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LA Pipeline

Servicing Industries in Southwest Louisiana & Around the World by K. G. McDonough LA Pipeline Rental and Supply, LLC is a small family-owned business in the heart of Southwest Louisiana’s industry alley. They cater to pipeline contractors, construction companies, and industrial plants by offering everything these companies need to do their work. Barbara Blalock and her late husband James started their business together in 1980. He originally hailed from Mississippi; she from Arkansas. The two met in the early 1970s when he worked on a pipeline in Arkansas. They initiated the business while working the CO2

Cortez Pipeline in Colorado. “It was just he and I and our young daughter then,” says Blalock. “We followed the job from Colorado down to Farmington and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Then Hurricane Alicia hit our hometown of Baytown, Texas. The job in New Mexico was finishing, so we came home to take care of our place.” Once settled back in Baytown, they opened an industrial supply office and warehouse and named their business J & B Pipeline. Until that time, their business had been mobile, depending on the location of the pipeline work. When they built the

business in Baytown, they decided to stay put. “We still did some on-site work, but much less.” In 2004, Barbara and James opened LA Pipeline in Sulphur. A few years later, they opened a third location in Three Rivers, Texas.

Meeting the Needs of Industries

“We don’t supply pipe, but we do supply everything the pipeline contractors, construction companies, and industrial plants need to complete their jobs,” says Blalock. “We don’t service pipe, but we do offer everything it takes to lay the ony and T n so er h h it w d pipe, such as welding icture l ta en R e Barbara Blalock p in el ip P supplies, safety supplies, d the staff of LA daughter Happy an a L hur, lubricants, markers, and Supply in Sulp power tools, saws, hammers, PAGE 4

drills, jackhammers . . .anything they need on the jobsite. We rent pipeline locators, beveling machines and bands, compressors, water pumps, generators, transmissions, and holiday detectors. Anything a worker would need on a jobsite, excluding heavy equipment.” LA Pipeline stocks over 4000 items. If an item is needed that they do not stock, they can special order it. Most of their equipment is available to buy or rent.

A Small Company With Global Service LA Pipeline’s customers include industrial plants, construction companies, casinos, and even individuals in the market to purchase or rent tools. While much of their business is local, they also ship to other states and countries across the globe. “No matter where our customer is, we can take care of him,” Blalock April 2014 • Volume 1 • Number 9


ture of pipeline workers. “We traveled with the pipeline as it moved down the line,” explains Barbara. “When they completed one section, we moved on to the next town. Everyone lived in travel trailers. Happy always traveled with us. She often switched schools two or three times a year. But she’s always been the type of person who always had friends -- a “pied piper” on the pipeline, they called her. All the kids flocked to her.”

From Grief to Renewed Ambition

with the staff of d re tu ic p ck lo la Happy B ply in Baytown, TX J&B Pipeline Sup says. “We’ve serviced several jobs in Africa. We make weekly shipments to gold mines in Ghana.” Though they are a small company, there is no limit to LA Pipeline’s service area.

Going that Extra Mile Blalock says there may be other tool rental and industrial supply companies out there, but none that offer the excellent service provided by LA Pipeline. “We’re a family owned business and we treat our customers like family. It doesn’t matter if a client needs something at 3:00 a.m., we’ll deliver it to them when they need it. Customers receive their orders on time and they get it with a smile on our driver’s face. We go that extra mile.” Blalock raves about her April 2014 • Volume 1 • Number 9

staff, not only as employees, but as family and friends. “When my husband passed away, they were all there for me and have stood behind me. We work well together. They treat me with respect, I treat them with respect. I have an excellent bunch of people here working with me.” Blalock’s daughter Happy manages the Baytown business and her son Tony runs the Three Rivers facility. At LA Pipeline, Blalock employs a staff of twenty four including drivers, mechanics, office staff, salesmen, and warehouse workers. Charlie Bankens is her sales manager. He started on their first day of business in Sulphur and has been with them ever since. “He’s the man to go to,” says Blalock. “He and I work together. He’s a hard worker. This business is his life, as it was my husband’s life and it

became my life. Charlie has the same work ethics that my husband had. “ Happy Blalock grew up traveling with her parents, surrounded by the unique cul-

James Blalock started working the pipelines right out of high school. He passed his knowledge of the business on to Barbara as his wife and business partner. After James was hurt in a work-related accident in New

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Mexico, Barbara was forced to take a greater role in running the venture. “That’s when I really started learning more about the business. Last year, after my husband died on November 17, 2012, people were sitting back waiting to see what I was going to do. That first year, there were a lot of emotions and indecisions. For a time, I thought about throwing in the towel. I got in a certain spot and thought I needed to sell out. Then the next day I’d wake up feeling better and I’d

motivated businesswoman down.

