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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 covrotary.org.

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KCB Needs Volunteers Saturday

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Keep Covington Beautiful is calling for volunteers this Saturday for downtown beautification including planter re-planting and tree pruning. Volunteers will meet at the Covington Trailhead on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Downtown Beautification will take place from 9:30 until 12 noon.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Keep Covington Beautiful at info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. Please bring your own gloves and water to drink. Thank you for volunteering! keepcovingtonbeautiful.org

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Covington Named Tree City USA For 27th Year

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The Arbor Day Foundation designated the City of Covington as a 2020 Tree City USA
which marks the 27th year that the city has met the requirements set by the foundation.
The four core standards required are having an active Tree Board and a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

Pictured in the photo are, left to right:
Tree Board members Emily Couvillon, Ella Mae Selmon, Mayor Mark Johnson, Tree Board members Billie Stanga and Bruce Davidson

Keep Covington Beautiful sponsors the Tree Give-away each year in January to celebrate Louisiana Arbor Day. In 2020, 600 bare-root seedlings were given away at Farmer’s Market. The Covington Tree Board and Keep Covington Beautiful provide guidance to the city and coordination of the “Live Oak Preservation Project”. In 2020, 36 Live Oaks on public property received specialized professional care through this project.

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KCB Paper Shredding Day Saturday, April 24th

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Too many paper files? Wondering how to dispose of it? Don’t throw them away!

Keep Covington Beautiful, in partnership with Baldwin Subaru, is sponsoring the annual Paper Shredding Day on April 24th to celebrate Earth Day. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Covington City Hall employee parking lot at the corner of N. Jefferson & W. 24th Avenue. Enter from N. Jefferson Street.
Please be considerate of our volunteers and wear a mask or face covering as they will do.

Covington area residents can bring a MAXIMUM of 3 boxes (approx. 10”H x 12”W x 18”L) of paper documents to be securely shredded on-site by the local company, i shred. The shredded paper will be recycled. Keep Covington Beautiful is very grateful to Baldwin Subaru for their generous support so this service can be provided at no charge to the residents of Covington.

The following material will be accepted: all types of office paper, sticky notes, index cards, computer binders, entire files (with clasps), and carbon/NCR forms. There is no need to remove paper clips, staples, clasps in folders or rubber bands.

The following will not be accepted: phone books, hardback books, magazines, plastics, cassettes, video tapes
i shred is licensed, bonded and insured. For more information about the company, please visit their website, www.ishredonsite.com.
Keep Covington Beautiful is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the City of Covington. KCB’s major projects include planting and maintaining street-side planters in the downtown area; development, maintenance and expansion of the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail at the Covington Recreation Complex; annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep litter clean-up; recycling activities and annual Arbor Day Event.
To become a member, make a donation or volunteer, contact KCB at 985-867-3652, email keepcovbeautiful@gmail.com or visit the KCB website, https://keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. Follow Keep Covington Beautiful on Facebook.

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Upcoming April 2021 Events

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The Covington Garden Club presents “Happiness is Homemade,” and NGC Standard Flower Show, on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Bogue Falaya Hall. This event is free and open to the public, handicap accessible. Bogue Falaya Hall is located at 317 Jefferson Ave.

“Spring for Art 2021”

Mark your calendar because there are few better ways to spring forward than with Spring for Art, a celebration of music, art and performing arts, and few better places to celebrate such than historic downtown Covington. Spring for Art is a free festival held in the streets of the city’s historic downtown district. Produced by St. Tammany Art Association, the annual event draws thousands of patrons who come out to enjoy the live music, art , performances and dining in numerous Spring for Art locations

“A Night at the Movies”
Covington Concert Band presents “A Night at the Movies”, an inaugural concert sponsored by the City of Covington. The concert takes place Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Covington. Free Admission, safe seating available. Dr. Marc Pittman will emcee the event featuring Erik Morales as musical director and Dr. Juliia Akers on violin.

“Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival 2021”
The City of Covington presents the Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival 2021, taking place April 17 & 18 (Saturday & Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Featuring antiques, vintage collectibles and crafts, architectural salvage, food, music and the STAA Covington Art Market. For more information, visit covingtonheritagefoundation.com or email antiques@covla.com.

The Covington Trailhead is located at 419 N. New Hampshire St. This free event is brought to you by the St. Tammany Art Association, The City of Covington and the Covington Heritage Foundation.

“KCB Paper Shredding Day”

Too many paper files? Wondering how to dispose of it? Don’t throw them away!

Keep Covington Beautiful, in partnership with Baldwin Subaru, is sponsoring the annual Paper Shredding Day on April 24th to celebrate Earth Day. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Covington City Hall employee parking lot at the corner of N. Jefferson & W. 24th Avenue. Enter from N. Jefferson Street. Please be considerate of our volunteers and wear a mask or face covering as they will do.

Covington area residents can bring a MAXIMUM of 3 boxes (approx. 10”H x 12”W x 18”L) of paper documents to be securely shredded on-site by the local company, i shred. The shredded paper will be recycled. Keep Covington Beautiful is very grateful to Baldwin Subaru for their generous support so this service can be provided at no charge to the residents of Covington.

The following material will be accepted: all types of office paper, sticky notes, index cards, computer binders, entire files (with clasps), and carbon/NCR forms. There is no need to remove paper clips, staples, clasps in folders or rubber bands.

The following will not be accepted: phone books, hardback books, magazines, plastics, cassettes, video tapes
i shred is licensed, bonded and insured. For more information about the company, please visit their website, ishredonsite.com.
Keep Covington Beautiful is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the City of Covington. KCB’s major projects include planting and maintaining street-side planters in the downtown area; development, maintenance and expansion of the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail at the Covington Recreation Complex; annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep litter clean-up; recycling activities and annual Arbor Day Event.

To become a member, make a donation or volunteer, contact KCB at 985-867-3652, email keepcovbeautiful@gmail.com or visit the KCB website, keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. Follow Keep Covington Beautiful on Facebook.

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KCB’s Arbor Day 2021 Celebration: Tree Seedling Give-Away January 23rd at the Farmers’ Market

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Keep Covington Beautiful will celebrate Louisiana Arbor Day with the annual seedling tree give-away at the Covington Farmers Market on Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, or until the seedlings are all given away. One hundred of each of the following bare-root seedlings will be available – Dahoon Holly, Catalpa, Tuliptree and Cherrybark Oak. Please wear a mask or face covering when visiting our tent.

Volunteers are needed to help wrap the seedlings and hand them out. If you can help, please email info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org.

Join KCB in the celebration of Arbor Day and the natural beauty that surrounds us. To learn more about our projects, become a member or volunteer, visit www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org or contact KCB at 985-867-3652 or info@keepcovingonbeautiful.org. Follow us on Facebook.

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Keep Covington Beautiful Arbor Day Tree Seedling Give-Away

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From Keep Covington Beautiful:

Arbor Day 2021 Celebration: Tree Seedling Give-Away January 23rd

Keep Covington Beautiful will celebrate Louisiana Arbor Day with the annual seedling tree give-away at the Covington Farmers Market on Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, or until the seedlings are all given away. One hundred of each of the following bare-root seedlings will be available – Dahoon Holly, Catalpa, Tuliptree and Cherrybark Oak. Please wear a mask or face covering when visiting our tent.

Volunteers are needed to help wrap the seedlings and hand them out. If you can help, please email info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org.

Join KCB in the celebration of Arbor Day and the natural beauty that surrounds us. To learn more about our projects, become a member or volunteer, visit www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org or contact KCB at 985-867-3652 or info@keepcovingonbeautiful.org. Follow us on Facebook.

