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Friday Night Lights??? When I moved to the Northshore 15 years ago, I had no idea what that meant. Once my son was in high school, I quickly learnt what it was all about. So much more than the game of football; it is a time when a school gets together to show their school pride and support the football team, the band, and the cheer and dance teams, all of which have their own support system made up of parents and faculty. It quickly became part of our lives, and I have to say I miss those nights at the stadium. In this issue, Mike Pervel gets us ready for the 2022 High School Football Season. He will be broadcasting the pre-game show and the game of the week on Lake 94.7, and The Lake will bring you a wrap up of all the prep football games on Saturday morning. In Tangipahoa, we broadcast game previews on Tangi 96.5 with Blake Esta, as well as the game of the week on Tangi 96.5. St Thomas Aquinas games will be on Kajun 107.1 along with Under the Hood with Roger Gill on Saturday mornings on Tangi 96.5. Finally all the Southeastern Louisiana University games will be broadcast on Kajun 107.1, Highway 104.7 and The Boss 103.7. That is a lot of football! Good luck to all our Northshore teams, and have a fun and safe season! To all of our readers, enjoy the football in this issue and all the other features we have to round off the issue.

PUBLISHER Sarah Cottrell EDITOR Tony Montana ART DIRECTOR Erich Belk STYLE DIRECTOR Patty Beal BEAUTY EDITOR Caitlin Picou CONTRIBUTING WRITERS G. Brent Brown Liv Butera Chris Massengill Marlaine Peachy Liz Smith STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jerry Cottrell CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS G. Brent Brown Colin Cottrell Nancy Hale Matthew Schlemker

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It’s no wonder people are flocking to the Northshore to put down roots these days. We have all the ingredients for a superb quality of life, from our low housing costs and crime rates, first-rate medical facilities, and nationally recognized public school system, to an abundance of charm, green spaces, lake access and amenities. But while purchasing a home in lovely St. Tammany Parish is an exciting and momentous occasion, navigating through the loan process can be daunting. Even seasoned home buyers can make costly and time-consuming missteps in securing a home loan, especially with fluctuating market conditions and changing mortgage programs. Your best bet is to find the right guidance from a trusted source to keep the dream of home ownership from turning into a nightmare.

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But how do you find such a valuable resource? Look no further than loanDepot in Covington and its newly opened Slidell Branch. Within a decade of the company’s founding in 2010, loanDepot became the nation’s fifth largest retail mortgage lender and the second largest nonbank retail originator, funding more than $275 billion to date. It also ranked as #1 Retail Lender per the Scotsman Guide 2021 and year-to-date 2022. As loanDepot’s Regional Vice President, Brian Covey explains, “Our latest campaign, ‘Home is Everything,’ encompasses why we believe owning a home is still part of the American dream. It’s where we raise our kids, create memories and build relationships in the community. It’s more than a house, it’s a home.” Though loanDepot is based in California, the local branches have solid Northshore roots, thanks to its newest Slidell Manager, Andrea West. Regarding Andrea’s contribution to the company, Brian says, “She embodies our mission by operating with high integrity and an entrepreneurial spirit to build our brand locally in the community and help more people achieve the dream of owning their own home. She has over 25 years of mortgage lending experience, giving her the home field advantage and local expertise to create solutions customized for customers.” Andrea was raised just over the state line in Carriere, Mississippi, but originally moved to Slidell in 1995. Although she does the majority of her business on the Northshore, she maintains a Mississippi Mortgage License to service her friends, family and Mississippi Realtor friends. In addition, she just obtained her Alabama license. Though she initially planned to go into pharmaceutical sales, the change of career path was inevitable. She grew up showing houses with her realtor mom and helping her contractor dad to build houses. “It’s in my blood,” she surmises, matter-of-factly. After spending two years as a realtor herself, Andrea transitioned to the mortgage business where she quickly became a top producer and has steadily risen through the ranks for the last 25 years. She’s served as everything from a Loan Consultant to Area Manager, and currently serves as a Producing Branch Manager.

Along with her personal experience and expertise, Andrea shares with her customers all the benefits of doing business with loanDepot, including: •

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There’s plenty of general industry consensus that, before house hunting or finding a realtor, prospective home buyers need to take some initial steps, like finding a lender to get preapproved for a mortgage. This is vital to determining credit scores, programs, rate and approval amount. When considering a home purchase or refinance, “Come to me first!” she urges, enthusiastically. “I’ll get started with the preapproval, so buyers don’t look at houses above their budget and get disappointed later on. In some cases, we might discover they can actually afford more, which can open up a lot of different opportunities.”

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Andrea goes beyond simply calculating numbers. Getting to know her individual customers and their lifestyles helps her to really zero in on their specific wants and needs. “Different people have different priorities and lifestyles,” she explains. “‘I like to learn what makes them feel comfortable and certainly understand no one wants to be ‘house poor.’ For someone who travels and eats out a lot, for example, they might want a lower mortgage. Others may be willing to spend a little more on a home. I show them the price point that will allow them to stay at their individual comfort level.” Choosing the wrong lender could be very problematic. Buyers may not be offered all the programs they’re qualified for, there may be higher processing/origination fees or the lender might bungle the prequalification process, resulting in a deal blowing up in underwriting or right before closing. “People do business with me because I have a lot of experience, and they know they can trust me,” she says, confidently. “When I put my name on a preapproval letter, you’re going to close, unless something beyond my control happens.” Andrea says there are many crucial questions home buyers should ask of potential lenders, and these are her top five: 1. Will you service my loan after closing OR will you sell my mortgage to be serviced by other another company? 2.

What are your total underwriting, processing and origination fees?

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working with home buyers. While she makes sure to lay out all the available options and provide plenty of guidance, she ultimately lets the customers sit in the driver’s seat. “This process can bring about a lot of anxiety, so I find it helps to give my home buyers some control. With our consumer portal, borrowers are able to track their home loan in live time, upload documents, see their ‘to-do’’ list and digitally e-sign their disclosures, as well as the bulk of their closing documents.” loanDepot credits much of their success to their investment in local communities. That’s something that comes naturally to Andrea. For the last five years, she’s been the co-chair of the annual Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR) “Bras for a Cause” event, which raises money for breast cancer patients. All the proceeds stay local in St. Tammany Parish. In her free time, the married mother of teenage twins enjoys traveling, boating and spending time with family and friends. As for her job, she admits that she especially enjoys working with first-time home buyers. “I really love walking my clients through the biggest purchase in their lives. It’s an honor to play a role in helping them to achieve their dream of homeownership. That keeps me motivated and inspired, and makes it all worthwhile. It’s not just my career, it’s my passion.” Being licensed across the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama allows Andrea to not only assist customers in purchasing their first homes, but also second homes and investment properties. To contract Andrea for your home lending needs, please reach out to her at: 985-788-8238 OR her website at: www. loandepot.com/andreawest, where Customers can apply 24/7.


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A Team Approach to Care St. Tammany Cancer Center – A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center is bringing tomorrow’s cancer breakthroughs to the Northshore today. Our Malignant Hematology team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of blood abnormalities, clotting disorders, bleeding disorders, hemoglobinopathies and cancers of the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic system including: • Acute and Chronic Leukemia • Lymphomas • Multiple Myeloma The care team includes hematologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, dietitians, physical therapists and social workers providing coordinated, seamless care. This team approach means that our patients have a whole network to lean on, and each member of the team knows what the other is thinking and doing. The specialized knowledge we provide our patients can make all the difference in treatment, quality of life and recovery. Our team’s multidisciplinary approach to care provides numerous benefits to our patients, including: • Oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and allied health support meet regularly to proactively discuss patient care plans and ensure continuity of care throughout a patient’s journey • Patient-centered services including psychosocial oncology support, patient navigation and survivorship care

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Daily life, whatever that looks like for you- full time job, school, playdate after playdate, etc.- may not always leave adequate free time to wipe down your floorboards on the regular. And if you do have free time, you may not want to spend it elbow deep in yellow rubber gloves scrubbing your shower. Meet Jenna Meeks, owner and operator of All Saints Cleaning. She may be just who you have been looking for. Jenna Meeks, a Northshore native and proud mother of a twelve year old daughter, has been cleaning houses since following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “It was something I was good at and enjoyed doing,” says Meeks. Not many of us can always say that about our day jobs, but speaking with Jenna we could hear the passion for the work in her voice. She officially formed her company in 2017 providing residential and commercial cleaning services to the Northshore and the surrounding area. Here is the clencher though: it is JUST Jenna, which is unlike many cleaning services that outsource their labor. Depending on the job, she may bring on extra help, but Ms. Meeks is the primary service provider running the show at every job her company takes on. “I am a perfectionist. I have always enjoyed cleaning, and I have always enjoyed my job. I put my heart into every job. I have developed a skill, and I have choreographed what I do the way you would a work-out routine. This provides a consistent clean which keeps me efficient, not to mention always moving, which benefits my physical and mental health. It is the work that I love!” A typical day for Jenna is about four or five jobs, usually residential, each lasting two to three hours. That would be a hefty day for even a team of cleaners, but Jenna has found an innovative way to revolutionize what she does each day. “I grew tired of navigating around vacuum cords and never knowing where outlets

