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Cultural Calendar of Events Slidell Cultural Center Exhibits

The Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall is located at 2055 Second Street in Olde Towne. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Friday, 12 to 4 pm and on the final Saturday of each exhibit, 9 am to 1 pm. Group appointments are available. Admission is free.

Optical Illusions: In 3D!

Aug. 3 - Sept. 1, 2012 • Reception: Friday, Aug. 3, 7 - 9 pm Two dimensional works take on enchanting new depths through the magic of 3D glasses.

The Accidental Artist

Oct. 5 - Nov. 30, 2012 • Reception: Friday, Oct. 5, 7 - 9 pm

What happens when an adult discovers, quite by accident, a gift for creating visual artwork? This exhibit showcases such artists.

Salad Days Juried Exhibition of Student Art

Jan. 11 - Feb. 8, 2013 • Reception: Friday, Jan. 13, 6 - 8 pm

Featuring the works of St. Tammany’s talented student artists.

From the Vaults of New Orleans Museum of Art: Picasso, Miró and Matisse

March 2 - April 12, 2013 • Reception: Saturday, March 2, 5 - 9 pm

They’ve been called some of the most significant artists of the 20th Century. This exhibit will feature some of their most exquisite works from the vaults of NOMA. Opening reception during Arts Evening.

Mixed Media Juried Exhibition

April 26 - May 24, 2013 • Reception: Friday, April 26, 7 - 9 pm An eclectic exhibit features artwork created using two or more media.

Arts-in-Education

The City of Slidell is proud to present a great lineup of arts-ineducation programming including Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet in October, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Young Audiences program in January, The Spencers Theatre of Illusion: Hocus Focus in March and dance duo Rhythm/Soul in April. Program schedules coordinated in conjunction with the St. Tammany Parish School Board.

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Created for kids ages 4 to 18, this program encourages children to explore the many facets of the arts. Kids who attend symphony, dance, theatre, and visual arts events and participate in any visual or performing arts experience will be inducted into the club and receive a patch and certificate from Mayor Drennan. Participation is free.

Annual Cultural Events Bayou Jam Concert Series

Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm • Heritage Park • Free Admission

Sept. 30, 2012, Redline • Oct. 14, 2012, Mike “Soul Man” Baptiste & Real Soul • Oct. 28, 2012 • Bayou Jam Halloween Bash with Vince Vance and the Valiants • March 17, 2013, The Topcats • March 24, 2013, Four Unplugged • April 7, 2013, Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

Christmas Under the Stars

Dec. 7, 8 & 14, 15, 2012 • 6 - 9 pm • Griffith Park • Free Admission

This magical holiday celebration features live entertainment, storytelling, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus and the Christmas Train & Village Display.

Arts Evening

March 2, 2013 • 5 - 9 pm • Olde Towne Slidell • Free Admission

An evening celebrating art, live entertainment, fine and casual dining and antique and boutique shopping. Rain date Sunday, March 3.

Some Enchanted Evening with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

April 20, 2013 • 6 pm • Heritage Park Rain Date, Sunday, April 21 • Free Admission Join us for our annual twilight concert in the park.

Kids Fest Children’s Art Festival

June 14, 2013 • 9:30 am • Slidell Municipal Auditorium

A free celebration of the arts that’s great fun for the whole family.

Special Events

Art After Hours featuring Ken Waldman

Oct. 25, 2012 • 5 - 7 pm • City Hall Plaza • Free Admission

Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet, joins us for a presentation in conjunction with The Accidental Artist exhibit.

The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion March 23, 2013 • 6 pm • Ticketed Event Slidell Municipal Auditorium

This high-tech stage show combines drama, comedy, romance, and suspense with elaborate illusions and dazzling special effects. These events are brought to you by the City of Slidell’s 2012-2013 Cultural Season Sponsors and are supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs. Ken Waldman events are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. For cultural season sponsorship information, call (985) 646-43675.

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ENTERPRISING WOMEN Lending Relationships for Life—Carrie Sanders and Melissa Brackley, GMFS Lending.......................... 20

NORTHSHORE’S TOP DENTISTS Taking Personal Care to a New Level— Dr. Charles A. Schof, Jr. ........................................................9 Superb Simplicity—Dr. Charlie Ilawan ....................... 11 Restoring Healthy Smiles—Dr. Jay Fagan ................. 12

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Healthy Smiles Through Personalized Care—

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Dr. Darren Miller.................................................................. 12 Making Smiles Her Mission—Dr. Laurie Fricke........ 13

Advanced Solutions to Chronic Pain— Southern Pain & Neurological Consultants, LLC ..... 14 Is Wii Effective in Reducing Falls? ................................. 19 Pigment Cells Gone Wild ................................................. 25 Can Neurofeedback Work For You? ............................. 27

BEAUTY & STYLE School is in but Summer’s Not Out ................................8 The Math of Fashion: Fashion Editor’s Picks ............. 24 Shopping Scene.................................................................. 26

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Alike......................................................................................... 35 What a Tomato! ................................................................... 37

COMMUNITY Behind the Scenes ................................................................6 Charter Business HERO........................................................7 Flourishing Cultural Scene Continues to Thrive ..... 17 Meet the Owners of American Factor Direct ........... 23 Around Town........................................................................ 30 August Events ...................................................................... 33

Provisional Custody by Mandate ................................. 16

Expo Gives Local Businesses Growth Tool................. 36

Financial Game Plan .......................................................... 31

Citizens’ Voices Heard ....................................................... 36

Beautiful Smiles—Dr. John J. Killeen........................... 15

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

Moving Mandeville Forward .......................................... 36

HEALTH & FITNESS

The Beauty of a Tree .......................................................... 22

Community Health Center Serves the

Is the Pain I am Experiencing With my Cycles

Fall Home Trends ................................................................ 28

Needs of All .......................................................................... 38

Normal?.....................................................................................7

Book Review: The Things They Carried ........................ 35

Healthcare Reform ............................................................. 38


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TIME IS FLEETING. That is what I learned this summer. With mere days until another school year begins, it seems that summer has slipped through our fingers yet again. We made the most of it, and we made many memories, and I am grateful. But time continues to pass as this month marks many milestones. My husband will celebrate a significant birthday this month (50), one child begins his journey into Junior High, and one child will embark on her last year of elementary school. Things are moving along as they are designed, yet the pace seems to quicken as we get older. My take away is that we do our best to appreciate these moments as they happen—even when we think we have nothing to appreciate—given that they can change instantaneously, and there is little we can do about it. As you gear up for whatever this transitional month may bring, join us as we meet two extraordinary women who bring countless people through the milestone of their first home purchase every day. Learn about what time has done to enhance modernday dentistry and meet some of the best in their field in our Northshore’s Top Dentists section. And take a peek at home decorating trends local designers are watching this fall. To my husband I wish a happy birthday filled with joy. To all children starting the school year, may you find success in the months ahead. Most of all, as we go about our busy days, here is hoping that we appreciate the moments that we might normally take for granted, because they can be easy to miss once they are gone.

