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When Lisa McKenzie, the founder of You Night Empowering Events, asked me to join her Advisory Board, I didn’t hesitate in accepting. I was familiar with the program, having followed one of the participants through the year-long program for a story in EDGE. I had watched a group of cancer survivors bond and learn ways to live beyond their cancer diagnosis. Each of these women had their own story and journey, and as they went through the program, I saw them take strength from each other and form friendships and create support systems. It was truly empowering to participate in the program. I had no idea at that time that I would have my own diagnosis to deal with. In early 2019, I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. I underwent a hysterectomy that also revealed a Granulosa Cell Tumor in my right ovary. I have been cancer free for the last two and half years. While I am not a medical professional, my advice is that if something doesn’t feel right get tested and do all your annual screenings. Catching cancer early can make all the difference. I was lucky that I caught mine early and was able to be treated by nationally renowned doctors that are located here on the Northshore. In this issue we meet the You Night Ribbon Ambassadors who are taking part in a runway show where they will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the most models to walk on a runway. Models in the show will be wearing outfits representing the colors of 18 types of woman’s cancers. And so, on October 1st, I will be proudly cheering on my You Night sisters as they attempted to break a Guinness World Record. In this issue we also have a complete guide to the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival, we meet some local artists and we learn more about Pickle Ball. Enjoy the issue,


PUBLISHER Sarah Cottrell EDITOR Doug Neidermeyer ART DIRECTOR Erich Belk STYLE DIRECTOR Patty Beal BEAUTY EDITOR Caitlin Picou CONTRIBUTING WRITERS John Breen Liv Butera Nancy Hale Betsy O’leary Maddi Tripp Liz Smith STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jerry Cottrell CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Nancy Hale Riyen Heig Tracie Morris Schaefer P. Rabalais Photography Matthew Schlenker Vladislav Sitnikov Joel Treadwell KEY ACCOUNTS EXECUTIVE Eloise Cottrell SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Rebecca Blossman-Ferran ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Erin Bolton Debi Menasco Stephanie Miller

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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.


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Terrance Osborne, a native New Orleanian, grew up in the heart of his culturally rich city, being inspired by his diverse and colorful social surroundings. Osborne always held an undercurrent interest in art, largely fueled by his mother and his older brother. While in high school, under the guidance of artist Richard Thomas, Osborne was able to paint with the passion and expression that he had been so avid about. Osborne attended the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (N.O.C.C.A.) and later graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Xavier University in New Orleans. For the following five years, he taught art at Alice Harte Elementary until Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, and he relocated his family to Georgia. From then on, with his wife Stephanie running the business end of his art career, Osborne decided to dedicate his time completely to art. After two years in Georgia, he moved his family back to New Orleans, and because of his new works, depicting scenes of a colorful New Orleans saturated by Hurricane Katrina imagery, his work quickly became internationally recognized. Over the years, Osborne would be been featured in a slew of public media for his vivid and delightfully dynamic works glorifying New Orleans culture. “New Orleans is one of those places in the world that everyone loves because our people love people.” His 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2018 Official Jazz & Heritage Festival Posters are a handful of the most collected posters in the world. In 2006, Osborne gained partnerships with Nike to design a poster and the first New Orleans Air Force 1 tennis shoe. Osborne’s partnerships continued over the years with companies like NBA, Coca-Cola, Heineken and Coup De Fondré Winery. In 2017, he officially opened Terrance Osborne Gallery in uptown New Orleans. His gallery remains one of the top galleries in the city. Be it art connoisseur or causal collector, Terrance Osborne’s art continues to be a delight as the eyes cross all divides.


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Fun for the �ntire �amily STORY MADDI TRIPP

Growing up in the arts has been such a gift for me. I started “working” for the festival at age eleven, and every year since I've looked forward to that November weekend when I could immerse myself in all the cool things there are to do there. Thirteen years later, I still get excited when festival time nears, but this year it is a very special kind of anticipation. I am now a mom of twoyear-old rambunctious twin boys. I think the festival will be a ton of fun for them, not only visually but in a hands-on sense as well! In the Children’s Area, Grayhawk Perkins has always been one of my favorites. He is a tribal storyteller and brings history to life with artifacts and legends. He captivates children as they listen attentively to stories of times past. Culinary Kids is another one that's always lots of fun. Children are taught how to create artistic plates with food items. In the process, they might even learn to like broccoli! Ballet Apetrei will help little ones decorate toe shoes and show them how to move through the dance positions. St. Tammany Parish Library will open up a new world as they bring projects and crafts, all in the name of READING IS FUN! James Samaritan will have Kim Bigler reading her book The Cloud Prince and will have crafts to go along with it! Aside from the 200+ fine arts booths that keep their mind moving, there are surprise pop-up events that will grab these little ones' attention. These events, which usually occur close to the food court, have in the past included pop-up Tango Dancers and River Dancers. This year, Shakespeare might make an appearance along with The Nutcracker. But you never know what kind of surprises you will see and experience at the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival.

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Shooting 1 million images goal for 2022

New Orleans photographer Joshua Lee never leaves home without a camera, whether he’s walking his dogs, Bent Lee and Coco, around his Bywater neighborhood, or driving around in his unique van. With a curved top painted like an upturned fishing boat and the phrase “Joshua Lee’s Squirrel Adventures, Just a Nut with a Camera” emblazoned on the side, the van symbolizes Lee’s humorous approach to life and his dedication to his craft. “I try to take the work seriously; I try not to take me too seriously,” he said. The driver’s door is covered with 20 painted acorns, which represent my photometer,” Lee said. “Each acorn equals 50,000 shots.” The hobby-turned-professional photographer aims to shoot 1 million images on his quest to capture what he calls the one-in-a-million photograph. Each time he reaches 50,000 shots, he puts a red line through one of the van’s acorns. To date, he’s banked more than 850,000 images. “I chase photographs like my schnauzers chase squirrels…. When I’m going out intentionally shooting, I’m chasing squirrels. That’s the way I’ve described it for years,” he said of his process. He typically shoots about 120 images per day and curates the best shots to exhibit at various art markets and to sell through his website, www.joshualeestudio.com. The photographs – Lee described them as “my journal entries from traveling the state and doing things” – depict everything from New Orleans architecture and south Louisiana waterways to the state’s cultural pastimes and food, as well as interesting advertisements, street signs, and inspirational messages. “I really like it all,” he said of potential subjects. “If it gets my attention, I’m interested, and I try to stay in the moment. This whole thing is permission to see…. And permission is carrying the camera. Because if you don’t have the camera, you don’t have permission to see anything. Lee took his first photographs during his childhood in Connecticut. Intrigued by his older brother’s interest in photography, he picked up his first camera – a 110-cartridge camera, – at a neighbor’s garage sale when he was just 10 years old. He recalls paying 50 cents for it. Now, he uses a color digital camera and an infrared camera. “It’s not about the (type of) camera to me,” he said, professing that he avoids talking about photography gear. “It’s about what the camera can do. I push the trigger. It exposes light onto a sensor, and now


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I’ve documented a moment that will never be duplicated. “I think it’s about being lost in the moment, being free to be in the moment, and then on the back end, you have to see which moments resonate,” he added. Lee’s one-in-a-million pictures process came from his previous positions in the insurance industry – “After 20 years of that, I’m very quantitative,” he said – his job as a field manager for Ford Motor Co. – his first after graduating from Miami University in Ohio -- brought him to New Orleans and began his love affair with the city. “I’m a big believer that perspiration beats inspiration all the time,” he said. “The thing about one million (photographs) is that it demands that I’m accountable to my activity. I’m on the hook for 100 pictures a day, and I’d rather have a good day. So I’m always waiting for something magical to happen.” Lee’s decision to become a full-time photographer came after Hurricane Katrina, when he took a chance on exhibiting his photographs at the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival. “I focused on the Louisiana you remember,” he said, noting that he considers himself a documentarian of memories. “Stuff’s disappearing all the time, so I have to keep shooting stuff all the time, knowing that a lot it will go away. But I don’t know which ones we’re going to miss,” he said, adding that if his images help people say “something about who they are and how they feel about this magical place we live in, then I’ve done my job.” Since that first festival, Lees exhibited his work in 975 markets and festivals before the COVID-19 pandemic, including several times at Three Rivers Art Festival. His image for the 2022 poster, “All Bayou Yourself,” was shot with a retired camera that was permanently modified to read only infrared light. Lee likens the photography technique – he picked it up in 2013 – to cooking in the dark, because he can’t see what the image looks like until it’s on a monitor. The shot chosen for the Three Rivers poster depicts a lone tree growing in the middle of the iconic waterway. Lee noticed it during an eco-tour along the Mississippi River. “When I think about the constant force of the river, the idea that that tree was able to establish itself against that constant opposing force and grow to be straight and strong is just amazing to me,” Lee said.

