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to get your mammogram. Early detection is a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer. Mammograms can find suspicious lumps even before they can be felt, and if diagnosed early, a woman with a cancerous lump has a much better chance of surviving breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends an annual mammogram for women over the age of 40. Have you scheduled your mammogram?

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is offering a 20% discount during October on digital screening mammograms. Appointments are available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Thursdays until 7 p.m. Call (337) 527-4256 to schedule yours today.

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In This Issue

Home & Family

6 Marriage Bound or Just Living Together? 10 Container Gardening

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7 Horoscopes 2 32 Business Buzz 40 By the Numbers 4 2 First Person: with Leigh Anne Tuohy 50 Who’s News 78 Ready to Wear 80 Community Contributors 81 Solutions for Life! 82 McNeese Corral 84 Happenings

Money & Career 28 Getting on Your Financial Feet After Divorce 30 Conference Will Address Workforce Influx


Places & Faces 44 Painting with a Purpose 48 Students “Earn While They Learn” at McNeese CAMMP

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52-60 special section: BREAST HEALTH 62 Fighting Fall Allergies 66 Find Out Your Heart’s Future, Today

Style & Beauty 72 Fall Fashion 74 Nature’s Glitter Don’t just live, thrive!

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Step into the mysterious and magical land of lore and explore local legends, famous fairy tales, and myths from around the world.

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Marriage Bound or Just Living Together?

by Katie Harrington

Boy meets girl, they fall in love, get married, buy a house and have a baby. In generations past, this was the natural process for couples beginning a life together. The last few decades have shown a shift in this order as more couples are living together before marriage.

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According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, 48 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 44 moved in with a man to whom they were not married between 2006 and 2010. But is cohabiting before marriage a step in the right direction for the relationship? According to marriage and family counselor Keri ForbessMcCorquodale, MS, CEAP, LPC-S, LMFT, owner of Solutions Counseling & EAP, it depends on the couple and their future plans for the relationship. “Studies over the years have shown that by and large, living together before marriage does not guarantee marriage success. In fact, couples who move in together before marriage, particularly prior to getting engaged, tend to be less satisfied with their marriages and more likely to divorce.” According to a survey conducted by the University of Virginia, how you view living with someone is the critical factor. “It really boils down to what each party is hoping to gain from the move. Women often view moving in together as a step towards marriage,” Forbess-McCorquodale says. “On the other hand, men often view it as a test, or a way to even put off marriage.” She adds that before couples move in together, they need to have an open and honest conversation about where the relationship is headed. “Living with someone without a firm eye toward marriage means that either person can leave at any time. In the long run this can breed mutual disrespect.” Convenience or checking to see if you’re compatible as roommates aren’t solid foundations for making the move, either. “A roommate and a romantic partner are not the same thing, but many couples think living together will give them a chance to see how their dynamic works when they are living together. They October 2013

figure they are spending so much time at each other’s places already, so why not make it permanent and save some time and money,” says Forbess-McCorquodale. “There’s a big difference between spending all of your time at one another’s homes and officially living under one roof.” She goes on to say that the true tests of healthy, long-lasting relationships are time and communication. “Time is the only guaranteed way to see how compatible you are as a couple. Over time, you can see how your partner handles life’s many different situations. As far as communication goes, relationships aren’t always wine and roses. Couples need to understand that their partner will frustrate them at times, but knowing how to communicate increases their chances of being able to resolve and even avoid conflicts.” If cohabitation is the next step for your relationship, ForbessMcCorquodale urges the couple to consider the following questions: Do you truly want a future with this person? Is the cohabitation founded on convenience? “Be sure to look before you leap and be sure to only make a decision when you’re both ready to commit,” Forbess-McCorquodale adds.

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Reducing the Army of Ants

A stray ant is nothing unusual, but when you see a swarm of them on your kitchen floor, or worse yet, in your laundry, it’s unnerving.

Autumn is a good time to tackle fire ant control. Ants continue to be active outdoors in the fall before their typical decline during the winter months. Treating this time of the year works well because it’s normally a dry time. “The weather is usually more predictable in the fall, with fewer surprise rain showers that are more common in the summer. Depending on the type of bait used, rainfall can dilute it. Ant control is an ongoing endeavor; a regular schedule will help now and pay off when spring arrives,” said Robert Soileau, manager of the Lake Charles location of J&J Exterminating. “Getting control of ants in the fall will help later on, during the spring, when homeowners are working in their yards with spring planting.” According to Soileau, ants need food and water and will find unique ways to get inside a home to find those resources. “No home is impervious to an ant but we can definitely control the population so that our customers do not have a problem with ants.” Soileau says treatment provided by J&J Exterminating creates a barrier around the perimeter of the home using products that are proven to work in our moist climate. “It’s important to take into consideration the environment when choosing the best treatment,” he explained. Beyond having regular pest treatments, homeowners can greatly increase the success of pest control, including ants, by keeping foliage and bushes away from the home’s foundation. Check to ensure that soil or mulch is moved away from the home and not packed on the foundation. Ideally, bushes and shrubbery should not touch the home; keep them trimmed and away from the structure to reduce the population of pests that could gain entry.

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Inside the home, ants have an affinity for kitchens and bathrooms because of the access to food and water. “Homeowners can do themselves a favor by keeping foods securely stored. If left open, it’s a welcome invitation for ants and other pests,” Soileau said. Also, wipe down counters and sweep crumbs from the floor.

For a free consultation for pest control, or more information about ants, call J&J Exterminating in Lake Charles at 474-7377 or in DeRidder at (337) 463-4574.

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Fall Into Container Gardening Southern humidity never truly disappears, but it tapers off this month as we shift into autumn. For the most part, the bugs have retreated. The sun isn’t as brutal as it was in July or August, which means you can go outside without melting. All these factors make it an ideal time to dig into your garden— specifically your fall container garden, which lends itself to many blooming possibilities. Lots of plants thrive in containers. Take advantage of this by arranging seasonal color to your favorite outdoor spaces. Container gardens provide a great opportunity brighten your space, fulfill your

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Health. gardening bug, and make a colorful statement. Here are some tips: Keep your plants in one spot. It makes it much easier to water, feed and groom them. Maximize this spot by selecting containers of different shapes, sizes and styles. This makes for an interesting display. Want to get creative? Consider using a cast-concrete pool (which is already fit to drain) to create a small container garden. Think about your color scheme and what you want to accomplish. Consider combining cool colors with warm. This creates aesthetic harmony. Keep in mind that white flowers are often a good addition to any color scheme.

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Excellent choices for cool-season plants: pansy, viola, dianthus, sweet alyssum, calendula, snapdragon, petunia, forget-menot, hollyhock, poppies, annual phlox, stock, statice, ornamental kale and cabbage. Talk to your local gardening professional for more suggestions and ideas. Mums are a popular choice for spectacular fall color because they produce hundreds of flower buds in gorgeous colors of yellow, red, maroon, orange and white. If you buy mums for your container garden, select a plant that has only a few open flowers. Don’t buy plants that are already in full bloom.

Women & Children’s Hospital and Lake Area Family Medicine welcome family medicine physician Joshua Whatley, M.D., to their medical staffs. A native of Iowa, La., Dr. Whatley received his medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) Shreveport and completed his family medicine residency training and internship in Lake Charles through LSUHSC New Orleans. A strong believer in preventive medicine, Dr. Whatley encourages regular checkups to help identify illnesses in their earliest stage and takes the time to educate his patients on strategies for good health. He provides wellness exams, disease management, urgent care services and more for patients of all ages.

Fall is an ideal time to plant hardy herbs, especially parsley. Parsley is a great natural breath freshener and is considered an excellent and strong culinary herb. Parsley seeds can be planted now and through to March. Parsley can be grown in their own container, or coupled with other container plants.

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Central School Arts and Humanities Center Kirby Street, Lake Charles Erica McCreedy, Arts and Humanities Council’s executive director, said she was in the building late one night after a concert when she heard a woman talking loudly on the main stairs above her. She went to tell the woman that the building was closed. “Once I turned the corner on the stairs, the voice stopped and there was no one on the second floor or in the theater,” she said. The third floor is said to be haunted by the ghost of Mrs. Schindler, a teacher in the building when it was a school. “Late at night, we’ve heard footsteps down the third floor hall and heard voices in the theater,” McCreedy said.

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ACTS Theatre One Reid St., Lake Charles Mark Broussard, a member of the ACTS Theatre Board, said paranormal investigations have been conducted there. He said there is the spirit of a man named George who stays under the stairs. He is said to be mean and enjoys scaring people. There is another male spirit named Michael in an upstairs bathroom. And yet another male spirit stays in the old projection room. He said he had worked there a long time ago and still likes to help with shows.

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Old Beauregard Hanging Jail DeRidder The jail got its name after two men were hanged there in 1928 for killing a DeRidder taxi driver. Residents and employees have said that they have proof that the facility is haunted. Paranormal investigators from all over the country have investigated the building and also say they have definitive proof. A photo of the jail, now on display in the Beauregard Museum, shows what appears to be a ghostly apparition on the porch, who some believe is one of the early jailers who worked there.

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Old Calcasieu Courthouse, Pithon St., Lake Charles The Travel Channel featured the building in an episode of its series, Ghost Adventures, in 2010. It is said to be haunted by the ghost of Toni Jo Henry, a dark-haired beauty and former prostitute who killed a man after he stopped to give her a ride. After three trials, Henry was found guilty and electrocuted in 1942. Some courthouse employees say they they can hear Henry’s screams and smell her burning hair. Some at the courthouse believe that she likes to play tricks on employees by locking doors, playing with the lights and meddling with office equipment. Because of this, the Travel Channel listed the courthouse as one of the top 10 most haunted places in America. 14 www.thriveswla.com

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The following locations, which are also said to be haunted, are featured in the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau’s historic guide to Calcasieu Parish, visitlakecharles.org/historic.

Bilbo, LeBleu, Big Woods and Sallier cemeteries Witnesses said they have seen “ghost lights”— flashes of light — in each of these areas. Scientists say these lights are probably caused by “atmospheric inversion” and “escaping methane gas.”

Sallier Oak at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum Ethel and Sallier Streets

Near the more than 375- year-old oak — the site of many known duels — strange lights are occasionally reported. Some say a jealous Charles Sallier shot his beautiful young second wife Catherine LeBleu Sallier in that location because he believed she was cheating on him with one of Jean Lafitte’s crew. Catherine survived — the amethyst brooch she wore stopped the bullet. She and Sallier reconciled and had six children together.

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It is said that the ghost of a woman who drowned 125 years ago at that very spot (the lake was partly filled in to build the facility), rearranges furniture and messes up pictures on the wall. The ghost is sometimes seen by audiences in the balcony.

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Howl-o-Ween! Creating a Safe Environment for Your Dog

by Katie Harrington

Tricks and treats, ghosts and goblins and crisp autumn air are all signs Halloween is right around the corner, but the bustle of October 31 could prove to be too terrifying for four-legged family members.


Straight Answers to Your Questions on Industry and the Environment

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With all of the industry located near the various waterways we have in our area, what effects are they having on our water? Industries clean the water before it reaches the environment.

Sometimes advisories are issued for drinking and swimming, but they are related to biological waste hazards from homes and businesses, not industrial processes. Stringent guidelines are in place to monitor the impact local industry has on our waterways. The regulations continue to tighten and industry is consistently meeting the guidelines. The treatment processes at local industries result in clean water, which is lab-tested to verify compliance with regulations. These labs are certified by the DEQ to avoid any perceived bias. One of the reasons Louisiana is known as a sportsman’s paradise is because of our rich waterways, and we understand that everyone – including industry – plays a role in maintaining good water quality.


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“Repeated rings of the doorbell, kids in scary costumes and even cute costumes for your dog can all pose a safety risk,” says Dr. Martha Briley, veterinarian with Country Club Veterinary Clinic. “Even your pumpkin masterpiece and bowl of treats can cause a health risk.”

Home Security The constantly ringing doorbell or the sounds associated with your Halloween party can be stressful for a pet. “Masks and costumes change how people look and smell meaning that even someone familiar can become scary,” Dr. Briley says. “Your dog may run around, bark repeatedly or even bite people. It’s best to place him in a quiet room or secure him on a leash. This can also prevent accidental escapes.”

Candy Trap Fido may have a sweet tooth, but chocolate and the artificial sweetener xylitol, found in sugar-free gum and pudding, can be toxic. “It’s important to ask your family and guests not to sneak any treats to your dog,” adds Dr. Briley. “Be sure to pick up and treats or wrappers that make their way to the floor or low-lying surfaces.”

Decisions on Décor A hungry pet and your spooky Halloween decorations can be a recipe for disaster. “Fake cobwebs can cause intestinal issues and the liquid material in glow sticks can upset their stomach as

well,” adds Dr. Briley. “Be sure to place your décor out of your pet’s reach and try not to leave them unsupervised in a decorated room.”

Perfect Pumpkins Even though pumpkins and seeds are often found in organic pet food and aren’t toxic, there are still some risks associated with your perfectly carved pumpkin. “Carved pumpkins pose a risk because they can become moldy. If your dog eats this it can cause stomach problems,” Dr. Briley says. “Also, you may want to avoid lighting them with candles as a wagging tail or curious animal could easily knock the pumpkin over and pose a fire hazard. Opt for battery-powered lights instead.”

should be simple and not limit your pet’s ability to move or use his senses.” In addition, Dr. Briley says to avoid sequins, fringe or other small decorations as they can be a choking hazard. For more information about pet health, call Country Club Veterinary Clinic at (337) 478-2823 or visit www.countryclubvet.com.

Crafty Costumes Nothing is cuter than a pooch dressed as a pumpkin or devil, but according to Dr. Briley, there are some things to consider before dressing up your pup. “Do a test run in advance of your event to make sure there is nothing about the costume that agitates him. Choose an outfit that is loose-fitting and avoid fabrics like wool and fleece. Costumes

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By Ellen Frazel

Ghosts, vampires, witches, mummies, eyeballs: the possibilities are endless and oh-sofun-and-spooky. You’d be surprised how you can transform a marshmallow, a cupcake, or even a strawberry into a (trick or) treat that is perfect for Halloween season. Here are a few do-it-yourself Halloween treats: Arrange black pipe cleaner around a lollipop’s stick to create spider legs. Glue plastic eyeballs on the pipe cleaner to top off the look. Fill plastic gloves with popcorn, candy corn, or any other treat for a delicious and scary Halloween goodie bag. Maybe give your hand some jewelry: a plastic spider ring. Dip strawberries in white chocolate and decorate with frosting to make ghosts, mummies, or vampires. Color the chocolate orange or green to make pumpkins and Frankensteins! Using frosting, apply chocolate chips to a marshmallow to make a face. Color coconut flakes green and arrange to the sides of the marshmallow with frosting. Once you’ve made your witch’s face and hair, place a chocolate wafer cookie on top of the marshmallow. With some more frosting, stick a small peanut butter cup and then a chocolate kiss on top of the wafer. Now your witch has a hat! Decorate cupcakes with green frosting and add a candy eyeball to make a monster’s eye. Or instead, stick a small chocolate covered pretzel stick into the cupcake and shake on some sprinkles to make a bubbling witch’s cauldron! Skewer a marshmallow in the middle of a lollipop stick. Hook white chocolate covered pretzel twists onto the stick on top of the marshmallow. Add white chocolate covered pretzel sticks coming out from the bottom of the marshmallow. Place another marshmallow at the head of the lollipop stick and create a skeleton face out of frosting. These treats are just a few examples to stir up the Halloween spirit. Get creative this season and invent your own frightful and tasty goodies!

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Prolonging Your Pumpkin by Austin Price

Jack O’ Lantern carving is an art form, plain and simple. Anyone who’s spent hours and hours teasing a picture of a cat or a witch out of a pumpkin knows how taxing the process can be, never mind the ambitious artist who decides to carve out a portrait or a scene. The downside of it is that unlike a canvas or a block of marble, pumpkins decay. That picture-perfect rendering of a haunted house which took you three days to carve will be lucky if it doesn’t mold in four, let alone stick around for a few weeks. Luckily, there are a few solutions that can preserve that perfect pumpkin of yours.

