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Overture to the Cultural Season

Election Preview, Part 2

Lady Leah LaFargue School of Dance

Annual Manual for SWLA



GENERAL . . . . . . . . . . . 617 Drew St., Lake Charles, LA 70601 Phone: 337-439-0995 Fax: 337-439-0418 PUBLISHERS Patrick Marcantel Scot Hebert

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EDITOR Lisa Yates

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E N T E R P R I S E B O U L E VA R D Calcasieu River Bridge Falling Through the Cracks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5


COLUMNS Business Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Who’s News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Inside Baton Rouge: New Meaning for Embarrassment of Riches . . . . . .16


BUSINESS . . . . . . . . . OFFICE MANAGER Tracey Smith

Eternal Patrol - The Fate of the U.S.S. Grunion and the Search for a Native Son . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

FEATURES Election Preview, Part 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Lake Charles Plays a Part in America's Energy Independence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Home Grown: Lady Leah LaFargue Makes Dance Dreams Reality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Annual Manual for SWLA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Overture to the Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 The Times of Southwest Louisiana is published every two weeks by Patsco Publishing, 617 Drew Street, Lake Charles Louisiana 70601. Phone (337) 439-0995. SUBSCRIPTIONS: $25 per year. Bulk mailing permit #9 paid at Lake Charles, La. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Times of Southwest Louisiana, 617 Drew Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601. FAX to (337) 439-0418. The Times of Southwest Louisiana cannot be held responsible for the return of unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations, even if they are sent to us accompanied by a self-addressed envelope. Copyright 2008 The Times of Southwest Louisiana all rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without prior written permission is prohibited. DISTRIBUTION: The Times of Southwest Louisiana is available free of charge, limited to one copy per reader. The Times of Southwest Louisiana may be distributed only by The Times of Southwest Louisiana authorized distributors. No person may, without prior written permission of The Times of Southwest Louisiana, take more than one copy of each monthly issue from its racks.


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Book Beat: Swans Peak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 DeRidder: Fall Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Times Picks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Coffee Break Crossword: Flippin' Sweet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 The Shadow: To Imagine is Everything! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Parting Shots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

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BUSINESS The education and training of men studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Lake Charles is costly. Now, however, a gift made in the memory of a much beloved long-time priest of the Diocese will go a long way to assist in paying those expenses. The Msgr. Irving A. DeBlanc Seminary Burse has been established with a contribution of $100,000, the largest single gift used to open a burse in the history of the Diocese. A seminary burse is a permanent fund set aside to provide income for the education of seminarians. The principal of the fund is never spent, but invested, with the interest used each year for seminarian education expenses. Since the principal is never touched, this fund is truly a “gift that keeps on giving.” Donations made to the fund will continue to support the education of seminarians every year, as long as the Diocese exists. With this contribution, the Diocese has 47 seminary burses, named for a variety of people and organizations. This gift, in memory of Msgr. DeBlanc, brings the total amount invested for seminarian education to $758,036.09. Nine seminarians are expected to be in various stages of study for the priesthood this fall. For more information about making a contribution to the new burse or creating another burse, please contact the Office of Development of the Diocese at (337)439-7400, Ext. 307. The opening of the new cath lab at Jennings American Legion Hospital is part of an ongoing improvement project in the cardiology unit of the hospital. One of the enhancements is the relocation of Cardiac Rehab, providing a more comfortable and pleasant surrounding for patients. The Auxiliary at the Jennings Hospital is proud to be part of the improvement of these services by assisting in the purchase of new exercise equipment to be used in Cardiac Rehab. This equipment is used daily by patients as they work to strengthen their bodies after experiencing a cardiovascular-related problem such as a heart attack or valve replacement. Proceeds from the gift shop at Jennings American Legion Hospital are used annually for improvements at the hospital. The Auxiliary at Jennings American Legion Hospital is open for anyone who would like to volunteer, and are a welcome asset to assist patients, families and visitors. For more information about joining the Auxiliary at Jennings American Legion Hospital, call (337) 824-9400. Women & Children’s Hospital (WCH) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ by demonstrating compliance to the commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. A groundbreaking ceremony took place recently on what will be the new Cameron State Bank location in Moss Bluff. The new Banking Center is located at 1838 Hwy 171 N., on the northeast corner of Hwy 171 and Clyde Delaney Road. This will be the second Cameron State Bank location in Moss Bluff. The current Banking Center is located at 284 Sam Houston Jones Parkway. Construction is expected to begin immediately at the site, with an opening planned for next summer. The new Banking Center will encompass approximately 3,000 square feet and will offer full-service banking, including drive-thru lanes, a drive-up ATM and new state-of-the-art equipment. Cameron State Bank has been serving the people of Southwest Louisiana for over 40 years, growing from one branch in 1966 to over 275 employees and 20 Banking Centers today. It is the largest privately held bank in Allen, Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes. Calcasieu Parish officials along with Alliance President George Swift met with Horseman’s Park owners to check on the progress of the East Lake Charles development. Industrial park owner Lee Duplichan and Mike Vanek of Vanek Real Estate updated the visitors on the progress made since the groundbreaking in late March 2008 of the 30-acre location. The industrial development will be anchored by the 9-acre FedEx depot, which will work in conjunction with the overnight package facility on Clarence Street. Currently, construction of the 9-acre FedEx depot is underway under the direction of Duke Taylor PAGE 4


notes of MBD Construction. Horseman’s Drive was completed by Jevon Natali Development. For more information on this development, contact Vanek Real Estate at 479-0066.

Photo l to r: Dinah Landry-Agency Directors' Chair, Dale Mann-Kickoff Emcee, Sheriff Tony Mancuso-2009 United Way of SWLA Campaign Chair, with Employees of Excel Paralubes-Campaign Pacesetters.

Celebrating 69 years of service to Southwest Louisiana, the United Way reported raising more than $225,000 or five percent of goal to kick off the 2009 campaign season. Emceed by Dale Mann of Gator 99.5, and sponsored by Whitney National Bank, the breakfast highlighted pacesetter campaigns, employee awards and reports from campaign divisions. Outstanding pacesetters recognized with banners were the employees of Excel Paralubes, Joey Alcede’s Office, City Savings Bank and many other United Way family agencies. Excel employees have completed their campaign with $42,867; a $416 per capita giving with Excel’s corporate gift of $25,000. Marshal Joey Alcede’s office, with 12 employees, has pledged $2,334. Employees of City Savings Bank have raised $11,408; a five percent increase over last year. To date, the family of United Way agencies who have exceeded last year’s contributions are: Beauregard ARC, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Calcasieu Community Clinic, Calcasieu Women’s Shelter, Cameron Council on Aging, CARC, Children’s Museum, Family & Youth Counseling, Genesis Complex Therapeutic Riding, Imperial Calcasieu Museum, Literacy Council, NAMI, Salvation Army and Samaritan Counseling. L’Auberge du Lac Casino created an instant millionaire when a woman from Lake Charles won $1.9 million playing a Wheel of Fortune® $1 slot machine. She hit the jackpot after just four spins on the machine. When it comes to non-stop gaming action, the Las Vegas-style resort offers its guests the ultimate casino experience, as the big winner found out Tuesday, August 19 after inserting just 12 dollar bills to claim the $1,942,072 statewide progressive jackpot on the $1 Wheel of Fortune® Double Diamond machine. “We are always delighted to acknowledge our big winners and share in their excitement,” said Larry Lepinski, vice president and general manager. Although the jackpot winner chose not to be identified publicly, she and her family celebrated the big win in style with champagne toasts in a private luxury L’Auberge villa. The Wheel of Fortune® jackpot is paid when a player plays the maximum bet ($3) and lines up all three winning symbols on the appropriate pay line. After the jackpot is verified, the Wheel of Fortune® meter is reset at $1,000,000. Wheel of Fortune® is one of 16 Louisiana MegaJackpots® systems operated by IGT.






Calcasieu River Bridge Falling Through the Cracks By Lisa Yates veryone waiting to see construction start on a new I-10 Calcasieu River bridge will have to wait longer – a lot longer – to see a new bridge become a reality. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development officials said the bridge is on hold for now, citing both environmental issues and a lack of funding from the federal government. “We’re still in Stage I of the planning phase,” said Dustin Annison, LaDOTD public information officer. “The project’s been on hold for about two years now.” He said the project consists of two portions – the main bridge and Westlake interchange. However, pylons cannot be driven into the soil for construction of these projects until it is determined if it is safe to do so. “There’s contamination in the soil and that has to be mitigated before we get clearance from the feds,” Annison said. “Also, there’s no funding for the project.”


Environmental issues One of the largest chemical spills in U.S. history happened in Lake Charles. In the summer of 1993, state officials detected high ethylene dichloride (EDC) and other contaminates in the Calcasieu estuary. It was not until March, 1994, however, that the public learned that EDC was leaking from a pipeline

connecting a ConocoPhillips Marine Terminal with a storage tank at Conoco’s Westlake Facility. Conoco began an emergency cleanup under the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. A reported 1.6 million pounds of EDC was recovered from the soil during that initial cleanup phase. What is EDC? The chemical compound 1,2dichloroethane, commonly known by its old name of ethylene dichloride (EDC,) is a chlorinated hydrocarbon, mainly used to produce vinyl chloride monomer, which is mainly used to produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC.) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stated in its “Report on Carcinogens” that EDC is “...reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen...” In addition, EDC exposure can result in serious and permanent damage to the heart, central nervous system, liver, kidneys, lungs, gastrointestinal system, eyes, and skin, and commonly results in depression, memory loss, and adverse personality changes. Litigation resulted as workers alleged bodily injury claims against Conoco, Condea Vista Chemical Company and a number of contractors involved in the initial cleanup. Efforts to protect drinking water and clean up EDC contamination continue, however. State officials say

DEQ is working with Conoco, but it’s a slow process. It will take between 30 to 50 years to remove all of the contaminated groundwater, according to Annison. “ConocoPhillips is studying ways to speed up the process,” he said. Officials at Conoco confirmed an environmental study is underway. “We are in the process of obtaining environmental data from the area. Once we have completed our assessment of the new data, we will work closely with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality on the development, approval and implementation of our plans to initiate clean-up of the remaining EDC,” said Carol Collins, Public Relations Director with ConocoPhillips. Funding issues The I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge project is eligible for federal funding under the Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program (HBRRP) – a program of the Federal Highway Administration. According to a government Web site: “HBRRP funds may be used for a structurally deficient or functionally obsolete highway bridge on any public road with a new facility constructed in the same general traffic corridor.” The I-10 bridge is one of the state’s bridges labeled “structurally Continued on Page 6

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Coushatta Casino Resort has named Conrad Granito as its new general manager. Granito is the former general manager of Santa Ana Star Casino in New Mexico. In April 2008, Native American Casino magazine awarded Granito its prestigious Leadership Award. Granito assumed management of Santa Ana Star Casino in 2003, and in four short years, he led the facility to become one of the state’s leading American Indian-owned casinos, almost doubling its market share and tripling total revenue. Conrad Granito Granito brings 18 years of casino management to his new position, along with an intense personal drive and energy, and a dynamic work ethic. His “hands-on” management style will be an asset in his new position. Coushatta Casino Resort is located in Kinder, LA on Highway 165 (I-10 exit 44), featuring over 2,800 slots and more than 70 table games. Phone (800) 584-7263 for more information or visit the Web site at Christopher Daniel, a package car driver for UPS, was recently recognized by the company for completing 25 years without an accident. Daniel works out of the facility located at 2404 Fruge, Lake Charles. He presently provides service in the south Lake Charles area. Manager Jeff Ryder presented Christopher Daniel with the 25-year safe driving award, recognizing his achievement. Daniel lives in Lake Charles, and has a son, Christopher, Jr., 22. UPS has long enjoyed an outstanding reputation for safety in the transportation industry. UPS drivers log over two billion miles a year on U.S. roads and average less than one accident per million miles driven. Dr. Hooper Nichols of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital is now performing the BARRX procedure, which drastically Continued on Page 7 SEPTEMBER 4, 2008


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deficient,” which puts it in the same category as the one that collapsed into the Mississippi River on Aug. 1, 2007. In fact, under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s rating system, the Calcasieu Bridge scored dramatically lower than the doomed Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On the same 1-to-100 scale that gave the Minneapolis bridge a “sufficiency rating” of 50, the Calcasieu River Bridge was given the rating of 24.9. Gene Caldwell, LaDOTD Assistant District Administrator Operations, said the number reflects factors such as structural adequacy and safety, serviceability and functional obsolescence. “It doesn’t meet today’s standards,” he said. He said the bridge was built in the late 1940s and first opened for traffic in Sept., 1951. Since that time, design standards have changed and the volume of traffic has increased significantly. Caldwell said the designation does not necessarily mean a bridge is unsafe, but it is one of the factors used to determine if a bridge is at risk. Also, the rating determines if it qualifies for federal money. “Anything below a 50 rating qualifies for federal bridge replacement,” he said.



Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the state is allocated more money to fund the project. The state receives one, predetermined amount of federal money annually. Currently, funds have not been allocated for I-10 bridge replacement. A funding window is opening for the project to move forward, however. Congress is ready to start work on a massive transportation bill that will take legislative form early next year. Competition for federal funds Many worthy projects nationwide will be competing for these limited federal funds. Hal McMillin, Calcasieu Police Juror from Westlake, said competition is fierce and political support is critical. “The community and all elected officials need to unify in a team effort to lobby the federal committees to make sure this stays as a top priority in order to get funding for this project,” he said. LaDOTD — the agency charged with administering these federal funds — must administer the available funds wisely, fairly and in the best interest of all citizens. That’s why McMillin and others are optimistic that some funding will be available soon. “The rebuilding of the I-10 bridge is not just a Calcasieu Parish problem,” he said. “It has national importance to the transportation infrastructure of this

nation with I-10 being a major corridor for the U.S.” CPPJ Division of Planning and Development Director James Vickers said local government performed various studies, listened to concerns expressed by various interest groups and citizens, then voted – first as separate entities, then as members of Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development’s Transportation Committee. “It’s essential to get some appropriation with the next transportation bill,” Vickers said. “We’ve got to start now. The more we delay, the more we put the public at risk.” He said with the committee’s vote, state highway officials are moving forward with the planning process, which includes preliminary designs and cost estimates for the Federal Highway Administration and members of the Calcasieu Congressional Delegation. Although the local consensus is in agreement with the need to build a new Interstate-10 bridge, the decision did not receive unanimous support from local constituents and elected leaders. Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach voted against the state’s recommendation of a vertical clearance of 73 feet. The mayor cited a difference of opinion, preferring a clearance of 90 feet. He said a special study comparing bridge heights of 73 and 90 feet result-

ed in an analysis showing construction costs – and truck-related crashes — were not significantly higher. In addition, he said Friendships Unlimited, Central Crude, Inc., and Cal-CaM Recycling favored a proposed height of 90 feet. Mayor Roach said these businesses have the option of petitioning the U.S. Coast Guard to raise the height of the bridge design. That’s because the state has to send its plans to the U.S. Coast Guard for its review and approval before the project can move forward. The mayor said he would not stand in the way of unified support for the project. “I personally will make sure that the height issue does not affect the funding process of a new I-10 bridge,” he said. What will the project cost? Last year, it was reported that construction costs were approximately $128 million. Tony DuCote, LaDOTD Project Management Director, said this figure is not accurate. He said his department is currently working to update the cost of the project. Although he declined to speculate, local officials estimate current construction costs of a bridge of this size to range anywhere from $150 million to $200 million.

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reduces the risk of developing esophageal cancer due to Barrett’s Esophagus. Dr. Nichols, along with Dr. Ricardo McCall and Dr. Francis Bride, is currently performing the BARRX Procedure at the Heartburn Center at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. Statistics show that 30 million people suffer daily from heartburn, and one out of ten people with heartburn will develop Barrett’s Esophagus, which increases the risk of esophageal cancer. The revolutionary BARRX procedure treats Barrett’s Esophagus by removing layers of the diseased esophagus without the use of incisions. For more information on procedures offered at the Heartburn Center at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, visit or call the heartburn nurse at 430-4373.

From left: Cameron Communications Public Relations Coordinator, Trina Johnson with Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship winner Thomas Trosclair.

