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At 93, the identical New Orleans twin Lastrapes sisters celebrate 75 years as nuns -- together, of course

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Sisters Canisius and Canice Lastrapes, are twins and belong to the Sisters of the Holy Family order. They are celebrating their 75th year as nuns. A portrait of the order's founder, Henriette Delille, hangs on the wall above them.

Ninety-three-year-old identical twins, Sisters Canice and Canisius Lastrapes, of the Sisters of the Holy Family, seemed born to their destiny. Seventy-five family members came from around the country to the order’s motherhouse on Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans on a recent weekend to share in the celebration. “They’ve just been an enormous inspiration… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: 'GodFit' offers fitness program for mind, body

In his new book, “GODFIT: Through Love Serve,” John Hayden writes about exercise — both physical and spiritual. This six-week program offers exercises and devotionals that use four pieces of equipment — your body, kettlebells, dumbbells and a Bible. The book also offers a password to access online videos… Continue reading →

‘French National Day’ Mass set at St. Joseph Cathedral

St. Joseph Cathedral will celebrate French National Day, Bastille Day, and Louisiana’s French heritage at a special Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11. The Mass, featuring French and English scripture readings and prayers, will include a symbolic presentation recognizing the achievements of the French culture in Louisiana. A Knights of Columbus honor guard will present the… Continue reading →

Retired cardiologist covers Prairieville land with plants that naturally reproduce, require little maintenance

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Dr. Terry Rehn and companion Joyce Jenne stand next to the sugar kettle water feature on the patio at his Prairieville home.

Dr. Terry Rehn’s eight-acre homesite is his own experiment station where plants — both native and those from other parts — grow freely and spread naturally. In the 22 years the retired cardiologist has owned the Prairieville property, he has established beds that require almost no replanting, even with annuals, by discovering plants that naturally… Continue reading →

Take your time, research when planning summer landscape

Photo by ALLEN OWINGS/LSU AgCenter  Landscape professionals are familiar with Louisiana plants and can help create a design that's right for you.

Landscapes are dynamic creations that are always changing. Plants grow larger. New plants are added. Plants die. Even trees may be lost in storms. Over the years, a landscape can change radically from its original look. Summer is a great time to study your landscape and develop plans for needed changes, says LSU AgCenter horticulturist… Continue reading →

Community events for July 3, 2015

Photo provided by LISA CLAIBORNE -- Acadiana Republican Women -- Sheriff candidates Mark Garber, Chad Leger, John Rogers and Rick Chargois spoke to the Acadiana Republican Women June 16. Topics included crime, racial profiling and targeting minorities, and better pay for  officers. ARW meets the third Tuesday of each month. Visitors are welcome. Email acadianarepublicanwomen@gmail.com. Shown are Garber, left, and Rogers.

BREC commended ExxonMobil for receiving a Louisiana Recreation and Park Association Group Citation Award for its support of programs and projects throughout East Baton Rouge Parish area area.… Continue reading →

Brick floors stained with beeswax to signature slate roofs, Old State Capitol exhibit puts A. Hays Town's architectural genius on display

Photo by PHILIP GOULD -- Architect A Hays Town designed his Baton Rouge home, incorporating many of the elements -- stained brick floors and a weathered slate roof -- that are hallmarks of his style. This photo is among several by photographer Philip Gould in the exhibit 'The Enduring Architecture of A. Hays Town' at Louisiana's Old State Capitol.

From the ground up, A. Hays Town always knew exactly how he wanted the houses he designed to look. Hays’ touch was on every element, from the stain he and Warren Grevemberg developed for his signature brick floors to the weathered slate that roofed his designs. To him, the art was in the whole package.… Continue reading →

While some try to hide it, others are dyeing to have their hair gray

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Julie Zitzmann, who lives in Chalmette, has dyed her hair lots of different colors. Her latest look is gray.

Fifty shades of gray? Yes, and these days those shades are being spotted on 20- and 30-somethings. While women of a certain age are spending a small fortune to keep their hair from turning gray, a growing number of young women, spurred on by A-listers such as Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Alexa Chung, are spending their… Continue reading →

Krewe de Crown: Best apps for following the Miss USA Pageant, contestants

Twitter: Follow the official hashtags.

