemons and Associates. Jackson will practice civil, criminal and family law. A graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, she received her law degree from Louisiana State University. Jackson was a law clerk with the Louisiana’s Attorney General’s office, Entergy, and Justice John L. Weimer with the Louisiana Supreme Court. She served as an attorney with the Block Law Firm in Thibodaux. Jackson is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. The addition of Jackson broadens the scope of legal services offered by Todd Clemons and Associates Zita M. Jackson to include criminal defense, personal injury, civil and family law. The office is located at 1740 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. For more information, call (337) 477-0000 or visit

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LAIA, McNeese, Sowela Host Open House

The Lake Area Industry Alliance, McNeese State University and Sowela Community and Technical College will host an open house to showcase opportunities in the field of process technology. The McNeese open house will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Drew Hall. The Sowela open house will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, February, 16, 2011, in Computer Lab Building 3850.

Corbello Joins Pumpelly Tire

Pumpelly Tire recently hired Dustin Corbello to begin training for sales and management with the 40-year-old company. Corbello has a bachelor’s degree in business management from McNeese State University and most recently served as golf operations supervisor at Contraband Bayou Golf Club at L’Auberge du Lac while pursuing a Masters of Business Administration.

Williams Joins Women’s Shelter

Kathy Williams has been named executive director of the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter. Williams has several years’ experience with United Way and other community non-profit organizations. Calcasieu Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Outreach combined services include: 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter for battered women and their children, legal advocacy, hospital advocacy, community education, career training, adult basic education, and after school programs for children.

Forrest Art Show Opens

A collection of artwork from local artist Tony Forrest is now available for viewing at the Art Associates Gallery at the Central School Arts and Humanities The Lesson Lafitte Center at 809 Kirby Street. Forrest’s genres vary from realism to figurative to abstract, from his symbolic paintings that use metaphors to express universal truths to portraits of roadside merchants and everyday people that pull back the surface of each character. The paintings exist in a single moment of observation, yet each moment is constructed by Forrest with a cacophony of texture, color, design, and metaphor. Forrest’s works hang in public and private collections across the nation, including North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Mississippi, Florida, and South Carolina. In 2008, he was commissioned by the North Carolina Bar Association to create a portrait of President Andrew Jackson for a permanent display in the Guilford County Courthouse.


Lacey Vasilakis, director of nursing with the Oncology and Hematology Institute of Southwest Louisiana, recently earned the Oncology Certified Nurse certification through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. This certification is the formal recognition of specialized knowledge, skills and experience in adult oncology nursing care. Vasilakis is a graduate of McNeese State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She currently is a graduate student studying to become an adult health nurse practitioner. She is also certified in the administration of chemotherapeutic and biological medicine.

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School Board Forum Scheduled

The Calcasieu Parish School Board, in conjunction with the Department of Assessment, Research, Special Services, Accountability and Disproportionality is sponsoring its second Disproportionality Parent and Community Forum from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Featured speakers will be Dr. James Patton, Consultant-Professor Emeritus of The College of William and Mary in Virginia and Dr. Rita Pierson, Consultant, The North Star Company, LLC. Disproportionality is the over-representation of minorities in special education and the under-representation of minorities in gifted programs. For more information contact Valla Johnson at 217-4200 or email Brittany Chandler, Danielle Granger and Christi Miller have been named to the board of directors for Fusion Five, an organization for young professionals. Chandler has a bachelor’s degree in sociology Danielle Granger Brittany Chandler from McNeese and worked in sales management in Houston before joining the local United Way team as a resource development associate. She is a member of Sulphur Rotary and serves on an administration committee and she belongs to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southwest Chapter. Granger has been the sales manager at Thrive Magazine since 2007. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Louisiana State University in 2005 and previously served as a board member of the American Advertising Federation of Lake Charles. Miller, a training consultant, is employed by CHRISTUS Christi Miller Health as a senior consultant of organizational effectiveness. She also has her own consulting business, Training Pathways.