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The Fall is an eventful, memorable season in St. Tammany Parish. Our local non-profits are hosting events to support their causes, which greatly benefit and enrich our community. The Friday night lights have flickered on, shining a light on the talents of our youth. Cooler temperatures have arrived, marking the time to take out your pots to start stirring the roux for the first gumbo of the season. I am incredibly excited to announce that St. Tammany Parish will bring back years of memories, joy and celebrations with the return of the ‘Holiday of Lights.’ This year’s program will showcase the musical talents of our local school children and give families a local, joyful festivity to celebrate the holiday season, while hosting Santa Claus in St. Tammany. Holiday of Lights is a free event which includes lights, rides, photos with Santa, and children’s crafts in a family-friendly environment. We are looking forward to celebrating with all of our families on Koop Drive this December! As we near the end of the year, I am proud to look back on all of the accomplishments that my administration has achieved in 2022. We have continued our investment in infrastructure, which totaled more than $27 million, the most in our Parish history, implemented parish-wide planning initiatives, including transportation, drainage and the wetlands, and demanded only smart growth. While we have achieved great success across St. Tammany Parish in 2022, we look forward to surpassing that in 2023 and the years to come, as we work to enhance our superior quality of life. If I can be of assistance to you, please send me an email at president@stpgov.org or visit STPGov. org. Serving you as your Parish President is my honor and privilege.

The 2022/2023 school year is off to a great start, but more importantly it is off to a SAFE start! I understand many parents are concerned about the safety of their children following the tragic events that have occurred at schools in other areas of the country. I want to take this opportunity to assure parents that the safety of our children and our schools here in St. Tammany is a top priority. Through a partnership with the St. Tammany Parish Public School System, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has highly trained School Resource Officers at 28 of our area schools. They are there every school day, checking doors, patrolling halls and making sure each child, teacher and school employee is safe. This is in addition to the School Resource Officers provided by the local municipality police departments. Our SRO Division is continuing to grow as we partner with more private schools and assist the municipal police departments in covering the schools in their districts. In this issue of The Edge there is a list of the School Resource Officers provided by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office along with their photo and the school where they are stationed. I encourage parents to get to know the resource officer at your child’s school. These men and women are not only there to keep the schools safe; they are also building positive relationships between our children and law enforcement. If you have concerns you would like to address with the resource officer at your child’s school or have questions about safety at our schools in general, contact your child’s school administrators or contact the supervisors in our SRO Division – Lt. Walter Matthews, Sgt. Frank Baiamonte and Sgt. Charles White – by calling (985) 276-1397. And please, if you see one of these men or women at your child’s school, give them a thank you. They are doing a great job! I wish everyone a safe and happy school year!

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Dy. Stephanie Rogers Abita Springs Elementary

Dy. Terance Calais Cypress Cove Elementary

Dy. Eric Restel Lake Harbor Middle

Dy. Kenny Kustenmacher Mandeville Middle

Dy. Timothy Scanlan Abita Springs Middle

Dy. Steve Plaisance Fifth Ward Jr. High

Dy. Troy White Lancaster Elementary

Dy. Eddie Gornor Marigny Elementary

Dy. Randy Lee Alton Elementary

Dy. Ashley Carroll Folsom Elementary

Dy. Wesley Dupuy Lakeshore High

Dy. David Sierra Mayfield Elementary

Dy. Jordan Sallas Bayou Lacombe Middle

Dy. Kenneth Guichard Folsom Jr. High

Dy. Andrea Baragona Lee Road Jr. High

Dy. Ray Lacour Monteleone Jr. High

Dy. Sharon Audler Chata-Ima Elementary

Dy. Richard Holman Fontainebleau High

Dy. Richard Russ Madisonville Elementary

Dy. Calvin Eskew Northlake Behavioral

Dy. David Hogue Christ Episcopal

Dy. Sean Lamb Fontainebleau Jr. High

Dy. Brittany Milazzo Madisonville Jr. High

Dy. William Danner Clearwood Jr. High

Dy. Carlos Fleming Honey Island Elementary

Dy. Kevin Palazzo Magnolia Trace Elementary

Dy. Chance Woods Dy. Terri Cunningham Sixth Ward Elementary Whispering Forest Elementary

Wishing everyone a SAFE and happy 2022/23 school year

Are You Experiencing the First Signs of a Hearing Loss? We often have our teeth checked, our eyes checked and our blood-pressure tested, but when was the last time you had a hearing test? Hearing loss doesn’t happen overnight. It is a gradual process over the years, so it isn’t noticeable at first. But at some point, things will start to change. A few common signs of hearing loss include finding conversations hard to follow, turning the TV’s volume up louder than usual, and asking people to repeat themselves. Dr. JJ Martinez, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA Doctor of Audiology, Board Certified Audiologist

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CONTENT IS KING Written by Betsy O'Leary | Photos by Riyen Helg

CEO Hunter Bankston is the inspiration behind the mixed media services company, ecko360. An entrepreneur at heart, Bankston always knew he wanted to develop his own successful company. By age 27, he had risen through the ranks of the tech industry to become the business development manager for four separate start-ups. He knew how to hustle when it came to making impossible deadlines and bringing projects in on time. Inspiration can strike any time, but idea guys like Bankston know when to act. While working in the oil and gas transfer sector as project manager for TransCanada Corporation (now TC Energy), Bankston had his lightbulb moment. Back then, few companies utilized technology to produce three-dimensional virtual tours of properties they owned and managed. Some California realtors were using these tours for their clients, but Bankston’s vision reached farther than that. From his roles as project manager, Bankston realized the expense of flying workers and company executives to far-flung locations for pre-project walk-throughs. There were also per diems, hotel and rental car costs that cost companies far more than his virtual representations of the same environments.


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Latter & Blum was the first real estate company in Louisiana to see the potential ecko360 offered. They eagerly contracted with Bankston’s media content company. From there, business exploded in multiple industries. As Louisiana’s first Matterport service partner, ecko360 produced digital twin virtual 3D models that are now widely used in industries like insurance, hospitality, construction, and real estate to enhance security and simplify surveillance. When it comes to the mixed media services ecko360 offers its clients, there is no limit. In addition to traditional photography and videography, Bankston is a licensed thermographer who does thermal imaging. Another hi-tech, popular feature the company offers is aerial light detection and ranging (LIDAR). A new way of obtaining elevation data, it creates precisely detailed realistic models using laser pulses and sensors. Bankston is proud of his company’s Telly Award for video services. These national awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens. Their winning entry was a video resume for a New Orleans client looking to broaden their employment horizons. Now, video resumes are becoming more mainstream. But then, they were an applicant’s cutting-edge way to stand out from the crowd. ecko360 took the client’s concept and ran with it, writing the perfect script using both humor and creativity. The client got the job and gave ecko360 permission to submit it in the competition. It won.

When they needed a high-quality video, the Tangipahoa Parish Economic Development Foundation turned to Bankston and his highly qualified tech crew to create the perfect media content they sought. ecko360 also produced media content for national companies DSLD and Jani-King. As Bankston looks to the future of ecko360, he reflects on his company’s motto, “Content is King." He and his team will continue creating beautiful content for clients both locally and around the globe.


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(RE)UNITED St. Tammany Health System again rallies the community for Breast Cancer Awareness Month It was November 2021, and Jack Khashou – wearing a tie with pink accents – stood before a room of local community and healthcare stakeholders gathered to celebrate the success of St. Tammany Health System and St. Tammany Hospital Foundation’s inaugural United in Pink breast cancer awareness campaign. Moments earlier, it had been announced the campaign had raised more than $35,000 for Northshore cancer care in just one month’s time. It was then and there that Khashou, the administrator of St. Tammany Cancer Center, a campus of Ochsner Medical Center, promised that the monthlong event would be back in October 2022. “We can’t stop now,” Khashou said. “… If you catch (cancer) early, you change the outcome. It saves lives. It really does. There’s no other way to say it.” Delivering on that promise, the foundation – in partnership with St. Tammany Health System, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, local businesses and others – is gearing up for of return of United in Pink. Call it Re-United in Pink. Once again, the campaign will run all October

long. Once again, it will operate with the primary goal of providing easy, convenient mammograms to as many local women as possible and educating the community on how to support breast cancer care on the Northshore. And, also once again, the health system’s Be Well Bus – a 40-foot mobile health unit equipped with leading-edge mammography equipment – will lead the charge. “Since it first hit the streets of St. Tammany and started performing mammograms in August 2021, we’ve identified five breast cancers through screenings on the Be Well Bus,” said Anne Pablovich, the health system’s community health coordinator. “That’s potentially five lives saved in just more than a year of service. I can’t think of a better, more encouraging sign of success. And the best part is that we’re just getting started!” United in Pink’s sophomore campaign will get started Sept. 30, with a special appearance of the bus and a pink-wrapped Sheriff’s Office vehicle – which people will be able to sign in exchange for a nominal donation to local cancer care – in the St. Tammany

Pictured above: A patient is guided into place for a mammogram aboard St. Tammany Health System’s Be Well Bus. The bus will be blanketing the community this October as part of the health system’s second United in Pink breast cancer awareness campaign. (STHS photos)

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IN PINK Parish Fair Parade. That will be followed by a launch event at the Southern Hotel with guests of honor including the St. Tammany Health System Board of Executives and Sheriff Randy Smith. From there, a monthlong calendar of giveback events will take place all over the parish. Local businesses in the community have lined up to become “Pink Partners” by hosting fundraising events, all of which will benefit patient care provided at the cancer center and the St. Tammany Health System Women’s Pavilion. (Other ways to support the campaign include purchasing this year’s United in Pink shirt or making a donation online.) Additionally, the Be Will Bus will embark on a monthlong tour of the parish, where it will visit

mmany Health System’s Be Well Bus – a 40-foot mobile health unit – was put into service,

lth screenings throughout the parish. Since then, it has detected five breast cancers,