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would be. Not to mention, my fingers would start hurting from using a trigger bottle all day. I figured there had to be something else out there to make this less taxing.” Jenna invested in some heavy duty commercial grade cordless vacuums and a cordless paint sprayer that she has essentially retrofitted to distribute her personal mix of cleaning solution. The paint sprayer affords Jenna a better distribution of her product due to its fine mister and her ability to better control directionality. “This equipment lets me do more work in the same amount of time as before. I can get in and get out without sacrificing quality.” As you can imagine, this also saves the customer money. Many cleaning services in the area charge by the hour. Jenna’s website spells out her prices very clearly so you know how much things will cost BEFORE the job is over. “For a routine cleaning, I charge by square footage or, essentially, by number of bedrooms. I usually recommend a deep cleaning, top to bottom, for your first service. Most of my clients have me come every other week following that.” “For a new client, I like to do a video call. I can see the space and talk with you about specific needs and give you an exact price following that. I do not like to surprise anybody with unexpected costs.” “I provide everything, too. I can tailor your experience and your schedule according to your needs. In addition to residential, we also do commercial spaces and deep cleanings for post-constructions, realtors, and move-in and move-outs.” Jenna was hesitant to “toot-her-own-horn,” but she is proud of the work that she does. “I know the quality of the work is better than many of the big companies out there. I love what I do, and I am great at it.” When we asked Ms. Meeks what she has planned for the future she replied, “I hope to do more commercial work and possibly franchise the company eventually. I feel that in doing that, I would have the opportunity to help other people hone the skills they already have while establishing a rewarding career that allows folks to be their own boss and set their own schedule.” “There are more important and enjoyable things to do than worry about keeping your home or office clean! With all your other responsibilities, you should be able to enjoy your free time as you please. Our home cleaning services are designed to give you the peace of mind you deserve and

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Another challenging, competitive prep football season is on the horizon. Some landscape changes have occurred on the coaching front, bringing in proven winners, Eric Collins (Pearl River), Brent Indest (Lakeshore), Craig Jones (Mandeville), and Guy LeCompte (Franklinton), along with some classification moves, helping bolster local districts. Archbishop Hannan and Loranger move up in class, joining District 8-4A, competing with Lakeshore (5-time defending district champion), Franklinton, Pearl River and Salmen. District 7-3A is restructured with Amite and Pine, moving up in classification, going up against Albany, Bogalusa, and Jewel Sumner. District 7-2A becomes a six-team league, welcoming Independence and St. Helena, battling with St. Thomas Aquinas (3-time defending district champ), Northlake Christian School, Pope John Paul II, and Springfield. It’s my distinct privilege, and honor, handling the Lake 94.7 play-by-play for my tenth season. I’ll be joined by my broadcast partners, Shane Maddox and Roger Glynn, providing insightful color analysis, calling the game of the week. Join us for the Lake Prep Football pregame show, Friday night’s, airing at 6:45, followed by 7 o’clock kickoff. We’ll showcase our talented, committed student-athletes, during the season, highlighting their accomplishments taking you through the playoffs. We’ll do our absolute best, providing in-depth, Lake 94.7 weekly broadcast game coverage. It’s a challenge, we don’t take lightly, or for granted. We’ll give it our best shot, just like the football players and their coaches, who leave it all on the field, striving for excellence under the Friday Night Lights. This is my 20th season, covering prep sports in St. Tammany. My ongoing passion remains what it was, when I started back in 2002, after retiring from the U. S. Army, following a 30-year career in military broadcasting. Let’s lace ‘em up, tee it up, showing sportsmanship and class!

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Archbishop Hannan third-year coach Corey Bordelon’s Hawks (2-7, 1-3) faces new challenges, moving up to Class 4A. “It’ll be a battle, facing bigger programs, but we’re ready,” Bordelon said. “The district has accomplished coaches, including new ones: Eric Collins (Pearl River), Brent Indest (Lakeshore), and Guy LeCompte (Franklinton). “We’ll face new schemes. It should be a fun, competitive district.” Sr. Billy Colomb (all-district second-team QB), 101 of 161, 1,116 yards, who tossed six touchdowns with six picks, is competing with So. Brody Smith, at quarterback. Sr. Josh Alonzo (first-team athlete, second-team RB) gained 1,300 yards, tallying 14 touchdowns. His brother Hayden (WR), a So., returns. The O-line is solid with Sr. Beaux Armstrong (firstteam LG) and Jr. Nolan Byers (second-team RG). Jr. Cole Piot (C) and Jr. Connor Moran (RT) provide returning depth. Defensively, Jr. Corey Charleston (first-team) joins Sr. Wade Rist (second-team LB), registering 110 tackles, adding a pick six. Sr. Caden Fontenot and Jr. Cortez Brown, help anchor the D-line with linebackers Thomas Tyner and Reed Long. So. Brennan Obey (DB) started every game as a freshman.

Bogalusa (8-2, 4-0) wants to build on last season’s District 7-3A championship under second-year coach Cyril Crutchfield (164-75). The Lumberjacks (No. 11) advanced to the second round, with an impressive 58-26 victory over Jennings, before being ousted by Lutcher (No. 6). Crutchfield (55) has secured three state championships, Port Sulphur (2002) and South Plaquemines (2007 & 08), posting runner-up finishes (2001 & 09). Bogalusa faces an eye-opening non-district schedule featuring Class 5A playoff teams (Chalmette, John Ehret & Slidell), and 4A clubs (Franklinton & Salmen). “Tough schedules get you ready for high-caliber playoff teams,” Crutchfield said. The Lumberjacks welcome back nine starters on each side. “Players know my expectations, centering around chemistry, continuing to build.” Jr. Ashton Levi (District Offensive MVP) clicked on 167 of 279 for 3,006 yards, 32 touchdowns/eight interceptions, rushing for 776 yards with 14 scores. Srs. Aquanis Roberts and Reynis Morris (both first-team all-district WR) are the targets, joined by the bulk of the O-line. The defense returns its top six tacklers, including Srs. Keyshawn Manning (first-team LB) and Dejon Zeno (first-team DL), plus So. Dyron Jackson (SS).

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7 PM

Chalmette (H)

Sept. 02

7 PM

Franklinton (H)

Sept. 09

7 PM

E.D. White (A)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Slidell (H)

Sept. 15

7 PM

Ascension Catholic (H)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Salmen (A)

Sept. 123

7 PM

Northlake (H)

Sept. 24

7 PM

John Ehret (H)

Sept. 29

7 PM

St. Thomas Aquinas (SLU)

Sept. 30

7 PM

Chalmette (H)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Franklinton (A)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Amite (H)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Salmen (A)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Jewel Sumner (A)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Loranger (H)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Pine (A)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Lakeshore (A)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Albany (A)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Pearl River (H)

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Covington’s Lions are eager to prowl under coach Greg Salter (44), entering year 10. Salter (5745) trails two legends, Hubie Gallagher (122) and infamous Grand Dad, the legendary Jack Salter (256). The Lions (6-4, 4-3) fell to Ruston, opening round. Salter returns eight offensive, and five defensive starters. “We feel we can compete each week. We’re excited to see where we stand,” Salter said. Competitive, experienced players return. Jrs. Brandon Coakley and Jerome Elzy compete at quarterback. Coakley passed for 692 yards with seven touchdowns. Jr. Justin Chatman gained 1,042 yards on 172 carries with six scores. Returning O-linemen, Srs. Colby Perrin (6’0, 230) and Noah Senac (6’4, 300) with Jr. Lawson Champagne (6’5, 255) provide experience and mass. Sr. DeKengie James, a play-making receiver, also returns after missing last season due to injury. Sr. Bryce Blackwell (5-9, 190), spearheads the defense, registering a staggering 128 tackles with four picks, roaming with the heart of a Lion. Blackwell showcased his talent competing in January’s 2022 Dream All-American Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Texas. Sr. Mason Estrada returns, handling the kicking duties.

Fontainebleau (0-8, 0-7) looks to rebound from last year’s rough season with younger returning players, having gained valuable experience. “Experience definitely matters. We started 11 sophomores, so it’s invaluable having them back with that experience level,” coach Chris Blocker said. “We had a really good spring, with success in 7-on-7’s. We’re looking for consistency and identity. The consistency is starting to click, and the team’s identity is evolving. We’re expecting to be competitive, hoping to surprise some folks.” The offense returns eight starters, including Sr. signal caller Ronde White, a versatile athlete, who also lines up at receiver. Jr. Ian Burleson, an Alabama transfer, also plays both positions, giving the Bulldogs depth. Sr. RB Damion Marshall is back and handles kick returns. The O-line will be a strength with returning Srs. Donald Mulkey and Mixon Senseney. Defensively, Jrs. Christian Capdeboscq and Trent Gagnon are the leaders. Sr. William Rocha (all-district) attended a number of camps and is a legitimate Division I kicking prospect. He clicked on 4/5 field goals with a long of 45 yards, totaling 19 touch backs.