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Volunteers Needed – Replanting Downtown Planters with Keep Covington Beautiful

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Keep Covington Beautiful is dedicated to engaging all citizens in every aspect of keeping Covington clean and beautiful. KCB is a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation. Keep Covington Beautiful develops broad-based community partnerships to improve and beautify the physical environment of the City of Covington, including beautification, litter prevention and recycling activities. Keep Covington Beautiful provides educational activities to encourage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments through positive behavior. KCB also beautifies and maintains various location in and around downtown Covington, including our plentiful planters.

This Saturday join Keep Covington Beautiful in re-planting the downtown planters! Please bring your own gloves, water and trowel. Meeting at the Covington Trailhead at 9:30. Email info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org if you are able to help. Learn more at www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org.

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6th Annual Quack-A-Falaya Duck Race This Saturday

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The Covington Rotary Club announces their 6th Annual Quack-A-Falaya Rubber Duck Race on the Bogue Falaya this Saturday September 26th, 2020. This Celebration of Clean Water and Family Recreation was rescheduled from its traditional spring date due to COVID.

From the Covington Rotary Club:

Support the efforts of the Rotary Club of Covington by buying a duck or two! Fastest duck earns its owner $1500. We’ll also have prizes for the top 10 RUBBER DUCKS.

To ensure we keep to physical distancing protocols, we will LIVESTREAM the race on the Covington Rotary Club and Quack-A-Falaya Facebook pages. Winners will be contacted and need not be present to win.

If you would like to support the efforts of the Covington Rotary Club, you can also make a straight up donation on the eventbrite.com page. THANK YOU! Visit the Facebook pages or www.covrotary.org for more information on the efforts of Covington Rotarians. We are People of Action! Come join us!

The race begins 9 am at the Bogue Falaya Wayside Park.
Sponsor a duck for $20 here: www.eventbrite.com

Proceeds will benefit: Miracle League Northshore, Keep Covington Beautiful, the Covington Boys and Girls Club, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and the efforts of the Covington Rotary Foundation (501 c 3)

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Keep Covington Beautiful Receives 2020 Clean-Up Supply Grant

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Keep Covington Beautiful (KCB) announces they have received a 2020 Clean-up Supply Grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful. The purpose of the grant is to promote community clean-ups by providing the tools needed. KCB will receive gloves, litter grabbers, bags, safety vests and “Love the Boot” t-shirts. This will allow KCB to loan supplies to neighborhood groups and other organizations for their clean-up events.

KCB is also rebooting the ‘Adopt-an-Oxlot’ project, an initiative to encourage the offices and businesses surrounding the downtown historic ox lots to help keep them clean.

The annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep is currently scheduled for September 26, 2020. All clean-ups will be held in compliance COVID 19 guidelines at the scheduled time of the event. Neighborhood clean-ups should be limited to small areas and small groups of volunteers.

Contact KCB at keepcovbeautiful@gmail.com to learn more about holding a clean-up in your neighborhood. The grant period is from July 2020 through April 2021.

Keep Covington Beautiful, Inc. is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the city of Covington. KCB is a Keep America Beautiful affiliate. KCB’s projects focus on beautification, including bi-annual planting of the downtown street-side planters, litter prevention and recycling activities and environmental education. To become a member or volunteer, visit www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org or follow on Facebook.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc. is the State’s anti-litter and community improvement organization focused on education, enforcement, awareness, and cleanups. Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s mission is to promote personal, corporate, and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana. With a network of 40 KAB affiliates in communities throughout the State, over 35,000 volunteers work toward a clean and beautiful Louisiana. Learn more at keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

