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BEAUTY & STYLE Retail Calendar .................................................................... 20 Fashion Editor’s Picks—Jean-ology ............................. 21 Revitalize Your Eyes With Little Downtime ............... 29

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contents ENTERPRISING WOMAN Laura Favret Tobin—Gallinghouse & Associates Balancing Act ....................................................................... 18

LEADING ATTORNEYS

Visit Mike The Tiger—A Must See ................................ 27 September Morn ................................................................ 34 Book Review: The Spiritual Shack .................................. 34

COMMUNITY Best Sports Themed Photo Contest Winner ................6

EVERYTHING BRIDAL Everything Bridal—Enter for your Chance to Win ....7 Bridal Pasta ..............................................................................8 Preparing For the Fall Wedding .................................... 10

HEALTH & FITNESS

Howard & Reed—Deep Roots and Stellar Reputations .......................................................................... 14

Are Contact Lenses Right For Your Child? ....................5

Magee & Associates—Tailored Solutions .................. 15

Will I Keep My Teeth? ........................................................ 22

Truitt Law Firm—Young Attorneys With Old School Ethic......................................................................................... 16

Hormone Questions and Answers ............................... 24

Rhonda Gabb—Should I Leave Everything to My Spouse? .................................................................................. 17

I Do, I Don’t, I Dunno ......................................................... 26

“Just Get Over It”—Not So Fast ..................................... 20

What Happened to Headgear? .................................... .29 Your Own Self-Cleaning Oven ....................................... 33

Growth Has Little Effect on Small Town Charm of Madisonville ......................................................................... 25 Calendar................................................................................. 26 Proud to Call Slidell Home .............................................. 28 Chamber Development Benefits Everyone .............. 28 A Busy Fall Brewing ........................................................... 28 Looking Back and Moving Forward............................. 30 City of Covington Launches Website Revision ........ 31 Around Town........................................................................ 32

MEET THE OWNERS: Body Sugaring USA Day Spa .............................................9 Mira Mia ................................................................................. 27

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Tranchina and Mansfield—Experience and Intrigue Combine to Form a Formidable Team ........................ 13

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SEPTEMBER HAS always been one of those months for me that starts with great anticipation. When I was little it was because my Dad and I shared the same birthday month. Now, it is the expectation of cooler weather, the excitement of Saints football (can I get a WHO DAT?), the simple pleasure of watching playground baseball as the seasons change before your eyes, and the thought of that first pot of cool weather gumbo. You know the one. Between playground ball, dance, extracurricular school activities, fundraisers and gearing up for Saints football, the fall can seem to come in with a vengeance, not to be outdone by summer. Maybe, the trick is to take it all in and relish in those things we love the most about this time of year.

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This issue gives you lots of food for thought. If you have never been to see Mike the Tiger at LSU, this issue gives you some helpful tidbits on what to expect. While you are planning that fall wedding, look to us for some great ideas on who can lessen your planning burden. Take the time to enter our Bridal Luncheon Giveaway courtesy of Bonefish Grill. This month’s calendar is teeming with events for every age. Don’t miss it. Finally, let us help you find the representation that is the perfect fit for your legal needs in our Leading Attorneys section. I plan to remember my Dad on his birthday this month and I plan to enjoy every minute of mine. Mostly I plan to relish in the gifts of September. I hope you all do the same. Enjoy that first spoonful of gumbo.


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Athletes in Action Best Sports Theme Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our Best Sports Theme Photo Contest winner, Cyndie Saint Perilloux. Her children, Lane, a tenth grader at Ponchatoula High School and her daughter Claire-Chapin, a sixth grader at St. Joseph’s School in Ponchatoula, both had cross country competitions the same day. Cyndie wins a Saints gift basket from Geaux For the Gold sports shop in Slidell. Madison Boudreaux, our honorable mention, is sporting her game face during this AAU National Championship game in Orlando. Congratulations Madison. Thanks to everyone who participated in our photo contest.

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Court to the Family Law Rules Committee charged with making recommendations on implementing uniform Rules statewide. Both men are Jesuit High School alumni and Loyola University College of Law graduates. While their main area of practice is concentrated in family law, they also handle criminal defense and personal injury matters. Most of their clients come through referrals. As a result, Frank and Mark know that they are genuinely helping people wade through some of the most difficult moments of their lives. “We are counselors, yes” says Frank, “and sometimes not just in the legal sense. We are helping people transition from one part of their lives to another. We want people to feel that we treated them well as we counseled them through the most traumatic time of their lives.” Tranchina and Mansfield, L.L.C. is located in Covington at 321 East Kirkland Street. For more information call 892-1313 or visit them on the web at www.tranchinaandmansfield.com

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ATTORNEYS FRANK TRANCHINA, MARK MANSFIELD, and Tracy Gold, along with their experienced and dedicated support staff, offer personalized attention, result-oriented representation, and combined legal experience of over four decades to meet all of your legal needs. Frank, Mark and their team all bring exceptional and indispensable capabilities to every case entrusted to the firm. Frank, with 31 years of experience, approaches family law cases in a distinct manner. His main goal is to resolve family law cases timely and cost-effectively, with the least amount of emotional trauma for the clients. Frank is also Board Certified in Family Law by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. “Because this area is so complex, it requires someone who can navigate the intricacies of family law. Sometimes people get caught up in the emotion of the situation, which is understandable; however, as an attorney it is sacrosanct that we not get lost in the emotion and work to apply the law in the most favorable light to our client. I am able to steer people through this system because I am familiar with the nuances of this area of law.” Frank and Mark handle all family law matters including, divorce, custody, property division, child and spousal support. In truth, family law covers many different areas and it would be difficult to list them all. This is precisely why Mark Mansfield was, and still is, so drawn to this field. “I find family law intriguing and intellectually stimulating,” says Mark. “This area of law is not as narrow as some might think. There are many intricacies and different and creative legal arguments that can be made in a typical family law case. Every case is unique and the law is constantly evolving. We pride ourselves on producing fair and equitable results for our clients, whether we settle out of court or inside the walls of a courtroom.” The firm’s AV preeminent rating on the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review system means that their peers in the legal community rank Frank, Mark and Tracy at the highest levels of professional and ethical excellence. Additionally, Frank is one of few attorneys, along with family law Judges throughout the State, appointed by the Louisiana Supreme

