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Local History: St. Tammany Ice & Manufacturing Company

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

Back in the days when everyone had “ice boxes” instead of refrigerators, it meant you had to have a steady supply of ice delivered to your door. Since ice doesn’t keep well in the summer, it meant there had to be an ice house in every town, and to make ice, it helped to have electricity. So in the early days of electricity, the ice houses generally became the electric generating stations that eventually supplied the entire town not only with cool ice but also with hot electric current.

At least that was the case in Covington, and here are two photographs from the early 20th century to illustrate the point.

Here is the Covington Ice House and Electric plant building. The company had the first generator in Covington, and was awarded the contract to provide the town of Covington with electricity in 1910.

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According to a close community source, St. Tammany Ice & Manufacturing Co., Ltd, was a powerful aggressive service business serving the Covington area. This business manufactured and  delivered ice to the businesses and residences in and about Covington and it also shipped ice in box cars to other communities in this area. 

The company also installed a waterworks system in the streets of Covington serving the businesses and residences with good water from deep wells.  Next came the  need for electricity in this area so the company  came forward and installed the equipment to generate electrical current and built  the lines and other service outlets to deliver electrical current to the businesses and residences in the Covington area. 

This service expanded to  cover Abita and Mandeville as well. According to Lawrence Frederick when the motor car trolley was liquidated in 1918 the St Tammany Ice and Manufacturing Company purchased the right of way and electric lines. He wrote “This line was maintained to supply electric current to Mandeville and Abita from the Covington plant.” 

But in addition to these services the company was instrumental in  establishing many other businesses in St. Tammany  Parish. The company was headed and managed and  mostly owned by Edward A. Frederick and Maurice P. Planche, both of Covington. These two men were active in the economic, social and political growth of Covington and the area of west St. Tammany Parish.

Here is an article about the company published in 1919.

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Inside the building were a crew of men tending to the big electric generator, which had a big flywheel to keep it running smoothly. 

Above is an advertisement from a 1911 St. Tammany Farmer Newspaper

St. Tammany Ice and Manufacturing Company Ltd., Covington, La., began on Rutland Street between Florida street and North Lee Road. It outgrew this facility and built a new plant.

It housed the ice manufacturing machinery and tanks, and cold storage facility. The plant added the Production of Electric D.C. Current with steam driven generators. Current generated from these projects was transmitted over the lines to homes and to businesses in and about Covington. 

This facility was later expanded to include Abita Springs and Mandeville, as the industry progressed this plant was compelled to convert to alternating current and purchased diesel engines and alternating generators and installed them. This change also demanded the use of different transmission lines and the installation of transformers along the lines. 

Their personnel had to be trained in the use of this new machinery and material. The company had to secure a franchise with the several towns which it supplied electric current to. This company also served the Covington area with water supply and had to install and maintain the pipe lines and the pumps needed to pump the water and to maintain sufficient pressure for normal use and for fire protection. 

This was a stock company but was primarily owned and operated by E. J. Frederick and M.P. Planche. They furnished the inspiration and often the financial backing and promotional activity for many other businesses in the Covington area.

St. Tammany Ice & Manufacturing Company also had the largest flowing water well in the State of Louisiana.   The building was located at 500 N. Theard Street, where “The Market” now stands across the street from the southern end of the new parish courthouse.

The Deep Water Well Supplying Covington

This new well was the largest flowing water well in the state of Louisiana. It was drilled in excess of 2000 feet and flowed 400 gallons per minute. The water was used for the plant and to supply the town of Covington with water for its water system. The St. Tammany Ice and Manufacturing Co. installed the water mains, the property connections, water meters and operated the entire waterworks system. 

Also fire hydrants were placed along the mains. The pumping plant had special fire pumps to increase the water pressure into the mains at time of a fire. On two corners in the center of town large reservoirs were dug underground and stored thousands of gallons of water to support the fire pumps in these area.

1917

It was located on Theard between 25th Ave. and 26th Ave. (Ruby on the map)

Dr. John R. Vercellotti of Covington recalls that “Jules Vergez had a better feel for the technologically advanced components (of installing electric wiring). The Vergez family lived right across the street from the St. Tammany Ice and Manufacturing Co., which became the first electricity-producer in the area. The company needed the electricty to make ice, and nobody else in the area was making electricity, so Jules talked them into letting him run a wire from the plant over to their house where it powered a single light bulb hanging down from the ceiling of his mother’s kitchen.”  As a result, Mrs. Vergez had the first residential electric light in Covington. “That was really something, and they always laughed about that,” Vercellotti said. 

