Sophisticated Woman Magazine - June 2020

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Enterprising Man Warren Montgomery District Attorney 22nd Judicial District Court

Our Annual Men's Issue Celebrating Father's Day Post-It Note Dad Sharp Dressed Man Manly Cocktails for Dad 1

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W The Northshore’s Best


Cover Story Warren Montgomery: Balancing Justice............. 22 Post-It Note Dad

Dad Notes: Messages of Fatherly Love................. 6 On-Trend Fashion for Men

Sharp Dressed Man................................................ 14 June Cocktails

Manly Cocktails for Dad......................................... 33



Behind the Scenes

Backyard Bliss

Warren Montgomery, District Attorney 22nd Judicial District Court

Snoann Willett, St. Tammany Master Gardener



Post-It Note Dad

Liz Tarabour, MS, RDN, CDE, LDD

Our Enterprising Man Photo Shoot......................... 5


On the Cover:

Balancing Justice................................................... 22

Dad Notes: Messages of Fatherly Love................... 6

More than Just a Pretty Space................................ 24

Home Grown Vegetables For Summer................. 30

Mindful Eating ..................................................... 28

By the Numbers

Father's Day Fun Facts.............................................. 9



June Recipe


Beef Tagliata with Arugula...................................... 32

On-Trend Fashion for Men

June Cocktails

Sharp Dressed Man................................................. 14



Chad Roig | Farm Bureau Insurance

Publisher’s Note........................................................ 6

Cultivating Deep Roots............................................ 11



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Manly Cocktails for Dad.......................................... 33

Ingrid Rinck | Rinck Packaging

Vision Brings Opportunity....................................... 13 Culinary Kids

Culinary Kids Goes "Stir Crazy"............................... 31

Northshore Humane Society................................. 29 Local Restaurants: Here to Serve You.................. 34 Community Conquering Crisis............................. 38 Education & Community Support........................ 39 Spotlight on Seniors............................................... 40

Sophisticated Woman Magazine

Behind the Scenes Our Enterprising Man

By Women. For Women. Inspiring Women.

Photo Shoot With Warren Montgomery

Publisher Lorie Hollis Associate Editor Jan Windhorst Art Director | Graphic Design Pam Hendrix

WE MET WITH our June 2020

Administrative Manager Emily Warder

Enterprising Man, Warren Montgomery,

Sales Manager Stephanie Norman

in Covington where photographer Steve

Account Executives Angela Dutel

Randon and the Sophisticated Woman

Contributing Writers Susie Kaznowitz, Snoann Willett and Jan Windhorst

team coordinated his cover shoot at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center.

Contributing Photographers Kiki Randon, Steve Randon, and Jan Windhorst

Find District Attorney Montgomery's

Social Media Elise Apffel

story on page 22 and learn more about

Production Sophisticated Woman Magazine

his history as a public servant and

Distribution Manager Anthony Figaro

passion for truth, while maintaining

Cover Photography Steve Randon Photography

priorities at home and remaining a strong role model.

Contributors Sophisticated Woman Magazine 409 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433 Phone: 985-893-7350, Fax: 985-893-7686

Jan Windhorst is the Associate Editor for Sophisticated Woman Magazine. She has a Master of Journalism from LSU and is a marketing consultant and photographer. She also enjoys performing in the band Four Unplugged.

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publisher's note

We Continue to Deliver WHAT DAY IS

this? I’m sure many of you can

relate. But June is here now, and we at Sophisticated Woman have been very productive even in these challenging times. It hasn’t been easy to continue to print monthly; however, as publisher, I felt it was important to continue regular delivery of the magazine to serve our advertisers—no matter what, maintain consistency for our readers and support our community. We appreciate your loyalty and will continue to deliver a monthly printed publication and digital version, as always. We are always excited about our June issue becasue we showcase men in business and focus on husbands and fathers. Our cover story offers insight into District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s career, time in office and work/life balance. This month’s business profile features Chad Roig, his career-long association with Farm Bureau Insurance and their combined community connection. For Father’s Day, we tell the story of how one dad turned a supportive note to his daughter into his lifelong dream of writing a book. Food, drink and fashion features also follow the Father’s Day theme. And when we talk about Dad, we can’t forget his favorite summer domain—the back yard! In our home feature, Reba and Stephen Weymouth invite us to see the custom designed and highly personal paradise they’ve created right outside of their back door. As we begin to see the light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, businesses continue to innovate and find their new normal. Culinary Kids’ Sherri Hanson and Rinck Packaging’s Ingrid Rinck share how adversity inspired new business models, new ways to connect, and surprisingly, presented opportunities for future success. Staying productive in challenging times is a hallmark of successful people and organizations. We’re proud to keep up with our business and community partners and bring you their stories so that you can stay informed and motivated. I wish you a joyful Father’s Day, the strength to stay positive and the hope that each day brings us closer to a prosperous new normal.

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"Just be there–physically, mentally and emotionally. Listening means the world to them...Be there.”

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Dad Notes: Messages of Fatherly Love WRITTEN BY JAN WINDHORST

TODAY, DR. CHRIS YANDLE is not being deafened by the roar of fans as his players reign supreme in a college bowl game. Nor is he campaigning for his star player to win the Heismann. He is, however, signing autographs and receiving accolades of his own while cheering on his two up-and-coming MVPs. Like many fathers, Chris wishes for his children to dream big and follow their hearts. For over a decade, he led by example, chasing his passion of becoming a college athletics director, moving his family often with daughter Addison attending three different schools in four years. When a move to Atlanta didn’t turn out to be the career launcher for which he’d hoped, he was faced with a painful and difficult decision; continue to compete with family in tow, or make the sacrifice play and choose a better option for the team. Chris and wife Ashleigh decided to settle in St. Tammany Parish to give their two children stability and a great education. “Addison adjusted well for third grade at Woodlake Elementary,” says Chris, whose love of academics rivals his passion for sports, “but we could see the moves and transition to middle school were taking their toll. I moved many times as a kid also, so even though she didn’t say anything directly, I knew something was up.” Knowing her first day at school would be stressful, Chris got an idea while making his daughter’s lunch. “I grabbed the Sharpie and wrote a note on her lunch bag. ‘Addy—Treat everyone like they are the most important person you’ll ever meet. Love, Dad.’ I took a picture of it, posted it on social media, and didn’t think twice about what I had done.” Chris says his childhood experiences were similar to Addy’s, and he wants her to benefit from that. “My difficult times as a kid are absolutely worth it now. I see myself in her and understand what she’s going through. I can give her the encouragement I wish I had at that age and teach lessons I didn’t learn until I was much older. I try to distill the lessons down to middle school level and make them relatable. Sometimes, the messages are a little over her head, but then she’ll ask me to explain and that turns into a wonderful conversation.” What started as one impulsive act of fatherly love not only helped Addy, but also opened unexpected doors for Chris. Addy’s teacher took note of Chris’ daily ritual and shared certain messages with the class. The principal became such a fan, she suggested Chris write a book about his inspiring practice.

