Edge of the Lake Magazine February | March 2023

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Welcome to 2023, this is probably one of our most anticipated issues of the year. In this issue we announce the results of the 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards. It is great to see so many familiar names as well as some new ones. Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to all those who took the time to vote.

We also take a look at the fascinating St. Tammany Coroner’s office; I was amazed at all the programs and services this department offers. The highlight of my visit was getting to meet Louie, the coroner office’s therapy dog. Louis is a regular visitor to the CAC Hope House and STARC.

Check out our story on Northshore Arts in Bloom, the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow as well as our regular features including our restaurant review, St Tammany Now and we also catch up with a Northshore Media Group’s Forty Under 40.

We are looking forward to another great year and have some new things planned for the upcoming issues. If you have ideas for a story, please send them in to edgepublisher@yahoo.com. Follow us on Facebook and don’t forget to tune in to our hyper local radio shows to catch up with what is happening on the Northshore every morning on Lake 94.7, Highway 104.7, Tangi 96.5, Kajun 107.1 or The Boss AM 1400/FM 103.7.

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EDITOR

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ART DIRECTOR

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STYLE DIRECTOR

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BEAUTY EDITOR

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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Betsy O’Leary

Liz Smith

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Nancy Hale

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Matthew Schlenker

Joel Treadwell

Brooke Watson

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Rebecca Blossman-Ferran

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Stephanie Miller

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AWARD-WINNING NEUROCARE: BRAIN, SPINE & STROKE

The Ochsner Neurosciences Institute at St. Tammany Health System is a comprehensive brain, back and spine program dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people you love on the Northshore. Ours was the first ICU on the Northshore to have 24/7 neuro-intensivists, physicians fellowship trained in neuro critical care. What’s more, we’re a Primary Stroke Center. Together with our partner Ochsner Health, we’re giving your loved ones not just the care they need, but the care they deserve.

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Arts Evening Arts Evening

Saturday, March 25, 2023

5-9 pm • Free Admission

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Fine & Casual Dining

Antique, Boutique & Unique Shopping

Salad Days Stude nt Ar t Exhibit

George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall

The City of Slidell and the Commission on the Arts would like to thank our 2022/2023 Cultural Season Sponsors for making this event possible: Renaissance $5,000 Sponsors:

Baroque, $2,500 Sponsor : Silver Slipper Ca sino

Neocla ssical, $1,000 Sponsors: Councilman Bill & L aura Borchert

Lori ’ s Art Depot • Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency

Impressionism, $500 Sponsors: P. David Carollo, Attorney At Law • CiCi’s Pizza

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Elizabeth’s spirit is stronger than cancer.

Elizabeth was blindsided when at only 35 years old, she discovered a lump and found out it was breast cancer. She began treatment immediately, before moving to Madisonville. That’s when she opted to transfer to St. Tammany Cancer Center – A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center, which not only lowered her mileage to and from treatments, but also her stress levels. Upon completion of her chemotherapy treatments, Elizabeth underwent physical therapy through Ochsner’s integrative oncology services, to regain strength and range of motion in her upper body. We’re helping Elizabeth get stronger every day, so that she can experience the joys of life and motherhood. Whatever your reasons are for doing the things you do, we’ve only got one. YOU. ochsner.org/longliveyounorthshore

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Gasaway Gasaway Bankston Architects

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Spring 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of downtown Hammond’s premier architectural firm, Gasaway Gasaway Bankston Architects. Back in 1973, Andrew Gasaway, Jr., hung out his architectural shingle as “Gossen Gasaway & Associates,” the first iteration of what would become various professional collaborations with peers, proteges, o�spring, and o�ce manager of 33 years, Tonya Busch.

Recently, Andrew Gasaway, Jr., son Bret Gasaway, and Chris Bankston got together to share their stories of how it all came together.

A random girl in a café next to the Crescent Bar linked Andrew to the man who would literally shape his life. She worked for famed Louisiana architect John Desmond, whose wife had taught Art to her best student, Andrew Gasaway.

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Soon, Andrew was earning fifty cents an hour as a draftsman for John Desmond. Andrew and his wife, the former Jeannette Verburg, and their three-month old son, headed west to what’s now ULL where Andrew studied architecture. He was earning a dollar an hour when he transferred to Tulane on a full scholarship. Post-graduation, Andrew’s first job was with a Thibodaux architectural firm.

Back in Hammond with Gossen Gasaway, Andrew’s work included his award-winning design of the two-story Sunday school building at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church. His design of the D. C. Reeves School won national architectural awards and helped launch the firm as the go-to architects for school design.

But that was just one of their niche markets, as they also designed parish jails, fire stations, the Ponchatoula Community Center, Jacmel Inn, Brady’s, First Guaranty Bank, and many other iconic buildings here and around the state.

Bret jumped in to interject how his father, together with Paul Murphy and a few others inspired Hammond’s annual Hot August Night celebration. What began as a few guys cooking hot dogs and hamburgers on a grill outside the Crescent turned into one of the summer’s hottest hits.

They were also instrumental in creating and funding both the DDD and the Hammond Historic District by actively seeking grants for architectural restoration and building improvements.

Bret worked construction for Ragusa Brothers building the Pittman Matheny building across from the Hammond jail. There, he met his future wife, Grace Bennett Gasaway. She

would go on to serve as City Judge across from the building Bret built until losing her battle with cancer in 2021.

Bret followed his father’s footsteps into architecture. His first major contribution was designing the “new” Hammond High School. He’s worked as lead architect or consultant on projects including downtown’s Central Progressive Bank, the NOMC’s Women’s Pavilion, Diagnostic Center, and NOMC’s Livingston Parish Medical Complex.

Just when Andrew was reducing his architectural presence, Chris Bankston was looking to grow his own. Thus, Gasaway Gasaway

Bankston Architects emerged.

Bankston’s background in school design in surrounding parishes was well-established. He took over the school board work Andrew previously did. His biggest school project to date is Live Oak High School – a 205,000 square-foot campus.

In addition to school designs, Bankston was heavily involved in recovery projects after Hurricanes Katrina and Ida. He is married to the former Pam Cali. They have a son, Brennan, 16, and are members of the Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

Andrew Gasaway started with a strong foundation, and together the partners have built a legacy. From the new FGB Center in downtown Hammond, to NOMC’s Livingston Parish Medical Complex in Satsuma, evidence of their commitment to quality craftmenship can be seen throughout the community.

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Art will blossom again during the annual Northshore Arts in Bloom event this spring as the nonprofit organization celebrates its second year.

Presented by the Northshore Arts Foundation, Northshore Arts in Bloom will take place from April 28-30, 2023, in Downtown Hammond. The exhibit will feature 30+ floral artworks by local and regional floral designers, ranging from professional to enthusiastic hobbyists.

This year’s festivities, led by chair Colleen Scarle, include programming and partnerships with local businesses and organizations, such as the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, the Hammond Regional Arts Center and the Hammond Downtown Development District.

“Northshore Arts in Bloom is a wonderful occasion to celebrate springtime in Hammond through the intersection of floral design with artwork,” Scarle said. “We’re looking forward to showcasing these incredible works by our area’s most accomplished florists and artists.”

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The mission of Northshore Arts in Bloom is to highlight the floral talents and achievements of the regional area. Our events support visual and performing arts for public appreciation while stimulating a cultural environment that inspires.

Each floral designer is assigned a specific painting as a reference to interpret the art in a floral arrangement. Using live flowers, designers create an opportunity for visitors to see art from a new frame of mind. The floral arrangements will be beside their painted counterparts, allowing guests to see the two perspectives.

