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St. Tammany Parish Government Enters Phase One Reopening

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From St. Tammany Parish Government:

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper signed an Executive Order, to reopen St. Tammany Parish and St. Tammany Parish Government as Phase One openings begins across the State of Louisiana.

“Our goal is to open up St. Tammany Parish Government gradually, while protecting our employees, and continuing to serve the public,” said Cooper. “We are happy to open the Tammany Trace, the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, and Camp Salmen Nature Park, giving our citizens the opportunity to utilize them in the safest ways possible. We ask that every citizen continue to take personal responsibility to protect themselves and others.”

As a portion of St. Tammany Parish Government employees return to Parish Government campuses to work in offices, each will go through a screening process in order to enter the buildings. A portion of employees will remain working remotely.  Measures will be in place to adhere to social distancing guidelines, and employees will be required to wear masks. Parish Government buildings will remain closed to the public.

The Tammany Trace, Camp Salmen Nature Park, and the St. Tammany Fishing Pier reopen beginning Friday, May 15, 2020.

  • The Tammany Trace will open from 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. every day.
  • The Bayou Lacombe Bridge closes at 7 p.m.
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier will open from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Patrons are advised the Pier will be manned sporadically.
  • Camp Salmen Nature Park will open from 9a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Playground is closed to the public. Patrons are advised Camp Salmen Nature Park will be manned sporadically.
  • The Kids Konnection Playground will remain closed
  • Restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day. Patrons should plan to exercise best practices for prevention when using these facilities, including: social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing.

Read the entire Executive Order here. ###  

Executive Order Terminating Stay-At-Home Order And Implementing Phase One Of The Recovery Plan  May 15, 2020
Link to Press Conference May 12, 2020
St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 30, 2020
St. Tammany Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan (DRAFT)
St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 7, 2020
St. Tammany Parish Executive Stay At Home Order issued March 23, 2020
Emergency Declaration issued March 17, 2020
Emergency Declaration issued March 13, 2020
COVID-19 Links
St. Tammany Parish Government
Office of Governor John Bel Edwards
Louisiana Department of Health

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Covington and St. Tammany Parish Information and Resources: April 2020

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Covington Updates & Information

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Mayor Mark has declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This declaration is a proactive effort to position city government to respond as needs related to the virus arise. It enables the city to seek funding and resources for our community as they are made available by Federal and State agencies.
March 25, 2020, President Trump announced approval of major emergency declarations for New York, California, Washington, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas and Florida. This allows Louisiana to become eligible for a greater amount of Federal assistance than was previously available.
As Covington continues to monitor the outbreak, city government is taking guidance from Governor John Bel Edwards, who is adhering to recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.
Covington City Hall and Public Works will be closed to the public, and will remain so until further notice. All departments will continue to conduct business via phone and email. Offices can be reached at 985-892-1811, by email, or at covla.com. Public Works can be reached at 985-898-4700.
For further updates, sign up for the Mayor’s email at covla.com “Together, we can flatten the curve.”
Utility Billing Customers:
The City offers Automatic Bank Draft, which requires an authorization form to be submitted with a voided check. The form may be found on the City Website, covla.com under utility billing/forms. This may be mailed to Covington City Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington, LA 70433, or left in the after-hours drop box outside of City Hall.
Utility billing payments may also be processed through your online banking system, the city website, or place in the after-hours drop box (please do not put cash in the drop box).
New utility service permits: Please contact the Utility department at 985-892-1811, or via email at utilitiesbilling@covla.com to arrange new service set up. The City of Covington establishes new account services by appointment only.
Following the guidelines set by the Louisiana State Government in response to the COVID-19 Virus, the City of Covington is announcing the cancellation/ postponement of the following events:
4/1-5 – CBA A Taste of Covington – Postponed TBD
4/1 – CBA Monthly Meeting – Canceled
4/2 – Rockin Rails – Rescheduled 1st Thurs in May
4/4 – SPS Annual Alumni Crawfish Boil – Canceled
4/4 – STAA Art Market – Canceled
4/7 – City of Covington Council Meeting – Canceled
4/9 – Rockin Rails – Rescheduled 2nd Thurs in May
4/11 – Egg Rollin’ at the Trailhead – Canceled
4/11 – Kiwanis Health Fair – Postponed Date TBD
4/11 – STAA Spring For Art – Canceled
4/18 – Covington Rock the Block – Canceled
4/18 – Covington Cares About West 30’s – Canceled
Youth Service Bureau has suspended all services
City of Covington Recycling Suspended, One Day Per Week for Waste Collection Service:
Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020, all waste will be picked up on Wednesdays Only. Recycling services are suspended until further notice.
Coastal Environmental Services will be posting updates to their website and Facebook page as often as necessary. Customers can also reach them by phone at 985-781-3171 or email: info@ces-la.com
Stay At Home Order (Til May 15th):

