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A decade later, Milne Home residents back in Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Residents and staff take a morning walk Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Milne Home, a new $11 million community for developmentally-challenged adults, on Louisiana 21 near Covington.

To grasp the magnitude of destruction Hurricane Katrina brought upon southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, consider this: There remain people who desperately want to return home but continue to be displaced. For nearly 10 years, that has been the case for residents of the Milne Home. The original facility, in Gentilly, was home to… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: Focusing on suicide prevention

I am writing about a topic I don’t like to talk about — suicide. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, but, like news of any devastation, unless it touches us, we may try to avoid talking about it. Yet for each suicide in St. Tammany, the effect grows exponentially through families, schools, neighborhoods and the workplace… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Hoops for Kid is Sept. 5 at Peter Atkins Park

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Jaylyn James, 11, takes a shot during the Hoops For Kids 3-on-3 Tournament Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Peter Atkins Park in Covington. Teams of four competed in junior high and high school categories for both boys and girls.

It’s so fulfilling when things change for the better. Take the happenings of the past few years at Peter Atkins Park in Covington, for example. For years, the park has been a popular gathering point for the West 30s neighborhood. People came to play basketball or to swim in the community pool. They came for simple… Continue reading →

Check It Out: Storytime will be in full swing beginning Sept. 1

Shellie Savoy

Storytime is an engaging way to teach young children that reading is fun through books, songs, rhymes and activities. It is also an important component in educating parents about the early literacy skills their children need to know before entering kindergarten. These skills will help make them successful readers for a lifetime of enjoyment. Storytimes are offered… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: White linen and beaming bards

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (playmakers) Newly engaged Eddie Bagwell Jr. and Jeannette Ketry at the annual Playmaker's Theater 'Alvin Awards.'

The temperatures were hot, but the dress was cool white for the second annual White Linen Night in historic downtown Covington. Guests donned their finest and coolest white linen to visit the art galleries, to feast at dining establishments and to enjoy refreshing libations at any number of bars and restaurants. This year, the event added… Continue reading →

‘Plus 10’ celebrates decade of resiliency

Photo provided by Galleries de Juneau - The Oak Tree by author J. Steven Spires, and illustrator, Jonathan Caron, tells the story of Hurricane Katrina from the perspective of an old oak tree. A reading and signing of the childrens book will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Artists Galleries de Juneau, 2143 First St., Slidell. The reading is one of the activities planned for 'Plus 10: A Decade of Resiliency' to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in Olde Towne Slidell.

St. Tammany Parish Government, Slidell, St. Tammany Parish Public Schools and local residents will host “Plus 10: A Decade of Resiliency” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Olde Towne Slidell. A Katrina 10 Memorial Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056… Continue reading →

Free program to address financial exploitation of seniors

A program on preventing financial exploitation of senior adults will be presented at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Council on Aging St. Tammany senior center at 610 Cousin St., Slidell. The program, “Money Smart for Older Adults,” was developed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The presentation is free, but… Continue reading →

Youth Service Bureau seeks new CASA volunteers

Photo provided by CASA - Youth Service Bureau CASA Director, guest speaker Devan Peterson, Youth Service Bureau CASA Trainer Dana Wolcott

The Youth Service Bureau’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program is looking for caring adults with a heart for children to speak up for victims of child abuse or neglect. The children range from infants born exposed to drugs, to teenagers who have been abandoned and find themselves in the system through no fault of their own. Each of… Continue reading →

Community Music School registration is under way

Registration is underway for the fall session of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School, which begins Monday, Aug. 31. In Mandeville, lessons in violin, piano and voice are offered at the St. Tammany Parish Administrative Complex, 21454 Koop Drive. Students of all ages may participate in private lessons on various instruments. Opportunities for group instruction… Continue reading →

Slidell Heritage Festival raises money for 6 charities

Advocate photo by ANDREW CANULETTE - The Rotary Club of Slidell-Northshore and the Rotary Club of Slidell held a joint meeting on Aug. 18 at Pinewood Country Club to distribute to local charities money raised during the 18th annual Slidell Heritage Festival. Pictured, front row from left, are Slidell Heritage Festival Chairwoman Sharron Newton, Stacie Manuel of Boy Scouts of America Cypress District, Maria Popa of Remember Forever  Sgt. Alfred, Colleen Leblanc of Safe Harbor, Debbie Crouch of East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity, Gay Digiovanni of Rotarys Inner Wheel, and Rotary of Slidell-Northhsore President Wynn Williams; and back row, Kevin Walcott of Remember Forever  Sgt. Alfred, Paul Manuel of Boy Scouts of America Cypress District, T.J. McNulty and Michael Deckelman of the Slidell Police Dept., Dionne Graham of Rainbow Childcare, Sheri Eastridge of Safe Harbor, Jennifer Wood of Rainbow Childcare, and Rotary Club of Slidell President Barbara Doyle.