Cameron Communications, in conjunction with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association’s Foundation for Rural Service, awarded a $2,500 scholarship to Thomas Trosclair. A recent graduate from South Cameron High School, Thomas plans to major in Process Engineering at McNeese State University. Over 1,200 applications were submitted this year, and 30 students were selected from throughout the country to receive scholarships. This is the second time a local recipient has received this award. The scholarships are intended to offer young people from rural America a better chance to receive a higher education. A primary goal of the foundation’s college scholarship program is to encourage young college graduates to return to rural areas after graduation, since more than two-thirds of rural Americans with postsecondary degrees never return to their rural communities. Kristie Evans, LDN, RD, of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital has been named the Health Educator for L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort. Her role, jointly supported by both the casino resort and hospital, will focus on improving the health and well being of L’Auberge employees and their families. A native of Lake Charles, Evans earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Science/Food and Nutrition at McNeese State University. She has been a Registered Dietitian at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital for ten years, specializing in cardiovascular health and wellness. This new partnership with CHRISTUS St. Kristie Evans, LDN, RD Patrick Hospital is part of a comprehensive benefits package designed to help L’Auberge employees make educated, healthy choices. Both organizations agree that promoting wellness within the workplace will help to improve the health of both individual and company.

Chad Smith of The Touch Studios, a professional photography studio in Lake Charles, has had one of his portraits selected from 50,000 other professional photographers’ submissions in a contest for the next photo to be used on the cover of the nationally distributed magazine, Professional Photographer. The Touch Studios is a full circle studio that works with seniors, models, weddings, families, children, and more. Smith has been working professionally in the area of graphic design, photo retouching, and photography for the past six years. For more information, go to to see samples of his work or call 794-8889 today for more information. Pat Landreneau of Lake Charles recently joined thousands of social marketing entrepreneurs from the U.S. and around the world at the Shaklee Global Conference in New Orleans, August 6-10. Shaklee chose to host its annual conference in New Orleans this year, in an effort to help revitalize tourism in the recovering city. In the spirit of Shaklee’s legacy of philanthropy, Shaklee hosted the “Live Green, Make Green” event to provide a sustainable form of aid – the opportunity to earn an income, by coaching New Orleans residents in starting their own green businesses and giving them the tools they need to get started. “I know that my clients and I can trust that Shaklee products are always safe, always work and are always green,” said Landreneau. “Knowing that Shaklee is also dedicated to doing what’s right for people and our planet makes me feel fulfilled and motivated to share the opportunity for a healthier, better life with my friends and family.” Landreneau started his natural health business 30 years ago, and has found that helping others spread the word about health, opportunity and a better world has led to a successful home-based business. For more information, contact Pat Landreneau at (337) 824-6765 or The American Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division recently named Glenda Andrepont as a Hero of Hope. The Lake Charles woman is one of 25 cancer survivors from six states to be recognized. The Heroes of Hope program is in its first year. Honorees will serve as spokespeople for the American Cancer Society in their communities. Those selected have triumphed over cancer, made significant volunteer contributions to the American Cancer Society, and made an impact in the lives of others. “The Heroes of Hope award provides a highly visible symbol of personal victory over the disease, as well as encourages support and participation in the programs of the Society,” says Trisha Humphrey, an American Cancer Society volunteer who helped organize the group. The Heroes of Hope represent the courageous struggle of all cancer patients as they deal with the physical and emotional aspects of their experience. “Hearing their stories makes a statement that progress is being made in cancer research and that there is hope for the future for people who are diagnosed,” says Humphrey. Glenda Andrepont and the other Heroes of Hope will be officially recognized at the American Cancer Society’s upcoming Relay For Life Leadership Summit in November.

Kathy Doty, CQPHQ, Director of Quality Management at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, has recently been certified as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. The requirements included passing an international exam showing exceptional knowledge and understanding of program development and management, quality improvement concepts, coordination of survey processes, and communication techniques. As the Director of Quality Management, Doty is responsible for coordinating the hospital’s accreditation activities, compiling quality and patient satisfaction data and providing education to hospital staff regarding service, quality and performance improvement. She has been with West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital for 16 years, having served as a Registered Respiratory Therapist before advancing to the position of Quality Management Director. SEPTEMBER 4, 2008


Q&A’s for District Judge, 36th Judicial District Court, Division A – Beauregard Parish The Election Season Preview, Part II After nearly 18 years on the bench, Judge Stuart S. Kay is retiring, but two local attorneys have stepped up in the hopes of winning his seat in this year's election. Keith Milam and Martha Ann O'Neal, both of DeRidder, are candidates in the 36th Judicial District, Division A, which serves Beauregard Parish. Voters in Beauregard Parish will also elect a judge for the 36th Judicial District, Division B. Candidates for this race are Kerry Anderson and H.I. “Buddy” Stewart. See at a glance where these judicial candidates stand on key issues before the Oct. 4 elections. Also, three candidates for the U.S. Representative 7th Congressional District race were asked to respond to questions – Only one candidate responded. See what he had to say in this edition of The Times of Southwest Louisiana’s Election Season Preview, Part II. The candidates were limited to 30 words for issue questions. An ellipsis and ending period (...) closes candidates’ statements where their submitted responses exceeded those set limits. If you missed Part I, visit – the online edition. Click on “Archives” to search for the Aug. 21 issue. Part I included biographical information and answers to issue questions from candidates in each of the following races: • District Judge, 14th Judicial District Court, Elec.Sec.1, Div.H; • District Judge, 14th Judicial District Court, Elec.Sec.2, Div.B; • District Attorney, 14th Judicial Court District. Questions were sent to U.S. Senate candidates Mary Landrieu and John Kennedy, but neither responded. For more information on these candidates, voters may visit their Web sites: and PAGE 8


DeRidder High School; Bachelor of Arts Degree – La. Tech University; Master of Arts Degree – La. State University – Baton Rouge; Law Degree – La. State University - Baton Rouge



Keith Milam Republican Age: 58 Attorney at Law

To what extent have you practiced, or ruled, in the areas of criminal law? Family law? Complex civil litigation?

What do you perceive as the greatest obstacles to justice, if any?

How would you (or, how do you) prepare yourself to handle cases involving unfamiliar areas of the law?

As a judge or prospective judge, what do you consider your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?

What is your vision for the future of our judicial system? What changes would you advocate (if elected, or re-elected) and why?

If you were the person responsible for deciding what cases would be tried and in what order, how would you split the court's time between the criminal calendar and the civil calendar?

What can be done to shorten the time between when a person enters a plea and when they are sentenced?

Contact information – phone number, Web site, e-mail, etc.,

26 years of legal experience with 12 years in the District Attorney’s office; lead prosecutor in hundreds of criminal cases, including murder cases, drug cases and child molestation cases. Legal counsel to several public bodies including the State of Louisiana, Beauregard Parish Police Jury, Beauregard Parish School Board, Town of Merryville, Merryville Hospital Board. Have represented hundreds of clients in divorce cases, custody cases and property settlements. Nine years as an Officer in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard.

26 years of legal experience with 12 years in the District Attorney’s office; lead prosecutor in hundreds of criminal cases, including murder cases, drug cases and child molestation cases. Legal counsel to several public bodies including the State of Louisiana, Beauregard Parish Police Jury, Beauregard Parish School Board, Town of Merryville, Merryville Hospital Board. Have represented hundreds of clients in divorce cases, custody cases and property settlements. Nine years as an Officer in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard. The greatest obstacle to fair administration of justice is the unequal financial positions of the litigants.

The first step in preparing for any case is to make yourself familiar with all of the relevant and detailed facts of the case. Next, you must do extensive research on the law that governs those facts, including not only the statutes and code articles but cases as well. My greatest strength as a District Judge will be my overwhelming desire for the fair and equal administration of justice.

The juvenile justice system needs to be overhauled. Too many of our children are being neglected by the court system.

Continue with current policy of alternating each month for criminal and civil cases.

Ensure that pre-sentence reports are performed timely and set the date for sentencing at the time that the plea is entered.

P.O. Box 610, 508 North Pine Street, DeRidder, LA 70634 • Telephone: (337) 462-1200, Fax: (337) 462-3322

Q&A’s for District Judge, 36th Judicial District Court, Division A – Beauregard Parish I graduated from DeRidder High School in 1974. I graduated from L.S.U. with a Bachelor of Arts in History, 1978. I graduated from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University with a Juris Doctorate in Law in 1981.

Martha Ann O’Neal Democrat Age: 52 Lawyer for 27 years/Partner at O’Neal and Leavoy

My career began in 1981, with the firm of Evans, Bradley, Wallace & O’Neal, and continued with Bradley, Wallace & O’Neal, then Wallace & O’Neal, and now O’Neal & Leavoy. I have litigated numerous criminal jury trials and civil jury trials as well as thousands of bench trials during my practice. I have served the community on non-profit boards as a director and a trustee and was elected to serve on the Beauregard Parish School Board (1987 – 1990). As a mother, I have insight about the people and needs of our community unlike any other candidate.

I have tried numerous criminal and civil jury and bench trials. I am one of only 102 lawyers in Louisiana that is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist. I have been accepted in Louisiana state courts as an expert to provide testimony as to my opinion in family law. I have successfully tried complex civil jury cases involving medical malpractice issues as well as other complicated issues. I have successfully tried complex civil cases involving probate, estate and succession issues, oil and gas causes of action, property disputes, and was privileged to be legal counsel to the Civil Service Board. The obstacle that I see to justice is providing litigants their “day in court” in an efficient and timely manner. Educating and providing information to the public on the inner workings of the judicial system would help the residents of our parish have a better understanding of our courts.

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I am familiar with all areas of the law, but if a case was presented that was unique, I would prepare by reading and studying the law and cases on point. Hard work is the key.

Judges are required to work hard, for which I have a reputation. Judges are required to think on their feet, which I have learned to do in my many hours of litigation. I have the temperament needed to fairly and efficiently resolve disputes and work with people in all walks of life, regardless of race, gender, age, or special interests. Accessibility to our courtroom is important. First, accessibility to get to the courtroom is an issue for many. We have a “lift” and not a true elevator. It is humiliating to use. Secondly, accessibility for litigants to get their cases heard in a timely manner is the priority. With the cooperation of the District Attorney’s office, I would work towards juvenile prevention programs for youth offenders and explore the possibilities of a drug court for our parish. I will be the judge in Division A to decide when cases will be considered. This is scheduled in conjunction with the lawyers, the District Attorney, the Clerk of Court, and according to law.

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The plea and sentencing procedures are dictated by the United States Constitution, the Constitution of the State of Louisiana, and Louisiana’s criminal statutes. Certain time delays are in place to protect the rights of the defendant and to allow the victim certain information to participate. Only the Legislature can change this law. A judge does not legislate from the bench but follows and interprets the laws of the United States and Louisiana. 337-462-6051 office, 337-348-6343 cell

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Q&A’s for District Judge, 36th Judicial District Court, Division B – Beauregard Parish Education

H. I. “Buddy” Stewart Experience

Graduated valedictorian of DeRidder High School; graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University; graduated with Juris Doctor law degree from Louisiana State University; attended Princeton Theological Seminary.

DeRidder High School, 1957, Bachelor of Science from LSU School of Business Administration, 1961, Juris Doctor Degree from LSU Law School, 1964.

Independent for 14 years Age: 68 District Judge for 12 years, practiced law in Beauregard Parish for 32 years.

District Judge for 12 years, practiced law in Beauregard Parish for 32 years.

Kerry Anderson Independent Age: 40 Attorney and small business owner

Sixteen years of courtroom trial experience; board certified Family Law Specialist (one of only 100 in entire state); qualified mediator; only local attorney qualified by Supreme Court to represent abused/neglected children.

As District Judge for the past 12 years, I have presided over many cases in all areas of the law that are subject to the Court's jurisdiction. This includes felony and misdemeanor cases involving both jury and bench trial. I preside over family law cases on a regular basis and have heard complex personal injury and wrongful death cases.

I have handled criminal, family, juvenile, and complex civil litigation in state and federal court including Supreme Court precedent setting custody case which has been cited in 229 other cases.

The monetary cost of litigation.

Limited access to the court system and lack of knowledge of legal rights, caused in large part by the financial inability to retain legal counsel.

In all cases, I read all of the pleadings in the suit record and the briefs of the attorneys. I research Westlaw as needed.

There is no substitute for doing your own research, preparation and being familiar with the entire court record. Also, the addition of a law clerk would greatly assist the court.

Since I believe myself to be a very capable and competent judge, I will leave the assessment of my strengths and weaknesses to others.

The temperament to be tough yet impartial and courteous; my conservative family values; not making law from the bench but fairly applying the law; my courtroom experience and leadership and involvement as a public servant.

The 36th Judicial District Court should consider instituting a drug court. Also we need substantial improvements to physical facilities such as an elevator and improved restrooms for the public.

My vision is to be progressive and make the judiciary a public service to the people of Beauregard Parish. Changes must be made in technology, accessibility, efficiency, productivity and professionalism.

If you were the person responsible for deciding what cases would be tried and in what order, how would you split the court's time between the criminal calendar and the civil calendar?

There is a fairly equal division between between criminal and civil court time at the present. The criminal docket must necessarily receive some priority since a person's liberty is usually at stake.

The calendar is split equally in alternating months between civil and criminal. In 2007, there were 1251 civil and 1023 criminal filings. I would remain flexible to alter this split as needed.

What can be done to shorten the time between when a person enters a plea and when they are sentenced?

If the case is a felony case that is not subject to a plea agreement, a delay of 4 to 6 weeks is usually necessary in order to obtain a pre-sentence investigation report from the Department of Probation and Parole.

The court can shorten the time allowed for presentence investigation (including input from the victim), but by law at least three days must elapse between conviction and sentence, unless the defendant waives this delay.

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To what extent have you practiced, or ruled, in the areas of criminal law? Family law? Complex civil litigation?

What do you perceive as the greatest obstacles to justice, if any?

How would you (or, how do you) prepare yourself to handle cases involving unfamiliar areas of the law?

As a judge or prospective judge, what do you consider your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?

What is your vision for the future of our judicial system? What changes would you advocate (if elected, or re-elected) and why?



Q&A’s for U.S. Congress Candidates Don Cravins, Jr. Marital Status: Married Age: 36 Career Achievement: Attorney, State Senator Political Experience: State Senator – 2 years, State Representative – 2 years

Abortion I am pro-life. I am firmly against abortion, and believe that every child has the right to life.

Securing our borders I can summarize my solution to illegal immigration in one word, "Enforcement." Enforce the border. Enforce the laws on the books and punish the companies that hire illegals.

Iraq/Withdrawing troops I think that we were misled into this war. Saddam Hussein was a vile human being and I am glad he is gone. I support ending this war with honor and dignity and to get our troops home at the earliest, responsible time, and refocus our efforts on the war on terrrorism.

Mortgage crisis/Government intervention Too many people in this district worked hard, played by the rules, but still lost their home because of the worsening subprime mortgage crisis. I’m committed to putting the best interest of homeowners ahead of the interest of the mortgage industry so we can finally rebuild our housing market and restore the dream of home ownership to Louisiana’s middle class families.

Taxes/Bush tax cuts I oppose higher taxes. I believe that wealthy, big corporations that move American jobs overseas should pay more of their fair share and I will look for opportunities to make the tax system fairer and give more tax cuts to working families, the middle class and small businesses.

Trade/NAFTA,CAFTA trade agreements For too long, Washington has signed unfair trade agreements that have caused more than a million jobs to leave our shores, hurting too many working families and devastating entire communities. In Congress, I will always stand up for the working families of Louisiana and promote trade policies that are both free and fair and will work to reform unfair trade deals like NAFTA and CAFTA.

Offshore oil drilling/Drilling the Outer Continental Shelf We need to expand our domestic drilling and refinery capacity, but I also believe the future of energy in America will be about renewable, sustainable energy sources. Energy independence is critical to our national security and to the creation of millions of jobs here in Louisiana and America.

NOTE: U.S. Representative Charles Boustany, Jr., another candidate for U.S. Congress, was invited to participate in this survey, but did not respond. Also, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and John Kennedy, candidates for the U.S. Senate were invited to address these issues, but did not respond. SEPTEMBER 4, 2008


Book Beat By Terri Shlichenmeyer

It’s No Holiday When Louisiana Lawman Goes on Vacation When you go on vacation, you want to travel a little, maybe see the countryside. You want to sleep in, wear sloppy clothes, do things you don’t normally do, and have thoughts that don’t tax your brain, right? Which means you never want to do anything that remotely resembles work. But when Dave Robicheaux of the New Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Department gets away from it all, work – and trouble – seem to follow him. In James Lee Burke’s new novel, Swan Peak, there’s no rest on this vacation. Detective Robicheaux books a get-away in the Idaho-Montana wilderness near Swan Peak. He means to spend time with his best buddy, Clete, and get in some fly-fishing. They have the use of a couple of cabins, his wife Molly is tagging along, and it’s going to be sheer relaxation.

That’s until Clete gets into a little trouble with the locals. The Wellstone family – Ridley, with his aluminum crutches; Leslie, with his half-melted face; and beautiful Jamie Sue – own most of the area and half the people in it. The truth is, Clete has no business being in Montana to begin with. Years ago, he had “assisted” in an accident in which a major organizedcrime figure had been killed. The feds are still a little angry with Clete for that one. But, no matter. The fish are biting, the water is deep, and summer stretches out for miles… And then the bodies start showing up. The girl was young, and what her killer did to her gives hardened agents nightmares. The boy was made to kneel and was shot several times in the face. A few days later, two more corpses are discovered near a rest stop.

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Meanwhile, down in Texas, in a privatized prison, Jimmy Dale Greenwood is sweating. Gunbull Troyce Nix wants some help at his cabin, but Nix is a cruel man and other inmates whisper about the horrible things he’s done. When Jimmy Dale learns that the rumors are true, he shanks Nix and runs north. Temporarily deputized, Dave Robicheaux tries to make sense of everything. Why were those kids killed yards from where he and Molly slept? Who is the drifter who shows up at Swan Peak? And what do the Wellstones have against Clete? I always forget how much I truly like author James Lee Burke’s work. Swan Peak, the 17th novel in the Dave Robicheaux series, is one of those mysteries with so much going on that your brain swirls, compelling you to keep reading. The clues are teased out so slowly and there are so many red herrings that it dawns on you who-done-what at about the time Detective Robicheaux figures it out. But you won’t mind. You’ll be turning pages so fast that you’ll have to be extra-careful not to rip them. Pick up a copy of Swan Peak. Take it out on the hammock. Take it to the park or to lunch. But don’t take it to bed. You won’t get any sleep. Swan Peak by James Lee Burke 2008, Simon & Schuster $25.95 / $29.99 Canada 402 pages



DeRidder Highlights for the Fall Season By Shirlene Cooper

Mark your calendars! Beauregard Parish is gearing up for some not-tobe-missed events, focused on the arts and the individuality of the area.

Radio Gals on Stage in October Theater goers should get their tickets early for the fall production of Radio Gals, set for the last two weekends in October. The roles have been cast and rehearsals are in full swing under the direction of Mark and Kari Ifland. The play, by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick, is a comedic look at the old musical theater radio shows of the Roaring 20s. From her living room broadcast of WGAL, the character of Hazel Hunt, and her “Hazelnuts” take listeners around the world with songs like “Edna Jones and the Elephant Girl,” and “Wicky Wacky Hula Hula Honka Wonka Honolulu Hawaiian Honey of Mine.” Amid allegations of “wave jumping,” the women find themselves resorting to using their charms to convince the Department of Commerce to



let the show go on. On the keyboard, Colleen Glazer of DeRidder will provide live music to accompany the outrageous antics on stage. According to Impromptu Players president Anna Wiggins, Radio Gals will be presented at the Wooten Theater. Scheduled performances include two dinner night presentations and two non-dinner shows, as well as a Sunday afternoon matinee. Wiggins said reservations are required for the dinner shows. Tickets may be purchased at Curious Cargo or by calling (337) 462-2751. The Impromptu Players also plan to present a Christmas performance the first weekend in December. Wiggins said that more information about that production would be announced as plans are finalized. Four Winds Pow Wow Starting Oct. 26, the exhibit hall at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds will be the site of a cultural event sure to stir all the senses, as the Ninth Annual Four Winds Pow Wow gets underway.

Initially organized as a sort of reunion for those of the Four Winds Tribe Louisiana Cherokee Confederacy, the event provides an opportunity for old friends and family members to reconnect. In recent years, however, a growing number of community members have gathered for the celebrations — many seeking to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Native American life, which are kept alive through the efforts of the tribal members. A highlight of the two-day event is the “Grand Entry.” The procession features tribal members of all ages, wearing brilliant attire adorned with beads, feathers, leather, and silver. As the pageantry unfolds, a group of drummers within the circle of dancers provides music, which is at first low and solemn, but becomes loud and energized. The drum beats tell a story, allowing listeners to imagine a walk along a trickling brook, a bareback ride on an autumn morning, a brewing storm, then crashes of thunder, or the excitement of a hunt or battle. Demonstrations of Native American weaving, beadwork, painting, and leather craft also are parts of the annual event. Visitors may purchase handmade items, or even try their hands at crafting their own works of art. Jackie Womack, Chief of the Four

Winds Tribe, may be spotted cooking and serving from the concession area, visiting with friends, taking part in the dances, and even performing sign language interpretations of the songs. She will greet visitors again this year, and expects participants from several states to take part in the event, which provides a cultural bridge across generations as well as a step back in time. La Cuisine de Beauregard A new offering on the event menu this year, is “La Cuisine de Beauregard,” (The taste of Beauregard), a culinary affair set to take place in the historic downtown streets of DeRidder on Sat., Nov. 8. Initiated through a partnership of several organizations and a shared vision of restoring and promoting the oldest section of the city, the La Cuisine de Beauregard event promises to deliver exactly what its name suggests. Visitors will be treated to palatepleasing samplings from 10 local meal masters, as well as entrees from at least one celebrity chef. Known as “The Queen of Cajun Cooking,” Marcelle Bienvenu will be on hand to serve up some of the dishes she has made famous through her many cookbooks and television appearances. Bienvenu’s recipes have been published in numerous newspapers and

magazines. She owns her own restaurant, Chez Marcelle, in Lafayette, and she has worked with renowned chef Emeril Lagasse. Event goers should make it a point to sample her cookery! According to City of DeRidder project coordinator Matt Young, La Cuisine de Beauregard is a Main-toMain event, which will follow much the same format as the hit reality show, “Top Chef.” A food court will be set up with five chefs on each side of the tasting arena. Marcelle will take her place at the “head of the table,” in the Amersafe Pavilion. Visitors will be charged $3 for adults and $2 for children to gain access, and a variety of ethnic cuisines will be offered for the tasting. Young said the event “kicker” will be the variety. In addition to the highly prized Cajun fare, other offerings will include Italian, Lebanese, Oriental, Authentic Mexican, German, Swedish, and soul food. Aside from the samples, individual chefs also may be preparing and selling complete meals, he said, adding that water and fountain drinks will be available as well. The festivities will have a backdrop of live musical entertainment, including Zydeco – of course. Young explained that the tasty event officially jump-starts the Main Street Community program. It will also serve to strengthen a partnership between the City of DeRidder, New Broom committees, the Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce, Beauregard Tourist Commission, Historic Downtown Alliance, individual downtown merchants, and local corporate sponsors. Planners have been busily “cooking up” what they hope will become an annual affair. Through La Cuisine de Beauregard, they aim to give families, friends and visitors from across the area not only some delectable food fare, but a taste of the uniqueness of Beauregard Parish and its blend of cultures, religion, and traditions.

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INSIDE BATON ROUGE — by John Maginnis

New Meaning for Embarrassment of Riches he political odd coupling of the week had the governor and the public service commissioner he beat last year finding an energy policy they could start to agree on. The two last clashed in the governor’s race over Foster Campbell’s big idea to tax imported oil, which Bobby Jindal and every other candidate strongly opposed. Recently, they staked out some small common ground on the new big issue: How the energy crisis is having completely opposite effects on state government and its people, particularly its oldest and poorest. When the Public Service Commission, at Campbell’s urging, set up an emergency program to give the elderly poor more time to pay their skyrocketing utility bills, Jindal did not miss a news cycle in coming out in support. Enlightened policy meets smart politics. The juxtaposition between the state raking in millions in windfall taxes due to the escalating price of natural gas while its poorest citizens are unable to keep their lights on for the same reason was obvious enough to bring the state’s leading conservative and populist together. And utility companies, too. They already work out payment schedules with customers to help them through months of highest usage. So Jindal and Campbell’s modest first step together, though progressive and humane, isn’t that big a deal. But it could and should be bigger, and the commissioner is inviting the governor to lead the way. Campbell got the PSC to adopt two more resolutions asking the Jindal administration to find funds to: 1) help homeowners make their houses more energy efficient and 2) make direct grants to assist poor people with their utility bills. The meeting had barely adjourned before Jindal’s office stated it had identified $10 million in programs that can be applied to energy efficiency efforts. It said it is working with the U.S. Department of Energy to determine if any of that money also can be used for energy assistance. Good so far, but we can do better, in order to address what Campbell calls Louisiana’s “blessing and curse” of natural gas. The situation gives new meaning to “embarrassment of riches,” a phrase coined by legislators in the 1980s, who had more oil money than they could responsibly spend.




To avoid embarrassment, Louisiana should use a small fraction of its new gas riches to provide more energy assistance to those most needy. To do so would put it in the company of most states, instead of in the small minority it finds itself today. The federal government sends money to the states each year to distribute through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. According to PSC research, 41 states put up money of their own. Nine don’t. Guess where Louisiana falls. This year, the state received $18 million in federal LIHEAP funds, which is down from the $30 million the feds provided in 2005, when the economy was better and energy was cheaper. Campbell and the PSC want the state to kick in $12 million to get assistance funds back to where they were three years ago.

Lake Charles Plays a Part in America’s Energy Independence By Angie Manning Istre Amid the 2008 presidential campaigns and the buzz on Wall Street about America’s energy crisis, what is happening on Main Street in Southwest Louisiana is quite refreshing. The Shaw Group and Westinghouse are bringing business to Southwest Louisiana in a major way with a state of the art manufacturing plant — Global Modular Solutions. The new plant will build components for nuclear reactors with the capacity to construct modules for chemical sites and petrochemical plants. This $100 million manufacturing plant will equip nuclear power plants domestically, as well as on a global scale, with the supplies necessary to produce new energy making this one of the first regions in the nation dedicated to paving the way for America’s energy independence through what has been coined the “renaissance” of nuclear power in the United States. “This cutting edge industry will add diversification to the strong petrochemical, tourism, aviation and agricultural industries in Southwest Louisiana. It’s

“Considering the future of the nation’s energy strategies, nuclear energy will be a big part of the nation’s future energy portfolio. Whenever greenhouse gas legislation gets passed, nuclear energy will become even more competitive,” said Moret. Even though the plant is not scheduled to open until mid 2009, jobs will start appearing on the horizon in as early as 90 days, according to Swift. Jobs, paying an average annual salary of $50,000 with benefits, will be encouraging for many in the area. Over a five year period, it is projected that the plant will create nearly 1,400 jobs in Lake Charles. Moret is optimistic about the promise of Lake Charles’ site. “It is my personal opinion that the facility in Lake Charles will become substantially larger than what is presently being predicted, which means more jobs,” said Moret. Swift commented on the spirit of cooperation on state and local levels making a difference in obtaining the project.

George Swift, president/CEO of the Chamber of Southwest Louisiana. The word “nuclear” may be alarming to residents, but no radioactive or nuclear materials will be stored in Lake Charles, but rather, the building components for producing nuclear energy will be manufactured here. “I want people to know that this will be a clean industry for our area. The parts will be shipped to new nuclear power plant sites domestically as well as throughout the world,” said Swift. According to Stephen Moret, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, the site selection was in play over the past three years, but it was not until about eight months ago, near the time of the transition of Governor Jindal coming into office that things started swinging substantially in the direction of Louisiana. Initially, there were more than a dozen locations being considered in multiple states.

state incentives and the Port of Lake Charles, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the City of Lake Charles adding local incentives,” Swift added. What put Lake Charles over the top for this project? Southwest Louisiana has an available skilled workforce and accessible waterways, but the aforementioned incentives along with a prime location for the plant, near the Trunkline LNG plant, were also considered. “The Port of Lake Charles had the vision and the resources needed to accumulate the ideal property for the site. The Port played a major role in making this happen. Adam McBride, port director, and Mike Dees were key in negotiating the property with Trunkline LNG,” said Swift. This significant gain for Southwest Louisiana has been a long time coming, and now that Lake Charles is on the map in an obvious way, that cannot help but be a good thing. This kind of

...LOUISIANA SHOULD USE A SMALL FRACTION OF ITS NEW The word “nuclear” may be alarming to residents, but no radioactive or nuclear GAS RICHES TO PROVIDE MORE materials will be stored in Lake Charles, ENERGY ASSISTANCE “This was a true team effort with a big win for the area to have Shaw and Governor Jindal and economic developtwo top notch compaTO THOSE MOST NEEDY. Westinghouse, ment secretary Stephen Moret with nies, locating a facility here,” said The middle class, of course, is struggling too, but it has received a side benefit of sorts. The big leaps in oil and gas revenue are largely responsible for the Legislature being able to cut taxes on businesses and on many individuals through the repeal of the Stelly income tax provisions. Finding $12 million can’t be that hard, given the state just received $94 million from last week’s Mineral Board lease sale, the largest bonus payment in nearly 40 years. The governor could get the money from the state Interim Emergency Board next week. Some would call energy handouts to the elderly poor irresponsible, but it can be more easily justified than much of the $1 billion this governor and Legislature added in new state general fund spending this year. Part of how the state will be judged on the handling of this natural gas bonanza is the way it treats its people who are hurt the most by its good fortune.

announcement might increase the chances of raising executives’ eyebrows in other companies looking to relocate or expand. “We have competed for many big projects, and we have gotten really close, but this project does quite a bit to improve the confidence level of the area that we can succeed in getting the attention of big companies. Now that we have gotten this project, there may be spinoff industries or other projects that will naturally happen,” said Swift. Louisiana State University performed an economic impact analysis which states that the ShawWestinghouse agreement will result in $17.8 billion in new sales, $4.5 billion in new earnings and 9,205 total new Louisiana jobs, including indirect jobs, over the next 15 years. The 600,000-square-foot facility will be built by the Shaw Group on the 300-acre site. Westinghouse is supplying the technology end of the manufacturing plant. There will be information available regarding specific job openings and required skills this fall. Those interested in learning more are invited to visit, or the Port of Lake Charles will open an employment office within 90 days.

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Lady Leah LaFargue Makes Dance Dreams Reality By Lisa Yates ady Leah LaFargue started her business in 1957, teaching dance classes in Sulphur and in Maplewood. But unlike most young women of her day, Lady Leah — who will be 70 on Sept. 6 — took her homegrown business a step further. She founded a professional school of dance called Lady Leah LaFargue School of Dance. In addition, she built a professional studio the exact dimensions of the Rosa Hart Theatre. “I approached many contractors to build the studio, but none of them took me seriously,” she said. “Women weren’t taken seriously in those days.” She finally had to ask for her father’s help. Her father enlisted the help of a gentleman from his Lion’s Club, Buck Buchanan, to built the studio – a state-of-the-art studio, then and now.


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Lake Charles. It is now part of a larger complex, which includes two large studios, a shop for building stage sets, and a warehouse for costumes. “I always say, if you’re going to dream – dream big!” Lady Leah said. A visionary Lady Holly Hathaway, 34, describes her mother as a visionary. “She was very innovative in her vision,” she said. “Forty years ago, she founded the Lake Charles Civic Ballet.” Lady Leah wanted to provide her students with a “total theater experience” and develop an audience for the arts in Lake Charles. “I have always loved the theatre -being in plays and creating a role on the stage,” she said. “I studied under Rosa Hart. I was her last student.” For those who don't know, Rosa Hart, in addition to being the first female cheerleader in the nation at Newcomb College and Tulane, founded the Lake Charles Little Theatre. As director of the theatre, she staged many plays for the city and taught many Lake Charles citizens how to act, including Lady Leah. Also, a question Lady Leah and Lady Holly get asked, frequently: Is that your real name? “Yes, that is my given name,” said Lady Holly. “Because we are involved in dance, many people think that it's a dance title.” One of the school's greatest strengths Lady Holly said one of the greatest strengths of the Lady LaFargue Dance School is the performance opportunities it gives students. “When we put on a production, we invite all of the children to take part in it,” she said. “For example, in our production of Rudolph we have three-year-olds performing on stage as mama dolls – living dolls.” She added, the experience helps students develop confidence and poise, which carries them throughout their lives. As the official school of the ballet, dancers take part in many performances, including those with the McNeese Theatre Department, Louisiana Choral Foundation, the Lake Charles Symphony, Lake Charles Little Theatre and ACTS. Lady Holly said the school has recently re-established its outreach program, where students perform excerpts from performances outside the theatre. She said students visit nursing homes and libraries performing for a diverse audience in full costume.

“Everyone likes to see something beautiful,” she said. Even though almost 70 years of age, Lady Leah still fits easily into her dancewear; and, she still teaches classes even today – Although, she is teaching fewer classes than in years past. A celebrated teacher A celebrated teacher, performer and choreographer, she has done it all throughout her amazing career. “My mother writes many of the plays and performs the narration for the performances,” Lady Holly added.

One of Lady Leah's original pieces is a personal story called “Once Told to Me.” She said the story is about her grandmother. “When my grandmother first saw my grandfather ride up on his horse, she told her sisters: 'Leave him alone – This one is mine!'” she said. Lady Leah's resume of creative work includes more than 60 separate ballets performed for the LCCB – with all original choreography. Her daughter, Lady Holly, is following in her mother's footsteps creating and performing original pieces as the next artistic director of the LCCB.

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Patrol The Fate of the U.S.S. Grunion and the Search for a Native Son By Lauren de Albuquerque

Amidst the turmoil of the early months of World War II, a newly launched submarine, the USS Grunion, left Pearl Harbor on June 30, 1942. After 10 days of intensive training in the surreal atmosphere of the devastated naval base, the sub was heading into action. Lieutenant Commander Mannert “Jim” Abele, 38, was at the helm, with 69 other crewmembers on board. The Grunion reached Midway Island in the North Pacific Ocean; then entered the chilly waters of the Bering Sea— 3,000 miles from the Alaskan mainland—for her first war patrol. On June 7, Japanese troops had occupied the Aleutian Islands of Attu, Agattu and Kiska – a fact largely unknown in the United States at the time—and the Grunion was sent to patrol the area. It soon saw action: It was attacked by a Japanese destroyer north of Kiska and returned fire, with apparently little harm done. The sub patrolled off Kiska throughout the month of July, sinking two enemy patrol boats, and damaging a third.



In the early morning hours of July 30, the Grunion reported heavy antisubmarine activity around Kiska, and that she had ten torpedoes remaining. It was its final radio message. The sub was ordered back to base in Dutch Harbor on Amaknak Island. There is no way of knowing if the Grunion ever received the order. The submarine was never heard from, or seen, again. Numerous air searches throughout the area found nothing. On Oct. 5, 1942, the Grunion was reported “overdue from patrol” and assumed lost with all hands. Shortly thereafter, a telegram was sent to the families of the lost crewmen. It read: “The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your son, — — of the U.S. Navy, is missing in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country. The Department appreciates your anxiety, but details are not now available. Delay in receipt therefore must necessarily be expected to prevent possible aid to our enemies.” The USS Grunion’s name was struck from the Navy List on November 2, 1942.

Picking up the Pieces Catherine Abele, the wife of the Grunion commander Jim Abele, was left with three sons to raise on her own. Bruce, the eldest, was 12 at the time. “I remember my mother sat down and hand-wrote 69 letters to the next of kin,” he said. “And then, when the Purple Hearts were sent out, she wrote to all of them again.” Abele said the family couldn’t believe all the letters that poured in from the families of the dead crewmen, looking for any bit of information to explain what happened to their loved ones. “What a piece of history,” he said. Catherine Abele never stopped hoping for Jim’s return, or for at least some indication of what actually happened. But details were never forthcoming. For more than half a century, the Navy officially considered the submarine “missing in action, cause unknown.” The Grunion families were left to their own conclusions, without the closure they all so desperately needed. Because the men

were listed as missing, there were no funerals, no headstones, and no last farewells. Time softens the edge of pain, and life goes on. But the families never forgot. Many Grunion widows refused to remarry, hoping their spouses would somehow, someday, return home. One woman carried her husband’s letters in her apron pocket every single day for years. Finally, a Clue The three Abele brothers grew up to be successful businessmen in the Boston area, and kept the memory of their father alive. Brad wrote “The Jim Book,” highlighting chapters of his father’s life, as well as extensive research about the Grunion, that he published online. They often talked about the submarine itself, wondering where it was resting under the frigid waters off the Aleutian Islands. And most of all, they wondered what really happened. In 1995, Air Force Lt. Col. Richard Lane, a military history buff, paid one dollar for a wiring diagram of a WWIIera Japanese ship’s winch that he found in an antiques shop in Denver. The name of the ship, Kano Maru, was written on the back. Unable to find out anything about the vessel, Lane decided to request information through a posting on a military history Web site.

A young historian from Japan, Yutaka Iwasaki, responded with information about the Kano Maru. He claimed that it had sunk the USS Grunion. To say that Bruce Abele was hit with mixed emotions when he was shown this startling piece of information is an understatement. He proceeded to conduct a tedious Internet search for Iwasaki. “I think it took 72 e-mails to find him,” Abele said. Finally, one of Abele’s e-mails hit pay dirt. “I am he,” Iwasaki e-mailed back to the query. “I pray for the repose of your father’s soul.”

The Stream of Improbables Abele says that this amazing journey of discovery is due to a “stream of improbables” “And that’s not even a word,” he laughed. “It’s not in any dictionary. But that’s how I describe it.” By a stroke of luck, Iwasaki was fluent in English. He translated an article from an obscure Japanese maritime document that had been written by the commander of the Kano Maru, recalling details about what had happened in the encounter with the Grunion. The article stated that the freighter Kano Maru, heading towards Kiska with a load of supplies, was attacked by the Grunion. The submarine fired four torpedoes. While two were duds and one missed, one torpedo did hit the Japanese

vessel, crippling the main engine and generator. As the Grunion surfaced in an attempt to sink the Kano Maru with gunfire, the freighter managed to open fire with its deck gun. The submarine disappeared in a spew of oily bubbling water. Later, Iwasaki discovered and translated another important document that provided specific details about the location of the naval battle between the two ships—which he personally brought to the Abeles in Massachusetts. “He drew a diagram exactly where the conflict took place,” Abele said. Armed with this information, the brothers decided it was time to look for the Grunion. The Grunion Found After months of preparation, they were ready. In August of 2006, with information supplied by Iwasaki, along with assistance from other sources (including some sound advice from Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic) the brothers initiated their search and made the arduous journey to the remote Aleutians with a full crew. The venture was completely funded by the Abeles, as the U.S. Navy declared it did not have the resources to help. Using a side scan sonar, the team members found a target near the tip of the Aleutian chain, almost a mile down. It was about the right length and width

of the Grunion and appeared to have an appendage called a prop guard, which was characteristic of that class of submarine. The most important factor of the find was that the target was located almost exactly where it was predicted by their source. It also added credibility to the report translated by Isawaki. The discovery warranted another visit to the Aleutians. The team decided to return a year later with a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) equipped with HD video to more clearly identify the target. In August of 2007, the team once again made the 3,100 mile journey from Massachusetts to Seattle, returning with 37,000 pounds of ROV and equipment. From Seattle, they were taken by the crab boat, Aquila, 2,240 more miles west to a spot just north of Kiska Island at the tip of the Aleutians. The 2007 team, led by John Abele, performed the first of two dives at a location based on the data from last year’s sonar search. Their goals were to find last year’s target, confirm, once and for all, that it was the Grunion, and determine what caused the sinking. “It was unbelievable,” Bruce Abele said. “It only took us 20 minutes to find it again!” The first two goals were accomplished. Although no identifying names or numbers were found, the existence

and style of the prop guards, the conning tower arrangement, the fact that it was the only American sub lost in that area, and the accuracy of the predicted location are overwhelming evidence, to the Abeles, that it was the Grunion. More than 700 photos and over three hours of video were taken. The cause of its destruction has yet to be determined, however. “The most surprising thing was the damage,” he said. “It was much more than we or anyone else imagined. Initially, it was very hard to recognize as a ship.” Although the sub is quite mangled, there’s no sign of shell penetration on the conning tower or hull. “We don’t know if we’ll ever have the complete story,” Abele said. “We do know the sub lost depth control.” Whether it was fatally damaged by an enemy shell, or by one of the Grunion’s own torpedoes circling back like a boomerang after being fired, or whether the depth control system was faulty to begin with, it is the last piece of the mystery that may never be solved. As a final gesture to the men lost under his father’s command, John Abele filled vials of seawater from the final resting place of the Grunion and sent one to each of their families.

SEARCHING FOR HERBERT JOSEPH ARVAN DeQuincy native Herbert Joseph Arvan was one of two black crew members serving as mess attendants aboard the USS Grunion on its 1942 maiden voyage. They were waiters in officers’ dining rooms, one of the few positions open to blacks at that time in the segregated Navy. Little information is known about the young crewman, as no one has come forward to claim him. He was born on May 1, 1924, which means he had barely turned 18 when he was killed. His father, Delton Arvan, was listed as his next of kin, and received his purple heart. Death records show that the senior Arvan passed away in 1982 in DeQuincy at the age of 84, leaving a daughter, Elter Marie, and a son, Felton, both of Lake Charles. Felton died in 1989, and Elter Marie died in 2006 at the age of 91. Elter’s death notice states that she had a sister, Anita Feast. Since Feast was not mentioned in Delton Arvan’s obituary, she was

most likely a step- or half-sister with no blood relation to the Arvans. But she, too, has passed on. “When we began searching for families in 2006, contact was made with somebody who knew him (Herbert), but for whatever reason, didn’t want to be involved,” Mary Betz said sadly. “We had another crew member with the same situation.” “I hope somebody remembers him so that we can add a remembrance to his name in the files that will ultimately be going out to submarine museums all across the country for their archives of the 3,200-plus submariners who have been lost at sea,” said Betz. “To me, Herbert Arvan is a lonely soul in that the only person who knew him didn’t seem interested in him or the tremendous sacrifice he gave for the love of his country.” If anyone has information on Herbert Arvan, please contact Mary Betz at



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THE SUB LADIES In 2006, three women who lost family members aboard the Grunion— Rhonda Raye of Georgia, Vickie Rodgers of Kentucky and Mary Betz of Maryland—dubbed the “Sub Ladies,” embarked on a mission to locate and contact the next of kin of the 70 men who lost their lives on that fateful day. “My dad’s baby brother, Carmine Anthony Parziale, from Weedville, Pennsylvania, was on the Grunion,” said Betz. “That’s how I became involved in the search.” Her personal experience with the Grunion families over the past two years has been incredibly rewarding. She and her fellow Sub Ladies have collected photographs and information about the crewmen to put on the Grunion’s Web site, and are compiling several volumes of information as a legacy to those that were lost aboard the submarine.

Betz has also been working to have stories published in local newspapers for each of the crew—in either their hometown, or where their next of kin presently reside. “The families of our crew, now about three generations later, are very grateful to have these stories as a respectful tribute to their loved ones, and feel that now they are granted eternal rest,” she said. “It’s not only a tribute to each of them; it serves as their obituary as well, since they never had one.” The articles will be sent to U.S. Navy museums throughout the country. “Years from now, when we are gone… anybody who wants to learn about these WWII sailors will be able to access them,” Betz said. “We are making history available.”

CALL FOR LOUISIANA VETERANS TO SUBMIT WARTIME PHOTOS Submissions displayed at Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall in October

In conjunction with the October visit of the traveling Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, Prien/Highland Memorial Park and Hixson Funeral Home in Lake Charles are calling for Louisiana veterans of any military conflict to submit wartime photographs of themselves. The photographs will be compiled into an electronic display shown at the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall exhibit Oct. 10-12. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 3. Photographs will not be returned, so please do not submit originals. Digital PAGE 22


photographs are preferred. Email digital photographs to Mail or drop off print copies or CDs to Hixson Funeral Home, 3001 Ryan St., Lake Charles, 70601 or Hixson Funeral Home, 2051 E. Napoleon, Sulphur, 70663. Submissions should include names and branch of service of individuals in the photograph and the applicable war or conflict. Submissions are limited to two per Louisiana veteran. For more information, call (337) 4777094 or (337) 439-2446.

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ANNUAL MANUAL 5 Save this issue! – Annual Manual 5 – our reference to the five-parish Imperial Calcasieu. We've listed not just phone numbers and addresses, but also Web sites, where available. There's information about local governments, utilities, health, education, the arts, parks and recreation and more. This basic information is a resource for you to keep on hand (or in your car) -- whether you are longtime Southwest Louisiana resident, or new to the Imperial Calcasieu region. {Note: Except where indicated, all area codes are (337).}

REGIONAL RESOURCES ______________ United Way of SWLA The United Way of Southwest Louisiana is an independent, not-for-profit corporation, governed by a Board of Directors of local volunteers. The United Way raises money to support programs in human services agencies from throughout the Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis parishes to improve the quality for children, families, adults and senior citizens. 715 Ryan Street, Suite 102, Lake Charles, 70601. Call 433-1088, or visit Chamber SWLA The Chamber/Southwest Louisiana serves five parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis, creating economic opportunity, and demanding responsible government and quality education. The Chamber’s objective is to expand the service area to coincide with economic growth, the availability of organization resources and the interest of other adjacent areas. The Chamber/Southwest Louisiana has membership representing a wide range of small and large businesses and professions. For more information, contact The Chamber/Southwest Louisiana at 120 West Pujo Street, P.O. Box 3110, Lake Charles, LA 70602-3110. Phone: 433-3632. Fax: 436-3727, or visit their Web site at: 310info/211 a program of the Volunteer Center of Southwest Lousiana, Inc. is an Information & Referral center that links callers with resources throughout Southwest and Central Louisiana. 310info/211 can provide enrollment services for agencies that assist inquirers with meeting their basic needs and may also provide financial assistance to individuals and families. 310info/211 has a Web site where there is a wealth of information, and a person can reach 310info/2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or (337) 310-4636 or (866) 310-4636. Anyone can volunteer online with 310info/2-1-1. A call specialist can be reached M-F during the hours of 8-4:30 pm. After hours just dial 2-1-1.

ALLEN PARISH______________________

If you love the outdoor life, there is hunting at West Bay Game Reserve and also at Dry Creek Ranch, fishing on the Calcasieu River, Ouiska Chitto and other creeks and rivers, trotting-bred racing, canoeing on the most peaceful rivers and great sporting events. There are also flea markets, shopping, museums, and lots of festivals. The population of Allen Parish is approximately 24,000. Oakdale is the largest city with 8,000 followed by Kinder with 3,000. The parish seat is Oberlin. Allen Parish is a rural community renowned for its farming, hunting, and fishing and offers some of the best canoeing in the state on the Calcasieu and Whiskey

Chitto rivers. West Bay Wildlife Management Area is open year round for birdwatching or hunting. Allen Parish festivals include Oberlin’s Cajun Rendezvous, the Kinderfest, Oakdale’s Springfest and Elizabeth’s Country Christmas. The Allen Parish is the home of the Coushatta Indian Tribe known as the “Red Shoes People.” Visit the Coushatta Indian Reservation, the Fuller-Edwards Arboretum in Oakdale, Grant’s Syrup-Making Mill and Christmas Tree Farm, and trotting bred racing at Soileau Downs Race Track. The Grand Casino Coushatta, located five miles north of Kinder on US Hwy. 165, is the largest land-based casino resort in Louisiana and offers over 3,000 slots and 80 gaming tables, live entertainment, restaurants, hotels and motels, RV resort pads, special events area, onsite fuel facility, and a championship golf course. Visit Allen Parish Police Jury Oberlin, LA Phone: 639-4328 E-mail:

UTLILITIES Telephone Centurytel: (800) 201-4102 Business (800) 201-4099 Residential

Allen Parish Cooperative Extension 104 South Fourth Street, Oberlin, LA Phone: 639-4376 Fax: 639-2985

Bell South: (888) 757-6500

Louisiana State Police Allen Parish 33rd Judicial District Court P. O. Box 839, Oberlin 70655 639-4353 M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. While traveling through Allen Parish, to report a crash or for emergency assistance, you may contact local law enforcement by dialing “9-1-1”; or if you have a cellular phone, you may contact LSP Troop D by dialing *LSP (*577) HOSPITALS Allen Parish Hospital Kinder, 738-2527 Oakdale Community Hospital 130 Hospital Drive, Oakdale (318) 335-3700

Elizabeth Telephone Co. PO Box 127, Elizabeth 70638 (318) 634-5222 or (800)737-3900 Natural Gas Entex/Center Point: (800) 477-0177 Electricity Beauregard Electric Cooperative: (800)367-0275 Central Louisiana Electric Company (CLECO): (800) 622-6537 Entergy Customer Service: (800) 368-3749 Emergencies: (800)368-3749 Jefferson Davis Electric Co-Op Jennings Office 824-4330 Cameron Office 775-5332 Water and Sewer S.W. Allen Parish Water Dist.: 738-5621 La Rural Water Association: 738-2896 Oakdale, City of Oakdale Kinder, Town of Kinder SEPTEMBER 4, 2008


Oberlin, Town of Oberlin Elizabeth, Town of Elizabeth Reeves, West Allen Parish Water District/Septic Tanks SCHOOLS Allen Parish School Board 639-4311 417 West Court Street, Oberlin 70655 Louisiana Tech. College, Oakdale Campus 607 Highway 1152, Oakdale 71463 (318) 335-3944 RECREATION & TOURISM The Allen Parish Welcome Center is located at 12855 Hwy. 165 North, Kinder. The Allen Parish Tourist Commission is located at 8904 Hwy. 165 in Oberlin. P.O. Box 1280, Oberlin, Louisiana 70655 Toll Free: (888) 639-4868 Telephone: (337) 639-4868 Fax: (337) 639-4911 E-mail:

Coushatta Indian Tribal Museum The Coushatta Indian Museum, located on the Coushatta Tribal Reservation lands near Elton, La., displays Coushatta arts and artifacts. The Coushatta Tribe is known for their beautiful pine needle baskets. Tours are available for individuals or groups. Open Mon. — Thurs. 9 a.m. to Noon & 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fri. 9 a.m. to Noon. 584-1541 or 584-1433

Merryville Living History Heritage Festival Each April on the Merryville Museum grounds, 110 West, Merryville Heritage demonstrations of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Free admission 463-5534

UTLILITIES BECI - Electricity Beauregard Electric Coop, Inc. 1010 East First Street, DeRidder 70634 463-6221 or (800) 367-0275 (888) 367-0275 Automated Outage/Billing Inquiry System

MEDICAL Metropolitan Ambulance Service P O Box 1328, DeRidder 70634 (318) 462-6219 (24 Hours a day)

Grand Casino Coushatta Grand Casino Coushatta, Louisiana’s largest land-based gaming resort, is owned and operated by the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. (800) 584-7263,

Beauregard Memorial Hospital 600 S. Pine Street, DeRidder 70634 462-7100

CLECO — Electricity 2030 Donahue Ferry Road, Pineville (318)484-7400 For emergencies or power outages, contact 24-hour call center: (800) 6226537

RiceWood Golf Course Ten minutes north of the Grand Casino Coushatta on Hwy. 165 between Oberlin and Oakdale. RiceWood offers 18 holes, a driving range, and cart rental, Senior Citizen’s rates from Monday to Thursday, a Pro Shop, club house facilities and a fully stocked 19th hole.

