Edge of the Lake Magazine February | March 2022

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Introducing The Gloriette at The Southern Hotel. Led by Chef Steven Marsella, the restaurant will feature local and French-inspired cuisine, all in the warm and vibrant environment of the newly designed space. Opening early 2022. THANK YOU READERS OF THE EDGE OF THE LAKE FOR VOTING S OTHERN HOTEL AS BEST OF WEDDING VENUES, BEST OF PUBLIC ARTS, AND BEST OF BARTENDERS.

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PUBLISHER Sarah Cottrell EDITOR Vito Corleone

It’s 2:30 and I can’t sleep. I don’t have a cover. I remember seeing amazing local photos from a photographer in Slidell, so I message him on Facebook. Surprisingly, I hear right back. We start communicating at 2:30 a.m. about his photography, and he graciously shares some of his work with me – it was hard to choose. I hope you enjoy this month’s cover of Bayou Liberty in Slidell as much as I do. Thank you, John Blackwell, for sharing your talents with us. Speaking of photographs, Northshore Media Group – for the first time in their history – got everyone in the company together for a Christmas party. It was a great opportunity to meet our counterparts in different areas. We had met most of the group via zoom, but it was better to actually meet and spend time getting to know everyone. Thank you, Johnny Chauvin, for capturing the photo below. Also, in this much anticipated issue we have our Readers’ Choice for 2022, we meet Mary Monk a local Plein Air artist, and we revisit some things that ain’t there no more. We also have a very full social section highlighting some of the fall’s fun activities. Enjoy the issue! PUBLISHER

ART DIRECTOR Erich Belk STYLE DIRECTOR Patty Beal BEAUTY EDITOR Caitlin Picou COPY EDITOR Mary-Brent Brown CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Liv Butera Chris Massengill Liz Smith STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jerry Cottrell CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS William Blackwell Johnny Chauvin Joel Treadwell

KEY ACCOUNTS EXECUTIVE Eloise Cottrell SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Rebecca Blossman-Ferran ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Erin Bolton Debi Menasco Stephanie Miller

Cover Photo Bayou Liberty Photo William Blackwell

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AMERICA’S TOP 100 HOSPITALS

What was founded in 1954 as a small, rural hospital has grown to become a regional health system with talented and experienced specialists, world-class technology and all the accolades that go with it. This year alone, St. Tammany Health System has received a raft of recognitions, including Women’s Choice Awards for cancer care, breast care, heart care, stroke care, orthopedics, minimally invasive surgery and obstetrics. What’s more, we’re the only hospital in the Greater New Orleans area to receive a five-star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. MANY stars. MANY innovations. MANY reasons to choose St. Tammany. *Among the Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience in 2021 for medium-sized hospitals, as ranked by Women’s Choice Award.


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The mission of the Northshore Arts Foundation is to create and encourage cultural enrichment for all ages through visual enjoyment, participation, and learning. To that end, this spring, April 1-2, 2022, the Foundation will host “Northshore Arts in Bloom.”

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Bloom” at the Hammond Regional Arts Center. Another piece of the exhibition is an international playwright competition for adult, youth, and teenage writers. Writers are invited to submit a one-act play, up to 20 pages long. The winning entries will be staged at Reimer’s Theater on Saturday. Organizers are seeking entrants throughout Louisiana and beyond! Finally, the Art and Garden Market will take place in conjunction with the regular Saturday Hammond Farmers’ Market. The market will feature local artists and florists, as well as nursery and garden items for those inspired by the floral competition, or who may want to put into practice what was learned in the lectures!

This year’s inaugural exhibition and competition will explore the arts including a competition in floral interpretation of an art piece, professional floral displays, and gardening lectures. Additionally, a playwriting contest with staged readings, an art show, and an Art and Flower Market will round out the event. Patrons will get a sneak peek of the floral competition entries and have the opportunity to vote for the Viewer’s Choice award at the Patron’s party on Friday evening, April 1st, at the Columbia Theatre. The cornerstone of the event will be the floral competition. Thirty amateur florists will have the opportunity to create floral interpretations of paintings from local art collections. The paintings will represent a range of periods and styles. Florists will be assigned their paintings by a random drawing in February. Colleen Scarle, one of the event organizers, said, “Designers have been sought from garden clubs across the state to compete in this year’s competition. The floral interpretations will be placed in the Columbia Theatre conference room on Friday morning, ahead of the Patron Party. Each floral arrangement will be displayed alongside the painting that inspired it.”

