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Churches feeding multitudes

Thanksgiving is a special time of year for many people. But for the 18th consecutive year, the Thanksgiving season will take on extra meaning at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Slidell. That’s because the Slidell church will be the epicenter of a communitywide Thanksgiving dinner program that could feed as many as 1,000 people from throughout St.… Continue reading →

Tammany Tracker for Nov. 20, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Abby Donaldson, new columnist for the St. Tammany Advocate, photographed Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

Beer lovers are in for a treat this weekend as Louisiana breweries roll out their new specialties at a beer fest, beginning at noon on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Mellow Mushroom, 1645 U.S. 190 in Covington. The event celebrates Mellow Mushroom’s five-year anniversary with local craft beers, beard competitions and music performances by local favorites.… Continue reading →

PUP play date

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Dogs frolic in their new dog park during the grand opening  Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, for the Camellia City Bark Park on Spartan Drive. PetSmart donated a mobile Pop Up Park, one of only four in the country, which features 340 feet of fencing, a double-door closed entry, to lessen the chance of pet escapes, three clean-up stations and three benches. The Camellia City Bark Park is a project of Leadership Northshore. A permanent 3.5 acre park is set to open sometime in 2015. It will have areas for small and large dogs and will open in phases as $200,000 to complete the project is raised.

Dogs frolicked in their new dog park Saturday during the grand opening of the Camellia City Bark Park on Spartan Drive in Slidell. PetSmart donated a pop-up park, one of four in the country, which features 340 feet of fencing, a double-door entry to lessen the chance of pet escapes, three cleanup stations… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: Project Christmas true spirit of giving

Sharon Edwards

I’m making a list and checking it twice — mostly to make sure I have fresh mirlitons, pecans and shrimp to make side dishes for our family Thanksgiving dinner. But there are other families that are busy checking their list to help 616 families in St. Tammany Parish experience a great Christmas. St. Tammany Project Christmas… Continue reading →

Check It Out: Donations to library are gifts repeatedly enjoyed

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Library -- Ke’el Edwards and her family are honoring the legacy of her great-grandparents, George and Mary E. Thompson, with monthly book donations to the St. Tammany Parish Library.

Ke’el Edward’s great-grandparents, George and Mary E. Thompson, began their life as husband and wife right here in St. Tammany. To honor that family legacy, Edwards and her family decided to donate books monthly to the St. Tammany Parish Library. “Books, education and literacy have been very important in my family,” Edwards explained. The family’s… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Marking an abbey and autumn

Advocate Photo  by MISSIE NOEL (ADL) Brett, Starr, Christopher and Gary Haaga at the ADL event.

Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College in Covington recently held its ninth annual gala and fundraiser, “Deo Gratias,” or “Thanks Be to God,” on the grounds of the abbey. This year marked the 125th anniversary of Saint Joseph Abbey, and the entire… Continue reading →

In Profile: African influences weigh heavy in artist’s creativity

Advocate photo by DEBORAH BURST -- Roc Paul, an Abita Springs multimedia artist, worked as a freelance diver in the '80s and later in his career as an artist he cast custom bronze helmets.

Inside his Abita Springs studio, Roc Paul, a multimedia artist, thumbs through a photo album. It’s a timeline of his life’s artistic influences. Born in Zambia, South Africa, he is a free spirit perhaps as a result of his evening visits with the natives who lived in compounds on the outskirts of town. He enjoyed listening to… Continue reading →

CULTURAL COLLAGE: New hospital lobby showcases Art League’s emotional exhibit

Advocate photo by KATHLEEN DESHOTEL - Combining watercolor and acrylic adds to the mystery of 'Half the Story' by Rosita Henley.

Every great work of art renders a viewer who has to think and feel. It really matters not what the reaction is as long as there is a reaction. Many of the works in a recent Slidell Art League exhibit are by artists who have the ability to grab viewers and hold their attention. The spacious… Continue reading →

Feast For Friends

Carolyn Park Middle School will host its eighth annual Feast For Friends Thanksgiving Dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at 35708 Liberty Dr. off Carroll Road, Slidell. This year the school will be sharing the traditional dinner in partnership with the Knights of Columbus from St. Genevieve and Slidell councils. Dinner… Continue reading →

Bayou Christmas to light up Slidell

Tommy Benasco has had a longtime dream of bringing a Christmas event to Slidell. Teamed with members of the Slidell Boys & Girls Club, that vision is going to become reality. Benasco, a former Slidell Police Department detective and current owner of a local construction business, has helped orchestrate the inaugural Slidell’s Bayou Christmas. The “magical… Continue reading →

Slidell Boy & Girls Club names new director

Advocate photo by ANDREW CANULETTE -- Nathan ‘Nate’ Moore is the new director of the Slidell Boys & Girls Club.

