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When my son was six years old, we took him to Dublin, Ireland. A must for any visit – we toured the Guinness Factory. They say the beer tastes different there, and I have to agree it was the best Guinness I have tasted. When we walked into the room with barrels of hops and barley, my son started grabbing handfuls. When we asked what he was doing, he said that he wanted to make beer at home. We never did, but it is a hobby for a lot of people. In this issue we share the stories of artisan brewing in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. Northshore Media Group remains committed to our local community. Being one of the many local family-owned business, we know the importance of supporting our local business. The unique qualities of the Northshore are what makes living here so special. As EDGE of the Lake strives to find local stories that reflect the makeup of the area, our radio stations Lake 94.7, Highway 107.4, Tangi 96.5 and Kajun 107.1 are all committed to supporting and promoting local business. Every weekday morning our morning shows feature local news and interviews from local leaders and community groups that share with our listeners what is happening. Stay informed and stay local. For more information, go to our website northshoremedia.com With summer almost upon us, we bring you our annual Summer Camp Guide. This year more than ever parents and kids are looking for fun ideas to fill their summer months. Enjoy the issue,


PUBLISHER Sarah Cottrell EDITOR Damon Killian ART DIRECTOR Erich Belk STYLE DIRECTOR Patty Beal BEAUTY EDITOR Caitlin Picou COPY EDITOR Mary-Brent Brown CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Liv Butera Charles Dowdy Sarah Cottrell Chris Massengill Liz Smith STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jerry Cottrell CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Marianne Rodriquez Abby Sands Joel Treadwell SENIOR SALES EXECUTIVES Eloise Cottrell ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Rebecca Blossman-Ferran Erin Bolton Jamie Dakin Debi Menasco Stephanie Miller INTERN Julia Watson

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COMMUNITY LEADERS Safe Haven — Where Recovery Begins The Safe Haven campus, on the site of the former Southeast Hospital, is fully operational. It is home to several entities serving the mental health needs of our community including: NAMI St. Tammany, Florida Parishes Human Services Drug and Alcohol Unit and Fontainebleau Treatment Center, the NAMI Day Center, and the St. Tammany Parish Public School System. The Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center now houses St. Tammany’s third Federally Qualified Health Center (the Safe Haven Health Center) and the Safe Haven Crisis Center – St. Tammany’s first 24-bed Crisis Receiving Center – is on track to open soon. These services will be operated by Start Corporation, a non-profit organization that provides health services to youth, veterans, the homeless and individuals with mental disabilities. The first new construction on the campus since the 1970s, the Safe Haven Training and Education Center, is expected to begin later this year. As one component of the campus, this facility will provide resources for a variety of programs centered on behavioral health with the mission of breaking down the stigma of mental health, providing education about the signs, and giving tools to appropriately respond to those suffering from behavioral health issues. It will provide a space to train various community members on how to identify and respond to these community needs. St. Tammany Parish Government recently acquired an area on campus known as Cardinal Cove. This property will eventually undergo a complete renovation that will house a 30-person residential veterans’ program. This will fill a gap in St. Tammany’s behavioral health system and also support the work of our service providers and St. Tammany’s own Veterans Court through the 22nd Judicial District Court System. My administration will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure Safe Haven fully becomes a reality while building on the solid foundation we have worked to create. www.safehavenstp.org

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Bush Splendor Farms Horse Camp for Girls 27329 Mill Creek Road main: 985.886.3747 cell: 985.630.8960 / splendorfarms.net

Covi ngton Archbishop Hannan High School Little Hawk Day Camp Sports Camps Archbishop Hannan High School 71324 Hwy 1077 985.249.6363 / Hannanhigh.org Camp Abbey Catholic Sleep Away Camp at Abbey Retreat Center 77002 K C Camp Rd. 985.327.7240 / campabbey.org Camp Old Hickory Summer Day Camp 73234 Louisiana Ave. rscafidel@live.com 985.892.4788 / campoldhickory.com Christ Episcopal School Creation Sensation Summer Camp Weekly Camps June 7-11, June 14-18 & June 21-25 – Pre-K - 7th Drama Camp - Disney’s Peter Pan JR. Three-week camp for actors: June 7-25, Performances on Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26. Ages 8-16 One-week camps for set and costume design: June 7-11, June 14-18, and June 21-25, Register by the week or sign up for all three sessions. 80 Christwood Blvd. kpousson@christepiscopalschool.org 985.871.9902 / christepiscopalschool.org Creating U Academy Acting & Modeling Camp 69154 Hwy 190, E. Service Rd. creatingu@att.net 985.893.2218 / creatingu.com


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Kehoe-France Northshore Camp 25 Patricia Dr. 985.892.4415 / kehoe-francens.com Kidcam Summer Camps Coquille Park, 13505 LA-1085 877-4KIDCAM / kidcamcamp.co Northlake Christian School Camp Northlake Weekly, May 31 - July 30, Grades K-6th Athletic & Enrichment Camps June 1-4, Boys Basketball - Ages 5-14, Lower School Art Camp - Grades k-4th June 7 - 10, Soccer - Ages 6-14, Middle School Art -Grades 5th & 6th June 14 - 17, Baseball - Ages 6-14, Volleyball - Ages 6-14, Middle School STEM - Grade 5th & 6th, Middle School Art Camp- 7th & 8th June 21 -24, Cheer/Dance Combo -Age PK4-14, Football - Age 6-14, Theater - Grade 5th& 6th, June 28-July 1 Softball - Ages 6-10 and 11-14 July 6-9 Lower School STEM - Grades K- 4th July 12-15 Girls Basketball, Ages 6-14 70104 Wolverine Dr. 985.635.0400 / campnorthlake.org Playmakers Theatre Theater Camps 19106 Playmakers Rd. 985.893.1671 / playmakersinc.com St. Paul’s Camps Theater Camps Drama Camp: June 14-18, Ages 9-13, Musical Camp: June 28-July 2 Ages 9-13 Register at stpauls.com/student-life/summer-camp/ Football Camps Offensive/Defensive Lineman Camp, June 10-12, Boys Ages 7-15 Junior High 7 vs 7 Tournament, July 16-17, Boys Ages 10-15 Summer Football Fundamentals Camp, June 14-18, Boys Ages 6-14 Football Evaluation Camp, July 15, Boys Ages 10-15 Registration for all football camps: facebook.com/ stpaulfootballcamps Sports Camps Registration for all sports camps: stpauls.com/ student-life/summer-camp/ Boys Ages: 7-14 Baseball: June 7-11 Speed and Strength: June 14-18 Soccer: June 21-25, Speed and Strength: June 28-July 2, Basketball 1 Individual Skills: July 5-9, Basketball 2 Team Concepts: July 12-16 917 South Jahncke Ave, Covington 985.892.3200 / stpauls.com

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St. Scholastica Academy Summer Camps Art, June 21 -25, Boys & Girls 4th -8th, Cheer and Dance Combo, June 21 -25, Girls K- 5th. Movie Making Camp, June 4 – 8, June 14- 18, Boys and Girls Grade 4th -8th, Morning and Afternoon Sessions, Soccer Camp, June 21 – 24, 4 – 7 Boys & Girls, Cartooning/ Character Sculpting, June 21 – 25 Boys and Girls 4th-8th, S.T.E.M. Design Challenge, June 7-11, June 14-18, June 21-25, Boys and Girls 4th-8th, Volleyball Camp, June 1 – 4 & June 7 – 11, Girls 4th- 8th. 122 S. Massachusetts St. 985.892.2540 ext.129 / ssacad.com

Southeastern University Roomies REC Camp Student Activity Center 1350 N. General Pershing St., Southeastern University 985.549.5591 / Southeastern.edu

St. Tammany Art Association Summer Camps Art House, 320 N. Columbia St. 985.892.8650 / sttammanyartassociation.org


YMCA - Summer Camp 71256 Francis Rd. krissyc@ymcaneworleans.org 985.893.9622 / www.ymcaneworleans.org

Folsom Big Sky Ranch Farm Camp 15442 Jack Fork Rd. 985.276.0270 / bigskyranch.org Zoo 2 U Weekly Zoo Camp June 14-18, 21-25, July 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, Ages 5-15, Before and Aftercare Available 82089 Hwy. 25 504.756.1501 / zoo2uparties.com

Hammond and Ponchatou l a Sunshine Studio Art camps Sunshine Studio, 234 S.E. Railroad, Ponchatoula 985.373.0468 / sunshinestudioarts.com Kidcam Summer Camps Chappapeela Sports Park 19325 Hipark Blvd., Hammond 1-877-4KIDCAM / kidcamcamp.com


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Madisonville Madisonville Equestrian Center Riding Camp 135 Vista St. 985.778.6981 / madisonvilleequestriancenter.com

Art Time Art Camp 705 Asbury Drive 985.674.2023 / arttime.biz Children’s Museum of Tammany Astro Camp 21404 Koop Dr 985.888.1555 / cmstkids.org Northshore Basketball Training Academy 278 General Patton Ave. 985.773.4185 / northshorebasketballtraining.com Camp Girl Biz 5200 Hwy. 22, Suite 6 and 7 campgirlbiz@aol.com 985.705.9288 / campgirlbiz.com Cedarwood School Summer Camps Camp Kaleidoscope One-week camps starting June 1st – July 30th Ages: 2 – 7 Before and Aftercare MADD Camp | Music, Art, Dance, Drama 2 Week Camps June 14 – 25, July 5 – 16 Ages: 1st – 7th grade 601 Heavens Dr. 985.845.7111 / cedarwoodschool.com/summer-camp Culinary Kids Summer Camps 915 Marigny Ave. 985.727.5553 / culinarykidsns.com

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Slidell Cross Gates Family Fitness Cub Camp Weekly Sessions: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Ages 3-4 Pre-K Camp Weekly Sessions: Monday – Friday, Ages 4-5 Traditional Camp Weekly Sessions: Monday – Friday, 9am- 4pm, Ages 5 -13 Tennis Camp Ages 4-14, Weekly Sessions Signature Camps Including, Drama, Cheerleading, art, Dance, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Self-Defense Different programs- Ages 3-13 Before and Aftercare Available, 200 Military Rd. 985.643.2049 / crossgatesclub.com Gymnastic Plus Fun & Fitness 58445 Pearl Acres Rd. 985.643.0914 / gymplus.net Kidcam First Christian Church, 102 Christian Lane 985.237.1616 / kidcamcamp.com Slidell Little Theatre Theatre Camp 2024 Nellie Drive 985.643.0556 / Slidelllittletheatre.org Tammany Yacht Club 1196 Harbor Drivel 985.649.5222 / tammanyyachtclub.org *Camp dates, times & activities are subject to change.

