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MAY 2013, VOL. 11 ISSUE 3

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Contributing Writers Bill Delaune Marilyn Bowman Linda Melancon Calvin Bessonett

KIRKS HAS THE WORKS....................22 JAMMIN WITH GOOSIE........ 25 BILL DELAUNE........................26 THOUGHTS FROM BULLY ....29 ROLAND SWAMP POP............. 34

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Bercegeay Family Reunion

As far as the 1600s roots of the Bercegeay family in Louisiana can be traced back to

Northwestern France, in what is now known officially as the Department of Loire-Atlantique. Reunions give families a chance to come together, develop memories and look forward to the next reunion. For the first time in 22 years, descendants of Rudolph and Vella Arceneaux Bercegeay family got together at St. Amant Park on Saturday, April 20th,

delighted in viewing a giant continuous slide show of relative photos taken over half a century. Some of theactivities that were enjoyed, included, music, dancing, a coloring and play station for young children, party games, and

2013. Rudy and Vella had 10 children: Carmon (deceased), Ozile Babin, Ruby Lee Roddy-Babin, Elva Mae Sutton-Nealy, Carbett, Mary Lee Bourgeois, Wilma Johnson, Wilfred Ponk,

Wibert Pete (deceased), and Valmon; and they had over 300 descendants (236 people attended this reunion). Each of the ten families wore a different colored reunion shirt. The social and lunch started at 11:00 a.m. and everyone

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baseball. Cousins also met cousins they never knew they had. One of the highlights of the day was when the elders and their spouses gathered around a table and talked and even sang in French. Very few listening understood much but it was great to hear. A reunion requires a great deal of planning and thanks to the planners who had the event running like clockwork. Thanks to everyone for all your help in making the reunion a stunning success. Lets hope everyone can try to keep in touch with one another and stay well throughout the upcoming year. Next year the reunion is on Saturday April 27, 2014. Please come join in planning, as the planners will start meeting on the first Monday in January.

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Outstanding scholars from Ascension and Livingston area high schools gathered April 10, 2013 for EATELs annual Technology Awards Ceremony, now in its 27th year. Focusing on the importance of both technology and academic success, EATEL presented six outstanding graduating seniors from Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension, French Settlement, Maurepas and St. Amant high schools with their own laptop computers. These students plan to pursue studies in mathematics, basic sciences, computer technology, information technology, engineering, health sciences, digital media or business management. Technology Award applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, actively participate in school and community activities, and plan to pursue their studies at a Louisiana-accredited college or university. The 2013 recipients were chosen from a pool of applicants by a counselor from each school. As a recipient of this award back in 1988, I am especially proud of the longevity of the EATEL Technology Awards, stated Ashley Phillips, Chief Operating Officer for EATEL. Back in my day, we received a medal, which was wonderful. But today, to be able to give these students such a powerful tool for their college studies and postcollegiate careers is rewarding.


The following students are the 2013 EATEL Technology Fund recipients:
Carly Harris of Donaldsonville High School - 4.2 GPA - Plans to attend Southern University A & M College and major in Nursing Lance Gisclair of Dutchtown High School - 3.7 GPA - Plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University and major in Information Systems Jorge Flores of East Ascension High School - 3.6 GPA - Plans to attend Louisiana State University and major in Graphic Design Holly Dicharry of St. Amant High School - 4.4 GPA - Plans to attend Nicholls State University and major in Biology Jonathan Cole Gordon of French Settlement High School - 4.0 GPA - Plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University and major in Biology Journey James of Maurepas High School - 3.52 GPA - Plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University and major in Business EATEL honored six outstanding graduating seniors with new laptops for use in their collegiate studies. Pictured are the students with representatives from the Ascension and Livingston Parish schools and school board office. Front row: Carmen Robichaux, Donaldsonville HS counselor, Holly Dicharry, St. Amant HS Technology Award Recipient, Journey James, Maurepas HS Technology Award Recipient, Carly Harris, Donaldsonville HS Technology Award Recipient, Rhonda Matthews, Ascension Parish Career & Technical Education Supervisor, Angela Lee, East Ascension HS counselor. Back row: Mia Edwards, St. Amant HS Principal, Lisa Bacala, Ascension Parish Supervisor of Secondary Education, Steve Westbrook, Ascension Parish Asst. Supt. of Schools, Jonathan Cole Gordon, French Settlement HS Technology Award Recipient, Lance Gisclair, Dutchtown HS Technology Award Recipient, Jorge Flores, East Ascension HS Technology Award Recipient, Staci Polozola, Livingston Parish Career & Technical Education Supervisor, Denise Graves, Ascension Parish Asst. Supt. of Schools, Judi Gautreau, East Ascension HS counselor, Matt Geraci, Donaldsonville HS Asst. Principal.


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Ooh La La Accents at Highpoint Market

What better way to make a design statement in a room than with a fabulous accent piece! This springs home furnishings market at High Point, N.C. showed off a multitude of statement-making pieces that can give any room a distinctive personality. Tables, rugs and accent chairs are great ways to add pizzazz to a room. Accent chairs in unique styles and patterns were everywhere at market. A cool accent chair The reclaimed materials are woven with natural materials including wool, jute and cotton. They are easy to coordinate with what you already have and you can decorate with materials that otherwise would have been discarded. American-made was an even more prominent theme at this springs market. Surya, known mostly for its rugs, was promoting itself as Your complete source for American-made accessories, which includes poufs, pillows and wall art. Poufs and ottomans are most popular with Gen X consumers (ages 33-48), according to a recent survey by Home Accents Today magazine. The growing emphasis on American-made is driven by

ings saying, the market was loaded with lots of bold, bright, fun, colorful fabrics which I love to see from a design viewpoint. Customization was the term I heard most from both the upholstery and case goods suppliers. The ability to easily and

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can bring a room from boring to Ooh La La by adding color and charm! The message: Be bold! Drexel Heritage, known much for its classic style, displayed a rope wrapped table that makes a wonderful statement about organic modernism. Dress up a dressing area with their ivory, curvy Hollywood glam bureau. Is it classic or contemporary? You decide. Rugs are always a great accent piece to add color, character and charm to a room. Reclaimed materials, or as Uttermost calls them rescued materials, are used in a new line of area rugs that feature rescued denim and leathers in blue, black, brown and khaki.

