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Regular Features

Wining & Dining

12 First Person with Glenn Cecchini 20 Who’s News 35 The New Family Tree 56 Business Buzz 64 Happenings 66 Solutions for Life 67 McNeese Corral

6 Five Lunch Box Prep Tips to Transform your Eating Habits 8 7 Best Breakfasts in Southwest Louisiana 10 Fire Up the Grills: It’s Time to Tailgate Places & Faces


Keith Monroe 18 Hotel le Marais


Mind & Body

22 The Cancer that Whispers 26 The Art of Asking Someone Our on a Date 28 Is your Helpful Nature a Hindrance? Home & Family 32 6 Tips to Resolve Parent Teacher Conflicts 38 Libraries Expand into the 21st Century Money & Career 40 – 53 Cover Story: SMALL BUSINESS 54 Personal Gumption: Tips for Self-Motivation Style & Beauty

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by Sylvia Ney

SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION, THE SEASONS ARE CHANGING, AND IT’S TIME TO CONTEMPLATE YOUR PACKED LUNCH NEEDS. WHETHER YOU’RE PREPARING LUNCHES FOR YOUR KIDS, OR JUST LOOKING FOR HEALTHIER OR MORE ECONOMICAL MEALS FOR YOURSELF, CONSIDER SOME OF THESE SMART DELICIOUS OPTIONS TO KEEP YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK. The Right Stuff. The best intentions will fall by the wayside if we are not properly prepared and motivated. Storage options with seal tight lids and helpful measurements on the sides assist brownbaggers with an eye on a healthy lifestyle. Fun shapes and colorful containers appeal to kids, making them more likely to eat a packed meal. Try a L.O.T.G. (Lunch On The Go), small plastic cups or drink boxes to help meet your needs. Visual Cues. Foods in a variety of colors and shapes are visually appealing and can stimulate your appetite. Health advocates know this and have adopted the slogan “Eat the Rainbow” because they know packed lunches which include at least one serving each of fruits, veggies, and protein provide the nutrition and energy to tackle the day without sacrificing taste or adding unnecessary fats. You’re more likely to stick to your eating plan if you have a few quick easy meals within reach that also appeal to your senses. Images can make lunch time more appealing to children, as well. Kids love animals, sports, and fairytales. Cookie cutters are no longer only for sweets. Consider using your favorite shapes to remove the crust from sandwiches, or to make individualized servings of leftover meatloaf. Favorite Fall Backs. If you’re packing foods you don’t particularly care for, but feel you should be eating, you’ll begin to hate and resent meal times. Another way to increase the odds of eating a full and balanced meal that doesn’t require a lot of extra work is to prepare extras at dinner. When you prepare a meal that you or your family enjoys, simply make a double portion so you have extras for packed lunches.


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? ? ?? ? ? ?? ?? ? ? ? ? ? Still not sure what combinations to pack? Consider these healthy options for your weekly lunch needs: • Hardboiled eggs, zucchini muffins, string cheese, goldfish crackers, and blueberries. • Turkey spinach wraps, popcorn, string cheese, cucumber slices, and grapes. • Refried bean and cheese quesadillas, avocado and lime, strawberries. • Turkey and cheese club sandwich, peas, apple slices with almond butter. • Egg/tuna/chicken salad, banana, and chia seeds. • Yogurt, carrot sticks, and a nectarine. • Peanut butter, apple slices, crackers, and celery. • DIY “lunchables” – crackers, cheese slices, meat slices, and strawberries.

Take it with you! Packed lunches don’t do much good if you forget them at home. If you struggle to remember them on the way out, leave yourself a visual reminder where you are sure to see it, such as a sticky note on the door handle that reads “GRAB LUNCH!” Support Group. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, eat healthier, or just save money by not eating out at every meal, you’re more likely to achieve success with a support group. Find someone, maybe even a group, with whom to take turns being responsible for lunch. Together, set guidelines for what you can or cannot eat. Then take turns bringing meals for all those involved that meet those collective goals. If you work alone, can’t agree on goals, or just need more options, consider using a meal delivery service such as one of these 10 companies who can help eliminate planning: Autumn often brings a busier schedule and it’s easy to fall prey to the fast food frenzy in order to save time. However, a little preparation will help you stay motivated to meet your lunchtime goals.

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story and photos by Angie Kay Dilmore used with permission from the SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau


Southern Spice

KD’s is locally renowned for great food, 24/7 hours of operation, and serving breakfast around the clock. One of their most popular “breakfast” items isn’t even on the breakfast menu! The “Rafferty” tempts hungry diners with fully loaded hash browns (made with sliced ham, turkey, and roast beef, bacon, cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos, all topped with two eggs any way you like them. Unless you’re ravenous, the meal is large enough for two. Another popular dish is their Southern Chicken, served over hash browns with cheese, bacon, sour cream, and biscuits, and smothered in white gravy. KD’s is located at 240 W. Prien Lake Rd. in Lake Charles.

Southern Spice Restaurant at 3901 Ryan St. has been dishing up breakfast to visitors and loyal patrons for nearly twenty years. They serve the usual breakfast fare – eggs most any way, breakfast meats, grits, hash browns, pancakes, and waffles. According to Danita LeLeux, who owns the establishment with her husband Myron, the #1 Special, with two eggs, two bacon strips or sausage patties, home fries, hash browns, or grits, and toast or a biscuit, is one of the most popular orders. The #2 Special is the same as #1, but with two pancakes added. The Western Omelet is another patron favorite. Personally, I’m not a big eater, so I prefer the #6 Special, which is identical to the #1, but half the amount of food. I order it with a biscuit. I don’t even like biscuits, but their biscuits are that good -- fresh, fluffy, and hot out of the oven.

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Cotton’s Downtown Cotton’s Downtown also serves breakfast all day. You can sit at the counter and watch Al the Cook man the grill in his efficient orderly manner. Because Cotton’s is best known for their hamburgers, the Old Fashioned Hamburger Omelet is a popular choice in the mornings. Other fan favorites include the cinnamon roll waffle and the Mt. Hashbrown, a “mountain of hashbrowns piled with bacon, sausage, jalapenos, onion, cheese, white gravy & a fried egg.” For those who want a hearty breakfast but insist on starting the day with a sugar rush, there’s the popular donut burger. But what really draws in the customers on any given morning are these thick fluffy pancakes. They call this a “short stack.” Uh huh. Visit Cotton’s at 110 Broad Street in lake Charles.


Pitt Grill has been satisfying customers in southwest Louisiana for decades. They offer standard breakfast favorites as well as some unique menu items like New Orleans Style Cajun Pan Toast (Cajun bread sprinkled with powdered sugar served with syrup), Eggs in a Hole, the Breakfast Pile (hash browns, sausage patty, swiss cheese, and two eggs on top.) If you’re real hungry, try the Southern Breakfast, which has “a little bit of everything.” They offer Eggs Benedict on the weekends. Breakfast is served all day, with extra large portions and reasonable prices, at five locations throughout SWLA, including 606 W. Prien Lake Rd., 102 Benoit Lane in Sulphur, as well as Iowa and Alexandria, and PG’s Diner, 3048 Gertsner Memorial Dr., Lake Charles.

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Favorites Southern Kitchen, L’Auberge If you’re visiting the area casinos, you need not go far to find fabulous breakfast fare. At Favorites Southern Kitchen, breakfast is so popular, patrons demanded this comfort food be served around the clock and L’Auberge management complied. Chef Kevin Thompson develops the diverse menu, influenced by his Creole roots. His kitchen uses authentic local seafood like crab and shrimp. Jams are made in-house. Specialties include Southern Chicken and Waffles (fried chicken tenders with rosemary-infused waffles and herbed butter served with white gravy and/or maple syrup), Crab Cake Benedict, Buttermilk Pancakes Foster (a tower of pancakes topped with pecans, bananas, and rum sauce), Crawfish Frittata, and fresh made Beignets

Country Club at the Golden Nugget Sunday Brunch

Ask your server about brunch specials. Chef Scott Holmes seasons his Chicken and Waffles with a drizzle of honey and a dash of chili spice. Crab Cake Benedict is served with herbed potato wedges and asparagus. From the menu, we couldn’t resist their popular Shrimp “Depeto” Casserole, made with shrimp scampi nestled in a lemon risotto mozzarella cheese custard. It’s rich and filling! Whether you’re in the mood for down home cooking or decadent gourmet treats, Southwest Louisiana has a breakfast for you!

At the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, you can find breakfast at the Buffet or Claim Jumper, but for a most memorable morning or early afternoon dining experience, the Country Club Sunday Brunch steals the show with marvelous gourmet menu items, attention-to-detail presentation, and the best view in town. Enjoy a complimentary pastry basket and fruit cup to whet your appetite, washed down with a Country Club Mimosa or Bloody Mary. Deviled Eggs, delicious and almost too pretty to eat, are a light start to your meal.

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Lonnie Fisette enjoying a McNeese tailgate party.

Up&the Grills Outdoor Cook Stoves Football season is here! We dress in team colors and cheer for MSU, LSU, or our beloved Saints. For many, football is also synonymous for tailgating parties. And where there’s a tailgate open in a stadium parking lot, rest assured, there is FOOD! Members of the McNeese State University Alumni Association are locally famous for their tailgate parties. Pat Hay, class of 1974, is a member of the Rowdy Road Wranglers. He says the group consists of five or six core families and they all take turns cooking and contributing to the pre-football game fare. Jambalaya,

chili, gumbo, and beans are popular with the tailgating set. Hay is best known for his pork steaks. Like many cooks, he is reluctant to give out the recipe. Lonnie Fisette graduated in 1971 and has been very active with the McNeese Alumni Association, serving as president in 2006-2007. He is currently on the board of directors for the Petro-Chem Booster Club. And he’s an avid tailgater who loves to cook. His specialty is black-eyed peas sauce piquant. Try this and three of his other favorite tailgating recipes and plan a parking lot party of your own!

BLACK-EYE PEA SAUCE PIQUANT INGREDIENTS: 4 lbs. good sausage 1 lbs. tasso 2 onions 1 bell pepper 2 tsps. garlic 2 cans Dawn’s Mushroom Steak Sauce 1 small can mushrooms ½ small can tomato paste 1 can Original Rotel 1 small bottle Cajun Power 2 cans chicken broth 1 gallon black-eye peas


Cut up sausage and taso. Brown in good pot. Add onions, bell pepper, garlic and sauté until onions are clear, then add all other ingredients except black-eyed peas. Cook for about an hour, then add peas. Cook for about 2 hours. Season to taste. Goes great with cole slaw and cornbread, and of course, over rice. Recipe feeds about 10-15 people. Leftovers freeze well. You can find gallon size cans of black-eyed peas at Misse’s in Sulphur or Oasis Foods in Lake Charles.


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PASTALAYA (10 -12 servings) INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. premium smoked sausage cut into 1/2 inch disks 2 lbs. fresh chicken breast & thig hs 2 lbs. pork cut into 1 inch pieces or cubes (Boston Butt works perfect) 1 lb. bacon cut into 3/4 inch piec es or cubes (Half jalapeno and half regular) 2 lbs. vermicelli pasta (or 1 - 16 oz. pac fettuccini or linguine broken into k of 4) 4 cups chopped onion 1 cup chopped green bell pepper s 4 cans chicken broth (I just use a large box) 2 cans of French onion soup 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can diced Rotel tomatoes 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil 1/2 cup garlic powder (I use min ced garlic instead) 4 tbsp. ground black pepper 2 tbsp. Cajun seasoning mix 1 large bottle Worcestershire sau ce 6 cups water (add as needed)

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In Dutch oven, on medium high heat, add oil and pork. Add 2 tbsp . black pepper, Cajun seasoning mix, and 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce. Fry until meat is thoroughly brown. Add onions and 1/4 cup Worcestershire sau ce. Sauté until onions soften, add pepper and tomatoes, stir well. Continue to sauté about 5 minutes. If using fresh sausage, fry in a heavy skillet until firm, the n cut into 1-2 inch lengths. Add fresh and smoked sausage to large pot and allow to sauté another 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add soup and stir well for 10 minute s. Add broth and 1/4-1/2 cup Worces tershire sauce, water, 2 tbsp. blac k pepper, garlic powder. Stir well and brin g to a boil. Break spaghetti into thirds and add to pot. Continue to mix whi le spaghetti softens, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to slow boil about 15 minutes. Turn mixture one time, checkin g for moistness, and add water, if needed. Turn off heat and allow to rest abo ut 5 minutes.