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THE LAW OFFICES OF HOWARD & REED know no boundaries when it comes to the Northshore or Southshore. With branches on both sides of the lake, this deep-rooted firm boasts two veteran attorneys who alone have combined experience of over 60 years along with a team of attorneys who are dedicated, dogged advocates for their clients. Amy Yenari and Kyle Del Hierro form part of a terrific team of lawyers in the Northshore office. They have a combined experience of over 20 years with the firm and work with Shawn to vigorously represent the needs of clients. Firm partner Shawn C. Reed opened the Northshore branch of Howard & Reed some 17 years ago. The office has grown to a team of six who service clients not only on the Northshore but throughout the region. Her reputation as a staunch personal injury lawyer is matched only by her reputation as a devoted mother of three, victim’s advocate and philanthropist. Ironically, when Shawn joined the firm 28 years ago as a first year law student, she was pregnant with her son, Jonathan Pedersen. Jonathan’s own career path has mirrored his mother’s—right down to the fact that he started to work with Doug Howard as a first year law student at Loyola University School of Law.

With a concentration in personal injury law, Jonathan’s reputation is quickly mirroring his mother’s as well. In addition to trying cases before judges and juries, he has also successfully argued a case before the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jonathan admits he does a little of everything in the firm, but he says that is where smaller firms get their strength. “We are really a plaintiffs’ firm. That is what we do. With a practice the size of ours, you get one group of people you know you can rely on. You know who you can call when you need someone.” Both Jonathan and Shawn began their careers under the tutelage of D. Douglas “Mad Dog” Howard, Jr. His nickname is based on his reputation as an uncompromising fighter for the needs and rights of his clients. While Doug concentrates mostly on family law, he is no stranger to asbestos litigation, personal injury and civil rights cases. “I founded the firm on the principle that good people deserve vigorous and effective representation from their lawyer. Forty years later, we are still adhering to that principle,” Doug said. The Law Offices of Howard & Reed are located at 516 N. Columbia Street in Covington and 839 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 306, in New Orleans. For more information visit www.howardandreed.com or call 985-893-3607.


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Three strong independent women attorneys along with the entire staff at Magee & Associates, all share the same work ethic guided by courtesy, compassion and efficiency.

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THREE STRONG AND INDEPENDENT WOMEN attorneys make up the “associates” in Magee & Associates. Their various ages, experiences and knowledge offer clients a full range of services, always tailored to the client’s best interest. “From complex legal issues to a simple filing of an LLC, we offer attorneys who can meet a client’s needs. Because our rates are commensurate with experience, the client also has a bit more flexibility with regard to legal fees,” Bill Magee said. Bill has over three decades of experience and he is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Litigation Specialist. Zara Zeringue has 16 years of experience. Her practice areas include domestic/family law, personal injury and business litigation. While she has represented a variety of clients over her career, her goal is the same—to bring her clients’ cases to closure. “Whether handling a wrongful death suit or picking up a case that has been pending for a long time, I want to see my clients’ needs and concerns addressed and resolved so that they can move on with their lives.” Attorney Suellen Richardson has six years experience in practicing law. Among other areas, she handles criminal cases, successions, wills, and donations, but primarily focuses on domestic law, handling divorce, child support, spousal support, community partitions,

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IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN COVINGTON, sits a quaint cottage that houses The Truitt Law Firm. The century-old house was renovated several years ago and now, the old house with the new upgrades is a perfect analogy to the ethic, character and youthfulness of this firm. Each person in the firm, though young, has a venerable work ethic that seems increasingly rare today. The firm prides itself on combining current technology with the “old school” attention to detail that yields success for the firm’s local, national and individual clients. Jack E. “Bobby” Truitt started the firm, after working many years for a large firm in New Orleans. He wanted a firm that better serviced clients’ needs. “When a client calls or emails you with a question, they want an answer yesLEFT TO RIGHT: Nancy Butcher, Bobby Truitt, Jennifer Poirier and Virginia Sirera terday, not when some partner has the time to assign it to a junior associate or law clerk. Our and her knowledge of this area proves beneficial when she works lawyers respond to client’s problems around the clock, and through with clients from there. teamwork, we usually have the answer to their legal issues within an Jennifer C. Poirier has an Ivy League education, is fluent in Spanish, hour. Nothing less is acceptable.” pays acute attention to the details of each case, and has a fervent Truitt represents national corporations and insurers like Family desire to win. Jennifer is not afraid to “get down in the trenches” to Dollar Stores, Winn Dixie and Farmer’s Insurance Company. The pursue a client’s interests in court, whether it is a major corporafirm prides itself on representing local businesses and individuals tion or an injured worker in a worker’s compensation case. Jennifer as well, who may have business disputes or personal issues that credits her hard work and perseverance to her Hispanic heritage. need personalized attention and commitment to winning (such as Virginia E Sirera worked for the Truitt firm for several years, then domestic, personal injury or criminal matters). The firm’s clients left to branch out on her own and focus on domestic litigation, but have remained loyal because of the attitude and the care given to she recently returned. Virginia has demonstrated a willingness to each client and case. “cut to the chase” in these cases, where domestic clients can tend Nancy N. Butcher has been with the firm for over eight years. She to lose focus. Her personality can also coax out the response from a is tenacious in her handling of depositions, court appearances — witness that can make the difference in winning a case. even simple research projects. This intense focus was instilled in Truitt Law Firm is located in Covington on 149 N. New Hampshire Street her by the tireless work ethic of both of her parents—doctors who and can be reached at 985-327-5266. emigrated from the Middle East. She was raised in north Louisiana

