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With songs and silence, Slidell remembers the sacrifices of 9/11

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD—Firefighters bow their heads in prayer during a Patriot Day ceremony Sept. 11 at Slidell Municipal Auditorium. The ceremony, which honored 9/11 first responders and military personnel, included a moment of silence, the ringing of bells for the fallen and the playing of patriotic songs by the Slidell Youth Community Orchestra.  Navy Cmdr. John Cowan of Mandeville, a SEAL team member at the time of 9/11, spoke about his unit’s response after the 2001 terrorist attack.

Slidell held a Patriot Day ceremony Sept. 11 at Slidell Municipal Auditorum, honoring all first responders and military. “Thirteen years ago, as the World Trade towers collapsed, many heroes rose to the occasion,” Mayor Freddy Drennan said. “We have not forgotten the sacrifices of the first responders, and this is a way… Continue reading →

Firefighters paying it forward

Photo provided by Eric Abney - Tyrone Collins watches the progress being made by volunteers from St. Tammany and elsewhere as part of the  'New York Says Thank You Foundation,' which was formed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

South Louisiana firefighters who were on the job in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina know the reality of destruction. They were among the front line of people who stepped up to help rebuild their communities after the devastating storm made landfall nine years ago. Now, they continue to see similar disaster scenes, albeit in different parts… Continue reading →

Lake Pontchartrain beach sweep is part of an international effort

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will join with local affiliates to conduct its 25th annual Fall Beach Sweep from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 20. North shore residents are blessed to have Lake Pontchartrain, scenic byways and public gardens and parks, but St. Tammany Parish doesn’t keep clean without help. This year’s cleanup… Continue reading →

Recreation and Leisure: Multiple sclerosis fundraiser welcomes bicyclists of all fitness levels

For the 31st year, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is gearing up for a 150-mile bike ride that will span a weekend between Hammond and McComb, Mississippi. “Bike MS: Dat’s How We Roll 2014” promises to be every bit as thrilling as previous tours. The event will begin at Southeastern Louisiana University on Oct. 4 and travel… Continue reading →

Cultural Collage: St. Tammany Art Association workshop illustrates how art can strengthen the artist

Photo provided by Kathleen DesHotelâAt the St. Tammany Art Associationâs workshop âCreating a Space of Resilience,â participants decorated boxes that represented spaces for resilience. This one represented a happy place with two pound puppies and the creatorâs husband.

Anyone who has attended a workshop on art, business, group planning or decision making has found information. At times participants have been engaged and prompted into action, and at times bored and disenchanted. A recent workshop held at the St. Tammany Art Association and led by instructor Christina Vasquez required more of participants than passive attendance… Continue reading →

Check It Out: Bruce Daigrepont to bring the sounds of accordion and fiddle to Slidell Library

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Library -- Bruce Daigrepont and his Cajun Band will perform at the Folsom Library's Bastille Day Celebration at noon Saturday, July 12.

Cajun music will fill the Slidell Library at 555 Robert Blvd. at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when Bruce Daigrepont and his Cajun Band perform their critically acclaimed music. A New Orleans native, Daigrepont received his first musical instrument, a guitar, at age 5. By age 10, he was playing the banjo as well. At 20, Daigrepont devoted his… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: City Court of Slidell celebrates 50 years

Advocate photo by Missie Noel—From left are CASA director Mary Slazer;  Judge John Greene, founder of the Youth Service Bureau; and Ila Dieterich, president and CEO of the Youth Service Bureau.

Guests and dignitaries alike gathered Aug. 28 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the City Court of Slidell. The event honored the history of the court and its associates, and their service to eastern St. Tammany Parish. City Court of Slidell Judge James “Jim” Lamz hosted… Continue reading →

Volunteers get national honor for service at Big Branch Marsh

Photo provided by Andrew CanuletteÑRetirees Sharon and Bob Waldrop have provided more than 30,000 work hours for the Southeast Louisiana Wildlife Refuges System since 2004.

Bob and Sharon Waldrop were volunteers at Fontainebleau State Park more than a decade ago when in a local Wal-Mart, they struck up a conversation with James Harris, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist. Harris told the Illinois natives about the Southeast Louisiana Wildlife Refuges System and enticed them into volunteering… Continue reading →

Fleur de Leap to highlight dressage, eventing in Folsom

The Fleur de Leap schooling horse trials, combined test and dressage show will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21, at Lagniappe Farms, 13349 Verger Road, Folsom. With nearly 100 entries, these horse trials are the largest held by the Southern Eventing and Dressage Association since Hurricane Katrina damaged the course in 2005. The event will… Continue reading →

Grants from Northshore Friends of NRA support 4H and high school programs

The Northshore Friends of NRA has awarded a $15,700 grant to the St. Tammany Parish 4-H shooting sports program for purchase of equipment and a cargo trailer to transport equipment to practice ranges and matches. The team, which competes in rifle, shotgun, archery, pistol and muzzle-loader matches, has grown from 20 members its first year to… Continue reading →

Coastal Conservation Association banquet set for Slidell

The Slidell Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana will hold its annual membership banquet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Slidell Auditorium, 2056 Second St., Slidell. During the banquet, the chapter will raffle a custom-wrapped $200 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift certificate and an Old Town fishing kayak. Tickets are $10 and are… Continue reading →

