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On The Origins Of St. Tammany

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Chief Tamanend Meeting

Tamanend (also Tammany or Tammanend) the affable, who died in 1701, was Chief of a clan of the Lenni-Lenape nation in the Delaware Valley at the time Philadelphia was established.  Tamanend is best known for his qualities of peace and friendship, and he was instrumental in forming beneficial relations among the Lenape and the English settlers led by William Penn.
“Tammany” was a popular figure in 18th century America, and he was even known as the “Patron Saint of America”, as he represented peace and amity.
From S. CON. RES. 39, 108th Congress, 1st Session:
“Supporting the goals and ideals of St. Tammany Day on May 1, 2003, as a national day of recognition for Tamanend and the values he represented.  Whereas in 1810, President James Madison declared the Territory of West Florida to be a part of the Louisiana Purchase, and in 1811, William C.C. Claiborne, the first American territorial Governor of Louisiana, named the area north of Lake Pontchartrain as ‘St. Tammany Parish’ in honor of the saintly Amerindian Tamanend, who was a sachem of the Lenni Lenape;
Whereas Tamanend is admired and respected for his virtues of honesty, integrity, honor, fairness, justice, and equality for the common person;  Whereas in colonial times, May 1st was celebrated in honor of Tamanend and the common person;  and Whereas the St. Tammany Parish Council of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, has passed a resolution designating May 1, 2003, as St. Tammany Day, and urging the reinstatement of May 1st as a national day of recognition for Tamanend and the values he represented”
The values of honesty, integrity, honor, fairness, justice and equality for the common person are the historic foundations for this parish;  all have a part to play in that.
Comments, Questions:  covweekly@gmail.com

This statue of Tamanend is in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and basic foundation of our nation’s core principles. Photo property of Jim McWilliams.

Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

STAA’s Seersuckers & Sazeracs

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On Saturday, May 20, the St. Tammany Art Association combines two classic icons of southern living in “Seersucker and Sazeracs” at the Southern Hotel.  Presented by Avanti Senior Living and The Sazerac Company, the event features New Orleans’ signature drink and America’s first cocktail, the sazerac, live music and catering by the area’s best restaurants.  Seersucker and Sazeracs benefits STAA’s education programs and exhibitions.  Visit sttammanyartassociation.org


Mix, mingle, and enjoy another southern icon, the beautifully restored, historic Southern Hotel at 428 E. Boston St. in charming downtown Covington, Louisiana. Fully restored to its 1907 glory, the Southern is a key figure in supporting public art in Covington. From dozens of original artworks by regional artists and rich murals depicting local Covington, to the award-winning Oxlot 9 Restaurant—not to mention sumptuous rooms and elegant spaces—the Southern is a natural fit as STAA’s partner in bringing you “Seersucker and Sazeracs”.
“Seersucker and Sazeracs” will be held May 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $75, which includes all food and drinks, available at www.Eventbrite.com. This event is expected to sell out.  The St. Tammany Art Association, a community- and member-supported arts organization located at 320 N. Columbia St. in Covington, presents the fundraising event in the height of spring, just before its summer art and theater camps for children.  Proceeds of the event will support such educational programming.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at the English Tea Room

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Toast Mom with tea at the English Tea Room & Eatery’s traditional Mother’s Day Brunch!  Special Brunch Menu, Mother’s Day High Tea Service (25$ per person) and a flower for each Mother.  Call to book your reservations today.         985-898-3988  englishtearoom.com

The English Tea Room & Eatery is located on the corner of Rutland St. and N. Florida St., just a block from the antique stores on Lee Lane and one block from the art galleries on Columbia St.  Ample parking is available.

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Eldoa An Essential Tool in Corrective Exercise, Performance & Rehabilitation

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ELDOA is the only form of exercise that works to create space in specific vertebral junctions in the spine. The ELDOA exercises primarily work on the strength of the postural system and stretching of the fascial chains. As you work on strengthening the smaller intrinsic muscles surrounding the spine, you work on stretching some of the bigger and commonly tighter muscles such as the lats, hamstrings and muscles of the hips.

The BIG goal of the ELDOA is to create space for the disc, the nerve root and the joint segment itself, including the facet joints which are often arthritic. The exercises are very complex, meaning that they take much practice to perform properly. There is nothing easy about doing any ELDOA.  But the results are amazing!

If I can increase my postural awareness and strength while decreasing my pain, I’m all in. The awareness of your body will increase dramatically from taking the classes. I teach a lot of awareness during the warm up and throughout the entire class.  As you continue to practice the ELDOA, the quality of your exercise will increase and you will have a greater affect at each particular joint region.