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FOR PEOPLE WHO SUBSCRIBE to a strict “left brain/right brain” theory of human psychology, Laura Tobin is an enigma. Whether it’s developing a grocery list and shopping for the perfect ingredients for a particular recipe, or researching a company’s competitive set and assessing statistics for a client, Laura thrives on information. But she’s also just as likely to tinker with that recipe or contribute copy to an advertising campaign. As vice president of advertising at Gallinghouse and Associates, Laura has excelled in taking a strategic approach to the creative process. “People would probably describe me as being ‘inquisitive,’ but the fact is, I am nosey and I always will be,” she said. “Advertising is a great profession for me because I love learning about peoples’ businesses. The more I can know about a company, its strengths and weaknesses, the more equipped I am to help achieve its marketing goals.” Laura has worked in the ad industry for the last 25 years. As an account supervisor for the Ruth’s Chris Steak House account, Laura contributed to the unparalleled growth and success of locations throughout the country and the world. After two years of commuting

to the city from Mandeville, she decided to join Gallinghouse. “The move was an opportunity to work with a group of seasoned professionals who traded in the Causeway for the peaceful atmosphere of the Northshore,” she said. And while the agency is located in Covington, Laura pointed out that it services clients throughout the Gulf South. According to her, location is not the factor in whether or not an agency/client relationship is successful. Marketing partnerships work best when there is a shared passion for the service or product that a company provides. For the last 24 years, Gallinghouse has specialized in working in industries it is passionate about: economic development, hospitality, health care, restaurant and food, and the nonprofit sector. As a Northshore resident, Laura admitted that a lot of the agency’s work goes to benefit the local community. “The local community is something that is near and dear to all of us here. Not only does the agency get involved in community activities, we get involved at a personal level as well,” she said. Laura is active with Leadership St. Tammany. She was also

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OPPOSITE PAGE: John is the grill master in the house, while Laura is the chef and sous chef. ABOVE CLOCKWISE: An avid weekend skier, Laura enjoys being on the boat as much as her dog Mikey. On their family vacation to Tennessee, Laura and her son Peter pose in front of the scenic Smoky Mountains. The family enjoyed horseback riding through the trails; here Laura and her daughter Stacy wait for the others to saddle up. Laura and other members of “Team Happy Feat” carried the banner during the Dallas 3-Day for the Cure. From left, Laura, Danny Chin-Lai, Paula Chin-Lai Hom, Pam Jarboe and Cathy Robichaux.

truly commendable. After seeing their friend Paula’s sister suffer from breast cancer, Laura and Cheryl enlisted in a three-day, 60-mile walk in Dallas to benefit cancer research. Her husband John credited her commitment to family and love of adventure for their successful marriage of 28 years. Together they have raised two children, Stacy (23) and Peter (20). Despite the fact that both have moved away from home to attend college, the Tobins have remained a close-knit group. To this day, they still take family vacations and enjoy weekly dinners together. “We have instilled in our kids the importance of family, but we spend time together because we genuinely like each other,” Laura said. During the summer, you can often find the whole crew—sometimes beagle included—out in their boat fishing or water skiing. “Laura plays as hard as she works,” claimed John. Left brain/right brain excluded—that is a balance most of us would like to achieve.

Gallinghouse and Associates is located at 409 W. 21st Avenue in Covington. Laura can be reached by phone at 985-893-7631 or by visiting www.gallinghouse.com.

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instrumental in reviving Northshore activity within the New Orleans chapter of the American Marketing Association, where she serves on the board as programming chair. Her commitment to the continuing education of the advertising profession was extended to the agency a few years ago when social media was beginning to be used as a marketing tool. She instituted a series of “lunch and learn” sessions where staff would research and report on a social media topic, allowing the agency to get up to speed on the new media quickly and efficiently. One of the most profound experiences of her life was when Laura pitched in to help during and after Hurricane Katrina. As St. Tammany Parish Director of Health & Human Services, Laura’s husband John was assigned to run the parish special needs shelter during the evacuation. Laura volunteered to work with him in a support role, helping staff the registration desk and manning radios. Little did she know that her work would extend to cook, server, errand runner and whatever else was needed for nearly a month. “As horrible as the storm was, and as much tragedy as we were surrounded with, there was something very rewarding about the shelter experience for me. I felt like I was able to contribute and make a difference at a very visceral, basic level. It’s something that I don’t get to do in my ‘normal’ life.” Laura’s family and friends would probably beg to differ. According to Cheryl Sohn, a friend for more than two decades and Gallinghouse’s creative director, Laura has a sense of loyalty that is

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lose teeth to periodontal disease are also candidates for the test. MyPerioPath identifies the type and concentration of specific perio-pathogenic bacteria that are known to cause periodontal disease. This test helps support the clinician with better risk assessment and personalized treatment options for more predictable patient outcomes. This test can be used as a “baseline” for any patient who may be at increased risk for periodontal infections including those with signs and symptoms of a periodontal infection and those who are not responding positively to their current treatment. Patients who test positive for genetic susceptibility (with the MyPerioID PST test) or have Type I or Type II diabetes, a history of cardiovascular disease and tobacco use are also candidates, along with women of child bearing age. Both tests are very simple and require the patient to spit into a vial which is sent off for analysis. A detailed report is generated for you and the dental team in order to provide a treatment plan tailored directly to you with the specific answers we have been missing in dentistry in the fight to save teeth.

