Covington Business Association
Keeps Us "Rolling"
We Can't Parade ...
But we can still Mardi Gras!
Be a part of the funkiest Carnival any of us will likely remember … where our homes and businesses become the floats, the parade route becomes a map … and parade watchers become the riders.

Ochsner Health System
Free Covid-19 Testing in Abita Springs
Ochsner Health System is offering Community COVID-19 testing this week in the Abita Springs area —Tuesday, January 5, 2021 through Friday, January 8, 2021, at Recreation District 11, 22517 LA-36.

The testing site is open from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. COVID-19 testing is open to Louisiana residents, age two and older. Members of the community who wish to be tested should bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable.

There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized.

For more information about Ochsner’s community testing resources, Click Here
Disposal of Unwanted Meds
Covington PD offers a safe way to dispose of expired / unwanted prescription medications.
The bin is located at the Police Annex office. At 222 E. Kirkland, approach the Council Chambers entrance. Do not enter. Instead, take a hard left to the police annex lobby. The MedReturn Drug Collection Unit is in the lobby.
Zumba with the Mayor : )
Next Zumba with the Mayor: This Sunday, January 10th at noon. Feel free to share with your dance friends, fellow Vixens, Jazzercise folks, former high school dance team members and other Zumba classes.

Keep Covington Beautiful (KCB)
Volunteer Opportunity
Arbor Day - January 23rd
KCB needs volunteers to assist with Arbor Day. E-mail KCB for details. Masks / face coverings required.

Paper Shredding Day -
April 24th

Bogue Falaya River Sweep - September 25th

KCB works jointly with the City to keep us clean and green. Volunteers change out and maintain the planters that line downtown streets. KCB coordinates with our Tree Board to help prune, feed, aerate and mulch our legacy live oaks. We, the City, have nearly 1,000 live oaks on public property.
Please, don't plant any more ; )

To become a member, download application at KCB or call 985-867-3652.
It's a good thing.
C.J. Schoen School Administration Building
301 North Jefferson Avenue
> 100 years of Use
Originally Covington High School (1913)
Later, Covington Grammar, Covington Jr. High,
Covington Middle and finally C.J. Schoen Middle
The St. Tammany Parish School System Administration building was constructed in 1913 as a "Fine New High School," under the direction of Supt. of Education Elmer Lyon.

In 1929, a new high school opened at the present day site of William Pitcher Jr. High. Originally named Lyon High (think Lyon Lions), its name was changed to Covington High School in 1945 (due to a state law prohibiting naming public buildings after living people). Subsequently, Lyon Elementary and the auditorium at Covington High were named after Lyon.
Principals remembered include Henri Ferrer, Bucky McKee, Ronnie Pogue and Ralph Menetre (who was also a student and a teacher in this building). Great teachers remembered include Howard Stutzman, Jimmy Magee, Crystella Flot, Charles Alder, Judy Webb, Evelyn Davis, Myrtle Morgan, Ronnie Pogue, Billy Ferrer, Troy Jackson, Eva Whatley, Jim Moran, JP Warner, Mrs. Ethel Frederick, Mrs. Ward aka Ms. Hermaine Dupriest, Donna Clement, Susan Monlezun, Mr. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Forrest, Mrs. Yeager, Mr. Randy Tate and Cindy Fornea Tynes.
Also, Mr. Pechon, Mrs. Brignac, Susan McManus, JoAlice Caserta (student teacher), Mr. Bankston, Nancy Welch, Mrs. Brumfield, Sally Hutchison, Mrs. Wharton, Carolynn Pearce, Mrs. Mouton, Mary Pratt Lobdell, Paul LaCroix, JoAnn Thompson, Beth Robinson, Kathleen Griffith, Ms. Wallace (aka Lynn Blossman), Betty Cronin, Jerry Lambert, Thomas Duhe, Mrs. Marion, Jackie Pennington ...

and of course, my favorite, my Mom: Irene Johnson (center in pic).

C.J. "Cyp" Schoen served as Supt. of Education from 1967 to 1986.

And, From Mrs. Beverly Kiefer
"When I attended, Ms. Hester Burns (1st grade), Ms. Pearl Lacroix (2nd grade), Mrs. Hilda Creel (3rd grade) Mrs. Edith Hutchinson (4th grade), Mrs. Rosemary Pfeffer (5th grade) and Mrs. Ethel Frederick (sister to Mrs. Creel, 6th grade) were the teachers I remember the most.

However, Ms. Hermanie Dupriest came at midterm when I was in the second grade.
She was fresh out of serving in WWII and completed the school year after I had so many teachers who started but left because their husbands just returned from the war. 
That may also be the year Mackie's Pine Oil plant burned down killing one of my classmate's dad."

Pictured: 1945-46 Band: Top row, trumpet left (next to band director) is Richard Warner.

School Building History To Be Continued ...
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Utility bill auto-draft from your checking account eliminates multiple steps for your utility billing clerks ... which makes City Hall more efficient. 
That's a good thing.

If you have bulk debris or green waste, missed trash or recycling or need a new trash receptacle, click for Coastal Customer Care Form.

Curbside Christmas tree pick-up for marsh restoration January 11th - 15th.
No tinsel, ornaments or decorations.

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