Hanks Joins First Federal Insurance Services

Rau Attends National Investment Education Conference

LSC-O Sets Record Enrollment

Lamar State College-Orange has set an enrollment record this semester with 2,655 registered students. This is an increase of 17 percent compared to last year. Also, the credit hour total is up 18.75 percent, according to college officials.

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New Board Members Named to Fusion Five

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Denise Rau, President of Rau Financial Group, recently attended the LPL Financial 2010 National Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Focus 10 is the financial service industry’s premiere sales and education event hosted by LPL Financial, an independent broker-dealer. Speakers included Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric; and Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. Through the hundreds of business sessions, technology training and continuing Denise Rau education classes at this event, LPL Financial advisors gained valuable knowledge to help them continually improve the service they offer to clients and operate their independent practices more efficiently.

professional affiliations, she has reached out to local students and educators by providing donations for auctions and academic pep rallies, in-school math tutoring for students and workshops for teachers.

Ricky Hanks has joined First Federal Insurance Services as a commercial insurance agent and risk advisor. Hanks’ primary goal is to assist businesses in identifying the risks and exposures in their particular industries. With more than 28 years in the insurance industry, Hanks is a licensed agent for more than 100 insurance companies. He has a bachelor’s degree in government from McNeese State University and is a member of the ACTS Team and the MSU Alumni Board of Directors. Ricky Hanks

Dalton Receives Award

Martha Dalton, owner and director of Mathnasium of Lake Charles and Mathnasium of River Ranch, received a Best Community Involvement Award for 2010 from Mathnasium Learning Centers. Dalton received the award for her extensive volunteer work in the Partners in Education program for Calcasieu Parish Schools, which included SJ Welsh Middle School and Maplewood Middle School, and the regional MATHCOUNTS program and competition, as well as her participation in the SES program at Reynaud Middle School for No Child Left Behind. Through these October 2010

Suzy Trahan, LDN, RD

Dynamic Dimensions of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Suzy Trahan, LDN, RD, to director of the center’s operations. Trahan is responsible for overseeing both the Sulphur and Moss Bluff locations of Dynamic Dimensions, including coordinating staff development as well as community events. A resident of Hackberry, Trahan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, is a registered dietitian, and an ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) certified health and fitness specialist. She has worked with West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital for 12 years.

Memorial Names Art Winners

Emily Naquin

Noah Baumgarten

Memorial Hospital recently chose July’s winners for the Young at Art Program. The program, which spotlights artwork from a different local elementary school each month, was designed to make a positive impact on hospital patients, employees, and the young artists themselves. The July display featured artwork by students from Gillis Elementary. The Carina Veillon top three artworks were created by kindergartener Emily Naquin, second-grader Noah Baumgarten and third-grader Carina Veillon. These three artists, who were selected by a panel of Memorial volunteers, will each receive a $50 savings bond.

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Sempra Energy Foundation awarded the Foundation of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital with a $7,500 grant for the provision of numerous health programs for the residents of Southwest Louisiana. The grant will be used for community health programs, such as an annual community health fair, free flu shots for Cameron parish residents, the Santa Fun Run and Camp Smiling F.A.C.E.S., a camp for special needs children in the area. Pictured are Debby Nabours, WCCH Foundation director, Melissa Portie, Cameron LNG human resources and community relations manager, and Bill Hankins, WCCH CEO.

Cameron State Bank to MSU Cheerleaders

Roy M. Raftery, Jr., president and CEO of Cameron State Bank, recently donated $5000 to the McNeese cheerleaders. The money will be used to purchase new uniforms. Cameron State Bank is the official sponsor of the McNeese cheerleaders. Pictured are Amy Nyberg, marketing director of Cameron State Bank and Roy M. Raftery, Jr., president and CEO, along with the McNeese cheerleaders.

Sasol to Family Foundation Sasol North America has made a $15,000 endowment to Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. Julio Galan, Executive Director, accepted the first $5,000 from Mike Thomas, president of Sasol North America.