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7 PM

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Sept. 02

7 PM

Lakeshore (H)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Franklinton (A)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Walker (A)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Dutchtown (H)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Franklinton (H)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Ponchatoula (H)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Hammond (A)

Sept. 29

7 PM

Fontainebleau (A)

Sept. 29

7 PM

Covington (H)

Oct. 07

7 PM

St. Paul’s (H)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Northshore (A)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Hammond (A)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Mandeville (H)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Slidell (A)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Ponchatoula (A)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Northshore (H)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Slidell (H)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Mandeville (A)

Nov. 04

7 PM

St. Paul’s (H)

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Franklinton’s community is energized, beginning a new era under veteran Guy LeCompte (53), taking over for Jonathon Barber. LeCompte, with 15 years of successful head coaching, stints at Mandeville (11), Holy Cross (2) and Country Day (2), hands the defense to Barber, providing continuity, along with Matt Hughes, retained as OC. “I want to establish a winning culture. Success breeds success based on preparation and consistency. We have terrific, hard-working players. The team is taking shape, making good progress. Our bigger district, with solid coaching, should be competitive, making it fun for the players, plus challenging for the staff,” LeCompte said. Franklinton opens District 8-4A, Week 6, Oct. 7th, hosting Hannan. He loved his Demons’ strong performance in the Lakeshore 7-on-7, finishing second, edged by Rummel. Sr. Zion Anders returns, triggering the spread. “He’s athletic with a strong arm, quickly picking up the new system.” Receivers are led by Sr. Daniel Bryant and Jr. Kelly Daniels (4.4 forty-speed). Sr. Khaled Waliagha (LB) is committed to West Point, leading the way with Sr. Timarion Partman, welcoming back Sr. Tradell Causey (DL), returning from injury.

Hammond’s Dorsett Buckels (41), a former LSU linebacker, enters his third season after going 2-5. “Our strength is our experienced offensive line. We average about 5’10, 260-pounds, gaining valuable experience as a unit last year. Our sophomores saw lots of playing time as freshmen, so they picked up important game-time lessons,” Buckels said. “This team has a closer bond, communicates well, and continues to get better every day.” Hammond returns five offensive starters, led by Sr. receivers, Jahiem Johnson and Raymond May, who also play defense. Jr. QB Caden Jacobs, who injured his elbow in a JV game, is the starter, running the spread, featuring athleticism and quickness, ongoing trademarks of Tornadoes’ teams. Four defensive starters return, spearheaded by Sr. Dustin Foster (LB) along with Sos. Jermaine Davis (CB), and Darius Servick (DT). Jr. Jamir Francis switches from defense (NG), moving to offense (G). Jr. Nicholas Bartee handles kicking duties. Chandler Fayard and Carmon Moore serve as cooffensive coordinators. “It’s really great having coach Moore back, rejoining the Hammond program. He’ll help make us better,” Buckels said. Lesley Deamer calls the defensive signals.

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Sept. 02

7 PM

Bogalusa (A)

Sept. 01

7 PM

Amite (H)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Covington (H)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Riverdale (H)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Fontainebleau (A)

Sept. 16

7 PM

South Terrebonne (A)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Denham Springs (H)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Fontainebleau (H)

Sept. 29

7 PM

Belle Chase (H)

Sept. 30

7 PM

St. Paul’s (A)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Archbishop Hannan (H)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Slidell (A)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Pearl River (A)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Covington (H)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Salmen (A)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Northshore (H)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Loranger (A)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Mandeville (H)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Lakeshore (H)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Ponchatoula (A)

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Lakeshore (6-5, 3-0), the five-time District 8-4A champion, places its trust in the experienced leadership of Titans’ third-ever head coach, Brent Indest (55). The 3-time LSWA COY replaces Craig Jones after nine seasons, who was hired to take over Mandeville’s program. Indest (187-86) captured a 2017 Division III state title with CatholicNew Iberia (Alma Mater). The Titans’ new leader has logged successful coaching stints at Abbeville, Crowley, Kaplan, and Carencro, employing the Wing-T offense. He’ll operate out of multiple sets, getting his athletic skill personnel touches out in space. Sr. Sam Willie (QB), is rejuvenated for his final season, recovering from a surgically repaired knee, which required season-ending surgery. Sr. Colby Ziegler, an elusive WR/RB, handles the tailback chores, joined by Jr. Jaden Wells (FL), and So. Evan Kitchen (FB). Four experienced O-linemen return with Sr. Carter Davis, plus Jrs. Landen Bertucci, John Michael Papis, and Austin Roberts. Experienced linebackers are led by Srs. James Geeslin and Braeden Peterson with Jr. Jared Roberson, who Indest describes as a player with special skills. Sr. Antoine Labostrie and Jr. Kaiden Broussard (DE) are solid.

Mandeville (3-6, 2-5) charts a new course under the tutelage of veteran Craig Jones, who replaces Hutch Gonzales, after his four-year stint. Jones, a former Skipper player (1999 grad) and coach, is no stranger to St. Tammany football. He guided Lakeshore for nine seasons (71-35), winning five consecutive district championships and registering 17 straight district victories before departing. His Titans were the 2017 Class 4A state runner-up. “Learning the players’ strength and weakness, quickly, is key,” Jones said. He returns to Mandeville High, accompanied by seven Titan staff members, facilitating an easier transition. Implementing a new system, present Jones’ staff, unique challenges, but with their continuity, they should handle the task. Jones inherits 20 seniors, led by returning offensive linemen Sr. Kaleb Cullota and Jr. Cole Beecher. Sr. Cooper DesRoches starts at QB. Defensively, four starters return, Srs. Clarence Joseph, Nick Pettavino and Logan Reese along with Jr. Tasmin Showers. The new Skipper served as a volunteer assistant while attending Southeastern, was hired as a teacher in 2005, and continued coaching through the 2010 season, before heading to Lakeshore.

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TIME

OPPONENT

Sept. 02

7 PM

Fontainebleau (A)

Sept. 02

7 PM

Denham Springs (H)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Chalmette (H)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Hahnville (A)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Terrebonne (H)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Walker (H)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Washington-Marion (A)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Northshore (A)

Sept. 30

7 PM

St. Stanislaus (A)

Sept. 29

7 PM

Slidell (H)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Salmen (H)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Ponchatoula (H)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Loranger (A)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Fontainebleau (A)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Pearl River (A)

Oct. 21

7 PM

St. Paul’s (H)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Hannan (H)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Hammond (A)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Franklinton (A)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Covington (H)

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NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN WOLVERINES

NORTHSHORE PANTHERS

Northlake Christian School (1-7, 0-3) looks to rebound under James Willis (former NFL LB), entering his fourth year. The Wolverines struggled last season, but have a wealth of experience returning, featuring 10 offensive and seven defensive starters. Willis has a competitive threeway QB battle, between Sr. Tristan Osner and Soph’s Wylee Jackson and Luke Leblanc. Sr. twoway performer Jesse Picone (WR/DB/4-sport athlete) brings immense talent and energy. Sr. Knox Hollis (all-district second-team TE) rejoins Gavin Krone (RB/LB), Reese Hamilton (WR/DB), and Chase Mizell (second-team RB) with linemen Dylan Angelo, Brock Leahy, Aubrey Posey and Luke Schlegal. “Our offensive line is a strength with size and more depth. We were competitive in 7-on-7’s at Fontainebleau and Salmen. Younger guys played, getting better each session,” Willis said. “I like our secondary, and the linebackers are more experienced. Our younger guys (21 freshmen/13 sophomores) must develop quickly. The team is coming together, with excellent team culture.” Hayden Dutruch (first-team) and Fontainebleau transfer Paul Bailey are the ends. Trey Capdeboscq (WR/DB) and Mizell play both sides of the ball. Krone and Ben Harrison are backers.

Northshore rebounded from a winless season, jumping to 5-5, 3-4, under first-year coach Bobby Sanders. The Panthers (No. 24) nearly ousted West Monroe (No. 9) in the first round, falling 37-30 in a double overtime heart-breaker. “We lost lots of experience, due to graduation. We’re a very young team with only 13 seniors. Younger players will have to step up,” Sanders said. Sr. Jack Buell (59 of 108, 1,136 yards) tossed 14 touchdowns with four picks. Sr. James Bridges (19 catches, 330 yards, 2 scores) and Jr. TJ Coleman (9 catches, 4 scores) provide experience. “We have more offensive experience, than defensive. We may take our lumps early, moving forward. We need to be solid in all three game phases, to be successful.” Sr. Da’Juan Jacque (LB), along with Jr. safeties Jordan Fugate and Kohen Rowbatham (second-team all-district athlete), return to help bolster the defense. “I’m very glad Rowbatham plays for us, and is only a junior.” Sr. Belle Airey handles kicking duties, providing consistency. Bill Conides takes over play-calling from Sanders, while Austin Bellamy calls the defense for his second season.

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TIME

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Sept. 02

7 PM

Country Day (H)

Sept. 02

7 PM

Dutchtown (H)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Albany (A)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Salmen (H)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Varnado (H)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Hahnville (H)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Archbishop Hannan (H)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Mandeville (H)

Sept. 29

7 PM

Grace King (A)

Sept. 29

7 PM

Ponchatoula (A)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Springfield (A)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Fontainbleau (H)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Pope John Paul II (H)

Oct. 14

7 PM

St. Paul’s (A)

Oct. 21

7 PM

St. Thomas Aquinas (H)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Hammond (A)

Oct. 28

7 PM

St. Helena College Acad. (H)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Covington (A)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Independence (A)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Slidell (A)

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PEARL RIVER REBELS

PINE RAIDERS

Pearl River (4-6, 0-3) gears up for the season under new veteran coach Eric Collins (63), replacing Mike LaBourdette. The Rebels earned their 13th playoff appearance, ousted by No. 4 Northwood-Shreveport. Collins’ 31-year coaching resume features a 205-142 record. He takes over after coaching two seasons at East Central High in Hurley, Miss. (15-9), making playoff appearances. Collins is greeted by an expanded District 8-4A with Archbishop Hannan and Loranger, moving up in classification. “I love our hard working, athletic players, who possess quality leadership. They don’t mind being pushed. I’m appreciative how they have bought in so quickly to my coaching philosophy,” Collins said. His first football head coaching job was at Trafton Academy (1989), then Hannan from 1990-1996 (50-27). The Rebels return eight offensive starters, guided by Sr. Austin Wadsworth (3-yr starter). Sr. Brian Jenkins, “Mr. Reliable,” (3-yr starter, 2-time all-district), handles the ground game. Dalton Sabathe (all-district TE) is back. The defense features seven returning starters, led by Sr. Gabe Whittington (3-yr starter, all-district) and FS Trey Turnage (all-district). Sr. Noah Hunt (LB) returns from knee surgery.