Full Bouquet ticket holders will be among the first to see these fantastic floral works and paired artworks during the Patron Party on April 28, which kicks o� the weekend. Patron Party participants can vote on their favorite floral arrangement for the People’s Choice Award while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and live music.

In addition to the floral art competition, three professional floral designers will be invited to create spectacular floral installations on a grand scale. Visitors can view these indoor installations at the Columbia Theatre throughout the weekend.

In addition to viewing the featured floral arrangements, visitors may enjoy a variety of performances and activities throughout the weekend. Other events include staged readings of winners from an international playwriting contest featuring three categories: Adult, Collegiate and Teen. Professionals in landscaping, horticulture and flowers will speak on various subjects during the lecture series.

The Hammond Regional Arts Center will display glass & sculpture works of artists Paulo Dufour, Erica Larkin Gaudet and Mitchell Gaudet. A special Art and Flower Market will be held in conjunction with the Saturday Hammond Farmers’ Market. There will be a variety of fun activities, such as a children’s chalk walk, unique art, along with plants and cut flowers to jumpstart one’s spring gardening. On Saturday there will be strolling musicians and belly dance performances before culminating with live music in Cate Square Park hosted by the Downtown Development District.

Northshore Arts in Bloom puts an emphasis on giving back by selecting a local charity each year to donate a portion of the weekend’s proceeds. Last year, the Hammond Regional Arts Center and the Hammond Garden Club were chosen as organizations to fund.

“We think of others in need and come together in support of our communities to give from the heart,” Scarle said.

More information on sponsorships, participation and tickets can be found at the Northshore Arts Foundation website at northshoreartsfoundation. com.

Carnival season is o�cially upon us!

This season ushers in one of my favorite times of the year, as it gives our loved ones and neighbors an opportunity to gather joyfully, while celebrating the many, vibrant traditions of our beloved Parish. Mardi Gras parades are now rolling through every community within our Parish. I look forward to joining you all on the parade route as we rejoice this triumphant season.

2022 was an extraordinary year for St. Tammany Parish Government; however, we are laserfocused on exceeding the standard that we set. My administration has once again put forth the most funding for infrastructure in our Parish history, surpassing last year’s budget, which will make longawaited, impactful projects a reality.

I passionately believe, with infrastructure investments, proper planning and economic development, our Parish will continue to thrive with our citizens ideals on the forefront.

Among the many programs launched under my administration was the removal of nearly 3,400 fallen trees from our Parish’s scenic waterways, as a result of Hurricane Ida. This ambitious initiative will beautify our scenic waterways and enhance the drainage capacity. The $12.6 million project is expected to be completed in early 2024.

The Department of Animal Services is among our greatest success stories. When I took o�ce, the live release rate was around 40%. I am tremendously proud to share for the second consecutive year, the live release rate is 97%, which designates our Animal Services as a ‘no-kill’ shelter. In 2022, our sta� took in nearly 4,000 animals, which is twice as many as 2020. This feat would not have been possible without hard working sta�, volunteers and fostering and adopting families.

I look forward to seeing you throughout this Carnival season and while supporting our local nonprofit organizations at their remarkable events this Spring.

Serving as your Parish President continues to be one of my most humbling honors.

The holiday season has ended, and here in Louisiana we have switched gears to the Carnival season.I am pleased that St. Tammany krewes continue to provide family-friendly options for our residents to enjoy Mardi Gras parades and festivities.

I am also very proud to continue our partnership with STARC by placing a float at the end of several local parades to collect beads. The STARC clients sort, repackage and sell those beads back to float riders. This is a worthwhile program as it not only prevents these beads from ending up in our landfills or attics, but it also provides work and funds for the citizens serviced by STARC. It’s truly a win-win for our community.

Ensuring a safe and fun Carnival season takes a great deal of planning and cooperation.

Our deputies work together with the municipal law enforcement agencies, state police and other surrounding law enforcement to maintain order and provide crowd and tra�c control along parade routes throughout our parish.

Our Reserve Division is an integral part of this cooperative e�ort, with our reserve deputies working countless hours during our many Northshore parades.

If you are interested in becoming a part of our top-notch Reserve Division, you can apply online or call our Human Resources Department at (985) 726-7700 for more information.

We are also actively hiring for full-time positions in our Patrol, Corrections and Communications Divisions. Our employees are our greatest asset, and we continue our e�orts to recruit and retain quality employees by providing competitive pay, excellent benefits and opportunities for advancement.

Becoming a corrections deputy or a dispatcher is a great way to start out in law enforcement. These are both challenging and rewarding jobs with the potential for future growth through advancement in those divisions or transfers to a position in patrol or investigations.

If you or someone you know is interested, please visit www.stpso.com/job-opportunities<http:// www.stpso.com/job-opportunities> and fill out an online application.

I wish you all a safe and happy Mardi Gras season and encourage each of you to watch for our deputies along the parade routes and thank them for the job they are doing to maintain a safe environment for our families to enjoy the Carnival season.

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A comedy about white trash! The author of Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?) brings you a comedy that was nominated for over 30 awards during its long run in Los Angeles. When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas.

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KINKY BOOTS has inspired audiences across the globe, showing everyone we can change the world when we change our minds. This uplifting sensation features a Tony® and Grammy®-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. Filled with glitter, glam and a whole lot of sole, KINKY BOOTS is a reminder to CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE TRIUMPHANTLY!

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Walk- On’s Sports Bistreaux

SHOPPING

Antiques

Art and Antiques on First

Baby/ Children’s Store

Bayou Kids

Bakery

Sugar Love Bakery

Bridal Boutique

James and B Bridal House

Car Dealership

Toyota of Slidell

Cheese at Cheese Chick

Charcuterie

Bayou Boards by Jenn

Consignment

Lulu’s Almost New

Garden Center

Bantins

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CBD

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Florist

Petals and Stems

Flooring

Darby’s Furniture

American Furniture of Slidell

Hardware Store

Ace Ponchartrain

Home Décor

Southern Farmhouse

Jewelry

Salles

Lighting

ABC Lighting

Meat

Armonds

Pharmacy

Finnan’s Family

Sporting Goods

Sportsman’s Warehouse

Supermarket Rouses Supermarket

Tires

Tire Town

Wine

Acquistapace’s Wine

Warehouse

Woman’s Boutique

Cody Kate

Women’s Shoes

Cody Kate

SERVICES

Acting School Slidell Little eater

Air Conditioning Service and Repair

AirDat

Car Wash

Crown Carwash

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European Wax Center

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Divine Nails

Karate

Premier Takwando

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MAC Electric

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Pure Salon and Esthetics

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TOWN PARADE TIME FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3RD Slidell Mystic Krewe of Titans 6:30 pm SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4TH Slidell Krewe of Poseidon 6:00pm Slidell Krewe of Bilge Noon SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5TH Slidell Krewe of Antheia 1:00pm Pearl River Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club 1:00pm FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10TH Hammond Krewe of Omega 6:30pm Mandeville Krewe of Eve 7:00pm SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11TH Slidell Krewe de Paws 10:00am Abita Krewe of Push Mow 12:00am Madisonville Krewe of Tchefuncte 1:00pm Covington Krewe of Olympia 6:00pm SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12TH Slidell Krewe of Dionysus 1:00pm FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17TH Slidell Krewe of Selene 6:30pm SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18TH Bush Krewe of Bush 9:00am Bogalusa Magic City Carnival Ass. 1:00pm MARDI GRAS DAY FEB 21ST Covington Covington Lions Parade 10:00am Covington Krewe of Covington follows Covington Folsom Krewe of Folsom 2:00pm SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25TH Mandeville Krewe Du Pooch Parade 12:00am SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26TH Covington Krewe of Mardi Paws 2:00pm LOOK FOR THE LAKE 94.7 CUBE ON THE PARADE ROUTES! ALL PARADES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

e Next Chapter In WASTE MANAGEMENT

William Strain/Stranco

William Strain is a St. Tammany Parish native, born in 1997 to a family that demonstrated and instilled in him a strong work ethic that continues to motivate him to this day. William graduated from St. Paul’s High School in 2015 and went on to graduate from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette with a B.S.B.A. degree in Business Management with a minor in Finance.

William returned to St. Tammany in 2020 to join his family business, Stranco Waste Management, as a sales and transportation manager, and has developed the necessary skills to lead his team to success. Even though William started working during the pandemic, which was a challenging period for many companies, his education, mindfulness and perseverance helped Stranco, an essential business, remain on top.

William has led his team to a 35% growth in sales and a 20% reduction in expenses. Because of this, he has become an integral part of the company’s growth and profitability, and he was recently recognized as one of Northshore Media’s 2022 Forty under 40.

About Stranco

Since 1998, Stranco Waste Management Company, a permitted and DEQ compliant, one-of-a-kind solid waste transfer station, has been e�ectively helping businesses and residents in St. Tammany Parish dispose of solid waste, including household garbage, construction and demolition debris and other non-hazardous trash.

Stranco added a second, more modern transfer station facility to meet the growing needs of St. Tammany’s garbage disposal, and has also taken over the operation of a transfer station facility in New Iberia. All of their facilities are equipped to handle large amounts of garbage as it is transported from businesses and homes to transfer stations and, ultimately, to the appropriated state-certified landfills. In recent years, Stranco Solid Waste has expanded to include a roll-o� division and a frontload division, allowing them to provide their customers with even more ways to dispose of their non-hazardous garbage and trash,

Stranco goes above and beyond to guarantee that its solid waste transfer stations are properly operated to ensure cost-e�ective solutions and e�ciency, resulting in monetary and environmental savings for the communities. The goal is to reduce transportation cost, labor, fuel, air emissions, energy use and vehicle maintenance.

Stranco Solid Waste has been in business since 1998 and will soon be celebrating its 25th anniversary. With William Strain’s leadership, customer service skills, management training and other abilities, Stranco hopes to have a long and profitable future.

From a photoshoot by Joel Treadwell at the Children’s Museum of St Tammany, features in Tangi Lifestyles and EDGE of the Lake to a reception held at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum hosted by Tangipahoa and St Tammany Chambers we celebrated Northshore Media Group’s Forty Under 40. Congratulations again to all the 2022 Forty under 40!

T C H E F U N C T E S . C O M

2023 Readers’ Choice Winners

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Times Bar and Grill

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Rusty Pelican

Catering

Lake House

Chacuterie

Cured on Columbia

Chicken

WOW American Eats

Co ee Shop

Abita Roasting

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Tchefuncte’s Restaurant

Dining with a View

Tchefuncte’s Restaurant

Donuts

Peace, Love & Little Donuts

Fine Dining

Gallaghers 527

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Creole Tomateux

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FOOD TRUCK

Creole Tomateaux 2022 Orleans St., Mandeville 985.951.2650

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Carpool Catering

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Pardo’s

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Tea

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Anesthesiologist

Heather Stockes, M.D.

Anti- Aging Specialist

Timeless Rx

Audiologist

J.J. Martinez, AuD

Cardiologist

Farhad Aduli, M.D.

Chiropractor

Melissa Ho man, D.C.

Cosmetic Surgeon

Benjamin Boudreaux, M.D.

Dentist

Randall Foto, DDS

Dermatologist

Benson Robert, M.D.

Eye Doctor

Katie Wonch, O.D.

Family Practitioner

Devan Szcepanski, M.D.

Fertility Doctor

Peter Lu, M.D.

Gastroenterologist

Steven Guarisco, M.D.

Holistic Doctor/ Practitioner

Pam Egan, DNP

Home Health

St Tammany Health Systems, Home Health

Hospice

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Hospital

St Tammany Health Systems

Internal Medicine

Ashley Ingolia, M.D.

Medical Spa

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Rex Houser, M.D.

Nurse Practitioner

Pam Egan, DNP

OB/GYN

Craig Landwehr, M.D.

OccupationalTherapist

Missy Hymel G.T.

Oncologist

Jay Saux, M.D.

Oral Surgeon

Ben Almerico

Orthodontist

Amy Sawyer, D.D.S.

Orthopedist

Jason Rudd, M.D.

Pain Doctor

Ronald Sequra, M.D.

Pediatric Dentist

Todd Brausell , D.D.S.

Pediatrician

Joshua LeBlanc, M.D.

Phlebologist (Vein)

Randall Jule ,M.D .

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Psychiatrist

Gordon Blundell, M.D.

Psychotherapist

Melinda Ensley, N.C.C.

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Liza Ledet, M.D.V.

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Northshore Academy of Dance

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Bed and Breakfast

Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast

Children’s Playground

Koop Drive

Fitness Studio

Evolve Studio

Golf Course

Money Hill

Health Club

Franco’s

Indoor Sports Facility

Skal Axe rowing

Karate Studio

Covington Karate

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Global Wildlife

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Abita Roasting

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Live Music Venue

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Martini

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Rock N Blues

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Chimes

Wine Bar

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Bakery

Mandeville Bakery

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Abita Lumber Company

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EDGE OF THE LAKE • 69170 HWY 190. SUITE 1 • COVINGTON, LA 70433 • PHONE WINE BAR St. Ann Wine Bar 22 St. Ann Drive, Suite 2, Mandeville 985.778.0505 stannwinebar.com EDGE OF THE LAKE • 69170 HWY 190. SUITE 1 • COVINGTON, LA 70433 • PHONE A ttac hed is a proof of y our ad that will run in the Febr uar y / Mar c h is s ue of E DGE of the Lake magaz run as is unless we r ec eive changes by ( 1 1 0 2 0 2 3 ) a t 5 : 0 0 P M . P lease m ak e any c hanges or approve GIFTS Southern Avenue 70488 Hwy. 21, Covington 985.871.1466 shopsouthernavenue.com A ttac hed is a proof of y our ad that will run in the Febr uar y / Mar c h is s ue of E DGE of the Lake magaz run as is unless we r ec eive changes by ( 1 1 0 2 0 2 3 ) a t 5 : 0 0 P M . P lease m ak e any c hanges or approve CATERING The Lakehouse Restaurant 2025 Lakeshore Dr., Mandeville 985.626.3006 lakehousecuisine.com
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EDGE February |March 2023 055 Experience the Holidays In Old Mandeville experiencemandeville.org (985) 624 - 3147 Register at KreweduPooch.org Krewe of Eve Parade Friday, February 10 - 7:00 p.m. Krewe du Pooch Parade and Costume Contest Theme: The Great Gatsby Trailhead Community Market Every Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Mandeville Trailhead 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free Friday Concerts Mande Gras Fridays March - May Mandeville Live! Saturday, February 25 - 12:00 p.m. Mandeville Lakefront 985.624.8655 | GEAUXTITLE.COM | 505 GIROD ST., MANDEVILLE Thanks For Voting Us BEST TITLE COMPANY Katie & Allan Beaucoudray • Residential and Commercial Real Estate Closings • 1031 Exchange Transactions • Title Abstracts • Lien Searches • Wills • Successions • Power of Attorneys • Act of Donations Thanks... for voting us BEST FLOORING!
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EDGE February |March 2023 057 COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR 4376 Highway 22 | MANDEVILLE, LA | 985.951.2346 Jeff and Crista Madison owners, with Family • A clean, comfortable waiting area • Free Wi-Fi • Complimentary beverages • Access to our free shuttle service • Our courtesy inspection to ensure the health of your car • Our 3-year/36,000-mile Nice Difference Warranty Reader’s Choice Winners 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 habaneroscuisine.com THANK YOU FOR VOTING FAVORITE MEXICAN RESTAURANT SLIDELL LOCATION NOW OPEN! 1938 La. 22, Madisonville 1331 N. Hwy. 190, Covington 69305 La. 21, Suite 600, Covington 1752 Lindberg Dr., Slidell METAIRIE LOCATION OPENING SPRING OF 2023
189 Greenbriar Blvd, Ste. A, Covington, LA 70433 (985) 892-5942 office@toddbrasuelldds.com www.toddbrasuelldds.com Tyler R. Mesa, DDS Todd S. Brasuell, DDS Thank you for voting us Best Pediatric Dentist! @drbrasuell @toddbrasuelldds FAVORITE HOME DECOR STORE Thanks! for voting NICHE your . . . www.nichemodernhome.com MANDEVILLE 1901 Hwy 190 • 985-624-4045 NOW IN COVINGTON 70380 Highway 21 • 985-234-9858

