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Plenty to do in 2015

Tammany 10K gets off on the right foot

People say goodbye to the old year, and welcome the new in different ways. Some sang “Auld Lang Syne” at the stroke of midnight; while others rise early for the Ice Man Dip and Dash into the Tchefuncte River, making a brisk start to 2015. Many are sipping coffee and reading the newspaper to see what’s in store for the new year in St. Tammany. That’s my routine, and I’m excited about the opportunities in the new year.

The Tammany 10K made a triumphant and much welcomed entrance to the north shore recreation scene when it was held Dec. 13 near Slidell. The race, which was organized by New Orleans Running Systems, was held on the Tam- REC & many Trace just LEISURE west of town. ANDREW CANULETTE Approximately 350 people took part in the 6.2-mile run, and all were greeted by pleasant temperatures in the 60s, clear skies and smiling faces. There was a host of food and drink at the conclusion of the race, as well as awards for many participants. The Carollo Trailhead just off Thompson Road was the hub of activity on race day.


After all the rain and the sweets, anyone ready to get out of the house with the kids can enjoy a Storywalk between noon and 3 p.m. Friday at the Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. The path is stroller and wheelchair accessible and the free program is in partnership with St. Tammany Public Library. “I’m Invited to a Party!” is the featured book by Mo Willems. Families should plan on at least 30 minutes to walk the outdoors, enjoy fitness, and a good book along the way. With an early Mardi Gras this year — Fat Tuesday falls on Feb. 17 — the Krewe of Mona Lisa and Moon Pie will kick off the season with a Twelfth Night Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Christopher’s on Carey, 2228 Carey St., Slidell. Then, the Fools of Misrule parade rolls from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 through the St. John District in Covington.

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Lacrosse anyone?

Pelican Park has registration open through Jan. 13 for youth ages 7 to 12 to join co-ed lacrosse teams. Registration is also open for teen volleyball and more. For adults, there’s Argentine Tango Dance beginning Jan. 7; and Knitting 101 on Jan. 20. For details, visit

Hope for 2015

We hope throughout 2015 you watch the pages of the weekly St. Tammany Advocate for news about organizations and events in St. Tammany; and keep reading The New Orleans Advocate, the daily, home-delivered, Louisiana-owned newspaper.

Sharon Edwards is community news editor for The New Orleans Advocate. Email news and photos to sttammany@theadvocate. com.

The Tammany 10K marked the first race of its kind in nearly a decade in east St. Tammany Parish. The race was an official qualifier for the annual Crescent City Classic; which ensured that a competitive field would take part. There also was a 1K Fun Run held in conjunction with the longer race. Micah Tirop, of Marshall, Texas, won the 10K event in a blistering time of 31:51 (a 5.08 pace over the course of the run). The Tammany 10K also was a fundraiser for the Slidell Memorial Hospital Foundation, with the goal of benefiting local cancer patients as well as children in our community. “It was excellent weather for any distance (race),” said New Orleans Running Systems official Chuck George. äSee REC & LEISURE, page 2G

Bead workshop offers opportunity to learn a new way of creating


The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s north shore concert series will bring banjo great Béla Fleck, winner of 15 Grammy awards, to St. Tammany. Fleck performs with the LPO at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 at First Baptist Church in Covington. Included in the program will be Fleck’s “Impostor Concerto: A Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra” as well as works by Leonard Bernstein and Anton Dvorak.


Micah Tirop is first to cross the finish line during the Tammany 10K, held Dec. 13 on the Tammany Trace near Slidell. Tirop completed the inaugural race in 31:51 — more than 2 minutes faster than the next competitor.

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Betty Frazer shows her great-granddaughter, Maya Mistich, the rain garden at Mandeville City Hall.

Rain garden projects seek to improve quality of life BY JOHN BREERWOOD Special to The Advocate


s Mandeville and other parts of St. Tammany Parish become more urbanized, less

rainwater gets absorbed into the ground soil. When the soil becomes saturated on rainy days, rainwater

gathers many pollutants and chemicals from rooftops, driveways and parking lots before draining into Lake Pontchartrain. Mandeville’s Public Works Department is making a grass-roots effort to reduce this harmful runoff into Lake Pontchartrain by encouraging residents to build “rain gardens,” which are low maintenance, aesthetically pleasing and highly beneficial to local water quality. “We mainly did the garden to educate the citizens about pollution and how our own yards can affect the lake,” said Jan Mistich, the department’s education director. “We mainly educate children about

things like water and soil properties, but we wanted to increase adult awareness and decided the rain garden project was a good way for adults to participate.” Mandeville Public Works has built a large rain garden at the rear of Mandeville City Hall. They also are planning other projects in Old Mandeville, like the area near the Mandeville Fishing Pier, due to its higher elevation. However, more rain gardens are needed to yield a significant ecological impact. “Nonpoint source pollution is the biggest threat to bodies of water in the United States. Many factories and facilities have rules and regulations; however, our everyday activities show up in the storm water. We need to remediate our own contribution to the rainwater runoff,” said Connie Marciante, also an educator with the city program. Not to be confused with a retention pond, the rain garden is a small depression that channels rainwater for a very limited time. Deep-rooted plants will increase the rate of absorption into the soil. These plants help absorb pollutants, making for a cleaner runoff into Lake Pontchartrain. äSee RAIN, page 2G

Learning something new brings fulfillment for many reasons. Once in a while, we need to break our routines and stretch our abilities to get new perspectives, meet interesting people, be innovative, find inspiration and gain confidence. In keeping with the idea of learning new things and gaining ability and confidence, the Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation CULTURAL COLLAGE on 71667 LeveKATHLEEN son St. in Abita DESHOTEL Springs is committed to nurturing and empowering women throughout life’s journey. Its leaders believe that strong women who take care of themselves and support one another make a positive impact on the larger community. The center’s offering of a free bracelet bead-weaving class to give women an opportunity to learn and express

their creativity was quite fulfilling. The instructor, Elaine Pote, began displaying bracelets she made, to inspire the eight participants who studied them, tried them on and commented on which they liked best. The women’s desire to learn, and create bracelets of their own, immediately established a bond among them. Pote, who has been making bead-woven jewelry for more than 13 years, said that her first class in this art form was in 2001. “I didn’t like it at all, but I stuck with my attempts to learn it because I am a stubborn, determined person. I figured something about it would eventually appeal to me,” she said. Ultimately, she mastered the art and began creating jewelry in various styles and colors. When she restrung her mother’s broken bead necklace, an interest opened. Bead stringing led her to take her first class in weaving beads. äSee COLLAGE, page 2G

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Sandra Inman, left, and Janice Landry concentrate on instructions from instructor Elaine Pote, center, who began learning bead-weaving in 2001.

