Edge of the Lake Magazine June | July 2024

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Summer is here! As we bid farewell to spring, we anticipate the long hot days ahead. Keeping cool is a must, not just for humans but for our beloved pets as well. This issue is all about our furry companions, with guidance on pet adoption, pet-friendly restaurants and recognizing the signs of overheating in pets.

If you are looking to escape the sweltering heat? Look no further than your local theaters, offering a diverse range of shows catering to all ages. From musicals to dramas and comedies to thrillers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Check out our guide, and indulge in a thrilling local theatrical experience.

With Father’s Day taking place in June, it’s the perfect time to shower all the men in our lives with love and attention. To help them look their best on this special occasion, we spoke to local stylist Sharon Bilbe to get her insider tips and recommendations on how to elevate their style game and stand out from the crowd.

Our Around the Lake section is filled with pictures from events that took place during the spring. We would love to see where our readers travel to this summer and encourage you to send us a photo to share in an upcoming issue. Don’t forget to take your copy of EDGE with you and email your photos to edgepublisher@yahoo.com

Happy Father’s Day!


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Where Creativity Meets Branding

Chad and Megan Romano have called the Northshore home for over twenty years. They moved to Hammond to attend Southeastern, fell in love with the area, and planted roots. The couple met in 2005, married in 2008, then shortly after started their business, Romano Promo. For Chad and Megan, it’s all about merch! From branded apparel and signage to promotional products, Romano Promo offers comprehensive branding solutions designed to elevate businesses’ brand visibility and achieve their marketing goals. Romano Promo has thrived on the principles of creativity, authenticity, and exceptional service. Megan and Chad know that building meaningful connections is key to sustainable growth. Megan gets great fulfillment in her role as creative director, as she stated, “I have the best job! It allows me to be creative, build relationships, and bring marketing joy to our clients. Plus, I get to work with my best friend and the best team!”

What is Branded Merch?

Branded merchandise, often referred to as "branded merch," encompasses a wide array of promotional products that are customized with a company's logo, slogan, or design. These items serve as tangible representations of any company’s brand and are typically distributed to clients and employees or used at events as part of marketing and branding strategies. Branded merch can include practically anything, such as apparel (t-shirts, hats, jackets), office essentials (pens, journals), drinkware (mugs, bottles, tumblers), tech accessories (speakers, mobile chargers), and much more. Essentially, any physical item that can be customized with a company’s branding falls under the umbrella of branded merch.

Why Does Branded Merch Work?

In a world inundated with marketing messages, it's crucial to stand out and create lasting connections with customers and potential customers. Enter branded merchandise and promotional products—the unsung heroes of marketing. Far from mere giveaways, these tangible items possess the power to forge emotional bonds with people, leaving impressions that endure long after the initial interaction. Think about the last time you received a promotional

product. Chances are, you remember the brand associated with it. That's the magic of branded merchandise—it leaves a lasting impression. By integrating a company logo and messaging into everyday items, repeated exposure of the company’s brand endures. Whether it's at home, in the office, or out in public, THAT LOGO becomes a familiar sight, solidifying the brand’s presence in the minds of consumers. Chad commented,

"Everyone loves merch!"

"We find cool merch that compliments a company’s brand, then add their logo to create something that people love and keep.”

Romano Promo prides itself on delivering personalized service to each client. Whether it’s a small startup or a large corporation, Chad, Megan, and their team work closely with every client to understand their unique needs, budget, and branding goals. Chad commented, “Our goal is to ensure our clients’ budget is spent with intention, on quality useful products.”

Their commitment to excellence hasn't gone unnoticed. Romano Promo was named "The Northshore’s Best” in 2020 for promotional materials and earned "Tangi Lifestyles Readers’ Choice” 2022 & 2023 for “Best Promotional Products” and “T-Shirts/Screen Printing.” These accolades are a testament to Megan and Chad's dedication to exceeding expectations and delivering results that resonate with their clients and their communities.

To learn more about Romano Promo, visit them online at romanopromo.com

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After the success of their inaugural Executive Business Forum, Northshore Media Group met back up with Tará Lopez, Southeastern Louisiana University’s Dean of the College of Business, for takeaways from the forum held on April 25 at Mandeville’s Castine Center with the support of catalyst sponsors First Guaranty Bank and Argent Financial.


Lopez couldn’t have been more pleased with the forum’s success, which connected and engaged 400+ business leaders and economic development partners on the Northshore who actively support all positive growth along the I-12 corridor in southeast Louisiana.


The lineup of speakers devoted time to the urgent needs of business and community leaders. The theme was “Talent, Technology and the Economy,” and the forum addressed some of the challenges facing those who operate businesses, work and live in the Northshore region.

Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance, Tim Temple, kicked off the forum as the morning keynote speaker with an issue at the top of the minds of many in the region. He addressed the state’s insurance crisis and its impact on business owners and residents alike.