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kcb arbor day celebration

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Keep Covington Beautiful will celebrate Louisiana Arbor Day with the annual seedling tree give-away at the Covington Farmers Market on Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, or until the seedlings are all given away.  The following native bare-root seedlings will be available – Arrowwood, Mayhaw, Sweetshrub, Basswood, Longleaf Pine and Nuttall Oak.
Volunteers are needed to help wrap the seedlings & hand them out, email info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. 
Join KCB in the celebration of Arbor Day & the natural beauty that surrounds us. To learn more about our projects, become a member or volunteer, visit www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org or contact KCB at 985-867-3652 or info@keepcovingonbeautiful.org. 
Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet and one of the earth’s greatest natural resources. They keep our air supply clean, reduce noise pollution, improve water quality, help prevent erosion, provide food and building materials, create shade, and help make our landscapes look beautiful.
Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.
Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%.
A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.
A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. Two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four! Read more at savatree.com

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This Week in Covington

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Rockin’ the Rails, the City of Covington’s free concert series in October, continues this Thursday with a performance by Where Y’acht! Full speed ahead!


St. John’s Coffeehouse hosts a Scary Story Open Mic with Patty B this Friday! Come out and hear a spooky tune, or play one of your own. St. John’s hosts Open Mic every Friday from 7 to Close.


Field of Screams Takes Place This Saturday
The City of Covington is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Field of Screams to be held at the Covington Recreation Complex, 4001 De Porres Road, on Saturday, October 12, Sunset to 10 pm. This FREE public event promises entertaining thrills and chills for everyone. The Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail, a natural Louisiana habitat maintained by Keep Covington Beautiful, will be the location at the complex.
“Now that we have two years under our belt, this year will be bigger and better with even more participants,” Aimee Faucheux, Cultural Arts & Events Director. “Our theme is Circus of Chaos which will feature many new scenes guaranteed to startle everyone. It will be a scream!  Be there if you dare!”

Several city staff have contributed their talents and skills to produce this community outreach effort. Our Public Works Department has greatly assisted in setup. Eerie stage scenes created and manned by our Covington Fire Department, Covington Police Department and also Acadian Ambulance are certain to unnerve attendees. Keep Covington Beautiful members have readied the Blue Swamp Creek Trail for display sites.  The “Scream Trail” is suggested for older children, teens and adults (children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Please, do not wear sandals or flip flops.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Coast Midlife Educational Tradeshow
Council On Aging St. Tammany presents a Midlife Crossroads Educational Tradeshow this Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. At the Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington.


This event is Free to the Public. Featuring information on healthy lifestyles that includes exercise routines, physical check-ups, dental care, proper nutrition, healthy weight, sleeping patterns and much more.
Contact Nicole Justice:
justice@lifestyleshealthandwealth.com or contact by phone: 985-951-0214 for more information.

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Farmer’s Market, Downtown Events Saturday

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The Covington Farmer’s Market takes place two times a week:  Wednesdays at the Covington Trailhead (419 N. New Hampshire) and Saturdays at the 600 Block of Columbia Street (Covington Police Department).  The Wednesday market features grab-and-go lunch items, with seating at the trailhead if you prefer to stay and eat.  The Farmer’s Market Players are out on Wednesdays, jamming in the round on the trailhead stage.

The Saturday markets feature live music from local and regional performers, prepared foods and demo, produce, local meats and dairy, plants, herbs and much more.   The Sunset at the Landing concert series, which follows the Block Party schedule of March – October, is sponsored in part by the Covington Farmer’s Market. 

Live Well Northshore, a community health event, takes place this Saturday at the Covington Trailhead (419 N. New Hampshire St.) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  This event will feature free cancer screenings as well as a blood drive, blood pressure and glucose checks, food music and more.  Presented by the Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Covington presents the 2nd Annual Corporate Adult Spelling Bee this Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Covington High School.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., start time is 6:00 p.m.

Proceeds from the Bee support Kiwanis programs for the children of the Covington Community.  Contact Lynn Delacruz at 985-893-4123 for more information.  Visit the Kiwanis online at kcovington.org.

Keep Covington Beautiful is sponsoring its annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep, a litter cleanup on the Bogue Falaya River, on Saturday, September 28th.

As much as eighty percent of all litter and debris in our oceans, rivers and lakes originates on land, carried there by wind and storm water run-off.  The rivers that define the city of Covington are essential to its unique character.  Join us to help keep our portion of this scenic river clean!

