Edge of the Lake Magazine August | September 2020

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St. Tammany Parish, is just 40 minutes from New Orleans’ French Quarter and a world away. We invite you to unearth the wonders of Louisiana Northshore. From fun, family staycations, romantic retreats and relaxing havens, there are things to do, and tantalizing tastes for everyone and every occasion.

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Times are so uncertain, and as we move into August our thoughts traditionally turn to back to school and football. This year, our landscape has changed dramatically. We are watching plans being made for our elementary children while sending our college aged children back to their campuses. We are watching and waiting for football - we don’t know when that is going to happen. This issue is our traditional football issue. We decided to bring you Mike Pervel’s preview, to honor the teams, coaches and players, so when the time comes, you will have the information you need to follow your favorite high school teams. In this issue we also meet Dr. Jason Briggs (Doc), a local retired dentist who built a glorious compound paying homage to Williamsburg, Virginia. Our visit to take pictures turned into a delightful afternoon, wandering around the estate and learning the history and provenience of many of the artifacts housed there. Doc also shares his new hobby of building unique beehives. We also take a drive to Mississippi to visit a sunflower farm, look at some stunning local architecture and visit some local bed and breakfasts. Through these changing and uncertain times, Northshore Media Group is here bringing you news, information and entertainment. Stay in touch by listening in at 94.7 and 104.7 or download our apps at the app store at goggle play. Enjoy the issue, stay well, be kind.


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r. James Briggs loves life. He loves his fellow man. And he loves a good challenge. A successful New Orleans dentist, in 1989 “Doc” took on the challenge of country living when he and his friend, David Bourgeois, purchased what was little more than a cow pasture on Highway 437 in Covington. Over the next few years, working only on weekends, the two men converted that raw land into a showplace they christened North House, complete with a three-story Georgian-style mansion, elegant gardens, a conservatory and one of only a few private home chapels in the state of Louisiana. Doc next set his mind to filling the home with antiques and artwork and the chapel with Catholic artifacts from across the globe, some dating back as far as the 1500s. He began offering the home and grounds as an event venue on a limited basis and nary a weekend went by that he wasn’t hosting family and friends at the estate. But he was ready for a new challenge. That challenge came in the form of a beehive nestled on the other side of the pond in front of the home. Doc enlisted the help of a local apiarist and delved into the fascinating world of beekeeping. “In master gardening classes, I learned that the gardener’s best friend is the bee,” Dr. Briggs said. “One day a guest commented on how plain the bee box looked, when everything else had such detail. So, I built a hive that was a replica of a chapel complete with stained-glass windows, a tin roof and a handrail for the parishioners and placed it on the other side of the pond for visitors to enjoy.” It was a huge hit and people started encouraging Doc to make others. A stable on the property (an exact replica, in fact, of one in colonial Williamsburg) which had been serving as a workout room was soon converted to include a woodshop, and Doc began working on intricate beehive replicas of historic homes, cathedrals, churches and other structures. Pouring 30 to 40 hours of work into each hive, he painstakingly researched and recreated historic details. To make his hives as authentic as possible, he repurposed materials such as old copper and tin for roofing, marble for church steps, antique fencing and cedar shingles, old pieces of pallets and many other “found” objects. He used some materials sold for doll house construction, undertaking an arduous process to make them more resilient. “Everything is weatherproofed on the outside and beefriendly on the inside,” Dr. Briggs said. “I introduce patina, so even the new materials can look old. And each hive is unique. No two are exactly the same.” Some of the historic buildings Doc has recreated to the minutest detail are the Millard House in Williamsburg circa 1777, Moreci Villa in Tuscany circa 1930, the Edwards House in New Orleans circa 1920, Smythes Barn in Pennsylvania circa

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1810 and the first North Fork Church circa 1700. One of his chapel hives is now among the beehives at St. Joseph’s Abbey on River Road in Covington and others are finding homes at private residences across the state. Audrey Harvey saw an article about Doc’s beehives in a Louisiana agriculture and forestry magazine. “Someone brought it by for my husband because he’s into bees,” Audrey said. “As soon as I saw the article, I hid the magazine from Paul and called Dr. Briggs to see if he’d make a custom hive for him.” For 29 years, Captain Paul Harvey (Captain P) had worked for the Morgan City Fire Department and was counting down the days to his retirement. When Audrey presented Doc with the idea of recreating the Morgan City firehouse as a beehive, he was all over it. “He has loved being a firefighter,” Audrey said. “Now he was retiring and going from firefighter to beekeeper. (Harvey has 21 hives.) I thought how cool it would be to have a beehive to represent the transition.” So it was that on a beautiful Sunday morning Audrey announced she’d be driving herself and her husband to church and, on the way home, took a 127-mile detour. “Paul said, ‘You passed up the exit.’ I told him it’s a surprise. I finally said, ‘We’re going to Bush, Louisiana. But put down your phone. You’re not allowed to look anything up.’” The two finally arrived at North House where the ever-affable Dr. Briggs greeted them and commenced with a tour of the gardens, the conservatory and the chapel. “Paul noticed the hive on the other side of the pond that looks like a chapel,” Audrey said. “He was very interested, so Dr. Briggs took us into his workshop where Paul’s firehouse hive was hiding under a box on the workbench.” Captain P looked at the assembled beehive cottages, mansions, chapels and barns and asked a lot of questions. Finally, it was time for the big reveal. When Doc lifted the box that was covering the hive with a rope on a pulley system, the man who’d commanded so many for so long was speechless. The firehouse had tiny plaques with “City Hall Fire Station,” “Captain Paul,” “Morgan City” and the date of his retirement, “July 1, 2020.” There was also a tiny fireman’s badge Doc had secured from eBay. “It was so

much more than I expected,” Audrey said. Captain P is happily retired now, and his one-of-a-kind firehouse beehive is buzzing with activity. “As a former surgeon, I need to make everything precise, and everything has to fit exactly,” Dr. Briggs said. “If I’m going to replicate something, it needs to be detailed and accurate.” In his workshop, Doc has beehives in several stages for several clients and he’s no doubt doing what he’s done for the past seven decades, looking around, eyes wide open, searching for the next challenge that will capture his imagination and delight his guests at North House. You can enjoy more of Dr. Briggs’ beehives at DocsBeehives.com.


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Mike Cooper St. Tammany Parish President

Randy Smith St. Tammany Sheriff


A shelter pet is one of the most loyal, loving pets to ever join a family. I should know; my wife Catherine and I rescued our pup, Button, 10 years ago from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. In 2019, our Shelter took in over 4,000 animals. In fact, our shelter takes in every animal brought in to us whether owner-surrendered, stray or picked up by one of our Animal Control Officers. Our dedicated staff works daily toward our primary goal — to see a day when animals will not suffer because of abuse and neglect and that every pet born into our community is assured a good home and loving care its entire life. The public servants in the Department of Animal Services provide excellent care for animals in their charge and protect our citizens from the dangers and nuisances caused by uncontrolled animals. They work each day to ensure the legal protection of animals from mistreatment and to promote responsible pet ownership in our community through education, motivation and enforcement. They do this through partnerships with local veterinarians to offer low-cost spay/neuter programs to help reduce the pet population. They educate our citizens about options, other than surrender, available to them such as rehoming with breed-specific rescue groups. And they encourage every person considering pet ownership to consider not only the cost, but also the years-long commitment of owning a pet. In the first six months of 2020, over 700 animals were placed in forever homes through adoptions or through partnerships with credible, caring rescue groups. These animals, and all animals who are finally adopted from our shelter, are spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. We have a robust foster-to-adopt program through which individuals foster animals who would otherwise live in our shelter until they’re ready to be fully adopted.

On July 1, I was proudly sworn in for my second term as your sheriff. I am proud to say as an agency we accomplished a great deal during my first four years in office. When I took office, I was faced with addressing three major issues plaguing our community: a mental health crisis, a growing number of drugs being brought into and through our parish and rising concerns about the safety in our schools following several school shootings elsewhere in the nation. During my first term, I addressed these issues. I created the Highway Enforcement Unit to focus on drug trafficking, human trafficking and illegal immigrants along our I12/I59/I10 corridor. I also formed a Crisis Intervention Team with deputies trained to use de-escalation techniques when dealing with individuals in crisis. In 2018, the Sheriff’s Office partnered with the St. Tammany Parish School Board to place a School Resource Officer in public schools throughout the parish. Resource Officers are specially trained, commissioned, armed law enforcement officers who work in collaboration with our schools to maintain a safe learning environment for the students, faculty and staff. We as an agency will continue this momentum of positive change as we begin my second four years in office and work together as a community to get through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and address the period of unrest our nation is experiencing at this time. My first action as I began my second term of office was to sign a contract to purchase body cameras for all of our enforcement deputies. Body cameras will not only provide the transparency and accountability the public demands from law enforcement, but they will also provide legal and physical protection for our deputies, who continue to put their lives on the line each and every day. I am honored that the citizens of St. Tammany have once again put their confidence in me to lead this great agency for another four years, and I am honored to serve as the leader of a first-class law enforcement agency that serves a first-class community.

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wo years ago, the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow Foundation accepted the challenge of restarting a historic event and upping its game to become one of the Northshore’s premier attractions. In 2020 it faces another challenge, and members are full throttle. Set for September 19 & 20, the event is once again packed with highflying acrobatic adventure and a salute to the military and its ever-present guardianship over America. Featured acts include aircrafts that protected citizens in historic battles, those that flew over celebrated historical milestones and several flying professionals who wish to honor veterans and heroes. Some of those professionals have become heroes themselves, making careers of their high flying adventures while paving the way for others. The Misty Blues Jump Team, a womenonly team of skydivers, returns to Hammond in 2020. The youngest Red Bull Air Race participant ever, Kevin Coleman, will also fly over Airshow visitors. And bringing a show fit for flight and turf, the FMX Motocross Team will perform in Hammond as part of its Big Air Insanity Tour. “Obviously, we might have to make some changes this year,” says Foundation President Guy Recotta. “We are committed to following all recommendations from our state and local governments, and we may need to do some things differently. This event is important to the area, and we will do whatever we can to ensure its success.”

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Promising nothing short of a class A airshow, Recotta says the website is key to finding current information concerning the event. Attendees may be required to wear face masks, have temperature checks and maintain social distancing in accordance with safety recommendations. Hammond Mayor Pete Panepinto said he is also committing efforts to a successful 2020 event. “The City of Hammond is dedicated to the airshow and looks forward to making any adjustments we need to ensure the event continues in our area,” he said. “One of the things that makes this city so strong is the teamwork we have to support the community and its attractions. That hasn’t changed – even during the pandemic.” Panepinto says his love for airshows started in childhood, and it wasn’t just about the planes, “The airshow is close to my heart on a personal level. I remember watching airshows as a kid and wanting to make sure I got the event posters. It brings back fond memories, and I look forward to helping create those events every two years here in our city.” The Foundation knows all too well what it means to miss an event like this. Members are working hard to press on. “There have been so many airshows canceled this year,” Recotta said. “We are looking forward to September, continuing to plan and ready to welcome everyone back.” Guests can expect a program packed with talented performers, local food vendors and activities for the entire family. The Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow requires about 1,000 volunteers, and those interested may still sign up on the website. Currently, advance tickets also are on sale, starting at only $10 for children and $20 for adults. Tickets will be $5 more expensive at the gate.




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I have now served ten years as Mayor of the City of Mandeville and am proud to say we have made a lot of improvements to our City, including upgrading roads, parks, lakefront swings, playgrounds and beautification all over town. We saw economic improvements of new businesses, development for Port Marigny, re-development of the Kmart location and re-development of the Winn Dixie Marketplace to an indoor gaming area. There is also the development of a new LSU retirement facility in Mariners Village in the near future. Our financial accounting has earned us the distinguished GFOA budget award for the last five years. We restructured sales tax and lowered property tax. We have seen reductions in workforce through attrition and retirements, and improvements in technology gained us an award-winning website, positioning us to allow people to work from home during this pandemic. Two important projects that are “shovel ready” are a new path from Sunset Point to Lakeshore Drive that will further the expansion of passive exercise for walkers, joggers and bikers through a restored wetland area, and roadway projects that will enhance traffic flow where Hwy 190 / Hwy 22 and North Causeway converge and a Hwy 190 Project from East Causeway Approach through Girod St. to Pelican Park. We’ve also “weathered” through tropical storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, an ice storm and floods. Our worst tragedy, however, was the death of Captain Vinny Liberto. In and out of uniform, Vinny always did whatever it took to serve the community and get the job done. I have had some great days as Mayor, but that was the saddest. I was proud of how Mandeville showed up for Vinny on the day of the funeral. I believe our mission, “To provide a safe, well-planned City with a strong infrastructure foundation built from sustainable revenues and economic opportunity to benefit the health and well-being of its residents,” has been well achieved and I pray it continues to even greater heights in the future.

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Archbishop Hannan (4-7, 3-1) returns to the leadership of Corey Bordelon (43), rehiring him to guide the Hawks. He initially served as 2004 offensive coordinator, becoming head coach the next year – the season wiped out by Hurricane Katrina. Hannan relocated to the Northshore with only 18 players, dubbed “The Mean 18.” Bordelon coached De La Salle starting in 2009 for three seasons. Last year he served as Northshore’s offensive coordinator, and replaces Scott Wattigny, who took over at Catholic High of New Iberia. Wattigny (35-21) revitalized the program, posting the school’s first-ever perfect 10-0 regular season (2018). “Our 24 seniors demonstrate great attitude and pride. It’s a tremendous group and we will also count on our large freshman class (30) to grow up quick.” Senior Jake Dalmado (1,300 yards and 15-tds) is the workhorse. Senior linemen Ben Bonnaffee and Pat Labbe, plus junior Jacob Vitter, return. Senior receivers Kevin Carlton, Spencer Georges and Cade Hontiveros are experienced. Hannan’s defense features seniors Jarred Billiot, Wyatt Coffey, Joe DiFranco, Cullen Jennings and Corey Robinson. Junior safety Braden Neal is back.

Bogalusa (3-7) looks to rebound with Adam Brumfield entering his third season. The Lumberjacks knocked off rival Franklinton, ending an 18-year drought. Thirteen seniors highlight the roster. “Our seniors have the experience and versatility. We plan to move them around, utilizing their skills, expecting big things from our sophomores.” Coach “Brum” calls the offensive signals, returning eight starters. “We bring back four offensive linemen. It’s a strength, with depth on both sides.” Senior QB Josh Taylor (Firstteam All-District Athlete) provides agility, also playing tailback/slot receiver. Senior two-way performer Jarvis Dawson also plays quarterback, fullback/tight end and linebacker/defensive end. Senior Raheem Roberts (First-Team All-District), a Memphis signee, plays receiver/defensive back. The Williams brothers, sophomore Talik and freshman Taylon, are the featured backs, who have very bright futures according to coach Brumfield. Seniors Derek Keating and Javon Morris anchor the line. Skip Golding takes over as defensive coordinator, replacing Randall Ginn, who joined Fontainebleau’s staff. Five defensive starters return, spearheaded by Roberts. Junior Tajdryn Forbes lines up at defensive back/wide receiver. Linebacker Keshawn Manning leads the talented sophomore class.

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Covington (7-5, 5-2) returned to prominence under Greg Salter, tying for second in District 6-5A, falling in the regional round, 17-7, to No. 7 Destrehan, a state finalist. Salter (48-35) in his eighth season, features 22 seniors. Graduation claimed Edgerrin Cooper (Texas A&M) and Chandler Washington (All-State Kick Returner), among others. Four offensive starters return led by senior QB Blake Sharp (88-of-174) for 1,125 yards (10 TD/8 INT). Sophomore receiver De’Kengie James started three games before suffering a hip pointer. Junior Quintez Laurant (797 yards/6 TDS) is joined by seniors Gauge Bourque and Cade Rogers. The O-line faces an overhaul, but Salter likes their size and potential with seniors Gavin Hanson and Will Sterner (both 6-1, 250) and junior Logan Potter (6-5, 280). The defense returns four starters led by junior safety Ian Goodly, third leading tackler (84 stops, 56 solos/28 assists) joined by senior Alex Sharp. Sophomore linebacker Bryce Blackwell (63 tackles, 39 solos/24 assists) delivered consistency as a freshman starter, who Salter described as having, “The It Factor.” Senior defensive back Dyonati McDowell is out with a torn ACL.

Fontainebleau (3-7, 2-5) needs consistency, coming off a disappointing campaign, according to coach Chris Blocker (sixth year). Twentysix seniors should help. Fontainebleau’s top offensive weapons are back, featuring seniors Iverson Celestine and Josh Bailey. Celestine (Honorable Mention All-State and First-Team AllDistrict) has excelled since arriving as a freshman starter. Celestine gained 1,142 yards (6.2 yard avg.), tallying 12 times. Bailey connected for 1,611 yards (112-of-215), 11 touchdowns/8 interceptions. Long-time Parish coach Pat Lambert (head coaching experience at Hannan and Northshore) is the new offensive coordinator, returning seven starters. Senior tackles Jon Chauviere and Erik Kearns provide leadership. Junior receivers Kobe Barnes and Ryan Seifried are weapons. Blocker likes the team’s experience level. “They are a really good bunch and we look forward to fielding a tough, competitive team. They have a handle on things.” Defensively, five starters are back, rejoining second-year defensive coordinator Phillip Banko. Linebackers are the strength with seniors Hug Cole and Colin Gagnon joined by junior Turrelle Monk. Senior defensive back Cole Gartman and sophomore lineman Alexander Smith help bolster things.


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Franklinton (6-5, 2-1) hopes to build off last year’s playoff appearance, falling to George Washington Carver, 34-23, leading by three points, entering the fourth quarter. Jonathan Barber (third season), celebrated the birth of his third child, Ava Marie (June 2), so kudos to coach and his wife, Kirby. The Demons’ roster features 17 seniors, 15 juniors, 29 sophomores and 37 freshman. Four offensive starters return, comprised of senior receivers Caleb Brown, Shimon Davis, Cornelius Laurant and Kadarious Mark. “Each provides explosiveness and we will lean on them. I’ll take speed over size every time and we have tremendous team speed,” Barber said. Senior Corinthous Dickerson, who played safety, takes over at quarterback. Senior backs Deairrous Magee and Bryan Williams (sub 4.5, 40-times) are back, after battling injuries. “If healthy, they’ll be tough, and we plan on using them in the passing game.” Three senior defensive starters return including Blaine Bulloch (DE), Deerail Kemp (LB) and Trey-un Walker (NG). Coach Stephen Burris returns, sharing defensive coordinator duties with Kevin Maddox, while Matt Hughes handles the offensive play-calling.

Hammond’s Steve Jones reaches a milestone this season, entering his 43rd year of coaching, and will call it quits after his fourth season with the Tornadoes, saying the time is right. Jones (10-20) at Hammond, led the Tornadoes to one playoff appearance (2018). Jones, making that tough decision to retire on his own terms, welcomes eight experienced offensive starters. Senior quarterback Kaden Slocum, who earned the starting job after transferring in last year from Oak Forest Academy, is joined by running backs Jyrell Oliver and JaQuan Pinestraw. Receiver Kadarius Beachem and tight end Gage Ridgel add depth. The offensive line boasts experienced seniors, Brandon Herrera and Ayden Vinyard, along with juniors Bryson Peterson and Carl Thomas. Coach Jones hired Lew Inmon as defensive coordinator, replacing Rory Bell, who served for three seasons, being hired as head coach at Jeff Davis High in Montgomery, AL. Defensive linemen Joeboree Cheneau and Leland Jackson lead up front braced by linebackers Timmy Dunn, Jacoby Harrison, Irvin Jones and Jaylan Oliver. Caleb Cotton and Zedavian Freeman bolster the secondary.


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Lakeshore (13-1, 3-0) must rebuild after enjoying unmatched success under Craig Jones (61-25), in his eighth year. Lakeshore posted an incredible 39-3 mark the last three seasons. The Titans fell short in a dramatic comeback-bid, upended by Warren Easton (64-55) in a memorable semifinal tilt. Graduated quarterback Christian Westcott (Gatorade Football Player of the Year and Mr. Football for Louisiana) played the second half with a broken collarbone, showing his heart. Lakeshore starts a new tradition, awarding Westcott’s No. 9 jersey to the Titan who represents competitiveness, loyalty and success. Senior linebacker Devin Weilbaecher (Honorable Mention All-State) dons No. 9 after wearing No. 6. The Titans are unbeaten in 32 regular season games. “Our 15 seniors know the formula with only three varsity losses,” Jones said. Four offensive starters return led by senior receivers B.J. Foster (Honorable Mention All-State) and Rhett Kimbell, joining senior lineman Connor Rich and junior Ryan Bernard. Junior Kempton Hollingshead and sophomore Sam Willie compete at quarterback. Defensively, Weilbaecher, heart of the defense, joins senior Deante Ducre, junior Gavin Leblanc and sophomore Colby Ziegler.

Mandeville (9-4, 5-2), a quarter finalist, experienced a resurgence under Hutch Gonzales, rebounding from a 3-6 mark his first year. The Skippers have 30 seniors with 16-of22 starters back. Gonzales loves the experience level. “I’m very optimistic about our returning players and their total commitment.” Seven returning offensive starters are sparked by senior quarterback Devon Tott (6-3, 180). Despite losing a number of weapons, including go-to-guy Will Sheppard, Tott is familiar with receivers Gabe Hughes and Landon Ibieta. The massive O-line averages 272-pounds. Senior Mackey Maillho (68, 365) leads the way with fellow seniors Colby Blanchard (6-1, 250), Ryan Ebrahim (6-3, 265), Ben Latiolais (6-2, 230) and junior Jake Scheuermann (6-0, 250). “Our huge line is a major strength. Tott has a strong arm and is a tremendous field general.” The defense brings back nine, including the senior front: Daylen Levi, Daniel Melton, Seth Pagart and Oden Pierce. Linebackers are solid, spearheaded by senior John O’Connor, the team’s leading tackler. Senior safeties Roman Davis and Ethan Yodanza return along with senior Tyson Carter and junior John Patterson.


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Northlake Christian School (5-6, 2-1) in James Willis’ initial season has more depth with the roster, growing to 44, up from just 27 last season. However, a number of Wolverines will still have to display stamina, going both ways. Willis is confident the work ethic and commitment will pay off this year. “The group exceeded our early expectations, despite our small roster numbers. They stayed together and played tough, despite being young. We took some lumps, but that’s part of the growing process.” Thirteen seniors highlight the program with seven offensive starters back. Junior signal caller Gabe Smith returns, counting on senior backs Jackson Picone and Michael Swan. Seniors Justin Diggs and Nick Tarantino are the featured receivers with senior center Justin Perritt and junior tackle Kyron Ross, anchoring the line. Seven defensive starters back means the attacking, aggressive style will continue. Picone, Diggs, Ross, Swan and Perritt, playing both sides of the ball, will need to be well-conditioned. Senior Joshua Dufour and junior Andrew Beshenich provide experience along with talented sophomore Jesse Picone.

