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In This Issue

Regular Features

Wining & Dining

2 First Person with Kerry Onxley 1 18 Who’s News 27 Business Buzz 43 By the Numbers 62 McNeese Corral 63 Happenings 66 Solutions for Life!

6 Decoding Common Diet Blunders 7 Wine & Cheese: a Winning Pair laces & Faces P 14 Daigle Brings Jazz in the Arts to the Community 16 Culture in the Lake Area Money & Career



Multi-Million Dollar Hotel Expansion Underway 22 Blueprint for Building Good Credit 23 Stretch Your Schedule: How to Find More Time

Home & Family 30 Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! The Truth about Lies 32 Multiple Generations Celebrate Furniture Business Success 34 What’s Your Number? 38 - 45 Cover Story:


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Style & Beauty


46 Fall/Winter Style Preview 48 Lose the Excess Baggage: Take a Closer Look at Eyelid Surgery

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Mind & Body 52 The Changing and Growing Aging Problem 56 Depression Post-Prozac 58 Treating Food Allergies


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Women’s Fall Conference October 16, 2014 Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana 2014 Executive Board The Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. announces their new officers for 2014. These ladies will work with the dedicated commissioners to host the Women’s Fall Conference to be held at the Civic Center on October 16th. For more information about the organization, please visit www.womenscommissionswla.com.

Executive Board

The new officers are pictured as follows: first row (left to right) Krystle Johnson - VP/Fall Conferece Chair, Sue Conn - Pres., Christy Sevier- Publicity Director and second row (also left to right) Michelle Poche’ - Finance Director, Debbie Boudreaux - Past President, Sandy Laurel - Treasurer, Bettye Tousaint - Membership Director, Debra Johnson - Parliamentarian, Carol Henry - Advisory Director, Rhonda Goodly - Secretary. Not pictured is Dena Everage – Website Director. September 2014

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Wining & Dining Decoding Common

Diet Blunders

Have you been strict with your diet and dedicated to your exercise routine, but your scale has been stuck on the same digits? You may be falling prey to some hidden diet blunders. “No one will argue that the hardest part of dieting is will power,” says dietitian Jacqueline Richard, MS, RD, LDN, assistant director of patient services with CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. “However, seemingly innocent or helpful diet mistakes are also some of the largest hurdles to overcome.” Here are a few of the most common, according to Richard. Outsmarting cravings by loading up on “diet-friendly” substitutes It can be hard to resist labels that scream fat-free, lowfat, low-carb, trans-fat-free, and gluten-free. What better way to defeat pesky cravings for brownies or that urge for chips? However, just because a product lacks fat or gluten doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthier. In fact, many fat-free products deliver more sugar than their fat-containing counterparts. A recent study at Purdue University found that eating certain fat-free snacks may even cause weight gain as the substitutes may interfere with the body’s ability to determine when it is full, causing to eat more. The study observed that the rats who ate potato chips containing Olean (a no-calorie, fat-free fat substitute) gained more weight than rats fed regular chips. “If you don’t have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, think twice before dropping gluten from your diet,” says Richard. “Some gluten-free bread contains up to 13 times more fat and 16 times more protein than their non-gluten counterparts.” If sounds too good to be true, most of the time it is Richard advises comparing the Nutrition Facts Panels and ingredient lists across brands of the same food category before purchasing any supposed “diet friendly” products.

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Overlooking drinks When dieting, Richard says it’s common to focus on food intake. “It’s easy to forget the effects drinks could have on weight loss, including seeming healthy or diet drinks.” She offers these tips to avoid this mistake: • Measure smoothie ingredients. Smoothies can be a great meal replacement when you’re on the go, but it can be easy to over-do-it when throwing ingredients into a blender. Take the time to measure each ingredient, or your drink could become a diet disaster.

• Not drinking enough water. When your body is dehydrated it does not have the energy needed to burn fat. While drinking water alone will not cause weight loss; even if you are following the perfect diet to a tee, if you are not adequately hydrated you will not lose weight. Professionals advise drinking 64 ounces per day.

• Ditch the diet soda. If you enjoy soda, diet soda may seem like a great option—no fat, no carbs, no sugar—but like with fat-free foods, recent studies suggest that sugar substitute can increase appetite and sugar cravings. It’s better to opt for water. • Limit your alcohol intake. Think again before choosing to “drink your calories.” Drinking alcohol is the quickest way to gain weight, as many drinks contain a high amount of calories and sugar. Keep your happy hour waistline by only having one drink.

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Skimping on sleep Sleep deprivation will make you lethargic, which will make exercise difficult and can affect mood, making it harder to avoid temptation. Richard says while there is no one-size-fits-all number, the National Sleep Foundation advises listening to your body to get the right amount of sleep. “Seven to eight hours is the optimum for most adults.”

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Wine & Cheese:

a Winning Pair

by Kristy Armand

Wine and cheese have gone hand-in-hand for centuries, and today there are more options than ever to choose from on both sides of the pairing equation, which can be intimidating to many people. But Melanie McMullen and Fran Avery, owners of Crave, a gourmet food and gift store in Lake Charles, say there’s really no right or wrong when it comes to pairing wine and cheese. “Cheese with wine is one of the simplest, yet most refined, gourmet pleasures – one that everyone should enjoy,” says McMullen. “There are no set rules for pairing. It’s a matter of which tastes and combinations appeal to you.” The best place to start? With your own favorites, according to Avery. “We recommend experimenting with different combinations of the tastes you are familiar with first, and then trying out new flavors and textures. Searching for the perfect harmony between wine and cheese should be a culinary adventure – and you never know where it may lead you. That’s part of the fun!” Crave offers the following tips as a starting point for wine and cheese pairings: STAY WITHIN THE SAME REGION Like best friends who grew up together, cheese and wine produced in the same geographic region are a good match.

MATCH SIZE Pair bigger, bolder wines with bigger, strong-tasting cheeses and lighter, refreshing wines with milder, delicate cheeses.

MATCH TEXTURE Red wine is usually best with hard cheese and white wine with soft cheese.

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CREAMY WITH TANNIC Triple crème cheeses are buttery, smooth and gentle, the perfect contrast for the rougher tannins in young red wines.

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Saltier cheeses balance out the sweetness of dessert wines.

RICH AND CREAMY WITH BUBBLES Champagne or any sparkling wine paired with a rich, creamy cheese is an ideal combination. “Remember, these are only guidelines,” says McMullen. “Don’t hesitate to pair the wines and cheeses that are a perfect match for your taste.” For more information about wine and cheese pairing, call Crave at (337) 421-0040 or stop by 2801 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. September 2014

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Wining & Dining

The Wait is Over with

New App Reinvents the Dining Experience Dinner at your favorite restaurant was great, but you’ve been finished for almost half an hour and you’re going to miss your movie if you don’t get the check. It’s a Sunday afternoon tradition. Football, friends and dinner delivery. Another part of that tradition? Waiting on hold to place your delivery order for 15 minutes. It’s been a long day at work and you have a little over an hour to get the kids home, fed and changed before you head back out to soccer practice and dance lessons. Cooking dinner is out of the question. You’d love something more than fast food, but there’s no time.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Now you can download an app that eliminates the hassles and reinvents the dining experience. It’s called WAITR, and it enables easy restaurant ordering for dine-in, pick-up and soon, delivery, using the technology many people are most familiar with: their smartphone. “Basically, WAITR let’s you order and pay when you’re ready at your favorite restaurants,” says WAITR president and co-founder Chris Meaux. “The dining experience is different for everyone, and it varies from day-to-day for the same people. WAITR offers dining flexibility. Restaurants love it because it allows their servers to spend more time on the floor with customers, and customers love it because its easy to use and let’s them order and pay on their own time without having to wait. It’s the ultimate win-win.” WAITR is the latest success story to come out of the SEED Center Business Incubator. Meaux, a self-proclaimed serial start-up entrepreneur, grew up in Estherwood and has worked in the technology field across the country for several decades. He developed the concept for WAITR a year ago at Startup Weekend, a Google sponsored competition in Gainesville, Florida. He joined the team working on WAITR and they built a prototype in 54 hours and won the competition. He came back to Lake Charles and emailed a couple of McNeese professors to find software programmers. The professors shared it with their students, and two of them, Adam Murnane and Manuel Rivero, responded and joined Meaux as a co-founders. They recruited two of the Gainesville start-up team members, Evan Diaz de Arce and Addison Killebrew, to join them as co-founders, and the WAITR start-up team was born. 8 www.thriveswla.com

After a year filled with more work than most people can imagine, a win at the McNeese Business Pitch Competition and securing $200K in seed funding from a group of local investors, WAITR is launching this month. Several area restaurants are already on board and the team is signing more each day. The app is available for download for the iPhone now, and will be available for Android in October. Meaux says although some restaurants have their own proprietary apps, WAITR is the first that offers all three dine-in, take-out and delivery options, along with such a high level of customization and functionality. “Most people are not going to download an app for every restaurant they dine in, just as they don’t download an app for every hotel or airline,” said Meaux. “They want one app on their phone for dining at many restaurants and that’s what WAITR offers.” He explains that WAITR will be available first in the Lake Charles area in participating restaurants within a 50-mile radius, and gives you choices for dine-in and pick-up initially, with the delivery option available very soon. Like any good app, the menu is intuitive and takes you through your options. It will remember your favorite orders, so you can order those with just a few clicks. It includes complete menus, hours, directions, photos, reviews, tip calculator and other interactive features to add to the convenience of the ordering and dining experience. When dining in a restaurant, Meaux stresses that the WAITR app does not take the place of the server. “If anything, it makes their job easier, allowing them to focus on providing service on the restaurant floor and interacting with their customers. If a customer is using the WAITR app to place their Thrive Magazine for Better Living

order, the server does not have to worry about keeping order details straight, splitting tickets, getting the check ready quickly, making changes or anything to do with that aspect of the dining experience the app does it all. Servers are free to provide better service with less stress, making for happier guests and servers alike. WAITR for iPhone, iPad and iPod can be downloaded for free in the Apple app store. When you download WAITR, the first thing you do is set up an account, including a method of payment for when you order food. This is what allows you to check out whenever you are ready at a restaurant, and also what protects the restaurant from someone walking out without paying. He says once WAITR is fully established in Southwest Louisiana, the goal is to grow it regionally to other parts of the state, Texas and then branch out into all the Southern states. “After that – who knows?” There are over 1 million restaurants in the United States; it’s a $630-billion industry, so there is plenty of room for growth. We’re very excited about the potential and just as excited about starting a technology company right here in Lake Charles. With the resources available to us, there’s no reason our region can’t develop into a technology center. This is just the beginning.” WAITR is hiring in Lake Charles for iOS developers, Android developers and Server Side developers. Interested applicants should send their resume to info@WaitrApp.com. For more information about WAITR, visit www. waitrapp.com. Any restaurant owner interested in more information can contact the WAITR team through the website as well.

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Walnut Grove To Host Annual 5K & Nutty Fun Run Event in October Lace up your running shoes and join in the fun! Walnut Grove, the new traditional neighborhood development located at 1575 West Sallier Street in Lake Charles, will host a 5K Race and Nutty Fun Color Run for kids on Saturday, October 4, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The will be the second year for the event, which benefits Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School. The 5K Race and Fun Color Run will start on the Walnut Grove property and wind through the Shell Beach Drive area. Along with the race, exciting activities are planned, including a maze, slide, rock wall, mimosas at the model home, music, food, and much more.

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Early bird registration is currently underway. Registration fees are $20 for the 5K race and $15 for the Nutty Fun Color Run (strollers welcome). All participants pre-registered by September 20 will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Race day registration begins at 6:00 a.m. Awards will be given to the overall male and female race finishers, as well as age division winners.

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Wining & Dining by Christina Dowers

Timeless Table Manners for Young Children With the changing attitudes and preferences of culture and the world around us, it’s easy to think that table manners are an extinct idea. It’s even easier to believe that children don’t need to learn how to behave when dining out or eating at a friend’s or family member’s home. However, modeling and teaching proper dining etiquette to your children early on can make the world of difference for them as they get older and have to navigate social situations on their own. Sara Smith, owner of PaperSmith, a local stationery, invitation and gift shop, and etiquette expert, says basic etiquette and manners will always be in style, regardless of how modern society becomes. “Taking the time to teach children how to behave at social gatherings will pay off in the long run,” says Smith. “Whether it’s a birthday party, a wedding, a family reunion, a work event, or a simple dinner out at a restaurant with friends, your children will create lasting impressions on your extended family, friends and coworkers when they practice good manners you’ve taught them at home,” says Smith. We’ve all heard the saying, “Do as I say, not as I do,” said in jest before, but parents can easily fall into this line of thinking when interacting with

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their kids. According to the Emily Post Institute, it’s imperative that parents consistently behave the way they want their children to behave. It’s challenging in today’s fast-paced lifestyle to always be on your ‘A’ game while juggling the daily demands of work, school and extracurricular activities, but Smith says these helpful tips can serve as a guide to get you on the right track: • Have meals together (this is a good opportunity for kids to learn and practice table manners) • Encourage good posture at the table • Have them help you set and clear the table • Involve them in your table conversation and teach them how to politely communicate • Teach them to remain seated while the meal is still going on It can be a daunting task to try to tackle all of these tips at once, especially if you’re dealing with children between the ages of four and seven. Smith says if they’re at an age where trying to remember too many things at once is a challenge, focus on three table rules at a time. “It’s good to focus on a few etiquette tips at a time with younger kids, then have them practice what they’ve learned,” says Smith. “Give them an

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opportunity to present what you taught them, so you can see if they’re on the right track. Be sure to praise and encourage them to reinforce their behavior, just as you would anything else you are teaching them to do. “ For more information about etiquette for children or any occasion, call PaperSmith at (337) 564-6705 or visit www.mypapersmith.com. Smith is available for community talks and presentations on etiquette.