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In March of 2018, Chris opened a Kickstarter account to help publish his book. “In six weeks, I raised $3,500, and my dream of writing a book became a reality. Lucky Enough: A Year of a Dad’s Daily Notes of Encouragement and Life Lessons to His Daughter, was published in September 2018 and on sale at Barnes & Noble in early 2019. I’ve written more than 300 notes on a variety of topics. Most importantly, they are a daily opportunity for me to tell Addison how much I love her.” Although Chris uses wisdom and experience to bolster the confidence of youngsters, he also knows that adulthood doesn’t cure uncertainty. Covid-19 has interrupted the trajectory of his book and his academic career. Both his appearance as a headliner at the New Orleans Book Festival in March and his May PhD graduation ceremony were cancelled, and as universities are uncertain when classes will resume, his teaching opportunities are on hold. But through the disappointments, he continues, for his kids, to set examples of accomplishing dreams and seeing the good in difficult situations. He donated 50 copies of his book to local little free libraries and to those who requested them on Facebook and Twitter. “I want to make people feel better. I also have #DadNotes, a free text messaging service for subscribers. I send out encouraging messages and jokes on the adult level. It’s just about making people happy.” As Addy enters seventh grade in the fall, she’ll rely on her father’s support even as he faces unknowns. “It’s exciting and scary for both of us. Junior high is a whole different set up and intimidating, but we have tools that can ease fears and anxiety.” What advice does Chris have for other fathers? “Writing is easier than talking at times, but not everyone is a writer. I have writing prompts in my book, but there are other ways to connect. Just be there–physically, mentally and emotionally. Listening means the world to them. Go to their games, help with homework, watch a movie. Be there.” 8

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The 4th biggest day for sending greeting cards–after Christmas, Valentine’s Day & Mother’s Day

Percent of fathers that want something homemade for Father’s Day

1972 The year Father’s Day was made into a national holiday in the United States

DID YOU KNOW? Father’s Day is the busiest day of the year to make phone calls–surpassing Mother’s Day.

The necktie is consistently the most popular gift given on Father’s Day.

In Germany, men drink beer all day in the garden on Father’s Day.

OH, FATHER! Ramjit Raghav became the world’s oldest 1st-time dad by fathering his first child at the age of 94.

Darth Vader is one of the worst movie dads, according to Salon Magazine.

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Improving Lives. Every Time. Every Touch.

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business profile

Chad Roig | Farm Bureau® Insurance Cultivating Deep Roots Chad Roig has deep roots on the Northshore and with Farm Bureau® Insurance Company for whom he is Agency Manager, St. Tammany Parish. He grew up here, graduating from St. Paul’s in 1991 and Southeastern University in 1996. Early in his career, at just 25, he secured a position at Farm Bureau Insurance as an agent. By 2004, his growth within the company yielded a promotion to Agency Manager. Now, Chad leads a team of five agents and four staff members carrying on the company’s 70 year tradition of providing service, value, and products to Farm Bureau members through highly qualified professionals. “I’ve stayed with Farm Bureau over 22 years because the way we do business is unique,” says Roig. “While we offer home, auto, life and some commercial coverages like many others, we have important distinctions that set up apart. We’re a mutual company, so we’re owned by our policy holders. We’re membership based, and that easy initiation opens the door to other benefits including rebates on new Ford and Lincoln purchases, and substantial rental car and hotel discounts. And the biggest difference is that we keep our overhead low. For instance, you won’t see a slick TV ad for us during the big game. We keep those kinds of costs low so that we can offer inexpensive premiums while still delivering real service from real people who are your neighbors.” Contrary to some beliefs, Chad explains, Farm Bureau can offer insurance to anyone. While the organization was originally set up exclusively for the farming industry, it has branched out in the last 25 years to include insurance and other benefits to everyone. “We still support farming by participating in local junior livestock shows and other industry events, but we’re here for the whole community, supporting events like "Boo Fest," school fundraisers and local charity endeavors. My team and our families live here. Our excellent customer service includes being there for our clients in the office as well as out in the community.” Chad cites an in-house adjuster as another benefit offered by Farm Bureau Insurance, St. Tammany. “Because he works right in our office, it’s fast and easy to communicate with our adjuster and deal with any issues that might arise. There’s just a different level of customer service when the adjuster is on-site and has a local connection to clients. We pride ourselves on providing policyholders with fast, genuine, personal service and claims processing. We echo the mission of the Farm Bureau Insurance Company in Louisiana—‘caring for customers when they need us most, humbly answering the call to serve our neighbors to protect their way of life, their dreams, and their families.’” Farm Bureau® Insurance is located at 635 Falconer Dr. in Covington. For more information, visit or call 985-892-4917 or 985-641-0345. Sophisticated Woman | June 2020 11