  1. Stay Home
  2. Only go out for essential services
  3. Stay six feet or more away from others
  4. Don’t gather in groups
    Be Responsible and Act Conscientiously
    Recycling Suspended, Waste Pick Up Wednesdays
    City of Covington Recycling Suspended, One Day Per Week for Waste Service:
    Due to both a decrease in manpower and as a precaution for drivers and hoppers (the men on the back of the trucks), Thursday (March 26th) will be the last for recycling until further notice, waste is picked up as usual this week.
    Beginning next week, waste will be picked up on Wednesdays Only. Next week there will be one and only one pickup day: April 1st. (No Fooling).
    When recycling returns, it will be picked up on Thursdays. Waste will continue to be taken on Wednesdays. Originally, changing the whole city to Wednesdays Only was scheduled for mid April. The idea was that the City of Covington would have plenty of time to notify residents by placing the information on the water bill; that change is on the current water bill, and now it’s wrong.
    With the suspension of recycling, it made sense to make the change effective Wednesday, April 1st.
    FAQ: You may use your recycle bin for waste, recycling is suspended indefinitely. Please bag your green waste or place in your cans when possible.
    Coastal Environmental Services will be posting updates to their website and Facebook page as often as necessary. Customers can also reach them at 985-781-3171 or email at info@ces-la.com.
    Statewide Burn Ban Issued For Louisiana
    Statewide Burn Ban Issued During Public Health Emergency – Baton Rouge – State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, in collaboration with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, have issued a statewide cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1602. Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government. This order is effective as of 8 a.m. March 25, 2020 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.
    The containment method of the fire is not the exception, but rather the use is; barbeque pits, fire pits and small campfires are permitted during the burn ban when used for brief, recreational purposes. Placing brush materials into a fire pit to burn away for extended periods of time is not permitted.
    This ban shall not apply to prescribed burns by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, by those trained and certified by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, or by those who conduct prescribed burning as a “generally accepted agriculture practice” as defined by the Louisiana Right to Farm Law (R.S. 3:3601 et seq.).
    Violation of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.
    St. Tammany Parish Government hosts a Hazard Mitigation Plan Virtual Public Meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 2PM. Check their website (stpgov.org) and/or fb page for instructions on how to access the meeting.
    CPD Announces tip411, Department Updates
    The Covington Police Department is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with a new app to help residents connect with the department to find information, view alerts and submit anonymous tips from their smartphone. Developed by tip411, the Covington PD app puts a powerful new crime-fighting tool into the hands of community members of all ages. The Covington PD app is available for download for free via the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store.
    “Police services are not limited to 911 emergencies. In addition to providing for the public safety, the Covington Police Department works proactively in our community to prevent crime,” said Covington Police Chief Stephen Culotta. “We believe the new Covington PD app from tip411 will help greatly enhance our ability to fight crime by engaging our community.”
    The new Covington PD app enables the public to share an anonymous tip with police, allowing officers to respond back, creating an anonymous two-way conversation. Citizens can also submit videos and photographs with their tips.
    “We’ve listened to feedback from partners like Covington Police and have built a more advanced and innovative product to help departments better engage their communities,” said tip411 President Terry Halsch.
    “The Covington PD app powered by tip411 will greatly improve the public’s access to agency alerts, social media channels, important information to help fight crime.”
    The Covington PD app and tip411 anonymous text a tip system are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender.
    Those without a smartphone will still be able to share information with police by sending an anonymous text tip via their cell phone to police by texting keyword CPDLA and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411).
    Covington Police Department COVID-19 Update:
    In light of the concerns over the COVID 19 outbreak, the men and women of the Covington Police Department would like to reassure our citizens that we are here, and will continue to protect and serve. However, a few modifications must be made:
  5. The Covington Police Department Admin building will be closed to the public.
  6. Walk in ticket payments will not be accepted. Tickets can be paid online at myfinepayment.com or mailed to the following address: Covington Police Department, 609 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433 Do Not Send Cash Through The Mail
  7. If you wish to obtain a copy of an accident report, you can go to policereports.us
  8. The Records Division will be closed. If you wish to obtain a copy of an incident report, please email policerecords@covla.com with your request. For the next 30 days, we will be waiving all fees associated with obtaining an incident report. Incident reports will be sent electronically.
  9. Property and Evidence pickup will be suspended until further notice.
  10. Covington City Court on March 30, 2020, at 3 p.m. will be canceled. Those who were required to appear will be issued the new court date of May 18, 2020, at 3 p.m.
  11. If a call for service does not require an officer to citizen contact, we will be handling these type calls over the phone. All emergency calls will be handled as normal. We want to stress to the public that if they are symptomatic, to relay this information to dispatch so that the appropriate precautions can be taken.
    If you have an Emergency, call 911 or call Dispatch at 985-898-2340 for Non-Emergencies.
    CPD is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    COVID-19 Updates & Resources