BEAUREGARD PARISH ______________ The population of Beauregard Parish is about 30,000. There are two incorporate communities - DeRidder and Merryville. From dinner theatre to canoeing to hunting - there’s lots to do in Beauregard Parish. Birders find the area rich in opportunities, for half of the birds of North America are found in Southwest Louisiana. DeRidder is surrounded by marvelous waterways popular with canoe lovers nationwide. Chief among these are the Sabine River, Whiskey Chitto, Toro Bayou and Kisatchie Bayou. There is hunting for game and river and lake fishing. Beauregard Parish Police Jury P.O. Box 310, DeRidder 70634 463-7019 Beauregard E-911 For EMERGENCIES ONLY dial 911 Examples of emergencies include situations when there is immediate danger from fire, crime, injury or illness. Do not call 911 for non-emergencies. Voice and TDD/TTY Access Louisiana State Police Beauregard Parish 36th Judicial District P.O. Box 99, DeRidder 70634 463-5578 M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact local law enforcement by dialing 9-1-1; or if you have a cellular phone, you may contact LSP Troop D by dialing *LSP (*577). Beauregard Parish Library 205 South Washington St, DeRidder, La Phone (318) 463-6217 or (800) 524-6239 Hours: 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Tue-Fri & 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Sat. Closed on Sun-Mon



Beauregard Tourist Commission P O Box 1174, DeRidder 70634 (318) 463-5534 or (800) 738-5534. Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri & 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Sat THEATRE Impromptu Players Community Theater Live community theatre and dinner theatre 1055 Lindsey Street, P. O. Box 43, DeRidder, LA 70634 462-2751 or 462-8001 (after 7 p.m.) MUSEUMS & HISTORICAL ENACTMENTS Beauregard Parish Museum & Lois Loftin Museum In the KCS Railroad Depot, downtown DeRidder. Displays of the history of Beauregard Parish & the largest doll collection in Louisiana. The Merryville Museum 628 North Railroad Ave., Merryville One block off Highway 110 West in downtown Merryville Open Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 825-6312 or 825-6246

Department of Health & HOSPITALS, Office Of Public Health Beauregard Parish Health Unit P O Box 327, DeRidder 70634 (318) 463-4486

DeRidder Propane 332 HWY 26, DeRidder 70634 463-4325 or (800) 323-4325 Center Point/ Entex: (800) 477-0177

Sabine Valley Hospital (Rehabilitation Hospital of Merryville) Inpatient Rehabilitation, Outpatient Therapy, Occupational Therapy P O Box 519, Merryville 70653 (800) 246-9556

CALCASIEU PARISH__________________ Calcasieu Parish has a rich history, diversified economy and a variety of recreational opportunities. The parish offers everything from hunting, fishing, casino gaming and horse racing, to museums, theatre, great food and music. Southwest Louisiana is the “Festival Capital” of Louisiana, with something going on nearly every weekend, celebrating food, music, and culture. For more information, visit the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Web site at Calcasieu Parish Police Jury P.O. Drawer 3287, Lake Charles 70602 721-3500 Fax: 437-3399 E-mail: TOURISM Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau Southwest Louisiana offers festivals, carnivals, celebrations, camping, hunting, fishing, casino gaming, shopping, museums, live theatre and live music. For the latest information, contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 4369588 and visit their Web site at UTLILITIES Telephone BellSouth (888) 757-6500 Cameron Telephone 583-2111 Carlyss area Century Telephone Company (800) 443-8374 Iowa area Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy, 3700 Gerstner Memorial Dr., Lake Charles 477-0070

CenterPoint Energy, Sulphur and Carlyss area 625-4171 City of Westlake Gas Co. 433-0691 Electricity Entergy Electric (800) 368-3749, Entergy Outage Reports 800-968-8243 Beauregard Electric Cooperation (800) 367-0275 Jeff Davis Electric Cooperation (800) 256-5332 Vinton Electricity and Public Works, 589-7453 Water City of Lake Charles Water Division, 326 Pujo Street, Lake Charles, La. 4911307 City of Sulphur Water Division, 500 N. Huntington Street, Sulphur,La. 5274500 City of Westlake Water Division, 2001 Jones Street, Westlake, La. 433-0691 City of Iowa Water Division, 115 N. Thomas Avenue, Iowa, La. 582-3535 Carlyss Water district, 4015 Sherry Street, Sulphur, La. 583-2777 Moss Bluff, Gillis water district, 166 School St., Lake Charles 855-7250 Mossville water district, 1141

Watertower Road, Westlake 882-0585 Mallard Junction water district, 300 Deshotel Lane, Lake Charles 439-5286 LeBleu Settlement water district, 6407 Highway 3059, Lake Charles 582-3064 Houston River water district, 745 Jim Pickens Road, Sulphur 528-3446 North Westlake water district, 2435 Westwood Road, Westlake 433-8353 DeQuincy, Houston River, 1270 Rigmaiden Cemetary Road, DeQuincy 786-5578 Vinton Water Department 589-7453 (

Greyhound Bus Station 3034 Legion Street, Lake Charles, La. 439-4576 or (800) 231-2222

Cable Sudden Link 1538 East Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles, La. 477-9674 CommuniComm, P.O. Box 640, Westlake, La. 436-5538 Carlyss Cablevision, P.O. Box 167, Sulphur, La. 583-2018 Cameron Communications, Carlyss, (800) 737-3900

Lake Charles Memorial 1701 Oak Park Boulevard, Lake Charles 70601 494-3000

Vehicle Registration Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (800) 877-368-5463 SCHOOLS Calcasieu Parish School Board Main Office: 1724 Kirkman St., Lake Charles 70601 491-1600 TRANSPORTATION City of Lake Charles Public Transit System 491-1253 Lake Charles Regional Airport 500 Airport Blvd, Lake Charles, La. Airline: Continental Express (800) 525-0280

HOSPITALS Christus St. Patrick Hospital 524 S. Ryan, Lake Charles 70601 436-2511 DeQuincy Memorial Hospital 110 West 4th Street, DeQuincy 70633 786-1200

Lake Charles Memorial Gauthier Campus 1900 W. Gauthier Road, Lake Charles, LA 70605 Family Birth Center, Special Care Nursery, and Women’s Specialty Center 480-7000 Walter Olin Moss Regional Medical Center 1000 Walters St, Lake Charles 70905 475-8100 West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital 701 Cypress Street, Sulphur, 70663 527-7034 Women and Children’s Hospital 4200 Nelson Road, Lake Charles 70605 474-6370

CAMERON PARISH __________________ CAMERON PARISH POLICE JURY P. O. Box 1280, Cameron, LA 70631 Phone: 905-1189 Fax: 905-1193 E-mail: UTLILITIES Telephone Cameron Telephone Company: (800) 737-3900 Bell South: (888) 757-6500 Natural Gas Center Point/ Entex: (800) 477-0177 Electricity Entergy Customer Service: (800) 368-3749 (1-800-ENTERGY). Emergencies: (800) 368-3749 (1-800-ENTERGY). Power outages: (800) 968-8243 (1-800-9OUTAGE).

Jefferson Davis Electric Cooperative Jennings Office: 824-4330 Cameron Office: 775-5332 To Report Outages: (800) 256-5332 Water and Sewer Cameron Parish waterworks districts are: Cameron: 775-5660 Hackberry: 762-3935 Creole: 542-4718 Grand Chenier: 542-4504 Holly Beach-Johnson Bayou: 569-2110 Grand Lake-Sweetlake: 598-3439 MEDICAL Cameron Parish Health Unit P.O. Box 930, Cameron 70631 775-5368 SCHOOLS Cameron Parish Schools School Board Office Physical Address: 1027 Hwy 384,

SUSANNE VINCENT Susanne Vincent/Artist paints her world in oil, drawing her response to the views of the bayous, marshes & countryside. LOUISIANA CHORAL FOUNDATION Masterworks Chorale Les Petites Voix 337-491-9348



C U LT U R A L C O M M U N I T Y JEWELS POTTERY/DESIGNS BAYOU Pottery, Painting, and Mixed Media Commission Sales and Private Lessons 337-562-5100 JACQUES FONTENOT-HOLLIER Photographer 337-562-0335 SEPTEMBER 4, 2008


Grand Lake, Lake Charles, LA 70607 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1548, Cameron, LA70631 Phone: (337) 905-5784 or (866) 447-8057 Fax: (337) 905-5097 RECREATION & TOURISM Hackberry Recreation District 1250 Recreation Circle, Hackberry 762-3535 Johnson Bayou Recreation District 135 Berwick Rd., Cameron 569-2288 Grand Lake Recreation District #5 108 Recreation Lane, Grand Lake 598-3333 Cameron Recreation District #6 300 LeBleu Camp Rd., Cameron 775-5087 Recreation District 7 Creole Community Center P.O. Box 294, Creole 542-4603 Recreation District #8 Rt. 1, Box 228, Gueydan 536-6963



Grand Chenier Rec. Dist. 99 P.O. Box 207, Grand Chenier 538-2457 Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge 1428 Hwy 27, Bell City 598-2216 Creole Nature Trail Highway 27 South (800) 456-7952 Sabine National Wildlife Refuge 3000 Main Street, Hackberry Office Hours: M-F 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. 762-3816 Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge 209 Nature Road, Lake Arthur Office Hours: M-F 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 774-5923 Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge 5476 Grand Chenier Highway, Grand Chenier Office Hours: M-F 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. 538-2276

JEFF DAVIS PARISH ________________ Jeff Davis Parish offers a chance to explore and experience Cajun food, music and traditions. Jennings, Lake Arthur, Welsh and Elton are towns which also reflect the influence of settlers from the Midwest — now blended with the culture and traditions of Southwest Louisiana. Jeff Davis Parish offers historical and art museums, and live theatre. The population of Jeff Davis Parish is just over 31,000 in 650 square miles. From nature to theatre to art museums and Cajun festivals, Jeff Davis has it all. Jeff Davis Tourist Information Center LA Gas & Oil Park, Jennings, 70546 100 Rue de l’Acadie: I-10 park Exit 64 Open year-round Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 821-5521 or (800) 264-5521 E-mail: JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH POLICE JURY PO Box 1409, Jennings, LA 70546 Phone: 824-4792 Fax: 824-8908

Louisiana State Police Jefferson Davis Parish 31st Judicial District P. O. Box 863, Jennings 70546 821-2102 To report a crash or for emergency assistance, you may contact local law enforcement by dialing “9-1-1”; or if you have a cellular phone, you may contact LSP Troop D by dialing *LSP (*577). Jennings American Legion Hospital 616-7000 Jennings Airport: 824-1567

Sheriff 321 East Plaquemine St., Jennings 821-2100

SCHOOLS School Board 203 East Plaquemine, Jennings 70546 824-1834

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The Imperial Calcasieu Museum JAVA: The History of Coffee Roasters in Louisiana — Sept. 5 - Nov. 1 The Imperial Calcasieu Museum and the SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau in Lake Charles, La., will present "Java: The History of Coffee Roasters in Louisiana.” The event will debut with an opening reception on Friday, September 5 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The exhibit, which is a multimedia, interactive experience, will include advertising memorabilia, oral and visual histories, artifacts and original machinery. It will also include "coffee themed" original art pieces by celebrated regional artists including the McNeese State University Art Department faculty, Eddie Mormon, Frances Pavy, Melinda Antoon, and many more. Sponsored by LA TANK and Steve and Sandie Jordan. LEH Grant Workshop — Sept. 10; 9:30 a.m. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities will hold a Grant Workshop in the Gallery Annex. Celtic Festival Exhibit — Opening Reception: Oct. 10, 2008; 7 p.m – 9 p.m. Artwork pertaining to the Celtic Nations Festival. More information TBA.

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Days of the Dead — Oct. 17-Nov. 29, 2008. The Days of the Dead, Los de los Muertos, on Nov. 1 and 2, is one of the most important celebrations of the year in Mexico. It is a joyful time of remembrance, family reunion and feasting, as relatives and friends gather to honor their loved ones who have died. The art students of Calcasieu Parish Schools are exploring this important Mexican cultural tradition and studying the major artists of Mexico. The unit of study will culminate with a rich and diverse art exhibit entitled "Days of the Dead." The exhibit will be featured in the Gallery Annex at the ICM, 45th Anniversary Garden Party — Oct. 26 This year, the Imperial Calcasieu Museum is celebrating its 45th year serving the SWLA community. On Oct. 26, yearlong festivities marking this milestone will culminate in a fall fundraiser Garden Party under the historic Sallier Oak tree, honoring the past 45 years, Museum founders and volunteers. More details TBA. Model Railroaders — Nov. 28- Jan. 5 Back by popular demand, the Lake Area Model Railroaders will install a large working model train display in the Gibson-Barham Gallery, along with artifacts and memorabilia from some of the train lines operating in and around Calcasieu Parish. The exhibit will also include the ICM's extensive collection of model trains and locomotives For more information on these events, contact Susan Reed at (337) 4393793, or visit The ICM is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA. The ICM is proudly supported by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA, the SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the United Way.

