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COVID Vaccine Eligibility Expanded by Louisiana Department of Health

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Update from St. Tammany Health System:

Governor announced minimum age eligibility reduced to 65 and first responder rules widened

Louisiana will expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines on Monday (Feb. 8), Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a Thursday press conference, lowering the minimum age from 70 to 65 and adding all first responders, not just those providing healthcare and vaccinations.

Those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, based on criteria outlined by Louisiana Department of Health at LDH.la.gov/CovidVaccine/, can call 985-898-4001 to schedule an appointment through St. Tammany Health System.

When vaccines first became publicly available in December, they were limited only to Louisianans 70 and older, due to that group’s increased vulnerability to complications from the disease, and to healthcare professionals, due to their increased chances of exposure.

Increased availability of vaccine made it possible to widen eligibility, Edwards said.

“This is great news in the fight against COVID-19,” said Dr. Mike Hill, an infectious disease specialist at St. Tammany Health System. “The quickest and safest way for us to defeat this pandemic is to get as many people vaccinated as possible, and we’re excited for the opportunity to protect more of our neighbors here in St. Tammany.”

Dr. Hill added that both the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine – each of which requires two doses – have proven to be both safe and effective in combating the virus.

“I got my vaccine in December, and I strongly encourage everyone in St. Tammany Parish to do the same as soon as you become eligible,” he said.

The expansion of vaccine eligibility comes at a crucial time, as COVID infections appear to be leveling off in Louisiana following a holiday season spike that stressed hospitals statewide. It also comes just as health officials warn against mass gatherings on Mardi Gras, which is Feb. 16 this year, and which could see another surge of infections.

Specific details about eligibility in Louisiana can be found at LDH.la.gov/CovidVaccine/.

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Self-Service Sandbag Locations in St. Tammany Parish

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SELF-SERVICE SANDBAG LOCATIONS OPEN SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Government will open six self-service sandbag locations beginning Sunday, September 13, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to assist the elderly and/or disabled at each location.  The locations will be open from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2020.

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building
21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
 
St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
 
The Old Levee District Site
61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
 
St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River


St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn
63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
 
St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn
1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Based upon the forecast track, emergency preparedness plans will be announced to the public as they happen through the local media, through STPG-TV — Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/; the local media, our website –www.stpgov.org/storm, and through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking all residents to prepare for the possibility of a localized heavy rain event, tropical storm force winds, storm surge, and assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from any potential foul weather. We ask that you clear storm drains, follow your family plan for a storm event, and pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves across the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, we ask that you enhance your emergency preparedness plan to include masks, hand sanitizers and to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

To receive automatic email updates from St. Tammany Parish Government, subscribe to our email list on our website, www.stpgov.org.

Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany, here. This is the Parish-wide emergency notification system for St. Tammany Parish Government. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

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Quote & Word of the Week

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Quote of the Week

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles Schulz

Word of the Week

Bergamask \ ˈbər-​gə-​ˌmask
\ : a folk dance of the Bergamo region of northern Italy popular mainly in the sixteenth century
Etymology: From the Italian Bergamasco (from Bergamo, itself from German Bergheim, meaning “mountain home”).

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Flora of Covington: Mexican Primrose-Willow

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Mexican Primrose-willow growing wild along the Trace behind Lola’s Restaurant, Covington, LA

You may have spotted this plant growing wild along ditches and woodlines, its bright yellow flowers standing out against dark green narrow leaves, with crimson highlights along its branches and stems. Blooming this time of year, its flowers resemble those of the buttercup, or the closely related evening primrose.

Bob Peterson; Jupiter Ridge Natural Area, Jupiter, FL

The Mexican primrose-willow (Ludwigia octovalvis) is an adaptable wildflower found in Central America, Australia, South-East Asia, the Middle East, and the Central-West African regions. It is considered invasive in some Pacific Islands. Here in the US it is prolific in the southeastern region. It is a perennial deciduous shrub in the evening primrose family (Onagraceae), growing 3 – 6 feet tall.