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During his 30 years as the head baseball coach at Barbe High School, Glenn Cecchini has made the program a regional powerhouse, among the elite in the state - with nine titles - and even a national championship. All the while, he has made the Bucs a family, one that sticks together even after the players have left Lake Charles. Ask any one of his former players and they will say the same thing; they still have Buc pride. “Coach taught us more than baseball -- he taught us about life and what it takes to become a winner on and off the field,” former Bucs star Gunner Leger said after his freshman year at Louisiana-Lafayette in the spring of 2015. Leger is just one of the latest former Cecchini players who has gone on to make a name for himself on the next level of baseball. That includes a pair of high draft pick sons who are currently playing professionally. The Cecchini baseball tree has many branches and reaches all parts of the country. It even spread internationally last summer when he led the “18 and under” USA National Team to the title as the first high school coach to do so. He is once again running the national under-18 team this summer and will conclude that work this month. Currently his Barbe program is on a three-year run at winning the Class 5A state championship, as well. Coach Cecchini recently answered questions about his program and himself for Thrive.

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What gives you more pleasure -- winning or seeing your players succeed on the next level? It is not about me. Seeing players succeed on and off the field means much more to me. Baseball mirrors life to me and it’s an everyday thing. We try to teach life through baseball. There are so many ups and downs in baseball, just like in life, and you can learn from the game so much. What was it like to represent our country in baseball? Humbling, incredible, and an honor be able to coach some of the best young players in the game to the World Cup gold medal. To represent my country, especially with the game I love -- it was surreal. It meant so much to me, I can’t really say. When did you realize you had a special program at Barbe? It was always the dream and the goal, but it was not an easy process. I kind of realized it with the first state championship. We started to get recognition and then things just took off. It wasn’t just one thing or one game; it was a process with a lot of hard work and things just kind of snowballed.

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What makes each year fresh for you? New challenges, new motivations. I try to find ways to make things new. I’m always looking for ways to inspire, to get the new kids to buy into what we are doing. We always want to give the players credit. We want the new group to believe in themselves and make it fresh for them. What do you want your legacy to be? That all things are possible. I want to help inspire people to do special things, to show people from all over the country you can do this. I share my dreams with a lot of people, you can’t do this all by yourself. If you can do it in Lake Charles, people can do this in other parts of the country, as well.

What’s it like to have two sons play professionally in the sport you taught them? I use that as an example of what can happen for others. We want to inspire our kids. It is gratifying to see them live out their goals. We want our kids to live their dreams. To see their goals come true, even with the ups and downs, is awesome. It is fun to watch them doing something they love so much and dreamed about for years. Is a fourth title in a row for Barbe within reach and what would that mean? That is our goal. Somebody has to be the first to do so, it might as well be us.

Why is family and faith such an important part of you and your program? I was a slow learner. It took me 51 years to learn it. This was a spiritual growth. There are a lot of people in the world that don’t have the opportunities we have in America and I want to pass it along. Learn that every day is a blessing. It is a big part of what we do.

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KEITH MONROE From IRS CPA to International Photographer

by Brett Downer photography by Keith Monroe

Keith Monroe’s travels and portfolio range from the cold of the Arctic to the warm waters of the South Pacific. What matters most to him, though, is telling the photographic story of the coastline of his native Louisiana. Avoiding the waters’-edge weeds that might rustle and betray his presence, lifelong outdoorsman Keith Monroe eases silently in shallow waters somewhere deep in Sportsman’s Paradise. His partly camouflaged kayak glides without wake or paddle-splash as he guides the craft with his feet. Monroe spies the wildlife he seeks. Slowly lifting hands to eyes, squaring his shoulders, he gathers the animal in his sights, and — shoots. Again and again. And again. Monroe displays trademark shooting accuracy. Then he lowers his camera and moves on.

details about Lake Charles photographer Keith Monroe. He’d likely have a tough time coming up with an elevator pitch about his life. Whatever the words, though, it is his photos that tell the story. Depending on which Keith Monroe you’re talking to, he’s a Navy veteran, outdoorsman, McNeese Alumni Association stalwart, IRS retiree, diver, or your easydemeanored South Lake Charles neighbor. Bundle them, and you’ll see how they help define his passion — and his growing status nationally — for outdoor photography.


“I’ve been working all along the [Louisiana] border from here to Venice, in the marshes and estuary system” — for Nature’s Best Photography magazine and others — “and I’m just amazed by the wildlife,” he said. “The goal

Serve your country. Go to McNeese. Build a career. See the world — and photograph it, from its most forbidding reaches to its most colorful, undisturbed depths. That may oversimplify


is to promote the conservation, preservation, and stewardship of the Louisiana estuary system and the Gulf of Mexico.” For Monroe, that means first-hand advocacy. “I want to promote the positive aspects of Louisiana to counter the negative things out there — worldwide and nationally — about our environment,” he said. “We take it on the nose because of the petrochemical industry, but the world runs on oil, so there are positive things about that.” Monroe is pragmatic about the value of industry. “Too many world-class environmental photographers are 100 percent negative about it. But the ospreys, for instance, love to build on telephone poles and power lines, and the fish like to congregate underwater around the offshore rigs.” Monroe sees a balance. “There are people whose opinion you could never change, continued on p16


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Photography has been an integral part of Keith Monroe’s life. Some snapshots: • Served as a photographer in U.S. Navy. • Attended McNeese State University on the GI Bill and studied accounting, but also served as chief photographer of the campus newspaper, Contraband, dividing his time between his studies and the darkroom. He also shot photos for Sports World. • Earned his McNeese degree in 1986 and, as a freshly minted CPA, joined the Internal Revenue Service for a long career, retiring as a revenue agent for the local IRS office. All the while, he parlayed his vacation time into photography trips around the world. • Made passing reference that he’s come face-to-face with “about a half-dozen or so” sharks during underwater shoots. Most folks would know the total exactly and never forget it. • Struck up relationships with National Geographic photographers and other high-end shooters that endure today. His work has earned invitations to participate in photo projects around the world. Among the most recent: a multi-organizational research shoot in the Arctic. • Was corralled during a free moment into involvement with the McNeese Alumni Association. He served on its board of directors for six years. September 2016

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Places & Faces | Keith Monroe no matter what you say. But it’s because they haven’t been able to see these things for themselves.” He intends to show them. As part of that, he’s also a shooter for Oceans in Focus, an up-and-coming conservation group. “I can promote what we call the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to conversation and stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico and the region,” he said. A variety of his photos will be used for Oceans in Focus’ outreach programs in schools nationwide and for corporate talks on conservation.

TRADING SHOOTING FOR … SHOOTING Monroe has lived in Louisiana all his life and has been a hunter and fisherman — now he has a different perspective. “Getting out on the marshes and swamps has really opened my eyes to what’s really there beyond what I’d want to capture for the dinner table. When I put my gun and my rod-and-reel down and picked up my camera, I found an amazing world that we have surrounding us. You see more of how the creatures live. How they hunt. I watch a lot of the migratory birds and some of the local birds working the marsh. How they’ll literally lift up lily pads. The way they’ll push their feet into the mud to flush out the shrimp and crawfish. That’s something you don’t necessarily see when you’re hunting. You begin to watch the behavior of these creatures.”

OBSERVATION WORKS EVERYWHERE Monroe utilizes these observation skills around the world. “Watching whales in Alaska, I learned the patterns of humpbacks, so I knew when to get a tail shot.” Here at home, though, he is equally amazed by the Louisiana wildlife. “Especially the raptors — the hawks, the small falcons, the bald eagles, and ospreys. I’ve been able to photograph a number of bald eagles in our area — twenty or thirty years ago, it would’ve been almost unheard of to see one.” Monroe is convinced that awareness, better conservation, and the end of the use of DDT as a pesticide have all made for a better Louisiana. “I see exponentially more pelicans, porpoises, eagles, and hawks than I did as a kid. And there’s an abundance of prey for them now.”


THE BENEVOLENT STALKER “I started out knowing what your typical Boy Scout or Louisiana outdoorsman knows . . . what to touch, what not to touch, how to approach certain things, how to hide yourself from animals in general,” he said. “But there’s a lot more to it than that. I’ve noticed that being an active stalker in situations with some of these predators, they’re not concerned. They overlook you — look through you, as a human — if there’s someone in their environment. Most seem to be on a mission and if they haven’t had the experience of a human interfering with them, they pretty much ignore me.”

ROBOTS FLOATING IN THE SEAS For this past June’s observation of World Oceans Day, Monroe did a shoot for Sphero, the Colorado-based robotics company that created the BB-8 robot — the rolling orange-and-white droid in the last “Star Wars” movie. He took a new product, the SPRK robot — a transparent sphere that fits in your hand — to the South Pacific, where he shot it underwater among the moon jellyfish off Palau. In bringing technology to nature, it was “almost like outer space meets inner space,” he said. Monroe’s images will be used both to market the SPRK and to promote marine conservation.

KEITH MONROE’S PHOTOGRAPHY TO BE DISPLAYED IN GALLERY EXHIBIT, HISTORIC CITY HALL ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER Monroe will display images from both his ocean and Arctic adventures in a gallery exhibit at Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center from October 21 to December 31, 2016. An opening reception will take place on October 21, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Center. The show is currently titled “Wild Arctic,” with an additional feature named “7/10ths: An Undersea Odyssey of the Blue Planet.” Additional lectures on the expeditions will be provided during the show’s run. Dates and times to be announced. Gallery hours are Monday -Friday10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free.

NEXT UP Throughout his professional career, “my photography never stopped. Now, my photography has ratcheted up tremendously,” he said. An upcoming project is the unveiling of photos and data that Monroe and others gathered during an expedition in the Arctic. The project involved Ocean Geographic, National Geographic, and half a dozen other organizations. “I get to do kind of what want to do. My wife, Jane Ann, is fully supportive of it,” he said. “I’ve been offered to do other projects — travel companies, shoots in New York — but I push back on it. There’s only so much time.” If Monroe’s goal is to take his photography to yet another level, he’ll soon achieve it -- literally. Monroe recently got word that Edge of Space Inc. will send some of his imagery into suborbital space as part of its next launch.

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Fusion Five cultivates a positive impact on Southwest Louisiana by connecting and engaging young professionals, ages 2145, in regional opportunities

It wasn’t the ending they had hoped for, but it was still one they could be proud of. The South Lake Charles (SLC) Little League baseball team came within a couple of wins of going back to Williamsport, PA and the World Series for the first time since 2008. The group of 11- and 12-year olds finished third at the Southwest Regional in Waco, Texas, completing the double-elimination tournament in August with a 3-2 record. Both of Lake Charles’ losses came at the hands of the team representing West Texas, which went on to win the tournament and advance to the Little League World Series. “It was a great summer,” said SLC manager Bryan LaRocca. “We came up a little short from what we wanted but I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish. We lost to a very good team.” South Lake Charles had advanced to the Southwest Regional by beating Lafayette to win the Louisiana State Tournament, which it hosted. “I felt more pressure on winning the state tournament than when we went to Waco,” LaRocca said. “Donovan LaSalle had two hits in the final game as South Lake Charles rallied to score four runs in the last inning in its season finale, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a big lead by the club representing McAllister Park American League. Still, the summer was a big success for the boys from Lake Charles, who were praised by several other teams for how they acted while in Texas. “For someone who doesn’t even know us to say nice things about us, that’s great,” said LaRocca. “That’s the goal; to teach these kids how to handle themselves in these situations. You get caught up in the winning, but to have people talk to you about how well the boys behaved says a lot.” The future also looks bright for South Lake Charles. Its team also won the Age 10-11 state championship this summer, meaning a quick return to Waco might just be in the making.

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HOTEL le MARAIS A Quiet Escape in the Heart of the French Quarter

by Angie Kay Dilmore

Sounds of Dixieland Jazz, tastes of poboys and rum punch, aromas of coffee and beignets, and the sights of characters as colorful as the neon lights on Bourbon St. . . . New Orleans’s French Quarter is a veritable explosion of excitement and sensory overload. Nestled within this bustle and clamor of the surrounding Vieux Carré, Hotel Le Marais offers a quiet escape at the end of a fun-filled day. It’s an eclectic mash-up of modern chic meets old world historic. When you need a break from the action, order a cocktail at Vive, the hotel’s awardwinning bar, and relax poolside in Le Marais’s lush peaceful courtyard. Hotel manager Leslie Ogden says Le Marais provides the perfect location -- on Conti St., halfway between the quieter Royal St. and the boisterous Bourbon St.