The event has been spearheaded by Pat Graves, Creative Director for the Northshore Arts Foundation, and amateur florist. Graves shared, “For several years, I have competed in the Arts in Bloom competition that New Orleans Museum of Art holds, and I was inspired to bring a similar event to Hammond.” Graves points out, “The board is made up of representatives from the Regional Art Center, The Art Guild, Southeastern Louisiana University through the Columbia Theater and the Hammond Garden Club. It is the first time all of these groups have joined forces to create a cultural event using these various forms of expression. It is the board’s hope that successive events will bring in other groups on the northshore to expand its reach.” Sponsorship opportunities are available. More information on sponsorship or participation, and tickets, can be found on the Northshore Arts Foundation website at northshoreartsfoundation.com

In addition to the floral competition, three professional floral designers will be invited to create spectacular floral designs, and there will be lectures on landscaping, horticulture, and gardening. Concurrently, the New Orleans Arts Association (NOAA) will be presenting an art show based on the theme “Arts in

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COMMUNITY LEADER

Mike Cooper St. Tammany Parish President

We were presented with tremendous challenges in 2021, including COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida; however, I am elated to say that the year finished on a promising note. As we look onward in 2022, and in order to better the quality of life in our Parish, we must address an alarming reality. Residential development is outpacing roads, drainage, utilities and other critical infrastructure. One of my top priorities is addressing and improving infrastructure in the near future and longterm. Sustainable plans focused on development, drainage, transportation, wetlands and overall growth are being finalized. However, we must limit high-density residential zoning applications so that we may address the glaring needs and preserve the quality of life that we are accustomed to in St. Tammany Parish. In early January, I proposed a parishwide moratorium on rezoning parcels which would increase density for residential development. The ordinance is expected to be introduced at the Parish Council meeting on February 3, before being considered for adoption at the Parish Council meeting on March 3. The proposed moratorium would remain in effect for at least six (6) months after adoption. In the meantime, Parish government will continue to find creative avenues to provide better infrastructure. We will continue to push our local, state and federal partners to invest in our roads, drainage and vital infrastructure. As I have expressed throughout 2021, it continues to be my top priority to keep us moving forward by balancing the health of our community with the health of our economy. We are now entering a new year, but the citizens of St. Tammany Parish, who never wavered when faced with the trials and tribulations of 2021, remain steadfast. I greatly appreciate your trust and confidence as I continue to humbly serve as your Parish President.

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ostalgia is a funny thing. You can fondly reminisce about people, places and things that you once knew, but you can also feel a special connection to those you’ve only heard of or read about. As a transplant and lover of history, I often find myself imagining how life on the Northshore used to be, and digging around for stories that help me paint the mental picture. As my list of local places and things that are no-more continues to grow, one concept has sprung to mind time and again, and it comes from an unexpected source. New Orleans singer and songwriter Benny Grunch (of “The 12 Yats of Christmas” fame) made popular the phrase “Ain’t Dere No More” in a song that humorously recites a laundry list of some of the the city’s landmarks and institutions that no longer exist, and it’s become a popular trope for everyone from t-shirt designers to news outlets to Facebook groups. So, I decided to jump on the bandwagon with some examples I’ve discovered on this side of the lake. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane!

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Louis Prima’s Golf Course Have you ever noticed a tiny street on northbound Highway 190, just north of I-12 in Covington and just past Copeland’s restaurant, called Louis Prima Drive? If you know who he is, you may have wondered, as I always have, what the heck has he got to do with the Northshore? If you don’t know who he is, let’s review. Louis was an iconic French Quarter-born singer, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter whose unmistakable voice and jumpin’ and jivin’ style rocketed him to stardom, especially during the 1950s, when he became one of the premiere Las Vegas lounge acts. You may know his song “Just a Gigolo”/”I Ain’t Got Nobody” (famously covered by David Lee Roth in the 1980s). Or his rendition of “Pennies from Heaven,” which is played in the movie “Elf ” as Will Ferrell (aka, Buddy) runs around in the revolving door. Or his voicing of “King Louie” the orangutan in the 1967 animated Disney movie, “The Jungle Book.” Being a man who enjoyed living large, it’s no surprise that his love of horses and gambling prompted him to purchase a large tract of land just north of his hometown, upon which to build his own version of heaven on earth. The year was 1956. Know what else happened in 1956? The Causeway was completed. Primo timing, Louie! It’s now occupied by the huge commercial corridor that contains Walmart and Home Depot, but back then, he dubbed the property “Pretty Acres,” and erected a stately home, quarter-mile horse track, full-sized and miniature golf courses, horseback riding facilities, a swimming pool, a motel, and a restaurant that served Italian cuisine, courtesy of Prima’s mother, Angelina. He and his family split their time between here and Las Vegas, and his brother Leon, also a musician, served as the club’s host and manager. Louis died at the age of 67 in 1978, but according to Nola.com, Pretty Acres managed to stay open until 1993! It’s hard to picture anything but retailers and parking lots in that area now, but in addition to his namesake street, when you drive two streets further north on 190 and turn right onto Park Place to get to the Home Depot, the row of old oak trees on the neutral ground is said to have lined the drive leading to Louis’ house. And if you follow Park Place until it makes a sharp right turn and becomes Andrew Drive, you’ll find a dog park and walking trail called… Pretty Acres.