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Behind the Scenes with GMFS The Northshore’s Best

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Senior Account Executive Gwen Anderson Account Executives Nikki Lazaroe, Laura Zammit GETTING OUR COVERGIRLS, Melissa “Missy” Brackley and Carrie Sanders, Loan Officers with GMSF Lending, to take a break from their daily routine of number crunching, endless piles of paperwork and loan closings was no easy task. However, with a promise of a “makeover,” Missy (pictured left) found time for some primping and pampering by members of Paris Parker Salon’s Design Team. Missy’s hair was styled by Don Paul Leblanc and her makeup applied by Amanda Fleming (pictured left). Carrie (pictured right), puts the finishing touches on her own makeup just prior to the photo shoot. Indeed, a non-typical day for our busy, hard-working Enterprising Women! Paris Parker Salon is located at 4900 Hwy 22 in Mandeville, 985-845-4404.

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Every patient’s dental health is thoroughly evaluated so that Dr. Schof is able to develop a long-term plan to preserve oral health. “With every patient we are embarking on an ongoing relationship. Ultimately our goals are; comfort, appearance, longevity and health. My primary concern is that they get the healthiest mouth they want in their own time frame. You are in complete control of your oral health plan.” According to Dr. Schof, many patients may avoid the dentist because they dread being judged based on their oral health issues. “We do not judge anyone based on the health of their teeth,” he says. “We are all about moving forward. When I am looking at someone’s teeth, I am automatically assessing the long-term health of each tooth and how we will maintain it. We will work with every patient so that their treatment plan proceeds at their pace, and on par with their budget.” For nearly 20 years, Dr. Schof has seen the practice of dentistry advance by great margins. In his eyes the greatest strides have been made in early detection of potential problems, which leads to less dental intervention. “The best dentistry is really no dentistry,” he says. “We practice minimally invasive dentistry. We want to help you care for your oral health so that we face fewer problems down the road. Medical science will keep us all around longer, and we will need our teeth to enjoy a quality of life. My goal will always be to have my finger on the pulse so that I can give my patients the best that technology has to offer. I cannot imagine myself doing it any other way.” The Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence is located at 240 Dalwill Drive in Mandeville. Call 985-626-4401 to schedule an appointment or visit www.charlesschof.com.



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ROOTED IN OLD SCHOOL principles, Dr. Charles A. Schof, Jr. of the Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence, thrives on staying abreast of the newest in technological innovations in dentistry. “In my practice I believe in treating others the way I would want to be treated,” he says. “To that end, I have focused on learning and embracing cutting edge technology, which has allowed us to become incredibly efficient. The technology is there, it is better, so why not use it?” Efficiency is just one aspect of his practice Dr. Schof has worked to achieve. “Who wants to spend all of their free time at the dentist? I don’t. That is why I have spent so many hours learning the newest, most advanced technologies and techniques. I can literally perform your root canal and place your crown in the same day,” he says. His newest educational venture will begin soon as he embarks on a one year implant residency. Dr. Schof will tell you that his highly professional, personable staff is a large part of what he feels sets his practice apart. “This is the best staff I have ever had in my entire career,” he notes. “They are sincere, caring ladies who truly do care about every person who walks through the doors. They are literally the glue that holds it all together.” He also notes that everyone on his staff has a stellar work ethic. “When I perform a procedure on a patient, either myself or one of my staff members will follow up with that person within 24 hours. In my opinion, customer service is a lost art. We are determined every day to resurrect that art.” From their professional approach to every patient, to treating patients as welcome guests, patients often linger for awhile after a treatment just to catch up with the staff.

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FOR NEARLY THREE decades, Dr. Jay Fagan has offered Northshore residents extensive, professional periodontal care with stellar results. “Periodontal disease can cause both loss of bone and tissue around teeth,” he says. “When this occurs, patients often need more intricate, skilled care which is what I have consistently provided over the past decades.” Treatment options for periodontitis can range from deep cleaning of the affected gums, bone grafts to promote tooth preservation, periodontal surgery, and the technologically advanced Laser-assisted new attachment procedure or LANAP Laser surgery. “The LANAP procedure involves very little pain and no sutures. We are able to stimulate bone regeneration with minimal discomfort and faster recovery time.” Dr. Fagan works hand in hand with many dentists and orthodontists to offer simple extractions, hygiene services, skin grafting and cuspid exposure procedures in order to prepare the mouth for braces. Aesthetic choices are available for people who would

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like to change the look of their smile but do not necessarily face oral health issues, and for those who are missing one or more teeth. “Many people come to me because they feel that their smile is ‘gummy,’” he says. “This can be treated with aesthetic crown lengthening procedures. Some patients have ‘receding gums’ which can be corrected with skin grafting procedures. For people who are missing teeth, I will often place dental implants. ” Educated at the LSU School of Dentistry, Dr. Fagan proceeded to earn his Certificate of Periodontology from Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry. Since that time he has established roots on the Northshore, where he built his successful practice and has been a staff member at St. Tammany Parish Hospital for the past 25 years. “Periodontal disease does not only affect the mouth, it can lead to deeper systemic ailments. Early detection and intervention can produce the best result. Whether procedures are performed in my office or for those who need it, in a hospital setting, my primary concern is restoring the oral health of all of my patients.” Dr. Fagan’s office is located at 2301 N Highway 190 Suite 1 in Covington. To schedule an appointment call 985-892-1113. Visit www.drjfagan.com for more information.



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DR. DARREN MILLER, of Miller Orthodontics has While his treatment philosophy is conservative, managed to combine a warm, friendly facility along Dr. Miller’s treatment mechanics are progressive and with high quality orthodontic care available at an modern. He recommends that all children consult affordable rate. “Our goal is to make each and every with an orthodontist by the time they reach age visit as pleasant and enjoyable as possible,” he says. seven so that major malocclusion issues can be ruled Dr. Miller does all of the chair side work, allowing out while growth and development of the child can him to spend time with both the patient and many be monitored. Both parent and child are welcomed times, the parents as well. “We believe that having a and accommodated in the treatment room. Dr. Miller confident smile can change the way you live so we do answers any and all questions that come up and everything we can to give you that healthy, beautiful takes the time to make sure his clients understand smile.” the treatment process. He personally answers all As a Houma native, Dr. Miller really loves the emergency calls himself. family-oriented, community feel of the Northshore. “People feel more confident about themselves Sophisticated Woman July2011 © G & A Publishing. May not be With his cozy hometown upbringing as a living when their beautiful. That is one of the reproduced in any formsmile withoutiswritten permission. example, he treats things I love about my profession. When I can help The Northshore’s Best every patient with individual care and attention. The average relationship between people achieve that smile it just reinforces the Account Executive _____________________________________ Authorized ____________________________________________ _____________________ an orthodontist and their Signature patients is about two reasons I decided to Date become an orthodontist in the years. During this time, Dr. Miller establishes perfirst place.” sonal relationships with his patients and their family Darren Miller, DDS, is located at 1002 Highway 59 in members. Mandeville and can be reached at 985-626-0991.