 

A better quality means that you can work more specifically at a particular joint segment, which equals a better result.  One class each week will increase your performance in all aspects of your training, including range of motion, space for the joints, body awareness, postural strength etc. Whether you do martial arts, run, bike, lift weights or do lots of metabolic training, ELDOA is a big bang for your buck as far as a “regenerative” form of exercise goes.

Visit naturalmovementsolutions.com
  Justin Brien, Owner/Operator    504-344-4348

Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

Give NOLA Day Tuesday, May 2

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Give NOLA Day is an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) aimed on raising money for area non profits that serve a vital role to the community.  The City of Covington will host an event at the Covington Trailhead on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.  Just a few of the organizations participating include COAST, The Northshore Food Bank and The St. Tammany Humane Society.  Event is open to the public.

At Covington Weekly, we support giving all the time, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be monetary.  Every week, we reserve space to promote organizations that perform needed services to the community for free.  CW provides updates on the Food Bank, Adoptable Pets from the St. Tammany Humane Society, St. Tammany Art Association events, not to mention all the City features like Meet the CPD, updates from the Mayor and Local Events!Volunteering time to these organizations is also support.
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Rockin’ the Rails & Final Friday Block Party

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After a very busy month in downtown Covington, it is time once again for the Final Friday Block Party.  Stroll down Columbia Street to see Classic and Contemporary Cars and Trucks while you enjoy music, food and drinks along the way.  Stay downtown for dinner, or catch one of the live music acts at Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe (Cowboy Mouth will be there Friday!), The Green Room, now undergoing some exciting changes and renovations (presenting New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Co. Friday night during block party, then Street Parade later).


Last Rockin’ the Rails of the Season  The final Rockin’ the Rails at the Covington Trailhead for April 2017 takes place Thursday featuring Deacon John and the Ivories.  Enjoy this free concert brought to you by the City of Covington.  Food and beverages available for purchase.

Quote & Word of the Week

Quote and Word of the Week

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Quote of the Week
“Allegiance, after all, has to work two ways; and one can grow weary of an allegiance which is not reciprocal.”
― James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

Word of the Week:
reciprocate – 1 : to give and take in a mutual fashion
2 : to return in kind or degree
3 : to make a return for something done or given

The New Moon is Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Pet of the Week

STHS Pet of the Week

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Pequito Lupe is an 11-month-old medium mix pup who originally came to St. Tammany Humane Society as a stray. Pequito Lupe is a friendly and outgoing girl who loves all animals and people. She would be awesome in any home.


If you are interested in Pequito Lupe, please visit sthumane.org or email adoption@sthumane.org today!

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Life Somatics For Chronic Pain, Improved Posture and Performance

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What is Somatics?  Hanna Somatics is a method of pain relief that uses slow conscious  movements to help regain awareness, sensation and motor control of muscles.  Hanna Somatic Education (also known as Hanna Somatics) is a rapidly effective form of neuromuscular (mind-body training) movement re-education that goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain: the brain and the way in which it senses and organizes the muscles and movement. By learning to regain both awareness, sensation, and motor control of muscles – an educational process that can only be achieved through movement – the brain can remember how to relax and move the muscles properly. This process of sensory motor training creates improved muscle function and enhanced sensory awareness. Hanna Somatic Education is a safe, gentle and common sense approach to reverse chronic pain. It is the only method of pain relief and sensory motor training that targets the condition of Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA).
Learn more at:  hannasomatics.com

Testimonial:  “Somatics has been a huge blessing to my practice and to my family.  Danny has been able to get my patients out of chronic pain in a few short visits!  In patients with a history of trauma, chronic neck, back, hip pain, Somatics has worked to reset the brain, muscle connection and to relieve their pain for the first time in years.  My own son, who was 6ft 4 inches by the time he was fourteen, had a problem with hunching over.  Danny fixed his posture after only two sessions.  My son is now 17 and over 6′ 5″ and still standing up straight.”  –  Kami Dehler, Naturopathic Doctor

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This Week in Historic Downtown Covington

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Covington Farmer’s Market:  The Farmer’s Market takes place Wednesdays at the Covington Trailhead (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and Saturdays at the 600 Block of Columbia Street (8 a.m. – Noon).


Rockin’ the Rails:  The City of Covington presents Luther Kent (of Trick Bag fame) for Thursday’s Rockin’ the Rails concert.   Rockin’ the Rails is a free concert series brought to you by the City and generous sponsors, taking place in the glorious months of October and April.  Beverages and food are available at the concert at reasonable prices, and the show begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.


