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In This Issue

Home & Family 6 Good Health at the Farmers Market 12 Carpet Cleaning Myths 14 Conquering Your Dog’s Storm Phobia 16-22 Special Section: Celebrating Spanish Heritage Month

24-39 Special Section:

A Sportsman’s Paradise

84 Regular Features 2 First Person: 3 with Canaan Heard 35 By the Numbers 48 Business Buzz 55 Best Impression 5 8 Who’s News 88 Ready to Wear 90 Happenings 93 Horoscopes 94 McNeese Corral 96 Community Contributors 97 Solutions


Rouge et Blanc 2013

Money & Career 40 The Dirty Dozen: Money Mistakes to Avoid 42 Do You Need a Digital Detox?

Thrive is teaming up with Rouge et Blanc for a full-color insert in our October issue. Savor the Flavor includes a festival map, list of vendors, information on other activities in the week-long festival, as well as features on area chefs, food, wine and much more! Ad space deadline is September 13. Call to reserve your ad space today! (337) 310-2099

Places & Faces 50 $13 Million SEED Center Opens 54 Answering the Call of Faith-Based Medicine

Mind & Body 72 Change Your Sleep Posture

76 Childhood Acne: No Longer Just a Teen Rite of Passage

Style & Beauty 84 Homecoming Fashion 85 Initially Charming Don’t just live, thrive!

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Good Health is Always in Season at the

Farmers Market by Erin Kelly photography by Erica Fisher

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When you purchase a bushel of greens or a basket of ripe peaches from your local farmers market, you’re not just buying everyday vegetables. You’re taking a step toward healthy, sustainable living -- not just for yourself, but your community. “You can never be too certain about the freshness of supermarket produce, but when you buy from your local farmers market, you know you’re getting the freshest produce available,” says Rhett Bellon, a registered dietitian with West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients, key ingredients for health and disease-prevention.” Supermarket produce typically has to go through a lengthy production process before it gets to your table. That process can compromise nutritional value, according to Bellon. “Farm-to-table fruits and vegetables are given the opportunity to ripen fully. There’s no chemical manipulation to keep them edible. This means they are at their peak in both flavor and nutrition. ” Most supermarket food is highly processed and may be grown using various methods of modification , such as hormones, pesticides and/or antibiotics. Some of the food may have been further manipulated through waxing or gassing.

Vision. Introducing a specialist who can help your sight. Surgicare of Lake Charles, Women & Children’s Hospital (WCH) and Falgoust Eye Medical & Surgical are pleased to welcome ophthalmologist Brian Mikulla, M.D., to their medical staffs. Dr. Mikulla received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame, and his master of business administration and doctor of medicine degrees from Tulane University. He furthered his medical education by completing an internal medicine internship and a three-year ophthalmology residency at Tulane University. Dr. Mikulla specializes in diseases and medical conditions of the eyes, and surgery of the eye with special interest in the treatment of glaucoma and cataracts. He is accepting new patients.

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Freshly-ripened tomatoes available at a local farmers market.

“The manipulation of our food can have a direct effect on our bodies and our health. To what degree, no one is sure, but numerous studies have linked early onset puberty with the increased amount of hormones in the human diet,” Bellon says. “And that’s just one example. Compare that with the minimal use of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and preservatives used by local farmers, and the benefits are clear.” Another advantage is that locally grown food tastes better and more robust because it has the opportunity to stay true to its season. What you find at a local farmer’s market was typically harvested within 24 hours of purchase. You can also find a wider variety of produce at your local farmers markets that aren’t sold at the supermarket level such as rainbows of heirloom tomatoes, for example, and many unique types of produce not sold in mass quantities in grocery stores. “Farmers markets are very kid-friendly, and offer a great opportunity to teach kids about healthy food choices,” adds Bellon. “Let your kids pick out something new to try. Then, let them have that as a special treat or help them prepare it as part of a family meal. This hand’s on approach teaches them to appreciate the benefits of fresh, natural foods.”

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Find a Farmers Market In Southwest Louisiana Lake Charles Cash & Carry Farmers Market Tuesdays, 4-6pm at 801 Enterprise Boulevard

Sulphur Farmers Market Heritage Square Saturdays, 8am-Noon at 923 Ruth Street

Charleston Farmers Market Thursdays, 3-7pm at Trinity Baptist Church (1800 Country Club Road) Saturdays, 8am-Noon at Historic City Hall (1001 Ryan Street)

DeRidder Farmers Market 200 South Jefferson Street 3rd Saturday of each month

Jennings Farmers Market Founder’s Park Saturdays, 7-10am at 341 North Main Street

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High School: Navigating the Challenging Teen Years by Erin Kelly

Stretching down the wayward hallways of high school is an abyss of confused independence, cliques, psychological warfare, competition, labels, hormones and conflicts that coalesce to create the tumultuous teenage years. Some make it through this journey unscathed. Most liken it to walking over a platform of broken glass in a desperate attempt to get to safety on the other side. But for all, it’s a necessary rite of passage that teaches us volumes about ourselves and the world. “One of the reasons the high school years are so challenging is because these are years of great change and uncertainty. You have this high school full of people who are going through the same thing—the struggle for independence, self-exploration, trying to understand who they are and who they want to be—and they’re all going through it in different ways. Throw in all the hormonal and emotional changes that take place at the same time, and you have an environment that’s certainly not for the faint of heart,” says licensed professional counselor Kendall LeJeune, MA, LPC, therapist with Solutions Counseling & EAP. According to LeJeune, teenagers often find themselves in a series of conflicting life situations: They crave independence, but have to depend on their parents. They long for their own identity, but want to fit in. They demand to be treated as adults, but don’t have a full understanding of adult responsibility. All these conflicting elements can create storms in a young adult’s life, one that’s further aggravated by a preoccupation with romance, peer pressure and the need to succeed. In addition to this firestorm, LeJeune notes that teenagers are quick to compare themselves to 10 www.thriveswla.com

others and place larger value on rewards rather than consequences, both of which can result in poor decisions and feelings of inferiority. “The teen years aren’t necessarily the hardest of a person’s life, but it can certainly feel that way, and for some, the teen years are a very marked experience that carries into adulthood,” LeJeune says. “The key to surviving high school is knowing what to expect, understanding why certain systems and dynamics exist, and finding out how you fit into it all.” Teenagers typically steer away from their parents during this period and focus more on the advice and guidance of their peers, but that doesn’t mean parents don’t have a voice. The best route a parent can take, according to LeJeune, is to treat their teenagers with respect, encourage them to embrace their individuality, allow them to explore the things that Thrive Magazine for Better Living

interest them, and provide a supportive and open household of communication. “Parents want what’s best for their kids, so it can be difficult when our children hit the teenage years and start making decisions on their own. Although it’s important for parents to keep their teens on the right track and hold them accountable for

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their choices, it’s also important that parents resist the urge to push their own agenda on their kids, especially teenagers who are searching for their own voice,” LeJeune says. “If your son wants to join the band instead of play football, he should feel comfortable voicing those feelings.” Because friends and peers play such a large role in a teenager’s life, it’s important for teens to make the right choices when they decide to nestle themselves into certain social groups. A poor choice of friends can have long-lasting and far-reaching consequences. “Social groups are the heartbeat of high school hierarchy. The need to fit in and feel a sense of ‘sameness’ while also embracing that much-needed individuality can create either a positive or negative dynamic,” LeJeune said. “If four friends are engaging in dangerous or risky behavior, it’s hard to be that fifth person who says, ‘No thanks.’ Your best bet is to find a group of friends who aren’t interested in those behaviors either.” The good news is, it can be easy to find friends of like-mind in high school. Look no further than clubs

and organizations. Are you artistic and creative? Join the art club. Love theatre? Sign up for drama. High schools typically offer everything from chess clubs to cheerleading. If you aren’t sure, schedule a visit with the high school guidance counselor. “Some teenagers are hesitant to join certain clubs or groups because they feel like they need to fit in with the so-called ‘popular crowd,’ but high school will be a long stretch of time if you aren’t embracing the things that truly interest you,” LeJeune says. “In the long run, teenagers—and adults, for that matter—are happier when they feel like they can be themselves.” High school can also be difficult because of the additional responsibilities faced by teenagers. They’re expected to go to school, do homework, get good grades, socialize, stay out of trouble, get a job and decide on a college or career path—all while learning about romance and relationships. Most teenagers respond to immediate risks and benefits, rather than thinking in the long-term. At this time of increased responsibility and awareness,

everything feels like a drama. A break-up can seem like the end of the world. “Parents can guide their teenagers through all this by being accessible and understanding—not by patronizing or dismissing their child’s emotions. As adults, we like to say things like, ‘Wait till you get out in the real world.’ But for teenagers, their world is very real,” LeJeune says. “Teenagers need to learn strong coping skills. One of the best ways to do this is to accept responsibility for their choices, have a good support system, and develop a strong sense of self.” Teenagers who don’t have a strong support system should seek one out. They may not want to reach out to adults, but it’s important not to suffer alone. “If you don’t want to talk to a guidance counselor, go to someone else you trust. A family friend, priest, preacher—someone,” LeJeune says. “Although it can be difficult to go through the hardships of high school, it’s important to remember that you will get through it, and come out better in the end.” by Lisa Addison

A Scholarship Guide for High School Seniors Okay, parents of high school seniors. We don’t have to tell you how fast this year is going to pass. Seniors are busy, but it’s up to you to make sure they take care of some important details now in order to improve their chances at getting those often-elusive college scholarships. Here are some tips you can share with them to jump start their efforts: • Think of applying for a scholarship as being similar to looking for a job which means that you should be cautious of what you post online, especially on Facebook and Twitter. Your message or photo lives on long after you’ve posted it. The way you present yourself is everything – even when it comes to applying for a scholarship. • Write a good essay. There may be thousands of students applying for the same scholarship and you want your essay to stand out, show your personality, and make a good impression.

• Apply for several scholarships because the more you apply for scholarships for which you are qualified, the greater your chances of winning one! • Contact the universities you want to attend because each school will have unique scholarship opportunities, deadlines and applications. There are many opportunities, but the cliché still stands - the early bird gets the worm. All scholarships aren’t based strictly on academics; some are for students who exhibit leadership or involvement in the community. • Consider specialty scholarships. Some of the larger retailers like Wal-Mart and others offer scholarships. There are also scholarships based on race, gender, academic interest and even geographic location.

• Make sure to apply for athletics or activities grants if you have a particular sport or talent. There may be money at your chosen school that fits your area of expertise, whether it’s athletics, music, art, theatre, etc. • Since many colleges and universities are affiliated with different churches, you should check with your church and prospective colleges for opportunities for faith-based scholarships. • Don’t be apprehensive about asking questions of your parents, teachers, principals, and especially your school counselors. Make an appointment with your school counselor and talk about all of your options. Call the college you want to attend as well. • Don’t forget this one last tip: There are no stupid questions.

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Carpet Cleaning Myths by Kristy Armand

Now that the kids are back in school, many parents are breathing a sigh of relief and getting back to a regular schedule. You may also find yourself looking around your home noticing that remnants of your summer fun are visible on your carpets. Ground-in dirt draws attention to high traffic areas and poorly cleaned spills spotlight problem areas. Ray Wright, owner of Rapid Response Restoration, says fall is a great time to have your carpets professionally cleaned. “We can accomplish two goals by cleaning carpets and floors during this time: repair the damage from summer and get homes ready for the holiday season.” Wright says there are several carpet cleaning myths that he and his staff of technicians hear frequently. He provides the real facts to help you care for this valuable part of your home’s interior: Myth: You should wait to have your carpet cleaned the first time, because it will never look the same again. Fact: Waiting for your carpet to be cleaned will do nothing but create possible health hazards and make the job harder for your carpet cleaner. As long as you choose a trained, qualified professional, your carpet should look better every time you have it cleaned. Myth: I only have to clean my carpet if it has been stained. Fact: The dirt and residue that builds up in your carpet over time is not always noticeable on the surface. It’s advisable to have your carpet cleaned at least once a year by a professional, especially if you have small children in the house.

Myth: Carpet cleaning may shrink my carpet. Fact: Your carpet will not shrink unless the cleaner leaves the carpet extremely wet. A professional cleaner will not allow this to happen. Myth: Cleaning your carpet often is bad for it. Fact: You can never clean your carpet too much. In fact, the more often you clean your carpet, the longer it will retain its original appearance. Proper cleaning protects your investment. Myth: All carpet cleaners are the same, so I should choose the cheapest one. Fact: Don’t hire a cleaner simply because their price is the lowest. A bad carpet-cleaning job can leave your carpet in worse condition than it was to begin with.

Myth: I don’t have to clean my carpet because it has built-in stain resistance. Fact: Although stain resistance will help with accidental spills, dirt still gets under the fibers. In addition, the stain resistance can wear away over time, especially in high traffic areas. A carpet cleaning specialist can re-apply stain resistance periodically as needed. Myth: I have my own carpet-cleaning machine, so I don’t need to hire a professional. Fact: Although having your own machine is useful for small stains and routine cleaning, most home machines don’t have the suction power professional machines do. A home machine can loosen the dirt, but the residue is not completely removed from the carpet itself.

For more information about professional carpet care and cleaning, call Rapid Response Restoration at (337) 477-8400 or visit www.rrrestore.com.

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Conquering your Dog’s

Storm Phobia by Katie Harrington

“Outside of the effect a nervous and anxious dog has on our mental state, storm phobia is a real threat to the safety of dogs,” says Dr. Jae Chang, a veterinarian with Farr Veterinary Hospital. “In addition to the psychological trauma, dogs are capable of causing physical harm not only to our homes, but to themselves.” Dr. Chang adds that it’s not uncommon to see a dog with fractured claws, lacerations, broken teeth and bruises following a storm-related anxiety attack. So, how do you handle a terrified dog? According to Dr. Chang, there are several things you can do to keep your dog calm when the next storm rolls through town. “If you can catch storm phobia early on in your dog’s life then you may be able to head off the worst of it,” Dr. Chang says. “Storm phobia is considered a progressive disease, so if you notice your puppy or young dog quakes at the mere sound of thunder, don’t ignore it. Each storm is likely to produce a more fearful reaction from your dog so work on heading it off early in their lives.” Dr. Chang cautions that one thing you shouldn’t do is punish your dog for their 14 www.thriveswla.com

behavior during a storm. “Many people say they don’t offer any consolation to their dog during this time because they don’t want to reinforce the negative behavior. The fears and anxiety your pet feels are not rational so if you punish them for it, you could only make it worse. Providing a positive, distracting stimulus is a better alternative.” If you are working with a puppy, offering treats and other good things before the storm phobia sets in can be helpful. Associating the loud booms of thunder with a treat can’t be a bad thing, right? Dr. Chang offers these additional tips to helping your petrified pet feel more at ease during a storm. Hide it out, in a crate. Hiding, as in a cave, is a natural protective instinct for an animal. Getting them used to a crate as a puppy can have a tremendous influence on how comfortable they are during times of anxiety and stress. Giving them a secure, comfortable place they can go when they are scared or unsure is an excellent approach.

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Get him away from the noise. Create a comfy place for their crate in a room that’s enclosed like a closet or bathroom. A white noise machine may also help in drowning out the sounds of the storm. Desensitize your pet. Playing a storm’s sound CD at a low volume when it’s not raining may help them become used to the sounds. Pair the CD with positive stimuli like petting, play and treats. Slowly increase the volume of the CD over the course of several weeks to complete this process. Finally, Dr. Chang says if you’ve tried all these and nothing is helping, seek advice from your veterinarian. “If a dog becomes so stressed out or scared during a storm that they are causing physical harm to themselves, you or your home, there are some safe medications that your veterinarian can prescribe. No one wants to medicate their pet unnecessarily, but if it means keeping them and you safe, then it is worth it.” For more information, call Farr Veterinary Hospital at (337) 474-1526 or visit www.farrvet.com.

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Hispanic influence can be found throughout Louisiana, thanks to being under Spanish rule in the late 1700s. Architectural influences, such as the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the rebuilt St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans (after the fire in 1788) are attributed to the Spanish culture. Many parishes and cities throughout Louisiana have Spanish origins. Creole foods are heavily influenced by the Hispanic culture, from how we mix rice into meat-based dishes such as jambalaya and gumbo, and of course, use a variety of spicy peppers and flavors. As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize their contributions and influences that are woven into our everyday lives.

by Erin Kelly In America, virtually every barrier to quality of life can be crossed with a form. There are application forms to get jobs, registration forms to go to school, medical forms to get treatment. There are forms to sign off on kids’ homework and forms to get a driver’s license or an apartment. The barriers are easily crossed for those who speak English, but for millions of immigrants who don’t, the barrier can seem like an uncrossable ocean.

For years, Sylvia Chaves Stelly has been their bridge. Stelly, the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, now lives in Southwest Louisiana, but as a girl she grew up in a starkly different world: Brooklyn, New York, where neighborhoods were packed with people from one end of the world to the other. “Growing up in Brooklyn, it didn’t matter if you were Hispanic, Caucasian, African American, Asian, Italian or Jewish -- we were all there to find a better life for our family,” Stelly said. “My father was no exception.”

Stelly’s father immigrated to New York at the age of 25 from his home in Isabela, Puerto Rico. He spoke no English, but managed to maintain two jobs to provide for his family, which included his wife and four children. While he went to work, Sylvia’s mother enrolled in ESL classes -- one of several vital services that Sylvia now provides at the La Familia Resource Center. The challenge of speaking English is an enormous obstacle for immigrants who want to reach their full

potential and productivity. Although La Familia serves clients from all backgrounds, 85 percent of those served are Hispanic, and accessing resources to meet their basic needs is a significant challenge. It was that unmet need that led to the founding of

Stelly’s father and mother.

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La Familia in the first place, Stelly noted. After relocating to Lake Charles in 2003, Stelly discovered that there were few resources to assist the small but growing Hispanic population in Southwest Louisiana. Stelly, who is trained as a registered nurse, started translating for Hispanic families in doctor’s offices, lawyer’s offices and schools. Five years later, she opened the official office to the non-profit organization it is today. La Familia provides services for ESL, citizenship, translation, and family and child advocacy. Through collaborative partnerships with local attorneys, the Center also offers assistance with immigration and interpretation services. According to Stelly, two of the greatest challenges faced by the agency are funding and awareness. “One of the main misconceptions that is faced at LFRC is that everyone Hispanic is illegal, which may not be the case,” Stelly said. “Many Hispanics have visas (and) green cards and some are US citizens. We are categorized into one big pot, where ‘Hispanic’ means ‘illegal.’” For Stelly, the greatest reward for the agency is when Stelly and her mother.

the cultural wedge is narrowed and clients get the services they need -- clients like Tania, a single mother of two teenage sons who moved to Lake Charles from Puerto Rico seven years ago. Tania quickly felt the brunt of a cultural divide. She didn’t speak English, didn’t drive or know how to use public transportation, and had two children she needed to get into school. For Tania, La Familia become a revolving door, with Stelly willingly at the helm. Stelly became a person she could trust in a strange new world. She also became the family’s advocate, serving as an interpreter

and intermediary. Not only did Stelly get Tania on the bus, she also assisted with jobs, found doctors for her children and sought housing for the family. With La Familia leading the charge, other agencies joined forces for Tania, as well -- the Social Security continued on p18

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Administration, Department of Social Services, Volunteers of America, and Beyond Words, for example. With the help of La Familia, Tania was able to find a job and settle more comfortably into her American life. For Stelly, that’s what it’s all about.

