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Time captured in tin

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Photographer David Armentor removes a plate while photographing Nila Sanchez, left, and her son, Carlos Sanchez, during the opening Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, of The Antiquarian Image: An Exhibition of 19th Century Photographic Processes, at the St. Tammany Art House in Covington. The exhibit, which runs through April 4, features the work of 10 photographers using early photographic processes. Armentor took tintype portraits of guests using a view camera and developed the images onsite. His demonstration was a preview to his Tintype Workshop scheduled for March 28, and three photo classes in conjunction with the exhibit.

“The Antiquarian Image: An Exhibition of 19th Century Photographic Processes,” at the St. Tammany Art House in Covington, which runs through April 4, features the work of 10 photographers using early photographic processes. Artists include from Europe, Alex Sapienza, of Dublin, Ireland; Dennis Ziliotto, of Monselice, Italy; and Borut Peterlin, of Dolenjske… Continue reading →

Mandeville’s Woofstock is all about the pets

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (woof) Breanna Ingalls,

Woofstock 2015 will bring a low-cost veterinary clinic and a mega-adoption event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Castine Center at Pelican Park, 63350 Pelican Drive Mandeville. The pet adoption event will feature more than 200 dogs and cats from the St. Tammany Humane Society and other area rescue groups and… Continue reading →

In Profile: Sharecropper to entrepreneur

Advocate photo by DEBORAH BURST - Murray James has recently published his memoir, 'A Poor Man Can Survive.'

Hoe in hand, Murray James is landscaping in the garden of one of his clients, Covington resident Patricia Clanton. Clanton is a good friend of James and assisted him in writing his memoir, “A Poor Man Can Survive.” The book brings the reader back to a time when families struggled, but always found a way to… Continue reading →

Recreation & Leisure: Recipient of Lester Latino Award is a special player

Advocate photo by ANDREW CANULETTE - Will Arata is the Lester Latino Award winner at Pope John Paul II High School.

In the accounts of those who knew him, Lester Latino was one heck of a football player. He lettered as a linebacker at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches from 1966-69 and led the team in tackles in both his junior and senior seasons. His memory lives on locally at Pope John Paul II Catholic High… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: St. Tammany West Chamber installation honors leaders

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (chamber) 'Member of the Year' Mark Benfatti, Maryellen Kanode, John Reynolds and Councilman Rick Danielson.

Business and community leaders were honored at the recent St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce’s Installation luncheon. Hosted at the beautiful Tchefuncte Country Club in Covington, more than 200 guests gathered to recognize local community leaders in business. Cliff Bergeron of the Covington Business Association received the Community Leadership Award, sponsored by Resource Bank. Mark Benfatti… Continue reading →

Foundation makes waves

Photo by Ricky Burke - Shown at the Let's Make Waves benefit for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are, from left, LPBF Board Member Ben Taylor, Lets Make Wave Honorary Chair Barbara Barnes,  LPBF Interim Executive Director Dwight Williams and Connie Glockner.

The 22nd annual “Let’s Make Waves” event, hosted by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, was held recently at the Pontchartrain Yacht Club in Mandeville. The cocktail party and silent auction enables the foundation to continue its mission of preserving and restoring the water quality, coast and habitats of the Lake Pontchartrain basin. Dr. George and… Continue reading →

Boating safety classes planned in Slidell

The Slidell Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a boating safety class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 21 at First United Methodist Church, 433 Erlanger St., Slidell. The fee is $20. The class will be repeated on April 18, May 16 and June 20. For information or to register, contact Donna Fishback at… Continue reading →

Covington tree-planting project is topic of community meeting

Plans for planting trees in the West 20s and West 30s neighborhood of Covington will be discussed during a meeting of Keep Covington Beautiful at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Conference Room II at the Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Ave. Participants should use the entrance on West 23rd Avenue. KCB is working to create… Continue reading →

Slidell Noon Lions Club makes eyeglass recycling more convenient

The Slidell Noon Lions Club has increased the number of collection boxes for the Lions International recycled eyeglasses program. The used eyeglasses are delivered to regional recycling centers where volunteers clean them, sort them by strength and package the glasses. Most of the glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the… Continue reading →