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Places & Faces Kerry

Onxley, it’s a name that’s synonymous with theatre not just in the Lake Area, but in the state of Louisiana as well. A theatre specialist for Calcasieu Parish Schools, based at Westlake High School where he has served as the Director of Theatre for the past 28 years, Onxley has also led The Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) as its Artistic Director for 26 years. In addition to his dedication to theatre education on the local level, he has been an active member of the Education Theatre Association (EdTA) since 1987, serving in the leadership tier for more than 15 years. He’s also served as the State Festival Director for the Louisiana Thespians Association for 12 years. Onxley helped form the Louisiana Theatre Festival (LTF), is a state evaluator for the Louisiana’s Talented Arts Program and sat on the state theatre curriculum guide committee for the Louisiana State Department of Education. In 2012, he was one of only 15 participants nationwide selected to attend The Juilliard School’s Directing Workshop for Theatre Educator’s in New York City. A true ambassador for not just the arts, but for educational theatre, he has his sights set on the importance of our young people growing up culturally and artistically sensitive. This summer, Onxley was inducted into the EdTA Hall of Fame. He recently spoke with Thrive about this achievement, what to expect during this upcoming theatre season and much more.

first person with

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by Katie Harrington photo by Danley C. Romero

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You’ve been a local pioneer in educational theatre for more than 20 years. Were you involved in theatre as a child? I was in the early phase of ACTS Theatre, involved in the youth division and by the time I was 8 years old, I found myself in the variety arts business with my ventriloquist act, KK & OSCAR Show. My family is in the supermarket business, so I began doing television commercials for their stores which gave me regional exposure and requests for performances grew quickly. My mom made my costumes while I wrote my own jokes. I have to also give credit to our local library branches for getting me started as a thespian. My best friend, who did magic tricks, paired with me and we did shows during the summer library reading programs. By the following summer, we were traveling as junior high students, performing our act at libraries state-wide. In college, I began concentrating on acting and later, I was inspired by Dr. Susan Kelso, a retired McNeese State University theatre professor, to turn my talents to directing. I took over SCENES Theatre Company, now The Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) and what once was a youth theatre organization, became the premier acting training for young people in the state. Literally thousands of students began their acting training with CTC. You’ve done a lot over the years to advocate for educational theatre, including helping form the Louisiana Theatre Festival. What drives you to want to help young thespians? Why do you chose to work with children ages 5 to 18? It did not take me long to learn that theatre education is an incredibly dominant voice of independence, creativity and collaboration – the foundation of a great education and hard work. It has always been my belief that educational theatre exists to create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire high school students and audiences. My theatre programs seek to be a model for excellence in the theatre while striving to lead in theatre opportunities, theatre training and generating initiatives for using theatre in education and community developments. I use theatre to encourage the power of creativity and critical thinking, as well as embrace the fundamental attributes of young people: curiosity, risk-taking, candor and imagination. Providing easily accessed opportunity is what education is about. For example, the LTF is a oneday festival created to provide young people with acting and technical theatre training, performance opportunities and college audition skills. Students, grades 6-12, from all over the parish are invited to attend with no experience

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necessary and theatre representatives from professional theatre artists, organizations and college professors from around the state gather together to present this one-day theatre experience. My choice in working with educational theatre is based on creating future audiences for our ballet, symphony, art galleries and other theatre companies. It is an important step in nurturing art appreciation as part of their education, so they become active participants in the arts. Sports and other activities begin recruiting and teaching at a very young age and cultivating their participants and audience. Why would theatre and the arts wait until they become adults? You were recently inducted into the Education Theatre Association Hall of Fame. What does this mean to you personally? To be inducted into any national hall of fame is an amazing achievement and honor. I joined the EdTA in 1987. Founded in 1929, it is the professional association for theatre education with approximately 90,000 student and professional members. To be a national inductee into this group’s Hall of Fame is remarkable. EdTA recognizes theatre teachers with 20+ years of service and commitment to educational theatre. I was pleasantly shocked to receive a letter of the award. In addition to being the being the artistic director for the Children’s Theatre Company, you are also an educator at Westlake High School and director of theatre for the high school. How do you balance both of these endeavors? Day Planner. Schedules. Routine. Discipline. Early-riser. 16-Hour Days. The “teacher-in-me” has always encouraged me to be an early-riser. I jog every morning around 4:00, check email accounts and review rehearsal schedules and production meetings for the day. I do this 12 months out of the year. The rehearsal and production process stays the same from year to year, unless I take on another project. I schedule my time in the theatre and I schedule my “timeoff” including weekends. People ask what I do on my spare time. It’s simple: I travel and enjoy the arts. I am fortunate that my hobby is also my career.

Southwest Louisiana, I had been following former Westlake High Theatre actor, Joshua Ledet, for months on American Idol. After learning of his advancement to the final three, I celebrated dinner with friends. About 45 minutes into dinner, I received a text from Joshua stating that American Idol was planning a huge surprise for me when he returned to Westlake for his homecoming. I was thrilled! I thought it would be a nice plaque. I never dreamed what was about to happen to me. Josh is one of those “once-in-a-lifetime” theatre students. He comes from a wonderful family with awesome support and encouragement from his parents. To be the acting coach of one of the top 3 American Idol winners is such an honor. There was so much talent during that year of Idol and I learned so much about being a mentor during those few days. My hope is not to be a “mentor” to future theatre students, but to let the opportunities of theatre create artistically, sensitive beings. The theatre in itself, under disciplined tutorage, will do the work. Before leaving Hollywood to return home the morning of May 24th, I told Josh, “Focus, never, never stop dreaming.” We still communicate with each other. He is a busy artist, continues to work in the industry and I know his enthusiasm for music and the arts will make his dreams come true! What can we expect from the Children’s Theatre Company and Westlake High Theatre this year in the way of performances? A lot in the next few months! The Westlake High Theatre will open the season on November 20 with the world’s longest-running classic thriller Agatha Christie’s, The Mousetrap. Christie creates a bizarre plot when a group of strangers who are trapped together at a manor house during a snowstorm and they soon discover one of them is a murderer. In February 2015, The Children’s Theatre Company will produce Mulan. Based on the Walt Disney animated film, it tells the story of a young girl in ancient China on a journey of loyalty and bravery, who disguises herself as a man and takes the place of her father in the war against the Huns. For more information on the Louisiana Theatre Festival or any of these upcoming productions, visit www.childrenstheatre.cc.

In 2012 a former student of yours, Joshua Ledet, honored you with the 2012 American Idol Mentor Award. You were able to travel to Hollywood and watch him perform in the finale. What was this experience like for you? Honorable! It was Thursday, May 9, 2012, that my life would change drastically. Like all of

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Daigle Brings Jazz in the Arts to the Community by Sonny Marks

The best jazz musicians in Southwest Louisiana gather quarterly for a concert at the Central School Arts & Humanities Center, 809 Kirby St. The next Jazz in the Arts concert will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 in Central School’s Ben Mount Auditorium. The concert will be Women of Jazz, featuring Salemah Broussard, Jacqueline “Jakisu” Ellis, Lindsey Papion, Grace Smitherman and Breann Davis. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling Pat Daigle at 337-794-5744. World-class opera singer and Lake Charles native Erica Papillion-Posey will headline the Dec. 21 concert. Jazz in the Arts is an initiative of Chester J. Daigle II and his wife and business manager Pat. The purpose of the nonprofit organization is to advance the appreciation of jazz music through performance and education. Jazz in the Arts awarded its third annual $1,000 scholarship earlier this year to Sulphur High recent graduate Jacob Bridges, who is entering McNeese State this fall to major in music education. Bridges played trumpet on stage in June at the last Jazz in the Arts concert. He performed with longtime local professional musicians Daigle on piano, Jay Ecker on standup bass and Richard Bourque on drums. Bridges was one of approximately 30 students who got to play on stage that evening with the pros. The local middle and high schoolers took part in four days of Jazz in the Arts workshops leading up to Sunday night’s concert at Central School. Among their instructors was Maplewood Middle School band director Huber “Mickey” Smith, Jr., who is a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Foundation’s national Music Educator Award. Every workshop student taught by Smith and his fellow musicians got an opportunity to perform short solos on stage in addition to being part of the ensemble. The students played songs by John Coltrane, The Meters and Herbie Hancock. 14 www.thriveswla.com

Chester Daigle began music lessons nearly 50 years ago at the age of 7. He played in the jazz bands at Pearl Watson Junior High, then at Lake Charles High. Daigle studied music at

Northeast Louisiana University and has been playing the keyboard in and around Southwest Louisiana ever since. He plays with the longtime local trio City Heat, and he also plays piano Tuesday nights at La Truffe Sauvage. Daigle loves jazz, he said, because “it’s inclusive.” Seven years ago, his eyesight became impaired. “I went to sleep one night, woke up the next morning and I couldn’t see,” Daigle said. “Went to several specialists. The doctor told me, ‘Your retinas are fried.’” Doctors told him his condition may have come from a stroke he suffered. Today, Daigle is completely blind. Chester and Pat Daigle have five children, many of whom are musicians. The youngest, Jairus, is a violinist who was accepted four years ago into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. To help raise funds for him to be able to attend, the Daigles’ friends held a benefit concert in 2010 that served as a farewell for Jairus. Jairus Daigle thrived at Berklee, where he performed as part of a film score orchestra. He earned a scholarship and, while there, taught violin to a South African student by Skype. In the summers, Jairus returned home to Lake Charles and performed with his father on Tuesday nights at La Truffe

Sauvage. Earlier this year, Jairus graduated from the Berklee College of Music. It was out of gratitude that the Daigles continued the benefit concert for the benefit of others. “We thought about the fact of (Jairus) being fortunate enough to have a scholarship to go to Berklee, and maybe we could do something to continue that process,” Chester said, “to offer an incentive for young people involved in jazz music to continue their education.” Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach supported the effort, attended one of the first concerts and, two years ago, named Chester Daigle the city’s Artist of the Year as part of the Mayor’s Arts Awards. Recently, the Tipitina’s Foundation named Daigle coordinator of its internship program for local musicians. For more information about Jazz in the Arts, the concerts and the scholarship, go online to jazzinthearts.org.

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Culture in the Lake Area by Angela Hauser

The culture of Louisiana is rich with history, art, music, and food. Native American, French, Spanish, German, Irish, and African people have lived in this state for hundreds of years. The jambalaya of traditions has resulted in unique foods and music. The German accordion became a part of Cajun music. Cooks participated in fusion dishes long before it was a trend in urban areas. Cajun and Creole recipes are paired with homegrown rice, sweet Gulf shrimp, fish, and oysters. German festivals offer wurst and sauerkraut. Po-boys are served up on crunchy fragrant breads. Today there are a wide variety of restaurants including Thai, Vietnamese, and Pho. The state has many microbreweries that are becoming well known around the country and tourists are told there is a festival somewhere in the Bayou State every weekend, and nowhere is that more true than here in Southwest Louisiana. Lake Charles celebrates with its own tradition of festivals. Every April pirates invade the city for Contraband Days, a raucous two-week celebration with costumes, food, boating, music, and carnival fun. Mardi Gras season is family-friendly in the Lake Area, and begins with a parade of royal costumes courtesy of local krewes at Twelfth Night. There are gumbo cook-offs, parties, and beads galore. Even children and dogs have their very own Mardi Gras parades. Visitors are invited to view extravagant costumes and floats at the Mardi Gras Museum located at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center. Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly fans converge in June at BayouCon. Some festival-goers travel long distances to dress as their favorite sci-fi characters. Participants enjoy anime, selections of comics, graphic novels, collectibles, Cosplay, and the chance to meet actors from from sci-fi TV shows and movies. The U.S.S. Orleck becomes a haunted ship at Halloween, while brave souls hop a shuttle at the annual Spirit of Halloween store to get scared at the Lost Hollows. The Lake Charles Film Festival will showcase indie films for the third time this October, and adds music for the first time. The weekend fest is nonstop movies, with workshops to learn about the art of film. Each year the festival grows larger, and the talent of local filmmakers is amazing. The Rouge et Blanc Wine Festival is another October tradition. Downtown Lake Charles is filled with wine and food lovers who help to support the Banners program at McNeese State University. Booths offer samples from local restaurants and

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wine vendors. Due to its popularity, a day long festival is now a week. The Mayor’s Art Awards honor artists, art teachers, arts organizations, and more also in October Locals and visitors choose from a variety of activities all year long including the Arts and Crabs Festival, Flea Fest, Light Up the Lake Christmas Celebration, bi-annual Art Walks, art galleries, museums, historical homes, farmers markets, live music, and theater. There is something for everyone, including roller derby enthusiast. Matches take place at the Grindhouse with the Gulf Coast Roller Girls. Lafitte’s Ladies, Voodoo Dolls, and Hurricane Bells are local teams. The South has always been celebrated for rich literature, art, music, theater, and restaurants. There is plenty of that locally, and yes, you can find a festival every weekend. For a listing of events and festivals on the horizon, log onto www.visitlakecharles.org.

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Manning Earned CDME Angie Manning, communications director for the Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, was one of twenty-eight tourism industry professionals to Angie Manning recently earn the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation. The program is the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry.

Local Talent Heads to Idol

McCorquodale Appointed to District 4 Regional Panel of State Bar Association Local attorney Rob McCorquodale has been appointed as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s District 4 Regional Panel for Rob McCorquodale 2014-2015. As a panel member, McCorquodale will help evaluate and make recommendations for the Citizen Lawyer Awards, which recognizes and honors admirable community service and volunteer work from lawyers and judges, and assist in identifying and alerting the LSBA on local legal community projects.

Graham Named LHA Chair-Elect

L to R: Garret Laughlin, 2nd Place, Jasmine Abel, 3rd Place and Trea Trapp, 1st Place

Over 70 contestants auditioned for the FOX29 Lake Charles Idol title. Trea Trapp, a 26-year-old DeRidder native, won the title. Garrett Laughlin placed second in the competition and Jasmine Abel placed third. Trapp earned a guaranteed audition in front of American Idol producers and a meet and greet with Judges Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez . American Idol XIV premieres in January 2015.

Cascio Named to LHSAA Advisory Committee Dr. Brett Cascio, an orthopaedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Specialists, a part of the Memorial Medical Group has been named to the Louisiana High School Brett Cascio Athletic Association (LHSAA) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. The committee advises the LHSAA on athletic safety 18 www.thriveswla.com

Hospital CEO Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

and injury prevention issues such as concussion prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Larry Graham, President and CEO of the Lake Charles Memorial Health System, has been named ChairElect of the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA). Members of the Larry Graham LHA announced their 2014-2015 Board of Trustee Officers at their annual business meeting. For more information, visit the LHA website at www.lhaonline.org.