SERVICES OFFERED American Citizenship classes are offered to individuals who have the desire to become citizens of the United States of America. No fee for class. ESL (English as a Second Language) classes are scheduled every 10 weeks throughout the year. Mommy & Me: Where Learning Begins NOW prepares preschool children for entry into school. The program teaches the children the basics, ABC’s, numbers, colors, months, etc. No fee if parent is enrolled in ESL class. Prime Time: Family Reading Time is a bilingual reading program for children 5-12 years of age. Parents and children come together to listen to stories in English and Spanish. The primary focus is to facilitate the love of reading to children and families. The program is offered twice a year in the spring and fall. HOPE Tutoring Program was established to help K-12 students who struggle in reading & math. Spanish Cultural Summer Camp (ages 5-12) is offered to children so they can experience different cultures and Spanish through arts and crafts, music and storytelling.

VOLUNTEER La Familia Resource Center needs volunteers to help with afterschool tutoring programs, summer camps and reading programs.

DONATE You can make a tax-deductible contribution to La Familia Resource Center by visiting the agency website, lafamiliaresourcecenter. weebly.com, or you can mail a donation to 114 W. Clarence Street, Lake Charles 70601.

SUPPORT La Familia’s annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction fundraiser will be held on Friday, October 4, at L’Auberge Casino & Resort. Experience a New York Fashion Show in Southwest Louisiana with clothing provided by Dillard’s, Men’s Wearhouse and Frankie & Co. This is the agency’s only fundraiser, which supports the agency throughout the year. For more information on tickets or sponsorships, including silent auction donations, contact the agency at 312-2906. See additional details about the event on page 92.

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Louisiana’s rich tapestry is the result of a diverse mix of cultures, including the influence of Spain. Spain gained control of Louisiana after France relinquished her North American colonies. England gained the territory east of the Mississippi, with the exception of New Orleans, while lands to the west were given to Spain. The Louisiana colony remained under Spanish control from 1763-1800, when it was again returned to France. Spanish culture eventually intermingled with the existing French and Native American cultures; soon, to offset the needs of the colony with the small populations, other groups arrived at the colony. Louisiana’s diverse mix grew to include people from Haiti, Ireland, and the Canary Islands. Although Louisiana is most commonly associated with French culture, the Spanish left behind lasting, important legacies -- sugarcane, for example, was introduced by the Spanish. New Orleans architecture was rebuilt with a strong Spanish influence and the practice of Catholicism -- already a stronghold of the French predecessors -- maintained its strength.

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Hispanics constitute about 17 percent of the nation’s total population, with a current group of 53 million. The projected Hispanic population in the States in 2060 is 129 million -- 31 percent of the population. 65 percent of Hispanic people in the United States are of Mexican background. Another 9.4 percent are of Puerto Rican background, 3.8 percent Salvadoran, 3.6 percent Cuban, 3.0 percent Dominican and 2.3 percent Guatemalan. The remainder is of some other Central American, South American or other Hispanic/Latino origin. The state with the highest median age, 34, within the Hispanic population is Florida. More than half of the Hispanic population live in California, Florida, and Texas. The number of Hispanic family households in the United States in 2012 was 11.6 million. Thirty-six million U.S. residents ages 5 and older speak Spanish at home. This is a 117 percent increase since Source: U.S. Census Bureau 1990.

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A Sportsman’s by Katie Harrington

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When it comes to Southwest Louisiana’s great outdoors, it’s impossible to deny the appeal. There’s just something about watching a flock of geese lift off a pond, a bird floating through the air or an alligator gracefully slipping into the water. It’s often said that the serenity found when traveling the back roads, watching the sunrise over the marsh from a duck blind or hooking that last fish as the sun sets over the lake is like going to church. It’s like a siren song or a magnet is somehow constantly pulling us all to stop and look around at what Mother Nature has left for us to enjoy. But what is it that makes it so special? “You can say all kinds of things. I’ve never been able to explain why I like getting stuck in the marsh or falling into a canal while duck hunting and almost freezing to death,” says Monte Hurley, chairman of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road Board of Commissioners. “I’ve just always been drawn to it and I am still going out there at 75. There’s just a certain beauty to it that’s indescribable.”

Bobby Jorden, manager of Grosse Savanne Eco-Tours, and Doug Miller, land manager for Grosse Savanne, both agree that when it comes to hunting and fishing it’s all about the variety and numbers. “As far as the waterfowl and fishing is concerned, we are really kind of the mecca of the flyway. Southwest Louisiana is world-renowned as being a great spot for fishing and duck hunting,” Jorden says. “Calcasieu Lake is one of the more popular lakes in the country for speckled trout and red fishing.” Miller adds that our location in relation to the Mississippi River and limits on fish are key. “We’ve got very liberal limits on our fish compared to the rest of the country because this area is just so rich in aquatic life. We simply grow bigger and more red fish and we offer a ton of diversity. You can fish for both salt and fresh water fish, and hunt waterfowl, squirrel, deer and more, all within a 30 minute drive.”

Anne Klenke, director of adventure tourism for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, says the accessibility of our outdoors is key as well. “It’s so easy for anyone, whether you own a boat or not, to get out and enjoy the outdoors here. The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road offers numerous walkways and turn-offs and there are 26 miles of vehicleaccessible beaches spanning the Cameron coast line. They’re never crowded and it’s just a ‘reconnect-with-nature’ experience.” Our Sportsman’s Paradise, as this area is often called, pulls people from far and wide to enjoy its beautiful scenery. Whether it’s waterfowl hunting, fishing, birding or a leisurely walk along the beaches of the Gulf Coast, there’s a wide appeal that makes this a special place for just about anyone.

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Adventure is Calling It’s often said that the key to life is adventure and if you look hard enough, you can find it anywhere. Fortunately for those living where we do, the promise of an amazing outdoor adventure can always be found just up the road. Today, in addition to numerous hunting and fishing opportunities, there are many other ways to experience the outdoors. What is now called adventure tourism and recognized as one of the fastest growing travel sectors is nothing new for this area. The basis for adventure tourism in Southwest Louisiana dates back to the 1970s when a group of visionary business men decided to give travelers along the newly completed Interstate 10 a reason to stop and explore the community. “Texas had just completed some trails of their own. Our guys were pretty impressed with them and thought it might be a good idea to have something like that here,” says Monte Hurley, chairman of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road Board of Commissioners. “Several of these men loved to hunt and fish and figured it would be nice to share this with the travelers. They formed a committee from the Chamber of Commerce and created the Creole Nature Trail.” Hurley says he never really found out how they came up with the name, but became involved with

the group when he was serving on the board of directors for the convention and visitors bureau. “The bureau was promoting it and I really enjoyed that. We ended up really going to bat for it and securing the National Scenic Byway designation.” The early promoters of the trail knew if they wanted to garner some recognition for it then they needed a mechanism to oversee it. They successfully lobbied the state legislature and a board of commissioners was created. “We took on the philosophy that if you have something valuable and you don’t share it, you’ll lose it,” adds Hurley. “If you share it, it will continue to grow and be valuable.” And share they have. The Trail is recognized worldwide because of the wetlands. The wetlands along the Gulf Coast produce roughly 80 to 90 percent of the aquatic life in the Gulf and a big part of that comes out the section just off the Cameron coast. They are an incubator for all sorts of species and they serve as a shock absorber, protecting inland areas from devastating storm surges.

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In addition to helping put Southwest Louisiana on the map, the Creole Nature Trail has also helped to spin off a number of other projects. “We love to see these companies and people stepping up and becoming entrepreneurs, taking advantage of this great lake and the amazing outdoor opportunities,” says Anne Klenke, adventure tourism director for the Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are so lucky to have this here. We take it for granted that within 15 minutes you can be out your front door and saltwater fishing.” The variety of species that can be hunted and fished, as well as the vast number of bird species known to frequent this area are critical to the success of Southwest Louisiana’s outdoor adventures. “The large variety of fish caught here is important. This and the accessibility of the waterways is why some of the bigger charters pick this area to hunt and fish,” Klenke adds. “It’s important for the everyday guy too, though. They can literally walk

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right up to the water in many places and cast a line.” Both Klenke and Hurley point out that being close to a major metropolitan area is a huge part of our area’s appeal to outdoor enthusiasts. They say it’s the package deal of being able to catch fish or hunt while experiencing the history and charm of Southwest Louisiana that draws visitors. The efforts of a community that is proud of its waterways are paying off, according to Klenke. “For a long time we’ve not had the opportunity to get out on the lake if you didn’t personally own a boat. Now, there are more and more opportunities. The community is working really hard to keep their children here. It’s a quality of life thing.” For more information on adventure tourism opportunities in the area, visit www.creolenaturetrail.org or www.visitlakecharles.org/ outdooradventures.

Southwest Louisiana Outdoor Adventures The hunting and fishing opportunities are endless in Southwest Louisiana. That’s nothing new, but several new but several new businesses that cater to those who love the outdoors have opened recently. Here’s a run-down of some great outdoor adventures waiting for you.

Grosse Savanne Eco-Tours 358 Chalkley Road, Bell City | (337) 310-4260 www.grossesavanne-ecotours.com Located along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, this tour offers a great opportunity to see bird rookeries, alligators, turtles and more. Book a general marsh boat tour, a birding/nature tour, a photography blind or customize your own tour. Times range from two hours to half or full days.

River Less Paddled 3823 Ryan Street, Lake Charles | (337) 478-8316 www.facebook.com/riverlesspaddled This full service paddle shop offers touring, fishing and whitewater kayaks and accessories. They are the only whitewater outfitter in the state and offer kayak classes taught by a certified American Canoe Association instructor.

Redneck Yacht Rentals 1201 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles www.facebook.com/RedneckYachtRentalsLlc Lake Charles’ one and only pontoon boat rental company offers the excitement of boating with family and friends, without the hassle of owning a boat. Take a cruise down one of the many rivers in the area, or enjoy a relaxing day on the lake.

Paddle Up Lake Charles PO Box 4521, Lake Charles | (337) 240-8743 | www.paddleuplc.com This original, locally owned company focuses on the stand up paddle boarding experience. They offer many ways to get others involved with this physically invigorating sport and the opportunity to get out and experience the beauty that Southwest Louisiana has to offer.

Lloyd’s Country Store Kayak Rentals photo courtesy of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

318 Phillips Road, Westlake | (337) 540-3925 After visiting the old time country store on the first and third Saturdays of each month, rent a kayak and set sail on the Calcasieu River. Rentals are available from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily but be sure to call ahead and reserve your kayak.

Airboats and Alligators 1151 Oak Grove Highway, Grand Chenier | (337) 274-2395 This windblown adventure will certainly cure your adventure craving. Take an hour long tour out into the Southwest Louisiana marsh. The ride itself is about 30 minutes long and the alligator encounter is an additional 30 minutes. Appointments are required and tours start on the hour.

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In addition to these great private tours and adventures, there’s a great way to have your own tour guide of the Creole Nature Trail services AllAmerican Road. GPS units are available for free check out at the Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau or you can download the free app to your phone or device that will guide you along the Trail, explaining various points of interest along the way. For more information, visit www.creolenaturetrail.org or www.visitlakecharles.org/outdooradventures.

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on the Wild Side The calls of a myriad of birds mix, mingle and echo over the marshland as the boat slowly drifts through the water. Roseate spoonbills, herons and ibis all squawk and clamor for attention. Alligators glide along, in no particular hurry, and the croaking frogs hidden along the banks make their presence known as well. These are just some of the sights and sounds experienced on the new eco-tours being offered by Grosse Savanne Eco-tours.

This scenic marsh is just a small part of a 50,000-acre land holding.

Grosse Savanne Hunting and Fishing Lodge has been offering the ultimate in hunting and fishing adventures for more than a decade, but the owners of its parent company Sweet Lake Land and Oil Company, Laura and Buddy Leach, have always dreamed about running an eco-tour division. Their dream became a reality at the beginning of this year and they are hoping to attract a whole new demographic to their marshes. “The lodge has always been a favorite for corporate groups, but this new ecotourism branch is really appealing to a new group of people,” says Bobby Jorden, wildlife biologist and manager of Grosse Savanne Eco-tours. “It’s reaching out to your everyday tourist and families. It’s a way for them to get off the road, get in a boat and go exploring.”

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With so much success from the lodge over the years, many may wonder about the reasoning behind the new division. According to Jorden, it’s about more than just a new business venture. “We have such a large land holding. With more than 50,000 acres in this centrally located area, you have to be cognizant of land use practices. When you have this much land, you have to keep it in production to keep it biologically fertile. Grazing cattle, growing crops and building and maintaining wetlands are just some of the ways we can keep the land useful for wildlife.” Jorden says they are also hoping to raise awareness of local ecosystems. “We really want to shine a light on what we have and some of the issues we face with coastal erosion and wetland loss.

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Sportsman’s Paradise By bringing people out on these tours, we can show them first-hand the wildlife value of these lands. This is such a biologically diverse area. With more than 400 species of birds migrating to and through here each year, it’s a birding paradise.” It is said that Louisiana loses a land area the size of Rhode Island each year, land that the state can’t afford to let go of. Raising awareness of the need to protect and restore the land is key considering this type of land provides protection from storm surges and natural water filtration. The main area being used for the tours was actually a rice farm in the 1980s and is classified as marshland/wetland. In the summer of 2009, the project got underway when workers began building the perimeter levees, digging canals and installing water control structures. Once this

was complete, they flooded the area to create a permanent freshwater wetland. By 2012 the water levels were where they needed to be. “It’s been highly productive from a biological standpoint,” Jorden adds. “Birds, alligators, you name it, we’ve seen it out here.” Jorden goes on to say that the implications for conservation have been nothing short of amazing. “We took a marshland/wetland area with very little wildlife value and turned it into something we can sustain. Several species of birds now have rookeries out here and we’ve even stocked it with several types of perch as well as largemouth bass.” Although they rely on naturally occurring rainfall to keep the water levels up, there are deep water wells in place so water can be pumped in to preserve the fish population if needed. Jorden, a native of Lafayette who grew up hunting waterfowl in Cameron Parish and graduated from McNeese, says he has a vested interest in seeing this new venture succeed. “I am a huge waterfowl aficionado so there is a special place in my heart that drives me to want to protect these

areas. This is a dream opportunity. I ride around out here daily, working this land and I never see the same thing twice. There is so much value in these wetlands and we really want people to experience them so they will realize that places like this still exist, right here in our own backyard.” For more information on the types of tours available, visit www.grossesavanne-ecotours.com or call (337) 310-4260.

Several species of birds are now living in active rookeries. They can easily be spotted along the tour.

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Booking a Tour All of the tours offered by Gross Savanne Eco-Tours are customized according to your area of interest. It’s a small group experience with a maximum of four people allowed per guide. • Two Hour Package: $75 per person with a minimum of two people. • Half Day Tour: $125 per person with a minimum of two people. Lasts approximately four hours. • Full Day Tour: $200 per person with a minimum of two people. Lasts six to eight hours. Be sure to bring your sunscreen, bug spray, clothes to fit the season and of course, your camera, binoculars and bird guide book.

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Heard has a lot of irons in the fire. He’s a marine reservist, a graduate student working on his PhD in health sciences, owner of Next Generation Fitness and one of the faces of Faulk Game Calls. While all of these are important to him, Faulk Game Calls has sentimental value tied to it. It’s the business his great-grandfather Clarence “Patin” Faulk started in 1951 and the business his grandfather, “Dud” Faulk built into what it is today. Your great grandfather started this business in 1951. Tell me a little more about the drive behind this operation. My great grandfather, Patin Faulk started all this in the 1940s and my grandpa helped him out when he was in high school. When my grandpa got back from the Navy, they expanded the line to include more than just duck calls so we’d have a full line of calls. My grandpa started out working at Cities Services Refinery and doing this part time. He realized he could make a lot more money making duck calls, so he quit his is refinery job and expanded the duck call business. We started with one little room and have grown over the years. What drove your family to enter the duck call business? My great grandfather was a hunter and trapper out of Cameron Parish who also guided. We’ve got old pictures of him with groups of people going out on hunts with him. My grandfather grew up around all of this. His favorite thing was to go sit in the duck blind. Expanding this business gave him the means to do what he truly loved. Just watching this process for a few minutes, it’s easy to see there is a real craft to making these calls. How long have these employees been making calls for you? How many of your family members are still involved? We have one who has been with us for just two years, but we have two others who have been with us for decades; one for 30 years and the other for 44 years. My grandma, Rena, still comes to work every day. My aunt handles some of the administration stuff and my brother and I work on the marketing side of things. I am a big duck hunter down here so I do a lot of the conventions and other local events.

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Located on 18th Street in midtown Lake Charles, you have to know what you’re looking for to find this gem in the rough. Each day four full-time employees and one part-time employee work to create duck calls known internationally for their quality and craftsmanship. Thrive recently visited with Heard, a fourth generation member of the Faulk Game Calls legacy, and learned that there’s a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to creating this valuable hunting tool.

There are a lot of duck calls in this building. Where are they all going? We sell a lot of calls every year and ship them everywhere around the world. We send them to China, the Scandinavian Provence, Russia, Canada, Mexico and all over the United States. How long does it take to make one call? Describe the process. It takes at least a couple of weeks from start to finish. We start with dowel rods in different sizes and you have the big ends and little ends. Using a band saw that is set up for different patterns depending on the type of call we are making, we cut down the rod down to the correct length. From there we use a specially made drill press for the next step. My grandfather actually flew to a machine shop located in Detroit in the 1960s or ‘70s and told them what he wanted this machine to do and they built it for him. This drill press hollows out the barrel. After this, you use the lathe to create the shape you see. Once that is done, you sand them down, stain them, buff them and then clear coat them. After all this is done, we are ready to put the guts inside of them. The trough, the reed and the wedge are placed inside.

Heard tunes a completed duck call.

What affects the sound each call makes? The trough length, wedge and type of reed you use all affect the sound. There are some tricks we use to produce certain sounds. continued on p34

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Sportsman’s Paradise Are they top secret? Yes, they are secrets of our craft. It’s a combination of where you put the trough, the reed and the wedge. This affects the tone you get. Different calls have different reeds in them. Some have single reeds and some have double reeds. Hunters who tend to blow hard on their calls prefer a double reed because you have to blow harder to produce the sound. When ducks are getting real close, we have what is called a “finisher call”. It’s not quite as loud because as the ducks are closing in, if you start wailing on a duck call, you’ll scare them off. The finisher call allows you to create a few soft quacks which helps bring them in.