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Local History

Local History: Covington Street Photos – 1970’s

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

Here’s a collection of photos of streets in downtown Covington in the 1970’s, as well as a couple of Claiborne Hill photos.

Boston Street Southern Hotel

Above, Fair Parade October 5, 1979

Boston Street in Front of Old Courthouse

Boston Street across from Old Courthouse

Columbia Street, looking north from Rutland. Heritage Bank is where White’s Store was.

Columbia Street, looking northward towards Boston Street

Hebert Drugs, where del Porto Restaurant is today.

New Hampshire St., looking northward from Boston St.

New Hampshire St., looking northward from Gibson Street, showing Burns Furniture Company and Ben Franklin Variety Store. The Youth Service Bureau is where the Ben Franklin store was located. 

New Hampshire St., looking northward from Rutland St.

Corner Boston and New Hampshire Streets

Southern Hotel building

Claiborne Hill, looking east from the overpass

Southern Hotel Building

Boston Looking Eastward From New Hampshire

Badeaux’s Drive In, 21st Avenue at Tyler Street

Columbia St., looking north from Rutland St.

Columbia Street Washateria, where the St. Tammany Art Association is now.

Covington Motors Staff, across from train depot on N. New Hampshire

Boston St., Looking East from Columbia Street

Boston Street, looking towards bridge from overpass. Holden’s Gulf Service Station is at left

Holden’s Texaco

A & P Supermarket

Lee Lane at Boston, Chamber building

Two photos of Southern Hotel under renovation

Covington High (CJ Shoen) 1974

The Werhli House on New Hampshire Street, located in area now a parking lot for Citizens Bank

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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 vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Happy Tuesday, sweet friends! Our Wednesday vendors will not be at the market tomorrow due to the severe weather forecasted. We’ll be pleased to serve you next week. 

Always a delight at the market, Mr. Funny Money and the Muscle Tones will greet Saturday with lively tunes streaming from the gazebo. So grab a cuppa from the pavilion to enjoy as you shop. Brussels sprouts, strawberries, spring mix…you’ll find them all at Faust Farm’s table. While you’re over there, stop in at Bhakti Farms for a delicious breakfast sandwich and vegan goodies to take home. Remember to stock up on Naturally Well’s Elderberry Syrup. There’s a ton of pollen out there, folks! 

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Northshore Greens celery is crisp and delicious and Becky has lots of salad greens, too. Northshore is also the place to get fresh herbs such as, rosemary, oregano, dill…  Nick’s table is loaded with delicious sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots and a special salad mix. Now, I told you that Vince had beets last week, plus all those lovely cruciferous veggies and satsumas. It seems he also has golden beets! WOW! Sprouts, shoots, microgreens! Yes, Sam is branching out to meet your needs. 

Next door at Happy Flour, you’ll find fabulous sourdough loaves of rosemary parmesan, cranberry walnut, whole wheat, black garlic, and just plain sourdough plus honey wheat and oatmeal honey sandwich breads. Jennifer at Bear Creek Road will be there with imaginative and tasty breakfast sandwiches plus flatbreads, sourdough, and blended butters! And, speaking of butter, Mauthe’s did have butter last week and will again this week (hopefully).

Mauthe’s has more than butter, but then most of you are already familiar with their low-temp pasteurized milk and yogurt. Huckleberry Fred’s is back full time with lots of goat’s milk and cheese. I’ve recently sampled the garden herb—yum-ee! Makes for a great spread on toast, or added to roasted/steamed veggies for extra flavor. I imagine it would taste wonderful over some of Nick’s carrots or Faust’s Brussels sprouts. Huckleberry is also the place to get home-ground yellow cornmeal, corn flour, and yellow grits.

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Sweet, raw honey from Blood River always tastes great with the artisan breads from our bakers. Tiger Bait specializes in raw treats for your pets. Vincent & Mauricio now have cinnamon, ginger, and chocolate divinity! Heavenly for sure! There’ s a lot more to find at your Covington Farmers’ Market but ya gotta be there to enjoy. Hope to see ya there!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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On Instagram — @covingtonlafarmersmarket

Pet of the Week

NHS Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society‘s adoptable pet of the week:

Luca was found homeless in Covington by a kind individual who brought him to Northshore Humane Society. This beautiful, 1.5-year-old large breed mix is both playful and polite. He seems to be a very well-mannered pup who gets along great with everyone and is sure to transition nicely into any home. Come meet Luca today!