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With only 64 rooms, this boutique hotel easily focuses on service and hospitality. Staff members are courteous, friendly, and helpful. The rooms are clean, comfortable, bright and spacious. “Because we are a small hotel, our team is able to give each guest individual attention,” Ogden says. “Especially when we have repeat clients. Our staff gets to know the guests and can tailor their service to the guests’ needs.”

Guest Amenities

Hotel Le Marais offers amenities not found at every hotel. Guests enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast each morning. Bar Vive specializes in hand-crafted cocktails. The heated saltwater pool is open year around. Attendants daily replenish complementary bottled water in each room. Newspapers are available at the front desk. There’s a convenient business center and fitness room. And of course, the hotel provides free wi-fi. “Aside from parking, which is extra, you’re not going to be hit with a bunch of hidden fees,” Ogden says. Hotel Le Marais is named after a historic district in France known for culture and art, as is New Orlean’s French Quarter. Translated, Le Marais means “the marsh,” which describes what Le Marais in France was prior to development in the 13th century. As a nod to the origins of its name, Hotel Le Marais is decorated with Louisiana swamp-inspired paintings and photographs by New Orleans artist Bonita Waesche.

The New Orleans Hotel Collection Hotel Le Marais is part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection. In addition to providing stellar lodging options, the New Orleans Hotel Collection plays an active role in the community by sponsoring local events such as the San Fermen/Running of the Bulls Festival and the associated Spanish Wine Dinner at the opulent Bourbon Orleans Ballroom in July and the Red Dress Run last month (August 13). The New Orleans Hotel Collection offers discounted room rates to patrons participating in these and other events throughout the year.

Hotel Accolades

Hotel Le Marais has consistently been in the top five (out of more than 150) Trip Advisor hotels in New Orleans for the past four years. Guest Check (a European rating system similar to Trip Advisor) rated Hotel Le Marais the number one hotel in New Orleans. Condé Nast Traveler readers listed Le Marais in the Top Ten New Orleans hotels in 2015 and 2016. But don’t take their word for it. Experience Hotel Le Marais for yourself on your next visit to New Orleans! For more information, visit their website,, or call 504-525-2300.

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

Dr. Daryl Burckel Appointed President Of Port Board Of Commissioners Daryl Burckel, a professor of accounting at McNeese State University, was recently appointed president of the sevenmember board of Dr. Daryl Burkel commissioners of the Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District, which operates the Port of Lake Charles. Dr. Burckel, CPA, CVA, holds the Thelma and Ray Dingler Endowed Professorship for business research at McNeese, and he served as chair of the accounting, finance and economic department from 1996-2002. Dr. Burckel has provided extensive service to the Southwest Louisiana business community through numerous local and state economic development studies. He has consulted for numerous local governmental entities and directs the work of graduate students on local governmental projects. Dr. Burckel enjoys serving on local and state boards that impact the Southwest Louisiana community. He is also a former City Councilman for the City of Lake Charles. In addition to Dr. Burckel’s appointment as president, former Westlake mayor Dudley Dixon has been selected as vice president, Mike Eason of Merrill Lynch has been appointed Secretary/ Treasurer and Walter Sanchez of the Sanchez Law Firm has been selected as Assistant Secretary/ Treasurer. For more information, call (337) 439-3661.

Dr. Andres Guillermo Joins Imperial Health’s Physician Team

Dr. Andres Guillermo

Dr. Andres Guillermo, a family medicine specialist, has joined the physician team at Imperial Health, Southwest Louisiana’s largest, physician-owned multispecialty medical

group. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has over nine years of experience in his field, the last six of which were in private practice at the Guillermo Family Medical Clinic in DeRidder. Dr. Guillermo’s office is located at 333 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive, Suite 110, in Lake Charles. To schedule an appointment, call 337-419-1958. 20

Eric Zartler Honored by the Louisiana High School Coaches’ Association with the Distinguished Service Award Eric Zartler, sales director at the Lake Charles/Southwest Eric Zartler Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was honored with the 2016 Distinguished Service Award as presented by the Louisiana High School Coaches’ Association in Baton Rouge. Zartler was awarded for his commitment to excellence with coordinating the hosting efforts of many Louisiana State High School Championships including basketball, baseball, softball and swimming. He was recognized for always going above and beyond for the coaches and student athletes as well as his behind-the-scenes work with bid preparation; presentations and overseeing the implementation of the events from start to finish. For more information on events throughout Southwest Louisiana, contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588.

Golden Nugget Names 2016 Team Member of the Year Regina Susan Johnson was named 2016 Team Member of the Year for Golden Nugget Lake Charles. Johnson, a slot attendant, has been with Golden Nugget since it Regina Johnson opened in December 2014. She is the first recipient of the Team Member of the Year award. The Team Member Recognition Program honors team members who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and have consistently delivered a “golden” experience to guests on a daily basis. Team Member of the Year is selected from the 12 monthly winners from the past year. Johnson received an awards package valued at over $3,500.

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Calcasieu Libraries Announce New Library Director The Calcasieu Parish Public Library has announced Marjorie Harrison has been named Library Director. Harrison comes to Calcasieu Parish from Marjori Harrison Salem, Oregon where she managed services to state government at the Oregon State Library and has also worked for almost 25 years in public, state, and special libraries in various capacities. Prior to her tenure at the Oregon State Library, she was the Library Director of the San Juan Island Library in Friday Harbor, WA. For more information, visit

Internist Leigh Daigle, MD Joins Memorial Medical Group

Memorial Medical Group welcomes Leigh Daigle, MD, a board certified internal medicine physician to its staff. She will see patients at the new Lake Charles Dr. Leigh Daigle Memorial medical office building located at 4345 Nelson Road. Daigle’s previous work experience includes working of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, Methodist University Hospital and staffing resident clinics and re-starting the congestive heart failure clinic at Methodist Teaching Practice all in Memphis. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is also a member of the American College of Physicians. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 480-7900.

Keilah Spann Named NPS Southeast Region Historian Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA), Director of Heritage Programs, Keilah Spann has accepted a position as Regional Historian of the Southeast Region with the U.S. National Park Service (NPS). In this capacity, Spann will continue to forge collaborative partnerships with history practitioners throughout the region to apply innovations to cultural resource management within the NPS. Spann joined CRNHA in January 2014 and was responsible for providing oversight and management of the Cane River NHA Grant Program. September 2016

Holmes Joins Todd Clemons and Associates Todd Clemons and Associates welcomes La’Ketha Walker Holmes, attorney, to the firm. Previously, Holmes worked with both the Calcasieu and Beauregard Parish District Attorney’s Offices. Todd Clemons and Associates La’Ketha Holmes is located at 1740 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. The firm’s primary areas of practice are criminal defense, civil litigation, personal injury and family law. For more information, call (337) 477-0000.

City Savings Banks Hires Chad Blankenbaker City Savings Bank is pleased to announce that Chad Blankenbaker has joined its team as a loan officer at its main office in DeRidder, La. Previously, Blankenbaker worked with Parker Brand Creative for four years where he Chad Blankenbaker helped area businesses develop effective marketing strategies. For more information, call (337) 463-8661.

Community Foundation Presents First English Scholarship Hayden Guidry of Lake Arthur has been awarded the first Gwen Higgins English Scholarship by the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. Guidry is a graduate of Lake Arthur High School and plans to attend Hayden Guidry Louisiana State University in the fall. He plans to study Biological Engineering and pursue a career in medicine. The Gwen Higgins English Scholarship Fund has been established at the Community Foundation by the family of Mrs. Gwen Higgins, a well-known educator in Lake Arthur. The scholarship was created to honor her memory and her love for English Literature. Anyone wishing to make donations to the fund to continue to support these scholarships or to learn more about applications for 2017, visit

The Eye Clinic Welcomes Dr. Margaret Carter Margaret Carter, MD, has joined the medical staff of The Eye Clinic. Dr. Carter is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. The Eye Clinic is one of the Dr. Margaret Carter largest eye care practices in the state, with five locations in Southwest Louisiana. With the addition of Dr. Carter, the group now has 12 doctors on staff and offers comprehensive eye health and vision care services for patients of all ages. Dr. Carter will be seeing patients in The Eye Clinic’s offices in Lake Charles, Sulphur, Moss Bluff and Jennings. For more information, call 1-800-826-5223.

Klenke Named West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Employee of the Month West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) has named Mike Klenke as its employee of the month for July 2016. As a network support tech in the hospital’s Information Technology (IT) Department, Klenke assists in identifying Mike Klenke network issues, troubleshooting and providing technical support and advice to staff to maintain smooth operations of IT applications throughout all areas of the organization. Klenke has been with the organization for four years. September 2016

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The Cancer that Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in existence, yet so many people aren’t aware of the devastating effects that ovarian cancer can have because they think that it will never happen to them. It was formerly dubbed “the silent killer.” However, now the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition says ovarian cancer whispers, because your body will whisper the symptoms to you if you know how to listen. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, and there is no better time than now to start recognizing the symptoms and being proactive when it comes to your health. One in every seventy-five women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. On average, 22,000 women are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. But what makes this statistic even scarier is that most women are not actually diagnosed until they are in the late stages of this cancer, leaving their odds for survival drastically low. According to The American Cancer Society and, if ovarian cancer is found in stage one, the five-year survival rate is ninety percent. If it is found during stage two, the rate drops to seventy percent. However, most people don’t discover 22

they have this type of cancer until a later stage. If found in stage three, the five-year survival rate is a shocking thirtynine percent. When it gets to stage four, a person’s five-year survival rate drops dramatically to a mere seventeen percent. Local ovarian cancer survivor Mary Ann Booth found out fourteen years ago that she had ovarian cancer. She recalls being called into her doctor’s office after business hours, and meeting with Dr. Brown and his nurse, and being told with great compassion that she had ovarian cancer. “I was shocked. I got in my car and cried,” Mary Ann recounts. “It was stage three.” Mary Ann underwent treatments in Baton Rouge with Dr. Milton Fort and continued treatments in Lake

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Charles. She participated in a clinical trial in Jackson, Mississippi. Mary Ann is an incredibly strong woman who still went to work right after chemotherapy treatments. She attributes her survival to good medical care and to God. “It’s a miracle. I think God still has work for me to do. I am here to help others.” Mary Ann continues to work in real estate and devotes her time trying to educate women on the dangers of ovarian cancer and how to look for the symptoms. As it is said, your body will whisper symptoms of ovarian cancer and you can listen for them using the mnemonic device BEAT. Bloating that is persistent, twelve or more days a month. Eating less and feeling full too soon. Abdominal or pelvic pain. Trouble with the bladder and a more frequent urge to urinate. There are other symptoms, too; fatigue, back pain, constipation, and menstrual changes.

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If you notice any these symptoms, immediately seek medical attention from your physician. You could be at risk for ovarian cancer. Although MaryAnn’s story ends well, it doesn’t mean that her journey was easy, and it also doesn’t mean that everyone has success. Local resident, Dennis Bevers, recently lost his wife, Sandy, to a battle with ovarian cancer. “Sandy was sixty-one years old, so the odds were really stacked against her. I lost her less than seventy-two hours after her first round of chemo,” Dennis recalls. Dennis spends much of his time finding resources and trying to educate the women of Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas about ovarian cancer and how to prevent it. He distributes brochures and buttons while speaking to women

about the dangers of this disease. He does not want them and their families to suffer what he and Sandy went through. HOPE THROUGH THE NEW ROCA TEST Legendary actor John Wayne once said, “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” It’s hard to disagree with The Duke and his wisdom, especially when it comes to something as serious as ovarian cancer. This is where a new test for diagnosing ovarian cancer comes in. Perhaps we have learned from our yesterdays and have renewed hope in this test for the future. Ovarian cancer isn’t something that can be found on a Pap smear and it is difficult to diagnose during a pelvic exam, which is likely why only twenty percent of women with ovarian cancer discover that they have it at an early stage. The rest are left with devastating odds. You may still be at risk after your yearly exam, so ask your physician about the ROCA test if you are concerned. This new test is a simple blood test that can help detect ovarian cancer in its early stages. The ROCA test detects twice the number of ovarian cancers than the CA-125 test. It is so much more than a blood test. It is hope for thousands of women across the world for survival.

