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Slidellians parade; Ball Masque is Feb. 7

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  The Marine Corps Band leads the way Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, as the Slidell Women's Civic Club's Krewe of Slidellians rolls in Slidell to the theme 'Much Ado About Nothing.' Kelly King reigned as queen and Dr. Jack Devereux as king.  Founded in 1947, the Slidell Women's Civic Club was formed to foster service to the growing community.

The Slidell Women’s Civic Club’s Krewe of Slidellians rolled in Slidell on Sunday to the theme, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Kelly King reigned as queen and Jack Devereux as king. Founded in 1947, the Slidell Women’s Civic Club was formed to foster service to the growing community. The Krewe of Slidellians will reveal the 65th King… Continue reading →

Leah Chase to be honored as Native Son

Advocate file photo by MISSIE NOEL - Leah Chase, who grew up in Madisonville, will receive the first Native Son award at the Parish Presidents' Art Awards on Jan. 31.

Leah Chase’s name is almost synonymous with New Orleans’ Creole cuisine. Her reputation as executive chef at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans is legendary and she’s won accolades around the world. Now, Chase will return home to the north shore Saturday, to receive an award she said has special meaning. St. Tammany Parish’s… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: Inmates train dogs to be service animals, family pets

Advocate photo by SHARON EDWARDS - Dozer leans in when trainer Michael Bland gives the command. Dozer is being trained to be a service dog at a new program at the St. Tammany Parish Jail called From the Big House to Your House.

Animals that were almost discarded as worthless, unwanted and of no use are finding new life through a program called From the Big House to Your House. The program pairs dogs, many of them scheduled to be euthanized at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter, with inmates at the St. Tammany Parish Jail in Covington. Inmate… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene:Fools of Misrule kick off Covington Mardi Gras

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (fools) 'Viking King' Mike Cronin with the 'Goddess of Fire' Betty Cronin.

The madcap and lively bards of misrule recently hit the streets of Covington for their fourth annual Feast of Fools and March. St. John’s Fools of Misrule officially kicked off the Covington Mardi Gras season during its march through the historic St. John District, proclaiming the start of the season’s merriment. A flambeaux and brass band accompanied… Continue reading →

Slidell Tree Board Arbor Day tree give-away

Photo provided by Slidell Tree Board - The city of Slidell Tree Board recently gave away more than 460 trees to city residents at Heritage Park.

Hundreds of Slidell residents recently lined up to pick up a free tree at a distribution held in Heritage Park. In honor of Arbor Day in Louisiana, the city of Slidell Tree Board gave away more than 400 trees to local residents and schools in the Slidell area. A variety of trees including crepe myrtle,… Continue reading →

Mystic Krewe of Covington celebrates comic book heroines

Photo provided by Mystic Krewe of Covington-ÑMiss Alexa Nicole Hardy

The 64th annual tableau and ball of the Mystic Krewe of Covington was held Jan. 24 at the Covington Lions Home. The theme was “The Heroines of DC Comics.” The krewe’s 2015 queen is Mrs. Patrick James Theriot. She wore a purple chiffon and satin gown with an empire waist and a V-neck bodice. Rhinestones and… Continue reading →

Toastmaster hold first 2015 meeting

Photo provided by Toastmasters - Shown at the recent Toast Masters meeting are, from left, Colleen Dale, Best Speaker and Best Table Topics; Glynn Pichon, Toastmaster; and Art Weller, Best Table Topics.

The first meeting of the Slidell Toastmasters Club focused on education. Colleen Dale presented an educational session, “Beginning Your Speech,” which gave members the criteria for a good speech opening, several effective techniques to use to get the audience’s attention and keep it and then pointed out some things to avoid in a speech opening. Members then participated… Continue reading →

10 deputies, 8 officers graduate from academy

Photo provided by Covington Police Department—Officer Brian Pereira had the highest academic score in his police academy class.

