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Slidell eighth-grader heads to national spelling competition

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  Alaina McDuffie, 13, a Clearwood Junior High eighth-grader, photographed Monday, April 11, 2016, at home in Slidell, is preparing to compete in the Scripts Howard National Spelling Bee May 25 and 26 near Washington, DC.

Feuilleton, a light or entertaining article. F-E-U-I-L-L-E-T-O-N. This could be one of the words that Alaina McDuffie will have to spell at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 25 and 26 in Washington, D.C. It was the winning word of the 2014 competition. Alaina, an 8th-grader at Clearwood Junior High in Slidell, won the New Orleans… Continue reading →

Tammany Tracker: Home tour steps into Old Mandeville’s history

Photo by AbbyPhoto, LLC -- One of the houses on the Old Mandeville Mother's Day Home Tour.

Along the Mandeville lakefront, beneath the sprawling oak trees and the blossoming magnolias, are houses that have become a symbol for Old Mandeville. From the wide Creole homes lined with French doors, to the long, skinny shotguns with wrap-around porches, they provide much of the area’s historic charm. A dozen of these homes will be highlighted this… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: PAC brings home marketing trophy

A hearty congratulations to the whole aquatics gang over at Pelican Athletic Club for helping bring home USA Swimming’s Marketing Club of the Year Award. PAC, which is located in Mandeville, was chosen from among clubs with 150 or less competitive swimmers. Vic Moore, PAC’s director of competitive swimming, attended the USA Swimming conference in Colorado last… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: Family Promise marks year of helping homeless

Sharon Edwards

This week marks the end of the first year since Family Promise of St. Tammany opened its doors. The nonprofit’s mission is to help local families who have experienced homelessness. Jan Hochendel, of Slidell, is a volunteer who answered the call for “office angels” and now works three days at the program’s Family Center. She said in… Continue reading →

Check it out: New database can help with language lessons

Shellie Savoy

Throughout May, the St. Tammany Parish Library will be showcasing the Pronunciator database, which can help users learn more than 80 foreign languages, as well as English as a second language from 50 languages. To help patrons get started, reference librarians will be offering classes across the parish: 3 p.m. Thursday at the Slidell Library,… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: Good rules make good neighbors at dog parks

Photo provided by ARNOJax is a white Dachshund mix with red ticking. He has one blue eye and one brown eye. Legend has it that dogs with eyes of different colors can view heaven and earth at the same time. Jax walks well on a leash and is eager to please. For information contact The adoption fee is $200 and includes neutering, up to date on shots, a chip, and heartworm treatment, if needed. The adoption fee is $200 and includes neuter, UTD vaccines, rabies, a chip and HW treatment, if needed.

It’s the time of year when everyone is enjoying the outdoors. It’s a great time to get out and about with pets. Over the past several years, the New Orleans metro area has become more of a dog park community, with great outdoor spaces being designed specifically for spending time with our pets. While the concept of… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: West St. Tammany Exchange Club event supports strong families

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL-- 2016 SSA Alumna of the Year Elise Charbonnet Angelette and her husband, Jason Angelette

The West St. Tammany Exchange Club recently organized a free family concert and educational fun day called Build the Village. Promoted as a “family fun event with a purpose,” the festivities coincided with April’s billing as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The weather was perfect, and a crowd of more than 250 gathered at the Covington… Continue reading →

Covington High artists vie for $50K for shoe design

Photo provided by Covington High --  Talented Art students Natalie Magee, left, Lainee Brown, Phoebe Allen, Kaitlynn Alphonse and Stasi Snowden are the team that created Covington High's entry into the Van's Custom Culture Contest.

Instructor John Schwartz’ Talented Art students at Covington High School recently placed in the top 50 in the Van’s Custom Culture Contest, and you can help them become the ultimate winner of $50,000 by voting for their shoe designs online. The team’s designs were selected from 2,400-plus submissions. Students were given four pairs of blank… Continue reading →

St. Tammany master gardeners to share knowledge of rose cultivation

St. Tammany master gardeners will present six tabletop clinics on roses at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fairview-Riverside State Park and Otis House Museum, 119 Fairview Drive, Madisonville. The clinics will address the types of roses that grow well in south Louisiana, rose diseases and the best methods for planting, pruning, dead-heading and feeding roses. Inside Otis… Continue reading →

Slidell and Covington workshops will help seniors avoid financial abuse

The St. Tammany SALT Council will present workshops to help senior adults avoid financial abuse Monday in Slidell and May 12 in Covington. “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just released a statistic that 17 percent of all seniors are victims of financial abuse,” SALT Council Chairman Ralph Oneal said. “This is costing our elders billions of… Continue reading →

Greater Slidell Golf Championship tradition gets even better

Ricky Barnes hits his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the Texas Open golf tournament, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ORG XMIT: TXEG102

The Greater Slidell Golf Championship has been one of the most anticipated golfing events on the north shore since the 1970s. The 38th annual tournament will be May 20-22 at the Slidell area’s three golf courses. On May 20, the field will play 18 holes at Royal Golf Club. Action moves to Oak Harbor… Continue reading →

Young Covington artist wins $3,500 in international competition

Photo provided by Lowell Milken Center for Unsung HeroesBound Together by Mollie Probst

Mollie Probst, a senior at Northlake Christian School in Covington, has been awarded the $3,500 second-place prize in a new international student art competition. Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes sponsored the competition as a way to provide art students with “a deep and meaningful learning opportunity as they apply the lessons of history to their… Continue reading →

Salmen sophomore is clubs’ regional youth of the year

Photo provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast LouisianaFrom left are Alliyah Brooks, youth of the year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana; Slidell club director  Cynthia Johnson and runner-up Marquice Brown.