AT&T to Family Festival

Members of Family & Youth’s Youth Action Forum, who recently traveled to Washington D.C. and Baton Rouge with The Leadership Center for Youth to learn about the legislative process, thanked Rep. Danahay for his support and guidance during the Family Festival. These educational trips are made possible by corporate contributions – including a $6,000 contribution from AT&T Louisiana. During Family & Youth’s Family Festival, the organization joined local community members and high school students to recognize State Rep. Mike Danahay for his contribution and support of youth in Lake Charles. Pictured are Devante’ Lewis, Taylor King, Katelynn McCartney, Tiffany Fontenot, and Rep. Danahay.

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Sempra to Genesis Riding Center

The Sempra Employee Giving Network recently donated $550 to the Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. The Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center provides outpatient occupational therapy services to the developmentally disabled in a non-traditional health care setting by utilizing hippotherapy. Pictured from left are Paula Koonce, director of WCCH’s Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center, Debby Nabours, WCCH Foundation director, Kelly Howard, Sempra Employee Giving Network and Bill Hankins, WCCH CEO. For more information, call (337) 625-3972.

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Cameron State Bank to SWLA Alliance

Cameron State Bank recently made a donation to the SWLA Economic Development Alliance. Pictured are Ann Barilleaux, SWLA Alliance Foundation Development Director; Mike Harmison, Executive Vice President of Cameron State Bank; George Swift, president and CEO of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance; Elmo Sartin, Senior Vice President of Cameron State Bank; and Bobby Broussard, Senior Vice President of Cameron State Bank. The Chamber and the SWLA Alliance Foundation are part of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.

Westlake Chemical to MSU Engineering

Westlake Chemical has donated $5,000 to the McNeese State University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology through the McNeese Foundation for the college’s engineering endowment fund. Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, center, dean of the college, accepts the donation from Westlake Chemical representatives Wayne Ahrens, plant manager, left, and Joe Andrepont, senior community affairs manager.

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Banks to Family Foundation Joseph and Cathy Banks recently made a $5,000 endowment to the Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. Pictured are Julio Galan, Executive Director of Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, Cathy and Joseph Banks.

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Cops and Jocks to MSU Football

Cops and Jocks presented a $45,000 donation from its recent auction and golf tournament held at L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort to McNeese State University for the football program and two endowed scholarships through the McNeese Foundation. Two new $15,000 endowed scholarships have been established – the Don Dixon and Alan Heisser Law Enforcement Scholarship #3 and the Don Dixon and Alan Heisser Athletic Scholarship #2 .The remaining $15,000 went to the McNeese football program. At the check presentation, from left: John Rudd, Cops and Jocks, Bill Belcher, head golf pro at L’Auberge, Alan Heisser, Cops and Jocks, McNeese Head Football Coach Matt Viator, Richard H. Reid, vice president of development and public affairs and executive vice president of the McNeese Foundation, Don Dixon, Cops and Jocks, and Harold C. Rowland, vice president of resort operations at L’Auberge.

Cameron State Bank to Family Festival Maria Alcantara Faul, director of development and philanthropy with Family & Youth and Sue Ledet, Family & Youth festival coordinator accept a a $5,500 contribution from Amy Nyberg, marketing director for Cameron State Bank, for the Family & Youth Festival 2010.

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New York Life to Family Foundation

The best time to take care of your bones is before there is a problem.

York Life recently issued a $15,000 Community Impact Grant to the Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. Pictured is Sam Hebert of Hebert Financial Group, an agent with New York Life Insurance Company, presenting the check to Julio Galan, Executive Director of the Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana; Leslie Harless, Foundation/SWLA Trustee; and Kerry Andersen, Chair of the Foundation/SWLA. The grant specifically supports Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a program of Family and Youth Counseling Agency.