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Vision Brings Opportunity For Local Entrepreneur INGRID RINCK IS a self-made entrepreneur. She built the country’s largest meal prep company, Sensible Meals, using her last 50 dollars. Now a nine-figure business, the company employs over 1,200 people. With an eye for opportunity and an attitude for gratitude, Ingrid again took a bad situation and made the best of it when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. “I was at rock bottom when I started Sensible Meals. I had to quit waiting around for the world to save us. Now I’m in a position to help others, and that’s how the idea for Rinck Packaging was born.” Working around the clock, Ingrid and her father Gary opened Rinck Packaging Inc. to help Louisiana restaurants distribute meals to customers nationwide in a safe, efficient way. Ingrid says, “My life gives me circumstances that I choose to use as opportunities, and my dad, who is a CPA with 50 years of experience in the food industry, helps me build my vision.” Ingrid explains, “I launched Rinck Packaging during this pandemic because I saw the chance to help other Louisiana food industry businesses ship nationwide. We offer a quick and affordable way to create another revenue stream for them during this uncertain time.” Ingrid utilizes Sensible Meals’ 60,000 square-foot, 38-degree facility, large employee pool, fleet of refrigerated trucks, and state-of-the-art vacuum-sealing packaging equipment to assist restaurants, grocery stores, seafood companies, and even

Ingrid Rinck, Founder & CEO Sensible Meals | Rinck Packaging

Gary Rinck, COO Sensible Meals | Rinck Packaging

other meal prep companies in broadening their reach. As one of only three companies in the U.S. to have this state-of-the-art vacuum-seal technology, the operation can pass along a competitive advantage to smaller businesses. Meals don’t need preservatives and can be shipped in smaller containers, remaining safe and untouched until they reach the customer. “We are extending our low rates on food, materials and shipping to every business that we serve. It’s taken us years to learn from experience, build infrastructure and facilities and do this correctly.” She adds, “We’re allowing other Louisiana businesses to skip all of those steps and go straight into safe, efficient nationwide shipping.” Within the first few weeks of business, 21 local restaurants, two meal prep companies and two seafood operations came on board to have Rinck Packaging prep, plate, label, vacuum-seal and ship for them. “Many small businesses, especially restaurants, are now struggling to stay open. By giving them deeply discounted rates and even working with direct competitors, I’m helping businesses innovate to stay afloat.” Ingrid reports that these new business partners have credited Rinck Packaging with providing a vital income stream during the COVID-19 crisis. Ingrid’s quick response to unprecedented business interruption turned into a fast-growing company that continues to create jobs for the New Orleans area. The launch is keeping Sensible Meals and Rinck Packaging employees busy and helping food-related businesses stay open. “I believe that being a good entrepreneur and business owner entails more than just making money and winning awards,” Ingrid states. “It’s about being a leader and setting an example for other businesses to see that working together and having a heart for people can be rewarding too.” For more information about vacuum-sealed packaging and shipping, please visit For information on healthy meals delivered to your door, visit Sophisticated Woman | June 2020 13

men's fashion Make warmer months

Sharp Dressed Man

a breeze with lighter weight fabrics and cooler styles.

WHOEVER SAID DAD couldn't rock a style? Warmer weather is here and man oh man, comfort is king! Men's summer fashion makes a subtle yet sophisticated statement with relaxed style and a laid-back attitude. From easy-going looks to dapper summer suits, casual refinement is the name of the game. Chambray shirts and lighter weight twills for chinos and shorts are a must for afternoon Zoom sessions and outdoor meetings. Accessorize with necessary sunglasses, distressed leather bags and belts, and even throw in a hint of color. And don't forget the footwear—deck shoes, espadrilles and comfy leather slip-ons are what's on this summer's fashion menu. For




gatherings, the perfect suit will assure that you arrive in style. Rich blues with bright ties and a wellfitted, crisp shirt complete the summer ensemble. Take the option to dress down a suit by pairing a jacket with a more casual pant and shoes—relaxed yet refined. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are definitely getting hotter and everyone's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man. 14 Sophisticated Woman | June 2020

men's fashion From leather accessories to hats and sunglasses, complete your look and relax in comfort.

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men's fashion Mix it up. Pair a tailored jacket with casual trousers to re-define refined.

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men's fashion The summer suit speaks volumes with a patterned shirt and power tie.

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Warren Montgomery

“My driving force is a hunger for justice, but that also needs to be tempered by mercy." 22 Sophisticated Woman | June 2020