Pine’s Bradley Seal enters his 11th season (55-51), moving up to class 3A. The Raiders (64) fell to East Feliciana, 55-35, in the first round. “We have a veteran group. A large, experienced junior class with nine seniors. They have defined roles, knowing what to expect from each other,” Seal said. Calling plays, based out of the Wing-T, the Raiders have a number of talented weapons. “We want to spread the ball around, hoping to pass more, to balance the attack.” Jr. Luke Spears completed 70 of 133 attempts for 1,072 yards, tossing seven scores with five interceptions. Sr. Ke’Montre Magee rushed for 395 yards, being counted on to replace the outstanding production of Adrianuen Johnson (Coffeyville Community College Kansas), 1,802 yards with 29 touchdowns. James Owens topped the receivers with 11 receptions (271 yards) with Preston Stogner 10 catches (120 yards). Sr. John Thomas Caldwell (MLB), a three-year starter, registered 71 tackles, joined by fellow linebackers, Jrs. Ethan Rawls and Ethan Rester. “The linebackers are our strength. They’re a well-rounded, intelligent group.” Sr. Jericho Berry returns, after tearing his meniscus.

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TIME

OPPONENT

DATE

TIME

OPPONENT

Sept. 02

7 PM

Pope John Paul ll (A)

Sept. 02

7 PM

Varnado (A)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Thomas Jefferson (H)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Independence (A)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Pine (A)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Pearl River (H)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Independence (A)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Sept. 30

7 PM

Newman (H)

Sept. 30

7 PM

East Iberville (A)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Loranger (A)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Albany (A)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Franklinton (H)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Amite (H)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Lakeshore (H)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Sumner (A)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Salmen (H)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Bogalusa (H)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Archbishop Hannan (A)

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PONCHATOULA GREEN WAVE

POPE JOHN PAUL II

Ponchatoula (12-1, 7-0) nearly made it to the promised land, falling in the Class 5A state championship. The Green Wave charts a new course under Trey Willie (39), taking over for legendary coach, Hank Tierney (300-plus wins). Willie spent nine years as an assistant, seven as OC. “I’ve got a good blue print following coach Hank, my mentor. The players have responded, and are working hard in the weight room,” Willie said. Just three offensive starters return led by Sr. QB Nolan Tribble, backed up by Jr. Bishop Davis, the Wave’s athlete. The inexperienced receivers need to grow up fast, counting on Sr. Marvis Melvin with sophomores, CJ Brazile, Corey Jackson and Ahmad Nelsen. Big things are expected from John Curtis transfer Sr. Patrick LeBranch (RB). “Our skill guys have talent and confidence, but are inexperienced.” Alvin Richardson moves from tackle to guard, while Brandon Stromeyer, transitions from center to tackle, replaced by Sr. Braden Dieck. Timmy Walters, defensive coordinator since 2014, returns five starters, sparked by Sr. Brant Monistere (all-district LB), joined by fellow Srs. Tyler Bailey back from injury, Jamie Clement, Blake Hodges and Jordan Winder.

Pope John Paul II (4-6, 1-2) made significant strides under first-year coach Philip Pigott, falling to district rival St. Thomas Aquinas in the playoffs. Pigott (37) must completely retool the offense, but he and his staff love the players’ talent level and their commitment. District 10-2A becomes more competitive, adding Independence and St. Helena. “It’s a race to mature, growing up fast. We have new talent, going from 24 kids at my first team meeting, to having 70-plus. We have lots of new football faces who want to help change the program’s culture,” Pigott said. So. Nate Babin (3-sport athlete), runs things at QB. Srs. Cameron Couture (first-team all-district LT), named a team captain, and Will Culpepper, anchor the line. Sr. Evan Schneider (FB) joins Sos. Blaze Rodriguez and Kade Lacoste in the backfield. “We’re a running team, wanting to keep our backs fresh. The young guys will have to get coached up quickly. We’re young, but we have lights-out talent.” All but two defensive starters return, led by Sr. Pierce Williams and Jr. Cael McDaniel. Srs. Jacob Mire (MLB), Jake Ahner and Cody Pisciotta (CB) with Zachary Dauzat (S), help bolster the defense.

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OPPONENT

Sept. 02

7 PM

Walker (A)

Sept. 02

7 PM

Pearl River (H)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Dutchtown (H)

Sept. 09

7 PM

St. Martin’s Episcopal (A)

Sept. 16

7 PM

St. Thomas Aquinas (H)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Delcambre (A)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Covington (A)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Ben Franklin (A)

Sept. 29

7 PM

Northshore (H)

Sept. 30

7 PM

Crescent City (H)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Mandeville (A)

Oct. 07

7 PM

St. Thomas Aquinas (H)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Slidell (H)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Northlake Christian (A)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Fontainebleau (H)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Independence (A)

Oct. 28

7 PM

St. Paul’s (A)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Springfield (H)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Hammond (H)

Nov. 04

7 PM

St. Helena (A)

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SALMEN SPARTANS Salmen (7-3, 2-1) delivered last season, ousted by Plaquemine, 41-27 in the opening round. Eric Chuter, reaches a coaching milestone, entering his 30th year, fifth as Spartans’ coach (16-23), handling play-calling duties. “Our district, adds two quality programs, and coaches in Archbishop Hannan and Loranger, solidifying our schedule. We’re looking to build on last year’s success,” Chuter said. Jr. Cameron Dorsey caught 23 passes for 425 yards with two scores. Dorsey takes over at quarterback, seeing limited action. “We won’t miss a beat with him, he’s a really good athlete. We have lots of offensive depth.” Sr. Issac Casnave, who gained 325 yards with two touchdowns, is a physical, bruising runner, one of three returning offensive starters. Sr. linemen Elias Carpio and Landen West also return. Four defensive starters, including Casnave (16 stops/2 INTs), are joined by Sr. backers Rashad Shepard (50 tackles) and Ja’Mikal Walker (40 tackles). “Our linebackers are our strength.” Sr. Donald Cousizan topped the Spartans with four picks and a defensive score. Jr. Dwayne Coleman (6’ 1” 425), anchors the middle, gigantic and unable to be blocked, according to coach Chuter.

SLIDELL TIGERS Slidell (4-6, 4-3) fell in the first round of the playoffs, losing to Class 5A champion Zachary (No. 1). Interim coach Malter Scobel, who replaced Larry Favre, was named head coach. The Tigers feature 23 seniors, returning eight defensive starters with other players, who saw significant time. “Our defense will be our strength,” Scobel said. The three Sr. linebackers, Kendall Carter (first-team all-district), Jake Fiore and Jordan Miller, are in the mix, along with four of the five secondary players, Srs. Will Davis, Cameron Ducre (second-team), Elijah Harrison and Jr. Dwayne Mills. Sr. ends, Gavin Dassau and Cole Koretzky, provide continuity for Scobel, who calls defensive signals. “We have to replace our defensive tackles, but we have options there.” Sr. Luke Guidry guides the offense, implementing the play calls from Chris “Floppy” Arnoult, returning after a season at Bowling Green. “We didn’t play well in the Southeastern 7-on-7. We rebounded, playing much better in the Lakeshore tournament, showing mental toughness. We have good offensive weapons, making us tough to defend,” Scobel added. Sr. PK Mia Decker returns.

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TIME

OPPONENT

DATE

TIME

OPPONENT

Sept. 02

7 PM

Booker T. Washington (A)

Sept. 01

7 PM

Jesuit (A)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Northshore (A)

Sept. 09

7 PM

Bogalusa (A)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Bogalusa (H)

Sept. 16

7 PM

Central (H)

Sept. 23

7 PM

Belle Chasse (A)

Sept. 23

7 PM

St. Paul’s (A)

Sept. 29

7 PM

McDonogh #35 (A)

Sept. 29

7 PM

Mandeville (A)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Lakeshore (A)

Oct. 07

7 PM

Hammond (H)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Archbishop Hannan (H)

Oct. 14

7 PM

Ponchatoula (A)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Franklinton (H)

Oct. 21

7 PM

Covington (H)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Pearl River (A)

Oct. 28

7 PM

Fontainebleau (A)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Loranger (H)

Nov. 04

7 PM

Northshore (H)

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ST. PAUL’S WOLVES

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS FALCONS

St. Paul’s long-time mentor Ken Sears enters his 24th season, guiding the Wolves (8-3, 6-1). Sears (163-89), advanced to the Division I Select semifinals, edged by Catholic - Baton Rouge, 29-28, in a heart breaker. St. Paul’s, who finished second to Ponchatoula, should be in the hunt again, opening District 6-5A, Sept. 23, at Slidell. “We lost outstanding seniors, but are excited about the incoming seniors and underclassmen. We feel good where we are, coming out of spring, into summer,” Sears said. Kenny Sears, III, calls the offense, returning six starters, replacing key skill players. Sr. Danny Rousher triggers the multiple offense, with Jrs. Matt Gower and Jeb Reina, his main targets. Four experienced Sr. linemen, Dylan Buckel, Gage Guzan, Dominic Liviccari and Andrew Viener, are joined by Jr. Cayden Arnold. Defensive coordinator Mick Nunez returns four starters, featuring Srs. Matthew Cody (31 TKL/2 INT) and Jacob Johnson (89 TKL/10 TFL/3 INT), with Jr. Connor Lacoste in the secondary. Sr. Ethan West (LB) brings experience. “The defense is progressing, getting better every week,” Sears added. So. Drew Talley is the kicker.

