But not anymore for Kim Domingue, who received a fabulous LaFonda send-off in honor of her retirement. Leaving Southern Petroleum Laboratories after 34 years, Domingue was surrounded by associates, friends and fiancé James Broussard. “I used to bring her my high school papers to look over,” said SPL’s Christopher Brown, whose grandfather started the company in 1944. “She was the first lady to ever run a field office with rough ’n’ tumble oil guys.” We have it from the lady herself that her portrait is among those making up the infamous LaFonda mural. No further rough ’n’ tumble proof required.

Goin’ to the Chapel

Richie J. Falgout and Meagan Fogleman will tie the knot, and who better than family and childhood friends to celebrate? An engagement party honoring the pair was held in River Ranch at Tim and Tia’s, and among the many were mother-of-the-bride Monica Lyons and stepdad Mark, groom’s parents Candace and Louis Falgout, Peggy Bearb, Lindsey Cutrera, Morgan Ardoin and 9-year-old Aiden Falgout — a best man if we ever saw one.

Night at the Museum

Chief Sitting Bear John Mayeux led a discussion on Native American dress and tradition in conjunction with “Imprinting the West,” now on display at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum. “I’m really glad they’re here,” said curatorial assistant Lizzy Oxler. “The goal is to bring the community together and explore the relationship to our lives.” Accompanied by his wife and Avogel tribal historian Morning Star Janice Mayeux, the head of the Bear Clan also added that little is heard about the Avogel, a Louisiana tribe, as they remained in hiding until 1920 for fear of being deported to Oklahoma.


The Women’s Energy Network listened to a host of energy titans discuss developments, a chat moderated by Christopher D’Elia, dean of coast and environment at LSU. Afterward, the ladies adjourned to Barcadia, where it’s our understanding they raised a little energy of their own.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon @theadvocate.com.