TICKET TO RIDE A partial list of events throughout October 2022 at which St. Tammany Health System’s Be Well Bus will be providing mammograms to members of the community. Visit StTammany.health/BeWellBus for a full, updated schedule. Oct. 4, time TBD: Mandeville Night out Against Crime and STPSO Night Out Against Crime in Mandeville. Oct 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: St. Tammany Physicians Network – Folsom. Oct. 6, time TBD: Stone Creek in Covington. Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Professional Women of St. Tammany Retreat at Beau Chene Country Club. Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: St. Tammany Physicians Network – Folsom. Oct. 15: Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival. Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Pelican Athletic Club, Mandeville. Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: St. Tammany Physicians Network – Madisonville. Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: 34th annual Monster Mash, Bogue Falaya Park, Covington. Oct. 26, time TBD: Bush Community Center, 81605 Highway 41. Oct. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: St. Tammany Parish Justice Center in Covington

health clinics, festivals and other community events to offer convenient mammograms to local residents. Most insurance programs cover annual mammograms, meaning no out-of-pocket costs for those being screened. Through donor support, the foundation provides financial assistance to cover mammograms on the Be Well Bus for patients without health insurance. For those who can’t make it to any of the Be Well Bus’ screening events, the St. Tammany Health System Women’s Pavilion will also observe extended hours every Wednesday in October, with a $99 cash special on mammograms. “Breast cancer awareness is a big deal, and so we figured we’d go big with United in Pink,” St. Tammany Hospital Foundation Executive Director Nicole Suhre said. “Last year, the community responded with resounding support, and we can’t wait to build on it this year and continue our mission of delivering world-class healthcare close to home – including potentially life- saving mammograms – for everyone on the Northshore.” For more information on the 2022 United in Pink campaign, including the Pink Partner events calendar, visit: www.sthfoundation.org/ UnitedInPink.

Pictured above: St. Tammany Health System’s Be Well Bus is equipped with an array of screening equipment, including a mammogram machine. Other procedures that can be done aboard the bus include skin cancer screenings, head and neck cancer screenings, colorectal cancer screenings, lung cancer screening assessments, vaccinations, cholesterol and blood pressure checks, and more.

Pictured right: As part of its United in Pink breast awareness campaign, St. Tammany Health System has partnered with a number of local businesses and community organizations. That includes the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, which will again offer local residents a chance to sign a pink-wrapped sheriff’s vehicle for a nominal charge, with proceeds benefitting local cancer care. (STHS photo)


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emember John Gray’s revolutionary 90s book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus? It postulated that genders are essentially from different planets when it comes to traditional relationship dynamics. Turns out, this also applies to battling cancer. Studies have found that while men typically stick to a more analytical and data-driven approach, women tend to seek guidance from cancer survivors and support from their peers. Strong social connections have been linked to greater health, so it’s no wonder why You Night has been so successful. What is You Night? It’s a sisterhood of southeast Louisiana cancer warriors, founded by Northshore businesswoman Lisa McKenzie. Its signature fashion shows serve as participants’ graduation from a nine-month program that enlists teamwork activities and runway coaching to teach women how to overcome the physical and psychological challenges of cancer treatment. “We started out in 2013 wanting to help women declare victory over breast cancer,” Lisa explains. “But we have since evolved to include all cancers, and to become an emotional support network, because not everyone gets a victorious outcome.”

While You Night has been successful in its mission, Lisa decided to take this year’s annual gala up a notch by attempting to break the world record for the largest number of models in a runway show. “Ribbons Rock the Runway” is the theme, and 500 models, including 125 survivors, will wear color-coded fashion to represent 18 different women’s cancers as they strut their stuff on the 500-foot runway stage at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans on October 1, right around the time this issue hits newsstands. “The idea was to bring back alumnae and coach friends and family to participate, plus invite trained models from the community who can use their platforms to help build awareness. Our goal is to promote detection, early intervention, knowing your body, being hyper-aware, and getting second opinions.” They’ll also donate money raised to “We Lift You Up”, a public charity dedicated to helping women emotionally cope after a cancer diagnosis. Eighteen members of the You Night sisterhood have been chosen to serve as ambassadors for the specific type of cancer they’ve battled. We’ve put together mini profiles on each,in their own words.


Jerry Parker

Representing All Cancers

“You got this, girl!”


first learned about invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer after experiencing painful burning in both breasts in September 2012, and I did not wait to see a doctor. I was definitely shocked to learn that I had cancer, but being proactive and insisting on getting prompt appointments was a key to me getting diagnosed. It’s important to know your body and to know what normal feels like for you. You Night helped me find support by creating a safe space for me and other women diagnosed with other forms of cancer to share our experiences, stories, and to lean on each other for advice and inspiration. My advice to others: Embrace the survival stories of others who have traveled this path before you. Know that you are not alone and you never will be. There is strength in community and beauty in every chapter. It is when you find empowerment that true healing begins! Be positive and surround yourself with those that make you smile, happy and laugh. You got this, girl!

Shanta Burns

Repesenting Metastatic Breat Cancer

“Find your tribe!”


saw physical changes with my breast. It appeared to be swollen and had the peau d’orange appearance, which means it looked like an orange peel, and my nipple was inverted. I knew what I was seeing wasn’t normal, so I made an appointment with my GYN doctor. When I heard the word “cancer”, all I could think of was that I was dying. I was in total shock! I was under the age of 40 with no family history. Luckily, I had a group of friends and family that were very supportive, but I didn’t think to look outside for other support groups. You Night gave me the support that I didn’t know I needed. The ladies became my tribe of sisters that understand my journey. If I’m not feeling well, they understand the emotional and physical struggles because they, too, have endured the walk. If you do have to endure this walk, remember you are not alone. Seek support and find your tribe!!

Renee Girault Branch Representing Cervical Cancer

“Knowledge is power”


learned I had cervical cancer when I was just 20 years old after the birth of my first child. I had my first check-up, which came back with an abnormal pap smear. They removed part of my cervix, but it came back after the birth of my second child, so I decided I had to have a hysterectomy. No support was offered to me and we really didn’t have the resources available back then like we have today. I became involved with You Night when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy in 2018. You Night has been a Godsend for me. I have found the support, love and sisterhood I needed to carry me forward through life AFTER cancer! My advice is to be your own patient advocate and educate yourself with what you can do to decrease your risk of cancer through your lifestyle and foods you eat. Get involved with support groups or empowerment programs. Knowledge is power!

Kristen Monroe

Repesenting Bone Cancer

“Be in tune with yourself”


considered myself a normal teenage girl in high school and then BAM! I’m facing life or death situations and surgeries. I started having slight pain in my right elbow, some unusual tingling from my elbow down and eventually, numbness in my fingers. When I was diagnosed in 1992, my family and friends were my main support group. There was no such thing as Facebook back then or to my knowledge any type of support group. I knew Lisa McKenzie and ran into her after my battle with breast cancer. I decided to sign up to walk the runway in 2017, and I am extremely glad that I did! I have met so many wonderful women who will remain lifelong friends. My advice to others is to know your body. Be in tune with yourself and you will know when something is not right.

Pam Kroeper

Representing Head and Neck Cancer

“Hold each other’ s hand ”


was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the base of the tongue with bilateral cervical lymphadenopathy (HPV positive) in October of 2019. I felt and noticed a lump on each side of my neck, and after the completion of a very thorough office exam by my ENT, he looked at me and said, “You have cancer.” This diagnosis was later confirmed from a biopsy. At the time of my diagnosis, I did not feel the need for a support network. I felt that my faith, family and friends, along with my medical team was all the support that I needed. When I met the sisters of You Night and engaged in several of the programs, it brought out feelings that I held inside in a beautiful and healing way. What a blessing it is to have these courageous and inspiring women share this journey. We reach out and hold each other’s hand, and we just know nothing else needs to be said.

Joy Kampen

Repesenting Melanoma

“Feel beautiful again”


n 1998, I went to a podiatrist who was a friend of mine for a routine matter, and I decided to show him the keloid on the bottom of my foot. He said, “Joy, that is a melanoma, and you need surgery immediately.” I was shocked, numb and cried because I never thought that I would get cancer, especially on the bottom of my foot. Please, please, please don’t take it lightly when you see something unusual on your skin and listen to your body! When I was diagnosed, I would have loved to have had a support system to help me deal emotionally. By the time that I applied for You Night, I had already been diagnosed with my second cancer: breast cancer. It helped me to realize how much women need support from other women with similar cancers. Doctors take care of us from a medical standpoint, but You Night helps us with our emotions, helps us feel beautiful and like a woman again, and allows us to form bonds with our ‘sisters’.