Is there a certain time of year that you are busier than others? During the spring we work to build up our inventory for the fall. Dealers and wholesalers buy their stock for the year during the summer so we need to be prepared for that. We try to mass produce each particular call because it takes a lot of time to switch between the different patterns in the lathe. It requires us to shut down production. We’ve talked about the craftsmanship involved and the fact that each call is still hand produced, hand cut and hand turned down. How are

technological advances playing into the business? What’s on the horizon? The fourth generation has really banded together to bring the business into the online arena. We’ve got a Facebook page and a website now. You can actually buy the calls online. We are involved in Ducks Unlimited; my grandpa was part of the first chapter. We are getting involved in the calling competitions again as well. In fact, one of our employees, John, won the Gueydan Duck Festival calling competition a year ago.

Going On The Call of the Wild In addition to duck calls, Faulk Game Calls sells a full line of calls devoted to attracting different species of waterfowl like blue winged teal, mallard and pintail. One call that is a specialty call made just for Southwest Louisiana is what Heard refers to as the “black label call”. “When the birds in area marshes lift out of the rice fields it is said that they have a gargling sound to the quack,” says Heard. “It’s almost as if they have some of the rice they were eating in still in their throats.” This call was developed by Heard’s grandfather to recreate this sound. It is made out of bamboo. Faulk Game Calls are available for purchase locally at Ship to Shore on Lake Street in Lake Charles. or you can purchase them online at www.faulkcalls.com.

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Always Aim for Safety

by Katie Harrington

Since states began requiring hunters to complete state-approved hunter education courses, there has been a tremendous decline in the number of hunting-related incidents across the United States, according to Mason Lindsay, spokesperson with the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. “As a result, hunting is now ranked as one of the safest outdoor sports.” He says that currently, in the state of Louisiana, all hunters born after Sept. 1, 1969, must take and pass the course before they can legally hunt. Once the hunter safety license is acquired, it is good in other states with mandatory hunter education requirements. Several options are available for those wishing to meet this requirement. The website hunter-ed.com offers a Louisiana state-approved online course that allows hunters to complete the classroom requirement in only a few hours. Hunters pay only $15 once they pass the test. Aspiring hunters must be at least 10 years old to take the online course. After successfully completing the online course, hunters must attend a Hunter Education Field Day conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. It is here that they will complete a fire arms handling and field course as well as a second written exam. Information as well as dates of 36 www.thriveswla.com

Each year, more than 270,000 hunters take to the Louisiana rice fields, marshland and woods before dawn to hunt everything from deer to waterfowl, hoping to head home with their family’s next meal before the day is out. These trips can be a time of great fun and adventure, but can also be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken.

upcoming Field Days is available at www.wlf.louisiana.gov. For hunters who have already met their safety course requirements, here are some timely reminders to follow the next time you head out to the blind this fall. • Every time you see a gun, pick up a gun or point a gun, assume that it’s loaded. • Make sure your safety is always on and that the barrel is pointing down when you are walking with or transporting your gun. • Be certain of your target before you take your shot. Never shoot at a sound or movement, and be sure that when you do shoot that it is at an animal and not a human and that there are no people anywhere near the targeted animal. • Wear the required amount of orange so that you don’t become another hunter’s target. • Make sure all animals are dead before you pick them up or strap them onto your vehicle. • Do not bring small children out on a hunt. • Stay sober and do not take any medication that could affect your mental clarity before or during a hunt.

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• Look well beyond your target before you shoot, as high-powered ammunition can travel up to a mile. • Hunt with a buddy. If you can’t hunt with a buddy, make sure that someone knows where you are, and a time to expect you back. • Do not climb up or down a tree or over a fence with a loaded gun. Instead, hand your gun to a hunting partner with the safety on and allow them to hand it back to you when you are in position. • If using a tree stand to hunt, wear a safety belt. • Before you begin the hunting season and before you use any new or borrowed equipment, make sure you are comfortable with it and that it is working properly. • When the gun is not in your hands, you must still think of safety: –­Store and transport ammunition separately from your guns. – ­Keep both your guns and your ammunition under lock and key.

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Before you head out on your great hunting or fishing expedition, be sure to check with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for important regulations regarding seasons and limits on your catch. Complete information is available at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, but here is a quick run-down of some of the major hunting seasons this year. WEfor ARE




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by Katie Harrington

Capturing the Great Outdoors They say a picture is worth a thousand words and it may be worth even more when it comes to proving your tale of the one that jumped off your hook or escaped your expert aim. But, capturing the memories of your latest outdoor adventure often requires a little more skill than taking snap shots at a family gathering or weekend sporting event. Local photographer Victor Monsour has been capturing memories for many Southwest Louisiana residents for decades. He says the biggest thing to consider when photographing the great outdoors is preparation. “You have to be ready for a lot of things since you can’t control your environment. You may be faced with muggy weather, a fogged up lens or an afternoon thunderstorm. You have to have a solution for how to keep your equipment dry.” When snapping pictures of a hunting trip from your blind, there are some extra special considerations to make. “In addition to having your equipment ready, you have to be aware of what everyone else is doing in the blind,” Monsour says. “You need to know who’s shooting and in which direction so you don’t end up in the line of fire.” Monsour also adds to be on the lookout for snakes and other creatures, especially when photographing from a blind. “You always want to check the blind before you crawl in. On one shoot, as we approached the blind, we heard some hissing noises. We found a four-foot alligator in there!”

It’s also important to carry large capacity memory cards and extra batteries. “If it’s cold outside, you are going lose battery power more quickly,” adds Monsour. “It’s important to carry these items in a sealed, Ziploc bag to keep them protected from the elements.” As far as the best weather conditions for photography, Monsour’s advice might surprise you. “Some think the best days are sunny days but I personally think there are opportunities in every condition. Sometimes an overcast sky offers an alternate view on the environment.” Finally, if you are aiming to capture a fishing expedition and actually want to photograph fish on the line, you need to learn a little about tides. “It’s important to know the tidal schedules because this is how you can gauge when the fish will be biting,” says Monsour.


For more information, visit www.monsoursphotography.com or call (337) 433-2333.

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The early morning, the quietness of waiting, the adrenaline rush – it’s the thrill of the hunt! Whether you’ve had your eye on a new gun, are ready to escape on a well-deserved hunting trip or just need to replenish your gear, First National Bank DeRidder is your source so you’re ready for the big game. Call or stop by today for details.

A&E’s hit show, Duck Dynasty—a weekly television obsession for many viewers in Southwest Louisiana and throughout the nation—drew in 11.8 million spectators during the Season 4 premiere in mid-August. America’s most recognizable family is back for another round of funny, functional and family-filled shenanigans at the office, and in the great outdoors. The Robertson family owns and operates Duck Commander, a West Monroe-based company which produces duck calls and other hunting related merchandise. The business was founded by the show’s patriarch figure, Phil Robertson, a former Louisiana Tech star quarterback and duck hunting junky. Phil began his business in a dilapidated shed, where he spent 25 years making hand crafted duck calls from Louisiana cedar trees. Now, a multimillion dollar company, the Duck Commander business is the foundation for one of A&E television network’s most successful shows. Weekly episodes are fueled by Willie’s daily CEO management and his growing business ideas, Phil’s fatherly advice, Mrs. Kay’s delicious recipes, Uncle Si’s oddball philosophies and Jase’s endless need to hunt, fish, and rib his brothers. The Robertson’s are the family that works together, plays together, prays together and of course, eats together. This family’s unique brand of downhome practicality, southern charm, deep-rooted Christian values and sharp sense of humor leave Duck Dynasty fans wanting more week after week. Tune in Wednesdays at 10/9 p.m. central on A&E.

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The Dirty Dozen

by Kristy Armand

Avoid these 12 Common Money Mistakes All of us are guilty of a few bad financial habits, and rarely is any one of these serious enough lead to financial ruin – on its own. Combine two or more of these over time and you could be looking at a much bigger problem. The good news is that some of the most frequently made missteps are also the most preventable, according to Jeff Mancuso, Senior Vice President & Senior Lending Officer with Lakeside Bank. “When you get right down to it, most people have similar goals in mind when it comes to money. We all want to be sure we have enough money to take care of ourselves and our families without having to worry about our future financial security. But in reality, many people are making money mistakes that prevent them from using their money the way they would hope. From not planning for emergencies to careless habits that make their accounts vulnerable, the risks people take with their finances are alarming.” He provides the following examples of common financial mistakes and steps to take to avoid them:


Paying too many bank fees.

In the aftermath of the recent recession, many banks have added new fees to make up for losses. Small increases to overdraft, ATM, checking and loan services can add really add up each month if you are not careful. It’s important to shop around when choosing a bank and ask questions about potentially hidden fees. Also, be sure to ready every piece of correspondence you receive from your bank and read the fine print as well.


Spending a lot on items you don’t need.

It’s very easy to nickel-and-dime your way to the poor house without even realizing it. To avoid this, keep track of what you spend your cash on for a week (including the latte on your way to work, the money you give the kids for movies and that smoothie you bought at the gym). After a few weeks, you’ll be able to see where the money is going and eliminate any unnecessary spending you identify.

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Borrowing to buy things that lose value.

A good debt is something that will help you build wealth over time, such as a loan to go back to school or a home mortgage. Bad debt is the kind that you accumulate by financing purchases things like vehicles, furniture, appliances, technology – things that quickly lose value. Paying interest means getting hit twice, first by the value loss and then by finance charges. Use cash whenever possible, and if you do finance, pay off as quickly as possible.


Carrying credit card debt.

This has become such a widespread habit that many people don’t even think twice about having a stack of credit card bills to pay each month. It’s a big mistake to use a credit card for everyday items such as groceries, clothing or gas if you are not going to pay the full balance off right away. You’ll end up paying way more than these items are worth in interest fees over time. Other tips: shop around for low-interest-rate cards, don’t carry a lot of credit cards with you and restrict credit card use for emergency situations.


Being careless with your financial information.

Identity theft is rampant, so protect your personal identification information in all situations. You should not carry your social security number, ATM passwords, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, or any other personal, financial information with you, or within an easily accessible devise such as a computer or smart phone. . Those numbers are all a thief needs to access your account and steal not only your money, but your identity, which enables them to do far more damage to your finances if they secure additional credit in your name.

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Not having a plan.

Many people procrastinate when it comes to finances, but study after study has found that planning is associated with wealth accumulation. Develop a plan for budgeting, credit use and for saving money for emergencies and other long-term goals, and you are much more likely to be successful.


Paying full price.

This can be a big drain on your finances. In today’s digital age there are many tools available to help consumers make better buying decisions. The asking price is rarely what you have to pay when it comes to many goods, and especially services. If you aren’t inquiring about discounts, researching coupons, checking sales promotions or negotiating for a better prices, you won’t get them.


Paying late fees.

Late fees not only add to expenses, they can negatively impact your credit score. Many people pay late fees simply because they forget the due date, not because they don’t have the money to pay them. Technology has made this an easy fix. Set up automatic payments with the lender or with your bank’s online banking system.


Not checking your credit score.

Potential lenders could have a much different picture of you than you think, and if they erroneously think you’re high-risk, they’ll charge you more to borrow. Checking your credit report is a simple process: request a free credit report online from one of the three credit rating agencies — Equifax, Experian, or Transunion. Each is required to provide you with a free report once a year. Flag any errors or unexpected changes to your September 2013

report and file any discrepancies to the credit rating agencies. A few months later, check again using another of the agencies to make sure any mistakes have been corrected.


Saving whatever is left at the end of the month.

“If you do that, don’t be surprised when there isn’t anything left to save,” says Mancuso. “Instead, have your savings automatically set aside before you even have a chance to spend it.” The easiest way to do that is in your employer’s retirement plan if this option is available. The same is true for medical expenses and dependent care if you’re eligible for an FSA or HSA. You can also have money automatically transferred from your checking account to savings or investment accounts.


Wasting a windfall.

late payments are made, both individuals’ credit reports are negatively affected. Keep an eye on any account with your name on it, and talk with your spouse if problems arise.

Getting a big lump sum of money is exciting, and all too easy to blow. Many people get this opportunity every year with tax refunds, which averaged nearly $3000 for 2012. If you’re lucky enough to get a refund, an inheritance, a year-end bonus, or any unexpected lump sum of money, don’t make an impulsive purchase. Use this as an opportunity to pay down debt or build up your savings.


“Mistakes like these can derail the plans you have for your money,” says Mancuso “It takes awareness and discipline to achieve your financial goals, and to ensure that you aren’t putting your future at risk with poor money habits today.” For more information about sound money management, call Lakeside Bank at (337) 474-3766 or visit www.lakesidebanking.com.

Not paying attention to joint accounts.

If you and your spouse open joint credit accounts, you are both responsible – either jointly or individually – for any debts. So if your partner charges a huge debt, then can’t pay it off, you are still responsible. Likewise, if

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Do you need a

Digital Detox?

by Kristy Armand

Labor Day weekend just passed and with it the last vacation opportunity for many people until the end-of-the-year holiday season. The three-day weekend would seem like an ideal time to take a break, but many people did not, because even on a vacation, getting away from it all is becoming more and more difficult. Our ability to disconnect and relax is under assault by the very technology and tools created to make our lives easier.

“A three-day weekend? Most Americans can’t get through three waking hours without working,” says psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer Jr, New York Times bestselling author and expert contributor to numerous national news media. “With laptops, smartphones and tablets, we are more connected than ever before, even when we’re trying to unplug.” Technology has enabled us to be immediately accessible – whether we are officially ‘at work’ or not. “The standard of an 8-hour work day with weekends off that held firm for a century may have wavered with the introduction of pagers, mobile phones, the internet and portable computers over the past few decades,” says Dr. Archer, “but it’s safe

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to say that that the smart phone has succeeded where other technology failed – and it only took about three years. Now we’re on, all the time.” New research from Harris Interactive shows that the average smartphone user checks his or her device 150 times per day, or about once every six minutes. A new survey just released by cloud-based networking company Pertino found that nearly 60 percent of U.S. employees check email regularly while they are on vacation. Dr. Archer says there’s plenty of debate among economists and psychologists over whether the economy is to blame, or whether we did this to ourselves. “Workers competing for too few jobs feel

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like they need to go above and beyond the norm to demonstrate their commitment, and responding quickly even during time off is one way they are able to do this. Technology itself has made this easy, and once you get in the habit of staying connected – checking and responding – it’s a tough one to break.” But we do need a break. “At some point, employees need permission to turn off the work emai and relax while they’re on vacation,” says Dr. Archer. “Vacations help us recharge, allowing us to be more efficient when we return. Unfortunately, too many of the vacations people take these days aren’t vacations at all. Two or three days away from

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work are not enough time to unwind, especially if you are working during your time off.” The news is not all bad, however. The study from Pertino found that almost half of the 1000 workers surveyed say they feel less stress on vacation if they can stay in touch digitally with the office while they are away. They are able to keep up with what it going on, worry less, and return to less accumulated work, messages and unresolved issues. “This is a great example of how to balance digital connectivity with the need to recharge. For some people, being able to check in makes it easier to check out, and they are able to enjoy their vacation more if they use technology in this way. If you are one of these people, be sure to have some guidelines to keep the time you spend on work during a vacation as minimal as possible. For example, have a set time each day to check and respond to emails, texts and phone calls.” If you’re finding it really difficult to disconnect, there are new retreat services that can help you,

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like The Digital Detox and Tech Sabbath, getaway services that offer technology-free living. There are software programs and apps that turn your devices off for pre-set amounts of time if you don’t have the discipline to do it yourself. There’s even a National Day of Unplugging planned for next spring. Dr. Archer says there’s really no need to be too extreme on this issue. “This technology is here to stay and offers many, many benefits that make our lives easier, but just like everything else, moderation is the key to using it most effectively. Most people can find the will power to disconnect from devices and work, and reconnect to the people and activities they enjoy in order to recharge before diving back into work again. After all, the sun will still rise, whether you’ve checked your email or not.”

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Lake Charles Artist, Nancy Melton will host one of three art exhibits going on display October 18 - December 28 at the

Historic City Hall • 1001 Ryan Street Opening reception will take place

October 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Save the Date!

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$200,000 Rapid Response Grant Boosts Aviation Technology Program at SOWELA by Randy Jolly

SOWELA Technical Community College was awarded a $200,000 Rapid Response grant from the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). The grant will expand training opportunities in the College’s aviation maintenance field. News of the grant award follows the recent announcement by Governor Jindal of hundreds of new aviation maintenance jobs being created in Lake Charles by the arrival of AAR and an investment of $3.7 million to create a center of excellence in aviation training at SOWELA. The grant will accelerate SOWELA’s hiring of additional instructors for its Aviation Technology program and upgrade facilities to better accommodate the training of aviation mechanics to become FAA certified. “The recent news of the expansion at Chennault International Airport means that work in the aviation maintenance field is clearly on the rise,” said Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Chancellor of SOWELA, “The Rapid Response grant will help SOWELA remain the workforce solution for this rapidly growing industry in southwest Louisiana.” “The grant will help sustain our Aviation Maintenance Technology program over the long haul and help the College produce and ever

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increasing number of licensed airframe and power plant aircraft mechanics,” stated Dr. Rick Bateman, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success. Northrop Grumman and a host of other area aviation companies already employ SOWELA graduates and with the arrival of AAR, the need for highly skilled employees will be even greater. According to Dr. Joe Fleishman, Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development, the many baby boomers that are retiring from the aviation industry is creating new opportunities for SOWELA students to enter the aviation technology field immediately upon completion of their studies. SOWELA Technical Community College is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. It is based in Lake Charles and also operates the Morgan Smith facility in Jennings. SOWELA in 2013 is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of career and technical education in the area. For more information about SOWELA and its programs, visit www.sowela.edu.

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College Freshmen: Easy Targets for Credit Card Offers by Erin Kelly

There are certain rites of passage when you enter into college. You get to create your own schedule. Meet new people. Join clubs. And another temptation heads your way, as well—credit card offers. Lots of them. Because creditors know that when you’re a college freshman, you probably don’t have much money and you’ll probably be more apt to spend freely, especially when you’ve got a piece of plastic in your hand instead of a wad of cash. Many young people venture out into the world knowing little about money management. It’s one of those lessons that sometimes fall by the wayside when parents are focused on a mountain of other things, like school, peer pressure, driver’s licenses, homework, and the thousands of other responsibilities that come with good parenting. Unfortunately, lack of money management know-how makes young adults ideal targets for credit card offers. “At one time or another, most of us have been tempted to sign on to a credit card. It’s easy to view it as free money – until the bill shows up,” says Justin Holt, senior vice president and chief lending officer with First National Bank DeRidder. “College students are in a vulnerable position, which is why they get so many offers. They have limited access to funds, but there are lots of things they need and even more things that they want. Credit cards give consumers the opportunity to spend more than what they have and worry about it later. But as we all know, later comes pretty quickly and with a vengeance, typically carrying a hefty interest rate price tag.” That said, credit cards themselves aren’t inherently bad, according to Holt. They just have to be managed properly, as with anything else. Credit cards can actually be used to a consumer’s advantage. Used properly, credit cards can do wonders to beef-up a credit score. “The secret to getting the most out of your credit card is to pay on time and never max out the balance,” Holt said. “When you pay your bills on time and leave much of the balance unspent, it shows restrain and responsibility, which are good for your credit score, and when you have a good credit score, your road ahead will be much easier as you purchase big-ticket items like cars or a house.”