Young Named West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Safety Award Recipient West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) named Verneal Young, certified nurses assistant, as the recent recipient of its Safety Award. The award, Verneal Young which honors employees for their promotion of safety and safety awareness in and around the hospital, is distributed to those employees that demonstrate extraordinary awareness and action in minimizing potential safety risks.

Janie D. Fruge, FACHE, chief executive officer of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) in Sulphur, recently became a Fellow of the American Janie Fruge, FACHE College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development.

Kerry A. Onxley Inducted into National Hall of Fame Kerry A. Onxley, Artistic Director of The Children’s Theatre Company and Director of Theatre at Westlake High School is this year’s national inductee into Kerry A. Onxley the Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame.

Dr. Tyson Green Appointed to LPMA Board of Directors Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, has been elected to serve on the LPMA (Louisiana Podiatric Dr. Tyson Green Medicine Association) Board of Directors. Dr. Green is one of eight board members selected by LPMA members to serve a two-year term.

Dr. Jake LeBeau Joins Imperial Health Physician Team

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Jake LeBeau, MD, is the newest member of the Imperial Health physician staff. A Lake Charles native, Dr. LeBeau is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular September 2014

disease, nuclear cardiology and comprehensive echocardiography. He is also a registered peripheral vascular interpreter and is board eligible in interventional cardiology. For more information, or to make an appointment, call (337) 312-8281.

Cardiovascular Specialists Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Godare Stein, MSN, ARNP, has joined the clinical staff of Cardiovascular Specialists of Southwest Louisiana. She has over 25 years Rebecca Godare Stein, MSN, ARNP of nursing experience, with a comprehensive background in cardiac care, including diagnostic and interventional cardiology. Call (337) 436-3813 for more information.

Business First SWLA Banking Center Adds Boudreaux Gregory Robertson, EVP and CEO of Business First Bank’s Western Region, has announced that Jonathan J. Boudreaux has joined the banking team as Assistant Vice Jonathan Boudreaux President. Boudreaux previously worked as the Business First Banking Center in NWLA and brings many years of business and private banking experience to his new position in SWLA. For more information, visit www.b1bank. com.

Memorial Welcomes Clifford Courville, MD Memorial Medical Group welcomes Clifford Courville, MD, a fellowship-trained pulmonologist. He will join Drs. Robert Broussard, Manley Jordan, Gary Kohler and Ben Thompson Dr. Clifford Courville on the staff of Pulmonary Associates of Southwest Louisiana, located at 2770 3rd Avenue, Suite 110 in Lake Charles. For more information, call Pulmonary Associates of Southwest Louisiana at (337) 494-2750.

Memorial Welcomes Caroline Courville, MD Memorial Medical Group welcomes pediatrician Caroline Courville, MD, to their staff. She will see patients at W.O. Moss Memorial Pediatric Clinic. Dr. Courville is a physician Dr. Caroline Courville leader in asthma quality improvement and has done research in smoking cessation. She offers diagnosis and treatment of a variety of general pediatric conditions such as cold and flu, asthma, allergies, infections and minor injuries. For more information call (337) 480-8090.

First Federal Bank Announces Promotions

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Charles V. Timpa, President and CEO of First Federal Bank of Louisiana has announced the following promotions: Jeff Lee has been promoted to Senior Vice President, and Mike Clifton, Ricky Foreman, and Eric Mire have been promoted to Vice President. Amy Hooper and Heidi Howard have been promoted to Bank Officer. Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from Louisiana Tech University and has 20 years experience in the banking industry. Clifton holds a Bachelor’s degree from McNeese State University and has over 15 years experience in mortgage, retail and consumer lending, and business banking. Foreman has over 35 years experience in the financial services industry. Mire has 12 years experience in the banking industry and is a graduate of both McNeese State University and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. Hooper is a graduate of McNeese State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting along with an Associate of Science in Computer Information Technology. Howard is the manager of the eServices Department at the main office in Lake Charles.

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JD Prime Investments Hires Representative JD Prime Investments, a service of JD Bank has hired Stacey Dion Corbello as an Investment Representative at the Lake Charles-Kirby Branch. A lifelong resident of Lake Charles, Corbello Stacey Dion Corbello brings 19 years of investment experience to her position at JD Bank. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com or call (800) 789-5159.

Huddle Joins First Federal Insurance Services Kathy Huddle has joined First Federal Insurance Services, LLC as a Senior Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative and is responsible for servicing Kathy Huddle and processing all Commercial Insurance. Her office is located on the 5th Floor of First Federal Bank’s Main Office Building, 1135 Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles.

New Administrator Joins Imperial Calcasieu Surgical Center Pamela Primeaux Quinn has been named Administrator of Imperial Calcasieu Surgical Center. She has over 23 years of management experience Pamela Primeaux Quinn in the healthcare field. Quinn has a extensive background in operational strategic planning for healthcare organizations. Originally from Basile, Louisiana, Quinn earned a bachelor of science in accounting and a masters in business administration from McNeese State University. She has worked for numerous hospitals and healthcare providers in a variety of accounting and financial positions, including accountant, controller, fiscal supervisor and financial officer. Her most recent position was Chief Financial Officer for Jennings American Legion Hospital which she held for eight years.



Money & Career Multi-Million Dollar Hotel Expansion Underway

by Katie Harrington

There will soon be another hotel dotting the Lake Charles landscape. A group of investors with Lake Charles roots will develop a six-floor, 92-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel on Prien Lake Road near the Target shopping center. LA Creole Hospitality 1 Group works in partnership with BDK Associates who owns the SpringHill Suites on the property next door. Ground was broken in late July on the Residence Inn. When all is said in done, the hotel will represent an investment of close to $14 million. John Biagas, lead investor in the eight-member ownership group, is one of four siblings with LA Creole Hospitality 1. He’s a Lake Charles native who’s excited to bring something so big back to his home town. Other members in the group with

Lake Charles roots include Evette Gradney, Mark and Randy Biagas, Biagas’s siblings, and Dr. Alvin Schexnider. “I’ve been gone for 25 to 30 years and it’s always good to come home,” Biagas said. “Marriott as a whole is excited about Southwest Louisiana’s growth potential. The SpringHill Suites did very well here, even before all the expansions were LA CREOLE HOSPITALITY GROUP Mr. Bert V. Kelly, Jr. Mr. John F. Biagas Mrs. Evette B. Gradney Mr. Mark L. Biagas

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announced. We are thrilled to be in a position to give back to Lake Charles by offering career opportunities to local folks.” The addition of the Residence Inn is special because it’s an extended-stay type of Franchise, something Biagas said will help with the economic boom. “This type of property will put us in a great position to help house the contract workers who are coming into town and looking for a place to stay. In addition to filling a need with this market, we are looking forward to having the means to host additional leisure and corporate guests as well.” Interested in being more than just another hotel, the group looks forward to being in a position to give back to local residents. “Our staff has done a great job bringing in events like Artini After-Hours,” said Gradney, asset manager for both properties. “We want to give local people the opportunity to come in and see the amenities we have to offer.” When you look at the quality synonymous with the Marriott name, it’s not just another hotel,

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according to Biagas. “These are mid- to upper-scale hotels based off the property itself, the employees we have and the services we provide.” Even though the Marriott flags flying on these properties signify international standards, the local connection brings a little lagniappe to the table in the way of hospitality. “Hotel Equities, our management company, does a wonderful job with their train the trainer program, but it starts with people,” Biagas added. “You’ve got to have people who are willing to serve and take care of the guest and I attest that it’s a part of being from Lake Charles. People here are raised well and know how to respect and treat a customer well.” “We are blessed beyond measure to be a group of siblings who work well together,” Gradney said. “It’s actually one of the things that Marriott was impressed by. In addition to the financial stability of the group, we’ve got a unique combination of owners.” “A part of the overall excitement of what’s coming to Lake Charles is the fact that we were born and raised here and to not only see the metamorphosis, but to have the ability to be a part of it is huge,” Biagas added. “All of our siblings (14 total) are incredibly close and it is always so good to come home.” The projected completion date for the Residence Inn is fall 2015.

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Blueprint for Building Good Credit by Kristy Armand

Many college students begin their post-education life with a couple of financial strikes against them. Student loans, credit card debt and poor financial decisions can add up to a hefty financial burden. On the other side of the coin, some college graduates emerge without any debt at all, ready to begin their adult life with a blank financial slate. “While it’s great to be debt-free, there can be a downside to having a completely clean financial history,” says Ryan Hess, Assistant Branch Manager of Lakeside Bank in Westlake. “No credit record is not the same thing as a poor credit record, but it can still become an obstacle when you do have a need to apply for a loan or credit card.” He explains that it’s definitely a “catch-22” situation. “You go out of your way not to accumulate debt, but because you’ve never borrowed money or used a credit card, many lending institutions are reluctant to grant credit because they have no way of assessing how well you make payments and manage your finances.” However, Hess says the good news is that it is possible to establish a good credit history without going into debt, and it’s much easier to do this on your own terms. He offers the following suggestions for building credit and using it wisely: Open a bank account. This will not appear on your credit report, but bank account numbers are often requested on credit applications, and banks are called as credit references. Apply for a credit card. To avoid being denied credit, apply only for those cards whose requirements you are likely to meet. Department store or gas credit cards are usually easier to obtain than a bank-issued card with a Visa or MasterCard logo. Before applying, make sure the creditor reports account activity to the credit bureaus. Since the purpose of obtaining the

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card is to establish credit, you want to choose a card that will help you do that. If you want to get a major credit card, ask at the bank where you have your account if they issue cards, and if you would qualify for one through them. Charge purchases and make payments on time. Use your credit card from time-to-time for purchases and make sure to pay the balance on time. Don’t purchase anything you can’t afford. You are using the card only to establish a solid payment history, not to increase your spending power. Consider a secured card. If you have trouble qualifying for a credit card due to a lack of payment history, you may opt to apply for a secured card. These cards have credit limits based on a required deposit made by you into a savings account. You use the card just as you would any other credit card and your payments reflect positively on your credit record.

If denied credit, find out why. Ask any creditor that denies you credit to give you the reasons you were denied. It is important to find out why you are denied and correct any problems before applying for credit again. Frequent credit applications can be viewed as a negative to a potential creditor. Hess adds that in addition to these steps for establishing credit, there are also certain things you need to be sure to avoid as you work to build a positive credit history. “Don’t overdraw your bank account. Not only will you be charged fees, but this can be reflected when your bank is called as a credit reference. It’s important to avoid missed or late payments to any creditor – this is a sure way to damage your credit rating.” He also stresses that you should be safeguard all of your financial information. “Don’t let anyone else borrow your credit card or debit card, or have access to your bank account. Don’t give out your credit or debit card over the phone or internet unless you have initiated the contact and you are sure of the security of business you are dealing with. Remember, you are responsible for any authorized use of your accounts, and this can definitely have a negative impact on your credit history.” For more information about building a solid credit history, call Hess at (337) 540-4144, or visit www.lakesidebanking.com.

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Stretch Your Schedule How to Find More Time There are twenty-four hours in a day, but you probably wish there were more. If you’re like most Americans, you’re strapped for time. The day ends, another begins, and you’re not sure where all those minutes went. Those lost minutes— which quickly compile into hours— could be hidden under time-sucking strategies that have become so engrained in your routine that you don’t even notice them anymore. If you find yourself wondering where the hours went or why you didn’t get more done, consider taking these steps to find more time:

• Do you procrastinate? Most people put things off because they don’t want to perform unpleasant tasks. Instead of focusing on what you don’t want to do, think of what could happen if you push that task off another hour, day, or week. Once you finally get around to it, you’ll be bumbling to get it done, which results in stress, unnecessary loss of time or resources, and a lower quality of work. • Set deadlines for yourself. Even if a particular project doesn’t have an official deadline, create an unofficial one for yourself. Fluid deadlines are major resource-wasters, because they allow us to put off prioritizing or managing our time.

• Prioritize. You can’t be a whiz at time management if you don’t prioritize your time. Don’t let the priorities sit in your head—write them down. Make lists. • Schedule breaks. It may seem counterproductive to schedule breaks when you’re trying to get more done, but you’ll wind up being less effective if you try to cram everything inside an hour and don’t give yourself a break. Your body needs time to breathe; otherwise, it’ll burn out.

• To get more done, start with the easiest or most unpleasant tasks first. With those out of the way, you’ll quickly build to the larger picture and your project will be completed sooner.

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Money & Career by Angela Hauser

Tips and Tricks: Owning the Job Interview Interviewing for a job is a nerve wracking experience. Preparing for the big day is important to a successful interview, and hopefully will lead to a job offer. Fortunately, a little prep work can go a long ways toward easing your anxiety and helping you make the best first impression possible. Consider the following tips and tricks: • Take time to do research on the company. Read their website. Find out what they do, who works there, and where are they located. • Know what position you are applying for and the associated job duties. This seems obvious, but it’s important to be able to explain how you are right for this opportunity. The more you know beforehand, the better prepared you will be. • Prepare a few questions to ask during the interview. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Practice what to say in front of a mirror. • Take a test drive. Prior to your interview take a drive to find out how long your commute will be and where to park. Allow extra time for traffic. • Get a good night’s sleep, and decide what to wear the evening before. Wake up early on the morning of the interview. Exercise and have breakfast, but go easy on the caffeine. Take time to review your resume. Dress professionally.

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• Arrive at the location early. Take a deep breath, and let go of nervousness. You got this. Exude confidence, friendliness, and offer a firm handshake. Be positive when asked about your last job. Focus on the interview. Listen and take notes. • Remember to bring a list of references with you. Be sure you have permission to give out someone’s name and phone number. • Turn your phone off! Don’t forget to turn off your cell phone when going into the office for the interview and be sure you have plenty of time scheduled in case the interview runs long. • A little follow up goes a long way. Don’t forget to follow up with a thank you note or e-mail within 24 hours. If you have something you forgot to say during the interview, include it briefly.

Flubbed the interview? There is still hope. So the interview didn’t go quite like you planned, all may not be lost just yet. Consider these options to salvage the interview. Send the traditional thank you e-mail to clarify, correct, or make the point you forgot during the interview. This is your opportunity to show the employer you are willing to admit and correct mistakes. You are continuing the interview in the e-mail, so use this second chance wisely. Remember to always know your strengths, prepare brief but informative answers, and show you are eager to learn. Be honest and make that extra effort.

