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Local News

Innovative Floodgate Design Installed in St. Tammany – First of its Kind in the State in a Residential Area

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today, the completion of the installation of a FloodBreak Automatic Floodgate Mitigation System — in the Fox Hollow subdivision in the Slidell area. This gate is the first of its kind in the State of Louisiana installed in a residential neighborhood. With the installation of this gate, the gap in the levee system will now be closed during a flood event. This system requires no man power to operate, and is automatically activated by flood waters which cause the gate to rise and protect the area where the gate is installed. As the flood waters recede, the gate recedes as well. No man power is required to operate the system. When not activated, the gate lies underground, flush with the roadway, and residents simply drive over it. It is touted as a “passive, automatic flood barrier system that provides permanent and virtually invisible flood protection without human intervention or power.”

“This completion of this project will give the residents of Fox Hollow additional flood protection with the most innovative technology available, as well as additional peace of mind,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We appreciate the help of all who advocated for this project — Councilman T.J. Smith and members of Drainage District #4. The protection of life and property during a weather event is our goal with every flood mitigation measure we put into place.”

“Water knows no boundaries and because of that we have found it necessary to protect the 1500-plus residents to help prevent them from flooding,” said T.J. Smith, St. Tammany Parish Councilman, District 14. “With the leadership of Drainage District #4, we have been able to provide an additional resource that supplements the additional five miles of levees and the pumps for this district.”

Warner Trucking is the contractor for this project, and Mike Riviere of Infinity Engineering is the engineer. The cost of the project is $369,797.00.

Visit www.stpgov.org

Quote & Word of the Week

Quote & Word of the Week

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Pet of the Week

Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society’s Adoptable Pet of the Week

Ham

While searching for a pair of puppies reported on the side of the highway, Northshore Humane Society volunteers stumbled upon Ham and couldn’t leave him behind. This two-month-old kitten gets along with pups and kids and is going to make a great addition to any family! If you are interested in adopting Ham, call (985) 892-7387 x 2, email rescue@nshumane.org or visit northshorehumane.org.

Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations serving the neglected and abandoned animals of the Northshore region since 1953. NHS is an independent, non-governmental rescue that offers veterinary care, fostering, adoption, and more. Go to www.northshorehumane.org to learn more!

Local History

Covington History: Alexius Brothers Hardware

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Covington History segment provided by local historical writer Ron Barthet.
View Ron’s blog Tammany Family here.

The Alexius Brothers Hardware store was located on Lockwood Street, across the train tracks from the Covington Train Depot.

Alexius Bros. Hardware and Lumber, around 1917
From left to right are Alfred, Olive Wadsworth, Selma Alexius Wadsworth, Alfreda Wadsworth and John Wadsworth.

In 1907, Guido Alexius and his sons Alfred, Cintio and John, founded Alexius Brothers and Company; and later his son Horace joined in the business. In 1915, this landmark establishment, originally a gym, was purchased. Later in the 20th century, Guido’s grandsons G.C. and Haller Alexius operated the hardware store at this location until 1985.

Interior of Alexius Bros. Hardware on Lockwood St.
Front row, left to right, G. C. Alexius, Horace Alexius Sr., Alfred Alexius, Willie Cox and John Blow. In the background are Ezra Blow, salesman, and John Alexius.

In addition, portions of the land were donated by the Alexius family for the construction of the Covington Trailhead.The Old Railroad Depot- The original depot faced New Hampshire Street with a passenger and freight terminal facing east. During the mid-1900s, the depot was moved one block to the present site (now a restaurant).

A 1930’s picture of the Alexius Brothers: from left, Carl, Alfred, Horace, Centio and John Alexius.

Check out Ron Barthet’s blog Tammany Family for more great local history! More photos related to this post here.

Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

4th Annual NAMIWalks St. Tammany Goes Virtual

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For the past three years, NAMI St. Tammany has populated the beautiful Mandeville Lakefront with hundreds of walkers, showing support for mental health awareness, advocacy, and support, growing larger each year.