After a short search, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana recently hired a new director to run the organization’s Slidell unit. Nathan “Nate” Moore, a 27-year-old from San Jose, California, was recently named director of the Slidell Boys & Girls Club. Moore studied business administration with an emphasis on sports management at Seton Hall… Continue reading →

Rotary to sell sweet potatoes

Advocate photo by ANDREW CANULETTE - Members of the Rotary Club of Slidell Northshore gathered at Pinewood Country Club on the morning of Nov. 4 to distribute boxes of sweet potatoes and bags of Creole rice to club members. The proceeds from food sales go to help Rotary-sponsored programs in the area. From left, are Dave Kaufmann, Ron Newson, Neil Alford, and Lydia Alford.

The Rotary Club of Slidell Northshore meets regularly at Pinewood Country Club for breakfast meetings at 7:30 a.m. But members recently gathered an hour or more earlier. That’s because they were unloading a large delivery truck filled with boxes of Garber Farms Golden Louisiana Yams and Creole Rose rice. The 540 boxes of potatoes on pallets… Continue reading →

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast with Santa moves to Fontainebleau High

North Shore Mandeville Kiwanis will sponsor its 22nd annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Fontainebleau High School Cafeteria, 100 Bulldog Drive in Mandeville. The Kiwanis invites families to make the event part of their holiday tradition. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee.… Continue reading →

Halloween wishes

Photos provided by Children's Wish Endowment - Childrens Wish Endowment board member JoBeth  Kavanaugh  paints a butterfly on  Bella Orgerons cheek.

Children’s Wish Endowment recently held a party in space provided by Bonne Ecole School during its Trunk or Treat Halloween Celebration in Slidell. Children’s Wish Endowment has the mission of granting wishes to children under the age of 18 who have chronic, life-threatening or terminal illnesses. Since its founding… Continue reading →

Art projects cap off Slidell students’ science research

Photo provided by Bonne Ecole Elementary School -- Isabella DelaRosa and Cayleigh Larsen used bright blue paint, construction paper and colored dots to decorate their pumpkin animal.

Science and whimsy combined recently for fourth-graders in Lynette Bruno’s Class at Bonne Ecole Elementary School in Slidell. After working in pairs to write research papers on selected animals, they designed pumpkins inspired by those animals. The research papers included the animals’ diet, habitat, physical appearance and fun facts.… Continue reading →

Noon Lions Sponsors Leo Club at Salmen High

Photo provided by Slidell Noon Lions -- The officers of the new Leo club were presented their national charter by the Slidell Noon Lions, the club’s sponsor. Pictured, from left, are Leo club adviser and Salmen High teacher Lion Eric DuBuisson, Stephanie Molina, Lauren Fricke, Brooke Moran, Jennifer Dickerson, Kaytlin Fricke, Lion Dean Navarre and Lion club President Len Watts.

A new Leo club has been formed and chartered in Slidell at Salmen High School, sponsored by the Slidell Noon Lions. A ceremony was held at the Noon Lions home to present the national charter and initiate the members as well as to induct the club officers. The Noon Lions also presented the club with a check… Continue reading →

Dauphin Island trip a fifth-grade highlight

Photo provided by Christ Episcopal School -- Chet Caldarera experiences the wetlands during a field trip with the fifth-grade science class at Christ Episcopal School.

One major area of study in Christ Episcopal School’s fifth grade is wetlands and coastal conservation. The annual trip to Dauphin Island is one of the school’s most highly anticipated field trips. Students packed for the night and made the trip Thursday, Nov. 6, and stayed the night to Nov. 7. Students… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish community photo gallery for Nov. 20, 2014

Photo provided by Hannan High --  Eucharistic ministers for year presented -- Archbishop Hannan High School recently presented the students who will serve as eucharistic ministers for the 2014-15 school year. Pictured, from left, are Sarah Dykes, Madison Hahn, Alyssa Dowell, Alyson Rubio, Mollie Messina, Daniel Hollander, Anthony Palazzolo, Nicholas Palermo and Alexandra Dedinsky. The eucharistic ministers were blessed at a school Mass by Principal the Rev. Charles L. Latour, O.P.

The St. Tammany Advocate this week includes photos from local civic, community and school groups and highlights recent events around St. Tammany Parish.… Continue reading →

Sports briefs for Nov. 20, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Playoff powder -- Mandeville High senior Trace Lancaster, 17, shakes a megaphone as he and other students cheer amid a pre-game dusting of baby powder before the first-round playoff game against Slidell High on Friday at Mandeville. Mandeville won 14-7.

