Getting any new community service organization going is sometimes a complicated endeavor. The group of Mandeville area residents interested in starting their own Rotary Club back in 1974 ( some 45 years ago) had a little help, however. Click on the images to make them larger.
In June of 1982 the winner of a Covington clean city contest was Steve Reed, center. He is shown being congratulated by city and chamber of commerce officials, from left, Mayor Ernest Cooper, Pat Clanton, Craig Babylon, Carol Jahncke, Walter Reed and Bruce Cornely.
In the early 1980's Playmakers Inc. presented "A Streetcar Named Desire" on the local theater stage. Here are some photographs of the actors (and one of the director) going through their paces. Click on the images to make them larger.
St. Tammany Parish law enforcement officer Winston Cavendish portrayed McGruff, the Crime Dog, many times in the 1980's, helping local citizens "take a bite out of crime." He helped invent the character during a "brain storming" session at a law enforcement conference, and after the costume was decided upon, he put it on many times while promoting community safety programs, as well as providing the voice for the cartoon version of the character.
Cavendish was quite active in police department community relations work in the 1970's and 1980's, first with the Mandeville Police Department and then with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.
Here are a few photographs of Cavendish (as McGruff) with Covington Police Chief Al Strain (left) and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Pat Canulette (right, holding child) in the early 1980's, as well as with President Ronald Reagan.
McGruff (aka Cavendish) with President Ronald Reagan
Cavendish and friend in 2016
Photo source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook Page
Thirty-four years ago in 1985 I drew a map of Slidell labeling some of the businesses along the major thoroughfares. Here is the section of that map showing Pontchartrain Drive from the Curve Inn down to Eden Isles Blvd.
In 1984, some thirty-five years ago, the musical "Oklahoma" came to the local theater stage courtesy of Playmakers Inc.Here are a few scenes from that production. Click on the images to make them larger.
Dr. Herbert Cannon was an important voice in medical matters in St. Tammany Parish in the 1970's, when he ran the parish health unit.
Those who remembered him tell how he would set a broken arm for three dollars, or in trade for eggs, live chickens and meat from the freezer in return for services rendered. He was widely recognized as "the community's doctor," willing to visit people in their homes in cases of emergency.
Over in a Facebook post, Mike Pittman said, "In the 1950’s, intestinal worm
infestation was common in children in St. Tammany Parish. Through the
school system, tin containers were distributed to all children for stool
samples. For several years, my father and Dr Cannon worked, through
the state health system, to eradicate the problem. The program, and
education of the causes, was a success in eliminating this disease
Here are cartoon maps showcasing shopping centers over in the Slidell area. Click on the images to make them larger, The Midtown Square Shopping Center is on Gause Blvd. in Slidell, and it has everything a person could ask for: food, wine, music, power tools, haircuts, and gold and jewelry. It's been around for many years.
Meanwhile, over on Fremaux Ave, the Fremaux Town Center shopping area offers quite a few shops with something for everyone. New to the area, Fremaux covers quite a bit of ground. Drawing the map took quite a bit of planning.
Of course, the original "shopping center" of Slidell was Olde Towne, or as it was called in the early days, "town," as in "I'm going to town."
And zooming in even further, there is the old "White Kitchen Shopping Center" on Front Street, which has been extensively renovated and populated with a variety of interesting stores, service parlors, and places to eat.