A water-lover, the Mexican primrose-willow can be found along muddy embankments or floating in adjacent or shallow waters. For this reason it is cultivated as an aquatic plant. It is also called a narrow-leaf water primrose.

Mexican Primrose-willow or Water Primrose growing in a shallow pond by John Robert McPherson, 7th Brigade Park, Australia

Ludwigia octovalvis – a Drink to Longevity?

Mexican Primrose-willow has long been toted for its medicinal uses in indigenous cultures, specifically for its purported anti-aging effects. A study done on fruit flies and lab mice showed significant promise to this effect, noting the plants’ “high levels of polyphenols and flavonoids, which possess strong DPPH radical scavenging activity”. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Other studies indicate that the digestive enzyme inhibitors from Ludwigia octovalvis can be beneficial in treatments for obesity and diabetes. The Mexican primrose-willow is also known for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties, as well as its use as a gastrointestinal aid and as a diuretic, of which many studies have been done.

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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The following is the Covington Farmer’s Market weekly newsletter by Charlene LeJeune.

Aaah Tuesday in August, my friends, and I’m looking forward to a lovely day at the market tomorrow. Where to start? Start with your eggs, Double K no less. Or maybe some figs. A lovely shredded cabbage salad with shrimp from Kandy and a cup of jasmine tea makes a refreshingly light but surprisingly filling lunch. A jar of honey from Jerry, peppers and okra from Mr. Houston, perhaps some seasoned nuts from Henderson’s.

Bhakti Farm at the Covington Farmers Market

Another refreshing lunch is a slice of Tomato Tarte from Jerome. Plus he has chocolate cake for dessert. Green bean Moussaka is starring on Abeer’s menu aannd, she has BAKLAVA! Dive into delish with a beet & black bean burger from Bhakti Farms. I don’t know how he does it but that burger is awesome! More awsome in store with smoked ribs and German potato salad from Corey. He’s prepared some of his smoked cornbread to go with. Mignon’s strawberry kombucha is fizzy, delicious, and energizing. This week I think I’ll try another Root-shroom brew. Tamales or boiled shrimp salad from Joy? Hmm? Tough choice…but the bread pudding isn’t. Ross is sure to have duck broth and also that fabulous Rillettes.

Michaela Lauer will be delighting us with her melodic tunes from the gazebo on Saturday. So grab your coffee and enjoy a stroll around the market, maybe pick up one of Meme’s delicious veggie pancakes along the way. Plus, there are still lots of lovely veggies just waiting for you — squashes, eggplant, peppers, okra…

Sam’s Sprouts at the Covington Farmers Market

Whether you’re grillin’ or cooking in, trot on over to Jubilee Farms to check out their selection of sausages — green onion, Italian, Cajun, smoked, and hot! Paul & Liz also have pork chops, ribs, and ground meat for fantastic burgers. No matter which you choose, you will not be sorry with the results. Remember to grab sprouts from Sam or Aminta’s microgreens for a most delicious nutritious garnish. Of course there are plenty of veggies for grilling too — squashes, eggplant, okra, peppers — there may even be some tomatoes.

I came across this unique recipe for okra. Usually okra’s breaded and fried or stewed with tomatoes. This one is a sausage and okra stew and sounds amazing. I have the recipe below.

Norma Jean at the Covington Farmers Market

Norma’s Nicoise Salad is on the table again along with another salad sure to please. This one is made with white beans, artichoke hearts, onions and an herb dressing. Each will be a wonderful accompaniment to any meal. Another magnificent use of various veg is Nancy’s Cortido kraut — a raw ferment of cabbage, carrots, cilantro and peppers—a tasty way to get those good bacteria back into your body.

There is nothing better to start your morning than a cup of freshly-squeezed orange juice or mango juice. So a stop by Amanda’s will really brighten your day and the popsicles are amazing! Need goat cheese? Huckleberry Fred’s is the place for it. Try the cranberry and honey spread over a slice of Happy Flour’s cinnamon raisin bread. WOW!