Another issue at the forefront of business is Artificial Intelligence. Dr. John Burris, SLU’s Chief Information Officer, moderated a panel including Kristy Davis, the Global Director of Innovation and AI for The Channel Company, and Don Monistere, an SLU alumni and CEO & President at General Informatics which discussed the controversial topic of AI — how its implementation in the workplace affects businesses and addressing fears that it could replace jobs. They also talked about ways to develop plans for successfully integrating AI into local business models.


The St. Tammany Corporation sponsored speaker Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner of Economic Leadership, in Shallotte, North Carolina. He blended his national perspective with his work locally with LABI, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. He shared data and insights that are invaluable to business leaders in southeast Louisiana about the top challenges that must be addressed in the state to move it forward.


Speaker William Sims of Lightcast shared data about the future of talent and addressed the issue of how to identify, attract, hire and retain talented employees. His message was reinforced by the forum’s closing keynote speaker, the newly appointed Secretary of the Department of Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Susan Bonnett Bourgeois. She was the founder and former president of the Northshore Community Foundation. Her mission is to tackle an issue that talented young people often face — to remain here in Louisiana with family or leave for economic opportunities. Secretary Bourgeois asserted that our Louisiana youth should never have to make that choice..


The major takeaway from the forum is that while Louisiana has its challenges, through collaboration, the parishes along the I-12 corridor have what it takes make a difference in our region. The Northshore’s leaders, educational institutions, economic development partners, and business community have a lot to offer those looking to put down roots and enjoy a high quality of life.

If you missed the forum, it will be available in the future on Southeastern’s public access channel. And stay tuned, as the College of Business is looking now at dates for next year’s forum event!

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Back in the day when you mother’s right arm was your seatbelt, kids and their dogs roamed free –from morning ‘till dinnertime – with nary a worry. Gaylord, a canine of dubious lineage, was my roaming companion as I journeyed barefoot to places that interested me: the neighborhood pool and park, various friends’ houses and sometimes the inside of model homes when there was no car in the driveway. After a day of satiating a bit of wanderlust, I was called home for dinner by my mother. Without knowing where I was, she started with a whistle. If that didn’t work, she wandered around the neighborhood looking for Gaylord. Whatever front yard he was sitting in, was the house I was playing in.

Gaylord became our family dog in 1969 when we adopted him from the Slidell ‘pound.’ He was medium size, white and black, loving, loyal and smart. It was only after he moved in with

The Mission of the Slidell Animal Assistance League of Slidell, is a volunteer non-profit organization, was founded to support the City of Slidell Animal Control Shelter and Citizens. Providing all food, medicine, medical care and comfort items for the sheltered animals. Socialization of animals to prepare them for adoption through handling, exercise and play. They conduct pet adoption or placement of animals in service organizations as well as educate the public on healthcare of the animals.

us that we discovered he had a natural bent for mischievous pranks. When the dog catcher made his way through our neighborhood, Gaylord made a point of running alongside the dog catcher’s paddy wagon to get his attention. Then, once the dog catcher was out of the truck and running down the street toward Gaylord, Gaylord would circle back, jump into the front of the truck – it was open like a mail truck – jump out on the other side and then run away. It was brilliant! Now, years later, in a time when cars come with their own seatbelts, the Slidell Animal Control, formerly known by kids in Slidell as the ‘pound,’ is still matching dogs (and cats) with their forever families. My elder daughter recently adopted a dog from the Slidell Animal Control. He is small, white with a little brown, loving, loyal and smart. Whether Neds has a mischievous side is still unknown. But I hope so.

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Northshore Humane Society is a non-profit, nokill animal rescue and community veterinary clinic located in Covington. They are an independent, non-governmental charity that does not receive any tax funding; they rely solely on the support of caring people to fund our life-saving programs and services. Since 1953, they have served the neglected and abandoned animals of the Northshore region and today stand as one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the state of Louisiana.


Hope & Hearts 4 Paws gives hope by opening their hearts to the once neglected and abused that just need a chance! We provide the lifesaving medical care and loving homes in which they can recover. Once their hearts have healed from a past of neglect, we select Adoptive Angels in which to love them. We cannot change their past, but together we can give them an amazing future. We operate by the grace of volunteers, so donations go directly to the care of those in which we can save!


Clearwater Sanctuary rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife for return to the wild. They also give forever homes to companion animals in trust. They are committed to protecting our planet, and the diversity of life it supports. Through environmental, humane and humanitarian education and action, offered in an atmosphere of compassion and service.


Big Sky CARES is a non-profit animal welfare organization with a mission of cha the ways we think and feel about living with and caring for animals. Our vision is creating a no-kill, no-shelter community, by increasing community consciousness wellbeing of people, animals and the planet.


Heavenly Dog Paws Sanctuary provides a meaningful haven for dogs previously destined for meaningless destruction. They offer the community a solution with our alternative to kill-shelter control. Dogs are given the opportunity to live out their day: the comfort and company provided by an organization dedicated to the proper care animals while awaiting adoption. All dogs are completely vetted and altered prior to adoption.


Puffin’s Place is a non-profit, no kill organization dedicated to the care, rehabilitation, and adoption of domestic cats. Their goals is to remove animals from homeless and neglectful situations and provide medical care and rehabilitation as necessary. They place animals in secure adoptive homes and provide resources for stray & feral cats.