As the credit offers come pouring in, make sure you compare each of them before signing on. Look for the lowest interest rate. Don’t be fooled by enticing introductory offers. Some creditors may offer zero-percent interest for the first six months, but after the six-month waiting period, the rate skyrockets. Also: Never use the credit card as a way to get cash. Most cards offer the option of going to the ATM and withdrawing cash against the balance, but the fees are typically very high. This activity also encourages the very bad habit of living beyond your means. “The quicker you learn to live within your means, the happier you’ll be,” he said. Once you get the plastic, keep yourself in check. Remember, interest rates make all the difference in the world. Those fortydollar jeans could easily end up costing you more than $100, when all is said and done. “When all the fees are processed, it could theoretically take years to pay off a small amount, like $1,000,” Holt said. “Which is why you should pay as much as you possibly can each month, not just the minimum balance due.”

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Fusion Five|Fusing the Social & Professional Landscape by Haley Armand

Picture Southwest Louisiana 10 years from now. Who do you see? Will the young professionals of today be ready to assume leadership roles and build on the current foundation of economic development to keep our community thriving? Ask any member of Fusion Five, a young professionals’ organization making a positive impact on SWLA through connections and development, and the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Fusion Five, an affiliate of the Chamber SWLA, fills the need for a Young Professionals Organization (YPO) in the region. All across America, YPOs are running entrepreneurial projects, increasing awareness and providing professionals with a voice in their community. Fusion Five has been actively serving the five-parish area—Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis for six years. Fusion Five is focused on establishing strong connections both personally and professionally in the community. It consists of a diverse network of members that connects individuals to exchange ideas, pursue learning and share strategies to achieve personal and professional growth success while improving the community in which they live and work. These 21-45 year olds are fostering meaningful, long-term relationships with area businesses by aligning with 46 www.thriveswla.com

area professionals and non-profit organizations that share their mission and vision for SWLA. “We all share a strong sense of pride and ownership for SWLA and its future,” said Ashli Waldrep, Fusion Five vice president. “We want people to enjoy being a part of all that SWLA has to offer.” The next generation of leaders will require a shrewd business sense and creativity. “Fusion Five has built an awareness in the community that the young professionals here have the skills and abilities to make SWLA everything it deserves to be,” said Brandon Kirk Eidson, Fusion Five president.

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Leadership development is established through active participation in opportunities to help improve the community. Fusion Five aims to foster awareness about SWLA through knowledge of public affairs and community problems. “We want to empower young professionals to voice their opinions, concerns and solutions for the issues affecting our community,” said Eidson. “Fusion Five is focused on improving our members professional lives by hosting events with local leaders and professionals who are able to share their expertise,” Waldrep added. “We are listening to our membership and taking their recommendations into consideration. We are about to have an Expo and a Fusion Five University— both recommended by our members.” The Expo will allow members to better understand what other members do at their jobs and foster better business relationships. Fusion Five University will bring in leaders from different companies around Southwest Louisiana to teach members about different topics they have expressed interest in.” For more information or to become a member of Fusion Five, visit allianceswla.org or the Fusion Five facebook page.

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! Guide to Historic Calcasieu Parish Now Available

CFO and Beauregard Memorial Hospital Team Up

AAR Move to Lake Charles will bring $3.7 million to SOWELA

The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has redesigned the Guide to Historic Calcasieu Parish. The 28-page collateral piece showcases Southwest Louisiana’s rich history from pirates and buried treasure to sulfur mining, railroad hubs, and lumber barons. For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588.

The Beauregard School Board has chosen Center for Orthopaedics (CFO), an affiliate of Imperial Health in Lake Charles, and Beauregard Memorial Hospital in DeRidder as their exclusive providers of sports medicine services for all high school athletes. For more information, call (337) 721-7236.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has announced that AAR Corporation is opening a mutli-million dollar aircraft maintenance and repair operation in Lake Charles at the Chennault International Airport. The AAR operation will provide hundreds of new jobs in Lake Charles and occupy a new hangar space being built in addition to the facilities formerly operated by Aeroframe.

School of Dance Participated in Summer Intensive

Teen Outreach Program Brought to Lake Area The Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council (SLAC), in conjunction with Office of Public Health and the Department of Health and Hospitals Bureau of Family Services has facilitated the Wyman Teen Outreach Prevention Program (TOP)® in Calcasieu parish for youth ages 12-17 years. To learn more or enroll your teen, call (337) 439-5861.

Moss Memorial Expands Services

Dancers from the Lake Charles Civic Ballet and Lady Leah Lafargue School of the Dance participated in a six week Summer Intensive where they focused on a wide variety of dance forms and benefitted from instruction by an impressive repertoire of dancers.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Announces the Arrival of Two Cheetahs

Medical services are expanding at the W.O. Moss Memorial Health Clinic with the addition of a breast health clinic and cardiology clinic. The expansion comes just weeks after Lake Charles Memorial Health System acquired the Moss campus in a public-private cooperative endeavor agreement with the Louisiana State University Health System.

Office of Juvenile Justice Receives Prestigious National Award

L to R: Randy Jolly, executive director Institutional Advancement, SOWELA, Dr. Joseph Fleishman, vice chancellor Workforce Development, SOWELA, Governor Bobby Jindal, Dan Storch, chief executive officer and chairman, AAR, Dr. Neil Aspinwall, chancellor, SOWELA and Dr. Rick Bateman, vice chancellor of Academic Affairs, SOWELA.

It’s a Piece of Cake at the Calcasieu Parish Public Library The Calcasieu Parish Public Library has begun circulating specialty cake pans featuring more than 100 different designs. The novelty cake pan collection can be checked out from any branch of the library system with a library card. For more information, visit the Calcasieu Parish Library’s website.

Call for Nominations for Mayor’s Arts Awards

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo has announced the arrival two cheetahs from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio. Native to sub-Saharan Africa, the mother, 13-year old, and daughter, a 2-year old, are now on exhibit. For more information, please visit www.brzoo.org.

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OJJ Deputy Secretary Dr. Mary L. Livers and OJJ ACA Accreditation Manager Angela Arabie.

The American Correctional Association (ACA) has presented the Golden Eagle Award, its highest honor for commitment to excellence, to the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) for its work in achieving ACA accreditation in all of its units, including its three secure care facilities (and one satellite facility), 11 regional field services offices (and one sub-office) and the central office in Baton Rouge.

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The Arts Council of SWLA and the City of Lake Charles are currently accepting nominations from the public for persons to be honored at the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony. The Mayor’s Arts Awards honors those working in the arts by recognizing the contributions of Southwest Louisiana’s creative workers, patrons, and artists to the region’s culture. For more information and how to nominate, call (337) 439-2787.

Panera Bread Opens in Lake Charles Panera Bread, an artisan bakery and sandwich shop, has opened its first location in Lake Charles. Located on Nelson Road near the Interstate 210 overpass, this St. Louis-based franchise restaurant focuses on showcasing the art and craft of bread making. Panera Bread serves made-to-order sandwiches, tossed-to-order salads and soups served in a bread bowl. Panera Bread was also named to BusinessWeek’s 2010 list of top 25 “Customer Service Champs,” to FORTUNE magazine’s 2010 list of 100 September 2013

Fastest-Growing Companies, and has also won awards and recognition in nearly every market where it has locations. Recently, the company was named the Casual Dining Brand of the Year in the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend®.

GoFit Personal and Group Training Starts at Trinity Center

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite

Training services through GoFit are now available at Trinity Center located at 1800 Country Club Road in Lake Charles. GoFit offers personal and group training for youths and adults, as well as fitness classes and boot camps. With a combined 20 years of experience in the personal training field, the GoFit trainers can address all your fitness needs. Call a trainer today for a free trial training session and about the unlimited fitness classes or special training packages: Megan LaCoste, (337) 842-9131; Trey Duffel, (337) 515-0189; Rebecca Boling, (337) 263-1502; or Dustie Kulaga, (337) 396-9213.

Axiall Unveils Newly Branded Storage Tank A sight familiar to the Lake Charles skyline now has a new look. The PPG-logoed tank has been updated with the new Axiall logo. The move comes after the January merger of PPG’s chemicals business with Georgia Gulf Corporation. The vertical blue Axiall logo and accompanying weave design replace the PPG logo, which has been a local icon for drivers crossing the I-210 bridge since 1983. “The corporate brand represents the combination of two strong organizations that have been integrated to form a leading chemicals and building products company, and we are proud to display our distinctive logo in such a prominent location,” said Jon Manns, Axiall plant manager.

Center for Orthopaedics Offering Saturday Morning Sports Clinic Center for Orthopaedics (CFO), an affiliate of Imperial Health, will be offering a Sports Injury Clinic for high school athletes every Saturday morning from 8 – 10 a.m. in their Lake Charles office, beginning September 7 and continuing throughout the high school football season. CFO’s staff of 12 orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians and support staff have extensive experience in working with local and national high school, college, and professional athletes. The doctors are the official team physicians for McNeese Athletics. Walk-in patients with sports injuries are accepted and no appointment is necessary. Athletes under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian accompany them. CFO’s Lake Charles office is located at 1747 Imperial Blvd. The Sports Injury Clinic is offered as a convenient service for all area athletes, regardless of school affiliation. Call 337-721-7236 for more information or visit www.centerforortho.com.

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Pictured left to right: Karen Lambert, WCCH director of marketing, Matthew Welsh, AHA Regional Director SWLA, and Janie Fruge’, WCCH CEO.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital has been recognized as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. “Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at WCCH,” said Janie Fruge’, WCCH CEO. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.” To achieve the gold-level status, WCCH had to meet these criteria: • Offer employees physical activity options • Increase healthy eating options • Promote a wellness culture • Implement a set criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses Thrive Magazine for Better Living

due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. “The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers benefits for both the individual as well as the company - such as reduced direct and indirect labor expenses,” said Christi Kingsley, vice president of human resources at WCCH. Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed. For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, visit startwalkingnow.org.



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13 Million SEED Center Opens

The $13 million Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center is now officially open for business. The three-story, 52,000 square-foot facility – located at 4310 Ryan St. across from the McNeese State University campus - had its grand opening last month with several officials addressing the crowd, including Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. Southwest Louisiana is the hub for the expanding global energy business. This expansion - combined with the escalating growth of existing petrochemical, aviation, maritime, agriculture, gaming, tourism and timber businesses - is providing unprecedented opportunities for local entrepreneurs and small business owners. The SEED Center is a partnership between the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the Southwest 50 www.thriveswla.com


Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, the city of Lake Charles and McNeese. Merging existing resources into one facility creates an economical, efficient and effective one-stop shop with the services, technology and experience to capitalize on economic development opportunities for all of Southwest Louisiana. McNeese furnished 7.67 acres of undeveloped property located across from the main campus and funding for the facility came from the Louisiana Recovery Authority, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the city of Lake Charles. Proceeds from the sale of the Alliance building and a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Commerce Department through the Economic Development Administration contributed to the cost and made it possible for the $13 million facility to open debt free.

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The facility will serve as the central location for economic development for Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes and as a catalyst for the creation, retention and recruiting of businesses and high quality, diversified jobs. According to George Swift, president/CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, “Southwest Louisiana is one of the last regions in the state to have a full-sized business incubator and locating the SEED Center on the McNeese campus puts McNeese in the center of economic development and entrepreneurial activities for the region.” McNeese will have a significant presence in the building and Dr. Philip Williams, McNeese president, said the location of the Alliance offices in the SEED Center could make McNeese one of the September 2013

On hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony were, from left, Bill Monk, past Chamber SWLA chair, Ben Bourgeois, current Chamber SWLA chair, George Swift, president/CEO of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance, Bryan Beam, Calcasieu Parish administrator, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury President Shannon Spell, Gov. Bobby Jindal, House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, Adrian Wallace, executive director for the SEED Business Incubator, Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach, McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams and Jorge Ayala, area director of the Economic Development Administration in Austin, Texas. McNeese Photo

only universities in the nation with a regional chamber of commerce on its campus. “The collaboration between business and academia is the way Silicon Valley started,” Williams said. But incubating new businesses is only one part of the SEED Center mission. “This will be the heart beat for the McNeese Student Innovation Center,” Williams said. McNeese is only one of two universities in the country to offer the innovation curriculum developed by Doug Hall. The minor in innovation is open to all McNeese students. “Producing graduates who have achieved mastery in a particular content area is critical, but we want to teach them new ways to approach that major. For example, a chemistry major would have the tools to become an innovative chemist. The minor requires coursework in creativity, communication skills and commercialization, which means learning how to develop a raw idea into one that can be commercially viable,” said Williams. The SEED Center will create opportunities for budding entrepreneurial students and faculty researchers who are studying new ways to add value to regional commercial and manufacturing partners, he added. September 2013

The facility offers a large meeting room with food preparation and service area, conference rooms and several modular rooms that can be configured to accommodate small and medium sized groups, a reception/information center on the first floor, along with classrooms for business and innovation training. Meeting rooms feature audiovisual equipment and the facility is wired for high-speed wireless Internet. Chartwells, the food service vendor for McNeese, will operate the Coffee Café featuring We Proudly Brew from Starbucks off the front lobby area.

FIRST FLOOR The programs and centers located on the first floor include the Southwest Louisiana Business Incubator and Entrepreneurial Center and several McNeese programs and economic development centers, including the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, Institute for IndustryEducation Collaboration, the Student Innovation Center and Business Incubation Studio, which is a state-of-the-art center designed to inspire meaningful creativity, encourage student exploration of new frontiers and stimulate economic development, the Student Internship Program, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Doré School of Graduate Studies and Extended Education.

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SECOND FLOOR The Willis Noland Conference Center recognizes the late Lake Charles businessman and community leader Willis Noland whose family donated the former Alliance building on Pujo Street for economic development initiatives. The conference center is designed to serve a variety of business and meeting functions.

THIRD FLOOR The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance is housed on the third floor and includes offices for the Chamber Southwest Louisiana, the Southwest Louisiana Alliance Foundation and the Southwest Louisiana Partnership for Economic Development. These regional economic development organizations, each with its own Board of Directors, have combined resources to strengthen the business recruiting and retention efforts for the five-parish area. Also on the third floor are the offices of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development Commission, a multi-jurisdictional regional planning and development commission dedicated to serving the five parishes and 18 municipalities in Southwest Louisiana.



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A Southwest Louisiana Legacy of Medical Excellence by Kristy Armand

After a career that spans 50 years, orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. David Drez Jr. has announced his retirement from the surgical practice of orthopaedics.

physician in DeQuincy, and Hester Bingham Drez, a registered nurse, Dr. Drez says he always knew he would be a doctor. “Growing up with my parents, health care was all I knew,” says Dr. Drez. “My dad opened the original hospital in DeQuincy when I was a boy. I remember living for a time in some rooms above the hospital. Healthcare literally provided the backdrop for my childhood.” Dr. Drez’s interest in orthopedics and sports medicine began in high school, where he played football for coaches Jack Doland and Johnny Buck. Dr. Drez on the field after being inducted into the McNeese State University Hall of Fame. “These two coaches really had patients included professional athletes, a profound influence on me,” he says. “Even as a kid, Egyptian royalty and probably several people you I had a tremendous amount of respect for them and know. Dr. David Drez, Jr. is well-known in Southwest what they did. I realized then that I wanted to work Louisiana for his skill as a knee surgeon and sports around and with people like them.” medicine specialist. What many people may not After graduating from DeQuincy High School, Dr. have ever realized is that he is a well-recognized Drez earned degrees from Tulane University and leader in his field in the United States and Tulane Medical School in New Orleans. He went throughout the world. on to complete a general surgical and orthopedic Dr. Drez started on his career path at an early age. residency before returning to Southwest Louisiana You might even say he was born to be a doctor. in 1971 to begin private practice. He soon The only child of David Drez Sr., a general practice established a reputation as one of the country’s

leading knee and sports medicine specialists. Dr. Drez was one of the five founding members of Center for Orthopaedics in 1994, setting a standard for hard work, ethics, and a dedication to his patients that has guided the group for nearly 20 years. “It’s very difficult to put into words what his influence has meant to me personally and to our group,” says Dr. John Noble Jr. “He is one of the main reasons I chose the specialty of orthopaedics as a career. After observing him in medical school and later during my residency, I wanted to emulate his practice. It has been a privilege to work with Dr. Drez and to learn from him. He has been a mentor to every one of us here and we don’t plan on letting him go too far.” Throughout his career, Dr. Drez was involved in medical research leading to many “firsts” in treatment advances for his patients. He has published a large body of research that focuses primarily on athletic injuries and their prevention and treatment options. He is the co-author of Orthopedic Sports Medicine, the highly acclaimed textbook for sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers; and was co-editor of Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine. In addition to his clinical contributions, Dr. Drez is well-recognized as an educator, playing a key role


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Dr. David Drez Jr., shown with his father, Dr. David Drez Sr. September 2013

in training hundreds of orthopaedic specialists across the country. He is a clinical professor of orthopaedics at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In recognition of his contributions to the education of the LSU orthopedic residents, the “Dr. David Drez Chair in Orthopedic Sports Medicine” was dedicated at LSU in New Orleans in 2006. Perhaps closest to his heart professionally, next to his patients, is the athletic department at McNeese State University. Dr. Drez first became involved in McNeese athletics in 1973, soon after he began his practice in Lake Charles. He says he was privileged to work with the late Doc Fontenot and Jim Murphy who became the trainer at McNeese when Doc Fontenot retired. Dr. Drez served as head team physician at McNeese State University for 37 years and was inducted into the McNeese State University Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Honors. In further appreciation

of the countless hours he donated to the university throughout his career, the rehabilitation area of the university’s Sports Medicine Center was also named the “David Drez, Jr., MD Rehabilitation Facility.” But if you ask Dr. Drez which accomplishment means the most to him, it is not his impressive list of famous patients, his publications or any other honors. It is his family. He has been married for over 50 years to Judith Wolfe, whom he met at Tulane. “My marriage, family and my church are more important to me than anything else I can ever hope to achieve,” he says. The Drezes have three children; one is a pediatrician, one an audiologist and one an attorney. They also have eight grandchildren, the oldest of whom is beginning his first semester at Tulane, continuing the family tradition. Dr. Drez may be retiring, but he won’t really be slowing down. His activities will just include more time for family and fly-fishing. He will continue to serve in an advisory capacity at McNeese, where he will be teaching and working with the sports medicine team. “It will be a change, but it’s one I’m ready for,” says Dr. Drez. “My dad always said, ‘If you’re green you’re growing, but if you are ripe you are next to rotten.” “I certainly don’t want to be rotten, I want to keep being green and growing.”



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Answering the Call of Faith-Based Medicine by Kristy Armand

photo by Shonda Manuel

It’s been nearly two years since a man in khaki shorts and a golf shirt entered CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital on a reconnaissance mission. He was in town to interview for the position of hospital administrator, but he wanted to do his own, unofficial “interview” of the facility. He immediately liked what he “felt” as he walked through the halls, observing staff and visitors.