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MANY PEOPLE CALL it the best kept secret With the growth of the area over the last five in Louisiana. Known for its storied maritime years, the Tchefuncte River is no longer the only history and its Presidential namesake, this center of activity. Leaders in the community charming neck of the woods on the Northshore are well aware that as the growth continues, Account Executive ________________________________________ is ever so slowly evolving. As the population the needs will grow as well. The St. Tammany continues to rise, Madisonville citizens work Recreation District #14 (Coquille Parks and diligently to maintain the feel of community Recreation) is just one example. Madisonville that is the bedrock of her essence. residents can enjoy over 45 acres of recreational Nestled along the Tchefuncte River with development already in place while 100 acres access to Lake Pontchartrain, Madisonville more are in the planning stages. enjoys a rich nautical history. In fact, the “Ten years ago this all started as an idea with Tchefuncte River Light Station (the Lighthouse), seven board members who barely knew each is the town’s signature landmark while the other,” remembers Stephen Dwyer, original Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum board member and now Chairman of Recreation remains the driving force behind preserving District #14. “This year we had 1,000 kids registhe area’s history. ter for baseball and softball programs.” On September 25, the museum will co-sponCoquille now boasts three separate triAuthorized Signature ______________________________________ sor its annual Beach Sweep as part of the Ocean plexes to host baseball and softball for Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean Up. various age groups as well as two gyms, Date ______________________________________ Join participating Madisonville Chamber of football and soccer fields. Volunteers from Commerce members and other volunteers at 9 the Madisonville Youth Boosters run all sports am in front of Madisonville town hall, as they programs at Coquille. gather to clear the beaches of trash and debris. In the next ten years, look for Coquille To register for this event call 985-778-7790. to expand even further with plans in the The Tchefuncte River will also play center works for more gyms, more fields, a walking stage during the historic Wooden Boat Festival. trail and even a swimming center to name Celebrating its 20th year, the event takes place a few. Take a look at the master plan at on Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October www.coquillemasterplan.org. 24. Proceeds from this event benefit educationFrom the banks of the Tchefuncte to the al programs at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin fields of Coquille, Madisonville residents are Maritime Museum and the continued restoraenjoying the advantages of growth while still tion of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse. upholding a strong reverence of the past.

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September 1, Southeastern Louisiana University Business Day 2010. Come and show Southeastern students what your business has to offer. 10 am–2 pm at the Student Union Mall. 985-549-3805, cab@selu.edu. September 1–25, The City of Slidell’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs present Where are They Now? The event features the works of former St. Tammany Parish students who have continued their artistic endeavors in higher education programs and/or art related careers. 985-646-4375, www.slidell.la.us.

September 11–30, Brunner Gallery presents a collection of new paintings by Diane Hanson. Artist reception from 6–8 pm. Brunner Gallery is located at 215 North Columbia St. in Covington. 985-893-0444.

September 1–30, Fort Isabel Black and White September show featuring artist Johnny Stout. Reception held September 11, 6–9 pm. Fort Isabel is located at 502 North Columbia St., Covington. 985-892-1841, www.fortisabelgallery.com. September 3, The Northlake Petroleum Wives Club Membership Luncheon 11 am, Mandeville. This is a social and charitable organization that meets September through May. 985-845-8435. september 5, 14th Annual Battle of the Bands. Land-O-Pines Campgrounds 17145 Million Dollar Rd.,Covington. Spend Labor Day weekend listening to bands battle it out. Free prize giveaways all day Sunday during band breaks. Go to www.camplop.com for more information. September 10, Northlake Newcomers Annual Membership “Meet and Greet” Coffee will be held at Benedict’s Plantation, 1144 N Causeway. Blvd., Mandeville, 10 am. Various booths of activities will be on display. New members welcome. infonewcomers@aol.com. September 10–26, Playmakers Theater presents A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Phillip Lawrence. This Broadway hit is about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine a Guantanamo Bay. 19106 Playmakers Rd., Covington. 985-893-1671.

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september 11, The St. Tammany Art Association presents “A Breath of St. Tammany.” A collection of works including, landscape paintings, illustrated text panels with family photos and articles which were published in the St. Tammany Farmer from the 1920’s through the 1950’s, by Sidney Fuhrmann. For those who knew him, Sid Fuhrmann was a true Renaissance man. The exhibit runs through October. Visit www.sttammanyartassociation.org for details.