The key to saving your pumpkin is to keep the moisture levels of the pumpkin balanced. A too-dry pumpkin will rot and eventually collapse while a pumpkin with too much moisture will breed mold. Keeping the pumpkin from drying out is simple—just store it in a cool area that’s not too moist; a weaker refrigerator or a crisper (if you can fit it) are good places. Controlling mold can be a little more difficult. While there are a number of pumpkinpreserving sprays (such as “Pumpkin Fresh”) on the market, these tend to be somewhat weak and preserve the pumpkin for only a few more days. Some amateurs recommend using Vaseline, glue, or acrylic spray, but these actually facilitate mold growth and should be avoided at all cost. Instead, whip up a batch of bleach solution (add two tablespoons of bleach to a gallon of water) and sink your pumpkin into it for 8 hours. This should kill all of the mold spores. A coat of petroleum jelly added to the entire jack’o’lantern will help keep the pumpkin from drying out too much. Though it won’t last forever, a pumpkin treated this way can stick around for up to another month. It may not be for eternity, but there are always pictures for that. October 2013

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Trick-or-treating may be the first Halloween activity that comes to mind, but there are so many more options. Southwest Louisiana’s fall calendar is full of spooktacularly fun events, from pumpkin patches to haunted houses. There’s something for ghosts and goblins of all sizes.

Pumpkin Patches Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 1700 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur October 6-31 Bring your camera and kids in costume to take pictures and play games. No purchase necessary.

CM Farms 252 CM Farms Road, Dry Creek October 5 – November 23 Attractions include a pumpkin patch, corn maize, pig races, haystacks, farm animals, haunted trail, pumpkin blaster and corn cannons. Visit the website for more information at www.cmfarmsllc.com.

Moss Bluff United Methodist Church 735 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, Moss Bluff October 13-31 Come visit “Howdy” the Clown in the patch and bring your camera for holiday photos. Other activities include fun jump, slide, face painting, indoor fall market and more. For more information, call (337) 855-6241.

Cal-Cam Fair 923 Lewis Street, Sulphur October 16-20 The annual Cal-Cam Fair in Sulphur is a fall tradition to most Southwest Louisiana residents. The carnival, good food, and livestock show are some of the most popular features of the fair. There is an also live entertainment, pageants and a wildlife exhibit. For more information, call (337) 527-9371.

Ragley Timber & Heritage Festival Downtown Ragley October 19 Ragley will be bustling when its 15th Annual Heritage and Timber Festival kicks off at 10:15am. The parade will begin at 9am and there will be activities for the young and old, including great music, antique cars and tractors, old time demonstrations, fun jumps and good food. For more information, call (337) 725-3444.

Events The Lost Hollows! Haunted Attraction 3301 East Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles Fridays and Saturdays at sunset from September 27-November 2 This attraction offers two separate excursions through The Lost Hollows. A Spooky Timbers trail for children and a Deadly Pines Trail for those who date enter. For more information, visit www.thelosthollows.com. Haunted Ship Aboard the USS Orleck 604 North Enterprise Boulevard, Lake Charles October 4-30 Make plans to come aboard the haunted USS Orleck Naval Ship. Gates open at 6pm and ship hatches open at 7pm. For more information, visit www.orleck.org.

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Country Club Arts & Crafts Fair 1500 Country Club Road, Lake Charles October 18-19 The Country Club Arts & Crafts Fair offers a variety of crafts including wood, glass, baskets, homemade jellies, jams, pickles and all types of other handmade items.

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Arts Fest Lake Charles Civic Center October 26 The fall season has arrived and with it comes ArtsFest, an annual free arts festival for area children. The Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA and the City of Lake Charles are teaming

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up again to present a festive day of art activities and costume contest. This year’s theme is Fairytales, Myths and Legends. For more information, call (337) 439-2787. Culture Fest Louisiana Lake Charles Civic Center October 26 This community event is free to the public and is designed to encourage family participation from all areas of Southwest Louisiana. The attractions include a cultural display area, kids international village, world café and entertainment venue. For more information, call (337) 409-9636. Halloween at the Lucky Longhorn Casino 2374 Highway 109 South, Vinton October 26 Come celebrate this spooky holiday with the Lucky Longhorn Casino. For more information, visit www.thetexaslonghorn.com.

Haunted House at Central School 809 Kirby Street, Lake Charles October 27 Tired of the same old Halloween routine? Stop by Central School on October 27 from 5:30-8pm to experience another side of local history. Visitors will navigate the third floor’s family friendly haunted house and each child will receive a trick or treat bag. For more information, call (337) 375-7373.

Trunk or Treat 812 Kirkman Street, Lake Charles October 31 First United Methodist Church of Lake Charles will host its annual Trunk or Treat event. Come dressed up in your favorite costume and participate.

Malloween Prien Lake Mall, Lake Charles October 31 Come dressed in your favorite costume for a fun and safe night at Malloween. Children 12 years and younger can scour the mall and its retailers for free candy from 5:30-7pm.

**All information is current as of printed date.

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

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Gladys McKnight loved music before she even knew how to speak in complete sentences. As a toddler she listened to her mother play the piano in church and mimicked the keys using the church bench in front of her. At home, the coffee table became her piano—she’d bang out the invisible notes just like her mother. Gladys was enrolled in piano lessons almost as soon as she was able to sit still on a bench and take musical direction. Her relationship with music was off to an early start, and it was one that would endure for decades, translating into a 40-plus year career as a pianist and music teacher.

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Music plays on individual beauty and emotion in ways that differ from other art forms, McKnight says. “Music helps stimulate feelings and captivates our inner beauty. It provides a revelation of the art that’s within us. Music is one of the finest forms of art to play on emotion. Everyone has something that they feel emotional about. I’ve heard people say that they go to church because of the music. They love to listen to the word, but it’s the music that draws them closer. It’s the music that strengthens their beliefs.” From Gregorian chants of the Middle Ages to hiphop in the modern era, music has been shown to calm, comfort and uplift. Studies show that listening to music has boundless effects on our mental, emotional and physical well-being. It’s much more than popping in ear-buds at the gym or belting out your favorite ballad in the car. When you listen to music, you feed your soul. “There is no limit to the power of music,” says Lina Morita, associate professor of music at

“Music is one of the most abstract and intangible of all the art forms. It allows for a maximal level of individual interpretation. It conveys emotion, which all people feel,” says Patrick Gladys McKnight works with vocal students at Washington Marion High School. Sheng, director of jazz studies at McNeese. Sheng form that sweeps across genres and boundaries. has played the saxophone since middle school. “Alicia Keys does a beautiful rendition of “Music is an expression of the human experience. Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on one of her By witnessing and taking part in these expressions, albums. The way she did it, the way she put it audiences can understand themselves more fully. together, was just beautiful. I tell my students that It’s like when you go to a movie and you realize they listen to classical music all the time and don’t the movie isn’t about the characters, it’s about even realize it,” McKnight says. “In my opinion, music what’s happening to those characters. The movie should be like a balanced meal. is about you, and how you interpret the actions and emotions of those characters. Or when you hear a musical lyric, line, lick, theme or riff that sums Continued on p24 up a feeling that can’t be expressed in any other way. It adds to your understanding of your own experiences and the feelings.” And it doesn’t matter & which music you the prefer—when you feed your soul with music that you love, you’re present better for it, McKnight says. She’s taught students who went on to careers in opera, and she’s taught others Sunday - December 1, 2013 who thought opera or Shearman Fine Arts Performing Center classical were “boring” and out of tune with • Beer & Wine Tasting their lives. & Hors d’oeuvres | 5 p.m. What they don’t • Concert | 6:30 realize, McKnight says, is that all music Featuring McNeese Alum relates to one another. Tenor Fred VanNess, Jr. & Mezzo Soprano Contemporary pop Sarah Callahan with the Lake Charles Symphony music borrows from classical traditions. Hip-hop borrows from rock, rock borrows from blues. At the end of the day, music is an interconnected art

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McNeese State University. “It has the power to elicit emotion, communicate feelings and even make us want to dance. Music is a universal language because you don’t need to know anything about the language or the culture to enjoy or be deeply moved by it. It has the power to connect people of different backgrounds, nationalities, age groups. It transcends borders and ethnicities. A song or piece of music can mean and express different things to different people. It’s personal and original. That’s why a song can take us back to a specific event in our lives.” Research has shown that listening to music directly effects parts of the brain that effect memory and vision. It also activates the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s pleasure centers and helps regulate movement and emotional response.

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We all have our preferences and there’s nothing wrong with that, but you want to make sure you have a few other things, too. You can have your main course, but you need some fruit, some protein, maybe some vegetables.” In addition to enriching quality of life and allowing us to access our inner beauty and emotions, music has a tangible and practical ability to help us learn. Research has shown that students who learn to play and appreciate music have higher test scores and show improvement in other spatial subjects, such as math. Researchers have also found that music helps people concentrate by triggering the brain cortex into activity and inducing different states of alertness. McKnight says she’s used music as a crosscurriculum vehicle for years. She’s had students replace the lyrics of their favorite rap songs with lyrics related to learning. “I use a lot of rap music to get them to identify with mathematical facts and symbols. I let them do something fun with it. We can do the same thing with any other subject – social studies, English, history.” Like McKnight, who has taught piano for decades, Morita has found that the benefits of actually learning a musical instrument increase the power and benefit of music exponentially.

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“When a child picks up an instrument, he or she learns the technical aspect of playing, but more importantly, the student is able to create the sounds that make music so amazing,” says Morita, a classically trained pianist who recently performed at Carnegie Hall. “When students start creating sound worlds, they make an emotional connection with the music that will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Music changes with time and its surroundings. It’s always evolving, which is quite exciting. Although some music will be forever timeless, like the Beatles or Beethoven, we always have new artists. Music never ceases to be creative, original and personal.” On an even broader level, music contributes to the tapestry of a culture. It creates a sense of community and pride by serving as an extension of its atmosphere—just as Zydeco and Cajun music do for Louisiana. “Music is the essence of culture, reflecting our aesthetics and our experiences. At the same time, it can also transcend cultures,” Sheng says. “For example, Americans have been, and still are, divided

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by racial borders. Teenagers of the 50s loved rock and roll, whether it was coming from Elvis or Chuck Berry. The music industry was heavily divided by racial lines, but the music was still rock and roll.” And a world without music? “Bleak,” Sheng says. “Period.”

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A snapshot of some of the benefits of music, based on recent research:

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Improved Quality of Life for Dementia Patients. The ability to use music as a way to transport to another time is the cornerstone of Music & Memory, a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly. Founders of the organization realized that music therapy was one of the least expensive and most effective forms of therapy for elderly residents, particularly those suffering from dementia. According to the founders, music can calm chaotic brain activity, enable the listener to focus on the present moment and regain a connection to others. Because music has a profound sensory link to our past, positive memories can be awakened by tapping into the music of a patient’s favorite era. After partnering with care centers across the country, the organization found that personalized music had a substantial positive effect on more than half of all residents with depression, and 71 percent of healthcare workers reported substantial positive effects on residents with anxiety. Increased IQ and Performance among Students. A study published in Psychological Science found an increase in the IQs of six-year-olds who were given weekly voice and piano lessons. After one year, the children who were given music lessons tested on average three IQ points higher than their peers. Research also showed a link between music and performance in spatial subjects, such as math, in which students are expected to visualize elements that fit together. Further, students at schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math on standardized tests. Experiments carried out by scientists at the University of California at Irvine found that students’ test scores improved after listening to a recording of Mozart, compared with either a relaxation tape or silence. This is now known as “The Mozart Effect.”

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Improved Memory. Research has shown that people who listen to music—and specifically, people who learn music—have an increased capacity for memory. Mood Booster. Plugging into your favorite music could dissipate your bad mood, according to a 2011 study published in Nature Neuroscience. The study found that listening to pleasurable music of any description triggered the release of dopamine, the feel-good chemical of the brain. Exercise Charmer. Music can increase endurance by as much as 15 percent, according to researchers at Brunel University. Exercisers who listened to music had a lowered perception of their effort, which ultimately increased energy efficiency and performance.

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Stress Reduction. Nearly a third of people say that listening to music on the way to work helps them de-stress as they prepare to face the workday. The mental health charity Mind reported in 2011 that tuning into one of your favorite songs could be incredibly soothing and help to reduce anxiety. Physical Therapy. Numerous studies have illustrated a direct link between music and improved patient care. Music has been shown to positively impact patients with heart disease, respiratory conditions and cancer, by lowering heart rate and blood pressure and reducing pain and anxiety.

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Happy Birthday, Libra!

This year so far has been full of surprises, which may be difficult for the typically balanced Libra to handle. However, all of the swinging scales—the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful and everything else in between—has been good for you. Even if you can’t quite see it right now, being the sensible sign of the Zodiac it will not take much for you to reassure yourself that it will all work out in the long run. 2013 has been a year of rebirth for you—embrace it! Make sure to indulge this birthday. Celebrate the new you. You know you deserve it, so bring on the cake and Cosmos!



(September 23-October 22) You have been working very hard to reel in your spending habits and to balance the budget. Or you may have been putting in some extra hours on the job. While you may not have evened out the scales yet, you’ve come a long way and deserve a reward. Make sure to treat yourself.


(October 23-November 21) October will bring out your unique style of wit and humor. Make the sure to keep the laughs going, as you are also prone to experience a variety of small problems this month that can add up to being one big headache. Remember: Laughter is the best medicine!


(November 22-December 21) When you wish upon a star this month, it will make a difference if you’re a Sagittarius. The stars are shining on you in October, dear archer. Don’t be afraid to go out there and seize the moment.


(December 21-January 19) October will bring the opportunity for you to speak out on an issue that’s been running through your head for a while. Think carefully about what you say—you have the chance to inspire the change you’ve hoping for, but if you show your horns the results may not be to your benefit.


(January 20-February 18) October is a good time to connect with your friends. Plan a girls’ night, hit up some Halloween parties or spread your wings on Facebook or Twitter, whatever your favorite way is to socialize—get out there. One

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of your friends will have something important to tell you. Make sure to listen.


(February 19-March 28) Try not to give into the mischief that comes with October. Instead, direct your focus toward your career path. Now is the perfect time to explore a new profession or amp-up your networking strategies. Keep your eyes and ears open at work, you could discover an exciting opportunity for advancement.


(March 21-April 19) The lady ram will be glowing brighter than a jack-o-lantern this October. You have been craving a greater sense of connection and it will be difficult for others not to be drawn in by your humor and charms. Now is a great time to make some memories, but remember to take your vitamins—you also have a good chance catching a cold.


(April 20-May 20) You’ve been pretty busy the last few months, so take the time for some much-needed rest. Enjoy down time with friends and family. You’ll be glad that you slowed down; it will bring clarity to an issue that has been weighing on you for some time.


(June 21-July 22) Love is in the air for the quirky Cancer this month, so make sure not to hide in your shell—you could miss out on meeting a special someone or on quality time with your partner. Pay extra attention on the job front, your work is being noticed; make sure it’s your best.

Leo (July 23-August 22) You’ll want to get out and stretch your legs in October, but you will also be quite reflective and it will show. Some people around you will be drawn in by the gift of insight that surrounds you this month. Just be open-minded when giving advice and try not to let your personal feelings get in the way. Virgo

(August 23-September 22) Home will be your haven this October—just the way you like it. Take some time to enjoy the fall air as you nestle up on the couch with a great book or to catch the new season of your favorite TV shows. The relaxation will get your creative juices flowing!


(May 21-June 20) You’ll be in your element this month—you thrive in October’s winds of change. Consider throwing a costume party. Not only is this a good time to connect with friends and dazzle them with your social skills, you may end meeting someone new and exciting. Just be careful to find out what’s behind their mask.

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Getting on Your Financial Feet after Divorce by Kristy Armand

One of the biggest logistical steps that a newlywed takes after getting married is to merge personal finances with those of their new spouse. Managing household money with a partner is no cake-walk, and the statistics prove it: Financial problems are one of the main causes of divorce.