Alliyah Brooks, a member of the Boys & Girls Club in Slidell, has been named Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana. The honor recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. “With her… Continue reading →

Slidell Elks Lodge treats veterans to lunch and bingo

Photo provided by Slidell Elks Lodge -- Seated are John Tice and Robert Najolic of Park Provence Assisted Living Community. Behind them, from left, are Elks Veterans Chairman Paul Newfield, Audrey Garrith, Jack Faucett and Sally Ryder.

The Slidell Elks Lodge recently treated local veterans in assisted-living homes to a luncheon and games of bingo. The project was led by Veterans Chairman Paul Newfield and his wife, Theresa Newfield. Along with individual prizes, gift cards were distributed to the assisted-living homes.… Continue reading →

Pi Beta Phi alumnae honored for leadership and service

Photo provided by Louisiana Northshore Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi -- From left are Suzanne Inabnet, Anna Villeret, Kit Davison, Barbara Henry, Courtney Dickerson, Libby Bentson, Ann Shaw, Cecile Torbergsen and Diane Gustafson.

Anna Wanko Villeret received a leadership award, and Suzanne Bensabat Inabnet received two service awards when the Louisiana Northshore Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club celebrated the fraternity’s 149th anniversary recently. The local organization supported two literacy initiatives during the 2015-16 school year. In November, the Champions are Readers program brought volunteers to the Boys… Continue reading →

St. Tammany around the neighborhood for May 4, 2016

Photo provided by St. Tammany Computer Association Katy Monnot

‘GIVE A LITTLE SUNSHINE’: Pearl River author Elizabeth Hilby will discuss traditional and self-publishing, talk about her new book “Give a Little Sunshine” and lead a card project inspired by the book from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Slidell Library, 555 Robert Blvd. Hilby is retired from the St. Tammany Parish School Board. She also… Continue reading →

St. Tammany college briefs for May 4, 2016

Photo provided by Centenary College of LouisianaChristopher L. Holoman

TIGER TWELVE: LSU recently honored 12 seniors as members of the Tiger Twelve, based on how they have exemplified the seven tenets outlined in a statement of LSU’s basic principles as an academic community. The Tiger Twelve Class of 2016 includes Andrew Mullet, a double major in biochemistry and Spanish from Folsom. Mullet worked in the Center… Continue reading →

St. Tammany school notes for May 4, 2016

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS: Two students from Jesuit High School have been chosen for corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards. Brady R. Stiller, of Madisonville, and Nicholas P. Fresneda, of Destrehan, are among more than 1,000 high school seniors who have won scholarships financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. Stiller’s scholarship is financed by the UPS… Continue reading →

St. Tammany out and about briefs for May 4, 2016

Photos courtesy of Lee Dukes -- Knights of the Round Table serving up laughter in 'Spamalot' at Slidell Little Theatre are, front row from left, Eric Generes and Tony Smith. Back row, Rob Reidenauer, Scott Lemonier, Paul Lemonier and John Kirkpatrick.

MUSIC AND THEATER FRIDAY NITES ON THE SQUARE: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. A free performance by Groovy 7. Attendees are encouraged to bring seating. Food and beverages will be available for purchase by Forks & Corks. TerraBella Village, 111 TerraBella Blvd., Covington.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany faith notes for May 4, 2016

ANNULMENT SUPPORT MEETING: There will be an annulment support meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Parish Center at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1501 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville. SENIOR DAYS: The health ministry at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church will present Senior Days health programs from 9:45 a.m. to noon Fridays, May 6, 13 and 20,… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for May 4, 2016

Photo provided by Lakeview Regional Medical CenterHiral Patel

VOLUNTEER AUXILIARY BOARD: The board of the Lakeview Regional Medical Center volunteer auxiliary will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Magnolia Room of the hospital, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. LAMAZE CHILDBIRTH CLASS: Relaxation and breathing techniques for natural childbirth; signs and symptoms of labor; and postpartum care will be discussed during a Lamaze childbirth class to… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Slidell Community Playground is ready for years more fun

Photo by Andrew CanuletteJazzy Abbitt, 1, enjoys a push on one of the new swings in the recently renovated Slidell Community Playground at Heritage Park.

The Slidell Community Playground was a huge undertaking when it was built in 2002. Hundreds of locals volunteered their time and energy to help build the wooden structures that were enjoyed by countless numbers of children in the years following. But the playground, at Heritage Park in Olde Towne, went into decline. After being inundated with… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: Home builders showcase raffle house for charity

Sharon Edwards

Local home builders will raffle a brand new house to benefit one lucky winner and four local charities. Tickets are on sale through June 4 for “Raising the Roof for Charity,” a project of the North Shore Home Builders Association. Since 1994, the NSHBA has raised more than $4.8 million from the raffle house to donate to… Continue reading →

Check It Out: St. Tammany Library Foundation to showcase work on GiveNOLA Day

Shellie Savoy

GiveNOLA Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event benefiting nonprofits in 13 parishes Tuesday, will be a big day for the St. Tammany Library Foundation. It will mark its first time participating in the 3-year-old annual event. In addition, it will join Covington and dozens of north shore nonprofits in celebrating the day and showcasing their work from… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: Some apartments OK for dogs

Apartment dwellers often assume they cannot have a pet. Dog owners also are quick to think they need to get rid of their dog because their living situation has changed and they are moving into an apartment. However, an apartment does not automatically mean no pets. There are several pet-friendly apartments throughout the city. It just sometimes… Continue reading →