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St. Tammany Children’s Museum coming together

Advocate photo  by SARA PAGONES - Michael Joyce of Brooklyn-based Argyle Design Inc. presents artist renderings to a St. Tammany audience of his firm's concepts for exhibits at the Children's Museum of St. Tammany. Argyle made several trips to St. Tammany Parish, interviewing parents, children and educators, to come up with ideas for the museum, which is planned for the St. Tammany Parish Cultural Arts District off Interstate - 12 and Louisiana 21.

A giant globe that shows children the forces at work on their planet, an underwater exploration robot that they can control and a towering structure for climbing that rivals any playground — these are a few of the enticing exhibits that the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany hopes to create in a 30,000-square-foot educational attraction that will be… Continue reading →

Thousands participate in annual Heart Walk

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Participants scramble through a balloon arch for the start of the race/ walk during the American Heart Associations annual Heart Walk Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Fontainebleau State Park near Mandeville. More than 3,000 people participated during the annual American Heart Association fundraiser.

More than 3,000 turned out for the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk on Saturday at Fontainebleau State Park near Mandeville. The event raises funds to prevent heart disease and stroke while promoting heart-healthy activity.… Continue reading →

In Profile: Preservationist instills new life in Madisonville Cemetery

Advocate photo by DEBORAH BURST - Iris Lulu Vacante poses next to the gravesite she uncovered in the Madisonville Cemetery. She discovered it is the burial site of Joseph Hawkins, a Madisonville resident during the 19th century and major contributor to the colonization of Texas.

Steps away from the Tchefuncte River, on the sharp curve of Main Street, is the Madisonville Cemetery. Its oldest burial record dates to 1819. A plaque dedication to recognize the Madisonville Cemetery as historic will be held at 1 p.m. Friday by the Daughters of the American Colonist. Through the years, neglect and overgrown… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Aces Against Aneurysms Tournament expanding

Becky Winchell has said for years she’d like to expand the Aces Against Aneurysms Tennis Tournament which is held each April at Pelican Athletic Club, 1170 Meadowbrook Blvd. in Mandeville. For the sixth annual event, it appears that’s happening. Winchell, the tournament founder and an aneurysm survivor herself, said a men’s bracket will be added to… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Children’s Museum extravaganza highlight of season

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (celebration) Kimberly Brouillette, Lori Hosch and MaryLeigh Wolfe at Celebration!

The Children’s Museum of St. Tammany’s annual fundraiser is always a highlight of the spring social season, and this year’s event was no exception. More than 1,300 guests enjoyed “Celebration: A Treasure Odyssey,” held March 8 at the Castine Center in Mandeville. Shades of blue and green highlighted the venue, with balloon sculptures and sea… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Computer Association offers classes in Slidell

Photo provided by St. Tammany Computer Association--Representatives of St. Tammany Fire District No. 1 made a presentation on 'Vials of Life' at a recent meeting of the St. Tammany Computer Association. The vials contain information that would be useful to emergency responders in an emergency and are available at fire stations. From left are fire prevention officer David Berns, Stan Worchel and chief of fire prevention Chad Duffaut.

The St. Tammany Computer Association offers beginner and intermediate classes at the St. Tammany Parish Military Road Complex, formerly called the Levee Board Building, at 61134 N. Military Road, Slidell. These classes have proved especially valuable to senior citizens who finished their education before computer classes were being taught in public school. One-on-one sessions for people… Continue reading →

Abita Springs park to be site of British soccer camp

A weeklong British soccer camp will take place the week of May 25-29 at Charlie Finn Memorial Park, 22517 La. 36, Abita Springs. The soccer camp is sponsored by St. Tammany Recreation District 11 and conducted by Challenger Sports, which will hold more than 4,000 soccer programs this year involving more than 225,000 players between the… Continue reading →

Easter egg hunts set to raise money, spirits

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Children scramble for eggs during the 2014 Kids Town EGGStravaganza and Rubber Duck Regatta at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington.