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we’re sitting right in the middle of it,” says Blalock. “It’s our oneon-one relationships with our customers and our quality service that make us unique. We’re here to help.”

LA Pipeline is located at 3210 Napoleon St./Hwy. 90 in Sulphur, La. For more information, call them at 337-533-8184 or go to their website, www.lapipelinerentals.com.

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by The Voice of SWLA One day, when he was a teenager after months and months of practicing the accordion, Lake Charles musician Rusty Metoyer had an artistic awakening. Until that moment, Metoyer – who grew up listening to his older relatives participate in Zydeco jam sessions – was a hard working novice who listened intently to the sounds created by the music genres’ giants. His goal was to master the accordion. Meanwhile, his family provided loving support one bad note at a time until the day came when he finally conquered his chosen instrument. Metoyer remembers when the instrument became an extension of his creative personality. His family knew it also when a smooth and complete sound started emanating from the young man’s bedroom.“It was jaw dropping,” recalled his mother Portia Metoyer. “For years, it was like ‘Rusty can you go play on the patio?” Russell Metoyer, Rusty’s father, said his son’s progression was earned through hard work and perseverance. “There was a lot of bad accordion playing over the years. But all of a sudden, it was like somebody riding a 5-speed bike-and then boom they are flying on the 10-speed. And he has been playing April 2014 • Volume 1 • Number 9

like a Cadillac ever since.” Metoyer’s accordion playing is gaining him fame as a Zydeco player on the Louisiana roots music scene. Along with his band The Zydeco Krush, Metoyer is attempting to bring traditional Zydeco sounds to both young and older listeners with the hope that everyone can recognize the vibe and appreciate the spirit of the Louisiana Creole culture. Metoyer wants to be one of the many ambassadors of the music that is so much a part of the Louisiana experience. Those around him think Metoyer – who has deep Louisiana connections through the Metoyer (on his father’s side) and Pappion (on his mother’s side) families – will eventually etch his name among past and present Zydeco performers who are considered royalty, like Queen Ida, Rockin Dopsie, John Delafose, Roy Carrier, Geno Delafose, the Ardoins, Terrance Simien and Keith Frank. In recent years, Metoyer has played in Louisiana, Texas, California, along the eastern seaboard and in France. Those stops represent a lot of miles for a young man who is still growing musically. “I have always been into music. When I was kid, I used my birthday money from my parents and bought my first CDs which were the ‘Space

Jam’s soundtrack and the Temptations greatest hits.” Those selections led to more musical influences for Metoyer that include Boozoo Chavis, Santana, the Eagles, and Clifton Chenier. Metoyer’s choice of music covers a large portion of the music world’s offerings. Metoyer is honing a sound that is distinct enough that his fans will know who is playing after a few notes are performed. “Yes, that is what all musicians want. To have their own sound, and mine is one that mixes a lot of artists, but, it is still Zydeco and people who hear it know that,” he said. Metoyer and The Zydeco Krush released their first CD, “Take My hand,” in 2013. He also performed on the “Creole United” CD with noted Zydeco performers Andre Thierry, Sean Ardoin, Ed Poullard, Jeffery Broussard and Lawrence Ardoin. “I was shocked that they asked me to play. That was a privilege I am so thankful for. The fact that they considered me was so awesome. Especially since I look up to them and studied all of their music. And the purpose of the project-to breathe new life into Creole music-made it all even more wonderful,” he said. Metoyer has come a long way in a short time in the music world.

Like his parents, he will never forget the moment the music started to flow out of him. “It happened one day like my parents’ said. I was playing a piece by Boozoo Chavis when it felt like my grandfather, a Zydeco musician who had long passed, had wrapped his arms around me and was pulling on my accordion. I had tears in my eyes. Afterwards, I could play anything. That’s how it happened.”

