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Busy bees at St. Joseph Abbey expand Abbee Honey

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Jeff Horchoff checks the health of a hive July 14 at St. Joseph Abbey near Covington. Three hundred bottles of Ab-Bee Honey were recently harvested.

Locals are buzzing about the honey from St. Joseph Abbey. The highly sought-after Abbee Honey is produced by volunteers at St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College in Covington. The honey is sold twice a year at the abbey, and despite efforts to meet a growing demand, Abbee Honey sells out every season. No honey will be… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Mandeville Soccer Club scores eight state titles

For years, the Mandeville Soccer Club has been the standard by which many other youth sports programs judge themselves. This year will be no different. MSC teams won state championships at eight levels this summer. That total was greater than any other city in the state, including the largest cities such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: Northlake Performing Arts Society to hold auditions

Sharon Edwards

As the Northlake Performing Arts Society prepares to celebrate its 20th concert season, it invites others to bring their voices to the chorus. Auditions will be held for the 2015-16 season from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Covington United Methodist Church. All those who are interested are invited to prepare… Continue reading →

Check it Out: St. Tammany Parish Library offers financial seminars

Shellie Savoy

The St. Tammany Parish Library’s Business Resource Center is working with Gulf Coast Bank to present a series of financial seminars. The seminars will continue into 2016, with a break in December. The seminars include: “Identity Theft: How to Protect Yourself” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Causeway Branch, 3457 U.S. 190,… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Jewel of Madisonville, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (anselm) Bob and Susan Kurzweg with Lizby and Randy Eustis.

The eighth annual Jewel of Madisonville Gala and Auction for St. Anselm’s Catholic Church was held mid-July at the Castine Center in Mandeville. The event included an early patron party featuring wine, cheese, appetizers and special favors. At 7 p.m., all guests were welcomed into the ballroom, decorated with black linens with gold trim.… Continue reading →

Duck Derby makes a splash for St. Tammany Humane Society

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Michelle Newfield, left, and Dawn Landry of the St. Tammany Humane Society corral a raft of rubber ducks after a Duck Derby July 18 at Bogue Falaya Park in Covington. Five thousand duckies were adopted to raise money for the St. Tammany Humane Society, which runs the parishs only no-kill shelter. The free, dog-friendly event featured the duck race, with $1,000 won by Donna Melancon, music by Christian Serpas and Ghost Town, food and games.

Donna Melancon’s “adopted” rubber duck won her $1,000 by being the first through a clear plastic tube at the end of the Duck Derby held July 18 at Bogue Falaya Park in Covington to benefit the St. Tammany Humane Society. Humane Society supporters “adopted” 5,000 of the ducks for $5 each. At noon, the ducks were set… Continue reading →

Racquets for Reagan Tennis Tournament nets $110,000 for St. Jude Hospital

Photo provided by Racquets for ReaganÑSupporters of the Racquets for Reagan tennis tournament include, from left, Wayne Morris, Sandy Franco, Ryan Sisson, Shelley Sisson, Reagan Sisson, Jim Barkate and Katie Casanova.

The Racquets for Reagan tennis tournament held June 4-7 attracted more than 275 players and brought in more than $110,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Shelley Sisson organized the fundraising tournament to show her appreciation for the care given to her daughter Reagan, 11, who is in remission after being treated for cancer.… Continue reading →

Master gardener volunteer training courses begin in August

The LSU AgCenter in St. Tammany Parish is accepting applications through July 31 from people interested in the 2015 Louisiana Master Gardener volunteer training program. Master gardeners are enthusiastic about their lawns, trees, shrubs and vegetable gardens and are willing to learn and share horticultural information with their neighbors. They go through a rigorous… Continue reading →

Slidell Cultural Center invites entries for mixed-media exhibition

Entries are being accepted through Sept. 10 for the Slidell Cultural Center’s mixed-media juried exhibition. The exhibition will open Sept. 25 in the cultural center in City Hall, 2055 Second St., Slidell. An opening reception and awards presentation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 25. The gallery is open from noon to 4… Continue reading →

Northshore Mustang Club car show is open to all makes

The Northshore Mustang Club will present a car show open to all years, makes and models from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Banner Ford, 1943 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Registration will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the day of the show, at a cost of $25 per car. Judging… Continue reading →

Slidell Art League to present Alan Flattmann pastel workshop

Photo provided by Slidell Art League -- During the watercolor workshop, Alan Flattmann introduced local artists to his style for painting en plein air.