With the impacts of COVID-19, our daily lives and routines have been interrupted, leaving uncertainty, anxiety, added stress and often depression. Many individuals living with a mental illness are struggling to maintain their recovery while others are experiencing mental health symptoms for the first time. We are just beginning to see the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health. Now, more than ever, we want to show our community during the pandemic that “You are not alone.”

Unable to rally as usual this year, we have chosen to bring our 4th Annual NAMIWalks St. Tammany event to a virtual platform. On Saturday, October 10th, NAMI St. Tammany joins over 70 NAMIWalks virtual events across the country uniting for “A National Day of Hope” to show solidarity in our mission to increase awareness for mental health and recovery.

A Virtual Walk means you get to choose how you want to participate. How do you practice self-care? Take a walk around your neighborhood, share your story on social media, or host a virtual yoga party. Get creative to show your advocacy and support.

We invite everyone to join us, wherever you are, to remind our community that mental health matters and resources are available to help. Together we will continue to work toward our goal of #MentalHealthforAll.

Saturday, October 10th – NAMIWalks St. Tammany Online

Register for free or donate at: www.namiwalks.org/sttammany.
For more information, call (985)626-6538 or email walks@namisttammany.org

To learn more about NAMI St. Tammany, the resources we provide to the community, or to get involved, visit our website at namisttammany.org.

Local News

STHS Earns International Autism Certification for Two Pediatric Departments

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Two St. Tammany Health System Pediatric Departments are now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The designation means that physicians and staff in the inpatient pediatric unit and pediatric emergency department completed an additional autism-specific training and certification program to improve patient outcomes and experiences.

“We are excited to earn this designation because it gives local families confidence that they can entrust their autistic loved one’s care to us,” Cindy Ingram RN, St. Tammany Health System assistant vice president of women’s and children’s care, said. “Through this process, we have learned how to interact with our autistic patients from the time we enter their care space. Everything we do and how we do it shows that patient that we can be trusted and are there to help. This is vitally important for autistic patients because they experience interpersonal interactions differently, and we’re grateful to IBCCES for instilling these skills in our team.”

For more than 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for education, healthcare, and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES provides evidence-based training and certification programs created in conjunction with clinical experts and individuals with autism in order to provide professionals serving individuals with cognitive disorders a better understanding of what these disorders are, industry best practices, and the latest research in these areas.

“IBCCES is excited to work with these two departments at St. Tammany to build upon their team’s expertise. Our specialized programs will help their clinicians and staff do what they do best – provide the best care for their pediatric patients,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.

IBCCES also created CertifiedAutismCenter.com, as a free online resource for parents that lists certified locations and professionals. Each organization listed on the site has met Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) requirements.

Local Events Local News

Save the Date: Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival – September 5 and 6, 2020

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Save the Date! The Covington Heritage Foundation will host the 6th Annual Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival next weekend, September 5 and 6, at the Covington Trailhead at 419 N. New Hampshire Street in Covington.

The two-day juried free event will showcase more than 50 vendors displaying an eclectic mix of antique furnishings, period collectibles, architectural salvage, and vintage-inspired fine arts and crafts as well as food and live music throughout the weekend.

An added feature to the festival will be the St. Tammany Art Association’s Art Market. Fine art, jewelry, photography, paintings, woodworking, fiber art, pottery and more will be displayed.

The Covington Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to preserve the city’s culture, character and community. The festival is coordinated with the support of the City’s Department of Cultural Arts and Events. Department Director Aimee Faucheux said as the festival grows and evolves each year, the goal remains the same – to offer a first-class juried event that reflects the unique charm and history of Covington.

“We are thrilled we are able to have the festival this year,” said Faucheux. “We invite everyone to come out and enjoy a good time.”

The festival will be following the 6 ft physical distancing and face mask mandate as required by our Governor at the time of the event.