If you are interested in Luca or any of the adoptable pets of Northshore Humane Society, please email rescue@nshumane.org.

Local History

Local History: Historical Markers of St. Tammany – Part 4

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Covington History segment provided by local historical writer Ron Barthet. View Ron’s blog Tammany Family here.
This article has been broken up into 4 parts for ease of reading.

Historical Markers

According to the Historical Marker Project website, there are 45 historical markers in St. Tammany Parish. They share a variety of historical highlights across the area, giving us an idea of the people and places that contributed to early St. Tammany. Here is their list.

Historical Markers of St. Tammany – Part 1
Historical Markers of St. Tammany – Part 2
Historical Markers of St. Tammany – Part 3

Historical Markers of St. Tammany – Part 4

Courthouse Square and Historic Oaks Historical

Courthouse Square and Historic Oaks These graceful oaks were planted hundreds of years ago, predating the street plan of 1813. The WWI monument seen in the image on the right is all that remains at this site following the demolition of the old courthouse in 1958.As the parish (county) seat since 1819, Covington was the center of commerce, industry and government on the north shore for many years. The first courthouse was built on the east side of the Bogue Falava River at what is now called Claiborne Hill. The location was later moved to this site where a more permanent brick courthouse was built in 1885. It served until it was replaced by the “modernized structure” which ws completed in 1960. The St. Tammany Parish Justice Center was constructed just up the street in 2003.

The Covington Bank and Trust Building Historical

Probably the most significant economic development, not only for Covington but for the parish as a whole, was the establishment of the bank. The Covington Bank & Trust was established in these original quarters. It is the oldest commercial building in Covington.Two fires destroyed most buildings built before 1880. Rebuilt shortly after the Great Fire of 1898, the downtown buildings provide a beautiful example of turn-of-the-century commercial architecture. In 1909, there was a fireman’s parade, which included several fire companies. These organizations united to form the Covington Fire Department.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge Historical

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Marker (Photo credit: Historical Marker Database

The original 23.86 mile-long structure, which now carries the Southbound traffic, was designed by the firm of Palmer & Baker. When opened in 1956, the structure was the longest bridge in the world by more than 15 miles. In building the bridge, which took just fourteen months, assembly-line, mass-production methods were utilized for the first time in the construction of a bridge. It was designed to employ hundreds of identical, hollow concrete pilings, concrete caps, and pre-stressed deck sections manufactured at an on-shore facility and barged into place. Engineering News-Record acclaimed the project to be “a bold venture requiring unusual foresight, ingenuity and resourcefulness.”
Opened: August 30, 1956
Dedicated: October 18, 2003

War of 1812 Memorial, a War Memorial

These six men of the 2nd Division 13th Regiment Louisiana Militia fought at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 and are buried in unmarked graves Auguste Badeaux, Samuel Ott, William Cooper , Charles Parent, Jr. James Johnson and Lawrence Sticker

Civil War Earthworks Historical

One of two lines of fortifications excavated from January to March 1864 by Union forces “on fatigue duty” soon after their capture of Madisonville. Intended to defend the town from Confederate attacks coming from the surrounding countryside. The earthworks originally consisted of a trench protected by an “abatis” or barrier of felled trees with sharpened ends laid pointing out along its edge. The line meandered from approximately Rene and Covington Streets in a westerly direction to about this point on Johnson Street. Property records for the lot adjacent to this site mention “breastworks” on the land from the 1870s forward. Madisonville was occupied to obtain war supplies in the form of timber, lumber, logs, turpentine, tar and bricks for the federal Department of the Gulf.