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Fort Feline is a cat sanctuary. They also care for many feral cat colonies and do TNR (trap, neuter, return)! Their mission is to humanely reduce the over population of unwanted and homeless cats in our community with the TNR process. This not only helps control the population but also improves their quality of life as a community cat.


Greyhound Pets of America is a nationwide organization of all volunteers dedicate finding responsible, loving homes for professional racing greyhounds who no long qualify to compete at the racetrack. They also rehome any greyhounds that are se animal shelters across Louisiana and Mississippi.


Once Upon a Tail is a non-profit Dog Rescue located in St Tammany Parish in Louisiana. They are 100% volunteer & foster based and dedicated to rescuing dogs from every unimaginable situation... abuse, cruelty, neglect, injured, homeless, hoarded, surrendered, on euthanasia lists and pregnant without shelter or in a kill shelter, just name a few. They rescue, place in foster homes, provide veterinary care, rehabilitate socialize & train, and then adopt to loving forever homes.

St Francis Animal Sanctuary operate a compassionate, no-kill animal sanctuary for the ill, the un-adoptable and the elderly; provide animal rescue, medical care, and a temporary haven for adoptable animals until qualified homes or rescues are found. They also unite with local and national animal welfare organizations to promote spaying and neutering.


Trails of Nature is a non-profit dedicated to rehabilitating orphaned and/or injure wildlife of Louisiana and releasing them back into the wild. Since 2016 they have taken 3,000 orphaned and/or injured wildlife that are native to Louisiana.

Their mission and dedication are to the recovery of orphaned, injured and abandoned dogs. Many of their rescues come from situations of abuse, cruelty, neglect or have special needs.


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Cool Dog Days

With summer in full swing and the heat rising, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the signs of heat stroke in your pup. If your dog may be experiencing heat stroke, make sure to take action immediately and seek medical care!


• Panting

• Vomiting

• Listlessness

• Shaking

• Diarrhea

• Seizures

• Salivation

• Poor

• Coordination

• Weakness

• Collapse


• Remove from heat source.

• Cool your dog with cool, not iced water.

• Check rectal Temperature every 10-15 minutes (Temp should be 100.5 Degrees Fahrenheit to 102)

• Offer Small amounts of water at a time

• Seek your nearest Veterinarian

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Robby Miller


Parish President

Dear Citizens,

I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Team Slidell (Slidell Police, Fire District #1, Acadian Ambulance, City employees, City Council members), ATMOS, CLECO, WSTE, linemen and utility workers, DOTD, and our recovery response contractors for your bravery during the recent tornado and your efforts to help our citizens recover. Your teamwork demonstrates the true spirit of collaboration in serving our community and your actions have been an inspiration to all of us.

To our citizens, your acts of kindness and generosity towards family, friends, and neighbors showcase the strength and compassion that define our community. Your support for one another during these difficult times exemplifies the resilient spirit of Slidell.

I am also deeply grateful for the overwhelming outpouring of support from local businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and volunteers. Your assistance and contributions have provided crucial aid to those in need, and I can’t thank you enough for the hard work and generosity shown to our community.

I would also like to thank Governor Landry and the State of Louisiana, State Police, local State Representatives and Senators, St. Tammany Parish and STP Council members, and all the other government agencies and organizations who have helped Slidell during our recovery.

As summer approaches and we enter another hurricane season, I encourage everyone to start preparing now. It’s forecasted to be a busy hurricane season, and it’s important to be prepared and stay informed. Should a storm threaten us this year, all emergency information will be posted on our city website at MySlidell. com and on the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” Facebook page.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe summer.

While much of the country talks about the “lazy days of summer,” here in Tangipahoa, your local leaders are hard at work, preparing our community for another start to hurricane season.

When this edition reaches you, our Team Tangi leaders will be meeting with our counterparts throughout the region, holding our Hurricane Kickoff meeting. This is a time when we bring everyone together to do what we do best—develop a game plan to keep our people safe.

While I wish I could tell you this is the first such meeting of 2024, the truth is our team has been working day in and day out for months to guarantee we will be ready for whatever this season brings. In addition to fine-tuning our plans, we have been in numerous meetings, outlining new approaches to serve all of our citizens. You’ll be hearing more about that over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, you’ll find lots of resources on our website (https:// tangipahoa.org/Government/emergency-preparedness) on how to prep your home, camp, or business for storm season. You can also sign up for TangiAlert, a free notification system that will send emergency info to your phone or portable device.

The people of Tangipahoa are a resilient group. While hurricane season offers certain challenges here in coastal Louisiana, we know that we have the tools to get through any storm, especially when we plan and work together.

Thank you,

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Greg Cromer City of Slidell Mayor
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Most of us are familiar with the famous quote from William Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It,” that begins, “All the world’s a stage.” In addition to its existential implications about ordinary people’s roles in everyday life, I like to think that it’s also a reminder that great theater can happen anywhere. Luckily, local theater enthusiasts need not book a flight to New York nor even cross the Causeway. Along with all its other fine attributes, the Northshore has a pretty impressive assortment of community theater groups.