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September 14, Professional Women of St. Tammany will hold their monthly luncheon at the Holiday Inn Covington from 11:30 am–1 pm. Network, help promote women in business, win door prizes and more. www.pw-st.org. September 18, Kids Wanna Help® Fashion Show Fundraiser benefitting pediatric leukemia patients. 11 am–2 pm at Tchefuncta Country Club. 985-875-0407, www.KidsWannaHelp.com. september 18, St. Tammany Parish Firehouse Tour. The St. Tammany Fire Districts and the Commission on Cultural Affairs present the last of the seven free “Firehouse Tour” concerts with Christian Serpas. There will be music, fire safety demos and kids activities. This free event starts at noon at Fire District #12. Visit www.stpgov.org/arts or call 985- 898-3011 for details. september 18-19, The Louisiana Gator Fest. Head out to the St. Tammany Trace at Koop Drive and see live gators and live music. Visit www.louisianagatorfest.com for details. September 24, The Roosevelt New Orleans will re-create the Stormin’ of the Sazerac, starting at 2 pm. The event will feature Sazeracs, a “vintage glamour” costume contest and hat modeling. Dress in late-1940s attire! A special ladies-only lunch will be served beginning at noon. 504-648-5486. September 25, Kids Konnection Day at the Park. An opportunity for children and families with special needs and disabilities to meet and “konnect” at a playground designed for children of all abilities. 10 am–2 pm, Koop Dr. (off of Highway 59), Mandeville. 504-583-5550. september 25, The 21st Annual Beach Sweep. Join the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and hundreds of volunteers as they gather on local beaches to clean up litter and debris. The event runs from 9 am until noon. To volunteer visit www.saveourlake.org or call Samantha Goodwin at 985-778-7790.

A FRIEND OF MINE has joined an online social network and is completing compatibility tests. Her answers are compiled with others and accessed for compatibility. The bottom line tests are called “must haves” and “can’t stands.” Her “must haves” include good sense of humor and good grooming. While her “can’t stands” are lying and laziness. If I were compiling a “must haves” list, I’d have to say, “must have all his teeth.” The teeth don’t have to be natural, but they’d have to be a full set. Anyway that got me to thinking about what are “must haves” and “can’t stands” in the Employer-Employee relationship. Employer list of “must haves” might include appreciation, punctuality and problem solving. Employer “can’t stands” could be tardiness, waits for someone else to solve problems and lying. Employee list of “must haves”: appreciation, flex schedule and bonuses. Employee “can’t stands” might be unpredictable scheduling, noisy work place and sense of company not moving forward. Not every item has to match, but some differences can be deal breakers. Relationships can survive and surpass incompatibility. Like my Mom used to say, “You need to get really good on the things you want from others because these people want the same thing from you.” Makes sense to me. Positive people are drawn to other positive people. I enjoy positive people everywhere and am thrilled to work with problem solvers and hard working trend setters. Yep, I do.


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SINCE IT IS FALL and football is upon us, it is AFTER SPENDING TEN YEARS moving up the time to make the trips back to Baton Rouge ladder at Gap, Inc. and attending college, to see the Tigers play! While the football Jenny Pennington opened her first jewelry Tigers are the central point of all the attenThe Northshore’s Best when she was store, Mira Mia, in Slidell Please proof your ENTIRE ad carefully. Change(s) and/o tion, Mike the (real) Tiger is a must-see while just 24 years old. Five years later, now with corrections should be faxed to 985-893-7686, or email this proof back to your account execut one is on campus. locations in Slidell and Covington, Mira Mia Mike’s official name is Mike VI. He arrived offers everything from classic are pieces to of high All fi rst proof changes and/or corrections free charge. Additional changes other than publisher’s error a at LSU when he was two years of age. He fashion sterling silver jewelry. $40 fee. If we don’t hear from you within 48 hours of the date sent, ad will run “as is.” was donated to LSU by an animal subject rescue to aThe opportunity to meet so many incredisanctuary in Indiana after his predecesble people and helping them find a fitting gift sor, Mike V passed away. He is a Bengaliis what drives Jenny and her staff. “The highnever have gotten anywhere without them. Account Executive _____________________________________ Authorized Signature _____________________________________________ Siberian hybrid. light of my job is meeting so many outstandThey were the only ones who told me to just go In July, Mike celebrated his fifth birthday. ing people. I know it sounds really simple, for it. They have always been my biggest fans.” When he arrived at LSU in 2007, weighed Date he ____________________________ but that is really what I love most about Both business owners themselves, they set the 320 pounds. He now weighs in at 460 pounds. owning this business.” tone for Jenny to follow in their footsteps. Mike is close to maturity (six years of age) She also loves the ability to create her “They taught me that you need focus and and he should reach approximately 500–600 personal vision for her clients. “So many discipline to achieve your goals. Any other pounds then. Mike, living in captivity in a places today are lacking in customer care. I young lady out there can do the same thing fine environment, should live approximately love that I can create a fun environment with with hard work and sacrifice.” 14–18 years. In the wild, the usual life span exceptional customer service.” Mira Mia is located in Covington, 69305 Hwy. would be eight to ten years. He is cared for by Jenny says her pillars of support are abso21, 985-893-6556 and Slidell, 2179 Gause W., the faculty and students of the LSU School of lutely her parents, Denise & Buddy. “I would 985-781-9009. Veterinary Medicine.

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Mike lives in a large, state-of-the-art enclosure adjacent to the stadium that was recently constructed made possible by donations from alumni and students. The habitat includes a waterfall, pond, plants and even a Tigercam. It is regarded as one of the finest tiger habitats in the country. You can check it out yourself at www.mikethetiger.com. Like most tigers, Mike VI’s activity level is highest early in the morning and in the late evenings, so this is the best time to see him as he sleeps most of the day, hidden in the shade, keeping cool. Be sure to stop by on game day to visit Mike!