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Lake Charles Symphony OUR SEGUE SEASON: FROM


A segue is an uninterrupted transition, and Lake Charles Symphony’s Season 51 is indeed a segue from the years of Maestro William Kushner to a new era under the direction of a new conductor. Our Segue Season will be directed by four accomplished guest conductors: Gregory Pritchard, Harvey Benstein, Joshua Zona and Thomas Fairlie. Each has fashioned a unique and wonderful concert to showcase the considerable talents of several of our orchestra members as featured performers. Join us as we segue our way through Season 51 with “German Masterworks” in Oct., “Heroes” in November, “Sounds from the New World” in February and “Timeless Impressions” in April. The four concerts of Season 51 promise to be a most enjoyable segue from the past to the future of Lake Charles Symphony. Concert 1 Sunday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. “German Masterworks” Academic Festival Overture—Brahms Piano Concerto, No. 4, op 58, G major—Beethoven Lina Morita, Piano Symphony No. 1, “Titan”—Mahler Gregory Pritchard, Guest Conductor




Lina Morita

William Rose

Brett Dietz

Concert 2 Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. “Heroes” Adagio et Allegro Molto—Michael Haydn Peggy DeMers, French Horn William Rose, Trombone Lincoln Portrait—Copland Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”—Beethoven Harvey Benstein, Guest Conductor Concert 3 Sunday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. “Sounds from the New World” Peggy DeMers Sinfonia India—C. Chavez The Glory and the Grandeur—R. Peck Lonny Benoit, percussion; Troy Breaux, percussion; Brett Dietz, percussion Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”—A. Dvorak Joshua Zona, Guest Conductor

Troy Breaux

Jan Scott

David Gibson

Concert 4 Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. “Timeless Impressions” Inchon—Robert W. Smith Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon—R. Strauss Jan Scott, Clarinet David Gibson, Bassoon Pines of Rome—Respighi Thomas Fairlie, Guest Conductor Continued on Page 31 Lonny Benoit



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The Children’s Theatre STAGE DREAMS! – SEASON 24

The Children’s Theatre Company (CTC); Kerry Arthur Onxley, Artistic Director, presents an exciting season of imaginative theatre that entertains, educates and encourages entitled STAGE DREAMS! Making wishes is explored on CTC’s stages during the 2008-2009 season through live theatre experience as students are encouraged to read, develop critical and creative thinking skills, and be curious about the world around them. The season will begin with an artistic collaboration between CTC and the Westlake High Theatre Department as both groups produce the Mary Shelley’s classic. Frankenstein. The opening musical will be Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. The spring 2009 ATTIC Theatre Series will feature The Velvetten Rabbit. FEATURED FAMILY As part of the magic of this season’s STAGE DREAMS, CTC will present a Featured Family for each show. One lucky family will be selected and featured during the production receiving acknowledgement, reserved front row seats, backstage passes, photo with the cast, autographed cast picture and $15.00 credit for intermission refreshments. Frankenstein — A production based on the novel written by the British author Mary Shelley. Shelley wrote the novel when she was 19 years old. The show’s title refers to a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful. In modern popular culture, people have tended to refer to the creature as "Frankenstein" despite this being the name of the scientist. Frankenstein is a production infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. The story has had a remarkable influence with literature and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and films. It is arguably considered the first fully realized science fiction novel. Performance is at the Westlake High Theatre, located at 1000 Garden Drive. Performance dates: October 23, 2008 at 7 p.m. School Performances at 10:00AM. HOLIDAY CHARACTER DINING — The magic begins as snow and festive sounds fill the air. Children enter through a castle glistening with icicles and falling snow surrounded by toy soldiers before dining. Children join their favorite storybook characters such as, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Prince, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Aladdin and Jasmine for an unforgettable experience. Character meals include pizza, dessert, drink, and a visit from each of these famous characters as they make their way around the dinner table. Children will also enjoy photographs and autographs from these well-known characters. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite costume. Hot cocoa and gingerbread will also be served. This magical encounter occurs on Saturday, December 6 with seating at 12 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations must be made by calling the theatre box office. Disney’s Alice in Wonderland — This Lewis Carroll’s story meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured classic. Theatre goers will join Alice in her madcap adventures as she follows the white rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! This fast-paced production features update dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as “I’m Late,” “The Un-birthday Song” and “Zip-ADee-DooDah. Performance is at Central School of the Arts, 809 Kirby Street, Lake Charles, LA. Performance dates: February 6, 7 and 8, 2009 & February 14 and 15, 2009. School Performances on February 5, 2009 at 10 a.m. Audition date: September 10, 2008.



The Velvetten Rabbit — CTC presents its final show of the season in the form of a a children’s classic appropriate for all ages. This unique production features life-size puppets, masked actors and magic, bringing to life this charming tale of love and devotion, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience for the whole family. The Velveteen Rabbit was published in 1922 and features a plush rabbit, given as a gift to a young boy, yearns for the day the boy will choose him as his special playmate so that he can become real. Themes of acceptance, growing up and finding one’s place in the world are explored in this children’s story that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Performance is at Central School of the Arts, 809 Kirby Street, Lake Charles, LA. Performance dates: May 1, 2 and 3, 2009. School performance on April 30, 2009. Audition date: March 4, 2009. CHARACTER DINING — The productions of Alice in Wonderland and The Velvetten Rabbit will feature CTC’s Character Dining on the first Saturday of each production. Young audience members will get the opportunity to dine with the popular characters of each production. Pizza, drink and dessert are served while each character visits the tables for autographs and photos. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite costume. The 2009 Summer season will host four theatre workshops during the SUMMER STARZ SERIES. Creative Dramatics workshop for children ages 5-8 will be in June. The Shakespeare workshop for children ages 5 to 18 will be held in July. The final two workshops, Kidz In Showbiz and Backstage Magic will be presented in August. Encounter the full experience of CTC’s magical season with an APPLAUSE SUBSCRIPTION. Enjoy all 4 productions and save! APPLAUSE SUBSCRIPTIONS are available in Individual Packages (2 tickets per production) for $50.00 and Family Package (4 tickets per production) for $60.00. Theatre classes are available for boys and girls ages five to 18 years old. Classes begin September 3, 2008. All shows, theatre classes and workshops are held at the Central School of the Arts and Humanities Center, 809 Kirby Street, unless noted otherwise. Information for tickets, season subscriptions, classes and workshops can be obtained by calling the CTC at (337) 433-7323 or by visiting the website CTC is a 501 3c nonprofit organization dedicated to theatre education for children ages five to 18.

1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 RYAN STREET, LAKE CHARLES MONDAY-FRIDAY 10 A.M-5 P.M.; SATURDAY 10 A.M. FREE ADMISSION, 337-491-9147 CHARLESTOWN FARMERS MARKET • EVERY SATURDAY, 7 A.M.-NOON VENDORS RELOCATE INDOORS INCASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER Magnum Cinema Through Saturday, October 25, 2008 Third Floor - Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center The works in this exhibition share a central theme of exploring the vibrant environments and personalities that make up the world of cinema. Despite its central theme, however, the selection of photographs for Magnum Cinema also presents an enormous range in style and content, varying from witty and strategic images of Alfred Hitchcock to intriguing behind-the-scenes shots of remarkable stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Cate Blanchett that give the viewer an exceptional glimpse at the environment of films before post production. Between Takes Through Saturday, October 25, 2008 Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center Between Takes highlights the work of local photographer Hilary Bronwyn Gayle. The exhibit is a collection of photographs taken on the set of several Independent features and short films. Hilary will host a meet and greet reception during Gallery Promenade Friday, Sept. 5

Film ScreeningFriday September 12, 6:30pm Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center Lecture by renowned Film Historian, Dr. Peter Dart, followed by a screening of Marilyn’s last movie. Film ScreeningFriday September 26, 6:30pm Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center Lecture by renowned Film Historian, Dr. Peter Dart, followed by a screening of an Orson Welles classic inspired by several of Shakespeare’s plays. Not Your Ordinary Cinema Soundtracks Thursday, October 2, 6:30 p.m. Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center Academy TV presents Not Your Ordinary Cinema Soundtracks — a teenage twist to your favorite movie tunes through the decades. Music video montage produced by Television Production students at Lake Charles-Boston Academy of Learning. Gallery Promenade Thursday, September 4-Saturday, September 6, 2008 Exhibit continues through September 30 Second Floor- Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center 21 years McNeese National Works on Paper Permanent Collection October 10-December 27, 2008 Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center Southwest Louisiana Aids Council Ribbons of Hope Art Exhibit November 3, 2008-December 2, 2008 First Floor- Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center Continued on Page 32

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All concerts are held in the Rosa Hart Theatre of the Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles. Tickets are available at the Lake Charles Civic Center Box Office, (337) 491-1432. For membership information, call (337) 433-1611 or visit Free Family Concert - This Sunday afternoon program appeals to all ages and features our Young Concerto Winners as soloists. It will be held on Sun., April 5 at 3 p.m. at the Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles Civic Center. Young Performance Competition - The Symphony sponsors an annual performance competition for young people in the five-parish area. Two winners are selected to perform one movement from a concerto with the Lake Charles Symphony at the Free Family Concert in April. Summer Pops Concert - The Summer Pops is an ideal introduction to the Symphony as this concert features nationally known guest artists and gives the orchestra the opportunity to perform light classics, Broadway tunes and popular music in an informal setting. Sat., July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Coliseum Discovery Series The Discovery Series offers informative and lively pre-concert discussions and musical programs for the seasoned subscriber as well as the single-ticket buyer. Held in private homes, this series is open to the public and features highlights of upcoming concerts given by the conductor and small ensembles from the orchestra. A Discovery Membership is $20 and admits you to all four events. • Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008 • Thur., Jan. 29, 2009 • Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 • Thur., April 2, 2009

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Tasha Tudor’s Spirit of the Holidays November 7, 2008 -January 17, 2009 Third Floor-Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center Tasha Tudor’s Spirit of the Holidays illuminates the season with outstanding and rarely seen examples of the artist’s original art for greeting cards and children’s books created for special holiday celebrations – from Christmas to Valentine’s Day and Easter. Original portraits of Tasha Tudor as a girl by her mother, Rosamond Tudor, delicate childhood drawings, original handwritten manuscripts, miniature doll cards, handdecorated boxes and Easter eggs, photographs, and almost 100 first-issue holiday cards dating from the early 1940s onward are among the heartwarming treasures to be enjoyed.

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McNeese Theatre Season 2008-2009 The McNeese State University Theatre Bayou Players have released the schedule for the 200809 season. According to Anita Tritico of the department of performing arts, McNeese Theatre Season 69 includes the following productions:

11 actors wielding 100 puppets and masks ranging in size from tiny to gargantuan. The world of meddling gods, the fantastical Helen of Troy and battles of superheroes come to life through puppetry, dance, video projections and scenic effects.

Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward, Oct. 8-12. This classic farce is set in the living room of Charles Condomine, a British novelist, and his wife Ruth, who invite friends over for a séance with Madame Arcati, a psychic medium. Wacky romps, surprising twists and disaster ensue when Charles’ first wife appears and refuses to return to the spirit world. Directed by Lewis Whitlock, assistant professor of performing arts.

Wait Until Dark, by Frederick Knott, April 29-May 3. In this mystery thriller, a blind Greenwich Village housewife becomes the target of three criminals searching for heroin hidden in a doll, which her husband transported from Canada. Directed by Joy Pace, performing arts instructor.

Two Rooms, by Lee Blessing, Nov. 12-16. An American professor is blindfolded and held hostage in a cell in the Middle East while his wife waits for him at home, pressured by government representatives and an aggressive journalist. Directed by Charles McNeely, associate professor of performing arts. Two Rooms is an American College Theatre Festival production. Drums of War, by master puppeteer Theadora Skipitares, March 4-5, 2009. A Greek tragedy with



Season subscriptions are $45 for adults and $30 for senior citizens, youth in grades K-12, and McNeese faculty and staff. All subscriptions support McNeese Theatre scholarships and book stipends and are available for purchase online at For more information on these productions, or to purchase tickets, contact the box office at (337) 4755043.

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 – APRIL 16, 2009 Southern Circuit is the nation’s only regional tour of independent filmmakers. The tour connects filmgoers with independent filmmakers and encourages them to talk with one another about the films and their meanings, transforming watching independent films from a solitary experience to a communal one. Originated by the South Carolina Arts Commission in 1975, the film tour has visited over 30 communities across the Southern United States. Southern Circuit audiences have seen over 200 films and have engaged filmmakers in post-screening discussions of the subjects and themes portrayed in their works. The Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA and the Lake Area Film Group have made the Lake Charles stop of the Southern Circuit tour of Independent Filmmakers possible. Hear how each project was conceived and filmed, and enjoy a Q&A session with the filmmakers. All screenings will take place at Central School Arts and Humanities Center Theater, 809 Kirby Street. They are open to the public and free of charge. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the screening begins at 7 p.m. September 18, 2008 Ripe for Change with Jed Riffe, producer Debates over agriculture and sustainability have profound implications for all of America. This documentary explores the intersection of food and politics in California, illuminating the trade-offs between mass production, human health, and environmental balance. October 23, 2008 Counting Backwards with Aprill Winney, director Joe is diagnosed with leukemia the day after he meets Claire, the woman of his dreams. This narrative feature film tells the story of one man’s struggle to transform his life and to embrace romance and passion in the time he has left to live. November 13, 2008 The Meaning of Tea with Scott Chamberlin-Hoyt, director and producer This beautifully shot film takes viewers on an exploratory journey around the globe to divine the true meaning of tea by investigating the role it plays in various cultural rituals throughout the world and how these traditions are threatened by today’s marketplace. February 19, 2009 Member of the Club: A New Orleans Cinderella Story with Phoebe Ferguson, director This documentary tells the story of debutante Marisa Mitchell, who has been groomed to be a New Orleans Mardi Gras Queen since she was an infant. The film explores black social clubs of the South, as well as issues of race, class and the desire to belong. March 26, 2009 All About Us with Michael Swanson, producer Two young African-American filmmakers struggle to make it in Hollywood in this narrative feature. Their plan to succeed takes them to Mississippi, where they are confronted with a warmer reality that inspires the healing of family rifts. April 16, 2009 A Man Named Pearl with Scott Galloway, producer/director A documentary that imparts the inspiring tale of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar, this film shows what one person can achieve when he allows himself to share the full expression of his humanity.

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Lake Charles Litt le Theatre The Lake Charles Little Theatre premieres its 82nd season with the opening night of Room Service. For tickets, audition and volunteer opportunities, go to the LCLT web site: Room Service Director: James Johnson Written by: John Murray and Allen Boretz A nimble-witted producer, living on credit with several actors in a Broadway hotel, is desperately in need of a good script. He finds one, and, by great good luck, he also finds an angel with $15,000. The play shows how, during a hectic few days, the producer plays hide-and-seek with the angel who wants to withdraw his financial support, manages to outwit creditors, and at the very last moments, puts over his play in spite of the most ludicrous and unexpected obstacles. September 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 2008

The time of the action is “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.” It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from a bright uncertain morning to a hopeful starlit evening. February 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 March 1, 5, 6, 7, & 8, 2009 The Foreigner Director: Tom Cole Written by Larry Shue The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone, the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant. April 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30 May 1, 2, & 3, 2009

A Raisin in the Sun Director: Jo Ann Rigney Written by: Lorraine Hansberry This groundbreaking show is set on Chicago’s South Side. The plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and the matriarch, Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: Buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. October 25, 26, 30, 31 November 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, & 9, 2008 A Christmas Pudding Director: Jo Ann Hanks Edited and adapted by David Birney A Christmas celebration told in songs, stories, poems and tales by Dickens, Mark Twain, Shakespeare, Dickinson, Shaw, Longfellow, St. Luke and many others collected with a host of traditional carols and holiday songs. This piece will provide the perfect evening to warm hearts, stir memories and give laughter that will last the whole holiday season. December 4, 5, 6, 7, 2008 You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Director: Barbara Downer Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts,” by Charles M. Schulz Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner



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Louisiana Choral Foundation 2008-2009 Season “AMERICA LISTEN! SING! DANCE!”

On May 8 at 7:30 p.m. and May 10 at 3 p.m., “America Dance!” will be performed at Lake Charles-Boston Academy of Learning. The dancers of Sarah Quinn Jones’ Dance Theater Southwest will perform to folk songs from the Civil War era through the 1960s. Season memberships start at $50. Other sponsorship levels are available that include program listings and additional tickets. For more information on season memberships or joining the Masterworks Chorale, call 491-9348. For more information on Les Petites Voix, call 912-8592 or 263-2176. The Louisiana Choral Foundation is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA, a Tourism and Marketing Initiative Grant from the SWLA/Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau, and partnership grants from the City of Lake Charles.

The 2008-2009 Louisiana Choral Foundation season, “America Listen! Sing! Dance!” begins Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with a “green-themed” concert featuring Paul Winter’s “Missa Gaia” (Earth Mass) and Mack Wilberg’s “Dances to Life.” Featured musicians for “America Listen!” will be the Ladies Choirs of St. Louis and Sulphur High Schools and pianists Abbie Fletcher and Lisa Tauzin. The Christmas presentation, “America Sing!” includes seasonal music arranged or written by American composers. The Masterworks Chorale voices will be joined by Les Petites Voix, the LCF’s select children’s choir, and Bayou Bell Choir, a community handbell ensemble, on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Lake Charles and Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Sulphur. Les Petite Voix, the children’s choir sponsored by the LCF, will present their Spring Concert at Lake Charles-Boston Academy at 3 p.m. on May 3.