Festival hours are 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (985) 892-1873 or log onto www.covingtonheritagefoundation.com

Local News Non Profit Spotlight

NHS Rescues Homeless Animals in Hurricane’s Path

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On Wednesday, August 26th Northshore Humane Society’s disaster response team is rescuing approximately 20 animals from the possible path of Hurricane Laura’s 100 + mph wind and rain. The no-kill shelter is dubbing the rescue “Operation: A New Rhode Home.” Pointe Coupee Parish Animal Services, located in New Rhodes, LA primarily houses dogs in outside kennels making them more prone to the weather. The goal is to get them out of the elements and into temporary foster homes by the end of the day.

A team of NHS staff and volunteers will transport the 20+ animals from Pointe Coupee and bring them to safe haven at its rescue located in Covington, LA. Each animal will be seen by the vet and given a bath before going into foster.

Northshore Humane Society is asking for the community’s help with donations and fostering.

Each of the dogs rescued will receive full medical care, food and shelter until their forever families are found. A donation page has been set up on the shelter’s website at northshorehumane.org or you can text “Disaster10″ or “Disaster25” to (985) 273-5560 to enter payment info and make a one-time donation on your cell phone.

As a no-kill rescue, kennel space is limited. If you are able to open your home temporarily to one of these dogs, NHS is asking that you simply visit the rescue located at 20384 Harrison Ave. in Covington starting Wednesday, August 26th at 2:00 PM. COVID protocol will continue, allowing groups of five people to view dogs at a time.

For more information, please follow Northshore Humane Society Facebook page!

Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organizations. Since 1953, NHS has been serving the unwanted, neglected, abandoned, and abused animals of the Gulf Coast Region. NHS is an independent, non-governmental facility that relies on donations from the community in order to offer veterinary care, foster, and adoption services.  

Local News

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Officials continue to monitor Hurricane Laura and the potential impacts on St. Tammany Parish. Hurricane Laura is currently forecast by the National Hurricane Center to reach the northwestern Gulf Coast at or near major hurricane intensity Wednesday night, August 26, 2020. Potential impacts to St. Tammany Parish forecast by the National Weather Service include: possible heavy rain from 1-4 inches; storm surge of up to 2-4 feet. St. Tammany Parish Government announced the following Emergency Operations updates at a news briefing earlier today.

-St. Tammany Parish Government is partially activated at the St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center. They will remain activated throughout the duration of this storm. Members of the Critical Response Team will activate beginning at 7 a.m., Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

– Citizens who need to report storm-related issues should call 985-898-2323 or the non-emergency number of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office: 985-898-2338, or the non-emergency number of their local police departments.

-All Parish Government offices will resume operations, Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

– The following St. Tammany Parish Council meetings scheduled for Wednesday, August 26, 2020 will go on as planned in St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Drive:

-Agenda Review Committee Meeting: Wednesday, AUGUST 26, 2020 AT 6 p.m.
-Council Finance Committee Meeting: Wednesday, August 26, 2020, Following Agenda Review Meeting
-Special Council Meeting: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 7:00p.m.  (Zoning and Planning Appeal items)

Please note the following cases will be postponed due to concern for weather and capacity issues at Koop Drive: 2019-1753-ZC and 2020-1754-ZC Please direct all questions to the Parish Council at the phone number listed at this link: http://www.stpgov.org/index.php/parish-council-agendas

-These facilities will remain closed until further advised:

Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
The Tammany Trace
The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 East Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

-STAR TRANSIT will resume operations Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

-The St. Tammany Clerk of Court, Judges and District Attorney’s offices are closed through Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

– St. Tammany Parish libraries are closed August 25, 2020.

-Coastal Environmental is suspending recycling this week. Garbage pickup is expected however, the schedule may change.

-Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

-Citizens can call 985-809-2300 or 1-800-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.

-Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany, here. This is the Parish-wide emergency notification system for St. Tammany Parish Government. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

Watch the August 25, 2020 Press Conference here.
Watch the August 24, 2020 Press Conference here.
View Emergency Declaration here.
Watch the August 23, 2020 Press Conference here.

Other useful links on the STP Gov website:
Road Updates here.
Power Outage Map here.
River Gauges here.