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uring this grueling year of pandemic disruption and anxiety, many of us have become a little more educated on the topics of public health and epidemiology. The endless reporting on the research and development of the much-anticipated vaccines has brought attention to an incredibly important scientific phenomenon – clinical trials. Not only were they essential in giving us the Covid vaccines, but they are – and will be – responsible for a mind-boggling array of current and future life-saving therapeutics. To earn the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s coveted approval, any new medical treatment, strategy, or device must successfully complete four rigorous testing phases that involve incrementally larger and more diverse populations of volunteers. For many who are facing challenging diagnoses, access to cutting edge treatments via a clinical trial can be a godsend. Luckily, local patients


Betsy Threefoot Kaston and Debbie Lameer, LPN, research nurse, Mary Bird Perkins EDGE April | May 2021

by the FDA can be don’t necessarily overwhelming. She’s have to travel across been in partnership the country – or with Mary Bird even across Lake Perkins for almost a Pontchartrain – for decade, which allows such an opportunity. her to focus on Mary Bird Perkins acting as a principal offers clinical investigator with the trials that not only trials. She evaluates enhance standard her own patients cancer treatments, and those referred but can result in by other doctors, improved patient then oversees and outcomes and coordinates the care survival rates. of those who qualify, Betsy Threefoot and reports their Kaston, a 66-yearprogress. Mary Bird old retired teacher Dr. Patricia Braly with Betsy Threefoot Kaston Perkins, meanwhile, from River Ridge, is provides the vital patient management, data submission, living proof. Her compelling story began in August of 2019, and study coordination. when her allergist discovered some troubling bloodwork When Betsy joined her trial, she immediately started with results while treating her for an unrelated lingering cough. three heavy rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, then more He advised her to see her gynecologist right away, and this chemo, followed by the trial drugs. Some trial participants get advice very likely saved her life. the placebo, but Betsy was treated with an immunotherapy “My doctor felt something right away. I had an ultrasound, drug and a PARP inhibitor. Betsy didn’t mince words. It was and was immediately sent to an oncologist. By September, I definitely difficult, but ultimately successful and well worth had laparoscopic surgery, and they told me it was inoperable. it. It was stage four ovarian cancer.” “I’m now cancer-free,” she happily announced. “It has Things moved very quickly, so Betsy had little time to been fabulous, I’m very fortunate. I’ve told people that process this devastating diagnosis. Like many wives and Covington has a population of 10,000, and Folsom is maybe mothers, her initial concern was not for herself. 1,000, but I’ve had access to the best medical care in the “My first reaction was that I’ve got to be strong for my country.” kids and husband. I didn’t want them to see me crying about Dr. Braly described Betsy as “a great, motivated patient. it. I was mainly scared about what was going to happen to If she experienced any sort of side effect, she’d call it a them.” ‘special’ effect instead.” Meanwhile, Betsy’s husband Jeff – whom she lovingly While her buoyant attitude played a major role in her describes as “a rock” and “pushy” – launched a nationwide success, Betsy was also incredibly lucky that she fit the search for specialists and clinical trials. He found several specific criteria of a current clinical trial, and that it was promising leads, but luckily, Betsy’s oncologists at East close to home. Jefferson Hospital in Metairie recommended one at nearby “If I had to go to another city, it would’ve been mentally Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington. harder. I’ve had my family and friends nearby as a support Within about three short weeks of that trip to the allergist, system, plus I get constant updates and testing from the trial. Dr. Patricia Braly evaluated and registered Betsy in a clinical Others might be fearful of testing, but I find it comforting.” trial. Dr. Braly, who is in private practice at Women’s Cancer The structured care and monitoring, both during and Care in Covington, has been involved with local, national, after clinical trials, is ideal for patients like Betsy, who want and international clinical trials for many years, but the the added peace of mind. amount of paperwork and administrative tasks required EDGE April | May 2021


“You’re always your own advocate -- you have to be -- but everything was mapped out. There was a plan for if this happens, here are your choices. If that happens, here are more choices. And if I felt worried or unwell, I’d call and ask for a blood test, and they’d say sure.” Betsy also talked about how much she appreciated the personalized care she received. “If I’d gone to a larger, out-of-state facility, I would’ve gotten good care, but I would’ve been a number. They knew me here. I felt comfortable going in, and it became my social life during Covid.” There’s also some financial incentive to participate in a trial. Betsy marveled at the fact that throughout her treatment, the only thing she paid for was her deductibles. Dr. Braly explained, “Every study is different, but many cover expenses, like additional testing and treatment not covered by insurance. Some trial consent forms stipulate that you won’t have to pay additional money, beyond your deductible or co-pay.” To get similar positive results, Betsy suggests that anyone facing cancer should make sure they have a trusted doctor, a solid support system, and the courage to participate in a trial, if possible. But, she also credits her positive perspective with contributing to her excellent outcome. “When I was first diagnosed, I found an article saying ovarian cancer is no longer a death sentence, and I stuck with that. I was never going to let the light at the end of the tunnel go out. It got dim sometimes, but it was always there.” Betsy hopes to inspire others, with both her positive outcome and her contribution to the future of cancer treatment. ”I feel like my kids can look at me and say, ‘If mom can do it, anyone can.’ I also have granddaughters, and this trial might make things better for them. Plus, I want to dance at their weddings some day!” Dr. Braly is such a firm believer in these trials that even if a patient doesn’t meet the criteria for a local one, she counsels them on how to find one elsewhere. “Clinical research is so important because we shouldn’t be happy with current treatments until cancer is eliminated. The only way to improve is with trials. The way I get through my days as an oncologist is knowing that we have more success stories because of clinical trials. It’s a downer to just go with what current statistics tell us. Let’s see if we can do better. That’s where I get my optimism.”


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Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s clinical trials, offered regionally, include brain, breast, colorectal, head and neck, kidney, lung, melanoma, pancreas, and prostate studies. Additional services offered are radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, patient navigation, nutritional counseling and other support services. Anyone interested in participating can either ask their personal physician for a referral, or contact Mary Bird Perkins Covington’s clinical research department at (985) 276-6843 or clinicalresearch@marybird.com. Patients will receive a thorough explanation from their doctor in order to make an informed decision.

Clean City Campaign

Earth Week Event

APRIL 19 - APRIL 24, 2021 Monday, APRIL 19 • Reusable Cup Awareness Day Drinking out of reusable cups reduces waste and is better for our planet.

Tuesday, APRIL 20 • Reusable Bag Awareness Day

Reusable bags are sturdier than plastic bags and better for the environment.

Wednesday, APRIL 21 • Recycling Awareness Day Every Wednesday is Recycling Day, so put those recycle bins on the curb!

Thursday, APRIL 22 • Glass, Tire & Bag Recycling Day You can’t put glass, tires or plastic grocery bags in your recycle bin at home, so KSB will be collecting those items at the Bayou Lane Parking Lot.

Friday, APRIL 23 • Plant a Camellia Day

Slidell is known as the Camellia City. Take time today to beautify the front of your home or business and plant a camellia bush.

Saturday, APRIL 24 • Spring Citywide Cleanup Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup

Members from the Slidell Women’s Civic Club participate in Keep Gather your friends, family, school clubs, church groups and civic organizations Slidell Beautiful’s Citywide Cleanup to volunteer to help pick up trash! #CleanTheDell #KeepSlidellBeautiful

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Are You Experiencing the First Signs of a Hearing Loss? We often have our teeth checked, our eyes checked and our blood-pressure tested, but when was the last time you had a hearing test? Hearing loss doesn’t happen overnight. It is a gradual process over the years, so it isn’t noticeable at first. But at some point, things will start to change. A few common signs of hearing loss include finding conversations hard to follow, turning the TV’s volume up louder than usual, and asking people to repeat themselves. Dr. JJ Martinez, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA Doctor of Audiology, Board Certified Audiologist

You might not think too much of it at first, or, despite any frustrations it is causing you, you might decide to put treatment off for “another day.” Often friends and family are the first to notice one’s hearing loss before it becomes a real challenge for the sufferer.

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Sound familiar? If so, then SLENT Hearing & Balance Center encourages you to visit one of our hearing centers in Hammond, Slidell or Mandeville, LA for a hearing test. We’ll test your hearing, and identify if a hearing loss is at play, and if so, provide you with some treatment options. A recent worldwide study* confirmed that eight out of ten hearing aid users reported they had a profound positive impact on their quality of life, including improved relationships at home and work and a better sense of safety and independence.

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We’ve added 3T ultra-high field MRI to our portfolio of imaging services on the Northshore. We offer ultralow dose CT scans – the safest scan of its type outside of a hospital setting. We perform functional imaging that can be combined with other technology to form a complete picture for a diagnosis.


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Not that visiting her practice, Allure Dental, is like a traditional visit to the dentist. Her boutique style office in Mandeville is geared toward the comfort of her patients. She treats them like family, and family is where her path in dentistry began. “My mom is a dentist, and my aunt is a dentist too,” Daniela says. Daniela designed her practice thinking of the five senses. She has a signature scent so that when people walk in it does not smell like a dentist’s office. The waiting room looks more like a living room, with a chandelier, coffee station and a spot for children to play video games or read books.


