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.
Friday, May 26, 2023
Mandeville Trailhead Doubloon
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.
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Card Games A Popular Activity
Someone mentioned on Facebook that their relatives enjoyed playing card games 50 years ago in the Covington area, so I looked up "card games" in the past issues of the St. Tammany Farmer newspaper. It seems that there were plenty of card games being played, of every description and in every location. Not only that, but they were regularly written up with articles in the paper.
Here are a few of them:
Friday, May 19, 2023
First Year In Business: A List
1846 Smith Pro Hardware 228 N. Columbia, Covington
1885 Bechac's Restaurant, 2025 Lakeshore Dr., Mandeville
1917 Norman Haik 307 N. Columbia, Covington
1920 Burns Furniture, Covington
1939 Covington Motors Inc. 306 East Lockwood, Covington
1953 S.M.S. Floor Covering, Mandeville
1963 Claiborne Hill IGA Supermarket
1965 Carol's Corner Bookstore, 328 East Lockwood, , Covington
1966 Cordell Furniture, 419 East Boston St., Covington
1968 Tom Burns Real Estate 729 e. Boston St., Covington
1969 Montgomery Ward Bogue Falaya Plaza, Covington
1970 Jefferson Avenue Exxon, 104 West 21st Avenue, Covington
1970 Kathy's Hallmark Shoppe, 2211 Florida in Mandeville
1971 The Dutchman Restaurant 509 S. Tyler, Covington
1971 Claiborne Hill Tire Center
1971 Photo Sonics, Claiborne Hill
1971 Noel Maestri Carpet, 336 East Boston, Covington
1972 Glockner's Air Conditioning and Heating Service, 1732 Dupard St. Mandeville
1972 Mr. B's Camper Sales, Service and Supplies, Mandeville
1972 Danny Fried Chicken, of Covington
1973 Soundtrak, Bogue Falaya Plaza, Covington
1973 Northlake Cycles 213 East Lockwood, Covington
1973 The Past Restored, Covington
1973 Bay of Fashion Hwy 190 Mandeville
1974 Knight's Shoreline Service Center, Mandeville
1975 Rip's Seafood Restaurant, Mandeville
1975 Granny's Kitchen, 208 N. Lee Road, Covington
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Bridge To Sun Improved, Widened
In the 1960's the two lane steel overhead truss bridge on the Bogue Chitto River south of the Village of Sun was noted nationwide for its narrow passage and dangerous accidents. Whenever the river flooded the bridge was also at risk of being damaged.Going across it was so hazardous that in 1972 the La. Dept. of Transportation started building a new bridge to replace the old one.
As the new bridge was nearing completion, an article appeared in a national magazine about the ten most dangerous bridges in America. The La. Hwy. 21 bridge over the Bogue Chitto River was among those named. The week following the nationwide article, the new wider bridge was completed and opened, and the old dilapidated one was soon torn down. Good timing.
Monday, May 15, 2023
Two years ago at the Covington Courthouse Veterans Day ceremony in November of 2021, the Robert H. Burns American Legion Post for the first time presented a "US Military Working Dog Service Award." That award went to Service Dog Roxy R682 USMC, led onstage by area resident Gwen Gole.
"She gave her all for all of us and asked so little of any of us. We are so thankful and enormously grateful to have her Bless our lives for the past 5 1/2 years! Rest in Peace, good girl."
Roxy was born on June 1, 2009, and served two 2 tours to Afghanistan, 2011 and 2012. After that she served the TSA as a package sniffing dog at the New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport. Then, from December 2017 to 2022, she was certified and became part of the "Love on a Leash Therapy K-9" program. She was a key player in military service, airport security, and then canine therapy for area residents in assisted living facilities.
For her final three years, the US War Dog Association accepted her into their free RX program, which was a big help to Gwen's family. She has a burial place at the Michigan War Dog Memorial Cemetery which provides a headstone and service with full military honors.
"Roxy was not just a dog, but a soldier, hero, veteran, therapist, and a very good girl with a kind loving heart. I truly believe God put her here to not only save lives but to change lives also. She truly did both very well," Gwen said. Many of those whose lives Roxy touched sent in their condolences for her loss.
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