Men’s Clothing

Jos. A. Banks

Men’s Shoes

Joes

Outdoor Living –

Outdoor Living Center

Pharmacy

C and C Drugs

RV Dealership

Great American

Seafood

Mandeville Seafood

Sporting Goods

Marsh and Bayou

Sunglasses

Sunglass Hut

Supermarket

Rouses Supermarket

Swimsuit

Bora Bora

T’ween Boutique

Blossom Girl

Teen Boutique

Columbia Street Mercantile

Tires

Tire World

Wine

Acquistapaces

Woman’s Boutique

Cameo

Woman’s Shoes

Shoe e

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Acting School

Creating U

Air Conditioning Service and Repair

One Hour A/C

Architect Firm Commercial

Greenleaf

Architect Firm Residential

Mike Piazza

Barber

Northshore Men’s

Builder Premier Car Wash

Pelican Pointe

Cooking Classes

Culinary Kids

Credit Union

Keesler Federal Credit Union

Day Spa

O Spa

DJ

Rockit

Dry Cleaner

Shelby’s

Electrician Turtle

Elementary School (Private)

Cedarwood

Elementary School (Public)

Ponchartrain Elementary

Emergency Restoration Servpro

Eye Lash Gray & Graham

Financial Institution

Heritage

Funeral Home

EJ Fielding

Hair Color

Dixie Leblanc

Hair Removal

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EDGE February 060 being extraordinary is our ordinary. Thank you for making us your favorite credit union! Keesler Federal Credit Union is proud to be selected Readers’ Choice Awards for favorite credit union on both sides of the Parish. New Orleans | Metairie | Slidell | Covington | Mandeville 1-888-KEESLER kfcu.org Federally insured by NCUA. Membership eligibility required. Randall L. Foto, DDS / 645 B Lotus Dr. N, Mandeville, LA 70471 / 985.626.4447 / mandevilledentistry.com • Most dental services provided without the need for referral • Implants, Dentures, Root Canals, Crowns, Etc. • Sleep Apnea Treatment (for CPAP intolerant patients) • 29 years serving the Northshore Thank you for voting us your FAVORITE DENTIST!
Thank You for voting Pardo’s BEST SERVICE AND MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT! 5280 Highway 22, Mandeville 985.893.3603 Voted best service 4 years in a row and most romantic twice. LUNCH Thursday and Fridays DINNER Tuesday through Saturday r Celebrating 10 Years!

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Kent Jacob Salon

High School (Private)

St. Paul’s School

High School (Public)

Mandeville High School

Home Organizing

Clancy’s Closets

Home School

A+ Help

Home Security

LA Alarms

HOME eater

Complete Home Entertainment

Karate

JFK

Kids Hair Cut

Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids

Kids’ Party Venue

Altitude Trampoline Park

Landscape Services

Smoketree

Limo

Royal Coach

Mani Pedi Spa

Polish’d

Mechanic Shop

Christian Brothers

Mandeville

Med Spa

ReDiscover Aesthetics

Mortgage Company

NOLA Lending

Movers

Atmosphere

Movie eater

Movie Tavern

Music School

Northlake Academy of Music

Pet Boarding

Camp Bow Wow

Pet Grooming

Ponga’s Pet Palace

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Kindahaus Montessori

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Speedway

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Lake 94.7

Real Estate Company

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Senior Living Facility

Christwood Retirement

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Storage

Liberty

Summer Camps

Franco’s

Swimming Pool Design

Aquarius

Tanning Spa

Planet Beach Mandeville

Title Company

Geaux Title

Trash Pick-up

Keys

Tree Services

Ziegler

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Rapid Urgent Care

Used Cars

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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.

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.

As SOUTHERN AVENUE begins 2023 we have some exciting news to share. With our goals, dreams, and the mission of the store in mind, we are thrilled to announce the transition of our brand to …

THE SOUTHERN CURATOR !

For the past 12 years we have forged relationships with a diverse & talented group of Southern Artists. With this brand evolution, we are excited to expand our reach in the world by growing our online presence, in-house collections, and more!

Thank you all for your support as we head into this grand new adventure!

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.

Written by Dr. JJ Martinez

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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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Up Your Small Business Game by Sponsoring the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow

Lacy Landrum, Chairperson of the 2023 Airshow, recently addressed the opportunity for local small businesses to add sponsorship of the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow to their advertising budgets for 2023.

The Airshow will be held October 21-22, 2023. This year, sponsors can attend a special night show included with their sponsorship. Learn how becoming a small business sponsor o�ers next-level fun and entertainment.

NIGHT SHOW FEAST AND FUN

Landrum stressed that sponsorship packages are available in a range of pricing options that make it possible for even small businesses to enhance their community presence. The 2023 sponsors get close-up views of the airplanes and a chance to interact with the pilots after watching the show from front-row seats.

Small business sponsorship packages begin at the $2,500 range. That reasonable price includes two tickets to the night show, plus six general admission tickets they can share with friends, family, or clients for the daytime Airshow events.

The $2,500 sponsorship tier also includes their business logo on the Airshow page and community announcements about their company’s sponsorship of one of the most unique outdoor events in the state.

The fun times only get better for small business sponsorships of $5,000. That donation includes a photo opportunity holding a large replica of your sponsorship check, your company’s logo posted on the Airshow website, access to the sponsor entrance, four tickets to the night show, six tickets to the Sponsor Hangar for food and drinks for two days, four parking passes for two days, and 10 tickets to the general admission shows.

These sponsors can continue the fun at the after party held in the Sponsor’s Hangar. There, they can mingle and nosh on delicious food and libations. Another perk is the preferred parking access that brings them close to the action without having far to walk.

Small business sponsorships of $10,000 will receive all the benefits enjoyed by lower-tier sponsors, plus more business visibility during the sponsorship year.

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Their companies get listed on both the Airshow website and program, and there will be announcements of their business sponsorships made during the Airshow. This group also gets 10 tickets to the Sponsor Hangar for two days, six tickets to the night show, six parking passes for both days, and 20 general admission tickets good for either day of the Airshow.