Karen Ziebarth

Representing Leukemia/Blood Cancers

“Keep moving forward ”


first learned that I had leukemia when I “woke up” in the ICU at North Oaks Medical Center back in October 2009. I decided to go to the emergency room because I had an excruciatingly painful headache. I did not know that I was having uncontrolled bleeding in my brain. As a busy mom of three kids and working night shift, I overlooked some of my symptoms. After I got discharged, I could not be around any support group due to low immune system, and no support resources were offered to me. You Night helped me find a sisterhood of love and support. Support is so necessary because having cancer and going through treatment is very hard physically, mentally, and emotionally. My advice is to accept your diagnosis and keep moving forward, even if it is day by day, hour by hour, or minute by minute.

Lori Bentley

Repesenting Endometrial Cancer

“Encourage and uplift”


first learned I had cancer in 2018 after discussing some unusual symptoms that I was experiencing, such as debilitating pelvic pain and unusual spotting, during my regular well women checkup. I was absolutely shocked when I was diagnosed because there was no known family history of this type of cancer in my family. My main support network was, and still is, my faith in almighty God! My very supportive family and friends played a huge part in supporting me and praying for me, as well. Recently, I was introduced to You Night Empowering Programs and it has been an amazing experience! It has been such an inspiration and a blessing in my life. I have tremendously evolved and have had the opportunity to meet, encourage and uplift so many cancer survivors and warrior sisters!

Sherry Heller

Representing Triple Negative Breast Cancer

“Reconnect with a love of life”


was on a work trip when the nurse called. When she told me I went numb. I could not see or feel the tumor, even after the mammogram. This was simply an annual mammogram. After that I called my husband and two close friends, who had just been through breast cancer treatment, and my journey began. At first, I was focused on making decisions about treatment and only reached out to a few close friends. Then I created a Facebook page called Bosom Buddies and invited friends and family who I knew would be positive and supportive. After I was done with treatment and began what I really thought of as my survivorship journey, my focus shifted to what’s next. That is when I begin to struggle with anxiety and depression. You Night provided me with a way to reconnect with a love of life and joy in myself and who I am. It was the perfect next step for me.

Michelle Ripoll

Repesenting Neuroendocrine Cancer

“Become more confident and resilient ”


t was uncomfortable to lie flat on my back or stomach and I had vague GI symptoms for years that got progressively worse. My GI doctor felt I could have liver disease, so she ordered an MRI and that is how it was found. I was absolutely, completely shocked. I didn’t feel comfortable going to a regular support group, but You Night helped me be around women that know what it’s like to hear the words, “You have cancer,” I have experienced stress and anxiety since then, but I’ve found being involved in such a wonderful group of women, we call it a sisterhood, has helped with those negative feelings. My biggest advice is, if you know something is wrong or feels “not right” with your body, get a second opinion. It can’t hurt to see another doctor just to make sure you’re not going crazy. I had every GI ailment under the sun and was on 12 different medications for my stomach. Today, I need none of them. EDGE October | November 2022


Collette Marietta

Representing Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma

“Like a breath of fresh air”


n September of my senior year of high school, I felt a cyst about the size of an M&M behind my ear at my jawline. During surgery, they found the tumor was the size of a small egg. My family and I were shocked. In 2011, nodules on my vocal cords turned to thyroid cancer and I had to have them removed. I was good until 2013 when I had a tumor in my left breast. Again, all good until 2016 when I started to lose my hearing on the left side. Squamous cells were growing inside of my ear canal. After this cancer, it was concluded that cancers 2-4 were related to the initial radiation (for ACC). In 1980, radiation was not as specific as it is today. Luckily, I have a wonderful husband for over 26 years and a brother I am close to. Once I finally gave in and joined You Night in 2019, it was like the sky opened, like a breath of fresh air. I know I have a large group of women that I can discuss anything with, call them and they would be to me in 30 minutes.

Katie Bird Brupacher Repesenting Ovarian Cancer

“ Tribe of warriors ”


t was Labor Day weekend and I bought an armoire that I practically loaded into my SUV by myself. That night, I had waves of pain in my abdomen. I called my general practitioner who told me to go to the emergency room. After bloodwork and imagining, they told me at 1am that I had a large mass and admitted me into the hospital. They suspected it was ovarian cancer and that suspicion was confirmed the next day. After the initial shock and immediate medical intervention, you go through this period of “now what?” I heard about You Night three years after my diagnosis. It took me out of my comfort zone and snapped me out of that little malaise I was feeling; introduced me to my tribe of other warriors going through the same type of stress, pain, anxiety and joy; and opened me up to new opportunities. Being diagnosed with cancer is like going through a hurricane. Things will never be pre-storm. Once you give up that notion, and you’re okay with post-storm, you’re good.

Heidi Rhea

Representing Cholangiocarcinoma

“Wonderful bond of sisterhood ”


arrived home from a month in Malawi, Africa, and asked my husband to get me a doctor’s appointment. I was scratching every inch of my body for the entire month I was there and was also fatigued and frequently nauseous. I met with a family practice doctor who sent me to get lab work, and called me later to tell me that my liver numbers were not right. I had an MRI scheduled for the next morning. With four generations of cancer in my family, I was not surprised to get cancer, but Cholangio…… what? My advice to others is to trust your gut if something does not feel right in your body. Also, cancer is expensive. Search for resources in your community. Everyone needs support when going through cancer, someone who can relate to what they are going through. To be with other women who have cancer and chemo and radiation can provide some support for you. We connect and form a wonderful bond of sisterhood, and we become stronger and more self-confident with the You Night activities.

Deidra Langridge

Repesenting Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

“Stay strong and brave”


n August of 2006 while at a family function, my godson, who at the time was a second-year medical student, asked about a non-painful lump in my neck. Michael was aware that my mother had just completed treatment for nonHodgkin lymphoma, so he firmly urged me to see a doctor immediately. I was diagnosed Stage 3 because the cancer was found from my ears to my hips in all my lymph nodes. Ugh. If we didn’t have difficulties along the journey, we may not appreciate our blessing as greatly. At the beginning of 2013, I began volunteering at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. This is where I first heard of You Night and began to encourage patients to investigate the organization. Long story short, that’s when I personally became involved with You Night as a board member as well as a participant. I’ve had the time of my life with the ladies of You Night for many years. Remember, life is a journey. Stay strong and brave. God has a plan for each of us.

Rebecca Lovingood

Representing Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

“Support you with compassion ”


y final month of college in 1982, I was hospitalized with pneumonia, along with tuberculosis and other issues. They noticed I had an enlarged lymph node in my chest, but the doctors chose to watch it. Two years later, a lymph node in my neck became enlarged. When they removed it, it was determined that I had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. When I was diagnosed, I was not offered any resources for support and never even realized that was a possibility. You Night is a wonderful resource and support network, even decades after my initial diagnosis. Due to the radiation I received, I have had additional complications and cancers over the years, and I know that if I should develop other complications that my sisters will be there to support me. If you are comfortable sharing your diagnosis with others, you will be surprised at how many people have also had cancer and want to help support you with compassion, ideas to make life easier while in treatment and knowledge of what is out there that can help.

Amy Bairnsfather Repesenting Colorectal Cancer

“Maintain a positive attitude”


n June of 2017, I was experiencing a strange pulling sensation in my abdominal muscles. I saw my gynecologist, and she ruled out female issues. I learned I had colon cancer when a colonoscopy was done in July. I was absolutely shocked I had this type of cancer. I had no bowel problems. I even purchased a book in 2012 that described how to eat healthy to decrease the risk of cancer and other diseases. When I was diagnosed, my family and friends were my support network. Other resources were not offered to me, but I didn’t think I needed other support. I came across You Night when a nurse friend posted pictures on Facebook. When I attended my first pillar group, I realized I needed support from people who could relate because they had been through it too, and they truly understood. Participating in the class of 2020 made me realize my worth, my strength, and my faith. My advice to other survivors is to maintain a positive attitude, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and trust in God.

Rachel Strain

Representing Brain Cancer

“Continuing love and care”


was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma in November 2012. I have always suffered with migraines; however, I was having some vision issues, I saw a ring of fire and my legs gave out on me at work. Within three days of finding the tumor, I was having my surgery. My husband was my rock, making sure that everything was getting done that needed to be. I did feel like I needed a support network, however everything I read 10 years ago was just doom and gloom. I stopped researching things and just tried to live my best life. When I became involved with You Night, I didn’t know how to express myself. It wasn’t until I heard the ladies talk about each of their own journeys and how each person was dealing with their own emotions that I realized that we were all going through the five stages of grief. I am very thankful to all the ladies I have met, the friendships we have built and the continuing love and care that has been given to me these many years.

Camey Grau

Repesenting Breast Cancer

“ Here is your hope ”


am a fourth generation breast cancer warrior and I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma in situ stage 1 on June 1, 2021. Knowing the strong family history of breast cancer, I was always diligent about looking for changes and have had several biopsies since that first lumpectomy. Because I was considered high risk, I began a faithful regimen of testing. Every six months, mammogram and ultrasound, and six months later, MRI with contrast. I always knew the time would come for my own diagnosis and knew that one day I would hear the words. As I continued to struggle with the complications, I knew that my anxiety and depression were also a struggle. You Night provided a safe space to meet a group of remarkable women from all different backgrounds and cancers that, at the end of the day, could understand what I was going through. You Night was the glimmer of light in the darkness whispering to me, “Here is your hope.”

