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Ann Landers was a pen name created by Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ruth Crowley in 1943 and taken over by Esther Pauline “Eppie” Lederer (July 4, 1918 – June 22, 2002) in 1955. For 56 years, the Ask Ann Landers syndicated advice column was a regular feature in many newspapers across North America. Owing to this popularity, “Ann Landers”, though fictional, became something of a national institution and cultural icon.

The creator of the “Ann Landers” pseudonym was Ruth Crowley, a Chicago nurse who had been writing a child-care column for the Sun since 1941. She chose the pseudonym at random—borrowing the surname ‘Landers’ from a family friend—to prevent confusion between her two columns. Unlike her eventual successor Esther Lederer, Crowley kept her identity as Landers secret, even enjoining her children to help her keep it quiet. Crowley took a three-year break from writing the column from 1948 until 1951. After 1951, she continued the column for the Chicago Sun-Times and in syndication (since 1951) to 26 other newspapers until her death, aged 48, on July 20, 1955. Crowley spent a total of nine years writing advice as “Ann Landers”. She also was featured on the 1953-1955 DuMont Television Network series All About Baby. From

Local Events

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

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

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

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Trickin’ & Treatin’ at the Covington Trailhead this Saturday

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The Covington Cultural Arts & Events office hosts a free, family-friendly event at the Trailhead for Halloween on Saturday, October 24 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

The kids’ event includes a magic show by Master Magician Billy Ferguson, Halloween crafts, pumpkin patch and decorating, face painting and other activities. Come dressed in your Halloween costume!

Admission is free. Sponsored by Champagne Beverage.

Non Profit Spotlight

Northshore Food Bank’s Resale Shop Has New Location

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Resale Shop sells gently-used furniture, appliances, clothing and more, benefits the Northshore Food Bank

photo by Joel Treadwell

The Northshore Food Bank Resale Shop has moved to a new location! Don’t worry, they didn’t go far – just next door to the former food bank warehouse, which moved in January. This larger facility is now the new home for gently-used furniture, appliances, clothing and more! Conveniently located 830 N Columbia Street, the Resale Shop is open from 9:30 am – 4 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (closed Wednesdays and Sundays).

photo by Joel Treadwell

The Resale Shop offers a wide variety of clothing and household items for sale, from major appliances in good working order to like new, gently used furniture, household gadgets, clothing, jewelry, and more. They provide clothing and housewares to individuals in emergency situations as well as those participating in programs at other non-profits including Safe Harbor, Family Promise, James Storehouse, and more.

photo by Joel Treadwell

Funds from the Resale Shop go directly towards purchasing food for the Food Bank. Every time you shop you feed more families on the Northshore. This is a growing need in our community, especially since the COVID crisis, where the Food Bank saw more than 110% record growth increase in the number of individuals and families they serve. They now have over 2,000 distributions monthly.

“Northshore Food Bank Resale Shop is an important source of income for our food purchases. Last year, the shop supplied enough revenue to feed nearly 1,000 families,” says Ginger Kunkle, the Food Bank’s Community Engagement Manager.

photo by Joel Treadwell

Donations to the Resale Shop can be made Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Donatable items include gently-used clothing and accessories, household items, appliances and furniture. If you have appliances or furniture to donate, please contact the store manager Stacey at (985) 892-5282. For more information about donation guidelines and safe-shopping COVID procedures, visit

Food donations are always in need and can be made at the Northshore Food Bank’s new location 125 W 30th Ave, Covington, LA. Donation hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9a-12p at the Community Donations door, facing W 29th Ave. Learn more here:

photo by Joel Treadwell
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New Animated History of Covington at the Trailhead Museum

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Mayor Mark Johnson announces a new animated history video now playing daily at the Covington Trailhead Museum.

Oxlot’s Whimsical History of Covington, by Wally Faucheux and the Covington Heritage Foundation, is a journey through Covington’s history in a fun and lively animation. Entertaining for all ages, but a special treat for kids. Parents can check out Covington: Our Little Town, a historical film also featured at the museum.

from Mayor Mark’s email, sign up

The Covington Trailhead Museum, 419 N New Hampshire St., is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 2pm and Sundays noon to 4pm. Located on the St. Tammany Trace – make a bike trip of it! Brooks’ Bike Shop is just up the block. Mayor Mark reminds us that the mini water tower at the Trailhead has hidden fun – a spigot on the back left column releases water on (sometimes unaware) persons below. A great way to cool off with the kids or surprise unsuspecting friends!

Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

CYSA 2015/16 Registration Now Open for Kids

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Fall Registration is open for Covington Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) for the 2015/16 recreational soccer season.  Register online at or by emailing  Find CYSA on Facebook:
cysanewlogoRecreational teams are forming for ages 3-5(U6), 6-7(U8), 8-9(U10), 10-11(U12), 12-13(U14) and 15-16(U16) through August 24th. Games will start after Labor Day weekend. Registration includes Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 play.

CYSA was chartered by the State of Louisiana in 1982 as a non-profit organization to teach, promote, and govern the game of soccer for the benefit of the players, parents, and community of Covington and the surrounding area.  CYSA is a club and is not associated or funded by any governmental organization. Find out more at

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Covington Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) Last Call For Fall Registration

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CYSA fall 2014The Covington Youth Soccer Association is still accepting registrations for their Fall season 2014! Practice will begin next week. Open to Boys & Girls Ages 4 – 15.  Online registration only at
Email for more information.

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For Healthier, Smarter, Happier Kids – Move & Play Everyday! by Liz Bragdon

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It is a vital, but often overlooked fact, that if you want to maximize the growth of your children’s cognitive abilities and academic success, you need to give them lots of free and active play time. Movement literally wires the brain for learning. As Dr. John Ratey states, simply and to the point: “Exercise is miracle-gro for the brain.”

When a toddler is learning to crawl, to pull up, to put one foot in front of the other, she’s laying the groundwork for reading, writing, and mathematics skills. And it doesn’t stop once we learn to walk and run – moving the body, engaging the mind in natural environments and through creative play wires us for whole-body coordination, cognitive and emotional intelligence, and physical health. Our kids need more recess, PE, and active play, not less, for greater learning success.

Movement is crucial for all of us, no matter what our age. Movement and exercise are not optional lifestyle choices – they are essential for the healthy regulation of every biological system, including your brain. Participating regularly in vigorous movement and play helps protect us from disease, depression, and degeneration. Moving and playing generate mood-enhancing endorphins and joy.

Covington offers many places to play with our kids and enjoy the amazing gift of movement. Bogue Falaya Park has been one of our favorites since my son was a baby (he’s now 12, and we still love to spend time there). Opportunities to climb, run, jump, balance, crawl, throw & catch, lift, carry & swing abound for all ages. Did you know the best teacher is an involved, enthusiastic parent? Want your kids to try out the monkey bars? Don’t ask them to do it – just get up there and start swinging along yourself, and they’ll soon be joining you. Remember to model and encourage, but let your children progress at their own pace. Even when they are just watching, they are learning – storing up information to access and use later when they are ready.

Liz Bragdon is a movement educator, and co-creator with Wendy Piret of the award-winning Scooter & Me movement & story DVD series for children and a soon-to-be-published movement and mindfulness curriculum for Pre-K to Grade 2. Locally, you can find her in Covington at Our Place Studio, 338 N. Vermont Street.

Read more about Liz & Wendy’s work here: