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Local History: the Covington Heart Pine Knot House

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

Over the years, it has been the subject of many an artistic photograph, painting, and even postcards. Bridal photography has used it as a background. Motorists along U.S. 190 in Covington marvel at its roadside mystery every day.

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According to Warner family members, the shed was made with fat pine knots from the Mackie Pine Products company sometime in the early 1920’s. Richard Warner explained that it was a walk in gate and was used by his dad’s wife to raise ferns. 

“This was back when 21st Avenue was a dirt road and a lot of people walked where they were going,” said Richard Warner on Facebook. “It used to have a wood shingle roof, but it finally rotted away and was replaced with tin.” 

Over the years people passing by have speculated why it was built, and there were a lot of false rumors regarding its original purpose, Warner noted. 

Many older Covington residents today have it indelibly etched in their memories because of their daily trips as students on their way to Covington High past the structure. 

Richard Warner went on to say that his father, J.H. Warner, Sr., used to say he graduated from the school of hard knocks. He learned bookkeeping/accounting while he was a representative of the American Paint Works and met Harry Mackie in the early 1900’s during which time they became friends. 

“Mr. Mackie was a chemist and had a small plant in Mississippi but decided to move it to our area early in the 1900’s because of all the longleaf pine stumpage in the area,” Richard explained. “My father bought some stock in the new Mackie Pine Products and was elected Secretary/Treasurer by the board of directors of the corporation. J. Harry Warner, Jr.(Harry), who was my half brother, worked in the plant and became plant superintendent.”

When the plant burned in 1945, Mr. Mackie decided to retire and Harry, Jr. bought him out and the plant was rebuilt and renamed Delta Pine Products. “My father continued on as Secretary/Treasurer of the company until his death at the age of 89 years and 10 months of age in 1958,” Richard went on to say. 

When the company found it hard to acquire enough stumps to process, it was decided to scrap the plant. Buddy Perreand was with Southern Scrap joined with Harry, and it became P&W Industries which, according to its webpage, was established in 1967.

The Pine Knot House Becomes Legendary 

Anne Sarphie of Re/Max Alliance real estate even has a description of it on her business webpage. “The Knot House: A well-known landmark in Covington is called “The Knot House” or “The Twig House”. It is located on private property, but it sits so close to the road that you see it as you drive by. Built nearly 100 years ago… it has withstood many hurricanes, high winds and falling tree limbs. It is constructed from the heart pine knots, the hardest and heartiest part of the pine tree. It makes me smile every time I pass it.”

Artists and photographers have found it enchanting, especially when the sun and shadows are just right. Being made of knots of heart pine, it’s a unique bit of Covington’s timber and pine oil history and has a special place in many people’s hearts.

Behind the pine knot house was the Warner family property. Here is a photo of the classic family home as found on a real estate website when it was for sale a few years ago.

This is the house where the people who built the heart pine knot haven lived
More photos in the link below

See more photos of the Heart Pine Knot House at tammanyfamily.blogspot.com!

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Shop Local – Violeta’s Offers Gifts for Christmas

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Buy Local for Christmas!

Here at Violeta’s Floral & Plant Shop we have lots of artisan designed gifts available! Our preserved wreaths are a beautiful gift that will last forever. We also carry an assortment of houseplants and planters for that green thumb in your life!

Stop by the shop at 708 E. Boston Street in downtown Covington. Or you can place Christmas orders by calling 225-371-9489! Our store hours are Wednesday-Friday 10-4pm & Saturday-Sunday 11-3pm. Check out www.shopvioletas.com to learn more, and follow us on Facebook!

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Give the Gift of Hope – Donate to Children’s Advocacy Center Hope House

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From Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House Executive Director Thomas Mitchell:

Dear Friend of Hope House,

This year has presented new challenges for us all, but probably none so much as the child abuse victims we serve at Hope House. Most of these children have experienced unfathomable sexual abuse, physical abuse, trafficking, or extreme neglect. The COVID-19 crisis has only amplified our national and local child abuse epidemic. As a united community, we can heal those emotional wounds, get justice for children, and restore faith in families, communities, and institutions.