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“I’ve worked in healthcare for 32 years, at several different organizations, and had visited many other hospitals throughout the course of my career, but I had never felt what I experienced in that first, unannounced visit to CHRISTUS St. Patrick,” says Don Lloyd, who did become the administrator of the hospital. “It was difficult to describe at the time, but I told my wife that it was a sense of connectivity, and peacefulness that was tangible. We had both been hesitant to uproot our family and move from South Carolina to a city we had never heard of, but I knew then I really wanted this job and that this move was the right one for our family. As soon as I brought my wife over for a visit after my first interview, she felt the same way.” Looking back now, after 18 months in his new role as administrator, Lloyd can clearly identify the source of that unique feeling he experienced on his first visit. “It’s our mission: ‘To extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.’ Most companies, including the other non faith-based healthcare systems I’ve worked for, have a well-defined mission statement, but our mission at CHRISTUS is much more than just corporately-generated words on Thrive Magazine for Better Living

paper that our associates memorize. Our mission is a calling to serve that generates an emotional connection to our organization’s higher purpose, which is, ultimately, to care for others. It unifies all of us within the CHRISTUS system through accountability to our patients, each other and the community we serve. That’s the difference here and it creates a culture of caring that is part of everything we do; every decision we make.” This mission is evidenced in a multitude of small ways every day, by associates, physicians and management, according to Lloyd. “We start every day with a daily reflection heard over the hospital intercom system. It’s both inspiring and comforting, as well as a great reminder to our staff of the reason we are here. Every staff meeting begins with a prayer or reflection as well. We have two chapels in the hospital and numerous other areas for reflection and prayer. Our leadership team makes rounds every day in order to be an active part of our mission. We talk to staff, engage patients, comfort families and respond to problems in a very hands-on way. Our associates are empowered to do the same.” You might expect to see a priest or nun September 2013

roaming the halls at a Catholic hospital, but at CHRISTUS St. Patrick, you are just as likely to see a minister, a preacher or a rabbi. “People of all faiths are welcome here,” says Lloyd. “Our calling is service to others, and that knows no religious boundaries. In fact, that calling is what brings people together; it’s not divisive or exclusionary at all.” He says the hospital’s spiritual care staff includes representatives from multiple faiths. “Every new admission is visited by a member of this staff and they are on call 24 hours every day to respond to the spiritual needs of patients.” Making the transition from non faith-based healthcare to faith-based was one that Lloyd said

he welcomed. Prior to joining CHRISTUS, he worked as a healthcare executive in South Carolina, most recently serving as the Chief Executive Officer at Marion Regional Hospital in Mullins, South Carolina. “As a leader in healthcare, you are challenged every day with making decisions that often have farreaching impact both within your institution and outside of it. The mission of CHRISTUS provides the framework for making these decisions, one that is not present outside of a faith-based institution. Having this type of compass to guide us makes facing the multitude of healthcare challenges all hospitals are struggling with easier.” Lloyd says many of the changes coming in

healthcare are needed, but the challenge comes from finding the best way to implement those changes. “We are certainly facing some challenging times, but with courage and leadership, adversity can lead to collaboration. You just have to be open to it, and we at CHRISTUS certainly are very open to working with other healthcare leaders to find the best way to not just provide care, but to improve the way we care for our patients. That’s what all the debate is about, after all: How to improve things. We’re here to serve people and it will always be our job to find a better way to do that.”

CHRISTUS History In 1866 three brave sisters from Lyon, France, answered the call to minister to the “sick and infirm of every kind.” These first members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word worked to fulfill this call by opening Texas’ first Catholic hospital in Galveston and, three years later, San Antonio’s first private hospital. With the move to San Antonio in 1869 and the difficulty of traveling between the two cities, the three Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word congregations became independent and continued their missions of healing. St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles opened in 1908, as part of the Galveston congregation. Out of the original call grew the Houston-based Sisters of Charity Health Care System and the San Antonio-based Incarnate Word Health Care System. In 1999 CHRISTUS Health was formed to join the two health systems and strengthen the sisters’ faith-based, not-for-profit health care ministry in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Utah and Oklahoma. This co-sponsored health care system is one of the top 10 largest Catholic health systems in the nation.

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Q: If you go to a restaurant and someone picks up your tab or it gets comped (covered) by the manager, what should you do if you don’t have cash to leave a tip? A: Good service should still be rewarded and I commend you for realizing this. Borrow cash from someone with you, or get the name of the server, leave and go to an ATM machine and return with the tip. Q: What is the rule on thank you notes for graduation gifts? Is it days-gone-by to expect one? A: I firmly believe a thank you note should be written for gifts given no matter the occasion. If someone takes the time to remember you with a gift, then you should thank them properly, and there is no substitute for a hand-written note.

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Q: I go to my in-laws and sometimes don’t want to eat what they serve, so I bring my own sandwich. I get away with it right now because I am eating healthier, but is it a no-no to bring your own food? A: Usually, bringing your own food to someone else’s home would be rude; however, it is your family, so perhaps they understand. From your question, it appears you may have been doing this for a while, so perhaps it is accepted by your in-laws at this point. My only thought is “ain’t broke; don’t fix it”. However, in most other cases, it would not be appropriate to bring your own food.

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Sulphur Native Named New AD at McNeese by Katie Harrington

The search committee charged with finding McNeese State University’s new athletics director didn’t let any grass grow under their feet. Less than a month after Tommy McClelland announced his move to Louisiana Tech, McNeese found its new man. Bruce Hemphill, former associate athletics director at the University of Wyoming and assistant to the athletics director at the University of North Carolina, has been selected as the new McNeese State University athletics director. Hemphill officially began his new duties late last month and he is the 9th athletics director in McNeese history. The Sulphur, La. native has 24 years administrative experience at the collegiate and high school levels. He supervised 10 of 17 programs offered at a major Division 1 university and was responsible for budget oversight, game operations, facilities, personnel, compliance, team travel and recruiting. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University where he was a three-year letterman in football and won AllAcademic Southeast Conference honors at wide receiver. His professional experience began at LSU where he was a graduate assistant and assistant football coach. In 1984, after serving as the supervisor for health and physical education for the Louisiana Department of Education, he returned to collegiate athletics and served for two years as an assistant football coach at Louisiana Tech University. In 1987 he became the recruiting coordinator at North Carolina State University. From 1989-1990 he served as the assistant recruiting coordinator at the University of South Carolina. He joined the athletics department staff at the University of North Carolina in 1990 and served eight years as assistant to the athletics director and director of recruiting. From 1999-2003 he was associate athletics director 56 www.thriveswla.com

at the University of Wyoming. In 2003 he returned to North Carolina and accepted a position as athletics director at a 4A high school, the largest classification in the state. According to Dr. Phillip Williams, president of McNeese, the post was advertised statewide and nationwide. Interviews were conducted, but in the end, only Hemphill was invited to campus for an interview. “Bruce brings a depth of knowledge and experience unmatched by other applicants. He understands the significance we place on academic progress, on graduating our student-athletes and on mentoring them to become successful citizens. He understands the role athletics plays in the larger university environment and he understands the difficulty we face with the athletic budget and the importance of increasing revenue through private sources and auxiliary means,” Dr. Williams said. Hemphill is proud to be able to serve McNeese in this new capacity.

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“I am honored and humbled to be selected as your athletics director,” said Hemphill. “I grew up with this great university. I remember sitting on the Hill, watching us kick ULL’s behind, sitting on the press box side, watching Jolie Blond and wondering what it was that made them sway back and forth like that. I remember going to the Barn for basketball games and I will never forget those days.” Hemphill says it is his goal to carry on with diligence and integrity in order to improve upon past successes, expand on the university’s history and carry on the proud traditions of McNeese athletics. “Ultimately, I would love to see people passing on the street, not knowing each other, saying ‘Go Pokes, Go Blue,” Hemphill said. “Nothing more will need to be said.”

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LCMH Employees donate $75,000 for the David B. Usher Reading Room

Representatives of Memorial Health System employees present a check for $75,000 that will be used to build the new David B. Usher Reading Room.

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. The money will completely fund the David B. Usher Reading Room. The room will be located above Café Bon Vie in the Memorial Hospital atrium. Construction is set to start the first week in September, with the room opening to the public in October. “There is a lot of pride associated with the I Gave a Day program. It’s a superior show of commitment

from employees and physicians on all levels of the Memorial Health System,” says Leif Pederson, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy. “They believe in what we are doing here and the drive we all have to make this health system the best it can be. This new reading room will not only be an asset to our visitors, but to the memory of our friend and colleague David Usher.” In 2010, The Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital launched the I Gave a Day program, raising $95,000 to renovate the hospital’s cafeteria, Café Bon Vie. The 2011/2012 campaign raised $75,000 designated towards the future renovation and redesign of the hospital’s admissions area. All three

campaigns have raised a total of $245,000. For more information about the I Gave a Day program or the Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, call (337) 494-3226 or visit www.lcmh.com/foundation.

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Straight Answers to Your Questions on Industry and the Environment


Is anyone monitoring the air quality in our community? If so, how does it rank?


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

You’d be surprised at the high number of tests and monitoring industry does to comply with our air permits. We’re constantly monitored, and overall, our air quality is good. Ozone in our area has been below the Environmental Protection Agency standards for the past 10 years; but as the ozone standard continues to become more restrictive, we all have work to do. During the summer heat, ground level ozone is formed when emissions from our cars, lawnmowers, industry and fuels combine and literally bake in the summer sun. Because of the strict industry regulations, we’re meeting air quality requirements, but it takes involvement from residents and other businesses for our community to remain in compliance with EPA standards. With industry, businesses and residents working together, ground level ozone in Calcasieu Parish can continue to remain within recommended guidelines.

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Movers and Shakers in Southwest News? You tell us! Send press releases to Louisiana... Who’s edit@thriveswla.com with the subject line “Who’s News.”

Gilmore Joins Healthy Image Marketing Agency Mandy Gilmore has joined the staff of Healthy Image Marketing Agency as a graphic designer. A graduate of Sulphur High School and McNeese State University, Gilmore Mandy Gilmore recently moved back to the area from Lafayette where she was worked as a graphic designer for Pixus Digital Printing for six years. For more information, call (337) 312-0972 or visit www.ehealthyimage.com.

Davies Joins Medical Staff at WCCH West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) has announced the addition of Andrew Davies, MD, family medicine physician, to its medical staff. Dr. Davies practices alongside Dr. Kevin Schlamp at Andrew Davies, MD Schlamp Family Medical Clinic located at 921 First Avenue in Sulphur.

Mikulla Joins Medical Staffs at Surgicare of Lake Charles, Women & Children’s Hospital and Falgoust Eye Medical & Surgical Surgicare of Lake Charles and Women & Children’s Hospital (WCH) have welcomed Brian Mikulla, MD Ophthalmologist Brian Mikulla, M.D. to their medical staffs. Dr. Mikulla is accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling Falgoust Eye Medical & Surgical at (337) 477-0963.

Kerry A. Onxley Attends Summit Kerry A. Onxley, Artistic Director of The Children’s Theatre Company and Director of Theatre at Westlake High School attended the 2013 Educational Theatre Leadership Summit in Kerry A. Onxley Denver, CO. The annual summit coordinated by the Educational Theatre Association, benefits national theatre leaders who make a difference through arts and cultural activities.

Hinton Joins Clinical Staff of Imperial Health Urgent Care Center

Thompson Joins The Eye Clinic Medical Staff Ophthalmologist Charles Thompson, MD, has joined The Eye Clinic’s physician staff. He will be performing cataract surgery, various corneal surgeries including partial Charles Thompson, MD and full thickness corneal transplantation and laser vision correction surgery (LASIK and advanced surface ablation) in his new position with The Eye Clinic.

Nurse Practitioner Noel Hinton, MSN, APRN, has joined the clinical staff of Imperial Health Urgent Care Center in Lake Charles. Before joining the Noel Hinton, MSN, APRN Urgent Care Center staff, Hinton served as Dr. John Noble’s nurse practitioner with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health.

Family & Youth Honors Family & Youth honored Howard Foreman as Humanitarian of the Year; honored Morgan Davis and Lindsey Landry as Youths of the Year, and the Family Festival Poster Contest winners during the annual meeting. For more information, contact Family & Youth at (337) 436-9533. 58 www.thriveswla.com

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Graham Elected LHA Treasurer Larry Graham, President and CEO of the Lake Charles Memorial Health System, has been elected Treasurer of the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA). For more information, visit the LHA website at www.lhaonline.org.

Nour Joins Digestive Health Center Memorial Medical Group welcomes Khaled Nour, MD, a gastroenterologist board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Nour joins fellow gastroenterologist Dr. Khaled Nour, MD Frank Marrero at the Digestive Health Center, located at 2770 3rd Avenue, Suite 345. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Digestive Health Center at (337) 494-4785.

McCorquodale Appointed to State Bar Foundation Local attorney, Rob McCorquodale has been appointed to the Louisiana Bar Foundation Board of Directors. McCorquodale serves as In House Counsel for the Rob McCorquodale Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Of Counsel to the Stutes and Lavergne Law Firm.

Center for Orthopaedics Physician Presents at State Conference Dr. Kalieb Pourciau, a foot and ankle specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, was a guest speaker at the recent Louisiana Podiatric Medical Association’s Kalieb Pourciau, MD annual conference held in New Orleans. His presentation covered lower extremity injuries and advances in treatment options. For more information, call (337) 721-7236.

September 2013

Craven Celebrates 20 Years with New York Life Insurance Co. Chris Craven qualified for his 20 year Senior NYLIC. He began in 1993 and has qualified for 20 consecutive councils based on sales performance. He is a Chris Craven member of the Million Dollar Round Table and has received numerous awards.

Hailey Borel Care Help Scholarship Recipient Care Help of Sulphur has announced that Hailey Care Help of Sulphur’s Executive Director, Borel was Jody Farnum, and scholarship recipient, awarded the Hailey Borel. Care Help Community Scholarship. Hailey will attend McNeese State University and eventually study to be a veterinarian.

City Savings Bank Announces Promotions

Mayor Duncan Attends Farewell Dinner Mayor Chris Duncan and his wife Angel attended the 162 Division Infantry Brigade Farewell and Retirement Dinner for Colonel Matthew Mayor Chris Duncan and his wife F. McKenna at Angel present a Plaque to Colonel Matthew F. McKenna and his wife Fort Polk. Mayor Linda. Duncan and his wife Angel presented a Plaque to Colonel McKenna and his wife Linda.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Names Bean to Director of Cardiology Services Timothy Bean, B.S., RCS, RVS, has been named the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Regional Heart Center Director of Cardiology Services. Timothy Bean, BS, RCS, RVS Bean will oversee the daily operations of the Regional Heart Center Catheterization Lab, Cardiology Unit, Testing, Cardiac Rehab and business development for the center.

Whatley Joins Medical Staffs of Women & Children’s Hospital

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Stephen Benoit

City Savings Bank has announced the promotions of Chris Foster and Stephen Benoit. Chris Foster has been promoted to vice president and branch manager of the City Savings Bank location at 3881 Gerstner Memorial in Lake Charles. Stephen Benoit has been promoted to assistant vice president and branch manager of the Sulphur location at 1520 Maplewood Drive.

OB Care Changes Staff OB Care continues to serve the families of Southwest Louisiana and made changes to its staff to better accommodate patients. Ob/Gyn Physicians Armand Grimshaw, MD Gisele McKinney, MD Joseph Semien, MD Nurse Practitioners Tammy Gillett, APRN, NP Anna Marchantel, APRN, NP OB Care is located at 1420 18th Street in Lake Charles. For more information, call (337) 562-0510. September 2013

Women & Children’s Hospital (WCH) and Lake Area Family Medicine welcomes family medicine physician, Joshua Whatley, M.D. to their medical staffs. Dr. Joshua Whatley, MD Whatley joins Dr. Carl Nabours at 4150 Nelson Rd., Building G, Suite 2 on the WCH campus. Dr. Whatley is now accepting patients. To schedule an appointment, call (337) 439-2020.

Abate Installed as Trustee Eva Abate, a member of the Southwest Contraband Kiwanis Club and a LPL Financial Advisor, was installed as Trustee of the LouisianaMississippi-West Tennessee District of Eva Abate Kiwanis International at the 95th annual convention held in Baton Rouge.

Mohs Surgeon Joins Dermatology Associates of SWLA Lee Miller, MD, a board certified dermatologist specializing in Mohs micrographic surgery, is now practicing medicine with the Dermatology Associates of Southwest Lee Miller, MD Louisiana. Dr. Miller is the only Mohs surgeon in the area. This specialized surgical technique is used to remove skin cancer. For more information, call (337) 433-7272.

Care Help of Sulphur Gives Community Scholarship Elise Pago is a recipient of Care Help of Sulphur’s Community Scholarship. This will be Elise’s third year to be awarded this scholarship and has managed to keep a Elise Pago high GPA as she studies nursing at McNeese State University.

Fullington Hired as New Regional Customer Service Manager CHRISTUS HomeCare & Hospice St Patrick has announced that Cheryl Fullington has been hired as new Regional Customer Service Cheryl Fullington Manager. Fullington will be responsible for the coordination of all referrals and Intake functions for HomeCare and Hospice services for Louisiana Region.

Nugent Joins CHRISTUS HomeCare and Hospice Jo Nugent joins the CHRISTUS HomeCare and Hospice as Regional Billing Specialist. Nugent has 16 years of billing experience and is responsible for the Lake Jo Nugent Charles, Alexandria and Shreveport-Bossier offices.

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Places & Faces CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Welcomes Dr. Brian Kelley CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital welcomes neurosurgeon Brian Kelley, D.O., to CHRISTUS St. Patrick Neurosurgical Associates. With the addition of Dr. Kelley comes additional neurosurgical coverage for Southwest Louisiana. To schedule a consultation, please call (337) 478-9653.

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Kamla New Clinic Coordinator Jean Kamla, RN has been hired as Clinic Coordinator for the Calcasieu Community Clinic. Jean brings over 30 years of nursing experience, including ER, med/ surg, nurse education, hospice and was most recently employed with Christus Hospital as a part-time documentation specialist.

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Broussard Presented Research at SRCD Danielle Broussard presented her research findings at the 2013 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting held in Seattle, Washington. Her research was a Comparative Analysis of Empathy, Perception of Parental Bonding and Adult Attachment in Inmates and College Students. Broussard currently resides in Lafayette and is employed with Simon, Fitzgerald, Cook, Reed and Welch Law Firm. Danielle Broussard

Dr. Bridget Loehn Joins Imperial Health Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist, Bridget Loehn, M.D., has joined the Imperial Health physician team. Dr. Loehn, a Metairie native, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and earned a medical degree and completed an Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery residency at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans. She was a contributing writer for two textbook chapters in Bailey’s Head & Bridget Loehn, MD Neck Surgery – Otolaryngology, 5th ed., and has had numerous research projects published in medical journals in her field. Dr. Loehn is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and the American Academy of Otolaryngology. In addition to general ENT, Dr. Loehn has a special interest in allergies and allergy treatment. She will begin seeing patients at Imperial Health’s main clinic, located at 501 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive in Lake Charles, on October 1. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (337) 312-8564.

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Fall in Love with Fall Festivals

by Katie Harrington

For many, September means the start of football season and time spent cheering on their favorite team. For others though, September means the kick-off of the fall festival season. From harvest and heritage festivals to festivals celebrating everything from swine and frogs to omelets, shrimp and petroleum, there is something on tap for everyone in Louisiana.