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Ok, so reducing your chances for skin cancer is a no brainer, but we all want that sun kissed look. I love a faux glow! The latest and greatest is Vita Liberatas pHenominal self tanner is made in Ireland. Whats different about this tanner is thatit's a certified organic product, derived from beets. The mousse gives an immediate and long-lasting, medium golden result with a completely odorless, light, airy, and instantly dry application. It even nourishes the skin with marine and organic botanical extracts, smells great and contains no sulfates or parabens. After proper application, this self tanner can last last 2-3 weeks, but theres a catch. The application process can last all day. You have to apply the tanner, wait three hours, apply again, wait three hours, and apply a third time and wait three hours. This longer process will in fact make your tan last about three weeks, but I dont have time for that. You can apply the tanner once and it will last about a week. Available at sephora for $54 (Remember this tan last longer, so its worth the investment!)

Crispy Skin is for Chicken

Weve truly had a spring this year. Its really been nice. In south Louisiana our weather goes from freezing to scorchin hot in a matter of weeks. A friend of mine told me it was because of El Nino, none the less, its been really nice. With our breezy cool spring, we'll spend more time outside, so it's really important to realize you should protect your skin at all costs! When I was in high school, I remember going to Dolphin Island. Unfortunately, I didnt realize how little shade there would be. After a long day at the beach, I ended up going to the ER for a second degree burn. I wish I could say I learned my lesson. Even after that, I still laid in tanning beds. I wasnt the only one. I had friends that did this too. Wed go to the tanning bed and then lay out on a black visqueen with baby oil on. Are you kidding me?! These days my friends and I lament the fact that we need botox for our wrinkles. Even

though my skin feels great being sun kissed, I know its not worth it. I always considered sun kissed skin healthy, but in reality, any increase in pigment of your skin isnt good. Chances for skin cancer increases by 75% if you regularly use tanning beds before the age of 30, and even if you don't lay in tanning beds, routine skin cancer screenings are key. A routine skin cancer screening should take longer than five minutes. Ive been to dermatologists before that barely glance over my skin say, Youre fine!. If this is the case, push the envelope with your physician. Insist a thorough examination. Point out certain spots of concern, and if that doesnt work, get a second opinion.

Sun protection is your best line of defense from skin cancer. My go to sunscreen now is Peter Thomas Roths Uber Dry SPF 30. It feels amazing on my skin. Before this product, I used just a regular over the counter spf, and it worked, but it always left my skin feeling greasy. Greasy face means your makeup has no staying power, and I need that. This super lightweight sunscreen that provides UVA/UVB protection. This sunscreen can be applied under makeup and leaves a shine free finish. It's

Take Time to Appreciate Your Mom

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great relationship with your step-mom, mother in law, spiritual mom, even a strong mentor at work. These relationships are powerful, so tell them how you appreciate them and how theyve changed your life for the better. Isnt it funny how often we dont want to accept the good advice mothers give? But if we're honest with ourselves, sooner or later, we realize mom always had the right advice for our situation and life's challenges.

all situations. That's just a few thoughts on what my mom has taught me. Take time to think about all the wonderful things your mom has done for you. Show those special women in your life how much you appreciate them, not just on Mother's Day but everyday.

Things My Mom taught Me:

Mom taught me to work for what I want, so now I appreciate everything! Mom taught me to stand up straight, have good posture and to smile. Mom taught me to tell the truth, even when it hurts. Mom was always there to feed me. If I had olives and mustard in my fridge (during my bachlorette days) she bought me groceries. Mom always got involved in big events prom and balls, and she always made sure I had the right dress and great hair! Mom also taught me to follow my heart, my gut, and my spirit concerning 13



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market value, meaning that the first $75,000 of the fair market value of the home will be tax free. For example, a $100,000 home would have an assessed value of $10,000 and with the Louisiana Homestead Exemption the first $7,500 in value would be exempt from property taxes; therefore, only $2,500 of the assessed value would be taxable. All homeowners need to make sure they are taking advantage of the homestead exemption by visiting their assessors office and signing up for it. However, there are even more benefits to the Louisiana Homestead Exemption if the homeowner id 65 or older. In January of 2000, a constitutional amendment was passed that allowed for persons 65 or older to effectively freeze the assessed value of their home. Called a Special Assessment, this freeze keeps the taxable value of the home the same, safe from inflating property values. For example, if an owner turns 65, and their homes assessed value is $12,500 that year, the homestead exemption

The Homestead Exemption For Persons Over 65

Generally, a homestead exemption is a tax break provided for by the Louisiana Constitution. It allows for the first $7,500 of a homes assessed value to be exempt from property taxes. The assessed value of a home for tax purposes is 10% of its fair

will keep the first $7,500 non-taxable, and they will pay taxes on $5,000. However, with the special assessment, in the following years, even if the assessed value increases, the owners will continue to pay taxes on only $5,000 instead of the increased value. To qualify for the special assessment, the owner must be 65 or older; must have an adjusted gross income of less than a designated amount ($69,430 in 2013); and must file paperwork attesting to the fact that he meets the criteria. The freeze in the assessed value of the home will remain for as long as the owner who applied for the special assessment or a spouse over 55 resides in the home. For the freeze to continue, the value of the property cannot increase more than 25% because of construction or reconstruction. There may be some changes on the horizon for the special assessment. In the Louisiana Legislatures 2013 Regular Session, House Bill No. 329 proposes to remove the income requirement when qualifying for the special assessment. This would mean that the only requirement would be that the owner be 65 or older and file

the necessary paperwork. If this were to pass, this bill would take effect on January 1, 2015. All homeowners should take advantage of the homestead exemption from property taxes available by the Louisiana constitution. However, those over 65 should also make sure they have applied for the special assessment which allows for a freeze on the homes value so taxes dont increase from re-assessment. To find out more about the special homestead exemption rules or other issues relating to planning your estate to protect your assets, you should consult with qualified estate planning and elder law professionals.
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Why Are My Pipes Banging?