There’s really nothing like the electricity of a live show, where the actors are performing without a proverbial net. The energy is further heightened in community theater, as there’s the added intimacy of both proximity to the stage (no nosebleeds here!) and maybe even the thrill of recognizing friends and neighbors with the guts, discipline and talent to participate in a live show. From musicals and youth productions to dramas and comedies, there’s a plethora of productions to choose from in the coming months.




Cutting Edge Theater has the distinction of operating as two businesses in one. The front half of its facility is a bustling hair salon called Attractions, the back half is a warehouse space that’s been completely transformed into a custom theater, complete with a stage, state-of-the-art lighting and sound and cushy, stadium-style seating for up to 135 people. In addition to staging off-Broadway hits, modern musicals, dramas, original plays by regional playwrights, and one-night-only shows, owner Brian Fontenot works with local schools to encourage and assist children with little to no access to the arts, is determined to maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all, and supports multiple charities and worthy organizations.


Rapunzel: A Tangle Tale, The Musical

May 21 - 30

The Prom

June 7 - 22

SIX The Musical

July 5 - 20

The Ultimate Elvis Experience & The Ultimate Conway Twitty Experience

July 13

Finley Watkins

August 2 - 3

The Odd Couple

August 9 - 17

A Tribute To Mahalia Jackson

August 23 - 24

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical




Louisiana native and LSU alumnus Gordon Carmadelle founded Nola Productions while he was pursuing an acting career in California, but changed the name to Evangeline Theater Company when he moved back to the Northshore in 2013. He and his father, a hardworking commercial fisherman, bonded over Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” which inspired the founding of the company and its inaugural production. Today, Gordon and his wife Emily, also a talented performer and director, manage Evangeline, which recently became the theater-company-in-residence at the newly refurbished North Star Theater in Old Mandeville. They plan to offer a mix of hit Broadway musicals, comedies and occasional dramas, plus summer camps and eventually, acting classes for all ages. Their first summer camps, for ages 7-17, are taking place from July 8-12 and 15-19.


Chicago The Musical

May 30 - June 2, June 6 - 9

Sugar Bean Sisters

September 19 - 29


Newsies, Jr.

November 7 - 17

Glengarry Glen Ross

January 16 - 26, 2025




Founded by Tom Bubrig, Adolfo Rodriguez and Jason Leader with the intent of bringing live theater and arts education to Mandeville, 30 by Ninety Theatre is preparing to celebrate their tenth anniversary. When they started out in June of 2014, they were renting out the Spitzfaden Community Center from the city of Mandeville. But through the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of the community, they were able to move to their new location, a building dedicated solely to their productions, located right behind Liz’s Where Y’At Diner in the heart of Mandeville. Along with increasing their seating capacity, they were able to create a permanent stage with dressing and green room space, hang permanent lighting and create a lobby and house experience. The space also allows them to host five camps for kids this summer, and it’s available to rent for meetings and events.


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

August 10 - 25

SIX: Teen Edition

September 13 - 22

Murder on the Orient Express

October 12 - 27


December 6 - 15

Coming in 2025: A Midsummer Night’s Dream - January 18 - February 2; The Play That Goes WrongMarch 15-30; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - April 26 - May 11; Lucky Stiff - June 14-29.



After being dormant for several years, The Octavian Foundation for the Arts, locally known as the New Octavians, found new life in 2018, and has been rolling ever since. This performing arts academy is dedicated to arts education, as well as community theater productions. Located just a few blocks beyond downtown Hammond, they offer music, acting and dance lessons for children and adults, culminating in live stage productions to entertain audiences of all ages. Their summer camp, June 10-14, is for rising third through eighth graders.


The Lightning Thief, The Percy Jackson Musical July 25 - 28


It’s certainly a point of pride that St. Tammany Parish is home to one of the oldest continuously operating community theaters in the region! Tucked away in the piney woods of Covington, Playmakers, Inc., founded in 1955, remains dedicated to presenting the finest theater offerings possible, whether old classics or new original plays.The volunteer-operated theater company strives for a balance of comedies, dramas, mysteries and musicals to give all area actors their moment in the spotlight. Playmakers features five annual productions from September to July, as well as a holiday show in December and year-round children’s theater camps through their partnership with Creative Arts of St. Tammany (CAST). In the coming year, their 70th season, they are exploring holding playwriting competitions and other unique audience-interactive productions.