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But just as it’s difficult to intertwine two pocketbooks, untangling them after a divorce can be equally troubling – probably more so. “A divorce comes with so many hardships. Not only are you dealing with the demise of a relationship and friendship, there are practical concerns. Money is often at the top of that list, especially if both spouses were dependent on each other for their financial stability,” says Lyles McDaniel, Senior Vice President with Lakeside Bank. “In the midst of the legal hassle of divorcing, independent financial situations have to be figured out after years of being interconnected.” Finding housing is typically a top priority, especially for the custodial parent if children are involved. McDaniel suggests that a recent divorcee get pre-approved for a home loan as soon as possible to ease the house-hunting process. He says pre-approval saves time, lets the buyer know up-front how much they can afford, and increases negotiating power. Many recent divorcees may choose to rent for a while before taking on the responsibility of a mortgage on their own, which could be a wise and less-stressful choice, according toMcDaniel. Renting also allows more time for the potential buyer to save money and organize finances, which can also be a big boost to home buying. “Organizing finances and becoming financially independent is a precursor to virtually everything else when it comes to personal money management. If you don’t have your money in order, your financial situation can quickly become messy,” says McDaniel. “The first thing you’ll want to do is have a clear understanding of joint debts that were affected in the divorce. Be sure to get a free credit report from each of the three credit bureaus so you know where you stand. Once you have an idea of your personal financial profile, you can start establishing your own accounts. Obviously you will need to

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open your own checking and savings account. Be sure to shop around before you settle on one bank. Each financial institution has its own rules, regulations and fees relative to checking and savings accounts.” Once you have a solid understanding of your debts and income, he advises taking a thorough look at any new expenses you will incur as a single, and create a realistic budget. It’s likely that your financial lifestyle will be affected in many ways by the divorce – you may have to pay or receive child support or pay housing expenses that didn’t exist before, for example. All these new expenses or income need to be worked into a new household budget. “It’s wise to seek the advice of a financial professional when developing your new budget and trying to organize your money. It can be an overwhelming task, especially for someone who has just endured a divorce, which is overwhelming by itself,” McDaniel said. As you develop financial independence, it is also vital to devise a plan to pay-off any outstanding debt that you are responsible for from the marriage or divorce. “This is where that professional advice is most helpful,” McDaniel said. “Sometimes it helps to sit down with someone and go through everything, especially if that person is non-biased and has sound, objective advice. It’s comforting to know that you have a plan and consulting with an trusted source can provide the peace of mind that is so important during such a difficult time.” For more information on personal financial management, call Lakeside at (337) 474-3766 or visit www.lakesidebanking.com.

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Retirement-Wrecking Mistakes by Kristy Armand

Retirement should be a time to relax and enjoy the results of decades of hard work, but for many people, poor preparation and/or bad decisions derail their plans. Some are forced to delay retirement indefinitely, while others retire and then spend their time worrying about money instead of relaxing.

“We all look forward to the retirement years, but when they finally arrive, it can be shocking to find yourself with less money than you expected,” says Mark Eckard, LPL Financial Advisor with Rau Financial Group. “It’s common to underestimate the costs of retirement, or to simply realize that not enough money was put away in the first place.” Eckard says there are several common mistakes that often sabotage retirement dreams. Fortunately, most of these are easy to avoid.

Procrastination Many individuals are forced to postpone retirement because they do not have enough saved. Eckard says this can be avoided by starting to save early. The amount you will need to contribute each year depends on how soon you start your savings program. Even in instances where you can’t afford to add the maximum amount that projections determine you need to save for the year, adding what you can afford can go a long way toward reaching your goal.

Thinking It’s Too Late Some of the common reasons for getting a late start on retirement saving include procrastination, a late start on a solid career path, having to start over after a divorce, and different types of major financial setbacks, such as periods of unemployment or medical expenses. “Regardless of the reason, thinking that it’s too late will only worsen the situation,” says Eckard. “It’s never too late. Start looking for ways to start saving. This may mean scaling back your lifestyle while you play catch up. Even if retirement is just around the corner, you can still achieve your goals.”

Missing Opportunities Saving adequately for retirement is a big challenge, but there are a variety of opportunities that make it easier. “Unfortunately, many people overlook these opportunities and miss out on the benefits,” says October 2013

Eckard. “For example, employers that offer a 401(k) typically include a matching contribution feature, but a high percentage of employees fail to receive this benefit because of a lack of awareness and understanding, or shortsightedness in thinking, ‘There’s time for that later.’ If you do this, you’re missing on what amounts to ‘free’ money added to your retirement nest egg.”

Understanding Healthcare Costs Healthcare needs – and their associated costs – increase with age. This includes the need for more frequent exams, medication and preventative healthcare, as well as the need for long-term care both at home and in nursing homes. Eckard says failing to include these expenses, and how you will pay for them, in your financial planning for retirement can have a huge impact on your finances after retirement.

where a good plan comes into play, serving as a compass for retirement spending. “The plan can always be adjusted based on your needs, but you’ll have peace of mind about having adequate funds to cover your expenses, and you’re much more likely to avoid these common mistakes if you have a plan,” he stresses. “When you’ve worked hard all of your adult life, you deserve to spend your retirement years the way you want. A trusted financial advisor can help you achieve this.” For more information about retirement planning or to schedule a consultation, call Rau Financial Group at 480-3835 or visit www.raufinancialgroup.com.

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Spending Too Much Too Soon or Too Late Those entering retirement are often faced with the fear of spending too much too soon and, as a result, may hoard their savings to the point of just barely getting by. On the other hand, Eckard say individuals who decide to splurge during their early retirement years without any regard for the future may find their bank accounts running on empty years ahead of schedule. “The goal is to live somewhere between these two extremes, and that’s

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Conference Will Address Workforce Influx Statewide leaders in government, education, economic development and business are looking for ways to prepare residents for the influx of jobs that will be available over the next decade. Those positions, expected to top out at 290,000 by 2020, are being created through private investment by companies in the technology and the oil and gas industries. A daylong conference at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles will bring local, state and national policy makers along with industry executives together to participate in in-depth discussions about the workforce challenges that lie ahead for all parties along with potential solutions to the issue. “This is about raising awareness of how critical this workforce demand will be in Louisiana,” said Marie Centanni, vice-president of public policy with the Chamber SWLA. The conference, “Stepping Up: Meeting the Workforce Challenge for Louisiana’s Dynamic Economic Expansion,” will be held from 8 a.m.2 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, in the L’Auberge Conference Center. According to Centanni, every part of the state will have a major industrial or technology project. The hope is that residents will invest in themselves the same way corporate entities are investing in Louisiana. “We want our young residents to understand what skills, trades or degrees these jobs will demand,” she said. “And we want the workers, already prepared, to see the opportunities and make sure they are ready for them.” State economic development leaders estimate that $100 billion in capital will be spent in Louisiana Thrive Magazine for Better Living

in the near future. More than $50 billion in private investment has been announced for Southwest Louisiana with companies like Cheniere Energy, Sasol, Sempra, Magnolia LNG and G2X, expected to spend the bulk of that money. George Swift, president and CEO of the SWLA Alliance, said the conference will bring many different stakeholders to the table to discuss ways to meet industry’s needs. “We’re pleased to help facilitate this discussion of issues that will impact the entire state. With the largest investment of new manufacturing projects coming to our region, we’re looking forward to hosting this conference in Lake Charles,” he stated. “Our local governments, as well as education and community leaders, have started mapping out strategies to guide this growth, and we hope to connect, share with and learn from stakeholders at all levels at this conference.” The event will include a presentation by economist Dr. Loren Scott; a business roundtable with company leaders in top growth sectors who face the most pressing needs; a panel featuring state government and educational leaders to discuss what’s being done to meet these needs; and a keynote address by David Chavern, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Cajun Industries, LLC, is the event’s title sponsor. The Alliance, Council For A Better Louisiana (CABL), and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) have partnered to present the event. For more information call the Alliance at 433-3632.

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! The Pioneer Club Wins Best Crab Dish Award

McDonald’s Re-Opens Broad Street Restaurant

Lake Charles Memorial’s Cancer Center Receives Accreditation Lake Charles Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Center was granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor.

Center for Orthopaedics Offering Saturday Morning Sports Clinic Chef Ryan Broussard and Executive Chef Patrick Martin of the Pioneer Club were awarded Best Crab Dish at August’s Arts & Crabs Fest, hosted by the Arts Council of SWLA and the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau. For details, call the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.

McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana has re-opened its restaurant at 2602 Broad Street in Lake Charles. The new McDonald’s features a more upscale and modern dining room with flat-screen televisions and free WIFI. For more information, call (337) 478-7396.

First National Bank DeRidder Again Earns 5-Star Rating

Bayou Technologies Opens Second Technology Repair Location

First National Bank DeRidder was once again named as a 5-Star Superior Bank by BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research firm. A five star rating indicates a strong capital foundation with active loans and a low delinquency rate among other benchmarks. This is the ninetynineth consecutive quarter for First National Bank DeRidder to earn the five-star rating, putting it in the category of Sustained Superiority Banks. According to BauerFinancial, only three percent of the nation’s banks achieve this distinction. First National Bank DeRidder opened in 1934 and has four locations in DeRidder, a home mortgage location in Lake Charles and recently opened a location in Moss Bluff. For more information about accounts and locations, visit www.fnbderidder.com.

Bayou Technologies, LLC has opened its newest location at 1624 Ruth Street in Sulphur. For more information, call (337) 313-3320.

Sowela Achieves Record Enrollment SOWELA Technical Community College enrolled over 3,300 students for its fall 2013 semester. This is the highest enrollment for the College in its 75-year history. For more information about SOWELA and its programs; visit www.sowela.edu or call (337) 421-6903.

Interactive Art Installation ‘Before I Die’ Comes to SWLA

Magnolia LNG Project on Schedule Magnolia LNG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (LNG Limited), has announced its Louisiana-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility is progressing on schedule, having reached several benchmarks as prescribed by the company earlier this year. Magnolia LNG will spend $2.2 billion to construct the first phase of its mid-scale facility that will use a thermally efficient LNG process technology. The facility will be located along the Industrial Canal of the Calcasieu River Ship Channel on the Gulf of Mexico. For more information, visit www.magnolialng.com.

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“Before I Die” is a global public art project that invites the community to share their personal aspirations in a public space through nondestructive graffiti. The public is encouraged to write what they hope to accomplish in their lifetime on the wall. The installation will officially open on Friday, September 27th. It is downtown’s first interactive art installation and will be displayed in Lake Charles on the west side of 505 Bazaar at 314 Broad Street.

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Center for Orthopaedics (CFO), an affiliate of Imperial Health, will offer a Sports Injury Clinic for high school athletes every Saturday morning from 8-10 a.m. in their Lake Charles office. This service will continue throughout the high school football season. Call (337) 721-7236 for more information or visit www.centerforortho.com.

Calcasieu Parish Wins Leadership Award Calcasieu Parish has been presented with the Leadership Award for its work signing up residents to participate in the National Association of Counties (NACo) Dental Discount Program. The annual award is given by NACo and Careington International Corporation to the county or parish that signs up residents using innovative ways to provide access to the benefits of the program. Calcasieu Parish has signed up many residents since the program began two years ago.

Lakeside Bank Earns Highest National Rating for Safety and Soundness The nation’s leading independent bank rating and research firm, BauerFinancial, Inc., has awarded Lakeside Bank their highest 5-Star rating. The 5-Star rating is based on the overall financial picture of the bank and indicates that Lakeside Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation. Lakeside Bank opened in 2010 and was the nation’s only new bank to receive a charter. The main branch is located on Nelson Road in South Lake Charles. A Lakeside ATM has opened in Westlake at the site of a future location on Sampson Street, and a second location in Lake Charles will soon be opening on Oak Park Blvd. BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions with rigorous standards since 1983. No institution pays for its rating, nor can they elude it. Consumers may obtain star-ratings by visiting www.bauerfinancial.com. For more information, visit www.lakesidebanking. com or call (337) 474-3766.

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Outdoor Writers to Experience Southwest Louisiana The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) will be hosting the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) annual convention October 9-12 at the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel. This group of 250 outdoor communicators and corporate members will convene in Southwest Louisiana to learn about the latest trends in the outdoor industry. Outdoor writers will experience the best of Sportsman’s Paradise on pre-and post-conference media trips throughout the state. From alligator and duck hunts, to fishing or paddling in our bountiful bayous, the journalists are sure leave with fond memories and story ideas. Thrive-LC-Team3.qxp:Layout 2


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Cajun Cooking by Jacob Fuselier

In Southwest Louisiana there is seldom a day when we don’t eat, speak about, cook or crave the most sought-after and beloved cuisine of our nation, Cajun cuisine. For locals, Cajun cuisine is more than just another type of food, it is a passion, a piece of our souls and a huge part of our everyday way of life.

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Proud Cajuns are always eager to share their culinary sensations, but when it comes to answering tricky questions like, “What is the difference between Cajun and Creole?” or “What is the holy trinity?” they may find themselves at a loss for words. Here is a little Cajun cuisine information every Cajun should know.

Cajun vs. Creole: What’s the Big Difference? This just might be one of the toughest questions for most people when it comes to the foods of Louisiana. During the 1600s European settlers found themselves on Louisiana’s shores. Different flavors, along with those of Africa and the Caribbean, melded with the already existing French and Spanish influences. As these first settlers became wealthy, they adopted the term “Creole” for their style of food. Sassafras or filé was used as a thickener and tomatoes were in high demand in these households. For example, “plantation”

gumbo is different than the gumbo served in the southwestern corner of the state. Creole or plantation-style gumbo uses filé and tomatoes and is more subtle in flavor. Alternatively, farming families, refugees and others in poor communities, along with some influences of Creole cooking, all helped to create Cajun cuisine. For these poorer families a different means of cooking and getting ingredients was needed. Coastal living made shrimp and crab easy to access, and farmers in the communities grew fresh vegetables. With the influx of slaves, okra was introduced. Hunting wild game like deer, rabbit and squirrel was an inexpensive way to get food on the table. With these gamier meats, over-powering dishes with flavor was hard to do

so a darker roux became more of a flavoring agent than a thickener in gravies and dishes such as gumbo. Creole meals are typically served as multiple course dinners while Cajun fare is usually a single pot meal. Single pot meals are done in smaller cooking areas and use less equipment, thus popularizing stews and dishes using rice. The stark differences in the way these two cuisines came to be is simply amazing. In a place and time where many different cultures around the world were settling and new cooking techniques and ingredients were being introduced and combining with other styles, Creole cuisine was formed. Then with a little knowledge of Creole cooking, the challenge of using what was available and the necessity of survival, Cajun cuisine found its roots. Perhaps Cajun pride is rooted in the fact that this spicy cuisine was not just a poor man’s food but a style of food that evolved from one form to another to be able to feed families, communities and lifestyles. It was created in a tough time, has survived the test of time and will forever be around.

It’s All About the Roux Roux is one of the most important elements and the start of most favorite Cajun dishes. It is one of the most underrated combinations of ingredients used in cooking. Many do not realize that roux comes in a variety of forms which chefs and cooks use to flavor and alter the flavor and consistency of their dishes. Roux can be white, blonde, brown or dark. All of these are made with the same basic recipe by cooking together equal parts flour and fat. The fats used typically are bacon fat, lard, oils or more commonly, butter. The cooking of these ingredients serves multiple purposes. Not only is it used to change the

flavor from raw flour to a nutty or deep toasted flavor, it also helps the starch in the flour absorb moisture. Each type of roux has its own distinct characteristics and general uses. While white and blonde roux are used mainly for thickening and subtle flavoring, brown and dark are used for bolder flavorings in dishes such as gumbo. Roux is a versatile ingredient that can make or break a dish.

