Candy 101

For most of us the holiday season means homemade candies. As kids we always looked forward to Aunt Sylvia’s dense, rich, and nutty chocolate fudge or Granny’s meltingly light clouds of divinity. Biting into those yummy treats was just as exciting as opening presents – and we got to eat lots!!

If you’re missing those childhood moments or want to provide them for your young family members, you’ll need recipes – and possibly instructions. That’s where the Candy 101 website comes in. This site isn’t pretty, but it’s got all the essential information you’ll need to master the art and science of candy making.

To make a smooth and creamy fudge (or any kind of candy), you don’t just need a recipe — you need to know what’s going on with your sugar. This site explains sugar science very well. It also has illustrations and explanations of all the stages of candy cooking. And once you’re well-versed in the science, it provides classic recipes for all your favorites. So don’t be intimidated. Give candy making a try!

And remember – even if your fudge is runny and your divinity is flat – they both still taste great!

Happy Holidays!!!

The Big Read: One Book/One Community

Everyone knows that the perfect holiday gift is a book, but finding the right book for your friend or loved one can be difficult.  Let the Library take some of the burden from your shopping bag-weary shoulders — choose our Big Read: One Book/One Community title, To Kill a Mockingbird, or use our online database, Novelist, to help you choose books based on the likes of your recipients.

For instructions on how to use Novelist, click here.

The Big Read: One Book/One Community

Everyone knows that the perfect holiday gift is a book, but finding the right book for your friend or loved one can be difficult.  Let the Library take some of the burden from your shopping bag-weary shoulders — choose our Big Read: One Book/One Community title, To Kill a Mockingbird, or use our online database, Novelist, to help you choose books based on the likes of your recipients.

For instructions on how to use Novelist, click here

Retired Execs Can SCORE Big For Your Business

The Baton Rouge chapter of S.C.O.R.E., Service Corps of Retired Executives, has over 35 years of experience assisting small businesses in the Baton Rouge area.

65 retired Executives offer FREE counseling to start-up businesses on subject such as:

  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Human Resources
  • Webpage Design
  • Accounting Basics

Visit their website at and

  • Learn about upcoming business seminars
  • Print FREE financial planning documents

Baton Rouge SCORE Chapter 141
7117 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone 225-381-7130
FAX 225-815-0082

Business Person of the Month:Bobbie Lee Favaron

Bobbie Lee Favaron

Bobbie Favaron Hair Unlimited, Inc.

9766 Jefferson Hwy #100

Baton Rouge, LA 70809


Bobbie Favaron - Owner of Hair Unlimited, Inc.

Those who know how will always have a job; those who know why will always be their boss — Author Unknown

Bobbie Favaron is not only the owner of Hair Unlimited, Inc., but also an operator and stylist at the salon, which is a corporation licensed as a barber shop. He is licensed as a Barber; his employees, licensed cosmetologists. The salon’s main focus is on hair cutting, styling, highlighting, coloring and permanents. “We do hair,” Favaron says when asked to describe his business, “Everything you can do to hair we do, except extensions.”   This concentration on the natural side is also evident in the pedicures and manicures offered at the salon. “No fake nails,”  Favaron declares.

At the encouragement of his hometown barber, he attended the New Orleans Barber and Beauty School after high school. The plan was for Favaron to begin work at the barbershop and take over the practice when the older man retired. But, six months after becoming licensed, he realized the plan wasn’t going to work. Favaron and his mentor had different ideas about the business. The shop was a typical rural barber shop which only catered to men; Favaron wanted to cover the full range of hair care, including women’s hairstyling. During the 60s, barbers were only allowed to cut hair; working with chemicals for permanents, coloring, etc. was not allowed. Cosmetologists were licensed to handle chemical hair products, though not permitted to cut hair. It wasn’t until the 70s that the State of Louisiana passed a law lifting the restrictions on barbers and cosmetologists duties.

In the early 60s, Favaron had an offer to move to Plaquemine to work in a salon whose clientele was 70% female. Eager to serve a variety of clientele, he jumped on it. He later moved to Baton Rouge in 1966 to become a partner in the Ideal Barber Shop. To advance his education, he took night classes in men’s hair styling. He also became an educator/guest artist for Redken Laboratories, working Trade Shows and doing seminars on hair care and styling. Eventually buying his partner’s share, he continued to operate the Ideal Barber shop until selling it in 1975. He then opened Hair Unlimited in the Southdowns Shopping Center, the first unisex salon in Baton Rouge. Hair Unlimited offered a single location for the whole family, cutting and styling both men’s and women’s hair.

Favaron enjoys working with his clients. “I am a people person.  When you cut and style hair, you help people improve their feelings about themselves.  It is uplifting to give someone a positive attitude about their appearance.  A stylist can make or break a person’s day.” 

Happy to be featured in the Library’s Business Person of the Month program, Favaron reports that he and his family use library resources for school, study and pleasure. He keeps up with hair trends by reading several professional and trade publications in the field. When asked to name a favorite book or author, Favaron mentions a group of books on Psycho-Cybernetics he read years ago. He was impressed by these works of Dr. Maxwell Maltz and said he used some of the principles when he was teaching. “It’s basically about training your mind to achieve goals,”  he states.

Favaron likes to think of Baton Rouge as “the largest little town you will ever live in.”  He explains that Baton Rouge has become the largest city in Louisiana, but has not lost the small town feel.  “Baton Rouge has an opportunity here after the hurricanes to be a very progressive, upbeat town. Not that it isn’t now, but this is our opportunity to grow.”

