Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Celtic Connection

Eleven years ago, in 2008, the St. Tammany Parish Public School System celebrated "Celtic Connection Week" with stage shows, music, art exhibits, and special lesson plans. 

Singer/Entertainer Danny O'Flaherty performed at a number of shows in schools across the parish, with one of the last ones being at the Fontainebleau High School theater with groups of local students, along with a number of teachers from the Talented Art Program on hand.  

Here are some photos.Click on them to enlarge them for better viewing. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Student Art Shows

If you're a parent with kids in school, then you've probably been to a Student Art Show Exhibit. Here are some pictures from a mid-1990's art show at a local school, featuring students proudly displaying their work and parents enjoying looking at all the pictures. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Mayor Edward Badeaux

Here's a newspaper article from 1974 about Eddie Badeaux, mayor of Madisonville, and all of his community involvements. 



Sunday, August 18, 2019

Emily Diamond

Without Emily Diamond, Covington would be a different place. Emily started Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West in 1981, the tenth Habitat in the United States and the first affiliate in the state.

She brought people together to build homes working with Habitat homebuyers in the community, and the effort was a great success. Her early endeavor continues through the local Habitat chapter's ongoing work and was spotlighted seven years ago by the naming of a street located in the Groves at Mile Branch community in Covington "Emily Diamond Way."


She was born Nov. 25, 1921, to Daniel Independence and Edna Josephine Glossbrenner, and was raised in Indianapolis, Ind. She attended Swarthmore College and Indiana University.

She came to Covington in 1959 and first worked as a receptionist and secretary at St. Paul's School from 1964 to 1967, taught third grade at Rosenwald Elementary in Covington in 1967 and taught kindergarten in Madisonville from 1970 to 1975.

In 1981, thirty-eight years ago, she launched the chapter that has since built more than 270 homes for those in need in the area. She had gone
to Americus, Ga., to personally meet with Millard Fuller the founder of Habitat, to talk to him about starting the Covington chapter.
She lived in Covington for 50 years, during which time she endeared herself to many residents throughout the community for her volunteerism and activist involvements.

Emily Diamond standing between Wallace and John Poole of Poole Lumber Co., a building materials supplier for Habitat

While she was best known for her work with Habitat, Ms. Diamond also was a co-founder, secretary and treasurer for the Community Relations Council of Covington, which worked to better race relations during the 1960s and 1970s.

With the assistance of famed writer and Covington resident Walker Percy, the council formed its own credit union which served to assist low-income families in securing loans for housing. From 1969 when it opened until 1985, Diamond served as manager of the credit union.Emily served as president of the Covington Habitat Chapter for four years and was on the board for 17 years, and she also started and managed the Habitat Restore in Covington. The Covington Habitat Chapter created the Emily Diamond Habitat for Humanity Community in 1986. 

Continuing her work as a community volunteer, Ms. Diamond until 2008, she worked at  Faith Bible Church in Covington from
the late 1990s to the mid 2000's assisting in the ministry's drug rehabilitation program. In 1995 she received the Angels Among Us Volunteer Award  and the St Tammany Parish Chamber of Commerce Community Volunteer Award.

Her son David Diamond said that she believed that one person can make a difference in the world and that every human being on earth has amazing and absolute value.

Ms. Diamond died at 89 years of age in September of 2011 in Robbinsville, N.C. She had moved to Robbinsville to live with her daughter, Kathryn Lynch, in 2009 due to illness.

In 2012 a Covington street was renamed for her. The Covington City Council voted unanimously to name a street Emily Diamond Way for Diamond's longtime efforts in the community, recognizing her many years of service to the less fortunate in the area.

See also:

Habitat for Humanity

Women Build 

Emily Diamond Planned Giving Society


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Christmas Lights At The Courthouse

Taking pictures of the Christmas tree lighting at the courthouse in Covington was a colorful affair in 1996, but the low lighting posed some challenges. Here are photos taken using both black and white and color film (with flash). You choose which ones you like best.

Click on the images to make them larger. 

See also:

Christmas Under the Oaks

Friday, August 16, 2019

100 Years Ago This Week

What was going on 100 years ago this week? CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer of August 16, 1919. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

Click on the sample images below to see larger versions.


Thrift Encouraged


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Ben Williams School - 1915

This photograph shows the students at Ben Williams School around 1915. Click on the images to make them larger. 

Ben Williams School was located east of the intersection of Hwy. 40 and Hwy. 1083.On some maps, the stretch of Hwy. 1083 between La. 21 and La. 40 is named Ben Williams Road.

Photo combined with caption

 See also: 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

School Board Portrait 1981

Here is a group portrait of who was serving on the St. Tammany Parish School Board in 1981, thirty-eight years ago. Click on the image to make it larger.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lacombe Parade 1996

Twenty three years ago, in 1996, these pictures were taken of the Lacombe community Christmas parade. Click on the images to make them larger.