A Melting Pot of Flavors It’s no surprise that most Cajun dishes have been influenced by other dishes and cultures. Jambalaya is a Cajun staple derived from and closely related to the Spanish dish paella. Ingredients used in paella include rice, tomatoes, chorizo, chicken, the “sofrito, saffron and seafood such as shrimp, clam and mussels. Jambalaya uses the “trinity” along with any combination of sausage, chicken, beef, pork or shrimp. Cajun jambalaya usually has a smokier flavor while the Creole style incorporates tomatoes. Our gumbo could be called Louisiana’s version of the French soup bouibasse with central African influences. Bouillabaisse has a thin consistency and fish, shellfish, mirepiox, leeks, saffron and Continued on p36

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many other ingredients are typically included. Located near the Gulf Coast, it made sense that shrimp and crab were incorporated to Louisiana’s version. With the introduction of okra as a thickener and dark roux, gumbo was created. The

main differences between the two are rice and okra. Rice was added to gumbo to “stretch” the portions in order to feed more people. Eventually Creole cuisine adopted filé from sassafras and Cajun cuisine took on roux.

The Trifecta of Flavoring Agents What most refer to as the holy trinity is our vegetable trio that goes into pretty much every Cajun dish. This combination of onion, celery and bell pepper is usually chopped up and sautéed in butter until translucent or soft. Other cultures have their own, with slight differences. The French have mirepoix—carrot, celery and onion. In Italy, refogado is made of onions, garlic and tomato while in the Netherlands, soeproente consists of leek, carrot and celeriac. Polish cuisine uses carrots, parsnips, parsley, celery, leeks and cabbage in making what they call wloszczyzna. Unsurprisingly, the Spanish version is the closest in similarity to Louisiana’s trinity. Called sofrito, it is comprised of onion, bell pepper and celery but also features garlic as a must-have. The term “holy trinity” was originally used as an ode to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. The name is said to first come about around 1981 and popularized by the infamous Cajun/creole Chef Paul Prudhomme.

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Driving Trends:

2014 Models Ready to Roll Out Whether you’re looking for a sweet ride or an economy car, chances are that some of the 2014 models could fill the bill. Among the new offerings are some re-worked versions of old standards, hybrid performance in luxury sedans, and in the case of one, a smoking-hot vehicle that’s pricey but has some cool features. Here are a few of the vehicles you might want to keep an eye on.

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2015 Ford Mustang (Summer 2014). Ford is looking to generate buzz with its 2015 Mustang, the next generation of its revered muscle car. The Mustang will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2014, so expect Ford to have one of the best versions yet of its classic ride.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro (January 2014). You’re definitely talking about a sweet ride here, especially if you go for one of these babies in candy apple red. With its 8 cylinder fuel injector, it comes fully loaded including plush leather seats, the latest in audio systems, Sirious XM Satellite Radio, and much more.

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Volvo V60 Sports Wagon (January 2014). Think “stylish” when it comes to this one. But safety has always been paramount when it comes to a Volvo and that will still be No. 1, with Volvo giving drivers the option for automatic stopping at up to 31 mph in the event of a situation that warrants that. It will also be a more stylish wagon than has previously been seen with Volvo.

Chevrolet Cruze (early 2014.) Well, even the name of this vehicle is cool. Cruze. Get it? Sounds just like “cruise” and that’s what you’ll be doing in this car – lots of cruising. It has a 4 cylinder turbo fuel-injected engine, is fully loaded with all the latest features, and an interior of jet black leather. Tesla Model X (early 2014). This one definitely has that “wow” factor! The Model X is being promoted as a cross between a stylish SUV and a functional minivan. The features you might expect of a Tesla will be there; the falcon wings and luxury interior. But check this out: the Model X will go from 0-6 in under 5 seconds! If you have “the need for speed,” this vehicle is one to consider.

Mercedes Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid (Fall 2014). Some experts are speculating that this model will be Porsche-like, with the S500 Plug-in Hybrid able to go about 18 miles on a charge.

2014 Nissan Altima (February 2014.) Stylish and with all of the latest features, you can choose from colors ranging from silver metallic to cayenne red and everything in between. Did we mention that this sweet little ride comes with a sun roof?


Volkswagen E-Golf (mid-2014). Volkswagen is going strong in the electric game with its E-Golf, which will be able to travel more than 90 miles on a full charge and be capable of going up to 90 mph on the highway. Whatever your interest, you can definitely get your motor running with any of these models!




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Chaos Reigns at the Henning Cultural Center on Halloween Night The opening reception of the Henning Cultural Center’s annual “Chaos Theory” exhibit will be held on Thursday, October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit, a salute to pop culture artists around the area, regardless of their professional artistic affiliations, will be on the walls October 31 – November 21. The theme includes artwork inspired by video games, television shows, movies, books, comics, and more. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Since the opening falls on Halloween, visitors, young and old, are encouraged to come in costume! In addition to the art exhibit opening at the Henning Cultural Center, several local organizations, led by “4 Them Community Group” will be hosting a Trunk or Treat at Heritage Square starting at 6 p.m. Also, at sundown, the City of Sulphur will be showing a very special “Movies in the Square” presentation of Ghostbusters: the Movie. For more information about this exhibit, please call 527-0357. The Henning Cultural Center is located at 923 Ruth Street in Sulphur.

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The Tuohy Family: Front row: Collins and Leigh Anne Tuohy Back row: SJ (Sean Junior) Tuohy, Michael Oher and Sean Tuohy


Leigh Anne Tuohy

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daughter of a US Marshal, Leigh Anne Tuohy grew up in Memphis and went on to become a cheerleader at Ole Miss, where she met her husband, Rebel basketball stand-out, Sean Tuohy. In addition to owning Flair I, a successful interior design firm, several television commitments and being a founding member of her church, she and her husband own more than 85 fast food franchises. Tuohy is best known, however, for being featured in Michael Lewis’s 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game and the 2009 feature film adaptation The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Tuohy in the movie. It was a rainy, cold night when she, Sean and their two children Collins and SJ (Sean Junior) were driving home and passed Michael What was it like to see your story unfold on the big screen? Surreal. You can prepare yourself, but it is just still surreal. When the movie ended after the first time we saw it, we all were walking out and talking about it. The kids were saying that their dad would never ride an exercise bike and I was wondering if anyone else saw the trim they had on the drapes. It wasn’t really until we watched it for the third time that I realized the number of levels of which the movie transcends. Faith, tradition, socioeconomic situations, it really has a powerful message. We were several days into it before we really realized how proud of it we were, even though we had nothing to do with it. It was very strange to see how close to home they hit with the accuracy level, yet some things were so off. For instance, Collins never played volleyball and she and Michael were actually in the same grade, but these were little things though that really didn’t matter in the overall big message of the movie. What advice would you give to someone who wants to help, but doesn’t know where to start? I tell people all the time, you can’t be everything to everyone, but you can be something to someone. Just do something, start small. Try and smile all day long. I know it sounds cliché, but get up in the morning and be aware that you are going to say please and thank you, smile and open doors for others all day long. You will feel better about yourself, trust me. The next day, try a little bit more. Open a car door for someone, help the lady putting five kids and her groceries in the car, go to the next level. It doesn’t have to be writing this ginormous check. If you can do that, great, but we can all start little. Start on your street, there are people that don’t even know their neighbors. Don’t worry about saving the world, worry about getting to know the people

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Oher walking down the street. The future Ole Miss football player and Baltimore Ravens starting offensive tackle didn’t have a place to go. He was a student at the same private school Collins was attending, using sports as his ticket to a better life. The Tuohys decided to help Oher, offering him place to stay and eventually adopting him. She is known as a champion for the unsung heroes of America, those who demonstrate unconditional love and support by taking on the responsibility of fostering and then adopting children. She works to inspire people to recognize the full potential of individuals in their community—and to find value in those society has deemed valueless. Tuohy is the featured speaker at this year’s Women’s Fall Conference and Thrive was able to catch up with her to learn more about her inspiring story.

on your street. Clean out your closet and instead of dropping that old winter coat in the box at the grocery store, bring it to the shelter personally and ask to hand it to the person who will be wearing it. If handing a coat to a person who has never had one doesn’t soften your heart then nothing will. There are just so many ways we can help others. Once you start living like this, it just becomes part of your fiber. What unique challenges and rewards do foster/adoptive parents face? The challenges are endless. From the system to their biological family and your own family. Everyone has an opinion on what you should do. The truth of the matter is it’s just like the first time you jump off the diving board. You just have to go for it, let your heart leap. It’s never a perfect situation, the timing is never going to be exactly what you want, but what is? We work at our educational experience, our marriage, at parenting and even in our yards to make them look perfect. We pull the weeds and plow through because we want it badly enough. It’s the same thing with foster parenting. Nothing else in life is perfect, but when we want it badly enough, we work through it. We can’t expect these kids or these situations to be perfect. You have to work at it just like you do everything else but it ends up being one of the most rewarding, life changing experiences. Get up and go for it, don’t analyze it.

way over to him. When I finally got to him he just kept asking me if I could believe it. He kept saying, “ We did it Mom!” I was just sobbing. It was just so crazy and it’s one of those things you relive over and over again in your head. It’s not as much about the victory for the Ravens and for Michael to be a contributing part of it in such a short time. It’s more about knowing that this kid worked so hard to achieve his dream. He is a testament that hard work really does pay off. He has been focused and determined and opened his heart up to receive help. He allowed people to help him when he needed it. This is something many people just don’t do, but Michael got it. He was a poster boy for perfection in his mom’s opinion that night. Leigh Anne Tuohy is the keynote speaker at the Women’s Fall Conference, scheduled for Thursday, October 17. For more information on this annual event of the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana, visit www.womenscommissionswla.com.

What was it like for you to watch Michael overcome so much and win the Super Bowl earlier this year? We had so much fun in New Orleans. I knew it would be great, but I never anticipated exactly how much fun it would be. The game was so close, the lights went out—the whole evening was nothing but magical. When we finally got to the field, I saw Michael and I was making my

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Painting with a Purpose

by Kay Morgan

Lake Charles artist Nancy Melton has always been interested in art. From her early childhood years spent in Dyersburg, Tennessee, to the present, this devoted mother of four, grandmother of eleven and award-winning artist uses art to express her creativity and joy. “I enjoy every aspect of art. From sketching and painting to sharing my knowledge with children and adults, it’s my passion,” Nancy states. Her budding art career began as a youngster. Nancy recalls visiting the public library as a child alongside her grandmother. The two would check out National Geographic magazines in which Nancy would carefully select photographic scenes to paint. Her grandmother proudly framed and displayed each effort. And soon after, the love of painting began. After raising her four children, Nancy began devoting more time to perfecting her art medium of choice, watercolor painting. She had the opportunity and privilege of studying under many teachers and artists throughout the area, and from around the world. This included Chinese-born artist, Lian Quan Zhen, Lake Charles art teacher Jerry Wright, Baton Rouge artist and teacher, Judi Betts and watercolor artist Jan Kunz. All are credited for helping Nancy advance her skills and watercolor technique. Today, Nancy passes on her knowledge and enthusiasm to children and adults enrolled in the McNeese State University Kids College and Leisure Learning programs, and she teaches an art class at her church, St. Andrew Presbyterian. Watercolor paints are made of pigments suspended in a watersoluble vehicle. Watercolors are usually transparent and appear luminous because the pigments are laid down in a relatively pure form with few filters obscuring the pigment colors. “I choose watercolor for its ability to move,” Nancy explains. “As the pigments and water combine, beauty happens that I could never imagine. I am able to show a person’s emotions or a special twinkle in the eyes with watercolor paint.” Some of Nancy’s favorite subjects to paint include Louisiana scenes, flowers, 44 www.thriveswla.com

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animals and at the top of the list, children. “Children are constantly in motion,” Nancy adds. “Watercolor moves and children move; it’s a perfect combination for paintings.” Nancy’s latest painting collection titled, Children in Motion, is inspired by the playfulness, energy and wonder of childhood. This collection of more than 40 paintings will be on display at the Lake Charles Historic City Hall Cultural Center October 18 through January 4. The paintings capture a variety of scenes and subjects; from little ones swimming at the beach to tiny tot ballerinas performing on stage. All are filled with color, movement and amazement. “The Children in Motion collection is inspired by my personal love for children,” says Nancy. “One of my favorite pastimes is painting portraits of my grandchildren. It allows me to freeze an image that will soon fade away as they grow older. Watercolor painting helps me capture vivid scenery and precious moments that I want to remember and celebrate forever.”

The public is invited to attend the Children in Motion opening reception on Friday, October 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Historic City Hall Cultural Center, located at 1001 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. Nancy Melton’s original paintings, prints and cards are sold at The Frame House and Gallery located at 1640 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. A portion of sales benefit the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church mission project, a medical clinic for the poor and underserved in Papua New Guinea.

For more information about artist Nancy Melton, visit nancymelton.photoreflect.com. To request a commission, contact Nancy at nmelton@suddenlink.net.

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Places & Faces Diannah Baumgarten designing a lampshade.

Lamps Funky, Fun photo by Torie Craven

by Allie Mariano

Diannah Baumgarten loves making funky lamps. She made the first one from a bunch of extra buttons. “I just started putting together a creation I had in mind,” she says. “It was right after Rita and my mind stayed busy.” She gave the lamp to her supervisor at CITGO, Jamie Boudreaux. Since then she has made around 30 lamps, and she has given them all away. She uses everything from buttons to

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jewelry to feathers. She made one lamp from a cowboy boot and another from a duck decoy. What inspired her to start this? “I am a ‘nut’ about lamps and lighting,” she says. “I don’t think you can get too much of the stuff!” Over the years she has tried many other arts and crafts. Diannah paints furniture and loves decorating Christmas trees. She has made Mardi Gras tables and candy tables for weddings. She says it runs in the family too.

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“My sister Pam Bailey gives old furniture new life and has a business from that. Her daughter, Kim Royer, does the same thing in Dequincy. My brother, Dwight Heard, has a business called Wood with Class, building beautiful swings and gliders. He can build anything you want.” She doesn’t intend to sell her creations, though she sold one a few years ago in her sister’s booth at the Kiwanis Sale. For her it is a way to focus. She says that she likes to give things away to simply see someone smile, she likes making people happy. “This philosophy has always worked for me.”

Diannah has worked as a purchasing agent for CITGO for 35 years. In addition to giving her co-workers funky lamps from recycled and found materials, she helps decorate many of their offices. She has done flower arrangements and refinished large furniture pieces. She says that working with people and what they like helps inspire her. She is often told she should quit her job and make her creations full time. She says, “That’s just the problem, it would become a job and not my passion.”

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Students ‘Learn While They Earn’ at McNeese’s CAMPP Facility by Chris LeBlanc

“Beef… it’s what’s for dinner.” This popular “Beef Industry Council” slogan has echoed in the ears of food producing companies and red meat lovers across the U.S. for over 20 years. McNeese State University is also doing its part in continuing America’s meat loving tradition, while providing a “hands-on” learning environment for students. McNeese’s Center for the Advancement of Meat Producing and Processing (CAMPP) is a federally licensed food processing plant that has created a hands-on environment in which students can learn while they earn. Located in Lacassine, La., the facility falls under the Harold and Pearl Dripps Agricultural Sciences Department at McNeese and is operated by Department Head Frederick (“Chip”) LeMieux. Two professional staffers, Facility Manager Joel Jackson and Assistant Manager Dusty Zaunbrecher, oversee

the facility’s operations, while the day-to-day activities of the plant are left up to student workers. “Our labor force for commercial, as well as custom, processing jobs is mostly McNeese students,” said Jackson. “It’s a student job, but it’s also an environment for them to learn in while getting paid.” He explained that students from several areas of study, including agriculture, animal science, nutrition and food science and microbiology, have utilized the facility as a learning tool. “Classes come out and have opportunities to get hands-on experience in harvesting and processing,” Jackson said. Area high school students, particularly those involved in organizations such as the national FFA organization and 4-H, benefit from courses and demonstrations at the CAMPP facility. Public demonstrations in the processing of beef, pork and

deer have also recently been held there. Although it is meant to be a teaching tool, the facility must still remain economically solvent. Jackson says they pay bills through their commercial and custom processing jobs, although the facility doesn’t turn a profit. “Our proceeds cover overhead,” Jackson said. “We want to provide a service and an establishment for learning. If we can keep the lights on and still teach, then we’re doing pretty good.” The CAMPP facility’s daily operations are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. They handle all red meat processing, including beef, sheep, goat and pork, both commercial and custom. However, all work is by appointment only. The workload for the facility has recently increased significantly, according to Jackson, and appointments are on a “first come” basis, so it is important that potential customers book early.