Balancing Justice

cover story


FOR WARREN MONTGOMERY, balance is at the heart of his life as a public servant. “My driving force is a hunger for justice, but that also needs to be tempered by mercy. The Beatitudes in Matthew 5:6, explain the relationship by stating both, ‘Blessed are the merciful,’ and ‘Blessed are those who thirst after justice.’ The goal is not merely to have trials or to convict, but to weigh what’s best for the community and the individual. My appreciation for that balance came to mean even more after taking my oath of office.” Montgomery built upon many interests and talents to win the position of District Attorney for St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. He describes a wonderful childhood with strong role models: his businessman father, now 91, and his mother, a nurse. An Economics degree combined with an understanding of language and a nod from Mom regarding his arguing ability, led to LSU Law School. After graduation, Montgomery volunteered on the Reagan campaign in 1979 and remained in Washington, D.C. as a situation room analyst. “We monitored news 24/7 to prepare reports for senior management. I learned organization, leadership and decision making.” From there, Montgomery became a Department of Labor legislative liaison. “It was great learning the legislative process, but after the administration accomplished tax cuts and laid out future success, the situation descended into partisan politics, which held no interest for me.” In 1983, Montgomery returned to New Orleans to further his career while building a family. “It was an exciting time. I used analytical and persuasive talents at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and enjoyed “wearing the white hat” doing what you think is correct and good. And, I met my wife, Valarie, through a Christian singles group. She’s been through this journey with me since then, working as a flight attendant with time off to raise our five children­—Daniel, Alison, Jenny, Kirstie and the youngest, Elijah. We chose St. Tammany to raise our kids in the country so they could run, play, explore and get a great education.” Montgomery’s next endeavor gave insight into local politics. While working as Congressman Bob Livingston’s District Manager, he ran the local office while Livingston resided in Washington D.C. “I met Sam Caruso, Sr. at this time, who strengthened the lesson that government service is a good thing, but politicizing every issue is a bad thing. I focus on meeting challenges and solving them while disregarding politics as much as possible. If public service is a ship navigating through currents and winds, politics is the waves. You can’t let the waves push you off the path. It’s important to stay the course and not be manipulated or influenced by politics.” An international, family business venture then led Montgomery to relocate to Puerto Rico for five years. “It was an essential experience where I supervised 100 employees, grew personally as a businessman and gained an appreciation for a different life view. My family didn’t have total control of the company, so I worked in hostile environments at times. It was good training for the hostile political machine I’d face on my first run for D.A.” Montgomery says winning that election as a political outsider resulted in misunderstanding and additional challenges. “Some D.A. employees resigned before I even started, thinking I would automatically fire them. While some were let go after the first week, beyond that, I evaluated everyone based on job performance without regard to their political support. Doing so depoliticized the office helping me gain the staff's respect.” Despite the rigors of reshaping the department to his vision, Montgomery continues to make family life a priority and maintains a strong set of values at home. He says his beliefs and experience regarding work/life balance caused Montgomery to establish a generous maternity leave policy resulting in a baby boom at the D.A.’s office. He also shares the family mission statement which includes loving God, creating a home haven, setting and achieving goals, creating special family time, and an honor code which decries cheating, lying and stealing. Five years into the job, Montgomery is eager to continue. “I’m making a positive difference, and I don’t want the corrupt influences of the past to re-establish themselves. My goal is to have the best D.A. office in the state and show that statistically. We've reduced the time from arrest to adjudication, reduced average age of cases pending trials, maintained a high felony arrests to convictions rate, eliminated the case backlog, converted a high dismissal rate to a high convictions rate, and seen a dramatic increase in domestic violence convictions—all while reducing operating costs.” As a testament to his successful balancing act, Montgomery shares two important upcoming goals. “The plan for my second term is to have one of the best D.A. offices in the country from a performance standpoint. And, as in years past, I’m looking forward to Father’s Day. It’s a big deal. All the kids come in, we barbecue in the back yard and just enjoy each other’s company.” This is a paid political advertorial. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the candidate and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Sophisticated Woman Magazine or the publisher. Sophisticated Woman | June 2020 23


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home feature TO COMPLETE THEIR dream home in the Woodlands, Stephen and Reba Weymouth envisioned an outdoor space that would be their own private oasis. “When we walked out of the back door, we wanted to be transported to a different place – like being on vacation every day,” says Reba, an ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, member and diplomat of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and owner of Timeless Rx. Along with beauty, functionality was a driving force behind the layout the Weymouth’s designed. Over the years, updates and additions were accomplished resulting in a space that increasingly reflected the personality of its creators. The pool and waterfall are the refreshing centerpieces of the retreat that is surrounded by bamboo. This adds a tropical feel while insulating the area from the worries of the world and any sights or sounds that might detract from the desired peacefulness. Muses Stephen, “I enjoy the tranquility of the natural surroundings. Relaxing in and around the pool is a must for unwinding, and the times spent out here with my granddaughter are precious to me.” Reba adds that the look of the waterfall provides a grotto effect, and that she loves the splashing sound for its de-stressing and calming effect. Sitting areas and an outdoor kitchen expand the home’s living area while creating a perfect environment for entertaining. Stephen’s appreciation for tranquility is balanced by a love of hosting gatherings for friends and family. Many a holiday, birthday and special occasion has been celebrated with him grilling to the strains of classic rock favorites from his extensive vinyl collection including Van Morrison, Graham Parker and Spirit playing over the custom surround sound system. Both Reba and Stephen agree that family togetherness and time spent with friends are the true gifts of their private paradise. Inviting, unique elements mirror the couple’s warm and spirited style. A covered pergola doubles as a playhouse for grandchildren and the freestanding fireplace structure is one-of-a-kind. The selection of plants, lighting and décor are inspired by a love of all things NOLA Sophisticated Woman | June 2020 25

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home feature including the Saints, LSU and music. Those themes are carried through pieces of Reba’s own original artwork which bring together the different areas of the space’s layout and add fun, whimsical elements. Travel mementos add yet another layer of personal meaning to the cherished haven. In summer, the fireplace adds an interesting, architectural focal point. In winter, it serves as a cozy gathering place for sharing a nightcap and good conversation. The couple’s contentedness is evident as they reminisce about festive Christmas socials, epic theme parties, family milestones, and just as importantly, sharing good music, good food and good times for no particular reason at all. Stephen sweetly reflects on why their back yard is so much more than the sum of its parts. “The quality time that Reba and I have alone is the best part of what we’ve built out here. She’s a blessing and has been my rock and foundation – love you dear.” Reba replies in kind, ”Life is about the memories, and we’re fortunate to have made so many unforgettable ones right here.”

SITTING AREAS and an OUTDOOR KITCHEN expand the home’s living area while creating A PERFECT ENVIRONMENT for entertaining.

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MINDFULNESS IS THE psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, such as meditation. Have you heard of mindful eating? According to The Center for Mindful Eating, mindful eating helps us become aware of our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations related to eating, reconnecting us with our innate inner wisdom about hunger and satiety. It brings mindfulness to food choice and the experience of eating. Over the past 25 years, mindfulness practices have been shown to have a positive impact on psychological and physical health, including stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, heart disease, obesity, and binge eating disorders. The benefits

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of mindful eating are not restricted to physical and emotional health improvements; they can also impact one’s entire life through a better sense of balance and well-being. The Mindful Bite is a simple mindful eating practice you can do at home. Give it a try! The Mindful Bite: 1. Hold your food item. 2. As you bring food to your mouth, slow down and become aware of your movements. 3. Once the food is in your mouth, clear your hands. Put hands or silverware with remaining food down. 4. Chew this bite with your mind in laser-sharp focus on the process. Concentrate on the taste of the food and the act of eating. Don't do anything else while you're chewing. Simply chew and pay attention. 5. Keep chewing until the food is uniformly smooth. Use this consistency of the food as a signal to swallow. 6. After you swallow, but before you bring more food to your mouth, rest for a few seconds, thereby inserting a pause into your eating.

