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31 ENTERPRISING WOMAN Young Visionary Begins New Chapter— Mary-Brent Brown ............................................................. 18

SENIOR LIVING

Book Review: Butterfly in the Typewriter .................... 23

Compare Before You Commit ....................................... 13

The Gift of Action .............................................................. 29

Ochsner Program Keeps Seniors Active..................... 13

Much Ado About Cooking ............................................. 30

Dentistry in the Golden Years ....................................... 15

COMMUNITY

Sexy and Sassy—Not Saggy ......................................... 16

Behind the Scenes ...............................................................4

HEALTH & FITNESS

Charter Business HERO ......................................................7

One Size Doesn’t Fit All ......................................................7

Full Music Academy Is Now Open— Leslie Thomas Domingues, Northlake Academy of Music ....................................... 12

Should We Go Bare? ......................................................... 20

November Events .............................................................. 26

Independent Administration ........................................ 22

Invest in Public Health on November 6th .................. 28

BEAUTY & STYLE

Mandeville Remembers .................................................. 28

Gift Guide ................................................................................9

Your Vote Counts ............................................................... 28

Holiday Dressing: The Long and Short of it ............. 24

A Festive Fall in Covington ............................................ 31

13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Senior Living

The Healing Power of Touch ......................................... 26

Ponchatoula Opens Her Arms for Trade Days ........ 33

31 . . . . . . . A Festive Fall in Covington

Shopping Scene ................................................................. 27

New Board Members Poised to Serve ....................... 33

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

LACCE Large Chamber of the Year .............................. 33

It’s Time for a Curtain Call .................................................6

Reader Survey .................................................................... 34

Keep it Healthy and Loose ............................................. 21

Around Town ...................................................................... 35

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Publisher Joanne Gallinghouse Associate Publisher Sarah Cottrell Editor Amy Bouton Art Director Cheryl Feltman Sohn Graphic Designer/Staff Photographer Claire Thomas

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AFTER A BUSY DAY as a senior at St. Scholastica Academy, Enterprising Woman, Mary-Brent Brown, made time to prepare for her cover photo shoot. The team at Paris Parker Salon and Spa, Mandeville, including Design Specialists Sunni Sigrist and Molly Meyers-Zambala, styled her hair and expertly applied her make-up. It was then time to head to the St. Tammany Art Association in downtown Covington for a fun-filled photo shoot.

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April, has become one of the greatest adventures I have ever had. Having lost my own Dad to leukemia, this cause was already close to my heart, and one which I supported. So, like so many others, I dove in and committed to raise $1,000 and train to run 13.1 miles—apprehensive and afraid—but determined to finish what I had started. Our team met our honored hero, eight-year-old leukemia survivor Connor Fernandez, of Mandeville. His mother told the story of then two-year-old Connor’s diagnosis, the grueling years of treatment, and finally his remission. Now, more than six months later, I am grateful for the support of my family (especially my husband), our coach, Gary Simon, our mentors, team members (especially my running buddies Annette and Amy), and everyone who helped me meet and exceed my fundraising goal. Since I joined TNT, my seven-year-old cousin, sadly, has begun her own battle with leukemia. We wish her well. This month, giving takes center stage as we meet our Enterprising Woman, a vibrant philanthropist who mastered this art when she was just a child. We explore the many facets of Senior Living, and we relish in the coziness of the community of Covington. Here is hoping we all embrace the things for which we are most grateful, and share the many gifts we have with those who need them the most. Finally, the happiest of birthday wishes to my first-born son.

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It starts with art and just keeps going. With 200 artists from more than 20 states. A juried show of original works. Tent after colorful tent ranged along the streets of historic downtown Covington, Louisiana. Arts and crafts demonstrations. Music. Food. 5K Race. And lots of activities just for kids. It’s Covington Three Rivers Art Festival. Where the fun starts with art and goes on for two wonderful days. Free admission. No pets allowed.

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THE SHADES OF night are now closing earlier and earlier giving us more time to watch the tiny, blinking diamonds in the cool, clear sky. Soon these little bugs will vanish until next summer along with the evening cacophony of the frogs and katydids. Fall has taken center stage, making this the perfect time of year to replace or replenish our gardens. Shrubs or bushes are a great way to add texture and varying height to the garden and fall is the best time to plant. The Nandina family promises delicate foliage with bright red berries. In the fall leaves will take on a reddish hue. These will grow to a height of three to four feet, so plant them as a backdrop for chrysanthemums or other bright border plants. The Rosalinda Indian Hawthorne grows to about 12 to 14 inches high and spreads out about 10 to 12 inches in width. New foliage will be bronze in color. Both of these do well in our area and will add lovely fall colors to your garden. Other shrubs to try are hydrangeas—they like plenty of water and partial shade and will reward you with lovely flower bouquets in shades of pink, lavender, blue or white. Remember these will lose their leaves in the winter but they will return come spring. Loropetalum will grow very large so

use this shrub in areas where you have space and sunshine. Beautiful hot pink flowers in the spring with purple leaves are a colorful addition to the garden. Border plants are also a great fall addition. Why not try lining your beds with Liriope. This is an East Asian grass-like plant that comes in many different varieties. Some are very thick, some are thin, some have dark green leaves and some are variegated. They all tend to send up stalks with tiny floweretttes that range in shades of purple, pink or white. Liriope grows in clumps that merge together and will generally stay under five to six inches in height. It thickens as it grows and comes back year after year. Don’t forget the pansies and decorative cabbage heads. These will last until the first snow or heavy frost and give you some happy color every day to brighten the loss of daylight soon to set in. Nature always provides a backdrop of color, shape and size that complements each season. Use natural hardy elements in your garden and each year you will find less work time outside and more time to enjoy the beauty. Get busy before the curtain closes and you miss the show! Happy fall.



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WEATHERED, NATURAL DRIFTWOOD twigs & sticks are gathered then joined together to make this one-of-a-kind centerpiece or Holiday accent. Hand-crafted into turkeys, angels, Christmas trees & more. Furniture, home décor, gift items, fabrics & more at Motif by Johna Costa, 424 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-809-8887.

