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Playmakers Opens “Chronicles of Barnia” July 10th

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Come sing along to this play within a play, and celebrate the last 20 years of our theater. To help save the theater, a board member takes on writing and directing a summer musical. While rehearsing, someone tries to sabotage the theater!

Featuring favorite numbers from selected past shows, and amazing talent of all ages from St Tammany and beyond, this production is sure to bring smiles and laughter to audience members of any age. Come show your love and support for one of the oldest continuously running community theaters in our region! Tickets $30, Tickets available Friday June 25th.

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Quote & Word of the Week

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“There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Concept of ambitiousness, careerism. A golden egg walks through heads the white eggs.

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  1. 1. (of a person or conduct) morally right or justifiable; virtuous. “feelings of righteous indignation about pay and conditions”
  2. very good; excellent. “righteous bread pudding”

Pet of the Week

Northshore Humane Society Pet of the Week

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The Northshore Humane Society is a no-kill shelter that shelters dogs and cats available for adoption. Covington Weekly showcases one animal per week that needs a permanent home. Find out more about Northshore Humane Society by visiting them online: northshore humane society

Miss Hannigan was transferred to Northshore Humane Society in April as a pregnant mommy. Since that time, all of her kittens have found their forever families and now it’s her turn. Miss Hannigan is a two-year-old beautiful tortoiseshell kitty who loves all the attention from her people. If you’re interested in Miss Hannigan or any of the adoptable pets at Northshore Humane Society, please email today!

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This Week at the Farmer’s Market

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We are gearing up for another lovely market Wednesday. Bhakti Farms says they will be there tomorrow and apologizes for the gaps in their appearances. Caroline & Johnny will be there to grill you up a fabulous burger (mushroom or black bean & beet). Or, if you’ve no time to wait, just grab their delicious veggie sandwich or potato salad and some protein balls (mmmm mmmm). Kandy has her amazing salads all prepared for you —that lemongrass chicken & noodle is sooo delicious! Plus, she always has those incredible shrimp and cream cheese rolls — oh yeah! Abeer is back and she is cooking up Mujadara – a wonderful dish of rice and lentils topped with crispy onions! Eggplant moussaka and tzatziki and baklava too!

I had some knives sharpened last week. Ben really did a great job and I’m hoping he’ll have the scissors sharpener this week. Nice and sharp, that’s how I like ‘em. I really can’t stand cutting with a dull knife; it makes the task much harder. You can also find Jerry’s raw, organic honey on Kandy’s table. Last week, there was creamed cinnamon honey! Well, I’m not going to promise veggies. It seems our wires got crossed last week but I am hopeful to see them this week. However, you can always count on Kristen and the Double K hens to supply you with beautiful eggs!!

Saturday morning will be hoppin’ with the mighty tunes of the Abita Stumps poppin’ out from the gazebo like fireworks. So grab a cuppa joe from the coffee pavilion and head on over to Meme’s for one of her fabulously delicious veggie pancakes. If you’re not into veggie pancakes, sourdough waffles may hit the spot —and the spot to be is at Happy Flour! In true market fashion, and not to be outdone, Bear Creek Road will have some delightful breakfast sandwiches and Norma Jean’s enchilada pie and quiche slices are phenomenal! You may even catch a glimpse of Mr. Houston. No, he’s not back at the market but he does come out to see us once in a while.

Great balls of fire! It’s the 4th of July weekend and I’m sure many of you have plans to be outdoors, chillin’ and grillin’ and dodging raindrops but you have to expect that in SE Louisiana. But the Covington Farmers’ Market still opens and BBQ pits still fire up and people still celebrate! Lots of goodness around to stick on those grills, like tomatoes (yeah, really), peaches (uh huh), mushrooms (yum), squash & eggplant (of course) and corn on the cob (which Vince will have for the next two weeks). Personally, I would save the blueberries and watermelon (yes, we have ‘em!) and plums for a lovely cool treat to enjoy while you’re waiting for the food to cook.

Aaah the sausages from Jubilee Farms! Green Onion, Italian, Cajun, that’s what BBQ heaven is made of! Paul & Liz also have other grillin’ favorites like ground meat for burgers, pork ribs, pork chops, etc. And now, Gina & Andy have sausage —alligator, shrimp, and crawfish! Whaaaat! Oh, yeah! Bhakti Farms has our vegans covered with a black bean & beet burger—soooo delish! Mr. Two is well known for the gorgeous shrimp he sells.