Christ Episcopal Church Historical

Built 1846 by Jonathan Arthur of London for descendants of English settlers in British West Florida. Consecrated by Bishop Leonidas Polk, April 11, 1847. Christ Church is the oldest public building being used in Covington.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Historical

At 23.87 miles long, the Causeway is the world’s longest bridge over water. The first span was completed in August 1956. Due to increased traffic, a second span opened in May 1969. The Causeway piloted major construction of prefabricated, prestressed concrete bridges in the United States. It is supported by more than 9,000 pilings. Construction of the Causeway expanded the Greater New Orleans area to include the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Columbia Street Landing Historical

An active harbor where schooners and steamers once docked. Established in the early 1800’s, providing a vital link to other river cities transporting cotton, lumber, bricks, whiskey and mail. Oyster luggers brought fresh oysters regularly through the late 1930’s. Many early settlers of the community arrived at this destination.

West Florida Republic and St. Tammany Parish Historical

St. Tammany Parish was among the Spanish-governed West Florida parishes and not included in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Residents revolted against Spanish rule September 1810, creating the Republic of West Florida. The republic lasted 74 days, raising a new flag and electing a president, before being forcibly annexed by the U.S. in December 1810.

Madisonville Historical

Originally called “Cokie” (from Coquille) because of the abundance of shells in the area. Renamed for Pres. James Madison, c. 1811. Site of Navy Yard in early 1800’s. According to legend, Gen. Andrew Jackson, enroute to New Orleans in Nov. 1814, stopped here at the home of Gen. David B. Morgan.

Saint Peter Church Historical

L’Abbé Jouanneault built the predecessor of St. Peter Church on the Bouge Falaya in 1843. The first resident pastor was Fr. J.M. Giraud, appointed in 1863 to serve Covington, Madisonville, Bedico, and Abita Springs. In 1892 Fr. Joseph Koegerl, pastor, who was also Canon of St. Louis Cathedral, built a new church and rectory on Massachusetts St. The Jefferson Ave. church was erected in 1940 during the pastorate of Fr. Aemillian Egler, O.S.R. Two Benedictines have served the parish continuously since 1922.

Battle of Lake Pontchartrain Historical

On October 16, 1779, the British living between “Bayou La Combe and the River Tanchipaho,” surrendered to Captain William Pickles who had won a naval battle off this shore on September 10, 1779, and thereby ended the Revolutionary War in Louisiana.

Public “Ox Lot” Parking Historical

Unique to Covington’s downtown business district and a credit to our forefathers, our original town grid layout allowed for public squares in the middle of each block for the purpose of trade and commerce. Farmers would bring their oxen-laden carts to town loaded with wares and conduct business in these designated center block locations. Traditionally called “ox lots” and largely responsible for Covington’s designation as a national historic district, today’s use provides free public off-street parking for downtown visitors and employees.

Abita Springs Historical

Old Choctaw village which derived name from nearby medicinal springs. Last Choctaw burial and execution grounds, used until about 1880, located nearby.

Our Lady Of The Lake Church Historical

Early in the eighteenth century, Catholic missionaries evangelized Choctaw, Chinchuba and other Indian tribes and sub-tribes on the northern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, among pioneer priests was Fr. Michael Baudouin, S.J., superior of the Jesuit Mission in Louisiana and Vicar General to the Bishop of Quebec, Canada. Fr. J. Outendrick was the first resident pastor when the Mandeville Congregation was organized in 1850. Fr. Adrien E. Rouquette, “Chahta-Ima,” also labored here and elsewhere in St. Tammany Civil Parish. The present church was dedicated in 1953 during the pastorate of Fr. Canisius Bluemel, O.S.B., one of several Benedictines serving here since 1890.

Walker Percy Historical

Covington resident, where he wrote, among others, Lancelot, The Second Coming, Love in the Ruins, The Thanatos Syndrome, The Last Gentleman, and The Moviegoer, which won the National Book Award for fiction, co-founder Fellowship of Southern Writers, graduate of the University of North Carolina, buried at St. Joseph Abbey, 3 miles north. Google Maps

This historical marker was placed in Bogue Falaya Park in Covington in August of 2018 to commemorate a new statue of Walker Percy .Also, several historical plaques were placed in front of the Madisonville library to spotlight Walker Percy’s many literary contribuitons. CLICK HERE to see those plaques, which accompany another statue of the famed Covington resident.  

CLICK HERE to go to webpage containing the above list. 

A new historical marker in Fontainebleau State Park

A new historical marker in Bogue Falaya Park, Covington

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Art Event Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

STAA Schedules ‘Spring for Art’ For April 10, Opening to Feature New Works by Paulo Dufour

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From the St. Tammany Art Association:

The St. Tammany Art Association’s annual “Spring for Art” festival is set for Saturday, April 10 and will feature the new work of nationally-known local artist Paulo Dufour.