Question: When I use the faucets in my kitchen and bathroom sinks, I hear banging in the walls that seems to come from the water pipes. I heard that this is caused by air in the pipes. Is there a simple solution? Answer: Banging or rattling noises associated with water pipes is often due to a condition called water hammer. Water hammer is caused by lack of air in the pipes (not the presence of air). The banging usually occurs when faucets or valves are quickly closed. The pressure of the water, with no air in the pipes to cushion it, makes noise when it slams against a closed valve. Loose piping also contributes to the noise as the vibrations created in the pipe by the sudden stoppage can also cause pipes to knock against structural elements. In addition to noise, the water pressure can cause premature damage to sensitive valves in appliances and fixtures. Water hammer can sometimes be 18

stopped by introducing some air into the pipes. In many homes, this can be done by closing the main water valve and opening the lowest faucet in the house (usually a basement or outdoor faucet) and several other faucets. Let the water drain out for about five minutes, until water stops coming from the faucets. Then close all the faucets and reopen the main valve. As the pipes refill, air pockets may form at points in the system to provide the cushion needed. If the noise persists, one or more devices called waterhammer arresters might need to be installed. An arrester maintains the air cushion that is needed to prevent the noise. For more information on water hammer and arresters, as well as many other plumbing products and issues, check the Web site. Remember, these tips are only general guidelines. Since each situation is different, contact a professional if you have questions about a specific issue. If you have a specific question you would like answered in a future article, feel free to email to me at and I will do my best to get the answer for you. If you are having a problem with something in your home, it is very likely that someone else has the same problem.

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD

Even though they are temporary, your child's baby teeth are important, and are still susceptible to cavities. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, or Early Childhood Caries. Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and have a good-looking smile. Their first teeth also help make sure their adult teeth come in correctly. Its important to start infants off with good oral care to help protect their teeth for decades to come.

What causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected. There are many factors which can cause tooth decay. One common cause is the frequent, prolonged exposure of the babys teeth to drinks that contain sugar. Tooth decay can

occur when the baby is put to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby. Tooth decay is a disease that can begin with cavity-causing bacteria being passed from the mother (or primary caregiver) to the infant. These bacteria are passed through the saliva. When the mother puts the babys feeding spoon in her mouth, or cleans a pacifier in her mouth, the bacteria can be passed to the baby. If your infant or toddler does not receive an adequate amount of fluoride, they may also have an increased risk for tooth

decay. The good news is that decay is preventable.

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Try not to share saliva with the baby through common use of feeding spoons or licking pacifiers. After each feeding, wipe your childs gums with a clean, damp gauze pad or washcloth. When your childs teeth come in, brush them gently with a child-size toothbrush and water. Be sure to consult with your childs dentist or

physician if you are considering using fluoride toothpaste before age 2. Brush the teeth with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste from the ages of 2 to 6. Supervise brushing until your child can be counted on to spit and not swallow toothpaste usually not before he or she is 6 or 7. Place only formula, milk or breastmilk in bottles. Avoid filling the bottle with liquids such as sugar water, juice or soft drinks. Infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottles before going to bed. If your child uses a pacifier, provide one that is clean dont dip it in sugar or honey. Encourage your child to drink from a cup by his/her first birthday. Encourage healthy eating habits. When your childs first tooth appears, talk to your dentist about scheduling the first dental visit. Treat the first dental visit as you would a well-baby checkup with the childs physician. Remember: starting early is the key to a ylifetime of good dental health.


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In 1969 Vincent Napoli decided his future success would be best served by opening his own business. Nap, as he was known, had an extensive background in the auto parts industry. NAPS Auto Parts & Body Shop was destined to become an icon of the business world in Baton Rouge. Naps location on Scenic Highway, near

the fairly new ESSO (now EXXON) refinery was situated in a center for economic development and community growth at that time. The business grew steadily through Napolis entrepreneurial drive and his spirit of customer service. Over the next couple of decades Nap involved his family in his work and son Kirk would eventually evolve into the leader of the family business. My dad always stressed the importance of developing the business through three basic principles. He believed we should: keep an extensive inventory of quality products, assure that we maintained the most educated staff regarding those products, and shape the operations of the business with the greatest emphasis on customer service, said Kirk. Kirk entered the business at the ripe old age of 11 and worked in every aspect of his fathers company. He paid attention to his dads principles and he learned the landscape of the

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business world. As he grew, Kirk saw that the real opportunity for growth and success would be in the automotive accessories sector of the industry. By 1973 the emphasis of the organization gradually changed and that segment of the business grew while the parts and body shop were phased out. There was no denying the competitiveness of the auto parts business, Kirk continued. My feeling was that for the future, the accessory market was our most promising

direction and would hold our best chance for long term success. That decision proved to be a wise one for the Napoli familys business. In 1981 Kirks Tires and Accessories opened for business on Florida Blvd. near Ardenwood Drive and during the next decade Kirk Napoli would become the familys business leader, growing Kirks into one of Baton Rouges most recognizable businesses. Then in 1991, Kirk moved his operation to 9555 Airline Hwy, a site which is now the largest auto accessory retail store in the South. We are very proud of what we have done in Baton Rouge. My son Blake and my daughter Amy work with me every day and I feel very blessed to have them around. They understand the principles that the business was built on and they have a real dedication for customer service.

Eventually, like so many other longtime residents of Baton Rouge, Kirk heard the call from the wonderful area developing just south of him, in Ascension Parish. Doing business with the people of Ascension Parish was a wonderful feeling and moving my family down here was an incredible experience. We actively sought the right time and opportunity to open a store here in order to better serve the great people of Ascension and in 2005 we felt the time was right. A large part of that decision was finding the right leadership for that store and we really were fortunate to get the perfect person for the task. Smitty and my son KB have done a great job of continuing the legacy of Kirks in Ascension.

around Gonzales. I live in this community, Smitty said. I have for many years and I love the people here. There is simply no better place and no finer people than in Ascension Parish. KB and I are dedicated to providing this community with the great products and service that they deserve and we stress this to our entire staff. This is a family business and we run it that way. We have an extremely low turnover rate among our employees as a result of that closeness. We are committed to them and they are in turn dedicated and loyal to us. The result is a company that is second to none in customer relations and product knowledge.

Smitty is Mr. David Smith, who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and has now been with the company for 6 plus years. He and KB have continued the familys philosophy stressing customer service, a very important aspect to their neighbors in and

Owner Kirk Napoli states, Weve enjoyed being in Gonzales since 2005 and watching Ascension parish grow. Kirks is a part of that, and we look forward to growing with the Gonzales community for years to come. It really is trueKirks has the Works!