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The Lake Theater As a film enthusiast and a fan of classic theaters, it piqued my interest when I found out there used to be an old movie house on Mandeville’s lakefront. While there’s a decent amount of information available on some of Covington’s old movie houses, there’s very little on this one. Luckily, there’s a tiny treasure trove of anecdotes on the “I Lived in Mandeville When…” Facebook page, one of which estimated that the theater originally opened in 1947. Members of the page have waxed nostalgic about the multiple incarnations in its post-movie theater years, which included, but may not be limited to, a lounge, dinner theater, disco, teen club and music venue (major bands including Molly Hatchet, The Guess Who and Blue Oyster Cult appear to have played there!). When I initially saw that its location was on the corner of Girod and Lakeshore Drive, across from Don’s bar, it was a real head-scratcher, as the spot is currently occupied by an ornate house that is clearly a couple of centuries old. This turned out to be another interesting story. Sadly, after the Lake Theater building was eventually abandoned and fell into disrepair, the lovely old structure was demolished. But what in the world is the deal with the lovely old structure that took its place? This requires a trip down south to St. Mary Parish. In or near Centerville, there once was a sugar plantation by the name of Justine. Its grounds were graced by a beautiful home, built in either 1786 or 1822, depending on which source you consult, but it ain’t dere no more. Why? Because, in the 1960s, it was floated up the twisting, turning waterway of Bayou Teche to the New Iberia area, where it stayed for close to 40 years. But it ain’t dere no more either, because in 2003, that sturdy grande dame was uprooted once again, and this time made an even longer, more harrowing journey to her current prominent position on Mandeville’s lakefront, where she now serves as a private office.

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Town of Wharton Okay, this one is technically a concept instead of a physical structure, but did you know that Covington’s original name ain’t dere no more? The story goes that, in the mid-1700s, a Scottish man named Thomas Wharton fled to the colonies after killing his opponent in a duel to defend his sister’s honor. To evade retribution, he took his mother’s maiden name and became Thomas Wharton Collins. Forty years later, in 1813, his son John Wharton Collins, a New Orleans merchant who owned a store on Magazine Street, bought a tract of land on the Northshore and established the town of Wharton, ostensibly to honor his diminished paternal heritage. We have John to thank for the city’s unique pattern of squares and ox lots, and the naming (and later inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places) of the St. John Historic District. Yet, after it was formally incorporated by the state legislature in 1816, the ingrates in charge went and renamed the city Covington. Soon thereafter, a demoralized John Wharton Collins moved back to New Orleans until his death a year later. So, why exactly did the powers-that-be choose the name Covington? Some say it was named for General Leonard Covington, who fought in the War of 1812 and is described as having taken possession of a portion of West Florida (which, of course, was a short-lived republic that included the Northshore region). Others have a more colorful theory that town officials named it after their favorite brand of whiskey, which was bottled in, you guessed it, Covington, Kentucky. Regardless of why, Wharton was erased from the map, but there are a couple of lingering reminders. There’s a Wharton street just north of town and The Green Room bar on Boston Street added “Wharton’s” to their name as a way to pay homage to local history. And interestingly enough, you can find John Wharton Collins’ grave in Covington Cemetery No. 1 facing the former City Hall at the corner of N. Columbia and Kirkland Street. One has to wonder if it was his idea to make this his final resting place, given the insult of the renaming!