    St. Tammany Parish Government has up to the minute COVID-19 information on Access St. Tammany STPG-TV. Watch on Charter at Channel 710, or Channel 99, menu item Access St. Tammany, on AT&T U-Verse. Also viewable at stpgov.org.
    St. Tammany Parish Public School System TV Remote Learning Resource videos will be aired each day at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. And 5 p.m. On AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99, Charter Ch. 198, and on Roku. An hour of engaging educational lessons taught by our STPPS teachers will help review, refresh and reinforce student learning.
    St. Tammany Parish Public School System announces that the weekly option for meals begins today (Wednesday, April 1st). This allows families to pick up five shelf-stable lunches and breakfasts for each child once a week on Wednesdays at Fontainebleau High, Pearl River High, Salmen High, Pitcher Junior High and Slidell Junior High from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Daily pick up of hot lunch and breakfast is also available every weekday at Covington High and Slidell High. More info: stpsb.org/coronavirus
    Message From STPG:
    “We want to thank every person who is adhering to the Governor’s Stay At Home order. We are aware of people in large groups on our scenic waterways not adhering to the Governor’s Stay At Home orders, and choosing to ignore medical experts, and leaders who continue to stress the essential importance of social distancing. We, along with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office are working together to keep all our citizens safe, and are working to address each situation on a case by case basis. We will continue to do this as long as we need to do it.
    Our primary goal is working together to keep all of our citizens safe. We are urging residents to each do their part, and comply so that resources are not wasted to remind citizens to do something they should already be doing. This is disappointing, as we have been asking for weeks for each person to exercise personal responsibility.
    Those who choose large gatherings over social distancing could be unnecessarily undermining the health and wellness of themselves, as well as others who live in our community. The sooner we change our mindset and the behavior that can spread COVID-19, the sooner we will return to normalcy. Thank you.” STPG
    St. Tammany Parish Government Announces the Closure of Parish Parks, Playgrounds and the Tammany Trace:
    St. Tammany Parish has closed the parks, playgrounds and the Tammany Trace. Please know that should citizens choose to use the Trace for the next couple of weeks, there will be no presence of rangers for your security or to provide assistance to you, if needed. Additionally, the drawbridge near Lacombe remains in the upright position to accommodate boat traffic per the Coast Guard. We encourage residents to continue to get outside and get exercise in and around your neighborhoods. Your patience and understanding at this time as we deal with this public health crisis is greatly appreciated. Thank you.” STPG
    Resources for Businesses
    COVID-19 Small Business Resources:
    If COVID-19 is affecting your St. Tammany Parish Hotel, Bed & Breakfast, Restaurant or other Tourism-related Small Business, Louisiana Northshore would like to hear from you. We want to hear your experiences so we can share your voice with our legislators. Email the St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission at support@louisiananorthshore.com.
    The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
    Small Business Owners: The experience ratings have been temporarily suspended for unemployment insurance.
    For those unaware, when someone files for unemployment and is approved, their former employer normally sees a bump in experience rating, which in turn raises their cost of unemployment insurance. So this is good noes for employees and employers.
    Employees Affected:
    The one week waiting period to apply for benefits has been waived as well. Please share this so others are aware and don’t have reservations about utilizing our unemployment system. Learn more at laworks.net.
    Word and Quote of the Week
    collectively – as a group; as a whole
    “A group experience takes place on a lower level of consciousness than the experience of the individual. If, therefore, I have a so-called collective experience as a member of a group, it takes place on a lower level of consciousness than if I had the experience by myself alone.”
  • C.G. Jung, “The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious”
    The New Moon is Thursday, April 23, 2020.
    Covington Retail & Services
    Goodbee Plumbing – Goodbee Plumbing would like the public to know that they are open for business to address any plumbing needs you may have. Goodbee Plumbing is taking all precautions, sanitizing between jobs and wearing protective shoe booties.
    The health of our customers and our employees is our top priority. To eliminate close contact, we are taking phone payments and emailing invoices on site. Thank you, Goodbee Plumbing.
    Jewel’s Cigar & Briar is now open with limited hours and social distancing measures in place. 201 N. New Hampshire St. 985-892-5746
    St. Tammany Health System Update
    St. Tammany Health System is providing care to all patients requiring hospitalization and is not near capacity. The System has the space, the technology, the materials and the personnel to properly care for all patients (COVID or otherwise).
    The Hospital has instituted an outdoor triage to meet Louisiana Department of health and CDC expectations. Outdoor triage helps decrease the number of individuals entering and leaving the hospital building itself.
    If you or a friend want to confirm symptoms or have concerns, there are options: You can call 985-898-4001 to schedule a Virtual Visit with a St. Tammany Health System provider. Second, their partner Ochsner has a 24-hour nurse on call at 866-230-1977. You can talk through symptoms right on the phone.
    From the Hospital: “Overall total hospital census today (April 1) is 120 (bed license is 232), with 13 COVID- positive and 17 COVID- tests pending, all in proper isolation. STHS teams continue and negative pressure spaces for safe care of our patients.” via City of Covington
    It’s Time for Spring Cleaning! Pressure Washing (Downtown Covington Only) 985-288-9609
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surreptitious – 1. done, made or acquired by stealth; clandestine 2. acting or doing something clandestinely; stealthy