Picasso at the Lapin Agile

May 18 - June 2


The Pirates of Penzance

July 13 - 28

Entertaining Northshore audiences since 1963, the Slidell Little Theater has since produced over 500 shows. Prior to settling into its current state-of-the art home next to the Fremaux Town Center, SLT performances were held at high school gyms, the city auditorium and a remodeled church. These days, the 200-seat community theater has both a main stage and the Allen L. Little Stage where it presents six productions from August to May and hosts a Young Actors Theater (YATs) summer camp. The Mini-YATs program is for ages four through rising third graders. The YATs program has three different age divisions, ranging from fourth grade through rising college freshmen. SLT relies on the hard work and creativity of volunteers from all walks of life to come together to create sets, costumes and choreography, and to act in its theatrical productions.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

August 23 - September 8

She Kills Monsters

October 4 - 13

A surprise Christmas show, TBA December 6 - 22

Coming in 2025: The Piano Lesson, January 17 - 26; A ll’s Well in Roswell (Isn’t It?) February 21 - March 9; Rent, April 11 - 27.



Home to The Kay Butler Performing Arts Project, a not-for-profit, performing arts organization, Swamplight Theater is a labor of love, dedicated to the inspirational belief of its namesake, that we all have something beautiful worth sharing. Located just south of downtown Ponchatoula in the old Southern Exposure Photography studio, Swamplight is an intimate theater experience, presenting live productions and events and offering workshops, camps and artistic opportunities for all ages.


Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka

July 12 - 28

Family-friendly Halloween Party

October 25

A Christmas Pole D’eau And Carol, Too (Cajun Christmas Carol)

November 15 - 17, 22 - 24

Frozen in the Big Easy Christmas Teddy Bear Tea

December 7, 8, 14, 15

A Valentines Cabaret (for adults)

February 2025

For more information on tickets, showtimes, camps, classes or how to share your time, talent or treasure with these fabulous groups, please see the contact information provided for each one, and consider following them on social media.




The cooler temperatures and seafood boils of Spring have transitioned into the hot backyard barbeques of summer in St. Tammany Parish.

The summertime also brings our collective least favorite season: Hurricane Season. The unrelenting heat won’t stop us from preparing our Parish for possible storms, while improving the communities we call home.

When I took office in 2020, restoring and enhancing our shoreline was a top priority. We worked hard to bring our citizen’s federal dollars back to St. Tammany, and bonded the money out to advance 16 coastal projects parishwide, from the Madisonville Lighthouse to Slidell and up the Pearl River.

I am excited to announce that we will break ground on the first of three major projects surrounding the Madisonville Lighthouse, that total more than $5 million in enhancements and protection. The initiatives include breakwaters to limit wave erosion and surge, marsh creation and a reinforced shoreline and dock around the Lighthouse.

St. Tammany Parish is a coastal parish, and our decisions will reflect that. In the coming years, all 16 projects will continue to advance to protect our coastline for generations to come! Our coast is only a part of our commitment to decrease flood risk and ensure that our infrastructure is operating efficiently.

Every day, our Public Works crews fan out across our parish improving ditches and ponds in your neighborhood, patching roads and replacing culverts. Our Department of Engineering works tirelessly to plan long-term drainage improvements, design new bridges and relieve traffic congestion.

While you enjoy all that our community has to offer, rest assured that your parish government isworking around the clock to protect and enhance our quality of life.

If I can help, please email me at President@STPGov.org. Serving as your Parish President continues to be one of my most humbling honors

St. Tammany residents continue to send the message they will not tolerate drugs and illegal firearms being sold in our parish, and I am committed to using all the resources available to keep our neighborhoods safe.

The amazing detectives with our Narcotics Division work around the clock to identify and arrest those individuals who are bringing illegal drugs and firearms into our communities, and members of our Proactive Enforcement Unit work together with our patrol deputies in targeted high-crime neighborhoods known for narcotics activity, to identify the individuals who are selling and buying dangerous drugs.

Our narcotics detectives also work very closely with our neighboring agencies and our federal and state partners with the DEA and Homeland Security Investigations, because criminals do not know jurisdictional boundaries.

Keeping drugs out of our neighborhoods takes a cooperative effort between law enforcement and our community members, and we have a great relationship with our residents and our business owners. If they see something suspicious in their neighborhood, St. Tammany residents contact us. I want to take this opportunity to thank the concerned citizens who have called in tips in the past. Many of those tips have resulted in dangerous drugs and firearms being taken off the street and drug dealers being arrested.

If you suspect someone is selling drugs in our community, please report it. We will investigate. If you have information about individuals using or selling narcotics, or other crimes being committed, you can submit a tip utilizing the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office website (www.STPSO.com), or by calling the narcotics tip line (1-888-GO-2-JAIL). And as always if you see something suspicious call our non-emergency line (985) 898-2338 and our dispatchers will put you in touch with a deputy or detective.

I promise, we look into and investigate every single tip that comes in. Together we can keep St. Tammany a same safe and family-friendly parish for our children to grow up in and raise their families.

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Well, it was bound to happen. As hard as the residents of Covington have tried to keep the wonderfulness of our community a secret, the word has not only leaked out but has gushed out.

Southern Living Magazine recently named Covington as the number 11 “Best Cities on the Rise” for the year 2024. The publication says Covington has been heralded in the past as “the North Shore’s best kept secret” and “North Shore’s Renaissance,” but added that the city “continues to get better and better.”

“Over the past few years, it’s been a magnet for new businesses and residents, and its 2030 Plan aims to keep that momentum going while preserving its smalltown feel.”