I’ve become addicted to Mauricio’s vegan ginger divinity. Last week, I somehow managed to partially crush one of them. Well, can’t eat it that way, can I? So I crushed 2 of them and stirred the powder into some of Mauthe’s fabulous yogurt. O! M! G! Indescribable! And that’s not the only stupendous thing at our market. Surely you won’t sleep in; you can watch the back of your eyelids during the heat of the day. Why not 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 www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

Sausage & Okra Stew

  • 1/2 lb okra thinly sliced
  • 2 yukon gold potatoes chopped into small bite sized
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup polenta
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Start by browning the sausage over medium heat in a heavy bottom pan. Get a good sear on it – you want it to be well browned and broken up into little pieces.

While the sausage is cooking, chop the okra, onions, potatoes and mince the garlic. Drain the excess oil from the sausage and add in the okra, potatoes & onions. Sauté for about 4 minutes and add the garlic and polenta. Mix well, seasoning with the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

Increase the heat to high and add the chicken broth, bring to a boil. Stir well scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

Reduce to simmer and cook for another 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Add in the frozen corn once the potatoes are cooked thru. The stew will thicken as it cooks. When the potatoes are fork tender, the stew is complete. Enjoy!

Check out our Facebook page – facebook.com/thecovingtonlafarmersmarket
On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

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July 11 Election Results – St. Tammany Parish

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Following are the local election results from the July 11, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary Election. Listed are lead candidates and the voter percentage. View full election results at the Louisiana Secretary of State website here.

DSCC Member — 76th Representative District, Office “A”
Belinda Parker-Brown (DEM) 63.06%

DSCC Member — 89th Representative District, Office “A”
Melanie Oubre (DEM) 58.62%

DSCC Member — 90th Representative District, Office “A”
Gayle Y. Green (DEM) 50.28%

DPEC Member — District 2
Beverly Johnson (DEM) 71.29%

DPEC Member — District 5
Cindy Renee Winch (DEM) 71.20%

DPEC Member — District 8
Gayle Y. Green (DEM) 65.91%

DPEC Member — District 12
Belinda Parker-Brown (DEM) 66.01%

RPEC Member(s) — at Large (5 to be elected)
Roy K. Burns, Jr. (REP) 16.74%
Maureen “MO” O’Brien (REP) 14.23%
John Raymond (REP) 12.91%
“Mike” Strate (REP) 12.88%
Pamela Ferguson (REP) 12.88%

RPEC Member — District 1
Joshua Allison (REP) 60.79%

RPEC Member — District 4
“Doug” Tate (REP) 52.25%

RPEC Member — District 8
Patrick “Pat” Burke III (REP) 64.24%

RPEC Member — District 13
Jacob “Jake” Airey (REP) 57.16%

Judge, Court of Appeal — 1st Circuit, 3rd Dist., Division D
Richard A. “Rick” Swartz (REP) 58.51%

Mayor — City of Mandeville
Laure Sica (REP) 32.41%

Mayor — Town of Madisonville
Jean Pelloat (IND) 83.23%

Council Members at Large — City of Mandeville (2 to be elected)
“Rick” Danielson (REP) 44.94%
Jason Zuckerman (REP) 28.21%

Councilman at Large — City of Covington — RUNOFF
“Rick” Smith (REP) 49.55%
“Steve” Stokes (REP) 17.93%

Council Member II — City of Mandeville
Skelly Kreller (REP) 59.16%

Council Member III — City of Mandeville
Jill Lane McGuire (REP) 57.38%

Councilmen — Town of Madisonville (5 to be elected)
Brad Haddox (REP) 16.65%
James Dennis “Jim” Bouey (REP) 15.80%
“Tim” Bounds (REP) 15.59%
“Keith” Dennis (REP) 12.97%
“Chris” Hitzman (REP) 11.27%

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STAA Events This Weekend

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Take a stroll through the Covington Arts Market, Saturday, August 3, 2019. Find a variety of hand-made arts including pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, hand-made garments, wood carvings, photography and more!

The Arts Market, located at the Covington Trailhead, provides entrepreneurial opportunities to local artists while fostering creative community relationships by allowing artists to sell directly to the public.