“If knowledge is power, clandestine knowledge is power squared; it can be withheld, exchanged, and leveraged.” – Letty Cotti Pogrebin

The Last Quarter Moon is Monday, March 16, 2020.

Non Profit Spotlight

NHS Pet of the Week

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Hansel and his sister Gretel were found homeless running the streets together. After trying to find their owners or a new family to call their own with no luck, their finder turned to us for help! 
Hansel is a one-year-old medium breed mix and your typical puppy – fun-loving and playful! He would do great in a home with other pups and is going to make an awesome companion to someone out there! Visit online: northshorehumane.org

The mission of the Northshore Humane Society is to be the premier organization dedicated to enhancing and saving the lives of pets in the Northshore region through community engagements, adoption, spay and neuter programs and sheltering.

This Week at the Farmer's Market

Farmer’s Market Saturday Preview

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Last Chance Bluegrass Band is in the house this Saturday so there will be lively tunes wafting from the gazebo. Lots of great thing happening at the market.
Ms. Betty is back with Maidenhair fern and her signature Staghorn Fern and the market is again alive with bright, happy verge from all quarters. Trudy says she’ll have plenty of japanese maples this week. Did you know that she is very well known throughout the South for the quality of her japanese Maples? She’ll also have some native azaleas with which to grace your garden. Dennis had some amazingly gorgeous magnolias in bloom this past week and the roses – oh my!
I stopped by Mauthe’s for some cream and found Garlic & Herb and Cajun soft cheeses and Farmhouse Cheddar. I also noticed a cinnamon sugar cheese spread! Can you imagine that, liberally spread, on the perfect slice of toast? Now, don’t you worry, our bakers have fantastic bread just for this purpose. Windfield Farms’ French Batard comes to mind, as does Bear Creek Road’s Sourdough. Happy Flour has introduced an oatmeal honey white bread – a healthier alternative to traditional white bread. So make sure you set your alarm for incredible and we’ll see you at the market.
Lots of Love, Charlene LeJeune, Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St.
Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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COVID-19: City Events Cancelled, parish Advice

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Out of an abundance of caution over Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) concerns, City of Covington leaders together with event organizers have announced the cancellation of weekend events. These events include the Covington Celtic Club’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block party (Saturday, March 14, 2020), the YSB Chef Soiree (Sunday, March 15, 2020) and the St. Joseph Abbey Monk Run (Saturday, March 14). The Covington Farmer’s Market will remain open this Saturday.
“Covington Celtic Club’s St. Patrick’s Parade set for Saturday, March 14th at 12 pm has unfortunately been cancelled. However, the block party portion of the event will be postponed for a later date. We are grateful for all of our vendors, sponsors and participants and look forward to celebrating in a even larger capacity at Covington’s Celtic Celebration at the corner of Rutland and New Hampshire at t nearby date! We are as disappointed as you are, and ask for your understanding in the matter as many months of hard work and money have been put into these events and these are not decisions we make lightly. We hope to have you attend our parade and celebration next your on Saturday, March 13, 2021,” Cody Ludwig, Covington Celtic Club.
Important* Many of the local businesses in downtown Covington will continue to need your support during this time, so please remember to Shop, Eat, and Enjoy Local.