A pie or cobbler from Althee will put smiles on lots of faces. One of Amanda’s fruity popsicles is a tasty treat on a warm summer day. Her juices are cool and refreshing as well. Pick up a few festive cookies from Vincent & Mauricio. The kids’ll love ‘em! A bottle of Sam’s Farmer’s Cocktail Sam juices adds a much needed kick to get you through the day.

You can’t possibly want to sleep in on this 4th of July Saturday (OK, technically the 3rd)!! Where would you get the fixins’ for a truly fantastic celebration! Lotsa goodness here at the Covington Farmers’ Market. See ya there!

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

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STPL Initiates Strategic Plan Process

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COVINGTON- The St. Tammany Parish Library has begun the process to create a Strategic Plan for services. After a series of special meetings last week, the St. Tammany Parish Library Board of Control selected Carson Block Consulting, out of a pool of six total applicants who responded to the Request for Proposals, to implement the planning process.

“We are ready to start this process and we are excited to invite the community — both current and future patrons — to be a part of strategic planning for the future of our St. Tammany Parish Library system through their input and participation,” said Kelly LaRocca, Director St. Tammany Parish Library. “This plan will be our roadmap for the future, and will give us foundational tools to move the library forward for many years to come.”

This will be the first Strategic Plan for Services for the St. Tammany Parish Library. Carson Block Consulting will work collaboratively with the St. Tammany Parish Library, the St. Tammany Parish Library Board of Control, and the entire St. Tammany community to gather data through community research to identify several key metrics including: aspirations of the community; strategic areas of focus, obstacles and opportunities; and potential library service strategies. The planning process will offer several opportunities for community input including public meetings, focus groups, surveys, and interviews. The planning process will culminate with the creation of the Strategic Plan containing actionable and attainable library service goals, activities and objectives for the short, medium and long-term future. The entire process is expected to be completed in early 2022.

The estimated cost of the planning process is $75,000 excluding travel expenses.

The St. Tammany Parish Library has been serving the citizens of St. Tammany Parish for over seventy years. Our twelve branches offer over 542,000 loanable items including books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and magazines. The library’s website offers 24/7 access to downloadable audio and e-books, music downloads, research tools, magazines, and newspapers. Our programs and services are designed to meet residents’ cultural, informational, educational, and recreational needs.

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West Nile Virus Found in St. Tammany

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Per St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District (STPMAD), a sample from a mosquito trap collected on June 15 with 126 mosquitoes of multiple species tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV)-infected mosquitoes at the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at the LSU Veterinary Medicine School. This trap was located in the vicinity of Covington.

The good news is that this is a late start for the WNV season as it is usually well underway in May. Generally, the later they start the lower the risk to people.

Starting the night of June 28th (weather permitting), STPMAD will be sending trucks to abate flying adult mosquitoes. Beginning June 29th, night truck crews will be conducting area-wide larviciding activities to abate larval mosquitoes that are produced in containers in backyard environments.

To learn more about mosquitos and mosquito abatement in St. Tammany Parish, visit

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Kokomo Stroll Saturday, July 10th

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Tickets to Kokomo Stroll, presented by Resource Bank, are now available at…/kokomo-stroll-2021-tickets. But hurry! Tickets are limited. Must be 21 or older. For $35, patrons can sample summer cocktails, craft beers, and small plate tastings from local restaurants at 20+ stroll stops throughout Downtown Covington!

Live music – in keeping with the event’s beachy theme – will be playing in the streets and at local establishments. Patrons are encouraged to get creative with their attire as well. tropical shirts, coconut bras, resortwear, etc. are all welcome.

All participants must be at least 21 years old. No patron can pick up anyone else’s cup, as everyone must show ID. Check-in to pick up your cup will be from 3:30-7PM on July 10 at the Covington Trailhead. Please note that in order to pick up your cup, each patron must present their e-ticket or printed ticket AND photo ID.
The Kokomo Stroll will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather or other emergency, the event will take place on Sunday, July 11. Tickets are non-refundable.

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STAA Covington Art Market Saturday

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St. Tammany Art Association, in partnership with the City of Covington, presents the Covington Art Market, a seasonal juried market of visual arts and crafts held on first Saturday of the month.