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THERE IS NOTHING like a homegrown tomato. The very aroma of a juicy, plump, ripe tomato slice on a BLT sandwich typifies summer. It could easily be said for any homegrown vegetable - one grown in soil, nurtured by nature and the human hands that cultivated it. Vegetables can be easily grown in the home garden with a few tips.

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Our climate is suited to grow some kind of vegetable every month of the year. For June, choose plants such as cucumbers, okra, eggplant, southern peas, squash, cantaloupe and watermelon, either as transplants from the garden store or directly sown from seed. In

only the finest USDA Prime and Certified

addition to plant proliferation in high temperatures and humidity, pests and diseases are also

Angus Beef and the largest selection of

in abundance during the summer months. Vigilant pest and disease control will be essential.

fresh Gulf Seafood on the Northshore.

For container grown crops, the mature plant size will determine what container size to utilize. Five gallon or larger containers help to retain water and appropriate fertilizer amounts. Anything smaller tends to lose necessary nutrients for proper growth. Try growing a vegetable or two, or twenty. Because you personallly cared for and grew it, you may find a new fondness for a vegetable that you previsouly disliked. Or perhaps, spend the month of June preparing a raised bed for a fall planting. Smothering weeds with plastic, old magazines/newspapers or cardboard takes about a month for complete eradication. Dig a depth of three inches or more to remove all roots or other vegetation within the desired area. Construct a border with concrete blocks or treated landscape material*. Fill the bed with a garden blend of media found at most garden centers or feed stores. To find more helpful tips, visit, “Louisiana Home Vegetable Gardening.”

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*Treated wood manufactured after 2003 is completely safe for vegetable gardens. Pg 7, LSU AgCenter “Louisiana Home Vegetable Gardening.”

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WHEN STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS forced Sherri Hansen to close her cooking school, Culinary Kids, she felt the weight of the world on her shoulders. “I had to get my four kids settled into online school and help with homework. Then, I had to face loss of income for myself and 28 employees while trying to sort through new government regulations. My husband is a medical pilot, but can’t be the breadwinner due to a recent, surprise, massive heart attack. It was one level of tragedy after another, and I felt like Atlas having to hold everything up.” Sherri’s business model is all about connecting people. She’s passionate about interacting with students, families and other small businesses, and when she couldn’t do that face to face, she was at a loss – until she cooked up a deliciously creative solution. “I was down because the internet is saturated with cooking videos. We can’t compete with the production of big TV networks. Then it dawned on me. Going live on Facebook would allow that all-important connection. Through comments, I could see who was watching, viewers could ask questions, and we could all interact in real time. The next day I called Chef Clare Reding and said, ‘Get ready, we’re going on camera with Stir Crazy Cook Alongs.’” Each show takes about eight hours of preparation. Sherri posts ingredient lists on Mondays so viewers have time to get food and supplies before the Sunday lesson. It’s a labor of love because anyone can watch at no cost. Sherri says it’s worth every minute to bring together families and friends–some from other states and countries–and to provide income to some employees through online donations. “It instantly exploded because quarantined families wanted something to do together. Parents get a break because another grownup is in charge for a while, and the kids get to serve parents like it’s their own restaurant. Since we start at four o’clock, dinner is ready just on time.” Sherri projects the show on a screen so she can see questions as they come in. A step stool helps her get the best angles of the guest chefs at work. For Mother’s Day, awardwinning, 14-year-old student Emma Philippus prepared shrimp and grits with Brussel sprouts for her mother and grandmother–chefs in their own right having trained in France and each with a published cookbook. Emma began Culinary Kids classes at nine years old, has attended Top Chef Jr. Boot Camp, and beat out a Master Chef Jr. runner-up and Chopped Jr. champion at the Southern Girls Can Cook competition. Sherri’s enthusiasm and zest for life, cooking and her family of students and employees shines through as she continues to connect despite overwhelming adversity. “The first minute we went live I felt I had my connections and purpose back. It’s been so much fun, I plan to keep it going even after this is all over.” Culinary Kids is located at 915 Marigny Ave. in Mandeville. For more information, visit, email: or call 985-727-5553. Sophisticated Woman | June 2020 31




Beef Tagliata With Arugula Ingredients:


1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2. For marinade: whisk balsamic vinegar, olive oil and rosemary in small bowl.

2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 1-1/2 pounds beef tenderloin 2 tablespoons ground black pepper

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1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 cups arugula 6-8 cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup sliced radishes 1 lemon, halved Extra virgin olive oil for drizzle Aged balsamic vinegar for drizzle Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

3. Spoon marinade over sliced beef, turn to coat completely and let stand 1 hour. 4. Season meat with 2 tablespoons pepper and 1 tablespoon salt. 5. Heat canola oil in heavy, large skillet over high heat. Add beef and brown on all sides for about 5 minutes. 6. Transfer skillet to oven and cook beef to desired doneness, about 30 minutes for rare. Let beef rest for 10 minutes. 7. Place arugula, sliced radishes and cherry tomatoes on serving dish. 8. Slice beef thinly and place on top of arugula. Drizzle any juices from platter over beef. 9. Squeeze lemon over the entire dish, then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and aged vinegar. 10. Salt and pepper, then top with shaved cheese and serve.

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Manly Cocktails for Dad DELICIOUS DRINKS FOR daring dads are what's on tap for Father's Day this June.

From fresh and spicy to dangerously dark, these perfect pleasures are sure to be man-pleasers!

November 2019

Dazed and Confused

Can't Feel My Face

1¾ ounces rye whiskey ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice ½ ounce simple syrup ¼ ounce absinthe 1 egg white Bitters

1½ ounces vodka 1 ounce Blue Curaçao 1 ounce sweet & sour mix 1 ounce grenadine 1 ounce cranberry juice Lime and orange zest for garnish

Combine whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, absinthe and egg white in shaker with ice. Shake ingredients until the drink is chilled and very foamy. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Drip a few drops of absinthe on the drink’s surface.