Northshore (0-10, 0-7) has put that poor taste behind as second-year coach Josh Buelle is refocused with the rebuilding task at hand. “Your record is what it is, and you can’t run from it. We have good, motivated kids, who are anxious to redeem themselves.” The Panthers look to rebuild confidence, featuring a large senior class (21). Buelle filled some coaching vacancies, naming Bobby Sanders the new offensive coordinator, replacing Corey Bordelon, who took over as Archbishop Hannan’s head coach. The Panthers struggled offensively, averaging just eight points per game. Sanders, with coaching stints at Lakeshore, De La Salle and Rummel, must find consistency and production. Seniors Langston Jackson, Danny Jochum and Bryce Spencer offer experience. Junior Brandon Hines, one of the team’s best athletes, will play receiver and corner back. Junior linemen Louis Cohn and Tony Vujnovic add depth. Steven Gremillion takes over defensive coordinator duties after coming over from district rival Fontainebleau. Seniors Logan Abney and Jaylen Clay lead the defense along with juniors Jordan Byrd, D. J. Carbo and Drew Gibson.


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Pearl River (6-4, 1-2) continues its rise under coach Joe Harris (third season), since retaking the Rebels’ program, guiding them for 10 seasons back in 2001. Brayden Bond, who Harris says can do anything you ask and do it really well, will be the go-to-guy as the starting quarterback. It’s a whole different level, but Harris likened Bond to Saints’ Mr. Versatility, Taysom Hill. “Brayden is a two-way performer and returns kicks. We are going to use all of his talent, so he better be in great shape.” Corey Warren, the prolific runner who graduated, accounted for 3,000 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns in his last two seasons, so the production has to be replaced. Sophomore back Brian Jenkins, III, saw action as a freshman and has all the skill sets. Senior receiver/safety Isaiah Rushing needs to excel. The entire O-line graduated, creating a challenge to replace them up front. Defensive coordinator Michael Labourdette also serves as Harris’ assistant head coach. Three senior linebackers, Maurice Gillum, Jr., Caleb Matthews and Roy Smith, III, are solid.

Pine (9-4, 4-1) delivered a breakout season under coach Bradley Seal in his ninth year with the Raiders, following up on a productive 7-3 mark two seasons ago. Some quality offensive weapons graduated, but Seal feels like their replacements are ready to step in and get the job done early on. “We have solid leaders and good kids. Despite our graduation losses, I feel confident in their ability.” The Raiders have only eight seniors, but really strong junior and sophomore classes with 20 up-and-coming freshmen vying for time. Three offensive starters return, including junior back Adrianuen Johnson (1,585 yards/17 touchdowns), plus senior lineman Braeden Johnson and junior Bryson Thomas opening the holes. Junior QB Brandon Spray takes over for Logan Temples, who graduated. “Our offensive line and running backs are the strength of the team,” Seal said. He will call offensive signals as he has throughout his Pine career. Four defensive starters return, highlighted by seniors Demontre Baham (corner back), Aurdrlique “Leak” Dural (LB) and Keshun Warren (DL) along with junior Anterrius Walker (safety).


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Ponchatoula (6-5, 5-2) rebounded last season after two disappointing 2-8 seasons under Hank Tierney, entering his 10th season. Tierney (283109), with 34-years head coaching experience, has the Green Wave headed in the right direction and is optimistic, featuring 16 seniors and a strong, experienced junior class. Ponchatoula tied for second in district, losing a 41-40 game to Mandeville on a final play field goal. Nine offensive starters return, but quarterback T.J. Finley (now LSU freshman) graduated. Junior Jacoby Mathews, recruited by LSU, Alabama and Tennessee, takes over and returns at safety (FirstTeam All-District Defense). Mathews, a true dualthreat, caught 11 touchdowns and intercepted six passes. Junior receivers Kody Finley, Demontrell Osby and Amorion Walker provide depth. Junior back Braydon Johnson and tackle Aaron Landry add experience. Tierney calls the offense, wanting better balance, running the ball more. Defense has seven starters back, including three linemen in seniors Wykee Bennett and Dante Montegut and sophomore Tyler Bailey. Senior linebacker Albert McCarty returns with junior corner backs Tyrese Primus and Elijah Winters. The kicking game is strong with senior Jake Leitz.

Pope John Paul II (1-8-1) suffered through medical adversity last season with head coach Charlie Cryer undergoing a liver transplant on Sept. 26. Cryer said he’s seen more doctors in the last year than in the previous 50, crediting his wife, Kristie, as his rock. Coach Charlie is back, ready to go, extremely grateful to everyone for his quality care. Cryer’s son, Chris, the defensive coordinator, assumed his dad’s coaching duties last season. Thirteen seniors will be counted on, along with junior skill players. Eight offensive starters return, led by junior QB George Arata. Senior back Joey Estopinal, a pure talent, will also play linebacker. Tim Colar, a transfer who sat out last season, will split snaps with Estopinal and play linebacker as well. Senior receivers, Collin Cahill and Michael Tymkiw (first-time football player), are the top targets. Senior Aaron Moreau and sophomore lineman Cameron Couture bolster the front. Six defensive starters return with seniors Collin Brindell and Brady Pisciotta in the secondary. Senior end Jalen Thomas is back with freshman Cael McDaniel, an eighth-grade starter, with added experience.


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Salmen (3-7, 0-3) made the playoffs, falling in the opening round. Spartans’ coach Eric Chuter begins his third season (18th year at Salmen). Chuter’s entire staff is back. “Our coaches must figure out the puzzle pieces to improve. I like our kids’ resiliency and they are committed to the process.” Nine seniors provide the leadership with seven returning offensive starters. Junior QB Jack Gillikin, III, replaces Mikell Marco (1,500 rushing yards/18 tds), signing with Northwest Missouri State. Gillikin passed for 532 yards (40-of-85/2tds/4ints), seeing valuable time, ready to take over. Senior receivers Jaylan Scott (20 catches/268 yards) and Corey Wood provide experience, going both ways. The O-line is strong, returning seniors Marcus Brito and Kyren Ward, plus junior Michael Lear. Senior back Karl Owens (369 yards) is joined by sophomore Issac Casnave. Five defensive starters rejoin third year coordinator, Chris Thomas. Senior Karl Simmons (61 tackles/2.5 sacks) and junior Brandon Acker (49 tackles/2.5 sacks) are the top two returning tacklers, back with senior Bryant Bray and juniors Kyran Doyle and Ethan Steevens. Junior kicker/ punter Tristen Pugmire is back.


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Slidell (8-3, 6-1) captured back-to-back District 6-5A titles under Larry Favre, entering his seventh season, featuring 24 seniors. “We have a very bitter taste, falling in the first round, being a 6-seed with high playoff expectations. We are very optimistic and expect to make a deep playoff run. That’s our rally cry.” The Tigers have dominated district play, winning 13-of-14 league contests. Seven offensive starters return, guided by senior quarterback John Autry (Second Team All-District). Autry passed for 2,078 yards (147-of-236/17 TDS/4 INTS), and has his entire starting O-line back (averaging 280-pounds), including seniors Gabriel Carbajal (recruited by numerous in-state schools), Michael Nuber (FirstTeam All-State), Joshua Keys and Jalin Toussaint, along with junior center Stacy Jarvis. Senior H-back Shea Haller needs to produce as Harlan Dixon (Louisiana Tech Signee/2-Time All-State) graduated. Five defensive starters join defensive coordinator Malter Scobel, who was rehired after previously calling the shots for three seasons under Favre. Seniors Tyelor Dietrich, Mar’keegan Gray, Farron Lewis, Ray Stoltz and Jase Williams provide toughness. Senior Matthew Rowley capably handles the Tigers’ kicking duties.