The regional magazine also named Covington the Best Small Town in Louisiana. “Towns don’t get much more charming than Covington … and its downtown has a concentration of excellent local shops and restaurants.”

Not to be outdone, USA Today joined the chorus by naming Covington the number 5 “Best Food Scene in a Small Town” … in America. As I’m fond of saying, “If you’re going to open a restaurant in Covington, you better be good.”

Wonderful history, great live music and incredible cuisine combine to make Covington one of the coolest cities in the northern hemisphere: Vienna, Paris, Covington. Please, just don’t tell anyone.

We had a GREAT SPRING, and the City of Mandeville had many successful events! From concerts to crawfish cook-offs, to beautification projects, we couldn’t be prouder of the things happening in Mandeville.

It’s hard to believe that it’s SUMMERTIME already. School is out! Children are on summer break and families are taking those long-awaited vacations. For those that do staycations, Mandeville has plenty to offer from Bed and Breakfasts, Restaurants, Shopping, and Splash Pads at both the Mandeville Lakefront and Trailhead.

Mandeville is the host of one of the BEST Independence Day Celebrations around. Light Up the Lake will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 beginning at 6pm with LIVE music by Tyler Kitchen & the Right Pieces and a spectacular Firework Show from a barge just south of the Mandeville Lakefront in Lake Pontchartrain at 8:30pm. There will also be the Annual Mande Independence Day Parade that proceeds down the Lakefront beginning at 5pm. You won’t want to miss it! (Rain-out Date is July 4th)

Another event happening in July is the Cookin’ with the Blue Cook-off & Fundraiser being held on Sunday, July 14th beginning at 11am at the Mandeville Trailhead.

Lastly, don’t forget that Mandeville has a Community Market at the Mandeville Trailhead from 9am til 1pm every Saturday, all year long. With over 100 artisans, food vendors and farmers to bring the very best product to the market. Offering a variety of seasonal produce, eggs, honey, fresh cut flowers, annual plants, delicious prepared foods, arts and crafts.

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As a stylist my goal is to provide clients with the balance of traditional and on trend fashion. I understand the importance of staying current while also valuing classic styles that withstand the test of time. My belief is that investing in quality, timeless pieces not only elevates your style but also stretches your dollar. With men’s fashion, it is easy to incorporate both tradition and current trends into your wardrobe. Here are some guidelines designed to help you experiment and find the perfect balance that works for you.

Unstructured jackets are a modern take on the traditional tailored blazers. With a soft and malleable fabric that molds to the body, these jackets are perfect for those who want to maintain a polished and refined appearance. They can easily be dressed up with a pair of trousers for a professional look or dressed down with chinos or jeans for a more casual look.

While traditional shirt styles such as polos, button-fronts, and button-downs are still popular, they are now being reinvented with playful prints, vibrant colors, and retro fabrics. The comeback of knit polos also adds a touch of nostalgia to men’s fashion.


Mixing patterns is a great way to update a look and add some visual interest to an outfit. One way to achieve this is by finding a common color in different pieces, such as a jacket, shirt, tie, pocket square, and socks, to create a cohesive look. This technique not only adds depth and dimension to an outfit, but also ties all the pieces together.

When it comes to choosing a pair of jeans, look for straight or tapered jeans that are more relaxed, as these styles tend to offer a looser fit and more room for movement.

Accessories are an essential aspect of fashion for both men and women, as they have the power to transform a simple outfit into a stylish and unique look.

Ties are making their way back into men’s fashion, with the classic silk ties still holding their place in the trend. However, modern colors and geometric prints have given them a fresh and updated look. Another option for ties are the

cotton ones, now available in the season’s floral prints. For those who are not quite ready to embrace ties, a silk pocket square can still add a polished finishing touch. Cufflinks also continue to be a symbol of sophistication and style, especially those made with semi-precious stones. Moving onto shoes, the trend has shifted towards rounded or almond toe styles. These current staples can be found in both classic leather and canvas oxfords with white soles or in an updated driving moccasin design.

Overall, men’s fashion is continuously evolving and these trends reflect a balance between traditional and modern elements.


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Spring Migration

Birding in St. Tammany Parish


When March and April roll around, my mind turns to spring. The dull browns of winter fade away as spring takes the lead, decorating our landscapes with the vibrant greens of trees leafing out and the colorful blooms of flowers emerging.

Another decisive indicator of spring is bird migration. As we welcome the warmer temperatures, longer days, and stunning shades of Mother Nature painting her palette; our feathered friends instinctively begin their trip north in search of their mate and their favorite mating grounds.

This northbound trip is most prominent from March to May as trans-Gulf migrants make the long, arduous journey from their wintering grounds in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Roughly two million of our feathered friends flap their wings for several hundred miles to make landfall along the western and northern coasts of the Gulf of Mexico. They are ultimately headed to their breeding grounds, which may be here or further north.

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With numbers so great, they can be tracked on weather radar! Check out Birdcast.info, devoted to providing real-time predictions! As an example, approximately 134,100 birds crossed Louisiana on the night of March 4, 2024, starting at 6:10 p.m. and ending March 5, 2024, at 6:30 a.m.

