History At A Glance: Lacombe, Gateway to the Big Branch Marsh and Wildlife Refuge

Lacombe, land of dense pines, oaks, and marshy bayous was home to the Acolapissa and Choctaws before the first Europeans settled on the soils of St. Tammany Parish. One writer wrote that the Acolapissa and the Choctaws were so closely related, it was hard to tell the two tribes from each other. Legend pertaining to…
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Managing Grief During the Holidays: Strategies for Coping with the Loss of a Loved One During the Festive Season

The holiday season is fast approaching and many people associate glad feelings with the holidays; usually gatherings of family and friends, food and fun. But, a majority of people experience heightened feelings of depression because of the loss of a loved one. In some cases, the loss could be recent, but in other cases, the…
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Remembering World War I: St. Tammany Parish Answers the Call to Battle. Part 3

New military technologies and the horrors of warfare brought grim and ghastly levels of carnage and destruction. By the end of World War I, more than 16 million people--soldiers and civilians-- were dead. Measures to protect the economy were implemented. In St. Tammany Parish, civilians were asked to invest in war saving stamps and a…
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Remembering World War I: St. Tammany Parish Answers the Call to Battle. Part 2

War ads were prevalent in the St. Tammany Farmer during World War I. The ads were placed to garner financial support for those St. Tammany residents who were overseas fighting in the conflict.   War ads continued during the course of the war after the first initial draft of St. Tammany Parish men. The last…
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Remembering World War I: St. Tammany Parish Answers the Call to Battle. Part 1

St. Tammany Parish, as well as many parts of the United States, answered the battle call of World War I. The world had been at unrest for years before World War I erupted. Tensions throughout Europe, especially in the Balkan region of southeast Europe were at an all-time high and people were speculating about the…
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History At A Glance: Bush; Small Town, Country Charm

Bush, an unincorporated rural community in northeastern St. Tammany Parish offers peaceful respite from the bustling activities of the busier cities of St. Tammany Parish and the Southshore. Bush’s local grocery store, community center, churches and post office serves their function, while providing means for socializing with one’s neighbors. The first Bush Library was opened…
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History At A Glance: Abita Springs, Land of Healing Waters

Abita Springs was first settled by the Choctaws who found the natural springs possessing an excellent quality and further named the springs, "ibetap" which means fountain.  According to legend, a handsome native Orleanian of Spanish descent named Henriquez was visiting the area of Abita Springs, and met and married a beautiful Choctaw princess named Abita.…
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