The Saturday markets are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is now hosted on Lee Lane in downtown Covington. The event features a variety of work from local and regional artists, including jewelry, photography, paintings, woodworking, fiber art, pottery and more.

The purpose of the market is to provide exposure and a venue for our members to showcase and sell their work. While you’re here, we encourage you 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 Saturday Farmers Market, which takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks away.

Then enjoy a bite at one of downtown Covington’s many restaurants. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday!

Artists now have the option of submitting payment online. Registration forms should still be submitted and emailed to Info@StTammany.Art.

New artists, please do not remit payment until your application has been approved. For more information contact St. Tammany Art Association at (985) 892-8650 or

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Sparks in the Park This Saturday

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Mark your calendars for the City of Covington’s annual Sparks in the Park on Saturday, July 3, 2021. This wonderful family event will celebrate America’s Day of Independence and will begin at 4:30 pm in Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Drive in downtown Covington. Attendees will enjoy patriotic music followed by an exciting fireworks display beginning at dusk (approximately 8:50 pm) presented by the City of Covington.

The show will be a fun, family event for the whole community. “With so many new elements added to this year’s event, it is sure to be an unforgettable celebration,” says Bridget Hatty, Cultural Arts and Events Coordinator for the City of Covington.

The City of Covington continues to host the “Hot Dog Eating Challenge” at 6:00 pm sponsored by Covington Business Association. At 6:30 pm, there will be a watermelon eating contest for the kids. Both contests are FREE to enter, and signup is at the beginning of each contest.

New to this event is the Covington Concert Band consisting of approximately 60 musicians. They will perform from
7 to 9 pm, including the last ten minutes of the fireworks show. This band is a community organization sponsored by the City of Covington and is comprised of local musicians from all corners of Southeastern Louisiana. Prior to Community Concert Band performing, we have two additional music stages called the Lacroix and Frederick Stages. Performing on the Lacroix stage at 5 pm will be the Dishonorable Johnsons, and at 6 pm will be Extraordinary Sessions; on the Frederick Stage, the Northshore Traditional Music Society from 5 to 7 pm.

There will be FREE face painting for the kids. Concessions will be available for purchase from the Kiwanians and, additionally, there will be a nice array of food trucks. Attendees are welcomed to bring their own chairs and picnic. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Please note that the kayak launch will be closed that day, and no golf carts will be allowed in the park.

For more information, contact:
Bridget Hatty
City of Covington, Office of Cultural Arts & Events
985-892-1873,, or visit

Pet of the Week

NHS Pet of the Week

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Kobe is a one-year-old medium mix breed who originally came to Northshore Humane Society as a young puppy with his brothers and sisters. He was recently returned to our shelter when his family relocated and felt he wasn’t outgoing enough for them. While Kobe may be a little bashful, he adores attention from people, other pups and children. He is going to make a great addition to any family!

If you’re interested in Kobe or any of the adoptable pets at Northshore Humane Society, please email today!

Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations. Since 1953, we have been serving the neglected and abandoned animals of the Northshore region. We are an independent, non-governmental rescue that offers veterinary care, fostering, adoption, and more. We rely solely on the support of caring people like you to fund our programs and services which profoundly benefit the animals of our community. Thank you for all of your support!

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1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
2 : an unimpaired condition : soundness
3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness

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“Don’t assume, ask. Be kind. Tell the truth. Don’t say anything you can’t stand behind fully. Have integrity. Tell people how you feel.” ― Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire Photo by Amaal Said

Warsan Shire is a 24 year old Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London. Born in 1988, Warsan has read her work extensively all over Britain and internationally – including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, North America and Kenya- and her début book, ‘TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH’ (flipped eye), was published in 2011. Her poems have been published in Wasafiri, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthology ‘The Salt Book of Younger Poets’ (Salt, 2011). She is the current poetry editor at SPOOK magazine. In 2012 she represented Somalia at the Poetry Parnassus, the festival of the world poets at the Southbank, London. She is a Complete Works II poet. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Warsan is also the unanimous winner of the 2013 Inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize.

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7th Annual Quack A Falaya Saturday

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Covington Rotary Club presents the 7th Annual Quack-A-Falaya this Saturday, June 26, 2021. The Rubber Duck Race Fundraiser benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Covington, Keep Covington Beautiful, Miracle League Northshore, NAMI, Pontchartrain Conservancy, Safe Harbor, Save Haven and the Covington Rotary Foundation.