St. Paul’s School (6-6, 3-4) advanced to Division I Select quarterfinals (No. 10), falling to Catholic of Baton Rouge (No. 2), 28-10. Kenny Sears (15182), enters year 22 with a large senior class (29). “We were young, but got better as the season progressed.” St. Paul’s (11-12), the past two seasons, hopes to return to District 6-5A glory with eight returning offensive starters. Junior Grant Billson passed for 1,013 yards (71-of-136/10 tds/5 ints), missing two games (concussion). Senior back Mitchell Smith (375 yards/5tds) also caught 22 passes (308 yards). Senior receiver Cole Piazza and junior Brody Reina add depth. Junior Danny Sears (FB/TE/coach’s son), will also play linebacker. Three senior linemen, Nick Bining, Max Dufour and Dylan Porche, average 250-pounds. “Our O-line’s experience and size is major,” Sears said. Six returning defensive starters are led by senior Owen Vincens (57 tackles/18 assists) backed by senior Jacob Frolich and juniors Thomas Rushing and Gunnar Daussat. Sophomore Ethan West will play both ways. Long-time assistant Mick Nunez replaces former defensive coordinator Lee Pierre, who left coaching, calling signals for 13 seasons.

St. Thomas Aquinas (5-6, 3-0) captured the District 9-2A crown under Randell Legette, moving into his third season as head coach and seventh with the program. The 60-player roster is up from 35-to-40 in the past couple years, which has the Falcons’ mentor excited. “The players are dedicated to each other, giving it everything they have. They have bought into the team concept,” Legette said. He and Tino Fletcher share play calling duties with junior QB Drew Milton leading a group of seven returning starters and will also play free safety. Junior running back Devaki Williams also lines up at linebacker. Senior receiver Casey Artiques plays linebacker and safety, joining junior receiver Chase Daigle. Senior Hunter Bujol leads the O-line. Legette hopes to limit his two-way players, but may have four going both ways. Six defensive starters return led by senior Kylen Smith and juniors Nundio Martello, Braden Moore and Brayden Thompson. The Falcons use a co-defensive coordinator system with Stephen Champagne and Tommy Bolton delivering the calls, one on the field and one upstairs.


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estern St. Tammany Parish was first settled by Choctaw, Tchefuncte, Acolapissa and Houma Indian tribes, which were drawn to the northern shores of Lake Pontchartrain for the area’s dense, oxygen-rich pine forests, abundant natural beauty, “curative” spring waters and the ease of travel and recreation afforded by the close proximity to the Bogue Falaya, Bogue Chitto, Tchefuncte and Abita rivers. Those same inherent natural gifts call us now in a time when we seek the restorative gifts of nature, adventure and exploration and the opportunity to reconnect in a manner that feels safe and refreshing. Originally a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, the Tammany Trace is now a hike and bike trail that starts in downtown Covington, winds through Abita Springs, Mandeville and Lacombe and ends in Slidell. A separate equestrian path parallels the Trace in several places. The St. Tammany Parish government purchased the abandoned railroad corridor in 1992, paved the 31-mile pathway, remodeled the railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges and presented it as a gift to the region. The trace is blissfully canopied in old-growth foliage and cypress trees that lend a bright, fresh fragrance while dropping the temperature by ten degrees. Each of western St. Tammany Parish’s historic towns is abundant with restaurants, boutiques, live music venues, art galleries, bars and recreational

outlets for enjoying water sports, equestrian activities and biking. A particularly fine farmer’s market pops up in downtown Covington on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Several small boutique hotels, inns and bed and breakfast establishments, each with its own distinct personality and amenities, support the area. What these unique retreats share is a strict adherence to following CDC sanitation guidelines to ensure the health, safety and well being of their guests and employees. All use disinfectant products that have been approved and certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use against emerging viruses, bacteria and other airborne and blood-borne pathogens. Disinfectants are applied during cleaning of guest suites, public spaces, meeting rooms and other “high-touch” areas. In each of these establishments guests are welcome but not required to wear personal face masks and gloves while visiting if this increases their level of comfort. Several properties offer completely contact free stays to guests, with all business conducted electronically. Where this is not possible properties enforce physical distancing between guests and team members in communal areas, which are also stocked with both hand sanitizers and/or sanitary wipes. Now, let your hair down, be our guest, come stay a while and just b-r-e-a-t-h-e.

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Historic Downtown Covington The Camellia House Bed & Breakfast

Stylish and graceful, with a flowing silver mane, bright eyes and a glowing complexion, proprietress Linda Chambless has a seemingly effortless elegance that sets the tone for the guest experience at the Camellia House. She has operated it with her husband, Don, for the past two decades in the heart of Covington’s downtown historic district. The couple bought the property in 1992 when their daughter, Sarah, was three years-old. They spent eight years painstakingly restoring the raised circa 1900 Louisiana cottage while living in the house, managing full time careers and raising Sarah who frequently moaned “Why can’t we live in a real house like real people?” Linda’s dream of monetizing her skills as a hostess, gardener and interior designer came to fruition in 2000. Her oasis includes a large swimming pool with a hot tub and a fountain surrounded by elevated


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decking and extensive gardens, which she, as a master gardener, lovingly maintains. Each of the four sumptuously appointed guest suites is furnished with antiques and fine linens and has a private bath and private entrance from its own deep, covered porch. Scattered around the property are plushly appointed conversation areas shrouded with foliage – one with seating for four around a fire pit, another overlooking the small stream that runs to the rear of the property. Poolside, Adirondack chairs, porch swings, rockers and hammocks invite blissful relaxation. Considerate amenities in each suite include Aria diffusers and therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living for respiratory and immune support, relaxation and improved sleep. The Continental “plus” breakfast features cereals, juices, coffee and quiche from the nearby English Tea Room. Guests may enjoy their meals at the small dining area in their suite or from the private dining area on their porch, each of which is also outfitted with a daybed overlooking the pool.

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Old Mandeville The Blue Heron Bed & Breakfast

Sarah Chambless Federer grew up bemoaning her stature as the child of professional innkeepers who ran a bed and breakfast out of the stately family home in Covington. “’It’s always ‘Hush and shush. We have guests.’ You are the meanest parents ever. I would never do this to my children,” Federer, now 30, reportedly moaned every day to her mother, Linda Chambless, proprietor of The Camellia House Bed & Breakfast in historic Covington. In 2019 Blue Heron, the bed and breakfast Sarah owns and operates with her husband, Steven, in a gracious home they share with their two young children, was named Louisiana’s B&B of the Year by the Louisiana Travel Association. And the heron, if not the proverbial chicken, has come home to roost. The lush gardens surrounding Blue Heron, plush seating areas surrounding an outdoor fireplace, private entrances afforded to each of the two king suites via private porches, daybeds and dining spaces on said porches, luxury linens and breakfast quiche from the English Tea Room – all of these acts of gracious hospitality Federer gleaned from her mother. Conversely, it was Sarah who initiated the practice of supplying each guest suite with an Aria diffuser and therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living for respiratory and immune support, relaxation and improved sleep. Her mother adopted this practice at The Camellia House. Steven, a former restaurateur, tends to the family’s extensive gardens. Sarah is a natural health and wellness educator and an event coordinator for a marketing organization. Together they work obsessively to create a home away from home for their guests, many of whom arrive seeking nature pursuits. “We are two blocks from the trailhead of the St. Tammany Trace and Mandeville is located right in the middle of the 30 mile path,” Steven said. “One day guests can set out toward Lacombe and Slidell. The next day they can hit Abita Springs and Covington. It’s perfect. When they return for the day they can shower, change and set out the door to so many different places to enjoy.”