St. Thomas Aquinas (8-2, 3-0), 3-time reigning District 7-2A champ, is primed to defend the title. Randell Legette (34) enters his fifth season coaching the Falcons, after advancing to the second round. Legette has established a dynamic, winning culture. “We’re happy to have quality, senior leadership, even though we only have nine of them. We’re looking to build off last year’s success, making a deep playoff run,” Legette said. Offensive coordinator, David Maryland, welcomes back seven starters. Sr. Bryce Simoneaux operates the Falcons’ spread, counting on Jr. receivers Kentrell Perry, Cace Reed and Naje Williams. Sr. Darrius Vaughn and So. Deshaud Sheridan are the featured backs. Sr. linemen, James Dunn and Daniel Netterville, provide experience. Coach Tino Fletcher handles the defense, returning eight starters. Srs. Dante Doty and Kendrick Simms bolster the front. Srs. Austin Davis, and Vaughn, a two-way performer, help control things at linebacker. Perry and Reed, who will see action on both sides of the ball, roam the secondary. Coach Legette balances time with his Falcons and his two-year old, Randell, Jr., who according to coach, is all boy.

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As we know all too well in St. Tammany Parish, August and September are marked by stifling heat and the peak of Hurricane Season. For the seventh consecutive year, the National Weather Service has forecasted an above average season. The two most recent years were among the most active and most powerful in our history. My administration works diligently to ensure that we are prepared on all fronts. Public Works crews continue to clear laterals to improve drainage capacity, Utilities teams enhance operations to fortify water service and our Emergency Preparedness staff continues to meet with local leaders, first responders, utility providers and all essential personnel. I am proud to say that we are prepared, but we also need you to take some time to get ready. Stock up on a few non-perishable goods and ensure that your family is aware of your plan. We are hopeful that our community will not be impacted by tropical weather for the third consecutive year, but preparedness is vital to all of our success. Since taking office, my administration has continued to renew our commitment to improving our infrastructure throughout St. Tammany Parish. This year, your Parish Government has allocated nearly $30 million in roadway upgrades, drainage capacity improvements and other infrastructure projects to ensure safe, efficient and reliable amenities for our citizens. Recently, local legislators secured more than $150 million for infrastructure enhancements and other projects in St. Tammany Parish, including the widening of LA 1077, U.S. 190 widening in Covington and Coastal Protection and flood resiliency in East St. Tammany. We look forward to creating a more resilient future for all of St. Tammany Parish and enhancing our superior quality of life that we know and love. We encourage you to stay informed by signing up for our newsletter at stpgov.org and following us on social media. Serving as your Parish President remains one of my most humbling honors.

Our children are St. Tammany Parish’s greatest asset, and as your sheriff, I am going to do everything I can to protect them and keep them safe. This summer, deputies passed out hundreds of stickers, which were placed on businesses’ doors reminding people not to leave children or pets in hot cars. The 7 x 4.5 inch sticker reads “Have you forgotten anything” with the image of a child’s car seat and a puppy below. I want to make sure we are doing everything we can to prevent a child or a pet from dying in a hot car in St. Tammany Parish. I want to thank all of the businesses who have partnered with us for this endeavor. It would not have been a success without your support and participation. Also, this summer our deputies took advantage of school buildings being closed to train inside our schools. While I pray they never have to use this training, I want parents and everyone in our community to know we are prepared to react if anyone threatens our school buildings or our children. We also have a trained, full time school resource officer at each of our public schools in St. Tammany Parish every day. These deputies are tasked with ensuring our school facilities are secure and our students are safe, but they also serve as role models for our children. You as citizens can do your part to help us protect our children this school year by abiding by all the laws in relation to school zones and buses. Follow the directions of our school crossing guards. Their job is to make sure school buses and children arrive to our schools in the mornings and leave our schools in the afternoons safely. Never pass a stopped school bus and please watch for children walking to and from schools and bus stops. Also, remember all school zones are “Hands-Free Zones”. Please, for the safety of our children, put your phones down and pay attention to your surroundings. I wish everyone a happy and safe school year.

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The American writer Adam Gopnik once said, “You can’t have a decent food culture without a decent coffee culture: the two things grow up together.” The word “decent” is not exactly how most would describe the food culture here in Southeast Louisiana. Our food is world-renowned, and we know it. We live it. Many of us cook with century-old recipes every day. Monday red beans anyone? What is in your morning mug though? Like a probable fair amount of you, my family always brewed a big pot of Community Coffee every morning (Between Roast being our preferred blend). Baton Rouge company, established in 1919, is the largest family-owned coffee brand in the United States. With Community Coffee and other major brands roasting right here in Louisiana, we have been lucky enough to have easy access to good coffee for more than 100 years. On the Northshore, coffee culture has grown

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exponentially in the last 15 years. Many of us grind our own coffee, explore local roasters, and seek out small businessstyle coffee shops over that giant Seattle-based company whenever possible. Coffee shops are the nerve centers of our communities. In Slidell’s newly opened Sirincci Coffee Company, where I happen to be writing this feature, I hear a young mother ordering a jazzed soda to get her through the rest of the day. I hear a group of teenagers playing UNO in the back room. I see a young man in headphones on his laptop, perhaps working on an online college class. There is a palpable energy, and not just from the caffeine. All walks of life come into coffee shops just like this one to work, commune, and yes… caffeinate. It is where college essays get written. It is where we power up for a long day at work. It is where musicians get their first break, and where many artists sell their first piece. It is also the setting of countless


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first dates, mine and my husband’s included. We even got engaged at that same little coffee shop across from Spring Hill College in Mobile. Eric and Kathryn Hecker attest that witnessing this convergence of community life is one of the best parts of running a coffee shop. “To us, the shop means being a gathering place for our community. Whether it’s for work, hanging out with friends to play a board game, or a place to have a first date- we see it all daily. I’ve watched people go through high school, college, and now they are off becoming doctors or starting their own families. We’re the first stop they make when back in town. Nothing beats that feeling.” The Heckers, who first met at St. John’s Coffeehouse in downtown Covington twelve years ago, took over ownership of St. John’s in 2020. “We’ve been taking up our little slice of downtown

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Covington since 1995. Initially, John, the original owner, opened it as Rue de la Course. Three years later, he rebranded it as St. John’s. In coffee shop years, I guess you could say we are ancient. In 2020, after almost twenty years of ownership, the Knickerbockers sold St. John’s to us. Eric and I are so excited to bring new life into the shop and keep it going for another three decades,” says Kathyrn Hecker. And there is certainly a growing market for coffee to keep places like St. John’s running smoothly for those next three decades. Folks want more than that caramel macchiato these days. Kathyrn Hecker elaborated, “There is a coffee phenomenon going on right now. The coffee subculture that has been created by Tik Tok and Starbucks enthusiasts is insane. What we love the most about it is our customers’ willingness to try new flavors and textures, or even an allaround crazy-sounding drink with enthusiasm. While we still do a simple 8 oz house cup of joe (that’s not even on the menu - regulars just know), it is the challenge of recreating a drink that somebody saw somewhere on the internet that is so fun right now.” The Northshore is home to over thirty locally-owned coffee shops as well as several coffee roasters. Abita Roasting Company has been sourcing, roasting and preparing outstanding coffee from around the world since 2006. They have two cafes under the same name and launched their first Coffee Works location at the Copperstill Marketplace shopping center. Abita Roasting also provides its roasts to many Northshore restaurants, including Creole Bagelry in Slidell, and offers exclusive specialty roasts to The Daily Grind Coffee Co, located inside The Jung Hotel on Canal Street in New Orleans. Flamjeaux Coffee is the brainchild of Margot Brignac. She is an independent roaster using a twenty-pound Diedrich IR-12 drum roaster. She also runs Flamjeaux’s Interactive Coffee Lab where she operates a five-pound roaster, offering demonstrations and samples to the public. “Flamjeaux is a manifestation of a dream that has been brewing for years. My twenty-plus years in food service began in coffee as a General Manager of the flagship location of Community Coffee’s spinoff Gourmet Coffee House (CC’s) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where my love affair with coffee began. In some form or fashion, coffee seemed to follow me throughout my career with an ultimate curiosity about roasting. It seemed a natural progression, only backward, as


“hobby roasting” to a more serious production and selling at the Trailhead. He moved away for many years following Hurricane Katrina and began expanding his roasting business up north. Ed and his wife eventually moved back to Louisiana, landing in Slidell in 2018. He sells online and at the Camellia City Farmers Market. “What I do is roast coffee. That’s my thing, and I stick to what I know. I do know a lot about coffee, and I spend a lot of time talking with farmers now that the internet has made it possible to communicate so easily. I deal with a lot of direct-origin coffee, working directly with the farmers. I also use ethical brokers that import coffee.“ You can find Ed’s single-origin and blended coffees, as well as his cold brew concentrate, Saturday mornings at Camellia City Farmers Market. He also sources his coffee to the Little Coffee Camper which is a Slidell-based coffee truck specializing in special events. No matter how you like your coffee- home-brewed or from the corner shop, air or drum roasted, black or cream with two sugars, or maybe an iced oat milk latte with a new house plant on the side from Roots: Plants & Coffee in Olde Towne Slidell- please shop local and shop the Northshore!

