Sophisticated Woman Magazine_January 2021

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New Doors We Will Open in 2021 WRITTEN BY MIKE COOPER ST. TAMMANY PARISH PRESIDENT

MY ADMINISTRATION IS

looking forward

to the many initiatives which we will continue to build on during 2021. Our Comprehensive Plan Update — New Directions 2040 — is now underway. We continue to seek citizens’ input and collect information to provide to our 21-member Steering Committee. All citizens may learn more about the Plan and give input at www.newdirections2040.com. Our Revenue Review Committee, tasked with offering an objective view of our fiscal challenge, continues to meet to deliberate funding options and develop recommendations to present to us later this year. Safe Haven is making impacts in the Behavioral Health Community. The Safe Haven Health and Wellness Complex is staffed, and the licensing process is nearing completion. Last month, the artwork procured from local artists after the

Let Gardening Brighten Your Days WRITTEN BY SNOANN WILLETT, LOUISIANA MASTER GARDENER

2020 Call to Artists, was installed in the Health and Wellness Complex. The new Training and Education Center construction project moved forward as well.

WINTER GRAYS AND damp ground can make for dull days. Did you know houseplants are reported to improve concentration, boost one’s mood, and lower stress? Most

Roads and drainage improvements are top

houseplants are natives of shady, tropical locations that are adapted to grow within our

priorities again this year. In addition to our

homes and can be found for sale in big box stores or even your favorite grocery. Perhaps

parish-funded projects, we look forward to the

a friend has gifted you with a cutting? Indoor plants have basic needs: a container, potting

continuation of collaborative projects with the state, including the Tammany Trace Tunnel and La. Highway 59 curve alignment, and the widening of I-12. These multi-million-dollar

soil, light, water, and temperature. Containers come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Choose ones with drainage holes in the bottom. Set on a small saucer to catch water overflow.

investments will improve our travel, enhance our

Specifically use potting soil or soil-less mixtures blended for indoor plants. Or, create

safety, and ultimately improve our quality of life.

your own from peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite in equal amounts. The growing medium

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier in Slidell and the St. Tammany Fairgrounds in Covington will see improvements completed in 2021. My administration will continue to work to earn the trust of citizens, increase transparency,

should not pack too tightly and be light and airy. What kind of natural light does your home offer? East and west facing windows with no curtains or a very thin sheer equal HIGH light levels. South facing windows with no curtains or thin sheer equal MEDIUM in summer and HIGH in winter. North facing windows provide

and make service to our citizens a priority in 2021

LOW light levels. Achieve low light levels by placing plants several feet away from east, west

and beyond. Have a safe and happy New Year!

and south facing windows. Proper watering is gauged by the finger test: if the soil feels damp - don’t water; water when it feels powdery. Allowing water to appear in the saucer ensures the root ball is sufficiently hydrated. Empty remaining water from the saucer after a few hours. Most indoor temperatures average between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. During winter, the heater tends to lower humidity levels within our homes. To compensate, group plants

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together. Also try adding small pebbles, like fish gravel, in a plate with a small amount of water, placing plants on top. Succulents or a small cactus is a sure success for first time gardeners. Happy Growing!