Parish Government Advice on COVID-19

With regard to COVID-19, St. Tammany Parish Government encourages people to follow the advice put forth by health experts:
Cover your cough. Stay home if you are sick.
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, or with a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Avoid close contact (within six feet) with those who are sick.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Visit stpgov.org for additional information. – Thank you
Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President

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Covington: On the Serious Side

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Mayor Mark recently launched a constant contact email blast to update the citizens of Covington with city news and events. Covington Weekly is printing ‘Covington: On The Serious Side’ to help facilitate this information reaching the public.
Mayor Mark: “In October, I was bothered to learn that the Covington Police Department has been short staffed for at least the past ten years. Our officers are the lowest paid in St. Tammany Parish. We hire, pay for the Academy and field train them only to have them move to other law enforcement agencies. In the past ten years, over 35 officers have left to work for other agencies. 75% of our officers have been with us for 5 years or less.

Three Divisions (chart above):
1) Far left is traffic. The three “orange” are reserves. They don’t count. The three purple were actually in the Academy at this time. Since I have been Mayor, we have had zero traffic enforcement officers in the traffic division.
2) Center is Admin and investigations. “Yellow in investigations means two vacancies. Red ‘X’ at top of Admin left for personal reasons. He will have to be replaced with someone from Patrol, causing Patrol to have one less officer.
3) Patrol should consist of 4 shifts, 12 hours each, every other week – five officers per shift. In reality, we have 3 or 4 officers patrolling our streets. During that time they will typically have an arrest, an accident with injury and/ or a domestic violence situation.
Each requires two officers on site, leaving us with one or two responding to all other calls for service. Net result is little time for non-emergency matters such as speeding or stop signs. Since this October chart, another patrol officer has left and three have given notice. They will be replaced by five new hires.

Public Works Short Staffed More recently, I learned that of our labor workforce in Public Works, we have a shortage of 20%. It is difficult to hire and retain employees with a pay scale that ranges from $10.50 an hour for straight labor to $16.00 an hour for skilled operators.
Per Human Resources, ‘candidates for the Labor I spots have had a multitude of issues – no driver’s license, failed drug tests, non-returned calls, background issues and poor quality candidates.’
I now understand what a strain this shortage puts on those employees that remain. I am grateful to them for the work they do to keep our infrastructure cleaned and draining.
Fire Department Our primary pumper response truck is a 1993 model. It should have been decommissioned in 2008. Of note, the new truck we just received is a ladder-truck. It was paid for by a grant. We have applied for grants for a new pumper truck, but unsuccessfully.

Waste Water Treatment Plant
Receives, treats and discharges 1,000,000 gallons of effluent into Tchefuncte River 24/7/365.
Does so in compliance.
Receives 9,000,000 gallons on a rainy day due to ‘I n I’ i.e. inflow and infiltration. We are aggressively attacking this problem. Lacks redundancy of key components.
Utility Fund Transfer In our budget we have a line called “Utility Fund Transfer.” Basically, what the City of Covington charges to provide sewer and water does not cover the cost to provide sewer and water. Tax dollars (sales and property) are taken from the General Fund to make up the difference. This year, of an $18,000,000 operating budget, we will be taking over $2,000,000 to cover this cost. Much of this expense is related to improving or replacing failing terracotta sewer pipes throughout the community.
In an effort to rebuild the Police force, fully staff Public Works, replace aging fire trucks, insure we properly maintain the treatment plant… then tackle Collins Blvd., Tyler and 21st and other deferred priorities, I have suggested raising utility rates an average of $20 per month. The rates have not been raised in over ten years. Under this scenario, we would still be subsidizing our utility rages by over $1.2 million.
None of us like to pay more, whether in utilities or in taxes. However, I believe we have an expectation of the City to provide the basic services described above… and to do so in a professional manner.”

50 Broken Sewer Lines Downtown

On March 16, 2020, contractors begin repairs of over 50 broken sewer lines in downtown Covington. The work will include repairing sewer mains, replacing damaged sewer laterals, lining the old pipes with a synthetic lining and stalling sewer clean-outs at the property line.

Residents should expect short term traffic detours on most streets while this work is being done. Roadway patches will be installed to minimize traffic disruptions. The streets affected will be Rutland, Boston, Gibson, Lockwood, Florida, Lee and Courthouse Alley.
To minimize traffic delays, work on LA HWY 21 (Boston Street) will be performed at night. The street will be reopened during the day.

This work will take several months to complete. It is another big step to improve our sewer infrastructure, help care for our environment and prevent large potholes or cave-ins on our streets. Thank you for your cooperation and patience. – Mayor Mark

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mediate – 1. intervene between people in a dispute in order to bring about an agreement or reconciliation 2. bring about (a result such as a physiological effect). 3. connected indirectly through another person or thing; involving an intermediate agency
from late Latin mediatus ‘placed in the middle’

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” ― Albert Einstein

The Full Moon is Monday, March 9, 2020.