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Mize Awarded Notable Networkers

Amber Mize

Amber Mize, of Sam Hebert Financial Group, was awarded the Notable Networkers award for BNI Lake Charles Founders Chapter. For more information, visit www.la-msbni.com.

Grasher Joines Amerisafe Allen Bradley, Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer, announced that Michael F. Grasher joined Amerisafe as the new Chief Financial Officer. Grasher was previously employed as Senior Vice Michael F. Grasher President Capital Markets and Investor Relations for Fortegra Financial Corporation; a NYSE listed insurance services company.

Robinson Dental Group Welcomes Dr. Rolando Tapia Tim Robinson, DDS, and his staff welcome Rolando Tapia, DDS, to Robinson Dental Group in Lake Charles. Dr. Tapia is licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry Rolando Tapla, DDS and is a member of the American Dental Association and Louisiana Dental Association. For more information, call (337) 474-3636.

Receives Excellence in Leadership Award Robbin Odom, R.N., B.H.A., M.S.N, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Women & Children’s Hospital (WCH) has been honored with an Excellence in Leadership Award by Community Robbin Odom, R.N., B.H.A., M.S.N. Health Systems, one of the nation’s leading operators of general acute-care hospitals.

Zunker Named Sales Director

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David Zunker of Minnesota has been named as sales director of the Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information, visit www.visitlakecharles.org.

Alliance Announces Staff Addition

Faith Scott

The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance announced the staff addition of Faith Scott who will serve as the Chamber Southwest Director of Member Services and the Beauregard Office Coordinator.

Jackie Myers

Jackie Myers is now a licensed REALTOR with Century 21 Bessette Realty, Inc. For more information, contact Jackie by calling (337) 474-2185 or visit www.century21-bessette.com.

Amerisafe Announcement Allen Bradley, Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer, announced that Janelle Frost, the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed to the additional position of President of the Company, succeeding Geoff Banta, effective September 3, Janelle Frost 2013. Frost was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer effective May 15, 2013.

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Annual Young Writer’s Contest Winners

The Bayou Writer’s Group of SWLA sponsors the annual Young Writer’s Contest. This year, Ashley Petry received 1st place and 3rd place. Hannah Pettefer won 2nd place for her entry.

Heller Named New Development Director at Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity has named Laura Heller as the New Development Director. Heller, a Lake Charles resident, is a New York native who has lived in Southwest Louisiana for more than 30 years. October 2013

Stockwell Sievert Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2014

Sowela Student to Serve on LCTCS Board SOWELA Technical Community College student, Frank Russell has been selected as one of two student representatives within the Louisiana Community and Technical College (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors. 
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Stockwell Sievert Law Firm has announced six partners have been recognized by Best Lawyers 2014, the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. Todd Ammons (Insurance Law), John Bradford (Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, LitigationLabor and Employment, Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants), Robert Dampf (Mediation), Andrew McGlathery III (Arbitration), William Monk (Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants) and Emmett Sole (Litigation-Construction, Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants) were honored.

Police Juror Appointed to National Committee Tony Guillory, Calcasieu Parish Police Juror for District 4, has been appointed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) to be a member of the organization’s Community and Economic Affairs Steering Committee. This appointment includes membership on three subcommittees: Housing, Economic Development and Workforce. Tony Guillory

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More than 230,000 women and 2,200 men are diagnosed with


cancer each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. For

these patients, the diagnosis is weighted with thoughts of mortality, treatments, family, and uncertainty, but on the other side of the frightening diagnosis are

promising statistics. Of those diagnosed, 90 percent are expected to survive their disease at least five years. This is an increase of 15 percent from the mid-1970s. Part of the reason survival rates have improved is because of increased

research, fueled by awareness. The survivors featured here have contributed to that awareness by sharing their personal stories of

hope and survival. Behind every diagnosis

is a patient. Here, Thrive shares their stories with you, along with guidelines for

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Answers Carol Pettyjohn’s courageous spirit and upbeat outlook is in stark contrast to the dark days she experienced earlier this year. Beneath her quick wit is a story of battling anxiety and fear as she faced breast cancer. “If it weren’t for my mammogram, I don’t know what would have happened to me. It detected a lump that I didn’t know I had,” she said. For years, Carol faithfully got her mammograms and received normal results -- until 2012, when her exam showed a suspicious area. After more tests, she was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. “I’ve been a strong woman all of my 73 years, with deep faith, but facing cancer was a new journey for me. I’m grateful the cancer was detected early, but honestly, no matter what stage it is, it’s still cancer. It’s still scary. It doesn’t matter how small the area. You wonder, ‘If it’s in my breast, where else is it?’ So many questions are unanswered in those early days after a diagnosis.” Carol’s mammograms and follow-up testing were done at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, where a new program was recently launched that ultimately made a tremendous difference in Carol’s outlook. The Breast Health Navigation Program began in mid-2012 to give women resources and a personal navigator throughout their journey. Angie Jones, RN, and Rhonda Ryker, BSRT (R) (M), radiologic technologist, are the breast health navigation team; a single point of contact for patients facing breast cancer. “We’re the ones to help patients literally navigate the appointments with various specialists, identify and tap into resources from the community to fit the patients’ needs, share our knowledge and mostly, just be there for our patient,” explained Ryker. “We streamline the process and we’re communicating with our patient and their physician the whole time, so that the patient has knowledge and their physician is kept informed. Knowledge is power and at these moments, the patient may feel as though they have very little power. We’re their support.” Both Angie and Rhonda are Certified Breast Patient Navigators through the National Consortium of Breast Center’s Breast Patient Navigator Program. The NCBC facilitates

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in collaborative research opportunities for breast health and has developed a set of core measures to define, improve and sustain quality standards in breast health care programs and for quality performance in all types of breast health care facilities, including West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. Rhonda was the first contact Carol had with the program, and Carol says the first meeting was powerful. “I cried for the first time when I spoke with Rhonda. It took the burden off of me and made a tremendous difference in my outlook,” Carol explained. “I realized h I’m not making this ealt H t s journey alone.” ea h! is Br s Mont r Carol said both Rhonda e es ob and Angie checked with Oct waren A her every few days by phone, as well as provided her resources and information throughout her treatment. “They were not intrusive at all; they were professional and understanding, and they were available 24/7,” she said. If you’re working at least Carol’s cancer was 20 hours per week, removed through a you may qualify for a lumpectomy by Stephen free mammogram. Castleberry, MD, general surgeon, followed by 36 radiation treatments. “When I was diagnosed, I was unprepared. But as soon as I was connected with the breast health navigators, I was prepared. They told me what to 550 Sale Road expect, they accompanied Lake Charles, LA me to my appointments

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Mind & Body | Breast Health anytime I wanted them to, they explained what would happen during the lumpectomy and the radiation. I was much more calm and felt I could continue this journey, thanks to them,” Carol said. As an active member of the Ethel Precht Hope Breast Cancer Foundation board of directors, Carol is adamant about encouraging women to get an annual mammogram. “I don’t care who you are or what kind of family history you have, if

you’re a woman over the age of 40, you must get a mammogram every year. Don’t wait. Women will put it off until it’s a much bigger problem and then their outcome may not be as positive as mine.” She says it’s good to know that having breast cancer is not a journey she had to make alone. “Our community is abundant with resources for women with breast cancer.

You just have to tap into them and this breast health navigation program is a great way to connect the pieces.” For more information about West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s Breast Health Navigation Program, call (337) 528-7320.

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It has been four years since Michelle Lee received a call that would alter her life. In October of 2009, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was during her annual exam when her gynecologist discovered a lump. Lee just turned 41 and was already scheduled to have a mammogram. She had her first the year before at age 40, the recommended time when women her age should start having annual mammograms. The exam confirmed a suspicious mass and her doctor ordered an ultrasound for a closer look. “I was then told I needed to see a surgeon for a biopsy to see if the mass was indeed cancerous,” Lee said. She visited Dr. Thomas Strong of Surgical Associates, a part of the Memorial Medical Group. Dr. Strong performed an in-office needle biopsy of the breast mass and diagnosed Lee with breast cancer that had already spread to the axillary lymph nodes. “I had surgery the following week after being diagnosed,” Lee said. “Dr. Strong performed a lumpectomy. He also implanted a chemo port at the same time and about a month later I started chemotherapy.” A lumpectomy is a procedure that removes the tumor and at least two millimeters of tissue around it. Since the needle biopsy had already shown lymph node involvement, a traditional axillary node dissection was necessary. In Lee’s case, 16 lymph nodes were removed, eight of which were positive for cancer, placing her in stage III. The late stage cancer diagnosis meant chemotherapy was also needed.

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Lee received both chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Lake Charles Memorial, and she has been cancerfree ever since. The treatment she went through is the same offered in larger cities, with the convenience and comfort of being close to home. Lee works as a certified public accountant in Lake Charles. She continued to work every other week, even while battling cancer. It was tax season when she received chemotherapy, but by choosing her treatment locally, her life wasn’t put on hold. “I had great confidence in my doctors at Memorial. I felt like if I needed to go to Houston he would have been honest with me,” Lee says. “I was so glad I did that. I am an advocate about staying home now. I had my support group here. I had my family and friends. I never had to go far. I knew that I was getting the same treatment here that I could have gotten in Houston. I never felt that I slighted myself.” In Lee’s case, she was doing everything right— annual exams, mammogram screenings—and when faced with advanced breast cancer, she took the right path of treatment and succeeded.

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“Nobody thinks it will happen to them. I encourage women to take the right steps,” Lee says. “When you do get that phone call or do get that diagnosis, it’s not the end of the world. It’s not a death sentence. Just look at me. We found it and beat it.” The Lake Charles Memorial Health System offers an entire team of doctors, technology and treatment options to fight breast cancer. For more information contact Memorial’s Breast Health Center at 494-4755 or 480-7444.

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DOUBLE Determination

In 2003 Louise McDaniel, Workplace Wellness Coordinator for CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, was lying in the recovery room when her surgeon delivered a shocking diagnosis: She had breast cancer. “I’m in health promotions and in the business of health, wellness and disease prevention,” McDaniel says. “I wondered how this could be happening to me.” She initially felt numb, frightened and angry. “I had two young daughters and a husband who needed me.” After a small pity party with her husband Lyles, she determined she didn’t have time to waste and began to formulate a plan. “I’m a very organized woman and was determined that I was not going to be disabled from this,” adds McDaniel. “I took my cancer diagnosis and we went to work quickly with my doctors to set up my cancer treatment. I soon began a year-long journey of chemo and radiation treatments.” It was a long year, but with the love and support of her family, friends and co-workers, she continued to work. “I was empowered to a level that I had never seen in myself before,” she says. Life got back on track for the McDaniels and Louise continued to get her annual mammograms. It was in 2005 that she received her second shocking diagnosis. “I went back for another mammogram and found out I had cancer in the same area again,” says McDaniel. “For the second time, I went into high gear because this bout was not going to stop me, either.” Because of her age, her surgeon recommended she have all of her breast tissue removed and a TRAM (transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous) flap. Essentially they used muscle, fat and skin from her abdomen to create a new breast mound after performing the mastectomy. “I’m not going to sugar-coat this one. It was a hard surgery with a longer recuperation time, but going through this gave me more strength and courage than I knew I had,” says McDaniel. “Any kind of disease or tragedy makes you look at yourself and your life in a different way. Again, I was lifted up and had so much love and support from my family, friends, co-workers and business associates who were aware of my journey.”

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She says her journey has opened doors for her to pay it forward. “I guess I am a mentor of sorts as I get a lot of calls or meet women in the community that know of my story who want to talk to me about my experience. I’m really happy to take the time and I hope I give them some comfort and optimism.” Her journey has made her more aware and thankful for her life and well-being. She’s also more aware of what breast cancer truly is and the treatments that are available to combat it. “In my line of work, it has pushed me to find different ways to share resources to help people.” With a family history of breast cancer—her mother had it too—Louise is a huge advocate of early detection through routine screenings. “I tell women to look at themselves and seven of their family members or closest friends because one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.” Today, McDaniel continues to work towards raising awareness of the disease as she serves on the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Cancer Committee in addition to her duties as a wellness coordinator. The committee works to ensure that the standards of the national Commission on Cancer are met. This committee in conjunction with the Tumor Board are the reason the hospital is recognized as a nationally accredited cancer treatment center.

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“The Tumor Board is made up of physicians from a variety of specialties who review every cancer case that comes through the hospital and works to find the best treatment options for the patient,” McDaniel adds. “These two groups reaffirm our commitment to providing quality cancer care.” For more information on support groups and treatment options available through CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, call 436-2511 or visit www.christusstpatrick.org.

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Fighting Back with

Early Detection There is no doubt that early detection offers the best start in the fight against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends the use of mammograms, MRI (in women at high risk), clinical breast exams (CBE) and finding and reporting breast changes early.

The American Cancer Society offers these breast cancer screening guidelines.

If you’re in your 20’s or 30’s: Have a CBE as part of a regular health exam by a healthcare professional, preferably every 3 years. The breast self-exam (BSE) is also an option for women beginning in their 20s. It is important to report any breast changes to your healthcare professional right away.

If you’re in your 40’s: An annual mammogram and CBE performed by a health professional is recommended. This should continue as long as you are in good health.

If you’re at a high risk: If your lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is greater than 20 percent, an annual MRI and mammogram are recommended.

If you’re at a moderate risk: If your lifetime risk is 15 to 20 percent, you should speak with your doctor about the benefits and limitations of adding an MRI to your yearly mammogram. For more information, visit www.cancer.org.

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ACHOOO! Fighting Fall Allergies

by Kristy Armand

Just when spring allergies have become a distant memory, along come the itchy eyes, runny noses and general misery that signal the start of the fall allergy season. Although flowers are no longer blooming, many allergy sufferers get no reprieve during the fall months. “About one-third of people with seasonal allergies also suffer with the condition in the fall. Allergy triggers in the fall may be slightly different, they can be just as misery-inducing as the flower pollen that fills the air in the spring and summer,” according to Bridget Loehn, MD, ENT and Allergy Specialist with Imperial Health. During autumn, she says ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger. This yellow-flowering weed typically begins pollinating in August, but it can linger well into the fall months. About three-quarters of people who are allergic to spring pollen-producing plants are also allergic to ragweed. “Because the 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.” Mold is another culprit, because its spores can easily get airborne. “Mold thrives in damp areas, both 62 www.thriveswla.com

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indoors and outdoors,” says Dr. Loehn. “Piles of damp leaves in the fall are breeding grounds for mold, as are any homes or buildings that have ever had water damage. Even bathrooms can harbor mold growth.” Dust mites – microscopic, spider-like insects – are another common indoor allergen. Dr. Loehn says these are most prevalent during the humid summer months, but can get stirred into the air when you turn on your heater during cooler weather. From the air, dust mites can make their way into your nose, triggering an allergic reaction. Dr. Loehn says the symptoms of fall allergies are the same as other seasonal allergies and include a runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, and coughing. “In addition, people with allergies to ragweed can also develop an itchy throat and mouth, a condition called oral allergy syndrome (OAS), when they eat banana, cucumber, melon, or certain other fruits and vegetables.” October 2013

You can minimize fall allergy symptoms with a few precautionary measures. Dr. Loehn suggests staying indoors with the doors and windows closed when pollen is at its peak (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). 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 furnace. It’s also a good idea to wear a mask when you rake leaves to avoid inhaling mold spores. To alleviate symptoms, Dr. Loehn says these 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, Dr. Loehn recommends talking to your doctor first to make sure you choose the right medication. 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.” For more information on seasonal allergies, call Dr. Loehn’s office at 312-8564.

