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Quote & Word of the Week

Quote and Word of the Week

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STHS Duck Derby & Pet of the Week

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What is the Duck Derby? Duck Derby is a race of “adopted” rubber ducks with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place rubber duckies going home with cash prizes! Our Duck Derby has a twist this year because the winning ducks will be retrieved by rescue dogs!
Date & Time: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 @ 5 p.m.

Location: Duck Derby race will be held just left of the new Mandeville Beach directly following the Mandeville Independence Day Parade hosted by the Mande Milkshakers! All proceeds directly benefit the homeless animals of St. Tammany Humane Society. The more Ducks you adopt; the more chances to win!

1st Place Duck, $1,000 cash; 2nd Place Duck, $500 cash; 3rd Place Duck, $250 cash. For more information, visit online at, or call 985-892-7387.

STHS Pet of the Week

Señor Rock is a one-year-old medium mix pup. Rock was transferred to the St. Tammany Humane Society when Bogalusa Animal Control no longer had the space for him. “Rock” is a great companion and gets along with other animals. If you are interested in Señor Rock or any of the other adoptable animals of St. Tammany Humane Society, email or visit today.

Healthy Living Local Events

Saturday Night Flight At Our Place Studio

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One Saturday each month, Our Place will be hosting a new class: Saturday Night Flight! Aerial Yoga is about fitness and fun, swinging and playing (in the ways that make you sweat), but it’s also a call to creative self-expression through graceful poses and transitions and dance on a silky sling in the air.
Combining elements of Aerial Yoga and Aerial Sling/Hammock, you’ll learn a simple and sweetly fabulous (and definitely a little sassy) choreography. Each month will feature a different theme/song. This month’s theme is “Disco” and our students will be taking flight to the groovy and dance-making sounds of our fave Swedish band, ABBA and “Dancing Queen.” After the dance, there’s a little Bubbly to aid in winding down and, well, because we loooove bubbly 😀 For those who prefer their post-dance enjoyment to be non-alcoholic, please advise, and some lovely, locally brewed kombucha will be available, as well.

July Saturday Night Flight takes place on Saturday July 8, 2017 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Cost: $38/person, Limited to five students, reservations required.
Payment accepted: cash, check or credit card via paypal to (Please don’t forget the underscore between ‘yoga’ and ‘liz’!). For paypal, please add an additional $2 to cover paypal’s fee. Thank you!

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Disposable Heroes PTSD Awareness Day

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The Disposable Heroes Project of Hammond, LA has established July 27th as PTSD Awareness Day to honor Army Staff Sergeant Joe Biel, who suffered from PTSD and took his own life. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious illness that affects those who experience trauma as well as the family and loved ones around them.

If there is someone you think may be suffering from this mental illness, please reach out to them and let them know that someone cares and is there to help.
The mission of the DHP is to support our Heroes in their return to civilian life. If you would like to help those affected by this illness, please consider donating to the Disposable Heroes Project of Hammond, LA. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

General Opinion

Human Trafficking in the United States

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According to the U.S. Justice Department, 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the country every year. The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates that 57,700 U.S. Citizens and immigrants are victims of human trafficking, including young children, teenagers, men and women.
At the same time, recent analysis by the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed a gap between the claimed number of victims and confirmed cases of victimization. How is this discrepancy characterized? Are people sensationalizing their experiences, or is the system hindered in some way? In many cases, sex workers refuse to report crimes because they themselves will be arrested as active participants in criminal behavior.
This brings to mind statements made by New Orleans D.A. Leon Cannizarro in April of this year regarding victims of rape and domestic violence. In effect, victims would be forced to testify with material witness warrants or face jail time. Not only is jailing a victim of that nature of crime abusive, it is counterproductive to the goal of removing violent criminals from the street.
It is a crime to make people work by use of force, coercion or fear under federal law; by extension, no one should be forced to testify under duress. Our very own Declaration of Independence was influenced in part by the philosophy of natural law, which was instrumental in challenging the divine right of kings, and is distinct from common law.
Simply, it is the idea that all human beings on the planet ultimately have the same rights, which are not to be violated by the state or by one another.

That seems pretty idealistic, but the ancient Greeks, who influenced some of the better aspects of our current social knowledge, thought it was fairly legitimate. The responsibility evident in the concept of natural law is that taking care of oneself is essential to having the ability to help others. This self determination also implies the right to be free of negative influence, in whatever fashion.
The basis of natural law is such that a person or entity does not have the right to impose their will on another individual. Although it seems that we have moved far away from that ideal, it is always obtainable. It begins simply with how we treat one another, exhibiting a basic respect for life, and placing people over profits.
Fear should never be a factor in disclosing abuse, and neither should ignorance. The real problem with the discrepancy of the numbers is that it implies one of two things: 1) people are making up stories or 2) the nature of the issue is more institutional than recognized. Send comments or responses to

Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

Save the Date: Ultimate Tailgate Party VII

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The Exchange Club of West St. Tammany invites you to the Seventh Annual Ultimate Tailgate Party at the Tchefuncta Country Club on Saturday, August 26, 2017, 7 – 10 p.m.
13 BBQ teams compete for the title of Grand Champion.

This annual fundraiser supports organizations in the community that align with the Exchange Club’s pillars of service: Child Abuse Prevention, building a strong family unit and Americanism. For more information about the Exchange Club, visit online at

General Healthy Living Local Events

Interested In Wildcrafting & Native Arts?

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Explore the world of Wildcrafting (Tonics, Tinctures and Beeswax candle-making) and Sustainable Arts (Pine Needle Baskets, Charcoal Calligraphy and Vine Weaving) at Columbia Street Natural Foods on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. for Children and 3 p.m. for Adults. A modest material cost and Instruction Donation will secure your reservation for classes. Please call Mignon to reserve your place: 985-809-4002. Golden Light Candles.

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Explore Home Ownership Opportunities

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June is Homeownership Month. Learn more about financial management and explore home ownership opportunities in St. Tammany Parish.

‘Make A House Your Home’ is a free public event taking place on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. At Bogue Falaya Hall (317 North Jefferson Avenue). This event is Kid Friendly, featuring Door Prizes and Free Refreshments. Presented by the Northshore Housing Initiative, Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity, Louisiana Housing Corporation and the St. Tammany Department of Health and Human Services. Make A House Your Home! For more information, visit the West 30’s Task Force on Facebook.