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Nick Dear’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel retells the well-known story from the point of view of the Creature. The Creature is created by Victor Frankenstein, a troubled scientist who has grown frustrated by traditional scientific methods. His ego and dark ambition drive him to play with life itself and he succeeds in bringing the Creature to life. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, the bewildered Creature is abandoned in a hostile world by his horror-struck maker. Frankenstein’s abandonment of the Creature sets into motion a spiral of catastrophic events that destroy Frankenstein’s loved ones and, ultimately, bind him to the Creature forever.

The story centres on a young engaged couple whose car breaks down in the rain near a castle where they seek a telephone to call for help. The castle or country home is occupied by strangers in elaborate costumes celebrating an annual convention. They discover the head of the house is Dr. Frank N. Furter, an apparently mad scientist who actually is an alien transvestite from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania, who creates a living muscle man named Rocky in his laboratory.

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On the third Friday of each month (April till October), the City of Covington and Heritage Bank present Sunset at the Landing – a free series of musical concerts nestled on the banks of the Bogue Falaya River. From pop to jazz, blues to bluegrass, favorite and soon-to-be favorite bands perform at the historic Columbia Street Landing. Bring your chair, your snacks, your favorite beverage and your smile. Each April and October the City of Covington presents Rockn’ the Rails, a free concert series of some of south Louisiana’s favorite bands. Beginning on September 29th at the Rev. Peter Atkins Park is Rockin Dopsie. Then, at the Covington Trailhead on the following four Thursdays, will be Sugar Bomb, Terrance Siemien & the Zydeco Experience, Bottoms Up and The Blenderz Band. Bring your chair, your dancing shoes and your smile. Food and beverage are available for purchase. Saturday, October 1st at 7:30 pm the Covington Concert Band presents Autumn Dreams: Music That Sparks Imagination at the Castine Center at Pelican Park. This fantastic 60+ piece orchestra, sponsored by the City of Covington, is under the direction of Erik Morales. Admission is free. On October 7th and 9th, the Northshore Performing Arts Society presents Forever Young, Folk Songs of the Sixties. Groove to the sounds of Peter, Paul and Mary, the Mamas and the Papas, and Simon & Garfunkel at the Christ Episcopal School Theater. Tickets ($20 / adult, $5 / children) online at NPASsingers.org or at the door. Squeezed in on October 8th is the Bluesberry Festival – a full blown family friendly music, food and art festival at Bogue Falaya Park. Two stages and ten bands featuring the Band of Heathens and Samantha Fish. Tickets at thebluesberryfest.com. November 17 – 20th is the annual Louisiana Bayou King Festival featuring 8 world class Elvis impersonators, 11 concerts (including one free at the Trailhead on November 17th) and an Elvis tribute contest. Tickets at kingfestivals.com. Music: Like Vienna and Paris, it is just another reason Covington is one of the coolest cities in the northern hemisphere.

It’s fall ya’ll! While it may be a few more weeks until the weather cools down, fall is in the air in Mandeville. However, now is not the time to let your guard down. The City of Mandeville and our wonderful employees have worked really hard to develop and update our Emergency Plan (the plan can be viewed at our city website www.cityofmandeville.com under “Important Links.”) Two years ago, hurricanes were still heading our way just days before Halloween, so please keep your own family household emergency plan updated and stay vigilant. I again encourage our residents to visit our newly improved city website. More technological updates will be coming soon, mainly in the area of a new work order system for both Public Works and Code Enforcement. Please also sign up for the new Mandeville Text alert system which can also be done on the homepage of thew new city website. It is always a good feeling when the kids head back to school, football season starts, and outdoor events begin again in cooler temperatures. Our FREE family friendly fall concert series, Mandeville Live, will return to the Trailhead beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23 with SWING AROUX, and then on Friday, September 30 with Soul Revival. Please visit the city website and click on the “Mandeville Trailhead” tab for a full fall concert series lineup as well as a list of a host of other activities the city hosts weekly at the Mandeville Spitzfaden Community Center, including BINGO, Chair Yoga, Painting, Line Dancing, and Breathing/ Meditation. The financial position of the City is extremely healthy. Altitude Trampoline Park has opened, and Target is “on Target” to open mid-October. We are looking forward to new businesses such as the Backpacker and Loft 18 opening in the coming months. Please enjoy the upcoming cooler temperatures and an activity-packed fall season. Mark your calendars now for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra “Sunset Symphony” at 4:00pm on Saturday, October 22, 2022.

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e are inundated with chemicals in our food, water, air, environment and personal skin products that we use daily. All of those chemicals have side effects and the combinations of some chemicals cause carcinogenic compounds. The key is to eliminate unnecessary chemicals in our daily lives as much as possible. But where to start? Grab the items you use daily. Think deodorant, body wash, lotion, hand soap, face moisturizer, etc. Review the ingredient list and make sure you do not see any of the following (If you find any one of these, it is time for a clean switch): • Parabens (commonly listed as methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, and butylparaben). • Phthalates [commonly listed as DBP (dibutyl phthalate), DINP (diisononyl phthalate), BBP (benzyl butyl phthalate),

DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate), DEHP (di-2-Ethylhexyl phthalate), DMP (dimethyl phthalate), DIDP (dodecyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate)]. Phthalates are more commonly found in non-natural fragrances and in plastic bottles. • Talc or Mineral Talc. More commonly in powder products. • Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives (commonly listed as quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, bromopol and glyoxal) • Triclosan or Triclocarban (commonly listed as Irgasan DP300, Lexol 300, Ster-Zac, Cloxifenolum.

Routine. So you just discovered your beloved deodorant that has kept you dry and smelling blissful contains parabens. What now? I highly recommend checking out Joshua Tree Personal Care. They are a local company that takes the guesswork out of questionable ingredients. They never use chemicals, ever. There are even beauty brands out there that take it further by creating products that help with the common side effects of chemotherapy, while giving back. Volition Beauty Mission Brows responsibly source human hair for eyebrow wigs, which is a more realistic eyebrow application compared to pencils. Plus 10% of the proceeds are donated to the Ullman Cancer Foundation. I have always been big on giving back to our local community through my brand, Kismet. I am proud to say we have raised over $2000 through the sales of our Opulent Body Bronzing Lotion alone. 10% of the net proceeds are given to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in honor of the Lauren Savoy Olinde Foundation. Whether you are looking to create a care basket for a friend facing tough times with a diagnosis, looking to clean up your own routine or find brands that focus on community over profits, there are plenty of beautiful brands to choose from. If you are interested in diving deeper into ingredient ratings, visit the United States based Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website (ewg.org/skindeep/). On this website you will find product hazard scores based on the ingredient’s links to allergies, cancer and other common issues.


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Concert Series in Heritage Park

October 1

Amanda Shaw

October 15

Comedy Night with Mike Strecker & Nature Boy

October 29

Halloween Bash with Vince Vance and the Valiants

Saturdays • 5-7 pm • Heritage Park • Free Admission • 985.646.4375 The City of Slidell and the Commission on the Arts would like thank our 2022/2023 Cultural Season Sponsors: Renaissance • $5,000 Sponsors: Plus + Publications Baroque • $2,500 Sponsors: Silver Slipper Casino

Neoclassical • $1,000 Sponsors: Councilman Bill & Laura Borchert Lori’s Art Depot • Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency Impressionism • $500 Sponsors: CiCi’s Pizza • Mayor Greg Cromer State Representative Mary DuBuisson, District 90 • Old School Eats Food Truck Roberta’s Cleaners • Slidell Historic Antique Association



’ve always been fascinated by the Native American approach to hunting. Far from entertainment or sport, it comes from a place of reverence and looks upon animals as noble beings to be honored for giving their lives to nourish and benefit others. Those concepts came to mind when I spoke with Philip “Andy” McClurkan, owner of Angry Gator Leather Company. I knew nothing about him ahead of time, but when I found out I was going to speak with the owner of a local alligator leather product business, I assumed that anyone who catches alligators and knows how to transform their hides into wallets and purses must’ve grown up deep in the Louisiana swamps, fishing and hunting with his paw-paw on a pirogue, right? Nope, I was way off. Andy is actually from Fort Worth, Texas. Wait, what? When I think of north Texas, I picture desert lizards, but not the swamp variety. Turns out, Texas certainly has a decent alligator population, but it’s only about a quarter of the number that we have in Louisiana, and mostly concentrated in the southeastern region of the state. So, what gives? “I was a Wildlife & Fisheries major at Texas A&M,” Andy explained. “The gator thing just kind of fell in my lap. I signed up to do a lottery alligator hunt 15 years ago, and won three tickets. And I’ve been doing this ever since.”


These days, at age 49, Andy lives with his wife Gina in Bush, near the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge, and his main job is as a nuisance alligator hunter for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF).Technically, he’s not an agency employee, but one of the licensed contractors permitted to handle troublesome alligators. Given his background and the agency’s mission to manage and protect animals in the wild, it’s no wonder that Andy approaches his job with more of a respectful eye to conservation and species management than a typical hunter. “We caught several hundred last year, but killed only 60. I prefer to relocate them. I’ve relocated alligators up to 9.5 feet and 400 pounds. I love them, they’re incredible animals. They’re literally living dinosaurs.” According to the LDWF, an alligator qualifies as a nuisance if it is longer than four feet and presents a threat to pets, livestock or humans. That’s when Andy steps in. The more manageable nuisance gators are moved to either Lake Maurepas or the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area. Andy makes sure to take them at least 20 miles away from where they’re caught because, unlike with his leather and meat business, he does not want repeat customers.