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FOR OVER TWO DECADES, board-certified orthodontist Dr. Laurie Fricke has made building beautiful smiles her mission. “I have had the privilege to improve smiles and to see my patients’ self-confidence soar. Giving each person the smile they deserve is very rewarding.” Her Covington office welcomes each patient with a crisp, clean environment, as well as a seasoned staff. “My team is exceptional, and we make it our priority to treat each patient’s needs with individual, specialized care,” Dr. Fricke notes. “This is not a one-size-fits-all practice. Each patient is thoroughly evaluated and a treatment plan is developed that will achieve the finest result in the most efficient way.” Treatment options are numerous as she offers Invisalign®, clear braces which do not stain and are barely visible, and traditional

braces integrated with the newest technology. These self-ligating brackets speed up the treatment process, cause less trauma to the inside of the mouth, and increase the time between follow-up appointments meaning fewer visits to the orthodontist’s office. “We are also dedicated to good oral hygiene and reward our patients accordingly. For instance, colors may be added to a well deserved smile.” Dr. Fricke says, “The goal of our treatment is a beautiful smile and a healthy bite.” On a personal note, when her own son

became involved with sports, Dr. Fricke found that his generic mouth guard did not fit. “I found a way to customize his sports guard, and since then I have treated many young athletes. Orthodontics has always been so rewarding for me,” Dr. Fricke says. “It is truly a blessing to be in a profession that I love and to change the lives of so many wonderful people.” Dr. Laurie Fricke can be reached at 985-892-2081. Her office is located at 2301 N. Hwy.190, Suite 7 in Covington. To learn more about treatment options visit makingsmilesnew.com.



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FOR AN ENTIRE DECADE, certified physician assistant Melanie Mire of Southern Pain and Neurological Consultants, LLC has worked closely with Dr. Paul J. Hubbell, III, Dr. Donald E. Richardson, FACS, and Dr. Thomas D. Schult to make a difference in the lives of people suffering from chronic pain. “Everything we do here is to improve the function and quality of the lives of our patients,” she says. “Our goal is to identify the source of the pain and find an interventional technique that will target it, and lessen a patient’s need to rely on medication as the main remedy to the problem.” Melanie says that the patients she evaluates have pain that affects the neck, back, extremities or face. “Often we find that patients suffer from the degeneration of discs, which causes bone on bone contact at the facet joint,” Melanie notes. “When we gather the evidence to support our findings of degenerative disc disease, we can then offer interventional treatment.” Temporary pain relief can be achieved through a diagnostic test block injection that places numbing medicine on the affected nerve using small needles

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to interrupt sensation in the joint. A second procedure, a treatment named radiofrequency, involves surrounding the nerve with heat using small needles in order to ablate them. In turn, the nerve branch will cease to send pain signals to the brain. Relief can last anywhere from eight to eighteen months. Minimally invasive interventional modalities are available to treat patients who suffer from intractable post-surgery pain syndromes, peripheral nerve injuries, face pain and central pain syndromes from multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries. “Spinal cord stimulators, deep brain stimulators and continuous infusion pumps are just a handful of additional techniques we offer to help the chronically ill deal with symptoms that detract from their quality of life,” Melanie says. “There is no doubt that this field is challenging, but when you do see the success stories happen, it is pretty rewarding.” Southern Pain and Neurological Consultants, LLC is located at 64026 Highway 434, #230 in Lacombe, 1-800-277-1265. For more information on locations visit southernpainclinic.com.

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WHEN HE WAS voted Northshore’s Best Dentist for 2011, Dr. John J. Killeen was humbled and grate2 0 11 ful. “I appreciate everyone who voted for me, all of my patients and of course, my staff for their passion,” he says. During his many years in practice, Dr. Killeen has seen marked advancements in dentistry. “In the past, we used a sharp object to locate an area of decay. Now, we use laser technology like DIAGNOdent and digital x-rays.” But he notes that the greatest advancements are in the area of cosmetic dentistry. “We now have the ability to actually know and see what a beautiful smile looks like,” he says. “We analyze every detail of someone’s face from their skin tone to the shape of their face to formulate their best smile. When we are finished, patients have a renewed sense of confidence and really, a renewed sense Dr. John J. Killeen of self.” For patients who have no teeth or who, for some reason, have to lose all of their teeth, implant technology not only can change a patient’s appearance, but also helps them to regain their ability to chew and use their teeth normally, which actually changes their lives. Dr. Killeen is able to extract teeth and place implants and teeth all in one appointment. The patient is never without teeth. “Patients are so appreciative they sometimes shed tears of joy when implants are placed. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to help people overcome this handicap and regain their quality of life.” The Northshore’s Best

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Provisional Custody by Mandate LOUISIANA HAS SPECIFIC laws that govern who may care for your minor child (children) in your absence. Everyone with children should execute a Provisional Custody document when you go out of town and leave your kids behind. If your child becomes ill in your absence, this document assures that the caretaker of your child will be able to make medical and surgical decisions on their The Northshore’s behalf. It allowsBest your caretaker to speak with the child’s school and many other important decisions that you probably take for granted. Even when you leave your children with your own parents, without this document, the grandparents have no legal right to speak on your children’s behalf. This can be very easily alleviated by the parents (or the custodial parent if divorced) of a minor child executing a document called a “Provisional Custody by Mandate”. The parents appoint whom they choose to be the “Provisional Custodian” in their absence. The document may be for any length of time but may not exceed one year from execution. We generally advise to have the document be valid for the entire year and whenever the kids are with “Grandma” for the rest of the year, she

may rely on this document. Additionally, you may choose whomever you wish, as it may be a friend or neighbor, there is no relation requirement. Most folks never even think about this when they go away for a long weekend away from the kids, or more importantly, if you happen to be in Europe for a few weeks! You do not need a lawyer to draft this document as it can be readily found on the internet if you “Google” this topic. However, you will need to have the document witnessed and notarized. Keep one form blank, and pick an annual date you can easily remember (your child’s birthday), then every year go to a notary public and have them updated. Hopefully, your child will never need to use this document, but in my line of work I always “plan for the worst and pray for the best”.