The event, scheduled from 6-9 p.m. will be somewhat restricted by Covid guidelines, but will mark a “reimagining” of the STAA “Art House” and its place in the cultural and economic life of Covington and St. Tammany.

Dufour’s creations, which span an array of blown and sculpted glass pieces, paintings and sculpture, represent the metaphysical and inform the emergence of STAA from the impact of the Covid pandemic.

“Spring for Art” will feature coordinated openings and events across downtown Covington, again with some restrictions, but it will signal the muted resumption of the city’s pre-Covid life, said Cathy Deano, newly elected president of STAA.

“We are reimagining the association in a way that will incorporate all of the arts, such as theater and poetry, for example, and be more of a community center for art that will engage more young people,” said Deano, also co-founder of Mandeville-based Painting With A Twist, which has 300 franchise units in 39 states. Deano was previously STAA president from 2006-2009.

STAA’s future also involves the association’s new executive director, Suzanne Freret, formerly Assistant Director of Advancement at Christ Episcopal School. Deano and Freret join STAA along with several new board members, Keith Villere, Cindy Petry and John Botsford. Elizabeth Stokes, Phoebe Whealdon and Lewis Dennis round out the list of directors.

Freret echoes the sentiment of Deano, “I envision a thriving organization, rich with community engagement, and offering conventional and unconventional events that will appeal to all ages,” said Freret. STAA artists and community membership will grow in the months and years ahead as STAA branches out in the community, said Freret, whose background includes significant experience in finance.

Dufour’s roots in the rich soil of south Louisiana run deep, from present-day Covington, to Baton Rouge, where he grew up as a son of Paul Dufour, an internationally known glass artist and professor at Louisiana State University.

The title of his show is “Mental Universes and the Obscurations of Light.” Dufour says the amorphous and sensuous work conjures up images ranging from the earthy colors of landscapes to primal skin vessels, suggesting the struggle of the human condition where real conflict and myth evolve.

The works give voice to the ongoing process of knowing oneself through exploring daily life, a process requiring each person to be open and aware of inner impressions that honor memories, dreams, and the synchronicity of life, said Dufour. Dufour has exhibited all over the United States from Seattle to Los Angeles and is in significant collections from Spain to Tennessee.

Dufour retired in 2016 from the St. Tammany Parish Talented Art Program where he taught in the public school system for 28 years.

STAA will schedule a question and answer session for patrons and Dufour and soon announce the date and time.

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N Columbia Street in historic downtown Covington. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. www.sttammany.art

Current Exhibit Closing Next Weekend:

Non Profit Spotlight

YSB Crossroads & The Louisiana Bar Foundation: Tackling Juvenile Delinquency Together

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From the Youth Service Bureau:

Helping non-violent juvenile offenders turn their lives around is one of Youth Service Bureau’s main missions. YSB carries out this important work through Crossroads, our juvenile delinquency intervention program.

YSB Crossroads helps youth restore their relationship with the community through restitution to victims, community service, anger management counseling, Internet safety education, parenting education for their parents or legal guardians and – thanks to the Louisana Bar Foundation – Law Related Education.

Supported by a generous grant from the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Law Related Education puts juvenile offenders on a more positive track through better understanding of the law, legal system, and consequences of crime. Aimed at 10- to 16-year-olds who have committed non-violent offenses such as shoplifting, vandalism and others, these classes help juvenile offenders take responsibility for their actions and make better decisions.

Law Related Education incorporates classroom lectures, role-playing and testing. Juvenile offenders learn the legal definitions and potential sentences associated with assault, battery, vandalism, burglary, robbery, theft, drug possession, cyberbullying, cyberstalking and other offenses. Louisiana Bar Foundation funding enables YSB Crossroads to staff and administer the program and work closely with clients to improve their outcomes. YSB Crossroads is fortunate to have local attorneys teaching our Law Related Education classes – Shannon Christian (at our Slidell location) and Veronica Kittok (Covington location).

An eye-opening segment of the course is “No Kinda Life,” a video filmed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola and the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel. “No Kinda Life” presents an unflinching picture of prison life, with inmates explaining how they became incarcerated and losses they suffered due to poor choices, including drug and alcohol use. The video is a powerful springboard for meaningful class discussion and group participation.

