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Nell Schmidt might have missed stand-up calling

Nell Schmidt might have missed stand-up calling

Editor June 5, 2016 Comments Off on Nell Schmidt might have missed stand-up calling

The business breakfast meeting last Friday at Palmetto’s in Slidell, hosted by the East St. Tammany Chamber, was certainly informative with Mayor Freddy Drennan bringing his “State of the City” report to a sold

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It’s difficult to believe my granddaddy is really gone

It’s difficult to believe my granddaddy is really gone

Editor May 29, 2016 Comments Off on It’s difficult to believe my granddaddy is really gone

My grandfather died last weekend. He was 86 years old. When your grandfather is 86 years old, it might sound strange to say he died unexpectedly. But he did. We didn’t expect it. One

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The greatest gift to give—your time

The greatest gift to give—your time

Editor May 27, 2016 Comments Off on The greatest gift to give—your time

I’m entering a new chapter in my life and I knew it was something that would arrive one way or another. I’ve been talking a bit in this space about my father’s situation since

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City golf tournament needs you in it

City golf tournament needs you in it

Editor May 11, 2016 Comments Off on City golf tournament needs you in it

If you are a golfer within range of hearing this message—OK, so you have to read it—then you need to consider entering the 38th annual Greater Slidell Golf Championship that is just around the

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How to stage your house so it will sell in ‘one day’

How to stage your house so it will sell in ‘one day’

Editor May 8, 2016 Comments Off on How to stage your house so it will sell in ‘one day’

I’ve been talking lately about very little outside of selling my house, which I have to tell y’all WE DID. IN ONE DAY. Leading up to this event were weeks (months?) of prep-work. I

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Benefit will show support for military kids

Benefit will show support for military kids

Editor May 8, 2016 Comments Off on Benefit will show support for military kids

I have spent my share of time in this space talking about the Leadership Northshore organization and the great community projects that have been born from that group for many years. For those who

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Vicky is ready to leave again

Vicky is ready to leave again

Editor April 28, 2016 Comments Off on Vicky is ready to leave again

My baby girl is leaving—again. That’s right, Vicky—the youngest of our three daughters—is heading off into the sunset next week on her latest adventure, this time to a summer camp in Oklahoma where she

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Fitness is about enjoying your entire life

Fitness is about enjoying your entire life

Editor April 24, 2016 Comments Off on Fitness is about enjoying your entire life

Did you say I’m looking a little fitter these days? Oh, come on, I doubt it shows that much, does it? Well, actually, yes…..you are right. I have been working out again and I

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A reminder about years gone by

A reminder about years gone by

Editor April 17, 2016 Comments Off on A reminder about years gone by

The past five days reminded me what it was like to be a parent again. Not that you ever really forget, but my wife and I raised four children, and those kids have all

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Juvenile Detention Center is changing lives

Juvenile Detention Center is changing lives

Editor April 9, 2016 Comments Off on Juvenile Detention Center is changing lives

Our newspaper has a policy of usually staying out of endorsements of any kind. There was only one time in the past seven years of our publications that we took a position and endorsed

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‘Jazz’ is the place to be this weekend

‘Jazz’ is the place to be this weekend

Editor April 3, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Jazz’ is the place to be this weekend

I hope to see many of you this coming Saturday or Sunday at one of my favorite places to have a little fun—Chateau Kole. That’s the name Ronnie and Gardner have given to their

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Do you have any great Easter egg games?

Do you have any great Easter egg games?

Editor March 23, 2016 Comments Off on Do you have any great Easter egg games?

Happy Good Friday and Happy Easter to you all. This is a nice weekend coming up because it is all about family. After Easter services on Sunday morning, which I know EVERYONE will attend,

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Join in the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

Join in the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

Editor March 20, 2016 Comments Off on Join in the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

I hope to see a great crowd of supporters show up this Friday morning, March 18 at the Fleur de Lis Center in Mandeville where the annual St. Tammany Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be

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Mark calendars for Festival Bonfouca

Mark calendars for Festival Bonfouca

Editor March 13, 2016 Comments Off on Mark calendars for Festival Bonfouca

Festival Bonfouca. It’s a catchy name, and certainly couldn’t be much better to reflect Slidell and the first three-day music festival our city will host. Festival Bonfouca will be held in Slidell next weekend—Friday

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Still time for special fun at JagFest

Still time for special fun at JagFest

Editor March 6, 2016 Comments Off on Still time for special fun at JagFest

It’s still not too late to get tickets to a super fun night this Saturday. The annual Pope John Paul II High School JagFest is set for the school gymnasium on Saturday, March 5,

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Fascinating facts about memory issues

Fascinating facts about memory issues

Editor February 24, 2016 Comments Off on Fascinating facts about memory issues

Thank you to all the people who have e-mailed me to offer their prayers and thoughts about the situation I have discussed lately in regards to my father. For those of you who may

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Trying to appreciate my days as a caretaker

Trying to appreciate my days as a caretaker

Editor February 19, 2016 Comments Off on Trying to appreciate my days as a caretaker

If you know someone who is a caretaker, or has ever taken on the duties of a caretaker in the past, please give them a big hug and say “thank you.” I’m learning to

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Ready for a chat with my buddy Jerry

Ready for a chat with my buddy Jerry

Editor February 12, 2016 Comments Off on Ready for a chat with my buddy Jerry

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to my very good friend Jerry Wiggins, who has run into some health problems and is rehabbing at Ochsner North Shore. Of course, by the time I write

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It’s your time the kids and grandkids want

It’s your time the kids and grandkids want

Editor January 31, 2016 Comments Off on It’s your time the kids and grandkids want

­I am always making notes to give me ideas for what to write in this space. I hardly go anywhere without a notepad near me and always have lists of notes that sit on

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Chamber awards prove we all like attention

Chamber awards prove we all like attention

Editor January 24, 2016 Comments Off on Chamber awards prove we all like attention

That was a great party to attend on Friday night at the Northshore Harbor Center when the annual East St. Tammany Chamber held its awards and recognition night. There are a lot of fundraiser

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