Here’s a rundown of some of the bigger events scheduled to take place locally and across the state this fall. For a complete schedule of local events, visit www.visitlakecharles.org, and to see what’s coming up statewide, visit www.louisianatravel.com.

Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival September 20-21 | Natchitoches

St. Theresa’s Bon-Ton Festival September 20-22 | Carlyss

Held on the grounds of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, this annual favorite provides a wholesome atmosphere for family entertainment. A family tradition since 1969, this festival includes live and silent auctions, carnival rides, game booths, bingo, a tractor pull and much, much more. Be sure to save room so you can feast on fried catfish, BBQ, crawfish etouffe, gumbo and other delectable treats. www.st-theresa-parish.org

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Natchitoches is famous for being Louisiana’s first settlement at nearly 300 years old, but it is also known as the place to head for the tasty meat pie. This festival features carnival rides, vendors, live music, meat pie eating contest and a fun run just in case you want to burn off some of those meat pies. www.explorenatchitoches.com

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Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival September 25-29 | New Iberia

Got a sweet tooth? Then this is the festival for you. Sugar producing parishes pay homage to the sugar industry with royalty, treats, fun and dancing in the streets. Fourteen acres of rides and games will be available at the Louisiana Pepperplex and attendees can expect parades, live music, the blessing of the crops, arts and crafts, a 4-H livestock show and much more. www.hisugar.org

Alligator Festival

September 27-30 | Luling Got a craving for an alligator burger, alligator sausage po-boy or alligator sauce piquante? Then make plans to head east to St. Charles Parish for this celebration of Louisiana’s favorite pre-historic creature. Live music, a fun run, a golf tournament and carnival rides are just a few things on the schedule for this festival that raises money to fund college scholarships for local students. www.stcharlesrotary.com/ alfestival

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Calca-Chew Festival

September 29 | Lake Charles The words food and festival seem to go hand-in-hand in Southwest Louisiana. This feast for the taste buds is no different. The 29th annual rendition of this festival takes place at the St. Margaret Catholic Church Family Center and all of your favorite Cajun dishes will be ready for tasting. A French mass, auctions and live entertainment are also on the agenda. Call the church office at (337) 439-4585.

Sulphur BBQ Fest October 5 | Sulphur

Head out to Heritage Square for a day-long celebration of all things BBQ. Live music and a great family atmosphere can be found at this new event. www.sulphur.org

Vinton Heritage Festival

October 12 | Vinton Venture out to the corners of Center and Horridge Streets for this annual celebration of Vinton’s heritage. Crafts, door prizes and fun for the entire family will be on tap. www.cityofvinton.com

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Louisiana Gumbo Festival October 11-13 | Chackbay

Pack the family into the car and drive southeast to the swamps for the 42nd annual Louisiana Gumbo Festival. Sponsored by the Chackbay Volunteer Fire Department, this tasty event raises money to support the fire protection and prevention efforts of the department. GRAMMY winning country group Shenandoah will headline this year’s entertainment. GRAMMY winner Chubby Carrier will also perform. Attendees will have the chance to ride carnival rides, view cooking demonstrations, see a parade and much more. www.lagumbofest.com

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The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. PREVIEW PARTY

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International Rice Festival

HOLIDAY MARKET GENERAL ADMISSION $8 per person children 8 & under are free | $8 stroller fee Thurs., Nov 21 • 10:00am - 8:00pm Fri., Nov 22 • 10:00am - 8:00pm Sat., Nov 23 • 9:00am - 4:00pm


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October 17-20 | Crowley

There’s no denying that rice is a staple not only of our economy, but also of our kitchens. This downtown Crowley festival celebrates Cajun heritage with carnival rides, fiddle and accordion contests, a rice eating contest, cooking contests and a frog derby just to name a few. www.ricefestival.com

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Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival

September 25-29, 2013

For 72 years, the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival has brought together sugarproducing parishes to honor the sugar industry with all this and more. Carnival fun • Boat Parade Fais-do-do’s • Street Parades Sugar exhibits • Art exhibits Queen Sugar Coronation Blessing of the crop Visit HiSugar.org for event schedules.

El Festival Español de Nueva Iberia

November 16, 2013

Festival will celebrate the 1779 founding of New Iberia by the Spanish by creating an educational and cultural exchange of food, music, art and history between New Iberia and the Andalusia region of Spain. Food Booths • Paella Cook-off Flamenco Dancing & Lessons Bullfighting Lecture • Outdoor Art Genealogy Exhibits • Children’s activities St. Peter’s Church Mass • Mucho Music

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Fall Festivals Cal-Cam Fair

October 17-21 | Sulphur One of Southwest Louisiana’s favorites makes its return again this year. This old fashioned country fair’s features include carnival rides, live entertainment, pageants, livestock and cooking competitions. www.calcamfair.com

Louisiana Book Festival October 26 | Baton Rouge

This feast for the literary soul is held in multiple locations, including the State Library of Louisiana, the Louisiana State Capitol and the Louisiana State Museum. Workshops are held for aspiring writers and authors are on hand to exhibit and sell their masterpieces. www.louisianabookfestival.org

Louisiana Swine Festival November 1-3 | Basile

What could be better than bacon and cracklins? Bacon and cracklins all in one place as locals and visitors join together for this annual event. Founded in 1966, this festival includes a pork cook-off, parade and much more. www.laswinefestival.com

Rayne Frog Festival November 6-9 | Rayne

Ribbit! Hop on over to this five-day celebration of this slippery amphibian. A frog race and jumping contest, 5K run, carnival rides and a frog cooking contest are just a few of the things attendees can look forward to at this years’ festival. www.raynefrogfestival.com

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Louisiana State Fair

October 24-November 10 | Shreveport

This annual event is home to the state’s largest livestock show and carnival. In addition to expected things like food and live music, the state fair will also feature The Penguins of the Arctic High Dive Show and The Grandpa Cratchet Show. Both of these are free attractions and new for this year’s fair. www.statefairoflouisiana.com

Port Barre Cracklin Festival November 7-10 | Port Barre

Aiyee! The 28th annual running of this tasty festival will showcase the ritual of making cracklins. Make plans to dance off those cracklins to the sounds of great Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music. www.portbarrecracklinfestival.com

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The Airshow Returns

Southwest Louisiana has deep aviation roots—it’s been the home of military air bases, the aircraft industry, aviation training programs, a major helicopter company and active civilian airports. Lake Charles hosted airshows in past years, the last one being in 1997. They were community events, sponsored by the Young Men’s Business Club. Last year, Randy Robb, executive director of Chennault International Airport and a former Navy fighter pilot, started hearing a grass-roots buzz that the community wanted another airshow. He found a group of community leaders who were ready make it happen, and the idea took off. Robb, along with Larry Rewerts, Randy Liprie, Oliver “Jackson” Schrumpf, George Heard, Ed Martin and Megan McLellan formed a board of directors and acquired 501(c)(3) nonprofit status for the organization. Work began on the 2013 Chennault International Airshow with McLellan as airshow director, and the results will be seen on Sept. 28 and 29. Major sponsors of the 2013 Chennault International Airshow are Northrop Grumman, Citgo, Isle of Capri, Lake Charles Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Southwest Beverage Company, Kia of Lake Charles and the Port of Lake Charles.

Precision Jet Team Headlines Chennault International Airshow

The jets are coming! The Chennault International Airshow recently announced that America’s hottest aerial act—the Black Diamond Jet Team—will perform this month’s event in Lake Charles. Jets make airshows sizzle: witness the excitement generated by the famed Navy Blue Angels and and Air Force Thunderbirds. But with sequestration pulling the plug on military participation in airshows, the Black Diamond Jet Team zooms into the top spot. Billed as America’s Premier Civilian Demonstration Squadron, the team of four L-39 jets will roar across the Southwest Louisiana skies in perfectly choreographed precision maneuvers and demonstrations of raw, jet-propelled power.

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Diamonds will provide even more oohs and ahhs to an airshow already packed with top-flight attractions. The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team is the prop-driven counterpart to the Black Diamond jets, with incredible stunts accented by distinctive white smoke trails. Louisiana’s own Kevin Coleman will perform mind-bending loop-the-loops in his high-performance Extra 300SHP. The action-packed continued on p71

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“X-games of airshows” will feature Melissa and Rex Pemberton’s unlimited aerobatics. And the Canadian Forces CF-18 demo will show the performance capabilities of a high-end modern jet fighter. Aviation history will be showcased at the Chennault Airshow with flights and static displays by historic aircraft: the Red Tail P-51 Mustang, the B-25 Mitchell bomber and “Fifi,” a rare B-29 Superfortress—all from World War II—and the Vietnam-era MiG-17 Soviet fighter. The Red Tail P-51 will

be accompanied by the “Rise Above” traveling exhibit, a portable theater that tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen—America’s first black military pilots—and how they rose to meet the challenges they faced in World War II. Kids, too, will love the airshow. In addition to the aerial action above, they’ll find fun and learning in the McDonald’s-sponsored Kid Zone—and maybe garner some autographs from the famous stunt pilots after the day’s performance.

The Chennault International Airshow is a family-friendly two-day event, with complete shows on Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29. Discounted tickets are available online at chennaultairshow.com, or tickets can be purchased at the gate. Parking is free. The airshow will use the two-mile-long runway at Chennault International Airport—the airstrip at this former Air Force Base is long enough to handle any aircraft flying today. The airport is easily accessible from the I-210 Loop via Exit 10A—the Legion Street exit. Visit the Chennault International Airshow website at chennaultairshow.com for complete airshow information. Fans can find continuous updates on the Chennault International Airshow Facebook page, and across social media with hashtag #lcairshow.

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Change Your Sleep Posture, Change Your Sleep by Katie Harrington

A good night’s sleep is key to good overall health, that’s no secret. However, nearly 80 percent of women report having trouble sleeping at least a few times per month according to a recent survey conducted by Women’s Health. If you find yourself struggling to get a solid night of shuteye, the answer may just lie in changing your sleep posture or position.

“Feeling refreshed when you wake up in the morning involves more than just the number of hours you sleep each night,” says Michelle Zimmerman, nurse practitioner at the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana. “Sleeping in the wrong position can lead to muscle cramping, impaired circulation and can leave you hurting the next morning.” Zimmerman adds that for the millions of women with pre-existing aches, such as a sore back, a bad sleep position can set off a vicious cycle. “It can exacerbate pain, which can lead to insomnia and in turn more health issue, leading to more sleepless nights.” There’s good news though -- a relatively simple solution. By changing your sleep positions, you may be able to eliminate some of your sleepless 72 www.thriveswla.com

nights. Zimmerman offers these pointers: If you have heartburn, sleep on your left side. Our organs are situated in such a manner that sleeping on the left side puts less pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter. If you have really bad heartburn, roll onto your back and use a few pillows to prop your chest and head. If you have back pain, lie on your side with your legs supported. The key here is to keep your spine in a neutral, naturally curved position. Lie on your side with a slight bend in your knees. If you have sinus pain, lie on your side, propped up. Anytime you are congested, either from allergies, a sinus infection or a plain old cold, avoid sleeping on your back. When you sleep on your back, your mouth can fall open during the night, Thrive Magazine for Better Living

drying up what’s got you stuffed up. This hardened mucus can lead to further congestion. Try lying on your side instead, with an extra pillow under your head to allow gravity to help with drainage. If you have shoulder pain, lie on your side in a ‘hug’ pose. There are many culprits of shoulder pain including a heavy handbag or slouching, but the main cause is actually a poor sleep position. Oddly enough, sleeping on your side can both cause and alleviate shoulder pain. It’s all in the details. Many make the mistake of tucking their bottom arm under their head. To avoid and alleviate shoulder pain, sleep on your non-sore side with your legs slightly bent. Extend your bottom arm straight out and then bring it in. Be sure to use both arms to hug a pillow to your chest.

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If you have PMS, lie on your back. Sleeping on your side lets gravity pull on already tender breast tissue, causing more pain. Place a pillow under your knees to keep your lower spine from arching too much. This can cause additional soreness in the lower back. Keep your arms neutral and at your sides. If you have sore hips, sleep on your back. About 15 percent of females suffer from bursitis, or runner’s hip. It’s basically an inflammation of the hip joint. Side-lying will put additional pressure on your hips, further exacerbating pain. Lying on your back gives your hips a break from the nearconstant stress of walking and sitting all day. If you have an achy jaw, lie on your back. Nighttime teeth-grinding is a genetic condition affecting about eight percent of adults. It’s often linked to stress, anxiety and sleep disorders. It does a painful number on your teeth and jaw. If you suspect you grind your teeth at night, lie on your back with your face pointed toward

the ceiling. This will allow the lower jaw to fall into a natural position and the facial muscles to relax. If you have a stiff neck, sleep on your back. First of all, those pancake flat pillows that you’ve probably had since college aren’t doing you or your neck any favors. Those extra-fluffy ones you found on sale aren’t either. Most people with neck pain benefit from sleeping on their back with their neck in a neutral position. Find a pillow that supports this alignment. Be sure to keep your arms relaxed and by your side. Finally, Zimmerman adds that if you are one of the lucky few without any type of aches or pains, your best bet to stay that way is to sleep on your side. “Sleep on one side, with your legs bent and raised about halfway to your chest. A pillow between your knees can help relieve any pressure on your back.” For more information, visit www.sleepdisordercenterofla.com or call (337) 310-REST.

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Live Long and Prosper? by Erin Kelly

Maybe Not in the South If you want to live a long, vibrant and healthy life, statistics show that you may be living in the wrong place.

Recent findings by the Centers for Disease Control indicate that Southerners live shorter lives and are more likely to spend their twilight years in poor health in comparison with those living in other parts of the country. According to the data, an average 65-year-old resident of Hawaii – the state with the highest life expectancy – was likely to live for 16 more years. The average Mississippi resident of the same age had an additional expectancy of less than 11. That same lower number was true for the rest of the American South, as well. The states with the lowest healthy life expectancy were Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and West Virginia. All had life expectancies of less than 13 years past 65. “The South is a wonderful place to live. Anyone who’s spent considerable time here can attest to its many positive attributes. Unfortunately, good health hasn’t historically been one of them,” said family medicine physician Steve Springer, MD, with Imperial Health. Dr. Springer has a special interest in healthy lifestyle education. He participates in HealthTap.com, the world’s leading interactive health network, where he provides answers to submitted health questions. HealthTap provides these expert answers to medical questions in an open forum that incorporates peer review by allowing other doctors to comment on answers and post additional information. The site 74 www.thriveswla.com

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has been featured in numerous national media outlets, including NBC, CNN, FOX News, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Time Magazine, among others. Dr. Springer is also one of the owners of GetHealthy, Inc., a physician-founded digital corporate wellness platform and community wellness platform. “For years researchers have found that the South is disproportionate in several factors that contribute to poor health,” he said. Among those factors: poor diet and lack of exercise. “Southern cuisine is unparalleled. Unfortunately, it’s also unhealthy. Fried foods, coupled with our propensity to live sedentary lifestyles, doesn’t bode well for our overall health,” said Dr. Springer. The Gallop-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the percentage of Americans exercising frequently declined in 2013 compared to last year. In an area where residents already exercise less than their peers, a further decline is notable. “Every bit of exercise helps, ” added Dr. Springer. Gallup also found that Southerners smoke and drink more than their peers. Louisiana has the fourth-highest smoking rate in the country and its teen tobacco usage rates remain higher than the national average. The South overall dominates the country in its number of smokers. “There are countless behaviors that a person can engage in that may prove hazardous to their health. Of these, smoking is probably the worst,” Dr. Springer said. “There is not an area or function of

the body that isn’t negatively affected by smoking -- particularly long-term smoking. Quitting smoking is the best decision a person can make for their health. It’s no accident that the South has both the highest rates of smokers and the highest rates of adverse health conditions like stroke, heart attack or cancer.” Other factors that contribute to the South’s unhealthy ranking are high rates of obesity and lower numbers of people getting a good night’s rest. The number of obese Southerners continues to increase in a region already struggling with high rates of obesity. Nine of the 10 states with the highest rates are in the South. “Obesity has been shown to contribute to a number of health concerns, especially if it’s coupled with a lack of exercise,” Dr. Springer said. According to him, high rates of poverty and traditionally unhealthy diets are typically considered catalysts for the region’s obesity problem. In Mississippi, 34 percent of residents are considered obese. “A person is considered obese if they are 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight.” Extra weight, Dr. Springer says, increases a person’s risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Inadequate sleep patterns have also been shown to have direct effects on a person’s health; unfortunately, Southerners may be the worst sleepers of the bunch. Using data collected by the CDC, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania

studied the sleep habits of Americans across the country and found that Southerners experience the most sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue. Sleep is often underestimated as a contributor to good health, but Dr. Springer says sleeping well is an important part of good quality of life. “We created GetHealthy to address all of these these specific health problems through an online, incentive platform that helps people make longterm, lifestyle decisions that improve health.” For a comprehensive health assessment, call Dr. Springer’s office at (337) 436-1370 to schedule an appointment, or visit www.imperialhealth.com.

KNEE PAIN? Knee pain is the most common reason people visit an orthopaedic specialist – whether the problem is caused from a sports injury, overuse at work or arthritis.

You may not realize that the latest advances in treatment are available right here in Lake Charles at Center for Orthopaedics. Dr. John Noble was recently the first in the state to perform the innovative repair techniques of subchodroplasty and single-portal arthroscopy for knee patients, and these are just two examples. You can learn more about these and other non-surgical and surgical treatment options for knee pain from Dr. Noble at our upcoming seminar.

Good News For Bad Knees Thursday, September 26, 5:30pm

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

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Childhood Acne: No longer Just a Teen Rite of Passage

by Erin Kelly

Acne has long been the bane of the teen years. Many of us battled with this epidermal predator and its knack for showing up at the most inconvenient times. But acne is no longer just the natural enemy of teenagers. Dermatologists nationwide have seen a large upswing in childhood acne in children as young as seven. “Acne can be difficult to cope with at any age and can be especially daunting for elementary or middle school children,” says Kevin Guidry, MD, a dermatologist at Dermatology Associates of Southwest Louisiana. “With teens, it’s not unusual to find yourself in a classroom with peers who are going through the same thing. With younger children, they may be the only one. No matter how old you are, acne can make you feel uncomfortable and self conscious. But when you’re the only one suffering from it, that discomfort is more palpable, especially if classmates comment or ask questions. Even if their questions are sincere – after all, it’s likely something new to them as well – the child with the acne is still in an unwelcome spotlight.” This emerging trend of acne appearing elementary school age kids has become so widespread that the American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed widening the national guidelines for the treatment of the condition to include children of all ages. According to Dr. Guidry, the reason for the upswing in pre-adolescent acne can be linked to the growing trend of earlier onset puberty, which causes pimple-causing hormones called adrenal androgens to increase. “The approach to acne treatment is the same for adolescent and pre-adolescent patients, and treatment varies depending on the severity of the acne,” Dr. Guidry said. “Regardless of their age, it’s important to treat the condition early, particularly in girls, because signs of acne before puberty are indicative of more severe acne developing later.” Fortunately, he says most of the younger children with acne have mild cases. It’s usually just a spattering on the forehead, nose and chin, which can be treated with over-thecounter topical products. “There are a wide range of prescription medications available and safe for use in younger children if the first-line of 76 www.thriveswla.com

recommended products do not alleviate the problem,” says Dr. Guidry. “There’s no reason children should have to live with acne that is distressing to them. The best way to determine how to proceed is to visit a dermatologist. Even if the acne isn’t that serious, intervention from a dermatologist may help prevent future progression during the teen years.”