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center which features exhibits, educational seminars and demonstrations, and various areas of the arts including culinary. “The Hammond Regional Arts Center’s primary mission is to enrich lives through the arts. For the last 30 years, the non-profit organization has promoted and supported the arts locally by offering professional exhibitions, arts education through classes and lectures, as well as nonprofessional exhibitions for local aspiring artists,” says Executive Director, Melissa Griffin. “To further enhance our commitment to the community, the Hammond Regional Arts Center will begin to offer grants and scholarships for arts education.” Owned and operated by Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU), The Columbia Theatre breathes life into the Hammond cultural scene year-round. From concerts, to theatrical productions to special events, the theater has become an integral part of the arts community since it was renovated and re-opened in 2002. In the heart of historic Old Mandeville sits what the city of Mandeville says is “the world’s oldest, virtually unaltered, rural jazz hall.” The Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall, or Dew Drop Inn, as it is known, still plays host to intriguing musical guests both locally and from around the world. Covington is home to the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival, an event that attracts artists, craftsmen and purveyors of the land from around

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IT IS SAFE TO SAY that what we define as culturally significant in South Louisiana may differ from other areas of the world. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. The roots of our culture start simply enough—a down-home history peppered with people who came from around the globe to call Louisiana home. Yet they evolve into richness in music, artistry, creativity, craftsmanship and even into the decadent world of the pomp and circumstance of Mardi Gras royalty. The Northshore in particular is rich in history, talent and tradition. Slidell encourages love of the arts for all ages and all genres as they make the most of the Slidell Cultural Center, the Slidell Municipal Auditorium, and host festivals and outdoor concerts throughout the year. As with every other cultural season, the lineup this season promises excitement and variety well into 2013. Touted as the highlight of this year’s calendar, From the Vaults of New Orleans Museum of Art: Picasso, Miró and Matisse, debuts in the spring of 2013 just as Slidell’s Olde Towne festival, Arts Evening, moves from the fall into the spring. The exhibit begins March 2 and runs through April 12, 2013. On loan from the New Orleans Museum of Art, expect to see ceramics by Picasso and works on paper by Miró and Matisse. As always, count on the Slidell Little Theatre to bring your favorite productions to life. The Hammond Regional Arts Center is a multi-discipline arts

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PREVIOUS PAGE: Touted as the highlight of this year’s calendar, From the Vaults of New Orleans Museum of Art: Picasso, Miró and Matisse, debuts in the spring of 2013 ABOVE TOP: Three Rivers Art Festival brings in upwards of 32,000 visitors to our area for the weekend of the festival. ABOVE BOTTOM: Columbia Theatre in Hammond presented Soul Queen Irma Thomas in 2012. RIGHT TOP: The Dew Drop Inn is always a good time. RIGHT MIDDLE: Hammond Regional Arts Center enjoys many shows. RIGHT BOTTOM: The Junior League of Greater Covington continues its progress of the Children's Museum of St. Tammany.

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the country. At Playmakers Theater, local talent brings storylines to life several times per year. Thanks to the St. Tammany Art Association, Covington also plays host to the National Juried Artists Exhibition, now in its 47th year. This exhibition, going on now, is open to artists from around the United States and runs through August 11. The St. Tammany Art Association hosts events year-round to enhance the thriving artistic community in Covington such as the upcoming DIVA Exhibition and fundraiser to benefit breast cancer awareness, which begins August 18. What began as a traveling educational program known as “Museum Without Walls,” is now evolving into the concrete vision of the Junior League of Greater Covington for the Children's Museum of St. Tammany. Currently in the planning phases, the vision for the museum is becoming clear as the St. Tammany Parish Government has dedicated land at Koop Drive, and the Junior League continues to raise money to see the project through to completion. The museum is slated to serve as yet another avenue for the youth of St. Tammany to grow in their knowledge and appreciation of the cultural arts.




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8:00 am | Monday, July 23

WHEN YOU’RE A KID or even a young adult, falls can be funny or just mildly embarrassing. However, with advanced age, falls can become downright deadly. Once an older person hurts themselves from a fall, the required bed rest that is needed for recovery could be more damaging than the fall itself. For many older people, a fall is the incident that leads them to the often-dreaded nursing home. So much time, money and resources are spent in learning how to best prevent falls in older adults. As published in the June edition of the Journal of Aging Research, it was found that regular Wii Fit workouts proved as effective as a robust walking routine in reducing the risk for falling in older people with mild Alzheimer’s disease. The study compared the fall risk of individuals before and after an eight week exercise program. Before they started exercising, they were at a high risk for falls. But their fall risk was significantly decreased by the end of the eight week program.

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…with advanced age, falls can become downright deadly. Does that mean that we should all go out and buy Wii’s for our folks? Well, it’s probably not for everyone. If someone has compromised balance already, then they probably need supervised exercise in order to safely obtain results. But sure, if you have okay balance and are looking for a way to improve it, then the Wii is probably a great option. Some physical therapy clinics utilize the Wii for balance training in older adults. Not only does it encourage us to move more quickly than we would normally during exercise, it is also just a lot more fun. And don’t we all want to have more fun when we’re exercising?

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IT IS EASY to love your profession when day after day you watch people achieve the dream of owning their own home. For loan officer Carrie Sanders and her colleague, Melissa Brackley, licensed loan originator, every day at GMFS Lending is quite a pleasure. “It is always a thrill for me to see someone move into their first home,” Carries says. “But the process to get to that point can be confusing, both for first-time homeowners as well as people who have purchased a home in the past. This is where we come into the picture. We also handle refinancing of current home loans, so we can help clients with every aspect of their home financing.” At different phases of their lives, Carrie a happily married mother and grandmother, and Melissa a happily married mother of two young children— both women work toward the same professional purpose. Educating their clients and walking them through the multi-step process in obtaining a home loan is their ultimate goal. “Our job is to navigate the process for people looking for a new mortgage product, or seeking to refinance their current mortgage,” says Melissa. “We pride ourselves on taking an in-depth look at every client’s profile to determine what product is right for them, and what needs to be done to obtain that product. We realize that not every person who walks through our doors fits the same mold.” With so many options—conventional mortgages, FHA Loans, Rural Development Loans, VA Loans (with 100 percent financing), reverse mortgages—GMFS is poised to walk everyone from the least experienced first-time client to the senior citizen in their golden years, through the proper steps to find a product that will suit their needs. Carrie and Melissa each possess exceptional financial proficiency, with a