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in vodka, Blue Curaçao, sweet and sour mix, grenadine and cranberry juice. Shake 20-30 seconds until cold. Strain into ice-filled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime and orange zest.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Start Me Up

12 ounces Mexican beer 2 teaspoons hot sauce 2 tablespoons lime juice ¼ teaspoon horseradish Splash of adobo sauce Salt and chipotle powder to rim glass

½ oz simple syrup 2 ounces rye whiskey 2 dashes orange bitters Orange peel Fire

Add dashes of chipotle powder to salt on a plate and mix well, then rim a high-ball glass. Combine hot sauce, lime juice, horseradish and adobo sauce, then put into glass. Add cold beer.

Combine simple syrup, whiskey and bitters in a rocks glass with ice and stir. Rim the glass with the orange peel, then squeeze the peel over the glass. Release the juice and carefully ignite. Drop into the cocktail. Sophisticated Woman | June 2020 33

Local Restaurants: Here To Serve You Many local restaurants and drive-thrus are open for business and ready to serve you! Enjoy food and drinks from your favorite dining spots or try some new ones. Here is a list of local establishments that are offering, dine-in curbside, carryout or delivery! Please contact them directly to check on operating hours and any procedures for dine-in services or restrictions. Happy Eating!

Abita Brew Pub, Abita Springs – (985) 892-5837 Abita Springs Café, Abita Springs – (985) 400-5025 Abita Roasting Company, Covington – (985) 246-3345 Abita Roasting Company, Madisonville – (985) 246-3340 Aki Japanese Restaurant, Covington – (985) 302-5166 Albasha, Covington – (985) 867-8292 Annadele's Plantation, Covington – (985) 809-7669 Artigues Abita Market, Abita Springs – (985) 892-7300 Bayou Adventure Food Truck, Lacombe – (985) 882-9208 Bear's Restaurant, Covington – (985) 892-2373 Beck n Call Café, Covington – (985) 875-9390 Benedict's Plantation, Mandeville – (985) 626-4557 Blent Juice Bar, Mandeville – (985) 778-2655 Bonnie C’s, Slidell – (985) 288-5061 Bop's Frozen Custard, Mandeville – (985) 727-5003 Bosco's Italian Cafe, Mandeville – (985) 624-5066 Bruiser’s "The Hot Dog Place", Slidell – (985) 326-8208 Butter Krisp Diner, Covington – (985) 893-3696 Bruce's Chinese Kitchen, Slidell – (985) 201-7005 Carretta's Grill, Covington – (985) 871-6674 Carretta's Grill, Slidell – (985) 847-0020 Café Luke, Slidell – (985) 707-1597 Café Lynn, Mandeville – (985) 624-9007 Camellia Café, Slidell – (985) 649-6211 Ceasar's Ristorante, Mandeville – (985) 951-2626 Chafunkta Brewing, Mandeville – (985) 869-0716 Chateau Bleu, Slidell – (985) 641-1610 China Pearl, Peal River – (985) 863-5599 Coffee Rani, Covington – (985) 893-6158 Coffee Rani, Mandeville – (985) 674-0560 Columbia Steet Tap Room, Covington – (985) 898-0899 Copeland’s, Covington – (985) 809-9659 Copeland’s, Slidell – (985) 643-0001 Counter Culture Frozen Yogurt, Slidell – (985) 288-4568

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Coscino’s Italian Grill, Mandeville – (985) 727-4984 Crazy Pig Southern Kitchen, Mandeville – (985) 792-7900 Creole Bagelry, Slidell – (985) 649-6151 Creole Tomateaux & Food Truck, Mandeville – (985) 951-2650 Cupcake Concept, Covington – (985) 898-0400 Daiquiris and Creams, Covington – (985) 871-0500 Daiquiris and Creams, Slidell – (985) 781-9878 Daiquiris and Creams, Mandeville – (985) 624-3030 Daisy Dukes, Mandeville – (985) 951-2140 Dakota Restaurant, Covington – (985) 892-3712 Dickey’s BBQ, Covington – (985) 871-2225 Dickey's BBQ, Slidell – (985) 720-0070 DiCristina's, Covington – (985) 875-0160 Don's Seafood, Covington – (985) 327-7111 El Paso Mexican Grill, Mandeville – (985) 624-2345 El Paso Mexican Grill, Slidell – (985) 445-1450 El Rancho Mexican Grill, Mandeville – (985) 867-5261 El Rio de Mexico, Pearl River – (985) 250-9801 EmpaTaco, Madisonville – (985) 792-7157 Fatty’s Seafood, Slidell – (985) 288-5503 Fazzio's Restaurant, Mandeville – (985) 624-9704 Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Mandeville – (985) 778-2176 Gallagher's 527, Mandeville – (985) 778-2820 Garcia's Famous Mexican Food, Covington – (985) 260-5060 Giddy Up, Folsom – (985) 260-5060 Goodfellas Seafood & Poboys, Slidell – (985) 327-7420 Grateful Ape, Mandeville – (985) 951-2400 Green Tea Sushi Bar, Covington – (985) 892-0852 Habanero's, Hwy. 21, Covington – (985) 871-8760 Habanero's, Hwy. 190, Covington – (985) 900-2124 Habanos & The Wine Seller, Slidell – (985) 645-9463 Haiku Hibachi & Sushi, Covington – (985) 888-6277 Hambone, Mandeville – (985) 778-0531 Hog Heaven Smokehouse, Sun – (985) 886-3400