That’s why I’m writing to ask you to support our shared mission with a tax-deductible, year-end gift.

So far in 2020, Hope House has served nearly 350 child abuse victims right here in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. That’s more children than any preceding year in our organization’s 26-year history. As you already know, we provide:

  • Forensic interviews, which help local law enforcement bring child abusers to justice
  • Ongoing trauma-focused therapy and advocacy for victims and their non-offending caregivers
  • And abuse prevention education to adults and children throughout our community.

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we have been able to provide all of these services free of charge, making the Northshore a safer place for children and families. Here’s a glimpse at the real-world impact of your investment:

  • $2,000 covers the cost of a forensic interview, and comprehensive care and services for one child abuse survivor.
  • $1,000 covers the cost of a child’s entire therapy journey following abuse and trauma.
  • $250 covers training to a group of 20 adults to better protect children through our Stewards of Children abuse prevention program.
  • $50 covers the cost of a specialized counseling session for a child abuse survivor.

If you believe, as we do, that the foundation of a strong community starts with the health and wellbeing of our children, please consider making an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation to Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House. Or take your commitment one step further and become a community partner. Your donation is critical to ending the cycle of child abuse.

Please visit CAChopehouse.org or contact me directly to your donation or learn more about how you can provide hope, healing and justice to our community’s most vulnerable children.

Merry Christmas, and God bless you and your family.

Thomas Mitchell, LPC, NCC
Executive Director
985-892-3885 Ext. 3
thomas@cachopehouse.org

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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:

Tis the season, friends, to be jolly, to be thankful, to enjoy the blessings of the market! And blessings there will be! Jerome is preparing more of his delightful sweet potato and carrot soup and the creamiest quiches as well. Tis also the season for pho! pho! pho! So take your jolly ole self over to Kandy’s table where you can get the best pho ever made. It will warm you down to your toes…right through your holiday socks! Abeer has hummus and tzatziki and tabouli back on the menu and Mujadara, a classic Arabic dish featuring lentils and rice, herbs, topped with caramelized onions. It’s a delicious vegetarian main dish!

Joy is planning on a delightful chicken pasta dish sure to make you glad you made it to the market. You must be on the NICE list, ‘cause she is also making her amazing stuffed artichoke. You must have been extra special nice since Corey’s smoker has been doing double duty. Smoked ham and Gouda plus smoked chicken leg quarters are both on the menu!

More than just a little nice, Johnny has his fabulous beet and black bean burger, lovingly grilled, and topped with avocado slices, sprouts, and Johny’s secret sauce. What a glorious Wednesday it is going to be!

Make sure you have enough Double K eggs and Jerry’s honey or blueberry jam for your biscuits or for last minute Christmas gifting?

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

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Donate to Rotary Clubs’ Feeding the Needy Christmas Meals Program

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from Covington Rotary Club:

About Feeding The Needy

Feeding the Needy was founded in 2002 by John Baldwin and Craig Babylon to provide food on Christmas day for families in need on the Northshore. John and Craig shared the idea with Deacon Skip Graffinini, who was the executive director of The Covington Food Bank, which is now The Northshore Food Bank, and learned that The Food Bank was servicing sixty to sixty-five families at that time. A decision was made to move forward, and the project was named “Feeding the Needy”. The Covington Rotary Club was approached for support and special focus was put on providing food for the school children who, during the holidays, do not receive the meals they receive at school and depend on as their main source of nutrition.

Each year on December 23 and 24, volunteers from all over the area come together to prepare Christmas boxes that include a 14-to-16-pound cooked turkey with numerous side dishes and dessert.  Each box has enough food to feed a family of four to five with larger families receiving additional boxes. Deliveries are made to families throughout the Northshore area including St. Tammany, Washington, and Tangipahoa parishes. On Christmas morning, Rotarians and other community volunteers hand deliver the boxes to the homes of the identified families. Each family only needs to heat the food and it is ready to serve as a substantial Christmas Day meal and have leftovers to help on the days leading up to school reopening.