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Lake Charles Civic Ballet CELEBRATING 40



Gallery Promenade Meet and Greet Lake Charles Civic Ballet September 5; 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Central School Arts & Humanities Center Gifted LCCB members will be present to discuss highlights of the upcoming season. The Little Drummer Boy School Performances: December 10, 11, & 12; 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., & 12 p.m. For reservations and information: (337) 477-LADY (5239) or KPLC-TV Community Christmas Partner Gala Performance: Saturday, December 13; 6 p.m. For tickets call: (337) 474-0311 A beautiful story told through the wonder of classical dance and music, stirring in us the true meaning of Christmas. Be a part of the journey as Mary and Joseph travel on their donkey to be counted in the census. Bethlehem comes to life when you witness the host of heavenly angels and the dance of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. Come and see The Little Drummer Boy play his drum for the newborn King. Lake Charles Civic Center/Rosa Hart Theatre Master Classes Dance Theatre in Harlem Sponsored by McNeese BANNERS / City of Lake Charles February 7; 10 a.m. Open Masters’ Class: all public invited Cuartetango Sponsored by McNeese BANNERS February 27; 4-5 p.m. Advanced Masters Class for serious students of dance February 28; 10 a.m. Open Master’s Class: all public invited Lady Leah LaFargue School of the Dance Studio 3511 Kirkman Street, Lake Charles FREE to the public For more information, contact McNeese Banners at (337) 475-5123 2009 Spring Outreach Performances for area assisted living residents For information, dates and locations go to: LCCB Members Perform at Lady Leah LaFargue School of the Dance Recital Sunday, May 17, 2009; 3 p.m. Lake Charles Civic Center/Rosa Hart Theatre Free to the public, sponsored by Lake Charles Civic Ballet Students of LLL School of the Dance showcase their brilliance in ballet, tap, and jazz. Dancers of LCCB will perform select works from an extensive repertoire. A memorable event recognized by art patrons, which spotlights the professional training of our area’s future artists.



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McNeese Banners Series The McNeese State University Banners Series opens its 17th year in Spring 2009, continuing its mission to bring varied programs that enrich and entertain the people of Southwestern Louisiana. Events include the zany comedy of Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe, the sultry moves of the Cuartango Dance Company, the folk songs of Arlo Guthrie and the musicianship of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, the St. Petersburg String Quartet, and more. Lectures, book readings and roundtables offer something for everyone. Cuartetango Music & Dance Company Leonardo Suarez Paz, Director Feb. 28; 7:30 p.m. at Rosa Hart Theatre The performance will combine sweltering, high-voltage tango dancing with equally dramatic live music. Legs just ought not be able to swing up that high and how can an ordinary rose look so sexy? The Argentinean group is the only string quartet of its kind to devote itself to the music of tango and has performed to full theaters all over the world, including the Chautauqua Institution, Newark Symphony Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New York’s famed jazz club Birdland with Jim Hall, the Annual Buenos Aires Tango Festival, and in Argentina’s grand opera house, Teatro Colon, at the invitation of Buenos Aires Secretariat of Culture. “Drums of War: The Sacrifice for Troy” With Theodora Skipitares Mar. 6; 7:30 p.m. at F.G. Bulber Auditorium The Greek Wars have never looked so magical! The play will relate stories of the Trojan War, beginning with Agamemnon’s sacrifice of his daughter, Iphigenia, and ending with the story of Helen of Troy. And you’ll see the antics of meddling gods, the fantastical and beautiful Helen, the shores of fabled Troy and the heat of battles between superheroes – but it will be done through 100 puppets and masks that range in size from tiny to gargantuan. The Greek Wars will come to life through puppetry, dance, video projections and scenic effects.

Karla Bonoff Mar. 7; 7:30 p.m. at F.G. Bulber Auditorium Even if you think you don’t know Karla, you do. All your favorite singers probably sing her songs. Linda Ronstadt sang three each on two of her albums. Bonnie Raitt recorded “Home” and Ronstadt and Aaron Neville won a Grammy for Karla’s song “All My Life.” So come and hear them sung by the composer herself. Karla’s legacy as a performer and writer was summed up in a review of her “All My Life” recording in Billboard Magazine: “Long before Alanis and Jewel, there was a breed of singer/songwriters whose earthly anthems of soul-searching, heartache and joy touched souls in a way few can muster today.” “Spin: The Art of Selling War” Lecture by Josh Rushing, presenter and correspondent for Al Jazeera International Mar. 10; 7 p.m. at Parra Ballroom Rushing has gone from U.S. Marine Corps Captain conducting daily press briefings in Iraq to celebrated military correspondent and analyst for Al Jazeera English to author of “Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World.” He delivers news from a unique prism of experience, providing accurate and impartial reporting with an international perspective. Arlo Guthrie Mar. 13; 7:30 p.m. at Rosa Hart Theatre Colorful folksinger Guthrie wrote “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre” and “Riding on the City of New Orleans.” This is what he says about his life: “I was born in Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y., with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other in 1947. I have successfully foiled every opportunity to be somebody in the entertainment industry. I’ve done about 30 records, a few motion pictures, a TV series, a book for little kids, started a few recording and production companies and two not-for-profit foundations. I’ve been in jail and I’ve been in love. I’ve been to almost every place except Newfoundland and I hope to get there soon. I know every road and trail worth taking here in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. I’ve spent over 40 years on the road discovering the rest of humanity and I’m still not proud or tired. I’ve made some friends along the journey and figure there’s a few more yet to meet. I am happy to share what I don’t know with anyone who doesn’t expect anything from me. No judgment - no expectaContinued on Page 38

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tions. If you run with me you come at your own risk. I have no interests, hobbies or goals except to outrun the truth that shadows my every move.” Civil War Roundtable Mar. 17; 7 p.m. at Parra Ballroom As the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War approaches, the study of its causes, conduct and consequences continues to spark scholarly and popular discussion. The Banners “From Battlefront to Homefront and Beyond: Modern Trends in Civil War Studies” roundtable discussion features McNeese History Professor Michael Smith, along with U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Professors (and former McNeese faculty members) Christopher Stowe and Terry Beckenbaugh. Together they will examine the war in all of its contexts—social, military and political—as well as discuss its enduring legacies and symbols, many of which still provoke controversy nearly 150 years after the guns fell silent. The Second City Mar. 20; 7:30 p.m. at F.G. Bulber Auditorium Whatever these people do, it’s funny. The group’s latest shows – “Between Barack and a Hard Place” and “No Country for Old Men” – have gotten great reviews. You can count on the skits being topical, highly interactive and sure to have audiences rolling in the aisles. Since 1959, The Second City has established itself as a Chicago landmark and a national treasure. The theatre launched the careers of such comic greats as John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner. The Banners appearance is part of the group’s road show. Susan Ludvigson Mar. 21; 7:30 p.m. at Business Conference Center Susan Ludvigson is the author of nine volumes of poems and the recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Fulbright, NEA and Witter Bynner Fellowships. A native of Wisconsin, she teaches at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. and had made her home in the South for more than 30 years. Her newest book, “Escaping the House of Certainty,” marks a departure from her previous verse and taps a new experimental vein for the poet, with some of the poems resembling abstract art. She has also been featured on Garrison Keillor’s widely syndicated “Writer’s Almanac.”

“The Paradox of Women in Islam” Lecture by Asra Q. Nomani Mar. 24; 7 p.m. at Parra Ballroom Nomani is the critically acclaimed author of “Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.” She is also a courageous activist and advocate for all women on such issues as equality, social and economic justice, and domestic abuse. She was one of the last people to see her best friend, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, alive and she figures prominently in the acclaimed film, “A Mighty Heart,” starring Angelina Jolie. The film captures Daniel’s wife, Mariane, as they struggle to get answers and provide each other consolation and support during the dark days surrounding his abduction and murder. Nomani continues to search for the truth about who killed Daniel through The Pearl Project, an investigative program she now heads at Georgetown University. Nomani, a Muslim born in India who later immigrated to America with her family, is a former Wall Street Journal correspondent who has written on Islam and the Middle East for The Washington Post, The New York Times and Time Magazine. “Intelligent Design” Lecture by Dr. Barbara Forrest Mar. 26; 7 p.m. Barbara Forrest is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University. She is the co-author of “Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design,” which details the political and religious aims of the intelligent design creationist movement. She served as an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the first legal case involving intelligent design, Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District. She has appeared on Larry King Live, ABC’s Nightline and BBC’s Horizon documentary about the Kitzmiller trial. She is the 2006 co-recipient with Brown University cell biologist Kenneth Miller of the American Society of Cell Biology’s Public Service Award. This is the second of a two-part lecture on intelligent design. Dr. James Sennett presented the first part during the 2007 Banners Series. 20 Years of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys Co-sponsored by Louisiana Crossroads Mar. 28; 7:30 p.m. at F.G. Bulber Auditorium Steve Riley grew up in the prairie town of Mamou, where French is spoken on the street, the national holiday is Mardi Gras and a poor family is one without a fiddler or accordion player. American popular culture was stealing Mamou’s children away when Steve took up the accordion and became his hometown’s favorite son. At age 15, this young prodigy was noticed by Dewey Balfa, who invited Steve to join his band. Under Dewey’s guidance, he grew as a performer, learning hundreds of French songs and how to sing them in Balfa’s singular hurts-so-good style, and taking up the fiddle as well. In 1988, he and David Greely formed the Mamou Playboys, which rapidly gained prominence on the international folk scene without sacrificing the allegiance of Louisiana fans. The group has now set the standard for modern Cajun music. Its musicianship, songwriting skills, harmony vocals and irresistible grooves mark the group as one of the best bands to come out of South Louisiana. Celtic Crossroads Music at the Crossroads Tour April 3; 7:30 p.m. at F.G. Bulber Auditorium Just when you think you have seen the best that Irish music has to offer, an emerging group of traditional Irish musicians takes the art form to a new level. Celtic Crossroads, a group of seven highly talented multi-instrumentalists and a group of high kicking dancers, honed its craft by staging three seasons of performances in Galway, Ireland, getting standing ovations at every performance. In 2007, the group decided to cross the pond and met with astounding success. Celtic Crossroads is revitalizing the image of traditional Irish music.

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“Where Can We Get Some ENERGY?” Lecture by Dr. Daniel Botkin April 7; 7 p.m. Daniel Botkin is professor emeritus in the department of ecology, evolution and marine biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also president of the Center for the Study of the Environment, a non-profit corporation that provides independent, science-based analyses of complex environ-

mental issues. His latest book, Power to the People: Solving Our Energy Problem, discusses how to solve our energy program, which he puts in the perspective of global warming but also examines various possibilities for the future concerning other energy sources. Zuill Bailey with St. Petersburg String Quartet April 17; 7:30 p.m. at F.G. Bulber Auditorium Zuill Bailey is considered one of the pre-eminent cellists of his generation. His rare combination of compelling artistry, technical finesse and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most celebrated and sought after cellists today. St. Petersburg String Quartet April 18; 7:30 p.m. at Central School Arts & Humanities Center One of the world’s leading string quartets, the St. Petersburg group was founded as the Leningrad Quartet by Alla Aranovskaya, Alla Krolevich (Goryainova) and Leonid Shukayev, all three graduates of the Leningrad Conservatory. The Quartet blazed a trail through international chamber music competitions, winning first prize at the All-Soviet Union String Quartet Competition, the silver medal and a special prize at the Tokyo International Competition of Chamber Ensembles, first prize and both special prizes at the Vittorio Gui International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Florence, Italy, and first prize and the “Grand Prix Musica Viva” at the International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Melbourne, Australia. Earth Day Co-presented with The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury April 19; 2 p.m. at Prien Lake Park Pavilion The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the Banners Series will combine to offer a day of information and instruction on topics such as “How to Make a Successful Compost Bin and Why Should I?” and “How to Make Biodiesel in Small Batches.” Dobet Gnahore April 23; 7:30 p.m. at F.G. Bulber Auditorium Dobet’s warm and powerful voice and the polyrhythms of her band will bring a world of music to Lake Charles. Dobet’s compositions encompass the Pan-African styles of Mandingue melodies to Congolese rumba, Ivory Coast Ziglibiti to Cameroon Bikoutsi and Ghanian HighLife to Zulu choirs. The sanza, the balafon, the calebasse and bongos are brought in to support the guitar, the vocal backup and Dobet’s voice. She sings in a range of African languages including Bété, Fon, Baoule, Lingala, Malinke, Mina or Bambara. ÁguaMarinha Trio April 25; 7:30 p.m. at F.G. Bulber Auditorium This unique ensemble brings together three of the finest Brazilian musicians around today. Nailor Proveta on saxophone and clarinet is the leader of the acclaimed, two time Grammy-nominated “Banda Mantiqueira.” Multi-instrumentalist and composer, Arismar do Espirito Santo, was voted one of the best guitar players in Brazil by Guitar Player Magazine. Percussionist, Rogerio Boccato was featured on Kenny Garrett’s 2006 Grammy-nominated album and is also a visiting professor in the jazz department of The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. Together, Proveta, Arismar and Rogerio play music rooted in the “Choro,” a traditional Brazilian style that originated at the end of the 19th Century. With lots of space for creativity and improvisation, the trio’s modern take on choro is loose and open, surprising and full of unusual twists and turns and yet the music never loses the infectious groove. They are a unique and exciting direction in jazz and world music. Dance, Comedy, Fried Chicken & Beer, It’s a Party! May 1; 7:30 p.m. at Parra Ballroom It’s a party! Dance to the music of the McNeese Dance Band, listen to the comedy of Dr. Steven Gimbel (whose day job is teaching physics at Johns Hopkins University), eat fried chicken and drink beer – and start thinking about the 2010 Banners Series.



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IMPERIAL CALCASIEU MUSEUM PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF COFFEE ROASTERS IN LOUISIANA SEPT. 5-NOV. 1 — The Imperial Calcasieu Museum and the SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau will present “Java: The History of Coffee Roasters in Louisiana,” from Fri., Sept. 5 - Sat., Nov. 1 at the Museum at 204 W. Sallier St., Lake Charles. The event will debut with an opening reception on Fri., Sept. 5 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The exhibit, which is a multimedia, interactive experience, will include advertising memorabilia, oral and visual histories, artifacts and original machinery. The exhibit will also include “coffee- themed” original art pieces by celebrated regional artists including the McNeese State University Art Department faculty, Eddie Mormon, Frances Pavy, Melinda Antoon, and others. For more information, contact Susan Reed at 439-3793, or visit GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS AT LCCC SEPT. 5 — The Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform in Lake Charles for one night only at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 5 in the Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles Civic Center. The performance is sponsored by the City of Lake Charles in partnership with McNeese State University. The company comes from the city of Xian in the People’s Republic of China. The Golden Dragons are the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States. The 25 members are jugglers, contortionists, and prize-winning acrobats, all of whom have studied and trained for their craft since early childhood. The company’s founder, producer and director, Danny Chang, is one of the world’s leading promoters of

Chinese acrobatics. Tickets are available at the Lake Charles Civic Center (337491-1432) and through Ticketmaster (337-474-4900). Prices are $26 for Rows 1-10, $15 for all other orchestra seats, and $10 for balcony seats, plus fees. Tickets for children under 12 will be $5 less in each category. The Golden Dragons will also present a performance for K-12 students at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 5. This performance will be free of charge due to funding support from the City of Lake Charles. For information about how to enroll a school or a class for this performance, call McNeese at (337) 475-5123 or e-mail “WORKS OF MEN” AT HENNING CULTURAL CENTER SEPT. 5-OCT. 6 — Starting Sept. 5, the Henning Cultural Center will have a new exhibit on display entitled “Works of Men.” This exhibit will feature 10 artists from Southwest Louisiana, and incorporates a variety of styles, mediums, and themes. Some of the artists are veterans to the Lake Area art scene, but for a few of them, this will be their first show. The artists include: Geoff Russell, Mark John, Ron Aquino, Ron Gibson, Albert Allen, Ralph Sonnier, Paul Filler, Blane Bourgeois, Preston LeBlanc, and Bob Carroll. The Henning Cultural Center is also proud to announce that Geoff Russell will be displaying many pieces from his new series entitled “In the Light Reflected.” This series features various flora photographed on the surface of the water. The public is invited to attend the opening reception, which will be on the night of Gallery Promenade (Sept. 5) from 6 - 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the artists will be in attendance. For more information, please call the Henning Cultural Center at (337) 527-0357, or visit the Web site at Hours of operation are Mon. Fri., 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., and from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturdays. LITERACY AWARENESS DAY SEPT. 6 — The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. will host a “Literacy Awareness Day” at the Prien Lake Mall on Sat., Sept. 6 in recognition of International Literacy Awareness Day. A variety of activities will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Sears Court. The day will be fun-filled with games, guest readers, and prizes. Entries for the Literacy Awareness Day coloring contest may be turned in until 12 noon. Visit the Sears Court beginning 10 a.m. for an entry form or to complete your coloring sheet. The first 300 children visiting the Literacy Awareness Day activities will receive a free book.

