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French Mulberry putting on bizarre display at Camp Salmen

French Mulberry putting on bizarre display at Camp Salmen

Editor October 2, 2014 Comments Off

A plant now putting on a bizarre fall display at Camp Salmen is the French Mulberry (Callicarpa Americana), also known as the American Beautyberry. It grows several round clumps of purple-lavender colored berries stacked

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St. Tammany has a rich history with pine trees

St. Tammany has a rich history with pine trees

Editor September 27, 2014 Comments Off

St. Tammany Parish’s number one renewable natural resource has always been pine trees. Since the early 1700s, cutting them down and processing them into useful products have been major local industries. The Longleaf Pine

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Our city workers do more than we realize

Our city workers do more than we realize

Editor September 26, 2014 Comments Off

It’s so easy to be look at someone else doing a job and be critical of what is going on. That criticism is certainly most prevalent when we look at government. I will admit

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Butterflies are still plentiful at Camp Salmen

Butterflies are still plentiful at Camp Salmen

Editor September 21, 2014 Comments Off

Earlier this summer I watched a pair of Black Swallowtail Butterflies (Papilio polyxenes) flutter madly around each other. This species seems to be Camp Salmen’s most numerous and arguably, its prettiest butterfly. They fly

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Surely I am not the only one who struggles with mornings

Surely I am not the only one who struggles with mornings

Editor September 21, 2014 Comments Off

A sweet friend of mine, mother to two adorable children, recently posted to Facebook something along the lines of, “Why is there so much yelling when getting my kids ready for school in the

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D.A. candidates recognizes marketing works

D.A. candidates recognizes marketing works

Editor September 17, 2014 Comments Off

The race for the new district attorney in the 22nd Judicial District is heating up for sure. There are campaign parties, fundraisers and “Meet and Greets” popping up all over the place and I

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Our kids listen to even our most negative words

Our kids listen to even our most negative words

Editor September 12, 2014 Comments Off

They are listening to me all the time, more than I realize, more than I care to acknowledge. My children. So often I say to my husband in frustration, “Nobody listens to me around

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Great new local ‘mom and pop’ drugstore opens

Great new local ‘mom and pop’ drugstore opens

Editor September 10, 2014 Comments Off

I hope to see many of you this Friday, Sept. 12 when some new friends of mine are holding their official grand opening for Slidell’s newest family pharmacy. John Finnan took the entrepreneurial dive,

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Football season brings back old memories

Football season brings back old memories

Editor September 10, 2014 Comments Off

There is something extra special about September. Even though we know the thermometer still reads well over 90 degrees on most days here in south Louisiana, it is actually the start of fall. Well,

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My 4-year-old soccer-playing son believes crying is involved in the game

My 4-year-old soccer-playing son believes crying is involved in the game

Editor September 8, 2014 Comments Off

This is how things go with 4-year-olds. All last week, my 4-year-old Mark talked about soccer. “Did you know I’m going to be on a soccer team?” “Did you know I have a real

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Local woman publishes book on Slidell

Local woman publishes book on Slidell

Editor September 3, 2014 Comments Off

If you know Bonnie Vanney, you know a Slidell woman who is all Louisiana. From her upbringing in New Orleans, Bonnie moved to Slidell in 1970 and has made herself known in the business

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No ice bucket challenge for me, I’ll donate instead

No ice bucket challenge for me, I’ll donate instead

Editor September 3, 2014 Comments Off

The Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s the newest gimmick to raise money and without a doubt, it is getting noticed. For those of you who aren’t aware of the Ice Bucket Challenge, it is a

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Not sure yet what I am going to do with this new cat

Not sure yet what I am going to do with this new cat

Editor August 29, 2014 Comments Off

We have a new cat living at our house. Could be permanent, could be temporary, I don’t know. One might say she’s auditioning for the role of our new house pet. We do have

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Bluegrass part of Camp Salmen

Bluegrass part of Camp Salmen

Editor August 24, 2014 Comments Off

Melodic Bluegrass mountain music with guitars, fiddles and plaintive, high lonesome voices — white soul music, if you will — does not necessarily come to mind when driving down Camp Salmen’s Parish Parkway. What

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Time for this ‘sports gal’ to change newspaper fields

Time for this ‘sports gal’ to change newspaper fields

Editor August 24, 2014 Comments Off

I remember when I first started working for the Slidell Independent five years ago. My youngest son was about two months old, and my oldest was 20 months. My husband was in nursing school,

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Sports volunteers deserve a pat on the back

Sports volunteers deserve a pat on the back

Editor August 15, 2014 Comments Off

I have been spending a bit of time at the little league football practice field lately since one of my grandsons, Zachary Weisheit Jr., is playing “pee wee football” for his first time ever,

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‘50 shades’ of paint is happening in my kitchen every day

‘50 shades’ of paint is happening in my kitchen every day

Editor August 15, 2014 Comments Off

So that “50 Shades of Grey” movie is coming out soon. I know this because I am on Facebook where everyone learns everything. Everyone and their grandmother (yes, some grandmothers) are posting the trailer

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Mimosa trees show specialties in Slidell at Camp Salmen

Mimosa trees show specialties in Slidell at Camp Salmen

Editor August 11, 2014 Comments Off

There are generally three types of Mimosas found in the Greater Slidell Metropolitan Area: The Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin), is a lovely, exotic-looking Asian tree of medium size with dainty, fern-like leaves, pink flowers

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Back to school only means so much for this mom of four

Back to school only means so much for this mom of four

Editor August 8, 2014 Comments Off

So you know that phrase, “The days are long, but the years are short”? An adage that has always made me a little misty-eyed, as it relates to my children. But HOLY GEEZ, was

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Being a city official is a tough job

Being a city official is a tough job

Editor August 8, 2014 Comments Off

There are a lot of familiar faces at the Slidell City Council meetings these days, but there are also a few new ones. Warren Crockett, Val Vanney and Glynn Pichon are the three newcomers,

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