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WRITTEN BY FREDDY DRENNAN, MAYOR OF SLIDELL

IT IS MY PLEASURE to serve you and this great city. As the former Chief of Police, I have been very fortunate to travel and represent the City of Slidell many times. I always meet people who ask where I am from. Here’s what I tell them. I live in a small city that has some of the best schools in the state. We have a very low crime rate, thanks to our great police department. We live in a city that has 32 parks and it’s not unusual to see ladies out walking or jogging and children playing early in the morning or late at night. Where we live, when businesses close for the night, they don’t put bars across their windows and they don’t pull down chain link gates across their doors. In our city people work together and live together. They understand

the quality of life. Cultural activities thrive. On any given weekend, there is an abundance of things to do, from free concerts in the park to festivals in Olde Towne. We live in a city that has some of the best food in the world. You want it, we have it. We live in a city that provides all the amenities of a great metropolitan area, with shopping, entertainment and benefits that a big city provides. Louisiana is a sportsman’s paradise and Slidell is no exception. We have five fresh water rivers in our parish. We have access to one of the largest lakes in the United States and that lake flows into the Gulf of Mexico, which has some of the best fishing in the country. I am proud to call Slidell my home. It truly is the best kept secret in the south.

Chamber Development Benefits Everyone

WRITTEN BY APRIL WEHRS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PONCHATOULA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

LAST YEAR, the Board of Directors of the Pontchatoula Chamber reviewed membership needs and hired a full time Executive Director to enhance member benefits. Chamber development and member services are the focus of this position. In addition, monthly business luncheons and enhanced Chamber After Hours events present opportunities for businesses to introduce themselves to members of the community. A written Chamber Resource Guide for locals, newcomers and visitors is on track for public distribution in January of 2011. It will serve not only as a business guide; it will highlight attractions in our area as well. Meanwhile, Southeastern University’s Economic and Business Development team will conduct a commerce/shop local study in partnership with the Ponchatoula Chamber. The

results of this study will determine the direction of future marketing campaigns for Ponchatoula. Businesses and non-profits both look to the Chamber to assist in fulfilling their community service needs. The business expo has been a good vehicle for these match-ups and member participation has reached an all time high. Ponchatoula is brimming with friendly people, an historic downtown and a strong sense of community. Chamber development can only be an asset to increasing the positive attention to our community, resource development and overall membership benefits. Both the business community and the citizenry realize the benefits of the numerous resources the Chamber continues to provide.

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WRITTEN BY DONALD VILLERE, MAYOR OF MANDEVILLE

WE HAVE A BUSY FALL brewing in the City of Mandeville. Brown bag concerts are returning to the Mandeville Trailhead and the Dew Drop has concerts beginning in September, running each month through December. Dates and schedules are listed on our website at www.cityofmandeville.com. The beginning of the 2010 school year marks the start of a new initiative in the parish that will begin with Mandeville schools. Keep Mandeville Beautiful is hosting a school paper recycling program at Woodlake Elementary, Mandeville Elementary, Pontchartrain Elementary and Mandeville Junior High. KMB received a $10,000 Keep Louisiana Beautiful Community Grant to implement the program, which focuses on white paper only. Each month,

thousands of pounds of paper end up in landfills instead of being recycled. The program will educate the children on recycling both at school and at home. The grant covered all start up costs and Southeast Paper Recycling will service the dumpsters weekly free of charge. We have several job opportunities available with the city which have just opened up—check out our website and your local newspapers for those listings. Also, Laporte, Sehrt, Romig & Hand has begun the operational audit on our administration which will conclude in October. Schools are back in session and school zones are in effect. Please continue to drive cautiously and observe the new cell phone laws, which can be found at http://www.drivinglaws.org/la.php.

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What Happened to Headgear? HOW MANY OF US remember having braces twenty or so years ago? Who remembers the appointment when the orthodontist looked at you and said, “You know young Johnny (Suzy), if you want to get the best result, I am going to need you to wear this for about 18 hours a day.” At this point our eyes would enlarge to about four times the normal size and an unsettling feeling in the pit of our stomach would arise. We just realized what “this” was: the dreaded headgear. Immediately, the visions of ostracism, teasing and taunts flashed through our minds, along with the thought of, “Do I really have to wear this thing that long... or at all?” This exact scenario would play out daily in the offices of orthodontists everywhere, and from this was born “non-compliance therapy.” Non-compliance therapy does not necessarily mean zero compliance. The patient still bears the responsibility of maintaining excellent oral hygiene, wearing elastics as prescribed, showing up for appointments, and not breaking the appliances. What it does mean however, is that the orthodontist can accomplish the same goals without headgear. These goals can be guiding the growth of a small lower jaw, pushing upper molars back, to intruding the back teeth. For the growing patient whose lower jaw is too short in relation to the upper jaw, the orthodontist has a wide array of completely

intra-oral appliances that provide a “headgear effect.” In addition to being not clearly visible to others, they are usually glued in place. This means the appliance is working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This 100 percent compliance ratio means that the Herbst, Mara or whatever the headgear-like appliance will not have to be worn for such a long duration. For patients whose upper and lower jaws are in harmony but the teeth do not match up correctly front-to-back, appliances that push the upper molars back abound. What all of these appliances mean to the patient is that while the overall treatment time to accomplish the orthodontic goals may not be reduced substantially, the time in “braces” is shortened. Headgear still remains a valuable and effective orthodontic appliance, though the psychosocial impact of it can be devastating to an adolescent’s self-esteem. The use of intra-oral appliances that deliver the “headgear effect” has been transformational for the orthodontist, the parents and mostly, the patient.