Lacombe fishing rodeo to benefit Knights of Columbus

A fishing rodeo to benefit Knights of Columbus 10645 from Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church will begin at 6 a.m. Sept. 27 at Bayou Adventure Shop, 27725 Main St., Lacombe. Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m. The entry fee for adults is $25. There will be a $100 first prize and a $50 second prize.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish Home Rule Charter review is under way

The St. Tammany Parish Council has arranged for a committee to conduct an institutional review of the St. Tammany Parish Home Rule Charter. The committee has been formed by appointments from various entities. The committee members are: Ed Dillard and Jeannine Meeds, appointed by the St. Tammany Parish president; Richard Tanner and Steve Stefancik, appointed by… Continue reading →

Wildlife art contest is open to ages 5 through 18

Artists ages 5 through 18 have until Oct. 2 to submit drawings or paintings for the Wild Things Youth Art Contest and Exhibition sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges. The images of plants, animals, and landscapes of area wildlife refuges will be featured in an exhibition at the… Continue reading →

Mandeville student finds backers for educational trip to Washington, D.C.

Photo provided by VFW Post 8290--From left are Louisiana VFW Cmdr. Mitch Cota, Brandon Shepherd and District 9 VFW Cmdr. Michael 'Micky' Carroll.

Lacombe Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8290 has pledged financial support for a Mandeville teenager’s ambition to participate in a National Youth Leadership Forum program exploring career opportunities in national security, diplomacy, intelligence and defense. The six-day program is presented by Envision, an experiential education organization, and takes place in Washington, D.C. Brandon Shepherd, a junior at… Continue reading →

St. Tammany arts and entertainment for September 18, 2014

Photo by Justin RedmanÑThis photo from the Slidell Little Theater production of ÒKnuffle Bunny: A Cautionary MusicalÓ shows, from left, Melanie St. Cyr as Mom, Cara Duffaut as Trixie, and Joshua St. Cyr as Dad.

‘KNUFFLE BUNNY’: The Slidell Little Theatre will present “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the theater at 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. “Knuffle Bunny” tells the story of how things go horribly, hilariously wrong when Trixie… Continue reading →

St. Tammany sports briefs for September 18, 2014

The Northshore High School swim team will host a duathlon Sept. 20, with a 1-mile run/walk and a 150-meter swim. The run will go through the Westchester subdivision in south Slidell, and the swim will be held at Lakeside Swim Club. Registration for the team fundraiser… Continue reading →

St. Tammany business briefs for September 18, 2014

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST HONORED: Nina Mackie, of Abita Springs, has been awarded the Honors of the Association by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for 2014. The award recognizes ASHA members for their distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and is the highest honor the association bestows. Mackie is the communication sciences and… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for September 18, 2014

Photo provided by Slidell Memorial HospitalâDr. Carrie Marquette is an oncologist with the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center.

LUNCH & LEARN: Dr. Carrie Marquette will discuss the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer during a Slidell Memorial Hospital Lunch & Learn community health seminar at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd., Slidell.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for September 18, 2014

SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER: A spaghetti dinner will be held to raise money toward a friend’s medical bills from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Peace Lutheran Church, 1320 W. Gause Blvd., Slidell. The meals of spaghetti, garlic bread and pie are for take-out only, and must be ordered in advance by calling (985)… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Church Bulletin for Sept. 18, 2014

YOUTH MINISTRY: Youth ministers will learn to make their programming more meaningful through four new online courses being offered through the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The courses are designed to fit into the busy schedules of youth ministers, many of whom are volunteers. The courses will link youth ministers to local and national experts… Continue reading →

Pelican Park, a ‘dream come true’ turns 25

Photo provided by Pelican Park - The opening day of volleyball play at Pelican Park in Mandeville, is shown in this photos from 2008. The park celebrates its 25th anniversary with a slate of activities Sept. 19-20. People are asked to share their favorite memories from Pelican Park and photos by emailing them to

When Kathy Foley first entered Pelican Park a quarter of a century ago, she entered a 50-acre complex that was accessible only by a gravel road off U.S. 190. Once inside the park, the “Green Complex” of fields had no lights and no fencing. Another grid of fields, the “Orange Complex,” was under construction. The roads… Continue reading →

Recreation and Leisure: 5K run south of Covington to support Parkinson’s disease research

When Quentin Dastugue, of Covington, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he figured there were a couple things he could do. “I made a decision … that there were two ways I could attack this,” the former state legislator said. “I could go in for human drug trials to help find a cure and to help others, and I… Continue reading →

Donations welcomed to save lives

Photo provided by The Blood Center - Little Lexie Miller of Slidell needs heroes to donate blood.

Two St. Tammany youths in Children’s Hospital show the ongoing need for blood and plasma donations to the local blood bank. From the Slidell infant to the Covington athlete, regular donations are needed for their treatment and cure. Little Lexie Miller is a precious and adventurous 2-year-old. She loves Barney and playing with her brothers, 3-year-old Peyton… Continue reading →

CHECK IT OUT: Slidell Library reopens with day of events for all

Shellie Savoy

The time has come to celebrate the completed renovations of the Slidell Library with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 and a grand reopening celebration beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Slidell Library, 555 Robert Blvd. The ribbon cutting will include a flag presentation by the Slidell High School JROTC, a performance… Continue reading →