More than 20,000 Easter eggs will be found on the grounds of Lakeview Regional Medical Center during the Rubber Duck Regatta and Eggstravaganza from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Lakeview Regional is at 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. Admission is $1. The Easter egg hunt is in three groups: ages 4 and under, ages… Continue reading →

Northshore Literary Society to celebrate 10th anniversary in Covington

Pamela Binnings Ewen, of Mandeville, will speak on character development when the Northshore Literary Society celebrates its 10th anniversary from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Mac’s On Boston Street, 324 E. Boston St., in Covington. Ewen is a co-founder of the Northshore Literary Society and author of seven books including “Secret of… Continue reading →

Honoré to speak at Louisiana Veterans Festival in Slidell

Photo provided by Louisiana Veterans Fest - Lt. General Russel L. Honor will speak at the Louisiana Veterans Festival May 16 in Slidell.

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré will speak at the veterans tribute ceremony during the Louisiana Veterans Festival, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. Honoré is focusing his efforts on creating a culture of preparedness in the… Continue reading →

Slidell City Court cites need for additional CASA volunteers

Photo provided by Court Appointed Special Advocates--Sirwanda Hall, of Slidell, left, is sworn in as a court-appointed special advocate by Slidell City Court Judge Jim Lamz, right. At center is Candace Page, supervisor of volunteers for CASA.

Having completed her training, Sirwanda Hall, of Slidell, has been sworn in as the newest court-appointed special advocate at Slidell City Court, where the need for such volunteer services remains high. Judge Jim Lamz said the need for CASA volunteers continues for the children served through Slidell City Court. CASA is a program administered… Continue reading →

St. Ben’s alumni 95th annual Homecoming Day

St. Joseph Seminary College, also known as St. Ben’s, will celebrate its 95th Alumni Homecoming on the grounds of St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College on Friday, April 10, honoring the classes of ’55, ’65, ’75, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’05 and 2015. Special recognition will be given for the 2015 graduates and the Jubilee Class of 1965.… Continue reading →

Two advance to regional bee

Photo provided by Junior League of Slidell -  Shown at the 27th annual Regional Bee are, from left, are Linda Delaughter, Sandra Chavers, Jacob Spencer, Brooke Kenworthey and Lynn Gordon

The Junior Auxiliary of Slidell sponsored two spelling bees with winners who went on to compete at the 27th annual Regional Bee recently held at Xavier University. Boyet Junior High seventh-grader Jacob Spencer and Clearwood Junior High seventh-grader Brooke Kenworthey placed in the top three in the preliminary competition and were among 12 students who participated in… Continue reading →

St. Tammany to do for March 26, 2015

Photo provided by Cutting Edge TheaterThe Cutting Edge Theater presentation of Going to the Chapel will feature, from left, Michelle Burris, Celia Guillory, Dawn Mastascuso and Robyn Costello.

JAZZ’N THE VINES: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Pontchartrain Vineyards, 81250 Old Military Road. Spring’n the Vines with live music by The Tin Men. Visit Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colorpontchartrainvineyards.com. BLOCK PARTY: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday. City of Covington Block… Continue reading →

St. Tammany sports briefs for March 26, 2015

SENIOR OLYMPICS: The St. Tammany Parish Senior Olympic Games will take place from April 12-June 27 and are open to everyone 50 and older. Events include weightlifting, April 12; mixed tennis, April 18; track and field, April 25; tennis singles and doubles, May 2; pickleball, May 9; cycling, May 16; and volleyball, June 27. For information or to obtain… Continue reading →

St. Tammany school briefs for March 26, 2015

Photo provided by St. Paul's -  Members of Saint Pauls School Air Force Junior ROTC Academic Quiz Bowl Team members shown are, from left, Christopher Pennison, Jeffery Bodin, James Seese and Ruston Keller.

CHRIST EPISCOPAL SCHOOL: The opening night party for Art at the Park will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Christ Episcopal School, 80 Christwood Blvd., Covington. Tickets for the “Under the Big Top” fundraiser are $50 and are available at the school; the office phone number is (985) 871-9902.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for March 26, 2015

Photo provided by Slidell Memorial HospitalÑDavid G. Mannella is chairman of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Board of Commissioners.

SLIDELL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: The Slidell Memorial Hospital Board of Commissioners selected David G. Mannella as board chairman for 2015. Mannella, who has represented residents of Ward 8 since 2009, is a business executive and formerly executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Jackson Kearney Group, a leading provider of maritime logistics services throughout… Continue reading →

St. Tammany college briefs for March 26, 2015

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Hospital - Licensed practical nurse Erin Newman, second from left, has won the $2,000 spring 2015 professional education scholarship awarded by the Medical Staff Committee at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. Newman is working toward her associate's degree in nursing from Delgado Community Colleges Charity School of Nursing. From left are Dr. Patrick Torcson, hospital vice president; Newman; Kerry Milton, chief nursing officer; and  Susan Titman, head of critical-care nursing.

