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Faith fuels Habitat project

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Spencer Grant, a construction supervisor with Habitat for Humanity, left, hammers a stake into the ground Saturday, June 6, 2015, during a Humanity for Humanity St. Tammany West Building on Faith build in Mandeville. Volunteers from churches across west St. Tammany Parish are helping build a home on Lafayette Street, near seven other Habitat homes under construction.

When people with a similar cause come together, you sometimes get effective — and impressive — results. That’s what the members of Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West have learned as they work together with members of the local faith-based community to complete seven homes in an area being referred to as Square 150 just north… Continue reading →

St. Margaret plans 50th as its pastor retires

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Monsignor Lanaux Rareshide has served as pastor at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Slidell since 1999. His retirement Mass will be at noon on Saturday.

It’s a busy summer for St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Slidell. Parishioners will say goodbye to their beloved pastor in June, welcome a new pastor in July, and celebrate 50 years of loving and serving the Lord in their corner of Slidell, starting in August. First, parishioners are preparing to say farewell to Monsignor Lanaux Rareshide,… Continue reading →

In Profile: Nutritionist shares tips on healthy living

Advocate photo by DEBORAH BURST - Newly built Springs of Life Cafe serves fruit and vegetable smoothies and organic meals.

A day filled with heavy rain didn’t stop customers from coming into Springs of Life health food store off Lee Road in Covington. They are regulars and depend on advice from proprietor Nancy Fitzmorris, a certified nutritionist with more than 40 years’ experience. She not only helps her customers lead a more healthy life but at times… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Youngsters try their hand at fishing in tournament

Southeast Louisiana is one of the fishing capitals of North America. And in its small but important way, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Southeast Louisiana Refuges Youth Fish Event helps promote the local angling tradition. The 22nd annual event was held June 6 at the Pearl River Turnaround at Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge. As is customary,… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: HeartGift help needed

Photo provided by HeartKids - Kyle France of Covington holds a young child who received life-saving heart surgery through HeartKids.

If you could help do one thing to save the life of a child, what would it be? Families and volunteers with the HeartGift Foundation have been able to do that one thing by helping children from around the world receive lifesaving pediatric cardiac surgery at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. Based in Austin, Texas, the… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Wounded war heroes honored at banquet

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL -- Army Maj. Troy Brackett and Ross Cannizzaro.

The inaugural Wounded War Heroes Fundraising Banquet was held June 5 at the Castine Center in Mandeville. The attire for the evening was casual camouflage or patriotic colors, and the crowd didn’t disappoint. It didn’t take long for the more than 600 honorees and patrons to start dancing to the tunes of Harvey Jesus and… Continue reading →

Check It Out: Library patrons take virtual trip to Italy

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Library  -  Paul Cimino led an Italian Cooking class at the Covington Branch in 2011. He returns with a virtual trip to Italy at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Madisonville Branch, 1123 Main St.

Longtime volunteer Paul Cimino will take St. Tammany Parish Library patrons on a virtual trip to Italy at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Madisonville Branch, 1123 Main St. The group will watch “Brava Italia,” discuss Italy and enjoy light Italian refreshments. Cimino was born to chefs in Cefalu on the Italian island of Sicily. He is a… Continue reading →

Slidell to host St. Tammany Crab Festival

The Crab Festival organized last year in Lacombe has moved this year to Slidell for Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane. The new venue has the capacity for several thousand people, according to organizers. Entertainers will include Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., Bag of Donuts, Cowboy Mouth, Angela Winbush and others. They’ve also teamed… Continue reading →

Photo provided by Covington High - The Covington High School Dancin' Darlin's recently volunteer at Adventure Quest. This event, hosted by the Children's Advocacy Center, was a family adventure in downtown Covington. Families followed a set of clues that led them to different historic locations in downtown Covington. The Dancin' Darlin's gave each child a "stamp" for their passport and their parents received information about child abuse prevention. Dancin' Darlin' volunteers included, from left, Brooke Jakins, Zoe Martin, Ava Pierce, Rebecca Smith, Alexia Randall, Shelby Glass and Meghan Romano.

New festival starts on the right note

Photo provided by Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival -- Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival committee member Don Thanars, of Third Coast, and Thais Kitchens and Crystal Petit.

Members of the Leadership Northshore’s Team Jazz and Blues and the Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival committee have announced the date for the second annual festival. According to committee member Robin Marquez, “We had an overwhelming response with positive feedback, and we already have next year’s date set: Saturday, May 28.” Other committee members include Michael Tassin,… Continue reading →

‘The Full Monty’ takes top honors from Slidell Little Theatre

Photo provided by Slidell Little TheatreÑDavid Jacobs and Sara Pagones

“The Full Monty” took the honor of the season’s best show during the Slidell Little Theatre’s recent Ginny Awards ceremony. Named for SLT founder Virginia Madison, the Ginny Awards recognize achievement in the community theater’s six main stage productions, including categories for acting, directing, choreography, set design, lighting and sound. The 2015 winners are:… Continue reading →

NAACP scholarship goes to Covington High School graduate

Photo provided by The Greater Covington Branch of the NAACP - Les and Eva Baham at the Freedom Fund banquet. Community service awards were presented to Eunice Royal, of Caritas; businessman James Gray; and historian Eva Semien Baham.

Covington High School graduate Isaiah D. Carter received the 2015 NAACP Scholarship Award when the Greater Covington Branch of the NAACP held its biannual banquet and award recognition program June 6 at the Greater Covington Center’s Bogue Falaya Hall. Carter’s cumulative GPA ranked him eighth in the class of 305. He plans to pursue a degree in… Continue reading →

Slidell City Court coloring book introduces ABCs of citizenship

Photo provided by Slidell City Court-- Children's College students with Slidell City Court staff attorney Brandi Dohre after a discussion of citizenshipare, front from left, Cori Navarre, Dvari Williams, Aliyah Johnson and Chelsea. In the back row are Jaunte Galbreth, Quinton Clark, Makaila Galbreth, Mariah Galbreth, Brandi Dohre and Khamaud Sams.

