The DEAF BAYOU e-news
-LoUiSiAna’s e-newsletter for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, & Hard of Hearing community citizens
Vol. l Issue 8 June, 2006
Dan Arabie, Editor
~ Proclaimin’ LSD Boys Track Team ~
LSD Boys Track Team - 2006 LHSAA State Champions
From the Desk of Editor:
This issue (June) of the DEAF BAYOU e-news dedicates to LSD Boys & Girls Track team, earlier, reclaimed State Champs & State Runner-up respectively at the Louisiana High School Athletics Association State Championship Track Meet, LSU Bernie Moore Track Field last May 5.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. BOUND: The DEAF BAYOU Editor will be out of office from June 17th till 23rd due to his one-week business trip to Washington, D.C. and will be scheduled to meet Louisiana Congressman, Bobby Jindal & Senator David Vitter, even President George W. Bush on the 21st of June discussing about Deaf-Blind issue that mostly concerns about Support Service Providers (SSP). In addition, I will have an official visit at Gallaudet University on June 23rd BEFORE I fly back home.
Next column of the DEAF BAYOU e-news - The Truth About Helen Keller by Linda Annala, M.Ed., contributing writer, will be scheduled to distribute on June 10th. Be on the look out!
- AAD GENERAL MEETING: Saturday, June10th – Alexandria Association of the Deaf [AAD], 6647 First Street @ 3:00 p.m... Contact Ethel Brossett, President for more details at
Future Key Dates to Remember – Alexandria
Annual Picnic (Chicot Park)
Saturday, July 22nd
Workshop with Shelby Fortenberry – “Prescription: Fingerspelling/understanding types of Meds”
Friday, September 15th
Workshop with Karen Lankford – “Louisiana Rehabilitation Services”
Friday, October 20th
50th Anniversary Banquet
Saturday, November 11th
Workshop with Mary Young – “Amelia Bedelia’s Confused Concepts”
Friday, November 17th
BATON ROUGE (ZIP-708)
- DEAF CHAT COFFEE: Friday, June 2nd @ Starbucks Coffee, 5720 Corporate Blvd., from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. For more info, contact Walker Estes, Host at
- DWBR WINE & CHEESE PARTY: Saturday, June 10th; Hosted by Deaf Women of Baton Rouge (DWBR); For DWBR, we will have wine and cheese party and two presentations on Saturday, June 10th at Catholic Deaf Center (CDC) – Baton Rouge from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost: $15.00 per person---Please RSVP to Pauline Wood by June 7th. TTY - 769-3939 or Email –
- Southern School for the Deaf Alumni Picnic: Saturday, June 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Greenwood Park, 13350 Scotland-Zachary Highway, Baker, LA 70807. Admission price: $10.00 for adult and $5.00 for child (up to 12 years old). Contact Joseph Hubbard, SSD Treasurer, 2141 Rhodes Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
- BRAD/SWDGA: Monday, June 12th thru Thursday, June 15th; Southwest Deaf Golf Association (SWDGA0 Golf Tournament, Beaver Creek Golf Course, Zachary, LA; Hosted by Baton Rouge Association of the Deaf (BRAD). For more information, contact John Davis at 1-800-947-5277, extension (225) 219-2641.
- LAD REGULAR BINGO SESSIONS: Every Tuesdays & Fridays at Noon * Hosted by Louisiana Association of the Deaf, Inc. [LAD] * Located at the Bingo Center, 5409 Airline Hwy., Contact Kathy Stewart, Executive Secretary for more info. at
Future Key Dates to Remember – Baton Rouge
Mixed Bowling Classic
Saturday, August 5th
Sunday, August 6th
Future Key Dates to Remember - Houma
Cajun Deaf Club
Saturday, July 8th
- LAAD ‘SUMMERTIME’ PICNIC: Sunday, June 4th @ Lafayette Athletic Association of the Deaf (LAAD) Cajun Clubhouse, 200 Rue de Belier; Contact Marion Melancon & Ruby Hopkins, Chairpersons for more details at
- DEAF CHAT COFFEE: Friday, June 9th @ Mello Joy Coffee, 3809 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information, contact Martha Arabie, Host at
- LAAD REGULAR BINGO SESSIONS: Every Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 11:00 am; every other Wednesdays at 7:00 pm; every Saturdays @ 7:00 pm ($4,500 – GIVEAWAY!) * Hosted by Lafayette Athletic Association of the Deaf [LAAD] * Located at the Metro Bingo, 3124 NE Evangeline Thruway. Contact Michael Baudoin, Sr., Chairman for more info. at
Future Key Dates to Remember – Lafayette
Mixed Bowling Classic
Saturday, July 8th
Sunday, July 9th
Sunday, September 3rd
Wednesday, September 20th
LAKE CHARLES (ZIP-706)
- ANNUAL DEAF PICNIC: Deaf picnic at Catholic Deaf Center in Lake Charles on Sunday, June 4th at 10:00 A.M. and there will be a dinner contained Bar-B-Q chicken, Rice Dressing, Potato Salad, Baked beans and bread for 5 dollars. [ Catholic Deaf Center - 418 Iris St Lake Charles, LA ] If you need the directions or any questions regarding to picnic, please feel free to contact me via email, Kathy Fitch-
or VP, 337-626-7633. Hope to see you all there!