But not every gator is lucky enough to be transported. How does he decide which ones have to be destroyed? “That only happens if they’re too large and people are at risk, or if they’ve been fed. About 30% of nuisance alligators are fed by humans. A fed alligator is a dead alligator. It’s bad for them, and potentially bad for humans.” Sadly, this was the case in last year’s tragic death of a Slidell man the day after Hurricane Ida made landfall in the only known deadly alligator attack in the state’s history. Andy was one of the people who caught the beast, and he was able to determine that someone, in fact, had been feeding it. Sometimes Andy’s job means carrying out an act of mercy. One of his most recent catches was “an old toothless guy” who was approximately 50 years old. Not only was he too large to move, at over 11 feet long, but he was blind in one eye and visibly underweight. Hardly fit to survive very much longer in the wild.

Andy’s foray into leather crafting began with simply making things for family and friends. Then he dove in and taught himself the whole fabrication process, and Angry Gator was born. The idea for the name, he told me, came courtesy of the especially feisty character whose hide was used in Andy’s first leather products. He now uses only nuisance or population control alligators, which he harvests himself. I asked him to walk me through it all, step-by-step. He begins by skinning the alligator by hand, which takes about three hours for a 10foot beast. He then meticulously pressure washes the hide, rolls and salts it, then delivers it to a tannery in Florida, as the only local shop closed up a while back. Tanning takes a whopping 6 to 14 months. Once it comes back, he cuts and sews each individual item by hand, with wallets taking about four hours to complete, and purses anywhere from 12 to 16 hours. Given that time-consuming process, and considering it’s not unusual for Andy to put in 16 hours a day chasing down troublesome gators, it’s impossible for him to stockpile a lot of merchandise. You can find some of his products at Papier Plume in the French Quarter, and while he brings whatever he has in stock to sell alongside his gator meat at the Abita Farmers Market every Sunday, and the occasional Saturday market in Covington, your best bet is to call in to place specific orders. His biggest seller is card wallets, but Andy can make pretty much anything you’d like, except footwear. He’s even made alligator ball caps. Prices range from $6 for earrings made by his Gina, to $2800 for a custom duffel bag. When I expressed shock at hearing of such a high-ticket item, he explained, “It’s made with 318-pound thread, so it’s more rugged and durable than a Hermès or Louis Vuitton. It sells because when people put their hands on it, they can tell it’s something different from anything else they’ve seen. Each piece is one-of-a-kind.” As one could imagine, being a nuisance alligator hunter is not for the faint of heart. In addition to once getting a dislocated wrist, he was actually bitten last year! “Yeah, it was pretty bad,” Andy told me, casually. “This alligator had the treble hook go through his snout, and when I tried to retrieve it, we got hooked together and rolled a bit. That one had to go.” Not only could I not imagine doing that myself, I couldn’t imagine being married to someone who did. When I asked if his wife worries about him, he chuckled, “Oh, no. She hunts with me sometimes. She once helped me haul a 10-footer over a seawall in Slidell. She works for a vet and is tender-hearted, so like me, she definitely advocates for the animals.” I had one last question bouncing around in my head, but it seemed just too silly at the time. So, the chicken that I am, I texted it to him later. Given that his name is Andy, and he works with gators, is there, um, any particular local beer that strikes his fancy? He immediately replied, “Andygator is the best beer ever.” Along with a snapshot of a six pack, minus one. Hey, Abita Brewing Company, give this man an endorsement deal! To browse through some of his merchandise or to place an order, visit his website at angrygatorleather.com.


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Greg Cromer City of Slidell Mayor


Get ready for a fun and active fall here in Tangipahoa Parish! While our parish is well-known for its spring festival season, fall is a great time for outdoor fun in Tangipahoa. The season kicks off with the Tangipahoa Parish Fair, which runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, in Amite. Did you know that our fair is the oldest in the state? It dates back to 1888! This year’s theme is “From Wagon Wheels to Ferris Wheels” and as always, it will be a blending of old-fashioned fun and modern entertainment. To learn more, check out their website at https://www.tangifair.org. After the fair, there will be something happening every weekend from now until Christmas in Tangipahoa. We have Vintage Market Days in Amite, Old Farmer’s Day in Loranger, Toula Que and Fall Fest in Ponchatoula, the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond, and a lot more! Looking for something spooky to do with the little ones? Join us for a very special Night Out Against Crime and Trunk or Treat event on Monday, Oct. 31, at the parish complex on Club Deluxe Road in Hammond. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., we’ll have games, safety demonstrations, a DJ, and lots of treats to share with our little ghouls and goblins. This is a special event, sponsored by Tangipahoa Parish Government, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa. We hope to see you there! You can find out more about these and our entire calendar of upcoming events at http://www.tangitourism.com/Events/Community-Calendar. Autumn is a great time to fall in love with Tangipahoa! Make plans to join us at one (or more) of these great events. We know that once you experience it, you will want to MOVE HERE, too!

Dear Citizens, Slidell is in the middle of festival season. Here are a few of the many great events that are happening in our community. Slidell Movie Nights moves from hot summer nights to much cooler fall weather. Enjoy family friendly movies in Heritage Park on Friday evenings this fall starting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30, Oct. 14 and Oct. 28. Please visit “Slidell Movie Nights” on Facebook or MySlidell.com to see the featured movies. Admission is free. Fall means music - and even comedy - at the city’s Bayou Jam concert series. Amanda Shaw will entertain the community on Oct. 1. The first Bayou Jam comedy concert featuring Mike Strecker happens on Oct. 15. And Vince Vance and the Valiants return for the Bayou Jam Halloween Bash on Oct. 29. Concerts are on Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and admission is free. The works of local artist Lori Anselmo are featured in the George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall. Her retrospective exhibit, Lori Anselmo: A Celebration of 20 Years of Art, is on display through October 21. Starting Nov. 4, the Slidell Art League will present their annual “Artists of the Year” Exhibit. It will be on display through Dec. 16. The Slidell Cultural Center is located at 2055 Second Street in Olde Towne Slidell. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Fridays, from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. A few of the many other events happening in October include Chief Fandal’s Wild Game Cook-Off on Oct. 1, Olde Towne Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 1, Olde Towne Slidell Main Street’s Oktoberfest on Oct. 8, Mid-Size City Mayor’s Conference and Olde Towne Block Party hosted by Mayor Cromer and the City of Slidell on Oct. 19, St. Margaret Mary Food and Fun Fest on Oct. 21-23, Olde Towne Merchant Association’s Zombie Crawl on Oct. 28, Mona Lisa and Moonpie Parade on Oct. 29, and the Olde Towne Historic Antique Association’s Fall Street Fair Oct. 29-30. We are blessed to have so many cultural events in Slidell and St. Tammany Parish. Get out and enjoy the cool fall weather and all great events happening in our community.

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everal years ago, when a conversation mentioned Pickleball, people would say “What is pickleball?”. Today, just about everyone has seen, heard about or played the game of pickleball. So what is this sport? Played on a court 20’ x 44’ with a tennis net, players use paddles and a hard plastic ball to hit ground strokes, dinks, volleys and overhead smashes. The game was invented in the late 60’s in Washington state, and today it is the fastest growing sport in America. More pickleball courts are built now than tennis courts, and tennis clubs are now offering pickleball as well. Tournaments are held across the country every week, with players competing in specific age and skill levels. An organization called the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) has been formed, which offers prize money at tournaments and is getting more popular. Until a few years ago, in St. Tammany Parish players could only play indoor in gyms due to no outdoor facilities. Pelican Park in Mandeville had an under-used baseball field that needed to be better utilized. Tennis courts were the first choice, as the park did not know much about pickleball. But after researching other areas in the country, they realized the need for an outdoor facility. Ultimately eight state-ofthe-art courts were completed in September 2019. The courts are very popular especially on Saturdays when 5060 players show up. Along with local families, players come from Mississippi, Baton Rouge and Houma. The beauty of Pickleball is that all ages and level of play can interact. Every week more new players are coming out to the park as people learn about the amazing facility. You


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see grandparents, kids and grandkids all on the same court. Many families play together regularly, as do husband and wife teams. A strong sense of community through a healthy activity has blossomed and continues to grow! The park has held three successful tournaments so far with others coming in the future. Pelican Park has hit a “home run” by building and managing this facility and has helped this community grow this great sport. Basic Rules according to the USAPickleball.org • Pickleball is played either as doubles (two players per team) or singles; doubles is most common • The same size playing area and rules are used for both singles and doubles The Serve • The server’s arm must be moving in an upward arc when the ball is struck. • Paddle contact with the ball must not be made above the waist level. • The head of the paddle must not be above the highest part of the wrist at contact. • A ‘drop serve’ is also permitted in which case none of the elements above apply. • At the time the ball is struck, the server’s feet may not

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touch the court or outside the imaginary extension of the sideline or centerline and at least one foot must be behind the baseline on the playing surface or the ground behind the baseline. • The serve is made diagonally crosscourt and must land within the confines of the opposite diagonal court. • Only one serve attempt is allowed per server. Serving Sequence • Both players on the serving doubles team have the opportunity to serve and score points until they commit a fault (except for the first service sequence of each new game). • The first serve of each side-out is made from the right/even court. • If a point is scored, the server switches sides and the server initiates the next serve from the left/ odd court. • As subsequent points are scored, the server continues switching back and forth until a fault is committed and the first server loses the serve.


