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Second annual festival honors Louisiana veterans

Advocate staff photo by REBECCA RATLIFF -- Gina Guillory, a Gold Star Mother, holds a pillow given to her by the Purple Heart Organization and claps along to "You're a Grand Old Flag" at the second annual Louisiana Veterans Festival Saturday, May 16 at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell, LA.

U.S. veterans were honored at the second annual Louisiana Veterans Festival on May 16 at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell. Proceeds from the event benefit the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build Program to help provide affordable homes for veterans and their families.… Continue reading →

In Profile: Artist finds new path in wine art

Advocate photo by DEBORAH BURST - Sylvia Thomson-Diaz stands by her mixed media artwork that includes wine foils.

Family was a big part of Sylvia Thompson-Dias’ career path. Owner of Sylvia T. Designs, she does faux finishes, designs and paints murals, cabinetry and furniture refinishing, and now, canvas paintings. “I grew up in Arabi with two older sisters and loved putting together art projects together with my oldest sister when she was in interior… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Swim leagues gaining strength on north shore

St. Tammany Parish’s children have enjoyed an excellent recreational swimming environment for decades. And it appears that the swimming scene only is getting stronger on the north shore. Look no further than the St. Tammany Swim League, which serves east St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parish; and also the Scenic Rivers Swim Association, which is… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish chooses its teachers and principals of the year

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Public School System -- At the middle school level, the St. Tammany Parish teacher of the year is Nicole Burkes, an English teacher at Boyet Junior High School in Slidell.

The St. Tammany Parish Public School System has chosen its 2015-16 teachers and principals of the year, at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels. At the high school level, the teacher of the year is Tracy Hoffman, a science teacher at Fontainebleau High in Mandeville, and the principal of the year is… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: Festivities set for July 4th

Sharon Edwards

Preparations are underway to celebrate the 4th of July in Covington, Mandeville and Slidell. The big news is the recent announcement that the city of Mandeville will bring fireworks back to the lakefront. Thanks to a partnership with Chevron and the Northshore Community Foundation, there will be a free Fourth of July Celebration held July… Continue reading →

Check It Out: Library Con: An All Fandoms Convention to kick off summer reading

Shellie Savoy

Youth across St. Tammany are celebrating because summer vacation is here. The St. Tammany Parish Library is celebrating because our favorite time of the year has arrived: Summer Reading! The Summer Reading event fun kicks off with Library Con: An All Fandoms Convention at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Madisonville Branch, 1123 Main St. The convention is… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Slidell women tee off to help troops

Advocate Photo  by MISSIE NOEL (golf) Donald Hardy, Roger Boler and Michael LaFerrara.

The skies were gray, and the rain threatened, but nothing could stop the infallible Slidell Ladies for Liberty in their quest to host an outstanding fundraiser. The Bushwacker Golf Classic was held May 15 at Oak Harbor Golf Club in Slidell. More than 116 players brought out their clubs and their checkbooks to support the ladies,… Continue reading →

St. Tammany fishing pier now open on weekend nights

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Anglers try their luck Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the St. Tammany Fishing Pier on East Howze Beach Road near Slidell. The pier, closed Mondays and Tuesdays, is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fishing is available Friday and Saturday nights until 11 p.m. during the summer at the St. Tammany Parish Fishing Pier, 54001 E. Howze Beach Road, where I-10 meets the north shore in Slidell. Regular hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The pier is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.… Continue reading →

Law enforcement panel to foster discussion

Faith Bible Church in Covington will host “Not in Our Community: Let’s Talk About It,” a forum to establish proactive relationships between law enforcement and residents, at 7 p.m. May 27 at the church, 1148 N. Columbia St. in Covington. A Law Enforcement Panel will include Police Chief Tim Lentz, Sheriff Jack Strain, District Attorney Warren… Continue reading →

Veterans Memorial Day Observance Saturday in Slidell

The Slidell Garden Club will host its annual Veterans Memorial Day Observance at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Veterans Monument at the corner of Sergeant Alfred Drive and Cleveland Avenue in Slidell. The invocation will be given by Louis Bauer, deacon of St. Margaret Mary Church, followed by an address by Annette Hall, founder of the Slidell… Continue reading →

Rotarians honor exchange members from Australia

Photo provided by Covington Rotary -  Group Study Exchange member Jacqueline Dickenson and Covington Rotary member, Jill Aucoin at Seiler Bar.