Honey's Snoball Shack, Abita Springs – (504) 458-7113 Hoodoo Ice Cream, Covington – (985) 900-2353 Isabella’s Pizzeria, Covington – (985) 875-7620 Isabella’s Pizzeria, Mandeville – (985) 674-5700 Impact Nutrition, Slidell - (985) 288-5556 Impastato Cellars, Mandeville – (985) 845-4445 Janie Brown's Restaurant, Lacombe – (985) 882-7201 Jazzy Pete’s Po-Boys, Slidell – (985) 288-0969 Joe's Italian Ristorante, Slidell – (985) 326-8637 Journey East Noodle Bar, Mandeville – (985) 778-0602 Just Chillin', Mandeville – (985) 778-0373 Kenney Seafood, Slidell – (985) 643-2717 Keith's Seafood, Slidell – (985) 643-6166 Koi's Asian Cuisine, Slidell – (985) 288-5923 KY’s Olde Towne Bicycle Shop, Slidell – (985) 641-1911 La Luna Taqueria, Covington – (985) 900-2530 Lama's Seafood Market & Eatery, Mandeville – (985) 792-9090 Legit Nutrition, Mandeville – (985) 231-7509 Leonardo's Trattoria & Pizzeria, Mandeville – (985) 778-2550 Lester’s Seafood, Pearl River – (985) 250-9944 Lighthouse Pizza & Daiquiris, Madisonville – (985) 792-3058 Liz's Where Y'at Diner, Mandeville – (985) 626-8477 LOLA, Covington – (985) 892-4992 Los Cantaritos, Slidell – (985) 288-0702 Mandeville Seafood, Mandeville – (985) 624-8552 Marguerite's Cakes, Slidell – (985) 641-5802 McClain's Pizzeria, Mandeville – (985) 778-0955 Megumi Sushi Restaurant, Mandeville – (985) 845-1644 Meribo, Covington – (985) 302-5533 Mi Mamacita's, Mandeville – (985) 674-1400 Morton's Seafood, Madisonville – (985) 845-4970 Mugshots, Covington – (985) 893-2422 Nan's Café & Poboys, Mandeville – (985) 951-2586 Nathan’s Restaurant, Slidell – (985) 643-0443 New Orleans Food & Spirits, Covington – (985) 875-0432 NOLA Southern Grill, Slidell – (985) 201-8200 Nuvolari’s, Mandeville – (985) 626-5619 Old Rail Brewing Co., Mandeville – (985) 612-1828 Old School Eats, St. Tammany Parish – (985) 773-2461 Olde Towne Pizza Company, Slidell – (985) 445-1273 Original Lee’s Hamburgers, Slidell – (985) 641-6895 Oxlot 9, Covington – (985) 400-5663 Palmisano's Catering & Cafe, Covington – (985) 900-2350 Palmetto’s on the Bayou, Slidell – (985) 643-0050 Panera Bread, Covington - (985) 801-0729 Pat’s Seafood Market, Collins Blvd., Covington – (985) 892-7287 Pat’s Seafood Market, Hwy. 21, Covington – (985) 892-7287 Pearl’s Seafood, Slidell – (985) 214-9014 Peck’s Seafood, Slidell – (985) 781-7272 Pepe’s Mexican Kitchen, Covington – (985) 400-5559 Phil's Marina Cafe, Slidell (985) 641-0464 Pizza Platoon, Slidell – (985) 326-5880 Po-Boy Factory, Slidell – (985) 641-4784

Pontchartrain Po-Boys, Mandeville – (985) 626-8188 Pot and Paddle, Covington – (985) 234-9940 Pot and Paddle, Mandeville – (985) 778-0492 Pyre Provisions, Covington – (985) 888-6129 Rakong Thai Restaurant, Covington – (985) 888-1417 Rieger's on the Trace, Mandeville – (504) 232-5348 Restaurant Coté, Slidell – (985) 288-5440 Rock N Roll Sushi, Slidell – (985) 649-4051 Rue Chow Food Truck, Rusty Pelican, Mandeville – (985) 778-0364 S&H Good Eats Cafe, Slidell – (985) 726-4900 Sal & Judy’s, Lacombe – (985) 882-9443 Samurai Dragon, Slidell – (985) 643-9276 Semplice' Pizza, Slidell – (985) 768-1323 Slidell Seafood, Slidell – (985) 643-0901 Sombreros, Covington – (985) 892-5950 Southern Sneaux Sno-balls, Slidell – (985) 273-4570 Speckled T’s, Slidell – (985) 646-1728 Sticks BBQ, Hwy. 22, Mandeville – (985) 951-2287 Sticks BBQ, Hwy. 59, Mandeville – (985) 951-2277 Sweet Daddy's BBQ, Covington – (985) 898-2166 Sweet Idea, Mandeville – (985) 792-9229 T LeBlanc’s Creole Kitchen, Slidell – (985) 781-8100 T-Rivers Bar & Grill, Madisonville – (985) 845-1711 Tacos and Beer, Slidell – (985) 641-4969 TBT Marina Cantina, Madisonville – (985) 206-5390 Terry Lynn’s Café, Slidell – (985) 641-3500 Thai Orchid Restaurant, Slidell – (985) 781-0240 The Blind Tiger, Covington – (985) 900-2443 The Blind Tiger, Slidell – (985) 707-1082 The Book & The Bean, Mandeville – (985) 237-3655 The Candy Bank, Mandeville – (985) 778-2750 The Chimes, Covington – (985) 892-5396 The Dock at Slidell, Slidell – (985) 326-8882 The English Tea Room, Covington – (985) 898-3988 The Lakehouse, Mandeville – (985) 626-3006 The Lost Cajun, Slidell – (985) 265-4611 The Maple Room, Slidell – (985) 288-5440 The Pizza Man of Covington, Covington – (985) 892-9874 The Shack, Covington - (985) 888-6288 The Wine Garden, Slidell – (985) 201-7415 The Wine Market, Slidell – (985) 781-1177 Theo’s Pizza, Covington – (985) 234-9420 Times Bar & Grill, Mandeville – (985) 626-1161 Times Bar & Grill, Slidell – (985) 639-3335 Touch of Italy Café, Slidell – (985) 326-8987 Two Blessed Girls Diner, Pearl River – (985) 250-9399 WOW American Eats, Covington – (985) 276-4978 Yee Chinese, Slidell – (985) 641-4940 Yum Yum’s Café, Pearl River – (985) 250-9778 Vera's Seafood, Abita Springs – (985) 327-7829 Vera's Seafood, Slidell – (985) 690-9814 Zea Rotisserie & Bar, Covington – (985) 327-0520

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E.J. Fielding:Designing Your Funeral Families come to us because they know we’re dedicated to excellent service and have the highest integrity. We’re proud to assist you in designing your funeral. Services To Honor A Life­—A funeral or memorial service, whether traditional or contemporary, is the first step in healing. It’s about bringing loved ones together at a time of loss. Your choices include the place of celebration, day of the week and time, musical selections, prayers to be said and songs to be sung. We can also arrange tribute videos, personalized printing, memorial websites and live funeral webcasting. Caring for Physical Remains—Usually, people are clear on their choice of burial or cremation. Most loved ones have told someone how they wish to be cared for. But it can be a hard decision for some families, especially when the wishes of the deceased were never clearly stated. Please know we’re here to help you with that decision. If you’ve chosen burial, the casket is chosen followed by the selection of vault or desired cemetery location. If cremation is your choice, the next decision will be whether the remains will be placed in a mausoleum niche or buried on cemetery grounds.