Dr. Edward Brown, III is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. He can be reached at Brown Family Orthodontics in Mandeville, 985-626-8297 or Covington, 985-893-1044 or visit www.brownfamilyortho.com.

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Looking Back and Moving Forward THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER always makes me stop exception of personal information, have included the and reflect. Five years ago at this time we were expe- calls as they were received. The data is raw, and often riencing one of the most difficult periods St. Tammany emotional to read. We have included pictures, perParish has ever survived. Hurricane Katrina, while sonal accounts and press information from the Times thankfully a memory now, was consuming our lives at Picayune and other media sources. This is all presented The Northshore’s Best this moment in 2005. in a chronological timeline so the events before, during We are in a much different place in 2010. Our parish and after the storm can be read and understood. has grown exponentially and some of our dearest We have also included a section for the public to friends were living in other parishes prior to the storm. write their own account of the storm and the events It is strange how adversity sometimes brings us closer we experienced. Please take a moment to read the WRITTEN BY KEVIN DAVIS, as a people. stories of others and record your own. Our goal with ST. TAMMANY PARISH In keeping with these sentiments, St. Tammany Parish this website was to preserve the events which have PRESIDENT has created probably the most comprehensive Katrina _______________________________________________ shaped St. Tammany Parish into what it has become Account Executive _____________________________________ Authorized Signature website in existence, at least in regard to events across today. We survived a very difficult time with the our parish. The website is www.stpgov.org/katrina. Many help of each other, and we would like to preserve Date ____________________________ of our neighbors in other towns were not aware that the the extraordinary efforts our friends and neighbors eye of the storm passed directly over the Slidell area, as showed in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina. one example of information that we all may not know Ours is not a story of sadness, but of triumph over about each other. adversity. At this five year anniversary of the storm, We have taken a large portion of the calls received let us rejoice at that triumph and how we are moving at our EOC call center after the storm and with the forward together as a parish.

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City of Covington Launches Website Revision LAUNCHED INITIALLY IN 2004, as part of a City marbased on a series of forms and checklists resulting keting campaign to attract visitors and entrepreneurs, from the coordination of best practices, policies and www.cityofcovingtonla.com has gotten as many as procedures outlined by each city department. The 4000 hits per day from around the world. Its intriguing new site will assist visitors several areas, includdesign spurred valuable regional publicity. ing handling traffic tickets, applying for Downtown The website and the city’s ad campaign emphasized Development low interest business loans, or booking Covington’s unique ability to balance progress and picnics at Bogue Falaya Park. It will display critical up The Northshore’s Best preservation by remaining true to its historic roots. It to the minute information on hurricanes and other also showcased us as the center for culture and comdisasters. It is also supported out of state in order to merce on the Northshore, as well as an ideal location avoid losing touch with the public during a disaster or WRITTEN BY for high tech and global businesses. power loss. CANDACE WATKINS, Since then the site has undergone a couple of iteraThe website redesign led to streamlining several MAYOR OF COVINGTON tions in order to make it more functional. The City also procedures in the city and coordinating functions received State grant funds to add information about interdepartmentally. This exercise has caused us to Covington’s assets as a Certified Louisiana Retirement make several procedures more efficient, so it has had Account Executive _____________________________________ Authorized Signature _______________________________________________ Community. On Monday, August 16 the public saw a greater overall effect than just restructuring the familiar black and white images urging them to come website. It has been part of this administration’s plan Date ____________________________ “see us in color.” You will breeze through the site from to aid the next administration in a seamless transition page to page with greater navigational ease. Covington next July. I encourage everyone to check out the new based designer Leonard Joseph reorganized the site site at www.cityofcovingtonla.com.

This exercise has caused us to make several procedures more efficient, so it has had a greater overall effect than just restructuring the website.

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1| Covington Playmakers, Inc. hosted a special benefit performance of Cats, an all-singing, alldancing musical spectacular based on the poems from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The performance was in honor of the St. Tammany Humane Society.

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Best 2| The City of Slidell’s Department of CulturalThe & Northshore’s Public Please proof your ENTIRE ad carefully. Change(s) and/or Affairs recently held the Arts Evening Best of Show corrections should be faxed to 985-893-7686, or email this proof back to your account executive. competition. The Commission awarded Jean Lajaunie’s Beauty in Our Swamps as Best of Show.

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3| On July 10, Joseph Eichorn and Kyle Arcement subject to a $40 fee. If we don’t hear from you within 48 hours of the date sent, ad will run “as is.” received a copy of the Rule of Benedict and began the canonical year of formation as Benedictine monks. The ceremony was celebrated in the presence of Abbot 3 4 Account _____________________________________ Authorized Signature _______________________________________________ Justin Brown, Executive O.S.B. and the monks of the community; and assisted by the prior, Br. Brian Harrington, O.S.B., and novice master, Br. Jude Israel, O.S.B.

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4| On August 3, the St. Tammany Home Builders Association (STHBA) awarded $75,000 to 10 local charities. These funds came from its Raising the Roof for Charity Raffle House. The STHBA thanks everyone who participated.