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I Don't Have Anywhere To Go

The work week had come to an end and I asked one of my work buddies if he was going fishing over the weekend. His reply was "I don't have anywhere to go". I thought about that statement for a second and said, "Man, there's always somewhere to go if you really want to". I've been told many times by people that don't own boats that they don't have any place to go fishing. That is basically an untrue statement. Most people probably don't realize how much fishing opportunities there actually is for people who don't own boats. Ill agree that this state should provide more places for the boat less angler, but for those that really want to fish there's several places available. Fishing and crabbing off the side of the road in all our coastal parishes can be very productive. I fished and crabbed off the side of the road in the Fourchon, Grand Isle this summer and was very successful in doing so. I even won the flounder division in a fishing rodeo on that trip. A friend of mine had an unsuccessful charter trip in the Delacroix area this past summer. After the trip was over he and his crew fished off the pier on the side of the road near the boat launch. The results were two ice chests full of beautiful blue cats. Recently, I was chosen to be the weighmaster for a tournament for our job site. Instead of fooling around with a boat that day, I decided to fish off the rocks at Lake Poludre to kill time before the weigh-in. Between my partner and I we caught thirty two nice bluegills that morning. Not bad at all. We both had a nice mess of fish for supper. I don't know all the places for people without boats to fish but add to the mix some of the following places along with the ones already mentioned. The Bonnet Carre Spillway. The fishing pier on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain at Mandeville, there's also a pier at the mouth of the Tchefuncte River. In Morgan City, there's a fishing pier called Fisherman's Wharf on the Atchafalaya River. Fishing can also be done from the opposite bank of the river. The fishing pier on the Slidell end of Lake Pontchartrain is now complete and is an excellent place to spend the day. If you know someone who has a pier on any of our local rivers ask permission to go fish there. Lamar Dixon's ponds are now open and many local ponds can be fished with permission. You'll be surprised what you might catch. You might even want to spend a day at the Holden catfish ponds. I really enjoy fishing from a boat, but there's times when I don't want to mess with the hassles of a boat. On those days I load up my pickup and head out for some bank fishing or crabbing. Very seldom am I disappointed with my catch without the use of a boat. The first move to make is to get off the couch and give it a try because there's no such thing as "There's no place to go"..... Until next time, James "Goosie" Guice dem

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I was talking to my good friend Randall the other day-aw, you know Randall-Layton and Bernices boy. Good-looking sisters, his older brother Winston played quarterback at Dutchtown and his younger brother Eric broke a family tradition and went to Gonzales and later starred in baseball at East Ascension. Anyway, we were talking

out of school and sitting on the porch at Uncle Jacks store listening to the old-timers argue about sports and politics and the changing times or complaining about the price of Cokes jumping from a nickel to six cents. Man, I wonder what wed be telling the young people of today if wed be sitting on that porch (or the one at Uncle Georges in Oak Grove) if they

attention is to not go too far back and to not tell them stuff that they already know. We decided 10 years was too short-not even out of the 21st century-and that 50 years was too long ago. Besides, who wants to remember 1963-a disastrous year for the country, for our beloved Yankees and for rock and roll music. That was the year that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas and the country mourned Yankee fans also went into mourning after the hated Dodgers- behind ace southpaw Sandy Koufax- swept the Bronx Bombers in four straight games to win the World Series. To add insult to injury, the final game was decided when Yankee first baseman Joe Pepitone lost a throw from third

1963 to a bubble-gum number called Sugar Shack. Thank Apollo, the Beatles arrived shortly after to save our musical souls. Randall suggested some date in the middle-maybe a 25-year reunion of events from 1988 that might please the storeporch crowd-especially if we bought the Cokes and Stage Planks. I agreed-pointing out that we could use the Presidential Election of that year as a springboard, assuring our young audience that even back then, the two major parties had trouble deciding on viable candidates. The Republicans chose standing Vice-president George H. Bush-even though a standing Veep had not been elected President in 152 years-and the Democrats went with Massachusetts liberal Michael

about how when we first started playing golf at the old Gonzales Country Club that we used to laugh at all the old farts and now weve become the old farts that todays youngsters are making sport of. And we were remembering the summer days when we were

inquired about the years weve seen, I said. Would we bore them with stories of the past or would they consider it a valuable lesson in cultural literacy? Randall replied that the trick to holding the attention of this remote-control generations


in the white-shirted crowds background (Yes, people used to dress up for sporting events.) to allow the winning run to score. And music had sunk to an alltime low with Jerry Lee and Chuck Berry in one kind of trouble or another leaving the number one Billboard hit of

Dukakis. Dukakis? sneered comedian and perennial candidate Pat Paulsen. What kind of name is that for a President? Where are the Washingtons, the Jacksons, and the Jeffersons these days? All in the NBA, I guess. The highlight of the entire

campaign came during a Vicepresidential debate between Bushs running mate Dan Quayle (who had misspelled potato while visiting an elementary school) and the politically savvy Democrat Lloyd Bentsen of Texas. When Quayle claimed he had as much experience as JFK did when he ran for President, Bentsen shot back, I served with Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Any you, sir, are no Jack Kennedy. Bush won in a landslide although one independentthinker from West Virginia cast an Electoral College vote for Bentsen who was probably the best of the bunch. If politics didnt interest them, we could always switch to the scandals of 1988 which had everybody talking. We could describe in great detail how Baton Rouge televangelist Jimmy Swaggert was not exactly practicing what he was preaching when he was caught with a New Orleans prostitute in a seedy Airline motel. Or how the 88 Olympic 100meter champion Ben Johnson was stripped of his medals (a lot of stripping involved in both cases) for using an illegal substance we were unfamiliar with at the time-steroids. Or maybe we could try some modern-day irony by telling them how the United States collectively chuckled in 1988 when its bitter Cold War rival Russia was forced to withdraw from a war it couldnt win against a tiny country calledAfghanistan. How about we accentuate the positive a bit on the sports scene with a feel-good story about a New Orleans horse named Risen Star winning two legs of the Triple Crown-the Preakness and the Belmont. The son of Secretariat would have probably won the Triple Crown but drew the dreaded number one post position in the Kentucky Derby and jockey Eddie Delahoussey had to circle 19 horses just to get third. The Dodgers were back in the World Series in 1988 but slugger Kirk Gibson was not supposed to play. In fact, he was getting treatment on his bad knee and pulled groin during the first game with L.A. trailing 4-3 when manager Tommy Lasorda sent a note to the clubhouse to see if he could pinch-hit. With two out in the ninth and a man on second, Gibson limped to the plate, worked the count to 3-2 and then lined a