TURN BACK THE HANDS of time through Wellness, Age Management, Body & Skin Care. Offering Microderm, Chemical Peels, Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Perlane, Obagi, Neocutis, Image, and more. Specializing in Hormone PELLET therapy. Timeless Rx, 1970 N. Hwy. 190, Suite B, Covington, 985-893-6073, www.thetimelessclinic.com.

TOTE YOUR “MUST HAVES” in style with this designerinspired woven hand bag. Ample storage. Silk, zebra-print lining. Handles or shoulder strap. Available in four colors. Stylish clothing, accessories, belts, jewelry, baby items and more at Laurier, 218 Lee Lane, Covington, 985-875-0823.

EACH OF THESE VINTAGEinspired, hand-crafted talismans by Pyrrha is rich in meaning and symbolism. Created using old world techniques, they are at once intriguing and inspiring. $150 and up, Lynn Stirling Antiques, 4250 Hwy. 22, Suite 1, Mandeville, 985-626-7704, www.lynnstirling.com.

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DUETTO INTERTWINED, bottles are filled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Tuscany and aged balsamic vinegar from Modena. This treasure makes the ideal center piece and a beautiful gift for any occasion. Product of Italy. $29.95, Oil & Vinegar, 6111 Pinnacle Parkway, Covington, 985-809-1693, www.oilandvinegarusa.com.

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IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE…. Have You Been Good? Santa’s flying to Louisiana from the North Pole, over ice & snow all the way to your house with the help of a certain rednosed reindeer. Do you hear the footsteps? Mandeville Party Company, Northlake Shopping Center, 985-674-1605, www.mandevillepartyco.com.

CUSTOM-DESIGNED, gameday tees, for Saints, LSU and Hornets, exclusively at Ruby. Women’s, men’s and toddler’s sizes available. Be the life of the “Game-Day” party! See all of our designs on Facebook, “ruby.” Ruby, 111 East Thomas, Hammond, 985-345-4745, www.shopruby.net.

THIS FLATTERING DESIGN in sleeveless lightweight fleece features an open front, roomy pockets & ample armholes. Perfect for our unpredictable Louisiana climate and available in eight colors! California Drawstrings Northshore, 827 Walker Alley/Lee Lane, Downtown Covington, 985-327-7300, www.cdnclothing.com.

THESE VINCE CAMUTO ”Dena” Leopard-print, calf hair wedge booties, perfected with a slim, buckled strap, add just the right amount of animal magnetism to your wardrobe. $159.00, Shoefflé 228 N. Columbia Street, Covington, 985-898-6465, www.shoeffle.com.

INFUSÉ has available 24 distinctly different varieties of the freshest extra virgin olive oil and 18 flavors of aged balsamic vinegars. Infusé also offers a wide variety of herbs and spices, gourmet pastas and sauces, gift baskets, gift certificates and more! Infusé, 310 Dalwill Dr., Mandeville, 985-778-0903, www.infuseoilsandvinegars.com.

CERA BELLA BOUTIQUE carries jewelry lines Lenny & Eva, Suzanne Elle and N.O. charms. Shoes by Gypsy Soul, Sbicca & Corkys. Handbags by Big Buddha and Spartina. Dresses from Yahada & Ya. If it’s lunch with the girls or a night out, express your unique style. Cera Bella, 1886 N. Causeway Blvd., next to Times Grill, Mandeville, 985-626-6288.

TREAT YOUR HOME to a makeover. From budgeting and planning to delivery and installation. Fabric, upholstery, slipcovers, pillows, bedding, custom draperies and more. Visit our workroom or schedule an InHome/Office consult. Stephanie Story Interiors, 424 N. Columbia Street, Covington, 985-809-8887, www.stephaniestoryinteriors.com.

THIS WOOD CROSS with glass vase makes a great gift or will enhance your own home. The bead board and moulding enhance the vintage, shabby chic vibe. The glass vase can be filled with your favorite garden flower. Home & Body, 221 E Kirkland, Covington, 985-892-7930, www.homeandbodycovla.com.


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THE WEIRD & WACKY Contraption Lab stands over two feet tall and includes 60 mix-and-match pieces for unlimited fun. It comes with instructions which offer tips and tricks to get the most out of the kit. $39.99, School Time, #12 St. Ann St., Suite 3, Mandeville, 985-626-7335.

THIS VIBRANT COLORED dress by Mechant ($74) does double duty as a tunic when paired with leggings. Accessorize in style with this multi-strand crystal and stone necklace, $45. Mainstream Boutique, 1901 Hwy. 190, Suite 28, Mandeville, at Chenier Marketplace, 985-674-6600.

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’s House of Décor, Inc., 1928 First St., Slidell, 985-285-1357.

SUSANNAH ELLE, local jewelry production company, designs contemporary, yet classic handcrafted jewelry. This 14kt gold plated hammered cuff bracelet displays black crystal beading and will sure to be on a holiday wish list; you can find it at, The Villa, 1281 North Causeway Blvd. Ste. 1, Mandeville, 985-626-9797.

REPURPOSING NOLA is fashionable with this multipurpose accessory bag. Snapclose front flap. Silk-lined. No two pieces alike. Available in larger totes. A truly unique piece of New Orleans. Furniture, home décor, gifts items and more at mélange by KP, 5200 Hwy. 22, Ste. 6, Mandeville, 985-807-7652, www.melangekp.com.

A YULE LOG to get you in the Spirit of the Season… along with wreath and candy cane-shaped king cakes plus a wide assortment of delectable pastries. Year round full service bakery. Also serving lunch. Nonna Randazzo’s Italian Bakery & Caffe’, 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, 985-893-1488, www.nonnarandazzo.com.

LIGHTED FLORAL arrangements make the perfect accent piece for any décor. They create the ambient attraction that candles did in the past. Your Thanksgiving table will come to life with this centerpiece. American Factory Direct, 68490 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, 985-871-0300, www.afd-furniture.com.