- DEAF CHAT COFFEE: Friday, June 16th @ Starbucks Coffee, Hwy 210 & Nelson, 3479 Nelson Rd., from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.. Contact Karen Kebodeaux for more info. at
NEW ORLEANS (ZIP-700/701)
DEAF CHAT COFFEE: Thursday, June 8th from 7:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m.; Cafe Du Monde, 4700 Veterans Blvd, Metairie, LA For more information, contact Betsie Delaune at
According to Barbara Lovas, we relocated the new Deaf Chat Coffee because the previous location was hard to find so we moved to Cafe Du Monde. That was 16 people (Deaf people are moving back to New Orleans, yay!!!). 16 people are a lot of people for the first meeting at the new location last May 17th. Next month, June 8th, there will be 22 Deaf people from Tennessee coming too. They signed up planning to drive in from Knoxville, Tenn. to come and join us in New Orleans! We told the coffee place we might need them to hire extra workers and they will stay open later for us. J
Come and enjoy the beignets and coffee of ReNew Orleans!
Editor’s Note: It would be goose-bump to see old friends again since they were moving out due to Hurricane Katrina; are now moving back to their beloved city of New Orleans; encourage you going there on the 8th of June to hear the stories, especially hugs for ‘Welcome Back Home!’
Future Key Dates to Remember – Shreveport
OPEN CAPTIONED THEATER
Log at http://www.deafbayou.com/ & click on ‘Open Captioned Theater’, then find & click on either Baton Rouge and/or Bossier City in order of finding dates & title of movies.
DID YOU KNOW??
In the last 20 years (1986-2005), the largest difference in total return between the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones in any single year was 10.5% in 1998. Over the entire 20 years, the Dow Jones had an average annual total return of +13.3% while the S&P 500 was up +11.9% per year. The Dow represents 25% of the total US stock market capitalization while the S&P 500 covers 79% of the market (source: BTN Research, Wilshire).
CODA (Children of Deaf Adults)
Addie Mae Arabie received an acceptance letter to LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She will be attending LSUHSC this upcoming fall semester where she will be studying to become a RN. She is the daughter of Dan Arabie (LSD '80) and Cathy (Ezell) Royer (LSD '79).
Cher Lizette Broussard was inducted into the Gamma Delta Chapter of the Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society on April 19, 2006 due to outstanding academic achievement and commitment. She is newly wed to her husband, Matthew P. Broussard, and the daughter of Thelma (LSD ‘64) and Joe Covello, Sr. of Leesville, La., and Luther (LSD ’66) and Gail Green of DeRidder, La. To be inducted into the Honor Society, the student has to currently be enrolled in a Masters Program of Social Work and maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher. Cher is currently enrolled in the Social Work Master’s Program (MSW) at LSU in Baton Rouge, La. Cher has said, “I couldn’t have done it without my husband; Matt, my mom (Thelma), family, friends and the deaf community. Without their endless support, all this would not have been possible.”
Scott Tabor, a son of Cindy (Boudreaux) (LSD ’83) & Elvist Tabor (LSD ’84), was graduated from St. Martinsville High School, St. Martinsville, LA last May 19th.
Valerie Suza Massie, a daughter of Raymond (LSD ’86) & Gina (Dupuis) Massie (LSD ’89), graduated from Singer High School, Singer, LA last May 20 and her college plan is still undecided.
Vera Ann Deville, a daughter of Karen (Solet) Arabie (LSD’ 83) & late Glen Deville (LSD ’72) and stepdaughter of Arnold Arabie (LSD ’84), graduated from Robert Lee High School, Baton Rouge last May 24th and will likely attend Baton Rouge Community College this fall.
Tabitha Jacques, a daughter of Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Roberts Rodriguez (LSD ’74 & Gallaudet ’78), was graduated from Gallaudet University last May 12th. She got a bachelor degree in Art History. She will be going to San Francisco, California for her master's degree this fall.
Bruce Howard Dunn, native of Arab, Alabama, a mate of James Lalande of Lafayette, LA, received a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies at University of Louisiana-Lafayette last May 20th and considers attending to Lamar University at Beaumont, Texas continuing his education in master program to pursue Deaf Education.
Ronald Delvisco, 1977 LSD Alumnus, received Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Gallaudet University. He will continue his Master in Business Administration and Human Resource Management.