Together, the Louisiana Bar Foundation and YSB Crossroads are changing lives.

In the last fiscal year:

  • 97.7% of YSB Crossroads clients completed their community service
  • 96% successfully completed the YSB Crossroads program
  • 99.5% of those completing the program had not re-offended six months later

YSB Crossroads is deeply grateful to the Louisiana Bar Foundation for making this life-changing resource available to our community. The Louisiana Bar Foundation exists to preserve, honor, and improve our system of justice. YSB is humbled and excited to be a partner in that vital mission.

Visit Youth Service Bureau to find out more about what we do!

Click here to learn more about the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

Parish News

Parish President Mike Cooper Reflects on the One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Impacting St. Tammany

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From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper:

“One year ago, St. Tammany, like much of the rest of the world, was faced with the reality of COVID-19. We came together as community and faced the uncertainty of a novel virus, loss of lives to this disease, and sacrifices we all had to make in order to protect the most vulnerable among us, as well as our frontline healthcare professionals. We did this to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President.

President Cooper went on to say, “I am thankful and proud of the way we worked together and I am proud of where we now stand. Let’s continue to move forward by making individual choices to protect one another, and by utilizing the vaccine to protect ourselves as we mourn the lives of those we lost to this disease, celebrate those who have recovered, and thank the people who lovingly cared for them all.”

Watch the March 13, 2020 Press Conference

Pet of the Week

NHS Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society‘s adoptable pet of the week:

Jacoby

This fun-loving, 2.5-year-old boy was found homeless in Abita and has been searching for his second chance at Northshore Humane Society for almost six months now. He gets along great with other pups and even knows a few tricks. Jacoby is a 62 lbs. package of love and would make the best companion to anyone out there!

If you are interested in Jacoby or any of the adoptable pets of Northshore Humane Society, please email rescue@nshumane.org.

Live Music Local Events

POSTPONED St. Paddy’s Concert at the Bogue Falaya Park with Four Unplugged March 17th

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UPDATE: this concert has been postponed to Thursday March 18th due to weather predictions. Read more here:

Next Wednesday we will be Chillin’ at the River again, this time for a St. Paddy’s concert featuring Four Unplugged! The City of Covington invites you to this free concert at the Bogue Falaya Park on Wednesday, March 17th from 5:30 – 8 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and picnics, and don’t forget to wear green!

These concerts are put on to provide safe, family friendly entertainment with social distancing in mind. Enjoy the scenic sprawling landscape of our beautiful park while listening to local live music. Masks are required, sanitation and social distancing circles will be available.

About Four Unplugged

Four Unplugged is a popular local 6 piece band covering a wide variety of New Orleans seasoned music. Their sampling includes old rock ‘n roll classics, funk, Motown, dance party favorites, sing-alongs, hits from today and the always delicious slow-dance staples. They even throw in some Mardi Gras classics. Learn more about Four Unplugged at their website, www.fourunplugged.com

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 vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Well, friends, here it is Tuesday again and I hope you’re ready for a great day tomorrow at the market. Farmers’ Market Band will be there to entertain you as you enjoy your lunch. Don’t forget to grab your eggs from Kristen. Those Double K hens are always hard at work to deliver nutrition-packed, versatile little orbs. Mignon will feature raw honey & fresh berry Kefir Water, a refreshing beverage similar to a fine sparkling seltzer. For lunch, Joy has Crawfish Boudin Balls this week and Chicken Pasta and her Salmon Plate. The choice will be difficult, but you will need lunch for Thursday (or Wednesday night dinner).  A tasty mushroom burger can be on the grill in minutes at Bhakti Farms, just a whisper away from a truly delicious meal. You’ll want to check out their vegan goodies too.

If you can’t make up your mind, Kandy’s shrimp and cream cheese rolls never disappoint. One bite and you are transported into creamy deliciosity. You can take your salad “on the go” with Kandy’s spring rolls but I suggest you take time to enjoy then with the dip that’s included and savor all the flavor. Spinach and goat cheese quiche from Jerome is fast becoming a favorite — rich and creamy — and can do triple duty as a wonderful breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Jerome promises chocolate cake for this Wednesday as well. And if that doesn’t cure your chocolate cravings, Johnny has some awesome brownie bites. He’s squeezed a lot of flavor into those little balls of chocolate goodness. Have you tried Jerry’s Cinnamon Creamed Honey? It boosts the enjoyment of your coffee, tea, biscuit, spoon….