Often, with a south wind, or tailwind to speed up their crossing over the Gulf; the bird’s flight is quite efficient. However, when the opposite happens, as often does, with a fast-moving cold front barreling south, bringing strong north winds and severe thunderstorms; the birds are placed in jeopardy as they exert all their energy just to make it to the first tiny spit of land they see.

We are fortunate to be located on the Mississippi Flyway, a bird migration route that follows the Mississippi, Missouri, and Lower Ohio Rivers in the United States across the western Great Lakes into Canada. This flyway consists of the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin, and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. This means that numerous migrants will fly through our area on their routes north and south.

Accodring to the National Audubon Society, almost half of the bird species and nearly forty percent of waterfowl of North America spend a portion of their lives in the Mississippi Flyway. This route provides excellent sources of food and water, along with zero mountainous areas to impede their travel. This, alone, offers wonderful birding opportunities along our coast.

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According to Loyola University New Orleans, spring migration has morphed from March thru May to January thru June. Purple Martins arrive in January from their wintering area of southern South America. However, the first Whiterumped Sandpipers that nest in the Arctic don’t arrive until mid to late April through June.

Per eBird.org, 189 spring migrants have been recorded within Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on the Northshore.

This refuge offers an important stopover location for hundreds of migrants making their way northward. By offering a variety of habitats and food choices, this sanctuary provides a significant benefit to our feathered friends.

While all this data is extremely interesting, this does not mean that you will be able to see every migrant as they pass through. Your best option is to visit early in the day, late in the day, and often. More migrants are likely to be seen from late March into April. Check birdcast.info for real-time data.

There are two species of birds recorded at Big Branch in decent numbers that can only be observed in spring on the refuge: the White-rumped Sandpiper and the Bobolink. The White-rumped Sandpiper can be found from late April through the month of May. The Bobolink heads north through Big Branch for the entire month of May. White-rumped Sandpipers choose the furthest areas of arctic Alaska and Canada for their nesting grounds.

Bobolinks are one of the world’s most impressive songbird migrants as they travel roughly 12,500 miles to and from southern South America each year.

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A few of the migrants you might see in Big Branch Marsh are: American Goldfinch, Cedar Waxwing, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Summer Tanager, a multitude of tiny warblers and sparrows, as well as Swallow-tailed Kites, Bald Eagles, White-rumped Sandpipers and Bobolinks.

The Big Branch Marsh federal wildlife refuge is 15,000 acres of pine flatwoods and coastal marsh with a diverse habitat, a wonderful example of the natural coastline of Lake Pontchartrain. The refuge features nature trails and outdoor recreational facilities, and is home to hundreds of bird species, including the rare Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bald Eagles and wading birds. As such, this National Wildlife Refuge is a favorite birding destination for aficionados across the United States.

Also on the grounds of the refuge is the Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center, which offers a variety of educational, nature-focused programs for all ages, for free. Be sure to check the Visit The Northshore event calendar for some of these events.

The Center and main offices are generally open Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walking trail brochures are available that provide site background for your selfguided adventure. The grounds are open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Watch Spots!

Due to all the Northshore streams emptying into Lake Pontchartrain, the shores of the lake and river banks make ideal locations to spot the plethora of birds that live and visit our area all year-round. Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, made up of marshes, cypress swamps, bottomland hardwoods and longleaf pine flatwoods along with the open waters of the lake make an ideal location for birdwatching. For an easy access birdwatching experience the Northlake Nature Center offers raised walkways through the swamps. Offering two options, the 1.75-mile loop along Castine Bayou and a shorter Savanna Lake Loop. The Joyce Ramsay Savannah Wildlife Management Area also offers an elevated boardwalk allowing visitors a great view of the swamp and wildlife. All our State Parks offer expansive areas of natural beauty that are ideal for the avid and casual birdwatcher. So put on some study shoes, grab a pair of binoculars and enjoy!

Ponchatoula Area Recreation District 1 19030 Ponchatoula Park Drive, Ponchatoula

Joyce Wildlife Management Area Old US 51, Ponchatoula

Lake Ramsay Savannah Wildlife Management Area 74272 Horse Branch Road, Covington

Bogue Chitto State Park 17049 State Park Blvd. Franklinton

Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve 26262 Louisiana Hwy 435, Abita Springs

Mandeville Lake Front Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville

Northlake Nature Center 23135 US Hwy 190, Mandeville

Fontainebleau State Park 62883 Hwy 1089, MANDEVILLE

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 61389 Hwy 434, Lacomb Lake Road, Lacomb Boy Scout Road Trail. Lacomb

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area Honey Island Swamp, 40500 Old Highway 11, Pearl River

Fairview Riverside State Park

119 Fairview Drive, Madisonville

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

Located in the historic Griffi ns Bakery shop building in the heart of Old Mandeville, Sweet Olive Market & Bakery offers a wide variety of sweet and savory baked goods, sandwiches, salads, art and small gifts. Co-owner and operator Kaia Schindler, a Mandeville High School graduate who has run three other local businesses in the food and beverage fi eld, launched this as a labor of love, infused with lots of local ingredients and creativity Serving up both sitdown and grab-and-go breakfast and lunch options, the restaurant menu also includes made-to-order paninis, burgers, daily hot plate specials and weekend brunch. They offer classes and catering services, as well.