Keep up with behind the scenes coverage that you won’t get anywhere else by following #KrewedeCrown, #GoBR, #MissUSA and #Fig8PR. You can also follow the pageant in real-time on Sunday, July 12, 2015 while we report live from Baton Rouge.

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Miss Idaho and Miss District of Columbia show the camera a little love.
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Common Ground: Faith, family and big hearts

Odelia Lewis, 84, will never forget the April 27 storms that rolled through her rural neighborhood. Aunt Lu Lu, as my husband and his siblings affectionately call her, was sitting comfortably on the den sofa in her brick home in Rosedale that morning. Just before 9 a.m., the sky turned black and she heard… Continue reading →

New MTV series 'Scream,' shot in Baton Rouge, explores lives and emotions between the slayings; see the trailer here

Photo provided by MTV -- Nina Patterson, played by Bella Thorne, takes a late-night dip in a scene from the new series 'Scream.'

“You can’t do a slasher movie as a TV series,” Noah Foster quips to his classmates in the trailer for the new “Scream.” Tell that to MTV. Noah is John Karna’s character in the network’s new series, based on the popular slasher films of the 1990s and 2000s starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, and helmed… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge doctor takes soccer skills to World Medical Football Championship

Photo provided by Our Lady of the Lake Children's HospitalDr. Rafael Cilloniz, a pediatric pulmonologist at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, is representing the U.S. at the World Medical Football Championship, a soccer tournament pitting doctors against doctors.

From his childhood in Peru to his medical career in Baton Rouge, Dr. Rafael Cilloniz has never tried to kick soccer. Cilloniz, 39, plays in several local leagues, but this week he is competing against other medical professionals in what is described as the physicians’ World Cup. At the World Medical Football Championship in Long Beach,… Continue reading →

Community Calendar for June 30, 2015

Photo provided by LISA CLAIBORNE -- Acadiana Republican Women -- Sheriff candidates Mark Garber, Chad Leger, John Rogers and Rick Chargois spoke to the Acadiana Republican Women June 16. Topics included crime, racial profiling and targeting minorities, and better pay for  officers. ARW meets the third Tuesday of each month. Visitors are welcome. Email acadianarepublicanwomen@gmail.com. Shown are Garber, left, and Rogers.

. Gloryland luncheon honors top students Gloryland Educational Resource Center celebrated its 10th anniversary with an awards luncheon June 6 at Boudreaux’s.

Warren Drake, new superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, was the speaker, and Michelle McCalope was emcee. Program participants included former scholarship recipients Chauncy Collins, Tiffani Keller Williams, Timeka Seals, Kimberli Thompson… Continue reading →

Pole dancing a fitness fad for people of all ‘walks of life, shapes, sizes and fitness levels’

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Dakota Fox, right, of Aradia Pole Dance & Fitness Studio in Cary, North Carolina, teaches a power tricks pole class to Casey Leigh Jordan, of Foxy Fitness in New York City, during the International Pole Convention in New Orleans.

It might be hard to wrap your mind around — not to mention your arms, legs and spine. But pole dancing has become a fitness fad right up there with Zumba and CrossFit, providing a high-intensity, low-impact all-around workout. At the recent International Pole Convention in New Orleans, attendees said pole fitness combines… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A: Warning signs and the most common sympton

What are some symptoms or warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease? Memory loss remains the most common symptom. Unlike age-related changes, such as forgetting names or events and remembering them later, memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s is more profound and worrisome, as the individual is unable to recall information or events. An individual will… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: A look at Reiki and how you pronounce it

What is Reiki? And how do you pronounce it? According to the International Center for Reiki Training, Reiki, pronounced ray-KEE, is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. A practitioner places their hands on or directly above the client to promote overall health and well-being. Reiki is also used… Continue reading →

Sci-fi writer predicts feminist future

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Sci-fi author and University of Louisiana at Lafayette teacher Sarah Gawronski

In the not-too-distant future, women have usurped power to punish men and their warlike ways. Eugenics has let men die out, because women discovered the seed of life and no longer need them to procreate. There’s no diversity, no ugly women, they’re all smart, blonde and blue-eyed, scientifically advanced, and there’s no war —… Continue reading →

Getting Graphic: Denham Springs hydrographic company gives personal touches to everything from helmets to guitars

Photo provided by SUSAN HAYDEN -- Baton Rouge triathlete Susan Hayden went for a 'girly, but not too girly' pattern when she had her cycling helmet and shoes customized by Revolutionary Ink.