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OH CHRISTMAS TREE, how beautiful you are…with help from these exquisite gold leaf hand-crafted ornaments by local artist, Helen Bolin. Limited edition. Gold leaf or white. Three sizes, $14-30, while they last at, Simply Southern, 70488 Hwy. 21, Suite 600, Covington, 985-871-1466, www.facebook. com/SimplySouthernCovington.

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Full Music Academy Is Now Open— Leslie Thomas Domingues, Northlake Academy of Music AFTER BUYING AN OLD warehouse on Asbury Drive, Leslie Thomas Domingues drew the plans for the Academy that she had envisioned for several years, and built her dream studio within four months. “My husband Paul and my three adult children have been very supportive throughout my journey to make this dream come true,” Leslie says. Leslie started her music school over 16 years ago as the music appreciation program, Tots-N-Tunes. It was started on a small piece of carpet inside Werlein’s Music store on the Northshore. Her passion and belief in the program she created proved to be a huge success and quickly expanded, as several locations in the Greater New Orleans area began offering it. Within the first few years, the program had introduced thousands of preschoolers to the love of music. The full Academy now offers programs such as, private lessons in piano, violin, voice, guitar and drums for all ages including adults. Tunes Together (ages 12 to 24 months) and Tots-N-Tunes (ages two to five years) expose preschool and toddler students to various aspects of music including, percussion instruments, sign language, creative movement and music centers. Every class includes live music. Semi-private piano lessons for ages four to six offer a fun, positive approach to learning piano. Northlake offers three levels

of choir (ages four through high school) and a choir practice room complete with stadium seating. The choir performs at an average of seven venues per year. Leslie and her staff teach with a positive reward approach with all instruments and programs, and create new and intriguing games to keep the students challenged and learning more about their individual instruments of choice. The positive attitude, high energy and love of music creates a staff at Northlake Academy that is very unique. Leslie and her staff utilize the positive approach she has created. Her background, with dual degrees in education, has proven to be beneficial to the success of her music business which highlights her love of not only music, but also for her students. Leslie also has a degree in Special Education which equips her to work with many students with special needs ranging from mild to severe. The program is designed to accept many children with disabilities and helps foster their love in music as well. Northlake Academy of Music is located at 375 Asbury Drive, in Mandeville. To contact Leslie and make an appointment for a tour of the new studio, call 985-630-8112, 985-778-0786, or visit Northlakeacademyofmusic.com, or Northlakeacademyofmusic.net.




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CHOOSING A NURSING home, home health agency, or physician for you or your loved one can be a daunting task. Did you know the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed several websites that allow you to compare physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and dialysis facilities in your community? The rating system offered by www.Medicare.gov can help guide you in making health care decisions.

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Let’s take a look at nursing home placement. There are over 17,000 certified Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes in the United States. Where do you start if you need to place your loved one in a nursing home? You might begin by asking your health care providers, family and friends about what they have heard about the nursing homes in the area. Most importantly, you should visit each facility that will meet the needs of your loved one. Consider a visit to www.medicare.gov/ NursingHomeCompare. Once at the homepage, simply type in the zip code of interest. The next screen has a listing of nursing homes in the area.

Along with general information, such as address and phone number, this website rates the nursing homes based upon the following categories: Overall Rating, Health Inspections, Staffing and Quality Ratings. The rating system is based upon one to five stars. This year the website added additional information on quality measures, such as the percentage of residents who have suffered a fall with major injury, or the percentage of residents with pressure ulcers. Remember, there are other websites with the same comparison opportunities. For instance, Hospital Compare provides information on heart attack or pneumonia care, and Home Health Compare provides information on the percentage of patients who got better at performing activities on their own. Many times, we have to make quick decisions about our health care. It is nice to know there is a resource available that can help us learn more about the quality of services in our communities, so we can make informed decisions. Tina Gunaldo, PhD, teaches at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She specializes in Health Care Administration.

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WHEN SAINT SCHOLASTICA Academy senior and teenaged trailblazer, Mary-Brent Brown ruminates over how she spent her adolescence, it will likely be with a sense of satisfaction that only a successful and storied philanthropist/entrepreneur could possibly know. “I think that giving is the only real way to make a difference in the world. I want that light bulb to go off when kids are young so that they have their whole lives to make a difference,” she says. “Kids want to be involved. They have the ability—they just need to also have the opportunity.” For Mary-Brent, lack of opportunity was never an obstacle to any vision she had. In fact, it was often a catalyst. At the age of 12, MaryBrent and her younger sister Beverly felt that while kids were allowed to participate in community outreach and volunteerism, they had little say in what their roles were or which groups they were actually helping. “We could participate, but we were never in a position to make decisions, like how we would raise the money and where the money would go,” she recalls. So they decided to raise their own money for pediatric leukemia patients through a fashion show. “We sat with our parents and told them our plan. At first they really didn’t get it,” she says. “They said it would be too much work. But when they found out I had already called local event centers and inquired about pricing and seating capacity for group events, they realized that we were going to do the work.” With that settled the girls began planning. “Beverly and I talked about negative peer pressure and how it affects the way girls see themselves. We wanted to do something to send them a different message.” That message came in the form of a prefashion show workshop that would not only teach the girls to model, it would give them other information such as how to avoid negative peer pressure, the importance of modesty, why it’s important to give back to your community, and that real beauty comes from being yourself. That very successful fashion show has evolved into a very successful business. “Once we saw that there was a need for what we were offering, we decided to take it to the next level,” Mary-Brent says. “Beverly and I were learning how to run our own business and we wanted to share that with other kids.” The Lemonade Brigade® was formed in 2008 to do just that. Through the Lemonade Brigade® workshop boys and girls learn how to start and run a successful business, how to responsibly choose the beneficiary of the funds raised, and then provides them with all of the equipment they need to open a lemonade stand. “The workshops are the most important part of both the fashion show and the Lemonade Brigade®,” she says. “That’s where we empower kids with the knowledge and skills they need to become self-confident, lifelong philanthropists.” Running a business is not easy for anyone, but doing it before college can provide its own challenges. Mary-Brent says that for the first few years there were parents who were initially skeptical about her ability to lead simply because of her age. “This has been a