The race begins 8 a.m. at the Bogue Falaya Park, ducks are $20 apiece. The fastest 10 ducks win a prize; Grand Prize is $1000 (need not be present to win). The Covington Rotary Club is a service organization that joins the efforts of over 1.2 million men and women worldwide in addressing the needs of local communities. Ducks and further information can be found at

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NHTSA Bicycle Safety Tips

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By law, bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s bicycle safety initiatives focus on encouraging safer choices on the part of the bicyclists and drivers to help reduce deaths and injuries on our roads.
Bike Helmets Every bike ride begins with putting on a helmet, and it’s equally important that you ensure a proper fit so your helmet can best protect you. Helmet size can vary between manufacturers; follow the steps to fit a helmet properly.
Avoiding/Decreasing Risk of Crashes Regardless of the reason for an incident, prevention is the name of the game. There are some things you can do to reduce the risk of a crash. Here are some bicycle safety facts:
Bicycle deaths occur most often between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., regardless of the season. Bicycle deaths occur most often in urban areas (75%) compared to rural areas (25%) in 2017. Bicycle deaths were 8 times higher for males than females in 2017. Alcohol was involved in 37% of all fatal bicycle crashes in 2017.

Bicycle Turn Signals (L-R): Left Turn, Right Turn, Right Turn (2 options), Stop

Ride responsibly, and remember that all states require bicyclists on the roadway to follow the same rules and responsibilities as motorists. Wear equipment to protect you and make you more visible to others (bright clothing). Wear reflective gear at night and fit your bicycle with lights and reflectors for high visibility.
Carry all items in a backpack or strapped to the back of the bicycle. Tuck and tie your shoe laces and pant legs so they don’t get caught in the chain. Plan your route – choose less congested routes and slower speeds. The safest route may be away from traffic altogether, in a bike lane or on a bike path.

Sponsored by Chop Top Barbershop, A Traditional Barbershop in Downtown Covington. Chop Top Barbershop is now open in historic downtown Covington, conveniently located at 609 East Boston Street. Walk Ins are welcome. Featuring traditional cuts and a friendly atmosphere, Chop Top Barbershop includes all the amenities, including ear, nose and brow trimming, sideburns and back of neck. Finish it all with a hot towel straight razor shave for a completely fresh look.

Visit Chop Top Barbershop today at 609 E. Boston or call 985-327-5065. Find Chop Top Barbershop on Facebook.

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Red Cross Swimming Safety Tips

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The Red Cross offers important swimming safety tips to help you and your kids be safe this summer while in the water. Sponsored by JD Pool Clean & Pump Repair LLC.

Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. But it’s important to know how to be safe while you’re in the water. The American Red Cross offers these important swimming safety tips you should be aware of before you head out to the pool or beach:

By Namtoagaowen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.

Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. Maintain constant supervision. Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.

If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time. Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.

If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability. Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit. Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15. Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.

Sponsored by JD Pool Clean & Pump Repair LLC, a family owned pool-cleaning company proudly serving the Northshore area. JD Pool Clean & Pump Repair LLC is insured, offering quality service at a competitive rate. Call JD Pool Clean & Pump Repair today at 985-645-6259 or visit them online at

Swimming Pool and Spa Safety

Swimming pools and spas are great places for family fun. It’s important to ensure everyone follows these simple safety steps to stay safer in and around the water.

  1. Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
  2. Teach children how to swim.
  3. Teach children to stay away from drains.
  4. Ensure all pools and spas – both in your backyard and any public pool you may visit – have compliant drain covers.
  5. Install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa.
  6. Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.

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Violeta’s Presents A DIY Terrarium Pop-Up This Sunday

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Violeta’s presents a DIY Terrarium Pop-Up this Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 2 p.m. til 6 p.m. at 608 E. Boston Street. All ages are welcome, and $20 includes all supplies. Bring your family or just come create one for yourself! Activity takes about 15 minutes to make!