Training for thousands of hours for her 12th Ironman triathlon, Susan Hayden spent a lot of time looking at her bicycle and her feet. She decided she wanted them to match. It didn’t make her any faster, but Hayden, 49, didn’t mind paying a few hundred dollars to coat everything red and black with a stylized… Continue reading →

State historical foundation to present awards

Photo provided by West Baton Rouge Museum -- Arbroth Plantation's Mercantile Store at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen

The Foundation for Historical Louisiana will honor the people, developers and organizations that have saved old buildings and sites at its 2015 Preservation Awards on Thursday, July 16. “The awards are presented to dedicated individuals and groups whose professional work, volunteer efforts and mission have aided in making the past known and useful to the… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Capital Culture

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Bravo Broadway!" --- At a reception before the Baton Rouge Symphony's 'Bravo Broadway!' Pops concert are, from left, Kay Gaudin, Chadwick Kenny-Possa, Kelly Hurtado and Joe Possa.

Last week had a definite cultural bent, with an amazing performance by the Baton Rouge Symphony, the opening of the latest exhibit at the Old State Capitol, news from the Arts Council and a celebration of the city’s newest TV star. Continue reading →

‘Summer Sounds at St. James’ begins on first Wednesday of July

Photo provided by The National WWII Museum -- Victory Belles will perform Wednesday at the 'Summer Sounds at St. James' concert at St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge.

The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation will host its sixth annual “Summer Sounds at St. James” series of musical concerts at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in July at St. James Episcopal Church, 205 No. Fourth St., Baton Rouge. Admission for each concert is $10; college students with a valid ID will be admitted free. A reception follows… Continue reading →

Book events for June 28, 2015

Book events WEEKLY SUPERHERO STATION, BOOK HEROES: 10 a.m., River Center Branch Library, 120 St. Louis St. Play a game to match the hero to the correct book. Make your own superhero cape. Ages 5-11. Groups must register. (225) 389-4959. SUPER HEDGEHOGS UNITE!:… Continue reading →

Human Condition: Lake features in many a Baton Rouge memory

An article on the front page of The Advocate sparked my memory about the first time I saw the LSU and City Park Lakes. I was arriving in Baton Rouge after a long drive from Centre, Alabama, that had included an overnight stop in Meridian, Mississippi. I was looking for West Chimes Street, which I knew was… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for June 28 - July 3

Associated Press photo provided by NASAComet C/2013 A1, also known as Siding Spring, as captured by Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope March 27.

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for the LSU Museum of Art’s 11th annual Fourth of July Celebration, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, on the third and sixth floors of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. Tickets are $125 for museum members;… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: La. figures in book about rain

Thanks to author Cynthia Barnett, we now know that it’s possible to write an entire book on the subject of rain. “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History” crossed my desk a few weeks ago, as black clouds hung like Hindenburgs outside my fourth-floor office window and emptied torrents of water on the traffic below. It was the… Continue reading →

Law enforcement officers recognized in special service

Photo provided by PATRICIA TURNER-BROWN -- At the Sons of Allen of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Father's Day celebration, which also honored law enforcement officers, are, front row from left, Freddie Wiliams, honored as 'Grandfather of the Year'; Lowell Major Sr., 'Father of the Year,' and Kenri Avery, 'Man of the Year,' and, back row, Bethel pastor, the Rev. Dr. Herman Kelly Jr. and Sons of Allen President David Whiten.