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My Senior Moment THE SULPHUR SENIOR CENTER

By Joyce R. Kebodeaux At the heart of every city are its senior citizens. Most cities recognize and value their seniors and as a result, more and more senior centers are becoming a part of city services around the country and in Louisiana. The city of Sulphur is no exception. The Sulphur Senior Center, located at 601 Maple Street, provides a wonderful place for seniors to go and enjoy some fun and fellowship, as well as a place to learn new skills. The center opens each day at 7:30 AM with coffee and biscuits. There is no cost to join the center and people come at their leisure to visit and participate in the activities. Mona Pellerin, senior coordinator, and her assistant, Pearl Caudo, visit with the seniors and keep them involved in many activities. In the large multi-purpose room everyone gathers at the tables for card games, dominoes and lively conversation. Willetta Thomas helps several women string beads to make unique and colorful jewelry. The TV and newspaper are there for those wanting to catch up on the latest news. On Tuesdays the bridge players gather to play in one of the classrooms. In the next room quilters are sewing or choosing colors for their projects. Mary Desormeaux shares her quilting skills with those who want help. She makes othPAGE 8

er things, too, like bowl mitts to handle hot food and blankets for children at West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital. While the ladies are quilting, the men (and sometimes women) play pool next door. These pool players are serious about their game. They bring in their own coffee maker so no one leaves the room for coffee breaks. Mona loves to tout Sulphur Senior Center’s successes to the community. The center’s origin dates back to 1987 when the city

“There has never been a better time to be a senior citizen.”

Chris Duncan, Sulphur City Mayor

of Sulphur donated the old school building to house the new senior facility. Church groups and industry work teams painted the walls and repaired the worn floors. “Members help out all the time— like Liz Harper, who put up these nice drapes,” Mona says. Blanche Panunto, who is taking biscuits out of the oven, adds, “Our instructors are folks who donate their time to

Coordintaor Mon a Pe Member Faye Kyso llerin and Senior Center n are working on the Sulphur Senior Center scra pbook.

teach classes and lead seminars. Hospice and home-health personnel do health-fairs to keep seniors healthy. They offer free screenings and blood pressure checks, discuss nutrition and answer questions.” Each week, Betty Dartez teaches ceramics classes. Betty will teach a course on the basics at the ceramic seminar on May 5, from 9 o’clock until 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Mona encourages interested seniors to: “Bring a sack lunch and come prepared to have a good time. The center provides drinks and desserts. Each participant will take home their finished piece that day.” Art is another hobby that interests many seniors. Mona adds, “Jerry Wright, a well-known artist and teacher, comes twice a year for painting workshops. The next workshop date hasn’t been announced.” Most activities take place at the center, but four celebrations are hosted by Sulphur Parks and Recreations and are held at different

locations. A larger space is needed for the Christmas party, Valentine celebration, fish fry and luau. These events draw larger crowds. Because of the space limitations, weekly line dancing has also been moved to Spar, where their members join the seniors for fun and exercise. Members of the Sulphur Senior Center also wear purple shirts that reads, “We give a hoot,” on the front and, “Sulphur, Louisiana,” on the back. This keeps them connected and builds morale. Talk of a recent trip to San Antonio brings chuckles as good times are recounted. Going with friends, not having to drive, and affordable prices makes these trips most appealing. The historic city of Savanah, Georgia, is their next destination. They will tour places of interest and eat at Paula Deen’s Restaurant. At the center the Meal Site is opened at noon by Mona Hebert. Hot meals, served to the elderly, provide nourishment for their April 2014 • Volume 1 • Number 9


bodies while they visit and make friends. One gentleman says, “This sure beats eating alone at home.” The soft spoken coordinator, Mona Pellerin and her assistant, Pearl Caudo, operate the place as a home where all are encouraged to be themselves. The staff and members invite everyone to come in and see for themselves what the Sulphur Senior Center is all about.

In Sulphur, being identified as a senior citizen is not about losing one’s youth. Instead, it is a new stage of opportunity and strength. At the senior center, members continue to learn new things, and as everyone knows, anyone who keeps learning stays forever young.