Ten deputies and eight officers graduated from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Police Officer Standards and Training Academy in Pearl River this month. The seven officers from the Covington Police Department and one from the Mandeville Police Department were the first to attend the Sheriff’s Office academy from other agencies. The newly sworn-in Louisiana-certified peace… Continue reading →

St Tammany Fire Protection District No. 8 highlights achievements of 2014

Photo provided by St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 8 -- St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 8 Chief Earl B. Gorrondona, left, recently recognized firefighters for their achievements in 2014. In the front row, from left, are Gorrondona, Capt. Eric Givens, Capt. Troy Laney, Deven Irwin, firefighter/operator Terry Verdun and volunteer Austin Ware. In the back row are operator/EMT Daniel Fuselier, operator/EMT Steven Harden, firefighter/operator Brandon Wolfe and operator/EMT John Stephens.

St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 8 recently sponsored a poster contest for students at Abita Springs Elementary School and Abita Springs Middle School. The winners from each grade level were awarded trophies and gift packs. The winners were Caleigh Morere, prekindergarten; Dylan Clark, kindergarten; Hailie Pfingsten, first grade; Nelly Fonseca, second… Continue reading →

Great Decisions programs planned in Madisonville and Covington

The Covington-Mandeville branch of the American Association of University Women will begin two series of Great Decisions discussions on Feb. 9 in Madisonville and Covington. The Madisonville group will meet at 1 p.m. at Madisonville Presbyterian Church, 705 Pine St., Madisonville. The Covington group will meet at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of Grace Disciples… Continue reading →

Plein air artists to compete at Shadows-on-the-Teche

The deadline is Feb. 15 for artists to apply to participate in the Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition. The juried competition will take place April 11-18. A committee headed by the 2015 judge, Phil Sandusky, will choose qualifying plein air artists on merit of the jpeg images submitted. Cash prizes will include $1,500 for best in show,… Continue reading →

Sponsors sought for Louisiana Veterans Festival in Slidell

East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity is seeking sponsors for its Louisiana Veterans Festival, which will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. Proceeds from the Veterans Festival will go toward building affordable homes for veterans. More than 2,000 people attended the inaugural… Continue reading →

Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club is accepting college scholarship applications

Applications are due by March 16 for two $12,000 college scholarships being awarded by the Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club. Applicants must be seniors at Mandeville, Fountainebleau, Lakeshore, St. Paul’s, St. Scholastica, Archbishop Hannan or Northlake Christian high schools. Applications are available from high school senior guidance counselors or at Candidates must demonstrate a… Continue reading →

Carnival Times for Jan. 29, 2015

MARDI GRAS BEAD RECYCLING: Mardi Gras beads brought home from Carnival parades can be donated to the STARC adult work training program. Donated beads are sorted and packaged for resale by clients participating in STARC’s programs for people with developmental disabilities. Beads may be placed in the STARC bin at any area fire station or brought… Continue reading →

St. Tammany school briefs for January 29, 2015

LACOMBE VOCALIST IN NOCCA’S ‘CENDRILLON’: Caitlin “Harry” Ecuyer of Lacombe, a junior in the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts vocal program, will perform in “Cendrillon,” a chamber operetta version of “Cinderella,” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 29 and 30, in Lupin Hall on NOCCA’s campus, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Tickets are… Continue reading →

Tammany To Do for Jan. 29, 2015

Photo provided by Slidell Ladies for Liberty - A collage of boxes hand decorated by artist Susan Needom and friends that were used to carry items to local service men and women deployed overseas during Mardi Gras. The next packing day is Feb. 19. For information or to donate for postage, or to see a wish list of items to send the troops, visit

MASTERS OF MUSIC: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at NJC, 1403 N. Causeway Blvd. The Northshore Jewish Congregation in Mandeville will present “Masters of Music: Rodgers, Hart and Hammerstein.” The free performance will feature Rabbi Deborah Zecher and Joshua Zecher-Ross. She is an accomplished cabaret singer and her son Joshua, a New York-based music director, vocal… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for January 29, 2015

LOOK GOOD … FEEL BETTER: Women with cancer can get free make-up kits, step-by-step demonstrations, a free lunch and great support from this program, which will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the Slidell Memorial Imaging Center, 1495 Gause Blvd., Slidell. To register, call (985) 280-2657. FREE YOGA IN SLIDELL:Continue reading →