Farmers Market Recipes Flora of Covington

Farmers Market Recipe: Pan-Fried Chanterelle Mushrooms

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A culinary favorite, chanterelle season is highly anticipated by chefs around the world. Full of rich flavor reminiscent of apricots, the golden chanterlles are probably the most sought after, although the rarer red cinnabar with its slightly spicy flavor is a close second. Chanterelle is actually a generic name applied to a variety of edible wild mushrooms. They cannot be cultivated and are wild harvested when in season, from mid-summer into fall depending on conditions. The name chanterelle originates from the Greek kantharos meaning “tankard” or “cup”.

Because of their high water content chanterelles are not ideal for batter-frying. You wouldn’t want to mask their great flavor anyway! Here’s our favorite recipe for chanterelles – quick, easy, and truly accentuates these delicious mushrooms. Quickly removing their moisture in a hot skillet gives you crisp, flavorful mushrooms that are excellent on their own, added to salads, or as a topping for a filet of your choice.

Another great cast iron skillet recipe!

Pan-Fried Chanterelle Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh chanterelles, rinsed, brushed off and patted dry
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons each rosemary & thyme

Directions:

  • Pre-heat skillet on high.
  • Add chanterelles with a little salt & pepper.
  • Toss occasionally until excess water has evaporated, 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Add butter and toss until mushrooms soak up most of the butter.
  • Then add garlic and herbs, toss until fragrant, 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly before serving.

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference:

Raw chanterelle mushrooms are 90% water, 7% carbohydrates, including 4% dietary fiber, 1.5% protein, and have negligible fat. A 100 gram reference amount of raw chanterelles supplies 38 kilocalories of food energy and the B vitamins, niacin and pantothenic acid, in rich content (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV), 27% DV of iron, with moderate contents (10-1 of riboflavin, manganese, and potassium (table). When exposed to sunlight, raw chanterelles produce a rich amount of vitamin D2 (35% DV) – also known as ergocalciferol.

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Covington Farmers Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune:

Glorious Tuesday, friends! Okay, so it’s a bit wet. BUT, we have escaped the ravages of Marco and Laura, too, it seems. But no matter the weather, you can’t rain on my parade because tomorrow is Market Day!

Bhakti Farms is offering more than their fabulous Veggie Burger for lunch. You can also enjoy Mushroom burger complete with portobello mushroom, tamari, sesame oil, grilled onions, a generous portion of Sam’s sprouts and a dab or two of Johnny’s chipotle aioli. Why not make sure you have lunch for Thursday with one of Kandy’s crunchy delicious shrimp and shredded cabbage salad that Kandy has to offer. And, off course, who can resist her amazingly creamy Shrimp & Cream Cheese rolls. Jerry is planning to be there with plenty of honey and blueberry spread.

Mr. Houston had muscadines and Chantarelle mushrooms last Saturday just and may have more this week as well. Apple Spice Cake, anyone? Henderson’s Hearth has a wonderful mix for you. Add ingredients, bake, and Voila! delicious! Their cinnamon sugar coated nuts are exceptional —just open the bag and dive into delight! Abeer will have baklava—Oh! the delicious just keep on delicousing! Abeer will have her tasty Ouzi as well. Remember to try a raspberry or strawberry Jun from Mignon—very refreshing!

Saturday, sweet Saturday, what will you bring us? Well, Dave Easley in the gazebo for one. And while you listen to Dave’s lively tunes, make your way around the market. There’s lotsa goodness out there!

Succotash Ferments at the Farmers Market

I noticed the Eddie has lemongrass —such a lovely herb for making tea. But unlike bagged teas, you’ll want to boil the chopped pieces for about 10-15 min. You’ll find cucuzzas and tomatoes on J.R.’s table. Okra, peppers, and eggplant can be found at Nick’s. Don’t forget to pick up a refreshing kefir or kombucha from Nancy. Cameron is sure to have a delightful tempeh; he uses some creative ingredients in his product.

Enjoy a breakfast biscuit from Bear Creek Road…something wonderful like cheddar chive biscuit with honey ham and pimento cheese or a bagel sandwich with egg, spinach, and Swiss cheese. Yum! Norma’s enchilada pie is delicious and filling. And her quiche….oh my! Remember that sprouts from Sam or microgreens from Aminta can add nutrition to any sandwich or dish.