Pop-Up Is Located at 708 E. Boston Street. Contact Sara for more information at 225-371-9489. Visit Violeta’s online at

Can’ Make It? Create Your Own Terrarium Step By Step:

  1. Get Your Container
  2. Add layers of pebbles, sand and soil
  3. Dig a small hole and add the plant
  4. Cover plant roots with soil
  5. Top off with sand and decorative rocks or twigs
  6. Water 1x every couple weeks and mist regularly
  7. Keep in bright light
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City of Covington Announces Michael Ferrell As Chief of Police

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Covington Chief of Police Michael Ferrell was sworn in last week after approval by the City Council. Chief Ferrell is a 28-year law enforcement veteran, beginning his career at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Chief Ferrell also worked for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and is a graduate of Leadership St. Tammany. Mayor Mark had this to write in his latest e-blast:

“Mike Ferrell is a twenty-eight year veteran of the Law Enforcement arena, with a history of promotions leading progressively to positions of more responsibility. In 2011, he was chosen to attend the FBI National Academy to represent the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Covington Police Chief Michael Ferrell

He has:

· Extensive training in many areas of Law Enforcement including, but not limited to, Investigations, Narcotics, Tactical, Hostage Rescue, Firearms and SWAT Management.
· Extensive instructor certifications including Police Sniper, Taser, Explosive Handler, Clandestine Lab Site Safety Officer, Glock and Colt M-4 Armorer.
An uninterrupted work history in the field of Law Enforcement for twenty-eight years.

· In 2017, he was chosen to represent the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in the Leadership St. Tammany Class. This is where I came to know Mike Ferrell as a Policeman’s Policeman and as a hardworking and dedicated professional with Leadership qualities.

After working at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for several years, Chief Ferrell began working at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, where he worked in the Criminal Patrol Division, Street Crimes/Narcotics, SWAT, served as the District 3 Commander and served as a Deputy Chief in Administration.

· Medal of Valor, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, 2004
· Medal of Merit, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, 2000
· Medal of Merit, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, 1999
· Medal of Merit, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, 1996

For the sake of time, I’m not going to list all 26 of his Training Certificates.

Without offering any names, I asked Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker who he would choose as a Chief. His answer was Mike Ferrell.

Assistant DA Head of Criminal Division Colin Sims endorses Mike.

Fire Chief Gary Blocker attended Leadership St. Tammany with Mike and endorses the appointment: “For many years, I have gotten to know Michael Ferrell on both a professional and personal level. He has always demonstrated professionalism, responsibility and dedication to the service. I know he will be an asset to this great leadership team that this city has. He will bring his leadership philosophy and professionalism to the Covington Police Department, making it the best police department it can be.”

One member of the Sheriff’s Department told me, “Mayor, you nailed it. Mike Ferrell is the right person for Covington at this time.”

Sargent Brett Miller of the Covington Police Department wrote, “On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 43 and as a representative of the men and women of the Covington Police Department, I would like to applaud you on your decision to appoint Michael Ferrell as the new Chief of Police for the City of Covington … The men and women of the Covington Police Department fully stand behind your decision to appoint Ferrell and we all look forward to the accomplishments our agency can conquer under his leadership.”

I spoke to District Attorney Warren Montgomery. He offered and subsequently sent a letter of recommendation. In it, he states that, “Mr. Ferrell served with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office and engaged with my staff in a positive manner. His performance at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and interaction with my staff ultimately resulted in my hiring Mr. Ferrell as one of my felony investigators. While serving in this capacity, Mr. Ferrell demonstrated his aptitude for the job by balancing a high caseload of several felony divisions of court, each having hundreds of defendants pending trial. The experience that Mr. Ferrell received by being a felony investigator will be an advantage to the City of Covington as Chief of the Police Department.

Mr. Montgomery went on to write: “I hate to lose a good employee, but I look forward to working with Mr. Ferrell.”

It is important, very important, to note that none of these endorsements were solicited.

With all of this in mind, as the Mayor and per the City Charter, I hereby appoint Mike Ferrell as the City of Covington’s new Police Chief and respectfully request that the Council confirm this selection.

(L-R) Covington Police Chief Michael Ferrell and Covington Mayor Mark Johnson

Subsequently, Chief Ferrell was unanimously approved by the City Council.

Former Mandeville PD Chief Rick Richard sent me this note:
“Mark – just a quick note to say that you made an excellent choice in Mike Ferrell for your Chief of Police. I observed Mike firsthand during my tenure as Chief in Mandeville and I can attest that he certainly has the leadership qualities you desire and he possesses. Congratulations and I look forward to great things.”