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• When the first server loses the serve the partner then serves from their correct side of the court (except for the first service sequence of the game). • The second server continues serving until his team commits a fault and loses the serve to the opposing team. • Once the service goes to the opposition (at side out), the first serve is from the right/even court and both players on that team have the opportunity to serve and score points until their team commits two faults. • In singles the server serves from the right/even court when his or her score is even and from the left/odd when the score is odd. • At the beginning of each new game only one partner on the serving team has the opportunity to serve before faulting, after which the service passes to the receiving team.

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Scoring • Points are scored only by the serving team. • Games are normally played to 11 points, win by 2. • Tournament games may be to 15 or 21, win by 2. • When the serving team’s score is even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) the player who was the first server in the game for that team will be in the right/even court when serving or receiving; when odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) that player will be in the left/odd court when serving or receiving. Two-Bounce Rule • When the ball is served, the receiving team must let it bounce before returning, and then the serving team must let it bounce before returning, thus two bounces. • After the ball has bounced once in each team’s court, both teams may either volley the ball (hit the ball before it bounces) or play it off a bounce (ground stroke). • The two-bounce rule eliminates the serve and


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volley advantage and extends rallies. Non-Volley Zone • The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 feet on both sides of the net. • Volleying is prohibited within the non-volley zone. This rule prevents players from executing smashes from a position within the zone. • It is a fault if, when volleying a ball, the player steps on the non-volley zone, including the line and/or when the player’s momentum causes them or anything they are wearing or carrying to touch the non-volley zone including the associated lines. • It is a fault if, after volleying, a player is carried by momentum into or touches the non-volley zone, even if the volleyed ball is declared dead before this happens. • A player may legally be in the non-volley zone any time other than when volleying a ball. • The non-volley zone is commonly referred to as “the kitchen.” Line Calls • A ball contacting any part of any line, except the non-volley zone line on a serve, is considered “in.” • A serve contacting the non-volley zone line is short and a fault. Faults • A fault is any action that stops play because of a rule violation. • A fault by the receiving team results in a point for the serving team. • A fault by the serving team results in the server’s loss of serve or side out. Determining Serving Team Any fair method can be used to determine which player or team has first choice of side, service, or receive.

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“If these walls could talk” may be an overused idiom when referring to old homes, but when it comes to a quaint, center hall cottage nestled in the Division of Spring just blocks outside of historic downtown Covington, there could be no better example of if these walls could talk… The traditional merchant’s home of the 19th century was built circa 1901. Over the years, it has passed through the hands of some of Covington’s most prominent families. The property was fi rst held by Miss Sara L. Kennedy who acquired the entirety of Square 10 at tax sale in April of 1884. She carved out and sold four lots to William Kennedy in May of 1901, including the two lots designated as 405 South Vermont St. By September of the same year the original buildings had been erected. It was at that time when Emile Frederick, Mayor of Covington from 1891 until 1892, purchased the property. Many longtime residents of Covington may be familiar with the Frederick family as they’ve passed the “Frederick Oak,” which sits in the middle of South Vermont St. between 19th Ave. and Temperance St. Twenty years later, the Kennedy family re-acquired the lots and owned the home until 1957, when it passed from the Estate of Belle Kennedy Martindale to

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Alvin Martindale. Mid-century, the home was acquired and remained in the Poole family (Poole Lumber Company) for approximately fourteen years. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scott Wheaton took ownership of the property in May of 1978. Approximately eighteen months later, Benjamin Goliwas acquired the property and it remained in the Goliwas family (Goliwas Marine Services, Inc.) for more than thirty years. Today, Marie and Todd Gregory have made the home a welcoming place to enjoy retirement. The journey from “merchant’s home” to “retirement home” however, was a bumpy ride. With the fi rst step into the home’s center hall, the couple fell in love. The home was warm and inviting. During the purchase process, all the various home inspectors gave the home a “clean bill of health.” Believing that the home needed only to be fi ne-tuned for their lifestyle and family needs, the new homeowners jumped into the renovation process wholeheartedly. They soon learned that renovating a home that is over 100 years old is not for the faint of heart. With the assistance of Adler Design & Build of New Orleans, the homeowners designed additions to the home that would accommodate their love for entertaining family and friends and provide a master bedroom suite downstairs (looking ahead to the days when climbing the home’s stairs might become too difficult) From the beginning, it was clear that all the windows needed replacing. This is precisely where the fun began. The homeowners’ contractor and longtime friend, Allen Tingle, began to measure for the new windows when he discovered that the original home had no insulation. A little more digging and he discovered termite damage. Just a little more digging and the wiring looked more than just a little questionable. It was at that point that the couple accepted the reality of the situation. Just tweaking the home turned into a full on, tearit-down-to-the-studs renovation. As the contractor’s team began to demolish the existing interior, the walls truly began to tell a tale. Though the floor plan of the home had been modified through previous remodeling efforts, the original floor plan could be seen clearly during demolition as each of the original rooms was painted a different color ranging from vibrant greenish blues to golden yellows to flat browns. One room must have been a child’s bedroom as the walls bore the markings of a simple stick figure and evidence of juvenile attempts to make letters. The original walls and ceilings were rough cut cypress tongue and groove. The combination of 100 plus year old wood held together with square nails caused the demolition process to be slow and tedious. In order to accomplish the goal of adding insulation, most of the original wall boards were removed. Not surprisingly, the stud bays and ceiling joists housed old porcelain knobs and tubes common at the turn of the century. As a nod to the home’s history, the original wood was kept on the ceilings of the center hall and kitchen and accent walls in the original downstairs bedrooms and stairwell.

With the heavy lifting of demolition completed, it was fi nally time to start the rebuilding process. Various remodeling efforts over the life of the home had not been true to the period in which the home was originally built. Though the homeowners desired the conveniences of modern living, they also had a strong desire to honor the home’s history and the period in which it was built. The couple assembled the perfect team to reach the balance of historic and modern. Leah and Tom Edmonds of The Woodwright Shop in downtown Covington were invaluable in guiding building decisions based on design history of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The couple called on Jeff McNeely of Niche Modern Home to assist in the effort to balance the history of the home with the convenience of modern living. The windows that needed replacement were not the home’s original windows so restoration wasn’t practical and they were replaced with modern, energy-efficient windows. However, the windows’ design reflects the “six over six” sashes and a muntin profi le that were popular at the time the home was built. This subtle change was impactful on restoring the home’s exterior. The center hall is truly the heart of this home. To take advantage of the tall ceilings, The Woodwright Shop designed and built custom cypress doors in an Eastlake style. Circa 1970s paneling was replaced with a wainscoting of New Orleans Bead and the walls were covered with grasscloth wallpaper

in a soft cream. The rustic texture of the original ceiling is juxtaposed against modern crystal chandeliers. The couple took the opportunity to retain original design elements where feasible and salvaged materials for repurposing along the way. The original sidelights still frame the entry door. The rear entry door of antique cypress was stripped and repurposed for use as the door to the new master closet. Rafters that were cut from the original roof line to tie in the addition of the master suite were used to brace overhangs on the new garage. However, the most stunning feature of the original home may be the floors. At the time of purchase, the floors were covered in a dark, opaque stain. David Rawson and his team at La Custom Flooring sanded the floors revealing beautiful antique heart pine flooring. They did a masterful job of fi nishing the floors such that the old and new flooring blur seamlessly into one. The new stain provides a rich contrast to the calm white walls while still allowing the grain of the wood to take center stage once again. The Gregorys are honored for their family to add the next chapter of memories to the history of this lovely cottage in the heart of Covington. To see this home and more, join the Covington Heritage Foundation’s annual “History and Holly Home Tour” on December 4, 2022. Go to bontempstix.com for tickets.