Mona Pellerin is coordina tor of the Sulphur Senior Center activities. She daily motiva tes and engages seniors, flashing a friendl y smile, making coffee, baking biscuits or calling Bingo. She was born in Sulphur, LA, but lived muc h of her life in Baton Roug e, LA. While there, she graduate d from LSU with a Masters in Psychology and implemen ted an intergenerational program in a refurbished old fire station. “The Ging erbread House was a bright and ha ppy meeting place where seniors and children learned from each other and I’d like to start a similar program here,” she said. Mona invites senior citizens to come meet new friends and join in the activities at the Sulphur Senior Center loca ted at 601 Maple Street. For more information ab out current services an d programs, contact Mon a Pellerin at (337) 528-00 02. Senior Center Volunteers pictured left to right: Willetta Thomas, Liz Harper, Linda Courmier and Blanche Panunto

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The Original Downtown

Lake Charles Crawfish Festival By Abby Ecker

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Could You Retire Now?

A comfortable and secure retirement is every worker’s dream, yet for many people, thinking about it can be overwhelming. Retirement is a goal to be relished, and the key is to be prepared. Answering these questions can help you figure that out.

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If you haven’t started to think about it yet, now is the time to figure out how you would like to spend your days in retirement. Will you be travelling? Playing golf? Volunteering your time? Maybe start your own business? Having a clear vision will assist in calculating the finances you will need to live comfortably while enjoying your days in retirement.

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at age 62. Paying off your mortgage prior to retiring will eliminate one of your largest monthly bills and allow you to tap into your equity in cases of emergency. Talk to your Advisor about what percent of your savings you can withdraw annually during retirement. Disciplined investors may be able to gradually draw down their savings in a way that will likely last as long as they live. Achieving the dream of a comfortable, secure retirement is much easier when you plan your finances. Engage your spouse to envision how you each plan on spending your later years and how you will finance your activities. Deciding together now will make you both happier in the long run.

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Pet Fostering

A TEMPORARY COMMITMENT CAN SAVE A LIFE Mike Cavell of Baton Rouge have fostered fourteen dogs and five cats in the past two years. They enjoy fostering animals and recognize that there are advantages but also disadvantages. “It’s very rewarding to see an animal that is traumatized from being in the shelter transform into a happy, loving companion,” says Shannon. “It’s even better when you get updates from their

diagnosed with heartworms and would have been euthanized if she hadn’t rescued him. “I knew he had no chance and I couldn’t leave him,” she says. “I took him home in September and started him on heartworm treatment. After he completed treatment, I looked for a home for him.” Landry would have kept Chief, but she lives with her parents Chris and Leslie Landry and they already have

permanent homes and see them thriving. But it can be challenging at times, especially if you have other pets. There can be some chaos while they are all getting adjusted to each other. And of course, it can be hard to let them go. One of our fosters found a forever home with us.” Katelyn Landry is a junior majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicine at McNeese State University. She recently fostered a bloodhound named Chief. She encountered this four-year-old dog while volunteering at the Calcasieu Parish Animal Shelter last fall. He was

a dog. Also, between her classes and her current job at Lake Area Animal Hospital, she really doesn’t have time to properly care for a pet. Fostering was an acceptable option for her and her family. She found Chief a forever home in February. Landry hopes to begin Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall of 2015. She has always loved animals—especially hound dogs—so striving to be-

by K. G. McDonough Have you ever considered adopting a pet but weren’t certain you were cut out for the responsibility? Maybe you’ve wondered if a particular breed will get along with your children or other pets, or worried there may be allergies assoin g in r te s o F t ciated with the Pe isiana u o L t s e animal. w th Sou in d te s e r te in If you’re unIf you are are e r e h t, e p sure whether a fostering s n o ti a iz n rga to adopt a pet a few local o : n o ti p o e or not, foster that offer th an animal for hip for rs e n rt a P a re a trial period • Lake A re (LAPAW) a lf e W l a im can be the n A ww.lapaw.org w , 4 9 2 -7 8 7 -4 337 perfect soluarish Animal • Calcasieu P tion. FosAdoption Services and t e tering also j.n p p , www.c 337-721-3730 gives anifor Cats • Hobo Hotel mal lovers 337-439-2428 m o .c ts an opportelforca www.hoboho tunity to save a pet’s life without making a long-term commitment. Shannon and PAGE 14

come a veterinarian was an easy career choice for her. According to Katelyn, not enough people realize that wonderful pets, including purebreds, can be found at animal shelters. “Chief is a perfect example,” she says. “He’s a purebred bloodhound. To get a purebred dog you don’t have to buy one from a backyard breeder or expensive pet store. They can be found at the local shelters or online at rescue sites for various breeds. Veterinary offices also often have pets available for adoption or fostering.” Like Cavell, Landry encourages people to consider fostering a pet for a trial period, to see if it works out with your family and circumstances. “I definitely plan to foster more animals in the future.”