Finally, being prepared will help reduce your anxiety and help you present a confident front. Keep searching for a job until you are offered one. Don’t pin all your hopes on one position. Now go out and get that job.

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All you need to know to stay in the know! City of Lake Charles Receives LMA Community Achievement Award

Lakeside Bank Best in the State and Top 20 in the Nation

CHRISTUS Health Launches New Online Patient Portal

The City of Lake Charles was presented the Community Achievement Award in the Economic Development Category for Municipalities with population over 25,001 for the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial Economic Development (SEED) Center and the new Lake Charles City Court at the Louisiana Municipal Association’s 77th annual convention banquet.

Lakeside Bank has been ranked the 20th healthiest bank in America on DepositAccounts “Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America” 2014 report. Lakeside is the only bank in Southwest Louisiana included in the top 200 list for 2014, and at number 20 in the rankings, the top-performing bank in the state. For more information, visit www.lakesidebanking.com.

With its launch of a new patient portal program, called “YourCHRISTUS,” CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital now offers patients the option to access their health records online, through the website, www.YourCHRISTUS.org. YourCHRISTUS is an important step toward improving patients’ health care experiences and reflects CHRISTUS Health’s commitment to advancing technology and providing patients with enhanced access to, and ownership of their personal health care information. For more information about the YourCHRISTUS patient portal or CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital please visit christusstpatrick.org.

Dynamic Dimensions Locations To Undergo Renovations Dynamic Dimensions Fitness Centers, originally opened in 1995, will soon undergo major changes at each facility, as they look to upgrade several areas of operations. Over the course of the next year, members of each facility will see changes that are unique to each location’s needs. Changes to the Sulphur facility will include updates to the locker room and shower areas, in addition to new cardio equipment, additional weight equipment, new group fitness room flooring, a youth activity area, and enhanced youth programs. The Moss Bluff location will receive these changes in addition to new flooring in the cardio area.

LMA Community Achievement Award The announcement of the Louisiana Municipal Association’s 2013 Community Achievement Awards was made L to R: Veronica Allison, City Council District 3; Vern Breland, LMA president at the annual and Mayor Chris Duncan. banquet of LMA’s 77th annual banquet. The City of Sulphur won Honorable Mention in their population group and the Basic Services category for the “Earth Keepers Recycling Project”, a partnership with CITGO for school-based recycling.

Fox 29 is Now High Definition FOX29 has announced that all programming is available to the public in full power high definition (HD). FOX29 channel is carried on HD channel 114705 on Suddenlink, TV Tuner Channel 705. FOX29 is also carried on both Dish and Direct TV as Channel 29, and over the air on Channel 29.1.

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WCCH Recognized As Fit-Friendly Worksite West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) has once again been recognized as a Gold-Level FitFriendly Worksite Matthew Welsh with the American Heart by the American Association presents recognition plaque Heart Association to Janie Fruge, CEO of WCCH. for helping employees eat better and move more. For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Now Fully Operating at 
Port of Lake Charles’ City Docks Terminal In a ceremonial key exchange, Port of Lake Charles Executive Director Bill Rase handed over the keys to the newly renovated building at 152 Marine St. in Lake Charles to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. Under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security, CBP’s Offices of Field Operations and Border Patrol will both operate from the new building—one of only three locations in the country which have both offices under one roof. The offices play an integral role in border protection and national security in the Southwest Louisiana region. For more information on the Port of Lake Charles visit www.portlc.com.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital To Open Diagnostic Center in Westlake West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital has announced its expansion of medical services offered in Westlake. The Westlake Diagnostic Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, the center’s new name, will be located near the Family Care Center of Southwest Louisiana on Sampson Street. The hospital anticipates the opening of the center by the end of 2014.

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DHH Secretary Visits CHRISTUS Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, visited CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital recently for a tour and to speak about the state’s Well-Ahead Kathy Kliebert Louisiana program. This campaign encourages residents and businesses to make better choices to ultimately improve the state’s overall health and wellness. Businesses and organizations can meet certain criteria to get the Well-Spot designation. Residents can use an interactive map to find which businesses are designated as Well-Spots. Learn more at www. WellAheadLA.com.

AAF – Lake Charles Names 2014-2015 Board of Directors The American Advertising Federation – Lake Charles has announced the election of its 20142014 board of directors, which is made up of 14 local professionals representing the advertising, public relations, printing, marketing, media, digital and design industries. The newly elected board members are: Victor Wukovits, president; Kerri Krob, first vice president; Jada Hoffman, second vice president; Kelli Eason Brignac, director; Natalie Clark, director; Becky Dupre, director; Brandon Kirk Eidson, director; Nick Villaume, director; Derek Williams, director; and returning board members, Paul Levingston, immediate past president; Pam Doucet, director; Katie McDaniel, director and Mindy Schwarzauer, director. For more information on this year’s board, visit aaflakecharles.com or contact aaflakecharles@gmail.com.



on the Brain If you want to improve your mental and emotional moods, you might want to make friends with Beethoven or Bach. Studies show that classical music could lower our blood pressure, increase our IQ, and help us maintain neural health as we age. A single round of Mozart won’t necessarily turn you into Einstein or Ghandi, but it certainly couldn’t hurt—not when research continues to show the positive effects of music on the brain. According to a study by the University of California, Irvine, students who listened to ten minutes of Mozart’s sonata for two pianos in D major performed better in a set of patterned tasks compared to those who listened to ten minutes of silence, or ten minutes of a relaxation tape. Although their increased spatial reasoning only lasted for fifteen minutes, the boost was there. Years later, researchers contested the socalled “Mozart effect,” and instead suggested that the enjoyment of music is what matters most, not whether or not it’s classical. In other words: If you love Britney Spears, you’ll find more relaxation from her album than you will from Bach. But that’s not to say that classical music doesn’t have more to offer. “Unfortunately, classical music has often been viewed as overly traditional, perhaps even old-fashioned, by those who aren’t engaged with it,” said Bohuslav Rattay,

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Conductor of the Lake Charles Symphony,. “But it’s that continuing history that makes it so unique, compelling and vast in terms of what it can feed to the mind and spirit.” People who take music lessons in childhood appear to have a faster brain response to speech much later in life, even if they don’t play for decades afterward, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. In the case of classical child musicians, the fifteen-minute time limit that plagued the Mozart effect doesn’t seem to exist. Instead, the benefits were life-long. Our neural responses slow down as we age. But the study found that the more years that a person spent playing music during childhood, the faster their brains respond to patterns. So, a person who played a musical instrument for twelve years is more likely to have faster-firing neurons than those who never picked up a flute, clarinet, or violin, at least as they relate to patterns, such as speech. “Students who play an instrument as children and never play again as adults continue to experience the benefits of early exposure to classical music,” said Rattay. The soothing feeling you experience when you hear a symphony isn’t just coincidence, researchers say. A study by the University of San Diego found that hearing classical music lowers blood pressure. A subsequent study reported reduced levels of stress, anxiety

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and depression in pregnant women after they listened to thirty minutes of traditional classical music. Same went for people recovering from surgery, according to British researchers. Data from Southern Methodist University indicated that classical music heightens emotions—it not only made subjects more expressive, but more forthcoming as well. “We often hear the expression that music is powerful because it’s universal. Classical music is an embodiment of that belief. It is truly a universal experience in ways that other genres are not,” Rattay said. “Although studies show that it relieves stress, improves brain patterns, and supports healthy sleep, the majority of its benefits can’t always be measured or calculated. That’s how it is with art sometimes. You can’t always pinpoint what makes it beautiful. It just is.”

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Up Next at the Lake Charles The first concert of the Lake Charles Symphony’s 57th season will be Saturday, September 13, and will feature Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with guest pianist Hui Shan Chin. “Rach II”, as it is commonly referred to, took its place in top 40 music history when recording artist Eric Carmen based his 1975 power ballad, “All By Myself,” on the 2nd movement of the Concerto. On the lighter side, the September 13 concert will open with Mozart Symphony in F major, followed by LaMer, by Impressionist composer, Claude Debussy. This season the Discovery Series “goes public” and will be held at local popular, easily accessible venues. It will still offer informative and lively pre-concert discussions and musical programs. Featured concert soloists

will be on hand to play excerpts of the program and Maestro Rattay will speak about the remaining program. It is free and open to the public and will take place on the Thursday prior to each concert from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Each Saturday night concert will be followed by socials in public venues.

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire by Erin Kelly

The Truth about Lies When was the last time you told a lie? Chances are, you don’t have to think that hard—you probably told one today. More than one, maybe. Research from the University of Virginia shows that telling fibs is a way of life. In a study of people ages 18 to 71, it was discovered that most people lied once or twice a day, and that goes for men and women. In a fifth of social exchanges lasting ten minutes or more, members of both sexes told at least one lie, and over the course of a week, about 30 percent of personal interactions involved deception. These numbers don’t even count the one-liners that all of us throw around daily, like when folks ask how we’re doing and we say “I’m fine,” even if we aren’t. In the case of the Virginia study, a lie was defined as intentionally providing misleading information—for example: telling your boss you were late because you had car trouble when you actually just overslept, or complimenting a friend’s haircut when you secretly think it looks awful. When you consider the social constructs we learn as children (“honesty is the best policy”) the whole culture of lying can get a bit confusing. Kids are told to tell the truth, then punished for being tattle-tales. Not to mention the “white lies” they witness on a regular basis. Consider these truths about lies: • The University of Virginia found that dating couples lie to each other in about a third of their interactions—more often than they deceive any other people. • According to Missouri psychologist Dory Hollander, the number-one lie men tell women? “I’ll call you.” • Although dating couples seem to be fib-happy, the same isn’t true for married couples. Spouses lie only in about 10 percent of their heavy conversations. • In the Virginia study, it was discovered that one in every four lies is told solely to benefit someone else in a socially constructive way. Complimenting a friend’s less-than-stellar dinner, for example. The closer we are to someone, the more likely we are to tell them “kind lies.” This is truer of women than men.

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• A conversation between two men contains eight times as many selffalsehoods than lies about other people. Women are more likely to stretch the truth to spare someone else’s feelings; men are more likely to fib to make themselves look better. • Women are slightly better at uncovering deception among their friends. • A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that social extroverts are more likely to lie, as are those with notable self-confidence and physical attractiveness. People who are depressed tend to lie less frequently, because their heightened sense of reality gives them a diluted view of their importance in a group or situation.

• There is no perfect method to detecting lies, although researchers with Southern Methodist University found that fibbers tend to avoid first-person pronouns. According to therapist Dr. Brad Blanton, society should stop sparing people’s feelings and start telling the truth. It’s a method he calls “Radical Honesty,” and he believes it can alleviate the foundation of human stress. Others believe you have to lie to survive. So when is lying okay and when is it wrong? It’s all in the eye of the beholder—or in this case, the befibber.

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Multiple Generations Celebrate Furniture Business Success

by Elona Weston

Expect the unexpected.

That’s what Don Richard, manager of Albarado’s Fine Furnishings, said of their Lafayette store. There, Richard said, you won’t just find quality furniture. You’ll find unique pieces that you’ll want to keep in your family for decades to come. “So many customers say they go to furniture stores and see the same thing over and over again. They get bored with it. Here, they say they find things they just don’t see anywhere else,” he said. “Quality and fine craftsmanship are expected here for sure, but unique pieces -- things that are multifunctional. Flexible pieces -- heirloom quality. That’s what we have.” Albarado’s is celebrating 30 years in the furniture business. An anniversary sale will mark that accomplishment throughout September. Albarado’s began in 1984. Nolan Albarado worked, for decades, in the furniture industry. He paired with his son, Michael, to create the store. Today, the store enjoys a reputation for top-notch

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furnishings in Acadiana and beyond. “We started out small and we have grown and upgraded over the years to the point where we are one of the higher end -- as far as quality and uniqueness -- furniture stores in our area,” Richard said. The store’s clientele is from across the state and beyond. “We have delivered furniture from say, Houston to Panama City, Florida, and in addition, we have in-store design staff and have done many Florida condos and an apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan. The customer bought it here and a moving service delivered it,” Richard said. Richard said for last 20 years, the shopping trend has moved toward disposable goods, but he said, that’s changing. People are wanting something they will have and treasure forever, he said. That doesn’t mean Albarado’s doesn’t stay on top of trends.

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Richard said designers make sure they know what the customer desires. He said they also customize pieces to customers’ tastes and needs. “We have walls of fabrics to choose from for sofas and chairs and so forth. We can alter things for you like cutouts for consoles to accommodate TVs. We have resources to get that done for you,” he said. Richard said Albarado’s is happy to be a part of so many people’s lives. “I think we have just carried on through the generations. We started with one generation and we’re moving on to their grandchildren’s homes and it’s great to have that sort of relationship with a family,” he said. You can find more information at www.albarados.com.

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CLEAN LINES, COLOR HIGHLIGHT FALL DÉCOR Don Richard, manager of Albarado’s Fine Furnishings, said designers are seeing a fall trend toward transitional furniture -- clean, contemporary lines. Richard said in the South, however, there’s always a heavy leaning toward traditional. He said some customers like combining modern with traditional. “Still the traditional and antiques mixed with something clean and edgy just to freshen and update that traditional look,” he said. Color is also coming back. “There are a lot of grays and ivories everywhere -- we’re still doing a lot of that, but with strong pops of color for accent pieces like pillows, art or rugs,” he said. Richard said designers are seeing less faux finished walls and more neutral ones. “Thus, the cleaner styling in furniture as well,” he said. Richard said staff members constantly research trends and keep an eye out on changes while at market. “It’s fun to see what others are doing elsewhere. And some trends do arrive to our area, even if it’s a more traditional version of it,” he said.

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What’s Your Number? What’s your favorite number? British mathematician Alex Bellos is counting on seven.

More stable than a favorite color, Bellos was intrigued by the strong feelings people expressed to him about specific numbers. This led him on journey for his upcoming book, Grapes of Math, to discover the world’s favorite number. After a whopping 44K people responded to his online survey, Bellos declared the number seven as the winner. So why is seven the luckiest number? The study found most of the people who picked seven chose the number for its unique quality, the root of which lies within its arithmetical properties. When one looks at numbers one through ten, seven is the only number that cannot be multiplied or divided. • One, two, three and four can be doubled • Six, eight and ten can be halved • Nine divides by three Seven is the oddball of the odd numbers, making it distinctive or— as some may see it— exceptional.