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roasting is where it all begins. But for me, it is my hope that roasting is where it all ends, as my last job doing something I love and about which I am very passionate,” says Margot Brignac. Flamjeaux Coffee, named for the famous flambeauxs of parade tradition, sources her coffee to many coffee shops, restaurants and stores, including The Book and Bean, Leonardo’s Trattoria, and Acquistapace’s stores. She has also participated in collaborations with local breweries, including Chafunkta’s Old 504 Vanilla Porter, a personal favorite of mine. Margot describes her home base, however, to be the Mandeville Trailhead Community Market. “It is not easy doing this, especially with the over-saturation of national companies who have the money for prime real estate and convenient drive-thrus. My audience is the community markets, where people are invested in shopping locally. It is challenging work, but it is rewarding. I take an educational approach to what I do. I concentrate on where my beans come from. What are the growing regions? How are the beans processed? Are the beans washed or unwashed? What effect does this have on the flavor of the coffee? These are the things I try to teach my customers, especially why coffee just tastes better fresh and the importance of grinding your beans just before brewing, which gives you greater control over the final taste.” To explore the science of roasting, I spent the afternoon with the owner and operator of Rebel Coffee Roaster at his roasting studio in Slidell. Ed Kuhlman is true to his company’s name. He is a rebel. He is an air roaster, meaning he roasts the coffee he sources on a fluid bed of hot air as opposed to the traditional method of tumbling in a hot steel drum. “This roasting method is how we became industry outcasts. You see, only 1% of all coffee is roasted this way,” says Kuhlman. Ed was kind enough to demonstrate this unique process in his roasting studio. The machine Ed uses was designed and patented by chemical engineer and coffee industry consultant Mike Sivetz in 1976. Ed places the beans into the roasting chamber where a column of superheated air lofts the beans into the air, roasting them individually on all sides. As the beans are roasted, we listen for what is called “first crack” which is the sound of the bean popping until the outer husks are blown off. After only seven minutes, the beans are perfectly roasted and ready to be cooled in Ed’s large colander apparatus situated over a retrofitted metal trash can, with a fan that he devised for an easier cooling process. Air roasting is cleaner, more consistent, and less hot than drum roasting, which I was thankful for on that already scorching summer day. The process produces a smoother cup of coffee, which is less bitter due to that chaff outer husk being blown off during the roast. More of the natural coffee flavor is retained during air roasting due to the shorter roasting time and the oils retained during the process. Ed Kuhlman has lived in the area since the ‘80s and has always shown an interest in coffee. In the ’90s, he went from


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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The City of Slidell presents the The 2022-2023 Cultural Season Calendar Slidell Cultural Events

All events offer free admission.

White Linen and Lagniappe 2022

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 • 6-9 pm • Olde Towne

Slidell Movie Nights

Sept. 30 • Oct. 14 • Oct. 28 • 7 pm • Heritage Park

Bayou Jam Fall 2022 Concert Series

Saturdays • 5-7 pm • Heritage Park Oct. 1 - Amanda Shaw • Oct. 15 - Comedy Night with Mike Strecker • Oct. 29 - Vince Vance and the Valiants

Christmas Under the Stars

Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 2022 • 6-9 pm • Griffith Park

Olde Towne Community Christmas Parade

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022 • 5 pm • Olde Towne Slidell

Holiday Concert with the Northshore Community Orchestra

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 • 6 pm • Slidell Auditorium

Arts Evening 2023

Saturday, March 25, 2023 • 5-9 pm • Olde Towne

Bayou Jam Spring 2023 Concert Series

Saturdays, 5-7 pm • Heritage Park April 1 - High School Band & Choir Shocase • April 15 - TBD • April 29 - Redline

Some Enchanted Evening with the Northshore Community Orchestra

Saturday, May 13, 2023 • 6 pm • Heritage Park

Slidell Cultural Center Exhibits

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4 Corners² - Olde Towne Arts Center Exhibit Opening Reception: Friday, June 24, 5-7 pm June 24 - Aug. 19, 2022

Lori Anselmo: A Celebration of 20 Years of Art! Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 2, 5-7 pm Sept. 2 - Oct. 21, 2022

Slidell Art League's 2022 Artist of the Year Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 4, 5-7 pm Nov. 4 - Dec. 16, 2022

Movie Poster Archive Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, Jan. 6, 5-7 pm January 6 - 27, 2023

Salad Days Juried Exhibition of Student Art Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 10, 5-7 pm Feb. 10 - March 10, 2023

Arts Evening 2023 Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, March 23, 5-7 pm March 23 - May 5, 2023

Slidell Photo Club Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, May 19, 5-7 pm May 19 - June 23, 2023

Olde Towne Arts Center Exhibit

Opening Reception: Friday, July 14, 5-7 pm June 24 - Aug. 19, 2022

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COMMUNITY LEADERS

Mark Johnson City of Covington Mayor

Clay Madden City of Mandeville Mayor

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Hurricane Preparedness Prior to a storm, the Fire, Police (PD) and Public Works (PW) departments service their equipment and vehicles. Fire does a well-check on the city’s most vulnerable residents (they will do this again after the storm). PW will ensure generators are operating properly and that fuel is topped off for sewer lift stations, water wells and the sewer treatment plant. PW will also inspect our drainage system and remove blockages. Approximately 24 hours before landfall many city workers will be sent home … giving them time to prepare their families for the storm. Essential personnel will return to ride out the storm at their respective buildings: PD at Police Department headquarters, Fire at Stations #1 and #2 and PW at the Public Works barn. All personnel are required to hunker down once wind speeds exceed 39 mph. They are not allowed to return to the streets until wind speeds drop below 40 mph. After the storm, PD and Fire’s first priorities are search and rescue as well as responding to the backlog of 911 emergency calls. PD will enact a curfew if warranted. PD, Fire and PW will coordinate after the storm to clear the streets. Using chain saws and tractors, they will first clear two routes to the hospital for emergency vehicles. PD will begin patrols protecting homes and businesses. There is a great effort put forth by city employees before and after a storm. For them, evacuating is not an option. Much is expected and Covington is fortunate to have such dedicated public servants.

Beautification is an important quality of life issue for Mandeville residents. We continue to plan for, carry out, and complete various beautification projects around Mandeville, including updating our city signage. You may have noticed already new and updated Welcome to Mandeville signs. In the coming weeks, we will roll out additional directional signage from a new sign package we have developed. I am committed to continuing to enhance our naturally beautiful environment and would like to acknowledge our Parks and Parkways commission for working with the administration in this effort. The beautification project under the overpass at Monroe Street and the intersections of East and West Causeway Approaches is near completion and will now move to the north side of that intersection for additional, complimentary improvements. The wildly successful Re-Leaf Mandeville Street Tree program is ongoing, with another spring planting upon us. Though it was in place before Hurricane Ida, the program has expanded since the storm, and now allows Mandeville residents to request up to four trees and choose from eight different species. This program has helped to re-plant new trees across Mandeville in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida and improve and restore our tree canopy. Hurricane Ida recovery has been a top priority through the fall and winter. As we move into the spring, the focus is now on restoring areas near the lakefront. The gazebo is in the process of being restored to its pre-Ida state, and Sunset Point is undergoing a major cleanup effort to make it safe for the public to enter. Baseball has returned to Harbor Field where more improvements are also coming. As the warmer weather approaches, families and children can look forward to a fully restored Trailhead Splash Park for the summer! We will continue to plant, beatify, and restore our Mandeville as we move into the

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visit to see the Autumn leaf change in New England is a wonderful trip, especially for us fall-color challenged Southerners. And perhaps nowhere in the Northeast is as magical as Vermont. The small villages, back roads, and vivid colors make for one of the best areas to enjoy the many splendors of fall. Boston, MA or Manchester, NH are usually the best airports to fly into the upper New England area. Once you are there, traveling in a rental vehicle makes for a much more flexible trip. From Boston, it’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive (I-93, I-89 and Route 4) to the town of Woodstock. Not “that” Woodstock – it’s in New York – this is Woodstock, Vermont, one of the most pleasant villages in the state. White picket fences, grand Federal and Greek Revival homes, several sharpsteeple churches, and a story-book worthy village green all contribute to the town’s allure. With numerous inns and bed and breakfasts, it makes the perfect central location for your stay. The leaf change in Vermont begins in mid-September and lasts through the second or third week in October. You will want to reserve your lodging well in advance. Your location in Woodstock will allow easy trekking EDGE August | September 2022

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north, south, and or west – changing location and elevation to allow for a good viewing of some wonderful fall colors. Spend a day exploring your home base in Woodstock, strolling the green and enjoying the fall colors against the white background of the buildings. Your inn or B & B will probably fill you up for breakfast, but if not, look for one of the many pancake breakfasts that are common throughout the area, organized by local charity organizations raising money by feeding hungry travelers. Then make a quick drive east to Quechee, VA to start your fall color tour. Stop at the Quechee Gorge (Lat 43.637484, Long -72.407923) and enjoy the colors from the bridge, or to work off that big breakfast, take the scenic 20 minute hike through the forest to the stream at the bottom of the gorge. While passing through Quechee many of the numerous shops may catch your eye. Back on Route 4 west near Woodstock is the Billings Farm and Museum. Here visitors will find examples of Vermont’s past farming methods, handmade Vermont cheeses and strawberry shortcake, and maybe even the chance to try your hand at milking a cow. Continue west on Route 4 to Bridgewater Corner for a stop at the Long Trail Brewery.