Approximately $48,000 was distributed to six different charitable groups during a joint meeting of the Rotary Club of Slidell-Northshore and the Rotary Club of Slidell held Aug. 18 at Pinewood Country Club. The money was raised during the 18th annual Slidell Heritage Festival, which took place July 4 in Heritage Park. Rotary officials estimated approximately 6,500 people… Continue reading →

Start the Adventure in Reading volunteer tutor training scheduled

Training sessions begin soon for volunteers wishing to help children to learn to read. Start the Adventure in Reading tutors volunteer after school or on Saturday mornings in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes. They work one-on-one with public school second-graders who are reading below grade level. The one-on-one focus is a powerful teaching… Continue reading →

Slidell Little Theatre announces 2015-16 lineup

Photo provided by Slidell Little TheatreÑ ÒKatrina: The Mother-in-Law of Õem All,Ó Oct. 9-25

Slidell Little Theatre’s 2015-16 season includes plays ranging from the drama of Ernest J. Gaines’ “A Lesson Before Dying” to the comedy of “Spamalot.” But before the first actor crosses the stage, artists have created a series of posters to proclaim the season’s line-up. The season opens with “Mary Poppins,” Aug. 28 through Sept. 13. In… Continue reading →

Northshore Gumbo Cook-Off poster contest underway

Photo provided by Northshore Gumbo Cook-OffÑThe 2015 Northshore Gumbo Cook-Off poster was designed by Mattie Millet, 15.

Students in grades seven through 12 have until Nov. 1 to submit poster designs for the 2016 Northshore Gumbo Cook-Off. The winner will receive $50. Posters must be 16-by-20 inches and should not have any words on them. They should be identified on the back with the student’s name, mailing address, email if available, phone number,… Continue reading →

Covington Girl Scout honored for courage in a crisis

Photo provided by Girl Scouts Louisiana EastÑGirl Scout Medal of Honor recipient Savahna Kolb, center, is joined by family members, left to right, Melanie Greene, Dianna Thibodeaux, Donna Kolb and Denise Powers.

Savahna Kolb, a Girl Scout Brownie in Covington Troop 30199, was honored recently at the local council headquarters for earning one of the highest honors a Girl Scout can receive: the Medal of Honor. Savahna, who was 6 at the time, helped save the life of her grandfather as he was having a seizure in July 2014.… Continue reading →

Tammany To Do for Aug. 26, 2015

Photo provided by OTAC - Kathleen DesHotel's photography is featured in 'Practically Perfect in Every Way.'

The Olde Towne Arts Center, or OTAC, presents the invitational art exhibition, Practically Perfect in Every Way, through Oct. 25 at the OFFstage Gallery in Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive Slidell. Featured are Slidell artists Kathleen DesHotel and Michael Reed. Nelle Landry and Charlotte Collins… Continue reading →

St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for August 26, 2015

Photo provided by the St. Tammany Master Gardeners  - Coreopsis plant growing in a raised bed at the Abita Springs Branch Library were planted by St. Tammany Master Gardeners.

MARINE CORPS BAND: The Marine Corps Band New Orleans will perform a special Hurricane Katrina memorial concert, “Spirit of Rebirth,” at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd. in Slidell. It will be a unique opportunity to remember and celebrate the courage and spirit displayed in the St. Tammany community during one… Continue reading →

St. Tammany college briefs for August 26, 2015

NORTHSHORE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE: William Wainwright, chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College in Hammond, presented the Chancellor’s Award for College Advancement to Dow Chemical Company during the college’s fall 2015 convocation on Aug. 17. Stacey Chiasson accepted the award on Dow’s behalf. The theme of the convocation was “Moving Louisiana Forward by Giving Back.” In his State of… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for August 26, 2015

Photo provided by St. Tammany Hospital GuildÑFrom left are St. Tammany Hospital Guild President Ron Rome and guild volunteers Patricia Hebert, Jewell Lorio and Dianne Bissel.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Cancer survivors and caregivers will gather from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, to share common experiences, support one another, discuss strategies for coping with a cancer diagnosis and effectively manage the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of survivorship. This support group will meet in the first-floor conference room at… Continue reading →