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wo selfies to improve your smile. That is what Dr. Daniela Eversgerd of Allure Dental says it takes. She loves the way she can bolster someone’s confidence just by changing their smile. She has even begun to offer virtual consults for cosmetic dentistry, so patients can start the process from home. “I’ve had years and years of training with cosmetic dentistry,” Daniela says. “You just have to focus on every detail to make it look natural.” People can go on her website or her Instagram to get the link. Two photos get the process underway. The first is a selfie with a smile. The second photo is a close-up of the same smile. Then add a few sentences explaining how you feel about your smile. “I’ll look at that and then we’ll send you a personalized video of what we can do to make your smile look better,” Daniela says. “After the video consult, it only takes a few visits to get you looking like you want. So, it is really cool and pretty easy.”

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“I kind of modeled my space the way my mom has hers,” Daniela says. “She’s a pediatric dentist in Brazil and kids never want to leave. It really feels like a home and that’s how I wanted my office to feel.” She says the days of being scared to go to the dentist need to be behind us. “I guess the drills weren’t like they are today,” Daniela says. “I have electric drills where they are a lot quieter and they don’t vibrate as much. Maybe the anesthetics did not work as well back then. Look, I am very empathetic because I do not like to be the patient. So, I always pay attention to how my patients feel. I was my mom’s patient growing up and she was a tough mom, a good mom, but she did not want to see me getting cavities and she threatened me to make sure I took care of my teeth.” After growing up in Brazil, Daniela came to the United States to attend college. She selected the U.S. because she went to an American school growing up and she loves the American culture. She was an exchange student in high school and the Illinois family that hosted her for that year ended up hosting her in college, too. She met her husband, Jayson, during her time in Illinois. Jayson is a physician. They have three children: Sofia is 15, Antonio is 14, and Daniel 11. An accomplished medical professional and businesswoman, Daniela now she says her favorite title is Mom. When asked about her passions and hobbies she says, “I love being a mother, so anything related to my kids is where I want to be. Watching them play sports. We love to travel. Cooking for them. I love it all.” In fact, the family travels around the world from their kitchen, trying different ethnic foods for their nightly meal. Sofia often likes to offer up a healthier version of some of the

dishes, and the boys like to get in on the cooking sometimes, too. Not only does she like to travel with her family, she also likes to travel with her staff. “I train my team,” Daniela says. “We travel a lot, and we do a lot of continuing education. We are constantly learning, constantly updating our techniques and our technology.” And while that sounds like she is always on the move, she makes an effort to operate at a more deliberate pace with her patients. “I have a boutique style office,” Daniela says. “I don’t run from room to room. I really spend time with my patients and focus on connecting with them. And treating them like the people they are and not just another set of teeth.” And once they are done and on their way home after a procedure, Daniela’s patients are offered a to-go container of soup. This is homemade soup that, when heated, is warm and comforting. A last final piece of the experience that makes Allure Dental feel like family and home.

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o, about all those lawyer jokes? Attorney Pete Burkhalter laughs as he says, “They’re all true.” Then he pauses, and adds, “It is amazing how the same people who tell those lawyer jokes are the ones who might be going through a divorce, or get a ticket, or a DWI, and then all of a sudden, you, as their lawyer, are no longer a joke.” Not that attorney is the only title applicable to Peyton Burkhalter. Pete is a dedicated family man who, along with his wife, spent years chauffeuring their children everywhere while they pursued their passions. And, speaking of passions, somewhere along the way Pete built his own construction business, DEPP Construction Company. Pete’s path toward becoming an attorney was straightforward. His father worked for an insurance company and interacted with attorneys in that job.


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“These guys my dad worked with were professional, competent, smart people who really had their stuff together and that was my first exposure to the legal world,” Pete says. Pete graduated with honors from Loyola University’s School of Law, including Law Review and Moot Court Board. He became an effective personal injury, DUI and criminal law attorney. For him, the best part of being an attorney is the ability to help people with their problems. He is a talented litigator who enjoys being in the courtroom, but he says his first job is to try and keep any issue out of the courts. “As soon as you allow the outcome of the case to be put into the hands of a jury or a judge you lose some control,” Pete says. “And as long as you have control you have more direct input into how the thing is resolved.” Pete says that if an issue does eventually end up in the courtroom the choice of an attorney is crucially important. “It is simple, really. You are relying on that lawyer’s ability to persuade the trier of facts that your position is the right one.”

Pete has the voice and the personality for persuasion. He is loud, sharp, quick with a laugh or a joke, and relishes a spirited exchange. He can hold his own in a conversation about Scotch, sports, politics, building practices, zoning, or, of course, obscure legal theory. As an attorney, Pete says he found himself representing more and more clients who were buying or selling property. He represented one particular contractor early in his legal career. “He and I ended up joint venturing on a few projects,” Pete says, “And I found out that I really love the building process. There is a plan, with a beginning, a middle, and a conclusion. And with homebuilding, compared to the law, well, people are generally happier at the end. I guess that’s the best way to put it. Because you have built them something they will ultimately make their home.” Pete presents himself as an attorney, and, unless asked, does not say a lot about his homebuilding efforts. Even so, he thinks he is a better lawyer because he builds homes. Pete says the building process keeps him more grounded and in tune with what is going on locally. He says someone who only operates in the legal profession can easily become isolated. “All those things that lawyers talk about among themselves are certainly important in legal circles, but they don’t translate to the general public,” Pete says. “So, when you get caught up in the legal world you can lose touch with everyone else.” Pete tries to visit his homesites every day, but he stresses that his obligations to his legal clients always take precedence over anything he does with construction. “I don’t promote the homebuilding much because I have to go out and give everything I have to the people I represent on the legal side,” Pete says. Pete finds that neither livelihood is more rewarding than the other. “They’re just completely different,” Pete says. “One satisfies one side of my brain and one the other. It is more about seeing the results of your work, or the results of your efforts.” What’s the biggest mistake people make when they hire an attorney? “They don’t research who they’re hiring,” Pete says. What about the biggest mistake people make when choosing someone to build their home?

Pete laughs, “They don’t research who they’re hiring.” Pete met his wife, Debbie, on a blind date after he graduated from law school. They have two children, Emily, who is a registered nurse in Greenville, South Carolina, and Peyton, who is a senior at Jesuit. The family is rounded out by a Cockapoo named Bubba. Next year Pete and Debbie will be looking at an empty nest. He is not sure what this subsequent stage in life will hold for him, but he is ready to face it. He suspects he will continue to bounce between a world of gavels and a world of hammers. One interpreting law, correcting mistakes, and finding justice. The other, interpreting plans, nailing together dreams, and building homes. Pete seems satisfied with the choices he has made thus far. In one line of work he protects someone’s future. In the other, he builds it. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Peyton Burkhalter Law peytonburkhalterlaw.com | 985.900.2112

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• Lower the current millage. • Create a comprehensive breast cancer surgery and reconstruction program—the first of its kind in our area. • Construct an entire floor of negative pressure rooms within a new building. • Build modern, state-of-the-art operating rooms to replace 1970s-era, outdated ones. • Keeps care local, offers expanded services, provides top-level technology and programs to east St. Tammany. • New operating rooms and surgical options make SMH more attractive to potential specialists and sub-specialists. • Funds from the millage are used solely for construction of facilities. • All past bond issue millages have been paid faster than anticipated and provided the community with the SMH Regional Cancer Center, the new Emergency Department, the SMH Heart Center and a dedicated Cardiology patient unit.

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Boating is a popular pastime for many in St. Tammany Parish, and a lot of families will soon be out enjoying our waterways. While I want families to enjoy spending time together, and I want them to enjoy our beautiful rivers, lakes and streams, I want to take this time to remind you to please be safe while doing so. Remember that the same laws that apply on land, also apply on the water when it comes to drinking and driving. Don’t ruin a fun weekend on the water by getting a DUI or worse by causing a crash. The waterways in St. Tammany Parish get very crowded during weekends. Always be aware of any potential threat of inclement weather, be mindful of other watercraft around you and abide by all no wake zones. No wake zones are there for a reason. Before heading out, make sure your vessel is equipped with the proper personal floatation devices as required by law. All children 16 and under on a boat 25-foot or less must be wearing a life jacket, and there must be a life jacket on board for every occupant on the boat. Boats must also be equipped with the other necessary safety equipment, including throwable floatation devices, a sound-making device (such as a horn or whistle) and a fire extinguisher. Also, remember to file a “float plan” by letting a friend or family member know where you launched/started your trip, and let them know when they should expect you back. Members of my Marine Division will be on all of our waterways this summer. We are not looking to ruin your weekend fun. Quite the opposite. My deputies are out there to make sure everyone is safe.

After what seems like the longest year – and one of the more “quiet” ones by Tangipahoa standards, 2021 promises some opportunities for fun and games – while maintaining proper health and safety guidelines. Over the months of April and May, Tangipahoa Parish will host local and regional sporting events, a dog show, a rodeo, and live theatre. Obviously, the organizers of these events will be taking every precaution to offer visitors a safe environment where both your personal health and well-being will be the foremost concern. Want to learn more? Check out www.TangiTourism.com for a complete calendar of events, including updates on ticket info or other details moving forward this spring. And speaking of spring, I’d be remiss if I didn’t wish all of the moms a very Happy Robby Miller Tangipahoa Parish President Mother’s Day. Whether you’ve raised a child you carried under your heart or you’ve chosen to mother someone who has since captured your heart, our moms are all so special and so beloved. Here’s hoping we can spend more time together, enjoying each other’s company in the coming weeks. Wishing you a happy, healthy, and memorable spring!


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New Healthcare Choices Now Available on the Northshore Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group has grown, expanded and refreshed patient care services in Slidell. In early January, the Our Lady of the Lake Physician Goup opened new offices inside the Fremaux Medical Office Building at 1810 Lindberg Drive, Suite 1100, conveniently located near the Fremaux Town Center and I-10. Primary care and specialist providers offer a wide array of healthcare services, including rapid COVID-19 testing, sameday access to care, and on-site lab and x-ray services. Other services include preventive medicine, acute illness care, major injury treatment, wellness visits, physical exams, school and sports physicals and chronic disease management. The primary care clinic is located on the first floor of the building with 10,000 square feet of space and 21 exam rooms.