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Lake Pontchartrain’s Shoreline & Islands Have you ever heard of the Pleistocene Epoch? Apparently, it’s the name of the last Ice Age, and I did not know that until I started researching this next story. I’d seen a mention somewhere about a Native American village that used to be located on an island just off the Causeway near Mandeville, and I was hooked. In my effort to learn more about this lost island and its inhabitants, I discovered there was much more to this ain’t dere no more story. But I had to extract it from some academic papers that describe, in great detail and with lots of intimidating vocabulary, the geological evolution of Lake Pontchartrain and its shores. It was seriously cerebral stuff for this feeble brain to comprehend, but I think I dummied the information down enough to make sense to me and allow me to put this story into perspective. Let’s give it a shot! So, long, long, long ago, sea levels were much lower than they are now and there were two long, skinny land masses (some sources refer to them as beaches, others call them barrier islands) that helped to shape this region. One is now known as the Pine Island Beach Trend, and it’s incorporated into the strip of land that stretches from Metairie eastward to the Rigolets, creating the barrier that separates Lake Pontchartrain from the Gulf of Mexico, and also causing the MIssissippi River to form the crescent shaped bend in which New Orleans is famously situated. The other, known as the Milton Island Beach Trend, sweeps from Slidell almost to Ponchatoula, and it used to extend Mandeville’s lakefront much further into the lake. As the seas continued to rise, Milton’s lower lying areas became submerged, leaving the higher elevations exposed to become islands. We know that, eventually, one of the islands attracted a local tribe because in 1934, a shell and sand dredging barge hauled up human and animal bones dating back hundreds of years. Eventually, the water rose high enough to submerge those islands, and create the need for Mandeville’s seawall. Today, the Milton Island Beach Trend is almost completely submerged, except for about two miles of beach near Madisonville. It’s fascinating to picture what the shoreline used to look like, and to imagine what other treasures might be buried in the ancient islands beneath the waves.

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Art Gallery Sambola

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have fond memories of watching CBS Sunday Morning with my dad way back in the 80s, when Charles Kurault was the host. The magazine-style news program mostly features kinder, gentler human interest type stories, and though hosts have come and gone, one constant has been its Moment in Nature segment. At the end of each show, the host signs off by saying, “We leave you this Sunday morning with…” and they reveal that week’s chosen destination, followed by a few beautiful, unsullied moments of nothing but the sublime sights and sounds of a natural vista in some far flung corner of the United States. This sprang to mind when I was first introduced to the work of Northshore-based artist Mary Monk. At first glance, many of her images of desolate farms and marshes looked like lovely photographs of some quintessential south Louisiana scenes. Upon closer inspection, however, they revealed themselves to be artistic renderings that are almost completely realistic, but with just a hint of an ethereal, dreamlike essence. I appreciate art, but I never studied it, so I sort of enjoy being less mindful of the technical elements, and instead allowing myself to be fully absorbed by my visceral response. In the case of Mary Monk’s art, immediately after my initial visual assessment, I felt a sensory connection to those locations. I could hear the wind whispering across the

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marshes and the cicadas providing a rhythmic soundtrack in the farm fields. And I could smell the earthiness of the mud and the sweetness of the wild grasses. When I mentioned this to Mary, she replied, “Oh, this makes me so happy! I paint mostly plein air, from life. I spend a lot of time looking at and experiencing the landscape because I want you to feel like you’re standing there, too. The mud, the water. I see stories in tractor tracks. I don’t usually include people in my paintings, but there’s usually evidence of people or animals in my work.” Surprisingly enough, Mary started out life as a city girl. When she entered the world as the youngest of six children, her family was living in St. Roch, which is about as urban a neighborhood as you can find in New Orleans. She had an older cousin who was a newspaper illustrator, but no one else in her family was especially artistically inclined. So, how did she wind up on this particular path? “I was not the best student,” she admitted with a laugh. “I was pretty average, and when we moved to Metairie, the high school options were slim. My mom made a deal with me that if I kept my grades up, they’d pay for private school. I wanted an easy elective, so I chose art. How hard could it be? Well, it was really hard. But, I had a good teacher who provided serious training, and I fell in love with it right away.”