Bambi St. Romain Delvisco, 1984 LSD Alumna, received with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Gallaudet University. She will continue her Master in School Counseling & Guidance.
Dan Mark Arabie, 1980 LSD Alumnus, received a formal application from Gallaudet University. He waits for a family meeting to finalize his decision on the 10th of June, but he may have an official visit at Gallaudet University on the 23rd of June.
LSDAA 2006-2008 Officers (Louisiana School for the Deaf Alumni Association)
President –Ann Walker (LSD ’74)
Vice President – Dan Arabie (LSD ’80) re-elected
Secretary – Patricia Adam
Treasurer – Delvin Fontenot (LSD ’64) re-elected
LOUISIANA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (LSD)
2006 Southern Quality Ford Cup
LSD, Class C, claimed the 2006 Southern Quality Ford Cup, Louisiana High School Athletic Association's All-Sports Award, which recognizes the most outstanding
overall athletic program among member schools in each of the seven classes.
Go LSD! LSD #1!
LSD’S Latest Achievements
2005 Track State Runner-Up
2005 Track Deaf Prep National Champion
2006 Basketball District Runner-Up
2006 Regional Track Champion
2006 Track State Runner-Up
2005 Track State Champion
2005 Track Deaf Prep National Runner-Up
2005 Football Deaf Prep National Champion
2005 Football Undefeated Season (6-0)
2006 Basketball District Runner-Up
2006 Regional Track Champion
2006 Track State Champion
BULLETIN: LSD Boys & Girls Track team, earlier, won State Champs & Runner-up respectively last May 5th. Boys had won State Champs in two straight years in a row and will seek for 3PEAT next year. Girls had won State Runner-up for 3 straight years in a row and will try to break JINX winning State Champs at last next year.
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DEAF PROFESSIONAL NETWORK:
Deaf Professional Network announces the launch of www.DeafProfessional.net as the first online publication to present real-world, peer-to-peer deaf professional issues and empower deaf professionals with the tools to advance their careers. The up-to-date news reports are designed to help deaf professionals remain current on the latest developments that can enhance their careers while the featured deaf professional profiles will expand their professional networks.
The Deaf Professional Network e-newsletter focuses on news, trends, technologies, laws, policy, education, lifestyles, and issues related to the education and empowerment of Deaf professionals and business owners.
Launched on February 16, 2005, the Deaf Professional Network e-newsletter will be sent to over 20,000 subscribers by e-mail twice monthly. We invite you to join a growing group of subscribers by signing up for the free subscription through www.DeafProfessional.net.
6th Annual LoUiSiAna Forecast Football League (LFFL) starting September, 2006 * Open to all Public (Nationwide) * Easy, Fun, & Simple to play; predict which NFL teams will win every week. First Place-$1,000; Second Place-$500 (based on 80 entries); 1st-40%; 2nd-20%; 3rd-10%; 4th-5%;…of money collected (Ratio: 1 to 4; Guaranteed!). Entry fee: ONLY $30 per person for season long (17 weeks); if you wish to play two (2) options: Weekly Jackpot and/or Monthly Jackpot, just add $34 & $20 respectively. You can start paying 3 to 4 payments starting NOW as much as you can until the last day of September 1st. For more details, contact Dan Arabie, Commissioner at
, Arnold Arabie, Treasurer at
, or Raymond Massie, Auditor at
**Note: Last season we gave away nearly $5,000 in prizes (100% Returned), and MORE $$ will be expected this season.
APPLY FOR A FREE VIDEOPHONE
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Deaf Renovator, Gary Potter (Lisa Chase’s husband) is a professional carpenter who has been remodeling and renovating houses for over 25 years. He is profoundly deaf and fluent in ASL. He is a very skilled hard worker. He is absolutely pleasant with his customers. He can do any exterior or interior work on any type of houses. Email him at
or call through the videophone at (225) 911-0524. Location to give free estimates will be in the Baton Rouge area. May consider driving approximately an hour away from Baton Rouge.
LSDAA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
Louisiana School for the Deaf Alumni Association [LSDAA] needs your support! Being as Proud LSD alumni/supporter? Only $5/year! Be a member, mail your payment to: Delvin Fontenot, Treasurer, 1866 Lombard Dr., Baton Rouge, LA. 70810.
SOUTHERN CAJUN COOKIN’ RECIPE(S)
How about your favorite recipe(s) into the DEAF BAYOU website? You are definitely so proud to inherits your grandmother's favorite Cajun recipe(s).
You can NOW submit at www.deafbayou.com and click on Southern Cajun Cooking to add your favorite recipe(s) into its website.
REAL COOL to share the diversity of Cajuns & Creoles with everybody in learning & tasting famous Cajun food!
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