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Visit the beer garden by the river for a taste of what many consider Vermont’s number one craft brewery, and perhaps erase the memory of the failed cow milking earlier. Now that you have your bearings for the area, it’s time to wander along Route 100 for the splendor of it all. Head through Killington, Vermont’s largest ski area, to Route 100. From there it’s a colorful drive North on one of Vermont’s most scenic byways to Waterbury. There are roadside waterfalls - Moss Glen Falls (Lat 44.018109, Long -72.850365) is just north of Glanville, numerous small villages to enjoy, and many side roads to explore that lead into the Green Mountain National Forest. This route would take an hour and a half without stops, but allow plenty of time to explore and stop along the way. At the end of this route is quite the reward. The Ben and Jerry’s Factory is on the north side of Waterbury. Take the tour of the production facility and enjoy the free sample, but don’t fill up too much, as the next stop just up the road is the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. The mill has a working cider press and the fresh cider is wonderful, but their Cider Doughnuts may be the best bite you have had this side of a beignet. Before you leave Waterbury, stop at one of the many cheese shops in town for some Vermont Cheddar, then it’s a quick and easy drive down I-89 back to Woodstock. Now you are poised to go out hunting the best colors in the area. Locals are well versed in the art of Leaf Peeping, as they call it in the Northeast, so get some recommendations, get out on the back roads, get lost, and find your own colorful corner of Vermont.


COMMUNITY LEADERS

Robby Miller Tangipahoa Parish President

Greg Cromer City of Slidell Mayor

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More than halfway through 2022, and already we have so many things to celebrate here in Tangipahoa Parish! Not only are our sales tax collections remaining strong, but we are proud to announce we’ve just completed one of our best festival seasons ever. We hear it everywhere we go—Tangipahoa is a great place to live, work, and play! In my travels, I like to say that Tangipahoa is the best parish in all of Louisiana. Recently, you’ve probably read that others are saying that, too! We are so excited that Hammond’s downtown has been recognized as the 2022 Great American Main Street Award winner. Did you know that there are only about 100 communities across the United States to receive that recognition? What an incredible honor for our community! A couple weeks ago, Tangipahoa Parish was also recognized as a statewide leader in litter abatement by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. In a first for our parish, we have been awarded the 2022 Environmental Leadership Program Achievement Award. The award committee was especially impressed with our Litter Gitter initiative to remove trash and other debris from our waterways. By the way, we will deploy a fourth Litter Gitter later this year, thanks to another litter prevention grant which our Tangipahoa Parish Government team has been able to secure. And speaking of a statewide audience, Tangipahoa will host two more years of LHSAA Championship Women’s Basketball, as well as Men and Women’s Soccer Tournaments in Hammond. It is always a pleasure to welcome these high school student-athletes to Tangipahoa for championship week. We can’t wait to welcome them to SLU again early next year! What’s next in Tangi? Join us later this month for Hot August Night in downtown Hammond. Or make plans now to spend the final days of September at the Tangipahoa Parish Fair, one of our state’s longest-standing “free fairs.” In between, there’s something happening every weekend in Tangipahoa! I hope we’ll see you soon!

Dear Citizens, In July, I had the privilege to be sworn in for a second term as the Mayor of the great City of Slidell. My administration is excited about all of the the great things happening in Slidell and I would like to thank everyone for their encouragement and support. I look forward to working with Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal and the members of the Slidell City Council to continue to serve the citizens of Slidell. It is an honor to serve as your mayor. Another hurricane season is upon us and I encourage everyone to start making preparations now. One of the most important things you can do is stay informed. As in years past, we will post all emergency information to our city website, Facebook and Twitter SOS account. One of the easiest ways to stay updated is through our website, MySlidell.com. Information is also posted on our social media pages. General news and emergency news is posted at the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” Facebook page and emergency news can be found at @SlidellSOS on Twitter. To be notified via text or email when something is posted on the @SlidellSOS page, visit Enabling Mobile Notifications under the Twitter Help Center for more information. All of these services can be accessed from virtually anywhere, whether it’s a cell phone, desktop, laptop or tablet. Even if you evacuate, you can still get continuous updates about the Slidell. I encourage you to take advantage of these useful capabilities.

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istoric heat is continuing to sweep the nation, and Louisiana has been no exception. Meteorologists predict higher-than-normal temperatures in our state this summer. In fact, the National Weather Service classifies the temperatures we’re experiencing right now as “hazardous.” The extreme heat can take a toll on our bodies, and on our electric bills. While we can’t control the weather, we can control how we use energy in our homes. The energy experts at Cleco are reminding us that every Watt Matters, and that we can take control of those high bills and cool off a pretty sticky situation. Here are five tips to save energy and save money:

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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. In this issue, we share insights on the recent planning and development events in St. Tammany and highlight a property integral to the future of the parish. In our role as chief economic development advisors to our key elected officials and parish departments, St. Tammany Corporation is charged with strategically aligning the economic landscape in St. Tammany to be the destination of choice for highly skilled talent, business formation, attraction, expansion, and retention. We carry out this charge using multiple tactics, one of which is positioning land and site assets within our community to be as viable as possible for new and existing companies. Our competitive advantage lies in our geographical location, burgeoning target industry sectors, and educated and nimble workforce. It is economic development’s core responsibility to maximize opportunities for strategic growth. Working with the St. Tammany Parish administration, St. Tammany Corporation has provided

an opportunity to create a new addition to the Unified Development Code that is a game-changer for business attraction, business retention, and the local talent pipeline. For years, the Wadsworth property has encapsulated many strategic strengths that make it an ideal prospect for major economic development projects, including its prime access to the interstate and the highly educated local workforce. To provide a greater context of the geographical location, the property consists of two parcels located north of the intersection of I-12 and Hwy 1088. The larger parcel consists of roughly 92 acres with a retention pond in the center of the property. The second parcel, referred to as the AZBY Fund Site, consists of approximately 69 acres and forms a border around the southern, eastern, and northeastern boundaries of the larger parcel. Together, these two sites make up the 161-acre Wadsworth property. Working with a new owner along with our proactive parish administration, we have provided the opportunity to reposition the Wadsworth site and surrounding corridor as a premier asset for the economic future of St. Tammany. The strategic creation of a Logistics and Distribution Corridor in St. Tammany, with the Wadsworth site as its anchor, will serve one of the fastest-growing industry sectors in the nation, provide an expanded tax base for the parish, and create well-paying jobs for St. Tammany residents.

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St. Tammany Logistics and Distribution Corridor Conceptual Land Use Plan | Source: Google Earth

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Chris Masingill Chief Executive Officer St. Tammany Corporation

Boundaries of the St. Tammany Logistics and Distribution Corridor Source: St. Tammany Corporation

In October 2021, the St. Tammany Parish Zoning Commission approved the rezoning of the original 92acre Wadsworth tract to the Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics (AML) designation. This zoning designation is the most recent addition to St. Tammany’s Unified Development Code and represents a need for more precise designations that reflect St. Tammany’s existing business base, exponential growth over the past decade, and future land use needs. Since the property’s rezoning, numerous prospective companies have shown interest in the site, all of which are in the Distribution and Logistics sector, including light/green manufacturers, national and international distribution centers, and warehousing companies. These types of facilities will serve parish economic goals including the provision of living-wage jobs and contributions to strengthen the local tax base. To be clear, these are not the heavy industrial, “dirty” jobs of the past. Cutting-edge, sustainable companies that produce sophisticated jobs with above-average pay are a perfect fit for the ethos of our community. By designating the site AML, the Parish is creating a unique asset for business attraction opportunities. The St. Tammany Logistics & Distribution Corridor is one of the only centrally located sites with prime interstate access in St. Tammany. With appropriate zoning in place, this strategic corridor represents an opportunity for our community to better compete for high-value projects. Proactive master planning will allow thoughtful, sustainable, quality, and smart development, and provide an opportunity

to develop the site with proper infrastructure improvements to ensure long-term sustainable growth. Connectivity is crucial for businesses, and St. Tammany’s unmatched proximity to major infrastructure access points means efficiencies for companies looking to grow, especially in the distribution and logistics sector. The intersection of major interstates I-10, I-12, and I-59 on the eastern side of the parish is a distinct advantage for getting people and products where they need to go. There are also two international airports and 21 airports within 50 miles of our community. Our proximity to the Port of New Orleans, the Port of South Louisiana, the Port of Manchac, and the Port of St. Bernard offers access to 30-plus major inland hubs such as Memphis, Chicago, and Canada via 14,500 miles of waterways. We are also in proximity to six Class 1 railroads and located within reasonable distance of major metropolitan areas in the southeastern and midwestern United states. The distribution and logistics sector makes up nearly 7,000 jobs in our community with average hourly wages of $24.24/hour or $50,419.20 annually. These are high-wage, sophisticated, clean, quality jobs, in an industry that is leading in renewable and clean energy usage, most notably through construction of environmentally conscious facilities and