“We are providing comprehensive health and medical services to the Slidell community,” said Rene Ragas, Northshore region president. “We’re committed to making it easier and more convenient for Northshore residents to access the care they need when and where they need it.” On the Northshore, Our Lady of the Lake offers 20 primary care providers, nearly two dozen specialists and two pediatricians and support staff who perform more than 70,000 clinic visits each year. Additionally, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa employs more than 500 team members and is the center of a rural family medicine residency program that provides training for 18 LSU medical school resident physicians. All this means YOU have more healthcare choices than ever before.

The new facility has 60,000 square feet of space on three floors and was designed to accommodate future population growth as well. What’s more, next door to the new medical office building is the new Our Lady of the Lake Surgical Hospital, which provides outpatient surgical care, connecting you to seamless service.





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To Contemplate & Elevate The Intuitive Art of Marianne Angeli Rodriguez STORY LIZ GENEST SMITH PHOTOS MARIANNE RODRIGUEZ AND JERRY COTTRELL


hey say the eyes are the window to the soul, but when it comes to artists, it seems like their art would provide an even closer look. I unwittingly tested this theory by studying Covington-based artist Marianne Angeli Rodriguez’s paintings before ever reading a single word about her or her background. I found that I had an unexpectedly visceral reaction, and wondered if my initial impressions of her abstract, contemporary style were at all representative of the artist herself. From the second I laid eyes on her large-scale, bold collection of “Joyful Original Art,” I swear, I could hear it! I’ve never been to Brazil, but my brain conjured up jubilant tribal drumming, like a soundtrack to Rio’s carnival, and I pictured people dancing in the streets, festooned in flamboyant, indigenous costumes. When you see her vibrant work, that may seem like a no-brainer, but I took note of the fact that I didn’t feel a connection to the natural elements of a tropical environment, but to a celebratory human connection to it. Some of her mixed media pieces made me imagine sipping a passionfruit cocktail while lounging in a flowy caftan on a lanai somewhere exotic. Either I was connecting with the spirit of the art and its creator, or I really, really needed a vacation. Turns out, it’s probably both. Marianne laughed when I told her all of this, and explained, “I try to incorporate festive elements that come from nomadic inspiration. Warmer climates where I’ve lived speak to me, and they’re influential to my use of color and pattern. I think I keep Guatemala and the Mayan culture in my subconscious.”

As you may have surmised by her reference to “nomadic inspiration,” Marianne has lived all over the world. Born in the Philippines, her parents’ work with the United Nations took the family to such far-flung places as West Africa, Central America, Europe and Asia before arriving in the U.S. It’s easy to see which places most influenced her aesthetic. “I lived in England for two years, but it has a traditional, classical vibe. Not a very festive vibe.” You’ll find no Dickensian or stiff-upper-lip flavor in her work, that’s for sure. But, as you delve deeper into her portfolio, you will see how some of the many detours – as she refers to them – that she took in her academic and professional life shaped her perspective. Before becoming a serious artist about five years ago, Marianne studied anthropology, communications and fashion design. She worked in public relations for the fashion industry, taught sewing to a women’s HIV/AIDS collective in Kenya, started jewelry and clothing lines, and painted bridal and beauty illustrations for local magazines. As a non-artist, I find abstract art especially fascinating. I feel like I can at least partly understand the process of creating variations of tangible people, places and objects, but abstract art seems more akin to musical composition or magic, in that it’s about pulling concepts out of thin air, and making them accessible and comprehensible to us ordinary humans. “I’m an intuitive artist,” Marianne told me. “I’m more about mood, emotions and the process. I don’t plan. I lose my joy when art is too contrived.” That certainly helped to clarify things a little bit, but I asked her to dig a little deeper and walk me through EDGE April | May 2021


exactly how inspiration takes shape in her head and how she translates it to canvas. She, understandably, had to collect her thoughts a bit. How does one describe such an esoteric concept as creative intuition? “I never choose colors ahead of time,” she began. “I use what I’m called to. I like to start with an under color, a base color. It allows me to be more free and fluid. I take a brush – often using gold paint lately – and make gestural strokes, wherever my hand goes. I fill in with circles and squares. I rotate it, I step back and decide what fits. It’s unexpected and playful. I may add some kind of flower to make it pleasant. I may add some soft, feminine shapes. I just add layer upon layer to elaborate and expand.” And, voila. The result is a combination of harmony and friction, clashing and blending that somehow creates a cohesive, appealing composition. Magic, right? While much of her work is filled with an unpredictable array of shapes and designs, there are some recurring images that show up here and there. I wondered if these were just visually pleasing to Marianne, or if they carried some sort of symbolism. “The fish are a tribute to the Fillipino culture, they’re a staple of life. The flowers represent abundance, growth, happiness. I mean, who’s not happy looking at a flower? The tropical motif plays up the escape aspect. As for the women, I just personally identify with femininity and softness.” I asked Marianne if it was fair to describe her work, in general, as feminine. I admitted I was hesitant to use that particular word, as it often carries a limited and stereotypical implication. Too many people hear “feminine,” and they dismiss it as “girlie.” She knew exactly what I meant, and told me, “A design school friend was looking over my work and pointed out to me that straight lines are seen as masculine, while curves are seen as feminine. I had never thought of that. I frequently use curvy lines and choose a warm palette, and pink – and 90% of my collectors are women. So, yeah. It’s fair to say my aesthetic is feminine.” Before learning of her previous ties to the fashion/design world, in addition to wanting to hang her work on my walls, I kept imagining wearing or decorating with some of her designs – silk scarves, summery sheath dresses, throw pillows, window treatments. Any thoughts of creating textiles? “Yes, it’s a dream of mine,” she admitted. “I often get requests for wallpaper and other textiles. But I want to be careful with the transition, it’s a completely different market, and I’m still trying to educate myself. For now, I’m focusing on creating the original work.”

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As I was initially poring over her work, I started to pay close attention to the titles and descriptions that accompanied individual pieces. Instead of dictating how you interpret what you’re seeing, it’s like having her gently nudge you to go beyond the initial wowfactor of the painting as a whole, and start discovering a personal connection to some of the individual details. “Everyone is invited to bring their own experience and have their own reaction, but I like to add the story to connect and explain a little bit about how the elements came together. I share some of myself and what I was going through at the time, but I sometimes hesitate on how much I should share!” At one point during my exploration of her portfolio, I wondered if Marianne’s work ever reflected more serious, contemplative subjects – and then I stumbled upon some pieces that seemed to stray from her typically celebratory vibe. Still bold in color and composition, there’s a subtle, but noticeable shift to something more emotionally complex. Paintings in this “Safe Passage” collection are accompanied by this text: These new paintings are my contemplations around loss, reincarnation, reoccurring dreams, meaningful intersections with other beings, loving deeply here and now, and finding refuge within the turbulence of the unknown. This collection came about last spring, Marianne explained, when the stress of the new pandemic was compounded by a personal tragedy in her life. “A month or two earlier, a dear friend, who was very influential in my development as a person and creative being, passed away. She was larger than life, she brought joy, had so many gifts, and loved life. I was sad because of the loss, but I didn’t want the work to be dark. That’s the first time I incorporated birds, representing the free spirit. We can choose to find the positive.” What a lovely tribute to her friend, and a wonderful message to the rest of us who are still trying to navigate these anxiety-ridden times. On top of everything else, the pandemic initially hit just as Marianne was opening her new gallery in downtown Covington. Delayed, but undeterred, she and her husband – whom she credits with handling the business side of things and supporting her when EDGE April | May 2021


she gets “a bit scatterbrained and vulnerable to moods” – were finally able to throw a proper, but still Covid-safe, grand opening in late February. This clearly shows she’s chosen to put down roots here, but it’s still a bit perplexing – why would a world traveler settle into our humble little Northshore community? “I moved here to have more liberty. I found design school in New York overwhelming – it wasn’t the right fit. I feel more at ease in Louisiana. And the climate is more reminiscent of my roots in the Philippines.” Given the use of vivid colors in her work, visitors might


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be surprised to be greeted by the delicate pink exterior of her gallery. It was a very careful choice, in an attempt to be respectful of both the historic building and the sensibilities of people in the community who may not appreciate a more audacious selection. Along with this revelation, Marianne admitted she was initially unsure how her unconventional style would be received on the Northshore. But, she’s found an enthusiastic audience of supporters who are wildly in love with her work. In addition to individual collectors, establishments and facilities near and far have embraced her, with many prominently displaying her art. St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Southern Hotel Covington and New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport are just a few local examples. So, what’s next? Marianne is working on a new collection that’s still very much in development, but she says the timely motifs will be about the horizon and rebirth, with an array of new hues. “I’m mixing new colors, trying to capture a new color palette. I think color is therapeutic, and I’m trying to visually communicate through my art. I enjoy getting feedback about how happy the colors are making people during these difficult times.” And that’s the final piece to the puzzle. If art is a true window to the soul, then at her core, it appears that Marianne is all about empathy and generosity. Which is just what the world needs right now.




With Mardi Gras Parades being cancelled, the Northshore didn’t lose it’s Mardi Gras spirit. Residents joined in with the newest trend and decorated their businesses and homes.