This global case of sevenitis or what Bellos refers to as “heptophilia” is not a new phenomenon. Throughout history, back to the ancient mythology, the number seven has appeared in numerous stories, traditions, songs and fairytales. Some of the more popular sevens throughout history include: • Seven days to a week • Seven Seas • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves • Seven Deadly Sins • Seven Sisters • Seven Sages • Seven Brides The other most popular numbers (listed in order) were: three, eight, four, five, thirteen, nine, six, two and eleven. Half of the participants chose numbers between one and ten. The most unpopular number: 110, which received no votes.

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Bellos found many people chose a number associated with their birthday, however if one was born on the 10th, 20th or 30th they were less likely to choose 10, 20, or 30 as their favorite number as opposed to those born on odd numbers such as 7 or 13. Most felt that numbers in the tens did not stand out or were dynamic, leaving poor 110 on the shelf.

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Stopping Stink Bugs without a Stench Notorious for their “smelly” reputation, stink bugs are a familiar sight in Southwest Louisiana.

open door or window, or through a small crack in screens or seals. What looks like a hard shell on the back of these insects is actually very flexible, allowing them to squeeze through tiny openings. The good news is that stink bugs aren’t harmful to humans. They are just a nuisance. “In large numbers outdoors, they may pose a risk to vegetation , ” says Soileau. “They don’t reproduce indoors and they don’t feed on much of anything. They can’t bite because they don’t have mouth parts. “ It’s also when you disturb them that they are very likely to release the odor that gave them their name. Soileau said the best way to avoid this is to first, prevent them from entering your home in the first place by sealing cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood fascia and other openings Custom In-Home Dog Training with good quality silicone or siliconelatex caulk. If stink bugs are www.facebook.com/OffTheLeashLLC already indoors, he says don’t crush offtheleashdogtraining.com them unless you OffTheLeashDogTraining@yahoo.com want to smell them. “A vacuum cleaner Margaret Hebert ABCDT Certified Dog Trainer can be used to remove live or

These small insects are shaped like a shield. They are called “stink bugs” because they possess a gland that releases an odor as a means of self-defense when they feel threatened. “Stink bugs have been increasing in number since the mid-1990s,” says Robert Soileau, Manager of J&J Exterminating in Lake Charles. “Stink bugs are very common in our area, and are most active from spring to late fall.” He explains that stink bugs can generally be found in or near vegetation, especially on tomatoes, melons, and beans. Because a great many stink bugs are brown or green in color, they blend in very easily with their surroundings. At night, they are attracted to light and may be seen swarming about. This is the time they are most likely to enter a home through an

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dead stink bugs. Be sure to dispose of the bag quickly to avoid the lingering smell of the stink bugs, which can also attract more of the bugs.” Although not typical, stink bugs can pose an infestation problem. Like other invasive species, stink bugs are difficult insects to control once they infest a structure or food source. Soileau strongly advices against using a bug bomb, even if you discover a large infestation indoors in the attic or wall. “If your vacuum can’t reach them to get them out, the stink bug corpses can attract more stink bugs, as well as scavenger insects like carpet beetles that may lead to real damage to your home. It’s best to call a professional if you suspect an infestation of stink bugs, or any insect.” For more information about stink bugs or any pest, call J&J Exterminating at (337) 474-7377 or 463-4574, or visit www.jjext.com.

Q: I have a 10 month old lab mix who was neutered at 5 months. We went through basic obedience class at 6 months and he did well. Now he seems to resist basic commands and I am really frustrated. Please help.

A: With this little bit of information, this is a bit difficult to answer, but here goes. My first suggestion is to rule out injury or illness from your veterinarian. If the dog is okay, start over. Review everything you were taught in basic obedience class. Follow the schedule given to you for the class. You may need higher value treats, meaning something the dog likes more than what he was getting. Be sure to reinforce learned commands daily. Think of someone training for a competition. How good would they be if they didn’t train daily? Once commands are reviewed, practice in various places. If you only practice in the quiet of your living room, your dog will only be good in your quiet living room. When out on walks, ask your dog for a sit/stay, a down/stay, a recall, etc. The rule of thumb is to teach duration, then add distance, then add distractions. The dog needs each level of training in various places to reinforce each command. When you can take your dog to a dog friendly park or event and have him perform commands on cue, you can pat yourself on the back: Your dog is trained! Professional Membership: Pet Professional Guild and Association of Pet Dog Trainers General Memberships: Force-Free Trainers; ADOPT Louisiana Positive Dog Trainers

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Bringing Children Home KPLC reporter Britney Glaser, in partnership with the Department of Children and Each day, an abused or neglected child is removed Family Services (DCFS), highlights one child each month who is legally ready to be from an unsafe home and placed in Louisiana’s foster adopted. Thrive is supporting The New Family Tree by featuring each month’s story. care system. They remain in the system until their Deniro Hopes for His Forever Family home environment is safe—but for many, that never Deniro is a soft-spoken nine-year-old boy who is not letting the losses in his young life deter his hope of a mom or dad to call his own. He has been in a foster happens. Of the 4,000 children currently cycling in home for several months and just saw a foster brother moved to an adoptive state foster care, about 350 are ready to be adopted placement. While that is great news for that child - Deniro has a heavy heart. “I miss my older brother,” he said, “He’s kind of like a friend. He’s always there for me.” today. More than 60 of them are in Southwest Katrina Evans, adoption specialist with the Department of Children and Louisiana, right here in our community. Family Services, says like many children in foster care, Deniro speaks often about

Quick Facts on Adopting a Foster Child • Minimum age is 21. • Single people can adopt. • Many of the children in state custody are considered “special needs,” which is defined as the following: older child, race/ethnic background, sibling group, medical conditions, physical/mental/emotional handicaps. • Children in foster care are there as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. • The certification process typically takes 90 days to complete. Once matched with a child, the process to legally adopt a child takes about one year.

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his dream to have a family of his own. “It’s so important to him,” she said, “He recognizes the importance of having one. I think having that stability and security is just going to go a long way with him.” Someone who is still there for Deniro today is his foster father, Wiley Shaw, Jr., teaching this young man in the polite ways of a gentleman. “He is very respectful. He was taught before he got to me, but we’ve continued to train him into being a gentleman,” he said. Deniro describes himself as polite and a few other endearing qualities. “I would say I’m kind of funny and I’m kind of handsome,” he said. “I like to read books and to talk to my friends.” This sweet third-grader is ready to start a new school year and a new chapter in life with a mom or dad who will embrace him. When Britney asked Deniro what kind of parents he would like to have, his response was simple: “A nice parent.” Deniro is ready to be adopted today through DCFS. Call 337-491-2470 or 1-800-814-1584 to make an inquiry about him or any of the other children that can be adopted through foster care. Follow Britney Glaser’s “The New Family Tree” series at www.kplctv.com.

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ot sauce, jewelry, duck calls, rouxs and spicy seasoning blends – Louisiana-made products reflect the state’s one-of-a-kind flavor and flair. From making goods to making movies, Louisiana companies are creating leading products.

“Made in Louisiana” is a stamp for quality and innovation. And there’s so much more than food. In a list that is no way all inclusive, Thrive is taking a look at some home-grown products. Some you are familiar with, and others may be new to you.

Authentic Louisiana products you know by heart AUNT SALLY’S PRALINES ABITA abita.com Abita Brewing Company began in 1986, north of New Orleans. In its first year, the brewery produced 1,500 barrels of beer. The privately-owned company now brews over 151,000 barrels of beer and 9,100 barrels of root beer at their state-of-the-art facility. The company brews small batches, using British and North American malted barley, German and American yeast strains, Pacific Northwest hops and the pure Artesian water of Abita Springs. Hand-crafted, the beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered.

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auntsallys.com These hand-poured, pecan pralines are synonymous with New Orleans. Pralines’ roots can be traced to 18th century France, and Aunt Sally’s version began in 1935. The sugary treats are still cooked in old-fashioned, copper pots and local ingredients are used whenever possible. The company’s family tree is steeped in the New Orleans French Creole tradition, and their story is rich in business savvy as well as Southern hospitality.

BAYOU TECHE BEER bayoutechebrewing.com Bayou Teche Brewing specializes in beer carefully brewed to compliment Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole cuisine. The company is a family affair, started by a veteran who lived in Europe for a few years and learned to appreciate the regional foods and beers. Located today on the banks of the Bayou Teche, the brewery resembles a traditional Acadian-style home and even has a tasting porch. Despite company changes with time, the beer has carried with it a tradition crafted long ago through hard work and fine-tuning.

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bigeasyfoods.com Big Easy Foods began more than a decade ago. The company, then known as French Market Foods, sold sausage and boudin throughout stores in Southwest Louisiana. Based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the company’s products grew in popularity over the years and can now be purchased in stores across the country. Big Easy products available these days include wild caught shrimp, boneless chickens, Tur-Duc-Hens, Louisiana dishes, and more.

oldneworleansrum.com Celebration Distillation is the oldest premium rum distillery in the U.S. Located on Frenchman Street in New Orleans, its small-batch artisan rum, Old New Orleans Rum, is a throwback to the company’s rich legacy and heritage.


chefpaul.com Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magical Seasoning Blends has been around since 1983. Chef Prudhomme began his business after customers at his New Orleans-based K’Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, kept asking for his seasonings. The company now operates in a 125,000-square-foot plant which produces dry spices, rubs, bottled sauces and marinades. They are sold around the globe.


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communitycoffee.com Community Coffee’s presence in Louisiana can be traced back to 1919 when Henry Norman “Cap” Saurage discovered the secret of making this coffee in his country store in Baton Rouge. He named his coffee “Community,” a nod to his network of friends. The name never changed. Then and now, Community has been a staple in Louisiana kitchens. The company even operates coffee houses. Community maintains that the company’s success is derived from their passion for coffee, and their quality commitment.

CRYSTAL HOT SAUCE baumerfoods.com The year was 1923 and New Orleans was a spicy mix of culture, ethnicity and cuisine. The heat was kicked up a few notches however when the hot new sounds of Jazz were introduced and the first bottle of Louisiana’s Crystal Hot Sauce was produced in Alvin and Mildred Baumer’s plant Tchoupitoulas Street. In the 1940s the business expanded rapidly as fans of hot sauce discovered this brand’s unique flavor. To accommodate their growing business a plant on Tulane Avenue at Carrollton Avenue, sporting a sign destined to become a famous New Orleans landmark, became the new home of Baumer Foods. The sign and plant were irreparably damaged by Hurricane Katrina. In January 2010 a faithfully reproduced replica of the original sign was installed on the roof of The Preserve Apartments, located on the site of the original Baumer Foods plant on Tulane Avenue. Today, under the leadership of Alvin A. Baumer, Jr., Baumer Foods operates out of their new plant up river from New Orleans in St. John the Baptist Parish. September 2014

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drtichenor.com Everyone has heard of Dr. Tichenor’s, but few know the story. George H. Tichenor was born in 1837 in Kentucky. When Tichenor was a young soldier in the War Between the States, he was tapped to assist war surgeons. While serving in that role, he developed Dr. Tichenor’s antiseptic formula to help the wounded. Wounded himself in 1863, he reportedly saved his leg from amputation by using his own creation. The formula was used throughout the Civil War and in 1905, the Dr. G. H. Tichenor Antiseptic Company was founded in New Orleans. Today, the antiseptic is still used and remains a staple in many homes.

ELMER CHOCOLATE elmerchocolate.com The company began as the Miller Candy Corporation, formed in 1855 in New Orleans by Christopher Henry Miller, a pastry chef. Miller’s son-in-law, Augustus Elmer, joined him. Elmer-Miller eventually became Elmer Candy Corporation. In the early 1960s, Roy Nelson became a partner. He purchased the company a few years later and encouraged his son, Allan, to join him. Though there have been changes through the years, products like Heavenly Hash Eggs and Gold Brick® Eggs are mainstays—and furthermore, traditions. The company is the second largest heart box manufacturer in the country and their tasty creations make memories for families near and far.


faulkcalls.com A guide and trapper on Big Lake, Clarence “Patin” Faulk, started Faulk’s Game Calls. In the mid-1930s, Faulk made duck and goose calls at his home. His son, Dud Faulk, learned duck calling from him and in 1951, he created a full line and began traveling with the calls to trade shows. With an international duck calling title—and two goose calling titles—under his belt, his business continued growing through the years. Along the way, the business has garnered local and national notoriety, and it continues to be family-operated with Dud’s wife Rena, daughters and grandchildren assisting.

LOUISIANA FISH FRY louisianafishfry.com In 1959, Donaldsonville native Tony Pizzolato opened a small retail and wholesale produce business in Baton Rouge. He began selling fresh seafood and his business took off. In the 1980s, his business still thriving, his deli was creating dishes from Pizzolato’s recipes for customers. Pizzolato decided he would share his recipes with others so, in 1982, Louisiana Fish Fry Products were born. The products help people recreate signature Louisiana dishes at home. Products are marketed around the country.

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karysroux.com The son of an Army chef, Kary Lafleur knows a thing or two about Louisiana cooking. He grew up in the restaurant business. His father, Archange, ran the Pig Stand Restaurant in Ville Platte for 30 years. Pig Stand Bar-B-Q is a Cajun style sauce made with catsup, onions and spices. It was first manufactured in 1953, and later marketed in South Louisiana starting in 1963. The sauce remains the secret ingredient of many grill masters today. Kary began marketing a ready-made roux in 1975 after years of customers requesting it. The company now has an expanded product line including mixes for gumbo and bisques, among other sauces and seasonings. Products can be found throughout the Gulf Coast region.

KLEINPETER kleinpeterdairy.com Religious persecution prompted the Kleinpeter family to move to Baton Rouge in 1774 from Switzerland by way of Pennsylvania. They traveled, by boat, down the Ohio River, then the Mississippi. According to the company, historical documents show that the Kleinpeters were the first farmers to successfully grow sugar cane in East Baton Rouge Parish. The family remained in the area for generations to come and did not start in the dairy business until 1913. Through the years, the Kleinpeter reputation for quality milk grew, but in 1982, the original farm ceased operations. In 1997, Ben Kleinpeter purchased property in Montpelier, La., and re-opened the farm. Now, Kleinpeter Farm is the only farm in the state to be Animal Welfare Certified by the American Humane Association for the way its cows are treated. The current line of products includes butter, juice, eggs, cheese and much more.