The Covington Rotary Club members recently hosted a group of five Australians during their Group Study Exchange. They were all from the Melbourne Area, Rotary District 9800. The group leader is Peter Frueh, who is District 9800 governor-elect in 2017-18. The team members are Jacqueline Dickenson, Thomas Mitchell, Latasha Slocombe and Joni… Continue reading →

Slidell High School Class of 1995 plans reunion weekend

The Slidell High School Class of 1995 will hold its 20th reunion the weekend of June 12-14 with a mix-and-mingle social, an adults-only reception and a family pool party. The weekend kicks off June 12 with a social at 7 p.m. at The Landing, 4750 Pontchartrain Drive. The evening includes an ’80s cover band and a cash… Continue reading →

Slidell man is Louisiana’s Student Broadcaster of the Year

Photo provided by SLUÑPaul Rivera of Slidell, a senior at Southeastern Louisiana University, is the Student Broadcaster of the Year for the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.

For the second consecutive year, a news anchor/reporter at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Southeastern Channel has been named the top student broadcaster in the state of Louisiana. Paul Rivera, a senior from Slidell, was named Student Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters recently at its 2015 Prestige Awards luncheon in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

Humana Foundation seeks grant applications in area

Photo provided by Humana - Rhonda Babgy announces the 2015 Humana Communities Benefit at New Heights Therapy Center in Folsom.

Humana Foundation officials recently returned to the site of one of the charitable institutions that has received support from its Humana Communities Benefit program. New Heights Therapy Center in Folsom was awarded the Humana Communities Benefit grant in 2010 and used the funding to improve its riding facility, allowing the organization to provide more therapeutic riding time to… Continue reading →

Christwood community center celebrates anniversary

Photo provided by Christwood - Art teacher Laura Mitchell gives helpful hints to student Julie Loper, seated.

The Community Center at Christwood recently celebrated its first anniversary with demonstrations of activities available such as water aerobics in the indoor, heated pool, yoga, Zumba and aerobic classes, and methods which help with balance and stability in the Cardio Exercise Room. The art studio was available for those working on paintings; the game room, for pool… Continue reading →

Hurricane Katrina exhibit to open in Slidell

Photo provided by OTAC - Ken Dellsperger's 'My Little' will be on display at 'Ten' reflecting diverse viewpoint on Hurricane Katrina 10 years later.

Art reflecting 10 diverse viewpoints on Hurricane Katrina, 10 years after the storm, will be assembled in the “10” exhibit, which will open June 12 at the Slidell Cultural Center Gallery, 2055 2nd St., Slidell. There will be an opening reception for the Olde Towne Arts Center exhibition from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 12.… Continue reading →

Lacombe day camp will have a focus on the outdoors

Outdoor activities will be the focus of a summer day camp for boys and girls ages 8 to 10 to be held July 20-24 at the headquarters complex for Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges in Lacombe. The camp hours will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The camp is presented by the U.S. Fish and… Continue reading →

St. Paul’s School awards diplomas to 179 graduates

Photo provided by St. Pauls SchoolBurke Irwin

St. Paul’s School awarded diplomas to 179 students during its commencement ceremony May 16 in the Briggs Assembly Center on its campus in Covington. There are five valedictorians: Matthew David Baldone, George James Cazenavette V, Maxwell Jefferson Gold, Ryan Joshua Keller and Connor Young Lu. Baldone, the son of Drs. David and Rhonda… Continue reading →

St. Tammany sports briefs for May 27, 2015

CHRIS DUHON CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Each year, the Chris Duhon Stand Tall Foundation supports more than 20 students with college scholarships. The annual Chris Duhon Charity Golf Tournament to support the scholarship program will be held from noon to 5 p.m. June 6 at the Oak Harbor Golf Course in Slidell. The cost is $100 per golfer.… Continue reading →