Labyrinth at Christwood



ost people are familiar with mazes, especially corn mazes at Halloween when families enjoy spending time trying to find their way out of them. The paths in a maze are complex, and not all paths lead to the center. Traditionally mazes were built of hedges, such as the famous example at Hampton Court in England. This is the oldest surviving hedge maze in Britain, with complex patterns of pathways, intended to confuse the visitor. These types of mazes first appeared around 600 years ago in the gardens of royal palaces and wealthy landowners in late medieval Europe. Peggy Des Jardins, an artist and retired art teacher from the St. Tammany Parish School System is a local expert on labyrinths. Over twenty years ago Peggy’s mother took her to a talk on labyrinths by Lauren Artress at St. George’s Church in New Orleans. From that day forward Peggy’s fascination and enthusiasm has grown. In fact, Peggy travelled to Europe to tour historic labyrinths to better understand them and their place in history. Peggy had previously built labyrinths in the sand on the beaches in Florida with a group of friends on their annual girls’ trips. During Spring Soltis this year, her good friend Jan Roberts asked for a labyrinth for her birthday, so Peggy, along with friends, build one in Covington’s Bogue Falaya Park. That was by far the largest and most public labyrinth she had spear- headed. When Ann Loomis, Director of Programing at Christwood Retirement Center, saw the labyrinth at Bogue Falaya Park she reached out to Peggy to see if she would build a labyrinth at Christwood for the Lenten season. Ann wanted the Christwoood residents and the community-at-large to share in the beauty and experience of a labyrinth at the Christwood location. Peggy took on the project, and along with volunteers, including residents of Christwood, built an 11 circuit Chartres labyrinth in just under two and a half hours. The design originates from the labyrinth laid in colored marble tiles into the floor of the nave in the Chartres Cathedral located outside of Paris, France. This labyrinth from the medieval period was built in the early 1200s, and today has become an object of pilgrimage for modern day visitors. EDGE April | May 2021


The Christwood labyrinth, constructed with cypress needles, is situated on a small hill next to a pond, and benches have been placed next to the labyrinth to allow visitors a place to sit and rest. Peggy explained the benefits of using cypress needles: they have a Velcro™ effect that makes them stick together and they are a natural material that will organically return to nature. I asked about the rules for visiting a labyrinth. Peggy said there are no rules. It can be used by a group as a bonding experience, and it can be used as a solitary experience for healing, mediation or simply reflection. Peggy elaborated about using the labyrinth as a way to connect with oneself and suggested three steps. First, entering the labyrinth is a time to quieten the mind – a time to center oneself. Second, reaching the center is the gift, a time to be open to whatever comes to you or a time to discard. Third, traveling out is an opportunity to skip, dance, walk and embrace the experience. Peggy and a group of friends hope to find funding and a location for a permanent public labyrinth in Covington. Unlike life, labyrinths have no choices along the way – the only decision is whether you enter. Do what feels natural to you, keep it simple, one foot in front of another and trust that the path will lead you to your goal.

Photo courtesy D. Madden

Photo courtesy D. Madden



Mark Johnson City of Covington Mayor

Clay Madden City of Mandeville Mayor

In Covington, we are blessed to live in a community where most of our residents are selfsufficient. Unfortunately, there are some that struggle. At City Hall, we see this each month when certain folks have to piece together their monthly utility bill payment. For seniors or disabled folks earning $24,000 per year or less, we offer a 50% discount on water and sewer. Still, it can be a challenge. Several months ago one of our citizens chose four homeowners (3 they knew, 1 they did not). Our Utility Billing Department shared their account numbers and now, each month, without the homeowner knowing who the donor is, the city receives four $25.00 checks, one to be applied to each of their accounts. If you know a resident you believe could benefit from assistance with their utility bill and you are so inclined to help, please contact our Utility Billing Department (985-892-1811) with their name and address. The clerks can provide you with their account number. If you would like to help with one of our seniors you do not know, just ask for an account number. In the latter case, for privacy, we will not share the name or address of the person you are helping. Sometimes the City is the answer. Sometimes the Community is the answer.

Keep Mandeville Beautiful is continually working to improve the appearance of our city. It has been especially challenging this past year as we have not had the benefit of the Department Of Corrections trustees from the sheriff’s office to assist in litter pick up. On Saturday, April 24th, KMB will be hosting our annual Spring Citywide Clean up event. Please visit our City or Keep Mandeville Beautiful Facebook page for more information. The Community Market at the Trailhead is open every Saturday and we are planning some socially distanced Easter fun for the kids. Please visit experiencemandeville.org for further information on the Market and other activities in our city. For the last several months you may have noticed our project at the Mandeville Harbor seawall and boat launch area. I am happy to report that project is on schedule and will be completed in time for the warm weather boating season. We recently embarked on a project to revamp our City website to make it more easily navigable and provide streamlined service delivery for our residents. We want to highlight and celebrate Mandeville with photos depicting life in our City. I am sponsoring a “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” photo contest and asking for your favorites pictures – people, events, landscapes, landmarks, food, etc. representing what you feel should be celebrated about Mandeville. The contest is open for submission from April 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021. Top entries will be featured on our new website. To submit your photo(s), send via e-mail to mybestshot@cityofmandeville.com. Finally, I am happy to announce the addition of Mr. Keith LaGrange as Director of Public Works for the city. Keith has an extensive background in public works operations in both Orleans and St. Bernard parishes and we welcome him to our team. EDGE April | May 2021


HIDING IN P SIGHT The Plight of Homeless Families on the Northshore



or those of us who are lucky enough to have plenty of food in our pantry, a roof over our head, and a reliable support network of family or friends to step in if we fall on hard times, it’s hard to comprehend the realities of having none of the above. Especially for families with children who, despite their best efforts, simply can’t make ends meet. The vast majority of these families are headed by single working mothers, and they’re facing the terror and uncertainty of homelessness for the first time. There’s no way to sugar coat it – the situation for underserved children in Louisiana is particularly grim. In multiple reports from recent years, including the KIDS COUNT Data Book, cited by the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (LAAPA), our state consistently ranks among the three worst in the nation for children’s well-being, with poverty and hunger being major contributing factors. According to David Horchar, Executive Director of Family Promise of St. Tammany, a non-profit organization that assists homeless families, “Over 1,000 children in our school systems are homeless annually, and we consistently have 20 families unsheltered each night in St. Tammany. We have found that a lot more families are on the cusp of homelessness since the pandemic hit, so we’re bracing ourselves for the tsunami that’s probably coming.” That is a chilling thought, especially considering many families are afraid to ask for help, for fear that they might lose their children. “Being homeless is no reason to lose your kids,” David explained. “Being homeless and not seeking help is. The message is, you can get help, you and your kids will be okay.”


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Before the pandemic, we were experiencing a significant downward trend in homelessness – reportedly a 46% drop – but now, a growing number of local families will soon have to figure out where to turn for help. Shockingly enough, Family Promise is the only organization that provides emergency shelter for entire families on the Northshore, and the web of local and federal government agencies is quite confusing, each with their own sets of standards and eligibility requirements. This makes the non-profit’s work all the more vital. Their mission is to help navigate these agencies, mobilize the resources, and give struggling families the financial, emotional, mental, and spiritual help they need to get back on their feet, and become both self-sufficient and able to maintain a permanent residence. Perhaps even more important than shelter, Family Promise aims for proactive prevention and diversion tactics. David clarified, “If someone comes to us, and they’re two months behind on rent, we try to find some source to help with that, and we help them get employment. We focus on finding a way to keep them in their current homes, as opposed to finding a new place. It costs more to rehouse.” Funding is always a consideration for Family Promise, which is why they’re dedicated to running a streamlined operation. “Our annual operating expenses are around $175,000, but we provide about $750,000 in services, thanks to a small army of 700 volunteers and congregations.” In addition to being a general rarity in this area for its focus on families, it’s also unique in structure. The United Way-funded program, like its 182 affiliates across the country, including three others in Louisiana, relies on an interfaith blend of denominations that offer their facilities and their congregations to provide food and shelter to the families on a rotating basis for their duration in the program. During their week-long stay at each facility, families are not only fed and housed, Family Promise helps them with job searches, doctor visits, child care, and other practical and necessary case management issues.

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“We are a hand up, not a hand out,” David continued. “To participate, you’ve got to have skin in the game. We want to train them to take care of themselves. You know the old saying about giving a man a fish? Well, we teach them to fish, so they can teach their children to fish.” How long does it typically take to get a family stable and back on their feet? “Every family is different. There’s no clock on how long they need to get back on their feet, but some are fearful of leaving, and we sometimes have to nudge the bird out of the nest. Ninety days seems to be the magic number, but it can take anywhere from 75-100 days to get them moved out of crisis, which means addressing food insecurity, transportation, childcare, education, etcetera.” Statistics and platitudes aside, the best measure of a program’s efficacy is testimony directly from its participants and graduates. Heather Levin was gracious enough to share her success story. “I was sharing an apartment with a bunch of girls, plus my four-month-old and seven-year-old, and we had a major plumbing problem that the landlord wouldn’t fix. I was already on the verge of homelessness, all my money was going to rent, and I had no family or friends in Louisiana.” Many people discover Family Promise through word of mouth from other participants, but desperation and determination drove Heather to take some initiative. “I called around, and found Family Promise. David brought me right in and life has become a continuous blessing since then. I was in the program for 90 days, but within a week, Diane Warnick, the case manager, got me childcare, which was one of the major hurdles. I lost a job because of childcare issues. She knocked it right out in a couple of days, and I got work as a temp. Soon after, they were able to get me some rental assistance, and we moved into an apartment. They helped furnish everything – dishes, kitchen supplies, a couch – everything I needed.” Family Promise also provided her with a donated car, removing that major hurdle, as well. But, the best was yet to come. Heather was grateful for the help, yet was struggling to work two part-time jobs while raising her kids. She was overjoyed when David asked her to come work with them doing administrative work. Today, Heather is the program’s mentoring specialist, and she’s working with Habitat for Humanity to build her very own house. “God has been non-stop blessing me, and given me a path. Looking back, some of the hardest decisions were the right ones. I had to accept giving in to going to the shelter. It was a humbling experience, but now I’m able to tell other women, ‘I’m like you, I’ve been there. Let’s figure this out.’ And that even after they leave the program, they can keep in contact. We’re still here to help. It’s so satisfying to watch them turn from looking panicked at first, to calm and at-ease.” Unlike in larger cities, like New Orleans, Northshore residents have fewer daily reminders of our