“It is always a thrill for me to see someone move into their first home,” Carrie says. LEFT: Carrie Sanders RIGHT: Melissa Brackley involved. “Clients benefit from this too, because they can come in and meet the processors and they can correspond with them and ask questions,” Melissa says. “Many places do not offer this opportunity. We all work together towards the same goal.” Ultimately Carrie and Melissa are focused on building trusting relationships with their clients. “The key in choosing the right person to handle your mortgage or refinance is to find someone you are comfortable with and whom you feel that you can trust,” Carrie says, “If you are uncomfortable, you are not in the right place.” Both ladies recommend consulting a loan officer at least three to six months before you plan to purchase a home to begin getting everything in proper order. “You have to find the person who has your best interest at heart,” Melissa says. “And the person working with you should be accessible to answer any of your questions. I have had first-time clients who emailed me on a daily basis, and that is why we are here.” As a born and raised Northshore resident, Melissa and her husband, Thomas, have chosen to raise their own family here as well. “We like to fish, swim and hang out with our family,” she says. “And of course we are huge Saints fans.” Somehow, she and her husband find the time to coach their son’s soccer team

as well. Melissa is also active in raising money for cancer research through her annual participation in both Relay for Life and Light the Night events. “As a local, I appreciate everything the Northshore has to offer,” she says. “It is so great to be able to live and work in my own community, and feel like I am helping people reach a goal in the process.” Carrie is also fully immersed in her life here on the Northshore. From taking an active mentorship role in her church alongside her husband BJ, to her affiliation with the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Council of Realtors, and the Professional Women of St. Tammany, she thoroughly enjoys the Northshore. “I am loving life here. I enjoy meeting so many wonderful people both through my professional and personal life,” she says. “And I am fortunate to have my family close by so that I can enjoy my children and my grandchild. Someone wise once told me to do what I love and to love what I do, and I truly am. This is what makes it so worthwhile and so very gratifying.” GMFS Lending is located at 114 Terra Bella Unit A, in Covington in TerraBella Village. To contact Carrie, call 985-231-1648. To contact Melissa call 985-231-5382. To learn more about products, services and locations visit www.gmfslending.com.



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combined twenty-plus years experience in finance. “One of my mentors once told me to always do right by the customer,” Melissa remembers. “And that is what we do every day. We will not recommend a mortgage or refinance option solely based on obtaining another client.” As a long-established company that began in Baton Rouge, and now has a presence in over 25 different states, GMFS Lending is a place where every client is given the full opportunity to get what they need. “If someone comes to us and for some reason they are unable to qualify at the time, we determine the problem and take the proper steps to help them reach their goal, by working collaboratively with the client,” Carrie says. “Everyone here is so well-rounded and has so much experience that we are able to work on the structure of every loan.” Because the entire loan procedure is handled in the GMFS office, clients have a faster, more accurate and more efficient result. “We are like a little family here,” Carrie notes. “Our loan processors are here in our office, so instead of sending an email or placing a phone call to someone in another state, we simply walk down the hall and have a face-to-face discussion.” For clients, this means a solid relationship with everyone

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I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that may in Summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918) WHO COULD IMAGINE a southern landscape devoid of a tree’s presence? Here on the Northshore, our live oaks provide shade from the blazing summer sun and design elegance to any spot they grace. The tall pines tower over gardens, homes and fields. Like any cherished possession, trees require regular and proper care to stay strong and healthy. Deeply watering a tree’s roots is the number one rule in tree maintenance. That means letting the sprinkler go for about an hour, slowly to get the water soaked into the soil. If the water runs off, do some aeration to the soil around the base of the tree. Improper watering can contribute to tree roots coming up to the surface, which in turn contributes to a weak root system. Remember that roots are what hold a tree in the ground. Keep the ground around the base of the tree mulched. Do not put mulch directly against the tree bark. That could cause

tree rot. Make a mound about three to five inches away from the bark and spread mulch outside of the mound to keep moisture over the root area. Ground cover also helps with this. Trees should be pruned regularly to promote even growth and to remove dead weight. Dead branches are a hazard so remove them as soon as possible. Plant trees at least 25 feet away from a house and preferably away from other trees. Almost all trees enjoy sunlight, so planting too close together means one tree will crowd the other. Check your gardens and lawns for little trees that sprout from seeds (acorns or pine cones). Remove these when they are young to keep unwanted trees from sprouting up. Transplant the seedlings in spots where you need trees. Remember that citrus, maples, oaks and pines all do really well in our area. Local nurseries have an abundance of varieties or check with your local AG Center for advice. Sometimes you can obtain seedlings for free from different forestry organizations. Finally, remember that trees not only provide beauty, they are also home to many of our wild brethren and they are the providers of clean air.




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Meet the Owners of American Factory Direct

BILLIE COMEAUX will tell you that what sets their family business apart is that it is truly a family owned and operated business. “My husband and I, and two of our three children are heavily involved in the day to day operations of our stores,” she says. American Factory Direct Furniture is known for quality home furnishings at affordable prices. “Because we attend five or six markets a year, we purchase finer quality items in large amounts shipped to our local distribution center and pass those savings on to our clients. This enables us to carry items that fit into every price point and to compete with national stores with better quality for our clients. Our complimentary in-home design service is an added value to our already low prices.” When Billie married her husband, Bob, his family was already in the furniture business. “We have always had a passion for the business. We spent our honeymoon attending

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Good morning class,

Today’s lesson is on the wearability of platform shoes for all those skeptics out there. With a little help from my sister, the engineer, we’ve calculated with geometric proof that platforms are not as steep of an angle as you think. So try on a pair and give yourself an A+.

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tion. At the age of 14 Michael’s EEG showed severe brain damage. Prior to neurofeedback, Michael was able to comprehend only 30 percent of what was verbalized to him. He was participating in group sports at his age level, but he was unable to understand the concepts of the game. He needed a full time interpreter during his core classes. It was not until Michael started neurofeedback that improvement was noted. After 40 sessions the results were amazing. As a mom I can say “he is perfectly normal now.” Michael still has a lot of catch-up work to do, but he no longer requires an interpreter. He takes no medication, is on the high school basketball team, and has a wonderful group of friends. He even has a learner’s permit! As concerned parents we spent a lot of resources on experimental treatments to no avail. All of the medicines and treatments in the world do not even compare with neurofeedback. Michael is an active 10th grader in St. Tammany Parish. Please feel free to contact Stacy Pilote (Michael’s mother) with any questions at 985-869-3399.