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High Intensity Workouts Have Higher Risk of Injury by Katie Harrington

Crossfit, P90X, Insanity and other high repetition, high intensity workout programs have amassed huge numbers of followers in the last decade. While there’s no doubt these programs get results, there’s a growing concern in the medical community about their safety as their popularity increases.

“These programs have caught on and are the latest fitness craze,” says Dr. Geoffrey Collins, orthopeadic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health. “Even the military is implementing aspects of these programs in their physical training because they are effective. The concern, however, is that when not done under proper supervision of qualified trainers, participants can risk injury – some of which are severe.” Dr. Collins says they have seen an increase in the number of patients who have overdone it during high intensity workouts in recent years. Rather than traumatic injuries like broken bones and stress fractures, he says high-intensity exercisers tend to rack up muscle sprains and tendon strains, particularly of the calf, chest and shoulder, the result of overusing explosive movements and heavy weights. “Most fitness programs present a lower risk of injury than participation in team sports, but participants in these extreme fitness programs often push themselves beyond what is safe, especially when they are new to a program,” says Dr. Collins. “In many cases, they are also participating without the guidance of a qualified professional who could set safe limits and tailor a program to an individual’s capabilities. Following a program you are not in condition to complete greatly increases 64 www.thriveswla.com

the risk of injury.” Although these programs often include a warm-up and stretching, Dr. Collins says muscles can still be stressed and overworked. “Choosing weights that are the correct weight for your current fitness level and making sure you’re performing the exercises correctly and not completing more repetitions than you can, with good form, can help protect your muscles from undue stress.” Your muscles aren’t the only thing at risk in a high intensity program. Your joints, tendons and ligaments are also at risk for injury according to Dr. Collins. “The joints of your shoulders, wrists, ankles and knees are the most susceptible. This is where the bulk of weight stress is placed during these workouts. Pay particular attention to how your bend these joints and be sure you aren’t putting too much stress on them while completing manual exercises like push-ups.” Additionally, the quick changes required between exercises in intense workout routines can increase the risk of injury as well. Dr. Collins says to be sure and rest in between sets or exercises if needed. “If you are doing one of the video workouts, then pause the DVD, grab a sip of water and then resume play on the video when you are ready.” Beyond sprains and strains, Dr. Collins says there are much more serious injuries that can occur from extremely intense workouts, including torn ligaments, ruptured discs, broken bones and Thrive Magazine for Better Living

rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which skeletal muscle becomes so severely damaged that it rapidly breaks down. If this happens, muscle cells may rupture and important contents could leak out into the bloodstream, eventually damaging the kidneys even to the point of kidney failure. It must be treated in a medical facility as it is potentially life threatening. Before beginning any new exercise regimen, Dr. Collins says it’s important to get a clean bill of health from your doctor. “If you’ve had previous injuries or have a history of heart problems, it’s important to discuss your new workout plans with your doctor,” says Dr. Collins. “You may need to tailor whatever program you are starting to your own physical capabilities. This could be anything from working out fewer days a week to modifying certain movements and actions to prevent injury.” “It’s also imperative that you listen to your body when you are working out,” stresses Dr. Collins. “You should never ‘play through the pain.’ If something doesn’t feel right, it’s because it’s not. Stop and scale back. You’re working out to improve your health, not put it at risk.” For more information on any sports injury concern, call Center for Orthopaedics at (337) 721-7236 or www.centerforortho.com.

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Find Out Your Heart’s Future Health, Today by Kristy Armand

by Kristy Armand

Executive Physicals can predict risk of cardiac problems. What’s a clean bill of cardiac health worth to you? For attorney Jamie Bice of Lake Charles, it was priceless. “I’m 47, approaching middle age, and while I’m in pretty good shape – or at least I thought I was since I wasn’t having any kind of symptoms,” said Bice. “But I also knew several people close to my age who had recently had heart attacks, and they were like me – good shape, no symptoms. It just seems the older you get, the more you hear about people who appear to be in good shape, do all the right things, but still die young of a heart attack. I just knew I didn’t want that to be me. I also knew that I had a couple of risk factors. A problem with one of my valves had been detected during my college football days, and my grandfather died at an early age from a heart attack. The more I thought about it, the more concerned I became.” Bice called Dr. Michael Turner, cardiologist with Cardiovascular Specialists, a division of Imperial Health, to find out what could be done to a) assess his current

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heart health and identify any problems, and b) tell him what problems he might be at risk for in the future. “I didn’t really know if it was possible to predict future cardiac health, but if it is, I wanted to know, so that I could do whatever I needed to do to change it,” says Bice. Dr. Turner, who is the only cardiologist in the region board certified in cardiac CT as well as invasive cardiology, has recently started a comprehensive Heart and Vascular Risk Assessment Program that incorporates a package of diagnostic tools to give people like Bice the answers they seek. “Technological advances in our field, most specifically cardiac CT imaging, have greatly improved our ability to predict a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease, years before they would experience any noticeable warning signs, and at a much earlier age than traditional cardiac testing would begin, or could detect a problem.” The new program includes an executive physical option for busy business people that expedites the assessment

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process and combines the components into one concise, personalized appointment. Numerous studies have found that the personal health of a company’s executive team has a direct impact on the health of a company. Lost productivity, absences and high medical claims all affect the efficiency with which a business is able to operate, and inefficiency often trickles down from the top, permeating other departments and staff. According to the University of Michigan Management Research Center, executives who underwent physical exams had 20 percent fewer health claims and lost 45 percent fewer workdays than those who did not. According to Dr. Turner, that’s why he created this option in his program that is geared to professionals. “With the daily demands placed on company leaders, the balance between meeting the needs of business and meeting those of personal health can be daunting. Executives often have limited time for leisure and limited time to meet the demands of their job. This combination of working in a high-stress environment with little thought or time dedicated to health screenings or doctor’s appointments can jeopardize an executive’s overall health. We want to make it as easy as possible for them to find out what cardiac risk factors they have. If we do find a problem, we give them a plan created specifically for them, which may include lifestyle modifications and/or medication, to eliminate or manage their risks.” The package Dr. Turner offers includes an initial interview and exam with his cardiology nurse practitioner; lab work that includes a full cardiac panel, glucose screening, and calcium score; chest x-ray and exercise stress test. Vascular testing is an additional option. The package also includes a follow-up conference with Dr. Turner where the results are discussed, along with the need for any further diagnostic tests such as cardiac CT if results indicate the need for a closer look. In Bice’s case, his mind was put as ease by the initial assessments. “I was told to plan on two hours, and it actually took less time than that. There was no waiting and it was a very personalized, pleasant, efficient process. I appreciated the time Dr. Turner took with me and my mind is definitely at ease about my risk factors. All of my results were normal and I didn’t require any additional testing at this time. The notknowing was stressful, and now that I know my heart’s in great shape, I can focus on all the other things in my life that need my attention. I highly recommend this evaluation to anyone with a family history or who just wants to get a baseline of where their heart health is right now.” For more information on the Heart and Vascular Risk Assessment Program or executive physicals, call Cardiovascular Specialists to schedule an appointment at 436-3813.

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Cataracts are an eye condition that will affect everyone at some point as they get older. If you think you have symptoms of cataract, or already know you have them, you probably have questions about the condition and your treatment options. Learn more from our board certified ophthalmologists, Drs. Alan Lacoste, Jon Yokubaitis, Mark Crawford, A.J. O’Byrne, Virgil Murray and Charlie Thompson at this free event. Our doctors will discuss the latest diagnostics and treatment methods for cataracts, along with the newest advances in surgical techniques and premium lens implants.

• Clouded, blurred or dim vision • Problems with vision at night • Sensitivity to light and glare • Seeing “halos” around lights • Frequent changes in lens prescription • Fading/yellowing of colors • Double vision in a single eye

Diabetes and Your Eyes Seminar with Lunch Wednesday, November 6 • Noon Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye disease and the leading cause of adult blindness in the U.S. Vision loss and blindness from diabetic retinopathy can be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment. The disease usually has no symptoms and the only way it is detected is through a dilated eye exam. Learn more about the effects of diabetes on your eyes from Dr. Alan Lacoste, ophthalmologist and diabetic eye disease specialist at this seminar. He will discuss risk factors, prevention, diagnostic technology and laser treatment to preserve vision.

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Seating is limited at these seminars, which will take place at The Eye Clinic in Lake Charles. Call 478-3810 for more information or to pre-register, or register online at www.theeyeclinic.net.

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Mind & Body

Fighting Resistant Hypertension High blood pressure or hypertension hits about one in three Americans. In many cases, the condition can be controlled with lifestyle changes and medications. When that doesn’t do the trick, patients fall into a resistant hypertension category. Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is offering a solution for these patients with a new Resistant Hypertension Clinic at the Heart & Vascular Center. “Hypertension is a major contributor to the morbidity and mortality of patients. Twenty to 30 percent of hypertensive patients may fall in the category of resistant hypertension,” says cardiologist Dr. Peter Angelopoulos, part of the Memorial Medical Group. “This condition can lead to a number of heart issues that can be life threatening.” Dr. Angelopoulos, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, has the training and experience to fight this condition and get patients on track to a heart-healthy life. The clinic’s goal is to help identify these patients, rule out secondary causes of hypertension, educate 68 www.thriveswla.com

the patients on the role their lifestyle can play, and help control their blood pressure with appropriate and aggressive medicines. “If you do not get a person’s blood pressure under control, they will be at higher risk for heart attacks, vascular disease and kidney problems,” Dr. Angelopoulus says. “This condition can be treated with right kind of medication and the right doses of medication. We work to find what works best for each patient.” Another development in the field of hypertension therapy is that of Renal Denervation Therapy (RDT). It is a therapy that is being used in Australia and Europe and waiting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A single procedure is performed by inserting a tube in the artery leading to the kidney. Using Thrive Magazine for Better Living

radio frequency energy, multiple treatments are performed in each artery to disrupt the hyperactive nerves. This leads to a significant reduction in blood pressure. No permanent implant is left behind. “Not only has this therapy been shown to provide persistent blood pressure reduction for up to three years after therapy, it has also been associated with better control of the patient’s diabetes, sleep apnea, and heart failure,” Dr. Angelopoulus says. These associations are still being investigated through clinical trials. Dr. Angelopoulos expects to be able to offer this exciting therapy to patients, once it receives FDA approval hopefully sometime next year. Patients who may fall into the category of resistant hypertension and are interested in further evaluation and treatment can call 494-3278. October 2013

There’s No Place Like Home, Especially For Eye Injuries by Kristy Armand

Home may be where the heart is, but it can also be a dangerous place for the eyes. More than half of the 2.5 million eye injuries that occur every year happen within or around the home. According to results from the “Seventh Annual Eye Injury Snapshot” by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT), accidental eye injury is one of the leading causes of visual impairment in the United States, yet only 35 percent of Americans wear protective eyewear when doing projects that could threaten their vision. Injuries can occur from a variety of sources including power tools, yard debris, cleaning fluids and chemicals. The research found that the most common place of injury was the yard or garden. In addition, one in four eye injuries that occurred in the home were due to home repair or use of power tools. “Eye injuries in the home include everything from painful corneal abrasions, chemical splashes or punctures to the eye that can cause permanent vision loss,” says Dr. William Iglinsky, opthalmalogist with The Eye Clinic. “It’s easy to become complacent when doing everyday chores in the yard, home or garage. We realize that most people don’t even October 2013

stop to think about eye protection for these routine tasks, but it’s important to be aware of the risk and protect your eyes. It’s estimated that 90 percent of the eye injuries occurring in the home could be prevented by wearing appropriate protective eyewear. An eye injury can occur in a split second, but have a lifelong impact on your vision.” October has been designated “Home Eye Safety Awareness Month” by Prevent Blindness America in an effort to increase awareness of eye injury risk in the home, and to provide education about prevention. The Eye Clinic offers these eye-safety tips: • Wear eye protection when doing automotive work. • Never mix cleaning agents. Read and follow all manufacturer instructions and warning labels and always use these products in well ventilated areas. • Wear safety glasses with side protection or dust goggles when doing yard work to protect against flying particles, and chemical goggles Thrive Magazine for Better Living

to guard against exposure to fertilizers and pesticides. • If you wear prescription glasses, many safety glasses or goggles will fit over your regular glasses. Regular eyeglasses do not always provide enough protection, and may even cause further injury upon impact. • Inspect and remove debris from lawns before mowing. Make sure others in the yard are wearing eye protection as bystanders can be hit by flying debris. • Keep tools in good condition; damaged tools should be repaired or replaced. • After any project, make sure hands are washed thoroughly before touching the eyes or face. • Seek medical care immediately for any eye injury. For more information about safety eyewear, call Optics Unlimited at any location of The Eye Clinic, or visit www.theeyeclinic.net.



Olympians Make a Splash in Southwest Louisiana by Katie Harrington

Approximately 10 people drown in the United States every day and of those 10, two are children under the age of 14. Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones was almost a part of these statistics. When the world record holder was five years old he nearly drowned in a shallow-water pool at a New Jersey water park. “I was fully supervised. There were lifeguards there, and I slipped under the water,” says Jones. “A child can drown in only 20 seconds, you can be answering a phone call, doing anything. In my dad’s situation, he was just handing the inner tube to the next person.” Like Jones at the age of five, 70 percent of African-American children cannot swim. Sixty percent of Latino children and 40 percent of Caucasian children lack this basic life skill as well. “It’s a big problem in the United States,” adds Jones. “It’s a cultural thing; we just don’t see swimming as a life skill. That’s something we need to change. We learn to walk, we learn to talk and we need to learn to swim.” This is precisely what the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Tour is working to do. It’s what brought Jones and fellow three-time

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Olympian and current NBC broadcaster Rowdy Gaines to the area last month. Lake Charles was the 31st stop on a nationwide tour sponsored by Houston-based energy manufacturing and logistics company Phillips 66. Make a Splash is the national, child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation. Its goal is to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn-to-swim. Millions of dollars have been invested to provide grants to qualified local partners for learn to swim programs. To date, more than 1.8 million kids have received the gift of swim lessons through the foundation’s local partner network. “Drowning is second only to car accidents when it comes to accidental deaths in children,” says Gaines. “Louisiana is a top five state for drowning deaths in children. It’s an epidemic in our country of

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which many people are not aware.” Gaines says that water is something that should be enjoyed, but it must be respected also. “Water is a magnet for children and I think the Make a Splash program is a great way to ensure this is a positive attraction by helping more kids learn to swim. We have 600 partners across the countries are we are able to spread this educational message that water safety is important.” While in the area, Jones provided a private swim lesson for four lucky local children. He and Gaines also hosted a public town hall meeting and meet and greet to help raise awareness of their cause. The Foreman-Reynaud Recreation Center has signed on as a partner of the Make a Splash initiative. For more information, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org.

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Meet the Newest Member of our Medical Staff

Bridget Loehn, M.D.

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist & Surgeon Dr. Bridget Loehn has joined the Imperial Health physician team. Originally from Metairie, Louisiana, Dr. Loehn received a bachelor of science degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and earned a medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed a residency in the department of otolaryngology at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, also in New Orleans. Dr. Loehn has a special interest in allergies and allergy treatment. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (337) 312-8564.


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Style & Beauty

Fallfashion by Lauren Jameson

This fall, don’t be afraid to embrace leather, black and white and more. Leather will be all the rage, according to Lauren Monroe, owner of Mimosa Boutique in Lake Charles. “It’s everywhere — shorts, dresses, jackets tops,” she said. “It’s sleek and clean. It’s not like chains and studs. Everyone can wear it.”

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Even a little leather is better than none, Monroe said. “If you’re scared of it, do just a little leather, like a leather-trimmed top,” she said. The big color this fall is olive, along with other colors in the green family, such as chartreuse. Military-inspired pieces are also hot, including jackets and boots. “Camo is really in,” Monroe said. “It’s really big in New York.” So is the timeless combination of black and white. “It’s always been classic but it’s being taken to the next level,” she said, showing a sleevelss peplum top with both horizontal and diagonal stripes. A classic white, flowy top and black tapered pants are another way to wear the look. A great way to complete your fall look is with an ankle boot.