St. Tammany faith notes for August 26, 2015

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE: A Hurricane Katrina Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Aug. 29 at 312 Lafitte St., Mandeville. A reception will follow. FUMC REMEMBRANCE: First United Methodist Church of Slidell will remember the 10 years that have passed since Hurricane Katrina, celebrate the present and look to the future during a… Continue reading →

School Notes for Aug. 26, 2015

GIRL SCOUTING IN ST. TAMMANY: Girl Scouts in St. Tammany are holding recruitment events to invite more girls to join. The Girl Scout program levels are Girl Scout Daisies, kindergarten through first grade; Girl Scout Brownies, second through third grade; Junior Girl Scouts, fourth through fifth grade; Cadette Girl Scouts, sixth through eighth grade; Senior Girl Scouts, ninth… Continue reading →

Abita Springs program to highlight voting practices around the world

Voting practices in cultures around the world will be examined during a celebration of the 19th Amendment from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Women’s Center for Healing and Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs. The event will also feature a presentation of the play “Failure is Impossible,” which depicts the struggle to gain… Continue reading →

Special-needs basketball program continues growth

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Walker Haase, left, congratulates Brandon Ripley on Ripley's basket Sunday, Aug. 8, 2015, at Pelican Park near Mandeville. The game was the last for a summer basketball program for special needs players.

Imagine the scene: A bus rolls in front of a gymnasium, the players on board filing into a building filled with cheering fans. Festive signs and banners greet the players. An announcer calls their names over the sound system. Cheerleaders dance and shout encouraging words to all. And then, the game begins and spirited (yet friendly) competition… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Tickets for Wings and Wine benefit going fast

It’s said that the early bird gets the worm. Boy, is that ever the case when it comes to the Wings and Wine benefit for the Northlake Nature Center. Even though the third annual fundraiser won’t take place until Sept. 25, only 100 tickets to the event will be sold. And NNC Director Rue McNeill… Continue reading →

Tammany Talk: Gardener series in bloom

Master Gardeners are a varied bunch. Some are those with the perennial “green thumb,” while others just want to know how to stop killing their roses. What they have in common is that each has completed a Master Gardeners training course offered by LSU Agriculture agents. In return, they give back to the community by offering their… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Red Beans ’N Rice kick-off United Way campaign

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (redbeans west) Chief of Fire Prevention District 1 Chad Duffaut, District 9 Fire Chief Scott Brewer and District 1 Fire Chief Chris Kaufman.

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana hosted two separate cook-offs recently, providing everyone involved with a “winning recipe” to start the campaign season. For only $8 a person, attendees were able to enjoy all the red beans and rice they could eat and much more. In the west area of the parish, the United Way’s… Continue reading →

First responders test rapid dive scenario

iPhoto provided by St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District 1 - At a Rapid Diver demonstration in Bayou Bonfouca in Slidell, Rapid Diver coordinator Billy Dekemel lays on the yellow spine board during the training event as firefighters Chris Darby, Jeremy Suber, Jason Theriot and Clint Coulon perform the rescue and Safety Diver Mark Michaud with the Slidell Police Department watches.

It was a trial run, but everything was in place. St. Tammany Fire Protection District 1 received the practice “call.” The scenario was that a vehicle had left the roadway and entered Bayou Bonfouca near the Heritage Park boat launch in Slidell. “Witnesses have not seen anyone come up from the submerged vehicle, and the… Continue reading →

Louisiana Auxiliary wins awards at VFW National Convention

Photo provided by Wanda Farbe - Shown are, seated,  Linda Nail, Past State President 2014-15; and standing, Cyleria Guidry-Gerrets, State President; Lorna Mills, National District Council Member 19; Patricia Wesley, State Chief of Staff; Adelaide LaBauve, State Secretary; Claudette Arcement, President District 9; Wanda Farbe, Senior Vice-President District 9; Margaret Nixon, State Treasurer.

The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Department of Louisiana recently won awards at the Veterans of Foreign War National Convention in Pittsburgh. Linda Nail, Department of Louisiana president 2014-15, won the Outstanding President Award. The state took home first place for Americanism, chief of staff, hospital and scholarship; and runners-up awards for cancer and research and legislative.… Continue reading →