For more information on acne treatment options, call Dermatology Associates of Southwest Louisiana at (337) 433-7272.

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Mind & Body

Boomeritis Hitting Baby Boomers

Refusing to be sidelined. Not slowing down when their bodies may tell them too. No matter the age, all have been guilty of this at one time or the other, but it is especially true for the baby boomer generation.

“This generation does not want to slow down and they should be applauded for their thirst for activity, but the weekend warrior mindset that has them participating in all sorts of rigorous athletic activities is contributing to a spike in hip and knee replacements,” says Dr. Robert Duarte, a total joint specialist who is fellowship trained in adult orthopaedic reconstruction and arthritis surgery. Enter boomeritis. It refers to injuries to older amateur athletes, especially those who are part of the baby boom following the end of World War II. As the baby boom generation continues to age and stay active, there has been an explosion of bone and joint aches, pains, injuries, and ailments. Many of these injuries can lead to joint replacements, which have also been on the rise with this generation. Orthopaedic surgeons Drs. Brett Cascio, Nathan Cohen and Robert Duarte of Orthopaedic Specialists, a part of the Memorial Medical Group, are using implant systems that are designed specifically for otherwise healthy baby boomers hoping to remain as active as possible despite the aging process. One such system is the Arthrosurface®, metal and polyethylene implants, that are used in a similar way a dentist fills a tooth cavity. The implants are placed over the joint, resurfacing the area to alleviate pain. The idea 78 www.thriveswla.com

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being that filling in the cartilage defect with an anatomical implant may prevent the spread of damage thereby preserving bone, soft tissues and cartilage in this middle aged patient. “The Arthrosurface® procedures are designed for the people who need or want to maintain or return to an active lifestyle,” Dr. Cascio says. “They can’t do that with a total shoulder joint replacement because it is too delicate.” A similar system has been used on knee joints. Dr. Cohen was one of the first to get a look at the new procedure and has been using it ever since. Before this procedure was available there were fewer options for active people who suffered from arthritis in their knee joint. This gives one more option prior to a total or partial knee replacement. “The procedure is designed to be very bone and cartilage sparing so it will not ‘burn a bridge’ should future surgery be required years later,” Dr. Cohen says. “The technique is straightforward and allows the surgeon to map the patients’ anatomy during the procedure. By matching the implant to the patient rather than the patient to the implant results in an anatomic and inlay system. This is crucial to the more active demands of the patient.” A younger person who has a knee or shoulder replacement will most likely out live the implant and have to have revision surgery which is a much bigger undertaking. The Arthrosurface® system is installed arthroscopically, allowing the patient to heal faster and with less pain. For more information, contact Orthopaedic Specialists (337) 494-4900.

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Say Goodbye to Sensitive Teeth

by Lauren Jameson

You take a sip of coffee and — ouch! You drink some of your iced tea and — ouch! You feel a pain in your tooth that takes your breath away. Why is this happening? Tooth sensitivity is a common concern of many dental patients, said Dr. Katie Courville, dentist at Dr. Mary Seale Churchman’s office in Lake Charles. But, there are things that can be done to alleviate the problem. Teeth sensitivity is a sharp pain that can happen when something cold or hot touches teeth. It is caused when the tubules, which make up teeth, become exposed and fluid moves in and out of them, causing the pain. The problem occurs most commonly in older adults, she said. “Older patients have problems because their teeth have more wear and/or roots have become exposed,” Dr. Courville said. “Over time, enamel is worn away. This can be from years of eating acidic foods or clenching/grinding teeth. Brushing over-zealously can also cause enamel wear and cause the gums to recede, exposing the tooth root. This can result in sensitive teeth.” Desensitizing materials can be placed on exposed, sensitive roots, she said, to reduce the sensitivity. Dr. Courville said there are over-the-counter and by prescription only tooth-sensitivity toothpastes to help reduce the pain. The toothpastes contain ingredients to help “seal” the tubules up and soothe the nerve. Also, using a soft bristle toothbrush to gently brush teeth is recommended to minimize enamel wear and gum recession. Sometimes, teeth are sensitive to pressure after some kind of trauma, such as biting down on something hard or grinding your teeth. If the pain persists or worsens, it could mean there is a more serious problem and you should go see your dentist, Dr. Courville said. For more information on teeth sensitivity, call Dr. Courville at 478-4022 or visit her office at 3632 Common St. in Lake Charles. September 2013

Get Focused on Better Vision as you Age Join The Eye Clinic for these Educational Seminars Cataract Seminar with Breakfast or Lunch Monday, September 23 Breakfast: 7 am • Lunch: Noon

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.

Symptoms of Cataract Include: • 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

Macular Degeneration Breakfast • Monday, September 30, 7 am Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in older adults. This type of vision loss makes it difficult to recognize faces, drive a car, read print or do detail work like sewing. This condition gradually destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides the sharp, central vision needed to see objects clearly. Join ophthalmologist Dr. Virgil Murray to learn more about early diagnosis of the condition, and innovative new injections that slow the rate of vision loss and in many cases, even improve the patient’s vision.

Glaucoma Seminar • Tuesday, October 1, 5:30 pm Called the “silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in the United States, and often has no symptoms. That’s why early detection is critical. Glaucoma can damage the optic nerve, the structure responsible for transmitting visual information from the eye to the brain. Learn more about the risk factors and advanced technology for detecting and treating glaucoma that are only available at The Eye Clinic from ophthalmologist Dr. A.J. O’Byrne. He will discuss VEP testing and the SLT laser system that allows many patients with glaucoma to eliminate prescription medications and drops.

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Seating is limited at all events, 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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Local Patient First in State to Benefit from Innovative New Treatment for Knee Arthritis Lake Charles firefighter Danny Zimmerman was at home splitting firewood when he twisted the wrong way and heard a pop in his knee, followed by searing pain. It didn’t take long for the pain to become intolerable, requiring medical intervention. He saw orthopaedic surgeon Dr. John Noble at Center for Orthoapedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, who diagnosed arthritis in his knee as the source of his problem. Fortunately, Zimmerman sought treatment early enough to become the first in Louisiana to undergo a new bone-preserving procedure in his knee known as subchondroplasty. This new advance in arthritis treatment involves injecting a cementlike substance into the knee to prevent or delay further deterioration. “It is a reabsorbable calcium phosphate material, “ Dr. Noble explains. “Over time the bone will reabsorb it and replace it with a healthy new one.” An estimated 27 million Americans suffer from some form of osteoarthritis, a condition that causes breakdown of cartilage and bone in load-bearing joints such as the knee. Individuals with chronic knee pain associated with early knee arthritis have had few treatment options to limit disease progression. “Once cartilage is gone, it cannot be regenerated,” according to Dr. Noble. He says subchondroplasty offers a new and effective solution to this debilitating condition for many patients, one that can prevent and/or delay the need for more invasive procedure such as a total knee replacement. “Traditional treatments either do not address the underlying cause of knee pain, or do so at the expense of the entire joint. Advances in early and preventive treatment are crucial to limit further 80 www.thriveswla.com

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Dr. John Noble examines Zimmerman’s knee.

damage and bone loss from knee arthritis and to improving a patient’s quality of life,” says Dr. Noble. “That’s exactly what subchondroplasty does. It allows us to treat bone marrow edema which is a precursor to arthritis and delay progression of the disease, while simultaneously providing pain relief.” During the outpatient arthroscopic subchondroplasty procedure, a fiber-optic instrument is used along with fluoroscopic guidance to inject the biologic cement into the bone defect. This cement immediately hardens, stabilizing the bone and reducing irritation in the joint. Dr. Noble says subchondroplasty is ideal for patients 40-75 years of age who experience chronic knee pain due to a bone defect, also known as a bone marrow lesion (BML). BMLs are thought to cause swelling and inflammation in the top layer of bone that contributes to the progression of knee arthritis. These defects can only be seen and diagnosed on MRI imaging, and Dr. Noble adds that the best chance to preserve bones is through early intervention. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

For Zimmerman, a tiny dot is the only mark left behind from his treatment he says his knee is painfree. “My recovery was great,” he said, “after the surgery there wasn’t much down time. They had me in a brace for about a week or two then up and walking around.” Learn more about subchondroplasty and other advances in knee pain treatment techniques from Dr. Noble at a seminar on Thursday, September 26, at 5:30 pm at Center for Orthopaedics in Lake Charles. Call (337) 721-2903 or register online at www.centerforortho.com.

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Lowering Your Odds for a Stroke by Christine Fisher

Having a stroke can seem as unpredictable as the weather. It’s common to feel as though there is nothing to control or prevent it, but in reality, up to 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented. Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease; many doctors refer to it as a “brain attack”. It can rob people of their independence and self-esteem; in fact, stroke is the most common cause of adult disability. Each year, about 795,000 Americans have a stroke, with about 160,000 dying from strokerelated causes. The good news is that many of these strokes can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle. Health organizations such as the American Stroke Association and the Stroke Awareness Foundation say that people have more power over their risk of stroke than they might think. Brian Kelley, D.O., of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Neurosurgical Associates agrees. “People don’t need to feel powerless. There are several things we can all do to prevent stroke.” First of all, Dr. Kelley said living a healthy lifestyle is invaluable to stroke prevention. “Everyday habits 82 www.thriveswla.com

and the choices we make accumulate over the years, and by the time we’re in our 40s, 50s and 60s, those choices help determine our health. If we’ve gotten regular exercise and eaten healthy foods, the risk of having a stroke is much less than someone who abused their health. Those small choices matter,” he said. Controlling blood pressure is a key factor in reducing one’s risk for stroke. If it’s above 120/80, talk with your doctor about it. Implementing regular exercise and eating a variety of healthy foods is often all it takes to see a dramatic drop in blood pressure. “Cutting back on salty foods and adding more fruit and vegetables can make a world of difference,” Kelley said. In some cases, medication may be the route to take in order to see a significant change. “However it’s accomplished, getting blood pressure down to a manageable level is critical,” he said. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Cigarette smoking can double a person’s risk for stroke. Smoking has been proven to block the carotid artery, the main neck artery supplying blood to the brain. “You’re never too old to reap the benefits of quitting smoking,” said Kelley. “No matter what your age, your body will begin to improve once smoking is stopped. Otherwise, the effects of nicotine, carbon monoxide and cigarette smoke bring many health-related problems, including stroke, heart disease, lung disease and cancers. In terms of stroke, having diabetes is like being 15 years older. “It’s interesting that if blood glucose levels are high at the time of a stroke, the brain damage is usually more severe than when it is under control,” said Kelley. “Keeping diabetes in check is important for overall health, including stroke prevention.”

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Getting regular exercise, such as walking, swimming, or cycling – anything that gets the heart rate up for an extended amount of time – is extremely beneficial to good health. It strengthens the heart, keeps weight within normal limits, and reduces the risk for other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease as well as stroke. Monitoring cholesterol levels is another risk factor for stroke that can often be controlled with a healthier lifestyle; and in some cases, a healthier lifestyle combined with medication. “While we may think we don’t have time to implement a healthier lifestyle, once a stroke occurs, we tend to realize we could have made better choices,” explained Kelley. “A lifechanging event, such as a stroke, can quickly change a person’s priorities.” Kelley says that because there are risk factors that cannot be controlled, such as age, gender, race and family history, it is even more important to focus on the ones that are within a person’s influence. Dr. Kelley also emphasizes that everyone should know the warning

signs of a stroke, in order to get medical attention immediately. “Brain cells die from decreased blood flow and lack of oxygen; time is critical,” he said. If you observe one or more signs of a stroke, get help immediately. The signs are: • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body • Sudden confusion, or trouble talking or understanding speech • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance • Sudden severe headache with no known cause Immediate treatment when signs of a stroke occur can mean a great deal of difference. Although, we can’t completely eliminate the risk factor for stroke, we can certainly do all we can to decrease the odds.

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Meet the Newest Member of our Medical Staff

Bridget Loehn, M.D. Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT)

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. She will begin seeing patients on October 1. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (337) 312-8564.


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Style & Beauty



by Jody Carroll

Fall is fast approaching, and annual Homecoming festivities are a favorite for teens in the fall season. What’s the word on this year’s fashion trends, you ask? We’ll help you make sure you look fabulous for your special night! Here are some tips for ladies and gentlemen alike.


• Bring on the Bling! It’s your time to shine! Don’t be afraid of sequins or jewel accents this season. • High Rise Style. Cropped in the front, and angled long in the back, dress hems have taken a “dive” this season. • “The Princess” Look. Give yourself a status boost! With a little chiffon “fluff” or lacey overlay, you’re sure to feel like royalty on your special night. • The Bubble Dress. This dress is short but still adds flow and dimension to your style. • Today’s Sweetheart. Low cuts are in. The “sweetheart” cut is at the top of the style list! • Be Bold and Bright. Choose colors that pop! Neon orange, gorgeous greens, brilliant blues, and even whites and other neutrals. Simple, solid colors are in! • About the shoes… Grab some strappy heels or wedges to complete your look. • Rapunzel, let your hair down! Long waves are the style this Homecoming season. Pin up a few curls or add a jeweled headband to your stylish do! 84 www.thriveswla.com


• Ties that POP! Guys, give your look flavor with bold accent colors in solids or simple prints. • Sophistication = Style. Choose simple neutral colors that you can accent with color for a crisp, sharp look. • Prince Charming. Guys, if your lady goes for the “Princess” look, you can compliment her style with a skinny silk tie in a solid color to match and flat front slacks in a dark color. • Step on out! Show up with confidence on homecoming night with a sharp pair of dress shoes to complete your stylish look. No tennis shoes allowed!

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by Lauren Jameson

Initially Charming These days, you will see more and more women wearing their initials on their necks, ears, wrists or fingers. Initial jewelry is back. According to Rhonda Kleckley, owner of Accessory Zone in Lake Charles, it is a trend that never really left. “It’s been popular for years — it’s never really gone out of style,” she said. “It’s popular with everyone from infants to adults.” Popular pieces include earrings, necklaces, bracelets, charm bracelets and rings and items feature script or block letters — in single or three initial styles. It’s not just the initial jewelry that’s popular — items such as initial keychains, totes, pads, cosmetic bags, clipboards, pens, cups, wine glasses, candles, napkins and door mats — are hot sellers too. The store even sells initial toilet paper. Yes, toilet paper. “It’s a good housewarming present,” Rhonda said. The most popular initials, according to Rhonda, are C, K, M, S, A . The letters B, D, E, S and T are in demand too. “We try to keep every initial in the store,” she said. Rhonda said many customers don’t always want to use their first initials. “A lot of people prefer their last name initial,” Rhonda said. “It’s OK to use any initial you prefer.” Initial items are big in offices as well. “A lot of offices come in and buy mugs to keep in the office,” she said. “It’s another personal touch.” Rhonda said the initial jewelry and other items maintain their popularity is because they’re personal. “It’s not just something off the shelf; it’s thought out,” she said. “It’s something they will keep.”


Fabulous this Fall

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: • Cosmetic Injections • Chemical Peels • Microdermabrasion • Targeted Skin Care Treatments • PCA Home Care Products • Jane Iredale Mineral Make-up • Facial Cosmetic Surgery

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Does your Smile Show too Much? Botox Can Correct “Gummy Smiles” by Erin Kelly

For many, the smile says it all. The flash of a good smile is powerful in the world of first impressions. But some people hesitate to flash their full smile due to what is commonly called a “gummy smile.” Dr. Mark Crawford, facial cosmetic specialist and Medical Director of the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic, says Botox is a great treatment option for those who feel like their smile displays an excessive amount of gum tissue when they smile. “Ideally when you smile, the upper lip should sit just above the top of your teeth – about one to two millimeters,” he explains. “But some people have hyper active facial muscles that lift the upper lip too much when they smile. Others have thin upper lips that roll over when they smile. And some people have small teeth and/or excess gum tissue that covers too much of the upper teeth.” “Some people don’t mind their smiles, even if their gums are visible, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But for those who are self-conscious about their gummy smiles, there are ways to correct it,” says Dr. Crawford. “One of the newer and most effective treatments for this concern is Botox injections.” Botox has traditionally been used as a cosmetic correction for wrinkles and other signs of aging, but its uses have expanded to include several functions, including perioral injections to correct a gummy smile. “A small amount of Botox injected into the upper lip reduces the lifting action of the lip muscles when the person smiles, leaving more of their gums hidden,” explains Dr. Crawford. As with most Botox treatments, the treatment is virtually painless and only takes a few minutes, he adds. The results last up to six months. “It’s important to appreciate the fact that smiles come in all types, which is a wonderful thing,” Dr. Crawford says. “But if you are self-conscious about yours, it’s good to know there is a relatively simple solution that is successful for most people.” For more information about Botox cosmetic injections, call the Aesthetic Center at (337) 310-1070 or visit www.facehealth.net. 86 www.thriveswla.com

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Must-Haves This Fall

The seasons are a changin’ which means your wardrobe will soon be needing an update. Transition your wardrobe from summer chic to fabulous fall with these 10 must-have items. Mini handbag. Find yourself a pint size version of our favorite handbag to carry around for the fall. This minihand bag can have a strap to help free your hands if need be and can find in a rich bordeaux color to work with your fall wardrobe. Remember, if you have a fashion question for me, just email it to edit@thriveswla. com or post it on the Thrive Facebook page. It could be answered in an upcoming column. If yours is chosen, you’ll receive a Thrive t-shirt.

gem hues.

Transition from the warm days of summer to the chilly fall evenings with cool jewel tones like cobalt blue, emerald green, or violet purple. A pair of bold toned pumps or a warm suede biker jacket will keep you looking trendy and transitional for the season.

pointed toes.

Update your footwear for autumn with a pair of pointed toe booties or pumps. With a shorter toe, the pointed toed shoes this season are a more modern version of what you wore years ago. It’s time to throw out your witch shoes and refresh your feet!

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

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Wild cats are making a statement in the fall line-up! Find a pair of pumps or a scarf to add just the right amount of print to your ensemble to avoid going overboard. Look sexy and chic, but don’t go untamed.

o Swelling in legs or ankles

Peplums. Peplums continue to soar on the runway. In tops, dresses and skirts, peplums can be extremely flattering for any body type. This look can be worn to work or out for a hot date. Textures. Create interest and intrigue by mixing and matching different materials like lace with leather. Layer a fur vest over your sheer blouse with a pair of ripped up jeans and leather pumps for a night on the town.

o Aching or throbbing pain o Varicose veins o Burning sensation o Itchy legs o Leg cramps o Discoloration o Skin changes o Slow healing wound o Heavy, tired legs o Restless legs

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o Spider veins

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You don’t have to own a Harley to look hot in leather. In leather or suede, neutral or cobalt blue, a biker-styled jacket is this fall’s must-have outerwear piece.

