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Word of the Week

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noun TYE-roh


: a beginner in learning : novice

Did You Know?

The word tyro is hardly a newcomer to Western language. It comes from the Latin tiro, which means “young soldier,” “new recruit,” or more generally, “novice.” The word was sometimes spelled tyro as early as Medieval Latin, and can be spelled tyro or tiro in English (though tyro is the more common American spelling). Use of tyro in English has never been restricted to the original “young soldier” meaning of the Latin term. Writers in the 17th and 18th centuries wrote of tyros in various fields and occupations, and Herman Melville used tyro to refer to men new to whaling and life at sea. The word also has a long history of being used attributively—that is, directly before another noun—in phrases like “tyro reporter” and “tyro actors.”


Local Events

Register for Coffee with Mayor Mark Tuesday December 8th

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City of Covington Mayor Mark Johnson invites you to join him for A Morning of Coffee & Conversation at the Bogue Falaya Hall Tuesday, December 8th, 2020, from 9 am – 10 am.

Mayor Mark continues this tradition of informal meet-and-greet with the public to give updates and talk about recent news in town. He may even share a historical anecdote. Coffee and other refreshments are provided by Campbell’s Coffee.

Because of social distancing measures seating is limited – please register in advance at if you would like to attend. This is a free event.

Visit and sign up for Mayor Mark’s emails for more updates.

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Louisiana Shop Local Artists Week – December 6 – 12, 2020

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from Shop Local Artists Week:

A seven day celebration of the arts. The first week of December.

All around the nation, artists of all genres, arts organizations and cultural economy businesses are planning celebrations of the arts and the professionals whose talents create the rich cultural fabric of our state. Festivals and art markets, performing arts events, culinary extravaganzas, art exhibitions, healing arts, film screenings, literary events and more–all of these are part of the cultural industry, enhancing the quality of life for our citizens and visitors while providing tremendous economic impact.

St. Tammany Art Association hosts a monthly market featuring local artists on Lee Lane

An opportunity to explore the many facets of the arts and to support creatives.

Shop Local Artists Week is a great time for holiday shopping, for truly one-of-a-kind gifts and arts experiences. Peruse the offerings of local galleries and museums. Purchase music and memorabilia from some of your favorite local musicians. Pick up tickets from a community theatre or performing arts center, for a chance to make memories with your gift recipient. Art workshops provide an opportunity to enhance artistic skills or to discover new passions. For avid readers, what better gift than a book penned by and signed by local authors? And explore the world of culinary arts with unique dining experiences at local restaurants.

Can’t decide? Gift certificates are an ideal choice for your special recipients. And don’t forget to pick up a something for yourself, too!

Be a part of it! 

From metropolitan cities to rural communities, a variety of Shop Local Artist Week events are being created and presented by local artists and cultural organizations. To find events, contact your local Cultural District, Main Street or Arts Agency.

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‘Deck the Rails’ Free Children’s Event at the Covington Trailhead Saturday

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The City of Covington presents this free, kid-friendly holiday event at the Covington Trailhead this Saturday, December 5th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Featuring Christmas Caroling by the Northlake Performing Arts Society (NPAS) chorale, Christmas craft activities, a visit from Santa Claus and individually wrapped holiday treats. All activities are free and open to the public.

Participants are requested to wear masks and practice social distancing in accordance with the Governors mandate at this time. The trailhead will also have hand sanitizing stations throughout. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy all that Covington has to offer!

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Holiday Art Market on Lee Lane Saturday

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The Covington Art Market returns to Lee Lane this Saturday December 5th from 10 am – 2 pm. Stroll through and find a variety of hand-made arts including pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, hand-made garments, wood carvings, photography, and more.

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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 many fine shopping establishments around downtown Covington. The Farmers’ Market takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks from Lee Lane. Then enjoy a bite at one of our many restaurants. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday!

The December Art Market, traditionally a holiday art market, will be coinciding with Lee Lane’s Christmas in the Country shopping event, happening every Saturday until Christmas. Enjoy live festive music as you peruse the many eclectic shops on Lee Lane and throughout downtown Covington!

The Art Market provides entrepreneurial opportunities to local artists while fostering creative community relationships by allowing artists to sell directly to the public. Presented by the St. Tammany Art Association in partnership with the City of Covington. Learn more at

Opening Reception Saturday Evening at STAA Art House:

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Non Profit Spotlight

NAMI St. Tammany Collects Gifts for Psychiatric Hospitals

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From NAMI St. Tammany – Chistmas Angels 2020:

photo from Christmas Angels 2019, NAMI St. Tammany FB page

While Christmas is embraced as one of the happiest holidays of the year, hundreds of St. Tammany Parish residents will spend their Christmas holiday at in-patient psychiatric facilities, away from the warmth of family and friends. You can be a Christmas Angel this year through your contribution to our annual gift-giving campaign.

Last year, NAMI St. Tammany provided over 300 gifts to individuals at local psychiatric facilities, which ensured everyone would have a gift to open on December 25th. While it may seem like a small token, these gifts represent community support and helps reduce feelings of isolation and provide hope.

Please show your support by making a donation to Christmas Angels today.

Who: Anyone may donate unwrapped gifts at either of two locations, or a monetary donation may be made by mail or online at

What: Suggested donation items include men, women, and adolescent socks, travel-size shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, travel-size body wash, snacks (popcorn, cookies, cakes, crackers, hot chocolate, candy), and entertainment (card games, board games, puzzle books, wireless journals, nerf balls).

When: Now until Friday, December 18th

Where: NAMI St. Tammany Office: 23515 Hwy 190, Mandeville, La 70448
Northshare Building: 807 North Columbia Street, Covington, La 70433

How: Let us do the shopping for you. Mail check donations to: Christmas Angels c/o NAMI St. Tammany P.O. Box 2055, Mandeville, La 70470 or donate online at

For more information, please call our office at (985)626-6538 or email

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