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De la Bleau Bed & Breakfast

It was during her lengthy career behind the wheel of a yellow school bus that Cindy Touchstone meticulously conceived of a five year plan for her husband, Clyde, and herself that would result in a blissful life as proprietors of a grand bed and breakfast. They executed the plan in four years. She drew the extensive plans for the dramatically raised compound just steps from the coast of Lake Pontchartrain, had an engineer and architect sign off on it, broke ground in September 2014 and moved into the hidden living quarters she and Clyde share on the property in September 2015. Together they continued to attack the project with Clyde doing every bit of the building – save for the hanging of the sheetrock, which they contracted out. Outside, hand-cut railings and gingerbread tile in the gables highlight the handcrafted western red cedar corbels. Frenchstyle mahogany doors stand eight feet tall and accent the corbels. The interior features rich wood windows and knotty alder doors. The floors are hand-scraped bamboo, and the knotty alder island was custom made. De la Bleau opened to guests in April 2016. “We are not the types to just sit around,” Cindy said, stating the obvious. Tan, fit and radiating energy, Cindy is also a gracious hostess and skilled cook. She handled the decorating of the property, down to placing every single penny in a dazzling tile pattern on the floor of a powder room off the communal kitchen, which has 12’ high, deep, rich walnut cabinets and LED lights over Akoya Pearl granite countertops. This is where she serves a weekend breakfast with fifteen different offerings. “My roasted bacon is mentioned in every review,” she admits. “I am kind of well-known for it.” The dramatically raised property, which can accommodate up to 17 guests, includes ample parking, numerous indoor and outdoor gathering spaces and an elevator. Each of the five guest suites has a different color palate and view of the lake and includes wireless internet, HDTV, a refrigerator, microwave, coffeepot, blow dryer, safe, iron and ironing board and a private bath and dinette set.


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Abita Springs The Abita Springs Hotel

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Will Preble and Rachel Hudson reopened their gorgeous, two-year old Abita Springs Hotel to the public after statewide stay-at-home rules were lifted in mid-May. Preble’s skills as a mechanical engineer and Rachel’s as a graphic designer are evident in the way they embraced the overhaul of the 1890s single family home that had sat vacant and gutted for 20 years, compelling passersby to christen it “The Haunted House.” Now meticulously restored, the hotel offers peaceful and stylish accommodations. The five-room hotel is limited to a maximum of 10 guests and combines the lavish feel of a boutique hotel with luxurious linens, stunning bathrooms (including claw-foot soaking tubs and open marble showers made with tall people in mind) and an abundance of considerate touches – right down to a clothing steamer. Rooms, awash in natural light, overlook lush hotel grounds with seating areas, wrap around porches, a charming courtyard garden and one of Abita’s famed artesian springs. The Ann O’Brien Gallery is a first floor reception space and meeting spot named for Ann O’Brien (1951-2006), jewelry artist, art educator and founder of the Abita Springs Push Mow parade and other community events, who made her home in the area.

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Pearl River The Woodridge Bed & Breakfast

On the other side of the parish we find The Woodridge Bed & Breakfast, located in Pearl River. The boughs of a centuries-old oak tree sweep gracefully to the ground, casting shade and shadow across the elegant Georgian Federalist style building that served as a private school until Tim and Debbie Fotsch purchased it in 1995. The couple continued to work their corporate careers with Texaco as they began opening their new business in stages in 1999. “Then came the golden parachute,” Tim said. “Texaco was bought by Chevron and we were well paid to retire early and do what we really wanted to do.” Though the oak tree has been ever present, working with designers from the famed Bellingrath Gardens of Theodore, Alabama, Tim planted additional gardens in honor of his late father. The gardens have matured to provide cooling shade as well as vibrant fragrance and color. A fountain bubbles soothingly from under the oak as chimes tinkle in the breeze. A fire pit beckons on chilly evenings. A short walk

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through the canopied gardens reveals a large swimming pool and hot tub. It is obvious The Woodridge has become a choice destination for couples wishing to elope, so much so that an Elopement Package is offered with Tim serving as officiate. Over the years the couple has worked to outfit each of their five guest rooms (one king, two queen suites with additional queen daybeds, and one queen room) in period furniture, fine linens and art. Rocking chairs and plush seating areas invite guests to relax on the upper level veranda from which the rooms are accessed. Each space has its own air conditioning and heating system, private entrance, private bath, flat screen television and wireless internet. A great room doubles as a dining space with intimate table groupings that can serve up to 13 guests. Victorian china and furnishings are plentiful, setting a backdrop for fine southern hospitality. “I think it’s really about Debbie’s skills in the kitchen,” Tim said. “It’s the Swamp Monster Pie.” In 1972 an 8 mm film captured the likeness of a very tall, stooped, hairy creature stomping through the Honey Island Swamp, close by the home, leading to a tourism surge of 250,000 people annually who came to Slidell/Peal River in search of the “Swamp Monster.” Debbie eschews the use of the Swamp Monster for her signature breakfast casserole, sticking instead to organic ingredients – sausage, potatoes, eggs and cheese – to make the delicious concoction, which she serves with sausage gravy, flaky home-made biscuits and fresh fruit. The breakfast menu changes daily but scratch-made dishes made with organic ingredients and served with freshly brewed local coffee remain a constant.

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Mark Jonhson City of Covington Mayor

On the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain we enjoy a wonderful quality of life. But what does quality of life really mean? There are several components that come to mind: natural scenic beauty, architecture, cleanliness, safety, security, education, heritage, visual and performing arts. Often, we take them for granted … until they’re not there. In Covington we have massive live oaks, a lovely tree canopy and color a-blooming all about. The bucolic scenes of the Bogue Falaya Park and Columbia Street Landing invite you to the Bogue Falaya River. Nose Park offers a view of the Little Tchefuncte. Ease down many a side street to see historic homes and architecture dating back over a century. Thanks to our first responders and public works folks, we’re clean, safe and secure. That’s a good thing. Our school administrations provide some of the best public and private educations in the State. Family and business histories weave through our streets for over 200 years. Authors write, painters paint and actors act. However, in South Louisiana much of our joi de vivre is found in the food, the music and the drink. To be a successful restauranteur on the Northshore is to be good – really, really good. Musically, Covington provides over 100 free performances each year. Bars and clubs fill in with more acts, meaning one can usually find a place to tap your feet or dance your dance. Whether you live here or are just visiting, get out and about. Slow your roll, slow your pace. Enjoy your time in our wonderful place (see, I made a rhyme).

Greg Cromer City of Slidell Mayor


Dear Citizens, In these times of COVID-19, I would like to thank all of you for taking this public health emergency seriously and following the federal, state and local government recommendations for practicing social distancing and wearing masks in public. I ask everyone to continue to be personally and socially responsible and respectful of those around you in our community. Thank you to all of the Team Slidell heroes for their professionalism and dedication to our community. These men and women make sacrifices each day to keep us safe. I am grateful to all the employees and support staff working on the front lines to keep our essential businesses open for our community during this pandemic. It is heartwarming to see our community pull together to take care of each other; making masks, delivering groceries to those in need, keeping essential services open and available to our citizens and in all ways making certain that our community was protected! I cannot thank each and every one of you enough for your efforts! Remember, we are all in this together and together we will get through this and be stronger and better for it. For up to date information about the City of Slidell, visit our website at MySlidell.com and follow us at “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook.