Joe Barbara is in the gazebo this Saturday and that means lots of great music dancing around the market. So get your coffee, tea, kombucha, or juices and give the market a stroll-through. Those veggie pancakes from Meme will be calling your name and they are sooo delish!

Vince has huge heads of cabbage and gorgeous cauliflower. Now, I’m a big fan of both but I’m thinking’ that cauliflower is gonna make a fabulous side dish. I’ll just cut into florets and roast till they’re tender.  The sauce is the easiest part. Pour a jar of Bear Creek Road’s blended butters, melted, over those lovely florets or just dip as you go. Your biggest problem is deciding whether you want the Sun Dried Tomato Olive or Garlic Parmesan. I’ll make it even harder by reminding you that Cameron creates cultured butter with his black garlic. Oh wow! The flavors! No reason to choose, get one of each…one for the cauliflower….one for the carrots….one for the cabbage or turnips or mushrooms…

From the Covington La Farmers Market Facebook page

Last week, Nick had green garlic! At first I thought they were green onions or maybe leeks but not so. How delicious! I used part of the green tops in my eggs; it starts off tasting just like a green onion and then the garlic comes through but very mildly and delightfully. I can’t wait to try the whole stalk (even the roots) in my greens…dropped into soups…sautéed with mushrooms…added to chicken salad… But don’t stop with the green garlic. Northshore Greens has celery and every part is edible. Chop the green tops, combine with olive oil and freeze in ice cube trays for adding to your dishes as needed, just like you do with parsley. The crunchy bottoms make enormously tasty dipping sticks. Norma’s walnut pate comes to mind as does Tessier Gourmet’s Black Bean Salsa or Spinach Artichoke Dip.

Feed your sweet tooth all over the market with jams and jellies from Stacey and Althee. Althee also prepares beautiful quick breads and cobblers. Find generously portioned muffins and cruffins at both Happy Flour and Bear Creek Road. Dive into decadence with cheese cake from Mauthe’s or brownies from Norma. So much goodness packed into one market. You’re gonna love it — unless, of course, you decide to sleep in. Hope to see you there!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Non Profit Spotlight

Northshore Food Bank Shares Impacts from 2020 Pandemic

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Last week, Northshore Food Bank shared some of the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic had on the organization and the community. The Food Bank also opened a new, expanded Resale Shop last year, a place to sell donated housewares, clothing and other items with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank. A survey aimed to gather feedback from the public on the new Resale Shop can be found here. The survey can be taken even if you have not visited the shop yet!

From Northshore Food Bank:

2020 was an unprecedented year in so many ways. This week we will share some of the numbers that demonstrate not only the increased need for food on the Northshore, but also how our community has supported us to ensure families in need are fed.

  • At the beginning of the pandemic, we recognized the need for additional food for kids when the schools closed early. Emergency kid packs were distributed from March until school started again in the fall, and again over the winter holiday break.
  • Through our Community Cupboard we have expanded our reach, providing food assistance to households that cannot come to us.
  • For the first time ever, we distributed enough food to provide over 1 Million Meals in one year.
  • By the end of September, we had already reached the one million pounds benchmark; this is a volume we might typically reach by the end of the year or fall just under it.

Did you know that by shopping and donating to our Resale Shop that you help feed families on the Northshore? All net proceeds directly go to operating the food bank.

We would love your thoughts on our Resale Shop. Your input could help feed even more families on the Northshore. Take our brief survey: http://bit.ly/3b8PqT7

Learn more at northshorefoodbank.org

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Northshore Humane Society Offers Low-Cost Vet Clinic Now Through June 30th

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From Northshore Humane Society: Woofstock Low Cost Clinic Transformed Due to COVID. Same services available to the community’s beloved canines!!

Now until June 30th, Northshore Humane Society community veterinary clinic is offering low cost vaccines, microchipping and heartworm and flea prevention as part of their annual Woofstock Event! Although the pandemic may have forced the no-kill rescue to change this year’s Woofstock again, you can still take advantage of the same discounted veterinary services you have come to love and depend on!