That’s why Center for Orthopaedics has developed Bone Health Central, the region’s only comprehensive program developed specifically for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bone disorders. Our goal is to identify undetected osteoporosis or underlying metabolic bone disease in order to prevent disease progression and decrease the risk of fractures. We offer the latest in diagnostic testing, including imaging and laboratory studies, as well as one-on-one education, nutrition counseling and lifestyle modifications to improve your bone health. Whether you have already been diagnosed with low bone mass or just want to take a proactive approach toward bone health, Bone Health Central can help ensure strong bones for a lifetime. Taking care of your bones is our business. 1747 Imperial Blvd., Lake Charles

Sasol to McNeese

Sasol North America has recently donated $15,000 to McNeese State University through the McNeese Foundation. Sasol is donating $15,000 to be divided among the college of engineering and engineering technology and the departments of chemistry and agricultural sciences. Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, left, dean of the college of engineering and engineering technology, accepts the donation from Mike Thomas, president of Sasol North America.

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McNeese Corral

2008 Fulbright Senior Lectureship,” published in the 60th anniversary commemorative publication, “Alumni Reminiscences: Reflections on 60 Years of the Fulbright Program in Korea.” • Dr. Mark Wygoda, head of the McNeese Department of Biology and Health Sciences, recently attended the 19th annual meeting of the National Association of Advisers to the Health Professions in Atlanta, Ga. Wygoda, who is also chair of the McNeese Health Professions Committee, received a $1,000 travel grant award from NAAHP to attend the event. • Dr. Robert F. Mahfoud, professor of geology at McNeese, has had two articles recently accepted for publication in Nova—“Oxygen Genesis in the Early Earth Atmosphere” and “Olivine: Its Importance in Shaping up the Earth Surface and as a Major Contributor in Its Natural Wealth.”

Colloquia Series Scheduled

The 2010 McNeese State University Homecoming Parade will roll down Ryan Street at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, and the Cowboys are rounding up businesses, organizations and bands to join in the festivities. This year’s homecoming theme is “Riding into a New Era.” The Cowboys are playing the Colonels of Nicholls State University. October 22 is the entry deadline and there is a $50 fee for all community entries. Parade entry forms can be obtained by calling the McNeese Office of Student Services at 562-4212 or 475-5266.

The Annual Fall Faculty Exhibition is currently underway through Oct. 22 in the Grand Gallery. The exhibition features 45 recent works by McNeese visual arts faculty members Robbie Austin, Cynthia Howes Baskin, Ken Baskin, Martin Bee, Meghan Fleming, Teresa Johnson, Heather Ryan Kelley, Tessa LaFleur, Lisa Reinauer, Lynn Reynolds, Larry Schuh, Lewis Temple and Gerry Wubben. The works Water Color Paint Box by Meghan Fleming presented will include ceramics, drawings, graphic design, illustration, intaglio, lithography, mixed media, monoprints, paintings and photography. McNeese faculty Meghan Fleming, associate professor of art, and Lisa Reinauer, professor of art, will have an exhibition titled “Big Lake: Small Scapes” on display Sept. 20-Oct. 29 in McNeese’s Abercrombie Gallery located in Room 125 of the Shearman Fine Arts Center. Fleming’s paintings are oil on board and deal with the merging elements of land and water of the flat Big Lake landscape while Reinauer’s paintings are acrylic on canvas and feature panoramic views of locations such as the Black Bayou Bridge, Pelican Point and the Ellender Bridge. The Abercrombie Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call the McNeese Visual Arts Department at 475-5060.