Black and white is hot again this year.

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“Everyone needs ankle boots — a black classic ankle boot,” Monroe said. Low-heeled riding boots also remain popular this season, as well as “shooties” — half shoe, half boot. In the denim world, look for the return of the boyfriend jean — a loose and relaxed fit. Flared leg jeans are also making a comeback. “They’re huge,” Monroe said. And don’t worry. Skinny jeans “aren’t going anywhere,” she added. To accessorize your fall ensemble, carry purses with a pop of color or tuck a colorful clutch bag under your arm. For jewelry, try a chunky “statement necklace,” Monroe said. Last fall, florals and prints were everywhere. They’re still around, but not as much, Monroe said. The color block look is in, but the colors this season are more neutral.

“It’s all about the neutrals— wear a lot of black.” she said. Monroe said she is really excited about the overall feel of this fall’s fashion. “The overall look for fall is streamlined, clean, effortless and comfortable,” she said. “It’s going to be really comfortable.” Here’s a list of some other of Mimosa’s musts for fall: Attention-grabbing outerwear, beanies and hats, colorful leopard prints, emerald green, winter white, patterned pants, chunky sweaters, grandpa sweaters, tiered sleeves, belted cardigans, pencil skirts, maxi skirts, peasant and smock dresses, full skirts, the menswear look, motorcycle jackets, tuxedo-look jackets, embellished belts, silk scarfs, captoe heels, patent pumps, updated combat boots and classic loafers. Mimosa is located at 3101 Ernest St. Call 564-5818 for information.

Smock dresses with oversized jewelry are a fun way to stay fashionable this fall.

I Took a Stand for Beautiful Legs

“Now that my spider veins are gone, I feel better about myself.” ~ Theresa Needham

Theresa Needham doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t have spider veins on her legs. “I don’t know if I got them from an injury, I just don’t know how they happened.” The unsightly veins made her shy away from wearing skirts, dresses or shorts. “It honestly looked like someone took a purple marker and drew on my leg. I got tired of hiding my legs and called the Vein Center.” Fortunately for Theresa, her spider veins didn’t pose a health risk, and she underwent a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure called sclerotherapy. Since having both legs treated, her spider veins are a thing of the past and she is back to wearing all the cute new leg-baring clothing she’s added to her wardrobe. Call the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana at (337) 312-8346 to learn about treatments that can help you have healthier, more beautiful legs.

Carl Fastabend, MD Medical Director

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Style & Beauty

Nature’s Glitter by Christine Fisher

Known as drusy, druzy or druse, the sparkle is unmistakable. It’s made up of thousands of tiny crystals resembling sprinkling of diamonds over a stone. It is formed and mined all over the world, including several areas in the United States, as well as South America, North America, Africa and Europe. Gemologists say that druzy is formed within the cavities of rock. Mineral-filled water would flow through the rock cavities, as the rock would dry over time, it would leave the minerals from the evaporated water as a crystalline deposit on the surface or within the host rock. When the rock is cracked open, a dazzling display of crystal-covered stone was found. It’s a hot item at Bijoux Fine Jewelry, according to owner Annette St. Romain. “Ladies love druzy. We recently began carrying Nina Nguyen Designs with a large selection of druzy and it’s been very popular. People love the organic feel of it and, of course, the sparkle.” Druzy comes in a rainbow of colors, “another reason why the stones are so 74 www.thriveswla.com

popular,” St. Romain said. “There are endless design possibilities thanks to the variety of colors available.” On the Mohs hardness scale, druzy is a seven; making it a good choice for pendants, pins and earrings. Bracelets and rings can also work in some designs, but may not withstand daily wear if the jewelry wearer tends to be hard on their jewelry pieces. “As with most gemstones, you can clean with warm soapy water and a soft brush. It’s best to keep household chemicals away from gemstone jewelry,” St. Romain advised. The folklore surrounding druzy says it imparts natural healing properties and strengthens the spirit and provides a balance to the wearer helping them avoid depression or feelings of fear or dread. “Some of the claims say the stones can re-energize the body and boost the immune system. Whether you choose to believe in the legends of druzy or not, they can certainly bring happiness to gemstone lovers,” St. Romain said.

Colors of Druzy The minerals that deposit as crystals create the variety of colors. They include: Cobalto calcite = pale pink Uvarovite = green Hematite = dark gray, black Psilomelane = black Chrysocolla = blue Malachite = black, gray, and silver Pyrite = golden gray Carnelian = reddish brown, red Quartz = white The druzy stones accept dye very well, enabling jewelers to create a rainbow of colors out of the natural stones. In addition, a vapor deposit of certain metals can alter the color. Thin layers of titanium, gold and platinum can further enhance the color of druzy without the high price tag of pieces in the solid metals.

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The Psychology of Beauty

Think it’s easy to be beautiful? Think again. by Kristy Armand

Beauty may only be skin deep, but that’s deep enough to make a first impression. According to local psychiatrist and NYT-bestselling author Dr. Dale Archer, the first impression is all about looks. It’s only later that personality, brains and character take on meaning. “There’s a power to looking good, and it’s backed by actual research,” Dr. Archer said. “Right or wrong, there is an illustrated correlation between beauty and success.” Economist and author Daniel Hammermesh collected data from several countries and cultures and found a significant correlation between beauty and financial attainment. According to Hammermesh, “Most of us, regardless of our professed attitudes, prefer as customers to buy from better-looking salespeople, as jurors to listen to better-looking attorneys, as voters to be led by better-looking politicians, as students to learn from better-looking professors.”

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A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis found that beautiful people tended to earn 5 percent more an hour than their less comely colleagues. The study also uncovered a so-called “plainness penalty,” which showed that those with below-average looks earned 9 percent less an hour than their peers. That being said, hitting the genetic lottery doesn’t guarantee a life on Easy Street, according to Dr. Archer. Being beautiful isn’t always easy, especially for women. “Research has shown that both men and women tend to believe that when a beautiful woman is successful, it’s because they’re beautiful—not because they have certain talents or intelligence,” Dr. Archer said. Job applicants with above-average looks could also experience bias when the hiring manager is of the same sex, according to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Researchers found positive bias toward highly attractive other-sex applicants, but negative bias toward highly attractive same-sex applicants. The findings demonstrate a self-threat perception toward beautiful peers. “When asked what women find threatening in other women, respondents typically list beauty as the number-one threat,” Dr. Archer noted. Problems can also arise when beauty is viewed as an individual’s primary attribute, at the expense of all else, according to Dr. Archer. “If people treat you a certain way based on your looks, it can have negative effects on your overall self-esteem. The determination to maintain beauty doesn’t come cheap, emotionally or financially. Women who are above-average in appearance spend about one-third of their income on maintaining their looks, often spending money they don’t have on creams, diets, products and cosmetic surgery. Fashion magazines feel they need to airbrush even the most gorgeous of models, so

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does that put even more pressure on the beautiful woman to keep up appearances? In her mind that may be all she has going for her, thus money is no object when it buys self-esteem.” According to Dr. Archer, beauty is an asset, just like physical prowess, charisma, brains or emotional intelligence. “The key with any gift is in the way that you use it. It doesn’t define you as a person. Rather, it’s an asset to be used judiciously and with an understanding of how it is just a small part of who you are. Those that get this will do well. Others that don’t, not so much.”



Style & Beauty

Laser Treatments

Smooth Cellulite by Christine Fisher

A couple of dimples on cheeks and chins can be adorable. But when they multiply and end up on thighs, abdomens and buttocks, they aren’t as cute. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Known as cellulite, this dimpling of the skin happens to many women, and some men. Most estimates say that seventy to ninety percent of women have cellulite, no matter their size or weight. Genetics play a key role in the development of cellulite, which means it’s largely out of anyone’s control as to whether they have it or not. “Beneath the skin’s surface lies a layer of fat,” explained Harold Bienvenu, MD, facial plastic surgeon and medical director of the ENT and Aesthetic Center at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “Throughout this fatty layer is fibrous tissue. Genetics, hormones and inflammation can cause the tissue bands to become inflexible. The fat begins to push through the bands creating a lumpy or dimpled texture on the skin.” Treatment for cellulite ranges from creams, 76 www.thriveswla.com

targeted exercises, and surgical procedures. The newest remedy to show significant results is a laser treatment. “The laser targets the connective tissue and heats the skin from the inside out, which encourages collagen and elastin growth, and makes the fibers more flexible,” said Dr. Bienvenu. VelaShape™, used at ENT & Aesthetic Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, is the first ever FDA cleared device for circumferential reduction and the first cleared for cellulite reduction. “A good candidate for this treatment would be someone who is no more than 50 pounds overweight,” said Dr. Bienvenu, “but we offer a free consultation for anyone because each situation is unique. We’ve had patients achieve phenomenal results, seeing a reduction in cellulite and an improvement in their skin’s texture in only a few Thrive Magazine for Better Living

sessions.” The average number of treatments for VelaShape™ is four, with patients seeing improvement gradually throughout the treatment regime. “Skin beings to feel smoother and more firm,” he said. The skin continues to firm after the treatment. Results are most apparent six to eight weeks following the final treatment session. Most patients report a feeling of warmth during the procedure and for a short time afterward. For more information, call the ENT and Aesthetic Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital at (337) 439-2040.

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There are many rules, concepts, ideas and myths that society has created in the world of fashion. These need to be resolved right now! In fashion, rules are meant to be broken and the key to going against these concepts is to make it look intentional and thought out rather than unknowledgeable. Myth #1 Mixing neutrals like

black and brown, black and blue or white and ivory. This is something

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that so many of us say “we just can’t think of doing.” It has been so engrained in how we get dressed that it’s hard to let go of. The way to wear these neutrals together is to intentionally have a balanced mix of one of each of the colors. For example black jeans (a key outfit item) with a chocolate brown t-shirt (a key outfit item) and brown boots. By bringing the brown color back into the outfit with the boots, you create the intention of mixing the two colors as well as a sleek looking outfit!

Myth #2 Sequins or sateen during the day has

been a no – no for so many lives. It’s true that a full, sequined cocktail dress shouldn’t be worn to a business meeting but a blouse or camisole with sporadic touch of sequin or the shimmer of sateen can work. Just tone it down with a cardigan or blazer for the daytime hours.

Myth #3 Silver and gold can’t be worn together. I hate when I hear a client say, “Well my wedding ring is silver so I can’t own a gold watch or gold jewelry.” Mixing metals is not only okay, but a trend for the season. Mix up those silvers, golds, gunmetals and rose golds. Just be sure to show intent of mixing by wearing more than one piece of each of the tones you are mixing.

Whitney Manns is the owner of WM Wardrobe Consulting. For more information, visit WMwardrobeconsulting.com

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Myth #4 Matching shoes, belts or purses are a must. With

so many cute shoe options these days as well as so many women that hate switching out their purses all the time, I don’t see this issue come up too often. Unless you are going for a ‘wow, pop of color,’ remember to keep the colors of the outfit, including accessories, as a ‘whole’ by keeping the items in the same family.



Myth #5 White is a no-no after Labor Day. A chunky

this Fall

oatmeal sweater paired with white skinny jeans and cognac boots is one of my favorite fall/ winter looks. The issue with this ‘rule’ is making sure the white items you are continuing to wear are made of fall/winter material. The whites that shouldn’t be worn after Labor Day are white eyelet sundresses or the white linen suit. Being conscious of the fabrics and seasonal details of the white garments is the key to being safe with white in winter!

Summer is history and it’s time to get focused on looking your best for the fall and upcoming holiday season. Months of summertime fun in the sun can drain the skin of nutrients and lead to premature aging – wrinkling, dryness, discoloration and an overall faded, tired appearance. Freshen up for fall with a little help from the Aesthetic Center. Our skin care specialists will asses your skin and recommend rejuvenating treatments and products to restore a healthier, more youthful appearance.

Our services include:

Myth #6 Black leather is for

biker chicks only. A hot trend for

fall is leather. Be it just as a trim on your garment or a leather shirt, its okay to wear leather! We have this rough and tough connotation of how leather should be worn. Pair some leather jeans with a sheer blouse to soften the ‘look’ of the leather bottoms or just add it into your wardrobe with a simple leather trimmed blouse to wear with your pencil skirt to work.

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Community Contributor$ Arts Council Announces Grant Awards The Arts Council of SWLA has announced the grant awards for the annual Tourism Marketing Initiative Grant. Eighteen grants were awarded to projects and organizations in Southwest Louisiana for fiscal year 20132014, including F.G. Bulber Youth Orchestra, Cajun French Music Association, Children’s Museum, Louisiana Choral Foundation, Lake Charles Civic Ballet, ACTS Theatre, Lake Charles Community Band, Lake Charles Symphony, Black Heritage Festival, Children’s Theater Company, Cal-Cam Fair Association, Itinerant Theatre, Culture Fest, Brimstone Historical Society, Bayou Writers Group, Louisiana Theatre Festival, Calcasieu Historic Preservation Society, and the Lake Charles Little Theatre. For more information, visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org or call (337) 439-2787.

Imagination Celebration Sponsored by L’Auberge

L to R: Cori Schlemmer, L’Auberge Lake Charles bakery sous chef; Allyson Montgomery, Children’s Museum assistant director/ fundraising director; Phil DeAlbuquerque, Children’s Museum board president; Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Casino Resort senior vice president and general manager; Dan Ellender, Children’s Museum executive director.

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles sponsored Imagination Celebration, a benefit for the Children’s Museum of Lake Charles, with a $4,000 donation. L’Auberge donated $2,500 in cash along with a $1,500 in-kind donation of a chef’s choice table of various desserts.

Lake Charles Memorial Employees donate $75,000 Employees of the Lake Charles Memorial Health System donated $75,000 to Memorial’s third I Gave a Day campaign. Three hundred employees at Memorial, Memorial for Women, Memorial Specialty Hospital and the W.O. Moss Memorial Health Clinic donated money equivalent to a day’s pay to the hospital’s foundation. For more information, call (337) 494-3226.

Entergy Supports Lake Charles Events Mr. Anthony “Chip” Arnould, Regional Customer Service Manager for Entergy, presented Mayor Randy Roach with a check for $10,000 in support of several of the City’s community events as well as environmental programs. For more information on community events go to www.cityoflakecharles.com or call (337) 491-9159.

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Solutions for Life

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

You’re Not the Boss of Me!

Can you remember your sibling saying those words to you? As grownups, most of us are the boss of someone. Many of you are the boss of a lot of “someones.” Whether you are a supervisor at work, a parent, an officer of the law, or do volunteer work, at some point you will be “in charge.” Being the boss takes guts.

Many people think they want to be the boss then realize they were gravely mistaken. The boss is ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the team, much like a coach. The boss is never universally loved, if she is doing her job. The boss has to know when to say “no” and rein people in, and has to know when to push others into stretching out of their comfort zone. Sometimes the boss has to deal with people who are not very emotionally healthy, and that translates into stressful (and not very fun) interactions. Sometimes it’s just too much pressure and the boss decides he no longer wants to be the boss. I have been in some sort of supervisory role pretty much all of my career. Even in college and graduate school, I was the team leader at the doctor’s office for whom I worked. Like many new bosses, it took me some time to find my footing. Even with all the skills I was learning in graduate school, I can remember times when I did not handle situations the best way. This month and next, I’d like to share with you some things I have learned along the way about good supervisors.

You must like people.

So many times people are moved into supervisory roles because they were the best “widget maker” at the widget factory. Oh, and they had the most seniority. Neither of those characteristics predicts a successful supervisor. Making widgets and managing people are two completely

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different animals. It is imperative that people in supervisory roles genuinely like people. They must believe that people are basically good and will flourish under the right circumstances. Too many times, I see people in the role of supervisor who are cynical and crotchety. Who wants to work for someone like that? Remember, people need to like you if they are going to work for you. I’m serious. I have had many supervisors say to me, “I don’t care if they like me as long as they get the job done.” Wrong. If your employees don’t like you, they will sabotage you. They will also be watching for you to mess up. Employees who don’t like their boss take immense pleasure in seeing the boss taken down. I mean it. Your employees need to like you. In order for them to like you, they must believe you like them and you must be likeable.