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This clean, simple sofa in very light “sunbrella” fabric is extremely comfortable and so easy to keep clean. This is a great example of a simple, transitional sofa that is pleasing to the eye, which is trending now. We buy to be on the cutting edge, but not over it. —Sylvia Berger, Berger home by Georgian Furnishing

The use of reclaimed materials is what makes this chair a stand out. Our customers like the rustic, casual tone it can add to any décor. —Kevin Lazaroe, Seven Wonders Furniture

This beautiful accent chest with autumn crackle finish and gold tone accents is both functional and beautiful. It adds just the right amount of drama and infuses the hottest hues of the season into any space. —Annette LeBlanc, Annette’s House of Décor, Inc


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This clean, simple sofa in very light “sunbrella” fabric is extremely We are seeingand more comfortable so saturated easy to keep colors take is center stage in theof clean. This a great example interiors Vibrant citrus hues a simple,world. transitional sofa that of lemon, tangerine and limeisare is pleasing to the eye, which huge—particularly when paired trending now. We buy to be on the with pale neutrals or cool cutting edge, but not overgrays. it. — —Maria SylviaBarcelona, Berger, Berger home by Maria Barcelona Interiors Georgian Furnishing

We are seeing a strong trend towards soft muted colors for sofas such as natural linen, but a punch of color in the form of pillows and accessories. Grey paired with The useyellow, of reclaimed canary or palematerials blue with is what this chair a stand ivory, ormakes even pops of persimmon out.what Our customers rustic, are we predict like will the be this casual tone it can add to any décor. fall’s top colors. —Steve Kevin Macloud, Lazaroe, — SevenModern WondersHome Furniture Niche

Fall colors of 2012 are earth tones & chocolate. Use shades of silver and bright colors for a bit of punch. Furniture This beautiful stylesaccent are very chest strong within unique autumnreclaimed crackle finish wood and accent gold pieces. tone accents Don’t be is both afraid functional to mix styles of and furniture beautiful. andIt use addspainted just thepieces. right Lighter amountdistressed of drama and wood infuses tonesthe with ahottest glaze work hues well of the with season a French into any country space. and cottage style design. — —Billie Annette Comeaux, LeBlanc, American Factory Annette’s Direct House Furniture of Décor, Inc

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Vintage styles are strongly coming back into play in the interior design world. People are incorporating vintage, retro and antique pieces into their spaces. These antique wine bon bon bottles are a design staple and can be used as decorative accents indoors or outdoors. —Terry Adams-Luke, Lynn Stirling Antiques & Northshore Auction House

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3| Hammond Krewe of Omega Board members proudly display their new banner donated by Kenny Decareaux. 4| Mary Kay director, Sandra Wellmeyer recently earned the use of her seventh career car. This Ford Mustang is considered a “premier plus” car and is awarded through achieving success within your unit.

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5| Bogalusa Independence Day Parade Grand Marshall Captain Andrew Miller, recently returned from his second tour of Afghanistan (driven by his wife, Sarah). 6| Staff and guests recently celebrated the most advanced technology in cancer care now on the Northshore with the grand opening of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. 7| Bank of New Orleans recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their new location on Tyler St. in Covington.

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8| The St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce was pleased to have the only four-term governor in the state of Louisiana, Edwin Edwards, as the guest speaker for their May luncheon. Former Governor Edwards talked about politics and where he sees the state and the country going and his time in the governor’s office.

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With school back in swing, Sophisticated Woman magazine and Charter Business need your help to find our next HERO (Helpfully and Eagerly Reaching Out) Award winner. Submit your nomination of an outstanding St. Tammany or Tangipohoa Parish high school student to sarah@gandapublishing.com.

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1| Congratulations to Mila Kathryn Aduli, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Farhad Aduli. Little Mila was crowned Baby Miss Louisiana 2012 at the recent competition in Hammond. 2| Congratulations to Rachel Noto, the number one senior in her 2012 graduating class at Mandeville High School. Rachel was selected as the July Charter Business HERO award winner. Rachel’s love of animals lead to her co-founding the Paws for a Cause organization, benefiting the St. Tammany Humane Society. Congratulations Rachel! 3| Dr. Charlie Ilawan, DDS, hosted a Ribbon Cutting for this new office located in TerraBella Village in Covington on July 12th. Dr. Ilawan also has a clinic in Bogalusa. He is pictured here with his staff, Chamber members and Mayor Mike Cooper. 4| Graduates of the 2012 North Oaks Dietetic Internship Program celebrated their accomplishments at a ceremony and reception.

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5| The Medicine Cabinet, in Madisonville, celebrated its Grand Opening on June 23rd. Several dignitaries were on hand for the official opening including Mayor Peter Gitz, chamber members, the Olasin family and staff members. 6| With the conclusion of the 2012 regular legislative session, the Northshore Legislative Alliance hosted a Legislative Wrap-Up breakfast. Parish President Pat Brister and Representative Scott Simon were among the attendees.

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Kid’s Cooking Classes at Culinary Kids. 5:15–7:15 p.m., 3441 E. Causeway Approach, Ste. G, 985-727-5553, www.culinarykidsns.com.

Tangipahoa Autism Group. 7–9 p.m., Hammond Health Unit, 15481 W. Club Deluxe Rd., 985-875-0511, www.fhfnorthshore.org.

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Covington Farmers Market. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org.

Every Thursday New Baby Support Group. 11:15 a.m.–12 p.m., 1505 N. Florida St., Ste. B, Covington, 985-898-4435, www.stph.org.

Camellia City Market. 8 a.m.–1 p.m., City parking lot at the corner of Robert and Front Streets in Olde Towne Slidell, www.camelliacitymarket.org. Mandeville Trailhead Community Market. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center, 985-624-3147, mandevillemarket@gmail.com.

Every 2nd Wednesday Live Free, Laugh Hard Comedy Night at Interference Sports Bar. 9–11 p.m., 2213 Florida St., Mandeville, 985-674-1655.

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday Hammond Farmer’s/Crafts Market. 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Corner of W. Thomas St and S.W. Railroad Ave, Downtown Hammond, 985-277-5680, www.dddhammond.com. Continued on page 34

Every 2nd Saturday Madisonville Art Market. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Water St., Madisonville, 985-643-5340, www.madisonvilleartmarket.com.

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NAMI St. Tammany Family-to-Family Support Group for adult family members who have a loved one living with mental illness. 7–9 p.m., Pastoral Conference Center of the Archdiocese of New Orleans building, Hwy. 190 E. Service Rd., Covington, 985-626-6538, www.namisttammany.org.

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Promises, Promises presented by Cutting Edge Theater. 8 p.m., 747 Robert Blvd., Slidell, 985-649-3727, www.cuttingedgetheater.com.

East St. Tammany Chamber’s Cultural Economy Luncheon featuring Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. Trinity’s Banquet & Reception Hall, 1000 Caruso Blvd., Slidell, 985-643-5678, www.estchamber.com.

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Waterways to Railways Exhibition. Tue.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun., 12–4 p.m., Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Dr., Madisonville, 985-845-9200, www.otacenter.com.

