Archive for September, 2016

Rapides Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 50 Years

Posted September 2016

We are pulling out all the stops for the Rapides Symphony’s 50th Season this year!  It all starts with our annual September 24th Pops on the River concert.  For this concert, entitled “Celebrating the American Spirit”, we are going to pack as much into one patriotic celebration as possible–favorite American songs, a salute to our […]

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Don’t Miss Alexandria Zoo’s Les Fest Featuring “Cajun Bluesman” Tab Benoit

Posted September 2016

Is there a better combination than the blend of blues and nature?  On Thursday, September 22nd, the soulful sound of blues will be flowing among the hoots, howls and roars of the animals at the Alexandria Zoo.   Les Fest is the Zoo’s signature adult untamed evening filled with live music, delicious food and fun […]

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Qualified Charitable Distributions

Posted September 2016

Qualified whats?  A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a tax-free distribution from your IRA to certain types of eligible public charities. They have been around for almost a decade and, in 2015, this tax planning tool has been made permanent. Let’s review some of the rules related to this action, as summarized in an August […]

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Fall Is Right Around The Corner

Posted September 2016

After a grueling hot, wet, and humid summer, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel that is the promise of fall.  The kids are back in school, football season is here, and the expectation of cooler temperatures makes us feel a little better about outdoor barbeques and entertaining.  Summer has […]

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Mama’s Candied Apple Rings and Fresh Apple Cake

Posted September 2016

It’s almost fall, y’all! I am already seeing a different assortment of apple varieties at the local markets. And you would know it, the aroma of cooked apples followed me home and began searching through cookbooks for recipes with apples as a main ingredient. Bordelonville Volunteer Fire Department Cookbook has an excellent recipe for Mama’s […]

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Get The Lead Out!

Posted September 2016

Lead poisoning can be devastating at any age, but is particularly destructive in very young children due to its effects on the developing brain.  The events in Flint, Michigan have highlighted this long-standing issue of national importance.   Lead is a naturally occurring heavy metal that is also found in older paint (pre-dating 1978), some […]

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Today I Am Proud

Posted September 2016

Last month, my Cenla Focus piece was titled “Today I Am Sad”.  I shared with you my thoughts and concerns regarding the human race and the path of self destruction we had chosen.  Ever the optimist, I ended with a note of hope that tomorrow would bring about a change for the better. Recently, friends, […]

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The Magic of Words

Posted September 2016

Words can be dangerous and can tear a person apart.  Yet words can also be a real blessing when we use them to compliment or encourage someone, or to bring peace when a person is in despair. I remember so well when my Mama died.  It was a blustery cold day in January as we […]

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River Oaks Showcases Pure Louisiana Talent

Posted September 2016

Lots of Louisiana will be found at River Oaks Arts Center in downtown Alexandria this Fall. The featured artist in the Bolton-Davis Gallery during the latter part of August will be Caroline Youngblood, who grew up surrounded by cotton fields on Breston Plantation, located in Riverton. After graduating magna cum laude with a B.F.A in […]

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Dr. Haywood Joiner

Posted September 2016

Dr. Haywood Joiner’s educational realm has just expanded. He will serve as the interim chancellor for Louisiana State University at Alexandria. Joiner officially moves into his new office as the calendar turns to September.  “It is quite an honor. It’s beyond my wildest dreams,” Joiner says of his new position.   Dr. Joiner has served […]

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