The 2010-2011 Faculty Colloquia Series will feature seven scholarly presentations by faculty members throughout the year. This event is cosponsored by the McNeese Alumni Association and the Write to Excellence Center. Each presentation begins at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in the Stream Alumni Center, unless otherwise noted. Dates, presenters and topics for this year’s series are: • Oct. 21 (Business Conference Center) – Dr. Susie Cox, assistant professor of management, “Coping with Workplace Offenses.” When workplace offenses occur, offended individuals may be motivated to use forgiveness as a means of coping. Research shows that individuals are motivated differently to forgive and this results in differing outcomes. • Nov. 18 - Jessica Hutchings, head reference librarian at Frazar Memorial Library, “Information Literacy and Why It Matters.” Information literacy skills are essential for ensuring a rich and successful academic experience. • Jan. 27 (Parra Ballroom) - Deborah Holder, assistant professor of nursing, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T/Sock It to Me! Sock It to Me!” This presentation points out the importance of faculty giving respect to adult learners as a means for preventing and managing incivility. • Feb. 17 – Dr. Zhuang “John” Li, assistant professor of engineering, “Architectural Acoustics and Music.” He will discuss the acoustics of music halls and opera houses from both a historical and engineering viewpoint and how to qualitatively evaluate architectural acoustics. • March 17 - Dr. Chip LeMieux, associate professor and head of the Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Sciences, “Growing United.” He discusses dealing with the challenges facing today’s agricultural industry and how it will continue to thrive and meet the needs of an increasing population. Topics will include food safety, security, animal well being and local and industrial production. • April 14 - Dr. Dan Norris, assistant professor of educational leadership and instructional technology, “Education E-formation: The School’s Role in the Age of the Independent Learner.” This presentation reveals the technological and political undercurrents that are driving revolutionary change in education administration and is intended to help extract administrators from the quagmire caused by public apathy, political partisanship and misguided mandates.

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SAGE Program Scheduled

Johnson Receives Scholarship

Care Help of Sulphur’s Community Scholarship Award was awarded to Sulphur High School 2010 graduate, Mia Johnson. Johnson received $500 toward fall tuition at McNeese State University, where she will major in elementary education. She graduated with a 3.8 GPA with honors as magna cum laude of her class and a member of the National Honor Society.

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Fall Teacher Fair

The fall teacher fair will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Nov. 1, at Burton Coliseum. The fair allows McNeese alumni and 2010 summer and fall graduating education students, as well as students completing teacher certification requirements, to interview for teaching positions. Candidates can submit resumes and begin scheduling interviews online Oct. 1-21 through “Cowboy Job Link” on the Career Services website at A list of participating agencies, along with beginning salaries and locations, can be found on the website. For more information, contact the McNeese Career Services Center at 475-5612 or 1-800-6223352, ext. 5612.

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Frazar Memorial Library will hold its annual Friends of the Library book sale from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. October 25-29. The library is currently accepting donations. If there are books or other materials that you would like to donate to the book sale, contact the acquisitions department at 475-5721 or e-mail Brian Sherman at bsherman@ Interested persons in becoming a member of the Friends of the Library can join now at and receive a special invitation to the Preview Book Sale to be held Oct. 22 for members only.

Piano Lessons Available

The Piano Pedagogy program has openings for piano students from ages 5 to adults. Students meet with a qualified piano instructor once a week for a private lesson. Lessons are tailored to the student’s age, learning style and musical goals and there is a monthly tuition fee due at the first lesson of each month. Students must have access to a piano or keyboard instrument for daily practice. For more information, call Dr. Christy Corley, assistant professor of music and piano studies coordinator, at 475-5038.


Faculty Exhibits Open

Cloud Shift by Meghan Fleming

Several McNeese faculty and staff members have attended, participated in, published or otherwise accomplished professional recognition, according to the university: • Anne M. Fournet has been named assistant dean of student development and director of counseling and health services at McNeese State University. Fournet, a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, received both her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management and her master’s degree in counseling psychology from McNeese. She previously served as children’s coordinator/child advocate for the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter. Among her responsibilities are the development and implementation of wellness programs for students, counseling and appraisal of students, supervision of center staff members, administrative oversight of Student Health Services, mental health consultation services to McNeese faculty, staff and departments, and working with student organizations. • Dr. Henry B. Sirgo, professor of political science, recently participated in the 60th anniversary celebration of the Fulbright Scholars Program in Korea hosted in Washington, D.C., by Korean Ambassador to the United States Duk-Soo Han. Sirgo was named a 2007 Fulbright Scholar to Seoul, Korea, where he taught at Yonsei University for 10 months. He also has a work titled, “Legacy of a 2007-