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but especially from the energy sector. The festival is intended to provide a great entertainment event for the entire parish, a great promotion opportunity for our sponsors and vendors and an important funding source for the SPARC. A full line of popular bands will be on hand to entertain the crowds while they feast on some of Louisiana’s favorite festival fare. Wayne Toups headlines the festival on Saturday night and other featured performers include Jamie Bergeron, Travis Matte, Barry Badon and the Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys. Also performing will be Muzic Unlimited, Bayou Katz and Static. Remote parking will be free to festivalgoers and free shuttle service will be provided. For more information, call (337) 821-554.

Classic Film Screenings “The Misfits” with Marilyn Monroe Information about free community programs available through the Council will be provided. For more information, call 494–7000. CLASSIC FILM SCREENINGS AT OLD CITY HALL SEPT. 12 AND 26 — The City of Lake Charles will host screenings of two classic films on Sept. 12 and 26. The evenings will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a short lecture by renowned Film Historian, Dr. Peter Dart, followed by a screening of one of the films featured in Magnum Cinema currently exhibited in the third floor gallery. The screenings will take place in the second floor gallery at 1001 Ryan Street. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. The Sept. 12 film, “The Misfits” is a drama directed by John Huston and written by scriptwriter Arthur Miller for his wife Marilyn Monroe. Monroe co-stars with Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift in what would be her (as well as Gable’s) last completed film. Despite numerous documented production problems, the film allowed Monroe and Gable to exit with their best performances. The Sept. 26 film is an Orson Welles classic inspired by several of Shakespeare’s plays. It features a well-chosen cast, including Welles himself, John Gielgud, Margaret Rutherford and Jeanne Moreau, among others. For more information, call (337) 491-9147 or visit ROASTIN’ WITH ROSIE BBQ FESTIVAL, JENNINGS SEPT. 19-20 — The first annual Roastin’ with Rosie Barbeque Festival will take place on Sept. 19-20 in Jennings at the Grand Marais Courtyard on Hwy 26. The festival is built around music and food, specifically barbeque. The festival proceeds go to support the Southern Petroleum Art & Recreation Center (the SPARC) to promote the building of a global energy center in Jennings, the cradle of the Louisiana oil industry. Rosie (the roseate spoonbill) is the official mascot of the Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission and is the recognizable hostess of this new festival. Barbeque competitors are sought from all corners of the country

CHICAGO HITS L’AUBERGE STAGE SEPT. 19-20 — L’Auberge du Lac will play host to the legendary rock band Chicago for two unforgettable nights in September. The mega-group has had 21 Top 10 singles; five consecutive number one albums; five number one singles; 13 platinum albums and five gold singles. To date, Chicago is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades. Fans will sing along to favorites like “Saturday In The Park,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “25, or 6 to 4,” and “Baby What A Big Surprise.” Chicago will perform in the L’Auberge Event Center on Friday, Sept. 19 and Sat., Sept. 20 at 8:30 p.m.; doors open one hour before the show. Tickets are priced at $75 for floor seating and $50 for stadium seating, and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 488-5252 or online at REO SPEEDWAGON PERFORMS AT COUSHATTA SEPT. 20 — The quintessential supergroup of the 1980s, REO Speedwagon, will perform one show only in The Pavilion at Coushatta on Sat., Sept. 20. Tickets are on sale at, all Ticketmaster outlets, and the Coushatta Box Office. REO Speedwagon is best remembered for their megahits “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Keep On Loving You,” “Roll With The Changes,” and “Take It On The Run.” Kevin Cronin (lead vocals, guitar), Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) roll full throttle in promotion of their album “Find Your Own Way Home,” their first studio collection of new material in more than a decade. Coushatta Casino Resort is located in Kinder on Highway 165 (I-10 exit 44), featuring over 2,800 slots and more than 70 table games. Phone (800) 584-7263 for more information, or visit the Web site at USA MMA PRESENTS LIVE ULTIMATE CAGE FIGHTING OCT. 10 — Ultimate Fight fans of the Lake Area unite! USA MMA is coming to town and is bringing the best MMA training facility with us. Lake Area BJJ of Lake Charles will be fighting against the best Texas has to offer. Border War will be a historic event in Sulphur and will be the fourth installment of USA MMA’s live event schedule. Border War will be LIVE from the West Cal Arena on Fri., Oct. 10, with a bell time of 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Border War went on sale Sept. 1. VIP Cage Side seating is $75. VIP Tables, that seat 8, are $500. Floor seats are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Bleacher seats are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets will be available at West Cal Arena Box Office (337) 337528-9378, Lake Area BJJ (337) 540-6900, by calling (337) 501-1819 or online at CHRISTUS ST. PATRICK TENNIS CLASSIC OCT. 11 — One of the most dominant players in the history of professional tennis, Todd Martin, and ATP Star, Wayne Ferreira will headline the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Tennis Classic on Sat. Oct. 11 at noon at Sports Club at Graywood (3860 Graymark Drive, Lake Charles) benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network. Todd Martin was a finalist at the 1999 U.S. Open and the 1994 Australian Open. In 1994, he reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Grand Slam Cup. Every year from 1994 to 2002 Martin played Davis Cup for the United States and was consistently ranked among the world’s top ten. Wayne Ferreira from Johannesburg, South Africa currently holds 26 career ATP titles and the record for most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in men’s tennis. He reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, and has consistently been ranked in the ATP world top 10. In 1992, Ferreira captured the Silver Medal at Olympic Games in Barcelona. Tickets are available online starting August 25 through or by calling (800) 514-etix (3849). Ticket prices are $30 for general admission and $55 for reserved seating.



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Last Issue’s Answers

Across 1 Not a lot 4 A followers 7 "Would You Like to Buy ___?" ("Sesame Street" song) 10 Smog watchdog: abbr. 13 "American Gladiators" co-host Laila 14 Iberia's cont. 15 "That's funny!" on the message boards 16 "Mayor of Simpleton" band 17 The art of sculpting shrubbery 19 Emphatic speaker's phrase 21 Je9ns 23 Cremation containers 25 Miniseries whose final episode was the third-most-watched scripted show in U.S. history 26 Philosopher David Hume, for one 29 Exasperated exhalation 30 Doctor's request while holding a tongue depressor 31 ___ Valley, California 32 Waters, in Oaxaca 34 "___ Married an Axe Murderer" (1993 movie) 35 Passport endorsements 36 aldde 39 Grab a bite 40 Be in the red 41 Pink Floyd founder Barrett



44 They're pulled from the shell, in a Squeeze song title 48 ___ Kippur 51 One of five children born at the same time, slangily 53 Reese of "Touched by an Angel" 54 "___ Feel Like a Woman!" (Shania Twain song) 55 sa>le) 58 Sleep problem 59 "All Those Years ___" (George Harrison song) 60 Make happy 61 Handle effectively 62 ___ Te Ching (classical Chinese text) 63 ___ Tag (1980s toy set) 64 Items on a chain 65 Button on some cell phones 66 Spider egg holders Down 1 Like some chances 2 "Hold On Tight" band 3 Getting rid of a spill 4 Wally and the ___ (classic TV brothers, for short) 5 Meat preparers that use salt and smoking 6 Prepare peanuts, perhaps 7 "Masterpiece Theatre" host Cooke

8 "That's okay, take your time" 9 Kennedy couturier Cassini 10 It's good to get some every so often 11 Bake sale sponsor, sometimes 12 Get one's ass in gear 18 Fit 20 Inactive 22 "Happy Birthday ___" 23 Men's 4x100 meter medley relay winners at the 2008 Olympics 24 Latvia's capital 27 Giants shortstop Vizquel 28 "___ the season to be jolly" 33 Poetry competition 35 Wedding exchanges 37 Chopin piece 38 Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ryan 41 Complain loudly 42 "The Year of the ___" (1984 designation by Newsweek) 43 "WALL-E" co-releaser 45 Put under 46 Campaign encapsulation 47 The only Blues Brother to reappear in "Blues Brothers 2000" 48 Japan's equivalent of the Mafia 49 "It'll be just a moment" 50 Stingy people 52 Nobel Prize-winning physicist Bohr 54 Michelle Phillips and Cass Elliot, musically 56 Nuclear family member 57 Silent ___ (presidential nickname)


To Imagine is Everything!






uthor Tommie Townsley and artist/illustrator Anne Dentler were the special guests at the 6th annual Imagination Celebration fundraiser for the Children’s Museum. Ms. Townsley, well known for her “Cajun Tales” and Ms. Dentler, award-winning illustrator of Ms. Townsley’s books, have created delightful children’s stories about Louisiana culture. “Adolpheaux the Adventurous Dolphin,” “Clyde the Cajun Calf,” and “Amos the Artistic Alligator” were available for purchase. The Backyard Cowboys provided some good foot-tapping music throughout the evening. Over 20 area restaurants laid out a spread of food to rival the most exclusive dining establishment, and the MSU basketball team graciously volunteered to serve. The silent auction items varied greatly and included home cooking, overnight stays, art, pet and people pampering, and more. Auctioneer Hal McMillin prepared the guests for some fast and furious live auction bidding. With assistance from the likes of Board President Phil de Albuquerque and candidate for Judge Maurice Tynes, the items were going, going, gone in a flash. Scot and Bea Hebert, Jessie Kelly, Yvonne Theriot, and Ricky Horn were seen perusing the auction items and grazing the restaurant fare. Many volunteers, board members and supporters joined together to ensure

PHOTOS SHOWN: 1–Casey & Shannon Johnson chatting with Dan Ellender, Director of the Children’s Museum. 2–Kristin & T.J. Marcum share some laughs with Coach Dave Simmons and David Dumars during the Children’s Museum fundraiser. 3–Friends, volunteers and board members Lisa Rubino, Stephanie Weaver, Cassie Gage and Tara Demarie did their part to ensure the success of the Imagination Celebration fundraiser. 4–It really wasn’t all about food, Gayle & Larry Smith and Sara & Mark Judson were also there to help raise some money for the Children’s Museum.




5–Claire, Liz, Jeff, Abby with Cheyenne (newly adopted family member) at Family Festival 2008. 6–Madison & Brett LeBlue, Kellyn Dodd with Dizzy, one of the Habibi Shiners’ Clowns at the 2008 Family Festival. 7–And there were celebrities at the Family Festival. Larry Robinson, former NBA player with son Junior, Beverly & Artie Edwards with Shawn Piper, 2007 League MVP of the IFC Champion Swashbucklers. 8–This young group who calls themselves the Animal Lovers Group visit the First Federal booth manned by Amanda Venable, George Jacobson and Katrina Washington.







PHOTOS SHOWN: 9–Ready for a Kool Kats Night Out, Dustin & Lauren Granger and Johnette Szydlo strike a pose for the Shadow. 10–Susan Reed, Dave Brown and Collie Rouyer staunch supporters at the Kool Kats Night Out second annual auction benefit. 11–A family effort as Darryl, Katie and Karen Drewett attend and support the Hobo Hotel & Spankey Halfway House benefit auction. 12–Pet lovers and friends of the Hobo Hotel, Michelle & Matt Taylor and Patti & Joe Stark show their support by attending the Kool Kats Night Out benefit auction.


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another fun and successful event for the Children’s Museum. Children of all ages appeared on the first morning of the Family & Youth Counseling Agency’s Family Festival 2008 to hear the Westlake Marching Band. Events were in full swing by the time the Shadow arrived. Crazy, funny hats, tattoos, animals, athletes and entertainment greeted the Shadow upon entering the Civic Center for the festival. Face painting, a petting zoo, the MSU Cowgirl Kickers, the Moolah Mallard Hat Parade, story time, and music by the Bayou Idols Band kept everyone busy. Presented by Citgo and supported and sponsored by many local businesses and industries, this event has far-reaching and positive affects on the children and families of our community. Hats off to the organizations, agencies and individuals who understand the importance of the well being of our youth. “Kats Domino” aka Stewart Read tickled the ivories in the most delightful manner as guests arrived for the second annual Kool Kats Night Out auction to benefit the Hobo Hotel & Spankey Halfway House. This non-profit no-kill shelter and care center for cats and kittens







PHOTOS SHOWN: 13–Partying for a Cure is Maeghan Sartin, Kris Diagle, Margaret McCloskey, Michele Hurley, Glenda Andrepont (cancer survivor) and in back Sherrie May and Hank Hurley. 14–A Jamaica Me Crazy party group ready to have some fun, Nelda Stebbins, Jenny & Danny Ardoin, Dru & Rodney Sonnier and back row Shannon Stebbins and Sheilia Wills. 15–Party friends Nikki Buxton, Monte Doss, Johnah Masse, Jake Hicks, Tana & Matthew Mauhot get ready to party for a cure at the American Cancer Society fundraiser.

PHOTOS SHOWN: 16–Cindy Feucht, Kayla Griffin, Wanda Williams, Rhonda Saunier, Sally Stride and in front Kaytlynn Watson. (Calcasieu Parish Animal Coalition) at the Young at Heart vendor reception. 17–Looking for the zest in life Gloria & Fred Byars and Al & Melba Portinause attend the Young at Heart Expo. 18–Angie Van Norman & Lori Robertson (Healthy Living Marketplace) are busy setting up the Marketplace for the Young at Heart Expo.

grew from the capture of one feral cat. Collie Rouyer, board president, greeted the Shadow at the door and immediately located her cohort, Carol Cain, resident hotel manager, for introductions. I have to say these two ladies made sure the Shadow was well fed, comfortable and happy! Roni Kemerly, along with Ron and Heather, Patricia and Brian Prudhomme, Karen Wade, and Jessie Kelly did their part to keep the show running smoothly. All the kits and kats appreciate the sponsors, volunteers, corporate and individual donations that added so much to the success of this event. The American Cancer Society put on another fabulous Jamaica Me

extraordinaire, took the mike, sang his auctioneer song and coaxed bids from throughout the room. And the Shadow will never forget the Jamaican Village, where she got her first tattoo—ooh, la la! Proceeds from this colorful and fun event are used to continue the life-saving research, education, advocacy and patient services of the American Cancer Society. The Young at Heart Expo’s second year was another great success. Organizers Margaret McLosky, Annette Tritico, Kathleen Deaville and Katy Day were pleased with the large turnout. Lunch was provided exclusively by Treasures of Marilyn’s and Honey B Ham and Deli. Other food vendors were Market Basket,

Crazy Party for a Cure Gala. Josh Rogers and the staff of O’Charley’s presented the guests with an array of delicious food items: brisket, smoked pork loin, chicken O’tenders, spinach and artichoke dip, chips and salsa, veggie and cheese trays—yum! Doors opened at 6 p.m. for an Exclusive Patron Party for sponsors. Ms. Hospitality, Glenda Andrepont, cancer survivor and American Cancer Society volunteer, thanked guests for their support. Lindsay Ardoin was all over the place, attending to details and keeping everything rolling. “Cold Sweat” took the stage and wowed the crowd with their great repertoire of popular favorites. The real fun began when Hal McMillin, auctioneer

Huggy Bear’s Malt Shop, and The Coffee Beanery. Seminars addressing many aspects of life after 50 followed the theme “Living Happy & Healthy After 50.” Booth vendors provided free screenings, glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure checks, and more. Entertainment included the lively steps of Jazzercise, Diamond Dancers, Dee’s Dancers and Bayouland Ballroom Dancing with Rody Broussard and Roxanne Germany. Impersonations, a fashion show and music from Happy Harmonizers, Cajun Friends, and Country Sunshine rounded out the day.



Below: The South Lake Charles Little League All-Star baseball team rides in a parade held in their honor. The team won both the state and region championships, then played in the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania. Below: Apolline Caroff, 15 months, loves to take a sink bath when it’s warm outside. She is the daughter of Sophie Caroff.

Brian Lawrence, left, Jake Armand and Grant Armand welcome the South Lake Charles Little League All-Stars back home. The boys represented the South Lake Charles Little League Blue All-Star Team – State Champions in the 8-year-old Division!

Above: Austin Wright is the perfect little angel. He is the son of Jamie and Craig Wright of Ft. Polk.

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I value the family life

we enjoy in our community today. However, it is being assaulted on so many fronts, and statistics show it is continuing to get worse. What's the solution? We elect an aggressive and experienced lawyer with courtroom experience as our next District Attorney -- a man who will confront criminals and protect our families and our way of life. In fact, it is the only way we are going to be able to handle the growing criminal activity that faces our community and families today. I pledge to the people of Calcasieu Parish that I will use my 30 years of trial experience to do just that -- protect our families by personally prosecuting violent criminals, sex offenders, and drug dealers -- the very element that threatens all of us. The deals for criminals will stop- I guarantee it! I’m Steve Streete, candidate for Calcasieu Parish District Attorney, and I ask for your vote and support on October 4th.



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