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homeless population, often in the form of street corner panhandlers or homeless camps beneath overpasses. Quite the contrary, homeless families with children are sometimes referred to as the “invisible homeless.” Heather was able to paint a heartbreakingly honest picture to illustrate this. “Families who are really in need sleep in their cars. They’re going to truck stop showers and washing up in gas stations before taking their kids to school. The kids try to act like nothing is wrong, keeping a smile on their faces. Some of these parents are trying to go to school, working a job at night for DoorDash, with the kids sleeping in the back while they make deliveries. They don’t want or expect a check, they just want some help so they can stop drowning.” Although some official reports estimate that the number of homeless children in the U.S. is around 1.6 million, it’s widely thought that this number could be far higher, as homeless statistics are often under-reported, due to competing definitions of homelessness. Some are quite literal, meaning families must be on the street, in a shelter, or in an uninhabitable dwelling to make the cut. David explained in stark terms why this renders a lot of


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families invisible to the government. “You have families in motels, many are doubled up and barely scraping enough together to pay for it. And I’m talking rough places, not the Holiday Inn, that are hotspots for trafficking and prostitution. They are not homeless, according to HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.” As bleak as it all sounds, there’s at least a little consolation in the fact that St. Tammany ranks among the top parishes in the state for children’s well-being. One report estimates about 17% of our local kids experienced food insecurity last year, which is significant, but lower than the statewide estimate of 26%. “I wish we had more funding to help more children and their families, but having said that, St. Tammany probably has the most high functioning homeless service system in the state.” That system includes the HUD-funded Northlake Homeless Coalition and the St. Tammany Parish-funded Community Action Agency. David credits late former parish president Pat Brister with creating a task force that has made Family Promise’s coordination efforts possible. To

understand why this is so crucial, it’s important to look at the big picture. In addition to simply not having adequate food and shelter, the effects of homelessness on children can have a devastating, cascading effect that can start them off at a major disadvantage in life. They are more likely to suffer poor physical and emotional health, they are more likely to fall behind in school, or not attend at all, and the stress and trauma of their experiences can severely hinder their general development and ability to learn. Heather was able to draw from personal experience to echo these sad, but avoidable realities. “My nine-year-old always struggled with behavior issues, but once we had the stability of the shelter, he started settling down at school. He’s a straight-A student now. The growth is amazing. And my daughter is now two going on three, and she has full-fledged conversations like she’s 10 years old. It blows my mind. We’re on a schedule, we don’t have insecurity issues. We’re on a roll.” While we like to see it as an idyllic, family-friendly community, the Northshore, and other rural areas like it, present a specific set of challenges to families in crisis. David laid out why employment, education and transportation are such enormous hurdles. “The Northshore is so rural and there’s so little public transportation. In New Orleans, people in need can walk or hop a streetcar or bus, often for free, and find agencies and support on Canal or Poydras. Employment opportunities on the Northshore are also tougher to come by. Many of these families are in the service industry. And education is also a problem, because when you’re living in poverty, training and education are not priorities because you’re worried about how you’re going to eat and pay the power bill.” Compound those challenges with the limited resources, made even more scarce by the pandemic – even Family Promise has experienced a temporary reduction in the number of families they are able to assist – and it paints a troubling picture. Luckily, there’s some good news on the horizon! Currently headquartered in Slidell, Family Promise has launched a capital campaign to fund the construction of the Willie Paretti Day Center in Mandeville. This addition to the Safe Haven Campus development will provide an efficient, more centrally located hub of operations where volunteers and staff can better serve Northshore families.

In addition to considering donating money to these efforts, according to David, the best way for the public to support this valuable organization is to help create awareness by following Family Promise of St. Tammany’s social media accounts and passing on information to families in need. Word of mouth is key. Heather shared a parting message for others who are struggling, as she once was. “I want other families to know there are no obstacles or barriers you can’t overcome. My kids saw that mommy was strong, and you guys can be, tool”.

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The corporate workplace must be many things to many people. To be functional, it must provide a variety of work settings to facilitate various people’s work styles. The design of the facility can significantly influence the workspace, positively or negatively. Throw in a global pandemic and the corporate workplace is forced to evolve further, even if it is temporary. It is important to consider all these factors when discussing privacy versus social settings in the workplace.


s the workplace has evolved over time, so has the way people work within that environment. With more baby boomers working later in life, today’s workplace could include people of various ages ranging from 21 – 71, all within the same space. Research has shown that different generations work differently. Baby boomers may prefer to work in more private settings, Generation Xers may prefer to work in more open settings, while millennials may choose to work in more flexible settings, but with less interaction with those around them. How do FMs design a facility to accommodate such a wide range of work styles? This is the challenge of today’s designers, FMs and building owners. The good news is that it can be done. With thoughtful design and use of space, there can be something for everyone.

Original Source: www.IFMA.org / FMJ I January February 2021 Issue


Providing a variety of work settings is key to making the 21st century workplace functional and flexible. Employees want choice and control when it comes to where they work. Even if they work in an open office workstation all day, having the option to move around is very important to employees. That could mean taking a personal phone call in a private phone room,

having an impromptu collaboration session with coworkers in a collaboration hub, or taking a break in a lounge area. Offering a palette of places to work can go a long way for morale and improving productivity. When people feel that they have a choice, they tend to be happier. Happier employees are more productive employees.

Examples of the range of Privacy, In-between, and Social ways people work are:




»Enclosed offices

»Collaboration hubs

»Workstations with panels taller than 6 feet

»Conference/meeting rooms

»Open office spaces with tables and no panel separation at all

»Open office spaces with workstations with panels lower than 6 feet


Many of the different ways people work can be attributed to generational behavior. Baby boomers tend to prefer working privately, as most began working in the age of the private office. Generation Xers tend to prefer working more socially, as most began working in the age of the open office. Millennials tend to prefer

»Break rooms/cafeterias »Lounge areas

working with more flexibility, in open or remote spaces, although most prefer to work individually. That’s a phenomenon that’s referred to as “alone together.” Providing workspaces that can accommodate a variety of ways people work can benefit a company’s culture and increase employee productivity.

Examples of the range of Privacy, In-between, and Social ways people work are:




»Focused work

»Collaborative work

»Short work breaks

»Heads down, individualized work with no collaboration

»Working in a team

»Small pockets of time during the day

»More fluid workflow


»More stagnant workflow


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HOW THE DESIGN OF THE FACILITY CAN INFLUENCE THE WAY PEOPLE WORK The design of a facility can significantly impact the workspace and how the people within that workspace function. Acoustical and visual privacy are two key factors that can influence the way people work within a space. In the past, acoustical and visual privacy were necessary for nearly all executives, while support staff members were relegated to open office areas. With the evolution of technology, the workplace evolved into a much more open setting, with little to no acoustical or visual privacy. Designers and employers are realizing that a happy medium between these two extremes is the best solution. Open offices can exist, but sound masking helps make those spaces more functional. Transparency is a big factor, but instead of using clear glass everywhere, companies realize the benefit of providing opaque glass in areas to provide a level of visual privacy. That happy medium is the sweet spot that can truly influence the current workspace. A well-designed workplace will provide a variety of work settings for the different ways people work, which can inform the facility’s design. Providing a variety of spaces with a range of privacy, in-between and social characteristics can be key to a successfully designed facility. Understanding the ways people work, and providing space to accommodate those differences, can lead to a flexible, functional workplace. A flexible, functional workplace can lead to happy, productive employees. Most people spend a third of their lives at work. This means the workplace is a crucial part of people’s lives. Providing a workplace environment that promotes employee engagement and increases company morale is paramount. Happy and productive employees lead to successful companies. That’s a very important bottom line.

Examples of the range of Privacy, In-between, and Social ways a facility can influence the workspace are:




» Acoustical: Complete acoustical control

» Acoustical: White noise / Sound masking

» Acoustical: Acoustical control not needed

» Acoustical: Adequate insulation

» Visual: Screens / Panels

» Visual: Open spaces encouraged

» Visual: Full-height walls

» Visual: Semi-transparent glass

» Visual: Glass used for visual transparency

» Visual: Other opaque finishes

The Reily Foods Co. interior tenant build-out in New Orleans was a substantial move for the company that had previously been housed in the same historic building for more than 100 years. That historic building included mostly private offices with a few shared office spaces that were filled with workstations with high panels. Every employee mainly worked in private spaces. Reily Foods Co. wanted to implement a progressive design approach for the new workspace that encouraged collaboration while being sensitive to its employees’ work habits and while bringing the 100-year-old company into the 21st century. This interior tenant build-out used a mostly open office concept, but one that was sensitive to the change each employee would experience with the shift from mostly private to mostly open workspaces. Critical features that made the concept a success were EDGE April | May 2021



access to natural light and city views, breaking up open office workstations into smaller groups by department, providing private areas that could be used if needed and providing more social areas that encouraged employee interaction and collaboration. The layout of the space features continuous offices along the north and south perimeter walls with continuous glazing which allows natural daylight and city views into the main office space. So, while the executives are housed in private offices, the use of glazing offers a level of transparency that makes the private offices seem more cohesive with the open office spaces. The open office environment is separated by departments with workstations that have lower-height partitions with glass panels above to provide a sense of privacy, but still allow natural light to fill the space. Because of the low ceiling height, the structure was left exposed with no acoustical ceiling materials being used. With no acoustical ceiling, the space incorporated a sound masking system that provides continuous white noise to buffer sound transmission within the space. The open office workstations are pulled away from the perimeter of the high-rise office building to allow for collaboration space along the east and west walls. This also allows the main spine of circulation to run along the exterior window wall, allowing everyone a view of the beautiful

city skyline. The collaboration areas also have ample seating and writable surfaces to encourage interaction between the different departments. These in-between spaces are highly used by employees and allow them choice and control when choosing where they work. Additional spaces include a large conference room that can be separated by an operable partition, smaller conference rooms, individual phone rooms, a large break room that promotes socializing and team building and a reception/lounge area. Large, panelized graphics of the company’s brands are incorporated throughout the space and de-lineate separation between the corridor and the open workstations. The large conference room features two murals that were recreated from a painting that was set to be demolished from the company’s original office building. The use of social, in-between, and private work settings contributed to the success of this project. Although each employee is assigned to an office or a workstation, offering them a palette of places and allowing them to choose how and where they work throughout the day has proven to be beneficial. The company was initially concerned with how employees would react to moving from a mostly private workspace to a mostly open workspace but having multiple work settings for multiple work styles has made that transition seamless.