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Growing in St. Tammany Parish Longtime Northshore Business Expanding, Creating New Jobs

Medline’s new distribution center will be St. Tammany Parish’s largest economic development project in more than a decade. • Medline’s proposed $60 Million distribution center will be state-of-the-art, LEED-certified and energy efficient • Medline plans to hire 200 team members in the first two years after opening and 450 jobs at full capacity •

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elcome to St. Tammany NOW — a curated collection of the latest economic development information and business and industry insights in our community. St. Tammany Corporation is proud to partner with EDGE of the Lake on this feature section. The International Economic Development Council defines economic development as programs and activities that seeks to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community by creating and retaining jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. This issue focuses on who St. Tammany Corporation is as your local economic development organization. We are redefining the work of economic development in St. Tammany. Economic development is more than just project announcements. Economic development is increasing the tax base of our parish, working with partners to develop a talent pipeline, creating meaningful business engagements to form long-lasting relationships, protecting our quality of life, enhancing our quality of place, assisting in the formation of new businesses, being a resource and advocate for business and industry in St. Tammany, and

serving as a trusted advisor to our elected leaders. Economic development also includes supporting practice areas such as creative placemaking, entrepreneurship, sports and recreation, tourism, and neighborhood revitalization. It is imperative to understand St. Tammany’s economy before diving into St. Tammany Corporation’s services and programs. St. Tammany Economic Quick Facts Population: 261,000 – St. Tammany contributes to more than 20% of the total ten-parish Greater New Orleans Region’s total population. We are one of the Top 5 fastest-growing parishes in the state. Jobs: From 2014-2019, jobs in St. Tammany have grown by 7.7%, a rate higher than the nation (7.3%), and more than 4x higher than Greater New Orleans (1.9%). Businesses: New business filings have grown more than 20% over the past 3 years (2017, 2018, 2019), showing that St. Tammany continues to be the destination of choice for businesses to form, grow, and thrive.

Industry Breakdown: Most Affected Sectors in Terms COVID-19

of Unemployment Claims due to

Chris Masingill Chief Executive Officer St. Tammany Corporation

Accommodation & Food...

All Other Industries 47.2%

Health Care & Social Assistance 11.8%

Retail Trade 11.7% Construction 9.1%

The economic impact of coronavirus on St. Tammany is significant. According to the most recently available unemployment numbers, in May 2020, St. Tammany’s unemployment rate was 12.3%, down from 15.0% in April 2020 and up from 3.8% in May 2019. St. Tammany’s economy supports 20 different industry sectors, but among the industries most impacted by the economic downturn were Accommodation & Food Service, including hotels and restaurants; Retail; Healthcare & Social Assistance; and Construction; four of St. Tammany’s largest industry sectors in terms of jobs. Beginning in May, St. Tammany Corporation has produced a monthly publication, “Snapshot: Impacts of COVID-19 on St. Tammany.” This report shows us how the pandemic has changed the economic landscape in St. Tammany and provides context essential to our economic recovery moving forward. The most current impact information can be accessed on our

website at www.sttammanycorp. org. While our world is rapidly changing, we are evolving as an organization and enhancing our sophistication and capacity. Our priorities at the beginning of 2020 were to launch our comprehensive business solutions and assistance program for existing industry; build out our demographic, real estate, market data, and research initiative; enhance our strategic communications development and coordination; and create new programming opportunities to enrich our engagement with business and industry. These plans have pivoted since that time to meet the current needs, but our goals have remained steadfast and we are excited to share an update on a few of those priorities. Advance St. Tammany Advance St. Tammany is a multi-layered business retention and expansion program, intentionally designed to support the needs of St. Tammany businesses. Through thoughtful outreach, strategic problem solving, and a collaborative mindset, Advance St. Tammany intentionally provides the following business solutions and services to business and industry in the parish:

Top Industries in St. Tamman y by Jobs

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Health Care & Social Assistance

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• Economic Development Support Program Guidance • Financial and Incentive Technical Assistance • Site Selection & Certification Assistance • Business Intelligence & Market Research • Marketing & Communications Assistance • Workforce Training & Talent Retention • Government Relations & Resource Partner Connections St. Tammany Corporation staff serve as resource experts, staying up to date with a whole host of business solutions including local, regional, and state programs and services allowing our team to educate and respond directly to your specific questions, issues, and opportunities. We also work closely with local and regional resource partners to provide in depth subject matter expertise on areas like workforce development and training and small business development. As a part of our commitment to inform and advise local businesses, collaboration with regional and state resource partners is the cornerstone of our program. These partners include Louisiana Economic Development, the state economic development agency; Greater New Orleans, Inc., the regional economic development entity; Tri-Parish Works, the regional


Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

workforce development group; Northshore Technical Community College, St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, Northshore Community Foundation, St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission, and Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University. Our emphasis on partnerships further solidifies our coordinated effort to expand access to services and resources to the business community in St. Tammany. Through our partnerships, the Advance St. Tammany program aims to reduce redundancy of meetings, increase cost efficiency through support programs, and continuously streamline and improve all services to businesses. All agencies involved are committed to move relationships with business and industry beyond a transactional level, truly building relationships, partnerships, and coalitions that are transformational, creating an environment in which our businesses, community and people in St. Tammany can thrive. Advance St. Tammany provides holistic solutions for businesses, streamlining the traditional business retention and expansion meeting process. Our approach focuses on aligning regional partners, allowing for more meaningful conversations directly with multiple service providers in a timely and impactful way. We continuously strive to assist businesses in the most inclusive and thoughtful way possible and

Business Intelligence | Data and Research Relevant, timely data is critical for sound decision making. As part of our full suite of services to business and community partners, St. Tammany Corporation provides in-house economic reports and data analysis upon request. Topics of inquiry include demographic and economic trends and projections, labor market data, housing data, and education/training programs in our region. Our assistance has been requested for a range of uses including business development, talent recruitment materials, strategic planning, and grant applications. Elizabeth Lee, Research Analyst & Economic Development Specialist, is the staff contact for research and data requests. As we continue to navigate the pandemic and look toward economic recovery, stay in touch with St. Tammany Corporation on Facebook @ StTammanyCorporation, on Twitter @ StTammanyCorp, and on our website at www.sttammanycorp.org.

believe Advance St. Tammany provides the most strategic platform to do so. Advance St. Tammany pivoted quickly to become our organization’s platform for business outreach and engagement during the pandemic. The infrastructure created by this initiative allowed our team to swiftly connect with businesses throughout St. Tammany and connect them to the most urgent resources and information. To learn more about Advance St. Tammany, call our office at 985-809-7874 and connect with Kate Moore, Director of Economic Development, and Todd Whalley, Director of Existing Business and Industry. Land and Site Development Are you looking to expand or relocate your business in St. Tammany Parish? St. Tammany Corporation’s Land and Sites department is here to support you. We have a comprehensive set of tools and resources that will help you find the perfect location for all your business needs. We can also help get your property certified through Louisiana Economic Development’s certified sites program. Having a state certified site will elevate visibility and marketing of your site, letting prospective owners around the nation know you are ready to do business. To learn more about our business and technical services, call our office at 985-809-7874 and connect with Jake Nickens, Coordinator of Business & Technical Services and Land & Sites.

Ashley Llewellyn and Elizabeth Lee are the lead staff contributors to this article.

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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.

Download Our Free Guide “The Early Symptoms of a Hearing Loss to Look Out For” Written by Dr. JJ Martinez Visit slenthearing.com/free-guide *Source: Findings of EuroTrak 2015 (ET 2015) and MarkeTrak 9 (MT9) worldwide studies about hearing loss and hearing aids.

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The architecture of the Northshore is as diverse as its population. On the following pages we share a few unique commercial projects from some of our favorite Northshore architects.