To become a KCB member or volunteer and to learn how to get involved with KCB’s major project, the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail, visit keepcovingtonbeautiful.org.  In addition to the nature trail, Keep Covington Beautiful’s other projects include planting the downtown street-side planters, an Arbor Day celebration, educational seminars, litter prevention and recycling activities. 

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Volunteers: KCB River Sweep 2019 September 28

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Keep Covington Beautiful is sponsoring its annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep, a litter cleanup on the Bogue Falaya River, on Saturday, September 28th. 

KCB invites volunteers to bring their canoes & kayaks to the Menetre (4th Avenue) Boat Launch at 9:00 a.m.  KCB will provide trash bags, gloves & litter grabbers.  Paddlers will collect litter from the river beginning at the boat launch to the Boston Street Bridge & back to Bogue Falaya Park.  
Volunteers are needed to assist with signing in the paddlers at the boat launch, with setting up the picnic and with helping paddlers unload their catch at the park.  
Paddlers and volunteers are asked to sign up by September 23rd by contacting KCB at 985-867-3652 or info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org.  Please indicate whether you have your own canoe/kayak or need one.  A limited number of canoes and kayaks will be available. They will be assigned as paddlers sign up.  Event day volunteers & paddlers are always welcome but canoe/kayak availability cannot be guaranteed.  
Personal flotation devices required for all paddlers.  
All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver before participating in the event.  Signature of parent or guardian is required for youth under the age of 18, or if part of a group, by the organization’s authorized adult sponsor.  Waiver form: keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. 
A picnic for volunteers and paddlers following the clean-up will be held at the small pavilion near the entrance to Bogue Falaya Park.  Prizes will be given for the largest item and the most unusual item collected.
As much as eighty percent of all litter and debris in our oceans, rivers and lakes originates on land, carried there by wind and storm water run-off.  The rivers that define the city of Covington are essential to its unique character. Join us to help keep our portion of this scenic river clean!
To become a KCB member or volunteer and to learn how to get involved with KCB’s major project, the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail, visit our website, www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org.  In addition to the nature trail, Keep Covington Beautiful’s other projects include planting the downtown street-side planters, an Arbor Day celebration, educational seminars, litter prevention and recycling activities. Follow on FB.

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Landmark Trees Recognized by Covington Tree Board

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The Covington Tree Board presented a certificate of recognition to John and Sharon Vergez Vercellotti for two pecan trees at their residence on E. 25th Avenue.  The trees are the first to be entered in the city’s Landmark Tree Program administered by the Tree Board.  The Stuart pecan saplings were planted by Auguste and Bertha Vergez in approximately November 1915, after the 1915 hurricane.  The 104-year-old trees measure 41” DBH and

(L-R) Tree Board members Jim LaCroix and Billie Stanga and volunteer Georgene Wagner measuring one of the landmark pecans.

42” DBH. The trees continue to produce large crops of produce large crops of pecans in alternating years.
The Landmark Tree Program is open to all species of trees.  The trees must be healthy trees located within Covington city limits that meet one or more of the following criteria:  

  1. Age greater than 50 years as determined by planting records or the written opinion of an arborist, the City of Covington Arborist, or the community forester
  2. Large canopy trees greater than 36 inches dbh, medium canopy trees greater than 24 inches dbh, and small canopy trees greater than 12 inches dbh
  3. Live Oak Trees in excess of 12 inches dbh
  4. National, state, or local Live Oak Society registered
  5. Unique or rare species
  6. Association with a documented historic event, person, or community landmark
  7. Trees planted for Arbor Day celebrations and other community-wide public celebrations
  8. Trees planted in honor or memory of an individual or an event
    An application to be considered as a Landmark Tree can be found at www.covla.com/residents/Covington Tree Board.  Residents are invited to submit their trees for consideration to the Covington Tree Board which meets second Thursday of each month.
    The Board is working with Keep Covington Beautiful to inventory the Live Oaks on city property and to establish categories and criteria of care needed for their preservation. Tree Board members Jim LaCroix and Billie Stanga and Keep Covington Beautiful volunteer Georgene Wagner have recorded measurements for 149 Live Oaks on public property as part of Keep Covington Beautiful’s Live Oak Preservation Project.
Landmark Tree Presentation – (l-r, front) – Emily Couvillon, Tree Board Secretary, John & Sharon Vercellotti, owners; (l-r, back) – Billie Stanga, Tree Board member, Georgene Wagner, volunteer, Jim LaCroix, Tree Board member and Bruce Davidson, Tree Board Chairman. 