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Continued from page 1G Marciante said many people have a misconception about the rain garden because they think it perpetuates mosquito breeding. At the most, the rain garden will not hold water for more than 48 hours. “You want to let it slowly trickle into the soil, as nature intended. And the plants will eventually filter out those pollutants. The plants need very long roots to create channels for the water to flow down. In fact, it helps reduce mosquito breeding. Instead of having standing water in puddles, that water would have already seeped underground,” Marciante said. The rain garden should be built in a location that would catch runoff before going into a storm drain, such as between a home and the street. Soil quality also is important for both water


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“The parking was well done and it was easy to board buses (free from Northshore Square) and also easy get to the race site. It really was a successful first-time race. The Trace provided a great location and a really beautiful course.” The top 10 overall men in the race were: 1. Tirop, 31:51; 2. Ian Carr, 34:06; 3. Mike

Le Cotillion to present four debutantes in Slidell

Advocate staff report

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The Public Works Department built a large rain garden at the rear of Mandeville City Hall. absorption and plant growth. People also are encouraged to plant native plants for their long roots and regional acclimation. “After a while, the rain garden will be quite lovely and self-sustaining,” Mistich said. “You don’t have to really water it or weed it too much. You don’t have to fertilize it. They also attract all sorts of wildlife. There

is a particular plant with red flowers that attract many hummingbirds.” The department can schedule educational tours of the garden and provide more information to encourage residents and organizations to take on projects to help deter runoff. For information, visit

Iverson, 35:41; 4. Nate Castillo, 36.32; 5. Brennan Barlow, 36.32; 6. Robert Scott, 38:08; 7. Drew Blake, 38:46; 8. Richard Parker, 38:56; 9. Mark Koch, 39:02; 10. James Martin, 39:19. The top 10 overall women in the race were: 1. Laura Carleton, 41.14; 2. Julie Martin, 41:35; 3. Tara Mason, 46:40; 4. Nicole Champine, 46.50; 5. Alisha Marshall, 47:50; 6. Laura Ebeler, 48:14; 7. Jenessa Kay, 49:37; 8. Louise Barakat, 49:43; 9. Maureen Koch, 49.44; 10. Cynthia Mitchell, 50:20.

Age-award winners included: MALE: 10 and under, Konner Milligan, 52.14; 11-14, Jackson Shelby, 46.59; 15-19, Alex Metcalf, 42:08; 60-69, Kenny Mire, 43:50; 70-and-older, Rudy Smith, 52:46; and race-walker, Isaac Knightshead Jr., 1:15.28. FEMALE: 10 and under, Anna Stenstrom, 1:05.33; 15-19, Anna Grace Sable, 1:05.38; 6069, Germaine Carroll, 1:01.36; 70-and-older, Sandy Giannobile, 1:07.18; and race-walker, Pat Driscoll, 1:13.12.

After a whirlwind year of parties, Le Cotillion will present four debutantes to the community at large at a ball Jan. 3 at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell. The debutantes are Caitlin Elizabeth Burkes, Madeline Gloria Clement, Meredith Rose Clement and Terrie Lane Jackson. Caitlin Elizabeth Burkes is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sean McDonald Burkes. Catie, whose mother is the former Nicole Guilott, is a freshman at LSU in the Honors College. Majoring in mass communication with a focus in political communications and a minor in Spanish, she is a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She was a 2014 honors graduate of Northshore High School, where she was co-editor of The Prowler, a Student Ambassador and member of Beta Club. Madeline Gloria Clement is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce William Clement. Her mother is the former Lisa Fitzmorris. Clement is a freshman at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she is pursuing a degree in elementary education. She is a 2014 graduate of Ecole Classique in Metairie, where she held elective office in the Student Council and coordinated statewide meetings for the Louisiana Association of Student Councils. Clement reigned as the 2013 Ozone Camellia Festival Queen and was presented as a Festival Queen in the 2014 Krewe of Louisianians Washington Mardi Gras Ball. She is the 2015 Queen of the Knights of Sparta in New


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Orleans. Meredith Rose Clement is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce William Clement. Her mother is the former Lisa Fitzmorris. Clement is a freshman at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where she is majoring in international studies and is a member of the Rhodes College Mock Trial Competition. A National Merit Finalist, Clement received the Chancellor’s Scholarship. She is a graduate of Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, where she was past state vice president of the Louisiana Junior Classical League. Clements was presented as a princess in the Krewe of Louisianians Washington Mardi Gras Ball and as a maid in the Knights of Sparta and the Krewe of Argus. Terrie Lane Jackson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kelly Jackson. Her mother is the former Robyn Elaine Reed. Jackson is a freshman at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she is majoring in biological sciences and is a member of Chi Omega sorority. She also is a member

Slidell debutante steps out in N.O.

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Advocate staff report

The teacher gave inspiration by showing bracelet styles that could be made with bead weaving.


Continued from page 1G “I used to draw, paint and even wrote for an Americanlanguage newspaper for over two years while in the Navy, stationed in Italy. I have a degree in anthropology, and now I am an enthusiastic bead weaver,” she shared. She also is a fine instructor who shared her knowledge and led the group step by step in the process of making a bracelet using the right-angle motif. Beads were provided, and the most difficult part of the class proved to be deciding what colors to use and how different colors would fit into the pattern. It was a quiet search time for everyone. Once the beads were chosen and placed in a paper bowl and hands and wrists measured to get the right length of wire

motifs would provide a solid basis for progression. Following her instructions led to beautiful bracelets, all in different colors. The process was a pleasure because of her instruction, and the products were considered sources of pride by each of Pote’s students. This first effort provided everyone with enough experience and a supply list to continue in this art. Donations toward operation of the center were requested at the end of the class, but not required. Pote explained that she offers her time because she believes in the Women’s Center. There are many classes and therapeuBrooke Gibson had great tic services coming up with inpride in her first creation and struction offered in areas from made a second one for her proper eating, Pilates, grief and mother. healing and meditation to fullmoon drumming. For information, visit www. for the job, the demonstration began. Pote kept a careful eye or call (985) 892-8111. on each student so their first

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Club helps create holiday magic

Members of the Camellia City Kiwanis Club helped out with plans for Slidell’s Bayou Christmas, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club. Pictured at the Boys & Girls Club facility at 705 Dewey Drive in Slidell are, from left, Cynthia Dye, Blair Burrell, Barb Hogan, Devyne Rispoli and Erin Dennis. Lending a hand with preparations for Slidell’s Bayou Christmas are Harvey Bowers and Joseph Pepe.