Yoga and the arts are wonderfully complementary, intuitive disciplines rich in creativity and rooted in self-expression. Each pose often tells a story; asana sequences and kriyas can be perceived as choreographed flows, and the deep experiences many have on the mat can be as evocative of feeling as witnessing a wondrous piece of art. $5.00 donation, led by Monica Roy Sharp of Just Breathe Yoga.

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Project Blessings School Supply Giveaway Saturday

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Project Blessings All Year Round is hosting it’s 2019 School Supply Giveaway at William Pitcher Gymnasium this Saturday, August 3.
First come, first serve event: check in receive your raffle ticket for Door Prizes, the event will start promptly at 11:00 a.m. Following a blessing of the supplies, there will be a 3 to 5 minute presentation of the organizational mission, then school supplies will be distributed by grade with a few door prize drawings, a light snack and dismiss. Looking forward to year number 6 being a great success! All children should be able to start school with the items they need, pre-k to 1st year college freshman.


If you would like to donate or sponsor please feel free to contact 985-710-5699 or email: projectblessingsallyear@gmail.com
Child & Adult both present with Picture I.D.

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Cuts Plus Back to School Extravaganza

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Get a fresh look for the new school year, plus a chance at some great back to school supplies! Cuts Plus presents a Back To School Extravaganza for Pre-K through 8th Grade, While Supplies Last! Featuring School Supply Giveaways, L.L. Bean Backpack Giveaways and snacks.

Cuts Plus is a locally-owned full-service salon in business since 1999, serving the Covington area. Located at 1200 Highway 190. Appointment, call: 985-893-9001 and follow them on FB!

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Firehouse Comedy Saturday

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Test your funny bone this Saturday, May 25th at the Firehouse Event Center as Firehouse Comedy Presents “Saturday Standup”, featuring Mike Larsen.  The event begins at 8 p.m., drinks will be served.  Age 18+ for this event, doors open at 7 p.m.

Mike Larsen is a comedian and Emmy-nominated television writer on some of the most iconic TV shows of the past 20 years, and you may have seen him on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, as well as multiple appearances on The Tonight Show.  The Firehouse Event Center is located at 432 North Theard Street in Historic Downtown Covington.

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CHS Student Represents State At Poetry National Finals

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Congratulations and good luck to DeJeune Richardson, a student at Covington High School, as she represents Louisiana in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C.
The semifinals and finals will be webcast live throughout the competition. DeJeune received her first place award at the State competition in March, from Justine Haka with the Poetry Foundation (see the picture below). The National Finals are held April 23-25, 2018. Find out more information at poetryoutloud.org

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Spring for Art 2018 Postponed

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Postponed due to weather – Spring for Art

It is with much regret that we advise we must postpone

Spring for Art events.

While the decision to do so was not an easy one to make,

due to weather forecasts indicating that severe

thunderstorms are likely, and after consulting with the

agencies with whom we produce events, it is evident that

the postponement is necessary.

While we recognize that this is a disappointment to the

many businesses, artists and performing artists who are

part of this event, please note that we are working with

the City of Covington – Office of Cultural Arts & Events to

establish a new date in the near future, and will keep you

advised. We are hopeful that the new date accommodates as

many schedules as possible, but in the event such is not

the case, we will work with you on an individual basis to

review alternate options.

A Taste of Covington’s Festa del Vino Premium Wine Tasting,

hosted by Mayor Mike Cooper in our Art House, will proceed

as scheduled, 3 to 5 pm.

This is a ticketed event, with tickets available here:

http://www.atasteofcovington.com/tickets.html

The Il•lus•trate art exhibition opening reception also will

proceed as planned, 6 to 9 pm in the STAA Art House (320 N

Columbia St.) This event is free and open to the public.

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Save the Date: Northshore Garden & Plant Sale

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St. Tammany Master Gardeners and the LSU Ag Center present the Northshore Garden and Plant Sale on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds in Covington.

The Annual Garden and Plant Sale opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. both days. Adult admission is $5 per person, under 18 is free. Parking is free, and all Police, Fire and EMT’s receive free admission to this event. A large variety of booths, plenty of invaluable information, plus children’s activities and food!