What these hot temps really call for is ice cream! Amanda’s famous popsicles are always a refreshing treat – strawberry, banana, peach, chocolate and, my favorite, avocado. Her fresh juices are really great —even the green juice. Meats from Jubilee, jams from Althee, mushrooms from James…there’s really no excuse not to be there. It won’t be any fun without you.

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

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

General Local News

St. Tammany Health System Weekly Update for Neighbors

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From the St. Tammany Parish Health System 08/24/2020

Today at St. Tammany Health System, 19 patients are in COVID care with census of 155, and 294 COVID cases discharged since the pandemic began. Please continue to do your part to slow the spread of COVID in our community by washing your hands, wearing a mask, staying six feet away from others and isolating yourself when you don’t feel well.

As we continue to care for our community for all patient needs, we are also watching the two tropical weather systems in the Gulf of Mexico. Please rest assured, your community health system is ready to care for you and your family regardless of the weather. Both emergency departments, the main hospital, all our clinics, diagnostic centers and programs are open as usual today and will continue to monitor weather conditions as the week progresses.

If you have an appointment or procedure later this week and have concerns about weather impeding your plans, please discuss your concerns with your physician’s office or connect with us at 985-898-4001 or 985-871-5665. You may prefer a video visit or a later scheduled procedure or appointment, as appropriate.

Learn more at: www.stph.org

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Emergency Preparedness Supply List

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Most of us here in Louisiana already have our emergency supply kit ready for this time of year, and are well used to collecting the usual items to prepare for time without power or evacuation. Still, it’s easy in the hustle and bustle of getting everything ready to forget the oddball things like medications or items for your pets. Ready.gov provides this checklist, including a printable version you can bring to the grocery.

Build A Kit

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

Additional Emergency Supplies

Since Spring of 2020, the CDC has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus or other viruses and the flu.

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Maintaining Your Kit

After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.
  • Replace expired items as needed.
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

Kit Storage Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars.

  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
  • Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.

Last Updated: 07/31/2020

Local News

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update

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Monday , August 24, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Government announced the following Emergency Operations updates at a news briefing earlier today.

  • Parish Officials continue to monitor Tropical Storms Marco and Laura and their potential impacts on St. Tammany Parish
  • All non-essential Parish Government offices will be closed, Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Essential employees are to report as assigned.
  • These facilities will remain closed Tuesday, August 25, 2020:

Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
The Tammany Trace
The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

  • The St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works will open six self-serve sandbag locations Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., weather permitting. There will be someone to assist the elderly and the disabled at each location.

St. Tammany Parish Government  Koop Drive
21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
 
St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
 
The Old Levee District Site
61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
 
St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

 
St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn
63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
 
St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn
1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

  • The St. Tammany Clerk of Court, Judges and District Attorney’s offices are closed through Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
  • St. Tammany Parish libraries are closed today and Tomorrow, August 25, 2020.
  • STAR TRANSIT will not run until after the storm has passed and road conditions are reassessed.
  • Coastal Environmental is suspending recycling this week. Garbage pickup is expected however, the schedule may change.
  • Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.
  • Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710  Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

Learn more here: www.stpgov.org/storm

Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany, here. This is the Parish-wide emergency notification system for St. Tammany Parish Government. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.
 

Quote & Word of the Week

Quote & Word of the Week

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Quote of the Week

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
– Napoleon Hill

Word of the Week

wuthering

wuth·er·ing /ˈwəT͟HəriNG/
adjective, Northern English
(of weather) characterized by strong winds.
“it’s a wuthering day on the moors today”

Pet of the Week

Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society’s Adoptable Pet of the Week

Xander

Xander is a two-year-old pup who came into Northshore Humane Society after being found homeless. His front paw is either from an old break or something he’s had since birth and shouldn’t require surgery or amputation. Xander is a lovable, outgoing guy who loves scratches on the butt, giving slobbery kisses and jumping from lap to lap. If you are interested in adopting Xander, call (985) 892-7387 x 2, email rescue@nshumane.org or visit northshorehumane.org.

Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations serving the neglected and abandoned animals of the Northshore region since 1953. NHS is an independent, non-governmental rescue that offers veterinary care, fostering, adoption, and more. Go to www.northshorehumane.org to learn more!

Flora of Covington

Flora of Covington: Gardenia, a Symbol of Love

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The gardenia is a common and adored feature in southern landscapes, making this non-native plant one of LSU’s Southern heritage plants. Its love for acidic soil and humid, sub-tropical regions makes the gardenia an excellent choice for most Covington properties, especially along the river. Best known for its showy, incredibly fragrant flowers, there are many varieties that adapt readily to our environment.

Gardenias are flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae, also known as the coffee family. The gardenia genus consists of approximately 140 species native to the tropical and sub-tropical climates of Africa, Asia, Madagascar and the Pacific Islands.

An evergreen with rich, dark glossy leaves, the gardenia is grown for its beautiful foliage as well as its flowers. Leaves are opposite or in whorls of three or four, eventually opening into a singular or small cluster of blooms mid-spring through mid-summer.

Gardenia flowers have a tubular-based corolla with 5–12 lobe-petals, ranging from 2 to 4.7 inches in diameter. Most varieties have highly fragrant white blooms, some with variations of light yellow. In contrast to its hardy leaves, gardenia flowers tend to be very delicate and will brown quickly in heavy rain. Most plants prefer bright, indirect light.

Some Quick Fun Facts About Gardenias:

In eastern Asia the gardenia fruit is used as a yellow dye for fabric and food; in traditional Chinese medicine it is used for its clearing, calming, and cooling properties.

In France, gardenias are the flower traditionally worn by men as boutonnière.

The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus and John Ellis after Dr. Alexander Garden (1730–1791), a Scottish-born American botanist, zoologist and physician of Charleston, South Carolina.

Sigmund Freud remarked to the poet H.D. that gardenias were his favorite flower.

Gardenia flowers are associated with purity, clarity, and love. In some cultures the gift of gardenias signifies secret or untold love. It is revered in most all cultures as a symbol of beauty and loveliness.

Local History

Covington History: Historical Markers of St. Tammany – Part 1

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Covington History segment provided by local historical writer Ron Barthet. This article has been broken up into 4 parts for ease of reading.
View Ron’s blog Tammany Family here.

According to the Historical Marker Project website, there are 45 historical markers in St. Tammany Parish. They share a variety of historical highlights across the area, giving us an idea of the people and places that contributed to early St. Tammany.

Here is their list. You can view the full list and individual markers here: www.historicalmarkerproject.com

Indian Village

In 1699 Bienville visited the Colapissa Indians who lived in this area. The Indians called the Pearl River “Taleatcha” (“rock river”) because of pearls found in shells from its waters. The French found the river water good to drink.

Greater Mandeville Veterans Memorial, a War Memorial

Dedicated To The Memory Of Those Who The Defense Of Our Country And All Who Served In The Cause Of Freedom

Bicentennial Covington #1

In 1907, Guido Alexius and his sons Alfred, Cintio and John, founded Alexius Brothers and Company; and later his son Horace joined in the business. In 1915, this landmark establishment, originally a gym, was purchased. Later in the 20th century, Guido’s grandsons G.C. and Haller Alexius operated the hardware store at this location until 1985. In addition, portions of the land were donated by the Alexius family for the construction of the Covington Trailhead.

The Old Railroad Depot

The original depot faced New Hampshire Street with a passenger and freight terminal facing east. During the mid-1900s, the depot was moved one block to the present site (now a restaurant). The St. Tammany Special line left New Orleans at 4:30 p.m. and arrived in Covington at 6:15 p.m. It would leave Covington at 6:45 a.m. and arrive in New Orleans at 8:30 a.m. daily. This train was composed of elegant coaches and contained parlor buffet cars.

Abbé Adrien E. Rouquette

English side- Abbé Rouquette (1813-1887), poet and priest, lived as missionary among Choctaw Indians in region of Bayou Lacombe from 1859 till his death. The Choctaw called him “Chata Ima,” meaning “Like a Choctaw.”

French side”Abbé Rouquette (1813-1887), poéte et prêtre, vécut comme un missionair entre les Indiens Choctaws de la région Bayou Lacombe de 1859 jusqua’à sa mort. Les Choctaws l’appelérent “Chata Ima” qui est “comme un Choctaw.”

Public “Ox Lot” Parking

Unique to Covington’s downtown business district and a credit to our forefathers, our original town grid layout allowed for public squares in the middle of each block for the purpose of trade and commerce. Farmers would bring their oxen-laden carts to town loaded with wares and conduct business in these designated center block locations. Traditionally called “ox lots” and largely responsible for Covington’s designation as a national historic district, today’s use provides free public off-street parking for downtown visitors and employees.

H.J. Smith and Sons Hardware and Museum

Founded July 4, 1876, H.J. Smith and Sons Hardware and Museum is the oldest hardware and general store in the parish, housing unique artifacts pertaining to the history of Covington. Of note are the dugout cypress canoe and lead coffin. It is a regular stop for school field trips. Cotton was brought in from north of town and Mississippi plantations to be shipped to New Orleans. As many as 40,000-50,000 bales went through Covington in a year. The wagons pulled by teams of oxen regularly lined Columbia Street from the cemetery to the landing.

St. Tammany Fishing Pier

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier was built from sections of the original I-10 Twin Span Bridges which opened December 21, 1965. Tens of thousands of cars used these bridges to cross Lake Pontchartrain between Slidell and New Orleans until the morning of August 29, 2005 when Hurricane Katrina made its final landfall. A storm surge in excess of 16 feet, combined with that water’s return to the Gulf of Mexico destroyed the twin bridges. This destruction became one of the storm’s most iconic images. St. Tammany Parish Government, partnering with LA DOTD and the LA Dept. of Wildlife Fisheries, chose to create a fishing pier as a new public use for the remnants of the bridges and as a testament to the strength and resiliency of the citizens who call southeastern Louisiana their home.

Reconstruction Period

During the Reconstruction Period, trade was still slow as the main source of land transportation was still the ox and the wagon. From the mid-1800s, the railroads were primarily used access the area’s vast timber reserves, but once built, they were quickly put to use by the burgeoning tourism and resort industry. On May 16, 1888, the East Louisiana Railroad reached Covington, heralding an economic boom. The flow of people and commerce that first came by river exploded with the arrival of the railroad.

Bicentennial Covington

Three rivers and several Indian trails converged in the area where Covington was founded. These major trade routes are what placed Covington at the center of commerce. They became the lifeline of trade and transport between points north of Lake Pontchartrain and the markets in New Orleans and beyond. When the bridges periodically washed out from logs floating down the river, the community would rally to restore these vital links.

Original Homestead of Walker Percy

Homestead owned by Walker Percy, who was an American author and philosopher. He is best known for his philosophical novels set in and around New Orleans, the first of which, The Moviegoer, won the U.S. National Book award for fiction. Walker Percy along with 21 other noted authors created the fellowship of Southern Writers.

St. Tammany Parish World War I Memorial, a War Memorial

Erected and Dedicated To The Soldiers Of World War I
1920; Restored 2010 By St. Tammany Parish Kevin Davis, Parish President.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Historical Markers of St. Tammany!

Check out Ron Barthet’s blog Tammany Family for more great local history!

Local Events

Sunset at the Landing Free Concert This Friday

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The Sunset at the Landing Free Concert Series continues this Friday August 21st, 2020 at the Columbia Street Landing (Columbia Street at the River) from 6 – 9 p.m. This month’s concert features Jude LeBlanc & Jarrod Nix opening for Big Daddy ‘O’ & Uneven Ground.

Sunset at the Landing is brought to you by the City of Covington, Heritage Bank of St. Tammany and the Covington Farmer’s Market. Admission is free, the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Social distancing and masks as per governor mandate will be followed. For more information: 985-892-1873

Sunset Concert Series Facebook page.