St. Tammany business briefs for January 29, 2015

ST. TAMMANY WEST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: An orientation session for new members of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the Chamber office, 610 Hollycrest Blvd., in Covington. Members will have an opportunity to meet the Chamber staff and become familiar with the organization’s… Continue reading →

St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for January 29, 2015

‘STORIES OF INDIGENOUS MIDWIVES TODAY:’ The public is invited to a discussion of Women in World Cultures from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Women’s Center for Healing and Transformation, 71667 Leveson St. in Abita Springs. The discussion will follow the screening of a short film, “Stories of Indigenous Midwives Today: Bridging… Continue reading →

St. Tammany college briefs for January 29,, 2015

SLU VISUAL ARTS: Southeastern Louisiana University’s visual arts program has received full-member accreditation status from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The accreditation means that peers have evaluated the Southeastern program and determined that it meets specific national criteria. Southeastern is one of about 320 programs in the nation… Continue reading →

St. Tammany faith notes for January 29, 2015

CHRISTOLOGY COURSE: The Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of New Orleans will offer a Christology course beginning Feb. 5 from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. in Room 2 at Mary Queen of Peace, 1501 West Causeway Approach, Mandeville. The Rev. Ian Bozant will be the instructor. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. To register, contact… Continue reading →

Slidell gets rolling

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Queen Nedra Hays waves to her subjects Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, as the Krewe of Claude parades in Slidell to the theme, âThe Magical Sounds of Music.â Reginald Hays reigned as king and Nedra Hays as queen during the north shoreâs first parade of the 2015 Mardi Gras season.

Riders tossed beads and trinkets Sunday as the Krewe of Claude paraded in Slidell to the theme ‘The Magical Sounds of Music.’ Reginald Hays reigned as king and Nedra Hays as queen during St. Tammany’s first float parade of the 2015 Mardi Gras season. Last year, the Krewe of Claude parade followed… Continue reading →

Recreation and Leisure: Covington road race organizers are off on the right foot

The Christ Episcopal School Athletic Booster Club will host its first King Cake 5K road race on Jan. 31 in downtown Covington. Proceeds from the 3.1-mile race will benefit athletic programs for the more than 600 kids who attend one of the Christ Episcopal campuses in west St. Tammany. According to Christ Episcopal School director of advancement… Continue reading →

In Profile: Arthur Hardy celebrates a new book and his new Mardi Gras Guide

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Arthur Hardy, Mr. Mardi Gras Guide, photographed Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at home in Mandeville.

Arthur Hardy has been publishing his Mardi Gras Guide for more than 30 years, and in addition to his 164-page magazine, he released his book “Mardi Gras in New Orleans: An Illustrated History.” Released in November, it is the fifth edition and published by his own publishing company, Arthur Hardy Enterprises. His book chronicles the history of… Continue reading →

Check It Out: 1000 books by kindergarten goal of new St. Tammany Library program

Shellie Savoy

If you have a young child, you’ve likely been told to read to them 20 minutes a day to give them a head start on the literacy skills they will need for school success. The St. Tammany Parish Library recently joined 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a national program that can help you reach that goal. The program… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Krewes and schools celebrate

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (hometour) Cheryl DeBautte with Patricia Posecai, whose home was featured on the Junior Auxiliary of Slidell's 'Holiday Home Tour'.

Five homes were presented and beautifully decorated for the Christmas season with food and music throughout the annual Tour of Homes. The host home was in the Turtle Creek subdivision on Military Road in Slidell. The warm, inviting home featured an outdoor eating area overlooking a lush garden and pool area. Guests mingled there and enjoyed… Continue reading →

Dine out, pedal in parade to help endangered species

Photo provided by Krewe of Awe - Charles Marsala, Cornelia du Plessis and of Migshots looks at coloring pages from the Krewe of Awe contest at aGive Back Day held in 2014.

Members of the Krewe of Awe are having a lot of fun addressing a serious problem. With several species of animals around the world threatened by illegal poaching for tusks and horns, residents on the north and south shores have joined together to host a variety of events to raise awareness and support preservation efforts. The Continue reading →