We look forward to using our generations of experience to help you create the most memorable and meaningful funeral to honor your loved one. Since 1992, E.J. Fielding Funeral Home has been helping families in their greatest time of need. We are a family-owned and operated funeral home offering full-service funeral arrangements, cremation and burial services in Covington, LA. We proudly serve families of the bereaved and honor their loved ones. We service the Mandeville, Madisonville, Abita Springs, Folsom, Bush, Lacombe, Metairie, Kenner, and Jefferson areas. Call 985-8929222 to speak to one of our staff who can assist you with all of your needs today, or visit


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In an effort to assist communities across Southeast Louisiana amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit has committed $350,000, in total, to Bayou Community Foundation, Northshore Community Foundation, Northshore Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank to supply resources to local families and individuals in need. “COVID-19 has created some very difficult challenges for many across our state, especially our most vulnerable populations,” said Leah Brown, Public Affairs Manager for Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. “We are hopeful that these contributions will help members of our community overcome some of the obstacles they may be facing to take care of everyday needs. We feel very fortunate to partner with these amazing organizations as they support Louisiana residents.”



Chevron Donates a Total of $350,000 to Four Louisiana Organizations to Assist with COVID-19 Relief


The Trace Eases COVID-19 Isolation with Family Car Parade

Staff at The Trace by Discovery Senior Living organized a family car parade to uplift the spirits of residents who were missing their families. Recreation and Events Coordinator Tanya Carney devised a solution that would satisfy residents' needs while also complying with the state regulations for gatherings. Distancing guidelines were met by placing one resident or resident couple per parking slot with parading cars spaced 40 feet apart. The families decorated their cars with loving words for family members, and residents made signs with messages for the drive-by. Carney describes an emotional scene watching the smiles and tears form as families passed through, with excitement and emotion creating a truly humbling experience. Due to popular demand, another family car parade is planned for Father's Day. 38 Sophisticated Woman | June 2020


Six educators have been selected as the 2020-2021 St. Tammany Parish Public School System Teachers and Principals of the Year. District Teachers of the Year are Stephanie Carey, Abney Elementary; Diedre Perkins, Folsom Jr. High; and Donna Mansfield, Covington High. Principals of the Year are Lesa Bodnar, Folsom Elementary; Sheri Jones, Monteleone Jr. High; and Bruce Bundy, Mandeville High. “These six educators represent all of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System teachers and school leaders who devote their energy, passion, and creativity to help their students succeed,” said Superintendent Trey Folse. “I’m proud to recognize these outstanding teachers and principals who truly make a difference in our schools and community.”

Donna Mansfield, Covington High School

Lesa Bodnar, Folsom Elementary School

Sheri Jones, Monteleone Jr. High School

Bruce Bundy, Mandeville High School


Diedre Perkins, Folsom Jr. High School


Stephanie Carey, Abney Elementary


St. Tammany Parish Public School System Announces Principals and Teachers of the Year

Northshore Food Bank Appeals for Help During COVID-19 Crisis

Says Dr. Brasuell, “I wouldn’t be the Pediatric Dentist I am today had I not met Dr. Billy Michal. His dedication to education and all the exceptional students we see in our practice are the reasons I wanted to honor him with the scholarship award. Congratulations to our Class of 2020 winner, Klaire Fairburn, with her winning essay, 'All Because of a First Grade Teacher.' We were very impressed with her essay and can’t wait for the future teacher to inspire many children!"

COVID-19 has had a dramatic economic impact on our community. Since the health crisis began in mid-March, Northshore Food Bank has had a 50% increase in food distributions. Northshore Food Bank is committed to serving the need but due to the extension of government guidelines is still appealing for continued help to provide much needed meals for community neighbors. Donations can be made at or by calling 985-893-9958.


Dr. Todd Brasuell Presents The Dr. Billy Michal Scholarship

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Special Recognition for Outstanding Performance

Madisonville's Stiller Named Notre Dame Valedictorian

Fontainebleau High's Quijano Awarded National Honor

Brady Stiller of Madisonville has been named valedictorian of the 2020 University of Notre Dame graduating class. A biological sciences major in the College of Science, Stiller also is a double major in theology in the College of Arts and Letters. He carries a 4.0 grade point average, is a member of the University’s Dean’s List and Phi Beta Kappa honor society and was named Outstanding Biological Scientist by the Department of Biological Sciences.

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced student Jadyn L. Quijano of Covington has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School Proudly Announces the 2020 Graduating Class Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Caroline Casey - Salutatorian


The St. Tammany Chamber is an everyday partner to businesses from Slidell to Folsom. With COVID creating so many unknowns and difficult situations in our lives, much less conducting business, it is comforting knowing that the Chamber continues to be a consistent force in helping commerce continue. As we move through the complexities before us, the Chamber is committed to assisting entrepreneurs and businesses with best practices for coming back online, and to provide guidance to those who have remained open. If we have learned anything during this pandemic, it’s that we will get through this if we continue to work together. I encourage that you join Ochsner Northshore in working with and supporting the St. Tammany Chamber in its efforts to restart business activity.

John Herman CEO | Ochsner Health System–Northshore Region | Come Grow With Us 610 Hollycrest Blvd. in Covington | 2220 Carey Street in Slidell


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