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985.778.2080 greenleaflawson.com

985.626.9964 kentdesignbuild.com

985.892.0907 forstallinteriorscapes.com


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985.898.0303 msh-architects.com

985.276.9100 velvetpines.com



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n search of a day out, my husband Jerry and I took off to Picayune, Mississippi to visit Coastal Ridge Farm, a pick-your-own sunflower farm that is open seasonally. It was an easy hour-long drive from Covington, stopping in Slidell on the way for a quick breakfast at one of my favorite breakfast spots, Creole Bagelry. Fueled by an everything bagel with sundried tomato cream cheese and a cup of Abita Roasting coffee we arrived at the farm ready to enjoy the experience. We pre-purchased our tickets online the night before, since tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis to make sure there are enough flowers for picking and viewing. We drove in and parked next to one of the blocks of sunflowers, each block in a slightly different stage of bloom to ensure there are always flowers available during picking season. We were there at the end of their spring season, and I couldn’t help but smile at the sight of the rows and rows of brightly colored sunflowers all majestically and proudly facing in the same direction. Coastal Ridge Farm is owned by Terry and David Doyle, who operated the land as a dairy farm until Katrina. As anyone who knows anything about farming knows, dairy farming is unforgivingly hard work. As the cows need to be milked regularly, it is almost impossible to take time off or take a vacation. Terry had always kept flowers as a hobby, so it was a natural evolution for them to develop a commercial flower growing business on their 16 acre farm. For years they supplied sunflowers to local florists and grocery stores, including Rouse’s. Three years ago, they changed their business model to a pick-your-own. Guests are free to wander, take pictures and pick 10 large stemmed sunflowers. Wrongly, I thought this would be a short visit, but once we were there it was enchanting to wander amongst the rows of blooms. You can even bring picnic supplies and eat amongst the flowers. Terry Doyle stopped by to say hello while we were picking and pointed out the section of wildflowers they had planted recently. There are also red and yellow zinnias for picking. The sunflowers are pollen free hybrids, a perfect species favored by florists, and from what we could see the bees and butterflies were also enjoying them. During the time the flowers are green they follow the radiant sun, but once the flowers have bloomed they only face east, hence the row upon row of flowers facing in the same direction. Terry told us that since the farm has become a popular spot with visitors and photographers they have decided to open for the fall season. This is why on July 12th all the remaining stalks were cut off, allowed to decay, and then plowed down into the ground to nourish the soil. While the flowers grow they pull up nutrients from the ground to nourish themselves, and this process replenishes the soil for the fall batch. The fields should be ready to harvest around September 15th. The Doyles provide helpful tips to guests beforehand and thankfully we heeded the recommendation to bring a bucket to hold our sunflowers and our own bypass pruners, as the stems are large and ordinary scissors won’t work. We learned to fill our bucket with water before we started cutting to ensure that

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coastalridgefarm.com 601.918.3770 27075 Road 221 Picayune, MS


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the stems arrived home very fresh. The day we visited it had rained heavily the day before, so as recommended I donned my trusty red Hunter Boots. Loaded down with our happy sunflowers we left the farm, vowing to go back again. The cost of the visit is far outweighed by the number of flowers we took home. Along with some lovely memories and photographs, we enjoyed the sunflowers displayed at home for a long time. No dogs, professional photographers are required to register beforehand, and drones are allowed by appointment only. The farm opens at 9 a.m. and the last entry is at 6:30 p.m

When the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce was established in November of 2019, the board of directors recognized that 2020 would be the first of three transition years for the new parish-wide Chamber. Champions were needed to financially support the Voice of Business and leading provider of business support. Today we recognize and thank our Chamber Champions.

Scott Boudreaux Avala Health

Tammy O’Shea

Fidelity Bank / NOLA Lending Group

Christina Chifici LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors

G. Chris Keller Resource Bank

W. L. “Trey” Folse, III St. Tammany Parish Public School System

610 Hollycrest Blvd. Covington, LA

Paul Ballard

Mark Hatfield

L. Steve Holzhalb, III

David Boudreaux

Rhonda Bagby

Kyle L. Kent

John Herman

Kenny Bogle

Ballard Brands, LLC


Christwood Retirement Community

Hancock Whitney Bank Humana Health Benefit Kent Design Build, Inc. Plan of Louisiana

Paul Myers Metairie Bank

Ochsner Health System, Northshore Region

Pelican Energy Consultants, LLC

John Ferrucci

Sandy Badinger

Chris Masingill

Silver Slipper Casino Hotel

Donna O’Daniels

Slidell Memorial Hospital

St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission

St. Tammany Corporation

David Hursey


Hiral Patel

Lakeview Regional Medical Center

Mark Joslin

Pool Corporation

Joan Co


St. Tammany Health System

Townsend Underhill Stirling Properties, LLC

985-892-3216 sttammanychamber.org

2220 Carey St. Slidell, LA








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East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity broke ground on their Apostol Build.

St Tammany Quality Network presented its 2020 second-quarter Medical Director’s Award to the Northlake Pulmonary Group for their outstanding care in treating critically ill COVID-19 patients at St. Tammany Health System.

Boxes of essential personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies were delivered to critical nonprofits throughout Tangipahoa and the region by the Northshore Community Foundation thanks to a $10,000 donation from the medical supplier and distributor Medline Industries.

Congratulations to Isabella Bruce on your graduation from Florida State University.


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Professional Woman of St Tammany held their Annual Scholarship Award Luncheon to award their 2020 scholarships.

St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith was joined by his wife Adele as he was sworn in for his second term.

The Northshore Collaborative has launched a Gratitude Campaign designed to thank the community’s unsung heroes. The group kicked off the event by providing Subway Gratitude Lunch Box Gift Cards to the entire 65-person fleet of Coastal Environmental Services. The gift was funded with contributions from the community and a generous donation from Slidell Seamstresses, who dedicated 100% of the proceeds from the masks they sold.

Saint Paul’s School held a special early graduation ceremony for three members of the class of 2020 who will be joining the military to serve our country: Jacob Organ, Colin Mayberry, and Tristan Avant EDGE August | September 2020


My turn:

by Rich Bell

ABOUT RICH BELL In every issue, EDGE of the Lake invites a local chef or restauranteur to visit another eatery on the Northshore. Richard Bell is the general manager of Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Mandeville. He grew up “up north,” but has been in Louisiana for the past 20+ years. Rich is very passionate about the restaurant business. He has been in the business for over 30 years holding different leadership positions.

NOLA SOUTHERN GRILL 1375 Gause Blvd, Slidell, LA 985.201.8200

I chose to visit NOLA Southern Grill in Slidell for dinner. The outside of the restaurant has a true New Orleans look with downstairs and upstairs patios edged with wrought-iron. The theme continues inside with Louisiana artwork and phrases. The restaurant has a casual atmosphere with a clean look to it and good energy between staff and guests. The cocktail menu offered a good variety of wines, beers and specialty drinks. I ordered the “Swamp Monster,” which included Captain Morgan & Parrot Bay Coconut Rum mixed with fresh squeezed juices. It was a refreshing drink against the recent Louisiana heat. Looking at the starters, I decided to stick with the Southern swamp theme and ordered the gator bites, which were lightly fried in a cornmeal breading and served with a Cajun sauce. Very tender for Gator tail! The dinner entrée menu offered a great variety, from some traditional New Orleans dishes like po-boys to fresh fish, pastas and wraps. I decided to order the pan seared redfish topped with a flavorful “smothered shrimp etouffee.” It was seasoned and grilled perfectly, which added additional flavor to an already amazing fish. My two sides of choice were sautéed colorful vegetables and homemade fried okra. I made sure to save some room for homemade bread pudding topped with a warm praline sauce, strawberries and whipped cream. Very flavorful. NOLA has a really good ambiance and a New Orleans feel. It’s welcoming for all kinds of guests: from business associates to families. The service was right on and the staff was very knowledgeable about the menu. I definitely recommend NOLA Southern Grill. “Let the good times roll!”






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