Senior lunch menus for June 1-5, 2015

Council on Aging St. Tammany senior center meal menus. For information, call (985) 892-0377 or visit www.coastseniors.org. Chicken and sausage jambalaya, green peas, Normandy-blend vegetables, whole-wheat bread, fresh apple. Hamburger steak with brown gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, whole-wheat bread, mocha-nut cookie.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany faith notes for May 27, 2015

FAMILY ADVENTURES: Low-cost and no-cost family adventures will be the topic of a Lifetree Café program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1340 Eighth St., Slidell. A filmed interview with the family of Brian and Jodi Abbott will offer practical tips for having low-cost or no-cost adventures and explore the barriers to… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for May 27, 2015

Photo provided by Slidell Memorial Hospital -- From left are Slidell Memorial Hospital chief nursing officer Lynn Strain; staff development director Jeanne Wilson; volunteers of the year David Page, Sharon Beck and Robert Facio; and volunteer coordinator Laurie Manley.

SLIDELL HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS: Slidell Memorial Hospital honored three volunteers of the year during a recent National Volunteer Week luncheon. The volunteers of the year are Sharon Beck, who mentors other volunteers; Robert Facio, administrative; and David Page, patient-centered. Certificates and service pins were distributed by SMH chief nursing… Continue reading →

St. Tammany school briefs for May 27, 2015

Photo provided by Slidell Junior High - Mr. and Miss Slidell Junior High Ashley Henry and Jonathan Merriman were presented at the school's Who's Who event.

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN OF ST. TAMMANY: Professional women of St. Tammany will present 19 scholarships totaling $25,000 during its awards luncheon June 9 at Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville. The group’s website is www.pw-st.org. Scholarships of $2,500 each will be going to Courtney Bozant, Melissa Mankin, Rebecca Kernahan and Theresa White. Scholarships… Continue reading →

St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for May 27, 2015

SLIDELL USED-BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Slidell Library will hold a used-book sale on Friday and Saturday in the meeting room of the Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd. On Friday, the members-only preview sale will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; memberships will be available at the door, at a cost of… Continue reading →

Business briefs for May 27, 2015

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana UniversityMembers of the staff of the Southeastern Louisiana University Small Business Development Center show off their award from the Small Business Administration recognizing the SBDC as the best in the nation. From left are business consultants Wayne Ricks and Brandy Boudreaux, assistant director Sandy Summers and director William Joubert.

SMALL-BUSINESS CENTER: The Small Business Development Center of Southeastern Louisiana University is the best in the nation, according to the U.S. Small Business Association. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet presented the award at the White House on May 8 as part of National Small Business Week. Accepting the award on behalf of… Continue reading →

Teams take Dragon Boats to water at festival

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Kim Lanci of the Walgreens Rowed Warriors celebrates a semi-final win Saturday, May 9, 2015, during the sixth annual Walgreens Greater New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival on the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville. The Rowed Warriors won the Division E grand championship. Thirty-nine teams participated in the event, a fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.

Forge Steele Crossfit was the winner of the sixth annual Walgreens Greater New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival held May 9 in Madisonville. This year, 39 teams competed as thousands lined the riverbanks to enjoy the colorful boats racing on the Tchefuncte River. The event was a fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins… Continue reading →

Annual senior fest keeps all the right stuff

The motto for Council on Aging St. Tammany’s annual Senior Resource Festival could very well be “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” The event is the largest the organization stages each year, and hundreds of seniors and people that work with seniors attend annually. Because of the success of past resource festivals, it’s not surprising… Continue reading →

YMCA to honor Tammany heroes

The West St. Tammany YMCA has been celebrating local individuals committed to strengthening their communities for years. This year, the group will honor 14 residents who perform extraordinary acts of courage and kindness in three areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibilities. The event will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Tchefuncta Country Club, 2… Continue reading →