Although there are treatment options available for those diagnosed with ovarian cancer, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is important to know if you are predisposed to having ovarian cancer in order to take extra precautions so that if you ever develop it, you can catch it early. What predisposes a woman to ovarian cancer? If you are middle-aged or older and your family has a history of ovarian cancer, you may want to request getting the ROCA test at your next yearly exam. Others who are more prone to this type of cancer include those who have a family or personal history of colon cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, or endometriosis. Those with melanomas should also be concerned, and if you are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent or have had trouble getting pregnant, you could be predisposed for this condition. Even if you have had a hysterectomy, you may still be at risk. Of course, having any of these risks factors does not mean that you will get ovarian cancer; it only means you need to take action to be sure that you are in good health. The color that has been chosen to represent ovarian cancer awareness is teal. “Take Early Action and Live,” is the motto adopted by the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, and its words ring true. The key to beating ovarian cancer is to catch it in its earliest stages.

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“Because of their lifesaving heart care, I have a second chance.” --- Brice Perrin, heart attack survivor “I got to the ER at Lake Area Medical Center just in time,” explained Brice Perrin. “My chest was hurting and I had pain down the back of both arms. It was a heart attack! They took me to the cath lab and immediately opened my blocked artery. I wouldn’t be here without the staff’s prompt care and attention. They gave me a second chance at life! And I’m making the most of it.” For more information on Lake Area Medical Center’s cardiac services, visit

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Mind & Body Dr. Michael Turner studies cardiac images from the 120-Slice CT Scanner

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Reveals New 128-Slice CT Scanner to Assist their Emergency Department Chest Pain Triage Program

by Angie Kay Dilmore

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital held a dedication ceremony in August for their new state-of-the-art 128-slice CT Scanner, which provides revolutionary imaging services that allow for fast accurate diagnosis of chest pain, saving time and money for both patients and the hospital. “This new technology is a turning point in cardiac care as we know it and can impact each and every family that visits our Emergency Department and Regional Heart Center,” says Kimberly Caldarera, chair of CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s Foundation Board. “The location of the 128-slice Siemens CT scanner has allowed us to institute an Emergency Room triage program for the quick and accurate evaluation of patients that come in with a complaint of chest pain,” says CHRISTUS St. Patrick Cardiologist and donor Michael C. Turner, M.D. 24

“Those with no coronary disease in the scan can safely go home and only those with a heart problem need to be admitted for further tests. This reduces health care costs and avoids inappropriate utilization of hospital resources. It also allows most patients to safely go home and sleep in their own bedroom.” Dr. Turner says there are many benefits to this new technology. The scan takes only fifteen seconds to perform, resulting in less radiation to the patient. It provides physicians detailed 3-D images of the heart (both still and in motion), the coronary arteries, including the walls of the arteries, and their relationship to the heart. “This allows us to make very precise decisions on how to take care of the patients,” says Dr. Turner. As a result of this innovative technology, CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s Thrive Magazine for Better Living

started the Chest Pain Triage Program in their Emergency Department. They’ve already screened 500-600 patients with the new scanner. About sixty percent of the patients screened had normal tests and were sent home that same day, often within a few hours, as opposed to spending two to three days in the hospital with more time-consuming tests. Dr. Turner says these scans are so precise at excluding heart disease, they can diagnose normal heart function with 99.5% accuracy. According to Dr. Turner, there is one other similar scanner in the area, but St. Patrick’s is the only hospital that has the same ER cardiac protocol. “The limiting factor is having someone to read the scans. There’s a lot of training required to learn to read the scans. Right now, I’m the only [physician] in south Louisiana reading them.” Dr. Turner has the September 2016

capability to interpret scans from his office or home computer. The 128-slice CT Scanner is just one of many initiatives that the Foundation has been developing with CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital with the goal of providing residents with the peace of mind of knowing they are receiving the most advanced health care services right here at home. Initiatives are aimed at improving Cardiovascular, Neurosurgery, and Oncology services. This new equipment was purchased through donations to the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation from L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, Laura and Buddy Leach of Sweetlake Land and Oil Company, Mr. Robert and Dr. Eileen Piper, John and Sylvia Stelly, The Stream Family and Carla and Michael C. Turner, M.D. A plaque in the Emergency Department Waiting Room honors those donors. For more information or to make a donation, call the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation at (337) 430-5353 or visit the website at

The Eye Clinic in Sulphur is moving – but you won’t have to look very far to find us! We’re relocating on September 12 to our new office just around the corner:

720 Cypress Street across from West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital The Eye Clinic has provided comprehensive eye care for the entire family in Sulphur for over 25 years, and our new office will feature more exam rooms, a larger waiting area, expanded Optics Unlimited eyewear, a full-service contact lens department and additional parking.


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Asking Art ofSomeone Out


on a Date by Lauren Atterbery Cesar


Change your day. Change your sleep. When you don’t sleep well, it’s a struggle to make it through the day. Staying focused at work, finding the energy to get up and get moving and even making healthy food choices can be a challenge. The sleep specialists at the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana can prescribe a sleep regime for your sleep problems and help you turn good nights into great days. Make a change. Call us today!


Change your life.

Sleep Specialists Jana P. Kaimal, MD Phillip Conner, MD Michelle Zimmerman, NP

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These Yoda-like dating masters have thrown out the tired phrases such as, “Want to go out sometime?” or “How about a movie?” and have taken their dating game to a higher level. Consider these suggestions or allow them to inspire your own great date invitations. Domino’s Pizza will take special requests and will write on your pizza box before it is delivered. Send a personalized pizza to that special someone you’ve been pining for. When they open the box, it could read: “Will you go out with me, or is this too cheesy?” Be sure to include your name on the box lest they think the delivery guy is interested! Perhaps pizza-box-propositions are not your thing. Consider the game Hangman as an alternative. It may be easier to ask an attractive friend to play this time-honored pencil and pad game than to ask them to dinner. Once you have played a round or two and gotten comfortable, make the phrase they have to guess, “Will you go out with me?” This should put a smile on their face and hopefully a “yes” on their lips. If the idea of asking someone out in-person makes you break out in hives, hold the Benadryl and make a You Tube video instead. A friend can video you holding up a stereo blasting some Peter Gabriel music outside of a window like John Cusak in the movie “Say Anything.” You might say something along the lines of, “Since I didn’t know where your window was, I used mine. I think you’re pretty great and I would like to take you out for coffee sometime.” Simply email or text them the link to the video, and you’ve got a pretty stellar invitation that would be difficult for any 1980’s movie fan to turn down. For the more audacious date seeker, there are boundless ways to request the person of your dreams spend some time with you. Wearing a gorilla suit and holding bananas may seem silly in any other context, but if those bananas had a note attached that said, “I’m bananas about you! Will you go out to dinner with me?” and you handed them to your crush, they might be impressed by your sense of adventure and be eager to see what you do next. While the dating world can be daunting to dive into, using any of these creative methods to get a first date will give you a leg up on your fellow daters, and help you master the fine art of asking someone out. At the very least, it will make for a good story.

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Your life, your family and your heart are here in Southwest Louisiana. Ours are too. We have deep roots in this region and understand its people and culture. We are committed to improving the long-term heart health of our community. From early detection and prevention to advanced high-tech treatment—we have it all! Our areas of specialization include: • Interventional Cardiology • Coronary Angiography • Coronary Angioplasty and Stents • Peripheral Vascular Disease

• Cardiac Electrophysiology • Nuclear Cardiology • Echocardiography • Carotid Artery Disease • Cardiac CT • Vein Disease

Our physicians have been the first to bring many innovative cardiac care advances to patients in Southwest Louisiana and are committed to continuing to be pioneers in heart care so that our patients can keep their hearts close to home.

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Is your Helpful Nature a

Hindrance to Healthy Relationships? by Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D. & Linda E. Weinberger

Today, many women find themselves to be “jugglers.” They feel pressured by everyday responsibilities; paying bills, grocery shopping, shepherding children around, and meeting work demands and deadlines. They are sandwiched between childcare and eldercare obligations. “Helpful Hannah” is a pattern that emerges in women who try to be “everything to everyone at all times.” This “overdoing” leads into a state of psychological starvation. Why? Because they are consuming what is labeled a diet of “high fat” or negative emotions (worry, anger, guilt, exhaustion) that comes from putting oneself in second place and neglecting one’s own needs. They have moved from being a person to a “thing” in their relationships. They have so over-identified with “doing” that they have stopped “being.” Gregor Samsa, the character in Kafka’s novella, The Metamorphosis, would have understood Helpful Hannah’s pain. Gregor supports his elderly parents and sister, working himself to the bone as a traveling salesman, sacrificing his life and happiness for them. He believes that it is his duty to do so. One day he wakes up and finds that he has, literally, turned into a giant cockroach. His family is revolted by him, and Gregor discovers that he was valued only for what he gave, rather than who he was. Now as a giant insect, he is a repulsive burden to them. It doesn’t end well for poor Gregor.


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Many highly successful, organized, and task-oriented women are like Gregor -- they do and do, and become defined by what they do for others rather than who they are. They become “tools” in their family, work relationships, and friendships. That is, they are a thing, an instrument, rather than a person. The “bad guys” aren’t the family members, employers, co-workers, or friends, but Helpful Hannah’s pathological helpfulness. Unlike Gregor Samsa, Helpful Hannah does not have to end up as a giant cockroach. This type

of martyrdom or selflessness is psychologically abusive and does no one any good -- not the people they think they are helping nor themselves. Genuine giving comes from a place of love, both for themselves and others. Giving that results in feeling drained will soon come from a place of resentment. Ultimately, the route to reclaiming one’s personhood starts by understanding one’s psychological nutritional intake, reducing the diet of high fat emotions, and moving toward a diet of nourishing emotions.

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Tips on how to stop being HELPFUL HANNAH 1. Stop “tool” behavior such as rescuing, enabling, hovering, overdoing. 2. Start a policy of kindness to yourself. Do things that make you feel happy. 3. Increase interactions with those who appreciate you and minimize interactions with those who do not.

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For more than 11 years, Dr. Prestia & her staff have been committed to providing the best, most up-to-date care possible, and thanks to all of you, the practice is growing and thriving! To continue to offer you professional, compassionate, and timely care, Anne B. Griepsma has joined our staff as Nurse Practitioner. She is available for annual exams, routine primary care, and together with Dr. Prestia, new comprehensive weight loss services!



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10-STEP Sugar Detox Plan for You and your Children

Avoid all sugar. If you can do it for 30 days, you can change your lifestyle. During this time, avoid even healthy sweeteners like honey, and substitutes, which overwhelm the taste buds.


Skip foods that turn to sugar easily. This includes wheat and other grains, alcohol, and starchy foods like white potatoes.

2 Cut caffeine intake. There are multiple benefits to cutting back on your caffeine, including the temptation to use sugary creamers and accompanying sweets along with actually causing sugar cravings.




Power up with protein. Eggs, nuts, fish, and other meats balance blood sugar and insulin.


Enjoy healthy smoothies. Healthy smoothies that include dark leafy greens like kale or chard make you feel good in the long term and can help eliminate the urge for sugary snacks and excessive caffeine.

For adults and children who excessively crave candy and ice cream, the bad news on sugar continues to pour in. Earlier this year, research into sugar’s deleterious effects showed a connection to cancer, heart disease and diabetes. More recently, the American Dental Association reminded parents just how bad sugar is for their children’s teeth. “We think we’re so advanced in 2016, yet when it comes to health and a nutritious diet, many of us have a long way to go,” says nutritionist and juicing pioneer Cherie Calbom, aka, “The Juice Lady.” The good news for parents is they can ferret out the sugarladen products that may be hidden in their and their children’s diets, and dedicate themselves to a healthy, sugar-free lifestyle, says Calbom, author of “The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout.” She offers her Sugar Addiction Quiz at Juice/the-sugar-knockout. Below is Calbom’s solution: a 10-step detox plan that parents can work on with their children to eliminate sugar in both their diets. “Beware of sugar in places you might not have expected, like tomato sauces, salad dressing and marinades,” Calbom says. “Make a habit of studying labels.”

Drink eight glasses of water a day. Sufficient pure water keeps you hydrated, reduces headaches and constipation, and flushes out toxins.



