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Churches gear up for holiday meal

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Tammy and Marcus White, with their children, Abigail, left, Philip and Allison, volunteer at Aldersgate United Methodist Church's annual Thanksgiving Day food giveaway.

The essence of the Thanksgiving holiday is gratitude for the good things in our lives. It’s about family, too, and about giving back to the community. And, of course, there’s the food. Tammy White has found a way to combine all those things. She and her two teenage daughters, Abigail and Allison Mims, as well as… Continue reading →

Pilgrim’s progress

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Kindergartners Shyla Michel, left, and Mattox McKenzie hold hands as they and classmates head to the Mayflower during The Pilgrims Voyage, a class 'field trip' last week at Pontchartrain Elementary in Mandeville.

Ever wonder about the hardships the Pilgrims faced in traveling to the New World? Ask a kindergartner in Amanda Farris’ class at Pontchartrain Elementary in Mandeville, and you’ll likely learn a lot. The students took a costumed “field trip” aboard the Mayflower last week. It might have been sunny in Mandeville, but aboard their ship it… Continue reading →

Do-gooders indulge in some wishful thanking

Diane Baham, executive director of STARC

You don’t have to think very hard to make a list of people and agencies that St. Tammany residents can thank for making the parish a better place. Our quick list included The Humane Society, Alexander Milne Development Services, the local branch of Louisiana Veterans Affairs and parish government. But we wondered about who the less… Continue reading →

Tammy Times: Present time: Give gifts for needy families

Sharon Edwards

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, many are of the opinion that it’s too early to think about Christmas. But for the volunteers with St. Tammany Project Christmas, the deadline to help 700 families in need is less than two weeks away. Alan Smith is one of those volunteers. He said the number of families… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Youth Football League champs crowned

The West St. Tammany Youth Football League ended another successful season on Nov. 15 when four championship games were held at Fontainebleau High School. League President Larry Frieman said about 800 players and 200 cheerleaders took part in the league this season. Teams hail from throughout St. Tammany Parish. This year’s champions were the Covington… Continue reading →

Check It Out: Libraries thank supporters

Shellie Savoy

It is the time of year when our thoughts turn to gratitude. We have much to be thankful for at the St. Tammany Parish Library, including our wonderful Friends and Foundation groups that work hard all year long to support the mission of the library. Friends of the Slidell Library will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2016.… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Veterans honored in Slidell; Mona Lisa smiles on new Carnival season

MOONPIEAdvocate photo by MISSIE NOEL -- Ken and Hollie Teague Stacey and Doug Maximo

Veterans from throughout the parish were greeted with patriotic music and a formal honor guard as they entered the Slidell City Auditorium on Nov. 1 for the third annual Veterans Appreciation Reception. Each table featured a colorful centerpiece with red, white and blue placemats and votives. Lunch was provided by Dickie’s Barbeque, Piccadilly, Zea’s and Southside… Continue reading →

Tammany Tracker: Pontchartrain Vineyards uncorks holiday event

Advocate photo by Liz Smith - Maggie Richardson, 7, of New Orleans braves her very first horseback ride at Pontchartrain Vineyards annual Holiday N the Vines festival.

Crawfish Monica, shrimp étouffée, jambalaya, filé gumbo: The savory dishes that fill our plates here in southeast Louisiana are so exclusive to our area even their names are incomprehensible for most of the country. So why should we pair our distinct cuisine with the same wine that’s paired with crabcakes in Massachusetts or chicken Alfredo in Illinois?… Continue reading →

Exchange Club honors veterans with breakfast

Photo provided by Exchange Club of West St. TammanyFrom left are retired Col. Pete McClenehan, Frank Oliveri, Col. Michael Brown and Exchange Club Secretary Jacob Butcher.

Col. Michael Brown was the guest speaker when the Exchange Club of West St. Tammany met on Veterans Day at the Christwood retirement community in Covington. He discussed how active military, veterans and their families struggle with the “constant transitioning” of promotions and responsibilities, involving moves that affect children in schools and spouses with careers.… Continue reading →

Bayou Lacombe Middle School honors veterans

Photo provided by Bayou Lacombe Middle SchoolIn the front row, from left, are Laurie Carroll, president of the VFW Auxiliary; Ginger Bruce; Diane Dalferes; and Jason Kahl. In the back row are Pat Burke, Terry Sauls, District Commander Mickey Carroll, Joan Moody and Mark Moody.

Bayou Lacombe Middle School honored veterans from all branches of the military on Nov. 11. The keynote speaker was VFW District Cmdr. Mickey Carroll, and representatives of VFW Post 8290 and its Auxiliary presented certificates and gift cards to the winners of a Veterans Day contest. The program began with a welcome from fifth-grader Kamrie Sylve, followed… Continue reading →

St. Mary’s Dominican High School is host for robotics league competition

Photo provided by St. Marys Dominican High SchoolTeams compete at Louisianas FIRST Tech Challenge League, the first robotics competition league meet in Louisiana.

Robotics teams from nine area high schools converged at St. Mary’s Dominican High School recently for a Louisiana FIRST Tech Challenge League event. FIRST Tech Challenges allow students in grades seven though 12 to compete head to head using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building and programming robots to compete in an… Continue reading →

Audubon chefs offer chance to feast from the ground up

Photo provided by The Audubon Institute -- It may take a bit of bravery to sample the bug-filled dishes.

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium wants to put a bug in your ear about a special holiday program. More accurately, it wants to put a bug — lots of bugs — in your mouth, instead. Audubon executive bug chefs on Wednesday are offering visitors a chance to taste twists on traditional Thanksgiving family recipes: turkey with… Continue reading →

Hospital holds Women’s Heart Health seminar

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- People browse information booths during the heart health seminar.

Slidell Memorial Hospital Women’s Health Alliance recently held its 30th annual Women’s Heart Health seminar at the Northshore Harbor Center near Slidell. The event featured a panel discussion about heart health, information booths, health screenings, a fashion show and a luncheon.… Continue reading →

DAR marks Veterans Day in Slidell with celebration at nursing center

Photo provided by St. Tammany Chapter DARThe Slidell High School Junior Naval ROTC participated in the Veterans Day observance. From left are cadets Nicholas Chandler, Ryan Fife, Tristan Shally and Dustin Pearson.

The St. Tammany Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution marked Veterans Day by honoring veterans at the Greenbriar Community Care Center in Slidell with an outdoor party. The 20 veterans at Greenbriar are Marvin Anderson, Army; Alfred Chadwick, Submarine Division, Korea; Christian Enclade, Army, WWII; Carl Enxing, Navy, Korea; Orfilla Guerra, Army Air Corps, WWII;… Continue reading →

Marigny students learn about pilgrims, American Indians

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- First-grader Arthur Johnson gives the native American hand sign for 'buffalo.'

At Marigny Elementary School in Mandeville, all 10 first-grade classes spent the week before Thanksgiving learning about American Indians and pilgrims. A look at Native American culture came first. Students moved among activities set up in several classrooms. Sitting around a teepee, they practiced songs for a big powwow. At other stations, students made… Continue reading →

St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for November 25, 2015

Photo provided by Northlake Mandeville Rotary ClubNorthlake Mandeville Rotary Club members Sandra Gallo Gibson and Sam Camp dance to the music performed by Ellen Rogers and Lacy Blackledge at a recent meeting.

NORTHLAKE MANDEVILLE ROTARY CLUB: Louisiana native Ellen Rogers, now music director for the Unity Church of the Bay Area near Houston, returned recently to perform at a fundraiser for the Covington Food Bank. During her visit, she provided entertainment during a regular lunch meeting of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club; she is the daughter of longtime Rotarian Jimmie… Continue reading →

St. Tammany sports briefs for November 25, 2015

Photo provided by St. Pauls School Junior varsity wrestlers from St. Pauls School in Covington who placed in the Brother Martin Invitational  were, front row from left, Cole Ulfers, 132, first; Charlie Layman, 120, third; Miles Lindsey 132, third; and Eli Applebaum, 129, third. In the second row are Stephen Beach, 220, first; Mason Impastato, 132, second; Beau Taranto, 142, third; Collin Craddock 150, third; and Matthew Kangas, 220, second. Not pictured are Evan Ulfers 132, third; and Connor Oviedo 120, second.