Preschoolers and kindergartners at Children’s College in Slidell got an introduction to the meaning of good citizenship recently with the help of a coloring book developed a few years ago by Slidell City Court Judge James “Jim” Lamz and administrative assistant Kasey Coote. Slidell City Court staff attorney Brandi Dohre recently used the coloring book to… Continue reading →

Mandeville Rotary presents youth scholarships and awards

Photo provided by  Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club -    Northlake Mandeville Rotary College presented scholarship awards to Miguel Black and Teresa White, two local graduating high school seniors, at a recent Rotary luncheon meeting. At the meeting, Serena Sossi, a 2013 scholarship recipient, gave an update on her accomplishments since starting college. Shown are, from left, club President Bill Allin, Serena Sossi, Miguel Black, Teresa White and Russ Penzato, scholarship committee representative.

Northlake Mandeville Rotary College presented $1,000 scholarship awards to two local graduating high school seniors. This year, the awards were presented to Teresa White, of Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville, and Miguel Black, of Northlake Christian School in Covington. Black will major in pre-med with a minor in Spanish at Mississippi College, and White will major… Continue reading →

Tammany To Do for June 24, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Singer and precussionist Cyril Neville performs in May during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Cyril Neville and Swampfunk perform 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday at Crabfest Lacombe at John Davis Memorial Park, 61110 N. 12th St. in Lacombe.

CRABFEST LACOMBE: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 26, noon to 10 p.m. June 27, and noon to 8 p.m. June 28 at John Davis Memorial Park, 61110 N. 12th St. off U.S. 190. Admission $5 Saturday, and $10 June 27 or June 28. Children under 12, free, if accompanied by a parent or guardian.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany school briefs for June 24, 2015

CYBER DISCOVERY CAMP: A team of six students from St. Paul’s School earned $1,250 for the school by winning the championship at the 2015 Cyber Discovery Camp at Louisiana Tech University the week of June 8. Team members Collin Corales, Jacob Coutrado, Tonner Dougherty, Lester Guttuso, Forge Mathes and Andy Smith were led by… Continue reading →

St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for June 24, 2015

SPARKS IN THE PARK: The City of Covington will present its Sparks in the Park event at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Drive, Covington. There will be patriotic music, followed by a fireworks display at dusk, about 8:45 p.m. Participants may bring picnics or buy concessions at the park, and… Continue reading →

Sports briefs for June 24, 2015

MADISONVILLE YOUTH BOOSTERS: Registration is open for the Madisonville Youth Boosters fall soccer program. These recreational teams are coached by volunteers who provide a fun environment where players learn basic and not-so-basic soccer skills. Recreational teams practice once or twice a week and have games on the weekend. The U5-U8 Madisonville… Continue reading →

Business briefs for June 24, 2015

FREE R É SUM É WORKSHOP FOR GRADS: New or recent graduates can learn tips for creating and writing strong résumés and other career marketing documents to launch their new careers. Social media, cover letters and networking also will be addressed from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the St. Tammany Parish… Continue reading →

St. Tammany faith notes for June 24, 2015

LIFETREE CAF É : Practical ways to know if someone is telling the truth will be explored during a Lifetree Café session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1340 Eighth St., Slidell. The program, titled “How to Spot a Liar: Secrets From a Former FBI Agent,” features a… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for June 24, 2015

LUNG CANCER SCREENING: People who have smoked more than 30 packs of cigarettes a year and have smoked within the past 15 years are eligible for a discounted lung cancer screening from the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. The screenings are for people ages 55 to 77 who do not show symptoms… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Bayou Liberty Pirogue Races a lasting tradition

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Tyler Seals, left, and Adam Economu of Bogalusa Venture Crew 313 win an elimination race for two-person canoe teams Sunday, June 7, 2015, during the 63rd annual Bayou Liberty Pirogue Races on Bayou Liberty near Slidell. The event featured pirogue and canoe races in all age groups, starting with children eight-years old and above, and food, music and crafts.  This years king was Peter Boogie Galatas, and the queen was Breanna Hebert. A special tribute was held for JuJu Pichon, a longtime fixture in the Bayou Liberty community, who died recently.

Many people from throughout southeast Louisiana anticipate the first Sunday of June, and among the reasons why are the annual Bayou Liberty Pirogue Races. This year was no different as hundreds gathered under the oaks outside St. Genevieve Catholic Church on June 7 for the 63rd edition of the races. They came for live music, home-cooked food,… Continue reading →

Running crab festival like making gumbo

Though some people believe a crab festival has not been held under the oaks of Lacombe’s John Davis Park recently, reality is that a version of the festival has taken place there for 36 consecutive years. So, in a sense, the fact that a similar festival will take place in 2015 is nothing new. The difference, however,… Continue reading →

New program doubles buying power for fresh foods

As obesity becomes a growing issue across the nation, especially among low-income families, a local nonprofit organization is working to improve the eating habits of residents in St. Tammany Parish by making locally grown, fresh produce accessible and affordable for users of food stamps. “We can help redirect the dietary habits of a lot of people,”… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Hope Fest raises money for cancer; crawfish boil held

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (relay) James Warren, Eddie Frazier, Dawson Nelson and Grayson Frobarg.

The first Hope Fest was held on the lakefront in Mandeville as a part of the Relay for Life events in St. Tammany Parish. More than 20 teams and almost 200 participants joined together to raise more than $36,000 for the American Cancer Society. The survivor luncheon began at noon following the posting of the colors by… Continue reading →