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By Rob Brooks

Want a Cookie? Want to help support a wonderful organization? Want to participate in a fun and healthy family event? Moss Bluff United Methodist Church and KPLC-TV along with other local organizations will once again be hosting the Tour LaFitte cycling event in support of Louisiana Special Olympics. The ride will be held on Saturday, May 3rd. The ride will start and end at the Lake Charles Civic Center. All routes start at 7:30 AM. The Tour LaFitte is more than just a bicycle tour, it is truly an event. The Keyon’s Fitness Family 10 mile ride winds throughout the lakeside neighborhoods and is suitable for riders of all ages. Longer routes of 27, 40, 50 and 60 miles are available for experienced riders. One of

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the signatures of the ride is the wonderful homemade cookies available at every rest stop on all the routes. All participants receive a ride packet, which includes a commemorative T-shirt and water bottle. After the rides enjoy the Lake Charles Copy After Ride Party highlighted by Country Musician Judd Bares, great prize give-a-ways, and fun contests. You can register at the Bicycle Superstore or Capital Cyclery bike shops located in Lake Charles or go online at www.tourlafitte.com. Want to help or have other questions email tourlafitte@ gmail.com.

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Caring for yourself after

injury or surgery by Mickey Moss, PT

with activity from the expected soreness you might ex perience getting started. Practice fir st aid with minor pains using the acro nym RICE: rest, ice, compression, el evation. Pay attention to techniqu e.

This past winter w as particularly brut al for those recovering from injury or surg ery, or for those who ar e used to exercising and playing sports ye ar round. With w armer days finally upon us , many will be taki ng to the fields, courts, and gyms. Unfortu na tely Don’t fo many will also be pl rget to acing themselves in a po - STR sition of high risk fo ETCH. r injury. With the w ealth A of information av ppropriate warm-u ailable today and p and coolthe accessibility of appr down stretching opriate fitness and is im perative to health professionals, the m helping you exerci eans to minimize in se m or e efficientjury ly exists for all. Follo and safely. While ac w these simple rule tivity stretchs: ing is important, m any may also have Start slowly and in some specific flexibility is su es th at need to be moderation. addressed with so m e ta rg et ed st retching to Physical therapists (PT’s) Don’t expect to pick create a new restin will often be a part -up your work-out g le ngth for the muscl of the managemen at the same level of freq es . t team for injuries. uency and intensity PT’s are not only critica that A you ended with se l in rm th e tr y veral months ago. ea o tm u rself with ent of injury, but are extens If you do this can lead to iv el y tr in ai ne fo overuse injuries fr d rm in anatomy, ation on diet, kinesiology, and bi om the onset that will just omechanics, and ca further delay your h y d ra tion, sleep, etc… n be an excellent provid getting back into your rout er choice for a co ine. Be sure to use a repu m prehensive neuromus table source of info Don’t ignore smal culoskeletal evalua rmal pains. This will oft tion such as a med tio n. PT’s can also be a ical university or na en be a prelude to larger good referral sour tional health/fitness asso pains. Distinguish ce to an appropriate fitness ciation. pain specialist or phys ic ia n should the need ar ise.

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How do you make a difference in the life of a loved one affected by mental illness?

On April 26, 2014 NAMI SWLA will host the 12th annual NAMIWalks for the Mind of America at the Lake Charles Amphitheatre. Registration will begin at 7:00 AM with the Walk starting at 8:00 AM.