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A friend recommended Pomodori Pizza to me, so I decided to treat my employees to a pizza party recently to thank them for their hard work. And we had an absolute food fest!

Looking over the menu, I found it really impressive with the wonderful array of fresh gourmet cheeses and meat toppings, plus some really innovative ingredients that made me want to sample a wide variety.

For appetizers, we chose homemade focaccia, polpette alla marinara (beef and pork meatballs) and conchiglie, which is stuffed shells with herbed ricotta, mascarpone and beef ragout. They were all good, but the stuffed shells were my favorite. The filling was herbaceous and creamy, the texture was nice and it was well-presented.

Salads can be boring, but they really turned theirs up a notch. We ordered the mozzarella caprese, Caesar and chef salads and we enjoyed them all, but especially appreciated the creativity in adding shaved brussel sprouts and kale to the Caesar and watermelon radish to the chef salad. Oh, my goodness, the chef salad was my favorite one. It has prosciutto, spinach, sweet onions, garlic and herb croutons, olive oil and the radish adds a spicy, crisp, clean element to the dish.

For the main event, we decided to order four different types of pizza. You can go to some places where the pizzas all sort of taste similar, but these were all very distinctive and well-thoughtout. The Il Pauly Gee is made with Bianco Dinapoli tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, soppressata picante and hot honey. The Pomodori has whole milk and buffalo mozzarella, 24-month aged parmigiano reggiano cheese, tomato sauce, olive oil and basil. The pear and prosciutto pizza is made with doppia crema, pears, 600-day prosciutto di parma, arugula, parmigiano reggiano cheese and lemon zest. And finally, the Il Landrum is topped with fennel sausage, tomato sauce, mozzarella, pickled pepper, black pepper, and parmigiano reggiano cheese.

They are all delicious, wood-fired, artisan pizzas, but the Il Landrum was definitely my favorite. I like some spice and the combination of pepper and the crumbled sausage was just outstanding. The pear and prosciutto came in close second. I loved the salty and sweet combination, and it had a summery, fresh, clean quality.

By the time we were done, there was nothing left over. We enjoyed every bite and could tell they used high-quality ingredients with nothing processed. The pizzas only come in one size, which is a little unfortunate because I think we could’ve eaten ten extra large Il Landrums!

We placed a to-go order, but I’d definitely like to go back to sit down and eat there, and save a little room to sample some of their desserts, which include tiramisu, cannoli and panna cotta with strawberry, raspberry or blueberry toppings.

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Patrons enjoyed a night of light bites and bourbon drinks at the Girod Street Stroll hosted by the Old Mandeville Business Association.
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The Covington Heritage Foundation held a Farm to Table Dinner at the Covington Trailhead. The ingredients were sourced at the Covington Farmers Market and prepared by Rue Chow.

Children’s Advocacy Center- Hope House held it’s Champions for Children Awards Breakfast. The Breakfast honored people in our community that are making a difference in the fight against child abuse.

• Matt Bauer, Detective, Slidell Police Department

• Phoenix Bigler, Saint Paul’s School Student (Youth Champion)

• Chad Cassard, Detective, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office

• Andy Frisard & Krewe of Dionysus

• Judge Scott Gardner, 22nd Judicial District Court

• Kellie Senseney, Child Welfare Manager, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

• Jacqueline “Jinx” Vidrine, Founder, World of Wonder Foundation

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St Tammany Art Association’s annual Benefit, Live at the Art House helped raise funds for the re-building of the Art House that was damaged in Hurricane Ida.

Beautiful weather and crawfish made the Crawfish Cookin’ for a Cause on the Mandeville Lakefront a great event.

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Habitat for Humanity

St Tammany West held if annual Hammers and Heels Fashion Show at Masion Lafitte in Mandeville. This soldout event was a huge hit with everyone.

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St Tammany Hospital Foundation hosted a reception at the Southern Hotel to honor and thank their donors for 2023.

An award ceremony awarded the Girl Scouts earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. This award is given in recognition of Girl Scouts who made a sustainable impact addressing causes they care about in southeast Louisiana communities.

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Openings: STPN North Covington Primary Care in Mandeville, EyewaresCovington, Flo & Glo IV Wellness Lounge, Toasted Yolk, Goldfish Swim School, Urban Air Adventure Park, OnPath - Slidell.

EDGE magazine enjoyed hanging out at Jazz Fest

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Slidell Mayor, Greg Cromer celebrated the Pope John Paul II High School boys swim team for winning their fourth consecutive state title. Lake 94.7 sponsored the Southern Soakers cooking team at the 19th Hospice House Crawfish Cook Off in Slidell. 43,000 pounds of crawfish was consumed at the event!
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