game-winning homer into the right-field seats. As he stumbled around the bases pumping his fists, Gibson could not hear legendary Dodger announcer Vin Scully proclaim-In a season of the improbable, you have just seen the impossible. The Dodgers went on to win the Series in five games and they havent won since. It was Gibsons only atbat in the Series. If the kids needed a hero a little closer to home to hold their interest, we could bring up Gramblings own Doug Williams who in 1988 became the first Afro-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Williams was the MVP while leading Washington to a 42-10 rout over Denver, but the most memorable quote of the week came in a pre-game interview when Williams was asked, How long have you been a black quarterback? Of course, theyd all be on their smart phones by now so we could recommend some classic 1988 movie scenes on YouTube to show them what Hollywood used to produce before endless Fast and Furious car chases and spectacular explosions took over. I mean, who wouldnt be impressed with Dustin Hoffmans amazing portrayal of the autistic Rain Man (Im an excellent driver.) or Eddie Murphy playing multiple roles in the barbershop scene in Coming to America (Rocky Marciano. Rocky Marciano. Every time we talk boxing, you white folks pull Rocky Marciano out of your). Still no reaction? Then conjure up a little Beetlejuice and levitate the entire assembly to the old Calypso classic Banana Boat (Day-o, Day-o) like Michael Keating did in 1988. By now, the earphones would be out and all the youngsters would be listening to some wannabe thug rapping about what hes going to do to his bitches with hard-k words abounding. So we could counter with how Paul Simon went all the way to South Africa to record a certain style of bass guitar for his Graceland opus which won Song of the Year in 1988. Not quite as good as scratching a record needle over a turntable but you have to appreciate the effort. Maybe the catchy Beach Boys tune Kokomo would strike a nerve with the rhyming island names-Aruba, Jamaica, ooo I wanna take ya-Bermuda,

Bahama, come on pretty mama And they might be impressed to know that the same group had number one hits like Surfin U.S.A. in 1963, some 25 years before that 88 single. We might even get a chuckle from the Rascal Flatts crowd when we talk about country music from 1988 when George Jones was trying to drown his troubles by drinking whiskey from an Elvis decanter in a Flintstones glass in his hit Yabba Dabba Doo, the King Is Gone and So Are You. Maybe theyd prefer a sarcastic Billy Joe Royals parting shot-Id Pin a Note on Your Pillow or You Might Not Even Notice That Im Gone. Not that we didnt have mournful country hits back in 1988. Vern The Voice Godsin could fill your beer with tears when he cried, You dont know about lonely-til its Chiseled in Stone Well if youre still with us, faithful readers, you probably lasted longer than our young crowd would have made it. Please forgive Randall and Bills excellent adventure back to 1988 in our Wayback Time Machine but its something we have to do from time to time to keep our wits in this mad, mad,

mad, mad world. You see, that year was the last time we celebrated our birthdays-mine on March 19 and Randalls three days later. I turned 39 in 88 and have been celebrating anniversaries ever since. For example, this year was the 25th anniversary of my 39th birthday. Just sounds younger. Randall wasnt so lucky. Sgt. Randall P. LeBlancs 39th birthday was also his last as he died on May 14, 1988-25 years ago this month. A true American hero and a hell of a tough guy, he won the Bronze Star in Vietnam. And though his name does not appear on any wall, the cancer that killed him was a direct result of the chemical Agent Orange sprayed on jungles-and soldiers-to kill the enemys underbrush hiding places. It was good talking to you, old buddy. Stop by and see us some time if youre in town. You wont believe how much Prairievilles changed in the last 25 years. Sure, the old stores gone. But the musics still country and the beers still cold. Miss you, pards.

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Baseball, Baseball, Who has the Baseball?
This past week my son needed three references for a research paper entitled The history of baseball. We started by checking the internet, then a baseball trivia book helped us find critical facts but we needed some current baseball information. We haeded to a super sized retail store to find current magazines about todays baseball. I was sure they had what we needed. We entered the magazine and book department where we began my quest for a magazine that covers baseball. There were magazines for men. There were magazines for women. There were magazines for your furniture, your sex life and for hunting. After a few moments I realized the titles were in alphabetical order. I headed for the Bs. There was boxing, biking and Buff. Beauty, Brides and B.E.T. Soon I was in the C section, Cars, Cooks and Crafts, Coins, and Cinema. Where the Hell is Baseball? I surveyed magazines about zits, skateboards and cartoons, Hot Air Balloons, Crossword puzzles and muscles. Cosmo, Jumbo, Zydeco, Im just a Joe Smo. Where the Hell is my baseball? Panic momentarily set in. I know.... try the S section for sports. My confidence grew. Football and Tennis was front and center. I saw wrestling, fishing, running and gunning. Track, SWAC, Cracked, I want my baseball back. Camping was there then magazines about hair. Dogs and Cats were everywhere. Still baseball was nowhere. I took a step back, looked around the building making sure I was in Wally World, the store that has everything. Yea, everything but baseball. Political magazines and Whos Who, Tattoo, I even saw one about VooDoo. Surfing, swimming, tanning and fun. If I dont get some baseball Im gonna get my gun. Nowhere, amoung this vast literary buffet is one sign of Americas favorite past time. Its just not here. My blood pressure is up, my rage was building, when it hit me. There is but one possible answer for the absence of the subject matter for which every red blooded American should desire. It shocked me that the section of the store that shelves hundreds of magazines didnt have baseball. I figured there must be one reason and one reason only for not being available. BASEBALL MAGAZINES MUST HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT.