Sunset at the Landing:  This month’s free concert features Amedee Frederick and Big Daddy-O, plus Matt Lemmler’s New Orleans Jazz Revival Show, “Fire & Water”.  Brought to you by the City of Covington, The Covington Farmer’s Market and Heritage Bank of St. Tammany.  The Landing is located at the end of Columbia St. at the Bogue Falaya River.  Friday, April 21, 6 – 9 p.m.


Quack A Falaya Meets Roux Ga Roux:  The Covington Rotary Club and Bogue Falaya Fitness team up to bring you the Roux Ga Roux Warrior Race (race begins at 7:30 a.m.) and the Quack A Falaya Rubber Duck Race (race begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at The Chimes) for a day of family, community, health, recreation and clean water on the Northshore.  Saturday, April 22.


Covington Antiques & Uniques Festival:  Centering around the Covington Trailhead, this festival features antiques, vintage collectibles and crafts, architectural salvage, a live auction, appraisals, historic walking tours, demos, food, music and more!  Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Adventures With Virga:  The St. Tammany Art Association presents an exploration of Inga Clough Fullerman’s exhibit “I should have named her Virga” through yoga, creative movement and storytelling.  For children and their grown ups, ages 4 and up.   Saturday, April 22nd from 11 a.m. – noon at the Art Association, reservations necessary.


Spring Garden Fest:  brought to you by Louisiana and St. Tammany Master Gardener & the LSU Ag Center, in partnership with St. Tammany Library.   Featuring topics of vegetable gardening and  flowers to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  Covington branch, Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cooking Demo by Del Porto Ristorante.  See the back for event flyers and nightlife in downtown.

You can find Covington Weekly online at covingtonweekly.com.

Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday with Keep Covington Beautiful at Paper Shredding Day!  The event takes place in the parking lot behind City Hall (new location!) from 9 a.m. to noon.
Experience secure document shredding at no charge for up to three boxes of paper documents per person.  Acceptable materials include office paper, sticky notes, index cards, carbon/ncr paper and computer binders.  No need to remove staples, paper clips, clasps or rubber bands.

keepcovingtonbeautiful.org       985-867-3652

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15th Ave. Washout Repair Update & Coffee With Cooper

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Covington Mayor Cooper releases an update on the West 15th Avenue Culvert Washout Repair:
“With all contract documents signed, a pre-construction meeting was recently held with DOTD and the selected contractor for the W. 15th Ave. Culvert Washout Repair project.  Materials have been ordered and the contractor, Barriere Construction, plans to mobilize equipment on May 1.  The contract stipulates 30 working days, excluding bad weather, to complete the project.  It is hoped that this important roadway will be opened for traffic mid to late June, if not sooner.  Further updates will be provided as this project moves yet a step closer to reality.  Thank you.”


For more updates on all the municipal projects and events happening in Covington, the city presents Coffee with Mayor Cooper at the Covington Trailhead Museum  on Wednesday, April 26th.  This is an opportunity for the public to interact with City of Covington administration in a non-formal setting.  The general public is invited to this opportunity for questions, conversation and answers.


Visit online at covla.com

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St. Tammany Justice System, Jails & Tax Dollars

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Both Louisiana and St. Tammany parish rank first in the world and state for incarcerated persons relative to population.  Many recommendations of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task force have been reflected in proposed legislation being considered now in Baton Rouge.  Potential changes in law and practice have important implications for security, equity, and public resources needed for our state and communities.
The implications for St. Tammany Parish of Louisiana Criminal Justice reform proposals and the views of various parties will be the focus of an open public meeting to be held on Wednesday evening, April 26th, from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Mandeville Community Center.  The meeting will be a conversation involving community participants and knowledgeable discussants with expertise on various aspects and is sponsored by the non-partisan, non-profit Civic & Civil Conversations Project.  Join the conversation.