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This fall marks 22 years that the McNeese Senior Academic Group Encounter, or SAGE, program has offered a series of topics for area adults age 50 and over. This year’s theme is “Cane River—Traditions” and will be offered from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays, with one exception. Cost is $39 for all five lectures. The upcoming lecture series schedule is as follows: Monday, Oct. 11 - Marie Thereze Coincoin and Kate Chopin – Dr. Janet Allured, Business Conference Center, McNeese campus; Monday, Oct. 25 - Cane River History and the Creoles of Isle Brevelle – Martha Hoskins, Business Conference Center; and Monday, Nov. 8 – Pecans, Pigs and Poultry – a Louisiana Agricultural History of the Cane River Region - Dwight Bertrand, Business Conference Center. In addition to these lectures, a special exhibit on Clementine Hunter cosponsored and hosted by the Imperial Calcasieu Museum will coincide with the SAGE series. The exhibit will open at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, for the Gallery Art Walk and close Friday, Oct. 22. SAGE participants can attend a special Lunch and Learn lecture with a boxed lunch at noon Tuesday, Sept. 28, at an additional cost of $11. For more information or to register, call McNeese Leisure Learning at 475-5127.

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by Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP

This month:

Leave Me and My Rose Colored Glasses Alone! I admit it – I am an optimist. I tend to see the best in people – often in the form of their potential. Guess that‘s what makes me love the field of counseling so much. I get so excited when I begin to see progress. And so many times my clients try to shoot my happiness down with comments like, “Yeah, it’s better but it’s still not where it needs to be.” Or, “I should have done this a long time ago.” If you were to talk to my clients, particularly those who have worked with me for a while, they would tell you that it is basically impossible for them to take away my joy at their progress. Sometimes I even say, “I have enough faith in you for both of us – I’m going to enjoy this step in the right direction and nothing you say is going to take that away from me!” I also like to focus on the best in situations as well. I have had a very interesting past couple of months involving lots of travel. The last two trips were particularly dichotomous. Within three weeks, I was in Mexico, then Washington DC. Two completely different trips, but each equally enjoyable for me. I love both places, albeit for very different reasons. Yes, Mexico is hot. Yes, very few places have air conditioning. Yes, you can’t wear makeup because it just melts right off. Yes, you have to be careful about the water. Yes, the electricity is dicey (and always goes off at least one time during your trip). AND Mexico is beautiful with its ocean, beaches, and lagoons. AND the people are so fabulous - willing to help, so patient as you continuously fumble through and butcher their language, wonderfully laid back (so much so that you eventually relax into their pace), and they just want you to be happy. AND you can eat pico de gallo with every meal without a funny look from anyone. Plus, Mexico is always an adventure. You eat different foods, you see how another culture makes do with much less, and you see how very similar we all are. Exposure to another culture is so good for us all. You should have seen us running around the grocery store trying to find the things on our list. We left with what we thought were the things we wanted, only to discover we had purchased lots of surprises. I love that. And I love finally reaching the conclusion that makeup is useless, thereby cutting my “get ready to go eat more pico de gallo” time down considerably. Now, on to DC – truly my favorite city in the United States. Yes, it’s crowded and everyone is in a hurry. Yes, it feels like we are all moles as we go underground to get on the subway. Yes, it’s a lot of walking. AND those are the very things I love about it! I love the energy. I love the efficiency of the subway system. I love figuring out how to navigate my way around. I love trying to figure out how one lives in a town without a vehicle. I LOVE all the history and patriotism. It is so exciting to me that there are tons of museums containing who we are, where we came from, and where we are going places you can visit for free. My mom was with me in DC. If you see her, she’ll be happy to tell that that I was annoyingly giddy. Two very different places, and I was equally happy in both. How can that be, you ask? Well, I learned a long time ago that in every situation, there is positive and negative. I also learned that whatever I choose to focus on, I tend to get more of. What you give your time, energy and attention to grows in power. Sure, I could have spent both trips focusing on all the frustrations and perceived negatives. And I know people who would have done just that. But that’s just not my style. I will find positives in whatever situation I happen to find myself.