NAMI Louisiana seeks new board members

NAMI Louisiana is seeking board members who will bring fresh ideas, leadership and knowledge to the work of advocating for people with mental illness across the state. For consideration, send email to The NAMI Louisiana nominating committee will review applications and recommend qualified applicants to the current NAMI Louisiana Board. Family… Continue reading →

Novel-writing classes set at SLU St. Tammany Center in Mandeville

Nancy Wagner, of Covington, will be teaching two noncredit writing classes in March at the Southeastern Louisiana University St. Tammany Center, 21454 Koop Drive, Mandeville. “So You Want to Write a Novel: First Steps” will be taught from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Mondays beginning March 2; the fee is $150. “The Novel: Critique, Revision, and… Continue reading →

Slidell Elks Lodge marks 50 years of service

Photo by Carol Graff -- Longevity pins were awarded to these members of the Slidell Elks Lodge during its recent 50th anniversary dinner. From left are Silvia Cureau, Richard Frederickson, Gregory Mitchell, Franklin Skiles, Katherine Davis, Herbert Hostler, Dale Galatus, Peggy Hickman, Bertrand Faciane, Edward Stevenson, Glenn Lemoine, Steve Daigle and Joseph Stein. Pins were also awarded to Shawn Reugger, Patrick OÕMalley, John Gottardi, Terry Tranchina, Michael Carroll, Paul Leblanc Jr., Brian Fricke and Barbara Morgan.

The Slidell Elks celebrated 50 years of philanthropic work for veterans, youth and more during a recent anniversary dinner. During its 50 years, the lodge has won many state and national awards, including six All American Lodge awards. Special guests included Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan and his wife, Glenda; Past Grand Exalted Ruler Millard… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for Feb. 26, 2015

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP: An Alzheimer’s disease support group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Live Oak Village of Slidell, 2200 Gause Blvd. East, Slidell. To let organizers know you will be coming, call (985) 781-4545. BABY & ME: Parents of babies who are not yet walking will share issues and insights about… Continue reading →

St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for February 26, 2015

YMCA HERO NOMINATIONS: The West St. Tammany YMCA is accepting nominations through March 28 for YMCA Heroes. These are everyday people committed to strengthening communities by performing extraordinary acts of courage and kindness in the area of youth development, healthy living or social responsibility. The YMCA Heroes will be recognized at the West St.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany sports briefs for February 26, 2015

SHAMROCK CLASSIC: The Shamrock Classic Golf Tournament will be Saturday, March 14, at Pinewood Golf & Country Club, 405 Country Club Blvd., Slidell. The format is a four-person scramble, with check-in at 10 a.m., a putting contest at 11 a.m. and tee time at 12:30 p.m. The fee is $75 for members and $80 for others.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Faith Notes for February 26, 2015

ABBEY YOUTH FESTIVAL: The annual all-day festival for young people in grades 8-12 is 10 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. March 21 on the grounds of St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College, 75376 River Road near Covington. Advanced registration is $30 through Sunday and includes an T-shirt. Registration onsite begins at 9:15 a.m. and is… Continue reading →

Tammany To Do for the week of Feb. 26, 2015

Photo provided by Cutting Edge Theater - Miss Tee Augstine as Lita Encore in 'Ruthless' the musical Feb. 27 to March 14 at the Cutting Edge Theater in Slidell.

“THE ANTIQUARIAN IMAGE” AT STAA: through April 4, St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St. “The Antiquarian Image, An Exhibition of 19th Century Photographic Processes” is an international exhibition of works by 10 photographers. Although digital imagery is now the standard in the 21st century, the photographic image has its roots in the early… Continue reading →

Business briefs for Feb. 26, 2015

COVINGTON BUSINESS WORKSHOP: The workshop will provide the tools and resources to people who are interested in opening their business in Covington and further assist current businesses in the city. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Bogue Falaya Hall in the Greater Covington Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m.… Continue reading →

Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws to parade on Sunday

Photo provided by Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws -King Rudy Hancock