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Mark Your Calendar! Oil Painting Workshop Scheduled Associated Louisiana Artists will hold a 2-day oil painting workshop at the Gallery by The Lake at 106 West Pryce St. in Lake Charles on September 14-15. Scott Mattlin, an outstanding impressionist painter, will be returning for his second class in Lake Charles. The cost of this workshop is $275. For more information, call (337) 855-9202.

Walnut Grove To Host 5K & Nutty Fun Run Event in September Walnut Grove, the new traditional neighborhood development in Lake Charles, will host a 5K Race and Nutty Fun Run on September 28 in celebration of Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School’s 60th Anniversary. Registration fees are $20 for the 5K race and $15 for the Nutty Fun Run (strollers welcome). For more information, or to register, call (337) 497-0137 or visit www.walnutgrovetnd.com/ community.

Gallery Promenade Set Gallery Promenade, the Arts Council of SWLA’s annual gallery and museum showcase, returns on September 27, from 5-9 pm, and this year, dozens of galleries and art spaces, from downtown Lake Charles to McNeese campus and Sulphur to Moss Bluff, will open their doors for an extensive and cooperative art walk that features the area’s current exhibits and local artists. For details, visit www. artsandhumanitiesswla.org or call (337) 439-2787.

Barenaked Ladies to Perform at L’Auberge Casino

Wheels of Hope Charity Bike Ride Scheduled

Living Information for Today Event Scheduled

The Wheels of Hope Charity Bike Ride is scheduled for October 5 at St. Theodore’s Holy Family Catholic School in Moss Bluff. This fully supported bike ride is a fundraising event for St. Nicholas Center for Children, a local non-profit dedicated to providing services to children with autism and developmental delays. Registration forms, fundraising updates, prizes, and routes are at www.wheelsofhopelc.com

LIFT is a social program for all lake area widows and widowers. This event is scheduled for September 23 in the Hixon Funeral Home Events Room in Lake Charles. For more information, call (337) 794-3113.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Continues Great Strides Walks in Lake Charles The Baton Rouge Regional Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has announced the continuation of Great Strides in Lake Charles, one of over 600 national walks that generate critical funds to support lifesaving cystic fibrosis research, education and care. The 2013 goal of Great Strides, the largest CF fundraiser, is to raise nearly $42 million. The Lake Charles walk is scheduled for September 28 at Veterans Memorial Park. For more information, visit http://greatstrides.cff.org.

Step Up for Down Syndrome Event The 11th annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk is scheduled for September 28 at the McNeese Quad. For more information, visit www.up4downswla.org.

Girl Power Conference Scheduled The 2nd Annual Girl Power Conference is scheduled for September 14 from 9:00am-2:00pm at The Beauregard Parish Fair Exhibit Hall. Tickets are $5 and are available at The Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (337) 463-5533.

Pink Ribbon Gala Scheduled Friends of Sisters, INC will be hosting Pink Ribbon Gala 2013 on October 12. The event will take place at Treasures of Marilyn beginning at 6pm with a silent auction followed by the dinner at 7pm. For more information and tickets, call (337) 478-7894.

Eye Health Seminars Planned For September The Eye Clinic ophthalmologists will host free breakfast and lunchtime community education seminars on various eye health topics throughout the month of September in their Lake Charles office. Seating is limited and a light meal will be served. Topics and seminar details include: Cataract Seminar Monday, September 23 Sessions to be held at 7 a.m. and 12 noon

Macular Degeneration Seminar Monday, September 30 at 7 a.m. Call (337) 478-3810 for more information or to preregister for any of these seminars, or visit www.theeyeclinic.net to register online. The Eye Clinic in Lake Charles is located at 1717 Oak Park Blvd.

Common Medicare Questions Seminar On September 10, a Senior Health Information Program (SHIIP) representative will be the featured speaker at a seminar sponsored by West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. The seminar will be held at the Sulphur Regional Library at 1160 Cypress Street, and is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, call (337) 527-4282.

ICD-10CM Coding Boot Camp Scheduled Canadian Rock Band Barenaked Ladies to Perform at L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles on October 25. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased in advance at the Business Center, at Legends at L’Auberge or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

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The boot camp is scheduled for October 22-23 in Lake Charles. Prior approved for continuing education hours by AHIMA and AAPC. For more information, call (337) 794-1649 or visit www.louisianaicd10.com.

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Lake Charles Symphony Announces

56th Season The Lake Charles Symphony’s 56th Season, “Signatures,” is a celebration of bold, powerful pieces with the composers making a mark on the musical world. The Symphony is gearing up for the classical concert series that begins this fall, and music-lovers are now able to secure season tickets before the September concert.

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September 28 Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor with guest pianist, Erik Lawrence along with Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 in D Flat Major “Romantic.”

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February 15 Aaron Copland, A Lincoln Portrait, and Symphony No. 4 in G Major by Gustav Mahler with guest soprano, Kellie Rumba.

April 5 Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor by Sergei Prokofiev with solo violinist Misha Vayman and Symphony No. 8 in G Minor by Antonin Dvorak.

Kellie Rumba Lake Charles Symphony

Each Saturday night concert is also followed by socials at public venues that are announced at the concert as well as online before each concert. For more information on the Symphony, call (337) 433-1611 or go online at www.lcsymphony.org.

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New York State of Mind

La Familia Resource Center presents, A Fashion Extravaganza: A New York State Of Mind, fashion show and silent auction fundraiser, Friday, October 4, 2013, at L’Auberge Casino & Resort. Experience a New York style fashion show with clothing provided by Dillard’s, Frankie & Co. and Men’s Wearhouse, hairstyles by Signatures Salon and make-up by Mac. Reserved and VIP tickets available online at www.lfrc.eventbrite.com or by calling the agency. Reserved ticket holders will receive hors d’ oeuvres with cash bar, swag bag and reserved seating; VIP ticket holders will receive access to the VIP Lounge, with hors d’ oeuvres butler served with carving station, two complimentary drinks, includes your choice of beer, wine, soda or water along with a cash bar, swag bag and VIP seating. Silent auction items will include dinner packages, trips to Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, along with items from local companies, boutiques and artist. La Familia Resource Center (LFRC) is a bilingual, multi-service, 501(C)3 non-profit organization developed to meet the needs of multi-cultural families and individuals of all nations by providing information, resource referrals, access to services and programs within the Lake Charles community to help them adapt to their new life in Southwest Louisiana. LFRC would like to give a special thank you to the sponsors. Platinum Sponsor: Paramount Auto Group (Nissan of Lake Charles, 171 Nissan, Nissan of Silsbee and Mazda of Lake Charles); Gold Sponsor: KVHP Fox 29 and L’Auberge Casino & Resort; Silver Sponsor: First Federal Bank; Bronze Sponsor: CSE Federal Credit Union and Sasol; Friend Sponsor: American Press Foundation, Arabie Environmental Solutions, Axiall Corporation, Christus St. Patrick Hospital, Citgo Petroleum, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, Phillips 66 and Women & Children’s Hospital.

NOW O PE N ! A Piece of Cake’s

If you would like more information on tickets, event sponsorship, silent auction donation, about La Familia Resource Center or the programs offered please call 337-312-2906.

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Horoscopes Cancer

(June 21-July 22) Focus on your career this month. This is an excellent time to network, explore new opportunities, take a workshop or learn more about that “other career” you’ve always thought you’d be good at.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Happy Birthday Leo! This month has the potential to be stressful. You’ll have an array of activities. Indulge your creativity with something you truly enjoy. Not only will it give a great sense of satisfaction, but it also give you peace and clarity.


(August 23-September 22) Happy birthday, Virgo! This year has been full of ebbs and flows. You’ve either been completely underwater or twiddling your thumbs—nothing in between, which has at times been very frustrating for the pragmatic Virgo. However, things are starting to get in sync and the lessons you’ve learned in patience and adaptability over the past few months will pay off threefold. Hope you got your rest during the down times, because the rest of year will bring a great deal of movement and the answers you have been waiting for, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Remember, even you can’t predict everything. Avoid making assumptions and embrace the excitement to come! Don’t hesitate to come out of your shell.


(October 23-November 21) Get out there and network or plan a party! During September you will hit the high point of the social energy wave you’ve been riding for the last few months, but once you do, make sure to rest afterwards or else you’ll feel the sting.


(November 22-December 21) TThis month dear archer, you will be on the receiving end of cupid’s arrow, whether it means meeting someone new, rekindling with a past love, connecting with your partner, or even bonding with family and friends—you’ve been struck!


(December 21-January 19) Your thoughts will be roaming far and wide this month. Stay focused and positive. Keep your social calendar active and consider embarking on a spontaneous weekend getaway.

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(March 21-April 19) Pull back your horns this month in your approach to work and your social life. You’ve made great strides this year; it’s time to relax and enjoy the results.


(April 20-May 20) This is a great time to connect with old friends; they will provide you with needed insight. Fire up the grill! Spending time in the great outdoors will be good for you.


(May 21-June 20) You will be hitting a social high this month. It’s the perfect time for you to show off your social prowess by hosting a party. Keep your eyes open at work, you may find an opportunity to expand your income.


(January 20-February 18) “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius…” September will offer you the new start you’ve been yearning for—dive in the water is perfect!


(February 19-March 28) The stars suggest that you will run into someone from your past this September. Be sure to listen to your instincts, don’t let your mind get muddled by assumptions— you could miss out on a great


(September 23-October 22) The scales will be in constant swing this month, it’s best to practice the art of being a good listener if you want them to tip in your favor. Schedule some spa time or join a yoga class, it will help bring back the balance.



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Knight Media Printing Donates to McNeese Banners Season

Banners Poster Contest

McNeese Student Wins Addy

McNeese State University is sponsoring a poster design contest for the 2014 Banners Cultural Season. The winning designer will receive a $500 cash prize. Submissions must be received between 9 am-1 pm on September 6, in the Banners office located in McNeese’s F.G. Bulber Auditorium. For more information, contact Tami Chrisope in the Banners office at tami@mcneese.edu.

McNeese Ranked 3rd

L to R: Patricia Prudhomme, Banners director, Chris Ehlers, KMI chief operating officer, and Chuck Ehlers, KMI president and CEO.

The McNeese State University Banners Cultural Season is annually supported by donations from area corporate sponsors. Knight Media Printing Inc. has donated $5,000 to Banners.

McNeese State University ranks third in Louisiana among all public and private institutions with the greatest lifetime return on investment for its graduates according to AffordableCollegesOnline. org, a national resource for college affordability and financial aid information. To see all of the rankings visit http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/ online-colleges/louisiana.

McNeese Foundation Receives Planned Gift

McNeese MFA Alumnus Receives Prestigious Fellowship McNeese State University alumnus Michael Shewmaker has received a 2013 Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford University. Michael Shewmaker Shewmaker is a 2010 graduate of McNeese’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and a doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University.

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L to R: Jennifer Pitre, McNeese gift planning and research specialist, Dayley and Marianne White, McNeese planned giving coordinator.

Fred J. Dayley has established a planned gift through the McNeese State University Foundation to fund the Fred J. Dayley Endowed Scholarship in support of a Vinton High School graduate.

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Joe Racca, visual arts major at McNeese State University, won a Student Silver Addy award at the recent American Advertising Federation’s national conference. This is McNeese’s first national student Addy Award.

Banners Cultural Season Preview The Banners Cultural Season brings nationally and internationally known artists and sculptors, musicians, authors and lecturers, and exhibits to Southwest Louisiana during the spring for Lake Area residents to enjoy. Members Opening Gala - March 8 Harlem String Quartet - March 9 Bridgman Packer Dance - March 21 FROGZ - March 27 Lightwire - April 4 Sam Bush - April 5 Kenya Safari Acrobats - April 11 The Hit Men - April 13 ETHEL and Robert Mirabal - April 25 The Alley Cats - April 26 Sybarite5 - May 2 McNeese Jazz Festival with Joey DeFrancesco - May 3 More information and ticket pricing is available on the website at www.banners.org.

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McNeese Awarded Grant McNeese State University is one of 19 universities awarded a grant in a national competition to advance and strengthen regional economies. McNeese will use the $102,590 grant to become the hub of innovation for Southwest Louisiana business and industry.

Union Pacific Donates to McNeese Banners Season The McNeese State University Banners Cultural Season is annually supported by donations from area corporate sponsors. Union Pacific donated $10,000 for the 2014 Banners Season. L to R: Drew Tessier, Union Pacific director of public affairs, presented the donation to Patricia Prudhomme, Banners director.

McNeese Music Professor to Perform at National Event McNeese State University Associate Professor of Music, Dr. Judy Hand, has been selected to perform at the 2013 National Flute Association convention August 8-11 in New Orleans. This annual convention draws almost 4,000 flutists from around the world.

Judy Hand

“The Cowboy” Statue Installed in Jack V. Doland Field House “The Cowboy” statue, one of only 35 produced by legendary sculptor Buck McCain, is finished in a rich brown patina, stands 6 feet 8 inches including the base and weighs almost 900 pounds. “The Cowboy” has been safely installed in the lobby of the Jack V. Doland Field House at McNeese State University.

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Community Contributor$ City enters into Agreement with Abraham’s Tent

United Way Employees Donate to St. Nicholas Center

McDonald’s Donates to Chennault International Airshow

The City of Lake Charles has entered into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Abraham’s Tent Association, a Louisiana non-profit corporation, in the amount of $50,000. The proceeds will be used for the development, construction and/or equipping of a new facility located in the City of Lake Charles to provide meals and support services to persons in need of assistance.

Employees of United Way of Southwest Louisiana present St. Nicholas Center for Children with a check for $12,000.00.

McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana made a $12,050 donation to the Chennault International Airshow. The McDonald’s donation will fund the airshow’s Kids’ Zone.

L’Auberge Sponsors Mad Hot Ballroom

Bureau Presents City of Sulphur with a Grant

Union Pacific Awards Grant to Imperial Calcasieu Museum

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles hosted the 2013 Mad Hot Ballroom gala, Southwest Louisiana’s version of “Dancing With The Stars.” L’Auberge Casino Resort donated $5,000 in ballroom space for the event, which paired local celebrities with dance professionals in a competition. Union Pacific’s has contributed a $5,000 grant to the Imperial Calcasieu Museum’s current educational programs to support new program development for the community.

Delta Downs Donates to Family Foundation of SWLA

The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) presented a $10,000 Tourism Marketing Development Grant to Mayor Duncan with the City of Sulphur in preparation for the Sulphur Centennial events taking in March of 2014.

Iberia Bank Donates to Fairview Elementary IBERIABANK, the 126-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, has announced a $1,000 donation to Fairview Elementary School for their Accelerated Reader Program.

Union Pacific Awards $6,000 Grant to Arts Council

MWV Donates $30,000 to United Way

The Union Pacific Foundation awarded a $6,000 operational support grant to the Arts Council of SWLA for its work in expanding the impact of the cultural economy in the five-parish region. For more information, visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org or call (337) 439-ARTS.

The Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana accepted a $5,000 from Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino. The donation will go towards an endowment benefit the programs of Family & Youth. Employees from MWV presented a check for $30,000 to United Way of Southwest Louisiana at the Beauregard Parish 2013 Campaign Kick-Off Celebration. continued on p98

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Solutions Solutions Counseling & EAP for Life The Price of Hugs

Hugs are costly, did you know that? You might think hugs are free, but not so, my friends. At church recently, the priest made a statement that has really stuck with me: hug only the things that can hug you back. That statement was only a small part of his homily, but it kept reverberating in my brain. Hug only the things that can hug you back. See, hugs are not free. They require energy. They require time and effort. Conversely, they can give you energy when you give them to the right things. And if you are hugging the wrong things, you will find yourself at a deficit. So, the question becomes, where are you expending energy, time and effort? Is it on things that have a positive return rate? Are you making wise investments? Here is what I know: Jobs and Careers Cannot Hug You Back. Many of us make the mistake of investing too much in this area of our lives. When you “hug” your career, you allow it to become a bigger part of your life than is healthy. When “what you do” becomes “who you are,” there is a problem. And there are many of us that have a problem. Begin to notice how many times you are introduced to people, and the first question asked is “What do you do for a living?” It has become such an initial identifier in our society. I try really hard when I meet someone to ask some other question, such as “What drew you to this event?” or “What was the best part of your day today?” You should see the look on their face as the person is trying to process these unexpected questions. I clearly have thrown them off balance! Many of us “hug” our jobs by letting them bleed over into all areas of our lives. Not only do we put in our 40 hours per week, but we also bring our jobs with us wherever we go: the dinner table, vacation, while we are playing with our children. I am putting you all on notice: you cannot fully engage with your children while checking your emails/texts/Facebook notifications. And your children will realize that the stupid thing you are holding in your hand has more of your attention than they do. At that moment, you are hugging that phone when you could be hugging your children.

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

the family you surround yourself with.” If the Things Cannot Hug You Back. The stuff you people in your life are unhealthy, it is time to own may be nice, but it cannot return your decrease the amount of resources allocated to energy and affection like a living thing can. Be them. Nothing is more frustrating than going careful how much time, energy and money you over and over again to a “dry well” (someone spend on things. Are your credit cards maxed who will never give you what you are hoping for out because you never tell anyone (yourself and need out of a relationship). included) “no,” or “we don’t need that?” Do you I hope you are inspired to examine the hugs have to get payday loans to make it check to you are distributing in your life. Make sure you check, but manage to see every movie, eat out are hugging things that can actually hug back. frequently and carry the brand name purse? And, don’t forget to hug yourself from time to Do you take elaborate vacations, and drive time, too. expensive cars, but your children never see you volunteering or helping others in need? If so, then you are “hugging” things, and that is a bad investment. I’m fine with the elaborate Experience a unique opportunity to explore the vacation (and possibilities for all of your special events the purse), as long as you also expend some of your resources on helping make the world a better place. And, along those lines, sometimes kids need to hear SEPTEMBER “no” even when you can afford it just so they don’t become entitled brats. 3510 FIFTH AVENUE • LAKE CHARLES, LA


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Community Contributor$ Delta Downs, Entergy, L’Auberge and Southwest Beverage Support Family & Youth

Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino, Entergy, L’Auberge Casino Resort and Southwest Beverage support the Family & Youth Festival 2013 with a total donation of over $6,000.00.

Citgo Donates to Imperial Calcasieu Museum

Entergy Donates Check to CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital

Dana Keel, Manager Citgo Government & Public Affairs, visits the Sallier Oak at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum to deliver Citgo’s $10,000 sponsorship donation.

Entergy representatives present a $5,000 check to CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation representatives as a Corporate Sponsor of the 2013 Dragon Boat Race. The event, which was the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation’s newest fundraiser, benefitted the Children’s Miracle Network and was held at the Lake Charles Seawall.

L’Auberge Hosted 2013 Legis-Gator Luncehon L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles hosted the Chamber SWLA’s Legis-Gator Luncheon for the seventh consecutive year. L’Auberge’s $34,500 inkind donation as Title Sponsor included the meeting space, food and beverage, and staffing.

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