Eat your veggies. Non-starchy vegetables provide your body with muchneeded vitamins that also will cut your urge for unhealthy, sugary snacks.

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Sleep well; sleep enough. Lack of sleep interferes with your hormonal balance and contributes to feelings of hunger.

8 Supplement your diet. GTF chromium, L-Glutamine, B vitamins, Zinc, Magnesium, and Vitamin C assist your body in various ways to overcome sugar cravings.


10 Fight sugar cravings with fat. Healthy fats like avocados and fish make you feel full and satisfied.

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TESTING. DIAGNOSIS. TREATMENT. SURVIVORSHIP. Navigating through Uncertain Breast Health An abnormal mammogram or any type of breast health concern is frightening, but thankfully, you don’t have to find your way alone. The Breast Health Navigation program at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will help guide you through every step of your journey. Our team of professionals is ready with answers, treatment options, compassion and hope. From our advanced team of physicians and mammographers to our breast health navigators, we’re here to help with all of the uncertainties. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is here for you.


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6 TIPS TO RESOLVE PARENT TEACHER CONFLICTS The start of a new school year is always exciting but what if your child ends up with a teacher that you or your child has issues with? Sure, it can be tempting to immediately ask to have your child transferred to a new teacher. Some parents go so far as to move their children to new schools. But there are alternatives you can try before going those routes. 32

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P arents often second-guess their kids’ teachers for various reasons: Differences of opinions regarding discipline; incompatible educational philosophies; and sometimes it just boils down to personality clashes between teacher and child and/or teacher and parent. Carly Robinson, a licensed professional counselor with Compass Counseling in Lake Charles, has a few tips for when, or if, any of those scenarios happen in your family:

a Try giving your child’s teacher the benefit of the doubt. Robinson says

that children are certainly capable of exaggerating or embellishing when it comes to avoiding real or imagined trouble.

a Act in a proactive way—not reactive. Keep anger in check and confront any potential issues in advance with a calm and caring voice.

a Recognize the impact a teacher has on your child. An educator spends a

large amount of time with your child and they have the potential to impact children in amazing ways. Teachers should be treated with respect and dignity, so model this behavior for your children at all times.

a Try to turn negatives into positives. Your child’s teacher may seem

harsh, uncaring, or insensitive at times. She or he may seem unyielding and stubborn. Unfortunately, your child will spend the majority of his or her life learning to deal with people, some with those same characteristics. This is an opportunity for your child to learn the old saying, “you get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit.” Also, that same teacher you are unhappy with could possibly be the one pushing your child to improved understanding of algebra, language, or other subjects.

a Solution-focused communication is key. Know upfront what you are unhappy with, suggestions for possible solutions, and your part in the resolution.

a Separate the problem from the person. You may disagree with the

teacher and his or her grading or lessons, but that teacher may have a heart of gold and be the one who stops to ask your son why he is crying, or your daughter why she is sitting alone. Consider those things before assuming a teacher is picking on your child or singling your child out for no reason.

Robinson says if all else fails, then perhaps it’s time to use your conflict resolution skills. “Sometimes you reach and impasse and have to just admit that you are getting nowhere,” she says. “This is the point in which a principal or other administrator may be helpful in resolving the situation.”



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The First Thing to Learn at College is Safety by Kristy Como Armand

As students begin the new year on college campuses cross the country, most will probably be thinking about their class schedule, friends, football season, and back-to-school parties. These are all important elements of campus life, but there’s another one students shouldn’t forget: safety. “The most important guideline for staying safe at college is knowing the school’s emergency policies and procedures,” says Joni Fontenot, chief operating officer for the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana.“But keep in mind that there is only so much school officials can do to protect students. College students also have to take an active role in their own safety. Unfortunately, many students take a relaxed attitude toward safety, so parents should frequently review basic guidelines with their young adult students.” The Safety Council offers the following suggestions for safety during the college years: • Study the campus and neighborhood routes between your residence and class/activities schedule. Know where emergency phones are located. • Share your daily schedule with parents and a network of close friends, to create a type of “buddy” system. Give all your phone numbers to your parents, advisors, and friends. • Always travel in groups. Use a bus or on-campus shuttle service after dark. Never walk alone at night, and avoid “shortcuts.” • Survey the campus, academic buildings, residence halls, parking lots, garages and other facilities while classes are in session and after dark to see which are adequately secured, lit and patrolled. Note the location – or absence of—emergency phones, escorts, and shuttle services. • Carefully evaluate off-campus student apartment complexes if you live off-campus. Check them out at night as well as during the day. Make sure lights and gates are in working order.

• Doors and windows to your residence hall should be equipped with quality locking mechanisms. Room doors should be equipped with peep holes and deadbolts. Always lock them when you are absent. Do not loan out your key. Change locks when a key is lost or stolen. • Always lock your doors and windows at night. Never compromise your safety for a roommate who asks you to leave the door unlocked. • Do not leave your identification, wallets, checkbooks, jewelry, phone, and other valuables in open view. Use the password feature on your phone to protect information. • Program emergency numbers and contacts into your phone. • Know your neighbors and don’t be reluctant to report illegal activities and suspicious loitering.

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Cristen’s Desire to be Adopted

For the past three years, Cristen has lived with the Gallien family, who has accepted him not as a foster child, but as a member of their family. He says, “I feel welcomed at the home I’m in now because they treat me like I’m actually their son, like I’m family. All of their family I’ve gone to, they treat me like I’m part of their family, too.” Cristen knows how to reach new heights. It is something Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services adoption worker Katrina Evans has seen first-hand through Cristen’s years in foster care. “I have seen him go from a shy child and he’s grown into a fine, respectful, Christian young man,” said Evans. As the years have passed, Cristen said the label of being a foster child does not sting as much, but it has not gone away. “I’ve kind of gotten numb to it, because once you’re in the system for more than three years you kind of get used to the fact that you’re going to have to talk about it eventually,” he said. That lifelong bond with parents—even siblings—is what Cristen longs for. Family traditions, holidays in the coming years, and parents who can guide him as he grows into a young man. “Even though I may only be in the home for a few years, it doesn’t matter,” said Cristen. “As long as you take me into your home and treat me like I’m family.” Cristen is legally free for adoption through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. Adopting through the state requires certification and that process starts with orientation. To sign up for the next orientation and to make an inquiry about Cristen, call 337-491-2470.

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Each day, an abused or neglected child is removed from an unsafe home and placed in Louisiana’s foster care system. They remain in the system until their home environment is safe—but for many, that never happens. Of the 4,000 children currently cycling in state foster care, about 350 are ready to be adopted today. More than 60 of them are in Southwest Louisiana, right here in our community.

KPLC reporter Britney Glaser, in partnership with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), highlights children who are legally ready to be adopted. Thrive is supporting The New Family Tree by featuring this month’s story.


• 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, and/or 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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Steps to Color Your (Interior) World by Trish Trejo

FEW ELEMENTS OF DESIGN SET THE TONE OF A HOME LIKE COLOR. WHERE DOES A DO-IT-YOURSELF DESIGNER BEGIN IN ORDER TO CREATE A JUST-RIGHT ATMOSPHERE USING INTERIOR COLORS? Decide if a room should be warm or cool. The warm half of the color wheel contains red, yellow, orange, beige and cream. These colors invite interaction. Usually, these are the tones used in the public rooms of the home -- rooms that are full of activity. The daily life of the home takes place there, and the mood is active, perhaps even playful. The remainder of the wheel contains the cool colors: blue, green, and grey. These are usually found in private spaces such as bedrooms, nurseries and baths. Cool rooms are relaxing and restful, places of contemplation and quiet. They inspire restfulness and calm.

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Look at your keepsake belongings. Is there an item there with a signature color for the space? Perhaps you have a particular art piece that will look perfect over your master bedroom headboard. The colors are soft blues, greens and greys. Now you have a cool palette of color to explore for your bedroom. Consider neutrals with pops of color. A room may be too small or dark to support that signature color you have found. However, you can paint one wall as an accent and use neutrals on the other three walls. Light neutrals will enlarge the space and utilize available light to the room’s advantage. Use neutrals for transitions. Stand in one space and look through rooms to other spaces, especially in open floor plans. Use warm or cool neutrals to smooth the path from active to quiet and back again. Create a design book. Before making a final decision, put together the possibilities in an unlined sketch pad. Include paint chips and fabric swatches as well as samples of stain used on the furniture or floors. Seeing all of this together can help clarify decisions.


Consult a professional. Even if your budget will not permit hiring an interior designer, most paint stores will provide valuable assistance in blending neutrals and strong colors. They can also help with textures and other factors in developing your custom look.

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Decide at home. After all the great advice and thoughtful planning, the best test palette is the wall where the paint will live. Buy samples of the paint and apply them to each wall you are considering for that color. Use a quality brush for application. Then wait and watch for 24 hours. Is the color still what you want in morning sunshine? What about the sunset effect? That perfect neutral beige may be butter yellow on one wall and dark khaki on another depending on interior and outside light. Choosing the right interior colors will create the perfect backdrop for all of the personality you and your family will add. September 2016

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In an age of Amazon Prime’s free 2-day shipping option and the vast availability of e-books for phones, tablets, and computers, it may seem easy for some to forget about public libraries. Access to books and information is easier than ever as long as you have a computer or smart phone and an Internet connection. So, what does that mean for libraries? Are they necessary in the 21st century or will they become obsolete in the near future? Libraries are not just for bibliophiles. In fact, a 2014 study from the Pew Research Center shows that the majority of people who frequent libraries are also big technology users. The study shows that life events, such as job hunting and starting college, prompt visits to the library for research. Libraries offer a wide variety of resources and technology for K-12 students and adults, meaning that librarians must stay up to date in all formats and be able to meet the demands of the 21st century learner. How do librarians keep up? Christy Comeaux, the public information officer at the Calcasieu Parish Public Library, explains how librarians stay current in a world that is always changing. “The librarian has evolved quite a bit over the last 50, even 20 years. With the explosion of technology, especially hand held computers such as smartphones and tablets, today’s librarian must be able to multi-task these new duties as well as the traditional duties. For example, you can still ask a librarian to recommend a great book to 38

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read, but you now have the option of signing up for our newsletter ‘SelectReads’ and have suggestions emailed to you!” Librarian assistance doesn’t stop at the circulation desk. “Many branches have tech days where patrons who have questions about their mobile devices or computers can find the answers from library staff. We also now offer the ‘Book a Librarian’ program at the Central branch where patrons can come by the library and receive one on one help with a librarian.” The Calcasieu Parish Public Libraries offer a vast amount of technology for patrons to use in addition to a multitude of classes available for all ages. Comeaux says libraries “have all sorts of programs, ranging from the always popular craft programs, to informational programs such as computer classes and Makerspace programs.” Many of the library branches in Calcasieu parish have Teen Advisory Groups (TAB) who assist librarians in planning future programs. Teens identify what they like and don’t like, and librarians use that information to create successful teen programs. “Recently, a group of teens at Central Library made blankets which were donated to cancer patients at local hospitals. So not only are we offering creative programming, but also teaching kids to be proactive in their communities and to help out.”

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In addition, they offer technology-rich classes for younger patrons. “Just recently we held coding classes for kids where they could learn the basics of writing code and develop their own version of the ‘Flappy Bird’ game.” In regards to education, public libraries offer many ways to support K-12 students. “We circulate about 20,000 kids’ books every month and provide online tutoring and homework help via, a part of We also provide over 50 various research outlets online and in the library, ranging from language learning to historical maps to career guidance. One of our more popular research starters is ‘Learning Express’ where patrons can learn computer skills, take a GRE, GED, HISET or TASC practice test, learn more about college entrance exams, and so much more!” Is there an end in sight for public libraries? Comeaux doesn’t think so. “I personally think that if society ever rids themselves of libraries, society will be doomed.” After learning what the library has to offer, it’s easy to agree with her. “Libraries can provide something that a computer cannot: a sense of security. That is why libraries will never be obsolete.” Download the Calcasieu Parish Library app onto your smartphone and have access to the library on the go!