This year, due to COVID things will be a little different for FTN. We will have fewer volunteer opportunities and will be offering pick up locations instead of home deliveries.

Meal Pick Up Locations –
First Come, First Served Basis

Franklinton
Saturday, December 19th
9am – 12 pm
East Fairgrounds
Behind Rodeo Arena

Bogalusa
Saturday, December 19th
1pm – 4pm
Northshore Charter School
111 Walker Street, Bogalusa

Covington
Tuesday, December 22nd
9:30am- 2:30pm
St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds
1304 N. Columbia Street, Covington

Monetary Donations

FTN relies heavily on financial donations. Because of the support from so many generous volunteers and strong partnerships, FTN is able to operate with minimal administrative costs.  Donations for FTN are accepted year-round and can be made below.

To Mail a Check: Checks can be made payable to The Covington Rotary Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 foundation with the corresponding tax status. Please mail checks to The Covington Rotary Club, PO Box 541 Covington, LA 70433.   Checks can also be dropped off at Baldwin Motors, 1730 N Hwy 190, in Covington.

To Donate On-line: CLICK HERE to make an online donation.

Please read the message below from our Chairman and Fundraising Coordinator: 

Volunteers  

Unfortunately, we will not be utilizing community volunteers this year due to COVID. If you have any questions, please contact Jill via email at jilly2134@gmail.com or by phone at 985-502-6575.  

Learn more at the Covington Rotary Club website.

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COVID Update – Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper

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From St. Tammany Parish Government:

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper (11/16/2020): “I want to wish every citizen of St. Tammany a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We know these holidays are going to be different due to COVID-19. Each one of us can play a part in helping to protect the most vulnerable among us through personal responsibility. We can do this with a few simple steps. Please keep COVID-19 protective measures in mind when planning your holiday.

“When you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, please continue to wear masks, physically distance, avoid large gatherings — especially gatherings with people you have not been in contact with recently. If you are out in the community wear a mask — especially when inside local businesses and restaurants. As I have said in the past, there are several ways to support our local restaurants and small businesses. Shopping with them is one and helping them to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask when you are inside their establishments is another.

“I continue to work to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy, and I ask each and every citizen to continue to work with me to achieve this balance. By protecting ourselves and one other, we can all contribute to our recovery. Please take personal responsibility as we enter into the holidays. Have a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving.”

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Increase in COVID Cases Seen Locally and Nationally – St. Tammany Health System

COVID UPDATE FOR NEIGHBORS from St. Tammany Parish Health System—11/16/2020

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All local residents should renew awareness and focus on containing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Today at St. Tammany Health System, 17 patients are in COVID care, an increase from 9 one week ago today. Our inpatient census is 131, and we have discharged 492 patients from COVID care since the pandemic began.

The nation surpassed 10 million cases last week and hit 11 million this week. Our local community is experiencing a spike as well with 8,931 cases to date in St. Tammany Parish according to Louisiana Department of Health. Halloween is believed to have sparked a significant increase in community spread, and Thanksgiving is seen as a potential next wave of exposure.

All residents are reminded as we head into winter, people spend more time indoors, increasing the risk of exposure to colds, flu and viruses, including COVID-19. STHS recommends everyone wear a mask, follow proper handwashing and cough etiquette and maintain your distance from others, particularly when you don’t feel well. It’s also important to protect yourself from the flu with a flu shot, which you can access through STHS Express Care and all STPN primary care clinics.

As part of our commitment to help you take excellent care of yourself, St. Tammany Health System has launched Health Check 365, including a special event at STHS Cordes Pavilion, 16300 Hwy 1085, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. For a single fee, participants receive a spectrum of health screenings including biometrics, carotid artery, sleep apnea, body composition plus screens for lung, skin, head and neck cancer. Appointments are necessary by calling 985-871-5932.