By Anastasia A. Armstrong M.A. The question is a pressing issue when men’s mental health is brought to our attention. Typically, men are more reluctant to seek medical attention than women. This reluctance is attributed to stigma, culture, and social norms of our society. Even though many of us hope for a quick solution to mental health concerns, you must be prepared to provide support and guidance if you see signs that are of concern. Some of the most common mental health disorders diagnosed in men are alcohol/drug addiction, depression, PTSD and anxiety. Each condition has its own set of symptoms, but the more persistent symptoms are: drastic changes in mood; pronounced changes in sleep, appetite and energy; difficulty thinking, concentrating and remembering; physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment (such as headaches, digestive issues, and chronic pain), and lack of interest in or pleasure from activities that were once enjoyed. PAGE 18

When looking for support many people turn to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. From coast-tocoast and around the globe, mental illness affects everyone. Every year, regardless of gender, race, age, religion or economic status, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in ten children across the United States—that is nearly 60 million Americans. NAMI Southwest Louisiana is a lo-

cal non-profit agency that has been providing education, advocacy, and support to families and individuals affected by mental illness in this area for 30 years.

NAMIWalks is the largest mental health education and fundraising effort in America. It brings together thousands of individuals and supporters to celebrate mental illness recovery, to honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness and to help raise funds, combat stigma and promote awareness. NAMIWalks hosts teams from all over the community and features a program of local celebrities and community leaders along April 2014 • Volume 1 • Number 9


with food, information booths and prominent recognition of sponsors. There is no registration fee for the Walk. All participants are encouraged to collect donations from family members, friends, co-workers and business associates. All walkers raising $100 or more receive a NAMIWalks event t-shirt.

For more information about NAMI SWLA and NAMIWalks please call 337-433-0219 or visit www.namiswla.com

HEALTH is

Everyone’s Business by Mark Wayne Allen

Attention everyone: Look, Read, Understand... I have an important topic this month: men’s health. If you’re saying, ‘Humph! That doesn’t apply to me,’ think again. Health is everyone’s business. It really doesn’t matter who you are; we all know men that we care about, and we all can help. Let me tell why we men need help... I was having troubles and saw an urologist. Even a doctor that has seen and heard everything can be intimidating to talk to, no matter how nice they are. I have one suggestion for you: speak up! Doctors are humans just like you and me. They need your input!

I thought my issue was very minor, but I’m glad I had it checked as it proved to be something that needed treatment. No discussion about men’s health would be complete without talking about the, now, infamous Low-T, or low testosterone. It seems men have an image of being an invincible super hero that is ten feet tall and bullet proof. Testosterone in aisle 3! I’m a man and I can say this about myself. According to WebMD, men complain of weakness, being tired, and low levels of intimate feelings because of Low-T. Low levels have also been linked to diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, and many other things. Testosterone replacement thera-

py is still the best answer, but the long term effects remain unclear. A normal testosterone level is 300 to 900, but it is important to remember that a man’s testosterone level naturally decreases with age. I know that no man wants to ever do it, but, like it or not, we’ve got to have regular prostate exams. We also need to protect our big hearts too and, the best way to protect it, is to refrain from eating those nightly steaks. Darn!

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Multitasking is all the rage today. People who multitask, and do it well, are admired for this ability. But there is another form of multitasking that is very rare—and that is a person who is multi-talented. Few people world-wide can claim this title. Calcasieu Parish, however, is rich with multi-talented people. The Bayou Writers Group overflows with such individuals. One such member of the BWG is Peggy Borel. Peggy is an example of a person who not only possesses many talents but who has cultivated and shared them with others. She is both an artist and a writer whose talents

Peggy Borel:

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have flourished in southwest Louisiana in the last decade. This is her story. Born and raised in Stratton, Maine, Peggy was the youngest of five children. After college, Peggy moved to New Hampshire where she met her husband Mike, a Lake Charles native, at a Howard Johnson’s restaurant. Eight months after they married, Peggy found herself living in the Deep South. “You can take the north out of the girl, but you can’t take the south out of the boy,” Peggy jokes. Together, they have three grown children, Michael, Christy, and David.