The Slidell Art League will present a pastel workshop by New Orleans native Alan Flattmann from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23, at Front Street Marketplace, 1808 Front St., Slidell. Flattmann has won numerous awards and was honored in 2006 with induction into the Pastel Society of America. The workshop fee… Continue reading →

St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for July 29, 2015

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. A preview sale for members only will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; memberships may be purchased or renewed at the… Continue reading →

Recent births at Slidell Memorial Hospital, June 12-July 20, 2015

Recent births at Slidell Memorial Hospital include: Grady Nicholas Black, born June 12, son of Megan Black and Nicholas Black, of Slidell. Avery Winston, born June 16, son of Aileen Winston and Andrew Winston Sr., of Slidell. Emmalee Grace Halstead, born June 17, daughter of Katie Elizabeth Fogg and Michael Wayne Halstead,… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for July 29, 2015

LOOK GOOD ... FEEL BETTER IN SLIDELL: Women with cancer can get free make-up kits, stop-by-step demonstrations, a free lunch and great support from this program, which will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Imaging Center, 1495 Gause Blvd., Slidell. To register, call (985) 280-2657. CAREGIVER… Continue reading →

St. Tammany business briefs for July 29, 2015

Photo provided by Naval Oceanographic OfficeGus Michel

NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE: Slidell residents Kathryn Townsend and Gus Michel were the civilians of the quarter for the first quarter of 2015 at the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Townsend is the head of the international program coordination group in the plans, programs and requirements department, where she serves… Continue reading →

St. Tammany school briefs for July 29, 2015

LOUISIANA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY: A free Louisiana Connections Academy information session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Country Inn and Suites Covington, 130 Holiday Blvd. Louisiana Connections Academy is a free, virtual public charter school for grades K-12. More events will be held in additional cities and… Continue reading →

St. Tammany faith notes for July 29, 2015

LIFETREE CAFÉ: The relationship between faith and science will be explored during a Lifetree Café session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1340 Eighth St., Slidell. The program, titled “Faith and Science: Discoveries From the Scientist Who Led the Human Genome Project,” features a filmed interview with Dr. Francis Collins. Admission… Continue reading →

To Do Tammany for July 29, 2015

Photo provided by Northshore Literary Society - Deborah Burst, author of 'Louisiana's Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries and Voodoo' is the guest speaker when the Northshore Literary Societys salon meets from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Macs on Boston in Covington.

Writer and photographer Deborah Burst will introduce her newest book, “Louisiana’s Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries and Voodoo,” at the Northshore Literary Society’s salon from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Mac’s on Boston in Covington. Burst has combined her love for art, history… Continue reading →

Event presents scenes from Shakespeare’s best works in Slidell park

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Terrance Fleming and Emily Classen shine in a scene from 'Romeo and Juliet,' Saturday, July 11, 2015 during Shake and Stroll, a Shakespeare in the Park event at Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell. Twenty-one actors from 30 by Ninety Theater in Mandeville presented vignettes Saturday and Sunday from Shakespeares best-known works: Macbeth, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet. The free event was sponsored by the St. Tammany Commission of Cultural Affairs.

Shake and Stroll, a Shakespeare in the Park event, was held July 11 at Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell. Twenty-one actors from 30 by Ninety Theatre in Mandeville presented vignettes Saturday and Sunday from Shakespeare’s best-known works: “Macbeth,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Much Ado about Nothing” and “Romeo and Juliet.” The free event… Continue reading →

Arc opens facility on north shore

After serving children and adults with intellectual disabilities on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain for 62 years, Arc of Greater New Orleans has opened a facility on the north shore. The Arc Northshore Community Center, located in downtown Covington, opened in May. The approximately 3,000-square-foot center currently works with 10 clients, but hopes are that the… Continue reading →

Tammany teacher wins top award

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish School Board - Music teacher Kelly Stomps has been named elementary school 2016 Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Department of Education.

St. Tammany Parish educator Kelly Stomps has been named the 2016 Louisiana Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education. Stomps is a music teacher at Woodlake Elementary School in Slidell. “Kelly Stomps is an exceptional and creative educator. When she is teaching music to her students, they are learning much more than sounds… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Ann Keyes benefit is Aug. 8

Photo provided by Cynthia Ann Jackson - Ann Keyes is undergoing chemotherapy for her fifth battle with lung cancer. A benefit barbecue dinner will be held Aug. 8 at the Mandeville Lions Club, 720 Lafitte St., Old Mandeville.

Almost every time you enter Pelican Park, you are greeted by a staff member who offers a warm smile. According to the numbers, many of you experienced that feeling last year and in many years past. More than 1 million individual visits have been logged annually at the Mandeville-area recreation facility. The crew at Pelican Park, the hub… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: Resource fair set for families of disabled kids

Sharon Edwards

Families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a wealth of resources available, but may not know where to find them. That’s why for the second year, Northshore Families Helping Families will host ‘Shopping for Resources: Community Resource Fair’ to provide information about services available in the five parish Florida Parishes area. The Community Resource… Continue reading →

Check It Out: St. Tammany Parish library system millage rolled forward

Shellie Savoy

The St. Tammany Parish Council voted on July 9 to roll the St. Tammany Parish Library’s millage forward to a voter-approved 6.29 mills. The increase of 0.94 mills over the nine years left on the renewal will allow the library to create a capital fund to preserve and renovate the library’s facilities, many of which are 20 to… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Rotary Club of Year; Sparks in the Park

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (rotary) 'Rotarian of the Year' Mike Bradley with outgoing President Bill Allin.

Tchefuncta Country Club was the setting for the recent president’s farewell and installation of new officers for the Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club. More than 100 guests were in attendance as outgoing President Bill Allin welcomed everyone to the event and shared parting notes from his leadership year. Rene Arcemont, assistant governor from District 6840, delivered the invocation, and… Continue reading →