Active both professionally and personally in our community, Favaron serves as Vice-President of the Board of Barber Examiners of Louisiana, which meets monthly. The Board oversees the testing of students seeking licenses as new barbers.  They also deal with issues in the state that affect the profession. He belongs to the Baton Rouge Round Table and acts as organizer for their Crewe of Knights’ float in the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade. He enjoys his membership in Les Bon Vie, a men’s dining club, which also does charity work.

In his spare time he and his wife, Glenn, like to spend time on their Sea Ray pleasure boat, “a sort of a motor home on water“. They look forward to relaxing weekends on it and often host Sunday pleasure cruises for friends and family.

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Do You Live in a Flood Zone?

Flood zone information for property owners in East Baton Rouge Parish is available online.
Let us show you how to find your flood zone information!

  • Go to
  • Click Online Maps
  • Under Property Search, chose search lots by Address, Subdivision, or Business Name
  • After entering your search terms, click Search
  • Results display with the option to select Map or Details
  • Select Details
  • In the Property Details Box, look for the heading Flood Zone
  • The flood zone label is a link to an FAQ page that briefly describes the nature of four different flood zones.


  • Flood zone information is not available for Baker and Zachary.
  • Java must be installed on your computer to display maps. Java is available as a free download from

EBR Parish Geographic Information System (GIS)

Baton Rouge’s premiere GIS program at your fingertips!  Locate properties by searching for address, subdivision name, business name, North America Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code, or street name throughout the Parish, excluding the City of Baker and the City of Zachary.

To get you started, here are a few hints.  Click Online Maps and choose your search method; Fill in the search boxes with required information; Click Search and Voila!  Results allow you to select Details or Map.

Details allows you to access:

  • Flood zone Information
  • Subdivision name
  • Metro Council District number and a link to Metro Council District webpage
  • Census tract number and a link to census tract demographics
  • Recycling, garbage, and trash pickup days

Map display lets you view:

  • A specific piece of property
  • 2006 aerial photos

Note:  Java must be installed on your computer to display maps. Visit for a free download.

Recipes from EBSCO

November is National Pomegranate Month

Winter fruits can heighten the health benefits of any meal.  And pomegranates will certainly add a festive, salubrious twist to your upcoming holiday brunch.  Only available from October through January, pomegranates remain one of the few fruits that are seasonal.  While they’re around, celebrate these edible jewels in eating, snacking and decorating.  Wondering what to do with a pomegranate?  Use the search phrase [pomegranate and DE “RECIPES (Cookery)”] in your next EBSCO search.  Replace the word pomegranate with another ingredient and you’ll uncover nearly 3,000 recipes from your favorite magazines and journals!

Going Global!

Do you want to conduct business in foreign countries and have questions such as:

  • What are the procedures?
  • What documents and/or licenses will I need?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?

Doing has answers. Direct your browser to the Starting A Business section, select a country, and discover the steps required to start a business there. Use other buttons and the provided list of countries to learn procedures for:

  • Hiring employees
  • Obtaining licenses
  • Paying taxes
  • Dealing with property

Notice each procedure is described with a statistic showing the amount of time required and approximate dollar cost.

Business Person of the Month:Brian Ter Haar

Brian Ter Haar

The MailBag/Goals & Poles Sport Court of South Louisiana

7575 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Brian Ter Haar - Owner of The MailBag, Goals & Poles,, & Sport Court of South Louisiana

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein 

Brian Ter Haar graduated from Louisiana State University in 1982 with a degree in Business/Marketing. Brian Ter Haar is a deacon at University Baptist Church. He is one the board and the CFO of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, an organization that raises awareness, money, and research for the disease Alopecia Areata, an auto immune disease which cause partial or complete hair loss is children and adults. His is a small business owner of four operational enterprises – The MailBag, Goals & Poles,, and Sport Court of South Louisiana.

The MailBag was established in 1982 and is located at 7575 Jefferson Hwy in Baton Rouge. It is a full service mail and parcel center offering UPS, Fed Ex., DHL, and USPS shipping service. They are one of the top private shippers for UPS in the country. The MailBag also offers black and white and color copies and packaging service, Post Office box rental, and a free parcel pick up service, as well as full service direct mail department along with personalized mailing lists.

Goals & Poles was established in 1981. It is the largest installer of residential basketball goals in the state of Louisiana with over 5,000 installations. They also sell and install commercial basketball and volleyball systems to schools and parks. is an online site that sells residential and commercial basketball and volleyball equipment.

Sport Court of South Louisiana provides installation of backyard basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. They also sell and install Sport Court modular floors for schools, community centers, and churches.

I started the Mail Bag and Goals & Poles about the time I graduated from LSU in 1982. I saw a need for both services and I went out to fill that need. Sport Court is an extension of the products that we offer with Goals & Poles.” says Brian Ter Haar. “I enjoy the opportunity to meet and provide a service to people in the Baton Rouge area. With Sport Court we custom design their courts, which gives us a great opportunity to work closely with families and greatly enhance their quality of life.”

In his spare time, Brian Ter Haar enjoys spending time with his family. They frequent the library for the extensive resources offered. “I have two children – four and thirteen – so we are constantly using the numerous resources the library has to offer. My four year old is just starting to read, and almost every book he reads now is from our local library. My 13 year old uses the library for research and her summer reading list. My wife and I use the library for research and of course to check out our favorite books,” says Brian Ter Haar. “My favorite books are the ones I check out with my four year old and biographies I check out for myself. My favorite magazines are Forbes, Consumer Reports, and Sports Illustrated.”

“As for Baton Rouge, Brian Ter Haar believes that Baton Rouge’s economy and future are as strong as anywhere in the country. “With leadership for Mayor Holden I am very optimistic about our future.” 

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