This Week at the Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmer’s Market

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What a wonderful Tuesday, friends! I hope you’re enjoying your day today and are making plans to take advantage of these spring-like temperatures and join us for lunch tomorrow. Frankie is busy preparing a southern-style smothered chicken dish with rice, green beans and cornbread. Yum! Kandy and the girls are also bustling about the kitchen lovingly creating those amazing salads, wrapping sensational spring rolls and traditional egg rolls. OOOHHH! what shall I choose??? One of each, please. Double K Farms hens are hopefully producing more and Kristen will be able to join us on Wednesday again. Greens will grace Mr. Houston’s table and Jerry’s bees have been very diligent in the honey department. Ah! Aren’t Wednesdays wonderful?

Join us as The In-Laws sing us into Saturday from the gazebo. That touch of spring last Saturday promises to be just as wonderful this week. I know, I know. I’m just as thrilled; it really makes me want to get my garden ready for planting. You, too? Great! Naturally, your first stop should be to Matt with Northshore Natural Solutions. Try out some worm tea to get your seeds off to a great start! Matt will have composted horse manure as well. Perfect to get that garden going! You can also talk to the Master Gardeners’ vegucators on the first and third weeks of the month about your specific needs. Check with Double K Farms for composted chicken manure.

Your next step is Alton & Sandra. They were back this week with merliton plants and blueberry bushes and a huge variety of herbs — catnip, rosemary, oregano, thyme, chives and more. Alton promises yellow cherry tomatoes, chard, and lettuces for next week.

Neptune’s Garden offers hydroponically grown herbs and lettuces. Just take a bunch home and pop it in a short vase on the counter and you can “pick” your salad/herbs as needed. Lots of nutrient-rich vegetables crowded Nick’s table including Lucullus chard, Rainbow chard, Tuscan kale, green onion, spring lettuce mix, turnips and next week, he promises Italian dandelion. Tomato Ann’s tomatoes are absolutely gorgeous and taste just as amazing. She also has beautiful bell peppers and eggplant.

I see chard a lot at the market, so I looked for an easy recipe. You’ll need 1 bunch of rainbow chard (leaves & stems separated and chopped), 1 large onion chopped, a good olive oil, and 4 ounces of feta cheese crumbled. Preheat oven to 350º and grease a baking sheet with olive oil. Toss the chard stems and onions in a bowl with 1 tbsp olive oil. (I’ll bet Spicy Lady has a unique herbed olive oil to make your dish special.) Season with salt and pepper to taste, and spread onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the chard stems have softened and the onion is starting to brown on the corners, about 15 minutes. Toss the chard leaves with 2 tbsp of olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle the leaves over the stem mixture, then scatter the feta cheese over top. Return to the oven, and bake until the stems are tender, the leaves are beginning to crisp, and the feta is melted and golden, about 20 minutes. Nothing left to do but ENJOY!

Kristen is back with Vegan Eats. Enjoy a delightful, roasted carrot “dog” with all kinds of fixins’ available. And, of course, you will find her signature almond, cashew, and hemp milks too. Set your clocks to delicious. You don’t want to miss out!

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

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Introducing Massage by Mary

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Mary Bertsch is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LA #7931) since 2013. She specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone massage. Conveniently located in Covington and available by appointment: Call 985-277-1437
Facebook at Massage by Mary.
Email: bertsch.mary@yahoo.com.

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STHS Duck Derby & Pet of the Week

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What is the Duck Derby? Duck Derby is a race of “adopted” rubber ducks with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place rubber duckies going home with cash prizes! Our Duck Derby has a twist this year because the winning ducks will be retrieved by rescue dogs!
Date & Time: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 @ 5 p.m.

Location: Duck Derby race will be held just left of the new Mandeville Beach directly following the Mandeville Independence Day Parade hosted by the Mande Milkshakers! All proceeds directly benefit the homeless animals of St. Tammany Humane Society. The more Ducks you adopt; the more chances to win!

1st Place Duck, $1,000 cash; 2nd Place Duck, $500 cash; 3rd Place Duck, $250 cash. For more information, visit online at sthumane.org, or call 985-892-7387.