Slidell group shares Christmas joy with needy children

The Zip Pack feeding ministry of Lacombe United Methodist Church was the beneficiary of a collection taken at the Christmas luncheon of Chapter BH of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in Slidell. This ministry provides needy children with gallon-size zip-top bags filled with single-serving foods. In the front row, from left, are Wanda Smith, Carmela Wellman, Margie Cougle and Lynn Spencer. In the back row are Karay Klein, Eileen Haese, Mary Ann Dutton, Susan O’Rourke, Jean Heyerdale and Ninki Boyd. For information about the P.E.O. Sisterhood, visit peointernational .org. For information about Chapter BH, contact Karay Klein at

Jai Jean-Tené Wilson, of Slidell, is one of seven young women who were introduced to society when Swans Inc. held its 26th biennial debutante ball Dec. 27 in the Celestin Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The ball had the theme, “Continuing the Legacy: Lifting Oth- Wilson ers as We Climb.” Wilson is the daughter of Nakisha P. Wilson, Hugh Blatcher and Quay A. Brisco.


‘SHE KILLS MONSTERS’: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11, 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St. 30 by Ninety Theatre will hold auditions for Qui Nguyen’s “She Kills Monsters.” Directed by Tom Bubrig, “She Kills Monsters” is a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. There are roles for three women and two men who appear to be in their 20s, and for three women and two men who appear to be of high school age. There also will be a female narrator who can be of any age. Performances will be from Feb. 26 through March 15. For an audition package, email or call (844) 843-3090.

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of the Southern Mississippi cheerleading squad. Jackson was a 2014 honors graduate of Northshore High School, where she was Student Council president, Ambassadors governor, a four-year cheerleader (captain senior year), member of Key Club, member of National Honor Society and four-year member of the varsity Lady Panther track team. She was the 2013 NHS homecoming queen and a member of the 2013 Ozone Camellia Club Court. Escorts for the debutantes will be: n Patrick Michael Chamberlain, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Paul Chamberlain, a freshman at LSU majoring in chemical engineering. n Stephen Paul Chamberlain Jr., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Paul Chamberlain, a sophomore at LSU majoring in chemical engineering. n Robyn William Krieger, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Charles William Krieger Jr., a freshman at LSU majoring in global diplomacy. n Brandon Kyle Paulsen, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Connolly Paulsen III, a freshman at the U.S. Air Force Academy majoring in mechanical engineering. The 2014-15 Le Cotillion board members are: Jan Bollinger, president; Ginny Kamath, vice president; Nancy Jones, second vice president; Melanie Lishman, recording secretary; Terri Parks, corresponding secretary; Shelley Compton, treasurer; Dottie Davis, member at large; Leslie Paulsen, President’s Council chairman; and Stacy Zechenelly and Lynda Murrah, Presentation Ball co-chairs.

COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St.; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St. Head out to the farmers market for fresh seasonal produce, dressings, plants and more. Saturday’s market features a Korean barbecue cooking demo by Dong and live music by Jerry Hess beginning at 9:30 a.m.


‘DOUBT, A PARABLE’: 7 p.m. Jan. 18, Slidell Little Theatre, 2024

Nellie Drive. The Slidell Little Theatre will hold auditions for the Pulitzer and Tony awardwinning drama “Doubt, A Parable,” by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Gary Mendoza. There are roles for three women and one man. Bring a headshot. Call backs are Jan. 19. Show dates are Feb. 27 through March 15. For information, visit www.


‘NEW BLUES JAM:’ 7 p.m. Thursdays, The Maple Room, 2219 Carey St. Redline’s Shades of Blues performs their rockin’ blues and New Orleans funk music at this weekly jam night. CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger St., Slidell. Fresh produce, seafood, prepared foods and arts and crafts. MANDEVILLE TRAILHEAD COMMUNITY MARKET: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. Local food, fresh produce, live music, shopping and more. ABITA SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET: noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, Abita Springs Trailhead. Fresh produce, local food, crafts.

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OLD MANDEVILLE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: The 2015 president of the Old Mandeville Business Association will be Austin Speni, who was elected without opposition during the group’s general membership meeting Dec. 18 at the Maison Lafitte Reception Center. Speni has two Old Mandeville businesses, NOLA Lending and Quickstick Lacrosse. Other 2015 officers will be Bonnie Sarver, of Gulf South Accounting, treasurer; Rikki Gallup, of Cameo Boutique, secretary; Scott Williams, of Scott’s Coffee & Tapas Bar, and Andre Savoie, of WSI Marketing, vice presidents for membership; Bronwyn Planchard, of Jubilee Courtyard Cafe, vice president for socials; Lindsey Vasquez, of Opal Basil Restaurant, vice president for events; Tess Dennie, of Latter & Blum, vice president for governmental affairs; and Abby Sands, of Abby Photo, vice president for social media. At the meeting, Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere spoke briefly about continuing cooperative public events between the city and the business group. Also, association members Rick Dennie and Ed Greene gave reports on two major annual events: Empty Bowl and Christmas Past.

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Party announces Carnival season Advocate staff report The Krewe of Mona Lisa and Moon Pie will celebrate its annual Twelfth Night Party from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, at Christopher’s on Carey, 2228 Carey St. in Olde Towne Slidell. The free event includes king cake and a cash bar, and signup will be available for the parade. Entertainment will be provided by incoming King Joshua Brewer, incoming Queen Melanie St. Cyr, outgoing Queen Kim Bergeron and outgoing King Kevin Folse, as well as incoming Grand Marshal Carol Wolfram. The krewe’s 2015 parade, “Mona Directs Hollywood South,� will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, beginning at the corner of Robert and Carey streets in Slidell. This year’s royals represent the thriving local thespian community. St. Cyr is the choir director at Slidell High School and music director for the school’s Thespian Troupe, which produces two major musicals a year. She was named SHS Teacher of the Year for the 2011-12 school year for her dedication, service and shared talents with the musical and theater students. St. Cyr is a three-time Best Actress Ginny award winner at Slidell Little Theater for her major roles of Maria in “The Sound of Music,� Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie� and Gertrude