LOUISIANA SPIRITS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • laspirits.net Chatter in a duck blind reportedly led to this company’s startup–fittingly near the Lacassine Wildlife Refuge, close to some sugar cane fields. Authentic Louisiana rum is now made in an 18,000-square-foot facility complete with a gallery to showcase the state’s historic role as a sugar cane producer and rum distiller. A restored 109-year-old farmhouse serves as a gift shop on the scenic acreage. There are different rum varieties, yet all reflect Louisiana’s spirit.

LUZIANNE luzianne.com Luzianne, steeped in Southern heritage and culture, began in 1902. William B. Reily, the owner of a wholesale grocery, moved from Monroe to New Orleans where he changed his focus on coffee and tea. The brand was established as such by 1932. Luzianne is now known throughout the South and beyond as a top-notch Southern refreshment.

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MELLO JOY COFFEE mellojoy.com Louis and Will Begnaud dreamed about opening their own coffee company while working for Grimmer Coffee Company, the makers of Creole Belle. In 1936, they took a chance and did just that. Mello Joy Coffee Company became a reality and South Louisiana soon claimed it as its choice coffee. It became the must-have for Cajun families. When the company sold in 1976, the brand was phased out, but the company was revived in 2000. Based in Lafayette, Mello Joy is making a comeback, building on old memories and making new ones.



savoiesfoods.com Open a refrigerator in Louisiana and you’ll likely find a Savoie’s Cajun food product. Smoked sausage, boudin and tasso are just a few products the company makes. The company has been smoking meats since 1955, and it’s still located at the original Savoie’s Grocery site on La. 742 in Opelousas. Retail throughout Louisiana began in the 1970s, and now you can find products everywhere, including at stores like Wal-Mart, Winn-Dixie, Rouses, Market Basket, HEB and Kroger, among others—even online.

slapyamama.com The makers of this Louisiana seasoning says no one actually slapped their mama—or even thought about it during the making. But the Walker family did— and does—think about good Cajun food and that’s how their seasonings were ultimately born. Ville Platte is the self-proclaimed smoked meats capital of the world, and the Walker family decided to compliment the fare. They have been selling their seasonings since 1996. The seasoning is now known—and available—everywhere and is used on everything from popcorn to popcorn shrimp.

SUCRE • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • shopsucre.com Sucré Sweet Boutiques and Confection Studio, known for high quality desserts, are located in New Orleans. Sucré’s confectionary delights celebrate local flavors. There are French macaroons, gelato, cupcakes, hot chocolate, toffees and more. The gourmet treats are sold and shipped around the country. The company was founded in 2007 by Joel Dondis, chef/restauranteur and entrepreneur, and Tariq Hanna, chef. And though it’s young, Sucré is already a cherished landmark with its place in New Orleans cuisine.

TIN ROOF BREWING COMPANY tinroofbeer.com Tin Roof Brewing Company is located a mile from the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge and its craft beers are beloved like rain falling on a tin roof. Two childhood friends started the company in 2010 in an effort to help bring more craft beer to the South. Three beers are available year-round: Tin Roof Blonde Ale, Perfect Tin Amber Ale and Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale. There are also seasonal beers. The brewery is open to the public for tours, and its beers can be found on tap and in cans throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.

TONY CHACHERE tonychachere.com Tony Chachere loved to cook and to teach others about Cajun cuisine. Though he’s gone—he passed away in 1995, his legacy still does just that. The Tony Chachere’s Brand, which began in 1972 as Chachere’s Creole Foods, now includes seasoning products, mixes, gravies, stuffed chickens, smoked sausage, boudin and more. The company’s corporate offices are in Opelousas, but its fans are everywhere. Thanks to the Internet and product availability at stores around the country, you don’t have to live in Louisiana to enjoy.

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zapps.com Zapp’s was started when Ron Zappe’s oil-field equipment business began to suffer amid an economic crunch felt by the rest of the state. Ron’s wife, Anne, brought home some kettle-fried chips, and Ron thought he would try his hand at them. Zapp’s began in 1985, and since then, the chips with the Cajun flair have become a Louisiana favorite. There are flavors like Cajun Craw-tators, but the trademark regular kind always does the trick. Ron passed away in 2010, but his legacy continues.

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tabasco.com/mcilhenny-company TABASCO products are made by the McIlhenny Company, founded in 1868, on Avery Island. To this day, the company is still family-owned and operated on that same site. Edmund McIlhenny created TABASCO brand Original Red Sauce in the mid-to-late 1860s. According to family history, he loved food and gardening. He grew peppers that had come from Mexico or Central America on the island. And the rest is pepper sauce history. TABASCO sauces have been livening up food for nearly 150 years. It’s now sold around the world and even added to soldiers’ rations to give food a little kick. 42 www.thriveswla.com


mccormick.com/zatarains New Orleans-based Zatarain’s has roots in Louisiana dating back to 1889. The company began in Gretna. In 1889, Emile A. Zatarain Sr. took out a trademark and began to market root beer. He later expanded to include mustards, picked vegetables and extracts. He moved into the spice business and became known for Louisiana-style products. The business was sold in 1963 and in 2003, was acquired by McCormick & Company. Gumbo, jambalaya, seafood boils and seasonings are signature products.

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10 Made-in-Louisiana Products you need to know

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This New Orleans-based microdistillery was founded by Jedd Haas, an artist and musician. His interests are diverse as is his business team. Visit his website and you’ll find an ambassador that hails from the microbrewery scene in the Pacific Northwest, and a distiller with a background in human drug trials.

These handmade, cypress spoons can be found in Louisiana kitchens from Baton Rouge to Shreveport. The company claims the spoons get better with use. Jimmy “Bubba” and Denise “Cher” Callahan, the couple behind Bubba’s Cypress Spoons, also sell dips, jellies, seasonings, rubs, cookbooks and more.


These New Orleans-made gas and electric lights have dressed up businesses and homes since 1945. That’s when Andrew Bevolo Sr., who honed his metalworking skills while working for large manufacturing companies, revolutionized the production of gas lamps. Drew Bevolo is the third generation owner. The company still makes its lights by hand. The lights shine the way through the French Quarter at Jackson Square and at Brennan’s Restaurant, among other locations, including Walnut Grove, the new traditional neighborhood development, in Lake Charles. They are also in all 50 states and in 32 countries.


jfolse.com/bittersweet_dairy Chef John Folse’s Bittersweet Plantation produces artisan cheeses that showcase Louisiana’s culinary heritage. The cheese is making a name for itself in Bayou Country. The company aims to make products that compliment “the seven nations that came together to create the Cajun and Creole heritage.” Some of those products include Creole Cream Cheese as well as a specialty line of goat cheeses.

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DONNER-PELTIER DISTILLERS dpdspirits.com The Thibodeaux distillery opened in 2012. It’s known for its Rougaroux Rum, made from Louisiana sugar cane. Oryza vodka and gin from Louisiana rice and other locally-sourced ingredients are also distilled here, among other varieties. You can take a tour of the distillery.

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New Orleans native, Lauren Thom, is the creator of Fleurty Girl. She took $2,000 and combined it with her affinity of the city and started printing T-shirts that celebrated the unique place. A retail store opened not long after and now, there are four. Fleurty Girl also operates a successful online store, helping to outfit people around the globe who love New Orleans. The store also sells other items like jewelry, home decor, footwear, music, books and other specialty items.

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holanolafoods.com Hola Nola Foods, founded in 2013, is Louisiana’s only tortilla manufacturer. Founders Rod Olson and Kevin Holden are known as “The Cajun Gringos.” The company makes corn and flour tortillas, as well as wraps. Olson and Holden decided to create the company after learning that the only tortillas available in Louisiana were imported from Texas. The company aims to make tortillas that are fresh—and truly “homemade.” Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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K2 COOLERS k2-coolers.com

Go to a party in Louisiana, and chances are you’ll spot one of these coolers. The company, founded in 2011 and based out of South Louisiana, boasts products with “real value” that keep items “real cold.” Products are affordable, durable and heavyduty yet light-weight.


The baking company was originally founded in 1896 by George Leidenheimer, who came to New Orleans from Deidesheim, Germany. He brought with him German baking traditions, but the bakery’s New Orleans French bread would ultimately help bring it fame. Today, Leidenheimer’s descendants still operate the family business. The breads are made in the same method as they were decades ago, and a slice compliments every Louisiana meal. • • • • •


drinkswamppop.com Swamp Pop is a Lafayette-based soda company with unique flavors, made with real sugarcane. The soda is made the old-fashioned way—the best way, creators attest. Sodas are sold in glass bottles. Some flavors include Ponchatoula Pop Rouge, Noble Cane Cola, Satsuma Fizz, Praline Cream Soda and Jean Lafitte Ginger Ale. The sodas are sold around the country, and you can also purchase them online.

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Style & Beauty

Fall/Winter Style


by Ellen Frazel

Women’s Clothes and Shoes

Fashion trends for the upcoming season are all about confidence and comfort for the modern woman. Lauren Monroe, owner of Mimosa Boutique in Lake Charles, keeps her store stocked with clothes inspired straight from the runway. Black leggings will continue to be a staple this fall and winter, but with a little extra flair. “Now designers are making them a lot thicker and more like a pair of pants,” Monroe explains. “Also, most designers are adding details like leather or zippers. You can wear them with a flowing blouse and heels, or with a chunky sweater and boots for a great day look.” Perhaps inspired by the love of leggings, fashionable athletic wear is on the rise this coming season. Monroe called this trend “athleisure,” and it’s everywhere. Silk gym shorts, jackets with athletic stripes, and tennis skirts are all fun pieces that you can make your own. Dress these items up with heels or go the athleisure route with bright colored tennis shoes or Converse. Other imminent fall and winter trends are metallics, faux fur, and a lot of bright colors. “Mimosa will have some great metallic options for fall like a rose gold simple shift dress,” Monroe says. They’ll also have metallic silver or gold blouses that can be worn with black skinny jeans and flats or ankle boots. Faux fur coats, vests, and items with fur trim are a chic addition to any outfit. “Furs are a very classic item that will last you through the seasons,” Monroe says. As for colors, elaborate prints and embroidery are in, and pops of bright colors can be paired with typical fall neutrals. Monroe shares some of Mimosa Boutique’s favorite combos: “black with cobalt blue, army green with hot pink, and we love navy with neon green.”

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For those looking to shed some extra length, Penelope Haymon, senior stylist at Signatures Salon in Lake Charles, says the shoulder-length choppy cut is in for fall. She also suggests adding some bright contrast color that will settle once fall comes. As for hairstyling, simple is sophisticated right now. Haymon says, “My personal favorite, and something you can do at home, is the wavy, messy hairstyle. Use some thickening mousse and dry with a blow dryer or towel.” In keeping with the athletic influence in fashion, center-parted low ponytails and braids are go-to’s for fall. Slightly unkempt hair, dubbed “gym sleek,” is being held back with a simple bobby pin or cotton headband, so ladies, don’t be afraid to try this look after a workout. What is being called the “off-duty ballerina bun”—which can be worn in the topknot style or lower on the head—is another low-maintenance yet high-fashion hairstyle. For makeup this coming fall, lipstick is out and eyes are the new centerpiece. Metallic eye shadows and exaggerated mascara will make your eyes pop. Heavy eyeliner with lighter eyebrows gives the face a natural yet striking look. Some women are embracing an almost makeup-free look: just a tiny swoop of blush or nude eye shadow and the glow of natural skin!

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Men’s Clothes and Shoes

Colors for men’s fashion this fall are a bit less bold than women’s. Traditional black and white, as well as dark forest green items like jackets, scarfs, and ties are common sites. Browns, especially allbrown suits, are a hit this upcoming season. The one bold color that men might be embracing, however, is orange. Try a pair of orange pants paired with a gray blazer and brown loafers. Or, hop on the athleisure train with an orange track jacket. Slim pants cropped at the ankles can be worn with topcoats, quilted jackets, or even a biker jacket this fall. Go for a classic biker jacket in black, or branch out and try tan or suede. Athletic sneakers are in, but if you want a more rugged look try some lace-up hiking boots. Clean-shaven and slicked back hair is making a comeback over beards this season. To cover up, maybe you’ll be bold enough to try a fedora with a raglan sleeve raincoat. Sleek and comfortable, men are keeping it classic this fall.


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LOSE THE EXCESS BAGGAGE: Take a Closer Look at Eyelid Surgery


by Kristy Armand


Most people would agree that the eyes are the most important feature of the face. They are the key feature for expressing emotions, reflecting interest, affection, disapproval and unfortunately, the signs of aging. That’s the main reason cosmetic eye surgery has become so popular. Mark Crawford, MD, oculoplastic surgeon and Medical Director of the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic, explains that the skin around the eye is more thin and fragile than at other parts of the body, and as a result, is usually the first area of the face to show the signs of aging. “Our eyes are surrounded by a protective layer of fatty tissue encased by a membrane that holds that tissue tightly in place. As we age this membrane weakens, allowing the fatty tissue to slip – or sag – downward. In addition, every time you blink, the skin and muscles of your upper eyelids stretch a bit. Over time, this repeated stretching causes the skin and muscles of the upper eyelid to loosen, which gives the membrane and

protective layer of fat room to expand even more. A fold may even develop as the skin bulges outward and hangs over the lid.” Dr. Crawford says sagging of the upper eyelids and bagginess in the lower eyelids can result in a tired, sad, angry or aged appearance. “Everyone will experience some degree of these changes as they age; some earlier than others because, like most signs of aging, there is a genetic component.” Fortunately, this is one change that can be reversed. Eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove excess skin and fat around the eyes, restoring a more youthful appearance.