Author Mary Mowad Guiteau, IFMA, IIDA, is the director of interior design at Holly & Smith Architects, APAC, with offices in New Orleans and Hammond, Louisiana. A graduate of Louisiana State University, she has more than 22 years of commercial design experience, working with owners, facility managers, users, developers, and real estate companies. She is a member of IFMA Baton Rouge chapter.


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Guiding you to a Healthy Smile!


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usband and wife Zac and Cari Caramonte opened Gnarly Barley in Hammond 10 years ago this May. Neither had worked in the beer industry prior nor realized how primed our area was for craft beer. Zac called it “dumb luck” that Gnarly Barley was in the Louisiana craft beer explosion’s front wave. When Gnarly Barley opened, there were only thirteen breweries in Louisiana. There are now five on the Northshore and over forty breweries statewide. Louisiana ranks 43rd in the nation for craft breweries per capita, according to the Brewer’s Association. Craft beer is defined as being produced by small independent brewers with an annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less. As of 2019, Louisiana saw $969 million in economic impact from craft beer, ranking our state 24th nationwide. The craft brewing industry contributed $82.9 billion to the U.S. economy, accounting for more than 580,000 jobs across the country. Louisiana produces an average of 237,721 barrels of craft beer per year.

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“When we first started taprooms, craft beer enthusiasts were just so pumped to have new local options. There were a nice couple of years of being a really wide market for local beer. Now that the industry in this area is bustling, consumers are expecting the best quality from us. Our customers don’t just want new options anymore. They want beer on par with the best breweries in the country. It has pushed us in a great direction where Louisiana is producing some of the best beer in the country.” Zac Caramonte, Gnarly Barley. One can easily argue that craft beer in Louisiana owes its roots to Abita Brewing Company, the state’s largest craft beer producer and the oldest of the Northshore breweries. In 1986, Abita Brewing Company first launched out of what is now Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs. The pub’s current owner was kind enough to give me a rundown of the history of the pub. The brewery started in a house and grew into the pub location. “It wasn’t even called craft beer back then. It was just beer,” said the owner of the Abita Brew Pub, Anthony Essaied. In its first year, the Abita Brew Pub produced 1,500 barrels of beer. By 1994, production needs outgrew the pub’s capacity, and brewery operations moved up the road to a larger facility to keep up with demand. Abita Brewing Company now brews more than 125,000 barrels of beer and 13,500 barrels of soda out of their state-of-the-art brewing facility.

Every brewery I spoke with in researching this story shared a similar sentiment regarding the effect craft beer has had on the growth of tourism on the Northshore. Louisiana is now a haven for craft beer lovers. Every week, our Northshore breweries see tourists who traveled in to visit New Orleans but have taken a day trip to the Northshore to do the “Beer Trace.” The Beer Trace refers to the craft breweries situated along or close to the 31-mile Tammany Trace, including Old Rail Brewing Company, Chafunkta Brewing Company, and Abita Brewing Company. Locals and tourists alike can be found most weekends biking from brewery to brewery, taking in some of the best views and brews our state has to offer. If you are looking for something fun to do one weekend and have yet to explore the hoppy magic of the “Beer Trace,” Chafunkta Brewing Company hosts a weekly bike crawl to Abita Brewery every Saturday at 1 pm. Chafunkta was opened in 2011 by another husband and wife brew team, Josh and Jamie Erickson. Named after the early Tchefuncte’ Indian settlement in what is now the city of Mandeville, LA, the brewery was born out of the couple’s

mutual love of home brewing. Chafunkta describes itself as a “nanobrewery” that concentrates on small-batch brewing. The brewery website states, “As a family-run, Mandeville, LA-based brewery, we believe that passion and personal attention is the key to providing you with a fresh, complex, full-of-flavor taste that you deserve as a craft beer consumer. By focusing on small-batch brewing, we’re able to put our love and attention into each and every batch, giving you the quality and consistency that we demand and expect from EVERY CBC brew.” In addition to Chafunkta’s weekly bike crawls, the taproom hosts weekly trivia, “pup” nights benefitting the Northshore Humane Society, and a rotating roster of food trucks parked outside. The other Mandeville stop on the “Bike Trace” is Old Rail Brewing company. Named in homage to the history of Mandeville and its once-famous timber trains, Old Rail is a restaurant and a non-distributing microbrewery located near the Mandeville Trailhead.

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Brewmaster Matthew Horney shared with us his take on Northshore craft beer culture. “There was a time not too long ago when ‘craft beer’ or ‘local craft beer’ was unheard of. Abita came into existence to lay the roots, but the road was so incredibly long, and now here we are. We have multiple craft breweries, many of them within 50 miles of each other. Beer trends and novelty beers can be easily found, and the race to be the best or the most popular is fierce. To add on, it seems to be evolving based on what’s trending. Yet, in my small world of the craft, I brew beer that pays respect to history, to the people that came before and to the people in our community.


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Although,counter to the evolution of the craft, we still brew to style, and yet we can brew and cater to the trends. “I feel that brewing classic styles and doing them with precision not only carries the history of the craft, but also allows us to bring international styles closer to home to the best of our abilities. We will never be a Belgian Abby or know their secrets, but I hope that we can inspire beer lovers to travel and find the source of these styles and try them in England, Belgium, Germany or wherever they may have originated. Deep down, I do feel we will see more breweries trending in this direction at some point – a coming home of sorts to the backbone of craft

beer, back to classic styles. I think that will open a new door of competition as well. The Northshore is unique in its history, its connection to New Orleans, and the beautiful natural environment and ecosystems that weave in and out of communities here. It’s incredibly special to be a part of that history. I like to think I am leaving a mark on the Northshore’s craft beer community; when I move on from this chapter, I think I will look back and be very proud of what was accomplished. I am certainly proud to be a part of the evolution.” - Matthew Horney. I would be at fault not to mention the rise of draught rooms

when discussing craft beer’s evolution on the Northshore. While Slidell has yet to call itself home to a craft brewery (as this Slidellian can attest), we are aching for one. However, Olde Towne Slidell is home to one of the most successful taprooms on the Northshore. The Brass Monkey Draught Emporium has been cited by many across Yelp and other review sites as having the best draught selection from regional Louisiana and surrounding states’ local beer breweries. Opening in 2017, Patrick Heim and Gilbert Valencia opened the bar offering 36 craft beers on tap. “We found ourselves providing an education,” said Heim. “It’s always fun. Anytime EDGE April | May 2021


people come in, especially if we are doing a craft beer event, I’m going to do whatever is necessary to get them to drink craft. I ask, ‘What do we have to do to make you not order (enter big-name beer here) today?’ and I’ll do it.” Heim credits a lot of this education to his staff. The bartenders at Brass Monkey are primed with local beer knowledge and encourage their patrons to drink as local as possible. “There is no better sight than to sit on one end of the bar and see all pint glasses instead of bottles. That is what we are looking to achieve,” says Heim. It goes without saying that breweries and taprooms have seen particular hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With bouts of state-mandated closures, the loss of tourism, layoffs, and furloughs, the craft beer industry has not been immune. Every brewery and taproom I spoke with credited the loyalty of their local Northshore patrons and the creative innovation of their establishments for the survival during these bleak times. After the pandemic onset, many breweries have had to rely on to-go-only taprooms, curbside pick-ups, and adding kitchens to remain open. Many of the taprooms are available once again, but only to 21-and-up patrons. The once family-friendly settings of our Northshore brew scene are not allowed under current restrictions, and our breweries and taprooms are not out of the clear yet. Now more than ever, it is essential to support these small businesses, drink responsibly, and drink local!


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1,100 per year saved by St. Tammany Parish residents

in state and local taxes offset by $771,420,000 in visitor spending at local businesses in St. Tammany Parish in 2019

YOUR St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission

10,030 tourism jobs supported

for St. Tammany Parish community members in 2019 Photo: Laura Grier

Tourism Builds Community on the Louisiana Northshore Our visitors are tourists as well as our visiting family and friends, and they love our amazing community as much as we do, making St. Tammany Parish the 4th largest tourist destination in Louisiana. In 2019, we had 2.63 million visitors! It’s as if every man, woman, and child in the city of Chicago came to St. Tammany Parish in 2019 and spent $293.15 each.