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St. Tammany NOW


Tammany NOW is a curated collection of the latest economic development information and business and industry insight in our community directly from St. Tammany Corporation, the economic development organization for St. Tammany. St. Tammany NOW highlights what and who makes the St. Tammany business community thrive and illustrates the opportunities to diversify and fortify our economy. THRIVE2023, St. Tammany’s 5-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan, was formally adopted in February 2019 after completing an extensive planning process. Understanding and fostering the entrepreneurial

ecosystem is an identified tactic within this section of the strategic plan. We have spent considerable time over the past year researching, listening, and learning about the assets available within the broader region to support entrepreneurs, understanding the barriers that small business leaders and entrepreneurs face as they create and scale their businesses, and discerning the elements needed to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem on the Northshore. The outcome of this process has brought us to the launch of Startup Northshore, a three-year entrepreneurial ecosystem pilot program with the purpose of fostering innovation, productivity, and business formation on the Northshore through strategic partnerships with recognized entities in the entrepreneurship landscape to deliver firstclass programming for entrepreneurs and second stage companies. In August, St. Tammany Corporation and The Idea Village announced the establishment of a strategic partnership between the organizations, anchored by the launch of the IDEAinstitute Northshore program. This partnership represents a key step in St. Tammany Corporation’s strategic priority of engaging in dynamic relationships with respected thought leaders to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in St. Tammany and the broader region. “This partnership with The Idea Village is a key component of our Startup Northshore initiative that strives to advance our strategic business formation and business retention efforts,” said Chris Masingill, CEO of St. Tammany Corporation. “The launch of the first IDEAinstitute Northshore cohort is a significant opportunity to begin shaping the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem on the


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Northshore. This partnership is designed to bring specific, technical business development support for entrepreneurs from a nationally recognized leader in the entrepreneurial space directly to our Northshore area businesses.” “The momentum of regional entrepreneurship shows that good ideas don’t know parish lines,” said Jon Atkinson, CEO of The Idea Village. “Our new partnership with the St. Tammany Corporation will offer Northshore entrepreneurs an enhanced opportunity to benefit from The Idea Village’s deep experience in helping to catalyze their startups, while also connecting them with other Northshore startups, business coaches, mentors, and investors that are closer to home,” he said. “The launch of this partnership, along with the Startup Northshore initiative, is a key first step towards building a connected super-regional startup community that supports local founders in creating dynamic, innovative new businesses and allows for deep, local connections wherever they choose to call home.” IDEAinstitute is an idea-stage accelerator program that introduces innovative entrepreneurs and potential startup founders to the tools they need to turn an idea into a scalable venture. Founders will walk away from the program with a plan to build a business following the Lean Startup Methodology, and they will meet a community of like-minded founders along the way. This 10-week program is run in a hybrid format, with each week’s session running virtually and opportunities to engage in person in the final week. IDEAinstitute is led by Dr. Felipe Massa, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Loyola

University New Orleans and produced by The Idea Village in collaboration with local partners. The fall 2022 cohort is currently underway which has exceeded expectations with its strong participation from Northshore-based founders, and applications for the spring 2023 cohort will be available at the beginning of the new year. Since its inception, the program has served 261 founders across seven cohorts while continually fine-tuning the curriculum and surrounding acceleration model. Now a proven model with a consistent net promoter score of more than 70 (the industry standard for “world-class”),

IDEAinstitute is looking to expand hands-on support and accessibility in surrounding communities by developing a network of local satellite programs that will be delivered through partner organizations to expand the program’s footprint and reach across the region. Ultimately, The Idea Village envisions a hub-and-spoke network that brings world-class startup resources to all communities within our region and connects and provides value to all regional entrepreneurs. St. Tammany Corporation is the first “spoke” partner of this approach. “The entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern Louisiana has evolved significantly in the past two decades, and we are excited to intentionally engage with wellrespected regional partners to bring their expertise to the Northshore,” said Marty Mayer, St. Tammany Corporation Board President. “The Northshore is well-suited to maximize our strategic geographic location and talented people to foster innovation and creativity through business formation.” Partnerships are critical to building a vibrant ecosystem, and we are proud of our ongoing partnerships to support existing small businesses in our region. In December 2020, St. Tammany Corporation and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University formalized a coordinated effort to expand access to services and resources to the business community in St. Tammany through an agreement that provides enhanced technical assistance and increased collaborative efforts to best support businesses in St. Tammany Parish. Since this time, the two entities, in collaboration with the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, have delivered numerous free programming and training opportunities to area businesses.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Delgado Community College is another regional resource for Northshore small businesses to explore. As noted on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses website, “Through the program, you will gain practical skills across topics such as financial statements negotiation, marketing, and employee management, and gain the tools to develop a customized business plan for growth—for free.” Application are currently being accepted for entrepreneurs who meet the following criteria:

Chris Masingill Chief Executive Officer St. Tammany Corporation

These workshops cover a wide array of topics ranging from a robust “Grow with Google” series to marketing and selling your products and services, to navigating SBA disaster relief resource opportunities. This partnership elevates the SBA/ SBDC resources in a format that is accessible for business owners and provides a direct point of entry to traditional small business resources. The LSDBC at Southeastern staff members facilitate one-on-one small business counseling sessions at the St. Tammany Corporation office on a monthly basis. St. Tammany Corporation’s Startup Northshore initiative is made possible through the financial support and partnership of Chevron and Citizens National Bank. “The St. Tammany Corporation continues to enable the future economic health and prosperity of our community,” said Gulf of Mexico Public Affairs Manager Leah Brown. “Startup Northshore will give area entrepreneurs the tools they need to grow and expand regional economic

• Are the owner or co-owner of a business • Have been in operation for at least 2 years • Generate annual sales or revenues above $75,000 • Have at least 2 employees including the owner • Applications are due on October 12, 2022 and are available online at https://10ksbapply. com/.

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opportunities. We’re proud to partner with the St. Tammany Corporation on this initiative.” “Citizens National Bank’s focus is serving both businesses and consumers right here in our local communities,” said Joey Donaldson, Senior Vice President and Business Banker at Citizens National Bank Northshore. “We are pleased to partner with St. Tammany Corporation on the Startup Northshore initiative which will provide support to entrepreneurs and small business leaders through programming and technical assistance resources.”

Our intentional and collaborative engagement with our regional and statewide partners gives us a “big picture” understanding of the multifaceted opportunities that exist for creating healthy, vibrant, thriving economies of scale within our parish, the Northshore footprint, and the broader region. To meet the goals of the Startup Northshore pilot program, St. Tammany Corporation recently established an Entrepreneur in Residence staff position. The Entrepreneur in Residence will serve as the Program Manager and point


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of contact for all things relative to entrepreneurship and second stage companies. Vincenzo Caronna, a St. Tammany native whose experience as a biological engineer, founder and CEO of his own company, and alum of the IDEAinstitute, is uniquely positioned to support fellow entrepreneurs and founders. Vincenzo Caronna, As the Entrepreneur in Residence Entrepreneur in Residence and Program Manager & Program Manager, he will build a cohesive program of work with our collaborative partners and provide multiple opt-in opportunities for the Northshore entrepreneurial community. Startup Northshore provides an opportunity for our talented community members to advance their business formation efforts through dynamic networking and technical programming experiences. 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. Ashley Llewellyn is the lead staff contributor to this article.

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My turn: by Papillon & Lauren Anderson

ABOUT PAPILLON AND LAUREN ANDERSON In every issue, EDGE of the Lake invites a local chef or restauranteur to visit another eatery on the Northshore. Papillon and Lauren Anderson are the owners of Papillon’s in Mandeville. Papillon’s offers European fine dining specializing in French and Sicilian cuisine. Formerly Gio’s Villa Vancheri, where the couple were loyal patrons, Papillon and Lauren Anderson bought and reopened the restaurant in July 2021.


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My wife Lauren and I went on a “working” breakfast date to Creole Bagelry in Slidell towards the end of August. We had not been in over a year, and we were excited to try out some of the new menu items. The menu really is a perfect breakfast menu. There are plenty of options, even beyond their famous New York style bagels. You can go the healthier route and order a fresh avocado toast served with two eggs and your choice of breakfast meat, or you can go rich and decadent with their high-piled chicken and waffles. Creole Bagelry also specializes in quiches and omelets. You can build your own, or select one off the menu. I ordered the shrimp and grits with the eggs over easy. I also had an everything bagel with jalapeño cream cheese. Lauren ordered a plain bagel with their housemade cream cheese. The bagels are hard to turn down. Creole Bagelry is the only place on the Northshore that offers kettle-boiled, authentic New York-style bagels. They are made in-house daily from scratch in small batches to ensure quality and avoid food waste. The restaurant usually sells out; so if you go, go early or order ahead, so you don’t miss out! It is also worth noting that the coffee is excellent. Creole Baglery uses locally-roasted, specialty grade Abita Roasting Co. Coffee. They also serve bloody marys, mimosas and irish coffees if you wish to turn your breakfast into a brunch celebration. The environment is also so relaxing. While always hopping, the restaurant never gets too loud. This was ideal for us, as we were able to get some work done while we enjoyed our breakfast. We went for breakfast, but Creole Bagelry does a great lunch too. You can order breakfast items all day, but they also offer a big selection of salads, wraps, and bagel sandwiches.

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Dearest Reader, the town was a buzz with the lasted gossip with the swankiest of guests wearing their finest Regency Era attire for the New Height’s Bridgerton Garden Party held at the Southern Hotel in Historic Downtown Covington. Lord Fennelly and Lord Sanchez graciously hosted the most delightful of galas. It truly was the event of the season.


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St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce hosted Southern Nights Gala at The Inn at La Provence. The festive event included casino games, live and silent auction and food from local restaurants.

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The Bluesberry Festival held a 2022 Poster Artist Reveal Party at Westaff’s headquarters in Mandeville. Friends and sponsors were on hand to view the artwork created by Tami Curtis Guy. The Bluesberry Festival takes place on October 8th in Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.


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