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Let the Countdown Begin: My 39 Weeks App We’re having a baby! How is it that those four words can be the most exciting and simultaneously the most terrifying phrase ever uttered in the history of mankind? You start dreamily thinking about things like what color the nursery is going to be and whether or not your progeny will play third base in little league or do pirouettes in ballet class. Then you try not to dwell on the fact that you can no longer have sushi, wine, or Advil while your partner runs around with a calculator tallying up the cost of college and hair bows. With all of these thoughts milling around in your head, it can be difficult to calm down and remember the really important things like the fact that the CDC recommends two and a half hours of light exercise per week while you are pregnant, or that you should be taking your prenatal vitamins and learning how to recognize the signs of labor. However, a company called H2U out of Nashville created a mobile app called My 39 Weeks to help stave off pregnancy brain and make your pregnancy easier and healthier! This is a free app can be found through the Lafayette Women’s and Children’s Hospital

website, or simply by going to The app opens each time by asking you how you are feeling, and then provides daily suggested tasks tailored for both bodily and mental health to keep you in optimum shape for carrying your baby. You can also view all the upcoming tasks for the week so that you are able to plan in advance if the need arises. For example, the app may suggest that you aim to drink ten eight-ounce glasses of water and avoid toxic chemicals like oil-based paint. It will prompt you to do research on certain foods, like fish, to make sure you are getting all of the information you need for a healthy diet while you’re eating for two. It also addresses more serious issues like what to do if you are bleeding, and reminds you when to schedule visits to your physician for prenatal care. Additionally, the app encourages you to be more mindful of your personal needs during pregnancy like participating in pregnancy yoga, taking deep breaths, and planning date nights. Beyond simply giving you suggested tasks, the app will tell you why the tasks are important,

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and at times, will give instructions on how to complete them. For example, at 36 weeks, you should be creating a safe sleep environment for your infant. The app will explain the risk of SIDS, and give you the CDC recommended precautions for a safe sleep environment, like putting the baby to sleep on their back for both naps and nighttime and not using bumper pads, heavy blankets, or stuffed animals in the baby’s crib. The tasks are presented in a checklist format, and you earn badges as you check off suggested tasks, like “The Thinking Ahead Badge” or “The Nesting Badge.” Fun badges and a wealth of knowledge about the baby growing in your belly and how to care for it are not all you will receive from this app. You will also be alerted to local sales on things that you can never get enough of like prenatal vitamins or diapers. With the My 39 Weeks app, pregnancy brain could be considered a thing of the past and you will feel extremely confident as you take this journey with your baby. At the very least, this app beats the maternity pants off Siri, and truly becomes your pregnancy personal assistant.

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Do you dream of starting your own business? Every successful company started out as a small operation, rooted in a dream of transforming skills, talents and passions into a bona fide livelihood. Owning a small business can be tremendously satisfying. You can follow your passion and make your own decisions. But it can also be risky and a tremendous amount of hard work with long hours. Most entrepreneurs though will tell you the rewards of owning a business outweigh the hardships. An excellent way to get started is to learn from the experiences of others who have been through the arduous process of building a thriving business. Read below the accounts of several Lake Charles businesspersons as they share the ups and downs, the trials and rewards of owning a business. Take their advice and decide if hanging your own shingle is right for you! 40

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AVERY FAMILY Spreads Business Roots by Angie Kay Dilmore

The Avery Family has been entrepreneurs involved with a myriad of businesses in the Lake Area since 1982, when they started a home water softener company out of their garage. “That year interest rates went to 18-20% but we didn’t know we shouldn’t be starting a new business,” says Larry Avery. “That [business] eventually evolved into Aquatec Engineering & Supply with service centers in cities across the country.” Currently, Larry and Fran Avery, and their son Eric, own several area businesses – Larry manages Big Easy Foods; Eric manages Avery Archives, Neighborhood Mini-Storage, and Crying Eagle Brewery; and Fran is coowner of Crave Gourmet Baskets and Gifts. If any family knows the ups and downs of starting a small business, it is the Averys! This family appreciates many benefits of business ownership. Larry says there is great satisfaction in growing a small business into a larger business, but that sharing the success with the employees and their families is even more fulfilling. Eric cites financial freedom as a perk, but says the pride he experiences from starting his companies from scratch is even more rewarding. As with anything that has an upside, owning a small business has its pitfalls, as well. Especially for a fledgling business, cash flow can be an obstacle. “Undercapitalized businesses have a very slim chance for success,” says Eric. “However, don’t give up on a great

From left to right, Jennifer and Eric Avery; Larry and Fran Avery, at Crying Eagle Brewery.

The Averys’ Advice: • Find something you love to do and make sure you have the capital to get through the start-up period. • Choose your partners carefully – you’ll become very close over time! • Be sure your business concept is original, unique, and problem-solving. • Become an expert in the business and the industry. • Make sure you are adequately capitalized and make contacts with local banks. • Give back to those who help you succeed.

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idea because just because you aren’t sitting on piles of cash. Creative, unique, and problem-solving businesses are sure to get funded. You just have to know where to look. Many local banks are very flexible when it comes to these types of businesses.” Another challenge can be finding good employees. “Pick a good employee and you have an ‘extended family. Pick the wrong person, and you are in for a lot of stress,” says Larry. Eric adds the time commitment involved as a drawback to entrepreneurship, saying business owners are “tethered” to their company. “Rarely can I truly let go for any amount of time.” Fran Avery says having the support of your family is a key to success. “When you first start any business, you can’t go home at 5:00 p.m.; the business goes home with you. Our family’s support and encouragement makes a difference!”

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From Dreams to Reality by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

From the time Rhonda Kleckley was a little girl, she knew she wanted to own her own business, just like her father did. Those childhood dreams manifested into Accessory Zone, one of most well-known businesses in Southwest Louisiana. But Rhonda’s dreams of owning a business didn’t magically transform into the successful store that has become a local staple for apparel, jewelry, and accessories. It took time, research, and determination. As Rhonda will tell you, that is an ongoing process. It doesn’t stop once you open your doors. Colin Powell once said, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” Anyone looking to start their own business should heed these words, and consider getting advice from local business owners like the Kleckleys during the planning process. Rhonda and Jim Kleckley recommend researching your target demographic and factoring the customers’ wants and needs into your marketing strategy and your merchandise. “As much as you may want to, you can’t only shop for products that you like. Your personal tastes may not be those of your customer base, and you need to know and accommodate that.” Rhonda and Jim spend time in New York and Dallas every year learning about new styles and trends. They then carefully decide what fits their customer base and what the community needs, but will also set them apart from other stores in the area. Rhonda says customer service is the key to having a successful business. “A customer comes into the store and you may only have them for between one and five minutes. They will leave the store if they don’t see the kind of merchandise


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copiers • scanners • printers • fax • shredders

they want, and if they aren’t helped quickly and made to feel welcome with good customer service. Anyone wanting to open a new business should know that having great customer service, and then having the product to please your customer, are the keys to success.” If you’re considering starting a business, remember that with due diligence, perseverance, passion, and great customer service, your dreams can become a reality.

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LAKE CITY TRUCKING Pursuing a Passion

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Gary Gobert has turned his passion into a career. Back in 1988, Gobert made his dream of owning his own business into reality by starting Lake City Trucking. Over the past 28 years he has survived both good times and bad, making the most of his idea. Now, with a solid business, Gobert has a blueprint for what it takes to make it as your own boss. “It’s not always easy,” Gobert said. “There are a lot of tough days with long hours and a lot of people are depending on you, but I would not have done it any other way.” Gobert credits his “love for trucking” and “spirit to be his own boss” as the keys to `making it all work for Lake City Trucking. “You have to have the passion for what you are doing,” Gobert said. “That’s what counts most. For me, I just had a spirit to work for myself. I like life on my terms.” He said that it’s the passion that gets him through the tough days, when he knows his business and his actions are what others who work for him are counting on for their paychecks. “That’s what makes it tough, knowing there are other people who are depending on your business,” Gobert said. “If you don’t have a passion for it, then it isn’t going to work out.”


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What appeals to him most about his decision is that Gobert was betting on himself when he decided to start his own business. “You get a chance to choose and make your own destiny,” he said. “You decide how much punishment you want to take, how much time you want to put into it. What you find out is that you end up putting a lot more time into it in order to make it successful. That’s because it’s you who are on the line for what happens with the business.” Gobert said that recently he has seen many new businesses start up, likely because of the economy and so many people being out of work. They often try starting their own companies in tough times, which has led to an increase in competition. “I have been at this a long time but there have been more businesses starting up that makes it tougher, especially on the newer companies.” He said earning clients’ trust as a new business owner took time and is something all businesses just starting out have to go through. “People want to know what you can do before they start giving you their business,” he said.

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The Southwest Chamber Alliance and the SEED Center Offer Valuable Resources


Business owners in Southwest Louisiana are fortunate to be located near the SEED Center, a vital hub of economic development and resources for companies of all sizes. The acronym stands for Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development. There, businesses receive 16-382-0096 First of Federal _OpenForBusiness Thrive_8x4.875 PRs.pdf assistance from a variety sources.



The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance and Chamber Southwest serves the five-parish region and is a primary resource at the SEED Center. They offer members legislative services, opportunities for leadership and community involvement, informative seminars, networking opportunities, and more. Talk to the experts at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at McNeese State University. The LSBDC can help you navigate the financial and management aspects of running your business. Planning cash flow, managing employees, handling sales tax returns, and many other chores are essential to success. Don’t worry about paying the business consultants at the LSBDC at McNeese – they’re “pre-paid” through tax dollars. You can meet with them multiple times with no out-of-pocket costs. From pre-venture exploration and loan packages through growing pains into mature operations, the LSBDC provides confidential, practical advice you’d pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for elsewhere. Call 337475-5529 for more information. The SEED Center Business Incubator, the first of its kind in the area, 8/23/16 4:10 location PM may be a good for your start-up, and it offers more than just

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office space. “The SEED Center Business Incubator provides support to accelerate the successful development of start-up and fledging companies by providing an array of targeted resources and services,” says Adrian Wallace, director of the Incubator. “The Business Incubator offers business training, startup office space, access to business equipment, and services that are usually too expensive for a new business. Clients receive coaching, counseling, managerial and technical services, along with the opportunity to network with other emerging businesses.” Wallace reports that in calendar year 2015, Business Incubator clients who have been in business less than three years created 205 new jobs and generated approximately $3 million in revenues. Applications for new clients are accepted on an ongoing basis. A new entrepreneurial training class will start this month and is open to anyone desiring to start a business. Call 337433-0977 for more information. Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) representatives work with both new and well-established companies to help them get federal, state and local contracts. They explain the bidding process and help business owners understand how to compete. Volunteers with SCORE, based in the Alliance/Chamber offices, can help entrepreneurs create a viable business plan. Retired executives from a variety of industries and backgrounds give their time to help entrepreneurs. You can reach the Alliance/Chamber, PTAC, and SCORE at 337-433-3632. If it’s your dream to become an entrepreneur, take advantage of the SEED Center and its resources. Experienced, capable, patient professionals are available to work one-on-one with business owners or individuals who are contemplating a new business. The SEED Center is located at 4310 Ryan Street in Lake Charles, across from McNeese State University campus.

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This month, the SEED Center Business Incubator is hosting “Finding Your E.D.G.E.” Its September 15 kick-off will be the start of an eight-week comprehensive program for people interested in starting their own business and for small business owners looking to effectively operate their business. The program will cover Marketing, Operations, Personnel, Cash Flow Management, Business Planning, and Credit Counseling. Admission is only $100 which includes the course book. Register soon because the class size is limited to 25. Finding Your E.D.G.E. will take place at the SEED Center located at 4310 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. Call (337) 433-0977 for more information or to reserve a spot.

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The SEED Center Business Incubator is hosting an After Hours celebration of its incubator businesses on October 6, 2016. The event will take place at the SEED Center and last from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you have ever wondered about the businesses that are growing within the incubator or are curious about how the whole incubator thing works, come on by for a visit. This event will showcase Incubator Client Businesses and provide an opportunity for them to network and display, sell, or share goods and information about their businesses.


On April 15, 2017, the SEED Center Business Incubator will host their 5th Annual Business Pitch competition. The Business Pitch competition is a forum for budding entrepreneurs to “pitch” their business idea to a panel of regional judges in exchange for cash prizes and invaluable business mentoring. There are four categories: high school, college, general business, and technology.

• Are you a small business owner who needs funding to grow your business? • Do you have what you believe is a good business concept? • Do you want an opportunity to promote your business?

