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June 15th, 2013

Remembering Father's Day

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Happy Father’s Day. I could write endless pages. But when writing I might remember Our Father, as He said through his scribe so long ago: “Train up a child in the way which he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6).
Dads/grandfathers, we have had and will have surprises, blessings and challenges during the balance of our time here. That’s partially why we celebrate today. Attempting to be concise, let me share a few thoughts to hopefully brighten your day and inspire some not carrying the label.

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529 plans can bring tax breaks

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With the pace of higher-education costs rising faster than the general Consumer Price Index (CPI), it’s easy to understand why saving enough money to fund a child’s college education has become a financial challenge for many parents and grandparents.
The numbers tell the story: The first-year college tuition bill in 2020 is projected to be $32,803 for an in-state average public education institution and $66,036 for an average private institution.

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Don’t let investments take a vacation

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At long last, summer is almost here — which may mean it’s time to put together your traveling plans. Still, while you and your family may enjoy going on a summertime trip, there’s one part of your life that should not go on vacation — and that’s your investment portfolio.
So, what can you do to help your investments keep on working all year long, year in and year out? Here are a few suggestions:
• Don’t chase after “hot” investments. Many times, you will hear about a “hot” investment, usually a stock. However, by the time you hear about such an investment, it may already be cooling off. Even more importantly, it might not have been appropriate for your needs — and any investment that has either “flamed out” or wasn’t right for you in the first place will not be a “hard worker” in your portfolio.

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Risk — not too much, not too little

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Question: When I retire from the state, I will be able to retire with a pension that covers all my needs — me and my wife don’t spend much money. Since I don’t plan to spend any of the money in my retirement accounts, how should I invest it? I plan to just pass it on to the kids one day.

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Robinson elected New York K of C State secretary

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Charles Robinson, a 1969 graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, was recently elected as Secretary of the New York State Council of the Knights of Columbus at their 118th Annual Convention in Tarrytown, NY. The Secretary is one of five state officers and serves the State Deputy and the State Council. He leads the Council in the absence of the State Deputy.
Robinson first joined the Knights in late 1967 in his hometown of Bellaire, Ohio, where he attended St. John’s grade and high schools. He has served as Grand Knight at councils in Ruston and Norfolk, N.Y., and as District Deputy and Membership Coordinator in upstate New York.

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Dwyer, Gassam graduate from Tulane

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Tulane University awarded degrees to more than 2,800 graduates on May 18 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The following local students graduated:
• Sean M. Dwyer, of Ruston, graduated from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science, Management and Master of Accounting degree.
• Christopher Gassam, of Ruston, graduated from the Tulane University School of Architecture with a Five-year Master of Architecture degree.

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Wilson signs Mets’ contract

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Put an official professional baseball stamp on Ivan Wilson, Jr., now.
On Saturday, the former Ruston High School five-tool outfielder put his signature on a New York Mets’ authorized contract.
Wilson was the third pick of the third round by the Mets in the recent Major League Baseball draft, the 6-3 and 215-pounder being the highest baseball draftee ever from Ruston High and the second highest among all players in the city’s history.

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Ellis returns to Omaha for CWS

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The term “Boys of Summer” has much meaning for College Hall of Fame baseball coach Wilbert Ellis.
And as usual for time of year, Ellis is showing his love of baseball by making his annual trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
But while Ellis loves getting caught up in the action of the games and the beauty of Ameritrade Park, and he’s excited this year to see how friend Paul Mainieri will lead the LSU Tigers through the Series, that’s not the primary reason for his yearly trip.

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For Davisons, it’s been good month of golf

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Some observations, notes and quotes on the sports beat with your Sunday morning cup of coffee:
• June has opened with a bang for the Davison family of Ruston.
Well, make that with a hole-in-one and a tournament championship.

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Young stars could boost LSU

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BATON ROUGE — Alex Bregman had already made up his mind to turn down the Boston Red Sox and instead enroll at LSU as he watched upstart Stony Brook celebrate a College World Series berth following their upset of the Tigers in Baton Rouge last year.

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