SWEPCO brings live theater to Ark-La-Tex schools with important safety message

The Safety Circus teaches students about electricity in a fun, interactive performance sponsored by SWEPCO. Photo courtesy of National Theatre for Children.

SHREVEPORT, La., Feb 25, 2020 – Thousands of elementary school students across Louisiana and Texas will participate in an interactive theater show highlighting electrical safety in March.

The National Theatre for Children will present The Safety Circus to more than 5,800 students at 20 elementary schools throughout Northwest Louisiana and East Texas March 9-20. Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) sponsors the performances that teach students where electricity is made, its uses, how to identify dangerous electrical situations and stay safe around electricity.

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Induction burner recipe: Low-Carb Chocolate Pecan Fudge

Break out the induction burner for a delicious holiday treat that is guilt-free.

By Shelly Marie Redmond, Culinary Dietitian, Founder of Skinny Louisiana

Looking for a delicious low-carb fudge and keto fudge recipe for your family’s holiday menu? Shelly’s video gives you the step-by-step instructions on how to make low-carb fudge and how to make low-carb fudge keto friendly.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp. Swerve granular sugar replacer (can use 2 tbsp. Monkfruit)
  • 3 cups Lily’s Dark chocolate chips (can use Lily’s Milk Chocolate Chips)
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped (optional, can use any nut)
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Breast cancer was an unexpected curveball

In 2012, a routine mammogram turned into something Elizabeth Dailey did not expect. But the procedure enabled her cancer to be detected early sparing her the pain and expense of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  Photos by Henrietta Wildsmith.

Breast cancer survivor Elizabeth Dailey knows firsthand the benefit of regular mammograms.

In spring 2012, the SWEPCO budget analyst went for what she imagined would be a routine appointment, however, it turned out to be anything but.

She’d had annual mammograms for the past 12 years and knew the process well. Therefore, she thought nothing of it when she received a certified letter asking her to return for additional screenings.

“I had received such a letter before, so I was not overly concerned,” she said. “I went for the follow up, which consisted of additional mammograms and an ultrasound.”

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‘Breast cancer didn’t break my spirit’

Survivor says joyful outlook helped her through difficult journey

The day Cassundra Mayo discovered a lump in her left breast; it did not even cross her mind that it could be cancer.

“I was lying across my bed talking to my sister on the phone and said ‘Oh, there’s a little knot right there.  Hmm, better get that checked out,’” said Mayo, who works in meter services at Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) in Shreveport.

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Cancer survivor: Listen to that voice in your head saying something is wrong

Tony Rash, Public Safety and Health manager, began to feel off at the start of the summer in 2014.  When he went to the doctor a month after his initial symptoms, he began a two-year battle with cancer that would require six surgeries. 

The summer of 2014 was an eye-opening one for Tony Rash.

That June, the Longview resident began to feel off. His appetite was gone, and when he did eat, it only took a couple bites for him to feel full.

He knew something was not right but kept finding excuses for his unusual symptoms.

”It was so easy for me when I first started to say ‘Oh, it’s hot. I’m not eating as much because it’s hot weather,’” Rash said. “So many times we put off what we know are real problems.”

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