DELTA TAU DELTA: Delta Tau Delta fraternity has presented its Hugh Shields Award to its Epsilon Phi chapter at Southeastern Louisiana University. The award is given annually to 10 chapters that excel in academics, finances, recruitment, membership education, operations, campus leadership, service and alumni relations. The chapter also received individual programming awards for excellence… Continue reading →

St. Tammany faith notes for March 26, 2015

LAMB OF GOD LUTHERAN: Palm Sunday services will be held at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 57210 Allen Road, Slidell. There will be Bible study and Sunday school at 9:15 a.m.There will be worship services at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 2, and at 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 3.… Continue reading →

Austen devotees to honor novelist

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Carley Estep of Mendenhall, Miss., holds her daughte, Matilda during the 'No Plain Janes' contest at the 2014  Jane Austen Literary Festival. This year's costume contest is at 10 a.m. Saturday. Contestants should arrive 15 minutes early to register.

Devotees of the English novelist Jane Austen can gather Saturday and Sunday in Historic Old Mandeville to celebrate Austen’s writings and activities common to the regency era in which Austen lived and wrote about. The focus of the eighth annual Jane Austen Literary Festival is on Austen and her enduring novels. Her third one, “Mansfield Park,” is… Continue reading →

Volunteers to help clean up bayou

Photo provided by Zane Galbert -Bubby Vinson of Slidell pulls in  trash collected in 2014 during a bayou clean up by using a second boat.

Zane Galbert, of Slidell, works at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Gulfport, Mississippi, and likes nothing better on his days off than to kayak on local bayous. A few years ago, he began noticing all the trash accumulating in Bayou Bonfouca and decided, “I’m going to do something for myself and something good for the community.”… Continue reading →

St. Patrick’s Day Parade held Sunday in Slidell.

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Trees were in bloom and cabbages were to be had as the 39th Annual OldeTown Slidell Association's St. Patricks Day Parade rolled through the streets in Slidell, La. Sunday, March 15, 2015. State Rep. Greg Cromer as grand marshal and Peggy Cromer was queen of the St. Patrick's Day court. The dukes were Tom Collins, State Rep. Kevin Pearson, Thomas Reeves and Eddie Reso. The maids were Kathleen DesHotel, Nancy Pearson, Brandee Santini and Tanya Witchen.

The Olde Towne Slidell Association toasted the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day court at Slidell City Hall before the parade rolled Sunday. State Rep. Greg Cromer was grand marshal and Peggy Cromer was queen. The dukes were Tom Collins, state Rep. Kevin Pearson, Thomas Reeves and Eddie Reso; maids were Kathleen DesHotel, Nancy… Continue reading →

Recreation and Leisure: In Tammany, it’s time to play ball

Thousands of boys and girls across St. Tammany Parish will soon register for baseball and softball seasons. These sports are an annual spring ritual, as much as Easter eggs, crawfish boils and paying taxes. Here’s a quick scan across the parish at what’s happening in some of the north shore’s biggest recreation districts.… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Northshore Gumbo Cook-Off the recipe for a good time

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (edf) Parish Assessor Louis Fitzmorris, Sheri Campbell and Troy Dugas.

The gumbo pots were boiling up recipes for good times at the recent Northshore Gumbo Cook-Off held on the grounds of the Slidell Little Theater. There were 19 teams that spiced up the competition with different techniques and flavors, all vying for the first-place title and bragging rights. The sixth annual event benefits local… Continue reading →

Covington Trailhead spring concert schedule announced

A month of free “Rockin’ the Rails” concerts at the Covington Trailhead will begin with a performance by the Zion Harmonizers from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington. The series will continue with performances by Gal Holiday and The Honky Tonk Revue on April 9; The Yat… Continue reading →

Slidell and Madisonville seminars to offer advice on avoiding senior scams

The St. Tammany SALT Council will present a seminar on scams and fraud targeting senior citizens from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 1, at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The seminar will be repeated from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 8, at the Madisonville Public Library, 1123 Main St., Madisonville. There… Continue reading →