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This surgery is usually performed for cosmetic reasons, but Dr. Crawford says in some cases it can be considered medically necessary when the excess skin is interfering with vision. “This surgery is very effective for both women and men, and new advances in technology allow the procedure to be tailored to each person’s anatomy and gender.” Dr. Crawford explains how the procedure works: The surgery is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with mild sedation. For the upper lids, a small incision is made in the natural fold and the excess skin is removed, along with appropriate amounts of fatty tissue, to restore the upper eyelid’s appearance. The

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most common incision site for the lower lids is just inside the inner surface of the eyelid. The excess fat is removed through this tiny incision. If there is also excess skin in the lower lid that needs to be removed, the incision can be made in the natural crease immediately below the eyelashes. Incisions in the eyelid usually heal quickly, and there is very little risk of complications, according to Dr. Crawford. Mild swelling and discoloration is common immediately after the surgery, and most people are able to resume their normal activities within one week after the surgery. “You don’t have to look older than you feel, and you don’t have to have major surgery to get the results you are looking for,” stresses Dr. Crawford. “Cosmetic eyelid surgery today is great way to redefine your eyes, achieving a younger, more refreshed appearance.”

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Dr. Crawford will be discussing eyelid surgery and other cosmetic treatments at a free breakfast seminar at The Eye Clinic on Wednesday, September 24. Call (337) 478-3810 to register or visit www.facehealth.net.

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Jeepers, Peepers! by Kristy Armand

Eye-Catching Eye Make-up for Girls who Wear Glasses

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For women who wear glasses, it can sometimes feel like caring about your eye makeup is a waste of time. But Adrienne Bodin, an esthetician with Signatures Salon, says if you apply your eye makeup correctly, not even the world’s thickest lenses will hide your best feature. She says the goal is to apply eye make-up that helps yours eyes stand out from behind your glasses, but still looks natural. “Fortunately, today’s eyewear frames are much more fashionable than in the past, and it is important to keep the style of your frames in mind.” She says the general rule of thumb is the smaller and lighter the frame, the bolder and brighter the colors can be. If you have large, thick, black, or brightly colored glasses frames, you’ll want to stick with more muted

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colors. If you have smaller glasses that are frameless or have a neutral-toned frame, you can go bolder to bring attention to your eyes. “It’s important to make sure that there is a balance between the amount of makeup you wear on your eyes and the thickness of your frames,” adds Bodin. She offers the following simple tricks to perfect your under-eyewear makeup technique:

DEFINE YOUR BROWS Eyeglass frames draw attention to the brows, so make sure they wellgroomed. Fill in any holes or sparse spots with a brow pencil or powder shadow the same color of your brows for a natural look.

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LASHES Mascara is the perfect way to lengthen and curl the lashes, however, you don’t want them to hit your lenses, so curl your lashes before applying mascara. Regular mascara can smudge against your lenses, so waterproof is best.

EYE SHADOW Chose an eye shadow shade that complements rather than clashes with the color of your frames. Browns, ashy neutrals and neutrals with shimmer are all great options. Blend slightly darker, warm hues into and above the crease. Consider a shimmery illuminator on the brow bone and inner eye corner to open up the area.

EYELINER Line the upper lash line first, making sure to fill in those tiny spaces in between lashes. Then line the bottom with a thinner line. Try to choose a color that is at least a shade or two lighter than dark frames so that the liner doesn’t get lost in their shape. Use a cotton swab to smooth any harsh choppiness in the line to achieve a more natural effect. The trick to making it all look right is to adjust the liner depending on your style of glasses: the thicker your frames, the thicker your liner should be. This will ensure your glasses don’t overpower your eyes.

CONCEALER Don’t forget concealer! Lenses can highlight and enhance any under-eye darkness or redness. Applying a concealer will keep the attention on your eyes—not on your circles.

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September Seminar Series Join The Eye Clinic Physicians for these Educational Seminars You may never have young eyes again, but getting older does not have to mean poor vision. Advances in eye care technology allow doctors to detect and treat problems more effectively than ever to prevent permanent vision loss. Join us for a meal and to learn more about common eye conditions that can occur after age 50 in our Healthy Aging Month seminars. Advances in Cataract & Glaucoma Treatment, Dr. A.J. O’Byrne Tuesday, September 9 l Noon l Lunch Seminar

Diabetic Retinopathy & Macular Degeneration Treatment, Dr. Alan Lacoste & Dr. Virgil Murray Thursday, September 18 l Noon l Lunch Seminar

Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Condition Treatment Advances, Dr. Charles Thompson Friday, September 19 l 7 am l Breakfast Seminar

Eyelid Surgery & Facial Cosmetic Treatments, Dr. Mark Crawford Wednesday, September 24 l 7 am l Breakfast Seminar

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

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The Changing, and Growing Aging Population by Erin Kelly

In 1946, 3.4 million babies were born. It was a 20 percent increase over the previous year and the highest rate in our nation’s history until then. The baby boom that continued for years after the end of World War II. In 1947, the national birth record was topped at 3.8 million babies, then again with 3.9 million in 1952. The record steadied at more than 4 million every year from 1954 to 1964. By the time the trend slacked off, 76.4 million “baby boomers” comprised 40 percent of the nation’s population, solidifying a paradigm shift for generations to come. Meanwhile, forwardthinking researchers wondered: What would happen when this burgeoning segment of the population reached senior status? Researchers refer to it as the “2030 Problem,” because that’s the first year when all baby boomers—traditionally referred to as those born from 1946-1964—will fall between the ages of 66 and 84. Their generational predecessors, those born before 1946, will number about 9 million. By 2030, the over-65 population will have reached more than 75 million people; a tripling compared to 1980.

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“Clearly, these are substantial numbers that will have significant effects, particularly in healthcare,” said family medicine physician Steve Springer with Imperial Health. “Perhaps most concerning is the rising numbers of cases we’ll see in conditions that typically manifest with age. Things like arthritis, heart disease and neurological conditions, like Alzheimer’s or dementia.” According to Dr. Springer, the management of chronic conditions is of special concern to practitioners because people are living longer, but not necessarily healthier. “Technology, medication and medical advancements have allowed people to live longer with chronic conditions, but that doesn’t always mean they’re living well,” Dr. Springer said. “They often need continued care from a healthcare professional.” The American Hospital Association estimates that more than 37 million boomers will be managing more than one chronic condition by 2030, with one of out of four living with diabetes, half with arthritis, and more than one-third struggling with health risks related to obesity. These conditions will create challenges related to shortages in nursing and health care professions and financial obligations at individual, state and federal levels—not to mention the mental and emotional tolls at personal levels, according to Dr. Springer

So, with all these estimates looming before us, what can be done? • According to the AARP, the “2030 problem” should be a wake-up call—not just for boomers, but for lawmakers. The organization reports that by 2030 there will be just four potential caregivers for each individual aged 80 or older, compared with more than seven potential caregivers per patient in 2010. A senior strategic policy advisor with the AARP urges lawmakers to enact policies that offer caregivers better support and more affordable options for home care.

doing everything they can to prevent chronic illness. Exercise, healthy dieting, staying active, and maintaining regular visits to a primary care physician—these are the secrets to success.”

• Boomers can and should consider long-term care insurance, according to Dr. Springer. “Boomers can no longer continue with the expectations that family members will be able to take care of them indefinitely, and they certainly can’t and shouldn’t rely on Social Security or Medicare alone,” [NAME] said. “The best path for healthy and happy aging is to have as many options as possible to live a comfortable life. That’s what long-term care does.” • Preventive care needs to become a priority at every level. “If we can avoid these chronic conditions from developing into a problem in the first place, then we can solve a problem before it exists,” said [NAME]. “Everyone, particularly boomers, should take an active role in their health care to ensure that they’re


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S TAY F O C U S E D on Healthy Eyes as you Age

by Kristy Armand


CATARACTS. A cataract is a gradual clouding of your eye’s lens, marked by blurred vision, impaired night vision, and halos around lights. A cataract may need no treatment at all if the vision is only a little blurry. A change in eyeglass prescription may improve vision for a while. Cataracts are most common in people over 60, and the risks are higher for people with diabetes and those who take corticosteroids. Excess exposure to the sun and cigarette smoke are also risk factors. There are no medications, eye drops, exercises or glasses that will cause cataracts to disappear once they have formed. Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract.

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GLAUCOMA. This disease is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. It occurs when the optic nerve is damaged when fluids that normally flow in and out of the eye drain improperly, causing increased pressure. Early treatment can stop its progression, but unfortunately, most people don’t notice any symptoms until permanent damage has occurred. That’s why regular eye exams are crucial, especially if someone in your immediate family has the disease, if you have diabetes or are over age 60. African Americans are also at increased risk.

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AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION. This disease of the retina is the leading cause of blindness in people over 65. It results when the macula, the part of the retina responsible for sharp vision, begins to deteriorate. Macular degeneration comes in two forms, dry and wet. The dry form, in which the retina has simply worn thin with age, is untreatable, but it is usually slow to progress and rarely causes severe vision loss. Some research suggests that vitamins and minerals may slow its development. The wet form of the disease occurs when abnormal blood vessels form beneath the retina. It poses a much more serious threat to your eyesight, but laser surgery can help some patients avoid further vision loss. To get the earliest possible September 2014


treatment, see an eye doctor promptly if your vision becomes fuzzy or blurry, if straight lines look wavy, or if blank or dark spots show up in the center of your vision. DIABETIC RETINOPATHY. Diabetes can damage the blood vessels that feed the retina, putting people with the disease at high risk for blindness. Retinal damage is particularly common in people who have had diabetes for at least 10 years, and it’s nearly universal in those who have had the disorder for 30 years or more. Diabetic retinopathy causes blurred or fluctuating vision, and it can worsen rapidly. When caught in time, the disease can be treated with laser surgery. If you have diabetes, annual checkups with an eye doctor are absolutely essential. Carefully controlling both your blood sugar and your blood pressure will also go a long way toward preventing vision loss. DRY EYE is usually caused by a problem with the quality of the tear film that lubricates the eyes. Many find relief simply from using artificial tears on a regular basis. Preservative-free tears are recommended because they are the most soothing and have fewer additives that could potentially irritate. Avoid products that whiten the eyes – they don’t have adequate lubricating qualities and often make the problem worse. Closing the opening of the tear drain in the eyelid with special inserts called punctal plugs is another option. Older adults often take medications for other health conditions and some of these may affect vision with side effects such as blurred vision, dry eyes, and light sensitivity. Most effects are temporary and will stop when you quit taking the medicine, but Dr. O’Byrne says it’s important to keep your eye doctor up to date on all the drugs and supplements that you’re using. “When it comes to your vision, as with most things in life, prevention is far better than cure. Just as you have regular exams to monitor and manage other aspects of your health, it’s also important to get your eyes checked regularly, and to realize that an eye exam is not just a check for a new prescription. It’s a vital check on the overall health of your eyes that can help ensure a lifetime of good vision.” The Eye Clinic is offering a series of aging and eye condition seminars in September for “Healthy Aging Month.” Visit www.theeyeclinic.net for details or call 1-800-826-5223.


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Depression: Post-Prozac by Erin Kelly

Despite modern breakthroughs, millions still suffer When the antidepressant Prozac was released in the US just over 25 years ago, the treatment and management of depression experienced a paradigm shift that continues to effect the 350 million people worldwide who currently suffer from the condition. Prozac was a blockbuster drug, to say the least—within two years, the compound became the most prescribed drug in the world and brought the much-hushed illness into the forefront of conversation. “Prozac was nothing short of a breakthrough in terms of the treatment of depression,” said psychiatrist Christin Bennett, Director of Behavioral Health Services at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. “Before Prozac, few people talked openly about depression. It existed, but wasn’t on the bigger radar. It was behind closed doors. Prozac helped provide legitimacy to the condition. It brought it out of hiding.” According to the American Psychiatric Association, the lifetime risk of suicide for people with depression is anywhere from 2.2 and 15 percent, compared to 0.01 percent in patients taking antidepressants. The introduction of Prozac to the global market marked a shift in how patients, families, and providers view depression, but there’s still work to be done, Bennett said. The recent death of actor Robin Williams is a testament to that, Bennett said.

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“Depression isn’t about being in a ‘bad mood.’ It’s not just a person who’s feeling blue or too weak to cope with life. There is a valid, documented, and scientific reason why depression exists, just as there are valid, documented and scientific reasons why diabetes, heart disease or stroke exist,” Bennett said. “You can’t just ‘snap out’ of depression, just like you can’t ‘snap out’ of diabetes. That’s what people often fail to understand about depression specifically and mental illness in general.” Although the number of people seeking treatment gradually tripled to more than 8.5 million after Prozac entered the market, only about half of Americans diagnosed with major depression in a given year receive treatment for it, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Prozac was the pivotal blockbuster in medicinal treatment, but several others followed suit in the 1990s and subsequent decades. Zoloft, Wellbutrin, and Paxil, for example. And treatment hasn’t reached a standstill. According to Spotlight on Depression, a report by Thomson Reuters Cortellis Competitive Intelligence, there are innovative drugs in development. Thomson Reuters researchers noted that the three most notable drugs in the antidepressant pipeline are all different in their mechanism of action from the drugs already on the market. “It remains to be seen how these drugs will affect the overall treatment of depression, but the fact that research and development continues to better manage and offset the challenges of previous medications speaks volumes to what could lie ahead for this condition,” Bennett said. “It should also reinforce to ‘silent sufferers’ that there is treatment out there, and that treatment continues to improve. Whatever you do, don’t ignore the problem or try to manage it on your own if you or someone you love suffers from depression. It is a tragic illness with very real consequences.” Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Researchers at the University of Bergen, Norway, and the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London found that depression was just as deadly as smoking. The risk factors for mortality increased with longevity at similar rates among smokers versus those suffering from depression. The study also showed that patients with depression faced an overall increased risk of mortality, whereas a combination of depression and anxiety lowered mortality compared with depression alone. Depressive disorders are now the second leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Bennett urges potential sufferers to seek help if they experience the common symptoms of depression, which include: • Difficulty making decisions • Fatigue and lack of energy • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness • Difficulty concentrating or remembering details • Unhealthy sleeping patterns, such as insomnia, restlessness, or excessive sleeping • Unhealthy eating habits, such as overeating or not eating • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that you once enjoyed • Aches, pains, cramps, or digestive problems that seem untreatable • Persistent sadness, anxiousness, irritation, or feelings of being “empty” • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts “Start with your family doctor if you need help,” said Bennett. “Do not let the fear of being labeled with a mental illness prevent you from getting help.” If you don’t have a primary physician or aren’t sure where to turn, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Should you have a lung cancer Screening? if you answer “yes” to each of the following questions, a lung cancer screening may be appropriate for you. call chriSTuS St. Patrick’s nurse navigator at (337) 431-7916 to schedule a consultation. Are you between the ages of 50 and 79? Do you currently smoke or have you smoked within the last 15 years? Each screening is important to us, and CHRISTUS St. Patrick Regional Cancer Center’s commitment to your health will not end once you receive your results. Our nurse navigator guides patients and their families through each step of their diagnosis and treatment, and our multidisciplinary team of board-certified radiation and medical oncologists, certified chemotherapy and oncology nurses, licensed dosimetrists, and radiation therapists creates customized treatment plans for each of our patients.