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McFuzz in “Seussical.� St. Cyr is a magna cum laude graduate in vocal music education from Centenary College of Louisiana. She was awarded the Music Teachers National Association Star Future Educator’s award by the Dean of the Music and Outstanding Music Major graduate 2003-04. She is married to Josh St. Cyr and has two daughters, Emma and Audrie. Brewer is the artistic director of Jubilee Entertainment Theatre and has won numerous stage awards and nominations including 2013 Slidell Little Theatre Ginny award for Best Supporting Actor; 2012 Slidell Little Theatre Ginny award for Best Choreography; 2011 Slidell Little Theatre Ginny Award for Best Supporting Actor; and 2010 Slidell Little Theatre Award for “The Show Must Go On.� Brewer has been performing since elementary school and won many awards at Slidell High School while in theater and chorus. Wolfram is a recipient of the St. Tammany Parish President’s Arts Award and the city of Slidell’s Commission on the Arts Bravo! Award. She is the

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The 2015 Mona Lisa and Moon Pie Grand Marshal Carol Wolfram will lead the parade ‘Mona Directs Hollywood South’ at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. She is shown lighting the way as a flambeau carrier in the annual walking parade in Olde Towne Slidell. past community news editor with The Times-Picayune, and she works with Jacobs FOSC as a technical writer. She was selected to be Mona Lisa and Moon Pie’s grand marshal because of her passionate advocacy for the performing arts and her longtime dedication to the parade as a flambeau. She has contributed works to support Friends of the Slidell Arts Cultural Extravaganza and East St. Tammany

Slidell Elks Lodge 2321 honors its members who have died

Habitat for Humanity Home is Where the Art is Gala projects. Carol is married to Mike Wolfram and has a 10-year-old son, John. Membership is $125 for adults and $85 for children 15 and under to join the parade and includes three cases of Moon Pies. Flambeaux, 18 and older, are $25. For information, visit www.

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A memorial service and reception on the first Sunday of December honored those members of Slidell Elks Lodge 2321 who died during the past year. The organizers of the ceremony were Herb Hostler, Deidre Christian, Frankie Crawford, Damon Christian, Bill Graff and Randy Bergeron. Pictured, from left, are Johnnie Verrette, Paula Powell, Frankie Crawford, Deidre Christian, Damon Christian, Herb Hostler, Bill Graff, Randy Bergeron, Lynn Bergeron and Mary Hostler.

NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFS ST. TAMMANY COMPUTER ASSOCIATION: Beginning classes in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Tammany Parish Military Road Complex, sometimes called the Levee Board Building, 61134 N. Military Road, Slidell. The classes are offered by the St. Tammany Computer Association and are free to members. Association dues are $20 per year. Special interest groups in genealogy and Web building are also available. For information, visit or call (985) 7819672 after 4 p.m. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS: Reference librarians will teach computer and Internet basics classes at the Slidell and Madisonville branches of the St. Tammany Parish Library. Classes will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 5, and Friday, Jan. 9, at the Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd. Classes will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 and from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 27 at the Madisonville Branch Library, 1123 Main St. During the session, students will learn about computer terms and fundamentals as well as basic Internet navigation, search engine usage, cutting and pasting, and information on additional learning opportunities. Participants use the library’s computers. The classes are free and open to the public. To register, visit eventcalendar.asp or call the Madisonville Library at (985) 845-4819 or the Slidell Library at (985) 646-6470. Registration opens two weeks prior to the event. MANDEVILLE REPUBLICAN WOMEN: St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister will be the guest speaker when the Mandeville Republican Women meet at 11

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Annette Lestremau gave a presentation on photo editing to the St. Tammany Computer Association on Dec. 11. She showed how to remove a person from a photo, how to make a person appear thinner and how she reconstructed photos thought to have been ruined by Hurricane Katrina. a.m. Jan. 8 at Beau ChĂŞne Country Club, 602 N. Beau ChĂŞne Drive, Mandeville. Nonmem-

bers are welcome at this meeting, which also will feature the installation of officers. For reservations, contact Marilyn Allan at (985) 206-9723 or NORTHLAKE NEWCOMERS: A representative of Perino’s Garden Center will be the guest speaker when the Northlake Newcomers group holds its January luncheon at 10 a.m. Jan. 9 at Benedict’s Plantation, 1144 N. Causeway Boulevard, Mandeville. The cost is $28.50 for members and $31.50 for guests, and reservations are required by Jan. 2. Call (985) 234-9649 or email to newcomersinfo211@ TAMMANY TOGETHER: “An Evening with Allies� will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Pontchartrain Yacht Club, 140 Jackson Ave., Mandeville. Presented by Tammany Together, the event will feature live music by rock fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux. Proceeds benefit the group’s nonpartisan St. Tammany Community

Fracking Education Campaign. Tickets are a $15 donation and include music, food and a cash bar. For tickets, visit GUMBO COOK OFF POSTER CONTEST: Students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to enter the Sixth annual Northshore Gumbo Cook-Off poster contest by Jan. 5. Submissions of original art for a 12 by 18-inch poster design should be artonly and not have any words on them. The Northshore Gumbo Cook-Off will be held Feb. 28 at Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive in Slidell. For information, call Christine Barnhill at (985) 863-5610.

Book clubs can help make 2015 the best year

The St. Tammany Parish Library can help residents carry out resolutions to read more great books and make new friends. Eleven library book clubs across the parish meet monthly to discuss wonderful novels and nonfiction. n The Book Browsers Book Club meets the first Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. at the CHECK IT OUT Pearl River Branch, 64580 SHELLIE La. 41. The club SAVOY LISTER will discuss “The Moviegoer� by Walker Percy on Jan. 6. For information about the club, call branch manager Adele Salzer at (985) 863-5518. n The Madisonville Book Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Madisonville Branch, 1123 Main St. The club will discuss “Sister� by Rosamund Lupton on Jan. 7. For information about the club, call library associate Monique Audibert at (985) 845-4819. n The Book Beat Book Club meets the second Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Bush Branch, 81597 La. 41. The club will discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks� by Rebecca Skloot on Jan. 8. For information about the club, call branch manager Marjie Jahncke at (985) 886-3588. n The Under the Covers Book Club meets the second Friday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Folsom Branch, 82393 Railroad Ave. The club will discuss “I Am Malala� by Malala Yousafzai on Jan. 9. For information, call branch manager Lynne Moore at (985) 796-9728. n The Bookworms Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Causeway Branch, 3457 La. 190, Mandeville. The club will discuss “Bring up the Bodies� by Hilary Mantel on Jan. 13. For information about the club, call branch manager Sally Barringer at (985) 626-9779. n The Mandeville Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Mandeville Branch, 844 Girod St. The club will discuss “The Cuckoo’s Calling� by Robert Galbraith on Jan. 13. For information about the club, call branch manager Jenny Mayer at (985) 626-4293. n The Page Turners Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd. The club will discuss “The Book Thief� by Marcus Zusak on Jan. 13. For informa-

