As Tammany West heads into our fourth year of operation here on the west side of St. Tammany Parish I hope you will give extra consideration to the advertisers who support this paper.
If you enjoy having a local paper back for the Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville and Abita Springs area, then please give our advertisers a fair look since they are the reason you are enjoying a truly local paper again.
This week’s feature advertiser is Mid South Coatings, with our North Shore representative Joe Brown—a friendly guy if you ever met one.
I have heard about a product such as this before—it is an alternative to painting over-and-over for years. The product is truly amazing in that it coats the outside of your house in a way that lasts for the lifetime of the home. You really have to see it to understand how great the product is once it is on your home.
There is a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty and it is not only guaranteed to last, but also guaranteed against flaking, chipping, peeling or fading. Joe told me it also has a mold resistant product and there are dozens of colors to pick from.
If you are considering a paint job on your house, and if you like the idea of not having to paint again, give Joe a call at 985-201-6142 and get an estimate for free, with no obligation.
I hope you’ll give him a call and tell him you saw his ad in the Tammany West newspaper. You’ll be doing him a favor, and supporting the long term future of a paper that is free in western St. Tammany Parish, and is always full of local news.
Got some interesting news from Covington Mayor Mike Cooper at his quarterly “Coffee with Cooper” public meeting last week when he told the crowd that the annual Chef Soiree will be held in downtown Covington this year. And from what I gather, it will become the permanent spot for the event.
If you have lived in St. Tammany Parish for very long then you undoubtedly are familiar with the Chef Soiree. Quite simply, it is the biggest public fundraising event there is, with thousands who have come out to support the Youth Services Bureau—an outstanding organization that helps children in many ways.
This year the event will be held on Sunday evening, March 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. But rather than holding it at the Bogue Falaya Park, where it had been for many years, the huge party will be based at the Covington Trailhead, with booths set up on the surrounding streets.
The Chef Soiree is a crazy time for anyone who likes to party. For the ticket price of $145 a person you get to wander through the area and enjoy the most fantastic sampling of food, plus there are a “few” spots where you can get an adult beverage of many different kinds.
I guess you can tell what people like to do at a nighttime party like that since Chef Soiree has seemed to evolve as the years have gone by and I sometimes think there are more alcohol locations now than there are food spots. But the truth is that people love to sample a tiny taste of many different kinds of wine, beer, liquors and more. When it comes to that kind of variety, Chef Soiree can’t be beat.
Anyway, the Soiree is a fabulous party to attend and once again they are moving closer to the big event this year. A car will be raffled off again so go ahead and buy some tickets early to make sure you have them.
All the information on becoming a sponsor, or purchasing tickets, or for the raffle, can be found online at chefsoiree.com.
Props to all our mayors in St. Tammany Parish who attended the recent Freddy Drennan Prayer Breakfast in Slidell.
I covered the event and there were mayors from Mandeville, Covington, Folsom, Madisonville, Abita Springs and Slidell. I know that Pearl River Mayor David McQueen generally attends events like these, however he was unable to attend this year, but has always been supportive of prayer events for the 40 years I have known him. Parish President Pat Brister was also there and La. Sen. Sharon Hewitt led the event as the MC.
I know that everyone reading this column may not be a Christian, but I unashamedly state that this newspaper is owned by a Christian family and we feel it is our responsibility to promote the Christian faith with our newspaper in whatever way we can.
For me, to see all of our parish leaders who also publicly proclaim their Christian faith is a tremendous reason our parish is prospering and continues to be seen as perhaps the most attractive place to live in Louisiana.
I, for one, appreciate the way these leaders state their faith in God and I join them in doing so. For me, now over 60 years of age, I know in my heart that my family’s faith in God has been the right way to live this life—one the Lord has blessed far beyond what I feel we deserve. All I can do is say, “Thank you Lord.”
(Kevin Chiri can be reached at email@example.com)