STHS Pet of the Week

Señor Rock is a one-year-old medium mix pup. Rock was transferred to the St. Tammany Humane Society when Bogalusa Animal Control no longer had the space for him. “Rock” is a great companion and gets along with other animals. If you are interested in Señor Rock or any of the other adoptable animals of St. Tammany Humane Society, email adoption@sthumane.org or visit sthumane.org today.

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STHS’s Annual Fundraiser “Woofstock” Introduces Mega Pet Adoption Event

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Woofstock 2015 STHS posterJoin the St. Tammany Humane Society for their 26th Annual Spring Festival “Woofstock 2015”, low cost clinic and fundraiser. Admission to the festival is free, and families along with their canine companions are invited to enjoy the many activities for which Woofstock is famous, including canine contests, humane education, children’s entertainment, basket raffles, a Woofstock vendor marketplace, food, drinks and music. This year’s canine contests include: Best Hippie Costume, Best Celebrity Look-alike, Fastest Tail Wag, Cutest Dog, and Best Canine Trick. The winners of each individual contest will then compete for the coveted title of “Best in Show.”

For the past 26 years, our low-cost vaccine clinic allows dogs to receive vaccinations, heartworm tests and microchips, while their owners purchase preventatives and take advantage of other services at deeply discounted rates. The hours for this year’s vet clinic are 10 am to 2 pm.  Supplies are limited.

Part fundraiser, part festival, Woofstock 2015 will be breaking new ground by becoming the Northshore’s first Mega Pet Adoption Event, featuring over 200 adoptable dogs and cats from STHS and other area rescue groups and shelters including St. Tammany Department of Animal Services, St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, Big Sky Ranch, Animal Assistance Lead with Slidell Animal Control, Hokie’s Hounds, Humane Society of Louisiana-Magnolia Chapter, Jefferson SPCA, CATNIP and St. Bernard Animal Services. STHS states this is the first time these organizations have come together for an event of this magnitude, and they have set a combined goal to find permanent homes for at least 100 animals during this event, offering a special low adoption fee of $40.

Woofstock 2015 will be held this Sunday, March 1st from 10 am – 4 pm at the Castine Center in Pelican Park, Mandeville.         www.sthumane.org

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The Antiquarian Image – An Exhibition of 19th Century Photographic Processes Opening at STAA

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An international exhibition of works by ten photographers on display at the STAA Art House from February 21 through April 4, 2015.

Antiquarian Image 11 STAA

Although digital imagery is now the standard in the 21st century, the photographic image has its roots deep in the early 19th century and reaches as far back as the Renaissance era with the camera obscura. Throughout the 19th century more advanced printing techniques and processes were developed-ambrotype, tintype, photo-gravure and albumen. A few artists have remained dedicated to creating images using such techniques from the dawn of the photographic process, and this exhibition will showcase ten from around the world and right here in our backyard: Alex Sapienza of Dublin, Ireland; Dennis Ziliotto, Monselice, Italy; and Borut Peterlin, Dolenjske Toplice, Slovenia; Michelle Smith-Lewis, Seattle, WA; Euphus Ruth, Greenville, MS; Scott Anton, Solon, ME; Jeanne Wells, Turner, ME; David Armentor, New Orleans, LA; Robert Dutruch, Bush, LA; and Bruce Schultz, Lafayette, LA.

Antiquarian Image 2 STAADuring the opening reception, 6-9 pm on Saturday, February 21, visitors will be able to watch demonstrations of the tintype process and purchase a portrait of their own as David Armentor will be on site offering portraits throughout the evening. A portion of the sales will support educational programming at the St. Tammany Art Association. Advance reservations for portraits are recommended, call 985-892-8650 for details.

In coordination with the exhibition STAA has scheduled hands-on workshops illustrating the tintype and lumen printing processes. Space is limited. See articles below for more details.

The exhibition, sponsored in part by Lost Hills Studio, will be on display at the St. Tammany Art Association located at 320 N. Columbia St. in downtown Covington, LA.

Antiquarian Image 1.1 STAA