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Mandeville parade returns with focus on music, lights

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- King Ray Vaga, left, and Richard Guillot. right, sorts out beads during the Krewe of Orpheus' bead-pickup party at Mandeville's Lions Hall on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The Krewe of Orpheus is rolling again for the first time in years on February 3, 2016

John Lawrence already has enjoyed a successful run as captain of what was once St. Tammany Parish’s largest Carnival club — Mandeville’s Original Krewe of Orpheus. When he resigned from the position in 2007, he said Orpheus had more than 600 members, and its parade rolled with 32 floats. Nearly a decade removed from that… Continue reading →

Krewe of Selene’s hand-decorated purses a prized throw

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  The all-women krewe paraded 16 floats carrying 350 members in 2015.

When the all-female Krewe of Selene rolls down the barricaded streets of downtown Slidell this weekend, the crowds will be yelling out for one thing: purses. “Muses has shoes; we have purses,” said Nicole Salvaggio, a Selene krewe member. The signature throws come in different forms. There are tote purses and clutch purses, monogrammed… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: St. Paul’s is runner-up in national soccer tourney

Photo provided by St. Paul's School -- Michael Longo of St. Paul's, left, was one of 10 players in the Monteverde, Florida tournament to make the All-Tournament team.

The St. Paul’s School soccer team long has been synonymous with success. After winning three Louisiana High School Athletic Association championships in the past five years, everyone in these parts knows they’re going against a great team when they play the Wolves. Turns out that the rest of the country also has taken notice of the… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: YMCA hosts products expo

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Joe Chapman works out on the overhead press at the Covington YMCA in October 2015.

The West St. Tammany YMCA has more than 8,000 members, and some have posted signs around Covington telling people just what they think of it. Members recently checked out 100 signs that read “I Love My Y” and “Back Away From the Sofa” to promote the many opportunities for healthy living available at the local Y.… Continue reading →

Check it out: Library asks veterans to put their stories on record for project

Shellie Savoy

St. Tammany veterans from all branches of service are invited to participate in the library’s Veterans History Project to preserve their personal stories of service. “The idea for the project was born when a library patron came in to ask for help with his new computer,” said reference librarian Maria Doktor. “He took pictures when… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: Pooches best left home from parades

Photo by Suzanne C Grim -- This handsome fellow lives up to his name: He loves to play, but loves even more to win and (nicely) boss the other kittens around. He calls out to humans for extra attention, and he's irresistibly fuzzy. So come meet Chief and play at 271 Plauche St., New Orleans. The adoption fee is $100 and includes neuter, shots, a combo test and a chip. For more information contact

The biggest party in New Orleans is well underway, and while we thoroughly enjoy Carnival and all the sights and sounds it has to offer, the festivities can be very scary and stressful for animals. As you head out this weekend to enjoy the superkrewes, I strongly recommend leaving the pets safe and secure at home.… Continue reading →

Tammany Tracker: Krewe of Tchefuncte set to roll on the river

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Richard Moore's 'Tropical Fish,' parades with the Krewe of Tchefuncte Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, on the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville. The crews of 16 boats  paraded to the theme,'Krewe of Tchefuncte Sails to a Tropical Paradise.'

Crowds of locals will flock to the Madisonville Riverfront this weekend for the annual Krewe of Tchefuncte parade. But this isn’t your traditional Mardi Gras parade. The Krewe of Tchefuncte doesn’t roll, it sputters; the floats don’t stop, they dock; and the parade route isn’t a roadway — it’s a waterway. The annual boat parade… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Fools of Misrule make very merry

OLYMPIAAdvocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL -- Barry Morse, the Captain of the Krewe of Olympia, and Rory Roniger

The merriment at the annual St. John Fools of Misrule march spilled out onto Columbia Street in downtown Covington on Jan. 9, as more than 300 “Fools” and “Jewels” kicked off the Carnival season in western St. Tammany. Following beverages, toasts and singing at the Seiler Bar and Courtyard — the part of the event… Continue reading →

Slidell Rotary Club hosts visitors from child-nutrition program in Honduras

Photo provided by Slidell Rotary Club -- Representatives of the Lunches for Learning program in Honduras attended a Slidell Rotary Club meeting during their visit. From left are Joan Archer, who will be the 2016-17 president of the Rotary Club of Slidell; Jessica Gonzalez; Angela Reyes; club President Barbara Doyle; Fernando Ortiz; Robinson Burgos; and Roger Chavez. Chavez, an accountant, benefited from Lunches for Learning as a child.