The forum will be moderated by Louisiana native the Right Rev. Bishop Joe Doss, a former Episcopal Bishop for New Jersey who has perspective as a priest and attorney on the policy framework and experience in counseling victims of violent crime, including capital crime. Bishop Doss will summarize the recent legislative proposals and moderate conversations with discussants that will include:
•Colin Sims, Chief of Criminal Division, St. Tammany District Attorney’s Office
•Rafael Goyeneche, president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission that recently completed the St. Tammany Criminal Justice Accountability Report for the Northshore Business Council. He has also served as a prosecutor and noted some reservations on some of the Criminal Justice task force recommendations.
•Charles Hargon, former COO of Hibernia Bank and as retired conservative business leader has been recognized for his detailed participation with Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task force process, analysis, and recommendations. Mr. Hargon has joined other business leaders in the Right on Crime group promoting improvements in criminal justice laws and programs.
•Ann Kungel, Community Coordinator for the LA-Prison Reentry Initiative, whose work provides direct experience with measures to reduce repeat offenses and recidivism. Ms. Kungel has experience with the specialist courts and related programs for persons on probation and parole.
•Bonnie Schmidt, is a former leader for League of Women Voters policy review of criminal justice reforms and funding needs in St. Tammany parish, and participant in research inputs to the Louisiana Criminal Justice Reinvestment task force.  Ms. Schmidt is a retired social worker with a master’s degree in rehabilitation and serves with a steering committee for Judge Gardner’s 22nd Judicial District initiatives.
Find Civic & Civil Conversations Project online.

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Egg Rollin’ at the Trailhead Saturday

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Egg Rollin’ at the Covington Trailhead takes place Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Featuring Zoo 2 U Petting Zoo, the Egg Rollin’ Contest*, plus Easter Craft Activities, it’s free fun for the whole family!  The Covington Trailhead is located at 419 N. New Hampshire in Historic Downtown Covington.

*Bring a personalized, decorated hard-boiled egg for this event

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Aerial Yoga For Kids at Our Place Studio!

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AERIAL YOGA FOR KIDS (ages 8-15)
New 4-week session kicks off April 29!
Our 2 Intermediate classes are already full, but we have 6 spots available in our Beginner Class, 1-2 pm. First class is Saturday, April 29.

Aerial Yoga has many of the same benefits as traditional Yoga – whether you’re a kid or a grown-up – such as improving strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, and mindfulness, as well as building confidence and self-esteem. It’s exhilarating, challenging, restorative, and fun!
Cost for the 4-week session: $60 / limited to 6 students per class. For more info and/or to sign up your child, please call or text Liz: 985.778.3448
And yes, we offer regular weekly Aerial Yoga classes for adults

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STPSO Announces Public Safety Telecommunications Week

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From St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office: 

This week, April 9 – 15, the nation honors all telecommunicators.  Here in St. Tammany Parish, we are blessed with some of the most professional and most caring dispatchers.  They are the first voices you hear when you are having an emergency and the lifeline to our deputies out in the field.   Our dispatchers are the behind the scenes heroes – the calming and caring voice you hear when you call 911 and the people our deputies and other first responders depend on to get them to the scene of an emergency and to keep them safe and informed while they are there.  Join us at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office as we thank our telecommunicators.  They are the heartbeat of our agency.

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Live Auction & Appraisals at Antiques Fest

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A live auction and appraisal station will be among the attractions featured at the Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival on April 22 and 23rd in downtown Covington.
Now in its third year, the two-day event will be a shopper’s delight, as New Hampshire and Theard Streets
will be lined with more than 50 vendor booths filled with an array of antiques and vintage furnishings, home décor, collectibles, fine arts and crafts, food, and live music.  In addition to browsing for bargains, the festival will feature a live auction on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire Street. Coordinated by Pennie Carr of Auction Louisianne, bargain hunters can enjoy the excitement and challenge of bidding on a variety of authentic antiques and vintage furnishings, collectibles and giftware.  Auction items may be previewed at the Covington Trailhead Museum on April 13 at 6 p.m. during Rockin’ the Rails, a free public concert series held outdoors at the Covington Trailhead.  Admission is free to the preview and auction.

Bobby Gilboy Photography

On Sunday, festival-goers are invited to bring their special treasures – glassware, ceramics, jewelry, watches, furniture, dolls, toys, and other collectible curiosities to an appraisal station on the front lawn of the Trailhead from 2-5 p.m. A panel of seasoned professionals, each with more than 20 years of experience in the appraisal business, will be on-hand to identify and evaluate items, answer questions, and give informal, verbal appraisals.

Panel members include: auctioneer Pennie Carr; jewelry designer and gemologist Anne Dale, G.G., P.G. F.G.A.; doll repair specialist Cynthia Orgeron; and antiques appraiser Sherry Kohlert. Tickets are $5 for one valuation and $10 for three valuations.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Applications are being accepted for volunteers, and a limited amount of booth space for vendors is available. For more information, email antiques@covla.com or call (985) 867-1202.