More Sponsors Make a Better Airshow

Packages are structured to fit the goals of sponsoring companies. Employees are welcome to volunteer wearing shirts that enhance their business

presence. They can assist nonprofits operating food booths, volunteer at the gate as the initial contact for more than 40,000 visitors expected this year. Your employees can volunteer at the Kid Zone or choose other opportunities that align with your company’s values.

Interested in small business sponsorships at the Airshow? Call Melissa Bordelon with the Hammond Chamber of Commerce at (985) 3454457. You can also visit the Airshow website or contact Guy Recotta, Foundation chairman.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US! CONGRATULATIONS TO: Our Lady of the Angels Hospital Favorite Hospital Garland Anderson, MD Favorite Family Medicine Physician Maria Christina Buenaflor, MD Favorite OB/GYN and Fertility Physician Kenneth Civello, MD Favorite Cardiologist Steven Ogden, MD Favorite Internist Katie Queen, MD Favorite Pediatrician WASHINGTON PARISH READERS’ CHOICE FAVORITES
Brad LeBert, MD Favorite Allergist
WEST ST. TAMMANY READERS’ CHOICE FAVORITES
A PHYSICIAN OWNED ENTITY
Our Lady of the Lake Surgical Hospital Slidell Favorite Surgery Center EAST ST. TAMMANY READERS’ CHOICE FAVORITES

2023 Readers’ Choice Winners

RESTAURANTS

Asian Yamato’s

Bar Food

Time Out Bar & Grill

Bakery

Jacky’s Cake Shop

Barbecue Nothing But e Smoke

Breakfast e Golden Pear

Brunch e Golden Pear

Catering e Golden Pear

Dessert e Golden Pear

Burger Coache’s Po-Boys

Co ee Shop

Red Brick

Pizza

PizzaPete’s

Po Boys

Zeto’s of Bogalusa

Hot Dogs

Zestos of Bogalusa

Chicken Long Branch Café

Vietamese Pho 102 Vietnamese Food

Casual Dining e Golden Pear

Italian Napoli’s Italian Restaurant

Mexican Maria’s Po-Boy

Coache’s Po-Boys

Salad Café

Bouchee

Seafood

Warner’s Fish House

Steak

Ramie’s

Snowball

Sunshine Snowballs

Soup

e Golden Pear

Sushi

Akita

Pizza

New Uncle’s

Hole in the Wall

Warner’s Fish House

PEOPLE

Artist

Craig McMillion

Attorney

Chase Anderson

Builder

Tommy Wascom

Professional Builders

Make Up

Caitlyn Mitchell

Rebel Hair Salon

High School Coach

John Lambert

CPA

Walter Buddy Adams

Insurance Agent

Chris Workmen

Bar Tender

Kelton Hurst

Travel Agent

Wendy Phelps

Personal Trainer

Ross Lambert

Photographer

Bert Burr

Real Estate Agent

Charlotte Johnson

Tattoo Artist

Troy Carney

Teacher

Bridgette Knight

MEDICAL

Dentist

Mitou LeMaire D.D.S

Hospital

Our Lady of the Angels

OB/GYN

Mara Buena or, M.D.

Allergist

Brad LeBert, EMT

Cardioologist

Kenny Civello, M.D.

Doctor

Garland Anderson, M.D.

Fertility

Mara Buena or, M.D.

Pediatrician

Katie Queen, M.D.

Physical erapist

Bryn Blackwell, P.T

Hospice

Southeast

Med Spa

Bluu RX Solutions

Homehealth

Southeast

Optometrist

Marc Hautot, O.D.

Internist

Steven Ogden, M.D.

Urgent Care

Rapid Urgent Care

Veterinarian

Elizabeth Penton, DVM

ALL THINGS

ARTY

Art Classes

Summer Stewart

Art Gallery

Riverstone Gallery

eater Group

Franklinton Community eater

Photographer

Always & Forever

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SPORTS AND LEISURE

Fitness Studio

HL Brownstone Fitness

Golf Course

Bogalusa Country Club

Museum e Museum of Native

American Culture

Place to Run/Walk

Cassidy Park

Public Park

Bogue Chitto State Park

Swim Club

Bogalusa YMCA

Tourist Attraction

Bogue Chitto Tubing Center

NIGHTLIFE

Daiquiri

Pumping Station

Happy Hour

Bogalusa Country Club

Margarita

Maria’s Mexican

Martini

Yoyo’s Bar & Grill

Sports Bar

Time Out Bar & Grill

SHOPPING

Antiques

Simmons Flea Market

Bakery

Cinnamon Tree

Bargain Shopping

Dirt Cheap

Bridal

Tricia’s Bridal Boutique

Car Dealership

Atlas – Chevrolet/Buick

Children’s Clothing

Little Feet Boutique

Florist

Busy Bees

Furniture

Carney’s Furniture and Appliance

Garden Center

McMillan’s Nursery & Gi s

Gi s

McMillan’s Nursery & Gi s

Hardware Store

Barbers Hardware & Repair

Jewelry

Tyler Ross Jewelry

Lumber

Bogalusa Lumber

Meat Main Street Grocery & Market

Pharmacy

Rocky’s Pharmacy

Signs

Sharps Signs

Supermarket Main Street

Teen Boutique Wild Bu Boutique

Tires

Triana Discount Tire & Auto

Wine e Pumping Station

Woman’s Boutique Fancy Fig Boutique

SERVICES

Air Conditioning Service and Repair

Carney’s Furniture and Appliance

Dance Studio

Magic Moments Dance

Dry Cleaner

Parish Dry Cleaners & Laundry

Elementary School (Private) Annunciation Catholic School

Financial Institution

Lee Finance

Hair Salon

Calamity yme

High School

Franklinton High School

Insurance

Bill Mc Gehee Insurance

Kids Party Venue

Bogalusa County Club

Mani Pedi Spa

Magic Nails

Pet Boarding

Bella’s Paws Spa

Pet Grooming

Bella’s Paws Spa

Printer/Copier Service Delta Printing

Private Elementary

Bowling Green Elementary

Private High School

Bowling Green Elementary

Radio Station Highway 104.7

Real Estate Garr Real Estate

Roofer

Rocket

Summer Camps Believe Wedding Venue e Louisiana Castle

Yoga Riverstone Gallery

Chase R Anderson, Attorney At Law 981 Cleveland St., Franklinton 985.839.5757 chaseandersonlaw.com

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Choice Awards in Tangipahoa go to tangilifestyles.com

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COMMUNITY LEADERS

In the Spring of 1993, I was honored to sit on the inaugural board of Leadership St. Tammany. Since then, I have served as the Recruitment Committee, Chairperson of the Board and as its Program Director. Spring of 2023 marks the start of my 30th year with the program. That’s pretty cool.

Leadership St. Tammany was spawned from the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, led by then Executive Director Diane Winston, Ed Dillard and JoAnne Gallinghouse. That first class consisted of 20 members. Eventually class sizes grew to 25, then 30 and now 30-plus per year. Over 700 individuals have graduated from the program.

Classes are made up of adults from various professions; business, volunteers, community activism, law enforcement, attorneys, service organizations, artists, teachers, education administration, governmental employees, non-profits and elected o�cials. Participants come from all walks of life, range in age from 25 to 75 and live throughout the Parish. Completely di�erent folks, they have one thing in common: They wish to make St. Tammany Parish a better place. They often do not even agree on what that means.