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Tammany NOW is a curated collection of the latest economic development information and business and industry insight in our community directly from St. Tammany Corporation, the economic development organization for St. Tammany. St. Tammany NOW highlights what and who makes the St. Tammany business community thrive and illustrates the opportunities to diversify and fortify our economy, and in this issue, we are focusing on healthcare. The healthcare industry maximizes St. Tammany’s competitive advantages we described in the previous issue: desirable, available land; strategic geographic location; and a skilled and talented workforce. It also pursues opportunities to further scale their services and teams to meet the customized needs of our residents and those throughout the broader region seeking quality care. First and foremost, we want to take the time to thank the front-line medical workers in the healthcare industry who have been the backbone of the response to the ongoing pandemic for over a year and have continued working tirelessly and selflessly to care for our community. We appreciate your service, your compassion, and your commitment. This industry sector is positioned at the intersection of multiple focus areas of economic development: business retention, business attraction, talent attraction, education and workforce training, technology and innovation, and quality of life. As one of the largest industries in St. Tammany Parish, the healthcare sector employs more than 13,000 people and contributes over $1 billion to our local economy. As an industry, healthcare makes up 13 percent of all jobs and produces 8.6 percent of all the money flowing through our $12 billion local economy. Out of the top five jobs in St. Tammany, two are in healthcare; over 4,000 people in our community are employed as either registered nurses or home health aides. Other large and growing jobs in the industry include medical assistants, dental assistants, physical and occupational therapists and their assistants, and mental health professionals. Over the past ten years, healthcare in St. Tammany has

13,673 Jobs (2020)

3% above national average Healthcare Industry Quick Facts | Source: EMSI


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10-Year Projected Growth (2020-2030) Nation: 16.7%

shown growth of nearly 22 percent, making it one of our top ten fastest growing industries. In the coming decade, the industry is projected to keep that momentum going with the same rate of growth; by 2030, there will be 3,000 more people employed as healthcare workers in St. Tammany alone. Healthcare is not just a burgeoning industry in St. Tammany. A federal report on jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports that nationwide, employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 15 percent in the next ten years, which will add about 2.4 million new jobs. Healthcare and related support occupations are projected to add more jobs more quickly than any other group of occupations. The main factors impacting the expansion of healthcare include an aging population that requires more care, clinical and technological advances, increases in equity and access to medical care, and the attraction of well-paying jobs. Going forward, the growth of healthcare is an opportunity to cultivate talent and provide well-paying, rewarding job opportunities to our residents. The workforce pathways for careers in this industry can begin in our area high schools with students earning industry-based credentials. Students can then begin careers in the healthcare space while earning their associate degree, then progress to a bachelor’s degree. This potential pathway is a powerful opportunity for individuals to gain employment experience, provide for their families, and continue their education simultaneously. “The health of every community depends on access to first class healthcare and quality education. NTCC is proud to partner with leaders in the healthcare industry through customized training, community education, and career pathways supportive of talent development that will sustain our local and regional and state economy.” — Dr. William S. Wainwright, Chancellor, Northshore Technical Community College


10-Year Historic Growth (2010-2020) Nation: +20.8%


Earnings per Job (2020) Nation: $63,728

Chris Masingill Chief Executive Officer St. Tammany Corporation

Slidell Memorial Hospital | Source: Slidell Memorial Hospital

Earlier this year, St. Tammany Corporation convened healthcare leaders virtually for a robust, collaborative, and solutions-focused facilitated dialogue to strategically discuss opportunities for collaboration and strategic priorities for industry advancement in St. Tammany and our region. The quotes shared in this feature are from three area healthcare leaders and an essential higher education partner who participated in the session describing their thoughts on the future of healthcare. Healthier Northshore: A Community-Based Health Initiative St. Tammany Health System and Ochsner Health are leading a coalition across all sectors to influence change in our community’s health measures by engaging key community leaders

“The future of healthcare in our community is very bright. As we move forward, we are going to see fewer patients leaving our community for care as every healthcare institution moves toward better technology and more efficiency in the delivery of care. One of the better things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is the increased speed with which virtual medicine has been implemented, bringing primary care to people who may not have had good access to traditional, in-person care. Anything we can do to get people access to primary care earlier is going to stop disease progression. That, combined with a higher level of technology and care within hospitals, will lead to better outcomes for our patients.” — Sandy Badinger, Chief Executive Officer, Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner Medical Center – Northshore EDGE April | May 2021


“On main campus at St. Tammany Health System, we are birthing more babies than ever. We have introduced pediatric spine surgery and strengthened our longstanding leadership in minimally invasive surgery, with addition of MAKO orthopedic technology to join our da Vinci and Bright Matter robotic systems. For 67 years, we have been the heartbeat of our community, caring for our patients and their families with excellence, compassion, and teamwork, and 2021 is shaping up to be the next big year for success in that mission.” — Joan M. Coffman, FACHE, President and CEO, St. Tammany Health System


St. Tammany Health System New Patient Tower | Source: St. Tammany Health System

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Ochsner Health Center Covington | Source: Ochsner Health - Northshore Region

“Ochsner is committed to leading the state to healthier outcomes. We will invest $100 million over the next 10 years to move us from the bottom of the list in population health to at least 40th by 2030. To bring about this transformation we are expanding our number of community health centers, creating a Center for Health Equity, expanding digital medicine and telemedicine, expanding community health screenings, growing healthcare workforce development programs and will measure our successes through transparent reporting. All of this will be done in a coordinated effort to educate our state on the value of preventative care, achieving early detection through biometric and cancer screenings, and assuring patients can connect to the healthcare resources needed through primary care physicians and specialty providers.” —Tim Riddell, M.D., Regional Medical Director of Ochsner Health – Northshore Region.

including health care, government, business, and not-for-profit organizations. In a state where poor eating habits, high tobacco use rates, and declining activity levels have contributed to significant chronic disease, we are working to move the needle towards a healthier community and address health inequities. Nearly 50 leaders from St. Tammany and Washington Parishes have been called upon to contribute to the effort which will focus primarily on four key areas: smoking cessation (including vaping), behavioral health, community-based health screenings, and nutrition and exercise. This community-based approach is just one way we are working to lead our state to a brighter, healthier future. For more information on this initiative, visit sttammany.health/365. As the healthcare industry continues to prosper in our community, St. Tammany Corporation continues to serve as a convener and facilitator of collaborative engagement among healthcare leaders. We believe that a healthy community leads to healthier workforce, which supports a healthy and vibrant economy. Pursuing increased investment in talent, innovation, technology, and business development positions St. Tammany to become a destination of choice in this competitive and impactful industry. Stay connected with St. Tammany Corporation on Facebook at @StTammanyCorporation, Tw i t t e r at @StTammanyCorp, our website at StTammanyCorp.org, or our data and research platform at StTammanyStats.com. Ashley Llewellyn and Elizabeth Lee are the lead staff contributors to this article. EDGE April | May 2021


My turn:

by Anna Watkins and Amanda Birdsong

ABOUT ANNA AND AMANDA In every issue, EDGE of the Lake invites a local chef or restauranteur to visit another eatery on the Northshore. This month we invited Amanda Birdsong and Anna Watkins of Cured on Columbia. They call it the offspring of two environments they have enjoyed, their favorite wine bar in New Orleans and their own coffee shop, Magpie in Baton Rouge. They say Cured on Columbia features a come as you are, relaxed environment that is a real community spot where everyone is welcome. Anna worked with Don’s Seafood for seventeen years and Amanda focuses on a healthy array of food, anything fresh and farm to table.

Right away Mandina’s gives you that traditional New Orleans style eatery vibe. For the purposes of this review, we asked two Cured regulars to tag along with us. So, the four of us sat down and toured through the menu. They have so many different options, which is great if you have a bigger group. It really allows you a chance to accommodate everyone. We also went through the wine list, which was a smaller wine menu but impressive considering the wines they offered. First things first, the service was great. Our server, Lauren, was a little blown away by how much food we were ordering, but we really wanted to go through the menu and see what they had. She offered to change out glasses with each bottle of wine we opened. And she was very attentive and present the whole time we were there. Obviously, we were most impressed with the traditional New Orleans style Italian cuisine. All of it was very good, but this is an Italian place. For appetizers, the crawfish and artichoke dip, served with bowtie pasta, was excellent. And the marinated crab claws sauteed in a wine butter sauce were a table favorite. For main courses, the eggplant parmesan was really impressive, and we loved the seafood, which was huge. It was also steak night and we were floored by the filet that night – and the price. It was a nice cut of meat, perfectly cooked. Very affordable and very good. Anna is Italian and she says the red sauce was enjoyable because it wasn’t too sweet and still had a little spice to it. Their lasagna and anything on the Italian end of the menu was really good. In fact, everything was good. As far as the wines go, the selection is very nice and well-priced. We finished off the meal with the Milky-Way Way Pie dessert, which was decadent. We recommend Mandina’s. It is great food, served in a family casual atmosphere. Mandina’s Mandeville 4240 Hwy 22, Mandeville 985.674.9883

The City of Slidell presents

The Revery Alone Will Do A Botanical Art Exhibit at the Slidell Cultural Center

at City Hall

Curated by Liv Butera Featuring Artists Emily Binder Martha Whitney Butler with The French Potager

Emma Fick Rachel Jung

with Rayco Designs

Angel Komazec Solange Ledwith

with Swampgirl Glass

Laura Scariano Rachel Lagarde Walker Dustin Young

“Okra and Bloom” by Dustin Young

Slidell Cultural Center • April 9 - May 21, 2021 Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday, 12 - 4 pm

By apointment only. Please call (985) 646-4375. Same day viewings available. Free Admision.

“The Revery Alone Will Do” is sponsored by the City of Slidell, its Commission on the Arts and the 2021 Cultural Season Sponsors: RENAISSANCE • $5,000 SPONSORS:

BAROQUE • $2,500 SPONSORS: Silver Slipper Casino • In Memory of Ronnie Kole NEOCLASSICAL • $1,000 SPONSORS: Councilman Bill & Laura Borchert • Lori’s Art Depot Purple Armadillo Again • Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency IMPRESSIONISM • $500 SPONSORS: Chateau Bleu • CiCi’s Pizza • Mayor Greg Cromer Flatliners Entertainment • Old School Eats Food Truck • Roberta’s Cleaners Slidell Historic Antique Association • Tanya Witchen - Engel & Völkers Real Estate

Bonnie Champagne was honored for her 13 years of service as the City of Covington’s Council Clerk by the City Council. Happy Retirement Bonnie!

Northshore Home Builders Association broke ground on their 2021 Raising the Roof raffle house, beneficiaries include Children Advocacy Center - Hope House, Habitat for Humanity St Tammany West and Nami, St Tammany.

Artist Marianne Rodriquez

held a private opening of her newest work. EDGE April | May 2021



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Saint Scholastica Academy’s Sweetheart Court

All nine of the Saint Paul’s National Merit Semifinalists have been named Finalists in the scholarship program and will advance in the competition for scholarship awards. Saint Paul’s Finalists are Benjamin Broussard, Lucca Ferrante, Gabriel Gros, Axel Henderson, Jake Holincheck, Hunter Kergosien, Davis Lagarde, Arthur Paine and Brady Talley,

St. Tammany Quality Network presented the 2020 fourth quarter Medical Director’s Award to St. Tammany Health Systems’ Dr. Fredrick Schouest.

Saint Scholastica Academy’s Valentine’s Blood Drive

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