Keep Covington Beautiful is dedicated to engaging all citizens in every aspect of keeping Covington clean and beautiful. KCB is a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation. Keep Covington Beautiful develops broad-based community partnerships to improve and beautify the physical environment of the City of Covington, including beautification, litter prevention and recycling activities.
Keep Covington Beautiful provides educational activities to encourage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community through positive behavior.
Keepcovingtonbeautiful.org

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Arbor Day Foundation Tree Facts

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Tree Facts What can a tree do for you? A lot. Check out all the ways—sometimes unexpected—that trees positively affect us, our communities, and our world.
Trees help clean our air. Global forests removed about one-third of fossil fuel emissions annually from 1990 to 2007. U.S. Forest Service, 2011
Trees remove pollution from the atmosphere, improving air quality and human health. U.S. Forest Service, 2013
In Los Angeles, trees remove nearly 2,000 tons of air pollution each year. U.S. Forest Service, 2011
In Chicago, trees remove more than 18,000 tons of air pollution each year. U.S. Forest Service, 2013
In Greater Kansas City, trees remove 26,000 tons of air pollution each year. U.S. Forest Service, 2013
Roadside trees reduce nearby indoor air pollution by more than 50%. Lancaster University, U. K., 2013


Trees contribute to our health. A study of 10 cities found community forests save an average of one life each year. In New York City, trees save an average of eight lives every year. U.S. Forest Service, 2013
Office workers with a view of trees report significantly less stress and more satisfaction.
Chungbuk National University, South Korea, 2007
Trees provide us with oxygen. One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people.
North Carolina State University

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KCB Arbor Day 2019

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Keep Covington Beautiful will celebrate Louisiana Arbor Day with the annual seedling tree give-away at the Covington Farmers Market on Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, or until the seedlings are all given away.  A variety of native bare-root seedlings will be available – American Snowbell, Parsley Hawthorn, Red Bay, American Elm, Cherry Laurel and Longleaf Pine.

Volunteers are needed to help wrap the seedlings & hand them out.  If you are interested in helping, please email info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org.

Join Keep Covington Beautiful in the celebration of the natural beauty that surrounds us, which we too often take for granted. To learn more about our projects, become a member or volunteer, visit www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org or contact KCB at 985-867-3652 or info@keepcovingonbeautiful.org.  Follow us on Facebook.

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KCB Paper Shredding Day April 21st

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Too many paper files? Wondering how to dispose of it? Don’t throw them away!
Keep Covington Beautiful is sponsoring a Paper Shredding Day on April 21st to celebrate Earth Day. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Covington City Hall Employee Parking Lot at the corner of N. Jefferson & W. 24th Avenue. Enter from N. Jefferson Street.
Covington area residents are invited to bring up to 3 boxes (approx. 10”H x 12”W x 18”L) of paper documents to be securely shredded on-site. This service will be provided at no charge in partnership with the local company, i shred. The shredded paper will be recycled.
Why is it important to recycle? Each ton of recycled office-grade paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water. Paper that is not recycled makes up nearly 45 percent of landfill waste.

