Friday, June 2, 2023

Rummage Sale Extraordinaire

A large annual rummage sale will be held Saturday, June 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Covington, 203 North Jefferson Avenue, beginning at 7 a.m. and running until noon. 

Hundreds of items will be available for purchase, ranging from kitchen appliances, artwork, toys, games, books and whatnots. This is the fourth year of the rummage sale event. It's like a giant garage sale, but with air conditioning!

Proceeds from the rummage sale will help the Helping Hands Missions, a variety of community and church-based services from a children's home to the food bank. "It has always turned out to be a big success," a worker stated, "People really like it."

Here are some photographs of many of the items to be sold.

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Books, binders and rugs

Appliances and electronics


Holiday items

Sports items, toys, games and a globe on a stand

Frames and artwork

A busy table for the toddlers

For more information about the rummage sale visit

For more information about the church, visit

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The Covington Food Bank

Monday, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day Program Held - 2023

 A Memorial Day Ceremony was held at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center in Covington Monday morning, sponsored by the Robert H. Burns American Legion Post No. 16 with a number of dignitaries taking part. 

Here are some photographs of that event. Click on the images to make them larger. 

More than a hundred veterans, their families, and special guests attended. 

The audience included  Major James Robinson, a 101-year-old veteran of World War II and the Korean War, seen seated at far left. 

To begin the program, the St. Tammany Veterans Honor Guard advanced the colors.

A number of veterans services groups had informational tables, Past Commander Dennis Charlesworth (center) served as master of ceremonies, and Hailey Ogden sang the national anthem.

Mike Perfinski with the Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs spoke about his agency's many various services to veterans in the state. 

A large number of honored guests were introduced, including Pam Herty of the Post 16 Auxiliary, Rachel Shaw of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Matt Cole with the Justin McLeese Marine Corps Detachment. 

According to the American Legion program booklet, Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday in May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it began in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Miss Poppy Madelyn Ogden and Little Miss Poppy Cecilia Ogden led the Pledge of Allegiance, Parish President Mike Cooper welcomed those present, Rachel Shaw with the DAR spoke briefly, and Covington City Councilman Larry Rolling also addressed the crowd.

Gwen and Anthony Gole told the history of Military Working Dog Roxy. A special plaque honoring Military Working Dog Roxy was unveiled. American Legion Post 16 Joseph P. Untz Jr. presented Roxy's handler Gwen Gole with a certificate and together they unveiled the plaque honoring Roxy for her service. Roxy died late last year after several years of service in explosives detection with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan and with the TSA at Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans. She also worked with the Love on a Leash Therapy Dog Program. 

Several members of the Love on a Leash Therapy Program attended in memory of Roxy.

Joseph P. Untz Jr., Post Commander, presents certificate to Gwen Gole.

Unveiling the plaque honoring Military Working Dog Roxy

The St. Tammany Veterans Honor Guard then presented a ceremonial rifle salute, and the playing of taps.

American Legion member Richard Perl delivered the invocation and benediction for the event, which was closed by Hailey Ogden singing America The Beautiful, with a number of people in the audience joining in.

The Love on a Leash group posed for a group photo

Afterwards, members of the audience visited the Veterans Memorial Plaza and paused for a moment with the specially engraved bricks honoring their loved ones. 

The Covington Fire Department flew the American flag from its ladder truck.

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Veterans Appreciation Reception - 2023

 The Covington Heritage Foundation held its annual Veterans Appreciation Reception Monday morning at Bogue Falaya Hall behind Covington City Hall. Over 100 veterans and some family members attended. Here are some photographs from the event. Click on the images to make them larger. 

CHF President Mark Verret welcomes those in attendance. 

American Legion Post 16 Past Commander Dennis Charlesworth greets Major James Robinson, a 101-year-old veteran of WWII and the Korean War

A medley of patriotic military music was performed by Kellen Meyers of the Covington High Talented Music Program.

Mayor Mark Johnson, at right, joined in with the festivities

Other city officials taking part were, at left,  John Botsford and Larry Rolling. 

Friday, May 26, 2023

Mandeville Trailhead Doubloon

 Here's a souvenir doubloon from the dedication of the Mandeville Trailhead and Cultural Interpretive Center, held on Feb. 28, 2000, some 23 years ago.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Dutz's Garage - Mandeville

 Here are some newspaper articles and advertisements over the years telling about Dutz's Garage in Mandeville. Click on the images to make them larger and more readable.