ADA and Chief Investigator Vincent Saltaformaggio wrote, “As Chief Investigator who has worked in law enforcement on a parish, state and international level over the past forty-one years as a LA State Trooper, DEA special agent and now as DA Chief Investigator, Michael Ferrell has my highest recommendation for this position. I have no doubt he will be an outstanding addition to your team.”

Congratulations Chief Ferrell and welcome to Covington!

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmer’s Market With Charlene LeJeune

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Wednesday market is just about 24 hours away and we have a lovely surprise. We have a new produce vendor for Wednesdays and they are due to start this coming Wednesday! Not sure exactly which veggies they will have, but I’ve been told it is an amazing selection. Yippee! I think I’ll celebrate with some shrimp and cream cheese rolls from Kandy and a glass of jasmine tea! Perhaps I’ll bring home her shredded cabbage salad with shrimp for Thursday. Then a hop skip and a jump over to Bhakti for my favorite beet and black bean burger or maybe I’ll go for the chickpea salad … Kristen will be there with plenty of eggs so make sure they are on your list. Dave will also be there to sharpen your knives!

The Farmers’ Market String Band is headlining in the gazebo this fine Saturday. So grab a cuppa from Kayleigh in the pavilion to enjoy while you get your shopping done. We had a fine turnout last week even with the threat of rain from our tropical system. Greg had some delicious tomatoes and blueberries PLUS he has Chanterelles as well. We’re starting to see more eggplant on the produce tables and squashes and red potatoes and peppers still abound. I noticed that Vince had cucuzza squash too. Lion’s Mane, Shiitake, Chestnut, and Oyster mushrooms are back on James’ table. Bet they would taste especially good sautéed in one of Jennifer’s butter blends, like Garlic Parmesan.

Tessier Gourmet has some wonderful “dips” on the table like black bean & lime salsa or spinach artichoke. Hmmm. That spinach artichoke may be really delicious as a “stuffing” for some of Credo Farms’ chicken breasts! So simple, too. Just slice a picket into the breast, fill with a couple of spoons of dip, close with a toothpick and roast! Garnish with sprouts and microgreens and serve with roasted red potatoes. Just cut into quarters, toss with duck fat (Ross) or one of Jennifer’s butter blends or Mauthe’s butter (melted), or olive oil, fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, oregano, parsley, or tarragon) and roast. Voila! Gourmet meal! You can get those herbs from Alton and what you don’t use this time can be planted (in a garden or container) to continue to grow so you can tasty-up future meals.

I saw sausages at Crescent City Meats (the alligator guys)! Yes! Alligator or shrimp or crawfish sausages! Perfectly timed for the outside BBQ. With the veggies at the market, you will have more than enough for sides or a whole vegan meal — right on the grill. Jennifer has been making French bread so now you have all the fixins’ for a po’ boy sandwich!

Blueberries and peaches and tomatoes still abound at the market. Barbara tells me she will have lima beans and lady peas too. I hope to see watermelon and figs before long. What better time to remind us all to eat local, in-season veggies…good for your health and good for our local economy.

Get an immunity boost from a bottle of Sam’s Farmers’ Cocktail. The ginger flavor is really energizing! For more immune boosting, try Naturally Well’s elderberry syrup. Abeer will be there this Saturday with all of your Mediterranean favorites. There’s raw honey, fresh juices, delicious jams and jellies, hand crafted soaps, home grounds grits or cornmeal and much more. There really is nothing like a farmers’ market when the veggies are at their peak of flavor and variety. Hope you will join us!

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

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/ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ noun: mindfulness

  1. 1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.”their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
  2. 2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thich Nhat Hanh.

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“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

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Dottie is an eight-year-old love bug looking for a forever home at Northshore Humane Society! She gets along great with other pups and adores attention from her people as well. She will make a great companion to someone looking for a loyal and gentle best friend!

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Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations. Since 1953, we have been serving the neglected and abandoned animals of the Northshore region. We are an independent, non-governmental rescue that offers veterinary care, fostering, adoption, and more. We rely solely on the support of caring people like you to fund our programs and services which profoundly benefit the animals of our community. Thank you for all of your support! Our Mission: To be the premier organization dedicated to enhancing and saving the lives of pets in the Northshore region through community engagements, adoption, spay and neuter programs, and sheltering. Our Vision: To lay the foundation for a no-kill nation.Northshore Humane Society serves the animals of St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa, and St. Helena Parishes.