Five Honduran participants in Rotary-sponsored Lunches for Learning visited community programs in Slidell Jan. 15-18 as part of a three-week visit to Louisiana. Lunches for Learning works to break the cycle of poverty in rural Honduras by providing a healthful lunch to elementary school children, thereby allowing them to stay in school and enter the workforce… Continue reading →

A heroic parade

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- The Mystic Krewe of Perseus rolled in the streets of Slidell on Jan. 24 with 13 floats, nine of them double-deckers.

In Greek mythology, Perseus faced many challenges to gain the hand of his wife, Andromeda, including slaying Medusa, the creature with snakes growing out of her head instead of hair and a gaze that turned men into stone. The Slidell krewe named after Perseus fortunately faced only sunny skies and crowds eager for throws when it rolled Jan.… Continue reading →

Mandeville violinist wins concerto competition

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana University­­Umika Kuroda

A 13-year-old Mandeville violinist won the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra concerto competition held Jan. 10 at Loyola University New Orleans. She will perform a solo with the orchestra March 20 at Loyola. A student at Mandeville Junior High School, Umika Kuroda has studied violin for seven years under Jivka Jeleva, director of the Continue reading →

Mandeville High School Spinnakers dance team finds success in competitions

Photo provided by Jessica JohnsonMembers of the Mandeville High School Spinnakers dance team include, front row from left, Valerie Hulin, lieutenant; Raegyn Bouza, co-captain; Olivia Wong, captain; and Lexi Ellefson, lieutenant. In the second row are Bella Scardino, Morgan Benefield, Ali Laighe and Ellie Stevens. In the third row are Morgan Benefield, Madelyn Johnson, Isabella McInnis, Katya Bordelon, Brittany Dugas, Amelia Day, Amelia Taranto and Maddie Harper. The team is coached by Elizabeth Gibson with Mandeville High School sponsors Anne Duke and Jessica Driscoll.

The Mandeville High School Spinnakers dance team swept its division in the American All-Star Louisiana state dance competition Jan. 16-17 in Lafayette, with top awards in almost all areas. In Division 1, for high school teams with 5-12 performing members, the Spinnakers team was the Sweepstakes Award winner and the state champion in both jazz… Continue reading →

Covington High School honors students of the month

Photo provided by Covington High SchoolThe Covington High School students of the month for December are Ashton Morgan, left, and Veronica Husak.

The Covington High School students of the month for December are Veronica Husak and Ashton Morgan. Husak has earned a cumulative 4.47 grade-point average while consistently challenging herself with advanced coursework in all subject areas. She holds Microsoft Word certification and is an engineering intern with Pelican Energy Consultants. She is a varsity cheerleader and has… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish students of the year advance to regional competition

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Public School System Justin Sutton, Covington High School

The students of the year for the St. Tammany Parish Public School System are Sofia Smith, a fifth-grader at Lake Harbor Middle School in Mandeville; Matthew Larsen, an eighth-grader at Mandeville Junior High School; and Justin Sutton, a senior at Covington High School. The students were selected based on their academic achievement, leadership skills, character and… Continue reading →

Foreign policy discussion series to begin Feb. 15

Registration is open for afternoon and evening sessions of a foreign-affairs civic education program beginning Feb. 15 in both Covington and Mandeville. The Great Decisions program, an offering of the Foreign Policy Association, is being presented by the Covington-Mandeville branch of the American Association of University Women. The program empowers readers to discuss global issues shaping… Continue reading →

Students celebrate the letter U

Photo provided by Christ Episcopal School -- Hayes Berthelot and Alexa Liokis parade with their umbrellas.

Christ Episcopal School Busy Bee pre-K students of Bridget Chatham paraded with umbrellas and upside-down umbrella crowns around their Covington campus to the Bogue Falaya Park as they studied the letter ‘U.’… Continue reading →

Slidell City Courthouse art display honors CASA volunteers

Photo provided by City Court of SlidellAt the Slidell City Courthouse, a small courtroom is decorated with posters promoting the Chef Soiree, the major fundraiser for the Youth Service Bureau. From left are Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) supervisor Candace Page, Slidell City Court Judge James 'Jim' Lamz, staff attorney Brandi Dohre, CASA director Mary Slazer and Youth Service Bureau President and CEO Denis Schexnaydre.

Inside the Slidell City Courthouse, a permanent art display in a small courtroom honors volunteers who assist with cases involving abused or neglected children. City Court of Slidell Judge James “Jim” Lamz filled the courtroom’s walls with the framed posters promoting the Youth Service Bureau’s annual major fundraiser, Chef Soiree. One of the… Continue reading →

Carnival calendar for Feb. 6-14, 2016

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --Payton Hagood, 10, of Mandeville, left, snags a string of beads as the Mystic Krewe of Covington rolls in 2014.