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Fellows were chosen based on their potential to be the next generation of leaders who will “transform and accelerate peace and prosperity.” She attended the Vital Voices awards ceremony which recognized women leaders from around the globe. “It was great to see that there are people all around the world who are involved with advancing women’s rights and to see 49 other women in our own country who are extremely dedicated to making positive changes in their communities.” She was mentored by Argentinean Congresswoman and civil rights activist, Laura Alonso, and participated in small group discussions with female world leaders, among them, Mu Sochua, a Cambodian Parliamentarian and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. “We all had the same spirit,” she says. “And we shared the same goals. It was a very positive experience.” A sought-after keynote speaker herself, Mary-Brent hopes to emulate one of her role models, Dr. Elizabeth Fontham, recent past president of the American Cancer Society, and 2008 Kids Wanna Help® fashion show keynote speaker, in the next chapter of her life. Mary-Brent plans to attend a college “that promotes social responsibility” and find a business or medical school that will, as she says, “make me happy and prepare me for a successful career.” “Dr. Fontham has done so many things well in so many aspects of her life,” she says. “I want to have that same kind of balance.” As Mary-Brent prepares for college, she and Beverly are working together to ensure a smooth transition in leadership. Her advice to other kids is, “Never think that you are too young to make a huge impact on our world and always set your goals very, very high.” To learn more about Kids Wanna Help® and the Lemonade Brigade®, visit www.kidswannahelp.com, or contact Mary-Brent by phone at 985-875-0407, or email her or Beverly at: browns@kidswannahelp.com.



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challenge I have enjoyed—giving adults a new perspective on what kids can accomplish.” Even with the challenges, Mary-Brent says, “Being inspired to accomplish something you believe in will really carry you through. I want to make sure that kids have a voice, that they are able to accomplish something important without being told how to do it, and I want them ultimately to realize that they are powerful and can do whatever they set their minds to.” Since the first pre-teen young lady graced the runway in 2007, MaryBrent and Beverly’s Kids Wanna Help® organization has raised over $115,000 for numerous charities. Mary-Brent attributes the success of Kids Wanna Help® to hard work, a commitment to success, and the importance of keeping plans fluid. “My parents have always taught me the importance of a ‘Plan B’ and this has helped me in many circumstances.” She also stresses the need for long and short range business plans and the value of paying attention to details. But ultimately, Mary-Brent says, “A successful business must fill a need.” That is exactly what Mary-Brent and Beverly have done. In early November of this year, Mary-Brent will be recognized as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Angel for making life better for Louisiana children. In addition, Kids Wanna Help® will be recognized as the 2012 Nonprofit of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Northshore Chapter. Only last month, Mary-Brent landed in the top four of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year: Readers’ Choice Award. “I cannot believe that so many people took time out of their day to vote. Thank you to everyone who did!” Mary-Brent was recently chosen as one of fifty ANNpower Vital Voices fellows nationwide, selected by the Vital Voices Foundation to attend an all-expenses paid women’s leadership forum in Washington D.C.

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I’m sure you have heard about people running in “finger shoes” and bare feet. Now the authors of the study do caution that further research must be done before we can conclude that for a healthy population minimalist shoe wear is better. But it does raise some interesting thoughts. For example, would our feet, knees and backs be better off if we could train our feet to tolerate not wearing supportive shoes during the day? I’m sure the answer is, for some, a resounding maybe. I am certainly not advocating throwing away the shoes that you are enjoying now, but for many people, training feet to function without much support may be a healthy thing to do. If you’re thinking about making the switch to a minimalist shoe, please check with a podiatrist to see if it’s right for you. For some people, it could cause significant foot and leg problems. And if, after consulting an expert, you decide that it is something you want to try, there is a training program that you can follow to minimize the chances of injury. So, as with all things related to your health, proceed with caution and take the advice of experts.



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Holiday Dressing: The Long and Short of It Holiday festivities, New Year parties, even Mardi Gras galas are right around the corner. Whatever the affair, we’ve got the right length in evening wear.

Feel as pretty as this 100% turquoise silk dress by Trina Turk looks. No need for a necklace—the neckline is encrusted with silver and pewter rhinestones. Add these fabulous chandelier earrings and sparkly silver platform heels to complete this shorter length, understated ensemble. Dress available at Fleurt, $398, 985-809-8844. Silver heels available at Shoefflé, $69, 985-898-6465. Chandelier earrings available at Azure Spa, $42, 985-727-7799.

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This elegant deep bronze dress with side ruching, one of the most flattering silhouettes, is celebratory on its own. Underneath the matching shawl, you will find amber-colored rhinestone and lace straps. If metallic is not your style, you can order it in shades of sapphire, wine or black. A double strand of simple mixed metal necklaces add a little jazz, while perfect bronze and faux diamond heels finish off this just-below-the-knee ensemble. Dress available at Olivier Couture, $298, 985-674-6994. Necklaces available at Mandeville Party Company, $30 each, 985-674-1605. Bronze heels available at Azure Spa, $82, 985-727-7799.

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Our Fashion Editor, Patty Beal of Closetopia, a wardrobe consulting service, handpicked these holiday looks. She can be reached at 985-502-6673.

Have comments or questions about fashion? Email Patty at fashion@sophisticatedwoman.com.


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Royal and regal—this is how we would describe this full-length ensemble. From the crystal and bronze freshwater pearl drop earrings designed by native New Orleanian, Mimi Parker Thomas, to the matte gold sequined gown, down to the elegant gold strappy heels with just a hint of glitter gracing the platform base and heel, you will feel like a queen and you will definitely make an entrance. Gown ($825) and earrings ($56), available at Ballin’s, 985-892-0025. Gold heels available at Shoefflé, $69, 985-898-6465.

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TODAY MY CLIENT, who has been undergoing chemo and radiation therapy, came in to see me. Her husband drove her because she couldn’t. I was surprised to see her. She used a walker and had a strap around her chest. He walked behind her in case she stumbled. Her walk was very slow but determined. As ill as she was, her husband couldn’t believe she wanted to come in and get her face “sugared.” I was honored that she made the hourlong trip to my office. Our session was wonderful. She received a body sugaring treatment to remove all the whiskers on her face, a hand massage and a few lagniappe healing touches. It was my pleasure to work on her and this turned into somewhat of a healing session for her mind, body and soul, as well as my own for helping her feel better.