Ethel Precht Walk for Hope The annual Ethel Precht HOPE 3K Breast Cancer Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Last year’s event drew more than 3,000 supporters and survivors. The Precht non-profit foundation is named for local cancer survivor Ethel Precht, whose sister, father, aunts, uncles and grandmother have all died of cancer. Despite this, Precht maintains that cancer is not a death sentence, and she not only displays herself as proof, but her two sons and husband as well. All have been diagnosed with different forms of the disease. Precht was originally diagnosed with breast cancer 24 years ago. Proceeds from the annual walk are donated to residents in Cameron and Calcasieu parishes. Since 2004 the foundation has raised more than $50,000 for over 250 survivors with items that insurance will not cover, such as wigs, prostheses, customized bras and other items. This year’s walk will feature entertainment from singer Sabrah Kingham, as well as games for children and food and drinks donated by local businesses. Local cheerleaders will present roses to each survivor at the end of the walk. To register or for more information, visit www.ethelbreast

I’m sure you have situations in your life in which you tend to focus on what you don’t like as opposed to what you do. Again I say, there are always positive and negatives with every life circumstance. Begin looking for the positives – I promise they are there. When your child brings home that report card, find the best grade (maybe it’s not all A’s, but it’s also not all F’s.); when your spouse does something for you, appreciate the effort (maybe it wasn’t done the way you would do it, but at least it’s done); when you disappoint yourself, try to find something positive (i.e., you stopped yourself before you yelled everything you were thinking).

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Dogs are good for our mental and physical health, but they can also teach us a lot about life. Here are five important life lessons we can learn from dogs, courtesy of the man who knows them best, TV’s Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan:

Live in the moment. Dogs don’t stress out about their past, or hold on to hurt feelings, they appreciate what’s happening right now. Humans tend to dwell on bad experiences which can lead to depression and anxiety. Focusing on the present will allow you to have a much richer and more satisfying life, right now.

People, just like dogs, need three things in their lives: Exercise, affection and discipline. We all know the benefits of exercise and love, but a study from Stanford University found the people who are disciplined and delay gratification tend to have higher test scores, go to better colleges and have healthier relationships overall. Discipline isn’t about punishment; it’s about living by rules and structure.

Go with your gut. Dogs are instinctive and can sense what’s happening beneath the surface. Humans have lost this ability and depend too much on words. So start paying attention to non-verbal cues like body language and energy and you’ll get a lot more out of every conversation.

Don’t hold grudges. There aren’t that many conflicts in a dog pack. Why? Because if there’s a disagreement, they deal with it and move on. Humans tend to hold on to negative feelings, and stuff them down until we explode. Instead, confront any issues before they blow up, then get over it and move on.

Live with a purpose. When dogs have nothing to do they develop behavioral issues and anxiety, but when you give a dog a way to contribute to the pack’s wellbeing, their issues clear up almost instantly. It’s no different with people. We’re all born with a need to stay occupied and contribute. So, if you’re feeling down ask yourself how you can do more for the people around you.

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Finding something positive in a situation increases the likelihood of more positives happening. Seriously, when has complaining about a situation or beating yourself up made you want to run right out and make things better? When you are encouraged, you tend to want to keep on going in the right direction. 80


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Study: Blueberries Improve

Pre-diabetic Condition

New research findings reveal that one of America’s favorite colorful fruits – blueberries – have properties that help to improve factors related to pre-diabetes and decrease inflammation in obese men and women. Chronic low-grade inflammation related to obesity contributes to insulin resistance, a major factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. “This is an excellent example of the importance of clinical trials to building our knowledge-base in helping to improve public health,” said Steven Heymsfield, PBRC Executive Director. The Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) in Baton Rouge conducted the blueberry study in a clinical trial with participants who had insulin resistance, a condition present in pre-diabetes. The results of the Center’s study are highlighted in the October edition of The Journal of Nutrition. According to PBRC, the study was conducted over a six-week period with 36 obese subjects diagnosed with insulin resistance, but who had no evidence of type 2 diabetes. The participants were assigned randomly either a blueberry-rich or nutritionally equivalent blueberry-free smoothie twice daily over the 42 day period.