Apply for the opportunity to ‘pitch’ your business. Come be a part of the entrepreneurial movement in SWLA. The 5th Annual SEED Center Business Pitch Competition is open to all residents of Southwest Louisiana (Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis Parishes). The deadline is April 7, 2016. Previous winners and participants have gained media attention, investor interest and the opportunity to better build their business or business concept. There is no fee to enter. For more information, contact Adrian L. Wallace at or (337) 433-0977.

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YOUR SMALL BUSINESS by Kristy Como Armand

The economic expansion in Southwest Louisiana is not limited to big business. The large industry projects and expansion is generating the need for a multitude of support services and products, typically provided by small business. This trickle-down effect provides great opportunities for new businesses and growth for existing businesses, says Jeff Mancuso, Senior Vice President of Corporate Lending with Lakeside Bank. “Most people understand how personal credit works and have a general idea of what their credit score means, but when it comes to launching a small business, entrepreneurs often have limited understanding about how business credit operates,” says Mancuso. If the business is owned by more than one person, whose credit determines what kind of loans the business will get? What if it’s a sole proprietorship? Does business credit affect personal credit and if so, how? “These are common questions that many entrepreneurs have when they’re trying to figure out how to build their business. Ideally the small-business owner would understand how it all works before starting up, but for many, the questions don’t arise until they’re already going down the business-building path,” Mancuso says. “One benefit of understanding the basics of business credit before implementing your business plan is that you can have more realistic expectations of what kind of credit you will receive. It’s also smart to get personal credit in order before launching your business.” Business credit is typically separate from personal credit; there are separate credit cards, checking accounts, and savings accounts. But that doesn’t mean you can neglect or underestimate the importance of your personal credit history when it comes to your business, Mancuso says. “Personal credit history plays a role in determining what kind of credit lenders will provide, whether you’re a sole proprietor or going into business with partners. In case of the latter, lenders will often want to know the financial history of all co-owners to determine the risk level of lending the business money.” How financial history is calculated depends on how the business is organized, according to Mancuso. “If you structure your business as a sole proprietorship or partnership, your personal credit information is tied in more closely with business credit. Often your personal assets can be used as collateral in case of unpaid business debt. If you structure yourself as an LLC or corporation, you have the benefit of liability protection and you can typically obtain credit under the business’s name, which means lenders don’t necessarily have to check


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your personal credit history. However, it’s not unusual for lenders to check personal histories of all the owners in the business to provide for initial start-up funds.” It’s also wise to keep personal credit intact in case you need to rely on it later to obtain funds to grow or improve your business, Mancuso adds. “If you’re going to approach lenders to loan you money for your startup business, a professional plan is crucial, no matter what. A professional plan will include market studies, anticipated earnings, anticipated expenses, as well as a detailed proposal of how the business will operate,” Mancuso says. “A business plan should never exist solely in an applicant’s head or on a single sheet of typed paper. It’s a professional, detailed document. Your chance of getting approved increase exponentially when lenders see that you have a solid idea for your business and a general plan of how to make it succeed. This is critical, no matter how you will structure your business or how your personal credit history reads.” Once your business is registered with business credit bureaus, your business profile will take on its own history much like your personal credit. As with any debt, entrepreneurs should be sure to pay on time and operate their business within reasonable financial means, Mancuso says. For more information on business loans, call Lakeside at (337) 474-3766 or visit

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BE YOUR OWN BOSS. BE A Many workers frustrated with today’s corporate climate are venturing out on their own, offering their skills and experience to corporations, but on a consulting rather than fulltime basis. Certainly, there’s a lot to be said for going independent, says Aaron Zwas, a consultant and author of “Transition to Independence,” a book that serves as a guide to making such a change. “You have more freedom and a healthier balance between work and family,” Zwas says. “It’s the be-your-own-boss opportunity many people crave.” But not so fast. Before you take the plunge, there are drawbacks worth knowing about. “When I made the transition about fifteen years ago, I didn’t have a lot of guidance,” Zwas says. “I didn’t really understand what I was getting into, so there was a bit of trial and error. The good news is that others can learn from my mistakes.”


If you’re considering going it alone, Zwas lists these four suggestions:

Prepare yourself financially. The transition from working for someone else to being independent almost certainly will require you to dip into savings. Take every precaution as you prepare yourself financially. A conversation with an accountant is a good start and so is reviewing your monthly budget to see if you can cut spending. Build up savings – preferably enough to sustain you through one year of expenses – before ending fulltime employment. Set your social calendar. When you’re independent, you have no co-workers to chat with, bounce ideas off of or play tennis with on the weekend. If you’re not careful, it can be a lonely existence. To compensate, Zwas recommends setting up regular dates with friends and family. You can also take up new interests or hobbies. “Get out of the house and be with other people,” he says.

Stay focused on your expertise. Being a one-person team has its advantages, but it can also be a doubleedged sword because many independents get pulled in too many directions by spending time on activities unrelated to their expertise. There’s no problem in admitting you don’t want to take on certain activities, Zwas says. For example, bookkeeping could be a chore you despise or aren’t suited for. You might want to contract out and let someone else handle it. Spend time on your personal brand. Some independents thrive without any branding efforts, but most need to do at least a little branding. A logo, a website, business cards, a presentation template, social-media accounts and a blog can help you create a professional image. “A little advance preparation can go a long way in helping you become a successful independent,” says Zwas. “The most important lesson I’ve learned is that consulting is more than a job – it’s a lifestyle. Even on my worst days, I’m grateful for the freedom I have.”


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PERSONAL GUMPTION Five Tips for Self-Motivation by Trish Trejo

Self-motivation can be a misleading term because so many of us look outside ourselves to find the extra willpower we need for a challenging task. Whether it is keeping our home as clean as we want, losing weight, or completing a work project, we often cannot get moving on our own. Tennis great, humanitarian, and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Arthur Ashe said, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” This is a good beginning for a renewed sense of motivation. These five suggestions might put Ashe’s advice into action and give you that extra boost of resolve. 1. Create and stick to a regular schedule as much as possible. Plan the night before to get up at the same time each morning and set aside the same amount of time for the task at hand. For example, if weight loss is the goal, appoint time each week to create a healthy menu and shop for the necessary foods. Make meal time a special undertaking and enjoy both the preparation and eating of good foods. Remember time for exercise as well. 2. Break an assignment down into smaller parts. When preparing for an important event like moving or going on vacation, procrastination can seem much more appealing when the entire effort looms large ahead of you. If packing to move, divide the time you have into weeks or days dedicated to certain parts of the house. “By Friday, I will sort and pack all of the kids’ closets.” If readying for a big family vacation, do the same. “On Saturday, I will create a packing list for each member of the family.” 3. Reward yourself along the way. For some, the routine tasks of life are easiest to ignore. Cleaning the house or mowing the lawn is not usually the top item on anyone’s fun list, but they both must be accomplished on an annoyingly regular basis. Give yourself an extra 30 minutes of “me time” at the end of a couple of hours of tedious hard work. Looking forward to reading, watching golf, or calling a best friend can make the time pass more quickly.


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4. Create an inviting and energetic workspace. Paying bills and filing important documents can be mind-numbing. Surround the desk with motivational quotes, family photos, and good-time mementos to make the space a pleasant place. Play music or listen to an e-book while cleaning. Brighten your surroundings by opening the curtains to natural light, if possible. Exposure to sunlight increases the body’s serotonin levels. According to Medical News Today, serotonin is one chemical used by the body as a mood stabilizer. Moderate exposure to sunlight helps stave off depression, a natural enemy to motivation.

from room to room. Use any available storage space to place extra supplies where they will do the most good. Set up your work desk with a neat arrangement of office items within reach. If working on a longterm project, keep all the necessary supplies in a bag that can easily come out at every work session. Time wasted gathering materials and putting them away might be enough incentive to put the task off until another day. Most importantly, go easy on yourself. We all procrastinate at times. Lighten your load by lightening your mood, and enjoy life as it comes.

5. Prepare your work space with the right tools in the right places. Whenever possible, keep needed items close by and handy. For example, one of the most tedious parts of cleaning is hauling supplies

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! SOWELA Recognizes 10 Educators SOWELA Technical Community College recently held its second annual Faculty Rank and Promotion Ceremony to honor 10 accomplished educators. The following individuals received a promotion to Assistant Professor: Adrienne Moore Abel, Jennifer Frankland Bruney, Joni B. Drost, Patrice A. Fontenot, Elizabeth Kay Martin, Wendi Slone Palermo, Kristine Lee Stout, and Bridget Ann Whelan. The following individuals received a promotion to Associate Professor: David Andrew Shankle and Valerie Sue Waldmeier. Promotion-in-rank has long been the standard through which colleges and universities recognize the significant contributions of their faculty members. Applicants for promotion in rank meet eligibility requirements and undergo a rigorous peer review. Faculty members must demonstrate excellence not only in the classroom but also in 30 areas of professionalism including service to the college, publications, continued professional development, and contributions to their teaching discipline and higher education.

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New Great Harvest Bread Co. Signs Lease to Open in Lake Charles

Local owners Michael and Shelly Migues have signed a lease to bring a new Great Harvest Bread Company bakery and cafe to Lake Charles later this year. The new bakery and cafe will be located at 4212 Lake St., Suite 100. The locally owned, whole grain family bakery and cafe will provide high quality, made-fromscratch products. Great Harvest bakeries grind premium Montana wheat berries using a classic stone mill into whole-wheat flour daily to ensure freshness, nutrition, and flavor. Great Harvest’s breads are also made without preservatives, additives or dough conditioners. A fresh, made-to-order sandwich menu will be available daily offering many choices including Baja Chipotle Turkey, Italian, Three Seed Veggie Hummus, Roast Beef Chimichurri, Big Sky Chicken Salad and more. Also, a new hot sandwich line is rolling out. The bakery will also serve a great selection of soups, salads, and hearty grain bowls for lunch. For more information, visit www.

U.S. News & World Report Names CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital among Best in Heart Failure and COPD CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital has been recognized as one of the best hospitals for 2016-17 in Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by U.S. News & World Report. The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and more. For 2016-17, 153 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty, while 1,628 received a high performing rating in one or more specialties, procedures or conditions. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that were high performing across multiple areas of care.

Memorial Urgent Care Opens on Nelson Road The Science Club at St. Margaret Catholic School won a number of awards at the Youth Awards Program in Washington, DC this summer. These awards include: 2016 Louisiana Green School Runner-up 2016 NEED State Level School of the Year (16 consecutive years) 2016 NEED National Junior Level finalist (3 consecutive years) 2016 NEED Outstanding Community Education Project For more information, call (337) 436-7959.


Lake Charles Memorial Urgent Care is now open for business in the new medical office building at 4325 Nelson Road in Lake Charles. The facility offers shorter wait times and treatment at less of a cost than an emergency room. Patients can also receive quicker access to primary care, access to Memorial medical records and referrals to Memorial Medical Group specialists if needed. The urgent care is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 6pm.

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Fall Fashion How-To:

Transition Your Summer Looks for the Cooler Months by Emily Alford

Wearing a seasonally appropriate outfit in Louisiana can be a bit of a challenge, as it can be difficult to predict whether it will be a “shorts at Christmas year” or a “dig the coat out of storage” season. All the unpredictability can get a bit confusing when trying to figure out the right time to start dressing for fall. Luckily, there are a few quick closet hacks that can extend your summer wardrobe into the cooler months…whenever they arrive.

Mix Summer Whites With Cool Weather Accessories Winter (and even fall) white can be a controversial subject for many, but according to Lauren Monroe, owner of Mimosa Boutique, white is fair game all year round. “My favorite ‘old school rule’ to break is no white after Labor Day,” Monroe says. Layering a summery white dress with brown tights and boots or throwing a navy blazer over a white summer shell are great ways to keep that summery vibe lasting all year round.

Throw on a Tee Under That Sundress This is a tip that has a bit of a shelf life: but since the 90s are back, why not savor it? In the past few months, everyone from Rihanna to Kylie Jenner has been rocking plain white tees under spaghetti strap dresses, à la Rachel Green from Friends. It’s a cute look that’s well deserving of a resurgence, especially for those trying to make their summer beach favorites work around the office come fall. If you’re really feeling nostalgic, pair the outfit with one of the pretty chokers that have also come back in a big way.


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Start Integrating Fall Colors One of the punchiest ways to transition from summer vacation to back-to-school mode is to add a fall color to a “summery” outfit. Got a great yellow top? Take a cue from the changing leaves and pair it with a lightweight, complimentary orange scarf for a look that says fall without feeling too hot.

