Here are some articles from the St. Tammany Farmer newspaper about the Biddy Basketball Program started at the Covington Recreation Center in the 1970's. Click on the images to make them larger.
Monday, November 28, 2022
Designing, developing and testing the world's first hovercraft was an exciting adventure for the engineers who first came up with the unique watercraft as well as for those who were first to pilot it.
A resident of Covington in 1976 was one of those who witnessed the first official test back in 1959. In fact, he was the navigator onboard, one of three members of the initial crew. In 1976 he was visited by the man who actually piloted the hovercraft and the two reminisced about that historic occasion.
Here's the article from a 1976 issue of the St. Tammany Farmer that tells their story.
Friday, November 18, 2022
Jerry Bruhl ran a dairy business just north of Covington for 20 years between 1965 and 1985. His father Sidney began in the dairy business in 1947, shortly after the end of World War II, and other Bruhl family members followed, all settling in the area off La. Hwy. 25 halfway to Folsom, between the Bogue Falaya River and the highway.
In a recent two-hour conversation, Jerry gave an extensive overview of the daily operation of a dairy, high points of his early life, and the progress in his neighborhood over the years. He started off by explaining that things were just getting back to normal after the WWII and people were getting into all kinds of businesses. At that time, several dairy operations started "popping up" on both sides of La. 25 between Willie Road to the north and Bennett Bridge Road to the south.
Besides Sidney's own operation, the other Bruhl dairies in the area included those of George Bruhl and Frank Bruhl. Jerry explained that at the time, some enterprising people who had 15 or 20 acres of land decided that they would give the dairy business a try. It helped that there were no stock laws at the time, and many of the surrounding acreages were "free-range," meaning dairymen could let their cows roam the open countryside during the day, and the animals would find their way back home at night to be fed and milked.
The first thing someone going into the dairy business needed was a barn, he said, a structure with a milk room, a feed room and stanchions to hold the cows in place while they were being milked. Tools of the trade included milk cans, a strainer and a stool, Bruhl explained.
Milking by hand, a person could milk about 15 cows in an hour and a half, he said.
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Jerry Bruhl is third from the left.
Sunday, November 13, 2022
A monthly display and sale of art from artists across St. Tammany Parish is held in front of the old parish courthouse building on Boston Street in Covington. The event is called "Art Under the Oaks" and takes advantage of the shady moss-draped oaks in front of the landmark building.
Here are some pictures of this weekend's artists and pieces of art. Click on the images to make them larger. The event is held in conjunction with the St. Tammany Art Association. Check their website for more information.
Saturday, November 12, 2022
The 26th annual Three Rivers Art Festival straddled Columbia Street in Covington the weekend of Nov. 12 & 13, bringing outstanding artists in a wide variety of media to the area for one of the South's finest juried art shows and sales.
Chilly breezes had festival attendees digging out the sweaters and jackets to enjoy the outdoor event.
Here are some photographs of this year's event and its offerings. Click on the images to make them larger.