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“Christmas in the Country” Begins Friday on Lee Lane & Columbia Street

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christmas in the country 2015-page-001Join the CBA, City of Covington and merchants and shops throughout downtown Covington for “Christmas in the Country”, every Saturday after Thanksgiving through Christmas, for shopping, food and fun! Look for special shopping events, live musicians, carolers, refreshments and door prizes. Shops are beautifully decorated and aglow with the warmth of the holidays.

Holiday shoppers can enjoy an old world shopping experience in a romantic holiday setting, while discovering everything from couture fashions to original fine art, home furnishings, and antique treasures in dozens of boutiques and galleries. Shoppers will also find weekly specials and entertainment, especially within the tax-free shopping area of the Covington Cultural District, all sponsored by the Covington Business Association, Lee Lane Merchants, and Covington Downtown Economic Development.

Most shops are open 9am – 5pm Mon. – Sat., some open on Sundays.  Shoppers will enjoy taking a break at luxurious spas and salons, getting an on-the-go fresh lunch, or staying for an evening of fine dining and entertainment at the city’s award-winning restaurants and nightclubs.

Participating merchants on Lee Lane:  The French Mix, Bella Cucina, Turkoyz, Copper Rooster Antiques & Gifts, Coffee Rani, New Orleans Food & Spirits, California Drawstrings Northshore & Last Call, Gracie’s Salon & Boutique, Rutland Street Gallery and The English Tea Room.  Columbia Street:  Shoeffle, DeCouer, Olive Patch, History Antiques, Columbia Street Mercantile, Motif, Mo’s Art Supply, Grande Opus and Savoye Gallery.

 

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History Antiques & Interiors Offers New Fall Selection

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History Antiques & Interiors is rearranging for the holidays, stop in, take a look around and get a head start on your shopping! History Antiques & Interiors is located at 317 N. Columbia St. Where every piece has a story!

Check them out online:  historyantiquesandinteriors.com   or call:  985-892-0010

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Holiday Open House At History Antiques & Interiors

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History Sign & AddressHistory Antiques and Interiors invites you to an Open House every Friday and Saturday in December.  Enjoy light refreshments in a holiday atmosphere while browsing unique handcrafted items and the many historical treasures including furniture, art and more.

985-892-0010         www.HistoryAntiquesAndInteriors.com

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A Holiday Message From Mayor Mike Cooper

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City of Covington logoAs we draw near to the end of 2012 and join in celebration with family and friends this holiday season, we frequently take the time to reflect on the past year and eagerly await the opportunities that lay ahead in 2013 with hope and enthusiasm. In reflection, we recognize and are thankful for those “genuine treasures” we have enjoyed throughout the year with our loved ones, and excitedly anticipate those to come in the New Year.

In addition, I am thankful for the “genuine treasures” expressed in our City throughout the year. It has been heartwarming to witness the thoughtfulness of caring neighbors, the community service and involvement of active and engaged residents. My utmost gratitude goes out to those committed and devoted volunteers, community groups and organizations who work tirelessly during the year to enrich our lives in Covington. On a personal note, I am thankful to my City staff and Councilmen, who are committed to working together with the community to make productive and lasting contributions to our City and I feel extremely fortunate to serve with such a dedicated group.

As a City, one of our “genuine treasures” is that expressed in our community spirit as we gather and celebrate throughout the year at the many annual events held in Covington, bringing together family, friends, and visitors. The year ahead of us is particularly unique in that Covington will observe our 200th birthday, having numerous occasions to enjoy community activities leading to our closing bicentennial celebration ceremony on July 4th. Covington is a town of legacies, shared by each of us that choose to live here, dissimilar from most cities in that we truly protect our past in order to enhance our future. Commemorating our bicentennial will serve to preserve that legacy perpetually.

On behalf of the City of Covington, I extend our warmest regards and best wishes. May the spirit of this wonderful season be with you and your loved ones throughout the holidays and the New Year. And may you gather with us in 2013 to enjoy the “genuine treasures” of Covington.

Mayor Mike Cooper

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Rosemary’s Closet

Rosemary's Closet

Christmas discounts when you mention Covington Weekly!