Afterwards the skin is soft

Louisiana Renaissance Festival. 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m., Louisiana Renaissance Festival Grounds, 46468 River Rd., Hammond, 866-249-1138, www.larf.org.

Every Thursday Painting from Life six-week Painting Workshop with Carol Ordogne. 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m., St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-8650, www.sttammanyartassociation.org.

November Events Ochsner North Shore Golden Opportunity Program. Visit www.ochsner.org/news or call 985-875-2799.

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and silky. Body Sugaring is an all-natural process of hair removal that has been in existence for over 2,000 years. Only the more progressive thinking spas and salons provide this alternative to laser, electrolysis and waxing. It can be applied to all body parts and skin types. Afterwards the skin is soft and silky. After repeated sessions, the hair stops growing because the sugar seeps into the skin and kills the root of the unwanted hair. The difference between waxing and body sugaring is like night and day and you will see a long term difference. At this time of the year we need to take the time to be thankful for our health, family and many blessings in our lives, and start thinking of giving the special people in your life the gift of health. Shop local and support your neighborhood day spa.



Dora Ochoa’s office, Body Sugaring USA Day Spa, is located in Mandeville at 1800 West Causeway Approach, Ste. 122. Call 985-626-5538 or visit bodysugaringusa.com. Dora is a Licensed Massage Therapist and is nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork.

Every Weekend in November

Southeastern Concert Choir & Women’s Chorale presents Nocturnes. 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2200 Rue Denise, Hammond, 985-543-4371, www.columbiatheatre.org.

November 1–3 Specters, Saints & Spirits: Discoveries from the New Orleans Museum of Art. Tue.–Fri., 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m., St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-8650, www.sttammanyartassociation.org.

November 1-30 The Accidental Artist presented by the City of Slidell’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs. Wed.–Thu.,10 a.m.–4 p.m., Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, 2055 Second St., 985-646-4375, www.slidell.la.us.

November 2 Harvest Moon Dance benefiting Covington Food Bank and All Saints Ministries. 7–11 p.m., Castine Center at Pelican Park, 63350 Pelican Blvd., Mandeville, 985-893-3003, www.covingtonfoodbank.org.

November 2 Pontchartrain Film Festival. Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Dr., Slidell, info@OTACenter.com.


November 4–30

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

Hammond Art Guild Holiday Show. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., The Oak Street Gallery, 111 N. Oak St., Hammond, 985-229-4156, www.hamartguild.com.

November 2–3 LeadHer LIVE! Mandeville/Covington. 7 p.m., Northlake Christian School, 70104 Wolverine Dr., Covington, www.leadher.org/about-events.

Louisiana Connections: Fiction and Poetry Readings by English Department Faculty: Leigh Rourks. 12:30 p.m., D Vickers, Room 383, SLU Campus, Hammond, 985-543-4371, www.columbiatheatre.org.

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Bell, Book & Candle presented by Playmakers Theatre. 8 p.m., 19106 Playmakers Rd., Covington, 985-893-1671, www.playmakersinc.com.

November 2–4

Ponchatoula Trade Days, Arts & Crafts Fair. 9–5 p.m., historic downtown Ponchatoula, 800-386-0026, 800-617-4502, or www.ponchatoulachamber.com.

November 3

Fall Swamp Pop Music Festival. 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Hidden Oaks Family Campground, 21544 Hwy. 190 E., Hammond, 985-345-9244.

November 3–5

Louisiana Watercolor Society’s Watercolor Juried Show. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Christwood Retirement Community Atrium, 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington, 504-554-1015, www.louisianawatercolorsociety.org.

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The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the City of Slidell celebrate the induction of international music legend and Slidell’s own Ronnie Kole into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. 1:30–3:30 p.m., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd St., Slidell, 985-646-4231.

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St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. 5–7 p.m., Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington, 985-273-3008, www.sttammanychamber.org.

November 8 4th annual Wine and Dine with Hospice benefiting Hospice Foundation of the South. 6 p.m., Fleur De Lis Center, Mandeville, 985-643-5470, www.hospicefoundationofthesouth.org.

November 8 James Michalopoulos Lunch Lecture: “Trials & Tribulations.” 12–1 p.m., Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-542-7113, www.hammondarts.org.

November 8 Christmas Bazaar at The Trace Senior Community. 1–3 p.m., 19432 Crawford Rd., Covington, 985-249-7676, www.thetrace.info.

November 9 6th Annual St. Peters Green and Blue Gala. Patron Party, 6 p.m., Gala, 7 p.m., St. Peter School Pavilion, 130 E. Temperance St., Covington, 985-892-1831, www.stpetercov.org.

November 9 Symphonic Brass with the LPO Brass section featuring Vance Woolf and Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians Jay Friedman and Christopher Martin. 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Covington, 504-523-6530, www.lpomusic.com.

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4th Annual “Scramble for TARC” Golf Tournament. 12:30–7 p.m., 23475 Carter Cemetery Rd., Springfield, 985-345-8811, www.tarc-hammond.com.

Rollin’ on the River With Mary, Queen of Peace. Annual Fleur-de-Fall, 6p.m., Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church,1501 West Causeway Approach, Mandeville, www.maryqueenofpeace.org, ddoherty@lacompcorp.com. Continued on page 32

November 1–17 Holiday Wish List Event at Mira Mia. Stop in and an associate will help you make a list of your favorite items, as well as your ring, bracelet and necklace sizes. They will personally contact your significant other with the information, just in time for holiday shopping. Covington, 985-893-6556, Mandeville, 985-624-2880, www.mira-mia.com. November 8 Grand opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. for Oil & Vinegar located in the Pinnacle Shopping Center at 6111 Pinnacle Parkway, in Covington. 985-809-1693. November 24 Shop Small® on Small Business Saturday®. Join the nation and help support the businesses in your community that are dedicated to helping their communities and that make their communities unique. November 24 The English Tea Room will be hosting an all-day storewide sales event in Royal British style. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., 985-898-3988, www.englishtearoom.com. November 30 Lynn Stirling Antiques will be offering 20% off one item. 985-626-7704, www.lynnstirling.com. November Timeless Rx wants to help you get that holiday glow by offering 10% off all skin care services and products. Ask about “Super Saturdays.” 985-893-6073, www.thetimelessclinic.com. Azure Spa is offering 15% off all Boutique shoes and purses. 985-727-7799, www.TheAzureSpa.com. Dr. Burkenstock’s Skin•Body•Health is offering a Complimentary Satin Seal Moisturizer with any Dr. Burkenstock’s exclusive Anti-Aging Skin Care product purchase of $75 or more, 985-727-7676, www.SkinBodyHealth.com.