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But, her artistic career didn’t kick off right away. She married her husband David in 1990, and soon became a mom. When her second child came along, they decided to move across the lake to Abita Springs to be near family. Two more kids followed, for a grand total of four sons. Unsurprisingly, her young children kept her super busy, and though she mostly stayed home to raise them, Mary served as director of the St. Tammany Art Association for a while, and became a “closet painter” until the boys were older. Like many women, it was a struggle to justify carving out time to dedicate to her passion. “Before it became my entire job, I had guilt,” she confessed. “I’d think, shouldn’t I be fixing a problem in the backyard or something, instead of painting?” At long last, around 20 years ago, Mary was finally ready to commit to her art. Her creations have earned her multiple awards and can be found in various private and public collections, including those belonging to St. Tammany Parish and the state of Louisiana. We’re surrounded by a virtually endless supply of possible landscape subjects on the Northshore, so what catches her eye and why? “I like to paint things that are wild, not groomed. A lady in Lacombe was restoring an old house with a driveway lined with old, overgrown azalea bushes. The day before I was set to paint them, she had the grass cut and bushes trimmed. She thought she was helping, but I don’t like contrived settings when I paint. Part of what I want to show is sincerity. I’m not taking an ominous sky and making it pretty. I’m painting things like mud, puddles, and razor grass.” Her relocation to the natural wonderland of the Northshore certainly explains her choice of rustic subject matter, but what about her use of pastels as a primary medium? Well, that came from necessity. While her first child was a toddler, he got into her oil paints and basically redecorated the house, so she put them away for safekeeping. While pregnant with her third child, she decided the pastels her mother had given her years ago were a much less toxic choice, and when not in use, they could be easily packed away from the reach of curious youngsters. These days, she’s able to be fully immersed in her art, and that comes across in her work. Spending so much time in nature has also made her ecologically aware, and both concerned with and appreciative of our disappearing wetlands. “It makes me realize how fragile life is. When I’m out there, I’m mindful of the birds, the marsh grasses, and my surroundings. I hope it’s still here when my children get older.” She never knows when inspiration may strike, so Mary’s car stays loaded with art supplies, and she’s frequently marking points of interest on the GPS while running errands. For a lot of people, being perpetually connected to work might seem daunting. But, that’s not true for Mary. “Two years ago, I was driving to go paint somewhere, and I realized my heart was racing. It’s a true blessing to be excited about what you do for a living. But the process itself is so calming. You don’t think about bills or chores. It’s all about concentrating on that color green, the pink in the morning sky. It’s magical.” As further proof of her love for and dedication to her work, Mary told me of a situation where she was painting one of her marshy landscapes, and as the days progressed, an unpleasant scent turned into an overwhelming stench. She discovered that there was a rotting wild boar carcass only a few yards away, but she was too entrenched in her project to be bothered to move. It may sound like a brutal way to suffer for one’s art to most of us, but Mary just laughed it off as all in a day’s work. After learning a bit about what makes Mary tick, how she relates to nature, and how she chooses her subjects, it makes perfect sense that this is her favorite Lord Byron quote: “There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” Sensory and poetic. What a lovely way to experience art.

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COMMUNITY LEADERS

Mark Johnson City of Covington Mayor

Clay Madden City of Mandeville Mayor

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I was recently asked, “Why do you say Covington is one of the coolest cities in America?” I responded, “Well, when I say one of the coolest cities in America, I’m actually being modest. We’re really one of the coolest cities in the world. Like the great cities of Europe and Asia, we have wonderful history over the centuries, fantastic food for Foodies and wonderful live music year-round. When you put those three things together, you might as well be Vienna, Paris or Covington.” The interviewer, a Foodie himself, followed up with, “Do you have one or two favorite restaurants in Covington you could share with us?” I replied, “Well, yes I do. Pho Cong, The Blind Tiger, The Chimes, Butter Krisp (home of Butter Burgers, a favorite late-night snack), New Orleans Food and Spirits, Coffee Rani, Meribo, Abita Roasting, Aki (for Sushi), The Greyhound (which is in the old Greyhound Bus Station), The English Tea Room (spoken in my awful British accent), Columbia Street Tap Room, Seiler Bar, Cured on Columbia, Mattina Bella, St. John’s Coffeehouse, Buster’s Place (with Oyster Bar), Vasquez, Toad Hollow, Del Porto, Cilantro, Marcello’s, Los Jalapeño, LOLA.” Him, “So many?” Me, “I’m not finished yet: Baan Thai, Bear’s (which was recently named the best roast beef po-boy in Louisiana which, ipso facto makes it the best roast beef po-boy in America which then makes it the best roast beef po-boy in the world.” He then pivoted the interview before I could finish my list. Loved and not forgotten are “The Shack, Megumi, Sweet Daddy’s BBQ, Gallagher’s Grill (the best of Pat Gallagher’s restaurants!), Town and Country Donuts, Zoë’s Bakery, DiMartino’s and DiCristina’s!” To be considered one of the coolest cities in the World, one must be a Foodie Paradise … and our Covington is : )

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 spring. We hope to see you in Mandeville!

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Nothing But The Smoke

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Craig McMillion

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John Lambert

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Walter Buddy Adams

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Chris Workmen

Pizza

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Pizza Pete’s

Ross Lambert – youth Fitness

Po Boys

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Zeto’s

Bert Burr

Chicken

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Long Branch Café

Charlotte Johnson

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Tattoo Artist

The Golden Pear

Troy Carney

Italian

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Pediatrician Katie Queen

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Bryn Blackwell Care PT

Hospice

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Steven Ogden, M.D.

