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Quote of the Week Word of the Week

Word and Quote of the Week

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Word of the Week

pervicacious – stubborn, extremely willful, obstinate

Quote of the Week

“Accomplishments don’t erase shame, hatred, cruelty, silence, ignorance, discrimination, low self-esteem or immorality. It covers it up, with a creative version of pride and ego. Only restitution, forgiving yourself and others, compassion, repentance and living with dignity will ever erase the past.” – Shannon L. Adler

The New Moon is Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Non Profit Spotlight

NHS Pet of the Week

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Lauryn is a 7 month old female who transferred to us from another shelter. She’s a cuddle butt, shy but sweet and loves everyone (but not more than belly rubs!). She has a beautiful, red/brown color and gets along well with other dogs.
Despite her sweet disposition and her loving nature, Lauryn has been at our shelter for 3 months now, growing up in a kennel. Make Lauryn the happiest dog in the world by giving her a FURever home.

 For more info or to fill out an application, email or visit

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Landmark Trees Recognized by Covington Tree Board

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The Covington Tree Board presented a certificate of recognition to John and Sharon Vergez Vercellotti for two pecan trees at their residence on E. 25th Avenue.  The trees are the first to be entered in the city’s Landmark Tree Program administered by the Tree Board.  The Stuart pecan saplings were planted by Auguste and Bertha Vergez in approximately November 1915, after the 1915 hurricane.  The 104-year-old trees measure 41” DBH and

(L-R) Tree Board members Jim LaCroix and Billie Stanga and volunteer Georgene Wagner measuring one of the landmark pecans.

42” DBH. The trees continue to produce large crops of produce large crops of pecans in alternating years.
The Landmark Tree Program is open to all species of trees.  The trees must be healthy trees located within Covington city limits that meet one or more of the following criteria:  

  1. Age greater than 50 years as determined by planting records or the written opinion of an arborist, the City of Covington Arborist, or the community forester
  2. Large canopy trees greater than 36 inches dbh, medium canopy trees greater than 24 inches dbh, and small canopy trees greater than 12 inches dbh
  3. Live Oak Trees in excess of 12 inches dbh
  4. National, state, or local Live Oak Society registered
  5. Unique or rare species
  6. Association with a documented historic event, person, or community landmark
  7. Trees planted for Arbor Day celebrations and other community-wide public celebrations
  8. Trees planted in honor or memory of an individual or an event
    An application to be considered as a Landmark Tree can be found at Tree Board.  Residents are invited to submit their trees for consideration to the Covington Tree Board which meets second Thursday of each month.
    The Board is working with Keep Covington Beautiful to inventory the Live Oaks on city property and to establish categories and criteria of care needed for their preservation. Tree Board members Jim LaCroix and Billie Stanga and Keep Covington Beautiful volunteer Georgene Wagner have recorded measurements for 149 Live Oaks on public property as part of Keep Covington Beautiful’s Live Oak Preservation Project.
Landmark Tree Presentation – (l-r, front) – Emily Couvillon, Tree Board Secretary, John & Sharon Vercellotti, owners; (l-r, back) – Billie Stanga, Tree Board member, Georgene Wagner, volunteer, Jim LaCroix, Tree Board member and Bruce Davidson, Tree Board Chairman. 

Keep Covington Beautiful is dedicated to engaging all citizens in every aspect of keeping Covington clean and beautiful. KCB is a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation. Keep Covington Beautiful develops broad-based community partnerships to improve and beautify the physical environment of the City of Covington, including beautification, litter prevention and recycling activities.
Keep Covington Beautiful provides educational activities to encourage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community through positive behavior.