Rosemary’s Closet has vintage clothing for both men and women looking for a retro image. You’ll also find vinyl records and other fun things. Mention Covington Weekly for a special Holiday Discount! Rosemary’s Closet is open Tuesdays and Thursdays and is located on the Covington Trace, next to Brooks Bike Shop.

The English Tea Room

Christmas at the English Tea Room

Christmas at the English Tea Room

The English Tea Room is the best spot for loose teas, tea sets and accessories. Featuring one of the largest tea selections in the south, The English Tea Room also carries tea sets and tea pots. Don’t forget their food menu, Gift Certificates are available! Visit Jan and Tim on Rutland Street, around the corner from Lee Lane’s Christmas in the Country and try the tea of the week, White Christmas!

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STAA Presents Crazy Eights Members Exhibit

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St. Tammany Art Association Crazy Eights Member Exhibit 2012

The Annual Crazy Eights Exhibition: All Members, All Miniatures opened last weekend, featuring artwork in all mediums no larger than 8 inches in any direction. All works are priced under $300, making this show a holiday favorite. The exhibit will be on display through November 30th.

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Make a Home-made Wreath

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The base of your wreath is its support structure, so you want to make it sturdy. You can use fresh vines cut from your yard or old wire coat hangers. (Note: you will want to use fresh vines to bend them without breaking, but you will have to hang them to dry before decorating. Turn them every couple of days to prevent warping.) Braid multiple lengths loosely together, leaving plenty gaps, and twist into a circle about 18 to 24 inches in diameter. You can use more wire or vines to wrap around and secure the circle. Turn any loose ends into the gaps in your wreath.

Here comes the fun part… Decorating! Brightly colored leaves and branches are most commonly used, along with acorns, pine cones, berries and feathers. Use any materials that you can wrap or glue on there to make it truly unique. Have some decorating ribbon left over, or old unused jewelry? Weave things in and out of your wreath base for added support and a genuine look. Remember, a wreath is just a circle – your wreath is what you make with your personal touch!

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The History of the Wreath

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The art of making wreaths is both ancient and symbolic, dating back to the times of Greece and Rome. The people of the Greco-Roman society would make “wreaths” worn as headdresses to represent occupation, rank, achievements and status. Wreaths made of laurel leaves were used to crown Olympic Game victors. The word “wreath” literally translates to “a thing bound around” from the Greek word diadem. The most commonly recognized wreaths today are derived from the “Advent wreath”, a symbol of strength representing perseverance through the harshness of winter. The Advent wreath is said to date back 1000 years before the birth of Christ. The circle and sphere represent the circle of life and immortality, and the use of evergreen ferns symbolizes the continuance of life through winter. A wreath hung on the front door was used much like an address is used today. Materials, often including exotic flowers, were collected from garden and property and arranged in a unique way for friends and family to identify their relatives.

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Halloween Recycled Craft Ideas

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Halloween Votives & Spirit Jugs

Milk Jugs and Glass Jars

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Here’s a great project for the home decorator/recycling enthusiast. Send the kids on a hunt for recyclable materials, such as clean milk jugs, individual milk or yogurt containers, jars from sauces, pickles or baby food. Grab up the paints and markers, set them down on a nice bed of newspapers and let them go! Glass jars make great candle holders for votives or tea lights. Cut a whole in the back of milk jugs to string in lights and make decorative lanterns. The possibilities are endless!

Apple Bites & Coconut Banana Ghosts

Apple Bites & Banana Ghosts

These Treats are fun and easy to make! Create vampire or monster teeth out of apple slices, or try this fun recipe for Banana Ghosts! Slice a ripe banana in half widthwise, stick a popsicle in the cut half and place on some wax paper in the freezer for about three hours (or until frozen). Cook down about one ounce of white chocolate and spread over the frozen banana. Roll in coconut shavings for a cool look and use raisin for eyes, boo!

Create Your Own Monster!

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Recycling can be a fun way to get out those creative energies! Paper rolls can be made into anything – start a collection for upcoming seasons!