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Veterinarian

Elizabeth Penton

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Summer Stewart

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Riverstone Gallery

Theater Group

Franklinton Community Theater

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HL Brownstone Fitness

Napoli’s

Bridgette Knight

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Bogalusa Country Club

Mitou Lemaire D.D.S

The Museum of Native American Culture

Maria’s

Po-Boy Coach’s

Salad

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Dentist

Hospital

Our Lady of the Angels

Allergist

Brad LeBert

Cardiologist

Kenny Civello

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Garland Anderson

Fertility

Mara Buenaflor

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Mani Pedi Spa Magic Nails

Southern Sass Dance Company

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Robby Miller Tangipahoa Parish President

Greg Cromer City of Slidell Mayor

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Tangipahoa Parish is poised for great things in 2022! Here’s a quick synopsis of some of our biggest goals for the new year: INFRASTRUCTURE We are excited to announce plans to complete $21 million in road and bridge improvements/ maintenance in the coming year. We have several big projects planned to enhance our parish’s infrastructure in high-traffic areas like Sisters Road and Hoover Road in Ponchatoula, the intersection of Range Road and East Minnesota Park in Hammond, Stateline Road north of Kentwood, and Mulberry Street in Amite. We are also working on designs for additional shoreline protection from the Tangipahoa River to Pass Manchac. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT In 2022, Tangipahoa Parish will finalize plans to form economic development districts along the I-55/I-12 corridors. Our team expects this will also be the year when we grow the number of LED Certified sites in our parish. We will continue executing our Strategic Development Plan to increase the number of advanced manufacturers housed in our parish. WORKFORCE Our TPG Workforce program is making big strides, partnering with our various schools to provide quality job training to meet the needs of our local employers. Our team continues to collaborate with our surrounding parishes to implement a Northshore regional workforce development and talent retention strategy which will create business retention and formation opportunities. We are also partnering with local schools to help at-risk high school students gain Adult Ed services and training. Our team will continue to help with recovery efforts in the new year. We are also moving forward with our plan to expand broadband services to our under-served, rural parts of the parish. Our team remains committed to doing our part each and every day to make Tangipahoa the very best parish in this state! We have big plans for a great new year! Here’s wishing you and yours a happy, safe, and healthy 2022. May it be our best year yet!

Dear Citizens, I invite you and your family and friends to come experience Mardi Gras in Slidell. Grab your folding chairs, ice chests and king cakes and head on out to the parade route to enjoy the many parades that roll through Slidell. I am proud that many families choose to celebrate Mardi Gras here in Slidell. I ask that everyone be respectful and help us maintain a fun, family friendly environment. Please remember that city ordinances prohibit the presence of animals along the parade route. The use of silly string, streamers, fireworks and other explosive devices are also restricted. It is important that we all work together to have a fun and safe carnival season. Keep Slidell Beautiful is looking for volunteers to help clean up after the parades. If you or your family, church group, civic group or school group would like to volunteer, please call (985) 646-4307 or visit Keep Slidell Beautiful’s website at www.keepslidellbeautiful.org for more information. For the complete parade schedule, please visit the City of Slidell’s website at MySlidell.com. Be sure to sign up for our email notifications to stay updated about all the latest news and events in Slidell. You can also follow the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook and Twitter. Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

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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 business services and technical assistance opportunities available through St. Tammany Corporation and our strategic partners to address your most pressing business needs. Part of our mission as a local economic development organization is to provide businesses with all of the tools and assistance they need to thrive in our community. If your business is hiring additional employees, building a new facility or expanding an existing facility, increasing service offerings, or entering new markets is on your list of business goals for 2022, we have information that may be beneficial to you as you start these initiatives. Workforce is consistently the primary topic of discussion in meetings with businesses of all sizes and across all industries, among business groups, and in economic development professional organizations. St. Tammany Corporation facilitates a workforce roundtable alongside our partners St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, Northshore Technical Community College, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Tri-Parish Works. These organizations and their representatives are professionals in education, workforce development, customized training, and

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employment engagement. Our dynamic and collaborative approach to workforce development and talent retention solutions results in effective and efficient engagement for business and industry. If your business is currently hiring or looking to hire in the next six months, let St. Tammany Corporation and our workforce and education partners help maximize your opportunities to find the best talent to meet your business needs. The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southeastern Louisiana University is a key partner for St. Tammany Corporation in delivering programming and business counseling to the Northshore region. In December 2020, St. Tammany Corporation and Southeastern Louisiana University formalized our relationship to expand access to services and resources to the business community in St. Tammany through an innovative agreement that provides enhanced technical assistance and increased collaborative efforts to best support businesses in St. Tammany Parish. In partnership with the SBDC at Southeastern, and in collaboration with the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, St. Tammany Corporation works with our partners to provide free virtual programming covering an array of topics relevant to our local business community. These virtual programs provided timely and critical information for businesses as they navigated federal resource programs throughout the pandemic and in the wake of Hurricane Ida. We have also provided training in areas such as digital marketing and search engine optimization, sales strategies and tapping into new markets, government contracting, and developing a business plan.