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Ernest J. Cooper Memorial Fire Station Dedication Event A Success

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The City of Covington hosted a Dedication Event at the Ernest J. Cooper Memorial Fire Station on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 to recognize the completion of its two bay expansion and interior renovations to the station. Members of the Covington Police Department attended the dedication, along with City of Covington personnel and City Council members. Visit

(L – R) Covington Fire Department Chief Gary Blocker stands with Covington Police Chief Stephen Culotta at the Ernest J. Cooper Memorial Fire Station Dedication Event. Expansions and renovations mean improvements to the station that will enable the Covington Fire Department to better serve the public efficiently and effectively.
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City of Covington Inauguration Ceremony of Mayor Mark Johnson

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The honor of your presence is requested at the City of Covington Inauguration Ceremony of Mayor Mark Randall Johnson and the Members of the City Council, Mr. Patrick McMath, Mr. Larry Rolling, Mr. Peter Lewis Sr., Mr. John Botsford, Mr. Joey Roberts, Mrs. Cody Ludwig and Mr. Mark W. Verret.
The Inauguration Ceremony takes place Monday, July 1, 2019, at 2 p.m. At the Greater Covington Center in the Fuhrmann Auditorium (317 N. Jefferson Avenue). There is a reception in Bogue Falaya Hall immediately following the ceremony.
The Fuhrmann Auditorium is a 15,762-square-foot venue inside the Greater Covington Center. It includes a stage, a baby grand piano, dressing rooms, professional theatrical lighting, sound system and mixer.

Outgoing Covington Mayor Michael “Mike” Cooper (L), whose term expires June 2019, will go on to run for the office of St. Tammany Parish President. Congratulations, and thank you for your service as Mayor of Covington. Incoming Mayor Mark Randall Johnson ® will be sworn in at an Inauguration Ceremony on Monday, July 1.

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Comedy at the Fuhrmann Auditorium Saturday

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An Imrov Comedy Workshop takes place at the Fuhrmann Auditorium Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 4 – 6 p.m. No experience necessary, ages 16+. To find out more information, visit

Following the Improv Workshop, the touring comedy event ‘comedy with strangers’ returns to Covington on Saturday, June 29th at the Fuhrmann Auditorium. Doors open at 7, the show begins at 7:30. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door. Visit to purchase advance tickets and get ready to laugh!

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Columbia St. Block Party & Friday Night Events

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Covington’s Columbia Street Block Party takes place this Friday, June 28, 2019 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Cars line the street with plenty of food, music and fun.

St. John’s Coffeehouse continues their Open Mic Series Friday with host Cassie (Kass) Krebs. Kass plays a short set, then the stage opens up for Open Mic. Bring your instrument and your favorite songs, and sign up on the list. St. John’s serves hot and cold coffees, teas, sandwiches, pastries and other great treats.

Wharton’s Green Room presents Uncle Daddy from 7 – 9:30 p.m. during the Block Party. Uncle Daddy is a band featuring musicians from SugarBomb, a Green Room favorite. Stop in for a hand-crafted cocktail or a draft beer, and dance a few tunes. After Block Party, it’s the Shimmy Showcase, so get ready for a night of belly dance! Beginning at 10 p.m., $5 at the door let’s you shimmy with Pandorium Belly Dance Company.

Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe is set up for Block Party! Rock It Productions brings the party with DJ’s inside and out, the BassWagon and Rock It Photo Booth. Celebrate Columbia St. Block Party in style, Rock It Productions style, with a newly renovated back patio & bar. Columbia Street Rock N Blues features food, drink specials, live music, pool and more.

Hoodoo Ice Cream is open for Block Party! Cool treats hit the spot on hot summer nights, so stop in and see what’s on the menu. Hint: blueberries are in season!

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City of Covington Recycling Schedule Change

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In an effort to maintain recycling services to all residents and to maintain current rates, Coastal Environmental Services is changing the City of Covington’s recycling schedule.  All recycling will now be picked up on Thursdays citywide. Glass will no longer be included in the recycling plan.

Residents should be aware that only true recycling materials will be picked up on Thursdays.  If any regular household waste is included in the recycle cart, it will not be picked up.  To verify what is and is not included in the recycle plan, residents can view detailed information on Coastal Environmental Services’ website at  Additionally, informational brochures will be included in the next water bill. 
These changes will become effective on Independence Day, next Thursday, July 4, 2019. Garbage collection days will remain the same.  Thursday collection is only for recycling. The City of Covington and Coastal Environmental Services are hopeful that these changes will enable those who recycle to continue to do so while maintaining the same rates for all residents throughout the city.