We begin in August with a two-night retreat. Then, one day per month, we learn, question and explore each of the di�erent systems that comprise our lives; social services, community activism, local, parish and state government, infrastructure (or lack thereof), economic development, quality of life, law enforcement, judiciary, culture, art and history. We visit and meet with the leaders of each of these systems. How can we make what’s good better and what’s bad good?

To learn more about the program, its graduates, the application process (deadline for Class of 2024 is April 30th), the cost and the commitment, check out leadersttammany.org. Sidenote: The number of excellent applications exceeds the number of slots each year. Selection criteria includes building a class diverse in background … which enriches the discussions. It is not unusual to apply 2 or 3 times before finding your “right” class.

We are pleased to announce the City of Mandeville is now rated as a CLASS 5 CRS (Community Rating System) Community. We are particularly excited about being the first City in Louisiana to achieve this, especially in light of rising Flood Insurance Premiums. Most properties will be eligible for a total 25% CRS discount. Residents will see this discount on qualified renewals and new flood insurance policies on or after October 1, 2023. Each property owner should contact their insurance company for their specific rate.

The City of Mandeville has many events coming up including:

• Eve Parade – Friday, February 10, 2023; 7:00 pm

• Krewe du Pooch – Saturday, February 25, 2023; 12:00 p.m. (dog parade, vendors, concert, food trucks)

• Mandeville Live! Free Friday series – Fridays beginning March 24, 2023 (Mandeville Trailhead 6:30pm – 8:30pm)

• Easter at the Market – Saturday, April 1st (Pictures with the Easter Bunny, free face painting, chocolate, petting zoo & more)

I am honored to serve as the Mayor of Mandeville and remain very truly yours.

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Mark Johnson City of Covington Mayor Clay Madden City of Mandeville Mayor

ANATOMY

of a Coroner’s Office

WWW.STPCORONER.ORG

The 2010s were not a banner decade for St. Tammany Parish. Considered relatively squeaky clean compared to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, it suddenly seemed rife with corruption after various misdeeds led to the convictions of several high-ranking elected officials, including a district attorney, sheriff, former mayor and even the coroner.

Wait, the coroner? It makes perfect sense, actually. What better place to conduct a little thievery than in the mysterious, shadowy world of the Coroner’s Office? What even goes on in that place, other than autopsies?

I got my chance to find out when our current St. Tammany Parish Coroner, Dr. Charles Preston, graciously agreed to chat with me and take me on a tour of the facility.

Before I share what I learned, it’s important to get to know the man who took over the office in 2014. A quick perusal of Dr. Preston’s resume reveals a substantial career in both clinical and academic settings. In addition to working as a physician at various local hospitals, he was an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at LSU, and still found time to get published in a slew of medical journals. He also owns an urgent care facility in Slidell. So, he certainly looks great on paper, but what about the actual man?

I’m not going to lie. All my previous knowledge of the coroner profession came from my fascination with true and fictional crime. Thanks to Law & Order, Tana French novels and yes, even some trashy television documentaries, I accepted the stereotype of coroners as scrappy, emotionally detached, tightly wound, vaguely egotistical lone wolves who hate when interlopers dare to invade their morbid sanctuaries.

I’m pleased to report that not a bit of that caricature applies to Dr. Preston. Not only is he friendly, relaxed, open and modest, he also spent three hours letting me pick his brain and poke around the facility. (He also indulgently fielded a few questions about the misdeeds of his predecessor and a contentious, on-going legal tug-of-war between his office and Parish Government, but those are topics for another day.)

Dr. Preston was all set to retire when a friend talked him into running for this office in the midst of a big scandal. Was damage control the first order of business?

“The notion that there was corruption from top to bottom was just not the case. I inherited something that was fundamentally sound and already had some good talent.” That being said, he admitted, ”When I first came in, I set out to throw the doors open and show transparency. I also wanted to let citizens know this office isn’t just about death.”

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It’s a bit shocking to learn that Louisiana is one of only four states that require coroners to be physicians, unless of course, no physicians are willing to run for the office. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that a Coroner’s Office could ostensibly be run by a dry cleaner or hairstylist. Or perhaps even a writer who was, at best, a solid-C biology student.

Many coroners in the state work only part-time and they stick to the mandates, but I quickly learned that Dr. Preston and his staff have gone above and beyond to reshape St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office (STPCO) into a vastly different place, where fiscal responsibility, efficiency and community outreach play enormous roles.

When I emerged from the building after my extensive visit, my brain was totally addled. How in the world was I going to tackle and coherently share the volumes of information I’d received? I decided to use STPCO’s motto, “Science, Service, Compassion” as a means to, well, dissect the office and sort and label all the bits and pieces I’d collected (not unlike their so-called “gumbo room,” which stores rows and rows of highly organized jars of organ and tissue samples.). Before my visit, I’d taken those three words to mean that they serve the community by using science to investigate deaths, and that they treat the bodies and families with compassionate respect. While all of that is true, there’s way more to it.

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THE SCIENCE

In my estimation, science represents the brain of this entity. It’s not the brain’s job to feel or emote, it’s simply to think and calculate and come up with logical, impartial conclusions that are admissible in a court of law.

It goes without saying that science is the key component in performing autopsies, as well as analyzing evidence collected from a death or crime scene. STPCO had both in-house DNA and toxicology labs when Dr. Preston took over, but he made some major changes. He discovered it would save an inordinate amount of time and money to outsource toxicology, but the DNA lab was another story.

Prior to the DNA lab’s construction 10 years ago, this sort of testing was handled by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab in Baton Rouge, which continually struggles with a staggering 18-month backlog. The vast majority of Louisiana parishes still rely on the state lab because they don’t have their own DNA lab, but thanks to a voter-approved millage that passed back in 2004, STPCO has the means to process DNA in a fraction of the time.

Dr. Preston wound up hiring additional analysts and technicians to completely eliminate any backlog. Why is this a priority?

“DNA cuts both ways,” Dr. Preston explained. “If you’re guilty, it’s going to be really hard to argue about it. But if you’re innocent, it’s going to exonerate you. If you’re in jail for something you didn’t do, do you want to sit there for two or three days, or 18-24 months? It’s not just that person, but the entire family that’s affected.”

It’s also a deterrent for criminals who consider traveling here from elsewhere and it cuts down on how many cases go to trial. When faced with damning, almost-instantaneous DNA evidence, most guilty defendants just opt to go ahead and plead guilty. This saves the parish the expense of a lengthy trial, saves prospective jurors time and hassle, and of course, it spares survivors and families the agony of having to relive a nightmare.

A real-life example of the value of such a resource dates back 20 years. Due to the serious backlog at the state DNA lab, identification of serial killer Derrick Todd Lee was significantly delayed, allowing him more time to terrorize Baton Rouge and claim additional victims. But it’s not just about catching bad guys and exonerating good guys. It took STPCO only 26 hours to identify the victims of a double homicide in Covington last fall. The bodies had been burned beyond recognition, so the quick identification of the individuals saved their families the additional torment of prolonged uncertainty.

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Having both our own DNA lab and a lower number of murders and rapes than the bigger parishes also frees up human and scientific resources to investigate property damage and theft. Try asking Orleans parish to scour your car for the genetic material of the perpetrator who busted out your car window and stole your laptop.

THE SERVICE

To me, service is the skeletal system of the office. It’s the basic, no-frills, mechanical foundation upon which everything else is built. What’s the job and who’s going to do it?