tion about the club, call branch manager Nancy Little at (985) 646-6470. n The Bayou Book Markers meet the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lacombe Branch, 28027 La. 190. The club will discuss “The Husband’s Secret� by Liane Moriarty on Jan. 20. For information about the club, call branch manager Rhonda Spiess at (985) 882-7858. n The Dogeared Readers Book Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Covington Branch, 310 W. 21st Ave. The club will discuss “After This� by Alice McDermott on Jan. 21. For information about the club, call branch manager Sue Ryan at (985) 893-6280. n The Lit Wits Book Club usually meets the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Abita Springs Branch, 71683 Leveson St. The club will discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks� by Rebecca Skloot on Jan. 21. For information about the club, call branch manager Kay Redd at (985) 893-6285. n The Lamplight Readers meet the last Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. at the Madisonville Branch, 1123 Main St. The club will discuss “A Daring Life� by Carolyn Brown on Jan. 28. For information about the club, call librarian Lillie Butler at (985) 845-4819. Programming for Jan. 1-8 includes: NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY CLOSURE: All library branches will be closed on Thursday for the New Year holiday. JAPANESE FOLK DANCING: Sugai Barker will teach participants traditional Japanese dance at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd. For more information, call (985) 646-6470. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET: Participants will learn the fundamentals of using computers and the Internet at 10 a.m. Monday at the Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd. For more information, call (985) 646-6470. ICRAFT DUCT TAPE: Teens are invited to make duct tape cases and bookmarks at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Madisonville Branch, 1123 Main St. For more information, call (985) 845-4819. TEEN VOLUNTEER COUNCIL: Teens who want to help shape teen services at the library are invited to be part of the Teen Volunteer Council at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd. Teens can earn service hours by participating. For more information, call (985) 646-6470.

Deadline nears for concert series auditions Advocate staff report The deadline to apply to audition for the 2015 Junior Philharmonic Society concert series is Jan. 3. Auditions are open to instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers through age 25. Auditions will be Jan. 17 in Dixon Recital Hall at Tulane University. Audition information and applications can be found on the Junior Philharmonic website, www. Students selected during the January auditions will perform at 2 p.m. March 8 or May 3 in Dixon Hall. All recital participants are presented a Junior Philharmonic key as a memento of their performance. At the end of the season, the recitalists from both programs will be considered for one of four special cash awards, voted on by the board members of the society.


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Joe DiGiovanni, chairman of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce with Santa and Chamber CEO Dawn Sharpe-Brackett at the annual Chamber Holiday Luncheon.

Cynthia Solomon and Tonya Moses.

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Eileen Sementeilli, Laura Suhm, Tricia Collins, Santa, Kathy Lowrey and Sheila Vicknair.

Stacey Ruiz and Shelley D’Antoni from Whitney Bank at the Chamber event.

Deb Jones, Maggie Varnado and Wendy Jackson.

Meredith Wright and Diane Trembley from STARC at the holiday luncheon.

Festive gathering, fashion and farewell East St. Tammany Chamber celebrates holidays The Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell was the setting for a recent holiday gathering for the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. Guests were greeted in the lobby by the sight of a large Christmas tree surrounded by elegant gifts and poinsettias in vivid red hues. Each guest had the opportunity to visit with Santa prior to entering the ballroom, and photo opportunities with St. Nick continued throughout the event. Inside the venue, more than 15 retail booths sold everything from jewelry and ornaments to STARC artwork and holiday pottery. Round tables highlighted with black linens and red accents were set up to highlight the center of the ballroom, where Ronnie Kole entertained with a festive holiday concert. Patrons and businesses donated more than 200 toys for distribution through Toys for Tots.

OLL hosts American Girl fashion show

Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic School recently hosted its ninth annual American Girl fashion show at the school. The event serves as a fundraiser for

the school and has become a family tradition for many local girls. The gymnasium was decorated in the Christmas TAMMANY theme, with fes- SCENE tive groupings of MISSIE NOEL trees and white lights in every corner. Tables were formally set around the stage and runway, with white roses and hydrangeas featured on every table. Guests enjoyed a full tea service during the show, with many young guests bringing their own American Girl dolls to watch the presentation. The fashion show gave each girl an opportunity to enjoy a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions, with Our Lady of the Lake students serving as models, while also displaying matching outfits on their dolls. More than 800 guests enjoyed three different show dates. Teachers and staff at the school served as the decorating committee and as servers at the very popular annual event. The event concluded with door prizes and goody bags for each guest.

Beloved ‘Miss Mim’ retires

Miriam Boots, better known as “Miss Mim” to her many young fans, is retiring from

the Slidell branch of the St. Tammany Parish Public Library this month. Miss Mim has been the children’s librarian at the branch for more than 14 years. The children’s services department hosted a special gathering to honor Miss Mim at the Slidell branch last week. Johnette Downing was on hand to start off the festivities with music, and patrons young and old were on hand to send off the beloved librarian with well wishes. The meeting room in the branch was decorated with pictures of the honoree throughout her career at the library, many showing off her creativity during story times. Nutmeg the Bear and the Five Little Ducks were in attendance, and many of the guests recalled their own special memories with Miss Mim. The entertainment continued during the celebration, until the large, decorated cake was brought out to the delight of the guests. More than 75 guests in attendance cheered on Miss Mim as she cut the cake and served it to her friends while being congratulated on her retirement. Missie Arata Noel is the society and features writer for the St. Tammany Advocate. She can be contacted by email at jrnoel@bellsouth. net.

Julia Songy, Caroline Montz, Lindsay Hardwick and Mackenzie Connaughton.

Beloved Slidell librarian Miriam Boots, ‘Miss Mim’, surrounded by her many admirers during her recent retirement party.