You must be balanced.

involved in another person’s life. When you are enmeshed with an employee, it becomes more difficult to make the tough decisions about that employee. Supervisors must maintain a certain amount of distance in order to keep a clear head. Conversely, you can’t be so rigid and robotic that your employees feel you have no heart. Productivity and performance cannot be your only focus. The humans that work for you can be messy at times, and you have to be able to handle that. You need to know about your employees, and express interest in their lives. Remember, they need to like you. And people tend to like the boss that asks about their family and what they did over the weekend. Next month, I’ll share with you more characteristics I’ve learned that supervisors need in order to be successful. Being the boss - it’s not for the faint of heart!

The best supervisors have the ability to find the balance between running a tight ship and caring for others. I have seen so many supervisors who are easily sucked in by their employees’ drama. Finding the balance between being concerned, yet not getting overly involved, is tough. I’ve had supervisors talk to me about how to talk their employees into leaving abusive situations, about loaning their employees money, and about giving their employees rides (even on days off). That, my friends, is called “supervisory enmeshment.” Enmeshment is the term we use when one person is too

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McNeese and Sowela Sign Agreement

Check Presented to Community Clinic on behalf of CMSF Board

McNeese Accepting Parade Entries

The 2013 McNeese State University Homecoming Parade is scheduled to roll down Ryan Street at 7:00pm on October 17, and the community is invited to participate. The deadline for community entries is October 11 and the fee is $50 per unit. This year’s theme is “Cowboy Strong.” For more information or to register for the parade, call (337) 475-5706 or visit www. mcneese.edu/homecoming.

McNeese Athletics Launches McAllisters Deli Kids Club The Calcasieu Medical Society Foundation has presented a $105,000 check to Calcasieu Community Clinic, which was raised at the 2013 Black Tie Affair Event. L to R: McNeese State University President, Dr. Philip Williams and Sowela Technical Community College Chancellor, Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

McNeese Alumni Association Award Recipients Announced

Sowela Technical Community College and McNeese State University have announced opportunities for cross enrollment by students from both institutions and residential housing at McNeese for Sowela students. The cross enrollment agreement permits students from Sowela and McNeese to enroll in freshman or sophomore level courses at either institution under certain circumstances.

McNeese Athletics at McNeese State University has launched an all-new, official McAllisters Deli Kids Club. It is open to all boys and girls 12 years and under. For more information, visit www.mcneesesports.com.

McNeese Fall SAGE Series Set

“Louisiana Roots” is the theme of this fall’s Senior Adult Group Encounter program. SAGE offers a series of topics for area adults age 50 and over in the SEED Center. The SAGE lecture series schedule is as follows: October 14 – The Creole Soul of “American Routes”: South Louisiana Music and Culture October 28 – The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans November 4 – John James Audubon November 25 – Nightlife in Southwest Louisiana For more information or to register, call (337) 475-5127.

McNeese Ranked a Tier One University by U.S. News & World Report

For the second consecutive year, McNeese State University has been ranked in Tier One in the Best Regional UniversitiesSouth category in the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Colleges”, published by U.S. News & World Report. McNeese was also ranked in the top 50 among the top public schools in the southern region. To see the full Best Colleges 2014 rankings by the U.S. News and World Report, visit http://www. usnews.com/education and follow the links.

1963 Football Team Reunion Set for Homecoming

Members of the 1963 McNeese football team will hold a 50-year reunion during Homecoming 2013. For more information about the reunion, contact Sarah Hogan, director of university events, at shogan@mcneese.edu or 337-475-5502.

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Dr. John Stubblefield

Dr. Timothy A. DeRouen

The McNeese State University Alumni Association has presented its two most prestigious awards - the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award and the Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Timothy A. DeRouen has been named the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the alumni association. Dr. John Stubblefield, a dermatologist in Lake Charles since 1971, has been named the 2013 Distinguished Service Award.

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McNeese Leisure Learning Classes Available

A number of McNeese State Leisure Learning Classes are now available for registration. For more information, call (337) 475-5616 or visit www.ed2go.com/mcneese.

October 1-3: Beginning Computer II: Windows XP: Working with Files & Folders, 6 – 8 pm October 2: ICD 10 Preview, 9-11am October 5: Basic Cheese-Making at Home, 9am-12pm October 5, 12, 19: ACT Grammar Review, 9:30am-12pm October 5,12,19: ACT Reading Review, 1–3:30 pm October 7: Omar Christian’s Jamaican Home Cooking - “Jerk Chicken”, 6-8pm October 8-10: Excel 2010: Introduction, Sect A: 6-8pm October 9, 16, 23: Beginning Acrylic Painting, 5:30 - 8:30pm October 9. 16. 23: Painting and Distressing Furniture, 6-8pm October 12, 16, 30: Beginning Photography for Digital SLR Cameras with Interchangeable Lens, 6-9pm October 14: SAGE Series – The Creole Soul of “American Routes”: South Louisiana Music and Culture – Nick Spitzer, 3:30-4:30pm October 14, 21, 28: Quickbooks, Level II: Setting Up Payroll, Financial Reports & Miscellaneous Transactions, 5-8pm October 14, 21, 28, Nov 4: Bellywood: Bollywood Blast Exercise for Women, 6-7pm October 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, November 4: Floral Design 101, 6–8pm October 14, 21, 28, November 4: Jitterbug (Single-Time Swing), 6:30–7:45pm October 15, 17: Excel 2010, Level 2: Working with Multiple Workbooks, Sect A: 6-8pm

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October 16: Beading: Start to Stringing, 6-9pm October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20: Beginning Tennis, 6–7pm October 17, 24, 31, November 7: From the Writer’s Toolbox: Plot and Scene, 6:30–8pm October 19: Getting Started with iPad, 9–11:30am October 19: Intermediate Adobe Photoshop: Layer Basics, 8am-12pm October 21, 28, November 4, 11: Beginning Mountain Dulcimer, 6–7:30 pm October 22, 24, 29, 31: Susanne Vincent’s Drawing for Beginners, 10:30am-12pm October 22, 24, 29, November 5, 7: Beginning Scale Model Building – A Railroad Lineman’s Shack, 6–7:15pm October 22: Elfy Shah’s Indian Delights, 6-8pm October 22, 24: Excel 2010, Level 3: Frequently Used Functions, Sect A: 6-8pm October 23: Excel 2010: Introduction, Sect B: 8:30am-12:30pm October 24, November 7, 14, 21: Sew Your Holiday Decor – Santa Chair Cover, Place Mats, Runner, Ornaments and More Choices, 6–7:30pm October 28: SAGE Series, The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans – Dr. Lawrence N. Powell, 3:30-4:30pm October 29: Beading with Yajaira: Leather Wrap Bracelet, 6-9pm October 29, November 5, 12: Zydeco with Harold, 6:30 - 7:30 pm October 30: Excel 2010, Level 2: Working with Multiple Workbooks, Sect B: 8:30am–12:30pm

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Mark Your Calendar! Fourth Annual Hector San Miguel Luncheon Scheduled Edwin W. Edwards, the longest serving governor in the history of Louisiana, will be the keynote speaker for the fourth annual Hector San Miguel Memorial Award Hector San Miguel luncheon. The luncheon will be December 5 at 11:30 am in the L’Auberge Casino Resort Event Center; L’Auberge is Presenting Sponsor of the luncheon. For more information or how to donate, call (337) 491-6688.

Literacy Council of SWLA Presents Musicale 2013 Hilda Rothschild, Literacy Council of SWLA President, announced that the Literacy Council will host MUSICALE on October 13 at 5:00pm. The event will be held at the Central School Arts & Humanities Center located at 809 Kirby Street. For more information or tickets, call (337) 494-7000.

The Art of Fashion Design IV “Coast to Coast” Scheduled The Perfect Fit Boutique presents the original The Art of Fashion Design IV “Coast to Coast” at L’Auberge Casino Resort on October 17. Doors open at 6:30pm with the show beginning at 7pm. For tickets and more information, call (337) 439-3797.

Early Registration Dates for October 19th HOPE Breast Cancer 3K Walk Early registration is now open for The Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Walk to be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center on October 19. For more information on how to register and to donate, call (337) 905-0327 or visit www.ethelbreastcancerwalk.org.

4th Annual Harry L. Hooker, Sr. Memorial Holy Smoke Cook-Off and Praise Festival Scheduled The 4th Annual Harry L. Hooker, St. Memorial Holy Smoke BBQ Cook-Off and Praise Festival will be held October 26 at the Dequincy Railroad Museum Grounds with free admission. For more information, call (337) 786-6265.

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Benefit for Abraham’s Tent Set for October 20 The Southwest Louisiana Sportsmen for the Hungry organization, in affiliation with Hunters for the Hungry, will host their annual food collection drive on October 20, from 1-4pm in the Gordon’s Drug Store parking lot, located at 2716 Lake Street in Lake Charles. For more information, call (337) 433-7090.

Calcasieu Parish Public Library to Host 6-Week Music Series The Calcasieu Parish Public Library has partnered with McNeese Banners to bring the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” series to the area. The six-week long music series begins on September 24 and will be held at McNeese State University. For more information, call (337) 721-7118 or visit www.calcasieulibrary.org.

ICCS Christmas Greenery Sale Scheduled The Immaculate Conception Cathedral School annual Christmas Greenery Sale will take place September 26-October 17. The community is invited to order live evergreens from the Pacific Northwest during this time. An array of greenery options will be sold, including: fresh garland, wreaths and door swags. Tentative delivery time is set for late November. Orders may be placed up until October 17 by calling ICCS at (337) 433-3497.

ICCS Panther Run Scheduled The Immaculate Conception Cathedral School 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run have been scheduled for October 26. Cost is $25 for the 10K/5K and $10 for the 1 Mile Fun Run. Registration forms can be downloaded from the school website: www. iccschool.org. For more information, call (337) 7643974.

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ArtsFest 2013 On October 26, ArtsFest returns to engage area children in a free arts festival from 10 am - 2 pm in the Civic Center’s Exhibition Hall. This event is hosted annually by the Arts Council of SWLA and the City of Lake Charles, and it fosters an interest in learning by offering hands-on art projects that educate children on each year’s theme. For more information about ArtsFest, call (337) 439-2787 or visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org.

Between Us Girls Class Scheduled Between Us Girls, an adolescent class offered by West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH), is scheduled for November 16, from 8:30–11:30 am in the hospital’s Cafeteria Conference Room. Class sessions are designed for girls ages 9-11 and 12-15, and their mothers or guardians. Class size is limited. Please call (337) 527-4361 for more information or to reserve space.

Strolling with Dustie Strolling with Dustie is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms or dads with little ones. Each 50-minute total body workout incorporates power walking, strength, & toning activities designed to create a fun family fitness class with formats both indoors and outdoors. Where the parent goes the child and stroller go! Classes will be Monday and Wednesday at 5:30pm at the Trinity Center starting Monday, October 21. For more details call Dustie Kulaga at (337) 396-9213 or for any personal training information visit us at www.facebook.com/groupfitnesspersonaltraining or contact a GoFit Trainer Dustie (337) 396-9213, Rebecca (337) 263-1502, Trey (337) 515-0189, Megan (337) 842-9131.

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Culture Fest Louisiana: A Global Blend of Arts, Food and Culture

On Saturday, October 26, the Lake Charles Civic Center will come to life at the third annual Culture Fest Louisiana, which will celebrate the diversity of Southwest Louisiana with food, music, fashion, art and performances that span across the many cultures and ethnicities found in our region. Culture Fest is free to the public and is quickly becoming one of the most buzzed-about festivals of the fall. This year’s lineup includes a variety of events for all ages and backgrounds, including a cultural display area, an international village for children, a world café, and a wide schedule of live entertainment. Beginning at 10 a.m., the stage will feature dancers from India, steel drums, international choirs, Scottish bagpipes by Celtic Nations, belly dancers, Hispanic musicians, and the much-loved Chinese dragon dancers. More than 7,000 residents and locals attended last year’s event, which featured more than ten food stations, twenty artisan booths and thirty interactive cultural displays. This event has something for everyone. Culture Fest Louisiana is presented by Common Ground, a nonprofit organization, and began in 2011 in partnership with the City of Lake Charles, McNeese State University, Calcasieu Parish Public Library and several civic organizations and schools. The festival was initiated as a way to educate and enlighten the public about global cultures through a festival atmosphere. Patricia Kelty, volunteer event coordinator, explained, “Our city and our own lives are enriched as we build upon our similarities and celebrate our differences. Ironically, in the process we strengthen our own heritages while gaining respect for others.” With the influx of new families coming to Southwest Louisiana soon due to an industrial expansion, festival planners say now more than ever is the time to make culturally diverse families

feel welcomed and accepted, thus increasing our participation in the global market. The countries represented at Culture Fest Louisiana continue to grow. Currently, the following countries will be represented: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Brazil, Cuba, China, Egypt, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, India, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela and Vietnam. There are many countries still not represented. Email info@ culturefestlouisiana.com if you are interested in showcasing another country or unique culture. “One of the most important things we all have in common is our desire to share an understanding of what makes America great,” said Kelty. “We want the values and heritages of all people who make up this wonderful country celebrated and recognized for the powerful component it is in forming our nation.” Culture Fest Louisiana is sponsored by Coushatta Casino Resort, the City of Lake Charles, CITGO, Nissan of Lake Charles, Global Management Services, SASOL, the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau, Charter Schools USA, Lake Charles Charter Foundation, Brask, City Savings Bank, The Decorative Center, Deep South Productions, Home Health 2000, Iberia Bank, Joseph’s Electrical Center, Mark Dodge, Whitney Bank, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. Make plans now to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of one of Louisiana’s most colorful events.

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To help support this event or to find out more, visit www. CultureFestLouisiana. com, email info@ culturefestlouisiana.com or call 337-409-9636. October 2013

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CITGO to Host Annual Fire & Spice Chili Cook-Off to Benefit United Way CITGO will host its Annual Fire & Spice Chili CookOff benefiting United Way of Southwest Louisiana on Thursday, October 31st from 11am-1pm at Citgo Park in Sulphur, Louisiana. The annual event calls on teams from the community who think they have the best chili recipe to come out and compete for a good cause. The event is open to the public, and general admission is only $5 per person. The admission fee allows attendees the opportunity to sample each team’s chili recipe and vote on their favorites. People’s Choice tickets will be sold at the entrance and throughout the day for $1 each, 12 tickets for $10 or 130 tickets for $100. A silent auction will be available as well. Chili samples are also scored by a prestigious judging panel that includes local celebrities, elected officials and members of the media. Winners from the judging receive awards for first place, second place, and third place. Other awards are given by the event attendees for Best Team Costume, Best Table Decorations and People’s Choice. “The CITGO United Way Annual Fire & Spice

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Chili Cook-Off has become a signature event in Southwest Louisiana to raise money for United Way,” says Dana Keel, Government & Public Affairs Manager for CITGO. “It is a dynamic event that draws many local businesses to get involved in the CITGO campaign to Fuel our Community by Giving. The CITGO United Way Fire & Spice Chili Cook-Off is just one more example of how CITGO and its employees fuel good things in the communities we work in.” All proceeds from the cook-off go to the United Way of Southwest Louisiana, which helps the community by raising and distributing funds to 34 local agencies that focus on health, education, financial stability or crisis intervention. United Way kicked-off its annual campaign season in August, and as of September, it has already reached 17.1% or $684,111 of its $4 million dollar goal. “Because of our generous employees, CITGO is able to benefit thousands of people in Southwest Louisiana and beyond through its annual United Way campaign. We are expecting this year’s Chili Cook-Off to be the best one yet,” says Keel.

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All interested participants are asked to complete and submit a registration form found on the United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s website (www.unitedwayswla.org), along with the $200 entry fee, by Wednesday, October 9, 2013. For more information on rules and regulations, contact Shelley Hacker at 337-708-6248 or shacker@citgo.com.

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