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Your Own Self Cleaning Oven DID YOU KNOW that the vagina is like a self cleaning oven? I can’t take credit for the analogy. One of my dear patients came up with it. What a great simile. The vagina is a delicate ecosystem composed of good bacteria. Just like the mouth and the intestinal tract, the bacteria maintain a healthy pH to ward off the bad bacteria that can cause foul smelling discharge or irritation. Many factors can affect the normal balance of the vagina. They include, antibiotics, changes in the body’s normal hormone levels, (like those that occur with pregnancy, breast feeding, or menopause), douches, spermicides, sexual intercourse, and sexually transmitted diseases. If the balance is disrupted, infections like yeast and bacterial vaginosis can develop.

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1| Art patrons in St Tammany Parish were treated to a performance of the highest caliber when Ballet Apetrei presented Giselle at St. Joseph’s Abbey on July 24. International guest artists Beth Moore and Sergiu Brindusa joined company members from Ballet Apetrei. 2| Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa would like to extend thanks to the Tangipahoa Parish community for their support of the 2nd Annual Awards Luncheon. The event was a great success and raised much-needed funds to support the mission and vision of the organization. 3| A ceremony recognizing the 41st graduating class of the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology was held on July 8 in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center at North Oaks Hospital in Hammond. Seventeen students completed the twoyear program and 2,000 clinical training hours.

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4| Over 420 athletes registered for the 27th Annual Crawfishman Triathlon benefitting community organizations and foundations, including Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBP). Donations surpassed last year’s total, increasing the donation to MBP by $1,000. 5| Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s 15 Junior Volunteers contributed 781 service hours during the summer months of June and July. The Junior Volunteers were honored on August 3 at an appreciation reception hosted by the hospital. 6| Omni Bank has announced that it has strengthened its ability to meet the mortgage banking needs of customers on the Northshore with the hiring of Mandeville native Jenny Goodrow, a 36-year career financial services professional.

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Scented fabric softeners and detergent can cause an allergic inflammatory reaction that may serve as a vehicle for infection. This can lead to vaginal itching, discharge and pain with intercourse. Women use these products to make themselves feel “fresh” but in fact it makes it much worse. Some of the worst reactions I have seen have been with wet wipes or similar, sometimes leading to permanent scarring. Call your doctor if you are having what you think is a recurrent yeast infection. It may not be yeast but rather an allergic reaction or bacterial overgrowth that can be made worse by self medicating with over the counter preparations. In summary, you do not need to clean or freshen the vagina. The “oven” will clean itself.

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Stay for just a while Stay and let me look at you It’s been so long, I hardly knew you… Stay with me a while I only wanna talk to you….. And look how far we’ve come… How it was before…. September morning Still can make me feel that way! —Neil Diamond

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OH YEAH, THE BEAUTIFUL summer bloomers are now looking a bit frazzled! Don’t despair—think of the cool, crisp days ahead and use them to make your yard a place of happy memories. Amaryllis and agapanthus, once loaded with beautiful blooms, now look like clumps of wilted vegetation. Giant grasshoppers have enjoyed eating their leaves this summer. Bone meal will replace the loss of nutrients for any bulbs. Aerate and add new top soil. These efforts will ensure a beautiful showing next year! Coleus and acalypha (copper plant) belong in your fall garden. Their colors will compliment the fall leaves. Pink-flowered and purple-leaved loropetalum enjoys sun or shade and is winter tolerant. Pruning may

be necessary once loropetalum gets a good growing start. Bee balm, echinacea and larkspur make nice fall gardens and will continue through a mild winter. Liatrus is a perfect background addition to any garden. Don’t overlook the fall vegetable garden. Spinach should be put in now. Cut sunflowers and hang them upside down to dry. This will create seeds for next spring. Herbs should be thinned and young plants started in clay pots that can be moved indoors when temperatures plummet. Poinsettia plants and christmas cacti should be placed in protected spots that get no artificial light. This will encourage blooms and keep them out of frosts. Why not bring them in? Clean their pots and give them a biodegradable soap bath and some fertilizer (this applies to all house plants coming in). Remember with poinsettias to place them indoors in a place that will be dark at night. Cut hydrangea blooms and hang upside down in dry, dark spots. These will be excellent filler for holiday arrangements. Remulch the yard for winter after removing dead leaves and plants that have finished their summer cycle. Okay, now get out and enjoy each beautiful September morn filled with crisp fall air.

IN HIS NOVEL, The Shack, author William Paul Young makes a daring attempt to explain the elusive mystery of the purpose of life and death. Although the text could be improved with better editing, its content is compelling. The Bible reads, “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places” and after reading this novel, I think that among those places might be a shack, which is the setting for most of the story. Young’s story tells of the consolation of Mack, the father of six-yearold Missy, who was brutally murdered while on a trip with her father and siblings. Although the entire family is gravely affected by the heinous crime, Mack’s emotional pain (which he refers to as the “Great Sadness”) is the main focus. Mack receives a written invitation from someone signed “Papa,” to visit the shack where Missy’s bloody clothing was found. Since his wife refers to God as “Papa” he is intrigued and plans to accept the mysterious invitation. Mack does not tell his family his plans, but his friend Willie knows and thus becomes the narrator. During Mack’s visit with “Papa,” who could be a dream, apparition or hallucination, the author tries to explain why humans struggle in their attempts to communicate with the divine infinite. The author presents an unconventional view of God, specifically the “Holy Trinity.” However, I believe that inquisitive readers might find the parable helpful in coping with their own “Great Sadness” and the spiritually curious might benefit from reading and discussing it with a group. Anyone who enjoyed The Five People You Meet in Heaven would probably appreciate The Shack. The Shack, by William Paul Young, is available as regular or large print book, audio book, and audio CD at St. Tammany Library.


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