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Sunset Sundays. Free Concert Series featuring Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, 675 Lafitte St., 985-624-3147, www.cityofmandeville.com.

James Michalopoulos Exhibition. Opening Reception: 5–8 p.m., Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-542-7113, www.hammondarts.org.

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І LEADERS Invest in Public Health on November 6th

WRITTEN BY PAT BRISTER, ST. TAMMANY PARISH PRESIDENT

THE CITIZENS OF St. Tammany Parish invest $2.9 million each year in public health through a dedicated ad valorem tax of 1.84 mills. This millage will be presented to voters for renewal on November 6, 2012. The largest expenditure from this fund supports Suicide Prevention in the parish. There has been a critical shortage of mental health services in Southeastern Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. The closure or reorganization of Southeast Hospital will only raise this need. The St. Tammany Parish Suicide Prevention Initiative supports crisis counseling in partnership with the Volunteers of America through the 2-1-1 telephone system. The Initiative also provides counselors and mental health professionals, at the request of first responders, to assist citizens in crisis as well as their

families. Follow-up counseling, and suicide prevention education are also part of this initiative. St. Tammany Parish provides the facilities for two community health centers—one in Slidell and one slated to open in Covington in early 2013. This existing millage also enables parish health centers to provide sliding scale medical care to citizens such as those who have temporarily lost health care benefits while between jobs. The Public Health millage also supports the Community Action Agency (CAA.) The CAA oversees $2 million in private and federal grants to provide numerous services for fixed and low income citizens. This life-saving millage is only $23 per year on a home assessed at two hundred thousand dollars. Please vote on November 6th.



Mandeville Remembers

WRITTEN BY DONALD VILLERE, MAYOR OF MANDEVILLE

I WAS RECENTLY visited by a bright and talented 11-year-old fifth grade Mandeville resident, Sean Noel, who developed a program to honor and recognize our local veterans and service members. He began a website entitled “Mandeville Remembers” that lists our fallen heroes and active service members as well as our retired, deceased and non-active local military veterans. “It is my hope that my new program, will grow into a unique way to honor our local veterans and promote a spirit of community in our special town,” said Sean. I have endorsed this project as well as Lane Carson, Louisiana’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Participation is voluntary. Local citizens, schools, Scout troops and service agencies will be able to access the

website, www.mandevilleremembers.com, through a link on the Mandeville City Hall webpage. You can also visit the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ MandevilleRemembers. If you are interested in adding your name to a Mandeville database of veterans, please contact Sean Noel either by mail at 149 Dona Drive, Mandeville, LA 70448, by phone, 985-951-8656, or email him at MandevilleRemembers@hotmail.com. This month we celebrate Veterans Day and I can think of no better time to gather names of those who have served our country and post them in a place to be honored that can be viewed across the world. If you have any questions please feel free to call me in my office, 985-626-1082.



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WRITTEN BY MIKE COOPER, MAYOR OF COVINGTON

WHEN COVINGTON VOTERS visit the polls on November 6, 2012 to cast their election ballots, they will have the opportunity to vote on a proposition entitled, “Sales Tax Rededication.” This is important proposition for our community in that it will allow the City to rededicate the proceeds of a 1% sales and use tax to a variety of municipal purposes. Originally established on October 29, 1957, the tax allowed those monies to be used only for sewerage, water, garbage, streets, street lights, fire and recreation services and improvements. Needless to say, our City has evolved tremendously, and fortunately, services and amenities have greatly expanded since that time. This new proposition would

expand the uses for this revenue to include public safety and administrative operations, including but not limited to, law enforcement, code enforcement and building permits. This is not a new tax or an increase in taxes. A rededication will simply allow the City of Covington to continue to offer the various services that citizens have become accustomed to, and also to expand those services where necessary. Your vote on November 6th is important to Covington’s future. I am proud that we have been able to provide our citizens with services and resources that keep our city clean, safe and thriving. This tax rededication will allow us to continue to do so for many years to come.



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Of course, that got me to thinking, and thinking, and well—what we call in therapy— ruminating. I wanted to make things right and could not. I gave further thought to what it means to say thank you or to do an act of kindness. Frankly, in the same regrettable spirit of the person who held the door open for me, I have waited for thank you notes that never arrived. I am thankful for the lesson that this gentleman taught me. Give. Just give. Without expectation of something, anything, any word, in return. The gift of your action is in the act of what you have done—not in what the other person may do in return. Hearing the words, thank you is lagniappe. Happy Thanksgiving to us all!.

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MANY OF TODAY’S television chefs have emerged from obscurity to celebrity status on the basis of gimmickry and not talent. Many cannot correctly pronounce the names of the dishes they prepare, let alone authentically bring it to full fruition. If you watch many of the television food shows you can see examples of how this takes place. And because food and its preparation has become entertainment, practically all types of television shows have a food segment. Also, the dishes prepared by the majority of these popular TV chefs would be cost prohibitive and ingredients too numerous. But great foods need neither gimmickry nor extensive ingredients to be wonderful. All good chefs know that simplicity is the mainstay of taste, and the love of cooking the secret ingredient. To prove a point, try the simple recipe below. Buon Appetito! Ciao for now. Bowtie Pasta With Artichoke Hearts & Shrimp 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound bowtie pasta 1 can hearts of artichokes

1/2 cup semi-dry white wine 1 pound peeled and de-veined shrimp 1 pound spinach or arugula Chopped parsley for garnish 1 tablespoon capers 1 lemon In a saucepan, heat half the olive oil. Add diced onion and sauté until translucent then add garlic. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water, salted, to a boil. Then add the pasta and cook according to directions. When onion is translucent, add artichoke hearts and sauté for about five minutes. Remove artichokes and put aside. Add wine and simmer for about two minutes. Add shrimp and cook until pink, then remove from heat. Remove shrimp and using the same oil, return pan to heat, add greens and sauté until greens are just wilted. Place greens on dish. Surround the greens with artichokes then place cooked pasta atop the greens followed by the shrimp. Drizzle the remaining olive oil over this. Squeeze the lemon juice over the entire dish. Garnish with chopped Italian parsley or chives. Serve with crusty Italian bread. Makes four servings.