ABOVE: Miriam Boots, or ‘Miss Mim’, as she is known by library patrons, was honored recently at a retirement party at the Slidell Library. RIGHT: Maddie, Nathan and Katelyn Ruda at the Slidell Library party honoring Miss Mim.

Ella Quinlan, Grace Lenfant, Carleigh Breaux and Hazel Hymel model the latest American Girl fashions.

Coordinators of the OLL tea include Paula Johnson, Principal Frank Smith and Vice Principal Vita Dickens. Merrin Trahan, Bella Reeves, Leila Zornes and Julia Whitfield at the Our Lady of the Lake tea.

Models in the ninth annual tea included Lexie Ware, Reagan Bragg, Luciana McGinnis and Mary Grace Cazenavette.

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Christwood gathering offers mind, body nourishment Advocate staff report Jeannette Rousseau, a certified diabetes educator with St. Tammany Parish Hospital, will give a presentation on “Staying Well in the New Year with Diabetes” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20, at the Community Center at Christwood, 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington. Participants should use the Brewster Road entrance. The presentation is part of the community center’s series of Lunch & Learn events. Box lunches are provided, and participants must make a reservation by calling (985) 2921234 or emailing jportmann@ Other presentations in the series include: n Kevin Mizell, a physical therapist with St. Tammany Parish Hospital, will give a presentation on preventing falls from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Feb. 11. n CPA Sean O’Neill will present a financial health checkup including changes in tax law, the Affordable Care Act and the challenges facing the “sandwich generation” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 18. n Louise Dill, of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, will give a presentation on preventing a stroke from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15. n Kelly Kiviko, with The Healing Point, will give a presentation on acupuncture from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13. n A representative of LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors will give a presentation on keeping finances healthy from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17. n Certified herbalist Cynthia Schutte will give a presentation on using herbs to prevent illness from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 15.

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Among those on hand for Breakfast With Santa were, from left, Nicholas, Blake and Dana Hammer. Photo provided by Mandeville Republican Women

Mandeville Republicans nominated as leaders of Louisiana group

Linda Begue, left, and Michelle Pichon, of the Mandeville Republican Women, have been nominated as president and Region 7 vice president, respectively, of the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women. The state organization’s nominating committee voted on the slate of officers Dec. 8, and the nominations will go before the LFRW Biennial Convention in March.


FAITH NOTES FIRST BAPTIST MISSION COLLECTION: A tree is up to be filled with hats and mittens for Orphan Outreach at First Baptist Church, 4141 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell. This has been a mission project for the church preschoolers the last five years. The collection continues through January. For information, call (985) 643-3456. CATHOLICS RETURNING HOME: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church will host a six-week series of informal discussions on Mondays beginning Jan. 5 for those who have been away from the Catholic church and would like to renew their faith. The church is at 1050 Robert Blvd. in Slidell. Call Renee Lemoniar at (985) 643-6124. RACIALHARMONYWORKSHOP: The Office of Racial Harmony will host a four-part workshop series on racism from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays from Jan. 5 to Jan. 26 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1050 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Facilitating the workshop will be Deacon Warren Berault and Deacon Troy Smith. The program is a reflection on a pastoral letter on racial harmony, which asks Christians to consider how all people are made in the image and likeness of God and to answer the question, “What is God calling you to do?” Archbishop Gregory Aymond has asked parishioners to take action to help bring an end to “the grievous sin of racism in

our church and our community.” A family prayer has been prayed throughout the archdiocese to end violence, murder and racism. For information, email Sister Teresa Rooney at srrooney@ AWANA KICK-OFF: First Baptist Church will have its Awana Kick-off from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 for ages 2 through sixth grade at 4141 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell. For information, call (985) 643-3456. BLESSING OF THE CHILD IN THE WOMB: Expectant families awaiting the birth of their child are invited to receive a special “Blessing of a Child in the Womb” during the celebration of the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Jan. 18 at St. Peter Church in Covington. The rite observes that the blessing of an unborn child “sustains the parents by imparting grace and comfort in time of concern and need, unites the parish in prayer for the unborn child, and fosters respect for human life within society.” Reserved seating is available for expectant families. The text of the Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb has been approved by the Vatican and by the USCCB. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, USCCB president, authorized its use in the liturgy as of March 26, 2012, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. For information, call the St. Peter Office of Marriage and Family at (985) 892-9353.

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Efforts to address human trafficking

Beth Salcedo, executive director of the Louisiana Coalition against Human Trafficking, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club. She estimated there are 200,000 homeless children in Louisiana, of whom 180,000 are at risk of exploitation. Salcedo and her husband, Raphael Salcedo, are founders of the Free Indeed Home, a 10-bed shelter dedicated to the rehabilitation of girls who have been victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. From left are Beau Bachelor, Tom Quinn, Beth Salcedo and Gary Lowe.

Blake Hammer is seen at the Breakfast With Santa event, for which the price of admission was an unwrapped toy for St. Tammany Project Christmas.

Children ages 3 to 8 enjoyed breakfast with Santa at Lakeview Regional Medical Center on Dec. 6. With Santa, from left, are Arieana and Brenson Davis.

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Mandeville Angel Tree benefits kids in Head Start

Lacombe Head Start program was the beneficiary of an Angel Tree held recently at the Mandeville Trailhead. The Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club organized the project to help the 115 preschoolers in the Head Start program. LEFT: Northlake Mandeville Rotary President Bill Allin, left, and Brant Alexander. RIGHT: Brayson Alexander, 7, of Mandeville, left, contributes as his parents, Brittan and Brant, look on. Accepting the donation is Allin.