JESTER FLOAT PAINTING CLASS: 7 p.m. Saturday. Paint a Mardi Gras float in this BYOB painting class. Must be 21 or older to drink. Registration required; $45. Painting with a Twist, 2132 Gause Blvd., Slidell. MARDI GRAS PAINTING CLASS: 1 p.m. Sunday. Paint a parade-themed picture in this BYOB painting class. Must be 21 or older to drink. Registration… Continue reading →

Out and about for Jan. 3, 2016

NATURE WALK AND TITIVATION: 1 p.m. Wednesday. Volunteers clean up the nature trails. Call (985) 626-1238 for more information. Northlake Nature Center, 23135 Highway 190, Mandeville. VALENTINE’S DAY CARD: 1 p.m. Wednesday. Create an original card for Valentine’s Day. Registration and supplies required; call (985) 626-7997. Pelican Park Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Drive, Mandeville. JEWELRY CLASS: 6 p.m. Wednesday.… Continue reading →

School notes for Feb. 3, 2016

OUR LADY OF LOURDES: The Catholic School in Slidell has opened registration for the 2016-2017 school year for Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarten to 7th grades. A new tuition assistance program for children entering kindergarten is available for qualifying families. Families can tour the campus and meet teachers and new principal Michael Buras. To arrange a tour or for… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Around the Community for February 3, 2016

Photo provided by Kiwanis Club of the Northshore, MandevilleRepresentatives of the Key Club at Northlake Christian School gave a presentation at the Jan. 21 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of the Northshore, Mandeville. Key Club members collected more than 300 coats for the Kiwanis Koats for Kids drive. Seen here, from left, are Kiwanis President Rick Johnson and Key Club members Luke Hansen, Hannah Watts, Brook Herberger, Gabby Herrington and Mollie Probst. For information on the Kiwanis Club, contact Doug Ferrer at or (985) 640-7260.

MY GIRLFRIEND’S CLOSET: The next sale dates for My Girlfriend’s Closet will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13, at 881 Robert Blvd., behind Domino’s Pizza in Slidell. The next drop-off date for donations of gently used clothes and accessories will… Continue reading →

Faith notes for Feb. 3, 2016

MOTHER’S DAY OUT AND PRESCHOOL: Registration opens Feb. 10 for part-time classes for children ages 6 months to 4 years at First United Methodist Church, 433 Erlanger St., Slidell. Both Mother’s Day Out and preschool offer developmentally appropriate, early childhood learning experiences in loving environments. Contact Heidi, Donielle or Erin at (985) 643-6454 or email;… Continue reading →

St. Tammany healthy living for February 3, 2016

SUBSTANCE ABUSE SUPPORT: The SAM substance abuse support group at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1050 Robert Blvd., Slidell, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, with Alesia Morrison Balleck MEd., LPC, NCC, speaking about interventions. Topics will include when an intervention is necessary, how it is conducted and what preparation is needed and outcomes. The group is… Continue reading →

After 30 years, Krewe of Eve’s hard work is bearing fruit

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Riders on the float 'Sesame Place' toss trinkets as the Krewe of Eve rolls in 2015.

Carnival is one big party, so it’s appropriate that the Krewe of Eve chose “Thirty Years of Fun and Games” as the theme for its 30th parade. Eve, one of the larger Carnival organizations in the metro New Orleans area, will take to the streets of Mandeville on Friday at 7 p.m. The 375 women… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Slidell alum baseball game spans generations

If you really love playing a sport, one of the hardest things to do is step away from your game. And as countless former athletes have found throughout the years, even though the brain says the body is able, sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. Perhaps we’re not as strong as we once were, maybe not… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: Seniors’ volunteer hours valued at $953,427

Sharon Edwards

There’s a big check coming to St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister — and local volunteers have it covered. A mock check for $953,427 was presented to Brister last year from the Volunteers of America’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program. That amount represented the value of the hours RSVP volunteers donated to local nonprofits.… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: Cats won’t suddenly ignore litter boxes without reason

Photo provided by ARNO -- PET OF THE WEEK: Susie is a Plott hound/terrier mix who's about 2 years old. She is enthusiastic, sociable and affectionate. She loves to run. Stop by any day between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to meet her at at 271 Plauche St., Harahan. The adoption fee for Susie is $200 and covers all vaccines, spay and a chip. Email

Urinating outside of the litter box is one of the top reasons cats are surrendered to shelters, abused or put outside after years of being indoor pets. So after years and years of using the litter box with no problem, why do some cats suddenly stop being house trained? Contrary to popular belief, the cat is not staging… Continue reading →

Check It Out: Library helps ESL learners

Shellie Savoy

The St. Tammany Parish Library partnered with the Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans a decade ago to offer English as a Second Language classes for adults. Since that time, hundreds of learners have benefited from the program. The ESL spring session has just begun, and those in need of English instruction are invited to… Continue reading →