The Sons of Allen of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, led by President David Whiten, observed Father’s Day with a special service recognizing law enforcement officers and men of the church. The message was delivered by the Rev. Riley Harbor, pastor of Rock Zion Baptist Church in St. Gabriel and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Burtville. Harbor is… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Finding comfort in times of grief

Grief is Velma Matthews’ calling. “It’s been my calling all along. I just didn’t know it,” said Matthews, a certified life coach and the minister of congregational care at Star Hill Church in Baton Rouge. Matthews, 56, said she has always been concerned about people in pain during her 21 years of ministry. But it wasn’t… Continue reading →

Investigation Discovery to feature Addis case

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  From left, Monique O. Kitts, of Livingston, and Karl Michael Howard, of Roswell, Ga., are escorted out of court by Deputy Daryl Williams and Det.  Maj. Bryan Doucet of the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office at the West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse, after sentencing in March.

The Investigation Discovery series “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” will feature the 2010 homicide case of Addis businessman Corey Kitts at 9 p.m. Sunday. Monique O. Kitts and her children discovered Corey Kitts’ bullet-riddled body in their home on the morning of July 9, 2010. He had been shot three times. Kitts’ wife and Karl Michael… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge community news for June 26, 2015

Photo provided by JOSH MCNEMAR -- Urban Game Changers -- Sarah Holliday-James appointed Mary and Timothy Riley, from left, as Urban Game Changer community directors for Ascension Parish while attending the Ascension Parish Voters League on June 15 in Gonzales. Their goal is to partner with local leaders to identify important issues in community development, youth development, health and human resources and the arts and direct resources to help address them.

Kenilworth Science and Technology School student Ashton Fox earned a bronze medal in an international science Olympiad on June 11 for his science project on using nanoparticles, proteins and near-infrared light to kill cancer cells. Continue reading →

Celebrity chefs, LSU alums Jay Ducote, Jesse Romero are rivals -- but root for each other too

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Longtime friends Jay Ducote, left, and Jesse Romero are putting Baton Rouge in the spotlight as they take ther cooking skills to national television. Ducote is vying to become Food TV's 'Food Network Star' and Romero is competing on Fox TV's 'MasterChef.'

It’s a friendly rivalry that’s been simmering for almost 30 years. Jay Ducote, 33, and Jesse Romero, 29, are currently both competing in big-time cooking shows — Ducote on Food Network’s “Food Network Star” and Romero on Fox’s “MasterChef” — but they’ve known each other a lot longer than that. Their mothers,… Continue reading →

Krewe de Crown: Here are your Miss USA contestants

ESPN’s College GameDay, aired Saturdays during the fall, is my favorite way to start out a day of football. I love the touching stories on the teams, coaches and players, making me feel connected. This makes it more interesting to watch the games.

Well the same goes for the Miss USA Pageant and the 51 contestants that will be… Continue reading →

LSU Tiger Racing team competes, finishes in top 10 at Nebraska event

LSU’s athletic season ended when the baseball team lost after three College World Series games. But a different student team continued its successful run a few days later. The LSU Tiger Racing team finished ninth at the Formula SAE Lincoln event June 17-20 in Lincoln, Nebraska, building on the program’s improvement in national competitions. In May, the… Continue reading →

Krewe de Crown: What Miss USA means to Baton Rouge (for pageant lovers & haters alike)

You don’t have to love pageants to love what hosting Miss USA means to the Red Stick. More tourists, an increase in booked hotel rooms and concentrated media coverage are some of the many reasons why it’s a big freaking deal that Baton Rouge is hosting Miss USA for the second year in a row. Krewe de Crown is a group… Continue reading →

Back online Former LSU staffer Warren Eyster returns to writing with e-books on Amazon

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Warren Eyster, 90, published three novels in the 1950s, edited for a publishing company and taught English at LSU for many years. After retiring, he has published several more novels.

Fans of “To Kill a Mockingbird” eagerly await Harper Lee’s previously unpublished book. But she isn’t the only successful author producing unexpected, late-in-life novels. After a 56-year hiatus, former LSU faculty member Warren Eyster is churning out e-books on Amazon. His books are set mostly in Pennsylvania, where Eyster grew up and lived for several… Continue reading →