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HEALTH BRIEFS FREE YOGA IN SLIDELL: A yoga class is offered for cancer patients and caregivers from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26, on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Community Outreach Center, SMH Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd., Slidell. There is no charge for the classes, but registration and medical release are required. For information, call (985) 280-6600. CAREGIVER COFFEE TALK: Caregivers will learn about simple ways to cope with daily stress, to care for themselves as caregivers and to restore their own energy from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Slidell Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. ZUMBA CLASSES FOR CANCER PATIENTS: Free low-impact, Latin-inspired dance-fitness classes will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Community Outreach Center, Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd., Slidell. ME & MY TOT TIME: Parents will discuss child development issues and parenting tips, while their children enjoy playtime with other little ones, on Wednesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Community Outreach Center, Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The hour beginning at 9 a.m. is for toddlers who have just begun walking to 24 months; the hour beginning at 10 a.m. is for ages 2536 months; and the hour beginning at 11 a.m. is for ages 37 months to preschool. For information, call (985) 280-8529. BABY LOVE: This is a three-part class for expectant couples. Class one, especially for early pregnancy, will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 8. Class two, dealing with labor, will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 15. Class three, dealing with pain control and anesthesia, and early infant care, will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 22. All the Baby Love classes will meet on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Community Outreach Center, Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The cost is $20 per couple for the individual classes, if not preregistered at SMH. To regis-

ter, call (985) 280-2657 or visit BABY & ME: Parents of babies who are not yet walking will share issues and insights about parenting at 10 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29, on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Community Outreach Center, Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Registration is not required. For information, call (985) 280-8529. BREASTFEEDING CLINIC: Lactation consultants will offer support and encouragement at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 10 in the Florida Avenue conference room at Slidell Memorial Hospital, 1025 Florida Ave., Slidell. The fee is $25 if not preregistered at SMH. To register, call (985) 280-8585 or visit SLIDELL AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP: Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Community Outreach Center, Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd., Slidell. For more information, call Anne Galiano at (985) 718-0432. LOOK GOOD … FEEL BETTER IN SLIDELL: Women with cancer can get free makeup kits, stopby-step demonstrations, a free lunch and great support from this program, which will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Imaging Center, 1495 Gause Blvd., Slidell. To register, call (985) 280-2657. ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: Caregivers will receive emotional, educational and social support, and develop methods and skills for solving problems, through the Alzheimer’s caregiver support group. The group meets at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the secondfloor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The next meeting will be Jan. 13. For information, call Audrey Baker at (985) 960-1964. WOMEN WARRIORS: Breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 2806612.

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Shown at the SSA Alumnae Career Day are, front row from left, Meg Williams ’79, Lyn Evans ’84, Melissa Landry ’07, Sarah Delahoussaye Call ’05, Jessica Madden ’07, Julie Ballard Clark ’94; second row, Maggie Homer ’02, Amanda Molina Brooks ‘04, Anna Grundmann ’08, Amberleigh Carter ’08, Brittany Carter ‘03, Paula Sereebutra Seal, MD ’93; third row, Ashleigh Delatte Madden ’04, Katie Maher, DVM ’02, Courtlin Donner Noggerath ’02, Leanne McBurney Truehart, MD ’86, Alison Brouillette Greffenius ’81; and back, Meredith Lyon Ramke ’59, Kim Colle Reagan ’93, Kelli Donahue Stewart ’98, Meg Norwood Thomason ’95 and Lindsay Coutrado VanAs ’95.

Alumnae return for Career Day Advocate staff report St. Scholastica Academy recently held its annual Career Day, sponsored by the SSA Alumnae Association. More than a dozen alumnae professionals were invited to discuss their careers with the juniors and seniors. Career Day at SSA is one of the most anticipated events for the students because the alumnae return to their alma mater to offer guidance, advice and real-world experience. Caroline Capps, SSA college and career adviser, and AnneMarie Cashmere Skansi ’88, admissions and alumnae director, helped organize the event. Katie Maher, DVM ’02, SSA Alumnae Board member, welcomed

the speakers with a prayer and thanked them for their participation. She introduced each alumnae participant and the keynote speaker, Melissa Landry, a 2007 graduate of SSA. Landry earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from LSU, graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. While at LSU, Landry was voted as the 2009 LSU Homecoming Queen, Phi Kappa Phi’s 2011 Outstanding LSU Senior and LSU’s 2008 Outstanding Freshman. She was actively involved with the Chi Omega sorority, LSU Ambassadors, the Student Finance Association and Global L.E.A.D. During her collegiate career, Landry also accomplished her goal of visiting all seven conti-

nents and is looking forward to more travel in the future. Landry is an associate in the executive office at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Previously, she was an investment banking analyst in the Natural Resource Group at Goldman Sachs. Other alumnae speakers were: Amanda Molina Brooks, ’04, occupational therapist; Sarah Delahoussaye Call, ’05, attorney; Amberleigh Carter, ’08, holistic health practitioner; Brittany Carter, ’03, attorney; Julie Ballard Clark, ’94, real estate agent; Lyn Evans, ’84, java developer; Anna Grundmann, ’08, editor; Maggie Homer, ’02, speech language pathologist; Jessica Madden, ’07, environ-

mental engineer; Casey Daste Reed, M.D., ’00, anesthesiologist; Paula Sereebutra Seal, M.D., ’93, internal medicine; Kelli Donahue Stewart, ’98, owner of Cupcake Concept; Meg Norwood Thomason, ’95, physical therapist; and Leanne McBurney Truehart, M.D., ’86, adult psychiatrist. As part of the Career Day, SSA students were recruited as hosts to the alumnae on campus. The students escorted each alumna for the day to their classrooms and around campus. After the keynote speaker, the alumnae were invited to the Advancement Office for lunch and fellowship with each other before beginning their sessions.

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Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan and Karay Klein display the latest addition to the Slidell Village collection. The other four models are seen on the window sill.

Slidell Village architectural models collection expands chie House, City Hall, First United Methodist Church and The Slidell Village collec- Chateau Bleu. Slidell Mayor Freddy Drention of wooden models of prominent Slidell buildings is nan was the first person to expanding with the addition of purchase a Mount Olive moda model of Mount Olive AME el. The models can be purChurch, the oldest church chased individually for $16, or for $15 each when purchasing building in Slidell. The Women of First United three or more. To buy a model, call Cindy Methodist Church in Slidell sells the models as a fundrais- Cochran at (985) 290-8780 or er. The other four buildings in Barbara Brannon at (985) 290the set are the Salmen-Frit- 9794. Advocate staff report

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Mandeville kindergartners savor fruits and vegetables at tasting party

Kindergartners in Toni Bourg’s class at Mandeville Elementary School recently got an introduction to different fruits and vegetables at a ‘Go, Glow, Grow’ tasting party presented by Holly Hansen, the school’s cafeteria manager. The children learned about the importance of healthy eating and making good choices for healthier lives. Pictured with the kindergarten students are Mollie Dunbar, Holly Hansen and Toni Bourg.