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“The participants who consumed the blueberry smoothies had improved insulin sensitivity compared to those consuming no blueberries,” said PBRC researcher Dr. April Stull. Type 2 diabetes and obesity are characterized by elevated blood sugar and represent a public health crisis in the United States. Obesity and diabetes can lead to serious health consequences, including blindness, poor circulation, and premature death. Although researchers have discovered that certain foods have both blood glucose-lowering and anti-inflammatory effects in experimental animals, few studies have been done in humans, according to the Journal article. “We now know that compounds in blueberries may help obese, non-diabetic individuals maintain healthy blood glucose levels,” said Dr. Stull. PBRC is urging additional research to determine whether the same effects would be found in people with type 2 diabetes. The study was conducted in the PBRC’s Botanical Research Center, led by Dr. William Cefalu, who holds the Douglas L. Manship Professorship in Diabetes. The Center recently received National Institutes of Health funding in a new five year grant to study nutritional supplements. Diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity, and related health conditions are the focus of the Botanical Research Center.

Let’s talk about lists. To-do, honey-do, bucket, laundry, grocery. If needed, we could build our entire lives around lists. David Letterman relies on them for laughs. Santa needs them to make sure the toys and lumps of coal go to the right places. I use them, too. Without a to-do list, you’d be looking at a blank page because I’d probably forget to write this.

For my birthday, one of my friends gave me a book called “Listography: Your Life in Lists.” I immediately sharpened my pencil and got to work. Meanwhile, she has struggled with her own copy for months. I’ve discovered that in life there are two types of folks: List People and Non-List People. List People want to make sure that their day runs smoothly and efficiently. They need something to keep them on track just in case life veers them away from the important stuff. Non-List People understand that the important stuff could never be found on a list.

Granted, lists aren’t quite as exciting as grandiose manifestos or random doodles. Yet, many of us still maintain our love affair with them. Why? 1. In a world of utter chaos, lists are clean, organized, and efficient. 2. By design, lists force us to weed out the unnecessary whatevers and focus on what needs to be done. In the hustle and bustle of life, our minds get cluttered (well, mine does anyway) and lists help shush out the baloney. 3. There is something remarkable about being able to cross something off a list. If you ever feel like you’re going nowhere in life, make a list of things you plan to do that day and cross them off as they get done. You’ll feel like the most efficient and accomplished person on Earth – even if all you’ve written down is: sit on couch, turn on television, take shower, make list. 4. Lists help us put useless information in appropriate rank-and-file so we can pass personal judgment on other people’s lists. For example: The American Film Institute has a list of the 100 Greatest American Films. Number one is “Citizen Kane, followed by “Casablanca” and “The Godfather”. I don’t know about you, but I’d put The Godfather ahead of “the other two. So begins my own list. Also, the Modern Library’s list of greatest novels ever written puts Ulysses at number one. Have you ever tried to read Ulysses? I have a theory that no one has actually read it; they just claim that they have. 5. Lists help us keep things in perspective. Most of us have either mentally or literally written our own “Bucket List” – things we want to do or see before we die. This can be difficult for someone like me, who wants to see everything and go everywhere. But I’ve limited it to Machu Picchu. 6. Lists help us remember to do things. Take me, for instance. On my list for today I wrote “write column.” The fact that you’re reading this is living proof that lists are effective. Now I can scratch this off my list and feel like I’ve accomplished something. After three minutes reading this, you may or may not agree.

Erin K. Cormier has been a local journalist for more than 12 years. Email her at 82

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