Distribution and Logistics Industry Data | Source: EMSI EDGE August | September 2022

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replacement of existing diesel-powered fleets with electric and natural gas-powered vehicles. This sector represents a $1.4 billion industry in St. Tammany, a significant part of our $12 billion local economy. The sector is projected to grow by 18% in the next decade in St. Tammany, and it is important to consider that the industry’s average annual pay exceeds the parish’s current average of $46,805. Companies in this sector choosing to locate here will benefit from the talented St. Tammany workforce, comprised of highly skilled individuals who bring a passion for life and commitment to excellence to their work. In addition to our primary higher education partner Northshore Technical Community College, there are 36 institutions of higher education within a 70-mile radius of St. Tammany, plus an excellent public school system with career and technical training programs. St. Tammany businesses can recruit employees from these institutions and retain local talent in the area as those employees pursue their own educational goals. The creation of a long-range master planned development will help St. Tammany Corporation to continue to position the parish as a premier location for distribution and logistics, which is in alignment with the economic development strategic plan for St. Tammany, THRIVE2023. With thoughtful, sustainable design, our community can support existing businesses looking to grow within our community,

Site Map of the Wadsworth and AZBY Properties | Source: GeoThinq

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recruit new businesses and purposefully capture desperately needed revenue for the parish. This revenue will allow for existing and proactive infrastructure improvements our residents and businesses urgently need. We can then focus on rectifying our broader current and future infrastructure issues and use our natural competitive advantages to our benefit and reap the rewards of more jobs, steady revenue, and a brighter, more sustainable future for St. Tammany. St. Tammany is entering a new era full of opportunities to maximize our numerous strategic advantages, be a wise steward of our community assets, and create a plan for future generations of St. Tammany residents to prosper. St. Tammany Corporation is proud to work in partnership with forward-thinking local landowners and proactive government leaders to produce a plan for our future that both protects our natural assets and continues to position business, industry, and our community to flourish. Stay connected with St. Tammany Corporation on Facebook at @StTammanyCorporation, Twitter at @ StTammanyCorp, our website at StTammanyCorp. org, and our data and research platform at StTammanyStats.com. Kate Moore is the lead staff contributor to this article.


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ABOUT CHEF DARREN DARBY In every issue, EDGE of the Lake invites a local chef or restauranteur to visit another eatery on the Northshore. Darren Darby is the owner of Creole Bagelry and Cafe, home of the Northshore’s only scratch-made, kettleboiled, authentic New York style bagels. He has been the owner of Creole Bagelry since 2013, taking over from the LaLa family who started the cafe in 2003. The Darby family has steadily updated and expanded the concept to its current iteration. Darren was born and raised in New Orleans. He is a retired Navy Master Chief. Darren and his wife Renee have three children and three grandchildren.


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I visited Palmettos on the Bayou towards the end of June with my son, Jacob. Palmettos is a Slidell landmark, so this was not my first meal there. What always strikes me most about Palmettos is the location and ambiance. It is like escaping to the woods right in the middle of Olde Towne, Slidell. Between the fountains out front, the greenery around the restaurant, and the back porch overlooking the bayou, it really is a wonderful escape. There are two indoor dining areas in the Acadian style restaurant. The elegant Dunbar Dining Room features artwork by George Dunbar, the world renowned artist and beloved Slidell resident. Palmettos Bayou Dining Room features swamp murals by local artist and wildlife sculptor Phil Galatas. Palmettos features jazz music during brunch on Fridays and Sundays and Cajun music during the Saturday brunch. We happened to be there on a Sunday. I chose to be seated on the back porch near the water where the jazz band was playing. Luckily, the temperature was perfect, despite it being late June, thanks to Palmettos’ covered and climate controlled deck. The surrounding trees, cypress knees and giant patio set over Bayou Bonfouca made for a very relaxing visit. The brunch menu leaned Cajun and classically New Orleans, but I decided to go a little different and try the burger. My son had the Bananas Foster French Toast. The burger was delicious. It came with a heaping serving of what appeared to be fresh-cut fries which were cooked exactly the way I like them. Jacob’s Bananas Foster French Toast was perfectly prepared and delicious. We liked that it came topped with fresh whipped cream, made in-house. Those touches matter and truly make the meal. The serving size of everything was awesome, as neither my son nor I was able to finish everything on our plates. Our server was courteous and attentive. We never wanted for anything during our 30-minute plus stay at the table. She checked on us numerous times and kept the coffee flowing. Our server even went as far as fixing the slight wobble our table had, being on the wooden deck, despite working through a busy brunch shift. I am not a big drinker, but I did notice that most of the other tables were enjoying mimosas which looked refreshing. The brunch menu offers five different variations of mimosas as well as a bottle service option. They have a pretty extensive beverage menu beyond the mimosas, too. The band playing was a very nice addition to the experience, playing at a volume that made light conversation easy. Sometimes music in a restaurant can be far too loud, but Palmettos has achieved a perfect balance. Overall it was a peaceful time with great food, great atmosphere, and great service. I am looking forward to returning, possibly for dinner to check out Chef Dover’s seasonal additions to the menu.


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Considering all the methods of relaxation the world can possibly offer, there’s nothing like music to soothe the heart, refresh the spirit and heal the soul. Over a century ago, jazz began to lift the hearts and determinations of a society faced with revitalizing a country returning from war. Nonetheless, the depression of 1929 caused a downward spiral, followed by World War II. But music was about to be reborn. It was at this time that big bands brought together classical, blues, gospel and swing and not only lifted the morale of those on the home front, but also those who were actually fighting the war. You could dance, sing along or just sit back and enjoy the sounds of saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a complete rhythm section, including flutes, clarinets, bass, piano and of course the strong percussion instruments that set the beat. It was the fuel that gave life to the greatest generation of our country. We’ve come a long way, but truth be told, there’s not a better time than now to rejuvenate our spirits. Jerry Cash has been called on to bring back the big band sound to the Northshore, and he delivered on Sunday night, June 12 at the Southern Hotel’s Jazz Listening Room. Jerry’s “Big Swing Band” played to a room full of guests, who danced, sang along and joyously

clapped to the rhythm of the music. Many members of the band are children of the World War II era and have kept the music going through playing professionally, passing it on to their children as well as teaching it in school and private lessons. Surprisingly, there are many in today’s generation who’ve never heard the music, never danced the style of “swing” nor heard the beautiful love songs and messages written in that era where Americans were focused on fighting for our freedom and supporting our country. That valuable experience is much needed today. Jerry’s wife Sandy Cash, was for years a local music artist who was contracted to sing in many venues, including opening for Bob Hope at the World’s Fair in New Orleans. She and Jerry moved years ago to the north shore where Sandy dedicated 15 years to her inspirational music ministry, writing and recording originals and telling her amazing personal testimony. After retiring to a tranquil setting in Tangipahoa, Katrina brought 6 feet of water into their home, and the Cash’s frantically paid to restore all the big band fronts and music paraphernalia they had safely kept for the day they believed swing would return to the spotlight. Sandy worked for the next 13 years in


IS BACK IN FULL SWING! disaster recovery, when suddenly their dream appeared on the horizon. She was featured as a local music artist at the Southern Hotel Jazz Listening Room Northshore. It was a great success and Jerry followed by putting together the best of north shore musicians and band teachers. Guests were invited to step back in time and enjoy a first class taste of big band music on June 12 in the Jazz Listening Room. “Big Swing”, Jerry’s 18 piece orchestra played a manifest of songs that included Moonlight Serenade, In The Mood, New York New York, Moon River, Basie Straight Ahead, Sway, cha-chas, sambas, rhumbas and lots of swing! Sandy joined in by performing two mind blowing hymns arranged by Chris McDonald (He Keeps Me Singing & Swing Low) in the first half. Her finale’ was Orange Colored Sky formerly recorded by Natalie Cole and Betty Hutton. After intermission the audience began to dance to great arrangements performed by Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Woody Herman, The Dorseys, Benny Goodman and more. John Autin, Founder of JLRN and Rabadash Records was also a featured guest singer, performing Pennies From Heaven. Known as the Piano Man, the Houma born, John, has performed New Orleans style music his entire adult life. Now, it was John who made the way for 18 musicians to band together for the Northshore event. The Southern Hotel adds ambience as a charming place to visit, sit back, listen, dance to, and enjoy an era not long forgotten by many. Keep your eyes open for them to appear there and in other local areas in the coming months. Jerry and Sandy Cash invite you to “Get in the swing!”


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The St. John Fools of Misrule presented the proceeds from their Fools Fest to the Boys and Girls Club and The Northshore Food Bank Saint Paul’s students studying in Iceland this summer stand in front of the Bridge Between the Continents and visit the Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon

Mr. Trevor Watkins ‘79, AFSC, retires as principal from Saint Paul’s School after teaching for 39 years and acting as principal for 8 years. Bro. Raymond Bulliard FSC awarded Trevor with a retirement gift.

Slidell’s newest piece of public art is now on display. Slidell Community Camellia Tree is a collaboration between artists Jamie Gomez and Solange Ledwith

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Crawfish Cookin for a Cause was held on the Mandeville Lakefront. Money raised is dedicated to supporting families and individuals in the local community that have been affected by catastrophic illness.

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