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“Run To Remember” Registration Open

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New Goals for Annual 5K: 750 Runners and $20,000 Raised for Wounded Veterans

Covington, Louisiana: Dynamic Physical Therapy’s 7th annual “Run to Remember” 5K and One-Mile Fun Run hopes to raise $20,000 for Wounded War Heroes, a non-profit dedicated to empowering and honoring wounded veterans. The race will be held Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the scenic Terra Bella Village nature preserve in Covington, LA. The One Mile Fun Run begins at 5:00 PM and the 5K begins at 5:30 PM. Racers should arrive at 4:00 PM to pick up their registration packets. Participants should register online by 11:59 PM on April 15th at getwellatdynamic.com

All proceeds from “Run to Remember” benefit Wounded War Heroes, which provides opportunities for wounded veterans to enjoy their favorite outdoor hobbies despite their life-altering physical limitations. Last year, the annual community race raised $19,000 for this charity organization. “As a clinic, we have seen these heroes and the family members of our heroes come through our doors,” said Steve and Michelle Sierra, owners and founders of Dynamic Physical Therapy. “They carry the burden and fight for all of us… They live in our community. They are our siblings, cousins, friends, and neighbors. These brave individuals put their lives on the line and their service and sacrifice should be honored by all of us.” Racers and spectators will also have the opportunity to write thank-you notes to active military members and their families. Photos of family members or friends serving in the military can be submitted for inclusion on a display wall honoring our heroes.
About Our Company: Dynamic Physical Therapy offers specialized therapeutic treatment plans for clients struggling with a variety of physical pains and limitations. Dynamic’s teams of professional therapists in Covington, Slidell, and Marrero administer well-rounded treatment plans including aquatic therapy, dry needling, balance training, and women’s health. Dynamic is home to the winners of Northshore’s Best Physical Therapist, an award from Sophisticated Woman Magazine, for 2 years running. The teams at the Covington, Slidell, and Marrero clinics are ready to guide you on your journey to wellness and get you feeling like a new you!

Working together we can help our veterans enjoy the great outdoors! woundedwarheroes.org

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“Painting Provence” Opens Tuesday At City Hall

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The City of Covington’s Gallery at City Hall will open the art exhibition – “Painting Provence through rose colored glasses,” with a reception. Mayor Mark invites the public to attend on Tuesday, March 10, from 5 – 7 p.m.
This exhibition features the work of South Louisiana artists Carol Hallock, Cecelia Hoyt, Claire Pasqua, Diane St. Germain, and Gwen Voorhies as the group explored Vincent van Gogh’s footsteps in the summer of 2019 in Provence, France. 

Work for the show is curated by Ben Bensen III and hangs through May 1, 2020.  The exhibition opening reception is at The Gallery at City Hall located at Covington City Hall, 317 North Jefferson Avenue, Covington, Louisiana 70433.  For more information please contact Covington City Hall at 985.898.4715 or visit online at covla.com

Farmers Market Recipes Local Events This Week at the Farmer's Market

Swiss Chard & Shrooms + Farmer’s Market Preview

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Sauteed Rainbow Chard & Oyster Mushrooms Late winter/early spring is a great time to get delicious greens like the beautiful rainbow swiss chard I picked up from Grow.Farm. These greens are excellent sauteed with Screaming Oaks fresh oyster mushrooms, fresh veggies and polenta, or pair it with either salmon or pork.
Ingredients: 2tbs safflower oil, divided
1 basket Screaming Oaks Oyster Mushrooms (de-stem)
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 large basil leaves, ribbon sliced
Black Pepper
Sea Salt
(to taste)
2 tsp paprika
1 bunch Grow.Farm Rainbow Chard, de-stemmed, stems chopped fine, leaves rough cut
½ cup dry white wine

Heat oil on medium heat in a large skillet. Add shallots and sautee until translucent – add mushrooms and toss. Let sit undisturbed for a few minutes and toss again. Let sit for a few more minutes and add garlic and chard stems. Toss and allow garlic to cook until fragrant. Mix in chard leaves and stir often until leaves are wilted. Add white wine, cook until leaves are tender, about 3-4 mins.
Serve with polenta or your choice of meat. Enjoy! Be sure to see the Saturday Market Preview below.
Chelsea Cochrane

Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday Preview

Saturday morning dawns and Ed is in the coffee pavilion, fantastic melodies drifting from the gazebo, Fikret Kazan and Isabella’s incredible pizza oven will be on Columbia St. serving gourmet pizza and all is right with the world! 
Lent is in full swing and there are plenty of delightful veggies available to keep your fast going smoothly. You’ll find plenty of kale, green onions, carrots, turnips, and cabbage on Eddie’s table. A colorful entourage of lettuces, chard, collards, and kale adorn Nick’s table and there are still plenty of sweet potatoes, too. Kale, turnips, green onions, and lettuce abound on Mr. Houston’s table.
Microgreens galore on Aminta’s table. Use them in your smoothies, your sandwiches, any of your dishes. Sam uses his microgreens and sprouts in his green juice – heck of a lot of nutrition packed into a cup. Yes, there are strawberries as well.
Sautéed mushrooms, in a little of Maute’s butter, are a wonderful dish on their own. Add a few chopped greens and you have a dish fit for a king with very little effort. Add leftover shrimp or sausage or chicken to your mushroomed greens for an entirely different meal.
We have so much more at the market, from specialty foods from Tessier Gourmet, vegan dishes from Kimbo’s Kitchen, to quiches and enchilada pie from Norma, Mediterranean delights from Abeer and breakfast pancakes (old-fashioned sourdough or Meme’s veggie pancakes). You’re not gonna wanna miss out!
Lots of love, Charlene LeJeune Abundant Life Kitchen
The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St.
Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Art Market This Saturday At Lee Lane

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The Art Markets are back beginning this Saturday, March 7, 2020. Stop by the new location on Lee Lane from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For some awesome art created by local artists.
Painters, photographers, mixed media artists, illustrators, potters and sculptors are all encouraged to participate, vendor spaces are still available.

More information can be found on the Art House website at sttammany.art.
The purpose of the market is to provide exposure and a venue for STAA members to showcase and sell their work. While you’re out, you are encouraged to visit other downtown locations, including exhibitions at the Art House, the nostalgic array of goods and the historic museum at H.J. Smith & Sons General Store and the Saturday Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market takes place from 8 a.m. To noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks from Lee Lane.
The Art House is open 5 days a week, Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. And Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, call 985-892-8650 or send an email to info@sttammany.art.

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Word and Quote of the Week

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secret – (adj) not known or seen by others
(n) something kept unknown or unseen by others

“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.” ― John F. Kennedy, April 27, 1961

The First Quarter Moon is Monday, March 2, 2020.

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Saturday Farmer’s Market Preview

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Chris Talley is in the gazebo this coming Saturday — what a treat!. But before you stroll around the market making groceries, stop by the coffee pavilion, get a great cup of coffee, and say hi to the Farmers’ Market team. Those guys do an awesome job! Then head on over to your favorite breakfast place for a yummy welcome-to-Saturday breakfast. Suzi says she will have her Mediterranean Melt once again. For those who are clueless, a Mediterranean Melt places artichokes, garlic, olives, and cheese on focaccia bread, then pressed down so the cheese melts and your mouth is watering for more.

Jennifer prepared a creamy roasted green onion soup last week and I’m sure she’ll have it again. It was so creamy and delicious! Then I picked up Norma Jean’s hot Italian Wedding soup —truly amazing! Remember that Jubilee Farms has bone broth which is an excellent beginning for so many soups — a little chopped kale or chard, maybe some chopped green onions, simmered in the broth, then drop in an egg and let it poach to your desired “doneness’. Some of James’ mushrooms, gently sautéed would also make a lovely addition to your soup. The great thing is that James has such a wonderful variety like, shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane (this one is quite tasty just pulled apart and sautéed with some chopped chard).

Exciting weeks ahead as the temperatures start to get milder and thoughts of outdoor activities fill your minds. Get your gardens ready; I’m hoping Alton and Sandra and Trudy will be there with some starter plants and houseplants. Usually that garden work is followed by oh-my-goodness-what-was-I-thinking muscle aches. No worries. Serenity Lane has you covered with Grandpa’s Liniment (this stuff really works!)… see you there!

Lots of Love, Charlene LeJeune, Abundant Life Kitchen
The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St.
Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

General Non Profit Spotlight

NHS Pet of the Week: Fiona

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Despite only being three-years-old, Fiona has already led a tougher life than most!  It began almost two years ago when she was surrendered to a municipal shelter with space limitations. The shelter reached out to us for help and so Fiona was transferred to our rescue to find her second chance. 

She was quickly adopted into what we thought would be her furever home. Sadly, her family returned her to the same municipal shelter when a treatable skin condition appeared. There is no way we could ever give up on her innocent face and gentle soul and so Fiona was transferred to us again! 
Fiona is such a sweet girl who loves to cuddle and play with others. She does great with other dogs, cats and humans of all ages. She is currently being fostered by one of our staff who says she will be one of the most difficult to say goodbye to, but she is by far the most deserving of a home. Come meet Fiona today! 