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ABOVE: The work of Doug Odom of Alabama at the Three Rivers Art Festival.

WRITTEN BY SARAH CHAMBLESS

Artists sell their original works—everything from fine crafted woodworks to handmade jewelry—underneath hundreds of white tents that line the street as far as the eye can see. There are a variety of attractions to entertain almost every interest at the Three Rivers Art Festival, including a 5K race, art demonstrations, delicious food, live music and children’s entertainment. The Children’s Discovery Area may be one of the festival’s most exciting corners. Youth will enjoy educational entertainment by local dancers, singers, storytellers, magicians and more. There are also activity stations where children can get their faces painted or create their own works of art. “Our festival is the perfect combination of entertainment, small town hospitality, and big time art at affordable prices,” says Festival Chairwoman Diane Winston. “And one of the best reasons to come—admission is free!” This year’s Three Rivers Art Festival takes place on November 10 and 11. Visit www.threeriversartfestival.com for information about festival activities. For a complete calendar of upcoming events in Covington, visit www.covla.com.

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THE FALL SEASON casts an aura of excitement over the City of Covington. Shop owners and restaurants welcome patrons through open doors, as the crisp fall air sweeps through their establishments. Residents and visitors pour into the downtown to enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities and events, including the Covington Farmers Market, the Covington Art Market, biking on the Tammany Trace, and free concerts and children’s events at the Covington Trailhead. But one of the City’s most anticipated events each year is the juried Three Rivers Art Festival, which features the works of more than 200 artists and craftsmen from all over the U.S. The Three Rivers Art Festival draws more than 50,000 visitors into town during the second weekend of every November. Considering the City’s reputation as a regional hub for arts and culture, historic downtown Covington serves as an ideal backdrop for this weekend event. The festival takes place along Columbia Street, a main shopping and dining corridor in the Cultural Arts District. Artists sell their original works— everything from fine crafted woodworks to handmade jewelry—underneath hundreds of white tents that line the street as far as the eye can see. “It’s a captivating sight. The city, with its quaint buildings and historic landmarks, really lends itself to a picturesque landscape for our festival,” says Event Coordinator Sarada LeBourgeouis.

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Crazy Eights Exhibit. Tue.–Fri., 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m., St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-8650, www.sttammanyartassociation.org.

2nd Annual Greater Madisonville Chamber Gumbo Cook-Off. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, www.madisonvillechamber.org.

November 11

Northshore Alzheimer’s Walk. 1 p.m., Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville, 985-249-7676.

4th Annual “Because of the Brave” Veteran’s Day Celebration Cook-Out. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Cate Square Park, Hammond.

Moonlight Gala November 10 St. Tammany Humane Society’s Unleashed Midnight Gala. 7–11 p.m., Castine Center at Pelican Park, 63350 Pelican Blvd., Mandeville, 985-892-PETS, www.sthumane.org.

November 10 Camellia City Kiwanis Race. 8 a.m.–12 p.m., John Slidell Park, Robert Blvd., Slidell, camelliacitykiwanisrace@gmail.com.

November 10 Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcon Fling. 7 p.m., STA Gym & Commons, 14520 Voss Dr., Hammond, 985-542-8941.

November 11 Sunset Sundays. Free Concert Series featuring Sgt. Pepper Beatles Tribute, 675 Lafitte St., 985-624-3147, www.cityofmandeville.com.

November 15 Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce Chamber After Hours. The Villas at Carter Plantation, 23475 Carter Trace, Springfield, 985-386-2536, www.ponchatoulachamber.com.

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November 24 39th Annual Country Market Open House in historic downtown Ponchatoula. 9–4 p.m., 10 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, 985-386-9580.

November 22 9th Annual Lung Cancer “Run for Hope” Northshore Turkey Day Trot. Registration, 7 a.m., 1 mile fun run, 8 a.m., 100 Terra Bella Blvd., Covington, 985-845-1948, www.runnerschoice.net.

November 15 St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce Joint Business After Hours with East Chamber. 5–7 p.m., Louisiana Heart Hospital, 64030 Hwy. 434, Lacombe, 985-273-3008, www.sttammanychamber.org.

November 10 Northshore Cajun Dancers’ Cajun Dance. Dance Lesson, 7–7:30 p.m., Dance, 8 p.m., Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St., 504-583-8603.

November 16 Chris Duhon’s Stand Tall Foundation 4th Annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway. 3–6 p.m., Fritchie Park Gym, 901 Howze Beach Rd., Slidell, www.chrisduhonstandtall.org.

November 16 Sunset at the Landing Concert featuring Big Daddy O and James Killeen. 6–9 p.m., Columbia Street Landing, 100 N. Columbia St., Covington, www.cityofcovingtonla.com.

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November 10–11 16th Annual Three Rivers Art Festival. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., historic downtown Covington, 985-327-9797, www.threeriversartfestival.com.

November 28 St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce Business Appreciation Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Clarion Inn & Suites Conference Center, 501 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, 985-273-3008, www.sttammanychamber.org.

November 30 Christmas Lighting Ceremony in historic downtown Ponchatoula. Mayor Bob Zabbia lights the official tree at 6 p.m., 985-386-2536, www.ponchatoulachamber.com.