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Mike Vaughn Ministries Concert with special guests Shallow Creek Bluegrass. 6 p.m., Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442, Tickfaw, 985-974-0507, www.mfmgoodnews.com.

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Run for the Pearl Added Money Open 4D Barrel Race. 7:30 p.m., Florida Parishes Arena, 1301 N.W. Central Ave., Amite, 985-748-5914, www.fbarena.com.

Corks & Cooking for Adults—Free dessert when you sign up. 6:45–8:30 p.m., Culinary Kids, 3441 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, 985-727-5553, www.culinarykidsns.com.

August 4, 11, 18 Cooking classes with Chef Paul Cimino. 1:30 p.m., Simplee Gourmet, 110 Hwy. 21, Covington, 985-892-8370.

Young Guns Bull Riding. 8 p.m., Florida Parishes Arena, 1301 N.W. Central Ave., Amite, 985-748-5914, www.fbarena.com.

August 6 Eighth Annual East St. Tammany Red Beans ‘n Rice Cook-Off, with proceeds benefitting St. Tammany Suicide Prevention Support Program. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 1578 West Hall Ave., Slidell, 985-778-0815.

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I AM ON a multi-leg trip and am writing this article somewhere over an ocean. So far, the legs have included three countries and nine cities. In each airport, I go through security points and immigration checks as do the thousands of others also boarding planes. Security checks and clearances allow us to enter designated areas and other countries. Our documentation proves we are who we say we are, and not someone else. Yet for all of our language and customs differences, we are traveling for the same reasons. We are moving about countries because of people or work, or some combination of both. And, we have another similarity despite language barriers and expression—we have the same emotions. We note the emotional states, and based our perceptions, decide to approach or distance from others. Some emotional states are: anticipation—studying faces, looking for familiarity in someone or someplace. How I looked in Guatemala waiting for my son, David. Sadness—how I was as I left my newborn grandson, Jet, in Guatemala. Happiness—looking up, smiling, arms open. How I felt arriving in Canada. Fearful—how a non-native, Englishspeaking, fellow traveler looks asking about connecting flight information. Anger, manifested with knitted eyebrows and agitated movements. Paranoia, or always looking behind. How a few people look going through security. Calm with relaxed features, quiet voices. How we look settling in seeing the unlighted seatbelt sign. Keeping one’s emotions in check allows for a happier travel experience. What this trip is teaching me overall is that allowing ourselves ample time for connections helps us get along better, and that neither the boundaries of language nor miles are impermeable.



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THE THINGS THEY CARRIED, a work of fiction by Tim O’Brien, is a fascinating collection of interrelated short stories about war, each building upon each other. The book begins with stories of physical objects that soldiers carry, but as the reader becomes more immersed in the daily lives of the infantrymen, he can feel the psychological weights that the soldiers accumulate and carry as the days pass. The well-crafted descriptions of events in these stories carry the reader into the confused, emotional darkness of soldiers’ psyches, particularly those who seem to be suffering from post-traumatic stress. The veracity of the stories is a result of the author’s experiences as a foot soldier in Vietnam. In the book, he appears as one of the characters of the Alpha Company. Other characters appear as the platoon leader, the medic, and the radiotelephone operator. Others appear only in the soldiers’ reminiscences. The Things They Carried was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. It is a book that begs to be explored, and fortunately St. Tammany Parish residents will have the opportunity to discuss it during September, as the parish participates in a program called “The Big Read.” Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is the featured literature. Thanks to a partnership with Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the library administration has received a grant from Arts Midwest, which will provide funding for several programs related to the book. This month watch for notices in the newspaper, library website and other information sources for a full description of events. Tim O’Brien. The Things They Carried. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. Available as a book or e-book at St. Tammany Parish Library or at area bookstores.

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І LEADERS Expo Gives Local Businesses a Growth Tool

WRITTEN BY LIZ ANDERSON PONCHATOULA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

THE MISSION OF the Ponchatoula Chamber is “to promote and advance the economic development of the Ponchatoula community.” With this in mind, on Tuesday, August 14, we will host the 16th annual Business Expo to heighten awareness of the benefits of shopping and doing business locally. Past Expos have been overwhelmingly successful for the whole community, making it a much anticipated yearly event. Business participation in the Expo affords participants the opportunity to meet face-to-face with prospective customers plus offers a fun, interesting and informative venue to showcase their goods and services to the community and other businesses—an effective tool for a company’s growth.

It is important to remember that every dollar spent in Ponchatoula at local businesses returns to us through tax income, employee wages, school and non-profit programming support, local sports team sponsorships, and the support of other local businesses. The Chamber means business and is proud to sponsor the premier business and professional event in Ponchatoula. Growth of Ponchatoula and the surrounding community equals opportunity and development for local business. Whether you’ve participated before or are new to this event, you are sure to enjoy and reap the rewards of the evening.



Citizens’ Voices Heard

WRITTEN BY FREDDY DRENNAN, MAYOR OF SLIDELL

AS AN ELECTED public servant, it is my job to listen to our citizens’ comments, both positive and negative. And that’s a good thing. Some of the biggest complaints I hear from citizens pertain to blighted properties in their neighborhoods. In an effort to continue moving forward from Katrina, the city has stepped up with funds to demolish abandoned properties. In the last month, three properties have been demolished with plans for more still ahead. Following the letter of the law, we make every effort to notify and pursue action from negligent homeowners. If those efforts are unsuccessful, the city has no choice but to condemn and possibly demolish those properties in an effort to clean up the city. Among the many positive comments I receive about Slidell are in regards the abundance of cultural events

in our city. The Department of Cultural and Public Affairs has just released their calendar of events for the 2012–2013 Cultural Season, with amazing events planned. One of the highlights of the new season is sure to be From the Vaults of the New Orleans Museum of Art: Picasso, Miró and Matisse exhibit, which will feature a number of exquisite works by some of the most significant artists of the 20th century. There will also be a 3D art exhibit, Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion, and even a fiddling poet from Alaska. Most of these events are free for our citizens, thanks to our Cultural Season Sponsors. If your business or organization is interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Cultural and Public Affairs at 985-646-4375. For more information, visit www.slidell.la.us.



Moving Mandeville Forward

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DONALD VILLERE, MAYOR OF MANDEVILLE

WHILE OTHER CITIES around the country are struggling through this economy, it is my pleasure to report to you that Mandeville’s financial health is sound and secure. Our sales tax is holding steady and we will continue our conservative spending practices and planned infrastructure, to maintain our quality of service as well as our bond rating. In the past two years we have improved our budget process and we will continue to refine practices to accurately predict revenue and expense requirements. One challenge facing our new administration over the next four years is to move Mandeville forward while still maintaining the natural beauty and serenity we have enjoyed for many years. We will do everything possible to protect our natural resources and our environment through progress that preserves the culture.