What types of material will be accepted? All types of office paper, sticky notes, index cards, computer binders, entire files (with clasps), and carbon/NCR forms. There is no need to remove paper clips, staples, clasps in folders or rubber bands.
What will not be accepted? Phone books, hardback books, magazines, plastics, cassettes, video tapes
What should be destroyed? Business espionage professionals consider confidential records such as tax/bank records, contracts, cancelled checks, other business records or medical records, to be the single most available source of information often found in the trash that a competitor, hacker, identity thief or conspiring employee might access. Always consult your financial advisor before destroying any documents.
“Certificate of Destruction” Upon completion of shredding, i shred will issue a “Certificate of Destruction” if requested. i shred is licensed, bonded and insured. For more information about the company, please visit their website, www.ishredonsite.com.

 

 

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Covington: Come Play at the Rec Complex

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The City of Covington Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs (DPRC) is pleased to announce their upcoming “open house” style event, “COVINGTON, Come Play With Us!” on Saturday, March 10th, 11 am – 5 pm at the Covington Recreation Complex, 4001 Des Porres Road. DPRC is celebrating their rejuvenated, refreshed REC Complex and introducing energized new program offerings for youth and adults in 2018.
This free public event promises fun for the entire family. Featured activities for attendees to enjoy include: a rock climbing wall, golf driving cage, Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail Discovery Walks, a live music concert by internationally renowned Bonerama, a batting cage, bowling, an art activity, face painting, dodge ball and a variety of other activities and games.

Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail Discovery Walks with Dr. Charles Allen (sponsored by Keep Covington Beautiful) will be held at 11 a.m., highlighting a walk through a woodland plant community featuring numerous native trees, shrubs, vines and herbs. At 1 pm Dr. Allen will lead guests through a pine prairie plant community featuring native herbs, grasses, Pitcher Plants, Sun Dews and other rare bog species.
Charles M. Allen, Ph.D., is a botanist, plant taxonomist, conservationist, retired professor and noted author. Books he has authored include Native Grasses of Louisiana, Edible Plants of the Gulf Coast and co-author of The Vascular Flora of Louisiana. He is co-founder of the Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society based in Eunice, LA. He has a keen knowledge of Louisiana’s native plants and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm of the subject with all who have an interest. You can sign up in advance for the March 10th Discovery Walks at info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. The Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail at the Covington REC Complex will remain open all day for self-guided walking experiences.

Bonerama, described as a New Orleans based Brass Funk Rock powerhouse band, will perform on Saturday, March 10th, 1 pm – 4 pm, at the Rec Complex. (Bring your lawn chairs. Food and beverages will be available on site for purchase.) Bonerama has performed and recorded with countless artists such as R.E.M., Wayne Kramer (MC5), Jill Sobule and many more, bringing their distinctive sound to a national spotlight.

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Covington Wins Tree City USA Award

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The City of Covington has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. 2017 was the twenty fourth year that Covington has received this national recognition, based upon recommendations by state foresters, who co-sponsor the program along with the USDA Forest Service.
Keep Covington Beautiful partners with the city to hold an annual Arbor Day observance which is one of the requirements of the Tree City program. The KCB Arbor Day Seedling Tree Giveaway is held on Louisiana Arbor Day each January. In 2017 four hundred seedlings were given away; in 2018 seven hundred found new homes.

The city also received a Tree City Growth Award for the fifth time. The city qualified for this designation for two new programs initiated in 2017. The city earmarked funds especially for the care and maintenance of Live Oaks on public property. The Covington Tree Board established the Landmark Tree Program. This program is open to all tree species on private or public land that meet certain criteria for age, size, or association with an historic event, person or community landmark. Find more information about the program at covla.com.
KCB is setting up a Live Oak Preservation Project and is working with the city to make recommendations for the care and maintenance of its Live Oaks.
The project will begin as part of a celebration of National Arbor Day in April. Keep Covington Beautiful is a 501C3 non-profit organization. To learn more about how you can make a commitment to our community, visit keepcovingtonbeautiful.org or send an email to: info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org