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Five Ways to Lighten Up (And Look Younger) with


When we’re young, looking older can sometimes be key to feeling sexier and more mature. When we’re actually more mature, looking older starts to become less intriguing. Unfortunately, most of us learn to do our makeup during that “more is more” phase in our teens and twenties, sometimes getting set in looks that become too harsh as skin looses elasticity. But there are some simple tricks to getting back the brightness of youth –without all the hassle of acne this time. Who says age doesn’t have its benefits?

SKIP Eye Shimmer

Just about every makeover show on late-night cable issues the same advice about pearlescent eye shadow – apply it just below the brow bone and in the inner corners of the eye. But too much sparkle can actually settle into delicate eye wrinkles that wouldn’t be noticeable otherwise. Forget sparkly powder and invest in a cream highlighter stick for a little eyebrow and corner contrast. Instead of applying an all over sparkle in the eye crease, stick with a darker, matte shade and dab a bit of gold shadow in the center of the lid to add some shine without fear of shadow fallout into fine lines.

Don’t Forget to Highlight

You may have heard of strobing, or applying copious amounts of light powder under eyes and at the tops of cheekbones in a move to look bright eyed and younger. When done at home, it usually looks a little more Morticia Adams than most women are comfortable with. Instead, invest in a subtle pink or pearl highlighter stick. After foundation and blush, use the highlighter stick to trace the top of the natural cheekbone, blending around the eye and into the hairline, for a dewy look that isn’t overdone.


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Speaking of having liquid makeup pool into fine lines, another way to make sure makeup isn’t settling is to apply a layer of face primer, along with an eye primer, atop moisturizer in the morning. It may seem like one more tedious step in an already busy routine, but a good primer goes a long way toward avoiding the 3pm drip as the day wears on.

Add a Little Luminescence Don’t Let Concealer Settle

For some reason, department store makeup artists love to recommend concealer that resembles community theater pancake makeup to every woman over twenty-five, but heavy concealer has a habit of settling into under eye lines, leaving most women swiping at it all day. It’s time for a better way. New lines of feather light, color-correcting concealer are popping up all the time from brands like Urban Decay. Instead of investing in a “one color fits all” solution, try a subtle pink for under eye circles, green to offset red spots, and purple to override sun damage. Just blend and top with your normal foundation, then revel in a less spackled look!

Right now we’re living in the golden age of highlighters, and while too much can leave women looking a little too slick, a dab of a luminizing cream, like Buxom’s Divine Goddess Luminizer, mixed right in with regular foundation gives skin a sun-kissed glow without bronzer streaks or scary tanning beds. Nothing looks younger than golden (but not sun-damaged) skin.

The truth is, we can’t stop ourselves from getting older, and honestly, who wants to be a teenager again? If shimmery eyes and matte cheeks are your thing, you do you. But if you’re looking for a few ways to lighten up, you could do worse than highlighting what you’re already working with.

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Common Skin Care Mistakes

People notice skin. Pockmarked or smooth, porcelain or freckled, skin condition is part of one’s first impression. The curious thing about skin is that coddling it too much doesn’t net good results. A simple routine is best; with the emphasis on routine. “A hit-or-miss skin care regime doesn’t work,” said Jennifer McCann, MD, medical director of Vivid McCann Wellness and Aesthetics. “Consistency is the key.” She said that’s a common mistake people make and it affects their skin’s clarity and condition. “Just as exercising for one day won’t solve a weight problem, scrubbing skin won’t make it perfect the next day. In fact, you’ll probably do more harm than good with a vigorous scrub.” Dr. McCann said there are six common skin care mistakes to avoid.

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Too many products.

Thinking more is better isn’t skin-friendly. Gentle cleansers, when used consistently, will produce good results. Cleansers that foam a lot usually contain harsh ingredients that can strip the skin, causing dryness. Choose mild cleaners and steer clear of soap on your face.

Neglecting H2O.

Water is essential for healthy skin. While eight glasses a day is optimal, try to drink as much water as you can. It’s the best hydration routine to help keep the skin plump and clear.

Forgetting sunscreen.

Dr. McCann said the sun causes most of the damage to skin. “Most premature aging is due to overexposure to the sun. Wear sunscreen every day. Make it part of your beauty routine: moisturize than put on sunscreen,” she said. “There are formulas available today that dry to a matte finish, with no fragrance. With all we know about sun damage, there’s no excuse for leaving skin unprotected.”

Inconsistent routine.

Cleanse in the morning and again at night. Women who go to bed with makeup still on their skin are inviting problems, according to Dr. McCann. “Oil, grime, dirt and makeup needs to be washed away every night. These cause clogged pores and breakouts.”

Touching too much.

Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible. Picking, rubbing, and resting your head in your hands transfers dirt and germs that may be on your hands directly to your face.

Not enough sleep.

Skin cells repair themselves during sleep. Staying up too late too often shows up on the skin in the form of dark circles, increased lines and wrinkles, and an overall look of fatigue. Give yourself a powerful beauty treatment by getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Then, if you can’t sleep or stay up late working occasionally, the tale-tell signs won’t be so obvious. “Taking good care of your skin doesn’t need to cost a lot or involve a lot of time and hassle. In fact, if you’re finding you’re spending too much money or time, you’re probably doing something wrong,” said Dr. McCann. A simple, consistent routine will help you make a great first impression. For more information about skin treatments and products, visit or call (337) 478-8565.

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Mark Your Calendar! Lighthouse Run Scheduled

32nd Annual Calca-Chew Food Festival Scheduled

The Cameron Preservation Alliance – Sabine Pass Lighthouse will host a beach run on October 15. The Lighthouse Run is a 1 mile run/walk, 5K and 10K held entirely on sand and will benefit the Cameron Preservation Alliance – Sabine Pass Lighthouse, Inc. For more information, contact Andy Tingler at (337) 284-5532.

32nd Annual Calca-Chew Food Festival at St. Margaret Catholic Church Family Center is scheduled for September 24-25. Events will include live french music by “Red” Saltzman, cajun food, children’s games, live & silent auctions, dancing and more. Free admission. For more information, call (337) 439-4585.

Sax in the City Benefit Concert for MusicMakers2U Join Grammy-nominated saxophonist Mickey Huber Smith, Jr. and guests at Sax in the City, a dinner/concert event on October 2 in the Buccaneer Room on the third floor of The Lake Charles Civic Center. A catered dinner will be served at 5:30pm with the concert at 7pm. Dinner and concert tickets are $30, or a $15 concert ticket can be purchased at the door. For more information, call MusicMakers at (337) 244-9314 for more information.

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Sip Savor &Celebrate Southwest Louisiana A Week of Wining and Dining


ouge et Blanc is the premier food and wine event held annually in Lake Charles. It is an event unlike any other in the region and attracts thousands of food and wine lovers who gather under the stately live oaks of McNeese State University to enjoy the best the region has to offer. The main event is a four-hour tasting extravaganza at which visitors meander through displays and booths set against the backdrop of McNeese State University. Over the years Rouge et Blanc has grown considerably to include numerous wine dinners and seminars during the week preceding the main event.

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Solutions for Life

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

Letting Go of Running Away Stressed? Overwhelmed? Anxious? Depressed? Have I got a tip for you! It’s time to learn to be “in the moment.” A common symptom of all the abovenamed issues is a lack of focus and concentration. I hear it all the time – “I go into rooms and I can’t remember why I’m there.” “I think of three things I need to do, and I loose the last two before I finish the first.” “I have so much work to do, but I can’t seem to stay on track.” In fact, we have a term for it in the workplace – “presenteeism.” It means employees who are at work physically, but not mentally. The reason we find it difficult to focus when we’re feeling less than tip-top is because we’re thinking more about our situation than the present. The problem is the more we think about the problem, the worse we feel. We all have situations arise in our lives that seem insurmountable and bigger than us. It is during those times that I want you to focus on being “in the moment.” What does “in the moment” mean? It means that you think about only where you are and what you are doing at that time. Have you ever driven home from work and couldn’t remember the trip? That’s because you weren’t “in the moment.” Your mind was elsewhere and your body was on autopilot. Being in the moment means a full awareness of your surroundings – sights, smells, and sounds. It means tuning in to the person who’s talking to you so you don’t have to keep asking them to repeat what they just said. It means staying focused on the task at hand so you can make some headway.


Why does staying “in the moment” help? Here are some reasons: Breathe! – The fastest/easiest way to get “in the moment” is to take a deep breath. (I’ll wait while you do that now.) Breathe in through your nose, extend your diaphragm (not your chest/shoulders), and breathe out very slowly. Listen to the sound of the breath. Feel your heartbeat. Slow down. One of the typical responses to stress is we begin to take shallow breaths from the chest area. This only increases our heart rate, which causes us to feel even more stressed. Taking a mental break – sometimes when things aren’t going so great in our lives, we find that all we do is think about the problem. How did the problem happen? What’s going to happen next? Will the problem ever be resolved? Many times it feels as if the issue will go on forever, and we can’t see anything beyond it. It is helpful to take a break from thinking about and worrying about the situation. An easy way to do this is to focus on the here and now – what do you see? What do you hear?

Feeling in control – as with most things in life, the real problem we are usually experiencing is a feeling of lack of control (not whatever we think the issue is). We don’t like it when we are not the masters of our own destinies. Learning to be wholly present instead of worrying about yesterday or tomorrow will reinforce that you really are in control of much of your life. You are particularly in control of the amount of time and energy you are going to spend thinking about situations that may be causing you to feel stressed. Remember, the only thing you really have is right here, right now. Yesterday is gone, no matter how great or horrible it was. Tomorrow is not here, so we can’t bank on that either. Get focused on the only time guarantee you have – this moment.

Sense of accomplishment – when so much is going wrong, it is helpful to feel like you are doing something right. When you can have a focused conversation with your child instead of numbly saying “uh-huh,” you know you did at least one thing right today. When you have a huge, overwhelming task ahead of you, staying focused long enough to do the easiest baby step of the task still helps you feel like you’re on your way.

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September 2016

McNeese Black Alumni Chapter to Host Jazz Fundraiser The McNeese State University Black Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a scholarship fundraiser – Jazz It Up With Marcus Davis – from 12-2pm, September 24, at the Robert Noland Alumni Pavilion at the McNeese Stream Alumni Center. This musical event features saxophonist Davis of Jennings and includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. All proceeds from the event will be used to support the BAC Scholarship Fund established with the McNeese Foundation. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at

McNeese Ranks Third in State for Best College Value and Starting Salary for Students McNeese State University ranks third among public and private schools in Louisiana for both the best average starting salary for its graduates and for the best college education value, according to SmartAsset, a New York City financial technology company. In ranking the best average starting salaries in the state, Louisiana State University was No. 1 with $48, 900, followed by Louisiana Tech University at $47,000, McNeese at $46,900, the University of New Orleans at $45,500 and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at $44,800 rounding out the top five.

September 2016

In ranking the best college education values in Louisiana, SmartAsset again had LSU at No. 1 followed by Louisiana Tech, McNeese, UL at Lafayette and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. In the Best Value ranking, McNeese has the lowest tuition of the top 10 schools ranked at $5,701 a year, followed by Southeastern Louisiana University at $5,715. SmartAsset looked at five factors to calculate the best value colleges and universities tuition, student living costs, scholarship and grant offerings, retention rate and starting salary. Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics, Payscale and College InSight were used to rank the schools in its report. For the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named McNeese one of the top public universities in the United States and one of the best regional universities in the South. McNeese was also ranked fifth in Best Value Colleges in the state by BestValues Schools.Com. This ranking was based on graduation rate, price, acceptance rate and return on investment. To check out the complete study, go to

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McNeese Professor Wins International Book Award Dr. Keagan LeJeune, professor of English at McNeese State University, has been awarded the 2016 Brian McConnell Cassi Duhon Book Award by the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR) for his book, Legendary Louisiana Outlaws: The Villains and Heroes of Folk Justice. The Brian McConnell Book Award is a prize established “to encourage scholarship in the field of contemporary legend, to recognize and inspire standards of excellence in contemporary legend publications and to commemorate the life and work of Brian McConnell, a long time member of ISCLR, celebrated crime reporter, author and legend scholar.” LeJeune, a 1997 graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at McNeese, is past president of the Louisiana Folklore Society. He was also a finalist for the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival Poetry Prize.


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