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Id like to start this column by simply saying I love my job and the people I work with. I truly could not have imagined having so much fun working in the pest control industry. This was a rather bizarre career change for me, but I am very glad I made that decision. Just for the many people that do not know us, J & J Exterminating has been around for over 53 years in Louisiana. The founder of our company opened his first business with his older brother in Crowley in 1959, and to this day, that office is still going strong. Since then, we have grown to 11 offices in the State of Louisiana and continue to bring prominence and dominance to these areas. 2012 was a fantastic year for J & J Exterminating of Baton Rouge. Our little 4 man operation from 2012 shot up to 7 by April 2013. We received one of the most prestigious awards from our yearly company gathering of Highest Growth Achieved 2012. To say that we were running like crazy, all hours of the day and night would be a drastic understatement. J & J Exterminating has been advertising with Mike at Ascension Magazine for a little over a year now, and we have met some really interesting new people as well as help build our clientele. Mike Strong has been a friend for quite some time, and he has definitely been a huge part of our success in Ascension ParishI owe him for sure, but dont tell him I said that Although I know everyone has appreciated the good looking guy in the picture, and what recommendations I have given over the past issues of termites, mosquitoes, ants, etc., I now have something else to discuss. I would like you to meet everyone behind our success at this office that I had been servicing myself, and I wanted to know that they were going to be taken care of. Needless to say, William turned his customer base into more like a fan base. After a few short months, the customers who I had been servicing for years, they had begun to forget who I was. As you can imagine, this stung a little, but it was all for the greater good. William brought a whole new dimension to customer service with his punctuality, professionalism, and his great attitude towards life. His customer base was beginning to grow immensely, and every single last one of them wanted William, and William ONLY to be the one servicing their home. To me, this is the highest form of a compliment.

side of the guys the whole time that treatment is being done.

Russell Hano,
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Brenton Hano,
Termite Technician This guy is the most ambitious, eager person I know. Brenton is constantly coming to me with suggestions on how to maximize his time in and out of the field, as well as being very persistent about giving him additional things to learn and perfect. He brings so much energy to our office and is one of the hardest working guys in the company. For being as young as he is, Brenton has mastered all the rules and regulations that were given to him by the Department of Agriculture. He continues to impress me daily with his knowledge and his own personal need for perfection.

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Vincent Dantoni,
Commercial Pest Technician We brought Vince over to run our Commercial Pest route, which believe it or not, can be very, very tough and takes a lot of discipline. Who better to handle this than a retired Navy veteran? After 20 years in the service, he wanted to try his luck in the pest control industry. As funny as it sounds, this was the perfect transition for him and for us. This is a guy that wakes up and hits the road every morning around 4 am to get a jump start on his day. Vince is in charge of all our commercial pest control accounts, which takes much dedication and commitment. He has learned to strengthen the relationships between our customers and J & J Exterminating by bringing a very high value of service to our customers. By doing this, he has had a tremendous impact on our success in helping these people with not only the pest problems in the place of work, but as well as helping with their issues at their homes as well.

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Where to begin?? Mrs. Barbara plays the most valuable role in this entire office. Barbara brought over quite a few years in the pest control industry, which was exactly what the Dr. ordered. She answers the phones, schedules all the termite jobs, runs Accounts Payables and Receivables, handles payroll, and is our Human Resources Dept. To put it into perspective, she is the glue that holds this office together. Without her, we would be a bunch of lost souls. She is my right hand wo-man and without her professional knowledge of all the basic functions, we would not be where we are today! Special thanks to each and every one of yall playing such a huge part of our success, and I look forward to the future of J&J Exterminating Co of Baton Rouge.

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Lynn Boudreaux The Natural Drummer

One of my goals in writing these articles is allowing you to get to know our local musicians on a more personal level and appreciate how lucky we are that they give back so much to our community. Most of you know that we are going on a Swamp Pop Cruise next April with the Ryan Foret Band, so I figured this was a good time to introduce all of you to their premier drummer Mr. Lynn Boudreaux. Im going to be spending a week with these guys so I wanted to know Lynn a little better also. Two birds, one stone yall know the drill. A natural drummer Lynn was driving his mom crazy beating on his Tupperware drums at five years old. (How about that ad, Tupperware?) Around six years old Lynn got his first drum set, sort of. The drums were covered with heavy paper so they didnt even make it through a whole day and Lynn was back to the Tupperware. It appeared that this was going to last so at seven, Lynns father Melvin brought him to Music Inc. and Mr. Jimmy Millet outfitted him with a real set of drums and Lynn gave his Tupperware back to his

mom. Until high school Lynn was truly self-taught. He spent a lot of time playing along with the music on the radio until he joined the band at East Ascension under Band Director Sheila Bell and Assistant Band Director Parrish Sonnier. Parrish set up a summer drum camp that Lynn readily signed up for. Parrish even went to get him on the first day of camp and Lynn was so shy he didnt answer the door. Lucky for us he did answer the door on the second day and really started his career that day. One day Parrish asked Lynn to give him a groove. Not knowing what he wanted Lynn did some rolls. Parrish explained to Lynn that a groove on the drums is like a guitar riff. It is a rhythm beat pattern such as funk or blues. Once he understood and learned some grooves the drums really made sense to Lynn. Knowing from an early age that he wanted to play music professionally he was a sponge, absorbing all he could from other drummers and musicians, and studying the different styles of drummers he admired. At seventeen he got a call from Mike Broussard, Sr. Seems that Mikes regular drummer, Donald Quack Gautreaux, couldnt make the wedding gig they had booked at the Rec Center in Gonzales could Lynn do the job. Heck yes! That was an impressive first gig; Mike is a stickler for a tight sound.

After graduation from High School Lynn went to Southeastern where he couldnt play in the marching band, since they didnt have one, but he played in the Symphony band and learned more about reading music. He prefers to play by ear but knowing how to read music is a valuable tool. At eighteen he got a call from Blaine Brignac of the Tighen-Up Band. They needed a drummer so Lynn joined Blaine, Travis Fredrick, Eve Braud, Mike Broussard, Jr., Jeremy Babin, Thad James and Mark Daigle and played with them for three years. During this time the band recorded a cassette that Grace Vassar of Graces Lounge financed for them. Grace saw a lot of bands and could pick out talent when she saw it. Lynn started working at Music, Inc. for Jimmy Millet during this time and after a couple years there he started to believe this was what he would do for his living. However, this wasnt his path. Randy Lachalia, from Lafayette, was the leader of the band Domino and they wanted Lynn to play with them. They toured around the region for two years. After Domino Lynn started playing with the Calico Cats and toured the region with them for another couple years. Upon leaving them he ended up back at Music Inc. until he became a member of the House Band at the Stockyard Saloon in Lafayette. Twice a month the band would open for the major acts coming through Lafayette. Lynn was able to open for some big names such as Diamond Rio, Leanne Womack, Lone Star, Ronnie Millsap and T. Graham Brown. This gig sure added to Lynns diversity in playing. For a time he wanted to be a studio musician. For the next seven years he played with the Cam Pyle Band doing gigs from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. While Lynn was in Lafayette he learned to hang and finish drywall. So until his music was able to support him he did that and installed floors with Jeff Hood in Baton Rouge. Some of you may have heard of Lynns cousin that plays music-Kenny Fife. So far as Lynn knows he and Kenny are the only members of the family that play music. In 2006 Lynn got a call from his cousin Joe Fife who