ST. PAUL’S WRESTLING: The St. Paul’s Wrestling Wolves, under the direction of Craig Ketelsen, began the 2015-16 season by competing in two tournaments in early November. The varsity Wolves competed in the Mandeville Open, placing in nine of the 13 weight classes. The younger Wolves traveled to the Brother Martin Invitational for junior varsity and junior high wrestlers,… Continue reading →

Tammany To Do for Nov. 25, 2015

Photo provided by Slidell Little Theatre -- Laura Mauffray Borchert will direct the performance of Pride and Prejudice coming to Slidell Little Theatre in January.

RUNNING TO FEED THE HUNGRY: 7 a.m. Thursday. Work off those Thanksgiving carbs at the fifth annual Thanksgiving Day 5K run or 2K walk. The fundraiser raises awareness about homelessness and the hungry in Slidell. The race is presented by the Mount Olive Feeding Ministry and will be led by Heath Allen, of WDSU Channel 6. Registration begins at… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for November 25, 2015

HEALTH INSURANCE BASICS: The League of Women Voters of Louisiana has posted a “Health Insurance Basics” report on its website, This briefly discusses the benefits of health insurance coverage; the dates for Marketplace enrollment or renewal or change of an existing plan; information to have on hand; and steps to enroll or renew or change an… Continue reading →

St. Tammany faith notes for November 25, 2015

NATIVITY WALK: Nativity scenes will be on display during a Nativity Walk from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church Slidell, 433 Erlanger St., Slidell. The Women of First Church are sponsoring the event, which will include punch and cookies. For information, visit or call the church… Continue reading →

St. Tammany school briefs for November 25, 2015

Photo provided by Pine View Middle SchoolAnzlie Miller

PINE VIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL: The October students of the month at Pine View Middle School in Covington are fourth-grader Anzlie Miller, fifth-grader Taiylor Pippins and sixth-grader Oluwanfunmi Otukelo. FLORIDA AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: October citizens of the month at Florida Avenue Elementary School in Slidell are Gage Albers, Ryam Ale, Justin Bautista, Zaki Bazanac, Grant Bridges, Isabella Campbell,… Continue reading →

St. Margaret Mary celebrates a half-century of community

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Recess is a busy time for the students at St. Margaret Mary School.

When Slidell experienced one of its largest growth spurts in the early 1960s, it quickly became evident that there would be a need for more infrastructure — roads, schools, shopping outlets and the like. It also was a clarion call for more churches in the area. Thus, St. Margaret Mary Parish was born. What began as a… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Holidays provide time for running, baseball camp

Road racing and baseball don’t have much in common, but there are upcoming events in each sport that should be of great interest to local athletes. The St. Paul’s Cross Country Christmas Run will be held Dec. 5 in Covington. There will be a 5-kilometer race, as well as a 1-mile fun run (led by Santa… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: ‘Soldier’s Story’ has updated twist

Sharon Edwards

In time for Veterans Day, the Covington-based Prodigal Players premiered their musical drama, “The Soldier’s Story,” at Tulane University, then took the show to Slidell Little Theatre and Christ Episcopal’s Third Sunday concert series. But there’s still time to catch two more performances on the North Shore at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday at the… Continue reading →

Tammany Tracker: Unique Katrina artwork will highlight Habitat fundraiser

Photo provided by Kim Bergeron -- Rebirth by Kim Bergeron will be one of the works auctioned as part of East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity's annual Home Is Where the Art Is event this weekend.

Ten years ago, shortly after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Rita trailed shortly behind, the city of Slidell received a box in the mail from Lunenburg, Mass. Inside were dozens of handwritten letters from students attending Lunenburg Primary School, 1,500 miles away. The letters featured drawings, prayers and uplifting words from sentimental young students:… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Wetlands work and American Girl show

Advocate photos by MISSIE NOEL -- DUCKS -- Austin Dahmer, Rachel Ricau, Wanda Ricau and Richard Ricau

More than 300 guests attended the recent Slidell Ducks Unlimited members banquet at the Northshore Harbor Center. Ducks Unlimited is dedicated to conserving, restoring and maintaining wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. Its long-term vision includes sustaining “wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.” Patton’s in Slidell catered the 30th… Continue reading →