The mission of the Northshore Humane Society is to be the premier organization dedicated to enhancing and saving the lives of pets in the Northshore region through community engagements, adoption, spay and neuter programs and sheltering. Visit northshorehumane.org

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Mardi Paws 2020 This Sunday in covington

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After 25 years in Mandeville, Mardi Paws is moving a few miles north to Covington for its 26th year! The theme of the 2020 parade is Beyond All Boundaries… celebrating the limitless exploration of sea, air and space. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as everything from mermaids to astronauts.
The theme was selected months ago, and it seems like the perfect choice for the year that the parade breaks out of its boundaries and takes a bold step in a new direction.
Mardi Paws Parade 2020 features Queen Stella Bleu and King Kizmet, taking place in Historic Downtown Covington on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 2 p.m. When you register your dog (just $25), you help both kids and k9s! For more information, visit Mardi Paws online at MardiPaws.com.

Mardi Paws 2020 is brought to you by the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, the City of Covington, Scotts Wish, St. Tammany Health System & Ocshner.
See the Parade Route on the back!

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Bow Wow Film Fest At Fuhrmann Saturday

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Reverend William Miller and the Howlelujah Foundation are proud to present the Bow Wow Film Festival! Join in for this fun event to celebrate our beloved canine companions.
This year holds some exciting selections, so laugh, cheer and maybe even tear up a bit as we marvel in all the ways these beloved furry creatures touch our lives.
The show will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Fuhrmann Auditorium. The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a reception with light refreshments, beer provided by Abita Beer, live music by Crispin Schroeder and silent auction preceding the film showing. Tickets are $15 and include one (1) drink ticket. All proceeds to benefit the Howlelujah Foundation, Northshore Humane Society & the Barn.

Bow Wow Film Festival is a traveling festival that celebrates, educates and inspires all things doggie, through the art of short film. Bow Wow Film Fest features some of the years’ best pooch themed short films all wrapped up in one beautiful, fun loving package! Visit online: bowwowfilmfestival.com

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sensitive – (adj.) 1. quick to detect or respond to slight changes, signals, or influences

  1. (of human behavior) having or displaying a quick and delicate appreciation of others’ feelings 3. kept secret or with restrictions on disclosure to avoid endangering security
    (n.) a person who is believed to respond to occult influences

“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” – Edgar Allen Poe

The New Moon is Sunday, February 23, 2020

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St. Paddy’s Parade & Celebration 2020

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With Mardi Gras season upon us, The Covington Celtic Club is busy at work planning and preparing for Covington’s next big party… St. Patrick’s Day! The 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade and Celebration takes place on Saturday, March 14th at 12pm at the Columbia St. Tap Room, winding throughout downtown Covington and concluding with a block party in front of Jewel’s Cigar & Briar on the corner of Rutland and New Hampshire St.
In addition to its excitement over the traditional parade offerings of 100+ members passing out paper flowers in exchange for a kiss and other Irish throws, bagpipers, Irish dancers & wolfhounds, St. Paul’s Marching Wolves, The Mandemilkshakers and several other marching groups parading through our historic streets… Covington Celtic Club is especially excited to announce its 2020 Grand Marshal, Ryan Schimpf!
After winning the 2009 College World Series with LSU and being selected for the All-Tournament Team, Schimpf made his debut in MLB baseball in 2016 with the San Diego Padres and was named National League Rookie of the month just one month into his MLB career hitting 20 Home Runs in his first MLB season. Schimpf recently ended his career with the Los Angeles Angels and currently resides in Covington with his wife and 2 children where he is a licensed mortgage advisor with Angel Oak Home Loans.
Nick Ludwig, parade chairman and Covington Celtic Club president explained, “We are thrilled to have Ryan Schimpf back in our community and representing the Covington Celtic Club. He was an alumni of St. Paul’s, (who also marches in our parade) so it’s really cool to have someone who went out into the world and played baseball at the professional level then return home and represent our community like this.”

The block party taking place at parade end will have lots of free, family fun to keep the celebration going! Immediately following parade end, The Kilts of Many Colors Bagpipers will play, local favorite Mande Milkshakers will do a quick performance with their dj and then closing out the day, the band, Zita (formerly Next Gen V) who recently played at Tipitina’s… will be playing until block party end at 5pm. The event is free but there will be food and drinks available for purchase. Local restaurant, Sweet Daddy’s BBQ will be selling food at the block party and the Budweiser Tap Truck will be out with plenty of craft and domestic beer along with DelPorto who will be selling their famous martinis and other drinks.
So, embrace your Irish Heritage (even if you are just pretending for the day)… wear your green and Erin Go Bragh! Revel in our historic streets, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and see how our restaurants, local businesses, and shops throw a celebration to remember! More information online at covingtoncelticclub.com.