Chris Masingill Chief Executive Officer St. Tammany Corporation

Source: International Trade Administration’s Metropolitan Export Series and the US Census Bureau

Did you know that the SBDC at Southeastern also provides one-onone business counseling? This is a tremendous resource for small businesses who want to grow, individuals who want to start a business, or businesses that need assistance with market research or company finances. In addition to offering this service at their office in Hammond, business counseling sessions are offered locally in St. Tammany twice per month: at St. Tammany Corporation’s office in Mandeville on the second Thursday of each month and at the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s Slidell office on the third Thursday of each month. Another resource available to our area businesses is the U.S. Commercial Service. The U.S. Commercial Service, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, offers companies a full range of expertise in international trade. Businesses can find assistance locally in more than 100 U.S. Commercial Service offices nationwide and in more than 70 international offices. Whether you are looking to make your first export sale or expand to additional markets, the U.S. Commercial Service offers the expertise you need to connect with lucrative opportunities and increase your bottom line.

St. Tammany Corporation and Louisiana SBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University MOU Signing, December 2020 Pictured from left to right (back) are: Dr. William Wainwright, Chancellor, Northshore Technical Community College and STPDD Board Commissioner Bill Joubert, Director, Louisiana Small Business Development Center Chris Masingill, CEO, St. Tammany Corporation Pictured from left to right (front) are: Marty Mayer, Board President, St. Tammany Parish Development District Dr. John Crain, President, Southeastern Louisiana University

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau and EMSI

St. Tammany Corporation enjoys an ongoing collaboration with our local office of the U.S. Commercial Service. The intention of our collective work aims to connect new and existing companies in St. Tammany to the tools, resources, and best practices to expand their international business development and explore new markets for their products and services. During the first wave of the pandemic in 2020, St. Tammany Corporation strengthened our connection to our local U.S. Commercial Service office, enhancing outreach and connections for businesses with international markets. We also developed a co-hosted seminar series geared towards St. Tammany based businesses looking to start exporting or expand current exporting offerings. Through this series, along with contacts and information gathered during business checkup meetings held with existing companies, St. Tammany Corporation regularly provides introductions between companies and our local U.S. Commercial Service office in hopes of expanding our community’s trade capacity and contributions. The united efforts of both our organizations have resulted in increased exporting by businesses in St. Tammany Parish for three consecutive years, as demonstrated in the graph below: For business looking to expand their physical space or purchase new property or equipment, St. Tammany Corporation is here to assist. Through our robust business retention program, Advance St. Tammany, we provide a variety of business services and technical assistance directly

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to our area businesses. We provide project management from site selection and economic development incentive guidance to local government coordination and communications. The team at St. Tammany Corporation looks forward to continuing to work with our local business community to enhance opportunities for business retention, expansion, and formation, and employee retention and talent development. Connecting with our economic development team before you build, buy, or hire is an excellent idea as you may be eligible for state, local, and federal resources. To schedule an annual business checkup meeting or to speak with a member of our economic development team, please contact our office at 985-809-7874. St. Tammany Corporation continues to be a resource hub for businesses and consistently shares timely, relevant information related to our economic landscape and upcoming business resource programming on our online platforms. Stay connected with St. Tammany Corporation on Facebook at @StTammanyCorporation, Twitter at @StTammanyCorp, our website at StTammanyCorp. org, our data and research platform at StTammanyStats. com, and our digital comprehensive resource center at www.RESTOREStTammany.com. Ashley Llewellyn and Elizabeth Lee are the lead staff contributors to this article.