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Treating Food Allergies Most allergies are written into your DNA, but others can be developed over time. Trees, grasses and weeds can play havoc on our sinuses, but food allergies such as seafood, nuts, dairy and cereal grains are common culprits that have many reaching for their EpiPens. “The things you breathe in bring about a set reaction pretty much every time. Food allergies can cause different reactions each time, with some being quiet serious,” says Dr. Samuel Sprehe, an otolaryngologist with Southwest Louisiana Ear, Nose and Throat, a part of the Memorial Medical Group. Dr. Sprehe treats all forms of allergies, including those caused by food. Both skin and blood tests are helpful in diagnosing food allergies. Seafood is a staple in Louisiana, and the Lake Area is no different, so being allergic to any form of seafood can really put a damper on this part of the regional lifestyle. Still, seafood allergies are not all encompassing. There are different types of seafood such as fish, shellfish and mollusks that can cause different allergies. Just because you may not be able to eat shrimp, does not mean you cannot eat fish or 58 www.thriveswla.com

oysters. Sometimes you may think you are allergic to crawfish or shrimp and it ends up being the spices that are used in the boil or fry mix. “Anybody can start a food diary to see what they may be allergic too,” Dr. Sprehe says. “Start a sevento 10-day journal of everything you put in your mouth and any reactions that may occur. You have to get real specific. For example, you can’t just write down salad. You will need to write down everything that was in that salad.” While only 10 percent of food allergies are immediately life-threatening, they are not fun to live with, but they are manageable. For some people the only treatment for food allergies is abstinence. Some food allergies can be managed with shots, much like you would for respiratory allergies. “We always start the shots for food allergies as a trial,” Dr. Sprehe says. “We’ll do the shots for six months and if you are not any better, Thrive Magazine for Better Living

we’ll stop.” He says there are still a lot of unknowns with treating food allergies with shots, and the therapy is typically reserved for people with terrible life-threatening allergies. Another option is to treat the allergies with drops under the tongue, a popular treatment in Europe. Currently, the drops are not covered by insurance, but are still an affordable option. Still, the gold standard is to identify the food and remove it from the diet. People with these allergies still need to be careful and have an EpiPen and antihistamine around in case of accidental ingestion. For more information on all allergies and how to treat them, contact Dr. Sprehe at Southwest Ear, Nose & Throat at 337-480-5595.

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High School Football Injuries by Kristy Armand

The big lights are shining brightly on Friday nights across Southwest Louisiana and football fans couldn’t be happier. Football is one of the most popular – if not the most popular– high school sports. Unfortunately, it’s also the leading cause of sports-related injuries. Over 1 million teens play high school football, according to the National Federation of State High School Association, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, reports that over 500,000 players were treated for football-related injuries last year. Researchers with the Center for Injury Research and Policy recently found a significant difference between the types of injuries sustained by high school and college football players. “This study is important because it is the first nation-wide study

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to compare injuries among high school and college football players, and the results reflect what we see here in Southwest Louisiana,” says Geoffrey Collins., MD, orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with Center for Orthopaedics. Dr. Collins is also a team physician for McNeese Athletics and for the group’s sports medicine program, which serves 14 high schools in the Southwest Louisiana region. According to the study, four out of every 1,000 high school football exposures resulted in an injury, while eight out of every 1,000 collegiate

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football exposures resulted in an injury. Although college players were twice as likely to sustain an injury as high school players, high school players experienced more serious injuries, with a greater proportion of season-ending injuries, fractures and concussions. Dr. Collins says there are several reasons high school players experience more serious injuries. “Younger athletes are less physically mature and have less muscle mass than older athletes. Their growth plates are incomplete, which means their bones are still growing, developing and strengthening. In addition, inexperienced athletic techniques also add to the risk of injury in high school players in many situations. Good coaching and training can help in this area.” Researchers have found that running plays were the leading cause of injury in both high school and collegiate football, and in high school they accounted for the majority of season-ending injuries and concussions. Positions with the greatest risk of injury were running backs and linebackers. Dr. Collins says these types of injuries could be reduced with additional instruction on appropriate tackling and blocking techniques as well as position-specific conditioning. “In addition, coaches, parents, trainers and players need to be aware of the symptoms of concussions and respond to these in a

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medically appropriate way, without delay,” says Dr. Collins. “This is something we are addressing intensively with the schools we work with.” He stresses that the main thing players, parents and coaches need to understand is while football does have a high rate of injuries, injury is not inevitable and the risk can definitely be reduced. “There are many ways to reduce the number and severity of football-related injuries. For example, we typically see many ankle and knee injuries. Increased conditioning, including stretching and strength training, for these vulnerable body sites can help prevent these types of injuries.” Dr. Collins adds that another key factor parents and coaches need to remember is that high school athletes are not merely miniature versions of adult athletes. “A player shouldn’t be pressured into doing things he isn’t physically capable of doing. Coaches and parents bear a prime responsibility in developing young athletes and watching for

early signs of physical problems. Players also need to be encouraged to speak up when something feels wrong. They shouldn’t be told to ‘play through the pain.’ One of the best lessons a young athlete can learn is to listen to their bodies and take care of injury sooner, rather than later, when it could become more serious and put them on the sidelines for the entire season.” For more information about sports injuries and prevention, call Center for Orthopaedics at (337) 721-7236 or visit www.centerforortho.com.

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City Savings Bank Donates to McNeese

City Savings Bank presented a $15,000 donation to McNeese State University for the City Savings Bank and Trust Scholarship established through the McNeese Foundation. On hand for the presentation are, from left, Robie Touchette, City Savings Bank president, Richard Reid, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president for the McNeese Foundation, Babs Bloom, City Savings Bank chief operations officer, and John Marcello, City Savings Bank chief lending officer.

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to McNeese State University for the Greater Lake Charles Rotary Scholarship Fund, which was established with the McNeese Foundation in 1992. On hand for the presentation are from left to right: Dr. Richard Churchman, Rotary board member, Marymarc Armstrong, past Rotary president, Richard Reid, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president of the McNeese Foundation, and Carmen Million, Rotary board member.

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Iberia Bank the 127-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, presented the McNeese Athletic Department a check of $100,000 this week as part of a multi-year commitment to the department. Included in the check presentation were IBERIABANK Treasury Management Sales Officer Steven Perez, MSU President Dr. Philip Williams, IBERIABANK Branch Manager Dawn Primeaux, Earhart and Hemphill.

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Free Healthy Cooking Classes to be Held at McNeese this Fall Get Your Kitchen in Shape is a free program that provides families in the community with a fun, “hands on� experience of preparing a healthy, nutritious meal together. And studies show that when cooking healthy meals together, the whole family is more likely to start making healthier choices! Participants will have a unique opportunity to cook alongside of a local Registered Dietitian as they provide an interactive educational experience. Get Your Kitchen in Shape is designed and hosted by the Nutrition and Food Science Program of McNeese State University and is a Dare to be Healthy Challenge Grant initiative made possible by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. Sessions and participants are limited in number, and preregistration is required. Get Your Kitchen in Shape will be offered at McNeese State University in Gayle Hall 201, 4205 Ryan Street, Lake Charles from 5:30 - 8:30pm on the following dates: Thurs., September 25 Thurs., October 2 Thurs., October 30 Thurs., November 13 For more information about the Get Your Kitchen in Shape program or to sign up your family, please contact Eljeana Quebedeaux at (337) 475-5700 or equebedeaux@mcneese.edu. Space is limited and preregistration is required. For more information other Partnership for a Healthier SWLA programs and events, check out our website at www.healthierSWLA.com.

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Mark Your Calendar! Robinson Dental Group to Hold Free Seminar on Dental Implants Robinson Dental Group of Lake Charles has announced that it will host a free seminar on dental implants on September 9 at 5:30 p.m. at their Lake Charles location at 2629 Country Club Road. Seating is limited, please call for reservations at 337 4743636. Seminar attendees will have the chance to learn about the benefits of dental implants and have the opportunity to schedule an appointment for a free consultation, including a complete set of x-rays.

Local Agencies Come Together to Offer a Unique Opportunity Kay Dore’ Counseling Clinic, McNeese Autism Program and NAMI Southwest Louisiana are the three local agencies coming together this Fall to host the Lake Area Mental and Behavioral Health Conference at McNeese State University on October

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9th and 10th. This unique opportunity will provide professionals, students, and consumers with quality education, information, and insight into topics within mental and behavioral health fields. 
For more information, call (337) 433-0219 or register online at www.lambhc.com

S.P.I.C.Y. Plans Suicide Awareness Community Walk S.P.I.C.Y. (Suicide Prevention Coalition for Youth) will hold a Suicide Awareness Community Walk on September 20th for area Southwest communities. The walk will help raise both awareness and funds for mental health research and treatment for those with depression who are suicidal within our local communities. To become a sponsor or pre-register for this event, contact Charmaine Anderson at Imperial Calcasieu Human Services Authority at (337) 475-4861.

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Gallery Promenade to Celebrate Lake Area Art Spaces Gallery Promenade, the Arts Council of SWLA’s annual gallery and museum showcase, returns on September 26th, from 5-9:00 p.m., 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.artscouncilswla.org or call the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.



Online Shopping for a Great Cause

by Maria Faul

Fundraising events that include an auction, whether live or silent, have been a very successful avenue for most organizations to raise muchneeded funds for their programs and initiatives over the years. Live auction events, on the organizers part, require having a venue, entertainment, food, wine, auction items and so on— a good amount of time and manpower, as well as funds to pay for much-

needed supplies. On the attendees’ part, they usually need to free up their schedule to attend the event, find a dress or tux, and schedule a baby-sitter to watch the children. One local organization brings the community and auction each year, but with a bit of a twist. “Southwest Louisiana has a good number of fundraising events that benefit deserving nonprofit organizations,” said Leslie Harless, a member

of The Family Foundation Board of Trustees and Chair of the 2015 eGala Online Auction. “We did not want to compete with existing events, but The Foundation needed its own signature event.” After doing extensive research, The Family Foundation realized that an online charity auction could be a good way to raise money, rally support for the Family Foundation, and, hopefully, have some fun. “We felt it’s a perfect way to raise some funds without the added cost of auctioneers, event venues, caterers, volunteers, auction brochures, security, checkout, auction software, and necessities for an event auction,” said Kerry Andersen, Chair of The Family Foundation board of trustees and the architect of the eGala Online Auction. “People can simply log onto www.eGalaFamilyFoundation.com and bid on items that they need and want.” Like any special event, the eGala Online Auction requires solid planning and a fair amount of staff time. Items need to be acquired and funding was

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necessary to initially set up the website. “We were fortunate to have First Federal Bank as the title sponsor for the event, which enabled us to fund the set up for the website,” Andersen said. The event was also fortunate to have the support of several area businesses such as L’Auberge Casino Resort, J & J Exterminating, and Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino, just to name a few. The Family Foundation’s eGala Online Auction, the first and only one in the area had its inaugural run in the summer of 2010. Over 2,000 visits were made to the website that featured over 100 items, including a trip to Las Vegas, wine baskets, jewelry, massages, and more. “The eGala Online Auction allows families and individuals to participate in a fundraising event from the comforts of their own home,” Andersen said. Instead of traveling to the fundraiser, potential bidders browse through the eGala site to see pictures, descriptions, and suggested prices for the items being auctioned. “It’s a fun and exciting way to shop and connect with those who care about your cause whether they are nearby, across the country or around the world,” Andersen added.

This year’s eGala Online Auction starts September 22nd and ends at October 12th at 10 p.m. It features over 130 items and packages, from fishing trips to hiking trips; dinner packages to getaway packages; prints, paintings, purses, jewelry; wine and so much more! Shop for something you need or something you want. Better yet, shop for your family and friends. “The eGala Online Auction has something for everyone,” Harless said. The Family Foundation’s mission is to create an endowment for Family & Youth; and promote excellence in the nonprofit sector. It believes that investing in families secures the future of Southwest Louisiana communities. Its hope is to nourish endowments for Family and Youth, so that it can continue to provide services to the community for generations to come. Log onto www.eGalaFamilyFoundation. com and shop. For more information about the eGala Online Auction and The Family Foundation, e-mail maria@fyca. org or call (337) 436-9533.

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Solutions for Life

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New Eyes and your mouth a certain way to get it to cut anything.” Next she opened my dishwasher and made a, “What was that?!” face when she heard the door groaning. (Thank goodness she is my cousin and has to love me regardless of these shortcomings!) All this made me realize I might have grown a little too complacent with my house. At one time all those things probably bothered me. Now I am apparently used to them. The reality is that everything dulls with repetition and over time. I remember my son coming home from first grade one day favoring one of his legs. I asked if he had hurt himself. “No ma’am.” “Well, why are you limping?” Email or Text Notification when your RX is ready! “There are rocks in my shoe from the playground.” “Doesn’t it hurt?” “It did at first.” But over the course of the Friendly service from your day, he had home town pharmacy. gotten used to it to the point • Citywide Delivery Service that it didn’t • Drive-Thru Pick-Up Window occur to him • E-Mail and Call in RX Service to take the rocks out. It is very easy for us to become habituated to things, even things that make our lives more difficult. I love it when someone comes into my life with

I recently had a good houseguest. “Good” meaning she told me about some things that needed attention in my house that either I had forgotten about, or didn’t notice. For example, l forgot to tell her that we have to leave the bathroom sink water running while we take showers to keep the water at a constant temperature because of our tank-less water heater. Needless to say, she had the lovely experience of water widely vacillating between ice cold and blistering hot! Then, we were cooking together and she asked me if I had a better knife. “Whatever could you mean?” I asked. “That’s the knife I always use; you just have to hold it

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