Jimmy Headrick, the 2008 PGA of America National Junior Golf leader, will hold a weekly, year-round junior golf academy at Oak Harbor Golf Club, 201 Oak Harbor Blvd., near Slidell. Headrick, named a U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 best junior golf instructor three times, is holding… Continue reading →

St. Tammany faith briefs for November 20, 2014

HOUR OF GRACE: Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Lacombe is organizing an hour of prayer for priests and a return to purity from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine on Fish Hatchery Road in Lacombe. For information about the Rosa Mystica, call… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for November 20, 2014

Photo provide by Mandeville Rotary -- Men’s Health Day announced to Rotarians -- Argiro Morgan, president of the Board of Directors of the St. Tammany Library Foundation, updated the Northlake Mandeville Rotarians on the state of affairs of the parish public libraries at a recent meeting. She announced that the library system has proclaimed November as Men’s Health Month. On Saturday, Nov. 22, the rooms of the Madisonville Library will be open to men of all ages to visit local doctors, attend counseling sessions and receive physical evaluations. An Ask the Doctor special event will offer both men and women the chance to clarify issues of men’s health and define a next step program for those men in need of care. In other updates, Morgan said, St. Tammany libraries do not have a dedicated capital budget and must rely on savings from normal expenditures to improve its facilities, many of which need to be upgraded. The library system is awaiting council approval to utilize the full millage passed by voters. Morgan was recently honored as the American Library National Trustee of the Year 2014. Pictured are, from left, Tom Quinn, Steve Saux, Morgan, Sam Camp and Bill Allin.

SURVIVE DAT!: A breast cancer support group for young survivors will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. All are welcome regardless of where treatment was received. For information, contact or (985) 276-6832. BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT… Continue reading →

St. Tammany business briefs for November 20, 2014

Photo provided by the Shapiro family - Dan Shapiro, of Mandeville, the executive vice president of Krispy Krunchy Chicken, met president George W. Bush at the Food at Retail Exhibition convention in Grand Prairie, Texas. Krispy Krunchy Chicken, based in Lafayette, is a retail-based chicken concept with more than 1,700 locations nation-wide.

INNOVATION RECOGNIZED: A Mandeville resident’s innovative design for wheelchair users has won recognition from Louisiana Economic Development during Louisiana Innovation Month. René de la Tour, of We Care Designs, invented the Para Ladder to help wheelchair users move from their chairs to the floor and back without further assistance. “It was… Continue reading →


Photo provided by SWCC -- The 2014-15 reigning King Samaritan XLIII Jack Devereux and Queen Samaritan XLIII Kelly King will preside over the Krewe of Slidellians parade at 1 p.m. Jan. 25.

It is never too early to start thinking about Mardi Gras. KREWE OF SLIDELLIANS: The Slidell Women’s Civic Club extends an invitation to marching groups, businesses, campaign organizations, friends and families to participate in the Krewe of Slidellians community parade. The Krewe of Slidellians will roll the streets of Slidell at 1 p.m.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for November 20, 2014

COATS FOR KIDS: Northshore Kiwanis is sponsoring its 19th annual Coats for Kids drive. Coats, jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts of all sizes (including adult sizes) are welcomed as donations until early December. Coats can be donated at the collection boxes placed at Northlake Christian, St. Peter’s School, St. Scholastica Academy, Covington High School and… Continue reading →

St. Tammany school briefs for Nov. 20, 2014

NOCCA APPLICATIONS: Students in middle school and high school have until Jan. 9 to apply to audition to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Applications may be downloaded and printed at NOCCA offers half-day and after-school arts training, and full-day arts and academic instruction. As Louisiana’s arts conservatory for high school… Continue reading →

Cultural Collage: HELP for Humanity

Advocate photo by KAHTLEEN DESHOTEL - Lori Gomez offered her time and talent to restore an upright piano and pained it with The Beatles theme. It was autographed by surviving band members Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney.

At the East St. Tammany’s Habitat for Humanity’s recent Sip & See gathering, the public was given a glimpse of beautiful and interesting works that have been donated for the cause of building new homes for people who not only desire a home but are also working to be part of the American dream. Each year, ESTHFH… Continue reading →

Recreation and Leisure: Slidell dog park to open as a PUP on Saturday

It’s often said that something is better than nothing. Well, the organizers of the Camellia City Bark Park certainly aren’t stopping at just “something,” but they do have an early surprise for the community on Saturday. A temporary dog park is coming to Slidell, through a cooperative agreement between the city of Slidell, Leadership Northshore and… Continue reading →

In Profile: Preservationist steering past, present of Covington

Advocate photo by DEBORAH BURST - Sharon Nunez, president of the Covington Heritage Foundation, stands on the caboose at the train depot in Covington.

Sharon Nunez stands on the caboose at the old Covington railroad depot and reflects on her passion for the city of Covington and old-style architecture. Her interests fit with her new role as president of the Covington Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation evolved from last year’s Bicentennial Committee, which won an… Continue reading →

Tammany Tracker: Actors break age stereotypes

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Abby Donaldson, St. Tammany Advocate columnist

Age is just a number for the group of talented seniors performing in the upcoming Broadway play “Love Letters” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive. The local production of the 1989 romantic comedy replaces the typically young, energetic cast with a group of seniors 50 and older from… Continue reading →