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• The City of Slidell presents •

Arts Evening Saturday, March 19, 2022 5-9 pm • Free Admission Olde Towne Slidell 646-4375 • MySlidell.com Local Artists & Artwork Live Entertainment Fine & Casual Dining Antique, Boutique & Unique Shopping

George Dunbar: Retrospective Arts Evening 2022 exhibit in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall

“ Jazzy 2”” by Nancy Pratt, Arts Evening 2022 Poster Artist

The City of Slidell and the Commission on the Arts would like to thank our 2021/2022 Cultural Season Sponsors for making this event possible: Renaissance $5,000 Sponsors: Plus + Publications

Baroque, $2,500 Sponsors: In Memory of Ronnie Kole • Silver Slipper Casino Neoclassical, $1,000 Sponsors: Councilman Bill & Laura Borchert • Home Instead Lori’s Art Depot Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency • Purple Armadillo Again Impressionism, $500 Sponsors: P. David Carollo, Attorney-at-Law • Chateau Bleu • CiCi’s Pizza Mayor Greg Cromer • State Rep. Mary DuBuisson, District 90 • Dr. David Hildebrandt - Slidell Family Dentistry Flatliners Entertainment • Old School Eats Food Truck • Pizza Platoon • Roberta’s Cleaners Slidell Historic Antique Association • Tanya Witchen - Engel & Völkers Real Estate



My turn:

by Donnie Favalora

ABOUT DONNIE FAVALORA In every issue, EDGE of the Lake invites a local chef or restauranteur to visit another eatery on the Northshore. Although an engineer by trade, Donnie was offered an opportunity to invest in That’s Amore in Metarie in 2011. Working at the restaurant, Donnie fell in love with it. He was so proud of the unique Chicago-style pizzas Amore’s was making from scratch, along with the 80+ other items on the menu. When Covid was at its peak, Donnie decided to open another That’s Amore in Mandeville. Although Donnie and his partners were initially concerned, the Mandeville location was able to fill the restaurant to the allowable limit each night. That’s Amore in Mandeville recently celebrated its first anniversary, and Donnie could not be more proud!


Etouffèe etouffeeofcovington.com 985.900.2446

As it often happens in our lives, you wake up and say to yourself, “Today I am in the mood for... .” I was interested in some Cajun-style food, which is why I chose Etouffée in Covington. I asked a friend of mine to join me, so that she could share her thoughts also. As soon as we walked into Etoufée, the decor, the music and the ambiance reminded me of a cochon de lait, a Cajun hog roast, in Marksville, Louisiana. Etoufée offers authentic Cajun food in a laidback atmosphere. The owners proudly exclaim that their recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. The restaurant has a full bar, booth and table seating, and one seriously cool patio space. After we were seated, our server brought out a pile of house-made cracklins. The cracklins were extremely inviting, fresh, and tasty, and it was the perfect way to start the meal. The menu was varied enough to please anyone’s cravings without being so large that one would get lost in the decision-making process. We ended up ordering a fair amount of food. The boudin egg rolls really caught my eye. I initially wanted to order an authentic Cajun dish; however, the Hangover Hamburger ultimately won my attention. Etoufée tops this burger with cheese, fried egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and bacon jam. My friend ordered one of the crawfish pastas and thought it was delicious. I honestly enjoyed my meal so much that I would not mind ordering the same thing again next time, but tomorrow will bring a new list of requests from my taste buds. I will follow where they lead! I have already started recommending Etoufée to my friends. I say, “Go to this place, relax, and let your taste buds lead you. There will be zero disappointment headed your way.”


EDGE of the Lake enjoyed a trip to Colorado.

Saint Tammany Hospital Foundation’s THE Gala- Step. Into Your Dancing Shoes.

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Kelly Kicking Cancer held their first Who’s got Talent at their 7th Annual Gala, Elizabeth Burris took home the first prize.

Students in the Saint Paul’s School CORE Pack along with their mentors participated in the Special Olympics Unified Bocce Games held in December at Lakeshore High School.

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The St. John’s Fools of Misrule’s announced the start of Carnival on the Northshore with their traditional walking parade.

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15th Annual President’s Arts Awards.

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Children’s Advocacy Center/ Hope House’s Men Who Cook.

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Connecting with You Since 1947! The Metairie Bank family invites you to join us this year as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary. For three-quarters of a century, our goal has been to connect to you – our customers and the communities we serve – in ways large and small that have led to prosperity and happiness all around. We have and always will be “The Bank of Personal Service” – locals serving locals with insight, innovation and pride. Founded in 1947 by the Metairie Road Business Association, we are the oldest, and largest, commercial bank headquartered in Jefferson Parish. We have grown from a single location on Airline Drive to 9 branches today, serving our neighbors on both the South Shore and the Northshore. Together with MB Insurance Agency and MB Investment Services, we also protect your non-banking financial needs now and in the future.

For 75 years, we’ve been rock solid – as is our commitment to you.

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