Dogs will be strutting their stuff and sniffing for prizes when the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws’ 21st annual parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at 140 Jackson St. on the Mandeville lakefront. This year’s theme is “Mardi Paws — Takes a Road Trip!” Registration is available the day of the parade and funds raised… Continue reading →

Free home indeed for trafficking victims

Most St. Tammany residents are unaware of the risk and presence of the often hidden crime of human trafficking. But one local couple is hoping to change that. Beth Salcedo is the executive director of the Louisiana Coalition against Human Trafficking. Her husband, psychologist Dr. Rafael Salcedo, is her partner in developing public awareness. Together,… Continue reading →

Gala fêtes artists

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Executive chef Leah Chase of Dookie Chaseâs Restaurant in New Orleans, center, accepts the first Native Son Award from St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, right, during âAppetite for Art,â the 10th Annual Presidentâs Arts Awards Gala and fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center in Covington. This event, sponsored by St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs, recognizes those involved in the arts.

Some of St. Tammany’s most accomplished artists were recently recognized at the President’s Arts Awards, presented by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. The 10th annual presentation was transformed into Appetite for Art, a gala celebration that moved from floor to floor of the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center in Covington. The courthouse holds one… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Explore natural beauty of refuge gardens at open house

Photo provided by USFWS - The annual Bayou Gardens open house will be held Feb. 21 at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges headquarters in Lacombe.

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge remains one of St. Tammany Parish’s most beautiful treasures, with marsh, piney forests and transition zones between the two attracting thousands of visitors each year. While some folks are aware of this jewel on the north shore, others may be unfamiliar with the refuge, as well as the visitor’s center… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Krewe de Paws celebrates five years

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (paws) Gene Duvic and Denise Indorf at the Krewe de Paws ball in Slidell.

Slidell’s Krewe de Paws celebrated its fifth anniversary with the theme “Laissez les BONE Temps Rouler!” Olde Towne Slidell’s special krewe for canines brings awareness to pet rescue and adoption as well as promoting the businesses within Olde Towne. The krewe donates proceeds from its ball and parade to various local animal-loving nonprofit organizations. This year’s recipients… Continue reading →

Slidellians Ball crowns King and Queen Samaritan LXV

Photo provided by SWCC -  Royal Court, left to right, Elwin Ordoyne  III, Julie Teal, Bill Davis, JoBeth Kavanaugh, Chad Duffaut, Dionne Graham, Lynn St.Jean, Brooks Trotter, Glenda Drennan, Richard Artigue, Lonnie Favre, and Daniel Seuzeneau.

Slidell Women’s Civic Club hosted the Krewe of Slidellians LXV Ball Masque with the theme “An Evening of International Celebration.” The highlight of the evening was the crowning of Samaritan LXV King Troy Brackett and Queen Dawn Sharpe Brackett. The Northshore Harbor Center was transformed into an atmosphere of global merriment with décor and music; the… Continue reading →

Ozone Camellia Club honors judges at reception in Slidell

Photo provided by Ozone Camellia ClubÑThe 2014 Camellia Festival was dedicated to David and Ann Manella. From left are Robert Stroud, show chair; Kay Taylor, president; Ann Manella; Sabrina Audibert, dinner dance chair; and David Manella.

The Ozone Camellia Club thanked the judges of its camellia show with a reception at the waterfront home of Dave and Rita Bogan. Camellia Club trophy donor patrons also attended the reception to meet and thank the judges. Members of the Senior Court who were on hand to welcome guests to the reception included Queen Victoria… Continue reading →

Rotary collects shoes for orphans

The Rotary Club of Slidell is collecting new shoes for distribution to vulnerable children and orphans worldwide. The local effort is part of Shoes for Orphan Souls, a project of Buckner International, a global Christian ministry. Since 1999, Buckner has distributed more than 2.5 million pairs of new shoes to children in 74… Continue reading →

Mardi Bras collection for Safe Harbor

Roller derby leagues from across Louisiana, including Northshore Roller Derby of Mandeville, are joining forces this February for Mardi Bras, a drive to collect supplies for shelters for homeless and battered women across the state. Northshore Roller Derby has chosen Safe Harbor as its designated charity for this event. Items requested include tampons, pads, panty… Continue reading →