Annual vaccinations are offered to the public at only $75. Other vaccinations and shots will be available a la carte and microchipping is only $15 per pup! Deeply discounted heartworm and flea prevention will also be available for purchase (while supplies last). 

“Our community vet clinic vaccinated a record number of dogs at last year’s COVID-transformed Woofstock,” said NHS CEO, Scott Bernier. “Because of people working from home and the flexibility of scheduling an appointment through our clinic anytime until June 30th, nearly 1,000 canines took advantage of the low cost services. We are hoping for another successful year with the same COVID-approved procedures available to the public,” he added. 

To take advantage of the discounted pricing, please make an appointment by calling (985) 892-7387 x 3 or emailing clinic@nshumane.org

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 vendor Charlene LeJeune:

Hope you’re staying dry today, friends! Tomorrow promises to be much better and a trip to the market is the medicine of the day. Unfortunately, Eddie will not be there for the next month or so because he is busy planting a spring crop for us. Don’t quote me on this, but I believe squash and zucchini will be on the table soon. Remember to get your eggs from Kristen and honey from Jerry. Last week he had creamed honey, both plain and cinnamon and perfectly spreadable on your biscuits or toast or pancakes, etc. Joy is bringing back her Salmon Plate from last week and boy, did that look delicious! She’ll also have bread pudding and crunchy boudin balls. Abeer is preparing Ouzi this week but you may want to also grab some green bean Moussaka or Mujadara for later in the week.

From the Covington La Farmer’s Market Facebook page

Kandy is whipping up some of her amazing cream cheese and shrimp rolls — oh, man, those are so good. Her delightful, refreshing salads are always on the menu. Aside from the lovely mushroom or beet & bean burgers Johnny fixes, he also has Chickpea Salad and a Ginger Quinoa Salad to tickle your taste buds. Jerome’s crepes are super! Delicious! And you have a choice of fillings. Treat yourself to a warm sarsaparilla tonic from Mignon. She also serves it cold. See—I told you a trip to the market was good medicine.

You will never guess who is in the gazebo this coming Saturday! Go on, guess. No….no…ok, I’ll tell you — our very own Madeleine from Happy Flour and her sister, Violet! Now, don’t go thinking there won’t be bread ‘cause Patrick is on the job and I hear they are planning a lovely sourdough made with some of Cameron’s black garlic. I just love how our vendors  use each other’s products in their own. Norma Jean has been preparing her vegan wraps with Sam’s Sprouts from quite some time now and Bhakti Farm’s burgers are always topped with them. 

From the Covington La Farmer’s Market Facebook page

Celery has been a main attraction at Northshore Greens. Of course, they also have a wonderful selection of salad greens and herbs. Nick’s store of sweet potatoes doesn’t seem to be dwindling and the carrots he has don’t last in our house. I barely have time to cook them but when I do, the easiest way is to sauté them in Mauthe’s butter with some chopped onions. Soooo good! I see that Vincent (Ken) has some turnips and greens on the table and you may as well take advantage of the citrus. Don’t know how much longer it will be available.

I know you’re all excited to get your gardens started in the weeks ahead as the temperatures start to get milder. Check out Alton’s tables for some herbs to get you started. Before long, he will have veggies galore from which to choose. Make your next stop at Double K; Kristen always has that garden gold manure available. Veggies and herbs love the stuff! Usually that just-getting-back-into-gardening is followed by oh-my-goodness-what-was-I-thinking muscle aches. No worries. Serenity Lane has you covered with Grandpa’s Liniment (this stuff really works!)

From the Covington La Farmer’s Market Facebook page

Althee has lots of delicious fruits—all in jars—and just as tasty as you can want. You’ll also find yummy pies and quick breads on her table. Stacey is the queen of pickled veggies but her real gift is in the combinations she creates. Whether you’re looking for eggs or veggies or milk or honey or bread, there’s lots of goodness to find at the Covington Farmers’ Market! See ya there!

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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

Pet of the Week

NHS Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society‘s adoptable pet of the week:

Duff

Duff was adopted as a young kitten but after six years in a home, he was returned to Northshore Humane Society. Duff is a beautiful kitty with a soft, blue coat and a charming personality to match. He can be a little bashful when first meeting him but opens up quickly with a little attention.

If you are interested in Duff or any of the other adoptable animals of Northshore Humane Society, please email rescue@nshumane.org