wanted him to hear the Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition Band from the West Bank of New Orleans. Lynn was able to hear Ryan not long after. Ryan had Lynn sit in with the band during their gig and obviously liked what he heard; Lynn joined the band a year later. Lynn has been with Ryan since then and played on the last two albums and a few songs on the previous album. I am always interested in who influences musicians, Lynns list is impressive. Some of his major influences were: Mike Broussard and Nite Train, Kane Glaze & Cousin, Kenny Fife & Bac Trac, Heart & Soul and Wayne Toups and Zydecajun. Lynns father, Melvin, died from a brain tumor in 1996 but his mother Vera follows him as much as she can. Vera loves to dance and who better to do it to than your very own son. Lynns sister, Melanie Michaels, taught dance at All About Dance for 25 years plus. Lynn is arranging the music for their recital this year. Lynn went all the way to Zachary, to find himself a beautiful nurse that works at Womans Hospital in the Oncology Department, for a girlfriend. In his off time he loves fishing and basketball. So if anyone has basketball tickets they cant us give Lynn a call. I had a very enjoyable time getting to know Lynn a little better and hope you enjoy this article as much as I enjoyed the process. I was impressed with Lynns passion for his music and career. He is an all-around good guy and another great ambassador for Ascension Parish and South Louisiana and the Cajun Culture. Now I cant wait to spend a few days at sea with Lynn and the rest of the band. I want to express my thanks to Lynn for granting me the time for this interview.

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1 Tbsp Cracked Black Pepper (fresh if available) cup olive oil 2 boxes Boursin garlic & herb cheese 3 oz fresh bleu cheese crumbles Method: P r e - h e a t y o u r o v e n t o 4 5 0 d e g r e e s . Ve r y carefully shave the bottom of the tomato to create a flat surface. Cut the top of the tomato and using a melon baller, car efully hollow out the inside of the tomato. Coat the tomatoes in olive oil and sprinkle them w i t h s a l t a n d p e j p p e r. I n a s e p a r a t e c o n t a i n e r combine the Boursin and bleu cheese then stuff the tomatoes. In an oven safe dish, bake the tomatoes for apox 10 minutes, or until the cheese starts to bubble. Promptly remove the tomatoes from the oven and allow to cool before enjoying them. Ser ve as a side dish for hearty meals or use s m a l l e r t o m a t o e s a s a unique appetizer

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to teach history as well as sponsor the cheer team. First alternate, Jacqueline Gautreau, is a Dutchtown High grad currently attending Nicholls State University where she seeks a Masters Degree in Elementary Education.

The 46th Jambalaya Festival season kicked off Saturday night at the Gonzales Civic Center as a capacity crowd attended the 2013 Miss Gonzales and Miss Teen Jambalaya Pageants. A number of young ladies vied for the titles, each a winner in this community. The evening opened with pageant director, Elise Tureau, introducing the current Miss Gonzales Jambalaya, Meredith Conger and Miss Teen Gonzales, Lexie Scioneaux, who were joined on stage by the nine contestants competing for their coveted titles. After much pomp and circumstance, the evening culminated with the crowning of Stevi Girouard as Miss Gonzales and Alyssa Gordillo as Miss Teen Gonzales. Mistress and Master of Ceremonies, Carol Ann Frederic and Todd Long introduced the contestants individually as the interview and evening gown competitions commenced. Frederic, who has been a proponent of the Jambalaya Festival since its inception, will be missing from the festival in May for the first time ever, as she and husband Frank attend the graduation in Kentucky of their granddaughter. It was clear that her spirit and support will be missed. The aspirants for Miss Gonzales included eventual winner of the overall title, Ms. Girouard, who also won the fashion and interview categories. Stevi, an East Ascension High School graduate, who is majoring in social studies at Southeastern Louisiana University, is a lifelong resident of Gonzales who would love to return to EA

trait is deeply rooted in her MexicanAmerican heritage of which she is so proud. Just as proud as her parents, Pedro and Jana are of her. Providing stiff competition in the teen category was first alternate and most photogenic, Renee Delaune. Renee championed the spirit of community in her hometown as the reason she would be proud to be Miss Teen Gonzales. She is an EAHS Spartanette and class vice-president. She wants to make a positive difference in the lives of children as a neo-natal nurse. Second alternate went to Jenna Cornett, an aspiring singer/songwriter who has auditioned for The Voice, a popular NBC singing competition. Jenna is a member of the St. Amant High School choir and was

Jacqueline is a member of the Colonelettes dance team as well as Delta Zeta sorority. She aspires to teach kindergarten at Spanish Lake Elementary. Second alternate, Maria Vidrine, was also named Miss Congeniality and most photogenic. Marias real pride illuminated as she spoke of her Cajun heritage and she traces her ancestry back to the earliest French settlers of Louisiana, the Acadie. She is a St. Amant High School graduate currently studying anthropology at LSU. She claims as her personal creed, God first, family second, self last and lists Mother Theresa as a role model. The competition for Miss Teen Gonzales included title recipient, Ms. Gordillo, who also won the fashion and interview categories. Alyssa is a cheerleader at Dutchtown High and participates on the competition team as well as running cross-country. She views positivity as her greatest asset saying the

named Ascension Idol in 2012. The pageant hopefuls assembled onstage arrayed in a semi-circle around the outgoing queens. Attired in simple all-white garb, in stark contrast to the full on pageant regalia adorning Meredith Conger and Lexie Scioneaux, the contestants appeared as ladies in waiting attending to their queen. As Marilyn Monroes voice sang Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend they performed a spirited dance routine to the delight of all present. Obviously this competition was going to be hotly contested. Before the new queens could be crowned

current royalty must abdicate. Meredith Conger and Lexie Scioneaux did so in two emotional farewell addresses. Lexie, escorted by her grandfather, Arthur Scioneaux, took the stage first. She fought back tears as she recounted a perfect year and perfect friendships, especially with Meredith Conger. The tears flowed more profusely when Lexie thanked her friends and family, particularly mom, Laurie. The moving address was greeted by a standing ovation. As Lexie concluded her goodbyes, this years contestants gathered stage left, each contemplating what the next year of their young lives might hold in store. The nervous energy was palpable as Meredith arrived, escorted by her dad, Mark. Very soon one of them would wear the crown. Meredith spoke of the whirlwind the past year had been. As Miss Gonzales she had travelled far and wide representing her city, including a stint in Washington D.C., where she met with members of Congress from our area. Meredith choked up when telling of the bonds formed with fellow pageant winners from around Louisiana, many of whom were present. The affection between these rhinestone sisters is apparent. She proffered many thanks but singled out her mom, Laurina. Meredith concluded with advice to her successor. Have fun because it goes by way too fast. With that her reign ended. As Stevi Girouard assumed the crown and title of Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2013, she was joined on stage by her parents, Dane and Sharon. They smiled broadly as Stevi said, it is an honor to represent the city I love.