Although Peggy cannot remember when she first felt the desire to become a writer, she vividly recalls what prompted her interest in art. In 2001, her high school son Michael took an art class. He brought home a sketch which caused Peggy to exclaim, “I could learn to do this!” And she did! Peggy started by taking some art classes before pursuing her own media interests. Her first class was oil painting. She did not like this art form. Instead, she discovered that she enjoyed using charcoal, pastels and a distinct type of watercolor painting that employed watercolor pencils instead of paint. With this new love, Peggy’s art career took off. Since that time, she has participated in many art shows and events in southwest Louisiana and east Texas. This month several of Peggy’s paintings are on display at Stellar Beans Coffee Shop in downtown Lake Charles. (Drop by to see them—you might find one you just have to buy for that special place on your wall!) Shortly after discovering her creativity in the art world, Peg-

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gy visited the Bayou Writers Group. This writers’ group regularly meets on the first Saturday of every month in the meeting room of the Carnegie Library on Pujo Street, in Lake Charles. Interested writers are encouraged to participate. During her first meeting, Peggy once again felt a burning desire well up inside her. “I can learn to write!” she told the group. And she did! In 2002, Peggy’s first book, a romance novel entitled, The Bluebonnet Café (from the Wayback Texas Series) was published. Peggy was now both an artist and an author. In 2004, she became an award-winning author when her story, “Lucky Seven” won Honorable Mention in the national Purple Pen contest. But Peggy was not satisfied

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with just writing romance novels and painting landscapes. There was another desire smoldering inside her. She dreamed of writing and illustrating a picture book for children that would help them to learn the alphabet. This was not to be the ordinary ABC picture book. She envisioned something much more exciting! She started by taking some of her old paintings down from the closet shelf and began to experiment. And soon, her picture book, Teach Me ABCs, was born. When asked to comment, Peggy said, “Teach Me ABCs, my first illustrated picture book, was a fun project that just evolved. I have plans to make it the first in a series of pre-school or kindergarten books. This series will include the following titles: Teach Me 123, Teach Me Colors, Teach Me Shapes—and more!” Her intentions are to use this same design to create informational picture books that children will both love to read and read to learn. Peggy’s goals do not end here. In addition to her painting and picture book projects, Peggy is currently putting the finishing touches on a new novel which she hopes will be published in the near future. Peggy Borel, whose destiny led her to the Lake Charles area, has become one of Calcasieu Parish’s treasures. Her art and her writing have enriched the culture. Even her accent is an acceptable southern drawl, with an occasional slippage to remind those around her of her northeastern background. The ancient Greeks coined a word for a person like

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Peggy—“polymath,” meaning “a person whose expertise spans a significant number of subject areas.” In the past, this label identified such greats as Michaelangelo or Leonardo DaVinci. But one look at Peggy’s paintings, picture books and novels is evidence enough of this woman’s extraordinary talents. Southwest Louisiana is doubly-blessed to claim Peggy Borel—writer and artist—as a citizen of this community. Maine’s loss is Louisiana’s gain! If you have not yet met Peggy, she is often at art fests and book signings around the community. She would love to visit with you and tell you more about her work.

A list of Peggy’s books, paintings and even her schedule can be found on her website at www.peggyaborel.com.

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The sister act known as the Nyla-n-Me Show, featuring two Lake Charles teens, Nyla and Kyla Collins, gives viewers updates from their perspective on the latest pop culture. They highlight Kid’s entertainment, recommending music, movies and books. They are making dreams into a reality by researching, producing and starring in their weekly Facebook episodes. Kyla and Nyla are using their voices to speak out about what is important to them and kids in their age range. The viewer will notice immediately that they are whimsical and energetic and they

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have a flair for fashion—the clothes are fun and fabulous. The girls are charismatic, intelligent and want to use the show to let the community know that the youth of in our city does have a positive voice. Kyla, the older sister, sets the tone of being a responsible role model. She states statistics from polls and asks thought provoking questions. She wants to do the right thing for the right reason. Nyla, wants the show to be an inspiration to others, to do what they have to even if they have to encourage themselves. Tanika Collins, their make this entire operation mother, wears many hats to come together. She serves as their chauffer, makeup artist, wardrobe consultant and agent, working diligently to assist the girls in fulfilling their dreams. Both of Kyla and Nyla’s parents, Carone and Tanika, encourage the girls to dream big and to appreciate that they are wonderfully and uniquely made. When they attend community events they interview people of interest and the interview can be seen on their Facebook page. They plan to present upcoming events of

their own in the near future. This month the Nyla-n-Me Show will host the Youth and Talent Expo, April 19, at the Rosa Hart Theater in the Lake Charles Civic Center 6:009:30p.m. The Red Carpet will begin at 5:00. This event will highlight local talent.

Checkout the site, attend their events and support these young entrepreneurs in our community.

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