8th Annual Starry November Night. 5–10 p.m., downtown Hammond, 985-277-5680, www.dddhammond.com.

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Camp Moore Annual Civil War Living History Encampment. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., State Hwy #51, Tangipahoa, 985-229-2438.

Christmas in Zemurray. 5–9 p.m., Zemurray Park, Hammond, 985-277-5630.

Madrigal Feast presented by Northlake Performing Arts Society. 6:30–9:30 p.m., Benedicts Plantation, 1144 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-792-1392, contactnpas@npas.info.


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Ponchatoula Opens Her Arms for Trade Days

WRITTEN BY LIZ ANDERSON, PONCHATOULA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

FOR DECADES, LOUISIANA residents and tourists have come to Ponchatoula—America’s Antique City—to hunt for that coveted piece of emerald green depression glass or that fifty-year-old Community Coffee can they remember from their grandmother’s kitchen. That treasure can often be found in the antique and junque shops located in the historic downtown area. But on November 2-4, the choices will grow two hundred fold! Over 225 antique, arts and crafts vendors will line the railroad tracks and Pine Street for the November Antique Trade Days, Arts and Crafts Fair. Bargain hunters will find vintage fabrics, baskets, kitchenware and jewelry. Farm equipment, weaponry, hunting gear, tools and car parts are all available for men to peruse

and purchase while ladies are checking out their own steals and deals. The event officially begins at 10 a.m., but come to town early to have a cup of coffee and a hardy breakfast to prepare for the hours it will take you to examine every piece on display. You may want to consider coming the evening before and spending the weekend! Ponchatoula, as well as the towns of Hammond and Springfield, offers lodging for reasonable prices and within a few miles of the event. Bring a truck so you’ll be able to take home that cypress porch swing or rocking chair. Come for Trade Days, but stay and experience the welcoming and affable city of Ponchatoula.



New Board Members Poised to Serve

WRITTEN BY LACEY TOLEDANO, WEST ST. TAMMANY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT

OUR BOARD OF directors is made up of local business professionals who understand our mission to meet the needs of membership. According to our bylaws, full board members serve a three year term. We are pleased to announce our newest board members for the 2013-2015 term: Rick Dennie, New York Life Insurance; Andrew Gibson, Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC; Julie Maggio, The NORTH Institute; Jennifer Messina, Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West; Barry Salsbury, S2 Energy, LLC; and Phoebe Whealdon, Coldwell Banker TEC. Amy Edwards of Capital One Bank is our 2013 chairman-elect. As part of her incoming chairman duties, Amy has appointed seven one-year termed

advisory board members to round out our membership representation in the year ahead. These include: W.L. “Trey” Folse, St. Tammany Parish Public Schools; Robert Johnson, Tulane Primate Center; Mary Lee, Lee Financial Partners LLC; Chief Deputy Tim Lentz, St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office; Dawn Sharpe Brackett, East St. Tammany Chamber; Kyle Beerbohm, P.J. Demarie & Associates; and Melanie Housey, Pool Corporation. The board donates a great deal of their energy and expertise to board service and truly have the best interest of the chamber and the business community at heart. We sincerely thank our newest board members for their willingness to serve.



LACCE Large Chamber of the Year

EAST ST. TAMMANY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CEO

current fiscal budget, along with community, organizational and professional development, are examined and judged by out-of-state chamber executives. The Chambers recognized this year were the River Region Chamber, the Livingston Chamber and the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. The Board of Directors of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce believe that through our public policy, governmental affairs relations, education committee, coalitions built with our neighboring chamber in the west, the NBC, and neighboring local communities, we play a positive role in community changes and spearhead development in our community. Visit our website to learn more today www.estchamber.com.



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WRITTEN BY DAWN SHARPE-BRACKETT,

THE LOUISIANA Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (LACCE) is a membership-driven organization formed to unite local executives from across the state to create educational and networking opportunities. In August of 2012, the East St. Tammany Chamber was honored to host the Fall State Conference and bring over 100 Chamber executives from around the state to Slidell, for a dynamic event. The conference was held in Olde Towne. National Speakers, Glenn Shepard and U.S. Chamber representatives were brought in, as well as local favorites, Mayor Drennan and Ryan Lowe, author of Get Off Your Attitude. Each year LACCE recognizes three chambers (small, mid-size and large) depending on dues revenue as the Louisiana Chamber of the Year. A copy of the chamber’s

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1| Congratulations to Wayne Dowdy, of Hammond High School, our October Charter Business HERO Award winner. Wayne helped his father run every aspect of his radio station, The Lake 94.7, during Hurricane Isaac. Congratulations Wayne!

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2| Lynn Stirling Antiques recently celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Pictured with owners Danny Sinclair and Terry Luke are Ashlee Arnold and Paulette Leonard. 3| Ponchatoula High School students participated in State Farm “Celebrate My Drive” anti-drinking and driving program. Pictured with students are Ponchatoula Mayor Bob Zabbia and District Attorney Scott Perilloux. (Photo by AN17.com) 2

4| Northlake Academy of Music recently celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Attending the ceremony with owner Leslie Domingues, were Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere, staff, family and friends.

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5| Dr. Kelly Burkenstock (left) recently spoke about “AgeLess RX,” the effects of aging for women, and solutions during the September Professional Women of St. Tammany luncheon, held at Beau Chêne Country Club. Pictured is Dr. Kelly Burkenstock and Holley Borel of ITC Promotions.

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6| Lake Harbor recently honored two of their own. Susan Patin (left) was named the St. Tammany Middle School Principal of the Year. Mande’ Warren (right) was named the Middle School Teacher of the Year for both St. Tammany Parish and the State of Louisiana.

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7| Our Editor Amy Bouton crossed the finish line with teammates Annette DiLorenzo and Amy Smith Kyle at the Gulf Coast Half Marathon on October 14, after training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Northshore Team in Training (TNT). To date, the LA/MS Chapter of TNT has raised a combined total of $67,800 for the LLS through this event. 8| Mainstream Boutique, which carries unique fashions and accessories, opened its doors in Chenier Marketplace, Mandeville on October 15th. Pictured is owner, Jennifer Griffith.

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