Festival Association truly are. Stevi would like also to invite everyone in Ascension Parish to the Jambalaya Festival, May 23-26

Alyssa Gordillo
A dreamed was fulfilled when Alyssa Gordillo was crowned the 2013 Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya on May 4, 2013. Alyssa, 16, is the daughter of Jana and Pedro Gordillo and resides in Geismer, LA. She is a junior at Dutchtown High School where she is a member of the Dutchtown Varisty Cheer & Competition Cheer squad, Cross Country, Allied Health, and is a Dutchtown High Mentor. Alyssa has been involved in pageants since she was a baby and has been very successful leading up to her dream title as the 2013 Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya. Alyssa says as a little girl it has been a dream of hers to reign over her hometown festival. She is excited that she now has the opportunity to give back to her community and the JFA that has so generously allowed her family to enjoy the festival and what it has to offer for so many years. For many years she has been one of the thousands in the crowd at the Jambalaya Festival, but this year it will be different because she will proudly stand out in the crowd humbly to represent her hometown this Memorial Day weekend. Although Alyssas heritage background is Mexican-American, she definitely has picked up the South Louisiana Cajun taste buds for some of the best Jambalaya in the world. Alyssa would like to say she is honored to represent one of the oldest festivals in the state and will give her whole heart to serving the community, JFA, and the festival queens of Louisiana in hope to inspire young girls in our city as a role model. She would like to thank Elise Tureau and the JFA for accepting her into the Jambalaya Festival Association as their 2013 Teen Miss Gonzales and hopes she will make them proud during her year as queen.

The flower of Ascension Parish youth was on display at the Gonzales Civic Center on Sunday afternoon as over 50 of our young competed in nine divisions in the annual Junior Gonzales Jambalaya Pageants, sponsored by the Jambalaya Festival Association. From toddlers to tweens they donned their Sunday best to compete for the coveted titles. Nervous moms and proud dads were beaming proudly in the large crowd of enthusiastic supporters. The pageant opened with the contestants in the Baby King (0-2 years) division taking the stage. Maverick Clements, Anthony Verlander, Ethan Bourque, Ace Bateman and Jason Kaigler did their best to impress the judges. Maverick Clements was awarded the title of Baby King. Next to grace the stage were the Junior King (2-4 years) hopefuls, Ethan Sutton and Hudson Clements. Young Mr. Sutton was recipient of the crown. Then it was the ladies turn. The Baby Miss (0-11 months) contestants were JoHanna Watson, London Louque, Mia Scioneaux, Kensleigh Pearson, Kadyn Templet and Reece St. Pierre. London Louque took the honors. They were followed by the Toddler Miss (12-23 months) competitors. The large field consisted of Alyssa Perez, Braelynn Anderson, Averie Bourgeois, Jordyn Brown, Londyn LeBlanc, Abby Cadarette, Analee Templet, Ava Odom, Makenna Quinn and Gabrielle Bennett. Averie Bourgeois prevailed over this crowded field. At precisely 2:36 p.m., as the participants entered the spotlight, the festivities were

Toddlers and Tiaras without the Tantrums

interrupted. The Civic Center fire alarm sounded and an automated message implored everyone to head for the nearest exit. As moms and dads rounded up their youngsters and scurried for the exits it was determined that one of the rambunctious youths had accidentally (we choose to believe) pulled down a fire alarm. Much to the relief of the contestants and their families, Mr. Doty Gautreau with the City of Gonzales arrived to save the day by resetting the alarm, and a good laugh was had by all. The pageant resumed with the Tiny Miss (2-3 years) division. Brinley Bailey, Abigail Lobell, Adelyn Hale, Makaela Buratt, Rogue Clements, Kaysen Dixon, Mikalyn Purser, Ryan Vidrine, Gabriella Rizzuto and Kynzie Templet vied for the prize. Gabriella Rizzuto took it home. Next up was Petite Miss (4-5 years). Marlie Bourgeois, Blakeli Landry, JeuneClaire Borders, Abigayle Mitchell and Presley Kling pranced and preened to the delight of the crowd. Presley Kling came away with the title. Mini Miss (6-8 years) followed. Natasha Stewart, Chloe Duplessis, Kyleigh Pearson and Bentley Bateman were the competitors. Chloe Duplessis took home the large trophy and the title. The seasoned veterans in Deb Miss (9-11 years) took their turns to impress the judges. Gracie Guillot, Isabella Norsworthy, Alyssa Peralta, Amanda Hall and Shelby Cadarette were the aspirants. Alyssa Peralta wore the laurels when all was said and done. The old pros of Junior Miss (11-13) brought the competition to its close. McKenzie Nassar, Madison Latour, Jacelyn Wheat and Abigail Erickson were each the epitome of glitz and glamour in their turn. It was McKenzie Nassar who impressed the judges best and garnered coveted title. As the days pageantry came to a close,

the Civic Center was a mix of smiles and frowns, but one things for sure, everycontestant shined on Sunday. From the smallest of the small to the tween queens, each one was a star!

Stevi Renae Girouard

Stevi Renae Girouard is the 18-year old daughter of Dane and Sharon Girouard of Gonzales. She is a 2012 graduate of East Ascension High School. Stevi is currently a Freshman at Southeastern Louisiana University, studying Social Studies Education. She is honored to have the chance to represent a title so close to her heart and let everyone across the state know how wonderful the City of Gonzales and Jambalaya

Jeremy Langlois, Executive Chef

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