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SCHOOL BRIEF NOCCA MEDIA ARTS: Nick Ramey, a senior at Mandeville High School and a Level IV media arts student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, will travel to Miami from Jan. 4-11 to participate in National YoungArts Week. Ramey The National YoungArts Foundation has chosen promising artists from across the country for this program,

which includes master classes, meeting other high-level high school students and the opportunity to compete for the prestigious Presidential Scholars Program. Applications for students wishing to audition at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts are due to NOCCA by Jan. 9. The applications can be downloaded and printed from

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Mandeville students create bowls for charity project

ABOVE: Art students of Adair Watkins at Fontainebleau Junior High School in Mandeville made bowls for the Empty Bowls Project, which raises money for The Samaritan Center. The Old Mandeville Business Association hosted an event at which patrons bought bowls and were served food donated by local restaurants. Members of the fifth-hour class, front row from left, are Payton Radosta, Shawna Torregano and Chloe Norman. In the middle row are Phillip Cole, Liv Phillips, Jeline Duncan and Miles Rivault. In the back row are Hope Beaver, Jonathan Lagarrigue, Dylan Morse, Abigail Desposito and Doris Igrec. LEFT: Members of the seventh-hour class, front row from left, are Bailey Echevarria, Kim Navarre and Haley Pittari. In the middle row are Peyton Shadwell, Breana Hockman, Shelly Ward and Kaley Vincent. In the back row are Melissa George, Collin Budinich, Mia Berube, Morgan Newton and Danielle Avila.

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Mandeville ‘caring cardinals’ serve others

This Christmas tree at Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic School in Mandeville is filled with ‘caring cardinals’ representing hours of service volunteered by students during Advent. The project was organized by the school’s Parent Teacher Cooperative Club. From left are Abbey Avegno, Nicole Marvel, Joshua Fecke and Jacob Bounds.

Bayou Lacombe Middle School honors students of the month The November students of the month at Bayou Lacombe Middle School in Lacombe were chosen on the basis of their good character and citizenship. In the front row, from left, are Celestia Langevin, Martina Stubbs, Kamrie Sylve, Skylar Hill and Jason Buras. In the back row are Elena Cook, Jaron Savoy, Caley Wilson, Rhiannon Legaux and Rhett Rosiere.

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The December students of the month at Bayou Lacombe Middle School in Lacombe were selected on the basis of their good character and citizenship. From left are Harrison Martin, Ethan Silve, Katieana Fleming, Madison Gutierrez, Ralph Landes, Ernesher Casnave, Corey Kustenmacher, Walter Davis and Joseph Fontenette.

Fifth-grader writes winning essay

Fifth-grader Brooke Naccari wrote the winning essay about the dangers of drugs as part of the DARE program at St. Peter Catholic School in Covington. She is seen with Principal Michael Kraus, left, and Covington police Officer Jake Lehman, who has led the program at St. Peter for many years.

St.Tammany dancers perform in Houston Thanksgiving parade

Mandeville students visit Discovery Center

During a recent field trip to the Discovery Center in Hammond, students from Mandeville Elementary School enjoyed creating art projects, rock climbing, participating in drama and acting activities and learning about EMS/EMT services. Seen are second-graders Kai’den Dempsey, Emma Dugas, Elise Levert, Deanna Padilla and Ellie Smith.

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Lee Road honors students of the month

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The H-E-B Holiday Parade on Thanksgiving Day in Houston, Texas, featured performances by three St. Tammany dancers among more than 300 elementary, junior high and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the United States. These Universal Dance Association All-Americans were chosen on the basis of the skills they demonstrated at summer camps throughout the country. From left are Keely Hall, Madisonville Junior High; Amelia Standridge, Mary Queen of Peace; and Olivia Murray, St. Peter School.

Representing their grade levels as students of the month at Lee Road Junior High School are, front row from left, Andy Herasymiuk, Abbie Bell, Halle Kuchler and Isabelle Brown. In the back row are Lainie Theobold, Gabby Pearson, Clay Remond and Connor Reinwald. Haylee Smith also was a student of the month.

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Student Council to benefit cancer center

Kehoe-France Northshore seventh-graders listed on honor roll

Photo provided by Kehoe-France Northshore

Eight seventh-graders from Kehoe-France Northshore in Covington earned all As for the first nine weeks of the school year, placing them on the First Honor Roll. From left they are Joshua Aufrecht, Cayden Cameron, Maggie Guidry, Mac Woods, Justin Mouledous, Mason Vencil, Alex Klocek and Skylar Knaak.

The Kehoe-France Northshore Student Council officers visited Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. The Student Council chose the center as the recipient of its fundraising efforts this year. The officers were given a tour of the facility and an explanation of how their donations can help patients in need of financial assistance. The officers plan to share their experience with the other Student Council members. Shown are, from left, Kate Huval, Justin Mouledous, Evan Greene and Skylar Knaak in front of the Elekta, a machine that administers radiation to patients.

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$ 87

Pork Cutlets

1900 Lafayette, Gretna 504-366-3557

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Sirloin Tip Roast


6588 W Bank Expy, Marero 504-341-2726

2701 Barataria Blvd. @ Ames 504-347-1451

1951 Barataria Blvd. @ LaPalco 504-349-9075

USDA Choice Bnls Certified Angus Beef


Open New Years Day 7am - 6pm


$ 67 lb

17 lb

John Morrell

Chopped Ham



Best Choice

Kraft PP $6.99

Vegetables 14.5-15.25 oz.


Asst’d Corn, Peas, Green Beans


Velveeta Cheese

10 oz. Asst’d








Drinking Water





Must Buy 4 or $2.98 each

Pace Salsa or





Bush’s Best

Blackeye Peas 15.8 oz.


¢ ea

Fresh Crisp

Green Cabbage




Limit 5 lbs. 29¢ lb. over 5 lbs.





Bounty Basic

5 oz. Oil/Water

12 Roll Bundle

6 Roll Bundle


Russett Potatoes



Bath Tissue



All Purpose 15 lbs.



5 8




4 lbs. California

Navel Oranges



66 ea


Crest 6.4 oz.

Charmin Basic


Energy Shots $ 98



Toothpaste $ 79


Paper Towels



5-Hour 1.3 oz.

Pasta Sauce


Chunk Tuna



24 oz. Asst’d


Cough Drops ¢


16 oz. Asst’d



Best Choice 30 Ct.


Picante Sauce

Sunny D

Wall Decor

9.5-10 oz.

3 11 $



Potato Chips

12 pk 12 oz. Can

4 10 $



Coke Products

24 pk 1/2 Liter


2 lb. Brick




One A Day




65-100 Ct. Asst’d



California Head

Iceberg Lettuce




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