First, the who. In addition to Dr. Preston, the staff is composed of a deputy coroner, forensic pathologists, certified death investigators, morgue technicians, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), DNA analysts, administrative staff, a chaplain corps and even some lovable canine ambassadors, who spread good will in the community and moral support in the office.

As for the job, Louisiana law states that the coroner “shall either view the body or make an investigation into the cause and manner of death” in cases involving suspicious, unexpected or unusual deaths. Among other things, the Coroner’s Office’s team of trained investigators are charged

with freezing the scene, then ascertaining the circumstances, cause and manner of death, and working with local law enforcement and forensic pathologists, who decide if additional exams or autopsies are necessary.They also have to find and notify the next of kin.

It may come as a surprise, as it did to me, that the coroner’s jurisdiction also involves mental health and sexual assault. The office’s mental health division deals with mentally ill individuals that may be a danger to themselves or others, and connects them with the appropriate experts. The team is made up of a full-time mental health director, who’s a trained psychiatrist, plus contract psychiatrists, an outreach coordinator and investigators. This division helps to evaluate mental health emergencies and begin the Order of Protective Custody process, when necessary. Dr. Preston made changes to this process, too.

“When a doctor from this office goes to evaluate a patient in crisis, that doctor is a psychiatrist. When I took office in 2014, there was one psychiatrist, and she saw all the patients on the west side of the parish. A forensic pathologist and a retired orthopedist used to see everyone on the east side of the parish.” Yikes.

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Where sexual assault is concerned, Louisiana law requires the coroner or a designee to perform the forensic medical examinations of all alleged victims. The St. Tammany Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) team has been designated the lead entity our region, which also includes Washington, Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Helena Parishes (hospitals in these other parishes pay STPCO for SANE services). They travel to the hospital with a patient advocate to meet the victim, unlike in other parishes where victims are often sent to a designated hospital where busy, distracted hospital staff struggle to find time to perform sexual assault examinations in between treating patients in life-or-death situations.

“When I was working in the emergency department, I was trying to balance heart attacks, gunshot wounds and car accidents,” Dr. Preston explained. “Sexual assault was not my top priority. It would be a 10 to 15-minute exam. These SANE nurses are focused on this one patient and they bring a very high level of expertise. They collect and turn over all evidence we think is probative, Plus, they’re qualified as experts to testify in court. So, they can take the patient from the moment of the examination all the way to court.”

THE COMPASSION

While the STPCO is exceptionally respectful of the dead and their families, including draping American flags over military veterans while they’re housed in the facility and raising money to build a dignified mausoleum for unclaimed human remains, the compassion goes much deeper. It speaks to the heart of this office that they continually go way above and beyond the legal mandates by creating multiple proactive community outreach and education programs, many of which are hosted in the facility’s media room. These “life safety initiatives,” designed to prevent tragedy, address issues like swimming pool safety, burn prevention, infant sleep safety, shaken baby syndrome, the opioid crisis, human trafficking, carbon monoxide poisoning and teen drug and sexual awareness.

Suicide prevention is especially important to Dr. Preston, not only because a lack of state funding for suicide prevention is a key factor in Louisiana’s growing suicide rates, but because he lost two brothers this way. While the office regularly collaborates with all sorts of local non-profits, it maintains a close working relationship with the St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of

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Suicide (STOPS) program by hosting suicide prevention education classes for the public and first responders in their community meeting room, plus instructors on staff volunteer to help teach suicide intervention and prevention to teenagers. They also work directly with the Local Outreach to the Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Team to get traumatized survivors access to counseling and mental health services.

In addition to all of that, the office recently co-sponsored an unprecedented live and virtual suicide symposium that allowed mental health professionals to share ideas and information which will be used to create a huge online database of resources for both agencies and the public.

In another example of non-mandated compassion, Dr. Preston was not content to employ a single, part-time chaplain to counsel traumatized families and survivors, He decided to recruit a diverse group of volunteers to represent various faiths. Trained in Critical Incident Stress Management, a member of this corps is on-call 24/7 to attend death scenes in each side of the parish when requested by the family or an investigator. They can also guide family members to a safe place while investigators perform necessary postmortem tasks.

Is your head spinning? This office is not only responsible for more than I ever knew, but Dr. Preston accepted the challenge of rehabbing its tarnished image and used it as an opportunity to enhance and expand its purpose and reach.

He summed up STPCO’s mission thusly, “We are making a very concerted effort to educate the public that we’re not just about death investigation. We’re all these other things, too. I think we’re the best Coroner’s Office in the entire state, and frankly that’s because we’re supported by a millage. And we want everyone to benefit from it in every possible way.”

I was tempted to keep the anatomy and dissection metaphors going by referring to my summation as autopsy results or a post-mortem, but the STPCO is way too much of a living, breathing entity to imply otherwise. I also wanted to be sure this didn’t come across as some sort of political endorsement, as Dr. Preston holds an elected office, but it’s really hard to sing the praises of this extraordinary office without giving credit to the man who’s converted it. If you ask him, he’ll demur and call it a collaborative effort. This is certainly true, but to me this kind of transformation and collaboration can only happen when leadership is focused on integrity and compassion.

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Just a few weeks into the new year, and good things are already happening here in Tangipahoa!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve announced an incoming industry, a major road expansion, and our team is currently gearing up to welcome high school athletes from around the state to compete in the LHSAA Championships. These improvements do not happen easily. Each of these projects represents partnerships between our parish leadership and other community agencies. Together we are making a di�erence in the lives of our residents!

Tangipahoa Parish is truly on the move! Each day, we are working diligently to help our residents and businesses enjoy an even greater quality of life. In 2023, look for improved tra�c patterns and roadway enhancements throughout the parish. We are excited to be building two new roadways—the first, a new access point to accommodate the many athletes and visitors at the Chappapeela Sports complex in Hammond. We are also mid-build on the long-sought expanded East Mulberry Street, which will alleviate congestion on LA 16 and provide muchneeded secondary access for visitors to the Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse.

These two projects are examples of the many city-parish and intergovernmental partnerships we employ in Tangipahoa Parish. Working together, we accomplish more for our people. It’s just one more reason why Tangipahoa is truly the best place to be.

I hope that everyone’s 2023 got o� to a good start and wish everyone a blessed new year. This past holiday season was a successful one for Slidell, filled with holiday cheer and plenty of family-friendly events for the community to enjoy.

As we enter carnival season, I would like to invite you, your family, and friends to come experience Mardi Gras in Slidell. Grab your lawn chairs, ice chests and king cakes and head on out to the parade route to enjoy all the parades rolling through Slidell:

Friday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. – Krewe of Titans (Friday date only for 2023)

Saturday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. – Krewe of Poseidon

Sunday, Feb. 5, 1 p.m. – Krewe of Antheia

Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. – Krewe De Paws

Sunday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m. – Krewe of Dionysus

Friday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. – Krewe of Selene

I am proud that so many families choose to celebrate Mardi Gras season here in Slidell. It’s great to see so many smiling faces of family, friends, and neighbors along the parade route. I ask that everyone be respectful and help us maintain the family-friendly environment that people enjoy in Slidell. 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.

For the complete parade schedule and more upcoming cultural events, 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.

Come enjoy the best that Slidell has to o�er during Mardi Gras season. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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COMMUNITY LEADERS

St. Tammany NOW

St.Tammany NOW is a curated collection of the latest economic development information and business and industry insight in our community provided by St. Tammany Corporation, the economic development organization for St. Tammany Parish. St. Tammany NOW highlights who and what makes the St. Tammany business community thrive and illustrates the opportunities to diversify and fortify our economy.