A mayor and council are not alone. We rely on our relationships with state and parish government, and all municipalities. We rely on citizen involvement on many levels including, Planning and Zoning, Parks and Parkways and Keep Mandeville Beautiful. Temporary citizen committees to take up several specific tasks like long range finance, the operations study and a historic district study. We appreciate their valuable time and recognize their important contribution to our city. We have increased communication with our citizens through the city web site, new water bill, cultural calendar and outbound notices of city events. Visit us at www.cityofmandeville.com or on our City of Mandeville Facebook page.



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Community Health Center Serves the Needs of All

WRITTEN BY PAT BRISTER, ST. TAMMANY PARISH PRESIDENT

THE RIBBON WAS CUT on the St. Tammany Community Health Center on August 17, 2011. The Center, located on Robert Boulevard in Slidell, provides services to both uninsured citizens on a sliding fee scale as well as to citizens with insurance. A second center is planned for the Covington area. With one year of operations complete, the Center is seeing about 250 adult and child patients each week in the Medical Clinic. The Health Center is available to ensure that children have all the immunizations required to begin the school year. Many of the patients, and their families, are between jobs caught in the window where their old insurance has lapsed and their new insurance has not started. This is a vulnerable time for families and the Center plays an important role as a bridge during this period. Mental Health professionals see about 132 patients

each week for therapy. The Center is a critical partner in the Suicide Prevention Initiative that provides assistance to citizens in need, their families, and to emergency personnel who respond to suicide attempts. To date, none of the citizens who agreed to enter this program has had a repeat suicide attempt. St. Tammany Parish assists with this cost through the parish’s public health millage. A Community Health Center also has related community-wide benefits. By making health care available on a sliding scale, those in need are less likely to visit the emergency rooms in our hospitals. This keeps health care costs down while allowing doctors and nurses more time for life threatening situations.



If you, or someone you know, could benefit from these services, please call the St. Tammany Community Health Center at 985-607-0400.

By making health care available on a sliding scale, those in need are less likely to visit the emergency rooms in our hospitals.

Healthcare Reform

WRITTEN BY LACEY TOLEDANO, WEST ST. TAMMANY CHAMBER

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ON MARCH 20, 2010 the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act passed Congress. We continue to try to understand it. As the voice of business, it is our responsibility to inform our members on issues that directly impact their bottom line. We would like to share the following provided by the U.S. Chamber. “At the end of the day, this law is largely about the worthy goal of expanding access to coverage, rather than the pressing imperative of addressing explosive health care costs. While the law makes a number of changes to reduce spending, particularly in the Medicare program, several more provisions will actually increase health care costs over and above costs that would have happened without enactment of health reform. Therefore, at least from the perspective of controlling costs, the law is likely worse than doing nothing at all. “Our opinion is that the combination of reduced

flexibility, new taxes, new penalties, new benefit mandates, new reporting requirements and uncertainty about implementation, far outweighs the potential benefits to employers of the new law. We have significant work to do to educate policy makers, employees and their families to understand these negatives and to help effectuate positive change. “Our goal should be to promote expanded coverage and hold costs down. Doing one without the other makes little sense. While challenging, this combined task is not impossible. We have outlined common sense solutions, and look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to undo some of the damage that has been done by the health reform law. “Many of the reforms will not take effect until 2014, so there is some time to make adjustments. Together we can effect change that will promote a high value, efficient health system.”



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AUGUST EVENTS

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Hammond Regional Arts Center’s 2nd Annual “Art Educators as Artists” exhibition. Tue.-Fri., 1–5 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Hammond Regional Arts Center Gallery, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-542-7113, www.hammondarts.org.

East St. Tammany Chamber’s Business After Hours. 5–7 p.m., Patton’s, 127 Cleveland Ave., Slidell, 985-643-5678, www.estchamber.com.

Celebrating Life in South Louisiana, benefiting Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Centers. 5–11 p.m., Florida Parishes Arena, 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, 985-981-1840, www.fparena.com.

August 11 Reimers Variety Music Show. 6:30–9 p.m., Reimers Auditorium, 305 E. Charles St., Hammond, 985-974-1100.

August 17 Sunset at the Landing Concert. 6–9 p.m., Columbia Street Landing, 100 N. Columbia St., Covington, www.cityofcovingtonla.com.

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August 21 East St. Tammany Chamber’s Dine & Discover Workshop—”Community Re-Investment” with guest speakers Grant Gravois and Mary DuBuisson. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Chamber Boardroom, 118 West Hall Ave., Slidell, 985-643-5678, www.estchamber.com.

“Black Tie Affair.” 7 p.m., Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum, 1600 Phoenix Square, Hammond, 985-542-4259, www.taahm.org.

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August 21

Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo. 5–8 p.m., Chesterton Square, 143 NW Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula, 985-386-2536, www.ponchatoulachamber.com.

Summer Series/Brown Bag Speaker Luncheon. 12 p.m. in the Rotary Hut at Memorial Park, 301 N. Sixth St., Ponchatoula, 800-617-4502, www.ponchatoulachamber.com.

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August 18–31 DIVA Exhibition and Fundraiser benefiting breast cancer awareness. St. Tammany Parish Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-8650, www.sttammanyartassociation.org.

2012 Benefits of Home Summer Gala, benefiting Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. 7–10 p.m., Franco’s, 100 Bon Temps Roule, Mandeville, 985-875-2234, www.marybird.org.

August 24 Grapes & Grain wine and beer tasting benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Louisiana Chapter. 7 p.m.–12 a.m., Benedict’s Plantation, 1144 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 504-455-5194, www.cff.org/Chapters/louisiana.

August 25 West St. Tammany Exchange Club’s 2nd Annual Ultimate Tailgate Party benefiting Danielle Inn. 7–11 p.m., Tchefuncta Country Club, 2 Country Club Park, Covington, 985-898-1481, www.wstec.weebly.com, www.sttammanyexchange.org, www.biddingforgood.com/UTP.

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August 14 Cooking classes with Chef Paul Cimino. 6:30 p.m., Simplee Gourmet, 110 Hwy. 21, Covington, 985-892-8370.

August 31 August 18 St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce’s Ticket to Paradise $10,000 Raffle Party. 7–11 p.m., Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Dr, 985-892-3216, www.sttammanychamber.org.

Columbia Street Block Party. 6:30–9:30 p.m., Downtown Covington, www.cityofcovingtonla.com.

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East St. Tammany and St. Tammany West Chambers of Commerce East Meets West Business After Hours. 5–7 p.m., Louisiana Medical Center & Heart Hospital, 64030 Hwy. 434, Lacombe, 985-643-5678, www.estchamber.com.

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