In this issue, we share an overview on St. Tammany’s population and demographic makeup using the most recent parish-level data from the U.S. Census. In a threepart series called “Who is St. Tammany?,” we go in-depth into demographic, workforce and migration, and income and family trends in order to better understand our economic and population landscape. This series is part of St. Tammany Corporation’s suite of economic research publications called The AnalyST. If you find the insights in this article interesting, be sure to check out the full series at StTammanyStats.com.

Understanding who we are as a community and how we are changing helps us recognize our opportunities, needs, strengths, and areas of focus. “Who is St. Tammany?” provides a deep dive into the numbers that tell our community’s story.

Most people know that the Census Bureau releases official population counts every ten years. In 2020, the release of data from the Census was significant for understanding which places in the U.S. have grown, which have shrunk, and where people are choosing to live and work.

This information is important because it helps us make decisions at the state and local levels about how many schools and daycare centers we need, how many hospital beds we need, where we should focus resources on building and updating roads and bridges, and other important decisions until the next full Census count.

Demographic and Population Trends

We learned from the 2020 Census that in 2020, St. Tammany Parish had about 265,000 residents and was the 4th fastest growing parish in the state. Only 3 other parishes saw a higher rate of growth than we did from 2010 to 2020.

In fact, these numbers show that from 2010 to 2020, St. Tammany added more than 30,000 new residents. That’s eight new residents every single day, or about 250 per month, for ten years. That’s also like adding an entire new city the size of Slidell to St. Tammany Parish in just a decade.

In 2022, the Census Bureau released a new data set, known as the Vintage 2021 Population Estimates, which showed how populations have shifted since the 2020 Census.

These new numbers showed that St. Tammany’s population is now estimated to be nearly 270,000, and we added about 4,500 new residents in just one year. That averages out to 12 new residents every single day in 2021, or about 340 new residents each month. Adding 4,500 new residents in St. Tammany is also comparable to adding two new towns the size of Abita Springs in a single year. No other parish in Louisiana added more new residents during 2021, and it isn’t particularly close.

One of the most significant demographics changes shown in this report is the dramatic increase in the over-65 population in St. Tammany. The population over 65 saw a 37.9% increase from 2010-2020. This age group went from representing 12.7% of the population in 2010 with 29,634 residents to 18.1% of the population in 2020 with 47,710 residents. As the majority of people in this population cohort are typically retired empty-nesters, these numbers, combined with total population growth numbers, show the importance in investing in entertainment and leisure activities, higherend retail options, and healthcare infrastructure.

Workforce and Migration Trends

The next report in our series asks the questions, “When people come to St. Tammany, where do they come from? When they leave, where do they go?” Each of these questions has two answers as we look at both workers and residents in our parish—two separate groups.

Identifying commuting patterns shows us where our workforce lives and where our residents work. Census data shows that every day, more than 47,000 St. Tammany residents leave the parish to work elsewhere, from New Orleans to Baton Rouge to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Conversely, more than 37,000 people commute into St. Tammany Parish to work, and over 51,000 people live

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and work in St. Tammany. The mean travel time for a St. Tammany worker, regardless of where they are going to work, is 30.9 minutes.

Now looking at those who recently moved homes, the majority of both inbound and outbound migration to St. Tammany is intraregional; essentially, the data shows that people already in Louisiana are remaining in the state even if they are moving around. The top locations that people move to St. Tammany from are Jefferson, Orleans, and Tangipahoa Parishes, as well as Pearl River County, Mississippi, while the top places that people leave St. Tammany to move to are Tangipahoa Parish, Pearl River County, Jefferson Parish, and East Baton Rouge Parish. Additionally, 86.3% of St. Tammany Parish residents were living in the same household as one year prior, according to 2020 census data.

Households

The final section of our three-part series provides insights into our residents’ income and poverty levels.

The 2020 Census American Community Survey reported the median household income in St. Tammany was $70,730, meaning half of households earn more and half earn less than that number. However, it’s important to note that the most common household income bracket is under $50,000, making up 36.2% of household earners. St. Tammany’s median income is 10% higher than the nation’s median household income and 40% higher than Louisiana’s median household income. Further, St. Tammany has the second highest median household income in the state, second to Ascension Parish’s median of $82,594.

St. Tammany has the lowest rate of those living in poverty when compared to state and national averages, and it ranks the second lowest of all parishes with a rate of 10%. This low rate continues the trend seen over the past three decades, although it is important to note that 26,239 of residents in our community are considered persons living in poverty.

The information shared in these reports is illuminating for a few reasons. It shows us what our parish looks like, how we compare to similar communities across the state and country, and what we could look like in the future.

In our state, only a handful of parishes did actually grow over the last decade, so it’s important to view our shifts as a positive. We live in a great place where people consistently want to live, and there are a lot of opportunities that come with that characteristic. Getting a fresh look at our demographic makeup also helps us move forward with strategic planning and prepare for more sustainable longterm growth.

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, and our data and research platform at StTammanyStats. com, where the three-part economic research series “Who is St. Tammany?,” along with other quarterly and periodic reports, can be found.

Elizabeth Lee is the lead staff contributor for this article.

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My turn: by Christina Favret

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In every issue, EDGE of the Lake invites a local chef or restaurateur to visit another eatery on the Northshore.

Christina Favret owns Roux 25, a farm-to-table gastropub located in downtown Folsom. Its everevolving, seasonal menu features craft cocktails and creative dishes that feature fresh ingredients from local farms.

Giddy Up is not your typical coffeehouse. I use their drive-through pretty regularly for convenience when I’m in a hurry, but it’s worth it to find the time to actually go inside. It’s rustic, yet sophisticated, like an Aspen lodge with its leather sofas and gorgeous millwork. It’s one of the prettiest spots in St. Tammany. And the beautiful outdoor patio area with its fire pit is amazing.

I typically choose black coffee or tea to drink, but they also offer all kinds of hot and cold chai and espresso drinks, plus smoothies. Their food menu includes a mix of soups and paninis, with clever twists on things, like their muffulini and reubeni. Everything they make is elevated by their use of fresh ingredients, but my favorites are their tomato, spinach and basil panini and the corn and crab bisque. The house-made bisque is super creamy with tons of flavor, and it rivals any fine dining restaurant.

I love this place and the owners. They’ve done an excellent job creating a focal point in downtown Folsom. In addition to the friendly staff and stunning, welcoming interior, they’ve created a real community atmosphere by hosting a farmers market and having live music in the paddock. It’s this kind of vibe that would make anyone fall in love with Folsom.

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Joel Treadwell, Fine Portraiture presenting checks to Ginger Kunkle with the Northshore Food Bank and Lira Casborne with the Miracle League Northshore. His “Headshots 4 Charity” promotion at the St. Tammany Business and Community Expo raised $1,150 with half going to each organization.

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Altitude Trampoline Park Ribbon Cutting Kazoku Asian Fusion Restaurant Ribboon Cutting Northshore Media Group gathered from Brookhaven, MS to Slidell, LA for their annual Holiday party in Hannond. The St.John Fools of Misrule announced the official start of the Northshore Carnival season with other Northshore Krewes and local dignateries at The Southern Hotel. Covington Bussiness Associtation donated the proceeds from the Covington Porch Fest to the CAC Hope House.

Acquistapace’s Wine and Cheese held their Wine and Cheese Gala at The Southern Hotel. Guests were treated a luscious array of cheese, wine and bourbon as well as meeting with cheese makers from around the country.

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